This week Debby Giusti, Debra Ullrick, Cheryl St. John, Kristen Heitzmann, and Kathleen Y’Barbo

» Posted on Jan 14, 2013 in Blog | 27 comments

Congratulations to Angela for winning with Lillian Duncan’s The Christmas Stalking, to bn100 for winning Murray Pura’s Ashton Park, and to Norma for winning Nicole O’Dell’s The Shadowed Onyx.

This week I’m hosting  Debby Giusti with The General’s Secretary, Debra Ullrick/Cheryl St. John with Colorado Courtship (Love Inspired Historical Anthology), Kristen Heitzann with The Breath of Dawn, and Kathleen Y’Barbo with Flora’s Wish.  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 (January 20th) evening.

9780373445219_p0_v1_s260x420Bio of Debby Giusti:

Debby Giusti is a medical technologist who loves working with test tubes and petri dishes almost as much as she loves to write.  Growing up as an Army Brat, Debby met and married her husband–then a Captain in the Army–at Fort Knox, Kentucky.  Together they traveled the world, raised three wonderful Army Brats of their own and have now settled in Atlanta, Georgia, where Debby spins tales of suspense that touch the heart and soul.

Debby’s work has won numerous awards, including the Daphne du Maurier Award for Inspirational Suspense, the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Golden Quill, the Beacon, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the Write Touch. In addition, she is an Award of Merit Recipient for the HOLT Medallion.  Her eleventh book, THE GENERAL’S SECRETARY, was released in January 2013. THE SOLDIER’S SISTER follows in September 2013.  Both stories are part of her Military Investigations Series published by Love Inspired Books.  In addition to full-length fiction, Debby has written magazine articles for Southern Lady, Woman’s World, Our Sunday Visitor, Army and Family, and served for over twelve years on the editorial advisory board of ADVANCE for Administrators of the Laboratory. 

Visit Debby online,, blog with her at,, and and email her at

Blurb for THE GENERAL’S SECRETARY By Debby Giusti:

Trusting the Wrong Person Can Be Deadly…

Lillie Beaumont’s dark past has just turned up on her porch–fatally wounded. The dying words of the man imprisoned for killing Lillie’s mother suggest hidden secrets. Criminal Investigations Division special agentDawson Timmons agrees. He has his own motive for seeking the truth, and it gives Lillie every reason to doubt him. But even as they reluctantly begin to face painful secrets together, Dawson fears that a murderer is waiting to strike again. And this time, Lillie is right in the line of fire…

9780373829484_p0_v1_s260x420Bio for Debra Ullrick:
Debra Ullrick is an award winning Christian romance author. One of her novellas made the New York Times bestseller’s list. Debra is happily married to her husband of thirty-eight years and has one daughter. For twenty-five years, they lived and worked on cattle ranches in the Colorado Mountains. One of those ranches is partially owned by a famous movie star and her screenwriter husband. When Debra’s not writing, she’s reading, or feeding wild critters.
Bio for Cheryl St. John:
Cheryl’s first book, RAIN SHADOW was nominated for RWA’s RITA for Best First Book, by Romantic Times for Best Western Historical, and by Affaire de Coeur readers as Best American Historical Romance. Since then her stories have continued to receive awards and high acclaim. In describing her stories of second chances and redemption, readers and reviewers use words like, “emotional punch, hometown feel, core values, believable characters and real life situations. 
Blurb for Colorado Courtship by Debra Ullrick and Cheryl St. John:
The cowboys on her uncle’s ranch show Sunny Weston no respect–except for foreman Jed Cooper. A riding and roping contest is Sunny’s chance to prove herself. But now that she’s falling for Jed, will she find courage to take the biggest risk of all, and trust her heart?
ISBN-13: 978-0373829484

link to amazon:
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51l+owZr-yL._SL500_AA300_Bio for Kristen Heitzmann:

Kristen Heitzmann is the bestselling author of historical and contemporary suspense novels, including Colorado Book Award finalist The Still of Night and Christy Award winner Secrets. She lives with her husband, Jim, extended family, pets and wildlife in the Rocky Mountain foothills of Colorado. Learn more

by Kristen Heitzmann

Genre: Inspirational, Romantic Suspense

Romantic Times Rating: 4 1/2

The third novel in Heitzmann’s series featuring the Spencer brothers takes the very familiar “marriage of convenience” storyline and ratchets up the suspense and believability. An intriguing mystery and some eerie settings come together to create a fast-paced thriller sure to keep readers breathlessly turning pages.

FlorasWishBio for Kathleen Y’Barbo:

Kathleen Y’Barbo Kathleen Y’Barbo is the author of over 40 novels with more than 1 million copies in print in the United States and abroad. A former literary publicist, she was recently nominated for a Career Achievement Award by /Romantic Times/ magazine. A tenth-generation Texan, Kathleen has four grown children, seven bonus children, and her very own hero in combat boots. Find out more about Kathleen at <>.

Blurb for Flora’s Wish by Kathleen Y’Barbo:

From bestselling author Kathleen Y’Barbo comes a brand-new series of romance, adventure, and hidden identity.

May 1887—Flora Brimm is determined the fifth time is the charm. Back home she has a reputation as “Fatal Flora,” a woman whose previous four fiancés died in untimely accidents. Flora is desperate to marry, because producing an heir is the only way she can keep her family’s estate. She’s confident this visit to Eureka Springs with her grandmother will help her land a husband.

Pinkerton detective Lucas McMinn is hot on the trail of Will Tucker, the thief who broke his sister’s heart. When he discovers the slippery fellow with Flora, he thinks they are in on the devious plot together. Will Flora be able to convince Lucas of her innocence? Will Lucas catch the elusive Mr. Tucker?

And, more importantly, will Lucas survive if he pursues Flora’s heart?

An engaging story of how God can move circumstances to bring love, joy, and lasting fulfillment to the most hopeless heart.



  1. A great selection. COLORADO COURTSHIP catches my eye especially.


    • Thank you for stopping by, Mary. I’m thrilled that Colorado Courtship caught your eye!

  2. Please enter me for The Breath of Dawn by Kristen Heitzmann! I have always enjoyed her books so much! Thank you!

  3. Thanks, Mary! Hope you find a copy.

  4. Another great selection, Margaret! I have been really wanting to read Debby’s book and Colorado Courtship! Please enter me in those two drawings. Love those authors’ works and have read most of their books!

    • Hi Valri, thank you for stopping by and for letting us know that you’ve been wanting to read Cheryl and I’s story Colorado Courtship. Hope you enjoy it.

    • Hi Valri,
      Thanks for your comments about THE GENERAL’S SECRETARY and my stories! Fingers crosssed for you to win! Hope all is well. Hugs!

  5. would love to win.

  6. Flora’s Wish would be delightful. Many thanks.

  7. I would like to win any of the books. They sound like good ones and I like the kinds of stories included. Thanks for the giveaway

  8. These all look like great reads!

    Please enter me. 😀


    dnikerle [at] gmail [dot] com

  9. They all sound lovely.


  10. Thanks for giving me a chance to win your books. All four of the books sounds good. “The General’s Secretary”, “Colorado Courtship”, “The Breath of Dawn”, “Flora’s Wish”. Thanks again everyone and God bless you.
    Norma Stanforth

    • Hi Norma,
      Isn’t Margaret’s blog great! Such a fun week ahead. Good luck on the drawings!

  11. Another great selection. Thank You for a chance to win.


  12. I am so grateful for your weekly posts. You select spectacular books.
    HM at HVC dot RR dot COM

  13. I love all these ladies. I have them on my list to watch whenever they have new books out. I’ve read Debbie’s “Killer Headline” and “The Captain’s Mission” they supply the right page turning romantic suspense. Loved “The Unlikely Wife” by Debra Ullrick. It was fun and poignant with a lovely ending. Cheryl St John’s “The Lawman’s Bride” shows that you can begin again with an honorable man. I recently finished “Her Holiday Fireman” by Kathleen Y’barbo. It was sweet, entertaining, made you want to know more about other characters in her book. I’m sure Kristen Heitzmann is in a league with the others. I’d love to win any of these ladies books. Thanks for the opportunity–Margaret.

    • Thank you, Susan, for your sweet and kind words about The Unlikely Wife, and for what you said about everyone else’s books too. It is always nice to hear when someone enjoys your books and why. Thank you for taking the time to stop and to do just that.

      And a ginormous thanks to the rest of you who have taken the time to stop by and to let us authors know that our books sound interesting to you.

      God bless you and yours,

    • Susan, thanks for your sweet comments about KILLER HEADLINE and THE CAPTAIN’S MISSION. I greatly appreciate your support!

  14. a great selection of novels…thanks for the chance to read them 🙂

  15. I would love to be entered to win any of the books this week. Except Debby’s (I already have a copy). 🙂

    Thank you for your generosity.

    😀 Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    • Cindy, thanks for getting my book. Hope you enjoy the story! Isn’t Margaret’s blog the greatest! She’s amazing. Love her books too.

  16. I would love to be entered for all the wonderful titles this week. Thanks!
    Worthy2bpraised atmgmail dot com

    • Merry,
      Love the spelling of your name. Were you a Christmas baby? My son was born on DEC 25. Such a special birthday.

  17. Wow, such a great selection of books. Please enter me in the drawing.
    Thank you

  18. Oh my, each book is inviting to me…but I think Flora’s Wish seems to have that uplifting humor I need presently. LOL Actually, I hope I might be able to wish to win any of them – not author specific. Thank you for this giveaway and the chance to win a great read in any regard.

    In Christian Joy,
    Barb Shelton

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