Archive for June, 2011

Dragons of Chiril by Donita K. Paul

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

Before DragonSpell, on a different continent and a different time, a young emerlindian’s desperate decision threatens to disrupt the foundation of the world.

Tipper has been caring for her family’s estate for years now, ever since her father disappeared, making a living by selling off his famous artwork. Then she learns that three statues she sold were carved from an ancient foundation stone, and the fabric of her reality is crumbling. She must find the three statues and reunite them, positioned exactly in the right form.

She must free her father and save the world. But she can’t do it alone.

Her ragtag band of adventurers includes Beccaroon, a giant parrot; Bealomondore, an aristocratic young artist; a handsome dragonkeeper prince; the Wizard Fenworth; and the tumanhofer librarian Librettowit. Together they travel through valleys and kingdoms and consort with purveyors of good and agents of evil to find and reunite the missing statues. Will they learn to rely on Wulder’s grace and guidance along the way?

Dragons of the Watch will be the last book in this series. It comes out in October.

Two Situations That Need Strength:

“The heroine in the first two books of the Chiril Chronicles is Tipper Schope. In her early twenties, she has been in charge of a massive household for the many years following her father’s disappearance. In her mind, she has not done a great job. At the time of the first scene, she has been reduced to selling her noted father’s artwork in order to pay the bills. Her home is a deteriorating mansion. They have two servants left from the full staff. Her mother’s mental health and stability has broken down. The failure of the mansion has caused hardship among those who depended on her father and this establishment. Tipper feels the weight of all the responsibility.

I see strong women face two types of situations: those they chose and those that are thrust upon them. I know a young lady who worked hard to put herself through college to become an RN. She showed tremendous strength and determination to meet her goal, one she had chosen herself. But this same young lady had an abusive parent, an alcoholic spouse, and a relative with a debilitating disease. Obviously these burdens were not ones she chose. With each new obstacle that came her way, she continued on the path she knew God had ordained. And not only that, but she remained a cheerful, optimistic person. As a great mom, she has drilled into her kids, “Attitude is everything.”

The character in Dragons of Chiril is also challenged by adversity. Unfortunately, three of the statues she sold to acquire money for expenses, turned out to be the cornerstone of the world she lives in. With the statues separated, the countryside has bizarre eruptions that destroy property and life.

As in real life, with each new challenge, Tipper grows to meet the difficulty. That stretching to do the next thing, the thing we think is just beyond our ability, makes us grow stronger. Tipper’s character deepens as she handles what I (the author) throw at her. And she also gains a perspective of herself that eliminates the false guilt. I think false guilt weighs us down more than the reality we face. Tipper does reach a happy ending, but the reader is aware that it is not happily ever after, because the road we travel will not smooth out and be bump-free until we reach Heaven. That’s okay. We have the hope!”

Donita K Paul

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Elizabeth and Richard Mysteries by Donna Fletcher Crow

Sunday, June 19th, 2011

I love cozy mysteries and English writers and Shakespeare, so I was delighted to find out about Donna Fletcher Crow’s Elizabeth and Richard Mysteries.

I devoured A Midsummer Eve’s Nightmare, enjoying the references to Shakespeare and the fun contemporary mystery and, most of all, the sweet relationship between the newlywed Elizabeth and Richard. I quickly bought the first book in the series, Shadow of Reality, and can’t wait to find out more about the sleuthing couple and how they got together.

After I read A Midsummer Eve’s Nightmare, I was positive that Donna had been born and raised in England. I mean, her writing is so beautifully English. But she assures me that she’s an Idaho girl, born and bred.

Don’t miss this series!

New Annie’s Attic Mystery Coming in 2012

Tuesday, June 14th, 2011

I don’t have many details yet, but I just signed a contract to do another Annie’s Attic Mystery. This one is tentatively titled The Key in the Attic. The manuscript is due in December, so I’m assuming the book will be out sometime in 2012.

Meanwhile you can check out my book Letters in the Attic here.

You can find out about all of the Annie’s Attic Mysteries here.

Second Chance Dad by Roxanne Rustand

Monday, June 6th, 2011

He Was A Challenge She Couldn’t Ignore…

The minute she steps foot in his dark, miserable house, Sophie Alexander knows Josh McClaren is not her usual patient. But the single mom and physical therapist is desperate to make a life for her and her young son. And she’s definitely no quitter! It’s obvious to Sophie that handsome, cantankerous Josh hides his pain behind a wall of grief. Little by little, Sophie and her son, Eli, do more than help Josh find his faith again. They make Josh wonder if there’s a family in his future after all….

Aspen Creek Crossroads: Where faith, love and healing meet.

This book is available at :
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Drop by Roxanne’s website and get a free downloadable cookbook HERE.

Here’s one of her favorite recipes as a tease:


1/2 cup melted butter (no substitute!)
2 cups brown sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbsp REAL vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
2 tsp baking powder
1 cup M&Ms

Combine first four ingredients and beat really well, then stir in dry ingredients. Don’t overbeat. Add the M&Ms last. Pat into a well-greased 9×13 pan, then bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Do not overbake–these should be nice and chewy, so watch them carefully!

Hope you enjoy these, and come back again for other recipes. And if you’d like to share a favorite, that would be great!


Roxanne Rustand can be found at and her “All Creatures Great and Small” blog, HERE. If you’d like to see the foal at her house (or barn), drop by HERE.

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This Weekend Only!

Saturday, June 4th, 2011

To celebrate having my entire Chastelayne Trilogy available for Kindle, I have dropped the price of the first book in the series, In Honor Bound, to a near giveaway at $2.99.

This is ONLY through Monday, June 6, so don’t miss out.

You can download a FREE Kindle preview or buy the book HERE.