Saturday, March 18, 2017

You Are Invited!!

To an open house at Northwestern Publishing House April 8th 1:00-3:00 to chat about my second book "Lead Me Home". 

The Meet N' Greet will be a chance to hear about "Lead Me Home" and say farewell to all my friends and readers before my husband and I deploy to Prague. 

NPH is located at 1250 N 113th Street in Milwaukee. Light refreshments will be served. I'd love if you'd have a chance to stop in and say hi. 

Sunday, March 5, 2017


My first review was posted recently. I wanted to share it with you so you can read someone else's opinion of "Lead Me Home".

"Nuanced Tale of Love and Faith"

From our first meeting with the bashful and dreamy Romy, sent to pick up the pastor’s wife’s sister, and Maggie, on the train crossing the mighty Mississippi into Iowa, readers are pulled into their converging world.

Maggie feels like one mouth too many to feed in a large family during the harshness of what came to be known as the Great Depression. As she is thrown first into what came to be a short-lived reunion with family, and then into the harsh realities as caretaker of a motherless brood of virtual strangers, she feels abandoned not just by the people she loves, but also by God. Romy’s dedication to the family he adores wars with his adventurous side. All around him dreams are shriveling and dying during the harshness of the broken economy. His shyness has kept him from forming meaningful relationships with girls, but when he meets Maggie, her spirit and gumption in the light of her own disappointments points toward a new path for him to follow, even as tragedy strikes his family. A wealthy family takes up the ruined farm down the road and the dandified son takes up company with Maggie and Romy is forced to act in the best interests of everyone around him, even if the consequences lead him away from any chance at finding a home of his own.

Cortright’s story is beautifully detailed with all the nuances of love and faith and tragedy of that troublesome era of American and international history. Her characters are lovingly developed and the setting painstakingly recreated. Those who are familiar with Dubuque will feel right at home. Told in alternating points of view, readers can sympathize and rejoice and cry along with Maggie and Romy as life unfolds around them, and they respond by growing in faith and following their hearts.

Purchase "Lead Me Home" by clicking on this link today.

Saturday, March 4, 2017


This week I received the first copies of "LEAD ME HOME" in the mail. So if you meet me around, I'd be glad to sell you a signed copy for just $10.00.

"Lead Me Home" is the Depression era story of Romy and Maggie as they live through the troubled times of 1935. They learn that their trust in God, not only for their salvation, but also for help through the trials of every day life, is the only way they can face the travails of the Great Depression.

My second novel is also available on in paperback or Kindle version. Check it out.

Monday, February 27, 2017

"Guide Me Home" is Free for a Kindle Download

It was featured on a website for free books. "Guide Me Home" is free to download on your Kindle for the next 2 days! Click on this site: to find your free edition of my first novel!! 

ebook featured my first novel on its website that was sent to 23,000 readers! I've had many people download it so far. Hope they enjoy the book! 

Happy reading!!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Announcing the Release of "Lead Me Home"

"Lead Me Home" is now available on in paperback or  Kindle version starting today! 

I was thrilled to get the proof copy yesterday and put it up online shortly after that. 

Click on the links above to order your copy today of this story of Maggie and Romy who are thrown together as they face the travails of the Great Depression. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017


I ordered the proof copy of my book yesterday, so hopefully, it will online next week! 

In the meantime, here's the plot in a nutshell...

Do opposites attract? A feisty young woman and super-shy farmer’s son are pushed together as they face the travails of the Great Depression. Will it lead to love or loathing?

Hunger. Unemployment. Homelessness: realities of life during the Great Depression. Thrust into these realities, all Maggie Ehlke wants is a home and family of her own. Instead, she’s sent to her sister’s home in Dubuque to earn her keep by helping with her sister’s twins.

But circumstances soon send Maggie to the widower Iverson’s farm to keep house and raise his younger three daughters.

Iverson’s grown son, the agonizingly shy Romy, dreams of life on the road. But the death of his mother cuts his dreams short while bringing the spirited “Miss Maggie” into his world.

Amidst the hubbub of life in the Iverson household, outgoing Maggie and shy Romy find themselves worlds apart from each other. Can they meet in the middle?

Friday, February 17, 2017

Sneak Preview of "Lead Me Home" cover

It's time to reveal the cover of "Grace Alone Series" book 2. 

Lisa Hainline from Lionsgate Book Design has done a beautiful job again of creating my book 2 cover. Since most of the book takes place on a farm in rural Dubuque, Iowa, the cover very fittingly has a picture of the farm and a woman's hand as she walks through a wheat field. 

Thanks so much to Lisa for doing a fantastic job. "Lead Me Home" should be out within the next three weeks or so.