Monday, September 29, 2008

Win a Sony E Reader!

The Wild Rose Press wants you to have a SONY eReader! The following authors are sponsoring TWRP’s Fall 2008 SONY eReader giveaway. Between September 22 and December 15, 2008 purchase any title from any of the authors listed below and you will be eligible to enter the contest. Once you make your purchase whether at TWRP’s bookstore or any of their distributors, send a copy of the order number and the title purchased and the date you purchased it to sonyreader@thewildrosepress.comIf you purchase several titles in one order you may send in as many entries as you have titles. For questions, please contact either Rhonda Penders at or

Click on each author's name to link to thier books in our bookstore.
Jean Adams (Champagne - Book due out in October)
Kim Amburn (Crimson Rose)
Clare Austin (Book due out soon)
Clover Autrey (Faery Rose)
Carol Braswell (Crimson Rose)
Sharon Buchbinder (Champagne Rose, Last Rose of Summer)
Anne Carrole (Book due out soon)
Lynda Coker (Yellow Rose)
Wendy Davy (White Rose)
Tabitha Gibson (Sweetheart Rose, Champagne Rose, Crimson Rose)
Devon Gray (Scarlet Rose)
D.K. Harper (Champagne Rose, Last Rose of Summer)
Cierra James (Crimson Rose)
Paty Jager (Cactus Rose, Yellow Rose)
Jennifer Johnson (Champagne Rose)
Sylvia Kaye (Scarlet Rose, Yellow Rose)
Dayana Knight (Black Rose)
Renee Knowles (English Tea Rose)
Sharon Lanergan (English Tea Rose)
Liana Laverentz (Champagne Rose)
Hywela Lyn (Faery Rose)
Cara Marsi (Crimson Rose)
Bess McBride (Faery Rose, Last Rose of Summer, Vintage Rose, Champagne Rose)
Lily Rose Moon (Faery)
Skyhe Moncrief (Black Rose, Faery Rose)
Beth Morrow (Champagne Rose)
E.G. Parsons (Faery Rose)
Victoria Pitts-Caine (American Rose, White Rose)
Amber Polo (Champagne Rose, Faery Rose, Sweetheart Rose)
Sky Purington (Faery Rose)
Rynne Raines (Faery Rose)
Judith Rochelle (Yellow Rose, Crimson Rose)
Jocelyn Saint James (Last Rose of Summer, Champagne)
Jan Scarbrough (Faery Rose)
Tarah Scott (English Tea Rose)
Susan Shay (Yellow Rose)
Patti Shenberger (Champagne Rose)
Robin Shope (Book due out soon)
Linda Swift (Book due out soon)
Margaret Tanner (Vintage Rose, Champagne Rose)
Sara Thacker (Crimson)
Pam Thibodeaux (White Rose)
Deborah Tompkins (Last Rose of Summer)
M.K. Trent (Champagne Rose)
Beth Trissel (American Rose)
Shereen Vedam (Faery Rose, English Tea Rose)
Lisa Wells (Champagne Rose)
Anne Whitfield (Vintage, Last Rose of Summer, Champagne)
Sandy Wickersham-McWhorter (White Rose, Faery Rose)
Patrice Wilton (Faery Rose)
Michelle Witvliet (Champagne)

For questions on this contest, please contact Rhonda Penders at Please put the words SONY eReader contest in the subject line.

No purchase necessary. You may also enter the contest by mailing a postcard to The Wild Rose Press, P.O. Box 708, Adams Basin, NY 14410. Write down the titles of three books or short stories by three different participating authors and we will put your postcard in the general drawing.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Words to Write By

Hey Friends,

Ever wonder where writers get their inspiration?
Check out this newly released devotional Words to Write By compiled by Robin Bayne and published by Mountainview Publishing with contributors such as Robin Lee Hatcher, Deborah Raney, Cecil Murphey, Me :-) and many more!

Words to Write By is available in Ebook and Print!

Monday, September 22, 2008

Tempered Dreams

Hey Friends!

Way back in March, I introduced you to the first book in my series, Tempered Hearts. A lot has happened since then. The last book in the series, Tempered Joy was released in July but today I’d like to tell you a little about book two, Tempered Dreams.

Scripture Reference: Job 33: 14-15; For God does speak, perhaps once, or even twice, though one perceive it not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, (when deep sleep falls upon men) as they slumber in their beds.

Hero: Dr. Scott Hensley has found contentment in his job as one of the leading physicians for the Louisiana Charity Health Care System. Reluctant to love again, he has built a wall around his heart since the death of his wife and parents. A brief encounter with a young woman and brick and mortar begin to crumble.

Heroine: Katrina Simmons has spent nearly ten years of her young life in an abusive marriage when an automobile accident causes her to lose the one thing she desires most; a baby. Coming from a long line of battered women, Katrina determines to be the one to break the pattern, but the pain and fear of loving doesn’t go away easily even after the divorce papers are signed.

Old fears & New love: Katrina struggles with her new-found faith in God (and in man) when her mother dies from a beating. Is Scott’s love and faith strong enough to help her heal from a lifetime of pain? Can dreams be renewed and faith strengthened? Can they find joy and peace in God’s love and in love for one another?

Series Tie-Ins: Fate declared them neighbors, scandal insisted they were brothers. Despite living nearly a state away, Scott’s life-long friendship with Craig Harris remains strong. The death of Katrina’s mother brings back painful memories and causes Scott and Craig to reevaluate whether or not they should search to find out the truth about their parentage.

Blurb: Tempered Dreams
© 2005
Publisher: ComStar Media
ISBN# 0-9769960-3-0
Dr. Scott Hensley (introduced in Tempered Hearts) has built a wall around his heart since the death of his wife and parents. Katrina Simmons is recovering from scars inflicted on her as a battered wife. Can dreams be renewed and faith strengthened? Can they find joy and peace in God’s love and in love for one another?

Excerpt: He grinned. "I'm not blaming you. Yeah," he contradicted. "I guess I am. It’s not my fault that you're so beautiful you take my breath away."

"Right," she snorted. "I'm so beautiful. My legs are too short, my breasts are too small, and my hips are too big. And you think I'm beautiful. You, doctor, need your head examined. Or your eyes."

Scott glared at her, irritated beyond belief at what he was hearing. "That low-life son-of-a-bitch really did a number on you, didn't he?"

Trina gasped, surprised and shocked at his anger. "I was just joking."

"Well, it's not funny. You're constantly putting yourself down, and I'm sick of it!" Lunging from the couch, he carried her into the bedroom and stood her in front of the full-length mirror. "Look at yourself," he insisted, urging her chin up with his hand, determined that she see herself as he saw her.

"Your skin is like silk, all peachy and soft." He brushed his knuckles down her cheek. "Your hair is like satin, thick and shiny, makes me think of..." he hesitated. How could he describe the rich gold shot with equal proportions of red? he wondered, running his fingers through it, pulling her head back against his chest and placing a kiss on it. "Makes me think of a fiery sunset."

"And those eyes," he groaned, forcing himself not to turn her around to face him, "are big and luminous and incredibly rich. Like two huge chocolate drops in a bowl of fresh peaches and cream. Those lips," he traced them with his thumb, "soft and full, beg to be kissed."

His fingers trailed down her throat and over her shoulders until he cupped her breasts in his hands. "Feel perfect to me," he breathed, giving them an intimate squeeze. Releasing the tempting flesh, he continued, running his hands over her torso to cup her waist. "Beautiful," he assured her, his voice thick and husky. "So tiny. I can almost clasp my hands together, you're so tiny."

His hands continued their torturous journey, cupping her hips. With a gentle tug, he pulled her firmly against his body. "Flared just right,” he hummed. “Baby-making hips. Watching you walk, with that subtle sway of yours drives me crazy," he confessed.

"And those legs," he rolled his eyes with a satisfied grunt. Turning her around, he picked her up, and wrapped them around his waist. "Not long, true. But incredibly slender and well toned. The sexiest pair of legs I've seen in a long time. And I see plenty of them in my profession," he admitted, stroking her thigh.

"You have an abundance of energy, and depths of untapped passion that shows in the way you carry yourself, the glow you radiate, and the way you laugh and cry, with all of your emotions. That in itself is a turn on, knowing that when you love, you'll love with all of your being; that you'll hold nothing back, you'll give yourself freely and completely. I know you haven't been loved like that before, and it's hard for you to trust that you ever will, or can. But I love you, Katrina. I love you like that," he whispered.
Tempered Dreams is available in Ebook and Print!

Until later take care, God Bless and remember….when you dream, dream big because all of heaven is dreaming with you!

Pamela S Thibodeaux
“Inspirational with an Edge!” ™

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Release of Relationship Rescue

Just Released at The Wild Rose Press ~ Relationship Rescue

Have you ever wished for a second chance at happiness?

Cindy K. Green has crafted a bittersweet story of failed love and second chances. Sometimes touching, sometimes funny, this short, sweet read will warm your heart. ~ Kara Lynn Russell, author of the Orchard Hill series of Inspirational romances.

Two blind dates: one was stood up and the other one wishes she was. Have they both been set up in more ways than one?

After Mitchell Regan and Robynn Hartley broke off their engagement, they remained friends and continued attending the same church. They've attempted to keep their unhappiness a secret from each other and everyone else but they can't fool their close friends, Marina and Chad Anthony, who decide enough is enough. It's time for a Relationship Rescue.


“You know, Robynn, I think we’ve been set-up.”

“Set-up? Yes, I was set-up. It was a blind date, but I can’t for the life of me figure out why Marina and Chad thought I would have gotten along with Norman Clark.”

“That’s my point. Marina and Chad set me up on a blind date that never showed. You had the date from a sitcom episode.”

Robynn sat up straight. “We were set-up!”

Mitch glanced at the counter again. Robynn turned around to look as well, her face close to his, sending his pulse racing. As he glanced down, she turned her eyes up to him and they locked onto each other. The pull to kiss her here and now was intense. “Robynn, I think they were hoping we might bump into each other tonight and talk just like we have.”

Realization entered her eyes. She began to nod her head as she spoke. “I know Marina was terribly disappointed when we didn’t get married.” She swallowed hard on the last word, her eyes glistening again.

“I think there were several people disappointed about that but maybe we don’t have disappoint them tonight.”

“What do you mean?” A stony expression entered her hooded eyes as she deeply assessed him. She didn’t trust him any further than she could throw him and he couldn’t blame her.

After taking her hand firmly into his, they sat back into the couch. It seemed like an eternity since he’d held her hand so intimately. It gave him the courage to go on. “Come take a walk with me…

Now Available at The Wild Rose Press.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Choices, choices....

So life has become a blur of choices...

"Audrey is asleep. Do I want breakfast or a shower more?"

"Audrey is still asleep. Do I want to put away laundry or take a nap?"

"Audrey is going to be waking up any minute. Do I want to unload the dishwasher or go to the bathroom?" (just kidding... kinda!)

Don't worry, usually I choose a shower =) But wow, mommyhood is so crazy! Its so much work and the little things I took for granted all my life (like being able to go to the bathroom anytime I want! lol) are now like delightful treats...yet I can't imagine life any other way. What did I do before she was here???

For those of you who know me best, you know I bring new definition to the term "Type A" personality. I'm sooo organized, detailed, and well, uptight about schedules and lists and layouts and spreadsheets and plans and.....yeah, mommyhood doesn't really allow for that! Lists and plans help, but most of the time, the list just mocks me and my plans are just dreams for another day. But somehow, its still okay. God is teaching me so much through my precious little bundle of squishy, snuggly, smiley, smelly diapered joy. =)

She's worth every poopy diaper, every stretch mark, every failed plan and un-checked list and sleepless night. I know I'm her mama and its my new duty in life to teach her and guide her, but she's already doing the same to me =)

So life is different. I'm still me, and I still want the same things...I'm still Betsy, I'm still an author, I still have my dreams and goals for my writing career. I still love reading and writing and blogging and emailing and mexican food and Nerds and shoe shopping and working out. But now I'm also Mommy, and with that new identity comes a whole list of new responsibilities that are also important and time consuming.

Yet somehow, it's all working out. God is SO good. I firmly believe He is blessing my time and allowing me to juggle all these new things that while pregnant, I was sooo worried wouldn't work out. It's all coming together.

I know some days will be harder than others but overall, I know as long as God stays involved, we'll all be just fine!

I'm realizing I don't have to sacrifice myself and my identity, I simply (and sometimes not so simply lol) just have to embrace my new role in life and mesh everything together into a new complete package. Betsy + 1.

And I used to never like math!! =P

Friday, September 5, 2008

TWO new Contracts from TWRP!

Hi Friends,

Thought I'd pop by and let you all know that I've received 2 new contracts from TWRP!

One is a FREE READ, "Review of Love" and the other is for a White Rosette, "Winter Madness."

I don't have release dates yet for either but I'll keep you posted!

IMW, to find out what's happening with my other writing projects, visit my website or blog!

Until later....Take care and God BLESS!


Monday, September 1, 2008

When Not Writing

As writers we are often told that we need to sacrifice some things in order to make time for writing. That is true, but no one can write all the time. So what do you do when you aren't writing? Reading would be next on the list for all of us, I think. If there's any time left over after that, what do you like to do?

Crafts are one way I relax after a long day. I've recently started learning to make soap. I use the pre-made "melt and pour base." This method allows for maximum creativity with minimum skill. I also crochet. My Grandmother taught me this skill when I was a child. I had all but forgotten how to crochet until a few years ago when I took it up again. I'm getting fairly good at simple projects and at this point I have no aspirations to conquer more complicated patterns. That would require far too much concentration. The easy projects are great for relaxing while watching TV.

Lately I've become interested in Japanese Amagurumi,or the creation of small, cute animals, dolls and even objects. My favorite pattern book is Amagurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet by by Ana Paula Rimoli. You can visit her shop here.

Sometimes my writing seeps over into my leisure time, as you can see from this photo of my Orchard Hill mascots, Adam and Eve. The pattern is from Amigurumi World.

What do you like to do when you are not reading or writing?

Kara Lynn Russell