Friday, December 26, 2014

Betrayed--The Cast by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen

Betrayed will be released next week! Here's a behind-the scenes look at the three main characters who create the book's love triangle:

Julia Barrett: Most of Betrayed is told through Julia's point of view. She has grown up in Niagara and has long been engaged to Adam Wolcott. Readers will quickly get to know her, but what they won't readily know is I based a bit of Julia's physical description on a friend of mine named Celeste. Celeste is a beautiful, capable woman with a strong and kind heart, but one of the things I most love about her is that her goodness lights up her entire countenance. Every time I talk with her, I can't help but notice the good-humored brightness in her eyes. Thus, my character, Julia Barrett, has eyes that are so much like Celeste's that her brother refers to her as "Jewels" in honor of her eyes.

Adam Wolcott: Adam is a wealthy, charismatic, tall-dark-and-handsome young man with a strong business sense and a determination to get what he most wants out of life--including Julia--no matter the personal sacrifice to himself. I've often thought of him as being a cross between Adam (Richard Long), from the 1960's western series, The Big Valley, and Richard Armitage from the movie, North and South.

                 Richard Long                                    Richard Armitage

Tom Harrison: He's a blonde, handsome, self-made man who left his abusive home as a boy and apprenticed himself out to a magician. He, like Adam, is in love with Julia, but unlike Adam, he is Julia's brother's best friend. Unfortunately, Julia's brother dies, and Tom vows to take her brother's place in helping the Barrett's cross the plains to the Salt Lake Valley. Since Adam is a magician, and because I've come to really enjoy a TV show called The Carbonaro Effect, a cross between a magic show and "Hidden Camera", I've added a YouTube clip from the show at the bottom of this post. Enjoy!

Friday, November 21, 2014

BETRAYED by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen

Introducing the cover (which I absolutely love) for my next romantic suspense novel, Betrayed. It will be released on January 2, 2015 and is now available for pre-order here! Can't wait!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Bookmarked Bargains & $160 Reader's Party Pack

Huge online Ebook Sale. FOUR DAYS ONLY Great prices from great authors! This is the perfect opportunity to stock on some good reading for those cold winter months. This event only happens twice a year, so stock up on your favorite books while you can. Click here to go to the Bookmarked Bargains site.
(Be sure to check out all the genres to find all those reading gems)

Then AFTER you shop to your heart's content, scroll to the bottom of ANY Bookmarked Bargains Page and fill out the Rafflecopter to sign up for our monthly Bookmarked Reader’s Newsletter containing new releases and bargain prices from our beloved authors at Indie Author Hub. Your information will always remain confidential. All names collected will be entered to win a Reader's Party Pack shipped right to your door.

Reader’s Party Pack: $160 value. Designed for readers. Everything a reader needs to enjoy a good book--blankets, hot cocoa, and more!

Of course, you don't need to purchase any of the listed books in order to be eligible to win, but you might as well because they're awesome.There's something on this list for everyone to enjoy, so let's get right to it! *Be sure to check the price of the book before you download so you know you're getting the sale price.*

Who's Who and What's What in Each Category:
(Use links below or use the tabs above to find your favorite books and authors)
Below are all the genres and participating authors.
ROMANTIC COMEDY Marie Higgins, Jo Noelle 
INSPIRATIONAL FICTION (LDS/ CHRISTIAN) Stacy Lynn Carroll, Alivia Anderson, Vicki Hunt Budge, Maria Hoagland, Daniel Coleman 
CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE Donna K Weaver, Rachael Anderson, Rachel Ann Nunes, Rebecca Talley, Stephanie Fowers, Cami Checketts, LuAnn Staheli, Taylor Hart, Heather Justesen, Heather Tullis, Shannon Guymon, Lisa Swinton, Heather Moore
NONFICTION Christy Dorrity, Valerie Steimle,
FANTASY/ SCI FI Andrea Pearson, Katie Lee O'Guinn, Stephanie Fowers, Susan Tietjen, Theresa Sneed
YOUNG ADULT/ YA ROMANCE J. Loyd Morgan, Cindy M. Hogan, Jo Noelle, Tamara Hart Heiner, Janette Rallison
HISTORICAL ROMANCE Nichole Van, Joyce DiPastena, Marsha Ward, Marie Higgins, Tina Scott MIDDLE GRADE Monique Bucheger 
YA FANTASY J. Lloyd Morgan Christy Dorrity Daniel Coleman 
ROMANTIC SUSPENSE Donna K. Weaver, Cami Checketts, Rachel Ann Nunes, Theresa Sneed, Kathleen Marks (Ronda Hinrichsen), Christy Barritt, Julie Coulter Bellon, Tanya Parker Mills 
CHILDREN R. K. Hinrichsen

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fun Fall Favorites and Amazing Giveaway

This is an amazing opportunity to learn about some great books and enter a valuable giveaway. Good luck!

28 authors have come together to give you a
 reading list of FUN FALL FAVORITES!


Click on the image to read a summary of each book :)


$300 Amazon Gift Card 
OR PayPal Cash

GIVEAWAY ends 11/17/14
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Fearful Thing Cover Reveal

The cover for episode #2 in my Dalton and Dalton Mysteries series is now ready for public viewing. Yay! Covers always add a new reality-like dimension to my stories. LOVE IT!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Publication Updates

First, To Sleep No More, my novella written under my pen name, Kathleen Marks, is now available on Nook and every other e-distributor that I'm currently aware of. It is also available in paper back at several outlets. Here is the Create Space link.

Second, I am working on the next episode in the Dalton & Dalton series, so please stay tuned. This one, like next suspense novel, Betrayed, will take place in Niagara Falls.

And speaking of Betrayed, my publisher has changed its publication date. I'll let you know when I know more.

Sunday, June 8, 2014


My url host has decided to cancel its blog product, so I've transferred my most important posts over the past several years to this new blog. Unfortunately, they're all listed under June 2014, but at least they're here.


Preternatural scientist Alexandra Dalton and her estranged husband Richard Dalton, a treasure hunter join forces to unravel a mysterious "Night Hag" murder.

Hi, everyone,

Though I will continue to write contemporary and historical suspense novels under my pen name, Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen, I will also be writing and self-publishing speculative novellas, under the pen name Kathleen Marks, for ebook and print on demand. My first novella is the beginning "episode" in a romantic suspense series titled: To Sleep No More, a Dalton & Dalton Preternatural Mystery and will be released later this month. Above is the cover and a quick blurb.


(This article was originally published on Gospel Ideals).
“I know that my Redeemer lives.” Job said it. Other prophets and apostles of both the Bible and Book of Mormon have said it, and each first Sunday of every month, numerous members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, including me, testify of it in their Fast and Testimony meetings. However, even with so many testators, millions of people ask how they can personally attain a sure knowledge that Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, does in fact live.
The answer is quite simple: Heavenly Father, by the power of the Holy Ghost, will reveal it to our hearts and minds when we sincerely obey and pray to Him (Moroni 10:4-5).
This truth—this promise from God—is a process that applies to all people and in all ages of their lives. For example, a friend of mine recently asked her six-year-old niece how she knew Heavenly Father loved her. She replied that she knew Heavenly Father loved her because when she kept the commandments, He helped her. She had not only obeyed Him, but she had also recognized His hand in her life.
My first steps toward my testimony of Jesus Christ began in a similar fashion when I was a child. I no longer remember all the details surrounding such events, or even all the prayers I offered, but I do remember that every time I prayed to Him about things that were important to me at the time but now seem a bit frivolous, I recognized that He had answered me anyway. I prayed to Him for things like help in finding lost items, in providing ways to stay modest when my clothes were malfunctioning, and in achieving goals I’d spent many hours working on. In every instance, God answered those prayers in the affirmative, and each time He did, I not only knew that He had done so, but my trust and belief in Him also grew. I began to know that my redeemer lives.
But affirmative answers to my prayers are not the only reason I know God lives. I, like every person on this earth, have trials that test me almost more than I think I can bear. Many of them are ongoing, and though I have prayed for relief from them, they continue. Along that path, however, God has blessed me with tender, comforting mercies that provide a touch of balm to my soul and give me the strength to carry on.
One of those loving mercies came while I was working with young women in a spiritual activity at achurch girls’ camp. All the participants were blind-folded, given an animal sound, and told we needed to find the rest of our “family” by making the assigned sound. When we found our family members, we were to hold them close to us and ultimately complete a specific task which brought us “Home.”
As luck would have it, shortly after I found my family, I lost them again, and at the end of activity, I was a lone person in the field. At that point, someone noticed I was “lost” and sent my family to retrieve me. They did so, and finally, tearfully, I returned to home base. But I wasn’t tearful because I was embarrassed I was the last one on the field (though I slightly was); I was crying because one of Christ’s parables had suddenly become alive in me; Alone in that field, I had received an answer of comfort to one of my never-ending prayers.
The parable is found in Matthew 20:1-16. It describes how a householder hired laborers for his vineyard at varying times of the day, and at the end of the day, paid all workers the same reward. Before that activity, when I’d read that parable, I’d thought as many of the earlier-hired workers in the story had, that it wasn’t fair for those who’d worked all day to receive the same wage as those who’d worked an hour. However, as I stood alone, after all I could do on my own, and was finally rescued, I realized that parable witnesses of Christ’s mercy. I learned that it doesn't matter to Him whether we make it to God’s Kingdom first or last. What matters is that we get there. And when we get there, we’ll each receive the same reward: Eternal Life.

That answered prayer, along with many others, comforted my heart and strengthened my hope in Jesus Christ. That is how I know that my redeemer lives.

PERFECT PIE CRUST HINT by Ronda Gibb Hinrichsen

Though I've made homemade pie for years, making perfect pie crusts seemed like a goal I could never reach. I'd tried many recipes and followed several bits of' advice, but in every case, I could never move my rolled crust to the pie pan without tearing it--usually in multiple places. 

Eventually, I chose a recipe I now always use, because, in part, it promised perfect pie crusts, and one day, even though I continued to do the same things over and over again, I was going to get different results. Or so I told myself.

Finally, I had a pie-making break through: roll the dough on a piece of wax paper and move the paper to the pie pan! Ta da! It finally slipped easily into the pan, and I had a perfect pie crust! 

I'm sure there are a lot of you out there who say "Of course!" to that idea. Some of you probably even have pastry sheets. But for me, a person who didn't want to purchase a pastry sheet simply for those days I made pies, it was an answer to a life-long problem. And maybe, just maybe, it'll help someone out there. Someone like me. 


While traveling, I always meet good and interesting people and learn fascinating facts. For instance, I hadn't known dragons were not only popular there, but also legendary. My third chapter book,The Mouth of the Dragon, takes place in Krakow, Poland during WWII and refers both to a legendary dragon and to a brave man who did what he could to protect the Jews during the holocaust. Here are a few pictures from that area.


In recent days, over 43 LDS authors signed a letter titled "Mormon Writers Ask for Manuscripts to be Treated on Quality of Work Not Content of Biography." I was one of those authors, for I do not believe that anyone, no matter their beliefs, should be mistreated. However, as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I affirm that I do not support the gay lifestyle. My feelings are the same as those published by the Church at this link.


It's been a while since I posted pictures from one of our trips, so I thought I'd show you a little of New Zealand. We were there in the spring of 2012.

The Redwood forest in Rotorua, New Zealand. I loved this place! It's also one of the settings in the novel I'm currently writing.