Friday, September 5, 2014


The Day is finally HERE! 

Hearts Stolen's Debut Day!

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You can buy it here: I LOVE Caryl's Stories! 

Though HEARTS STOLEN is # 12, a very special number I might add, it never gets old holding your new book in your hand! I love this story that stars LEVI BARTHOLOMEW BAYLOR. He starts out a Sergeant in the Texas Rangers and is promoted to Captain early in. He fought for Texas independence at the Battle of San Jacinto and when HEARTS STOLEN opens, is serving under President Sam Houston during the years Texas was a Republic.

Levi riding double with the little wildman Charley Nightengale

You might remember Levi from VOW UNBROKEN, book one of my Texas Romances. Orphaned at age five, his Aunt Sue--VOW's heroine--raises him alone, no father figure in his life. That is until Patrick 'Henry' Buckmeyer comes into his life in the fall of 1832, Levi's fourteenth year.

Now, he's twenty-six. The year is 1844, and he is dispatched to pick up stolen white women after the signing of the Treaty of Tehuacana Creek negotiated by Houston with the Comanche Tribes. Levi makes a great hero! I truly think you'll LOVE him! 

Or buy it here: Amazon

And there's the beautiful Sassy!

Introduced by name only, readers meet Rosaleen 'Sassy' Foglesong in VOW as one of nine-year-old Rebecca's playmates. When she diappears in HEARTS STOLEN, Rebecca writes a letter to her Ranger brother-cousin asking him to keep an eye out for the beautiful Sassy. 

Her life's row has certainly been tough to hoe, but hasn't spoiled her faith and her hope in the Lord. She has a son to live for after all--Charley Nightengale named after his father Charles but born in the captivity of the Comanche Chief Bold Eagle, and the People are all he has known in his four years. Charley steals many scenes, The little darlin' is all boy and comes up with plenty of shenanigans!

Major/minor characters include Wallace Rusk, Levi's sidekick, who is a strong and lovable character; Laura Langley, one of the youngest women rescued by Levi's detachment is big and pregnant and an uneducated, sympathetic character readers will surely be cheering for.

 And of course, those who loved VOW will be very pleased to reunite with the Buckmeyers, Uncle Henry and Aunt Sue along with meeting all the little Buckmeyer ladies born these last twelve years for the first time.

Oh I hope you buy it here on DEBUT DAY

Writing this novel required a lot of research which I thoroughly enjoyed. In 1844, life in Texas seemed way too rough for my liking, but it certainly tested the grit of those brave enough to carve out their place in the history of the great Lone Star State! The more time I spend with the Baylors and Buckmeyers, the more I love them. And now readers are introduced to the Nightengales.

You might find it fun to know that I do have Sassy's gray mare, Strawberry Bliss. She and I share a birthday. Husband Ron and I inherited twelve quarter horses when his father, PawPaw passed. Bliss was a six-month-old filly then. When going through PawPaw's house, I found a little scribble of paper with 'Bingo foaled May 3rd, 2001' written on it. She and I became fast friends. And I still enjoy riding her. We are very good friends! She was thirteen this year, I was (un-hum) fifty-one years older ;)

So get ready to enjoy an awesome historical Christian 'western adventure' romance that begins on the Texas prairie near Kickapoo Creek in 1839. Chapter Two jumps five years to 1844. I pray that you'll help me by #1 reviewing it at Amazon and maybe Goodreads - REVIEWS are so very important to authors. Don't concern yourself so much with the synopsis, there'll be plenty of those, but just a few words from your hearts - how much and why you liked (or loved) it :) #2 is tell your friends to get it - especially out of state friends and families. Leave comments on your social media sites and share ones you see that I post. I'm so thrilled that many early readers - including my Daddy who went home July 31 this year - say HEARTS STOLEN is almost twice as good as VOW UNBROKEN. I hope you think so, too!
You can help me! I'm hoping to climb to #1 on DAY ONE in Amazons new releases!

So celebrate with me today! It's a WONDERFUL day for a book to be released into the world. 

A writer spends hours and hours choosing just the right words to tell their stories. Historical authors research and look up special words and phrases used in their time period--and ones that were not! For instance, did you know that 'okay' didn't come into use until World War II? And snake-oil salesman, not until the 1890s. One of my early readers said 'wow' was too current a word, but it's been around sine the first decade of the sixteenth century. They know this by searching through old papers, letters, books and the like. All I have to do is google it. And there's a new word. Google as a verb. I don't think you'll see that in HEARTS STOLEN, but in this novel, someone might think another is a little 'blue at the mizen' (haughty) or a man might 'light a shuck' (leave). Fun, right? 

It isn't just imagining the story or the setting, keeping the timeline running true, staying in the point of view of the character who has the most emotion at risk during that particular scene, or making sure your sentence structure is varied, your paragraphs don't all start with the same words (proper name, He, She), and that you haven't used the same words too times too close; a Christian writer must be certain that the name of the Lord is glorified, that His vales and principles are extolled. I hope deep in my spirit that I have brought Him closer to you through my characters.

This is a little teaser I worked up to use on my events page (September 10th Virtual Launch Party, stay tuned to Facebook notices) or (September 13, the East Texas BookFest in Tyler Texas at the Junior College there, 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. :) (September 20th - Barnes and Noble at Stonebriar Mall 2:00 until 5:00 p.m.) and more. You might see other teasers here.  

This note was forgotten, but at the right time, God brought it to remembrance. Others depict scenes from Sassy's point of view, one from Charley's, one from Levi's, and one from a very bad man.

Haven't BOUGHT yet? There's STILL TIME

  And just in case you didn't purchase your copy yet, and bought one for that birthday present coming up, you can DO IT NOW and I will be so very grateful! Hugs and blessings from Texas!


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Raquel Byrnes' Secrets Out!

Meet Raquel Byrnes and her SECRETS

This week the second book in Raquel's Noble Island Mystery series debuted! Set on the same mysterious Noble Island as her first novel, this one delves into the strange and secretive ways of the island's Romany people. Secrets at Crescent Point is a Gothic Romance with intrigue and thrills, I know you'll love Raven and Siyah's adventure!

Here is an official blurb...

Leaving Noble Island amid scandal and accusation, Raven vows never to return, but when her sister's fiancé goes missing, Raven has no choice. Shunned by the island, if she is to unravel the mystery of Niklos's disappearance, she must rely on the only man she's ever loved, Siyah Cavaler.

Siyah was devastated when Raven left Noble Island, but as the clan's heir apparent, he has a responsibility to keep the families from falling into ruin and crime. To preserve the island's future, he agrees to a bride from a rival family, but Raven's return stirs his heart and jeopardizes his position in the council. Giving in to his love for Raven would mean turning his back on all he's ever known.

When Raven’s investigation uncovers a grisly discovery, a darkness is unleashed that threatens them both.

Bizarre accidents, unexplained deaths, and strange apparitions shroud the island. Raven and Siyah struggle to save the families and their love as they race to stop another death and unveil the Secrets at Crescent Point.

Be sure to check out Raquel's new novel! Blessings! 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Levi Shares Bitty Beck's Letter

The third of the Hearts Stolen Prequelettes - sharing letters back and forth between Levi and his sister-cousin Rebecca. If you've not read the first two (each is very short), here are the links: 1st Letter from Rebecca    2nd Letter also from Rebecca

Wallace whacked him on the knee. "Come on, finish it. She's been writing on it a month."

June 22, 1836
Daddy said we were going to town tomorrow, so I’m going to write one more little bit before I post this letter then.
He finally hired a carpenter and his son to help get the new big front of the house dried in. That’s what they called it, and I suppose it means to where it’ll keep the rain out. It’s ace high to be sure. Mama and I still had to help because you were gone. Come home now.
That thing I wanted to talk to you about? Well, I figured it out myself with Sassy and Sophia Belle, because you were not home. Mama bought me a new dress with an empire waist and puffy sleeves at the top, but they’re more a fit elbow to wrist. It’s a beautiful green. Boss, and I love it.

Rebecca dipped her quill in the ink, tapped it twice on her blotter, and left herself a moment to picture her new beau. She hated it that Mama and Daddy caught her staring at him instead of working, but well, she was coming fourteen. Already marrying age by some accounts. She tapped the quill again then returned to her missive.

Yes, sir, you will not recognize the place when you finally come home. Have I mentioned I want you here and not running all over the Republic?
Jean Paul has been working hard on getting more land ready for spring planting. He and daddy have been talking a lot about busting out more bottom land. He’s got that thirty acre block west of the smoke house laid by, says he’ll need to run it again before he plants, but it sure looks good.
Bless the good Lord we don’t live there anymore. At the time, I didn’t mind it at all, but we didn’t know any better. Just wait until you see the new front of the house. I mean before it was nice, but now… Well, come home like a good brother should, and you’ll see for your own self. I hate you not being here, please be safe and careful and don’t go and do something stupid.
I love you, brother. We’re all praying for you, Levi. Mama says you’ll be fine, and I agree, but I’d like it a whole lot better if you were here.
It’s getting late. Mama says I’ve got to turn the lamp off, so I’ll start another letter when I have something new to write about. Write back and post it as quick as you can.
                                                                                    Love as always,
                                                                                   Your Bitty Beck

Levi folded the three pages and slid them back into the envelope she’d mailed it in then placed it in his wallet. That he tucked inside his saddle bags, then retrieved the piece of paper and pencil he’d been carrying for better than a month. He’d already read the thing three times to Wallace, and now that they were almost back to Austin, he needed to get something down to send back.
“How old is your sister, Levi?”
He looked to his friend. “Fourteen.”
Wallace tossed another branch on the fire. “Be sure to mention me when you write her back. Maybe tell her about those yaps that ambushed us last month.”
Levi laughed. “No, I am not writing about that. And you need to stop bragging on me like you’ve been doing everywhere we go.”
“God’s own truth. You got three of them.” He laughed. “I loved it when you took that last one’s Arkansas toothpick away from him and slit his throat.” He dragged his finger across his own neck.
Levi couldn’t argue with the truth, but Wallace Rusk had made him out to be some kind of hero. “True, and you bagged the other two. But still, trust me, my friend. Girls don’t want to hear about us killing Comanche.”
“Well how about that lady you met in San Antonio? Now she’s worth writing home about.”
“Wallace, I’m not interested in that girl. She wasn’t much older than Rebecca, and not half as pretty.”
His friend laughed. “She sure was smitten with the great Levi Baylor, famous Texas Ranger.”
“Will you stop that? I’m not great or famous. Really, you’ve got to stop bragging on me.”
“Hey. It ain’t brag if it’s true.”
Levi waved him off. “Don’t you have the first watch?”
“Nope, me and Nick traded.”
He nodded. “Well shut your trap. I got to figure out something to write. We should make Austin tomorrow.”
“How about that band of Kiowa?”
“No, now hush.”

October 13, 1836

Dearest Rebecca, Aunt Sue and Uncle Henry, and my little sisters Mary Rachel, Gwendolyn, and Baby Cecilia.
Hope this missive finds you all well and happy. I’m good. Wallace Rusk, Nick Ward, and I are about back to Austin, so I thought I’d get this written to mail while we’re there. The Major said maybe some leave was in order if the Comanche didn’t start something. If he lets me loose, I may hightail it home for a visit.
Sorry I haven’t written sooner, but we’ve been down south, and I didn’t figure a letter would have much chance of getting to you.
Sure do miss everyone. Is the baby walking yet? How’s the house building coming along? Sounds great that Jean Paul’s going to plant more cotton, not that I care much for hoeing or picking or having anything to do with lint—you can vouch for that Auntie—but I know what a money maker it is.
Uncle, I’m sending a full head right I traded for. Use it however you see fit, or save if for that little valley we found along the Llano, either way I trust your judgment.
Auntie, sure miss your cooking and hearing you nag me about any and every thing. Wallace’s grammar sure needs help, I’m sure everyone will like him if you ever get to meet him.

A low two note whistle drew his attention. He set the paper down and pulled out his pistol. Wallace nodded toward the south. Levi agreed then eased north.  

From Huckleberry Hill all the way to Texas!

 I'm part of a HOP this week! My friend Jennifer Beckstrand, author of the Huckleberry Hill novels - wonderful Amish romances full of fun since she enjoys making her readers laugh and fall in love! - You'll find her answers on her Facebook page. So, I'm supposed to answer the following same four questions then send my readers on to Holly Michael's Facebook Page where she'll answer the questions next!

1) What am I working on?
I'm working on book four of my Texas Romances, 1800s series SINS OF THE MOTHERS. It follows VOW UNBROKEN (1832 - Simon and Schuster's Howard Books debuted in March 2014), book two HEARTS STOLEN (1839-1844, debuts September 2014), and book three HOPE REBORN (1850 -- 1851, planned January 2015 debut). My work-in-progress is the first of the series where the majority of the story takes place outside Texas when young Mary Buckmeyer marries and flees with her new husband to California.
          Though born in Long Beach, California, I was in Texas for my first birthday and have always considered myself a Texan! Still, when the Beach Boys sang 'I Wish They All Could be California Girls' when I was but a teen, I proudly declared my birth state!  

Book One Debuted March 4th, 2014
Book Two debuts September 5th

2) How does my work differ from others of its genre?  It's seems difficult to compare my stories to others in my genre. I guess the setting being Tejas, then the Republic of Texas, then the State of Texas makes it different from many historical romances. My characters don't all have it so easy, they work long and hard and test their unction against nemesis that aren't always men, but nature and the time period when living in Texas hurled troubles most different from the Eastern Seaboard of America and across the ocean in England and the European countries.
          I hope my characters will become friends of my readers and keep them interested enough to read all in the series, as well as encourage them to read other novels and novellas I've written to make new friends!
          I believe most all Christian authors desire to honor the Lord and advance His Kingdom with their stories, but if they don't, then that would be a difference, too. I try never to be preachy or judgmental, but tell life the way it is and work in--through the faith of my characters--scriptural principals that the Holy Spirit will use to convict readers and draw them into a closer relationship with the Father through His Son.

3) Why do I write what I do?
I believe most all Christian authors desire to honor the Lord and advance His Kingdom with their stories. In my writing, I try never to be preachy or judgmental, but tell life the way it is. I've been called bold and am not ashamed of my God or His Good News. I try to work in--through the faith of my characters--scriptural principals that the Holy Spirit will use to convict readers and draw them into a closer relationship with the Father through His Son. I write what I do because I believe it is God's will for my life.

4) How does my writing process work?
I've come to know my characters, and so just write to tell their stories, their life experiences, the tragedies and ecstasies. I usually spend most my early moring hours on the computer and then my late night hours back at the computer again.
That would be when the boys are off to school, and after
they retire for the night! O'Pa and I have had four grandsons for eleven years. This year, our household lost the two oldest--one to graduation, Matthew's off to college, and the other to his maternal grandparents. That granddad fell and broke his hip and Gregory asked if he could go to live with them to be a help. So we still have Christian, a fourteen-year-old and eleven-year-old Benjamen.
          Since my husband is also a writer, he makes sure my heroes are strong and manly. I'm so blessed that God made me in my mother's womb to be his wife. He is, to me, the epitome of Christ on earth and shows me daily the example of God's love for His bride. The fact that he writes, too, means he understands the time I spend at the computer -- not only writing, but on marketing, too. That's a huge part of a writers' 'job' if they are to be successful. God always opens doors and blesses me beyond comprehension.

From here, I will introduce you to the next hop on this BlogHop who would be a dear friend of mine, Holly Michael. I met her just last year at ACFW but believe our coming together was in God's divine plan. Holly is published in various magazines, newspapers, and in Guideposts books, and CROOKED LINES, a 2012 ABNA quarterfinalist, is her debut novel, August 2014. She has her second novel, a 2014 Genesis semifinalist, I'LL BE SEEING YOU coming soon, and also is co-authoring a devotional with her NFL tight end son, Jake. She and her husband, Anglican Bishop Leo Michael, regularly travel from their home in Kansas City to India, and she loves watching her sons play football--Jake (NFL) and Nick (Rajin' Cajuns)--and visits from her daughter, Betsy. 

On the shores of Lake Michigan, Rebecca Meyer seeks escape. Guilt-ridden over her little sister's death, she sets her sights on India, a symbol of peace.
Across the ocean in South India, Sagai Raj leaves his tranquil hill station home and impoverished family to answer a higher calling. Pushing through diverse and challenging cultural and religious milieus, he presses toward his goals, while wrong turns and bad choices block Rebecca from hers.
On similar paths midst twists and turns, and bridged across oceans through a kindly priest, the two desire peace and God's perfect will. But vows and blind obedience at all costs must be weighed...and buried memories, unearthed.
A review: Crooked Lines, a beautifully crafted debut novel, threads the lives of two determined souls from different continents and cultures. Compelling characters struggle with spirituality through despair and deceptions in search of truth
                      GET YOUR COPY NOW!

Friday, August 22, 2014

A Music Loving Heroine ~ My Kind of Story!

“The Hesitant Heiress” by Dawn Crandall

    With the rare ability to play the piano by ear, Amaryllis Brigham wants nothing more than to someday found a music school. However, someone keeps undermining her hopes and dreams at every turn. 
    Despite her own misgivings, she soon finds herself quickly falling in love with the most unlikely of men—the son of the very man she suspects has been bent on ruining her life. However, Nathan Everstone turns out to be much more than he seems… and everything she never knew she wanted. But can she trust an Everstone man?



Dawn Crandall writes long inspirational historical romantic suspense. She has a BA in Christian Education from Taylor University and lives in northeast Indiana with her ever-supportive husband and their newest addition, a little baby boy. Learn more about Dawn and The Hesitant Heiress from the August 2014 blog tour:

Friday, August 15, 2014

Maranatha BookFest / Kansas City ~ First Annual Christian Event!

"And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen."     John 21:25 

Highlighting CHRISTIAN AUTHORS for CHRISTIAN READERS! Bringing together Christian Literature to advance the Kingdom!

Every thirty minutes, an author will present or read from their book. Then be available for Q&A! A wonderful opportunity to get to know the Christian authors you love to read!

Please go to the Event Page for all the details: Maranatha BookFest Event

Christian Authors and Readers: Please go to this site and forward and tweet to your friends. Especially if you know you have frineds in the Kansas City area. It's in Missouri, but close to Western Kansas and semi-close to North Arkansas! 

Authors: If you can’t attend, consider donating books for our Review Table. Book there will be sold at half price and/or given away as door prizes in trade for a review.  

Readers: Please check out the site and tweet and share on Facebook.  It’ll be a great event!

Planning a Children's Corner, so it'll be a family event!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I Believe! I Believe! THE TURNING

Christian Blog says Do What God Asks of You
Do what God Asks of You!
Kudos and three cheers to Davis Bunn for writing an awesome book about the marvelous ways of of our awesome God. How He plans and directs and sends us help and encouragement and victory in the face of our enemies. Davis weaves a tale so believable, I could have been seeing it all happen on Fox!

He brings together the most unlikely candidates: John, middle aged father with a secret and a wife who adores him, Jenny, the young highly intelligent oriental girl at odds with her father, Alicia, a black choir leader who loves nothing more than praising God, a doctor trying to finish his residency, and a beloved lady, Ruth, widow of America's greatest evangelist.

God calls each of them for His purpose. With human frailties, fears, and self preservation instincts, will they choose to do the hard thing God asks of them? The answer - to my heart's thrill and God's glory - is a resounding YES! But can they follow through when the going really gets tough? I was reminded of "God works all things together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28

You know, as an author, learning the craft of creative writing has truly detrimentally affected my reading, and editing professionally for thirteen years hasn't helped either!. It's very hard to get into a book that was'es me to distraction and jumps all over the place introducing characters that don't seem to go together, getting into each one's head, but I promised to read THE TURNING and kept at it. I'm uncertain when the story took over and all the was'es faded from my view and the characters became friends I loved and could easily keep them apart, but I can say it happened early in this book, and I did not want to put it down again until I found out what happened.

And while these brothers and sisters consider or go straightaway to the turning God speaks to each about, another young man on the rise is taking the money moguls to town. Dripping with success, money, and the beautiful girl Trent Cooper plays a bad guy you're praying for! With his career on the line, he's out to convince the world Hope is Dead!

But God has a plan.

You will not be sorry you pick up THE TURNING! It's a wonderful book with heart warming messages filled with truths of God's love. It will lift your spirit and build your faith. And if you do not know Christ as your Lord and Savior, read it because you will enjoy it, too, and you may just get saved!    

Davis Bunn
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BIO: Davis Bunn is a self-proclaimed renaissance man who left his career in business to start a successful writing life. He has been honored with Christy aad Carol Awards for contemporary and suspense fiction. A sought after speaker, Davis teaches in the creative writing programme at The University of Oxford. He and his wife Isabella split their time living between Oxford and Florida.

CONTEST TIME! I have a book to give away courtesy of Davis' publisher Moody!
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(1) Leave a comment here, answering this question: Has God ever asked you to do a hard thing?
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