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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  1. Suzanne Sellner on April 25, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    My mom taught me a good work ethic. Since beginning some time in elementary school it was my responsibility to make my bed every morning, the one morning I declared that I’d be late for school if I took the time to make my bed, my mother made me stay behind when the other neighborhood children began walking to school together. Mom helped me make my bed and then walked me to school herself–about a mile away–and then walked back home by herself. I never tried that stunt again.

  2. Amy Stanly on April 25, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    My mom was always a giving woman. She taught by example to do caring things for others in need. She has dementia now and I call her my “happy dementia” mom. When I visit from out of town she is so pleasant to be around. I actually get to go see her a week after Mothers Day this year.

  3. bn100 on April 25, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    she cooks good food

  4. Rebbie Jeantet on April 25, 2015 at 3:22 pm

    A mother’s presence is not something I had the privilege of experiencing growing up. After becoming a believer and joining a church, I was blessed by many women led to mentor me. I honor them now by mentoring young women and honoring them with flowers on Mother’s Day!

  5. Christina on April 25, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    I sure miss my mom she died in 1990 but she raised ten children, we didn’t have much but we had each other!!

  6. Carol Edwards on April 25, 2015 at 3:54 pm

    My mom is great to help me out in all walks of life.

  7. Laura Bryant on April 25, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    My mom taught me to sew. Unfortunately I was not good. Actually, I was terrible.

  8. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House on April 25, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    My mom read to me ~ nursery rhymes, Hans Christian Andersen, Aesop’s Fables, The Grimm Brothers. She died a month before my sixth birthday. Those stories remained, especially saying the nursery rhymes from memory. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

  9. Sue Neufeld on April 25, 2015 at 5:50 pm

    My Mother went Home to be with the Lord almost 13 years ago. I still miss her terribly and think of her daily. Her life was an example of how to be a gracious, kind, Godly woman. She met the troubles and hard (and wonderful) things in life with quiet joy, grace and complete trust in her God. How I would love to mirror the woman she was!

  10. Lisa Eggebrecht on April 25, 2015 at 5:51 pm

    One thing my mom and I share is a passion for books! Love to gift her with these!

  11. Linda Crawford on April 25, 2015 at 6:03 pm

    Twenty years older than me, my mother and I get mistaken for sisters more often than not. She dresses like a thirty-year-old, walks as if the path behind her is on fire and has always lived life to the fullest. It’s hard to keep up with her. She taught me that no matter what happens in life, I can still move forward and be the best me possible.

  12. Mary Kay on April 25, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    So grateful that my mom spent time with me after my firstborn. I was certain I’d drown him in his first bath or some other catastrophe! I was her third and she’d forgotten how crazy those first days can be — or perhaps her sisters, close in age, all stuck close & they didn’t go through those panicky days alone.

  13. Leslie Goldstein on April 25, 2015 at 7:05 pm

    This is an especially poignant Mother’s Day. On April 27th, my mother would have been 100 years old. My daughter and I will be having dinner on that day to celebrate her life. She was the most nurturing, smart and amazing mother who graduated from Cal State Northridge when she was 60 years old, having gone back to school the year my son was born. She passed away in 1985 and she is loved and missed still.

  14. Linda Berg on April 25, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    My Mom always told me, “You are a unique unrepeatable miracle”. What a blessing! I wish every child could hear that from their Mom!

  15. Lydia L on April 25, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    My mom always made my birthday special. It was one day I could do anything (within reason, of course). I try to do this for my children as well. My son’s birthday is near Christmas, so I started a new tradition of having a ‘birthday tree’ just for him.

  16. Karen Johnson on April 25, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    My mom volunteered in the schools and was a stay at home mom to take care of her family.

  17. Mary McCauley on April 26, 2015 at 1:07 am

    I fell in love with you when I read the FAll of Marigolds. I would love to be able to share the CDs with my daughter after I listen to them again!

  18. Dena on April 26, 2015 at 2:41 am

    My mom is the sweetest person you will meet. She was so supportive of everything we wanted to do growing up, and went to great lengths to be involved without being overbearing. Now we are the best of friends.

  19. Deborah Hazelton on April 26, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    I miss my mom so very much. She died in 1989. She was so loving and caring.

  20. Julie on April 26, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    My mom never ceases to amaze me with her energy for others. I learned at a very young age that giving was the best way to receive. I am so thankful to have developed an amazing friendship with my mom, and value all of the time we are able to spend together. There is no other bond that is stronger. Love you, Mama Harder <3

  21. Danniwllw VAGLE on April 26, 2015 at 10:27 pm

    My mother was a very remarkable person. She was widowed at 31 yrs if age with 3 small children and one on the way. She remarried and had 4 more children. All 8 turned out to be responsible adults. Along the way she taught me and my siblings many things. She taught me how to cook, sew, do needlework, keep house. And most of all she taught me about faith. She was a faithful church-goer. One thing that stands out in my mind was her love of reading that she passed down to me and my siblings. Love you Mom.

  22. amy on April 26, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    My mom is gone now-but she left behind lovely blankets that she made for everyone in the family.
    She always was a very giving person and now so many relatives have something to remember her by.

  23. Debora on April 27, 2015 at 10:14 am

    My mom taught me the value of reading… she always had her nose in a book. She also taught me that women should be strong and that they could do anything. I miss her very much 🙁

  24. Tina M on April 27, 2015 at 7:41 pm

    My mom loves spending time with her family,grandchildren and great grandchildren. She would do anything for them all. Plus she’s one funny lady!!!

  25. Sarah on April 28, 2015 at 2:42 am

    My mom is my best friend! Also, my mom just went through breast cancer – she’s amazing and God is too in our lives!!!!!!!! 🙂

  26. Becky Grayson on April 28, 2015 at 5:46 am

    My mother did the best she knew how with the knowledge she had. Unfortunately I don’t have a good relationship with her but my MIL taught me so much about being a lady and a good mom. I have been blessed to have her in my life for the last 35 years.

  27. Karen Mills on April 28, 2015 at 7:27 am

    My mom has had a very challenging life. She was abused and neglected and the mother of four. Finally, when she became financially able, she divorced my abusive father. She single-handedly raised 3 boys and one daughter. She has always demonstrated courage, strength, creativity, and hard work. Today, she is happily re-married to a wonderful, godly man who loves her to bits! I could not be more proud of or thankful for my mom and the sacrifices she made for her children. May God continue to bless her and keep her healthy! I can’t wait until Mothers’ Day to celebrate her!!

  28. Laurice Mcclung on April 28, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    My mom is a great cook!

  29. Debbi Turnbow on April 28, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    My mom has the most positive attitude of anyone I know. She is 82 years old and she is a blessing to me every day of my life!

  30. Penny A on April 28, 2015 at 4:19 pm

    My mom is a hard worker. Even to this day at age 73 she works 5 days a week. Best way to stay young is too be active she says.

  31. vera wilson on April 28, 2015 at 8:07 pm

    Both a friend and a mother. Never the same once they pass. Not replaceable.

  32. denise on April 29, 2015 at 3:34 am

    mom liked to bake and decorate cakes

  33. Susan on April 29, 2015 at 3:12 pm

    That was so much fun! Thanks for sharing all your lovely thoughts about your Mom!! And congrats to Lydia and Dena! I have emailed you and hope to hear from you soon. Thanks for participating, everyone!

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