Sunday, July 17, 2016

CAN SCAVENGER HUNT BLOG STOP #11








LINDA KOZAR, I’m so happy to feature you on my blog for this CAN Scavenger Hunt. What book are we featuring today?


WEIGHTY MATTERS, Book 6 in my Until The Fat Ladies Sing cozy mystery collection. 

When a traveling circus comes to Wachita, Texas, bad things begin to happen under the Big Top. Super-sized sleuths, Sue Jan and Lovita take to the tents to track a crazy clown killer, even though Lovita is fixing to give birth in a few short weeks. Then a scary Sasquatch is sighted in the Wachita woods, attracting a TV news reporter, a Bigfoot investigative team, and a reality show film crew. The townsfolk are shaking in their cowboy boots but Sue Jan and Lovita aren’t clowning around. 

What encouraged you to write this story?
I've always been fascinated with circuses and terrified of clowns. So of course, I had to write a mystery involving a circus and a creepy clown. Plus, my characters Sue Jan and Lovita are a hoot. I miss them when I'm not writing about them. It's like we're friends. When you write a series, you really feel like you know your characters. Gosh, maybe that clown isn't so weird. Maybe I am!  

I know our readers will want to know more about you. Please tell us a bit about your family.
I've been married to my sweet husband Michael for 27 years. He works for ExxonMobil. We have two beautiful daughters and a feisty JRT named Gypsy. My oldest daughter Katie is married to Dan, a Baptist pastor. Katie graduated from Baylor with a masters in social work and is employed as a behavioral interventionist in the public school system in Waco. Dan graduated with an undergraduate degree in Business from A&M and received his Masters in Seminary at Baylor. My youngest daughter, Lauren graduated from UNT, did an internship at NBC in LA, then returned to Texas and did an internship at The Richards Group, a Dallas ad agency, and they hired her a few months later in public relations/digital journalism.

I love my family and do not put my writing before them. That said, I do believe in boundaries. If I needed a block of time to write, I expected my family to respect that. Did that always happen? No. But I don't regret closing my laptop and offering my shoulder to a tearful teen or going to the movies with my husband. I love writing and they all know it. So hopefully, you'll be reading a lot more from me in the coming years. I have so many ideas for great stories! 

What are some of the things you like to do for fun?
Oil painting is really relaxing for me. Also painting with acrylics. I really lose myself in the creation. Writing makes you think, but painting is different. You go with the muse of the moment. I like it. However, since we got a Jack Russell Terrier puppy, the word, "relax" isn't part of my daily life much any more. Gypsy is going on ten months now and a bundle of energy and mischief. I haven't been able to paint much. I have enjoyed a bit of crafting though. My oldest daughter Katie and her husband Dan asked me what I wanted for my birthday and I asked them to finish a project for me. Turned out to be the best gift ever! A friend down the street replaced one of her large brass and glass lanterns with a chandelier, so I asked her for the lantern. I decided to make a terrarium out of it and fill it with succulents. They did it for me! And I was overjoyed. Check out the photo of it! 

How many books do you have out now?
Fourteen and counting. I am traditionally and independently published. I write fiction and nonfiction. Everything from devotions and anthologies to cozy mysteries, historical romance, contemporary romance, speculative fiction.

Please give us the first page of the book.

Weighty Matters
Chapter One
Not My Monkeys, Not My Circus 

“Did you hear?” Breathless, my best friend and business partner, Sue Jan Madson, burst through the door of the Crown of Glory Beauty Salon and Boutique. She tipped her head down, hands on her knees, panting. “Lovita, d-did you hear?” Sue Jan looked up, eyes wild with excitement.
“Hear what?” I flicked off the blow dryer, my last nerve standing on end.

Now, normally, I’m supposed to handle the boutique part of the Crown of Glory Beauty Shop and Boutique, with the pretty dresses and shoes and purses and such, but when the need arises, everyone knows I step in to do blowouts, cuts, and color. Even Homecoming and Prom Do’s. And this morning, as usual, the need arose.

Sue Jan messaged that she had some sort of “errand” to do on the way to work, so I wound up doing the whole shebang for her new nitpicky client, Mrs. Barlow.

“The circus is coming to Wachita!” Sue Jan batted the air as if an invisible piƱata would dispense goodies.

I sniffed, which rhymes with miffed, which I was. “Is it ‘the’ circus, or ‘a’ circus? There’s more than one circus in the world, you know.”

Sue Jan stuck her tongue out. “Don’t be all uppity with your language smarts, Lovita. ‘A’ circus is coming to town tomorrow! It’s called ‘More Deck Eye’s Circus and Slideshow, and we’re going!” She reached into her purse and pulled out a small bag of boiled peanuts, cracking a few open at lightning speed.

I was about to address her use of the word “Slideshow” instead of “Sideshow” when Sue Jan’s pesky client spoke up.

“A circus?” Mrs. Barlow, a sixtyish, salt-and-peppery-haired woman with a beak where a nose should have been, suddenly perked up.  “What kind of circus would come to this town? The only kind of circus this ‘one-hearse town’ would attract is a flea circus.” She swiped her nose across her sleeve. 

Where can the readers find you on the Internet?
Linda’s Website:  http://www.lindakozar.com 
Along Came A Writer Radio Show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/search?q=gate-beautiful 
Babes With A Beatitude Blog: http://www.babeswithabeatitude.blogspot.com
Bookish Desires Blog: http://bookishdesires.blogspot.com 
Cozy Mystery Magazine Blog: http://cozymysterymagazine.blogspot.com

I’m so glad to have read your funny, quirky first page of your latest book, Weighty Matters. That little taste certainly makes me want to read more! And it was so enjoyable getting to know you a little. Thank you so much for visiting on my blog. For new visitors, my bio and latest book is below. Be sure to look for the SECRET PHRASE.

LEAVE A COMMENT TO WIN EITHER A COPY OF ANGEL WITH STEEL WINGS FEATURED ON THE PREVIOUS BLOG OR A COPY OF RED IS FOR ROOKIE. THERE WILL BE TWO WINNERS, EACH ONE WILL RECEIVE THEIR CHOICE OF ONE OF MY TWO NEW RELEASES.

ANNE GREENE delights in writing about alpha heroes who aren’t afraid to fall on their knees in prayer, and about gutsy heroines. Her Women of Courage Series spotlights heroic women of World War II, with the first book Angel With Steel Wings available. Enjoy her private investigating series, Handcuffed In Texas by reading the first book, Holly Garden, PI, Red is for Rookie. Visit Anne at AnneGreeneAuthor.com.

Phrase: about books to  

Anne’s latest book, Red Is For Rookie highlights Private Investigator Holly Garden. PI’s don’t usually track kidnappers, but Matt is Holly’s lifelong friend. During the race to save him, Holly discovers Matt’s in love with her. Her mother’s convinced Holly will end up dead, so she hires a bodyguard to protect Holly. She needs Stryker’s expertise and help, but risks her heart working with the danger-loving man. With Matt and Stryker turning her life upside down, can Holly make a choice?  

Next Stop on the CAN Scavenger Hunt #12
http://bookishdesires.blogspot.com -  Next stop.

If you’re ready to enter the CAN group Scavenger Hunt contest, click here to send in your entry: http://christianauthorsnetwork.com/newreleases/




Tuesday, June 14, 2016

SPIES IN HOOP SKIRTS


ANNE GREENE here. For the next several months on the 14th day, I shall be writing about women spies during the Civil War. I hope you will join me! www.hhhistory.com. There is a book giveaway too.

ANNE GREENE here. For the next several months on the 14th day, I shall be writing about women spies during the Civil War. I hope you will join me! www.hhhistory.com. There is a book giveaway too.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

WHAT'S HAPPENING WITH ANNE

Hi Friends,
I just wanted to bring you up to date on some recent happenings in my Book World. My other blog used to be named Christian Fiction Historical Society Blog. I share the blog with 29 other excellent Christian writers. We decided to rename our blog Heroes, Heroines and History. You can access the blog on the 14th day of each month for my post at www.HHHistory.com. I hope you will join me and the other writers there. There are many chances to win books.



My latest Scottish historical, MARRIAGE BY ARRANGEMENT, has finalled in a number of  contests.
 
 
 
 


Marriage By Arrangement has also received a number of Five Star Reviews! Here is just one.

 

MASQUERADE MARRIAGE, the first book in the Scottish Marriage Trilogy, also won awards.
 
 
 
If you like mysteries, try mine.

You can purchase these book on http://www.pelicanbookgroup.com. and http://www.amazon.com.

And finally I just signed a contract with Elk Lake Publishing for a World War II Courageous Women series. The first book, ANGEL WITH STEEL WINGS,, about a woman test pilot will release soon.

I also signed a contract with Elk Lake Publishing for a private investigator series. The first book, HOLLY GARDEN, PI, RED IS FOR ROOKIE, will release in 2015.

So much has happened since I last gave you tips on writing. God has blessed and is blessing.

Looks for my next post on  that most important facet of novels, CHARACTERIZATION, next week. A book without compelling characters is an unpublished book. I have excellent suggestions to make your characters jump off the page and into the reader's heart. 

Leave a comment and tell me what's happening in your Book World for a chance to win an autographed copy of MARRIAGE BY ARRANGEMENT.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 

Monday, April 14, 2014

MAKE EVERY SCENE COUNT


 
Anne Greene here. If you don’t want your readers to skim parts of your books, use the following template for each scene you write. 

Before you write each scene write a one sentence description of what you want that scene to convey: the purpose of the scene. If the scene has no purpose, delete the scene. 

Define what drives the scene: the conflict. Show the worst thing that could happen to this character at this particular time.  

Define the chapter’s goal. This is a turning point. One or the other of the character’s ends up on top or changes. 

Write a great opening sentence to that scene. This quickly gains your reader’s attention. 

Define what you want to reader to feel. Use each of the five senses to make the reader feel what you want her to feel: Sight, sound, smell, feel, taste. Sight is the easiest. Taste is probably the hardest. But work all these into your scene. These are significant details that bring the reader into experiencing the scene. 


Establish the time, place, and event. Make certain you have action, dialogue and narrative in fairly equal parts. Move the story along. Create tension through complications. 

Make certain your hero/heroine rises to the occasion: has courage. Perhaps the hero/heroine does something uncharacteristic. This shows change and growth. Make sure the change is logical as they grow from one point into the next point. Make certain everything they do is well motivated. Readers believe any action as long as it’s well motivated. What keeps the hero/heroine from just walking away? 

EVEN IN FANTASY, WRITE THE SCENE SO IT IS BELIEVABLE. 

Each scene should end with a hook to keep the reader engaged.  

Do not bore your reader. Anything unnecessary to plot or characterization DELETE. For instance: sermons, excessive naval-gazing, even excessive action. Each word needs a reason for being included in the scene. Do not add anything unnecessary to the scene.


What do you skim in the books you read? Are you like me and simply toss a book that bores you, or do you soldier on until the end? Join my FOLLOWERS and leave a comment for a chance to win an autographed copy of my Scottish Historical Romance, Marriage By Arrangement.  

Last week Debbie Wilder, Renee Blair, Deb Kastner, Kristin Mayfield, Sarah K., and Ladette Kerr all won a copy of Marriage By Arrangment. 

ANNE GREENE delights in writing about wounded heroes and gutsy heroines. Her second novel, a Scottish historical, Masquerade Marriage, won three prestigious book awards. The sequel Marriage By Arrangement released November, 2013.  A Texas Christmas Mystery also won awards. Anne’s highest hope is that her stories transport the reader to awesome new worlds and touch hearts to seek a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus. Anne makes her home in McKinney, Texas. She loves to talk with her readers. Buy Anne’s books at http://www.Amazon.com. Talk with Anne on twitter at @TheAnneGreene. View Anne’s books, travel pictures and art work at http://www.AnneGreeneAuthor.com.

 

 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

CATCH US IF YOU CAN: Spring Scavenger Hunt


Catch Us if You CAN: Spring Scavenger Hunt! STOP #5, Anne Greene’s Blog.
Here are the CAN Hunt’s official guidelines: 


WELCOME, to the Catch Us if You CAN: Spring Scavenger Hunt! We hope you enjoy meeting Christian Author Network members as you chase clues for the chance to win our grand prize: $200 in gift cards from CBD, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon, plus 29 free books, one from each participating CAN author! 
·     2nd & 3rd Prizes: $50 Amazon, B&N, or CBD gift certificate! 
·     This hunt begins at Noon on Friday, 03/21/14 and ends at Midnight on Thursday, 03/27/14. No  hurry as you search for clues—you have almost an entire week! If you need help during the hunt, check in here: http://illuminatingthewordthroughfiction.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-help-page-for-catch-us-if-you-can.html  
·     Enjoy 29 stops, each featuring a different CAN author!
·     Gather clues from each post, beginning at STOP # 1 and ending at Stop #29. Follow the directions and fill out the Rafflecopter form. Be ready to provide the complete clue in sentence form, gathered from all 30 stops, within 2 days of email notification or another winner will be randomly drawn. There is no need to email/submit the clue, unless you are notified by 03/29/13.
Sorry, due to international regulations and postage costs, prizes will be awarded to US Residents only. Individual contests within the hunt may vary, so please read rules presented with each giveaway.
Welcome, Hunters! I'm pleased to introduce Kathy Harris at this stop. Kathy, your website says you took a “divine detour.” What does that mean? Hi, Anne! I think we’ve all taken a “divine detour” in life—probably quite a few of them. My biggest detour was moving to Nashville after college to work in the entertainment business. Since then, I’ve enjoyed a long career in music marketing, but about a dozen years ago I decided to get back to writing, my first creative passion.
Tell me about your Christian fiction debut. The Road to Mercy is a story about forgiveness…and of God’s unprecedented love and mercy for us all. Wouldn’t it be great if we could love and forgive each other—or even ourselves—like that?

 


I understand you’ve also been published in a few non-fiction anthologies. I have. Building a fiction career is a long, but interesting journey. Along the way, I’ve been honored to contribute to several non-fiction books, including Chicken Soup for the Soul’s Thanks, Mom, Tyndale House’s The One Year Life Verse Devotional, and Thomas Nelson’s All My Bad Habits I Learned from Grandpa.
Want to know more about Kathy? She would love for you to friend her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/KathyHarrisAuthor or follow her on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/divinedetour. And you can read more about The Road to Mercy at www.kathyharrisbooks.com.
Thank you, Kathy! CAN hunter, are you ready to continue?
THE SCAVENGER HUNT CAN-DOs: 

Before you go, write down this STOP #5 clue: Authors 

WAIT! Check out this giveaway! Make a comment and leave your email at the next stop and Kathy will enter your name into a drawing for an e-book of The Road to Mercy.
 

And don’t forget to leave a comment on this page for three chances to win an autographed copy of Anne Greene’s Scottish historical romance, Marriage By Arrangement. These are additional prizes to the Scavenger Hunt prizes.

BECAUSE THERE IS SO MUCH TRAFFIC, I'M OFFERING THREE EXTRA CHANCES TO WIN ONE OF THREE EXTRA BOOKS TO ANYONE WHO JOINS THIS BLOG AS A FOLLOWER AFTER FOLLOWER #41. THAT'S SIX EXTRA CHANCES!
 

Now, proceed to stop #6, http://kathyharrisbooks.com/blog/?p=26460/ KATHY HARRIS'S BLOG

Friday, February 14, 2014

INTENSIFIERS



ANNE GREENE HERE.       

Two weeks ago I wrote how to make your characters unforgettable. This week I’m discussing how to rack up the intensity in your novel. 

USE INTENSIFIERS TO ITENSIFY THE EMOTIONS.  

ADD SOMETHING UNEXPECTED TO EVERY SCENE. 

SHOW the POV character through his perceptions (what he sees), emotions (what he feels), flashbacks (what he remembers and relives). 

Show three objects the POV character notices.  

For instance, in my book Murder In Istanbul the hero notices, a broken vase, an overturned table, and a high heeled shoe. So he deduces that she attacked the massive thug with the vase to try to help him. The thug overturned the table going after her. Her shoe is missing. She can’t run without her shoe. She must be in shock because she doesn’t know her shoe is missing. (perceptions) 

The three objects are intensifiers. 

Show three unexpected emotions in every scene.  

For instance, in my book Cupid Goes Barnstorming, Rand meets Gloria for the first time. She’s stunning. She has backbone and spirit even if she is one of those new-fangled flappers, and she’s a moocher. Those are his perceptions. His emotions range from she’d complicate his life, he had no money for the gold-digger, but he’d give her the most dangerous job on the planet. (not so much emotions as decisions) - emotions take more time than I have here. But one is definitely unexpected.

 


Now, if you use flashbacks, throw in the unexpected 

What SCENE do you remember from a book you read (not from a movie)! Does it contain intensifiers?

Leave a comment for a chance to win an autographed copy of Anne’s latest release, Marriage By Arrangement.
 
 

On March 1st, Anne will write about how to add an exciting new twist to your book. Come back and visit. Join her followers or add the date to your computer calendar. 

ANNE GREENE delights in writing about wounded heroes and gutsy heroines. Her second novel, a Scottish historical, Masquerade Marriage, won numerous awards. The sequel Marriage By Arrangement released November, 2013.  A Texas Christmas Mystery also won awards. Anne makes her home in McKinney, Texas. Tim LaHaye led her to the Lord when she was twenty-one and Chuck Swindoll is her Pastor. Anne’s highest hope is that her stories transport the reader to an awesome new world and touch hearts to seek a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus. Buy Anne’s books at http://www.Amazon.com. Talk with Anne on twitter at @TheAnneGreene. Visit Anne’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AnneWGreeneAuthor.

                                              

Saturday, February 1, 2014

ONE EASY WAY TO MAKE UNFORGETTABLE CHARACTERS


Anne Greene here: 


What will your characters fight to the core for? 

What does your heroine fight for? What does she stand for?

What will she not give up, no matter what happens? 

         Is she showing this?

         What is her motivation for the above? Have you told the reader?
 
 

 
 
What does your hero fight for? What does he stand for?

What will he never give up, no matter what happens?

         Is he showing this?

         What is his motivation for the above? Have you told the reader?
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
And the villain should be real as well. He should believable. He should have a good side.  


What does the Villain fight for? What does he stand for? Why does he not think he is evil?

What will he never give up, no matter what happens?

          Is the villain showing this?

          What is his motivation for the above? Have you told the reader?


Each character must change over the course of the story. They need to discover something about themselves.  

Do all of the above and readers will not be able to forget your real-life-like characters. 

What characters do you remember from the novels you’ve read in the past year? Leave a comment for a chance to win an autographed copy of Anne’s latest release, Marriage By Arrangement.  
 

ANNE GREENE delights in writing about wounded heroes and gutsy heroines. Her second novel, a Scottish historical, Masquerade Marriage, won numerous awards. The sequel Marriage By Arrangement released November, 2013.  A Texas Christmas Mystery also won awards. Anne makes her home in McKinney, Texas. Tim LaHaye led her to the Lord when she was twenty-one and Chuck Swindoll is her Pastor. Anne’s highest hope is that her stories transport the reader to an awesome new world and touch hearts to seek a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus. Buy Anne’s books at http://www.Amazon.com. Talk with Anne on twitter at @TheAnneGreene. Visit Anne’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AnneWGreeneAuthor 

On February 15th, Anne will write about how to intensify each scene in your manuscript. Come back and visit. Join her followers or add the date to your computer calendar.

 

Saturday, January 18, 2014


End of Blog Tour     
 
Anne Greene here. You’ve enjoyed six interviews about me, so I think you know me pretty well.
 
So, to end the Blog Tour, I want to tell you more about MARRIAGE BY ARRANGEMENT. I love this book.

                     A MARRIAGE COVENANT
                    Why does a handsome, powerful noble of the highest rank in England stoop to marry a mere Lady of Lowland Scotland?
 

                     A GREAT SECRET
                    Are the whispered stories about him true? With his shadowy past and strange behavior what awful secret does he hide? Each change of clothes transforms him into a different man.

                                                           
                     AN IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE
                    Can Lady Cailin keep her vow to make her marriage happy and successful, unlike that of her parents, or to save her unborn child, must she arrange for the Duke’s accidental death?
 
                
Here is an excerpt:

CHAPTER ONE

Castle Drummond, home of Lord and Lady MacMurry, near the Village of Kirkmichael in Lowland Scotland -– April 19, 1746

           “I won’t run.” A shudder skipped down Lady Cailin MacMurry’s spine, and she stared at her younger sister. “I’m committed.”

“It’s not too late. I heard another scandalous rumor about Duke Avondale.” Lady Megan MacMurry grasped Cailin’s arm.

          “I won’t listen to gossip.” Cailin pulled away from her sister and lifted her wedding bouquet to inhale the white rose fragrance. If only the sweet scent could overcome Megan’s words, and her own misgivings. Though most arranged marriages turned out badly, surely God would give her a loving one. After all, since her earliest years, she’d prayed for a happily-ever-after love.

          “Ask yourself why such a grand noble would stoop to marry a Scottish lass with but the title Lady? Why did he not choose an English Duchess or Marchioness or even a Countess?” Megan tilted her head and lifted elegant brows.

          Why indeed? Cailin clutched her enormous diamond engagement necklace. The thing felt heavy with responsibility. 

“The man’s an English duke. He owns palaces all over England.” Megan planted her hands on her slender, mossy-green silk covered hips. “Every noble lass in the land should be offering to give her right arm to be in your shoes. And yet they are not.”

New knots formed in the nape of Cailin’s neck. She held her finger to her lips. “Too late to turn back now. The wedding chorus has begun.” She forced her feet to take the first step and then began the slow glide from the stone castle’s rear archway through the garden toward the rose arbor.

With a jerk, Megan lifted and straightened Cailin’s cumbersome satin train. “In truth, beyond his wealth and titles, our family knows little about the English Duke.” She gathered up her own long skirts and ran ahead to lead Cailin down the flower-strewn path.

Seven bridesmaids stopped giggling and chatting and moved to their places in front of Megan to head the procession.

          Beneath her veil, Cailin smoothed her frown.

Papa had chosen to take this path in light of the violent upheaval following England’s latest battle with the Highlanders. Her marriage to the Duke would shelter her family with his great cloak of protection. Neither the English nor the Scots would dare invade a castle guarded by the powerful Duke’s Coat of Arms.

          More goosebump fingers shivered her spine. Surely jealousy fueled the flagrant tittle-tattle. She pulled in a deep breath, straightened her shoulders, and took measured steps in time to the music toward the loch gleaming in the late afternoon sunlight. She would not let whispers spoil her wedding. She laid her hand lightly on her father’s offered arm.

          Their procession passed the scores of guests assembled on both sides of the flowered path. Ahead her groom stood beneath the rose bower, sunlight from the loch gleaming on him, the pastor, and his groomsman.

          Her heart fluttered.

The Duke looked the perfect picture of manhood. He towered above his shorter groomsman and the pastor. Sun glinting off his iceberg blue satin coat, heavily laced with gold, almost blinded her. His chocolate eyes gazed past the dazzling crowd of guests and focused on her. Beneath those beckoning eyes, the straight bridge of his nose above softly smiling lips formed the most handsome face she’d ever seen. Her pulse quickened. Butterflies flitted from her stomach to her heart and back. 

As she reached her groom and the chamber music died, her high-heeled slippers sunk into the grassy moor, but her foreboding dissolved like fog before the sunshine.   

The rose bower in the garden where she and the Duke stood together and promised their fidelity was pure romance with its lush greenery, heavy scent of roses, and panorama of softly rolling, newly green glen. Though she didn’t know the man she wed, she repeated with all her heart to love, honor, and obey him as long as she should live.

Marrying a man one had barely met happened more often than not to daughters of Lords. So why were her knees shaking? Her attractive groom, with his mahogany hair, wide shoulders, and square jaw, held her hand gently in his warm, strong grasp. Rumors were just rumors, and, truth be told, if he were not perfect, neither was she.

A breeze loosened strands of brown hair from the gold band that tied the thick mass neatly behind his muscular neck to dance around his face.

She was glad he had not powdered his hair. Her throat tightened. Loving him would be easy.

Oh God, please let him love me.

She would love him so greatly, with everything inside her heart. Surely he would love her in return. She would work hard to make certain her marriage turned out differently from Mums. There would be no coldness, nor violent arguments between her and her grand Duke. No sleeping in separate parts of the castle. No making their daughters’ lives miserable with the dislike they bore one another.

As the magnificent sunset painted him gold, the Duke’s chestnut eyes stared into hers with promise, his inviting lips tipped upwards at the corners, and his demeanor was affectionate and approving.

Joy burst through her chest, and she gave him a brilliant smile. Yes, her marriage would be happy. A storybook marriage like Cinderella’s.

The English parson the Duke had brought with him raised a hand in blessing. “I now pronounce you man and wife. You may kiss the bride.”

She handed her heavy bouquet of roses and lilies to Megan and tipped her chin up.

The tall, lithe, young Duke stepped forward and lifted her expensive Brussels veil. She was so very fortunate he was not old.

She closed her eyes.

He touched his lips to hers.

Oh! Her eyes flew open. The bridal kiss had been so short…and disappointing. The pledge in his gaze had led her to expect so much more. She frowned. Their first kiss was like melding lips with someone on stage, acting a part. 

He dropped his arms and moved back.

She’d scarcely been around men, and the Duke was a stranger. She frowned. And his kiss had held so little promise.

A terrifying thought swirled through her brain like a ghost. Since Papa had betrothed Megan to a cruel man, what type of man had he selected for her? Were safety and titles and lands more important to Papa than both his daughters’ happiness?

She shivered.
                                                                                                    
 

I’m giving away three autographed copies of Marriage By Arrangement. For your chance to win, simply join my following. Three of you will win. Also leave a comment with your email address so I can contract you for your snail mail address when you win a book.

ANNE GREENE delights in writing about wounded heroes and gutsy heroines. Her second novel, a Scottish historical, Masquerade Marriage, won the New England Reader Choice award, the Laurel Wreath Award, and the Heart of Excellence Award. The sequel Marriage By Arrangement released November, 2013.  A Texas Christmas Mystery also won awards. She makes her home in McKinney, Texas. Tim LaHaye led her to the Lord when she was twenty-one and Chuck Swindoll is her Pastor. View Anne’s travel pictures and art work at http://www.AnneGreeneAuthor.com. Anne’s highest hope is that her stories transport the reader to an awesome new world and touch hearts to seek a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus. Buy Anne’s books at http://www.PelicanBookGroup.com. Or at http://www.Amazon.com. Talk with Anne on twitter at @TheAnneGreene. Visit Anne’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AnneWGreeneAuthor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday, January 17, 2014

MARRIAGE BY ARRANGEMENT

Anne Greene here:

You've read excerpts of Marriage By Arrangement and you've met and talked with me. So, in today's blog, which will be short and hopefully sweet to you, I want to introduce you to my writing blog.

 Many of you readers are writers and my writing blog gives excellent short lessons on how to convert your manuscript into an award-winning book.

Please notice the achieve list to read any lesson that appeals to you. I post a new lesson every two weeks.

If you join my community and leave your email in a comment, I will pick one name out of a hat and the winner will receive an autographed copy of three of my books.

 

 

Thank very much for taking the blog tour with me. Its been my pleasure to talk with each of you. I hope you enjoy reading Marriage By Arrangement and that my books will become favorites in your library.