Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Book Spotlight - Avoiding the Mistletoe - Anne Greene - Giveaway


By Anne Greene

Giveaway details below

 1865: Desperate Widow Olivia Rose Baker abandons her dying hometown in Massachusetts to become a mail-order bride in male-dominated Seattle, Washington. Her abusive husband died in the Civil War and left Olivia wary of marriage, so she hopes to take a teaching position rather than become a bride.

But the man who purchased her ticket to Seattle insists she fulfill her contract and marry.

Stark Macaulay, former Confederate soldier and now Sheriff of Seattle, is smitten with Olivia.

Stark, unlike all the rich men in Seattle, has nothing to offer Olivia but his love. But Olivia hates everything to do with the Confederacy.

Both fight an uphill battle. Both clash with demons from the past. Both struggle with desperate futures.

Will either of these strong-willed people gain a second chance at love?


About Anne:     

My home is in the quaint antiquing town of McKinney, Texas, just a few miles north of Dallas. My dear husband is a retired Colonel, Army Special Forces. My little brown and white Shih Tzu, Lily Valentine, shares my writing space, curled at my feet. I have four beautiful, talented children, and eight grandchildren who keep me running.

I’ve traveled in every location of each book I’ve written, and each book is a book of my heart. Besides my first love, writing, I enjoy travel, art, sports, reading, sailing, snorkeling, movies, and way too many other things to mention. Life is good. Jesus said, “I am come that you might have life and that you might have it more abundantly.” Whether writing contemporary or historical, my books celebrate the abundant life Jesus gives.

I’ve written several other novellas. AVOIDING THE MISTLETOE, is included in the Mistletoe, Jingle Bells, and Second Chances Collection. My novella KEARA’S ESCAPE is included in the Orphan Train/Spinster Collection. DAREDEVILS is included in the North Carolina, 50 States Collection. SPUR OF THE MOMENT BRIDE is included in the Wyoming, 50 States Collection. A CHRISTMAS BELLE, is included in the Christmas Mail Order Angels anthology. THE MARRIAGE BROKER AND THE MORTICIAN is included in The California Gold Rush Romance Collection. My novellas, A FOOL FOR LOVE, A GROOM FOR CHRISTMAS, and A TEXAS CHRISTMAS MYSTERY are stand-alone novellas.

Moody Press published my first book, TRAIL OF TEARS. I love writing about alpha heroes who aren’t afraid to fall on their knees in prayer, and about gutsy heroines. My Women of Courage series spotlights heroic women of World War II. You might want to begin with the first book ANGEL WITH STEEL WINGS. Read my private investigating series, Handcuffed In Texas. The first book is RED IS FOR ROOKIE. Enjoy my award-winning Scottish historical romances, MASQUERADE MARRIAGE and MARRIAGE BY ARRANGEMENT. I hope my stories transport you to awesome new worlds and touch your heart to seek a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus. Buy my books on http://www.Amazon.com. Anne Greene.

About the Giveaway: 
Anne is giving away one autographed copy of Avoiding The Mistletoe to three lucky people, chosen randomly, who answer the following question:
Do you prefer to read historical books or contemporary books? 
To enter, leave your answer in the comment section below and include your contact information so we can notify you if you're one of our winners. Giveaway ENDS one week from today, Tuesday, November 7, 2017, at Midnight, CST. 

Peg here, see my review of Avoiding the Mistletoe in the post following this one. 

Book Review: Avoiding the Mistletoe

A desperate heroine. A wounded hero. 

A perfect recipe for a delightful historical romance.

"Avoiding the Mistletoe"by Anne Green

Set in 1865, at the end of the Civil War, Olivia Rose Baker, widow, leaves her dying hometown in Massachusetts with her younger sister, Darcy, to become ‘mail-order-brides’ in the male-dominated, fledgling city of Seattle. 

But the cost of their paid passage comes with strings. Once they arrive in Seattle, all the ‘Mercer Girls” must marry these men hungry for wives and help the new city grow.

But Olivia balks at that. She has no interest in marrying again. Ever. Her desire is to find a teaching position in Seattle. But she does want to see her sister married and settled.

Enter ex-Confederate soldier Stark Macaulay, now the sheriff of this struggling northwestern town, who is instantly attracted to Olivia.

But she’s having none of it. She wants nothing to do with him, nor any reminders of the former Confederacy.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novella, from start to finish. It was fun to watch Stark try to break through Olivia’s barriers … and equally interesting to see Olivia warding him off, despite her growing attraction to him.

So what does mistletoe have to do with it? I encourage you to get a copy of “Avoiding the Mistletoe’ and find out for yourself. I guarantee you a fun read.

Get your copy at: http://amzn.to/2hrfpcq and start reading now! 

Friday, October 27, 2017

Friday Morning Devotional - Julie Arduini

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28, [NIV]

It had been a longer-than-usual week thanks to my husband’s travel schedule. He had been on several trips with only a day or two home, and they were taking a toll on all of us. What I didn’t know as the week started was that our daughter was late taking critical meds, and by doing so, all her systems slowed to a near stop.

By mid-week she was manifesting physical consequences that gave her pain and setbacks. At 14 with some learning delays, she understood there were things about her that were different than her peers. She has to take medicines and supplements that they did not. She goes to the hospital for regular blood work. It’s important we monitor her food and drink intake while her friends appear to have no boundaries when it comes to what they are allowed to have. She was frustrated.

I was, too.

Since her chronic sickness her first year that included near death and doctor error, we decided as a family we would focus on what she could accomplish, not what she could not. Through years of therapies and specialists we reminded her everything about her has purpose. God has a plan. When I grieved ten specialists diagnosing her immediately as needing a special needs pre-school, my friend reminded me that direction might be a ministry, and I should not worry about labels.

She was right. It was at that pre-school our daughter became verbal, and was at times the only person other children would allow to help them. Many were non-verbal and wanted her by their side. She even made up a sign language, so she could communicate with a girl who could not hear. Although the teachers needed both girls to use official sign language, it was obvious God had a plan.

Those situations repeated in her life time and time again. Her smile changed attitudes in classrooms and even in stores. Her performances in creative arts in ministry reminded everyone in the audience that nothing is impossible with Christ. With short term memory issues, she taught herself a human video without any help. Over and over we’ve been in awe.

That night, as we held hands and prayed for a breakthrough with her pain, she was determined to break through the frustration, too. With that smile she said, “At least this has purpose, right?”

I stood there for a moment, unable to speak. My tears were from wanting to take her pain away, from the anger that she has to deal with these things anyway, and that after all these years, the student has become the teacher. She was completely right.

She reminded me that the week wasn’t a cruel joke God was enjoying. He had reason for it, and she was seeking Him for answers and healing. That she wanted to take every opportunity to advance God’s Kingdom for His glory by sharing her story and His goodness.

If you are struggling with a setback, a diagnosis, or surprise circumstances, please don’t believe God has abandoned you or that this is a joke at your expense. As our daughter reminded us, everything has purpose. What we call broken places will become a beautiful mosaic with a perfect audience you can show your brokenness to. They will appreciate everything you share because they will relate to your story.

Everything has purpose.

Prayer: Father, for those who are feeling frustrated, I ask that You give them Your strength, resources, and peace so that they can see that even this situation has purpose. That You can take the hardest thing and change lives and bring glory to Your Kingdom. Even Job understood You were not joking with him or enjoying his pain, but that You had greater good for him. May we believe You for all things in our lives. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.
About Engaged:
Trish Maxwell’s back in Speculator Falls with egg on her face and a lot of apologies to make. She left the mountain town for her dream job in New York City, only to come back unemployed. With no prospects, she works at her mom’s department store and makes amends as she finds a new passion creating window displays for Adirondack businesses. She works hard and tries to convince the people of Speculator Falls she’s changed for the better.

As Trish pitches in with community events, she meets paramedic Wayne Peterson, the one man who doesn’t seem to judge her. She even makes friends with Jenna Regan, who helps Trish when people demand to know what’s next in Trish’s life. Living in New York City has been her goal, but the more she’s around Wayne and the Adirondack area, the more she’s drawn to revising her plans. Just when Trish thinks the plan for her life’s coming together, a second chance comes her way that could give her every career goal she’s ever wanted, but threaten to tear her and Wayne apart. Can Trish surrender fears about her future and discover God’s plan for her?

About Julie
Julie Arduini loves to encourage readers to surrender the good, the bad, and ---maybe one day---the chocolate. She’s the author of ENTRUSTED: Surrendering the Present, ENTANGLED: Surrendering the Past, and ENGAGED: Surrendering the Future. FINDING FREEDOM THROUGH SURRENDER is her 30 day devotional using the surrender themes and characters from the series. She also shares her story in the infertility devotional, A WALK IN THE VALLEY. She blogs every other Wednesday for Christians Read, and also is a blogger for Inspy Romance. She resides in Ohio with her husband and two children. Learn more by visiting her at http://juliearduini.com, where she invites readers to subscribe to her monthly newsletter full of resources and giveaway opportunities.  

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Interview - Getting to know DeAnna Dodson

Whispers in Purple is pleased to bring you an interview with author DeAnna Dodson, aka Julianna Deering.

Hi, DeAnna, welcome. Let’s sit and chat a while.

That would be great. Thanks for having me!

First, and for fun, what five words best describe you?

Oooh, that’s a tough one. Um, Christian, ailurophile, bibliophile, quilter, and dreamer.

Second, tell us a bit about yourself, and your alter-ego, Julianna.  

Well, I’m a native Texan, a real homebody. I have three cats that I love tremendously, and I hate yardwork. I never had any plans to be published or even to write, but when I was in college and bored with my accounting classes, I started writing scenes just for me. Those scenes eventually became my first book, In Honor Bound. To my amazement, that book was published and I have not looked back since. These days, I write contemporary mystery and romance for Annie’s Fiction and for Guideposts.

Julianna always wanted to write mysteries like the ones she enjoyed from Agatha Christie, Marjory Allingham and Dorothy L. Sayers. She loved watching the wonderful BBC production of these authors’ books (and others) and movies from the great 1930s, like The Thin Man and its sequels. So there was nothing more natural for her to take a little bit of Nick and Nora and mix them with Tommy and Tuppence to get her British-American couple, Drew and Madeline. She has a tremendous amount of fun writing them.

Next, why did you choose to write under two different names?

The pen name was actually my publisher’s suggestion. They thought it would be a good way to let my earlier readers know that The Drew Farthering Mysteries were something completely different from what I had published before.

I have visited your website and books page, and I’m captivated. I want to read them all! Can you share a little bit about each series?

Oh, thank you! I’m so glad the website caught your interest. I just got through sprucing it up.

My first series, The Chastelayne Trilogy, is a romance-adventure trilogy set in medieval times. In college, I spent a lot of time studying medieval English history and Shakespeare, and I couldn’t resist putting a lot of that into a story about a young man who becomes king under what he considers less-than-honorable circumstances. And, of course, he is forced into an arranged marriage following the loss of the girl he truly loved. Could he learn to forgive and love again? That was the question I wanted to answer.

After my medieval books, I began to write contemporary mystery for Annie’s Fiction. I’ve worked on several series for them. I wrote four books for their Annie’s Attic series, one for their Secrets of the Quilt series, one for their Antique Shop Mysteries, and two for their Secrets of the Manor Library Series. They’ve all been fun to write, though I think my favorites are The Diary in the Attic, which is a contemporary mystery that has a few retrospective scenes from World War II, and Decadent Deceit, which splits time between present day and the court of Marie Antoinette. I always enjoy adding a historical aspect to my stories even if they are contemporary.

I have just started writing for Guideposts, too. My first book for them, Thicker Than Water, is due out on December 20th. It’s also a contemporary mystery, and it’s set on Martha’s Vineyard.

Last, but definitely not least, are my Drew Farthering Mysteries. As I mentioned, I love the classic mysteries and movies of the 1930s, so it was a natural for me to create a series based on that. English Drew and his American lady love, Madeline, always seem to find a crime to solve whether in their little Hampshire village of Farthering St. John or farther afield somewhere in Great Britain. Along with Drew’s best friend, Nick, they manage to get into and out of trouble with humor and style and God’s grace. I love writing about not only the mysteries themselves, but the cars and the clothes and the dialog of the time and, of course, Drew and Madeline’s romance. Who could ask for more?

Another question I have a lot of fun with: If you were an animal, what would you be? Why?

Oh, I’d definitely be a cat. They have no doubt that the world and everything in it is there for their amusement, and they always land on their feet. Besides, who wouldn’t want to be that cute?

Okay, about Death at Thorburn Hall. Give us an overview of the book (back cover blurb/short synopsis), publisher, release date, purchase link, etc, and share the opening paragraph or two. I love a good teaser.

Back Cover Blurb:  Drew Farthering arrives in idyllic Scotland for the 1935 British Open at Muirfield hoping for a relaxing holiday, but he soon finds a mystery on his hands. Lord Rainsby, his host at Thorburn Hall, fears his business partner may be embezzling and asks Drew to quietly investigate. Before Drew can uncover anything, Rainsby is killed in a suspicious riding accident.

Thorburn Hall is filled with guests, and as Drew continues to dig, he realizes that each might have had a motive to put Rainsby out of the way. Together with Madeline and Nick, he must sort through shady business dealings, international intrigue, and family tensions to find a killer who always seems to be one step ahead.

Publisher: Bethany House 
Release Date: November 7, 2017

Buy Links:

Madeline Farthering gripped her husband’s arm a little more tightly as they made their way through the mass of people crowding Waverley Station, certain that if they were separated in this chaos she’d never be able to find him again. Drew said something to her, but she could only shake her head and shrug.
He repeated whatever it was he had said, but the crackling announcement of a delayed train arrival blaring through the station made it impossible to make out.
She pressed a little closer to his side. “What did you say?”
By then the announcement had ended, and her shouted question drew the attention of several passersby. A blush heated her cheeks.

Drew’s gray eyes were warm and laughing. “Having fun, darling?”

What’s next for you?

That’s a good question. I know I have at least two more Guideposts books to do, and I hope many more to follow. I also have tentative plans to do another Annie’s series, though this one is supposed to be romance/women’s fiction rather than mystery, which will be a lovely change. After that, I don’t know. I’d love to write more Drew books, but we’ll have to see how the ones I already have out do. The more readers clamor, the more likely it is that the publisher will want more. I also have a delicious idea for a Regency romance, but we’ll have to see what comes of that. At any rate, I’ll have plenty to do.

Where can readers find you on the internet/social media?

On the web:
On Goodreads: 

About DeAnna:
DeANNA JULIE DODSON has always been an avid reader and a lover of storytelling, whether on the page, the screen or the stage. This, along with her keen interest in history and her Christian faith, shows in her tales of love, forgiveness and triumph over adversity. A fifth-generation Texan, she makes her home north of Dallas with three spoiled cats and, when not writing, spends her free time quilting, cross stitching and watching NHL hockey. 

Her first novels were a trilogy of medieval romances (In Honor Bound, By Love Redeemed and To Grace Surrendered) for Crossway Books, and she has since written a number of contemporary mysteries for Annie’s Fiction and Guideposts with more to come. 

Also, as JULIANNA DEERING, she writes the Drew Farthering mysteries set in 1930s England. The series debuted from Bethany House with Rules of Murder (2013) and is followed by Death by the Book and Murder at the Mikado (2014), Dressed for Death (2016), and Murder on the Moor and Death at Thorburn Hall (2017). 

She is represented by Wendy Lawton of the Books & Such Literary Agency (www.booksandsuch.biz).

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Welcome Guest Blogger - Lillian Duncan -Special Giveaway

Are You Sure?

Guest post by author Lillian Duncan

 “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.”
Hebrews 11: 8 [NKJV]

In my upcoming book, PUZZLE HOUSE, Rachel is asked, “Do you want to be healed or to be a healer?” She wants to please God so her answer is to be a healer. Of course when she answers she doesn’t know she has a serious medical condition that is about to turn her world upside down.

Most of us will be asked that same question during our life if we’re deeply committed to following God’s Will. The question won’t be exactly the same since God has different plans for all of us.

My question was, do you want to be a writer? I’d already been dabbling in fiction writing when God asked me that question. Not literally of course, but in my spirit. My answer was a resounding yes, but… like Rachel, I should have taken a few more moments to think about it. To ask myself ... “are you sure?”

Don’t get me wrong, I love writing, and even more, I love writing Christian fiction. My stories demonstrate God’s goodness is many different ways depending on the story. But it hasn’t been an easy journey.

It took fifteen years to get my first traditional contract. That’s a lot of rejections. Would I have kept writing if I’d known it would take that long? I’m not sure but I’m so glad I didn’t quit.

Let me give you a short glimpse into a writer’s life. It takes a lot of time to bring a story to life. First you have to write it then you have to rewrite it and then you have to rewrite it again and again and... Then it’s time for editing, revisions, and polishing before submitting it to my publisher. Then it’s time to go into marketing mode. Actually you have to be in marketing mode all the time. And at the same time I’m in the process of writing and rewriting new stories to get them ready for submission.

It’s a never-ending process, but I truly love it so it’s OK. And then there’s my reward, right? If you’re thinking a financial reward, stop! Yes, some writers make big bucks—but so far I’m not one of them.

But my reward is even better than money. My reward is knowing I’m doing what God wants me to do. My reward is the joy of creating stories that demonstrate God’s love to my readers as I entertain them.

So when God comes knocking at your heart and asking you your question, it may sound like an impossible task and you may ask yourself—are you sure? No, you can’t know what will happen, whether you’ll be successful or not, whether it will be an easy or a difficult journey, whether you’ll quit or persevere.

But like Abraham, you have to start the journey if you want to get to your destination. The destination God created for you. That destination might bring you a few tears … or more … along the way, but it will also bring you peace and joy, and a satisfaction that can’t be described.

That sounds good, right?

Are you sure?


Life isn’t a box of candy—it’s a puzzle!

Rachel Summers is all about Rachel Summers…until the day she crashes headlong into a semi-truck. As her life hangs in the balance, she has a visitor who asks a very simple question.

Does she want to be healed ... or to be a healer?

She makes her choice, but the journey doesn’t go quite the way she expected.

And so Rachel now runs Puzzle House. Every guest is different and yet the same. They all come to the Puzzle House for one reason and one reason only—to be healed, usually from a life-threatening illness. Sometimes they receive their miracle, and sometimes they discover there’s more than one kind of healing.

Nia is a fifteen-year-old African-American girl who is dying. The doctors have told her there is nothing else to be done. No more treatments. No more hope. No more life. And she’s angry about that. Very angry. Against her wishes, Nia’s aunt brings her to The Puzzle House.

Together, Nia and Rachel will take a journey that will change both their lives.

GIVEAWAY INFO: To celebrate the release of Puzzle House, I’m having a very special giveaway on my blog, Tiaras & Tennis Shoes at www.lillian-duncan.com. Leave a comment on one of my Puzzle House posts and you’ll be entered to win. Thanks!

Lillian Duncan…Stories of faith mingled… with murder & mayhem.

Lillian is a multi-published author who lives in the middle of Ohio Amish country with her husband and a menagerie of pets. After more than 30 years working as a speech pathologist for children, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.   

Lillian writes the types of books she loves to read—fast-paced suspense with a touch of romance that demonstrates God’s love for all of us. 

To learn more about Lillian, you may visit her at www.lillianduncan.net or www.lillian-duncan.com. She also has a devotional blog at www.PowerUpWithGod.com.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Friday Morning Devotional - June Foster

Prayer for Others
by June Foster

I like to take time in the morning to read the Word and spend some time with the Lord. Then I pray for friends and family. Some, if I'm not sure of their salvation status, I lift them up before the Lord and reinforce my prayer with 1 Timothy 2:4. "The Lord wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth."

As each person drifted through my mind, I prayed for them. Then I hit a brick wall. One I'd prayed for multiple times in the past, came to mind. But tragically that person had died of cancer several months ago. The thought hit me. I could no longer pray for the individual. There's no hope after death.

Only God can judge a heart and only He knows where my family member is today. Maybe that person made a profession of faith earlier in life or on his deathbed. It wasn't for me to know. But the reality of the situation struck me. We only have this lifetime to receive God's grace through our Savior Jesus Christ. After death it's too late.

I think the situation has helped me to pray even more fervently for others. Ephesians 6:18 says to pray on all occasion with all kinds of prayers and requests. Salvation is a serious matter. Keep praying for others who may not know Him.

Sharing June's new release: Prescription for Romance

Pharmacist Stephanie McCoy grew up in an opulent home with an aeronautical engineer father who never had time for her and a socialite mother who put clubs and charities before her daughter. Now as an adult, Stephanie's looking for affirmation—and affection in the wrong place. Only thing, the guy she pursues is a Christian with solid moral values. When her mother becomes ill, Stephanie can't imagine life without her.

Scott Townsend teaches history at the high school in Oak Mountain, Alabama, and lifts weights after school hours. His younger brother borrows a large sum from Scott's father then disappears. But after Scott's sibling returns penniless, Scott is furious at his parents' acceptance of their wayward son. When Scott is invited to a welcome-home celebration, he drives to the house but refuses to come inside though his father pleads with him.

After Scott confides in Stephanie about his bitterness toward his brother, the beautiful pharmacist offers Godly encouragement he never expected. Can Scott relinquish his pride and forgive his brother? Will Stephanie find faith in Scott's God and allow Him to heal her heart? The sequel to Letting Go, this story is loosely based on the Biblical parable of The Prodigal Son.

About June:
An award-winning author, June Foster is a retired teacher with a BA in education and MA in counseling. June's book Give Us This Day was a finalist in EPIC's eBook awards and a finalist in the National Readers Choice Awards for best first book. Ryan's Father was one of three finalists in the published contemporary fiction category of the Oregon Christian Writers Cascade Writing Contest and Awards. Deliver Us was a finalist in COTT's Laurel Awards.

 June has written four novels for Desert Breeze Publishing. The Bellewood Series, Give Us This Day, As We Forgive, and Deliver Us, and Hometown Fourth of July. Ryan's Father is published by WhiteFire Publishing. Red and the Wolf, a modern-day retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, is available from Amazon.com. The Almond Tree series, For All Eternity, Echoes From the Past, What God Knew, and Almond Street Mission are available at Amazon.com. June enjoys writing stories about characters who overcome the circumstances in their lives by the power of God and His Word. 

 Recently June has seen publication of Christmas at Raccoon Creek, Lavender Fields Inn, Misty Hollow, Restoration of the Heart, and Letting Go. Visit June at junefoster.com.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Wrinkles for Free - A Tongue-in-Cheek Look at a Hard Truth

Wrinkles for Free!

Picture from Google Images
“Two Minutes? I have two minutes and that’s all it takes to remove fifty-one years of child, marriage, job, stress ... induced wrinkles! You can tell by the results; the faces look pathetic in the before pictures and amazing in the after pictures!  And the wrinkle-free me will last for up to nine hours. If I hide out until noon, and watch TV after nine pm, I’ll look fabulous and I won’t be wasting any of my miracle cream! The best part is, I only have to pay $5.99 for the sample!”

So my friend took them up on their amazing Facebook offer and counted down the days to the arrival of her packages. Yes, packages. What could possibly be better than a sample of an amazing serum? Two samples of amazing serums. She could compare the results and decide exactly how young she wished to look. Perhaps she could even double up and look like a new-born babe.

The first box arrived. No company logo, no packing slip, and no paperwork for re-ordering. The one ounce container was plain for such huge promises, but miracles can be found in the most unexpected places. And don’t forget, it came with an eye cream promising to remove every bit of darkness and puffiness known to man or woman!

The second box arrived. Same thing, boring containers and no contact information.  My friend was undeterred, new skin awaited! Undeterred, that is, until she received her credit card bills. Apparently in the fine print, the ad says the sample costs only $5.99 IF you return it within fourteen days (less the eight days it took to arrive, giving you six days to return the sample.) If not, the cost of your sample is a mere $350.00. And out of the kindness of their hearts, the company will send you a new sample every thirty days for another $350.00. My friend now owed $700.00 dollars to the first company, and $400.00 dollars to the second one.


Thankfully, contact numbers were listed on her credit card bills and she could cancel both automatic orders. The first credit card company considered the $700.00 dollars a fraudulent sale and insured it; however, the second credit card company considered the sale, although unethical, valid and she was stuck with the $400.00 charge.

I must admit, I was tempted to sign up for my own free sample when I saw the remarkable results while I was researching for this post. My friend says the cream doesn’t work – not for a minute, let alone nine hours.

I guess I’m stuck with my wrinkles, but at least they’re free!

“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” Prov. 31:30 ESV

1883 California Trail, Kansas

Missouri mules were the best. Alda grew to love the creatures working side by side with her pa on their farm along the banks of the Missouri River. He would be hopping mad when he realized his wife and daughter colluded behind his back to sell a pack string. It wouldn’t matter that they were trying to save the farm.
Alda struck out on her own to drive the team over fifteen hundred miles. By day three, her lead mule Bessie refused to take one more step. It was a good thing the handsome cowboy Cord stopped by to lend a hand or Alda might still be sitting in the dust.
Now, Alda needed the man to move on so she could continue her journey. Judging by the spark in Cord’s eye … it just might take some convincing.

Fool’s Notion is a new release  by Forget Me Not Romances, September 14, 2017, and the purchase link is   http://amzn.to/2kQvWus

Author Bio
Lisa J. Flickinger, author of historical novels Ella, and All That Glitters, lives and writes from the cliff of a river along the majestic Rocky Mountains. When not writing or reading, you will find her scouring antique shops or sipping a maple latte with friends and family. 

Have a wonderful week!