The road not taken…in a romance and in real life…

Good Monday morning, folks.

Today I’ve invited fellow writer, K. Dawn Byrd to join me at Home Thoughts. The theme of her latest release, This Time for Keeps, is one that’s near and dear to my own heart…the road not taken. I believe it’s a woman-thing to always ponder “what if I would have…” for the rest of her life. (By the way, I don’t hear about men plagued with regrets or this sort of indecion as women are, at least not as often.) Where  would I be if I finished college? What if I never moved to Colorado? Why didn’t I take a chance on working for whatever-corporation when I had the chance? Even HAPPY, well-adjusted women are always second guessing their decisions. In K. Dawn’s book, she examines the road not taken in romance, and this sounds like a good read!

Here’s the blurb: India McGuire’s peaceful life is shattered when on the night of her engagement to David Richards, she comes face to face with Chase Porter, a long lost love. India must come to terms with her
overpowering feelings for Chase and choose between David, the neighbor who says he loves her, and Chase, the man who broke her heart.

Chase’s plans of leaving quietly turn to disaster when he finds that it’s impossible to disappear without seeing India one last time. Feelings begin to surface that he believed buried forever and he finds himself fighting to win her back even as David struggles to hold onto her.
India longs to follow her heart, but she’s been hurt too deeply. Who will she choose? The
neighbor who can provide stability or the man she vowed to love forever who may
once again heed to the call of the open road?
Sounds like a winner, no? To win a free copy of this book, This Time For Keeps, please leave a comment for K. Dawn, along with your email address.
Sorry, contest only open to US residents. Free book provided will be a Kindle download. Sorry, book not available in print.
Here’s K. Dawn’s contact info:

And everyone have a lovely week. I’m just so glad to be back to writing and no more yardwork today!!!blessings, Mary

Win 4 different books for great summer reading

All right, I know summer is almost history…but according to the calendar we still have 3 more weeks. This week a great writer, K. Dawn Byrd, is interviewing 4 different writers including yours truly. Please drop by her blog to read the interviews with Vannetta Chapman, Margaret Daley, and Martha Rogers. The 4th interview will be mine so don’t stop scrolling down too soon. Post a short comment after each interview for a chance to win a free copy of that author’s newest release. That’s all there is to it. One quick comment gets to a chance to win.

Here’s the link to her blog:;

And have a great post holiday week. I was pleased to see so many restaurants and businesses closed yesterday, giving many of my fellow, hard-working Americans an appreciated day off.

Blessings on you and yours, Mary

Got any teenage girls at home?

If you do, I’ve got just the author for you (and for them). K. Dawn Byrd has a new e-book release, called Mistaken Identitiy, available both from her publisher and from Here’s the blurb for the young adult book and a few interview questions for K. Dawn.

Mistaken Identity; Eden Morgan longs for a boyfriend of her own, an impossible goal when her best friend, Lexi Branson, gets all the attention and all the guys. When they fall in love with the same guy, Eden believes she doesn’t have a chance. She can only hope that sometimes the good girl gets the guy. 

1)  How did this story come to you?  Sometimes I get the strangest ideas! I wondered what would happen if a not-as-pretty good Christian girl and her gorgeous non-Christian best friend fell in love with the same guy. Who would get the guy?

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published. I had already published several book with Desert Breeze Publishing when they opened a young adult line. I’d been writing romantic suspense and thought it would fun to try my hand at a young adult novel. It was so much fun that I’m signing a contract for a young adult mystery series that will debut in January.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.   I own two hairless Chinese Crested dogs. I love sour things….pickles, lemons, sour candy.  I used to ride a Harley, but gave it up in order to have more time to write. (My husband always wanted to stay out way too long and take the scenic route home. He still has his bike, but I don’t miss mine at all.)

4)What are you working on now and what’s next for you? I’m editing my October release with Desert Breeze. This Time for Keeps is an inspirational romance.

5)Parting comments? Thank you for hosting me! For those of you who love Christian fiction, please check my blog for weekly book giveaways. I interview 3-5 authors a week who give away their books.

 6) Where can fans find you on the internet? Links: and  I’m also on Twitter (kdawnbyrd) and facebook (K Dawn Byrd.) I am the moderator of the Christian Fiction Gathering facebook group (!/group.php?gid=128209963444) If you join this group, you’ll get reminders about the weekly book giveways.

thanks for stopping by, and anybody who leaves a comment to K. Dawn on my blog will win a free download of Mistaken Identity.  Here’s also a link for those who like to shop at

cheers, and everybody have a lovely week! Mary