Here's another “authors with heart” spotlight and giveaway post from the now-cancelled 2020 project. Usually these follow the Mother's Day tote bag projects, but this year that is on hold. I'm hoping we'll be able to do something in 2021. Fingers crossed. Until then, enjoy these books from the authors who offered to sponsor the 2020 Mother's Day thermal bags for three Washington state Fisher Houses—VA Puget Sound Healthcare System in Seattle, Madigan Army Medical Center at JBLM, and VA Portland Health Care System in Vancouver. They will also be participating in the big readers giveaway at the end of the project!

This week's spotlight features CHASE THE FIRE by Barbara Ankrum. It's less than a dollar and book four in her Wild Western Hearts series. Here's what a reviewer had to say:

“I absolutely loved this story, so much in fact, that I stayed up all night reading it. I read a lot of books, and this story has become one of my all-time favorites. I have now read it twice. The story is different than the typical Western Romance, and the characters are realistic and each written with their own personality that contains good and bad characteristics which make them seem like they truly lived in history.” —Amazon Reviewer

Here's the blurb for CHASE THE FIRE:

During the Battle of the Wilderness, Union Major Chase Whitlaw shoots a Rebel soldier, just as they're both cut down by a terrible explosion. As the Reb lies dying, he begs Whitlaw to return a locket to his wife, Libby, in New Mexico and tell her he loves her.

Chase half-heartedly agrees, until Libby's picture in the locket becomes his touchstone, helping him to survive his injuries.

In New Mexico, Chase finds Libby in desperate straits and offers help instead of truth.

Libby's horse ranch, plagued by unexplained accidents, is failing. Until the arrival of the war-scarred stranger, a neighbor's unwelcome offer of marriage was the only way to save her son's inheritance.

But now, she has Chase. Working side-by-side, their passion becomes undeniable until Chase's truth is revealed.

Now, Libby must decide: forgive or say goodbye forever.

To read the book, click here!

Oh, this one sounds emotional and no doubt the locket will become a huge deal when that comes out. It reminded me a little of the Hallmark movie The Christmas Card where her card had become his touchstone and what led him to Nevada City. Different time, but a soldier nonetheless. And I love that Chase does this for someone on the opposite side. Shows a lot about his character. Sounds like a winner to me. What do you think?

Tell me in the comment section to be entered to win a $5 Amazon gift card (sent via email). If the winner would rather have a Starbucks e-card, that's okay, too! I'll pick the winner from the comment section using and announce the name next Monday morning (January 18th) here on this post and on my Facebook page, so be sure to check back! The winner must contact me by Monday, January 25th to claim their prize so please check back to see if you won. I do not contact winners.

*** The winner is Danielle Hammelef. Please see comments on how to claim your prize. ***

Rules: No purchase necessary. Open to entries from Tuesday, January 12th to Monday, January 18th at 6 am PDT. Must be 18 or older to enter. Winner is chosen using and must claim their prize by 1/25/21. Odds of winning are determined by the number of entries. Not responsible for loss or damage during shipping. Unclaimed prizes will be given away at a later date, either here on the website or on my Facebook page. Void where prohibited.

A special thanks to Barbara Ankrum for sponsoring a tote bag for the Seattle/JBLM/OR VA Fisher House moms on Mother's Day.