Let’s Chat! Bruce Judisch & Marble Falls Legacy

Welcome to Let’s Chat!, everyone!

Sandy River_Bruce JudischI‘m honored to begin 2019 with friend and fellow author, Bruce Judisch, a gentleman of the first order. We chatted in 2017 about Quimby PondBook One of The Marble Falls Legacy. This time I’m excited to learn about Book Two–Sandy River.

Bruce is offering a giveaway to someone who joins our chat circle: either BOTH Quimby Pond and Sandy River in ebook format or a signed, print copy of Sandy River–winner’s choice. 

Bruce Judish, the Writer

Hi, Linda! Thanks so much for hosting me again. It’s been a couple of years now, mostly because it’s taken me that long to finish my next book. It’s the second of three parts to “The Marble Falls Legacy” series that I’m really enjoying writing. Oddly, it’s my third series, and when I started all three, I didn’t know they would become multi-work projects until I got well into the story. Whether that happens to seat-of-the-pants writers more than to those who outline their work, I don’t know. I do know it’s kind of a fun surprise, though.

The thing about writing a series is that you become so deeply immersed in the characters’ lives. More so, I think, than writing a single title, if for no other reason than that you spend so much more time with each of them. You don’t just watch them mature, you mature with them through their failures, learn their lessons, and respond to the next challenge along with them. Maybe that’s why my projects end up as series; I just don’t want to say goodbye to my characters. They say writing is a solitary life, and I get that. Mine, though, is a very happily crowded solitary life. 

The Marble Falls Legacy Begins

So, what is this latest work? For context, let me start with its prequel, Quimby Pond. Here’s the short of it:

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August 20, 1896, Marble Falls, Maine. A festively adorned bridal trunk arrives on the one o’clock train, but no newlyweds debark to claim it. Curious townspeople gather for the evening train, but again only to disappointment. Where was the happy couple? What became of the trunk? And what if it wasn’t a bridal trunk at all?

Present Day: Gwen Kelly comes to Marble Falls to escape a broken past, a past that revisits her when she begins to restore an antique trunk. A mysterious assailant targets her friends and fingers her as the only person who can stop him. Gwen is thrust into an awkward relationship with Officer Brent Newcomb as they race to stop the intruder from striking again. Could the trunk hold the key to this cloud of violence spreading over the peaceful Rangeley Lakes? If so, will they discover its secret in time?

The fun part to this is that the 1896 event with the trunk actually happened. Friends of mine discovered the account buried in the back pages of an old copy of the Rangeley Lakes newspaper (“Marble Falls” is a fictional town based upon Rangeley, Maine.) Now tell me, how can a fiction writer chance upon a tidbit like that and not write a mystery?

The Marble Falls Legacy Continues

While Quimby Pond is a contemporary story, except for a flashback to 1896 in the Prologue, the sequel Sandy River carries a dual storyline: one set in present day, and the other in 1860-61 Boston (dual storylines are a favorite genre of mine). Here’s what it’s about:

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Present Day, Medford, Massachusetts. When Gwen returns from Marble Falls to settle her father’s estate, she discovers a shocking revelation in his will. In the quest to uncover his secret, she stumbles upon a family connection to an antique trunk—one whose legacy nearly ended her life two months earlier. Torn between pursuing her past and securing her future, mysterious events threaten to stop her from finding out the truth.

1861, Boston, Massachusetts. Irma Kelly, a strong-willed debutante on Beacon Hill’s affluent South Slope, is a fervent abolitionist and restless feminist. As Boston plunges into the Civil War, her once comfortable society evolves beyond her experience and challenges her sensibilities. But she is determined do whatever she can to right the wrongs in her world, even if it means facing mortal danger.

As Gwen and Irma pursue resolutions to their futures, their silent voices reach out to each other through the ages, and the years between them melt away, bringing their hearts together.

Sandy River picks back up with Gwen’s life, but adds the story of how the mysterious bridal trunk came to be. And, as the blurb hints, an ethereal connection between Gwen and her distant grandmother Irma arises from it.

The Future for The Marble Falls Legacy

Book three of “The Marble Falls Legacy” series is under construction. It will be predominantly historical, completing the story of the bridal trunk, but will also include some contemporary content. But don’t ask me exactly how just yet. Remember, I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer.

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Bruce Judisch_Marble Fall LegacyBruce Judisch has been writing fiction for over fifteen years. His first work, “A Prophet’s Tale,” is a two-part novelization of the story of the Old Testament prophet, Jonah ben Amittai, comprising The Journey Begun and The Word Fulfilled. A third part, The Promised Kept, is under construction. More recently, he wrote Katia and its sequel For Maria, both with complementary present-day and 20th-century historical storylines.

Bruce lives in Texas with his wife and high-school sweetheart, Jeannie, and their two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Charlie and Raleigh. They are the proud parents of three and grandparents of fourteen.

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Lord, thank You for the privilege of connecting readers with writers like Bruce. You’ve given him a gift and created readers who are looking for stories like his. Providing a platform for them to meet is a sweet spot for me. You have the words of life, Lord. Please bless each word of life Bruce shares through his fascinating stories.
~ For Jesus’ sake


15 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Bruce Judisch & Marble Falls Legacy

  1. Susan Wallace

    Bruce these sound so interesting. Linda is peaking my interest in so many new authors. I want them all and the time to read them. Thank you both, for stirring my curiosity

    1. Hi, Susan. Bruce is a terrific author. And man. I know you’d love his books.

    2. Bruce Judisch

      Hey Susan! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I so empathize with your comment on finding the time to read all the books you’d like to. 🙂 Here’s wishing for you a 2019 filled with more reading time.

      Cheers! Bruce

  2. Angie Carroll

    They sound great. I can’t wait to read them.

    1. Welcome, Angie. Yes, Bruce’s books are great. I know you’ll enjoy them.

    2. Bruce Judisch

      Hi Angie! I hope they bring you as much joy reading them as they brought me writing them. 🙂 Thanks for commenting.

      Cheers! Bruce

  3. Diane Buie

    These stories are ones I must read; I never considered that a bridal trunk could be so intriguing!! thanks for the chance to enter the giveaway.

    1. Bruce Judisch

      Hi Diane! It’s been a really fun story to write so far. I love stories that have obscure true events as a “hook.” Thanks for stopping by and commenting! 🙂

      Cheers! Bruce

    2. Hi, Diane. Great to welcome you to the circle. Yes, you must read Bruce’s books. They’re wonderful.

  4. Bruce Judisch

    Thanks, Lora. 🙂 You had a great deal to do with both “Quimby Pond” and “Sandy River.” Thanks for leaving the comment.

    Cheers! Bruce

  5. Lora

    Both of these books (and all of Bruce’s books) are so delightful! I am eagerly awaiting book 3 in the series to see how the mysterious plot lines all tie together! Thank you for all that you pour into weiting such excellent books, Bruce. 🙂

    1. Hi, Lora! You are one the unsung heroes of Bruce’s books. I know he’d agree with me. 🙂 So glad you joined us. Thank you.

  6. Judi Marshall

    These books sound very interesting to read the dual time periods are something I have never read before.
    Plus my daughter wants dogs like yours she wants it to help with her EDS

    1. Bruce Judisch

      Hi Judi,
      I probably lean more toward the historical genre from the standpoint of writing, but I love do read and write novels with dual storylines. Susan Meissner is a master at this. You might enjoy looking up her work, like “Shades of Mercy,” and “Lady in Waiting.”

      And Cavaliers are the best. 🙂 Incredible family dogs.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

      Cheers! Bruce

    2. Hi, Judi! I love welcoming you to our circle. Yes, Bruce’s books are fascinating. I know you’ll enjoy them.


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Let’s Chat! Author Martha Rogers

Welcome, everyone!

Martha Rogers, author of historical and contemporary romance novels, is joining our chat circle this week. Welcome, Martha! We’re delighted to have you.

Martha’s giving away to someone who joins the conversation below their choice of a print copy of Christmas at Stoney Creek, which is set in Texas in the 1890s, or an ebook of Thanksgiving in the Valley. So comment below, and you might be the blessed winner of one of these lovely stories.

Martha’s Roots

First, thank you, Linda, for inviting me to your blog.

Martha’s Growing Up Years: Dallas, Texas

I was born in Dallas, Texas 82 years ago and was my parents’ first child and the first grandchild on each side. I have a younger sister and brother who still live in the Ft. Worth-Dallas area. I attended Kindergarten through grade twelve in Dallas. In fact, my family never lived anywhere but in Dallas.

Martha’s Young Adult Years: Waco, Texas

After high school graduation, I attended Baylor University where I earned a Bachelor of Science degree with a minor in English. My days at Baylor were full of fun as I participated in as many activities as I could and still do my studies. I liked to talk, socialize, and play pranks.

any times I found myself on the borderline for being “Campused” which meant I could not leave the campus for the rest of the semester and restricted to the dorm with only my classes to attend. Never made that list because I knew the limit and never crossed it.

I had never lived outside of Dallas until going to Baylor, and when I graduated in 1957, I accepted a job in Houston and have lived here ever since.

Martha Meets Her Man

I met my husband at First Baptist Church in Houston in 1959, and we married that year. We remain members of that church even today. I attended the University of Houston and earned my Master’s of Education and went on to teach at the college level for eight years.

Martha Rears a Family

We have three sons and daughters-in-law. The oldest lives in Waco, Texas, the middle one is here in Houston, and the youngest lives with his family in Tulsa, Oklahoma. They have given us nine grandchildren. The youngest grandson is a sophomore in high school. Our two oldest granddaughters are married and have given us five great-grandchildren.

Last fall, our third oldest grandson married and our family grew. Here we all are at the wedding in San Antonio, Texas, the bride’s home town. Our fifth great-grandchild joined the family in July of this year. Her name is Hailey Kate and we think she’s adorable.

Then last December, we had a snowfall that actually stayed around, a rarity in Houston. Here is our house with the snow. The trees kept the ground from being fully covered. We’ve lived in this house for forty-three years now.

Martha Rogers, the Writer

I began writing and telling stories as a young child and wrote my first novel at age seventeen while at Baylor. I wrote short stories and filed them away, but never did anything with them. While teaching a creative writing class for high school students, I decided to write the book I’d been making notes on for several years. I wrote mainly in the summers because English teachers have very little time after grading papers for 150 or so students.

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I signed with an agent in the early 1990’s, but got nothing but rejections. We parted ways after three years. I continued writing and attended many writing conferences including Mount Hermann and the American Christian Romance Writers then later when it became ACFW. At an ACRW conference in 2001, I met and signed with my present agent, Tamela Hancock Murray.

Martha Rogers, the Author

My critique partners, DiAnn Mills, Kathleen Y’Barbo, and Janice Thompson, decided we needed a collection of stories to submit for a collection. In 2007, Barbour published Sugar and Grits. This was one of the most fun books I’ve ever written.

I had nothing else accepted, but Tamela Hancock Murray, my agent, continued to send out my manuscripts. DiAnn, Janice, and Kathleen helped me come up with the title for a series I wanted to write and the title of the first book.

Martha Rogers Celebrates

Finally, in 2009, on my seventy-third birthday, Tamela called with the news the first manuscript, Becoming Lucy had been accepted. After the first manuscript, they sent a contract for the rest of the series that ended up being six books. The series, Winds Across the Prairie, is still available today. Lucy became a CPA best seller as did the sixth in the series, Christmas at Holly Hill.

After that first series, I contracted for two more of four books each. Now I have published fifty novels and novellas and have contracts for more in 2019. My newest releases are for two historical Thanksgiving and Christmas books, and two other contemporary ones.

I am now working on a cozy mystery for a series titled Spring Hill Sleuths. It’s set in a retirement community and my main character is in her 70’s and is much like Miss Marple or Jessica Fletcher. Her cohorts include a retired lawyer and a retired police detective. It’s a lot of fun to write with a number of quirky characters.

Martha’s Plans for the Future

I’m planning on writing as long as the Lord allows and gives me ideas. God is my Master Creator and fills my head with ideas. He has walked with me though my own cancer and my husband’s heart attack and his battle with melanoma. Without my Lord, I am as sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.

Martha’s Give-Away

This is the print book I’m giving away. Christmas at Stoney Creek is set in Texas in the 1890’s. Although entirely fiction, the hero is named for my grandfather who was a newspaperman.

Blurb: News reporter Tom Whiteman befriends a homeless man, Joe, and brings him home to Stoney Creek. Tom’s journalistic instincts suggest there’s more to the old man than appearances tell. A carpenter by trade, Joe works at odd jobs around town and makes many new friends including Faith Delmont, a girl who grew up with Tom. Contradictions in the man’s manners and way of speaking whet Tom’s nose for news and raises even more questions. As he and Faith seek the truth, they learn that God’s love can turn tragedy and loss to triumph and true love comes to those who seek it.    

If you prefer an E-book, then I have Thanksgiving in the Valley for you.

Blurb: Travis fell in love with Violet when she was fourteen. Now, ten years later, he returns to Ridgewood Valley as a lawman and still loves her. Violet has always loved Travis and when he returns from serving in the U.S. Cavalry, her love grows. Because she’s a preacher’s daughter, and he has less than stellar reputation while in the cavalry, he doesn’t feel worthy of Violet’s love and tries to avoid her. A few days before Thanksgiving, while he is away on a man hunt, Violet is shot during an attempted robbery of the church’s offerings. When Travis returns to town learns of Violet’s injuries, he realizes he can’t live without her. Will this Thanksgiving Day be one of great blessings for these two hearts? 

How to Find Martha Rogers & Her Books

Martha Rogers Author Facebook page


Twitter: @martharogers2 

Amazon for all of my books 

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Lord, You are the eternal time setter. You know the times, the seasons, the hours, and the days, and you have from the beginning. How inspiring Martha’s story of Your giving her a family to rear and then placing a pen in her hand to write stories about Your amazing love and grace. Please bless each word Martha writes for you.
~ For Jesus’ sake

24 thoughts on “Let’s Chat! Author Martha Rogers

  1. I’ve been an avid Martha Rogers fan since Sugar and Grits. Spring Hill Sleuths promises to be another great read, too.

    1. Thanks, Linda. It’s fun writing about older characters and adding a few quirks and fun for them. Book 2, The Case of the Missing Pearls should be out in January.

  2. Thanks for stopping by, Alison. It was fun chatting with you on Facebook last night.

  3. Alison Boss

    Martha, I so enjoyed reading about your life and your writing journey! The Lord has truly gifted you and blessed you! I was just perusing through all your books that you have listed on Amazon…7 pages worth!! That is awesome! So many delightful reads!! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of your book, Christmas at Stoney Creek! I love Christmas stories and this sounds sooo good!

  4. Marilyn R

    A beautiful and full life for you, Martha. What a blessing with all your family being together and another special great granddaughter to love. I look forward to reading your books. They sound like ones I’ll enjoy. Christian Historical Fiction is a favorite.
    Linda and Martha, have a blessed and wonderful Thanksgiving with loved ones. God is good all the time.

    1. Thank you Marilyn. May your Thanksgiving be blessed as well.

  5. Susanne

    All of these books sound like great reads!

  6. Shelia Hall

    both books sound great. Love to win Christmas at Stoney Creek.


    Hi Martha Thank You for sharing You are new to me Would Love to read Your book Christmas At Stoney Creek! Your Great Granddaughter is Adorable! Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sarah. This Christmas book was fun to write using my grandfather as the model for the hero. May you have a Happy Thanksgiving as well.

    2. I forgot to add, Sarah that was my great-grandmother’s name. They called her Sallie for some reason even though her name was Sarah Louise. She’s the mother of the hero in Stoney Creek.

      1. I have never understood why, by Sally/Sallie has always been the nickname for Sarah. I’ve known others. It’s cute.

  8. Faith Creech

    I also went to Baylor and absolutely loved my time there. Still follow the Baylor the Bears!! Thanks for the chance to win!

    1. Yay! Another Baylor Bear! I wrote my first full length novel as a freshman living on the 4th floor of Alexander Hall. I graduated in 1957, so I’m a Heritage Club member now. 🙂

  9. Lelia (Lucy) Reynolds

    Thank you for sharing. Enjoyed reading. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

    1. You too, Lucy. I love this time of year. Thanks for stopping by.

  10. Seems like it took forever, Perrianne, but it was all in God’s timing. He knew when I’d be ready.

  11. Patty, the first book of the series, Mulch Ado About Murder is available on Amazon for Kindle or as a paperback. https://amzn.to/2zUNcDf

  12. Paula, I hope your daughter likes Dallas. That’s where my youngest daughter-in-law lived. She and our youngest son are now in Tulsa. I love that town. Thanks for stopping by.

  13. Paula Shreckhise

    My daughter and her family are moving to Dallas soon. She lives near Tulsa, Oklahoma presently.
    These books sound great! I like your biography. I’m glad you found an agent that worked for you. She seems like a nice fit. I see her name credited by some of my favorite authors. Happy Thanksgiving! paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

  14. Perrianne Askew

    Thank you for filling us in on how you got your start writing. You are an extremely patient woman! But the story goes that Texas women are tough. I wasn’t born in Texas but got here as fast as I could. My hubby and two sons are native Texans.

  15. Patricia Bennett Barber

    Hi, your new to me but this book sounds great..i want to read it!!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Patricia. I always love it when new readers come on board.

  16. Patty

    Spring Hill Sleuths sounds like a fun upcoming series. I haven’t read many cozy mysteries, but that sounds like a cute setting/premise.
    Christmas at Stoney Creek sounds more like my typical read, I would love to win a copy.


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