Have you heard of Authorgraph? It’s a cool way to get your book signed by your favorite authors. Here’s how it works: click on the link to my Authorgraph page. There you’ll see a list of my books. Click on “Request Authorgraph”. It’s that simple! This is a great gift idea for the readers on your list…hint, hint.
This short video (less than 10 minutes) is pretty amazing. The speaker talks about CS Lewis, but also says some mind blowing things about The Bible, earth, our lives, and just how fantastical it all is.
Today’s October 1, and fall is definitely in the air! The leaves are changing, the temperature is dropping, and that means I’m in the mood to bake. I’d seen this quick and simple recipe on Pinterest for a while now, and I decided to try it:
Three simple ingredients: Butter Pecan cake mix, a can of pumpkin, and three eggs.
Verdict: the pumpkin didn’t add anything to the butter pecan cake, which was very sweet. I added cream cheese frosting, which was a mistake because that just made it too sweet. So, I tried again, this time using:
Ah, that was better. I also used whipped cream cheese frosting, which was much lighter and less gooey sweet. This tasted like a pumpkin roll without all the work. Because I’m all about not working in the kitchen.
If you want to make this cake even lower in fat and calories, omit the eggs and add the water suggested on the box. The pumpkin is thick, so you’ll want to make sure your batter is the consistency of normal cake batter. You could also add applesauce to replace part of the pumpkin, if you wanted to. Instead of frosting you could use sprinkle on powdered sugar.
Another idea, which I haven’t tried yet, is to use a regular yellow cake mix and add one or two teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice. So if you see regular cake mix on sale, you might go that route. Either way, it’s guaranteed to be delicious.
Amazon is offering four of my books for .99 each!
The following novels are available on Kindle for .99 each:
A Daring Return: Eight years ago, Gavin Parringer left London after the woman he loved, Diana Dymoke, rejected him and married someone else. Suffering from amnesia, he has returned to England, unable to recall anything of his former life. He doesn’t even recognize Diana, who is now a widow with regrets. Despite everything that has come between them in the past, Gavin finds himself falling in love with Diana for a second time. Diana also has feelings for Gavin, but she is afraid that if he remembers how harshly she treated him before he left London, he will have nothing to do with her. Thus, she keeps the truth of their prior relationship a secret. Yet when Diana’s life is threatened and Gavin’s memory returns, they both have to face the ghosts of their pasts in order to embrace a future together. (Regency Romance)
Special Assignment: Television journalist Eve Norwood is on the fast track to achieving her ultimate goal — a job with the news division of a major network. But when Toby Myers, an award winning cameraman and her ex-boyfriend, returns to town, he shakes up her orderly world, causing her to question every aspect of her life — both business and personal. Before long they are paired together on a special assignment for their local television station, causing old hurts and new feelings to rise to the surface. Eventually they are able to put the past behind them and look forward to the future. But that future is in jeopardy when Eve is offered the opportunity of a lifetime. Which will she choose? The love of a man who abandoned her in the past or the dream she’s worked her entire life to achieve? (Contemporary Romance)
Santa Fe Sunrise: Luke Jackson, a volunteer soldier based in Santa Fe, is eager to return home to San Antonio, Texas. Weary from the war and healing from a serious injury, he is given one last assignment before his discharge–to escort the daughter of a wealthy businessman to Las Vegas in the New Mexico Territory. Luke is stunned to discover that not only does he have to escort the woman and her chaperone, but four young orphans as well. Melanie Faraday has always been an obedient daughter, but she is dismayed to learn her widowed father has brought her to Santa Fe to marry the son of one of his business partners. Unprepared for marriage to a stranger, but unwilling to go against her father, she feels her future is doomed until she meets four abandoned Mexican children shortly after her arrival in Santa Fe. She vows to find them a home and, in a desperate attempt to avoid her impending marriage, she uses her father’s connections to secure an escort for her to take the children to an orphanage in Las Vegas, unbeknownst to her father. During the journey the group is hampered with thunderstorms, which delays their travels but gives Luke and Melanie much time to not only fall in love with each other, but to fall in love with the children as well. (Historical Romance)
The following novella is available for .99 on Kindle:
Encore, Encore: Talented violinist Annika Goran is given her dream opportunity: she will be concertmaster and soloist for the Moreland Chamber Orchestra’s upcoming European tour. But when she almost sits on Josef Gemmel’s priceless Stradivarius, she finds that more than her dreams may be at stake… Previously published in Chance Encounters of the Heart. (Contemporary Romance)
Check out these titles while they’re at bargain prices!
USA Today’s HEA (Happily Ever After) Column featured A Pioneer Christmas among its list of recommended Christmas reads. Scroll down to the Holiday Inspirationals section.
Thanks to those of you who have posted reviews about the book. I like reviewer Noela N’s description of my novella:
`THE CALLING’ by Kathleen Fuller centers around a tavern in Unionville, Ohio, that also doubles as a stagecoach stop. Elijah Montgomery is pushed by his parents to travel and preach. Is he just being obedient to his folks or hearing the calling himself? What part might Milly, the lovely tavern girl who works for her father, have in helping Elijah to find his destiny?
The Unionville Tavern is a real tavern with a rich history. It’s on the list of Ohio’s Most Endangered Historic Sites, and there are efforts to have the tavern restored. Here’s a picture of the tavern in better times:
I’ll be posting tidbits about the tavern this week. You can also follow my A Pioneer Christmas board on Pinterest for more pictures and information about the book. You can purchase the book from Amazon, Christianbook.com, or your local bookstore.
In 2010 I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. Two surgeries, one massive dose of radiation, and three years later I’m on my way to remission. Thyroid cancer is one of the fastest growing cancers in terms of population–more people are getting thyroid cancer than ever before. The good news is that thyroid cancer is highly treatable, especially when caught early. The first step–ask your doctor to check your neck for nodules. Second: become informed about thyroid cancer and thyroid disease. For more information visit www.thyca.org.
Today’s interview features Anna Urquhart. Enjoy!
by Michelle Ule
Debut novelist Anna Urquhart was traveling to Paris to work on her Masters of Fine Art degree, when the call came suggesting she audition for A Pioneer Christmas Collection.
She thought about a story idea while flying across the Atlantic Ocean. “I’d seldom heard stories of pioneers traveling by water. I examined the opening of the Erie Canal in the 1830s which led to settlements in then-Michigan Territory. That time period sparked my initial interest, combined with the fact my husband lived in Edinburgh, Scotland for many years.”
The result is A Silent Night.
Not a conventional love story, Anna’s tale involves a young couple very much in love who seek out a new life far from Scotland. While building a home and working hard, the husband goes missing and our heroine is forced to make difficult choices.
The idea came from putting a woman in the kind of situation most women fear: helplessness. “It’s an abstract fear, but on the frontier becomes tangible quite quickly,” Anna said.
“Families were forged on the frontier from more than just blood-ties, and it’s curious to me how that seems to happen in times of struggle. Michigan Territory was quite wild at the time, with constant threat of weather, Indians, wild animals, and even trivial accidents that could change a person’s life. I tried to capture that wildness throughout the story.”
In terms of character, Anna saw aspects of herself in her heroine. “I have my protagonist’s propensity to second-guess herself. Additionally, I think that as a result, she continues to drive toward self-reliance, posing an unwillingness to surrender to the guidance and strength of the Lord.
I also gave my protagonist a daughter–whom I named after my own daughter–and my character’s struggles, as you can imagine, quickly became personal.”
When a story becomes personal to a writer, things creep in the author may not realize. That happened to Anna in A Silent Night.
“I had no clear spiritual theme as I began the story because I find that often the story itself has it’s own message it wants to forge. As I dug deeper the theme of surrender seemed continually to appear, and it became clear that the direction the story wanted to take was to look at the age old decision faced by every one of us: to hope that our own strength is enough to sustain us or to surrender to the One who loves us, pursues us, and calls us by name.”
For the reason, perhaps, the ending surprised even Anna. “It turned into a completely different kind of love story than even I had anticipated.”
As for being a pioneer herself, Anna, like many, doesn’t believe she’d be a good candidate, “Though I’d like to imagine I’d put on a good show while I lasted. My husband assures me that I’ve not the makings of a frontierswoman, and I believe he’s right. However, I am quite handy with duct tape.
“A part of me, though, itches to see what it would be like on the frontier struggling for survival. I think within each of us is a desire to know what it is that we’re made of, to see the exact boundaries of our strength and fortitude.”
In terms of Christmas, Anna’s vision is about families gathering, coming home from wherever they are.
“Most of those traveling west, however, didn’t have that luxury. They had only each other and those they’ve met along the way, who essentially became family. That is what I tried to capture in A Silent Night–the gathering and celebration of new-found family.”
To learn more about Anna Urquart, check out her webpage: http://www.annaurquhart.com
To read Anna’s story of writing A Silent Night for A Pioneer Christmas, see her blog post:http://bit.ly/14c5cAr