Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Barn Collective

Just before you come to the barn I posted photos of on March 9,  there stands this barn that is almost built more like a shed. There is livestock fencing in the area around the side but there were no animals in sight. I wish I knew if this is for cows or horses. It does have the same crest painted on the front as the other one, which I think is pretty neat looking.

A barn/shed on the Biltmore Estate, Asheville NC

~Have a blessed day~


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Saturday, March 21, 2015



I used Random Name Picker from Classroom Tools.
Melanie Backus 
you are the 
of  Sword of Forgiveness by Debbie Lynne Costello!!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Lumberjacks' Ball by Carrie Fancett Pagels {Cover Reveal} & Giveaway Blog Hop

The Lumberjacks' Ball

A decade after surviving a brutal attack, a mercantile owner's daughter seeks to begin her life anew in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. A gifted craftsman wishes to leave his lumberjack life and seeks employment at her new store. When his presence dredges up memories she wishes to suppress, the new proprietress must learn to face her demons. Can affection grow between the cabinetmaker and the proprietress of St. Ignace's newest business? When complications arise will they overcome adversity in time for The Lumberjacks' Ball?

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Carrie Fancett Pagels Cover Reveal for The Lumberjacks' Ball - Blog Hop & Giveaways!!!

Winner's choice on EACH blog so Carrie will be giving away 7 books!

The Fruitcake Challenge, The Lumberjacks' Ball, Return to Shirley Plantation: A Civil War Romance, God's Provision in Tough Times, upcoming release Saving the Marquise's Granddaughter: Ebook or paperback choice, A Cup of Christmas Cheer from Guidepost Books, hardcover only. Or Family Fiction Anthology of The Story 2014 which includes Carrie's award-winning short story "The Quilt Contest", paperback only.

Stop by the SEVEN blogs and leave a comment for a chance to win the grand prize of a basket of goodies!!! Giveaways of Carrie's books at every stop, so leave a comment on each one!

Nancee Marchinowski - Perspectives by Nancee

Anne Payne - Stuff & Nonsense

Britney Adams - Buzzing about Books

Kathleen E. Belognia - Lane Hill House

 Debbie Lynne Costello - Sword and Spirit

Bio - Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D.

Carrie Fancett Pagels, Ph.D., is an award-winning, and Amazon bestselling author of Christian historical romance. She served as a psychologist for twenty-five years. Carrie lives in the Tideater Virginia area with her family. When not writing, researching, blogging and enjoying tea, Carrie beads and reads--not necessarily in that order!

Author Carrie Fancett Pagels has offered one copy, winner's choice, to a commenter here to be chosen at random one week from today's posting. 

Monday, March 16, 2015

Character Interview & Giveaway ~ Sword of Forgiveness by Debbie Lynne Costello

I'm delighted to introduce Royce and Brithwin from debut novelist Debbie Lynne Costello's Sword of Forgiveness. Debbie Lynne is also offering a copy to one of my readers, so be sure and read the interview and follow the giveaway instructions at the end.

Here's the background on the novel, which officially released in Feb 2015.

After the death of her cruel father, Brithwin is determined never again to live under the harsh rule of any man. Independent and resourceful, she longs to be left alone to manage her father’s estate. But she soon discovers a woman has few choices when the king decrees she is to marry Royce, the Lord of Rosencraig. As if the unwelcome marriage isn’t enough, her new husband accuses her of murdering his family, and she is faced with a challenge of either proving her innocence or facing possible execution.

Royce of Hawkwood returns home after setting down a rebellion to find his family brutally murdered. When all fingers point to his betrothed and attempts are made on his life, Royce must wade through murky waters to uncover the truth. Yet Brithwin’s wise and kind nature begin to break down the walls of his heart, and he soon finds himself in a race to discover who is behind the evil plot before Brithwin is the next victim.

Sounds pretty good, huh? Now let's see what those two are up to today.

Royce, where do you go when you need to blow off steam? 
“To the practice fields to hone my skills. My men hate to see me come in one of those moods because they know they don’t stand a chance of beating me.”

Brithwin, what about you? Where do you go? 
“That depends.” She cut a quick glace Royce’s way. “If Royce doesn’t have a say in it I like to go to my favorite place down in the woods by the river. It’s so peaceful and I can just feel the magnificence of God. It’s humbling and always calms my soul. But if Royce has a say in it I can’t go alone so the chapel is where you’d find me.”

What makes you laugh? 
Royce: “When Brithwin gets that stubborn look on her face and lifts that cute little chin of hers I can’t help but chuckle.”
Brithwin: “Lots of things make me laugh. Lucas and his antics are forever making me laugh and of course whenever Royce decides I need ‘the treatment’ and he tickles me unmercifully.”

What do you feel is your greatest achievement?
Royce: “Marrying Brithwin.”
Brithwin: “Standing up to Royce before we married.”

Royce, What is Brithwin’s best trait?
“She has so many, but if I have to narrow it down to one, it would have to be her love for others. She has a heart like no other I’ve seen. She is always doing things for others and helping the needy. But her big heart goes further than people. She even has a tender spot for critters.”

Brithwin, What would you say Royce’s best trait is?

“His fierce sense to protect. He can roar like a lion when he’s protecting but it’s because he has this soft heart more like a house cat. He wants to protect but it is because he cares.”

Royce: “A common house cat? Did you have to compare me to a cat?”

What is your most treasured possession?
Royce: “Brithwin.”
Brithwin: “Royce, you can’t keep using me as your answer! That is almost like cheating.”
Royce: “It’s the truth so it’s not cheating. What’s your most treasured possession, dearling?”
Brithwin: “I won’t say you, Royce, because you are not a possession! So, I will say the knife that was my mother’s. I treasure it because it is all I own of hers.”
Royce: “Ach! I stand corrected, My Lady. You are not my possession, but you do possess my heart.”

What is a trait you dislike in people most?
Royce: “I’d have to say people who take advantage of or deliberately vex another.”
Brithwin: “I think I’ll agree with Royce on this one. I don’t like to see people mistreated.”

What do you regret most in life?
Royce: “That I wasn’t at Rosencraig to protect my family.”
Brithwin: “I can’t tell my greatest regret because I don’t want give a ‘spoiler’ but I do wish I’d been able to know my mother.”

What do you most value in your friends? 
Royce: “That my friends would fight beside me at risk of death.”
Brithwin: “Honesty.  I want to hear the truth from my friends even if it isn’t what I want to hear it.”

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would that be?
Royce: “I’d like to be the kind of lord my father was. He was a strong, but kind and fair man, and I would like to be like that.”
Brithwin: “You are like that Royce. You are your father’s son.”
Royce: “I’m glad you see me that way, my dear. What would you change about yourself? I can’t think of anything I’d change.”
Brithwin: “Oh, most definitely I’d be stronger so that when Royce gets in one of his tickling moods I could show him no mercy.”
Royce: “I shall remember that, My Lady.”

Thanks for being with us today Royce and Brithwin. We’ll look forward to seeing you in Sword of Forgiveness.

Debbie Lynne is offering a choice of paperback or Kindle version to a reader in the 48 continental states, and outside of that a Kindle version only. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment for Debbie Lynne asking her something about her writing or herself. Please enter me will not get you entered. Leave your email address in this format - joe{at}there[dot]com. Giveaway ends March 20th. Winner announced March 21st.

Debbie Lynne Costello has enjoyed writing stories since she was about 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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Sunday, March 15, 2015

The Barn Collective

 I posted a photo of this barn a couple of years ago but it merits another sighting.

It's the only blue barn that I have seen in my travels around rural NC. 
They hold horse auctions and tractor pulls on the premise.

~Have a blessed day~

Monday, March 9, 2015

The Barn Collective

It seems like I fell out of the world of blogging but it has been absolutely crazy around here since Feb 14th! I'm not going to go into detail but life happened and then it got back on track, somewhat. It's still a bit 'off ' since our oldest son left for USAF BMT (Basic Military Training) on Feb 24th. We're proud of him but miss him something fierce! I spend lots of time writing him letters and educating myself about being a military family now.

I did get a break this past Friday and went to Asheville NC with my SIL to visit Biltmore House & Gardens. We are huge Downton Abbey fans and just had to go see the Dressing Downton display. Wow. It was something else. Too bad they don't allow pictures. I'll just say that all the costumes were amazing, except one burnt orange looking dress Edith wore in one of the episodes. It definitely looked better on TV than in person!

Since the weather was beautiful, we also visited Antler Hill Village on the estate and passed by this amazing barn!

Look at that Lion Crest!

And that dark brick silo with the wooden top is fantastic!

We weren't allowed to get close so I had to use my zoom lens, but I sure would like to have had an up close look around the barn and outbuildings. I think they're almost as intriguing as the house itself!

~Have a blessed day in the Lord~