Monday, January 15, 2018

Choice of Resort to Love series book by Angela Ruth Strong (Signed Copy)

Please welcome Angela Ruth Strong to my blog this week. Read on down to find out how to enter in her giveaway!

My Top Ten Romantic Movie Lines
By Angela Ruth Strong

I never imagined that eight years after Love Finds You in Sun Valley released, I’d still be writing about the characters, but guess what. Next month, both the audiobook and a prequel romance will be coming out. In honor of my debut novel set during a film shoot, here are my top ten romantic quotes from the movies:
10. “You had me at hello.” –Jerry MacGuire
               I loved this line before I even saw the movie.
9. “I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” –When Harry Met Sally
               It’s a good line, but it’s on this list because it reminds me of watching When Harry Met Sally on my first Christmas Eve with my husband (before we were married) when I could completely relate.
8. “Choose me. Marry me. Let me make you happy.” –My Best Friend’s Wedding
               This zany movie had all the feels and an even more powerful ending than if it had ended happily-ever-after. Sometimes we aren’t loved back, but that shouldn’t stop us from loving.
7. “There’s nothing like a first kiss.” –50 First Dates
               Don’t we all desire to fall in love with the same person over and over again like this?
6, “I’ll give you the moon, Mary.” –It’s a Wonderful Life
               A classic. Makes me want to be a better writer.
5. “As you wish.” –The Princess Bride
               Much simpler than lassoing the moon, but just as profound.
4. “I want to be the man who grows old with you.” –The Wedding Singer
               Heart and humor go hand in hand as does the chemistry between Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler.
3. “I'm also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.” –Notting Hill
               Could this quote have inspired Finding Love in Sun Valley? Possibly. Quite Possibly.
 2. “I don’t remember frump girl. I remember you.” –My Big Fat Greek Wedding
               Simply reading this line makes me want to cry. To be seen and known beyond our weaknesses and failures is what makes love worth the sacrifice.
1. “How about some coffee or, you know, drinks or dinner or a movie... for as long as we both shall live?" –You’ve Got Mail
               In looking up other lists of top romantic movie quotes, this is not the line most listed from You’ve Got Mail, but it’s the one that makes me cry every time I watch it. (Which is a lot.) It’s both shocking and inviting in its vulnerability, and it leads us to feel exactly what Kathleen Kelly feels when she says the more popular line, “I wanted it to be you. I wanted it to be you so badly.”

GIVEAWAY: Did I list your favorite quote? Do you have another you’d like to share? Comment for a chance to win an autographed copy of any book from my Resort to Love series—your choice.

Raised in a family of six adopted siblings, Genevieve Wilson fights to keep her dysfunctional brothers and sisters together, but everyone still seems to leave. If she’s not good enough to prevent her birth parents from giving her up or her siblings from abandoning her, then there’s no way she would ever be enough to have a lasting relationship with the cute pilot from work…which is exactly what makes him a safe subject for her daydreams.

Matt Lake is dating the perfect woman and working a great job. Life is easy until he starts to enjoy hanging out with the airline employees more than with his girlfriend—one sweet female employee in particular. He tells himself he’s only intrigued by Gen’s quirkiness, but nobody else makes him smile the way she does.

Can Matt give up the flawless life he’d planned in exchange for the messiness of love? And if so, will  Gen risk her heart on reality when it’s never paid off in the past?

About Angela: 
Angela Ruth Strong studied journalism at the University of Oregon and published her first novel, Love Finds You in Sun Valley, Idaho, in 2010. With movie producers interested in her book, she's decided to rerelease it and write sequels as a new series titled Resort to Love. This Idaho Top Author and Cascade Award winner also started IDAhope Writers to encourage other aspiring authors, and she's excited to announce the sale of her first romantic suspense novel to Love Inspired Suspense. For the latest news or to contact Angela, visit 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

A Heart's Gift and Brides of Minnesota both by Lena Nelson Dooley Ends 1/15

Please welcome Lena Nelson Dooley to my blog this week. Lena is giving away a copy of both books below so be sure to read on down on how to enter. And don't forget to leave your email addy! 

Thank you, Debbbie Lynne, for inviting me to your blog.

Dear Readers, I’m going to introduce you to my last two books.

A Heart’s Gift released in December 2016. A marriage of convenience story that had tugged at my heart for quite a while before I wrote it. I was thrilled when it won a major award.


Because of an earlier betrayal, Franklin vows never to open his heart to another woman. But he desiresFranklin's past endanger Lorinda’s life and the life of their son. How can Franklin rescue her? And how will this affect the way they feel about each other?
an heir. When Lorinda is finally out from under the control of men who made all the decisions in her life, she promises herself she will never allow a man to control her again. But how can she provide for her infant son? A marriage of convenience seems like the perfect arrangement until two people from

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Brides of Minnesota released in December 2017. This is a collection of shorter novels that was my first series back in 2001-2003.

I loved this series, because the first novel has events from my Scandinavian ancestors—fictonalized, of course.

Swedish immigrant brothers seek prosperity, fulfillment, and love in the land of 10,000 lakes. Gustaf meets Lars's fiancee at the ship to explain his brother's absence. August is reluctant to accept his older brother's old flame as his wife. And Lowell and Ollie are both fascinated by a mysterious---and elusive---young woman. 400 pages, softcover from Barbour.

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My first series consisted of four novels. This collection only contains the first three. Gerda’s Lawman, the fourth book in the series will come out as a single title, hopefully in early June.

I will be giving away one copy of each of these books. The books will be print books in the US and a Kindle edition if the winner is outside the US.

Questions for Discussion:
How much do you know about your ancestors and where they came from?

Can you think of any situation when you would have been all right with a marriage of convenience?

When you answer one or both of these questions, you will be entered in the giveaway.

Multi-published, award-winning author Lena Nelson Dooley has had more than 875,000 copies of her 30+ books sold. Her books have appeared on the CBA, Publisher’s Weekly, and ECPA bestseller lists, as well as Amazon bestseller lists. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the local chapter, ACFW - DFW. She’s a member of Christian Authors’ Network, and Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas.

  • Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award
  • Maggie’s Journey, a reviewers Top Ten Books of 2011 list, the 2012 Selah award for Historical Novel.
  • Mary’s Blessing, Selah Award Second Place
  • Catherine’s Pursuit, NTRWA Carolyn Reader’s Choice, CAN Golden Scroll Novel of the Year award second place, Will Rogers Medallion bronze medallion.
  • Her blog, A Christian Writer’s World, Readers Choice Blog of the Year Award from the Book Club Network.
  • Three Carol Award Silver pins.
  • A Texas Christmas  ECPA bestseller list
  • Love Is Patient ECPA bestseller list
  • Mountain Christmas Brides ECPA bestseller list 3 months, Publisher’s Weekly top 10 list 5 weeks
  • A Heart’s Gift won the 2017 FHL Reader’s Choice Award

She has experience in screenwriting, acting, directing, and voice-overs. She is on the Board of Directors for Higher Ground Films and is one of the screenwriters for their upcoming film Abducted to Kill. She has been featured in articles in Christian Retailing, ACFW Journal, Charisma Magazine, and Christian Fiction Online Magazine. Her article in CFOM was the cover story.

In addition to her writing, Lena is a frequent speaker at women’s groups, writers groups, and at both regional and national conferences. She has spoken in six states and internationally. The Lena Nelson Dooley Show is on the Along Came A Writer Blogtalk Radio network.

Lena has an active web presence on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Linkedin and with her internationally connected blog where she interviews other authors and promotes their books. Her blog has a reach of over 65,000.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

The Chronicles of Luna City by Celia Hayes ends December 25th

Please welcome Celia Hayes to my blog. Celia is graciously giving away a copy of The Chronicles of Luna City. Leave a comment about Celia's post to be entered. Don't forget to leave your email addy and let me know if you are a FeedBurner follower for an extra entry.

The Fairy Star – Lotta Crabtree

Like many another performer who achieved super-star status by performing before audiences in California, Lotta Crabtree, the famed signing and dancing 19th century child star arrived from somewhere else – in her case, New York. Her parents had emigrated from the British Isles sometime in the 1840s; her father had a trade as a bookseller, by which one can surmise a degree of literacy and interest in the wider culture. John Ashworth and Mary Ann Livesey Crabtree named their baby daughter Charlotte Mignon, when they were blessed with a little shoot off the family tree in 1847. Four years later, John – seeking fortune and adventure – took ship to San Francisco, to join in the Gold Rush. Alas, by that time, most of the easily-made fortunes had already been made; late-comers to the gold mines either had to be insanely lucky or able to finance extensive and deep-rock or hydraulic mining ventures. John Crabtree had neither luck nor deep pockets. By the time his wife and daughter followed him in 1852, he had already given up on striking it rich. Legend has it that he was not on the San Francisco dock to meet them when they arrived. Undeterred, Mary Ann and the five-year old Charlotte found friends to stay with, while they awaited word from John. Eventually a message arrived; they should join him in the boom-town of Grass Valley, located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada.
Sensibly, he had given up on mining gold and resolved on a course of mining it from the gold miners by running a boarding house. In the
biographies of Charlotte ‘Lotta’ Crabtree that I can locate, this is last life-significant decision he may have made regarding his daughter. From then on, Mary Ann ruled Charlotte’s life and career choices – establishing herself as the first and possibly the most successful of California stage mothers to date. Mary Ann encouraged her red-haired, dark-eyed little daughter in learning songs and performing long sentimental ballads, playing the old-fashioned minstrel-show banjo and enlarging on a large repertoire of dance moves; Irish jigs, a little ballet, fandangos and soft-shoe, Highland flings and reels. The child was a born entertainer. For some years she was encouraged in her performing inclinations by a neighbor, the notorious adventuress and dancer Lola Montez – born Eliza Gilbert, fresh from a turn as the official mistress of the mad King Ludwig of Bavaria, and eventually to travel on to Australia to perform in gold camps there. Mary Ann must have been terribly broadminded for a respectable married woman of that time to even consider the notorious Lola as suitable company, but women were still few and far between in the gold camps – and Mary Ann gives the impression of being a deeply practical woman.
One story has it that when Lola tired of Grass Valley, and decided to go tour the Australian gold fields as a performer, she wanted Lotta to come with her – but of course Lotta’s parents would not permit that. This offer confirmed that the kid had talent, though. Mary Ann – likely tiring of the sheer drudgery involved in keeping a boarding house – had no reservations about her child performing in public. The Crabtree family moved to another gold camp, Rabbit Creek, where a local tavern-keeper, one Mart Taylor, often hosted traveling dramatic groups, singers, and musicians in his business. Lotta Crabtree made her professional debut there at the age of six, dressed in in a green long-tailed coat, knee-britches, a tall green top-hat and brandishing a miniature shillelagh. She sang and danced an Irish jig … this brought down the house, and a rain of coin and gold nuggets. While there were a handful of other performing children touring the gold camps at this time, Lotta outshone the rest by far.
For two or three years, Lotta, her parents and two younger brothers, toured the gold camps; a kind of 19th century Shirley Temple and every bit as popular. Mary Ann turned out to be a hard-headed and scrupulously careful manager of her daughter’s fame and money. By the end of the decade, the family had moved back to San Francisco – a base from which Lotta continued touring and performing. Having conquered the West, the family returned East, where Lotta continued to perform to rapturous applause and tour with her own company. She performed in roles especially written for her; lively, petite, given to performing in male clothing and daring to smoke slender black cigars. By any standards she was attractive, and had many admirers and brief romances. Lotta spent the rest of her life in comfort and mild luxury, dabbling in painting, charitable work and foreign travel. Mary Ann had cannily invested the takings from Lotta’s theatrical performances in bonds and real estate – generating wealth sufficient to support the family when Lotta retired from performing at the age of 45. Her fortune was estimated at 4 million dollars when she died in 1924. She had never married, although after her death, a woman claimed that she was Lotta’s daughter, raised by foster parents, and had a right to a share of Lotta’s estate. The claimant insisted that Lotta had secretly married and given birth during a short residence in England, a claim rejected by the courts. Lotta’s fortune went where it was intended to go – to a charitable trust to benefit aging actors, animals, and veterans – and that was that.
A fabulously ornate cast-iron fountain still stands in San Francisco’s Market Street – a landmark funded entirely by Lotta Crabtree, and donated to the city in the 1870s. Thirty years later, it was a recognizable landmark in the aftermath of the great earthquake which reduced a large part of the city to rubble, and served as a place for survivors to gather, seeking word of other survivors. Lotta’s Fountain remains the oldest surviving monument in the city where she came as a child, and left as a star.
(Note – Lotta and her mother are supporting characters in my novel of the Gold Rush – The Golden Road, wherein the teenaged hero serves as a stage hand and body-guard for Lotta and her mother, as they tour the gold camps. I thought that Mary Ann was at least as interesting a character as Lotta; practical, level-headed and competent.)

GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment about Celia's post to be entered to win The Chronicles of Luna City.

About Celia:
Celia Hayes spent twenty years as a military broadcaster in the Air Force, before retiring in San Antonio, Texas. She contributes to a variety of on-line magazines and websites and in 2012 became the owner of a small boutique publishing firm, Watercress Press. She is the author of thirteen novels set on the 19th century American frontier, and co-author with her daughter, Jeanne Hayden, of the Luna City Chronicles, a series of contemporary comic novels about life in a small South Texas town. She currently lives in San Antonio with her daughter and an assortment of dogs and cats, and her literary website is at and at

My latest releases are two rather different books: the fifth in the Luna City series, which is modern-day rural comedy –
The other book is a classic western adventure aimed at tween and teen boys – Lone Star Glory,