COTT Announces Tammy Doherty Winner with She’s Mine

A hearty Thank You to the five excellent champions of the first Clash of the Champions in 2015. Some of them are new to us, and we always like to introduce new authors.

One of my favorite parts of being a hostess is to share some of the amazing and beautiful encouraging comments your readers make during the clash. Here are a few from both the survey and the post:

  • I’ve read several books by Pat Simmons, but her Guilty Series books touched my heart. The books in that series showed me the love and beauty of Missouri, at a time that I needed to know it was there.
  • Marian P Merritt is a wonderful author and I love her Cajun inspired books.
  • Susan Lyttek, you are an amazing and talented writer.
  • I Love everything Marian P. Merritt has written! She pulls me into the story and I feel like I am one of the characters.
  • Christmas Greetings is such a beautiful story! Thank you, Pat for allowing God to use and encourage others through His words…….C Lewis
  • These books all sound great!
  • Davalynn Spencer makes her fictional characters come alive in her stories! Genius!
  • You don’t shy away from life in your writing, Tammy Doherty. Keep it up!!
  • Davalynn, I loved your book, couldn’t put it down!
  • I can’t wait to read every one of these titles. They all look so amazing!
  • Looking forward to reading Plundered Christmas!
  • To Tammy Doherty, I would be wicked excited to read this.
  • Really nice cover, too, Marian Merritt.
  • Susan, your work continues to thrive, all for the Glory of God! I’m proud to know you, and can’t wait to read this one!
  • Pat keep doing what you do … Uplifting people through your writing … its a pleasure falling in love with your characters
  • Great series by Susan Lyttek!
  • Pat, I had planned to send you the same sentiment on your FB page! BTW, I downloaded ‘A Christian Christmas’ last month. Haven’t gotten to reading it yet (I made a huge TBR pile in December!!) but really looking forward to it. Blessings, my friend :D
  • I love mysteries, and Plundered Christmas sounds fun.
  • Going to read The Snowbound Bride!
  • They’re all beautiful. It’s exciting to think how many hours of reading pleasure are wrapped up under those lovely covers!
  • It’s a pity you could choose only one of those books. If I could I would choose both ‘She’s mine’ and ‘Plundered Christmas’


Congratulations to
Tammy Doherty 
She’s Mine
Harrington has a new job and a new life away from her menacing ex-boyfriend,
Adam. Issues with her parents, losing her previous job and the death of her
beloved grandmother leave her wondering if God has abandoned her. Two things
she is sure of: she’s a lousy judge of character and men just can’t be trusted.
Buy the Book:
$4.99 e-book
$14.99 Print
Tammy Doherty
writes Inspirational/Christian fiction. Her first three novels are Western
romances set in late 1800s Colorado. After completing this series, Tammy turned
to contemporary romantic suspense. The Mystique of Naultag series is set in a
small town in central Massachusetts very similar to the town where she grew
Tammy Doherty grew up in the family greenhouse business but decided to go into
an animal related career and became a veterinary technician. Her husband is
“The Perennial Guy,” so she’s back to being immersed in the plant
business. Currently, she works for a veterinary distribution company, selling
pharmaceuticals and supplies in the Northeast. Tammy shares a blog with
critique partner Nike Chillemi. There you can find information about the world
of writing along with personal interest articles. Yes, writers have lives too.
They just need to be reminded of that sometimes! Visit the
blog and here to learn more about life in small town
Massachusetts – the setting of her current works. 


Learn more about Tammy on her website.
Some Amazon Reviews:


This review is
from: She’s Mine: A Mystique of Naultag novel (Kindle Edition)
I read this book
in 2 days. I usually avoid romance novels as I find them to be boring. However
this book was fast paced and full of enough action to keep my interest all the
way to the end. I also enjoyed reading about places and events of the local
area which I could recognize throughout the novel. Excellent job Tammy!
L. Winters
 (Central MA, USA) – See
all my reviews
This review is
from: She’s Mine: A Mystique of Naultag novel (Kindle Edition)
Did I want to stay
up until 2 am reading? NO! But the book was too good to put down. Highly
5.0 out of 5
stars Classical Mystery/Modern Energy, December 1, 2014



A Walk in the Valley, Christian Encouragement for your Journey through Infertility, Now Available for Pre-Order

I interrupt the winter weather buzz to share something very close to my heart—A Walk in the Valley, Christian Encouragement for your Journey through Infertility, is now available for pre-order through Amazon.

91LVPrvc+FLFrom Amazon:

Everyone’s journey through infertility is different. Even women who have the same physical problems will have different courses of treatment, different responses, and different emotional ups and downs as they walk this path. But we also have so much in common: the hurt, anger, frustration, pain, sorrow, hope and joy that we have experienced along the way.

We are women who have experienced infertility. Some of us have gone on to conceive, others have adopted, and others remain childless. All of us have found peace in the loving arms of our Father God at the end of our journey. We want to share our experiences and thoughts with you. It is our hope and prayer that you’ll be encouraged.

This devotional workbook starts with how each woman discovered her infertility, then explores the diagnostic testing pursued, how they processed the official diagnosis, what decisions had to be explored regarding treatment, their experiences during infertility treatment (including pregnancy, miscarriage, and childbirth), and finishes with their experiences in remaining childless, adoption, foster care, child sponsorship, and the emotional healing regardless of the outcome of their infertility journey.

Each devotional has a Scripture focus and questions for thought and discussion.

This book started as a question on the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) loop and quickly evolved. What I love is none of our stories are the same. Our endings are all different. We are all transparent in our experiences. The one thing I detested in trying to find something, anything that would help me in my pain was patronizing books or authors who were painting a picture that life was rosy, even in this hard time.

It. was. not.

And thank God, our stories reflect that so readers won’t feel alone.

Yet, we also give hope through Scripture and what we learned along the way.

I can’t wait for everyone to read this.

If you or someone you love is walking or has walked through infertility and miscarriage, please pre order this book.  When you aren’t sure what to say, I believe this book will do the talking.

Pre order by clicking here.

The Least Likely Cruise Heroine Part 1

You’ve been reading the chapters and meeting the heroines of The Love Boat Bachelor, right? Monday through Friday this week and next you get a sneak peek at them.

Then, on the afternoon of February 4, we’ll open voting for readers. YOU get to choose the one heroine you think makes the perfect fit for Brent. Your votes will decide the final chapter of the book.

Voting will take place Feb 4-7. Then, on Saturday, February 14, the book will be made available on Kindle FOR FREE for FOUR days – Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday.

I thought I’d share some cruise memories, but a little more my style. I can’t give all my secrets away as some are with my heroine, but sadly, I have enough “That Julie, she’s fun to watch moments” that we can read for awhile.

Let’s get started.

It was 1995. First cruise. First adult vacation. It’s me and my sister and I’ve worked hard for this. We’re excited but so naive as we were sheltered kids. Was I a confident traveler? Did I look like a book cover heroine?

Ummm, no.


My sister and me, circa 1990’s.

As the big sister, I was worried sick about my sister. A blonde with blue eyes, the ship’s crew followed her everywhere. It was creepy and we were taught to be kind. I feel like all I did that week was give the men dirty looks and tell my sister to hurry along and stop saying hello to everyone.

Then there was the humidity.

Heroines seem to have perfect hair in the movies. Me? Frizz. Horrible, horrible frizz.

How about the excursions? Surely I had to be a romantic vision there, right?

I was in Tulum, Mexico visiting the ruins.

It was about 450 degrees with full sun.

I am sweating in places I didn’t know could sweat. Don’t try to sugarcoat it. It wasn’t perspiring. It was full on drenched sweat.

And I realized during the excursion I didn’t pack extra bras.

What I had on, was all I had.

Oh, but my awesome self wasn’t done.

On the way back the young, single tour guide asked if anyone was single.

After all the yelling I did at my sister for inviting trouble, I am the first to raise my hand.

He asked if I was rich.

I shook my head. Rich to me was someone with a mansion.

He said, “You’re rich. You’re American.”

And I looked out the window.

The homes we were passing were shacks, if that.

There weren’t families with cars tooling around, and if they had a car, it was one, and it was a beater.

Their income came from tourists like us.

And my ignorant heart was the least romantic thing of all.

The good news about that cruise was the pictures. After we got home and I had the pictures developed, I went to take them to the Arduini home, a gathering place for dinners and good times between the parents and siblings. That particular day I’d been running late, and everyone ate and left, except for the second oldest, Tom.

I showed him my pictures and we talked for three hours.

As the least likely heroine, that was the day Tom realized there was something about me he wanted to know better.

We’ve been married more than 18 years.


Movie Review: Roadmap Genesis




Movie Description:

Roadmap Genesis is a film documentary that makes the case that the Book of Genesis is a roadmap containing guideposts on how to live a productive, fruitful, and fulfilling life that will help our society lift itself out of its current decline and return it to prosperity, promise, and accomplishment.

When Filmmaker Nolan Lebovitz found himself at a crossroads in his life, he knew he had to choose between continuing to make the Hollywood suspense thrillers that were his livelihood and trying to make the world a better place for his new young family. After much struggle, he found his answer in the Book of Genesis.

Armed with this discovery, Nolan made a drastic life change. He decided to study to become a Rabbi. As his seminary work progressed, he realized that he needed to share his epiphany with others. But how?

He decided to combine his love of the Book of Genesis with his passion for filmmaking and set out to travel the United States, interviewing clergy and public figures in order to build an undeniable argument about the continued importance of the Book of Genesis as a guiding force in our Judeo-Christian country.

Roadmap Genesis invites Americans of all faiths to engage in a dialogue about the relevance of the Bible in the modern age. Through interviews ranging from Gov. Mike Huckabee of Fox News Channel to Rabbi David Wolpe, from Alan Dershowitz to the Archbishop of Chicago Cardinal Francis George, from Erick Stakelbeck of the Christian Broadcasting Network to Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum, and many, many more, Nolan explores the rules that God has set forth to help us maintain a successful and working society.


This is a comprehensive look at Genesis and how it applies to our lives. From what people on the street know or remember about the first book in the Bible to how the Scriptures should affect our family time and how we treat the planet, Nolan Lebovitz covers a lot of ground with a diverse number of interviews on the subject. From Governor Huckabee to Alan Dershowitz, it’s interesting to hear what people think.

Some of the topics and interviews went a little long, but for anyone curious about the Bible or wanting to hear more about evolution/creation, the environment, economy and more, I learned a lot.

Genesis has a lot to teach us. We need to slow down and allow God’s word access to our lives.

To purchase Genesis Roadmap, click here.

I watched a preview of this documentary in exchange for an honest review.

My Cruising Experiences—Breadcrumbs and All

It’s here!

It’s time to introduce you all to Brent Teague and his stint as The Love Boat Bachelor. Monday through Friday this week and next at Write Integrity Press we’re releasing a chapter where each heroine Brent meets during this two week Caribbean cruise.

Then, on the afternoon of February 4, we’ll open voting for readers. YOU get to choose the one heroine you think makes the perfect fit for Brent. Your votes will decide the final chapter of the book.

Voting will take place Feb 4-7. Then, on Saturday, February 14, The Love Boat Bachelor will be made available on Kindle FOR FREE for FOUR days – Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday.

I think readers are going to have a hard time because I loved all the heroines.

Before you head over to board ship with Brent, I thought I’d share my own cruise experience. I’ve been on three, and they were all different. Some of the destinations overlapped but that was about all they had in common.

  • The first cruise I went on was 1995. It’s a line that’s still in business and I hear good things about. My sister and I went and we had never traveled before, not on that scale. It was top notch, the ship, food, everything. The stand outs I can recall are that back in the day, the stewards would take your nightwear and make them into animals. I’m not kidding. I was having none of that, so we hid our pajamas. One day we were walking by and we could hear them talking about us. I was pretty sure they were wondering about those crazy sisters who didn’t have pajamas!

Sadly, it was also during our cruise that the bombing of the Oklahoma City Federal Building happened. Our head waiter came to our table to inform us. We were stunned, I mean back then, those things didn’t happen. And by our own? It was unthinkable. But our waiter explained that our cabin televisions all had CNN and if we wished, President Lincoln would address the nation. It took everything I had not to laugh because he was trying so hard to be a comfort, but his English wasn’t great. Clearly he meant President Clinton.

  • The second cruise was to celebrate our 15th anniversary. We decided to go a little later than the actual day so we would be cold and actually happy to get out of town. We went in January and although it wasn’t hot, it was certainly better than winter in Ohio. What I remember most was the passengers. I was heartbroken at what I saw. So much self entitlement and selfishness. I was pushed out of the way for the restroom. I watched  people ahead of us in line pile so much on their plates during the chocolate buffet that they would never be able to eat that it left nothing for us. The people seated next to us at dinner were racists and their ignorant comments hurt my heart. When I started to wipe my bread crumbs up, our waiter ran over with his bread crumb instrument and started cleaning. I shook my head. “No, I can do that.” He kept cleaning my mess. “No, it is my job, and an honor and a pleasure to do this for you.”

During our second cruise. The waiter on the right was the one who cleaned my bread crumbs.

I cried myself to sleep. I learned he got the job and sends money home to support his family. His story, up against the passengers and their attitudes, I still think about the waiter. What an example of servanthood.

  • The last cruise was two years ago and it was a family vacation with Disney. I can’t say enough about our experience. It was a bit more in finances, but worth our saving for. Throughout the week I marveled at how Disney plans, thinks and goes out of their way to provide the best experience for their passengers. There was something for us together, for each kid, and for us as adults. I trusted the staff with my kids. We saw movies that were brand new. There were workshops on how to make towel animals (apparently what happened to us in 1995 was as icky for everyone else as us and now cruise lines do this.) The Disney characters are around the ship to greet those that want to meet them. Disney had their own island, another fun adventure. If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see those pictures pop up thanks to Timehop.

I didn’t name the first two lines because I don’t know if the first line is one I’d recommend since it’s been so long, and the second we’ll never cruise with again. Sadly it’s because the passengers were so awful. We’ve been told that we encountered a rarity with all the selfish people deciding to cruise that week on that line, but we’ll never know.

So, that’s our cruising experience.

Now, make sure you read about Brent’s!

Sabbath Sunday: Beyond the Woods



Each Sunday I take my own amateur nature photo and share a thought or two about God’s love.

Fairy tales are a popular theme these days and I’m a fan like everyone else. There’s Once Upon a Time, Maleficent, Cinderella is coming out, and right now, Into the Woods.

But real life hasn’t shown me a carriage or a fairy godmother.

And when life is hard, going into the woods is not full of music and dancing.

It stinks.

Probably why wilderness is named that and not rainbows and sprinkles fun time.

Thing is, the wilderness is where I’ve grown the most. It’s isolating by choice. Not only did the Lord put me there to have me to Himself, to prepare and teach me, I had to surrender to it. At first I fought the wilderness tooth and nail. Who signs up for that kind of torture? Not me.

But I realized that once you’re into the woods, there is a destination. Beyond the woods. There will be a clearing. The sun will shine. And I emerge stronger, taller, and because of my trust in Jesus, I’m a force to be reckoned with.

And that’s something to sing and dance about.

Can you relate?

My favorite verse about the wilderness is Hosea 2:14. May it encourage you today.


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