Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Where the Heart Heals by Ann Shorey and A Scented Candle giveaway. WEDNESDAY ONLY!

Day three of our blog party for my dear friend Kathleen Lee Maher. What a fun way to celebrate Bachelor Button's release! Today we are giving away When the Heart Heals by Ann Shorey and a yummy Better Homes and Gardens candle. To be entered in this great prize, answer the question: What is your most hideous piece of clothing that you just can't part with? Be sure to stop by everyday to be entered in the daily drawings and the basket giveaway at the end of the week. Everyday you stop by and leave a comment will give you one entry into the grand prize. Don't forget to leave your email addy and let me know if you are a feedburner follower.

Today is the first half of Kathy's interview. Stop back tomorrow for the second half.

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

I am actually dressed before 7 AM today! It’s a small miracle. I have on denim capris, an orange cotton embroidered tee and my Third Day zip-up hoodie. And purple fuzzy slippers. They’re hideous and comfy as all get out.

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
I was doing research on Charleston during the Civil War, so I had my ears open for all things related. I was listening to the radio and heard my local weatherman talk about the strangest weather incident he’d ever heard. He claims to say that a live alligator, fully grown, fell from the sky and landed downtown Charleston in 1862. Can you imagine the rumors of apocalypse that must have circulated? Just today I read on Yahoo news about a two foot shark that fell out of the sky on a golf course in California. They think an osprey dropped it. Why can’t it be money, falling on my lawn? Twenties and fifties would be lovely. Or gold. I’ll take gold as long as nobody gets hurt when it falls.

If you were told you were being sent back to live in the 19th Century, and you could bring one thing from today, what would that be?
I know everyone says toothpaste and deodorant, and that is such a good answer! So besides those, I would bring photos of our modern marvels like airplanes and space travel. I figure it will be a great conversation starter, if it doesn’t get me burned at the stake for sorcery!

What is something that very few people know about you?
Hmmm, I am relatively unknown, so pretty much everything! Heehee  Okay. Most people don’t know that I used to have a really good singing voice. In high school I had the privilege of attending New York State School Music Association’s All State choir two years in a row. We stayed at the Concord Hotel in the Catskills, the same place where Sinatra and so many others have sung. It was a real thrill. But asthma and chronic allergies have eroded that voice from what it once was. I still love to sing along to Kari Jobe and Kutless and Tenth Avenue North, among my favorites. Just not where others can hear me. LOL



What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
My home. It has creaky floors and a slowly shifting foundation and a roof that will need replacing, but I am so very thankful to God for my home. We were once homeless as a family when my husband was out of work, and I appreciate the miracle it is to live here in a beautiful small town where crime is rare and the church bells chime three times a day, and where I can tend my gardens and watch my children play in safety. I wish everyone that blessing.




Kathleen L. Maher is a historical romance writer, represented by Terry Burns of Hartline literary Agency. Her Civil War novel took first place in the 2012 ACFW Genesis contest. She lives in upstate New York with her soul mate and their three children, plus two Newfoundland dogs.


  Today's giveaway is Where the Heart Heals by Ann Shorey and a yummy Better Homes and Garden's candle. To be entered answer the question: What is the most hideous piece of clothing or footwear you just can't part with? Don't forget to leave your email addy and let me know if you are a feedburner follower. (Don't forget every day you leave a comment enters you in our grand prize!)



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! AND a copy of Bachelor Buttons! Everyday you leave a comment gives you one entry. A possible total of 7 entries! Grand prize drawn May 6th.

 
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 Thursday, April 2nd, 8:00 A.M. EST. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.

50 comments:

  1. Thank you, Debbie Lynne! These are such nice prizes. Looking forward to hearing everyone's answers to their hideous favorite clothes. :D

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  2. I just became a feedburner follower of your blog :D
    I'm so happy to be a part of Kathleen's success as I follow her progress. I didn't know you were once a singer, Kathy. I loved singing in our church choir when I was a teenager. Lack of use has rendered my voice pretty useless but I too love to sing when nobody is around. Tenth Avenue, Third Day and Lifehouse get my vocal chords warmed up :D
    My most hideous piece of clothing that I cannot part with would have to be my 1980's Eagles concert T-shirt. I don't wear it often but I do like to pull it out once in a while and reminisce about my middle school years. (Not much though :D) Hugs and love to you Kathy. :D Email is leannlaustin at gmail dot com

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    1. Hey Leann. I'm so glad you are a feedburner follower! Thanks for coming by and celebrating this wonderful day with us!!! My most hideous clothes. Probably my fuzzy snoopy pj bottoms.

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    2. I have fuzzy snoopy p.j. bottoms. I love snoopy :D My daughter bought them for me

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    3. OH me too! I love him. He was probably one of the first things I learned to draw as a child. Maybe even before I drew horses! LOL

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    4. Leann, give us your facebook page so everyone coming by can see your creations!

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  3. Leann, thank you for coming by! Leann is a writer, too, and a brilliant accountant, and knits/crochets the most adorable bears in the world. She has a facebook page where she sells her creations.
    Love me some Eagles, Third Day and Tenth Avenue North! So much in common. . .you are definitely kindred, Leann. :)

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    1. That we are :D I hope we can meet one day - maybe at a Third Day concert :D And thank you for your kind words. :D I really am proud of you for all your accomplishments.

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  4. Hmm. I live on a farm so most of my "good clothes" get retired to "farm clothes" which can get pretty hideous. I guess I'd have to pick my March of Dimes Ride to Save Babies T shirt from 2006. I can't part with it because it reminds me of our fun trail ride. I was wearing it when my horse to slobber all over me! Green grass juice doesn't come out very well! :)

    Kim LitlePokie@aol.com
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    1. OH!!! You havve a farm! WE just bought 22 acres to start our hobby farm. We have an Arabian and a miniature donkey and are going to get our other Arabian tomorrow! I can't wait. then come the chickens and the cows. Thanks for coming by!

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    2. Hi, Kim
      What a great excuse to have grass stains. I am jealous! :)
      Good luck

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  5. Hi, I am a singer as well..I love to sing...as for my most hideous piece of clothing...it is also a T-shirt...it says "My boyfriend bought me a Ford" - it has a picture of a nice truck on it...clearly I'm a country girl.can't seem to get rid of it but at least now it's pj's. thanks for the chance to win...I am an email feedburner subscriber and follow GFC
    truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hey, Eliza, that sounds like one comfy shirt. :) all my favorites end up being PJ's too.
      Good luck on the giveaway today.

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    2. LOL! Mine too! Nothing like broken in pajamas!

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  6. I follow your blog through feedburner and GFC.

    Oh my, I have this out of shape peach colored top (stained even!) that I can not bear to part with. It is so comfortable and I only wear it around the house.

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


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    1. Judy, you are okay in my book! I have a few of those. They become second skin, don't they? :)

      Thanks for stopping in today. All the best!

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    2. You know, now that you mention your shirt, Judy. I think mine might be a shirt with a Sheltie embroidered on it. I've painted and tiled floors in it and so it is covered with stains.

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  7. We are getting to know you better, Kathleen, so pretty soon you can't say that you are unknown. :)
    I am certain that you will be out in the published world many times over. You are a great writer and this novella proves it.
    Hideous clothing or footwear? Hmm...nothing so bad. I do have a pair of slippers that look more like men's slippers, that are coming apart, but they are sooo comfortable. I really need to search for another pair soon. Even my grandchildren love my slippers. When they visit, they take them right off my feet and put them on. Too funny watching them walk around with the slippers flopping. LOL

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    1. Those kids sound adorable. :) My daughter is a trickster like that. She runs away with my socks. heehee.
      thanks for your kind words, Debbie. Bless you!

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    2. LOL! I can just picture that! Aren't grandkids wonderful? Such joys. And they love what we love. Even worn out slippers. ;o)

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  8. Congratulations, Kathy! I tweeted about Batchelor Buttons, and I am looking forward to reading it!! May this be the first of many great books you share with us!
    Blessings,
    Carrie

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    1. Thank you, Carrie. I am so blessed to have the gracious support of such talented and celebrated authors as you. Looking forward to your "Downton Abbey" inspired series.
      Blessings!

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    2. Thank you so much for helping get the word out Carrie and for sharing in this fun week with us! Kathy has worked so hard to get where she is. I'm so proud of her!

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  9. I have an old (very, very old) slippers that I can't seem to throw away.

    I'm a follower, too

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. aren't they the best, Karen? :D Thanks so much for stopping by. Good luck!

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    2. Hey Karen, Thanks for coming by. I have a very very old pair of cowboy boots that I love so much I bought another pair just like them. They are so worn out I've had the heel replaced several times but now the sole is so thin that I can't where them. And even with my identical pair of boots I can't bring myself to throwing them away!

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  10. I sing, too! And my allergies and asthma have done the same thing! We'll sing together at conference in the hallway okay? CONGRATULATIONS!!! Do not enter me sweet DL--my hubby says I am a pyro and not allowed candles!!! Blessings!

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    1. Oh my goodness, yes, we will sing together in the main conference room, out loud like Elf in the middle of Gimbles' toy department. heehee
      thanks for stopping by, Carrie. A pyro?? I don't believe it. heehee

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    2. LOL! I can't wait to hear you two sing. As for myself, I can't carry a tune in a bucket. "sigh" But that doesn't mean I don't like to sing! LOL

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  11. Well, guess I would say a pair of houseshoes that are really worn out, but my mother gave them to me years ago and she's been gone since 1992. I just hate to put them in the trash. I also have a shirt or two that needs to go, but are so comfortable. Would love to win this. The Grand Prize is great. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Maxie, I love your reason best of all. I agree--those things are the precious things in our lives if they remind us of loved ones.
      Best of luck to you!

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    2. Thanks for coming by, Maxie. You sound like me. Sentimental. I have the hardest time getting rid of certain things. Good luck!

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  12. Ooh Debbie. I forgot to say that I am a follower by Feedburner. Maxie

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  13. Probably my pair of sandals that I've had for about 7 or 8 years, lol.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. OOPS! Forgot to mention that I follow by feedburner also!

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    2. if the shoe fits, right? :D I'd keep them too if they're comfy. Sandals are tricky, and it takes a special pair.
      Thanks for coming by, Wendy. This was fun!

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    3. Hey Wendy! Thanks for coming by and helping us celebrate Kathy's new release.

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  14. Having moved 5 times since Jan 2012, I don't have much that isn't absolutely necessary...lol. I do love my Lands End slippers, though and each time they wear out, I buy a new pair!
    I am a feedburner follower as well as Networked Blogs.

    Betti
    bettimace(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Betz, you've sold me on Lands End. I'll have to check those out. Hope you and your slippers get to settle in for a while in your new place. :)

      Kathy

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    2. Hey Betti. Moving will do that. We've lived here since we built it 17 years ago, so you can imagine the things I've managed to hold on to! Yikes! And when I think we just bought land and may have to move....Oh my goodness!

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  15. Thank you for the chance to win. I am also a follower. My family would have to say my Green Bay Packers tennis shoes. They are worn but I love them and can't bring myself to get rid of them.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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    1. Angela, you get the award for most original. :D Now I must see a picture of these. :D
      Thanks for coming by. You made me smile. Good luck!
      Kathy

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    2. Angela! I have 2 young ladies that I love at our church and they would be so jealous to know you have GBP shoes! They love Green Bay. Good Luck!

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  16. I think it would be a t-shirt that is probably about 20 years old now. It was my absolute favorite when I was a teenager and I got it from a GoodWill store used!! That thing is the most comfortable material, it feels like butter now. I grew up on a farm and so it went thru the ringer there. It has holes, stains and who knows what else on it, but I will NOT throw it out. Haha!
    Susan P
    farmygirl at hotmail dot com

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    1. Lovely interview again! I forgot to say don't put me into the drawing for today - I have this book and LOVE it!! It sucked me in and I couldn't put it down! Highly recommend. :)

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    2. Thanks so much for coming by, Susan! I'm putting you in the drawing and if you win I'll swap out the book! Good luck. Going to draw now. ;o)

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  17. Today's winner is Leann! Congratulations!

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  18. I never would have thought to take photos of transportation back in time.

    Congratulations!!!!!

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  19. My most hideous pieces of clothing are faded slides & a pair of thread-bare navy slacks - both oh, so comfortable!

    I follow by Feedburner.

    bonnieroof60@yahoo.com

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