Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Low-Carb Lunch!

I just made these two dishes for the first time for lunch today. I wanted something "taco-ish" so went to one of my favorite low-carb site: All Day I Dream About Food

Oh. My. Word. Delicious

Recipes below.

Then I made these yummy Blonde Brownies...

Sorry I didn't take a pic of the actual brownie. Was in too big of hurry to taste it. 

They're sooo good! 

Saturday, July 9, 2016

January 2017 Release - A Note Yet Unsung

the third Belmont Mansion novel
Coming January 2017

A master violinist trained in Vienna, Rebekah Carrington manages to wheedle her way into an audition with the Maestro at the newly-formed Nashville Philharmonic. But women are "far too fragile and frail" for the rigors of an orchestra, and Rebekah’s hopes are swiftly dashed. Because the conductor—determined to leave his mark on the world of classical music—bows to public opinion. To make matters worse, Adelicia Acklen Cheatham, mistress of Belmont Mansion and Rebekah’s new employer, agrees with him.

Nationally-acclaimed conductor Nathaniel Tate Whitcomb is Nashville’s new orchestra leader. And despite a reluctant muse—and a strange buzzing and recurring pain in his head—he must finish composing his symphony before the grand opening of the city’s new opera hall. But far more pressing, he must finish it for the one who first inspired his love of music—his father, who is dying. But Tate’s ailment worsens. He knows Rebekah can help him finish his symphony. But how do you win back a woman's trust when you’ve robbed her of her dream?

As music moves us to tears yet makes our hearts soar, A Note Yet Unsung captures the splendor of classical music at a time when women’s hard-won strides in cultural issues changed not only world history—but the hearts of men.

And in case you haven't read the first two Belmont novels…

Friday, July 8, 2016

Christian Fiction Readers Retreat - NASHVILLE, AUG 24

Want to attend the 2016 Christian Fiction Readers Retreat with me...and 30+ of my closest author buddies?

Get all the info HERE!

Have you ever attended an event like this? SO looking forward to it, and hope you can join us!

Let me know if you're planning to be there!

What's happening in our world

As I watch the tragic news unfold in Minnesota and Baton Rouge, and last night in Dallas, I'm reminded of something I posted on Facebook back in May. I'm so grateful for these words from Anne Graham Lotz that I've repeated to myself many times since first hearing them… 

So much pain in the world, so much hatred and heartache. But even if you were to gather all of it up, from every corner of the world, it wouldn't begin to compare with the enormity and power of the transforming love of Christ Jesus. No matter what you're dealing with today, or what fears you may have for the future, know that Jesus is in control of it all. Nothing is happening that he cannot—and will not—handle. Nothing is outside of his rule. 

Praying for all those involved in these tragic circumstances, that they'll seek help and healing in Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit. Because there is no other way.

"If you love me, obey my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn't looking for him and doesn't recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you." John 14:15-17

Blessings, friends,

Friday, February 26, 2016


While studying Revelation in #BSF this week and reading about the seven bowls of judgment in chapter 16, I was stopped by this verse: "And a great earthquake struck—the worst since people were placed on the earth."

Mankind has seen some pretty horrific earthquakes in our time on earth. But none, the Bible says, compares to the one coming when God unleashes His final judgment. As I continued to study over the next two days, the word "unshaken" kept returning to me, along with a verse I could almost remember, yet...didn't.

Finally, I sat down and did some searching and found the verses I was trying to recall. They were SUCH an encouragement, especially in light of how the kingdom of darkness will someday will be shaken to its core and thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, when all evil and wrongdoing will be judged accordingly by God's justice and sovereignty.

The verses are from Hebrews 12...

"Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking. For if the people of Israel did not escape when they refused to listen to Moses, the earthly messenger, we will certainly not escape if we reject the One who speaks to us from heaven! When God spoke from Mount Sinai his voice shook the earth, but now he makes another promise: "Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also." 

This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain. Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is UNSHAKABLE, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. For our God is a devouring fire." (Hebrews 11:25-29)

God is merciful AND just. The two attributes go hand-in-hand. And, as believers in Christ, we're eternally grateful.

Among all your reading this week, be sure to read the most important book of all—His. What encouragement—or conviction—has God's Word given you this week?

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

From a Distance $1.99

From a Distance, the first book in the Timber Ridge Reflections series—and the 2009 winner of the Christy Award for Best Historical Romance—is on sale for $1.99 in ebook for a limited time.  Hope you enjoy!

Have you taken Daniel and Elizabeth's journey yet?

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

The Inheritance $1.99 ebook

Just in time for Christmas—and gift giving! A romance set in the wilds of the Colorado Territory with Wyatt and McKenna, two of my favorite characters. Thanks for sharing with your reader friends!

Women of Faith Fiction
2010 RITA Award winner
2010 Christy Finalist

About The Inheritance: 

Determined to tame her younger brother’s rebellious streak, McKenna Ashford accepts her cousin’s invitation to move west, and to begin again. But she quickly discovers that life in Copper Creek, Colorado is far from what she expected. Shouldering burdens beyond her years, McKenna tries to be the parent Robert needs, instead of the older sister he resents. But an “untimely inheritance” challenges her resolve at every turn, while also offering a second chance to restore her sense of trust—and perhaps even her heart.

U.S. Marshal Wyatt Caradon is dedicated to bringing fugitives to justice, yet years of living on the trail have taken their toll. When his path intersects with that of McKenna Ashford, he comes face-to-face with a past he never wanted to relive—and the one woman who can help him find the future he’s been longing for.

As McKenna struggles to let go of her independence and Wyatt considers opening his heart again, they discover an inheritance beyond imagination. But it will come at a price.

Women of FaithTM has shared the message of hope and grace with millions of women across the country through conferences and resources. When you see the words "Women of Faith Fiction" on a novel, you're guaranteed a reading experience that will capture your imagination and inspire your faith.      

Thursday, September 10, 2015

101 Best Romances from the past decade

Thanks, Colleen Coble, for giving me the heads up on this list from! And thanks to BookListReader for including #ABeautySoRare, a Belmont Mansion novel, on this list! 

Anyone reading Marcus and Eleanor's story right now?

Here are some favorite reader excerpts from A Beauty So Rare:

"Eleanor liked looking at him from this side. Actually, she liked looking at him from any angle. Although heaven help her if he ever knew. The man's ego practically entered the room before he did."

"She didn't want that—to have regrets at the end, to look back on things she wished she'd had the courage to do but didn't even try. She didn't want to merely survive this life. She wanted to live it."

Do you have a favorite quote to add?

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Exclusive Material for Among the Fair Magnolias

Here's the UNLOCKED EXCLUSIVE MATERIAL for ‪#‎AmongtheFairMagnolias‬, friends! 
Thanks so much for sharing this book's release with your reading buddies and for your enthusiasm to read it. Y'all are the best! 
Let me know what you think about the exclusive material. Do you enjoy getting sneak peeks of upcoming releases like this? As well as additional scenes?

Releases July 14

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Help UNLOCK exclusive content

To promote our July release of Among the Fair Magnolias—with writing buddies Shelley Shepard Gray, Dorothy Love, and Elizabeth Musser—we're challenging readers to help unlock exclusive content from the book.

Once this graphic (above) and #FairMagnolias has been shared 300 times, the bonus material will be unlocked.

So please, visit my facebook page here and let the unlocking begin by SHARING that FB post with your reading buddies. Thanks, friends, for taking part in getting the word out about this book.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Secretariat-themed Giveaway

What does Becky Wade's newest novel, A Love Like Ours, and mine, To Win Her Favor, have in common? Thoroughbreds! Specifically, Secretariat, the 1973 Triple Crown Winner.  

The horse in Becky’s novel traces its lineage back to Secretariat, and Secretariat’s lineage actually traces back to the Belle Meade Plantation (the setting of #ToWinHerFavor) and to a thoroughbred in my story named Bonnie Scotland. 

Enter by this Sunday night (June 14) at midnight central.
We'll post the winners (drawn at random) on our FB pages Monday morning.

I’m giving away a copy of Becky’s novel and a copy of Secretariat, the movie, to TWO lucky winners! And Becky’s giving away a copy of To Win Her Favor and a copy of Secretariat, the movie, to TWO lucky winners. 

So you have two chances to win! 

Simply leave a comment on my FB page post HERE to be entered and **ALSO** on Becky's FB post HERE.

Thanks for reading and for spreading the word to reader friends!

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