Winter came early last week in a mad furious rush. On Monday we enjoyed temperatures in the 70's--which gave us plenty of time to finish our last-minute yard work before the cold arrived.
Monday night, temperatures dropped over 35 degrees in one hour. The next day, temperatures continued to drop into the low 20's and by Wednesday, we had temperatures in the teens. This lasted until last night. We even had our first snow on Sunday of a little over an inch!
The Brickmaker's Bride, by Judith Miller Yearning for a fresh start, Ewan McKay travels with his aunt and uncle from northern Scotland to West Virginia, promising to trade his skills in the clay business for financial assistance from his uncle Hugh. Hugh purchases a brickmaking operation from a Civil War widow and her daughter, but it's Ewan who gets the business up and running again. Ewan seeks help from Laura, the former owner's daughter, and he feels a connection with her, but she's being courted by another man--a lawyer with far more social clout and money than Ewan. Besides, Ewan has resolved he'll focus on making the brickmaking operation enough of a success that he can become a partner in the businessand be able to afford to bring his sisters over from Scotland. Purchase the book HERE. Judith Miller is an award-winning writer whose avid research and love for history are
reflected in her bestselling novels. She is the author of the popular Daughters of Amana and Home to Amana series, which explore the closed communities of Iowa's Amana Colonies. Judy makes her home in Topeka, Kansas. Learn more at www.judithmccoymiller.com.
Delia Eastman returns home from teachers’ college with two goals: find a teaching position and sidestep her mother’s insistence on finding her a husband. But employers don’t care for women who are smarter than they. Neither do suitors. As she struggles to find her place, she discovers her sleepy Missouri River town has turned into a powder-keg of rivalry between the steamships and the railroads.
Increasingly violent vandalism on the railroad brings her face-to-face with Endy Webster, a handsome trainmaster whose investigation into the crimes leads him to the door of a prominent steamship owner—Delia’s father. As Delia tries to clear her father’s name, she keeps tangling with Endy. He’s intelligent. He’s charming. And he’s guarding secrets. Thinking he might know more than he’s telling, Delia reluctantly agrees to partner with him to solve the mystery. With the vandalism becoming deadly, they’ll need every scrap of intelligence and logic to stay alive. Working together may not be their first choice, but it might be their last.
Malicious Mischief is a romance disguised as a mystery and sprinkled with historical facts and Biblical truth. Purchase the book HERE.
ABOUT LORA: When Lora was a little girl, she and a neighbor girl played Laura and Mary (better known as
Little House on the Prairie) incessantly. They’d start out with a scene from one of the books, but Lora added embellishments and extra material until Mrs. Wilder wouldn’t have recognized her Little House world.
After four years of teaching first and second graders and twenty plus years as a homeschool mom, Lora started making up stories again. But this time, she wrote them down. What started out as a secret pastime morphed into a desire to see her creations published. So she studied the writing craft, joined American Chrisitan Fiction Writers (ACFW), went to conferences, entered contests, and sent proposals. And got rejections.
The reasons for those rejections were encouraging though. Every one of them said the editor liked the story and liked her writing, but the book market was tight and the publishing house was re-structuring or cutting their fiction line entirely.
So Lora decided to publish independently. Scared but determined, she studied CreateSpace and e-pub; cover design and the ins and outs of Word. Finally, she produced her first indie pubbed book—a devotional entitled. Abiding: 30 Steps Closer.
When she’s not writing, Lora enjoys reading, hiking, and ballroom dancing. Most of all she delights in drinking chai tea lattes, and spending time with friends and family. Visit Lora's Website HERE.