This week Renee Ryan and Cynthia Hickey’s heroine

» Posted on Feb 16, 2009 in Blog | Comments Off on This week Renee Ryan and Cynthia Hickey’s heroine

Congratulations to Becca for winning Miralee Ferrell’s Love Finds You in Last Chance, California. Congratulations to Cheri for winning Victoria Bylin’s The Maverick Preacher.

This week I’m hosting Renee Ryan with The Marshal Takes a Bride and Cynthia Hickey (and her heroine) with Fudge-Laced Felonies. If you want to be entered in the two drawings or one of them, please leave a comment with your email address (this is necessary in order to be entered and for me to get in touch with you if you win). Or you can email me at The drawings end this Sunday evening.

Renee Ryan’s bio:

Renee Ryan grew up in a Florida beach town where she learned how to surf and skateboard very poorly. As a teenager, she gave up on both pursuits and began entertaining herself during countless hours of “laying-out” by reading all the classics. It wasn’t until the summer between her sophomore and junior years at Florida State University that she read her first romance novel. Hooked from page one, she spent hours consuming book after book while working on the best (and last!) tan of her life.

Two years later, armed with a degree in Economics and Religion, she explored various career opportunities, including stints at a Florida theme park, a modeling agency, and a cosmetic conglomerate. She moved on to teach high school Economics, American Government and Latin while coaching award-winning cheerleading teams. Several years later, with an eclectic cast of characters swimming around in her head, she began seriously pursuing a writing career.

Renee recently reconciled her writing with her faith and began penning Inspirational Romances for Steeple Hill. She lives in Southern Georgia with her husband, teenage daughter and a large fluffy cat many have mistaken for a small bear. For further information about Renee, check out

The Marshal Takes a Bride’s blurb:

A True Hero Never Leaves a Damsel in Distress–He Marries Her!
U.S. Marshal Trey Scott is fixin’ to walk down the aisle just as soon as his stubborn bride-to-be agrees to say “I do.” Katherine Taylor’s five-year-old sister and an orphanage full of children are depending on her. So why won’t the pretty schoolteacher marry him to save her tarnished reputation? Granted, Trey isn’t willing to abandon his quest to avenge his first wife’s murder. His name alone will protect Katherine until he returns, but she thinks he should leave vengeance to a higher power. Will the sacrifice demanded by the woman he loves be too great to bear…or will it be Trey’s ultimate redemption?

Cynthia Hickey’s heroine’s bio (From Fudge-Laced Felonies):

Summer Meadows entered church on Sunday, not to find God, but to search for a killer.

While transplanting the rosebush her church’s handsome Sunday school teacher, Ethan Banning inadvertently killed, Summer and Ethan discover a hidden stash of diamonds, a rusty can full of cash, and a bloody gardening glove. This discovery sets Summer and her candy-making aunt on a search for a killer.

As Summer gets close to the truth, not only of the theft, but of her true feelings for Ethan, the diamond thief hatches a plan to hush the feisty sleuth.

Ethan’s love for Summer stays buried beneath his teasing, waiting until God tells him it is time to declare his feelings. Meanwhile, Summer’s quirky and daring resolve to solve the case has him acting in a heavy-handed manner in order to protect her, and almost pushes her away.

I am the mother of seven! Three
step-children, one birth child, and three
adopted children. I have five
grandchildren. My husband and I live in
Arizona, surrounded by our children.

I am an army brat having grown up in
many parts of the United States and
Germany with most of my childhood spent
in the foothills of the Ozark mountains in

I grew up in a family of story tellers. For
years I sat around and listened to my
grandmother or an aunt or uncle tell me
stories of my family’s history. As I grew, I
learned some of the stories were true,
while others were just that, stories.

Story telling is in my blood. I can’t imagine
doing anything else. I have made up
stories since I was a child.