Saturday Stories: The Apothecary’s Daughter

I am a new reader of Ms. Klassen’s books, and I daresay I’m hooked for life. As I read The Apothecary’s Daugher, I was enchanted by the cover, enticed by the setting and absolutely sold as the words of this love story unfolded before me. At each turn, I thought I had figured out the suitor to win Lilly’s heart. But as I rounded the bend, uncertainty once again clouded my mind and I read on to see which lucky man would win the fair Lillian Haswell’s heart.

Product DetailsLilly Haswell dreams of travelling the world. She sits atop the bridge and studies the narrowboats carrying passengers up and down the canal, daydreaming of places far away and maybe someday finding her mother who left the family a few years earlier and had not been heard from since. She is restless at home with her disabled brother and her lonely father as she helps in the apothecary’s shop, longing for a life beyond her simple village.  An opportunity to make her dreams come true arrives in the form of her aunt and uncle who offer to take Lilly to London and bestow a season upon her. Lilly jumps at the chance. Along the journey from Bedsley Priors to London and back, Lilly finds dreams may not be all they’re dressed up to be. She snatches bits and pieces of news of her mother, information that only muddles Lilly’s already confused feelings and heart. When illness strikes and she makes the decision to return to Bedsley Priors, Lilly finds the quest of the heart may not be the adventure she once thought it to be.

An absolutely wonderful story that drew me in from word one. I must confess, I received The Apothecary’s Daughter as a free download from Kindle. If you ever wonder if “free” promotions do any good for the author, know that I’m an now a firm fan of Ms. Klassen’s and plan to purchase her books as they become available.

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Sandi Rog is my guest

in Seekerville tomorrow! If you want to know the ins and outs of freelance editing, or if you’re shopping for an editor to review your work but don’t know anything about it, stop in tomorrow and ask all the questions you’d like.

Sandi has been an editor for over 10 years and works with Inspiration For Writers, Inc,  a group of freelance editors who have your best interests at heart.

Sandi is also battling cancer. To follow her story, please go to her blog and be amazed by the heart and humor of this dear, sweet, courageous lady as she battles this despicable disease. Fundraising efforts have been arranged to help defray medical costs. Please visit Alison Strobel’s site for more information.

So pop by Seekerville tomorrow, Thurs Dec 1, and say hi to Sandi! Show your support by leaving a comment and you may win one of three prizes!

See you there!

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Saturday Stories: The Merchant’s Daughter

Melanie Dickerson has done it again. After her debut book, The Healer’s Apprentice, I didn’t think fairy tales could get any better. Well, she proved me wrong. The Merchant’s Daughter is the perfect book to grab along with a mug of hot chocolate and wile away a snowy December afternoon.

What a keeper.

Melanie Dickerson’s inspirational rendition of Beauty and the Beast is unforgettable. With style and grace, she has created wounded characters scarred so deeply, I feared she’d never be able to heal and redeem them. But save them she does in a most masterful, yet poignant manner.  

Annabel Chapman is beautiful inside and out, yet plagued with the insecurity of her own human-ness to the point where she distrusts her own logic and faith. Ranulf le Wyse  is a man scarred through heroism and unable to see his own valor or honor through the pain and torment of his anger. A more deserving couple in need of God’s healing forgiveness and love I’ve not seen in ages.

Set in Medieval England, The Merchant’s Daughter wraps you within the cloak of simpler days, among simpler people, basking in a simple English countryside. Though the setting may whisper simple, the characters are far from simple. Complex and deeply injured, Annabel and Ranulf fight through their worst fears and learn trust in the Lord who loves them and protects them beyond compare.

Keep a box of tissues beside you. The raw honesty that touches the pages of The Merchant’s Daughter will leave you dabbing at tears filled with emotion. I await the next book from this author!

Watch the trailer and peek into the beautiful story world created!

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Happy Thanksgiving

We’ve been given so much to be thankful for as we live in the “land of the free and home of the brave.” May God continue to shower blessings and His favor on our nation. And may we always remember it is more blessed to give than to receive.
I pray this day finds you among family and friends. And if all who you love are far away, still know that you are never alone.


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Coming Soon: Saturday Stories

I’d like to start something fun I’m calling Saturday Stories. On Saturdays, I’ll post a review of the book I’ve read over the week. There are so many great books and great authors, how can folks make a choice where to spend their hard earned pennies? Blog reviews are not a new thing, but maybe I’ll come across a book or author you’re not familiar with and offer a peek into my version of Calgon, take me away : )

Check back on Saturday for my debut : )

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It’s Saturday! Not only the first day of a glorious weekend, but also the first day of an entire week off from the day job! Don’t get me wrong, I love my job, it’s just sometimes — when all you want to do is write your heart out because you’ve imagined this wonderful scene for your book and you don’t want to lose the essence of the excitement — there are other things I’d like to do : )

Speaking of exciting essenses of writing, if you haven’t visited Casey Herringshaw’s 2nd Blogaversary party yet, what are you waiting for? Melanie Dickerson is Casey’s guest today.  Melanie writes the most amazing Medieval romances full of suspense, detailed descriptions, to-die-for heros (and heroines, LOL)  and heart warming happily ever afters. Her latest masterpiece, The Merchant’s Daughter, is available now. And while you’re at it, check out The Healer’s Apprentice. Both are beautifully crafted stories guaranteed to stay on your mind long after The End.

I’m a life-long fan of Melanie Dickerson. Her books definitely bring out the historical voice in me and make me want to scribble many a ’twas and ’twere in my manuscripts — now won’t that confuse the cowboys down on the ranch, LOL!

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Fun Filled Thursday

Ever had one of those weeks where nothing happens on first few days — I mean nothing — and then you have one day packed to the gills? Well that’s my Thursday! All week, writing has been slow, day job has been very quiet, even my husband and I haven’t had that much to talk about, LOL! Lots of stuff vying for attention tomorrow though so I hope you can join the fun!

First, join me in Seekerville where I’ll be expounding on the concept of “Would he really do that?” If there’s anything I’ve learned over my years of writing is that there is always something new to learn. Stop by Seekerville and find out about my latest discovery. Leave a comment and you’ll have a chance to win a book on the subject : )

After grabbing a snack and chit chatting in Seekerville, mozy on over to Writing for Christ where Casey is throwing an awesome week long party in honor of her 2nd Blogaversary!! Casey runs a class act and has interviewed some of the most fascinating authors in Christian fiction. I’ll be sharing the party venue on Thursday with the most wonderful Lisa Jordan and spectactular Jessica Nelson. What do the three of us have in common (other than adoring Casey?)…we’re all First Sale authors! Come join the fun!

If you really want to, you can then follow me to the day job where I’ll spend my day working with member and volunteer enrollments for another fun-filled year of 4-H…the best experience opportunity for kids, bar none!!

I am truly blessed.

  • I get to write novels weaving the love of Christ in the everyday world of ordinary characters,
  • I hobnob, blog and call the great bunch of authors in Seekerville my dear friends,
  • the friends I’ve made in the Christian romance industry are the best ever!
  • my day job is a joy and a blessing
  •  love my family…and they love me!!

Stop by the parties tomorrow. You won’t be sorry!

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Play Time!

I decided to play with my blog template. What do you think? This one is only temporary as I explore Christmas themes, but I kind of like it : )

Personally, I tend to fall into a rut in an effort to remain constant. Does that make sense? You’re told you have to stick with your brand, people need to recognize you for the author you are, become an Internet icon.

Hmmm, I do believe all that advice is well and good, but also, I think we need to constantly work on our creativity. God poured more than the standard measure of creativity into my little pea brain. I could daydream for hours if left to my own devices. And it served me well in my childhood when I struggled with painful shyness. I created worlds and characters in my head that kept me company and accepted me for the quiet, reserve kid I was.

Then hormones hit the scene and well, a curious teenager emerged from her shell on the first day of junior high. LOL. I’ll bet my folks longed for the days when they worried over how much I talked to myself!! Maturity, marriage and children of my own have tempered my ways, but I still retain the tendency to slip into creative lapses and rearrange the furniture for no reason at all or buy a new scented candle or …

Or change the wallpaper on my blog : )

Stay tuned, I’m searching for just the right Christmas essence to welcome in the holiday season : )

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Query Letters Needed!!

Query Letter Contest! Don’t miss this opportunity!!

Enter your one-page query letter and the last page of an
unpublished and completed manuscript targeted at Love Inspired, Love Inspired
Historical or Love Inspired Suspense. Deadline is Monday at Midnight. The top
five finalists will then go to Love Inspired Senior Editor Melissa Endlich for
judging. The winner will be announced on December 4, 2011 in Seekerville’s
Weekend Edition.

The winner will have an opportunity to avoid the slush pile and submit
their first three chapters and synopsis to Senior Editor Melissa Endlich by
snail mail.

And best of all. This contest is kind to your budget. It’s FREE!!

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Check This Out


 Julie Lessman (A Hope Undaunted),
Laura Frantz (The Frontiersman’s Daughter)
and Maggie Brendan (No Place for a Lady)
Just found out that A Hope Undaunted, book 1 in the Winds of Change series is FREE for download almost everywhere, and you do NOT need a Kindle, Nook or e-reader to download it — you can download e-books on ANYTHING, including PCs, Macs, iPads, iPhones, Cloud Readers, Androids, Blackberrys and Windows Phone 7, you name it!
Go to any of the online bookseller sights and look for their free e-books for A Hope Undaunted, The Frontiersman’s Daughter and No Place for a Lady.
Or here are the links to A Hope Undaunted:
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