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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

"Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel." Isaiah 7:14 (NIV)

Friday, December 14, 2012

Welcome Mary Annslee Urban!

Surrendered Hearts—Interwoven Grace Isabelle had always envisioned Charlie Hamilton as the hero depicted in the romantic tapestry hanging in the Hamilton home. Then Charlie abandoned her to make decisions no one should make alone. Now, six years later, Charlie’s back, and despite Isabelle’s best efforts, she can’t ignore the longing his presence reignites. Charlie wants a second chance, but can Isabelle trust the man he’s become? Can she surrender her threadbare heart long enough for God to weave Isabelle's own happily-ever-after tapestry?

Mary Annslee Urban is an author of Inspirational Romance. Her goal is to write stories that stir the heart about love, honor and God's grace! Her debut book, Tapestry of Trust, White Rose Publishing, was released June 2012. Her second book with White Rose Publishing, She Came to See the Snow~A Colorado Christmas Romance, will be released Fall of 2012.

A Registered Nurse by trade, Mary also has been a freelance writer for newspapers in her area and has had articles published in magazines as well as online publications. A North Carolina resident, Mary and her husband have five children and 3 grandchildren. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys cooking, traveling, long walks and anything chocolate!

Haley Blackwell travels to Colorado with plans to relive her favorite childhood memories—including a snowy Christmas. When she meets her grandparents’ neighbor, she finds herself yearning for more than a white Christmas, but trusting men has never been easy for Haley.

After a failed marriage, and the death of his ex-wife, Tate Rivers is determined to concentrate on raising his preschool daughter, Ashlyn, and to stay clear of another relationship. He doubts he can ever trust his heart to another woman—until he meets Haley.

Despite the weather forecast that does not include snow on Christmas Day, Ashlyn prays that God will give Haley the desires of her heart. Will Haley realize Tate isn’t a man who will abandon those he loves, and will they be able to push aside the past and step forward together in love—the way God desires?
  --order here!

Friday, December 07, 2012

After his very public break-up from his fiancé, Chad Fletcher is convinced that a healthy marriage and his rising political career won’t mix, and Christmas at his Aunt Nell’s home in White, Arizona is a great way to start fresh.

Political watch dog, Tessa Conway, plans to spend her vacation enjoying her grandparents’ ranch before they must sell it, so she is not pleased with Grandma Sophie and Aunt Nell’s efforts to throw her and Chad together.
Chad begins to believe Tessa may be the perfect antidote to his unhealthy relationships of the past, but when he decides to take support from a company with questionable ethics, his perfect bubble is burst.
Fearing Chad is not the Godly man she believed him to be, Tessa ends their budding romance. Will Chad find the strength and courage to do what’s right even if it costs him his career?

And coming next month: Leap Of Faith     

Zack Manning is a computer software genius and he’s just been offered a six-figure position in Manhattan. But for some reason, Zack can’t bring himself to accept the offer. Perhaps it has something to do with his free-spirited neighbor, Zoe Wyndham. Zack thinks Zoe’s pretty, but she’s far too kooky for him. Still, he takes a second look when she arrives at his front door with a message about his job. Zoe’s been attracted to Zack for a while but he’s not her type, business-minded, serious, successful. He certainly wouldn't be the type to go into the mission field, and that's her plan. She would just be a kink in his well-ordered life. So when Zack finally looks her way, Zoe doesn’t expect much, but he's constantly on her mind and then there's his recent change of heart where she's concerned. Zoe’s convinced the resident angels at Hart’s Haven have something to do with it and while she doesn't understand, she may just have to take a leap of faith.

Tanya Stowe has had an eclectic career in market research, arts education and event coordination. She has written for television, publicity firms, national publications, and even collaborated on a Christmas musical. Tanya has been married to her high school sweetheart for thirty-eight years. They have four children and eighteen grandchildren. Recently her husband retired from government work to take a new position. They live in the Middle East and have many adventures!

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Check out the new holiday edition of the BTS newsletter-- in the right hand column.

Monday, December 03, 2012

One Christmas Eve

Movie star Blake Carmichael found more than just freedom from his drug addiction in rehab. He found God. And he has just one wish for the first Christmas of his new life: reconciliation with his teenage son, Eli. But after eight years of separation from his father, Eli wants nothing to do with him. So when his mother forces him to stay with Blake during the Christmas holidays, Eli sneaks out of the house.

From the New Hampshire seacoast to the dangerous streets of Boston, Blake searches for his son, desperate to protect him from the sins he knows all too well. But even if Blake finds him, will he ever be able to convince him of his love?

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Robin Patchen's lifetime goal is to visit everywhere in the world--twice. Married to a man with the strange desire to pay the bills, Robin has little opportunity to pursue that lofty goal, so instead she writes. When she's not traveling, caring for her family, or crafting stories, Robin is an Assistant Editor with Wayside Press. She is also a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and her local affiliate.

Robin was a semi-finalist in ACFW’s 2011 Genesis Award. She grew up in Londonderry, New Hampshire, and studied at Northeastern University in Boston, where she earned a degree in Journalism. She currently lives with her husband, Edward, and their three children in Edmond, Oklahoma.

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Sunday, December 02, 2012

December treats!   Clean reading for .99 or less!

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For all who entered Sharon Srock's drawing---the winner has been announced and notified: Linda Carlblom.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Once grace is said, dishes are done and you're home from Black Friday shopping, please take a moment to check out my Christmas release--    

Jason hasn’t seen Cami in three years. Now she’s back, with the son he’d wanted to claim as his own. Can he believe her newly found faith or will she desert him, and God, again?

Cami Jones is nervous about spending Thanksgiving with the Becker family, because she knows her old and dear friend Jason will be there. The friend, and employer, she’d deserted three years ago to run away and start a new life. Ashamed of things she’d done before finding faith, Cami reluctantly agrees to start a temporary job for Jason once again.

Still hurt that Cami had taken the son he’d helped deliver and fled, Jason finds it hard to believe she’s now a Bible-believing Christian. But the old spark is still there and he finds himself weaving into Cami and Robbie’s life again. When his new accountant turns out to be Cami’s ex, they panic they may lose custody of Robbie. Admitting he wants Cami and Robbie for ever is the best Christmas present he could ever imagine.

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Very Sweet and cleverly written story ---November 12, 2012

Cleverly combining a coming-home story with the holidays and rekindling a lost love, this story kept me turning pages to the end. While steeped in Christian values, the overriding theme becomes forgiveness and growth: personal and spiritual. While the two main characters learn to work together, they also have to learn to trust one another; not easy for either Jason or Cami. Ultimately, love does win out after a suspenseful series of events, and the couple manages to find their own happily ever after as each day together is just like Christmas, forever.

I received an eBook copy from the author through Book and Trailer Showcase eMagazine for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.

Reviews on the original version:

Tender, sweet, heartwarming and utterly charming are just a few words I'd use to describe From Now On. Ms. Bayne vividly brings to life Cami andJason's struggles to follow Christ, accept, love and forgive as He did, yet never gets preachy or holier-than-thou. Cami and Jason are ordinary people, living their lives, dealing with their moments of doubt and hardship as they come along. I highly recommend this enchanting novella." ---In The Library Reviews

"A good read from a talented author."- Carolyn Scheidies, author & reviewer

"A must read."--- Romance Reviews Today

"An interesting tale that includes real problems and real solutions."--- The Road to Romance

Excerpt: Christmas Forever

“When did you start going to church?” He asked the question in a quiet voice, but Cami also heard the unasked part of the query-when you would never go with me?

“In Philly. A woman I worked with asked me to go with her. She didn’t have anyone else, and neither did I. She gave me a few web sites to look at, ones that answered a lot of my concerns about Christ, and I got hooked. Katherine, that’s her name, went with us to all the social events, too.”

“Guess you’ll miss her.”

“Yeah. But she’s getting married in a few months, so she has someone.” They walked together in silence, traipsing into the snow bank as the street dead-ended near the woods. “How come you still aren’t married, Jason? You’ve always wanted a family.”

He touched her arm, and she felt his heat even through her coat. “Let’s turn around and head back now. It looks like it’s going to start snowing again.”

She understood he wanted to change direction of not only their path, but of their discussion. And she couldn’t blame him-it drove her nuts when people asked why she’d never married, too. Well-meaning, most folks had no idea why she couldn’t enjoy the blessing of marriage, of a loving, committed partner. She had too much to make up for.

Halfway home, Jason turned to her again. “Would you like to go to church with us Sunday? Then I could go with you to pick up Robbie.” He scuffed his boot against a curb. “There’s plenty of room in our pew, especially since Dad’s gone on. Mom still takes the family right up to the front row. She’s amazing.”

They stopped two houses from the Becker property. Cami felt a fist in her gut, twisting with the genuine affection she still felt for this man. “I don’t think so.”

That seemed to surprise him, and she watched the myriad of emotions cross his face. Finally a look of smug disbelief settled in his eyes, and the set of his mouth. “Why not? Are you really going to church now, Cami? I know we’ve had this discussion before, and it’s really none of my business. But you can tell me.”

“Of course I am. I’d never lie about that. It’s just that when I attend, I sit in the back row. And I keep my head down.”

Monday, November 19, 2012

Laura Hilton Visits with a Giveaway!

Healing Love

Laura Hilton brings to her readers not only "healing love" but also likable, realistic characters.  She has created another story that kept me turning page after page with anticipation.

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Healing Love, the first in the new series, The Amish of Webster County, by Laura V. Hilton. To celebrate this tour, Laura is giving away a basket of goodies, on her blog, all comments left on this blog or on her blog during the blog tour (November 1 -22nd) will be entered for the drawing of the Grate-Fall Basket. Click on the picture below to go to Laura's blog to learn more about the participants and to enter the giveaway. Don't forget a comment here also will give you an entry. This book was provided by Whitaker House for review purposes, Blog Tour promoted by LovenGod Promotions.


Laura is an award winning author, a pastor's wife, married over twenty-five years and has five children. She homeschools, writes book reviews and books, Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts and Promised to Another.  Her fourth book, Healing Love, released in September 2012. Click on the image below to order your copy.

*A copy of this book was provided to me by Whitaker House for review. The Blog Tour is promoted by LovenGod Promotions.

Also, order your copy of Patchwork Dreams here!

Friday, November 09, 2012

As You Are At Christmas

As You Are at Christmas —a novella by Davalynn Spencer

 Devastated by her cheating boyfriend, an elementary school teacher heads home for Christmas only to be surprised by the handsome stranger waiting there.

Angela Murphy’s plans for a cozy Colorado Christmas shatter when she finds her fellow-teacher boyfriend entangled with another woman. But she goes home anyway—to her grandmother Mollie’s Berthoud Boarding House where she’s forced into tasks with Mollie’s handsome new boarder, Matt Dawson. While temporarily rooming at the boarding house until his new furnace arrives, Matt sees through Mollie’s manipulations to pair him with her granddaughter, but he can’t complain about spending time with the beautiful gray-eyed school teacher and the mangy stray they pick up on their way home from cutting a Christmas tree. In the company of both a beauty and a beast, Matt understands more clearly the words of a long-forgotten youth leader. Will those words draw him back to a long-forgotten God? And will Angela find that home lies not in the Victorian house of her childhood, but in the arms of the man she’s grown to love?

Release date:  available December 2012 in e-book format for $0.99 from Pelican Book Group, CBD, and Amazon, and will sell for $2.99 thereafter. It is the featured selection for PBG’s Christmas Extravaganza on December 15, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-61116-206-6 Electronic.

Davalynn Spencer is an award-winning journalist whose writing has taken her from the city crime beat and national rodeo circuit to adjunct professorship and inspirational publication. Her work has appeared in The Upper Room, Power for Living, The Quiet Hour, Chicken Soup for the Soul, American Cowboy, Western Horseman, and Prorodeo Sports News.

Davalynn is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Christian Authors Network, and The Christian PEN. She writes inspirational romance represented by Linda Glaz of Hartline Literary Agency, speaks and leads worship at women’s retreats, and makes her home on Colorado’s Front Range with her husband, Mike, and their Queensland heeler, Blue.

 Follow Davalynn’s inspirational blog at, visit her website at, and connect with her via and

 Dreams of family, finding love right under your nose, and rekindled faith
make As You Are at Christmas a charming romance for any season.

Lisa J. Lickel, author of Meander Scar

Friday, November 02, 2012

When God sends Addy a special messenger who challenges her to step from her comfort zone, she isn’t sure she’s up to the job. She feels inadequate to take on the task of encouraging others, and when she starts seeing visions, she worries she’s losing her mind.

Yet, Addy wants only to be used by God, even if that means seeing visions and risking relationship with family and friends. By stepping out on a limb, can Addy really accomplish something significant for God? What affect will her surrender to His will have on those around her? And, what affect will it have on her own life?

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Paula Mowery is a pastor’s wife and a homeschool mom. She has always been an avid reader of Christian fiction. She began writing in the area of nonfiction creating three Bible studies which were self-published. However, she crafted fiction stories which she shared with friends and family. When one of her readers encouraged her to pursue publication, she joined American Christian Fiction Writers, learning more about the world of fiction. Her debut work of fiction is a novella published by Harbourlight, a division of Pelican Book Group – THE BLESSING SEER.

Learn more about Paula at her blog –

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Sharon Srock's "Callie"

Three dire circumstances. Three desperate prayers. One miracle to save them all.

Callie Stillman is drawn to the evasive girl who’s befriended her granddaughter, but the last time Callie tried to help a child, her efforts backfired. Memories of the tiny coffin still haunt her.

Samantha and Iris Evans should be worried about homework, not whether they can pool enough cash to survive another week of caring for an infant while evading the authorities.

Steve Evans wants a second chance at fatherhood, but his children are missing. And no one seems to want to help the former addict who deserted his family.

For Steve to regain the relationship he abandoned, for his girls to receive the care they deserve, Callie must surrender her fear and rely on God to work the miracle they all need.

"Just wanted you to know I finished Callie tonight and couldn't wait to

tell you. I haven't seen much of the book since the very first, early

version when it still needed a lot of work. And oh, my, Sharon, you've

done a great job! It's wise, witty, and warm, and your characters are

likeable and real. WELL DONE!" Linda Goodnight

There is much to absorb for readers from these pages. It's a heavy book, but has light moments of fun. Despite the seriousness Callie doesn't leave you feeling weighed down and drained wishing you hadn't taken the time to read it. Instead Srock has the genuine ability to make the reader feel a part of the story, almost as a best friend to Callie and the girls. It is an enjoyable read, one that I couldn't set aside until I finished it in the early morning hours." Diana Lesire Brandmeyer

Want a free sample?   Send Sharon a message through facebook (see below) or leave a message here with your email address. Her publisher is providing a free, 39 page excerpt in pdf format.

Sharon Srock lives with her husband, Larry, and two dogs in Rural Oklahoma. She is a mother, grandmother, and Sunday School teacher. Sharon has one and three-quarters jobs and writes in her spare time. Her favorite hobby is traveling with her grandchildren. She is a member of the ACFW and currently serves as treasurer for her local chapter. Sharon’s previous writing credits include numerous poems and short stories published in science fiction fanzines.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Happy Birthday, Dana!

Join me in wishing my friend Dana a great birthday!   Check out her newest novel, a really unique and compelling story.

He has no wings or halo, but he’s an honest-to-goodness hero. …And his lineage is quite impressive.

When a reclusive businessman takes an interest in Haven’s artwork, she knows it’s an answer to prayer. But Jett Cestone is an enigma with a disconcerting connection to the young women in his employ. He’s by far the most unusual man she’s ever met.

Haven is the most interesting woman to ever cross Jett’s path. But she’s too naïve and pure to learn what goes on in his home. Too bad he wants her more than he’s wanted anyone or anything in his life.

Order  Dana's first novel, "The Covering" from Amazon.
What do a Christian woman and a faithless biker have in common? The devil of course.

  Want to know more about Dana?   If you ask Dana what is the most important thing she ever learned, she’ll tell you it’s how much God loves us. Through her stories, she endeavors to share that love with others. Though her books are Christian Romance, they’re not what you might expect. They don’t contain explicit sex scenes, but her characters have real desires, struggles and choices to make. A lot of the time they make the wrong ones. No subject is prohibited but good always triumphs. Dana lives in New Jersey with her husband and three children. She loves to walk in the woods and watch old movies.

Note:  This blogger purchased copies of both of these books.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Today's Verse From Heartlight


It's all his. The multifaceted and creative side of God's nature is revealed in the astounding beauty that he has made. Let's use this gift wisely. Let's remember that it is not our world, but God's world. All the people in this world are precious to him. Let's help them know just how precious they are!


Lord God Almighty, the Father who adopted me into his family, thank you for your majesty and might that have been channeled to be such a blessing to me and to other mortals like me. Please accept my gifts of talent, time, and treasure as I seek to honor you for your gifts and thank you for your grace. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

The Thoughts and Prayers for Today's Verse are written by Phil Ware. You can email questions or comments to

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

New Collection Releases October 12th!

Jewels for the Kingdom 
Pia Peretti’s past could destroy her future. Thanks to her pre-Christian lifestyle, she can’t marry a believer, and she won’t marry a non-believer. Minister David Myers wants to help Pia release her guilt and trust that God has forgiven her...but the young minister is working through his own trial of faith.
After a failed counseling session with a wounded soul, David's confidence is shaken. He accepts a new pastorate, and moves to Angel Falls to find a haven for his wounded heart.
Is it possible these two hurting hearts are meant to mend each other’s brokenness with some divine intervention?
from the author:
This is a 20,000 word e-Book, the first of FOUR books in the Heart's Haven collection, from White Rose Publishing. Authors who contributed to the collection include Marianne Evans (Operation Breathless), Tanya Stowe (Leap of Faith), Mary Manners (Dance with Me) and myself. We're all very excited about Heart's Haven, and truly believe God had a very decisive hand in its creation and publication.
A bit about Heart's Haven:
Heart's Haven is a one-of-a-kind apartment complex located just outside the fictional town of Angel Falls, TX, on the outskirts of the Angelina National Forest. It's owned by Andrew Hart, a crusty old guy who is rumored to have the ability to see and speak with angels. Does he? Well, who knows? But there is, without a doubt, some kind of divine presence that makes itself felt by every tenant. The complex consists of eight small cottages, each with its own tiny yard and trellised gate. Over each gate, a hand-carved sign proclaims: May love find all who enter here. And it usually does...
Delia Latham
Author of the Solomon's Gate Series

Friday, October 05, 2012

"Devotion"---New Release from Marianne Evans

From This Day Forward

Christian Music agent Kellen Rossiter has everything he ever wanted: A-list clients from coast to coast, a loving wife who honors and respects him, and a faith life that’s never wavered—until now.

Juliet Rossiter has the perfect life: a rewarding schedule serving the underprivileged, a husband who loves her as Christ loved the church, and a blessed future as a mother—at least that's what she thinks.

For Better or Worse

But what happens when their rock-solid marriage begins to crumble under the weight of an unexpected and powerful temptation? How does love survive when its foundation is shaken?

'Til Death Do Us Part

When human frailty and the allure of sin deal a harsh blow to their relationship, it will take more than love to mend the shattered trust and heartbreak. It will take a lifetime of devotion.

Order your copy here.    Or from Amazon here.  Watch the video trailer here!

Marianne Evans is an award-winning author of Christian romance and fiction. Her hope is to spread the faith-affirming message of God’s love through the stories He prompts her to create.

Evans’s novel, Hearts Communion, earned Christian Small Publisher Book of the Year honors in the Romance category and readers have lauded her work as: ‘Riveting.’ ‘Realistic and true to heart.’ ‘Compelling.’ Evans has also won acclaim in such RWA contests as The Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence where she has been a finalist twice, the Ancient City Romance Writers Heart of Excellence contest where two of her novels earned distinction as finalists and the Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence contest.

A lifelong resident of Michigan, Evans is active in a number of a number of Romance Writers of America chapters, most notably the Greater Detroit Chapter where she served two terms as President. She’s also active in American Christian Fiction Writers and the Michigan Literary Network.

Connect with Marianne:



Facebook Reader Page:!/pages/Marianne-Evans/308711716744


Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Christmas in August

Thanks to Sharon Srock for hosting ten White Rose authors who have upcoming Christmas Novellas this December. Check out Christmas in August here

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Re-reading A Keeper

I've been pulling really old books off my shelf to re-read-- I've picked several by Judith McNaught that I hadn't read in probably 20 years. I wanted to see how the longer romances were put together (I've been writing short for a long time.)

Some things I noted--

--If enough things happen to the main characters, before the romance is resolved, 700 pages aren't always too many even without subplots.

--Using real-life famous people will really and truly make your story seem outdated in a few years.

--McNaught used real song lyrics, which can rarely be arranged these days (I wonder if her pub paid for them?)

--McNaught often slipped into an omniscient POV, almost like a narrator

--Her books don't start at the point of change, a lot of back story is in the beginning

Overall, though, I still enjoy her long and emotional stories.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

With the changes made to Blogger I'm feeling a bit frustrated.   Please find me on Facebook, where at least I can figure out how to post properly.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Guest Post!!

Finding Courage to Follow your Dreams

by Joanne Troppello

I recently came across this quote by Sidney Smith and it really struck a chord within me. "A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage."

This quote does make me wonder how many books that could be written are never written. How many inventions are in the inventor’s mind but do not find their way to an invention for lack of courage? How many dreams are never realized because we are afraid? Are we wasting away our talents?

Lack of courage is something that has held me back in the past and I still struggle with it, but I’m trying to get a handle on it. Trusting in God that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me has been helping me to find that courage to achieve my dreams.

I agree with Scarlett O’Hara, that “after all…tomorrow is a new day.” No matter what happened yesterday or if today is not going exactly as you planned, keep your chin up and be courageous in your heart because the sun will come up again.

I received an encouraging email from a reader saying that she loved how one of my characters exhibited such strong faith throughout the story. She enjoyed reading the journey of how another character lost her way and then found the road back to a strong faith in God. It’s awesome to know that one of my books has encouraged a reader. It helps to keep me going, knowing that my words can inspire others.

The other day, just when I needed to hear it, one of my husband’s cousins posted on my facebook page to keep giving status updates on my book because he loves to hear when family members are doing well and that I’ve been giving God the glory. He was encouraged by me, but I felt even more encouraged by what he wrote. Some times as authors, it’s very lonely; especially when you don’t always get feedback and know if your work is making a difference in this world.

After being married for six years, Gwen and Lucas DeStefano are dealing with the pain of a childless marriage and trying to trust God for their future. On a weekend getaway to the Poconos, they attempt to relax and renew their marriage, but witness an event that turns their lives upside down. They see a body dump in the woods while they are on a hike and their lives become entangled in a web of suspense and God’s ultimate blessing in the form of a little baby girl, named Bella Lucia. Will Gwen learn to trust God with childlike faith and wholeheartedly accept His plan?

Det. Marc Abrams is assigned to the murder investigation of Sabrina Reysen and he will do whatever it takes to find her killer. He has his suspicions and is pleasantly surprised when he meets Samantha “Sam” Collins, the attractive US Marshall assigned to protect one of the witnesses in this case. Will Det. Abrams find the killer before it’s too late and is the attraction between him and Sam strong enough to survive?

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Joanne Troppello
is an author of romantic suspense novels. She has published three books: Shadowed Remembrances, Mr. Shipley’s Governess and Bella Lucia. Currently, she is working on her new writing project, The Paradise Redeemed Series. Joanne is married and loves spending time with her husband and family. She enjoys interacting with readers at The Mustard Seed Blog.

Sunday, April 15, 2012


April 15, 2012

Be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress. Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.
-- 1 Timothy 4:15-16

"Be diligent!" That's not a phrase you hear much about these days. We want things to come easily. Sweat in the world of pseudo-faith is frowned upon. But, Paul wanted Timothy (and us) to know that maturity in Christ requires genuine effort. Having a redemptive influence on others is hard work. While it is God's power that transforms, our effort is also required. God gives us the assurance that this effort will not only bear fruit in our own lives, but it will also lead others to salvation as well.

Friday, April 13, 2012

New Release!

Sierra Malone trusted the wrong man and now he’s trying to kill her. After narrowly escaping Kevin Eason’s brutal attack, Sierra leaves her home, her family, and everything familiar. She finds temporary shelter, but it provides little relief from her constant fear. Desperate and alone, she considers an offer of protection from a stranger—but she soon learns he’s harboring a potentially deadly secret.

Chase Price wants Eason behind bars, and he’s willing to do anything to get him there, even if it means waiting for Eason to strike again. With an innocent life on the line, Chase sets out to finish this battle once and for all—but he soon learns guarding Eason’s beautiful victim leaves him wanting much more than he anticipated.


Seattle, Washington

Stark terror brought Sierra Malone fully awake as a heavy body pressed her deep into the mattress. Darkness cloaked the room, but she didn’t need vision to know who had invaded the privacy of her home. His sickening, familiar scent washed over her, confirming Kevin Eason’s reign of terror continued.
His sweaty palm clamped over her mouth and powerful fingers closed around her throat, constricting her airway. She clawed his skin and thrashed her legs. Sheets tore from the bed, wrapping her in a shroud of tangled cotton. His bruising strength outmatched hers, dooming her attempts at freedom. Pinpricks of light danced before her eyes. Just when she feared she’d pass out, Kevin removed his hand from her mouth and eased the ironclad hold on her throat. Sierra filled famished lungs to capacity and opened her mouth to scream, but managed only a strangled sound.
He shifted and switched on the lamp. As light flooded the room, Kevin’s face—contorted with fury—came into focus. Revulsion turned her stomach. How could she ever have thought him charming and handsome? Blood beaded along his jaw where her
fingernails had penetrated, and a heavy drop fell onto Sierra’s bare shoulder.
"If you kill me, they’ll put you in prison for the rest of your life." She forced the words through her raw throat.
"They didn’t catch me before. They won’t this time."
"What do you mean?" Sierra rasped the question as panic squeezed her chest.
"You’re about to find out." Heated breath, tinged with peppermint, scorched her skin. "Did you really think I would let you walk away from me? Did you think a flimsy piece of paper could protect you?"
"I have a right to live my own life."
Molasses-colored eyes, which once regarded her with adoration, now projected contempt. "I thought I made myself clear, bien-aimée. You have no life apart from me." Rage saturated his words. He straddled her waist and backhanded her.
White hot pain flashed across Sierra’s face as her head whipped to the side. She tasted blood, and nausea rolled her stomach again. She braced her arms across her face, knowing another forceful blow could knock her unconscious.
"Now look what you made me do." Perspiration rolled down his temples to land on mangled sheets. He wiped his brow as his breaths came in ragged gasps. "If you had obeyed me, none of this would’ve happened."
If she had obeyed him, she would’ve been his prisoner. A life with Kevin would be no life at all. Physically no match, Sierra searched for an escape. "I’ll try harder. W-we can work things out. We can talk about what I’ve done wrong. We’ll be together just like you’ve always wanted."
"You’re lying."
"No, Kevin. I never should’ve left you. I should have accepted your gifts and returned your calls. I…I made mistakes. I’m sorry I pressed assault charges against you and filed for the restraining order. Let me make it up to you."
Confusion flickered in his expression. He climbed off the bed and paced the room. Fisting his hands, he pressed them against his forehead as if fighting an inner battle only his twisted mind could comprehend.
Sierra ignored her throbbing cheek and seized the moment. She wedged her hand between the mattress and box springs, and grabbed hold of the pepper spray she’d recently purchased. She took aim. When Kevin lowered his hands, she took a deep breath and pressed the lever. A stream shot forward, bathing his face in debilitating fluid.
High-pitched wails tore from his lips, and he stumbled, crashing about the room. Coughing spasms wracked his body as he spun, hands splayed wide, long fingers aiming for her slender neck. Blinded and off balance, he swept his palm across her dresser. Perfume, hair brushes and make-up clattered in disarray. The restraining order, which had instigated his brutal attack, fluttered uselessly to the floor.
Sierra tossed aside the canister and unwound her legs from the sheets. Residual particles of the spray hung in the air, choking her and stinging her eyes. She gasped for breath and dashed toward the hallway. Her bare feet slapped against cool hardwood, but she took no time to slip on shoes. In the foyer, she grabbed her purse and yanked open the front door. Freezing air blasted through her thin nightgown, frosting exposed skin. She stumbled across the threshold, alone and vulnerable, praying God would lead her to safety.
"You…can run, but…you cant hide. Ill find you." Kevin's malicious words cut through fitful coughs. "And then Ill kill you."

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Movies about Writing

Thanks to Steve Laube's blog for this link--I haven't seen any of these!

Posted by
Jennifer Paull

5 Great Movies About Writing

The other night I slammed the brakes on a film—something I rarely do, but this one managed to be both florid and boring, like a PT Cruiser. It was Nora, a biopic of James Joyce. Even Ewan McGregor couldn’t save it, and he’s got plenty of lit-flicks to his name, from Pillow Book to Miss Potter.

Filming a writer’s working life is admittedly a tall order. Some famous writers may have throbbingly dramatic personal lives (when are we going to get Norman Mailer stabbing his wife?), but the work itself, what makes them great, is hardly cinematic. Scribbling with a pen, tapping at a keyboard, scratching things out, hitting a backspace key, hour after day after year… not exactly a feast for the peepers.

We’ve been debating whether or not books are particularly good fodder for film adaptations. But I also wonder whether great movies can be made about writing itself, one peculiarly mental art form translated to a visual medium. And not just a protagonist who’s a writer (cue the shaggily endearing crank à la Wonder Boys), but showing an author at work, conveying the euphoria of a good writing day or the frustration and sweaty palms of writer’s block.

Below are a few contenders. How about you? What would you recommend?

Find the 5 movie titles here.

Friday, April 06, 2012

Teen Assassin. . . . Nuns?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae was fathered by Saint Mortain, the God of Death, and one dark and stormy night, she is brought to a mysterious convent where his many daughters are trained as assassins. When she is given an important assignment to protect the Duchess of Brittany and kill the traitor in her court, Ismae begins to learn that being a handmaiden of Death may not mean what the nuns taught her. But her burgeoning independence comes with consequences, and the fate of an entire country–and the only man she could ever love–hangs in the balance. Set in medieval France with historically accurate details, Grave Mercy is the first book in a gritty, fast-paced trilogy, and gives thrilling new meaning to the term “girl power.” –Juliet Disparte (Amazon Best Books of the Month, April 2012)

Read an inspiring post by this author here--

We’ve all heard it; how the biggest advances and best promotional opportunities are reserved for those splashy debut authors with their shiny new ideas and their untarnished sales records. Debut authors are a clean slate on which a publisher can project the P&Ls of their dreams.

This is especially painful if the first time you hear it is after your first—or third—book has just come out with little fan fare. It does not matter a whit that many of those splashy debuts don’t come close to earning out or breaking even; the myth persists. Honestly? It feels a lot like that old line about how men only marry virgins and never the girls they mess around with.

So what’s a multi-published, mid-list author to do?

See what Robin LaFevers advises here.

Thursday, April 05, 2012

The Women of Valley View

Three dire circumstances. Three desperate prayers. One miracle to save them all.

Callie Stillman is drawn to the evasive girl who’s befriended her granddaughter, but the last time Callie tried to help a child, her efforts backfired. Memories of the tiny coffin still haunt her.

Samantha and Iris Evans should be worried about homework, not whether they can pool enough cash to survive another week of caring for an infant while evading the authorities.

Steve Evans wants a second chance at fatherhood, but his children are missing. And no one seems to want to help the former addict who deserted his family.

For Steve to regain the relationship he abandoned, for his girls to receive the care they deserve, Callie must surrender her fear and rely on God to work the miracle they all need.

The Women of Valley View. Ordinary women using their faith to do extraordinary things.

Sharon Srock lives with her husband, Larry, and two dogs in Rural Oklahoma. She is a mother, grandmother, and Sunday School teacher. Sharon has one and three-quarters jobs and writes in her spare time. Her favorite hobby is traveling with her grandchildren. She is a member of the ACFW and currently serves as treasurer for her local chapter. Sharon’s writing credits include numerous poems and short stories published in science fiction fanzines. Sharon can be contacted at Her BLOG can be found at:

Check this blog often for release info on this exciting book!

Tuesday, April 03, 2012

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In CAST OF CHARACTERS, you’ll meet a collection of unforgettable personalities. The devoted wife who discovers her husband’s devastating secret. The Black Death survivor who reinvents herself. The woman who finds love in the arms of a dark, dangerous artist. The devoted scientist faced with a daunting ethical dilemma. The woman who hears ghosts. The gorgeous but fated young man. The small-town beauty queen with a world-class mean streak. The inventor who fears his invention. The man seeking a reunion decades later with his first love. The stalker who understands too late who he is stalking. The dreadful athlete who gets one opportunity to win. The man who loves a woman society will not allow him to love. These are only a few of the figures who will leap from the page and take residence in your heart.

(This collection is multi-genre and may have explicit scenes.)

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Featured on the Wordsmith Journal---

Use Book Reviews to Help Others

by Terry Whalin

(c) April 2012

One of the ways that I broke into publishing on a consistent basis was writing book reviews. As more books are being published, there is an ever-increasing demand for book reviews. If you read books, then you can tap into this important area of publishing. You will help others and also gain visibility for you and your writing in the marketplace.

For a number of different publications, I wrote individual book reviews. Then one of these publications asked me to be their book review columnist. For this assignment, I wrote a series of book reviews for each issue of their magazine. I selected the books, received review of books from various publishers, then I wrote my reviews and sent them into the magazine on deadline to be published. Over several years, I held this role with this magazine until it came to an end. Then I became the book review columnist for another publication for another season.

Neither one of these magazines where I was a columnist are in print today. I learned a tremendous amount from my experience of writing those book review columns.

Read more here.

W. Terry Whalin, a writer and publisher lives in Scottsdale, Arizona. A former acquisitions editor, former magazine editor and former literary agent, Terry has written more than 60 nonfiction books including Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams. To help writers, he has created 12-lesson online course called Write A Book Proposal. His website is located at:

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

Sitting in church this morning the idea hit me that I should change my writer's phrase from

"Writing with faith, hope and love"


"Writing with faith and hope, about love"

What do you think?

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Something cool for a rainy Saturday--check out this virtual tour of Rome in 320 BC over at Paperback Writer.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Great entry on the ACFW blog-- writers and taxes.

Your Writing, Your Business

Posted on March 23, 2012 by ACFW

by Danica Favorite

One of the things I teach in my Taxes for Writers class is that the IRS is going to look at your business as a business, and many writers need to work on making their writing business more business-like. Yes, I know, writers tend to be more creative and would rather spend their time deciding if their heroine’s horse should be named Petunia or Patience. But we need to remember that our writing is a business.

Here are three simple things you can do to make your writing business more business-like:

1. Write a business plan.

Those who have worked in the corporate world know that a business plan can be pretty complicated. But writers can do something more simple. For example, what are your writing goals for the year? Maybe you can’t control how many contracts you get, but you can control how many books you write, what you do to market your books, and how many queries you send out each year. Write these goals down and use them as a guide for your writing business.

2. Set a schedule for your writing and stick to it.

A business owner would never hire an employee to work whenever he or she felt like it. The same should go for your writing business. Commit to times when you will write and put it in your schedule. You’d never dream of missing work because your aunt Trudy wanted to go to lunch, so don’t skimp on your writing time, either. Keep track of your writing time and schedule. Some writers do this in a spreadsheet, and there are also a lot of great time-tracking software programs out there. Not only will it help prove to the IRS that you have a business, but it also will help you see where you’re spending your time and how you can use it more efficiently.

3. Keep good records.

Read the rest here.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Why Finish Books?

Interesting article. Do you finish every book you read?

Why Finish Books?
Tim Parks

“Sir—” remarked Samuel Johnson with droll incredulity to someone too eager to know whether he had finished a certain book—“Sir, do you read books through?” Well, do we? Right through to the end? And if we do, are we the suckers Johnson supposed one must be to make a habit of finishing books?

Schopenhauer, who thought and wrote a great deal about reading, is on Johnson’s side. Life is “too short for bad books” and “a few pages” should be quite enough, he claims, for “a provisional estimate of an author’s productions.” After which it is perfectly okay to bail out if you’re not convinced.

But I’m not really interested in how we deal with bad books. It seems obvious that any serious reader will have learned long ago how much time to give a book before choosing to shut it.

Read more here.

Sunday, March 11, 2012


March 11, 2012

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.
-- 1 Corinthians 3:11

There is only one foundation on which the Church and the Christian life can be built. That foundation is Jesus Christ (cf. 1 Peter 2:4-7; Ephesians 2:20). He is the one whom God sent to save us (John 3:16). He is the "way, the truth, and the life," the only way to God (John 14:6). The Lord Jesus Christ is the name above all names, the name at which every knee will bow (Philippians 2:5-11).

His is the only name by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12). Let's take time today to specifically honor Jesus as Lord with our hearts, our words, and our actions.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Cheesecake Time

"All That Glitters" Cheesecake

Rachel's specialty dessert in the story "Samaritan"

Recipe for "All That Glitters" Cheesecake


-- edible gold leaf, edible glitter or "Luster Dust" (from cake store or online)

-- pre-made graham cracker crust (freeze while mixing other ingredients)

You will also need:

16 ounces cream cheese, softened
1 1/8 cups granulated sugar or Splenda
Dash salt
3 eggs
3/4 teaspoon vanilla

In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese with an electric mixer until smooth. Add the sugar, salt, eggs and vanilla and beat just until mixed. Pour into crust and bake at 350º 20-25 minutes, until filling is set.

Cool, apply gold leaf (easiest to tear or cut into flakes as garnish) gold dust or glitter, then chill well before serving.

Makes 8-12 servings
Do not freeze.

Friday, February 17, 2012

And the Winner Is. . .

With only 3 entrants in my drawing, I've decided to make you all winners! The first one to respond gets her choice of the non-fiction book (if in the US) OR any one of my White Rose e-books.

The others get their choice of ebook! Happy Friday!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

A Step Back in Time

From my friend JoAnn Carter--

Abigail Madison, a gentle quiet spirit, has always dreamed of a life away from her mother’s controlling ways. Even more than that, she’s dreamed of finding someone with whom she could share her life with. However, her shyness is often taken as aloofness and no marital prospects were anywhere to be found. What was to become of her hopes?

Stanley Fisher, the Steamboat pilot of the Ticonderoga, was drafted and fought in World War I. The experiences he lived though on the battlefield left him wounded -- but not in a way that the naked eye could see. Yet, when he meets Abigail, he yearns for a love like his best friend and Captain of the Ti, Philip found in Ellie. However, with his recurring nightmares from war, what does he have to offer to this special woman?



Abigail's dark hair hung to her shoulders, framing her fair face in shiny curls and her green eyes sparkled when he asked if he could take her bag. A slight blush colored her high cheekbones. He was in trouble -- deep trouble. She was every bit as beautiful in person as she was in the photograph Ellie had given him earlier today when she asked him to pick up her friend at the train station. Like a magnet, the picture had held him captive. And now that he saw her in person... he gulped. As his fellow bell bottoms would say, she was a doll. And although she was very quiet, the longer they talked he couldn't help but notice her beautiful, expressive eyes. They held a sort of tempered peace, or perhaps it was contentment, which he found completely unattainable.

Never before had he been so enamored, nor had he ever had as much reason to keep far away from that allure. He needed to stay strong. The serenity in her eyes would vanish if she knew the sorrow buried within his heart and how it affected him. Granted, his war wounds didn't leave any scars on the outside, but they were too numerous to count on the inside.

Lord, help me overcome the past.

He took a deep breath and stepped back, widening the space between them. If he could just turn off his thoughts and stop dwelling on his recurring nightmares, he'd be great.


He was sure that's all it would take... time to put his experiences behind him. Meanwhile, he had God, work, friends, and most importantly, the determination to make it through -- somehow, someway -- without being a total killjoy and dragging a beautiful woman into the mess of his life.

Abigail finished the letter, tucked it into her handbag, and gazed trustingly into his eyes. "Will you please take me to the steamboat now?"

Stanley nodded and offered her his elbow. "I'd love to." To fill the time and keep his mind off her tiny hand warming not only his arm, but also a place in his heart, he asked, "Have you been on board the Ti before?"

Abigail nodded. "A time or two. My family and I once resided here in Vermont."

"Ah, so that's where you know Ellie from."

"Yes. We've been best friends since grade school."

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Monday, February 13, 2012

I'm visiting Diana Brandmeyer's blog today! Come read my post about how reading fiction is like playing golf.
Thanks To Dora Hiers for this lovely review and for featuring me on her blog!

A tender romance revolving around scrumptious goodies…

When Caterer Rachel Martin’s partner abandons their bakery to study in Paris, Rachel struggles to keep the storefront open and the stack of bills paid. Restaurateur Tim Gardner has worked hard to restore his family’s reputation and profit margin. With his parents away on an extended vacation, Tim boosts business by offering a signature dessert ~ a Rachel Martin creation. When Rachel confesses that she can no longer afford the high-priced ingredients and may not be able to fulfill their agreement, Tim considers litigation.

I have to confess that I didn’t like Tim very much in the beginning of the story. Rachel was trying so hard, and Tim’s only focus was on his restaurant’s bottom line and his parents’ opinion of his management style. As the story moves forward and he realizes how hard Rachel is trying, his focus switches to helping each other succeed, professionally and personally. Those qualities that annoyed me about Tim in the beginning, actually endeared me to him in the end.

At 139 pages, Samaritan is a fast, gentle read, and easily finished in an evening or afternoon. Samaritan is a sequel to Prodigal, but it’s not necessary to read Prodigal first to enjoy this novella. Congratulations, Ms. Bayne. Four Stars! ---Dora Hiers

Friday, February 10, 2012

It's "Samaritan" Day!

Join me in celebrating today the re-release of my novella "Samaritan."

Tim Gardner has worked hard to rebuild the family business after his older brother nearly destroyed it. He’s restored the clientele base and the restaurant's reputation. But if Rachel Martin can’t get her act together, she won’t fulfill his orders for the Gardner’s Gazebo signature dessert, a gold-leaf cheese cake, which also happens to be Rachel’s secret recipe.

When Rachel Martin's partner abandons their bakery and catering business to study with the master chefs in Paris, she's left with nothing but bills and obligations-and no one in Portlandville seems able or willing to help her. No one except for Timothy Gardner, and she knows the handsome young man is only after one thing—her cheese cake. But as she gets to know him, during her time of need, she wonders if maybe there’s a little bit more in the mix. And as Tim gets to know Rachel, he finds himself wanting to be her Good Samaritan--permanently.

"Samaritan" is the prequel story to "Prodigal" and "Christmas Pearl."

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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Today's Verse for Wednesday, February 8, 2012

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith -- and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God -- not by works, so that no one can boast.

—Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)

Thoughts on Today's Verse...

As a child, I loved to receive gifts. In such a simple time of life, a gift meant I was loved. I didn't worry about the significance or hidden message in a gift. I wasn't concerned about the "strings attached" to the gift. It was just a gift -- a free expression of love I didn't deserve, given to me by someone who truly cared for me. Isn't it great to get to be God's child and receive his gift and know we can receive it as a child?!

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Saturday, February 04, 2012


Tim Gardner has worked hard to rebuild the family business after his older brother nearly destroyed it. He’s restored the clientele base and the restaurant's reputation. But if Rachel Martin can’t get her act together, she won’t fulfill his orders for the Gardner’s Gazebo signature dessert, a gold-leaf cheese cake, which also happens to be Rachel’s secret recipe.

When Rachel Martin's partner abandons their bakery and catering business to study with the master chefs in Paris, she's left with nothing but bills and obligations-and no one in Portlandville seems able or willing to help her. No one except for Timothy Gardner, and she knows the handsome young man is only after one thing—her cheese cake.But as she gets to know him, during her time of need, she wonders if maybe there’s a little bit more in the mix. And as Tim gets to know Rachel, he finds himself wanting to be her Good Samaritan--permanently.

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***Note to my readers--If you read my 2008 story "The Good Samaritan," this is a revised re-release of that.

Friday, January 27, 2012

My writing space, newly clean and rearranged thanks to my hubby.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Congrats Ravens

Congratulations to the Baltimore Ravens on a wonderful and exciting season!!! Looking forward to next year.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012


If you are interested in learning more about SOPA and how it would forever change the free Internet, check out Paperback Writer's video here.

Piracy really is a huge problem, I've seen my own books being sold and/or given away illegally on pirate sites. But SOPA would lead to mass censorship. There must be a better solution!

Saturday, January 14, 2012