Monday, August 28, 2017

A Texas Christmas Mystery, A Christmas Belle, and Keara's Escape by Anne Greene ends September 4th (3 autograhped copies!)

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A REBEL SPY
By
Anne Greene

Since I’ve been old enough to read I’ve been interested in the Civil War. Perhaps enjoying Gone With the Wind at a young age inspired my inquisitiveness. I had four great-great-grandfathers who fought in many of the primary battles. Ironically, my dear husband has eight great-great-grandfathers who fought on the opposite side. Fortunately for dear husband and me, our ancestral Civil War soldiers survived. Else we wouldn’t be here.
Spies, undercover agents, secret agents, detectives, and spooks keep me spell-bound as well. I discovered that during the Civil War many, many women worked as spies—both for the Confederacy and for the Union. More stealthy lady spies worked for the Confederacy than for the Union because the war was fought in these ladies’ backyard, and they were right there for the action.
In my book, A REBEL SPY, a Yankee Army Major so admires a Confederate spy that he puts his life on the line for her. But the major keeps a huge secret from her. Do you think love based on secrets can survive? Is there a future for these war-torn lovers?
Danger loving, madcap, Sophie Garrett, spies for her beloved Confederacy. Flirting her way through Union lines, she gains vital information for General Stonewall Jackson until she is suspected of passing secrets. She’s unable to hoodwink Yankee Major Brent Bartell. Even though his moral and ethical allegiance belong to the North, he so admires Sophie's courage and wit that he puts his own life on the line to protect her from prison and death.
Here's a short excerpt: July 1862 – Falling Waters, Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.
Major Brent Bartell trailed the graceful, slender figure down the long hallway. Blast if this wasn’t the hardest duty he’d pulled since his division invaded Martinsburg and Falling Waters.
The girl was ravishing. Even after a night of dancing, being captured, and languishing in the stuffy room at headquarters she looked fresh and rested with her dewy complexion and her enormous blue eyes.
When he’d first observed her last night in the moonlight, she’d looked enchanting, her shining hair cascading down her back, and her billowing dress ethereal. He’d fought a tough inner battle before, when bound by duty, he forced himself to arrest her.
He’d come so close to turning his back and letting her slip away into the deep shadows under the heavy growth of trees near the officers’ tents. Except she
tiptoed to the central tent where his senior officers bent over a map and talked in low voices as they studied the terrain with the light of a column of candles. Even then his instinct had been to let her slip away.
But he’d had no real choice. He’d had to arrest her.
Together they left the headquarters building.
He brushed the back of his hand over the perspiration beading on his brow. The sultry morning air hung heavy and unstirred by any breeze, but that wasn’t the source of his discomfort. Nor was his hot, blue woolen uniform.
His scalp tingled. General Winchester had believed her story. But he didn’t. Without a doubt she tracked the position of his Union forces. She was a spy. “Come, Miss Garrett, which way to your home?”
Her heart-shaped face tilted up to send her blue gaze arrow-straight to his heart. In the morning sunlight, her beauty was so striking she resembled an angel. Was it possible for a woman to be so beautiful? Or had he been away from a woman so long he’d forgotten what glorious creatures they were?
“My home is close. We can walk there.” Dimples popped into her cheeks.
Those tiny indentations burned a path to his heart. Did the girl have any idea of her beauty?
A horse neighed. The driver of the buggy yelled, “You want to get killed?”
Brent shook his head and stepped back onto the curb. He must have stumbled into the street. He’d never been awkward before.
She turned down a less busy, tree-shaded street of large mansions that backed to the Potomac River. The noise and tumult of Main Street faded behind them as they strolled, her hand nesting in the crook of his arm.
She gazed up at him and rolled the clearest sky-blue eyes. “This ghastly war is so inconvenient.”
Inconvenient? Bloody and terrible, yes. Would a spy call the war inconvenient?
“Why just last year I danced in Washington, DC, at my Debutant Ball.”
A corkscrew sensation twisted down his back. “The world has changed.” Certainly, a spy wouldn’t have such gay and untroubled memories after barely escaping being hanged.
“But one good thing has come of your Union Army occupying my peaceful town.”
“Oh, what’s that?”
She drew her fingers from the angle of his arm and held out both hands to grasp his. “I met you.”
His heart melted, opened up, and embraced her. But his mind cautioned, whoa. He was just another blue-coat to this Southern Miss. Just another enemy. But his heart disagreed. Why wouldn’t he meet the love of his life at this time? He was
twenty-two, single, and away from home. Maybe God orchestrated this meeting. Maybe he’d been wrong about her being a spy. General Winchester freed Sophie. The general must have found her innocent. Besides, whoever heard of a female spy?
“Indeed?” he managed, his throat so tight his voice emerged as deep as a bullfrog’s.
Whether he was just another blue-coat or someone special to her, she’d become special to him. Very special.
But he had his orders. 


A REBEL SPY by Anne Greene
Danger loving, madcap Sophie Garrett spies for her beloved Confederacy. Flirting her way through Union lines, she gains vital information for General Stonewall Jackson until she is suspected of passing secrets. She’s unable to hoodwink Yankee Major Brent Bartell. Even though his moral and ethical allegiance belong to the North, he so admires the rebel spy's courage and wit that he puts his own life on the line to protect her from prison and death.

I so hope you enjoyed reading A REBEL SPY as much as I loved writing the novella. And I’m certain you will love the other stories included in the Secret Identity collection.
I’ve written several other novellas. My novella, AVOIDING THE MISTLETOE, is included in the Mistletoe, Jingle Bells, and Second Chances Collection. My novella KEARA’S ESCAPE is included in the Orphan Train/Spinster Collection. DAREDEVILS is included in the North Carolina, 50 States Collection. SPUR OF THE MOMENT BRIDE is included in the Wyoming, 50 States Collection. A CHRISTMAS BELLE, is included in the Christmas Mail Order Angels anthology. THE MARRIAGE BROKER AND THE MORTICIAN is included in The California Gold Rush Romance Collection. My novellas, A FOOL FOR LOVE, A GROOM FOR CHRISTMAS, and A TEXAS CHRISTMAS MYSTERY are stand-alone novellas.
Moody Press published my first book, TRAIL OF TEARS. I love writing about alpha heroes who aren’t afraid to fall on their knees in prayer, and about gutsy heroines. My Women of Courage series spotlights heroic women of World War II. You might want to begin with the first book ANGEL WITH STEEL WINGS. Read my private investigating series, Handcuffed In Texas. The first book is RED IS FOR ROOKIE. Enjoy my award-winning Scottish historical romances, MASQUERADE MARRIAGE and MARRIAGE BY ARRANGEMENT. I hope my stories transport you to awesome new worlds and touch your heart to seek a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus. Buy my books on http://www.Amazon.com. Anne Greene.
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Daredevils (A 50 States Wyoming novella)






Answer one of these questions to be entered in the giveaway. Anne is giving away one autographed copy of A Christmas Belle, one autographed copy of A Texas Christmas Mystery, and one autographed copy of Keara’s Escape

I write contemporary romance books and historical romance books as well as contemporary mysteries. Which type of book do you prefer?
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ABOUT ANN

My home is in the quaint antiquing town of McKinney, Texas, just a few miles north of Dallas. My dear husband is a retired Colonel, Army Special Forces. My little brown and white Shih Tzu, Lily Valentine, shares my writing space, curled at my feet. I have four beautiful, talented children, and eight grandchildren who keep me running.
I’ve traveled in every location of each book I’ve written, and each book is a book of my heart. Besides my first love, writing, I enjoy travel, art, sports, reading, sailing, snorkeling, movies, and way too many other things to mention. Life is good. Jesus said, “I am come that you might have life and that you might have it more abundantly.” Whether writing contemporary or historical, my books celebrate the abundant life Jesus gives.
I’ve written several other novellas. This novella, AVOIDING THE MISTLETOE, is included in the Mistletoe, Jingle Bells, and Second Chances Collection. My novella KEARA’S ESCAPE is included in the Orphan Train/Spinster Collection. DAREDEVILS is included in the North Carolina, 50 States Collection. SPUR OF THE MOMENT BRIDE is included in the Wyoming, 50 States Collection. A CHRISTMAS BELLE, is included in the Christmas Mail Order Angels anthology. THE MARRIAGE BROKER AND THE MORTICIAN is included in The California Gold Rush Romance Collection. My novellas, A FOOL FOR LOVE, A GROOM FOR CHRISTMAS, and A TEXAS CHRISTMAS MYSTERY are stand-alone novellas.
Moody Press published my first book, TRAIL OF TEARS. I love writing about alpha heroes who aren’t afraid to fall on their knees in prayer, and about gutsy heroines. My Women of Courage series spotlights heroic women of World War II. You might want to begin with the first book ANGEL WITH STEEL WINGS. Read my private investigating series, Handcuffed In Texas. The first book is RED IS FOR ROOKIE. Enjoy my award-winning Scottish historical romances, MASQUERADE MARRIAGE and MARRIAGE BY ARRANGEMENT. I hope my stories transport you to awesome new worlds and touch your heart to seek a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus. Buy my books on http://www.Amazon.com. Anne Greene. 


Monday, August 21, 2017

Choice of The Gold Digger, The Spinister and the Cowboy, Christmas Confusion or Charlsey's Accountant by Lena Nelson Dooley ends August 28th

 Welcome Lena! It's good to have you back on my blog. Lena is giving away choice of one of her books listed below in audio format to some lucky winner so be sure to read on down to see how to enter. Don't forget to leave your email address and let me know if you are a feedburner follower for an extra entry. And if you'd like to receive an extra entry follow me through feedburner on the sidebar and let me know.

My latest novel, A Heart’s Gift, became a finalist in the Faith, Hope, and Love Readers Choice Award in the Long Historical category. I had entered that contest, formerly the Inspirational Christian Readers Choice award, several times, but I never finaled before. I praised the Lord for giving me this special gift. Anytime I win an award, I know it comes from Him. I didn’t expect to win, because the other two books finalists were from Bethany Publishing. Most Christian fiction writers want to be published by Bethany. And my book is an agent-assisted independently published book.


I knew the week when the Romance Writers of America national conference would be in late July. I didn’t check to see what days. I guess I assumed it would be like the American Christian Fiction Writers conference, Thursday through Sunday.

On Thursday morning of that week, I received a call from the contest coordinator. When I heard who it was, I had the quick thought. She must need to ask me a question.

Then she said, “I don’t know if you’ve heard about the winners from last night.”

I felt like a bell went off in my head and this thought chased it. They don’t call the losers.

Quickly, I asked her, “You’re not calling me to tell me I won, are you?”

She assured me she was, and I burst out crying. The rest of that day, I was either laughing or crying. Another very special blessing from God.

Have you ever had something extra special happen to you unexpectedly? Please tell us about it.

Do you like to read marriage-of-convenience stories? Or suspense novels?

This book contains both. We’ve lowered the price of the print book and the Kindle book, and they will remain lower until September 1.

I will give away a copy of your choice of one of these audio books: The Gold Digger, The Spinster and the Cowboy, Christmas Confusion, or Charlsey’s Accountant.

You can check them out here:


About Lena:
Multi-published author Lena Nelson Dooley has had more than 875,000 copies of her books sold. She is a member of ACFW and the local chapter, ACFW - DFW. She’s a member of Christian Authors’ Network and Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas.

She has been on the ECPA and CBA Bestseller lists, Publisher’s Weekly bestseller list, and several Amazon Bestseller lists as well as a reviewers’ Top Ten Books of 2011. She has won a dozen awards.

She hosts “The Lena Nelson Dooley Show” on the Along Came a Writer blog radio network.

Links:
Blogtalk Radio, The Lena Nelson Dooley Show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/along-came-a-writer/
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com

Monday, August 14, 2017

A Small Town Kind of Love by Darlene Franklin ends August 21st



Welcome back Darlene Franklin. Good to have you back so soon! Darlene is giving away a copy of her book so be sure to read on down to see how to enter.


Small town nostalgia is a big thing in Christian romance. Maybe they think they’re safer, wherever everyone goes to church on Sundays and the sheriff doesn’t need to carry a gun (Andy Taylor). Or maybe we like the sense of community—a place where everyone knows your name (and all your business).
All in all, I prefer cities. . . But I have lived in small towns and enjoyed some more than others.
I have just pulled together three of my books with a small town romance theme.
In Plainsong, the heroine is more like me. She resists life in a small town—which is unfortunate, because she has fallen in love with the most romantic many on earth, Joe Knight. Who dislikes the city as much as she likes small towns. It’s a contemporary story.
In Hidden Dreams, Mary Ann Lamont has no idea what small towns are like.  She’s a Flapper from New York. But when she’s on the run from the run from the mob, she runs into a truck on the way to Maple Notch. Hidden Dreams is the fourth of my Maple Notch books, set against bootlegging, flappers, and the 1927 flood in Vermont.
After the stock market crash in 1929, a penniless flapper seeks out farm life. You can’t go hungry on a farm! She heads west on an orphan train: To Riches Again.
All three women grew to love life in their small towns.

Answer the question below to be entered to win A Small Town Kind of Love ebook giveaway
Question: Do you prefer life in small towns or cities? Why?

Twitter: @darlenefranklin


Plainsong starts in the big city of Denver
“Do you want to know the way to heaven?” A young man dressed in a suit coat and tie, unexpected on the hot July night, asked people as they surged past him to Coors Field for a night of Colorado Rockies baseball. Before walking on, Joe Knight glanced at the tract with a bright red cross on it.
“You’re not interested in heaven then?” The man’s voice trailed after him.
Joe stopped to explain that he already knew the way to heaven and to wish the evangelist Godspeed, but the man had already turned his attention elsewhere. Joe shook his head as he watched the man approach an attractive young woman. She flicked sweeping blond hair over her shoulder as she accepted the tract and stopped for a minute to talk. Joe took in her long, shapely legs and well-tailored slacks.
Coins jangled nearby, and one of the street bums who cluttered every corner stopped Joe. His sign read homeless vet. please help. How much money had he stashed away during the course of the day? Joe had heard news reports about the scams some of the street people pulled. The woman he had seen before approached, dug in her purse, and tossed in a handful of change.
Joe hesitated then followed her. “Ma’am, I wouldn’t do that again if I were you.”
She turned deep green eyes in his direction. “Excuse me?”
For a moment he forgot what he was saying, and then he found his voice. “That man. He’ll probably just use the money for alcohol or drugs.”
“Or maybe he’ll buy a meal. He could use one. There’s no reason people should go hungry in a rich country like America.” Her eyes clouded.