This week Ruth Axtell Morren and Deborah Vogts

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Congratulations to Cherie for winning Irene Hannon’s In Harm’s Way.

This week I’m hosting Ruth Axtell Morren with To Be a Mother and Deborah Vogts with Seeds of Summer. If you want to enter the drawings, please leave a comment on one of the post during the week with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at The drawings end Sunday (May 2nd) evening.

Bio of Ruth Axtell Morren:

A Family of Her Own is Ruth Axtell Morren’s eleventh published historical romance. A Family of her Own appears in Steeple Hill’s Love Inspired Historical Mother’s Day anthology, To Be a Mother, with fellow author Cheryl St. John’s novella, Mountain Rose.

The interesting thing about this novella is that it was only the second inspirational piece of fiction Ruth ever wrote—and the first thing that she considered “publishable.” But it was a long road before it ever came to print—more than ten years!

She always knew she wanted to be a fiction writer, ever since she wrote her first story—a spy thriller—at the age of twelve. She studied comparative literature at Smith College, taught English and worked as an au pair in the Canary Islands, worked in international development in Miami, Florida, before moving to the Netherlands, where for the next several years, she juggled both writing and raising her children. In 1994, her second-ever manuscript was a finalist in Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart competition.

This story didn’t find a publisher until last year! It will be published sometime in 2010 by a Dutch publisher, Mozaiek, who is first translating it into Dutch. One of the reasons it caught the eye of this publisher is that the story takes place in the golden era of Holland’s history, the age of Rembrandt and the Dutch explorers who sailed around the world bringing back riches to this tiny nation.

Ruth currently lives on the down east coast of Maine with three kids and three cats.

Blurb for To Be a Mother (two novellas in one book):

Mountain Rose by Cheryl St.John
Teacher Olivia Rose knows what it’s like to grow up alone and unwanted. But convincing reserved rancher Jules Parrish he can give his orphaned niece a real home won’t be easy—unless Olivia seizes the chance of love and motherhood she never expected….

A Family of Her Own by Ruth Axtell Morren

War and tragedy destroyed Rianna Bruce’s chance at happily ever after…or did it? Reuniting with her first love, Noah Samuels, proves that her feelings haven’t gone away. In helping his young daughter, can Rianna show the disillusioned Noah the blessing of a second chance?

Bio of Deborah Vogts:

Deborah Vogts and her husband have three daughters and make their home in Southeast Kansas where they raise and train American Quarter Horses. As a student at Emporia State University studying English and journalism, Deborah developed a love for the Flint Hills that has never faded. In writing this series, she hopes to share her passion for one of the last tallgrass prairie regions in the world, showing that God’s great beauty rests on the prairie and in the hearts of those who live there. Visit Deborah’s web site at: or her blog at:

Deborah was recently featured in the April/May issue of Country magazine. To read an excerpt of Seeds of Summer, please visit where you may also enter a chance to win one of Deborah’s books. This book drawing will close May 31st.

Book Blurb for Seeds of Summer, Book #2 in the Seasons of the Tallgrass series:

A heart-warming contemporary romance set in the Flint Hills of Kansas where a former rodeo queen abandons her dreams in order to care for her deceased father’s ranch and her two half-siblings, only to realize with the help of a young new pastor that God can turn even the most dire circumstances into seeds of hope. (Releases to stores in May 2010.)