A long, long time ago, the colors didn’t like each other. Purple didn’t like Green. Green didn’t like Blue. Blue didn’t like Purple. Would they ever take the time to get to know what made the other one so special?
Angel Collection -Three short inspirational tales.
If Love Were Enough - On the day of her husband’s burial, April questions whether God heard any of the prayers in which she begged God to bring Adam safely back home to her and their unborn baby.
Balloon Wishes - Jacob pleads for God to tell him whether or not he should keep the promise he made to a dying, fellow soldier.
Under the Cover of Wings - Even though Zachary is uncertain whether God exists, Zachary asks God to save his baby sister and mother from his abusive stepfather.
One of God’s angels, Ms. Gabriel, delivers God’s answers. While Ms. Gabriel looks nothing like any of them thought an angel should, she’s just what April, Jacob and Zachary need in their darkest hours.
My What Ifs
Life is a wide yawning cliff
I am surround by what if
What ifs wake me each day
Their questions heavily weigh
Their uncertainties nudge me on
Is this where I really belong
What if I speak up or stay quiet
Should I stop or maybe try it
What if I fall in love or die
What will happen if I never try
What if the world never sees me
Should I stay or should I flee
Is this what I should be doing
All of the questions quietly stewing
Until my what ifs dare me to jump in
Because at least it is a place to begin
2017 Finalist in the Readers' Favorite Historical Romance Awards
The last thing The Duke of Greystone wants is a wife, until The Lady Jane Blackmore seeks out his quiet corner of Earl Braxton’s ballroom. But there she stands, attempting to shut out the rest of the world by simply closing her eyes, but the duke understands better than most that life is never that simple.
The last thing Jane wants is a husband, until she opens her eyes to find the scarred and much too handsome stranger secluded in her chosen quiet corner. Why can’t the obstinate man understand she just needs a brief moment of solitude before returning to face her tormentors? But no matter how many times she tells him to go away, he remains. So is it her fault that her father misunderstands the young duke’s intentions?
Whilst marriage isn’t on Phillip—as she learns the duke is called—or Jane’s mind, when society’s trials and tribulations come, they soon become each other’s touchstone, and by it discover that joy is tantalisingly within their grasp, although others seem intent on thwarting their every wish.
Even though Lady Grace only knows a few vulgar phrases in French, once taught to her by a mischievous childhood friend, she somehow pulls off pretending to be a seamstress from France to The Dowager Duchess of Greystone. Fortunately for Mademoiselle Blancher, as she styles herself, the Dowager doesn’t speak a word of the language. So Grace is able to hide her true identity until her dear cousin Beatrice sends her a message, begging her to return to London. The poor woman, it seems, needs saving from the same fate Lady Grace had found herself facing two years earlier: a forced marriage to the ever-so-vile Duke of Chesham.
From afar, Viscount Worthington has admired Lady Jane’s feisty, foul-mouth seamstress, Mademoiselle Blancher, but a man of his rank doesn’t socialize with a woman of her class—unless he means to make her his mistress. But Robert wants so much more than a brief fling. Since such a thing would prove impossible, he keeps his distance, only exchanging glances as they occasionally pass one another in the hallways of Greystone Hall.
When Lord Worthington discovers the seamstress needs his help, though, he’s quick to offer his aid. And so, on the road to London, he learns all of Grace’s secrets. Unfortunately, some come with danger, others with heartbreak, and—if Robert and Grace are lucky enough—some will come with love.
When Lady Margaret unexpectedly inherits her great-aunt’s vast estates and servants, this gives her direct power over Mayfield's land steward, Mr. Colin Caswell, the very man who broke her heart years earlier.
Margaret knows it would solve both their problems if she could find a way to hate him, but how can she? not when she vividly remembers the sensation of his lips pressed against hers. Of course, with that memory also comes the recollection of the heart-wrenching pain she suffered at Colin’s rebuff of her hasty proposal of marriage. She understands why the stubborn man refused to let her lower herself to his social level, but he’d been wrong. While he thought she would be demeaning herself if she joined her life to his, how could loving him be anything but the best thing that could possibly happen to her?
Will Colin ever admit they belong together, or will he break Margaret’s heart a second time?
Gina Logue was kind enough to interview on WMOT about my 2017 Literary Classic's award for 'I Will Breathe'. http://mtsunews.com/puckett-book-sept2017/
A Man Called Rat
“She’s a real beauty. I bet you can’t wait to take her up.”
Aware his grin ran from ear to ear, Rat ran a calloused palm over Independence’s helm. He had far too much excitement and pride coursing through his veins to keep a sober expression. It had taken five long years of intense labor to finish his airship, Independence, so for this one brief moment Rat was going to let his innermost feelings of pure joy show through. There would be time enough to act in the way he figured a serious commander should.
The commander of his own airship. Damn. Five years ago he had been chasing rats, doing his damnedest not to starve to death. The young man he had been back then would never have imagined the future he had achieved by pure dumb luck, and blood sweet and tears of course. He had come such a long way from that beaten-down, starved boy. But what if, after doing everything to captain his own ship, he failed? That thought soon sobered him. There were a million-and-one things that could go wrong up there in the sky and hadn’t his father always called him a loser? To hide this sudden rush of nervousness, Rat brushed a handful of long, brown braids back off his shoulders.
No. His father wasn’t going to win. Not today, not when Rat had the whole world in his hands. That man and the boy he had been were now long dead. Rat refused to let his father decide his future for him, so, as a simple act of defiance, Rat let his feelings of pride return. With this beautiful ship under his command there was no way he could ever fail.
“She’s everything I thought she would be and more. I’m so grateful that Harmony took me under her wing and taught me everything she knows about flying. I can’t wait to get Independence up and finally carry my own weight around here.”
Griffin lowered a large, powerful hand onto Rat’s shoulder. “Don’t be ridiculous. You’ve always done more than your fair share of helping around the homestead. It was a lucky day when Harmony brought you here.”
A feeling of shame washed over Rat and he hung his head. “She’s never completely forgiven me for trying to steal Airus, and probably never will.”
His good friend’s deep throaty laugh rumbled across the deck of Independence and Griffin slapped him soundly on the back. “Well, at least she doesn’t bring that up as much as she used to. I’m hopeful my dear wife will forget that minor mishap before one of you dies.”
Both of them looked over at the brown wheat fields, stretching out toward the homestead. It was a beautiful sight, one Rat didn’t think he would ever tire of looking at, and he loved knowing that the people living in those small cottages had made him part of their family in spite of his attempted thievery. They were living in a time when such acts often led to a swift and final justice. So, to be taken in and treated like a family member was a rare event and Rat never took his good fortune for granted.
“Harmony can hold a grudge longer than anyone I know,” Rat said, remembering back to when his mother and father had both died the day the airship had appeared out of nowhere. It was like nothing he had ever seen before. When it landed on the riverbank, he had run over to figure out what it was, surprised when a beautiful woman had climbed down, hauling with her two of the strangest creatures he had ever seen before.
It had taken Rat a long time to work up the nerve to climb aboard the airship and an even longer time to work up the nerve to steal it. Knowing nothing about flying, the moment he had pulled up the anchor the wind blew the airship into the nearest tree. That was all the opportunity Harmony had needed to get Airus back. She’d used the tree as a ladder to climb onboard, and without a second thought had knocked Rat out cold. Looking back, he was lucky she hadn’t throw him over the side to his death. The two strange objects Rat had seen lowered down, Boy and Molly, were the ones who had talked Harmony into showing him compassion. It took Rat a long time to understand what a robot was, but somewhere along the way he had stopped thinking of them as objects and as friends.
Griffin grinned. “I know exactly how long my wife can hold a grudge—forever and a day.” He leaned forward in earnest. “But she also has the biggest heart of anyone I know. She helped me when she didn’t have to and then found it in her heart to love me. I admire any woman willing to do that.”
“She does have a big heart.” Rat rubbed on his freshly shaved chin. “I’m surprised she agreed to let Boy and Molly go to Freedom, not without her going along too. It’s just not like her to allow Boy out of her sight for more than a day or two.” Rat slipped into the captain’s seat. It felt like the home he had never had. From hammering the first weathered plank to the last, Independence felt like it belonged to him. He had never owned anything else before in his entire life and couldn’t wait to get into the air and head off to distant places. For the first time in his life, he was going to be in command of his own destiny.
“Speaking of which, I wonder where those two have gotten off to?”
Rat nodded toward the homestead. “Molly wants to check on Storm and Wind, and you know Boy: he’s never three steps away from Molly.”
Griffin leaned against the platform on which the friction engine sat. “It will do them both good to have something useful to do. Remind me to give you the box with the extra screws for Molly. She can lose them faster than Boy can replace them, so keep any eye on her. I wouldn’t want her accidentally losing an arm or leg while you’re gone.”
Rat nodded. “Harmony would never let me live it down if Molly or Boy didn’t come back in the exact same condition they left in.”
Harmony’s husband glanced out at the rolling wheat fields. “Harmony plans to stay around here for the next few months. Heading out with all three children on Airus is like herding a ship load of cats. Besides, she doesn’t want to risk taking them into the Forbidden Lands until they’re old enough to understand its dangers. Wind and Storm can get into trouble here where’s it’s reasonably safe, but taking them into the Forbidden Lands would be a disaster.”
Griffin patted the shiny black case of the friction engine. “It takes some worry off of our shoulders now that Independence is finished and you’re able to take the wheat out to our usual trading areas. It gives Harmony a chance to stay here, so we can give Tinker and Mary some much needed help in the fields. They’ve never complained about the workload but it’s easy to see that things don’t come as easy to them as they used to.”
Rat stood and motioned to starboard. “I’m going to go see what’s keeping Boy and Molly. You don’t think they’ve changed their minds do you?”
Griffin laughed. “They’re probably trying to figure out a good spot on here to stow away the children.”
The two men exchanged worried looks before chuckling.
Griffin slapped Rat on the shoulder again. “We’d better go see. Harmony would kill us both if Wind and Storm went missing.”
When Lady Margaret unexpectedly inherits her great aunt’s vast estates and staff, this gives her direct power over Mayfield's land steward, Mr. Caswell, the very man who broke her heart years earlier.
Margaret knows it would solve both of their problems if she could find a way to hate Colin, but how can she, when she vividly remembers the sensation of his lips pressed against hers? Of course, with that memory also comes the recollection of the heart-wrenching pain that came when Colin rebuffed her hasty proposal of marriage. She understands why the stubborn man refused her, but he was wrong. While he thought, she would be lowering her status if she joined her life to his, how could loving him be anything but the best thing that ever happened to her?
Will Colin ever admit they belong together, or will he break Margaret’s heart a second time?
Literary Classics Announces Youth Media Book Award Recipients
Release Date: July 1, 2017
SOUTH DAKOTA – The 2017 Literary Classics International Book Award recipients have been announced. Selected from submissions by entrants around the globe, these distinguished honorees are recognized for their contributions to the craft of writing, illustrating, and publishing exceptional literature for a youth audience. In this highly competitive industry these books represent the foremost in literature in their respective categories.
The competition this year was tremendous and we congratulate all honorees for their outstanding and inspiring work. All Silver, Gold and Top Honors award recipients will be invited to attend a writers’ conference, awards ceremony, formal gala, and other related events in Rapid City, South Dakota, to be held in conjunction with the Great American Book Festival, Labor Day Weekend, 2017.
The Literary Classics selection committee is proud to recognize this year’s titles in literature which exemplify the criteria set forth by the Literary Classics selection committee.
SCIENCE FICTION / DYSTOPIAN - SILVER
I Will Breathe
Punk & Sissy Publications
I Will Breathe is a 2017 Literary Classic's winner, 2016 New Apple Awards' winner in the YA Science Fiction category, 2015 Science Fiction Finalist in the IAN Book of the Year Awards, and a 2015 Readers' Favorite winner in the YA Science Fiction category. It has also received the Children's Literary Classic Seal of Approval.
A Steampunk/Cyberpunk/Post-Apocalyptic Adventure with a Twist.
The year is 2836. It has been eight hundred years since The Great War. There are small groups of people scattered in isolated pockets around the world, but most are too suspicious of each other for any intimacy. If they don’t stop hiding, and learn to help each other, there won’t be anyone left on earth.
Liberty has grown up in this post-apocalyptic world. Her home is an airship built by her adopted father. Since his death, each day is just another day trying to survive in a hostile environment. That is until her father's dying friend asks if she’ll take custody of a small, child-like robot.
The last thing Liberty needs is another responsibility. Surprisingly, once the endearing robot is aboard Airus, she discovers there is more to life than just living, and loving someone can be as easy as breathing.
In I Will Breathe, Regina Puckett has written a story that reveals a futuristic look at life on a planet ravaged by war. As the main character, Liberty, struggles to survive and continue with the trading life that she learned from her adopted father, the possibility of a civilized human race once again existing evolves. The entire story makes you really think about 'what if?'. And it makes the reader hopeful that all will not be lost in the future. An interesting read.”
Regina Puckett is a 2014 Readers' Favorite Award winning author for her sweet romance, Concealed in My Heart. I Will Breathe and Borrowed Wings, both received the Children's Literary Classic Seal of Approval and 2017 winner. "I Will Breathe" was also selected as a Science Fiction Finalist in the 2015 IAN Book of the Year Awards, won the bronze in the 2015 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards, Finalist in 2017 the Literary Classics Awards and was the only medalist in the 2016 New Apple Ebook Young Adult Science Fiction category.
Regina Puckett writes sweet, contemporary and Regency romance, horror, inspirational, steampunk, picture books and poetry. There are always several projects in various stages of completion and characters and stories waiting in the wings for their chance to finally get out of her head and onto paper.
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Join authors Cindy Dorminy and Regina Puckett at Parnassus Books on August 12 @ 2:00pm.
Parnassus Books is located at 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Suite 14, Nashville, TN 37215. Their phone number is 615-953-2243.
Regina will be signing copies of her latest regency romances, I Close My Eyes and Closed Hearts, and her award winning, young adult novel, I Will Breathe.
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