Monday, February 26, 2018

Periwinkle in the Park--The Villain

Last month, I featured the heroines of my newest book, A Bouquet of Brides, a compilation of several authors. Please scroll down the page to find those articles, or click on "A Bouquet of Brides" in the LABEL section on the right side of this blog.

In addition, the other aspects of my story are featured on the other authors' blogs as we presented a blogroll for our big debut. Here is where you can find those articles:






Take Away Value

Today, I'd like to introduce you to Margaret Stallworth, the heroine's antagonist. Here is her story:

The Villain
Meet Margaret Stallworth, my heroine’s nemesis in the Barbour collection, Bouquet of Brides. I wouldn’t call her a villain, necessarily. She’s just a self-centered, immature, society woman who believes the world should provide for her comfort.

That’s all.

My heroine, Periwinkle Winfield, is everything that Margaret is not. Margaret has a rich husband and resides in the most prestigious neighborhood in Denver; Peri lives in a small cabin near a river in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Margaret believes in organizing committees to bring her favorite vacation spot up to her standards; Peri wishes she would go home and leave her community in Estes Park, Colorado, alone. Margaret will not rest until she has civilized Peri and marries her off to one of Margaret’s equals; Peri is happiest alone on a hike through the forest with her faithful steed by her side, her mule, Daisy—that is until she meets her hero.

Margaret is the ultimate antagonist as she antagonizes Peri at every turn. But she means no harm. She has a fondness for projects, and Peri meets the criteria.

But Peri is just as strong-willed as Margaret, and in the end, Peri goes her own way, hiking her beloved mountains and loving the rancher by her side. Margaret, no doubt, finds another project to antagonize.

*I took the above photograph at the Estes Park Museum. Imagine my thrill when I turned the corner and there was Margaret and her Stanley Steamer. Truly a God-thing. 

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Dilly Douglas - Heroine of "At Home with Daffodils"

Intelligent brown eyes and a smattering of freckles decorate the countenance of Daffodil “Dilly” Grace Douglas, the heroine of At Home with Daffodils, my story in the Bouquet of Brides collection.

I imagine Dilly, dressed in a long black skirt and plain white “shirtwaist,” making change for customers as she runs her mother’s general store in the rolling hills of northeastern Oklahoma, just a few years after statehood. The family store in Rock City also houses the first official post office in the area, so Dilly often serves as the acting postmistress.

When the story opens, Dilly Douglas has finally outgrown her hated nickname, Silly-Dilly. She keeps the books and manages purchasing at her mama’s general store, ever vigilant to prove to the small town of Rock Creek that she is a trustworthy, capable woman. Her mother believes she’s an early bloomer, like her namesake flower that opens to the sun early in spring. She says that from a young age Dilly has been dependable and trustworthy, but Dilly struggles to believe her mother’s words. She still hears the childhood chant ringing in her ears, “Silly Dilly . . . Silly Dilly . . . Silly Dilly . . . ” and often holds back her innate exuberance and joy in her efforts to prove her steadiness. What happens to help Dilly blossom into the fullness of all she is? Of course it will have something to do with the reappearance of her childhood sweetheart, Jace Gruber, but I won’t spoil the story by telling you about that now.

To celebrate the release of A Bouquet of Brides, I’m giving away a copy of the book. Enter the drawing by signing-up for my newsletter or leaving a comment on my blog during the month of January (USA readers only). Check out my website, where I have free resources and information about the Free to Flourish writing and speaking ministry.

Author, speaker, and mom of four, Paula Moldenhauer encourages others to live free to flourish. She shares this message when speaking at women’s events, and it permeates her written work. Paula has published over 300 times in non-fiction markets and has a devotional book series, Soul Scents. Her first published novella, You’re a Charmer Mr. Grinch, was a finalist in the ACFW Carol Awards, and she now has six published works of fiction. Paula and her husband, Jerry, are adjusting to a sometimes-empty nest in Colorado. They treasure time with their growing family of adult children, spouses, and spouses-to-be. Paula loves peppermint ice cream, going barefoot, and adventuring with friends. Visit her at

Kathy's tribute to Paula Moldenhauer
I've been writing something about each of the authors in this collection as I post articles on the heroines of their stories. I must be careful here because I could fill a book with this one as we have known each other since the beginning of our writing journeys and have had many adventures together. Paula has been writing about the authors on her blog. Here is a link to the one she wrote about me. She has said everything I want to say about our time together except how I feel about her. Paula is my prayer-partner, writing partner (Titanic: Legacy of Betrayal,) and oftentimes a mother to me, even though she's ten years my junior. She's Lucy to my Ethel, although sometimes we switch. We've been through a lot together, good and bad, happy and sad. Her ministry is based on Grace and mine is based on Giggles. Together we make a well rounded team. I love you forever, PaulaPoo!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Cactus Lil - Heroine of "A Prickly Affair"

When I decided on the heroine for my Bouquet of Brides story, “A Prickly Affair”, I wanted her to be a writer who used a pen name (just like me). Cactus Lil has never experienced love, yet she writes hot and steamy romance stories for a New York City magazine under the pen name Daisy Duncan. I wanted her to be strong and independent, yet still realize there is something missing in her life.

To celebrate the release of A Bouquet of Brides collection and my story, A Prickly Affair, I’m giving away a free print copy (US only) of the book. To enter, subscribe to my newsletter. I’ll be drawing for the book at the end of January.

Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick, her first-line editor and biggest fan. She writes historical suspense under

her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts. She is a hybrid author who has published a number of books under her pen name and under her own name. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Sisters In Crime; facilitates a local critique group, and teaches writing classes and courses. Donna is also a ghostwriter and editor of fiction and non-fiction, and judges in a number of writing contests. She loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. Donna is proud to be represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management. Receive a free ebook simply for signing up for our free newsletter!
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Kathy's tribute to Donna Schlachter
Donna Schlachter is great person to be yoked with when you need to get something done. I've know her since the early years of ACFW North Denver and consider her a good friend. Her humor had us all going during several writing retreats when we played a game where we started a story and we had to write the next line. I was the one who had to read the entire story once it was done, and I've got to admit, hysterics took hold of me and I had turn my back on the group to gain my composure. I'm happy to be working with you again, Donna!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Yarrow Fenn - Heroine of "In Sheep's Clothing"

The only thing we needed to connect our story to A Bouquet of Brides collection was a woman named after a flower. My heroine is Yarrow Fenn. Yarrow is a wildflower often used for dyeing fabric. How perfect since Yarrow Fenn is both a spinner and a weaver. To carry it a little further, her sisters are named Pennyroyal and Marigold. Their mother named them after pretty and useful flowering plants. Yarrow continues the tradition by naming her orphan lamb Meadowsweet.

Yarrow is a spinster in more than one sense of the word. She’s unmarried at the ripe old age of four and twenty. Independent and resourceful, she means to make her own way in Colonial Connecticut Colony. She’s not unhappy living in her childhood home with her younger sister and her husband, but she dreams of a little ca
bin of her own. The problem is, she needs a steady source of income at a time when women—respectable women—married and relied on their husbands to provide. Yarrow gives in to temptation and involves herself in a scheme that is not exactly all above board, shall we say. You’ll have to read the book to find out what she does.

To celebrate the release of A Bouquet of Brides collection and my story, In Sheep’s Clothing, I’m giving away one of my signature shawls. To enter, subscribe to my newsletter. I’ll be drawing for The Meadowsweet Shawl at the end of January.

Pegg Thomas lives on a hobby farm in Northern Michigan with Michael, her husband of *mumble* years. A life-long history geek, she writes “History with a Touch of Humor.” When not working or writing, Pegg can be found in her barn, her garden, her kitchen, or sitting at her spinning wheel creating yarn to turn into her signature wool shawls.

Kathy's tribute to Pegg Thomas
Of all the authors in A Bouquet of Brides collection, Pegg Thomas is the only one I haven't really had much contact with. We're both in American Christian Fiction Writers, so I only know her from online sources. I didn't realize what a dynamo she is and what an asset to have on your marketing team. She's the one who suggested these series of blog articles, and I gotta say, I'm having a blast with them. I'm happy to be partnering with you, Pegg, and hopefully we can do this again!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Rose Miller - Heroine of "A Song for Rose"

Hi everyone.  I’m Suzanne Norquist, author of A Song for Rose in the Bouquet of Brides collection.  If you haven’t heard of me, it is because I’m a new author.  I’m honored to be in a collection with so many talented multi-published authors.

My heroine’s name is Rose, my daughter’s middle name and my grandmother’s name.  Not sure what I’ll call the heroine of my next story.  I only have one daughter. My grandmother didn’t really like the name Rose because people always sent her cards with roses on them or actual roses.  She would have liked some other kind of card or flower on occasion.

Rose Miller, my heroine, wants to be an opera singer, like my daughter. I don’t know anything about music or singing, but as my daughter studied vocal performance in college, I picked up tidbits to use in this story.  I’m told to write what I know.  I sort of know about this and it was fun to explore in a historical context.

To Rose, being an opera singer is more important than anything else.  Acceptance by the traveling opera company will validate her and give her an identity.  She feels lost as the second to the youngest child in a large family.  But, if she could be famous for her talent…

Rose doesn’t know anything about how to make her dream come true.  Without the internet, she can’t Google careers and find opportunities. Her lack of knowledge doesn’t stop her though. When the new opera house comes to town, she sees her chance and jumps on it.

Rose is a fun and energetic young woman, given to drama and suited to the theater. Her brothers and sisters would say she is too energetic and over-dramatic.  They try to keep her out of trouble, but her definition of trouble is different than theirs.

Find Rose’s story in A Song for Rose in a Bouquet of Brides Collection.

Suzanne Norquist explores past and present through story.

Everything fascinates her, so she never settled on a career. She has worked as a sales clerk, chemist, professor, financial analyst, and even earned a doctorate in economics. As an author, she experiences different worlds without starting a new career every time. Research feeds her curiosity and she shares the adventure with her readers.

She lives in Colorado with her mining engineer husband and has two grown children. When not writing, she explores the mountains, hikes, and attends kickboxing class.
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Kathy's tribute to Suzanne Norquist
The only experience with Suzanne that I've had through the years was when she sat on the board of the ACFW South Denver chapter. I found her quiet and sweet. We are now in a face-to-face online critique group together. One day, she wasn't able to linger as we were wrapping up because she had to go to kickboxing. Kickboxing. I tried to imagine this quiet unassuming person beating up a bag, or another person, with her feet! It changed my view of her, but she's still sweet in our group. But when she has a strong opinion about my work, my glad there's a laptop screen between us! So happy to get to know you better, Suzanne. I hope we can be in another collection together soon.