This week Miralee Ferrell, Jordyn Redwood, Vickie McDonough, and Mary Ellis

» Posted on Jun 18, 2012 in Blog | 23 comments

Congratulations to Deevena for winning Louise Gouge’s A Proper Companion, to bn100 for winning Carol Cox’s Love in Disguise, to Karin for winning Patty Hall’s Hearts in Hiding, to Lane for winning Elizabeth Musser’s Two Crosses and to Jane for winning Elizabeth Musser’s Two Testaments.

This week I’m hosting Miralee Ferrell with Love Finds You in Sundance, WY., Jordyn Redwood with Proof, Vickie McDonough with End of the Trail, and Mary Ellis with Living in Harmony.  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 24th) evening.

Bio of Miralee Ferrell:

Miralee and her husband, Allen, live on eleven acres in the beautiful Columbia River Gorge in southern Washington State, where they love to garden, play with their dogs, take walks, and go sailing. She is also able to combine two other passions—horseback riding and spending time with her grown children—since her married daughter lives nearby, and they often ride together on the wooded trails near their home.

Ironically, Miralee, now the author of six books, with more on the way, never had a burning desire to write—at least more than her own memoirs for her children. So she was shocked when God called her to start writing after she turned fifty. To Miralee, writing is a ministry that she hopes will impact hearts, and she anticipates how God will use each of her books to bless and change lives.

An avid reader, Miralee has a large collection of first edition Zane Grey books that she started collecting as a young teen. Her love for his storytelling ability inspired her desire to write fiction set in the Old West. “But I started writing historical fiction without even meaning to,” Miralee says, laughing. She’d always planned on writing contemporary women’s fiction, but God had other ideas. After signing her contract for the novel Love Find You in Last Chance, California, she decided to research the town and area. Though it had been a booming town in the late 1880s, it had pretty much died out in the 1930s. So her editor suggested switching to a historical version, and Miralee agreed, although she’d never even considered that era.

It didn’t take long to discover she had a natural flair for that time period, having read and watched so many Western stories while growing up. From that point on she was hooked. Besides their horse friends, Miralee and her husband have owned cats, dogs (a six-pound, long-haired Chihuahua named Lacey was often curled up on her lap as she wrote this book), rabbits, and yes, even two cougars, Spunky and Sierra, rescued from breeders who didn’t have the ability or means to care for them properly.

Miralee and Allen have lived in Alaska and the San Juan Islands for just under a year each, where she became actively involved in women’s ministry. Later, she took a counseling course and earned her accreditation with the American Association of Christian Counselors, as well as being a licensed minister (not a pastor) through her denomination. She spends time each month in her office at church praying with and ministering to women, as well as occasionally speaking and filling the pulpit.

Miralee serves as president of the Portland, Oregon, chapter of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers, and belongs to a number of writers’ groups. She also speaks at women’s groups, libraries, historical societies, and churches about her writing journey.

Blurb for Love Finds You in Sundance, WY:

Angel Ramirez is tired of living a lie. But can she live like a lady?

On the run from a dangerous outlaw, Angel works her way across several states disguised as a boy and working as a varmint tracker and horse wrangler. After taking a job on a Wyoming ranch owned by a bachelor and his widowed sister, she finally reveals her true identity and must fight to prove her worth as a ranch hand while somehow discovering her role as woman.

Hiring a woman doesn’t sit well with Travis Morgan, and the dark-haired beauty is causing a
ruckus among his cowboys. Just as Angel decides she’ll never be able to please her boss, an
unexpected surprise arrives from across the ocean and makes trouble on the ranch. Will Angel leave with the person who’s come so far to claim her?

Bio for Jordyn Redwood:

Jordyn Redwood is a pediatric ER nurse by day, suspense novelist by night. She hosts Redwood’s Medical Edge, a blog devoted to helping contemporary and historical authors write medically accurate fiction. You can connect with Jordyn via her website at

Blurb for Proof:

Dr. Lilly Reeves is a young, accomplished ER physician with her whole life ahead of her. But that life instantly changes when she becomes the fifth victim of a serial rapist. Believing it’s the only way to recover her reputation and secure peace for herself, Lilly sets out to find–and punish–her assailant. Sporting a mysterious tattoo and unusually colored eyes, the rapist should be easy to identify. He even leaves what police would consider solid evidence. But when Lilly believes she has found him, DNA testing clears him as a suspect. How can she prove he is guilty, if science says he is not?

Bio of Vickie McDonough:

Bio: Vickie McDonough is an award-winning author of 25 books and novellas. He novel, Long Trail Home, is a finalist in the 2012 Booksellers’ Best Awards, and her books have won the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Contest, Texas Gold, the ACFW Noble Theme contest, and she has been a multi-year finalist in ACFW’s BOTY/Carol Awards. She is the author of the fun and feisty Texas Boardinghouse Brides series from Barbour Publishing and author of Long Trail Home and End of the Trail, books 3 & 6 in the Texas Trails series by Moody Publishers, in which she partners with Susan Page Davis and Darlene Franklin to write the series which spans 50 years of the Morgan family. Vickie is currently serving her third year as the ACFW treasurer.
Also, I’d like folks to know about the series website:  
Blurb for End of the Trail:
Brooks Morgan is quick on the draw, but his weapon of choice is his smile. He’s smart and witty and has charmed his way through much of life, but now that he’s growing older—and a bit wiser—he wants to stop drifting and settle down. He sees his chance when he wins Raven Creek Ranch in a poker game, but when he goes to claim his prize, a pretty woman with a shotgun says the ranch belongs to her. Brooks isn’t leaving his one and only chance to make something of his life—but neither is she. Can they reach an agreement? Or will a greedy neighbor force a showdown, causing them both to lose they want most in life?
Bio for Mary Ellis:
Mary Ellis grew up close to the eastern Ohio Amish community in Geauga County, where her parents often took her to farmers’ markets and woodworking fairs. She and her husband now live close to a larger population of Amish families where she does her research and enjoys the simple way of life. Learn more about Ellis online at .
Blurb for Living in Harmony:
Living in Harmonyis the first book in bestselling author Mary Ellis’s New Beginnings series. It’s about fresh starts and love…and how faith in God and His perfect plan for our lives provides us with the peace and joy we desire.

Amy King–young, engaged, and Amish–faces difficult challenges in her life when she suddenly loses both of her parents in a house fire. Her fiancé, John Detweiler, persuades her and her sister Nora to leave Lancaster County and make a new beginning with him in Harmony, Maine, where he has relatives who can help the women in their time of need.

John’s brother Thomas and sister-in-law Sally readily open their home to the three newcomers. Wise beyond his years, Thomas, a minister in the district, refuses to marry Amy and John upon their arrival, suggesting instead a period of adjustment and counseling. During this time Amy discovers an aunt who was shunned. She wishes to reconnect with her, but this puts a strain on her relationship with John.

Can John and Amy find a way to live in happily in Harmony before making a lifetime commitment to one another?




  1. I would love to win a copy of PROOF! I need to get away from my steady diet of historical fiction…occasionally. lol! Thank you for this opportunity!

  2. Diana,

    So glad you’re interested in Proof. It will definitely take you on a suspense ride!


    Thanks so much for hosting me. It’s an honor to be here!

  3. Lovely selection. What sounds captivating and special is End of the trail. many thanks.

  4. Sounds like an intriguing book to pick up and read.

  5. Please include me for LFY in Sundance, WY and End of the Trail. Thanks so much!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  6. I’d love to win a copy of Proof!

  7. Oh my gosh! All the books sound great but I would most like to win LFY in Sundance, Wyoming or End of the Trail. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

    😀 Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

  8. These books sound fascinating.


  9. Thanks so much for having me, Margaret! It’s a pleasure to connect with your readers and introduce people to my books. I so appreciate the interest in LFY in Sundance, WY. If you’re a lover of Westerns with a lot of action and romance, I think you’ll love it. And I can announce here (for the very first time publicly) that my book just won the Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western fiction! Yee-Haw! I’m thrilled!

  10. All the books sound great! Please enter me for LFY in…, Proof, and End of the Trail.

  11. Another fabulous week of books. There is such joy on the cover of LIVING IN HARMONY . IN SUNDANCE WYOMING grabs my attention as well.


  12. Margaret, Thanks for hosting me on your website, along with your other two guests. I’m always glad to meet new potential readers and to let people know about my books.

    Congratulations, Miralee!! That’s exciting news about your book.And waving hi to Jordyn, I believe we met at an event a few year’s ago.

    I, too, have news. Long Trail Home, which is a sequel to End of the Trail, is a finalist in the 2012 Booksellers Best Awards.

    Good luck to all of this week’s guests!

    • Vickie– waving back!! And big congrats on being a finalist for the Booksellers Best Awards.

  13. I cant believe you have so many great authors in one spot, love to read all of these , I have a sister in law reading all the love find you books so guess to win this one would be fantastic to share with her…
    love your stormy weather site..
    Paula O

  14. I am stalking you Jordyn and really want to win a copy of Proof. I have had Proof on my wish list from the first review and looking forward to reading.

    • Miss Kallie,

      BOOK/BLOG stalking is always welcome. I hope you’re finding some new blogs to follow.

  15. All of these books found so good. I haven’t read a medical suspense in ages and “Proof” sounds so very inviting. Please enter me…..

    But of course, if you would like to send them all to one winner, this Southern Lady would welcome them all in my mail box. 😉

  16. I would like to read this book and I haven’t read a Christian medical drama before either.

    Thank you for offering it to one of us to win!


  17. Don’t forget to drop in and read the character interviews as well….our characters LOVE to have visitors!!


  19. another fine selection of novels…please count me in..


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