More “Plain People” Stories in 2015–Coming Soon!

Last September I hosted Marta Perry, Judith Miller and Ann H Gabhart, three authors who write “Plain People”–respectively Amish, Amana, and Shaker and I of course write Quaker characters. This year these authors have more Plain stories for you so COMING SOON!

Blessing
To pre-order, click here. Blessing (Quaker Brides Book 2)

This is my Quaker Brides romance for 2015, out July 1st.

THE BLURB

An impetuous love swept Blessing Brightman away from the Quaker community, into the highest ranks of Cincinnati society. But behind the glitter of ballroom and parlor, her spirit slowly eroded in an increasingly dangerous marriage. Widowed young, determined never to lose her independence again, Blessing reclaimed her faith and vowed to use her influence to fight for women’s rights and abolition.

Gerard Ramsay, scion of a wealthy Boston family, arrives in Cincinnati hoping to escape his father’s clutches with a strategy that will gain him independence. His plan is soon complicated, however, by the enchanting widow. Never before has a woman spoken as if she’s his equal—or challenged him to consider the lives of others.

In a city nearly ablaze with racial tensions quickly dividing the country, can two people worlds apart possibly find common ground?

And here is Ann H Gabhart’s Shaker book for 2015, The innocent.

The Innocent

To pre-order, click here. The Innocent: A Novel

THE BLURB:

The Innocent by Ann H. Gabhart

Carlyn Kearney has spent two lonely years not knowing whether to mourn or to hope after she receives word from the Union Army that her husband is missing. The war ends without further word. Now penniless, in debt, and forced from her home, Carlyn seeks refuge at the Shaker village of Harmony Hill, only to discover that they will not allow her to keep her beloved dog, an animal that has been her faithful companion since her husband went off to war. Sheriff Mitchell Brodie has pity on the lovely young woman and agrees to take the dog. Carlyn is just settling into life as a sister in the Shaker village when she receives a devastating letter confirming her worst fears. As she wrestles with whether to commit herself fully to the Shaker life, mysterious deaths begin to occur, and Carlyn comes under suspicion. Can Sheriff Mitchell help her expose the true culprit?

Bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart invites fans back to Harmony Hill for a story laced with intrigue, romance, and heart.

And here is Marta Perry’s other Amish romance for 2015, The Rescued.

The Rescued by Marta Perry

To pre-order, click here. The Rescued: Keepers of the Promise, Book Two

THE BLURB:

As an Amish wife and mother struggles to hold her family together, a story from the past teaches her how to face her daily challenges with strength and love . . .

In modern day central Pennsylvania, Judith Wegler tries to heal the growing rift between her husband, Isaac, and his teenage brother Joseph—whom Judith and Isaac have raised as their own ever since both brothers lost their parents and siblings in a horrific fire. Meanwhile, Isaac’s hurtful silence about this tragic past has robbed Judith of any certainty of her husband’s love.

But when Judith’s grandmother gifts her with an antique study table, she discovers a hidden packet of letters that changes her life . . .

In 1953, widow Mattie Lapp fights against the county’s attempts to force Amish children to attend a consolidated public school, even if it means arrest and imprisonment. Mattie knows she can’t face this challenge alone, and turns to her late husband’s cousin Adam for help, but she’s terrified at the prospect of relying on someone else.

Now, as the two women’s stories converge, both must learn to stand up for their beliefs and to love again, even when it means risking their hearts . . .

 

Finally though Judith Miller isn’t releasing a new Amana story this year, she is releasing a historical romance, The Potter’s Lady. FYI~ :-)

To pre-order, click cover.

 So there you have them, more “Plain People” to add to your TBR or To Be Read pile or onto your ereader.–Lyn

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Amish Author Marta Perry & Where Secrets Sleep

Marta Perry

My guest today is Amish author Marta Perry. She is offering a copy of her latest title Where Secrets Sleep so be sure to leave a comment. Here’s Marta:

The atmosphere was perfect

The idea for the Secrets series of books came to me when my husband and I were doing one of our favorite things—staying at a bed and breakfast inn. The moment I saw The Towers, an imposing Italianate Victorian mansion, I was enthralled. By the time I’d taken in the elaborate interior, lovingly restored to its 1800s condition, I knew the atmosphere was perfect for a romantic suspense novel, and when we left, I was already scribbling madly in my notebook, creating the first story.

Fleeing a betrayal 

Allison Standish, a devoutly urban interior designer, is the fish-out-of-water in my fictional community of Laurel Ridge. Fleeing a betrayal by both her boss and the man she thought she loved, she arrives in the small town eager to wind up the details of her estranged grandmother’s unexpected legacy so that she can have the means to start a new life far from the wreckage of the old one. But Allison soon learns there are strings attached to her legacy, as she finds herself running Blackburn House, a Victorian mansion converted to house businesses and offices, and acting as partner to an Amish woman in running a quilt shop in the building.

The terms of her bequest

No sooner has she become acquainted with the terms of her bequest than she has to start dealing with a parade of discontented people, including unknown cousins, townspeople with agendas, and an especially annoying cabinet-maker, Nick Whiting, who takes issue with every one of her plans. Allison has to call upon all of the tact she’s ever employed in her career to balance all the claims, and she finds herself constantly adjusting her big city expectations to the small town values of everyone around her. To her surprise, her Amish partner, Sarah, is a valuable asset in helping her negotiate the maze of claims and counter-claims, and Allison soon learns to appreciate the qualities that make up an Amish attitude toward life.

Where Secrets Sleep

To purchase, click here. Where Secrets Sleep

Danger soon mounts

But the situation turns dangerous when Allison discovers evidence that her grandmother had detected wrong-doing on the part of someone in Blackburn House, and that her death may not have been the accident everyone believes. Danger soon mounts with attacks on Allison, and her annoyance with Nick becomes a minor factor compared with his determination to protect her at all costs. It will take all her physical courage to survive, but it will take emotional courage to conquer the baggage she carries from her past, accept what’s happened to her, and move on to love.–Marta

Visit me on the web at http://www.martaperry.com or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/martaperrybooks. If you’d like to receive a signed bookmark and my Pennsylvania Dutch recipe brochure, write to me at marta@martaperry.com.

Leave a comment to enter the drawing for a copy of Where Secrets Sleep.

QUESTION: Have you ever stayed at a bed and breakfast? If so, did you enjoy it? If not, would you like to? Why?–Lyn

PS-I’ll be previewing new books by other Plain People authors–more Marta, Ann H Gabhart, Judith Miller and me on Weds. Don’t miss them!

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Author Rachel Hauck & Love Well

Rachel Hauck

My guest today is Rachel Hauck and she is going to tackle a subject that is difficult for her heroine and many real women–how to love well–when it’s hard. Here’s Rachel:

the paralyzing premise

“When writing, I often find myself with what Susie Warren and I call “the paralyzing premise.”

These books are hard! I’ve somehow developed a concept and title that’s a bear to match the story to!

When I came up with the Royal Wedding Series, the first book idea, “How To Catch A Prince,” ended up being the third in the series.

See, Prince William carried around his mother’s engagement ring for three weeks in a ruck sack waiting to propose to Kate. He was nervous, careful not to lose such a valuable possession.

I thought, “What if he lost it?”

But when I started my own “catching a prince story” I wasn’t exactly sure what to do with it. I wanted something unique but I had to include the concept conveyed by the title.

I was on my third do-over of the book last January when a physical issue literally knocked me to the bathroom floor.

Despite my health issue and struggles with sleep and any creative juice whatsoever, I had a deadline. I marched myself upstairs to my office every day. By the grace of God, I wrote five thousand words a day for over two weeks.

As the story opens, Corina. an American heiress, is in mourning. Her twin brother was killed in Afghanistan. And everything in her life fell apart.

There’s not enough money on earth to heal her pain.

Only love can.

The term “love well” fell into my heart and onto my heroines journey.

When she finds herself face-to-face with the husband who rejected her, she must dig deep to “love well.” Even if it means granting him the annulment he so longs for.

Most women are geared toward loving, even sacrificial loving. But when it comes down to it, most of us will protect our own heart before surrendering to a love that costs us everything and gains us nothing.

I’m not talking about abuse.

That’s a different category. And the “love well” depicted in the much ballyhooed “50 Shades of Grey” is just glamorized abuse.

Loving well sometimes means we don’t voice our want or opinion.

For me, around my house, it’s “so what” I do the lion share of the dishes. So what I’m the one  who makes the bed 99% of the time.

What if loving well means I let my husband know how much I appreciate all he does even if he forgets to tell me?

What if loving well, in Christ, doesn’t look like a score card?

What if loving well produces love in others?

Look, I’ve not perfected loving well at all, but as I watched my heroine develop on the page,

I was challenged to follow her path.

How To Catch A Prince

To purchase, click here. How to Catch a Prince (Royal Wedding Series Book 3)

While How To Catch A Prince is not a sermon or “how to” book, I hope readers are inspired to love well when they’ve concluded the story.

QUESTION: What about you? Is loving well a challenge? Do you pick on your kids faults more than polishing the nuggets of their talents? Do you hold back love because you don’t feel loved?–Rachel

For more online:

http://www.rachelhauck.com

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Author Nancy Mehl & Strength Through Weakness

Nancy Mehl

My guest today is Nancy Mehl, an author equally at home with mystery and touch of romance. Nancy is offering to giveaway a copy of her latest title, Deadly Echoes.(US Only please) So be sure to leave a comment. Here’s Nancy:

Strength Through Weakness

In Deadly Echoes, I use my main character’s past as a cornerstone for my plot. Sarah has struggled for years because of the murder of her parents – not only through trying to deal with their loss – but also because she and her sister ended up in the foster care system. Hannah, Sarah’s beautiful sibling, was adopted – but Sarah wasn’t. That situation, along with a careless comment by a social worker, has shaped Sarah’s image of herself. The insecurities born from that experience are still affecting her as an adult – and are center to the events that unfold around her as my story progresses.

Writers use the past

Writers use the past a lot in their novels. Wounded characters help authors create instant connections with readers who can identify with them. Almost all of us have ghosts that whisper from the past. Whether they come from tough situations, memories of people we’ve lost, or even a yearning to revisit a more pleasant time in our lives, we are all shaped somewhat through our previous experiences. If a writer can quickly present a character readers can relate to, it’s possible to form a bond at the beginning of your novel. If you can accomplish that, your readers will want to finish the story because they are emotionally invested.

She’s come a long way

In Sarah’s case, although she’s come a long way by the time the story begins, she is still influenced by loss and insecurity.  As she changes and evolves through conflict, I hope readers will not only connect with her, they will also find something in her developing relationship with God that they can connect to. Strength can come from weakness in our lives, just as it did in Sarah’s. It all depends on us – whether we give into our pasts or believe we can change through the power of God’s love.”–Nancy

 DeadlyEchoes

To purchase, click here. Deadly Echoes (Finding Sanctuary Book #2)

Thanks, Nancy. Your heroine strikes a chord with most of us. Be sure to leave a comment to be entered in the drawing for a copy of Deadly Echoes (US Only). QUESTION: Have you ever had to struggle with feelings of inferiority? I have. Have you overcome them?–Lyn

 

For more online:

www.nancymehl.com

www.suspensesisters.blogspot.com

Nancy Mehl Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nancy-Mehl-Fan-Page/124075957622557

Twitter: @NancyMehl

 

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Lyn Reviews Author Anne Perry’s Dark Assassin

Dark Assassin (William Monk, #15)Dark Assassin by Anne Perry

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have become an ardent Anne Perry fan. I love to listen to her Victorian England mysteries on audio with my husband. Be warned however that her stories are intense.

This is one of Ms. Perry’s William Monk stories. In this story Monk has given up private detecting since now he has a wife Hester to support. He is working on the Thames River police. I hadn’t thought about London needing officers on boats to control river crime, but it is so.

As usual this is not merely a complicated mystery but is also the love story of William and Hester. And I always enjoy the many secondary characters like Scuff the street urchin and Squeaky the bookeeper at the hospital Hester volunteers at.

This is a story that highlights that things are rarely what they seem. You will not be disappointed. Highly recommended to anyone who loves a good mystery, suspense and a continuing love story.

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Author Kimberly Rose Johnson & I Wish Valentine’s Day Didn’t Exist

Kimberly Rose Johnson

My guest today is a new author to me and maybe to you? Kimberly Rose Johnson. Kimberly is offering a copy of her latest book A Valentine for Kayla (US Only) so be sure to leave a comment to be entered into a drawing. Here’s Kimberly:

How much I wish that day didn’t exist

“Last Valentine’s Day I sat down at my computer to write, but I didn’t end up working on what I expected. Instead, all I could think about was that it was another Valentine’s Day and how much I wish that day didn’t exist. As I stared at my computer inspiration struck, and I took off with a new story.

A Valentine for Kayla was born out of my dislike of the day, so of course I had to pass that trait on to my heroine. ?

Expectations that few men can live up to

Kayla Russell owns a flower shop with her best friend. She decided to go into the florist business because she is a romantic at heart and loves flowers, but as far as she is concerned, there is little if anything romantic about a holiday filled with expectations that few men can live up to.

Kayla’s biggest challenge

is one she created. When she was a teenager she came up with a list of qualifications a guy must have in order to be considered husband material. As she grew up, the list changed, but she clung to this list as though it was from God—big mistake.

A Valentine for Kayla

To purchase, click here. A Valentine for Kayla (Heartsong Presents)

Kayla has about given up on love, then a handsome deliveryman walks into the shop and suddenly she must examine what is truly important.”–Kimberly

A florist who doesn’t like Valentine’s Day–now that’s interesting. Remember to leave a comment. QUESTION: What ideas have you had to delete or change in your life?–Lyn

For more online:

http://kimberlyrjohnson.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KimberlyRoseJohnson

Twitter: https://twitter.com/kimberlyrosejoh

PS-Jackie Wisherd won my copy of THE DANDELION FIELD. Congrats!

 

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Lyn Reviews The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer

I’ve found another good book for you!

The Dandelion FieldThe Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

EXCELLENT, EXCELLENT book! But I wasn’t surprised. I’ve enjoyed others by Kathryn Springer, a friend and fellow Wisconsin writer.

The hero Dan and the heroine Gin both carry unhappy memories from the past. Gin’s a single mom and Dan’s still in love with the girl next door who married his best friend. These elements may sound familiar but not under Kathryn Springer’s insightful pen.

The other romantic couple causes the tension and drama–Raine and Cody, the girl from the wrong side of the tracks and the small town’s golden boy. Again a seasoned romantic conflict but again, Kathryn makes the old song new.

I rarely give 5 stars but The Dandelion Field deserved 5!

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To enter a drawing for my copy of THE DANDELION FIELD,  please leave a comment.

QUESTION: Have you ever disappointed anybody? Yourself? No need to go into detail but how did you handle it?–Lyn

BTW, My Love Inspired Historical EBOOK is on sale on Amazon for 99 cents. LIMITED TIME. This is the first of my Gabriel Sisters series which is connected to my Wilderness Brides series. Click cover to purchase.

It’s # 1 on Kindle List for Love Inspired Romance!

 

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Author Susan Page Davis & The Outlaw Takes a Bride

Susan Page Davis

My guest today is author Susan Page Davis who’s an author of Western romance, enjoyable ones. Susan is offering a copy of her latest The Outlaw Takes a Bride to a commenter. Here’s Susan:

Sally Golding Finds Strength 

My heroine, Sally Golding, has come through a lot. She’s lived as the wife of an abusive man, miscarried two babies, and been widowed and poverty stricken. But she sees something better in her future.

I wanted to write the story of a woman who leaves a bad situation and finds herself in a different one, equally bad or at least questionable.

Mail-order bride for a Texas rancher

Sally thinks her new life, as a mail-order bride for a Texas rancher, can only be better than what she’s leaving behind in St. Louis. Everything seems good and right—until she meets her future husband. She can’t quite name it, but something isn’t the way it should be.

Her struggles in dealing with her new marriage come to a head when she decides she must leave her husband if he won’t tell her the truth. But what she learns if far bigger than she imagined.

Something many women face

Sally’s drive to overcome her past mistakes and perceived weakness leaves her in a dilemma. Does she need to be strong and power through until things are set right, or does she need to bend with the gale and let God do the straightening? It’s something many women face, thought their circumstances vary.

When is it time to take a stand and not budge another inch, and when is it time to lie down and let the storm sweep over you? I hope Sally’s story will encourage women who have trouble distinguishing between meekness and weakness.

The Outlaw Takes a Bride

 

To purchase, click here. The Outlaw Takes a Bride

Visit Susan Page Davis at her website: www.susanpagedavis.com

FB page: https://www.facebook.com/susanpagedavisauthor

An interesting question, Susan.

QUESTION: How do we distinguishing between meekness and weakness?

Be sure to leave a comment to be entered into the drawing for a copy of The Outlaw Takes a Bride.–Lyn

PS-The winners from last week:

Mary D Ellsworth won Elizabeth Goddard’s BURIED.
Lori P won Kellie Coates Gilbert’s book. Congrats!
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Author Elizabeth Goddard & Mimi’s Cornbread Dressing

Elizabeth Goddard

My guest today is author Elizabeth Goddard. She is sharing a family recipe and offering a giveaway of her latest Love Inspired Suspense too. Here’s Elizabeth:

We are well beyond the holidays now,

but when I consider recipes that have been in my family for a long time, favorite recipes, my thoughts go to the holidays, primarily Thanksgiving.  We all love my grandmother’s corn bread dressing, and we can only get that once a year. She’s gone now. Lived to reach nine-one! We still make her recipe every year, and in fact, the cooks in the family never veer from any of the recipes for the holidays. In that way, the recipes are heirloom recipes. I’m sure many outside our family use this same corn bread dressing recipe, but what is it about my grandmother’s touch that made it so delicious? Perhaps she put in just the right amount of love and meticulous care.

I thought of my grandmother

when I created Katie Warren, the grandmother in my Mountain Cove series. She’s warm and loving and is always baking or cooking—her love language—and represents safety and security. In each story, my characters have the chance to meet her and even stay in her home where they have a reprieve from life and death situations. Her home is the eye-of-the-storm in the Mountain Cove romantic suspense novels, at least the ones with a Warren sibling main character.  And as I’m writing this, it occurs to me I should have Katie Warren make the dressing in my Christmas story that I just turned in! (There is still time for edits)

Mimi’s Corn Bread Dressing

½ cup butter or margarine

6 cups cornbread

6 cups bread crumbs

½ c cooking oil

1 ½ c diced celery

1 onion

½ tsp. pepper

2 tsp. salt

¼ tsp. poultry seasoning

2 beaten eggs

1 ½ cup broth—can of chicken of bouillon cubes

Sage to taste

Add liquid to texture preference

Bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes to 1 hour

Buried

To purchase, click here. Buried (Mountain Cove)

Start the Mountain Cove adventure with BURIED. 

NOWHERE TO HIDE

Fleeing to Alaska is the only option for Leah Marks after witnessing a murder. Afraid for her life, the legal investigator hopes a remote cabin will be a safe shelter. But the killer has tracked her to Mountain Cove. As he chases her into snow-packed Dead Falls Canyon, an avalanche buries them both. Saved by daring search and rescue specialist Cade Warren, Leah longs to tell him the truth. But how can she, without bringing even more danger into Cade’s life? Especially when they discover the killer is very much alive and waiting to take them both down.”–Elizabeth

Mountain Cove: In the Alaskan wilderness, love and danger collide

Elizabeth, thanks for sharing your grandmother’s recipe. I plan to try it this year. I love cornbread stuffing! I was surprised to see bread crumbs along with the cornbread. Interesting.

NOW on to the QUESTION: Have you been to Alaska? When? Which part? If not, do you want to go there? Leave a comment and be entered into a drawing for a copy of BURIED.–Lyn

 More online at http://elizabethgoddard.com

http://facebook.com/elizabethgoddardauthor

http://twitter.com/bethgoddard

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Lyn Interviews Author Kellie Coates Gilbert

Kellie Gilbert

I am interviewing author Kellie Coates Gilbert today. She is a new author to me and maybe to you too. She is offering a book giveaway (US only)  so be sure to leave a comment to enter the drawing. Here’s Kellie.

Where Rivers Part

What is the premise of your new novel, Where Rivers Part?

This is the second release in the Texas Gold Collection from Baker/Revell. Each of these books is set in a metropolitan city of Texas. WHERE RIVERS PART takes place in San Antonio and tells the story of Dr. Juliet Ryan who has devoted her scientific acumen to corporate America, providing safe drinking water for millions—and affording her plenty of perks along the way. Then, without warning, a fast-moving disaster sweeps Juliet into a whirlpool of corporate scandal and places lives at risk. As she scrambles to find answers, Juliet must face her deepest wounds and join forces with her father to expose a far-reaching conspiracy. Underneath it all, she struggles to forgive those who betrayed her trust—not least of all her own father.

What sparked your idea for this story?

Years back, I worked on a legal case involving an outbreak of foodborne illness resulting from undercooked hamburger. The outbreak sickened many and nearly toppled a multi-million dollar corporation.

During a key deposition of the executive who was in charge of quality control, the plaintiff’s attorney posed questions meant to vilify him and suggest his lack of oversight caused the death of four children. As you might expect, several hours of this took its toll. But, none of us in that room that day anticipated the moment the man buried his head in his hands and fell to tears.

I knew there was a story behind those tears and I wanted to tell it . . . even if only in my imagination.

Please tell us a little about your main character, Dr. Juliet Ryan.

Dr. Ryan is a driven and very accomplished food scientist, yet inside she’s still the little girl hurt by her father’s marital indiscretions and the pain it caused her mother. Like many of us, she tries to fill her emotional emptiness with the façade of professional success. But in an instant, her life is ripped apart and she discovers no amount of achievement is enough to weather the storm.

Literal water is at the center of this plot. How is water also an appropriate theme of the book?

While forming the plot of this book, a favorite scripture kept finding its way into my mind.

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;

And through the rivers, they will not overflow you . . . 

For I am the Lord your God,

The Holy One of Israel, your Savior”   Isaiah 43:2-3

I think readers will enjoy seeing all the references to water and how the truth of this scripture plays out in the story (especially key scenes set at the famed Riverwalk in San Antonio) While this beautiful city is located in an arid environment, underneath is the Edwards Aquifer, a unique groundwater system and one of the most prolific artesian aquifers in the world, serving the diverse agricultural, industrial, recreational, and domestic needs of almost two million users in south central Texas—such an amazing picture of Jesus, who is often referred to in the Bible as our Living Water, the one who quenches our arid places.”–Kellie

Where Rivers Part

To purchase, click here. Where Rivers Part: A Texas Gold Novel (Texas Gold Collection)

What a fascinating story, Kellie. You’ve piqued my interest. I have fond memories of San Antonio. My dh and I visited there when I was doing my research for my Texas Star of Destiny series.

Now for the QUESTION: I’ve lived around different bodies of water all my life. What bodies of water do you live near or enjoy visiting and why? Leave a comment to enter the drawing (US only.)

For more online:

http://kelliecoatesgilbert.com

PS: The winner of Olivia Davenport’s Amish romance is Maryann! Congrats!

 

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