3 Questions Wednesday with Sandra Byrd

Author Sandra Byrd is a best-selling author who has published more than fifty books. She also mentors and coaches new writers. Please visit www.novelcoaching.com to learn more. With great pleasure, we welcome her to 3 Questions Wednesday!

First question–

What inspires you?

Sandra: Art, in all its forms, and kindness.

Kindness is big for me also. My blog promotes small acts of kindness. 🙂 Now…

You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?

Sandra: I love those pebbled crayons – the ones that have little beads and bubbles of colors all squashed together into a mosaic. Do you remember making those when you were a kid? You’d scrape up bits of leftover crayons and melt them together? Life is such a fusion of love, joy, pain, waiting, rejoicing, sorrow and grief, hope and renaissance.  I love to write about the full human experience – and I’d want me, the crayon, to represent that!

I love this answer! The perfect crayon. Last question…

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Sandra: I knew that I wanted to be a writer at six years old, as soon as I’d learned to read chapter books. Really! Then, I thought I’d better explore. So, as a kid, I wanted three careers: to be a hair stylist, to be a waitress, and to be an author. After I mohawked my Barbie I knew I wasn’t cut out for the hair stylist career. I was a waitress in a Jewish deli when I was a teenager and I then worked for a caterer till I went to college, both of which I truly enjoyed. Writing, however, was the real passion. And it stuck.

I know your readers are glad you did. Thanks so much for stopping in! 

Sandra has graciously offered a print copy of A Lady in Disguise to one reader who leaves a comment. (U.S. addresses only)


A Lady in Disguise

Daughters of Hampshire, Book 3

In this intriguing novel of romance, mystery, and clever disguise set in Victorian England, a young woman investigates the murder of her own father.

After the mysterious death of her father, Miss Gillian Young takes a new job as the principal costume designer at the renowned Drury Lane Theatre Royal. But while she remembers her father as a kind, well-respected man of the Police Force, clues she uncovers indicate he’d been living a double life: a haunting photograph of a young woman; train stubs for secret trips just before his death; and a receipt for a large sum of money. Are these items evidence of her father’s guilty secrets? His longtime police partner thinks so.

Then Gillian meets the dashing Viscount Thomas Lockwood. Their attraction is instant and inescapable. As their romantic involvement grows, Gillian begins to suspect even Lockwood’s motives. Does Lord Lockwood truly love her? Or is his interest a front for the desire to own her newly inherited property? And what should she make of her friend’s suggestion that Lockwood or men like him were involved in the murder of her father?

Soon Gillian is convinced that her father has left evidence somewhere that can prove his innocence and reveal the guilty party. But someone wants to stop her from discovering it. The closer she comes to uncovering it, the more menacing her opposition grows. With her life on the line, Gillian takes on an ingenious disguise and takes on the role of a lifetime to reveal the true killer—before it’s too late both for her and for those that she loves.


After earning her first rejection at the age of thirteen, bestselling author Sandra Byrd has now published more than fifty books. Her adult fiction debut, Let Them Eat Cake, was a Christy Award finalist, as was her first historical novel, To Die For: A Novel of Anne BoleynTo Die For was also named by Library Journal as a Best Books Pick, as was The Secret Keeper: A Novel of Kateryn Parr.
A life-long lover of Victorian Gothic romances, Sandra’s new series, Daughters of Hampshire, weaves elements of that mystical, traditional genre with inspirational and literary threads. Mist of Midnight, the series’ first book, was honored with a coveted Editor’s Choice designation from the Historical Novel Society. The second book in the series, Bride of a Distant Isle, launched in March, 2016 and the third, A Lady in Disguise is just out in 2017.
A devotionalist as well as a novelist, Sandra’s best-selling devotional for tweens, One Year Be-Tween You and God  was followed up with her first devotional for adults, The One Year Home and Garden Devotions.  The One Year Experiencing God’s Love devotional will publish in Fall, 2017.
She is passionate about helping new authors develop their talent and their work toward traditional or independent publication. As such, she has mentored and coached hundreds of new writers and continues to edit and coach dozens to success each year.
Please visit www.novelcoaching.com to learn more.

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Kisses, Kids and Bundles of Joy

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Today we’re going to meet a few of the gals from the new box set of Christian winter romances called Kisses, Kids and Bundles of Joy. Please welcome, Tanya Eavenson, Liwen Y. Ho, and Cindy Flores Martinez .

 

Hi, ladies! How long have you been writing?

Tanya: I’ve been writing since 2007.

Cindy: I published my first novel two and half years ago.

Liwen: I started blogging and writing freelance articles 4 years ago and writing fiction 2 years ago.

Cindy, why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

Cindy: I started writing fiction because I had a romantic comedy screenplay that I wrote and tried to produce as a film. When I didn’t find the success I wanted, I decided to turn it into a novel. Since then, most of my stories have been romantic comedy because it’s just the easiest genre for me to write. My thoughts and personality are a lot like those of my characters. I’ve tried to write other genres, but it’s always a struggle and it makes me feel as if I’m not being myself.

Tanya, what are some of the references you used while researching your book?

Tanya: The setting for To Gain a Mommy is in Florida where I grew up. Living in the ‘Sunshine State’ we visited many beaches but Melbourne was the one we’d spent the most time since it was less touristy. When I first came up with the storyline, I needed a venue to hold my Death by Chocolate fundraiser. I ended up doing a Google search for wedding venues and fell in love with The Courtyard at the Oaks. I contacted the owner, Mark Petroni, and after he sent me several pictures of the facility, I knew it was perfect. How perfect? You’ll have to read the novella! =)

Liwen, what did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Liwen: The thing I enjoyed most about writing my story was how different it was from the other books I’ve written. I chose to write about what happens after the “happily ever after”, specifically about a married couple’s ups and downs. It was a challenge, but I enjoyed showing how a relationship changes and grows over time and how God can redeem a marriage, even one that seemed beyond repair.

Tanya, what do your plans for future projects include?

Tanya: I still plan on publishing contemporary romance novels as well as novellas, but I’m changing gears slightly to include historical romance. I’m working on a series of novels set in the late 1800’s. The first novel in the ALL ROADS LEAD TO TEXAS series is called The Rescue which will be releasing spring 2017! Each heroine has circumstances that will drive them to a small town in Texas. This series has been such an adventure to write and I’m looking forward to introducing them to my readers.

Thanks so much, ladies, for dropping by!


Kisses, Kids and Bundles of Joy: 7 Christian Winter Romances

kkbj_3dcoverSnuggle up with seven brand new, never before published Christian winter romances from bestselling and award-winning authors. Kids and babies abound in this collection of novellas that will warm your heart all winter long.

One Winter Kiss – Lindi Peterson – Deena Ross travels to Ohio to try and sway her grandfather from making a big mistake, a mistake his neighbor Andrew has been encouraging. When a winter storm hits, and Deena is forced to stay with Andrew and his young son, Evan, Deena’s vision of love is tested and she might lose her heart in one winter kiss.

Childish Ways – Jenn Faulk – Kevin Peterson, a teacher at a small town elementary school, is unexpectedly reunited with Lisa Walker, a girl who spent most of their childhood tormenting and bullying him, when she comes back to town where she helps organize a winter carnival to benefit her niece’s school. Lisa has no idea who he is, though, and as they work alongside one another and Kevin sees how much she has changed, he begins to question whether or not he can really trust her and let her into his life.

The Baby & the Bachelor – Cindy K. Green – Playboy bachelor, Alec, discovers a baby on his doorstep only days away from being appointed to a political office, prompting him to appeal his assistant, Jane, for help.  Misunderstandings and accusations from the press abound, leading Alec to wonder, even if he were prepared for a ready-made family, could sweet, church-going Jane ever find it in her heart to marry a sinner like him?

For Tracy – Trisha Grace – One phone call led to Sarah Carter becoming the guardian of her favorite student, Tracy, while waiting for Tracy’s Uncle Keith to show up. But Sarah has no idea Uncle Keith was Keith Sutton, Hollywood’s most eligible bachelor, and doesn’t realize how much trouble she is heading for.

Tropical Kiss Or Miss – Liwen Y. Ho – Therapist Olivia Chan can’t wait to escape it all—a failed marriage, a struggling practice, and her son’s recent health scare. The Hawaiian getaway she planned, however, gets rained on—quite literally—by a tropical storm and the unexpected arrival of her estranged husband Matthew, who’s determined to win her back.

To Gain a Mommy – Tanya Eavenson – When Hope Michaels decides to face her past, she unknowingly purchases the house across the street from her former fiancé—the man her twin sister married, then widowed. Fire Captain Carl McGuire can put out any flame, except for the one Hope sparks within him—some things never change.

Foolish Heart – Cindy Flores Martinez – Judy and Graham have feelings for each other, but they won’t admit it. After all, she lives in America and he lives in Scotland with his daughter, Mairi, who he could never leave to be with the woman he loves.

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About the Authors

Lindi Peterson, USA Today featured author, lives in north Georgia, in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with her husband and a lively array of cats, dogs and birds. She loves sharing life with her family and friends. Her passion for reading led her to writing, and then God spoke words of love into her heart and changed her life forever. Website: Lindipeterson.com Twitter: @lindipeterson

 Jenn Faulk is a native Texan who enjoys reading and writing chick lit. She’s a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom, and a marathon enthusiast who loves talking about Jesus and what a difference He’s made in her life. She has a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston and a MA in Missiology from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Website: www.jennfaulk.com

Facebook: Jenn Faulk Books

Twitter: jennfaulk

Cindy K. Green has worked as a middle school history & English teacher, a frozen yogurt server and a golf magazine employee. Today she’s a multi-published, award winning author, a mother, a wife, and a homeschooler too. This native Californian now resides in North Carolina with her husband, two sons, and their two cats Chloe & Kassey. Website: http://www.cindykgreen.com

https://www.facebook.com/CindyKGreen

https://twitter.com/cindykgreen

Trisha Grace graduated from Bradford University with an Accounting and Finance degree. She has always been an avid reader and has a passion for writing. After being a tutor for over six years, she finally sat down and penned her own novels. Website: http://www.trishagracenovels.com

https://www.facebook.com/TrishaGraceNovels

https://twitter.com/TrishaGraceBks

Liwen Y. Ho works as a chauffeur and referee by day (AKA being a stay at home mom) and a writer by night. She penned her first children’s picture book, “A Rainbow of Nine Colors” in high school (now available at Meegenius.com) and has since published four romance books for grown-ups (with more on the way!). She also enjoys writing about real-life matters, such as marriage, parenting and faith because truth can be as strange and entertaining as fiction. Her work has appeared in various online publications, including LiteraryMama.com and MomLifeToday.com, and she is a contributor at StartMarriageRight.com. In her pre-author life, she received a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Western Seminary, and she loves makeovers of all kinds, especially those of the heart and mind. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her techie husband and their two children, and blogs about her adventures as a recovering perfectionist at http://www.2square2behip.com.

Website: www.2square2behip.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/2square2behip

Twitter: @2square2behip

Tanya Eavenson is an inspirational romance author of the series Unending Love. She has also written several Bible studies that have been translated and published into different languages with Christ to the World Ministries. Tanya and her husband have been involved in ministry for seventeen years, teaching youth and adults. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their three children. Tanya is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Word Weavers International. Her favorite pastime is grabbing a cup of coffee, eating chocolate, and reading a good book.

Website: www.tanyaeavenson.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tanya-Eavenson-129609683872033/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/tan_eave

Cindy Flores Martinez is an Amazon bestselling Spanish romance author. She writes sweet romantic comedy and Christian romance. She has an MFA in Creative Writing with an emphasis in Screenwriting. Her debut novel, Mail-Order Groom, started out as a screenplay and movie project, which she shopped around Hollywood, New York, and other parts of the world.

Website: www.cindyfloresmartinez.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/cindyfloresmartinezauthor

Twitter: www.twitter.com/AuthorCindy

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All Things Wedding

By Jennifer Hallmark

wedding flowersI dreamed of a wedding of elaborate elegance,
A church filled with family and friends.
I asked him what kind of a wedding he wished for,
He said one that would make me his wife.

~Author Unknown

This quote made me smile. June is traditionally the month of weddings and here at the Writing Prompts blog, we’ll discuss all things wedding. Whether a wedding is a simple ceremony among a few friends or as extravagant as Princess Diana’s, some type of ceremony can be found in almost all cultures and countries. Join us throughout the month of June. Maybe we’ll learn something new.

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Mandy’s wedding

Weddings are very much on my mind these days, though none of my immediate family married in June. Mom and Dad married in September as did my daughter, Mandy. My husband and I married in July. My son will be newly wedded (May 27th) by the time you read this post. When I think of the weddings I’ve been personally involved with, several words come to mind:

Beauty                         Romantic

Stress                           Hurry

Good food           Flowers          Surprises

 

And did I mention stress? I’m still looking for my dress and considering the groom’s table. That’s as far as I’ve gotten. Did I mention it’s only two weeks until the wedding? Sigh. But like all the others, it will somehow fall into place and we’ll look back with fond memories.

As a writer, I’ve thought a lot about weddings over the past couple of years. I’ve written a novel tentatively titled “When Wedding and Weather Collide.” If you knew me very well, you’ve find it amusing that I’m writing a book with a wedding as a major plot point. I never really dreamed about weddings as a teenager, though I always figured I’d marry someday. I didn’t have a scrapbook like my daughter or any thoughts on a wedding dress.

Our weddingSo when my boyfriend proposed, almost 34 years ago, I said okay. I couldn’t think of an argument against it. I was finishing a semester at college so Mom did a lot of my planning. I remember I didn’t want a traditional bride and groom cake topper, so I found a bell and dove to go on top. I wanted pink in the wedding because it was my favorite color. I borrowed a dress, planned a fairly simple ceremony, and we became husband and wife.

In my novel, I really enjoyed planning the wedding. I found the perfect dress, picked out colors, cakes, bridesmaid’s dresses, and even invitations. You can see all of my findings on my Pinterest page here.

So, in a way, I discovered a perfect wedding. 30 something years later. But that’s okay. Maybe one day, I’ll sell the movie rights and we can all watch the wedding on the Hallmark channel…  🙂


Writing Prompt: Complete this thought…

Lila stepped into the fabulous, lace-covered gown that had been her grandmother’s. The few alterations had made it fit like it had been made for her. Her best friend, Anne, started to zip the gown, then stopped.

“Uh, oh.”

“What do you mean, uh oh?”

A Reluctant Melody by Sandra Ardoin

Sandra Ardoin_HeadshotToday we welcome Sandra Ardoin and her latest release, A Reluctant Melody.

Hi, Sandra! How long have you been writing?

Sandra: I began a community education writing class in 1985. It turned into a writer’s group, and my first publication was in 1986. I wrote small pieces like posters and short stories until 2008 (full-time in 2009) when I believed God had finally given me the go-ahead to write novels. My debut novella, The Yuletide Angel, released in 2014, and my novel, A Reluctant Melody, released this month.

Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre?

Sandra: It goes back to that permission God gave me to write novels. I’ve always wanted to write romantic mystery/suspense. I worked on two projects at once—one a contemporary romantic mystery and the other an historical set in the 19th century—more a western than my current stories. It was the latter that took off for me. That one will never see the light of day without a great deal of revision, but it showed me how much I love writing historicals set in the latter half of the 1800s. Almost all my stories have some degree of mystery/suspense.

What are some of the references you used while researching your book?

Sandra: In A Reluctant Melody, Kit Barnes (the hero) seeks to establish a ministry to those who want to defeat the lure of an alcoholic lifestyle, as he had done. I looked into the Salvation Army’s work at the time, especially their treatment of alcoholics. I also found information on holistic treatment and, of course, AA. I created his ministry as one that allowed “drunkards,” as they were called at the time, to have a place to stay while they received spiritual and physical help to control their addictions. At that time, many doctors believed in weaning people off alcohol by using other addictive drugs. They thought sudden abstinence was dangerous. Kit used physicians in his work, but believed the emphasis should be on the spiritual and the practical, not in trading one drug for another. Google Books is an important source for me.

I created a town based on the North Carolina town where I live, as well as a neighborhood of Charlotte, so I researched the layout of the areas. I even went to the library to ask the historian about property prices for the day. I also used Branson’s North Carolina Business Directory, which gave me insight into the businesses and the area at the time of my setting.

I researched the making of brooms and watched videos from craftsmen, learning that they did it pretty much as it was done then. While most of our brooms come from countries like Mexico today, it was not an uncommon business at the time of my book.

What did you enjoy most about writing this book?

Sandra: I enjoyed getting to know the characters. I always find a secondary character in books that I want to write or read about. In my novella, The Yuletide Angel, it was Kit Barnes. But the story in A Reluctant Melody actually belongs to the heroine, Joanna Stewart. She has the most to lose and the most dramatic story to tell. I really liked writing her.

What do your plans for future projects include?

Sandra: I’m working on the first book of a three-novel series I hope will be contracted. It’s set in a churchless town in 1880s Texas. This book has a heroine with a checkered past and a hero with a questionable future as a pastor.

I’m also working on a three-novella series. These stories will be more lighthearted in tone and involve three women whose adventurous journeys are waylaid by ♥.

Thanks for dropping by, Sandra!

Sandra Ardoin writes inspirational historical romance. She’s the author of The Yuletide Angel and A Reluctant Melody. A wife and mom, she’s also a reader, football fan, NASCAR watcher, garden planter, country music listener, antique store prowler. Visit her at www.sandraardoin.com and on the Seriously Write blog. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, and Pinterest. Join her email community to receive occasional updates and a free short story.

A Reluctant Melody

Kit’s alcoholism ruined more lives than his own. Now soARM Coverber, he wants to make amends by opening a mission for drunkards. But the most suitable location belongs to Joanna Cranston Stewart, a love from his sordid past. 

Friends of her late husband blame Joanna for his death. Although eager to flee from the rumors, she will let the walls of her rundown property crumble around her before she allows Kit back into her life. 

When a blackmailer threatens to reveal Joanna’s long-held secret, will she risk losing everything she owns to Kit … including her heart?

And the Award Goes To…

What better way to end our month-long pursuit of modern literature, than to talk about one of the greatest among the band of Christian writers. In a few days, Francine Rivers will receive ACFW’s Lifetime Achievement Award. You can read Rivers’ comments on the upcoming award here.

RL 20th_1Rivers first gained my attention (along with most everyone’s) with Redeeming Love. That book took my breath away. I’d never been so annoyed with a character, or loved a character so well. And by the end of the book, I wanted to repent all over again. So I read the book a second time. It’s one of those you might as well buy and store on your shelf, because you’ll want to read it more than once. And I know it’s not always about the numbers, but she’s sold over a million copies of that book.

Throughout August, we’ve talked about several categories of modern literature–poetry, mystery, fiction, dystopian, Indy-published, small publishers, and mega hits. We’ve tried to put our finger on the pulse of the future of modern literature. Who will survive the tsunami of novels, books, and stories being published? Thousands per day! Who will rise to the top? Will those who’ve held on so long keep their place? Agatha Christie, Dickens, Austen, Bronte? Tolkien, Lewis, Carroll, Baum?

Or how about Dumas, who penned one of my favorite lines–

“Often we pass beside happiness without seeing it, without looking at it, or even if we have seen and looked at it, without recognizing it.”
Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo

And so, we leave the month of August and the subject of Modern Literature–some gladly–others with remorse. Though this month contained a full thirty-one days, it was not enough to scratch the surface of the subject. What else can we do but move on…to football.

31aRWoij1WL._BO1,204,203,200_Yes, September is prime football season. I hope you’ll join us throughout the month. It’s okay if you’re not a football fan–we’ll also share some yummy recipes for Superbowl parties or tailgating. And maybe inspire you or tickle your funny bone. I’ll leave you with this quote from probably the only football movie I ever really liked–

“And so it went in football. The game attracted the very people most likely to get in trouble outside”
Michael Lewis, The Blind Side (Movie Tie-in Edition)

Writing Prompt – complete the prompt in the comments section below for a double entry in our quarterly drawings.

I live on a small houseboat anchored along the shore of a tiny island in the Puget Sound. I chose this spot in order to watch the incredible sunrises and sunsets. And in the dark of night, with a blanket of stars overhead…

 

3 Questions Wednesday With Patricia Carroll

Author Patricia Carroll

Author Patricia Carroll

Karen Jurgens: Today we welcome author and my personal friend, Patricia (Patty) Carroll, to 3 Questions Wednesday.

Hello, Patty. So glad you could join us today!

Why do you like to write books set in the Old American West?

Patty:     I have always loved westerns. I grew up with them. I think the idea of a wild, free country sets my imagination free. Oh, and the horses. I’ve always been a horse lover, and westerns have horses.

Karen: Westerns are great, I agree. Love those horses, especially galloping over the plains.

Now…

Why do you think Mail Order Bride stories are so popular?

Patty:   Because so many of the mail order bride stories revolve around a town or family, I believe readers enjoy reading about community. In America, I would say one of the things lacking in our land of plenty is a sense of community. So I believe the readers enjoy reading about towns or families where the people know one another and what’s more care for one another.

Karen: That does seem to have an eternal appeal, especially in these days. Tell me more about your style of writing.

How do you write ~ Seat-of-the-pants or plotter?

Patty:     I write by the seat-of-my-pants. I enjoy letting the story reveal itself to me, letting the characters surprise me, and the excitement of wondering what will happen next. I read somewhere that SOTP writers would quit the story if they ever did an outline, and I think they’re right. So much of the joy is in seeing how this story is going to unfold. I’d be bored if I knew it all before sitting down to write the first sentence.

Karen: Having the characters reveal the story as you go sounds like great fun! Everyday must be full of suspense for you as a writer. Thanks for visiting, Patty.

You can find Patricia Carroll’s books on Amazon:

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 ***Now for her newest release***

Nettie’s Love is available for preorder, and will release on August 6, 2015.

Patricia Carroll 2The newest is the first in a series set in Texas. Nettie’s Love is about a 40-year-old spinster in Minnesota. She’s known only life on the farm and now that her father has died, everything is sold out from under her and she’s to live with her brothers and their families.

In 1867, many states reserved virtually no protection for women. They couldn’t own land. Sad but true. Texas and California were different because of their Spanish heritage. But for Nettie, she had nothing but the promise of more back-breaking work.

She finds an ad in the paper for a sheriff wanting a mail order bride in her forties. He’s 45, and the town is retiring him. Reed Andrews doesn’t like the idea of retiring, but has little choice. To make it tolerable, he sent off an ad for a mail order bride, holding little hope of a woman wanting to come to Bluebonnet, Texas.

There is sweet romance, a mystery, and wild west adventure as Nettie and Reed fall in love and set up Misfit Ranch in Bluebonnet, Texas, where in later books, Reed will help misfits find themselves and Nettie will find them brides.

Here is an excerpt of the first chapter:

Minnesota, 1867

Nettie Wellesley picked up a handful of the dark, rich soil and let it fall through her fingers to her father’s casket. He’d loved the land. More than her mother, her brothers, or her. Arnold Wellesley had been a farmer first. Now, he was gone and in the soil that he’d loved so dearly.

The spring wind blew against her face as she gazed at her brothers and their families. She was alone. She always had been. The only girl. Even her mother sided with the boys. It was as if at birth, Nettie, formally Annette, Wellesley was born to serve.

A worker bee. She did the dishes. Milked the cows. Collected eggs. Helped make dinner. Harvested the crops. Yes, the boys worked hard, too. It was a farm. All of them worked sunup to sundown. Nettie shoved aside the nagging sense of duty to milk the cows, reminding herself the barn was now empty.

The brothers had seen to it that as soon as Pa was in the ground, the farm changed hands. They’d arranged to sell everything out from under her sleeping father. Stroke, the doctor had said. After slumbering for a week, he’d slipped into the next world and the farm into the hands of strangers.

She accepted the pastor’s condolences and well-meaning words from neighbors who couldn’t even look her in the eye. Seems they had all profited on the demise of her farm. Her brothers had their own places. She, the only daughter and her father’s caretaker, was left with nothing and nowhere to go.

David rested his big hand on her shoulder. “Nettie, we, Jack, Bill, and I, decided you would come and live with me first.”

She stared into the image of her father in his younger years. David, the first-born. The dutiful son. With nothing of her own but the few clothes in her satchel, she nodded. They had decided. No one had seen fit to ask. Nor had any of the funds from the sale made it into her hands.

David shrugged uncomfortably. “It’s the way of the law, of family. We promised Pa to take care of you.”

She de-petaled a rose and threw the stem to the ground. “Of course. When do we go?”

He stared back to his family. Or more specifically to Annie, his wife. She stood with arms folded and lips set in a stern line on her already unfriendly face.

David turned back to face Nettie. “When you’re ready, we have a room for you. Off to the side.”

Wooden. It’s how she felt. As if she were already in her coffin and unable to stretch, breathe, or live. He wanted her to accept her fate graciously. Truth was, after taking care of an invalid mother for ten years, the farm, and then her father, she was just, God forgive her, plum out of grace.


 

Patricia PacJac Carroll loves to write. The PacJac comes from her initials and her husband’s. She is blessed beyond her imagination and lives in Texas with her wonderful husband, son, and their ornery lovable Papillion, Jacs.

 

Best Treasure Hunting Movies

By+JenniferHallmark

raiders of lost arkI love to watch a good movie full of intrigue, romance and treasure hunting. Who can forget one of my all time favorites, Raiders of the Lost Ark? Harrison Ford became my favorite new hero and the suspense left me breathless.

And how could we talk about treasure without mentioning pirates? Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl combines Jack Sparrow the pirate with treasure and romance.

Another one I’ve watched over and over is Romancing the Stone. A writer living the adventure of a lifetime is my kind of movie.

For an oldie but goodie, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre with Humphrey Bogart combines a hunt for gold with greed in the desert.

And last but not least, The Goonies, a movie about a group of kids hunting for a pirate’s treasure to save their homes from foreclosure. I loved Sean Astin in this movie!TheGooniesPortada-Frikarte

What are some more movies or television series that deal with treasure hunting?

And speaking of treasure, leave a comment to be entered to win a $25 Amazon gift card to be given away on Monday.