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Thursday, October 23, 2014

A Promise to Protect




Blog posts of book giveaways. Also interviews with, and articles by, Christian authors.
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A PROMISE TO PROTECT
by Patricia Bradley

Leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, October 28, 2014 to be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book below. If you mention in your comment that you’re a follower (see in the left sidebar “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I'll add your name a second time in the drawing. U.S. mailing address required to receive a paper book. Read book giveaway details at Disclaimers. Please leave your email address. Winner announced in next Thursday's blog post.

A PROMISE TO PROTECT by Patricia Bradley

Patricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi and is a former
abstinence educator and co-author of RISE To Your Dreams, an abstinence curriculum. But her heart is tuned to suspense. Patricia’s romantic suspense books include the Logan Point series—Shadows of the Past and A Promise to Protectand Matthew’s Choice a Heartwarming romance. Her workshops on writing include an online course with American Christian Fiction Writers and workshops at the Midsouth Christian Writer’s Conference in Collierville, TN. When she’s not writing, she likes to throw mud on a wheel and see what happens.

Welcome, Patricia. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
I would love to talk to Lazarus. Can you imagine the stories he could tell? And I’d like to know what happened to him after the resurrection. The Pharisees wanted to kill him and I wonder how long he lived before he went home for good. 

Please tell us a little about your novel, A Promise to Protect.
This is Ben Logan’s story. He was the sheriff in the first book, Shadows of the Past. 

Here’s the back cover blurb:
Acting Sheriff Ben Logan hasn’t heard from Leigh Somerall in a very long time, but it doesn’t mean he can get her—or their whirlwind romance of ten years ago—out of his head. When she calls out of the blue it is with a strange request to protect her brother, Tony. But when Tony dies just days later, Ben is charged with a different task—protecting Leigh and her nine-year-old son, TJ, from the killers. But how can Ben keep an eye on Leigh if she’s doing everything in her power to avoid him? And could the secret that Leigh is keeping change Ben’s life forever? 
Suspense, intrigue, and a touch of romance make A Promise to Protect perfect for readers who like their stories with a hearty dose of mystery.

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
A Promise to Protect is a story about forgiveness. Ben has to learn to forgive himself and Leigh needs to forgive others as well as receive forgiveness. 

Where can readers find you online?
Connect with me at:
Where can readers purchase A Promise to Protect?

Any parting comment?
First of all, thank you so much for having me on your blog, Jo. I’ve been a follower for a while now and love your posts. And I want to encourage any unpublished writer out there to not give up. Learn the craft of writing and hangth thou in there. If God has called you to write, He will get you published…in His timing, not yours. Which is a good thing. If I’d been published any earlier, I would have been so embarrassed by the book. I had more to learn.

Patricia, thank you for visiting with my readers and me. One of the commenters on this post will be randomly selected to win a copy of A Promise to Protect, which you have offered.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The Yuletide Angel by Sandy Ardoid is Carol H. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time…keep on smiling.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Christmas Novella



Posts of book giveaways. Also interviews with and
articles by Christian authors.

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I have a new blog titled Lifelines. Miriam-Webster defines lifelines as something which offers help or support. I hope my posts on Lifelines will offer you help and encouragement when I write about everyday happenings we all meet in one way or another.

I’ll welcome all comments whether you agree or disagree with me. We can agree to disagree and have sensible chats about a post’s topic. I plan to post on Lifelines every Monday and I hope you’ll visit me there. In the right sidebar on that blog you can sign up to follow the blog and never miss when a new post goes up. While there, you can also sign up to receive my newsletter and be eligible for a book giveaway in every issue.

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THE YULETIDE ANGEL
by Sandra Ardoin
 

Leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, October 21, 2014 to be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book below. If you mention in your comment that you’re a follower (see in the left sidebar “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I'll add your name a second time in the drawing. U.S. mailing address required to receive a paper book. Read book giveaway details at Disclaimers. Please leave your email address. Winner announced in next Thursday's blog post.



THE YULETIDE ANGEL by Sandra Ardoin

 
Sandra Ardoin is a multi-published author of short fiction. A fan of old westerns growing up, it’s only natural that she sets stories in the days of the horse and buggy, as she did with her newly released Christmas novella, The Yuletide Angel. She’s the married mother of a young adult and lives in North Carolina.



Welcome, Sandra. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?

For some reason, I’ve been thinking about Abraham Lincoln a great deal lately. I can’t say I’ve done any in-depth study into his life, but he carried a tremendous load on those shoulders. I would like to discuss with him the emotional struggles he went through in trying to bring the country back together. Only God knows the true state of his faith, but the quotes attributed to him make me think it was strong. Quotes such as:

"Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right." — Abraham Lincoln. How can you not want to talk to someone like that?



Please tell us a little about your novella.

The Yuletide Angel is a sweet, historical romance between two people who find love during the Christmas holiday season of 1890.


Here’s a short summary:

It's Christmastime in 1890s Meadowmead, and someone is venturing out at night to leave packages at the homes of the needy. Dubbed The Yuletide Angel, no one knows the identity of this mysterious benefactor. 

No one, except Hugh Barnes, a confirmed bachelor who finds himself drawn to the outwardly shy but inwardly bold Violet Madison, a young woman who risks her safety to help others. 

When Violet confesses her fear of eviction from her childhood home, Hugh longs to rescue her. His good intentions are thwarted, however, when Hugh's estranged brother shows up in town ... and in Violet's company. 

But Violet faces an even bigger threat. A phantom figure lurks in the shadows, prepared to clip the wings of The Yuletide Angel.



What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?

The themes of the story are forgiveness, trust, and pride. Hugh must deal with both forgiveness and trust when it comes to his brother’s previous betrayal. Forgiveness is a universal problem we all face at some time.


Violet has good intentions that lead to the less-than-honorable characteristic of pride. We can take a good thing, such as a ministry, and turn it into something that focuses the glory on us and not God. Whatever our interests and talents, we need to be especially mindful of that fact.



Where can readers find you online?

Visit me at www.sandraardoin.com and the Seriously Write blog. Connect with me on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads. Check out my Pinterest board for The Yuletide Angel. Sign up for my newsletter.



Where can readers purchase The Yuletide Angel?

The Yuletide Angel is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.



Any parting comment?

Thank you so much for letting me visit and talk about my Christmas novella, Jo. I hope your readers will love Hugh and Violet. And Merry Christmas in October!


Also, I’m excited to announce that The Yuletide Angel has led to a contract for a follow-up novel (my debut). A Reluctant Melody (working title) is scheduled to release in early 2016 from Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas’ new historical imprint, Heritage Beacon.

Thank you, Sandra, for visiting with my readers and me. I'll draw from the commenters to this post for a winner of a copy of The Yuletide Angel, which you have offered.




The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Rachel's Contrition by Michelle Buckman is Melanie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time...keep on smiling.