Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Beach Book Bonanza Giveaway

Ready for some fun in the sun? And a pile of books to take with you? 

Then check out this giveaway...

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Eleven novelists have joined to offer a fabulous summer giveaway including their latest or upcoming novels. All you have to do is agree to receive our occasional updates sharing about giveaways, sales, new releases, the latest industry gossip. Well, maybe not the last thing but still... You can cancel your subscription at anytime, of course. No one's going to hold you "newsletter hostage."

I hope you'll enter for a chance to win the books and also so we can say in touch. 

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Here's to a summer full of reading!


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Race to the Pin Giveaway!

Another great giveaway to celebrate the release of To Win Her Favor

Win a gorgeous Pandora "Bourbon Belle Bracelet," a Lodge Cast Iron Griddle (inspired by a fun scene in the novel), and a fabulous Cookbook that I now fully believe I need for myself. 

I mean, I should really "kitchen test" it first before sending it to you, right? It's the only kind thing to do. I'm just naturally nice like that. Wait... I almost choked there for a minute, sorry...  : )

Let me know if you're taking part! And truly, I'd hug you if I could, thank you for reading and taking these journeys with me.

To Win Her Favor has released!

Morning, friends! To Win Her Favor has released, and I'm already hearing from you saying it's loaded onto your Kindles ready to read, or you got a notice that the book is on its way. 

Whenever a new book of mine releases and you begin to read, it's like you've invited my BFFs over for dinner—and I so hope you enjoy each other's company. Cullen and Maggie, Uncle Bob, Ennis, Kizzy, Onnie, General Harding and the many other characters who populate this novel have filled my heart for over two years now. 

I'd love to hear from you as you read! 

(that's still $4.99 ebook on some vendors as long as it lasts??)

Monday, May 11, 2015

Dallas Area Book Signing SAT, May 16

Attention Dallas area readers! 

Fourteen of my writing buddies and I are comin' your way this weekend!

A slew of Inspirational (Inspy) authors are headed to the Romantic Times Convention in Dallas this week. What is the RT Convention, you ask? The RT Convention is a massive conference dedicated to romance readers of all genres. 

It's largely a secular conference, meaning that the majority of authors in attendance write secular romance in all genres, including new adult and erotica. I'm already hearing the question forming in some of your minds… Why are Inspy authors attending a secular conference? Quite simply, because romance readers who read and enjoy secular writers (as I do) also read and love inspirational writers. And we love them, in return. Spending time with readers is always a blast!

This is the third year Inspy authors have attended and, honey, this year we're coming en masse! Over thirty authors will be involved in the convention this week, with fifteen of us staying for the Giant Book Fair on Saturday. And when I say Giant, I really mean GIANT! 

There will be about 500 authors involved in the signing. But never fear on whether you'll be able to find the Inspy authors you want to see. We'll all be seated together in Inspirational Fiction Way. Plus a very handsome young man in a tux will be working the crowd, passing out special bookmarks made just for the event along with kisses (the chocolate kind, calm down ladies!) and pointing the way to where you can find us. 

If you live in Dallas, I hope you'll consider grabbing some girlfriends and coming to see us at the Hyatt Regency Dallas on Reunion Blvd. (see link below for directions). We'll have lots of chocolate, bookplates we'll happily autograph for you, bookmarks, postcards, recipes, and of course...hugs and lots of fun and laughter. 


Hope to see you there!


Congratulations to the winner of my Kindle Fire giveaway!

Congratulations to the winner of my Kindle Fire giveaway...

Becky, babe, congrats!! You can email your mailing address to: 
info {at} litfusegroup {dot} com

If you didn't win, don't worry because I have some exciting news coming your way tomorrow about another prize you can win!

Thanks so much, everyone, for celebrating with me in the release of To Win Her Favor, which releases...tomorrow!

It's still $4.99 for e-book today. We expected the sale to end earlier today but some vendors still have it discounted for pre-order. So if you're planning on reading it, why not grab it at the discounted price.

And please let me know when you start reading. It always feels as though you've invited my BFFs over for dinner. ; )

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Facing off with A Transparent Mom

This was such fun! One of the best interviews I've had. I'd love to know your answers to the questions. Pick one and share!

Join me & Charity as we face-off

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A Beauty So Rare, 2015 Christy Finalist

I'm thrilled that A Beauty So Rare was named a 2015 Christy finalist for Best Historical Romance. And I'm also thrilled that handsome Ezra Cartee snapped a pic of himself as he (and mom) saw it as they shopped the other day.

Read more about A Beauty So Rare

Monday, April 27, 2015

To Win Her Favor Kindle Giveaway

Hey friends, 

In anticipation of the release of To Win Her Favor, we're holding a party of sorts, and you're invited! 

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Enter to win

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • A Kindle Fire HD 6
  • A copy of To Win Her Favor

Enter today by clicking the icon above. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 10th. Winner will be announced May 11th on this blog. Plus stay tuned for more opportunities to win after May 11 with a special Pinterest contest—more details coming soon!
And as always, friends, thank you for reading! 

Monday, April 20, 2015

Win 1 of 10 copies of TO WIN HER FAVOR

Enter the Goodreads giveaway for 1 of 10 copies of To Win Her Favor. But hurry, it ends May 1st!

Also, new Belle Meade bookmarks will be available soon. And best of all, they're free! More details coming this week.

Are you a reader who loves bookmarks like I do?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! I am part of Team PINK and this is Stop #3.

If you’re just joining us, there are two loops—purple and pink—and they begin at Lisa Bergren’s site and Robin Hatcher’s site for stop #1 for either stream. If you complete either the pink loop or purple loop, you can enter for a Kindle Paperwhite and the 17 autographed books from that loop. If you complete BOTH loops, you can enter for the Grand Prize of a Kindle Fire HDX and ALL 34 autographed books.

BE SURE to keep track of the clues at the bottom of every post in the loop and the favorite number mentioned. You’ll need those clues to enter for the loop prize and every number mentioned in order to enter for the grand prize.

ALSO, please don’t use Internet Explorer to navigate through the loops. Some web sites won’t show up using IE. Please use Chrome or Firefox—they’re better anyway!

Without further ado, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to my guest for the Scavenger Hunt, Stephanie Grace Whitson. Steph is not only a very gifted writer, she's also a dear friend. You're gonna love her post!
Stephanie Grace Whitson

Now the official bio: 

Best-selling, award-winning novelist Stephanie Grace Whitson wrote her first bit of historical fiction in the 1990s while home schooling her four children and learning the true stories of the pioneer women of the West. 

She enjoys giving programs on a variety of historical and inspirational topics for civic organizations and church groups, quilting, learning about the women of the past, and riding her motorcycle named Kitty. 

Learn more at her website and blog

Here's the summary of her latest book:

Daughter of the Regiment by
Stephanie Grace Whitson
Irish immigrant Maggie Malone wants no part of the war. She'd rather let "the Americans" settle their differences—until her brothers join Missouri's Union Irish Brigade, and one of their names appears on a list of injured soldiers. 

Desperate for news, Maggie heads for Boonville, where the Federal army is camped. There she captures the attention of Sergeant John Coulter. When circumstances force Maggie to remain with the brigade, she discovers how capable she is of helping the men she comes to think of as "her boys." And while she doesn't see herself as someone a man would court, John Coulter is determined to convince her otherwise.

As the mistress of her brother's Missouri plantation, Elizabeth Blair has learned to play her part as the perfect hostess—and not to question her brother Walker's business affairs. When Walker helps organize the Wildwood Guard for the Confederacy, and offers his plantation as the Center of Operations, Libbie must gracefully manage a house with officers in residence and soldiers camped on the lawn. As the war draws ever closer to her doorstep, she must find a way to protect the people who depend on her. 

Despite being neighbors, Maggie and Libbie have led such different lives that they barely know one another—until war bring them together, and each woman discovers that both friendship and love can come from the unlikeliest of places.

Buy Stephanie's book:

And now here is Stephanie's EXCLUSIVE content you'll find only on this hunt! 

Lovers of historical fiction tend to share a fascination with historic costume. We spend time on Pinterest oohing and aahing over the gorgeous creations housed in costume collections around the world. Some of us even attend Civil War reenactments and Jane Austen balls in costumes we’ve made. While we do love our “women in costume,” I suspect we’ve secretly thankful we aren’t expected to lace up a corset and step into five petticoats every morning! 

A great deal of thought and planning goes into cover design for any novel, and when a publisher takes extra care with selection and planning, it makes a writer’s heart sing. Sometimes publishers have access to theatrical costume warehouses. That gives them a wide range of options for a cover shoot. In the case of Daughter of the Regiment, FaithWords went the extra mile. They hired a designer to make a uniform inspired by an authentic Civil War vivandière costume housed in the National Museum of American History. 

Vivandières were women who served the French army during the Crimean War. Their service inspired Daughters of the Regiment in the American Civil War. 

That’s Maggie Malone on the cover of Daughter of the RegimentMaggie is a 6-foot-tall Irish immigrant who farms alongside her two brothers and her uncle. When the Civil War breaks out, she has very little interest in a conflict “the Americans” should solve. But when Maggie’s two brothers volunteer with the Irish Brigade, and when one of their names shows up on a list of wounded soldiers, war becomes personal. 

Worried about her brother, Maggie travels to where the Irish Brigade is encamped. Eventually, she begins to think of the soldiers as “her boys.” As the story unfolds, Maggie grows and changes, until she realizes that she doesn’t want to leave the regiment. In the end, Maggie follows in the footsteps of 19th century women like Kady Brownell of Rhode Island and Annie Etheridge of Michigan.

Historic photographs of women who served as Daughters of the Regiment show various versions of uniforms. Soldiers who wrote about regimental“daughters” mention caps decorated with feathers, bloomers, and all manner of braid. Inspired by the Smithsonian’s vivandiere’s costume, designer Linda Coulter first sketched the design shown below.

Once FaithWords gave approval, she created this exquisite uniform of soft blue wool, complete with authentic Civil War era reproduction buttons and lace. The jacket is fully lined and boned.

Maggie Malone would have been proud to wear it, and I’ve been excited to share it with readers who attend launch events this spring. If I could wear it, I would … but alas, it’s a size 0, and I am not.

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning “the inside story” of this cover shoot. You can see more historic background on my Pinterest Board: Daughter of the Regiment.


Thanks for stopping by the hunt! Before you go, make sure you WRITE DOWN THESE CLUES:

Secret Word: be
Secret Number: 30, a number that I chose because it's the number of years I've been married to my first husband.

Got 'em down? Great! Your next stop is #4, Stephanie Grace Whitson's site. Click on over there now. And if you get lost, a complete list of the loop with links can be found at our mother host's site

To Whisper Her Name, 
the first standalone novel in the
Belle Meade Plantation series

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