Wednesday, November 21, 2018

MISSAdventure BRIDES Series: Millie Watkins, Heroine of DETOURS OF THE HEART




By Donna Schlachter
If you talked to Millie and asked her about her heroine status, she’d likely blush, shuffle her toe in the dust, and stammer that she’s not a heroine--she’s just Millie.
But even that would be a far cry from the truth, and an even further leap from where she started.
Millie is the oldest of five siblings. Her mother died several years before the start of our story, and the running of the household has fallen to her. Her father is a brute who drinks more than is good for him, and as a result, struggles to hold down enough work during a financially difficult time in our country’s history, 1925. The next sibling has just turned thirteen, old enough to take Millie’s place. Since he can’t afford to feed five kids, he wants to marry her off.
But Millie is her own woman, and she’ll not endure the hard life that killed her mother at a young age. Besides, she has dreams.
The silver screen in Hollywood beckons her, as it did thousands of other young men and women. But she isn’t like all the rest--she has a photographic memory that she’s certain will enable her to remember her lines, to recall her scenes, and to propel her to stardom in no time at all.
The only problem is she doesn’t have two nickels to rub together. So she heads for Albuquerque, the closest big city, to find work. At a reputable place, of course. She’s heard of--and seen once--the Harvey House Hotel, The Alvarado, so she heads there and obtains employment as a waitress in the restaurant.
Within a few days, however, it’s apparent she isn’t cut out for this kind of work, and falls into her dream job--an Indian Tours tour guide. Fred Harvey Senior, appreciating that his customers wanted to learn more about culture, offered tours to local American Indian reservations.
Here Millie meets the hero of our story, Peter Duncan. But more about him another time. You can check out his story on my blog from yesterday, or on Kathy Kovach’s blog on November 21st. See the details below.
Back to Millie: she has really struggled in her relationship with God because of her mother’s death and her father’s subsequent treatment of her. Peter, who wants to be a preacher someday, introduces her to an entirely different Father and Redeemer than she’d known of before. In the process, she learns about God’s love for her and for her mother, and understands that God answers every prayer, regardless of whether she sees it or not.
Millie and Peter work together to uncover a jewelry counterfeiting ring that could undermine Mr. Harvey Senior’s reputation as well as steal from the local Acoma, and in the process, fall in love as they face hardships, danger, and finally, success, together.
Millie realizes that her heart, once drawn to stardom because of its lure of wealth and recognition, has changed, and now she longs to stay with Peter and grow together in God’s love. God has detoured her plans to dovetail with His own.

I will give away five print copies (US only, please) of the book by dropping the names of all who leave a comment on my missAdventure blog posts on my own blog or on this blog post between today and December 16th into a basket and pulling out five winners. One entry per blog post, please, and one prize per person. If you leave a comment every day on the 15 different blog posts, you could have 15 entries to win. Drawing closes midnight December 16th MDT.
In addition, if you don’t already subscribe to my newsletter, and you choose to subscribe at www.HiStoryThroughTheAges.com , I’ll pop in another entry for you. So you could have up to 16 chances to win!

Blogs/Facebook pages of other authors in collection:
Kathleen Kovach -- hosting Heroes    http://kathleenekovach.blogspot.com/
Kimberley Woodhouse -- hosting the History   http://kimandkaylawoodhouse.com/blog/
Debby Lee -- hosting the Villains/Antagonists https://www.facebook.com/booksbydebbylee or follow her newsletter: http://booksbydebbylee.com/contact.html#newsletter
Marjorie Vawter -- Hosting the Take-Aways  http://marjorievawter.blogspot.com
Cynthia Hickey -- Hosting the Settings https://www.facebook.com/Cynthia-Hickey-151333448227549/
Mary Davis -- hosting the Heroines  https://marydavis1.blogspot.com

About the collection: These seven daring damsels don’t let the norms of their eras hold them back from adventure.

About Detours of the Heart: (Albuquerque, NM, 1925)
A tour guide who wants to move on, a playboy who’s never had a place to call home—can they overcome their own plans and allow God to make their path straight, or will they take yet another detour?

About Donna:
Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick. She writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Sisters In Crime; facilitates a critique group, and teaches writing classes. Donna ghostwrites, edits, and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. Donna is represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management.

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

ThrowBACKLIST Thursday: RECKLESS ROGUE

Lizzie Carter is no ordinary doll. 
Lieutenant Pete Garfield loves to flirt with the ladies-"dolls" as he calls them-in every town where he lands his Curtiss JN-4D biplane. There are always plenty in the crowds who gather to gape at his amazing aeroplane and pay him for a ride. But one special girl in Cashmere, Washington, captures his interest with her extraordinary knowledge of aeroplanes and her insistence on flying his! No one but Pete flies the Jenny, but he sure doesn't mind giving pretty Lizzie some free rides. Lizzie Carter has always dreamed of flying, but she won't be satisfied until she pilots an aeroplane herself. She sees Pete's arrival in Cashmere as the perfect opportunity to make her dreams come true. But she didn't expect this carefree aviator to capture her heart. Will Pete settle in one town long enough to fall in love with one special girl? Or will the past he's been fleeing finally catch up with him?

This is the third and final story in this historical Washington State series and takes place in 1920 in the wake of WWI. A lot of these
Curtiss JN-4D biplanes had been built for the war. But coming in late to the war and the time needed to train pilots, left a surplus of Jennys (as they were called). People could buy them cheap. Pilots would fly from town to town, landing in fields, and then offering rides for a fee.

I chose the name Lizzie (short for Elizabeth) for my heroine because I have her drive a Model T, which is nicknamed the Tin Lizzie. I liked that she had some mechanical know-how.

Cashmere, Washington is a real town. Both of my parents were raised there, and growing up, I often visited one set of grandparents, who continued to live there. I always loved Cashmere, a quaint little town. It is home to the famous Aplets & Cotlets candy.

I also wrapped up Finn's story. He was a drifter who moved through all three stories.


All three books in this series, UNCERTAIN ALLIANCE, THE CAPTAIN’S WIFE, and RECKLESS ROGUE, are sold separately, but they are also sold together in a single volume title CASCADES.

HAPPY READING!
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NEW!


Love Is One of Life’s Greatest Adventures
Seven daring damsels don’t let the norms of their eras hold them back. Along the way these women attract the attention of men who admire their bravery and determination, but will they let love grow out of the adventures?

Zola’s Cross-Country Adventure, a 1904 road trip.
Zola Calkin sets out on an adventure to be the first woman to drive across the country. Will the journalist tasked to report her presumed failure sabotage her efforts? Or will he steal her heart?

The MISSAdventure Brides Collection would make a great Christmas present!




RECENT!
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 available in ebook and paperback.


COURTING HER SECRET HEART

A Prodigal Daughters story, Book 2

Caught between two worlds…Deborah Miller lives a double life as an Amish woman—and a fashion model! All photography is forbidden in her Plain community, so she must keep her job a secret. But when Amos Burkholder starts helping at her family’s farm, hiding the truth from him is impossible. And soon she must choose between the Englisher world of modeling and the Amish man she’s come to love.

Book 3 in the Prodigal Daughters series due to release January 2019, COURTING HER PRODIGAL HEART

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MARY DAVIS s a bestselling, award-winning novelist of over two dozen titles in both historical and contemporary themes. Her 2018 titles include; "Holly and Ivy" in A Bouquet of Brides Collection (January), Courting Her Amish Heart (March), The Widow’s Plight (July), Courting Her Secret Heart (September), “Zola’s Cross-Country Adventure” in The MISSAdventure Brides Collection (December), and Courting Her Prodigal Heart (January 2019). She is a member of ACFW and active in critique groups.
Mary lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over thirty-four years and two cats. She has three adult children and two incredibly adorable grandchildren. Find her online at:




Wednesday, November 14, 2018

MISSAdventure BRIDES Series: RIDERS OF THE PAINTED STAR – The Heroine



By Kathleen E. Kovach

In the height of the singing cowboy era in Hollywood, Zadie Fitzgerald takes advantage of her local movie theater in Manhattan, New York. There is nothing better than cheering on her favorite actor and booing the villain. A successful artist, she learns of an opportunity to stay on an Arizona dude ranch and illustrate covers for a famed western novelist.


Zadie’s dream is to meet a real cowboy. She’s bored with city boys and has romanticized the tall, rugged horsemen that has filled her Saturday afternoons.
Once on the ranch, she spots just the right cowboy and asks if he'll model for the cover. Royce Rutger is reluctant at first but soon acquiesces. Thrilled to be able to spend quality sketching time with a real cowboy, Zadie is beside herself with joy.
But not all is what it seems.
Come to my blog through the month of November, when I’ll be hosting all of the heroes of the collection. Then, join me in December as I talk about my own story. I’ll be giving away copies of MISSAdventure Brides at the end of both months.

Kathleen E. Kovach is a Christian romance author published traditionally through Barbour Publishing, Inc. as well as indie. Having grown up in Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park was her playground. She lives in northeast Colorado with her husband of over four decades and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. An award-winning author, she presents spiritual truths with a giggle, proving herself as one of God’s peculiar people. Please visit her at http://www.kathleenekovach.com.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

MISSAdventure BRIDES Series: LESSON OF LOVE

By Cynthia Hickey

I love writing about feisty heroines who let nothing get in their way of goals and dreams. Leah Ellison is such a character. When her ride from a stagecoach station doesn’t arrive to take her up the mountain to her new home, she sets off to walk and literally, trips over a man. A handsome one at that who isn’t thrilled to see a young woman with stars in her eyes and no idea of what life in the backwoods of the Ozark mountains is like.
Luke Canfield had every intention of picking up the new school teacher, but a broken axle changed his plans. When a pretty city girl trips over him and starts spouting nonsense, he fears she’s not up for the job of an Ozark mountain teacher.
What ensues is a lively romance full of misadventure, mishaps, a community coming together, and finding God’s true will.


Multi-published and Amazon and ECPA Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey has sold over a million copies of her works since 2013. She has taught a Continuing Education class at the 2015 American Christian Fiction Writers conference, several small ACFW chapters and RWA chapters. She and her husband run the small press, Winged Publications, which includes some of the CBA’s best well-known authors. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs, one cat, and three box turtles. She has eight grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”.




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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

MISSAdventure Brides series: A COURAGEOUS DAMSEL



ZOLA’S CROSS-COUNTRY ADVENTURE in MISSAdventure Brides Collection
What’s a courageous young woman in 1904 to do when challenged to drive across the country? Accept, of course. Will the journalist tasked to tail her steal her heart? Or sabotage her efforts?


In 1903, the first successful transcontinental road trip took place. When Zola Calkin hears of this and the men in her circle of friends laugh at women trying such a thing, she rises to the challenge and recreates this trip the following year to become the first woman to drive across the country. Without the assistance of a man. No one believes she will succeed in this endeavor. From time to time, even she has doubts herself.
She and her female cousin learn to drive and repair the automobile they purchased and plan out every detail of their trip. Word of their venture is splashed across newspapers. Most people—both men and women—doubt a woman can make the trip. Many are looking for her to fail.
I love my Zola character for many reasons. One, I love her tenacity to tackle this adventure and perseverance to see it through even when it was hard. Two, I named her after my mom. With a unique name like Zola, I had to find a very special character to live up to the name. (Love you, Mom!)
As the story goes, my great-grandma Zola’s friends said that they knew a fellow with an unusual name. My great-grandpa Montz’s friends said they knew a girl with an unusual name and that the two of them should go on a date. Neither of them wanted to go on a blind date, but they finally gave in to get their friends to stop bugging them. They went on the date—and as they say—the rest is history. So my mom was named after her grandma, and one of her brothers was named after their grandpa.
This post is longer than my other posts on this novella will be, but I wanted to add the story of where my mom’s name came from. Where my great-grandma got the name, I have no idea.
Happy Adventuring!

Love Is One of Life’s Greatest Adventures
Seven daring damsels don’t let the norms of their eras hold them back. Along the way these women attract the attention of men who admire their bravery and determination, but will they let love grow out of the adventures?
Releases December 1, 2018

The MISSAdventure Brides Collection would make a wonderful Christmas present!

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-four years and two cats. She has three adult children and two incredibly adorable grandchildren. Find her online at:


MISSAdventure BRIDES Series: Millie Watkins, Heroine of DETOURS OF THE HEART

By Donna Schlachter If you talked to Millie and asked her about her heroine status, she’d likely blush, shuffle her toe ...