Book Signing!

I will be doing a book signing tomorrow at 2 pm at Deb’s Sereni-TEA Lounge in St. Johns, Michigan. Children’s author, Laurie Salisbury, will also be participating in the book signing and will be doing a Story Time for children ages 8 to 12. The event costs $5, which includes a relaxing cup of tea for the adults and a goodie bag for children. I hope you can join us. We’d love to see you there!

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Preview of What’s Inside the Cover

Here is a little taste of what you will find in Reluctant To Wed:
fullsizeoutput_181c“Lord Houlton would like to see the deed accomplished as soon as possible. He’d like the banns read next Sunday. Do not delay. Your betrothed should have the opportunity to meet you before she gives you control of her life. All of that should be able to be accomplished two months from next Sunday.”

“What?! That’s ridiculous!” Devon exclaimed. “I need time to get to know the lady. To see if we are even compatible.”

“I thought you said you had no choice. If that’s the case, what does it matter if you’re compatible or not?”

 

Paperback Has Been Released!!

Reluctant To Wed is now available on Paperback and Kindle! Order your copy here.

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Emma, an American, and Devon, the Earl of Devonport, are strangers compelled to wed by the machinations of family members. To keep her family from losing their farm, Emma agrees to an arranged marriage. Devon understands his obligation to his title and to his father. He has no choice but to take Emma as his wife. While her heart longs to be loved, his longs for freedom. When they meet, sparks fly. Each must make an effort to understand the other. Faith in God gives Emma hope when the path to love is not an easy one.

If you enjoyed the book, please leave a review here or on Amazon. Thanks.

 

 

 

 

New Release

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will be released on Kindle within the next couple of days!!! The hard copy will be ready in a couple of weeks. I will share the link with you as soon as it is ready for purchase.

This has been one of the most exciting endeavors I’ve ever undertaken and this has been one of the most frustrating endeavors I’ve ever undertaken. BUT…I am willing to do it all over again as I’m starting to work on the second book in this series.

After you finish reading this novel, let me know who you think the second book should be about. I’ve already made my choice, but it might give me ideas for my third book.

Click on my Home button (above) to see a brief description of Reluctant to Wed.

Book Recommendation

Whenever I read for entertainment, I want something that will make me chuckle but also have some depth to it. Basically, I want something similar to my life, but a guaranteed happy ending. Entertainment shouldn’t make me cry tears of sadness for too long, and especially not at the end. That’s just my opinion, of course. If I should ever have a need to cry, there are plenty of true stories I can read. But if I’m going to read a fiction, then let it have a happy ending. And if the writer can cause me to laugh and shed a gentle tear in the process of reading the pages of their novel, all the better. Emotions are part of life, but a happy ending is what fictions are made for. I want to feel good when I get to the end of the book.

Having said all that, I wonder if you’ve ever read a regency novel by Kristi Ann Hunter? I was doing a search for Christian historical fiction authors and came across this writer. After reading her description about herself on her website, I decided to read one of her books. She had humor and even sarcasm in her bio, and I wanted to see if her books are as entertaining as she is. The book pictured above is the one I purchased and I was not disappointed.  Funny thing is, when I looked through my Kindle library, I saw that I already owned another one of her books. I liked that one too. However, let me tell you about this one since it’s only $1.99 on Kindle currently. If you click on the book above, it will take you to Amazon so you can purchase your copy while it’s on sale. This is what it’s about:

Trent and Adelaide are forced to marry after finding themselves in a compromising situation. Trent’s dream was to have a love match like his parents. Unfortunately, as a gentleman, those dreams had to die in order to save Adelaide’s reputation. But being willing to marry her is not the same as truly accepting her as his wife.

Adelaide has virtually no experience of life in London society. She’d been left in the country while her mother focused all her attention and resources on bringing out her beautiful, older daughter. Even after the older daughter marries, Adelaide continues to be left in the country. So when Trent takes Adelaide to London following their wedding, she has much to learn about what is expected of her and how to be a wife.

I enjoyed both main characters. The book was often hard to put down because I was curious to see how this marriage would succeed. Adelaide is a sweet and patient young lady. I found it fascinating to see this couple work at getting to know each other while letting go of old dreams. By trusting God, we always find He uses unpleasant situations in our lives to work out His purposes for us.

 

Why Not Start Now?

George Eliot said, “It’s never too late to start what you might have been.” I’ve taken this advice and have started a new phase of my life — writing. Not just any writing. I’ve done that. I’ve written hundreds of letters, kept journals, written articles for newsletters, and so on. But what I haven’t done is written the one thing that really interests me. A romance that helps to inspire, give hope, and hopefully even cause the reader to chuckle a bit. I’ve decided it’s time to finally begin.

I could make excuses. I’m certainly not young anymore, so why start now? I don’t understand all the modern technologies and apps. What if my friends laugh at me? How will I feel when I’m criticized? There are numerous excuses I could make, but what I can’t get away from is this. How will I feel at the end of my life if I haven’t pursued this dream?

If I live to be my parents’ age, I may still have 30 or more years of life ahead of me. What will I do with those years? Perhaps it’s time to start checking off items on my bucket list. One of the top items on that list is writing a Christian historical romance. And guess what? I did it! It’s not quite ready to be published yet, but soon — very soon. And I find my fingers are itching to begin the next book in the series.

I have only one regret about the entire book-writing process. I wish I had started sooner. But what I will never have to regret is to not have started at all.

Is there something you have dreamed of doing? Have you given up on it? Are you listening to the excuses in your head that tell you it’s too late? Hopefully this post will inspire you to allow courage to rise up in your heart. Begin dreaming again. But this time, make that dream come true.

“‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.'” Jeremiah 29:11 NASB