Jan Watson and her books

IMG_5143I have loved Jan Watson’s writing ever since I first read Troublesome Creek. And since I met her several years ago, I love her as much as her books. She has such a genuine love for the Lord and for others, she is a joy to be around.

Yesterday, the book club I meet with at Unity Christian Church travelled to Lexington to eat lunch with her at Joseph-Beth bookstore. And of course, to buy her latest book! She shared some about her writing process with us, and some about her own life experiences. She said sometimes we need to do something even if it is hard, just because God is telling us to do it, just like the characters in many of her books. One of my friends in the book club said she used to think writers were not someone she could ever talk to, but after meeting Jan, she said, “She is just like us!”

We had another example of this as we sat on the benches right outside the bookstore where Jan autographed our books. Behind us sat a lady with a cane, resting. I mentioned to her that Jan was a multi-pubbed author and that I thought she would enjoy Jan’s books, too.  Jan turned around to talk to the lady personally, found out that she suffered from rheumatoid arthritis, and ministered to her right there in the midst of everyone coming and going at Lexington Green. Jan wasn’t looking for another person to buy a book (although the lady said she would be back to get some later) but was genuinely interested in her and her troubles. Jan said she would have loved to talk with her longer.

Jan’s Troublesome Creek series begins with three books about Copper Brown and her move from Eastern Kentucky to Lexington and back again with a broken heart. Her next was a story of two friends in Sweetwater Run.

510WzK3+hXL._AC_US160_The next three novels in this series are mainly about Copper’s daughter Lilly Gray Corbett which I recently read and LOVED. They are chock full of conflict and romance! Great reads! And the last one out is about Lilly’s younger sister Mazy in Buttermilk Sky–the book I can’t wait to jump into as soon as I finish the one I am reading!

If you have not read any of Jan’s books, you are fortunate to have this whole series awaiting you! Available online and at most bookstores! You will love the writing and the characters! List of Jan Watson’s novels in order: Troublesome Creek, Willow Springs, Torrent Falls, Sweetwater Run, Still House Pond, Skip Rock Shallows, Tattlers Branch, Buttermilk Sky.

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Surrender to Peace—my latest book, set in Puerto Rico

Surrender to PeaceAlthough this is not my husband and me walking on the beach in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico, it does depict my characters Joy and Benigno holding hands on one of their romantic walks there. Isn’t this cover for Surrender to Peace beautiful!? Romantic and tropical is just what I wanted it to convey! This story came out on kindle last year, but Olivia Kimbrell Press has now released it in print and in Nook and other ebook versions. I love my new cover by Amanda Smith of Amanda Gail Studio.

Surrender to Peace is a story about surrendering to God and listening to Him speak. It is set in Puerto Rico, so the next few weeks I will be posting on my Tuesday Travels, Puerto Rican scenes from the research trip my husband and I made there last summer. If you want to travel to Puerto Rico, even vicariously, I hope you’ll drop by!

 

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I’m Back!! Thanks to Gayle DeSalles of WordCount.biz

Greetings from the Bluegrass state of KY where the grass is very green now with all the rain we’ve been having. I haven’t posted for almost two weeks because my website has been down, but it is now up and running again thanks to the hard work of the best webmistress–Gayle DeSalles of WordCount—Virtual Office Assistance.

I hope you will come back next week to see the new cover for my book Surrender to Peace just released in print. I will also start sharing pictures on my Tuesday Travels of the beautiful country of Puerto Rico where the book is set and where my husband and I traveled last summer to do on-site research. Thanks again, Gayle DeSalles of WordCount! You’re the best!

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Travel to Pendleton County, KY to speak

20160423_170416My friend, Janie Butcher, invited me to speak at Antioch Mills Christian Church for their ladies’ day last Saturday so I had to travel to Pendleton County, KY. Janie graciously invited all my girls, and I was very thankful my two daughters and youngest granddaughter could go. My oldest daughter Christy met me about half way there to drive me and help with the book signing. She dubbed this picture “Driving Miss Rosie.” After we got there and set up, my youngest daughter Mandy arrived with my son’s daughter Elinor. And below is the picture of all four McCauley Gals.

After a huge buffet of delicious “finger foods” that was more than enough to 20160423_185929make a meal, we went into the sanctuary. A wonderful mother daughter team performed the beautiful song “Find us Faithful,” and I told Jeannie George, the mom who sang, and Stephanie George, the daughter who signed, that they could not have chosen a more fitting song for my topic of “Leaving a Legacy of Faith and Family” which is my spiritual theme for this year.

I spoke of cherished items like my Grandmother’s Bible and gave the definition of legacy from Webster’s then read Psalm 127, verse 3 from the Message Bible which says, “Don’t you see that children are God’s best gift? The fruit of the womb His generous legacy?” I then mentioned some questions we can ask ourselves to make sure we are leaving the legacy we desire such as “Do your children see you in church each week and see you having your own devotions and devotions with them? Then I ended with my favorite verse of the last few years from the Message Bible–Ephesian 3: 20: “God can do anything, you know–far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, His Spirit deeply and gently within us.”

FullSizeRender 13I ended by sharing how my first two books and even my new one all seem to have a theme of second chances, then stayed around to sign books. A great evening with family and friends–both old and new!

PS Hope you will return Friday to see my latest book, Surrender to Peace, with its beautiful cover!

 

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Book Review A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron

Sorry I have been incognito the past couple weeks while finishing up edits on two new books releasing soon, and also sending off a proposal to my agent to submit to Barbour for, hopefully, a new contract soon! More about those next week, but today I want to share a book review of one of my favorite books I’ve read this year–A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron. This is book 2 in the Hidden Masterpiece series. I hope there is a book 3 being planned, and you will too, after you read the first two books.

This book is a romance story within another romance story. It starts out in present day California where we see Sera James and William Hanover preparing for their wedding. (our couple from book 1 The Butterfly and the Violin which happens to be on sale on kindle for only $1.99 right now!) Similar to the first book, this story within a story takes place in Europe and Terezin Concentration Camp during WWII. The author beautifully weaves two connected love stories across the decades and miles. If you love romance–both contemporary and historical–you will love this book! So order books 1 and 2 and enjoy your journey through Europe and back to California. Happy reading!

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Tuesday Travels Day 5 K-Love Cruise 2016

FullSizeRender 10Our last day at sea on Day 5 K-Love Cruise 2016–a time to reflect, tour the ship a little more, spend time with Chester and with Kim and Don. That morning we walked around on several decks, then ended up on Aqua Park Deck to see the talented Jared Emerson paint this picture of Mary looking down at baby Jesus. He even leaps up to paint the high parts with his hands. How he can see it in his mind and then place it just so on the canvas is definitely a gift from God. If you google his name you can find photos of many of his works.

FullSizeRender 3On the same deck was the handy soft-serve ice cream which Chester had enjoyed most days, so he had to stop for one last cone!

For lunch we ate at the same buffet on deck 14, but we decided to change things up and eat at the rear of the deck and watch out the huge back windows where we had been traveling. I took two pics since one shows the people better but the other shows the water better. If this doesn’t inspire you to go on a cruise I don’t know what will. Ocean-view dining!FullSizeRender 11 FullSizeRender 12FullSizeRender 9

Two more photos–the pen sculpture was a favorite of mine and Kim Vogel Sawyer’s since we both write Christian fiction! The other pic is one last glance at our lovely cabin. This was the fourth cruise we have taken, and this cabin was the largest and most spacious we ever had. The deck alone made it worth paying extra! I hope everyone has a chance to go on a K-Love cruise if they love Christian music and Christian fellowship!

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