RITA Award-Winning Author Linda Goodnight & A Young Girl’s Strength


My guest today is RITA Award-Winning Author Linda Goodnight. Do you know what the RITA is? That will be one of the questions at the end to be entered into a drawing for a copy of Linda’s latest Love Inspired Rancher’s Refuge. Here’s Linda who is sharing about a Young Girl’s Strength:

“Sometimes even a very young girl can show amazing strength, not just once but over and over again in the most difficult of circumstances. Let me tell you about my daughter, adopted from Ukraine. Born into a poverty that most Americans can’t begin to understand, she knows what it’s like to be bitterly cold, hungry, scared, and abandoned. She knows about living with no heat or electricity, no indoor plumbing. She knows about food from garbage cans and too many other unspeakables. At the age of four or five, she regularly walked alone in the bitter Eastern European winter some distance into town to stand in line for milk for her newborn sister. She cared for that sister during her mother’s long absences, though she was just a tike herself.

Even after she was taken into the orphanage, she took care of her sister, shielding her and making sure that the little one’s needs were met. I know this because when we first asked what she needed, her reply was, “My sister doesn’t have a coat.” She was ten. Then, at age 12, she recognized her bleak future and bravely chose to leave everything she’d ever known to come to America with total strangers. She didn’t speak the language. The culture, the food, everything was different and uncomfortable. She knew no one except her sister. All she had was her inner strength and determination to not only survive, but to thrive. Today, at nearly 17, she is a bilingual honor student liked and admired by all who know her, a beautiful Christian with a huge heart who cares and gives. She is a respectful, loving daughter, a joy, a gift. And her strength astonishes me.

 Annalisa Keller, the heroine in my latest Love Inspired, Rancher’s Refuge, is similar to my daughter in some ways. She does what she has to to survive-and thrive-in adverse circumstances. Annalisa doesn’t even know she’s strong until her abusive boyfriend dumps her out at Whisper Falls, injured and alone, and she has no one to turn to except a rugged cowboy whose secrets are even deeper than her own.

To purchase, click here. Rancher’s Refuge

Linda, that’s such a lovely story of love and strength. God bless your daughter and you.

 Please leave a comment to be entered in a drawing for a copy of Linda’s newest book, Rancher’s Refuge, book one in the exciting new Whisper Falls series from Love Inspired.

Can one of you tell us what the RITA award is? And then after that is answered, please tell one thing that you are grateful for this year. We live in abundance and sometimes forget that mcuh of the world does not!–Lyn



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Lyn Cote welcomes other authors to her "Strong Women, Brave Stories" blog to share stories of women who triumph over the challenges common to all women.
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20 Responses to RITA Award-Winning Author Linda Goodnight & A Young Girl’s Strength

  1. Kathy Eberly says:

    I love Linda’s books! Thanks so much for the great interview. I can only say ditto to the RITA award but it is an award that is a special honor. This year I am thankful that for now I still have my father with us. He has cancer and things don’t look good but we know that God can do all things!

  2. Rita says:

    The RITA Award is the most prominent award given throughout the genre of romance novel and some other romantic fiction.[1][2] It is presented by Romance Writers of America (RWA). It is named for the RWA’s first president, Rita Clay Estrada. It signifies excellence in one of 13 categories of romantic fiction.I am thankful for just having the Lord there to talk to each and everyday , for a close family ,I just don’t know how a person lives without God.Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you! I just love you books and to read have read 13 books so far this year and can’t wait to read more..

    • Rita, I am so impressed with your knowledge of the RITA. Wow! And I agree, without God, I simply couldn’t make it through a day, much less the difficulties and heartaches that arise for all of us. Thank you for the kind words about my books. You blessed my day.

  3. Lourdes Montes says:

    The RITA Award stands for Romance Writers of America. I am thankful for God providing me with wonderful friends. I was raised an only child, 39 years ago I met a co-worker and instantly became friends. To this date, we are still close so much so that I have been adopted by all 6 siblings. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you!

  4. Robin Patchen says:

    Linda, what an inspiring story. I know how proud you are of your daughters, and what a blessing you are to their lives. Thank you for sharing this story.

    PS–don’t enter me in the drawing. I already have my book, and I can’t wait to read it.

  5. Rose Milligan says:

    The Rita award is given to romance novels, and it is presented by Romance Writers of America (RWA). I’m thankful for my 7 month old baby girl, Kiaya Faye. She was something special and happy that happened after my family experienced two deaths. This sounds like a great book. Thanks for having the giveaway.

    • Hi Rose,
      I”m so sorry about the losses in your family, but how precious to have that new baby. By the way, I have a character named Rose in my next book,coming in July!

  6. Hi Katie,
    What would we do without our families? They are one of things I’m most thankful for too. Good luck in the drawing!

  7. Patti, you made my day with your kind comment. I’m so glad you have your tub fixed now for easier use. Bless that son-in-law! Take care of yourself-those knees and hips– and thank you for reading.

  8. Katie J. says:

    The RITA Award stands for Romance Writers of America. Rancher’s Refuge sounds like a great story I would enjoy reading. I am thankful for alot of things but mostly for the support and love from my family. Thanks, Linda for sharing the post about your new book, I look forward to reading the story, I hope I win.

  9. Patti Gellner says:

    I know the award is from the Romance Writers of America. And
    Linda sure deserves it. I love her books. That is wonderful
    about her daughter. I am thankful for a lot of things. But the
    latest being my “renovated tub” thanks to my wonderful son
    in law, I can now get in tub easier and safely to take a shower.
    He worked long and hard and paid for everything himself.
    I have had left knee replacement ’07, right hip ’09 and left
    hip this past Sept. I am 76 yrs young and so thankful for
    his love and care for me. God bless all reading this, Patti
    in VA

  10. Gail Demaree says:

    Sounds like a very interesting book…

  11. Liz says:

    Linda, can you share more about the sister?

    RITA awards are made by Romance Writers of America.

    I am grateful for my friends who have helped me more than they willing acknowledge.