Yesterday an exciting day! Why, you ask? Because the finalist for the 2013 Carol Awards were announced, and Saving Gideon is a finalist in the romance category! I am grinning from ear to ear! So very excited to be among such great names as my dear friend, Margaret Daley as well as Carolyn Zane, Bradilyn Collins, and Beth Wiseman, who are also finalist this year.
Whew! Now we have to wait until September when the winners are announced. Truly it’s an honor to be a finalist…I can wait…for a while. :) Until then, here’s the cover and blurb for Saving Gideon:
Gideon Fisher wants only one thing out of life— to be left alone. This is not the Amish way, but he’s devastated after the death of his wife. He has lost his faith. He buys a farm on the outskirts of the district and pulls away from his community. But when a freak spring snowstorm brings a beautiful Englisher to his farm, what choice does he have but to let her in?
Dallas socialite, Avery Ann Hamilton is intrigued by the Amish farmer who pulls her out of the snow and into his austere life style. Poor little rich girl, Avery has just gone through—–yet another—–bad breakup. Every man she meets only wants her for her father’s money. All she has ever wanted is to be loved for herself. Avery soon discovers that the Oklahoma Amish country is the perfect place to hide out and heal her broken heart.
But she finds a peace in those back roads that she’s never felt before. Now her life has purpose and meaning as she connects with God and those around her. But it has even more as she begins to care for this man who needs both love and forgiveness.
Gideon never wanted to live again much less fall in love, but Avery finds her way into his heart, showing him the beauty of life and God’s greatness. But as the feelings between Avery and Gideon grow, can they overcome their dissimilar lifestyles or will their sheer differences pull them apart?
Saving Gideon is the first novel in the Clover Ridge Series
Katie’s Choice has launched and it’s time now to view the incredibly awesome cover for the third installment in the Clover Ridge Series. Here it is…Gabriel’s Bride
Personally, I LOVE it! (But green is one of my favorite colors). Weigh in…what do you think?
Whew! Guess what? I finally got all the winners together to announce for the launch party contest. I apologize for the delay, between summer break, tornadoes, and national holidays, I’m running a little late. But here are the winners per site.
Between You, Me, & the Gatepost (Loree Huebner’s site): “Library Lady”
Amy Clipston Books: Cheryl Baranski
Pens and Peonies: Britt 98
Margaret Daley’s blog: Kay Gervais
Confessions of a Wonder Woman Wanna Be (Jen Sulpizio’s site): Leslie Thomas
Destination Amish: Barbara Prisinzano
Once Upon a Time (Sonya Weiss’ site): Brenda Maxfield
PT Bradley’s site: Mary Ellen Ashenfelder
And the Grand Prize Winner is (drumroll, please)…
(confetti, confetti, confetti)
Thank you everyone for entering. Be watching for the next contest coming in July. And thanks again for all the wonderful friendship and support!
In celebration of the release of Katie’s Choice, I’m going on tour! I hope you can join me one of the dates. I’m giving away an envelope at each stop. What’s inside? That’s a secret. But there’s some good stuff–gift cards and free books. And at the end…One lucky visitor will win a reader’s survival pack with a book bag, a copy of Katie’s Choice and chocolate, of course!
Here are the dates:
4/29 Between You, Me and the Gatepost – Loree Huebner
5/1 Amy Clipston Books
5/2 Pens and Peonies
5/9 Margaret Daley’s Blog
5/9 Confessions of a Wonder-Woman Wannabe!
5/10 Destination Amish
5/14 Once Upon a Time
5/15 P.T. Bradley
5/16 Jennifer Beckstrand
5/20 Kathi Macias
Hope to see you there!
I have to say that I was thrilled when I opened my email box yesterday to the fabulous news: Katie’s Choice received 4 Stars for RT magazine. What an honor! Thank you, RT for your wonderful support and encouraging comments!
All right, chickadees, I’m looking for a few good readers to help me spread the word about my books. Membership is easy and free *and* comes with perks. Some of which are so secret that even I don’t know about them. :)
Seriously though, if you’re interested in joining my Street Team, I’d be thrilled to have you. A Street Team’s job is simple–help promote the author’s work. This can be accomplished in many ways–Twitter, Facebook, G+, Pinterest, or whatever is your social media of choice.
I’m still pounding out the details and filing down a few rough edges and hope to have something in place very soon. In the meantime you can join using the STREET TEAM tab on this site.
Street Team membership is not without perks. I’ve got a few introductory gifts to dole out as well as an exclusive drawing each month for the members. That means a drawing for prizes for the members only! YAY!
Hope you’ll join me in spreading the word!
So yesterday I was struck with a thought of sheer brilliance. Since this doesn’t happen often (or as often as I’d like) I thought I would share it with you. Peaches!
Wait, of course that’s brilliant, when you add in the fact that I’m collecting peach recipes to add to the April newsletter. I’ve got one recipe to share as well as a couple to test out. Yes, it;s a tough job, but that’s how much you mean to me.
If you have a recipe starring peaches and you’d like to share it with the other readers, send me an email. You can use this site’s CONTACT ME or simply send it direct at email@example.com. Be it peach smoothie or gourmet peach souffle, we want to hear about it!
Thanks for reading and joining in! I appreciate you all!
Thanks to everyone who joined in our Easter egg hunt! Hope you had a good time. But there can be only one and the winner of the Easter basket and the last advanced copy of Katie’s Choice is…
I’m working on some great prizes for the next contest which is closely linked with my upcoming blog tour and launch of the next release in the Clover Ridge Series, Katie’s Choice.
In the meantime, stop by and join my new group on Facebook–The Clover Ridge Series Reader’s group. It’s a great place to converge and talk about the books in the Clover Ridge Series or even ask me questions about the series that might be a spoiler for those who haven’t read it. Hope you can come check it out!