Wednesday, October 05, 2016


Down Squash Blossom Road by Janet Chester Bly
Down Squash Blossom Road


Cowgirl Reba Cahill’s schedule is full. Save the family ranch. Free her mom from a mental institute. Solve a murder and kidnapping. Evade a stalker. Can she also squeeze in romance?

Reba Cahill focused on the duties of the ranch, along with her widowed grandmother. But a crippled Champ Runcie returns to Road’s End in a wheelchair and seeks revenge for the accident that put him there. He blames Reba's horse. Meanwhile, a letter from her estranged mom forces her and Grandma Pearl back on the road: I can leave now. Come get me. Love, Mom

When they arrive in Reno, her mother issues a demand and refuses to return to Idaho. They head west instead. In California, Reba’s friend Ginny’s marriage is on the rocks. The family business is threatened. And squabbles turn deadly.

Reba digs deep to find the courage to forge a relationship with her mom and escape a crazed man’s obsession. She also hopes for a future with a horse trainer who offers her a new horse to replace the one she lost in the accident. But why does he have a photo of a pretty woman on his wall?

NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling author Rachel Hauck said of Book 1, Wind in the Wires: “I love your voice! I love the setting...It’s a great story!”  


Down Squash Blossom Road author Janet Chester Bly
Janet Chester Bly
Janet Chester Bly is the widow of Christy Award winning western author Stephen Bly. Together they published 120 fiction and nonfiction books for adults and kids. Janet and their three sons finished Stephen’s last novel, Stuart Brannon’s Final Shot, a Selah Award Finalist. Down Squash Blossom Road is Book 2 in the Reba Cahill contemporary western mystery series. Book 1 is Wind in the Wires. Find out more about the Blys at

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Wednesday, June 01, 2016

The Turning by Davis Bunn

Author Davis Bunn The Turning
The Turning by Davis Bunn

The Turning by Bestselling and Christy Award winning author Davis Bunn

A voice. A message. Five dissimilar people. Thirteen days of high-stakes spiritual warfare. A businessman with a speech impediment and a crucial report to give. 

A heavy black gal choir director summoned to apologize to her prodigal sister. A Sunday School teacher with a wasted nephew. A wayward Chinese American woman with a proud heritage who humbly makes peace with her father. 

A patchwork of characters with different backgrounds and motivations offer and accept apologies to make peace with the greatest source of conflicts in their lives. They bond to obey God’s call to restrain a rampantly exploding, diabolical lie. Against all earthly logic, a divine command, and an unforeseen meeting results in a challenge to the cultural direction of the nation and wages war against the most powerful and influential industry in North America. 

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Homestead by Jane Kirkpatrick

Author Jane Kirkpatrick's Homestead book
Homestead by Jane Kirkpatrick

Another Bly Books recommended author: 

Historical fiction novelist Jane Kirkpatrick was interviewed for one of her nonfiction books on Book TV and programmed on the C-Span network April 5, 2014.

She talks about her first book Homestead that was reissued by Whitaker House. The story is of her and her husband's journey to make a new life on a remote ranch in the 1980s. They have lived there for 27 years. The presentation is part of a local content program C-Span does to introduce eastern viewers to smaller communities throughout the country. 

This one features the city of Bend, Oregon. 
Click here to see the Homestead interview: HOMESTEAD INTERVIEW

Sunday, October 25, 2015

A Husband For Christmas by Gail Gaymer Martin

A Husband for Christmas
When I considered starting a new series, I weighed ideas that caught my interest. Though I often write about small towns, I wanted to try something even more intimate and the idea of residence on the same street in a small town. 

I prefer using places I know, and though I had never been to Owosso, Michigan, which is a small town, I made arrangements to visit there and had the help of a wonderful woman who is responsible for the Chamber of Commerce and all of the events found in this amazing small town.

The two day visit I made in Owosso sealed my excitement about writing this story. I not only learned about the many interesting community events in town but also in the adjacent two of Corunna. The cities share many events and every season of the year brings back favorite activities for the community. 

Monday, March 23, 2015

New Bly Books Releases!

Available Now! And Coming Soon! New Bly Books Releases ... 

New Bly Books Release The Way-Paver Society
The Way-Paver Society

Nine Following Jesus Series eBooklets ... 

The Way-Paver Society ... Available Now! Rest Coming soon!
Following Jesus means ministry, no fear of excellence, and doing all things well. Start with the basics of being a way-paver by a study of John the Baptist. Consider John's four secrets to spiritual success and greatness. Review the fine print. Dig deeper into the Book of Mark. Suggestions for individual and group study.

Also in this Series:

The Pallet Carrier’s Union
Get Ready! Get Set!
People You Meet Along the Way
Try the Door One More Time
Life With That Extra Zest
Bargain Price Fame
Dodging Detours & Dead Ends
The Trouble With Greatness / The Humility of Fame

New Bly Books Release The Dog Who Would Not Smile
The Dog Who Would Not Smile

Re-release of the Six Nathan T. Riggins Western Adventure Series ...

The Dog Who Would Not Smile ... Available Now! Rest Coming Soon!
After Nathan's grandparents die of the pox disease, he heads West alone to find his parents. When he gets to the town he believes they're in, it's deserted. What does he do now?

The rest of the series coming soon ...

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

4-Month Wind in the Wires Blog Tour & Giveaways

New Novel Release Wind in the Wires by Janet Chester Bly
Wind in the Wires

New Novel Release Wind in the Wires by Janet Chester Bly, Book 1, Trails of Reba Cahill

A cowgirl searches for love and family. An old man seeks justice. Their Ford Model T journey to Goldfield, Nevada exposes lies and betrayal. And two cold case murders. Will the truth be too hard for either to bear?

It’s 1991. Reba Cahill loves ranching with her grandmother on the Camas Prairie of north-central Idaho. But there’s a lot of work for the two of them. She figures a rancher husband would ease the load. But she finds few prospects in the fictional small town of Road’s End.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Widow's Journey Conference - March 6-8, 2015

A Widow's Journey
To Be Released: 3/1/2015
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A Sandy Cove Conference Center weekend for widows of all ages and at any point in the journey.

Being a widow is to be in a very lonely place.

People say, "Isn't it wonderful he's with the Lord," and you want to yell, "No! He should be here with me."
Spend a weekend with other widows where you are with people who understand. Come share your heart and your hurt and be encouraged as we remind ourselves that, hard as it is, our God is able. Learn from women who are where you are, women who have weathered grief and difficult times.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Better To See You, new novel by Gail Gaymer Martin

Better To See You
Gail Gaymer Martin

A Romantic Suspense Based on a Fairytale...

Visiting her ailing grandmother in the fairytale-like German town, Lucy Blair plans to be a caregiver during her grandma’s illness. And attend the world-renowned theater production of the Passion of Christ.
But she runs into her old college boyfriend, Ron Woodson, in Germany to learn woodcarving for his furniture making business.
Will their meeting rekindle the old flame?
Or will the past smother the new spark?

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Wrestling with Wonder by Marlo Schalesky

Wrestling With Wonder by Marlo Schalesky
Wrestling with Wonder

Here’s a new book that uses both fiction and nonfiction to explore the life of Mary, Jesus’ mother, in a unique way.  It’s called: WRESTLING WITH WONDER, a Transformational Journey through the Life of Mary

HERE’S A BIT ABOUT Wrestling With Wonder: 

You’ve never seen Mary, or her God, like this!
Who is this God?  Who is he who calls us to surrender and then leads us on a journey of twists and turns, ups and downs, unlike anything we could have ever expected?
Who is this God who calls a young girl to birth a Savior and then watch him die on a Roman cross?
Who is he who fulfills every promise and yet shatters every expectation?
Come, join Mary, Jesus’ mother, on a journey of discovery.
Hear the angel’s call, walk the long road to Bethlehem, give birth in a barn, search for a lost son, kneel at the foot of a cross, and experience the wind of the Spirit.
Come, walk with Mary, and find your own journey in hers.

Because life rarely turns out the way we planned...
Because we lose the wonder in the disappointments of life ...
Because being highly favored does not mean being highly pampered ...
Because Mary shows us God -- Passionate, breath-taking, and unpredictable...


While I was writing WRESTLING WITH WONDER, I had the opportunity to perform two monologues as Mary at my church, using material from my book.
I thought it would be fun to share here one of those monologues...

Narration -- What Kind of King?

He was born.  Born in a barn, wrapped in rags, laid in a feeding trough.  No palace, no crib, no soft silk meant for a king.  The animals were our witnesses.  Lowly shepherds our first visitors.
What kind of King is this?
I held him in my arms. He nestled, and nuzzled. So normal. So real. He let out a cry, his mouth open, searching. I smiled and guided him to eat.  He was strong, this newborn son of mine. Of God’s. This Messiah.
I rolled the word over in my mind as I gazed down at his pink cheeks, his stock of curly black hair. His eyes were closed, his lashes dark against his skin.
Messiah. Rescuer. Deliverer. Redeemer. King … Baby.
What kind of King is this?
He grew up, my Messiah-Son.  And was nothing like I expected.  He didn’t conquer Rome, he didn’t rule the nations, he didn’t raise an army or free Israel . . . at least not in the way I had dreamed.
Instead, he asked me to face my deepest fear. My darkest doubt. My nightmare.
A young man came to me in the night. He came disheveled and out of breath. Told me they had arrested my son. Men came—soldiers, crowds, but not only them, the priests came too. The leaders of my people. They came by night to a garden with clubs and torches and swords. And they took him.
They took him to Gabbatha, the Stone Pavement. The place of judgment.

I stood there, shaking, in a courtyard with a crowd. The noonday sun beat down on us, illuminating the stones, the people, the priests, Pilate, and my son, wavering on the platform before me. A glance stole my breath, constricted my heart. I barely recognized him. His eye was swollen, his clothes bloody. He looked like a lamb already slaughtered.
What kind of King is this?
He wore a purple robe, as if to mock him. And on his head ... Oh, Lord ... My soul shattered.
On his head was a crown made of the thorns of the akanthos bush. Blood runs down his forehead, his cheeks.
Akanthos, a symbol of my people’s shame ...
Pilate held up his hand. “Behold your king!” he shouted.
I covered my face, peeked through my fingers.
“Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?”
For a moment, hope soared through me.
And was crushed by a single word: “Barabbas!”
Just days before the crowds welcomed him like David coming into his kingdom. They laid palm branches, they cried hosanna! They sang, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the king of Israel!” They threw down their coats so the colt’s hooves would not even touch the dirt.
And I believed he rode in to claim his kingdom at last.
But what kind of King is this?
A king isn’t beaten.
A king isn’t bloody.
A king doesn’t die a criminal’s death.
Or does He?
Pilate spoke again. “What shall I do with this Jesus?” he cried.
The question drove into me like a soul-piercing sword. It drove through me, became my own. What shall I do with this Jesus? What shall I do with a King destined to die?
What shall I do with this kind of King?
Marlo Schalesky
doing Mary Monologue
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If you enjoy this book, you will also like Awakening Your Sense of Wonder by Janet Chester Bly. Find it
Awakening Your Sense of Wonder

Monday, August 11, 2014

Rebecca’s Crossing, new novel by Kay Rizzo

Rebecca's Crossing by Kay Rizzo
Rebecca's Crossing
Rebecca's Crossing Book Blurb:

“I can take care of myself!” Rebecca snapped, slamming the derringer onto the shelf beneath the counter top.

At nineteen, Rebecca Cunard, youngest child of Pastor Eli and Fay Cunard, is a feisty and fiercely independent young woman, more at home in her prospector’s garb than the lacy dresses she wears to work each day at Joe Master’s mercantile store. 

One fateful day, her rash words force her to flee from home under the cover of darkness.  Under the watchful eye and protection of Hobie Masters, her faithful childhood friend, Rebecca sets out on a journey that will take her from Placerville, California—almost three thousand miles—to Independence, Missouri, and the safety of Serenity Inn and her brother Caleb.

As she leaves, Fay Cunard reminds her daughter that “as strong as you think you may be, you need to let others help you.  Your biggest flaw is thinking you don’t need help from others.  But you do, especially from God.”