Monday, December 27, 2010

Lynn Coleman's Book Giveaway - Harbor Hopes

Welcome Lynn! I'm so glad you joined me on my blog this week. I'll be giving away Lynn's recent release, Harbor Hope, so be sure to leave a post to be entered.

Lynn A. Coleman is an award winning and best-selling author of Key West and other books. She began her writing and speaking career with how to utilize the Internet. Since October 1998, when her first fiction novel sold she's sold 30 books and novellas.

Lynn is also the founder of American Christian Fiction Writers Inc., and served as the group's first president for two years and two years on the Advisory Board. One of her primary reasons for starting ACFW was to help writers to develop their writing skills and to encourage others to go deeper in their relationship with God. "God has given me a gift," says Lynn, "but it is my responsibility to develop that gift."

Lynn has spoken at writers groups, women's groups, home-schooling organizations, church groups, conferences, workshops and retreats. "Lynn is informative, humorous, and approachable--what more can you ask for?" said one attendee.

She makes her home in Keystone Heights, Florida, where her husband of 36 years serves as pastor of Friendship Bible Church. Together they are blessed with three children and eight grandchildren.


1) Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.

In my office. I’m wearing socks which is highly unusual but it is cold in Florida today. Pants and a shirt, my comfy working clothes.

2) Who's your one biggest fan/supporter of your writing?

My husband. He continues to encourage me as well as help me in many different ways. For example taking vacations where I can set a novel. He also is the first reader of all my writings and my first copy editor.

3) What is your favorite time period to write in?

I enjoy writing both contemporary and historical. My current release, Harbor Hopes is set in contemporary Maine. The location is fictional, Squabbin Bay, Maine. The real location I take my setting from is Stonington, Maine. My husband, Paul and I managed to visit the area for a few days after a family reunion.

Historically, I enjoy coastal towns. I suppose that’s because I grew up on Martha’s Vineyard and was fortunate enough to take some Island History classes. One year the high school class helped restore an old wagon that was then donated to the historical society.

4) If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why? That’s an interesting question.

I’ll have to think on that and get back with you.

Coming back to this question after having gone through the rest of the interview, I’m still not sure. I love history but I’m far too modern to want to live in a historical time period. And I think I’m far to practical to want to be someone from the future from sci-fi. I suppose I wouldn’t mind being a detective, and I really love the PBS history detectives but as to an actual person from a book, I’d love to visit many but I would not want to be any. I enjoy reading and going back in time but I love putting the book aside and enjoying the life I have today.

I don’t suppose that is the answer you’re looking for but you did ask me to be truthful. Oh wait, that was with regard to my clothing.

5) Are you or any close family members in the characters personalities?

Of course, there is always a piece of yourself in your characters. Thankfully, they are only pieces, some are brought to extreme, others are more refined than myself and still others are purely the imagination gone wild. I enjoy studying people but you do need to be careful when observing. People can get nervous if they catch you watching them.

6) When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?

I never set out to be a writer, that is to say that the desire grew out of a deep conviction that God was encouraging me in this direction. English, spelling, and grammar were some of my worse subjects in school and I still struggle with them today. However, God is and has equipped me to go beyond my natural abilities and He has encouraged me to want to improve even in my weak areas. It was 1996 when I first started on this quest.

7) You have a very interesting history with ACFW. Can you tell us a little about how it all got started and what sparked the idea?

As I mentioned above, God was encouraging me in the business of writing and one of the ways I began doing that was to attend online workshops in America Online’s (AOL) Writing community. At that time they offered these special chatrooms and anyone could come in and attend. Through the internet I started to meet many published authors. However, none of them were Christian (as in published in Inspirational fiction) Fiction Authors. So, with the help of a friend I became a community leader in AOL. Tracie Peterson was the first Christian fiction author I met. The workshops grew and eventually moved out to the Internet as well. These workshops were the starting point of ACFW. The Lord was encouraging me to take the workshops a step further and organize a writer’s group for others who were also learning the craft of writing for Him. With the help of a couple of friends we designed the basic structure for the group and vision for the growth of the organization. Our goal was two-fold, one to encourage writers to develop the craft of writing as well as deepening their desires to stay close in their personal relationships with the Lord. The second was to help the industry of Christian Fiction develop. At the time you could hardly find a Christian novel in a Christian bookstore. Most stores had one bookshelf designated for Christian fiction. Today I’m happy to say the Lord has done both through ACFW and I’m humbled to have been a part of it.

8) If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord)

I think it would be Margaret Bliss, she’s not a huge historical figure but rather someone from my genealogy. Widowed she marched her family up from Hartford, CT. to the newly forming area of Springfield, MA. Two of the streets in the downtown area of Springfield still hold her name. She was a remarkable woman with strong determination and wise. From what little I’ve read about Margaret, I know I’d like to know more about her.

9) What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)

The hand-made nativity set my grandmother made for me about twenty five years ago. She did a wonderful job and it’s precious because she is no longer with us.


HARBOR HOPES
by Lynn A. Coleman
BARBOUR PUBLISHING
ISBN: 1602606536

Love Retreats to Squabbin Bay, Maine
Along the picturesque coast in a small fishing town, romance between locals and visitors is off to rocky beginnings.
Famous photographer Dena Russell has taken time from her world travels to visit her son and grandchildren, but will the quiet town convince her to put down roots when she meets Wayne Kearns?
Jordan Lamont comes to town for a photography apprenticeship, but his first meeting with Randi, a local waitress, ends in a lobster bisque mess. Can he overcome her distrust or will his presence only invite danger?
While vacatioining on Maine's coast, Krispin Black's kayak is run over by Jess Kearn's fishing boat, resulting in a lawsuit, but can Jess risk her business and trust the playboy to have a change of heart?
When their faith is put to the test, will the locals open their hearts so that love can find safe harbor?
Harbor Hopes is a Contemporary Romance, combining Photo Op, Trespassed Hearts and Suited for Love.

Be sure to leave your email address. Please check your junk mail on and the day after the drawing. I've had to redraw because of no responses. Subject box will have: winner of (book title). I'll email the winner and they'll have seven days to respond. If I don't hear back I'll draw another name. USA shipping only. Thanks so much and please stop back again! Drawing will be held Monday, January 10th. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Susan Page Davis bookgiveaway-The Blacksmith's Bravery

Please welcome Susan Page Davis to my blog. Susan is giving away two books for this drawing so be sure to leave a comment. Thanks for stopping by.

Susan Page Davis is the author of thirty published novels in the historical romance, mystery, and romantic suspense genres, including The Ladies' Shooting Club series and American Heroes series. She and her husband Jim, an editor, live in Kentucky with their two youngest children.


The Blacksmith’s Bravery

By Susan Page Davis

As the year draws to a close, I’m saying goodbye to the town of Fergus, Idaho. Fergus lives only in my head and between the pages of my Ladies’ Shooting Club books. The third and final book in the series, The Blacksmith’s Bravery, released in November. Already I’m immersed in writing a new series called Prairie Dreams. But the residents…er, characters…of Fergus are real to me and will always be friends and soul mates.

This book features Vashti Edwards, a former saloon girl, and Griffin Bane, the town blacksmith who has taken on management of the local stagecoach line. Both are making huge changes in their lives. They’ve never had much to do with each other until this story opens. Vashti crashes into Griffin’s world when she asks him to hire her as a stagecoach driver.

Vashti needs a better income than Bitsy is able to give her at the Spur & Saddle. She’s also a new believer and struggles with some past and present life issues. Griffin suddenly finds himself expected to fill the role of father to a teenaged boy while he keeps a floundering business afloat.

Two strong-willed people.

Throw in the rugged Idaho mountain setting, a few bandits, and the always prepared Ladies’ Shooting Club, and we’re off for adventure.

I’m offering two books as a giveaway here. You can win a copy of The Blacksmith’s Bravery. Or, if you haven’t read the other books in the series, choose The Sheriff’s Surrender or The Gunsmith’s Gallantry. Each book can be read separately, but you won’t want to miss any of the goings-on in Fergus.

Come see me at my Website, where I hold a drawing at the end of each month: www.susanpagedavis.com. I hope Christmas is wonderful in your corner of the world!


Be sure to leave your email address. Please check your junk mail on and the day after the drawing. I've had to redraw because of no responses. Subject box will have: winner of (book title). I'll email the winner and they'll have seven days to respond. If I don't hear back I'll draw another name. USA shipping only. Thanks so much and please stop back again! Drawing will be held Monday, December 20th. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.



Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Carrie Turansky book giveaway-Christmas Mail Order Brides

Welcome Carrie! So glad to have you on my blog. Carrie is giving away a copy of her book, Christmas Mail Order Brides. Leave a comment to be entered in the drawing.

1) Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.

I am sitting at my corner desk in the dining room. I’m wearing long-sleeve flowered T-shirt, navy blue, with navy blue pants, and running shoes. Not too exciting, but I’m very comfortable.

2) Who's your one biggest fan/supporter of your writing?

One of the most encouraging supporters of my writing is my friend Cathy Gohlke, who is also an author. She has invited me to her home several times to brainstorm and write. I feel very blessed to have a friend who loves me and encourages me like that.

3) What is your favorite time period to write in?

I like to write books set in the 1800’s, but I also write contemporary stories.

4) If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why?

I’ve always loved Anne of Green Gables. She was very creative, intelligent and had a lot of determination.

5) Are you or any close family members in the characters personalities?

All of my characters are a mix of friends, family and my creative imagination.

6) Did anyone inspire you to write?

My mother was a very creative woman. She was an artist and an author, and she has been a great inspiration to me.

7) If you could live in any time period when and where would that be and why?

I enjoy reading and writing historical stories, but I think I still like living in the present time period.

8) If you could visit any place in the world where would you go and why?

I would like to visit Greece, especially the Greek Islands. I read the book Moon Spinners when I was 12, and I’ve wanted to visit the Greek Islands ever since.

9) If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord)

Another blogger asked me that same question a few months ago and it had some surprising results. I said I would like to meet Dr. and Mrs. James Dobson, because I admire them so much, and they have made a huge impact on our family. Dr. Dobson has someone who keeps an eye on the Internet for any time his name is mentioned. They forwarded my comment, and Dr. Dobson wrote back and invited me to come to Colorado to have lunch with him. We haven’t worked out a date yet, but I was excited to receive his message and look forward to meeting him sometime soon.

Wow! That is really exciting. Dr. Dobson has touched so many lives. You'll have to come back and let us know how that lunch went! Thanks for being on my blog, Carrie.




Three unmarried women contact Mrs. Mayberry's Matrimonial Society for Christians of Moral Character seeking husbands and travel the Transcontinental Railroad hoping love awaits them.

Annika Bergstrom, a Swedish immigrant, travels to Wyoming where her intended, Chase Simms, has disappeared, leaving his father and brother saddled with her future. When her groom returns, will her heart still be free to give?

Enroute to Nevada, Jolie Addams's stagecoach is robbed, placing her in a compromising situation with wounded fellow passenger, Clay Jackson, when they are forced to spend a night on the trail alone together. Will Joile's fiance be understanding?

Elizabeth Lariby packs up her life of secrets and heads to Nebraska for a new start, but her fiance, Zane Michaels, also has secrets that could doom the new marriage. Can they learn to trust each other?

When Amelia Mayberry decides to end her matchmaking service, she still has one prospective groom waiting to be matched. Will traveling to California to meet Lennox Baily set things right or create new conflicts?

Will this Christmas season bring hope to those seeking lasting love?


Winner of Chicken Soup for the Romantic Soul is Nancye.


Be sure to leave your email address. Please check your junk mail on and the day after the drawing. I've had to redraw because of no responses. Subject box will have: winner of (book title). I'll email the winner and they'll have seven days to respond. If I don't hear back I'll draw another name. USA shipping only. Thanks so much and please stop back again! Drawing will be held Monday, December 13.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Book Giveaway-Lena Nelson Dooley's 'Christmas Love at Lake Tahoe'



I'd like to welcome Lena Nelson Dooley to my blog. We're going to have a little fun today and get in the holiday spirit.

Lena had her pictures taken and would like to h
ear what your favorite picture is. Look over the pictures and see which one you like best. Leave a post and which number you like best to be entered into the drawing for Lena's book Christmas Love at Lake Tahoe.









Lena has a fun Thanksgiving tradition that they do every year. After reading what Lena's family does, tell us if you have a Thanksgiving tradition that you every year.


Several years ago, I got one of those blank books and made it our Thanksgiving Day book. I made everyone who came to our house for the holiday write why they were thankful that year, even the little ones. My youngest granddaughter, who is now 15 could hardly write the first time we did it. And the men weren't really into writing their feelings, so theirs were very short.
I continued this every year. Now they are waiting for the book and make sure everyone gets to sign. Last year, my 22-year-old grandson missed it and came back the next day so he would be in it. And my 2-year-old great grandson scribbled in it with the pen.
I notice that many of them look back through the book sometime during the day, reading passages from previous years. One year my son-in-law Eric's father was with us, and he wrote in the book. He's since gone home to be with the Lord. Eric likes to look back at what his father wrote.
When this book is full, we'll start another one.


Winner of Darlene Franklin's Bridge to Love is Diana. Congratulations!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Interview with Sandi Rog and Book Giveaway.

Please welcome Sandi Rog.
The day Sandi's book was released she was diagnosed with brain cancer. Instead of giving away her book this week, I'm asking you to purchase her book for yourself or to give it as a gift this Christmas. Her publisher has set up a fundraiser and for every book sold they will donate $1 to a fund to help offset the expenses of her treatment.
I'm giving away Chicken Soup for the Romantic Soul and hoping you'll go out and buy Sandi's. Leave a note of encouragement for Sandi and you'll be entered to win.

Sandi is one of the sweetest people you could meet. Always willing to help. She is a wife and mother of four. Please keep her in your prayers.


I've borrowed an interview with Sandi from my good friend and crit partner, Kathy Maher. Thanks Kathy!


What do you wish for this book to accomplish, in terms of your readers, your career, and your genre?

I want it to encourage people to read their Bibles. To question what I’ve written and hold it next to the scriptures. I want them to move closer to God and realize just how passionate He is about them, just how passionately He loves each and every one of us.
As for my career, I think every writer dreams of becoming the next bestseller. Yes. I dream big. Even when being published through a small press. Why not? Since God can part the Red Sea, He can do amazing things with what I write for Him. And why can’t my book be born in a stable? LOL Okay, all that said, it’s all up to God. He knows what I want. The question is, what does He want?
As for my genre, I don’t really have a wish for that. What I mean is, I just want my story to inspire others to write the best stories they can, no matter what the genre.

God tends to speak to me through my own writing. Has this happened to you, and if so, what have you learned from this book?

I’ve learned to pray over everything, every line, every paragraph and every page. And this is no exaggeration . I want my work to be pleasing to God, so I ask Him constantly if there’s something in my work that He doesn’t approve of, to show me so I can fix it. I also ask Him to show me how to fix things, and He does! I’m not saying He speaks to me in this low, heavenly whisper. He usually sends a friend or a critique partner, or a sermon or a song, or a scripture, or whatever, my way to show me the answer. I just have to keep my eyes and ears open because I never know where it’s going to come from. That’s when I also pray and ask Him to help me not to miss it! I tend to get a little distracted and lost in daydreams—which are really my stories, but yah.

Do you have other books in the works?

Yes! Right now, I’m nearing the end of Book Two titled, Yahshua’s Bridge. If you’re wondering what in the world “Yahshua” means, it’s Christ’s name. I just love the thought of having His original Hebrew name on the cover of my book. Lord willing, after that will come “Father’s Rock.”
Thank you so much for having me, Kathy. You’re a fabulous writer, and I’m honored to be here.


Sandi, We are praying for strength both physically and mentally and praying that God will reach down and touch you with His healing hand. We serve a God who is in the business of miracles!





The Master’s Wall

He fights for his freedom. She fights for her life. Together, they fight for each other.
After watching Roman soldiers drag his parents away to their death, David, a young Hebrew, is sold and enslaved to serve at a villa outside of Rome. As David trains to become a skilled fighter, he works hard to please his master and hopes to earn his freedom. However, an opportunity to escape tempts him with its whispering call. Freedom beckons, but invisible chains hold him captive to the master’s granddaughter, an innocent girl with a fiery spirit. David vows to protect Alethea from his master, the murderous patriarch, and contrives a daring plan—sacrifice his own life to save hers.






Winner of Karen Witemeyer's, Head in the Clouds is Joy. Congratulations!

Be sure to leave your email address. Please check your junk mail on and the day after the drawing. I've had to redraw because of no responses. Subject box will have: winner of (book title). I'll email the winner and they'll have seven days to respond. If I don't hear back I'll draw another name. USA shipping only. Thanks so much and please stop back again! Drawing will be held Monday, November 29.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Giveaway- Darlene Franklin's, Bridge to Love


Author bio:Award-winning author and speaker Darlene Franklin recently returned to cowboy country—Oklahoma—to be near family. She recently signed the contract for her tweleth book. This fall she is celebrating the repacking of her Rhode Island romance in Seaside Romance and her third novella anthology, Face of Mary in A Woodland Christmas. Visit Darlene’s blogs at www.darlenefranklinwrites.blogspot.com and http://thebookdoctorbd.blogspot.com

What led me to a story set in 1816 Vermont?

Heartsong Presents had invested several years in publishing three historical romances and three contemporary series about all fifty states. As you may imagine, competition among writers was fairly fierce. A handful of states remained in 2009; as a native New Englander, the possibility of telling stories set in historical Vermont appealed to me. So I researched Vermont history and came up with stories set during the Revolutionary War (Prodigal Patriot, released last July); the Year of No Summer, when snow or freeze occurred during every month of the year, 1816 (Bridge to Love, releasing this month, which also features the construction of one of Vermont’s famed covered bridges); and the northernmost battle of the Civil War, St. Albans’ Raid (Love’s Raid, releasing next March).

In Bridge to Love, my hero, Calvin Tuttle, has returned home from the War of 1812 and is trying to grow a crop and make enough money to pay off his debt to the bank. But the monthly freezing temperatures are killing the plants almost faster than he can plant them. Can he save his farm—and win the heart of the banker’s daughter?

As I wrote the story, I thought about God’s promise to Noah that “While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” (Genesis 8:22) Did Calvin wonder if he was living in the last days? Did he question God’s promise, which appeared to be failing? I could easily imagine myself in that situation, wrestling with theological questions as much as the weather.

Calvin tries an ingenious method to grow his crop (proven by history to work in the town of Egypt, Vermont) which leads him to an ethical dilemma that puts him even further at odds with the banker.

And on an even more personal note, the name I gave my heroine just happens to be my mother’s middle name—Beatrice. And Mom went home to be with the Lord in February. So this book is a special tribute to her.

Come with me and enjoy a visit to Maple Notch.


Here are the last four winners!!

Winner of Celtic Knot: Sheree

Winner of Surrender the Heart: Jennifer

Winner of Mail Order Brides: Katie

Winner of A Woodland Christmas: Debbie

Be sure to leave your email address. Please check your junk mail on and the day after the drawing. I've had to redraw because of no responses. Subject box will have: winner of (book title). I'll email the winner and they'll have seven days to respond. If I don't hear back I'll draw another name. USA shipping only. Thanks so much and please stop back again! Drawing will be held Monday, November 22.