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’.

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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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From the Cinders…

nonesoblindcoversmThat was the original title of None So Blind.  Ella Weeks doesn’t know where she is–worse than that, she doesn’t know who she is.  Follow her journey to discover who she is and what the Lord wants of her in this new and unfamiliar experience. None So Blind is the first book in the Sight Unseen series.

Ashley has dropped the price of None So Blind 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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Myner… uh, Wednesday

What day is it today? It seems to me that Monday is past, but frankly, I barely know at this point. Let’s just say my flights were not all as they should have been. If one flight wasn’t cancelled, then another one had a plane that had mechanical issues, then it was fixed, but it wasn’t and then the stairs weren’t right at the other end. And that’s just one set of flights. You should hear about the other set. Wow. However, I’m home now. Safe and sound. But I’m still not sure what day it is…

It’s time to give away HearthLand: Episode 8, 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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To Bring Out the Junkie in You

De-cluttering that is…

We all have our moments, don’t we? Those moments when we just take things way overboard. Hop on a pendulum and swing from one extreme to the other. If you’ve found yourself there at one time or another, you’ll likely empathize with Kaye.

Kaye has had it–utterly fed up with the constant junk that clutters her life. So, armed with a stack of books that each guarantee to teach her the secret to living a clutter-free life, Kaye embarks on a journey that takes her from clutter bug to clutter free–and beyond.

Her family doesn’t know what to think of her and her. While Jacob does enjoy the streamlined beauty of his new life, he is also just as frustrated as their sons as Kaye goes from clean up to clear out–including treasured possessions.

Who knew that what started out as a survival technique would become an addiction?

Ashley has dropped the price of Confessions of a De-Cluttering Junkie 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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Myner Monday ~ Episode 7

It’s a singin’ kind of night. I’ve got all sorts of songs rolling through my head. “It’s been a hard day’s night, and I’ve been workin’ like a dooooog…” This last month, plus, has been a hard and heavy writing spree, but wow, I’ve gotten a ton done! And I’m still going.

Another fitting song: “I’m leavin’ on a jet plane!” Thankfully, I do know when I’ll be back again, Lord willing.

It’s time to give away HearthLand: Episode 7, 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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Winner Wonders!

WOW.  I had no idea when I went to PromoSimple just how many closed campaigns we had.  This summer has been so busy, I had no idea how much time had lapsed since the last winner spree.  OOPS!  Well, here’s to a HUGE block of winners!

SUMMER READING PROGRAM!  (I mean, c’mon!  This was a biggie!)

5.00 Gift Certs:
Nora (nora@f…)LL (fourseaso…)

GRAND PRIZE SPA Gift Certificate
Suzanne G (suzanne.g…)

HEARTHLAND EPISODE 1

Ericka Marie
Peggy N

DISCOVERING HOPE

Barbara (edwar…)
Carolyn (colgro…)

HEARTHLAND EPISODE 2

Courtney (frogc…)
Carolee (carole…)

READY OR NOT

Courtney (mcolm…)
Kate (kritta…)

HEARTHLAND EPISODE 3

Laura (lauramar…)
Bonny (mochi…)

MANUSCRIPT FOR MURDER

Hannah (laughi…)
Joann (salo…)

HEARTHLAND EPISODE 4

Carol (adop…)
Jackie (jdhl…)

JUSTIFIED MEANS

Lora  (wind…)
Jean (lamb…)

HEARTHLAND EPISODE 5

Alicia (niki…)
Candace (pear…)

ARGOSY JUNCTION

Genie (gkgk…)
Courtney (Frog…)

BIRTHDAY BASH

5.00 Gift Certificates:
Carol (cgdi)
Marleen (viol…)

and grand prize winner of FOUR BOUQUETS…

JOY (joybe…)

FOR KEEPS

Barb (bdaw…)
Susan (emma…)

HEARTHLAND VOLUME 1

Cari S.
Phyllis (fyll…)

NOT A WORD

Carolyn (colg…)
Leah (sunf…)

Thank you all for participating.  Amazon Gift Card Winners, I’ve sent your gift cards to the email you used for your entry.  If you don’t see your gift card there, please check your spam.  Grand prize winners, Joy and Suzanne, please check your email.  I’ve sent you a message about how we can get your prizes to you!  Have a great day and watch for more winners soon.  I still have NEWSLETTER winners to do (but Amazon starts squawking if I do more than x number and I was up to 30 already.  Can’t remember the magic number).

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Shhhhh…

Have you ever hnotawordcoversmad a secret that simply could not be told? Whether it was something about yourself or that you’d done, or maybe something you knew about someone else? Did it nearly eat you alive? Maybe it’s still eating you alive…

Not a Word is a story that explores not only keeping a secret, but also enduring false accusations because of keeping said secret. There aren’t a lot of people who would go to such great lengths to protect another person. Will Savannah recognize the courage and love it took for Mac to keep silent? Or will past hurts prevent her from recognizing his value?

Ashley has dropped the price of Not a Word 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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Myner Monday ~ HearthLand Volume 1!!

Confession: About 10 years ago, I heard the Brothers Four singing “Night Before Christmas” and it sparked an idea I’d never heard before. For fun, this silly mom, who never “did” Santa with her kids, began writing a “Santa story.” So… because it is pure fantasy–with no Christian basis other than you can trace the modern idea of Santa back to St. Nicholas who was a different person altogether, I’ve started a separate page for it. I just wanted to share for those who enjoy a fun Santa story now and then.

This fun little story is called Moore’s Code, and you can learn more HERE. I’ve also set up a website for it but haven’t added a lot to it yet. Be sure to book mark it as I’ll be adding to it from time to time.

Wow! We’re already up to a whole volume of HearthLand. Can you believe it? Amazing.

Well, I begged, pleaded, and bribed and finally got Ashley to agree to give away the whole volume! That’s right! Episodes 1-6 all in one Volume, free on Kindle for a limited time! For anyone who missed an episode or is just joining us, this is for you! We don’t want anyone getting behind!

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

Here’s a chance to get the book for free  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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