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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Christmas Novella



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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.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Michelle Buckman




Blog posts of book giveaways and interviews with, and articles by, Christian authors.

  ~~~~~~~~~~
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.

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


Rachel’s Contrition 
 by Michelle Buckman

Leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, August 19, 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. 


RACHEL'S CONTRITION by Michelle Buckman



Michelle Buckman is the award-winning author of six novels: Pretty Maids All in a Row, A Piece of the Sky, Maggie Come Lately, My Beautiful Disaster, Death Panels, and Rachel’s Contrition. She is an international conference speaker renowned for her dynamic discussions on writing. She lives in the Carolinas where her favorite pastime is walking along the beach for reflection and inspiration.

Welcome, Michelle. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
I would love to have dinner with Anne Tyler. I greatly admire her ability to create wonderful characters with minimal words. She is my favorite author.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Rachel’s Contrition.
Although Rachel’s Contrition was released several years ago, it has gained renewed interest this summer because of the coverage of the traumatic cases of children being left in hot cars. I had heard such a case years ago as a short blurb on the radio and sat there stunned as I considered how dramatically such a death would impact the parents. How could they even speak to each other again? How could they get beyond the guilt and/or anger that would rise between them? I knew it was a novel I had to write.
I did a lot of research as I wrote Rachel’s Contrition because I’d also witnessed friends and family recover from the loss of children, and I wanted to reflect real-life reactions to such tragedy. Ultimately, Rachel’s Contrition is about the healing process and the road back to life for one of these parents. I wrote it not to comfort those who have lost children, but rather for their loved ones to understand the deep grief and obstacles they are combating after such a loss. 

Rachel’s Contrition is a novel of grief, renewal and hope. 

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
I want readers to realize how much parents want to talk about their deceased children. Many people feel like they shouldn’t broach the subject of children who have died, but parents want just the opposite. They welcome the opportunity to share the feelings and memories they have bottled up inside.

Where can readers find you online?
www. MichelleBuckman.com

Where can readers purchase Rachel’s Contrition?

Any parting comment?
If you purchase any of my novels for a book club, please contact me for a Q/A session via Skype, Facetime, or Google.
Be sure to check out my other titles. New books will be released in 2015. 

Michelle, thank you for visiting with my readers and me. One of the commenters on this post will receive a copy of Rachel’s Contrition, which you have offered.



The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Jenny's Choice by Patrick Craig is rubynreba. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.