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.

Sue (IL) is the winner of "Til Dice Do Us part by Julie B Cosgrove.

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
, everyone. If you won a print book, send me your mailing address:
Click the Contact Me link at the top of the blog, and send me an Email.


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Remember, you have 4 weeks to claim your book.

Friday, July 06, 2018

SEEKING CINDERELLA - Darlene Franklin and Cynthia Hickey - One Free Ebook


Dear Readers, I always love featuring Darlene Franklin and her books. She’s a dear friend from way back. We’ve written for some of the same publishers over the years. Her writing is always fresh and unique. I love her characters and her storylines. I so admire her. She’s been writing for several years from a nursing home. Keep up the good work, Darlene. It’ll keep you young.

Welcome back, Darlene. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
I write a lot about perseverance. God can get you through anything. IF my characters aren’t suffering enough, I add more to their plate. I’m a mean mother, lol. Actually, it’s that I want my characters to have troubles important enough to trust God for. People, including me, sometimes face larger-than-life problems.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
I’m hoping to publish a few more Dyanamic Duos—Risking Love with Helen Gray is already out. I’m currently writing this year’s Christmas story, The Small Town Christmas Caper, to be released by Forget Me Not Romances in September.

One of my older Christmas stories, Lucy Ames, Sharpshooter, will be included in Old West Christmas from Barbour to be released in September. Lena, you wrote about Charlsey’s Accountant for that original Christmas set way back when!
           
I’m also extremely excited about my upcoming, Praying Through the Bible in a Year from Barbour, to be released in November, from Barbour.          

Actually, Charlsey’s Accountant was in A Texas Christmas a couple of years ago. And I’m in a new Barbour collection that will release in November as well Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides. If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
I would like to spend time with my relatives in Kentucky. They’re family, I suppose, but it extends back to settlement times. To walk into a town with “Sparks” on several businesses and see a strong family resemblance on stranger’s faces—I’d love to do that.

What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
A recent fave of mine is Mary Colter, the one woman behind the amazing buildings at the Grand Canyon. She worked for Harvey Houses and built dozens of their sites, both at the Grand Canyon and elsewhere along the railroad in the early 20th century.

I have a book coming up where Mary will be a key figure in the romance, coming from Forget Me Not Romances.

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
I received a lot of rejections slips before I got a book contract. During those twelve years, I published maybe one thing a year. If that. Even now, when I publish regularly, including articles and nonfiction, I rarely break in when I query, and I receive book rejections on a regular basis.

However, I stuck with it (I received the Perseverance Award from Colorado Christian Writers’ Conference!). Book rejections are the norm. A few thoughts that helped me along the way:

  • The question, should I quit, is a valid one. (Few of us do quit, at least for long.) Whenever I asked God whether I should give up writing altogether, I got the same answer: “Don’t worry about tomorrow. Finish the book I’ve given you to write today.” (And that book didn’t sell either!) God respects your request for a fleece. 
  • If you’re pursuing writing to make a lot of money, rethink your motivation. The market is harder today than ever, especially with traditional publishers. You may make little to no money for anything you write. Having said that, there is still a need for strong writers to share God’s word. He takes care of our financial needs and brings our gift to the right people. 
  • It’s okay to leave the book you’re working on and start another one. Don’t keep showing the same proposal to publishers. 
Tell us about the featured book?
 I suggested the idea of dual-authors sets to my publisher (Cynthia Hickey of Forget Me not Romances). She came up with “Dynamic Duos” and paired with me on the first release that combined our two Cinderella stories in Seeking Cinderella,

Two romantic novellas where fairy tales do come true.

CINDERELLA'S BOOT
Cynthia Ellen Cooper—known affectionately as “Cinderella”—left her wedding boot in the dust when she ran away from her wedding to work on a sheep station in Australia.

Four years later, she’s back home—and so is her ex-fiancé, now a DVM from Oklahoma State University. They reach a truce and work side by side in his father’s animal clinic.

Cyn soon discovers she wants more—but she has to battle bad history and a demanding pet owner for Keith’s attention.

How can Cinderella find a second chance at love? 

HILLBILLY CINDERELLA
When Cindy Lou Hopkins turns twenty-five life will get better. She knows it. She'll no longer be under the thumb of her stepmother Geneva or tormented by her stepsisters. She just has to stay alive that long.

The only kink in her plan for independence is the handsome, Lance Moore, she jokingly calls the town prince. A man who wants to get to know her better. A man Cindy isn't worthy to be in the same room as.

When Lance throws a barn dance, Cindy is determined to have one night with him that will carry her through the rest of her life. Can she set aside prejudices from a bygone time and embrace her happily ever after?

Please give us the first page of the book.
Mistletoe Springs, Oklahoma, Four years ago
Cynthia Ellen Cooper—Cyn to her friends, Cinderella to her family—had dreamed of her wedding day all her life. The day dawned as if delivered to order from heaven. Early May in Oklahoma hit the perfect balance between the heavy spring tornado season and the blasting heat of summer. Not a rain cloud or rainbow marred the horizon, naught but sunshine and puffy white clouds and blue sky. Grass, kept to an even six-inch height, comfy to foot and hoof, stretched around her family’s homestead, inviting her to ride to her wedding in style on the back of her favorite mare. The flowers of the field matched the wildflower bouquets lining the chairs set up for the ceremony to be held beneath a rose arch. Her wedding ensemble was designed to match the surroundings: a short gown and veil in ivory satin and lace paired with white heeled boots for her wedding slippers. In all, Cinderella had a fairy tale ending to a fairy tale romance for the cowgirl more at home on the back of her beloved mare Moonstar.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
List of my books: https://amzn.to/2Lv3Gaa

Thank you, Darlene, for sharing this new project with us. I know my readers will be eager to read the story. I’ve read it and loved it, but I’m going to read it again.

Readers, here’s a link to the book.
Seeking Cinderella (Dynamic Duos Book 1)

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Thursday, July 05, 2018

DANGEROUS TO KNOW - Megan Whitson Lee - One Free Book

Welcome, Megan. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
It really depends on the character. For most, I would say there’s about 25% of me in them. I really like to write about people who are not like me. I gravitate toward historical figures or characters who do things that I wouldn’t do (good or bad). I like to explore their minds, figure out their motivations. If they’re villainous, I enjoy the challenge of making them somewhat sympathetic (as in the case of Lord Bromby).

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
This is a tough one because most people who know me would tell you Quirky is my middle name. A better question might be, “What’s the most normal thing you’ve ever done?” Ha! I might go with my bat rescue story in this instance. A few years ago, I found an injured bat on the sidewalk in our neighborhood. It was a tiny little thing, and it was August and the temperature was in the nineties. My heart just broke when I saw it there on the ground, so I called animal control while I researched a bat rescue. By the time animal control got there, I was on my way outside with a shoe box and a towel. I thanked the officer for arriving so quickly but told them I’d found a bat rehabilitation center instead. Then I drove the bat about twenty miles to a rescue facility.

Interesting. When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I knew I was a writer when I was a little kid. My grandfather asked me to write a story about a ghost with six toes that lived on their street. I relished this task, going to the trouble to illustrate and deliver it in booklet form. My grandfather was thrilled with the finished product, and this fueled me to write more stories. By fifth grade, I was writing longer stories and plays, and by high school, I had friends asking me to write fan fiction of sorts, starring them and their favorite singer, actor, etc. in the main roles. I feel like I’ve always been a writer.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I am a super-picky reader. If I read the first three chapters of a book and it’s not grabbing me, I’ll move on. I love, love, love psychological thrillers and scary stories and literary fiction that deals with hard-hitting issues. I also like classic literature, and I listen to a lot of audiobooks. I rarely read “light” books or romances or anything that’s run-of-the-mill fare. If a book can grab my attention in the first two or three pages and keep it all the way through to the end, then it will most likely be forever on my “favorites” list.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I’m not sure that I do keep it. Ha! I wake up really early, I try to do all my writing between 4:30 and 6:30, and then I’m off to my day job, so by evening I try to make time for my husband and our three dogs. Late afternoon is my decompression time.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
For Dangerous to Know, I tried to do a spin on the historical figures’ names. Lord George Gordon Byron became Lord Gregory Gordon Bromby. Annabella Milbanke became Isabella Bankmill. In other novels, though I try to pick a name that I really like for my main characters (a name I might have used on my own child if I’d had one), but I try to make sure it’s easily pronounceable for the reader. There’s nothing more irritating than reading a book and trying to figure out how to say the main character’s name.

I so agree with that. It will pull me right out of a story. What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I don’t often think of myself as an accomplished person, but I guess I’m really thankful that I had the opportunity to travel and live in foreign countries when I was in my twenties. I lived and worked in London and Melbourne, Australia, and the experiences I gained there were invaluable. I learned a lot about myself and people in general while living abroad. I wouldn’t ever trade that.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I’m so thankful I’m not an animal, although I love animals more than just about anything else on earth. If I had to be an animal, I’d be one of our three dogs. They are literally the most spoiled creatures alive. Barring that, cats seem to fare pretty well. They do just fine on their own, and they always seem highly amused by the world around them. Also, God equipped them with very decent self-protection.   

What is your favorite food?
Hands down, spaghetti.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
The middle of a story is always my blocking point. I’ll fly through the first hundred pages of a novel, and then the middle often holds me up for weeks. I usually have to move forward, write the end, and then go back to the middle.

Tell us about the featured book.
Dangerous to Know is based on the historical figures of Lord Byron and Annabella Milbanke. Byron achieved rock star fame in 1812 with the publication of his epic poem Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage. Born with a clubbed foot, Byron had a troubled childhood—his father abandoned the family when Byron was very young, and he was abused by his nurse. All of these occurrences colored his outlook on life. Even so, Byron was wildly intelligent, creative, and talented. He was also extraordinarily good looking and people were naturally drawn to him. Unfortunately, he was also agnostic and obsessed with his own damnation. Annabella Milbanke hailed from a background of wealth and nobility. She was a well-bred young lady—Byron’s equal in intelligence but his reverse in faith. She was a true believer and devout in her Christian faith, but she made the mistake that so many other young women make in the assumption that she could win Byron over to her beliefs. The result was disastrous.  

Dangerous to Know is really a cautionary tale about the dangers of “following your heart” when God warns us that our hearts are deceptive.

Please give us the first page of the book.
March 1812
“Don’t look at him, dear. He’s dangerous.”

Isabella Bankmill glanced at Aunt Lydia before turning her gaze once more toward the subject of the older woman’s warning. She had yet to have a proper look. The grand salon of Holland House was a whirling kaleidoscope of moving bodies. Ladies, arms encased past their elbows in white gloves, dressed in elegant billowing gowns, whirled with their partners as they moved through the paces of the waltz. The man in question was shielded from her view by the forty or more guests standing around the fringes of the dance floor—at least half of them clustered around the man himself.

“Pray tell, how is he dangerous, Aunt Lydia?”

Underneath the curls so carefully arranged against her forehead, Aunt Lydia’s brow arched with impertinence. “I have read his poem.”

“Do you mean Heralds of the Morning? Oh, yes. I have only begun reading the poem, but I find his words quite illuminate a certain romantic way of thinking. Did you not enjoy the work, Aunt?”

Aunt Lydia’s furrowed brow and pursed lips made apparent she did not. “The poem is a shocking journey through foreign lands—all too free thinking and questioning of moral decency. Why, one would think the poem was not written by an Englishman at all.” Extending her fan, she fluttered it back and forth in front of her face as though she might faint at any moment. Small gusts brushed against Isabella’s cheeks. “Have nothing to do with him. Your mother and father did not send you to London to fall under the spell of Lord Gregory Gordon Bromby.”

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Thank you, Megan, for sharing this new book with us. I know my readers will be as eager to read it as I am.

Readers, here are links to the book.
Dangerous to Know - Paperback
Dangerous to Know - Kindle

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Monday, July 02, 2018

Audible Books - Why are they so great? - Three Free Audio Books - Lena Nelson Dooley

Dear Readers, I have a number of Audible books available. I thought some of you might like to try one or more of them.

A lot of people listen to them while they commute. Some while they're resting. Others while they do chores. And some while they are exercising. I know they're popular among young people, but they're also popular among others. They're wonderful for anyone who is seeing impaired as well.

I will be giving away 3 free audio books to 3 people who leave comments. Here are my audio books:

A Heart's Gift
Winner of the 2017 Faith, Hope, and Love Reader's Choice Award for Long Historicals
Because of an earlier betrayal, Franklin vows never to open his heart to another woman. But he desires an heir.
When Lorinda is finally out from under the control of men who made all the decisions in her life, she promises herself she will never allow a man to control her again. But how can she provide for her infant son?
A marriage of convenience seems like the perfect arrangement, until two people from Franklin's past endanger Lorinda. How can he save her? And how will this affect the way they feel about each other?



The Spinster and the Cowboy

The Cactus Corner singles scene is shrinking. Many were unmarried by choice, others by circumstances, but single women living the 1800s carried the unfortunate label of "spinsters". Once branded, can a spinster find love?
India Cunningham is happily running the ranch her father left her when a man she doesn't remember from her childhood arrives to help her. Can she trust Joshua Dillinger, or is he there to steal her land?



Christmas Confusion

Lori Compton, mayor of Mistletoe, Montana, needs ideas for ways to prop up the sagging economy. After having her heart broken by the former pastor, she doesn’t want to spend time with the new pastor. Rev. Russell Brown has plenty of ideas, even one that includes his spending the rest of his life with the beautiful mayor. Will Lori be able to move beyond her hurts and recognize God’s intentions for the future of the town – and for her own future?




Charlsey's Accountant

Spur your faith and love of romance in this novella where passion hits the open range. Saddle up with Charlsey Ames as she shakes off the trail dust for a citified dandy.

Charlsey Ames is the son her father would never have--riding, roping, working the ranch with the best of them. Horace Miller, III, an accountant from back East, is intrigued by the feminine Charlsey until he learns she dresses like man out on the range.

Can these two stop judging each other long enough to recognize the future God has planned for them


The Gold Digger

It's 1890, and Golden, New Mexico, is a booming mining town where men far outnumber women. So when an old wealthy miner named Philip Smith finds himself in need of a nursemaid, he places an ad for a mail-order bride - despite the protests of his friend Jeremiah.
Hoping to escape a perilous situation back East, young Madeleine Mercer answers the ad and arrives in town under a cloud of suspicion. But just as she begins to win over Philip - and Jeremiah himself - the secrets she left behind threaten to follow her to Golden...and tarnish her character beyond redemption.


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Sunday, July 01, 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) 

Pam (OH)  is the winner of Blind Betrayal by Nancy Mehl.

Shamekka (AL) is the winner of Lone Witness by Rachel Dylan.

Becky (MO)  is the winner of Love Is Patient by Lyla Diller.

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
, everyone. If you won a print book, send me your mailing address:
Click the Contact Me link at the top of the blog, and send me an Email.


If you won an ebook or audio book, just let me know what email address it should be sent to.

When you contact me, please give the title and author of the book you won, so I won't have to look it up.


Remember, you have 4 weeks to claim your book.