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!


Anonymous said...

And I love you forever, too, Kathy K. What would I have done without you??? God is very good to share you with me.

Caryl Kane said...

I love these Barbour Romance Collections! It's a wonderful way to read new authors.

Kathy Kovach... said...

Absolutely, Caryl! That's why I like them, too. :)

Kathy Kovach... said...

Caryl Kane! You are the winner of A Bouquet of Brides just for commenting. If you already have that book, I can send you either Titanic: Legacy of Betrayal that I wrote with Paula Moldenhauer, or my next book that comes out in Dec 2018. It's another seven-author collection from Barbour called MissAdventure Brides. Just let me know which of the three you would like.

If you're not comfortable leaving your mailing address here, you can message me via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/kathleenekovach/