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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Hero Harry in Maddy's Llamas



We conclude A Month of Heroes with Harry Collier, from "Maddy's Llamas" by Marjorie Vawter in the MISSAdventure Bride Romance Collection.

Maddy’s Llamas 
1898


Harrison (Harry) Collier is a zoologist at the newly founded Denver zoo. Not only is the zoo only two years old, the study of zoology is fairly new as well. Harry grew up in Texas on a large cattle ranch. His father has no interest in college education, and he has let Harry know. But since Harry is a “younger son,” he doesn’t see that he has a place on his father’s ranch anyway. Then his fiancĂ©e marries someone else, so he leaves Texas to find his own way in the world.


When his boss hands him the task of getting Maddy Williams’s llamas for the zoo, he figures it’s an easy job. After all, a woman doing a man’s job has to be an old spinster, but he knows he has enough charm to wheedle an old woman into doing what he wants. But he is in for the surprise of his life . . . in more ways than one.



Marjorie Vawter is a full-time author, freelance editor, proofreader, and speaker. She has over 200 published devotionals, articles, and book reviews and is the author of four novellas & six nonfiction books. A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) since 2004, she has served as the Colorado Area Coordinator, and past president of HIS Writers, the first Colorado ACFW chapter. She is a past member of the MozArks chapter in Springfield, MO, and has served as the ACFW Central Zone Director.

A freelance editor, Margie edits, proofreads, and is an indexer for individual clients and publishers. An avid reader, she also judges for several prestigious awards in the inspirational marketplace.

Margie is married to her college sweetheart and best friend, Roger, and they live in Colorado, where they enjoy hiking and snowshoeing in the mountains near their family cabin. They have two adult children, a daughter-in-love, and two beautiful grandchildren.


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Friday, November 23, 2018

Peter Duncan, Hero Cleverly Disguised as a Bus Driver -- with Giveaway!


By Donna Schlachter

A Month of Heroes continues with Jim Williams, from "Detours of the Heart" by Donna Schlachter in the MISSAdventure Bride Romance Collection.

If you were to watch Peter Duncan at work, you’d know there was something different about him. Sure, his freckles stand out, as do his impeccable manners and good looks. And the ladies are drawn to him to flies to honey. 

Perhaps your first impression would be of a boy whose mama raised him right. Good manners. Well-read. Even tempered. You’d likely think he’d attended a good school, eaten three square meals a day, known no troubles.

But you’d be far from right.

As the oldest son of itinerant field hands, Peter has never known a real home. His family has followed the crops, south to north, east to west, his entire life. What he knows he taught himself after spending every daylight hour bent over a cotton crop in Mississippi or stretching for a peach in a grove in California. His mother tried to teach him proper manners, but truth is, he didn’t have much call to practice amongst other hardscrabble families like his own.

Peter longs to have a steady job where he comes home to the same house--and the same woman and children--every night. No more eating the bruised fruit just to live. No more making friends in one town then moving on when the work runs out. No more hanging his head in shame when other kids call him names.

He wants to be a preacher, eventually, but for now, he’s satisfied to drive a bus for the Harvey House Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He appreciates the opportunity he’s been given, knowing that The Alvarado is the Queen of the Southwest, and he takes his job seriously.

So when the tour guide comes down with mumps, and customers start complaining because he doesn’t have her entire speech memorized, he’s not happy. He wants things back to the way they were when he just had to drive, collect his wages and his tips, and dream of preaching in his own church someday.

Enter our heroine, Millie Watkins. Beautiful. Spunky. Obviously accustomed to hard work and not
much else. She’d make the perfect pastor’s wife.

Or would she? Does she know God? Because if not, he’d best remind his heart that his wife must love the Lord even more than she adores him. Which doesn’t seem to be the case, since she’s intent on heading west to Hollywood and stardom.

Over the coming days, however, Peter finds himself drawn to this slip of a girl as she works alongside him on the tour bus. They have several opportunities to talk about the love of his life--God--and he answers her questions, recognizing her deep-set hurt over her mother’s death.
When she starts wearing a beautiful Acoma bracelet, he wonders where she got it--perhaps a secret admirer? Jealousy keeps him from asking, and he decides she’s not the woman for him after all. Besides, there are plenty of fish in his little pond--other girls who find him irresistible, including the lovely Carlita. But despite his determination to keep Millie at arm’s length, he finds himself comparing the others to her, and they fall woefully short.

When Millie enlists his help to look into the possible counterfeit jewelry operation taking place under their very noses, he jumps at the chance to spend more time with her. And when she finds herself in danger, he’s glad to rescue her. Except she thinks he engineered this prank to endear her to him.
But after spending the night in the desert in a broken-down bus and awakening to find their vehicle surrounded by local Acoma warriors, he’s happy that she knows her job so well. And he’s thankful they were able to talk about healing and God’s good plans for His children. After resolving the counterfeiting issue, Peter is willing to follow Millie wherever she goes--if she’ll have him.
Finally, Peter has found a woman who will offer him the stability he longs for, as well as a deeper relationship with God who is directing his steps. No more detours for him--his path ahead is straight and sure.

About Detours of the Heart: (Albuquerque, NM, 1925)
A tour guide who wants to move on, a playboy who’s never had a place to call home—can they overcome their own plans and allow God to make their path straight, or will they take yet another detour?


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About Donna:
Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick. She writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Sisters In Crime; facilitates a critique group, and teaches writing classes. Donna ghostwrites, edits, and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. Donna is represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management.


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Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Texas Ranger



A Month of Heroes continues with Jim Williams, from "MissTaken Identity" by Kimberley Woodhouse in the MISSAdventure Bride Romance Collection.

Jim Williams is the hero in MissTaken Identity – my story in the MissAdventure Brides Collection
He’s a no-nonsense Texas Ranger who is wondering if the rigors of the Rangers might be getting too strenuous for him. Especially when his new prisoner seems to ruin everything. Including his coat and the outhouse door. He’s still young but is beginning to feel worn out. Maybe it’s time to settle down and have a family. But the woman-dressed-as-a-man that he only knows as Chuck is not what he wants and she gets under his skin at every turn. I love the fact that these two opposites find the truth while working together. Even though it’s quite an adventure along the way.


Happy Reading!


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BIO:

Kimberley Woodhouse is a best-selling author who loves the JOY of story. With more than a quarter of a million copies sold, she loves to share her heart and love of research with her readers. Kim and her incredible husband of almost thirty years have two adult children. She’s passionate about reading, music, cooking, and Bible study. You can connect with Kimberley at:


Instagram: kimberleywoodhouse and twitter: kimwoodhouse




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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Mountain Man



A Month of Heroes continues with Luke Canfield, from "Lesson of Love" by Cynthia Hickey in the MISSAdventure Bride Romance Collection.


Who doesn’t like a man with a kind heart? Luke Canfield farms in the Ozark mountains where he grew up. His real dream is to be a sculptor of metal. When his small mountain community needs someone to pick up the new schoolteacher, he volunteers. When he breaks an axle on his wagon he doesn’t expect the teacher to walk up the mountain, nor does he expect her to literally trip over him. Despite his reservations about a young, starry-eyed teacher with big plans in a community where folks are set in their ways, he finds himself wanting to help her fit in and plans the biggest surprise the school has ever seen.

What ensues is a lively romance full of misadventure, mishaps, a community coming
together, and finding God’s true will.



Multi-published and Amazon and ECPA Best-Selling author Cynthia Hickey has sold over a million copies of her works since 2013. She has taught a Continuing Education class at the 2015 American Christian Fiction Writers conference, several small ACFW chapters and RWA chapters. She and her husband run the small press, Winged Publications, which includes some of the CBA’s best well-known authors. She lives in Arizona with her husband, one of their seven children, two dogs, one cat, and three box turtles. She has eight grandchildren who keep her busy and tell everyone they know that “Nana is a writer”. 

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Thursday, November 8, 2018

Cowboy Up


Next up on A Month of Heroes hosted by Blog...With A Giggle is my hero, Royce Rutger, from my story in the MISSAdventure Brides Romance Collection, "Riders of the Painted Star."

Tired of bit parts in western movies, Royce Rutger joins the staff of an Arizona dude ranch to learn how to “cowboy." With the studio backing him, he knows he could be the next singing cowboy sensation. All is going to plan until Miss Zadie Fitzgerald shows up.
Practicing his cowboy talk and trying not to reveal his New Jersey accent, he thanks her kindly for thinking of him when she suggests he model. But horses need breakin’ and cows need brandin’. He'd never done these things, but he hopes he sounds authentic.
His refusal is barely out there when his nemesis, Dirk Cunningham, offers his services. Knowing the kind of person Dirk is, a cunning snake in the grass, Royce has no choice but to volunteer just to protect the pretty artist.

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Come to my blog through the month of November, when I’ll be hosting all of the heroes of the collection. Then, join me in December as I talk about my own story. I’ll be giving away copies of MISSAdventure Brides at the end of both months.

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Kathleen E. Kovach is a Christian romance author published traditionally through Barbour Publishing, Inc. as well as indie. Having grown up in Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park was her playground. She lives in northeast Colorado with her husband of over four decades and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. An award-winning author, she presents spiritual truths with a giggle, proving herself as one of God’s peculiar people. Please visit her at http://www.kathleenekovach.com.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!



As promised, Blog...With A Giggle will host a month of heroes featured in the MISSAdventure Brides Romance Collection. First up is Allen Basart, the hero in Mary Davis's offering, Zola's Cross-Country Adventure.

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Here is Mary's Hero:

My hero in “ZOLA’S CROSS-COUNTRY ADVENTURE” in the MISSAdventure Brides Collection is Allen Basart, newspaper journalist. In my novella set in 1904, Zola has taken up the challenge to prove women are as capable as men, and to prove this, she sets out to drive an automobile from coast to coast. This at a time when automobiles were still a novelty and most people didn’t trust them.




Allen has been tasked with getting the story and is ordered to follow her. His editor wants all the muddy details of her failure and why women aren’t suited to operating automobiles. If she should happen to make it, that would make for a good story as well.

Allen doesn’t want the assignment. He’d been begging for a big, newsworthy piece to prove he could handle the job, not some mudslinging side piece about a foolish lady and her flight of fancy for the society page. This could be a disaster for his career.

In addition, he’s been assigned a rookie photographer who doesn’t know the first thing about automobiles or how to operate one. This would be the longest few days of his life.

During the course of the trip, Allen comes to respect and care for Zola. He determines to write the best story he ever has and hopefully win the heart of the courageous Zola in the process.

My hero is named after my step-dad who was my dad since I was five-years-old. (Love you and miss you, Dad!)


Happy Adventuring!






Love Is One of Life’s Greatest Adventures

Seven daring damsels don’t let the norms of their eras hold them back. Along the way these women attract the attention of men who admire their bravery and determination, but will they let love grow out of the adventures?

Releases December 1, 2018



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MARY DAVIS is a bestselling, award-winning novelist of over two dozen titles in both historical and contemporary themes. She has five titles releasing in 2018; "Holly & Ivy" in A Bouquet of Brides Collection in January, Courting Her Amish Heart in March, The Widow’s Plight in July, Courting Her Secret Heart September, & “Zola’s Cross-Country Adventure” in MISSAdventure Brides Collection in December. She is a member of ACFW and active in critique groups.

Mary lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over thirty-four years and two cats. She has three adult children and two incredibly adorable grandchildren. Find her online at:




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