Monday, March 28, 2016

The Cowboy's Bride by Susan Page Davis ends April 4th

Welcome, Susan! So glad to have you back on my blog. Susan is giving away a copy of her book, The Cowboy's Bride (paperback or ebook) to one lucky winner. Read on down to find out how to enter.

Poetry on the Plains

A rancher’s daughter who dreams, a cowboy whose poetry is terrible, and a dog that does tricks. What could go wrong?
Before writing this novella, I had researched Larry Chittenden, “the Poet Ranchman,” and his connection to my home state of Maine. It got me to thinking about the cowboy poetry genre. Here’s a link to the blog I did on Chittenden’s autograph lending library in Christmas Cove, Maine: .

I needed to write a light romance, and I decided to incorporate cowboys and poetry, as well as a pet. I don’t often include pets in my stories, although westerns, of course, include lots of horses. This time I decided to add a dog and give him an important role in the story.

The result is a light-hearted adventure in the Old West, with a subtle message about the importance of expressing your love to family members and your appreciation to those around you. Because of the ribbing the hero takes from his fellow cowboys, there’s also a reminder of the damage done by bullying, even “in fun.”

I hope you enjoy reading this story as much as I enjoyed writing it. 

Every month on the 23rd day, Susan blogs at About Susan 
Susan Page Davis is the author of more than sixty Christian novels and novellas, which have sold more than 1.5 million copies. Her historical novels have won numerous awards, including the Carol Award, the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction, and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest. She has also been a finalist in the More than Magic Contest and Willa Literary Awards. Susan lives in western Kentucky with her husband, Jim. She’s the mother of six and grandmother of ten.
Contact info:
Twitter: @SusanPageDavis

To enter to win Susan's book answer one of the following questions and don't forget to leave your email address so we can contact you if you win and let me know if you follow this blog for an extra entry.

1) What blog does Susan blog on the 23rd of each month?

2) If you've visited the above blog, tell us something you like about the blog or something you've learned from it.

3) If you follow the blog in the first question or start following it today let us know know for another extra entry! Here is the link if you want to follow it.

Blurb for the featured book:

The Cowboy’s Bride: Ride onto the open range

alongside cowboys and cowgirls who embrace the adventures of living in the Old West from Kansas to New Mexico, Colorado to Texas. Whether rounding up cattle or mustangs, training horses, fending off outlaws, weathering storms, competing in rodeos, or surviving drought these cowboys work hard each day. But when hardheaded men have their weaknesses exposed by well-meaning women will they stampede away or will a lasting love develop? Find out in this exciting collection of nine historical romances. Susan’s novella is “The Cowboy Poet.”

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Monday, March 21, 2016

The Gilded Curse by Marilyn Turk ends March 28

Please welcome Marilyn Turk to my blog this week. Marilyn is giving away a copy of her new release. Be sure to read on down on how to enter. Don't forget to leave your email and let me know if you are a feedburner follower for an extra entry.

Debbie, thanks for having me as a guest on your blog and giving me an opportunity to talk about my new book, The Gilded Curse.

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth. I’m in my office wearing my comfy yoga pants, warm socks, long-sleeve T-shirt and a hoodie. It’s cold in my office. I also have a space heater going next to me.

Do your characters ever give you surprises when you are writing? Can you give us an example if they do and if they don’t do you know why? Oh yes, my characters surprise me! I never know what they’re going to say until they’re in the conversation. But since they aren’t really “my” characters, but real people with real personalities, they have their own will. I just tell them where to go. In The Gilded Curse, Lexie is rather independent, but controlled. However, certain people can “push” her buttons and the petulant child can come out.

Many writers will say they see stories all around them. Is there someplace you found this story? I find stories in history. I love discovering something that happened that I didn’t know about before and then wondering what it was like for the people living at that time. For this book, I actually discovered something while reading another book, Dan Walsh’s The Discovery, that made me go research WWII history on our shores.

What is the biggest secret you ever kept? When I was a teenager, I “borrowed” my older brother’s car while he was out of town. I accidentally scraped another car with it – the only damage was a little paint above the rear tire. I didn’t tell him until we were both grown with children and he had the reaction I expected. But I wasn’t afraid of him by then. LOL

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair) Probably old pictures of my parents when they were young. They’re in my office watching me now. Oh, and I have a little replica hat rack with a little hat on it that used to be in my father’s office. The hat looks just like the kind he used to wear back in the 50’s and 60’s. (Before JFK abandoned the wearing of men’s hats and changed fashion.)

If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord) I’d like to meet my grandparents when they were young and find out what they were like, what their lives were like. I only knew them briefly and when they were already up in age.

What is the most important thing you learned in school? In high school, I learned that I had writing talent from my English teacher. In college, I learned how to write with deadlines and format in my Journalism classes.

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research? So many things, it’s hard to find just one. But when researching for The Gilded Curse, I discovered how close German U-boats were to American shores, that they torpedoed American ships, and that some of them came ashore as spies, facts our government tried to hide from the public at the time. I don’t think that could happen today with all the social media out there.

If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be? Saving Marilyn from Herself

What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story? The first Mitford book, At Home in Mitford, by Jan Karon. Mitford seemed like such a comfortable, friendly and funny place to live where everyone accepted everybody for who they were.

Answer this question to enter to win The Gilded Curse: Where does Marilyn find her stories? Don't forget to leave your email address.


The Gilded Curse:

In 1942, Lexie Smithfield becomes the only heir to her family’s dwindling fortune after her brother is killed at Pearl Harbor. A mysterious telegram beckons her back to Jekyll Island. Ten years before, the family quit coming to the exclusive Millionaire’s Club after tragic events convinced her mother the island was cursed. Club Superintendent Russell Thompson knows the truth, but he swore never to tell. But now he must help Lexie find out what the real dangers are.

Lighthouse Devotions:

Lighthouses are inspiring symbols of hope, refuge, security, and strength. Just as lighthouses warn mariners of danger and guide them to safe passage, so does God’s Word for us. In the Bible, “light” represents what God and His Word are to mankind. Lighthouse Devotions are stories about real lighthouses and people who lived in them, and how these stories demonstrate biblical principles found in God’s Word.

About Marilyn:

Marilyn Turk has been published in Guideposts magazine, Guideposts books - A Joyful Heart and A Cup of Christmas Cheer, The Upper Room, Clubhouse Jr. Magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Lighthouse Digest magazine. Her Coastal Lights Legacy series features stories set around lighthouses. Her book, Lighthouse Devotions was published in 2015, and in March 2016, The Gilded Curse, a historical suspense novel, was published by Heritage Beacon, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. Her weekly lighthouse blog can be found at She lives in Florida with husband Chuck and enjoys boating, fishing, tennis, and gardening when she’s not climbing lighthouses or playing with her grandsons. Catch her on her website at

Monday, March 14, 2016

Soldier's Heart by Tamara Kraft ends March 28st

Please welcome Tamara Kraft to my blog this week. read on down to learn how to enter her giveaway.

Our Thought Life

In my Civil War novella, Soldier’s Heart, Noah Andrews returns home but struggles with the residual after effects of the war. One way he combated this was to quote scripture. While most of us will never go through an experience as horrific as war, everyone goes through hard times. We, like Noah, need to learn to take control of our thoughts if we want to overcome those tragedies.

2 Corinthians 10:5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.

Noah used scripture to help himself. There are many times I’ve had to do the same. That can be challenging, but here are a few scriptures we can meditate when going through difficult times. All verses are NKJV unless otherwise stated.

Grief: If we live long enough, we’ll all lose someone we love to death. But we can remember that death is not the end for a Christian. We will see our loved ones again.

John 14:1-4 Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”

1 Corinthians 15:54-55 So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: Death is swallowed up in victory. O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?

John 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.

Offense: Offense comes to everyone, sometimes because people intend to offend us and sometimes by mistake. But we can’t dwell on that offense. We need to learn to forgive and give the offense to God.

Proverbs 19:11(NIV) A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense.
Matthew 6:14:15 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Tragedy and Trials: Tragedies come in life. Bad things sometimes happen to good people, but here’s some promises we can hold onto in the midst of tragedy.

Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Isaiah 43:1-2 Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.

Depression: Some people deal with medical depression and need medical treatment and counseling. But everyone goes through periods of depression and discouragement. Here are some verses to remember during those times.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

My favorite passage: When I go through difficult times, I have a favorite passage I continually quote. I have been known to print it out and hang it on my wall next to my computer when things were tough.

Isaiah 43:1-2 But now, this is what the Lord says, he who created you, Jacob, he who formed you, Israel: “Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior…

Contest: I’m giving away a paperback copy of Soldier’s Heart to one lucky commenter (US only). Just leave a comment with a verse that gives you comfort in trying times. Don’t forget to include your email, so I can contact the winner.

After returning home from the Civil War, will his soldier’s heart come between them?

Noah Andrews, a soldier with the Ohio Seventh Regiment can’t wait to get home now that his three year enlistment is coming to an end. He plans to start a new life with his young wife. Molly was only sixteen when she married her hero husband. She prayed every day for him to return home safe and take over the burden of running a farm.

But they can’t keep the war from following Noah home. Can they build a life together when his soldier’s heart comes between them?

Soldier’s Heart is available in paper back or e-book.


Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two grown children, and lives in Akron, Ohio. Soldier’s Heart and A Christmas Promise are two of her historical novellas that have been published. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and was a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest.

Tamera is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She has curriculum published and is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.

You can contact Tamera online at these sites.


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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

How Writing PULSE Changed My Life + Book Giveaway

Today we welcome L.R.Burkard, author of the compelling YA/Suspense drama, PULSE, which is the first book in The PULSE EFFEX SERIES. 

So, Linore, tell us how writing your book, PULSE, changed your life. 

Sure, Debbie Lynne. I grew up in New York, in view of Manhattan.  The farthest thing from my mind was ever having to store supplies for future need. The nearest deli and grocery were only around the corner and across the street.  When we moved to a more rural environment, I learned to avoid unnecessary shopping trips by keeping better stores in the house. However, even that was nothing next to what happened after I wrote my book, PULSE. As I researched the book, I discovered some very disturbing facts. 

PULSE shows the aftermath of a solar flare (which has caused an electromagnetic pulse) that takes down the electric grid for the continental United States.  In seconds, life is forever changed. Imagine life without the help of anything electric or electronic—no heating systems, no air conditioning, no telephones, (not even cell phones) no TV, radio or internet. Even most transportation would be immediately disrupted. (Your fancy new expensive car won't run after an EMP, either.) 

 Can you imagine? I did. And thus, my book was born. The book focuses on three families who must survive after the EMP changes everything in an instant. 

But while PULSE is a work of fiction, the threat of an EMP, unfortunately, is not. 
 A sufficiently powerful electromagnetic pulse, or EMP, can render the United States virtually without electricity or electronics—almost instantly, just as it shows in the book.  (A  Congressional Report detailing the likely results of such an EMP is online for you to read for yourself.The picture isn't pretty. It could take YEARS to restore power. They estimate that within one year, more than 70 million people in this country would die. 

 Needless to say, being aware of how quickly "life as we know it" could be shattered, the question arose for me, "What can be done?"   Despite the dire consequences outlined in the Congressional Report, an amendment to "harden" the US infrastructure failed to pass. Nothing was done! Which leaves us on our own to prepare individually and as families.  What about you? A catastrophic EMP may not happen in our lifetime. However, one need only watch the news to see that many other natural disasters will and do occur somewhere on the globe quite regularly.  

Instead of ignoring such threats, or worrying about them, I suggest getting prepared!  It's really perfectly natural to want to set things by for a rainy day. We've been lulled into thinking there is no need to do this in today's world, but that's precisely my point: This world could change, quickly and decisively, with disastrous effects. 

 Ask yourself, how long could you and your family eat three meals a day if stores were closed, you had no transportation, and couldn't get online --indefinitely? In my book, only one family was ready when the world changed. 

Disturbing things happened for those who weren't. 

S0—how ready are you? Have you taken any steps to prepare your family for a grid-down event?  Preparedness is good stewardship. Do you agree or disagree?

Leave a comment to be entered in a drawing for a free copy of PULSE. US residents can choose between a print or kindle copy; all other entrants can win a kindle copy or PDF.

And here's a bonus gift for you: A free PDF on Preparing for an Emergency.  click here.

Available for pre-order: RESILIENCE: The PULSE EFFEX SERIES Book Two  

L.R.Burkard writes historical romance as Linore Rose Burkard, and YA/Suspense as L.R. ("So readers will know at a glance what kind of book to expect.") Linore grew up in NY, but now lives in Ohio with her husband and five children, a Shorkie, and 3 cats. Linore still homeschools one daughter, is an incurable Jane Austen fan, and loves to invite readers to chime in on book ideas via her newsletter. Subscribe for free via either of her websites, and be informed of new contests, giveaways, and other book news.    

Friday, March 4, 2016



First I want to thank EVERYONE who participated in the treasure hunt — we hope you had fun! AND I want to thank EVERYONE again who followed me around on my blog hop. I had so much fun seeing everyone at all the different blogs. What an encouragement that was to me. Thank you so much.

I know you are ready for me to quit my rambling and give you the winners. So with no further ramblings ;o)  A SUPER CONGRATS to the following winners:


THE KINDLE FIRE IS Elizabeth Dennison


Ocean-themed Gift Basket:  KayM
Signed poster of Charity's Cross Book cover: Mary Ann Clud
Ship coffee mug with starbucks certificate: Lisa Bugajski
Ship coffee mug with starbucks certificate: Callie!
Swabbie ship cook book : Joan Arning
Signed copy of Charity's Cross: Annie JC

Again, THANK YOU for your support and HAPPY READING!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

A Cowboy's Bride by Nancy Farrier ends March 8th

Please welcome Nancy Farrier to my blog. Nancy is giving away a copy of her book, A Cowboy's Bride so be sure to read on down to find out how to enter.

California’s Super Flood 1861-1862
In my latest release, Crazy About Cait, (The Cowboy’s Bride Collection), I give readers a look into the difficulties early ranchers faced during the severe drought in the late 1860’s, California. In my research, I came across an interesting bit of California history that happened prior to the major drought. I wanted to share that with you today.

By the fall of 1861, farmers and ranchers were praying for rain. They had been suffering two decades of little rainfall. Their lands and herds needed water. While the Eastern half of the country struggled with the devastation of the Civil War, California prayed for rain.

Those prayers were answered in a way those ranchers and farmers hadn’t expected. Beginning in December of 1861 and going through January of 1862, Californians faced four huge storms that dumped an unprecedented amount of rain. The storms occurred December 9th, December 23rd-28th, January 9th-12th and January 15th-17th. The latter storm was the worst of them all.

In early December 1861, the Sierra Nevada mountains, east of Central California, saw a snowfall of ten to fifteen feet. By the 9th of December, when the rains started, the temperatures had risen to

record highs for that time of year. The snow began to melt, running off the mountain into the valleys below.

In the Central valleys entire settlements were wiped out from the flooding. People, cattle, horses and other animals drowned in the fields as the water reached levels of 30 feet. Even the telegraph poles were submerged. Along the Yuba River, an entire settlement of Chinese miners drowned as their town washed away.

The day the final storm began in January, was the inauguration day, in Sacramento, for the new Governor, Leland Stanford. The rain that day came
down so hard that some said a man could drown where he stood. Although the inauguration wasn’t cancelled, the ceremony had to be moved inside the Capitol building. The new Governor had to travel by rowboat from his mansion to the Capitol. The ceremony was shortened, but by the time Governor Stanford returned home, he had to direct the rowboat to a second story window to enter his home.
Throughout Sacramanto the flood waters were measured at ten feet deep. The banks of the river couldn’t be seen any more. The city remained under water for three months before everything began to dry out.
In other parts of California the rains caused landslides and mudslides that haven’t been equaled since. Homes, and sometimes whole towns were destroyed. Buildings were ripped from their foundations.

One of the reports said that 32 inches of rain fell in
forty-eight hours during one of the January storms. Los Angeles reported a rainfall of more than sixty-six inches, four times more than the annual rainfall.
I’m sure most Californians thought the drought had ended. Rivers would be running. Lakes filled up. Cattle and horses would have plenty of feed. Gardens would produce. Sad to say within a very short time an even more severe drought began. A drought that would ruin many a rancher.

Have you ever experienced a flood? Or, perhaps where you live they have struggled with drought. I would love to hear about your experience, or thoughts. Please leave a comment below about one of the above questions to be entered to win a copy of The Cowboy’s Bride.

Ride onto the open range alongside cowboys and cowgirls who embrace the adventures of living in the Old West from Kansas to New Mexico, Colorado to Texas. Whether rounding up cattle or mustangs, training horses, fending off outlaws, weathering storms, competing in rodeos, or surviving drought these cowboys work hard each day. But when hardheaded men have their weaknesses exposed by well-meaning women will they stampede away or will a lasting love develop? Find out in this exciting collection of nine historical romances.

About Nancy:
Nancy J Farrier is an award winning author who lives in Southern California in the Mojave Desert. She loves the Southwest with its interesting historical past. Nancy and her husband have five children and two grandsons. When Nancy isn’t writing, she loves to read, do needlecraft, play with her cats, and spend time with her family. Nancy is represented by Karen Ball of The Steve Laube Literary Agency. You can read more about Nancy and her books on her website: