22 June 2017

Endorsement from Tamera Alexander for My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island!


"An enchanting love story, My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island is sprinkled with warmth and humor, grace and faith. A highly enjoyable read!" 
~ Tamera Alexander, USA Today Bestselling Author of A Note Yet Unsung and To Win Her Favor


Links to purchase:
Links to purchase My Heart Belongs on Mackinac Island: Maude’s Mooring (Barbour Publishing, July 2017)
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Thank you, Tamera Alexander for your lovely endorsement!!! 
To have such an amazing author endorse Maude and Ben's story is a true blessing!



Giveaway: An autographed paperback or a kindle copy -- reader's choice. (International winners -- direct ship from BD unsigned or Ebook copy.) Leave a comment about this endorsement to enter! Already own this new novel? Select one of Tamera Alexander's novels instead! 

20 June 2017

Sword of the Matchmaker Reviewed by Teresa S. Mathews

Sword Of The Matchmaker 
by Debbie Lynne Costello
Forget Me Not Romances,  A division of Winged Publications
  
5 Stars*****
Once again Debbie Lynne Costello takes us back to the enchanting times of Ladies in Waiting and Knights in Shining Armor, but this particular tale has a slight twist. The beautiful heroine in this story is not some timid young Lady awaiting a handsome Knight to ask for her hand in marriage, she is protector of her clan! 

Penelope Beatty, hated that she, a brave warrior of her Scottish Clan had to set foot on English soil to seek help from a man she didn't know but since her father's death she had nowhere else to go. She had come a long ways and would not give up until she finds Hamon Godfrey. Instead Penelope finds herself surrounded by a group of soldiers led by one very arrogant Knight by the name of Sir Thomas.  

Thomas Godfrey was usually a man that was straight to point when confronted but there was something about this tall Scottish beauty that made him smile. Perhaps it was the men's garb she wore or the fact that she thought herself a warrior, perhaps even his equal. When Penelope asks to speak to his father, Hamon, he can't resist having a little fun at her expense.  

Taking Penelope to his father's grave and seeing her reaction makes Thomas realize he needs to hear her story. Afterward Thomas vows that as the eldest son he would be willing to help her. Thomas then takes Penelope back to meet Lord Royce and Lady Brithwin at Hawkwood and something inside tells him things will never be the same again.  

Debbie Lynne Costello is a very talented writer of stories that flow beautifully through out. I loved Penelope and Thomas' story, and it was good to see Royce and Brithwin from Debbie Lynne's Sword of Forgiveness, book one of this series. I have read both books, and I think you won't have a problem reading this as a stand alone but I promise you will also enjoy Sword of Forgiveness. There is also a third one in the wings and I can't wait to read that one, too! Thank you Ms. Costello for this truly enjoyable read!



Blurb:

Penelope Beatty made up her mind long ago she would live and die a Scottish warrior not a wife. But when nearly all her clan is killed and she is betrayed, she loathes doing the unthinkable, but must seek the help of an Englishman who owed her father his life.

Thomas Godfrey never married, but when a Scottish warrior lass shows up needing his aid, he finds her both annoying and irresistible. But the last thing he wants is to marry a woman who fights alongside him. If he was going to marry—which he isn’t—it would be to a soft, submissive woman. But when the Lady Brithwin meets the Scottish lass, she’s sure she’s found the perfect match for Thomas and nothing is going to stop her from seeing a summer wedding.

GIVEAWAY: A copy of Sword of the Matchmaker (if you have purchased the book you can choose one of Debbie Lynne's other books). Leave a comment to be entered.
  
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18 June 2017

Happy Father's Day to Joe Costello -- Mantle Cell Lymphoma Survivor


It's great to be back on OWG blog, Carrie, and I want to thank you for inviting me back. The Last time I was here, I shared about my husband, Joe's, battle with Mantle Cell, a non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Today I’d like to share what it is like after the chemo and the words remission. When we first heard those magical words a weight lifted off our shoulders and each day was like a new lease on life. But every four months we have to return to MD Anderson for PET/CT scans and that reminds us that the doctors aren’t so sure this cancer will never return.

God healed Joe—he just used MD Anderson to do it. So when we return every 4 months for those rechecks Satan wants us to live in fear that the mantle cell has returned. He wants to rob us of the joy and assurance the Lord has given us. It’s hard sometimes not to look over your shoulder to see what is there, but God wants us to look up rather than back.

So how does one go on after beating a cancer like MCL? Joe and I have found that keeping our eyes focused ahead of us and on God keeps us putting one foot in front of the other.  It’s been a year this month that Joe was declared cancer free.  When we walk out of MDA with the new results it is always a positive feeling. And the next three or so months we continue on with our normal life which is always busy.

But as the weeks creep by to the next four month checkup, there is Satan whispering fear and negativity into our ears. I am the one who sees a glass half-full and Joe is the realist. LOL! His words. Mine are more like pessimist. We agree to disagree on that title. So I expect him to worry but not me! No, I am the positive one. I’m not supposed to have these doubts.  However, try as I may to keep my faith and not let fear get a foothold, many times it does.

Like countless other things on this journey, God had already put things in place, this time a scripture to cling to when my faith waivered.  Several years ago our pastor chose Mark 9:24 for our verse that year. Many of the sermons throughout the following months tied in to that verse. Mark 9:24 is a short verse and reads, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”


It’s a reminder to me that though God wants us to have faith and trust Him, He recognizes that we are human and at times our faith is going to waiver. For those times He has given us a verse to cling to. It’s a verse that shouts out to us that God wants to help us when we face hard situations where our faith wanes.

Bio:
Debbie Lynne Costello has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina. She has worked in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children's Director. Debbie Lynne has shown and raised Shetland Sheepdogs for eighteen years and still enjoys litters now and then. In their spare time, she and her husband take pleasure in camping and riding their Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses.

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GIVEAWAY: We're so glad Debbie Lynne's husband, Joe Costello, is overcoming Mantle Cell Lymphoma! Happy Father's Day to Joe! We're giving away a copy of Debbie Lynne's latest book which is also available in this collection! Leave a prayer for Joe to enter!


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