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Sunday, June 3, 2012

The Midwife's Legacy Giveaway and June Releases!

PhotobucketMy newest romance has just been released, and I'm celebrating by giving away three signed copies!

My contemporary romance novella, Labor of Love, is featured in The Midwife's Legacy (Barbour, June 2012), along with historical romances by Jane Kirkpatrick, Rhonda Gibson, and Pamela Griffin. Labor of Love's story is the final in the collection and is connected generationally with the previous three stories.

The collection includes these stories:

Photobucket1858- A Mother's Cry, by Jane Kirkpatrick – Midwife and widow Adele Marley always wanted a child but not the way that Polly came into her life. When Polly's mother died at childbirth—a delivery Adele presided over—she saved the child, and Polly's father left her in Adele’s care. Adele writes into a journal procedures and wisdom and how her faith is formed by being a midwife, to pass along to Polly one day.

When Adele catches the eye of widower Jerome Jensen, the brother of one of Adele's pregnant mothers, things change. Jerome's a good man, a banker, used to getting what he likes and he's fallen hard for Adele. She's not sure she wants to give up the freedom she has of running her small Wisconsin farm and taking care of her patients with fifteen-year-old Polly by her side. But Jerome is persistent.

Will she commit to a husband the way she commits to her midwife patients? Or will the draw of her calling to bring new life into the world bring her all the love that she needs?

Photobucket1860- The Midwife’s Apprentice, by Rhonda Gibson – The hardest thing seventeen-year-old Polly Schultz has ever had to do was join the wagon train that will take her out west away from the only mother she’s ever known. Thankfully she has her mother's journal and is grateful that she can write her own notes and thoughts about midwifery and the trip to Oregon within its pages. She knows she’s been trained to be a midwife but still thinks of herself as the midwife’s apprentice.

As they journey along the Oregon Trail, Gordon Baker takes an interest in Polly and the work she does for one of the mothers soon to give birth. With her quick temper and her fear of him leaving her, like her father did, Gordon isn’t sure Polly will be a good minister’s wife, but he thinks he’d like to give her a chance. Polly finds confidence in her calling and love with Gordon along the Oregon Trail.

But will her temper and fears keep her from the man she loves when they get to the end of their journey?

Photobucket1905- Birth of a Dream, by Pamela Griffin – Christiana often assists her midwife mother (Polly’s daughter), but when her mother leaves to deliver papers her absentminded papa left behind and needs for The Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland, Christiana must deliver a baby alone. When his stepmother goes into labor, Noah Cafferty seeks her midwife but finds only Christiana, a girl of seventeen. He’s leery of her aid but intrigued by her determination. She proves she has pluck and successfully delivers the baby.

Noah’s interest in her grows, and he takes her to the Exposition. Christiana comes to love Noah, a witty journalist, but is distressed that he shares the views of his editor, who decries women working outside the home. She’s no active suffragist but doesn’t consider midwifery work. It’s her godly calling and she’s now confident in the role, in part thanks to the wise words in the journal of her ancestors, which she also adds to.

She issues a challenge—if the mothers consent, he’ll go with Christiana on check-up rounds, only to talk with them and see how necessary midwives still are. Sensing a story, he agrees. What results are eye-openers for both: he sees how perfect Christiana is in the role. She finds another side to Noah, when he’s plunged into the unexpected task of caring for twins while she delivers a baby.

Despite the birth of their city into a progressive era, can Noah shed his old-world views and make Christiana’s dream happen, to take her as both his wife and a midwife?

Photobucket And Labor of Love, a contemporary romance: Kendra Silverstone has been certain of her calling to be a midwife as long as she can remember. Whether aiding in childbirth at the Williamette Valley Hospital Center or in the privacy of a family home, she feels God's loving hand in her work.

But when a local doctor campaigns aggressively against midwifery at the same time one of Kendra's mothers experiences the loss of her newborn, she finds her confidence shaken. She starts to reconsider her life's work and question her reading of God's guidance.

Kendra's blossoming romance with carpenter Steven Nichols provides a bright light in her circumstances, not only because of his supportive, nurturing love, but because of the journal he finds while repairing and refinishing an antique desk passed down to Kendra through the years.

Will the guidance and blessings provided through Adele Marley's words be enough to convince Kendra of God's will for her life?

I plan to give away three signed copies of The Midwife's Legacy on Monday, June 11. Only readers who comment here will be entered. But "please enter me" won't get you entered. Please share with us, in the comment section below, what you think about midwifery. Would you ever use a midwife? Have you had any experience with midwifery? Also, if you mention The Midwife's Legacy or this post anywhere else online (Facebook, Twitter, your own blog, etc.), mention the site address, and I'll show my appreciation by entering your name in the drawing a second time. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

And check out the other exciting Inspirational fiction releasing this month:

Lily (Song of the River) by Diane Ashley and Aaron McCarver -- Desperate for financial independence, Lily Anderson has embarked upon a riverboat venture. Will she learn to trust God's leading or head into disaster? Lily's partner, Blake Matthews, is initially stymied, then smitten by the Mississippi miss. Can he anchor her heart, or will Lily fall for another man's wiles? (Historical from Barbour).

A Promise for Miriam by Vannetta Chapman -- Miriam King loves the children of Pebble Creek and is content teaching in the one room schoolhouse, then Gabe Miller steps into her life and everything changes. (Contemporary Romance from Harvest House).

Sophie's Daughters Trilogy by Mary Connealy -- The little girls from Petticoat Ranch are all grown up with love stories of their own...you didn't think Sophie's Daughters would grow up to be quiet little things, did you? (Historical Romance from Barbour).

Love in Disguise by Carol Cox -- When Ellie Moore wins a job as an undercover Pinkerton operative, she finds that playing a part in real life is far different than acting out a role onstage. Will the man who captures her heart still care for her when he learns the woman he's fallen in love with doesn't exist? (Historical Romance from Bethany House).

A Dream of His Own by Gail Gaymer Martin -- Quinn O'Neill feels to blame for his family's death and longs to release the guilt he feels, and when he meets Ava Darnell life takes a positive turn as he helps Ava earn his trust...but suspicion nearly undermines their relationship while he perseveres to encourage Ava to have faith that dreams of healing and family just might become reality. (Contemporary Romance from Love Inspired).

End of the Trail by Vickie McDonough -- Brooks Morgan won Raven Creek Ranch in a poker game, but when he goes to claim what's his, he finds a woman with a shotgun living in his house-and she claims she isn't leaving. (Historical Romance from River North (Moody Publishers).

Proof by Jordyn Redwood -- What does a victim do when DNA testing sets a guilty criminal free? (Medical Suspense from Kregel).

Walks Alone by Sandi G. Rog -- A Cheyenne warrior bent on vengeance. A pioneer woman bent on fulfilling a dream. Until their paths collide. (Romance from White-Fire Publishing).

The Hidden Life by Adina Senft -- An Amish spinster finds love where she had given up hope in the second book of the Amish Quilt trilogy. (Contemporary from Faith Words (Hachette).

Winning the Widow's Heart by Sherri Shackelford -- When Texas Ranger Jack Elder stormed the isolated Kansas homestead, he expected to find a band of outlaws. Instead, the only occupant is a heavily pregnant woman-and she's just gone into labor. A loner uneasy with emotion, Jack helps deliver widow Elizabeth Cole's baby girl and can't get back on the trail fast enough. The robber and murderer he's after killed one of Jack's own, and he vows to catch the man. But when he returns to check on Elizabeth and her little one, he discovers that she may hold the key to his unsettled past-and his hoped-for future. (Historical Romance from Love Inspired).

Double Exposure by Susan Sleeman --When photographer Jennie Buchanan unknowingly captures a drug-cartel meeting on film and the cartel tries to kill her, her ex-boyfriend risks everything to expose the truth-about the drug smugglers, the past and the future together he still wants. (Romantic Suspense from Love Inspired).

The Director's Cut by Janice Thompson-- Full of the humor and crazy family dynamics Janice Thompson fans have come to love, this colorful story gives you an inside look at Hollywood and a healthy dose of romance. (Contemporary Romance from Revell).

Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer -- All he ever cared about were his brothers and his land, but when a good deed goes awry, Travis Archer is stuck with a bride who endangers both. (Historical Romance from Bethany House).

Happy reading!


Cheryl Barker said...

I haven't had any experience with midwifery so not sure what I think. In this day and age, I would think it might be wisest to go with a doctor -- to have the most knowledge and expertise available.

Anonymous said...

I wish I would have had a midwive at all 6 of my birth givings. I think it would have been more personal than hospital. Thank You. Terri C. Terrilea@yahoo.com

Vickie McDonough said...

A midwife delivered my fourth son in the living our house. It was a neat experience and great to be able to sit in my recliner and hold my newest son afterwards.

This sounds like a very interesting series.

Jackie Tessnair said...

I think midwifery is a great option to have.I wish I could have done it with my children.I would have loved to have my children at home.I know there circumstances due to health reasons why this would not be good...but for those that can do it,that is awesome.Thanks...jackie_tessnair@yahoo.com

by Pegg Thomas said...

I love the idea of giving birth at home attended by a midwife, but if we'd gone that route, the only pregnancy I was able to carry to full term probably would have ended in tragedy. An emergency c-section was required and 24 years later we're still thanking God for His timely intervention in that situation. Truly, His hand was on our family! So while it may be a great option for some, it may not be for everyone.

twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

Angela Holland said...

I would not have been able to be a midwife due to blood and stuff but I think they were very valuable in the olden days.

I would love the chance to win this book as I enjoy reading books about midwives and it is my birthday on June 11th. Thank you for the chance.

I will also mention this contest on facebook.

griperang at embarqmail dot com

Carolyn Boyles said...

I have no children so I have not given much thought to the concept of midwifery.

However, in reading historical Christian romances, I have seen the need for midwifes before modern medicine.

One advantage of midwifery is for people who cannot afford the high hospital bills.

However, there is always the risk that something can go wrong with the pregnancy and precious time can be lost going to the hospital. So I'm on the fence on this one.

authorboyles at swbell.net

squiresj said...

I had a friend who used a midwife in Arizona and ran into complications. So I am not a big fan of it. I would not wanted to have my two that way.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Barb J said...

When my first and second children were born 50+ years ago the area we lived in, the idea of midwifery was not on the radar. That was a procedure that was practiced in my great grandmother's day. At least that was what I thought. Later of course, I knew different. If of child bearing years would need to do research on this procedure. Barb J. Cjansma@cfl.rr.com

Cara Putman said...

My mom, sister, and sister in law have all had babies with the aid of midwives. It's been a great solution for them. I still prefer modern medicine.

Anonymous said...

Our dear friend has a daughter who is studying for this, so we have heard a lot about it lately. It is getting very popular in our area again here in the Boise area. I would love some more of your books. I am the one who helped you get your Kindle books edited. Keep up the good writing.
Claudette Kleckner

karenk said...

i work w/ midwives...thanks for the chance to read this collection of novels ;)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

One of my granddaughters used a midwife for her first child. While living in CA. Her mom and husband got to be right there. She loved it. Now she is giving birth to a baby girl here in TX. and is going to a midwife. I will get to be there with her too and am excited to be a part of it. Back in my Mother's day she had all of her 8 babies at home. Lots of the women used midwives, because the doctor couldn't always be there. I would love so much to win this book "The Midwife's Legacy" I just know it will be so good. Maxie (mac262@me.com)

sue345678 said...

I can't wait to read The Midwife's Legacy. I've had too many difficulties to use a midwife. I've had 9 children and only 4 lived with all the medical technology available. Only through God's help did I make it though having my still born babies, their funerals, and all the unkind remarks. If I knew for sure my baby and I would be okay I think a midwife would be nice.

Thanks for the opportunity.
Sue345678 (at) g mail {dot} com

I've also posted the giveaway on facebook:

twitter: https://twitter.com/sue345678/status/210234542638903296


Merry said...

I had two wonderful Christian midwives for the birth of my 6th(last)child. I wish we had done it sooner! My daughter has also used a midwife with great results. Please include me for The Midwife's Legacy.
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

LoRee Peery said...

Blogger gave me fits when I tried to comment earlier...
My oldest daughter gave birth to her oldest daughter, who was breech and turned by a physician with midwifery training. Watching that doctor turn my granddaughter was one of my most poignant memories. My daughter also had her youngest son at home under the direction of a midwife. They've been around for centuries.


Nancee said...

I think thereis a place for midwifery as long as there are no imminent problems for the mother or baby. I also feel that if there are any complications, no matter how minor they may appear, the mother should be transported immediately to an emergency room.

Thank you so much for offering this book giveaway!

apple blossom said...

I know people that have used midwife and got along well and others that haven't. I have a friend that their daughter took schooling for midwifery and future plans of being a missionary midwife. I guess myself I'd want the assurance of a hospital but each person must make their own decision.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

apple blossom said...

tweeted about the giveaway


ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Ladette Kerr said...

I tweeted about the giveaway here: https://twitter.com/ladettek/status/210908845025923072

I would definitely have been open to midwifery... Unfortunately, I never really had the chance. My first child came 5 wks early and needed to be in NICU for a bit when she was born. After that, each of my children came early and I was just accustomed to the hospital delivery. AND, while I would be open to it... I'm not sure that my husband would be.

Ladette in GA


Valerie Comer said...

Where I live in BC, Canada, our midwives are considered medical professionals and have hospital privileges. My daughter had both her daughters with a midwife in attendance. She said she'd rather have someone with 4 years of specific obstetrics training than a GP who also sometimes delivered babies!

Now my daughter-in-law is preparing to give birth in the next couple of weeks--not only with a midwife, but at home. We're 10 minutes from the hospital should intervention be required.

I'm thrilled that my girls are so happy with their midwives. It wasn't an option when they were born.

Don't enter me--Canadian address!--but wanted to chime in the discussion.

Randi Lindquist said...

I have several friends who had used midwives and had excellent experiences. I also know a few families who had MAJOR unexpected complications. In a couple of those cases, every second was critical. I understand and respect those who choose to use midwives, but I don't think I could ever make that choice.

The book sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win!


Rhonda's Doings said...

I think midwives are a wonderful resource. MY own granny (who passed away at age 95 in 2000) acted as a midwife in her community. My mom tells how she helped the country dr deliver her friend's twins. I wish I could have used one at home but had very difficult deliveries and fear I'd have died in childbirth if not at a hospital. I will share on facebook. Thanks! would love to win and review your book on my blog! http://colormeactive.blogspot.com

MsRubyKat said...

I think having a midwife is a good idea if you want to have a baby at home. But having a hospital nearby is also good in case things should go wrong.

Abigail Richmond said...

My whole family (brothers & Sisters and I) was delivered by Midwives. There are 9 of us 7 g. & 2 b.
I will probably use them when I start a family of my own too. That is, if my future husband wants the same thing.

MsRubyKat said...

I tweeted. https://twitter.com/MsRubyKat/status/211167135299416064


Trish said...

Wonderful comments, readers! I'm running a tad behind while I await my next interview guest's information, so I'll run the random choice program late tonight. I especially thank those of you who tweeted and posted about The Midwife's Legacy elsewhere, and I'll enter your names additional times.




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