Monday, May 21, 2018

Maine Justice Series by Susan Page Davis ends May 28th

Please welcome Susan Davis to my blog! Susan is a long time friend who I've come to admire her and her writing. She will be giving away a copy of choice of one of her first 6 Maine Justice Series so be sure to answer her questions in the comments to enter. Good Luck!


Writing Mysteries—More Challenging Every Day

From the beginning of my writing career, most of my books have included some type of crime. In my historicals, that sometimes took the form of bad guys chasing good guys. My very first published book, Protecting Amy, was a western that included theft, abduction, terrorizing, and murder. I wasn’t too worried about law enforcement procedure in 1850s Wyoming, however.

For some of them I did a lot more research on the legal aspects. For instance, in The Prisoner’s Wife, which won two prestigious awards, the main character is falsely accused of murder. I had to find out how a murder suspect would be treated in 1715. I also had to ferret out whether or not a widow could inherit her husband’s property in Maine (part of Massachusetts then) at that time. It was more complicated than I’d expected.

Now I’m writing more contemporary mysteries, and yeah, the research is still a big part of the writing process. Now you have to get the laws right, get the procedure right, get the technology right. And they’re always changing.

As I write my Maine Justice books, I rely on books and the Internet, but even more so on local law enforcement officers. I have a policeman in my church who is willing to answer quick questions anytime. Last week before Sunday school, I paused to ask Jeff a question about arraignments. As usual, he cheerfully stepped up with exactly the information I needed to write the next scene.

People are wonderful resources. Books and online sites are good too, but they don’t tell you everything. They’re also not up-to-the-minute on things like new laws, and they usually don’t tell you the regional differences in procedure. Some things we take for granted—like where to renew your driver’s license, for instance. This varies widely from state to state. So does the question of who investigates a crime.

In a lot of states, the local law enforcement agency, either municipal or county, will investigate murders that happen in their jurisdiction. But where I grew up, it was different. In the state of Maine, only the two largest cities’ police officers handled homicide cases. All others were investigated by the Maine State Police.

This is only one of the challenges of writing crime fiction, but it’s one of the big reasons why it takes me so long to write a book. I want to get it right.

Reader Questions:

Do you like to read mysteries? What’s your favorite type—cozy, historical, procedural, private investigator, or something else?

The featured book:


Ransom of the Heart (Book 7, Maine Justice series) Releases June 1, 2018

Police Captain Harvey Larson’s exhausting day takes a big detour when a teenaged girl approaches him at the diner, announcing that she is his daughter. When Harvey is on his way home from work a few hours later, his sister-in-law Abby calls him. She went to meet her husband for a dinner date and found a dead man on the floor at his place of business, and Peter has vanished. Harvey calls in his detectives and turns his car around. It’s going to be a long night, too.

Once again, Harvey depends on his wits, his faith, and his squad, the Priority Unit, to solve a tough case and carry out Maine Justice.

About Susan: 
Susan Page Davis is the author of more than 80 novels and novellas. She writes mysteries, historical, romance, and suspense. Her books have won the Carol Award, the Faith Hope & Love Readers’ Choice Award, and the Will Rogers Medallion. She’s the mother of six and grandmother of ten. A native of Maine, she now lives in western Kentucky. Visit her at: www.susanpagedavis.com or on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/susanpagedavisauthor

Buy the Maine Justice series here: https://www.amazon.com/Priority-Unit-Maine-Justice/dp/099723086X/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1488762413&sr=8-1 





Monday, May 14, 2018

Finding Love in Friday Harbor, Washington by Annette M. Irby ends May 21st

Please welcome Annette to my blog. Sounds like she has an interesting book and character in that book out. Read on down to learn how to enter her giveaway.


Balancing Emotions by Annette M. Irby
Over and over I keep hearing about one specific character in this book. She’s actually the mentor archetype, if you’re familiar with those. A mentor (in story and in life) helps guide characters, provides wisdom, and cares enough about the hero or heroine to shoot straight by telling them the truth.
I’m getting ahead of myself. Let me begin by giving the novel’s  summary:
Neither of them is ready for a relationship, but love may not give them an out.
Jenna-Shea Brown considers herself a broken therapist. Years ago, she witnessed something that caused PTSD. She can’t let her boss or her patients know about her battle. Who would want to trust her to help them, when she can’t help herself? She’s finally able to find a fresh start in her family’s beach cabin, but the renovations aren’t complete. Her parents have hired her ex-boyfriend to finalize them, but his negligence led to her being in the wrong place at the wrong time all those years ago.
Liam Barrett is trying to prove he’s nothing like his deadbeat dad. He’s working hard, yet still failing. Adrenaline and adventure offer him a diversion, but maybe he can’t escape his genes. He’d like to make things right with Shea, but he’s unsure if she’ll forgive him. Meanwhile, he’s challenged to forgive his father. He’s also worried about Shea and all these episodes she won’t explain. Now that they’re back in close proximity, he’s falling for her again. But can anything heal the past?

Because some of those issues might be a bit heavy, and because, like other readers, I enjoy reading a book that doesn’t get too heavy, I wanted to include a humorous character. So, I introduced Auntie Mat, Or Matilda. She is way outside the box. Everyone knows her as nutty, but lovable. She thinks she’s completely normal. Of course, her ideas are good and her nephew, whom she raised, should listen to her. Of course, it’s perfectly regular to sing with the seagulls who come to visit you on your waterfront deck.
And it’s perfectly normal, in fact downright genius, to decide it’s her role to teach Liam how to woo a woman and, for goodness’ sake, settle down already. He’s over thirty!
I laughed aloud writing this character and hope you do too if you get a chance to read the book. I wanted to include weightier themes, but as in life, I wanted there to be some moments of laughter—a balance of emotions.

Your turn: Do you prefer novels that tackle the deeper issues, even if they’re heavy? Do you read for escape? Do you like lighter stories?

GIVEAWAY:
To enter the giveaway, Finding Love in Friday Harbor Washington (ebook) answer one or more of the above questions or ask Annette a question. And be sure to leave your email addy so we can contact you should you win!





Annette M. Irby has been writing since her teen years when she sat pounding out stories on a vintage typewriter just for fun. Since then, she’s joined Christian writing groups and launched blogs so she could share the joy of writing. She likes to say she’s addicted to color as flowers and seascapes inspire her. In her off hours, she enjoys gardening, photography, and music. She lives with her husband and family in the Pacific Northwest.
Links to connect with Annette:
Twitter: @AnnetteMIrby
Facebook Reader Friends Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/252272708574760

Monday, May 7, 2018

The Perfect Bride by Debbie Lynne Costello PLUS Rafflecopter! Ends 5/30

Thank you for coming by my blog this week! I'm excited to announce the release of my new novella, The Perfect Bride. My hero was a minor character in Sword of Forgiveness, a #1 seller in Christian Fiction Romance on Amazon. The Perfect Bride, however, is a stand alone story that you will enjoy even if you haven't read Sword of  Forgiveness.  




The Perfect Bride
 Avice Touchet has always dreamed of marrying for love and that love would be her best friend, Philip Greslet. She’s waited five years for him to see her as the woman she’s become but when a visiting lord arrives with secrets that could put her father in prison, Avice must consider a sacrificial marriage.

Philip Greslet has worked his whole life for one thing—to be a castellan—and now it is finally in his grasp. But when Avice rebuffs his new lord’s attentions, Philip must convince his best friend to marry the lord against his heart’s inclination to have her as his own. 


To celebrate the launch of this book I'm giving away a copy of The Perfect Bride (or choice of my other books and choice of format) on every blog I visit. PLUS I have a rafflecopter! 



a Rafflecopter giveaway



I'd love for you to follow my blog hop and leave me comments on each stop. Its not too late to catch the ones I've already been to either!

Blog Hop:


April 29th Overcoming With God

April 30TH Anne Payne Blog

May 2nd Cross Romance

May 4th Amy Booksy

May 7th  The Sword and Spirit

May 9th Singing Librarian Books

May 12th Stitches Thru Time

May 15th- Heroes, Heroines, and History- Mid Month Madness

May 17th Jodie Wolfe Blog

May 21st  Sunnie Reviews

May 24th MaryLu Tyndall





Debbie Lynne Costello is the author of Sword of Forgiveness, Amazon's #1 seller for Historical Christian Romance. She has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina with their 5 horses, 3 dogs, cat and miniature donkey.



GIVEAWAY: 
Do you like novellas or do you prefer a longer book? What's your favorite time period or do you like them all? 
Leave a comment below or answer one of the above questions to enter my the giveaway of my book. And don't forget to enter the rafflecopter! Good luck!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Love by the Numbers by Laura V Hilton ends May 7




Please Welcome Laura V Hilton to my blog this week. Laura is generously giving away a copy of her book, Love by the Numbers. Read on down to learn how to enter. 


Story Behind the Story – Love by the Numbers

Caleb was a minor character in couple of my Amish books – I think he first made a by name appearance in Amish Wanderer and Christmas Admirer. A minor character. Lydia was a very minor one-time appearance in those stories, too, a girl who happened to be in the room with Bethany and Susanna at a wedding. (This story is stand alone!) But I knew when Caleb first saw Lydia that they would end up together by the way he reacted to her presence. I wondered what their story was.
March and April is tornado season in Arkansas (and in many other states) and in 2011 we had a bad one. I was out and about that day, driving to the county seat with my five children, and there was something in the air. It was heavy, hard to breathe, and the sky was black off to the west. I’m sure I broke speed limits racing to Melbourne, and then home again so we wouldn’t be out in the storm.
Later that afternoon, tornado sirens went off. One went over our house – even from the basement we could hear the sound of a train roaring overhead. Scary. And still thanking God it didn’t touch down. Highland, Ash Flat, and Evening Shade, Arkansas were hit hard. Buildings completely gone. When we drove out that way later in the week there were pickup trucks in the tops of trees. Other things in odd and unusual places. I always wondered how they got the treetop pickups down. I would’ve stopped to watch if I’d been out there when it was done. I did hear that some of those trucks weren’t damaged at all. Unreal.  My two sons and my husband both helped with clean up and my oldest son went with a crew to Joplin, Missouri, to help with clean up there.
There has been other occasions I’ve been out in tornados. Once I was in the Walmart parking lot when a tornado went through a town west of it. We could see the funnel touching down from where we stood. It did hail when we were on our way home, praying our house was still standing. It was.
On a different note, in 2016 my oldest son came home with a kitten. She was the sweetest thing ever, and he named her Rosie. Sadly, I was highly allergic to her. I couldn’t even be around the children after they played with her. They’d have to go change clothes and wash their hands, otherwise I couldn’t breathe. Rosie was full Siamese, blue eyes and all, and she was so adorable. I allowed my son to keep her in the shed. I was about four chapters into the story when Rosie found some poison (I think, not sure) and died. We all cried.
Also about the time I was writing this, a very dear friend of a lot of writers died. I told my street team I was going to name a character after her, and was told a lot of writers would be. I agreed. And a lot of their books were released already. But Aenti Judith in this story is named after Judy Burgi. I still miss her and pray for her family. 
One of the verses my daughter had to memorize in Sunday School was 2 Corinthians 4:8-9.  ‘We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.’ Perfect for the faith message in Love by the Numbers!  I love how God always provides the perfect verse for my characters’ faith messages. I’m pretty sure this verse is one I never memorized, and I never would of thought of it on my own, but God put it in my daughter’s lessons for Sunday School, so she had to memorize it – and thus I did too since I help my daughters learn their verses every week.
I hope you’ll enjoy the story!

Because of Him,
Laura V.  Hilton



Love by the Numbers   
After her fiancĂ© dies in a buggy accident, Lydia Hershberger is invited to Jamesport to manage her Mennonite aunt’s gift store while her aunt and uncle are on a mission trip. While there, Lydia gets acquainted with her aentie’s best friend, Bethel Bontrager, and her grown son, Caleb. Lydia is surprised to find herself drawn to handsome clockmaker, Caleb Bontrager. But in spite of an instant flame of attraction between them, he doesn’t seem interested. In fact, pesky Caleb treats her like he doesn’t even like her.

Bright and sparkly. That’s Caleb’s first impression of Lydia. He’s always been attracted to sparkly things. In fact, his affinity for those things, and the trouble they can cause, are exactly why he’s determined to change his ways and settle down. With Lydia’s aentie gone, he is handling the books for the gift shop and is forced to spend too much time in her presence.

When God offers Lydia a second chance at love and family, will she take it? Or will the secret Caleb harbors cause her even more heartbreak? 






Love By the Numbers

By Laura V. Hilton



Chapter 1

He was gorgeous. Simply gorgeous.
Lydia Hershberger leaned around the cash register and picked up the glassful of spilled hard candy sticks. Aentie Judith’s kitten knocked over as she dashed past. She half-paid attention to arranging the candy. Her focus was fixed on him. She tried not to gawk but...
Wow. He was hot.
Tall. Sandy blond hair. Milk chocolate brown eyes. Clean-shaven.
He removed his straw hat as the door closed behind him, then glanced around the gift store. As his gaze moved in her direction, she quickly looked away. Wouldn’t do to be caught staring.
But she couldn’t resist a peek back.
He seemed to freeze when his gaze caught hers. Or hers caught his. Held it.
And… He scowled.
What?
This man, one she didn’t even know, glared at her? She had the right to be behind the counter of Aenti Judith’s gift shop while she was in, um, wherever she was, on a mission trip. Any other time, she could’ve spouted the information without thought. But not while she stared into the most incredible milk chocolaty eyes ever.
Were there any leftover solid chocolate Easter bunnies in the store? She needed one. Now. She glanced toward the clearance rack, but it was devoid of candy of any type.
Her gaze snapped back to him.
“You.” His voice emerged as a growl.

GIVEAWAY: To enter the giveaway answer one of the two questions or both! Don't forget to leave your email addy so we can contact you should you win. 


ABOUT LAURA:
Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with over twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write.


Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.

When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas. 


CONNECT WITH LAURA:

twitter: @Laura_V_Hilton

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Shadows of Hope by Gerogiana Daniels ends 4/30


Journey Through the Darkest Hour
by Georgiana Daniels 


Shadows of Hope has been called gritty, raw, and emotionally compelling. Readers have said it made them think and made them cry. Some have even said it took a while for them to process when they were finished reading.

The thing is, I never set out to write an emotional story. I’m not that person in real life. You’re more likely to find me leading the conga line and using one too many smiling emojis.

So what happened? God, I suspect.

What started out as a simple story of a wife discovering that her new friend is the person her husband was having an affair with somehow mushroomed into infidelity, infertility, betrayal, and loss. In theory, way more than a character could handle.

Yet somehow like real life.

Have you ever had one of those seasons where all the trials you’re going through are so enormous, so vast, that it literally drops you to your knees?

Yeah, we’ve been there too—those moments when you can’t fathom how you’re going to make it through the rest of your life and all you can do is pray through the next ten minutes.

When we lost our young son-in-law to a rare and incurable condition, we entered into the worst time we could imagine. Despite all the prayers and intervention, it appeared God did not answer. But truly, He was not indifferent to our pain. We learned so many things as we traveled through our darkest hour.

From our son-in-law, we learned how to suffer well—to love God and love people to the end. We learned how to band together as a family with God holding us. And we learned that faith and hope are real, even when life looks a lot different than we ever thought it would.

I suppose that’s part of the human experience. At some point everyone will have to journey through their darkest hour. The question is, what will their faith look like on the other side? Will they fall away because they feel like God failed them? Or will their faith be refined and purer than before?

That is my prayer for Shadows of Hope—that readers will see a woman who journeys through her darkest hour with God and comes out stronger on the other side.

How has God refined your faith through trials? 


GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment and answer the above question to be entered to win Shadows of Hope. Don't forget to leave your email address and let me know if you are a feedburner follower for an extra entry.

BIO: Georgiana Daniels resides in the beautiful mountains of Arizona with her super-generous husband and three talented daughters. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor's degree in public relations and now has the privilege of homeschooling by day and wrestling with the keyboard by night. She enjoys sharing God's love through fiction and is exceedingly thankful for her own happily ever after.


BACK COVER: Crisis pregnancy worker Marissa Moreau suspects her husband is cheating, but little does she know how close to home her husband’s infidelity hits. College student Kaitlyn Farrows is floundering after a relationship with her professor leaves her pregnant. Soon she lands a job and a support system at the local pregnancy resource center and things seem to be turning around. But when Marissa and Kaitlyn become friends, neither one knows they share a connection—Colin, Marissa’s husband and Kaitlyn’s former professor. When their private lives collide, the two women must face the ultimate test of their faith and choose how to move forward as they live in the shadows of hope.

Buy links:
Amazon
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Monday, April 16, 2018

When God Sends Us Help by Carrie Fancett Pagels plus HUGE Giveaway!



Carrie Fancett Pagels


When God Sends Us Help

In my new release novella, “His Anchor”, heroine Sadie Duvall has reached the end of her rope. She’s prayed for God to help her. Her mother has died, her father is missing from the lumber camp that employed him, and she’s caring for her younger siblings. But when her nasty boss withholds her pay and insinuates how she might “earn” her keep – Sadie flees.

Have you ever asked God to help you and then he sent you people who you didn’t want to accept assistance from? I think we all have. They might be annoying folks, or people who have never previously helped, or even from a nonbeliever who we’re surprised has been moved by our plight to help.  Well, Robert Swaine is that person for Sadie! He chased off the man she’d thought would become her husband. Never mind that Robert was her first “crush” and never mind that it turned out he was right about her sweetheart’s true character. Big sigh for Sadie.

Robert is Sadie’s BFF Maude’s young uncle (he’s not yet thirty) and Sadie has known him since she arrived on Mackinac Island years earlier. But he crushed her young spirit when he proposed to another islander. He’s been mostly gone since then, as a captain and owner of a shipping fleet. But now he’s back and all helpful, kind, and funny. And he’s tugging at her heartstrings. So of course, Sadie feels like she has to take things into her own hands!



Isn’t that how things work out sometimes? We ask God for help. He doesn’t send us the exact help we want. Then we decide we can fix it ourselves. Oopsy! Wrong move. I love this song “Broken Things” by Matthew West. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwKuz8a8Jnk
God can use the broken things, the broken people, the misfits in life, to help in His plans. And Robert Swaine is a broken and angry man. His mother left requirements in a codicil to her will that have infuriated him. Not only are his niece and nephew affected but he, too, must limit his life if the terms of his mother’s will are to be honored. And his brother-in-law has come out on the short end of the stick. Robert has spent a year trying to restore his own physical health after his beloved sister’s death. Now he’s “stuck” on Mackinac Island for a while, sorting things out. Now in her early twenties, Sadie Duvall isn’t a young girl anymore but a beautiful young woman who definitely needs his help. But she resists until her back is up against the wall.

A ship’s captain who doesn’t want to be stuck on the island, a young woman desperate and looking for ways to save her family. God has put these two together for a reason. Now will Sadie see what is right before her eyes?

Giveaway: An autographed copy of First Love Forever.  We also have a Rafflecopter giveawawy going on all through April. 
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Be sure to enter to be one of the winners of the MANY great gifts we have!!!


Bio and links for The Captive Brides Collection:
Bio – Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D.

Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is the award-winning author of fifteen Christian historical romances, including ECPA bestsellers. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! A self-professed “history geek,” she resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia but grew up as a “Yooper,” in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time! You can connect with her at www.CarrieFancettPagels.com.

Blurb: His Anchor by Carrie Fancett Pagels
1894 – Mackinac Island, Michigan: Robert Swaine, a ship captain, returns to Mackinac Island where his first love, Sadie Duvall struggles to support her siblings. Will she anchor him to the island he has vowed to leave behind?


My Pinterest page for “Love’s Anchor” in First Love Forever: https://www.pinterest.com/carriefpagels/his-anchor-a-novella-in-first-love-forever-collect/







Check at your local Christian bookstores, e.g., Lifeway, to see if they have copies, too!


Monday, April 9, 2018

Dreams of My Heart by Barbara J. Scott ends April 16th




Please welcome Barbara J. Scott to my blog. Barbara has graciously offered to give away a print or ebook copy of Dreams of My Heart, her historical romance set in Montana Territory in 1875. Be sure to read the bottom of her post on how to enter.


My Ozarks momma always used to say, “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.” I wasn’t very good at following her advice. Impatience was my middle name.
Since the time I was a little girl, I wanted to grow up to be a writer. My grandmother wrote her first novel at the age of seventy, but I certainly wouldn’t be that old before I published my first. Grandma would even save up all her Writer’s Digest magazines for me to read when we drove from Dallas to Independence, MO to visit her. Yes, I was learning the craft of writing at the tender age of eight, so I knew it wouldn’t take me as long as her to write my first book.
In school, I excelled at every writing assignment, worked on the school newspaper, and my English teacher wrote “Keep writing!” beside my yearbook picture at the end of my junior year. In college, I got a job at the local newspaper, writing obituaries, then Lions Club stories, weddings, features, and by my senior year in college, I was an editor, supervising several reporters. I wrote magazine stories in my spare time but published few. Surely though, even working forty hours a week, I’d finish my first novel by the age of twenty-one…at the latest.
Don’t count your chickens before they hatch. I was thirty when I wrote my first novel, Love’s Golden Dawn, but it’s never been published. I still have a copy stashed away in my file cabinet.

Marriage, work, stepchildren, illness, job loss, and a whole lot of life came between me and my writing. How long did I have to wait, for Pete’s sake?
In the mid-1990s, I partnered with co-writer Carrie Younce to write two bestselling spiritual warfare novels for Thomas Nelson—Sedona Storm and Secrets of the Gathering Darkness. But I shared the credit. It wasn’t my novel. It was our novel. God needed to whittle down my pride.

I wrote another novel on my own. It was rejected. That manuscript languishes in cyberspace. Then I ghostwrote non-fiction and work-for-hire gift books after that. Lots of words. No credit.
I stopped counting chickens before they hatched altogether. By 1998, I was employed as a full-time editor for Christian publishing, working for Honor Books, Zondervan, and finally Abingdon Press as the senior acquisitions editor honored to publish several authors you know who have gone on to publish multiple novels and winning lots of awards along the way. They were my baby chicks.

I no longer needed to see my name on the front cover of a book, but I thought when I retired at the age of sixty-two, my dreams of publishing a novel would come true. Like the Israelites, I had wandered in the desert for forty years, witnessing the miracles of God, and then I caught a glimpse of the Promised Land. I would now have time to write.
No, I didn’t. I still needed income and continued to freelance edit book manuscripts for other authors. I even did a stint as an agent for WordServe Literary during that time. And I wrote a novella to be included in the Sleigh Bells Ring collection of Christmas stories.
I gave up on my dream. Evidently, I didn’t have anything of great import to share in a novel, or I would have published a book long before this. Then one day, I heard the peeping of a baby chick—a story that wouldn’t let go. Fully formed characters told me about themselves. Soon a swoon-worthy hero, Texas cattleman Buck McKean, and a feisty Irish heroine Kate O’Brien trying to hold onto her dead brother’s homestead in Montana Territory wanted me to forget all my failures and sit my bottom in the chair to tell their story.

That day, I decided to write for the sheer joy of putting words on paper and let my God-given gift have full rein. Once I polished up the manuscript, my dear friend and agent Greg Johnson shopped the novel to every major Christian publisher—to editors I knew on a first-name basis. Even though I was told they liked me and my writing, they didn’t have room on their lists. Someday, I thought, I’ll publish it myself. Then Greg called and asked if he could send the proposal to Miralee Farrell at Mountain Brook Ink. I said yes, she said yes, and Dreams of My Heart released in both paperback and ebook on Amazon April 1, Easter Sunday.
I’m sixty-nine years old, almost as old as my grandmother when she published her first novel. As my momma always used to say, “Don’t count your chickens before they hatch.” But I would add, “Never lose hope.” God has a plan and a purpose for your life. Sometimes it just takes quite a while to hatch an egg.

What dreams of the future do you carry in your heart


GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment along with your email address to enter and win a copy of Barbara’s novel Dreams of My Heart!

Can a Reluctant Bride and Her New Husband Fall in Love
Despite Their Wounded Hearts?



Plucky Irish immigrant Kate O’Brien struggles to hang on to her brother’s homestead after his death in a suspicious cattle stampede. If she’s unable to pay off the loan that paid for her ticket to America, she will be forced to marry the banker’s rogue son, Rafe Hamilton.
When Kate is attacked by a drunken gang, salvation comes in the form of a total stranger—Texas cattleman Buck McKean. He drives the men off her ranch and spends the night in her cabin to keep her safe. However, his act of kindness poses a profound threat to her reputation, and the two marry to prevent the impending consequences.
Kate makes it clear to her new husband that because of the abuse she suffered at the hands of her stepfather, she’ll never allow another man to control her life. Left at the altar in Virginia City, Buck has made his own vow never to give his heart to another woman.
When Kate asks Buck for the unthinkable,
her choice endangers both their lives.
Can God mend their hearts and save their love?






About Barbara: After a career spent acquiring and editing books by numerous bestselling Christian authors, Barbara Scott has returned to her true love—writing. Barbara and her husband Mike live in the Nashville area, with their two Chihuahuas, Riley and Sissy, both rescued from puppy mills. Reading, writing, and research are her passions. Want to know more? Connect with Barbara at www.BarbaraJScott.comhttps://www.facebook.com/BarbaraJScott01https://twitter.com/BarbaraScott01.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Hello Haiti and Good Bye Haiti And Giveaway!


I want to thank all of you who have followed our Haiti mission trip! And a HUGE THANK YOU to Sarah Robertson for doing such a great job journaling while we were there. 

I thought I'd give you a couple links that might interest you. First EBY! This video is done by our pastor's youngest daughter (Kevin and his family have decided to become full-time missionaries in Haiti). Toward the end of the video you will see a about 10 seconds of sweet Eby! Beka has done about 4 videos if you'd like to see what is like for an American kid new to Haiti. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKFMPDcXfuA 


Here is another short video with a short clip of Eby!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHqhzJ7FFa4


Here is a Facebook link to Parakaleo. This is an awesome nonprofit organization. My daughter-in-love and Kevin Falde started Parakaleo. Every penny given goes to the people. Every one who works for Parakaleo volunteers so that all donations reach the people in need. It is one of the few organizations that can say that. Parakaleo means to come along side and that is what we are trying to do. Help the people help themselves. 

https://www.facebook.com/ParakaleoInternational/

Here are a few pictures of my family in Haiti.




This is my oldest son Joshua holding Eby. He's going to make a great daddy!!
Hannah, my daughter-in-love at the baptism holding sweet Eby. She's going to make a great mommy!
Here are my 3 guys in Haiti, Joe, Marcus and Joshua all working on the electrical. Doesn't it look safe? It was until Joshua fell through the table!
This is Kacie  talking with Josue who is interpreting for her.

Me and my sweet Eby!


Sara, Clifford (I love this kid!) and Sarah your journal/blogger!
This is one of our interpreters, Gilly. He is the sweetest guy and such a heart for the Lord.
This is Marcus. My son-love helping wire the church on the side of the mountain...Literally! I'm one lucky lady to have such great kids.
Hubby at the hospital lab yep that is the lab. My hubby is the medical lab tech when we go to Haiti. He was a MLT back when we first married and everything was done manually. Little did we know that God had a plan for that.
Okay so Josue is not really my family. But he calls us mom and dad and we call him son. He is my interpreter when I get one. Josue also graduated from seminary and is a pastor in Haiti. 
This is Joshua again with Marcus in the background. This is one of the ways we get around in Haiti.
I'd like to know what they are saying! Hannah and Kacie, two girls who stole my heart.

Remember the side of the mountain? This is my hubby hanging out the window over the edge of the mountain. And Pastor Prahl, Hannah and Sarah's father holding his leg. Hmmmm

This is my daughter! She's one of the PA's that come. 

This is my hubby and high school sweetheart. He's helping with the river baptism.

This is my Hannah again. She's one of the nurses that come. We are at the hotel in Caye Jacmel the night we arrived in Haiti and before we headed up to the mountains. Hannah's birthday and two ice creams! What's a girl to do!


This is me and Emelie, one of my closest friends and also our pastor's wife who are now missionaries in Haiti. Every day is a bad hair day in Haiti.



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