<![CDATA[Ruth Logan Herne.com - Former blog page]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 18:53:57 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Thank you! ]]>Tue, 26 Apr 2016 13:25:47 GMThttp://ruthloganherne.com/former-blog-page/thank-youPicture

Thank you so much for taking part in the Christian Scavenger Hunt this past weekend! In the whirlwind of fun, I saw lots of familiar faces and a bunch of new ones, too!

I'm glad you had fun.... and if you win a prize, I'm cheering for you!

But even if you don't win, good, clean, Christian fiction does win because I love that we've got the opportunity and the AUDIENCE!!!! (clapping for you!) to be able to write great stories like "Back in the Saddle" and "More Than a Promise" and my Grace Haven series for Love Inspired... and share those stories with you!

Thank you for helping me live my dream!

<![CDATA[Welcome to the Christian Scavenger Hunt, Stop #13!!!!!]]>Fri, 22 Apr 2016 00:01:51 GMThttp://ruthloganherne.com/former-blog-page/welcome-to-the-christian-scavenger-hunt-stop-13
Welcome to the Christian Fiction Welcome to the Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all 33 stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 3 grand prizes!
  • The hunt BEGINS with Stop #1 at Lisa Bergren’s site.
  • It ENDS with Stop #33 at Lisa's site....
  • The hunt is BEST VIEWED using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer)
  • It is open to INTERNATIONAL entrants.
  • PRIZES include 3 sets of all 32 books, $500 in Amazon gift cards and many authors are offering additional prizes!
  • There is NO RUSH to complete this hunt—you have ALL WEEKEND. So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books you might want to learn more about!
  • Submit your ENTRY for the GRAND PRIZE at Stop #33 (back on Lisa’s site) by Monday night (4/25) at midnight mountain.
My guest today is one of my most beloved authors and mentors, Margaret Daley. Margaret is not only a prolific author, she’s the kind of woman who examples so much heart and soul, she makes it quite impossible to not love her to pieces!

​Why I’m Writing a Series about Single Dads?
By Margaret Daley

It would be easier for me to write a series about single moms, but I wanted to tackle a series about single dads. My son is a single dad of two little girls. The past few years I’ve watched him deal with raising two girls on his own. It’s never easy when you are a single parent and I wanted to illustrate the trials and tribulation one can go through.
In this first story I threw an uncle who becomes guardian of his two nieces. He was a bachelor one day and a father the next when his brother died. The whole family had to adjust to a new situation and grieve at the same time. To up the stakes, like my son, I wanted the hero to deal with the opposite sex. It’s one thing for a man to relate to a boy and entirely different with a girl‑especially an extra emotional one.
I have two granddaughters about the ages of the little girls in The Firefighter Daddy. I had fun with some of the scenes and traces of real life are in a lot of the scenes—their love of animals, especially dogs and cats, their love of attempting to cook, their drama.
I had fun writing The Firefighter Daddy and look forward to more in this series. I have one single dad in the support group with a special needs child. With my background as a teacher of special needs, I wanted to address issues of raising a child with special needs.
If you have children or grandchildren or deal with kids, what is a funny incident you had with them?
Blurb for The Firefighter Daddy:
Firefighter Liam McGregory is used to staring down five alarm fires—but becoming a father to his two little nieces has him sending out a call for help. When the girls return a lost pup to its beautiful owner, Liam thinks widow Sarah Blackburn is just the person he needs—or who the children need. He's promised to never marry again. ' Sarah takes his deal: she'll watch his kids and he'll watch her menagerie of pets—but the new father is off-limits. But two determined little matchmakers can be hard to resist when they need a mom to make one big happy family…
Margaret Daley, a USA Today’s Bestselling author of one hundred books (five million plus sold worldwide), has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love. When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household. To find out more about Margaret visit her website at http://www.margaretdaley.com.
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Here’s the Stop #13 Skinny:
You can order Margaret's book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD or at your local bookstore! Buy buttons for her work are below!

Clue to Write Down: to yield 

Link to Stop #14, the Next Stop on the Loop: Margaret Daley's own site!

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<![CDATA[RELEASE DAY CELEBRATION "MORE THAN A PROMISE"!!!]]>Thu, 03 Mar 2016 09:39:53 GMThttp://ruthloganherne.com/former-blog-page/release-day-celebration-more-than-a-promiseI am absolutely delighted to host this party today!  Several years ago I saw a young father walk into church (fairly late!) with three busy little boys... and from that glimpse into a harried young father's walk as a single parent trying to do the right thing, "More Than a Promise" was born.

I hope you love it. I hope it makes you laugh and maybe cry. I hope you sympathize with poor Matt while wanting to occasionally smack him upside the head! And those boys... oh, these three little boys come straight out of my years of experience with the antics of having four brothers, a husband and raising four sons!

So today we're celebrating! 

There's food:

My Triple Berry pie and Lemon Sponge Cake with Strawberry topping from the Yankee Belle Cafe! 

I've got the coffee on and there's tea water simmerin'! 

A big part of the conflict in "More Than a Promise" is caused by external problems that seem unsolvable because folks sure do know how to dig their heels in and be downright stubborn! Mother Teresa said "Peace begins with a smile" and I believe
that. I hope I practice it! Those smiles, for a crazy reasonable price, sure do help ease things around us.

Here's the blurb on this wonderful story:

Matt Wilmot's got all he can handle at the moment... a widower with three naughty boys, bent on destruction and two steps ahead of a game he doesn't have time to play, Matt is running the family business, hiring a rotation of one-time babysitters, dealing with his brother, and warding off legal blows from his former mother-in-law who is pretty sure he's ruining her grandchildren, and she's not without some good reason... but when it all appears ready to implode, can Matt find not only what he needs... but what he wants... in the award-winning and artistic girl next door? And is he man enough to realize that faith, hope and charity are truly "More Than a Promise"?

We are surrounded by single parents these days... How can we help them? And what's changed about the face of family in America?

Leave a comment to be entered, we've got a few copies to give away!

Buy from Amazon Here!
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<![CDATA[Why I Love Cowboys...]]>Fri, 26 Feb 2016 12:01:33 GMThttp://ruthloganherne.com/former-blog-page/why-i-love-cowboysPicture
I love cowboys for the same reason I love writing military and police heroes...

There's an established lore about cowboy code that's wrapped in a great Western package! 


You bet! 

But isn't that part of the fun? And when I work the wild west in historicals or the vast contemporary west of today, I tap into more than a great pair of Chaps and a perfectly formed Resistol hat...

I tap into the heart and soul of the matter. The hero. The heroine. The people surrounding them, the setting, the wide open plains or the rolling verdant hills...

But the heart and the soul of the hero and heroine are the crux of the story. 

Sometimes they're funny.

Sometime's they're nailed to a wall of their own bad choices, looking through that glass darkly...

They're people, like you and me. Only probably taller and thinner, LOL! But their struggles are our struggles, and the difference I see is that they don't quit. And that's what I love to see in my heroes... And my heroines.

Don't quit.

Fight the good fight.

Learn to love yourself, forgive yourself and move one.

Jesus told the accused woman, "Neither do I condemn you. Go, and sin no more." 

If he can forgive us, then we've got to be strong enough to hang on tight! And forgive ourselves!

Hey, I'd love to add folks to my growing newsletter list, so let me know if I can add your name to it, and if you leave a comment below, I've got a couple of copies of "Back in the Saddle" to give away this weekend.

Are you tougher on yourself than you should be? Or tougher on others? 

There's coffee on and hot cross buns! Let's chat.

And I'd love to pick your name out of the cowboy hat this weekend!


<![CDATA[Chances to win, Opportunities to Talk!]]>Thu, 18 Feb 2016 22:44:04 GMThttp://ruthloganherne.com/former-blog-page/chances-to-win-opportunities-to-talkPicture
As we ramp up for the release of this amazing and wonderful cowboy series, here are some reminders for chat times and giveaways! Make sure you leave a comment on the websites/blogs to be entered!!!

2/18/16: Recipe sharing and giveaway at Yankee Belle Cafe! 

2/19/16: Chatting up Westerns, romance, hot cowboys and women's rights at Petticoats and Pistols! 

2/25/16:  Isabo's Cinnamon Rolls at the Yankee Belle Cafe with another chance to win it before you can buy it!

<![CDATA[Winter pics!]]>Sun, 14 Feb 2016 14:28:23 GMThttp://ruthloganherne.com/former-blog-page/winter-pics
Here's what we're looking like right now! The house pic was from last year, but it's looking like that again right now, minus the ladder! And there's nothing like snow plow piles to add some fun to a winter's day! 

Snow drifts, wind-chills, shovels and snow-covered roofs.... life in upstate! Situation: Normal!
<![CDATA[A Taste of Winter in Upstate New York!]]>Sat, 13 Feb 2016 23:01:30 GMThttp://ruthloganherne.com/former-blog-page/a-taste-of-winter-in-upstate-new-yorkAfter an amazingly mild winter, we're caught in the throes of a Canadian Clipper! Crazy, record-setting cold, lake effect snow piling up outside the door and we're trudging through real snow to take care of the chickens!

The young hens are QUITE INSULTED by all this. They're pretty sure that this wasn't part of their contract, but then, they're chickens and they can't read the fine print!

It's a week off for most of my daycare families, and several of my own grandkids are out of town, so this week I start a painting project I meant to do last year...

And time got away from me. But this week, I'm all in!

And on the writing front we're ramping up the fun and excitement because in March I have three books releasing! Yes... 3!!!

"Back in the Saddle" from Waterbrook/Multnomah (March 15th)

"More Than a Promise" from Franciscan Media (March 18th)

"Toss the Bouquet" from Zondervan publishing (March 29th) (novella collection, Year of Weddings w/Janice Thompson and Amy Matayo

What a blessing! Six years ago I got the most wonderful "call" from Melissa Endlich of Love Inspired/Harlequin books and it's been an amazingly delightful roller coaster ride ever since! I am blessed to have this opportunity to touch the hearts and the souls of readers of all ages.

Thank you. Thank you for taking the time to read my books, to e-mail me and be part of my life.

I am truly blessed.

<![CDATA[Happy Thanksgiving!!!!]]>Tue, 24 Nov 2015 20:48:55 GMThttp://ruthloganherne.com/former-blog-page/happy-thanksgivingPicture
Isn't this beautiful? 

I love it. 

I don't own it, I used it in a book last year. It's in "Her Holiday Family" my December 2014 Love Inspired book, part of my Kirkwood Lake series. 

I love that series. :)  I had so much fun writing it, and I recently put out a novella from Kirkwood Lake as part of a duo with my buddy Mia Ross: Ribbons & Roses, available HERE for your Kindle device or Kindle App on any device.

I love the idea of an olive wood Nativity. Wood native to the Holy Land, carved with care, representing the birth of a newborn king, and yet... a child of the poor.

Such a conundrum.

Such a stirring, a stirring in our souls of why this should be. Why it could be.

And from that birth and Christ's ensuing death, a world was changed.

My hero  in "Her Holiday Family" was Max Campbell, a man who'd given so much for his country and now when he's ready to come home and settle down... Well, let's just say the heroine had other ideas.

Winning a heart with a beautiful creche. And a kind heart. And an understanding and abiding love.


I'd have to leave my sweet husband a note, a Very Big Note and say, "Please go to XYZ store and buy me the beautiful olive wood Nativity set, and bring it home and give it to me."

And he'd look at the price tag and that would be the end of that, LOL!

But the beauty of fiction is taking us back to those nuances of romance that won us over years ago. Remember in the movie "Phenomenon" when the heroine kept making really ugly chairs and the hero bought them?

He didn't have a use for them, but he bought them to make her feel better. Cherished. Safer. And he won her heart.

Max Campbell wasn't trying to buy his way into Tina Martinelli's heart.... he was showing her his love and respect for her, trying to fill her love of Christmas on her less-than-shoestring budget.... and letting her know he valued the same things.

It doesn't take money to show our love. Devotion and cookies are pretty darned good on their own. But we all love to see a hero go that little bit over the top to show his love....

Kind of like how the penguin brings rocks to build its nest and impress a potential mate.


And I guess since a diamond and a rock aren't all that different, really... well, maybe the penguins knew how to do this courting thing all along!

Have a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving!


Buy Button for "Her Holiday Family"!
<![CDATA[November 13th, 2015]]>Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:27:57 GMThttp://ruthloganherne.com/former-blog-page/november-13th-2015Picture
WE HAVE WINNERS!!!!!! The Book Fairy stopped by in the form of my favorite brown truck and UPS driver.... So you're all going to get a copy of "An Unexpected Groom", my upcoming Love Inspired novel and the FIRST in a new series "Grace Haven"!!!!! I'm so excited about this book, Romantic Times gave it 4 Stars and a wonderful review, thank you Leslie Bieser McKee!!!!!

The Considerator narrowed down the choices for the boys' names (Lucy Carlton's 6 and 8 year old sons in "Peace in the Valley" and the names are Cade and Cody!!!! Thank you Tracey Hagwood for the original selection, I love the sound of these names with the surname Carlton... But they also sound good with the last name Stafford, so if there's a happy ending, these boys might have a name change...

What I need now are your snail mail addresses!!!! Send them to me through the website or at loganherne@gmail.com 

And I will happily send you a copy of this beautiful story, a story of new beginnings, putting old wrongs right, and starting over. Because doesn't everybody deserve a second chance? 

Congratulations to all of you! Dawn Leonard, Darcy Statt, Donna Carraher, Judy Smith, Laurel Mbh, Tracey Hagwood, Susanna Smith, Sallie Whiteside, Sue Neary, Kathleen Wessman, Marcia Barby, Mary Lawson, Rebecca Panella, Patricia Ullman, Patricia Barraclough, Jana Vanderslice, Therese Lajambe, Susan Wehle and Meg Henning!!!!   

<![CDATA[Help me name the kids!!!!!!!]]>Sat, 31 Oct 2015 09:48:53 GMThttp://ruthloganherne.com/former-blog-page/help-me-name-the-kidsPicture
My life has revolved around kids for a VERY LONG TIME.
Now, I'm not sayin' I'm old, but this ain't my first rodeo, either! :) 

Here's the thing. In my third Double S Ranch book... due out in 18 months... the heroine, Lucy Carlton has three kids. Two school age boys and a three-year-old daughter named Belle.


And I want your help.

Here's what we're going to do.... You leave me a comment with your suggestions. (You can give me two names per comment, okay????) And then we'll sort through them to see what fits.

These boys are Western boys, born in Central Washington. Daddy was a wannabe rocker, Mom fell in love early and followed his dream, forgetting that she should be living dreams of her own. Their dad was killed in a crash while under the influence, so it's the kids and Mom, eking a living off of a small Christmas tree farm next to the big Double S Ranch.

The boys are  8 and 6 years old... and likely to cause a bit of trouble in this story! :)

So, let's do this! Let's name Belle's brothers.... 

Winners get the pleasure of their suggestion in the book and a copy of my upcoming "An Unexpected Groom", the first book in my new Love Inspired "Grace Haven" series, set in the Finger Lakes region of Central New York!