November 1, 2012

Brett Stanton

This hero doesn't need my help at all to go straight to your heart before you even crack open his story. Brett Stanton was an early Christmas gift to me from God and ended a five novel deep drought of searching for an FHF-worthy hero. Very appropriate since this contemporary romance from one of my favorite authors is set during the holidays. But to fully appreciate Brett, I'm going to go a little out of order with his feature because it's warranted and I'm trying something, so please don't get all worked up. Except about Brett. You will definitely want to get worked up over Brett Stanton.

In lieu of the FHF exclusive is the following letter from author Ruth Logan Herne:

First, let me be plain:

I love this hero. I love him because he is good but flawed. I love him because he's given so much of himself to God and country and still feels like it's not enough. I love him because he wants so badly to fix things, but is thwarted by others' choices. His goodness is part of what makes him question himself, and his selflessness makes him blind to his stellar qualities. He does what he does because that's how it should be. It's that simple.

In 2010 I went down to our little village for our annual Memorial Day parade. It was a beautiful day. Warm. Breezy. Sweet. Our town is small, but the heart of the town? Big. Huge.

I stood there with my coffee from the new little cafe tucked in the corner of the pharmacy across the road. I watched as children waved flags. Screeched greetings. Played hide and seek behind strollers and wagons, waiting for the parade to begin.

And then I noticed him, standing to my right, a few yards east of me.  A man. A soldier. Tall. Broad-shouldered. Upright. He stood there, dressed casually in comfortable colors, with nothing imposing in his bearing. Nothing to draw attention to who he was, and why he was there, except...

He wore a US Air Force baseball cap, a little faded. Well-worn. Behind his left ear were two tiny yellow ribbons, miniature salutes to someone. Somewhere.

But his face. His face is what drew my attention. Square-jawed and silent, chin firm. Unsmiling, unseeking, he stood there in solemn respect as the local soldiers marched by, followed by the men and women of law and order. A mounted patrol. The scouts, the local baseball teams, the high school band.

Through it all he stood, quiet. Alert. Focused. But in his gaze, his eyes, I sensed something deeper in his heart, his soul. Something to do with those two, tiny yellow ribbons, silent testimony to others in harm's way.

I don't know this man. I don't know who he was, but watching him, I felt Brett Stanton come alive in my head. A man who'd given so much, only to have more taken from him. And in his head, that loss fell on his shoulders because he'd led the charge.

The others merely followed.

And so began the story of Colonel Brett Stanton, a strong, focused unsung hero and the lives that changed because he answered duty's call.

About His Mistletoe Family (releasing November 13th, 2012):
When two orphaned boys and their aunt arrive for Thanksgiving supper at church, retired army colonel Brett Stanton feels his heart tugged. Despite having her hands full, young businesswoman Haley Jennings handles her nephews with a smile. Still, Brett can't get too close to the needy trio. He lost his son and brother to the uniform, and isn't about to set himself up for loss again. Soon sweet Haley and the boys remind him of old dreams--and teach him that new dreams provide the greatest hope for a perfect family Christmas.

From His Mistletoe Family by Ruth Logan Herne:

     "Thank you, Brett." She contemplated him, then took a half-step forward. "I want you to know I appreciate everything you do."
     Her words sounded stiff. He looked instantly uncomfortable, so she closed the rest of the distance between them, determined to have her say. "What I meant to say is that I'm grateful. Trust has never come easy for me. I pull back and that makes things difficult."
     "Relationships you mean."
     He mulled her admission, then said, "They don't have to be, Haley."
     She paused, then admitted, "I tend to make them that way."
     "So stop."
     His straightforward gaze said it should be that easy.

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Gallant Score: Brett doesn't earn five orange heads just for being a serviceman. Yes, he's a hero and a patriot, but the heart of this man not just for his country, his community, his mother, Haley and her nephews, and deep in the novel, when he pays a visit to the mother of his son, I had to debate if I needed to make a graphic with six orange heads. The world needs more men like Brett Stanton. More importantly, we need to do a better job of honoring those we have. (Bravo, Ruthy.)

Wounded Score: Brett's known some deep loss, and for reasons made clear in the novel, blames himself. However what I enjoyed about this facet of Brett's character is that while the wounds made him cautious and careful, he's not wrecked by them. He carries them like a true soldier, and it endeared him to me even more.

Softie Score: It takes about zero point four seconds for five-year old Todd and three-year old Tyler to own Brett. He has a deep well of paternal goodness that pours like rain in the desert over these little guys and is beautiful and heartwarming to follow.

Stupid Strikes: Please give me a chance to explain before throwing me in front of a firing squad. Better yet, I'll just let Brett explain.

     He was a jerk.
     Brett realized that when he woke up around three hours later. Haley had come over. She'd tried to make amends. And he'd rebuffed her because he was tired and ornery and had just found out that both accident victims died overnight. Despite their best efforts and quick response, both drivers lost their lives.
     He shouldn't have talked to her. He should have ducked back into the store when he saw her knocking, but he'd ignored the internal warning so he could see her.
     And he'd blown it, big time.

Excerpt used with permission. All rights reserved.

Swoon Score: I know it looks like I've gotten pretty free with the full five swoon score lately, but Brett just does it for me. I'm into everything about this hero, including, maybe especially, he and Haley's whole May/December romance. It hearkened back to Colonel Brandon and Marianne from Jane Austen's Sense and Sensibility. Colonel Brandon has nothing on Col Brett Stanton (RET).

About Brett Stanton's author:

Ruthy has a professional bio but she considers it somewhat stifling. She loves God and her husband, considers chocolate and coffee to be health food, and is gratified when science agrees with her layman’s opinion on such matters. 

She lives like a hermit in a small cave three trees down from the tumbling creek and is usually groveling for coffee in Seekerville first thing in the morning and late-day. Ruthy sightings are rare and should be graphed and charted by the observer. Imposters have been known to imitate her for no known reason she can understand, so she generally shakes their hand and feeds them. 

Current searches for Ruthy find her at an amazing inclusive blog for writers and readers, or her blog: and her website (where she pretends to be normal because editors read it) You can also find her returning to her waitressing roots at where she and a great group of gals share recipes and small talk on food, fun, men, kids and travel.

Now for the giveaways:
We're featuring Brett in advance of his release date (11/13/12), so instead of the giftcard, I'm kicking that back and giving away THREE copies of Brett's novel to my awesome hero-girls and blog followers in a drawing that ends at Midnight on the release date, Nov. 13th. Just leave me a comment with your thoughts on Brett and mention you'd like in the drawing. Please remember if I can't navigate to your e-mail addy through blogger, leave it in your comment in a spam-fighting format like (at) sledridesthatmeltyourheart (dot ) com

FHF maintenance:
Did you like having the back cover copy come before the excerpt? While we're on the topic of excerpts, do you like having those or shy away from them afraid they'll warp your reader experience? Is there something else you would like to see or not see in the features? And please, for the love of this blog, get cracking reading and help me find some FHF-worthy heroes and come back and nominate them. ;-)

Now, let's play!


  1. Melissa JagearsNovember 1, 2012 at 12:32 PM

    Better than Colonel Brandon? That's a mighty fine recommendation! You need a clear submitting form or something on your right hand bar if you want people to nominate heroes.

    1. Ruth Logan HerneNovember 1, 2012 at 1:54 PM

      Oh, and Melissa, I love Colonel Brandon. But Brett is a solid hero, the kind of guy you cheer for from the opening pages... Because he deserves to be happy.

      I hope you win it, read it and LOVE IT like with all your heart, but not as much as God, of course, but like A LOT... with smiles.

    2. Melissa JagearsNovember 14, 2012 at 2:01 AM

      Yay! I won it, I shall smile, I promise.

  2. lisagodfreesNovember 1, 2012 at 12:54 PM


    Wow - I like your inspiration for the story. One guy, probably a soldier, and two yellow ribbons. It makes me wonder who he really was.

    I agree with Melissa - it would be hard to top Colonel Brandon. That I would have to see, so please enter me in the drawing!

    Nancy ~ I don't think the excerpts gave away too much--and you know me, I'm "spoiler" sensitive. :)

    1. Ruth Logan HerneNovember 1, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      Lisa, I know this was a Holy Spirit story because I felt the story come alive in my head... the whys, the wherefores, the angle of his jaw, the intensity in his gaze, his eyes. And a big, strong, heroic man brought down by ... what? What caused that shadow?

      I will probably never know who he was/is. I've been at the last two parades (and we are smaller than small, pretty much itsy bitsy) and I've never seen him again. But I've never stopped seeing that profile, that rigid jaw. His stance, at attention, truly respectful.

  3. Becky E ThurstonNovember 1, 2012 at 1:33 PM

    I'm a sucker for a man in uniform, all he needs is a shred of integrity and I'm hooked. Sounds like Brett would be worth reading about. I, too, loved the story that Ruthy shared!

    1. Ruth Logan HerneNovember 1, 2012 at 1:59 PM

      Becky, I'm so glad you loved that story! And that's just how I felt standing next to him, as if I longed to hear his story. I blame the Holy Spirit when stories unfold for me like that, and then I bless Melissa Endlich my editor at Love Inspired for making sure I don't over-talk the thing.

      (As if, right????)

      And Becky, yeah.

      Uniforms. Square-shouldered, chin up.

      I'm in. ;)

  4. Mandy HawkinsNovember 1, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    Hm. I'm wondering if, like Nancy, Ruth got some of her inspiration for her MC by eatting all that chocolate. You know, the kind that's soft and delectable once you get past the hard outer cover.

    Seriously, it sounds like a great book. I look forward to reading it.

    1. Ruth Logan HerneNovember 1, 2012 at 8:03 PM

      Mandy, that's a great analogy!!! :) I love a rugged, wounded, guarded hero. (Note that I don't call them clueless, but if my husband acted like that, I just might use the "C" word!!!) I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I love Christmas stories!

  5. Annette O'HareNovember 1, 2012 at 4:49 PM

    Ms. Hearne, your book sounds like an amazing read. I just wonder, with my propensity to cry at anything military or patriotic...including parades,lol, will I be able to get through the book without a good cry?But that's ok, because your Brett Stanton sounds tear-jerker worthy! Thanks Nancy for featuring this author on your page!

    1. Ruth Logan HerneNovember 1, 2012 at 8:05 PM

      Annette.... have tissues ready. My singular delight is to bring laughter through tears... :) Remember that line from Steel Magnolias? Truvy: "Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion!"

      I love that. And I think one of the highest honors you can pay an author is to say "you made me cry..." Now that is NOT a good thing if you're crying tears of MISERY because the book is SOOOOOO bad. So I try to avoid that scenario! ;)

  6. WhitneyNovember 1, 2012 at 5:59 PM

    Ruthy, your new novel sounds like a good old curl-up-with-an-oversized-mug-of-hot-chocolate-by-the-fireplace-(or space heater!)-with-a-pumpkin-spice-candle-wafting-in-the-background" kind of holiday book!

    This hero has some definite things going for him right off the bat, such as a man in uniform. :P

    Nancy, this post did not bother me at all. I like back cover excerpts. I wish I had more time to kick back and read, but you know the story. :) Brett just might entice me, though…
    Thanks for sharing, and great to “see” you Ruthy!


    1. Ruth Logan HerneNovember 1, 2012 at 8:08 PM

      Whitney, back at ya'! And if only there were more minutes in a day, but most of us live in the 'real world' of work... church.... extended family... and then we top that off with a dusting of guilt, just because.

      Yes, to the hot chocolate! Yes to the pumpkin spice candle!!! And a fire in the wood stove. And maybe a good ol' dog, curled up on the rug, preferably not gassy. ;)

    2. WhitneyNovember 3, 2012 at 8:30 PM

      Probably too late for you to even read this, Ruthy, but both of our dogs are very gassy. One, loud, but pretty harmless; the other, silent, but deadly. Yeesh. Sorry to ruin that hearth and home picture, but we with dogs know the cold hard truth. ;)

  7. JackieNovember 1, 2012 at 8:10 PM

    This sounds like an amazing story. What a dreamy hero!

    (I love the part..."He was a jerk...")

    Thanks for sharing today. Please add my name to the drawing. Thanks!

    joyfuljelat(gmail)dot com

    1. Ruth Logan HerneNovember 2, 2012 at 5:23 AM

      Jackie, I love that part too. Because he was totally strung out by a rescue gone bad, and because he's a hero, he shoulders the disappointment for his volunteer fire company. A quiet giver, striving to do his best but he still feels like he's short-changing folks.

      I love that he becomes someone's beloved. Because if ever a man has earned that honor, it's Brett. And I only hope I've done justice to whatever that man's story was/is/might be. Because I'll never know what the REAL man's story might have been. But I truly wanted to honor him with a mirror-check of what makes a hero... and so much of that is strength tempered in humility.

  8. AnonymousNovember 1, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Love Ruthy's books and this one sounds stellar. I love soldier stories. Count me in, please.

    And I've really enjoyed the FHF format so far. I like excerpts. They heighten my excitement for the book.

    C Dees
    cdeesbooks (at) gmail (dot) com

    1. Ruth Logan HerneNovember 2, 2012 at 5:16 AM

      Clari, the check's in the mail, darling!!!! :)

      I love this format that Nancy's got going. It's straight to the point and half the time I forget there's supposed to be a heroine... :) I'm such a stinkin' girl!

      And soldiers... cops.... construction guys... Oh my stars, pass the smellin' salts, I may swoon jus' talkin' 'bout it!

  9. AnonymousNovember 1, 2012 at 11:32 PM

    I love Christmas time stories and this one sounds very good. And, when I'm crying I know it is a good story. Please enter my name. Maxie ( mac262(at)me(dot)com )

    1. Ruth Logan HerneNovember 2, 2012 at 5:18 AM

      Maxie, I'm with you! I love stories that make me cry... get choked up. I long to root for the underdog, to make things right, to even the playing field.

      We are kindred spirits!!! :) You are entered and I'd love to hear your opinion (whatever it might be) if you read it!

      I savor opinions. Truly, I do.

  10. Nancy KimballNovember 2, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    You're right. I'm going to see what I can do about that. Thank you!
    I meant it more like as "as good as", and he is. Seriously.

    I've clearly created a monster with my Col. Brandon comment. I don't want the Austen fans up in arms but if you loved Col. Brandon, you will love Brett. Seriously. Brett is very much his own man working out his own story and I knew by the third chapter he was an FHF hero.
    Thanks for the insight on the excerpts. Much appreciated. =)

    Me too. Brett SO IS. Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see you at a chapter meeting soon!

    My dear sweet Mandy. Always a great day when you come by FHF. It is a great book. I said this to someone else today about this novel in particular, but it is true of ALL of Ruthy's books.

    Ruthy's novels all carry depth and meat on the bones about life, love, and truth which I've found not every author can do in category romance. I typically consider those lighter fare but Ruthy pens stories that resonate and reveal truths you probably won't realize until you reflect back on the story. I absolutely love her heroes and her books!

    You will totally cry. I had some pretty good sniffles in one scene at a kitchen table with coffee and so bad wanted to hug Brett and then open my front door and find some men, put the book in their hands, and say "Be like this." But I was already dressed for bed and didn't want to give up my copy so I didn't. You're welcome and thanks for stopping by!

    Always great to "see" you, my friend. You sort of described my perfect night and this is so the book to do that. I know, and I also know seasons change for a reason. I'll be rooting for you, my friend!
    And Ruthy, Whitney has the dog. Two of them. And they're beautiful!

    It's a good story and Brett is as FHF as they come. I loved that part too. Because it was so honest. You're all in the drawing! and thanks for stopping by. I know we're all NaNoWriMo write now. Ha, see what I did there?

    I think this is my friend of the awesome red shoes. Me too and this one is classic Ruthy. You are so in, and I share your love of the excerpt. I like blurbs, and I like opening scenes, but sometimes, I've bought books I never would have looked at twice because an intriguing piece of the "middle" that made me wonder how those people got there and what happened before? And I'm sorry but sometimes the best writing isn't the first page! Thanks for your insights and for stopping by.

    Great to see you back! Yes. Yes. and Yes. Then if you haven't read Ruthy's Yuletide Hearts, you'll want to check that one out also. Matt Cavanaugh is pretty great too. =)

    Sorry I'm late. NaNo and all! Thank you for sharing Brett with us. =)

  11. MarianneNovember 2, 2012 at 9:13 AM

    Great sounding hero, and novel. i would love to win. Cry? sounds like a pretty deep LI novel to me...Thanks for the chance to win.


    1. Ruth Logan HerneNovember 5, 2012 at 5:23 AM

      Marianne, I'd love to find out if you "tear up" when you read it... I've been known to make folks grab for a tissue or two! :) But I love to make people laugh, too.... Which helps offset the tears!

  12. ErynnNovember 2, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Oooh, color me intrigued. I think this spotlight was enough to get me to reconsider my staunchly anti-Christmas book position. Sign me up! I love a wounded hero, and Ruthy's story of how he came to be was so inspiring.
    Please enter me. ENewman(at)outlook(dot)com
    And to answer your question, normally I shy away from excerpts from books I plan to read because spoilers give me hives, but if I'm undecided, sometimes excerpts are the thing that sways me. Hmmm, that wasn't helpful at all, was it?

    1. Ruth Logan HerneNovember 5, 2012 at 5:28 AM

      Erynn, it was totally helpful because I'm the same way! I love books, but I hate plunking down money for a book that disappoints me.

      So with Love Inspired, you know you're guaranteed a happy ending. It's the author's choice how you get to that ending, the road you travel, right? So the excerpts hint at that, but shouldn't be so long or blatant that you sit back, huff a sigh and think: "Well. No need to buy THAT one!"

      And I'm a sucker for Christmas novels that work. Some are thin stories, shying away from the angst of the season for people down on faith, hope and love. But it is a season of renewal as well, and that re-birth is just two-thumbs-up wondrous! (Of course a baby in the manger and a GREAT BIG STAR are great additions to set the stage, right???)

      And I love how you spell your name and will probably use that spelling in a book, it's that memorable. And Celtic. ;)

  13. Mary ClineNovember 2, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    Hi Ruthy,
    This sounds like the best Christmas book ever and the best hero ever.
    I will give myself a chance to win this book but if I don't win it I will surely buy it. Just the letter you wrote and the blurb brought tears to my eyes. You are the best! Mary Cline

    1. Ruth Logan HerneNovember 8, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      I was answering this in NC the other day and GOOGLE BIT ME... It kicked me off, I mean really?????

      But now I'm back home and fighting a stupid, horrible, no good, very bad virus and have NO VOICE My family is celebrating!!!!!


      Mary, I hope you love it!!!! Tell me what you think when you read it and I'll smile either way because I'm that tough. As long as I've had my coffee. ;)

  14. KayMNovember 2, 2012 at 12:35 PM

    I really enjoyed Ruth's letter telling how Brett came to be the hero in her book. I love Christmas stories, and would be happy to win a copy of her book.

    1. Ruth Logan HerneNovember 8, 2012 at 4:55 PM

      Kay, nice to meet you! And thanks for the kudos on the letter, but (and I know Christian authors say this stuff, but in this case, I so utterly truly mean it) I really believe that my presence alongside this man wasn't an accident.

      I'm so sure that the Holy Spirit opens doors and windows for us, and the trick is to just step on through, right????

      Now clearly I was PRYING to see his ribbons... Or hunting for stories wherever they may find me. But I still like the idea that God blessed me with a story to honor folks like this man... And oh my stars, I fall in love with Brett myself each time I read an excerpt about him!

      Thank you, Kay!!!!

  15. Nancy KimballNovember 2, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    It totally is. Thanks for stopping by!

    Funny you say that because I was also pretty no-thanks to Christmas books until Ruthy's Yuletide Hearts last year. I'd read an excerpt of it in Seekerville and knew I wanted to read that when it came out. I also love a wounded hero (this blog is fairly dripping with them!)

    And your except insight is VERY helpful, because I'm the same way. I've bought books before because of an excerpt and especially when I'm on the fence about a purchase. But I don't like it if it's like, a super spoiler, which is why I chose not to post one for Jeremiah Jones's feature because pretty much everything would have been a spoiler, especially the scene I wanted most to use!

    Mary Cline,
    If you win one, put it in someone's stocking and share the reader love. =) But for about the cost of a fancy coffee, you'll get way more enjoyment out of Brett's novel so that's a great call!

    I did too. It actually came at the end of the novel and made me tear up because when I read it, I was already in love with Brett completely so to know how he came to be was such a powerful experience and I'm so glad Ruthy shared it.

    1. Ruth Logan HerneNovember 8, 2012 at 4:56 PM

      Awww... Nancy....

      Color me #humbled by your sweet words!!!! Bless you this much!!!!

  16. happygretNovember 2, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    You had me Army Colonel!
    I like the idea of a hero old enough to have an adult son and the rank of colonel. I also like Christmas stories.

    1. Ruth Logan HerneNovember 8, 2012 at 4:59 PM

      Gret, I agree. I love a uniform... and a man who's willing to fight for what he believes in.

      And regret his mistakes or at least bad timing. But my favorite part of this story is the effect these two little boys had on Brett's mother.

      I love that Love Inspired lets me weave some fun/weird/classic/trying characters into my books because every little town or neighborhood I know has a plethora of them, right???

      And Brett's mother... she's a fragile soul but she longs to be strong.

      I love that growing strength. It makes me smile, ear to ear, when I think about it!

  17. Books Are A BlessingNovember 2, 2012 at 10:21 PM

    I love Christmas books to read, and this one sounds wonderful! Thanks for the giveaway!And the Hero of the story sounds awesome!
    ibjoy1953 at yahoo dot come

    1. Ruth Logan HerneNovember 8, 2012 at 5:01 PM

      Joy, thank you so much for coming by! What a pleasure to "meet" you....

      And I'm smiling over your enthusiasm for Brett Stanton... I can't disagree! :)

  18. Veronica SternbergNovember 3, 2012 at 1:27 AM

    Where do I find the real-life version of him? He and the book sound amazing. I don't usually read excerpts because of the spoilers.


    1. Ruth Logan HerneNovember 8, 2012 at 5:03 PM

      Veronica, I have an older sister with your name. Such a beautiful name, it always made the story of St. Veronica come alive for me... Wiping the face of Christ. Stepping into the path of danger with soldiers flailing whips... sticks... Scolding, mocking, yelling.

      You have a name of strength and goodness, what a blessing that is!

      And my editor mentioned that she'd like a real-life Brett, too, but you know what? They're out there... it's being patient until God puts them in our paths that makes this dating scene TIRESOME beyond words, right???? Bless you for coming by!

  19. JoNovember 3, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    I married a man in uniform when I got married 49 years ago. This book sounds intriguing and would really love to read it. Thanks for the opportunity!


    1. Ruth Logan HerneNovember 8, 2012 at 5:04 PM

      Jo, bless you both for your love, dedication and service! That means the world to so many of us. You are the stuff America is made of.

      All the good stuff... Thank you for stopping by!

  20. AnonymousNovember 3, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    I can't wait til Dec 1- I've had the kindle book pre-ordered since I saw it available! and unlike Walmart (who jumps the gun and puts books out before the release date sometimes) kindle always makes me wait :-( just hope I'm working night shift when Dec 1 rolls around!or on my day/night off! :-) I get really mad when I get interrupted when reading a good book! I hope it's not a bigger tear jerker than Winter's End...that book had me crying so hard I had to stop because my eyes were too blurry to keep reading.

    1. Ruth Logan HerneNovember 8, 2012 at 5:07 PM

      Oh, Susanna...oh don't you cry for me! For I come from Alabama with a banjo on my knee!!!!

      LOL, I love that you cried through Winter's End and I love that story SO MUCH... And it was my first published novel, a book that contest judges said NO ONE WILL PUBLISH THIS ROMANCE!!!

      I'm so glad they were wrong. And just so you know, the North Country books were a pleasure to write... and again, God bless Steeple Hill/Love Inspired for letting me tackle some tough subjects... but God and love win out in the end.

      Oh... that God!!!!

  21. KavNovember 3, 2012 at 11:01 AM

    I am totally excited to read this book. I've thought it was coming out for a couple of months now and so at the beginning of each month I'd rush to Harlequin to order it fast only to find it wasn't in the October line up or the November line up. Talk up crushed! Well, I checked yesterday and discovered it in the LI December listings and promptly ordered it so don't enter me in the draw.

    Loved this glimpse into how the hero was created and the teasers posted that make me want to read it even more! Thanks Nancy and Ruthy!

    1. Ruth Logan HerneNovember 8, 2012 at 5:08 PM

      Kav, thank you so much for ordering it!!! You just made my day, girlfriend!

      I hope you love it. Your opinion means a great deal to so many authors, and we are blessed by your reviews, your thoughtfulness and your desire to write. Keep on, keepin' on. The key to this business?


  22. eyeballlucyNovember 3, 2012 at 2:11 PM

    Sounds like a awesome love story...gotta read it....and hopefully well win a copy. I also shared on facebook and twitter too ..........babyruthmac16ATyahooDOTcom

    1. Ruth Logan HerneNovember 8, 2012 at 5:10 PM

      I'm laughing at the name eyeballlucy but then I thought, what if this dear woman only has one eyeball and I'm LAUGHING at her. That makes me a twit.

      Which we already KNOW, I am a twit of the highest order, but Lucy I do hope you win it and Love, Love, Love it. That would make me smile! No matter how many eyes you have.

  23. Nancy KimballNovember 3, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Ha. I bet I did, hehe. And funny because if I'd known about that before I read it, it might have turned me off which further reiterates to me the importance of this blog! Great to see you stop by, my friend.

    Books R,
    It is wonderful, Brett will rock hero-girl socks with the best of them, and thank you for stopping by!

    If I knew, I sure wouldn't tell, LOL. Thanks for stopping by and for the tip about excerpts.

    CONGRATS! I love that. Thanks for stopping by!

    I also don't like to be forced to put a good book down. I'm going to confess and say I've never read Winter's End because I'm a little afraid of how much I would cry my eyes out. Like seriously. If you win you can give it to a friend!

    Great to see you back! Per your request we'll keep your name out of what is now a cat dish per Seekerville, hehe. I had a really hard time picking the excerpts because there were so many I wanted to use. Thanks for the insight into that.

    Great to see you back! It is. You do. And I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. There's three copies this feature so odds are tripled! Thanks for the share. We love sharing the hero love. =)

  24. Teresa MathewsNovember 4, 2012 at 12:13 AM

    OHMYGOODNESS I am so glad I found your blog. I absolutely adore the "orange heads"! Nothing like a Swoon Score to get your pulse pumping, this story sounds like one I cannot pass up! Thanks for the giveaway. :) avonmathews(at)yahoo(dot)com

  25. Teresa MathewsNovember 4, 2012 at 12:16 AM

    OHMYGOODNESS I am so glad I found your blog. I absolutely adore the "orange heads"! Nothing like a Swoon Score to get your pulse pumping, this story sounds like one I cannot pass up! Thanks for the giveaway. :) avonmathews(at)yahoo(dot)com

    1. Ruth Logan HerneNovember 8, 2012 at 5:23 PM

      Teresa!!! A name that means a lot in our family... My mother-in-law is Theresa and my Confirmation name is Therese.... so we're lovin' on the variations of your name in our house!

      I know, are you like totally all over that Swoon Score????? Of course Nancy is BRILLIANT and I'm not just saying that because she liked Brett and Haley's story.... Oh, yeah, there's a real cute younger heroine in this book, too, LOL! Oh, and we just published a book trailer for it... if you go here:

      His Mistletoe Family Book Trailer"

      Nancy, if this BLOWS UP YOUR BLOG FORGIVE ME, OKAY?????

      It might just play for you!

    2. Nancy KimballNovember 8, 2012 at 7:27 PM

      Teresa, I'm also glad you found my blog. We are growing slow but steady. =)

      RUTHY! WE HAVE A PROBLEM!!! That link didn't work but now that I know a trailer exists I MUST HAVE IT. MUST. (So glad you're back home reasonably okay except for the voice.) My NaNo cannot resume until I have seen this trailer and shared it here!!!

  26. MerryNovember 8, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Ooh, I love a gallant hero with a big heart! Add me please.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

    1. Nancy KimballNovember 8, 2012 at 7:27 PM

      Merry, who doesn't? hehe. You're so in.

  27. JesNovember 13, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    Ruthy "considers chocolate and coffee to be health food, and is gratified when science agrees with her layman’s opinion on such matters." LOL! :-) Love it!

    Nancy - I like that Brett had one orange head under Stupid Strikes - no need to throw you in front of a firing squad! :) Brett sounds like a great hero so if he hadn't anything against him I think he'd be too perfect and not a believeable character!

    I enjoy reading excerpts! I'd like to be in the drawing, thanks!

    jswaks at gmail dot com

    1. Nancy KimballNovember 14, 2012 at 1:19 AM

      Jes, welcome to FHF! Ruthy is a hoot. She has all this sage wisdom wrapped up in the delightful snark that's so... her. I hear you on believable. Brett is one of those men though that dances wonderfully close to everything a woman could ever want without all the stuff you don't, and yet, he is as believable as gravity. Cole McKenna featured earlier this year was that way also. And so is the hero coming soon, hehe.
      You got in under the wire, but so glad. Drawing is happening as soon as I click send and go get all your names loaded into the randomizer. =)

  28. Nancy KimballNovember 14, 2012 at 1:41 AM


    I promise on the Bible that I really do put your names all in the list randomizer at (but we'll let Ruthy think it's a cat dish, hehe, because that's how she likes to do her drawings). The reason I have to reassure you all of this is because in our list of winners again is MELISSA JAGEARS! (Who word on the street has it has signed a three book deal with Bethany House. CONGRATS to Melissa!!! On winning one of three copies of Brett's novel and our other two winners are... (drumroll please)...
    Seriously. Make the noise. God is watching and will know if you don't, even if I can't, hehe. =)

    Annette O'Hare & Mary Cline

    Congrats you three and everyone else, when you're at the store next, grab Brett's novel. Read it with hot chocolate by the fire place with scented candles like my girl Whitney suggested and then thank God and every soldier and vet you know that you're able to do so.

    Much love,

    Nancy K

  29. Annette O'HareNovember 15, 2012 at 7:28 AM

    I really won a copy?!? Wow that's awesome. Can't wait to receive it. Thank you so much!