The Reward of Anavrea {Rachel Rossano} + Giveaway


We all like a reward, don’t we? But, not all rewards are what they appear. That’s the case in the latest installment of Rachel Rossano’s Theodoric Saga. Rachel created an intriguing Historical-like Christian Fantasy as she tells the tale of Jayne and Liam. Find out more and be sure to check out the giveaway (at the end of the post)!


I’m so pleased to have my guest, Rachel Rossano, today. She’s a spectacular lady, and I’ve already jumped into The Reward of Anavrea. I’m enjoying the world she’s created.

What Inspires me to Write

  1. A good book that I enjoyed immensely always gets me in the mood to try and create something of my own.
  2. A badly written book makes me want to prove that I can do better.
  3. A good movie gets me thinking about characters, situations, or other inspiring ideas for stories.
  4. Interacting with people in the general public always gets me thinking about individual’s lives and experiences.
  5. Talking to older people always gets me wondering about something that happened in the past. That leads to research, which leads to more ideas and then stories or characters.
  6. People watching and observing interpersonal interactions also inspire ideas.
  7. Talking about my books and characters with fellow writers or readers always gets me thinking.
  8. Going away into a quiet place where my kids aren’t clamoring for my attention or making noise also usually transitions into words written.
  9. Listening to other authors talk about their books gives me ideas.
  10. Listening to anyone talk about pretty much anything can spark an idea.


About the Book

web2-rossano-reward-finalShe couldn’t hide forever.

A hard life taught Jayne to avoid men, powerful men most of all. When a new nobleman arrives to take over the vargar, she takes her family and hides. But the new baron seeks her out and makes her an offer she can’t refuse: protection. However, once they were sheltered behind the dark stone walls of the vargar, who would protect her from the new master?

His reward isn’t what it seems.

King Ireic of Anavrea charges Liam, a former bodyguard, with the task of retaking and taming a corner of the northern wilds. Upon arrival at Ashwyn Vargar, Liam finds challenges beyond his military experience. The keys to the vargar are missing and so are the field hands who should be harvesting the fields. Once he finds the keeper of the keys, she raises more questions than answers.


About the Author


Rachel Rossano is a happily married mother of three children. She spends her days teaching, mothering, and keeping the chaos at bay. After the little ones are in bed, she immerses herself in the fantasy worlds of her books. Tales of romance, adventure, and virtue set in a medieval fantasy world are her preference, but she also writes speculative fantasy and a bit of science fiction.



Rachel is giving away one of her favorite CDs to listen to while she writes. If you’ve ever wondered what kind of music she likes to listen to, you can check out the CD on Amazon and then come back here and enter the giveaway.

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Tour Schedule

January 2
Bookish Orchestrations-Tour Intro and Book Review
Julie Coulter Bellon-Review
Bokerah-Guest Post

January 3
The Overactive Imagination-Guest Post
Queen of Random-Book Spotlight
Rachel Rossano’s Words-Book Spotlight

January 4
Stephany Tullis-Book Spotlight
Ember’s Reviews-Author Interview and Review

January 5
Frances Hoelsema-Book Spotlight
Laurel’s Leaves-Author Interview
Author Franky A Brown-Guest Post

January 6
Zerina Blossom’s Books-Review
Shout outs-Guest Post
God’s Peculiar Treasure Rae-Book Spotlight
Rebekah Lyn Book-Character Spotlight

January 7
Bookish Orchestrations-Giveaway Winner



When Love Arrives {Johnnie Alexander}

Review of When Love Arrives by Johnnie Alexander


dsc_1469When Love Arrives is book two in the Misty Willow Series, the follow-up novel to Johnnie Alexander’s book, Where She Belongs (Misty Willow Series #1).

In Where She Belongs (Misty Willow Series #1), we were introduced to Shelby Kincaid and AJ Sullivan, two characters on opposite sides of a years-old family feud. By the end, AJ and Shelby discovered that a shared history can create a beautiful future. In Johnnie Alexander’s first installment, we also meet a supporting character, Brett Somers, as he learns some life-altering news.

In When Love Arrives, we follow Brett Somers as he copes with the reality that he has fathered a son, only learning of the child after unfortunate circumstances land the boy in a coma. As Brett’s heart changes and he seeks to make things right, he’s brought face-to-face with the damage that his selfish behavior has caused.

As Dani Prescott digs for dirt on the man who ruined her mother’s reputation, she inadvertently runs into Brett as she follows him to the hospital where Brett’s son resides. When Brett asks Dani on a date, she says yes, telling herself that it will be the quickest way to find a devastating secret to use against him. Shelby, AJ, and the whole Misty Willow cast welcome Dani with open arms, giving her the family that she so desperately wants. As time wears on, Dani’s bitterness is slowly dismantled by the new man Brett is trying to be. But the truth Dani keeps hidden has the power to destroy the burgeoning romance.

Johnnie Alexander’s story-telling skills shine again as she deftly weaves themes of abiding love through her characters’ search for peace and redemption.  Dani’s heartache is palpable, even as classic movies compliment Brett’s new-found chivalry. As a reader, I thoroughly enjoyed the by-play between the new characters and the appearance of some of my favorite characters from book one.

When Love Arrives was a wonderful addition to the Misty Willow series, and I’m eager to read book three. With believable characters, smooth writing, and light humor, this inspirational, Christian romance is a highly recommended read.



Johnnie Alexander

When Love Arrives: A Novel

Misty Willow series

Revell Publishers

978-0800726409, paper, 368 pages, $14.29 (ebook also available)

September 2016


About the Author

61z-bdbii9l-_sy200_Johnnie Alexander imagines stories while raccoons and foxes occasionally pass by her window. Her debut novel, Where Treasure Hides, was a CBA bestseller and has been translated into Dutch and Norwegian.

Where She Belongs (Misty Willow Series #1), her first contemporary romance, was a Library Journal Pick of the Month. Recent releases include The Healing Promise (Courageous Bride Collection) and When Love Arrives (Misty Willow Series #2).

In addition to winning the prestigious American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Genesis Contest (Historical), she was named a Bronze Medalist in the My Book Therapy Frasier Contest and has received several conference awards.

Johnnie is marketing director for the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference and president of the ACFW Memphis chapter.

A graduate of Rollins College (Orlando) with a Master of Liberal Studies degree, she lives near Memphis with Griff, her happy-go-lucky collie, and Rugby, the princely papillon who trees those pesky raccoons whenever he gets the chance.

Join Johnnie on her website at to experience the charm of country living, the love of random travel, and the joy of treasured memories.

Twins for the Win + Giveaway

It’s been a busy few months on the farm. These are a few of my favorite things…

(Psssst! There’s also a giveaway at the bottom of the post. Don’t miss it.)

Meet one of seventeen new additions. This is Yellow Leader, the head of the Rebel Alliance (AKA our baby Pekin flock). She is the chosen one, and I am teaching her the ways of the force. She must bring balance and lead them all to victory against the Empire.

There’ve been phone calls, high school planning, and researching home school options for driver’s ed (Texas’ parent-taught drivers ed class). Here in the country, we don’t have the best reception, so I have to go outside to talk on the phone.

This is what making a phone call looks like at my house. Wherever they are, the turkeys come running. They find me. Every time. They also always seem to be in the middle of an argument with one another.

Common Scenario

Me: “I’m sorry, ma’am, can you repeat that? My tukeys seem to be arguing amongst themselves.”

CSR, with a chuckle: “I know kids can be a handful.”

Me: ….

CSR: ….

Me: “They sure can.”

Disapproving Turkey Demands Silence in His Yard


The broilers are nearing their graduation day (borrowing the term from Justin Rhodes). This came this week. And this. You know what that means. Our survival rate had been good (only lost one so far) with only about one week left until processing day. Our boys feed them their organic feed, then move the chicken tractor to fresh pasture every morning. We’ve used garlic and apple cider vinegar in their water to help keep them healthy, and we’re ahead of the expected food needs on the Red Broilers from Ideal Poultry. We feed pumpkin occasionally for the anti-parasite properties in the pumpkin seeds with organic veggies and greens to round-out their diet. They’ll have their own post with numbers and information by the end of the month.

Over 300 pounds of food later, they’ve gone from this to this.

We’ve had a new set of twins. Look at those fuzzy feet! Goat kids are so adorable.

Meet Bifur.

And this one is Bofur. He likes to complain.

We’ve added an American Black Belly ram to our polyculture. Our oldest dubbed him Mountain Man. He gets along with our ewes, and we probably already have spring lambs on the way.


It’s November. November always makes me want to spend time in the kitchen. This is in the oven, and this is in the crock pot, filling up the air with a million fabulous smells.

We had an unexpected, fall garden surprise.

Congratulations! It’s a zucchini!


On a sadder note, we had a death in our permaculture family. We lost one of the September goat kids (we think to a snake bite). We knew we were due a loss, but it’s still disheartening.

But we’ve also had airplane rides and awards…

Birthday orchids…


And family dentist appointments (I’ll spare you the pictures). (:

All in all, LIFE goes on, here on the farm.


Congratulations! You made it to the end.

In honor of my short, Ishka’s Garden

(in A Fellowship of Fantasy Anthology: Fantastic Creatures),

I’m giving away a $5 Amazon gift card & a signed paperback.

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About Fantastic Creatures (Fellowship of Fantasy Book 1)

Here be dragons … and selkies and griffins and maybe even a mermaid or two.

Twenty fantasy authors band together to bring you a collection of thrilling tales and magical monsters. Do you like to slay dragons? Or befriend them? Do you prefer to meet cephalopods as gigantic kraken or adorable tree octopuses?

Each story focuses around a fantastic creature from folklore or mythology, and they range from light and playful tales for the whole family to darker stories that may make you wish to leave the lights on. These stories carry the Fellowship of Fantasy seal of approval. While our monsters may be horrifying, you won’t stumble into graphic sex and constant swearing.

Perfect for the fantasy lover who can’t get enough of mythical beasts.



Fantastic Creature Anthology Release and Scavenger Hunt!

Happy Release Day to A Fellowship of Fantasy Anthology: Fantastic Creatures!!

In honor of this lovely book, the authors have banded together to create a scavenger hunt. Just visit each of the blog stops and hunt down the clues. You could win…. (Drumroll, please!)

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a Kindle Fire, pre-loaded

with ebooks from many

of the anthology authors.

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Today, I’m happy to welcome Nicole Zoltack to my blog. She’s another outstanding author from A Fellowship of Fantasy Anthology: Fantastic Creatures. Take it away, Nicole!

What Makes an Adventurer?

  1. An adventurer doesn’t necessarily have to be brave, but he or she needs to be able to face adversity head on.
  2. A quest. Every adventurer needs a reason behind the adventure! Without one, he or she will just wander about aimlessly.
  3. Now curiosity isn’t always a good thing, but a healthy dose of it keeps things interesting, so long as the adventurer makes smart choices.
  4. Which leads to intelligence. Without a brain (and using that brain!), the adventurer might not survive their quest!
  5. A tragic past. This is not always necessary, but it often plays a role in his or her quest.
  6. The more prepared the adventurer is, the better his or her chance to obtain their goal or finish/complete their quest.
  7. Fitness/endurance. Most adventurers are out in the fields or woods or swamps. They have to be strong to face their foes.
  8. During their treks, they need to know how to best utilize the land and nature.

My story in the collection An Adventurer’s Heart features one such adventurer who exhibits all of these qualities or traits. She’s not one to be messed with, that’s for sure!

Sign up for my mailing list during this scavenger hunt and comment below letting me know if you have what it takes to be an adventurer, and I’ll enter you to win your choice of one of my ebooks.


Nicole Zoltack loves to write in many genres, especially romance, whether fantasy, paranormal, time travels or regency. She’s also a freelance editor and a ghostwriter. Her works include the Magic Incarnate series, the Heroes of Falledge trilogy, and the Kingdom of Arnhem trilogy.

When she’s not writing about knights, superheroes, or witches, she enjoys spending time with her loving husband, three energetic young boys, and precious baby girl. She enjoys riding horses (pretending they’re unicorns, of course!) and going to the PA Renaissance Faire, dressed in garb. She’ll also read anything she can get her hands on. Her current favorite TV shows are The Walking Dead and Gotham.









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Scavenger Hunt Stops

Kandi J. Wyatt
A. R. Silverberry
Bokerah Brumley
H. L. Burke
Lea Doué
Morgan Smith
Jessica L. Elliott
Caren Rich
Julie C. Gilbert
Nicole Zoltack
D. G. Driver
Intisar Khanani

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Happy Release Day, Fantastic Creatures!

To celebrate the release of Fantastic Creatures, The Fellowship of Fantasy has planned a Release Extravaganza! Join our open house-style Facebook party today (Nov 17) from 3:30 – 7 pm to meet many of our anthology authors and get a peek at the fantastic creatures highlighted in our stories. There will be fun, games, and, of course, DRAGONS!

You can also join our Fantastic Creatures Scavenger Hunt from Nov 17-20th. Each of twelve stops will feature a post with exclusive content from one of our authors. Many will also include a mini-giveaway… Visit all the stops and collect the clues–a number featured in each post–and you could win a Kindle Fire plus a 12-book digital library! Make sure to scroll down to find the list of Scavenger Hunt stops and get started right away!



Here be dragons … and selkies and griffins and maybe even a mermaid or two.

Twenty fantasy authors band together to bring you a collection of thrilling tales and magical monsters. Do you like to slay dragons? Or befriend them? Do you prefer to meet cephalopods as gigantic kraken or adorable tree octopuses?

Each story focuses around a fantastic creature from folklore or mythology, and they range from light and playful tales for the whole family to darker stories that may make you wish to leave the lights on. These stories carry the Fellowship of Fantasy seal of approval. While our monsters may be horrifying, you won’t stumble into graphic sex and constant swearing.

Perfect for the fantasy lover who can’t get enough of mythical beasts.

Get it on: Amazon | B&N (Nook) | Kobo | More!

And find out more at the Fellowship of Fantasy website.


The Fantastic Creatures Scavenger Hunt

Visit these authors’ blogs to find the numbers hidden in each post, discover exclusive content about the stories in our anthology, and find a few mini giveaways along the way! Each author is hosting a different author’s post, so be sure to visit them all. Once you’ve collected all the numbers, add them together and enter the total in the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win a Kindle Fire and 12 book digital library!

Scavenger Hunt Stops

Kandi J. Wyatt
A. R. Silverberry
Bokerah Brumley
H. L. Burke
Lea Doué
Morgan Smith
Jessica L. Elliott
Caren Rich
Julie C. Gilbert
Nicole Zoltack
D. G. Driver
Intisar Khanani



Farmgirl ISO Ladybug

Our garden isn’t exploding as quickly as I had hoped. The herbs are doing well, but the seedlings are struggling more.

(Of course, I imagine expansive food forests, foraging walk-abouts, and returning to the kitchen with my arms laden with produce. Don’t tell Farmer Bill. I think that dream is probably more like 4-5 years away. Perspective may be an issue for me.)

Researching organic ways to combat bad things, I came upon the idea for Ladybugs. I know, I know! No brainer. But, more often than not, on this Permaculture path, we find something that someone else does and immediately say, “Of course! Why didn’t I think of that?!” Sadly, we’ve all been trained to first reach for the chemicals rather than natural ways.

Later, I found Ladybugs on Amazon . I ordered them a few days after and immediately turned uber-excited. I love nothing better than adding a new component to our polyculture. I try to be cool, but it doesn’t quite work out that way. I think I clapped and danced on my toes when I found the package in our mailbox.

Per the instructions, they said to release them in the morning or the evening, watering first. The ladybugs would be thirsty, and water meant they could breed sooner, too.

The next morning, we prepped the beds.

All ready.


I opened the box. They were crawling all over inside their netted container.


Time to set the ladybugs free.




They’re already congregating beneath leaves and breeding, too. While they won’t fix all our garden ills, it never hurts to add Ladybugs, so that’s a win-win for our little farm.

Next up? Nematodes and a flock of Praying Mantises.

And worms. Definitely more worms.

I found this native guy in the garden yesterday.

It made me so happy, I decided he needed his own photoshoot.

Until next time.


Cursed: The Beasts of Summer



8 tales of monsters lurking in the dark.

8 creatures stalking the hot summer nights.

8 beasts sliding through the shadows unseen.

8 new ways to be cursed.

Shade by T.K. Bradley
Wings Over New York by B. Brumley
A Generation of Vipers by Margo Bond Collins
Carolina Crypto: Case of the Lizard Man by Blaire Edens
Heart of Stone by S. K. Gregory
I’m Not Afraid of Wolves  by Erin Hayes
To End the Rapture  by Lori Parker
Crossfire by  Emma Stark


8 beasts sliding through the shadows unseen.  8 new ways to be cursed. 






About the Book

Cursed: The Beasts of Summer
by Various

n/a; anthology

Paranormal Fantasy (NOT Classified As Romance)
Urban Fantasy

Bathory Gate Press

Publication Date
August 1, 2016

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Shade by T.K. Bradley
All James has left in life is a small group of survivors, and his little sliver of shade. But there are worse things to fear than the scorching sunlight. In order to survive in this cruel world, James will have to live by two rules….

Hide from the light. Fear the night.

Wings Over New York by B. Brumley
Fallen angel Woe is settling into her wing-free life, and her biggest worry is meeting her new in-laws. When an old enemy resurfaces, Father Jason and Prince Arún join forces to hunt the hunter, vowing to keep Woe safe. As she is once again drawn into the midst of a supernatural tug-of-war, a new player emerges, risking the warrior Woe loves.

A Generation of Vipers by Margo Bond Collins
Capturing the killer who was stalking the shapeshifter community should have earned weresnake Lindi Parker and her new boyfriend, mongoose-shifter Kade Nevala, a vacation. Instead it earned them a basket of baby lamias and a whole heap of trouble. Someone in the shifter community doesn’t want those infants—or Lindi—to survive. Not knowing who or what they can trust, Kade and Lindi must use every skill they have to stop a killer—again.

Carolina Crypto: Case of the Lizard Man by Blaire Edens
Anthropologist Lucy Whittemore is on a quest to track down a killer. Spencer Watson’s dad has disappeared and the mythical Lizard Man might be the culprit. Tracking the beast through a steamy South Carolina swamp, the two find themselves up close and personal with a reality far scarier than they ever imagined.

Heart of Stone by S. K. Gregory
Cassidy Regan returns home after her father dies. She just wants to attend the funeral and put it behind her, but fate has other plans. Cassidy is next in line to protect a mysterious vault, and as she comes face to face with strange creatures and a world she never knew existed, Cassidy realizes she must accept her destiny or die.

I’m Not Afraid of Wolves  by Erin Hayes
After escaping an abusive marriage and leading a new mermaid troupe, Christine goes on a much-needed vacation with her sister Sara. Except she wasn’t told the real reason for the trip: Sara’s running away from werewolves. And they’ll stop at nothing to get their claws into Christine’s sister.

To End the Rapture  by Lori Parker
My name is Tyler. Yes, I’m a girl. And if you have a demon problem don’t call me, I’m retired.

Tyler is done with demons. Until Kade walks into her life and tempts her back into her old ways. It’s like he’s a sin.

Crossfire by  Emma Stark
Born into an ancient Order of demon hunters, Ethan Bailey is no stranger to a lonely life full of danger and lies. Tired of the secrets and nights spent alone, Ethan grows resentful of the Order. Little does he know, though, his latest assignment will lead him to exactly what—and who—he’s looking for.

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