Welcome Guest Author Tina Dee!

Today the Fillies are pleased to welcome guest author Tina Dee to the Junction. Tina is here to tell us about her new release and one aspect of her research. She’s also got a fun giveaway in store so read on to learn the details!

Hi, everyone! Thank you to the Petticoats & Pistols blog hosts and to you, sweet readers, for having me here today. I love spending time with you all! For those of you who aren’t familiar with me, I write heartwarming historical and contemporary Christian romances with a good deal of humor.

Today, I’m sharing about my upcoming release, For the Love of Penni, which takes place in the late 1800s. This story is about a woman in search of her brother who is slow of learning and became lost in the War Between the States. And now, she is torn between finding him and her new life as a mail-order bride.

One of the things in life that calms Penni’s heart is to pet her favorite hen, Dainty, when chores on the farm are finished. Later, Dainty travels with her onboard a steam train in a homemade cage.

One of the things I had the most fun researching for this story was chickens. Penni’s hen, Dainty, is a Dominique breed. It is said that they are the oldest known breed, being favored by settlers back in the 1750s. They were hardy birds and were important to settlers because they didn’t require a lot of special care.

 

The hen pictured below is actually from the Barred Rock breed but looks very similar to the Dominique—though the Dominique has a ruffled-rose type comb (the place where I get my stock photos only had this chicken breed’s pics available). These Dominiques, and their rose combs, were resistant to frostbite. The hens roamed freely and foraged for their existence. Their feathers were also used for stuffing pillows. I hope to have a few of these one day. Many thanks to thehappychickencoop.com for the fun facts. Do you raise chickens? If you do, share what breed, and what you love about them?

DepositPhotos image ID:55710581 ewastudio

 

More about my story, For the Love of Penni:

 

She’s in search of a family. He has one to offer. Can she be the wife he needs or will her desire to find her brother pull her heart away?

Penni Pembrooke has stopped at nothing to find her long lost brother after the War Between the States. With years of searching behind her, she’s just about given up hope. Now, the home where she resides has become overcrowded. With extended family pressing in on all sides, Penni writes to a mail-order bride agency in hopes of a new life. Meanwhile, she continues to search for her brother who is slow of learning. He still needs her; a war wouldn’t change that.

Connor Callaghan finds himself the father of a brand-new infant. While he’s bringing his orphaned niece and his mother home from Ireland to Pelican Rapids, Minnesota, he learns the mail-order bride he left behind is now married to another.
With a farm to run and more mouths to feed it’s more than he bargained for. Yet, Penni comes as a fresh surprise—but will she make her heart available to him?

For the Love of Penni is a lighthearted, Christian mail-order bride romance and is part of the multi-author Brides of Pelican Rapids series. All books in this historical Christian romance series are stand-alone stories and can be read in any order.

 

For the Love of Penni releases on 9/30/21. It’s currently on pre-order for 99 cents. To pre-order from Amazon click on the image below

 

 

About Tina:

Tina Dee enjoys writing historical and contemporary western romances. She lives on the west coast with her family, including a heard of crazy cats and a bossy little Yorkie named Molly.

She loves coffee and almond croissants. She enjoys campfire cooking, and her favorite seasons are autumn and winter.

 

 

Tina is giving away the adorable towel pictured below. Just leave a comment to be entered in the drawing

 

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51 thoughts on “Welcome Guest Author Tina Dee!”

  1. Hi Tina. No, we do not have chickens. When we were in West Virginia, my adopted grandparents did have chickens. The chicken coop was in their fenced in yard. They also had sheep. Back to the chickens. It was fun to be able to collect the eggs every morning. Thanks for being here. God bless you.

    • Debra, I love that you got to collect eggs. Would love to have chickens of my own one day. Chickens for eggs and nanny goats for milk, cheese, and soap. Thank you for visiting with me here today.

  2. Hi, Tina, my sister in Christ!! Good to see you here! My hubby and I and our 3 girls raised chickens for a few years. It was fun, except for a couple of rooster fights. You can’t have two roosters!! We had several kinds of hens: barred rock, RhodeIsland Reds, which our youngest called “fat and juicies” lol, and the, what we called, “Dominickers”. Hahaha They were all excellent layers! But, as our daughters grew and got busier in school activities, we found the hens to be less enjoyable and finally got out of the chicken business. I’ve got to go buy your new book while it’s on sale!! Thank you, Tina Dee! You’re one of the best Christian women I know and a great author, as well!! I pray you have much success with your newest book!

  3. My parents kept chickens when I was growing up, and we had several breeds, including Dominiques, but we called them :Dominickers.” However, mother always kept some hens that also lay white eggs. She preferred the white eggs to eat because she said they were milder tasting but cooked with the brown ones. I have many fond memories of our chickens, and have a chicken-themed kitchen today. It needs that towel you are offering. : )

  4. We love chickens! We have around 80 of them in many different breeds. Some of them are bantams which are the smaller sized breed. We have buff orpingtons, olive eggers, silver laced Wyandotte, golden laced Wyandotte, blue laced red Wyandotte, marans, amberlink, americauna, silky, and a few more that I can’t remember at the moment. It’s a crazy mix but so much fun! We love all the colors of them and their eggs. They get to free range on our farm and still most of them lay their eggs in the coop. I bet you had fun learning some chicken facts.

    • Hi Susan, wow! That’s a lot of chickens and breeds. I love it! Please feel invited and free to join my FB readers group and sign up for my resource thread where I ask questions and learn from readers. Tina Dee Darlings is the name of the group, awesome if you’re already a member. I love chickens and hearing about them but we’re not in a situation where we feel like we could give them a food home…yet. Lol. When my husband retires, we hope to have land to raise them. Would love to ask you more questions. Thanks so much for sharing and making me feel at home here.

  5. My grandmother raised chickens. She always had fresh eggs and she would also fix them for Sunday dinner. I believe if I lived in the country I would keep a few chicken just for the eggs.

  6. I have raised Easter riggers that lay blue or green eggs for over 30 years. The other thing is they are not all the same color and have muffs on ears and beards too. There legs and feet are also green!!

  7. I raise chickens (eggs which I enter in the country fair), roosters and also have two Indian runner ducks. The ducks have such personality. Daffy waits for me in the morning so I can pet him and cuddle before breakfast! They are a sweet addition to my family which includes a parakeet, kitty and mini doxi dog. Don’t know what I’d do without them.

    • Hi Lynn, aka Critters mommy,

      Loved hearing about how you enter the eggs into the fair! What do they judge the eggs on? Your Daffy sounds like a duck in one of my books (I can’t remember the name of it offhand, my readers got to name the farm animals in that book, lol). The book is called The Bonnets of Rescue Ranch. I love hearing about all your animals. Thank you so much for sharing and have a great weekend!

  8. welcome today Tina. I cant wait for this book to come out. I just love this cover. So many things it conveys to me. I already have it on preorder. Ohh cant wait. What a wonderful and fun towel. I grew up on a farm and we had a lot of chickens. We had two pens. One were we got eggs and each of us five kids had a special hen. I had a brown and white speckled hen named: Fancy. She loved to run and always came to me when I came out to the pen. The other pen was for those that also layed eggs, but they were for meat, so no friends with them. One of my brothers had a rooster he kept trying to make friends with but the rooster wanted nothing to do with him. When we moved to Illinois, mom still kept a few hens and a rooster. Actually she had one rooster that lived 23 years. A little Banty. But he would only eat for mom. So when she died, I think he also died of a broken heart even though dad fed and watered it. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

    • Hi Lori S, wow! I loved hearing all these memories. Thank you for taking us there and sharing. I love the name Fancy for your chicken. That’s pretty amazing about your mom’s rooster. I’m definitely going to look up Bantys now. So sweet; his love for your mom. Thank you so much for being excited for my book’s release. I hope you love the story. Thank you for the fun comment and memories shared.have a very blessed weekend!

  9. Wonderful!! Can’t wait for this new book. My MawMaw raised chickens and sold eggs. Best memories of summer time was getting the eggs but gotta watch out for snakes. Got memories of those too ????? very excited about this new book. Congratulations!!

  10. Love this, Denise! Thank you for sharing. Did you ever spend time around them or helping her with picking up eggs? Would love to know any memories you care to share. Having never been around live chickens, when I finally was around them while visiting friends in AL, I was afraid to go near them. Lol

  11. I love that you got to collect eggs. Would love to have chickens of my own one day. Chickens for eggs and nanny goats for milk, cheese, and soap. Thank you for visiting with me here today.

  12. Hi Lana, I love this. I didn’t know you had all these chicken coop experiences. I will be asking you more about them since, as you know, my chicken experiences are so very limited. I can’t wait to chat more about them. Thank you for the fun picture you painted in my mind!

  13. Used to have a Pet Chicken even had a house for it. Then tragedy struck when it crossed the road one to many times and got hit by a vehicle. I don’t have a Chicken now. What I love about chicken is their patience, they sit and sit on an egg to keep it warm for who knows how long then some Human being comes a long and takes their eggs for their use. So the chickens start over again. That’s patience.
    Love the towel

    • Hi Crystal! You are so right! That is patience. I’m so sorry to hear about your chicken. Love that you had provided a house for it. I’m eager for the day when we can have chickens of our own. Thank you so much for sharing. Have a blessed weekend!

  14. Hey, Tina, fancy meeting you here! I don’t have any chickens, but I’d like to someday! Can’t wait to read your book!!

    • Hey, Trudy C! Yes, fancy meeting you here! Lol. So glad we’re in the same social media circles. Thank you for being excited about my book! I hope we both get our chickens one day. Can’t wait to see what breeds you get. I have no idea what we’ll have. Have a great weekend!

  15. Hi Janice, that’s so interesting about the white eggs having a different flavor than the brown. I never knew that. I love that your mom had the different kinds of chickens! I see you’re in my readers group so I hope you’ll join my chicken thread, and any other resource threads I have going there where I ask readers for their expertise and experiences. Thank you so much for dropping by today!

  16. I’ve never had any chickens,nor has my family when I was growing up. After I left my parents house, they had a neighbor that moved in, he had chickens. The chickens wanted to roost in my parents trees at night. My parents really didn’t care for that!

    • Connie L, that’s funny that they wanted to roost in your folks trees. I wonder why they likes roosting there. Thank you so much for sharing that funny story. Have a great weekend!

  17. Hi Tina, no we don’t have chickens. When I was growing up at home with my parents and siblings we did have chickens. They laid eggs and so we always had plenty of eggs. Your book sounds like a great read and I love the book cover. Have a great weekend d and stay safe. God Bless you and your family.

    • Hi Alicia H, Thank you so much for the blessings and well wishes. Love that you had past experiences with chickens. I can’t wait to have them someday. We’re hoping to have laying hens as well. I pray you have a blessed and fun weekend as well!

  18. Hi Debra G, I always wondered about that… my husband works in a rural area and on his way to work he occasionally sees chickens out wondering around outside of properties he suspects where they live. Lol. Thank you for sharing today.

  19. Hi Dawn! Thank you for sharing your memories of your mawmaw’s chickens and collecting eggs. Did you ever encounter a snake? My goodness, that’s the one thing that scares me about having them. I’m still eager to have them though. Thank you for being excited about my newest book, For the Love of Penni. I’m pretty excited too.

  20. That’s a beautiful chicken in the picture, and that breed sounds really cool. I haven’t had chickens before but I know people who do and they sound like quite the adventure having them.

    • Hi Megan, I certainly agree with you that they sound quite the adventure. It’s one I hope to experience one day, for sure. We’re also hoping to raise some nanny goats and find a co-op to be a part of, or to buy what we don’t raise ourselves. Thank you for stopping by today. Have a wonderful weekend!

  21. They weren’t friendly or pets, definitely for the eggs. I remember going to the coop with her some. I remember slopping pigs or going with her to watch her milk the cow more. Mostly, we went to the garden with her or to the tobacco field.

    My dad had some for a while, but with the cost of feed, they weren’t worth it for him. He had guineas for a long time, but wildlife kept getting them (foxes, hawks, etc). He tried putting them in the coop, but they didn’t like it. They tend to roost in trees and lay eggs wherever. He had chicks in the house a few times, but I was allergic to them, so I didn’t spend time near them.

    denise

    • Wow, Denise, Thank you so much for sharing, Denise H. Sounds like your dad really tried to make it work with the chickens. It’s funny that you mention feed, I was wondering about the cost of it yesterday after reading through folks comments. Thank you so much for sharing and have a great weekend!

  22. I need that chicken towel. We had peacocks for years, but they outgrew our pen and we sold all but one pair. The female died shorty afterward and the male lived a couple of years longer. (our original 3 were rescues and we ended up with 15.) Anyway the pen had been empty for about 6 months or so when our son showed up with a rooster and hen. He works at a campground and the owner had gotten chickens that just ran free. The rooster was attacking all the dogs there and the owner wanted it gone. He is beautiful but really aggressive. Best we can figure, he is a lavender wyandotte rooster. He has wicked spurs and attacks my husband every chance he gets. He got our dog on the back several times. One white hen arrived with him. She spent her time hiding. He also brought over 6 caramel and white hens from his house. They are good layers and pretty chickens. We have enjoyed the eggs and kept friends supplied. I checked out the Dominique breed of chickens, pretty birds. If we do decide to get more, I might try a few of them. Now that we have chickens, I would like to add a variety of breeds. There are so many interesting ones out there.

    • Hi Patricia B, wow, peacocks! I’m glad you have chickens and are looking forward to more. I have a writer friend, Rachel Skatvold, who raises chickens and has a variety she said she liked because they endured the cold weather very well. I can’t remember the breed though, but if you follow her she would tell you if you ask. I believe they are a red variety (not RI reds). I love that you’ve kept friends in supply with eggs. We hoped to do that, too, one day when we have chickens. Have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for sharing! I enjoyed hearing about your experiences.

  23. I could use that towel. I have a ranch house that I am decorating with a chicken them. Live chickens are soon to come once the pen is secure from wildlife. I grew up around chickens. I hated gathering eggs when the hen was still on the nest. We had different varieties. My grandmother had a Rhode Island Red rooster that spurred her in the knee one day. My grandmother was so fast, she grabbed that rooster by the legs and hit him on the ground a couple of times and then threw him against the washroom wall. That rooster didn’t know what to think, he got up and ran away from us. He didn’t bother anyone else again.

    • Hi Carolyn S, isn’t that a cute towel? They had a few on Amazon. I love that one most though. Were the hens upset when you took their eggs, or was it hard to get to them? I’ve never gathered eggs before (I’m a little afraid of snakes being in the hen house. Your grandmothers rooster sounded like a mean little fella but I had to chuckle when you mentioned how quick she was—grandmas can be quick as lightning. That little guy was no match for grandma. Thank you so much for sharing! Have a great weekend!

  24. I love chickens now, but I didn’t when I was young as I had to gather the eggs and feed the chickens on the farm! What I learned on the farm has been very beneficial and rewarding! Thanks Dad and Mom!

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