Destination: Romance releases on June 15th

I am happy to share my 6th published novella with you which releases June 15! The collection is called Destination: Romance, and each story takes us on a romantic trip. My story is set in Jamaica, then goes to Kentucky, then back to Jamaica.

Here’s some of the backstory of how it came about. Kim Sawyer and her husband Don had invited my husband and me to go on a K-Love cruise with them, and we were finally able to plan it for January 2016. Since Kim and I had been praying for each other’s writing for years, I said we should write a story about our cruise, so we brainstormed one night and came up with two ideas. My story is set in Jamaica where my oldest daughter went on a mission trip twice while in college. Her own daughter (our granddaughter Natalie), went on a mission trip a couple years ago while in high school. My other daughter and I have also been on mission trips, so it seemed like a novel place to start a romance–going on a K-Love cruise mission trip! Kim will tell you about her “romantic destination” in a couple weeks. Continue reading

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Two book reviews–The Madonna of Pisano and A Sicilian Farewell both by MaryAnn Diorio

Today’s blog is a book review of two books by one of my favorite authors–MaryAnn Diorio–The Madonna of Pisano and A Sicilian Farewell. I love her writing and her sweet spirit for Christ, and wanted to finish this second book sooner, but with two other writing projects of my own going on, I read until after eleven last night to finish the second novel. I had to know what happened to Luca Tonetta!

But, I am getting ahead of myself! In The Madonna of Pisano we meet Maria Landro, a young woman with a child but no husband. Nowadays that can be common, but in the  1880s in Sicily, it was very rare and was treated with shame. To her family’s credit, they still supported and loved her and her child, although she told no one the father’s name. I don’t want to give away the story, but can tell you there is confession and forgiveness by the end of the tale. Continue reading

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Happy Mother’s Day to all, especially the winner of A. H. Gabhart’s Murder is No Accident

Wishing all the mothers on my bloglist a very Happy Mother’s Day. Hope you get to spend it with family like I plan to! And maybe curl up with a great book in the afternoon or evening!

And wishing a super happy day to Nancy Gats who won the drawing for a copy of Ann Gabhart’s latest mystery–Murder is No Accident. Ann will be contacting you for  your mailing address.

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In the Superstition Mountains by Susan Page Davis–a Book Review

I had never heard of the Superstition Mountains until I read this book. The entire title is My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains with the subtitle Carmela’s Quandary.

Carmela Wade is orphaned at twelve, and her life changes from a loving home and parents to life on the road with her uncle forcing her to tell a made-up story of her being captured by Indians to earn him money. Carmela comes to hate deceiving to people, but her uncle insists her dad owed him a huge sum of money, and now she has to pay it off.

Carmela is definitely in a quandary, and many terrible things continue to happen that seem to make her situation grow worse, but she needs to learn that God is in control, and He can work out what she sees as a hopeless life into a wonderful relationship with a special man and other friends.

If you like the Wild West (set right after the Civil War in 1866) and characters who change as God enters their lives, you will love My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains.

Bio: Susan Page Davis is a best-selling author who has written many novels set in the west. She and her husband live in western Kentucky.

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Story ideas-Guestblog and Giveaway by Ann H. Gabhart

Ideas Lurk in the Nooks and Crannies of a Writer’s Brain  by Ann H. Gabhart

Since I published my first book way back in 1978, I have often been asked, “Where do you get your ideas?” The only right answer to that question is everywhere. Ideas come in all shapes and sizes and sneak into a writer’s head by many different avenues.

Those ideas can rise up out of history books or maybe an exhibit at a museum. I might stumble across the initial idea in a newspaper article or even one of those historical marker signs along the road. Then again something I see on television or in a movie might spark an idea, or perhaps a comment from a friend might set my story gears to grinding. Most writers like to draw from their own experiences and the experiences of their families. I’ve certainly done that for the backgrounds of several of my stories. The setting of my Heart of Hollyhill books came straight from what I remembered my little town of Lawrenceburg being like during the 1960s. Then I used my mother’s background of growing up during the Great Depression for the Rosey Corner books, especially Angel Sister, where Mom’s memories are threaded all through the story. Continue reading

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Designing Love, New book by Kimberly Rose Johnson

I am happy to introduce my readers to another of Kimberly Rose Johnson’s lovely books. Designing Love is book 3 in the Sunriver Dreams series. Here’s the back cover blurb:

Someone is framing Sierra. Can Spencer Preston discover the true criminal before he loses her?

Sierra Robbins, single mother and interior design assistant, wants to provide a stable home for her teenage son and become a successful interior designer. She’s well on her way to both goals when she agrees to house sit a home in Sunriver, Oregon. It couldn’t be more perfect. She’ll be close to her job at Belafonte Designs while living rent-free. But things don’t go as expected beginning on day one when a police officer responds to the alarm they set off at the house. Was that alarm a sign of trouble to come? Continue reading

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