Searching for history…

As a writer, you never know what you’ll find when you start doing research.

For instance, I recently looked up information about the Battle of Saratoga. This important battle in the American Revolutionary War plays (a small part) in my current writing project.

When I began my search for information about this battle, I had no idea what I’d find. As I scanned and scrolled down through the thousands of other websites, I suddenly noticed a post showing the name of one of my ancestors.

What?

Positive that I was seeing things, I clicked on the link which took me to an old blog post written by a bookseller. Upon reading her post I discovered she had found a book—a very old book that was in terrible shape. At first she was just going to throw it away due to its poor condition. Then she started looking through it and discovered there was writing on some of the pages.

Here are the photos of the pages she shared on her blog:

 

 

Now some folks might not get excited by the sight of this scribbling from an old book. But as a person heavily involved in searching for my family genealogy, I instantly recognized the name and place of birth shown as being that of my 4th great grandfather, Solomon Wallace Stewart. Being able to see the very pages that he wrote his birth information on—and the names and birth dates of his children—made chills go up and down my arms.

Finding this was totally awesome.

Since it was such an old blog post (from 2007) I sent a message to the bookseller asking if she still has the book in question (which was printed in London in 1780.) I haven’t heard back from her yet, but if she does still have the book, chances are pretty good that I can’t afford to purchase it anyway. Just having the photos of the pages, though, are something I never expected to have. The information I found has helped to verify some of what I already knew, plus given me a few more facts I didn’t have, adding one more piece to the genealogical puzzle of my ancestors.

Now, back to my writing project, I did find the information I needed to complete the scene in question.

But for a few hours my work of fiction took a back seat to real life history.

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Could it be Empty Nest Syndrome?

So.

This week I sent another book out into the big world. It’s always scary to do so, and after I’ve uploaded it, and it’s on it’s way, I’m left twiddling my thumbs and feeling kind of lost.

It’s a project I’ve worked on for (at least) the past six months, and suddenly, I don’t have anything to do anymore. I know. I could start writing the next book, but I’ve learned to give my poor old brain a rest between books, or it’s easy to confuse it. The last thing I want to do is start calling my new character by the name of the character that was in the previous book!

So, for the past few days I’ve wandered around the house, looking for new projects. I’ve spent more time studying God’s Word–I never seem to have enough time to delve into His beautiful book. I finished an ongoing quilt project that I thought I’d never complete. I’ve even thought about starting a new sewing project, but can’t seem to get focused enough to do so. I have several guest blog posts I should be working on, but there again, can’t seem to find the motivation.

I remember this feeling. Parents go through this when their child leaves for college and suddenly isn’t around anymore. Empty Nest Syndrome.

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Is that what I have?

I suppose it could be. I’ve lived with the characters in my most recent book for months. Their thoughts have been my thoughts, and their struggles, my struggles. And now, suddenly they aren’t here anymore. No wonder I’m going through withdrawals!

It’s fine though. I’ve gone through this same separation every time I’ve finished one of my books and sent it on its way. And I know that before long, I’ll have new friends planning their escapades in my head and keeping me up nights. I love it!

Right now, though, I think I’ll go take a nap.

 

To check out my newest release, click on the link!  The Town Named Christmas

Happy Reading!

Ruth Kyser

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A Baker’s Dozen . . .

A Baker’s Dozen . . .

I’m excited to report, today I released my thirteenth novel.

When I started on this journey of writing six years ago, I never dreamed I would have published thirteen books just six short years later. But I’ve certainly enjoyed writing each and every one of them.

My latest novel, A Place Called Hart’s Desire, is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

 

Christian Romance Author Ellie Hathaway escapes for two weeks to a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains, intent on finishing her book within the deadline. Of course, it only confuses the issue that the cabin she’s staying at is the same one her parents originally reserved for her now-defunct honeymoon.

Then Ellie meets the owner’s son, Lucas Hart—a widower wracked by grief and with a heart hardened against God. Ellie is immediately drawn to Luke, but she cautions herself against falling for a man so obviously still in love with his dead wife.

Can Ellie help Luke find his way back to God? And in the process, will Ellie’s heart be totally broken—or will she also learn to forgive, and love again?

It’s available as an ebook for Kindle at Amazon.com, and will shortly be available to order in paperback.

Click to purchase “A Place Called Hart’s Desire”

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I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it!

 

God bless!

Ruth Kyser

 

 

Do you read Christian fiction?

Do you read Christian fiction?

So, here’s a question for you: Do you enjoy reading Christian Fiction?

If you do, then you’re probably like me–you keep your eyes open for any ‘new-to-you’ authors out there. Especially with books available at a special low price

or even better, FREE!

Well, I’m here to let you know, right now you can download a free copy of Book 1 in my True Cover series.

True Cover tells the story of Sarah Masters. In a matter of 24 hours, Sarah Masters lost everything that was important to her – her job, her friends, her house. Now a madman is hunting her down to kill her, and the only ones stopping him are the FBI Agents who have pledged to protect her. But in the process of protecting her, these FBI Agents touch Sarah’s life in a way she never expected as they cause her to question her relationship with God and His plan for her future.
Sam Morgan is the FBI Agent tasked with the job of keeping Sarah safe. He and his team fight to keep Sarah alive – and in the process, all of their lives are changed in ways they never expected.

This book has already received 47 positive reviews (out of 50) on Amazon.

Oh, and by the way, it’s also free for Nook and iTunes.

If you’d like to check it out, here are the links:

Buy TRUE COVER at Amazon.com

Buy TRUE COVER at Barnes & Noble.com

Buy TRUE COVER at iTunes

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Other books in the True Cover series:
Book 2 – Bluecreek Ranch
Book 3 – Second Chances

Oh, and if you prefer reading physical books, you can also purchase TRUE COVER, and all my other books in paperback too.

Happy reading, my friends!

 

Ruth Kyser

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goodreads giveaway . . .

In celebration of the 4th anniversary of its release, I’m giving away THREE copies of Book 1 in the “True Cover” series — TRUE COVER!   Stop over to Goodreads to enter.

https://www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/203550-true-cover

 

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In a matter of 24 hours, Sarah Masters lost everything that was important to her – her job, her friends, her house. Now a madman is hunting her down to kill her, and the only ones stopping him are the FBI Agents who have pledged to protect her. But in the process of protecting her, these FBI Agents touch Sarah’s life in a way she never expected as they cause her to question her relationship with God and His plan for her future.
Sam Morgan is the FBI Agent tasked with the job of keeping Sarah safe. He and his team fight to keep Sarah alive – and in the process, all of their lives are changed in ways they never expected.

Other books in the “True Cover” series:
Book 2 – “Bluecreek Ranch”
Book 3 – “Second Chances”

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

Over the years I’ve had many people ask me where I get the titles for my Christian novels.

The answer to that question varies.

Most of the time I already know what the name of the book is going to be before I write it.  Every once in a while I really struggle to come up with just the right name.  I want to draw people in so they will read the book, maybe even give them a hint of what the book is about, and yet not give it all away.  And for whatever reason, I prefer book titles that are shorter—only two or three words, if possible.

I had a tough time coming up with the title for my Contemporary Christian novel, Endless SeasonNone of the possible names I came up with seemed to fit what I felt to be the heart of the book.  Finally, after re-reading it (for what felt like the hundredth time), I settled on that title, using something said by Jerrold—a pastor friend of one of the main characters.  Jerrold says that God’s love isn’t just for one time…not just for a season…but is endless, eternal and enduring.

And as soon as I read that sentence, I knew I’d found the title.

The title for True Cover actually came from a scripture I used within the book:  Psalm 61:4 “…I will trust in the cover of thy wings…”      

The Whispering Sentinel was a story about a huge Norway pine that stood as a symbol of freedom, and a sign for those looking to find it.  Well, the storyline wasn’t entirely about the tree, you understand.  But the tree played a significant role in the heroine’s search for her past and her future.  So it seemed only right that it be used in the title too.

My latest three Christian Historical novels—all part of a three-book series—were named after the women who were ancestors of Sam Morgan—my hero in the True Cover series.  Mattie’s Heart was named after his great-grandmother, Clara’s Heart, named after his grandmother, and Laurie’s Heart was about his mother.  So it seemed only fitting that their names be first and forefront in the titles.

The Healing Hills was a no-brainer—named after the hills/mountains that gave my heroine such comfort and peace.

So now you know a little about how some of the titles to my novels came to be.  Just a glimpse into the mind of an author.

God bless—and stay tuned for more in the future.

Ruth Kyser

Interesting in finding out more about my books? 

You can find them all at Amazon at the following link: 

Ruth Kyser’s Author Page

 

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Saying goodbye to ‘family’ . . . .

Saying goodbye to ‘family’ . . . .

I just realized something.  The Christian novel I recently published was my 10TH NOVEL!

Somehow that doesn’t seem possible.

Then I started checking.  It was back in November of 2011 when I published my first novel, a Christian American Revolutionary War Romance novel named, THE DOVE AND THE RAVEN.

Who knew there would be nine more books on the horizon?

The amazing part is that six of those ten books have been about one family – The Morgans.  What started out three years ago as a single, stand-alone book when I wrote TRUE COVER, quickly grew into two three-book series.  At the request of my readers (there were many emails, Facebook posts, and pouty lips), I wrote two more books in that series that continued to tell the story of FBI Agent, Sam Morgan – BLUECREEK RANCH, and SECOND CHANCES.

I thought I was finished with the Morgan family, but something happened to change my mind.  While I was writing SECOND CHANCES, the final book in the TRUE COVER series, I created a family tree for Sam—going back to his great-grandparents.  I suddenly realized one day that I had the makings of a second three-book series—this one based on Sam’s ancestors.

And that is how THE MORGAN FAMILY SAGA series came to be.  Book 1 in the series, MATTIE’S HEART, tells the story of Brady and Mattie Morgan, Sam’s great-grandparents, and the founders of Bluecreek Ranch.  Book 2, CLARA’S HEART, tells the story of Reece and Clara Morgan, Sam’s grandparents, and Book 3, LAURIE’S HEART, (which was just released) tells about how Clay and Laurie Morgan met and fell in love.  They are Sam’s parents, and brings the story of the Morgan Family full circle – back to the first book in the TRUE COVER series.

If you haven’t read any of these books, I encourage you to do so.  You’ll find adventure, danger, mystery, history, stubbornness, forgiveness, and a loyal love of God as each member of the family finds their way in the world.

It’s been a fun ride, telling the Morgans’ stories.  I’ve really enjoyed knowing these folk, and it’s going to be difficult to tell them goodbye as I move on to my next writing project.  It’s kind of like saying goodbye to family!  But they will always live on in my heart and mind–and of course, in my books!

God bless – and happy reading!

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Just a reminder.  You can find all my books at Amazon.com and Barnes&Noble.com

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