Thursday Things: One of My Favorite Things Amazon is Doing…

Thursday Things: One of My Favorite Things Amazon is Doing…

I have these great kids. Yeah, there are some days I wonder what God was thinking when He pegged me for motherhood (not because of them, truth be told, but because of my ofttimes dubious mothering skillZ). But He did, nonetheless, and He gave me good ones, to boot (and I have booted each of them a time or two. With a lovin’ boot, of course.).

Dang it. Now I have The Wishin’ Boot stuck in my head….

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5 Days FREE! Juliette and the Monday ManDates

5 Days FREE! Juliette and the Monday ManDates

5 Days FREE!

Juliette and the Monday ManDates: The Gustafson Girls Book 1

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Looking for a NEW BOOK to read this weekend?

Free on Kindle for Five Days!

Thursday, September 11, through Monday, September 15, 2014

Pick up your FREE Kindle copy of Juliette and the Monday ManDates!

Juliette Gustafson is heart-broken after waiting nearly ten years for a proposal from her boyfriend that never came. Determined she isn’t “getting over Mike” quickly enough, her three sisters devise The Monday ManDates; an intervention plan requiring Juliette to endure what turns out to be a series of remarkably disastrous blind dates: TheraPaul, Frisky Frank, TAZ the rock star, and the stoic Tim Larsen, among others. Then there’s Victor Jarrett, the police officer with an affinity for pulling Juliette over when she’s at her very worst. But no one is more surprised than Juliette when she meets the one man who can right the wrongs in her past and change her future, if she will only let herself fall in love with him.


When Paul and Simone Gustafson are killed by a drunk driver, the lives of their daughters change irrevocably. Although raised by loving grandparents, it’s the G-FOURce—the Gustafson Four Sisters Club—that binds them together when their differences would tear them apart. All grown up now, Juliette has become the quintessential doormat, Renata, the self-appointed matriarchal figure. Phoebe is, at least according to Renata, borderline narcissistic, and Gia is on the verge of a major identity crisis.

Then there’s Angela Clinton, the senior class darling who drove her cherry black 1970 el Camino into the side of their parents’ car on the night of Juliette’s high school graduation. Angela’s prison sentence is winding down; soon she’ll be eligible for parole and moving back to town. Will the G-FOURce be strong enough to hold them together as they step into the eye of the storm that’s been brewing for the last fifteen years? Will they finally be able to let go of the past and embrace the future, no matter what it holds?

If you enjoy Juliette’s story, will you do me the honor of posting a review on Amazon?

Waters Fall is FREE for 3 Days!

Waters Fall is FREE for 3 Days!


 Waters Fall is FREE for 3 Days!

WATERS FALL is FREE for 3 days on Amazon – Sunday, July 13th, through Tuesday, July 15th! I hope you pick up a copy for yourself, and tell your friends about it, too! (HEADS UP: The cover image on Amazon has not yet updated to the new cover, however, if you open the “Look Inside” option, and when you download the ebook, you’ll see that it IS this new cover! Not sure what the delay is, but you’ll get this new cover when you download the ebook!)


The anatomy of an affair. The price of forgiveness. The beauty of grace.

Jake doesn’t remember what it means to be a champion.

Nora doesn’t know how much longer she can tread water before she goes under.

Their fairytale marriage is hurtling toward a tragic end.

Then Tristan sweeps in—all feelings and fire and freedom—and Nora is carried out to where the waters flow fast and deep. Nora knows she’s risking far more than just her heart….

When it all comes crashing down, Jake and Nora are left standing amidst the ruins of everything they’ve built together. Will they walk away, or stay and fight for their happily-ever-after?

Note: WATERS FALL is written from a Christian worldview.

Read an Excerpt on Amazon!

I also want to remind you that Monday, July 14th, has been claimed as Digital Book Day, and to commemorate this day, a plethora of authors from EVERY genre are giving away digital copies of their books for FREE through

And yes, when I say “EVERY genre,” I mean pretty much every genre, as far as I can tell. In other words, even though my book, along with many other books listed, is written from a Christian worldview, many are NOT. So be aware.

Here are just a few of the books by Christian authors on the Digital Book Day list (All images below are my affiliate links):

There are TONS of books on the list, so do hop over to the website, or join us on Facebook for the Digital Book Day Event!

Don’t forget to download your FREE copy of WATERS FALL, and if you’d be so kind as to post a review of the book on Amazon after you’ve read it, I’d be ever so grateful!


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(And if you’ve already signed up, you’ll be receiving a confirmation email with instructions on how to redeem your free audiobook this week!)

Happy reading (and listening!), my friends!


Who is God’s Daughter?

Who is God’s Daughter?



Would you believe it if I told you God’s Daughter was a Viking?

A volva, a pagan seeress who chose to turn away from the ancient religion of her people to become a child of God?

I’m talking about Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir, the main character of Heather Day Gilbert’s new Viking novel, God’s Daughter!

Yep, today is the day we get to OFFICIALLY meet Gudrid, a woman pursued by too many men, respected by the women who followed her, and committed to the ONE GOD who loved her.

I had a chance to visit Heather and we shared many (MANY) cups of coffee, and even more laughs, and not nearly enough sleep in the short time I was there. The plan was to do a vlog interview…. We did, in ONE TAKE!!!!!!!!, but at 7 o’clock a.m, less than an hour before I hopped in my little rental car and jetted off to catch a plane home. We didn’t realize the recorder on the new webcam needed to be adjusted until long after I was gone, so we ended up with good audio, but lousy video… sigh. We’re sharing it with you anyway, partly because WE enjoyed ourselves, and partly because this is a glimpse of what having and being critique partners is all about.

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I’m reviewing God’s Daughter over on Braveheart: Tales from the Front Lines, so do stop by over there!

Heather has posted sample chapters of God’s Daughter, a Viking family tree, and an Old Norse glossary on her website.

And here’s the link to God’s Daughter on Amazon where you’ll find sample chapters, too!

You can also find God’s Daughter on Smashwords, where you can download it in many different e-reader formats.

So thrilled for my friend!

Elderberry Croft: Five Fabulous Reviews!

Elderberry Croft: Volume 1

From Barnes and Noble:

Wonderful story! I started and finished this book today and I’m in love with a new series! I love finding a book that tells a great story and this story pulled me in from the very beginning! Now I’ll try to patiently wait for volume 2.

From Amazon:

Elderberry Croft is the sort of book that leaves you hanging on each word. The characters are so well-developed, you feel like you know them. And the enigmatic, yet constantly encouraging Willow Goodhope would make a great best friend! Looking forward to the upcoming volumes in this series, though I’ll hate to see it end.

From Smashwords:

I purchased this book during Smashwords’ Read an Ebook Week and I am glad I did. Although disappointed at the end, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. I found the story itself captivating and I really do want to know what happens next in the lives of these people – and, of course, what’s really bugging Willow Goodhope. And that’s where the disappointment comes in. Like most people, I want closure to this tale, but I am content to wait.

Ms. Doughty is a wonderful storyteller, if a bit overmuch on the religious side, and has woven a compelling story with quite believable characters with whom I can easily identify. We’ve all known people like these, which makes Doughty’s book all the more worth the read.

I recommend this book to anyone who likes an intelligently written and compelling book.

From HERE:

This person went out of their way to come here to Braveheart. This was the comment:

I took a brief look at your book and wanted to leave a comment, but *** has rules about that. Here’s what I wanted to say:

“Not the story for my tastes–but Doughty knows how to write, and I’d bet lovers of good romance novels would go for this one.”

Not a big-time review, I realize, but I wish you luck with the Elderberry.

I felt like this was an awesome review because the reader appreciated my writing, even though it didn’t suit their personal tastes.

And one more, just because…

In my opinion, one of the signs of a talented writer is the ability to make secondary characters come as fully to life as their main characters. Thank you for a wonderful, heart-gripping read!


Elderberry Croft

Do you know that Elderberry Croft: Volume One is FREE on Barnes and Noble? And on Smashwords, where you can download it to any e-book reader, including your Kindle, your iPad, and more? And it’s free here on Braveheart too!

Download a copy, or click on the Elderberry Croft tab above, and enjoy a relaxing read, instead of being “taxed” this weekend!

Elderberry Croft Home

The residents of The Coach House Trailer Park are just as run-down as the park itself. In fact, they’ve all come here to die. Then one day, on a crisp January breeze, Willow Goodhope sweeps into the neighborhood. She moves into the lonely little shack on the other side of the driveway, bringing her potted plants, her Elderberry gifts, and her outrageous laughter. The Coach House residents can’t resist her charm as she breathes new life into hardened hearts, but there’s something about Willow, a terrible sadness that hovers at the back of her enigmatic eyes, and it has everyone talking, wondering, worrying. Kathy overhears her sobbing in her kitchen. Doc catches her burning letters in her fire pit. Myra swears she drinks alone out on her patio in the middle of the night. Patti knows the beautiful girl is after her husband, and Eddie and Donny, forever-feuding brothers, are competing to see who can make her smile first, even though they’re both fairly sure she’d prefer her men with real jobs, real homes, and real teeth. What–or who–is haunting the mysterious Willow Goodhope of Elderberry Croft? Will her new “family” be able to rescue her before it’s too late?