Saturday, September 22, 2018

2018 New Movies for Hallmark's Countdown to Christmas

This might be my favorite time of the year...Hallmark Channel has announced they have 22 new movies for this year's Countdown to Christmas. You can download the schedule here.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Guest Blogger Charlene Whitman, Author of Wyoming Tryst

Two ranching tycoons. A decades-old feud. A sheriff bent on ridding the town of lawlessness . . .

In the midst of the trouble brewing in Laramie City in 1878, Julia Carson yearns to be free of her parents’ smothering and wonders whether she’ll ever find a man worthy to love in such a violent town rife with outlaws.

But when Robert Morrison sneaks onto her ranch the night of her sixteenth birthday party, Cupid shoots his arrows straight and true. Aware that their courtship would be anathema to their fathers, who are sworn enemies, Robert and Julia arrange a tryst.

Yet, their clandestine dalliance does not go unnoticed, and forces seek to destroy what little hope their romance has to bloom. The star-crossed lovers face heartache and danger as violence erupts. When all hope is lost, Joseph Tuttle, the new doctor at the penitentiary, is given a letter and a glass vial from Cheyenne medicine woman Sarah Banks.

The way of escape poses deadly dangers, but it is the only way for Robert and Julia to be together. It will take the greatest measure of faith and courage to come through unscathed, but love always conquers fear.

Western Romeo and Juliet
by Charlene Whitman

Wyoming Tryst is a twist on Romeo and Juliet, set in Laramie, Wyoming, in 1878. No, the star-crossed lovers do not die at the end, so no worries! There is a happily ever after.

While the novel follows Shakespeare's play quite faithfully, you'll find many colorful characters, including the bitter and angry warden of the federal penitentiary that has a beef with Lester Carson, Julia's father and Dr. Joseph Tuttle, from Colorado Dream, who has recently relocated to Laramie City to serve as the prison's new doctor for the female inmates.

Laramie's rich history as the first "feminist" town provides a great backdrop to this story of two rich ranching families and their mysterious feud, the secrets of which all come out in the end.

Laramie, in 1870, had women jurors and a woman bailiff, and women had the right to vote. In contrast, the town was as lawless as they came, with 23 brothels and no churches.

When I went there to scout out locations and research the history, I knew this town would be perfect for great conflict and exciting action. But touring the penitentiary gave me a rush of plot ideas, especially upon hearing how 25% of the prisoners escaped (really!).

So, Wyoming Tryst is a sweet romance set against this backdrop, and yes, there are some tense moments in the prison.

I'm excited to share this fun new romantic adventure and hope you will share the news of the release! If you have friends who love Western romance, tell them about The Front Range series and have them join my mailing list. If you use this link to join my mailing list and get Wild Horses, Wild Hearts for FREE. That's the first book (novella) in the series

Author: Charlene Whitman
Publisher: Ubiquitous Press
Pages: 360
Genre: Sweet Historical Western Romance

The author of “heart-thumping” Western romance, Charlene Whitman spent many years living on Colorado’s Front Range. She grew up riding and raising horses, and loves to read, write, and hike the mountains. She attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins as an English major. She has two daughters and is married to George “Dix” Whitman, her love of thirty years.

The Front Range series of sweet historical Western romance novels (set in the 1870s) includes Wild Horses, Wild Hearts, set in Laporte and Greeley. Colorado Promise, set in Greeley, Colorado; Colorado Hope, set in Fort Collins; Wild Secret, Wild Longing, which takes readers up into the Rockies, Colorado Dream (Greeley), and Wyoming Tryst, set in Laramie, WY.


Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts - Sep 19

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts is hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. This is a chance for book bloggers to dabble in areas besides books (but those are welcome too). Share your plans for the weekend, a rant on people not using their turn signals in parking lots, or your love of Sunday morning mimosas.

Do you have a least favorite chore? I was wondering, because I have two: laundry and vacuuming.

Hubby nicely bought me a robot vacuum for Christmas, but the dog is petrified of it. Every time I start the silly thing, he tries to bite it and barks like a madman, so it never gets used. The central vac is great, but it takes forever and it is so annoying pulling the hose out of one outlet and plugging it into the next one to keep going; especially when you have to move the couch first. Oh, wait, I don't have to do that anymore. The dog ate it, so I threw the couch away.

Laundry is just one of those things that is so never ending. First you have to sort it. Then you load it into the washer. Then you have to tug wet, heavy clothes into the dryer. Next you have to run to the dryer the minute it stops to fold the clean clothes or hang them so they don't wrinkle. And then you have to put them away. By the time you're done, there are dirty clothes in the laundry basket again. Why can't it be more like cooking/baking? Yeah, it takes a while, but you get a nice reward at the end.

I decided to do a few things for myself this week:

  • Bring back to life Cheryl's Christian Book Connection
  • Pay the in-laws' bills early so I can enjoy the rest of the month
  • Skim some library books for research on my current writing project
  • Spend time in the garden
What did you do for yourself this week? 

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Task it Tuesday - Sep 18

Originally created by The Geeky Blogger, Task It Tuesday is a weekly meme to help you--and me--get things done. The challenge is to post a task or list of tasks you want to complete before next Tuesday. These tasks can help you with your blogging life, reading life, personal or professional life.

This year is just flying by, and I swear I accomplish nothing some days. Oh, well. I'll just keep plugging along and see what this week brings. Here is what I want to accomplish:

  1. Plant the fall garden - DONE
  2. Clean my office - Maybe Friday
  3. Listing photos at two houses - Today
  4. Meet a friend for lunch - Wednesday
  5. Pay bills - Yuck
What's on your to-do list?

Monday, September 17, 2018

Mailbox Monday - Sep 17

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Happy Monday! I hope you had a lovely weekend. My father-in-law turned 88 on Sunday, so we visited him at the Soldiers' Home and had a little party. On Saturday, the whole family had gotten together for dinner, so it was a weekend of celebrations.

I'm hoping to step out to the garden in a few and plant the garlic. Not sure it will happen since things are getting busy with work this morning, but I would love to get it done.

Lots of books this past week. One for review, three books for research, one because I love the time period, and a Kindle freebie (in that order).

So excited about all the new seasonal and holiday titles making their way onto the market right now. 

What was in your mailbox?

Saturday, September 15, 2018

New Release: A Christmas by the Sea by Melody Carlson

So much fun to see the Christmas fiction come out this time of year.

When Wendy Harper inherits her family’s beachside cottage in Seaside, Maine, she sees it as a way to finally pay off the debts that have mounted since her husband died. Her twelve-year-old son Jackson sees it as an exciting new start in a life that has grown rather gray without his father.

Before it can be sold, the neglected property must be renovated. Wendy and Jackson move in—temporarily, she reminds him—in order to fix the place up before Christmas. But the charming town, along with local craftsman Caleb Colton, pulls on Wendy. She knows that the most responsible thing to do is to sell the cottage and return to Ohio, but the lure of the sea—and a fresh start—is hard to resist.

Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Revell (September 4, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 080072271X
ISBN-13: 978-0800722715

Purchase from:

Christian Book
Barnes and Noble
Baker Book House

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts - Sep 12

Bookish (and not so Bookish) Thoughts is hosted by Bookishly Boisterous. This is a chance for book bloggers to dabble in areas besides books (but those are welcome too). Share your plans for the weekend, a rant on people not using their turn signals in parking lots, or your love of Sunday morning mimosas.

There are so many things going on right now, my brainy is a bit fried.

  1. My house is filled with things from my in-laws' house just begging to find a permanent home, but my work schedule it crazy.
  2. I listed a condo this week and will list two more properties by the end of the month. 
  3. I'm desperately trying to find a charity to help an elderly homeowner with some deferred maintenance, so they can stay in their home as long as possible.
  4. I ordered fall vegetable plants and need to carve out time to get them in the ground. 
  5. The WriteAngles Conference is only two months away and I'm coordinating agent meetings this year in addition to being treasurer. 
  6. I rejoined the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) because my writing has been ignored too long. 
  7. I would love to plan a virtual book tour for November to promote my books, but not sure that will happen.
  8. Exciting news that is writing related: I've been contracted as an acquisitions editor intern for 4 RV Publishing. They published my second book, A Christmas Kindness. If all goes well, I'll become a lead editor. 
Hope you have a blessed week. Please say a prayer for everyone down in the Carolinas as they brace for Hurricane Florence.