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BLOGWORDS – Friday 15 February 2019 – WREADING WEDNESDAY-on-FRIDAY – FEATURED BOOK– BETWEEN STAIRS AND STARDUST by PEPPER BASHAM

WREADING WEDNESDAY-on-FRIDAY – FEATURED BOOK – BETWEEN STAIRS AND STARDUST by PEPPER BASHAM

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Novella Collection: Finding Ever After

Release Date: February 14, 2019

 

 

THE BLURB:

Stella Faye Emory has known a life of loss. Orphaned at the age of eleven, she is sent from her home at the Biltmore Estate to become a companion for a wealthy family in Boston. As she grows into a kind and talented young lady, a benefactress recognizes Stella’s artistic skills and funds her education but Stella’s fame as an illustrator inspires jealousy and an unwanted rumor that sends Stella fleeing back to the Biltmore.

James Craven is the second-born son of an automobile tycoon. Following his family to their new estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains, James finds his place among the forests and mountains of the countryside. When his little sister is saved from drowning by the mysterious, “Faye”, James’ interests take a new turn in the direction of this fairy-like artist who seems to appear and disappear at the most unexpected times.

As James and Stella’s friendship deepens, Stella’s past finds her and threatens her newfound romance. Can a charm bracelet and an unanticipated visitor restore hopes for a happily-ever-

 

ABOUT THE COLLECTION

Experience a touch of magic with these four fairytale-ish novellas that span over one hundred years. Linked by an illustrated book of fairy tales, each novella is an enchanting combination of a beloved classic sprinkled with the author’s own brand of fairy dust.

Stairs and Stardust is set in 1913 Asheville, NC at the beautiful Biltmore Estate and includes a budding children’s book illustrator, an out-of-the-box heir, and a teensy bit of Cinderella romance.

Entanglements has a Rapunzel twist and is set in 1920’s Boston between a reluctant heiress, a charming piano tuner, and a game of chess.

Twice Upon A Time is a Beauty-And-The-Beast inspired tale that brings a romance novelist back home to her family’s pecan farm… and the ex-fiance she left behind.

Once Bitten is a nod to Snow White that includes a fake date with a handsome woodsman, seven geeks, and the world’s best apple tarts.

Amazon | Goodreads

 

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

Pepper Basham is an award-winning author who writes romance peppered with grace and humor. She currently resides in the lovely mountains of Asheville, NC where she is the mom of five great kids, a speech-pathologist to about fifty more, and a lover of chocolate, jazz, and Jesus. Her Penned in Time historical romance series has garnered recognition in the Grace Awards, Inpsy, and the ACFW’s Carol Awards, with The Thorn Healer, recently listed as a finalist in the RT awards. Her contemporary romance novels, A Twist of Faith, Just the Way You Are, and Charming the Troublemaker have received high ratings from Romantic Times, with Just the Way You Are as a Top Pick. Most recently she’s introduced readers to Bath, UK through her novellas, Second Impressions and Jane by the Book, and taken readers into the exciting world of WWII espionage in her novella, Façade. The second novel in The Pleasant Gap series, When You Look at Me, arrives in October and her contribution to Barbour’s wonderful My Heart Belongs series hits the shelves in January 2019 with My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge.
You can get to know Pepper on her website, www.pepperdbasham.com, on her group blog, The Writer’s Alley, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter.

 

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Wreading Wednesday, Featured Book, Between Stairs and Stardust, Pepper Basham, Finding Ever After, Rachel McMillan, Ashley Clark, Betsy St. Amant

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 13 February 2019 – WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK– THE WHISPERING WINDS OF SPRING by ROBIN E. MASON

WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK – THE WHISPERING WINDS OF SPRING by ROBIN E. MASON

                                                                             

 

THE BLURB:

Amidst the clamor of confusion, can she hear the whisper of her memories?

The southern town of Saisons lies at the crossroads between North and South, progressive and genteel antebellum life. Between East and West, between history and heritage, and new frontiers. Downton Abbey meets Gone With the Wind.

It’s 1912, in a world where slavery is dying and women’s rights are rising, and four young women who once shared a bond—and experienced a tragedy—question their own truths.

Simone Dubois’ life was unraveling. All she had known and held dear was gone from her. At ten, all she wanted was to escape beneath the black waters of the Edisto River. She couldn’t know her whole life would be stolen from her.

When she returns to Saisons sixteen years later, she has no memory of ever having been there. Not even that it was her birthplace. Enlisting the help of her childhood friend, Mercedes—whose name stayed with her, if in shadowy dreams only—Simone encounters misty memories, and stirs up more mystery than she started with.

 

THE AUTHOR:

“I’ve always had voices—er, stories in my head. I once said I should write them all down so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!”

 

I have been writing since 1995.  I lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; I didn’t want to be who I was and struggled with my own identity for many years.  My characters face many of these same demons. They encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I really?”

For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.

 

I am a Christian and write from a Christian world view, but some of my characters are not believers and therefore do not abide by the Bible and the guidelines for life that we take for granted. My books contain some mild swear language in a few places—and demonstrate the difference when the grace of God prevails.

My greatest priority and highest calling is to honor God in all I do, especially with the talents and abilities He’s given me. Like writing.

 

“Maybe you have to know the darkness to truly appreciate the light.”—Madeline L’Engle

 

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“There is freedom waiting for you on the breezes of the sky. And you ask, What if I fall? Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” —Erin Hanson

 

GIVEAWAY:

I am visiting Cover to Cover Café today, https://covertocovercafe.com/, and in honor of my birthday yesterday, I am offering one winner a signed print copy of one of my books, winner’s choice.

 

Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

 

Giveaway will begin at 12:oo A.M. on Wednesday 13 February and end at 12:oo A.M. on Wednesday 19 February. Giveaway is subject to the policies found on Robin’s Nest.

 

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#Blogwords, Wreading Wednesday, Featured Book, The Whispering Winds of Spring, Robin E. Mason, Cover to Cover Cafe, Birthday Giveaway

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 6 February 2019 – WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK– THE SEWING SISTERS SOCIETY by RUTH LOGAN HERNE

WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK – THE SEWING SISTERS SOCIETY by RUTH LOGAN HERNE

Welcome to the Blog Blitz & Giveaway for The Sewing Sisters’ Society, a collection of historical novellas by Ruth Logan Herne, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Title: The Sewing Sisters’ Society
Author: Ruth Logan Herne
Genre: Historical/Western Romance novellas
Release Date: January 22, 2019

 

THE BLURB:

Hattie McGillicuddy might not look like your typical matchmaker, but Hattie makes things happen in the little town of Second Chance, South Dakota. With the arrival of the railroad and official statehood, Hattie’s determined to bring brides west, and not just any brides. Brides who need the wide open prairie as much as the prairie- and the prairie men- need them! Three pioneer stories of unlikely love are woven around a little town full of homespun characters that take us back to another place and another time but with the same faith, hope and love we cherish today.

Macy can’t sew a lick, and she’s come to town with a sacrifice and a secret, but when Hattie’s first apprentice is attracted to the pastor of the only church in town—the man raising her illegitimate son— will the truth set her free? Or make her leave the town and her son behind? (The Pastor Takes a Wife)

 

Unjustly accused, Nellie comes west to escape the law. She has a way with tucks and gathers, and every Western town could use more tucks and gathers. She’s determined to improve the drab look of the prairie and manages to brighten hearts as well. But will her quick speech and firm ideas of women’s suffrage draw Levi Eichas closer or send the somber carriage maker running? (Second Chance Christmas)

 

Grief has robbed Ann Hazel, but when her aunt pushes her to go west and help an ailing Hattie McGillicuddy turn hems, Ann’s shamed into it. She’s managed to avoid life for awhile, but when Sol Eichas’s nanny comes down sick, Ann reluctantly agrees to help. As she winds her way around Sol’s heart and home, can the two troubled souls leave the past behind to embrace a future together? (Second Chance at Love)

 

PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon

 

…and COMING MARCH 2019!

A Most Inconvenient Love – Ruthy’s first full-length historical novel!
Set in Second Chance, South Dakota (like The Sewing Sisters’ Society)

 

EXCERPTS:

The Pastor Takes a Wife

            It was now or never, Macy Evers realized as she faced the dust-covered store-front of Hattie’s Shirt Shop, Fine Goods Available by Order. Tucked north of Main Street in Second Chance, South Dakota, the small porch offered a covered entrance to the shop, but even the cornice work lay thick with dust above her. This town could use a good rain, but if it got one, the unimproved streets would be awash in mud.

Dust was better, she decided as she climbed the two steps.

Palms damp, she faced the door, half scared to death and Macy hadn’t been afraid of much for a long time, but lying on paper to a potential benefactor— then repeating the sin in person— were reasons enough, she reckoned. And if Hattie McGillicuddy figured out she could barely thread a needle, much less sew men’s shirts, all her careful planning might be for naught.

“Going in, Miss?”

The man’s voice surprised her. She turned too fast and banged his left knee with her worn satchel. He rocked off balance, then pitched down the two narrow steps to the street below.

“Pa!” A school-age girl with a head full of golden brown ringlet curls hurried to the man’s side. “I’ll help you, Pa. No worries.” And then the child made a great show out of helping her father up, as if the tall, square-shouldered, gentle-eyed man needed assistance. He didn’t but he played along, letting her think she was helping, and oh! The joy on that little girl’s face…

 

Second Chance Christmas

            She’d escaped with the money sewn into the hem of her petticoat, the clothes on her back, and the one simple frock she’d snatched from the clothes line before the Allegheny City police came to arrest her.

Nellie Bausch glared out the window of the west-bound train, half-wishing she’d stayed in Pittsburgh, just to show up the troop of interfering old biddies. Common sense took hold, though.

Money would have ruled the day as it generally did along Ridgewood Avenue, and she would have spent the next two years languishing in prison. She’d been riding high the past three years, her beautiful clothing in demand by all of the wealthiest ladies of Pittsburgh. Blessedly, she’d lived well beneath her means and she’d been smart enough to squirrel money aside.

Money she’d earned by the work of her hands, despite the well-staged story cooked up by several of her wealthy clientele. As a plain, dusty, brown town came into view up ahead, she stared out the window, stared hard, and in her mind she didn’t see the drab, dust-strewn buildings rising before her.

Nellie saw potential.

God had given her a lace-making mother and a clever eye for making things pretty and from what she saw right now, Second Chance, South Dakota could use all the help it could get in the ‘making things pretty’ department. The train groaned to a stop and Nellie lifted her satchel and one small bag. She didn’t have to wait while others disembarked, because she seemed to be the only person making this sleepy, prairie town a final destination.

 

Second Chance at Love

            Ann should have stayed right where she was in Pennsylvania.

Guilt, fear and sorrow made for somber seatmates as the dark train chugged west across desolate land. Beiges and browns mixed with hints of gray, and the three stretched wide in every direction, occasionally broken by claim shacks looking no bigger than the muskrat lodges in Crawford Pond.

Quick tears stung her eyes.

She couldn’t think of water. Of her home. Her old home, she corrected herself. Or her life there.

            The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want…

Well, He wasn’t her shepherd. He wasn’t any such thing, He wasn’t Lord, God or any other lofty name men of the cloth spewed.

He was nothing. Nothing at all.

Ann squared her shoulders and lifted her chin in anger because anger was so much better than all those other feelings combined. Anger was manageable, most times.

The rest?

She clung to her satchel and the anger, sure of both. She’d boarded this train at Aunt Jean Ellen’s insistence. Her maiden aunt meant well, but if it wasn’t for Jean Ellen’s friend needing immediate help, Ann would have stayed tucked in the valley, waiting for the sun to rise and then fall each day, an acceptable monotony. She’d go back to that soon enough, once she got her aunt’s friend Hattie on the mend.

 

THE AUTHOR:

Best-selling, multi-published, award-winning author Ruth Logan Herne is the author of nearly fifty novels and novellas through traditional publishers and her own independent works. She loves God, her family, country, coffee, chocolate and dogs, and wishes possums would leave the cat food on the side porch alone. And yet… they don’t. With over a million books in print, Ruthy is living her dream of touching hearts and souls by writing the kind of books she likes to read.

She lives on a pumpkin farm in Western New York where they grow all kinds of cool things for fall from sumptuous squashes and veggies to gorgeous stacking pumpkins. Ruthy’s farm is quickly becoming the place to be every September and October!

CONNECT WITH RUTHY: website | Facebook | Twitter

 

 

 

TOUR GIVEAWAY:

(1) winner will win a ‘books and chocolate’ prize pack from the author (US only), including at least:

  • (1) print copy of The Sewing Sisters’ Society
  • (1) print copy of Christmas on the Frontier
  • chocolate!

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight February 6, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm February 13, 2019. US only. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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#Blogwords, Wreading Wednesday, Featured Book, The Sewing Sisters Society, Ruth Logan Herne

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 30 January 2019 – WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK MAGAZINE – HOPE BY THE BOOK-LAUNCH EDITION

WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK MAGAZINE – HOPE BY THE BOOK-LAUNCH EDITION

                                                                             

 

PROLOGUE:

Embrace your bookish side.

Does your dream day consist of staying in bed with a good book or binge watching Jane Austen movies? OURS TOO!

Have you adopted the Dr. Seuss method of home decorating (‘fill your house with stacks of books in all the crannies and all the nooks’)? WE HAVE TOO!

Cancelled plans don’t bother us because we’d #ratherbereadinganyway.

YOU TOO?

 

STAFF:

PUBLISHER & FOUNDER             Angelia L. White

ART DIRECTOR                            Kim Baker

SENIOR EDITOR                          Carrie Schmidt

ASSOCIATE EDITORS                   Beth Erin, Rachel Dixon, Annie Sturt

COPY EDITORS                           Erica Baker, Melony Teague

REVIEWERS                                 Rachel Dixon, Beth Erin, Patsy Glans, Leslie L. McKee, Carrie Schmidt, Annie Sturt, Kerry Sutherland, Andi Tubbs, Suzie Waltner, Alysha Worthen

SPECIAL GUEST                          Liz Johnson

CONTRIBUTORS                         Patti Callahan Henry, DiAnn Mills, Tiffany King

ADMIN/HR COORDINATOR        April Johnson

BUSINESS/FINANCE COORD.     Sherrell Jenkins

 

MY THOUGHTS:

What a wonderful bookish publication! Filled with, quite literally, all things books! Reviews, articles, recipes—what more could a book lover hope for!

 

 

#Blogwords, Wreading Wednesday, Featured Book Magazine, Hope by the Book – Launch Edition

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 23 January 2019 – WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK– CATCHING THE NOR’WESTER by EMILY YAGER

WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK – CATCHING THE NOR’WESTER by EMILY YAGER

 Hosted by Singing Librarian Books Tours

 

 

ABOUT THE BOOK

GOODREADS | AMAZON (not available)

 

THE BLURB:

They both have made sacrifices to gain their independence and will make more if it meant they could keep it.

Orphaned Calliope Graydon turned down the chance to have a life of luxury and lost the only home she ever knew because of that choice. Years later, she struggles to survive in the inland territories that is particularly harsh toward an unmarried woman. When a local Nor’wester steals her heart, she must decide if her independence is worthy the pain of a broken heart.

Etienne Marcks enjoys his life on the river despite its hardships. With his contract with the North West Company almost fulfilled, he needs to decide what he is going to do next. The last thing he need is to be a protector to a fiery woman who is more of a distraction than helpful to the brigade. She is making his live more difficult as she challenges what he thought he wanted in life.

They must find common ground as they race to get back home before the harsh winter leaves them stranded on the frozen river.

 

EXCERPT:

The smoke swirled up from the campfire, thick, white and smelt like burnt coffee. The smoke switched direction and came down and blew in her face until her eyes started to burn with hot tears. Standing from her spot, she moved to the other side of the fire and sat back down on the frozen ground. No sooner had she sat back down the smoke swirled around and into her face again.

“You do know that smoke follows beauty,” her friend told her.

“Apparently,” Calliope quickly replied as she tried to wave the smoke away from. Not wanting to move again, she fanned the smoke out of her face.

 

THE AUTHOR:

Growing up in Northwestern Minnesota, Emily spent the long winter days dreaming and creating stories. She loves the mild summers and cold, wind swept state so much that she incorporates the landscape and small towns into her stories. A life-long book dragon, Emily is fulfilling her dream by writing novels.

 

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GIVEAWAY

Enter the giveaway HERE.

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BLOG TOUR SCHEDULE

January 22       Maiden of the Pages
January 23       Blooming with Books
                        Robin’s Nest
January 24       Wishful Endings
January 25       Why Not? Because I Said So!

 

#Blogwords, Wreading Wednesday, Featured Book, Catching the Nor’wester,  Emily Yager

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BLOGWORDS – Wednesday 23 January 2019 – WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK and COVER REVEAL– EMOTION THESAURUS by ANGELA ACKERMAN and BECCA PUGLISI

WREADING WEDNESDAY – FEATURED BOOK and COVER REVEAL – EMOTION THESAURUS by ANGELA ACKERMAN and BECCA PUGLISI

 

I have a secret to spill!

 

For the last month, I’ve been part of a Street Team for Angela and Becca at Writers Helping Writers, who are launching their new writing book on February 19th. Because they are known for showing, not telling, they decided it would be fun to keep the thesaurus book’s topic a secret until the book cover reveal…WHICH IS TODAY!

 

I am thrilled I can finally announce that The Emotion Thesaurus Second Edition is coming!

 

Many of you writers know (and possibly use) the original Emotion Thesaurus.  It released in 2012 and became a must-have resource for many because it contained lists of body language, thoughts, and visceral sensations for 75 emotions, making the difficult task of showing character emotion on the page much easier.

 

Many people have asked Angela and Becca to add more emotions over the years that they decided to create a second edition. It contains 55 NEW entries, bringing the total to 130 emotions.

 

This book is almost DOUBLE IN SIZE and there’s a lot more new content, so I recommend checking it out. And you can. Right now.

 

Preorder Alert!

 

This book is available for preorder, so you can find all the details about this new book’s contents by visiting Amazon, Kobo, and iBooks, or swinging by Writers Helping Writers. You can view the full list of emotions included in this new book, too.

 

One last thing…Angela & Becca have a special gift for writers HERE. If you like free education, stop by and check it out. (It’s only available for a limited time!)

 

And now for the new cover…

 

 

THE BLURB:

The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression (Second Edition) is an expanded version of the bestselling original used by authors and editors across the globe. This handy tool is a writer’s best friend, helping to navigate the difficult terrain of showing character emotion. Through an easy-to-use list format, this brainstorming resource explores 131 different emotions and provides a large selection of body language, vocal cues, visceral sensations, actions, and thoughts associated with each. Use The Emotion Thesaurus to go deeper in crafting compelling descriptions that match each character’s personality and emotional range.

 

THE AUTHORS:

Angela Ackerman is a writing coach, international speaker, and co-author of six bestselling books for writers, including The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression. Her books are available in six languages, are sourced by US universities, and are used by novelists, screenwriters, editors, and psychologists around the world.

Angela is also the co-founder of the popular site Writers Helping Writers®, as well as One Stop for Writers®, an innovative online library built to help writers elevate their storytelling. A strong believer in writers helping and supporting other writers, she tries to pay-it-forward however she is able to.

http://writershelpingwriters.net

http://onestopforwriters.com

 

 

 

 

Becca Puglisi is a YA fantasy and historical fiction writer who enjoys slurping copious amounts of Mountain Dew and snarfing snacks that have no nutritional value. She has always enjoyed contemplating the What if? scenario, which served her well in south Florida during hurricane season and will come in handy now that she’s moved to New York and must somehow survive winter.
Becca Puglisi is a speaker, writing coach, and bestselling author of The Emotion Thesaurus. She is passionate about learning and sharing her knowledge with others through her Writers Helping Writers website and via her newest endeavor: One Stop For Writers–a powerhouse online library like no other, filled with description and brain-storming tools to help writers elevate their storytelling. You can find Becca online at both of these spots, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

#Blogwords, Wreading Wednesday, Featured Book and Cover Reveal, Emotion Thesaurus, Angela Ackerman and Becca Puglisi

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BLOGWORDS – Saturday 19 January 2019 – WREADING WEDNESDAY-on-SATURDAY – FEATURED BOOK– HANDMADE HEARTS by JUNE McCRARY JACOBS

WREADING WEDNESDAY-on-SATURDAY – FEATURED BOOK – HANDMADE HEARTS by JUNE McCRARY JACOBS

 

Welcome to the Blog Blitz & Giveaway for Handmade Hearts by June McCrary Jacobs, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!

ABOUT THE BOOK

Title: Handmade Hearts
Author: June McCrary Jacobs
Publisher: JMJ Story Stitcher Books
Release Date: December 18, 2018
Genre: Historical Romance

 

THE BLURB:

‘Handmade Hearts’ is an historical romance short story set in New Orleans during World War II and was inspired by a true story.

Toward the end of his life, the author asked her Uncle ‘Allen’ how he met his wife. He shared about how he met ‘Irene’ at a church social in their neighborhood in New Orleans in the early 1940s. He had been seriously wounded in Guadalcanal in the South Pacific as a young Marine and was using crutches to get around as best he could.

He had many inner wounds which needed time to heal, too. He had no way of knowing when they first met that Irene had suffered her own wartime tragedy. She bravely sought to keep her grief locked away deep inside because thinking about her loss caused her even more sorrow. She needed to be strong because she was the breadwinner for her small family.

Times were tough, but these two unique individuals made it through each day with inner fortitude, determination, and the sincere hope of something greater just over the horizon.

This inspirational short story follows the growth of Allen and Irene’s relationship beginning with their chance meeting and leading forward to a lifetime spent together. ‘Handmade Hearts’ was created to honor this unique couple’s love for and devotion to each other in a relationship which spanned seven decades.

PURCHASE LINKS: Goodreads | Amazon

 

EXCERPT:

“Wow-ee,” whispered Allen under his breath to no one but himself. “She is one classy lady.”

As he lumbered home, he reviewed the evening’s events with silent approval. Irene’s lovely face was imprinted on his mind. Her ivory skin was flawless, and her sparkly hazel eyes were expressive and fit just right on her heart-shaped face. Soft, light brown curls framed her wholesome face, and her cute hat was the perfect accessory for the church social. When Irene smiled at him, Allen felt at peace. After the time they had spent together this evening, he somehow sensed everything would turn out fine.

As he made his way through the neighborhood, his thoughts remained on his new acquaintance. Irene appeared to be close to his age, almost twenty-one, but she possessed a maturity garnered from surviving difficult trials. She was at least a foot shorter than he, making her five feet three inches tall at the most. Her petite figure was slightly rounded, which Allen found appealing.

He perceived Irene Carston as an elegant lady filled with compassion and intelligence. Now he realized he had been so involved with his own discomfort and anxiety he had failed to ask Irene anything about herself. She’d been an empathetic listener, and her idea about his checking out another branch of service was superb. Although she hadn’t offered any details of her life, Allen sensed she was suffering from a deep heartache.

Allen would admit he had never felt this comfortable around a woman other than his mother in his life. Raised on a small farm in rural Mississippi, he and his brothers had worked extremely long hours to keep the farm operating. They had not had the time or money to date. Once the family moved to New Orleans before the war, the three brothers were busy finishing high school and earning a living. There was not much time left over for dating.

When the unwelcomed news of the Pearl Harbor attack arrived, the young men willingly prepared to go off to war. Despite being uneducated and poor, Allen’s parents had instilled in their sons the principles of honesty, respect, and kindness in their dealings with others—especially women. His mother would have been disappointed to know her youngest son failed to ask Irene about her own life.

 

THE AUTHOR:

 

June McCrary Jacobs was the winner of Cedar Fort Publishing’s 2013 Holiday Tale Contest for her debut novella, ‘A Holiday Miracle in Apple Blossom’. ‘Robin’s Reward’, her first full-length novel, was set in her favorite location in California—the Mendocino coastal region. This book is the first installment of the ‘Bonita Creek Trilogy’.

June’s debut middle-grade novel, ‘RES-Q Tyler Stop’, an historical novel set in Sonoma County, California, in 1968, will be released in the spring of 2019. The second installment of the ‘Bonita Creek Trilogy’, ‘Penny’s Promise’, will be released in late 2019 or early 2020.

June’s original sewing, quilting, and stitchery designs have been published in over one hundred books, magazines, and on sewing industry blogs in the past decade. When she’s not writing, reading, blogging, or sewing, June enjoys cooking, walking, visiting art and history museums, and touring historic homes and gardens.

CONNECT WITH JUNE: Blog | Facebook | Goodreads | Goodreads Blog | Amazon

 

 

 

TOUR GIVEAWAY:

(1) winner will win an ebook copy of Handmade Hearts + $15 Amazon Gift Code
(2) additional winners will each receive an ebook copy of Handmade Hearts

Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight January 15, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm January 22, 2019. Open internationally except where prohibited by law. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Giveaway is subject to the policies found here.

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#Blogwords, Wreading Wednesday, Featured Book, Handmade Hearts, June McCrary Jacobs

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Colin Bisset

writer, traveller, broadcaster

By The Book

reviews, discussions, etc. -- all in light of God's Word