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Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop!

20 Dec

December 21st is the shortest day of the year. Less daylight, but more night time to enjoy reading! Thanks to Mary at BookHounds for hosting the Midwinter’s Eve Giveaway Hop! There are lots of bloggers giving away books and bookish stuff, so check them out HERE.



To help with your Winter reading needs I am giving away a surprise box of books — a little something for everyone! To enter, just leave me a comments. Thanks and Good Luck!!

Gratitude Giveaway!

14 Nov

Thanks to Mary at BookHounds for hosting the Gratitude Giveaway Hop. Lots of bloggers are giving away books and bookish stuff as a big thank you to their readers. The hop runs November 15-30. For a list of all participants, click HERE.



As a Great Big Thank You to my readers for your support and encouragement, your comments and clicks, I am giving away a Surprise Box o’ Books! 6 books with a range of appeal — mystery, suspense, history, and romance. There are even books that will appeal to the dog/cat lover! To enter, just leave me a comment of what you are thankful for this year. Thanks!


Spooktacular Giveaway Hop!

20 Oct

Thanks to Mary at BookHounds for hosting the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop! There are lots of bloggers giving away books and bookish stuff, so make sure to check them out HERE.



I am giving away a copy of Mike Nappa‘s novel, The Raven. To enter, just leave me a comment telling what your favorite Halloween treat is.


41jklpz8chl-_sx322_bo1204203200_As part of his regular street performance, a deception specialist who goes by the name The Raven picks his audience’s pockets while they watch. It’s harmless fun — until he decides to keep the spare wallet a city councilman doesn’t seem to miss, hoping for a few extra bucks. When he finds not money but compromising photos of the councilman and his “personal assistants”, The Raven hatches a plan to blackmail the man. However, he quickly finds himself in over his head with the Ukrainian Mafia and mired in a life-threatening plot code-named, “Nevermore”.

Private investigators Trudi Coffey and Samuel Hill must scramble to sort out the clues — and their complicated feelings for each other — to rescue The Raven and save hundreds of lives from a wildcard bent on revenge.


Freedom to Read Giveaway Hop!

1 Jul

Happy Independence Day! Thanks to Mary at Bookhounds, bloggers are giving away some fabulous and FREE books and bookish stuff in the Freedom To Read Giveaway Hop! To find out more click HERE. The hop runs July 2 – 15.




I am giving away 2 books — one for adults and one for kids — with patriotic themes! To enter, just leave me a comment with what you are doing to celebrate this year. Good luck!

51l06l3OONL._SX326_BO1,204,203,200_Falcon by Ronie Kendig — Special Forces operator Salvatore “Falcon” Russo vowed to never again speak to or trust Lieutenant Cassandra Walker after a tragedy four years ago. But as Raptor closes in on the cyber terrorists responsible for killing two of their own, Sal must put his life—and the lives of his teammates—in her hands. Despite his anger, Cassie is ill-prepared for his resistance and the fallout when she must protect the one asset who can end the attacks. As allies become enemies and hostiles become unlikely partners, Raptor fights for its very existence.



51tjv9b7y5l-_sx497_bo1204203200_God Bless America illustrated by Peter Francis — Take a tour of the most amazing landmarks and cities in America! God Bless America will show readers how special their country is and how God made such a wonderful place for us to live.

Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop!

20 Jun

Welcome to my stop on the Midsummer’s Eve Giveaway Hop! (Thanks Mary at Bookhounds for hosting!) To find out what books and bookish stuff other bloggers are giving away, click HERE.



This year I am giving away two books, one a fairy tale retelling and one a take off of the Robin Hood legend, both set in the medieval period — The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson and Dauntless by Dina Sleiman. To enter, just leave a comment. Thanks and good luck!


UnknownThe 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.

51jg-vHmm8L._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_Born a baron’s daughter, Lady Merry Ellison is now an enemy of the throne after her father’s failed assassination attempt upon the king. Bold and uniquely skilled, she is willing to go to any lengths to protect the orphaned children of her former village–a group that becomes known as “The Ghosts of Farthingale Forest.” Merry finds her charge more difficult as their growing notoriety brings increasing trouble their way.

Timothy Grey, ninth child of the Baron of Greyham, longs to perform some feat so legendary that he will rise from obscurity and earn a title of his own. When the Ghosts of Farthingale Forest are spotted in Wyndeshire, where he serves as assistant to the local earl, he might have found his chance. But when he comes face-to-face with the leader of the thieves, he’s forced to reexamine everything he’s known.

Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop!

27 May

Thanks to Mary at Bookhounds for hosting the Splash Into Summer Giveaway Hop! To find out about all the bookish goodness bloggers are giving away, click HERE. The hop runs from May 28-June 8.

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Summertime usually means more time for reading. If you are like me, you enjoy a book by the pool, in the car or plane on the way to a vacation, or really anywhere you can escape into another world. So, to start you out right, I am giving away a Surprise Box of Books with a mix of historical and contemporary. To enter my giveaway, just leave a comment telling me your favorite summer spot to read. Good luck!

Author, Author! (+ Giveaway) — Richard Mabry

12 May

Mabry.closeI am very pleased to have Dr. Richard Mabry visiting my blog today. What a great writer of medical drama with strong faith messages. Plus, Richard is graciously giving away a copy of his new book, Medical Judgment, to one of my readers. Yay!! Thanks so much, Richard! To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment. (Giveaway runs through May 25)

By The Book — In your career as a physician you wrote/edited numerous textbooks and professional papers. When did you realize you were also an author of fiction?

Richard Mabry — I never considered becoming an author outside of medicine until the death of my first wife, Cynthia. Almost a year after her passing, I began to consider turning the journaling I’d done into a book, but had no idea how. Finally, at a writer’s conference, I got an inkling of 1) how to write a book, and 2) how hard it is to get one published. But I did and it was. The Tender Scar: Life After The Death Of A Spouse has been out for a decade and ministered to many thousands who have suffered a similar loss.

BTB — Who influenced you to try your hand at fiction?

Richard — At that same writing conference, Alton Gansky and James Scott Bell suggested that I try my hand at fiction. Well, you don’t challenge a man to do anything — whether bowling, golf, or writing — without his taking action. I took up that challenge, and after four years spent writing four novels that garnered forty rejections, I got my first fiction contract.

UnknownBTB — Why inspirational fiction?

Richard — I suppose it has something to do with wanting to write a book that I wouldn’t be ashamed to have my name on the cover. Besides, I’ve been a Christian since my early teens, and it just seemed natural to write in that genre.

BTB — Your experience in medicine must be an advantage in your medical suspense novels. What additional research do you do?

Richard — The main thing my years as a physician do is give me the ability to “speak the language.” I know how things go in a medical setting. I can read the journals, textbooks, and online posts and understand them. But every medical scenario in every novel I write requires my going to appropriate sources to see what the symptoms, treatment, and natural course of each disease or injury would be. By the way, one of the things I teach in courses aimed at writers is to be wary of research on the Internet that comes from people with something (an idea, a procedure, a product) to sell. I stick with well-known, reputable sites like WebMD, the NIH, and the American Academy of Family Practice.

BTB — You have an impressive list of awarding winning novels. What does your writing/researching day look like? And how long does it take you to craft a book?

Richard — Unlike some of my author colleagues, I have to admit that I don’t write every day. Yet I seem to always meet my deadlines. I use Jim Bell’s LOCK system when I’m starting to consider a book: lead, opposition, conflict, and knockout ending. I first decide on the thrust of the story, reducing it to one line (the high concept). Then I populate the story with the main characters. I decide on the ending and formulate the twists to maintain the reader’s interest throughout the book. Ideally, I’d like to take a year to write each book, but — for some reason — my contracts keep calling for one every six months, so that’s how long I take.

BTB — Can you tell us a little about what inspired your latest novel, Medical Judgment?

Medical JudgmentRichard — I wanted to feature a single parent (since two members of my extended family fit that description). After that, my curiosity about what problems a widowed physician might encounter was the impetus for this novel, which begins when Dr. Sarah Gordon is awakened by the smell of smoke. Her first thought is to yell for her husband and grab her daughter. Then she rouses enough to realize both have been dead for months. She’s alone. And the house is on fire.

BTB — Readers always want to know what is next for an author. Do you have any works in progress you can share about?

Richard — My next novel is Cardiac Event, and although I can’t yet share the name of the publisher (sorry), I can assure my readers that it and my next two books after that will have a home. We look for Cardiac Event to be published this fall. In it, Dr. Kirk Martin, a cardiologist, crosses swords with an older internist, Dr. Cliff Hamilton, who tends to exceed his privileges because he’s had a bit of cardiology training. Then, when Dr. Hamilton himself has a heart attack, he asks Dr. Martin to care for him. The cardiologist pulls the older doctor through, but Hamilton dies while still in the hospital — and Martin is a suspect.

BTB — If you would like, please share a little about your personal life.

Richard — I had a full career as a physician (specialist in nasal and sinus disorders and related allergy), but retired from that more than a decade ago. As most retired individuals will tell you, I’m busier now than I ever was when working. God has blessed me once more with the love of a wonderful woman, so now I have two families — which means twice as many Girl Scout cookie sales, school field days, soccer practices, and everything else that seems to fill my days to overflowing. In addition to writing (which includes marketing, and don’t let anyone tell you it doesn’t), I enjoy an occasional golf game, watching the local baseball team on TV, and spending some time reading my favorite books — mysteries and crime novels, of course.

Thanks so much, Richard, for sharing with my readers!


Dont’t forget to leave a comment to enter the giveaway for Medical Judgment.