Tuesday, July 17, 2018

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NEW!
THE WIDOW'S PLIGHT ~ A sweet historical romance that will tug at your heart. This is book 1 in the Quilting Circle series.
Washington State, 1893
     When Lily Lexington Bremmer arrives in Kamola with her young son, she’s reluctant to join the social center of her new community, the quilting circle, but the friendly ladies pull her in. She begins piecing a sunshine and shadows quilt because it mirrors her life. She has a secret that lurks in the shadows and hopes it doesn’t come out into the light. Dark places in her past are best forgotten, but her new life is full of sunshine. Will her secrets cast shadows on her bright future?
     Widower Edric Hammond and his father are doing their best to raise his two young daughters. He meets Lily and her son when they arrive in town and helps her find a job and a place to live. Lily resists Edric’s charms at first but finds herself falling in love with this kind, gentle man and his two darling daughters. Lily has stolen his heart with her first warm smile, but he’s cautious about bringing another woman into his girls’ lives due to the harshness of their own mother.
     Can Edric forgive Lily her past to take hold of a promising chance at love?

THE WIDOW'S PLIGHT is now available in ebook and paperback.

#ChristianRomance #HistoricalRomance #Romance

MARY DAVIS is a bestselling, award-winning novelist of over two dozen titles in both historical and contemporary themes. She has five titles releasing in 2018; "Holly & Ivy" in A Bouquet of Brides Collection in January, Courting Her Amish Heart in March, The Widow’s Plight in July, Courting Her Secret Heart September, & “Zola’s Cross-Country Adventure” in MISSAdventure Brides Collection in December. She is a member of ACFW and active in critique groups.
Mary lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over thirty-three years and two cats. She has three adult children and one incredibly adorable grandchild. Find her online at:

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wordy Wednesday: SHILLY-SHALLY



Verb [no object] SHILLY-SHALLIES, SHILLY-SHALLYING, SHILLY-SHALLIED — fail to act resolutely or decisively
Don’t SHILLY-SHALLY over the matter. Just make a decision.

Noun — Indecisive behavior
His behavior was SHILLY-SHALLY.

Derivatives — SHILLY-SHALLYER

Origin in the mid-18th century: originally as SHILL I, SHALL I. A reduplication of SHALL I?

Here are a few synonyms: dither (this is a fun one), vacillate, hem and haw, dilly dally.

This is a fun word and very unique. I wonder if there be a way I can work it into a story.

Perhaps I can sneak it into the current novel I’m writing, The Daughter’s Predicament, book 2 in the Quilting Circle series.

Even though Isabelle’s parents wanted her to marry Mr. Mallory—a man she didn’t love and barely knew—she SHILLY-SHALLIED over the decision.

Me thinks I might just do it.

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NEW!
THE WIDOW'S PLIGHT ~ A sweet historical romance that will tug at your heart. This is book 1 in the Quilting Circle series.
Washington State, 1893
     When Lily Lexington Bremmer arrives in Kamola with her young son, she’s reluctant to join the social center of her new community, the quilting circle, but the friendly ladies pull her in. She begins piecing a sunshine and shadows quilt because it mirrors her life. She has a secret that lurks in the shadows and hopes it doesn’t come out into the light. Dark places in her past are best forgotten, but her new life is full of sunshine. Will her secrets cast shadows on her bright future?
     Widower Edric Hammond and his father are doing their best to raise his two young daughters. He meets Lily and her son when they arrive in town and helps her find a job and a place to live. Lily resists Edric’s charms at first but finds herself falling in love with this kind, gentle man and his two darling daughters. Lily has stolen his heart with her first warm smile, but he’s cautious about bringing another woman into his girls’ lives due to the harshness of their own mother.
     Can Edric forgive Lily her past to take hold of a promising chance at love?

THE WIDOW'S PLIGHT is now available in ebook and paperback.

#ChristianRomance #HistoricalRomance #Romance

MARY DAVIS is a bestselling, award-winning novelist of over two dozen titles in both historical and contemporary themes. She has five titles releasing in 2018; "Holly & Ivy" in A Bouquet of Brides Collection in January, Courting Her Amish Heart in March, The Widow’s Plight in July, Courting Her Secret Heart September, & “Zola’s Cross-Country Adventure” in MISSAdventure Brides Collection in December. She is a member of ACFW and active in critique groups.
Mary lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over thirty-three years and two cats. She has three adult children and one incredibly adorable grandchild. Find her online at:

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Tuesday Tidbits: COFFEE or TEA?



Are you a coffee drinker? Or a tea drinker? Or do you have another beverage of choice you prefer?

I love tea! I drink a variety of teas. I love chai tea, in all of its spicy goodness. But I don’t care for iced tea. I like mine hot.


Moving back to Washington State over a year ago, I noticed something they have here that I didn’t see in Colorado. I’m not sure what they’re officially called, but I refer to them as coffee sheds, because they serve “coffee” (as well as other beverages) and . . . well, are the size of a shed.

Just drive up to the window, order, and be on your way without ever getting out of the car. A fast and easy way to get your coffee or tea on your way to work or wherever you’re off to.  
They serve the usual beverage options.

Some of the sheds have drive-up windows on both sides. 
Others have room for only one drive up widow. 

While others have one drive-up and one walk-up. 

In just over a two mile stretch of where I live are five of these cute little buildings. Some within sight of each other.

And each one looks different. 


I love spotting them wherever I go. =0)





NEW!
THE WIDOW'S PLIGHT ~ A sweet historical romance that will tug at your heart. This is book 1 in the Quilting Circle series.
Washington State, 1893
     When Lily Lexington Bremmer arrives in Kamola with her young son, she’s reluctant to join the social center of her new community, the quilting circle, but the friendly ladies pull her in. She begins piecing a sunshine and shadows quilt because it mirrors her life. She has a secret that lurks in the shadows and hopes it doesn’t come out into the light. Dark places in her past are best forgotten, but her new life is full of sunshine. Will her secrets cast shadows on her bright future?
     Widower Edric Hammond and his father are doing their best to raise his two young daughters. He meets Lily and her son when they arrive in town and helps her find a job and a place to live. Lily resists Edric’s charms at first but finds herself falling in love with this kind, gentle man and his two darling daughters. Lily has stolen his heart with her first warm smile, but he’s cautious about bringing another woman into his girls’ lives due to the harshness of their own mother.
     Can Edric forgive Lily her past to take hold of a promising chance at love?

THE WIDOW'S PLIGHT is now available in ebook and paperback.

#ChristianRomance #HistoricalRomance #Romance

MARY DAVIS is a bestselling, award-winning novelist of over two dozen titles in both historical and contemporary themes. She has five titles releasing in 2018; "Holly & Ivy" in A Bouquet of Brides Collection in January, Courting Her Amish Heart in March, The Widow’s Plight in July, Courting Her Secret Heart September, & “Zola’s Cross-Country Adventure” in MISSAdventure Brides Collection in December. She is a member of ACFW and active in critique groups.
Mary lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over thirty-three years and two cats. She has three adult children and one incredibly adorable grandchild. Find her online at:


Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Wordy Wednesday: 4th of JULY


I want to take a brief look at the 4th of July.


The Fourth of July is the United States’ Independence Day. This is when the original thirteen colonies declared their independence from England in 1776.


Basically, the thirteen colonies were tired of taxation without representation. They paid taxes but had no say in anything of how the way things were run in the colonies. Fed up, they formed their own government and regarded themselves as a new nation, The United Sates of America. The continental congress wrote up the Declaration of Independence.

But it didn’t end there. Though the colonies declared independence, the fight to secure that right lasted another seven years, until 1783.

So each year, Americans celebrate independence by shooting off fireworks, going on picnic, and having parades.


Though I enjoy watching fireworks that others set off, I’m not all that interested in buying and lighting them myself. But I do love playing with sparklers. They are a lot of fun to wave around in the air. I also don’t generally go to the parades or on picnics on that day. You might think me unpatriotic, but not so. I’m very patriotic. I just don’t like crowds. I would rather save room on the side of the streets for people who really enjoy that atmosphere. Then we’re all happy. =0)

We can all celebrate this freedom in our own way.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

NEW!
THE WIDOW'S PLIGHT ~ A sweet historical romance that will tug at your heart. This is book 1 in the Quilting Circle series.
Washington State, 1893
     When Lily Lexington Bremmer arrives in Kamola with her young son, she’s reluctant to join the social center of her new community, the quilting circle, but the friendly ladies pull her in. She begins piecing a sunshine and shadows quilt because it mirrors her life. She has a secret that lurks in the shadows and hopes it doesn’t come out into the light. Dark places in her past are best forgotten, but her new life is full of sunshine. Will her secrets cast shadows on her bright future?
     Widower Edric Hammond and his father are doing their best to raise his two young daughters. He meets Lily and her son when they arrive in town and helps her find a job and a place to live. Lily resists Edric’s charms at first but finds herself falling in love with this kind, gentle man and his two darling daughters. Lily has stolen his heart with her first warm smile, but he’s cautious about bringing another woman into his girls’ lives due to the harshness of their own mother.
     Can Edric forgive Lily her past to take hold of a promising chance at love?

THE WIDOW'S PLIGHT is now available in ebook and paperback.

#ChristianRomance #HistoricalRomance #Romance

MARY DAVIS is a bestselling, award-winning novelist of over two dozen titles in both historical and contemporary themes. She has five titles releasing in 2018; "Holly & Ivy" in A Bouquet of Brides Collection in January, Courting Her Amish Heart in March, The Widow’s Plight in July, Courting Her Secret Heart September, & “Zola’s Cross-Country Adventure” in MISSAdventure Brides Collection in December. She is a member of ACFW and active in critique groups.
Mary lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over thirty-three years and two cats. She has three adult children and one incredibly adorable grandchild. Find her online at:





Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Tuesday Tidbits: SUNSHINE & SHADOWS QUILT


Sunshine & Shadows Quilt

In my just released novel, The Widow’s Plight, my heroine chooses to make a sunshine & shadow quilt because it reflects her life. I was asked what one looked like.

Unlike quilts named after various block patterns like log cabin, fan, grandma’s flower garden, nine-patch, or one of the many star designs, sunshine & shadow isn’t a block pattern but a fabric choice. In my research, any number of block patterns could be used, it is a matter of the fabrics, specifically, dark and light fabrics.

I pictured Lily making blocks in varying degrees of darks, mediums, and lights. Each block would be made from several different fabrics. One diagonal half of each block would be a shade or two lighter or darker than the other.

Then in one of the lower corners of the quilt top would be the darkest block surrounded by dark to medium ones. The colors would gradually get lighter diagonally to the opposite top corner.


The over all look would sort of be like this. Picture each square made up of a pieced block.

If my fabrics and crafting supplies weren’t packed away in boxes, I would have made a mini quilt to use as an example. Maybe next time. =0)


NEW!
THE WIDOW'S PLIGHT ~ A sweet historical romance that will tug at your heart. This is book 1 in the Quilting Circle series.
Washington State, 1893
     When Lily Lexington Bremmer arrives in Kamola with her young son, she’s reluctant to join the social center of her new community, the quilting circle, but the friendly ladies pull her in. She begins piecing a sunshine and shadows quilt because it mirrors her life. She has a secret that lurks in the shadows and hopes it doesn’t come out into the light. Dark places in her past are best forgotten, but her new life is full of sunshine. Will her secrets cast shadows on her bright future?
     Widower Edric Hammond and his father are doing their best to raise his two young daughters. He meets Lily and her son when they arrive in town and helps her find a job and a place to live. Lily resists Edric’s charms at first but finds herself falling in love with this kind, gentle man and his two darling daughters. Lily has stolen his heart with her first warm smile, but he’s cautious about bringing another woman into his girls’ lives due to the harshness of their own mother.
     Can Edric forgive Lily her past to take hold of a promising chance at love?

THE WIDOW'S PLIGHT is now available in ebook and paperback.

#ChristianRomance #HistoricalRomance #Romance

MARY DAVIS is a bestselling, award-winning novelist of over two dozen titles in both historical and contemporary themes. She has five titles releasing in 2018; "Holly & Ivy" in A Bouquet of Brides Collection in January, Courting Her Amish Heart in March, The Widow’s Plight in July, Courting Her Secret Heart September, & “Zola’s Cross-Country Adventure” in MISSAdventure Brides Collection in December. She is a member of ACFW and active in critique groups.
Mary lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over thirty-three years and two cats. She has three adult children and one incredibly adorable grandchild. Find her online at:

Thursday, June 28, 2018

ThrowBACKLIST Thursday: HERITAGE


Rachel Coe longs for a heritage.
By marrying into a wealthy Boston family, she hopes to inherit just that. Then a strange letter names her the heir of her alleged grandfather's home on Mackinac Island. But, as she sorts through the past, she learns her true legacy may leave her more alone than ever. When the beautiful Rachel moves in across the street to finish the family tree her Ojibwa grandfather started, Will Tobin is more than happy to assist her. His heart gets ahead of his head, though, and before long he finds he's fallen in love with an engaged, unsaved woman. Can Will offer his friendship and guard his heart while Rachel struggles to reclaim her lineage? Can the love of a family, a man, and a Savior be found on one tiny island?

Does the clay say to the potter, "What are you making?" — Isaiah 45:9

Heritage is book 4 in my contemporary Mackinac Island series.

When researching Mackinac Island for this series, it never crossed my mind what the island might be like in the off-season. The Grand Hotel opens in the mid to late spring and closes in the fall. The main street shops were much the same way. I thought of it as a summer resort island. Though it is, it is also so much more.

I was pleasantly surprised to learn that people reside on the island year-round. They have school and everything.

So, I naturally wanted to include a story in this series that took place in this off-season. I learned about the ice bridge that forms across the Straight of Mackinac connecting the island to the upper peninsula and about designated roads approved for snowmobiles in the winter. I also learned that people plunked their used Christmas trees along the safe route of the ice bridge. I understand a snowmobile or two have ended up in an icy, watery grave when the bridge is being tested before the ice is thick enough to traverse, but someone has to be brave enough to test it. This ice bridge gives the residents a freedom they don’t have the rest of the year.

Rachel thought she knew who she was, but when she learned about her heritage, she had to rethink not only who she was, but who she wanted to be.

In this story, I enjoyed bring Lorelei and Garth back from the first book in the series so readers could see how they were doing.

I love Mackinac Island and hope to write many more stories set there. I have a historical series in mind with one of the stories connecting directly to one in this series.

LAKESIDETHE ISLAND, & THE GRAND HOTEL are included in MICHIGAN WEDDINGS

Contemporary Romance: Michigan's Mackinac Island offers a safe harbor for wounded hearts seeking retreat. Lorelei returns to the island carrying a secret that has stolen her joy, but an old acquaintance is waiting to try to restore it. Haley's job on the island hides her from family conflict and the fear of being used by others until a handsome customer arrives asking for her help. Aimee seeks family treasure and adventure at the Grand Hotel, but one of the assistant manager's adherences to routine threatens her goals. Will God's guidance lead these women down the path of forgiveness and romance?

Book 4, HERITAGE is available in a separate volume, as are books 1-3.





THE WIDOW'S PLIGHT ~ A sweet historical romance that will tug at your heart. This is book 1 in the Quilting Circle series.
Washington State, 1893
     When Lily Lexington Bremmer arrives in Kamola with her young son, she’s reluctant to join the social center of her new community, the quilting circle, but the friendly ladies pull her in. She begins piecing a sunshine and shadows quilt because it mirrors her life. She has a secret that lurks in the shadows and hopes it doesn’t come out into the light. Dark places in her past are best forgotten, but her new life is full of sunshine. Will her secrets cast shadows on her bright future?
     Widower Edric Hammond and his father are doing their best to raise his two young daughters. He meets Lily and her son when they arrive in town and helps her find a job and a place to live. Lily resists Edric’s charms at first but finds herself falling in love with this kind, gentle man and his two darling daughters. Lily has stolen his heart with her first warm smile, but he’s cautious about bringing another woman into his girls’ lives due to the harshness of their own mother.
     Can Edric forgive Lily her past to take hold of a promising chance at love?

THE WIDOW'S PLIGHT releases in ebook on July 1, and will be out in paperback by mid-June.

#ChristianRomance #HistoricalRomance #Romance

MARY DAVIS is a bestselling, award-winning novelist of over two dozen titles in both historical and contemporary themes. She has five titles releasing in 2018; "Holly & Ivy" in A Bouquet of Brides Collection in January, Courting Her Amish Heart in March, The Widow’s Plight in July, Courting Her Secret Heart September, & “Zola’s Cross-Country Adventure” in MISSAdventure Brides Collection in December. She is a member of ACFW and active in critique groups.
Mary lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over thirty-three years and two cats. She has three adult children and one incredibly adorable grandchild. Find her online at:




Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Wordy Wednesday: DORD


DORD (noun) Physics & Chem. Density. 
 I will venture to guess that most haven’t heard of this word.

Can you guess why?

Though it appears to be a simple enough word, it has a complex history.
DORD first appeared in Webster’s New International Dictionary Second Edition in 1934. The reason you likely haven’t come across DORD before is because it isn’t a real word.

Say what?!

If DORD was in the dictionary, it must be real, right?

DORD is what’s called a ghost word. A fake. A phony. Bogus. How could a fake word end up in a dictionary? Possibly, facts that weren’t double checked? Clerical error? Misunderstanding? Whatever the reason, it happened, and I find it quite entertaining.

I’m all for made-up words. We do it in our household all the time. Some of them we have used so much over the years that I can’t remember if they’re real or not—or DORD!

In 1931, a 3x5 slip of paper with a new word to be added to the dictionary was created. All the information about the new word would be add to this slip . Then it would pass through many hands for checking and polishing before being added to the next edition of the dictionary.
This is DORD’s slip.
See the D or d? When creating these, spaces were required between all the letters of a word so pronunciation and syllable marks could be added. The person who received this slip must have assumed that the author of this one forgot the space between the “o” and the “r”. In reality, it was for the letter “D” as an abbreviation for “density.” D? Or d?

The error was discovered in 1939, and DORD was slated to be removed from the dictionary.
But DORD wouldn’t give up so easily. It held on for several more years. From 1934-1947, DORD had a fourteen-year run in the real world.
This whole misunderstanding could have been avoided with a little punctuation. Instead of D or d, what if the person had put “D” or “d”? That is much clearer. Not as much room for misinterpretation. Personally, I’m glad they didn’t, or we never would have had DORD.

I’d like to bring DORD back but with a bit of a different definition.

DORD (noun) 1. A ghost word; 2. Something or someone that isn’t real.

DORD (verb) (DORDING, DORDED, DORDS) to ghost or shadow someone or something.
Derivatives: DORDLY, DORDNESS, DORDLINESS, DORDEDLY

So if I can use it in a sentence, does that make it a real word?
He DORDEDLY followed me.
He followed me in a DORDLY fashion.
DORD is a DORD.

If myself and other DORD-minded people use DORD enough, will it get put back into the dictionary because of usage? That’s how other DORD words made it into the dictionaries to begin with. Someone had to start using them.
This just goes to prove that you really can't believe everything you read.
Have you heard of any other DORD words?


THE WIDOW'S PLIGHT ~ A sweet historical romance that will tug at your heart. This is book 1 in the Quilting Circle series.
Washington State, 1893
     When Lily Lexington Bremmer arrives in Kamola with her young son, she’s reluctant to join the social center of her new community, the quilting circle, but the friendly ladies pull her in. She begins piecing a sunshine and shadows quilt because it mirrors her life. She has a secret that lurks in the shadows and hopes it doesn’t come out into the light. Dark places in her past are best forgotten, but her new life is full of sunshine. Will her secrets cast shadows on her bright future?
     Widower Edric Hammond and his father are doing their best to raise his two young daughters. He meets Lily and her son when they arrive in town and helps her find a job and a place to live. Lily resists Edric’s charms at first but finds herself falling in love with this kind, gentle man and his two darling daughters. Lily has stolen his heart with her first warm smile, but he’s cautious about bringing another woman into his girls’ lives due to the harshness of their own mother.
     Can Edric forgive Lily her past to take hold of a promising chance at love?

THE WIDOW'S PLIGHT is now available at a low, pre-order price. This book releases in ebook on July 1, and will be out in paperback by mid-June.

#ChristianRomance #HistoricalRomance #Romance



MARY DAVIS is a bestselling, award-winning novelist of over two dozen titles in both historical and contemporary themes. She has five titles releasing in 2018; "Holly & Ivy" in A Bouquet of Brides Collection in January, Courting Her Amish Heart in March, The Widow’s Plight in July, Courting Her Secret Heart September, & “Zola’s Cross-Country Adventure” in MISSAdventure Brides Collection in December. She is a member of ACFW and active in critique groups.

Mary lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over thirty-three years and two cats. She has three adult children and one incredibly adorable grandchild. Find her online at:
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Tuesday Tidbits: TWO EVENTS, MANY CHANCES TO WIN!

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