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Saturday, March 13, 2010

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Sunday, March 7, 2010


I'm so excited to announce that The Captain's Lady will be released March 16!! This is my first book set outside the United States, so it's a landmark for me. Come with me to 1776 LONDON, where American Patriot James Templeton is torn between love and duty and must deny his heart to help win his country's freedom.

Captain James Templeton's orders from General Washington are clear. His target: Lord Bennington, a member of George III's Privy Council. The assignment: find Bennington's war plans. The risks: the future of the East Florida Colony, Jamie's life...and his heart. In spite of the dangers of their hopeless situation, he's fallen in love with Lady Marianne Moberly, Lord Bennington's daughter. Desperate to protect his country, Jamie carries out his orders with a heavy heart. But Marianne's persistence is a challenge he never expected. With love and faith, they must navigate troubled waters to win their future together.

I had so much fun writing this book, and I was also inspired by what I learned in my research. It's amazing to me that those brave American patriots gave up so much so they could establish a new country with a new form of government never before tried. Today, we don't have any idea what that was like, but I do know I'm grateful to live in a free society. I hope my readers will catch a glimpse of all that our forefathers and foremothers were willing to give up so we can breathe the air of freedom.

The Captain's Lady is published by Harlequin's Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical imprint. It can be ordered from,, and, or purchased at your local bookstore or even Walmart! Here's the ISBN: 13-978-0-373-82832-6.

If you would like to win a copy of The Captain's Lady, leave a comment AND YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. I will have my drawing on March 31. Also, this contest is limited to residents of the United States and Canada. Because this kind of drawing is against the law in some locales, it is your responsibility to know the laws of your state or province and refrain from entering if it's a no-no there.

When you leave your comment, please also ask me any questions you might have about the book or about my writing. I love to chat with my readers and try to be prompt in responding.

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Sworn to Protect: Expect an Adventure!

I will admit upfront that I am a diehard fan of author DiAnn Mills. This award-winning, best-selling author never ceases to amaze me with her exciting stories of contemporary suspense and historical romance. Her latest suspense book, Sworn to Protect, Book Two in her Call to Duty Series, is no exception. This story, taken right from the pages of today’s newspaper headlines and television reports, will have you on the edge of your seat, on a rollercoaster ride you won’t forget. Rather than retell the story, I’ll give you the back cover copy here:

Border Patrol Agent Danika Morales has sworn to protect the southern borders of our nation, but that oath has cost her. Two years ago, her husband, Toby, was killed trying to help the very immigrants Danika was responsible for sending back to Mexico. His murder was never solved. But now, a recent string of attacks and arrests leads her to believe that someone in McAllen is profiting from sneaking undocumented immigrants into the country . . . and it may somehow be tied to Toby’s death.

DiAnn believes her readers should “Expect an Adventure.” She is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed novels. She launched her career in 1998 with the publication of her first book. Currently she has fifty books in print and has sold 1.5 million copies. Six of her titles have appeared on the CBA Bestseller List. Three of her books have won the distinction of Best Historical of the Year by Heartsong Presents. Five of her books have won placements through American Christian Fiction Writer’s Book of the Year Awards 2003 – 2008, and she is the recipient of the Inspirational Reader’s Choice award for 2005 and 2007. She was a Christy Awards finalist in 2008. DiAnn’s website is

Sworn to Protect will be released by Tyndale House Publishers on April 1, 2010. ISBN: 9781414320519
If you would like to be entered into a drawing to win a copy of Sworn to Protect, leave a comment below. This drawing is limited to residents of the United States and Canada and is void where such drawings are prohibited. It is the responsibility of entrants to know the laws of their own state or province. The drawing will be held on March 6, 2010. We must have ten entries, or this drawing will not take place. So tell your friends! AND BE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS SO I CAN CONTACT YOU IF YOUR NAME IS DRAWN!!!

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Pirates, maidens, and kidnapping, oh my!

If you love exciting pirate adventures, kidnapped young maidens, and a healthy dose of God’s miraculous intervention, this is the book for you. In The Raven Saint, MaryLu Tyndall has written yet another ripping tale of high drama on the high seas. Pure and devout Grace Westcott makes the perfect target for the notorious pirate captain, Rafe Dubois. Here is the story:

Grace Westcott has spent her entire life serving God and helping the poor—not to mention trying to save the souls of her two wayward sisters. But while on an errand of mercy, she is kidnapped by a French mercenary and told she will be sold to a Spanish Don in Columbia. Determined to hold on to her faith and see God in every situation, she believes she must have been sent to help someone find God’s love. But no one will listen to her pleas, warnings, and prayers. When Grace’s situation grows far worse than she could imagine, she is forced to face her own human weaknesses. But she isn’t prepared to face her biggest weakness of all—falling in love with the nefarious captain, Rafe Dubois. Will Grace discover God’s purpose for this harrowing journey? And what will she do when she realizes His purpose for her is not to redeem the captain and his crew, but herself?

I never cease to be amazed by MaryLu’s daring in her stories. She creates compelling characters, forces them to the brink of complete disaster, and then makes their perils even worse! Through many twists and turns, her stories take you on a ride to a more than satisfying finish you won’t want to miss. The Raven Saint is a true delight and will keep you up into the wee hours turning the pages of this terrific book. I highly recommend it!

If you would like to be entered into a drawing to win a copy of The Raven Saint, leave a comment below. This drawing is limited to residents of the United States and Canada and is void where such drawings are prohibited. It is the responsibility of entrants to know the laws of their own state or province. The drawing will be held on February 14, 2010. We must have ten entries, or this drawing will not take place. So tell your friends! AND BE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS SO I CAN CONTACT YOU IF YOUR NAME IS DRAWN!!!

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

A thrilling adventure set in the Revolutionary War!

I had a pre-release opportunity to read Carla Capshaw's exciting Revolutionary War romance, The Duke's Redemption, and let me say that I was NOT disappointed. This book has everything readers want and expect in a historical romance: danger, excitement, history (but not too much), a compelling hero and heroine, and a situation that threatens to destroy their love. The eternal romance question rings true in this book: How will these two lovers ever get together???

Because I am in the midst of writing my third Revolutionary War romance for Love Inspired Historicals, this period holds great interest for me. This book kept me interested from beginning to end. It's a wonderful time in history, and I find it more than inspiring to revisit what our Founding Fathers and Mothers went through to establish our country. . .and find love in the midst of difficult times.

The Duke's Redemption is in your local bookstores right now, so I suggest you hurry over and buy it!

Here's the blurb:
He came to the colonies for one reason: revenge. Drake Amberly, Duke of
Hawk Haven, won't leave South Carolina until he's unmasked the colonial
spy who killed his brother. Yet the more he sees of spirited Elise Cooper,
the more he's moved by the happiness she brings him…never suspecting the
dangerous secret she hides.

Her faith drives Elise to spy for the rebels, dreaming only of freedom for
her homeland. Then she meets Drake, and learns that love could be hers, as
well. When his pursuit of "The Fox" brings him dangerously close to the
truth, she'll risk everything to prove that love and forgiveness are all
they need.

Find The Duke's Redemption at your local bookstore or online:
ISBN-10: 0373828284
ISBN-13: 978-0373828289

If you leave a comment, we'll put your name in the hat for our drawing for a free copy of The Duke's Redemption. This drawing is void where prohibited and applies only to residents of the United States and Canada. The drawing will be held on January 30. We must have ten entries, or this drawing will not take place. So tell your friends!

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Becoming Lucy becomes its author!

I just finished reading a lovely book entitled Becoming Lucy by my good friend Martha Rogers. This compelling adventure takes the reader back to the Old West, where danger. . .and love. . .lurked around every corner. Orphaned heiress Lucinda Bishop leaves her beautiful Boston home for the wilds of Oklahoma Territory, where she hopes to heal from her losses in the company of her loving relatives. But adjusting to the rough western lifestyle is the least of her challenges. Too many accidents happen around Lucy, as if someone is trying to kill her. But the most dangerous part of her adventure is falling for Jake Starnes, a handsome cowboy with a past. I heartily recommend Becoming Lucy to anyone who loves action, adventure, and romance.

This is the first book in Martha's very first published series, which is entitled Winds Across the Prairie. I look forward to reading many more of her heart-warming books.

Here's the official blurb: In 1896, after her parents' deaths, seventeen-year-old Lucinda Bishop is sent to Oklahoma to live with her aunt and uncle. But Oklahoma ranch life brings her more than she bargained for when she meets ranch hand Jake Starnes, a drifter who is running from his past. As her friendship with Jake grows, Lucinda faces emotions she's never before experienced. As Jake learns more about God's love for him, he realizes he must face his past and the consequences of his actions, even if it means he will lose the girl he loves. Will he be able to get his life together before someone else claims her hand... or even her life?

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Monday, November 30, 2009

For the Aspiring Writer

I received a lovely email from a high school student who wanted to know about careers in writing and editing. Here is my response:

Dear Nicole:
Thank you for your nice letter. As a college professor, I love to see high school students thinking seriously about furthering their education in preparation for a career.

Writing books is an enjoyable career that requires four things: grammar skills, an active imagination, some life experience, and a broad world view. Add to that the discipline needed to sit alone in front of the computer and hammer out the story, and you can see it's not an easy job. But the rewards can be tremendous.

Your grammar in your email is quite good. Keep adding new words to your vocabulary and don't fall into the bad habit some of my students have of using abbreviations in school papers that should be used only in emails and text messages.

Prime your imagination by jotting down story ideas as they come to you and save them all. Some will be good, some not. Some will inspire stories to write now, and some will be for future use.

Life experience is not limited to adults over 30. It can be anything from a kindergarten memory to a tour of duty in the military to a visit to a grandparent in a nursing home. Experiences give you something to say that will hold the interest of a reader. Write your memories of these meaningful experiences in a journal.

Developing a broad world view means you have studied humankind and learned what motivates people of various races, religions, and ethnicities. This sounds like a lot, but if you continue with your education, these things will come. An English major will bring you into contact with many great authors of the past and present. A liberal studies degree will take you into many areas of knowledge. Journalism, history, psychology, and political science are also important areas of study.

In addition, you can begin now by reading great works of literature. My favorites are Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre and anything by Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, Herman Melville's Moby Dick, and Nathaniel Hawthorne's Scarlet Letter all provide windows into the past and inform us about the human condition. Popular fiction of today can be fun to read but might not provide the depth a serious aspiring writer should seek.

Regarding a career as an editor, you'll need all of the above, too, because you need to know at least as much if not more than the people writing for you.

Actually, I'm not an editor but a freelance copyeditor. That means people send their manuscripts to me to “correct” before they submit their work to editors. I polish the grammar and offer suggestions on characterization and story structure. One literary agent who refers clients to me calls me a book doctor. I like that.

I hope these thoughts are helpful to you. I remember long ago writing to a truly famous person (I'm not famous!) about a career I wanted to enter. She wrote me the loveliest letter in response that greatly encouraged me. Although I didn't go into that career, her kindness stayed with me, and I hope this response to you pays it forward just a little.

Louise M. Gouge

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