Ahhh, summertime and the living is easy, right?
Well, it will be once I catch up after a month-long research trip to the charming city of Wilmington, North Carolina and the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains near Hendersonville. Research is undoubtedly my favorite part of being a writer. I took no less than a half dozen trips to Gettysburg, PA and Richmond, VA to gather factual information, choose the locations for various scenes in The Lady and the Officer and most of all, soak in the “flavor” of two unique geographical areas. In this story, Madeline Howard had never intended to become a spy, but when military intelligence practically falls into her lap, how could she not serve her country while behind enemy lines? With two officers in love with her, one Confederate and one a Union general, my reluctant spy has her hands full. I hope you’ll look for The Lady and the Officer arriving in stores in late July or early August coming in both print and electronic versions from Harvest House.
I’m also proud to announce “Always in My Heart”, now available separately as an electronic download, has been nominated for The National Reader’s Choice Award and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award for novellas. Winners will be announced at the Romance Writers of America Conference in San Antonio in late July. I hope you’ll also look for A Plain Man, a sequel to my best-selling Sarah’s Christmas Miracle, recently released from Harvest House Publishers. Right now I’m putting the finishing touches on a stand-alone historical romance set in Wilmington, NC, The Last Heiress, which will release early 2015.
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The Lady and the Officer
Love, Loyalty, and Espionage…
How Does a Lady Live with All Three?
As a nurse after the devastating battle of Gettysburg, Madeline Howard saves the life of Elliot Haywood, a colonel in the Confederacy. But even though she must soon make her home in the South, her heart and political sympathies belong to General James Downing, a Union Army corps commander.
Colonel Haywood has not forgotten the beautiful nurse who did so much for him, and when he unexpectedly meets her again in Richmond, he is determined to win her. While spending time with army officers and war department officials in her aunt and uncle’s palatial home, Madeline overhears plans for Confederate attacks against the Union soldiers. She knows passing along this information may save the life of her beloved James, but at what cost? Can she really betray the trust of her family and friends? Is it right to allow Elliott to dream of a future with her?
Two men are in love with Madeline. Will her faith in God show her the way to a bright future, or will her choices bring devastation on those she loves?
- Retail Price: 13.99
- Release Date: August 1, 2014
- Page Count: 350
- Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
- ISBN: 978-0-7369-5054-1
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