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The Seafaring Women of the Vera B by Susan Page Davis, Guest Post & #BookGiveaway #LadiesinDefiance

Alice Packard, the main character in The Seafaring Women of the Vera B., did not start out as a lady in defiance of anything. As life dealt her a couple of hard blows, however, she became a woman of strength and courage beyond what she had ever imagined.

The idea for this book first came to me when I read the true story of Abby Pennell, a ship captain’s wife. Her husband, John Pennell, was from a family of shipbuilders in Maine, and they had built the ship he was sailing. He died in Rio de Janeiro in 1878, and Abby brought the shiphome. You can read more about this real couple here: capt-john- pennell.html

I kept the idea simmering in the back of my mind for a long time—a ship captain’s wife is widowed and stranded in a far port. What if her crew deserted her and she couldn’t find anyone willing to sail with her—except a group of prostitutes longing to escape their near slavery?

Months or perhaps years later, my son Jim was visiting with me and said he was looking for story ideas. I read him several of the more promising premises in my “idea” file, and he immediately said, “I like that one.”

Jim had spent some time in Australia, and he quickly saw the perfect setting for the book—the Victoria Gold Rush, which happened five years or so after the California Gold Rush. We did some preliminary research and found plenty of accounts of ships sitting abandoned in Australian harbors when the crews fled them for the goldfields. We were sold on the idea—and knew we had to write the story together. We picked 1854 in Port Phillip Bay, at Melbourne, Australia for our opening.

Our heroine, Alice Packard, starts out as a gracious, genteel lady of New England who has always depended on and been protected by the upstanding men in her life. But her sudden bereavement and the crew’s desertion leaves her alone with few resources and only one faithful friend. She turns to God for help in either getting her crew back or finding another way to get the Vera B. home.

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About the Book

With the captain dead in Melbourne, Australia, Alice Packard thinks the worst has happened, until she learns the crew has deserted her husband’s ship in favor of the goldfields. Only one old man, Gypsy Deak, sticks by her, but Gypsy alone can’t raise a crew from the depleted population. In desperation, Alice turns to the only source of plentiful workers: the women of Melbourne. In a bold move, she and Gypsy empty a brothel, promising the escaped women a new life. Her all-woman (save one) crew put their backs and hearts into the voyage, but Alice finds training her sailors much harder than she expected. Her faith is tested to the limit. With a cargo to sell, angry brothel and tavern owners in pursuit, pirates to evade, and a mysterious stowaway, will the seafaring women of the Vera B. survive to tell the tale of this daring adventure?

The Giveaway

Thank you so much Susan, and as a bonus, she has offered to giveaway a copy of The Seafaring Women of the Vera B. to one lucky winner. A US winner will have a choice of paperback or e-copy and an international winner will receive an e-copy. Enter through the Rafflecopter below:

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The giveaway will run through June 24, 2016 and the winner will be announced on June 25.

susan page davisSusan Page Davis is the author of more than sixty Christian novels and novellas. Her historical novels have won numerous awards, including the Carol Award, the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction, and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest.

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No Other Will Do by Karen Witemeyer #BookGiveaway #LadiesInDefiance

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Guess who stopped in for a quick visit today? None other than Karen Witemeyer!

She only had a minute, but I managed to wrangle one question out of her. Check it out:

How was one of your heroines, “A Lady in Defiance” of the times or circumstances in which she lived?

Emma Chandler, my heroine in No Other Will Do, defies convention not only in her chosen career, but in her life’s mission. Following in her father’s footsteps, Emma Chandler uses her banker’s training and financial resources to start a women’s colony in Texas. Inspired by the suffragette aunts who raised her, Emma believes that men are optional. Women can accomplish anything men can as long as they work together. Therefore, she creates a community open to women of all backgrounds and situations who need a fresh start. Some are career-minded women who are seeking a place to practice their trade without battling male prejudice. Others are escaping abuse. Others have been abandoned or widowed and need an honorable way to earn a living. Under Emma’s guidance, they all come together to form a sisterhood in Harper’s Station, Texas. But when an unknown assailant tries repeatedly to drive the women out, Emma is forced to admit they might need a man after all. One who can fight. And there is only one she trusts enough to ask. Malachi Shaw.

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About the Book

Men are optional. That’s the credo Emma Chandler’s suffragette aunts preached and why she started a successful women’s colony in Harper’s Station, Texas. But when an unknown assailant tries repeatedly to drive them out, Emma admits they might need a man after all. A man who can fight–and she knows just the one.

Malachi Shaw finally earned the respect he craved by becoming an explosives expert for the railroad. Yet when Emma’s plea arrives, he bolts to Harper’s Station to repay the girl who once saved his life. Only she’s not a girl any longer. She’s a woman with a mind of her own and a smile that makes a man imagine a future he doesn’t deserve.

As the danger intensifies, old feelings grow and deepen, but Emma and Mal will need more than love to survive.

The Giveaway

Thank you so much Karen, and as a bonus, she has offered to giveaway a copy of No Other Will Do to one lucky winner. Due to shipping costs, the winner must have a US address. Enter through the Rafflecopter below:

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Sea Rose Lane by Irene Hannon Q&A #LadiesinDefiance

Have you heard of her? The three-time RITA Award winner (the Oscar of romance fiction) Irene Hannon is here today. Check out her interview to learn more about this talented author!

Irene HannonHow was one of your book heroines, “A Lady in Defiance” of the times or circumstances in which she lived?

All of my books have contemporary settings, so there isn’t much these days that would be considered off-limits to women or make a woman a “Lady in Defiance.” I doubt any profession, political opinion or activity embraced by a women would raise eyebrows. However, many of my heroines are involved in professions that at one time were the exclusive domain of men. For example…I’ve had a female cranberry farmer, psychologist, police chief, federal judge and professor.

What real-life “Lady in Defiance” has impacted your life or writing?

One of the women who influenced me in terms of being a “Lady in Defiance” was actually someone I never met. My father and his sister were raised by an unmarried aunt in Ireland, and she worked her whole life doing a wide variety of jobs to support her “adopted” children. I heard stories about her all the years I was growing up, and I know she influenced my dad’s opinion about women’s capabilities. I believe that, in turn, influenced how he raised me. Because she modeled the behavior of a strong woman who could take charge and survive on her own in an era when that was uncommon, he always believed I could do the same. That was a fabulous legacy from a woman I never met but will always admire.

Not only are you a best-selling author but also an award winning author. Which one of your awards has meant the most to you and why?

Two stand out. My induction into Romance Writers of America’s Hall of Fame after winning my third RITA Award (the Oscar of romance fiction) last year, and my Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews, which I just received, and which recognizes my entire body of work. While it’s always great to receive an award for a particular book, these are special because they pay tribute to consistent excellence.

Have you ever needed to contact “experts” regarding any of your book scenes to make sure they were written as authentically as possible?

All the time! I’ve called upon a host of experts, including police officers, FBI agents, a U.S. marshal, detectives, PIs, health-care professionals, academics, a forensic anthropologist, a wilderness medicine physician, a chemist, a cranberry farmer, a botanist…and many, many others. Even though I write fiction, I’m a stickler for accuracy in the real-life parts of my stories.

It seems that TV and movie studios have picked up on the fact that viewers like wholesome, feel-good stories and strongly crafted plot lines. Can you see any of your books being made into a film or series?

Yes! All of them! Seriously, I think many of my books in both genres (suspense and contemporary romance/women’s fiction) would make wonderful movies. I’m just not sure how to catch the eye of a producer/director!

irene hannon book quoteDo you have a favorite quote from Sea Rose Lane, your latest book, you can leave us with?

There are a bunch of quotes I like from this book, which is set in my charming Oregon seaside town of Hope Harbor—where hearts heal and love blooms. But here’s one of my favorites: “Taking the easy route doesn’t always lead to the best views.” I love this story about second changes and discovering that sometimes the curves life throws us—tough as they might be at the time—can lead us in new…and better…directions.

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Three-Time RITA Winner Invites Readers Back to the Captivating Coastal Town of Hope Harbor

After a devastating layoff, attorney Eric Nash heads back to the town where he grew up–only to discover that his childhood home is being transformed into a bed & breakfast. Instead of plotting his next career move in peace, he’s constantly distracted by noise, chaos–and BJ Stevens, the attractive but prickly blonde architect and construction chief who’s invaded the house with her motley crew.

As for BJ, her client’s son might be handsome, but after a disastrous romance, dating isn’t high on her agenda. Yet when they join forces to create a program for Hope Harbor seniors, might they also find healing, hope, and a new beginning themselves?

Three-time RITA Award winner Irene Hannon takes readers back to Hope Harbor for a new season of charm, romance, and second chances.

Irene Hannon is the best-selling author of more than 35 novels. Her books have been honored with the coveted RITA Award from Romance Writers of America, the HOLT Medallion, the Reviewer’s Choice Award from Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine and the Daphne du Maurier Award for mystery/suspense. Irene and her husband make their home in Missouri, USA. Irene invites you to visit her at her website,

The Reason by William Sirls THREE WINNERS #BookGiveaway #LadiesInDefiance

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Right now The Reason is being made into a major motion picture. Read it first! The accomplished cast includes a host of familiar faces such as Academy Award winner Louis Gossett, Jr., Beverly Todd, Tatyana Ali, Burgess Jenkins and Alan Powell while familiarizing audiences with the emerging talents of Sara Antonio, Michael Montgomery, and Kelly Carlson.

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Welcome to southeast Michigan and the small town of Carlson where faith, hope, and struggle are defined by the different faces of those who live there.

An addict that sits at a bar to forget.

A mother whose five-year-old boy has leukemia.

Two doctors. An atheist haunted by his past and a brilliant young oncologist that places all her hope in the power of modern medicine.

A blind pastor whose son hasn’t spoken a single word in thirty-eight years.

But the minister sees by faith. He knows there are answers and believes that someone who cares is watching… someone with a greater purpose. Yet there is something he doesn’t know… that none of them know.

In the midst of the ordinary and the devastating, there is a reason these lives will be changed forever.

Lightning is about to strike.

The Reason opens with a thunderbolt and never lets up as it introduces us to everyday characters who are wrestling with questions: Where is God when bad things happen? Does God ignore the prayers of the faithful? The answer each character receives will astound readers while offering an unforgettable call to hope, to change, and to believe.

About the Author

Over the course of his life, William Sirls has experienced both great highs and tremendous lows–some born of chance, some born of choice. Once a senior vice president at a major investment firm, he was incarcerated in 2007 for wire fraud and money laundering, where he learned a great deal more than he ever bargained for. Life lessons involving faith, grace, patience, and forgiveness are evident in his writing. He is the father of two and makes his home in southern California. Visit his site at:

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Thank you so much William, and as a bonus, he has offered to giveaway THREE copies of The Reason to THREE lucky winners. Due to shipping costs, the winner must have a US address. Enter through the Rafflecopter below:

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AT LIBERTY TO LOVE by Caryl McAdoo Guest Post and #BookGiveaway #LadiesInDefiance

caryl mcadooA big ‘Howdy’ and ‘Welcome’ to Caryl McAdoo. She just completed her SEVENTH volume in her Texas Romance series! CONGRATS! She shares a little about all seven stories and has an awesome giveaway to share as well. I asked her the question: “How was one of your book heroines, “A Lady in Defiance” of the times or circumstances in which she lived?” … and she answered!

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As I considered my heroines for this guest post…one by one…I realized any of them would do. Sue, the widow for ten years, determined to get a fair price on her first decent crop. (book one VOW UNBROKEN, 1832) Sassy, whose defiance got her captured by Comanche, seemingly lost forever to her family. (book 2 HEARTS STOLEN, 1839-44)

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May was quite the disrupter of recognized decorum for a New York socialite with her successful writing career and faithful manservant, taking off for Texas indeed! What was she thinking? (book three HOPE REBORN, 1850) And Mary Rachel might have been the most defiant, running off to marry a man her father didn’t approve of and called a boy. (book four SINS OF THE MOTHER, 1851-52)

Her sisters, Gwendolyn and Cecelia—perhaps the least defiant of my Texas Romance family saga series—had seen what Mary Rachel’s rebellion had done to their father and vowed not to repeat it, but then he got all protective when they came of courting age, testing their resolve. (book five DAUGHTERS OF THE HEART, 1853-54)

Lacey Rose had always been the perfect daughter…until her true love was leaving for war, and her one act of defiance…a simple goodbye kiss, set off a string of defiances that almost ruined her life. (book six JUST KIN, 1861-65)  Which brings us to dear Rebecca, freshly widowed by the Civil War had to create a new plan for her life. Against the counsels of her father and brothers, she sets out alone to travel almost three thousand miles and intends to adopt an orphan as a single woman. (book seven AT LIBERTY TO LOVE, 1865-66)

And of course, they are all a part of me as I’ve never been one to stay in ‘my place’. Often the only woman on a sales team of twenty or thousands, I usually made a name for myself; my last career being in the asphalt and concrete business, where I eventually started my own company.

I believe that being a defiant lady against what society says a woman is to do—or should not do–is a good quality. I reveled when Elizabeth Taylor rode and won the race in National Velvet. I was a firstborn and think that played a part in my personal defiance of being held back.

But equally as important…if not more…is a woman’s complete submission before God Who loves His daughters beyond measure. I strive with all that I am to please Him and bring Him honor and glory. And then thank Him when He opens the doors and sends His favor ahead of me as I blaze new trails for myself and all females through my ladies of the Texas Romances.

Oh, and there are the contemporary Red River Romance heroines and the Apple Orchard Romance women. Can’t forget those!

So, in the end, in many ways, I am defiant as are my characters, but against traditions of men, not those in true authority over me, believing they are placed there by God for my good.

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Obedience is better than sacrifice…and trumps romance, no matter how sweet.

Profound loneliness propels a childless widow west with the idea of choosing an orphan to share her life. On the way, a fellow traveler takes her by surprise. She never dreams, is unprepared, doesn’t need another man, but can’t get him out of her head…or heart. He’s so perfect—every bit the one she’d searched for as a young woman—except his mistrust of God has erected a wall she cannot breach. Marcus Ford blames God and struggles for peace after losing his wife and baby. Not once has he considered another woman could be the answer, but the widow is like none other he’s ever met. He falls hard, but plans are taking him east. Hope dashed sends two hearts into the pit. If only Ford could forgive God or the widow ease up on her adamant resolve.

Will God’s mercy shine a beacon in the fog of despair and prove sufficient to heal their souls?

The Giveaway

Thank you so much Caryl, and as a bonus, she has offered to giveaway:

  • TWO copies of Vow Unbroken (Book 1 in the series) to two lucky US winners and
  • TWO copies of At Liberty to Love to two lucky winners. A US winner will have a choice of paperback or e-copy and an international winner will receive an e-copy.

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Pre-order A Promise in Defiance and WIN my original A Lady in Defiance movie script! #LadiesinDefiance #Giveaway

As a special THANK YOU to everyone who has pre-ordered, A Promise in Defiance, my third book in the Romance in the Rockies series, I am offering up an autographed copy of my A Lady in Defiance movie script.


One of you, my most beloved friends, is gonna score BIG!

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When Charles McIntyre founded Defiance, he was more than happy to rule in hell rather than serve in heaven. But things have changed. Now, he has faith, a new wife…and a ten-year-old half-breed son. Infamous madam Delilah Goodnight wants to take it all away from him. How can he protect his kingdom and his loved ones from her schemes without falling back on his past? How does he fight evil if not with evil?

Logan Tillane carries a Bible in his hand, wears a gun on his hip, and fights for lost souls any way he can. Newly arrived in Defiance, he has trouble, though, telling saints from sinners. The challenge only worsens when Delilah flings open the doors to the scandalous Crystal Chandelier. She and the new preacher have opposite plans for the town. One wants to save it, one wants to lead it straight to hell.

For Tillane and McIntyre, finding redemption was a long, hard road. God’s grace has washed away their sins, but the consequences remain and God will not be mocked. For whatosoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap…and the harvest is finally at hand.

Pre-order on Amazon now! It’s only $4.99 and will be auto-delivered to your Kindle on June 22, 2016.

The Giveaway

Pre-Order A Promise in Defiance BEFORE June 22nd and you’re entered to win a SIGNED copy of my original script for A Lady in Defiance. Just leave a comment below to let me know you’ve pre-ordered! That’s it!


The winner will be announced at my Facebook book launch party on June 22nd. You can sign up to join me there for fun, games, and lots of great conversation!

A Lady in Defiance AUDIBLE Book #Giveaway #LadiesinDefiance

The epic, BEST-SELLING saga continues on June 22, 2016…. Hear the first book now!

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A Lady in Defiance by Heather Blanton

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A man who wants to rule in Hell. A woman who wants to find her faith again…

Charles McIntyre owns everything and everyone in the lawless, godless mining town of Defiance. When three good, Christian sisters from his beloved South show up stranded, alone, and offering to open a “nice” hotel, he is intrigued enough to let them stay…especially since he sees feisty middle sister Naomi as a possible conquest. But Naomi, angry with God for widowing her, wants no part of Defiance or the saloon-owning, prostitute-keeping Mr. McIntyre. It would seem however, that God has gone to elaborate lengths to bring them together. The question is, “Why?” Does God really have a plan for each and every life?

Written with gritty, but not gratuitous, realism uncharacteristic of historical Christian fiction, A Lady in Defiance gives a nod to both Pride and Prejudice and Redeeming Love. Based on true events, it is also an ensemble piece that deftly weaves together the relationships of the three sisters and the rowdy residents of Defiance.

Right now A Lady in Defiance and Hearts in Defiance are both available on Kindle Unlimited for FREE. Load up your readers for summer now!!!

The Giveaway

This giveaway features the AUDIBLE version of my book, A Lady in Defiance. (FYI- Book 3 in this series comes out in June 22, 2016!) You are able to listen on your Kindle Fire or with the free Audible app on Apple, Android, and Windows devices to books. There is a sample of the Audible version of A Lady in Defiance that you can listen to here. Just click on the “Audible Sample” button located just under the book cover picture.

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Heather Day Gilbert: Writing What She Wants to Read #LadiesInDefiance

Writing What I Want to Read—Strong Women

by Heather Day Gilbert

Anyone who knows me will tell you I’m not likely to relate to demure wallflower characters in books. Nope. Give me a woman who knows how to wield a weapon or who has her snark cranked up to whiplash level and you’ve hooked me.

See, I grew up surrounded by strong women. My Grandma Wilcox knew how to garden, can, and clean, how to raise her children right, and how to get through to a wayward teen granddaughter who thought she knew it all. She did it the mountain way—she told me stories. Real-life stories about people and family in West Virginia where I grew up. Stories of love and loss and times when women had to take stands for what was right. She always told me to “keep your chin up and your head held high because you’re just as good as anyone else.”

god's daughterMy mom and my great-aunt Jenny Lee are also strong women, setting an example of what it means to delve into the Bible and rely on God for each decision you make. I can never thank these women enough for the example they’ve set for me, and I can only pray I learn to live up to it for my kids.

So I’m drawn to strong women in books, and that’s also what I write. Case in point: my Viking historical, God’s Daughter, tells the story of a real Christian Viking woman who sailed all the way to North America with her husband. My second, Forest Child, will tell the story of Eirik the Red’s daughter, a wild warrior woman named Freydis.

My A Murder in the Mountains mystery series also features strong women—young and old. My main character, everyday housewife Tess Spencer, tries to be armed and prepared for danger at all times, and she’s no shrinking violet. Her best friend is a handicapped elderly woman who is very formidable. And her mother-in-law has a heart of gold and she loves on Tess like nobody’s business.

But we know there are different types of strength—it’s not always in-your-face. In my latest release, a romantic suspense novella titled Out of Circulation, I introduce librarian Katie McClure, who feels trapped in her small West Virginia town. She had big plans to go into the FBI like her dad, but a volleyball injury gave her a permanent limp, so she’s stuck shelving books and doing story times with kids. Although she’s Southern-polite and genteel on the outside, inside she’s struggling to understand why God seemed to thwart her dreams at every step.

Enter a mysterious bodyguard who’s visiting from Manhattan (the illustrious Ace Calhoun) and some Russian mobsters hunting for an old bank stash, and you’ve got a recipe for more excitement than Katie ever thought she’d see.

What I loved about Katie is that although she’s not glitzy and quick to speak like her sister Molly (who’s the main character in Undercut, book 2 in the Hemlock Creek Suspense series), she has deep loyalty to her family that drives her to protect them. Ace sees Katie’s strengths, not her perceived weaknesses, so she becomes bolder in the skin she’s in.

There are so many ways women can show strength, I couldn’t begin to name them all. But I hope my novels portray believable women who, although they have vastly differing personalities, discover how to become truly strong in ways that count for eternity.

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If you’re interested in Katie’s story in Out of Circulation, you can find it here in the 8-novella romantic suspense set, Smoke and Mirrors. This set is 99c for a limited time.

And if you’re interested in my Viking or my mystery series, you can find more info on those here. God’s Daughter, my Viking historical, is also available on audiobook, as is Miranda Warning, book 1 in my Appalachian mystery series. Miranda Warning is currently free for Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and iBooks.

Thanks so much for letting me visit today, Heather!

Heather Day GilbertHEATHER DAY GILBERT writes novels that capture life in all its messy, bittersweet, hope-filled glory. Born and raised in the West Virginia mountains, generational story-telling runs in her blood. Heather is a graduate of Bob Jones University and is married to her college sweetheart. Having recently returned to her roots, she and her husband are raising their three children in the same home in which Heather grew up. Heather is represented by Rebeca Seitz and Jonathan Clements of SON Studios in FL.

Heather’s Viking historical novel, God’s Daughter, is an Amazon Norse bestseller. She is also the author of Miranda Warning and Trial by Twelve, Books One and Two in the bestselling A Murder in the Mountains mystery series. She has also written the Indie Publishing Handbook: Four Key Elements for the Self-Publisher.

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The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson #BookGiveaway #LadiesinDefiance

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Do you like Medieval books? Young Adult? Fairy Tales? Know someone that does? Then, do I have a book giveaway for you!

the beautiful pretender by melanie dickerson

After inheriting his title from his brother, the margrave has two weeks to find a noble bride. What will happen when he learns he has fallen for a lovely servant girl in disguise?

The Margrave of Thornbeck has to find a bride, fast. He invites ten noble born ladies who meet the king’s approval to be his guests at Thornbeck Castle for two weeks, a time to test these ladies and reveal their true character.

Avelina has only two instructions: keep her true identity a secret and make sure the margrave doesn’t select her as his bride. Since the latter seems unlikely, she concentrates on not getting caught. No one must know she is merely a maidservant, sent by the Earl of Plimmwald to stand in for his daughter, Dorothea.

Despite Avelina’s best attempts at diverting attention from herself, the margrave has taken notice. And try as she might, she can’t deny her own growing feelings. But something else is afoot in the castle. Something sinister that could have far worse—far deadlier—consequences.

The Giveaway

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Amelia Earhart: The Successful Failure, Guest Post by Jo Huddleston & Promise Me #BookGiveaway #LadiesinDefiance

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jo huddlestonWe usually think of pioneer women as those who struggled and survived the arduous journey into the unclaimed American West in covered wagons. But by definition, a pioneer is a person who begins or helps develop something new and prepares the way for others to follow. Amelia Earhart, aviatrix, was such a pioneer.

I’ve always been fascinated by flight—birds, airplanes, space ships. When I graduated from high school, my only chance to participate in flight was joining the Air Force. I had not turned eighteen and permission from my parents was required. They refused. By the time I was eighteen, I had finished a quarter of college and stayed there.

Amelia Earhart was not the first to pilot an airplane, nor the first female to do so. Her accomplishments in the field of aviation, however, are noteworthy and motivational. As have many women, Amelia Earhart faced the naysayers to success.

When I face rejections and delays in my writing career, I’m encouraged by her mindset never to quit before attempting the tasks before her.

Piloting her plane, Ms. Earhart set many records. She set a final challenge for herself: to be the first woman to fly around the world. “I have a feeling that there is just about one more good flight left in my system, and I hope this trip is it,” she said. Although she gave a 110 percent effort, she failed her final challenge.

I admire Amelia Earhart’s courage, vision, and groundbreaking achievements in pursuit of her dreams. On days when my energy level is low and motivation is weak, I’m tempted to stop writing. However, what writing ability I have comes from God and I must be the best steward of that gift that I can be.

promise me by jo huddleston

When war calls…faith is tested.

In 1960, civil discord in Vietnam fills the news. After his college graduation, Patrick Fitzgerald plans to join his daddy’s South Carolina accounting firm. But Uncle Sam may have another position in mind for Patrick—in the U.S. Army. His family’s affluence would be no match for the persuasion of the military draft.

Adriana Montagna’s papá ekes out a living as a coal miner in the mountains of West Virginia. Can a lasting relationship form with Patrick, or will his wealth become a barrier between them?

Meanwhile, the fiber of America’s unity stands on the precipice, while its youth fight a no-win battle on foreign soil. What good can a young couple hope for at such a time as this?

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The giveaway will run until June 9, 2016 and the winner will be announced on June 10.

About the Author

Jo Huddleston is an Amazon Bestselling author of books, articles, and short stories. Novels in her West Virginia Mountains series and her Caney Creek series are sweet Southern historical romances. Her novels are endorsed by Amanda Cabot, Debra Lynn Collins, Cara Lynn James, Sharlene MacLaren, and Ann Tatlock. The redeeming story of God’s pursuing love is the foundation of her novels, and in them you will find inspiration, hope, and gentle stories that are intriguing and entertaining. Jo is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the Literary Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University (TN).

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