Friday, May 3, 2013

Bath Basket and The Centurion's Wife by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke FRIDAY ONLY

I love parties on Fridays! Today is day 5 of Kathy's release party for Bachelor Buttons. Have some cake and sweet tea to help us celebrate her wonderful news. And in honor of this event I'm giving away a fun bath basket AND a copy of The Centurion's Wife by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke. Plus we have grand prize bag of goodies we are giving away at the end of the week. Read below for more information. 

 Finding Friends Where You Least Expect

This has been a long day coming. It was about five years ago that Kathy and I met through an ACFW critique group. We'd both recently joined the organization and were looking for ways to further our writing. We were put in a critique group of five. Four of us signed in. The person who was supposed to be the leader of the group never showed up. LOL. So Kathy and I, being the people we are, decided, let's do this. We all exchanged manuscripts. The first one left after our first critiques. The second one hung around for a couple and then she dropped out. I remember Kathy and I talking and wondering if we scared them away. But hey we were all green at that time, right? We decided to stick it out and be crit partners.

When I think back to the things we had to learn! OH MY GOODNESS! What a learning curve. But here we are today, both with awesome agents and Kathy with her first release, Bachelor Buttons.

God is good. 

But not because of how far He has brought us in our writing. Though that, too. But because God saw two people in opposite climates, 700 miles away, and knew we could be best of friends. It's been an awesome journey to travel this road with Kathy. When she has been ready to give up, I'm on the mountaintop dragging her up along with me and when I'm in the valley ready to pitch my latest story out the window and quit, she's pulling me up kicking and screaming. We've laughed together, cried together, shared our prayer requests, our sorrows, our joys, and most recently, sharing being grandmas! God knew we needed each other. He knew that when the one was down the other would be up to keep them moving forward. This is a tough business and without God's wonderful provision of Kathy I never would have made it this far.

So a big, thank you, my friend, for always being there for me. For catching my dangling participles, my missing words, my homonym mistakes, my hero with changing eye color, my villain who shows up in the wrong story, and my flying body parts! You have blessed me beyond measure in our friendship and in my writing.

In honor of our friendship and Kathy's new release, I am giving away a bath basket and a copy of The Centurion's Wife by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke. Let us know how God has given you a friendship where you least expected it to be entered in the drawing.

GRAND PRIZE: Trader Joe's bag filled with goodies. Tea cup with strainer, tea bags, loose tea, coffee, cake candle, decorative candle large Better Homes and Garden Candle, 2 pads of paper, pen, Family Guardian by Laurie Alice Eakes, and a pink necklace and earrings from Dressbarn! Everyday you leave a comment gives you one entry. A possible total of 7 entries! Grand prize drawn May 6th. AND a pdf copy of Bachelor Buttons!


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 Saturday, May4th, at 8:00 A.M. EST. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.

59 comments:

  1. This was interesting about the friendship of you and Kathy. And, so far apart. It is fun now with computers, how we can be friend with people from everywhere, even other countries. I am anxious to be able to read Kathy's new book,,, and congrats to you Kathy. I would love to win. I love Janette's Love Comes Softly books. Haven't read one by her recently. Please enter my name. I am a follower of yours on Feedburner. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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  2. Hey Maxine. Thank you for coming by this week and celebrating with us. Kathy has been a dear friend this past 5 years and I'm so happy that this day has finally come.

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  3. Oh, Debbie Lynne. I just about cried. That is amazing how you captured the way I feel about you, and turned it around on me! LOL Seriously, thank you for this amazing week and those beautiful words.
    Flying body parts! LOL For those who don't know, that's when you write "her eyes rolled around the room" or "a hand steadied her" Ack! Rolling eyes and a disembodied hand! I don't recall Debbie Lynne EVER writing that, but I bet I did. heehee

    thanks, Maxie, for coming by. You are becoming fast friends, too! It's a joy to get to know you better.

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  4. What a beautiful story of friendship. God definitely blessed you both.
    My unexpected story of friendship came when I started corresponding for a local newspaper. I was sometimes called upon by the local photographer to help him out on a story - he'd shoot the pix and I'd write the story. Not that he couldn't write, having been a school teacher (it was wood and metal shop, but that's okay) and he was the drivers ed instructor. He used to say he'd been parking with all the girls in town :D I had always admired this man and was a bit intimidated to be working with him. After all, he'd been doing this for 40 years - after he'd retired from teaching. Yes, he was 85 years old. I remember as a young girl seeing his name under the photos in the newspaper. I used to drive by his house as an adult and wonder if he'd care if I popped in just to follow him for a day. Everyone knew him by name and he'd always smile and say "hi partner" in response. Then he'd look to me and say "I can't remember them, but they remember me." He took me under his wing, was always genuinely happy to see me and greeted me with a heartfelt, smiley "hello" whenever we met up to cover a story or just out at the local diner. One day he sent me an email saying he didn't think he was long for this world and if I was in town to stop in and visit. I did and I'm so glad I didn't put it off. We had a nice visit and he hugged me when I left. A couple days later, I was weeping at his funeral with the other people who loved him. It wasn't until his funeral that I found out he called everyone partner when he couldn't remember their name. My heart swelled because he always remembered my name. As much as he meant to me, I know that I meant something to him. He forever changed my life and I'm so grateful for those 4 short years we had to work together.
    (leannlaustin at gmail dot com)

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    1. Leann, that is just beautiful. I love that you valued him, and that he obviously valued you enough to want to say goodbye. When I consider the value of each and every life, and the potential for positive impact like the way he lived his life, I am in awe. Thank you for taking the time to get to know him, and for sharing that rich experience.

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    2. Oh Leann that was the sweetest story! You really must have been special to him for him to think of you when he knew his days were short. Speaks so much for who you are.

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  5. i believe that God sends you a friend (or two) when you most need it...and He has been very gracious to me during the time of my mom's illness.

    I'm a follower, too.

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. Saying a prayer for your mom, Karen. And for you--that must be a challenge. Its been wonderful getting to know you through the blogs. Thank you for being so faithful to comment. Blessings, dear lady.

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    2. Hey Karen. Friends are blessings in our lives. I know they've been very important to me during some rough times in my life. Another of God's provisions for us!

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  6. KATHY and DEBBIE have both blessed me with their friendship--so glad to meet them both through ACFW!

    Kathy--u know this story--I had a disappointment about a year ago. Someone bailed on me during a time of need. I was praying all day about it. I was somewhere that I was waiting on a business acquaintance, a professional arms-length relationship at that point. I shared my need. It was like walls crumbled and that day a new friendship was formed that has so blessed me. This businesswoman became a good friend and it was totally unexpected--which really made it a God thing!!!

    Have a great day!!! CONGRATS KATHY!!!

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    1. Praise God, Carrie. And I am so blessed to get to know you better this year. God has brought you into my circle with your wisdom, grace, and knowledge. I am very grateful!
      God knows out needs, doesn't he?

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    2. Thank you, Carrie. You are such a blessing to me and so many people. I'm so glad that you found a new friend just when you needed them. Isn't God awesome?

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  7. I so enjoyed this...I do follow with feedburner... May the Lord bless you in writing this blog and having such good authors to blog about.

    Linda Marie Bradt Finn

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    1. My email is faithfulacres7@gmail.com

      I am so loving this book and series by all authors.... Hi Carrie, Hi Kathleen !

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    2. Debbie Lynne, meet Linda, Linda meet Debbie Lynne! Linda you are so sweet and supportive. Thank you for being an encourager and please know I am standing in faith for the prayer request you shared. Let me know as soon as the Lord answers, okay?
      hugs, and blessings

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    3. Hey Linda! Nice to meet you! Thank you for coming by and celebrating this wonderful writer! Kathy has a gift and writes beautifully. So glad you are enjoying her story. I loved it!

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  8. Kathleen, thank you for explaining that! (flying body parts) That whole paragraph made me giggle. :)
    Unexpected and unplanned friendships are beautiful and so meaningful. I have one that started thru a random postcard! It was most assuredly providence that we were put together - even though it looks to our eyes as completely by accident. Love how that works!
    Susan P
    feedburner follower
    farmygirl at hotmail dot com

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    1. Hello Susan. LOL. I didn't think about the fact some wouldn't know what flying body parts are. heehee. We've come a long way. A random postcard and a friendship. That sounds intriguing. I'd love to hear the story behind it!

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    2. LOL, I really did giggle while reading your paragraph! I will always be on the lookout for flying body parts now. ;) As for the postcard story, I'll write it under Kathleen's post under this, that way you both can read it. :)

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  9. Susan, I had to have that explained to me at first, and now that I am aware of how readers can take those phrases literally, I have laughed every time I see them, too. :D I'm intrigued by your postcard friend. Do share if you have time.

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    1. As I said to Debbie, I will now be looking for those things in books when I read! haha!
      AS for the postcard friend - I homeschool and saw a random post about signing up for a postcard exchange for your kids. I had seen this type of thing before and never bothered to sign up, but this time I did. I received my list of names to send to and was excited that there was a family from Scotland. (I love all things Scottish and Irish) I received one from them saying they happen to have friends who moved from Scotland and now live just outside my town. (she also listed her blog) I hopped on her blog and thru discussions we realized we have many friends in common! We also had many things in common with each other and our friendship blossomed quickly from there. We are planning a trip over the "pond" to see them hopefully, Lord willing, next year! We both laugh at how it all came about. :)

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  10. What a cool way to meet and start a friendship. God most certainly knew this would happen ahead of time! Isn't He wonderful? Before I forget, Congrats Kathy on your new release, Bachelor Buttons!

    I have always been shy around people because I listened to the old devil whispering to me. You don't belong here, look how pretty she is and you are uglier than sin. See how fat you are! Who would want you as a friend? I believed this for so many years because of circumstances in my life.

    Changing churches 7 years ago was pretty scary. I didn't know any of the women there. My husband and I took a new members class with 4 other couples and two single people. I was amazed that after the class two dear ladies, Debbie and Deb both wanted to have a friendship with me. Hey, we are talking about me...didn't they realize that I wasn't worth getting to know? I was sure once they got to know me they would vanish in a flash, BUT do you know what? We are good friends to this very day! They actually like me! God knew what I needed and he provided.

    I am a feedburner follower!

    Blessings!
    Judy B
    sweetpea.judy(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Oh, Judy, that is wonderful. I love it when god blasts through those lies we believe about ourselves. And i have to say, I've never met a Deb, Deborah, Debbie, Debra or Debbie Lynne that I didn't love. :)

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    2. Oh Judy, that is so sad that you lived your life like that. God Bless those ladies for reaching out to you! I"m so glad you found some good friends. Yes, indeed. God is good!

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  11. Thanks for entering me in both giveaways.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. hey, Janet

      Thanks for coming by, and for sharing Christian fiction in your library! Blessings!

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    2. Hey Janet. Thanks for coming by! Good Luck.

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  12. I love Janette Oke and Davis Bunn's books and have read many of them, but have not read this book.
    I have made friends in unexpected places and situations and love how God can bring someone in your life just when you need them. I have experienced that on several occasions and feel truly blessed when God brings that about! It truly feels like a hug from God!

    Thank you for entering me in your give away!

    Blessings!
    Lori

    triplel(at)evertek(dot)net

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    1. Hi, Lori--I agree! I love that scripture that says He knows what we need before we ask. I've never read a Davis Bunn book, but I do love Janette Oke. Good luck on teh giveaway, and thanks for coming!

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    2. Hey Lori. Thanks for coming by. I have several Bunn and Oke books. Very talented writers. God always know what we need and when we need it, including friends. I'm so glad God provided us with friendships!

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  13. I love Janette Oke and Bunn's books...I have read alot but I don't think I've read this one yet...My unexpected friends come right in my family, my mom and sisters become my best of friends it is so wonderful! truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hey, Eliza
      Thanks for making my party this week so nice with your presence. I also have two sisters whom I just love! We are blessed, aren't we?
      Good luck on the giveaway.

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    2. Hey Eliza. I have one sister and she is wonderful. Probably near sainthood! I'm also very close to my mother. I'm very blessed.

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  14. Can I be entered for both giveaways? I'm a feedburner follower.

    Rachel
    time4us2havetea(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi, Rachel
      Its so nice to have you come, and thanks for following Debbie Lynne's blog. Good luck on the contest!

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  15. Hi, Kathleen and Debbie Lynne! I wanted to stop by and say "CONGRATULATIONS!" I know what a long, hard road it is to get to this place. You have a bright writing future ahead of you, lady. Can't wait to read Bachelor Buttons. :)

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    1. Ramona, you couldn't be sweeter if they steeped you in sweet tea! :) Thank you so much for those words of confidence. I pray you are right, but knowing what a tough biz this is, it will take the Lord and open doors. Lord willing, I will continue to write for Him. Bless you!

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    2. RAMONA!!!! Sorry for yelling! heehee. It is good to see you here my friend. Thank you for coming by! It is good to see you. ;o)

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  16. I am excited about your book Kathleen--the reviews really make me want to read it. I have long loved Janette Oke and I read anything that Davis Bunn writes---he is the greatest!!
    Friends are so very precious and God has given me some wonderful ones. I have 2 that I treasure above all others--one I met as a 30something woman at a new church who we both agree we are "forever friends" no matter how far away we are or when we can't correspond. The other is another younger woman I met at a different church--I was working and got her a job at my place and we are inseperable when we are at church. When you see one of us you will usually see the other in a short time. I love them both so much as well as other treasured friends. God is so good. I am a feedburner follower and would like to be in both drawings if that is possible. Blessings! Darlene
    spangldlady[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Darlene, you sound like a kindred spirit! Debbie Lynne can attest that I was her shadow--a rounder version, for sure--but I was stuck to her side at conference two years ago! :) I would have been lost without her guiding me through the hallway from our room, let alone through the maze of appointments and classes and workshops. And I would be lost without her on this journey. We've done everything hand in hand, and I am not quitting until we celebrate her debut--soon I hope!

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    2. Hey Darlene. That's wonderful you have two close friend like that. And YES God is good! :o) Kathy, you are so funny. You were beautiful at conference! And you were amazing. YOu could have charmed everyone on your own. Thanks for your confidence in me!

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  17. It is so wonderful to have friends - new ones and 'old' ones. :) We have moved a number of times in the past year, due to job situations. This last move has brought with it a number of new friends, that, after a month of being here seem to have been friends for years. Praise God - He is so good!
    I am also a feedburner follower.
    Betti
    bettimace(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I hope you have found some kindred spirits in your new location, Betti. Of course, you know you can always find them here! I'm glad God seems to be providing for you! Thanks for coming by.

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    2. Betti, I am so glad to hear that you've found some friends so quickly. It sounds like your move has gone well. We serve an awesome God!

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  18. Hello there! I would have to say that my friendship with MaryLu Tyndall has been my biggest and best surprise. We have never met in person, yet I think of her as a sister. I've been with her on her 'crew' since in began and we have been on adventures, both good and bad. I first met her when I started following her blog, shortly after I read her Pirate books. I am truly blessed by her being in my life. And now we have a devotional out together...so awesome!!!

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    1. I see you have a big surprise of your own, Chaplain Debbie. :D So excited for you! MaryLu and you have written a wonderful devotional which I can't wait to read. nicely done!

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    2. Hey Chaplain Debbie! I met MaryLu through her first Pirate book too! WE have something in common. And I see it hooked you as it did me. She's an awesome writer. I have met MaryLu a couple times and she is a sweetheart! Love her to death!!

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  19. What a lovely story of friendship - it seems to be the theme on a lot of sites I've visited today. Today, on my own website, I wrote about my friend who lost her battle to cancer, and how precious even the bittersweet memories are to me, like when we shaved her head after the cancer came back. In the last year, I've "met" some wonderful new writer friends online - the kind of friends you wonder how you ever got through this writing war zone before we met! I'm truly blessed. I'd love to be entered in both these drawings - lovely! becky (at) beckydoughty (dot) com.

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    1. Becky, I am so sorry for your loss. That's devastating. I'm glad you have good memories to sustain you. And I pray you have a good support network to get you through. Thank you for sharing your heart. Blessings to you, dear Warrior Princess!

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    2. I'm so sorry. That had to be a very hard time to go through. It sounds like your friend was very fortunate to have you as a friend. I bet she felt blessed! You are so right about needing friends to get through the writing war zone! I couldn't have made it this far with out them!

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  20. I'm signed in under my obsolete blog but it has a link to my Wordpress one. For whatever reason, I'm not able to sign in with my Wordpress site, but the link to my post today is: http://beckydoughty.com/2013/05/03/laughing-in-the-face-of-death/

    Hope it's okay that I posted the link here - I totally understand if you take it down.
    Blessings!

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    1. :o) You are welcome to share it. I'm going to pop over and check it out myself.

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  21. Girlfriends, I forgot to write about a friendship except for all of my Fb friends. One unexpected friendship was by meeting a lady selling "House of Lloyd "products through house parties. She had a table of products set up in a large building, where there were crafts, antiques, and garage style stuff to look at. (A big twice a year town doings,) Well, we visited while I looked to see what she had, She wanted me to book a party. I told her I had never had any luck holding parties. She promised if I would have one she would make it worth my time if it wasn't good. So, I had a $500,00 party.Yippee! (Those parties were the best I had ever been to.) That started our life-long friendship. She had cancer in 2012 and is now a survivor. She is the sweetest person and I have been blessed to be her friend. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Wow, Maxie. That is an awesome story of unexpected friendship. Sounds like you were a mutual blessing to one another! I'll bet she was very grateful to have you by her side through her fight. So glad she's come through.

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    2. Thanks for sharing that Maxie. I'm so glad your friend is a survivor! It's been nice getting to know you a little better this week. And I bet your friend feels the same way about you!

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  22. CONGRATULATIONS, SUSAN P. YOU WON TODAY'S GIVEAWAY.

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    1. Thank you so much!!! I'm quite excited!

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  23. I found my 3 best friends over 30 years ago when we were all working as collectors - 3 of us for the credit card department of a bank, & the other - an owner of a county credit bureau. There is nothing we haven't shared - yea for friends!

    I follow by Feedburner.

    bonnieroof60@yahoo.com

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