Friday, February 12, 2016

DAY 2 of IT'S TIME TO FALL IN LOVE!

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PARTY TIME!!!!!


MaryLu Tyndall, Julie Lessman, and me have an exciting 2 1/2 weeks for you! If you missed Wednesday's posts make sure you go back and check them out. We are stoked about our new releases, so we decided to share our excitement and get you excited as well. 

We have phenomenal giveaways on each of our blogs PLUS on top of what each of us are giving away on our own blogs, we are giving away a kindle to one lucky winner. My grand prize is also a kindle so that is 2 chances of winning a kindle plus amazon gift cards, baskets full of book theme items, and so much more. Are you getting excited yet? 

First things first--my new release, one of the three reasons for this awesome party! 

Shattered Memories is set in 1886 Charleston, South Carolina. A time in our country when the south was still recovering from the Civil War. A time when technology was moving forward and life was beginning to have a few luxuries. A time for South Carolina when their world was shaken to its core--literally.

Charleston was devastated by a 7+ earthquake that could be felt as far away as Alabama, central Ohio, eastern Kentucky, southern Virginia, and western West Virginia. Not a home or business in Charleston would escape without some sort of damage. 

Shattered Memories is set during and after the earthquake. I've attempted to recreate for my readers what the people of Charleston experienced. You'll be surprised by some of the reactions of these 19th century residents. I've attempted to capture their reactions to this tragedy in my story. People today react much differently than the Charlestonians did in 1886. I've used eye witness accounts to bring all this alive for you.

If you read Sword of Forgiveness you might recognize my hero's last name. Andrew (Drew) Warwick. Drew is a descendant of Royce and Brithwin Warwick. There are a few mentions of the hero and heroine in Sword of Forgiveness so if you've read their story and fallen in love with them, hopefully this will bring you fond memories. If you haven't read their story no worries, you don't need to in order to understand the connection. But hopefully it will intrigue you enough to want to pick up Sword of Forgiveness and read it too! 

Shattered Memories has unrequited love, mystery, suspense, romance and a villain you'll love to hate.

My hubby was reading Shattered Memories and he came in the room where I was working and said, "I can't stand Lloyd!"
I laughed and replied, "Good than I'm doing it right. You aren't supposed to like him."
He turned to walk away and replied over his shoulder, "The scary thing is this is all coming out of your head."   
Men! LOL. 

The other two reasons for this celebration are Isle of Hope by Julie Lessman and Charity's Cross by MaryLu Tyndall!

So how do you enter for these giveaways and what are they? 

YOU HAVE TWO CHANCES TO WIN AND Here’s how it works:

1.) Individual Blog Treasure Hunts:

  • Julie, MaryLu, and I are giving away separate prizes on each of our blogs per the schedule below, so be sure to come by all three blogs on the days listed. Then, simply enter each of our individual contests via the Rafflecopter box at the bottom of our blog pages. You can then earn extra chances each day of the schedule by answering a question that pertains to that particular blog on that particular day.

Links for Each of our Blogs:


Treasure Hunt Schedule:

  • Wednesday, February 10, 2016
  • Friday, February 12, 2016
  • Friday, February 19, 2016
  • Friday, February 26, 2016
  • Monday, February 29, 2016
  • Friday, March 4, 2016 — Winner’s Announced

Kindle Fire Treasure Hunt:  

  1. While you are visiting each of our blogs per the schedule above, simply collect the “treasure hunt clue” listed at the bottom of the page and write it down.
  2. Continue to collect all the clues at each of our blogs on the specified dates.
  3. Once you collect the final word clue on Monday, February 29, you will have a 15-word sentence that will allow you to enter the Kindle Fire Giveaway by entering that sentence in the Kindle Rafflecopter box on any of our blogs.

WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON EACH OF OUR BLOGS SIMULTANEOUSLY ON FRIDAY, MARCH 4TH, GOOD LUCK!



DON’T FORGET TO HEAD ON OVER TO JULIE'S AND MARYLU’S BLOGS FOR MORE CLUES AND PRIZES.

Meanwhile, to get you pumped for our new releases, here’s the jacket blurb for my latest release 
Shattered Memories:
Olivia Macqueen wakes in a makeshift hospital, recovering from a head injury. With amnesia stealing a year of her memories, she has trouble discerning between lies and truth. When her memories start returning in bits and pieces, she must keep up the charade of amnesia until she can find out the truth behind the embezzlement of her family’s business while evading the danger lurking around her.
Doctor Drew Warwick frantically searches through the rubble left by the Charleston earthquake for the lady who owns his heart. He finds her injured and lifeless. When she regains consciousness, the doctor’s hopes are dashed as he realizes she doesn’t remember him. But things only get worse after he discovers she believes she’s still engaged to the abusive scoundrel, Lloyd Pratt. Now Drew is on a race with the wedding clock to either help her remember or win her heart again before she marries the wrong man.


Rafflecopter question of the day:

What happened in Charleston, SC in 1886?

BUT … before you go, make sure you WRITE DOWN THIS CLUELOVE — which is the #4 CLUE in our 15-word sentence you’ll need to enter the Kindle giveaway on February 29th.  
DON’T FORGET TO HEAD ON OVER TO JULIE'S AND MARYLU’S BLOGS FOR MORE CLUES AND PRIZES.

Prizes I'm giving away on The Sword and Spirit blog. 
Kindle Fire - Grand Prize
2nd place- Charleston bag full of Charleston!
3rd place- Antique spoon bracelet
4th Place- Starbucks cup and $10 SB gift card
5th Place- Signed copies of Shattered Memories and Sword of Forgiveness
6th Place- Kindle Versions of Shattered Memories and Sword of Forgiveness





More places to find me on my blog tour. Hope to see you there!

47 comments:

  1. Hey Deb! I am promoting this party on my blog this Saturday. I will tag you, so that you can share! Shattered Memories sounds sooooo good! Hoping to win a signed copy!

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    1. AWESOME, Chappy! Thanks so much for all the help getting the word out! I hope you win a signed copy!!

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  2. So much fun! And great prizes too! Have a great Valentine's!!!

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    1. Happy Valentine's to you! What better time for a romance story? :o)

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  3. I am really curious to find out how the peoples reactions were so different back then.

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    1. Hey Jan, One of the things that I found so unusual was they all congregated in the parks and streets and they say songs to to calm each other. Here is a link to a blog post I wrote about it. Thanks for asking! http://www.hhhistory.com/2016/02/charleston-on-shaky-ground-plus-giveaway.html

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  4. Just like the comment above me, I am also extremely curious to find out what people's reactions to this event were like compared to now. I love finding out historical details like this!
    Brittany McEuen

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    1. Hey Brittany. I answered that question above. But another thing I found interesting was that there were even some men who preached the end of the world as aftershocks continued!

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  5. An earthquake in Charleston is what happened in 1886. Interesting that the people had different reactions than we would. I'm looking forward to reading your book.

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    1. Thanks, Kay. Yes, people were more about others where today so many are all about themselves. I didn't read about any looting or stealing.

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  6. Hello Deb! I, too was surprised by the reactions after such an event. I am enjoying this fun treasure hunt!

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    1. I was too, Caryl! We've changed a lot in the past 150 years. Not all for the good!

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  7. Wow, I never knew about this earthquake. It leaves me speechless to think about how many people this affected.

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    1. It was a lot of people and with communication so limited in those days, we probably will never know the true statistics.

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  8. I always love history interwoven with fiction :) Looking forward to learning all about the 1886 quake!

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    1. Me too, Beth! It adds another depth when you have real historical events. Thanks for coming by!

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  9. Interesting! I didn't know Charleston had an earthquake then.

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  10. Charleston, like so many other cities is on a fault line. I pray they don't experience another quake. It's a beautiful city but I know those old buildings couldn't take another 7.0. How sad it would be to lose more of that history.

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  11. Great Giveaway It's a little confusing though but I'll figure it out The bracelet is very pretty I am a feedburner follower

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    1. Hey Linda. If you can't figure it out email me and I'll walk you through it. My email is my full name DebbieLynneCostello (at) hotmail (dot) com. I love bracelets. My husband bought me one of those for our anniversary while we were in Charleston. I wear it all the time.

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  12. I can't see your amazon follow button but I'd love to follow Can everyone else see it? I checked on my kindle too in case it's a computer problem

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    1. Here you go, Linda. http://www.amazon.com/Debbie-Lynne-Costello/e/B00TRT6RYS/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1455320842&sr=1-2-ent This link will bring you directly to my Amazon page. :o)

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  13. Interesting to see the earthquake was felt into WV, my home state.

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    1. West Virginia is a beautiful state, Lucy. It is amazing how wide reaching the earthquake was felt.

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  14. I love stories around earthquakes, not sure why. Can't wait to read this!

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    1. Yay, Susan! This is right up your alley then.

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  15. Sounds like a great book, thanks for the chance to win. And Happy Valentine's Day.

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    1. Thank you, Michele. I hope you win! Happy Valentine's Day to you, too!

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  16. all the prizes are awesome in this giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win

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    1. You're welcome. Hope you are able to snag one of the many giveaways!

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  17. I love the challenge of keeping up!

    missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

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  18. Debbie, the prizes look great! Thanks for the giveaway and blessings to all who enter!!

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  19. So much fun learning about all your books! I can't imagine the reactions to the earthquake! Can't wait to see what happens!

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  20. I love the bracelet, I have a ring like it, and love it.

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    1. Awesome, Karen. I've seen some of the rings. That would be nice to have a set. Thanks so much for coming by.

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  21. This is such a fun and exciting way to introduce us to your new books! I am new to your books, and I can't wait to know more. I'm already intrigued by what I've read!

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    1. Thank you, Mimi! I hope you get a chance to read Shattered Memories and win one of the fun prizes. :o)

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  22. Thanks for this treasure hunt giveaway I am a feedburner follower

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  23. I was able to finally follow you 3 on Amazon by using a different browser Thanks for the chance to win and I am a feedburner follower

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    1. AWesome, Linda! Thanks so much for being a feedburner follower! Good luck in the giveaways!

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  24. I love the Interview you did with Drew on Julie's blog. I think those are so much fun. Thank you to all 3 of you ladies for doing this fun blog tour and promotion. I Love when authors get together and do things like this, I have found many new authors this way. I am a huge fan of Julie's and Love IOH, I have not read any of yours or Marylu's books yet, but now that i have found you through this promotion I am looking forward to checking out the books from you ladies as well!!!

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  25. Loved learning the history behind "Shattered Memories", Debbie!! So interesting and was new info to me. Thanks for a wonderful release party!!

    Unlike Linda - I was never able to find a "follow" button on any of the 3 author pages, I used both Explorer and Chrome.

    I am a feedburner follower.

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