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  • Seal Under Siege – The first chapter

    I’m so excited about my new release SEAL Under Siege, book 2 in the Men of Valor series. (Even if you missed A Promise to Protect, the first in the series, you’ll still be able to enjoy this book.) It’s filled with some of my favorite things, like all my sister’s pregnancy quirks, which found their way into one of the characters. And Tristan has to be one of my favorite characters.

    SEAL Under Siege

    Here’s a little more about the book:

    When Staci Hayes is rescued from a Mideast prison by navy SEAL Tristan Sawyer, she thinks the ordeal is over. But back in San Diego, a new threat arises. Staci has information that could prevent a hit on U.S. soil, and the terrorist will stop at nothing to silence her. Tristan insists on being her bodyguard, but his constant presence makes her long for things beyond her reach. Protecting Staci is the second chance Tristan needs to put the past behind him. Yet with a spy on the naval base, anyone could be a threat. Can he offer her safety…and love?

    I’m offering my blog readers an opportunity to read the first chapter free. Just click here. Feel free to leave me a comment if you read it. Let me know what you think.

    Hope you enjoy!

    A Return to A Log Cabin Christmas

    In honor of the re-release of A Log Cabin Christmas Collection this month from Barbour Publishing, I’m sharing some of my favorite pictures from Carnton Plantation, the real-life field hospital that is mentioned in my story A Star in the Night.

    In August 2010, nearly a month after I originially submitted my proposal for this story, I made my mom join me for a tour of the old plantation and the grounds.

    The tour of the house was incredible. Here are a few pictures of the house, Confederate cemetery, and grounds.






    Confession. I went back to Carnton in November of that same year, and I got so lost up in imagining what it would be like to to have lived there, to have survived the war, that I nearly missed the last guided tour of the day. Oops! But wouldn’t you get lost in those enormous trees and open fields?

    The real history of Carnton is amazing, and Carrie McGavock, the mistress of the plantation, who opened her home to injured soldiers from both the North and the South, was an incredible woman. You can read all about the history of Carnton and the McGavock family here.

    If you’re ever in Middle Tennessee, I hope you’ll stop by and visit this old home filled with history. Until then, enjoy A Log Cabin Christmas Collection. And don’t forget to enter the big giveaway this week at Jane Kirkpatrick’s blog.

    A Log Cabin Christmas Giveaway

    As I mentioned last week, the nine authors of A Log Cabin Christmas Collection have joined forces for a mega-Christmas giveaway.

    Up for grabs is everything you see pictured here, plus a copy of A Log Cabin Christmas Collection, signed by all 9 authors.


    The more times you enter, the greater your chances are of winning! Entering is so easy. Just visit Jane Kirkpatrick’s blog here and use the easy Rafflecopter entry system. Good luck!



    Seven Reasons September Rocks!

    I LOVE September. For many, many reasons. And this September is even better than usual. Here are 7 reasons this September rocks!

    1. My brand new book, SEAL Under Siege, released this week. It’s now for sale all over. And there’s just nothing quite like seeing your book on a bookstore shelf. Next week, I’ll post the first chapter, just to tease you. 🙂 For now, I’ll just say how grateful I am for the very kind reviews so far for this book.

    SEAL Under Siege
    2. September means the annual ACFW conference, which, for me, is always equal parts stress and excitement. It takes a lot to prepare for the conference. There are proposals to polish, one-sheets to create, and pitches to perfect. But there are also so many wonderful friends to see and favorite authors to stalk chat with. That means you, Karen Witemeyer and Jenny B. Jones. (Seriously, these ladies are lovely and such talented writers, and I adore them.) It also means I get to catch up with some of my favorite folks from the Christian publishing industry.

    3. September brings the return of fall weather. At least theoretically. Nashville is trying to prove this wrong this year.

    4. Football. ‘Nuff said. Also Peyton Manning and Eli Manning. (Okay, now I’m done.)

    5. Barbour Publishing is re-releasing A Log Cabin Christmas Collection, which includes my novella, A Star in the Night. This New York Times bestseller has been a favorite for the last few years, and all nine authors joined together for a fun giveaway starting next week. More details coming on that soon, but here’s a picture of all the great stuff that’s up for grabs.


    6. My friend, Ruth, has a birthday this month. I adore celebrating birthdays. Even more so when it’s such a great friend.

    7. September means the start of the new TV season. I’m looking forward to Castle and the final season of How I Met Your Mother, plus some new shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

    What do you love about September?