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Here’s the link: In Your Eyes
Here’s a blurb:
When Francesca di Paolo is abducted by a band of brigands on her way home to Amsterdam, little does she realize she will become a pawn in a game of revenge. A budding artist, Francesca is enthralled by her rescuer, Dirk Vredeman, and would love to paint his portrait. Dirk, raised on the streets and surviving by his wits, has spent the last 20 years in the East Indies, where he has amassed a fortune. Now he has returned to Holland to destroy the man who destroyed his mother–the man who is Francesca’s guardian, and to whom she owes her loyalty and gratitude. Will Francesca betray Dirk when she discovers the truth? Set in the Golden Age of Holland, the era of Rembrandt and the Dutch masters, the great traders who brought back the riches of the East Indies, and the Amsterdam merchants who speculated with them on the stock exchange, In Your Eyes is a story of love and loyalties, tenuous trust against age-old betrayal.
I‘ve just written and published a new Victorian romance, Victorian Spring.
Victorian Spring is the start of a series I envision featuring Mabel Atwood, a 50-something widow, who is governess to a 13-year-old girl, Natalie Sherwood.
But Mabel is not just a governess. She’s also an inveterate, unapologetic matchmaker. When she sees two individuals who seem destined for each other, she doesn’t hesitate to give a little nudge when necessary.
So it is when she observes Constance Whitaker, who has just moved into the town house next door in this quiet Kensington neighborhood in London in the late Victorian era. She knows those two children the young governess is going to take charge of are termagants who have already gone through four governesses. What a pity the young woman must subject herself to that life–the Uptons are snooty, nouveau riche sorts, nothing like her own employer, Angus Sherwood, a widower for seven years.
Now, if Angus should meet Constance…hmm…
Mabel doesn’t end up having to do too much when Angus comes to Constance’s aid one showery April afternoon…
Read this novelette if you want to find out what happens to the lonely widow and widower.
Congratulations to Emily, who has won a copy of my book Moonlight Masquerade. She was randomly chosen from all those who signed up for my newsletter during the Spring 2014 Scavenger Hunt. Thanks to all of you who stopped by my blog and left comments or signed up for my newsletter. Hope everyone had fun.
Meet Suzanne Woods Fisher
“Do unto others as if you were the other.” Amish proverb
When you were young and someone asked what you wanted to be when you grew up, what did you say? I dreamed of becoming a writer, but for you maybe it was a magician or musician, a farmer or a flautist. Or maybe you weren’t sure. Maybe you still aren’t sure.
Bethany Schrock is at that very crossroads in her life. Her hopes and dreams for the future have shattered like a broken teacup. In The Calling, we find Bethany depressed, frustrated and trying to figure out what she was put on this Earth to do.
Enter five old Amish sisters who run a soup kitchen for the down-and-outers of Stoney Ridge. They scoop Bethany into their big-hearted efforts, convinced she’d make a fine addition to the sisterhood. Reluctant at first, Bethany warms to the work as she feels the stirrings of happiness come to life. Little by little, through serving others, Bethany found her calling.
Those old Amish sisters knew a secret: you can find yourself by losing yourself. As Bethany cared for others, she spent less time dwelling on her troubles.
It was easy for Bethany to ladle up the chili soup for these down-and-outers, feeling something warm like kindness or goodness fill her chest. At least, she did feel a pleasant glow until the teens from the Group Home, filled with bravado, pushing and jabbing each other, came in knots of two and three. Bethany followed Geena’s lead and spoke to each one as she brought out the bowls of chili soup on a tray. “Good afternoon” and “How are you?” and “Would you like chili?” Most didn’t answer and kept their eyes down, but the angry red haired girl met her eyes, almost in a hostile challenge — Do you see me?
I’m trying, Bethany thought. But you make it so difficult.
In that moment, she realized she hadn’t thought about her problems all day long. It was happening each time she helped at the sisters’ soup kitchen — she forgot all that troubled her, for a little while, anyway. She turned to serve the next girl, a round girl with acne and thick glasses, who smiled at her. This felt . . . good. Really good.
If you’re struggling to find your calling, consider volunteering, in some way, for those less fortunate. To borrow an Amish proverb, “The real secret of happiness is not what you give or what you receive, it’s what you share.”
Whether you’ve already found your calling or you’re still searching for purpose and fulfillment, I’m thankful you’ve brought Bethany and me along for the ride.
About Suzanne Woods Fisher:
Suzanne Woods Fisher is an award-winning, bestselling author of Amish fiction and non-fiction. The Waiting was a finalist for a 2011 Christy Award, The Search won a 2012 Carol Award, The Choice was a finalist for a 2011 Carol Award. Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World and Amish Proverbs: Words of Wisdom from the Simple Life were both finalists for the ECPA Book of the Year (2010, 2011). Find out more at her website (http://suzannewoodsfisher.
com/) or connect with her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/ SuzanneWoodsFisherAuthor), Twitter (https://twitter.com/ suzannewfisher), and Pinterest (http://www.pinterest.com/ suzannewfisher/).
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My latest regency romance, a sequel to A Moonlight Masquerade, will be available March 1. This regency follows the story of Jessamine Barry, who’d been in love with Rees Phillips, the hero of Moonlight, and had expected a proposal any day.
To her bitter disappointment, Rees met and fell in love with a Frenchwoman. The staid, self-controlled man she’d known most of her life had acted like a besotted fool, to the point of almost losing his reputation, career, and all that he held dear.
But he’d ended up happy, with a promotion, and a beautiful new wife.
Jessamine, who’s behaved like a proper vicar’s daughter all her life, never harming anyone or breaking any rules, is hurt, angry, and frustrated to say the least. When she has the opportunity to enjoy a season in London with her best friend, Rees’ younger sister, she goes with an attitude.
No more dutiful Christian woman who obeys all of society’s rules. She will be the one to break hearts this time around.
Playing by her own rules soon puts Jessamine in over her head. There to rescue her is Lancelot Marfleet, a younger son of an earl, one she has spurned up to now, because he is a vicar. She is determined not to marry a man like her father. But when he rescues her from a situation that could ruin her reputation, Jessamine is forced to reassess her values.
A Heart’s Rebellion
“The novel’s message blooms beautifully with nuanced storytelling and subtle, yet honest, characterization that chronicles the timeless journey through love and faith. The message of faith is woven through the narrative, interconnecting with love in a rich, relatable manner.” –Publisher’s Weekly starred review
Ruth Axtell. Revell, $14.99 trade paper (352p) ISBN 978-0-8007-2090-2
I’ve just updated and re-published one of my regency romances that was previously published by Steeple Hill.
The Rogue’s Redemption is very dear to my heart. I love dark, tormented heroes who find the Redeemer’s love. Such is the case with Gerrit Hawkes, my villian in a previous regency, Dawn in my Heart. He was the wickedly handsome and charming redcoat, a captain in the elite Coldstream Guards, who ravished the heroine Lady Gillian Edwards.
But war has left him disillusioned, empty, and suffering from PTSD. As the rest of London celebrates Wellington’s final victory over Napoleon at Waterloo, Gerrit tries to obliterate the torturing memories in drink and gaming. Anything to forget the young men–barely out of boyhood–he bayoneted on the bloody battlefield but who helped earn him his promotion to major.
Into his life steps Hester Leighton, a 24-year-old American whose faith in God shines from her. Being introduced to the London ton, she feels like a fish out of water, and despite her strong faith, she finds herself hard-pressed to navigate its treacherous waters.
Gerrit offers her friendship, but when she departs for America once more, he is left facing the reality of his bleak existence and sure self-destruction. Continuing in his world becomes impossible but setting out to the wild new world with nothing to call his own, to win the only woman who offers him salvation, is more daunting than any battlefield he has ever faced.
If you’d like to read The Rogue’s Redemption, you can download it from Amazon by clicking on this link: The Rogue’s Redemption
Amazon is offering the trade paperback edition of Moonlight Masquerade at the low price of $6.00 this week. Quantities are limited, so if you would like to purchase this, hop, skip and jump on over: Moonlight Masquerade paperback edition
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Congratulations to Tammy, who won a copy of my latest book Moonlight Masquerade, as well as a $25 gift card at either Amazon or B&N.Thanks to everyone who stopped by my blog and left a comment or entered her name in Rafflecopter for the drawing.
THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED. I’LL BE ANNOUNCING A WINNER WITHIN 24 HOURS. RUTH
Welcome to the 2013 Summer Scavenger Hunt!
This hunt has 32 stops and runs 5/17-5/19/13. You can make the loop, reading unique content from 31 different authors. If you complete the loop and fill out the Rafflecopter form at Stop #32, you’ll be in the running for an iPad Mini (loaded with all our books), or one of two runner-up prizes—all 31 of our new releases in paperback. In addition, some authors are offering additional prizes, so be sure to read each post thoroughly to be in the running for all that are available. The contest is open internationally.
If you’ve JUST discovered the hunt, I recommend you begin at the beginning, Stop #1, found at LisaBergren.com. But you can also begin here, and keep on rolling. Just be aware that you have to have the COMPLETED phrase in order, which you construct gathering the clue (IN RED) at each stop, within 24 hours of email notification from Lisa Bergren that you won. If Lisa doesn’t hear back from you with the correct phrase within the time limit, she will move on to the next winner Rafflecopter draws. Ready? Here we go…
Author Susan Sleeman
It’s my great pleasure today to be hosting Susan Sleeman on my blog. You can tell Susan has a quirky sense of humor by visiting her blog (just read the description of Nipped in the Bud, Book 1 in her Garden Gate Mysteries). She also knows how to poke fun at herself by revealing funny/embarrassing things that have happened to her.
SUSAN is a best-selling author of inspirational romantic suspense and mystery novels. Her first romantic suspense title, High-Stakes Inheritance earned a spot on the ECPA bestseller list and The Christmas Witness was named a finalist in the 2011 Daphne du Maurier Award for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. In addition to writing, Susan hosts the popular internet website TheSuspenseZone.com. To learn more about Susan visit her Website – www.SusanSleeman.com, Facebook: www.Facebook.com/SusanSleemanBooks or Twitter – www.Twitter.com/SusanSleeman.
Haven’t you ever wondered how authors come up with their characters? Today, Susan is going to take us on her journey of story characters:
How Story Characters Are Born
This may sound odd, but I begin by interviewing my characters to discover their personality. Some of the characters, like Cole Justice in No Way Out, don’t readily share and I have to get bossy and really pry. But once I know what makes them tick, I search the Web for pictures of actors whose appearance best represents the character. To make that easier, as I watch TV and movies, I keep a list of actors by the personality type that I think they embody, locate their pictures on the Web, and put them in a file for a handy reference.
For an example, let’s look at No Way Out –
Cole Justice is rebellious, strong-willed, and—as I mentioned above—not one to share his feelings. He’s former military and a former U.S. marshal, where he hunted down and arrested fugitives from the law. That means he has to be rugged and tough. It also means I didn’t want a man who was a clean-cut Mr. GQ. I needed a guy who looked a bit scruffy and tough. One who could stare down a fugitive in a dark alley and not blink. I chose Martin Henderson for this role. Ignoring the fact that he’s playing a doctor in this picture, how’d I do? Does he fit the character?
Alyssa Wells is his opposite. Though she’s running for her life in No Way Out, she’s still the quintessential mother of seven-year-old twins. She bakes cookies, puts her children first, and is warm and kind. She’d be a stay-at-home mom if her husband hadn’t died and left her to raise the twins. I see her as the girl next door and think Rachel McAdams in this photo very much fits that part. Can you see her in that role? I hope so.
If you’d like to see how well I succeeded in choosing my characters, check out my BONUS prize on my blog (it’s your next stop!) I’m giving away FIVE sets of the first three books in The Justice Agency series, (Double Exposure, Dead Wrong and No Way Out).