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 www.paulamoldenhauer.com

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.

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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.
She authors a blog entitled, Ponderings of a BBQ P.h.D. Sign up to receive her blog and receive a free five-day devotion.

Learn more at suzannenorquist.com.

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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.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

HOLLY HARRISON: Sensible, Practical, & Cautious

“Holly & Ivy,” my #HistoricalRomance novella in A #BouquetOfBrides, takes place in 1890, in Washington State. It’s about a young woman who accompanies her impetuous younger sister on her trip across the country to be a Christmas mail-order bride and is helped by a gallant stranger.

Holly Harrison and her sister have no family to support them and are struggling out a living as servants. Holly dreams of one day finding a loving husband and having a family of her own, but she has yet to find a man who would be willing to take on not only the responsibility of a wife but Holly’s younger, impetuous sister as well.

She can’t believe her foolhardy little sister has agreed to be a Christmas mail-order bride. Her sister has a romantic notion that being a rancher’s wife will be easier than her present life and is determined to leave the drudgery behind. When Holly can’t talk her sister out of traveling across the country on a fool’s quest, she feels she has no other option than to take a leave of absence from her position as a cook and travel with her sister—to not only keep her sister safe but to talk her out of this ridiculous venture.

On the train heading west, Holly isn’t sure what to think of Nick Andrews, a scruffy ranch hand, but is grateful when the stranger takes her side about the potential danger in being a mail-order bride. Under his stubbly whiskers, she sees he could be handsome. He had certainly proven himself gallant in keeping unsavory male passengers from bothering them.

And so begins the romance. J

Find Holly’s story in “Holly & Ivy” in A BOUQUET OF BRIDES Collection. #BouquetOfBrides

In celebration of the release of “Holly & Ivy”, I’m giving away (US only) a print copy of A BOUQUET OF BRIDES Collection. To enter, subscribe to my newsletter and receive a free short story. I’ll be drawing for the book at the end of January.

Follow my blog at Mary’s Blog.

#ChristianRomance #HistoricalRomance #Romance

MARY DAVIS is an award-winning novelist of over two dozen titles in both historical and contemporary themes. She has four more titles releasing in 2018; Courting Her Amish Heart in March 2018, The Widow’s Plight in July 2018, Courting Her Secret Heart (Working Title) September 2018, & “Zola’s Cross-Country Adventure” in MISSAdventure Brides Collection in December 2018. She is a member of ACFW and active in critique groups.
Mary lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over thirty-three years and two cats. She has three adult children and one incredibly adorable grandchild. Find her online at:

Kathy's tribute to Mary Davis
Today I feature the heroine in the first story of A Bouquet of Brides collection, "Holly & Ivy" by Mary Davis. A sidenote about Mary, we met at the Colorado Christian Writers Conference back in the early 2000's. She was already published and I was pitching my work for the first time. We hit it off immediatly and became lifelong friends. My nickname for her is MiniMe because we are a lot alike, however she stands about mid-shoulder to me. We've roomed at many a conference together, worked together on the Colorado board of American Christian Fiction Writers, and
thanks to Mary's remarkable imagination, have been in three Barbour romance collections together with one on the way. Yes, the premise for this book, heroines with names of flowers, came out of her marvelous brain. I love you, MiniMe!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Periwinkle in the Park – The Heroine

Periwinkle Winfield is full of spunk and determination. She’s also the heroine in my story “Periwinkle in the Park” featured in the historical Bouquet of Brides collection by Barbour Publishing.

A daughter of missionaries to the native Americans, Periwinkle was named for the flower that saved her mother’s life. At the time of her birth, there were complications. A kind medicine woman made a concoction with the periwinkle plant, or šee’eeháséto in the Cheyenne language. This stopped the internal bleeding and Periwinkle was born.

As a naturalist, Periwinkle has strong convictions, one of which is saving the wapiti population, the elk, in what will someday be Rocky Mountain National Park. To do this, she joins other voices lobbying to turn the majestic mountainous region above Estes Park into federally controlled land. Her conviction lies in her past, where a traumatic event had taken place when she was young.

Opposition to the park is strong, particularly from the ranchers and hunters living in the area. Enter an attractive rancher and hunting guide who challenges Peri at every turn. Of course, oil and water is always a great combination in a romance. But Peri triumphs, not only in her life’s work, but in love and forgiveness.

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 www.kathleenekovach.com.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

NEW RELEASE! A Bouquet of Brides

I am pleased to announce the release of my latest book, A Bouquet of Brides, published by Barbour Publishing, Inc. Seven authors make up this collection of novellas, all of which are personal friends--a first for me. Not only that, but two are my writing mentors, two are favorite roomies during writing conferences, one I co-authored a book with, four are critique buddies, two have been in other collections with me, and two are new friends. So, yeah, I take this book very personally. lol

The premise is:  Seven American women named for various flowers struggle to bloom where God has planted them. Yes, you heard that right. All of the women were named after flowers. Come meet Holly, Periwinkle, Dilly (for the Daffodile,) Rose, Tansy, "Cactus" Lil, and Yarrow as they challenge the men in their lives.

My story is "Periwinkle in the Park". Set in 1910, Peri Winfield is a hiking guide helping to commission a national park, and runs into conflict with a mountain man determined to keep the government off his land. It takes place five years before Rocky Mountain National Park is established. Peri is a naturalist who lives and breathes what she believes, and she's convinced the mountains she loves should be protected. She works with the government to set aside acreage for the future national park. Rancher Clayton McCarrick is deadset against the park, knowing it would curtail his hunting guide business. Peri and Clay butt heads, even as they begin to respect and admire each other.

I will be posting here throughout the month, highlighting all seven heroines from the book. The other six authors will be doing the same with other aspects of each story. Following is the schedule set up for my story. Check back (or watch for it on my Facebook page) for links.

  • Dec 29 - HERO - Mary Davis's blog
  • Jan 4 - HEROINE - I'll be posting more about Periwinkle here on this blog.
  • Jan 9 - SETTING - Donna Schlachter's blog
  • Jan 14 - HISTORY - Pegg Thomas's blog
  • Jan 16 - TAKE AWAY VALUE - Paula Moldenhauer's blog
  • Jan 16 - THE INSPIRATION - Suzanne Norquist's blog
  • Jan 30 - I'M GIVING AWAY A BOOK! Comment on any of the above blog articles (including this one) for a chance to win an autographed (by me) copy of A Bouquet of Brides.* Come back on any of those dates for multiple entries.
As I mentioned, I'm hosting the HEROINES of each story. Here's the tentative schedule for those:
  • Jan 4 - Periwinkle Winfield, "Peri in the Park" (Mine!)
  • Jan 9 - Holly Harrison, "Holly and Ivy" by Mary Davis
  • Jan 11 - Rose Miller,  "A Song for Rose" by Suzanne Norquist
  • Jan 16 - Yarrow Fenn, "In Sheep's Clothing" by Pegg Thomas
  • Jan 18 - "Cactus" Lil Duncan, "A Prickly Affair" by Donna Schlachter
  • Jan 23 - Dilly Douglas, "At Home With Daffodils" by Paula Moldenhauer
  • Jan 25 - Tansy Terrell, "Beauty in a Tansy?" by Donita K. Paul 
Again, check back here or watch on Facebook to find out when these go live.

To order A Bouquet of Brides from Amazon, go here.

*US, APO, and FPO only