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four (soon to be five) awesome giveaways just in time for Christmas!

I’m excited to announce several awesome giveaways just in time for Christmas. Enter one or enter them all! You could win books and more books, two Amazon giftcards (one is for $500!), or a Wyoming Christmas ornament.

Entering is super easy and you can get numerous entries for each giveaway.

Scroll down to the bottom for more giveaways!

Win a copy of any of the following of Penny’s books (ebook or paperback) and a $25 Amazon gift card for yourself or someone on your Christmas list. (20 possible entries available).

Choose from the following books:

Forgotten Memories

Love in Disguise

Love Under Construction

Love from Afar

Love Unforeseen

Enter for your chance to win a Christmas in Wyoming fun pack, which includes a signed copy of Forgotten Memories (or gifted Kindle ebook), a beautiful Wyoming keepsake ornament, and a spiced mug mat and tea. (22 possible points). Wagon is not included.

Wooden wagon in graphic is not part of the prize and is not included. It is a prop only.

I’m joining with a group of amazing authors where you could win 10 books. You won’t want to miss this giveaway! It doesn’t “officially” start until November 6, but as a reader of this blog, you get first dibs and can enter early!

Contest ends November 12, 2023.

And if you haven’t yet entered to win a copy of Love’s New Beginnings gifted to you on Kindle the day it releases, be sure to enter this one too!

The small print for the above giveaways:

The small print for the giveaways above:

Open only to U.S. residents.

The Christmas in Wyoming includes a copy of Forgotten Memories, the ornament, and the spiced mug mat and tea only.

The wooden wagon in the graphic is not included.

Contests have a variety of end dates. Enter soon!

One winner for each giveaway chosen at random by Rafflecopter.

Winners will have 10 days to respond with their mailing addresses. If there is no response, an alternate winner will be chosen.

Celebrate Lit’s 5th Annual Thankful for our Readers Multi-Author Giveaway

Love books? Love Amazon gift cards? You could win all of the books in the graphic below including Love from Afar or a $500 Amazon gift card! This contest just started, but only goes for seven days, so be sure to enter soon.

Thank you for entering these wonderful contests. I can’t wait to see who wins!

Join me Thursday for my regularly-scheduled blog post.

If you’d like to keep updated on future giveaways, be sure to bookmark Book News and Giveaways.

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Cover reveal for Love’s New Beginnings and a chance to win!

I am super excited to announce the cover reveal for Love’s New Beginnings! Isn’t it absolutely gorgeous? Mountain Peak Edits & Design is responsible for this beautiful cover and I couldn’t be more thrilled about this prequel to Forgotten Memories. And I’m giving away an ebook download (see below for more details)!

Blurb:

Where it all began…

Lydie Beauchamp recently moved with her aunts—sisters Myrtle and Fern—to the untamed Wyoming Territory. When a teaching position in nearby Willow Falls captures her attention, can she leave her aunts, one of whom just suffered a broken heart, and embark on this new adventure? Will she find the courage to persevere in the midst of challenges, one being a handsome challenge named Solomon Eliason?

Reverend Solomon Eliason has the goal of making a difference. Hired as the pastor of Willow Falls, he must convince the congregation that he is able to undertake the role of a reverend. When he’s nominated to be the adult in charge of the annual prank tradition at the school, he embraces the idea, thinking the new teacher will be an elderly crotchety woman like his former teacher. What he doesn’t realize until it’s too late is that the teacher is far from crotchety and elderly.  When Lydie and Solomon’s paths cross in an unexpected way during the prank tradition at the Willow Falls school, can Solomon redeem himself in the eyes of the lovely new teacher?

Take a glimpse into where it all began with Lydie and Solomon’s story in this tender tale that reminds us that God can and does use willing hearts for His purposes. 

Love’s New Beginnings is part of the Wyoming Sunrise Series, which includes Forgotten Memories and Dreams of the Heart.

It’s available for preorder for 99 cents and releases just in time for Christmas!

And I’m giving away an ebook download on Kindle to a lucky winner on the day of release. Entering is easy, peasy, quadruple easy and fast as in, all you have to do is add it to your Goodreads TBR to be entered! Go here to enter. (Open to U.S. residents only).

Thank you for celebrating with me!

Join me next week for our regularly-scheduled encouraging blog posts.

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Saturday Spotlight: IRON

Super excited today to do a book spotlight for Madisyn Carlin’s latest book, Iron. I’ve read this new release and I can honestly say it’s an amazing book. Carlin has a gift of taking readers into the story and creating a memorable and page-turning plot. You will definitely want to add this to your TBR pile.

Read on to find out all the details. And be sure to check out the blog tour information and enter to win a signed copy of Iron!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Enforcing justice comes with a price.

Detective Redwyn “Red” Deathan will stop at nothing to uncover those behind the ruthless kidnappings of multiple children. But things are not as they seem, and Red’s efforts are thwarted at every turn. With each discovery the danger grows, putting Red and the lives of those she cares about at risk. Can she reveal the mastermind’s identity before she herself becomes a target?

IRON is a Christian, New Adult, Fantasy Fairytale Retelling

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Madisyn Carlin is a Christian, homeschool graduate, blogger, voracious bookdragon, and author. When not spending time with her family or trekking through the mountains, she weaves tales of redemption, faith, and action.

Want to connect? https://linktr.ee/madisyncarlin

GIVEAWAY:

Giveaway Information

First Place Prize:

An Autographed Paperback if winner is U.S. resident. If the winner is an international resident, then they win an ebook.

Second Place Prize:

An Ebook in the reader’s choice of Mobi or epub.

TOUR SCHEDULE

Monday, September 26  

Madisyn Carlin | Introduction + Behind the Scenes 

Vanessa Hall | Book Spotlight + Review 

Quilling in the Pines | Book Review 

Saraina | Character Interview + Book Spotlight 

Tuesday, September 27 

Kristina Hall | Book Review 

Tower in the Plains | Book Spotlight 

Wednesday, September 28 

Joy C. Woodbury | Book Review 

Allie Jo Anderson | Character Interview 

The Bookdragon’s Alcove | Book Spotlight 

Thursday, September 29 

Neath the Hackberry Reading Club | Book Review 

Quilling in the Pines | Author Interview 

Christine Smith | Book Spotlight 

Friday, September 30 

Saraina | Book Review 

Rainy Day Writer | Character Interview + Book Spotlight 

Of Blades and Thorns | Book Spotlight 

Saturday, October 1 

Madisyn Carlin | Meet the Characters + Wrapup 

Old-fashioned Book Love | Book Review 

Penny Zeller | Saturday Spotlight 

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Forgotten Memories Blog Tour Wrap-up+An Excerpt+Which Character are You?+Giveaways

The week went quickly and today is the last day for the Forgotten Memories blog tour.

Today we’re wrapping up the tour, having a fun quiz to find out which character we are, and taking a fun glimpse into an excerpt of the book.

A reminder: there are two chances to win two books during the tour. Pit stop by Chat with Vera and Patti’s Porch for those opportunities. (U.S. Residents only). I’ve included the entire blog tour stops below, including guest posts, book reviews, and book spotlights. I’m so grateful for the bloggers/instagramers who joined with me to bring you the excitement of Forgotten Memories becoming a reality.

And now, without further ado, which character are you?

Keep track of your answers (manually) and move to the second graphic for the answer!


And an excerpt from the book:

“Miss Ledbetter!” Charlotte’s panicked tone and waving right hand interrupted Annie’s thoughts.

Annie jerked her head up from the task at hand. “What is it, Charlotte?” Surely an emergency had occurred for Charlotte to have overreacted in such a way.

“Miss Ledbetter, I’ve been trying in vain to capture your attention for the past ten minutes. It’s Tobias Hallman. He’s being a bother again.”

Tobias snorted. “The past ten minutes? More like the past ten seconds.”

“Is this true that you are being a bother, Tobias?” Annie stood for a better view of the conflict between her students.

“It’s possible, ma’am.”

“But, Miss Ledbetter, it is true. Tobias just tied my braids together!” Charlotte reached back behind her and pulled a mass of tangled blonde braids above her head. “See?”

“Tobias…” Annie began.

“Miss Ledbetter, you must do something. My braids are wound together in a jumbled clump. I shall absolutely faint away into a hodgepodge of nothingness if something isn’t done to relieve this knotted mess!”

Tobias rolled his eyes. “Charlotte, you exaggerate like no one I’ve ever known. You’ll no more faint away into a lodge of nothingness than I’ll be on the next stage to California.”

Charlotte spun around in her chair and glared at Tobias. “Not a lodge of nothingness, Tobias Hallman. A hodgepodge of nothingness. You are such an ill-mannered and impertinent boor!”

“You and your big vocabulary. You sling them fancy words around like you’re smart or something. Even you don’t know what they mean.”

Several snickers followed Tobias’s insinuation.

“You take that back, Tobias! I do know what every single word I use means. Every single word.”

“I’ll not take it back. It’s your own fault about your braids. If they weren’t so long, they wouldn’t find themselves on my desk. Keep them in your own space or next time I’ll bring my ma’s sewing scissors.”


Finally, here’s the complete tour in case you missed any stops.

TUESDAY, 9/6

Penny Zeller | Is Forgotten Memories the Book for You?

Penny McGinnis | Book Spotlight

Charity’s Book Escapes | Book Review (Instagram)

Madi’s Musings | Book Review

Julie Arduini | Guest Post

Lee-Ann Brodeur | Book Spotlight

WEDNESDAY, 9/7

Vanessa Hall | Book Review

Saraina | Author Interview

Christian Books and Coffee | Book Spotlight (Instagram)

Quilling in the Pines |Book Review

Suite T | Guest Post (Writing as a Ministry)

Mary | Review (Facebook)

THURSDAY, 9/8

Penny Zeller | Forgotten Memories Blog Tour + Quotables + Meet the Characters

Cover Lover | Book Spotlight

Christian Books and Coffee | Author Interview (Instagram)

Reading and Flowers | Book Spotlight photo reel/trailer (Instagram)

t.r.b.e. | Book Review

Chat with Vera | Book Review, Giveaway

Donna Schlachter | Guest Post “The Time I lived in Two Centuries”

FRIDAY, 9/9

Saraina | Book Spotlight

Cover Lover | Book Review

Christian Books and Coffee | Book Review (Instagram)

2friendstalkbooks | Book Spotlight (Instagram)

Abbigail | Book Review (Facebook)

Penny McGinnis | Book Review

Cindy’s Book Corner | Book Review*

SATURDAY, 9/10

Penny Zeller | Tour Wrap-up (Which Character are You, an excerpt, etc.)

Kristina Hall | Book Review

Madi’s Musings | Book Spotlight

2friendstalkbooks | Book Review

Patti’s Porch | Guest Post, Giveaway

A little reminder: Forgotten Memories is on sale for 99 cents for Kindle download throughout the blog tours. As a fun addition, Love in Disguise is also on sale for 99 cents for the next couple of days.

One other thing…Dreams of the Heart, the second in the Wyoming Sunrise Series is also available for preorder. (Can’t wait to share John Mark’s story with you!)

Thank you for joining me. We’ll be returning to our regularly-scheduled program of encouraging blog posts next week.


Before you go, check out these other posts:

The power of prayer: surviving Papa’s driving

a huge thank you to readers

leaving a Godly legacy

Forgotten Memories Blog Tour Kickoff: Is Forgotten Memories the book for you?

are you an encourager or a discourager?

11 types of people you meet at the gym

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Forgotten Memories Blog Tour + Quotables + Meet the Characters + Giveaway

It’s already day three of the Forgotten Memories blog tour. Today we’re meeting the characters and I’m sharing some of my favorite quotes. Oh, and there are chances to win a copy of the book as well!

Don’t forget to stop by all of the fantastic blogs and instagram accounts for author interviews, guest posts, and book graphics. And starting today, you have a chance to win one of two copies of Forgotten Memories! (Paperback for U.S. residents; ebooks for international winners). All of the details are below.

Enjoy!

Meet the Characters

Creating characters is one of the most exciting things for an author. We give them personalities, struggles, hopes, and dreams. Many of us find photos of our characters on Pinterest. Some of us, myself included, have the characters from my current work-in-progress taped to the computer monitor. As a visual person, that helps greatly in helping me form a well-rounded character.

Caleb Eliason, in my mind, looked exactly like a much-younger Brad Pitt… (image courtesy of Pinterest).

Annie Ledbetter, on the other hand, looked exactly like the model on the book cover. However, one of my readers also pointed out that she thought Annie resembled a much younger Nicole Kidman. (Image courtesy of Pinterest).

I rarely watch the typical Hollywood movie fare and almost never have seen the movies I find my characters from; however, I do watch (and occasionally review) clean movies, so sometimes I do find a character or two in those movies as well.

My Pinterest board includes some other characters such as Cain and Louie and other fun items such as Reverend Solomon and Lydie’s house, the school where Annie teaches, the church the characters attend, and the wagon Annie’s family traveled in during their journey to the Wyoming Territory.

Below is the blog tour lineup.

TUESDAY, 9/6

Penny Zeller | Is Forgotten Memories the Book for You?

Penny McGinnis | Book Spotlight

Charity’s Book Escapes | Book Review (Instagram)

Madi’s Musings | Book Review

Julie Arduini | Guest Post

Lee-Ann Brodeur | Book Spotlight

WEDNESDAY, 9/7

Vanessa Hall | Book Review

Saraina | Author Interview

Christian Books and Coffee | Book Spotlight (Instagram)

Quilling in the Pines |Book Review

Suite T | Guest Post (Writing as a Ministry)

Mary | Review (Facebook)

THURSDAY, 9/8

Penny Zeller | Forgotten Memories Blog Tour + Quotables + Meet the Characters

Cover Lover | Book Spotlight

Christian Books and Coffee | Author Interview (Instagram)

Reading and Flowers | Book Spotlight photo reel/trailer (Instagram)

t.r.b.e. | Book Review

Chat with Vera | Book Review, Giveaway

Donna Schlachter | Guest Post “The Time I lived in Two Centuries”

FRIDAY, 9/9

Saraina | Book Spotlight

Cover Lover | Book Review

Christian Books and Coffee | Book Review (Instagram)

2friendstalkbooks | Book Spotlight (Instagram)

Abbigail | Book Review (Facebook)

Penny McGinnis | Book Review

Cindy’s Book Corner | Book Review*

SATURDAY, 9/10

Penny Zeller | Tour Wrap-up (Which Character are You, an excerpt, etc.)

Kristina Hall | Book Review

Madi’s Musings | Book Spotlight

2friendstalkbooks | Book Review

Patti’s Porch | Guest Post, Giveaway

Which quote was your favorite? Which character from the book would you most like to meet in real life?

Thank you for stopping by. Please join me next week for my regularly-scheduled encouraging blog posts.


Before you go, check out these other posts you may enjoy:

What to do when it’s difficult to love others

5 things to do this summer

resting in the arms of an unchanging God

tools to help your child succeed in life

the importance of a good work ethic

you might be a writer if…(10 ways to know)

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Forgotten Memories Blog Tour Kickoff: Is Forgotten Memories the Book for You?

The time for the Forgotten Memories blog tour has finally arrived!

Are you ready for book spotlights, author interviews, guest posts, bookstagrams, reviews of the book, quotables, and giveaways?

There are three signed paperback copies up for grabs for three U.S. residents!

All the details in a minute, but first, is Forgotten Memories the book for you?

Do you love…

To read love stories

Stories set in the late 1800s

Stories in the West

Sweet romance

Plentiful humor

Character-driven plots

Strong faith element

Scenes that tug at the heartstrings

Mid-length novels

Tender love stories

Tear-jerking scenes

Hilarious antidotes tucked within the pages of a novel

To curl up and escape in the lives of book characters

Settings in small Western towns

Realistic plot lines

Close-knit families

Memorable characters who stay with you long after the last page

Clean and wholesome reads

If you answered “yes” to the above, Forgotten Memories is, indeed, the book for you!

Below is the “official” blurb:

Some memories are best forgotten…
The Wyoming Territory is rife with lawlessness and disorder, something Annie Ledbetter and her parents discover when their wagon train is robbed. Seven years later, Annie settles into her lifelong dream as a teacher in the small town of Willow Falls. When she meets handsome rancher Caleb Eliason through a humorous misunderstanding, she is quickly drawn to his kind heart and charming smile.

Former outlaw Caleb Eliason embraces his chance at a fresh start. Gone are the days of robbing stagecoaches and wagon trains. When he falls in love with the new Willow Falls teacher, he doesn’t realize they’ve met before—under much different circumstances. When his past comes to light, will it put the growing love between them at risk?

Can forgiveness and redemption heal two broken hearts or will the past keep them from sharing a future?

Forgotten Memories is available wherever books are sold, including the following places:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Your local bookstore

And for a limited time, Forgotten Memories is available for 99 cents on Kindle.

And now, without further ado, here are the awesome stops along the Forgotten Memories blog tour!

Be sure to stop by and leave a comment on the blogs for chances to win!

TUESDAY, 9/6

Penny Zeller | Is Forgotten Memories the Book for You?

Penny McGinnis | Book Spotlight

Charity’s Book Escapes | Book Review (Instagram)

Madi’s Musings | Book Review

Julie Arduini | Guest Post

Lee-Ann Brodeur | Book Spotlight

WEDNESDAY, 9/7

Vanessa Hall | Book Review

Saraina | Author Interview

Christian Books and Coffee | Book Spotlight (Instagram)

Quilling in the Pines |Book Review

Suite T | Guest Post (Writing as a Ministry)

Mary | Review (Facebook)

THURSDAY, 9/8

Penny Zeller | Forgotten Memories Blog Tour + Quotables + Meet the Characters

Cover Lover | Book Spotlight

Christian Books and Coffee | Author Interview (Instagram)

Reading and Flowers | Book Spotlight (Instagram)

t.r.b.e. | Book Review

Chat with Vera | Book Review, Giveaway

Donna Schlachter | Guest Post and Giveaway

Lena Nelson Dooley | Author Interview, Giveaway

FRIDAY, 9/9

Saraina | Book Spotlight

Cover Lover | Book Review

Christian Books and Coffee | Book Review (Instagram)

2friendstalkbooks | Book Spotlight (Instagram)

Abbigail | Book Review (Facebook)

Penny McGinnis | Book Review

Cindy’s Book Corner | Book Review*

SATURDAY, 9/10

Penny Zeller | Tour Wrap-up (Which Character are You, an excerpt, etc.)

Kristina Hall | Book Review

Madi’s Musings | Book Spotlight

2friendstalkbooks | Book Review

Patti’s Porch | Guest Post, Giveaway

One last detail…below is the first page of the book:

Wyoming Territory, 1877

A fleeting movement caught twelve-year-old Annie Ledbetter’s attention. She squinted at the grove of trees on a distant hill and willed her eyes to focus. A quick flash of something—or someone—appeared. Annie tipped her head to the left and stood on tiptoe, anticipating a better view.

The vacant prairie previously held nothing but miles and miles of grasslands, sagebrush, and the occasional rolling hill.

Until now.

Annie’s feet stalled in the soft dirt as if rooted. Could it be? A man, or maybe more than one man, watched and scrutinized Annie and the rest of the travelers.

But as quickly as the figure appeared, he vanished.

A shiver of fear traveled up her spine.

Don’t forget to stop by the blogs on the tour on their blog stop days and leave a comment for your chance to win one of four copies!

And join me next week for my regularly-scheduled encouraging blog posts!


Before you go, check out these other posts:

13 verses to comfort the fearful heart

Movie Monday: Play the Flute

the great prune escapade

10 ways to encourage others

how to be a godly leader

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Happy Cover Reveal Day for Forgotten Memories!

I am so excited to share with you the official cover reveal for Forgotten Memories. Not long ago, Caleb and Annie’s story was just an idea in my mind. As we draw closer to the release date of August 30, it has now become a reality.

About the Book:

Some memories are best forgotten…

The Wyoming Territory is rife with lawlessness and disorder, something Annie Ledbetter and her parents discover when their wagon train is robbed. Seven years later, Annie settles into her lifelong dream as a teacher in the small town of Willow Falls. When she meets handsome rancher Caleb Eliason through a humorous misunderstanding, she is quickly drawn to his kind heart and charming smile.

Former outlaw Caleb Eliason embraces his chance at a fresh start. Gone are the days of robbing stagecoaches and wagon trains. When he falls in love with the new Willow Falls teacher, he doesn’t realize they’ve met before—under much different circumstances. When his past comes to light, will it put the growing love between them at risk?

Can forgiveness and redemption heal two broken hearts or will the past keep them from sharing a future?

There are a couple of blog tours coming up soon that I will be posting about here and in my newsletter.

I do have a few spots left on the Forgotten Memories launch team and would love to have you join if you love Christian historical romance with themes of forgiveness and redemption and plentiful humor. Go here to sign up.

Also, if you haven’t yet entered to win one of my available books and a $25 Amazon gift card in honor of my 13th Blogoversary, be sure enter. Forgotten Memories is one of the books available for the giveaway!

Please join me next week for my encouraging post about things we can do in these crazy times.

Until then, thank you for joining me in celebrating my cover reveal!

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13th Blogoversary Celebration and Giveaway

I am super excited to celebrate the 13th Blogoversary of Random Thoughts from a Day in the Life of a Wife, Mom, and Author and want to invite you to enter to win a copy of one of my books and an Amazon gift card.

Back in 2009, I started this WordPress blog on the heels of my third book, 77 Ways Your Family Can Make a Difference. My first post was titled “Preparing for a Writer’s Conference”. I followed that post with a humorous one about why I wasn’t a cowgirl due to my adventures on a persnickety horse in the Montana wilds.

It soon became clear my blog wouldn’t have just one topic. Rather, as a person with a million tabs open at any given time, my blog would advance forward in a direction that included a plethora of both fun and serious topics. Encouraging posts, devotionals, movie reviews, guest posts from author friends, writing posts, recipes, humor posts, book news, and how-tos have all been included in the lineup over the years.

When God redirected my path to write fiction, I excitedly embarked on creating faith-filled love stories. Christian romance in both historical and contemporary (and soon suspense!) is my favorite to write and I don’t think I’ll ever return to nonfiction.

However, nonfiction still runs through my veins, and my blog has, and continues to, feature mainly nonfiction posts. I love to encourage others to join me as we grow in the Lord together.

So, in celebration of this monumental milestone, I am hosting a giveaway. The first place winner (U.S. resident only) will receive their choice of any of my available books in paperback or ebook (see graphic below for choices) plus a $25 Amazon gift card. The second place winner, which can be a U.S. or international, will receive a copy of an ebook of their choice from my available books. Entering is super easy and the contest ends August 10, 2022. Go here to enter.

So it is to you, my blog readers, that I extend a heartfelt thank you. Without you stopping by and taking the time to read my posts, there would be no blog. Thank you for sticking with me all these years and for the privilege of your time as you read my posts.

Here’s to another 13 years!

Before you go, check out these other posts:

9 ways to show your kids you love them

leaving a godly legacy

thankful for the small things

join the forgotten memories launch team

the best county fair entry ever

mom-approved movie listing

when your characters become real

Penny’s Peeps

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New Book Alert (and an amazing giveaway)

We interrupt this blog for some exciting news…

Today is release day for Love Unforeseen!

I’m thrilled to share with you Tillie and Will’s story. It’s the second book in the Love Letters from Ellis Creek series, but can be read as a standalone.

One of the things I love most about Love Unforeseen and Love from Afar is that they are quick and fun reads. They are sweet romances filled with faith and humor, can be read in one sitting, and are a perfect temporary escape. Below is the blurb:

Will a best friend’s matchmaking scheme be successful?

Tillie Waller finds her life’s purpose in molding young minds as a teacher in Ellis Creek in the late-1890s. While she claims contentment, there is a part of her that longs to marry and be a mother, like her sister, Meredith, and best friend, Lula. But no matter. With her students and books, how could she ever be lonesome?

Willard “Will” Fairbanks has longed to return to Ellis Creek since the day he left the town with his family twelve years ago. When a job offer at Ellis Creek Mill beckons his return, Will eagerly embraces the opportunity. An added bonus? He hopes to reconnect with Tillie Waller, the girl he has always loved—the girl who never felt the same about him.

When Tillie encourages her pupils to write to pen pals in another town, she can’t possibly foresee how such an assignment will impact her own future. Her best friend, Lula, concocts a plan, unbeknownst to Tillie, for Will to become Tillie’s pen pal under a false name. Tillie forms a connection with her pen pal and even dares herself to fall in love.

When she falls in love with both Will and her pen pal, which one will she choose?


Will love unforeseen become a reality for Tillie and Willard?

In other news…

And speaking of sweet romances, Henry and Evaline will be free for download this Thursday and Friday. If you’ve been wanting to take a little journey to the 1960s for a fun visit and a peek into the life of one of Chokecherry Heights’ most beloved characters, here is your chance! Go here for your Kindle download.

Free free to spread the word!

Also, if you love giveaways, especially the chance to win 40+ books or a $500 Amazon giftcard, you’ll want to check this out. I am honored that my contemporary Christian romance novel, Love Under Construction, is a part of this phenomenal Celebrate Lit giveaway!

What’s better than a garden of flowers? How about a garden of books!

It is super easy to enter, and all of the details can be found here: https://promosimple.com/ps/1c61c/2022-a-garden-of-books

You will want to hurry because the giveaway ends May 14.

And finally, two items…have you signed up for my newsletter yet? All of the details can be found on the Newsletter tab on this blog.

Also, I’m starting a new Penny’s Peeps street team, and I’d love to have you join me. Interested in learning more? Go here.

Join me for my post Are you an Encourager or Discourager later this week, as well as a Saturday Spotlight with a new author friend. And coming up, I’ll be posting Movie Monday reviews for The Inspectors and God’s Not Dead: We the People.

Until then, have a wonderful rest of your week!


Before you go, check out these other posts:

5 ways to make your child feel loved

Happy release day!

11 ways to be kinder in 2022

the top 10 blog posts for 2021

a huge thank you to readers

resting in the arms of an unchanging God

15 scriptural reminders of God’s comfort

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a couple of freebies and an amazing giveaway

I’m taking a brief break from my usual posts to share a couple of tidbits of exciting information.

First of all, I’m super excited to announce that Love in Disguise is part of Celebrate Lit’s April Showers Bring May Flowers Books Giveaway! Entering is easy and you could win 40+ books or a $500 Amazon card.

Go here to enter:
https://promosimple.com/ps/1b04a/2022-april-showers-bring-may-books

Can you imagine winning all of these amazing books? Or having $500 to splurge at Amazon? Be sure to enter and be sure to share the details with your friends!

Second, I wanted to share with you that I recently received word that two of my books will be available for free download. The first, Love from Afar, is free today (Wednesday, April 13) and tomorrow (Thursday, April 14) only.

Here is the blurb for Love from Afar:

What happens when two little sisters become self-appointed matchmakers?

Best friends Tillie and Lula are tired of watching Tillie’s older sister and Lula’s older brother admire each other from afar. Determined to bring their siblings together, they hatch a most brilliant plan. After all, it’s perfectly acceptable to indulge in mischief if it’s for a good cause, right?

Meredith Waller has an excellent reputation as a wedding dress seamstress in the frontier town of Ellis Creek in 1880s Montana Territory. There’s just one problem: all of the wedding dresses she has sewn have been for others. The eligible bachelor options—or at least decent eligible bachelor options—are next to nil in Ellis Creek, and Meredith worries spinsterhood is God’s plan for her.

Gabe Kleeman has recently returned to Ellis Creek. In those three years away, his affection for Meredith Waller, a woman he’s admired from a distance since their former school days, has remained steadfast. But Meredith doesn’t know Gabe exists, and if he doesn’t figure out a way to use the mouth God gave him to tell her his intentions, Meredith may never know.

Can Tillie and Lula’s clandestine plot bring two lonely hearts together?

Love from Afar is a fun and sweet romance novella with plentiful humor and a glimpse into 1880s Montana.

Go here to get your copy.

Second, mark your calendars because Henry and Evaline will be free for one day only: Saturday, April 16. If you are looking for a fun romantic novella that takes place in 1960 and also includes plentiful humor, be sure to download Henry and Evaline. Fans of Love Under Construction will appreciate Gram’s starring role.

The blurb is as follows:

What happens when an entire town becomes involved in a matchmaking scheme?

Evaline doesn’t know what to think when her mother volunteers her for the Bible club helper position. What she does know, however, is that she is most unimpressed when Henry Gregory, the Bible club leader, mistakes her for one of the participants. Who knew a quiet man of faith could have such an ornery streak?

Henry never met anyone quite like Evaline Browning. The petite librarian volunteering as a Bible club helper is a lot of spunk in a small package. But the more he’s around her, the more he fears he’ll lose his heart. Could this be the woman God has planned for him?

Soon, Evaline and Henry find themselves caught in a matchmaking endeavor. Polls, well-meaning gossips, and more shenanigans ensue as the residents of Chokecherry Heights do their best to convince Evaline and Henry they’d make the perfect couple.

Travel back in time for a peek into the life of one of Chokecherry Heights’ most beloved characters.

Go here to get your copy.

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My goal as a Christian author is to encourage and bless others with clean faith-based love stories where faith, romance, and humor abound. This goal could not be accomplished without the dedication and encouragement of readers —thank you.

I’ll be back here on the blog later this week to celebrate Easter with you. Until then, have a wonderful week!

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