New book out by Darlene Franklin–Her Rocky Mountain Highness

Darlene Franklin and a couple others have written stories based on some of John Denver’s songs. Many of you will remember John Denver and his song “Rocky Mountain High.” Her book is called Her Rocky Mountain Highness, and you can order it on

Here’s a blurb about the book:

Krystal Black had helped foreign dignitaries before but never was tempted to join their ranks.

Prince Johann “John” van Koppelberg came to the Colorado Rockies expecting a vacation. He hadn’t planned to fall in love with his tourism director.

But like John Denver, the prince found a home and fell in love. Now if only he could get Krystal and his parents to agree.

Sounds like a fun, romantic read, so hope you will check it and her other books out on amazon and at where you can read her blog, some devotionals, and more about her books. Happy reading, and humming along!

Take Me Home: Three Romantic Novellas based on John Denver Songs, available for order on Amazon kindle.


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An Imagination Circle by Ann H. Gabhart and Giveaway of These Healing Hills

An Imagination Circle by Ann H. Gabhart

I’ve been writing for a long time. My first historical novel was published in 1978. I’ve typed a lot of words on paper or computer screen since then with These Healing Hills my thirty-third book that came out in September. Some of those books were long, over 100,000 words. Others, mostly my young adult books, came in at approximately 50,000 or less. Even so, without a doubt I’m way over two million words and counting. Well, I’m not actually counting. Computers do that for you these days. Of course, the word count does include all those short little words like the, a, an, but, and just. I stuck just in there because it’s a pesky word that pops up in my stories way too often. So often that I have to weed it out with my delete key while editing.

Having all those words slide under my writing bridge doesn’t change the excitement of a new book out for readers. Number thirty-three, These Healing Hills, is every bit as fun to see between its beautiful cover and ready for readers as my second published book way back in 1980. I said second book because it’s hard to beat the excitement of that very first published book.

But the fun of a new book is made even better when readers start sending messages telling me they’ve read my story. I’ve especially enjoyed hearing from readers about These Healing Hills since many of them have expressed how much they enjoyed following my characters’ story path up into the Appalachian Mountains.

I often say it takes two imaginations to truly make a story come to life. First the writer’s imagination as he or she comes up with the story. But then that writer needs readers to complete the circle by reading the writer’s words and making those words leap to life in their imagination. That imagination circle starts glowing each time a reader opens a new book and starts reading.

I am blessed to be able to do what I have wanted to do and have been trying to do since I was around ten–write stories. I am doubly blessed when a reader makes that circle of imagination glow by reading one of my stories. If you are a reader, thank you.

Have you ever thought about a writer and reader making a circle of imagination?

These Healing Hills Story Blurb

When Francine’s plans for her future fall apart at the close of World War II, she discovers new purpose as a nurse midwife in the beautiful Kentucky Appalachian Mountains. Will she also find healing and perhaps discover the birth of new love? RT Book Reviews says, “Gabhart’s latest historical novel intrigues, inspires and entertains. . .Humor, grace and, of course, romance give the characters life and breath, and the message of faith is gently organic and sincere.” These Healing Hills is available at bookstores or online book sites. For more information about the story and to find buy links, check out

 Ann H. Gabhart bio

 ANN H. GABHART, the bestselling author of over thirty novels, has been called a storyteller, not a bad thing for somebody who grew up dreaming of being a writer. In addition to her popular Harmony Hill Shaker novels, Ann writes about family life in novels like Angel Sister and Love Comes Home as well as her cozy Hidden Springs Mysteries (as A.H. Gabhart) set in small towns like the Kentucky town where she grew up. These Healing Hills is her first historical novel set in the Appalachian Mountains. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren and enjoy country life in Kentucky. For more about Ann and her books, check out You can also join the conversation on Ann’s Facebook Author Page, or Twitter,

And Ann is offering a Giveaway to one of her commenters so please leave her a message below, and you might win.    


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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.

Author bio –


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

Back cover Blurb –

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.

Purchase link:

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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