Monday, July 30, 2018

Chase by Glenn Haggerty ends Aughust 6th

Please welcome Glenn Haggerty to my blog this week. It's Glenn's first time visiting with us so be sure to give him a warm welcome! Glenn is giving away a kindle copy of his book, Chase, so be sure to read on down on how to enter. 

I’ve always loved reading and would often find myself daydreaming about a book and then taking it on a tangent. But I never considered writing. I didn’t think I was good enough for that. And between family, my business and ministry I didn’t have the time—writing was out of the question. But Glaucoma changed all of that. Suddenly I had lots of time but had to figure things out—really find grace to navigate a new situation. I began telling stories to my children . . .
So now I write action/adventure/mysteries to
entertain and give hope. My latest mystery, Chase, Intense Book 3 was released on April 1, 2018. In Chase, Tyler, a middle school newbie, watches helplessly as his friend, Jake, descends into drugs. With the help of a couple of classmates and encouraged by the local police, Tyler begins shadowing drug runners to rat out the methamphetamine dealer before his friend turns into a brain-dead druggie. But Tyler has underestimated the power and raw evil that is about to be unleashed against him. There are lots of twists and turns and character surprises as Tyler and his friends come face to face with organized evil. Faith and courage are tested to the max, and many lessons are learned regarding life and friendships.

My next book in the Intense series is tentatively titled, Hyde, which follows the theme of the first two books and once again also serves as the name of the main antagonist. It set in Florida where Tyler is vacationing with his cousins. Once again, they get caught up in a mysterious disappearance that has to do with modern-day pirates and treasure buried in plain sight. I’ve done some research on the Spanish gold fleet of Seventeen-fifteen and discovered some interesting possibilities. 

GIVEAWAY
To enter the giveaway answer one or both of the questions below. Don't forget to leave your email so we can contact you if you win!

1. When you think of Christian fiction books for middle and high school students would you give an eBook or a print copy to them?
2. If you like a book, how often do you read the next book in the series? The entire series?

ABOUT GLENN: 
Glenn writes inspiring adventures with an edge. No matter how dark the day, finding hope to pursue the prize is the core of all his novels and studies. He is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), a graduate of Vision Loss Resources and Bethel Seminary, the father of six and grandfather of seven. Glenn likes tandem biking, kayaking, and daydreaming and lives in Minneapolis with his wife. He is also an award-winning author with short stories published in Splickety, Havok, Cadet Quest and Partners. Chase, the third book in his Intense series was released on April 1, 2018.
You can connect with Glenn at: Website http://www.glennhaggerty.com/


“There they are.” Chase’s voice rolled up the slope. Even hollering his voice sounded flat and lifeless like someone had drilled a hole in his body, and his soul had leaked out.
Drugs infiltrate Tyler Higgins’ middle school turning ordinary kids into brain dead druggies. When his friend is infected, Tyler decides to cut the small town drug flow by ratting out the dealer before it’s too late.
Shadowing drug runners is risky business. A bowhunter has already disappeared, and Tyler’s true adversary remains veiled. After his first spying mission misfires, Audrey, his classmate, volunteers to help, but Tyler can’t imagine where this mission will lead. Everything goes sideways, but he doggedly follows the twisting trails, risking his friendships and his own neck. In the end, he isn’t sure who he can trust or if he can rescue anyone—including himself.

You can pick up your copy of Chase, Intense Book 3 here www.amazon.com/dp/B0792JP7Z2
If you’ve read this far, I have an extra for you! You can get Escape, Intense Book 1 free in ebook format at Kindle Link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075X2SF8S Nook and other epub https://www.books2read.com/u/m2oRQ7
Escape is a short, fast-paced introduction to the series and another great summer read.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

The Victorian Christmas Brides with Carrie Fancett Pagels ends July 31st


Please welcome my very good friend Carrie Fancett Pagels to my blog this week. I love having Carrie on because she loves her readers and it always shows. Read on down to find out how to enter in Carrie's giveaway of her Christmas book release. 

Christmas in July!



When you think of Christmas in July, you’re probably thinking about special sales and about Hallmark movies. For a lot of authors, however, July is the time they are thinking about their upcoming Christmas releases. They may be ordering swag (bookmarks, postcards, charms related to their stories to make earrings with for readers, etc.). They are likely setting up blog posts and possible book signings. Often Christmas books begin to release in September, right when the kids are going back to school. Being a mom with a teenager, I usually read my Christmas stories in the lead up to Halloween because after that it gets pretty hectic with planning for Thanksgiving and Christmas! But with novella collections, you can also enjoy one novella at a time (about two hours to read each) in the lead up to Christmas. So maybe you can hold off to read until December if you dare!



I was really blessed when after two years of waiting on an inquiry about a Christmas collection, I love the Victorian era. This collection releases September 1st from Barbour Publishing but is available for pre-order now. 
heard that our acquisition editor, Becky Germany, was taking our proposal to committee and then it was approved! I’d pulled together a group of my favorite authors (is that amazing or what?). Erica Vetsch, a Carol award winner, Lorna Seilstad an amazing novelist, C.J. Chase a friend of mine and Golden Heart winner who writes amazing Regency fiction, Vanessa Riley another fantastic Regency author, Rita Gerlach whose work I have been savoring for over a decade, Kathy Maher a Genesis winner and my critique partner and amazing writer, Gabrielle Meyer whose stories I love, and Susanne Dietze Selah Award winner (I am her biggest fan girl!). So I plan to read and re-read this collection.


GIVEAWAY: 
Answer one or both of the questions below to enter in the giveaway.
When do you start reading your first Christmas story for the season? Do you read novellas? 



Bio and links for The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection:



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 www.CarrieFancettPagels.com.





Blurb: The Sugarplum Ladies by Carrie Fancett Pagels
1867 Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and Detroit, Michigan
When Canadian barrister Percy Gladstone finds his aristocratic British family unexpectedly descending upon him for Christmas, he turns to American social reformer Eugenie Mott and her fledgling catering crew for help.














































Monday, July 16, 2018

Shadowed by a Spy by Marilyn Turk ends July 23rd


Please welcome Marilyn Turk to my blog this week. Read on down to find out how to enter in her giveaway!

Discovering a Book
People often ask me where I get the ideas for my books. Their question implies I’m creative and that I come up with these ideas all by myself.
Not true. You see, I’m a historical writer, so I like to explore history and find interesting facts about different periods in various places. Not that I bury my head in research books, but sometimes I stumble upon a fascinating tidbit or see an old building that piques my interest.

Then I wonder what it was like to live at that time in that place when certain things happened. That’s when the people (characters) show up in my mind and tell me about it. A story idea takes root in my little brain as I dig into the history and let the characters show me around. I follow them and see what they do, and the details come out when I begin to write the story.
It may sound cliché, but as a Christian, I firmly believe God leads me to each story and reveals to me the lesson the characters will learn once they survive the conflicts, both external and internal. Many times, this belief has been affirmed when I find a detail that I need to make the story work, one I didn’t know existed until I began to write the story. No doubt God put that detail there for me to find.

So, I’m not creative. Actually, I’m more of a literary archaeologist. I dig around in history and discover stories, then I write them. And because I’m not creative, just curious and committed to what God has given me, I have to give Him the credit.
What about you? Have you ever wondered what it was like to live in a different era? Have you ever seen an old mansion and wanted to know who lived there?
My latest book, Shadowed by a Spy, is a good example of the above. After readers read The Gilded Curse, they asked what happened to the main characters after the book ended? So I had to figure out where they went and what historical event happened at that time, and guess what? They just happened to be to be part of it!



Giveaway: Leave a comment for a chance to win your choice of one of my books.

About Marilyn:

Marilyn Turk writes historical fiction set on the coast. The Gilded Curse, a World War II novel, published in 2016, won a Silver Scroll award and its sequel, Shadowed by a Spy, debuts in July 2018. Rebel Light and Revealing Light are the first two books of her Coastal Lights Legacy featuring stories in lighthouse settings. In addition, Marilyn’s novella, The Wrong Survivor, will be in a collection called Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides coming out in November 2018. She has also written a book of devotions called Lighthouse Devotions. She blogs about lighthouses and writing on her website @ http://pathwayheart.com. In addition to climbing lighthouses, Marilyn enjoys boating, fishing, tennis, and gardening.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Firestorm by Laura V Hilton ends July 16th

Please welcome Laura V Hilton to my blog this week. 
Read on down to find out how to enter her giveaway.


Firestorm


Bridget Behr and her family migrate from the bustling Amish community where
she grew up in Ohio to the mostly unpopulated Upper Peninsula of Michigan after a stalker breaks into their home. While her father and brother try to find work in the area, the family is forced to reside in a borrowed RV until the house and barn are rebuilt. While Bridget is hoping for a fresh start, she’s afraid to trust anyone—even Gabriel, the overly-friendly Amish man who lives nearby. Bridget thinks he’s a flirt who serial dates and doesn’t even remember the girls’ names.

Due to not enough construction work in his Florida community to keep him out of trouble, Gabriel Lapp has been sent to Michigan to work. His father is desperate for his son to settle down. When the family walks into Gabe’s home in the middle of a thunderstorm and he discovers their circumstances, he offers to help with construction. For Gabe, the beautiful girl he teasingly calls “the recluse” once he discovers she doesn’t attend youth events, confuses him like none other.

As Gabriel and Bridget grow closer, they realize there is more to a person than meets the eye. Just as Bridget is finally settling into her new life, and perhaps finding love, tragedy strikes. Now Bridget and her family must decide if they should move to another Amish community, or dare to fight for the future they’d hoped for in Mackinac County.

Michigan pasty recipe

4 ½ cups all-purpose flour
1 cup shortening
1 ¼ cups ice water
1 t salt
5 ½ cups sliced potatoes
2 carrots sliced
1 onion diced
½ cup diced rutabaga
2 lbs venison (can also use beef or pork stew meat or ground beef and pork)
1 T salt
1 t black pepper
1 cube beef bouillon
½ cup hot water

Directions:
Whisk together flour and 1 t salt into large bowl, cut in shortning. Make a well in the center of he mixture, and quickly stir in ice cold water. Form dough into a ball. Set aside.

Dissolve the beef bouillon cube in hot water. Combine uncooked vegetables, uncooked meat, 1 T salt and pepper with the bouillon.

Roll out pasty dough  into 6 x 8 inch rectangles. Place about 1 ½ cups of filling in the center of each rectangle. Bring 6 inch sides together, and seal. Cut a slit in the top of each pasty. Place on dull, not black, baking pans.

Bake at 425 degrees F for 45 minutes.

Have you had or made pasties before? If so do you like them? What is your favorite thing you make? 

GIVEAWAY:
Answer one of the above questions to be entered to win Firestorm. Don't forget to leave your email addy.

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.


twitter: @Laura_V_Hilton

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Avalanche by Gayla K. Hiss ends July 9th


3 Tales of Romance and Adventure in the National Parks 

One of my favorite pastimes is to visit our beautiful national parks. In fact, my husband and I have traveled to 11 different national parks and monuments this year alone. Hiking to a romantic lake or waterfall in the mountains, watching wildlife, or stargazing while relaxing around a campfire are just a few of the activities I enjoy in these delightful destinations. Something about being in nature always fills me with excitement and a sense of adventure. That’s why I chose national park settings for the books in my inspirational romantic suspense series, Peril in the Park. 




It all began with a hike in the Cascade Mountains during the summer. Some of the trails were closed due the avalanche danger—what? In July? That’s right. Intrigued by the discovery that avalanches can indeed happen in the middle of summer, I wrote a story about a female park ranger and a U.S. marshal on a manhunt in the mountains, and AVALANCHE became the first book in my Peril in the Park series. Set in the spectacular North Cascades National Park, the story is full of adventure and suspense in an exhilarating natural setting. 










The second book, DANGEROUS GROUND, picks up with a female marshal and her handsome Good Samaritan in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. I’ve been to the Smokies a number of times, which gave me plenty to draw from as I wrote the story. I also had fun with the fictional nearby town of Tyler’s Glen. The rural community nestled in the scenic mountains is an idyllic vacation site—except for the mystery that surrounds it and threatens the town’s peaceful existence. 




WILDFIRE is the third book of the series and is set in yet another magnificent location, Rocky Mountain National Park. When I think of the Rockies, I think of gigantic, rugged mountain peaks and fascinating animals like elk, moose, and bighorn sheep. However, in the summer months, wildfires can threaten the park and its wildlife. Over the last year and a half, I saw the devastation wildfires can bring to national parks like Great Smoky Mountains and Glacier, and it raised my awareness of the important role fire managers and firefighters perform by managing wildfires and helping to preserve our national parks. It also inspired me to write this story about a female wildfire scientist and a firefighter who team up to solve the mystery behind the outbreak of wildfires in the Rockies. 


A common theme in my books is getting back to the simple things in life like faith, family, and the land. To me, there’s nothing more enjoyable and restorative than going camping outdoors and connecting with God, the Creator. We are so blessed to have our national park system. I want future generations to value and enjoy them too. 

With 59 national parks and 117 national monuments in the U.S. alone, there are plenty of destinations to choose from. Whether you prefer the mountains, the seashore, the desert, or caves, there is a park for everyone. And if you can’t go there in person, you can still enjoy these fascinating places through the many stories written about them. So visit a park (or read about one) and rediscover the beauty and wonder of Creation. But beware—once you’ve experienced life in the wild, you might just become a park-aficionado like me. Happy Adventures!

GIVEAWAY:
Book Giveaway Question: What is your favorite national park and why?
Winner will receive a print signed copy of my book AVALANCHE.
Leave a comment answering the above question and your email addy to be entered. 


Wildfire

Will Rachael and Dylan escape the fire’s fury, or
perish in the flames?       
Sparks fly when wildfire researcher Rachael Woodston clashes with firefighter Dylan Veracruz in Rocky Mountain National Park. The June fire season has just begun, yet a long-standing drought has already turned the park into a tinderbox. Rachael’s computer data indicates the fire Dylan’s crew is fighting is about to accelerate, but he doesn’t believe her—until the fire suddenly gets out of control and they have to evacuate.

Suspecting arson, Rachael and Dylan join forces in search of answers and soon discover that chasing fires isn’t all they have in common—they’re both survivors of deep loss. However, their difference of opinion about faith keeps them at arm’s length, despite a growing attraction. As the danger escalates, Rachael and Dylan soon find themselves in a firestorm they cannot escape. All seems lost until Rachael has a profound encounter that restores her faith and gives her hope. The close call also fuels her determination to stop the fiend behind the flames. But can she and Dylan solve the mystery and extinguish their enemy before disaster strikes again?




ABOUT Gayla K. Hiss:

Gayla’s writing journey began with her hobby painting landscapes. In her imagination, characters and scenes came to life as she painted beautiful natural settings. Her inspiring novels combine her love for the great outdoors with romance, suspense, and mystery. Gayla and her husband often tour the country in their RV, visiting many state and national parks. She enjoys hiking, camping, and traveling, and lives in the Pacific Northwest. She’s excited to announce the soon release of WILDFIRE, book 3 in her Peril in the Park series, which can be purchased on Amazon at: https://amzn.to/2KhK7Ec. Visit www.gaylakhiss.com to learn more, and connect with her on Facebook, Amazon, and Goodreads.
Gayla’s website is: https://www.gaylakhiss.com

Amazon Author Page: https://goo.gl/WrzGcD
Purchase WILDFIRE on Amazon at: https://amzn.to/2KhK7Ec