Fiction Fest: Last free excerpt from Shauna V. Brown’s ‘Because of Love’

Fiction Fest: Last free excerpt from Shauna V. Brown’s ‘Because of Love’

Because of Love 2x3 WEBHalloween’s just a few days away, so that means Christmas will be here before we know it! Shauna V. Brown’s “Because of Love” has been on the market since Oct. 14, and is a great read to put you in the holiday spirit. Don’t be a Grinch, go buy a copy!

Here’s a little slice of the novella to help you get excited about the book.

You’re welcome.

EXCERPT:

“You need more ribbons?” Byron asked, a bit surprised.

“More ribbons?” I echoed his words. “I think we have every color that we need.”

“We need matching ribbons, so we can use them on our shoes. We could lace them up pretty,” Sadie said demonstrating with a pale blue ribbon atop one of her boots. ”It could make such a difference.”

Josephine giggled, “It looks silly Sadie.”

“Father, we need– “

“Stop right there, Sadie Brown!” said Byron, interrupting. He then shot her a small smile. “I do like your creativity. But your definition of need, and my definition of need might be very different. When my feet were bleeding as we crossed the plains, I needed shoes desperately. I remember the day old Brother Packer died on the trail. They removed his boots when they buried him. I watched them take the boots off his feet. I asked the captain if I might have them. The captain informed me that Sister Wilcox needed them more than a young, healthy boy. I remember I cried for a long time.”

The girls stood silent. Then Byron added, “Right now I think you believe your need is to look good. Trust me, Sadie, you can be as clever as you like, adding ribbons or lace, but until your shoes wear out or you find some way to buy your own, I will have no more discussion about shoes. New fancy shoes are not in the Brown budget.”

Almost instantly, Sadie excitedly said, “Father, you just said that if we find some way to earn money for them, then we can get new shoes!”

It was apparent that Sadie’s mind was a blizzard of merging thoughts. “I could grow pumpkins and sunflowers in the far field, Father. I could get Jenna Smart to teach me how to weave straw hats and sell them. What do you think?”

“Me, too!” joined in Ida, catching the vision. “Maybe I can iron shirts or mend clothing or tend children. I’m old enough.”     “What do you think I could do, Father?” asked Josephine, stepping closer and bouncing up and down before his face. “I want to work for my shoes too!”

Fiction Fest: Last preview of Lezlie Anderson’s ‘Snow Angels’

Fiction Fest: Last preview of Lezlie Anderson’s ‘Snow Angels’

Snow Angels 2x3 WEBLezlie Anderson’s “Snow Angels” is one of our Christmas products–and 2014 Christmas Fiction Writing Contest winners–that is sure to warm your heart. This booklet is available in bookstores and from online retailers.

EXCERPT:

“Hey Mark! You should make a snow angel,” Sarah kicked some snow on her brother. Mark looked up at her and eagerly began moving his arms and legs in an angel pattern.

“How does it look?” he asked.

“Good… but I can make a bigger one!” Sarah flopped down in the snow next to Mark and began making an angel of her own. Nathan was quick to follow. Soon the three children were laughing as each tried to make the best angel.

Mom and Dad watched in stunned silence. Dad took Mom’s hand, giving it a squeeze. They watched all three of the kids playing together and happy. There is hope after all! Mom glanced toward the house when movement caught her eye.

“Let’s go!” She whispered loudly. “We’ve been spotted!” Everyone grabbed their snow shovels and took off running up the street and around the corner. Sarah hid behind a snow covered bush with Nathan, peeking back at Mrs. Garcia’s house. The porch light turned on and the frail old woman stepped out into the cold.

A silent moment passed then a breeze floated past carrying their neighbor’s soft words: “Thank you, Snow Angels.” The family watched as Mrs. Garcia turned and went back into her home.

“I’m an angel,” Mark giggled. “You said I’d never be an angel, Sarah!”

Fiction Fest: A free preview of Shauna V. Brown’s ‘Because of Love’

Fiction Fest: A free preview of Shauna V. Brown’s ‘Because of Love’

Because of Love 2x3 WEBThe second winner in our 2014 Christmas Fiction Writing contest was Shauna V. Brown’s “Because of Love,” which releases on Oct. 14.

About the book:

For Christmas, all Phoebe Brown wants is to give her daughters new shoes to replace their heavy leather boots. But because they have very little money, her husband refuses to pay for them. Inspired by true events, this Christmas story shows how the power of love can change even the most begrudging heart.

Because of Love” will be available in bookstores and from online retailers once it’s released.

EXCERPT:

Hanging his hat and jacket on the welcome post by the door, Byron greeted us with his traditional, “Well, how was the day for my four sweet beauties?”

The girls quickly surrounded him for their daily dose of hugs and kisses. Without hesitation Ida informed him, “Oh Father, you should have seen how mean the children were to Josephine. They were making fun of her again. We were on the way home from school this time. You’ve got to do something!”

“They made her cry,” added Sadie.“ They danced around her and made up a song.”

“They what?” he asked, sounding surprised.

“A stupid song,” said Josephine with a grouse look.

“A song about you?”

“They made up a song about her bony legs and those big boots,” informed Ida.

“Josephine was so upset that she couldn’t even walk. She sat down in Gardener’s Field and wouldn’t move, so Ida and I ran home and got mother. When we got back to her, she was sobbing and curled up in a ball. She was covering up her legs and those darn boots!” said Sadie. “Mother, Ida and I chased them away. You should have seen their faces when they saw Mother. They all took to running even though she yelled for them to stay put.”

Byron met my eyes. It was easy to see he was upset. He stooped down, picked Josephine up, and held her close. Once again Josephine began to cry, and he comforted her quietly as he thought.

Almost duplicating my earlier intensity, Ida ventured a comment, “ Father, Josephine needs to have shoes that are her size, not big, ugly boots. No other girls wear boots like ours! They’re heavy and big, and we should look like girls and feel pretty. Metal toes and thick leather–”

“Ida! Stop this at once. You don’t hear your mother complaining, do you?” Byron interrupted, while looking at me intensely.

I looked at him and my cheeks heated. “As much as I would like you to know of my appreciation for the boots I must admit that I did complain today. When I saw those children making fun of Josephine, all I could do was get upset, and not just with the children.” Byron looked even more concerned. “I know I should be grateful for these Hibbard boots, but they don’t make me feel much like a woman. I know you–”

“Your mother and I will discuss it – later,” he said. He must have sensed my displeasure, and his eyes turned sad. We all knew the topic was no longer to be addressed in his presence.

Fiction Fest: A peek at Lezlie Anderson’s ‘Snow Angels’

Fiction Fest: A peek at Lezlie Anderson’s ‘Snow Angels’

Snow Angels 2x3 WEBLezlie Anderson’s “Snow Angels” is one of our 2014 Fiction Writing Contest winners. Her pamphlet, “Snow Angels,” will be released on Oct. 14, but is available for pre-order on BooksAndThings.com and Amazon right now.

About the pamphlet:
A winter storm, a family, and an idea for a service project all add up to a delightful Christmas surprise! When Mom and Dad suggest serving their neighbors for the holiday, their kids can’t stop grumbling. But as they secretly shovel snow, their attitudes change, and soon the parents can’t get the kids to stop serving. Share the joys of serving others in this wonderful Christmas pamphlet.

EXCERPT:

“Mark!” Mom called from the bottom of the staircase. “Put the tablet away and join us now!”

She heard the sound of stomping feet, and then seven-year-old Mark came into view. “Why? All we do is fight during family night.”

Mom’s shoulders stiffened, and her eyes narrowed as she watched Mark sail past her. “Well, I’m hoping tonight will be different,” she said.

Mom turned around and walked into the living room where her husband and two other children were waiting.

“About time, dork,” Sarah muttered.

“Kids!” Dad stood up. “Let’s get started. Sarah, will you say a prayer?”

“Pray that this is fast,” Nathan said under his breath. “I want to watch my show.”

Mom shook her head and waited for a grumbled prayer from twelve-year-old Sarah. Why is family night such torture? she thought to herself. Is it so bad to be with our family? After the short, muttered prayer, Dad stood again.

October fiction: Outstanding!

October fiction: Outstanding!

October Marquise releasesIn the publishing industry, October is the beginning of the Christmas season, so Merry Christmas!

Two of our October releases — “Snow Angels” by Lezlie Anderson and “Because of Love” by Shauna V. Brown — will get you in the mood for egg nog, tinsel, and cozy nights around the Christmas tree even before you start handing out your Halloween candy.

The other two titles? Well, those are exciting too, but without a Christmas theme.

Each of these titles will be released on Oct. 14 and will be available in bookstores and from online retailers.

Because of Love 2x3 WEBBecause of Love” by Shauna V. Brown

For Christmas, all Phoebe Brown wants is to give her daughters new shoes to replace their heavy leather boots. But because they have very little money, her husband refuses to pay for them. Inspired by true events, this Christmas story shows how the power of love can change even the most begrudging heart.

Drone Games” by Joel Narlock

Drone Games 2x3 WEB

It’s domestic terrorism as you’ve never seen it before. An al-Qaeda cell uses cutting-edge drone technology to circumvent post-9/11 airport security measures. Within eight hours, two planes crash. The President faces an unthinkable decision: ground all planes—and the economy—or keep flying and risk more deaths. Based on real-life technology, “Drone Games” is a fascinating fictional account of terrorism’s future.

Snow Angels 2x3 WEBSnow Angels
by Lezlie Anderson

A winter storm, a family, and an idea for a service project all add up to a delightful Christmas surprise! When Mom and Dad suggest serving their neighbors for the holiday, their kids can’t stop grumbling. But as they secretly shovel snow, their attitudes change, and soon the parents can’t get the kids to stop serving. Share the joys of serving others in this wonderful Christmas pamphlet.

Sophia” by Paula KremserSophia 2x3 WEB

Small-town Sophia Spencer can’t believe her luck when an unexpected inheritance allows her to experience London’s social scene. But her happiness disappears when she is caught napping in a grumpy gentleman’s room—and forced into an engagement to protect her reputation! Personalities collide and love blooms in this stunning debut novel.