October 29, 2014

Colors of Fall

Thought it was time to share some more fall colors with you. Pictures taken by our youngest daughter. 

October 27, 2014

Book Preview ~ Miracle in a Dry Season

MIRACLE IN A DRY SEASON by Sarah Loudin Thomas

It’s 1954 and Perla Long’s arrival in the sleepy town of Wise, West Virginia, was supposed to go unnoticed. She just wants a quiet, safe place for her and her daughter, Sadie, where the mistakes of her past can stay hidden. But then drought comes to Wise, and Perla is pulled into the turmoil of a town desperately in need of a miracle.

Casewell Phillips has resigned himself to life as a bachelor…until he meets Perla. She’s everything he’s sought in a woman, but he can’t get past the sense that she’s hiding something. As the drought worsens, Perla’s unique gift divides the town in two, bringing both gratitude and condemnation, and placing the pair in the middle of a storm of anger and forgiveness, fear and faith. Purchase the book HERE.

Sarah Loudin Thomas grew up on a 100-acre farm in French Creek, WV, the seventh
generation to live there. Her Christian fiction is set in West Virginia and celebrates the people, the land, and the heritage of Appalachia. Her first novel, Miracle in a Dry Season, releases August 2014 through Bethany House. Sarah is represented by Wendy Lawton of Books & Such Literary Agency.

A graduate of Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, Sarah once dreamed of being a marine scientist. But her love for words won out and she has spent much of her career in public relations and marketing. She currently oversees fundraising and communications for a Christian children’s home in Black Mountain, NC.

Sarah and her husband Jim live in the mountains of Western North Carolina with Thistle–the canine equivalent to a personal trainer pushing them to hike, run, and throw sticks. Sarah is active in her local church and enjoys cooking and–you guessed it–reading. Learn more about Sarah and her writing HERE.

October 24, 2014

This Week's Recipes

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

Featured Author Carrie Turansky shares her recipe for Coronation Chicken Salad

October 22, 2014

Vogts Sisters at Murphy's Landing

 Last week our daughters, The Vogts Sisters, had a photo shoot with photographer, Angelyn Hobson, for their upcoming album. 

The pictures were taken at Murphy's Landing, a lovely cabin used as a Bed and Breakfast. I've held a number of writer retreats there in the fall, so was thrilled when Portia granted us permission to use their place for our album pictures. 

The property has a large pond on several acres, also used as a hunting lodge.

The cabin has a beautiful front porch, which made an excellent setting for pictures.

Some of the shots taken will be used as Abbey's senior pictures. 

I'll share Angelyn's photos when we "unveil" the album toward the end of the year. We're eager to see how the professional shots turned out! 

What do you think? Isn't this place gorgeous?!!

October 20, 2014

Book Preview ~ Tried and True

Tried and True, by Mary Connealy

Kylie Wilde fought in the Civil War dressed as a boy and now she's homesteading as a man. But she makes one lousy man! When land agent Aaron Masterson comes to inspect her claim, he immediately realizes she's a woman. She begs him not to tell, but can he in good conscience defraud the U.S. government, even if she really did serve in the war?

Aaron is interested in the little spitfire from the moment her long hair falls from her cap, but when he tells her of his plan to stake his own claim, farther west and up in the mountains, she draws away. Kylie's focus is to "prove up" her homestead, sell it for a profit, move back east, and live the rest of her life in civilization.

But all Kylie's future plans are put in jeopardy when someone tries to burn her out. Who would attack her way out here? Aaron and Kylie suspect it's the local land baron--but Gage Coulter denies any involvement. He does suggest a way for Kylie to stay safe, though--marry him! More attacks scare Kylie near to death, and she can't face living on her own any longer. Should she tie her fortune to Gage or Aaron? Either choice will put an end to her dreams of a civilized life. And what if marrying doesn't stop the attacks after all? Buy the book HERE.

Mary Connealy is an awardwinning, bestselling author known for her fun and lively
historical romantic comedies. An author, teacher, and journalist, Mary lives on an eastern Nebraska ranch with her husband and enjoys spending time with her four daughters and two grandchildren. Learn more at www.maryconnealy.com.

October 17, 2014

This Week's Recipes

Here are this week's new additions at Country at Heart Recipes. Do you have fun plans for this weekend? Share with us in the comments below! 

Featured Author Amanda Cabot shares her recipe for Summer Pasta Salad.

October 15, 2014

Our Emma Bug

 Our little granddaughter is almost 19 months old. We hadn't seen her for 8 weeks and my, how she'd grown! 

She's always hungry and talks up a storm. Two of her favorite things to say: 
"What's That?" 
and "Go, Go, Go!" 

Our hearts melt when she calls us by name: "Papa" "Gammaw" "Mimi" and "Abbaw"

We just want to hug her all the time! 
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