When I die….people are going to say….remember the month of October in 2014???? Well, if Mary could have skipped that month (well maybe half of September, too)….she’d have lived for ten more years.
Lots of great stuff happening and I’ll get to that, but also my mom fell and spent three weeks in the hospital, now she’s in a nursing home. Recovering and we hope to spring her soon but she’s 86 so it’s slow.
Also another family member with a health crisis I’m not going into here but trust me….tons of emotional energy and time….which I want utterly to give.
And in the midst of those things that I absolutely HAVE to make a priority………………………….
I’VE HAD FOUR BOOKS RELEASE!
Which is fun and wonderful and I love doing all of it….but wow, the marketing, trying to keep straight all the promises I’ve made…..trying to remember which book I’m supposed to be talking about now. And, plus, also, too…..I’VE GOT A BOOK TO WRITE!
So this is me, whining and rejoicing in equal parts because c’mon … this writing gig is what I pursued for years. This is what I WANT. This is an achievement of which I am so proud and amazed and honored.
My mom holding me when I was about six weeks old. Mom seems distracted, I may have been eating shrubbery.
If by any chance I have made any promises to anyone and haven’t kept them….please email me and remind me because many things have vanished into air pockets in my brain.
So Mom is healing. She’s an absolute doll. My main concern for her, beyond her health is she just does NOT ask for anything for herself.
So I feel like I need to be there, asking for her. I’m actually not real good at that myself. My Cowboy husband is great at it. So he gets a lot of me worrying and him taking charge for which I am so grateful.
I’ve also got seven brothers and sisters who, well, one is a doctor but in an odd twist they ALL seem to think they’re doctors. So lots of advice.
AND I didn’t even intend to talk that much about my mom, let alone post a bunch of pictures of her so I’ll stop now, what I intend to do is explain the juggling and give books away. One each of the four releases. And you know what? I’m giving away five. Because P & P filly Margaret Brownley is in one collection with me!
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TRIED AND TRUE…we’ve talked about that a lot here (well, I CERTAINLY HAVE) Saddle up for a wildly fun ride with the Wilde sisters!
Kylie Wilde is the youngest sister–and the most civilized. Her older sisters might be happy dressing in trousers and posing as men, but Kylie has grown her hair long and wears skirts every chance she gets. It’s a risk–they are homesteading using the special exemptions they earned serving in the Civil War as “boys”–but Kylie plans to make the most of the years before she can sell her property and return to the luxuries of life back East.
Local land agent Aaron Masterson is fascinated with Kylie from the moment her long hair falls from her cap. But now that he knows her secret, can he in good conscience defraud the U.S. government? And when someone tries to force Kylie off her land, does he have any hope of convincing her that marrying him and settling on the frontier is the better option for her future?
“Another great laugh-out-loud historical romance with memorable characters who have charm, style, grace, and a bit of mischief.” –RT Book Reviews on In Too Deep
The Advent Bride…which costs $0.99 so if you don’t win, seriously consider buying it. It’s ebook only and it’s book #1 of a twelve book series of Christmas novellas called The Twelve Brides of Christmas.
New–The 12 Brides of Christmas! You’re invited to a Christmas wedding…that is twelve of them! Discover the joy of an old-fashioned Christmas romance with these twelve heart-warming stories. Brand-new stories from renowned inspirational fiction authors will take you into the heartland of historical America. Releasing each week starting October 6, you’ll want to read all of them.
#1: The Advent Bride Melanie Douglas is alone on the Nebraska plains, teaching school to get by. She finds a unique box with hidden drawers to use over the advent season to engage a young boy in his schooling. When Henry O’Keeffe sees a positive change in his son, he has to see for himself what this new teacher is doing.
The Nutcracker Bride…by Margaret Brownley she’s one of the twelve authors of the 12 Brides of Christmas series. All twelve books in this series are $0.99 which honestly makes my generous giveaway not all that generous! Sorry.
#2: The Nutcracker Bride When Texas ranger, Chad Prescott, wakes up from a gunshot injury in Kansas, he finds himself surrounded by German nutcrackers and nursed by the feisty Lucy Langdon. Could this be the start of a beautiful friendship or just a bad dream?
Four award-winning and best-selling inspirational authors take you back to times gone by with this heart-warming collection of old-fashioned romance at its best! From 20th century Boston to the forested hills of 19th century Idaho, these talented romance writers offer a taste of faith, hope and love in this delightful collection.
Including my contribution to the collection…”Sophie’s Other Daughter” by Mary Connealy …this is Sophie McClellen from Petticoat Ranch, she had four daughters and this is the story of the fourth one….Laura McClellen is just answering a call for her big sister, Doctor Beth, at the Reeve’s home. (I told Beth’s story in my Rita nominated book Doctor in Petticoats) Ike Reeves shows up for a surprise Christmas visit, exhausted and filthy. Ike claims the right to escort Laura home and outlaws after Ike turn a simple ride into a fight for their lives.
And Hope for the Holidays-Contemporary Bundle … yes you’re reading that right CONTEMPORARY. I wrote a contemporary. If it helps ease your fears that I’ve abandoned the BRAND….it’s a contemporary cowboy….so it should be okay.
Six heart-warming romances from award-winning, best-selling and multi-published authors will make you smile your way through the holiday season… and beyond! In today’s busy, commercial world these sweet stories remind us of the true spirit of Christmas: faith, hope and love… and the greatest of these is love! Six happy reads at one low price! Merry Christmas!
Including my contribution to the collection….”Hope for Christmas” by Mary Connealy the hero of this book is Tanner Harden IV…great-great-great (oh who knows how many greats???) grandson of Belle Tanner and Silas Harden….Kelsey is alone, lost, pregnant, stuck in a blizzard and surrounded by wolves. And then things get worse.
There are multiple authors in the last two … it’s my friends from our Seekerville blog. We teamed up and wrote a bundle of Christmas stories…and they are both ebook only and cost $2.99-each.
I’m giving away one each of all five of these books today…to five separate winners…in the hopes you won’t notice that this blog is really about NOTHING. Leave a comment to get your name in the drawing.