Thursday, July 4, 2013

Win a Book!

Thursday Thoughts on Reading and Writing

When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, July 7, 2013 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for an eBook 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 enter your name a second time in the drawing. You must be eighteen, have a continental U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. You can read details about my book giveaways at Disclaimers.


On the Threshold
by Sherrie Ashcraft and Christina Berry Tarabochia


After fourteen years of hard work, Sherrie Ashcraft and Christina Berry Tarabochia are thrilled to announce the release of their novel, On the Threshold. Interested in how a mother and daughter can write a book together? Keep reading!

Why did you ladies begin writing this book? Both of us had always talked about writing a book, but fourteen years ago Sherrie said if we were ever going to write, maybe we should work on a book together. It would hold us accountable. We lived on different sides of the state of Oregon at the time, so we did a lot of it via e-mail, and once a month Sherrie would make the 250-mile drive to Christina's house and we'd work on it in person. We wanted to share a real look at depression and trying to be good enough to please God--what that might look like in a family's life.

Fourteen years? Really? That's from the first word penned. The very first contest we entered, we actually talked about how we needed to decide how to fight off all the editors who'd be making offers. Instead, we found out we had a lot to learn! Attending writing conferences and reading craft books brought our writing to a higher level.

Tell us about On the Threshold. We loved having the chance to tell this story! In fact, we have a few more stories to tell about these characters  if readers love this one. Here's what the book is about. Suzanne—a mother with a long-held secret. Tony—a police officer with something to prove. Beth—a daughter with a storybook future. When all they love is lost, what's worth living for? Suzanne Corbin and her daughter, Beth Harris, live a seemingly easy life. Suzanne has distanced herself from her past, replacing pain with fulfillment as a wife and mother, while Beth savors her husband’s love and anticipates the birth of their child. But all that is about to change. Like a sandcastle buffeted by ocean waves, Suzanne’s fa├žade crumbles when her perfect life is swept away. Tragedy strikes and police officer Tony Barnett intersects with the lives of both women as he tries to discover the truth. Left adrift and drowning in guilt long ignored, Suzanne spirals downward into paralyzing depression. Beth, dealing with her own grief, must face the challenge of forgiveness. Can these two women learn to trust each other again? Will they find the power of God’s grace in their lives?

And a little about you? Mother/daughter writing team Sherrie Ashcraft and Christina Berry Tarabochia bring a voice of authenticity to this novel as they have experienced some of the same issues faced by these characters. They like to say they were separated at birth but share one brain, which allows them to write in a seamless stream. Both live in NW Oregon and love spending time together. Many years ago, they were both on a winning Family Feud team! Sherrie is the Women's Ministry Director at her church, and loves being the grandma of eight and great-grandma of one. Christina is also the author of The Familiar Stranger, a Christy finalist and Carol Award winner, and runs a thriving editing business. Please sign up for their Infrequent, Humorous Newsletter at Ashberry Lane for a chance to win cool prizes.  

Where else can we find you gals online?  Buy the book on Amazon or B&N or iTunes or in any other version on Smashwords. The print book will be available shortly--sign up for the newsletter and you'll be among the first to know when it appears on all the big retailing sites OR email us about buying a paperback directly from us. (Christina [at] ashberrylane [dot] net) www.twitter.com/authorchristina www.facebook.com/sherrie.ashcraft www.facebook.com/authorchristina www.christinaberry.net/ www.authorchristinaberry.blogspot.com 

Thanks for hosting us!

Jo: Thanks to you both for visiting with my readers. Sherrie and Christina have offered an eBook of On the Threshold, which one of our commenters will win in a random drawing. 


Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, July 7, 2013 and you'll be entered in the drawing for an eBook copy of On the Threshold by Sherrie Ashcraft and Christina Berry Tarabochia. You must be eighteen, have a continental U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. Please, please remember to leave your email address or I cannot enter you in the book drawing. Should you be the winner I'll need your email address so I can get in touch with you for your mailing address. I’ll announce the winner in Monday’s blog.

Till next time ... keep on smiling.

23 comments:

  1. Joanne MeusburgerJuly 4, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    I love the fact you're a team. Would love to read your book.

    Joanne Meusburger
    billandjom@hotmail.com

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  2. Book sounds great, but I love that you're a mother-daughter team. My Mother and I live together, but we're best friends. We've battled many trials from my father leaving after 33 years of marriage and now I'm disabled because of a medical error that cannot be corrected. God is our refuge and He's always been faithful. Enjoyed your interview. Thank you for sharing. Please enter me in your giveaway.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  3. I have not read any books written by a mother/daughter team before. It sounds like it would have been fun to write.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

    I follow this blog via email.

    cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. I've always been intrigued by duo writers. Thanks for having the giveaway. I follow by email.

    harnessrose(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Rose, you're welcome. Glad you came by and left a comment. Thanks for following this blog. Good luck in the book drawing.

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  5. Joanne, we can complete each other's sentences, which comes in handy when writing!

    Barbara, we used to live together for years. Super good times. So glad you have your mom after what you've been through.

    Cindi & Rose, we truly wrote half, too! Most writing teams have one that's more the plotter and one more the writer. Not us. :) We also wrote each character instead of divvying them up.

    All of you ladies, make sure to sign up for our Infrequent, Humorous Newsletter at our website so you will know when the sequel releases. :)

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  6. Sounds really good. Love to read it.
    Blessings
    joeym11@frontier.com

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    2. Glad it sounded good! We loved writing this book ... and can't wait to get the sequel out. :)

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  7. On the Threshold sounds like it'll be a very gripping tale! It's awesome y'all could collaborate on this so successfully! Congratulations on winning on the Family Feud!! ;)
    Happy Independence Day!!
    RW620 AT aol DOT com

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    1. I see in the next comment that you're a follower and I appreciate that. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. Good luck in the book drawing.

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    2. We need to get permission from the studio to put a clip up on our website. It's a real hoot!

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  8. Oh...I forgot! Jo, I'm a follower by email! Thanks for sharing with us!!
    RW620 AT aol DOT com

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  9. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel, jo...i'm a follower, too :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. Karen, you're welcome.Glad you came by and left your comment. Thanks so much for being a follower of my blog. Good luck in the book drawing.

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    2. Thanks for entering! We really love this book.

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  10. I'm a follower! I enjoyed meeting you two ladies at the Christy Awards in 2010 in St. Louis (seems like just yesterday!). It was fun having our pictures taken together then with our medals. :-) Looking forward to reading your new novel (I've already read portions of it at Amazon) and like what I've read! Congratulations on your team work! May this novel be the first of many more! awisler3@gmail.com

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    1. Alice, Thanks for coming by and leaving your comment. Good luck in the book drawing.

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    2. That was such a fun night! I remember snagging a picture with you in the lobby right after and hearing some of what God has done in your life and your fantastic writing career! And hear, hear to your last line. :)

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  11. This sounds very interesting! It's so cool that you wrote this together. I'm a follower. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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