Thursday, July 19, 2018

GUARDED PROGNOSIS - Richard L Mabry, MD - One Free Book


Dear Readers, if you’ve been visiting my blog for a while, you know that Doc Mabry my favorite author of medical suspense. I’m actually reading Guarded Prognosis right now. As always he’s layered dilemma upon dilemma in this book. It’s progressing and getting worse and worse as I go, which I like. I like knowing he is an expert in the medical field. And his characters step straight from the pages into my heart. You won’t want to miss this book.

Welcome back, Richard. Do you have a favorite genre to write? If so, what is it?
After false starts and ineffective efforts in other genres, I’ve settled on medical suspense. I’m a physician who has practiced for several decades, so I “know the language,” and I’ve read suspense stories and thrillers for many years, so I know what makes an interesting story of that type. Thus far, the combination has worked out for me.

And for your loyal readers. If you didn’t live in the part of the country where you do, where would you live?
That’s a toughie. For several years, we had a timeshare in North Carolina that we loved to visit, so I’d probably choose that one. But Texas is still my preferred spot.

Even during a string of record breaking high temperatures in July? What foreign country would you like to visit and why?
I’ve been fortunate enough to teach in several foreign countries, and I suppose that, of them all, I enjoyed Germany most. However, I’ll hasten to say that visit was almost a decade ago, and the geopolitical climate has changed there, as well as many other places we enjoyed.

Describe what you think would be the most romantic vacation you could take.
I’d like to recreate a trip we made to Arkansas one fall, staying in a cabin with no Internet or cell phones, enjoying the changing colors of the leaves and each other’s company.

I grew up in the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. They’re really beautiful in fall foliage. Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?
That’s another toughie, since my stories are set either in Dallas (which I know well) or a fictitious city based on some I know in North Texas. I have an as-yet-unpublished novel on my laptop that features New Orleans as a locale, and I may yet try to revive it.

What is the main theme of this novel?
In good times and bad, God is there for us, if we’ll reach out to Him.

There are some seriously terrible times in this novel. Tell us about the story.
When Dr. Caden Taggart saw the two men sitting in his waiting room, he didn’t think they were patients. He was right, and when they introduced themselves as agents of the Drug Enforcement Agency, things started to get bad.

Then Caden felt as though someone had gut-punched him when his father, Dr. Henry Taggart, told him he probably had carcinoma of the pancreas. When he talked about his son assisting with his suicide, Caden wondered how he could talk him out of that.
When he shared his news with his wife, Beth, she tried to assure Caden that God was in control. But as things progressed, he was unsure that was true. At first, he feared for his freedom. Then for his ability to cope. Eventually, he feared for his life.

Please give us the first page of the book.
The men sitting in adjacent chairs looked out of place in the corner of the surgeon’s waiting room. It wasn’t just that they didn’t have visible bandages, or that neither of them winced or evidenced pain. While many of the men and women waiting to see Dr. Caden Taggart bore expressions that said they either needed the surgeon’s attention or had already experienced it, these two men presented themselves the way drug salesmen do—sitting patiently, idly thumbing through magazines, almost bored.

When he came to the front desk to hand off the chart of the patient he’d just seen, Caden glanced at the men in the corner. He noted that they wore dark suits and white shirts, their conservative ties were snugged against their cleanly-shaved necks, and their lace-up shoes had probably been shined this morning. He didn’t know who they were—perhaps police, maybe FBI—but their presence in his office worried him.

Caden leaned closer to his secretary. “Donna, who are those two men?”

“I didn’t get their names. They flashed some sort of ID and badges but stowed them before I got a good look. They said they had to see you. When I asked them why, they said they’d discuss it with you.”

“They didn’t give you any clue?”

She lowered her voice even further, although no one seemed to be paying attention to the conversation. “They wouldn’t say anything beyond what I’ve told you. They took a seat, and that’s where they’ve been since then. I didn’t know what to do.”

“When’s my next patient?”

“In ten minutes. She’s post-op appendectomy and arrived a bit early. Ruth just took her back to do vital signs.”

“I’ll have to admit I’m curious about the men,” Caden said. “Why don’t I see them while I’m waiting? Give me a moment to get settled in my office, then send the two of them back.”

As he entered his office, Caden glanced at the Cherrywood desk his father had given him when he opened his surgical practice two years ago. He wondered if Dr. Henry Taggart ever considered that there were more important gifts he could share with his son than those bought with money.

Caden’s thoughts were interrupted by the arrival of the two strangers from his waiting room. He inclined his head toward the two chairs that sat across the desk from him. “Gentlemen, have a seat.”

As Caden took the leather-covered swivel chair behind the desk, another gift from his father, he took the measure of his visitors. The man on his left was probably in his late 50s. His dark hair was cut short, and it showed a hint of gray at the temples. The other man, about a decade younger than the first, was blond. Other than that, they were very much alike—average build, no facial hair, clothes neat but not flashy.

The older man pulled out a small leather wallet and held it out to Caden. “I’m agent Darren Neilson, Drug Enforcement Agency.” He nodded toward the man on his left. “This is agent Jerry Harwell.”

How can readers find you on the Internet?
They may wish to check out my blog and web page. I’m also on Facebook and Twitter.

Thanks for allowing me to connect once more with readers of your blog. I hope they read and enjoy Guarded Prognosis.

It’s always a pleasure to host you on my blog, Richard.

Readers, leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. You must follow these instructions to be in the drawing. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory or country if outside North America. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

TRUE HEART GIRLS DEVOTIONAL: GOD'S PROMISES FOR ME! - Sherry Kyle - One Free Book


Welcome back, Sherry. What would you like for our readers to know about you personally?
When I was a child, I loved being creative. I would make up silly songs, draw cartoon characters, and make school projects from scratch. I also loved to read and use my imagination. In the fourth grade, I won an award for my true-life story titled “Friends Can Be So Mean. Even though I graduated from Biola University with a Speech Pathology degree, my love of books and being creative sparked something inside. I wanted to be an author.

Tell us about your family.
I met my husband the first week of college, and we’ve been together ever since. Last week we celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary. We have four children, two boys and two girls, between the ages of 18-25. Currently, they all live with us, but we know it won’t last long. We are enjoying this stage of life with our young adults, but are looking forward to having an empty nest and smaller grocery bills.

An empty nest is a wonderful thing for parents, especially if their children and grandchildren (and great grandchildren) all live within five miles of them. Have you written other nonfiction books?
Yes, I have five other nonfiction books for middle graders in print. My first nonfiction book for girls is titled The Christian Girl’s Guide to Style. I have two other books for girls in that series, along with a middle grade fiction/devotional/journal titled Love, Lexi: Letters to God. I also wrote The Adventure Bible Book of Daring Deeds and Epic Creations: 60 ultimate try-something-new, explore-the-world activities for Zonderkidz, which released in April.

Do you have any other books in the works right now?
I just completed a 365-day devotional for Zonderkidz for their Adventure Bible line. Wow, now that was a big project! And currently I’m writing the second book in the True Heart Girls Devotional series.

What kinds of hobbies and leisure activities do you enjoy?
I live by the coast in California and love decorating my beach home and looking at real estate. You can find me searching the Internet for the latest house trends, chalk painting my furniture, and helping friends design their rooms. I also wear a Fitbit and go for walks everyday while listening to Audiobooks. It’s amazing how fast time flies when you’re listening to a good book! J

Why did you write the featured book?
I wrote True Heart Girls Devotional: God’s Promises for Me! because I wanted girls to discover promises to help them deal with the sometimes-overwhelming emotions that come with growing up. I also wanted girls to have a lot of fun while reading this book. There are stories, games, recipes, and crafts, and other interactive pages that will point girls to God’s word and help them dig deeper into each promise.

What do you want the reader to take away from the book?
I want girls to know that they can rely on God in any circumstance and that there are promises in the Bible that will make a difference in their lives.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell my readers about you or your book?
Never give up on your dreams! That may sound cliché, but I’m proof that persistence pays off. God’s Promises for Me! is the first book I wrote for kids and my dream of seeing it in print is finally coming true.

Please give us a peek inside the book.



Where on the Internet can the readers find you?
Readers can find me at these links:

Thank you, Sherry, for sharing this new book with us. It looks very interesting.

Readers, here’s a link to the book.

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Monday, July 16, 2018

RIDE TO THE ALTAR - Linda W Yezak - One Free Book on This Blog, Plus More!

Welcome back, Linda. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
I'm amazed at how involved God gets in my work, especially my lighter pieces, like the novels in the Circle Bar Ranch series. He always supplies me with the verses I need.

However, in November, Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas will be releasing A Southern Season: Four Tales from a Front Porch Swing, a collection which holds my Ice Melts in Spring, the novella God became most involved with. Writing this was a far different experience from anything else I've ever done, and I have no other way of describing it but God-driven. I'm looking forward to its release through LPC's Firefly Southern Fiction imprint.

That’s wonderful, Linda. I’ll want to feature that on my blog, too. My next book release was like you’re talking about. God gave me the story, which was requested by a publisher. I only had a short time to write it, and God led me through it so much. That kind of writing is very exciting. Tell us a little about your family.
I'm an Isaiah 54:1 woman wedded to a man who already had five kids. By the time we got married, most of them were grown and gone with families of their own—which means I was also an automatic grandma. Now that we live so far away from everyone, we don't get to see them often. We have great-grands who we have to re-introduce ourselves to because we don't get to see them often enough.

Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
Being both a writer and an editor has changed the way I read. I've discovered that I no longer have patience for books that aren't well written, but when I come across excellence, I tend to study technique. I don't read the how-to-write books very often anymore, but I learn so very much from other authors. Cindy Sproles' Liar's Winter has become my new textbook. The depth of her POV, the exquisite development of her characters, the sense of shivering with cold in the Appalachians along with the cast of the tale—lands, Cindy can write!

I’ll have to check that one out. What are you working on right now?
Aside from promoting my latest, Ride to the Altar, I'm trying my hand at historical romance with Loving a Harvey Girl, for LPC's Smitten imprint.

I love Harvey girl stories. What outside interests do you have?
Just about everything. Mostly, I love people and being with them, hearing their stories, laughing. But I love to fish, enjoy cooking and canning and other food preservation techniques, watching little league baseball. I look forward to the Little League World Series every year.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
For my western romance series, I used the ranch my mother's family used to own. I'd been up there only two or three times before we had to sell it, but it stayed ingrained in my mind. Such a beautiful place. As for Ice Melts in Spring, my “back porch swing” is actually a chair on the balcony of a beach house near Matagorda Bay, Texas. Billy and I rented a house there with some family members and got to stay long enough for the images to stick in my head.

If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
Since I'm dabbling in historical fiction, I'd love a sit-down with Laura Ingalls Wilder. I've always felt I am a bit of an anachronism anyway, always wishing I'd been born in the little house in the prairie. If I'm going to write about that era, I'd love to chat with someone who actually did—and understands the frustrations writers face!

What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
That getting the book written is the easy part.

What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
Lately, He's been letting me know that I'm a little too much like the Hebrews wandering in the desert. All complaint, little praise and thanksgiving. Considering everything He has done for me, I'm totally ashamed of myself. Yet, whenever I look at where I am in various aspects of my life and where I want to be, I seem to let my tongue wag again. How thankful I am that He's patient with me!

His patient love is one of my favorite things about Him. What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
To be a successful writer, study the craft. To be a successful author, recognize the need for a professional editor. To be a successful published author, study the business end of this career inside and out.

Tell us about the featured book.
Ride to the Altar is the third novel in the Circle Bar Ranch series, which depicts the love story between Talon Carlson and Patricia Talbert from meeting to wedding.

In Ride to the Altar, I throw overwhelming hurdles into Patricia and Talon's path to wedlock. A past love, murdered years ago and now only a file in an unsolved case, returns to haunt Talon. A long-held grudge demands release, yet Patricia has no idea how very deep it runs until she confronts her mother. An attack against the Circle Bar Ranch itself leaves cattle dead and one of its hands injured.

Different from all the other novels in this series, Ride to the Altar forces the two to face their pasts individually before they can face the future together.

Please give us the first page of the book.
A handshake is the initial measure of a man. The grip provides the best and the worst first impressions. Impossible through Skype, so Talon Carlson determined to use the alternative: steady, eye-to-eye contact.

He scrubbed his hands down his jean-clad thighs. Funny how he could propose to Patricia Talbert in an arena of seventy-five thousand avid bull-riding fans, yet he shook like a wobble-kneed colt in front of the blank computer screen. But he was just old fashioned enough to want to do this the right way.

He poked a button, Skype connected, and Patricia’s father, Dale McAllister appeared on the monitor. At six o’clock in the morning Eastern time, the U.S. Senator from New York wore a suit and tie and looked ready for his Monday commute to DC. The somber attire complimented his authoritarian expression. Gun-metal gray hair held silver wisps at the temples, and dark eyes bore an intensity matching his profession—or matching a father who was meeting his only daughter’s fiancé for the first time. Didn’t matter that the daughter was over thirty and the new owner of a two-thousand-acre ranch in Texas.

“It’s nice to finally meet you, sir,” Talon said. “I’ve heard a lot about you.”

“Believe me, I’ve heard a lot about you too.” Mr. McAllister’s voice sounded deep, gruff. Intimidating.

“Yes, sir. I’m sure you have.” He gulped. “Sorry that we have to meet like this. We intended to fly to New York—”

“Yes, Patty told me. No need to apologize. I understand you have a responsibility to your church, and performing funeral ceremonies is part of it.” The senator offered a sympathetic nod.
“Sorry for your loss.”

“Thank you.” The funeral had been for one of the most beloved women in the county, Beth Griffith. Her husband, Griff, had asked Talon personally to perform the eulogy. As a bullfighter, Grif had saved Talon’s hide more than once, so there had been no question that Talon would say yes, even if it meant missing their flight to New York.

Mr. McAllister leaned back, though the distance between his face and the monitor didn’t lessen the effect of his scrutiny. “I understand you have something to ask me.”

“Yes, sir,” Talon squeaked, then cleared his throat. He tried again, clasping his hands between his knees to stop their shaking. “Mr. McAllister, I love your daughter, and she loves me. I’d like your permission to marry her. Your permission and your blessing.”

Pat’s father tapped his fingers together. “You know she’s been married before.”

“Yes, sir. I know.”

“You know she was hurt.”

“Pretty badly, yes.”

“I never did like that boy.”

Nothing Talon could say to that. Since the older man’s gaze seemed distant, best to just wait him out. He would never hurt Pat the way Kent Talbert had, but proof accompanies action. Mr. McAllister would know the kind of stuff Talon was made of as time went on. His saying so now wouldn’t be convincing.

“Sometimes I think if he hadn’t died, heaven help me, I would’ve killed him myself.” The senator focused on him again. “You know what was wrong with him?”

Besides the fact he was a no-good, opportunistic, cheatin’ womanizer, no. “Got my thoughts. What do you think?”

“He was a city boy. City folks—especially rich city folks—have different ideas from those of us raised on farms and ranches. Different priorities.”

This seemed strange from a man who divided his time between DC and New York, but Talon nodded. “Yes, sir.” After all, Mr. McAllister had been raised on a ranch, and it was his brother, Jake, who’d willed this one to Pat.

“I want a man for Patty who would make her happiness his top priority.”

“As it should be.”

“Are you that man?”

That’s a really good hook. I can hardly wait to read the book now. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Facebook: Author Page
Twitter: @LindaYezak
Goodreads: Linda W Yezak


Linda is offering a giveaway prize to one lucky entrant on her blog tour! As pictured, the prize includes a signed print version of the series, a 16-ounce Christian cowboy mug, a horseshoe picture frame, a Ph. 4:13 stretch bracelet, a cute set of magnetic page markers, and a Texas Rubiks cube just for fun. All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment.

The more posts you comment on during my tour, the better the chance you have of winning the drawing! If you'd like to play along, the next blog to check is Cindy Ervin Huff’s Jubilee Writer blog, and tomorrow (7/18) check Cecilia Marie Pulliam's blog.

The winner will be announced Monday, August 6, on Linda's blog, 777 Peppermint Place.

Thank you, Linda, for allowing me to share this book with my blog readers. I know they will be as eager as I am to read it.

Readers, here are links to the book.
Ride to the Altar: a Circle Bar Ranch novel (Volume 3) - Paperback
Ride to the Altar: a Circle Bar Ranch novel - Kindle

Leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book on this blog. You must follow these instructions to be in the drawing. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory or country if outside North America. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)

Void where prohibited; the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.

The only notification you’ll receive is the winner post on this blog. So be sure to check back a week from Saturday to see if you won. You will have 4 weeks from the posting of the winners to claim your book.

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

WINNERS!!!!!

New instructions for winners in 2018 - When you send me the email, make sure your subject line says this: Winner - (book title) - (author's name) 

Connie (KY), Barbara, and Terrill (WA) are winners of an audible book from Lena Nelson Dooley. (Email me at safe[-]writes[at]flash[dot]net with your choice of which audio book listed that you want. I'll end a FREE code and instructions of how to download the book.)

Caryl (TX) is the winner of Dangerous to Know by Megan Whitson Lee.

Mindy (NJ)  is the winner of Seeking Cinderella by Darlene Franklin.

If you won a book and you like it, please consider giving the author the courtesy of writing a review on Goodreads, Amazon.com, Christianbooks.com, Barnes and Noble, or other Internet sites. 

Also, tell your friends about the book ... and this blog. Thank you.

Congratulations
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Remember, you have 4 weeks to claim your book.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

THE INDENTURED QUEEN - Carol Moncado - One Free Book

Dear Readers, Carol is one of my favorite authors. I love royalty stories, and there are a few Christian authors who write contemporary royals so well. Carol and Rachel Hauck are my two favorites. I love her storylines, her characters, the way she makes the people so real and relatable. I actually haven’t read this new one, but I’m really looking forward to receiving my copy. I know you’ll love her stories, too.

Welcome back, Carol. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
I’m already living my dream! I write full time and get to share my stories with the world! I’ve met new friends from around the world and, hopefully, touch some people with the stories.

Tell us a little about your family.
I’ve been married for just over 21 years! We have four kids. All of them have been on swim team and all are band kids. My oldest daughter is 16, just got her driver’s license, and plays tenor saxophone! She’s been invited to play in Macy’s Great American Marching Band at the Macy’s Thanksgiving parade the next two years! My second daughter is 14 and starting her freshman year. She’s on color guard and plays flute. My third daughter is 13 and plays trumpet and guitar. My youngest is my only son. He turns 11 in a couple weeks and is excited to start learning trombone next month!

We have over 25 instruments in our house. Me? I play the radio… ;)

I love it! Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
I don’t get to read as much :(. As much as I love to read, I don’t get to as much as I wish. I do still read a lot though. Through mid-May, I’m at 42 books so far this year. I need to update my list with what I’ve read since then … I’m also pickier. It’s got to really hold my interest to keep going.

There are so many really, really good books being published, I give them about three chapters. If I can’t get into the story, I don’t finish. What are you working on right now?
Band camp :p. Seriously ;). The first week of band camp, I’ll probably spend at least 30-35 hours at school working on sorting/organizing uniforms, revamping/attempting to teenager-proof the hand out process, feeding 160 band kids lunch, handing out popsicles to 160 band kids trying to avoid heat stroke ;), and everything in between! The second week, I shouldn’t be there as much during the day but will be there a couple of nights to help hand out uniforms - but probably only 20-25 hours total ;).

When I’m not band mom-ing it up, I’m working on the sequel to The Indentured Queen! Her Undercover Prince is Princess Jacqueline Grace of San Majoria’s story! YAY! I’m loving what I’ve written so far and can’t wait to really dive in after band camp ends!

We have to feature it on my blog. What outside interests do you have?
Being a band mom is a HUGE part of my life (see last answer ;)). Well, just being a mom. It’s one thing I love about being a writer. I’m able to basically take two weeks off in mid-July to spend that many hours coordinating volunteers to serve lunches and hand out popsicles and fit uniforms - and get to know my kids’ friends! This year, at least they’re wearing nametags ;). We also do swim team (2 kids this year) and all kinds of other stuff that I’m able to be there for. I am looking forward to being an empty-nester someday and doing a lot more traveling! I was in NYC a few weeks ago and will be back at Thanksgiving with my daughter for the parade. Next year, we’re hoping to take the whole family!

How do you choose your settings for each book?
I use a lot of fictional countries because I write a lot of royalty. For my first royal series, I sort of chopped out parts of Switzerland and Italy for two countries and two islands - one part of France and one part of Italy. I got several comments about how there isn’t really room for those countries in Europe so I tend to use island nations now ;). As for which where, it depends in large part on who the story is about. King Benjamin’s story necessarily takes place mostly in Eyjania’s capitol city. Jacqueline Grace’s story starts in San Majoria, heads to NYC, then Ravenzario, then a couple other countries. Many also have ties to a fictional version of my home town (sort of, kinda) so we travel there a lot too.

If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
One huge part of me wants to go with “my mom.” She’s not really an historical person, but it’s been over 30 years since she passed, and I’d love to spend some time with her. Otherwise, I think I’d like to spend some time with Queen Elizabeth. I’m also not sure she really counts as historical since she’s still alive, but she’s seen SO MUCH and fascinates me.

I’m with you on the mom thing. My mother died when I was 7, so I have snatches of memories of her. I’d love to know her as an adult, and I’d love to know how she feels about the way I turned out. (I did have a wonderful stepmother who helped my father raise the three of us. What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
Honestly, I don’t know. Some people would say how hard it’s going to be, but I’m kind of glad I didn’t know. But it would have been kind of nice to know that I’d be able to do it.

What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
Patience. I can’t really go into a particular situation (nothing bad or anything), but it’s definitely teaching me patience! And grace!

Those two are hard lessons to learn, no matter the circumstances. What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
*Keep your options open. Don’t tie yourself to traditional publication or being indie. Either one can be amazing - and, conversely, either one can be awful experiences. Educate yourself, pray about it, and make the best choice for you.

*Never get too big for your britches - or underestimate your worth. There will always be someone who can do it better or faster or make more money at it than you, but that doesn’t mean you’re a failure.

*At the same time, just because things are going well, that doesn’t mean you’ve got it all figured out.

Tell us about the featured book.
King Benjamin was first introduced in Reclaiming Hearts over a year ago! I didn’t know anything about him when I first mentioned him and had no idea he would be so complex! I love him and his journey. He’s been king since his father passed when he was 13. His aunt was his regent and did her job well, backing off when he turned 18. But his uncle… His uncle always wanted to be king and used his position to influence Benjamin.

Please give us the first page of the book.
In forty-eight hours, King Benjamin James Timothy would be in complete control of his household for the first time.

He strode through the wide hallways of the Eyjanian palace toward his uncle’s quarters.

The quarters that Isaiah should be in the process of vacating.

It had only been a few hours since he’d stood up to his uncle for the first time at the Mevendian Founders’ Ball held at the Eyjanian home of Prince William and Princess Margaret of Mevendia. Benjamin’s security team knew the instructions he’d given Isaiah. Benjamin also knew Isaiah likely wouldn’t follow them without force.

A maid he didn’t recognize scurried down the hall, stopping just long enough for a quick curtsy. Benjamin barely noticed. Staff members, outside of senior staff members, were to be seen and not heard, and not seen whenever possible.

Someone else, just out of Benjamin’s line of sight, ducked through an open door. Good. He didn’t like to be disturbed. Most of the staff knew to get of the way before he was close enough to see them.

“Is he packing?” One of Benjamin’s most trusted guards stood outside the door.

“Unlikely, sir.” Thor bowed slightly at the waist. “I haven’t heard any noise coming from inside his quarters.”

“And the tunnels are sealed off?”

“I have a man inside each of the tunnels leading from these quarters, and another at the exits. They report in every fifteen minutes. He won’t be able to get anything out of here those ways.” Thor knew Benjamin would hold him personally responsible if Isaiah did make off with anything.

“Good.” Benjamin stared at the door and wondered about going in. No. Not now. Tomorrow, if there were no indications of movement, he would enter and remove his uncle from the premises. Rather, he would have Isaiah removed. He had people to do that.

He retraced his steps until he reached the Rainbow Reception Room. Across the room, in front of a wall between the floor-to-ceiling windows, a dagger sat encased in a glass cube.

The knight’s dagger belonging to King Alfred the First.

I am so eager to read this book. How can readers find you on the Internet?
The two best places are my newsletter and my reader group on Facebook. I only send out newsletters when there’s news! Serenity Landing Book Club is where I spend a fair bit of time - we talk books and favorite places to visit and do book club type questions when each book releases. You can sign up for my newsletter here and join the reader group here. Right now, there’s a free prequel novella available to newsletter subscribers. Love for the Ages tells the story of how King Benjamin’s parents met!

Thank you, Carol, for letting me introduce my blog readers to this new book. I know they will be as eager as I am to read it.

Readers, here are links to the book.
The Indentured Queen: Contemporary Christian Romance (Crowns & Courtships Book 4) - Kindle

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

THE GOLD DIGGER - Lena Nelson Dooley - Special Print and Audio Book giveaways


Have you wanted a chance to read my book The Gold Digger and haven’t yet? Today could be your lucky day. This is my “Heroine in peril, mail-order-bride, gone awry” story.  Here’s a peek into the book:

Early spring, 1890
Golden, New Mexico
"Are you plumb crazy?" Jeremiah Dennison's loud retort bounced around the main room of the adobe house and returned to mock him. "Where did you get such a harebrained idea?"

Trying to control his anger, he shoved his clenched fists into his denim trousers' pockets, paced to the window, and stared out, paying scant attention to the piñon trees bending in the wind. He loved Philip Smith like a father, but the man could vex the weather. And this latest idea was the most farfetched yet.

Philip gave a snort. "Harebrained?" He put his rocking chair into motion that sent out a rhythmic squeaking. "Why'd ya say that? It's worked fer other men."

Jeremiah tried to calm down. He wanted to measure his words, season them with wisdom that would awaken his elderly friend to all the pitfalls he would face. "What would you do with a mail-order bride?"
The old miner stilled the chair and stared at Jeremiah, obsidian eyes piercing under his bushy white brows. "Somethin"—he smothered a hacking cough with his fist, then swiped a clean handkerchief across his face—"has a deadly grip on me."
"I know you're sick. I take care of you, don't I?" Jeremiah resented the fact that what he'd done wasn't enough. Otherwise, Philip wouldn't even consider such a preposterous proposition.
His old friend reached up to scratch the scraggly beard he'd worn all the years he was a miner, but it no longer covered his clean-shaven chin. Old habits died hard. "Jerry, I don't wanna be a burden on ya."
"You'd rather be a burden to a woman you don't even know?" Jeremiah regretted his cynical tone the moment the words flew from his lips. He softened his tone. "I've never considered you a burden any more than you thought I was a burden when I came to the gold fields as a greenhorn."
Philip clutched the arms of the rocking chair and slowly rose. He took a moment to steady himself before he ambled toward Jeremiah. "I ain't come to this decision easy." He squinted up into Jeremiah's face. "I done studied on it fer a while."
Jeremiah straightened the fingers he'd gripped into fists and relaxed his stiff spine. "What do you mean, 'studied'?"
"Well, I figure a woman who'd answer them ads in the newspaper must be purty needy, maybe even desperate to get out of a particular bad situation." He gave a vigorous nod that riffled his snowy hair. "Made me a fortune when I sold my mine. More money than any man can spend in his lifetime. What good is a fortune to an old-timer like me? Won't never have a family of my own. Maybe I'll git me a woman with children. She can take care a me, and my money can take care a her." Another nod punctuated his last statement. "And her young'uns, if she has any."
How could Jeremiah deny his mentor's request? Philip never asked for much. If he didn't do this, the stubborn old man would look for help from someone else. A lesser friend might have a wagging tongue and spread the story all around Golden. Philip didn't need people gossiping about him sending for a bride. And other miners might try to nab her for themselves when she arrived. If Jeremiah had his way, it would be fine with him if they did, but his friend would be too disappointed. He didn't want to break Philip's heart, just talk him out of making this mistake.
"Jerry, ya ain't mad 'cause I'm plannin' to give my money to someone else, are ya?"
The words stabbed Jeremiah's heart. How could Philip believe that about him? "I don't need your money. I have more than enough of my own, thanks to selling my own mine and starting the ranch like you told me to."
The hoary head nodded. "That's what I figured."
"Where you going to send the ad?" Jeremiah couldn't believe he was considering being a part of this crazy scheme. But what else could he do?
Philip limped toward the sturdy pine dining table where a stack of newspapers was piled haphazardly beside blank paper, an inkwell, and a pen. "I read all these, and I think I'll send it to the Boston Globe." He picked up the top newspaper and shoved the rumpled pages toward Jeremiah.
Taking the newsprint, Jeremiah glanced at the headlines on the front page. An unusually hard winter had left many people out in the cold. "Why Boston?"
"Don't want jist anybody. Wanna help a lady in distress." Philip folded his scrawny arms across his bony chest. "Figure most a the women in Boston are ladies. My aunt Charlotte come from Boston, and she was a lady." He stopped and cleared his throat, then wheezed out a slow breath. "You do the writin', 'cause mine looks like hen scratchin'."
Judging from the stubborn tilt to the older man's chin, Jeremiah knew Philip's mind was made up. He dropped the newspaper back on the stack and pulled out the chair beside the stationery. "What do you want to say?"
He picked up the pen with the golden nib—another of the things the old miner had bought after he'd sold the mine. It had never been dipped into the inkwell until now.
Philip leaned both hands on the table, puffed out his chest, and wrinkled his forehead in concentration. "How about, Wanted, a . . . No. Makes it sound like she's an outlaw, or somethin'. Do it this way. A Christian man in Golden, New Mexico, is seekin' . . ." He waited for Jeremiah to finish writing the phrase. "Sound all right so far?"
Wanting to laugh, Jeremiah kept his eyes trained on the words before him. Philip was so serious. "What are you seeking?"
The old miner scratched his head. "I want a lady. Done already told ya that."
"Maybe we could say, a Christian lady. That should cover it."
Jeremiah dipped the pen in the inkwell. When he held it poised over the paper, waiting for Philip to agree with his suggestion, a small drop fell and quickly spread into an unsightly blob. "I've messed up this sheet. Do you have a pencil? I could use it while we figure out the wording. Then I'll copy it in ink."
Philip made his way to the sideboard against the back wall of the large open room and pulled out a drawer. He shuffled through the contents before holding up the stub of a pencil. "Here's the onliest one I got."
"It'll do." Jeremiah reached for the pencil and continued, "A Christian man in Golden, New Mexico, seeks a Christian lady . . . where do we go now?"
Once again, Philip was deep in thought. ". . . who needs a chance at a new life."
Jeremiah nodded and added the words. "I like it. Do you want to say anything else, or should I just put your name and address?"
"That's enough, but put General Delivery as my address." A smile crept across the older man's face, bringing a twinkle to his rheumy eyes.
He returned to his rocking chair while Jeremiah copied the words with ink, folded the message, inserted the paper in an envelope, and wrote the address for the Boston Globe on the front.
If you want to know what happens, please leave a comment. I’m going to do something different this time. For every 10 reader comments, I’ll give 1 free print and 1 free audio book copy to 2 of the commenters. Tell your friends and post it on your social media. The more comments, the more free books.
This is a good opportunity of the readers from other countries to win an audio book. I’ll send a code for a free book, and you can just download the book from Audiobooks.com.
I’ll be stopping by and interacting with y’all. You must follow these instructions to be in the drawing. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory or country if outside North America. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)

Void where prohibited; the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.

The only notification you’ll receive is the winner post on this blog. So be sure to check back a week from Saturday to see if you won. You will have 4 weeks from the posting of the winners to claim your book.

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Sunday, July 08, 2018

WINNERS!!

New instructions for winners in 2018 - When you send me the email, make sure your subject line says this: Winner - (book title) - (author's name) 

Tina (PA)  is the winner of Whispering Hope by Peggy Blann Phifer.

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