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21 February 2021

Giveaway: Toni Shiloh's New Release - An Unlikely Proposal



An Unlikely Proposal by Toni Shiloh

I am delighted to announce Toni Shiloh's new release with Love Inspired! Toni is an amazing lady and an active member in ACFW Mid-Atlantic Zone and has been a leader in our writing circles.

Author bio –
Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and multi-published Christian contemporary romance author. She writes to bring God glory and to learn more about His goodness. Her novel, Grace Restored, was a 2019 Holt Medallion finalist and Risking Love is a 2020 Selah Award finalist.

A member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and of the Virginia Chapter, Toni seeks to help readers find authors. She loves connecting with readers and authors alike via social media. You can learn more about her writing at http://tonishiloh.com.

An Unlikely Proposal Back cover Blurb –

Their friendship can survive almost anything…

For two best friends,

marriage could be their greatest test yet…

Trinity Davis must not have heard firefighter Omar Young correctly. Did her handsome widowed best friend just suggest they get married? Omar needs a mom for his adorable little girls, and it’ll fix Trinity’s financial woes. But saying “I do” isn’t just business. Especially when the only vow they’re in danger of breaking is their promise to not fall in love…

Buy links –

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08D6QZFKS/
Shortlink: https://amzn.to/3mU3rYA
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54565474-an-unlikely-proposal
Universal link: https://books2read.com/u/m2ZGER

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GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Toni's new release!

13 February 2021

Giveaway: Debut Author Amanda Wen's New Release



Roots of Wood and Stone, Sedgwick County Chronicles, by Amanda Wen (Kregel, 2021), ISBN: 9780825446689.

From Amanda's publicist:

Roots of Wood and Stone  is a warm, delightfully written split-time novel that will resonate with readers looking for stories that reveal the beauty of God’s plan for our lives, and how our actions ripple for generations.

 

Sloane Kelley was abandoned at birth, and while she wants more than anything to learn where she came from, her family roots remain a mystery. As curator of the Sedgwick County Museum of History, Sloane has dedicated her life to making sure others can connect with their history. When a donor drops off a dusty old satchel, she doesn’t expect much from the common artifact; after all, the museum has a few on display and more in storage. However, she finds real treasure inside: a nineteenth-century diary. Now, she’s on the hunt to see if there’s more where it came from. 

 

Garrett Anderson just wanted to clean out his grandmother’s historic but tumbledown farmhouse before selling it to fund her medical care. He’s always been the responsible one, and with her advancing Alzheimer’s, he can’t afford to be sentimental about the family home. But his carefully ordered plan runs up against two formidable obstacles after he takes a few things to the local museum: Sloane, who’s fallen in love with both the diaries and the old house, and his own heart, which is drawn to Sloane. Selling the house that holds so much history will disappoint both Sloane and his sister, Lauren, who is doing her best to care for their grandmother, but Garrett finds himself in an impossible situation.

 

A century and a half earlier, motherless Annabelle Collins embarks with her aunt and uncle on the adventure of a lifetime: settling the prairies of Sedgwick County, Kansas. The diaries she left behind paint a portrait of life, loss, and love—and a God who faithfully carried her through it all. Paging through the diaries together takes Sloane and Garrett on a journey they never could have planned, which will change them in ways they never imagined.

 

And Sloane may just find her roots in a place she never would have expected.

 

Roots of Wood and Stone is set in the area of Kansas Wen has lived in most of her life. In fact, the story is inspired by aspects of her own family history. “One of my favorite things about split time is watching the contemporary characters dig into the past,” Wen explains. “My mother is a genealogist who’s been tracing our family history since before I was born, and her passion for uncovering our family’s stories has been an important backdrop my entire life. Her research has given me an appreciation for those who came before and a desire to pass along this appreciation to my own kids.” As an homage to her mother and all the rest of her ancestors, Wen named many of the people and places in the book after family. Parts of their stories are even woven into the historical portion of the book.

 

Wen not only offers readers two plotlines filled with plenty of history and romance wrapped into one story, she mixes in a healthy dose of humor and strong faith elements as well. “All my characters have deep needs that they try to fill through other means (achievement, research, hard work, planning, etc.), but throughout the story they learn that only God can fill those needs,” Wen shares. “He has a beautiful plan, one that goes far beyond anything we could ever ask or imagine, and he takes all our broken pieces and loose ends and weaves those trials into a tapestry more beautiful than we could possibly imagine. He is always there, faithfully guiding our steps, even—or perhaps especially—when we’re not aware of it. I hope my readers will trust him, his individual love and care for each of us, and his perfect plan just a little bit more after they close this book.”

 


Amanda Wen  is an award-winning writer of inspirational romance and split-time women’s fiction. She has placed first in multiple writing contests, including the 2017 Indiana Golden Opportunity, the 2017 Phoenix Rattler, and the 2016 ACFW First Impressions contests. She was also a 2018 ACFW Genesis Contest finalist.

 

Wen is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and regularly contributes author interviews for their Fiction Finder feature. She also frequently interviews authors for her blog and is a contributor to the God Is Love blog. Her debut novel, Roots of Wood and Stone, releases from Kregel Publications on February 2, 2021.

 

In addition to her writing, Wen is an accomplished professional cellist and pianist who frequently performs with orchestras, chamber groups, and her church’s worship team. She serves as a choral accompanist as well. A lifelong denizen of the flatlands, Wen lives in Kansas with her patient, loving, and hilarious husband, their three adorable Wenlets, and a snuggly Siamese cat.

 

To find Amanda Wen’s blog and short stories, visit www.amandawen.com. Readers can also follower her on Facebook (@AuthorAmandaWen)Twitter (@AuthorAmandaWen), and Instagram (@authoramandawen)



Giveaway: OWG blog is giving away a copy of Amanda's debut release in Christian Fiction. Leave a comment to enter!


07 February 2021

Giveaway - New Release from Heather Blanton



New Book:
The Indian and His Runaway Missionary (Brides of Evergreen Book 5)

By Heather Blanton

She can't let a man come between her and God...can she?

Widowed missionary Laurie Wilcox has promised to live the rest of her life serving God and feels called to minister to the Plains Indians. But when a handsome Cheyenne elder ignited a passion in her heart, she realized he had also taken her eyes off her calling. Panicked by the distraction, Laurie ran, slipping away to a different reservation. Surely, after all, serving the Lord was her path… not a trivial romance?

Henry Long Feather was fighting to build his life in a white man’s world. When he met and fell in love with Laurie, he thought perhaps he’d taken at least one step in the right direction. She, unfortunately, was already in love with someone else--her God.

Now, Long Feather has the opportunity to become a partner in a successful cattle ranch. He has decided, however, he can’t go forward until he settles things with his runaway missionary. He must try one more time to win her heart. And one more time, Laurie will have to choose between serving God and loving a man...

Available in ebook format only.


BIO:
Heather Blanton is the independent bestselling author of several Christian Westerns, including the "Romance in the Rockies" series which was recently OPTIONED for a LIMITED TV SERIES.

She is a former journalist and avid researcher who endeavors to seamlessly weave actual history in among fictional storylines. She loves exploring the American West, especially ghost towns and museums. She has walked parts of the Oregon Trail, ridden horses through the Rockies, climbed to the top of Independence Rock, and even held an outlaw's note in her hand.


Giveaway: Leave a comment to enter to win a copy of this new release by the talented Heather Blanton!


31 January 2021

Audiobook Updates & Giveaway!

 


This is the audiobook cover version for my upcoming Audible release of Dogwood Plantation. Right now I'm listening to the narration from Aletha Duncan. Since this is a 95,000 word novel, the audiobook is fairly long. I've been battling migraines, so I'm a little behind. Once I've made my corrections. then my narrator can make corrections and we can submit to ACX. That could take about a month more to get the title up for sale on Audible. So the estimate at this time is for mid-March.


I also have a narrator for The Steeplechase! My narrator, Vicki, is getting ready to work on this novella, which is the first current story in the Love Along the James River series. This book was a Holt Medallion finalist (what a thrill!!!). Estimated release date is April, 2021.


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My other three audiobooks are all available through Audible.com (click here). The Steeplechase will be released in broader venues--more information to follow when it releases this Spring!


GIVEAWAY: One of my audiobooks, including the upcoming releases, to one of my commenters!

17 January 2021

A Future for His Twins by Susanne Dietze




A Future for His Twins by Susanne Dietze (January 2021, Love Inspired) 


Blurb:

Will these children get their greatest wish?

A battle over a building could lead to a mother for his twins.

Tomás Santos and Faith Latham both want to rent the same building in town, and neither is willing to give up the fight. But Tomás’s young twins want a new mom—and they’re sure Faith’s the perfect fit. Can these little matchmakers inspire Tomás and Faith to put their differences aside and become a family?

From Harlequin Love Inspired: Uplifting stories of faith, forgiveness and hope.

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My take:

I love Susie Dietze's historical romances. This is the first contemporary romance by her that I have read. I think this could make an awesome Hallmark movie. In fact, true confession, I received the book a couple of months back before it released and when I went back to the book to write this blog post, I had actually thought I had watched it as a Hallmark show! The scenes are written so vividly and the characters so well-developed, you'll feel pulled right into story world. 

Available in Kindle format or in mass market paperback (which is how I read it).

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Giveaway: A copy of A Future for His Twins by Susanne Dietze in choice of format.

11 January 2021

Behind Love's Wall Cover & CL Fab New Year Event!

 

My New Cover!
Behind Love's Wall is Book Five in Barbour Publishing's Doors to the Past series. My dual-timeline novel, set on Mackinac Island, Michigan, in 1895 and 2020, will release November, 2021! You can sign up for email about Doors to the Past from Barbour (Click here.) Stories from Allison Pittman, Pepper Basham, Kimberley Woodhouse, Rachel Fordham, myself, and Jennifer Uhlarik, with more to come!


I am participating in the Celebrate Lit Fab New Year Event! You have a chance to win 40+ of books or a $500 Amazon card to buy a ton of books yourself in Celebrate Lit's Have a Fab New Year Multi-Author Giveaway!

Click here to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/10442/have-a-fab-new-year

The event and giveaway is going on now through January 17th. This runs this week, with lots of my fave authors having giveaways! My giveaway in this event is Dogwood Plantation, pictured above with covers from a bunch of my author friends, which is so fun! I've had the privilege of working with, in some capacity, many of these authors in this edited image! And there are others whose books I'd love to read!

Giveaway: Leave a comment on this blog post to win a copy of any one of my books, including my upcoming release Behind Love's Wall!

23 December 2020

Have a Covid-free Christmas Lyrics by Carrie Fancett Pagels



New Lyrics for Have a Holly Jolly Christmas
By Carrie Fancett Pagels

(Sung to Have a Holly Jolly Christmas)

Have a Covid-free Christmas
In this really lousy year
I don't know if there'll be snow
We never get out of here

Have a Covid-free Christmas
And when you walk down the street
Wear your mask upon your face
Social distance when you meet

Oh, ho the mistletoe
High up in the trees
If somebody shoots it down
Don't call the cops on me

Have a Covid-free Christmas
And in case you didn't hear
Oh by golly have a Covid-free Christmas
This year


Wishing all my readers a safe Christmas this year! I couldn't resist writing this tongue-in-cheek version of one of my favorite Christmas songs! BTW my sweet neighbor, who went to heaven some years back, told me about how when she first lived in my neighborhood, people would shoot the balls of mistletoe down from out of the tall trees in our other neighbor's yard! She pointed them out to me one year, and I was pretty surprised to see them up there (and we have a bunch of very nice policemen in our neighborhood who I'm pretty sure wouldn't want us trying that these days!) We have a really tall American holly tree in our back yard and we also have a massive holly in front that flowers in the autumn, and three more holly bushes, one which gives red berries.

Do you have a special Christmas song that you think should be made into a Pandemic version? Leave a comment below to enter to win one of my twenty published books. Drawing will be held near Epiphany which is, BTW, a day after my birthday (hint! hint!) 

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