This week on Kathleen Y’Barbo, Bonnie Calhoun, Gina Bovyn, and Peter Leavell

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Congratulations to Diana for winning Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar’s Threads of Faith and to Sarah and Shannon for winning my book, Shattered Silence.

This week I’m hosting  Kathleen Y’Barbo with Her Holiday Fireman (U.S. only), Bonnie Calhoun with Cooking the Books, Gina Bovyn with Lady White and Peter Leavell with Gideon’s Call.  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 (November 4th) evening.

Bio for Kathleen Y’Barbo:

Bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo is a multiple RITA and Carol Award nominee of over forty novels with more than one million copies of her books in print in the United States and abroad. A certified family law paralegal and tent-generation Texan, she was recently nominated for a Career Achievement Award by Romantic Times magazine. Find out more about Kathleen at
Blurb for His Holiday Fireman:
From his first encounter with the feisty redhead, widower and fire marshal Ryan Owen knows he’s in trouble. He’s in Vine Beach to heal, not to find romance. As for Leah Berry, she’s come home strictly to lay claim to her family’s restaurant and fend off developers. Leah is infuriated when Ryan shuts down the restaurant on violations. Both are determined to have their way, even as something unexpected starts blossoming between them. They’ll need to learn the hardest thing about love and faith—letting go.

Bio for Bonnie Calhoun:

Bonnie S. Calhoun’s first book is the mystery suspense Cooking The Books: A Sloane Templeton mystery. She is publisher of Christian Fiction Online Magazine, Northeast Zone Director for ACFW and their ‘2011 Mentor of the Year,’ President of Christian Authors Network, Appointment Coordinator for Colorado Christian Writers Conference and Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference.

Blurb for Cooking the Books:

After her mother dies from a heart attack, Sloane Templeton goes from Cyber Crimes Unit to bookstore owner before she can blink. She also “inherits” a half-batty store manager; a strange bunch of little old people from the neighborhood who meet at the store once a week, but never read books, called the Granny Oakleys Book Club; and Aunt Verline, who fancies herself an Iron Chef when in reality you need a cast iron stomach to partake of her culinary disasters. And with a group like this you should never ask, “What else can go wrong?”

A lot! Sloane begins to receive cyber threats. While Sloane uses her computer forensic skills to uncover the source of the threats, it is discovered someone is out to kill her. Can her life get more crazy?

Bio for Gina Bovyn:

Gina Bovyn wanted to pursue a writing career since she was a little girl. After moving to Wisconsin from Chicago and finding a personal relationship with Jesus, her mission became sharing the love of Christ with all through her work. She enjoys reading, writing, studying God’s Word, and spending time with those she loves. At twenty, she’s working on her fourth novel, a continuation in the Daughters of Linolae series. You can find her at

Blurb of Lady White:

My mother murdered by my father’s hand.
All whom I loved taken by a jealous God.
An undeserving bounty on my head.
I had no choice but to become what I am.

The Realm’s sole purpose was to glorify the God who created them. Yet as selfishness and greed grew in the hearts of men, the Realm’s purpose was forgotten. Only the Kingdom of Linolae withstood the power of the evil one and made a stand against his lusting allies, remembering the God who always caused them to triumph. But the times grow darker and an army must arise. Only a lass worthy can lead this kingdom to victory and save the Realms from their own destruction. From the loins of a very unsuspecting maiden will she come.

Alina aer Anya, otherwise known as the White Lady, carries a sordid past as she rides with her band of men killing for the nobles’ coin. She searches for her own path in life, one without trust, without love, and without the God of her mother. But as she rides to fulfill a task for a power-hungry ruler, she finds a crossroad in her path, and her hardened heart begins to soften. Will she allow evil forebodings and her sordid past to keep her from a trusting friend and the arms of the man she loves? Or will she turn at life’s crossroad and begin her days anew? As she pens her tale in the dungeon of King Richard, only her writings and the hope of escape keep her alive.

This is the tale of how the notorious White Lady became the beloved Lady White.

Bio Peter Leavell:

Peter Leavell, a 2007 graduate of BoiseStateUniversitywith a degree in history, was the 2011 winner of Christian Writers Guild’s Operation First Novel contest. Peter and his family live in Boise, Idaho. For entertainment, he reads historical books, where he finds ideas for new novels. Whenever he has a chance, he takes his wife and two homeschooled children on crazy but fun research trips. Learn more about Peter’s books, research, and family adventures at and on his Facebook page at

Blurb for Gideon’s Call:

Tad, a very clever slave boy, comes of age as the American Civil War intrudes on the tropical sea islands of South Carolina. But his desire to better himself is obstructed by the color of his skin, until Northern soldiers force the evacuation of white plantation owners, setting 10,000 slaves free in a single day. These circumstances seem like a dream, but the newly freed slaves have no money, no education, no leadership, and little hope for the future. This is the story of how a boy grows into a man facing the horrors of war and unimaginable prejudice – fighting the urge to run from the shame of his family and his past – to become the leader and deliverer of thousands of freed slaves. Award- winning author Peter Leavell explores new territory in the familiar literary backdrop of the Civil War, forging an unprecedented tale of tragedy and triumph based on true events.