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Love’s Sweet Beginning by Ann Shorey
Ann Shorey is our guest blogger today. Ann has been a story collector for most of her life, and has been a full-time writer for over twenty years. She made her fiction debut with The Edge of Light, Book One in the At Home in Beldon Grove series, which released in January 2009. The final book in the series, The Dawn of a Dream, released in April, 2011. Her latest, the Sisters at Heart series, debuted in January, 2012, with Where Wildflowers Bloom. The third book in that series, Love’s Sweet Beginning, released in February of 2014. She’s tempted to thank Peet’s coffee and Dove chocolates when she writes acknowledgments for her books. When she’s not writing, she teaches classes on historical research, story arc, and other fiction fundamentals at regional conferences. She lives with her husband in southwestern Oregon.
What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
I enjoy traveling, and especially love tent camping with my husband in the eastern Oregon desert. We four-wheel it in at least 30 miles from paved roads and seldom see another living soul during the week or so we spend in camp.
At the other end of the travel spectrum, a few years ago my husband and I spent several days on Fitzroy Island in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. What a super romantic getaway! We shared our cabin with a gecko or two, and enjoyed snorkeling over the reef. Oh, and while we were there, I ate a green ant. The man who guided us on a hike to the highest point on the island pointed them out and said they were safe to eat, so I tried one. It was a little tangy, but not too bad.
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
Like many writers, I love to read and always have. We live a couple of hours’ drive from the Pacific Ocean, so beach walks are one of my favorite things. Walks with our dog along rural roads here at home are a daily pleasure when a trip to the beach isn’t practical.
If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus), who would it be? Why?
Wonderful question! I’d love to have dinner with my great-great grandmother. She’s not famous historically, but what a woman! Her mother died when she was 3, then her father left her with one of his sisters and took off for Texas with Stephen Austin. He never returned. At 14 she married a circuit-riding preacher who was 16 years her senior, and in 1836 they settled in southwestern Illinois. They were married for over fifty years, and reared 9 living children. She was the inspiration for my novel, The Promise of Morning. To sit and talk with her about her life would be amazing. That day will come when we meet in heaven!
Please tell us about Love’s Sweet Beginning.
Love’s Sweet Beginning is Cassie’s story, the third book in the Sisters at Heart series. Although it isn’t necessary to read the first two books (Where Wildflowers Bloom and When the Heart Heals) to appreciate Love’s Sweet Beginning, it’s my hope readers will be intrigued enough to read Faith and Rosemary’s stories as well.
Here’s a peek at the back cover blurb:
What will it take for a once-privileged young woman to make her way in the world? It isn’t Cassie Haddon’s fault that she has reached the age of twenty-five without possessing any useful skills. Until the War Between the States, she always had servants. Since then, she and her mother have been forced to rely on family to care for them. But now the well of human kindness has run dry—and Cassie must find work to support them.
Unfortunately, leaving the past behind is easier said than done, and Cassie must summon all of her courage and wits to convince local restaurateur and grocer Jacob West that she’s exactly what he needs.
What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading this book?
I hope readers will be encouraged by Cassie’s determination not to let her past dictate who she is now. With the Lord’s help, change is possible no matter what our circumstances.
Please tell our readers where they can get your book.
Love’s Sweet Beginning is available online at Amazon.com, Christianbook.com, and Barnes and Noble.com, as well as at your favorite local bookstore. If you don’t see Love’s Sweet Beginning on the shelf, please ask the store to order it. They’re always happy to oblige readers!
Please tell our readers where they can find you online.
Please visit me at my website, or find me on Facebook. I love to hear from readers, so don’t be shy!
Any parting comment?
Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog, Jo! I’ve enjoyed our visit.
Ann, glad you visited with my readers and me today. One of our commenters will win a copy of Love’s Sweet Beginning, which you so graciously offered.
To celebrate her novel, author Ann Shorey and Revell Publishers are pleased to present the SWEET BEGINNINGS Sweepstakes, and your chance to win one of three marvelous prizes, all closely connected to the story. This giveaway starts February 4, 2014 and ends February 20, 2014 @ 11:59 pm (PST). Entry is open to US residents only, age 18 and over.
Winners will be selected Friday, February 21, 2014, and announced at AnnShorey.com.
Grand Prize: a 6-month Pie of the Month Club Membership to the Grand Traverse Pie Company
Second Prize: a delicate, rose-colored lace shawl, a pewter pen and ink set, and a bath set filled with lavender and lilac soaps and lotion
Third Prize: a complete, signed set of the Sisters at Heart series
Go to http://www.annshorey.com/contest.html and complete the entry box, anytime between Februrary 4 and February 20.
Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, February 16, 2014 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of Love’s Sweet Beginning by Ann Shorey. Please, please remember to leave your email address. I’ll need your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you. I’ll announce the winner in Monday’s blog.
The winner of last Monday’s blog post for a copy of Perilous Shadows by Nike Chillemi is Melissa. I'll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.
Till next time … keep on smiling.