Monday, December 5, 2011

White Rose Publishing Holiday Specials


  • December 6th-- TODAY ONLY: Purchase the eBook edition of Nick and Noelle for only $1
“What I want,” the pastor stated “is for you two to learn how to get along. Separately you both have much to offer the church. Together – you’re a disaster waiting to happen.”

Nick and Noelle have been in competition against each other from their Christmas day births to their present adulthood. After their rivalry causes chaos at a youth group event, Pastor Thorn assigns Nick and Noelle the task of decorating the church for Christmas. Can Nick and Noelle cooperate?

Will they end up killing each other – or maybe kissing each other? 



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Monday, November 28, 2011

Christmas Reads

I was thinking today that I've written my fair share of Christmas and Winter tales. If you're looking for a fun, light romance for the holiday season, you may be interested in one (or more) of these stories.

Nick & Noelle
“What I want,” the pastor stated “is for you two to learn how to get along. Separately you both have much to offer the church. Together – you’re a disaster waiting to happen.”

Nick and Noelle have been in competition against each other from their Christmas day births to their present adulthood. After their rivalry causes chaos at a youth group event, Pastor Thorn assigns Nick and Noelle the task of decorating the church for Christmas. Can Nick and Noelle cooperate?

Will they end up killing each other – or maybe kissing each other?


Orchard Hill Residents - lock up your hearts! Pansy Parker and Misty Green are rivals in romance. Each believes she is the town's best matchmaker. Now, they're going to settle the question for once and for all. They're keeping track to see who can make the most matches in a year's time. No heart is safe in Orchard Hill - not even their own. Riley O'Neil and Grace Randall have been best friends since kindergarten, and Pansy knows they belong together. After Grace's fiance leaves her at the altar, Riley decides it's time to tell her he wants to be more than friends. Grace is still reeling from her fiance's betrayal. She fears that if she and Riley start dating, it will ruin their friendship--and right now Riley's friendship is something she can't spare. A new year is coming, and it's the perfect time for a fresh start. Will Grace take a chance on love with Riley? (Saving Gracie can also be found in Orchard Hill Romances Vol. 1)
Orchard Hill Residents - lock up your hearts! Pansy Parker and Misty Green are rivals in romance. Each believes she is the town's best matchmaker. Now, they're going to settle the question for once and for all. They're keeping track to see who can make the most matches in a year's time. No heart is safe in Orchard Hill - not even their own. Shy Joy Harper, the organist for Orchard Hill Community Church, has long been overlooked by Pastor Isaac. Then Pansy Parker announces she's retiring and Joy is asked to fill in as secretary. With an unusually large number of weddings coming up and the Christmas holidays looming, Joy and Isaac put in a lot of hours together and he discovers a beautiful and caring woman beneath Joy's reserved fa?ade. Can he convince her that the only gift he wants for Christmas is her heart? (Finding Joy can also be found in Orchard Hill Romances Vol. 3)
This is a bit different, but if  you prefer something wintry and slightly spooky to a holiday story, you may want to try -

A woman scarred by the past... Spurred by obligation, Robin Spencer drives through blizzard conditions to find the one person she never wanted to see again: Shale Anderson. When her trip turns deadly, Robin's only hope is to trust this man who broke her heart. But can she, when he's more like the dark, reclusive hero in the graphic novels he creates than the caring Shale she once knew? A man in need of forgiveness... Shale Andersen is poison. When the only woman he's ever loved shows upon his doorstep, he'll do anything to send her away. If he doesn't, he will end up ruining her life, or worse, killing her-just like every other woman who's ever gotten close to him. A danger so complete, it threatens to consume them both... Robin's only chance at happiness lies in acceptance. Shale's only chance at freedom lies in forgiveness. Can they weather the storm and begin their lives anew, or will someone with a thirst for revenge destroy their future?


If you love holiday stories be sure to stop by White Rose Publishing for their Holiday Extravaganza. You'll find lots of Christmas stories on sale for $1 each!
Merry Christmas and Happy Reading!
Kara Lynn Russell








Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day in Orchard Hill

I think Orchard Hill is a great place to visit but especially on Valentne's Day. I have three Orchard Hill stories that center around that holiday. Best of all, two of those are free!

Entertaining Angel
Artist Angel Marcell is on her own for the first time in her life.  If only her brother would stop treating her like a child!  He’s asked one of his college friends to watch over her while she’s in Orchard Hill visiting cousin Misty Green.  Jeff Bradley is working day and night to make his real estate business a success.  He doesn’t have time to entertain his friend’s little sister – no matter how cute she is when she blushes.  Besides when she’s around, his life turns into chaos and he starts longing for things that aren’t compatible with his business plan.  When Angel stands in for a Valentine’s Day date, will he change his mind about what he wants?


A Long Silly Love Chase:: A mini-sequel to Saving Gracie
Even though Riley and Grace have only been dating for 6 weeks, Riley knows he's ready to ask Grace to marry him. After all, they've been friends since kindergarten and he's been in love with her for years. He plans a special Valentine's Day proposal but his plans may be derailed by the return of his rival, Steve and by the disappearance of the engagement ring.

Vanessa's Valentine
Dateless again, Vanessa agrees to babysit her cousin Riley's infant twins and her cousin Ian's new litter of puppies on Valentine's Day. Things get our of hand when the puppies escape through the cat door. When Vanessa goes after them, the next door neighbor mistakes her for a burglar. Vanessa's Valentine can be found in the files section of the White Rose Readers loop on Yahoo. You can sign up for the loop here.

You can find out more about the Orchard Hill Romance series here.

 Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Celebrate Valentine's Day with LASR and Goddess Fish

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I'll  be blogging this Satruday, February 12 at Long and Short Reviews and at Goddess Fish. I know there will be many other authors blogging as well. (Pamela Thibodeaux will be there for sure. I don't know about any other White Rose authors.) Besides the great excerpts and posts there are some fabulous prizes:

GRAND PRIZE:

Winners choice of either a WiFi Nook, a WiFi Kindle or a $150 Amazon or Barnes & Noble GC!

FIRST PRIZES:

FOUR (4) winners will receive $25 Amazon or Barnes & Noble GCs!

Plus... we'll randomly give out $5 GCs to commenters throughout each day.



I hope you'll stop by. I'd love to see you there.



Wednesday, February 2, 2011

First Review for Snow Blind



Thanks to fellow White Rose author for the first Amazon.com review of Snow Blind:

I received a copy of this story for review from the author and wow, was I intrigued! A fan of romance in general, I've read everything from historical to contemporary, Christian to cowboy and all sub-genres in between. I remember the gothic novels of old...broody hero, bright heroine; dark, mysterious house, & things that go bump in the night although I never thought these elements could be successfully done in a contemporary setting. After all, are there any dark, mysterious places around today?

Ms. Russell is known for her ability to create a fascinating story around well-crafted characters and she does a super job in this tale where forgiveness and redemption triumph over evil and tragedy.


Pamela S Thibodeaux
Author of A Hero for Jessica

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Latest Releases from White Rose Publishing

Here are some of the newest offerings from White Rose Publishing - Minus my own, Snow Blind, but I figured you've probably heard enough about that lately.

Fire Dragon's Angel by Barbara Blythe
Forget Me Not by Karen Cogan

Destiny's Dream by Delia Latham

Tender Mercies by Mary Manners

Friday, January 21, 2011

Release Day and White Rose chat at Coffee Time Romance

Snow Blind is now available from White Rose Publishing as well as the usual outlets for White Rose books such as Amazon.com, Barnes and Noble (bn.com), and Christian Book Distributors (cbd.com).

I'm very excited about this release and thankful for my wonderful editor, Nicola Martinez and for Kimberlee Mendoza who created the fabulous cover for Snow Blind.

Tomorrow I and my fellow White Rose authors will be chatting on the forum at Coffee Time Romance. I'll talk more about Snow Blind, Christian Gothic Romance and my upcoming releases there. There may even be prizes! I hope you'll join us.

Friday, January 14, 2011

From White Rose Publishing....Snow Blind

A woman scarred by the past...
Spurred by obligation, Robin Spencer drives through blizzard conditions to find the one person she never wanted to see again: Shale Anderson. When her trip turns deadly, Robin's only hope is to trust this man who broke her heart. But can she, when he's more like the dark, reclusive hero in the graphic novels he creates than the caring Shale she once knew?
A man in need of forgiveness...
Shale Andersen is poison. When the only woman he's ever loved shows upon his doorstep, he'll do anything to send her away. If he doesn't, he will end up ruining her life, or worse, killing her—just like every other woman who's ever gotten close to him.
 A danger so complete, it threatens to consume them both...
Robin's only chance at happiness lies in acceptance. Shale's only chance at freedom lies in forgiveness. Can they weather the storm and begin their lives anew, or will someone with a thirst for revenge destroy their future?
Excerpt:
“Stay behind me,” Shale ordered. “My body will block some of the wind for you and you can walk in my steps.”
He waded out into the snow, pulling her behind.
...At some point, she must have loosened her grip on his coat. It was hard to feel it through her heavy mittens.
Swirling snow and wailing wind combined to make her both blind and deaf. Maybe if she stayed still, Shale would come back and find her.
But would he? He was clearly displeased by her presence here. Was there still a bit of the old Shale left of him or was he now simply the creator of Midnight Soul? She had no problem believing that Shale would leave her to freeze to death. But then, if he was going to do that, he wouldn’t have asked her to stay close behind him…would he?
Her heartbeat picked up its pace until she felt as if it were pounding against her ribs. Robin squinted into the wind, trying to see ahead of her, to see a light from the house. Anything.
There was nothing but darkness and snow.
Factoring in the wind chill, she guessed the temperature had to be near zero. How long could she survive out here in the storm?
“Not long if you don’t keep moving,” Robin muttered to herself. She took one hesitant step and then another. On the third step, she started to pray.
Robin wasn’t sure how many steps she walked before she slammed into something solid, sending her reeling backwards. Strong arms reached out and caught her, pulling her close. Shale had come back for her.
He picked her up and carried her through the snow drifts. She wrapped her arms around his neck and held on tightly in spite of her embarrassment at being so relieved that he’d come back for her. They came into a circle of light; they had reached the porch of the main house, Robin realized.
Shale set her on her feet but held her close, cradling her head against his chest. “I told you to hold on to me. I thought you were behind me and when I got to the house and you were gone...” He made a noise that sounded suspiciously like a sob and pulled her even closer. “You have to go,” he said. He was so close that his breath tickled her ear. “As soon as the storm lifts, you have to go. Promise me you’ll leave then, Robin.”
******
Snow Blind will be available on January 21 from White Rose Publishing, Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble and other sources. Read about how the fairy tale The Snow Queen influenced Snow Blind on the White Roses in Bloom blog.


Thursday, January 6, 2011

Happy 4th Anniversary to Kathy's Review Corner

Kathy's Review Corner is celebrating 4 years of reviewing romance novels and stories. This month Kathy is featuring the "Gems" of 2010.  I'm honored that my book The Prodigal Father is on this list. You'll also see White Rose Publishing's Snow Kissed by Cindy K. Green.

Please stop by Kathy's Review Corner and see all the Gems. If you sign up for her announcement group in January you will be eligible to win one of the many books and other prizes donated by authors. The Prodigal Father is one of those prizes!

In case you're not familiar with The Prodigal Father, here's the blurb:

Beth is faced with the decision of a lifetime when her estranged husband Scott suddenly returns and asks her to give their marriage a second chance.  She thinks he will change his mind once she tells him they have a daughter, and that their daughter has Down syndrome.  Instead, Scott convinces her to come to the resort he owns in northern Wisconsin and along with their daughter, Risa, take a chance on becoming a real family.  He does his best to adapt to his new role as father, learn about his daughter’s disability and show Beth that they all belong together.  Beth realizes she still loves Scott and wants to stay with him.  She is torn between her desire to create a family, the fear of failure and guilt over past mistakes.

The Prodigal Father is also available in large print.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

The TBR Pile

Happy New Year All! I'm a great believer in New Year's resolutions. This year I'm resolving to get to the bottom of that To Be Read pile on my nightstand, in my nook ereader, and at my library. Here are a few items on that list:

  1. Conception by Jennifer Hartz (Christian fantasy romance - it's about time!)
  2. Lilith by George MacDonald 
  3. Rodeo Redemption by Teri Wilson
  4. Mended Heart by Mary Manners
  5. Bridesmaid Blues by Lainey Bancroft (and the rest of the Flower Basket series)
  6. Behind the Scenes by Michelle Levigne
  7. Specs Appeal by Beverly Breton
  8. Silent Witness by Nicola Beaumont
  9. The Search for Wondla by Tony DiTerlizzi
  10. Tea Leaves and Tarot Cards by Jacqueline Seewald
What's in your TBR Pile? What's your New Year's resolution?