Monday, September 24, 2018

My Crazy Girls by Sherri Stewart PLUS 2 GIVEAWAYS!!! Ends October 1st



My Crazy Girls
By Sherri Stewart

You might think from the title that I have a bevy of daughters, but I don’t. I have one son, Josh, who’s more quirky than crazy. What I’m referring to are the leading ladies of my books. They all deal with “issues,” that are exacerbated by the suspenseful occurrences and romance in their lives.
Meet my first female character, Julie Richards, an attorney, who’s afraid to leave her house. It’s called agoraphobia, which for Julie started when her parents died in a plane crash. She tamped down grief due to the rigors of law school and refused to get help. Now years later, she’s a mess and her house isn’t so safe anymore. Come Out of Hiding.
My newest female lead, Lily Rountree, deals with guilt, which only occurs around Christmas. It manifests itself in her propensity to forget things, like showing up for dates and appointments, and forgetting to turn off the kitchen faucet. She also likes to sleep in the most embarrassing places. Sleeping through Christmas.


All of my lovelies are believers. Most have made Christ their Savior, but there’s a disconnect when it comes to their issues. It could be that they’re embarrassed. After all, if they truly believed in God, wouldn’t they be able to resolve their problems? As in life, sometimes things have to get worse before they can get better. Writers call it Character Arc, and by the end of the book, the ladies confront their issues and move toward overcoming them. I say, move toward, because life requires baby steps.
How about you? Have you ever dealt with a deep issue that manifested itself at a certain time of year in a unique way?


GIVEAWAY: Sherri is giving away a copy of Sleeping through Christmas and a copy of Love Reunited at Christmas. Answer the above question to be entered in the drawing. Be sure to leave your email address too!




About Sherri
Sherri Stewart loves a good suspense novel, sprinkled with romance and a strong message that challenges her faith. She spends her working hours with books—either editing others’ manuscripts or writing her own. Sherri loves traveling to potential settings for future stories. Israel was her last trip; a series of bed and breakfasts is her next. Sherri lives in the Orlando area with her family and lazy dog, Lily. She loves to chat with readers about their ideas. Contact her at www.stewartwriting.com.
Social Media Contacts
Website www.stewartwriting.com/blog
Facebook 

Goodreads

Books by Sherri Stewart 
Come Out of Hiding 
A Well-Founded Fear of Death 
Stranded with Pearls 
Très Chic 
Inn Danger 
Last Chance Island 
The Good Little Nurse 
Call Me Jane 
Rag Doll 
What she saw in Room 223

Monday, September 17, 2018

The Victorian Christmas Brides Collection with Kathleen L Maher ends 9/24th PLUS RAFFLECOPTER!



Please welcome Kathleen L. Maher back to my blog! I'm so excited to have Kathy back and this time with her Christmas novella collection by Barbour!

I’m baaaaack! LOL

Thank you so much for having me on your blog again, Debbie Lynne. You are seriously the most gracious hostess ever. It’s got to be the whole Southern hospitality thing. Us New Yorkers? We’re like “first you’re a guest and then you’re a pest.” At least that’s what my old high school friend would say. Wait! Do I detect a pattern in my life….?
Anyway, I digress. Today, I am celebrating my Christmas novella here with you all. Up here in New York, it isn’t snowing quite yet. But Hobby Lobby has had Christmas decorations, trees and ribbon up since July, so I’m guessing it’s okay to talk about IT. ‘Cause there’s what, only like 75 shopping days left, or something, right? Oh, I guess it’s exactly 99. Whew! Is that all?

So, I am feeling like the luckiest person alive. I got to dream up a Victorian Christmas romance story and get paid for it! By Barbour Books, no less. (I’m just making up for lost time, since our lovely and talented hostess was in a Christmas collection years ago. Guidepost’s Cup of Christmas Cheer. Loved her story, too. “The Letter.” You should read it!)

In this collection, The Victorian Christmas Brides, are nine Christmas stories set in Victorian England or with English characters in America during the Victorian age. Mine is the latter. It is called “Love Brick by Brick” because the British gentleman hero Rufus Sedgwick III is rebuilding their family’s ancestral home in the states for his ailing mother when circumstances force them to move.

The heroine in the story, SarahAnn Winnifred, is a
young lady who grew up an orphan, struggling to overcome her disadvantage through hard work. She is studying to be a doctor, apprenticed by Dr. Rachel Gleason, a real-life historical figure who did in fact apprentice young ladies into the medical profession, after she was only the fourth woman in the US to become a practicing MD. SarahAnn longs for family and a home of her own for the holidays, both for her and the orphans she still serves. Will all her Christmas dreams come true?






Love Brick by Brick by Kathleen L. Maher 
1857 Elmira, New York 
SarahAnn Winnifred overcomes orphanhood apprenticing with pioneering doctors. Rufus Sedgwick, relocating his English estate, seeks help for his ailing Mum. Christmas reveals the secret wish of both hearts—for love. Purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/Victorian-Christmas-Brides-Collection-Christmases/dp/1683227190












The Abolitionist’s Daughter by Kathleen L. Maher 1860-1864 Shenandoah Valley, and Elmira, NY The crusading daughter of a Washington politician comes between twin brothers as the country plunges toward Civil War. Horsemen from Virginia, the twins would defend their livelihood from her meddling kind. When love ignites, friends become enemies. Can the very girl who divided bosom brothers unite them again? Purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/Abolitionists-Daughter-Kathleen-L-Maher/dp/1718026242
The Abolitionist’s Daughter book trailer link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Brp28ZTOWHo





About Kathleen:
Kathleen L. Maher has had an infatuation with books and fictional heroes ever since her preschool crush, Peter Rabbit. She has a novella releasing with BARBOUR in the 2018 Victorian Christmas Brides collection, featuring her hometown of Elmira, New York. Her debut historical, Bachelor Buttons, blends her Irish heritage and love of the American Civil War. She won the 2012 ACFW Genesis contest for her Civil War story, releasing this summer under a new title The Abolitionist’s Daughter. Kathleen shares an old farmhouse in upstate New York with her husband, children, and a small zoo of rescued animals.

Follow Kathleen on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KLMaherAuthor/ on Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mahereenie and on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/kathleenlmaher



Thanks so much once again for having me today, Debbie Lynne. I look forward to interacting with your readers, and today I am giving away a copy of Victorian Christmas Brides Collection or The Abolitionist’s Daughter to one lucky commenter. Winner’s choice of format, (ebook or print--US residents only.) To enter, please answer the following question: If you could celebrate Christmas in any place or time period, where would it be and why? Please be sure to leave your email in your entry so you can be notified if random.org selects your entry.

GIVEAWAY:
In addition, I am hosting a rafflecopter to be drawn at the conclusion of my blog tour just before Thanksgiving, with several prizes, including a $50 Amazon gift card, a print copy of each of my books, and a Christmas goodie basket. Be sure to follow each stop on the tour to increase your chances of winning! (US residents only.) 


CLICK FOR RAFFLECOPTER

Kathy's next stop on her blog tour/promo hop is on the facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/connectingreadersandauthors/ 
where she will be hosting a two hour party, talking about her two books, and offering lots of fun and giveaways.
Be sure to jpoin the group if you're not already a member, and be sure to tell the administrator, Becky Hrivnak, that Kathy sent you.


Good luck!

Monday, September 3, 2018

The Abolitionist's Daughter by Kathleen L. Maher ends 9/17 PLUS a Rafflecopter!

When Kathy sent me her post she gave me strict directions I was not allowed to critique this post. 'Sigh' So with a red face, I ask you to please give a warm welcome to my dearest friend, my sister by another mother, critique partner, and one talented author, Kathleen L. Maher. 

Be sure to scroll on down to find out how to enter the giveaways!

Ode to a Saint: a Writer’s Best Friend
Once in a lifetime you find a special friend, and if you’re really blessed, a kindred spirit. My life has been blessed many times over, as I have an incredible husband and great sisters and some very special praying friends who are very dear to me. But one stands out for her zany sense of humor, her devilish pranks (hiding fake spiders in mailing boxes) her ridiculous work ethic (canning 100 lbs of tomatoes in one day), her talent (multiple best-selling Medievals) , and above all, her superhuman generosity.

This friend and I met (was it ten years ago? Eleven? I’ve lost track) as newbs in the writing world. We both joined American Christian Fiction Writers at the same time and were placed in the same critique group. Four began the group, and only two stayed. (I think I wore the other two out.)

I loved her manuscript. I loved that we had so much in common. Faith, horses, writing, history, dogs, married to chivalrous men, homeschooling, (she did a better job) painting, and so much more. We just got each other on a level that’s so rare.

As we swapped critiques (hers are eagle-eyed brilliance) we saw how the Lord had knitted our lives together. We both joined the grandmother club, we both saw our younger children graduate and move on to college. We shared health crises, financial scares, the passing of loved ones, beloved pets, and many seasons. She cheered for my successes (Genesis Award for which she gave my acceptance speech in proxy) and I cheered for hers ( Guideposts Christmas collection, several very successful Indie romances). We prayed for one another and pushed when one hit writer’s block, and pulled when the other wanted to throw the laptop in the trash and become a hermit.

But there are things no other friend and crit partner has ever done for another, and I tell you, this saintly being has abounded in above-and-beyond acts of heroism. When I couldn’t go to conference because of finances, what did she do? She raised the money by sewing and embroidering book bags that said, “Be nice or I’ll make you the villain in my next novel.” Then we came up with the idea of creating my own book cover, and what did she do? She SEWED a CIVIL WAR GOWN for my daughter to model! It’s gorgeous. Has the most beautiful buttons and lace trim, with fabric in the richest shade of moss green….

see it in this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Brp28ZTOWHo

But she wasn’t nearly done. When my husband was delivering pizzas to put food on the table, she offered for him to stay with her family so he could work a more profitable job and come home on his breaks to us. She and her husband opened their home for seven months! But the best was yet to come. This angelic, selfless, caring woman of God hired a graphic designer to put my dream cover together so I could finally release the book of my heart.

If you’re ever tempted to give up on humanity, to believe that there is no goodness left on earth, I want you to think about this rare unicorn that I have told you about here, so that you can be assured, genuine Christlike people REALLY do exist. I know, because I have met Debbie Lynne Costello.



The Abolitionist’s Daughter by Kathleen L. Maher 
1860-1864 Shenandoah Valley, and Elmira, NY The crusading daughter of a Washington politician comes between twin brothers as the country plunges toward Civil War. Horsemen from Virginia, the twins would defend their livelihood from her meddling kind. When love ignites, friends become enemies. Can the very girl who divided bosom brothers unite them again? 

Purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/Abolitionists-Daughter-Kathleen-L-Maher/dp/1718026242




About Kathleen:
Kathleen L. Maher has had an infatuation with books and fictional heroes ever since her preschool crush, Peter Rabbit. She has a novella releasing with BARBOUR in the 2018 Victorian Christmas Brides collection, featuring her hometown of Elmira, New York. Her debut historical, Bachelor Buttons, blends her Irish heritage and love of the American Civil War. She won the 2012 ACFW Genesis contest for her Civil War story, releasing this summer under a new title The Abolitionist’s Daughter. Kathleen shares an old farmhouse in upstate New York with her husband, children, and a small zoo of rescued animals.

Follow Kathleen on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KLMaherAuthor/ on 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Mahereenie and on 

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/kathleenlmaher

Giveaway:
Thanks so much for having me on your blog today, Debbie Lynne. I look forward to interacting with your readers, and today I am giving away 2 Kindle copies of The Abolitionist’s Daughter and 1 paperback to some lucky commenters.
To enter, please answer the following question: Who has been your hero? Why? Please be sure to leave your email in your entry so you can be notified if random.org selects your entry.
In addition, I am hosting a rafflecopter to be drawn at the conclusion of my blog tour just before Thanksgiving, with several prizes, including Ammy gift cards, books, and a Christmas goodie basket. Be sure to follow each stop on the tour to increase your chances of winning! (US residents only.) 

Debbie Lynne here. And to celebrate with my best friend, I am also giving away a kindle copy of The Abolitionist's Daughter.