Wednesday, April 15, 2015


Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! I am part of Team PINK and this is Stop #3.

If you’re just joining us, there are two loops—purple and pink—and they begin at Lisa Bergren’s site and Robin Hatcher’s site for stop #1 for either stream. If you complete either the pink loop or purple loop, you can enter for a Kindle Paperwhite and the 17 autographed books from that loop. If you complete BOTH loops, you can enter for the Grand Prize of a Kindle Fire HDX and ALL 34 autographed books.

BE SURE to keep track of the clues at the bottom of every post in the loop and the favorite number mentioned. You’ll need those clues to enter for the loop prize and every number mentioned in order to enter for the grand prize.

ALSO, please don’t use Internet Explorer to navigate through the loops. Some web sites won’t show up using IE. Please use Chrome or Firefox—they’re better anyway!

Without further ado, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to my guest for the Scavenger Hunt, Stephanie Grace Whitson. Steph is not only a very gifted writer, she's also a dear friend. You're gonna love her post!
Stephanie Grace Whitson

Now the official bio: 

Best-selling, award-winning novelist Stephanie Grace Whitson wrote her first bit of historical fiction in the 1990s while home schooling her four children and learning the true stories of the pioneer women of the West. 

She enjoys giving programs on a variety of historical and inspirational topics for civic organizations and church groups, quilting, learning about the women of the past, and riding her motorcycle named Kitty. 

Learn more at her website and blog

Here's the summary of her latest book:

Daughter of the Regiment by
Stephanie Grace Whitson
Irish immigrant Maggie Malone wants no part of the war. She'd rather let "the Americans" settle their differences—until her brothers join Missouri's Union Irish Brigade, and one of their names appears on a list of injured soldiers. 

Desperate for news, Maggie heads for Boonville, where the Federal army is camped. There she captures the attention of Sergeant John Coulter. When circumstances force Maggie to remain with the brigade, she discovers how capable she is of helping the men she comes to think of as "her boys." And while she doesn't see herself as someone a man would court, John Coulter is determined to convince her otherwise.

As the mistress of her brother's Missouri plantation, Elizabeth Blair has learned to play her part as the perfect hostess—and not to question her brother Walker's business affairs. When Walker helps organize the Wildwood Guard for the Confederacy, and offers his plantation as the Center of Operations, Libbie must gracefully manage a house with officers in residence and soldiers camped on the lawn. As the war draws ever closer to her doorstep, she must find a way to protect the people who depend on her. 

Despite being neighbors, Maggie and Libbie have led such different lives that they barely know one another—until war bring them together, and each woman discovers that both friendship and love can come from the unlikeliest of places.

Buy Stephanie's book:

And now here is Stephanie's EXCLUSIVE content you'll find only on this hunt! 

Lovers of historical fiction tend to share a fascination with historic costume. We spend time on Pinterest oohing and aahing over the gorgeous creations housed in costume collections around the world. Some of us even attend Civil War reenactments and Jane Austen balls in costumes we’ve made. While we do love our “women in costume,” I suspect we’ve secretly thankful we aren’t expected to lace up a corset and step into five petticoats every morning! 

A great deal of thought and planning goes into cover design for any novel, and when a publisher takes extra care with selection and planning, it makes a writer’s heart sing. Sometimes publishers have access to theatrical costume warehouses. That gives them a wide range of options for a cover shoot. In the case of Daughter of the Regiment, FaithWords went the extra mile. They hired a designer to make a uniform inspired by an authentic Civil War vivandière costume housed in the National Museum of American History. 

Vivandières were women who served the French army during the Crimean War. Their service inspired Daughters of the Regiment in the American Civil War. 

That’s Maggie Malone on the cover of Daughter of the RegimentMaggie is a 6-foot-tall Irish immigrant who farms alongside her two brothers and her uncle. When the Civil War breaks out, she has very little interest in a conflict “the Americans” should solve. But when Maggie’s two brothers volunteer with the Irish Brigade, and when one of their names shows up on a list of wounded soldiers, war becomes personal. 

Worried about her brother, Maggie travels to where the Irish Brigade is encamped. Eventually, she begins to think of the soldiers as “her boys.” As the story unfolds, Maggie grows and changes, until she realizes that she doesn’t want to leave the regiment. In the end, Maggie follows in the footsteps of 19th century women like Kady Brownell of Rhode Island and Annie Etheridge of Michigan.

Historic photographs of women who served as Daughters of the Regiment show various versions of uniforms. Soldiers who wrote about regimental“daughters” mention caps decorated with feathers, bloomers, and all manner of braid. Inspired by the Smithsonian’s vivandiere’s costume, designer Linda Coulter first sketched the design shown below.

Once FaithWords gave approval, she created this exquisite uniform of soft blue wool, complete with authentic Civil War era reproduction buttons and lace. The jacket is fully lined and boned.

Maggie Malone would have been proud to wear it, and I’ve been excited to share it with readers who attend launch events this spring. If I could wear it, I would … but alas, it’s a size 0, and I am not.

I hope you’ve enjoyed learning “the inside story” of this cover shoot. You can see more historic background on my Pinterest Board: Daughter of the Regiment.


Thanks for stopping by the hunt! Before you go, make sure you WRITE DOWN THESE CLUES:

Secret Word: be
Secret Number: 30, a number that I chose because it's the number of years I've been married to my first husband.

Got 'em down? Great! Your next stop is #4, Stephanie Grace Whitson's site. Click on over there now. And if you get lost, a complete list of the loop with links can be found at our mother host's site

To Whisper Her Name, 
the first standalone novel in the
Belle Meade Plantation series

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TWO lucky winners will receive an autographed copy of the first book in the Belle Meade Plantation series, To Whisper Her Name 

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Monday, April 13, 2015

An excerpt from To Win Her Favor

You asked for it, so here it is...

$4.99 e-book if pre-ordered before May 11

the second standalone novel in the 
Belle Meade Plantation series

Releases May 12, 2015

Thanks, friends, for anticipating this release. I'm eager to share Cullen and Maggie's story with you!

Thanks for reading, 

Another fun book cover story

Twin covers? Really? Friend and writing critique partner Deborah Raney and I have ended up with the same cover for different novels! But you know, I don't really mind...

Find out why!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Flash Sale! .99 e-book for The Inheritance - WED, MAR 25 or while it lasts!

About the book: 
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.  
Hope you enjoy, and let me know if you grab it!

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Coming in July

A novella collection with friends and fellow authors Shelley Gray, Dorothy Love, and Elizabeth Musser. . .

To Mend a Dream by Tamera Alexander
(a Belle Meade Plantation novella)
Savannah Darby would do almost anything to revisit her family home. So when new owner, Aidan Bedford, a Boston attorney and former Union soldier, seeks to redecorate the house for his fiancée, Savannah jumps at the opportunity. But the clock is ticking. Can she find the box her father supposedly hid there during the war before her assignment is completed? And before she sees yet another battle lost on the home front. This time, one of the heart.

An Outlaw's Heart by Shelley Shepard Gray
When Russell Stark returns to Fort Worth, he's determined to begin a new life. But when he arrives at his mother's homestead, he discovers she's very ill, and the woman he loved is still as beautiful and sweet as he remembered. With time running out, Russell must come to terms with both his future and his past.

A Heart So True by Dorothy Love
Abigail knows all too well what is expected of her: to marry her distant cousin Charles and take her place in society. But her heart belongs to another. A terrible incident forces Abby to choose between love and duty.

Love Beyond Limits by Elizabeth Musser
Emily has a secret: She's in love with one of the freedmen on her family's plantation. Meanwhile, another man declares his love for her. Emily realizes some things are not as they seem and secrets must be kept in order to keep those she loves safe.

Each novella includes a scrumptious Southern recipe that's inherent to each author's story and that will suit your book club meeting to a T!

"Savannah and Aidan’s story touched me deeply, and made me smile because, a century and a half later, people really haven’t changed so much. We still have the same longings, the same fears, the same trials. And as this story so beautifully illustrates, we still have the same God desiring to fulfill our longings, calm our fears, and carry us through every heartache. And sometimes, to bring us the kind of love Savannah and Aidan were blessed to know."
~ Deborah Raney, author of the Chicory Inn Novels and The Face of the Earth

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

LIBRARY BUILDER Giveaway (20 books and a whole lot more!)

Want to build your local library's collection? Or perhaps your church or reading club's library? Then enter the Library Builder Giveaway by signing up (below in the Rafflecopter box) to receive my email updates. I love staying connected with you!

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Medium (M) "Got Biscuits" t-shirt from Loveless Motel

Books included: 

Home To Chicory Lane by Deborah Raney 
Love Without End by Robin Lee Hatcher
Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers
The Brickmaker’s Bride by Judith Miller
Tried and True by Mary Connealy
Caught in the Middle by Regina Jennings
One Big Thing by Phil Cooke
The Glory of Christmas by Max Lucado
Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden
Between Heaven and Earth by Steve Berger
A Sensible Arrangement by Tracie Peterson
Steadfast Heart by Tracie Peterson
An Unexpected Match by Gayle Roper
Left Behind by Jerry Jenkins
Winter in Full Bloom by Anita Hagman
An Amish Christmas Novella Collection
Blowing on Dandelions by Miralee Ferrell
Twice Promised by Maggie Brendan
Thin Line New Testament Bible by Zondervan
Jeremy (a movie)
And a Loveless Cafe T-shirt (size M) "Got Biscuits?"

Feel free to pass this giveaway along to other group members in order to increase your chances of winning!


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

To Whisper Her Name $2.99 e-book

From Feb 23 - Mar 1...

Grab USA Today bestseller To Whisper Her Name, the first book in the Belle Meade Plantation series, for $2.99 for your e-reader.



Thanks for taking these journeys with me! 

And just in case you haven't seen the Belle Meade Plantation, let me take you on a little tour... 

Pre-order To Win Her Favor e-book for only $4.99

$4.99 pre-order for e-book
A pre-order e-book sale! 

If you pre-order To Win Her Favor, the second standalone novel in the Belle Meade Plantation series, by May 11, your e-book price is $4.99. 


Here's a glimpse at the full cover (front and back). What do you think? 

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I especially love the spine. Which reminds me, bookmarks should be ready for mailing soon. I'll update you when those get here. 

Thanks, as always, for pinning these images on Pinterest and for passing this promotion along to those who love Southern fiction and stories that incorporate real history and people.

About the book:

A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie Linden is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who could help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing forever.

An Irishman far from home, Cullen McGrath left a once prosperous life in England because of a horse racing scandal that nearly ruined him. He's come to Nashville for a fresh start, hoping to buy land and begin farming, all while determined to stay as far away from thoroughbred racing as possible. But starting over proves harder than he'd wagered, especially when Maggie Linden's father makes him an offer he shouldn't accept yet cannot possibly refuse.

Maggie is certain that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the inaugural Peyton Stakes, the richest race ever run in America. Maggie only needs the chance to prove it. To give her that chance--and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder--Maggie's father, aging, yet wily as ever, makes a barter. His agreement includes one tiny, troublesome detail--Maggie must marry a man she's never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.

Monday, February 23, 2015

The Inheritance | Free e-book

Have you read The InheritanceIf not, grab it free on e-book this week only. I'd be so grateful if you'd share this promo with your book clubs and other reading buddies. 

If you're a Pinterest pal, thanks for pinning these images and passing along this freebie!

Did you know that The Inheritance — my fifth published book — was really the first story I ever wrote? It was initially rejected by a publisher years earlier (and they were right to do so, it needed work!). But seven years after first writing this manuscript, I got the chance to write it all over again as the first historical for  #WomenofFaith fiction. And I'm so grateful. Wyatt and McKenna's story had been living inside me for a long time. I hope you enjoy it. 

P.S. For you aspiring writers out there. . . Never give up on a manuscript! Every no along the way is simply part of God's final YES when his perfect timing is reached.

About the book: 
An unexpected inheritance. An unknown future. An unending love. 

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, 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.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Within My Heart $1.99 e-book special

I love Colorado Territory history and really enjoy writing about the towns and people of the Rocky Mountains in the 19th century. One of my books, Within My Heart, is set in Colorado in that era and is $1.99 today & tomorrow on participating e-book vendors. 

Have you been to the Rockies? And to the Maroon Bells specifically, which is the setting of this book? Such a beautiful part of God's creation. 

Thanks for passing this discount along to reading buddies who enjoy Colorado fiction. Have you read Within My Heart? Rand and Rachel's journey?

Available at: 

Let me know if you grab it, and thanks for reading!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Torn ACLs are no fun

Jack is recuperating from surgery after a torn ACL, bless him. He has to wear the cone for two weeks with very limited movement/walking during that time, and after two weeks only gradual walking. And then he can't run or jump for another eight weeks (!!). After trying to barricade him in with pillows and other household objects, we broke down and—okay, I'm slightly embarrassed admitting this—bought a playpen, the cheapest one we could find, to keep him corralled for the duration. 

He's never stayed in a kennel and usually has "run of the house," so a kennel would have added major anxiety for him on top of all the pain. So this is a compromise of sorts, and a very new and unwelcome change for him. 

But I'm so grateful for Dr. Mirae Wood and this surgery. Otherwise, Jack would have gone lame and eventually lost his right hind leg. We were playing ball on partial carpet/wood floor and he slipped and tore the ligament completely. #FeelSOBad Lesson: Only play ball on fully carpeted area. 

Has your sweet pet ever had surgery? 
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