Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A Tailor-Made Bride book giveaway

Welcome Karen! I'm so happy to have you on my blog this week. Karen is giving away one of her books so be sure to leave a post to be entered in the drawing.

Karen's Bio

Karen Witemeyer is a deacon's wife who believes the world needs more happily-ever-afters. To that end, she combines her love of bygone eras with her passion for helping women mature in Christ to craft historical romance novels that lift the spirit and nurture the soul.

Karen holds a master's degree in Psychology from Abilene Christian University and is a member of ACFW, RWA, and her local writers' guild. She's an avid cross-stitcher, shower singer, and bakes a mean apple cobbler. Karen makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children. You can visit her online at: http://www.karenwitemeyer.com.

Book Blurb

When a dressmaker who values beauty tangles with a liveryman who condemns vanity, the sparks begin to fly!

Jericho "J.T." Tucker wants nothing to do with the new dressmaker in Coventry, Texas. He's all too familiar with her kind—shallow women more devoted to fashion than true beauty. Yet, except for her well-tailored clothes, this seamstress is not at all what he expected.

Hannah Richards is confounded by the man who runs the livery. The unsmiling fellow riles her with his arrogant assumptions and gruff manner, while at the same time stirring her heart with unexpected acts of kindness. Which side of Jericho Tucker reflects the real man?

When Hannah decides to help Jericho's sister catch a beau--leading to consequences neither could have foreseen--will Jericho and Hannah find a way to bridge the gap between them?

A Heroine with a Taste for Chocolate

Picture a handful of rugged cowboys out on the range, a fire crackling between them as dawn lightens the sky. Tin cups in hand, they swig their beverage of choice—coffee. Hot, black, and strong enough to stand a fork up in. Now move indoors to a woman's quiet kitchen where she's watching that same sunrise. A quilt wrapped around her shoulders, bare feet tucked under her legs as she contemplates what the new day might bring. A delicate china cup warms her hands as she gently blows the swirling steam away from the liquid surface. What beverage passes her lips? Many would choose tea, but not Hannah Richards, the heroine in A Tailor-Made Bride. No, this dressmaker craves chocolate and starts every day with a cup of Baker's Breakfast Cocoa.

Hannah mastered her sewing skills while working under the tutelage of an established dressmaker in San Antonio, but before coming to Texas, she lived with her mother and younger sister in Dorchester, Massachusetts. To support her girls after her husband died, Mrs. Richards took a job in the Baker Chocolate Mill where she was rewarded for her diligent work with discounts on their products. So instead of coffee or tea, the Richards women drank cocoa.

Not knowing how available breakfast cocoa would be in Coventry, Hannah made sure to pack one of the large five pound canisters in her trunks. And upon arrival, her first order of business, beyond finding her shop and unloading her belongings, was to arrange for a daily delivery of milk. One couldn't drink breakfast cocoa without milk.

To prepare her morning cocoa, Hannah first needs to boil 2 cups of water in a kettle. While the water heats, she takes a small pan and mixes 1 ½ tablespoons of her Baker's Breakfast Cocoa, 2 tablespoons of sugar, and a few grains of salt. Once the water reaches a boil, she adds ½ cup of it to the cocoa mixture and stirs until it forms a paste. Then she pours the rest of the boiling water into the pan and lets the mixture boil for one minute. In the meantime, she is also scalding 2 cups of milk in a second pan. When the mixture has boiled for a minute and the milk is ready, she turns the chocolate mixture into the scalded milk and beats it for two minutes with a hand-held egg beater. Not quite as convenient as the instant packets we have today, but something tells me it would taste much better Hannah's way.

In honor of Hannah's hot cocoa addiction, one winner will receive a copy of A Tailor-Made Bride along with a packet of gourmet hot cocoa. Enter a comment for a chance to win.

Be sure to leave your email address. Please check your junk mail on and the day after the drawing. I've had to redraw because of no responses. Subject box will have: winner of (book title). I'll email the winner and they'll have seven days to respond. If I don't hear back I'll draw another name. USA shipping only. Thanks so much and please stop back again! Drawing will be held Monday May 31st.


  1. I LOVE KAREN! Can't wait to read the book. I was talking with a mutual friend of ours who is already half way through with it and she is definitely enjoying it. Makes me even more anxious to get my hands on my personally autographed copy!

  2. sounds goood


  3. I would love to have a copy of this! It sounds so very interesting.

  4. Would love to read this! Please enter me :)


  5. i would LOVE to read karen's book...sounds wonderful!

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  6. I love Abilene!!! My lived there while my husband finished his schooling at ACU. He worked part time for a little church and we lived on $750 a month (I was at home with the baby!) What great memories!

    I love the cover of your book and any heroine who loves chocolate has got to be top notch! I'd love a chance to win a copy!

    sherrinda (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. I'm a cocoa girl myself, I look forward to reading about Hannah in A Tailor-Made Bride. Please include me in the drawing. Thanks!

  8. Thank goodness for modern packets of hot cocoa--and what a lot of work our forebears had to do for something so simple to make today, huh? Thanks for the lesson, Karen, and for the giveaway. Can't remember when I last read a Western, so your book would be something new for me. And hello Debbie Lynne--thought I'd drop by to say hi!


  9. What a great blurp! And an exceptionally tantilizing recipe. Wowzer....take a fabulous love story and stir it gently with a little chocolate....and you're guaranteed to have one delicious combination! Thank you for the warm invitation, I hope to snuggle down soon with my very own copy of "A Tailor-Made Bride".


    Cindy Nord
    2008 RWA Golden Heart Finalist

  10. This looks like it has the making of a delicious novel!

    carlagade [at] gmail [dot] com

  11. I would enjoy this book I believe, I just read about it on the ACU site.

    preciousmoments2004 AT gmail DOT com

  12. I have this book and am getting ready to read it. Very nice peek at what's to come!

  13. I love my morning chocolate and would love it to go with this book. Thanks

    robinribbit at yahoo dot com

  14. Nothing better then a nice hot cup of cocoa and a good read. I would love to win this book. Thank you for the opportunity!

    Cindy W.


  15. Hi Karen, I love hot cocoa when the weather is cool but do drink anytime if I need a pick me up. When I forget to buy my cocoa mix I have had to make from scratch using my cocoa powder. It does taste so good. Just the thing to perk you up. I also love to make fudge and I enjoy every bite. I would love to win your book and sip my cocoa while reading. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

  16. I would like to win this book, I am new at this site.


  17. This sounds like a wonderful book! Thanks for the chance. BTW- I'm all about the chocolate!!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  18. Please enter me! This book is on my read asap list. It sounds awesome!


  19. Please enter me, this looks like a great book and I have heard great things about it!!

    Email in profile.

    Carman sent me

  20. Hot cocoa is my favorite thing on a cold morning! :) Looking forward to reading this book. Carman sent me!


  21. I am longing to read this book!


  22. This sounds awesome! Carman told me about this. Thanks!

    ~Katie G.

    katiegalyean (@) yahoo (.) com

  23. Please enter me. I really want to read this one! :) Thanks!
    Carman sent me.

  24. Sounds like a great book. I would love to read it Blessings Brenda

  25. This sounds like my kind of book! Sounds great!Count me in on the giveway. Carmen sent me.

  26. Oh, I've been looking forward to reading this book ever since I first read about it and saw the cover. It sounds great!


  27. This book looks AMAZING!! Exactly the kind of books i love to read. I can't wait to get my hands on it :) Please enter me in to win. I would love that so much! Thanks :)Carmen sent me.

  28. I would love to win and read The Tailor Made Bride. I was sent here by Carmen. I'm glad. I also wouldn't mind the gourmet coffee.


  29. Would love to win this book. Sounds fantastic!

  30. This looks like a book I would love to read.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  31. What a beautiful book cover! This is a book that I would really like to read. The hot cocoa is nice, too ^_^

    Please enter me:

    Carman sent me!

  32. Congratulations to Karen on being published! I will enjoy reading her book and appreciate the chance to win a copy.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

  33. This book looks AMAZING!!
    i have been dying to read it!!
    Carman sent me.

  34. Sounds wonderful! love the cocoa recipe. Please count me in, Thanks!


  35. I love cocoa and I love reading, great pair!
    six_one_nine_girlie86 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  36. Hot cocoa and a good book, sounds great to me.

    true_sheila at yahoo dot com

  37. Love the hot cocoa recipe and the premise of the book sounds great too. Many future successes to you! :O)

    dianemestrella at gmail dot com

  38. I would love to read this - thanks!!
    winnieayala at yahoo dot com

  39. I would absolutely love to read this. rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

  40. Nothing is better than a good book with a nice cup of hot chocolate! :) Thanks for the chance to win!


  41. I would love to win this! Sounds like a great book!

  42. I would love to read this book!!! I love what i ave read so far from reviews..Thank you fro the chance to win a copy!!!


  43. Thanks everyone for stopping by. I'm like the rest of you. What could be better than a good book and hot chocolate!