Thursday, May 25, 2017

Our Military Heroes!

By Debby Giusti

The upcoming Memorial Day weekend dovetails perfectly with the recent trip my husband and I took to Northern Virginia to visit our son and his family. Joseph recently retired from the military and completed his Masters of Science Degree in cyber security. The graduation was held May 13. The University of Maryland campus is beautiful, and the whole day was so special.
Congrats, Joe, on your 4.0!
Sunday, we celebrated Mother’s Day, and Monday, my husband--also retired military--and I drove to Arlington National Cemetery where my parents are buried. Their gravesite overlooks the Pentagon where my father worked when I was a child.

On each trip to the cemetery, we always stop at the Tomb of the Unknowns for the changing of the guard, which occurs on the half-hour. The remains of service members from World War I and II, as well as the Korean War and Vietnam are buried at the site. The inscription on the central, white marble sarcophagus reads, Here rests in honored glory an American soldier known but to God.”

Arlington Cemetery was established in 1864 on the grounds of Robert E. Lee’s estate and covers 624 acres with approximately 400,000 gravesites. Visiting the cemetery is always poignant and a powerful reminder of the valiant men of women who have sacrificed so much for our country so we can remain “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

God bless our military heroes and God bless the USA!

Wishing you a wonderful Memorial Day weekend,
Debby Giusti

By Debby Giusti


Miriam Miller barely escapes the ruthless attacker that killed her mother and kidnapped her sister. Running deeper into the woods, she’s running out of hope…until she falls into the arms of an unlikely bodyguard—a peaceful Amish farmer. Something about Abram Zook inspires her trust, but even in bucolic Willkommen, Georgia, Miriam faces danger. Both from the men pursuing her and from her growing feelings for the caring—though guarded— widower who protects her. Because if she falls for Abram she’ll have to embrace his Amish faith as her own—or lose him. With each minute, her abductor creeps closer, pushing Miriam to an inevitable choice: stay and risk her heart…or leave and risk her life.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mom Loves to Read - by Angel Moore

I fell in love with romance in the fourth grade. Robin Hood and Maid Marian’s happiness captured my young heart. I still remember the green library book with thick pages and the sweet teacher who assigned the book report.

But my mother was the biggest influence over my love of reading. Every morning before she left the house, she’d sit on the side of the bed and read her Bible. She graciously gave me that Bible several years ago. I can’t look at it without thinking of her love of Jesus and His Word.

Mom also loved to read romance. Clean books with sweet heroines falling in love with rich men who rescued them from mundane lives and gave them an amazing happily-ever-after life.

I’d read Nancy Drew and Scholastic books while Mom read her romances. I loved it when I got old enough to read her books. From the time I was about twelve, I carried a novel to school with me every day. I’d finish my class work and then read. I loved to dive into a story about a Greek millionaire or a nurse on holiday in Holland who’d fall in love with a rich doctor. If the doctor held a fancy title and owned a mansion, all the better.

This love of reading still lasts. Mom brings a bag of books to me on every visit. Now that she’s retired, reading time is readily available. And she loves it.

Reading is a gift Mom shared with me. It makes us closer. I hope you’re sharing your love of inspirational fiction with your children and grandchildren. We all need a good story to help us escape sometimes – or a book that teaches us to dream.

The thing I love about writing inspirational fiction is that I can share my love of Jesus as I write stories of faith and hope.

Want to share your love of reading? Share the posts from this blog – and Facebook pages and posts from your favorite Love Inspired authors – on your social media.

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Stop by my Facebook page for a giveaway at I’ll be giving away two copies of my latest Love Inspired Historical release, The Rightful Heir, over the weekend.

God bless you,
Angel Moore
Stories of Faith and Hope

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

From Blurb to Book to Besties

Hi, it’s Donna Gartshore here with Laurel Blount. We’re a couple of Love Inspired Newbies and thrilled to be here!  Today we’re going to talk a bit about our experiences with getting contracts and forming a lasting friendship through the From Blurb to Book Pitch.

I remember that after we had both made it to round three and had submitted our full manuscripts, we started chatting on Facebook, along with other contest participants, as a way to deal with the nerves of waiting to hear from the editors. In fact, I was online with Laurel the day she got THE CALL! Now, here’s an inside scoop – she hung up on her sister to take that call! But I’ll let Laurel chime in here and tell her side of the story …

Hi! Laurel here, and listen, ya’ll. When you’re in the final round of a writing contest for Love Inspired, and a New York editor’s number shows up on your caller I.D., your sister just has to understand! Seriously, all my family members were thrilled for me, which made my special moment even more special.

But you know who really understood the scope of what had happened? The online writing buddies I’d met during the contest—like Donna! When I typed in my news with shaking fingers, Donna instantly began celebrating with me. I think I heard her squealing all the way from Canada! Her congratulations were even more meaningful because she really “got it.” I’m delighted to say that I was celebrating her book sale to Love Inspired shortly afterwards. We discovered that selling our books wasn’t the “happily ever after” ending but instead was the start of a new, exciting…and bewildering…chapter—one we’re thankful to travel together!

Oh, there goes Laurel with the `y’alls’, but what can you expect from a good Southern girl? I’ll just have to toss out a few Canadian `ehs’ to even things out!

 Laurel said she celebrated my sale with me a short time after. But my journey had an extra step.  I didn’t get a contract right away but instead received an opportunity to revise and resubmit. While I was relieved that it wasn’t a rejection, I felt overwhelmed by the requested changes and worried I wouldn’t pull it off. I was so grateful to have writing friends who encouraged me, and pushed me, and believed that I could do it even when I wasn’t sure myself. The day I got THE CALL, I told my daughter first, and Laurel second.

As Laurel says, we’ve discovered that this is only the beginning of the journey. We are so glad to have each other to talk to – not just about writing, but about our college-aged daughters and work challenges too. It’s great to have LI friends that share our love of writing and our love of God. I can’t wait to make friends in person at the RWA Conference in July. Which reminds me, Laurel, tell them who’s going to be your roommate, eh?! (couldn’t resist!)

 I’m so excited! I finally get to meet Donna in real life! I’m amazed at how close we’ve become via a computer connection, especially given how different we are. We don’t share a country, a climate, or even a writing style—Donna is primarily a pantser, while I am a plotter! Donna started out writing short stories, which might explain why she perpetually worries about meeting her word count, while I’m usually cutting words!

However, Donna and I are here to tell you that crossing the gaps of geography and personal styles has been well worth it! Writing can feel so competitive that sometimes it’s hard to truly connect with other authors, to make yourself transparent and vulnerable. But when you make those connections, you tap into wonderful resources that will help you weather both the successes of this journey (like being a finalist in the HOLT and the New England Reader’s Choice awards, yay!) and its challenges (like the dreaded sophomore slump…when IS that next book coming out? Boo!).

I couldn’t agree with Laurel more. We want to encourage anyone who has a dream to write for Love Inspired to learn from all the tips available and not give up. Speaking of stories – Don’t miss Laurel’s debut book A Family for the Farmer, a wonderful story full of heart, humour and hope.

And definitely watch for Donna’s fabulous, heart-catching romance Instant Family, which will be released December 2017. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon now! 

Monday, May 22, 2017

Another Side to the Ladies of Love Inspired Romance

You may not know, but many of the  Ladies of Love Inspired Romance write books other than Love Inspired Romances. So we're taking the last Monday of each month to tell you about those projects starting here, now, with the release tomorrow (May 23) of my novella "A Match Made in Williamstown" in The Matchmakers anthology.

The Matchmakers started as a response to a publisher's call for novellas for a series of anthologies it was planning to release. I wanted to give it a shot and posted on a couple of Christian author online loops/groups for co-authors to join me. That connected me with Lisa Belcastro (who I knew slightly) and Terri Weldon. We clicked, and we went to work. But because of other commitments, we weren't able to meet the publisher's submission deadline. So we prayed on it and forged ahead on the project as an indie release. We had such a good time working together that we're planning to do a Valentine's Day anthology. Ellie Alexander is in love. And the only thing sweeter would be if Libby, Natalie, and Stephanie, her three unmarried, unattached granddaughters, could find the same happiness. Maybe with a little help from her and her beau Blake Parker . . .

A Match Made in Williamstown by Lady of Love Inspired Romance Jean C. Gordon — Libby Schuyler has avoided dating since her break-up with college-sweetheart Jack Parker. Out of nowhere, Jack shows up claiming Ellie is swindling his grandfather, Blake, through a travel agency partnership they’ve formed. Libby and Jack team up to protect their grandparents and get to the bottom of Ellie and Blake’s business and romantic relationship. While Libby and Jack fight their reignited attraction, Ellie and Blake conspire to bring the two together.

A Match Made in Sheffield by Terri Weldon— Natalie Benton bounced from one foster home to another until she landed on Ellie Alexander’s doorstep. Natalie’s vagabond childhood caused her to yearn for a secure life, which led to Natalie’s five-year plan: complete her law degree, marry the perfect man, become a partner at Montgomery, Haynes, and Preston, and produce one child. Getting arrested wasn’t in Natalie’s plan. Needing a public defender wasn’t in her plan. Falling for Grady Hunter, her public defender, definitely wasn’t in her plan. Can Grady convince Natalie there is more to life than her five-year plan? Is Ellie the only one who sees a future for Natalie and Grady?

A Match Made in Freedom by Lisa Belcastro — Stephanie Gould loves life on Martha’s Vineyard . . . until she runs into Kay and Tim, her former business partner and her ex-fiancĂ©, who just returned from their honeymoon. Surprised by the heartache she thought was gone, Stephanie heads to the Berkshires to visit family and friends. Arriving in Stockbridge, Stephanie meets Captain Henry Lewis. Little does Stephanie know, her grandmother has already met Henry, and Ellie thinks Henry is perfect. Stephanie has no interest in dating, Henry included. If only Henry didn’t turn up everywhere Stephanie goes. When he walks up beside her at the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stephanie can’t deny her attraction, but she’ll do her best to fight it.

Amazon Kindle (release date May 23) and Print (available now)
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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sunday Blessings

PSALM 42:2-3; 43:3-4

As the hind longs for the running waters,
so my soul longs for you, O God.
Athirst is my soul for God, the living God.
When shall I go and behold the face of God?

Send forth your light and your fidelity;
they shall lead me on
And bring me to your holy mountain,
to your dwelling-place.

Then will I go in to the altar of God,
the God of my gladness and joy;
Then will I give you thanks upon the harp,
O God, my God!

The Love Inspired Authors are praying for you 
and your families.

May the Lord bless you and keep you in
His care.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Falling for the Hometown Hero

Jolene here. Checking in from the Texas Hill Country. We were asked about our own love story.

God gave me a clue how my future would unfold the first night I saw the man that would be my husband. It was August as I drove my sister and a couple of friends over the hill country from Leakey Texas to Junction to watch a high school football game. (there would end up being countless of Friday night lights in the years to come).  One of my friends was dating the  Leakey quarterback.
After the game, we all met at Dairy Queen. (How small town is that?) I thought the older brother was cute.  We asked if David, my friend's boyfriend, could ride back with us. Fred said no. You see, he’s a rule follower, and he had signed that his brother would be riding home with him.
So we followed. We would pass him then fall back. I guess it was some sort of flirting. BUT Fred just thought I was a bit crazy…I liked driving fast back then.
So a few months later at another football game, Homecoming.   I love fall. The bonfires, cool air, and football are in full swing.

In the small towns of Texas, homecoming is a big deal. (when I say small town we are talking population of around 400). My parents came back (my father had been the quarterback 20 years before),  my grandparents were there, and the population doubles.
 After the game, it’s time to cruise main. Somehow I got separated from my friends and ended up around the truck bed with a bunch of guys. One was trying to flirt, I think. Not very good at it and I started feeling uncomfortable. That’s when Fred showed up. Like a Knight on a white steed.
He was great, and we talked about so many things. I found out that  not only did he have the three younger brothers, but he had seven older siblings. He was a senior at Anglo State and was studying kinesiology and English.  We talked about our horses – he grew up on a ranch. I think I fell in love right then. 
About two years later in a pure act of love,  Fred, this small town ranch boy got a job in Houston just so we could be together as I finished art school.
It's amazing to look back and see how one night paved the path I wasn’t even looking for.  A little over thirty years later, four kids and many miles across Texas, we still love talking about life.

When I develop my heroes, I think they all have a small piece of Fred. You can see if this is true in the new anthology that was just released. Sweet Summer Nights.  You might recognize some of the other authors - it's six sweet stories for .99  cents   Sweet Summer Nights

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Heroines that are Stronger than they know.

Hello, Jolene Navarro here and I have a question.

Do you have a certain type of heroine you like? I have always loved the stories of the old west, stories of the women in my family.

Strong, independent and leaders. Women of faith that rode horses, took care of the land along with raising children and caring for a home.

The part of history we don’t see as much is the woman that mastered the tools of the cowboy trade such as ropes, spurs, knives, rifles and branding irons.  They rode beside the men of Texas. Some even before Texas was Texas.

Life was not easy as they carved out a home from the rock of the Texas land. They didn’t back down and they didn’t give up.

I was just reading about Bess Colemn.
She had a dream but as a daughter of a Cherokee father and an African American mother no one expected her to achieve them. Coleman defied all odds when she became the first black woman aviator (as well as the first Native American woman aviator).  It didn’t come easy. It was during World War 1 and she couldn’t find any one willing to teach a woman or an African American to fly. Undeterred, Coleman took a language course in French, and then sailed to France where she earned her pilot’s license at the age of 29. Unfortunately it would be just five short years later she was killed in a plane crash. She was a passenger when the plane malfunctioned in mid-flight.

But she changed the way people thought of women as she traveled across the country as a “barn stormer” or exhibition pilot. She didn’t follow the script someone else gave her.

Women in my family loaded up and headed to the unknown land of Texas in the mid-1820s. They ran ranches and farms, faced booms and years of devastation.

They loved their families and the possibilities in this wild untamed land. The heroine of my upcoming historical (My first with LIH and my last) LONE STAR BRIDE was influenced by stories of the women that helped build Texas.

She wanted to help her father – growing up she was allowed to work with the cattle and excelled at the cowboy skills. After the death of her mother and brother she thinks it is a perfect time for her to step up and become a partner in the ranch.

But her father has other plans for her, to prove to her father she is more than capable, she dresses up as a boy and help drive the cattle to New Orleans.

To call her feisty and stubborn might be an understatement. She was inspired by the history I read of my own family. I loved writing her and as we get word that the LIH is being discontinued I think about the determination I put into her to success and live out God’s plan even as other events and people try to stop her.

She perseveres and stays true to herself and God’s plan for her, a plan only she can fulfill.  It didn’t go the way she planned, but it rarely does. Our characters come from us, from our experiences or from the people that inspire us. We create from deep inside us. The characters I develop never seem to know how strong they truly are until they are forced to change and find their essence.

Finding your essence is never an easy path. When I look back, I see that some of the scariest moments of my life ended up taking me in a new direction I would have never even know – a direction that was greater than anything I could have planned.

Have you had a time that didn’t go as planned but looking back you wouldn’t change a thing? Reminds me of the Garth Brooks song: The Dance. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Love Inspired Historical

Yesterday I knew exactly what I wanted to post.  It was upbeat, happy, all about writing cowboys.

Last night, I thought about it again, but my mind had a hard time wrapping around the topic.

See, sometimes you go skipping along life and suddenly the bricks on the sidewalk move.  You stumble and stop.  It's a time when you consider staying where you are, hopping over the missing bricks to the more secure area, or you fall to you knees and start dragging the bricks back and fixing the sidewalk.

Fall to your knees....  Dearest Father, we come to you today

Yesterday was my first day home.  See, I'm a teacher (by day) and school finished last Friday and this week is my free week.  My 12 year old is still in school; my husband is at work; I'm home alone.

Moms understand the magic of alone.

I promptly set up my computer on the kitchen table, fought off the cat (pet me), fought off the dog (play with me) and delved into writing.

Then, an email come from Harlequin.  My beloved publisher.

It wasn't good news.  See, under the Harlequin Love Inspired umbrella, there are three inspirational lines.  The first is contemporary, the second is suspense, and the last is historical.

Harlequin has decided to step away from publishing historical.  It's a business decision.  One that probably has editors, agents, and most certainly authors falling to their knees. Dearest Father, help us to accept change, move forward, pray for those involved.

Many authors are standing still.  It's time to consider options, think carefully.  Others are already gaging the distance from the brick they're standing on and figuring out not only how to jump but where is the best place to land.  Others are on their knees, dragging in the errant bricks.

All of those actions are the right choice.

Along with Harlequin Love Inspired, I've written for Barbour Heartsong, Kensington Precious Gems, Summerside...  Those bricks left the sidewalk, crumbled, faded to dust.  But, God gave me feet, and I know how to jump.  I don't always know how to land though.

Today, as I travel the sidewalk the sky is a little grayer, the trees drooping a bit, and there's a distant sound of wailing.  Among the Love Inspired sisterhood, we all know how to fall to our knees, put our hands together, and pray. We thank you Lord for the opportunities you've given us.  Amen.

Love Inspired Historical put out some awesome books, put together by prayerful pens, and edited by awesome editors.

Years ago, when I was trying to decide what and where to write, I found two books in my church library.  The librarian, who knew my dreams, gave them to me.  One was by Debbie Macomber; the other by our own Arlene James.

Maybe you remember the 80s.  Back then, there was a line by Silhouette called Inspirations.  It's gone, but many of the writers are not.  They're here.  Their pens are still flowing.  Their stories are being told.

As for me, I'll be watching and waiting for more books to read by my favorite authors.

Monday, May 15, 2017

New for May from our Love Inspired Suspense Authors

Jean C. Gordon here with new must buys from our Love Inspired Suspense authors. Just click on a cover to buy one. And to learn more about these talented ladies, click on their names.
Amish Refuge

Miriam Miller barely escapes the ruthless attacker that killed her mother and kidnapped her sister. Running deeper into the woods, she's running out of hope…until she falls into the arms of an unlikely bodyguard—a peaceful Amish farmer. Something about Abram Zook inspires her trust, but even in bucolic Willkommen, Georgia, Miriam faces danger. Both from the men pursuing her and from her growing feelings for the caring—though guarded—widower who protects her. Because if she falls for Abram she'll have to embrace his Amish faith as her own—or lose him. With each minute, her abductor creeps closer, pushing Miriam to an inevitable choice: stay and risk her heart…or leave and risk her life.

Witnessing a prison break, FBI agent Julianne Martinez is within seconds of death…before she's rescued by the one man she thought she'd never see again. She'd know her long-ago love, Brody Kenner, anywhere, even with a sheriff star on his chest. Years ago she left Texas and Brody, and had no plans of returning…until the trail of a missing agent brought her home to both. Brody won't let her investigation proceed without him, and he needs her and her K-9 dog to track his escaped prisoner. But partnering with Julianne to solve two cases only leads to danger when the hunted becomes the hunter. This is a mission that cannot fail…because Brody lost Julianne once, and he won't lose her again.
Texas Takedown


Presenting her research findings at an oceanology conference should be marine biologist Isabelle Barrows's big break—until she spots two men chasing her. With shadowy assailants on her tail, impressing potential investors becomes the least of her concerns. Especially when the men chase her straight into the arms of her high school crush. Unbeknownst to Isabelle, Matt McGuire still regrets the way they parted. Determined not to repeat past mistakes, Matt vows to keep her safe and make things right. But what good is a second chance when Isabelle's attackers will stop at nothing to destroy everything she holds dear—her life, her promising career and any possibility of a happily-ever-after?

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Because I Love You: Mother's Day

Several times over the years, my birthday has fallen on Mother's Day, as it will this year. My mom went home to the Lord 30 years ago, but I'm really thinking of her this year. Doesn't matter how old you are or how old your children are, Mother's Day is special for all concerned. Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there. You matter, and you will always matter. God bless you all! 

Arlene James

My mother is dead and I miss my mother everyday. But she will always be with me in my memories.The job of being a mother is one of the most important jobs a person can have. Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers out there.

Margaret Daley

A happy Mother's Day shout out to all women who work great deeds of wonder and love in all aspects of their lives. 

 Leigh Bale

Wishing you and all mothers a Happy and Blessed Mother's Day. I'm missing mine today.

Jean C. Gordon

Wishing a happy and blessed day for all who care for others.
Dana R. Lynn

Wishing all the moms a wonderful Mother's Day. You nurtured our love of reading, opening up new worlds and ideas to us. Thank you, Mom.

Christine Johnson

"The day God made me a mother was one of the happiest moments of my life.  
Being a mother to my two daughters is such a gift. I
 try to give them all the love my own mother gave me. 
Wishing everyone a blessed Mother's Day."

Belle Calhoune
Twelve years ago, I lost my mom when she was far too young. Each year on Mother's day I go to her grave with flowers and do my best to remember all the happy times we shared. Love and miss you, Mom!

Laura Scott

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s, grandmother’s and mother figures. May you be blessed with love, encouragement and surrounded by family today and every day.

Terri Reed

To my mom, Grandma, and Aunt Katie who surrounded me with love and tried (really tried) to import wisdom.  I miss you every day.

Pamela Tracy

Wishing all you moms out there a most blessed Mother's Day. Thanks for all you do!

Deb Kastner

For all the moms of babies and toddlers--bless you. Your days are long, your shirts stained from tiny fingers, and, yes, your children need you. You matter.
For all the moms of tweens and teens--bless you. You no longer can make problems disappear with a cookie, the hugs aren't as bountiful as they were a few years ago, and, yes, your children need you. You matter.
For all the moms of adults--bless you. You aren't as involved in the daily lives of your kids, and sometimes you miss those days gone by, and, yes, your children need you. You matter.
Happy Mother's Day

Jill Kemerer

Thanks Mom for being the grammar police as I was growing up.
I'm still relying on what you taught me. 

Valerie Hansen

Whether you're a mom, stepmom, grandmother, aunt, or friend, chances are you've made a difference in someone's life and you may not even know it. So this mother's day, I'd like to wish you all a happy and blessed mother's day, and my prayer is that each of you will realize just how important you are to someone. Happy Mother's Day...

Mary Alford.    

My mother has been gone two years now and I miss her dearly but a story I’d like to share happened this past summer. I had one of my Amish books come out in hardcover from Thorndike press. I usually get three copies and I always gave one to Mom. I took her book to the library in Abilene KS near where she had lived. When I told the staff I had a book to donate and they realized who I was, the head librarian said, “We sure do miss your mother. She used to come in here and say, ‘My daughter has a new book out and I don’t see it on your shelves.’” Mom loved to promote me.


Happy Mother's Day to all moms and to all women who love children. As always, I give thanks to God for my wonderful mother whose love was unconditional. I also give thanks for my daughter and daughter-in-law. Both of these young women are caring and compassionate mothers who have given me adorable grandchildren who fill my heart with joy. Truly I am blessed!

Debby Giusti

I didn't receive the blessing of one mom, but three. And this last year, with the death of my husband (their son and son-in-law), they have surrounded me, prayed for me, hugged me, offered encouraging words, cried with me, and offered financial assistance when it was needed. These women have taught me how to love, to wife, and to mother. I feel cherished and loved by for Him to have blessed me with such strong and caring women. I pray I can do the same for my daughters and my daughter-in-law. Happy Mother's Day, MOMS!!!!!!

Christina Rich