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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Ane Mulligan Book



Reminder: I have a new blog titled Lifelines. Love to have you visit me there.



When you leave a comment and your email address on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, September 16, 2014 you'll 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 column “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I'll add your name a second time in the drawing. You must have a U.S. mailing address to receive a paper book. You can read details about my book giveaways at Disclaimers 


CHAPEL SPRINGS REVIVAL by Ane Mulligan

While a large, floppy straw hat is her favorite, Ane Mulligan has worn many different ones: hairdresser, legislative affairs director (that's a fancy name for a lobbyist), drama director, playwright, humor columnist, and novelist. Her lifetime experience provides a plethora of fodder for her Southern-fried fiction (try saying that three times fast). She firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food groups. President of the award-winning literary site, Novel Rocket, Ane resides in Suwanee, GA, with her artist husband, her chef son, and two dogs of Biblical proportion. 

Welcome Ane. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
This was really hard. I vacillated a lot before settling on Carol Burnett. She has always been someone I admired. I loved her humor and she showed me how to laugh at myself.  

Please tell us a little about your novel, Chapel Springs Revival.
Basically, it’s a romp through miscommunication in marriage, but with a friend like Claire, you need a gurney, a mop, and a guardian angel.

Everybody in the small town of Chapel Springs, Georgia, knows best friends Claire and Patsy. It's impossible not to, what with Claire's zany antics and Patsy's self-appointed mission to keep her friend out of trouble. And trouble abounds. Chapel Springs has grown dilapidated and the tourist trade has slackened. With their livelihoods threatened, they join forces to revitalize the town. No one could have guessed the real issue needing restoration is their marriages. 

With their personal lives in as much disarray as the town, Claire and Patsy embark on a mission of mishaps and miscommunication, determined to restore warmth to Chapel Springs —and their lives. That is if they can convince their husbands and the town council, led by two curmudgeons who would prefer to see Chapel Springs left in the fifties and closed to traffic.

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
Marriage takes work—work in communication certainly, but instead of a “Lord, change him” attitude, a “Lord, change me” attitude works best. That and if you continue to look at your spouse’s bad habits, soon those are all you’ll see. Scripture tells us we can’t get sweet and bitter water from the same well. 

Where can readers find you online?

Where can readers purchase Chapel Springs Revival?
On Amazon and the Nook version can be found here

Any parting comment?
Thanks for having me, Jo. I hope your readers will find reading Chapel Springs Revival like coming home. Gina Holmes, award-winning author of Crossing Oceans and Wings of Glass, said, “With the charm of the Mitford Series, the humor of I Love Lucy, and the heart of Andy Griffith's Mayberry, Ane Mulligan's Chapel Springs Revival is sure to be a hit with fans of Debbie Macomber and Jan Karon. Reading Chapel Springs Revival is like coming home to the place you wish you were from, to the friends you know and love."


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Malevolent Tide: a Christian Thriller by R.H. Rauschenberger is Melanie B. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Christian Thriller



First, some news: 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. My first ever post on Lifelines is about new beginnings. 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. 

Inspirational thoughts formerly on the website page "My Thoughts" are now on the new blog, Lifelines.




Christian Thriller by R.H. Rauschenberger
Leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, September 9, 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 remember to leave your email address. Winner announced in next Thursday's blog post.

MALEVOLENT TIDE by R.H. Rauschenberger




R.H. Rauschenberger is a Bible-believing Christian with a PhD in developmental toxicology from the University of Florida. Along with Malevolent Tide, he’s published numerous outdoor columns and peer-reviewed scientific articles. He’s a husband, a father, a supervisory biologist with the U.S. Department of the Interior. He’s an active member of a local church where he and his wife lead a college and career Bible study class. He loves spending time with family and hunting and fishing near his home in St. Augustine, Florida.



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

That’s a tough one. There’s so many that come to mind. I love The Apostle Paul, C.S. Lewis, and Abraham Lincoln. But if I had to pick one, I’d say Noah. He was the greatest endangered species biologist that this planet will ever know. And he lived before and after the great flood, which is the greatest climate-changing event that has ever occurred.


Please tell us a little about your novel, Malevolent Tide.

Malevolent Tide is a Christian thriller that mixes spiritual warfare with CliFi (climate fiction). Set in the near future, a marine biologist is drawn into a mystery that forces him to develop a deeper faith and rely on it rather than science if he’s to save his family and billions of lives from evil incarnate. It’s NOT a story that supports or rejects climate change or whether man has anything to do with it. Nor is it a story about a post-apocalyptic future. Rather, the story is about an ordinary man who must stop a diabolical plan that aims to reverse global warming by setting off an ice age, causing global famine and killing billions. There are small glimpses into the spiritual world.

I love your book cover.


What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?

Another tough one. For my Christian readers, my hope is they would become more aware of the spiritual battle going on around them and remember that ‘He that is in them is greater than he that is in this world.’ For those searching for God, my hope is they would be aware of the spiritual battle being waged for their lives and understand that Christ loves them and gives eternal life if they simply believe in him. Lastly, I want my readers to be aware that eventually we will have the technology to manipulate the climate and like any technology we must make sure it’s not used as a weapon of mass destruction in the name of saving the planet.


Where can readers find you online?

They can find info about my book and me, including my official book trailer at: http://rhrauschenberger.wordpress.com


They can also find me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/rhrauschenberger  and on Twitter: @malevolenttide


Where can readers purchase Malevolent Tide?

Readers can purchase from me directly if they would like a signed copy. Otherwise they can simply search for Malevolent Tide on Amazon.com (kindle and 6x9 trade paperback) or Barns and Noble (trade paperback). Readers can view the first few chapters for free at Amazon.


If your readers click on http://rhrauschenberger.wordpress.com/order-malevolent-tide-now/ they will find direct links to the book’s Amazon.com and Barns and Noble pages, as well as the “add to cart” button if they want to purchase a signed copy directly from me.


Any parting comment?

I am currently working on my second book in the Malevolent Tide series and hope to release it in Spring 2015. That’s about all I know right now. Thanks very much for having me on and allowing me to share a bit about my book and myself. This has been fun. Thanks again and God bless. 


Thank you, R.H. I enjoyed your visit with my readers and me. And thanks again for a copy of Malevolent Tide, which one of my commenters will win in a drawing.




The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Joy Comes to Dinsmore Street by Linda Rondeau is Shirley B. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.



Till next time … keep on smiling.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Linda Rondeau Book

JOY COMES TO DINSMORE STREET



Leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, September 2, 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. 


JOY COMES TO DINSMORE STREET by Linda Wood Rondeau

Award-winning author, Linda Wood Rondeau, writes stories of God’s mercies. Born in Syracuse, she spent the bulk of her married life in the Adirondacks. After a long career in human services, Linda now resides in Jacksonville, Florida with her husband, her best friend in life where the more tolerable temperatures afford an opportunity to play golf year round, the author’s second greatest passion. 


WHEN REAL LIFE INSPIRES FICTION
By Linda Wood Rondeau

Writers are often asked where their ideas come from. For me, many times they germinate from my social work experience. Sometimes, as was the case of Joy Comes to Dinsmore Street, ideas are birthed from personal experience. 

My cousin and I spent a lot of time at her house, and she often came and stayed with me.  She had two older brothers and one younger. I remember the older boys and how mischievous they loved to be. The younger brother hung out with us girls, taking walks, going to the old swimming hole to swim.  When we had family events at my grandparents’ house, the cousins played basketball while the grownups played cards. 

I graduated high school and went on to college. I married and moved hundreds of miles away. My cousin married as well and had a couple of kids. We both divorced. I remarried, and she now has a companion who has been by her side for years, a good fatherly role model for her girls and now her grandchildren.  Life and circumstances caused us to drift apart. And our lives became very different.

Once, during a rare visit, we went to see my grandparents’ house in Mexico, New York. Vacant, we walked around the yard and peeked in the windows, remembering the many times we spent there. We became excited when we saw Grandma Barrigar’s old wood stove in the kitchen, surprised it was still there.  Across the road the old barn still stood. 

Whenever we’re together we reminisce about those wonderful years. As I thought about how my cousin and I drifted apart, not because of argument, merely that we journeyed to different places in our lives, a story took root. What if two cousins, nearly inseparable, had a serious argument that spanned four decades? How different would these lives become? What circumstances might bring about their reunion? 

And so, Joy Comes to Dinsmore Street was born. Many revisions later, the story takes place Christmas 2000, set at the new millennium in the Adirondack Mountains. Christmas is a time for reunion, for healing, and forgiveness. No matter how many decades separate a friendship. 


About Joy Comes to Dinsmore Street (Read an excerpt.) 
 
Most people looked forward to the dawning of the new millennium. For Colin O’Donnell, Christmas 2000 holds no anticipation until he learns Ma expects a visit from Joy, an adored cousin who disappeared on the girl’s sixteenth birthday. Why does she decide to visit Ma after all these years? The day Colin’s father left, Ma clutched Joy’s photograph as if it were a lifeline. Colin suspects the two disappearances are somehow connected although they occurred decades apart. Perhaps Joy’s visit will bring answers to years-old daunting questions. First, however, Colin must wrestle with a current mystery. What did he do to drive his wife from their bed? When all is revealed and the past and present collide, will Colin fight to preserve his marriage or follow his father’s path of abandonment?



Joy Comes to Dinsmore Street (Book edition)
Joy Comes to Dinsmore Street (eBook edition)




Readers may visit the author’s website at www.lindarondeau.com or email her at lindarondeau@gmail.com.  Join her on Facebook, Twitter, PInterest, and Goodreads.   

The author is the winner of the 2012 Selah Award for best first novel, The Other Side of Darkness/Harbourlight, as well as a finalist in 2014 Selah Award for her novellas, A Christmas Prayer (aka A Father's Prayer)/Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas.  

Other books by Linda Wood Rondeau:
Readers may also enjoy Linda Wood Rondeau’s Christmas classic, It Really Is a Wonderful life, inspired by the author’s experience in Community Theater. 

Other books published by Helping Hands Press include the author’s non-fiction book, I Prayed for Patience God Gave Me Children, a paranormal suspense, Days of Vines and Roses, and her mini-novel, Jolly Angel, part of a greater romance collection, edited by Murray Pura’s, Blue Heaven Romance.  

In addition to the above, Linda maintains a devotional blog, This Daily Grind


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of A PLAIN LOVE by Kelly Irvin is Virginia W. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book
 giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.