This week Kit Wilkinson, Elizabeth Goddard, Jan Watson, and Kathryn Cushman

» Posted on Jul 9, 2012 in Blog | 15 comments

This week I’m hosting Kit Wilkinson with Plain Secrets, Beth Goddard with Oregon Outback, Jan Watson with Skip Rock Shallows, and Katie Cushman with Almost Amish. 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 (July  15th) evening.

Bio for Kit Wilkinson:

Kit Wilkinson is a former Ph.D. student who once wrote discussions on the medieval feminine voice. She now prefers weaving stories of romance and redemption. Her first inspirational manuscript won the prestigious RWA Golden Heart and sold to a popular division of Harlequin. Her second novel, Sabotage, was nominated for a 2010 RT Reviewer’s Choice Award. Her fourth novel releases in July 2012.

Kit serves on the Board of Directors for the James River Writers Organization, contributes articles to RWR and Focus on the Family and speaks about writing to writers’ groups, including leading workshops at the RWA National Conference in 2011.  Kit currently works as a teacher of French, English and Drama at a small private preparatory academy where her own children also attend. For fun, she loves hanging out with friends and family, cooking, gardening, riding horses and spending time in the sun. She lives in central Virginia with her two young children.

Blurb for Plain Secrets by Kit Wilkinson:

After years on the Philadelphia Police Force, Elijah Miller thought he’d left his Amish past behind. But when the murder of a young Amish girl starts to raise suspicions, Eli has no choice but to investigate. He’ll do his duty, even if it means facing the father who won’t speak to him— and the woman who rejected him. Hannah Nolt is just as beautiful as Eli remembers, and this time, running away from his feelings for her is no longer an option. Because Hannah’s in danger, and needs protection only Eli can provide.

Bio of Elizabeth Goddard:

Elizabeth Goddard is the award-winning author of more than a dozen novels, including the romantic mystery, The Camera Never Lies—a 2011 Carol Award winner. She lives in Central Louisiana with her husband and children.

I wanted to include a picture of Gerard Butler for Carver but I couldn’t find an image that was public domain.

Blurb for Oregon Outback by Elizabeth Goddard:

Four rough and tumble brothers find themselves in the midst of big trouble in life and love. FBI agent Jonas Love struggles to keep a promise to protect his old flame, Darcy Nichols. Rancher Carver Love finds it hard to focus on rustlers with female sheriff Sheridan Hall so near. The fearless Lucas Love suddenly finds courage waning when it comes to beautiful bookkeeper Avery Summers. Justin Love tracks down a fugitive a little too close to home—and lodge-keeper Darrow Kincaid. Will these brothers find a way to keep their loves safe?

Bio of Jan Watson:

Former registered nurse and peri-natal loss counselor, Jan Watson won the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild First Novel Contest in 2004 with Troublesome Creek. Written with a dollop of romance and a smidgen of suspense, Jan’s award winning historical novels, are uniquely set in the Appalachian Mountains.
Jan lives in Lexington, Kentucky and spends her days writing and entertaining her Jack Russell terrier, Maggie. Her favorite hobby is reading antique medical books.

“Watson’s success lies in her ability to create characters that are endearing and timeless. . . .” Romantic Times Magazine.

Blurb for Skip Rock Shallows by Jan Watson:

Lilly Gray Corbett has just graduated from medical school and decided to accept an internship in the coal camp of Skip Rock, Kentucky. Her beau, Paul, is doing his residency in Boston and can’t understand why Lilly would choose to work in a backwater town. But having grown up in the mountains, Lilly is drawn to the stubborn, superstitious people she encounters in Skip Rock—a town where people live hard and die harder and where women know their place. Lilly soon learns she has a lot to overcome, but after saving the life of a young miner, she begins to earn the residents’ trust.

As Lilly becomes torn between joining Paul in Boston and her love for the people of Skip Rock, she crosses paths with a handsome miner—one who seems oddly familiar. Her attraction for him grows, even as she wrestles with her feelings and wonders what he’s hiding.

Bio for Kathryn Cushman:

 Kathryn Cushman is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy. She is the author of five previous novels, including Leaving Yesterday and A Promise to Remember, which were both finalists for the Carol Award in Women’s Fiction. Kathryn and her family currently live in Santa Barbara, California. Visit Kathryn’s Web site at for more information. 
Blurb for Almost Amish by Katie Cushman:
Proving the Simple Life Isn’t So Simple After All 
Overcommitted and overwhelmed, Julie Charlton is at the breaking point. She knows she should feel blessed as a mother and wife–but she just feels exhausted. And then, the miraculous happens. Her sister-in-law Susan, a Martha Stewart-in-training, lands the chance to participate in a reality TV series about trying to live like the Amish and needs another family to join her. It’s just the break Julie needs. 

But the summer adventure in simple living soon proves anything but simple. With the camera watching every move, Susan’s drive for perfection feels a lot like what they left behind, while Julie suddenly finds herself needing to stand up for slowing down. Whether it’s cooking, cleaning, or dressing differently, each new Amish challenge raises new complications… and soon each woman learns unexpected lessons about herself and her family.





  1. would love to win.

  2. I would be very happy to have any of these wonderful books on my bookshelf.


  3. I would love to win . Please enter me in the contest.

  4. Skip Rock Shallows looks compelling and unique. Many thanks.

  5. All four of these books seem lovely and exciting.

    Please count me in the drawing!

    Thank you!

  6. Thanks for stopping by. And thanks, Margaret, for showcasing these books!


  7. Hi Margaret and everyone! As always, I love being here. Release time is so exciting for an author. And, Margaret, many thanks for all you have done and continue to do for so many of us! You have been such an enormous source of wisdom and encouragement to me!!!


  8. Please enter me for Oregon Outback!

  9. They all sound intriguing.


  10. I would feel blessed to win any of these awesome sounding books! What a great giveaway, and thank you for the opportunity!

  11. All of these stories sound intriguing. Thanks for this offer of a contest.
    heathermarsten [AT] gmail [dot] com

    I am fascinated by the Amish culture and love good mysteries.

  12. Please enter my name in the giveaway. Thanks.

  13. I would love to be entered to win any of the books this week. I”ve missed out as we lost our modem & had to replace it only to find my laptop is too old to hook up to it. So my precious dear husband has stepped away from the desktop computer to allow me to visit.

    Have a wonderful week.

    Smiles & Blessings, 😀
    Cindy W.

  14. I havent read any of Kathryn Cushman books but love to read amish stories so would be interested in this drawing, thanks for sharing info on the author and book today.
    Paula O(

  15. another fine selection of books…please count me in, margaret 😉

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