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Yes, it's finally available. Chloe's Sanctuary is for sale on Amazon for Kindle. It went live on Monday, February 13. It's priced at $2.99 and if you are a Kindle Unlimited subscriber it's free.
Print and Large Print formats will be coming soon. Getting the formatting figured out for those takes time and effort. Since I sell so many more Kindle books than print that becomes my priority.
You may ask why I've chosen to only release the Kindle format of ebooks. That's very easy to answer. I sell so many more Kindle versions than epub or PDF that it doesn't make sense to not only take the time to create them. With the advent of Kindle Unlimited and the possibility of royalties from subscribers diminishes even more the value of epub and PFD. Also, Anyone with a tablet or smartphone can download the Kindle app.
If you absolutely need an epub or PDF please feel free to contact me. We will work it out.
As a treat I've posted the first two chapters of Chloe's Sanctuary here.
Here's the link to purchase Chloe's Sanctuary.
Please don't forget to post a review once you finish the book. I'd love to hear what you think of it.
Just heard from the editor for Chloe's Sanctuary and we are on track still for the February 13, 2017 release date of the Kindle version. To celebrate that I've set it up on Amazon for Pre-order. It will retail for $3.99. Hopefully, since I have to wait until Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) approves the book, I will set the pre-order for the sale price of $2.99. I'll post here and on FaceBook if I am able to get that done.
Once I get the final edit back I'll be formatting for the print and Large Print versions. Until I know the final page count I'm unable to do that. This may delay the print books availability for a short while.
In the meantime, here's a snippet from Chloe's Sanctuary.
McIlroy pounded the nail a last time. He was working on a side of the school building the town’s people were constructing. The goal was to frame and raise the sides of the building during the morning and the roof and siding in the afternoon.
“Would you like a donut and coffee?” It was the voice that caused his chest to ache.
Straightening from his crouch, McIlroy stood and looked at her. “Thank you.”
She was tall and thin. Thinner than he thought she should be. Her hair was shiny black, piled up in that way women did. Her oval face framed large dark eyes. So dark he couldn’t tell if they were a deep blue or brown. She lifted the tray of donuts urging him to take one.
“McIlroy,” Leah’s voice broke through his paralysis. “This is Mrs. Chloe Ashburn. She’s new in town.”
McIlroy wiped his sweaty hand on his britches and carefully picked up one donut between two fingers and his thumb. Leah poured a mug of coffee and handed it to him. “Pleased to meet you, ma’am.”
McIlroy didn’t have a clue what to say so he took a bite of his donut, getting sugar around his mouth and down his shirt. Not able to brush it off because his hands were full, he licked around his mouth.
Chloe cleared her throat and looked at the ground. McIlroy hoped he didn’t look as dumb as he felt. It was as if he was sixteen again. This wasn’t good. He wasn’t interested in her. He’d had a woman before and he didn’t think he wanted one again. But she sure was pretty.
“Mama, can I have a donut?” It was a little girl asking. She was cute. Black hair like her mother, but with big bright blue eyes. A tightness came around his heart.
“May I have a donut?” Chloe corrected.
“Okay, May I have one?”
Chloe leaned down so the girl could take one from the tray. “Here you go. Mr. McIlroy, this is my daughter Lil-Pen. Lil-Pen this is Mr. McIlroy.”
Lil-Pen gave a small curtsy. “Pleased to make your quaintness.”
McIlroy smiled at the pretty little thing. His heart hurt but he kept his smile clear. “Pleased to meet you, too. So you like donuts, huh?”
“Yes sir. Almeda makes the bestest donuts.”
Several other men came up at the moment. Their intent was donuts and an introduction to the pretty Mrs. Ashburn. McIlroy backed away and turned to look over the crowd milling around the school yard. They’d been working for a couple of hours and were taking a break.
Not only was the day’s purpose to raise the school building but also to introduce the ladies living in Sanctuary House to more of the community. That’s the way Pastor Preston had explained it anyway. McIlroy took that to mean for the women to meet the men of Stones Creek and the surrounding area.
Everyone knew the reason the women and children were here was to provide wives for the men. This event was a perfect way to begin that process.
McIlroy set his coffee mug down on a pile of boards and brushed the sugar off his shirt. He’d do well to stay away from all the women. Mrs. Chloe Ashburn especially. She reminded him too much of his past. Not that she was similar in looks or physical form, but how that form made him feel.
When a person from her past is revealed she worries that her new start might be over for good. She just wants to find a Sanctuary where she and her children can feel loved, wanted, and useful. Can Stones Creek be that place or will she once again be cast aside? Will the men who abandoned her five years ago ruin her chance at a Happy Ever After? Or will she find Sanctuary in the arms of the local blacksmith?
McIlroy has a secret. He lost a wife and family to evil people during the war. He want’s nothing to do with any of the women at Sanctuary House, or so he tells himself. Yet, he’s drawn to the tall, dark-haired Chloe and her children. Can he learn to forgive himself and allow love into his life again? Or will he push the woman away out of fear and guilt?
Seven women are getting a second chance at Sanctuary House. Will they find it or is the past too strong to overcome? Will they find husbands for themselves and fathers for their children or was Nugget Nate wrong to send them here? Can the past be overcome? Is there really a chance for any of them to find Sanctuary? The answers lie in the pages of Chloe’s Sanctuary.
Coming to Amazon February 13, 2017
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It's time to get excited. Chloe's Sanctuary is set to release on February 13. It's again set in Stone's Creek so if you've read Leah's Peace and Chasing Norie you will be familiar with the town and characters. If you haven't read these I recommend you do as Chloe's Sanctuary happens after the conclusion of Chasing Norie. Some of Chloe's backstory is mentioned in both the Stones Creek books.
Also, there's a very short story, Chloe's Choice, that is available on Amazon for $0.99 or KU.
OR YOU CAN GET IT FOR FREE HERE
If you'd like to receive an Advanced Reader Copy of Chloe's Sanctuary to help proofread and write a review on Amazon please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. While not required for the book sending me feedback and writing a review as soon as the book is released is a way to say thank you for receiving a free copy.
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I just finished the first draft of Chloe's Sanctuary. Oh my, what a relief. I wanted it to be done by the end of the year and I made it. Now comes the hard part. Edit, edit, edit.
If you don't know Chloe's Sanctuary is the next book in the Stones Creek Series. It begins a couple of months after the other two end. In July 1868. Chloe is the older sister to Pastor Noah Preston who was kidnapped as a ten year old. She'd had a pretty tough life. There's a short story, Chloe's Choice, available on Amazon for Kindle giving you a bit of background of her and her son Duncan. Here's the link.
I'm excited about Chloe's Sanctuary. There are lots of new people living in Stones Creek as well as the ones you already know. Be read for laughter, tears and, of course, a Happily Ever After ending. It's full of God working in the hearts of people as well.
If you've read my novel Redeeming Love which I co-wrote with my friend George McVey you know we share a love for the late 1800's. We also share some character's. His character Nugget Nate is the brother to my character Aggie Cutler. They are definitely a pair of characters.
Well, PG, as we call Pastor George, has begun a new series I'm sure many of you will like. It's a Mail Order Bride series and the first one has been released.
The Pastor's Replacement Bride
I don't want to give too much away. The book is good and the story well written. The Amazon release date is January 6 for $3.99 but will be available in early release for .99.
The Pastor's Replacement Bride been released on Amazon for Kindle. It's the first book in a new series. It's also available for Kindle Unlimited reading for free. Always a good thing.
Here's the blurb:
When the daughters, sisters and mothers of several town men approach the Pastor Joshua for his blessing on a church endorsed mail order bride scheme the frazzled Minister see’s a way to stop all the advances of the mayor’s daughter. He slips his own letter into the packet before it is mailed out to the churches in Richmond, Philadelphia and Chicago seeking his own bride. When the stage arrives with the brides Joshua finds his didn’t make the trip. However his heart has chosen another, his intended’s best friend. Can he help her overcome her guilt at stealing her friend's beau, or are they destined for heartache? Can he truly prove he loves her and make her The Pastor’s Replacement Bride?
In Chicago, Hattie Long is about to end her indentured service as a cook's helper in one of the upscale brothels in Chi town. The gangster who owns the brothel informs her that when her service is up he will take her under his wing and show her how to please his customers and make her his star attraction. At the advice of her pastor's daughter with the same name as her tells her about a group of women going west to become mail order brides including herself. They arrange for her to join them. But on the day of departure Hattie’s friend is struck down with scarlet fever. When the brides arrive in Sanctuary her friend’s beau, Pastor Joshua Bryce, decides to court her to escape a forced marriage by the deacons. Soon trouble follows and Hattie has to escape her past. Can she finally find her happily ever after as The Pastor’s Replacement Bride?
Imagine being in the paradise on a Caribbean Island with your family but all you want to do is end it all. That's what Saige is feeling. She lost her husband to a drunk driver and now is gripped in the throws of depression. Enter Logan who is recovering from betrayal and divorce.
These two come together in a sweet, short story Rescued By Love. Now available on Amazon for .99 or free if you have Kindle Unlimited.
I'd love to hear if you enjoy the book.
Stay tuned for more exciting news.
November is National Novel Writing Month or NANOWRIMO or to those of us who do and love it NANO. The goal is to start a new novel on November 1 and write 50,000 words during the thirty days of the month. It sounds like a daunting task and it is, sort of. The average words per day that you need is 1,667. I can write that in about an hour and a half of good uninterrupted writing.
I have so many WIPs and so I’ve been working on all of them. Some a little and some a lot. I finished Rescued By Love, a sweet inspirational novelette coming out on Dec. 1 for .99 or on KU. Chloe’s Sanctuary (Stone’s Creek Book 3) has gotten a lot of work done on it. I’ve got another contemporary novel, possible series, completed. I need to figure out a title for it. :( Those are so hard.
I’ve succumbed to the pressure in my head an started two new books. At least I think it’s two. One is Janie’s story in the Cottonwood series. It’s title is Surviving Love. It may only be a novelette or novella. We’ll have to see how it goes.
The other is a Science Fiction either series or three stories interwoven into one book. It’s not a Christian book but will be clean and wholesome.
Well, the upshot is that I’m really writing again and have WON NANO. I crossed the 50,000 word mark today. I’m going to keep going for the next nine days and see if I can make 60,000. With my regular schedule and Thanksgiving it might be a daunting task but I’m flexing my fingers and typing away.
November is National Novel Writing Month or NANOWRIMO or to those of use who actually do it and refer to it it's NANO. The stated goal is to start a novel on November 1 and write 50,000 words by the end of the month. Sounds like a daunting task and it is but not at tough as you'd think if you stick with it.
I've done and won NANO in the past. Failed in 2014 and didn't even try in 2015. I was on my sabbatical. ;) This year as I got back into writing I decided to give it a go again. But being the rebel that I am I decided to be a NANO Rebel.
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