March 30, 2011

Free Photoshop Brushes: Rust 2

Another free brush pack from photos of rusty metal. Free for  commercial and non-commercial use. Photoshop 7 and higher.



March 28, 2011

The Pirate Daughter's Promise - Reviews

Two new reviews of The Pirate Daughter's Promise. Thank you, Ashley and Christine!

Christine is also holding a giveaway for The Pirate Daughter's Promise. Rules for entering are at the bottom of the review.

March 27, 2011

Book Review - A Man Called Outlaw

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All his life Shane Lassiter revered the man who stood in place of the father he'd never known. Nathaniel Wilcock took Shane into his own home, loved him as a son, and placed within his grasp the largest ranch in the Wyoming Territory. But Shane had heard the stories. He knew the whispers about the fugitive gunman who stood against Wilcock during the land wars that rocked the valley thirty years ago. In Wilcock's eyes, the gunman was a vigilante and an outlaw and as such he had died. To the people of Hangtree, he was a hero-a martyr who stood against corruption and injustice. When Wilcock's greed endangers the only woman Shane has ever loved-a woman who holds the secret that could resurrect everything for which the outlaw fought-Shane finds himself a place not so very different from that of the outlaw. He must make a decision, the shadow of which will be cast over the lives of all those he loves. A decision between truth and power-between honor and life-between right and wrong.


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I've mentioned K.M. Weiland many times and how her blog has helped my writing, so for a long time I've been very anxious to read her books. I finally had a chance to sit down last week and read her first book, A Man Called Outlaw. I love a good western. The 1850s-1880s are one of my favorite time periods in history, so I was very excited about the book. I read it in about three days, and didn't want to put it down. I'll say right off that it is one of the very few books that have ever made me cry. It was painfully true to life. I think that is what made it so good. A lot of it wasn't as I anticipated, but the characters felt so real. I really came to love them and feel for them in their struggles and pain. I love K.M. Weiland's style of writing, and could see everything so clearly as I was reading. I could feel the emotion and see the characters' expressions and actions. I finished the book with a definite bittersweet feeling, in a good way, and look forward to reading more from K.M. Weiland.


For more information you can visit K.M. Weiland's site: or her blog:

March 21, 2011

Pirates & Faith Reviews

Very nice reviews of Pirates & Faith by inspirational romance author, Stephanie Boles. Thanks Stephanie!


The Pirate Daughter's Promise

Every Tear

A Captain's Heart

Finding Faith


Remember, each book of Pirates & Faith is available from Kindle or Smashwords for only $2.99.


You can visit Stephanie's website here.

March 16, 2011

Free Photoshop Brushes: Antique

Here is a new free Photoshop brush pack. All taken from a photo of a piece of an old door. Free for commercial and non commercial use. Photoshop 7 and up.



March 14, 2011

Colonial Fiction Research


While I was writing Pirates & Faith, I probably spent just as many hours, if not more, researching the early 18th century as I did writing the books. I collected a huge number of links to research pages (many of which are sadly no longer available). Here are a few of my favorite, which I considered the most useful.


A very long list of occupations in Colonial America. Many I had never even heard of, so if you're looking for an interesting, out of the ordinary occupation from a colonial character, this is the place to find ideas.


I was tickled to find this site because it's one of those websites that is exactly what I needed. You can look up the calendar for any year. Here I looked up the calendar for 1726 while I was writing Finding Faith.


One of my favorite websites for colonial research. There is so much to look at.


This is an interesting page with the cost of living during the 18th century.


A good page with a timeline of all the important events of the 1700s.


Photo by Mr. G's Travels on Flickr

March 02, 2011

Free Photoshop Brushes: Rust

Here is this week's free Photoshop brush set. Taken from photos of an old piece of farm equipment. Photoshop 7 or higher. Commercial and non commercial use.