Monday, October 14, 2019

First Publicly Funded Schools PLUS GIVEAWAY of Lessons on Love ~ Kathleen L Maher Ends 10/21

Lessons on Love book blog tour

Hi! Kathleen L. Maher here, returning because I have some fun stories to share with you. A school teacher historical romance collection, actually. Thank you so much, Debbie Lynne, for having me on your blog! I’m really excited about this collection and thought I would share with your readers about the theme of Lessons on Love, which is early education in America.

The first publicly funded schools were called Common Schools, a push starting in the late 1830’s that would spread with the westward expansion of our country and create an unprecedented need for instructors versed in both classical learning and Christian and civic influence. Horace Mann is credited with being the founder of the Common School movement with a goal of providing a free education to all regardless of socioeconomic standing. Thomas Jefferson had expressed that the survival of this new republic after the Revolutionary War depended upon an educated citizenry. Not just the highborn.

Male instructors were at first the only choice as women were generally denied access to the education necessary to instruct others. Women were not uneducated—many could read and write, but they were undereducated, and at first disregarded as credible instructors. But as men became less and less available to teach, their skills and ambitions luring them to other more lucrative professions and ambitions, opinions on women in the classroom shifted.

It quickly became the mode for women to preside over classrooms, advocated by forward thinkers such as Catharine Beecher, sister of Henry Ward Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe. She was a pioneering voice in legitimizing women in the classroom not only because they were intelligent—she herself was an accomplished school founder, curriculum writer and activist—but she also raised the point that women held a unique advantage because they were born nurturers, ready influencers in morality for the next generation. She helped establish training schools for teachers on the western frontier and served to establish women’s colleges. The common school quickly found women teachers indispensable. Women were available and inexpensive—typically paid less than half of what a man would have been paid.

Noah Webster joined voices like Jefferson’s in emphasizing the vital importance of education to a civil society. His “blue backed” speller was widely used in Common Schools. His was an ecumenical approach, emphasizing classic literary and historical curriculum to unify a population of diverse background in terms of skill, economy, region, and even race. Webster’s curriculum shared Horace Mann’s vision of uniting a culture with a common education that would produce stability both politically and socially.

Around this time another curriculum came into vogue. The McGuffey Reader encouraged oral recitation with short verse and story, often centering on Christian didactics, scripture, and even prayer. The generally accepted values at the time of the Bible advised moral and civic instruction. In the Common School, church and state were not separate in the classroom. Only localized protest challenged this, when populations of Roman Catholic immigrants questioned the Protestant status quo, mostly to no avail.

Four schoolteachers find more than they bargained for in their contracts. Class is in session on the four R’s: reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmatic, and romance!

Something Old, Something New by Kathleen L. Maher

New York, 1840

Her father’s sudden death makes Gilda Jacobs the new schoolmaster, but to teach Christian curriculum she partners with fire-and-brimstone revivalist Joshua Blake, who learns a lesson in love.

            Gilda Jacobs                Joshua Blake

Love in Any Language by Susanne Dietze
Kansas, 1870
Mary Clarence teaches English to the children of Swedish immigrants, but when her favorite students’ widowed father, Kristofer Nilsson, is accused of robbery, she’s determined to clear his name.

In Desperate Straits by Carrie Fancett Pagels
Mackinac Island, Michigan, 1894
Desperate for work, Margaret Hadley dresses as a young man to secure a dray driver’s position. When soldiers at the fort threaten her, Mackinac Island’s newest teacher, Jesse Huntington, intervenes.

A Song in the Night
by Rita Gerlach
Virginia, 1904
Karin Wiles longs to share the uplifting power of music with children. But when she seeks to improve a poorly run school and include orphans, Nathaniel Archer delivers harsh words of opposition from the school board.

CONTEST: I am offering a signed print copy of Lessons on Love to one lucky commenter. To enter, answer this question. Would you like to see Biblical values return to public education? Why or why not?

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Thank you so much once again for having me as a guest on your awesome blog, Debbie Lynne. I look forward to interacting with your readers!

Monday, September 30, 2019

Forever, Lately by Linore Rose Burkard ends October 7th

Please welcome fellow author and my very good friend, Linore Burkard. Linore started this idea of her Regency time travel years ago and I LOVED the idea. So I was so excited when she decided to flesh out that idea a write Forever, Lately. I love the book as much as I did when she first introduced the idea to me. This story is so much fun and when it ends it leaves you wishing it hadn't. Be sure to read on down to see how to enter to win Forever, Lately.

I wanted to write a Regency time travel for years. When I saw the movie “Kate and Leopold” I thought, Oh no! Someone used my idea! But I needn’t have worried. Leopold (Hugh Jackman) was a Victorian gentleman, not a Regencian. Secondly, though I enjoyed the flick, I kept thinking it missed many opportunities for humor. (Having written a screenplay since then, I now realize why it missed so many: tight scripts just don’t have room for all the scenes that could be fun.) When I wrote my story, however, I was able to include a lot of the humor scenes that had been floating around in my head for eons. It’s one of the reasons the book is a lot of fun to read—particularly when the Regency hero appears in the present. On a side note, I started this book and then dropped it—for years—mostly because I wanted to write it as Christian romance like my other Regencies. But I kept running into roadblocks. And Christian publishers weren’t interested. Finally I realized I had to let God out of MY box and write the story he was giving me, not the one I thought he should give me. After that, it came together remarkably easily and quickly. And, I think, in a very fun way. I might even do a sequel.

What It's About:

Book: Forever, Lately
Author: Linore Rose Burkard
Genre: Time-Travel Romance
Release Date: October, 2019 

England, 1816

Julian St. John needs a wife–and fast. An oath to his deceased guardian must be kept. Miss Clarissa Andrews, a vexatious beauty, has dangled after him all season but he has no intention of choosing such a she-devil.

Maine, present day

Author Claire Channing needs to write a bestselling book to salvage a failing career. She moves to her grandmother’s rustic cottage, but without the deed, the clock is ticking on how long she can stay. She thinks she’s writing St. John’s story, until an old prayer shawl with embroidered lovebirds transports her to his Regency world! She falls in love with him–a man she thought she created. But a jealous Miss Andrews would rather see Julian dead than in another woman’s arms!

Claire and St. John must beat the clock to prevent a deadly tragedy, but can love endure past the limits of time?

Click HERE to get your copy!

GIVEAWAY: Ask Linore a question about her writing or about the book, or answer the questions: Have you read a time travel? Do you like them? Why or why not? (If you say no, you HAVE TO give Forever, Lately a chance because I KNOW you'll love it!) And be entered to win a kindle copy.

About the Author  

Linore Rose Burkard is a serious watcher of period films, a Janeite, and hopeless romantic. An award winning author best known for Inspirational Regency Romance, her first book opened the genre for the CBA. Besides historical romance, Linore writes contemporary suspense (The Pulse Effex Series, as L.R. Burkard), contemporary romance (Falling In), and romantic short stories. Linore has a magna cum laude English Lit. degree from CUNY which she earned while taking herself far too seriously. She now resides in Ohio with her husband and family, where she turns her youthful angst into character or humor-driven plots.

Linore  is Vice President of the Dayton Scribes, and a Regional Director of CAN, Christian Authors Network. She founded Lilliput Press, a vehicle for Indie Publishing, where “little dreams become books.”

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Fall Flip by Denise Weimer

Courting by Cooking


In my new novel, Fall Flip, Lester and Ruby Wentworth, a retired couple for whom interior designer Shelby Dodson and contractor Scott Matthews are flipping a 1920s bungalow, quickly notice when the attraction between Shelby and Scott goes south. 

Lester has a bit of experience winning a bride he’d once considered out of his league. After all, the renovated house will be his fiftieth wedding anniversary gift to Ruby! Lester helps Scott capture the affection of the guarded young widow the same way he did with Ruby—courting by cooking. For every bump in the road, every obstacle to their love, Lester offers a sweet or savory Southern solution. He uses his medical tremor condition as leverage to edge Scott into the kitchen.


Lester smiled and pushed a worn cookbook toward him. “Hermits are the cookies of the season. The cinnamon and nutmeg say ‘welcome, fall!’ The nuts and raisins can get you through an afternoon better than any candy bar. I grew up cooking these with my mother every September. She was the one who taught me something every woman knows, including what Miss Goody Two-Shoes Ruby Scottsdale learned really fast. If a man can cook, he can do anything. And with his cooking, he can say anything. Can you cook, Scott Matthews?”

Chicken Noodle Soup

“It’s clear from the frustration in your voice that you like Shelby. A cold, hmm? And a cold front coming in tonight with rain too. I know what we’re making. Be here at ten.”

Fried Chicken

After saying a prayer, Lester passed the food with the zest of a young boy. “Scott’s strong arms made mashing all those potatoes really fast. And Shelby, this is my mother’s secret recipe fried chicken.”

“I can’t wait,” Ruby declared.

“Yes, my love, it’s been far too long. I don’t know what I’ll do after our house is ready. I’ll have to find someone new to finagle into the kitchen.” Lester winked at Scott, making one scruffy eyebrow descend like a small, nesting bird.

Scott smiled as he unwrapped the basket of rolls. “Our friendship doesn’t have to end with the house renovation.”

Shelby was starting to feel similarly about the Wentworths.

Chocolate Cake

He held his gift on a plate, just one slice of decadent, moist, triple-layer chocolate cake. One slice to make it clear it was just for her, and on Ruby’s wedding china at that. But as Shelby looked at Scott, surprise turned not to welcome, but to suspicion.

As you can see, Shelby doesn’t always accept Scott’s offerings with grace. To find out what finally wears Shelby down, click here to order a copy of Fall Flip.

Intrigued by the hermits? Those came from my mom’s long-time recipe. My dad can’t keep his hands off ’em. Want to try them for yourself? Click here to sign up for my monthly author e-mail, which will include our family recipe in October: Monthly Newsletter Sign-up.

Represented by Hartline Literary Agency, Denise Weimer holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. She’s a managing editor for Smitten Historical Romance and Heritage Beacon Historical Fiction imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas and the author of The Georgia Gold Series, The Restoration Trilogy, and a number of novellas, including Across Three Autumns of Barbour’s Colonial Backcountry Brides Collection. Her historical romance, The Witness Tree, is also releasing this month with LPC’s Smitten ( A wife and mother of two daughters, she always pauses for coffee, chocolate, and old houses! Connect with Denise here: