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! 

October 13, 2014

Book Preview ~ With Every Breath

With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden

In the shadow of the nation's capital, Kate Livingston's respectable life as a government worker is disrupted by an encounter with the insufferable Trevor McDonough, the one man she'd hoped never to see again. A Harvard-trained physician, Trevor never showed the tiniest flicker of interest in Kate, and business is the only reason he has sought her out now.

Despite her misgivings, Kate agrees to Trevor's risky proposal to join him in his work to find a cure for tuberculosis. As Kate begins to unlock the mysteries of Trevor's past, his hidden depths fascinate her. However, a shadowy enemy lies in wait and Trevor's closely guarded secrets are darker than she ever suspected.

As revelations from the past threaten to destroy their careers, their dreams, and even their lives, Trevor and Kate find themselves in a painfully impossible situation. With everything to lose, they must find the strength to trust that hope and love can prevail over all. Buy the book HERE. 

Elizabeth Camden is the award-winning author of five books, including Against the Tide,
which won a RITA Award, a Christy Award, and a Daphne du Maurier Award. With master's degrees in history and in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. Elizabeth lives with her husband in Florida. Learn more at www.elizabethcamden.com.

October 10, 2014

This Week's Recipes

Here are this week's new additions at Country at Heart Recipes. Tomorrow night we'll travel to Cutter's Smokehouse in Eudora, KS where The Vogts Sisters will perform from 8-10:00 PM. Join us there! 




Featured Author, Jennifer Slattery shares her recipe for Mexican-Italian Pizza

October 8, 2014

Sunflowers

I love sunflowers.

Every late summer to autumn we see them along the roadside or in our pastures, the various varieties of sunflowers native to our state.

Tall, coarse and hairy, with stout stems, and a brown center surrounded by yellow rays of petals, their bright faces known for chasing the sun across the sky.

I love that Kansas's state flower is the sunflower. Bright, hopeful, and always ready to follow the Son.
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