Thursday, February 28, 2013

Win a Book!


Thursday Thoughts on Reading and Writing

When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, March 3, 2013 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a signed 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 be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. You can read details about my book giveaways at Disclaimers.



Scent of Lilacs by Ann Gabhart

Ann H. Gabhart is the bestselling author of several novels, including Angel Sister, Words Spoken True, The Outsider, The Believer, The Seeker, The Blessed, and The Gifted. The Scent of Lilacs, her first inspirational novel, was chosen as one of the Top Ten Books in Christian Fiction in 2006 by Booklist magazine.  She lives on a farm in Kentucky not far from where she was born. She and her husband have three children and nine grandchildren.




      The Giver of Hope by Ann H. Gabhart

"It's me, it's me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer."

Nobody knows the origin of this old African American spiritual, but it became widely known after the song was included in The Book of American Negro Spirituals (1925), compiled by brothers James Weldon and Rosamond Johnson. I'm not a singer. My husband is the gospel singer, but when I was writing Scent of Lilacs, I made "It's Me Standing in the Need of Prayer" my theme song.

Things hadn't been going well in my writing life. Several years had passed with little or no encouragement. My manuscripts were getting nothing but rejects. After publishing thirteen books, I was no longer finding any loving editors for what I was writing. I kept writing. That's what I do. Write. But I was beginning to doubt I'd ever see another of my books in print. Although I didn't want to quit writing, my sensible side began to poke me with reasonable thoughts about finding a job where I would have a paycheck every week. Maybe it wasn't fair to my family to keep clinging to my dream when I wasn't getting any monetary return on my hours of working. And yes, writing is work. I had to keep assuring myself of that. Just because it was what I'd always wanted to do didn't mean it wasn't work.

Words are a writer's game, so it's only natural for a writer to grab hold of words for inspiration. Perseverance is a very necessary word for writers. I've often been accused of having a stubborn streak. That works to my favor as a writer. Easy or not, successful or not, I was determined to write and determined to believe that my stories would someday find readers even when I hit those dry desert stretches of no success. Discipline stands a writer in good stead.  Talent is wonderful, and inspiration is a gift to be treasured. Still, unless a writer uses that talent and makes the sacrifices necessary to write, neither is going to lead to success. But during this time when I was persevering and continuing to write in the face of no sales, it was hope I needed to keep alive in my writing heart. Without hope that my stories might someday be read, I might have lost my will to write.

Who is the giver of hope? Romans 15:13 says it well. "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (NIV)

So in the midst of my season of rejections for my writing, I decided to write one more story. I decided that if no editor was going to like what I wrote, I would at least write a book I enjoyed writing. I wouldn't worry about writing for the market. I would attempt to follow the age old writing advice and write what I knew. What I knew was small towns and country life. I picked the 1960s since I came of age during that decade and then found a character named Jocie whose father was a preacher in need of a church. I gave Jocie a crazy old Aunt Love who quoted Scripture to keep her in line and a wonderful grandfatherly-type friend who claimed to be from Jupiter, the planet not the town. I wrote their Hollyhill story and uncovered some of their secrets along the way.

And I sang "It's me, it's me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayer," for my writing, for my story, for me. The Lord heard that prayer. My original title was The Smell of Lilacs, later changed to Scent of Lilacs. My agent, at the time, was more familiar with general market publishers than with Christian publishers, but she decided to pitch my story about a preacher and his family to the Christian market. She just happened to pick an editor who loved lilacs. The title attracted that editor enough to give the book a read even though I was an unknown writer to her.  

That's how, hanging on to hope with the perseverance of a determined writer, I came into the Christian market with Scent of Lilacs. Two more books set in my little town came later and now make up the Heart of Hollyhill series. All are being re-released in the next year with new covers and hope for new readers.

"To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing."

May hope always be alive in your heart.


Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, March 3, 2013 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a signed copy of Scent of Lilacs by Ann Gabhart. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. Please, please remember to leave your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you for your mailing address. I’ll announce the winner in Monday’s blog.

Till next time … keeping on smiling.

156 comments:

  1. I would so love this book. It holds lots of memories for me. Lilac's and grandma. Grandma B has passed away now at the age of 93. I miss her o so much. The stories she could tell. The song you mentioned I love it.: " It's me it's me o Lord standing in the need of prayer" I feel like I'm always in the need of prayer. Or praying for others. We need prayer.Thanks for the chance to win this book. I am a follower.
    Blessings
    joeym11@frontier.com

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    1. Dianna, thanks for your heartfelt comment. I appreciate your being a follower. Thanks for coming by.

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    2. We all need prayer, Diana, and most of us don't reach for help enough. Glad the lilacs brought up lots of good grandmother memories for you.

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  2. Hello Jo and Ann, I like your blog and have signed up to follow, like the ocean scene at the top and can almost smell the sea...Ann is a wonderful author and I love to read her books. Reading all these good books it is hard to think of you Ann at a time when no one wanted to publish your words written. so glad you kept on and now are doing so well. I would love to be in the drawing as I have not read this book. You say you are a writer and you keep on writing well, I am a reader and love to read all kinds of books. I try new authors and sometimes find a gem...
    thanks for sharing on the blog and to Jo for having you.
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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    1. Paula, you're welcome. Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a comment. I appreciate your following my blog.

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    2. Thanks for coming over to read my post here, Paula. And I'm glad you checked out Jo's books while you were here. I love finding new books to read too. Good luck in the drawing.

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  3. I would love to be entered in the drawing for Scent of Lilacs. I really enjoy Ann's books.

    I am a follower and follow by email.

    Katie J.
    johnsonk133[at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. Katie, I'm so glad you're a follower of my blog. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

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  4. Boy can I relate to standing in the need of prayer. Somedays I think one obstacle follows another and I'm tired of obstacles. Still - it is those challenges that build our spiritual muscles. Your story sounds wonderful -

    HM at HVC dot RR dot COM

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    1. Thanks, Heather. I hope you'll enjoy Jocie's story if you get a chance to read it. And for sure, we all stand in the need of prayer. May your obstacles melt away in the days ahead and give your spiritual muscles a rest. :) Or at least let them exercise for a reason other than obstacles.

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  5. This sounds like a wonderful story. I enjoy stories set in the 1960s. Thanks for having the giveaway. I also signed up to receive your newsletter and I follow your blog by email.

    Rose
    harnessrose(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. The '60s were an era when lots of different kinds of things were going on, for sure, Rose. I hope if you get to read Jocie's story you'll enjoy visiting Hollyhill in the Sixties.

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    2. Rose, you're welcome. So glad you're a follower and thanks for signing up for my newsletter.

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  6. The 60's was before my time but I love to read about yesteryears. I would love to win.

    I am a follwer and a subscriber.

    deamundy(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It always makes me feel ancient when I think about how long ago the Sixties were. Wow, the years go fast. Good luck in the drawing, Deanna.

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    2. Deanna, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. I appreciate your being a follower and a subscriber.

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  7. Thank goodness you didn't give up, Ann. Your story is proof that good things do come to those who wait and perhaps wait some more.

    I will also follow you Jo. Thanks for another chance to win one of Ann's books.

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    1. Fun to see your comment here, Connie. And I was too stubborn to give up. Plus the Lord put that hope in my heart.

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    2. Connie, you're welcome. Thanks so much for being a follower of my blog. I appreciate your being a loyal reader.

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  8. Sounds like my kind of book. We are all standing in the need of prayer. Fran White teachesl3@aol.com

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    1. Indeed we do all stand in the need of prayer, Fran. Prayers have been lifting me up in the last year while I've been helping take care of my mother who suffers from dementia. Hope if you read my book, you'll enjoy Jocie's story.

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  9. iwould love the chance to win the book, i love your books
    Shirley Blanchard
    jcisforme@aol.com

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    1. Good luck, Shirley. Always great to have you join in the giveaway fun. And thanks for reading my books.

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  10. I would love to win and read Ann's new book. I enjoyed reading her Shaker series. Thank you for the chance to win.

    Karen G.
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Karen, for reading my Shaker books. Hope you get a chance to read Jocie's story too. Thanks for reading my post and joining in the fun here.

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  11. I love your books, Ann, and I'd really really love to read Scent of Lilacs. Thank you for taking the time to do this interview and for a chance to win. :)

    God Bless,
    Wanda B.
    flghtlss1(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

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    1. Aw, Wanda, thanks so much. I love giving away books to readers and talking about writing. Thanks for joining in the fun here.

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  12. I would love to win and read this book.I love your books Ann and I am looking forward to reading this one.Thanks...I also follow and follow by email.jackie_tessnair@yahoo.com

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    1. Jackie, thanks so much for reading my books. That always makes me smile when someone tells me that. Glad you joined in the fun here and good luck in the drawing.

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  13. I really like Ann's books, especially Words Spoken True. I would love to read this one!! I also follow your blog by email!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Marissa, for reading Words Spoken True. And I hope if you read Jocie's story, Scent of Lilacs, that you'll like it too. A different kind of story, but one I think readers will like. Good luck in the drawing.

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  14. Hello there Jo and Ann. Enjoyed reading this. I would love to have all of Ann's books to read. Hope I can win this one. I have really enjoyed visiting with Jocie. I am a follower of this blog. God bless you both. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Hi, Maxie. Always good to see your comments pop up. And I'm glad you've enjoyed getting to know Jocie on her new blog, www.hollyhillbookofthestrange.blogspot.com. She's having fun making new friends.

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  15. I would love to win a copy of this book. It sounds like a great book. ej8741@hotmail.co

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    1. Hope you will enjoy the story if you get a chance to read it, Jean.

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  16. can't wait to read this!!! Beautiful cover and thanks for sharing the backstory...
    jojosutiscorner@gmail.com

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    1. Glad you liked reading about how I held onto hope long enough to write this "one more" story, Jojo.

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  17. This sounds like a book that would be very popular in our church library. msmlsu@bellsouth.net

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    1. I love libraries and I'm always happy to hear my book makes it into one of the church libraries.

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  18. This sounds like my kind of story! Thank you for the chance to win!

    Michelle
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  19. "Scent of Lilacs" sounds like a wonderful book, I love Ann's newsletters and blog. I am now following you as well, and by newsletter.
    Thank you for this giveaway! Hello to both of you ladies. Carmee Ross in TN miaross1961@yahoo.com

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    1. Carmee, it's always great to hear from you. I hope you'll enjoy Jocie's story when you get a chance to read it. Hollyhill has some interesting characters.

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    2. Carmee, you're welcome. Glad you came by and left your comment. I love that you are a follower. Thanks.

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  20. I love books set in the 1960s and the cover makes me want to read this!

    jenndiggy at gmail dot com

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    1. I'm glad you thought the cover made the story look enticing. That's what a cover and title is supposed to do, Jenn.

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  21. I, too, came of age in the sixties so the memories of that time are nostalgic for me. SO hope to win one of Ann's books and one with the title of Lilacs is perfect!!

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    1. Always fun to see your comments when I go out blogging, Loretta. Thanks for joining in the fun.

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  22. I love Ann's books, I really likes reading the Shaker series. I would love to win this book!

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    1. Hi, Marchell. Thanks so much for reading my books. The Shaker stories are popular with a lot of readers. I hope some of them will like Jocie's story too.

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  23. I would love to win a copy of this book and I am a follower of your blog site. Thanks.

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    1. I forgot to leave my email address which is:
      morningdove1961@msn.com

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    2. Lisa, thanks for being a follower of my blog. And I'm glad you remembered to leave your email address--so now you're entered in the drawing.

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  24. Lilacs are one of my favorite flowers, they remind me of my Great-Grandmother. I only wished they bloomed longer here in Oregon. It's wonderful the Lord has opended a door for your writing to continue and I would love to win your book! I also now follow this site.

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    1. I have been blessed, Rebecca. And I think the Lord had to use those dry years to get my attention. I love lilacs too and the blooms don't last long enough anywhere.

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  25. I love all of Ann's books that I have read. I read some of the Shaker books and "Angel Sister." I did not realize that Ann had so many rejections for her stories. Crazy! I'm glad that she persevered. I love the scent of lilacs too. I loved the quote she posted: "To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing." So true! Kristie from Ohio. I'm also a follower of your blog. Kristie Donelson. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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    1. Thanks for your comments, Kristie, and for reading my books. I'm glad I persevered too. Everybody needs to take a few risks from time to time or at least to keep trying. Jo has a lot of great followers on here.

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  26. I love all of Ann's books that I have read. I read some of the Shaker books and "Angel Sister." I did not realize that Ann had so many rejections for her stories. Crazy! I'm glad that she persevered. I love the scent of lilacs too. I loved the quote she posted: "To love is to risk not being loved in return. To hope is to risk pain. To try is to risk failure, but risk must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing." So true! Kristie from Ohio. I'm also a follower of your blog. Kristie Donelson. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

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  27. I love your books and have subscribed to your e-mail list!My e-mail is sheliarha64@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks, Shelia. I'm not sure whether you're talking about my books or Jo's, but we're both happy to have you aboard.

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    2. Shelia, thanks for reading Ann's article and leaving a comment. Whether you're meaning Ann's or my books, we love you for saying so.

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  28. Wow this sounds really good!

    sylvesternator@yahoo.com

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  29. Would love to win but most of all I wanted to say I am so glad Ann persevered otherwise we all would have missed some great books! Hope is a wonderful gift! Thanks for the opportunity....Linda dmcfarl101(at)juno(dot)com

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    1. Always great to read your comments, Linda. So glad you are being friends with Jocie on her Hollyhill blog, www.hollyhillbookofthestrange.blogspot.com. But I really should have had her give that a shorter name! Hope is a beautiful gift. The 2nd Hollyhill book claims that with its title, Orchard of Hope.

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  30. Thank you, Ann. I really enjoyed your post. I would love to read your book, Scent of Lilacs. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

    I am a follower.

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  31. Cant wait to read it.
    Underwood_denise@yahoo.com

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    1. Good news for me, Denise. Hope you'll enjoy the story.

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  32. Thanks for the opportunity to win good luck to everyone
    jjake2005@hotmail.com

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    1. Gee, I wish everybody could win. You can check out my website, www.annhgabhart, for a Celebration giveaway I've got going there right now. Books and a Grandmother's Bible.

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    2. I, too, wish everyone could be a winner on this post. Thanks for coming by and leaving your comment.

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  33. I am following thru email. Would love to win the book.

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  34. I would love to Ann's book. Thank you so much for a wonderful post.
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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  35. Thank you for the chance to win this book. I am a new follower to your website. This looks like a nice book to read.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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  36. I'd love to win and read this book!
    jgatchell@shaw.ca

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  37. We have a lilac bush outside our kitchen window and it is my favorite flower. I remember having a lilac bush as a little girl and picking bouquets with my mother and grandma. This sounds like a very good book.

    I am a follower.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. I love bringing the lilac blooms and the beautiful scent into the house too, Ruby. I'm guessing that now when you see it or smell that wonderful fragrance that you remember home and your mother and grandmother. I'm getting a lot of wonderful grandmother stories in response to my website celebration giveaway. www.annhgabhart.com. I asked for the stories since one of the things I'm giving away is a Grandmother's Bible.

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  38. Jo, thank you so much for inviting me over. You have a lot of great followers here.

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    1. Ann, so glad you could spend time with us. I do have a great bunch of followers and I'm thankful for and proud of all of them.

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  39. I'm a follower! I have enjoyed other Ann Gabhart books, & would love to own this one! THANKS foir a nice GIVEAWAY!

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  40. This book sounds like it will be a very interesting read. It would be a pleasure to win and read it. Hope my library orders it. Thanks for the giveaway.
    msbookwormlady(at)aol(dot)com

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  41. I have read most all of Ann's books and love them. Would love to read this one too.
    Cheryl
    dcsonn1983@att.net

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    2. Thank you so much, Cheryl, for reading my books. I'm so glad you've enjoyed my stories. Hope you like Jocie's story when you get a chance to read it. :)

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  42. I've been wanting to read this book.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    Carolyn
    carolynj63@att.net

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    1. And I've been wanting you to read this book, Carolyn. I want everybody to read it! :) Hope you'll enjoy the story when you get the chance.

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  43. I have to admit I've never read one of your books but would love to read this one and make you one of my favorite authors. Thanks for giving me this chance to become one of your newest followers.
    Sharon
    roseofsharon930@hotmail.com

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    1. That sounds like a great plan to me, Sharon! I've written some different kinds of books. About Shakers, Romance in 1850s Louisville, small town family stories. Jocie's story was fun to write and when you get a chance to read it, I hope you'll enjoy getting to know my Hollyhill characters. I think the Lord blessed the story and me through writing it. Good luck in the drawing.

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  44. I enjoy Ann's writing. Her Facebook posts are a joy to read, too.


    Dholcomb 1 @ aol dot com

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    1. Ahh, Denise, you're trying to make me smile. And it worked. Thanks so much!

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  45. Hi Jo! I'm so glad I found your blog. Always interested to find great authors, especially lilac books. Haha! Thanks so much ... brown.k (at) centurytel [dot] net ... Also, I'm a new follower as WeimerMom (#99).

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    1. I'm glad you found Jo's blog too, Kd. Hope you'll find one of my books now and enjoy the read. :) Lilacs can draw you into a story and the scent of the lilacs is important in this story.

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  46. Wow! Let me tell you, folks, I've loved talking with you and reading your comments. And after I've commented back these many times, I have proved once and for all that I AM NOT A ROBOT!! However, a few times the computer wasn't sure. LOL

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  47. I am always looking for new authors. This book sound interesting to me and I would love to read it.

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  48. I love that old Negro Spiritual song, too. And it is something we all need to think about when doing any task... the need of prayer.

    Your book looks wonderful...and I love the title and cover. We moved twelve years ago to the South, where lilacs don't grow...I had several old and beautiful scented bushes in our backyard in Michigan...for that reason alone I'd love to return. The 60's was a fun time, and I'm glad to know more authors were apart of those wild and crazy years~ :)
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    Diane

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    1. Diane, thanks so much for coming by and leaving your comment. Love your website!!

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    2. Prayer is power if we "plug" in to it, Diane. My daughter lives in the south and she misses the lilacs too. I think farther north than KY they may even do better although they are lovely here. Lilacs turn out to be important to Jocie's story.

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  49. The story of how you came to write this book and how you kept persevering was sweet and encouraging, thank you for sharing!
    bskaggs(at)zoominternet(dot)net

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    1. Glad my story was encouraging to you, Teddy. Perseverance has to be a free lance writer's by-word.

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    2. Teddy, thanks for coming by to read Ann's article. Glad you left a comment.

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  50. I have recently been adding your books to my "to-read" list, and they all look promising! I have heard good things and am looking forward to reading them :-) Your books look wonderful!

    ~Marie

    jesusfreak4ever(at)juno(dot)com.

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    1. Great, Marie. Thanks so much for your interest. I hope you enjoy my books when you get a chance to read them. Good luck in the drawing.

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    2. Marie, glad you came by to read Ann's article. Thanks for leading your comment.

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  51. I would love to win this book. The story line sounds great plus lilacs are my favorite flower. I would buy this book for the beautiful cover alone.....:)

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    1. Sandra, thanks for coming and reading the blog. I appreciate your interest and your leaving a comment.

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    2. Glad you liked the cover, Sandra. I love lilacs too and they do play a part in the story. Hope if you get a chance to read Scent of Lilacs you'll enjoy Jocie's story.

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  52. Scent of Lilacs sounds wonderful.

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