Review & Giveaway! The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection

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About the Book

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Meet nine men and women whose competitive goals take them to state and county fairs between 1889 and 1930. From baking pie to polishing pigs, from sculpting butter to stitching quilts, everyone has something to prove to themselves and their communities. But in going for the blue ribbon, will nine women miss the greatest prize of all—the devoted heart of a godly man?


About the Authors

Jennifer AlLee believes the most important thing a woman can do is discover her identity in God—a theme that carries throughout her stories. She’s a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and RWA’s Faith, Hope and Love Chapter. When she’s not spinning tales, she enjoys board games with friends, movies, and breaking into song for no particular reason. Jennifer lives with her family in the grace-filled city of Las Vegas, Nevada. Please visit her at

Angela Breidenbach is a bestselling author, host of Grace Under Pressure Radio, and the Christian Author Network’s president. And yes, she’s half of the fun fe-lion comedy duo, Muse and Writer, on social media.
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Bestselling author Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family, and continues her interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV in addition to writing. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written over fifty books and more than 250 devotionals. Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from Texas to Vermont. You can find Darlene online at

Cynthia Hickey grew up in a family of storytellers and moved around the country a lot as an army brat. Her desire is to write about real, but flawed characters in a wholesome way that her seven children and five grandchildren can all be proud of. She and her husband live in Arizona where Cynthia is a full-time writer.

Carrie Fancett Pagels is a multi-published award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn’t “cure” her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!

TIFFANY AMBER STOCKTON has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood. Today she is an award-winning author, speaker, social media consultant, and a freelance website designer who lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have a daughter and a son and a vivacious Flat-coated retriever named Roxie. Her writing career began as a columnist for her high school and college newspapers. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Historical Romance Writers. Three of her novels have won annual reader’s choice awards, and in 2009, she was voted #1 favorite new author for the Heartsong Presents book club. You can read more about her at her website.

Niki Turner is a novelist, journalist, and blogger. Her first completed manuscript earned second place in the Touched By Love 2009 contemporary category romance contest. She writes for local newspapers and won second place for best agriculture story at the 2013 Colo­rado Press Association annual convention. She is a co-blogger at Niki is the president of the Western Slope chapter of the American Christian Fiction Writers. Connect with Niki on Facebook or Twitter, and visit her website for information on her other books:

ECPA- bestselling author Gina Welborn worked for a news radio station until she fell in love with writing romances. She serves on the American Christian Fiction Writers Foundation Board. Sharing her husband’s love for the premier American sportscar, she is a founding member of the Southwest Oklahoma Corvette Club and a lifetime member of the National Corvette Museum. Gina lives with her husband, three of their five Okie-Hokie children, two rabbits, two guinea pigs, and a dog that doesn’t realize rabbits and pigs are edible. Find her online at!

Becca Whitham (WIT-um) is a multi-published author who has always loved reading and writing stories. After raising two children, she and her husband faced the empty nest years by following their dreams: he joined the army as a chaplain, and she began her journey toward publication. Becca loves to tell stories marrying real historical events with modern-day applications to inspire readers to live Christ-reflecting lives. She’s traveled to almost every state in the U.S. for speaking and singing engagements and has lived in Washington, Oregon, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Alaska.  She can be reached through her website at




To celebrate their tour, The Blue Ribbon Brides authors are giving away an award winning themed basket that included a quilt and an Amazon Kindle Fire!

Be sure to comment on this blog post below. If we have ten commentors (not including the authors), I will be picking one person to win a book!

Link to giveaway:

Guest Post E

First Comes Pie – History of Apple Pie Days

Niki Turner

In First Comes Pie, Lorelei Boyd is preparing to enter the Apple Pie Days Contest in Rifle, Colorado. Apple Pie Days began in 1908 in Rifle, predating the Garfield County Fair, which is still held in Rifle, even though it’s not the county seat. The first Apple Pie Days was a celebration of the construction of a bridge across the Colorado River in conjunction with the apple harvest. Someday I’ll find time to write about the woman who operated the ferry that hauled people back and forth across the Colorado River before that bridge was built! That’s the problem with historical research… the more research you do, the more story ideas you find!

The idea for First Comes Pie came from an interview I conducted with an elderly couple for a newspaper column. The couple shared their memories of the Colorado River valley being home to thousands of acres of orchards, farms, and agricultural production. Today most of those orchards are gone, and the sugar beet farms have been replaced with hay fields. Then I learned about Apple Pie Days, and the germ of an idea blossomed into a story.

Every year, each woman in the Rifle area was asked to bring six home-baked apple pies to town in September. Free coffee and pie were served to all in attendance. Thousands of pies and thousands of gallons of coffee were consumed, and as with most community events, activities began to be added. Eventually there was a parade, rodeo, dance, and plenty of excitement downtown.

Although I couldn’t find evidence that there was ever a contest for the best pie, the local museum has a framed picture of the first Apple Pie Queen on display. Miss Blanche Grace Goodrich was chosen as the first Apple Pie Queen in 1909. In 1910 she married the Texaco Oil Consignee in Rifle and, after his death, operated the oil company with her son Jack. She passed away at the age of 98. Her photo in the museum speaks a thousand words, in my opinion. I like to think Lorelei “inherited” a little bit of that attitude!

Review: The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection by Cynthia Hickey, Gina Welborn, Jennifer Atlee, Angela Breidenback, Darlene Franklin, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Amber Stockton, Niki Turner, and Becca Whitham. This series is a wonderful collection of historical fiction novellas. This collection is full of faith, love, hope, and so much more. This wonderful collection of novellas has women that are competing for the blue ribbon prize in their fair. Each story a delight that will surly capture your heart. Be sure to order your copy of The Blue Ribbon Bride collection today. 5 stars! I received a complimentary copy of this book. This review is my honest opinion.


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33 responses to “Review & Giveaway! The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection

  1. That’s a fascinating piece of history of the Apple Pie Days! I can’t imagine seeing that many pies and gallons upon gallons of coffee, what a sight that must have been!! I love learning history through fictional stories and I love the looks of the collection of novellas 🙂
    Thank you for the review, book giveaway and your participation on the blog hop! It’s been a lot of fun to follow along and learn little historical tidbits on each one. 🙂

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  2. I love learning a little bit of history as I read great fiction.

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  3. This is an awesome giveaway. I love quilts and would really like to win this book giveaway. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.

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  4. conniepsaunders

    I am so looking forward to reading this book! Thanks for sharing.
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot) com

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  5. Hi CHERYL!!! Thanks for hosting us on your blog! So glad you enjoyed the collection! Looking forward to seeing you soon! Hugs!

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  6. debby236

    Thanks for the great post. I can no longer have apple pie. What a bummer!

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  7. nikiturner716

    Hi Cheryl! Thank you for hosting us today! Blessings to you and yours!

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  8. Thanks so much for the wonderful opportunity to win!!! I would be so blessed and honored to win this!!! I so love to read…loved your story about Apple Pie Days…what a wonder that must have been…I never really liked history back in high school…many, many moons ago…lol…but I like reading about it now…when it is in a story or novella…it is really awesome!!! Thanks again for the fun things that you do…I love participating!!!

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  9. Can’t wait to read this book!! I have really enjoyed Carrie’s books and I enjoy finding new-to-me-authors!! Thanks for a chance to win!

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  10. carylkane

    HEY CHERYL! I’m enjoying these fascinating tidbits. I adore these collections. Thank you for participating in the launch. 🙂


  11. Once upon a time, I used to sew together quilt tops. I never finished any of them though, to make them into actual quilts. Maybe one day! I love the apple history.

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  12. Thank you all for joining the blog tour and for helping promote Blue Ribbon Brides!


  13. I’m looking forward to reading all of these stories! My favorite pie is apple. I thought at first when I saw this that they were going to have a pie contest. They sure had a lot of pie and coffee. Thanks for this great giveaway! d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com


  14. A week ago I was on my way to Canada, to attend a friend’s funeral. One of the foods there was an apple pie. Oh, my goodness! I have never tasted an apple pie like that one. It was wonderful!
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.


  15. What an amazing collection this will be to read. I collect apple things. Thank you for the wonderful review. Hope to read this soon.
    Cnnamongirl at aol dot com


  16. Great review, Cheryl!

    I loved beta reading Carrie’s book, then reading and reviewing it with Netgalley. All of the authors are talented! Each of the novellas are fun and entertaining!


  17. Pingback: Fifteen of my Favorite books that I read 2016! | cherylbbookblog

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