Category: ‘Barbour Publishing’

The Underground Railroad Brides Collection

September 1, 2017 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy

Here’s the cover for The Underground Railroad Brides Collection (Barbour Publishing) – coming June 2018! (tentative release date)

Barbour Publishing – Agreement For Underground Railroad Novella Collection

June 8, 2017 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy

Do you like to read historical romance novels?

Well, it’s been a long time, but, I’ve finally received a contract for a commercially published novel. The Underground Railroad Brides Collection (tentative title) will feature my novella The Bakery Bride. The tentative release date is June 2018.

I’ve been focusing on my indie published books for the last few years. Before that, I was seeking commercial publication for about four years (last commercial contract I received was probably in 2008 or 2009). Like most authors, I found the indie/self-pubbed market to be lucrative only after releasing several books. I love releasing my own works myself as e-books. However when approached about doing this project, I agreed to submit something. Reason why? I’ve been itching to see one of my books in a bookstore (or places like Walmart, Target, etc.). Seeing this novella collection on the shelf will cure that itch.

I’ll still be releasing my own works since I love doing that! I’m unclear as to if I’ll continue to seek other commercial/traditional contracts though.

Doing this book is a leap of faith for me. This will be my first historical novel. Prior to this, all of my works have been contemporary.

So do you like to read historical novels? If so, do you have a favorite time period?

Til Grits Do Us Part

October 8, 2015 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy


Til Grits Do Us Part by Jennifer Rogers Spinola

What do you recall about planning your wedding?

Shiloh P. Jacobs is getting married! However, her wedding plans are not coming along as she’d like. She’s marrying Adam, a nice Christian southern man. She’s also learning to lean on her new-found Christian faith. Shiloh has an admirer/stalker who keeps sending her dreaded gifts of roses, disturbing phone calls, and threats. How could the Lord allow these things to happen to her? After all, this should be one of the happiest times of her life, not the scariest.

As Shiloh learns secrets about her mom’s past, she continues her friendships with an eclectic mix of southern Christian friends – a far cry from her cronies in Japan.

This book shows us that we need to lean on the Lord ALL the time, especially during times of desperation and despair. This novel also touches upon guilt, you may feel bad about the way you treated a deceased loved one, but, you should not let that guilt fester and make you angry.

So, do you remember planning your wedding? Did you have any problems with your nuptial plans?


Three Of My Novels – Only 99 cents each! :-)

November 19, 2013 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy Memories

My novels, John’s Quest, Milk Money, and Bittersweet Memories are on sale for only 99 cents each!

John’s Quest:

John French, a science professor, is an agnostic–he’s unsure if God exists. When he’s hired to tutor a blind seven-year-old child, Scotty, he finds himself falling for the child’s beautiful aunt/guardian, Monica Crawford. Monica’s life changes drastically when her irresponsible younger sister abandons her handicapped son on her doorstep. As John helps Monica to educate her nephew, he falls in love with her. However, problems arise when Monica, a devout Christian, finds herself drawn to Scotty’s handsome and intelligent tutor. Monica finds herself in a bind because she knows it’s a sin to be unequally yoked with a non-believer. How in the world can these two lovebirds overcome the huge problems that stand in the way of their relationship?

Milk Money:

Franklin Reese is appalled at the lack of interest the Cooper women have in the financial end of their livelihood, but he dives in, determined to help them learn. The further he looks into Mr. Cooper’s dealings, however, the more uncomfortable he becomes.
Can he uncover the truth of the situation and still earn the love of the amazing Emily Cooper? Will Franklin’s addiction to alcohol keep them apart, even after the farm is taken care of? Only God can heal hurting hearts and repair broken lives. Will these two let Him in?
Bittersweet Memories:
Karen Brown is angry at God, and at herself, for falling in love with Lionel Adams, her ex-fiancé. When her beloved suddenly disappears, along with thousands of dollars stolen from their mega-church, she re-locates back to her hometown in Annapolis Maryland to live with her mother. She’s stunned to discover handsome plumber Keith Baxter living next door.  Keith is smitten with Karen, but wonders if she’s still in love with Lionel. He wants Karen to accept him into her life, but he doesn’t know if he’d be a good match for her due to his troubled past. Can Karen forgive Lionel, and let the Lord back into her heart?


Like Sweet Potato Pie by Jennifer Rogers Spinola

June 12, 2013 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy

Like Sweet Potato Pie by Jennifer Rogers Spinola

Shiloh Jacobs, a new Christian, continues to struggle with her ever-growing faith. She’s still getting settled in the deep south, getting used to southern folks doing the following things: talking with a southern accent, eating grits, and shooting deer. She misses Japan, but wonders if she’ll ever find a way to make it back to her beloved former home. She’s still suffering from the sting of her plagiarism mistake, which temporarily ended her journalism career.

Now that she’s living in the home she’s inherited from her mother, she tries to find a way to make a living. The IRS is breathing down her back, wanting her to pay her back taxes. Will she find a way to get herself out of her financial quandary? After all, if she doesn’t find the money to pay the back taxes, she could lose her home.

Meanwhile, she’s somewhat confused about her attraction to Adam, the local gardener. He’s not all that great-looking, (totally the opposite of her cheating ex-fiancé), yet, there’s something about him that’s utterly appealing.

Amidst all of this, there’s a sparkling cast of realistic southern characters as they work through their own set of problems, of which include infertility.

I really enjoyed this novel! The characters were realistic and the descriptions of scenery, the seasons, feelings, etc. were so good that the words literally sparkled on the page. You really felt Shiloh’s struggles and it was easy to empathize with the issues she was facing.

I also liked the fact that the hero is not drop-dead gorgeous (unlike most romance-type/women’s fiction novels). Adam is just an ordinary-looking guy with a strong faith in Jesus – yet Shiloh, who used to be superficial, is smitten with Adam. Overall this was a great read and I highly recommend it!

***My e-book, Milk Money, is only 99 cents! Download it now before the price goes up! :-)


~Cecelia Dowdy~

A Time To Laugh by Kelly Eileen Hake

June 4, 2013 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy

A Time To Laugh by Kelly Eileen Hake

If a man proposed to you, and did not mention the word LOVE in the proposal, what would you do? Would you accept his proposal?

Nessa and Isaac have known each other since they were children. Now that they are adults, both of their families automatically assume they’ll be getting married. Isaac proposes to Nessa, but, surprisingly, she turns down his proposal, refusing to tell him the reason. Isaac is stumped – after all, isn’t he supposed to marry Nessa?

Nessa loves Isaac, however, when he proposed, he did not mention his love for her. Why should she marry him if he’s only marrying her out of duty instead of love?

When Lawrence and Clementine, an urban brother and sister come to town, Nessa realizes she’ll have some competition for Isaac’s affection. Fashionable, petite, bothersome, Clementine sticks to Isaac like glue, and Lawrence finds himself smitten with Nessa.

I thought this was a light, enjoyable read, but the conflict was not very deep. I enjoyed reading about Yellowstone, and I enjoyed the wonderful characters, however, I felt that Isaac and Nessa could’ve worked out their differences earlier in the book if Nessa had simply told him why she didn’t accept his proposal.

I’d recommend this book as a light, sometimes funny, and gentle story with real, likeable (and sometimes unlikeable) characters!

So, if a man proposed to you, and did not mention the word LOVE in the proposal, what would you do? Would you accept the proposal?

***My e-book, Milk Money, is only 99 cents! Download it now before the price goes up! 🙂


~Cecelia Dowdy~

John’s Quest – On Sale For 99 Cents!

January 27, 2013 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy

My romance novel, John’s Quest, is on sale right now for 99 cents! Download a copy for your Kindle (or other e-reader!)



Truly Yours Digital Editions – On Sale For $1.99!

September 9, 2012 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy

Barbour Publishing is now offering MOST of their Truly Yours re-released romance e-books for only $1.99! You’ll find a list of titles here. Simply search for the titles that you want in your favorite e-book format (Kindle, Nook, Sony, etc.) to purchase. This is a great deal – a plethora of wonderful authors for a low price! Enjoy!

~Cecelia Dowdy~

John’s Quest – Now Available On Kindle And Other E-readers

August 19, 2012 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy

My novel, John’s Quest, is now available on Kindle and other e-readers!

It’s amazing how quickly life can change. Overnight, Monica Crawford finds her neatly organized world turned upside down. Her sister abandons her blind son, Scotty, leaving him on Monica’s doorstep. Caring for a handicapped child brings unexpected conflict-but unexpected joy as well. When John French volunteers to tutor Scotty, he finds himself irresistibly drawn to Monica. But John and Monica are very different. She is a strong believer, determined to live her life for Christ. John is an agnostic who wants nothing to do with God.Will John see the light? Will Monica realize that sometimes letting go of a dream is the way to achieve it? Only in full surrender will either of them be happy- whether they end up together or alone.

~Cecelia Dowdy~

Southern Fried Sushi by Jennifer Rogers Spinola

March 25, 2012 Posted by Cecelia Dowdy

Southern Fried Sushi by Jennifer Rogers Spinola

Shiloh Jacobs is an American working as a reporter in Japan. She has a handsome Latin fiancé and she loves living in Tokyo. Her life takes a dramatic turn when her fiancé suddenly takes on a female roommate and she misses her deadline for a story at her job. She rectifies the situation at work dishonestly, and her actions affect her life later in the story.

Shiloh’s mother also dies and she finds it hard to deal with all of these events happening in her life. Due to her estranged mother’s death, she must leave Japan and travel to the South (in rural Virginia) to attend the funeral. It’s hard for her to attend the funeral and meet some of her mother’s friends – Shiloh has not spoken to her mother in years and she had bad, vivid memories of her dysfunctional childhood with her mom.

Shiloh loses her job in Japan, so she must remain in the South, living in the home she’s inherited from her mother. She meets an interesting cast of country-accented people while living in Virginia. She is befriended by Adam, a professional landscaper who’s taking care of his amputee brother who was injured in Afghanistan. She also meets Tim and Becky, a country couple who have been dealing with infertility issues. There’s also Faye, one of her mother’s closest friends, who gives Shiloh a lot of details about the recent years of her mother’s life.

Shiloh has a hard time understanding the strong Christianity of her new friends. Unsaved, she’s still trying to figure out the meaning of being a Christian. She also doesn’t understand why Christians suffer, but still praise Jesus.

This book was a good, heartwarming read that portrays Shiloh’s physical journey as she relocates to rural Virginia from urban Tokyo, Japan. It also shows her emotional and spiritual journey as she discovers friendships with her new Christian friends, and she also learns more about the mother’s salvation. I highly recommend this book – it’s a wonderful, emotional story that will bring you both laughter and tears.

~Cecelia Dowdy~