Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Living Lies

Living Lies

 (Harbored Secrets #1) 

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May 21, 2019

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Wooing Cadie McCaffrey

Wooing Cadie McCaffrey 

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May 21, 2019

Monday, June 17, 2019

More than Words Can Say

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About the Book

Book: More Than Words Can Say
Author: Karen Witemeyer
Genre: Historical Romance
Release Date: May 7, 2019More Than Words Can Say
After fulfilling a pledge to a dying friend, Zacharias Hamilton is finally free to live life on his own terms. No opportunities to disappoint those he cares about, just the quiet bachelor existence he’s always craved. Until fate snatches his freedom away once again when the baker of his favorite breakfast treat is railroaded by the city council. As hard as he tries to avoid getting involved, he can’t turn a blind eye to her predicament . . . or her adorable dimples. 

Abigail Kemp needs a man’s name on her bakery’s deed. A marriage of convenience seems the best solution . . . if it involves a man she can control. Not the stoic lumberman who oozes confidence without saying a word whenever he enters her shop. Control Zacharias Hamilton? She can’t even control her pulse when she’s around him. 

Once vows are spoken, Abigail’s troubles should be over. Yet threats to the bakery worsen, and darker dangers hound her sister. As trust grows between Zach and Abby, she finds she wants more than his rescue. She wants his heart.  

My thoughts:  Let me preface this by saying I absolutely LOVE the cover.  It is so cute!  I also love the attraction between Abigail and Zach and his matchmaking friends. I also love Ms. Witemeyer's voice. I're read some of her  novellas before but this is the first full-length novel I've read by her.

MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY is a cute retelling of the tried  and true marriage of convenience  plot line in romances. Instant sexual tension.  And, of course, both parties bit off more than they bargained for. Abigail is strong-willed and wants  what she wants and Zach isn't the silent pushover she'd hoped for. No way. He is very much a man's man.

Add a light mystery, stir well, and you end up with a delicious historical romance with fun flavored additions. You won't want to miss MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY. Grab a copy while it's hot.

I was  given a copy free. All opinions are my own.

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About the Author

Witemeyer_Karen1Winner of the HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award and a finalist for the RITA and Christy Award, bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance to give the world more happily-ever-afters. Karen makes her home in Texas, with her husband and three children. Learn more about Karen and her books at  

More from Karen

Settings – Real or Imagined?
One of the key decisions an author has to make before she begins to write is selecting the setting for her story. And the first choice she faces is the question of whether to use a real or imagined location. Roughly half the stories I have written are set in fictional towns. The use of a fictional setting allows an author greater freedom to manipulate the environment of her characters to fit her plot. This provides a great deal of flexibility. However, there is something special about setting a story in a real place. First, readers who are familiar with that place never fail to get excited about seeing a town they recognize in print. Second, if an author can find historical photos and documents, she can add a wonderful layer of authenticity to her setting that might otherwise be missing. Third, an author may turn up fascinating tidbits when studying the history of her setting that find their way into the story and bring a flavor the author never could have supplied on her own. This was the case as I wrote More Than Words Can Say. All of the stories in my Patchwork Family series have been set in real places. Pecan Gap, Texas for More Than Meets the Eye, Honey Grove, Texas for More Than Words Can Say, and coming this fall we’ll travel to Gainesville, Texas for the concluding novella, More Than a Pretty Face. Researching each location brought its own unique discoveries, but I have to admit that researching the small town of Honey Grove brought this history-loving girl a special level of joy. For example, there is a legend about how the town got its name that I knew needed to be incorporated into my story. Legend has it that when Davy Crockett was on his way to join the fight at the Alamo, he stopped in a grove of trees and set up camp. There were so many bees in that in letters to family and friends, he called the place a “Honey Grove.” He carved his initials into one of the trees and intended to return and settle there after the war. Unfortunately, as we know, Crockett did not survive the Alamo and therefore did not return. One of his friends, Samuel A. Erwin, later found the grove and became the first settler in 1839. Many people recall seeing the initials carved into Crockett’s bee tree even into the early 1900s, which led me to believe that this legend was based in truth. It doesn’t play a pivotal role in my story, but if you watch for it, you’ll find it mentioned. Discovering the Honey Grove Preservation League’s website proved a tremendous boon. Their online historical resources are some of the best I have ever come across. Historical photos, newspaper articles, government records—it was like stepping through a time portal every time I visited. And I visited often. Thanks to the Preservation League, I was able to mention real people and places in my novel. Places like the Commercial Hotel, the home of James Gilmer that was built during my time period, Wilkins, Wood & Patteson Dry Goods, and Dora Galbraith Patteson’s millinery shop on the east side of the town square. While Zacharias Hamilton and Reuben Sinclair are completely fictitious characters, there really was a lumberyard located on the corner of Sixth Street and Rail Road. As fiction authors are wont to do, I did take a few liberties with Honey Grove’s history. To my knowledge, there was never any city ordinance banning women from owning businesses in town, which was a key plot point in More Than Words Can Say. In addition, Mayor Chester Longfellow was a complete invention of my imagination. The true mayor of Honey Grove during this time period was J.H. Smith, a man who served in that capacity from 1888-1897. He must have been a well-loved city official to hold office for nearly a decade. I paid brief homage to him by having him step back into office when my fictitious mayor resigned. I hope you enjoy stepping back in time with me into historic Honey Grove, Texas. Zach and Abigail might not have lived there in truth, but I like to believe their tale is a representation of the many amazing love stories have taken place in that sweet little town through the years.


Sunday, June 16, 2019

A Father's Love by Laura V. Hilton

Happy Father's Day! 

Proverbs 23:24 - The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise [child] shall have joy of him. (KJV)

Fathers are so important. We long for their love and acceptance, we hurt when it's withheld. Sometimes we struggle to  understand what might be behind their actions. And sometimes, a father can hurt you so badly you struggle in your relationship with men for the rest of your life.

I was blessed with a good father. A quiet, bookish man, he worked hard to support his family. He worked for the federal government as a cartographer (map maker) and one of his unsung achievements was making the map of the moon and picking out the spot where the astronauts landed the first time. 

Dad struggled to raise me the way  I should go. And like most teens I rebelled. I wanted to read what  I wanted to read. Dad wanted me to read the  classics.  He discussed why my choices were  bad (and yes, I can tell you why) but they were exciting!   So he  enlisted my highschool teacher's support ... and she assigned me books to read and write a report on.  Books the rest of the class didn't read.  I hated being singled out, but the lesson stuck.

Garbage in = garbage out.

I was feeding my mind "junk food". He wanted me to feed it substantial food that would help me think. Learn. Grow. 

In my life,  it was books.   In my son's life it was something else.  My husband talked to him. He wouldn't listen. My husband enlisted help. Our son still didn't listen. In the end we spent hours  on our knees, praying.

My son is finally admitting Dad was right. Garbage in = garbage out. But he has to pay for his mistakes. There are consequences.

God loves us like a good father. He wants us to listen to Him, to obey Him, to honor Him.  But we  have free will and a sin nature.  We have to make an effort to read His word, to pray and talk with Him, and to obey.

Lord, thank you for loving us like a father. Help us to talk to You, to listen, to obey and to learn.  Amen.

Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with thirty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs. Her most recent series is set in Mackinac County, Michigan, and includes Firestorm, The Amish Candymaker, and Married to a Stranger (July 2019).

Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.

When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.

Married to a Stranger Blurb

He marries her out of need. She marries him to escape. What does love have to do with it?

When her father falsely accuses a stranger of dishonoring her, Bethel Eicher finds herself promised in marriage to a man she’s never met. Not exactly what Bethel has dreamed of, but since she spent several years caring for her handicapped mother, the good guys were all taken and she’s considered an old maid at twenty-five. The alternative to marrying an unknown man is a steady barrage of older widowers, and none of them appeal to her. This marriage, while unappealing, might be the perfect escape.

When newly-called Preacher Gideon Kaiser learns he’s been accused of a dishonorable act toward an Amish woman, he is horrified and the community is thrown into a tizzy. A young widower whose wife died in childbirth, Gideon is practical enough to realize the necessity of another woman in his life. While he lives with his parents, his mother suffers from multiple sclerosis, and he has an infant. With Bethel to manage the household and care for their family, Gideon and his father would be able to run the Amish grocery store and deliver messages of hope to the Amish in the small district still reeling from a catastrophic fire. But marry a woman he’s never met? One he doesn’t love? The very thought strikes him as being unfaithful to his late wife. Still, he needs her, and does the honorable thing—agrees to marry her.

When Bethel exchanges the parade of unwelcome proposals for a position as a glorified nurse-maid and Gideon agrees to demands based on a lie, how can they possibly make a marriage work? When the truth behind the accusations is revealed, will it destroy everything? When love is as hidden as the ground buried under the snow, will they discover lasting treasure?

Saturday, June 15, 2019

When Love Blossoms

When Love Blossoms: Book 2 of the Kindred Lake Series 

Paperback – ebook

May 19, 2019

Living Lies

Living Lies  (Harbored Secrets #1)   Hardcover, paperback, ebook, audiobook May 21, 2019 by  Natalie Walter s Hardcover: 33...