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Want 10 new books for your e-reader?

FallMarigolds_final coverHey there, reading friends!

I’ve teamed up with nine writing pals to offer a ten-book giveaway won’t have you scrambling to find self space. We’re giving away e-versions of these amazing books you see listed in the graphic above to one lucky winner. Well, make that nine e-versions and one print copy of Amy Sue Nathan’s brand-spanking new THE GOOD NEIGHBOR. It’s super easy to put your name in the hat. Just click ON THIS LINK, which will take you to Steena Holmes’ website, where we have our Rafflecopter form.

You only have to answer one simple question to prove you’re not a cyborg. And it has to do with reading, so easy-peasy.  Since it’s fall, I’m giving away a digital copy of A FALL OF MARIGOLDS. There are lots of good reads in the mix, so don’t miss out on your chance to snag them all:

The Short & Sincere Life of Ellory James (ebook) – by Wendy Paine Miller

Before I Go (ebook) – by Colleen Oakley

A Peach of a Pair (ebook) – by Kim Boykin

Those Secrets We Keep (ebook) – by Emily Liebert

The Good Neighbor (print) – by Amy Sue Nathan

Finding Emma (ebook) –by  Steena Holmes

A Fall of Marigolds (ebook) – by Susan Meissner

Rose House (ebook) – by Tina Ann Forkner

The Virtues of Oxygen (ebook) – by Susan Schoenberger

A Flying Affair (ebook) – by Carla Stewart

Here’s the link again to the Rafflecopter form!

Double the fun today!

I am happy to share two very exciting things with you today. And I will be quick about it because I am deep in revisions for the Hollywood book (will I ever finish this novel!!??) and need to get right back to the writing cave. Don’t get bored reading the first bit because there’s a fun Mother’s Day Giveaway drawing in second bit!

Amish Blacksmith The_cover hi rezFirst, it’s my pleasure to share with you that THE AMISH BLACKSMITH, one of three books I co-wrote with Mindy Starns Clark, is a finalist for the 2015 Christy Award in the contemporary series category. The Christy Award is like the Oscars for fiction written from a Christian worldview. We are both extremely happy to be nominated. This is one of those instances where it really is enough just to make the short list! The winners of all the categories will be announced at the annual Christy Awards banquet, which will be held this year in Orlando on June 29. You can see the list of all the finalists right here. LOTS of great books here. Two of my favorites are Sigmund Brouwer’s Thief of Glory and The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.

And now for the giveaway opportunity! Christian Audio has just released the audio versions of A Fall of Marigolds and Secrets of a Charmed Life.  Tavia Gilbert, whose amazing narration of The Shape of Mercy back in 2008 earned her an Audie Award nomination, read for A Fall of Marigolds. Alana Kerr,is a new rafffevoice for me, but I can’t wait to hear her narration of Secrets of A Charmed Life. Alana was born and raised in Belfast, N. Ireland and has a BA in Drama/English from the University of Dublin, Trinity College. I love that she could read all those English voices and sound convincing!

So, in honor of Mother’s Day, I’d like to have a giveaway! I will send a set of the CDs of both to two moms. Just enter the Rafflecopter below will all your information and if you are one of the two the lucky winners, I can either send the CDs to your mom or grandmother or favorite motherly person on your behalf, or I can send them to you and you can do the honors of gift-wrapping and distribution. All you have to do is follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter form below. Comment on the blog as per the instructions (say something nice or funny about your mom!), and if you visit and/or LIKE my Facebook page (I post fun stuff there!) you can increase your chances of winning one of the two sets. The drawing starts at midnight tonight (Apr 25) and ends at midnight on Apr 29.  Good luck!

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Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! Stop 14

Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! I am a part of TEAM PURPLE, and this is Stop #14. If you’re just joining us, there are two loops—pink and purple—and they begin at Lisa Bergren’s site and Robin Hatcher’s site for stop #1 for either stream. If you complete either the pink loop or purple loop, you can enter for a Kindle paperwhite and the 17 autographed books from that loop. If you complete BOTH loops, you can enter for the Grand Prize of a Kindle Fire HDX and ALL 34 autographed books. If you get lost along the way, here’s the place to get back on track.

BE SURE to keep track of the clues at the bottom of every post in the loop and the favorite number mentioned. You’ll need those clues to enter for the loop prize and every number mentioned in order to enter for the grand prize. The Hunt begins at NOON Mountain time on April 16 and ends at midnight Mountain on April 19, 2015, so you have a long weekend to complete all 32 stops and maximize your chances at prizes!

ALSO, please don’t use Internet Explorer to navigate through the loops. Some web sites won’t show up using IE. For a less stressful hunt, do use Chrome or Firefox! (Read to the end for a special giveaway only on my site!)

Without further ado, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to my guest for the Scavenger Hunt, Beth Vogt.


Here’s her professional bio: Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A 2014 Carol Award finalist, her novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2014. You can connect with Beth at or on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

Here’s the summary of her latest book, CRAZY LITTLE THING CALLED LOVE: Paramedic Vanessa Hollister has put her adolescence behind her, including the unwanted label of being the new kid in town over and over again, thanks to her father’s military career. She’s overcome what her mother called “the biggest mistake of her life” and is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Florida with her new fiancé. But will the reappearance of her first husband from her what-were-you-thinking teenage elopement disrupt her dream of an idyllic beach wedding? As a professional storm chaser, Logan Hollister is used to taking risks. However, a reckless decision during the last tornado season has him questioning the future of his team, the Stormmeisters. Coming face to face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels him to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa. Does their past give him the right to interfere with her future? scavhunt2A fast-moving, powerful hurricane throws Vanessa and Logan together as they evacuate to a storm shelter along with other residents of the Florida Gulf Coast. Forced to spend time together, the pair battles unexpected renewed feelings for each other.


And here’s her EXCLUSIVE content, that you’ll only find in this hunt!

When my husband Rob and I got married, the idea of a destination wedding never occurred to me. Eloping, yes – but only for the briefest of moments. When we mentioned the idea to Rob’s best friend, he said he would tell both our families, insisting that we get married the “right way,” with our families and friends there.

He was right. And so, we had a traditional wedding in our hometown in Maryland.  The next day, we flew three thousand miles across the country to our new home in California – a tiny, one bedroom apartment. Rob went back to work the next day.

And so began our happily ever after!

VogtweddingToday, one in four couples include travel in their weddings by having a destination wedding. The average destination wedding costs approximately $22,000 – you read that right! –and averages around 75 guests.

There are two basic choices when it comes to a destination wedding: Do you stay in the U.S. or do you go international? When I pitched my editors the idea for my destination wedding series, I gave them three options:

  • US. locations
  • International locations
  • A fictional U.S. town that was an up-and-coming wedding destination location

We settled on locations in the U.S. and opted for city, beach, mountain, and one yet-to-be-determined destination wedding locale. According to a 2013 study, when a bride and groom get married in the U.S., they pick a location that has special meaning to them. So far, that’s been true for my imaginary characters.

YeVogtlocations, for the past couple of years, I’ve been all about destination weddings. I still haven’t been to one – except in my imagination. In Crazy Little Thing Called Love, the location is a beach destination wedding. I knew immediately what beach I was going to choose. When my husband was in the military, our family lived in the Panhandle of Florida for eight years, just over the bridge from Destin, Florida. We saw up-close and personal why Destin (at right) is called the Emerald Coast. Where else would I want Vanessa and Logan, my imaginary bride and groom, to get married?


Thanks for stopping by on the hunt! Before you go, make sure you WRITE DOWN THESE CLUES:

Secret Word(s): don’t

Secret Number: 77  a number I chose, because because sevens look nice and sound nice!

Got ‘em down?? Great! Your next stop is #15 Beth Vogt’s siteClick on over there now. And if you get lost, a complete list of the loop with links can be found at our mother host’s site.

And for anyone still reading, if you comment below to say hi you will be in the running for the complete trilogy of THE MEN OF LANCASTER COUNTY; 3 books that I co-wrote with Mindy Starns Clark, one of which is the newest of the three, The Amish Clockmaker – a CBA bestseller two months in a row! Enjoy the rest of the hunt!

Spring Fiction Giveaway

peach blossomHere’s a great way to begin the week! A multi-book Happy Spring giveaway. Secrets of A Charmed Life is in the mix, along with a bunch of books you are sure to love. There are   a few historicals, some contemporaries, even one with a touch of magical realism.  You can learn more about each book and author by visiting the individual author pages on Facebook and entering via the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post or on any of the participating author sites. Several authors are adding other goodies to the giveaway. Please visit the Facebook pages below of the authors involved & tweet about the giveaway for a chance to win one of the 9 books mentioned.

The Books & Authors:
WAKING UP JOY by Tina Ann Forkner
THE GLASS WIVES by Amy Sue Nathan
BEFORE I GO by Colleen Oakley
THE VIRTUES OF OXYGEN by Susan Schoenberger

The Facebook Pages:

SecretsOfACharmedLifefinalcoverWhomever wins the copy of SECRETS OF A CHARMED LIFE will also win from me a jar of the best British orange marmalade there is plus a tin of English tea. Here’s a bit about the book if you are new to my site: This story is historical fiction framed by a contemporary layer that links to a story in the past. An American college student named Kendra, who is studying abroad at Oxford, interviews Blitz survivor Isabel McFarland just when the elderly woman is ready to give up secrets she has kept all her life – beginning with who she really is. The story then takes the reader to England in 1940. An unprecedented war against London’s civilian population is about to take place and half a million children are evacuated to foster homes in the countryside. Fifteen-year-old Emmy Downtree and her much younger sister Julia find refuge in a charming Cotswold cottage, but Emmy’s burning ambition to return to the city and apprentice with a fashion designer pits her against Julia’s profound need for her sister’s presence. The sisters’ lives are forever changed when—acting at cross purposes—they secretly return to London on the first day of the Blitz.


Click on the Rafflecopter below and follow the instructions. Nine books. Nine winners. I hope you’re one of them! Contest runs from today until April 20. Enter today!!

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Have a fabulous week!