March 29, 2017

Time with Emma

 Earlier this month we had the joy of having our granddaughter visit us for a few days.
We always enjoy our times with Emma and this time was no exception.

I had the pleasure of introducing her (and my own daughters) to Peter Rabbit and other stories by Beatrix Potter. Because it was a bit cold outside, we spent most of our time indoors.

We read lots of stories, baked cookies, and had at least one tea party every day! 

We colored pictures and played with play dough, and visited great-grandma's and cousins while she was here. We also had to watch a John Wayne movie during her stay (always a must) and this time we chose The Quiet Man. She really liked it. And we brought out from storage the puppet house and puppets. She loved the princess puppet and had a ball putting on plays with her Aunt Abbey and Aunt Mimi.
We look forward to spending more time with Emma this summer!
Enjoy the moments . . . 

March 27, 2017

Book Preview ~ Her Motherhood Wish

Her Motherhood Wish, by Keli Gwyn

En route to the Double T Orphanage to work on its expansion, carpenter Chip Evans and Caroline Hunt discover two orphaned children—and become their caregivers. But Chip's determined not to let himself get too attached to the children who just lost their widowed father…or to the lovely woman helping him care for them. Especially since Callie and the little ones just don't fit into his detailed plans for the future.

Callie can't help but fall in love with the orphans, and despite her better judgment, she's falling for Chip, too. Her dreams of being a wife and mother were not quite like this. But Callie believes a plan bigger than Chip's brought them all together…and now she just has to help him see it, too. Buy the book HERE.

Award-winning author Keli Gwyn, a native Californian, transports readers to the early days of the Golden State. She and her husband live in the heart of California’s Gold Country. Her favorite places to visit are her fictional worlds, historical museums and other Gold Rush-era towns. Keli loves hearing from readers and invites you to visit her Victorian-style cyber home HERE.

March 24, 2017

This Week's Recipes

Here are this week's new additions at Country at Heart Recipes.
Enjoy your weekend! 

Featured Author, Terri Reed, shares her recipe for Yam and Sausage Soup

March 22, 2017

Called to Write Conference 2017

2017 Called To Write Conference
March 30-April 1, 2017
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.”
Romans 8:28

Guest speakers: Twila Belk and Kathy Ide

Kathy Ide is well-versed in a variety of skills within the Christian publishing industry…a full-time freelance editor and writing mentor/career coach; a published author and ghostwriter/collaborator; a speaker/teacher at writers’ conferences; an Editor Services Coordinator, matching authors, publishers, and agents with professional freelance editors/proofreaders through the Christian Editor Connection; the founder and director of The Christian PEN: Proofreaders and Editors Network, a professional support organization for aspiring and established editorial freelancers; founder and director of the SoCal Christian Writers’ Conference; represented by a fabulous literary agent: Diana Flegal with Hartline Literary Agency; and the abundantly blessed wife of a fabulous man and mother of two terrific sons. For more information about Kathy, go here.
Twila Belk’s expertise spans many aspects of quality communication such as authoring two books; co-authoring four books with Cecil Murphey; writing a variety of devotions, newsletters, articles, and promotional materials; hosting the CEC AND ME online radio show; speaker at hundreds of events as the “Gotta Tell Somebody Gal” in retreats, banquets, outreach events, church services, women’s conferences, Christian Women’s Clubs, MOPS, Women’s Aglow, schools, and more; directed the Quad-Cities Christian Writers’ Conference, as well as the Presbyterian Writer’s Conference; owned a Christian bookstore; worked with three radio stations by planning events and creating radio spots, ads, and jingles; and is involved in various ministries with her church. Find out more about Twila here.
Learn more about the conference and how to register HERE.

March 20, 2017

Book Preview ~ A Stolen Heart

A Stolen Heart, by Amanda Cabot

From afar, Cimarron Creek seems like an idyllic town tucked in the Texas Hill Country. But when former schoolteacher Lydia Crawford steps onto its dusty streets in 1880, she finds a town with a deep-seated resentment of Northerners--like her. Lydia won't let that get her down, though. All will be well when she's reunited with her fiancé. But when she discovers he has disappeared--and that he left behind a pregnant wife--Lydia is at a loss about what to do next. The handsome sheriff urges her to trust him, but can she trust anyone in this town where secrets are as prevalent as bluebonnets in spring?

Bestselling author Amanda Cabot invites readers back into Texas's storied past to experience love and adventure against a backdrop of tension and mystery in this first book in a brand-new series. Buy the book HERE.
Amanda Cabot is the bestselling author of At Bluebonnet Lake, In Firefly Valley, and On Lone Star Trail, as well as the Texas Dreams series, the Westward Winds series, and Christmas Roses. Her books have been finalists for the ACFW Carol Awards and the Booksellers' Best. She lives in Wyoming. Learn more at
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