Boldness for 2016

Instead of a list of New Year's Resolutions, I decided to be focus on being bolder in 2016.

"Once I let go of the fear and turned it over to God I ended up with the joy." Susan Anne Mason

One of the things I accomplished this year was having my first novella published. I joined three other ladies, Loretta Gibbons, Rose Allen McCauley and Jennifer Johnson, to write romances centered around Bald Head Island.

Right now, my husband and I've been praying to determine God's will. We're pretty sure we know what He wants us to do, the question is are we brave, or bold, enough to follow.

I'll keep you all posted.

Our Nation's Liberty and Freedom

Today I'd like to welcome my friend, Rose Allen McCauley, to my blog.

As the wife of a veteran of the Viet Nam era, I know much of the hardships and heartaches our veterans and their families have endured. And some have given that ultimate sacrifice of their lives or suffered injuries that changed their lives forever.

As we remember our servicemen and women—past, present, and future—this weekend, I want to tell you a little about the courageous heroines in my latest book just released by Barbour.

Courageous Brides is a collection of nine novellas (short enough to read one or more in a day) about nine courageous heroines, and of course, their nine courageous partners.

This is how Barbour describes these stories on Ride into adventures alongside nine determined women of yesteryear whose acts of compassion and bravery attract male attention. Marcy helps displaced Indians. Emmy tends wounds at Fort Snelling. Ronnie stows away on a cattle drive. Daisy disguises herself as a Pony Express rider. Elinor becomes an abolitionist. Mae tames wild horses. Hannah gets help for accident victims. Lucy’s curiosity unnerves criminals. Kate nurses soldiers on the battlefield. Will real dangers douse the sparks of love?

My story is the one about Elinor (named after my youngest granddaughter) who becomes involved in the abolitionist movement as she matures into womanhood and realizes how unfairly the slaves in our country were treated.

“Hidden Courage” is set in the town and house where my Elinor now lives, and the idea came to me when I learned of the hidden room that was discovered in the basement of their pre-Civil War home when it was remodeled by her grandparents.

I hope you will check it out on Amazon where right now the paperback is cheaper than the kindle edition!
Happy reading and have a safe, happy 4th of July week! And if you want to see more pictures of the pre-Civil War home which is the setting for this story, come to visit my blog next Tuesday, July 5th, for more photos and info.

Rose Allen McCauley has been writing over a decade and is happy to see her fourth book published. Her website is and you can find her on FB under Rose Allen McCauley and tweet to her @RoseAMcCauley

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.

Thanks, Rose McCauley

I'd like to thank Rose McCauley for nominating me for the Sisterhood of the World Blogging Award. A few years ago Rose invited me to a brainstorming weekend at her home, and we've been friends ever since. You can visit Rose at

Rose asked me to answer the following questions.

1) Why do you write?

I've always been a writer at heart. I'd make up stories when I was little, and during my youth I'd read stories and think about how to write them better. In Girl Scouts I signed up for a pen pal, and I soon loved writing letters.

2) What single most important thing do you hope your readers will take away from your writing?

A deeper love of God.

3) What is the first adjective that comes to your mind to describe your writing?


4) What, in your opinion, is our culture's most urgent need?

I think there are so many people who are only focused on themselves, and we need to turn our eyes back to Jesus. When we do this we'll begin to see others as He does, and we'll find ways to help others.

5) If you could start over again as a writer, what would you do differently? What would you do the same?

I think I would have started taking classes and reading books on the craft of writing sooner.

6) What is your greatest accomplishment as a writer?

One of my stories was a semi-finalist in the Genesis writing contest last year.

7) Who has most influenced your writing?

In the beginning, Brandilyn Collins and her mother, Ruth Seamands, both encouraged my writing. Brandilyn was also the one who encouraged me to join American Christian Fiction Writers, and she never quit telling me to attend the ACFW conference.

Tina Radcliffe has also been a great encourager along my journey. She has called me to discuss a story and gave me pointers to make it stronger. She has given me courage to enter writing contests where I've received valuable feedback. I got to meet Tina in St. Louis at the ACFW conference, and she was just as kind in person. Tina and the ladies at Seekerville have taught me so much on my writing journey, and I appreciate all of them.

8) Where do you see the publishing industry headed in the next five years?

I'd like to see a return to more "real" books and less e-books.

9) What is the role of the writer who follows Christ?

My role is to write stories that honor God. I'm not published yet. Ten years is the average length of time to get published. As I study and write stories, I make friendships and try to encourage other authors in the journeys.

10) What do you love most about the writing life?

I love the process of creating characters and stories. My work as a pharmacist is crazy with noise. Phones, faxes, and people. There's always noise. Good noise, but still noise. I enjoy going into my quiet office and writing.

Thanks, Rose for the award. I look forward to your next story.

Welcome Rose Allen McCauley and a Giveaway

Today I'd like to welcome my friend Rose Allen McCauley to my back porch.

Hi Rose,
Tell us a little about your writing journey.

I have been writing for over 10 years. It took me 9 years to get my first contract and 10 years to hold my first book in my hands, but it was totally worth it!

My first publication was by Barbour Publishing in Sept. 2011. It was entitled Christmas Belles of Georgia. This is the book I am giving away to one commenter on Jackie’s blog, so be sure to leave a comment with a way for Jackie to contact you if you want to be entered into the drawing for this free Christmas book to get you in the Christmas mood!

I'd love to hear more about your venture into e-publishing

A few weeks ago a friend who is one of the other writers in Christmas Belles of Georgia contacted me about joining her and 2 others in another Christmas novella that would be only sold on Amazon. I told her I would pray about it and let her know the next day. After praying, I agreed.

This novella series is called Smoky Mountain Christmas. The novellas will be released 3 days apart in the following order:

Do You See What I See? by Delia Latham released on Kindle on Amazon on November 15, and is the first of 4 novellas about 4 cousins who return to Gatlinburg, TN for the holidays for their granddaddy’s 80th birthday, and find romance on the journey. Book 2 by Tiff Stockton, Hometown Melodies, will release on Nov. 18th, my book about the 3rd cousin, Christmas Grace, releases on Nov. 21st, then Jeanie Smith Cash’s book Sleigh Bells in the Snow, which releases on Nov. 24th about the 4th cousin will also have an epilogue to bring all the cousins together. Lots of fun reading to get you in the mood for the holidays!

After their Kindle release, each book will also be released in paperback from

An interesting fact about my cover is that it has a photo of my oldest daughter and her husband. The book is dedicated to them, and in memory of one of my daughter’s best friends in High School who died from kidney failure. Hope you will enter to win Christmas Belles of Georgia, but if you don’t win, it is still for sale on amazon and

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Thanks for stopping by, Rose.

Please leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Rose's first novella.