Author Maureen Lang and an Inspiring Story of a Strong Woman

Maureen Lang

This story of a strong woman was first posted December 4, 2008.

Here’s Author Maureen Lang:

“When Lyn presented the idea to post an article about a strong woman, I thought it would be so easy to introduce readers to one of the heroines from my books. After all, they’re supposed to be strong. If they don’t start out that way, hopefully by the end of the story they’ve grown into someone who’s faced and conquered more than they ever thought they could endure.

But instead I’d like to tell you about my grandmother—a real person rather than one of the make-believe people performing scenes in my head. Do you know what makes a person strong? As the Bible says, it’s testing by fire.

My grandmother came from good American stock. When I was young she told me her family had left Ireland so many years ago one ancestor or another had fought in the Revolutionary War. She also said one of her forebears had been a mail-order bride from Scotland, another story I’d like to explore some day.

My grandmother Elizabeth (Bess as she was called) was born in 1894. The first fire Bess faced was at the young age of seven. Her mother became sick with TB, and one day Bess’s father, a country pastor, dressed in his preaching suit even though it wasn’t Sunday. He told Bess to comb her hair and put on her best dress, too, so she could say good-by properly to her mother. After doing that (combing her hair the best her seven-year old hands could do), her father pressed two silver dollars into her little palm and then took Bess to her mother. She was already gone on to Heaven. It was Bess who put the coins on her eyes, to hold down the eyelids she was told.

Bess’s sixteen year old sister helped to care for her until a few months later when she, too, became ill with TB and died, leaving Bess with her father and brother. Not long after that, two women from her father’s church came for a grim visit: they told him it wasn’t proper for a young girl to be raised in a household of only men, and they’d found a school that would take in girls. And so at seven years old Bess was sent away, to be raised by Episcopalian nuns. She was to see her father and brother only on Sundays for family day.

Bess was well educated there and grew up to marry. As a young woman she lived through the Great War and the Great Depression, bore two boys and a girl. When her daughter was six years old she woke up to another day only to become ill in a matter of hours. My frantic grandmother took her little girl to the local hospital and after waiting and waiting for help, the doctor finally saw them. But Bess was told there was nothing they could do. Her daughter died soon after the doctors examined her, a victim of what she was told to be 7-hour pneumonia. Bess continued to hold her daughter, and the staff was so busy they left her there for many hours, until she cried herself to sleep. As the family story goes, that’s when my grandmother’s dark brown hair turned the pure white she had for the rest of her life.

Bess gave birth to a third son not long after that, but when a woman brought a paternity suit against Bess’s husband demanding he support her and his child, Bess divorced him despite social condemnation. She raised three rambunctious boys on her own, all of whom became hardworking and honest, responsible members of society. Each of them entered the armed forces and she watched them march off to fight in the Second World War. By then Bess had a choice of two men who wanted to marry her, and she chose a First World War veteran who worked as a fine tool blacksmith.

But before they could be married he was recruited by Uncle Sam to go to the Panama Canal Zone to work on everything from medical to ship equipment aboard warships passing through the Canal. He reported for duty immediately and Bess soon followed—after a series of nasty shots and medical precautions against malaria. They were married by an American judge in Panama City. For four years they lived there, while one of her sons, my father, was taken Prisoner of War by the Japanese in the Philippines. Bess was given only scant knowledge of what he went through after that initial death march for the three and a half years of his captivity until the end of the war.

Bess and her husband made it back to the Midwest just in time to welcome him home after the camp he’d been held at in Mukden, Manchuria was liberated.

By the time I came along my grandmother was quite settled, still happily married to her retired blacksmith, and living near her three sons. Thinking back on my childhood I have few regrets, but one of them was that I never sat still long enough to listen to more of her stories. She died at age 89, having lived a full and interesting life, tested by the fires that made her strong.”–Maureen

Maureen Lang is the author of several novels, including Pieces of Silver (a Christy Finalist) and The Oak Leaves (a Holt Award of Merit recipient). Her books are both historical and contemporary and always include an element of romance with the promise of a happy ending. For more about her, visit

her website



Posted in Author Shares Story of Strong Woman | Tagged | Comments Off on Author Maureen Lang and an Inspiring Story of a Strong Woman

Join the Launch Party! Starts Tuesday Afternoon, the 26th!

Sweet Christmas Kisses 4

If you’re on Facebook, drop by this afternoon and join the Party! The 14 Sweet Christmas Kisses authors are throwing a  LAUNCH DAY party! Games! Fun! Prizes! Here’s the link. Click and join the fun!-Lyn

Posted in Event | Tagged | Comments Off on Join the Launch Party! Starts Tuesday Afternoon, the 26th!

Sweet Christmas Kisses 4 Blog Tour

Sweet Christmas Kisses 4

Sweet Christmas Kisses 4 Blog Tour

Usher in the holiday season with 14 heartwarming all-new, stand-alone stories from New York Times, USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors. Sweet Christmas Kisses 4 takes you from the Pocono Mountains to sunny Florida, and as far away as Portugal.

Curl up with your favorite hot beverage and enjoy this sweet romance boxed set that’s sure to put you in the mood for Christmas.

InTimeforChristmasMonaRiskMona Risk, In Time for Christmas

Dr. Sylvia Reynolds promised to be at her parents’, in time for Christmas dinner, but her priorities change after she meets a motherless baby and her gorgeous uncle.

Unique Christmas_Beate BoekerBeate Boeker, Unique Christmas

Chiara hopes to spend a solitary Christmas all by herself. But when a man jumps through her office window to save her from an accident, things spin away—beyond her wildest dreams.

ChristmasWithTheCatLady-ChristineBushChristine Bush, Christmas with the Cat Lady

Carly is happy living alone in her mountain house with her cats. Can the handsome author who rents a room over the Christmas holidays change her mind?

Loving Winter -Lyn CoteLyn Cote, Loving Winter

At her cousin’s wedding, Winter Woodard, owner of her family’s garden center, isn’t expecting to meet her match in local football coach, Clay Dixon, (she isn’t IN to sports!) but he stands by her through a holiday season fraught with unexpected setbacks.

OnceUponAChristmas-DeniseDevineDenise Devine, Once Upon a Christmas

Small town girl returns home to find love and success, but can she outlast the mistakes of her past?

ChristmasinWalnutCreek-RaineEnglishRaine English, Christmas in Walnut Creek

Will a Christmas blizzard reunite a couple and give them a second chance at love?

Jean-Gordon-MacachekChristmasJean C. Gordon, A Team Macachek Christmas

Sparks fly from a Christmastime reunion of motocross racer Jesse Brewster and his ex-girlfriend Lauren Cooper. But is it the wrong time for their love?

Saving Mistletoe - Shanna HatfieldShanna Hatfield, Saving Mistletoe

A stubborn cop, a hotshot attorney, and a little girl determined to spend Christmas with her father need a miracle to make this holiday season jolly and bright.

The-Gift-of-Yesterday-Milou KoeningsMilou Koenings, The Gift of Yesterday

When Bailey returns to Green Pines to open a pastry shop, Joe Hudson sees all his Christmas wishes coming true—if only he can convince her to risk her heart again.

A Portuguese Christmas- Josie RivieraJosie Riviera, A Portuguese Christmas

The holidays—like love—can sneak up on you. And sweep you away like a riptide.

A Christmas in Montana_RoxanneRustandRoxanne Rustand, A Christmas in Montana

Kristen Weatherby goes to Montana to get her late grandmother’s house ready to sell, but finds much more than she bargained for: a house she can’t let go, a charming mountain town, and a handsome veterinarian who just might steal her heart.

ACowboyforChristmas-MagdalenaScottMagdalena Scott, A Cowboy for Christmas

Hannah Kincaid is in love with Jacob Hollingsworth, and will overcome her fear of horses and his bossy brother Michael to get a Christmas happily-ever-after with the cowboy of her dreams.

loving you at christmas- Kristin WallaceKristin Wallace, Loving You at Christmas

Annaliese Matheson is convinced she’ll never love again. This Christmas will become the opening act for her holiday happily ever after.

Puppy Love - Merrillee WhrenMerrillee Whren, Puppy Love and Mistletoe

Can a little girl and a fluffy black dog bring a reluctant couple together in a Christmas miracle?

Pre-order your copy today for just 99 cents!







And don’t forget to connect with the Authors at Sweet Romance Reads:







Author Bios:

Mona Risk

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author, Mona Risk, received an Outstanding Achiever Award from Affaire de Coeur Magazine. She’s a two time winner of Best Contemporary Romance of the Year from Readers Favorite; a winner of Best Romance Novel of the Year from Preditors & Editors Readers Poll; and an EPIC Award finalist. Her books have garnered: Top Pick, Outstanding Read, Sweetheart of the Week, and Best Book of the Week from various reviewers, and received two mentions in Publisher’s Weekly.

Mona lives in South Florida and has traveled to more than eighty countries on business or vacation. She writes contemporary romances, medical romance, romantic suspense, and paranormal fantasy. Sprinkled with a good dose of humor, her stories are set in the fascinating places she visited or more simply at home.

Beate Boeker

Beate Boeker is a USA Today bestselling author with a passion for books that brim over with mischief & humor. She writes sweet sophisticated romantic fiction and cozy mysteries, many of them set in beautiful Italy.

While ‘Boeker’ means ‘books’ in a German dialect, her first name Beate can be translated as ‘Happy’ . . . and with a name that reads ‘Happy Books’, what else could she do but write novels with happy endings?

Christine Bush

Christine Bush has been a storyteller all of her life. Always a lover of romance, mystery, and happy endings, it is no surprise that her novels have a lively mix of all three ingredients! Christine is a women’s advocate, and believes with all her heart that women can face the problems in their lives with courage, creativity (and often humor) and make a difference in the world.

Lyn Cote

USA Today bestselling author, Lyn Cote has written over 45 books. A Romance Writers of America RITA finalist and an American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, Lyn writes contemporary romance, romantic suspense and historical novels. No matter which kind of story, her brand “Strong Women, Brave Stories” comes through. Her most recent achievement is being added to Romance Writers of America’s Honor Roll for bestselling authors.

Denise Devine

Denise Devine is a USA TODAY bestselling author who has had a passion for books since the second grade when she discovered Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder. She wrote her first book, a mystery, at age thirteen and has been writing ever since.

Raine English

USA Today bestselling author Raine English always wanted to be a writer. She began her career as a journalist, but writing romance novels was her passion. Her books have won many awards, including finalling in the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart and winning the Daphne du Maurier Award.  When not behind her computer, you can usually find her reading. She lives in New England with her family and two French bulldogs, Bailey and Dolly.

Jean C. Gordon 

For sweet romance author Jean C. Gordon, writing is a natural extension of her love of reading. From that day in first grade when she realized t-h-e was the word “the,” she’s been reading everything she can put her hands on. A professional financial planner and financial writer, Jean is as at home writing retirement- and investment-planning advice as she is writing romance novels, but finds novels a lot more fun.

Shanna Hatfield

After spending her formative years on a farm in Eastern Oregon, hopeless romantic Shanna Hatfield turns her rural experiences into sweet historical and contemporary romances filled with sarcasm, humor, and hunky heroes.

When this USA Today bestselling author isn’t writing or covertly hiding decadent chocolate from the other occupants of her home, Shanna hangs out with her beloved husband, Captain Cavedweller.

Milou Koenings

Milou Koenings is an award-winning USA Today bestselling author who writes romance because, like chocolate, stories with happy endings bring joy to the world and so make it a better place. The Gift of Yesterday is the fifth book in the Green Pines Romance series.

Josie Riviera

Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and an old house forever needing renovations.

Roxanne Rustand

USA Today best-selling author Roxanne Rustand has written over thirty-five novels. She writes inspirational romantic suspense and inspirational romance For Love Inspired, and also writes sweet romance for the indie market. She lives in the country with her family, plus a menagerie of pets that sometimes find their way into her books.

Magdalena Scott

USA Today bestselling author Magdalena Scott writes sweet romance and women’s fiction with small town settings.

Kristin Wallace

Kristin is a USA Today Bestselling author of inspirational and sweet contemporary romance filled with “love, laughter and a leap of faith”. Growing up she devoured books like bags of Dove Dark Chocolate. Her first Golden Book led to Laura Ingalls Wilder, Nancy Drew, C.S. Lewis and the Sweet Valley High series. Later, she discovered romance novels and fell in love all over again. It’s no surprise that Kristin would one day try her hand at writing them. She is the author of two bestselling series, Covington Falls Chronicles (inspirational romance) and Shellwater Key Tales (contemporary romance).

Merrillee Whren

Merrillee Whren is an award-winning, USA Today bestselling author who writes inspirational romance. She is the winner of the 2003 Golden Heart Award for best inspirational romance manuscript presented by Romance Writers of America. She has also been the recipient of the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award and the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. She is married to her own personal hero, her husband of forty- plus years, and has two grown daughters. She has lived in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Chicago and Florida but now makes her home in the Arizona desert. She spends her free time playing tennis or walking while she does the plotting for her novels.

Hope you’ll try out this amazing collection of holiday stories!–Lyn 

Posted in Blog Tour | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Sweet Christmas Kisses 4 Blog Tour

Fall Recipe from My Mom-Green Tomato Pickles

green tomatoes

I know Southerners fry green tomatoes but I’m a Northerner and I like them pickled! This is a recipe of my late mother’s. And my late father-in-law LOVED it and requested it each fall when I would gather my green tomatoes before the first frost. Here it is:

Green Tomato Pickles–yields 8 pints

8 pounds green tomatoes, thinly sliced

Six large onions, thinly sliced

Three large red or green peppers, sliced thinly


1 tablespoon whole cloves

1 tablespoon mixed pickling spices

1 quart of vinegar

2 cups sugar

1 tablespoon dry mustard

1/2 teaspoon allspice

Put tomatoes and onions in two separate bowls sprinkle 1/4 cup salt on tomatoes and 2 tablespoons salt on onions. Cover and set overnight. Drain vegetables thoroughly and discard liquid.

Put whole spices in tea ball and put into sauce pan. Add vinegar, sugar and spices. Heat to boiling and to dissolve sugar.

Put vegetables into large kettle on low to medium heat. Add vinegar and simmer all together 20 minutes –from cold. Pout into clean hot jars with 1/2 inch free on top. Remove air bubbles. Seal. Water bath five minutes.

That’s it! My father-in-law loved it with roast beef or pork or cheesy bread. The cloves give it that rich autumn flavor. Enjoy!–Lyn

Posted in Recipe | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Fall Recipe from My Mom-Green Tomato Pickles

Did You Know that my Ebook Winter’s Secret is Free?

Click here to purchase it and then please tell a friend! You can click the Facebook link in the stripe below and share it with your friends on Facebook. Or on Twitter or Google Plus or Pinterest. Hope you will. Thanks!–Lyn

Posted in free book | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Did You Know that my Ebook Winter’s Secret is Free?

The Big Book of Awesome Giveaway!

Big Box Giveaway!

So another SPECIAL event!  I am participating in another book giveaway with a big prize in addition to the free books offered. )Note: Scroll down to the Christian books offered.)

The giveaway is here >

Just click and follow the directions!–Lyn

Posted in Event | Tagged , | Comments Off on The Big Book of Awesome Giveaway!

Are you on Facebook? Do You Want to “hop AND WIN $?”

Back to School Facebook HOP

I’m participating in this special Facebook hop promotion.

ONE CAVEAT: The promo is not restricted to just sweet or inspirational authors, so use your own discretion for the authors before following them on Facebook.

Here’s the scoop:

It’s BACK TO SCHOOL time and we want to know your clique.  Athlete, Slacker, Band Geek, Teacher’s Pet, or Prom Royalty, we all have our little groups. But there’s one really important thing I bet we all have in common:  WE LOVE BOOKS! And you know what? Winning prizes rocks too. So, hey there, welcome to LitRing’s BACK TO SCHOOL Giveaway! By picking sides and entering our giveaway, you could win prizes for yourself AND a pretty awesome promo pack for your fave author too! ENTER TO WIN A KINDLE FIRE OR $100 HERE >

I’M A TEACHER’S PET in case you didn’t notice!

Here’s the process:

  1. Click

  2. See the list of authors and you’ll find me near the bottom in the red Teacher’s Pet string.

  3. Be sure to click the link to my Facebook page and follow me!

  4. And then sample the other Teacher’s Pets!

  5. Terri Reed and Carolyne Aarsen both write for Love Inspired too.

  6. If I get enough votes, I win a promotion package to help me with a new book. So please vote for me!

  7. And I hope you win too!-Lyn

Posted in Event | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Are you on Facebook? Do You Want to “hop AND WIN $?”

Don’t Miss this Opportunity-30+ Authors to Sample!

Chance to Sample

30+ Authors are offering you

a free ebook to download.


They are looking for new readers.

Are you looking for a new author or a few to enjoy?

Here’s the link.

Yes, of course, I have a book included!–Lyn

PS: The promotion ends Wednesday.

Posted in free book | Tagged | Comments Off on Don’t Miss this Opportunity-30+ Authors to Sample!

Author Allie Pleiter & 30+ Sweet Romances to Choose From-FREE


I am taking part in a fun way to give readers a chance to find new authors to enjoy! If you’d like to have a chance to download a new romance from a selection of over 30 sweet romances, read on! Another participant Author Allie Pleiter is going to share about her story, GETTING TO YES!  Here’s Allie:

“Expectations—even good ones— can get us into quite a bit of trouble.

Suzann is a woman who knows what she wants: to marry Adam. She’s ready, he isn’t. It’s an age-old story, isn’t it?

The problem with human beings is that you often can’t force their growth into your timeline. Even when you’re sure your timeline is right (as I so often am…much to my own dismay).

Timeline clashes don’t come much bigger than wedding proposals. It’s a situation where the timing can’t be faked or forced—both parties have to be genuinely ready. That duality leads to lots of heartbreak, loads of frustration, and circumstances that send us to God in desperate prayer.

Which is exactly where we need to go.

No force on earth can change or soothe a heart like God. His timing is never off, no matter how it looks from here. Both Suzann and Adam learn that lesson on deep levels in this emotional short story that I’ve loved from the first time it appeared as the prequel to MY SO-CALLED LOVE LIFE.

I hope you enjoy it, as well as all four of the books in the Sweet City Hearts series.”–Allie


Suzann knows Adam is the perfect man for her–the man she’s waited for, prayed for, fallen hard for from the first. Valentine’s Day is coming. It’s the perfect time for him to pop the question. She’s more than ready, he’s trying to get ready, so why would God throw obstacle after obstacle into the mix? Will Suzann and Adam get to “yes”?


Bio (Allie is on the left!)

An avid knitter, BBC Television geek and French macaron enthusiast, Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction working on as many as four novels at a time. The enthusiastic but slightly untidy bestselling author of over two dozen books, Allie spends her days writing, playing with her adorable Havanese dog Bella, buying too much yarn, and finding new ways to avoid housework. Allie hails from Connecticut, moved to the midwest to attend Northwestern University, and currently lives outside Chicago, Illinois. The “dare from a friend” to begin writing has produced a sixteen-year career with over one 1.3 million books sold. In addition to writing, Allie regularly speaks on faith, the creative process, and women’s issues.

So here’s the link to the A CHOICE OF OVER 30 sweet romances!–Lyn

Click here

Posted in Free Kindle ebook | Tagged | Comments Off on Author Allie Pleiter & 30+ Sweet Romances to Choose From-FREE

Amish Author Anna Schmidt and an Inspiring Story of a Strong Woman

When I started this blog in late November 2008, my focus was on featuring stories of strong women since that is my brand.

So many of the stories that other authors shared with me are too outstanding to lie unread in my archive. So once a month I’m going to feature one of these authors and their latest book.

Here’s Author Anna Schmidt from December 16, 2008.

“I could not have been more delighted when Lyn invited me to stop by her blog and post my thoughts on STRONG WOMEN BRAVE STORIES. The problem I ran into was trying to choose which woman in my life – fictional or real – to write about! I have been so privileged to be surrounded by many strong women throughout my life – women who have inspired me and given me the courage to face whatever came my way. Women who have become the models for my heroines.

I finally chose my oldest sister, Patsy. Patsy is more than a decade older than I am and her life in so many ways has been far more challenging than my own. Without going into details I have watched (and hopefully supported her) as she faced a devastating divorce, three grown children each with problems that tested her patience and her financial reserves, the need to work and attend graduate school so she could build a career in teaching in order to support herself (and those children), years that should have been her time to explore her dreams and follow her adventures when she put it all on hold for others, and then finally the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. As the disease took hold, she was forced to give up her home and move into a care center. For awhile she was able to maintain herself independently within that community, but then she suffered a series of falls – leading to head trauma and brain injury. Today she lives in a nursing center, spends her days in a wheelchair and has reached the point where she must be fed, dressed and otherwise attended by others. The falls robbed her of her ability to make sense of things, recognize people, state her needs.

And yet…

Because I live half a country away from her, my visits are infrequent (and speaking to her via phone or e-mail is not possible). So when I go to visit – as I did several weeks ago – I always prepare myself for the possibility that she will not know me. This was such a visit. It was clear to me that she was drawn to me, but could not put to mind exactly who I was. And yet we had a wonderful visit. We shared laughter and conversation (much of it making little sense). But as I looked past the gibberish into the eyes and the smile and the mischievous little grin that has always been her trademark, I knew that whatever the outer shell might be saying to others, my sister was in there. They brought her tray and I prepared to feed her, but an aide warned, “She won’t let you do that. She only lets us feed her.” The spoon was already halfway to Patsy’s lips so I went ahead and offered it. She took a bite. I asked if she wanted to try some milk. She nodded. And step by step we shared a connection through the simple act of one sister feeding the other. At the end of the meal when I had to leave I took out a piece of Godiva chocolate I had been saving for her. I offered it to her and the expression on her face when she tasted that delectable treat after the bland tastelessness of her regular fare was priceless. I laughed. She laughed. And she looked at me then and said, “So, what’s Larry been up to?”

Larry is my husband.

She knew me – maybe for only an instant – but an instant can be enough. I told her about a fishing trip my husband and I had shared. She laughed and when I left and bent to kiss her forehead, tears leaked down her cheeks – as they always do every time I visit her – whether she knows me or not. This is my sister – a strong woman whose story did not end happily ever after, but a brave woman who has faced incredible challenges and can still laugh, still relish the sweet taste of chocolate, still reassure her little sister with a look, a comment and tears when parting. My holiday wish for all of you is that you cherish the women in your life who, like Patsy, have made you stronger and braver. They are indeed the best possible gift! Happy holidays! Anna Schmidt

Here’s Anna’s Latest book. Click the cover to purchase.


She also writes Westerns, contemporaries and more. For more about her books, click this link .  Or this one

So that’s the first of my reprises. Hope you enjoyed it!–Lyn 


Posted in Personal story | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Amish Author Anna Schmidt and an Inspiring Story of a Strong Woman