A broken heart, a controlling father, and an intrusive Scot leave Charlotte Jackson reeling. Accused of stealing an heirloom pin, she must choose between an unwanted marriage and the ruin of her family name. With the futures of her three younger sisters at stake, as well as her own reputation, Charlotte must navigate through injustice to find forgiveness and true happiness.
Eager to find the traitor that caused the death of his brother, Duncan MacKenzie comes to America and attempts to fit in with Charleston society. But when the headstrong Charlotte catches his eye, Duncan takes on a second mission—acquiring the lass’s hand. After being spurned several times, he uses unconventional ways of winning her heart.
About Debbie Lynne Costello
Debbie Lynne Costello has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina. She has worked in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children’s Director. She loves the Lord and hopes people will be uplifted and inspired by her writing. Debbie Lynne has shown and raised Shetland Sheepdogs for eighteen years and still enjoys litters now and then. In their spare time, she and her husband take pleasure in camping and riding their Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses.
‘His prayers were never answered. Not unless he made it happen.’
Debbie Lynne Costello is in fine form here. She totally had me at writing a Scotsman for a hero! Seriously, I do love all things Scotland, but this is a very good book. A Southern belle who wants to do things her own way, a hero who wants to marry said belle, but needs to move the obstacles standing between the marriage. Oh, did I mention the Scotsman is a spy for the queen of England? Good, huh?
I love the marriage of convenience trope, pretty fond of mail order bride stories, too, but a bride by blackmail? That was a new one. Costello makes it work wonderfully, though, and I could barely put it down. This one is a keeper. Recommended.
*My thanks to the author for a digital copy of this book. The review is entirely my own.
I am so happy to have Debbie Lynne Costello on my blog today. Let me tell you, she is so nice! Debbie Lynne lives here in my hometown and we have met on several occasions and she is precious. Each time we meet, we just talk for hours. So settle in as I ask Debbie Lynne some questions and get to know her better. And be sure to enter to win one of her books! The Rafflecopter link follows the interview.
When did you know you wanted to write books?
This probably sounds a little crazy, but about 2 weeks before I started. That was 2008. Now, I had started writing stories when I was 8 years old and I loved doing that. And I went to school for journalism, thinking I’d like to write for a magazine perhaps. But write a 300 page book? That seemed like a mountain! It never crossed my mind until my husband told me one day I needed to write a book!
Describe a writing day.
I get up and have 2 cups of tea while I talk to my daughter who lives in Charleston. When I hang up from her I call my mom and talk to her. While I talk to her, I go outside and let my ducks out of the trailer and get them fed and all ready for their day then I play with my German Shepherd with the water hose. She won’t leave me alone if I don’t! When I come in I read my bible/listen to my bible and have my quiet time. I get something cold to drink, sit down, check emails and read over the last thing I wrote. If there is research to do on something I might look that up before digging in to my story. I write until lunch and grab a bite to eat, usually I eat and write. I usually push my writing til I have to stop and get dinner or it will be late. LOL. Then in the evening when the TV goes on, (I don’t care for TV) I work on blogs or promotion things. The promotion stuff takes so much time from an author. I wish I didn’t have to do it!
How long does it take you to write a book?
That depends. I wrote Sword of Forgiveness in 4 months. Shattered Memories was about 8 months but it had a lot of research. Bride by Blackmail took about 6 months I believe. It just depends on if I have a lot of interupted days or not. The sequel to Sword of Forgiveness is 3/4 written but I’ve not been able to stay with it because of Joe’s treatments and building a house. I had to put it on the back burner for quite some time. But now that Bride by Blackmail is out I am going full steam on Sword of Trust.
What is your biggest writing challenge?
That would have to be interuptions. Phone calls, appointments, animals, family that needs me. It is a challenge and it slows my writing down, but writing is not my life, I have a wonderful family that sometimes needs me, animals that I love that need me, and then all the every day things that life throws at you.
What are your hobbies?
I have lots of hobbies. I love to horseback ride with my neighbor and huband. I raise Shetland Sheepdogs aka Shelties. I enjoy painting and drawing. I love to make things for family and friends for Christmas so I sew, embroider, crochet and do random crafts.
How big a part does prayer play in your writing?
In all my books I always give credit to the Lord. Without Him I’d not have a story to write. He guides me through the stories and I talk to Him abou them. I never want to write anything that will be displeasing to Him. He’s my Rock and I couldn’t pen a word without Him.
But those who wait on the LORD Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.Isaiah 40:31
Bride by Blackmail Book 1 in Moonlight and Magnolia Series Coming in September 15th 2020 A Cup of Christmas Cheer (Guideposts Books)
Sword of Forgiveness Book 1 in Winds of Change Series (Medieval)
Sword of the Matchmaker Novella in the Winds of Change Series
The Perfect Bride Novella in the Winds of Change SeriesSword of Trust Book 2 in Winds of Change Series coming 2020
Shattered Memories Book 1 in The Charleston Earthquake Series