With All My … Scripture Art

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Today I’m sharing a piece of mixed media art I attempted recently, featuring Matthew 19:6. It didn’t turn out exactly how I envisioned, but it did help me focus on the Truth, which ultimately is the point of my art.

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First Line Friday – 5.18.18


Hi Everyone! It’s First Line Friday, so grab a book near you and share your first line in the comments below!

Today I’m sharing the first line from a book I recently finished reading, With You Always by Jody Hedlund.

With You Always

Here is the first line:

JUNE 1857

Elise Neumann stared out the cracked third-story window to the muddy street below, watching the omnibuses and carriages slog their way through the muck.


When a financial crisis in 1850s New York leaves three orphaned sisters nearly destitute, the oldest, Elise Neumann, knows she must take action. She’s had experience as a seamstress, and the New York Children’s Aid Society has established a special service: placing out seamstresses and trade girls. Even though Elise doesn’t want to leave her sisters for a job in Illinois, she realizes this may be their last chance.

The son of one of New York City’s wealthiest entrepreneurs, Thornton Quincy faces a dilemma. His father is dying, and in order to decide which of his sons will inherit everything, he is requiring them to do two things in six months: build a sustainable town along the Illinois Central Railroad, and get married. Thornton is tired of standing in his twin brother’s shadow and is determined to win his father’s challenge. He doesn’t plan on meeting a feisty young woman on his way west, though.

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Author Interview – Mary Connealy + Giveaway!

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I have been a Mary Connealy fan for years! Her books are full of love, humor, and action that keeps you turning the pages. I’m always grinning when I finish one of her books. Today I have the incredible honor of hosting Mary for an interview, but first, a little about her latest release, The Accidental Guardian.


The Accidental Guardian

Title: The Accidental Guardian
Series: High Sierra Sweethearts, Book 1
Author: Mary Connealy
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Release Date: April 3, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance / Western
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She’s the Only Witness to a Wagon Train Attack. Keeping Her Safe, Though, Means His World Is about to be Turned Upside Down.

When Trace Riley finds the smoldering ruins of a small wagon train, he recognizes an attack by the same group who left him as sole survivor years ago. Living off the wilderness since then, he’s finally carved out a home and started a herd–while serving as a self-appointed guardian of the trail. He’d hoped the days of driving off dangerous men were over, but the latest attack shows otherwise.

Deborah Harkness saved her younger sister and two toddlers during the attack, and now finds herself at the mercy of her rescuer. Trace becomes an accidental guardian when he offers the only shelter for miles around and agrees to take them in until they can safely continue their journey. His simple bachelor existence never anticipated kids and women in the picture and their arrival is unsettling–yet enticing.

Trace and Deborah find themselves drawing ever closer as they work together to bring justice to the trail and help the group survive the winter–but every day closer to spring means a day closer to leaving the mountains forever.

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A Little About Mary

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Mary Connealy writes “romantic comedies with cowboys” and is celebrated for her fun, zany, action-packed style. She has more than half a million books in print. She is the author of the popular series Wild at Heart, Kincaid Brides, Trouble in Texas, Lassoed in Texas, Sophie’s Daughters, and many other books. Mary lives on a ranch in eastern Nebraska with her very own romantic cowboy hero.

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Mary, I cannot tell you how excited I am to welcome you for this interview today on my blog. Thank you for taking the time to visit!

What is the most amount of time you’ve spent working on one book?

This is a hard one. I just can’t think of a book I’ve spent a truly extra long time on. I write a book in about 3 or 4 months, then some time polishing. Before I was published I’d go back over and over a book, to bring new ideas and newly learned skills to an older work, but no book that just dragged on my longer than 5 months total.

Thank you for sharing. It’s interesting to learn how differently each author works.

How many people read your work before it goes out to advanced readers? (i.e. critique partners or Beta Readers)

No one, and since you asked this question, now I’m wondering if that might be a mistake, huh? Hmmmm…nope, no one reads it before I send it into my publisher.

LOL Well, I don’t think we can call it a mistake considering how many people LOVE your books (myself included)!

What was the harshest criticism you’ve received and how did you deal with it?

You know I’ve gotten plenty of brutal one star reviews and by now I just don’t take them too seriously—although it is possible to learn from bad reviews if there are a lot that make the same comment. Probably the thing that bothered me the most was I entered Petticoat Ranch in the Golden Heart contest for RWA and they have a strange scoring system. One through ten. That’s it. No comments or pointers. And one judge gave it a one, the lowest score. ONE? Seriously? It’s THAT BAD??? C’mon. It seemed so harsh that I just didn’t take it seriously. Surely black ink on white paper oughta earn you a TWO??? I sold the book in pretty much the shape it was in about six months later. Of course, I am completely OVER IT!!!

Ha ha. Yes, you are clearly over it. 😉 I think I would have found the lack of reason for the low rating frustrating as well.

What is the best compliment you’ve received and how did it make you feel?

Wow, these are kinda hard questions!!! First compliment that pops into my head, My Cowboy, which is what I call my husband on Facebook, was reading and he looks up from his book and says…something like (I forget the details…) “They didn’t have towns in Wyoming back this far.” (Or something like that, he corrected some factual detail). I looked at him for a minute and said, “That’s not my book, you’re reading a Louis L’Amour book.” It was a great moment for him to be thinking me and Louis were the same!!!!

Sorry, not sorry. 🙂 Thanks for being a good sport. I love that your hubby knows his history, too.

If you could go back and re-make one decision in your writing career, what would it be?

First let me say, my writing career is a wonder to me. A WONDER!!!!!!!!! I can’t believe I ever got one book published and I’m over FIFTY. I might start earlier. I might be brave and go to conferences earlier. But I was writing before there were so many conferences….or at least before I knew about them. We didn’t have Google back then. I didn’t have the internet at home. I was raising four daughters and wasn’t free to travel around. So, it was HARD to find this stuff out. Still, I wish I’d’ve figured out a way to get published faster.

I can’t imagine how you did it all without the internet! 

If you weren’t writing this genre, which genre would you write?

I like reading thrillers, detective fiction. I also love Regency romance. I might try one of those.

Now I’m picturing a whole different version of Pride and Prejudice – something with spurs, cowboy hats, and maybe a Pinkerton detective thrown in somehow. 😀

What is your favorite piece of scripture?

The one that popped into my head is Psalm 27: 1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

That is a great verse.

Will you share with us one of your most romantic memories?

Yeesh. Well, hmmmm…I’ve been married for 42 years. Wow, that’s a huge number. And My Cowboy is a fine and decent man but romance…let me think on this one awhile. (insert here that music from final Jeopardy while I think) I do know that I was a stay at home for 27 years. I went to work teaching GED at that point and did it for 11 years and that money came right after I’d sold my first book. And once I got that job My Cowboy started cooking and cleaning. Before then our marriage had always had very traditional man/woman roles. He said if I was helping earn money, he should help around the house. Coming home after a long day of work, pulling into the garage and opening the card door to smell a meal cooking, wow, that’s about the most wonderful and romantic thing in the world.

As a woman married to a man who loves to cook, I know exactly what you mean. 

What do you look for in your fun-time reading?

I always say, if they are sassing each other and running for their lives while falling in love, then I’m happy. That’s what I read so that’s what I write.

Sounds good to me!

Which charity is closest to your heart?

I spend most of my charity dollars very close to home. I’m a little skeptical about how charities work and which ones you can trust. But I know if there’s a fundraiser for a neighbor or local person who’s been hurt or is sick, then my money is going to end up right where I sent it. So my own church, local fundraisers. I give to Wounded Warriors. I’ve got a niece and nephew in the Army so that’s close to my heart. And My Cowboy likes St. Jude’s Hospital so we send money to them.

Thank you so much for sharing with us today, Mary! It has been fun getting to know you and seeing your sense of humor shine through in your answers. 


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2 GIVEAWAYS + Debra Marvin Guest Posts & First Line Friday – 5.11.18!!!


If this is your first time visiting a First Line Friday post, you’re in for a treat! For First Line Friday, we normally grab the book nearest us and share the first line. But today is extra special because I am also sharing a special guest post by author Debra E. Marvin and a chance to enter not one but TWO giveaways!!!

To get us started, here is the first line from Debra’s novella, A Heart So Tender, which is included in The Backcountry Brides Collection (description below):

Fort Niagara 
Monday, July 10, 1764

A Lake Ontario breeze trifled with the Union Jack overhead, but failed to cool Lieutenant Archibald Waters’ frustration.

Don’t forget to leave your first line in the comments below!

The Backcountry Brides blog tour

Welcome to the blog tour and giveaway for The Backcountry Brides Collection, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!


the backcountry brides collectionTitle: The Backcountry Brides Collection
Author: Angela K. Couch, Debra E. Marvin, Shannon McNear, Gabrielle Meyer, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Jennifer Hudson Taylor, Pegg Thomas, and Denise Weimer
Publisher: Barbour Books
Release Date: May 1, 2018
Genre: Inspirational Historical Fiction collection

Travel into Colonial America where eight women seek love, but they each know a future husband requires the necessary skills to survive in the backcountry.

Living in areas exposed to nature’s ferocity, prone to Indian attack, and cut off from regular supplies, can hearts overcome the dangers to find lasting love?

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Shenandoah Hearts by Carrie Fancett Pagels
1754 – Great Wagon Road, into the Shenandoah Valley (Virginia)
As the French-Indian War commences, Magda Sehler wonders if Jacob Owens lost his mind to have abandoned his Philadelphia business and moved to the Shenandoah Valley. Or has he lost his heart?

Heart of Nantahala by Jennifer Hudson Taylor
1757 – (North Carolina)
Joseph Gregory plans to buy a lumber mill, but Mabel Walker becomes a formidable opponent. When she’s forced to make a painful decision, she must choose between survival and love.

Her Redcoat by Pegg Thomas
1763 – Fort Michilimackinac (Michigan) during Pontiac’s Rebellion
Laurette Pettigrew grew up in the northern frontier. Henry Bedlow arrived against his will. Their chance meeting changes everything. Will a deadly clash of cultures keep them from finding happiness?

A Heart So Tender by Debra E. Marvin
1764 – (New York)
As thousands of Native warriors converge on Fort Niagara, jaded British Lieutenant Archibald Walsh and idealistic schoolmistress Susannah Kimball learn the greatest risk lies in guarding their hearts.

A Worthy Groom by Angela K. Couch
1771 – Sapling Grove settlement on the Holston River (Tennessee)
The Cowden temper has been Marcus’s lifelong bane. A trait Lorinda Cowden curses. Now, winning the heart of his bride hinges on fighting a war without raising a fist.

Across Three Autumns by Denise Weimer
1778-1780 – (Georgia)
Fighting Loyalists and Indians, Jenny White settles for strength over love . . .until Scottish scout Caylan McIntosh leads her family on a harrowing exodus out of Georgia’s Revolutionary “Hornet’s Nest.”

The Counterfeit Tory by Shannon McNear
1781 – (South Carolina)
Tasked with infiltrating an infamous Tory gang, Jed Wheeler has no wish to endanger the leader’s cousin, Lizzy Cunningham. He risks not only his life. . .but his heart.

Love’s Undoing by Gabrielle Meyer
1792 – Fur Post on the Upper Mississippi River (Minnesota)
When Englishman Henry Kingsley meets Abi McCrea, the daughter of a Scottish fur trader and Indian mother, will their worlds keep them apart, or have they finally found somewhere they truly belong?


b390c-carrie2bfancett2bpagelsCarrie Fancett Pagels is an ECPA bestselling and award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn’t “cure” her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel – but not all at the same time!

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jennifer hudson taylorJennifer Hudson Taylor is an award-winning author of inspirational fiction set in historical Europe & the Carolinas. She provides keynotes and presentations on the publishing industry, the craft of writing, building an author platform & digital marketing.

Jennifer graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in Communications/Journalism. When she isn’t writing, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, visiting historical sites, horseback riding, cycling, long walks, genealogy and reading.

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pegg thomasPegg Thomas lives on a hobby farm in Northern Michigan with Michael, her husband of *mumble* years. A life-long history geek, she writes “History with a Touch of Humor.” An avid reader and writer, she enjoys fiction stories threaded through historical events and around historical figures. Civil War and Colonial are her favorite eras.

Pegg is a regular blogger at both QuidProQuills.com and ColonialQuills.com. When not working on her latest novel, Pegg can be found in her garden, in her kitchen, at her spinning wheel, tending her sheep, or on her trusty old horse, Trooper. See more at PeggThomas.com.

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gabeGabrielle Meyer lives in central Minnesota on the banks of the Mississippi River with her husband and four children. As an employee of the Minnesota Historical Society, she fell in love with the rich history of her state and enjoys writing fictional stories inspired by real people, places, and events. She loves connecting with readers!

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angela couchTo keep from freezing in the Great White North, Angela K Couch cuddles under quilts with her laptop. Winning short story contests, being a semi-finalist in ACFW’s Genesis Contest, and a finalist in the International Digital Awards also helped warm her up. As a passionate believer in Christ, her faith permeates the stories she tells. Her martial arts training, experience with horses, and appreciation for good romance sneak in there, as well. When not writing, she stays fit (and warm) by chasing after three munchkins.

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denise weimerDenise Weimer holds a journalism degree with a minor in history from Asbury University. She writes time slip romantic suspense, as well as both contemporary and historical romance.

A wife and swim mom of two daughters, Denise always pauses for coffee, chocolate, old houses, and to write any story God lays on her heart.

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shannon mcnearAfter more than two decades in the South, Shannon McNear now makes her home on the windy northern plains with her husband, four of their eight children, two German Shepherds, four cats, several chickens, and a noisy flock of guinea fowl. She serves in worship and youth ministry, and has been writing novel-length fiction since age 15. Her first novella, Defending Truth, from A Pioneer Christmas Collection, was a 2014 RITA® nominee.

When not sewing, researching, or leaking story from her fingertips, she enjoys being outdoors, basking in the beauty of the Dakota prairies

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Debra E Marvin photo 2016Debra E. Marvin tries not to run too far from real life but the imagination born out of being an only child has a powerful draw. Besides, the voices in her head tend to agree with all the sensible things she says. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Sisters in Crime, and serves on the board of Bridges Ministry in Seneca Falls, NY. She is published with WhiteFire Publishing, Forget Me Not Romances, Journey Fiction, and Barbour Publishing…and a judge for the Grace Awards for many years.

Debra works as a program assistant at Cornell University, and enjoys her family and grandchildren, obsessively buying fabric, watching British programming and traveling with her childhood friends

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GUEST POST by Debra E. Marvin

Debra E. Marvin

Using an actual event for my novella, A Heart So Tender, didn’t leave me a lot of wiggle room! And that was fine. I love doing the research and in this case there was a fair amount of documentation that took a long time to gather.


Colonial soldiers at Fort Niagara (My grandsons)
Colonial soldiers at Fort Niagara (Debra’s grandsons)


A Heart So Tender takes place in July of 1764 during the event known as The Great Gathering. At the time, Sir William Johnson, a popular and effective “Indian Agent for the Crown”, living in the Mohawk Valley, requested all Indian tribes (from far and wide) to come to Fort Niagara for peace talks.  This wasn’t just talks between the settlers/soldiers and the native peoples, but to encourage talks and treaties between some of the tribes as well.


2017 French and Indian War Weekend
2017 French and Indian War Weekend


Fort Niagara is a wonderful place to visit and ‘imagine’ the past.  I knowingly changed a few details. The existing redoubts (blockhouses/guardhouses) were actually built a few years after my story to replace the previous lookouts.  The third floor of The French Castle didn’t have rooms as it does in my story, as it was used almost as a ‘gun deck’ and storage area for the building.


Fort Niagara


Of course I made up the names of my leads and the commanding officers, but the names of the regiments were accurate. Unfortunately, the Massacre at Devil’s Hole was real and became the driving backstory for my hero’s journey.

At Devil's Hole Park

In every historical novella I’ve written, I’ve centered around an actual event and done as much as possible to incorporate the facts. This could never be done without the aid of online resources (Google books tends to have really great and obscure books!) and finding a historian, librarian or ‘expert’ to overwhelm with questions!

I can’t speak for every Barbour Collection but I know that the authors of THE BACKCOUNTRY BRIDES Collection are all consummate lovers of history and that means we all love the research. Plus research is more fun than facing that ugly first draft!


Because I placed my story in upstate New York, I can say that I’ve been gathering details since I first studied New York State history.  Sir William Johnson was such a ‘big name’ character, there are plenty of resources about him, including his own records.


Artist at the French and Indian War Encampment
Artist at the French and Indian War Encampment


Johnson did employ tutors such as Mr. Kimball in his village, so creating Susannah and her family wasn’t much of a stretch.  If I have one regret, it is that authenticity in a historical context means use of terms such as Indian, redskin, savage when I would have preferred not to. Even the name Iroquois, which is so very common and designates the native people of this region is not their preferred name, but in the interest of the story, I had little choice.  What I hope happens is that readers find our stories a spark for looking into the frontier history of their own regions with a new eye.

Thanks so much for hosting me, Kathleen! I’d love to hear from your readers.

What fictional stories have driven you to dig deeper into history?

For more about Debra, look for Debra E. Marvin in various places. She tends to genre hop between historical romances and historical mystery. New Subscribers to her newsletter in May, June and July will be in a drawing for a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card.

She likes to hang out on Twitter and Instagram and Pinterest and chats with her readers on her Facebook Author Page.

Debra blogs at the group blog Inkwell Inspirations where both authors and reviewers bring bookish news almost daily, or at Colonial Quills blog.



backcountry brides blog tour giveaway

(1) Winner will win a prize pack consisting of one print copy of The Backcountry Brides Collection, a pair of handmade earrings from Carrie Fancett Pagels and book swag plus CHOICE of (1) copy of any book by Carrie Fancett Pagels OR a $25 Amazon (or Barnes & Noble) gift card. (US only, however the gift card is also open to international winners except where prohibited by law. Giveaway is subject to policies found here.

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During the month of May 2018, the authors of The Backcountry Brides Collection are also hosting a giveaway that includes a print copy of the novel, a Kindle Paperwhite, and lots of Colonial-themed goodies!

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tour schedule

Launch Page @ JustRead

May 8th
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May 9th
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May 11th
For the Love of Books
Kathleen Denly

What’s Next?

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Now it’s your turn to grab the book nearest you and leave a comment with the first (or your favorite) line.

And don’t forget to answer Debra’s question:

What fictional stories have driven you to dig deeper into history?

Then head over to Hoarding Books to see who else is participating in First Line Friday:

Cover Challenge

Cover Challenge

They say covers sell books and designing them takes a special skill. So I’m curious:  How much attention do we actually pay to those slaved-over images?

Below are pieces of book covers from Christian romance books which have been released within the last 12 months (May 2017-May 2018). Can you name each book from just a tiny peek at the cover? To make things easier, there is a list to choose from below the images.

AAn Unexpected Redemption - Puzzle Piece

BThe Captured Bride - Puzzle Piece

CThree Words and a Kiss - Puzzle Piece

DNo Other Will Do - Puzzle Piece

EThe Backcountry Brides Collection - Puzzle Piece

FThe Lady and the Lionheart - Puzzle Piece

GThis Wilderness Journey - Puzzle Piece

HLove Held Captive - Puzzle Piece

ICharming the Troublemaker - Puzzle Piece

JA Heart's Revolution - Puzzle Piece

Your possible answers in no particular order:

  1. Charming the Troublemaker by Pepper D. Basham
  2. Three Words and a Kiss by Sondra Kraak
  3. The Backcountry Brides Collection by Angela K. Couch, Debra E. Marvin, Shannon McNear, Gabrielle Meyer, Carrie Fancett Pagels, Jennifer Hudson Taylor, Pegg Thomas, Denise Weimer
  4. No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer
  5. An Unexpected Redemption by Davalynn Spencer
  6. The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep
  7. This Wilderness Journey by Misty M. Beller
  8. A Heart’s Revolution by Roseanna M. White
  9. The Lady and the Lionheart by Joanne Bischof
  10. Love Held Captive by Shelley Shepard Gray

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How did you do? Did you guess them all? Did any of them stump you?

First Line Friday – 5.4.18


Hi Everyone! It’s First Line Friday, so grab a book near you and share your first line in the comments below!

Today I’m sharing the first line from a book I recently finished reading, An Awakened Heart by Jody Hedlund.

An Awakened Heart

Here is the first line:


MAY 1857

“Stop prostituting yourselves and run to the loving Father who will embrace you with forgiveness.”


Trying to heal the ache she feels in her empty life, wealthy Christine Pendleton decides to volunteer at Centre Street Chapel. Ministering to one of the most deprived parts of New York City, the chapel aims at making a difference in the lives of the impoverished immigrants flooding the city. After seeing firsthand the hopelessness of the poor women and orphans, Christine is convinced more can be done to help them.

Guy Bedell has been serving at the chapel and pouring his heart out for the people he’s grown to care about. When Christine begins to challenge his methods and offers a new vision for reaching out to the community, can he trust that perhaps God has bigger plans in store for him–plans that may include this feisty socialite?

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Author Interview – Davalynn Spencer

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Last year I discovered a new-to-me author whose book, An Improper Proposal, I truly enjoyed (and highly recommend). Today I’m excited to welcome Davalynn Spencer to my blog for a fun interview!


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Sweet Historical Western Romance

He doesn’t need her sass. She doesn’t need his approval. But they both need a second chance.

Abandoned by her faithless husband for the Dakota gold fields, rancher’s daughter Elizabeth Beaumont returns to her hometown determined to prove she’s not the impetuous girl she once was. Armed with a new skill and old determination, she’s intent on making it on her own. Discovering that the new sheriff lives downstairs in the same boarding house wouldn’t be nearly so frustrating if he’d stay out of her affairs, quit calling her Betsy, and stop making her wonder if she could love again.

Garrett Wilson exchanged his deputy’s badge for a drover’s bedroll after his first attempt at law enforcement cost an innocent bystander his life. Now Wilson’s back wearing a star in a Front Range cow town, hunting an arsonist and falling for a woman who wants to know the secret behind his deepest scar. He can run again from his painful past, or he can stay and fight for the town that needs him and the woman who’s worked under his skin and into his heart.

A Little About Davalynn

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Davalynn Spencer writes heart-tugging, Western romance set along the Front Range of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. She is the wife and mother of professional rodeo bullfighters and a recipient of the Will Rogers Gold Medallion for Inspirational Western Fiction. A former journalist and crime-beat reporter, Davalynn lives in Colorado where she caters to Blue the Cowdog and mouse detectors Annie and Oakley. She loves hearing from readers. Connect with her via her website at http://www.davalynnspencer.com.


Would you rather travel back in time to meet your ancestors or travel to the future to meet your descendants? 

Most definitely I would travel back in time. It’s a foundational thing. I’d want to see the stories I’ve heard from family members – my great-aunt hiding in a flour barrel from roaming Indians; my grandmother’s two friends who survived the Titanic as children; William F. Cody, to whom my mother insisted we were related. I fear that if I were to travel forward into the future, I might weep at the results of my own failures in the lives of my children.

Your great-aunt hid from Indians in a flour barrel? Now that sounds like a great story!

If you had to live somewhere else for one year, where would it be?

If I could choose where to live for a year, I would choose Scotland. It intrigues me, draws me, waves an arm at me to come over and walk in my ancestors’ footprints.


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Well, it certainly photographs well! Can I come, too?

If you could only recommend one book to a child (ages 3-17) which would it be?

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Lion the Witch & the Wardrobe

Confession:  Although I saw the play as a child and I’ve seen the movie, I don’t recall actually read this book.

What’s the most romantic thing your husband has ever done for you?

One of my early contemporary romances (which will re-release late summer) was about a young woman who’d had her fill of electronic mail. What happened to letters? Hand-written letters, especially from someone dear. She receives such a note in the story (I won’t say more), and after my husband read the book, he wrote me a letter telling me what a good job I’d done on the story and how proud he was of me. (Tears here.) What was more romantic? The fact that he actually read my little romance book, or the fact that he acted on it, seeing me in the heroine?


Awwww! You just melted my heart. What a great hubby!

Aside from good writing, what do you look for in the romances you read?

I look for the cost of love and the power of redemption. Are the hero and heroine willing to pay the cost (and it should cost)? And is their love redemptive, restorative?

Yes, there is always a cost in a great romance, isn’t there?

How did you meet your husband and when did you know he was the one?

I first met my husband at church when I ran into him with my guitar case as I rushed out the side door. Later, he showed up at youth group (I was a senior in high school, he was attending the local college) and I just happened to notice his 70% cocoa-dark-chocolate eyes. And his cowboy hat. And his hands that weren’t soft-looking, but capable and manly and potentially full of tenderness when it counted. No wonder I’m #lovingthecowboy in the stories I write.


I love that you literally ran into him and that you noticed his hands. 

When does your next book release and what makes it special?

My newest historical release hit retailers on April 26, and I plan to re-release a contemporary romance in August. The recent release, An Unexpected Redemption, looks at forgiveness and the difficulty we sometimes face is offering it to ourselves.

I have been eagerly anticipating this one since I read (and loved) An Improper Proposal! Congratulations on its release!

Are you a plotter or a panster and what does your process say about you?

I am a total hybrid – a planster. Or plantser. Whatever. I pound out between 2,000 and 4,000 words, just to get my thoughts down, and then I start planning where things should go, what comes when, who does what. The layout is rough because I like to write as I watch the movie in my head. But I also need to know where I’m going if I want to get there.

I like that you described it as the movie in your head. Your process sounds very similar to mine. I tried doing more in-depth outlining in advance once and almost killed the story for myself. My characters need room to be themselves and surprise me.

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Do you have any deleted scenes from your novels hiding on your computer?

Oh yes, I have a deleted scene full of romantic tension that will definitely make Book 3 of my current Front Range Brides series. I’d planned it for Book 1, but had to cut it. It didn’t fit in Book 2 (the April 26 release), but I’m determined to use it in Book 3 (which I haven’t yet written!).

Well, now I can’t wait for Book 3! 🙂 

Which charity is closest to your heart?

I don’t know that I would characterize this outreach as a “charity,” but it is near to my heart and I gladly support it: Heroes and Horses. It’s a Montana-based nonprofit that helps combat veterans suffering from PTSD to reintegrate via one-on-one work with and care for a horse (at no cost to the veteran). You can read more about H&H here: https://www.heroesandhorses.org/the-details/

That sounds like a great program!

Thank you for taking this time to chat with me! I enjoyed getting to know the writer behind the words.


Let’s Chat!

Don’t you just love Davalynn’s story about the handwritten letter? Do you have a similar story? What’s the most romantic thing your spouse has done for you? Tell me about it in the comments!


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