Archive for October, 2010

All Hallow’s Eve

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

A Prairie Christmas Collection by Deborah Raney and other favorite Christian authors

Friday, October 29th, 2010

A Prairie Christmas

Settling the vast open prairies, weathering winter storms, and finding joy to celebrate during Christmas epitomizes the pioneer experience. In a unique collection of nine Christmas romances, Barbour Publishing brings readers A Prairie Christmas Collection where they can relive a prairie Christmas with all its challenge and delights as penned by multi-published authors, including Deborah Raney and Tracie Peterson. Featuring deckled-edge pages and a foil-stamped cover with fold-under flaps, the collection makes an ideal gift for the romance reader.

Deborah Raney

In this holiday romance collection, the warmth of Christmas will radiate new love from the high plains of Minnesota and Dakota Territory, across the rolling hills of Nebraska, Iowa, and Illinois, and down into the flats of Kansas. Filled with inspiration and faith, each story will become a treasure to be enjoyed again each year. Along with Raney and Peterson, other contributing authors include Tracey Bateman, Pamela Griffin, JoAnn A. Grote, Maryn Langer, Darlene Mindrup, Janet Spaeth and Jill Stengl.

Available in bookstores everywhere, or order online at, or other bookstores online.

For more information see Deborah Raney’s website at

Magic Squares Quilt

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

I’m quite proud to announce that I’ve finished my Magic Squares quilt. It’s made with some really yummy batiks in stone and turquoise and bronzie colors, and I really like how it turned out. Too bad I made it as a gift. Maybe I’ll have to make myself one someday.

Magic Squares

Here is a closer picture of just the bottom half of the quilt before it was finished. Aren’t the fabrics delicious?

Bottom Half

If you would like to BUY the pattern for this quilt, CLICK HERE. (Scroll all the way down to the bottom of the page.) It’s fun and the sewing is pretty easy.

Legacy of Lies by Jill Elizabeth Nelson

Monday, October 25th, 2010


Evidence from a decades-old murder is the last thing Nicole Keller-Mattson expected to find in her grandmother’s back yard, but the finger-pointing and accusations leveled at her family came as no surprise. Everyone in Ellington is eager to blame the Kellers—but after an attack leaves Nicole’s grandmother in a coma, only Nicole can clear the family name. With the assistance of police chief Rich Hendricks, she stands a chance of solving the mystery . . . if she’s willing to accept Rich’s help. Nicole lost her policeman husband in the line of duty—getting close to another cop is too painful. But keeping her distance could be deadly.


I’ve always been fascinated by social dynamics in a small town. Having lived in rural communities all my life, I’m intimately familiar with the unique politics involved. Crafting a story about the shadow cast over a town by its founding family came readily to me. I was particularly interested to explore the affect past sins and secrets can have on a tight-knit community and how the illusion of power is always trumped by the immutable laws of God. We do reap what we sow, no matter how grand and invincible we imagine ourselves to be.

The scripture I used at the front of the book was Psalm 37: 10 – 11 from the NIV version of the Bible: A little while and the wicked will be no more; Though you look for them, they will not be found. But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace. I comfort myself with these words quite often when I see the injustices in the world.



Jill Elizabeth Nelson writes what she likes to read—tales of adventure seasoned with romance, humor, and faith, earning her the tagline: Endless Adventure, Timeless Truth. She was delightfully astonished this year to receive the prestigious Carol Award in the Short Contemporary Suspense category for her 2009 release, Evidence of Murder. Jill speaks regularly at conferences, writer’s groups, library associations, and civic and church groups. When teaching classes for writers, she thrills to bring the Ahah! moment to her students as they make a new skill their own. Jill and her husband live in rural Minnesota where they raised four children and are currently enjoying their first grandchild. Visit Jill on the web at for book giveaways, excerpts, and information.


Elizabeth is Five Months Old! – Updated

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

I’ve been negligent in posting pictures of baby Elizabeth, so I think this is a great time for a little retrospective.

Here she is at one month:

At two months:

At three months:

Four months:

And five months:

She hasn’t changed much between her four and five month old pictures, has she? She weighs four pounds four ounces, and I’m wondering if she’s ever going to get much bigger. She looks grouchy in her last pictures, but she’s really awfully cute. 😀

Okay, due to popular demand, I’ll add a picture from last night. I was TRYING to lay out a quilt top I had just finished (except for borders), and Elizabeth just HAD to get on it. Then, of course, she didn’t want to leave. Here she is, expressing her territorial determination:

Facelift by Leanna Ellis

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

A ‘can do’ kind of woman runs her own business, raises her teenage daughter, and takes care of her ex-mother-in-law after a botched facelift. But Kaye learns a facelift is more than skin deep. Joy is more than tacking on a happy face. It’s relying on her sovereign God who has a plan for her life.

About the author:

Winner of the National Readers Choice Award, Leanna Ellis writes women’s fiction and is known for her quirky characters and wacky plots as in her current novel, FACELIFT. But don’t let the quirkiness fool you, Ellis probes the heart and plucks at the heartstrings. In 2011 FORSAKEN, the first of an Amish/vampire series, will debut. Now that is wacky!

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All Mirrors and All Suns by Robin Hardy

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

I am delighted to feature Robin Hardy’s new book on my blog. All Mirrors and All Suns is the eighth entry in Robin Hardy’s Latter Annals of Lystra and, boy, is there a lot going on. There is not just one royal wedding but two to be planned, the coronation of a new ruler and, of course, all the court intrigue we’ve come to expect in Westford. Add to that the excavation of a secret passage, a mysterious poisoner, a possible ghost and a hidden hoard of gold, and you’ll find yourself turning pages well into the night.

Over the past eight books, and helped by the three from Robin’s original Lystra series, I’ve really gotten to know and enjoy the people who live in Westford and the surrounding areas. I’m going to miss them when the series ends next year.

And this is the greatest picture ever!

ROBIN HARDY is the award-winning author of Chataine’s Guardian and Streiker’s Bride. Her books include the Annals of Lystra, the Latter Annals of Lystra, the Streiker Saga, the Sammy Series, Padre and His Strange Ways, The Idecis and Unknown Name, Unknown Number. She is the editor of Sifted But Saved.

London Confidential by Sandra Byrd

Monday, October 11th, 2010

Byrd’s ability to provide a fun story that incorporates biblical truth will help teens relate to this new series. Readers will identify with the struggle to fit in while staying true to one’s convictions.
— Romantic Times, 4 star review

Book Three, Don’t Kiss Him Goodbye, finds Savvy, now established in her quirky British village, working hard to get an article with her own byline published. When an attractive and mysterious boy asks her for help with his school work, Savvy is slowly pulled into his circle and soon finds out that the wrong set of friends—boys and girls—can influence her own behavior. Following her own advice to cut ties with a charming bad boy would mean abandoning her dearest wishes, and it just doesn’t seem as wrong as it feels. Is it? Read on for surprise twists throughout the book!

In a shocking turn of events, all writers for the Wexburg Academy Times will cast their votes for next year’s editor—and it looks like Savvy’s vote will be the tie breaker! In Book Four, Flirting With Disaster, Savvy must choose between a nasty-girl-turned-nice, with a sudden interest in letting Savvy get what she wants, and the prickly Hazelle, who promises nothing at all. Savvy then finds herself wrapped up in a new, seemingly innocent but potentially dangerous activity. It’s all at risk in this book: her position on the paper, the boy she likes, the ministry she wants to go well. At a critical moment, Savvy must figure out how to rely on God rather than luck and to overcome temptation before it is too late.

London Confidential is a new series for tweens and teens where British fashion, friendships, and guys collide as an all-American teen girl learns to love life and live out her faith.

Please visit Sandra online at The books can be purchased at through her website or at other fine online or local bookstores near you. If they’re not stocked, just ask!

London Confidential Books 1 and 2 were featured in Focus on the Family’s Thriving Family Magazine … click here.

The Perfect Blend by Trish Perry

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010

Steph Vandergrift left everything to elope with Middleburg attorney Rick Manfred, who then stood her up at the altar. Too embarrassed to return home, Steph hopes to earn enough to get by until she can decide what to do next. Tea Shop owner Milly Jewel hires her and appreciates the extra help at the tea shop.

Also appreciative of Steph is Kendall James, one of the kindest, most eligible bachelors in the area. But by the time Steph feels able to consider dating again, her run-away fiancé returns and tries to win her back. Steph is wary, but she and Rick always blended so well.

Christie Burnham, the frank-talking equestrian from whom Steph rents a room, and her frillier sister Liz become fast friends and confidantes to Steph. Between the two sisters, there isn’t much any man is going to pull over on Middleburg’s newest bachelorette and tea shop employee.

A little about Trish Perry:

Award-winning novelist Trish Perry has written The Perfect Blend (2010), Sunset Beach (2009), Beach Dreams (2008), Too Good to Be True (2007), and The Guy I’m Not Dating (2006), all for Harvest House Publishers. Her monthly column, “Real Life is Stranger,” appeared in Christian Fiction Online Magazine during its inaugural year. She was editor of Ink and the Spirit, the newsletter of Washington D.C. ’s Capital Christian Writers organization (CCW), for seven years. Before her novels, Perry published numerous short stories, essays, devotionals, and poetry in Christian and general market media. She will release several new books in 2011.

Perry holds a B.A. in Psychology, was a 1980s stockbroker, and held positions at the Securities and Exchange Commission and in several Washington law firms. She serves on the Board of Directors of CCW and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. She invites you to visit her at