Out for a hike in Colombia, South America. Photo taken November 25, 2015.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Osgoode, Ontario, Canada. Just south of Ottawa.

And where are they going next? We leave November 1st for a six week trip to Romania and Moldova.

Monday, June 22, 2015

We're hosting another giveaway!

It's been a long time since we have hosted a giveaway. Actually, we're hosting two more giveaways. It never rains, it pours! But I'm not telling you about the second one yet. I expect we'll get to that one later this week.

So first up, we're giving away two books.

I'd like to introduce you to Ryshia Kenney. She's an avid traveler and a reader of this blog. But she's also a published author who writes romantic suspense novels, and I thought that since we're sitting in one place for a while with not much to talk about that we could do a book review or two.

So Ryshia donated two of her paperback novels for us to talk about...and we're going to give them away to two lucky people!

Ryshia Kenney at a book signing.

First, lets learn a little about Ryshia. She's a Canadian, living in Regina, Saskatchewan. Here's what she has to say about herself...

The prairies are home. They’re where I live with my husband and one opinionated Irish terrier. The prairies have a pervasive way of becoming part of who you are and in my case what I write. They inspired the setting my first published novel, a depression era romance. But it’s my incompatibility with the harsh prairie winter and a dose of wanderlust that motivates me to get out and see the world especially during the long prairie winters. That love of travel has taken me on a zigzag tour around the globe. It is these settings, both near and far, that have inspired me to write tales that I hope will take readers away into other worlds. 

Her first novel was published in 2007. It's called "From the Dust" and it's set in a rural area in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan in the middle of the 1930's. Kind of fun for me to read because my father lived on a small farm in the prairies and I could definitely relate to what life would have been like at that time. And of course now that we are living in Saskatchewan ourselves, the prairie setting was all the more fitting.

"From the Dust"

Although this book could be classified as a romance novel, I found that it was more historical. Fairly recent history of course, as it takes place in the spring and summer of 1935. Ryshia's descriptions of what life was like in the Canadian prairies at that time really brings the reader back to the depression era and the hardships that people endured. Whenever I spoke to my father about life on the farm when he was a kid, all I could ever think about was how today's generation (myself included!) really has no idea what hard work is all about.

The two main character, Tate and Eva, are destined to be together. And you can tell that right from the start. Let's face it, these types of romance novels are definitely geared towards women, however I enjoyed the book and there's enough of a story line that I was always enticed to read the next chapter. 

The next book is called "Ring of Desire", and it takes place in Medieval England. I've only just started it, so we won't be giving it away until I finish it. Hard to make time now that busy season is upon us, but I'll do it!

By the way, Ryshia's novels are available on Amazon.com in both print and e-book form...

Okay, so let's get to it. Very simple giveaway this time around. Enter with your full name and email address. You can do this once per day for the next four days! If you win, the signed copy of the book will be mailed to you at our cost to anywhere in Canada or the USA.


  1. What a treat to read about surroundings you are so familiar with. Thanks for give away. Hope I win 📚

    1. You're welcome and good luck to you. :-)

  2. Sounds like a wonderful read.
    erin speakman

    1. Thanks Erin, but you have to enter using the app at the bottom of the blog post. Easiest way is to click where it says "Use Your Email".

  3. Thanks for the chance to win this book! It looks interesting and something I'd enjoy.


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