Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A Fabulous Giveaway

Good morning! I'm Renee Ryan and the newest of the Craftie Ladies! So happy to be here among some of my very most favorite authors!!! Like most historical romance authors I love researching the past. Of all the time periods I’ve researched, the American West fascinates me the most. Movies, television shows, books; you name the title, I’ve probably watched it, recorded it, or read it. My two favorite movies are Tombstone and 3:10 to Yuma. I’m also partial to High Noon with Gary Cooper, but who isn’t?

I’ve always had a fascination for flawed people with jaded pasts, the men and women most in need of redemption. That’s why I appreciate writing for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Historical. With the faith element a part of every story, I’m able to walk with my characters through a temporary period of darkness into a life full of love, hope and happily-ever-after.

The road to redemption is never smooth in real life. With that in mind, I’ve tried to avoid using clichéd characters in my Charity House series. Although I’ve had a lawman or two, and even a schoolmarm, I’ve also highlighted a rebel preacher, a Shakespearean stage actress, a frontier doctor, an opera singer, a swanky hotel owner and even an artist. Each book in the series is connected in some way to Charity House, a baby farm dedicated to caring for children born to prostitutes.

The latest installment, Charity House Courtship, is the prequel to the other four books or, as I like to say, where it all began. The bad guy might not carry a gun, and the hero is far from a righteous lawman, but I guarantee the good guys win in the end and, yes, he gets the girl. Who could ask for more from a romance novel?

So, here's the exciting part of this blog post. In honor of my "new-ness" as a Craftie Lady I'm going to give away an entire set of my Charity House Books. That's five books to one winner. All you have to do to be eligible to win is leave a comment with your email address.


  1. So, is this open to people in Australia? If so, please enter me.

    bethstitch09 at yahoo dot com dot au.

  2. Hi Renee welcome to Craftie Ladies. I am not entering as I already have at least two of this series if not more (I know I have the latest thanks).

    I love the westerns always have and I have to admit I took a real shine to Randolph Scott, I think in most movies he was the good guy who was falsely accused and he rarely got the girl which was not always a good thing. But there was something about him (his smile I think).

  3. I understand your passion for that Era. I'm also a fan and more than fan an admirer.

    Funny how you explain wht entering the Craftie Ladies somehow allowed you to save your favorite kind of characters. I think many people - I know I do - read them exactly for the same reason. But in our case we get the final result - see you "saving" them.

    Wishing you the Best,


    (I won't enter the giveaway because I'm from Portugal and don't think is fair that you have to pay for sending them when some people closer could, and should, enjoy it.)

  4. No need to put me in. You know I have read them all. So glad to see you here!

    Peace, Julie

  5. A rebel preacher? Too cool. Which one was that. I need to dig through my books to find which ones I have.
    Welcome to the Craftie ladies!

  6. Beth and Teresa. I am definitely open to shipping out of the country, so toss your names in the mix! Waving to Jenny and Julie. Howdy, ladies!


  7. Pamela, the rebel preacher was Beau from Hannah's Beau. :-)

  8. Renee, welcome to the Craftie Ladies blog. I love westerns, too. One of my favorite movies is Silverado.

  9. Ahh Renee, you are moving up -now one of the craftie ladies-good company.
    Good to see ya again.
    wow 5 book giveaway thanks for sharing -hope I win this one.
    anyway we are all winners when we read your books and enjoy our time with your wonderful characters.
    Paula O(

  10. I love to see a character's journey to redemption!

    tmsmith0705 at

  11. Welcome Renee! It's great to have you here. Love the premise of your Charity House series, though I'm still partial to your WWII books. :-)

  12. Renee,
    I loved hearing about Charity House. Great premise for a series! You rock!

    Again, congrats on winning the Daphne!!! Whoo-hoo!!! A well deserved honor for your wonderful story!

  13. Congratulations on winning the Daphne!!! and Welcome to Craftie Ladies Renee!!! So glad to see you here. I love the premise of Charity House.

  14. Hi Renee! Your Charity House series sounds wonderful. I've fallen woefully behind in reading lately, but I'll have to put your series on my to read list!

  15. Hi Renee! Just wanted to drop by and say how much I love your historicals!
    Great characters and great writing!

    Don't enter me as I just ordered your latest and read the others!

    Thanks for the lovely stories!


  16. Welcome aboard Renee!! And you know what a big fan I am of your books! The Charity House series is a fabulous one. Will we be seeing any more books in this series??

  17. Thanks for the warm welcome, everyone. I see lots of familiar faces (and not just fellow writers!).

    Winnie, I'm planning at least two (and possibly more) books in the historical series and then bringing Charity House to modern day for a related contemporary series! So excited about both!

    Merrillee, looove Silverado, too. Waving to Paula. I love that we are geographically close in real life.

    Christine, Debby, Debbie, and Deb...thanks for the warm welcome. And thanks for the congrats on the Daphne! What a shock. I love, love, love the WWII time period. Wish I had the opportunity to write more.

    Tracy, you're entered in the drawing. Good luck!

    Susan, good to see you here. THANK YOU for your kind words. You made my day!

    Um...did I miss anybody???

    I'll be drawing for the winner later tonight. It's not too late to enter!


  18. Renee, I seem to be way behind (although have read 114 books this year) 'cause I have not read your books. I am very anxious to do so and want to be entered. My husband loves 3:10 to Yuma; grandson and I watch it often with him.
    Jackie S.


  19. Thank you for the chance to win " Charity House Courtship " books. i enjoy books with all kinds of character in them like, lawman, schoolmarm, hero, singers, doctor, artress, just to mention a few. Thanks again. Norma Stanforth

  20. Okay, we have a winner!!!

    Jackie Smith

    Email coming soon!

    Thanks, everyone, for stopping by and commenting. It's been a fun day!

    Craftie Ladies UNITE!


  21. I would like to be enter in to win these books. These books sound very exciting.



  22. WOW, Renee! What an amazing giveaway you are sponsoring! Thanks for the chance to win!

    I've read something by you already... but I would LOVE to be entered, please!

    My email is:
    Or you can find me at:

  23. Welcome Renee! :) I'm very glad to see you love to write and good books at that! God bless! I have your book Heartland Wedding!