This week Louise M. Gouge, Carol Cox, Patty Smith Hall and Elizabeth Musser

» Posted on Jun 11, 2012 in Blog | 28 comments

Congratulations to Angela for winning Valerie Hansen’s Threat of Darkness and to Cindy for winning Wish You Were Here.

This week I’m hosting Louise M. Gouge with A Proper Companion, Carol Cox with Love in Disguise, Patty Smith Hall with Hearts in Hiding and Elizabeth Musser with Two Crosses and Two Testaments.  If you want to enter the drawings for the books, 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 (June 17th) evening.

Bio for Louise Gouge:

Award-winning Florida author Louise M. Gouge writes historical fiction for Harlequin’s Love Inspire imprint. In addition to numerous other awards, Louise is the recipient of the prestigious Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award for her 2005 novel, Hannah Rose. With her great love of history and research, Louise has traveled to several of her locations to ensure the accuracy of her stories’ settings. When she isn’t writing, she and her husband love to visit historical sites and museums. Her latest release from Harlequin is The Proper Companion, a Love Inspired Regency novel. Her 2011 novella, The Gentleman Takes a Bride, is a finalist for the prestigious Inspirational Readers Choice Award.

Blurb for A Proper Companion:

She has nothing left but faith…

With her father’s death, Anna Newfield loses everything—her home, her inheritance, and her future. Her only piece of good fortune is a job offer from wounded major Edmond Grenville, whose mother requires a companion. The Dowager Lady Greystone is controlling and unwelcoming, but Anna can enjoy Edmond’s company, even if she knows the aristocratic war hero can never return her love. Even amid the glittering ballrooms of London, nothing glows brighter for Edmond than Anna’s gentle courage. Loving her means going against his family’s rigid command. Yet how can he walk away when his heart may have found its true companion?

Bio for Carol Cox:

Carol Cox is the author of nearly 30 novels and novellas. A third-generation Arizonan, Carol has a lifelong fascination with the Old West and hopes to make it live again in the hearts of her readers. She makes her home in northern Arizona, where the deer and the antelope really do play—often within view of the family’s front porch.

Blurb for Love in Disguise:

Can she solve the crime before they uncover her true identity?

Jobless and down to her last dime, Ellie Moore hears about a position with the Pinkerton Detective Agency and believes it’s the perfect chance to put her acting skills and costumes to use. Reluctantly, the agency agrees to give her one assignment, one chance to prove herself. Disguised as Lavinia Stewart, a middle-aged widow, Ellie travels to Arizona to begin her investigation. When the need arises, she also transforms into the dazzling Jessie Monroe, whose vivacious personality encourages people to talk.

Mine owner Steven Pierce is going to lose his business if he can’t figure out who’s stealing his silver shipments. In his wildest dreams, he never expected to receive help from a gray-haired widow . . . or to fall in love with her beautiful niece.

Then the thieves come after Lavinia and Jessie. Ellie isn’t safe no matter which character she plays! Should she give up and reveal her true identity? What will Steven do when he realizes the woman he’s falling in love with doesn’t really exist?
Bio for Patty Hall:
Patty Smith Hall has been making up stories to keep herself occupied since her parents forced her on boring Sunday drives into the Georgia countryside when she was too young to stay home by herself. Now she’s happy to share her wild imagination and love of history with others, including her husband of 29 years, Danny, two smart and gorgeous daughters, and a yorkie that she spoils like a grandbaby. She resides in North Georgia.
Blurb for Hearts in Hiding: 

Patriot or Traitor
Engineer Edie Michaels loves her life—she has a good job, close friends, even a chance at romance with former soldier Beau Daniels. But she could lose everything if her secret comes out…that she’s the German daughter of a devoted Nazi.

And when her father sends spies to force her loyalty, everything Edie values is at risk.

Time in a Nazi POW camp changed army medic Beau Daniels. When he discovers a letter of Edie’s written in German, he can’t help his suspicions. Is she truly the woman he’s started to love? Or has she been the enemy all along? With Nazis on Edie’s trail, the pair must fight for truth, for survival—and for love.

Bio for Elizabeth Musser:

Elizabeth Musser, a Georgia native, lives in Lyon, France, where she and her husband serve as missionaries. She has authored acclaimed novels including /The Dwelling Place/ and /The Swan House ,/which was named one of Amazon’s Top Christian Books of the Year and one of Georgia’s Top Ten Novels of the Past 100 Years.

Blurb for Two Crosses:

The glimmering Huguenot cross she innocently wears leads her deep into the shadows.
When Gabriella Madison arrives in France in 1961 to continue her university studies, she doesn’t anticipate being drawn into the secretive world behind the Algerian war for independence from France. The further she delves into the war efforts, the more her faith is challenged.
The people who surround her bring a whirlwind of transforming forces—a wise nun involved in the smuggling, a little girl carrying secret information, and a man with unknown loyalties who captures her heart. When she discovers a long hidden secret from her past, it all leads to questions about trust, faith in action, and the power of forgiveness to move beyond the pain of the past.

Blurb for Two Testaments:

The slightest spark will ignite an explosion. The tinderbox of broken political and racial relations in France and Algeria provides plenty of kindling. And the growing friction, especially in Algeria, will soon combust. A tentative ceasefire offers little to cool the heat.
And in the midst of the turmoil, Gabriella Madison guards the orphans in her care, while battling jealousy when Anne-Marie Duchemin, David’s former flame, arrives in Castelnau, France. As they protect the little ones in their care amid rising discomfort in the community with the multi-cultural orphanage, each wonders who David will choose.
Meanwhile, David is trapped in Algeria, caught in the turmoil of a country gone mad. He seeks a way to guard his life and, at the same time, protect the refugees he came to help. And escape seems impossible.
Unable to predict what lies ahead, Gabriella and David learn that in life, waiting is the hardest part.
The answers lie in two testaments.


  1. A wonderful selection as always. I am drawn to A PROPER COMPANION . I think it’s the Gentleman in uniform.


    • Oh, yes, Mary. Those dashing red uniforms do catch the eye, don’t they? At least when we’re on the same side.

  2. Please enter me for “A Proper Companion” and “Love in Disguise”. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. another fabulous collection of novels…please count me in…thanks 😉

  4. All the books look wonderful this week. I especially love the cover of Love in Disguise and Hearts in Hiding. Thank you for the chance to win any of these books.

    😀 Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    • Thank you, Cindy. I love the design they used for Love in Disguise. It really captures the feel of the story!

    • I’m so glad you love the cover LIH used for Hearts in Hiding! The fountain featured behind Beau and Edie is true to it’s likeness in Marietta Square–and one I use to enjoy with my husband and daughters during our visits to the park.

  5. please enter me in all the books this week except Love in Disguise. I already have that one. Don’t need two copies thanks.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

    • apple blossom, I hope you’re enjoying Love in Disguise. 🙂

  6. I’d love to be entered for A Proper Companion, Love in Disguise and Hearts in Hiding. Thanks!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

    • Thanks, Merry!

    • Thanks, Merry!

  7. I always enjoy reading through the selection of books you are highlighting each week, Margaret. Hearts in Hiding has quite the premise, doesn’t it?

    • Beth, here’s the story behind Hearts in Hiding:

      When I lived in Michigan, my youngest daughter had a teacher who shared she had never known her German grandparents because her father had ran away from home after his parents demanded he join the German Army. It caught my interest and as I researched the subject, I found it wasn’t only young men but women who were trained in certain occupations that were also ‘encouraged’ to go home. Thus the beginnings of the premise of this book!

  8. Love In Disguise. I always love a little mystery. I don’t know if Saving Hope is included in this giveaway or not, but it sounds wonderful. Thank You.

    • Thanks, Lisa. It’s always nice to meet another mystery lover! : )

  9. Love In Disguise. I always love a little mystery. I don’t know if Saving Hope is included in this giveaway or not, but it sounds wonderful. Thank You

  10. Please enter me in all of the drawings ~*~ it will be a stretch for me since I read Historical Fiction and am drawn to Carol’s book but will try other genres too.

  11. I would love to be entered for Hearts in Hiding. by Patty Smith Hall. That book look exciting.


    • Thanks, Rebecca!

  12. I would like to be entered for A Proper Companion, Love in Disguise and Hearts in Hiding. Those sound the most fascinating to me. Must reads!

    • Thanks, Karin! And I can vouch for A Proper Companion–it’s a great read!

    • Thanks so much, Karin!

  13. Lovely books. many thanks for this chance. It would be wonderful to read Hearts in Hiding.

    • Thanks, Ellie!

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