Lyn Asks the August Question

Opposites Attract

Now for the August question:

What are you reading? (And you don’t have to say one of my books :-).

I want to know what others authors, especially the ones you always buy or check out at the library. Tell me about these authors. I’d like to find a few new ones too!

Please leave your comments. You might see them in my next month’s newsletter and perhaps win an ebook in my monthly drawing. Thanks in advance–Lyn

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Lyn Reviews Miranda James’ Arsenic and Old Bones

Arsenic and Old Books (Cat in the Stacks, #6)

Arsenic and Old Books by Miranda James

As usual I enjoyed Miranda James’ mystery with Charlie Harris and Diesel; this was truly a knotted mystery with many strings tied up in confusing patterns. Also as usual I enjoyed the setting Mississippi town and all the southernisms. However one word yanked me out of the story “bade.” I realize of course that is the past tense of “bid.” But it is such an unusual word to find in a modern story, that it jarred me each time it was used. That is my only criticism of this book. Otherwise it was great, great mystery and kept me wondering till the end. I also liked the short story at the end about how Charlie and Diesel met so another great mystery but Miranda James, please don’t fall in love with odd words. Please.

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Need Help Choosing 2 Cover Models

Yes, I need your help once again choosing  2 cover models. I am going to update two of my book covers and need reader feedback. Both stories are Christmas novellas and I need two models. One story is more serious than the other but both include a romance and mystery. Ready?

Here are four choices: I need two!

Model #1

Model # 2

Model #3

Model #4

So do any of these catch your eye? Remember that I’m looking for two models who catches your interest–who makes you want to read her story. So please share your opinions with me! And thanks in advance! BTW, I will gift a copy of each novella to one commenter. So don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered into the drawing!-Lyn

 

 

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July Question-What Makes you Proud of America?

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Every month I ask a question. Here’s July’s Question:

What do you most value about America

or being an American?

Please leave your comment on my blog and I’ll be holding a drawing and giving away a free ebook to a few responders. I look forward to reading your ideas!–Lyn

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Another Chance to Win $ PLUS Find Great Books!

Here’s another chance to win a gift card to the digital bookstore of your choice in the Poolside Romance Books Promotion. Click this link and find out exactly how large the gift card is!

And sample new authors. My book Only Her Heart at a bargain price is included under Sweet Romance!

Click here.–Happy reading. Hope you win!-Lyn

Only Her Heart

 

 

 

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A New Book by Janet Bly and Paperback Giveaway!

I’m happy to feature a dear writing friend Janet Bly and her latest book.PLEASE BE SURE TO LEAVE A COMMENT as Janet is giving away one paperback copy (US ONLY) to one commenter. Here’s the scoop!

I Learned From My Fiction Characters

Janet Chester Bly

We’re all on a journey. I certainly know I am. And so are my fictional characters. 

In Beneath a Camperdown Elm, three generations of women travel separate journeys of the heart. And as the writer of their stories, I walked through each of their joys and sorrows, trials and troubles, as well as triumphs with them.

Looking back, I’ve endured so many different seasons over the years. I’ve been young and looked for love and struggled with family hurts similar to Reba Mae Cahill. I relate to Reba’s chosen career becoming her main identity. When threatened with the loss of the Cahill ranch, she fights to not only regain it, but also to know who she is without it. 

In addition, my parenting and life choices haven’t always been perfect, like with Hanna Jo Cahill. And I relate to Grandma Pearl Cahill’s struggles with aging and guilt for failures, health issues and finances, and finding purpose for the rest of her widowed existence.

  

One of the thrills of being a writer is to get characters into deep troubles and go on a mission of discovery to find the way out for them. The Cahill women deal with lies, deception, and betrayal. In the real world, we all have many trials and troubles. We so long for some wonderful resolution. To  make sense of it all. To know our sacrifices and attempts to do things right will all be worthwhile. Our heart cries out that justice will rule over unfairness.

I find that the trek through my characters world, with each of their faults, quirks, and viewpoints, helps to build my own character. I’m inside their come-to-life-in-my-mind skin for a while. What they think penetrates me. I dig deep to find out why they act like they do and understand myself a bit better. When they agonize or shout ‘hooray,’ we weep and rejoice together. Who they become shapes me too.

Walking with the Cahill women has increased my faith by dealing with their fears and  looking at the full overarch of a family’s history. For instance, they must live with hurts and wounds from choices other people made that impacted them. Their own decisions brought consequences too. Divine providence worked in it, through it, and in spite of it. I trust God is doing the same for me and mine.  

Writing dramatic fiction can be emotionally traumatic work, if you do it right. In a few days or hours, in a moment, something happens to change the whole course of a character’s future. That’s when art imitates life.

Writing fiction helps me to work through the fortunes and failures of others. Enduring their miseries provides catharsis for reckoning with my own. Finding surprise solutions for them reminds me God has many more resources from which to provide for my needs. I’m encouraged to release Him to write my own story.

We can be assured of this: 

God, who knows all and sees all,

will set all things straight in the end. 

Even better, he will dry every tear. 

In the meantime,

He mysteriously takes our sorrows

and uses them to heal the world.

Richard J. Foster

Question: How did a fictional character impact your personal life?

Leave a comment and your name will be entered into the drawing for the book. Thanks, Janet!–Lyn

Copyright©2019 Janet Chester Bly

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Janet Chester BlyABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Janet Chester Bly is a city girl with a country heart who doesn’t corral horses, wrangle cows, or even mow her own lawn. She’s not a womba woman, but she loves to write about gals who are. She followed her late husband, award-winning western author Stephen Bly, to country living in north-central Idaho at 4,200 ft elevation to write books and minister to a small town church. When she lost him, she stayed. She rakes lots of Ponderosa Pine needles and cones and survives the long winters, one snowstorm at a time. She authored and co-authored with Stephen 40 fiction and nonfiction books for adults and kids 8-12 years old. For more about Janet and books by the Blys, check website: www.BlyBooks.com 

Janet can also be found here:

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/BlyBooks/
Facebook Personal: https://www.facebook.com/janetchesterbly/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/BlyBooks
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/janetcbly/
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/269265.Janet_Chester_Bly
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/janetchesterbly

Beneath A Camperdown Elm, Book 3, Trails of Reba Cahill Series, is a contemporary western romance with a zing of mystery.

BOOK BLURB:

It’s August 1991. Reba’s scary stalker is locked up in jail. She finally snatches a rancher fiancé. Her runaway mother returns home. She has everything she ever wanted. But Grandma Pearl has disappeared! Is Reba about to lose it all? Three generations of women travel separate journeys of the heart while a mystery lurks under an old, mutant Scottish Elm tree.

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Sample My Newsletter?

Have you signed up for my monthly newsletter? Maybe you’d lik to see what I send out? Well, here is May’s newsletter. If you enjoy my content, please click Contest/Newsletter Sign Up

Winners, Readers Weigh in, Bargains & Freebies

Lyn Cote here at the beginning of summer~Yes, finally, the “white stuff” has all melted! And I have some interesting info for you.

First, Don’t forget that my historical novelette, “Where Honor Began,” is included in a free giveaway of SUMMER READ STOCK UP promotion.Be selective after you click this following link because it is a mix of all kinds of fiction. But you can tell from the cover and blurb when you click the cover if it’s something you’d enjoy or not. Be picky and see if something fits what you like to read. Click the link below to look over the books offered and snag a free copy of mine. (BTW, it will ask you to sign up for my newsletter, so go ahead. Duplicates are winnowed out at my end so no problem.) BUT PLEASE TELL A FRIEND OR TWO! https://books.bookfunnel.com/summerreadstockup/tg357lz7o4

Now to hear from my readers! My May question was: Do you have a special memory of your mother that you would like to share?  

Here are a few of the replies I received:

Alison Boss:

I remember when I was about 7 years old, I asked my mother if I could bike to the Five & Dime Store. My brothers were both busy and so my mother didn’t want me to bike there by myself for safety reasons. I remember being so disappointed and hanging my head in sadness. Then my mother lovingly said, “Why don’t you come to my store?”. I raised my head in wonder and curiousity. My mother reached up to a cupboard above the stove and brought down various candy treats…pixie sticks, tootsie rolls, gum balls, etc. She laid the candy out on the counter as she explained that each piece of candy was a penny per piece. I was so excited and ran to my bedroom to collect my change from my bank. I remember thinking what a wonderful mother I had, who invited me to her special store! It was way more fun then going to the Five & Dime Store. I still recall that fond memory like it was yesterday. My heart swells with love for my mom, for her love & for the creative alternative she made for me that day. I still experience that moment of awe and wonder that she did that for me. It is that example that I have sought to emmulate with my own children…a creative & loving alternative when sometimes something just doesn’t work out. Thanks, Mom!

Jo Jones:

My Mother was on up in years and had quit traveling when I invited her to go to Maui with me. I said we would just lay around and I would rest up from my job. We did not rest. Every morning Mother go up and said where are we going today and we went somewhere on Maui every day.

Shirl Halverson:

Before I started school my mother stayed at home and got her GED cause she married at 15 and quit to raise a family. After I started she went to work to help get us out of debt as my father wasn’t too good at finances. I remember mom reading to me at nap time and this is where I’ve gotten my love for books. But most of all I remember the time she made a pencil can for my collection from a yellow plastic comet can. She drew flowers and a phrase I’ll never forget. “Pretty is as pretty does, But ugly is to the bone. She never explained the saying to me as a child but later I came to realize in her unspoken way she was letting me know that now matter what I looked like on the outside it was what was on the inside that counts the most. I learned not to let bitterness and anger stray me and form me into an ugly person. Mom was by no means predigest but years later we were taking a trip and in the conversation she told me that there are good and bad in every race. Mom’s been gone about 3 years now but her legacy lives on.

Lyn~ Thanks, Alison, Jo and Shirl. I really appreciate all the comments and these are just a few that told stories that caught my attention. I offered these readers free Kindle gift codes to one of my books. And if you didn’t go to read my memory and more from other readers, here is the link: https://booksbylyncote.com/SWBS/personal-story/i-remember-mama-2

So what’s June’s question–”Have you ever visited a national park? If so, which one or which one was your favorite and why?” Here’s the link to weigh in and perhaps win a Kindle gift code. https://booksbylyncote.com/SWBS/personal-story/have-you-ever-vi…-a-national-park Edit

Finally about my books and ones written by my friends. If you haven’t dowloaded a copy of one or both of my free ebooks, why not? And have you told a friend? I don’t know about you but when a friend recommends a book, I take a long look at it and usually end up reading it. Here is the link to my book page on my website. https://booksbylyncote.com/SWBS/book-table The two free ebooks are available there. 

Now for my friends’ books:

Homecoming Blessings

Price:  99 cents for preorder

Merrillee Whren

On a mission to please his boss, Peter Dalton is thinking about how to help those in need, instead of money. He’s changed but not enough to let Ashley, the boss’s daughter, win his heart.

Buy links:

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07R81Z5N1

B&N: http://bit.ly/2Llx7PD

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/id1462683094

Kobo: http://bit.ly/2DXFkDK

Hunted, Book One in Everyday Heroes—99¢ through June 16th

By Margaret Daley

Murder. On the Run. Second Chances.

Luke Michaels’ relaxing camping trip ends when he witnesses a woman being thrown from a bridge. He dives into the river to save her, shocked to find her wrapped in chains. As a canine search and rescue volunteer, Luke has assisted many victims, but never a beauty whose defeated gaze ignites his primal urge to protect. When Megan Witherspoon’s killers make it clear they won’t stop, Luke fights to save her, but can he keep her alive long enough to find out who is after her?

Buy links:AmazonBarnes and NobleAppleKoboand Google Play

So that’s another newsletter. I hope I am including “stuff” you find interesting and helpful. Thanks for being a faithful reader and hope your summer is starting out well! Hope you have fun times with family and friends. Take time to enjoy the season. Blessings, Lyn Cote

Again the signup is https://booksbylyncote.com/SWBS/contest

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Lyn Reviews Gallagher Gray’s Hubbert and Lil

Hubbert & Lil: The Complete Series

Hubbert & Lil: The Complete Series by Gallagher Gray
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In a sea of baking sleuths, magical cats, therapy dogs and women dumped by their dreadful spouses and moVing back to hometown comes HUBBERT AND LIL. Loved this series. I wish there were more. We’re not in a small town with Amish buggies in it, we’re in NYC, the Big Apple. I learned a lot about NYC and enjoyed the tour, peopled with quirky and memorable characters. Theodore S Hubbert–who has just retired from his job on Wall Street–and his Auntie Lil who at 84 should be slowing down but isn’t–are a force to be “feared” if you’re a murderer..

Each mystery progresses our knowledge of this unlikely couple. And we pick up new characters too like the rich Lila Cheswick and Herbert Wong. The only fly in my ointment was that I skimmed some pages with graphic details that I didn’t want to picture in my mind–I have along memory. But each story rang true and I devoured these UNUSUAL, WITTY, AND CAPTIVATING mysteries. I just wish there were more than four! I looked at the other books by this author under other names and was warned by the reviewers of the foul language. Sigh… To each his own I guess. But I may re-read this collection. You may enjoy it!

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Have You Ever Visited a National Park?

I have! I love seeing how many National Parks I can visit. So far I’ve visited Yosemite, Grand Tetons, Yellowstone, Rocky Mt, Mt Ranier, Jean Lafitte’s, Apostle Islands, Skagway, and San Marco Fort. And maybe some I don’t recall! Oh, the Everglades too!

Mt. Ranier

Mt. Ranier, Oregon

SKAGWAY-1

Skagway, Alaska

Bayfield sandstone caves

Apostle Islands, Wisconsin

So have you visited a national park? Which one impressed you most or at which one did something funny or memorable take place for you and your family? I’m about to go to another one in June. I will tell you all about it when I return. Leave a comment today and drop back in a month to see what I have to relate!–Lyn

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Lyn Reviews Miranda James’

Out of Circulation (Cat in the Stacks, #4)Out of Circulation by Miranda James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve finaly figured out why Miranda James has captured me as a faithful reader. She begins with the portrayal of the murder victim so we see someone who forgets that actions have consequences and people who make others suffer often get what’s coming to them. It’s as if we’re prepared and waiting to see the hateful person killed. That’s interesting because we usually are more concerned about making the guilty party pay. However, Miranda James also satisfies our need for justice. And I love Charlie Harris and his Maine coon cat, Diesel!–Lyn

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