Guest blog by Toni Shiloh about her newest book

Welcome to a long time online friend—Toni Shiloh

Thank you so much for having me on your blog today, Rose. I wanted to talk about my latest release, Returning Home, book one in the Freedom Lake series. I wrote this book about two years and it was my first full-length novel so it holds a special place in my heart.

Jo Ellen Baker runs her dad’s renovation business. She’s going through life wishing and hoping that luck holds out and things go her way. But with the return of her childhood nemesis, Evan Carter, she realizes lucks just not going to cut it. She’s been running from the Lord for awhile now. So Returning Home is much more than the character returning to the fictional town of Freedom Lake, it’s about their return to the kingdom. To return to the folds of the body of Christ

and rest in the peace of Jesus Christ.

I pray this book blesses you as much as it blessed me when I wrote it.

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Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and president of the Virginia Chapter.

You can find her on her website at

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Jo Ellen Baker is shocked to find out that the boy who teased her mercilessly throughout high school, has returned to their hometown of Freedom Lake, and he’s missing a leg. When his mother asks her to renovate their carriage house to give him a place to gain his independence back, she wants to say no. But one look at him brings a rush of forgotten feelings.

Evan Carter can’t believe he has to return home and live with his parents. Every hope and dream he ever had dissipated in a car crash that cost him his leg. Stuck in a wheelchair, he’s forced to reexamine his relationship with God and the local carpenter, Jo Ellen Baker.

Will renovating his home open the door for a mended relationship, or are some wounds too deep to heal from?

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June Foster and another Double Giveaway!

This week we have another double giveaway. June Foster will be giving away an e-copy of the book you see here, and I will be giving away an e-copy of my latest book, Destination: Romance, so leave a comment on this blog for a chance to win her book, and travel over to her blog at to win a copy of mine.  The drawing will take place next Friday morning, so be sure to leave a comment and a way to contact you if you win.

Doesn’t this gorgeous picture and the blurb make you want to go read this story? It does me! Since I live in KY, we are close to the beautiful Appalachian Mountains.

Blurb: Molly Cambridge determines to bring literacy to the people of Misty Hollow, but the town’s mayor opposes her at every turn. Dirt farmer, Joel Greenfield, wants to own a dairy farm, but what are the chances? He’s illiterate. Will romance survive in the magnificent Appalachians? When two people are cultures apart, only God can bridge the gap.

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Author bio: An award-winning author, June Foster is a retired teacher with a BA in education and MA in counseling. June has written four novels for Desert Breeze Publishing. The Bellewood Series, Give Us This Day, As We Forgive, and Deliver Us, and Hometown Fourth of July. Since then she’s also written Ryan’s Father, Red and the Wolf, a modern-day retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, The Almond Tree Series: For All Eternity, Echoes From the Past, What God Knew and Almond Street Mission. Also available is Lavender Fields Inn, Christmas at Raccoon Creek, Restoration of the Heart, and Letting Go. Find all June’s books at

June enjoys writing stories about characters who overcome the circumstances in their lives by the power of God and His Word. Find June online at


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Review of A Groom for Mama by Catherine Castle

I did a guest blog by Catherine Castle two weeks ago on how A Groom for Mama came about, and just finished this delightful read yesterday! Highly recommend! It is laugh-out-loud funny even though there is a death in the end.

As you can see from the blurb below, you know the Mama is dying from the beginning, although the daughter thinks it might be a ploy to marry her off. And the funny parts come from the dates Allison goes on since she and her Mama make a deal that she will take a treatment for every date Allison makes. One of the funniest is when Allison is swept away on horseback by a re-enactor posing as a medieval knight.

The romance comes in from her ex-boyfriend Jack who accompanies them on their trip because he will do anything for Mama or Allison. And there is a surprise ending that wraps it all up happily. So, if you like to read fun romances like I do, this is the book for you! You can always go back to the September 8th post and see her other info and buy links.

Blurb for A Groom for Mama
By Catherine Castle

Beverly Walters is dying, and before she goes she has one wish—to find a groom for her daughter. To get the deed done, Mama enlists the dating service of Jack Somerset, Allison’s former boyfriend.

The last thing corporate-climbing Allison wants is a husband. Furious with Mama’s meddling, and a bit more interested in Jack than she wants to admit, Allison agrees to the scheme as long as Mama promises to search for a cure for her terminal illness.

A cross-country trip from Nevada to Ohio ensues, with a string of disastrous dates along the way, as the trio hunts for treatment and A Groom For Mama.


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A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti

Cynthia Ruchti has been one of my favorite authors since her first book came out. She writes both fiction and non-fiction well, which is rare. I love to read both types of her books. The latest one I had the privilege to read is A Fragile Hope. And, I have to say, she just keeps getting better and better!

Her books are not run of the mill. I don’t know how she comes up with her ideas, but would love to brainstorm with her! At the beginning of A Fragile Hope, we meet Karin Chamberlain who runs a card shop and makes her own paper for the cards. We also meet her husband Josiah Chamberlain who writes books on relationships, especially on marriage.

The reader can sense some tension between the couple from the first pages, but all couples go through that occasionally, right? Things quickly escalate after an accident leaves Karin severely injured, her friend’s husband dead, and Josiah with nothing but questions and his own conclusions. How could this have happened?

Josiah wants to learn more about Karin and the accident, but over the next several months while Karin remains in the hospital, Josiah learns more about himself than he ever wanted to know, and doesn’t like what he finds. But, he eventually also learns to love Karin and her unborn child with a love like God’s–unselfish, true, and faithful.

Will Karin ever come out of her vegetative state? Will the baby survive all the antibiotics Karin has been on? Can this couple ever find true love and happiness again? You’ll have to read the rest of the book to find out. And while you are ordering it, order some of her other books, too, because when you finish you’ll want to read another one! And another one!

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Catherine Castle on “When a Play Becomes a Book”

When a Play Becomes a Book
By Catherine Castle

Readers often want to know where we writers get our ideas. They are everywhere. Sometimes you even borrow from yourself. Take my newest book A Groom for Mama—it’s not an original idea, at least to me.

In 2003 my husband and I were into writing plays. We were part of a drama group at our large church and had been participating in drama as actors and as playwrights, when my hubby heard an announcement on our local radio advertising a contest for radio plays.

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Guestblog by Amber Schamel and Giveaway of Solve by Christmas!

When Your Character Is Weirder than You

Blog Post for Rose Allen McCauley by Amber Schamel

When I decided to write a detective character based loosely on Sherlock Holmes, I figured he’d be an odd duck. But Jasper Hollock ended up much weirder than even I thought.

It was fun, because he is the strangest character I’ve written to date. But there were some places where I sat back and shook my head. I’m sure my facial expression was scrunched too. As an author, I’m strange in my own right. I get that. In fact, I scare my family sometimes when I talk about my characters and how they told me something about themselves that I didn’t know before. They’re like, “Uh…you’re the writer. The brain. You’re the one creating the character.”

I know. But it’s different. It just is.

Jasper Hollock is basically a prideful grouch. At least at the beginning of the book. He has a bit of an overbite and a fat upper lip. He also has big ears, which he is very proud of. Then there’s his Council of Mirrors that I would tell you about, except I don’t want to give it away. ;) And, oh goodness, if you had heard what Jasper said when I asked him why brown is his favorite color. *I need one of those wide-eyed blushy faces here. LOL*

Anyway, when I began realizing how…ahem…’special’ Jasper is, it raised a question. Can an author’s character be weirder than them? Or does the fact that the author is writing a super weird character make them just as weird? Answer this question for me, (Seriously, sarcastically, comically, satirically…surprise me. *grin*) and best answer wins an e-book copy of Solve by Christmas!

**Amber will pick a winner and notify that person on September 8, so get your comments in soon!**

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Amber Schamel writes riveting stories that bring HIStory to life. She has a passion for travel, history, books and her Savior. This combination results in what her readers call “historical fiction at its finest”. Her title, Dawn of Liberty, was awarded the 2017 CSPA Book of the Year award in Historical Fiction. She lives in Colorado and spends half her time volunteering in the Ozarks. Amber is a proud member of the American Christian Fiction Writers Association. Visit her online at and download a FREE story by subscribing to her Newsletter!

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Solve by Christmas Historical Mystery

Solve by Christmas Blurb:

When sabotage threatens the Rudin Sugar Factory, Detective Jasper Hollock believes this will be his first real case. But dear Mr. Rudin—the only father Jasper has ever known—holds a different assignment for his private investigator.

“I’ve struck a deal with God, Jasper, and you’re my angel.”

Mr. Rudin charges Jasper to build a “case” of reasons for his employer to continue his life. If he fails, Mr. Rudin will end it in suicide on Christmas night.

As the incidents at the factory become life threatening, Jasper’s attempts at dissuading Mr. Rudin prove futile, and Jasper is left staring at the stark reality of his own soul. Time is ticking. Jasper must solve both cases by Christmas before Mr. Rudin, the company, and Jasper’s faith, are dragged to perdition. Will this be the Christmas Jasper truly discovers what makes life worth living?

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