Lydia’s Lot released today! Readers in my reader group suggested many strong Irish names for this beautiful Irish Setter. The one I ultimately settled on was Fitzgerald Murphy. In the book, I call him Fitz. He has a significant role in the story.
Early birds get it for 99c for a limited time.
Here’s the blurb:
Forbidden to marry Heath, the one man she truly loves, Lydia Catherine Hayden, an American heiress from Boston, boards a train and heads west to become a mail-order bride when matchmaker, Milly Crenshaw, introduces her to Wyatt from Iowa. Five years have gone by, and she isn’t interested in any of the society gentlemen of whom her father would approve. Her love for Heath has turned to a mild hate since hearing he married someone else.
When the Wild Whitman Gang involved in an Iowa train robbery use orphans traveling west as human shields to make their escape, they converge on Lydia’s marriage ceremony to Wyatt, killing him and abducting the heiress in the process. Things don’t seem to be going well for the architect’s daughter and she’s in a heap of trouble.
When Heath, now a widowed U.S. Marshal in Des Moines, returns home to Boston to visit family, he decides to sign up for Milly Crenshaw’s mail-order bride agency services in hopes of settling down and becoming a farmer. After Milly learns Lydia is now widowed and being held captive somewhere in Iowa with seven orphans from New York City, she pulls Heath into the case, urging him to find her, and marry her if possible. But first, he has to track down one of the most notorious, dangerous, gun-slinging gangs the Wild West has ever known. Then, he has to win Lydia’s heart all over again, if he isn’t shot and killed first in the process.
Get your copy of “Lydia’s Lot” today, an exciting new addition to the ‘Westward Home & Hearts’ series. You’ll be turning the pages in this sweet, suspenseful, Christian Historical Western Romance to find out what happens next. Easily read as a stand-alone.
Inside this edition, you’ll find a peek at a few of the books which have moved up on my TBR pile to near the top. Because I’m a busy writer, many books make it onto my reading list, but those I read first are chosen carefully. I’m constantly re-evaluating the books at the top of this list. This is because I am writing in numerous multi-author projects at present, and while I’m writing and researching, I’m also doing an incredible amount of reading the contributions by my fellow writing friends in those series to remain relevant and trigger new book ideas.
In any cases, this list is by no means all-inclusive of my TBR pile, which is ridiculously large, because there are so many great writers out there. Like many of you, I can’t seem to stop myself from buying books and adding to this pile. You will find both Contemporary and Historical selections mentioned here, but all of these are from writers known to excel in delivering quality Christian content.
Moving right along, here are some books I have on my To-Be-Read pile. Doesn’t this series by fellow Author Becky Wade look wonderful?
Here are my newest releases so you may add them to your TBR list if you feel so inclined. A Persevering Heart has released at 99c as an Introductory Special Price for the first book in this exciting new Contemporary Christian series. If you love mystery, suspense, and humor, I believe you’re going to love it. Don’t miss Minnesota Bride, the second novella to release in this wonderful Civil War Romance series with contributions written by 17 authors. This novel follows the story of Minnesota Governor Ramsay’s daughter in a fictional romance where she becomes a spy in the Confederate President’s household to assist President Lincoln in his endeavor to squelch the southern uprising. Hazel’s Tribulations is another fun story as Lady Mia’s cousin from The Prairie Princess arrives in Wyoming along with a blizzard. With her spoiled temperament, Hazel instantly clashes with the handsome ranch hand at Silver Aspen Ranch. This book was my final contribution for the ‘Belles of Wyoming’ series, a delightful tale of 1880’s Wyoming.
I sincerely hope you are well and weathering the COVID-19 storm. We will make it through this with our faith in Jesus and by remembering we are all in this together. I’ve been hunkered down at home writing since early March as I had three releases all in one month. I can’t remember leaving my home other than for a walk outside to get some fresh air since March 8th. I’ve spent the first week of April re-fueling with great books, a few Hallmark movies, and catching up with our DVR on my favorite TV series, “When Calls the Heart,” and “When Hope Calls.” How to keep Easter a little more lively when we can’t gather with some of our loved ones is weighing on my mind, but I know our efforts will be saving lives. What could be better than that? We’re laying down our normally busy lives, our family celebrations, and our customary gatherings at church and home, for the good of others in the hope less people contract this horrible virus. I believe that staying home in this situation is a splendid way to honor Christ. I’m praying for those who are not well to heal, to survive, to be brave. And I’m praying for you, our readers, whom we writers love dearly. May our books help take some of these social distancing hours and make them less of a burden for those who read them.
Hello friends! I wanted to share two new books with you, both available for pre-order now. Lottie’s True Love releases this Friday, and if you love mail-order bride stories with Christian inspiration, you won’t want to miss this exciting new multi-author series. Other authors writing in this series with me include Danni Roan, Rachel Skatvold, Tina Dee, Jo Grafford, Elaine Manders, and Annie Boone.
Also, you’re invited to an old-fashioned Victorian Ball in our Brides of Pelican Rapids Facebook Reader Group, beginning at 6pm EST this Friday evening, 7/19/19, to help us celebrate the launch of this series and Lottie’s True Love on release day! Here’s the link to the group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/877959952547231/
We look forward to hanging out with readers and there will be lots of giveaways, fun, and all things bookish!
Lottie’s True Love is a mail-order bride full-length novel with drama, humor, romance, and history set in the 1868-1880, post-Civil War Era. All of the brides are escaping the devastation of the south. The Prairie Princess is a novella featuring an English governess, a handsome cattle baron, and a tomboy student to rear. Don’t forget to reserve your copies of these novels today! Early birds get Lottie’s True Love for only 99 cents.
Hello friends and readers. I hope you have a blessed Easter celebration surrounded by family, friends, the Lord’s presence, and great food! Spring is here and I’m anxious to get out in my garden and plant flowers and veggies. Before you know it, summer will be here and then I’ll want to swim as much as possible. That is, when I’m not writing or reading books.
I’m excited to share my newest release with you, The
Legend of Lollipop, Book 20 from
the ‘Whispers in Wyoming’ series. The book can easily be read as a stand-alone.
If you love a good horse story and sweet, inspirational romance with a
Christian theme of winning, this book is for you. Here’s a look at the beautiful cover.
Here’s the blurb–:
Anastasia isn’t the least bit interested in a romance with Jed when her sister’s job placement agency sends her to work as a temp at The Sweetwater Ranch bakery. She finally has a chance to make one of her dreams come true by doing a great job managing the bakery. Maybe she’ll even get to ride the horses on the Wyoming ranch in her leisure time, or catch a glimpse of the wild horses she longs to own.
Jed’s laid back, fun-loving personality hasn’t helped him find a woman to settle down with, but he’s perfectly content working as a wrangler at The Sweetwater. However, he can’t deny the attraction he has for the new bakery manager when he meets Anastasia.
Landon, a prominent, esteemed horse trainer with notable success in quarter horse racing, arrives at The Sweetwater for one purpose only. A legendary horse and her three-year-old filly have been spotted there in recent weeks. He’s determined to capture the renowned horses. He finds himself distracted when Jed and Anastasia introduce him to her sister, Trisha, owner of a job placement service who takes her career as seriously as he does his own.
Will this matchmaking couple, Jed and Anastasia, fall in love? And what of the legendary horses? Will they become the crowning glory of Landon’s extensive collection? Get your copy of this stand-alone Contemporary Christian Western Romance today! Clean, sweet, and romantic, don’t miss this inspirational adventure.
Some tips to make this story a more enjoyable read for you–:
A) In addition to the main characters of Jed and Anastasia, the character of Landon Callahan in this story was loosely inspired by prominent American horse trainer, Wayne Lukas. Wayne has raced and trained both quarter horses and thoroughbreds. If you watch the Kentucky Derby coming up on May 4th, might even hear his name.
B) In my research, I discovered there is a Triple Crown trio of horse races for not only thoroughbreds which race at the Derby here in Kentucky at Churchill Downs, but also for quarter horse racing. These races take place at Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico.
Thoroughbreds, which originated in England, are ideal for long distance racing of about 1 and 1/4 miles. They are generally taller than quarter horses. Quarter horses are stockier, shorter, and strong. They are ideal horses for sprinting. They can sprint 440 yards in about twenty seconds.
For the purpose of this story, I made up some fictional racing tracks and races, including a track in Cheyenne, and some characters to go along with this.
C) You’ll also meet Trisha Halston in this story. She owns Halston Staffing and was inspired by the many years in which I worked in the job placement and human resources industry.
D) There are many characters in this story, but you’ll also meet one named Riley. If you watch this Britt Nicole video called “Pave,” my inspiration for Riley is the little girl in this video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DU71JOa_810
I hope you love this story and enjoy horses as much as I do. I spent part of my childhood growing up on a farm where we had horses, a cow named Daisy, and chickens. Have you ever been to Wyoming or Yellowstone where the setting of this story is? Tell me how your Easter was, or perhaps you have a horse or farm story to share with us. Or, maybe you have a favorite dessert to share. Thank you so much for stopping by. Here’s the link to the book. Enjoy!
Lisa M. Prysock is an
award-winning, bestselling, Christian and inspirational author of 17
novels. She and her husband of more than
20 years reside in Kentucky. They have
five children, grown.
writes in the genres of both Historical Christian Romance and Contemporary
Christian Romance, including a multi-author Western Christian Romance series,
“Whispers in Wyoming.” She is also the
author of a devotional. Lisa enjoys
sharing her faith in Jesus through her writing.
has many interests, but a few of these include gardening, cooking, drawing,
sewing, crochet, cross stitch, reading, swimming, biking, and walking. She loves dollhouses, cats, horses,
butterflies, hats, boots, flip-flops, espadrilles, chocolate, coffee, tea,
chocolate, the colors peach and purple, and everything old-fashioned.
adopted the slogan of “The Old-Fashioned Everything Girl” because of her love
for classic, traditional, and old-fashioned everything. When she isn’t writing, she can sometimes be
found teaching herself piano and violin, but finds the process “a bit slow and
painful.” Lisa enjoys working with the
children and youth in her local church creating human videos and plays or
programs incorporating her love for inspirational dance. A few of her favorite authors include Jane
Austen, Lucy Maude Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, and Laura Ingalls
Wilder. You’ll find “food, fashion, fun,
and faith” in her novels. Sometimes she
includes her own illustrations.
continues the joy and adventure of her writing journey as a member of ACFW
(American Christian Fiction Writers) and LCW (Louisville Christian Writers). Lisa’s books are clean and wholesome,
inspirational, romantic, and family oriented.
She gives a generous portion of the proceeds to missions.
Discover more about this author at www.LisaPrysock.com where you’ll find free recipes, devotionals, author video interviews, book trailers, giveaways, blog posts, and much more, including an invitation to sign up for her free newsletter.
Hello friends and Happy Valentine’s Day! I wanted to let you know about a brand new release today, Victoria, Book 3 in the ‘Brides of Grace Hill Series’ is now available at Amazon. Here’s a look at the book cover:
The story is loosely based on the theme from Joseph in the Old Testament, but it has an 1880’s setting from the Gilded Age. I love that era and truly enjoyed researching and writing about it. The book has lots of action, adventure, twists, turns, and great historical tidbits. There’s a dashing hero, a courageous heroine, sweet romance, several antagonists, a villain, and lots of excitement. It may be read as a stand-alone.
Here’s a link to the book trailer. This is my favorite trailer of all of my book trailers! It’s short and sweet.
Treat yourself to a copy today! I hope you have a Happy Valentine’s and enjoy all of the romance, action, drama, humor, suspense, faith, and inspiration in this exciting new release! The Kindle eBook version is available at Amazon here –: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07NQ63M3K/
Greetings friends! You’re invited to a wonderful Christmas party in the Whispers in Wyoming Facebook reader group. (online event)
Here’s the link to join the group. Trust me, this party is always so much fun! You won’t want to miss it! 25 authors will be sharing giveaways and hanging out with you over the course of this 3 day fun event! Whispers in Wyoming (Facebook Reader Group)
Also, in addition to those giveaways and fun, the authors have teamed up with the authors of the Whispers in Wyoming series and are offering more fun with a chance for you to win one of four grand prizes–: One winner will win ALL 53 of these Kindle eBooks, another winner will win a Kindle Fire, one winner will win a $25.00 Amazon gift card, and one winner will receive a sweet little collection of at least 3 Christmas ornaments. Here’s a link to enter the rafflecopter for a chance to win, and no newsletter sign ups are required!
Hope to see you at the party! Be sure to join the group today so when the authors start doing their giveaways and sharing you’ll be seeing their posts and able to join in all the fun and merriment of this most wonderful Christmas season!
In other news, here’s my latest new release and contribution to the “Whispers in Wyoming” series, a contemporary Christmas Inspirational and Christian western romance, All That Glitters. Although this is book 16, it can easily be read as a stand-alone novel.
Nicole, the heroine in the story, is an actress from Santa Monica who decides to spend Christmas at The Sweetwater ranch in Wyoming with her daughter, Amy, to consider a proposal from her boyfriend, Drew, the billionaire architect of her acting career and owner of a studio and Hollywood legacy. Enter, Jack Colten, a handsome new wrangler at the ranch.
In the following scene, Nicole has been ice skating and showing off some of her talents at the rink. During a jump and spinning move, she landed wrong and fell, injuring her ankle badly. Here’s a brief excerpt from “All That Glitters.”–:
Turning to Jack, Amy said, “Cowboy Jack, I’m so glad you’re here to help my mommy walk to the van.” “I don’t think she’s going to be able to walk. I’ll just carry her. Nicole, put your arms around my neck and on the count of three. Ready?” Jack’s tone of authority left her no time to protest. What single girl wouldn’t mind wrapping their arms around such a handsome man anyhow? She did what he instructed and clasped her hands together behind his neck, her heart beating rapidly. “One, two, three.” He scooped her up in seconds as if she weighed a feather. “Amy, will you…” Eight-year-old Amy held up a hand toward Jack to silence him, finishing his sentence. “Talk to the hand, Cowboy Jack. I know, return the rental skates, get our stuff, and meet you at the van. Got it, get it, good!” He shook his head and chuckled, pausing with her in his arms. “Man, she is smart as a whip!” “See what I go through?” Nicole rolled her eyes and then Amy skated away to do everything needed. “Don’t forget my purse!” “I won’t, Mom!” Amy called over one shoulder, nearly colliding with the wall on the edge of the rink. “Watch where you’re going, and be careful!” Nicole called out as the handsome wrangler carried her to the van. “I’ll be careful!” Amy called back. “Yeah, what your mom said,” Jack added softly as he looked down at her and their eyes met, causing her to blush. When he placed her in the front passenger seat of The Sweetwater van used to drive guests around the small city of Lander, his lips nearly brushed hers as he set her down. She could feel his warm breath on her lips and hear his heart beating against her own chest. She could tell by the look in his eyes they were both sorry the moment had come to an end. He pulled away to help other passengers and gently closed the door. Nicole bit her lip and settled reluctantly into the seat, observing him closely when he walked around to the driver’s side. There was intense attraction pulling the two of them together. The pull was stronger than she’d first believed, and she reckoned it was a force they were both going to face at some point, soon. For the first time, she realized Jack knew it, too. His brown eyes said everything words couldn’t yet. At least she had the drive back to the ranch to look forward to. Maybe the handsome wrangler would finally talk to her, really talk to her. Deep down, she realized it was what she’d been hoping for since the first time she saw Jack Colten. “All That Glitters” is free for KU readers or $2.99 to purchase for the Kindle version. Be sure to get your copy today.
Hello! I wanted to let you know Geneva, Volume 1 of ‘The Brides of Grace Hill Series,’ is FREE today, Thursday, June 21st, through Monday, June 25th!
Geneva is an Antebellum Era Christian/Inspirational Romance novel with a theme of joy. There’s plenty of drama; adventure; romance; history; a tall, dark, and handsome hero; and a few chuckles along the way.
Here’s the link to download your FREE Kindle copy today and a look at the cover:
I’m currently writing Annabelle, Volume 2 of ‘The Brides of Grace Hill Series.’ My apologies as it’s a little late. I’d hoped to release it this Spring, but have no fear, Annabelle will arrive this summer. I do hope you enjoy Geneva during the wait.
Good morning! I wanted to share my new release for the ‘Whispers in Wyoming’ series with you, No Place Like Home.
Here’s a look at the cover:
Here’s the blurb:
The romance continues in Book 10 of the ‘Whispers in Wyoming’ series when Bronson meets Tory, whose teenage kid sister, Harper, enters her in the Miss Lander Beauty Pageant, hosted by The Sweetwater Ranch. There’s fun, trouble, romance, and adventure with Tory being a tad klutzy, and the characters of Jill and Logan Haven jetting off to honeymoon in beautiful Ireland, returning in time to take the kids camping along the Oregon Trail to discover the history and struggle of pioneer life.
“No Place Like Home” may be read as a stand-alone. A lighthearted, endearing, clean and wholesome journey with an inspirational, Christian message that will leave you chuckling and turning the pages to find out what happens next in this contemporary western romance—be sure to download your copy today!
There’s also a surprise for readers early on in the book and I can’t wait to hear your reactions. Happy reading and here’s the link to the Amazon page so you can get your copy of the book while it’s on sale for 99 cents, which will not be for long. (It’s also free for Kindle Unlimited subscribers.) The print edition will be available in a few days or so.
Hello friends! I’m sharing about a new book release in time for Royal Wedding Month! I hope you’ll love this romantic Contemporary Christian Romance about a royal romance between Miss Olivia Jane Kennedy and His Royal Highness (HRH), Prince Stephen, of the House of Cherish. Feel free to click on the cover to purchase a copy or read an excerpt from the book . The book is available for pre-order but releases tomorrow.
Yesterday I shared this post in the Whispers in Wyoming Facebook reader group. The other writers in this exciting new Contemporary Christian Western Romance series are also sharing about their writing journeys in the group this week. Feel free to join us and find out more about these talented authors I feel so blessed to know and work alongside: Danni Roan, Kari Trumbo, Rachel Skatvold, Tina Dee, Kit Morgan, and Caroline Clemmons. They’ve helped me grow and stretch as a writer and I’ve learned so much working with them. If you’re already blessed to have read a few of the books in this series, you’ll be delighted to know the writers contributing to our series has expanded and we’re excited to see how the series will take shape and grow. Here’s the link to the Facebook reader group to find out more, and learn more about these authors : https://www.facebook.com/groups/WhispersinWyomingRomance/
Here’s a copy of my post about my writing journey. I’d like to preserve it here on my blog for other readers, so I’m excited to share it with you here as well–:
From a very early age, I was drawn to writing and books. I remember writing my first story into a “book” at age 5 before I knew how to spell. We lived in Apple Creek, Wisconsin where I attended kindergarten in an elementary school across from a ginormous Catholic church. Well, I think it was Catholic. I also was a Brownie in Girl Scouts at the time and we had our meetings in that church. During free time in my kindergarten class, I drew the scenes and then asked the teacher to write down the sentences I wanted for each of the pages. Then I asked her to staple the little book together for me. It was my very first story when we were done and my own edition of “Curious George.”
Around age eight or nine, when we were living in Minnesota, my grandmother sent me the “Little House ” books in a box set. How I loved those books. It didn’t help any that my mother made my sisters and I prairie gowns with bonnets and my Great Aunt Elsie gave each of us girls dolls wearing bonnets and calico dresses. I was hooked on books and everything old-fashioned from that point on, so that’s part of how my slogan was born, “The Old-Fashioned Everything Girl.” Every year beginning during my early school age years, my mother gave each of us girls a diary for Christmas and I began a long and rewarding journey of journaling. Then, the “Little House” television series began and even though millions of other little girls my age were also watching the program, I was sure no one loved the show more than I did.
During these years, I was also becoming a voracious reader. My parents went through a divorce and I found myself becoming a daydreamer kind of child. I think this has actually helped my writing journey. Time alone as a latch key kid also gave me plenty of room to develop creativity in both writing and art. A few of my books contain some of my own illustrations and sketches, but I would never have developed these abilities if the Lord hadn’t allowed me to go through some challenges.
In 5th grade, I took first place in my elementary school spelling bee and went on to represent the district for the state level. This grew my confidence in reading and writing. In 8th grade, I won a prize for a short chapter story and some of my poetry. I was thrilled and surprised. Around this time, babysitting earnings gave me enough funds to purchase my very first typewriter. It was a second-hand Royal, but how I loved to attempt to plunk out stories on that typewriter. It cost $ 67.00, my entire savings. It was in the window of a shop beside the Ben Franklin nickel & dime store. I’ll never forget seeing it and the exhilaration of having my very own typewriter. Now I could type more stories.
In 9th grade, a personal typing class helped me along in my journey. I had been plunking out stories and letters for so long that I had no trouble earning the spot as the fastest typist in the class. I was finally finding my stride and a few things I was good at. By the time I was thirteen, I knew I wanted to be a mother and a writer when I grew up, and maybe even a teacher, too.
Blogging, continuing to keep a personal journal, and reading voraciously kept improving my writing abilities during my early adult years and motherhood. I read as many classics as I could find, including “War and Peace,” “Middlemarch,” “A Tale of Two Cities,” “Oliver Twist,” “Queen Victoria’s Diary,” “Little Women,” the “Anne of Green Gables,” Jane Austen books, and many more. Along the way, I discovered the world of modern day Christian historical and contemporary writers. That blew me away. I was so happy to find writers who loved to share their faith in Christ in an interesting way. I had a career in human resources and numerous other jobs during this time until I became a full time mom and homeschooling parent. The Lord had answered a dream of my heart and allowed me to become a mother and a teacher. I was so thankful, but I had this feeling that there was still something more I could do and longed to do.
In 2010, my children were becoming more self-sufficient and I felt such a strong desire to write, so I wrote my debut novel and published it in 2011, “To Find a Duchess.” The Lord asked me to un-publish it for one year. This was gut-wrenching and I was miserable, but I did as He asked.
I thought I’d die of boredom that year, honestly baffled and confused. Nonetheless, I had to do what the Lord was directing me to do. I realized later, God had asked me to lay that book on the altar of Isaac. One year later, the Lord told me I could put it back up for sale. He spoke to my heart and said, now I know your books will never be more important to you than I am. It gave me some indication that He would prosper my journey as a writer, and since I had no idea what I was doing and didn’t have connections to many writers at this point, this was a comforting feeling to me to know He was watching over me and my writing. I felt He was deeply interested in my work and valued my contribution even if no one had heard of me or my books at this point.
Writing feels like an act of worship to our Savior for me… something I’m trying to do to contribute to the Kingdom since I had struggled for many years to find my place within the body of Christ. I felt a deep longing of my heart finally answered. The little girl in kindergarten who wrote about ‘Curious George’ and loved Jesus and early American pioneers had finally found her place in the world, a place where she might be able to make a difference.
I have been writing more books ever since and recently published my 11th novel, but I try to be very careful to write a message or theme in each book along the lines of what the Lord wants me to share. I believe each of my books are a piece of my heart I’m writing for the Lord as a gift. He has a way of getting through to me and has asked me to give most of the proceeds of my books to missions. The rest of my profits usually help me purchase the next book cover or do a bit of advertising, so your shares, kind reviews, and support are crucial and so helpful for my work.
Looking back, I can see the Lord has prepared me well for writing on my life’s journey. He has also surrounded me with other wonderful writing friends and loyal readers to help me along in this journey and I’m so thankful for each and every one. There are times when without my writing friends and loyal readers, I’m sure I would feel stuck and not be sure what to do to grow as a writer in this industry. I feel like I’ve been on several learning curves and yet there is still so much to learn and do to improve my writing craft.
Thanks for joining me today to hear a little more about my writing journey. I’m so thankful and humbled to have a purpose in life. I really enjoy the journey. Each day in writing is an adventure. Connecting with readers has been incredibly rewarding. Many times I am deeply inspired by my readers to keep going, to keep trying, to keep sharing the truth of the gospel in a way that touches and encourages readers in their walk with the Lord. Somehow, I feel we are encouraging each other.
Being a bit of a daydreamer, the question I asked our Whispers in Wyoming readers yesterday is this one: Reading can take us anywhere we’d like to go. What country, city, small town, or place would you like to know more about? Perhaps I’ll make one of my future heroines and some part of a future setting from one of your suggestions…