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, September 26, 2016

Moment of Calm for the Week

It's a crazy time of year, isn't it?

The kids are back in school, church programs are back in full swing, and summer vacation is definitely over. Around here, folks are suffering from allergies, bad colds, and a stomach flu that I do not want to get.

My oven isn't working, my garden needs to be tended, the calendar is full, and I'm on deadline. I don't feel like I will get things done on time and/or well. Sound familiar?

I'm taking a minute to take a deep breath and remember what It's All About.

I love this shade of green, and I love this verse. It takes me right back to the center of my faith, and leads me to quiet reflection on who I am and Who He is.

I hope your week includes a few moments of restful reflection, praise, and thanksgiving.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Celebrate The Rails to Love Romance Collection with a Giveaway!

All Aboard!

It's almost release day for The Rails to Love Collection!

Journey the Transcontinental Railroad along with nine unlikely couples who encounter all the dangers and disappointments of traveling the rails in the late 1800s. From sight-seeing excursions to transports toward new lives, from orphan trains to circus trains, can romances develop into blazing love in a world of cold, hard steel?

Look at those authors! Wow! Here's the blurb on my story, The Honeymoon Express:

Can a jilted bride and a mysterious frontiersman thrown together on a trip meant for honeymooners  solve a crime--and find love--before the end of the line?

I'm celebrating with giveaways over the next few weeks...and here's the first!

It runs from Sept 19-11:59 pm EDT Sept 24, so don't delay!

(psst...it's on sale for HALF PRICE on Amazon right now! Here's the link!)

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Austen in Austin Volume 2 is out and Volume I is on Sale!

Austen in Austin, Volume 2, is out from White Fire Publishing!

All new authors, all new Austen re-tellings with a Texas twist.

Simply Lila by Suzie Johnson, based on Lady Susan

Yearning to find a real-life hero, a wallflower must learn to live outside the pages of an Austen novel.

Fully Persuaded by Niki Turner, based on Persuasion

A brokenhearted artist struggles with the shame of her family s bankruptcy and the return of her first love whose proposal she d spurned because he was poor.

Mansford Ranch by Dina L. Sleiman, based on Mansfield Park

An aspiring novelist with a keen eye for character must determine who is worthy of playing her own leading man.

Sense and Nonsense by Lisa Karon Richardson, based on Sense and Sensibility

A would-be missionary is determined to make it to Ceylon, but when her funds disappear, she has to accept help from the man she most wants to avoid.

Click here to buy!

Volume I, which contains my novella One Word From You, is on sale (click here to buy).

Monday, September 12, 2016

Cover Reveal: Seven Brides for Seven Mail Order Grooms

Last week I revealed the cover of the Of Rags and Riches Collection, coming July 2017. Today I want to share my June 2017 cover...Seven Brides for Seven Mail Order Grooms!

Isn't it a beautiful cover? I love it. These stories all surround the women in a Kansas community that's seen its population of men decimated by the Civil War. The stories are tender, funny, touching, and sweet, all at the same time.

My novella, A Clean Slate, is about the town schoolmarm, and she is absolutely, 100% positive she wants nothing to do with the men coming to town in response to the ad for husbands. But you and I both know things won't stay that way!

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Cover Reveal: Of Rags and Riches Collection

A few weeks ago I announced that I was part of an upcoming romance collection from Barbour, Of Rags and Riches. Now I can share the cover and the other authors!

I am so honored to be in a collection with these amazing authors!

My story, The Right Pitch, is one I've wanted to write for a long time. Here's a hint: baseball!

The book will be out in July of 2017. More to come!