Monthly Archives: July 2015

Captivating & Refreshing! Brian’s Choice, By: Vannetta Chapman

Brian’s Choice is the prequel to the brand new series (Plain and Simple Miracles) by Vannetta Chapman. It is sure to be a hit! It is a hit in my book! I was captured right from the start with these characters and the new story line. I love the faith, devotion, acceptance and the willingness to help one another. Reading this prequel was like a refreshing promise of what is yet to come in this wonderful series!
Be sure to pre-order your copy of Brian’s Choice today. 5 stars!

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A Hearts Promise, By: Colleen Coble

This is book five in A Journey of the Heart series. I am loving this set of novellas. There is always something happening the story. There are characters that you will love and some that you will hate. There is so much love, compassion, longing, trust and devotion in this story. A story that unfolds and flows so smoothly. I am waiting on the next novella in the series so that I can see what happens.
Be sure to get you copy of this book today! 4 stars!

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To Capture Her Heart

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Bio:Rebecca DeMarnio, Author of Southold Chronicles series, Historical Fiction

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Rebecca DeMarino writes love, legends and lore as a historical romance author and lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She inherited her love of baking and gardening from her mother, a love of horses, reading and writing from her dad, and the wanderlust gene from both parents. Her travels have taken her from Alaska to Nebraska and Florida, from Long Island to England and Italy, and from Washington DC to Texas, California and Guam. But usually you can find her at home, enjoying her grandchildren and baking crisp little ginger cakes. From Publisher’s Weekly ~ DeMarino’s … strong suit is recreating history and relating it to readers.

Growing up, I always knew Christmas would soon be here when the ginger cookies baked by Grandmother Horton arrived by mail, carefully wrapped in a green Frederick and Nelson’s shirt box! She baked them for us each year and when she could not, my mother continued the tradition. I have tried to do the same, baking them each December for my three daughters and grandchildren. My 9th great-grandfather, Barnabas Horton was a baker from Mowsley, England, and I like to think the cookie genes came from him! The following recipe is Grandmother’s original. I use canola oil instead of the Mazola. These are delicious with a glass of icy cold milk, but I enjoy them with a steaming cup of coffee or tea, too!

Grandmother Horton’s Ginger Cookies

Combine 1 cup sugar, 3/4 cup Mazola oil, 1 egg, 4 T. molasses, 2 cups flour, 1/2 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. cloves, 1/2 tsp. cinnamon, 2 level tsp. baking soda, 1/2 tsp. ginger.

Mix well, roll into small balls. Dip in sugar.  Place on greased cookie sheet. Bake 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove to rack and cool.

 I hope you love this recipe as much as I do!

 

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 Heather Flower ~ Legend, Lore or Literal?

As a historical fiction author, I love when my research turns up a gold nugget of information like Heather Flower – was she legend, lore or did she literally exist? She may be all three. Without a doubt her existence is controversial.

I first discovered the story of Heather Flower while researching A Place in His Heart, my debut novel about my English ancestors, the Hortons. My first book covers a time period between 1630 – 1640, so when I read an account that Englishman Lion Gardiner paid a ransom for the daughter of Montauk’s Grand Sachem Wyandanch I was intrigued, and looked at all different angles to include the story, but the time frame did not fit.

I did have my heroine, however, for book two of The Southold Chronicles! Further research revealed there are three or four theories regarding Heather Flower. I chose to blend those theories in my work of fiction.

Four theories that surround Heather Flower:

  • She was Quashawam, the daughter of Grand Sachem Wyandanch and Heather Flower was her nickname. Historically, records exist showing Quashawam became Grand Sachem of the Montauk when her parents and brother died.
  • She was Cantoneras, a Long Island native from Eaton’s Neck who married the Dutchman Cornelius Van Texel or Tassle, whose granddaughter, Katrina, is of Washington Irving’s Legend of Sleepy Hollow fame.
  • Wyandanch had two daughters, Quashawam and Heather Flower.
  • Heather Flower is a fabrication, as well as the story of the kidnapping of Wyandanch’s daughter. Although Lion Gardiner’s personal papers include an account of paying a ransom to the Narragansetts for the release of Wyandanch’s daughter, the lack of a Montaukett written history clouds the matter. Some have alleged Gardiner may have written the story only to support the colonial’s political motives.

As I read of the controversies and theories, I read too, about the beautiful and proud Montaukett people. Their legacy is one of loss and perseverance. Though many died from diseases not known to them before the white man came, there were others who survived, like my fictional character Abbey, and I believe live on through their descendants today.

To me, Heather Flower is truly a legend and a fascinating heroine! Leg·end: lejənd/ noun 1. a traditional story sometimes popularly regarded as historical but unauthenticated.

What do you think? Legend? Lore? Real?

Rebecca DeMarino writes love, legends and lore as a historical romance author and lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. From Publisher’s Weekly ~ DeMarino’s … strong suit is recreating history and relating it to readers.

 

 

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In an uncertain time, Heather Flower faces a choice that will change her life forever

It is 1653 and Heather Flower, a princess of the Montaukett tribe, is celebrating her wedding feast when a rival tribe attacks, killing the groom and kidnapping her.  Though her ransom is paid by an Englishman, she is bound by her captors and left to die—until she finds herself rescued by handsome Dutch Lieutenant Dirk Van Buren.

 

Still tender from her loss, Heather Flower begins to heal in the home of the Hortons, English friends of her people. Torn between her affection for Dirk and her longtime friendship with Ben Horton, Heather Flower must make a difficult choice—stay true to her friend or follow her heart.

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He settled himself atop his own bedding, tucking his musket close to his side. The ground was hard and the night alive with cricket chirps. Somewhere an owl hooted. He propped his hands beneath his head and stared at the heavens. The night was warm and the ink sky a dance of thousands of winking stars. An astral display fell as if the sky had parted. Some Indians believed it to be a sign of travel heroes and he glanced over to the still form of Heather Flower and hoped she’d seen it. He asked God for travel mercies as sleep claimed him.

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Heather Flower was awake before the sun rose. The crescent moon had set hours ago, but the crisp stars still illuminated the sky. She crept toward the glow of the fire and sat. She clutched the comb Dirk had given her the day before and began to pull it through the tangles in her hair. Strand by strand the snarls came undone. As the men began to stir around her, she finished a long braid over her shoulder. Cook came out to refresh the

 

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Interview with JEB Spredemann

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Thank you, Cheryl, for featuring me on your blog today!


1. Who or what inspired you to write?

My plunge into fiction writing began when my daughter, Brandi, an avid reader, questioned the dearth of Amish Christian teen fiction. My response was, “Why don’t we write some?” Soon, ideas for books came flying from every direction. And the rest, as they say, is history! 🙂

2.  Did it take long before you had your first book published?

We decided to release Amish by Accident (as opposed to the Amish Girls Series books) as our debut release because of its unique appeal. We (my teen daughters Emily, Brandi, and I) began writing the Amish Girls Series in January of 2012, and my first book released in late November 2012. (To clarify, the eight books in the Amish Girls Series for teens and A Christmas of Mercy were co-authored by my daughters…

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Take it to the Beach with Colleen Coble’s ‘A Heart’s Promise’ and Tote Giveaway

Will the promise Emmie makes to her friend mean the end to her dreams of a future with Isaac? Find out in book five, A Heart’s Promise, of Colleen Coble’s A Journey of the Heart series. Emmie Croftner let Isaac Liddle go to avoid telling him about her past. But Isaac remains determined to win Emmie’s heart and hand. Can she live happily without Isaac?

Take a day off and head to the beach with a new giveaway from Colleen: five books (books one–five in Colleen’s A Journey of the Heart series) and a beach bag to tote your new books in!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A copy of A Heart’s Promise
  • A Lands’ End beach tote
  • A copy of A Heart’s Betrayal
  • A copy of A Heart’s Disguise
  • A copy of A Heart’s Obsession
  • A copy of A Heart’s Danger

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 31st. Winner will be announced August 3rd on Colleen’s website.

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Interview with JEB Spredemann

Thank you, Cheryl, for featuring me on your blog today!


1. Who or what inspired you to write?

My plunge into fiction writing began when my daughter, Brandi, an avid reader, questioned the dearth of Amish Christian teen fiction. My response was, “Why don’t we write some?” Soon, ideas for books came flying from every direction. And the rest, as they say, is history! 🙂

 

2.  Did it take long before you had your first book published?

We decided to release Amish by Accident (as opposed to the Amish Girls Series books) as our debut release because of its unique appeal. We (my teen daughters Emily, Brandi, and I) began writing the Amish Girls Series in January of 2012, and my first book released in late November 2012. (To clarify, the eight books in the Amish Girls Series for teens and A Christmas of Mercy were co-authored by my daughters. The other books, i.e. Amish by Accident, the Amish Secrets series, and Amish Fairly Tales were penned solely by myself – with the help of God, of course!)

 

3.  Who is your biggest supporter when it comes to your writing?

My biggest supporter is my husband. He reads everything I write, even though it’s romance. 🙂


4.  On average how many books do you write a year?

My goal is at least four titles per year. So far, I haven’t had a problem meeting that goal. I aspire to write more, however, with six children still at home, writing often takes a backseat to family priorities.


5.  Have you ever traveled for research for any of your books?

Yes. In An Unforgivable Secret, some of my characters visit a few places along the California coast. In Amish by Accident, characters visit the Statue of Liberty. And, of course, most of my books are set in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. We have visited all of these places. One of the reasons our family moved from California to Indiana is to be amongst Amish communities, which is where we now reside. So, yes, I have traveled for research. In fact, it’s one of the highlights of a writing career.


6.  Do you do an outline for your books or do you simply sit down and write?

Oh, no. Outlining, for me, is a big no-no. It stifles my creativity. When I sit down to write, I have somewhat of a basic idea or theme, but that’s it. I open my laptop, set my fingers to the keyboard, and pray for inspiration. I’m usually surprised by my characters as much as my readers are, and I never know how a story will transpire at the onset. This is one of the things I love about writing.


7.  Do you have a favorite writing spot? 

When we were in California, I had a writing room separate from the house. I absolutely loved that. After we moved, however, I’ve ambled from room to room searching for the perfect place, but I still have yet to find it. Construction of my new writing room is in the plans for this year and I’m really looking forward to it.

 

8.  What is your favorite snack or beverage when writing?

I love distilled water and also coffee to drink. For snacks, I usually like something sweet (like fruit, a granola bar, or lemon biscotti) and something salty (like veggie chips or sunflower seeds). Occasionally, I’ll indulge in a square of Ghirardelli dark chocolate or a Lindt truffle. 🙂


9.  Do you have a favorite character from all of your books that you have written? Why?

I love Jonathan Fisher! We’ve even had stickers made that declare this. (For anybody that would like one, email your mailing address to me at jebspredmann@gmail.com) Jonathan is in every Amish story we’ve written so far. (He’s seven years old in Joanna’s Struggle – Amish Girls Series, Book 1) He is cute, funny, and mischievous in his younger years, and wise (but still mischievous!) in his later years. He is a combination of my youngest son, my husband, and our imaginations.

10.  Who are some of your favorite authors?

Amish fiction is my favorite genre to read and, while I think there are many excellent authors in this genre, my favorites include Cindy Woodsmall, Shelley Shepard Gray, Beverly Lewis, and Wanda E. Brunstetter. I prefer stories with deep spiritual significance, which is sometimes difficult to find. This is yet another reason I write.


11.  Can you tell us why you chose to write in the genre that you did?

Since I enjoy reading Amish fiction, I knew I’d love writing it just as much. Both of my husband’s parents came from a Mennonite background, and before I began reading and researching, I did not know the Mennonites and the Amish were related. As I learned more about their common link and the uniqueness of these similar, yet equally diverse communities, I became fascinated by their intriguing culture. In our fast-paced, sometimes-hectic modern world, the simplistic, old fashioned Amish lifestyle is like a breath of fresh air. It’s almost like stepping onto the set of a ‘Little House on the Prairie’ episode. I believe many who read this genre feel the same way. Another reason is the locale. When I was around twelve or thirteen, my family traveled across the country in an RV, and Pennsylvania was one place we visited. Of the many states we traveled through, Pennsylvania was the one that stole my heart. I remember the greenery and trees galore – it was love at first sight! And, this was the first time I’d ever seen an Amish person or horse and buggy.


12.  What do you like to do to celebrate the completion of one of your books?

Breathe, say a prayer of thanksgiving, and enjoy a meal out. 🙂

 

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Latest release: An Undeniable Secret (Amish Secrets – book 4)
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Giveaway: A signed paperback copy of Rosabelle’s Story – Amish Fairly Tale #2
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For those of you that haven’t tried any of JEB Spredemann’s books I highly recommend them. I have read them and loved them.

 

Thank you for the opportunity to interview JEB Spredemann.  I so enjoyed having you on my blog. I love to learn more about the authors that I love. I am so looking forward to reading more of your wonderful books in the future. 

 

Be sure to leave a comment with your name and email for a chance to win a copy of Rosabella’s Story.  Winner will have one week to contact me after the end of the contest.

 

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Delightful & Surprising! The Cactus Creek Challenge, By: Erica Vetsch

This book definitely lives up to it’s name! I was lassoed in right from the very start. I love the headstrong and determined characters that are set in their ways.
This book was a fast paced and delightful read! The characters, situations and the events that unfolded right before your eyes. There was never a dull moment in this awesome and exciting story. The characters and unexpected things that happened were fabulous. I have laughed so much at the antics and situations. I was laughing so hard that I was crying at times. This book is like a good western, comedy and romance all rolled into one utterly delightful story. That is bound to leave a smile on your face. So be sure to grab a glass of sweet tea and sit back as you travel back in time to enjoy this wonderful read.
Be sure to get you copy of The Cactus Creek Challenge today! 5 stars!

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Experience Healing and Mending with Cynthia Ruchti’s New Book and Reclaimed Treasures Giveaway

How can the wounds that keep us from living the life we want to live be mended and healed? In Tattered and Mended, Cynthia Ruchti walks readers through a gallery of reclaimed and restored art as well as broken and restored lives of those who have gone before us. With a gentle touch and personable wisdom, Cynthia shows how even the most threadbare soul can once again find healing and hope.

Celebrate the release of Tattered and Mended with Cynthia by entering to win her Reclaimed Treasures giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on July 27th. The winner will be announced July 28th on Cynthia’s blog.

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Plus, now through mid-July, sign up for Cynthia’s mailing list for a five-day virtual tour around Madeline Island for the chance to win a Hemmed in Hope prize pack. Each day begins with an email from Cynthia that introduces where you’ll be “visiting” that day (all key places from As Waters Gone By) with various interactive elements, including“I wish you were here” postcards, trivia quizzes, and an ongoing Island scavenger hunt. The person who interacts the most will win a Hemmed in Hope prize pack (valued at more than $200).

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That includes:

  • The letterpress block Hope sign from DaySpring
  • A set of 6 Hemmed in Hope notecards showing a hope-themed Bible verse
  • A leather “I can’t unravel, I’m hemmed in hope” journal
  • Signed copies of each of Cynthia’s books, fiction and non-fiction

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A Most Delightful and Spectacular Book! In Good Company, By: Jen Turano

In Good Company is book two in A Class of Their Own Series! This is the most enjoyable read by Jen Turano that I have had the pleasure of reading so far! Characters that are sure to delight you and others that make you want to slap them. I was in stitches I was laughing so hard at some of the unexpected mishaps and misfortunes that happened. Millie is so utterly delightful, full of life, eager to the best she can be. I so loved dear Sweet Abigail that is determined. I had to stop and catch my breath and compose myself several times though out this book. So be sure to grab you glass of sweet tea and enjoy this remarkably charming book!
Be sure and order your copy of In Good Company today! 5 stars!

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A Wonderfully Captivating Amazing Read! A Worthy Pursuit, By: Karen Witemeyer

Karen Witemeyer has done a simply amazing job yet again! She has spun a tale that will have you cheering, laughing and crying and sitting on pens and needles. This is wonderful historical romance with lots of strong faith and values to do what is right. I so loved the choice of characters in this story and the parts that they play. The gifted children, the tough, rugged tracker and the one dedicated school teacher’s determination, feisty, love and devotion. A teacher with such caring that she determined to protect no matter what. Will Charlotte let the walls around her heart down? Will Stone open his eyes and heart to be loved?
Be sure to get your copy of A Worthy Pursuit, By: Karen Witemeyer today! 5 stars!!

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