Monday, June 18, 2018

The Backcountry Brides Collection with Carrie Fancett Pagels ends June 25th

Please welcome my sweet friend, Carrie Fancett Pagels this week! I'm so glad she could be here with us. Be sure to read on down to learn about her giveaway!

When The Voices Won’t Quit
by
Carrie Fancett Pagels

I was a psychologist for twenty-five years (and thought I would be until when I expected to retire at about seventy—then I would write for the Lord.) God had other plans. But in any case, don’t worry about me hearing voices—they are the characters I write. When you read about authors such as James Scott Bell talking about the “boys in the basement” I think—I’ve got a lot of ladies in the attic calling out to me. They want to be written into existence. Some characters won’t stop until they have their stories told. I have to think those are the ones God wants written and shared. Magda, in “Shenandoah Hearts” in The Backcountry Brides Collection (Barbour, May 2018)  is one of those heroines.

Magda Sehler lives in Philadelphia with her family from the Palatinate of Germany (which at that time was composed of several duchies). Some of her family members had to indenture themselves to get the family transported. Her mother is a semi-invalid (loosely modeled after myself as I am disabled from Rheumatoid Autoimmune Disorder.) Magda is a talented silversmith. Jacob Owens, her employer, calls her Ladysmith.

I’m all about following God’s lead and overcoming with His help (my blog is www.OvercomingwithGod.com and my tagline is Hearts Overcoming Through Time). I think that’s why Jacob’s and Magda’s story had to be told—they are both following God’s lead and once they are where He has put them, in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, they face much to overcome.

So, how do characters start rattling the chains on the attic door? I might read something for research in colonial America (I have another group blog www.ColonialQuills.org) and think—wow, wouldn’t that possible character have that as part of her story arc. I might be driving and see something. On a trip back from a research trip in Michigan, we drove by the sign for Ladysmith in Virginia. Now I had seen that sign a whole bunch of times, but driving back into Virginia and having just finaled in the prestigious Holt Medallion contest for my Virginia-set romance novella, The Steeplechase, things began to click. My brain was primed for unlocking that attic door and “hanging out” with Magda as a lady silversmith. Other times, I could simply be doing something, e.g., cooking something, and a character may “speak to me” saying that they do that kind of thing or they do it a different way and so I’ve learned a little something more about them.

If you’ve seen the movie about Charles Dickens as he wrote A Christmas Carol, then you get a glimpse into how some writers develop their characters. Sometimes Characters show up. But it is really only when they begin to “talk” to you that you begin to understand them. How they move. How they speak. The cadence or rhythm of their speech. Their facial expressions. Once they really bring their voice to some authors, like myself, it becomes impossible to ignore them until they are released onto the page. Often they love to show up just at bedtime and show a mini-reel of their “movie” to me. That’s usually a clue I better start writing their story or lose a lot of sleep!



Blurb: Shenandoah Hearts by Carrie Fancett Pagels
1754 - Great Wagon Road, into the Shenandoah Valley (Virginia)
As the French-Indian War commences, Magda Sehler wonders if Jacob Owens lost his mind to have abandoned his Philadelphia business and moved to the Shenandoah Valley. Or has he lost his heart?

Questions: If you are a writer, how do your characters reveal themselves to you? If you’re a reader, are you surprised that this is how some characters come to an author?



Giveaway: Answer one of the above questions for a chance to win Carrie's a signed paperback copy of The Backcountry Brides with stories by Carrie, Shannon McNear, Pegg Thomas, Debra E. Marvin, Angela Couch, Denise Weimer, Gabrielle Meyer, and Jennifer Hudson Taylor.

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 

My Pinterest page for 18th Century clothing https://www.pinterest.com/carriefpagels/18th-century-clothing/
  




  

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



Friday, June 15, 2018

The Widow's Plight by Mary Davis ends June 18th

Please welcome Mary Davis to my blog this weekend. Mary is giving away a PDF e-copy of The Widow's Plight. Read on down to find out how to enter. 

WHERE IN THE WORLD IS KAMOLA?

I love my home state of Washington. I live on the western side of the state. The rainy side. The GREEN side!
I love how fresh and clean the rain makes the air smell and how green it makes everything.
And I love setting stories in my home state. Whenever I get the chance, I try to set my stories here, but I’m not tied to that. Not every story I want to write is suited to take place in Washington, and I’m good with that.
So when deciding where to set my Quilting Circle series, I naturally looked at Washington first. After considering the state as a whole and deciding “yes” Washington will work well, I looked at areas I have lived in before because I have a knowledge base to start with.


After some consideration, I chose the town where I went to college, but I wasn’t sure if I wanted to use a “real” town or not. As a writer, this is a question I face with each story. Real town? Or fictional? I have used both, and both have their strengths and weaknesses.
“Real Town” strengths; it’s already there so I don’t have to make up the town layout and such, readers can recognize the town therefore connecting with it, and readers get excited when their town (or a town they know) is mentioned in a book. Weaknesses; it’s already platted and the layout might not suit the needs of the story, readers recognize the town and someone will know when one tiny thing is wrong (even in a historical), and readers get pulled out of a story if the town doesn’t feel like the town they know or don’t have key figures they would expect.
“Fictional Town” strengths; the sky is the limit. I can layout the town to best suit the story. I won’t get the details wrong because it’s my own creation. Weaknesses; it doesn’t have that real-life personal connection, readers won’t recognize it, and with nothing concrete to look back to, I might forget things when the second book (which I’m currently writing) comes along and misplace a building or two.
So I chose a fictional town based off of a real town because my characters would be moving around in town a lot. But those who know Ellensburg will recognize it as such.



Now came the task of naming my town. I decided to name it after my residents hall, Kamola, and named a couple of the college professors in the boarding house after another residents hall (Mr. Lumbard) and the dining hall (Mr. Tunstall). Whenever I read those names it take me back to my college days.
In a novella that released in January 2018, I set the story in the real town of Ellensburg. Well, not really in the town but outside of it on a cattle ranch. I chose the real town name for two reasons. One, I loved my college years in Ellensburg and wanted to use it. Two, my characters weren’t in town much, just at the train station, so using the real town name worked well.
So to answer my title question, “Where in the world is the town of Kamola?” In my imagination, so wherever I am, there is Kamola. And wherever the reader is, there is Kamola also. =0)

Do you prefer reading stories set in real towns—even if the author changes some of the details to suit the story—or fictional where everything is fresh and new?
GIVEAWAY:
Answer the above question to be entered to win a PDF e-copy of The Widow's Plight. Don't forget to leave your email.



THE WIDOW'S PLIGHT ~ A sweet historical romance that will tug at your heart. This is book 1 in the Quilting Circle series. Washington State, 1893.


   When Lily Lexington Bremmer arrives in Kamola with her young son, she’s reluctant to join the social center of her new community, the quilting circle, but the friendly ladies pull her in. She begins piecing a sunshine and shadows quilt because it mirrors her life. She has a secret that lurks in the shadows and hopes it doesn’t come out into the light. Dark places in her past are best forgotten, but her new life is full of sunshine. Will her secrets cast shadows on her bright future?

   Widower Edric Hammond and his father are doing their best to raise his two young daughters. He meets Lily and her son when they arrive in town and helps her find a job and a place to live. Lily resists Edric’s charms at first but finds herself falling in love with this kind, gentle man and his two darling daughters. Lily has stolen his heart with her first warm smile, but he’s cautious about bringing another woman into his girls’ lives due to the harshness of their own mother. Can Edric forgive Lily her past to take hold of a promising chance at love?
   THE WIDOW'S PLIGHT will release in ebook on July 1, and will be out in paperback by mid-June.


About Mary:
MARY DAVIS is a bestselling, award-winning novelist of over two dozen titles in both historical and contemporary themes. She has five titles releasing in 2018; "Holly & Ivy" in A Bouquet of Brides Collection in January, Courting Her Amish Heart in March, The Widow’s Plight in July, Courting Her Secret Heart September, & “Zola’s Cross-Country Adventure” in MISSAdventure Brides Collection in December. She’s a member of ACFW and active in critique groups.
Mary lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over thirty-three years and two cats. She has three adult children and two incredibly adorable grandchildren.




Monday, May 28, 2018

To Claim Her Heart by Jodie Wolfe ends June 4th


Please welcome Jodie Wolfe to my blog this week. Be sure to read on down to find out how to enter to win her new book!

History, Quilt, and Heritage
By Jodie Wolfe

This September 16th will mark the 125th anniversary of the Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893. If you ever saw the movie Far and Away, you’ve seen an accurate portrayal of the last great race for land in the United States. The land up for grabs was over 6.5 million acres in Oklahoma Territory. Nine different starting places were set up on both the Kansas and Oklahoma borders. 42,000 packets of land were available.

It was a desperate time in our Nation. Troubles with the railroads had caused the stock market to plummet, throwing the country into chaos. Banks closed or foreclosed on loans. Many places of business that were supported by the railroads had to shut their doors. Perhaps the state of the economic slump is why over 115,000 people showed up to race for land in Oklahoma Territory.

This race is of particular interest to me because several of my husband’s relatives participated in that race and found land. My mother-in-law introduced the topic to me 21 years ago. I vividly remember when I traveled to Oklahoma with her and saw the place where one of her relatives had staked a claim. My sons and I were able to see the house that was built into the side of a hill in 1894. They first had built a sod house, but it didn’t last very long.



By the time I saw the house, it was in a state of disrepair. It was gutted inside and parts of it were falling apart. A small creek trailed through the land, and the Gloss (Glass) Mountains were nearby. I could easily imagine characters trekking across the area.



My mother-in-law shared stories of an outlaw gang and my husband’s great, great, great grandmother’s encounter with them. I made sure to include this story in my recent release, To Claim Her Heart.

One of the favorite memories Mom shared with me concerns a Rose of Sharon quilt. From what I’ve been able to research, this quilt was first stitched by a family member in 1834. It’s a unique pattern and was often known as a ‘signature’ piece. At that time, twelve different quilts were stitched for a young lady. One was a signature piece that was unique—special. This quilt was typically only brought out on special occasions in the bride’s lifetime. I have the privilege of having this quilt passed down to me. It’s always been given to the oldest daughter. Since my mother-in-law only had sons, she gave it to me.



I mention the quilt because it has ties to the Cherokee Strip Land Run. It’s believed to have been brought along when my husband’s relatives participated in the race.

GIVEAWAY:
While my mother-in-law never lived to see this story in print, I’m thankful that she shared her rich heritage with me. How about you, do you have any significant stories that have been passed down through the generations that you’d like to share? Do you have any items from relatives that you inherited?
In memory of my mother-in-law, I’ll be giving away a print copy (US only) of my new book, To Claim Her Heart. (ebook for outside US) To be entered to win answer Jodie's question in the comment and don't forget to leave your email so we can contact you. 


Back Cover Blurb:
In 1893, on the eve of the great race for land, Benjamin David prays for God to guide him to his 'Promised Land. Finding property and preaching to the lost are his only ways of honoring his deceased fiancée. He hasn't counted on Elmer (Elsie) Smith claiming the same plot and refusing to leave. Not only is she a burr in his side, but she is full of the homesteading know-how he is sadly lacking.

Obtaining a claim in the Cherokee Strip Land Run is Elsie Smith's only hope for survival, and not just any plot, she has a specific one in mind. The land's not only a way to honor her pa and his life, but also to provide a livelihood for herself. She's willing to put in whatever it takes to get that piece of property, and Elsie's determined to keep it.

Her bitterness is what protects her, and she has no intentions of allowing that preacher to lay claim to her land . . . or her heart.

ABOUT JODIE:

Jodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky meet. The power of story to influence lives and change hearts is what motivates her to weave tales that tell of the Savior's faithfulness and forgiveness. She's been a semi-finalist and finalist in various writing contests and is a member of ACFW and RWA. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie. Learn more at www.jodiewolfe.com.


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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. 


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