Monday, July 10, 2017

Stand By for Crazy Schedules

Hello, lovely readers!


I'd planned on getting back to my normal blogging schedule today, but then as I prepared my schedule for the week, I realized that such mundane goals might be a bit too lofty, LOL. I'm a few chapters away from finishing book 3 in the Shadows Over England Series, have edits on book 2 that are due next Monday, and am of course up to my eyeballs in release stuff for book 1, including multiple guest posts also due next Monday. Combine that with some WhiteFire editing, contest judging, and cover designing I need to get done, and I'm afraid my musings here must be pushed to the back burner.

How fortunate that there's so much going on you can have fun with though. ;-)

One of my friends from college is also a writer, and she did a really fun interview with me that takes a much different approach than the typical ones surrounding a book release. Check it out for an in-depth look at the intersection of faith, fiction, and academia. Thanks, Rhonda, for a super-fun conversation!

Audiobooks!
In the last week or two, I've had two audio books go live! Not only is A Name Unknown's audio book now available, so is the long-awaited one for The Reluctant Duchess, completing the Ladies of the Manor audio series.

And of course, don't forget that I'm currently running the big giveaway in conjunction with the release of A Name Unknown! This may be my most awesome giveaway to date...at least if you're a book lover. We've got book-themed everything! Book ends, mug, paper, typewriter pencil cup, necklace (coming all the way from Greece!), library kit, library card tote bag, throw pillow, cookies, and of course a signed book!


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Book Lover's Hoard Giveaway

I'm so excited about the release of A Name Unknown that I'm throwing a giveaway full of items that fit right in with the library and book themes in the story! This is a hoard to make every book lover's heart go pitter-patter.



This giveaway includes:

  • A fun library card tote bag, personalized with A Name Unknown's info, signed by me, and with your name on it!
  • A signed copy of A Name Unknown
  • A throw pillow that reads "get lost in a good book"
  • A personal library kit, for when you lend out your treasures ;-)
  • Coffee mug that reads "professional book worm"(text will be blue-green rather than pink)
  • Ginger cookies, homemade by me
  • A typewriter pencil cup
  • Old Book book ends
  • Cotton stationery and envelopes, so you can write letters like Peter (not pictured)
  • A handmade book locket (hard to see in the composite image, so here's a closeup...)

(Giveaway will run through August 4. Available only to US addresses due to shipping costs.)

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Release Day ~ A Name Unknown

It's my book's birthday! Just wanted to pop onto the blog real quick to say

"Welcome to the world, A Name Unknown!"

She's Out to Steal His Name.
Will He Steal Her Heart Instead?

Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins that helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they are no longer pickpockets--instead they focus on high-value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. Rosemary is beginning to questions whether she can continue in this life when she's offered the challenge of a lifetime--determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany. After all how does one steal a family's history, their very name?

As Europe moves ever closer to World War I, rumors swirl around Peter Holstein. Awkward and solitary, but with access to the king, many fear his influence. But Peter can't help his German last name and wants to prove his loyalty to the Crown--so he can go back to anonymously writing a series of popular adventure novels. When Rosemary arrives on his doorstep pretending to be a well-credentialed historian, peter believes she's the right person to help him dig through his family's past.

When danger and suspicion continue to mount, both realize they're in a race against time to discover the truth--about Peter's past and about the undeniable attraction kindling between them.
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She's Out to Steal His Name.
Will He Steal Her Heart Instead?

Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins that helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they are no longer pickpockets--instead they focus on high-value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. Rosemary is beginning to questions whether she can continue in this life when she's offered the challenge of a lifetime--determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany. After all how does one steal a family's history, their very name?

As Europe moves ever closer to World War I, rumors swirl around Peter Holstein. Awkward and solitary, but with access to the king, many fear his influence. But Peter can't help his German last name and wants to prove his loyalty to the Crown--so he can go back to anonymously writing a series of popular adventure novels. When Rosemary arrives on his doorstep pretending to be a well-credentialed historian, peter believes she's the right person to help him dig through his family's past.

When danger and suspicion continue to mount, both realize they're in a race against time to discover the truth--about Peter's past and about the undeniable attraction kindling between them.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Word of the Week - Blessing


You may have seen last week that I posted the video of my recent sermon on blessings and gifts. I figured that, since not everyone has the time to watch a half-hour video, I'd also give you the super-brief summary of what I learned.

The English word blessing comes from the Latin benedicere, which carries the same meaning as the Greek eulogia and the Hebrew barak--all these words, as used in the Bible and even today in other languages' translations, mean "a praise, a good word." This why we "bless the Lord," and why a father's blessing was so important--it was a spoken word, a promise.

English, however, has an interesting history of its version. Bless and blessing began to take on the meaning of "a gift, something given to make one happy" in the 14th century.

Why?

Because bless sounds and looks like bliss. People therefore began to confuse a praise to or from God with a thing meant for our happiness. And what makes us happy? GIFTS. Isn't that crazy? So for the last 700 years, English has been using the word and teaching the Biblical concept in a way that has absolutely no basis in the actual idea.

A blessing isn't the thing given--it's the word of promise. A blessing isn't something meant to make us happy. It's something said to invoke holiness.

I for one will never look at this word the same way again!

Friday, June 30, 2017

The Reluctant Duchess Audio Book!

After a very long wait, I'm thrilled to announce that The Reluctant Duchess is finally available in audio format!

http://amzn.to/2siC8yK


I've had SO MANY inquiries about this from fans who prefer audio books and were confused by the fact that books 1 and 3 of the Ladies of the Manor were available, but 2 wasn't. Happy to report that my publisher prevailed, the long wait is over, and you can now hear Liz Pearce putting on a Scottish burr. ;-)


Thus far I haven't located it in any other retailers, but I'll update the post if I find other listings. =)

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Thoughtful About . . . The Gift of a Blessing


Last weekend I had the honor of filling in in our church's pulpit. I sat down to write my sermon thinking I'd base it on a blog post from last August . . . but was in for a surprise as I did some more research.

Did you know that the English definition of blessing carries a physical meaning that no other language reflects? I didn't either! And the reasons are quite interesting. You can watch to find out what the historical meaning is, how English has changed it over time, and what God really promises us.


Sermon - The Gift of a Blessing from WhiteFire TV on Vimeo.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Remember When . . . The Senses of Cornwall


Y'all, A Name Unknown releases in six short days. Less than a week. It's all getting so close! Yesterday I was packing up the pre-orders that had come into my shop for signed versions, which really brings the excitement home.

So today, I wanted to share with you guys a bit of the setting of the book. I'm sure I talked about it last autumn after I'd had the immense pleasure of visiting Cornwall, but some of my experiences actually came at home too. =)

First, taste. While there, we had to eat some famous Cornish pasties--handheld meat pies. And let me just tell you, they were good enough that I came home and immediately set about finding a recipe to get me as close as possible to the actual experience. I tried out several crust recipes before I found this one, and then watched video tutorials on how to crimp the edges (when I learn something, I'm determined to learn it well! LOL). The filling doesn't require a recipe, per se, but to create an authentic, original Cornish pasty (for any American reader not familiar with the word, it's pronounced with a short a, like in pat, not a long one like in pastry) you're supposed to include only beef, potato, turnip, onion, a dab of butter, and salt and pepper. It's amazing how those simple ingredients combine!

And for dessert, how about some ginger fairings? These cookies are so named because they were a favorite at fairs--and quickly became a favorite in my house too. I researched a few recipes and determined that they were quite similar, involving a few ingredients not exactly common in the US--I actually ordered the spice mix and the golden syrup from Amazon so I could make them, and they were well worth the investment! A bit like a gingersnap but with a hint of toffee flavor, a bit like gingerbread but minus the distinct molasses flavor, these became an instant success in my house. I used this recipe--and had invested a couple months ago in a gram scale because an increasing number of my recipes use weight instead of volume.

Curious about these? Well, stay tuned next week for my big A Name Unknown inspired giveaway, because a tin of cookies, handmade by me, will be one of the prizes!

Some other experiences I found to be unique to Cornwall were the so-dubbed "Cornish palms"--a tree that is actually a cabbage tree, but which looks distinctly like a palm tree. These things dot the Cornish landscape and give you a feel of being somewhere tropical...though the weather doesn't agree. ;-)

And of course, those famous Cornish cliffs.


All of these I enjoyed so very much. Then there were the harrowing sunken roads. My husband insists he loved driving on them, but I recall only the terror of praying we didn't meet a tour bus or something... (Because yes, that pretty ribbon in the picture below is meant for two-way traffic. Somehow.)


All of these have made Cornwall come alive for me, and I pray it will also bring this beautiful countryside alive for you, through the eyes of Rosemary, who's seeing it all for the first time, and Peter, who has to fight to keep his place in it.

Both of whom you'll have the chance to meet in LESS THAN A WEEK! Squee!