Friday, February 29, 2008

New Releases, March 2008

Here are the new releases for the month of March. Pick out something that sounds good and have a few hours of fun and relaxing reading.

1. A Lady of Hidden Intent, Book 2 in the Ladies of Liberty series by Tracie Peterson from Bethany House Publishers. Catherine Newbury flees her past, but has hidden intentions to right the wrongs done her family.

2. A Soldier's Family, Book 2-Wings of Refuge Series by Cheryl Wyatt from Steeple Hill-Love Inspired. A USAF Pararescue jumper recovering from a skydiving accident opens his heart to a widow and her troubled teen, and discovers he's been given a second chance at family.

3. A Suspicion of Strawberries Scents of Murder Series, Book 1 by Lynette Sowell from Barbour. Andromeda Clark loves control, and that's tough to hang onto while tracking down a murderer, saving her business, all while her boyfriend decides it's time to settle down.

4. A Treasure Worth Keeping by Kathryn Springer from Steeple Hill, Love Inspired. Single school teacher seeks solitude. . .and ends up on the adventure of a lifetime!

5. Amber Morn, Kanner Lake series #4 by Brandilyn Collins from Zondervan. The lives of the nationally read "Scenes and Beans" bloggers are on the line when they're taken hostage by three volatile men whose demands are impossible to meet.

6. Another Stab at Life in The Volstead Manor Series by Anita Higman from Barbour Publishing. Another Stab at Life is about a woman who inherits not only a Gothic mansion, but the shadows and secrets that lie within.

7. Better than Gold Book Three in the Iowa Historical Series by Laurie Alice Eakes from Heartsong Presents. She wants to leave the small, Iowa town. He wants to stay and create a
settled life. They both want to find the missing gold.

8. Blue Heart Blessed by Susan Meissner from Harvest House. A jilted bride opens a secondhand wedding dress shop but can't seem to let go of the one dress that started her business - her own.

9. Broken Lullaby by Pamela Tracy from Steeple Hill Love Inspired Suspense. When Mary Graham finally starts making right choices, DEA officer Mitch Williams interferes. From small steps to large leaps, trust, love, and faith are born in the midst of a mystery.

10. Dear to Me, Book 3 in the Brides of Webster County series by Wanda E. Brunstetter from Barbour Publishing. Melinda Andrews is torn between two loves -- her dear animal friends and Gabe, the man she loves.

11. Don't Look Back, #3 in Reunion Revelations (Love Inspired Suspense Continuity Series) by Margaret Daley from Steeple Hill. Jameson vows to help Cassie solve her brother's murder by delving into his secrets. But Jameson has his own secrets that might tear them apart.

12. Goldeneyes by Delia Latham from Vintage Romance Publishing. In the darkness of a Depression-era night, an alcoholic man commits a heinous crime, and over twenty years will pass before the horrible wrong begins to be made right.

13. John's Quest by Cecelia Dowdy from Barbour Publishing. John, an agnostic science professor, finds romantic love while searching for Jesus. THIS BOOK'S RELEASE DATE IS MAY 2008.

14. Leaving November, Book 2 The Clayburn Novels by Deborah Raney from Howard Books/Simon & Schuster. After failing the bar exam twice, a young woman comes home to discover love--with an artist who is everything she never wanted in a man.

15. My Heart Remembers by Kim Vogel Sawyer from Bethany House. United by blood, divided by time, three orphan train siblings seek to reunite eighteen years after fate separated them.

16. Seneca Shadows by Lauralee Bliss from Heartsong Pesents, Barbour Publishing. Lucy's quiet world has been invaded as soldiers come to train in her valley. Will love be the consequence?

17. Sincerely, Mayla, The Sequel to Just As I Am by Virginia Smith from Kregel. For control freak Mayla Strong, learning to lean on the everlasting arms is the toughest lesson of all.

18. The Renovation: Carter Mansion, First book in the 3-book Project Restoration Series by Terri Kraus from David C. Cook. Single father Ethan Willis is a master at restoring old buildings, returning what was once in ruins to the beauty of its original design. Can a new woman help restore his life after a tragedy that changed everything?

19. The Truth About Love by Tia McCollors from Moody Publishers - Lift Every Voice Imprint. In this powerful sequel to Zora's Cry, four friends face issues that test the strength of their faith and their love.

20. Trouble the Water by Nicole Seitz from Thomas Nelson. Three flawed women find God's healing in the loving hands of a Gullah community on a South Carolina sea island.

21. Wildfire Book #3, Snow Canyon Ranch series by Roxanne Rustand from Steeple Hill. Snow Canyon Ranch---where sinister family secrets lurk in the majestic Rockies.

Happy reading ~
This list is courtesy of Jill Eileen Smith.

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman

Here's another one of the European romances being given away in the scavenger hunt.
This is the story of Faith O’Connor. She’s been in love with Collin McGuire since she was a little girl. When Collin’s father dies, shattering his dreams, he changes into a womanizing rogue. If only Faith could stop loving him, especially now that he’s courting her beautiful younger sister.

This plot takes so many twists and turns, you’ll never be bored, and you’ll get quite comfortable spending time with Faith’s big, warm, loving Irish family. I know I did! The characters in this book are so interesting, and so real, they made me want to be a better wife, mother, and Christian. I could hardly bear to put the book down and couldn’t wait to pick it back up again. I even stayed up late—which I never do!—to find out the ending. And what a satisfying ending it was!

I loved that this book was realistic and showed the realities of dating and attraction. I loved the strong lead character, Faith O’Connor, who stuck to her convictions no matter what, determined to do what God wanted. And believe me, there were consequences and rewards to that obedience, just as there are in real life. But the ending was perfect. Now I can’t wait to read Julie Lessman’s next book! I miss the characters!

I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes romance and/or family sagas.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

And Rafe goes home with . . .

Rose McCauley! You're the winner of a copy of Taming Rafe by Susan May Warren! Lucky you! Send me your address and I'll get it out to you.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Taming Rafe by Susan May Warren

Yes, this is the place to win a copy of Taming Rafe by Susan May Warren. On February 21 I will draw a winner from all those who leave a comment. Also, go here to find out how you can win a steak dinner!

Also, go to Susan's website to find out more about her other new release, The Sovereign's Daughter. The original title of this book was Oksana, and it's really great. It's also one of the six books being given away in the scavenger hunt.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

The Rogue's Redemption by Ruth Axtell Morren

Hi! I'm sorry you've had trouble finding all the scavenger hunt answers. The truth is, Roseanne, whose idea this was, went into labor a little early and had her baby, (a healthy boy, hooray!) and therefore didn't finish getting all the ducks in a row, so to speak. But don't worry. She promises to get it all straightened out, and the scavenger hunt will go on, and someone will win the books! So stay tuned and I'll let you know what's going on as soon as I have more information. Thanks for your patience! Meanwhile, here's a review of one of the books to be given away.

If you love romance that’s truly heart-tugging, you’ll love this brand new book from Ruth Axtell Morren. I was captured by the sparkling dialogue from the very beginning, between the heroine, American girl, Hester Leighton, on her first trip to Europe, and the handsome Major Gerrit Hawkes, the jaded younger son of nobility. For the first time, Gerrit is seeing his culture and acquaintances through the eyes of the ultra religious, innocent, na├»ve American. He sees himself, too, and doesn’t like what he sees—a man guilty of every vice and sin. Even as he vows to stay away from her, to protect her from himself, he is too drawn to her to keep his promise to himself. For her sake, his behavior becomes that of a true gentleman--at least when she's around.

As the story progressed, and as the two needed each other more and more, this book just got better and better. I think anyone would enjoy getting into the mind of Gerrit Hawkes and following him through his progression from “rogue” to “redeemed.” I highly recommend this book.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Win 6 Books! Historical Romance Savenger Hunt

Today is the day! Get ready to go on a historical romance scavenger hunt for a chance to win these awesome books by these wonderful, acclaimed authors.
Playing is easy. Get the list of clues at Then visit the links below to learn about the authors and their books—you’ll find the answers to the clues in the Q&A posted there! Once you have all 18 answers, send an email to to be entered to win:

Six autographed books!

A Whisper of Freedom by Tricia Goyer
The Lady of Milkweed Manor by Julie Klassen
A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman
The Sovereign’s Daughter by Susan K. Downs & Susan May Warren
The Rogue’s Redemption by Ruth Axtell Morren
On Sparrow Hill by Maureen Lang

Visit these sites for the clues!

Have fun!

Thursday, February 07, 2008

Metaphors, Writing Workshop continued

Yikes! Time goes by fast when you're forgetting to blog.

Okay, let's talk metaphors. Metaphors are another treasure trove in the hands of a skilled writer. (Like that metaphor I stuck in there?) Metaphors add power, the power of a word picture, and everyone knows a picture is worth a thousand words.

You already know what a metaphor is. It's a comparison of two things. I just told you that metaphors were like a treasure trove. Cindy Rogers, in Word Magic for Writers, says, "Well-placed, fresh metaphors create striking images or surprising and engaging ideas. In the hands of a good writer, they clarify, enhance, create layers of meaning."

In Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo, India Opal describes her father as a turtle who is constantly pulling his head back into his turtle shell. By that description, you know exactly how she sees her father, and what it is about him that frustrates her. In fact, you feel her frustration in that metaphor. It's powerful. The writer gets her point across in a memorable way.

Think of some way you could describe a person, a scene, or an event in your WIP (Work in Progress), a metaphor that would more powerfully get your point across. Be creative. Brainstorm ideas. See what you come up with and post them in the comments.

Saturday, February 02, 2008

We have a winner!

Robin Johns Grant wins the brand new copy of Reluctant Smuggler by Jill Elizabeth Nelson. Congratulations, Robin!

Everyone, keep checking back in for future giveaways.

Friday, February 01, 2008

Reluctant Burglar by Jill Elizabeth Nelson

Leave a comment if you want to win a brand new copy, or click here to buy Reluctant Smuggler. I am reading this book now, and it's action-packed and fast-paced. I hate I haven't finished it so I could post a review today, but here's a short summary to give you an idea.

Looting of archaeological sites is big business in a thriving art and antiquities black market. When a desperate foreign government hires Desiree Jacobs’s security company to stop the hemorrhage, she runs afoul of a deadly art-for-drugs operation. Tony Lucano risks his rising career in the FBI to dive into the international underworld after her. Before either of them can come up for air, they must navigate through a deepening murk of ruthless looters, hair-trigger DEA agents, crooked government agents, and innocent bystanders caught up in an illegal trade beyond their understanding. Even if a miracle delivers Desi and Tony from evil, will their love survive the test?

Complete with a reader’s guide, this third book in the To Catch a Thief series explores the power of hope in the darkest of circumstances.

I thoroughly enjoyed the first book in this series, and I can't wait to finish Reluctant Smuggler so I can read about Desiree and Tony's wedding, 'cause I know they're getting married. A great romance, as well as wonderful thriller/suspense stuff.