Monthly Archives: June 2015

The Rancher Takes a Cook with Misty Beller

TheRancherTakesaCook copy (1)Feel free to ask Misty questions in the comment box. I’m sure she’d love to visit with you. 🙂

When their South Carolina home burns to the ground, Anna Stewart’s only choice is to move with her younger brother to the wilds of a Texas ranch.

Their prospects are beginning to look better, until the rancher’s son, Jacob O’Brien, shows up with his alarmingly blue eyes to put a kink in Anna’s well-controlled plans.

When danger escalates in the form of a band of cattle thieves with deadly intent, can Anna learn to release control to God’s capable hands…and those of the blue-eyed cowboy who’s stolen her heart?

Profile Pic mainMisty M. Beller was raised on a farm in South Carolina, so her Southern roots run deep. Growing up, her family was close, and they continue to keep that priority today. Her husband and two daughters now add another dimension to her life, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

God has placed a desire in Misty’s heart to combine her love for Christian fiction and the simpler ranch life, writing historical novels that display God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

You can find her on her website, reader blog, marketing blog for authors, Goodreads, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest. Or check out her books The Lady and the Mountain Man or The Lady and the Mountain Doctor. Her latest book, The Rancher Takes a Cook, released June 26, 2015, from Prism Book Group.

Author Spotlight with Terri Gillespie

This week Terri Gillespie is our spotlight author. In order to be entered for a chance to win Terri’s book you must ask her a question.

Close-up2Terri Gillespie is a wife, mother, grandmother, and award-winning author and speaker. Her first book, Making Eye Contact with God—A Women’s Devotional was the first weekly Messianic women’s devotional. Her the first novel series The Hair Mavens, modern-day Ruth and Naomi stories set in a hair salon, have received great reviews. She Does Good Hair, Book One won the LYRA Award for Women’s Fiction. Book two, Cut It Out! released December, 2014. Terri managed domestic operations and development for the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America for 13 years before resigning to focus more of her time on writing. This past year she was also privileged to work on the newest Bible translation, the Tree of Life Version (TLV) as a copy editor of the Old Testament.

Terri lives outside Philadelphia with her husband of 40 years. They have one adult daughter, who lives in Chicago with her husband and son. Terri invites you to visit her website at http://www.terrigillespie.com, tweet her @TerriGMavens or say “hello” on her author page on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/AuthorTerriGillespie.

coverWomen are flocking to the newly remodeled Hair Mavens Salon. But the salon isn’t the only thing that has changed—two more mavens arrive and create chaos for the ladies; and if that weren’t enough Katya is about to bring on something new that will change all their lives.

The former mousey Kathy has transformed into the beautiful Katya. She’s striving to leave her timidity behind especially when she learns of a new program that trains hairdressers how to spot victims of domestic violence and abuse. Unfortunately, her secret may endanger them all.

Shira is yanked in so many directions she barely has enough time for Jesse. When he has a crisis of faith, she wonders if they will survive as a couple.

Beulah—the heart of the Hair Mavens—is struggling with depression and she’s too overwhelmed to ask for help, not even from her handsome son, Tom.

Harriet’s predictable life threatens to change when God opens a door to an unexpected possibility, and she’s not sure she’s ready to walk through.

Linda and Daye join the hair mavens and bring secrets, heartache and amazing style. Will their secrets destroy their chances of fitting in?

The mavens realize how much they need one another when a life threatening situation arises. Will they learn the lesson before it’s too late?

The Hair Mavens are back! Women are flocking to the newly remodeled Hair Mavens Salon. But the salon isn’t the only thing that has changed—two more mavens arrive and create chaos for the ladies. When a life-threatening situation arises, the mavens realize how much they need each other. But, did they learn the lesson too late?

Rules for the giveaway. There must be at least five comments. Comments from Terri and Kimberly Rose do not count. The drawing ends June 28th. The winner will be notified June 22, 2015 and have until June 28, 2015 to respond of forfeit the book. No new winner will be drawn. Void where prohibited by law.

If you would like to view Terri’s book trailer here is the link. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyVZWm8FqC0

A Pinch of Promise with Elizabeth Maddrey

PinchFrontDropElizabeth has offered to give an ebook to one lucky commenter. Be sure to read the rules at the end of this post.

He never forgot his first love.

In the ten years since Ben Taylor last saw Marie, no other woman has measured up. After he meets Rebecca Fisher, the physical therapist rehabilitating his knee, Ben is convinced that she is the same woman he fell in love with so many years ago. She denies it at first, but his persistence causes her to admit the truth. Right before she pushes him away.

To escape a painful negative image created by her father, Rebecca Fischer has constructed an identity completely separate from her past. Seeing Ben, her long lost love, threatens to shatter her intricate illusions. As Ben digs to uncover the truth of who she is, Rebecca must decide if she will trust any man with her wounded heart.

But even if Ben can convince her to admit the truth, how will he be able to trust her love?

ElizabethMaddreyHeadshotElizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. She loves to write about Christians who struggle through their lives, dealing with sin and receiving God’s grace.

Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys. She invites you to interact with her at her website www.ElizabethMaddrey.com or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ElizabethMaddrey

Rules: To be entered you must ask Elizabeth a question. At least five different people need to participate, not including Elizabeth or Kimberly, for the drawing to take place. Drawing ends June 21, 2015. The winner will be notified the following day. Only one winner will be selected. Void where prohibited by law.

 

 

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A Season of Change by Catherine Castle

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There’s one thing I learn the longer I garden—change is inevitable.

When I first created the garden at the home where I currently live, the lot was a bare builder’s lot. A giant hill, really a sand dune, dominates the back of the lot and, except for a short spot on the north of the house, the remainder of the ground also slopes. Ten years ago I thought we’d plant some trees and bushes on the top of the hill, and flowers on the bottom. Then we’ll build lots of raised beds around the house to create level places to garden. I’d garden standing in the beds and sitting on the walls. I envisioned flowerbeds full of daisies and coneflowers waving in the breeze as they self seeded and covered the bare ground. Care of these beautiful perennials would be easy peasy.

Not so much.

Five of the eight trees we planted have died. Five of thirty-five of the bushes are gone now, and six others are not doing well. We are facing a major overhaul on one side of the hill. The hundreds of perennial wildflowers in the beds and on the hill have been plagued for the past ten years with fungal diseases. For the first three or so years, I spent at least one day a week of my daily garden chores spraying organic fungicides on the flowers to keep them looking nice. More recently, I’ve been ripping them out, because I’m tired of deadheading, tired of the rampant untidy spread of the flowers, and tired of the ugly black and brown fungus that ALWAYS attacks the plants.

Even as I see the flowers I loved giving way to more foliage, low-maintenance plants, I have to keep reminding myself that change is not always bad. In fact, sometimes change is what we really need. Since the publication of my book, and the books I’ve been coauthoring with my husband, I don’t have the kind of time needed to maintain hundreds of blooming plants. Juggling two writing careers, marketing, multiple writing deadlines, and life in general are squeezing me to the point that too many important things are falling by the wayside. I need to reorder things in my life.

So the next time I pass by a tray of blooming flowers and my fingers itch to buy them, I must tell myself, “There is a time for everything. A time to hold on and a time to change. (Ecc. 3: 1) Now is the time to change and change is good.”

After all, I don’t do anything to my hostas, except clear out the dead leaves once a year, and look how well they do…as long as a passing deer doesn’t find them.

What in your life is holding you back or keeping you from accomplishing something important? Make a change and make life better.

Award winning author Catherine Castle has been writing all her life. Before beginning her career as a romance writer she worked part-time as a freelance writer. She has over 600 articles and photographs to her credit, under her real name, in the Christian and secular market. Besides writing, Catherine loves traveling with her husband, singing, and attending theatre. In the winter she loves to quilt and has a lot of UFOs (unfinished objects) in her sewing case. In the summer her favorite place to be is in her garden. She’s passionate about gardening and even won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club.

You can read more about her award-winning garden and her award-winning book The Nun and the Narc at her website http://catherinecastle1.wordpress.com

The Nun and the Narc

Captured by the local Mexican drug lord after she interrupts a drug deal, novice Sister Margaret Mary risks losing her life, her vocation, and her heart when she falls for undercover DEA agent Jed Bond who is imprisoned with her. Nuns shouldn’t look, talk, act, or kiss like Sister Margaret Mary. Jed knows she’s off limits, but his heart can’t help wanting this woman who’s been promised to God.

Author Spotlight with Anita Higman

Our Spotlight Author this week is Anita Higman. These spotlights are designed for the readers to ask the questions directly to the author. So please remember to leave a question or comment for Anita. 🙂

5_025Best-selling and award-winning author, Anita Higman, has forty books published. She’s been a Barnes & Noble “Author of the Month” for Houston and has a BA in the combined fields of speech communication, psychology, and art. Anita loves good movies, traveling to exotic places, and brunch with her friends.

Please check out Anita’s latest novel, Summer’s List, through Moody Publishers. Feel free to drop by her website at www.anitahigman.com or connect with her on her Facebook Reader Page at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAnitaHigman. She would love to hear from you!

Summer's List front coverLife and love keep going awry for Summer Snow, until her grandmother sends her on an unexpected adventure with one Martin Langtree—a kind and quirky young man from Summer’s past. With Laney the Chihuahua along for the ride, a childhood friendship is rekindled, a romance is sparked, and mysteries are solved in one magical Texas summer. Will Summer strike out on love again, or will things finally go her way?

Heart’s Design with Author JoAnn Durgin

This week I’ve invited JoAnn Durgin to visit with us. She would love to answer your questions. I know JoAnn will be checking in from time to time, so please be sure to leave her a question or two in the comments.

I’d love your feedback on how you like the new format. Feel free to leave those comments addressed to Kimberly. 🙂 Thanks!

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In addition to Heart’s Design, JoAnn Durgin is the author of the beloved contemporary Christian romance series, The Lewis Legacy Series: Awakening, Second Time Around, Twin Hearts, Daydreams, and Moonbeams, as well as Prelude, Prequel to The Lewis Legacy Series. JoAnn is also the author of the Amazon bestselling Catching Serenity as well as novellas and short novels including Love So Amazing (The Wondrous Love Series, Book 1), Echoes of Edinburgh and the popular Starlight Christmas Series: Meet Me Under the Mistletoe, Starlight, Star Bright and Sleigh Ride Together with You.


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 Caroline wants to grab hold of the future. Seth can’t let go of the past.

Recent Wellesley College graduate Caroline Prescott’s future is set in stone. After Harvard Law School, she’ll step into place beside her two brothers in their father’s legendary Boston law firm. Caroline secretly longs for the quiet, peaceful life and a career designing jewelry with precious gemstones instead of life as a hotshot Boston attorney.

On a hiking trip with her two best friends weeks before entering law school, Caroline meets Seth Barnes in charming Evergreen, Maine. A mineralogist and part-time college professor, Seth drives a truck sporting an I Dig Rocks license plate, lives in hiking clothes, flannel shirts and jeans, and loves Jesus.

Two years later, when they meet again, Caroline and Seth confront both the promise of possibility and the pain of past heartaches. What’s a girl to do when the man she secretly loves has a serious girlfriend and seems determined to hold her at arm’s length? And what’s a guy to do when he can’t stay away from a certain irresistible woman no matter how hard he tries? Does the Lord have His own design for their hearts?

Heart’s Design, a story filled with faith, love, friendship, family, and the power of forgiveness.