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When four maidels join forces to turn an abandoned barn into an Amish marketplace, the unmarried women have community in mind. But their fledgling enterprise promises to reap surprising rewards for each in turn, including the gift of unexpected love . . .
For Regina Miller, the new Morning Star Marketplace is a chance to share her secret work with the world—without revealing herself. Old Order Amish forbid the creation of art without purpose, but without a husband, Regina has been free to explore the joy of painting in her attic. Yet when Gabe Flaud’s curiosity leads him to speculate that Regina herself is the painter, the full weight of their community’s judgement falls on her shoulders. When Gabe stands up to defend Regina, questioning the Order’s restrictions, he reveals his own guilty secret and is shunned along with her. Forced to turn to each other for companionship, the young couple must learn to balance their own needs with their deep faith … and a love that will show them all things are possible.
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Regina entered her bedroom, stepped onto her large wooden trunk, and then opened the short, narrow door in the wall so she could climb the wooden stairs to the attic.
What if nobody wants my paintings, or worse yet, ridicules them? And what if folks figure out that I’m the artist—and that I’ve been living a lie for years? Best to nip this in the bud before I have to tell any more whoppers and get caught in them.
And yet, as Regina stood in the center of her secret studio, something deep inside her longed to display the work that so satisfied her soul. Nearly every evening, after a day of staining furniture, she spent a few hours in her hideaway, painting nature scenes.
Regina needed to paint the way most folks needed to eat and breathe. Her schoolteacher had complimented her artwork when she’d been young—and her parents had allowed her to take a short watercolor class at Koenig’s Krafts when she’d entered rumspringa. Dat’s brother Clarence was a preacher, however, so he’d been adamant about Regina joining the church at an early age. She’d secured her salvation at seventeen by being baptized, but she’d forfeited her innermost soul: in the Morning Star district, members were forbidden to create art for art’s sake because it was considered worldly and it called attention to the artist.
Regina had obediently tucked her paints and brushes into her wooden trunk, but she’d felt the loss of her art acutely. After her parents had died when a train collided with the bus they were all riding home from a wedding, Regina had kept herself sane by taking up her paints again, setting up her easel in the attic—out of sight when anyone came to visit. At twenty-two, she’d been rather young to live alone on her family’s small acreage but moving in with Uncle Clarence, Aunt Clara, and their young daughters would’ve killed her spirit forever.
Bishop Jeremiah had taken her side and had dropped in on her often until she’d gotten a little older. Martin Flaud had hired her because her father had been one of his finest craftsmen—and because Regina had proven herself to be more meticulous at staining and finishing than any of his male employees. She’d survived the rough, lonely times by working hard at the factory, and by surrounding herself with the quilts and curtains Mamm had made and the furniture Dat had built for their cozy home.
And so the last ten years had passed . . .
Regina had willingly given up any chance for marriage—because she couldn’t reveal her sinful pastime to a husband.
Gazing at the nature paintings that surrounded her on that Sunday afternoon, Regina felt torn. Why had God given her a keen eye and the talent to render woodland scenes, flowers, and wild creatures on paper if He wouldn’t allow her to paint pictures of His creation openly and without guilt?
About the Author:
In 1983, Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. She wrote around 70 of those confession stories, and she’s sold more than 50 books to traditional or online publishers. A longtime resident of Missouri, she’s currently writing Amish romances set in imaginary Missouri towns for Kensington. She now lives in Omaha, NE with her husband of 40+ years and their Border collie, Vera.
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by Melissa Riddell
GENRE: Sci-Fy Romance
She wants her world back; he wants her heart.
Tilly Morgan and her four-legged companion, Kodiak, are just trying to survive the alien arrival. Two years ago, the visitors unleashed devastation—a world-wide EMP followed by a deadly virus that wiped out more than half of humanity.
Traversing the lonely landscape, she runs into an alien on patrol with one order: eradicate all human life. A mysterious, dark-haired stranger named Jareth comes to her aid, and she reluctantly allows him to join her quest to find her sister. He even persuades her to let the damaged alien tag along against her better judgment.
As her group travels the desolate world and inches closer to her goal, she’s forced to examine her unwanted feelings for Jareth and come to terms with her heart, even if the truth threatens to destroy her and everything she’s come to believe.
Jareth clears his throat. “I know it’s not much, but I like the way it feels—the earthy smell, the chalky texture. Plus, it gets cooler back in the tunnels, which makes for great food storage.” His voice bounces from the walls, projecting the sound all around me.
Shadows cast by the edge of the distant firelight flicker across his face, revealing the hollow of a small dimple in his cheek. It’s a face that’s near perfection. Too bad he had to open his mouth and ruin it.
“Like what you see, Red?”
Oh, my God. I’m going to kill this man. Blood rushes to my face, but I’m not sure if it’s from embarrassment or anger.
Pressing my lips together, I try to focus on anything that’s not him. The earthen smell he mentioned isn’t unpleasant. It reminds me of mom’s garden; digging our hands into the dark, moist soil to plant seedlings for the summer season. It’s a satisfying, honest scent.
But I’m not about to let him know that. “Kind of smells like bat crap in here.”
Hazarding a glance at his face, he nods his head, the small smile still playing about his lips. “Oh, that’s what the smell is? I thought it was body odor and dog fur.”
I will kill the jerk in his sleep tonight.
Pivoting on the balls of my feet, I stalk back to Kodiak.
Dreadful. Hateful. Spiteful man. “I hope a stalactite falls on your head.”
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Melissa Riddell is from a small, West Texas town in which she still lives with her husband. Her writing career started as a hobby when she was a teenager, writing poems and short stories. Eventually, she branched out and began constructing novels. When not contemplating new story ideas, she can be found traipsing around Texas State Parks, herding her cats, or reading a book.
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Melissa Riddell will giveaway to randomly drawn winners via Rafflecopter a $10 Amazon/BN GC, a signed copy of The Descendant (book 1), or an ARC of the second book in the series.
Melissa, Tell us about you as a person.
I’m a certified medical auditor and a certified coder during the day. I was homeschooled from eighth grade and up. As a kid, I was a big tomboy and loved to skateboard and play baseball. Oh, and when I was fourteen, I was struck by lightning. As for what makes me who I am, I think it’s a combination of my life experience and hard work ethic. I am also obsessive over certain things and tend to annoy my family. I think they still love me, though.
If you could hang out with one famous person for one day, who would it be and why?
Stephen King. I’d love to pick his brain. He creates such believable characters and his stories are always engaging.
What’s the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is the third novel of the Baltin Trilogy. It’s in edits right now, but it has been bittersweet wrapping up Tilly and Jareth’s story, which starts in The Descendant.
What is your writing process?
Generally, I listen to music while working my regular job and it gives me inspiration and ideas for my evening writing. Every day, for three hours, I try to write or do something that helps my writing.
Tell us about your main character:
Tilly Morgan is a twenty-year-old survivor of an alien invasion. Even though they’ve destroyed all electronics and most of humanity, she hopes her sister, living in another state, has also survived. Tilly sets out to find her. She’s strong-willed and brave, but also a hot-head, impulsive, and doesn’t hold back with her feelings or her language.
If your book was to be turned into a movie, who would play the lead role and why.
Hmm, I don’t know who would be a good Tilly, but I imagined Jareth, her love interest, as Kit Harington the entire time I wrote the book, sooooo, if you’re not too busy, Kit, I’ve got a role for you.
What are you working on next?
I’m currently writing Tilly’s prequel, The Intrusion, which will release on November 30. It’s going to cover the two years before she meets Jareth and show her surviving the electromagnetic pulse and alien virus.
What advice do you have for other writers who want to get the word out about their book?
Market, market, market. In a world filled with millions of books, and thousands releasing every year, a writer must put themselves out there and do things to get noticed, otherwise their book will get buried under all the others who are willing to put in the extra marketing effort.
What is your favorite book on your shelf right now?
I have too many to name. If I absolutely had to whittle it down, I’d say The Divergent trilogy, The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit, The Dark Tower series, Game of Thrones series, anything by R. A. Salvatore, and The Wheel of Time series. See? Told you I couldn’t pick just one.
Do you have any special/extraordinary talents?
No, but there’s one thing I absolutely, positively cannot do, and that’s whistle. It drives me crazy.
You are given the choice of one super power. What super power would you have and why?
To read people’s minds. I’d love to see if people are just as twisted and crazy as I am. Wait, did I just say that?
List 5 things on your bucket list:
- Make it on a bestseller list.
- Learn to whistle.
- Visit the Grand Canyon.
- Visit Germany.
- Visit England.
Where can readers find you on the web?
www.melissariddell.com or facebook@melcriddell
Any final thoughts?
To any aspiring writers out there: don’t give up. Even if you get rejections, use them as fuel to perfect your craft. Use critique partners and read, read, read. A writer who doesn’t like to read is the same as a cook who doesn’t like to eat; I’m not so sure I’m going to trust their writing or food.