Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Shepherd's Song novel


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Leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, January 5, 2016 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. I may or may not have read books offered for giveaways. The mention and giveaway of books on my blog does not in any way indicate any manner of my endorsement of said books. Read book giveaway details at Disclaimers. To provide you security, please leave your email address like this: johnATyahooDOTcom. Winner announced in next Thursday's blog post. 


              THE SHEPHERD'S SONG
    by Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers

Betsy Duffey and Laurie Myers have been writing for

over twenty years. Betsy is a licensed counselor, often using writing as a tool for healing. Laurie co-founded an urban school where she devotes her time. They have spoken at hundreds of elementary schools across the nation and have shared ideas with countless women’s groups. They live in Georgia where they write together as the Writing Sisters.


From the book’s back cover:
Shortly before a tragic car accident, Kate McConnell wrote down the powerful words of Psalm 23, on a piece of paper for her wayward son. Just before she

loses consciousness, Kate wonders if she’s done enough with her life and prays, “Please, let my life count.”

Unbeknownst to Kate, her handwritten copy of Psalm 23 soon begins a remarkable journey around the world. From a lonely dry cleaning employee to a soldier wounded in Iraq, to a young Kurdish girl fleeing her country, to a Kenyan runner in the Rome Invitational Marathon, this humble message forever changes the lives of twelve very different people. Eventually, Kate’s paper makes it way back to its starting place, and she discovers the unexpected ways that God changes lives, even through the smallest gestures.

With beautiful prose evocative of master storyteller Andy Andrews’s The Butterfly Effect, this story will touch your heart and remind you of the ways God works through us to reach beyond what we can imagine.

Purchase link for The Shepherd’s Song: http://amzn.to/1OjvSM5

From Jo:
With concern for her wayward son, Kate McConnell writes the words of Psalm 23, folds the sheet of paper, and tucks it into the jacket pocket of her son. When that same jacket goes to the dry cleaners, Kate fails to empty its pockets. Thus begins a trip around the world of her note for her son, changing the lives of twelve people. Duffey and Myers write excellent variations of characters, settings, and cultures. For those who read this book, many times twelve lives will be changed for the better. If you like reading Andy Andrews, you’ll love this book!




One commenter will be randomly chosen to receive a paperback copy of The Shepherd's Song. Winner announced next Thursday.


No book winner to announce this time because there was no author post on Christmas Eve.


Till next time … keep on smiling.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

The Magic Message of Christmas


My wish for you is a meaningful and joyous Christmas season where you can give Christian love to others along with the wrapped gifts you exchange. A time when giving, as God did, is the real reason for the season.

May we remember the words of Dr. Norman Vincent Peale: “The magic message of Christmas is that God gives us so much more than we can possibly give back. He gave the world the greatest gift of all time. ‘For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given (Isaiah 9:6).’”





The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The Bishop's Son by Kelly Irvin is Laud...@... I'll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Kelly Irvin Amish novel

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THE BISHOP'S SON by Kelly Irvin

Kelly Irvin is the author of The Bishop’s Son, the
second novel in the Amish of Bee County series from Zondervan/HarperCollins. It follows The Beekeeper’s Son, which received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, calling it “a beautifully woven masterpiece.” She is also the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Hope Amish series, both from Harvest House Publishing. Her first novella, A Christmas Visitor, debuted in the anthology, The Amish Christmas Gift.

From the book’s back cover:

Two men offer Leila two very different futures. Will she choose with her heart or with her faith?

Leila Lantz has been in love with Jesse Glick from the day she first saw him at his father's store, but she can't make sense of his intentions. One day he wants to come courting, the next he seems to be putting distance between them.

Jesse may be the bishop's son, but his faith has been wavering of late. If he is so unsure, is it fair to give Leila false hope for a future he doubts he can provide?

Then there's Will, Jesse's cousin. He has been trying to keep his feelings for Leila a secret, but he also knows Jesse is wrestling with his faith. Would declaring his feelings for Leila be in her best interest or simply serving his own selfish desires?

Leila knows she can choose Will and be secure in her own future. But when her heart speaks, it's Jesse's name she hears. When will God make His will known to her? Could leaving everything she knows--even her own faith--be a part of God's plan?

From Jo:
I love how Kelly Irvin has her characters face seemingly insurmountable challenges—and this she does in The Bishop’s Son. This story does not give the reader a predictable ending, which holds the reader’s interest until the last page is turned. Leila Lantz and Jesse Glick, the bishop’s son, are in their Amish faith’s rumspringa—“a period of running around” and exploration for young people before committing to their faith’s baptism. Leila’s heart tells her to choose Jesse, whom she loves, and his new commitment but to do so she will lose her family and faith. Leila’s head tells her to make a safer choice in Will, Jesse’s cousin, and keep her faith and family. Great story line, inner conflict, and characterization. Highly recommended.


Please leave a comment, with your email address, to enter the drawing for a print copy of The Bishop's Son.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Merry Kisses by Valerie Comer is Jan. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.



Thanks for reading my blog! My next novel in the West Virginia Mountains Series is titled Promise Me. Look for it next spring.






Thursday, December 10, 2015

Valerie Comer Christmas novella

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      MERRY KISSES by Valerie Comer


Valerie Comer’s life on a small farm in western
Canada provides the seed for stories of contemporary inspirational romance. Like many of her characters, Valerie and her family grow much of their own food and are active in the local foods movement as well as their creation-care-centric church. She only hopes her creations enjoy their happily ever afters as much as she does hers, shared with her husband, adult kids, and adorable granddaughters.


Welcome, Valerie. What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
1. I'm Canadian… but half my sisters aren't (anymore).
2. My husband and I are the cover models for Merry Kisses!
3. I've lived on the same farm as cows, goats, sheep, rabbits, geese, chickens, turkeys, pigs, and bees — and dogs and cats, of course — though not all at the same time. Whew!


Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Vancouver Island, off the west coast of Canada. We try to spend a couple of weeks there every year or two. I love sitting by the ocean watching the waves crash in and keeping an eye out for whales. The ocean soothes my soul.


Please describe yourself with three words.
Redeemed, cherished, thankful.


Please tell us a little about your novella, Merry Kisses.
Fired from her retail position for saying Merry Christmas to a customer, Sonya Simmons chafes at

the over-commercialization of the season and the difficulties of finding a new job. If only she’d actually said Merry Christmas instead of Merry Kisses to the tall, good-looking man buying enough toys for at least a dozen children. How embarrassing!

It was fun to fluster the pretty toy store clerk, but Heath Collins, the mall’s volunteer Santa Claus, hadn’t meant to get her fired. When his elf assistant comes down with a bad cold, Heath offers Sonya a few days’ work, only to discover she believes Santa is nothing but a liar and a fraud instead of an opportunity to make a difference in children’s lives.

Can Sonya and Heath embrace each other — opinions, traditions, and all — in time to share merry kisses for Christmas?

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest


Where can readers purchase Merry Kisses?
Merry Kisses is currently available in e-book form on Amazon and via Kindle Unlimited in either its solo form or as part of a Christmas novella box set, Love's Gift.
Merry Kisses on Amazon
Love's Gift on Amazon

Merry Kisses is part of The Riverbend Romances, a fat paperback that includes all five of the Riverbend Romance seasonal novellas released in 2015, one each for winter, spring, summer, autumn, and Christmas. This paperback would make a terrific gift for yourself or a romance reader in your life. :)

The Riverbend Romances

Any parting comment?
Thanks so much for inviting me over, Jo! I wish all your readers a Christmas filled with God's peace… and gingerbread cookies decorated with small children, as Sonya and Heath experienced in the story. Is there anything sweeter?


Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Readers: optional to answer)
In Merry Kisses, Sonya examines Christmas traditions that are different from the ones she grew up with. Do you celebrate Christmas the same way your childhood family did? What changes have you made?


Valerie, thanks for visiting with my readers and me! One of the commenters will be selected to receive an eBook copy of Merry Kisses, which you've offered.


JoAnn Durgin offers an eBook copy of Starlight in Her Eyes to each commenter that left an email address  on last Thursday’s blog post: Edward, Karen, Cynthia, Janice, Melanie, and Terrill. JoAnn will email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.




Thanks for reading my blog! The next novel in my West Virginia Mountains Series is titled Promise Me. Look for it next spring.




Thursday, December 3, 2015

JoAnn Durgin romance

      
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Leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, December 8, 2015 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. I may or may not have read books offered for giveaways. The mention and giveaway of books on my blog does not in any way indicate any manner of my endorsement of said books. Read book giveaway details at Disclaimers. To provide you security, please leave your email address like this: johnATyahooDOTcom. Winner announced in next Thursday's blog post.


           STARLIGHT IN HER EYES
                  by JoAnn Durgin


JoAnn Durgin is the author of the beloved Lewis Legacy Series of contemporary Christian romantic adventures as well as Prelude, the prequel to The Lewis Legacy Series. JoAnn’s stand-alone novels include Catching Serenity and Heart’s Design. Her short novels include Love So Amazing (The Wondrous Love Series, Book 1), Perchance to Dream, Echoes of Edinburgh, and the popular Starlight Christmas Series. A former estate administration paralegal, JoAnn now enjoys writing full-time and lives with her husband, Jim, three children and first grandbaby, Amelia Grace, in her native southern Indiana.

Welcome, JoAnn! If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
I find great humor in the writings of Mark Twain, and I believe he’d make a fascinating dinner companion. Although I might cringe a bit with his caustic wit and/or salty language, Mr. Twain would undoubtedly make me laugh and I’m sure we’d engage in a spirited discussion (especially if the topic turned to matters of faith). However, I’d most love the opportunity to discuss the art of writing with him. Or discuss pretty much of anything. I’m sure it wouldn’t be boring.


What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
*I sometimes go to the movie theater ONLY to buy a big tub of layered butter popcorn. It’s a rare indulgence, but what a treat!
*I adore making gifts a work of art, and that includes using the best quality wrapping paper, ribbon, and exquisite silk flowers cascading on the top down the sides of a package. Wedding and baby gifts are my favorite packages to wrap.
*If I’d been taller, no doubt in my mind I would have been an international flight attendant for a few years to see the world. It helps that I love to fly, of course!

 
Please describe yourself with three words.
Creative, loyal, honest.


What is your favorite Bible verse?
“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (NASB)


This is my theme verse for my life and my writing ministry.


What do you enjoy most about writing?
Not knowing where my characters and story will go when I sit down to write. I’m a seat-of-the-pants writer. Nothing is more challenging than sitting in front of a blank computer screen…and off I go! Thank the Lord, I’ve never experienced writer’s block, and I doubt I ever do. I pray before each writing session, and I take writing breaks, but those breaks are never very long. Writing is my passion, and I’m so blessed to be doing what I love full-time!


What can your readers expect from you next?
I’m currently writing Love So Divine, Book 2 in my Wondrous Love Series after Love So Amazing. I hope to release it in mid-January 2016. Next up is Abide, Book 7 in my Lewis Legacy Series, which I hope to release in the early spring.


What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Telling others about the book is one of the best ways to help authors. Positive reviews (especially on Amazon) also help to promote an author’s books. Readers can share our posts on Facebook or post on our wall about how much they enjoyed a book. Authors dearly love private messages and emails, too!


Please tell us a little about your novel, Starlight in Her Eyes.
Colin Young embraces the Christmas season as the new television co-host of Wake Up, Philadelphia! His

fun and spontaneous “Out and About” segments in the City of Brotherly Love are a ratings winner. Only one problem—the beautiful but intriguing assistant assigned to help make his transition easier doesn’t seem to like him much.

Serena Monroe has no time for the cheeky Brit with a glowing professional reputation but a lengthy personal history with women. Betrayed by one high-profile man, she doesn’t need another. Her sole focus is her daughter, Lily. But then Serena begins to see that Colin is

nothing like she assumed. He’s a man of faith who inspires everyone around him. Dare she take a chance on love again?

When Colin invites Serena and Lily to share Christmas with him in the little town of Starlight, Iowa, can they discover a holiday miracle of their own?


NOTE: This is the fourth book in The Starlight Christmas Series and you can purchase it for 99 cents on Amazon through December. The other three preceding books are also only 99 cents each through December on Amazon, as well. Starlight in Her Eyes CAN be read on its own, but as always, if a reader has read the previous books, it makes for an even richer reading experience. OTHER PREVIOUS BOOKS ARE: Meet Me Under the Mistletoe; Starlight, Star Bright; and Sleigh Ride Together with You.


Where can readers find you online?
Website
Blog
Facebook
Twitter: JoAnn Durgin@Gr8tReads


Where can readers purchase Starlight in Her Eyes?
Amazon


Any parting comment?
Thank you for the opportunity to be on your wonderful blog today, Jo!


Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
QUESTION FOR READERS: Other than a basis in faith, what are three important elements for you as a reader that make a Christian Christmas book more satisfying (for example, a lesson in forgiveness, a small town setting, etc.)?


JoAnn, thank you for visiting today and for offering an eBook copy giveaway of Starlight in Her Eyes.

 

No blog post last week on Thanksgiving Day, so no winner to announce.


Till next time … keep on smiling.