Tuesday Travels day 2 in Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Forest

img_5873Welcome back to day 2 of our trip in September to Winding River Resort on the edge of Colorado’s Rocky Mountain National Forest. We went hiking with our friends after breakfast that morning at a park outside our resort. I am not going to write much, just let you enjoy the views of this lovely Colorado countryside.

We enjoyed several meals at our friends’ campsite on the outskirts of the resort. Here is a landscape picture of it from the two campsites on either side so you can see the beautiful views they saw every day.




If you know what the picture below is, leave a comment on my blog. I will pick one correct answerer to win an e-book copy of my latest Christmas collection in a couple weeks when I post the rest of the pictures that go with this one! Hope you have some happy travels in your future!



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Tuesday Travels to Rocky Mountain National Park

img_5824My husband and I lived in Denver for several months in 1969 while he was stationed at the Air Force base there, then returned once with our three kids in 1991 so they could see the Rockies and have a snowball fight in July. Last month we flew into Denver then drove a rental car west to visit Winding River Resort which is right outside the Rocky Mountain National Forest. This pic shows us driving toward the mountains which kept getting growing larger and larger.

We stopped at a pull-off and another UK grad took our picture with the mountains in theimg_5840background. Then we drove on to the Resort where some of our best friends have worked for the past eight years. They work on the ranch during the months when it is too hot to work in KY or LA. We arrived at the ranch a little after noon, so went to eat lunch at a little restaurant in Grand Lake, CO, then Chester went to see what Mark was working on, and I went to their camper where Sandi introduced me to the Resident Burro Sadie who ate her lunch from my hand! img_5845

That night we ate at a restaurant overlooking two lakes, then Chester and I sat around the indoor fireplace and almost nodded off from the warmth and jet lag.  We were happy to be with our friends and to meet some of their friends, too. A great start to our trip. Hope you’ll stop by next week for day 2.img_5870

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Friday with Friends Book Review–Guide Me Home by Kim Vogel Sawyer

51na4zeecyl-_sx331_bo1204203200_In Guide Me Home, Kim Vogel Sawyer’s latest novel, she has written another lovely “gentle story of hope” romance with well-developed characters and plot that you can get lost in. Rebecca Hardin and her family live a hand-to-mouth existence on a farm that has been in her family for generations in the hills of southern Kentucky. Devlin Bale is a cartography student at the University of Kentucky. His father teaches there but plans to run for the Senate. Both Devlin and Rebecca want to help their families

Two more different people and families would be hard to find. Yet, Rebecca and Devlin develop a respect and concern for each other as they spend hours together in the cave while she is the assistant to Tolly, the experienced guide who leads Devlin’s tours. Rebecca also introduces him to the families surrounding the cave area, including her own.

God has important truths to teach both of these characters on their journeys, and we know He will “guide them home.”

For history buffs, Kim has done a great deal of research on the Mammoth Cave area and weaves it into the story in a very enjoyable way. I have lived in Kentucky most of my life, and found the information she shares in this book fascinating. I bet you will, too. Guide me Home is available in both print and kindle.

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Worth Forgiving by Janet K. Brown with giveaway

WF_Front_FBI am happy to welcome Janet K. Brown, author of Worth Forgiving to my blog today. She introduces her story with this interview of the secondary character:

This blog welcomes to center stage, Lacey Wheeler, a secondary character in Janet K. Brown’s new women’s fiction, Worth Forgiving. Lacey thinks Brown and the main character, Katie, have talked enough, and she wants to have her say, so here we go.

Interviewer: Are you excited about your sister Katie getting out of prison?

Lacey: (gnawing on lip) Well, really, I dread it.

Interviewer: Why is that?

Lacey: Katie makes the messes. I clean them up.

Interviewer: Surely, that’s not true. I understand Katie doesn’t even plan on living with you.

Lacey: (snort) How long do you think that will last? She’ll be out of money, being beat up by her latest heart throb, or trying to get back with her daughter. Well, it’s not going to happen. I can tell you that.

Interviewer: So, you are raising her daughter. Right?

Lacey: Rachel is my daughter now, and don’t you forget it. Katie gave birth to her, but when Rachel was four, Katie asked me to take her. I did. I’ve had her for three years, and I will not let her go back into the drug world of Katie Smith.

Interviewer: Katie is drug-free now. I’m told she’s changed. Surely, you support her in that.

Lacey: Oh, I do support her. I want her to make it on her own and stay away from the drugs and abusive men, but it’s sure hard to believe. Katie is twenty-five years old. She left home with this guy when she was sixteen. I drove to Colorado to pick up her and her baby after the guy dumped her. That was the beginning of years of trouble. The last three years with her in prison have actually been rather peaceful.

Interviewer: As a Christian, you must forgive her.

Lacey: I do forgive her. Pause. I want to forgive her. Pause. Yes, I forgive her.

Interviewer: Everyone deserves a second chance.

Lacey: Yes. This is Katie’s fifteenth chance. I’ve got problems of my own to solve.

Interviewer: What problems do you have?

Lacey: (frowning) I’m stressed, stepped on, and sick. Oh, forget that. God healed me from food addiction. I’m really blessed.

Interviewer: Will you assist Katie?

Lacey: I love my sister. Of course, I’ll help her. So will my husband, Toby.

But, I don’t trust her. Would you?

Here’s a blurb about the whole book:

Worth Forgiving–Second in the Wharton Rock Series

 Prejudice and mistrust hinders an ex-con, drug addict’s new beginning.

 The state of Texas releases from prison Katie Smith. Full of optimism, she sets out to get a job, rent her own place, and make a home for her eight-year-old daughter, but Katie gave away her daughter three years ago. She could use a friend, but her past choices threaten to doom her to continued failure.

 Larry Pullman graduated from seminary with high marks, but the fact that he has no wife makes finding a preaching job almost impossible. It doesn’t help that running from God as a teenager gave him a past that he can’t undo. All he needs is an ex-con, drug addict messing up his life, but then why did God lead him to her? Or did He?

Isn’t it enough that Lacey Chandler gave her sister’s daughter a home? Does that mean she has to clean up Katie’s messes forever?

Could it be that Katie is not Worth Forgiving?

owfi & Mothers Day 006Bio: Janet K. Brown lives in Wichita Falls, Texas with her husband, Charles.
Worth Forgiving, an inspirational women’s fiction, is the second in her Wharton Rock series. Her only non-fiction is Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.
Worth Forgiving marks Brown’s fourth book. Who knew she had a penchant for teens and ghosts? She released her debut novel, an inspirational young adult, Victoria and the Ghost, in July, 2012.
Janet and her husband love to travel with their RV, work in their church, and visit their three daughters, two sons-in-law and three perfect grandchildren.
Janet teaches workshops on writing, weight loss, and the historical settings of her teen books. The author uses her platform of recovering compulsive overeater to weave stories of hope for addiction, compulsion, or impossible situations.

Be sure to leave your info so Janet can contact you for her giveaway of an ebook of  Worth Forgiving!

Purchase links:http://www.pen-l.com/WorthForgiving.


Find her at https://www.janetkbrown.com
on Twitter at https://twitter.com/janetkbrowntx
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E-mail: Janet.hope@att.net

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Friends from the 2016 ACFW conference

IMG_5740 (1)As promised last week, I saved the pictures from the last day of conference to post this week on my Tuesday Travels page. So, here are my friends from the 2016 ACFW conference photos. On Saturday morning, I was so busy with classes, an appointment, and visiting with friends that I only took this one photo with Sharlene MacLaren and Janice Thompson, two of the people I met early on in ACFW and enjoyed catching up with.

Then, that evening everyone was dressed up in their finest for our Gala and awards dinner. We started with a prayer and a beautiful song by the choir. Sorry I wouldn’t fit everyone in one shot. IMG_5753

After the banquet everyone took pictures of old and new friends, so here are a few of mine. First is Christy Miller, who is one of my favorite brainstormers. We met up during conference to plan another book, and Gregg and Hallee Bridgeman–great friends who also published one of my books under their Olivia Kimbrell press. Also, CIMG_5756arrie Turnasky another long-time member who has always been very  gracious and encouraging to me and many others. Friendships are one of the best parts of ACFW. And since we are all Christians, those friendships will last for eternity!IMG_5761



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Reuniting with the Cowboy by Shannon Taylor Vannatter with giveaway

Reuniting with the Cowboy coverWelcome back to my blog, Shannon Vannatter. I know my readers enjoyed learning about your rodeo books in the past. And thanks for doing a special giveaway this time. (read below for info)

Reuniting with the Cowboy by Shannon Taylor Vannatter

Reuniting with the Cowboy started out with a working title of Rodeo Crossroads. It was supposed to be the final book in my rodeo series. But then the Heartsong Presents line closed leaving four books on my contract in limbo. But God gave me another blessing. Harlequin decided to honor my contract through the Love Inspired line.

So now, Reuniting with the Cowboy ends the rodeo series in Aubrey, TX and kicks off a new cowboy series set in Bandera.

I’d long wanted to write Cody Warren’s story. He was the hero’s younger brother in Rodeo Queen. When it came time to write his story, I had to figure out a heroine for him. I remembered Ally, also from Rodeo Queen – the heroine’s best friend whose dad was a policeman killed in the line of duty. I hinted at their story in my last release, Rodeo Reunion. Add my love for animals and it was a fun story to write. Here’s the back cover copy:

The Cowboy Next Door A charming cowboy moving in next door shouldn’t be bad news. But veterinarian Ally Curtis knows Cody Warren—she’d never forget the boy who left her when she needed him most. Cody is doing everything he can to show his beautiful neighbor he’s not the wild bull rider he once was, from helping her find homes for her beloved strays, to protecting her when her business is threatened. But Cody has a secret that keeps him from fully reaching out. Yet as they continue to work together to promote her shelter, he can’t keep himself from hoping that Ally might have a home for him…in her heart.

CowgirlAward winning, central Arkansas author, Shannon Taylor Vannatter is a stay-at-home mom/pastor’s wife. She once climbed a mountain wearing gold wedge-heeled sandals which became known as her hiking boots.

 She has twelve published titles and is contracted for three more. Her books are available at christianbook.com, barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com, harlequin.com, and barbourbooks.com. Learn more about Shannon and her books at http://shannonvannatter.com and check out her real life romance blog at http://shannonvannatter.com/blog/ with weekly book giveaways.

Connect with her: Shannon’s Facebook, Shannon’s Goodreads, Shannon’s Pinterest, Shannon’s Twitter, and Shannon’s Amazon Author Page.

Giveaway details: Comment to enter the drawing for a copy of Reuniting with the Cowboy. Ten copies will be split among names drawn during the blog tour from Sept 1 – 27. One winner will receive a Noah’s Ark themed memory board personally crafted by the author. This fabric is special since it was in the Vannatter nursery 14 years ago and goes along with the float the characters in the book build for a parade. Great for a shower gift or displaying kids or grandkids. Winners will be revealed on the author’s blog on Oct 8th. Be sure to leave info on how to best contact you if you are the winner! Animal memory board

Follow the tour:Sept 1: http://rosemccauley.com/

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Sept 5: http://jenniferhallmark.com/blog/

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Sept 12 & 15 – http://www.shannonvannatter.com/blog

Sept 13: https://jenpheobus.com/

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Sept 21: http://www.faithfriendschocolate.com/

Sept 27th: http://brendaandersonbooks.com/blog/

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