Thursday, September 29, 2016

Just Published--COUNTERFEIT

Dear Readers,

I'm delighted to announce a new novel. A suspenseful story set in Europe, it deals with the very real world of fraudulent fine art.

My husband and I recently traveled to the cities in the novel, including Amsterdam, Budapest, Salzberg, and Vienna. Actually, a visit to an Oklahoma City art museum two years ago started me thinking. How possible is very good fraudulent fine art?

(Very possible. Some experts estimate up to half of all art in museums is fake.)

And exactly how much copying is legal?


Dr. Richard Reed, wealthy professor and connoisseur of fine art, becomes a temporary member of Interpol's Experts Group to stop the flow of fraudulent paintings. He feels sure he has found a master copyist when he zones in on an attractive tourist, Kendra Cooper.

Kendra, who scrimped for years to travel to Amsterdam and study originals of the great masters, has much to teach the professor. His most likely suspect becomes his strongest asset in the fight against frauds until a dealer in counterfeits strikes back. Kendra becomes his target by cutting off the flow of unearned millions.

As professional partnership grows into personal devotion, Richard and Kendra combat greed to gain what cannot be bought.

As with all Lee Carver's books, Counterfeit is available from in both print
and Kindle versions.

As a new release, this novel needs honest reviews on Amazon and Your review would be most appreciated.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Five print copies of Retreat to Shelter Creek are offered in a drawing on, starting 21 August, 2016, until 19 September. Nothing is required except that you click to ask for a copy.

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Truth in Fiction: "The Diamond Mine" blog features Beulah the Pig

"The Diamond Mine" blog features Beulah the Pig

Featured on "The Diamond Mine" blog today--

Beulah the Pig.

Add a comment to this blog for a chance at a free print copy of Retreat to Shelter Creek or TWO e-book copies you select from any of my books, which are pictured on "The Diamond Mine" blog post.

Monday, May 2, 2016

In Times Like These

Gail Kittleson has just released a beautifully-written novel based in hometown USA during World War II. Layered over the WWII setting, she addresses the issue of verbal abuse in a marriage. In fact, this novel has the endorsement of Patricia Evans, author of The Verbally Abusive Relationship, Controlling People, and other books. Ms. Evans coined the expression "verbal abuse."

Gail, I understand that you have developed a strong relationship with Addie, the heroine of your historical fiction release. Please tell us about her.

Addie first whispered her story to me four years ago. A couple of years later, I thought I’d completed the novel . . . wrong!

Elie Wiesel wrote, “There is a difference between a book of two hundred pages from the very beginning, and a book of two hundred pages which is the result of an original eight hundred pages. The six hundred are there. Only you don’t see them.”

Boy, can I relate. With further editing and research, the word count diminished, but each word’s power increased. My internal editor, always at work, joined several editors in making suggestions. True, that meant rejection, but I so appreciate them taking the time.

One agent suggested I chuck this story, count it a learning experience, and start over fresh. But Addie wouldn’t let me. She’d become far too real. So I plunged ahead, changed the title, layered the moral premise deeper and deeper, and labored to give each character several dimensions. Addie’s controlling, egotistical husband Harold challenged me, since his verbal abuse arose from wearing blinders to anyone else’s needs.

Still, he wants to fight the Axis because of patriotism, and having his desire squelched drives him to the edge. But the big question was, how could Addie find her voice and claim her God-given right to be herself? How could the tamped-down music in her soul burst forth into everyday joy?

The backdrop of World War II and Iowa’s severe winter weather highlight the victory garden Addie plans. Her best friend Kate’s letters from London support her through the roughest times, and Addie’s older gardening neighbor offers her pithy life philosophy along with advice about flowers.

All along, I believed Addie assured me she’d make it—I just knew she would. That certainty played in my ears during the whole time of creating and conjuring, editing and honing. Then a professional editor tweaked some things I’d still missed.

But finally, Addie’s out there, ready to meet readers. I’m very grateful, and hope they cheer her along her path to victory. I’d so enjoy hearing first impressions of her story from your blog readers.

Would you give us a sample of the story?

This excerpt is taken from the beginning of the second chapter, as we begin to see that Addie's marriage to Harold is not the dream world she had anticipated:

Harold burst into the big farm kitchen with a practiced scowl and accepted a steaming cup of coffee. He took a miniature spiral notepad from his overall pocket and scribbled, speaking as he wrote. “January 13. Temperature -22. If it gets any colder, we’ll lose some stock.”

“Did you get all the sheep out of the drifts?” He flung back the shock of sandy hair brushing his steel-gray eyes and disregarded Addie’s question. Maybe this pie would ease his mood, but today’s crust turned as cantankerous as the weather.

Berthea’s warning . . . more than two tries toughens the pastry tensed Addie’s shoulders.
Aware of snow clumps from Harold’s blue and white striped overalls forming pools on the faded gray linoleum, she muttered, “Come on, you stubborn crust—cooperate.”

Fern, the Esther Circle leader, said cleanliness and good food made for a happy husband, but those muddy splotches on the floor would have to wait. Harold moved closer, jutted out his chin, and spread his feet wide apart.

“Last night I read about the unjust judge finally giving in to the persistent widow. Maybe today, the draft board’ll take me, although if Pearl Harbor didn’t change anything, I don’t know what would.”

His volume increased as cinnamon wafted like incense. Addie stirred an ample spoonful into the apple filling. She folded the crust in half, lifted it into a glass pie plate and patted the soft, curved edges.

The Golden West Coffee tin holding her egg money caught her eye. Its beaming cowgirl belied the tight knot cinching her stomach, and the irony struck—like this gaping pie shell, she waited to be filled.

A few biographical notes about Gail:
After instructing English as a Second Language and college expository writing, Gail Kittleson lives in Northern Iowa with her husband, where they enjoy family and friends. In winter, Arizona's Ponderosa pine forests provide another setting for her historical women's fiction stories. Gail also instructs a creative writing class and facilitates women's workshops on spiritual growth, creativity, and memoir/fiction writing. She's a fanatic about grammar and quotes, and does a little editing on the side. If you'd like to know more, please visit her website at or contact her through Facebook.

Friday, April 29, 2016

An Adventure in Freelance Editing

For those who follow this blog, you may have thought I was either on vacation or desperately sick. No, but I certainly was involved in an adventure.

As a freelance editor, formatter, and uploader of both print and e-books, I do take on some interesting tasks. Phyllis Jenkins, organizer of Powerful Journey Annual Women’s Conferences and personal counselor through the EnHERpreneur™ Masterclass, gave her class the project of writing their stories and publishing a book. They weren’t authors. They’d never done this kind of project. But several of them have established their own personal coaching organizations, and a book of this kind would be immensely beneficial.

Each woman wrote the story of her fierce challenges and how she overcame them through faith in God. Some books were quite short, and others about 130 pages. These women will be public speakers, most of them beginning at the Powerful Journey Women’s Conference in Plano, Texas, tomorrow (30 April, 2016). All of them will have print copies of their books for sale at the conference.

And that’s what I’ve been doing for two months, in addition to my own novel production. More about that in some other post.

Following are the books produced by these remarkable, faith-filled women: Phyllis Jenkins, Pat McNatt, Adrienne Hernandez, Molly Stephens, Tiffany Anderson, and Pauline Witt.

Look for their books on and prepare to be blessed!

Thursday, February 25, 2016

To Soar on Eagle’s Wings, by Renee Blare

The author of Beast of Stratton, about which I blogged almost exactly a year ago, has published an entirely different novel, one that takes you out of the city and enclosed places. I've read the book, and found that the descriptions of the Snowy Mountains and soaring eagles lifted this novel beyond the ordinary romance. I felt like I was there on the mountain, looking across glistening white mountaintops, feeling the might and power of wild creation. And the story worked, too.

Spring’s in the air. While the sun shines in Timber Springs, snow falls on the Snowy Range, and trouble’s brewing in the meadows. The area’s new game warden, Steve Mitchell, launches his first wildlife investigation of the season but the trouble follows him—straight to town.

Rachel Fitzgerald’s on Spring Break. Or at least she’s trying. Between paperwork and harassing phone calls, she may as well have stayed in her classroom. So much for relaxation. A ‘chance’ meeting with her brother’s old roommate offers her weary soul a shred of hope, but she discovers love, like life, isn’t easy.

He talks with the wisdom of the Lord but rejects the future. She wants to soar with the eagles but walks alone. And trusting God proves to be more of a challenge than ever before…

Renee writes about the mountains from experience. Nestled against the Black Hills with her husband, crazy old dog and ornery cat, she serves the community of northeastern Wyoming as a pharmacist and pens her Christian stories, keeping them interesting with action and intrigue, of course. She loves to interact with readers and invites you to check out her website, blog, and social media.
Blogs: Renee’s Inspirational Moments
The Diamond Mine of Christian Fiction
Social Media:, Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr: The Journey

On The Kindle version is only 99 cents right now:

Book Trailer:

Renee is offering a free Kindle version of To Soar on Eagle's Wings to someone who responds to this post. Chat with us. Have you ever been to Wyoming? Do you know the Black Hills in this novel? Or have you ever ridden a snow mobile? I haven't, but I love to ski. My strongest connection to soaring with eagles is through the beautiful scripture, Isaiah 40:31 "...but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (NIV)" Love that verse!