Monday, August 1, 2016

Choice of A Family for the Rancher or Then Came Love by Louise Gouge ends 8/8

Debbie Lynne, thank you for inviting me to your blog. Rather than my usual promo for my current release, A Family for the Rancher, I have something a bit different to share with your readers today.

To celebrate the summer, I’ve teamed up with more than 40 fantastic inspirational romance authors to give away an amazing collection of books, PLUS a Kindle Fire! You can win my book Then Came Love! Enter the contest by clicking here:  #bookgiveaway 

So here's what I want to offer your readers this week: If you leave a comment (not just "please enter me in your drawing") and tell me who your favorite literary heroine is, we'll enter you in our drawing for either of these two books, A Family for the Rancher or Then Came Love. Open only to U. S. residents.

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Florida author Louise M. Gouge writes historical fiction for Harlequin's Love Inspired Historical Romances. She received the prestigious Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award in 2005 and placed in 2011, 2015, and 2016; and placed in the Laurel Wreath in 2012. When she isn't writing, she and David, her husband of fifty years, enjoy visiting historical sites and museums.

A Family for the Rancher

Rancher Edmund McKay likes his life simple and quiet—everything feisty neighbor Lula May Barlow is not! But with a cattle rustler on the loose, he’s duty-bound to protect the widowed mother, even without her approval. Yet he never expected to enjoy her company. And he certainly never thought her crowded, bustling house would be the first place he’d ever feel at home…


After a harsh childhood, Lula May knows how to stand on her own two feet. She doesn’t need Edmund’s help—but she’s starting to want it, all the same. So are her children, who clearly have matchmaking in mind. And when a threat from the past resurfaces, she realizes all that’s at stake…including her chance for a lifetime of love.

Then Came Love

Torn apart by the Civil War, two young couples find restoration through love, grace, and forgiveness. Louisa Maria Downs has waited three long years for her soldier-sweetheart’s homecoming. But when he returns, John Jacobs stands aloof, his deep blue eyes revealing his longing for her, but his lips strangely silent. Convinced it is God’s will for them to marry, Louisa defies decorum and pursues the man who has owned her heart since she was twelve years old. 

John Jacobs has spent three years fighting to keep the Union intact. Now back home, he longs to marry the young woman he has admired since boyhood. But shattering memories of what he did during the war magnify the bloodstains on his hands. He awakens each day more certain than ever that he is not worthy of the love of a decent woman, much less the love of God. 


  1. So we can only pick one?! Let's see. I love Catherine in The Thorn Keeper by Pepper Basham, Millie in Jen Turano's In Good Company, Faith in Julie Lessman's A Passion Most Pure....I think I can go on and on. I CAN'T just choose one. Too difficult.


  2. Faith in A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman.

  3. Hands down, my most favorite character/heroine in any novel is Ingeborg Bjorkland in all of the books she is in written by Lauraine Snelling, which is many. Ingeborg is one of the strongest heroines I've come across written by any author. I would love to meet and talk to her if she were a real person. Such strength and faith in God is amazing. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.


  4. Favorite literary heroine? Usually the one in the book I am reading at the time. I do like Jane Eyre and Scarlett O'Hara from the classics, though.
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  5. New author for me adding her to my to read list. cheetahthecat1986(at)gmail(dot)com.

  6. I haven't read a lot of classic books. The Heroines that stand out to me, that I Love, are ALL of the women from The Sisterhood Series by Fern Michaels They are Tough and Strong and did not put up with any wrong doings. They are Vigilantes. Thanks for the chance to win. If I won I'd choose A Family for the Rancher since the other book is #3 in a series. I Love your posts & I am also a feedburner follower of this page iamabho (at) gmail (dot) com

  7. Morrow Little from Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz.

  8. As a young reader my favorite heroines were Nancy Drew and Scout from To Kill A Mockingbird. Of the books I have read so far this year Gwen Marcey from The Bones Will Speak by Carrie Stuart Parks was my favorite heroine.
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  9. I fell in love with Gone With the Wind when I was 13 years old and even though Scarlett was the main female character the heroine in my eyes was Melanie. She always showed such love when there was little to love about Scarlett and she nevèr wavered in her love for Ashley. She was trustworthy, faithful and ever the optimist.
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  10. Thank you all for your comments. I should have mentioned that both books are stand-alone stories, so you don't need to read the books that come before to enjoy them.

  11. I think I would have to say Laura Ingalls - one of the first heroines that I remember. Otherwise the heroine in the current book would likely be a Thanks so much for visiting and offering a giveaway. I have entered the Inspy Romance giveaway as well :)
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  12. Angel in Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.

  13. I'm like Betti, Laura Ingalls was my fire heroine as I read the Little House series so many times. Current heroine is based on which book I'm reading. I've read so many great books this year by many new authors I've discovered through blog posts. Thank you all for sharing. God bless. Marilynridgway78[15]gmail[dot]com

  14. Literary heroine, just one?? That would be whatever book I happen to be reading at the time, haha (seriously)! I just finished Gabrielle Meyers "A Mother in the Making" (her debut Love Inspired Historical) so it would be Marjoire, she's bubbly, fun-loving and vivacious! Today, I delved into Melissa Jagears "A Heart Most Certain" and that is Lydia King. I'm not very far it in yet, but I do like her so far. She has backbone and tenacity :-) So you see, picking one just isn't feasible :-)

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy of one of your books Louise!

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  15. There are so many I love, but would have to pick Faith or any other of Julie Lessman's heroines. She was the second Christian Fiction author whose work I read years ago, the passion in her writing drew me in from the first few words I read.

    Thanks for the giveaway opportunity, Louise!!

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  16. These are such great answers, ladies. Thank you for joining the conversation! As for me, I would like to be Melanie in Gone with the Wind. Scarlett may have been the main female character, but Melanie was so sweet and forgiving, traits I aspire to. I also love Jane Eyre. She had the grit of Scarlett, the "smarts" of Miss Marple, and the Christian character of Melanie.

  17. Lundy in The Face Of Heaven by Murray Pura
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