Saturday, November 28, 2015

Sharing links Saturday...

Ryan Lanz, over at A Writer's Path, shared five pieces of great writing advice:
http://ryanlanz.com/2015/11/09/five-things-my-mentors-have-taught-me-about-writing/
Ryan has a guest blogger, Victor Salinas, sharing "How Long Should Your Novel Be":
http://ryanlanz.com/2015/11/24/how-long-should-your-novel-be/

Oh, dear. I need to learn how to do what Kimberly Brock, over at Writers In The Storm, advises:
http://writersinthestormblog.com/2015/11/emerging-authors/

Nike Chillemi, over at Karin Beery's blog, shared a bit of her journey:
http://karinbeery.com/2015/11/from-whining-and-murmuring-to-confidence-by-nike-n-chillemi/

God bless.


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Preparing the upcoming release...

The Regency period represents a turning point in history, balanced between the past and the future. In England, 1816, the year without summer due to a volcanic eruption, the war is over and the world is changing. A new season begins for the Thorn family. Being one of the Thorn children promises difficulties, unless they bend to the will of their father whose interests lie in wheedling his way into the peerage, seeking power and money. Loving a Thorn child isn't easy either. They've learned the painful lesson of guarding their hearts.

Dark schemes lurk, riddled with twisted intentions bent on the destruction of those who refuse to bend to its will. Hopeless dreams awaken, and doors open to new paths, for those who dare to brave them. The worlds of class differences and propriety clash, and complications abound. Torn between the possibilities hidden in the future and the secrets of the past, choices must be made, before time runs out and the past catches up, deciding the future for them.

Shattered trust and faith may tear souls apart, unless they unearth the courage to embrace the truth. Honor demands choosing the right way, the hard way, God's way. No matter the age, God is there and He never abandons His own.

Books in series: 5

Genre: Christian Inspirational Regency Romance

Available wherever ebooks are sold and in paperback at Amazon.

Secondary characters in the following books demanded their own  stories and so was born the series Endless Knights. More on that later.

One Directive

In 1816 England, James Thorn, by his father's command, must marry a titled lady in exchange for his inheritance. He is granted one Season in London to accomplish the task or lose everything.

Two Stumbling Blocks

James suspects his inheritance is not as lucrative as intimated. The young lady for whom he must sacrifice his soul in order to inherit may not be worth the price.

And an Unexpected Distraction

Lily Milton, housemaid, earns the unenviable role of conspirator in her mistress' plan to hoodwink the young lady's suitor, none other than Lily's own knight in shining armor. Darker schemes lurk, with twisted intentions bent on destruction, but God never abandons His own.

George Budge is a military man. He's survived the army for over seven years. The night before the battle at Waterloo, he endeavors to impart to his protégé what matters most.

Taken under George's wing when he joins the army, fifteen-year-old drummer Leo stands on the brink, more man than boy, facing the fight of his young life.

Life's unexpected twists demand uncommon fortitude, dogged determination, and unfailing courage. From time to time, God sends a pair of unlikely angels.

Will Leo accept the vagaries of war and choose death or allow God to reveal another way and step through the door with the boldness for which his mentor nicknamed him?

Loyalty and Devotion

Hannah Budge married one of her dearest friends to protect her honor and her other best friend, the man she loves. The death of her husband leaves her vulnerable to the advances of a man she loathes, the father of the man she loves.

Betrayal and Revenge

Benjamin Thorn always planned to marry Hannah, until his two best friends betrayed him. They made their choice, and he made his. With his dream dead, he throws himself into other pursuits, until he must save Hannah from his own father.

Love and Grace

Hurt and suspicion will tear them apart forever, unless they choose to trust God and each other...

Saturday, November 21, 2015

DBP new releases...

New books released, today, by Desert Breeze Publishing...

http://www.desertbreezepublishing.com/

Wherever books are sold in eformat, though some are slower at posting than others. Paperbacks are available soon after at Amazon.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Preparing for the coming release...

The Regency period represents a turning point in history, balanced between the past and the future. In England, 1816, the year without summer due to a volcanic eruption, the war is over and the world is changing. A new season begins for the Thorn family. Being one of the Thorn children promises difficulties, unless they bend to the will of their father whose interests lie in wheedling his way into the peerage, seeking power and money. Loving a Thorn child isn't easy either. They've learned the painful lesson of guarding their hearts.

Dark schemes lurk, riddled with twisted intentions bent on the destruction of those who refuse to bend to its will. Hopeless dreams awaken, and doors open to new paths, for those who dare to brave them. The worlds of class differences and propriety clash, and complications abound. Torn between the possibilities hidden in the future and the secrets of the past, choices must be made, before time runs out and the past catches up, deciding the future for them.

Shattered trust and faith may tear souls apart, unless they unearth the courage to embrace the truth. Honor demands choosing the right way, the hard way, God's way. No matter the age, God is there and He never abandons His own.

Books in series: 5

Genre: Christian Inspirational Regency Romance

Available wherever ebooks are sold and in paperback at Amazon.

A Lost Friendship

In 1816, Spinster Elizabeth Thorn serves more as a slave than a servant as her father's housekeeper. The courageous war stories penned by Paul Silver inspire her to correspond with him, but after years of heartfelt letters, he ceases replying. Her father accepts a lucrative marriage bargain on her behalf, and her dream of sharing her life with a kindred spirit withers.

A Marriage Promise

Jonathan Silverton blames himself for failing his best friend. To escape his shame, he moves to the countryside and meets none other than the woman he wrote for a decade. He dares not reveal his secrets, but he will not deny his desire to marry her.

Is Love Possible?

Secrets breed distrust and misunderstandings. The past refuses to stay buried. Shattered trust and faith may tear them apart...unless they each discover the courage to embrace the truth.

A Spinster

In 1816 England, Caitlin Roper's past demands she pursue a solitary existence. Her life as a staid and contented spinster vanishes the moment a handsome gentleman tumbles into her world.

A Stranger

Fynn survives the fall from his horse in body but not in memory. Is he beggar or thief? Gentleman or laborer? He must decide.

A Possibility for Love

Hopeless dreams awaken, and the door to a new path opens. Complications abound when the worlds of class differences and propriety clash. Torn between the possibilities hidden in the future and the secrets of the past, they both must choose...before time runs out and the past decides the future for them.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Reluctant Knight is in...

Today, I will celebrate with a friend.

I love Richard, and I'm so proud of Cassandra.

Back to working on Secondhand Samhain. I think I have the next novella sort of mapped.

Yesterday, I was dazzled by the sunny skies and the pattering rain. I stared at the clear sky overhead. A few clouds dotted the sky, but nothing that looked like rain clouds. Fanciful. The wonder of the moment is in what else I saw. A hawk circled above a flock of birds; I'm guessing pigeons. I would have missed it had the clouds been thicker, and I wouldn't have looked up if I hadn't been mystified by the sunshine and rain. Amazing.

God is good.

(These are pictures from a month or two ago. I love wispy clouds, and the way they collect color.)



Saturday, November 14, 2015

Saturday Posts to Share...

Armand Rosamilia is in charge of Authors Supporting Our Troops. He's preparing for next year, and I'm planning to participate:
http://armandrosamilia.com/2015/11/02/authors-supporting-our-troops-2015-wrapping-up-asot2015/

Donna Hatch writes Regency Romance and on her blog shares interesting bits of historical information. She recently blogged about Dance Cards:
http://donnahatch.com/dance-cards/

Michelle Hanton posted in Simple Team Meeting 7 Tips to Immediately Get More Out of Your Day:
https://simpleteammeeting.wordpress.com/2015/11/03/7-simple-proven-tips-to-immediately-get-more-out-of-your-day-by-michelle-hanton/

A different kind of blog is Brett Works. The focus is music. This particular post is a compelling poem:
http://brettworks.com/2015/11/06/music-is-more-than-music/

God bless.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

New DBP releases...

New books released, on the 11th, by Desert Breeze Publishing...

http://www.desertbreezepublishing.com/

Wherever books are sold in eformat, though some are slower at posting than others. Paperbacks are available soon after at Amazon.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Veteran's Day

November 11 is Veteran's Day.
To all who served:
Thank you.


Saturday, November 7, 2015

Posts to share...

Writers In The Storm shared lessons from beyond the comfort zone:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ismAXH-edyI&feature=share

Over at A Writer's Path, Monique Hall shared hints on writers' conferences:
http://ryanlanz.com/2015/10/22/5-tips-for-writing-conference-newbies/

Have you ever been shoved in a box? Carolyn Kurr's new website is online:
http://carolynkurr.com/

Anne Gracie shared #FallBackInTime
http://annegracie.blogspot.com/2015/11/fallbackintime.html

From 2014, these are still some of my favorites:
But now it's 2014, and here's me with mine:

God bless.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

HEA vs PEA

I write Happily Ever After not Perfectly Ever After.

Many people... okay, most people believe that the fairy tale HEA means the couple has no more troubles. All their strife is over. Everything is smooth sailing. The couple never has another difficulty. Everything is perfect.

Perfectly Ever After.

One is able to be happy in the midst of trials and tribulations. Life would be miserable if we couldn't. I don't know about anyone else, but in my life strife doesn't end. Smooth sailing is the calm before the storm. Difficulties abound. Everything is decidedly imperfect. This does not keep me from being happy. In fact, joy is often found in overcoming a weakness, surviving pain with grace, and helping someone else who is struggling.

The point of the HEA in a story isn't that the couple never has another obstacle to overcome. HEA means they will face their dilemmas and troubles together. HEA means they no longer need to stand alone. When one is drowning the other throws a flotation device. They give each other a hand over the stumbling blocks and rejoice together. They are happy.

Happily Ever After.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

DBP new releases...

New books released, today, by Desert Breeze Publishing...

http://www.desertbreezepublishing.com/

Wherever books are sold in eformat, though some are slower at posting than others. Paperbacks are available soon after at Amazon.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Just Friends is on Amazon!

http://www.amazon.com/Just-Friends-Holiday-USA-Book-ebook/dp/B017FSC4WG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1446472066&sr=8-1

If you prefer paperback, Just Friends, along with three other novellas, will be available in the Holiday, USA Anthology 2015 edition at the end of this year or beginning of next year.

The sixth novella in the series is here...

Welcome back to Holiday, USA, small town America, where nothing happens, except holidays... and a little romance, if the hero and heroine trust God.

After Mindy Harper's life crashes, she cuts off her friends. What other choice does she have? She doesn't fit in anymore. Holidays commemorating friendship fail to convince her she should celebrate them. A handsome ranch hand won't change her mind.

Cowboy left most of his past behind, with no regrets. The moment he sees Mindy he knows where his future lies. Friendship is the best place to start, but what is he supposed to do when she declares they're acquaintances?

God opens closed doors to those who knock, if it's His will...