Monday, May 4, 2015

Day One ~ Most Eligible Bachelor Blog Hop

It's the first day of the blog hop and we have TWO excellent blogs for you to visit!

First up is CC&C's own Gabrielle Meyer, who is blogging at

about her story Four Brides and a Bachelor.

Minnesota 1852 - Sarah Ellis works at the Belle Prairie Indian Mission. She and three other single women have been informed by the mission board that they must marry within the year or return to their homes. Soon all of them are eagerly awaiting the arrival of a missionary from the north who is reportedly seeking a wife.

Then hop over to
and read about Shannon McNear's story The Highwayman.

Pennsylvania 1774 - Samuel Wheeler is a wagon master by day, a masked vigilante by night. Sally Brewster works hard at her parents' inn, overlooking gossip about a mysterious highwayman making life difficult for the Redcoats--until the night when the strange figure saves her from brigands.

Don't forget to enter the drawing below for the fabulous Gift Basket Giveaway, and please feel free to share with your friend on social media about the blog hop, the giveaway, and the Most Eligible Bachelor Collection...and come back tomorrow for more fun blogging news!

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A Call to Prayer

I believe in prayer.
I believe in a communion with God where we "walk together in the cool of the day" as described in the Genesis account.

I believe in prayer as a constant listening and talking with God the Father, Jesus the Christ, given voice and understanding through the Holy Spirit.

I rejoice that no matter what may lay ahead when I awake, or what may have transpired by day's end, that nothing can separate me from this sweet communion.

I rejoice when because of prayers, my spirit is lifted, my heart mended, my mind calmed with peace, my paths find direction, my anxieties are settled, mercy and grace are dispensed, and moments of God-whispers rock sweetly through my spirit ears.

I don't know exactly how God sets up his Kingdom on earth. But I rejoice when that Spirit-whisper happens, and I get to experience a little touching of the heavenly Kingdom with this earthly one. Sometimes its just "he's lonely", or "help that woman", or "listen longer", or "encourage that couple today."

Other times, as in the Lord's Prayer, we just wait for the Kingdom to come. We wait as in the days after Christ's ascension. We wait for Pentecost. Though we ask for peace in the world, we see violence such as happened in Baltimore this week. We don't know how it happens, but we trust and keep asking for His Kingdom to come on this earth as it is in heaven. We ache as we wait and watch Nepal and ask God to send His people to heal and to rescue. We hope for peace in the Middle East, in our schools, our land.

But the thing is....we BELIEVE.
We believe God is present.
We believe God hears our cries.
We believe He moves.
We trust in Him.
In God we trust.

And so it was and so it is.

This week on Thursday, May 7th, is National Day of Prayer. 
We have the freedom to pray. 
Our founding fathers first urged the nation to national prayer and fasting on March 7, 1778, during the American Revolution. It began as the Continental Congress passed this resolution of a proclamation of prayer and fasting:

From the Journals of the Continental Congress:

"Whereas, Almighty God, in the righteous dispensation of his providence, hath permitted the continuation of a cruel and desolating war in our land; and it being at all times the duty of a people to acknowledge God in all his ways, and more especially to humble themselves before him when evident tokens of his displeasure are manifested; to acknowledge his righteous government; confess, and forsake their evil ways; and implore his mercy:
Resolved, That it be recommended to the United States of America to set apart Wednesday, the 22d day of April next, to be observed as a day of fasting, humiliation, and prayer; that at one time, and with one voice, the inhabitants may acknowledge the righteous dispensations of Divine Providence, and confess their iniquities and transgressions, for which the land mourneth; that they may implore the mercy and forgiveness of God; and beseech him that vice, prophaneness, extortion, and every evil, may be done away; and that we may be a reformed and happy people; that they may unite in humble and earnest supplication, that it may please Almighty God, to guard and defend us against our enemies, and give vigour and success to our military operations by sea and land; that it may please him to bless the civil rulers and people, strengthen and perpetuate our union, and, in his own good time, establish us in the peaceable enjoyment of our rights and liberties; that it may please him to bless our schools and seminaries of learning, and make them nurseries of true piety, virtue and useful knowledge; that it may please him to cause the earth to yield its increase, and to crown the year with his goodness.
And it is recommended to the inhabitants of the United States to abstain, on that day, from labour and recreations."

We have the freedom to pray. Last I checked, no one can take that away!
Don't be disheartened by the violence of men, the wars of nations, or the seeming silence of God. Don't dismiss your call to pray.
But rather: Pray. Believe. Wait. Listen.
This week please leave your prayer requests listed in the comments here or on the Facebook post. 
Share the blog post with your friends, ask them to pray and add their requests.

Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
Nurse Practitioner by day. 
Wife, mother, writer by night. 
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Sunday, May 3, 2015

The Most Eligible Bachelor Gift Basket Giveaway Is Here!

The Most Eligible Bachelor Collection is now available in stores!!!!

All nine authors are celebrating the release of The Most Eligible Bachelor novella collection by hosting a week-long blog hop and MEGA GIFT BASKET GIVEAWAY!!!!

We're so excited about the stories in this collection. So many handsome eligible bachelors, so many heroines destined for love. So many unique settings and intriguing story lines! 

To mark the release of this collection, the authors have come together and selected special gifts to add to a Most Eligible Bachelor-themed gift basket.

What goes into such a prize? Here's the list!

1. Collapsible storage cube.
2. A box of Ghirardelli chocolates
3. A book of MN stories called Bring Warm Clothes
4. A DVD (Nim's Island, Night at the Museum, & Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium)
5. A Gifts in a Jar recipe book
6. A whimsical little book of Dr. Seuss quotes.
7. A CD of Victorian Love Songs
8. A vintage-dressed lady Christmas ornament
9. A jar of preserves
10. A packet of lovely note cards
11. A little treasure box
12. A stuffed cow.
13. Dangly, sparkly earrings
14. A Starbucks gift card
15. A cotton tea-towel with a vintage typewriter on it
16. A turquoise cotton tea-towel
17. An apron
18. A miniature post office counter
19. In infinity scarf and fingerless gloves (In colors inspired by Egypt.)
20. A sweet little notebook with a penny-farthing bicycle on the front.

21. A copy of The Most Eligible Bachelor Collection -- AUTOGRAPHED BY ALL NINE AUTHORS! 

Each day here at CC&C this week, we'll have blog posts and links to other blogs where you can read about these nine novellas, the heroes, the heroines, the settings, the authors, and more. 

There are lots of ways to enter the drawing, so be sure to utilize them ALL! We wanted you to have lots of opportunities to win this super-fun book! 

If you'd like to learn more about The Most Eligible Bachelor Collection, click HERE to read about it on

And don't forget to come back each day this week to read about the stories in this collection.

And tell your friends!!! 

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Book Report & Giveaway: The Wood's Edge by Lori Benton

I only wish Lori would include a gift card for a neck massage with her latest novel--because I need one after staying up late to read!!

Siskel & Ebert graded movies of the 80's with thumbs.
I review with the best descriptive words I can imagine.

Lori Benton's The Wood's Edge is:

~Sweeping & Inthralling
~Detailed & Heart-Deep
~Wonderfully Woven

Setting: In pre-Revolutionary New York, from 1857-1776, Benton weaves a story of forgiveness and faith between the wood's edge and the settlements, and the settlers, British, and Indians. If you love forrest and fauna, rocks hills & trees, conquest and old maps, generational secrets and healing faith--then you'll be lost in great fiction in Benton's latest release.

Plot: A desperate Redcoat soldier's choice to offer hope, instead poisons the future for years and generations to come when he switches is dead son with that of an Indian woman's twin while fleeing the fall of Fort William Henry. In the wake of violence and destruction that follows, the Major Reginald Aubrey alone knows his sin, while his wife and fondling daughter, Anna, and stolen son, William, partake in the unwinding plot unaware of their role to play. All while William's Indian mother is grief stricken and his father is rage-filled and bent on vengeance. As the two families's lives unravel and the truth comes to light through an unlikely friendship between Anna, and William's twin, Two Hawks--can faith in the Creator and Jesus-who-walked-on-earth-as-man's "red blanket of his goodness" be enough to cover the sins of that that desperate day that reached to the next generation?

"As paths long divided collide, how will God direct the feet of those who follow Him?"

Lori Benton was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American history going back three hundred years. Her novels transport readers to the eighteenth century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history. When she isn’t writing, reading, or researching, Lori enjoys exploring the Oregon wilderness with her husband. She is the author of Burning Sky, recipient of three Christy Awards, and The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn. a Rafflecopter giveaway

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Have you ever shot a bow and arrow?
Ever been to New York's Adirondack Mountains?
Ever ridden in a canoe?
If you had lived in pre-Reveloutionary times would you have been a Brit? A colonial midwife? or a Settler pushing west into the wood's edge where settlements meet Indian lands?
Blog post by Anne Love-
Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots. 
Nurse Practitioner by day. 
Wife, mother, writer by night. 
Coffee drinker--any time.
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

10 Helpful Blogging Tips

Over the past few years, I've had people ask me if I can offer blogging tips.

Whether you've been blogging for a while, you're just starting to blog, or if you're thinking about starting, I hope these tips will help.

1. Be consistent with the days you blog. If it's once a week, or once a month, etc., be consistent. You'll get more visitors if they know when to expect a blog post.

2. Always share your posts on Facebook and/or Twitter, Pinterest, etc. You will get more site visits when you post on a social media outlet. Find groups on Facebook that would be interested in what you're posting, and share your post link there.

3. Offer giveaways if you want people to comment and share your post. You'll get more traffic to your posts if you're giving something away.

4. Try to keep the posts between 600-800 words.

5. Share lots of pictures and images.

6. Use bullet points and numbered lists, when applicable. As in: 6 Ways to Get the Most Out of..., or 10 Things You Should Know About..., or 10 Helpful Blogging Tips, etc. :)

7. Offer people something they can take away from reading your post. Make it entertaining and educational.

8. On your blog homepage, have tabs for people who want to learn more about you, or about what you're blogging theme is. Offer resources for your readers. 

9. Visit blogs similar to yours to get ideas, and also to make yourself known in the blogosphere.

10. Have fun! :)

Your Turn: What would you add to this list?

Gabrielle Meyer:
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Spanish Military Hospital in St. Augustine, Florida

Erica Here: Anyone who knows me knows how much I love history. I love old things, and I love the stories that accompany old things. So when I had a chance to spend a few days in St. Augustine, Florida, I grabbed the opportunity.

One of the places I wanted to visit in St. Augustine was the Spanish Military Hospital Museum. 

The museum is built on the footprint of the original, but the building is a reconstruction. It is on a narrow, mostly pedestrian street that full of old houses and buildings. Patrons of the museum were encouraged to take pictures and ask we did lots of both!

This is the room where a soldier was placed when the doctors feared there was no hope for the patient. He was given a private room, and provided every possible comfort.

 This bell hung outside the hospital and was used to summon the priest to minister to the dying soldier.

 The table of surgical tools in an era where the most common treatment for a catastrophic injury was amputation. We received a detailed description of the process. Whew!

This little gem was a pill roller. Often the medicinal treatment given to a soldier was an herb or plant he was quite familiar with. In order to make it see more 'pharmacological' the apothecary would mash the plant, mix it with a colorant and some beeswax, and using this device, roll it into long, slender cylinders. Then he'd place a cylinder on a marble tablet marked with fractions of inches, and cut the medicine into doses. This is where we get the term 'tablet' for a pill. Cool, huh?

Another interesting thing I learned was that the hospital was scrubbed several times per day with a solution of water and lavender. The Spanish believed that lavender had good properties for cleanliness and medicinal value. Long before they understood germs, the Spanish were using an herb with antiseptic properties to clean the hospital. Lavender also has a calming affect, something that would've been a nice byproduct for sick and injured soldiers.

Not to mention the hospital would smell lovely.

Have you ever visited St. Augustine? Have you heard of using lavender to scrub a hospital?

Here's a short video about the museum. 

Erica Vetsch:
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Pray for #Nepal

I ransacked my storage closet this morning trying to find pictures of my trip to Nepal. This country holds a special place in my heart, and the very places deeply affected by the earthquake are also the very places I spent two weeks of my life.

I went to Nepal in 1999 when I was just a young thang pretty much straight out of high school. I had just begun to date my husband (he stayed home). But I traveled across the ocean to land in Thailand and Nepal. The rundown, dirty airport in Kathmandu, the air clouded with pot-smokers in the dirt alleyways, Mount Everest and Annapurna in the foreground of every morning's sunrise, and the people.

The people of Nepal are beautiful, warm, inviting, and I love them.

I don't really even feel like sharing stories this morning. I think of the ones I met and pray they are still safe, their children are alive, their families aren't buried beneath the rubble of the earthquake. I contemplate the young girl who trailed behind us as we hiked the foothills of the mountains. The girl I shared a banana with. She would probably be in her twenties now. Is she alive? Is she dead?

These are the questions inspired by the haunting realization that Nepal will never be the same. And yet, somehow, in tragedy, God whispers ...

May they hear His voice.