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Mining For Gold

Miss Wetherham's Wedding
Miss Wetherham’s Wedding

We think of gold primarily as either bullion or jewelry, but the precious metal has many other uses. In the old days, it was used for tooth fillings and even the odd false tooth. Nowadays, uses range from industrial to medical, to agricultural. For instance, gold is used to treat pain in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. It is liquefied, injected into muscle tissue, and reportedly helpful in 70 percent of cases. 

Writing historical fiction doesn’t only mean researching the time period of the book’s setting. For my newest release, Miss Wetherham’s Wedding, my heroine owns the controlling number of shares in a tunneling gold mining venture that’s gone dry. As I dug up whatever I could find on gold mining, I came across some interesting facts most of us probably aren’t aware of.

Another interesting tidbit is that 10 billion tons of gold circle the world in seawater! Before you start panning, the gold isn’t just floating around in specks or nuggets. In fact, the cost of recovering it unfortunately exceeds its value.  

And here’s something to wrap your brain around:  worldwide, the amount of steel poured in just one hour is more than the amount of gold that’s been extracted in all of recorded history! That’s how rare gold is. 

In my book, Miss Wetherham has neither the money to explore the mine for more gold, or the heart to try it even if she did, for there is danger involved. For these reasons, she finds herself in precarious financial straits–the perfect place to introduce a hero, even if he is, by all report, a rogue. 🙂       

Linore Rose Burkard An award-winning author best known for Inspirational Regency Romance, her first book (Before the Season Ends) opened the genre for the CBA. Besides historical romance, Linore writes contemporary suspense, contemporary romance, and romantic short stories. Linore resides in Ohio with her husband and family, where she turns her youthful angst into character or humor-driven plots. 

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Author Interviews

A Chat with Author Linore Rose Burkard

A Chat with Author Linore Rose Burkard

Linore Rose Burkard
Linore Rose Burkard

Greetings from Marti Pieper in beautiful, blooming Seneca, South Carolina, where bright azalea and gentle wisteria blossoms enrich our views. Today, I’m delighted to introduce to you a friend I’ve not met in person but who lives near where I grew up in southern Ohio. I’m excited to share the work and the words of Linore Rose Burkard with you today!

Welcome, Linore! Please tell us about your book.

Miss Wetherham's Wedding by Linore Rose Burkard
Miss Wetherham’s Wedding by Linore Rose Burkard

My goal with The Brides of Mayfair Series was to fill every regency romance reader’s wish list for what they enjoy most in the genre. There’s nothing more fun than a clean, traditional regency, but too often modern writers contemporize the plots or their main characters. A recent reviewer’s comment that Miss Wetherham is “an entertaining and romantic tale full of all the story line elements that Regency romance fans adore,” was music to my ears. Another reviewer called me “the Queen of Regency,” (a title I ascribe to Georgette Heyer), so that was hugely gratifying!

(Please note: Miss Wetherham’s Wedding is forthcoming via Ingram. The other two books in the Brides Series are already available.)

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New Releases

2021 Spring New Releases

2021 Spring New Releases

My Arms Will Hold You Tight board book

Author: Crystal Bowman
Title: My Arms Will Hold You Tight
Publisher: Tyndale
Release: January 2021
ISBN-13: 978-1496446220
Genre: Board Book
Link to Book: https://www.tyndale.com/p/my-arms-will-hold-you-tight/9781496446220

Dreams of Savannah

Author: Roseanna M. White
Title: Dreams of Savannah
Publisher: Bethany House
Release: January 5, 2021
ISBN-13: 978-0764237478
Genre: Historical Romance
Link to Book: https://www.roseannamwhite.com/books/stand-alone-novels/dreams-of-savannah

How to Listen So Your Kids Will Talk by Becky Harling

Author: Becky Harling
Title: How to Listen so Your Kids Will Talk
Publisher: Bethany House
Release: January 5, 2021
ISBN: 978-0764237218
Genre: NF/Parenting
Link to Book: http://beckyharling.com/store

Duplicity At the Lowell House

Author: Caryl McAdoo
Title: Duplicity at the Lowell House
Publisher: Peaceable Publishing
Release: January 11, 2021
ISBN-13: 979-8569032020
Genre: Mystery, Historical
Link to Book: Amazon Only

Maryann's Hope

Author: Molly Jebber
Title: Maryann’s Hope
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Group
Release: January 26, 2021
ISBN-13: 978-1420150674
Genre: Historical Fiction/Amish
Link to Book: https://www.mollyjebber.com/maryannshope.html

Author: Grace Fox
Title: Finding Hope in Crisis: Devotions to Calm the Chaos
Publisher: Rose Publishing
Release: February 1, 2021
ISBN-13: 978-1628629927
Genre: NF/Devotional
Link to Book: https://www.gracefox.com/books/finding-hope-in-crisis-devotions-for-calm-in-chaos

Author: Sarah Sundin
Title: When Twilight Breaks
Publisher: Revell
Release: February 2, 2021
ISBN-13: 978-0800736361
Genre: Historical Fiction
Link to Book: https://www.sarahsundin.com/books/when-twilight-breaks

A Change of Scenery

Author: Davalynn Spencer
Title: A Change of Scenery
Publisher: Wilson Creek Publisher
Release: February 4, 2021
ISBN-13: 978-1735074115
Genre: Historical Fiction
Link to Book: https://davalynnspencer.com/books/a-change-of-scenery

Wild at Heart

Author: Vickie McDonough
Title: Wild at Heart
Romance in the Badlands 1
Publisher: Mountain Brook Inc.
Release: February 15, 2021
ASIN: BO8SLHRVJR
Genre: Historical Christian Romance
Link to Book: https://mountainbrookink.com/mbi-books/historical-romance/romance-in-the-badlands/#wild

Author: Diane Stortz
Title: Say & Pray Bible Wipe Clean: First Words, Stories, and Prayers
Publisher: Tommy Nelson
Release: February 16, 2021
ISBN-13: 978-1400229826
Genre: Children Bible stories activity book
Link to Book: https://www.dianestortz.com/books/say-pray-bible

Growing a Mother's Heart

Author: Karen Whiting
Title: Growing a Mother’s Heart:
Devotions of Faith, Hope, and Love
from Mothers Past, Present, and Future
Publisher: AMG Publishers
Release: February 23, 2021
ISBN 978-1617155604
Genre: NF/Parenting
Link to Book: https://karenwhiting.com/viewproduct/27

Praying Through Every Emotion

Author: Linda Evans Shepherd
Title: Praying Through Your Every Emotion
Publisher: Revell
Release: February 2021
ISBN-13: tbd
Genre: NF/Christian Living
Link to Book: https://www.gottopray.com/linda-s-prayer-books

Shadows of the White City

Author: Jocelyn Green
Title: Shadows of the White City
Book 2 in The Windy City Saga
Publisher: Bethany House
Release: February 2021
ISBN-13: 978-0764233319
Genre: Historical Fiction
Link to Book: http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/shadows-of-the-white-city/396160

Texas Trails

Author: Caryl McAdoo
Title: Texas Trails
Publisher: Peaceable Publishing
Release: March 6, 2021
ISBN-13: 979-8587396340
Genre: Historical Fiction
Link to Book: Amazon Only

Deep End of the Lake

Author: Carol Grace Stratton
Title: Deep End of the Lake
Publisher: Iron Stream Media/LPC
Release: March 9, 2021
ISBN-13: 978-1645262770
Genre: Women’s Contemporary Inspirational
Link to Book: https://www.carolgstratton.com

Outlaw Heart

Author: Vickie McDonough
Title: Outlaw Heart
Romance in the Badlands 2
Publisher: Mountain Brook Inc.
Release: March 15, 2021
ISBN-13: tbd
Genre: Historical Christian Romance
Link to Book: https://mountainbrookink.com/mbi-books/historical-romance/romance-in-the-badlands/#wildOutl

Night Fall

Author: Nancy Mehl
Title: Night Fall
Book 1 in The Quantico Files series
Publisher: Bethany House
Release: March 30, 2021
ISBN-13: tbd
Genre: Suspense
Link to Book: http://nancymehl.com

Victor! The Final Battle of Ulysses S Grant by Dr. Craig von Buseck

Author: Dr. Craig von Buseck
Title: Victor! The Final Battle of Ulysses S. Grant’s final battlefor his family and for freedom
Publisher: Iron Stream
Release: April 4, 2021
ISBN-13: 978-1645263159
Genre: NF Biography/History
Link to Book: https://www.vonbuseck.com/victor-ulysses-s-grant

Spring Betrayal

Author: Sally Jo Pitts
Title: Spring Betrayal
Publisher: Winged Publications
Release: April 6, 2021
ISBN-13: 978-1952661761G
Genre: Mystery/Detective
Link to Book: http://wingedpublications.com/authors/sally-jo-pitts/

Bent Tree Bride

Author: Denise Weimer
Title: Bent Tree Bride
Publisher: Iron Stream Media/Smitten Historical Romance
Release: April 13, 2021
ISBN-13: 978-1645262954
Genre: Historical Romance
Link to Book: https://shoplpc.com/bent-tree-bride

Miss Wetherham's Wedding

Author: Linore Rose Burkard
Title: Miss Wetherham’s Wedding
The Brides of Mayfair, Book Three
Publisher: Lilliput Press
Release: April 29, 2021
ISBN-13: 978-1733311199
Genre: Historical Romance
Link to Book:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57408732-miss-wetherham-s-wedding?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=y9Wmrn5sRV&rank=1Miss

Who Put the Vinegar in the Salt?

Author: Linda Wood Rondeau
Title: Who Put the Vinegar in the Salt
Publisher: Elk Lake Publishing
Release: April 2021
ISBN-13: 978-1649490186
Genre: NF/Devotions
Link to Book: https://elklakepublishinginc.com/linda-wood-rondeau

90 Devotions for Women on the Go

Author: Pam Farrel
Title: 90 Devotions for Women on the Go
Publisher: Tyndale Momentum
Release: April 20, 2021
ISBN-13: tbd
Genre: NF/Devotions
Link to Book: https://www.tyndale.com/p/90-devotions-for-women-on-the-go/9781496450753

Paying the Piper

Author: Sandra Orchard
Title: Paying the Piper
#16 in Scottish Bakehouse Mysteries
Publisher: Annie’s Fiction
Release: April 2021
Genre: cozy mystery
Link to Book: https://www.anniesfiction.com/products/annies-sweet-intrigue

Dangerous at Heart

Author: Sandra Orchard
Title: Dangerous at Heart
Publisher: Annie’s Fiction
Release: April 16 2021
Genre: romantic suspense
Link to Book: https://www.anniesfiction.com/products/annies-sweet-intrigue

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Book reviews

Book Review: Miss Tavistock’s Mistake

Miss Tavistock's Mistake, by Linore Rose Burkard
Miss Tavistock’s Mistake

Looking for a sweet and clean Regency romance?

Wit and humor abound in Miss Tavistock’s Mistake as a young woman in Regency England engages in a subterfuge while trying to assess the character of the man she’s betrothed to by arrangement.  As she falls in love, her troubles increase until she sees no way out of the lie.

How could such an honorable man ever forgive her deceit?

 

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And here’s a great review reprinted by permission from The BookLife Prize:

Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10

Originality: 9 out of 10

Prose: 9 out of 10

Character/Execution: 8 out of 10

Overall: 8.50 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: In this light, witty regency romance, Burkard engages readers with emotional highs and lows, an uproarious case of mistaken identity, and enough uncertainty to keep readers guessing.

Prose: Prose is lyrical, polished, and fitting for the genre. The author effectively captures the historical setting, while providing abundant humor and endearing characterization throughout.

Originality: Burkard provides a stellar concept that pivots on an arranged marriage, an amusing misunderstanding, and a bad match that might not be so bad after all.

Character/Execution: Readers will care for and gleefully follow the titular heroine as her hilarious subterfuge gets her in deepening trouble all the while she finds herself unexpectedly falling in love.

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Linore Rose Burkard, Author
Linore Rose Burkard, Author

Linore Rose Burkard is a serious watcher of period films, a Janeite, and hopeless romantic. An award-winning author best known for Inspirational Regency Romance, she also writes contemporary romance and suspense.  has a magna cum laude English Lit. degree from CUNY which she earned while taking herself far too seriously. She now resides in Ohio with her husband and family, where she turns her youthful angst into character or humor-driven plots.

 

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Book reviews

Book Review: Miss Tavistock’s Mistake

Linore Rose Burkard’s first book in The Brides of Mayfair

series, Miss Tavistock’s Mistake, released this month…

Miss Tavistock's Mistake
Miss Tavistock’s Mistake

Can Miss Tavistock’s mistake ever be undone?

Book One of a new series by an award-winning Regency author brings a much-awaited delightful romance in the vein of Heyer. Sweet and clean meets laugh-out-loud in this period romp that’s sure to please romance fans of all ilks.

Check out this review of Miss Tavistock’s Mistake:

Burkard, the author of Forever, Lately (2019), offers a humorous romp about misunderstanding and forgiveness amid the blindness of love.

As the story opens, Feodora Margaret Tavistock is a 9-year-old orphan and the newly adopted ward of her kindly but isolated uncle, the Duke of Trent. She’s rescued from a switch-clutching housekeeper by Gabriel Rempeare, a teenage cousin to whom she’s already betrothed, and she treasures this dashing memory throughout her adolescence.

At 19, she’s a beautiful, spirited woman, and she awaits Gabriel’s return from a stint in the navy. However, a series of misunderstandings lead her to believe that he’s dissolute and unfaithful. A combative exchange culminates in her assumption of another identity, “Lady X,” a gossip columnist’s moniker for Margaret Chrissendon, her uncle’s alleged mistress. Feodora finds herself thrust into a web of obfuscation, reluctantly supported by her chaperon, Mrs. Filbert. She’s still determined to pursue a social season in London, and she attempts to convince Gabriel that she truly is “Lady X”—and she also gives Margaret permission to assume her identity. It’s a tenuous arrangement, and as Feodora and Gabriel fall in love, she fears that the truth will end her chance to be his bride.

Over the course of this lighthearted, romantic series starter, Burkard combines elements of Sense and Sensibility and The Importance of Being Earnest to craft a delightful and comedic story that will certainly please historical fiction aficionados and those who enjoy wholesome, romantic stories. Burkard has also clearly done her research to immerse the reader in real-life historical context, including true events in the background to her light narrative. The book’s romantic tension, lush environments, and light comedy combine to provide readers with a sweet, heartwarming reading experience.

A clever tale that’s sure to delight fans of historical romance. ~ Kirkus Reviews

Linore Rose Burkard, Author
Linore Rose Burkard, Author

Linore Rose Burkard is a serious watcher of period films, a Janeite, and hopeless romantic. Best known for Inspirational Regency Romance, Linore also writes contemporary romance and YA/Suspense.  Linore has a magna cum laude English Lit. degree from CUNY which she earned while taking herself far too seriously. She now resides in Ohio with her husband and children, where she turns her youthful angst into character or humor-driven plots.

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Encouragement

Thoughts on the Lockdown (Kingdom Economy)

 

“(Misfortune) can ruin your life only if it ruins your character. Otherwise, it cannot harm you—inside or out.” Aurelius

“The great objective of this life is character, for it is the only thing we can carry with us into eternity.” Austin Phelps

Doesn’t it help to keep in mind, when life feels particularly hard, that God has our character growth in mind? Right now with the COVID-19 epidemic keeping most of the world in lockdown, with economies declining, it is easy to see loss and limitations.

The usual props we rely on to keep us afloat seem suddenly tenuous, melting away with alarming speed.  Worse, we are reminded of our mortality and the fragile nature of life.

The invisible work of God in our lives and hearts—our character—is less easily discerned. But it’s right there, revealing the shaky foundations. And so we must choose: to mourn the loss of the safe-holds we have trusted in, or give them up in exchange for Him.

Is the lockdown exacerbating something in your character that needs improvement? Are secret fears and doubts growing in strength? The Lord brings us to the tip of the iceberg we’ve been floating on (we thought it was sturdy land) and now bids us gaze into the icy depths of our soul.

We must face our helplessness. Only then can we surrender the melting thing we trusted in and turn to the Rock.

Trust is not weakness of character. It is the very growth we need.  The growth that will take us through the lockdown and accompany us into eternity. Despite material losses, we gain. That’s Kingdom economy!

Forever, Lately

Linore Rose Burkard writes “Romance to Warm the Heart, Fiction to Stir the Soul.” Best known for Inspirational Regency Romance, she also writes  YA/Suspense and Contemporary Romance. Find her online at https://www.LRBurkard.com, or on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/LinoreBurkardReadersGroup/

 

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Devotional Encouragement

Fulfill God’s Calling on Your Life

 

Recently, I was bummed out by some in the church who seemed to imply writing fiction is not a holy calling. They as much as said that if we aren’t engaged in outright evangelism, then we aren’t fulfilling the Great Commission.

I did some soul-searching. Told God, “I quit. I’m done (writing).” He immediately began sending me encouragement, reminding me that I write because He called me to it, and it is no less legitimate a calling than my call as a wife, mother, or friend.

But a reader’s note to me the very next day capped it and encouraged my heart with the words, “I think it’s important you know the good impact you are making (for) the body of Christ.” She said, “What you do is subtly draw a picture of what holy (clean, righteous, moral) living looks like in contrast to unrighteous living…This underlying message is clear in every one of your novels.”

And, “Finally, it is always such a joy to be able to be entertained and feel clean afterward! Your books are like a daffodil pushing up through a crevice in the rock and snow—beauty in this moral wilderness. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

The timing of her words couldn’t have been better. The Lord is so kind. We all must fulfill the calling God gives us, and not the particular vision of other Christians who happen to be in our lives at any given time.

Linore Rose Burkard
Linore Rose Burkard

Forever, Lately by Linore Rose Burkard
Forever, Lately by Linore Rose Burkard

Linore Rose Burkard is a serious watcher of period films, a Janeite, and hopeless romantic. An award winning author best known for Inspirational Regency Romance, her first novel (Before the Season Ends) opened the genre for the CBA. Besides historical romance, Linore writes contemporary suspense (The Pulse Effex Series, as L.R. Burkard), contemporary romance (Falling In), and romantic short stories (ie., “Three French Hens”). Linore has a magna cum laude English Lit. degree from CUNY which she earned while taking herself far too seriously. She now resides in Ohio with her husband and family, where she turns her youthful angst into character or humor-driven plots. Sign up for Linore’s newsletter to be automatically entered in monthly book drawings. You’ll also receive a free novella, Coach and Four: Allisandra’s Tale, set in the days of King Charles II! Enter your email to join here: http://www.LinoreBurkard.com

 

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Author Interviews

A Chat with Author Linore Burkard

Sarah Sundin
Sarah Sundin

Greetings from Sarah Sundin in California! With temperatures soaring above 100 degrees, I’m longing for cool and foggy England. Today’s guest, Linore Burkard might be able to take us all there in her books—if not in reality. Linore writes both Regency romance (set in cool and foggy England—ahh!) and young adult suspense (under the name L.R. Burkard).

Linore, please tell us about your book.

Linore Rose Burkard
Linore Rose Burkard

Before the Season Ends is the book that ushered in the genre of Regency Romance to Christian publishing. Now in its second edition, newly edited and with special features, it has a Regency glossary (especially handy for readers new to the era), a fun recipe, and Discussion Questions. Think Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer with a strong twist of faith!