I knew that C.S. Lewis and I had more in common than our Christianity when he said, "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." Welcome to a celebration of faith, tea, and the written word. I'm always engaged in a book, and whether it's one I'm reading or one of the inspirational historical romances I write, there's always a cup of tea close by. Join me in a cup as we chat about faith, our favorite books and the exciting places our reading and writing adventures take us.

Monday, April 24, 2017

My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho Giveaway!

To celebrate the release of My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho, I've got a giveaway going...

The book is up for grabs, of course. So are some heart-themed kitchen goodies, because the kitchen is the heart of the home, and the book is from the My Heart Belongs In series.

So what's the book about?

A mail order bride. A mistaken groom. A whole heap of trouble. Falling in love with a man, a town, and...even a mule. (I love Madge the mule. I hope you will, too.)

The contest only runs through May 5, 11:59 pm! US only, please.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Book Sweeps is over, but...

There's still a promotion going on at Goodreads.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho by Susanne  Dietze

My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho

by Susanne Dietze

Giveaway ends April 24, 2017.
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And soon there will be several opportunities to win My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho to celebrate its May 1 release...

Including a Rafflecopter giveaway of the book and some Heart-themed goodies for your kitchen.

More info coming in the next week!


Monday, April 17, 2017

Last Day to Enter!

The sweepstakes ends tonight! Click here to enter to win over 45 inspy historical romances, including My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho (which is set to release May 1!).

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Happy Easter!

Antique Images: Free Easter Graphic: Vintage Easter Postcard with Cross and Pink Easter Lilies:

The kids at my church bring flowers from home and decorate a six-foot tall cross outside the sanctuary on Easter morning. It's gorgeous! I love the flowers, of course, but I also love the idea of life and beauty flowing from the cross.

postcard.quenalbertini: Vintage Easter Card:
When I was young, I received little Easter cards from my Sunday school teachers--usually of crosses covered in flowers. Not quite as old as these, but I love these vintage cards. They are a sweet reminder that someone is sharing in the joy of the Resurrection with you!

So I wish you a very happy Easter, friends!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Inspy Historical Romance + Kindle Fire Giveaway!

I'm so excited that my upcoming release, My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho, is part of a BookSweeps Easter giveaway! Look at the rest of the titles (what great books!):

The giveaway is for one week only, April 10-17. Click here to enter.

Let me know if you enter!

Friday, March 31, 2017

April New Releases from ACFW Authors!

April 2017 New Releases More in-depth descriptions of these books can be found on the ACFW Fiction Finder website.
Contemporary Romance:
sandpiper-cove Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon -- When a police chief and an ex-con join forces to keep a young man from falling into a life of crime, sparks fly. Given their backgrounds, it's not a promising match—but in Hope Harbor, anything is possible. (Contemporary Romance from Revell [Baker]) oh-baby Oh Baby by Delia Latham -- Dawni Manors seeks peace in Angel Falls, Texas. What she finds is a cowboy, an abandoned infant, and emotional chaos. If the Heart's Haven angels really are there, what in the world are they thinking? (Contemporary Romance from White Rose Publishing [Pelican])
a-fragile-hope A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti -- Where does a relationship expert turn when his wife leaves him and carries a tiny heartbeat with her? (General from Abingdon Press) waiting-for-butterflies Waiting for Butterflies by Karen Sargent -- When tragedy strikes, Maggie discovers a mother's love never ends--not even when her life does. Longing for her family after her sudden death, she becomes a lingering spirit and returns home where she helplessly witnesses her family's downward spiral in the aftermath of her passing. Her husband is haunted by past mistakes and struggles to redeem himself. Her teenage daughter silently drowns in her own guilt, secretly believing she caused her mother's death. Only her five-year-old, full of innocence, can sense her presence. Although limited by her family's grief and lack of faith, Maggie is determined to keep a sacred promise and save her family before her second chance runs out. (General from Walrus Publishing [Amphorae Publishing Group])
sunset-in-old-savannahSunset in Old Savannah by Mary Ellis -- When a philandering husband turns up dead, two crack detectives find more suspects than moss-draped oaks in charming old Savannah, including a scheming business partner, a resentful mistress, and a ne'er-do-well brother. (Mystery from Harvest House Publishers)
Above Rubies by Keely Brooke Keith -- In 1863, young teacher Olivia Owens establishes the first school in the remote settlement of Good Springs while finding love. (Historical, Independently Published)
Historical Romance:
a-rose-so-fair A Rose So Fair by Myra Johnson -- Caleb Wieland would give anything to win farm girl Rose Linwood's heart, but Rose's stubborn independence is proving as thorny as the flower for which she's named. (Historical Romance, Independently Published) under-the-same-sky Under the Same Sky by Cynthia Roemer -- In 1854 Illinois, Becky Hollister wants nothing more than to live out her days on the prairie, building a life for herself alongside her future husband. But when a tornado rips through her parents' farm, killing her mother and sister, she must leave the only home she's ever known and the man she's begun to love to accompany her injured father to St. Louis. Catapulted into a world of unknowns, Becky finds solace in corresponding with Matthew Brody, the handsome pastor back home. But when word comes that he is all but engaged to someone else, she must call upon her faith to decipher her future. (Historical Romance from Mantle Rock Publishing) the-pony-express-collection The Pony Express Romance Collection by Barbara Tifft Blakey, Mary Davis, Darlene Franklin, Cynthia Hickey, Maureen Lang, Debby Lee, Donna Schlachter, Connie Stevens and Pegg Thomas -- Nine historical romances revive the brief era of the Pony Express. Join the race from Missouri, across the plains and mountains to California and back again as brave Pony Express riders and their supporters along the route work to get mail across country in just ten days. It is an outstanding task in the years 1860 to 1861, and only a few are up to the job. Faced with challenges of terrain, weather, hostile natives, sickness, and more, can these adventurous pioneers hold fast, and can they also find lasting love in the midst of daily trials? (Historical Romance from Barbour Publishing)
Romantic Suspense:
plain-targetPlain Target by Dana R. Lynn -- Horse trainer Jess McGrath only wants to clear her disgraced brother's name, but enemies keep coming out of the woodwork and danger only gets closer. Jess soon learns that no place is safe—and no one can be trusted…except for the last white knight she'd ever expect to ride to her rescue. Paramedic Seth Travis was the boy behind her high school humiliation, but he's also the man keeping her alive. When they find sanctuary in the Amish community, can they uncover answers in time to stop a killer—and resolve their past in time to build a future together? (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin]) dangerous-testimony Dangerous Testimony by Dana Mentink -- Four weeks before she's set to testify at a gang murder trial, someone is determined to make sure that Candace Gallagher Andrews never takes the stand. When nowhere is safe for the private investigator or her little girl, Candace turns to the only person she can trust—longtime friend and former navy SEAL Marco Quidel. For Marco, protecting Candace is not just another duty. As the trial date nears and the killer stalks ever closer, Marco knows fear for the first time—the fear of losing Candace and her daughter. But while Marco begins seeing Candace as more than just a friend, her late husband's memory is never far from her mind. So he must keep Candace alive—and not get emotionally involved—long enough to put away a killer. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin]) deep-extractionDeep Extraction by DiAnn Mills -- Special Agent Tori Templeton is determined to find who killed her best friend's husband. Tori finds an unexpected ally in the newest member of the task force, recently reinstated Deputy US Marshal Cole Jeffers. As Tori and Cole dig deeper into Nathan's personal and business affairs, they uncover more than they bargained for. And the closer they get to finding the real killer?and to each other?the more intent someone is on silencing them for good. (Romantic Suspense from Tyndale House) final-verdict Final Verdict by Jessica R. Patch -- When Aurora Daniels becomes the target of someone seeking their own twisted justice, Sheriff Beckett Marsh is the only one who can rescue her. As a public defender, Aurora has angered plenty of people in town—and in her past. And while Beckett constantly clashes with the feisty lawyer professionally, it's his duty to protect and serve. Guarding her 24/7 is now his sole assignment. He may not have been able to save his fiancée from a dangerous felon, but he'll do whatever it takes to keep Aurora alive. Even if working with her to catch and convict this ruthless killer puts his heart in the crosshairs. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin]) guardian Guardian by Terri Reed -- When a fellow FBI agent is kidnapped and a protected witness vanishes, Leo Gallagher will stop at nothing to find them both. So when he discovers a link between the case and a single mother in Wyoming, Leo and his trusty K-9 partner rush to question Alicia Duncan. Could she be the key to locating the missing persons? Not if a killer has anything to say about it. Someone is determined to keep Alicia from talking, so Leo and his chocolate Lab must keep her and her little boy safe on their family ranch. With danger lurking around every corner, Leo must work overtime to not lose another person who's important to him. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired [Harlequin]) witch Witch by Denise Weimer -- Having restored Michael Johnson's ancestors' house and apothecary shop and begun applying the lessons of family and forgiveness unearthed from the past, Jennifer Rushmore expects to complete her first preservation job with the simple relocation of a log home. But as her crew reconstructs the 1787 cabin, home to the first Dunham doctor, attacks on those involved throw suspicion on neighbors and friends alike. And while Jennifer has trusted God and Michael with the pain of her past, it appears Michael's been keeping his own secrets. Will she use a dream job offer from Savannah as an escape, or will a haunting tale from a Colonial diary convince her to rely on the faithfulness of his love? (Romantic Suspense from Canterbury House Publishing)
Speculative Romance/Fantasy:
the-fairetellings-series The Fairetellings Series (Books 1 through 3) by Kristen Reed -- Discover a trio of enchanting novellas inspired by three beloved fairy tales: Cinderella, Snow White, and Beauty and the Beast. (Speculative Romance/Fantasy, Independently Published)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Announcement! Coming from Love Inspired Historical...

I just signed a contract for a second Regency romance with Love Inspired Historical, coming next winter!

It has a working title, but it will probably change, so I'll wait until things are concrete to share.

It takes place in the same story universe as The Reluctant Guardian, but the new book stands alone. It's not necessary to have read The Reluctant Guardian!

If you have read Tavin and Gemma's story, however, you've already been introduced to the heroine. Any ideas? She was only briefly mentioned, and not-too-favorably, either.

Lady Helena Stanhope, Tavin's cousin.
Lady Helena Stanhope:
There's more to Lady Helena than first appears, however. She broke my heart and I loved writing her story, which took her to Scotland to marry a lord sight unseen for a hasty, convenient marriage to Lord John Ardoch.
John Gordon, the Lord Ardoch:
John needs help with his kids--stat!
John only wants a wife as a mother to his children...and the arrangement is fine by her! But as their friendship grows, so does her desire to challenge the status quo in this Scottish household. And the results might change all of their lives forever.
Louisa looks a great deal like Miss Charlotte Papendick as a Child, 1788, John Hoppner (1758 - 1810):
Little Louisa is adorable
It's a story of renewal, healing, thawing, spring following winter...and family.

Looking forward to introducing you more fully to Helena and John, and the kids--Margaret, Alexander, Callum and Louisa! Oh, and Iona the dog!
Skye Terrier....gorgeous...:
We can't forget you, Iona!
In the meantime, The Reluctant Guardian is still available!