Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Long Journey Home by Sharleen Maclaren

One of the things I loved about the Long Journey Home is the hero. Because of the deep pain of losing his wife and child, Dan Mattson turns his back not only on his congregation but God as well. When things like this happen to us, we don't always act the way we should. And Dan doesn't either. That's what makes this book so unique. The man's hurting and he acts out of that hurt. You know the old saying, "hurt people, hurt people".

At first Dan comes across like a real jerk. But you don't really see him as one because you understand why he's acting the way he does. But, before you get the idea that the guy isn’t a hotty, think again. In spite of all Dan’s pain and suffering, his tender heart shows up at the sweetest, most unique moments.

I love stories where we get to watch the characters growing throughout the book, and in the Long Journey Home, Dan and Callie both do.


Can two people who have deep-seated trust issues heal enough to find love? Or will their pasts keep them apart?

Dan has a secret? What is it? And will affect his relationship with Callie?
I'll never tell. *smiling*

Callie’s wearing a wedding ring. Is she married? Or isn't she?

Callie risks her life to drop money off in a mailbox. But, why? And who's the money for?

And what does a rabid dog have to do with anything?

Somebody gets stood up for dinner because of an accident. What kind of accident? And did they survive?

The answers to all of these questions can be found by reading the, Long Journey Home—a very romantic, restorative, love story.

Until next time...

See ya~~~

Debra Ullrick
The Bride Wore Coveralls, availabe now through Heartsong Presents
Déjà vu Bride, coming in October 2008 through Spirit Light Books
Dixie Hearts, coming in February 2009 through Barbour Books

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

You never know what God will do.

I just had to share. We just never know how God will use one of our novels.

Recently, my aunt bought my book, The Bride Wore Coveralls. I called her tonight because she told my mom she needed to buy a few more copies. And here's why...

A week or so ago, she and her sister were talking. My aunt told her sibling that I'd written a book, and how nice it was to read something where the characters didn't flit from bedroom to bedroom.

She mentioned the nice Christian theme and touching message. It was then that my aunt discovered that her sister was a born-again Christian. All this time she didn't know, because changing "religions" was taboo in their family. She is so relieved and so excited.

Isn't God kewl. To think that, The Bride Wore Coveralls, opened the door for this amazing discovery is so touching.

If anyone else has a story to share how God used their stories in any way, please post it. I'd love to hear all about it.

God bless you all.

Until next time...

See ya~~~

Debra Ullrick
The Bride Wore Coveralls, available now.
Déjà vu Bride, coming in October/November 2008
Dixie Hearts, coming February 2009

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

At His Command by Brenda Coulter is an amazing story. A real page turner for sure. Brenda’s voice and style are delightfully unique. Her writing is as fresh and enjoyable as the air after a spring rain. Actually, I can’t say enough good things about this story. There aren’t adequate words. I can say, however, that I absolutely love it. So much so, that now I have to hurry up and buy her other books.

One of the things I love about, At His Command, is how much Brenda honored the heroes who are fighting for our country. Not just the men and women in battle, but the nurses and medical people too. To “see” what our soldiers go through—the guilt they endure when they survive and others around them do not. Their struggles are horrific. Your heart really goes out to them. They may leave the battle, but the war is forever with them. Obviously Brenda has done her research. I learned a lot from reading this book. And yet it didn’t feel like I was being taught a lesson. It was just there. Excellent job, Brenda!

Now, if I make it sound like all you’ll get in this story is a lesson about our soldiers and what they go through, well that’s not true. While it made me appreciate our soldiers, that was only one sweet crumb of this large piece of the cake. There’s still the delicious icing of romance, the fruit of love, and the whip cream of delight.

Another thing I love about this book is Brenda’s expertise in capturing the male point of view. I got to experience how a “real” man thinks and feels. Not just the way we writers want them to. And let me tell you…Jake Hopkins, whooo weeeee, he’s all male. A real hotty to be sure. A hero you want to curl up with. But…Jake’s harboring a secret. A secret he’s paying a high price for. Just what is that secret? And what price is he paying? As if! I’ll never tell. Buy the book to find out.

And then there’s Miss Bubbly Madeline, who so many of us women can relate to. Nurse Maddie takes on the job of making everyone else happy—at her expense of course. Oh, and poor Madeline, to shunned by someone she’s known and cared about for forever. Why would this person treat Maddie so abominably? Especially when even they think she’s such an amazingly sweet loving, optimist? I’ll never tell. You have to buy the book to find out.

One final thing… something is going on in the background that no one knows about—except for those sly creatures of course. God bless their pea-pickin’ hearts. Who are they and what is going on? As if I’d tell.

You have to buy, At His Command, to find out the answers to all of the above questions. You won’t be sorry.

Happy reading!

Until next time...

See ya~~~

Debra Ullrick
The Bride Wore Coveralls
Coming soon, Déjà vu Bride, sequel to, The Bride Wore Coveralls

Monday, August 11, 2008


I'm so excited!

My new book, Déjà vu Bride, will be coming out around October 2008 through Spirit Light Books. http://www.spiritlightbooks.com/

Déjà vu Bride is the sequel to, The Bride Wore Coveralls.

Check back later for more details. Thank you!

Until next time...

See ya~~~