Victoria Bylin-Inspirational Author from Kentucky

A few years ago I met Victoria Bylin at a Bluegrass Writers' meeting. She was fun and gracious. Since meeting Vicki I've read Until I Found You, Together With You, and this month I read Someone Like You. I don't often review books on my blog, but I wanted to introduce you to Vicki and tell you a little about her book.

What is her book about? Here's how she answered that question.

Someone Like You is a flip-flop reunion story. Back in college, Zeke Monroe and Julia Dare were romantically involved. A minister’s son, Zeke believed his faith was strong, while Julia had no faith at all. Fast forward six years . . . Julia is now a single mom and a brand new Christian, while Zeke is wrestling with himself and God. He’s also trying to save a historic California resort and needs Julia’s help to do it. Add in Julia's rotten ex,her young son, and a romance between her mom and a country music star who looks and sounds like Sam Elliot, and you have the bones of the book.

I enjoyed the depth to this story. So many issues were handled in one book, and many times you wondered how it would all turn out. And this story was big enough to handle two romances and flirted with a third potential romance. But the story also handled tough issues. One day last week part of my morning devotional included Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV):

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
6 in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.

Later that day as I read, Someone Like You, the character reflected on this same verse. I can't tell you how cool that was.

Here's a little about the author:

Victoria Bylin is known for tackling tough subjects with great compassion. In 2016, Together With You, a story of grace and healing, won the Inspirational Readers Choice Award for Best Contemporary Romance. Her other books, including historical westerns, have finaled in the Carol Awards, the RITAs, and RT Magazine’s Reviewers Choice Award. A native of California, she and her husband now make their home in Lexington, Kentucky. Learn more at

If you're looking for a good book to read, I highly recommend Someone Like You.

Here's the back cover copy:
Julia Dare is trying to run her own business, raise her young son, Max, and help her widowed mother. Her biggest worry, though, is keeping Max's father from being a bad influence while still allowing the boy to spend time with his dad. When an account from her event-planning business sends her to Caliente Springs resort, she's shocked to encounter Zeke Monroe, her college sweetheart.

Zeke is determined to keep Caliente Springs running despite financial trouble. When Julia walks back into his life, he's surprised at the feelings she stirs up. As they work together on an important client's wedding, the fate of the resort soon depends on their success. With Zeke and Julia both pushed to their limits, will their history put up walls between them or bring them together?

Visiting with Rose Allen McCauley

Guest blog by Rose Allen McCauley for Jackie Layton

Thanks, Jackie, for inviting me to your back porch. And since I have been there in person, I know how lovely and inviting it is, along with the rest of your house and yard!

My husband and I recently moved from our farm in Harrison County, KY to the small town of Paris, KY not very far from Lexington, so today I would like to welcome you to my new home. We don’t have a back porch yet, but hope to have a deck by next year, so perhaps Jackie will let me stop by again then.

Since Jackie posted flags yesterday I decided I would start my tour of my new yard and side porch with our flag in the side yard. My husband is an Air Force veteran, and we have flown a flag at our old home for decades, but bought a new one to put up here. We always want to remember our servicemen and women who sacrifice so much for us all.

We brought this old tobacco setter wheel and galvanized bucket from the farm to decorate around our tree in our new front yard.

Jackie and I share a love of writing—in fact, we are in a brainstorming group that meets every couple months or whenever we need to brainstorm! Jackie and I also share a love of the beach, so since I don’t want to move to the beach because I would be too far from our kids and grandkids, I decorated a couple rooms in my house and our front porch with beach colors and shells which you can see from this photo.

Jackie and I also share a love of travel, and I have started a Tuesday Travelogue on my blog at where I hope you will stop by and see some of the scenes I took on our trip to Puerto Rico when I went to check out some of the research I did for my latest book Surrender to Peace.

I’ll share the cover and blurb here.

Blurb: Despair to delight. A broken engagement finds Joy Worth in Puerto Rico with questions for the Lord. Can Benigno earn her love while helping her trust in God once more and learn to hear His voice again?

Surrender to Peace is out in e-book form at and also as well as and and As soon as the cover art is ready, it will be released in print by Ingram in most bookstores.

Thanks for letting me stop by Jackie, and I want to invite your readers to visit my page if they are interested in scenery from Puerto Rico which is a very beautiful country. I’m also running a contest for all those who sign up for my blog or newsletter or author facebook page here during the month of August. Be sure to leave a comment to let me know which ones you signed up for. Each place counts as one entry, so you could earn three entries in the contest toward a copy of Surrender to Peace –ebook or print version. The winner will get to choose which one and I will announce the winner on September 1st on my blog and on FB.