Cyber Monday Special! $35 Two-Book Gift Set

So, for those of you who don’t know, my second book, Where the Yellow Flowers Grow is now out (yay!) and if you have any readers on your holiday list, (especially those who are suckers for a good love story, like I am) here is the perfect deal:

For just $35 (plus shipping if you are out of the Buffalo area) you get a signed one of these:

Pink Houses 3D cover

And one of these:

Yellow Flowers 3D cover

All wrapped up pretty like this:


And I’ll probably throw in a book mark and something sweet like a candy cane. So that’s a signed copy of Where the Pink Houses Are (the most updated version), and a signed copy of Where the Yellow Flowers Grow.

You could order both books on Amazon, but it would cost you around $40 plus shipping and handling and tax. And you wouldn’t get the pretty ribbon either. So, what a deal, huh?

All orders must be in by midnight Pacific Time, today Monday 11/30/15. To order, simply shoot me a quick email me at: I’ll send you a Paypal invoice and I’ll ship it out in time for Christmas. (If you need it earlier, please let me know!)

Thanks and Happy Holidays!!


p.s. Click the book titles to see the reviews on Amazon!

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Finally Back to Book Two! (And a peek at the start of the new version of Where the Pink Houses Are)

Friends and Readers,

I promised you occasional updates on the writing process for books two and three in my Where the Pink Houses Are “trilogy.” And for those of you who are waiting, I know if feels like forever. But I promise I’m working on it.

As a matter of fact, this week I will be back to work on book two! (med) Kindle Cover-Where the Pink Houses AreYay! I have over 300 pages done and I’m so excited to finish it. Some of you know, I had put it on the back burner so I could re-work book one and I’m thrilled with the final result. The story hasn’t changed much but Where the Pink Houses Are is even better than it was before. You can get it on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and many other retailers.

If you’ve already read my first book, I’d love your feedback on the newer version. If you haven’t read my first book, I’d really love your opinion!! So, check it out and let me know what you think! (It’s less than the cost of a tall mocha latte and hopefully a little bit more enjoyable. Not a lot…I mean I’m a realist. Latte’s are awesome. But, ya know…a novel hopefully lasts you longer 😉 )

Here’s a sneak peek at the new first chapter:


Chapter One


I hate planes. They’re flying coffins. And can we talk about these flimsy seat belts? If there was any way to get Anna to Ireland without being strapped into this death trap, I’d take it. I guess we could have done a cruise. But then—Titanic. 

If this freaking plane would just stop shaking! This is it. I’m going to die in a fiery crash or be swallowed by sharks in the North Atlantic. Maybe I should have taken Anna’s drugs.

My heart pounded at the thought of plummeting to the depths below. Breathe, Brenna. Breathe. While I did deep breathing exercises, my mother-in-law, Anna, slept peacefully in the window seat beside me. 

Of course, that was because I had forced her to take Ambien.

There had been a lot of that over the previous nine months—me forcing her to do stuff. “You have to eat, Anna. You’re going to starve yourself.” “How about a shower today, Anna?” I mean, I get it. She was grieving. But I was grieving too, and I still showered. 

Sorry. That came out mean. She had every right to be a wreck. The freak car accident that stole my husband from me, robbed her of both her husband and her only child, on the same day. It’s hard to come back from something like that. She was so depressed after the accident that she barely got out of bed for a month. 

I might have done the same, but I didn’t have that luxury. Someone needed to handle the funeral arrangements, the tons of paperwork and all the other everyday things you never have to think about because your husband takes care of them. And I also had to work. Anna had Joe’s life insurance money to live off of but Ben and I hadn’t even gotten to that point in our marriage yet. What twenty-year-old thinks about life insurance?

The plane shivered again, and still Anna didn’t move. I settled back a little and stared down at her totally relaxed hands. She had been wringing them for days before we left. One minute she’d insisted we weren’t ready for a long trip, and the next, she was telling me how excited she was to see her aunt and cousin. 

But mostly she’d been worrying. She worried over my fear of flying. She worried that by taking up two of the rooms at her aunt’s Bed & Breakfast, we’d be putting her out. And she worried that I had to quit my waitressing job to get enough time off for this vacation. Honestly, that part worried me too, but there was no way I was gonna cancel this trip, because I was pretty sure it was exactly what Anna needed. 


To get to the Amazon page where you can download a free sample or purchase the kindle book for $2.99, click on “Where the Pink Houses Are.”



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An Almost Headache Cure

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My Aunt Mary sent me a message yesterday wondering if I was alive and well. She hadn’t seen a post from me in a while and just wanted to check on me. Wasn’t that sweet?!

Well, yes Aunt Mary. I am alive and well (okay..”well-ish” this week) It’s just been a busy week with a couple major migraines thrown in for fun.

Bill and I made a decision a few weeks ago that we would pull “Ten” out of school for the year (which means I’m homeschooling again, after 8 years.) The reason was very simple. He needed more time with dad. With hubby’s schedule being opposite of the kids’ he sees them on Sundays and then not again…at all…till Thursday night. And we just felt like “Ten” needed to have some more one-on-one time. Since Bill is only home in the mornings, the only way to accomplish that was to homeschool. (And it’s been a good decision…definitely what he needed.)

This week he is at the end of most of the units which means lots of review and tests. So it’s been busy. Then with migraines kicking in…it’s been hard to find time to write, or to want to write. Being sick makes me so frustrated because I already have a mile long To Do list so when I’m sick, I lie in bed thinking of all the things I’m not getting done. And writing is a big one. I’m working on ideas for a few different books and keeping up with my blog as well as taking an online fiction course. So when I can’t keep my eyes open because the light hurts…that means I can’t write and that makes me sad.

I had a plan last night. I figured if I went to bed early (10:30pm is early for me) and got eight hours of sleep, I’d knock out this headache! So…I was very discouraged when I woke up this morning and the headache was still there. It’s not as bad as yesterday but I know from experience, it has potential. So I was feeling down and having a pity party when I read the following post on Facebook from a woman I met at church:

“I am reading the most wonderful book right now that I can honestly tell you is the best book I have ever read! I have read a lot of books, back before I became a Christian, the trashy novels, regular books as a kid, any kind of James Patterson I could get my hands on. Then this beautiful lady from my church, the wonderfully talented Rebekah Ruth wrote her first book “Where the Pink Houses Are”. I have never wanted to put this book down one time while reading it and only forced myself. I have a bit to go but I am determined to finish tonight or in the am. It is a beautiful love story but it incorporates into it practical life lessons, I won’t give much more away but strongly encourage you to pick up a copy.”

What a lovely way to start my day! Then I noticed she’d posted on my wall as well:

“I had to put this note on your wall so that if any of our mutual friends see this that have not read your book, hopefully they will after they read this. I had told you at choir after Kick the Tire rehearsal a few weeks back how much I was enjoying your book. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Honestly the most refreshing, light, exceptional work I’ve ever read. I cheated and jumped to your author’s notes although I have a little bit left to read ( I just know I’m going to finish this tonight or into the morning, I can’t put it down). I found myself taking your words and writing down notes for myself, I too found myself learning lessons & being reminded of God’s love for us and all that we can do to broaden our relationship with Him. NEVER have I ever experienced that before. For any of our friends who haven’t had a chance to buy a copy of “Where the Pink Houses Are”, I highly recommend you get a copy. If you have a copy and haven’t started it or are in the middle, keep going, you will be so happy you did. What a wonderful, lighthearted, beautiful story. You are a blessing. I pray this isn’t your only book.”

So, since she did all the writing, I thought this would be a nice thing to post today since it almost cured my headache 😉 (Not quite…but almost.) If you haven’t read my novel, click here to read the Kirkus Review and here to see it on Amazon. Thank you Julie for writing my blog post for me today 🙂 I’m so glad you loved my book. As I said on your wall, one of the greatest things an author can hear is that his or her words had a real impact on someone. And in my case, knowing that my book reminded you of God’s love for you is priceless.



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