Monday, October 14, 2019

First Publicly Funded Schools PLUS GIVEAWAY of Lessons on Love ~ Kathleen L Maher Ends 10/21

Lessons on Love book blog tour

Hi! Kathleen L. Maher here, returning because I have some fun stories to share with you. A school teacher historical romance collection, actually. Thank you so much, Debbie Lynne, for having me on your blog! I’m really excited about this collection and thought I would share with your readers about the theme of Lessons on Love, which is early education in America.

The first publicly funded schools were called Common Schools, a push starting in the late 1830’s that would spread with the westward expansion of our country and create an unprecedented need for instructors versed in both classical learning and Christian and civic influence. Horace Mann is credited with being the founder of the Common School movement with a goal of providing a free education to all regardless of socioeconomic standing. Thomas Jefferson had expressed that the survival of this new republic after the Revolutionary War depended upon an educated citizenry. Not just the highborn.

Male instructors were at first the only choice as women were generally denied access to the education necessary to instruct others. Women were not uneducated—many could read and write, but they were undereducated, and at first disregarded as credible instructors. But as men became less and less available to teach, their skills and ambitions luring them to other more lucrative professions and ambitions, opinions on women in the classroom shifted.

It quickly became the mode for women to preside over classrooms, advocated by forward thinkers such as Catharine Beecher, sister of Henry Ward Beecher and Harriet Beecher Stowe. She was a pioneering voice in legitimizing women in the classroom not only because they were intelligent—she herself was an accomplished school founder, curriculum writer and activist—but she also raised the point that women held a unique advantage because they were born nurturers, ready influencers in morality for the next generation. She helped establish training schools for teachers on the western frontier and served to establish women’s colleges. The common school quickly found women teachers indispensable. Women were available and inexpensive—typically paid less than half of what a man would have been paid.

Noah Webster joined voices like Jefferson’s in emphasizing the vital importance of education to a civil society. His “blue backed” speller was widely used in Common Schools. His was an ecumenical approach, emphasizing classic literary and historical curriculum to unify a population of diverse background in terms of skill, economy, region, and even race. Webster’s curriculum shared Horace Mann’s vision of uniting a culture with a common education that would produce stability both politically and socially.

Around this time another curriculum came into vogue. The McGuffey Reader encouraged oral recitation with short verse and story, often centering on Christian didactics, scripture, and even prayer. The generally accepted values at the time of the Bible advised moral and civic instruction. In the Common School, church and state were not separate in the classroom. Only localized protest challenged this, when populations of Roman Catholic immigrants questioned the Protestant status quo, mostly to no avail.

Four schoolteachers find more than they bargained for in their contracts. Class is in session on the four R’s: reading, ‘riting, ‘rithmatic, and romance!

Something Old, Something New by Kathleen L. Maher

New York, 1840

Her father’s sudden death makes Gilda Jacobs the new schoolmaster, but to teach Christian curriculum she partners with fire-and-brimstone revivalist Joshua Blake, who learns a lesson in love.

            Gilda Jacobs                Joshua Blake

Love in Any Language by Susanne Dietze
Kansas, 1870
Mary Clarence teaches English to the children of Swedish immigrants, but when her favorite students’ widowed father, Kristofer Nilsson, is accused of robbery, she’s determined to clear his name.

In Desperate Straits by Carrie Fancett Pagels
Mackinac Island, Michigan, 1894
Desperate for work, Margaret Hadley dresses as a young man to secure a dray driver’s position. When soldiers at the fort threaten her, Mackinac Island’s newest teacher, Jesse Huntington, intervenes.

A Song in the Night
by Rita Gerlach
Virginia, 1904
Karin Wiles longs to share the uplifting power of music with children. But when she seeks to improve a poorly run school and include orphans, Nathaniel Archer delivers harsh words of opposition from the school board.

CONTEST: I am offering a signed print copy of Lessons on Love to one lucky commenter. To enter, answer this question. Would you like to see Biblical values return to public education? Why or why not?

For extra entries, share this blogpost on your social media: FB, Twitter, Pinterest, or (the cover of the book) on Instagram, etc. Be creative! The more shares, the more entries. ***US only***

Thank you so much once again for having me as a guest on your awesome blog, Debbie Lynne. I look forward to interacting with your readers!

Monday, September 30, 2019

Forever, Lately by Linore Rose Burkard ends October 7th

Please welcome fellow author and my very good friend, Linore Burkard. Linore started this idea of her Regency time travel years ago and I LOVED the idea. So I was so excited when she decided to flesh out that idea a write Forever, Lately. I love the book as much as I did when she first introduced the idea to me. This story is so much fun and when it ends it leaves you wishing it hadn't. Be sure to read on down to see how to enter to win Forever, Lately.

I wanted to write a Regency time travel for years. When I saw the movie “Kate and Leopold” I thought, Oh no! Someone used my idea! But I needn’t have worried. Leopold (Hugh Jackman) was a Victorian gentleman, not a Regencian. Secondly, though I enjoyed the flick, I kept thinking it missed many opportunities for humor. (Having written a screenplay since then, I now realize why it missed so many: tight scripts just don’t have room for all the scenes that could be fun.) When I wrote my story, however, I was able to include a lot of the humor scenes that had been floating around in my head for eons. It’s one of the reasons the book is a lot of fun to read—particularly when the Regency hero appears in the present. On a side note, I started this book and then dropped it—for years—mostly because I wanted to write it as Christian romance like my other Regencies. But I kept running into roadblocks. And Christian publishers weren’t interested. Finally I realized I had to let God out of MY box and write the story he was giving me, not the one I thought he should give me. After that, it came together remarkably easily and quickly. And, I think, in a very fun way. I might even do a sequel.

What It's About:

Book: Forever, Lately
Author: Linore Rose Burkard
Genre: Time-Travel Romance
Release Date: October, 2019 

England, 1816

Julian St. John needs a wife–and fast. An oath to his deceased guardian must be kept. Miss Clarissa Andrews, a vexatious beauty, has dangled after him all season but he has no intention of choosing such a she-devil.

Maine, present day

Author Claire Channing needs to write a bestselling book to salvage a failing career. She moves to her grandmother’s rustic cottage, but without the deed, the clock is ticking on how long she can stay. She thinks she’s writing St. John’s story, until an old prayer shawl with embroidered lovebirds transports her to his Regency world! She falls in love with him–a man she thought she created. But a jealous Miss Andrews would rather see Julian dead than in another woman’s arms!

Claire and St. John must beat the clock to prevent a deadly tragedy, but can love endure past the limits of time?

Click HERE to get your copy!

GIVEAWAY: Ask Linore a question about her writing or about the book, or answer the questions: Have you read a time travel? Do you like them? Why or why not? (If you say no, you HAVE TO give Forever, Lately a chance because I KNOW you'll love it!) And be entered to win a kindle copy.

About the Author  

Linore Rose Burkard is a serious watcher of period films, a Janeite, and hopeless romantic. An award winning author best known for Inspirational Regency Romance, her first book opened the genre for the CBA. Besides historical romance, Linore writes contemporary suspense (The Pulse Effex Series, as L.R. Burkard), contemporary romance (Falling In), and romantic short stories. Linore has a magna cum laude English Lit. degree from CUNY which she earned while taking herself far too seriously. She now resides in Ohio with her husband and family, where she turns her youthful angst into character or humor-driven plots.

Linore  is Vice President of the Dayton Scribes, and a Regional Director of CAN, Christian Authors Network. She founded Lilliput Press, a vehicle for Indie Publishing, where “little dreams become books.”

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Monday, September 23, 2019

Fall Flip by Denise Weimer

Courting by Cooking


In my new novel, Fall Flip, Lester and Ruby Wentworth, a retired couple for whom interior designer Shelby Dodson and contractor Scott Matthews are flipping a 1920s bungalow, quickly notice when the attraction between Shelby and Scott goes south. 

Lester has a bit of experience winning a bride he’d once considered out of his league. After all, the renovated house will be his fiftieth wedding anniversary gift to Ruby! Lester helps Scott capture the affection of the guarded young widow the same way he did with Ruby—courting by cooking. For every bump in the road, every obstacle to their love, Lester offers a sweet or savory Southern solution. He uses his medical tremor condition as leverage to edge Scott into the kitchen.


Lester smiled and pushed a worn cookbook toward him. “Hermits are the cookies of the season. The cinnamon and nutmeg say ‘welcome, fall!’ The nuts and raisins can get you through an afternoon better than any candy bar. I grew up cooking these with my mother every September. She was the one who taught me something every woman knows, including what Miss Goody Two-Shoes Ruby Scottsdale learned really fast. If a man can cook, he can do anything. And with his cooking, he can say anything. Can you cook, Scott Matthews?”

Chicken Noodle Soup

“It’s clear from the frustration in your voice that you like Shelby. A cold, hmm? And a cold front coming in tonight with rain too. I know what we’re making. Be here at ten.”

Fried Chicken

After saying a prayer, Lester passed the food with the zest of a young boy. “Scott’s strong arms made mashing all those potatoes really fast. And Shelby, this is my mother’s secret recipe fried chicken.”

“I can’t wait,” Ruby declared.

“Yes, my love, it’s been far too long. I don’t know what I’ll do after our house is ready. I’ll have to find someone new to finagle into the kitchen.” Lester winked at Scott, making one scruffy eyebrow descend like a small, nesting bird.

Scott smiled as he unwrapped the basket of rolls. “Our friendship doesn’t have to end with the house renovation.”

Shelby was starting to feel similarly about the Wentworths.

Chocolate Cake

He held his gift on a plate, just one slice of decadent, moist, triple-layer chocolate cake. One slice to make it clear it was just for her, and on Ruby’s wedding china at that. But as Shelby looked at Scott, surprise turned not to welcome, but to suspicion.

As you can see, Shelby doesn’t always accept Scott’s offerings with grace. To find out what finally wears Shelby down, click here to order a copy of Fall Flip.

Intrigued by the hermits? Those came from my mom’s long-time recipe. My dad can’t keep his hands off ’em. Want to try them for yourself? Click here to sign up for my monthly author e-mail, which will include our family recipe in October: Monthly Newsletter Sign-up.

Represented by Hartline Literary Agency, Denise Weimer holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. She’s a managing editor for Smitten Historical Romance and Heritage Beacon Historical Fiction imprints of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas and the author of The Georgia Gold Series, The Restoration Trilogy, and a number of novellas, including Across Three Autumns of Barbour’s Colonial Backcountry Brides Collection. Her historical romance, The Witness Tree, is also releasing this month with LPC’s Smitten ( A wife and mother of two daughters, she always pauses for coffee, chocolate, and old houses! Connect with Denise here:

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Louise Gouge's Secret PLUS 2 GIVEAWAYS!

Please welcome my friend and wonderful author, Louise Gouge to my blog. Her and Laurie Kingery have new LIH releases and will be sharing fun posts this week. If you missed Laurie's be sure to scroll on down past Louise's! They will each be giving away a copy of their book. Be sure to read on down to see how to enter. And be sure to comment on both posts for more chances of winning! 

I loved reading all of the comments about cowboys you all have written in response to Laurie Kingery’s post (below). I’ll tell you a secret. Because of Laurie’s wonderful story, The Outlaw’s Lady, I began writing westerns for Love Inspired Historical! But that was a little later, after LIH published my Revolutionary War and Regency books.
My first LIH story was Love Thine Enemy. As a lover of my country’s history, I have always appreciated the sacrifices made by the Patriots in the thirteen colonies that broke away from England. When I was searching for an idea to write for LIH, I learned that there actually were more than thirteen English colonies. As it turns out, East Florida was a refuge for those pesky Loyalists who fled the war. So, our LIH stories being, well, love inspired, and love stories needing conflict, I thought the perfect romance should be between a Loyalist and a Patriot. Then I created an interesting supporting cast of characters, and fun and excitement ensued.
Here’s the story: The tropics of colonial Florida are far removed from America’s Revolution. Still, Rachel Folger’s loyalties remain with Boston’s patriots. Handsome plantation owner Frederick Moberly’s faithfulness to the Crown is as certain as his admiration for Rachel—but for the sake of harmony, he’ll keep his sympathies hidden. After all, the war is too far distant to truly touch them...isn’t it? A betrayal of Rachel’s trust divides the pair, leaving Frederick to question the true meaning of faith in God and in country. Inspired by Rachel to see life, liberty, and love through His eyes, Frederick must harness his faith and courage to claim the woman he loves before war tears them apart.

GIVEAWAY: Ask Louise a question or tell her who you'd think you would be if you lived during the Revolutionary War. Would you be loyal to the Crown or would you be loyal to the new country?

Monday, July 1, 2019

Why I Write Cowboy Historicals by Laurie Kingery PLUS 2 GIVEAWAYS!

Please welcome Laurie Kingery to my blog today. Her and Louise Gouge have new LIH releases and will be sharing fun posts this week. They will each be giving away a copy of their book. Be sure to read on down to see how to enter in the giveaways!


I started my writing career (writing as Laurie Grant) for the now defunct publisher Leisure and chose the early English and French medieval period as my era. Continuing with the former Warner publishing and then Harlequin Historicals, I continued with the medieval era, but I am a native Texan by birth, and that heritage began to appeal to me more and more. 

Why?  The American cowboy hero has all the chivalry of the knights of old with none of the title snobbery of medieval society.  He did not need to come from a castle – – often he came from nothing and his parents were no one of note. He might be illiterate, but that didn’t prevent him from being noble of character. Though somewhat idealized in our novels, admittedly,  the cowboy had a code of honor not unlike the knight, especially in regard to the treatment of ladies. They defended themselves and civilization, such as it was, from outlaws and savage Indians, much as the knights fought outlaws of that time, Vikings, and would-be invaders from other countries, and if one was fortunate, he might win the hand (and lands) of a fair lady who might of been higher in station than the knight had been. Thus he might have risen in status from a mere knight to a lord, such as a baron or earl. The American cowboy did not wear mail or armor as the medieval knight did, so he was obviously more vulnerable to the dangers of arrows and bullets. Both medieval and 1800’s America had more defined roles for men and women than what we are familiar with today, as most women, with the exception of teachers, storekeepers, and nurses remained in the home until marriage. 

I believe the hero of THE OUTLAW’S LADY,  Sandoval Parrish, has all the characteristics of the cowboy hero and medieval knight, though in the beginning of my story, heroine Tess Hennessy hardly sees him as chivalrous! I hope you enjoy the book as much as I did writing it. 

GIVEAWAY:  Ask Laurie a question or tell us why you love reading about cowboys to enter in the giveaway.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Fun With Kathy and 3 great giveaways!

Please welcome my critique partner, best friend, and awesome author, Kathleen L Maher to my blog this week! Kathy is giving away to two lucky winners choice of her Shenandoah books. And I am giving away a folded book art. Read on down to find out how to enter.

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.


I am actually dressed before 7 AM today! It’s a small miracle. I have on denim capris, an orange cotton embroidered tee and my Third Day zip-up hoodie. And purple fuzzy slippers. They’re hideous and comfy as all get out.


I’m in my living room, and I am wearing brown pants, a brown and sage shirt and sage sweater. Another miracle to be dressed early in the day. I’m winning at life. What can I say? 😉

Debbie Lynne: Drat! I thought today was going to be PJ day!

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?


I was doing research on Charleston during the Civil War, so I had my ears open for all things related. I was listening to the radio and heard my local weatherman talk about the strangest weather incident he’d ever heard. He claims to say that a live alligator, fully grown, fell from the sky and landed downtown Charleston in 1862. Can you imagine the rumors of apocalypse that must have circulated? Just today I read on Yahoo news about a two-foot shark that fell out of the sky on a golf course in California. They think an osprey dropped it. Why can’t it be money, falling on my lawn? Twenties and fifties would be lovely. Or gold. I’ll take gold as long as nobody gets hurt when it falls.


I can’t top that. But a close second is a Civil War soldier I once read about. He was shot as he had one leg up in his saddle stirrup, standing at his horse’s side. He died instantly, and rigor mortis somehow froze him in that position.

Debbie Lynne: Good Grief! I can just hear the officer that found him and taps him on the shoulder. ‘Soldier, what are you scared stiff?’

If you were told you were being sent back to live in the 19th Century, and you could bring one thing from today, what would that be?


I know everyone says toothpaste and deodorant, and that is a good answer. So besides those, I would bring photos of our modern marvels like airplanes and space travel. I figure it will be a great conversation starter, if it doesn’t get me burned at the stake for sorcery!


Chocolate. Don’t judge me. And my husband. I don’t travel well without either.

Debbie Lynne: Good thing you are bringing him along with you in June when you come to see me. I’ll send chocolate ahead. 😉

What is something that very few people know about you?


Hmmm, I am relatively unknown, so pretty much everything! Heehee Okay. Most people don’t know that I used to have a really good singing voice. In high school I had the privilege of attending New York State School Music Association’s All State choir two years in a row. We stayed at the Concord Hotel in the Catskills, the same place where Sinatra and so many others have sung. It was a real thrill. But asthma and chronic allergies have eroded that voice from what it once was. I still love to sing along to Kari Jobe and Kutless and Tenth Avenue North, among my favorites. Just not where others can hear me. LOL


Yeah, I’m still a relative unknown. 😉 But those who know me now would probably find it hard to believe I was once young and thin. I find it hard to believe myself.

Debbie Lynne: Don’t let her fool you! Her name and books are growing in popularity every day! She’s still a young chickadee. And she is beautiful inside and out!

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)


My home.

It has creaky floors and a slowly shifting foundation and a roof that will need replacing, but I am so very thankful to God for my home. We were once homeless as a family when my husband was out of work, and I appreciate the miracle it is to live here in a beautiful small town where crime is rare and the church bells chime three times a day, and where I can tend my gardens and watch my children play in safety. I wish everyone that blessing.


Same. And it has a new roof, by a miracle provision of God.

Debbie Lynne: Except now it is her grandchildren playing in the yard.  

What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story?


None. Honestly, I think that is why I write. I’ve read books that I love, but none of the characters ever did what I would have and that made me want to write myself in their shoes, to explore a story world with my own imagination rather than only getting to see what the author shows. That is why there is so much of me in each character I write.


Burning Sky by Lori Benton. I was haunted by the boy that lives in the woods. I want to go there and adopt him. Feed him a good meal. Give him a warm bed. And show him kindness and appreciation for his bravery.

Debbie Lynne: She proves my point. She’s beautiful inside and out.

If you could live in any time period other than the one we live in, when and where would that be and why?

I am fascinated by the end times. A little fearful, too, to be honest, with all the tension and hate of the world converging on little Israel to annihilate her. But if these aren’t the end times already, I would wish to be in the generation that gets to witness the Lord’s return and to be taken up to meet Him in the air. What could be more fabulous than that?


Any time my mom was still alive, and I could tell her how much I appreciate her. Yeah, my eyes are leaking.

Debbie Lynne: Awe. But you will see her again and the cool thing is it could be in your 2012 time period to live in pick!

If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?


Not Perfect Yet


Still Not Perfect

Debbie Lynne: But Pretty Darn Close

Thanks for having me on your blog, Debbie Lynne. Both then and now. 😉


Kathleen L. Maher has had an infatuation with books and fictional heroes ever since her preschool crush, Peter Rabbit. “Love Brick by Brick,” a novella with her hometown’s history, appeared in BARBOUR’s 2018 Victorian Christmas Brides collection. Her Civil War romance The Abolitionist’s Daughter released in 2018 and Book 2, The Chaplain’s Daughter in 2019. She has another novella coming out in Barbour’s schoolteacher collection Lessons on Love in Oct 2019. Kathleen shares an old farmhouse in upstate New York with her husband, children, and a small zoo.

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I’m offering a GIVEAWAY of winner’s choice of my books. I’ll give an e-copy to two winners, randomly selected, of either Book 1 The Abolitionist’s Daughter, or Book 2 (in Sons of the Shenandoah Series), The Chaplain’s Daughter.

To enter, answer this interview question:

If you could go back in time and change a historical event, where and when would that be, and what would you hope would be the outcome?

You can get bonus entries by following me on any of those media sites listed above or signing up for my newsletter. I don’t have a live link to sign up, so leave your email addy in the comment and I’ll add you manually. Let me know your total # of entries in the comments.

Okay, a good luck!

 A feisty army laundress must disarm a grieving Confederate Captain’s pride to win his heart.

Twin brothers part ways over a fiery social crusader. Can love mend fences burned by war? 

Book art folded with love by me, Debbie Lynne!