29 September 2013

Elaine Marie Cooper Interview by Carrie Fancett Pagels



Elaine Marie Cooper

Elaine Marie Cooper is the author of her new release, Fields of the Fatherless, as well as the Deer Run Saga: The Road to Deer Run, The Promise of Deer Run and The Legacy of Deer Run.

Elaine, welcome to Overcoming With God.  We appreciate your willingness to share your testimony of overcoming with our readers. 

Would you tell us about the most difficult thing in your life you have had to overcome, with God’s help? 
This has been a very difficult time with the passing of my Mom last month. Although she was elderly, it happened fairly quickly and I’m still trying to recover as I distribute family memorabilia to the relatives.
As difficult as this is, however, nothing can compare to my only daughter being diagnosed with a brain tumor in January of 2002. Our lives (Bethany, my husband, our two sons) were turned upside down with the realization that this was terminal. My daughter might not see her 25th Birthday. (She was 23 at the time) Who ever thinks their child will die? I’m sure it’s a fear that lays hidden deep in every parent’s soul but I had never allowed that possibility to ever take form in my conscious thoughts.

Yet now we faced the unthinkable: A cancerous brain tumor. Along with the many months of treatments and hospitalizations—and eventually hospice—I shared nearly every moment that I could with Bethany. Looking back, the time was a blend of exhaustion, grief, terror and anger. My Christian friends were the best support to me and I gleaned spiritual sustenance from Praise and Worship music. Those songs were a constant on our CD player.

Prior to Bethany’s diagnosis, I had already made morning devotions a priority in my life. Although I was “too busy” to keep up with this habit, I MADE time to spend with the Lord each day, reading His Word, pouring out my wrenching prayer requests. If I didn’t stop to hold His hand each morning in prayer, how would I have the strength to endure?

Bethany was with us for one year and nine months after her diagnosis. She did not reach her 25th Birthday.

Life never returns to “normal.” As the grief counselor told me, your life takes on “The New Normal.” So I returned to work as a school nurse, and held back my tears all day. But after I got in my car to drive home each day, the floodgates would open and I would cry for most of the drive home. One day I was especially angry and brutally honest with God. “This is TOO HARD!” I shouted out loud to Him.

I felt his gentle presence and heard a very quiet, inaudible voice in my spirit: “My Grace is sufficient for you.”

It startled me. And it helped to heal my anger. I knew that He was right—His grace truly is sufficient for each day. And while I cannot bear the burden of grief on my own, He is more than willing to help me carry it. If I only ask Him.Four years to the day after Bethany died came another inaudible voice: I was to write a book. Thus began my new writing journey.

It will be ten years ago this October that Bethany went home to be with the Lord. I am currently working on the manuscript for a memoir of my daughter and our journey together during her last days here on earth. It is tentatively entitled, Bethany’s Calendar.


Disability friendliness: Is this latest release available in audio format or do you have any other works available on audio?  Do your e-books have audio capability? Do you have any in large print?
I wish that my books were available in this format but, unfortunately, they are not. Hopefully in the future.
Fields of the Fatherless by Elaine Marie Cooper

In this latest work, do you have any topics useful for bibliotherapy, or therapeutic influence through reading about a disorder or situation?
My books all have running themes of forgiveness and recovering from pain. Some of the steps in my own healing process weave like a thread of healing through each novel.


CFP: Elaine, I have really enjoyed getting to know you better through the Colonial American Christian Writers group and the Colonial Quills blog. I am so sorry you had to go through this loss of your daughter and our condolences on the recent loss of your mother.

Giveaways: This week, Elaine will be giving away one each of the Deer Run Saga to three recipients (from the reviews coming up.) This is limited to within the USA winners and includes The Road to Deer Run, The Promise of Deer Run and The Legacy of Deer RunOvercoming With God will also be giving away a copy of winner’s choice of Elaine’s books in ebook format (open to international winners.)




28 September 2013

Marian Baay's Short Story "Heaven Is Not Far" Reviewed by Carrie Fancett Pagels


Heaven Is Not Far

Stardust Romance, Sept. 2013

Lovely Fiction Debut!

I predicted some time ago that our resident editor (for Kok in the Netherlands), Marian Baay, would eventually write her own stories. And what a nice way to combine her knowledge of all things Dutch than by having a Dutch hero in her short story ‘Heaven Is Not Far.’ 

It is only fitting that Marian place immigrant Albert Van Ampting in Michigan—for Michigan had many Dutch immigrants, particularly in lower Michigan. After meeting Michelle Lefevre, Albert quickly woos and marries her in a sweet courtship.

Albert obeys God's call to fight in America's Civil War, taking his beloved dog, Jessie with him. The couple exchange letters. The last one is written by another soldier, urging Michelle to come quickly as Albert has only a short time to live.

Lovely story with a great twist at the end that will leave you smiling. But expect a few tears along the way!

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This short story may be purchased through Amazon.

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GIVEAWAY: A Kindle copy of Marian's short story.

27 September 2013

Teresa S. Mathews Reviews Heaven Is Not Far by Marian Baay




Published by Stardust Romance

5 Stars*****
Reviewed by Teresa S. Mathews

In this hauntingly beautiful love story we are introduced to Albert Van Ampting a young immigrant from the Netherlands.  Albert left his homeland to come to America in hopes of starting a new prosperous life and perhaps find a bride. Traveling with other Dutch immigrants that were headed to a Dutch Colony in Michigan, even though they are used to a harsh weather they decide to stay the winter in Detroit and move on to the Colony in the spring. That was to be a life changing decision for Albert.

As Albert and his loving companion, a red Irish Setter named Jessie are out exploring Detroit, Albert notices the most breathtakingly beautiful girl he has ever seen. She had thick brown hair worn in a braid and adorned with a wreath of branches with orange berries. Albert finds that very intriguing and yet it somehow seems to fit her. When Albert gets up the nerve to speak to this angel in human form, he finds out her name is Michelle LeFevre. She helps her mother and sister run the family fabric shop since her father’s death.

It doesn’t take long for Albert and Michelle to fall in love and get married. When a few short months have past Albert feels God is calling him to serve in the war that is going on between the states, he tries to resist it but while reading his Bible, the scriptures start to speak to his heart and he knows he has to obey God. He can’t help but wonder how Michelle will take the news. Will he be able to trust that God will bring him back to her?

Marian Baay has written such a charming story that touches your very soul, it is hard to believe that this is her debut novel. Bravo! Marian this was certainly a job well done!!  I am hoping to see more from you in the near future. 
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This book may be purchased through Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.
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GIVEAWAY: ebook copy to one of today's commenters!
Don't forget to leave your email address for contact purposes should you win!

25 September 2013

Noela Nancarrow reviews HEAVEN IS NOT FAR by Marian Baay


Heaven Is Not Far

Stardust Romance, Sept. 2013

Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow
~5 Stars~ *****

A Beautiful and Inspirational Story

Promising new author Marian Baay, writes her debut fiction story ‘Heaven Is Not Far’ with flair, and the proficiency of a more accomplished writer. This is a beautiful love story that embraces the heart that’s called to serve God and the strength of a deep and passionate devotion between a man and the love of his life.

Handsome Albert Van Ampting has travelled to America from the Netherlands with his faithful Irish Red Setter Jessie, to begin a new life in this new land of great promise. He is headed for the Holland colony in Michigan with the other Dutch immigrants; however they are delayed in Detroit due to bad weather. Deciding to spend the winter in Detroit, Albert needs to look for work and while searching for employment, he discovers something of a far greater worth at the Mercantile. Capturing his attention and his heart was the exquisitely beautiful young woman, Michelle Lefevre, who completely mesmerizes and enchants Albert. The following day he obtains a job and soon thereafter begins a breathtaking courtship with Michelle who became his ‘heaven on earth’ and his devoted wife.

Although he was not required to join the fight, it’s not long before Albert feels the calling from God to enlist in the battle between the States. The raw, penetrating pain of separation from his beloved new wife is only eased a little by the knowledge that it was the Lord that had called him, and that Jessie was able to accompany him to the harrowing battlefield. He keeps in touch with Michelle through heartfelt letters, but in July of 1863, having been severely wounded and with fever rampaging through his body, his last letter to his wife was written by a fellow soldier as Albert dictated to him. Michelle is encouraged by that soldier to come quickly to say her farewell. When Michelle finally arrives, will she be too late to say goodbye to the love of her life?

The strength and beauty of this captivating short story is found in the endearing and vivid characters, the romance that purely sizzles, and the well-executed story that effortlessly flows from page to page. An inspiring message of following your calling, rounds off this compelling story by Marian which was an absolute pleasure to read. Waiting in anticipation of Marian Baay’s next story!!
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This short story may be purchased through Amazon and Barnes & Noble

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GIVEAWAY: Marian Baay is generously offering a copy of her short story on each separate review that's up this week, to someone that leaves a comment! Don't forget to leave your email!!

24 September 2013

Diana Flowers Reviews HEAVEN IS NOT FAR by Marian Baay


Heaven Is Not Far

Stardust Romance, Sept. 2013

Reviewed by Diana Flowers
5 stars*****

Deeply Moving Debut!

In Heaven Is Not Far, Marian Baay has written an emotive, soul-stirring story of a love that transcends time, distance, and even war...as the reader is swept away from the newly thriving logging country of Michigan, to the atrocious battlefield of Gettysburg.

Filled with hope, the handsome, young Albert Van Ampting has traveled many a mile to begin life anew. Much to his parents' dismay, Albert has left the Netherlands accompanied by his Irish Setter, Jessie, to become a prosperous logger in Michigan and perhaps find a wife in the bargain. During his journey he receives the sad news that war has broken out between the northern and southern states.

While wintering in Detroit, Albert meets the dark haired, green-eyed Michelle Lefevre—a woman who both intrigues and fascinates him with her beauty, charm, and the amusing fact that she always wears something unusual in her hair. As their initial attraction turns into an all-consuming love, Albert must leave his new bride as he feels called by God to fight in the Civil War...much to Michelle's distress. His time with Michelle had seemed like Heaven on earthin the horrendous battle of Gettysburg does he still find Heaven is not far after all? As she receives horrifying news, the grieving Michelle frantically searches for him on the battlefield. Will she find him amongst the vast number of casualties of this dreadful war?
  
As I read this debut story I was duly impressed by the storyline and my emotions ran the gamut … from smiles to tears and amusement to great sadness. Once again I was reminded of the atrocities of this terrible war that took so many hopeful young men's lives and I was deeply saddened. This story is far from being dark, however, with such delightful characters as the mischievous, fun-loving Albert, the amusing Michelle, and the jovial antics of Jessie, the beloved Irish Setter. Oh, and I mustn't forget the toe curling romance! :) With a deep spiritual thread of redemption and faith throughout...don't miss out on this heartrending and endearing story by debut author, Marian Baay! Very nicely done!

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This book may be purchased through Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.
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GIVEAWAY: ebook copy to one of today's commenters!

       
       **Please remember to leave your email address for contact purposes should you win!**

22 September 2013

CONGRATULATIONS TO MARIAN BAAY--DEBUT AUTHOR!!!!

Announcing Marian Baay's Fiction Debut  
"Heaven is Not Far"
Volume Four in Murray Pura's Blue Heaven Romance Series.

Marian Baay, Fiction Author


Please join us in celebrating this grand occasion!
Marian is from the Netherlands, so we are having an Orange Party for her. Orange is the color of the Dutch Royal Family. Have a slice of cake and some refreshing orange punch.  Feel free to leave Marian a comment!
                                      

Marian and her beloved Irish Setter, Jessie



Click here to read Marian's Testimony.










Marian reading a book by one of her favorite authors,  Murray Pura!

HUP!! MARIAN HUP!!




Giveaways: In honor of this happy occasion we are giving away an e-book copy of Marian's book, and other "orange goodies" including some lovely orangey (coral NOT halloween orange lol) lipsticks, and a Colonial Williamsburg DVD featuring how to make cloved oranges and other Christmas decorations! Leave an encouraging comment for Marian and your email address to be entered in the giveaway!


This e-book may be purchased through Amazon and soon for Nook on Barnes & Noble.                 

21 September 2013

Diana Flowers Reviews An Amish Family Christmas by Murray Pura

An Amish Family Christmas



Reviewed by Diana Flowers
5 stars*****

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

In An Amish Family Christmas, author Murray Pura weaves a magical Yuletide tale, set amidst a beautiful, snow covered Amish community in Paradise, Pennsylvania—where Christmas "tis not the season to be jolly" for one grieving Amish family.

Naomi Bachman has lost everyone who matters most in her life and is seemingly without hope. Her parents and sister have been recently killed in a buggy accident which has also left her brother, Luke, in a catatonic state—unable to speak or care for himself. Her husband, Micah, may as well be dead also, for the Amish elders have placed him under the meindung, or shunning, for joining the military in Afghanistan. Naomi is not allowed any fellowship with him at all and cannot speak or partake of meals with him. 

Micah feels that God called him to serve in the war as a medic—to nurse the wounded back to health and those near death's door, back to life again. No one understands, not even Naomi who seeks to shut him out of her heart and life. But will a Christmas miracle occur during this most wonderful time of the year, bringing reconciliation and changing the minds of this strict community?…and will Naomi's heart open up to love once again?

As with all of Murray Pura's books I had major trouble putting this one down! Although a wonderful Christmas story filled with romance, miracles, and a beautiful, seasonal setting—this book also causes one to think deeply about man-made rules versus the Bible. Aren't we all called to obey God rather than man...to serve others in whatever capacity He lays upon our hearts? But what if that calling removes the people we love the most…furthest from our lives? Make sure to throw another log on the fire, grab a cup of hot chocolate, and snuggle up with this tender, heartwarming story of healing and God's faithfulness! Nicely done, Murray Pura! 

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Thanks to Net Galley for a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. 

This book may be purchased through Amazon, CBD, and your local bookstore.

GIVEAWAY! Murray Pura has graciously offered an autographed copy of An Amish Family Christmas to one blessed commenter!

 

19 September 2013

Teresa S. Mathews Reviews A Most Peculiar Circumstances by Jen Turano

A Most Peculiar Circumstance 
by Jen Turano

Bethany House Publishers

Reviewed by Teresa S. Mathews

5 Stars*****

Jen Turano is back once again with another member of the Beckett family, Miss Arabella younger sister of Hamilton and Zayne whom we met in A Change of Fortune.

Arabella is a very liberated young lady and she loves to travel the country side touting woman's rights. When her family hasn't heard from her in a while, thinking the worst they send the experienced Private Investigator Theodore Wilder to track her down.

Theodore Wilder is a close friend of Hamilton and Zayne so when they send him to find their sister, Arabella, Theo makes it a priority. Theo thinks he will be locating Arabella and bringing her back in a very short time. He never dreamed he would have to travel all over the country to find her.

When Theo finally catches up with Arabella he is shocked to find her in jail. It seems her good heart has gotten her in trouble once again. Arabella was looking for a young girl that thought she was meeting a man who wanted to marry her. It seems that wasn't the case. When Arabella rescues the young girl from an unsavory life, she makes a few enemies. What Arabella doesn't know is this hornet's nest she has stirred up could cost her more than she's willing to pay. Will it cost her life? Theodore will do all he can to keep her safe but can he keep his heart safe from Arabella?

This story is truly entertaining; it was so much fun to watch the sparks fly between Arabella and Theodore. Could there be two people more opposite? Will they fall in love or will they kill each other? You will have to read this to find out. I promise you will love it and just like me you will find yourself laughing out loud at their antics. Ms. Turano once again you have created a fascinating read  and I can't wait to see what comes next from your magical pen.


***Special thanks to the publisher and Net Galley for providing me a copy of this in exchange for my honest opinion.***


You can find this great book this at CBDDeeper Shopping, and Amazon and your local bookstore.

GIVEAWAY: Like Jen's page on Facebook and let me know in your comment and you'll be entered in the drawing for one of her exciting books, winner's choice of book and format. International winner e-book only. Don't forget to leave your email address also!

17 September 2013

Teresa S. Mathews Reviews A Talent for Trouble




A Talent for Trouble by Jen Turano

Bethany House Publishers

Reviewed by Teresa S Mathews

5 Stars*****

Jen Turano has again created a story that will have you gasping, giggling or guffawing. This time around we are learning more of the dear Felicia Murdock, the sweet subdued young woman that was always being thrust in the middle of things by her overly anxious mother.

We catch up with Felicia as she has just returned from watching who she thought was the love of her life get married to someone else. Felicia thought SHE was the one that was supposed to marry Rev. Michael Frasier. After thinking long and hard about it she decided maybe she misunderstood what God was saying to her so she decides to undergo a complete change in the way she has been acting the past four years. Won't everyone be shocked when she shows off the curvaceous body she has been hiding in those outlandish dresses?

Grayson Sumner aka Lord Sefton has always thought there was more to Felicia than the very demure, quiet young lady that was hiding behind those horrible outfits with the hideous bows and ribbons. He has seen a glimpse of the spirited woman that is dying to escape those confines. Will he be able to keep up with her when Felicia does finally decide to let her out?

When her mother and her friends Agatha Watson and Eliza decide Felicia needs to be cheered up, they think Grayson should be the one to do it. What this scheme starts is a delightful turn of events that will have Felicia going from one troublesome thing to another. From giving her old dresses to some odd men that were going to wear them in a theater production, to helping an old man into a tavern where she decides she wants to sing for them, even though she knows she can't sing a lick! It was a good thing Grayson showed up because there were some very naughty men that were not going to let her leave. Felicia saw a side of Grayson that certainly made her heart beat fast when he was able to get her safely away from the men in the tavern. After that escapade Felicia was left with a lot of unanswered questions about Grayson's past.

There are a lot of secrets that Grayson harbors from his time in China. Some too horrible to think about much less share with a sweet girl like Felicia. If he does share them, will she ever be able to forgive him? When trouble from his past arises will he be able to keep Felicia safe?

Every time I see that Jen Turano has another book coming out I get very excited because I know I am going to have a wonderful time living out the adventures in it. I always close one of her books with a sigh of satisfaction knowing I have read a book from a very talented author. Thank you for a job well done and I can barely wait for our next exciting caper!

You can find this exciting book and others by Ms. Turano at AmazonCBDDeeperShopping and other bookstores. 

GIVEAWAY: Like Jen's page on Facebook and let me know in your comment and you'll be entered in the drawing for one of her exciting books, winner's choice of book and format. International winner e-book only. Don't forget to leave your email address also!

15 September 2013

Jen Turano Week





Announcing Jen Turano Week!






Starting Tuesday Teresa will be reviewing Jen Turano's latest books.  A Talent for Trouble, is Jen's brand new book featuring Felicia Murdock and Grayson Sumner aka Lord Sefton. It is scheduled to be released on October 1st. Drop by for a sneak-peek of this delightful book!!











Thursday it will be A Peculiar Circumstance that features Arabella Beckett and Theodore Wilder. Arabella is the younger sister of Hamilton Beckett whom we met in A Change of Fortune. 







If you haven't read one of Ms. Turano's books this will be a treat for you. Don't forget the fun starts on Tuesday morning September 17! We will be giving away one copy of Ms. Turano's books, winner's choice of book and format. International winner e-book only.

14 September 2013

The Lover of My Soul by Teresa S. Mathews




The Lover of My Soul

Like rain falling on dry ground, your love soothes my soul.     
It makes me feel alive and new, like I'll never grow old.

Every day it's like a blanket, covering me with bliss.         
Like the taste of honey, sweeter than a kiss.

Beautiful words of love flowing from your heart to mine, 
They are sweeter than ripe berries hanging on the vine.

Your beauty overwhelms me as I look upon your face;           
I want to bask in its glory, remembering its grace.

In your presence I want to stay and worship at your feet,  
Lord I give myself completely, totally to Thee.

You're the light of my life, the lover of my soul; 
I will forever love you and your praises extol.

©2013 Teresa S. Mathews 

12 September 2013

Noela Nancarrow reviews WHERE WILDFLOWERS BLOOM by Ann Shorey

Where Wildflowers Bloom
Where Wildflowers Bloom (Sisters at Heart, Book 1)

Revell (January 1, 2012)


Reviewed by Noela Nancarrow 
~5 Stars~ *****


Step inside the Lindberg Mercantile and you’ll see two chairs hugging the checkerboard table with the regulars Mr Grisbee and Mr Slocum slouched over a game in process. Pull up a chair to watch the animated game while you’re warming up next to the stove, from the crisp chill outside. A glance over your shoulder will recognize the ever hard-working Faith behind the counter, struggling to make the store run a profit whilst burdened with recent store robberies and her increasingly forgetful grandfather. Perhaps give a nod of encouragement to her, sympathizing as you observe her enduring snobbery and persecution knowing that these days were a time when it was often frowned upon for women to work in professions.

In this realistic and heart-warming historical tale set in 1866 not too long after the Civil War finished, Faith Lindberg desperately longs to leave Noble Springs, Missouri, far behind along with its painful memories of losing her brother and father in the war. She dreams of travelling with new settlers out west to Oregon with her grandfather. Only one thing stands in her way at first, and that is to talk her grandfather into selling. She is convinced she is doing this predominantly for him and will help him to be happier and to thrive once again. Is it herself though, that is trying to run away from the aching memories?

When the handsome Royal Baxter arrives back in town from the war and takes up in interest in her, Faith can hardly believe it. And when he says he will take her to Oregon, she feels her dreams are finally coming true. So then why is it she continues to think of the moody Curt Saxon who works at the Livery? Curt’s sister Rosemary Saxon who was a nurse during the war, has become a close friend of Faith’s, and it pains Faith to have to say good-bye to the best friend she has ever had. However Faith has to do what is best for her grandfather, and soon her plans are well under way.

Before you help pack up the checkerboard pieces, a glance around the store reveals the Sheriff now chatting to Faith about the most recent robbery, prompting an unnerving feeling. Who could it be breaking in and stealing the Lindberg’s valuable merchandise? Another quick glimpse in the direction of the kitchen goods reveals Rosemary busily dusting them with her feather duster, while the Sheriff snatches peeks at her. With a sigh, you head out of the double doors of the mercantile, bemoaning the day its doors will close on this deep-rooted piece of Noble Springs.

‘Where the Wildflowers Bloom’ has a gentle but strong pulse that beats its way into your heart touching your spirit with the messages of friendship and faith, and compelling you with its intrigue and sweet romance. A thoroughly enjoyable read!

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This book may be purchased through Amazon, CBD, Deeper Shopping, Barnes & Noble, or your local bookstore.
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Two Giveaways: Ann has generously offered to give away winner's choice of When the Heart Heals or Where Wildflowers Bloom! International -- ebook only! Carrie is also giving away a paperback copy of Where Wildflowers Bloom! Don't forget to leave an email address for contact purposes.

QUESTION: Faith develops a special friendship with Rosemary in 'Where Wildflowers Bloom'. What does a being a good friend mean to you?

10 September 2013

Diana Flowers Reviews When The Heart Heals By Ann Shorey


When The Heart Heals


Reviewed by Diana Flowers
4.5 stars


Compelling Historical Romance

In When The Heart Heals, author Ann Shorey takes us on a suspense filled journey into the intriguing life of a lovely young woman's quest for a career, independence, a sense of belonging—and love.

Rosemary Saxon had begun her nursing career in St. Louis during the Civil War, and having moved to the quaint town of Noble Springs, Missouri, wishes to continue in that profession in spite of folks' prejudice against female nurses. Against his better judgement, Dr. Elijah Stewart hires her to assist him in his practice, and instantly begins to butt heads with the willful, but pretty young nurse. Her knowledge of herbs and diagnosing and treating his patients with them is a constance source of contention between the two. In spite of everything, Rosemary's first blush of love blossoms into something much deeper for the handsome doctor.

Before long, Rosemary begins to receive threatening notes and someone vandalizes her herb garden and her greenhouse. Who would do such a thing and why? When Elijah finally proposes to Rosemary and she says "yes", and his supposed fiance flounces into town displaying his engagement ring on her finger...does Rosemary have the courage to remain in Noble Springs? Or is returning to St. Louis the safest solution to all of her problems?

Ann Shorey has penned an engrossing love story with unforgettable characters...humanly flawed but so very endearing. With an intriguing storyline, interspersed with suspense and a spiritual thread of forgiveness, this is one I highly recommend! A nicely written story that is guaranteed to warm your heart, be sure to put When The Heart Heals at the top of your reading list today!

This book is available through Amazon, CBD, DeeperShopping, and your local bookstore.

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Two Giveaways: Ann has generously offered to give away winner's choice of When the Heart Heals or Where Wildflowers Bloom! International—ebook only! Carrie is also giving away a paperback copy of Where Wildflowers Bloom! Don't forget to leave an email address for contact purposes.

08 September 2013

Interview with Ann Shorey: Overcoming after Losing the Love of Your Life


Anne Shorey


Ann Shorey is the author of Where Wildflowers Bloom and When the Heart Heals, the first two novels in the Sisters at Heart series for Revell. The third book in the series, Love’s Sweet Beginning, is scheduled for release in February, 2014. She’s also the author of the At Home in Beldon Grove series, also published by Revel.

Ann, welcome to Overcoming With God.  We appreciate your willingness to share your testimony of overcoming with our readers. 
Would you tell us about the most difficult thing in your life you have had to overcome, with God’s help?
            In the late 1980’s, my husband of twenty-plus years was diagnosed with advanced kidney cancer. He had recently taken early retirement, we moved to a new community (where we knew no one—although that wasn’t intentional!), and had many plans for a long future together. The book of James says, “Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.” (James 4:4:14a NIV) How true! We certainly didn’t know what awaited us soon after our move.
            Surgery was recommended following the diagnosis, and the surgeon found cancer cells had wrapped around his spine. The surgeon removed all that he could, but the surgery left my husband unable to sit upright or walk without wearing a clamshell-like body brace. He spent three weeks in a rehab facility where we were both taught how to maneuver him in and out of the brace, how to transfer him to a wheelchair, how he could shower—and on and on. As I learned to do things I never dreamed I’d have to master, the Lord was my constant companion.
            Once back home, my husband began radiation treatment and we settled into a routine. We’d been told that some patients with kidney cancer lived as many as thirteen years beyond the surgery. In our case, this was not to be. During his final hospitalization nine months after the initial surgery, one of the nurses asked me how we could show such strength in the face of our circumstances. Right there in the hospital corridor the Lord enabled me to share my faith with her. (Pausing here to re-group. This is hard to write about.)
            When my husband died, I believed my life was over. Instead, the Lord has opened doors that I didn’t know were there. I’d always wanted to write, and my first published article was for a bereavement magazine, telling of our last days together. Since then, so much has happened, immeasurably more than I could ever ask or imagine. God has given me grace to overcome, grace to persevere, and blessing upon blessing in my life.

When the Heart Heals
Disability friendliness: Is this latest release available in audio format or do you have any other works available on audio?  Do your e-books have audio capability? Do you have any in large print?
Unfortunately, none of my books are available in either large print or audio. They are all available in e-book format, however, which makes it possible to enlarge the font on an e-reader.
Where Wildflowers Bloom

In this latest work, do you have any topics useful for bibliotherapy, or therapeutic influence through reading about a disorder or situation?  
When the Heart Heals deals with the issue of forgiveness.
In Where Wildflowers Bloom, one of the main characters struggles with PTSD in the aftermath of the War Between the States. (An interesting note: in that time period, PTSD was called “Soldier’s Heart.”)

Thank you Ann for agreeing to answer these questions.  Have a blessed day and keep on writing!!

You can find Ann and her books at www.AnnShorey.com

Two Giveaways: Ann will give away reader's choice of Where Wildflowers Bloom or When the Heart Heals! International-ebook only. Carrie is also giving away a paperback copy of Where Wildflowers Bloom!

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