02 May 2013

BLUE and GREY Party!!! Celebrating Kathy Maher's Debut!!! Four Civil War Authors!!!



Kathleen L. Maher's debut fiction novella "Bachelor's Buttons" has released and we are celebrating by featuring content from Civil War authors all day long and doing some special giveaways.

Kathleen L Masher

Jocelyn Green, nominated for the 2013 Christy Award in both Debut and Historical Fiction categories is partying with us and shared this video clip:



Widow of Gettysburg from River North Fiction on Vimeo.



Return to Shirley Plantation
The Last Waltz
Bachelor Buttons


GIVEAWAYS  
Have you purchased a copy of Volume 1 (Carrie Fancett Pagels' "Return to Shirley Plantation")???

Or Volume 2 (Murray Pura's "The Last Waltz"),

 or Kathy Maher's debut release "Bachelor Buttons" which is Volume 3 in Cry of Freedom?

If so--forward your email receipt from Amazon to: OvercomingwithGod@aol.com to enter to win a lovely teacup set.



Have you reviewed any or all of the Cry of Freedom volumes?  If so: we have a giveaway of jams from Shirley Plantation for you being so sweet!!!

NOTE:  We will be waiting to draw until the end of the month for the teapot to give people time to purchase!  So May 31st is deadline.  For the jams the deadline is in TWO weeks for the reviews for the jam drawings so that will be May 16th.


Those who have purchased copies of Jocelyn's Wedded to War will be entered to win a set of blue and grey caps (see photo).  Forward your email confirming your purchase to OvercomingwithGod@aol.com

Deadline for purchases for this drawing is May 31st.


Wedded to War
If you've reviewed Jocelyn's double Christy-nominated debut novel "Wedded to War" on Amazon, CBD, or B&N put "REV"on your comment for a drawing for her new release "Widow of Gettysburg" in paperback.
Widow of Gettysburg









Widow of Gettysburg is also being distributed as a FREE Kindle copy this week through Amazon!  Don't miss out on this. If you've reviewed "Widow of Gettysburg" we have a giveaway for Confederate and Yankee jams from Shirley Plantation! Put REV WoG on your comment! 


Deadline for the jams is May 17th so get those reviews in!




Teal Box of Goodies for Kathleen Maher's Debut
In honor of Kathy's debut we have a TEAL basket of goodies for one lucky winner.  Simply leave a heartfelt congratulation to enter for that prize and leave your email address if we don't know you.


And KATHY offered this ADORABLE Irish basket, too!!!  Love everything in it!  So another winner will also be drawn.  Leave a comment and email address.
Irish basket giveaway from Kathy Masher



123 comments:

  1. I want to say Congrats to Kathleen, Jocelyn, AND Carrie on their new releases! Looking forward to reading all of them.
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you, Amy <3 It's been such a blessing getting to know you all a little better. Thank you for your kindness and support! hugs, Kathy

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    2. Thanks AMY!!! If you purchase and/or review email me! Blessings!

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    3. I have reviewed Wedded to War on Amazon several months. Does that count?
      Carrie, I just won your book on another blog! Yay!! :0)

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  2. KATHLEEN, congrats on your debut release! So happy for you!!

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    1. Thank you, Marian. Your review blessed me more than I can say. You are the best to do this for me. Blessings, dear lady!

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    2. Thanks for helping with this post, too, MARIAN.

      CONGRATS, KATHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  3. Congrats to you KATHY, CARRIE, MURRAY, and JOCELYN!

    KATHY, what an exciting day for you! I have read the first two in this great series and have heard wonderful things already concerning your book, Kathy. Enjoy your special day! You deserve it!

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    1. Thank you, Diana. <3 It has Flowers in the title, so I wrote it just for you! LOL Seriously, thank you for all you are doing to help us spread the word about our stories. You are a darling!

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    2. Yours and MURRAY'S both have flowers so thank you for the honor. ;) And you are so welcome, sweetie!

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    3. Thanks DIANA!!! You are an ANGEL!!!

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  4. Congradulations Kathleen and everyone.. Trying hard to finish reading so I can review your book... Looking into Murray's other book today... Carrie's book is being read after yours...
    Blessings
    Linda Marie Bradt Finn

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    1. I believe I have Wedded to War and Widow of Gettysburg, but I cannot get them reveiwed that fast...smile.. So many good authors and not enough time to read everyones at the same time...smile
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    2. Linda, my new friend! Thank you for your kindness and support. hugs!

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    3. LINDA, the Teapot/Cup set will not be drawn for a little while. Will put that on the post! So you have time!

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  5. what a wonderful party and what wonderful prizes! ALL THE BEST KATHLEEN! what an enjoyable moment!

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    1. Thank you, Murray! It wouldn't have been possible without you. Thanks for the opportunity, your freindship, and all the support.

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    2. MURRAY, bless you for putting this Cry of Freedom series together!!! Sorry there is no creel to give away!

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  6. Congratulations KATHLEEN on your wonderful debut!! I know it will do so well for you!!! It really was such an enjoyable story to read, and I just loved all the history behind it. Including your family's history too. Really fascinating! :)

    Loved the video's JOCELYN, and looking forward to getting stuck into Widow of Gettysburg!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Noela. So grateful for your warm words.
      Jocelyn's book is phenomenal! you will love it.

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  7. OH and I emailed in my reciept of Murrays book since I have both of you ladies already ! Cannot help but love Murrays writing of history , its wonderful !
    Blessings
    Linda

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    1. yes, I wept in parts of Murrays, and laughed in other parts. He knows how to write characters who move you. I related to their star-crossed romance so much, since my husband worked third shift for four years and it seemed we never saw each other. Made our time together even more sweet. you will love it.

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    2. Thanks LINDA for sending in MURRAY's receipt! Will put you in the drawing! u r a sweetie!

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  8. Please add the Irish gift basket, ladies! Don't make me hold my breath and turn green! LOL

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    1. oops! that was me--I want to add a giveaway to the mix. Please oh please oh please

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    2. LOL--I LOVE your Irish gift basket--it is SO ADORABLE!!! I added it!

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  9. Hi Kathleen: I had a difficult time deciding which part of BACHELOR BUTTONS I liked the most, because there were so many: Civil War history, the romance, the Irish immigrant characters, or the snippet of your family history. Whatta combination for success! Thank you for an afternoon of reading enjoyment. God bless.

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    1. Diane, thank you for your incredible review and for having me on your blog, too! Hey, everybody, if you don't know Diane Kalas, you will want to know this sweet, supportive and generous spirit! She is terrific!

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    2. Oh, I will have to check out your review DIANE!! I LOVE your posts about etiquette, btw!!!

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  10. Such a fun party! I'm honored to be a part of it. All the best to Kathleen on her brand new novella! I enjoyed it so much!Also loved Carrie's--Murray, haven't read yours yet but apparently I will love it, according to everyone else who has read it! :)

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    1. Pull up a chair, JOCELYN, we are so glad to have you celebrating with us!!!

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    2. Thanks so much for your wonderful review, JOCELYN, and I am still reading your wonderful new CW book!!!

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  11. Congrats Kathleen, looking forwarded to having you on my blog!

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  12. How do we enter the contest for reviewing the volumes I have done the first 2 volumes and I don't have the emails receipts from buying the first 2 volumes. Or does 1 email from any of the 3 work

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    1. Email from what you have and each will count as an entry, DEBBIE! Thanks for having me and KATHY on your blog!!!

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  13. Hey Ladies! Just dropping in to say hello and congratulations again to both of you! I love both of your covers. Just beautiful! I know this series is going to be a hit. Have a great week of partying.

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    1. Debbie Lynne! Thank you so much for coming! Hey, everyone, Debbie Lynne is also conducting a party at her blog the SWORD and SPIRIT. She has fabulous prizes there, too, like a Trader Joe's gift bag full of goodies, and lots of fun. I am so surrounded by amazing people, I could just burst. :)

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  14. Thank you Jocelyn and Debbie! I am swimming in good vibes and blessings today. You all are awesome. :D

    Yes, you will love Murray's story. I was taken right in. Didn't want it to end.

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    1. What an absolutely wonderful page, Kathleen! The Irish basket is beautiful....as is your story, Bachelor Buttons. I'm honored to be in your company. And to Carrie, thank you for sharing this with me. You're all so delightful! Joy Ross Davis

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    2. Oh u snuck in JOY!!! Great to see u here! Will be fun to see u on board with the Cry of Freedom project soon.

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  15. it's not surprising Kathleen has Irish blood - when I first met her on FB I thought of a song dad/granddad always sung, "I'll take you home again Kathleen" - so when she mentioned the other day family had been in the 69th Regiment, the Irish Brigade, knew she had been named by Irish parents - Kathleen you should tell people here about your family connections to the 69th!

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    1. Oh, what a great idea, Murray. My great grandfather on my mother's father's side was also from Manhattan. John Cronin came over on the boat in the late 1840's as a baby as his family escaped the Potato Famine. He enlisted in 1864 as a 15-year-old, and lied about his age to get in. I suspect he did it for the bounty he could collect for his family. He fought in the 69th regiment and was there at the siege of Petersburg and even the signing at Appomattox. He marched in the Grand Review in Washington with the Fighting Irish as a veteran. He went on to march in the St Paddy's Day parade every year in Manhattan with the surviving veterans, and caught his death of pneumonia at that parade. Remarkable life. I can't imagine my son enlisting in a year--he's 14. Even my 22 year old. It's staggering!

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    2. Well, MURRAY, I am Irish, too. My William Christy was the son of an Irish immigrant. And supposedly I have Scots-Irish ancestors who were originally Scottish so I dk if that was him or if there are more such as my Hayes ancestors. We always celebrated St. Patrick's Day and my mom was proud of her Irish roots KATHY!!!

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  16. Congrats to KATHY, CARRIE, MURRAY, and JOCELYN! What an exciting day for everyone. Kathy I can't wait to read your new book, I am so excited for you. :)

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    1. Thank you, Teresa. I finally have my pdfs, so I will email it to you soon! You are such a sweetie! Thank you and yes, congrats to everyone!

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  17. Congratulations to all of you! I wish I had more time to read, but I really will get to everyone's books and get them reviewed eventually!

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    1. Thank you, Darci. I'm like you--I can't hurry my reading. I have to savor every book. Enjoy, my friend!

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    2. DARCI-I saw that you reviewed Wedded to War today on Amazon! So CARRIE (or whoever is picking winners) put DARCI in the drawing for the blue and grey caps!

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    3. REV WoG for DARCI!!!! Thanks JOCELYN n DARCI!!!

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  18. cheers Teresa and Darci - savor Kathleen's writing to the very hilt of your swords!!! (((smile)))

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  19. CONGRATS, KATHY!!! I started reading your novella this morning. Can't wait to get back to it but the grands are coming after lunch so I must clean! Y'all have a great day over here :) {{hugs}}

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    1. ANNE, you are as bad as me! You cleaned yesterday! lol I clean AFTER the grands leave tho. ;)

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    2. Anne, You are such an encourager! Thank you. Enjoy your babies!

      And yeah, I have to clean every day because of my fur babies. I am wayyy behind today, but for a very fun reason!

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    3. ANNE!!! Can't wait to see u at BR!!! And thanks again for being a Beta reader for RtSP--and now u can finally read the kiss scene lol! Hugs!

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  20. REV WoG

    Wow! The jam sounds incredible and I'd love to try some. Hopefully it's as good as Jocelyn's Widow of Gettysburg!

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    1. Tee hee! That reminds me, one reader once told me that my books sounded "yummy." And I thought, um, no. My books are a little gross if you want to think of them in terms of taste. Ick.

      But good luck in the drawing, I'm sure the jams are delicious! :)

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    2. OH also, CARRIE DAWS reviewed Wedded to War! She didn't mention it, so I will, because I know she did. :)

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    3. Carrie Daws, it's so nice to meet you! Any fan of Jocelyn's is a friend of mine!

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  21. REV WoG :)

    Joc is one of my good "real life" friends and I loved her books - what a fantastic giveaway as well! Thanks!

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    1. Glad you came to the party!!! Oh, don't forget to get us your email somehow! Blessings!

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  22. I also REV for Wedded to War if that counts for two - if not NOT A PROBLEM - just forgot to post it in my first comment :)

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    1. AMY, thanks so much, my good "real life" friend! So glad you are entering the drawings!

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    2. Yes, ma'am it does!!! U must be a super duper friend! Blessings!

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    3. CARRIE in case AMY doesn't come back, I have her email! :)

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  23. Congrats to you all! May you continue to follow God's lead in your writing and be blessed the way you have blessed your readers! Hugs!!!!

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    1. DEBBIE thanks so much for REVIEWING Return to Shirley Plantation!! You are such a blessing to me! Big hugs back!!!

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    2. Amen,Debbie. I want to make a difference through these stories. Thank you for those kind words. Thank you for your review.

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    3. DEBBIE, CONGRATS You are our CoF winner of the jams! Thank you for your reviews! Will get those boxed up for you! Blessings!

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  24. Reading 'Gone with the wind' is really all I know about the American civil war. I'd love to learn more and hope to read some of these books
    Chris
    chrsvckry@moiravickery154.plus.com

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    1. CHRIS this may be many people who can say the same thing! Thanks for coming by!!!

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    2. Hey, Chris, it's so neat that one novel has had so much influence on how people view the war. You aren't the only one I've heard that from. Gone with the Wind has touched so many. I hope these novellas bring that time period alive in a fresh way.

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  25. CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL on your new releases!

    Katie J.
    johnsonk133 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Yikes, am just hobbling in from my PT appt for my foot! Thanks so much KATIE!!!

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    2. Thank you Katie! This is a great day for historical fiction. :) Wonderful of you to stop in and say hi!

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  26. I would like to say CONGRATULaTIONS to all you wonderful ladies. Looking forward to more new releases from you lovely ladies.
    Blessings
    joeym11@frontier.com

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    1. Diana, Thank you and bless you! Murray has assembled a terrific team, and Jocelyn is amazing. So nice of you to come by.

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    2. Thanks so much DIANA ur such a sweetheart! Blessings!

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  27. I want to say congratulations to all 3 of you!! I have read Carrie's novella and reviewed it as well. I have purchased Murray's and will be purchasing Kathleen's now that it is available! I certainly will be review them as soon as I have read them.
    Again, hearty congratulations on a fabulous anthology!

    Betti
    bettimace(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. BETTI,
      Thanks so much!!! Wonderful about your purchases!

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    2. Thank you, Betti. Your support and encouragement are so amazing. I hope you enjoy it.

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    3. THANKS for your wonderful review, too, BETTI!

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  28. Congratulations, ladies, for writing such enjoyable books! I've read "Return to Shirley Plantation" and enjoyed it so much that I'm running a giveaway for it on my website "Soar With Eagles." I'm now going to snuggle up in my sofa and read "The Last Waltz" and "Bachelor Buttons." Can't wait to read future books by you three authors!!

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    1. Cynthia, you make me smile! thanks so much. I subscribe to your blog, and get it in my email. Very nice job with it!

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  29. Hello everyone! What a lovely celebration of Civil War fiction. I happen to have all of these books except for Kathy's so I'll toss my name in the hat. Though... I'm sure I'll be reading it whether I win or not!

    I've always had a soft spot for Civil War history and fiction since my first reading of Gone with the Wind ( I read it 3 times within a year or two period) and my first visit to Gettysburg. I'm thrilled with the success of Jocelyn's first book and to have this Cry of Freedom series from Murray and Helping Hands Publishers!

    I hope you all have a lovely weekend celebrating! And a major Congratulations to Kathy on her debut. You did an awesome job on the radio interview, too!

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    1. Wow, u r a Civil War fan! Blessings, DEB!!!

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    2. Deb, thanks for listening to the radio show, and for the hearty congrats on the debut. Blessings to you on your soon debut--I just feel it coming. You've won so many contests, that you'll be breaking in with several contracts at once!

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  30. Congratuations, Kathy! You must be wiggling inside out over your debut. I am looking forward to reading and getting to know your work.
    Blessings,
    Jeanne
    jeanne.doyon@gmail.com

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    1. JEANNE, thanks for coming by the HHB Thirsty Thursdays party and here! Hugs!!!

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    2. Jeanne, how kind of you to come over and offer such sweet encouragement. I hope you enjoy Bachelor Buttons. I really enjoyed writing it--its a fun story.

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  31. Congratulations on your debut Kathy!! You must be thrilled.

    All of the books and authors mentioned have a permanent place on my book shelves


    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Aw, MARY that is so very sweet of you! That really warms my heart, as I know that book shelf space is prime real estate, at least it is for me!

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    2. Thank you, Mary. you are going to love the books by Carrie, Murray and Jocelyn. I'm thrilled to be in the same room with them!
      Blessings, and thanks for coming by!

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  32. Congratulations Kathy! I can't wait to read bachelor buttons. What an honor it must be to be included in this awesome series! God bless you and your writing.

    Amber,
    visionwriter2@gmail.com

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    1. It truly is an honor, Amber. Thank you for showing your support here and at the Helping Hands party.
      blessings!

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    2. Great seeing you here AMBER and thanks for coming over from HH and the TT party!!

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  33. Cngrats Kathy on all your hard work.

    sonflower277 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you, sonflower! It has been a labor of love, and a delight to meet so many great people.

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  34. Looks like a great party! Congratulations on the new book releases!

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    1. Hey, Jennifer! So nice to see you here. Thank you for stopping in. And thanks for the kind well wishes.

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  35. Hello Kathleen, congratulations on your debut novella. I love the title. Flowers are always nice. It's a very pretty flower and I love the Violin also. I love music. Hello to you other sweeties too. I don't know when I will ever get to read the stories of Carrie's, Murray's,, and Yours, but I'm sure I will find all of them very interesting. I do have Jocelyn's "Wedded to War" book, but haven't gotten it read yet. (It was in Print :). Woe is me, I have never gotten enough nerve to try to do a review. But, I do tell others that they need to read your books. I do love you all, and these are some great parties. Also, very nice gifts. Just keep up the good work. God bless each of you. (((hugs))) KM, (((hugs))) CFP, (((hugs))) MP, (((hugs JG))). Maxie

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    1. MAXIE here is a great big group hug back ((((group hugs)))) You are a wonderful encourager! I bet we could walk you through a review if u ever want me or one of the OWG angels to help you! Let me know, Maxie!!!

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    2. yes, big hugs, right back at you! you are a dear lady to be so supportive and faithful to come by. That;s a great idea to have you on OWG for an interview. I would love to see the wit and wisdom the Lord has worked in your life.

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  36. Oh my, I am late to the party, so please forgive me!! Just finished typing, printing, assembling and inserting into corks (reception is at a winery) 210 name cards; proofing, punching, tying twine on 210 programs, assembling votives, lanterns, etc. for a wedding in TWO DAYS, so I am bushed.

    BUT ... couldn't turn in without coming by to congratulate each of these fabulous authors on their new releases and a double congrats to Joss for the double Christy nom!! I have only read two of the four books so far (Joss's and Carrie's), but I have every confidence Kathleen's and Murray's will be just as wonderful because my pump has been PRIMED for Civil War by the very talented Mrs. Green and Mrs. Pagels!!

    As a Gone With the Wind freak, I am LOVING all these books during the Civil War, so I hope they fly off the shelves, my friends! :)

    Hugs,
    Julie

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    1. We will keep praying for the MOTHER-OF-THE-BRIDE and all her ministrations on behalf of her very BLESSED daughter! I can only imagine what an amazing wedding this is going to be. You could get an entire new series out of this I bet! And it is great that you have the energy to do this type of thing to bless your girl--I can't do all those crafts any more although I LOVE that kind of thing. ((((HUGS))))

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    2. Oh my, Julie. I can't believe you took the time to come over after your wedding marathon! You are a one woman wedding juggernaut! God bless you and your dear daughter this weekend, I just know it will be spectacular. Take time to enjoy as much as you can.

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  37. Congratulations to all!! These all sound like wonderful books - I have two of them so far but have yet to start! You know - free time with 4 littles running around is pretty non existent. haha
    The ones I don't have are on my to read list. :)
    Susan P
    farmygirl at hotmail dot com

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    1. aw, Susan, thanks for coming by and for your enthusiasm. I pray you get some mom time to read and enjoy!

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    2. It happens, after the kids go to bed and I'm in the mood to neglect my house. (which is pretty often, lol) :)
      I just love all the blog posts and the conversations that start in the comments!

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    3. Bless you SUSAN!!! I pray your Mother's Day next week is awesome!!!

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  38. I would love to win both baskets. Thanks for entering me in the giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  39. Congrats to all of you with new releases! They look like good reading! I would love to be entered into your giveaway and thank you for the opportunity! Also thank you for writing good Christian reading for your fans to enjoy! Blessings!

    Lori

    triplel(at)evertek(dot)net

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    1. hi, Lori
      Thank you for being a supporter of Christian fiction. With the world being such a confusing place, I feel passionate about writing stories that show God's plan and His benevolent control. It's wonderful to meet others who look for that in story. Bless you!

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    2. Thanks, LORI!!! I hope you get a chance to read all of them!!! Blessings!

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  40. LOVED Widow of Gettysburg! I literally enjoyed every page! Thanks for the amazing giveaways! (Rev WoG)

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    1. Kimberly, I am with you! Jocelyn is the writer I want to be when I "grow up." Or maybe I should say, if I ever shrink down to a size 5 again. LOL

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    2. JOCELYN is one talented lady KIMBERLY! Will enter you! So glad you reviewed WoG!!!

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  41. I haven't been been able to get a hold of "Wedded to War," but now I really want to after reading "Widow of Gettysburg"! It was an excellent novel! REV WoG

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  42. Congratulations Kathy on your debut release!! I'm sure it's very exciting! I can't wait to read this book. Also, Congratulations to Jocelyn, Carrie and Murray! New books to read. How Wonderful! Thank you for entering me in your giveaway for the baskets.
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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