Thirty Days Hath

It seems apropos for this particular book to be on special in September, considering its title. Thirty Days Haththirtydayscoversm is a fun little adventure I had experimenting with a Christian version of “The Bachelor” … sort of. ;)

Blind Dates Are for Wimps!

At least, that’s what Adric Garrison thinks.
Can you blame him? Thanks to his sister and brother-in-law, Adric is about to embark on a year of month-long, chaperoned, blind dates. awkward.
He didn’t ask for it. But Adric still finds himself living what seems more like a bad TV reality show than a new life in Fairbury.
Once an ordinary (if prematurely gray and vertically challenged) guy, Adric is now Fairbury’s newest “most eligible bachelor,” and dreams of permanent bachelorhood loom on the horizon. Will he call it quits before the year is out, or will one of his “girls of the month” change his mind?

One man, twelve women, one happily ever after.

Ashley has dropped the price of Thirty Days Hath for a limited time (at least 24 hours) so here’s a chance to get the book at a great low price and the opportunity to win one of a couple of Amazon Gift Cards that I give away every week.  How do you win you ask?  I’ll tell you!

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Myner Monday: Episode 4

HLep4smThis weekend we did the final edits to Effective Immediately and got it uploaded.  So, now I have time to devote to HearthLand!  I’m so excited and have already written one chapter.  So, look for new episodes coming soon–maybe even by this  weekend!

The big day has arrived. Three special guests arrive–three people who must sacrifice something to get there. Annie makes the forty-mile journey from Rockland to escape, using money she doesn’t have to spare to get there. Ramiro’s commitment to take his mother costs him more than he ever expected, and Kate Wallier has to reconcile her objections to the project with her aunt’s enthusiasm.

But when Ralph gets a call from Kate a few days after the event, once again, she doesn’t say what he hopes to hear. Is the project doomed?

It’s time to give away HearthLand: Episode 4, FREE on Kindle for a limited time.

Here’s a chance to get the book for free (which is most definitely my favorite part of writing! I LOVE releasing these episodes for free so everyone gets the chance to enjoy them) and the opportunity to win one of a couple of Amazon Gift Cards that I give away every week.  How do you win you ask?  I’ll tell you!

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Lessons Learned: De-cluttering Junkie

confessionscoversmBackground for De-cluttering Junkie:  I started writing Confessions of a De-cluttering Junkie on my personal blog a few years ago.  I’d been reading blogs and message board posts that seemed to take a good thing (removing the excess from our lives) and almost turned it into an obsession.  I admit that I saw myself in both sides of Kaye–the tendency toward extreme.  My nature is to be “all or nothing” in almost everything.  I wrote the book to encourage myself and a friend of mine who is much like me.

Characters: All of the characters in De-cluttering Junkie speak to the issue of how we deal with our excess in different ways.  Some of us close our eyes and pretend it’s not there, others embrace the stuff for various reasons, and some of us, once we feel the freedom and lightness that comes with less to clean, to organize, to work around–we go a bit crazy and remove even that which enriches us.

MC:  Kaye is a delightful combination of a simple and a complex character.  At the very core of her, she has one desire–to be successful at something. How she achieves this is quite complex.  I tried to show that she has a history of starting “kicks” like this and never continuing them.  Diets, organizational things, budgets–the works. But like most of us, when something finally pushes her button at just the right time, bam! She finds the strength to keep going and succeed!

Second MC:  Jacob is kind of a projection for me.  It’s kind of how I see most men responding to me and my craziness.  My husband just rolls with the crazy ways I try to fix issues around our house (and with 11 people in 1100 sq. ft. I’ve had some bizarre ideas to try to make it keep working).  But if he were someone else–if he weren’t the longsuffering man that he is–he’d probably freak out on me just like Jacob does.  I kind of feel for Jacob.  Kaye changed the rules.  Every year she goes off on a kick of some kind, and by the end of January or so, she’s back to status quo but not this year!

Third Character:  Every superhero/heroine needs a nemesis, and what better one than a cat?  Cats are legendary for their supposed arrogance and disdain for those who might interfere with their highnesses.  Some of the things Purrlock did, are actual events.  We had a house guest with a cat once.  Let’s just say that when she desecrated our sock basket, she became an outdoor cat.  Ahem.

Theme:  Moderation in application of a principle and respect for others’ differences.  It’s so easy to become wrapped up in a new project and forget that there’s more to life than that project.  But even more than that, I wanted to drive home–more to me than to anyone–that people are more important than houses or stuff of any kind.

Response:

This is a fun story about a woman who is overcome by the chaos in her home and goes “overboard” in her efforts to de-clutter. Her new “hobby” affects everyone around her, and not always in a positive way. Eventually, she finds the balance and in the process learns better relationship and parenting skills while her family discovers the rewards of organization.
Her nemesis is….the family’s cat. Yep.
You will find a clever story line, inspiration and tips for home organization, and an overall enjoyable read.  ~Colleen ND

Once again, Mrs. Havig has written a wonderful story that speaks to the real person. With feline hilarity to break up the seriousness, characters come to life who could be your next door neighbour, your sister or brother, or even yourself. Not only was I inspired to get some cleaning done, but I was reminded to remain consistent in training my children and be compassionate in sharing my convictions with others. I love how she even gave careful thought to the audience members, fleshing out people you could picture in your head and recognize if you came across them in another of her books.   ~Amazon Customer

Confessions of a De-cluttering Junkie is a fun read but also has deeper lessons to take to heart. What started as a good thing – getting rid of ‘junk’ became an obsession. Letting anything take over our lives and becoming a ‘junkie’ has effects on our family and friendships. As a person who recently became a ‘decluttering junkie’ I was cheering her on as she organized her house. But seeing how her attitude affected those around her made me realize that I need to keep others feelings in mind as well.   ~ M Wenger

This story was very helpful to me. I bought it because I have dearly loved every book that Chautona Havig has written. I haven’t been dissatisfied with any book yet. The De-cluttering Junkie was uplifting. It made me want to De-clutter my home and I am working on that. Her nemesis, Purrlock is fun. Just try it, I believe that you will enjoy it as well. Thank you Chautona for another enjoyable read.  ~Betty

Summary:  This book is a lighthearted look at serious problems in many modern Christian lives.  It addresses our tendency toward excess–both in possessions and in our response to things.   We have a tendency toward what I call “the pendulum effect”–our tendency to swing from one extreme to another instead of finding a practical balance.  Kaye overspent and packed their house with stuff, so instead of learning to get rid of what they’d never miss, she tries to get rid of everything they can possibly live without.

And watch for updated short stories over at De-clutteringJunkie.com .  Whether it’s a hunt for a purse, a new obsession, or the Purrlock Report, you’ll find fun tidbits about Kaye, organizing, and keeping the junk from your house’s trunk!

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The New and the Old…

volume2smThis is kind of a fun week for me, as it’s the first time we have specials on both of my serial novels at the same time. Past Forward is the original, and introduces you to Willow. HearthLand is the current serial novel, which continues with Willow as a background character and introduces you to Ralph Myner, among others.

This week, HearthLand: Episode 3 is free for a limited time on Kindle.

If you are new to us here at Just the Write Escape, you may have missed the initial episodes of Past Forward, my first serial novel. Here’s a wonderful chance for you to catch up on several episodes all at once, and get to really know Willow, who also plays a roll in my current serial novel, HearthLand.

Past Forward: Volume I: is free!

and

Past Forward Volume II: is only .99 for a limited time.

This collection includes episodes six through nine of Past Forward. Willow, battling grief and anger, drives Chad from the farm, but he finds himself drawn back, despite her determination to keep a wall between them. An accident and the chance of a lifetime threaten everything she thought she held dear. As the walls crumble, Chad and Willow’s friendship deepens into something truly special, but to what end? Everyone around him pushes Chad into a relationship he both wants and fights, knowing that Willow simply is not ready.

Someone is wreaking havoc around her farm. Afraid for Willow’s safety, the police take turns guarding her place when off duty and she finds it hard to endure the disruption of her tranquility.

And then, Chad asks her to dance. Can she trust him? Find out in this second volume.

Ashley has dropped the price of Past Forward Volume II for a limited time (at least 24 hours) so here’s a chance to get the book at a great low price and the opportunity to win one of a couple of Amazon Gift Cards that I give away every week.  How do you win you ask?  I’ll tell you!

We have lots of options.  We like to try to make it easy for everyone to get at least two entries.  We use PromoSimple widgets as our giveaway manager.  Just enter your email address and name into the widget and that’s one entry!  Answer the question in the comments below, and there’s another entry!  Then, for those who like social media (and more entries into the giveaways) here are more entry options!

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In the Mood for a Mystery?

It seems liktocssme a good day for a mystery. Right along with the mystery of why the newsletter didn’t go out last night. Or why my assistant’s burner on her stove sparks when it’s not turned on. Why, the world may never know. However, I’m hoping, if you haven’t read Two o’Clock Slump you’ll take advantage of this offer and spread the word. Or, if you have already read it, I’d love it if you would let the world know, by getting your entries in for this weeks drawing for two $5 Amazon gift cards.

We have lots of options.  We like to try to make it easy for everyone to get at least two entries.  We use PromoSimple widgets as our giveaway manager.  Just enter your email address and name into the widget and that’s one entry!  Answer the question in the comments below, and there’s another entry!  Then, for those who like social media (and more entries into the giveaways) here are more entry options!

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Myner Monday ~ Episode 2

I really enjoyed seeing the turnout you guys gave for T L Gray’s book, Mercy’s Fight!!  In case you couldn’t tell, I’m really rather excited about this new team of authors, publishers and friends. Each of us has our own style, but we’re all writing for much the same purpose: To put good quality, God honoring fiction in the hands of our readers. With each word we write, we hope to encourage those who are struggling,  draw in those who are searching and quite simply show the love of Jesus.
I can’t even begin to tell you how much it blesses me when someone writes to let me know that somehow the Lord used one of my books to draw them back to Himself. It makes it all worth it. Every.Last.Moment.

For those who have missed Purrlock and Kaye, I thought I’d share a little blog post I did over at DeclutteringJunkie.com.  I think Purrlock’s onto me or somethin’.

It’s time to give HLep2smaway HearthLand: Episode 2, FREE on Kindle again for a limited time.

Here’s another chance, in case you missed it the last time, to get the book for free (which is most definitely my favorite part of writing! I LOVE releasing these episodes for free so everyone gets the chance to enjoy them) and the opportunity to win one of a couple of Amazon Gift Cards that I give away every week.  How do you win you ask?  I’ll tell you!

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Mercy’s Fight Winners!

I wanted to do a quick draw for the Mercy’s Fight books so that those who are waiting to see if they won can either start reading because they did, or can go snag a copy for themselves because, unfortunately, they didn’t! (Sometimes I wish I was independently wealthy so I could just buy books for everyone!  :D )

So… without further ado… and a bunch of laptop key drum rolls… like this….ksksksksksksksksksks (I now feel like Tom Hanks in You’ve Got Mail)…

Angela D.
Amanda S
Carolee
Beth (bethnj)  and…
Leah S!

Check your inboxes!  I’ll be sending these out in a couple of minutes.  Thanks for helping spread the word for Tammy’s book.  I hope those who read it enjoy it as much as I did. :D

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What I’ve Been Up To…

Readers have asked me, “Why did you go to Michigan, again?” and I thought I’d take a moment and share now that I’ve recuperated.  ;)  The purpose of the trip was to meet with my new publisher and the team who will be working on my January (unless it changes) release, Deepest Roots of the Heart.  This is the first book in the Legacy of the Vines series.  For those familiar with my books and series I have planned, This is the first book in what was once the “Valle de Morado” series.  Instead of Casa de Sueños, we’ve named it Deepest Roots of the Heart, which will have a new cover and page as soon as I get the cover from the publisher.
Five of us flew from all over the country and converged at Waterfall Press in Grand Haven.  These are what the gal on the right, Sarah Price, jokingly referred to the “Fab Fiction Five.”  Sarah’s awesome, by the way.  Just sayin’.

Waterfall authors
From left to right is me, Nicole Deese, Christy Barritt, T.L. Gray, and Sarah Price.  (Photo courtesy of Nicole–THANKS!).
While there, Dan, the Managing Editor, took us around Grand Haven, first on a trolley ride, and then for some fabulous food!
But the most exciting part was getting to meet all of the amazing people who are involved in creating our books.  T. L. Gray got to hear her audio book, while Sarah Price actually got to watch hers being recorded! (Okay, the rest of us did too and it was TOTALLY fun, but I know she had an extra measure of excitement because it was hers.) We even recorded both individual Q&A sessions as well as a round table discussion with all of us.  I don’t know when I’ll be able to share that with you, but I can’t wait.
Our books are being released over the next six months, but T L Gray’s book, Mercy’s Fight was released on Kindle last week!  So, to celebrate with her, I thought I’d give away FIVE copies this Sunday. FIVE!  This works the same as all of our giveaways.  Share, tweet, pin, do whatever you are willing to do to help spread the word.  Oh, and here’s my review of the book.

I have to admit, I wasn’t sure about what I’d find in this book. Don’t get me wrong, I knew it would be good. That much, I expected. But with reviews talking about the “sizzle” in the book, I was a little unnerved. As one who, after 44 years and 9 kids, still looks away from the TV when characters kiss, I didn’t quite know how I’d handle “sizzle” in a Christian fiction novel.
I needn’t have worried. While it is much more um… physical, than I’m used to reading, it doesn’t cross the line into inappropriate. The book stretched me in several areas–the physical contact between characters being just one. Would I hand this book to a teenager? It depends on the kid. It’s not for pre-teens and young teens, in my estimation, but I wouldn’t freak out if I found my younger kids had read it either. So that, she balanced well.
I said the book stretched me, and another way it did is in seeing a side of life I’ve never been exposed to. The inner city, drug battling, squeaking by for your existence life is something I only read about. I’ve done massive amounts of research on the topics, but Ms. Gray took all those facts and statistics and gave them names and faces. She masterfully used fiction to make real what non-fiction data could not. Impressive.
The demons Matt battles, while unique to his story, are the same demons–at the core–that we all have. The mother who remembers her mom screaming how much she couldn’t handle the kids and wishes she’d never had them–and then hears the same words come out of her mouth when it’s the last thing she ever wanted to say or feel. The teenager who feels worthless and helpless so he bullies others to hide his vulnerability. Ms. Gray takes those demons and lays them out for us, showing the one way–or is that the One Way?–to exorcise them. She does it without excessive preachiness or a reliance on the cliche. We follow the characters and rail at them when they behave like the flawed, broken humans they are. Imagine that.
Well done, Ms. Gray.

For what it’s worth, her Matt and Grace remind me a lot of my Leo and Allison from Mismatched, but it is a completely different story.

Here’s a chance to get one of five copies of Mercy’s Fight for free. How do you win you ask?  I’ll tell you!

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Doing a Little Catch-up

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Catch-up for you and me. I’ve been busy, busy, busy working on several books, traveling and, well, being a wife and mother. But, just to push myself, because I work well in a crunch, and because I’m excited to get it to you, last week I put Effective Immediately on pre-release. Meaning you can pre-order it through Amazon and you’ll get it immediately on publication. What that means for me is, I now have a deadline that I must meet. So, I’m writing up a storm, and HearthLand will take the backseat briefly. Which is where catch-up time for you comes in. If you’re new to HearthLand, or just missed the first episode and would like to have it, here it is.

It’s time to give away HearthLand: Episode 1, FREE on Kindle for a limited time.

Here’s a chance to get the book for free (which is most definitely my favorite part of writing! I LOVE releasing these episodes for free so everyone gets the chance to enjoy them) and the opportunity to win one of a couple of Amazon Gift Cards that I give away every week.  How do you win you ask?  I’ll tell you!

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HearthLand Episode 9 ~ Hearts Come Home

Things have been busy, busy, busy around here as I get back into the grove after being on “vacation” for a week. There was fun mixed in (liberally) with my trip, but I wrote a lot as well. So, there’s a good bit of news on upcoming things going out in the newsletter. If you haven’t had a chance to sign up for the newsletter,  I welcome you to do that. (Remember, signing up will also get you an entry into the drawing.) I do intend to blog and update later this week on what’s coming soon, too.

Note:  Next week, Episode 10 will not be free.  We’ll be taking a couple of weeks off while I catch up, but we’ll have something in its place–not sure what, but something.

Episode 9: With the advent of Christmas, Ralph discovers just how destructive teething puppies can be, that his nephew has probably been watching one too many sappy Christmas movies–much to his delight–and that trailers make fascinating tree houses.

Harlan finds himself sparking romance in one area of his life and quenching it in another. Kim is torn between delight and dismay as the conductor of their orchestra goes on a rampage, and Annie might just be home for Christmas–but does she know it?

It’s time to give away HearthLand: Episode 9, FREE on Kindle for a limited time.

Here’s a chance to get the book for free (which is most definitely my favorite part of writing! I LOVE releasing these episodes for free so everyone gets the chance to enjoy them) and the opportunity to win one of a couple of Amazon Gift Cards that I give away every week.  How do you win you ask?  I’ll tell you!

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