Monday, February 18, 2013

Flora's Wish by Kathleen Y'Barbo ends February 25th

RITA and Carol award nominee Kathleen Y’Barbo is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than forty novels, novellas, and young adult books. In all, more than one million copies of her books are currently in print in the US and abroad, and her books have been translated into Dutch, German, and Spanish, to name a few. A tenth-generation Texan, Kathleen Y’Barbo has a daughter and three grown sons. She recently married her own hero in combat boots and is proud to be a military wife, even if it did mean giving up her Texas drivers license.

I'm happy to have Kathleen back on my blog. A great author and fun lady. Kathleen has graciously offered to give away her book Flora's Wish. To be entered answer the question: Have you ever run so far ahead of God and the path He set you on that you don't even know how to turn around and get back where you should be? Or just leave a comment. Remember to leave your email so I can contact you should you win and let me know if you are a follower of this blog for an extra entry.

Lessons Learned
Novel Crossings Devotional-Kathleen Y’Barbo

            My job as the author of Flora’s Wish, a Southern historical romance with a dash of steam punk, was to fit what I hoped would be an enjoyable tale into a greater lesson about God. A funny thing happened on the way to finishing that novel. These unruly characters taught me a thing or two. I love it when that happens.
            Flora Brimm, a not so prim and proper Natchez belle with four fiancés whose untimely deaths kept them from arriving at the altar has one wish: find a husband and secure the family home for a sibling who would otherwise be tossed out. Ever resourceful, she’s sure she knows exactly how to make that happen. So she makes her plans without taking time to consult the Almighty and then gives the scheme all she’s got only to find out she is the subject of a Pinkerton investigation and just may be engaged to a jewel thief.
            Has that ever happened to you? Not the engaged to a jewel thief thing, but the running so far ahead of God and the path He set you on that you don’t even know how to turn around and get back where you should be.
            Me too.
            See, I am a planner. I keep a calendar on my computer that is synched up with the calendar on my phone. Each appointment and deadline is entered promptly and color-coded to represent all the aspects of my life that must be scheduled. I am rarely without the ability to consult this calendar and know what I will be doing.
            After all, the bible says in Proverbs 29:18: “For lack of vision my people perish.” So I do my best to keep a strong focus on the vision and, by design, on the calendar that keeps me from perishing (figuratively, of course). It’s all very reassuring, and yet does having my life planned and recorded digitally truly mean I am in control of what happens?        
            Of course not. Anyone who has spent time inside the doors of a church has heard that sermon. We are to trust in the Lord and lean not on our own understanding (Proverbs 3:5) and know that all things work together for our good for those who are called to His purpose (Romans 8:28). And we do. We really do.
            Then God says we have to wait.
            And waiting is hard. What I am learning to remember, however, is that waiting is a whole lot easier than backtracking even if it doesn’t feel that way in the moment.
            Flora Brimm learns that, too. She also learns that it’s a bad idea to try and escape off the roof of a building if a handsome Pinkerton agent’s invention has not been tested for holding two people. But that’s a whole other story.
            My story, actually. It’s called Flora’s Wish. I hope you’ll check it out. You just might learn something. I know I did.

 Flora Brimm, a not so prim and proper Natchez belle with four fiancés whose untimely deaths kept them from arriving at the altar has one wish: find a husband and secure the family home for a sibling who would otherwise be tossed out. Ever resourceful, she’s sure she knows exactly how to make that happen. So she makes her plans without taking time to consult the Almighty and then gives the scheme all she’s got only to find out she is the subject of a Pinkerton investigation and just may be engaged to a jewel thief. Meanwhile, Pinkerton agent and inventor Lucas McMinn is trying to decide whether the lovely lady is part of the solution or the problem.
DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING by following my blog with Powered by FEEDBURNER on the right, and don't miss any giveaways (the button with the flame). If you already follow my blog go ahead and follow by FEEDBURNER so you can be entered twice. If you're not getting an email telling you I have a new giveaway you're not following through Feedburner. Just mention that you follow through Feedburner when you leave a comment with each giveaway and you'll be entered twice.
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, February 25th, 8:00 A.M. EST. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.

38 comments:

  1. It's always good to learn something from books. And this book sounds very good. Please enter me.
    debsbunch5[at]jesusanswers[dot]com

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    1. Thanks for coming by Debbie! Throwing your name into the hat now!

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  2. Those are two of my favorite verses! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of Flora's Wish. I love Kathleen's books. They're fun and faith driven at the same time.
    I follow through Feedburner.
    homesteading at charter dot net

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    1. Oh I know, Anne. Kathleen is an excellent author. thanks so much for coming by and for being a follower!

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  3. I can't wait to read this new book!!!

    I follow through feedburner.

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    1. Hey Kate, thanks for coming by. If you don't win be sure to buy the book I'm sure you'll not regret it. :o)

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  4. Would love to read this book. And yes, I constantly have to remind myself that I make plans, but God is really in charge!
    bcrug(at)myfairpoint(dot)net

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    1. I heard a joke recently. If you want to make God laugh tell him you have plans. :o)

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  5. O my, Flora sounds like an interesting lady! I see Kathleen has quite a few books out there, but I think I've only read one of them. Would love to win another to add to my collection.

    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

    I follow through feedburner

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    1. Hey Patty,

      thanks for coming by. Flora does seem interesting! Good luck!

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  6. I did have a period in my life where I was not walking with Jesus. I'm back walking with him now and I feel so much better!

    I am a subscriber.

    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Praise God you are back walking with Him! Life is so much easier with Him by our side.

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  7. Thanks for featuring Kathleen Y'Barbo on your blog today. Flora's Wish sound like a wonderful historical fiction book! I'm a networked blog follower and also a feedburner follower. Thanks for offering this giveaway!
    Nancee
    quiltcat26[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. Hey Nancee! Thanks so much for following my blog! Good luck!

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  8. I would really like to win this book!

    I follow your blog through feedburner.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hey Wendy, thanks for coming by and for following. Good Luck!

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  9. I don't know if I get ahead of God, so much as I veer off in another direction--LOL! That's happened a few times in my life. Right now, I'm doing alot of waiting, but that's OK, because it's given me time to do some exploring--close to His path, of course.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. LOL! I know what you mean about veering off. It is soooo easy to do. As my crit partner would say, shiny things! LOL. Thanks for coming by.

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  10. This sounds like a good book with something to learn. I'm in! Please give me an entry, and, I am a follower. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Hey Maxie, Thanks for coming by and following.

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  11. I follow via Feedburner.
    I am currently waiting on the Lord and feel I'm in a holding pattern. Sometimes I wonder if I'm just in a rut and can't get out. I don't want to make the wrong move so I continue to wait till God tells me differently. Not my favorite thing to do.
    Flora sounds much more adventurous than I am but I enjoy reading about spunky women who do things I don't even dream of, for the most part. It would be fun to win a copy of Flora's Wish. I enjoy Kathleen's writing.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. Oh Pam, I feel your frustration! I feel like I am in that same holding pattern. We are waiting for an answer in our lives, too and don't want to end up going in the wrong direction. Good luck in the drawing!

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  12. We have Kathleen's books in the church library. I would love to win this one to add to our collection.
    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to do so.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. That's wonderful you add these to your church library. How nice! Good luck!

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  13. It sounds like a great read with a great lesson :)
    I follow via email.
    samanthaakuiper(at)gmail.com

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    1. Hey Samantha, thanks for coming by and following. Good luck.

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  14. I love Natchez! I can't wait to read this book! kimberlya(dot)vogel(at)gmail.com

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    1. Wishing you luck! Throwing your name in the hat.

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  15. What a beautiful cover and description...As for that question, tough one! No, I don't think I've ever run so far ahead of God, but, then again, I'm twenty, so there's plenty of time to go down that road and have Him steer me back, which He is so good at!

    Thank you for the opportunity to win! (And I'm a follower, too.)

    inspiringdaring (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Hey Rachelle, Yep you have plenty of time. YOur still young. LOL. but it sounds like you have a good head on your shoulders and won't have to worry about that. Good luck and thanks for following my blog!

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  16. I like the sound of this story, Flora has to be a real go getter, not letting any grass grow under her feet, she just goes for it. I like the pretty cover and it would make me pick up this book for a second look. thanks for sharing
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)
    I am a follower

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    1. Hey Paula, Thanks for following my blog. Her cover is beautiful, I agree! Good luck.

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  17. I love, love, love Kathleen's books. I sure hope I win. :)
    godblessamerica.jan(at)gmail(dot)com
    I am a follower.

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    1. Hey Jan. I'm so glad you like Kathleen's books! Good luck and thanks for following my blog!

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  18. this book sounds so good! I'd love to win. I'm a follower. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hey Veronica. Thanks for coming by. Throwing your name in the hat now.

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  19. CONGRATULATIONS TO WENDY NEWCOMB! SHE WON FLORA'S WISH!

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  20. Flora's Wish sounds awesome, four former fiances is something else! Please add me, thanks.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com
    I'm a follower.

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