To diffuse or not to diffuse…

Any essential oil fans out there?

Raising my hand here.

A few drops of frankincense in a diffuser by our bed helps me sleep all night without the need for a potty break. (Previously, I used lavender, but it gave me vivid nightmares.) A blend of tea tree, lemon and rosemary clears my head in the mornings. After a healthy sized cup of coffee, that is. 🙂

Some of my friends use essential oils for cleaning. I haven’t experimented with that yet, but I’m sure I will at some point.

Bristol, the heroine in Summer’s Redemption and a high school counselor, runs a diffuser in her office, billowing out a combination of oils to reduce stress and promote relaxation. Her friends and coworkers like her concoctions so much, they want to buy them from her, but she chooses to give them away because it brings her great joy. Her generous and caring spirit is partly why Trace can’t get her out of his mind, even two years after they broke up.

What about you? Do you use essential oils? What’s your favorite blend and its purpose?

Summer's Redemption, Tomlinson Brothers, book cover

Will old insecurities tear them apart again? Or will God pave the way to a summer’s redemption?

Trace Tomlinson has made his share of mistakes, but his sixteen-year-old son Trip isn’t one of them. The biggest? Letting Bristol Owens slip away two years ago. But Trace had learned the hard truth—that loving a woman stripped a man of his choices—eons ago. So, when the beautiful counselor slipped past a chink in his armor, he broke it off. Besides, with custody of his son now, relationships are off the table until Trip graduates.

Bristol Owens loves her job of shaping young lives on the brink of adulthood…until the day an old flame shows up, begging for advice on how to prevent his teenage son from going down the same troubled road. Why should she help the handsome man who’d shredded her heart and trampled her dreams for a family of her own? But his tender concern for his son wins her heart all over again, and soon his kind deeds—like stepping in at the last minute to build a model for her first career fair—reignite hope and rekindle those dreams.

Can Bristol forgive Trace and open the door to love again? Will old insecurities tear them apart a second time? Or will God pave the way to a summer’s redemption?

Pre-order Summer’s Redemption for a limited time price of only 99c! *Available in Kindle Unlimited upon Aug 11 release

Choices, Failures, Divorce…

Choices, choices, choices!

Some choices aren’t up to us. We may have no control over them, and yet, those decisions—heavy-hitters like divorce or adultery—change our lives forever.

Tristyn, the heroine in Her Christmas Cowboy, didn’t make either of those choices. Her husband made them for her. Shortly after the birth of their daughter, he left her for another woman. She chose to remain committed to their marriage, if only on paper, and was forced to forge a new life for her and Maisie.

They’d been separated for seven years when she meets Bryce. The adventure lifestyle photographer makes her feel treasured and beautiful, and his attention reawakens her to the possibility of love again. He pursues her until she reluctantly agrees to coffee. Coffee eventually leads to dinners, but she keeps the truth of her marriage locked away.

Until the day she knows. That one more kiss–one more second of withholding the truth—will suffocate her soul, smother her faith.

With the ink fresh on her divorce certificate, Tristyn escapes to a remote area of Montana, hoping to erase her sin and to make a new beginning for her and Maisie. But, wouldn’t you know it? Her past tracks her there! Can you ever really run away from your mistakes or your failures, your sin? It’s only by facing it and leaning into God that she gets her new beginning, freedom in grace, and a forever love.

Can you relate? I can.

What seems like a lifetime ago, I was devastated when my then-husband abandoned me and our 11-month-old son. After our divorce, I rebelled and did things that shamed me, things that smothered my faith. Thankfully, the Lord didn’t give up on me and led me to a place of new beginnings. One that included a wonderful and amazing husband (much like Bryce, the hero in Her Christmas Cowboy), another precious son, and an abundant and joyful life, free from shame and guilt.

Are you trying to escape your past? Searching for your new beginning? Lean into God. Discover your freedom in grace. If you need help, I’d love to pray for you.

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A forbidden romance. A secret child. Will deception crush their love…or will truth and faith prevail?

A forbidden romance…
Bryce Kinnerly was everything Tristyn could want in a husband. Attractive. Kind. Thoughtful. Attentive.

Everything her husband isn’t.

Rich abandoned her shortly after Maisie was born—seven years ago—but she never filed for divorce and remained faithful to her vow. Until Bryce. He makes her feel treasured and alive again, fills the lonely spaces in her heart. Every stolen moment buries the truth even deeper. Until the day she knows. That one more sweet kiss will suffocate her soul, smother her faith.

A secret child…
Bryce Kinnerly’s extreme adventure photos have graced the pages of several national magazines. He’s traveled the globe in his quest to capture the perfect shot, the one that would make him forget the beautiful blonde woman who stole his heart and then disappeared. Bone-weary, he accepts their mutual friend’s offer for a breather in the wilds of Montana and stumbles upon Tristyn and…her daughter?

Will deception crush their love…
How could she have kept the truth from him? Especially after he’d bared his heart, his dreams. He’d been so certain of the Lord’s will for them. How could he have gotten it all wrong?

Or will truth and faith prevail?
As they work together for the Cowboy Jamboree, can Bryce forgive Tristyn’s deception? Can she forgive herself? Will Tristyn’s renewed faith grant them a second chance at a forever love this Christmas?

Her Christmas Cowboy, a contemporary Christian romance, is Book 14 in The Potter’s House Books Series Two. Stories of ‘hope, redemption and second chances.’ Read all of The Potter’s House Books and be blessed.

Pre-order Her Christmas Cowboy for a limited time price of only 99c!*Available in Kindle Unlimited upon Aug 18 release

Hey, hey, hey! It’s here! It’s here! :)

My first book in the Potter’s House Series Two, Her Cowboy Forever, released today! Yay! There’s some happy dancing going on here. 🙂

cover for Her Cowboy Forever by Dora Hiers

From Combat to Cowboy…After his discharge from the Marines, Ryder Jenson arrives home in Montana armed with a business plan and…his niece. To activate his Combat to Cowboy program, though, five-year-old Sophie needs a nanny, and he knows just the person to fill that role. Eden Milano…the girl next door. The woman he’s never forgotten. The memories of her golden hair and sweet smile were what kept him alive during the darkest seasons of his career.

She’s never fit in…until now. Eden never knew what a real family was until Ryder hires her to care for his adorable niece. The handsome cowboy made the teenage Eden’s heart throb. Even more now that he’s back home, changed, less angry with the world, making the cowboy more treacherous to her vulnerable heart. She’d already given up on love and even his rock-steady faith can’t alter her choice or the promise she intends to keep.

A baby, a grieving child, a dedicated cowboy, and the woman who loves them all…How can Eden explain the child pledged to another? Will Ryder fire her from the only job she’s ever truly enjoyed? Is their love and faith strong enough to overcome all the obstacles?

Part of The Potter’s House Series Two...stories of hope, redemption and second chances.

Available now for a limited time at 99c or read with Kindle Unlimited. The price goes up to $2.99 next week, so get your copy now!