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Tricia has been living in the town of Harbor Inn, Maine for less than a year, ever since she discovered her boyfriend was seeing another woman, but she has given up on dating anyone. That is, until Gathe Denver, moves back to town and says that he wants to court her. Is courting any different than dating? Can she trust this man with her heart? As Tricia and Gathe participate in all twelve Christmas Cocoa traditions and events around town, will she be able to trust Gathe and find true and lasting love?
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Teresa Ives Lilly is the author of a variety of Christian novellas, novels, articles and unit studies.

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By Robin Bunting on November 12, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition

A delightful courtship story around the 12 days of Christmas celebrated with a different hot chocolate each night. Tricia and Gathe are both strong characters which work well together. I really enjoyed this story

Enchanted Encounter Review

Great Review for my newest novella, If you love Route 66 and all things 1956
read Enchanted Encounter (Get Your Kiss on Route 66)

Enchanted Encounters Get Your Kiss on Route 66 Author Teresa Ives Lilly.

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Enchanted Encounters Get Your Kiss on Route 66

Author Teresa Ives Lilly.

 I really enjoyed Enchanted Encounters Get Your Kiss on Route 66. It had humour and Lee and Violet are really likeable characters. My favourite  was  lee because I could Imagine both sides of his life very easily and I thought he had charm…

The story itself started when Violet set out for California  in her pink Cadillac while listening to Elvis, until she see something in the road a sweet dog that she thinks she has hit as there was no other cars about. And this changes her plans a little as she now needs to find a vet for the little dog and ends up in a place so far removed from her rich lifestyle. That is where she meets Lee who works in the hotel and right away he clocks her as a spoiled princess and sets about putting a little plan in place where she would not leave without learning a few home truth from Lee, but is Lee all he seems? Does he have secrets of his own that he’s holding back? Will the pair travel the bumpy path closer to each other?  Read this Christian romance to find out.

I liked the small inserts of bible verses in this story and the way that both lee and Violet learned something from meeting each other… He learned that she was not such a cold princess. But a kind-hearted girl born into money. And she learned  of the bible and that it’s okay to question yourself and the way you treat others.

So if you like a story  with great characters and a bit of a magical feel in places. Then why not try this story out and go on a journey with violet and find out just where her path leads.

Amazon Link: Enchanted Encounters Get Your Kiss on Route 66

Gold Dust Tea Reviews


5.0 out of 5 starsHeartwarming, Gut-wrenching Story

on February 29, 2016
Super wonderful Christian book! It takes you back to those days of the West where women were few and far between. A mining town is not a place for a pretty young single woman! Mattie hates having to dress like a boy, and it isn’t until later that she realizes it was for her own protection. She wants out of that small town, and so does her brother. But when they board the train bound for Pennsylvania, Mattie finds herself alone when her brother finds what he’s looking for along the way. An awesome, well written book.
5.0 out of 5 starsWAIT AND TRUST By Redrabbitt on February 22, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition

I enjoyed this clean Christian western romance that has some mystery and suspense and a message that God can clean up any sinner. From Oregon to California in 1851, traveling by a mule train to join her brother Jackson, Jennie Felder is the only girl along with her father making this trek. The town of Shasta is mud and men, this isn’t a place for a lady, and to learn that Jackson owns and runs the saloon. Christian, Lance Corte, runs the mercantile, but he is leery of Jennie, is she like her crooked brother Jackson? The plot kept me captivated and the pages turning as the mystery of who is stealing the merchandise from the mule train as it is coming into town. Can the sweet nature and gentle heart of Jennie turn a saloon into a tea house and make a profit? While in jail will Jackson change or return to his old ways. I found the dialog heartwarming and the message that God has a plan for each of us, one where we will prosper and will be protected if we only trust and obey His word. God can clean the heart of any sinner if they only ask for forgiveness. Disclosure: I received an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts, opinions, and ratings are my own.

By Trixi on February 20, 2016

Format: Kindle Edition

Jenny Felder and her Pa travel by mule train to join her brother Jackson in Shasta, California where he promised a better life. Little did she know that her Pa would die on the way and her brother owned a Saloon! What has she gotten herself into?
This is a short sweet story about God’s leading in our life when it throws us curveballs. Jenny’s a strong Christian woman who wants to make this mining town more civilized and genteel. One way of doing that is to turn her brothers Saloon into a Tea Room! Will she succeed or will there be too many obstacles in her way? I admired Jenny’s spunk & determination. But most of all her strong faith, which spilled into every aspect of her life. You’ll also meet Lance Corte, the mercantile owner and son of Harold who runs the mule train too. He’s a Godly man who wants to protect Jenny. You’ll meet many side characters that add charm & depth to the story! Throw in a little romance, and it’s the perfect read for a busy day. Sure to please any inspirational reader.

Idea Creations BlogSpot Wild Prairie Rose

wild-prairie-roseAUTHOR INTERVIEW: Teresa Ives Lilly, author of Wild Prairie Rose

Tell me a about yourself. What got you started in writing?

As a young teen I had a teacher who was thrilled with my short stories.  She allowed me to take summer school 12th grade English, when I was in 9th grade, so I could participate in her writing class.

How do you schedule your writing time? When do you write?

I write in the evenings from 9 pm to midnight.

How and where do you write? Do you prefer a lap top or some other method of getting your words down?

I have a guest bedroom with a desk and computer and television.  I use a regular computer because I find a laptop too small.

What’s your favorite part about writing? Your least favorite part about writing?

My favorite part of writing is coming up with the idea.  The least favorite part is editing.

How did you come up with your book idea? How long did it take you to write your book?

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Wild Prairie Rose is part of a series my publisher Forget Me Not Romances put together. Each writer picked a state flower and created a story which used the state and the state flower. It’s 20k words, it took two months to write.

What types of marketing do you do to promote your writing?

I send messages to all the face book pages I am on in my town.

What are you currently working on? Do you have a new book out?

I am currently writing a book called Gold Dust Tea.  It should be out this week.

Do you have a project on the back burner? Tell me about it.

I’m working on six books for different collections, but am also putting together a collection through my publishing company, Lovely Christian Romance Press called Cocoa Christmas. I’m open to submissions….see www.lovelychristianromancepress.wordpress.com

What would you tell a beginning writer who wants to publish but doesn’t believe he/she has enough talent?

Write… and after you have finished a chapter or two… read it out loud… see how it sounds. Join ACFW and get in a critique group… they will tell you the truth.


Thank you, Teresa!

Writers on Reading Christmas Mail Order Angels

mail order angelsWriter Teresa Lilly On Reading


Teresa, welcome to Writers on Reading! You’ve so many books out, I don’t know which one to talk about! You recently released Love Found at Harbor Inn Maine and Mail-Order Angel Brides. As a romance writer, do you find yourself reading your genre more often than others?

Somewhat. I actually read Grace Livingston Hill’s 100 books every year and a few Christian Novella collections.

Oh, I read all those books too! There was such a delightful nostalgia feel to them—a real treat! Can you tell us what else speaks to you as you pick your next reading experience?

Covers usually catch my attention and then themes. I love mail order bride stories.

Another good choice. What was the most out-of-character book you’ve recently read, and what led to your choice?

The Agency by Y.S. Lee, the blurb on the book intrigued me.

As a writer, you should know better, but as a reader, you know we all do it…so, when did you last “judge a book by the cover”? How did it work out?

I do not like when books have a snow globe on them and are not about snow globes. I’ve been misled several times.

Laughing! Yes, well said! I think we can all agree. So, not only do you have multiple books out, but you are publishing a delightful magazine: Love Christian Romance Magazine. Between that, and your own deadlines, do you find time to read during the months you’re writing? If so, what did you read while working on this book? If not, did you treat yourself to a good book, when you completed your most recent book?

I actually only have time to read while I’m in the powder room, so I squeeze a chapter a day in.

What was the last book you absolutely couldn’t put down? Why?

The Enchanted Barn by Grace Livingston Hill. The story touches my soul and makes me want to live in a gentler time and place.

Like I said I loved her books. I own them all, but I’m going to have to pull that one out so I can remember which one it is. Were you the kind of kid/teen who loved reading? Which novel do you first remember reading?

In sixth grade I read Lassie Come Home, and The Hobbit.

With autumn cooling down, what is on your cozy to-read list?

I love to read Christmas books, so I’m looking forward to all the Christmas Novellas that are coming out.

Well, you;ve got some treats in store for you there! I’m glad I’ll be having you back to talk about Christmas books on December 9. Writers On Reading is going to have a smorgasbord of recommendations during December from great writers! In the meantime, what is your ideal cozy reading experience?

Cuddled on my couch on a Sunday afternoon while everyone else is taking a nap

Is there a book you are looking forward to rereading?

Always the Enchanted Barn. I could read it three times a year.

Okay, definitely have to climb up and pull that one off my shelf later! Thanks for visiting us, Teresa! It was fun getting to know you as a reader. Folks, you can continue to connect with Teresa—and find out more about her books!—at the links below. Also, this energetic lady has just published a delightful magazine. Click here for a FREE copy of some “lovely” short romance stories.

BIO: Teresa Ives Lilly is author of 16 novellas/novels. She writes mainly Christian romance, however she has a few children’s chapter books out and over 200 unit studies used in public, private and home schools. She lives in Texas.



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Whispers in Purple

Hi, Teresa. Welcome to Whispers in Purple. I’m so happy to have you here. Let’s get acquainted.

What was your first job?

I taught gymnastics when I was in high school.

What’s the first thing you do when waking up in the morning?

Pray for my sister and stretch my feet..

What is your favorite color?

Black, and like Johnny Cash I usually dress in black as well.

Ah, the Man in Black Smile Do you have a pet, or pets? Tell us about it/them

Unfortunatly, no. I love animals but at this time in life do not have time to care for any.

That’s too bad. I don’t know what I’d do without my dog these days. If you weren’t a writer, what would you most likely be doing instead?

Teaching, however, I’ve always thought it would be fun to be a waitress in a truck stop.

Why did you become a writer?

I dreamt of doing it since I was a young girl, and after reading Janette Oke…I knew I had to.

When reading, what is your favorite genre? What are you reading right now?

I love Christian Romance Novellas, however, I also love all of Grace Livingston Hill Books. I am currently rereading all 100 of her books.

Where do you get your ideas?

Most of the time they just appear in my mind.

What is your Book about?

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Cooking Up Christmas is about a woman who comes to Angel Vale as one of about 9 mail order brides. She intends to marry, but in the meantime will work at the Angel Vale Eatery as a cook. She can’t seem to find out what her intended does for a living and who owns the eatery. It’s full of fun collisions. I’m actually very proud of this novella, I believe it is some of my best writing.

Here’s the back cover blurb:

When Henrietta agrees to become a mail order angel for Benjamin Capel, she moves to Angel Vale Wyoming eager to begin working in the town’s eatery. Although happy with her job and attracted to her husband-to-be, she discovers that Benjamin has several secrets. What does he do for a living, why does talking about money upset him so much and who actually owns the Angel Vale Eatery. Will these questions be answered so she can freely say I Do or does God have a different plan for her life in Angel Vale?

Check out the book HERE

What is your next project?

I am currently writing a story called Wild Prairie Rose, about a mail order bride coming to Iowa. The main thing is she isn’t a true beauty and wants to find someone who is plain like herself.

About Teresa:

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Teresa Ives Lilly lives in Texas with her husband, near her grown children. She loves to write Christian Historical Novellas, although she dabbles in contemporary as well. You can see all her books at www.teresalilly.wordpress.com. She loves to hear from her readers at teresaiveslilly@yahoo.com


Thank you so much for being my guest here today, Teresa. Wishing you the very best with your next project. AND . . . we’ll be seeing you back here on October 12! Looking forward to that.

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Guest Post by Teresa Ives Lilly — Thanksgiving Memories

As a writer, the one thing I want to leave the reader with is a sense of having been right there in the story, enjoying the events, the places, the holidays.  Why you ask? Because when I was younger, the holidays were so wonderful for me.
My family got together at Thanksgiving each year, and celebrated not only Thanksgiving but Christmas at the same time. So, we put up a small Christmas tree and decorated it with plastic pilgrims, Indians, cornucopias and leaves.   All gifts were wrapped in brown paper, or orange paper and placed below the tree. 
The day would begin with the men all watching the football game, while the women gathered in the kitchen to cook. Because I was the youngest, I set the table.  But there was laughter and singing and great smells.
Then came the meal.  A table over flowing with mouthwatering food. (I’ll take the mashed potatoes please and skip the turkey, unless it’s a leg.)
Following the meal, we would gather in the living room and spend hours opening presents.
My parents are home with the Lord now, and my closest sister just went to be with Him a month ago. There are no more Thanksgiving gathering.
When I walk through the stores and see the Christmas décor already up, and wonder where all the Thanksgiving décor has gone, it makes me remember the beautiful times.
In the picture, you can see me at age 16, the year I wrapped all the presents I gave in brown paper bags made to look like turkeys…
But, I too have joined the ranks of early Christmas decorators, and even now I offer up my Christmas novellas for you to consider.
However, I promise, they are full of traditions and warm cozy moments for you to enjoy.
An Angel for Mistletoe is sure to please you who love holiday and traditions
When Angelica Cartwright heads to Kentucky to begin her teaching career, she never dreams she will be waylaid in Mistletoe Kentucky with a broken foot and cared for by a handsome wood carver and his daughter. However, she soon finds that Luke Tanner is also carving himself onto her heart.
Bio:   Teresa Ives Lilly writes Christian novellas and lives in Texas.  She loves to hear from her readers at teresaiveslilly@yahoo.com   see her other books at www.teresalilly.wordpress.com

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