Monday, July 29, 2013

A Bride's Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee ends August 5th


Christian author, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, writes historical and contemporary romances. Author of Mind of Her Own, A Bride's Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee and We’re Not Blended-We’re Pureed, A Survivor’s Guide to Blended Families. Once widowed and now remarried she writes with humor and experience on the difficulty of joining two families be it fictional or real life.

Please welcome Diana Brandmeyer! Answer the question: When do you feel alone? Or what do you do when that happens? And you'll be entered to win her new release A Bride's Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee.

Friendship Feeds Life
It was the longest week of my life.
Two of my friends whom I talk to almost every day left town, one to an area with no cell reception, the other to visit her grandbabies. That meant no face-to-face, or rather phone-to-phone conversation until they returned—7 DAYS later.
Thinking it would be smart to have projects lined up so I wouldn’t miss them as much, I made a list, a long one. By the end of the first day, most of those projects were done. The next day I called my mom, then my mother-in-law. I tried my grown kids, but they were working.  I have an empty nest so that left my husband, the non-communicator, to talk to at night.  I’d blast him with 10,000 words and get a grunt in response.
I was lonely. My voice unused. I missed my friends. They lifted me up when sad, calmed me down when a little crazed and helped me figure out sale prices when things were 30% off. We talk about books, how to make our lives run smoother and we pray for each other. They are my lifelines.
Heaven in A Bride’s Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee knew what it this loneliness felt like. She’d moved far from her best friend. No more running over to visit, no sleepovers and no strolls to the mercantile. She had to write letters and wait for the responses.
Knowing that she would be moving again as soon as her father returned kept her from forming new relationships. Heaven was in the waiting stage of friendship. She unknowingly was protecting her heart.
I did have a friend to talk to and so did Heaven. Jesus. We need to be reminded that Jesus is always present and He delights in listening to us. He has called us friends! John 15: 14-15
My friends did return. We laughed and caught up on our weeks apart. It was nice to know that Jesus was with them too during the week and with us as we shared.
The week alone gave me a chance to renew my friendship with Jesus
When do you feel alone? What do you do when that happens?

A Bride’s Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee
Heaven’s Stolen His Heart
 After witnessing the ravages of the Civil War, Travis Logan vowed to give up doctoring. But when fellow steamboat passenger Caleb Wharton collapses at his feet, Travis knows he must lend his aid. As the old man lies dying, he makes Travis promise to take care of his land and find Heaven. Travis can’t help but wonder what Heaven has to do with a real place, so he heads to Caleb’s farm to fulfill his promise.
Weeks of facing marauders and caring for her father’s home have finally taken their toll on Heaven Wharton. When an unknown young man charges the house, Heaven attempts to fire a warning shot but ends up shooting the man instead. Shocked, she and her sister, Angel, drag a semi-conscious Travis into the house and nurse him back to health.
 As Travis and Heaven both struggle to control their destinies, will they learn that only a heart that follows God can ever find peace on earth?

After the Civil War, Travis Logan vowed to give up doctoring. But when fellow steamboat passenger Caleb Wharton collapses at his feet, Travis lends his aid. As the old man lies dying, he makes Travis promise to take care of his land and find Heaven. Travis can’t help but wonder what Heaven has to do with a real place.
When an unknown young man charges the house, Heaven Wharton attempts to fire a warning shot but ends up shooting the man. Shocked, she and her sister, Angel, drag a semi-conscious Travis into the house and nurse him back to health.
 As Travis and Heaven both struggle to control their destinies, will they learn that only a heart that follows God can ever find peace on earth?

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64 comments:

  1. I have special friends like you mentioned....really depend on their prayers, too. However, I recently moved away and although we are in contact via phone, internet, I have learned more and more that Jesus is my special friend!
    I am anxious to read Diana's book; just "found her" on another blog and she is a new author to me!
    Thanks for the chance to read A Bride's Dilemma.
    Jackie Smith
    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

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    1. Hey Jackie. Thanks for coming by and for being a follower! That has to be so hard moving away from friends. But you're right. There is one who sticks closer than a brother. :o) So glad we have Him!

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  2. PS...forgot....I follow via E mail and feedburner.
    jackie.smith{at]dishmail[dot]net

    Jackie Smith

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  3. Jackie, my heart aches for you! It's so hard when we move away from all that is familiar. Hugs to you and a prayer this morning that you not only manintain your friendships, grow stornger in in your relationship with Jesus but to also meet new friends soon.
    Blessings,
    Diana

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  4. Oh Yes please enter me! I was intrigued when I started reading the description but you had me hooked totally when I read "When an unknown young man charges the house, Heaven attempts to fire a warning shot but ends up shooting the man instead." ! :D

    Let see when I feel alone... :/ Well it's usually at night. I don't like the dark. I try to pray and take a few cleansing breathes. I also read The Bible and my other books when I go to bed so that I can calm my mind before falling asleep.

    I follow with Feedburner :)

    Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a) Chavez

    amada_chavez{AT}yahoo{DOT}com

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    1. Amada, I so get that dark lonely night! I'm not often alone at night but when I am the imagination kicks in at a high speed and never about good stuff.
      So glad you've found a way to calm your mind.
      Blessings,
      Diana

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    2. Amada, I'm in agreement with you. That is very intriguing. Sounds like a very fun read. Thanks for coming by and good luck!

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  5. enter me!

    aimymichelle[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Hey Aimy, Thanks for coming by. We'd love to have you share one of the answers to Diana's questions.

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  6. Debbie,
    I was so excited to see a comment when I logged on this mornign I forgot to say thank so much for having me on your blog today! So ...Thank you!
    Blessings,
    Diana

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    1. Your Welcome Diana. I'm tickled to have you!

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  7. Sounds like a fabulous book! Thanks for doing the interview and the giveaway.
    God bless, Betti
    bettimace(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thank you Betti for saying that. :)
      Blessings,
      Diana

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  8. I get lonely when my children all go to their family re-unions. I have my church friends but none to visit. I have a best friend I can always call but it isn't the same. I miss my husband since he is gone and get lonely at times. Then I have to pray and ask GOD to remind me I am never alone, even at night for HE is always there, then I am okay. I would like to win Diana's book. Thanks for a chance. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Maxie,
      Hugs to you as well. I've been widowed. It's a sad time. I'm so glad you have God.
      Blessings,
      Diana

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    2. Hey Maxie. I wish I could give you a hug! I'm so glad you find comfort in the Lord. I admire you!

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  9. Hey Debby, I forgot to say I am a follower of yours by Feedburner. Maxie

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  10. I get lonely when my family goes on vacation..it's hard for me to get away and so when they are all off it is pretty quiet. It always makes me more grateful once they return!
    enter me to win
    truckredford(at)Gmail(Dot)Com
    I am a feedburner follower!!

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    1. Eliza, ohhh that wouldn't be fun knowing everyone else having fun and you must stay behind. That means you get to act all brave while inside you want to cry about being left. Good thing God is there to hold you and keep you stong until they return.
      Blessings
      Diana

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    2. Boy isn't that the truth, Eliza? Absence makes the heart grow fonder is really true sometimes. All the things that aggravate us seem to be forgotten when they are gone away.

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  11. Diana, I am so excited to hear you have another book out! Congrats! For several reasons, I haven't seen my closest friends in a couple of weeks. Our lives get too busy sometimes. It's great when we reconnect, though, because it's as if we were never apart. I tried to think of an answer to the loneliness question, but an adorable four-year-old is sitting beside me and distracting me with questions. Hard to feel lonely with that going on! Congrats again, Diana!

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    1. Thanks Johnnie,
      Awe, four-year-olds would solve some lonely problems. :)
      Blessings,
      Diana

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    2. LOL! Yes, no chance of being lonely when you have little ones running around. Thanks for stopping by! Good luck.

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  12. When I get lonely I look through all my pictures and remember the good memories and look forward to making new ones.

    sonflower277 at gmail dot com

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    1. Sonflower, having photos are a gift for times like that. Each one telling its story just for you.
      Blessings,
      Diana

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    2. What a great idea, Sonflower! Being lonely is no fun but with pictures only a click away or a photo album away how simple to push the loneliness out of our lives.

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  13. Your book sounds wonderful! I feel alone when my daughters go on vacation..I try to stay busy and yet I miss the fun we have and love to hear of their escapades when they return. I do use the time to relax and get some projects around the house. I love the verse"Be still and know that I am God." I love quiet times when I can reflect of His presence with me.

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    1. Jojo, that would make me sad too be left behind. When my boys were little they would leave for a week to visit grandparents and I thought it would be so nice to have that quiet time. Ha. I missed them so much! I did about a 1/4 of the big projects I had planned. Good for you for finding a verse to hang on to tight.
      Blessings,
      Diana

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    2. Hey Jojo, thanks for coming by! That's what I do when I'm lonely. I get busy. If I'm doing something it usually keeps my mind active and I don't think about being lonely.

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  14. My husband and I have keen missionaries to Central America for 10 years. I feel alone when we go home to visit my family, several not Christians, some are undercover ones. No one ever asks about our work, just act like we never left our old jobs. The Lord tells us this will happen but its still hard. Once we head back though all is right with the world!

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    1. Awe, Melody, that is sad. I'm so sorry. Your work is so important to the kingdom of heaven! Who knows what seeds you're planting with them, though.

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    2. Melody,
      I can't imagine how that feels. May God bless your seed planting.
      Blessings,
      Diana

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  15. I feel the loneliest when I am sitting in a hospital room or hospital waiting room. No matter who is there with you while you sit with someone who is sick or wait for the results of surgery it is a very lonely time. Seems like lately I've been in that position more than I really want to be. Thank God for the presence of friends.
    Shirley

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    1. Shirley, you may have nailed the big one. It's such a scary time and no one really knows how you are feeling or what to do to help you. I've been on both sides of this, I don't like it. It is lonely.
      Blessings,
      Diana

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    2. Hey Shirley, Like Diana I've been on both sides, too. But lately I've been on the waiting room side. Neither are fun. Waiting to hear something is a very lonely feeling. Thanks for sharing, Shirley.

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  16. When loneliness hits I will put on some uplifting music or maybe go for a walk and enjoy God's creation. It just helps to get my focus re-set and counting my abundant blessings.
    I'm a follower.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. Merry,
      good for you! Music can change us can't it?
      Blessings,
      Diana

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    2. Hey Merry, thanks so much for coming by. Just recently I went for a walk and looked around when we had some sad news. And as I looked I was in awe of what God has created. It really brought things into perspective.

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  17. I am one of those that likes to be alone or quiet. When I get that lonely feeling then I always look to Jesus to remember I am never alone! Great post!

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    1. That's wonderful, Susan. That is what we all should do! Thanks for coming by.

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    2. Good for you Susan! So glad to He is always there.
      Blessings,
      Diana

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  18. I can't think of when I really feel alone, maybe when I'm uspset and just need to talk, then I just call my girl friend and we can talk for hours.

    I follow by feedburner!

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. We are blessed by our friends. I've been known to call on one and end up taking half their day up on the phone! Thanks for stopping by and following by Feedburner.

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    2. Wendy, aren't girlfriends the best? So many times mine have helped me along this path of life.
      Blessings,
      Diana

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  19. Sometimes, when I'm doing something by myself, that I used to do with my husband, I feel alone. When that happens, I usually talk out loud and say I miss him. Then, I just go on with whatever I'm doing. Sometimes, I have to pray about it. Then, I just continue on my way and think of other things.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com
    I follow by Feedburner and RSS feed.

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    1. That has to be so hard at times, Kay. I'm sorry you lost your husband. How long has it been? May God comfort you during those times when you are feeling lonely and missing him. Thank you for sharing with us. And Thanks for coming by and being a feedburner follower.

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    2. Kay, I think that is one of the hardest things in life. I lost my husband too, he was 31 and I was 30. If not for God....
      Have you found a support group? That can be helpful.
      I am sorry for your loss.
      Blessings,
      Diana

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    3. Diana, I'm sorry for your loss. I didn't realize you'd lost your husband. And so young.

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  20. Wow! Your story sounds awesome! The cover looks great too! Please enter me in the book giveaway! I LOVE trying new books! And free is always a plus!:)
    Thank You!
    Bee
    bee_of_82(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Awe, thanks Bee. I love the cover too.
      Blessings,

      Diana

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    2. Hey Bee, Thanks for coming by. Diana's cover is lovely. Good Luck.

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  21. The book sounds great. Would love to win. When I feel alone sometimes I sit at the piano and playand sing unto the Lord, or start having a great conversation with the Lord, or find a wonderful book to read and be carried in their world by friends. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the giveaway. Please enter my name in the giveaway.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

    I am a FeedBurner follower!

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    1. Hey Barbara. Music soothes the soul! We have a old upright piano that was used in the old vaudeville shows. It's been handed down through the generations. The inside structure is solid brass. That thing weighs a ton! Thanks for coming by and for sharing.

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  22. Barbara,
    What a wonderful thing to be able to do. I admire people can play the piano. Such beautiful music.
    Blessings,
    Diana

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  23. Whew, a lot of comments! Nice job ladies :)
    Angie

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    1. Hi Angie! Thanks for stopping by.
      Blessings ,
      Diana

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    2. I know! Isn't it fun?! I love talking with everyone.

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  24. Love this storyline & would love to read/win this book!

    I am a feedburner follower.

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi Bonnie,
      thanks for leaving a comment.
      Blessings,
      Diana

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  25. This looks wonderful! When I feel alone I pray, spend time with my family, listen to music, read or watch a movie. I'd love to win. I'm a feedburner follower. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Veronica,
      thanks so much for stopping by. Those are good options for when you feel alone. I like watching movies...hmm shopgirl--Meg Ryan fan? :)
      Blessing,
      Diana

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