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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

#WednesdayWordswithFriends Guest Maxine Douglas!

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Today's guest, Maxine Douglas is a member of Authors Helping Authors promo group and has just released the first in a seven book series called The Widows of Blessings Valley. She is new to our blog so please give her a warm welcome!

Webster defines grief as “emotional suffering caused by or as if by bereavement” and a widow as a “woman who has lost her husband by death and has not married again.” If these definitions were as simple as they sound.

To the Widows of Blessings Valley, these two words mean so much more. They mean living their lives without the one they gave their hearts and souls to. The one they vowed to love forever. It means crying themselves to sleep at night. It means trying to go on in a new life without knowing how. It means knowing no matter how much they try to heal they never really completely do. No matter how much they think they’ll never love again, they will but differently.

They say time heals all things. That may be true or may not. All I know is the scab on my heart and soul was slowly peeled off and bled again over the months I wrote this book. But I had to write it regardless of my pain, tears, and sorrow.

I cannot promise the next ones will be the same. I'm not sure I want to feel the heartache all over again. Regardless I will tell their stories...the Widows of Blessings Valley.

Maxine Douglas writes in many genres and has found a love for the western historical romance. In her new series Widows of Blessings Valley, Maxine draws from her experience as a widow. A Wisconsin native, Maxine resides in Chickasha. While Maxine may miss her family and friends in the north, she loves the mild winters Oklahoma has to offer. She has four grown children, two granddaughters, and a German Shorthair Pointer. And many friends she now considers her OK family.

Maxine’s western along the Chisholm Trail, The Marshal’s Bride, was a 2017 International Digital Award Finalist in the Western Historical-Short category.

Maxine is a current member of Romance Writers of America, Wisconsin Romance Writers of America, Oklahoma Writers Federation, Inc. and its affiliate Oklahoma Romance Writers Guild, Inc.

Find out more by connecting with her on Goodreads / Author Blog Newsletter Facebook / Twitter / Mailing List Signup / BookBub

My Review of Elizabeth

4- Stars

The Widows of Blessings Valley - Elizabeth is a sweet story filled with a kaleidoscope of emotions. We watch as two wounded people come together with new hope into new life and love.

Widowed from a mining accident, Elizabeth struggles with grief and guilt when Auggie, a man scarred both physically and emotionally hires her as a seamstress for his hotel. The two become friends, albeit a bit reluctantly and love soon blossoms.

Widowed myself ten years ago, I found the emotions Elizabeth struggled with to be an honest reflection of what a woman goes through after losing the love of her life.

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Until next time, take care and God Bless.


Nightingale said...

Elizabeth sounds like SUCH a good book. Enjoyed finding out more about you, Maxine.

Carol James said...

Elizabeth, sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes to you.

Alina K. Field said...

I'm enjoying this book, Maxine. I'll post a review as soon as I finish. Work and life are getting in the way of my reading time!

Diane Burton said...

I don't read historicals very often but this book intrigues me. In fact, the whole series does. Best wishes, Maxine.

Alicia Dean said...

I'm sure this was so very difficult for you. I admire you for having the courage to explore your pain. Sounds like a wonderful read. Best wishes!

Erin Lorence said...

Wow, I can tell this read is going to really tug on readers' hearts. You're a strong person to write this.