Monday, February 24, 2014

Londonderry Dreaming by Christine Lindsay ends

Please welcome Christine Lindsey to my blog this week. Christine is giving away an ebook of her new release Londonberry Dreaming. Leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway. Don't forget to leave your email addy and let me know if you are a feedburner follower for an extra chance to win!

A PROMISE IN STAINED GLASS—by Christine Lindsay
It has been a long journey from when I was a young woman who gave up her child for adoption in 1979—to today, being a happily reunited mother with my birthdaughter. This past February I shared in my daughter’s joy as she gave birth to her first child, a little boy named Ian Samuel.  My journey as a birthmom has been one of great heights and lows.
The lows...having to relinquish baby Sarah because I knew it was in her best interests, broke my heart in ways that only Heaven can repair.
The heights...thirty-five years after relinquishing Sarah to a closed adoption, I am now looking forward to holding my biological grandson. Add to that, the joy Sarah gave me when she asked what grandparent name I would like her son to call me. My husband and I will be Nanny-Chris and Papa Dave, so as not to be confused with Sarah’s adoptive mom or her husband’s parents.
But in the middle of my journey, the lows were more prevalent. I had first given Sarah up as an infant in 1979, and we were reunited 20 years later in 1999. But in 2006 I was still struggling with my emotions from the reunion. It didn’t appear that the close relationship I desired with my birthdaughter was going to transpire.
I tried all sorts of things to nurture that relationship—even arranged for Sarah to join my daughter Lana and me on a trip to my homeland, N. Ireland. I thought a trip like that would draw the three of us together.
At first Sarah planned on going. But sadly, just before I was to leave, Sarah lost her baby. This was to be the first of eight miscarriages over the years for Sarah.
Off to Ireland I went with Lana, with Sarah on my mind too. While I wanted that close mother-daughter bond with Sarah, I knew I couldn’t have it because she shared that with her true mom—her adoptive mom. And I was Lana’s true mom. But while Lana and I toured Ireland, I hid my sadness from Lana, that with the loss of her baby Sarah was grieving an empty womb in a similar way that I had done when I relinquished her.
The two losses are hard to compare—like apples and oranges. But the loss of a baby no matter how that happens just plain hurts.
On the trip, Lana and I shared some close times. And on a personal level I felt the Lord’s encouragement when I viewed the Ruth and Naomi stained-glass windows in the ancient church St. Augustine’s in Londonderry. 

While I was praying for a close bond with both my daughters, the Lord reminded me of the tender love between Ruth and her mother-in-law Naomi. I had to trust God for that long-held desire for my daughters.
And our tender-hearted heavenly Father has done that for me. As the years passed, Sarah and Lana and I have grown closer. Both my daughters were the models on the front covers of my 





But it was the ancient church St. Augustine’s in Londonderry, and the Ruth and Naomi stained glass windows, that was the inspiration behind my romance novella Londonderry Dreaming.

Read the first chapter of Londonderry Dreaming.

And here is the book trailer. Only a minute long.

As I have been encouraged by the Lord in the highs and lows of my life, I pray that my books will encourage you. 



Acclaimed New York artist, Naomi Boyd, and music therapist, Keith Wilson, loved one another five years ago, until her grandfather with his influence over Naomi separated them.

That root of bitterness keeps them apart until a letter from Keith’s grandmother, Ruth, draws Naomi to Londonderry to find she’s too late. Ruth has passed on. After the death of his beloved grandmother, Keith has also come to Londonderry only to open the door to his past…Naomi...beautiful as ever, the girl who broke his heart.

A mysterious painting in Ruth’s attic brings up questions about their grandparents’ entwined past and their own broken romance. But more comfortable with the unspoken languages of art and music, Naomi and Keith find it difficult to share their old hurts and true feelings.

Will the majestic coastline of Northern Ireland inspire them to speak the words to bring peace to their grandparents’ memory and to rekindle love?



ABOUT CHRISTINE LINDSAY:
Christine Lindsay was born in Ireland, and is proud of the fact that she was once patted on the head by Prince Philip when she was a baby. Her great grandfather, and her grandfather—yes father and son—were both riveters on the building of the Titanic. Tongue in cheek, Christine states that as a family they accept no responsibility for the sinking of that great ship.



Monday, February 17, 2014

Soldier's Heart by Tamera Lynn Kraft ends 2/24

Please welcome Tamera Kraft to my blog. Tamera has generously offered to give away one book for every 10 comments so be sure to get the word out so you have more chances to win! Be sure to leave your email addy so I can contact you if you win. And don't forget to let me know if you are a follower.

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
I feel pretty good about telling the truth right now. I’m in the living room in front of my computer, and I’m dressed in blue jeans and a sweater. It’s cold outside.

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
The strangest thing is when I was researching abolitionists. One abolitionist went to a slave owning preacher’s house. The preacher bragged about having a number of children from his wife and his slave mistress. That blew me away.

What is something that very few people know about you?
I took dance lessons for 20 years – ballet, tap, modern jazz – and I was pretty good. At one time, I wanted to be a Rockette.

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
I’d have to say my Hummels. I’ve been collecting them for years. The first five were given to me by my grandmother, and their very old.

If you could live in any time period other than the one we live in, past or future,  when and where would that be and why?
I think I’d live during the post WW2 era. The United States was at its highest point then, and everyone had a Christian worldview and was willing to make sacrifices to do what was right.

If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?
Work In Progress. God is always working behind the scenes in my life to write my story.

What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story?
That’s hard because I always want to be a part of the story in a good novel. One that I read recently that I enjoyed was The Quaker and the Rebel by Mary Ellis.

What is the biggest secret you ever kept (of course it can’t be a secret anymore)?
That’s hard. Most of my secrets are still secrets. I can’t even think of one I want to reveal.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?

I went to New York City and did children’s ministry on the street of Fort Apache in the Bronx. That was pretty crazy.


Helping Hands Press
Murray Pura’s Cry of Freedom Civil War Series Volume 13
After returning home from the Civil War, will his soldier’s heart come between them?
Noah Andrews, a soldier with the Ohio Seventh Regiment can’t wait to get home now that his three year enlistment is coming to an end. He plans to start a new life with his young wife. Molly was only sixteen when she married her hero husband. She prayed every day for him to return home safe and take over the burden of running a farm.
But they can’t keep the war from following Noah home. Can they build a life together when his soldier’s heart comes between them?



More about Tamera Kraft:
Tamera has always loved adventures and writes Christian historical fiction set in America because there are so many adventures in American history. She is married to the love of her life, has two grown children, and lives in Akron, Ohio.
Tamera is the leader of a ministry called Revival Fire For Kids where she mentors other children’s leaders, teaches workshops, and is a children’s ministry consultant and children’s evangelist. She has curriculum published and is a recipient of the 2007 National Children’s Leaders Association Shepherd’s Cup for lifetime achievement in children’s ministry.
You can contact Tamera online at these sites.
Word Sharpeners Blog: http://tameralynnkraft.com
Twitter: http://twitter/tamerakraft

Monday, February 10, 2014

Wishing on Buttercups by Miralee Ferrell ends Feb. 17th

Please welcome Miralee Ferrell to my blog this week. Miralee is giving away a copy of her new release Wishing on Buttercups. Leave your email address and a comment to be entered. Don't forget to let me know if you are a feedburner follower for an extra entry.


Insecurities—How an Author Relates to Her Character
I was raised with a strongly developed sense of who I am, what I believe, and where I’m headed, so by nature, I’m not an insecure person. That changed in one area after I started writing. First, I never planned to write, and I didn’t begin until after my 50th birthday. Now, six-and-a-half years and eight books after my debut novel released, you’d think I’d have conquered the insecurity and self-doubt where my writing is concerned, but I still struggle. Even more so after I recently discovered that my publisher nominated Blowing on Dandelions, the first book in my current historical romance series, for a Christy Award and the ECPA Award.

I often find it difficult to believe that God called me into this ministry, which is exactly what I see it as, and that I wrote all those books and have several more coming soon. At times it doesn’t seem possible that I’ve connected with so many wonderful authors and that they accept me as a peer—instead, it occasionally feels as though I’m masquerading as something I’m not. When I start a new book—or worse yet, hit the mid-way point, I’m often convinced this one will finally reveal to my editor and publisher that I’m an imposter.

Wishing on Buttercups, book 2 in the Love Blossoms in Oregon series, releases Feb. 1, and until I got word about those nominations, I didn’t realize how much I have in common with my heroine, Beth Roberts. You see, Beth has secrets surrounding her past—a past she’s hoping no one will find out about—especially Jeffery Tucker, the handsome, mysterious boarder who lives at the same boardinghouse. If people knew her secrets, surely they’d discard her, the way she believes her parents must have done. Beth is full of insecurities, but underneath lurks a strong woman who knows what she believes in—her love of family, her desire to learn the truth, and the belief that God loves her, no matter what facts come to light concerning her past. Somehow Jeffery must help Beth to uncover that strength and accept the truth of her past, wherever her search leads.

Have you struggled with areas where you feel worthless or a sham, where you kept something tucked away that you’d prefer others don’t know, because you fear they won’t love you if they know? Have people ridiculed you for a physical deformity (as happened to Beth), and left you feeling unaccepted or unloved? Then I think you’ll relate to Beth Roberts as she journeys toward the light and freedom that truth can bring.

Each main character in this series have things they struggle with in life, whether it be a secret, a parent, or something they carry from their past. Besides the three trade paperback books, Blowing on Dandelions, Wishing on Buttercups, and in October, Dreaming on Daisies, Miralee will be publishing Forget me Not, a Kindle novella that tells Pastor Seth’s love story (we meet him in book 1), which will be available online by mid March. Debbie Lynne’s readers are getting the very first official peek at the cover here today!

If you’d like to, please feel free to share in the comment section about your struggle, or if you’ve ever felt insecure, and know that I’ll pray for your journey toward freedom, as well.

If you’d like to enter the drawing for a copy of Wishing on Buttercups, please leave a comment, and if you’d like to share your own struggle in this area, please feel free to do so. I’ll be praying for you!



Wishing on Buttercups, historical romance
Can Love Survive When Secrets Collide?

She’d kept her secrets safely hidden—those from her past, and those in the present. Some things, Beth Roberts knows, a lady simply doesn’t share, even in the 1880’s West. The townspeople would never understand. No one ever has.

Jeffery Tucker, a handsome young writer, has kept his own secrets. He doesn’t have a right to pry into Beth’s affairs but finds himself strangely drawn to her and intrigued by the whiff of mystery surrounding her.

Beth knows that one day someone will unravel the threads of her past. And when two men from her past arrive, the truth might just hurt . . . Beth’s future and her heart.

As shadowy memories surface, Beth sketches the scenes she sees and is shocked by what—and who—her illustrations reveal. Dare she risk her heart again?  

More about Miralee:

Miralee Ferrell is a speaker, accredited counselor, and former ACFW chapter president who has published multiple contemporary and historical romance novels since starting to write in 2005. She enjoys horseback riding, gardening, and family gatherings around their eleven-acre property in Washington State’s beautiful Columbia River Gorge. Miralee has had eight books release, both in women’s contemporary fiction and historical fiction, with another 5 under contract. She’s an award-winning author of Western fiction, and her newest novel, Wishing on Buttercups released February 1, and is the second in a series set in Baker City, Oregon, 1880s.




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Monday, February 3, 2014

Love Finds Faith by Martha Rogers ends February 10th




 Please welcome Martha Rogers to my blog this week. Martha is giving away a copy of her new release Love Finds Faith. Leave a comment and your email addy to be entered. Don't forget to let me know if you are a feedburner follower for an extra entry.

For my second book in the Homeward Journey series, I chose a prodigal as my hero because I’m drawn to those to whom God gives a second chance. I did a switch and used the older son returning to find his younger bro
ther unforgiving and angry. So many times a son or daughter may leave home because they are not happy with the way life is going in the family or they are eager to strike out on their own.
When the son or daughter leaves in anger or frustration, their choices may take them to dark places that are completely outside of what God would have them do. Many parents who have had a prodigal know the heartbreak and agony of not knowing where the son or daughter is or what is going on in his or her life. Other parents do know what is happening and face the heartbreak and hurt of seeing their child ruin his or her life.
There’s just something about the prodigal that appeals to me. I want my readers to see and feel the parents’ love as a representation of our Heavenly Father’s love. When a prodigal or any sinner seeks true forgiveness and repents before the Father, He is quick to forgive and love unconditionally.
Giving our heroes and heroines flaws with which readers can identify leads them to see God and Jesus as more than names in the Bible or names to be heard in church. God loves the sinner while He rejects the sin. This is the message to be conveyed when we write about a prodigal’s return to the Father.
No sin is too big or too terrible that God will not forgive the sinner in true repentance and confession of that sin.
When we use ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances, we strengthen our testimony and our witness through our writing. For this reason, all of my books stress the theme of reconciliation and restoration either man to man or man to God.
Love Finds Faith leads our prodigal hero on a journey that takes him places he doesn’t want to go as he copes with a life forced on him by circumstances that arise because of his return. Two women, his mother and the heroine won’t let him fall prey to what he left when he came back. It is their faith that leads the hero to a new understanding of God’s love.
What is the underlying theme of your stories? Have you used a prodigal to be an example of how God is always waiting for our return to Him? 



 


Hannah Dyer has just moved to Texas to help her brother-in-law in his medical practice. Despite her handicap of having one leg much shorter than the other, she is a great nurse whose skills help make the practice the most successful in the area.
 
When Micah Gordon returns home after some shady escapades, his father hopes he will settle down to ranch life. Hannah is smitten by his good looks and roguish ways, but because of her leg, she has no hopes of attracting his attention.
 
After Micah suffers a tragic loss, he loses his faith and almost loses his ranch. Can Hannah’s care and staunch faith help him on the road to recovery with a new hope, new faith, and a new love?

 
 MORE ABOUT MARTHA:
Martha Rogers is a free-lance writer and the author of the Winds Across the Prairie and Seasons of the Heart series as well as the novella, Key to Her Heart in River Walk Christmas and Not on the Menu in Sugar and Grits. Love Stays True, the first book in her third series, The Homeward Journey, is now available. She was named Writer of the Year at the Texas Christian Writers Conference in 2009 and is a member of ACFW and writes the weekly Verse of the Week for the ACFW Loop. In addition to fiction, Martha has contributed to compilations by Wayne Holmes, Debra White-Smith and Karen O’ Connor as well as various devotion books. Martha is a frequent speaker for writing workshops and the Texas Christian Writers Conference. She is a retired teacher and lives in Houston with her husband, Rex. Their favorite pastime is spending time with their nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.