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CABIN ON PINTO CREEK Free on Amazon Oct 23-24, 2013

CABIN ON PINTO CREEK, Book One of the Cedar Ridge Chronicles, is FREE on Amazon/Kindle Oct 23 and 24, 2013. 

Go download a copy and tell your friends. Why is it free? As a way to thank readers of my books and blog and as a way of showing gratitude for the blessings that God gives me. Giving a gift always comes back ten fold when we least expect it.


This is a pioneer bread using corn meal, salt and either cold or warm water to create a batter. Pour the batter on a hot hearth or if outside on a hot rock. Spread ashes on the top. When the bread is brown, brush off the ashes. Some ashes will penetrate the batter.
Early settlers thought it only served to enhance the flavor!

A J Hawke ~ Colorado Morning Sky ~ Book Giveaway

COLORADO MORNING SKY is my third entry in the Cedar Ridge Chronicles. The story starts a couple of years after JOE STORM NO LONGER A COWBOY. The hero finds himself in a difficult situation and one can only wonder how God is going to work in his life.

Here is the book description.

Swift Justice in the American West.
At age 16, a guilty verdict hurls Jeremiah Rebourn across a hot Arizona desert in a prison wagon on his way to Yuma Territorial Prison. The year is 1876. Left for dead after an Apache attack on the wagon, Jeremiah alone survives. He wakes to find himself blindfolded, shackled, and enslaved to a cruel, mute taskmaster.

Author As Seller, How are you doing?

Going to Conference, a book expo, or a book signing? Angela L Ackerman's post on her observations of authors and readers at a Writing Conference are helpful. Her comments helped give me another way of thinking about potential buyers and my role as the author in selling. Most authors that I know are not sales people. We are much more comfortable alone in front of a computer writing our stories than trying to sell those stories. Although Angela is giving her thoughts on hands on selling, I wonder if her comments also apply to sitting at dinner at a conference or waiting for a speaker to begin as we interface with those around us. Am I so eager to tell my story that I forget to listen to others?

Hand-Selling Your Book: How Savvy Are You?

Posted: 02 Sep 2013 On The Bookshelf Muse by Angela Ackerman

Earlier in August, I attended a 3-day conference for writers and readers called When Words Collide. This unique event had lectures on writing technique, publishing options and content that focused on the business of writing.


Book 2 in the Cedar Ridge Chronicles series is now available.

BOOK DESCRIPTION: If a cowhand can’t ride, what can he do? 

Joe Storm can no longer ride a horse—and that hurts a lot more than his injured hip. Swallowing his pride, he takes a job as cook’s helper on a trail drive. There he meets the daughter of the owner of the trail herd. In spite of the opposition of her father, Sara befriends Joe.


MOUNTAIN JOURNEY HOME, an inspirational western historical romance, is now available on Amazon in both paperback and ebook formats.


Rock Corner, Texas. 1877.
Life couldn’t get much better for Dave Kimbrough. He has a beautiful wife in Jenny, a fine young son in Jonathan, and a small ranch with which to build their future. But when Jenny suddenly dies, the heartache is more than Dave can bear, so he leaves his son with his wife’s family and rides off into the rugged Texas country alone. After several years Dave is wrongly accused of murder, and when he sets out to find the man who can clear his name, he runs instead into a posse that has set out to kill him. Wounded, he holes up for the winter in a cave. It is not time wasted, however, as he is given time to contemplate the mistake he made in abandoning his son.

Golden Keyes Parsons ~ His Steadfast Love ~ Book Giveaway

Golden Keyes Parsons is a popular retreat and conference speaker and author of historical novels. Her book, In the Shadow of the Sun King (Darkness to Light Series, Book 1), is the first in a three-book series based on her family genealogy, released Fall 2008, and was named a finalist in the ACFW’s Book of the Year Debut Author category.

Jennifer Hudson Taylor ~ Highland Sanctuary ~ Book Giveaway

Welcome back to Jennifer Hudson Taylor. She is an award winning author of historical Christian fiction set in Europe and the Carolinas and a speaker on topics of faith, writing and publishing.

A J Hawke ~ Caught Between Two Worlds ~ Book Giveaway

Caught Between Two Worlds by A J Hawke is an Inspirational Contemporary Romance. It is available on Amazon.com as a paperback and on Amazon/Kindle as an ebook.

Book Description: He comes from a ranch in Colorado; she comes from Upper Manhattan. He’s struggling to provide the medical care his daughter needs; she has more money than she can spend in a lifetime. He has a strong faith to see him through; she is alone without a belief. They are caught between their two worlds.

Widower Flint Tucker doesn't have the resources to get the medical treatment his three-year-old daughter needs. Stephanie Wellbourne has a chance encounter with Flint and she offers him a job that will enable him to earn the money. The only problem is the job takes him away from his life in Colorado and brings him to New York City. Drawn to the tall rugged Westerner, Stephanie can’t understand his clinging to a belief that God will provide a way to help him with his problems. How can a man from a ranch in Colorado and an Upper Manhattan career woman find love as they are caught between their two worlds.

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Shawn Grady ~ Falls Like Lightning ~ Book Giveaway

Give a big Welcome to Shawn Grady who has served for over a decade as a firefighter and paramedic in Reno, Nevada where he lives with his wife and three children. He is the author of Through the Fire and the thriller Tomorrow We Die, a book Romantic Times declares "a definite page-turner."

Carrie Turansky ~ Surrendered Hearts ~ Book Giveaway

A Special Welcome Carrie Turansky, the best-selling author of 8 novels and novellas. She has been a finalist for the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, The Genesis, and Carol Award, and winner of the Crystal Globe Award. She has been a member of American Christian Fiction Writers since 2000. Carrie writes contemporary and historical romance for Barbour and Love Inspired. She lives in central New Jersey with her husband Scott. They have five young adult children and three grandchildren. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys gardening, reading, flower arranging, and cooking for friends and Family.

Karen Witemeyer ~ To Win Her Heart ~ Book Giveaway

Welcome to Karen Witemeyer
She is a deacon's wife who believes the world needs more happily-ever-afters. To that end, she combines her love of bygone eras with her passion for helping women mature in Christ to craft historical romance novels that lift the spirit and nurture the soul. Her debut novel, A Tailor-Made Bride, recently claimed honorable mention in the 2010 Best Western Romance contest. Karen makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children.

Vickie McDonough ~ Finally A Bride ~ Book Giveaway

Help me welcome one of my favorite authors,
Vickie McDonough. 
She is an award-winning author of 23 books and novellas. Her books have won the Inspirational Reader's Choice Contest, Texas Gold, the ACFW Noble Theme contest, and she has been a multi-year finalist in ACFW’s BOTY/Carol Awards. She was voted Third Favorite Author in the Heartsong Presents Annual Readers Contest in 2009.

A J Hawke - Cabin On Pinto Creek

I'm excited to announce the publication of my novel, Cabin on Pinto Creek. It is available on Amazon/Kindle. What a neat feeling to go to Amazon.com and actually see my work available.

Book Description:

Elisha Evans is out of luck. By the age of twenty-five, he’d planned to have his own ranch. Instead, a series of losses forces him to beg for a job at an isolated mountain ranch. The loss of his parents at a young age has left Elisha longing for a place of his own and a family to provide for and to protect. But betrayal and loss have left him fearful that he will never attain his dreams. The only job he is offered is the line rider out of the isolated cabin on Pinto Creek. As he hunts for cattle alone in the high Colorado Rockies, he finds a broken-down wagon in the snow with an old preacher and his granddaughter, Susana, stranded inside. Elisha manages to bring them to the cabin just ahead of the winter snows that blocks the way out of the valley.

Amanda Cabot - Tomorrow's Garden

Amanda Cabot has always been a dreamer, and so it’s no coincidence that her first books for the CBA market are called Texas Dreams. Set in the Hill Country beginning in 1856, these deeply emotional historical romances showcase God’s love as well as that between a man and a woman. The first in the trilogy, Paper Roses, was a finalist for the Carol Award. Scattered Petals received critical acclaim, and the final Texas Dreams book, Tomorrow’s Garden, has an April 1 release date.

Max Elliott Anderson ~ Barney and The Runaway ~ Book Giveaway

Max Elliot Anderson grew up as a struggling, reluctant reader. Using his extensive experience in the production of motion pictures, videos, and television commercials, he brings the same visual excitement and heart-pounding action to his adventure and mystery stories, written especially for boys. Both boys and girls have reported that reading one of his books is like being in an exciting movie.

Henry McLaughlin ~ Journey To Riverbend ~ Book Giveaway

Henry McLaughlin has a master’s degree in social work and spent many years working in public child welfare in Rhode Island. It was in this role that he first honed his writing skills in preparing concise and accurate court reports and petitions. He retired from that career in 1999 to work with Kenneth Copeland Ministries.

Sandi Rog ~ The Master's Wall ~ Book Giveaway

Welcome to Sandi Rog, currently enjoying rave reviews of her debut novel, The Master's Wall. She lives in Denver with her husband Karsten and their four children.

Catherine Leggitt ~ Payne & Misery ~ Book Giveaway

Help me Welcome Catherine Leggitt, author of Payne & Misery. She is a wife, mother, grandmother, author, and editor presently residing in northern California. During her first career—after raising children and before caring for her aging parents—Catherine worked as an elementary school teacher, where she developed her flair for playacting and storytelling. Struggling with retirement, Catherine needed a distraction and found it at her keyboard.

Mary Connealy ~ Wrangler in Petticoats~ Book Giveaway

Welcome to Mary Connealy who writes romantic comedy with cowboys. She is the author of the Lassoed in Texas series, the Montana Marriages series and a new series—Sophie's Daughters, has begun with Doctor in Petticoats and released in October, Wrangler in Petticoats. Sophie McClellen from Petticoat Ranch has her daughters all grown up now. You didn’t think they'd be quiet little things did you?

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I love the wind in my face, the open sky before me, the romance and flavor of the West, but, most of all, our loving and living God, who created it all. I love how He works out His plans in the realm of human events, which is His Story. I have been blessed with a gift: a compulsion to write Historical and present-day novels set in the American West that demonstrate His power to transform ordinary people into true heroes and heroines. I am just a scribe really. I find the joy of participating in the creation of inspirational fiction indescribable. May our Lord Jesus Christ receive all of the credit and be glorified.

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