Thursday, March 26, 2015

Novel - Dandelions for Dinner

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DANDELIONS FOR DINNER
by Valerie Comer


Valerie Comer is our guest blogger. Valerie’s life on a small farm in western Canada provides the seed for stories of contemporary inspirational romance. Like many of her characters, Valerie and her family grow much of their own food and are active in the local foods movement as well as their creation-care-centric church. She only hopes her creations enjoy their happily-ever-afters as much as she does hers, shared with her husband, adult kids, and adorable granddaughters.

Valerie writes Farm Lit where food meets faith, injecting experience laced with humor into her award-winning Farm Fresh Romance stories.

 

Valerie, welcome! If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
I'd love to have dinner with Matthew and Nancy Sleeth, who are Christian advocates for creation care. I'm sure conversation would be very interesting and challenging.



Please tell us a little about your novel, Dandelions for Dinner.
Dandelions for Dinner finds man-hater Allison Hart building a house and farm school at Green Acres when she gains custody of her nephew. Too bad contractor Brent Callahan builds a rapport with the boy. Can Brent tear down the walls around her heart or will their secrets push them apart forever?


Dandelions for Dinner is the fourth (of six) novels in the Farm Fresh Romance series, which follows the adventures, romantic and otherwise, of a group of young women who band together to buy a farm where they plan to grow their own food and live as sustainably as possible.


What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
I want readers to laugh, cry, and wish that Allison, Brent, and young Finnley were real people they could love on. I want readers to be reminded that, no matter what is in our past, Jesus loves us, forgives us, and gives us hope for a glorious future.


Where can readers find you online?
My online home is at http://valeriecomer.com. Visitors can join my newsletter list and receive a free Farm Fresh Romance short story, they can read my blog, or they can follow the links to either my books or my social media connections. I love having visitors!


Where can readers purchase Dandelions for Dinner?
Amazon
Nook
iBooks
Kobo


Any parting comment?

If you're intrigued by the idea of a sustainable farming community, I invite you to check out the first book in the series, Raspberries and Vinegar. It is free on all e-book platforms.


Valerie, thank you for spending time with my readers. One of the commenters will an eBook copy of Dandelions for Dinner that you've offered.



The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Love Comes Calling by Deborah Piccurelli is Melanie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

 
Till next time … keep on smiling. 



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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Love Comes Calling novel


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LOVE COMES CALLING
by Deborah M. Piccurelli


After years of reading books and watching movies with an element of romance, Deborah M. Piccurelli’s desire to write romance novels came naturally. She belongs to several writers groups, and is a Christian who is active in her church. Deborah lives in New Jersey with her husband and their two sons.


Welcome, Deborah. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
I would like very much to have dinner with Kenneth Copeland. To me, he is one man of God that can find hidden treasures in Scripture. I learn so much from listening to him.


Please tell us a little about your novella, Love Comes Calling.

 
Here’s a short blurb:


The day new Christian, Derek Spencer, shows up on Charlie Parkes’s doorstep to make up for what he’d done, is the very day he falls in love with her. But Charlie’s sister mistakes him for a home improvement contractor, and he decides to play along until he finds a way to reveal who he really is: The man responsible for the scars she bears from an auto accident two years before.


Charlie is attracted to Derek, but knows the attention he pays her is only flattery. How could such a great-looking guy fall for someone with a face like hers? Nevertheless, the two form a relationship that brings a joy to Charlie that’s way beyond her wildest dreams.


But what will happen when Derek’s true identity is revealed?


I actually wrote this book many years ago. There was a publisher who did anthologies in addition to their regular books. They called for submissions with a theme for each anthology. I chose one called, “A Well-kept Secret,” wrote the book, and sent it on the first day they began accepting manuscripts. The next day, they emailed me back, saying they were no longer publishing that particular collection. 


Shortly afterward, they stopped publishing any anthologies, at all. Then, last year, I heard Prism was running a contest, so I decided on a whim to enter Love Comes Calling. I was so glad to be able to revive it after it sat around all those years, because I truly enjoyed writing it. I was one of three winners in the contest who received the opportunity to submit the full manuscript to Prism, and here I am, now, with a new book release!

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
There are a lot of elements about forgiveness and redemption in this story. The book also touches on salvation and becoming a new believer.


Where can readers find you online?
Website

Twitter or @DebPiccurelli
Facebook
Pinterest


Where can readers purchase Love Comes Calling? 

Amazon

Any parting comment?
I just want to say how grateful I am to our Lord for the opportunity of having this novella published. I never imagined a book I wrote when I knew very little about writing could make the cut. Until I entered the contest. I prayed about it, and then I knew. I just knew.


I also want to thank my editor, Paula Mowery, and Joan Alley, Business Manager and Head Editor of Prism Book Group for believing in me and my work.


Thank you, Deborah, for visiting with my readers. One of the commenters will win an eBook copy of Love Comes Calling, which you have offered.


 
The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Weep in the Night by Valerie Massey Goree is Pamela L. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Weep in the Night


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                 WEEP IN THE NIGHT
                by Valerie Massey Goree


American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award winner

Valerie Massey Goree was born in South Africa and grew up in Rhodesia—now Zimbabwe. She attended a Christian university in the USA and then returned to Zimbabwe with her husband, Glenn, where they served as missionaries.

After they settled back in Texas, Valerie served 25 years in the public school system, focusing on students with special needs. Now retired, she resides in the Texas Hill Country with Glenn, two dogs, two cats, and spends her time writing and spoiling her grandchildren.

Valerie loves to hear from her readers.

If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
I’m going to cheat a little on this question and include more than one person. I’d like to share a meal with my grandparents. All of them died either before I was born, or when I was a baby. I’d love to ask them about their lives and experiences in England, Ireland, Holland, and Australia, and discover why they decided to live in South Africa.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Weep in the Night.
After three years in the witness protection program, Sadie Malone’s

life in Texas is bland and humdrum—until she meets a new co-worker. Bowen Boudine ignites a flame in Sadie’s long-dormant heart, but when she discovers he knows her true identity, she attempts to flee. He thwarts her escape and reveals the reason he’s been sent to locate her.

Bowen, a seasoned operative with International Retrieval Organization takes his job escorting Sadie back to California seriously, but quickly finds he’s falling for her. Can he maintain a professional relationship while he protects her from the crime boss her testimony helped to convict?

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
A thread through all my novels is forgiveness. Sadie has to overcome her grievances toward God, in a sense forgive him for perceived injustices, and she helps Bowen recognize that God offers forgiveness to all who seek Him. Whatever trials we face, we must remember that God does not promise us no storms in this life. But he does promise to meet us in the storm and help us overcome.

Another takeaway is the value of family. Treasure each person because we never know how long they will be part of our lives.

Where can readers find you online?
My website

Facebook author page

I also contribute to Catherine Leggitt’s blog which addresses topics that affect ‘A Woman My Age’. I write under the section, My Mother, My child.

Where can readers purchase Weep in the Night?
Publisher

Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Books A Million
ChristianBook

Any parting comment?
I’m working on the sequel to Weep in the Night. It’s a standalone story, featuring some of the same characters, the same organization, but a brand new hero and heroine.

Thank you, Valerie, for visiting with my readers. One of the commenters will win a copy of Weep in the Night, which you have offered.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Star Song by Katheryn Haddad is Maxie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.




Thursday, March 5, 2015

The novel, STAR SONG

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STAR SONG
      by Katheryn Maddox Haddad

Our guest blogger is Katheryn Maddox Haddad. Katheryn

grew up in the northern United States and now lives in Arizona where there is no snow. She lives with her palm trees, cacti, music, and a computer with most of the letters worn off.

With a bachelor’s degree in English, Bible and social science from Harding University and part of a master’s degree in Bible, including Greek, from the Harding Graduate School of Theology, she also has a master’s degree in management and human relations from Abilene University.


She is a member of Christian Writers of the West and American Christian Fiction Writers, and is also an energetic public speaker who can touch the heart of audiences.

Welcome, Katheryn. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be and why?
I would like to have dinner with a Christian martyr a few days or even hours before s/he is executed, especially if it is by torture (burning at stake, etc.). Actually, I doubt there would be any eating. Perhaps there wouldn’t be any conversing either. Perhaps I could listen in on their prayers. I think I would weep for them, but they would tell me not to weep, for their pain will be for a moment compared to living with God forever. To be in the company of such a one would be life changing.



Please tell us a little about your novel, STAR SONG.
Come meet the people who met Jesus. You are one of them. Probably

you are several of them. Go ahead and struggle with him as they did. Laugh. Cry. Do mental battle with him. Emotional battle too. Fight for your faith as they fought.  Pause to listen for what you've never heard before. Then touch Jesus.

This is the story of faith in the impossible. Hope in the inconceivable. Love for the invincible. It is the dreams of youth, the desperations of infirmity, the hopes of age, and the song of eternity.

Follow the suspense as each person in Jesus’ life comes to terms with who they are, and who Jesus is. It is the story of doubts explained away, animosities melted away, misunderstandings cleared away. It is your story and mine. For deep within each of us is everyone who ever met and struggled with Jesus.         

Mary was too young, Elizabeth too old, Joseph too gullible, the shepherds too smelly, Anna too senile, Simeon too idealistic, Salome too flippant. The wise men should have minded their own business, Zechariah should have accepted he'd never have children. King Herod dared control God, the Bible scholars dared interpret God.


What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
STAR SONG is dedicated to “everyone who has ever doubted.” It is book one in a series of eight lyrical novels on the life of Christ—Soul Journey With the Real Jesus— and 100 people who met and struggled with them.


Life is hard. Jesus was not born in order to create romances in the snow, bright lights, and parties. Jesus was born into a world where Herod’s spies were everywhere, and he killed three sons, a wife and numerous others to protect his crown. The people involved in Jesus’ birth were not always strong, but they did what they could. They did not always understand, but as their part in Jesus’ infancy unfolded, they were courageous. Anyone of them could have been you.


Where can readers find you online?
My website
Webpage about STAR SONG

Pinterest about STAR SONG
Video #1 about STAR SONG
Video #2 about STAR SONG  
Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble:  “Katheryn Maddox Haddad”
Email:  Haddad1940@yahoo.com
Facebook


Where can readers purchase STAR SONG?

Amazon

Katheryn, thank you for visiting with my readers. One of the commenters on this blog post will win an eBook copy of STAR SONG, which you have offered.

 
The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The Vigil by Marian Pellegrin Merritt is Britney. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


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Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Vigil, a novel



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        THE VIGIL by Marian Pellegrin Merritt


Our guest blogger is Marian Pellegrin Merritt. Marian writes stories that blend her love of the mountains with her deep Southern roots. Her tagline, Where the Bayous Meets the Mountains, grew from both loves. She is the author of Deep Freeze Christmas, A Cajun Christmas Miracle, and Southern Fried Christmas and the newly released, The Vigil.

Marian is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Women's Fiction Writers Association. 


She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in physical therapy and an accounting certificate from the University of South Alabama. This Louisiana native writes from the Northwest Colorado home she shares with her husband and a very spoiled Labradoodle.


Welcome, Marian. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
Wow, just one? I would want to have a long dinner with the Apostle Peter. I can so relate to him in ALL aspects. It’s a bit scary. If Peter wasn’t available, I’d have to choose Leonardo Da Vinci – I’d get him to tell me all about Mona Lisa.


Please tell us a little about your novel, The Vigil.
It’s a story of coming home, confronting the demons of the past, and

how forgiveness can be freedom.

Here’s the book blurb:
Cheryl Broussard made two vows: She'd never fall for an abusive man, and she'd never return to her Louisiana hometown. But she's learned all too well the lesson of never-say-never. Now, back in Bijou Bayou after fleeing from an abusive boyfriend, Cheryl finds work as a Hospice nurse. While reading a dying patient's Korean War love letters, family secrets shatter Cheryl's beliefs about her family and herself and shed light on the reason she fled her hometown. When the Broussard family secrets are revealed, can Cheryl deal with the truth and accept the blessing of a second chance for relationships with her family, old friends, and with the God she never really knew?


What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
First, I hope my readers are entertained. Second, I’d hope they would know that God’s forgiveness is enough.


Where can readers find you online?
Website
Blog
Facebook Reader’s Group
Twitter


Where can readers purchase The Vigil?

All the purchase links are on my website

To get a link to the first chapter of The Vigil, sign up for my quarterly newsletter to receive exclusive giveaways, Cajun recipes, and the latest updates.


Any parting comments?
Jo, thanks for letting me share your part of cyberspace today. I’ve enjoyed sharing with your readers!


Thank you, Marian, for spending time with my readers. One of the commenters will win a copy of The Vigil that you’ve offered.

 

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Triple Threat by H. L. Wegley is Janet E. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Triple Threat novel


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TRIPLE THREAT by H. L. Wegley

Our guest today is H. L. Wegley. Harry has been an intelligence analyst (USAF), a Weather Officer, and a research scientist, where he published in the scientific literature. After earning an advanced Computer-Science degree, he developed computing systems for 20+ years then retired to write. He has a contracted 4-book, inspirational thriller series (with romance) with Pelican Book Group. The 4th book, Triple Threat, released in November 2014. He’s currently finishing his 8th novel, a political thriller.

 

Welcome, Harry! If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
We've already gotten an invitation to a dinner with Jesus, the marriage supper of the Lamb. My choice would be someone near the other end of the religious spectrum, Charles Darwin. I would like to sit down with Mr. Darwin, let him tell me about using morphology to define species and using a tiny blob of his “stuff of life” to define a cell.  Then I would tell him about what he was terribly ignorant of in 1859, the universe that exists inside a cell's nucleus, about DNA, coded information that prescribes life by prescribing a particular organism within a species. Hopefully, he would realize that basing his theory on morphology had no merit. Perhaps the lights would come on and, after I told him what a shredder was, maybe he would feed On the Origin of Species to one.


Please tell us a little about your novel, Triple Threat.
This story stars an all-grown-up Katie Brandt. She was 15 in the

previous story, Moon over Maalaea Bay. Katie has an IQ of over 180, is very athletic, but now is a beautiful young woman who‘s about to turn 21. She’s is finishing her dissertation for a PhD in Computer Science. Back to the story—Triple Threat is the 4th book in my Pure Genius Series, a high-action, romantic suspense story about Katie and another early twenties PhD candidate. During their dissertation research, Katie discovers a planned terrorist attack that dwarfs 9-11. In one thread of the story, there’s a sweet, first-love romance that’s soured at times by opposing worldviews. Katie’s a Christian. Josh is agnostic. The other thread contains a three-pronged terrorist attack that could cripple our nation, indefinitely. The way I chose to intertwine the threads leads to an entertaining, action-filled, humorous, and often romantic story line that keeps readers on the edge of their seat without being graphic or scary. Katie’s actions may stretch the bounds of believability a bit, but that’s why Josh calls her Crazy Kate.

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
Over the course of the story, the reader gets to see Katie field Josh’s questions, answering nearly every major objection raised against Christianity. But, I hope the readers notice that the most convincing things to Josh are Katie’s life and the working of God in Josh’s heart. Answers are great and we’re commanded to have them (1 Peter 3:15). But the greatest apologetic we’ll ever have for our faith is our life. 


Where can readers find you online?
Googling “H L Wegley” will give them more than they want to know about me, scientific publications, fiction and much more. Here are some web links:
Web site
Facebook page
Goodreads


Where can readers purchase Triple Threat?
Triple Threat is available in print and all common eBook formats through online booksellers. Here are some good places to look:
Amazon
Pelican Book Group
Barnes & Noble
Christianbook

Any parting comment?
Readers can expect an important announcement from me later this year. If all goes according to plan, you’ll hear about it in 8 or 9 months. No, I’m not running for political office, and I’m certainly not having a baby.


Harry, thanks for visiting with my readers. One of the commenters will win a copy of Triple Threat, which you have offered.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The Heiress by Mary Ellis is Charissa. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Mary Ellis novel



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THE LAST HEIRESS by Mary Ellis


Mary Ellis has written twelve bestselling novels set in the Amish community and recently completed several historical romances set during the Civil War. The Last Heiress is her latest release. She is currently working on a new mystery series, Secrets of the South, for Harvest House Publishers. Before "retiring" to write full-time, Mary taught school and worked as a sales rep for Hershey Chocolate. Her debut book was nominated for a 2010 Carol Award. Living in Harmony, won the 2012 Lime Award for Excellence in Amish Fiction while Love Comes to Paradise won the 2013 Lime Award. 

Welcome, Mary. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
I would have loved to have dinner with Mrs. Billy Graham. What an interesting life of Christian service that woman lived! I would love to ask her how her faith changed and grew over the years, and what her influences had been.


Please tell us a little about your novel, The Last Heiress.
She crossed the sea to save a legacy…finding love wasn’t part of her

plan.

The Last Heiress is a stand-alone historical romance, also set during the American Civil War. My heroine, Amanda Dunn is heir to the largest textile mill in Manchester, England. When the blockade of southern ports curtails the supply of cotton, her father sends her to Wilmington to restore trade. Her estranged twin sister, Abigail, eloped at 17 with an American cotton factor, and also lives in Wilmington. When Amanda falls for a local shopkeeper, class distinction, political loyalties, and family obligations guarantee a turbulent romance.

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
I would like readers to take away two ideas: First, that there are no easy answers to complex political issues. It wasn’t the case in 1865 and it isn’t the case in 2015. And secondly, I would like them to remember the bonds of family and the ties which bind us together in love are forever.


Where can readers find you online?

Website
Facebook


Where can readers purchase The Last Heiress?

CBD
Amazon
Barnes and Noble


Any parting comment?
I love to connect with readers on Facebook. I hope they’ll like my author page and/or send me a friend request.


Thank you, Mary, for visiting with my readers. One of the commenters to this post will win a copy of The Last Heiress, which you have offered.

 

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Redemption in Big  Fork Lake by Mary L. Ball is Ann K. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Have you visited my inspirational blog, Lifelines? I welcome all comments whether you agree or disagree with me. 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 book giveaways. I post on Lifelines on Mondays and hope you’ll visit me there.
 

Till next time … keep on smiling.