A New Look for a Historical Saga


Many Readers Weighed in

On Choosing Cover ModelS for my NEWEST entry

for books 2 and 3 of my

 Sweeping Historical Saga of Young America,

I decided the series needed a new look-

so I kept the models the readers chose

and then set my clever cover artist to work.


AND here it is! What do you think?–Lyn



Book 3 JOURNEY TO RESPECT is on sale this month for 99 cents. Here’s the link to purchase .https://booksbylyncote.com/SWBS/books-by-lyn/journey-to-respect








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You’ll find my book is under historical

and Christian fiction.

Hope you have a great 4th. Our dear friends from Louisville are driving up to spend the holiday with us. We will take the boat to watch the fireworks from the lake and eat a lot of summer food! I’m thinking brats and burgers on the grill with our favorite “Darn, Good Potato Salad” from a local deli.

(Can’t make it as good as they do!)–Lyn

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Lyn Reviews Dame Agatha Christies’ MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

Murder on the Orient Express and Other Hercule Poirot MysteriesMurder on the Orient Express and Other Hercule Poirot Mysteries by Agatha Christie
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have been an avid Agatha Christie fan since –FOREVER. So this is not the first time I’ve read MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS. However, I never tire of Dame Agatha’s intricate plots, her detective Hercule Poirot and the interesting locales she sometimes chooses for her mysteries. Of course, she was personally very acquainted with this train since she traveled on it many times with her archeologist husband. They’ve just made another movie of it, showing that people haven’t tired of her story.

I’d like to take this opportunity to scold the BBC for messing with Dame Agatha’s Jane Marple mysteries on Masterpiece Mystery. UGH UGH UGH. How dare they change the stories??? What demented scriptwriter thought he could change the beloved mysteries? I’d like to get the executive that made the DEPLORABLE decision in a room alone! (I must calm myself–getting heated here!)

Anyway don’t watch the icky rewrites–I watched two and then started to gag. Joan Hickson did the last “honorable” productions of Miss Jane Marple, another of Agatha’s detectives, my favorite.

So there you have my review and MY RANT!–:Lyn Cote

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Lyn Reviews Kathryn Springer’s The Bachelor’s Perfect Match


The Bachelor’s Perfect Match by Kathryn Springer
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I am a friend of Kathryn Springer’s but I started reading and loving her books before I met her! She writes a lovely book. Her books aren’t non-stop thrillers but gentle sweet romances with characters that I immediately care about. The librarian heroine vs. the adventurous hero, laid up after an accident are wonderful believable characters.

I like that Kathryn brought 3 teens who needed help into the story–giving both the hero and heroine of the story a chance to show themselves in action. Too often Harlequin only wants LITTLE children in their books–why not teens? Especially since so many teens read Love Inspired Romances!

I loved the setting of the UP of MI–just north of my hometown. The author gave me a copy of her latest book, but this is my honest opinion!–Lyn Cote

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Another New Cover!

Just a month ago, I revealed a new historical cover and here’s another one for the next book in my “Northern Intrigue” series, a mystery-romance set in the Wisconsin northwoods.

I am so grateful for all the helpful and some funny comments from my readers in choosing the right pose for my cover model.



So without further ado–here’s SPRING’S STORM.

Spring's Storm

So what do you think?–Lyn

BTW, Julie B won the $10 amazon gift card in a randome drawing-Congrats, Julie B!



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Amish Author Patricia Davids & The Day She Didn’t Want to Be Strong

Today I’m featuring a repeat of a blog which featres the story of an inspiring woman, Amish Author Patricia Davids who talks about the effect of often well meaning words and a day where she didn’t want to show strength. Here’s Patricia:

“You’re such a strong woman, Pat. You’ll get through this.”

I can’t tell you the number of people who said those words to me in the days following my husband’s illness and death last year. “You’re such a strong woman.” On the day of his funeral, I whispered to my daughter, “The next person who tells me how strong I am, I’m going to wrap my hands around their neck and show them just how strong I can be.”

I honestly didn’t want to do violence to my friends and family, but I didn’t want to be strong, either. Being strong meant I couldn’t fall apart. I couldn’t melt into a puddle of tears. I had to be the one who got things done. I had to make the funeral arrangements, call all the family, take his clothes to the mortuary and arrange for the dinner afterwards. I didn’t want to do any of those things. I didn’t want to be strong. I wanted to sit in a dark corner and weep.

Strength, like courage and faith, is something we hope and pray we will have when we need them. We can never be sure what we’re made of until we are called upon by the Lord to show our stuff.

Was I strong? I’m not sure. Was I brave? I have no idea, but things got done. Did I have faith? Yes, I know my beloved is with God, but it doesn’t make me less sad. I’m human, after all. Someone I loved was taken away from me. I survived. I’ve gone on with my life as best I can, but I will never tell a friend how strong she is in the face of her tragedy. Instead, I hope I will pick up as much of her burden as I can carry so she doesn’t have to be so strong.

Losing a beloved spouse is something we all dread and may have to face. I’m glad that Pat has been able to keep writing. What do you think is appropriate to say to a someone who has just lost a loved one? Suggestions?–Lyn








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Lyn Asks for Feedback on Another Cover Model!

Can you believe it–I’m asking for help in choosing another cover model. At least nobody can say I’ve just spent the winter sitting by the fire sipping hot cocoa! Though I did do some of that. I already announced that my next book will be out in June and that it’s another “season” in my Northern Intrigue series. My new heroine is named Thea and she’s a shy sweet young woman who is surprised by her new neighbor (he’s handsome and a great guy of course!) and all the controversy he brings with his new ideas for Steadfast, WI. Hmmm. Could be interesting.

Hope it is. Here are the choices for the cover model. Yes, I know they are all the same young woman but I want to know which expression you think is most “engaging, evocative.” Which one would make a person-reader take a second look and perhaps click BUY?

Here are the other books in the series so you can see what this “expression” needs to fit in with–especially the first 3. The final 2 are holiday novellas and have a slightly different look.

And here is the model and her expressions.

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So which do you think will fit best with the series and get the best response? And if you don’t like any of them and think I should search again for a model, you can say that too!  As usual, I will hold a drawing and one of the commenters will receive a $10 amazon gift certificate! So comment please–Lyn


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What I’m Writing Now

Well, this year is moving right along and I thought I’d bring you up to date about WHAT I’M WRITING NOW!  My Northern Intrigue series has grown to 5 titles. Click here to see the series.

 Book 1 is free. Click here to “buy.”

Winter's Secret

If you notice in this series, I have two holiday novellas, Mistletoe and Sage and Loving Winter.

and 3 of the 4 seasons covered. The above followed by Autumn’s Shadow and Summer’s End.

Readers have asked me  for over a decade-WHAT ABOUT SPRING? So all right already! My next title which will come out in June (barring any unforeseen events) will be


You heard it here first. I’m going to be looking for model images so prepare yourself to give me some help choosing the model for my next heroine who BTW is named Thea. So that’s the teaser about my next book. Hope you enjoy it when it comes out IN JUNE!–Lyn


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99 Cent Book Sale–Don’t Miss It!



Journey to Victory 

on sale 99 cents, usually $3.99

April 8-10th


Illegitimate daughter of the French Court to frontier wife


to companion of Lady Washington,


Christiane moves into the heart of the American rebel elite.


But one man in her life can never be forgotten. 


Once he was her friend. Now he has become her enemy. 


Will he become her destiny?



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Lyn Reviews Edie Claire’s Never Steal a Cocktiel

Writers are Readers too! Here’s the latest book I enjoyed–Lyn Cote

Never Steal a Cockatiel (Leigh Koslow Mystery #9)Never Steal a Cockatiel by Edie Claire
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked this up for free on my Kindle and it was the first Edie Claire mystery I had read. I have met Edie on the Net but just in passing. I didn’t know she was such a great author! Bravo, Edie!

Edie has created a lovely quirky cast of characters–first of all the heroine Leigh Koslow who is not perfect but imminenetly likeable. Throught the book we meet her family and circle of friends. Her mother who is an OCD housewife, her dad who’s an absent-minded but loving veternarian, and on and on.

In this book we have a family mystery and a nasty case of stupid and serial pet-napping. Great characters again–the pets and their owners. 🙂

This is the 9th book in the series so I went back and read the previous and all but the last of the series. I think I enjoyed the later books a bit more after Leigh married and had a famiy. But each was enjoyable and they don’t have to be read in order. If you enjoy a cozy mystery (the sleuth is an amateur), you’ll enjoy this series!

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