Friday giveaway!

Seems like I spend a lot of blog time (or a little, depending on how you look at it) apologizing for not spending time on the blog. Surely you know that saying, “Time flies.” This is what we say when the reality of something we meant to do and haven’t done comes crashing in on top of us and we can’t come up with a good excuse other than it’s the fault of time! Ha!

Well today, in addition to my sheepish “How did that month go by so fast?” I’ve got some books to give away; a nice little trio of novels that I was privileged to read before they were published so as to provide an endorsement. A thank-you copy of the book in its final, release-day form is always sent and I am realizing I need to pass along books I’ve already read for two reasons: One, they deserve to be read, not just sit on my crowded shelves. Two: I’ve got crowded shelves.

So, one lucky commenter, drawn by, will be the winner of these books, all of which I was happy to write blurbs for.  All you need to do is comment below by next Thursday, noon PST, so that I can announce a winner a week from today in a rare moment when I actually remember it’s Friday and I need to feed the blog.  Here’s a little it about each one:

THE FEATHERED BONE by Julie Cantrell is a tear-jerker to be sure, but it’s masterfully written. Julie’s the New York Times bestselling author of INTO THE FREE, which came out a few years ago and won all kinds of awards. Not only is Julie a powerful wordsmith, she’s one of the nicest people on the planet. This story takes the reader to pre-Katrina New Orleans in the point-of-view of a mother on a school field trip where her daughter’s best friend goes missing. As the search continues for this girl, the storm that changed the way we all think about hurricanes slams into the South. The back cover says, “Set amidst the murky parishes of rural Louisiana and told through the eyes of two women who confront the darkest corners of humanity with quiet and unbreakable faith, The Feathered Bone is Julie Cantrell’s master portrait of love in a fallen world.”

THE GOOD AT HEART by Ursula Werner is a WW2 novel that gets its title from one of Holocaust victim Anne Frank’s most memorable lines from her diary: “In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.” If you’ve ever wondered what it must have been like for German civilians torn between love for their country and doing what is right, here’s a story that imagines such a moral dilemma for one family. This novel is based on Ursula’s discoveries about her own great-grandfather. It’s part love story, part suspense, and part family saga. I said of it in my blurb on the back cover, “…a compelling tale of ordinary people living in extraordinarily complex and character-defining times. Poignant and moving…”

YOU WERE HERE by Gian Sardar is a debut novel full of intrigue and delicious suspense. It’s a dual time-periods tale with an “ill-fated love triangle in the past and a horrifying crime in the present.” It’s the kind of book with twists and turns and that sense of deja vu that reminds one of not just, “I’ve been here before,” but “I’ve been here before and something bad happened.” One endorser wrote, “A nail-biting thriller, a tragic love story from the past, a very contemporary romance, a genuinely scary ghost story with a full-out gothic finale that would make Edgar Allan Poe sit up and applaud…Completely original and relentlessly engaging.”

So there you have it! Just say hello below or scold me for being such a stingy blogger or tell me what you’ve been reading and you’re in the drawing. Have a great weekend, folks. May it be filled with books and sunshine and happy thoughts.


Author: Susan

This post has 42 Comments

  1. Valerie Stoj on June 23, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    I so enjoy your books, so recommendations from you are great! I’m familiar with Julie’s novels but the other authors are new to me – I’ve added their books to my ‘radar.’ Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  2. Sue Fellows on June 23, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    You are just a busy person! I just started reading a new re-release by Lynn Austin – Fly away. Just finished Bridge to Haven by F. Rivers….I am sure you see a trend here – I like to read Christian Fiction, another reason I also follow you! I actually own every book you have written, and I am moving through them….

  3. Joanne Mielczarski on June 23, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    These are all three good reads to look forward to.

  4. Renee on June 23, 2017 at 5:20 pm

    They all sound amazing! Especially The Feathered Bone! Crossing my fingers!

  5. Jennifer Lara on June 23, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    Hello!!! I enjoy reading your books and following your posts on Facebook! So entertaining!

  6. Janelle Carlson on June 23, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Ha! So many things in our lives that ‘fleeting time’ catches the blame for. But, how HAS June gone by so fast?!?
    All three of these sound like great recs. Adding to my TBR!

  7. Dana McReynolds on June 23, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    Looks like some great books! I usually stay about 3 weeks behind on my blog. Finally catching up during summer break!

  8. Kimberly Mussell on June 23, 2017 at 5:38 pm

    Susan! You’re one of my favorite authors! Historical Fiction at its best! Hoping you’ll visit Ohio soon!!

  9. HollySh on June 23, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    Oh my gosh I need time off to read!!!

  10. Brenda Mason on June 23, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    As if my “to read” pile isn’t sky-high already! Ah, there’s always room for more!!

  11. Sheri Haymore on June 23, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    I love your books, have enjoyed your recommendations before, and am excited about your giveaway!

  12. Connie Overton on June 23, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    My pile of books on my night table is getting bigger but I always have room for more books ! Hope I win !

  13. Paula Hess on June 23, 2017 at 6:33 pm

    All 3 sound like great reads. Thanks for the recommendations.

  14. Burma Turner on June 23, 2017 at 6:38 pm

    These books all sound so good! Would be thrilled to be chosen, thank you for. the chance????

  15. Linda on June 23, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    Thank you for the info about these new-to-me authors! I get in such a reading rut…which then leads to the condition of a “reading funk.” Anyone else ever been there? For a time nothing…but nothing seems to perk my interest and the books I pick are all too often quickly put back down. I will look into these titles and others by the same authors. Thank you!!!

  16. Lucy Reynolds on June 23, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    All new authors to me, but I trust your judgement as I love your books. Thank you for the chance. Blessings

  17. Cheryl Sievers on June 23, 2017 at 6:47 pm

    Would love to read all three of these books! Winter, summer, spring, or fall, I always need good books to read!

  18. Jean Porrata on June 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Hi sweet friend. Hope you enjoying summer with your family. I am reading Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline at the moment.

  19. Marilyn Grable on June 23, 2017 at 7:06 pm

    They all sound very good and love the chance to win one.

  20. Marilyn Grable on June 23, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    would love to win these books and whatever time if year it is…I’ll b reading it!!!

  21. Jeanne C on June 23, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    I haven’t read any of these books or authors. Thanks for the chance! I finished A Fall of Marigolds and A Bridge Across the Ocean recently and really enjoyed them! I’m reading Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge.

  22. Melanie Pavic on June 23, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    I would thoroughly enjoy this trio!

  23. Diane Seitz on June 23, 2017 at 7:33 pm

    If you recommend them, I’ll read them!!!

  24. Laura on June 23, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    I would very much enjoy any one of these suggested books, they each sound great! I just finished A Bridge Across the Ocean and loved it!!!

  25. Jodi wood on June 23, 2017 at 8:07 pm

    Never too many books to bury my self in

  26. Charlotte on June 23, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Thank you for the recommendations. I am presently reading books by Lynn Austin and Elizabeth Sherrill. And yes the summer is going by rapidly.

  27. Lou Kebort on June 23, 2017 at 9:05 pm


  28. Sara Smith on June 23, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    I love your books, Susan! Your writing style appeals to me so much. It’s amazing, but I actually haven’t read any of these 3 books which is not something I usually say when looking at book giveaways since I love reading so much. Hope you are having a great summer so far.

  29. Laurice McClung on June 23, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    Hi, Susan. I love your books. Thx for the chance to win!

  30. Iris Millett on June 23, 2017 at 11:04 pm

    Great authors and great selection of books!

  31. Robin R on June 24, 2017 at 12:11 am

    Hi Susan, I enjoyed meeting you in Lititz, PA! I’m making my way through all your titles and am currently reading In All Deep Places. I’d love to read these books as well.

  32. Karen Hoffman on June 24, 2017 at 12:17 am

    I love it when you make suggestions because I usually really enjoy the books! THanks

  33. Lisa Schroeder on June 24, 2017 at 1:31 am

    These 3 books sound intriguing! I’m working my way through the stack of your books I
    picked up at the Noblesville book signing! I sure did enjoy meeting you!

  34. Kim Koluch on June 24, 2017 at 4:35 am

    Since I love your books, I always look on Goodreads to see what you’ve been reading. These three books sound great!

  35. Jean Mowery on June 24, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Hello, Susan!
    I hope you are having a lovely summer! I am always read for any of your book recommendations. Thanks for checking in.

  36. Barb Abbott on June 25, 2017 at 12:22 am

    Hi Susan. I just finished Stars Over Clear Lake. Great story with interesting inclusion of German POW camp in Iowa during WWII.

  37. Shaela on June 25, 2017 at 5:59 am

    Those sound like fabulous books! I’ll be adding them to my to-read list for sure. Thanks for a chance to win!

  38. Lynn Andrews on June 26, 2017 at 9:22 pm

    I ‘discovered’ you a few years ago and immediately book marked your website so I could keep track of your latest and greatest! I’m sure any recommendations you have I would enjoy reading. Thank you!

  39. Melanie on June 27, 2017 at 2:02 am

    I’ve read about 10 of your books but have just discovered your blog! I love to get recommendations on books to read and these three authors are all new to me. Would love to receive one of their books.

  40. Darlene on June 27, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Having trouble deciding which of your books to read next! Secret of a Charmed Life or A Bridge Across the Ocean???? I absolutely loved A Fall of Marigolds.

  41. Angela on June 29, 2017 at 6:44 am

    I am enthralled! Looking forward to reading each of them.

  42. Susan on June 30, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    Thanks for all the great comments, fellow bibliophiles! has drawn the number 38 from our 41 commenters. That’s Lynn Andrews. Congrats, Lynn!

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