Discovering Hope for Tax Reprieve

hopecoverfrontWhew! I don’t know about you, but  this year more than most others, I am proud and happy to see the date switch to April 16th. In honor of “the day after tax day,” we’ve dropped the price of Discovering Hope 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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Comment Request: I “hope” to incorporate this year to save a bundle in taxes.  What do you think my business name should be?”


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Wool Over Their Eyes… Argosy Junction @ .99!!

For a peek into the music of my childhood, and a story that tells how I feel about the heartbreaking way the church wounds its own, I recommend Argosy Junction

Ashley has dropped the price of Argosy Junction for a limited time (at least 24 hours), so for those who haven’t met Lane and Matt (or those who only know them from Past Forward), 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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Comment Request: Matt always wanted to see what life in places he’d read about was really like, so he went to Montana and discovered that their grass may be green, but that didn’t make life perfect.  Did you ever have a dream that turned out to be all wrong?

AND, for those who have been so patiently waiting, I was able to twist my assistant’s arm so she’d finally sort through the great response we had to our reviewers party and pick two names at random. If you aren’t signed up for the newsletter, or haven’t been opening those emails, you may have missed out on the announcement for this special drawing. (Make sure you sign up for the NEWSLETTER, if you haven’t already!)Two lucky gals are going to be getting a little shopping boost with the $25 Amazon gift cards they just won!

So, without further ado, the winners of the review party, who will be receiving one $25 Amazon gift certificate each are:

Sue Fain

and

Rebecca Popejoy

Congratulations, ladies!!!

I really want to take the time to say a heartfelt THANK YOU, to each and every one of you, who took time out of your days to post reviews for my books. It means so much to me. I deeply appreciate your kind words and honest reviews so much!

I’ve also written a “Lessons Learned” post about Argosy Junction.  You can read that post HERE.

(Remember: The links on this site are often referral links. For more information, read my disclosure policy here.)


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The Winner of…

goldfish… the as of yet unfinished Chinaberry bead necklace is…

MARI!

Ashley chose “the goldfish story” as the winning story!  :)

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Spring Forward with Past Forward

Anyone ready for spring yet? ;) aprilfoolIt would seem the weather across much of the nation is attempting to pull an overused April Fool’s Day prank. Ah well, if you’re in an area that’s getting unseasonal snow (or even if you’re not ;) ), I’ve got a special going that will have you curled up on the couch enjoying some good reading! As a fun treat for April Fool’s Day, I’ve lowered the pri ces for the Past Forward Volumes (1-6) to just .99 each on all eReader platforms. So, whether you’re missing one or three, you can easily fill in the gaps at this low price. PLUS, if you’re new to Past Forward, and want to take a test drive, Past Forward The Beginning (the first 5 chapters) is FREE!

I have several ways you can help spread the word and earn an entry in my weekly giveaway to win one of two Amazon Gift Cards. BONUS!  If you answer in the comments as well as on the widget, you also have a chance to win the **Chinaberry Bead Necklace.**  Just tell us the best/worst April Fool’s Joke you’ve ever played or had played on you. Ashley will be judging ONLY from the blog comments (but in order to get your actual entry in, you must comment on the widget as well).

**What is this chinaberry bead necklace I speak of?  Well, while attempting to channel my inner Willow this week, I decided to make chinaberry beads out of the berries from my trees.  THIS BLOG POST at Fairburytales.com explains a bit of the process and shows the first steps in making these beads.  Once the necklace/s are complete, the lucky winner will receive hers in the mail.

Amazon: To take advantage of this limited time special download the volumes:
One, Two, Three, Four, Five and Six.

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For Those Who are Ready or Not…

smalronAlright, so I’m beginning a fun new journey at the moment, as I just got an Erin Condren Life Planner and have been enjoying (perhaps a bit too much) customizing it to my liking. I’ll probably go to bed tonight dreaming dreams of washi tape, task stickers and to do lists. Come to think of it, Aggie could probably benefit greatly from one of these. (Watch for a GIVEAWAY for one of these cool little things and a new mini story about Kaye and Purrlock over at www.declutteringjunkie.com)

Anyway, in the interest of new journeys, this week’s special is Ready or Not (Book number one in the Aggie’s Inheritance Series). I have several ways you can help spread the word and earn an entry in my weekly giveaway to win one of two $5 Amazon Gift Cards as well as a chance to win one of 10 copies of your choice of any of the recent .99 books!

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Winner of the boxed set of books!!

Did a little drawing tonight for the boxed set of books I mentioned on my previous blog post.

And the winner IS: Betty Landesman!!

Congratulations, Betty. If you would be so kind as to email me and let me know if you’d like the boxed set or one of my books, I’ll get it sent out to you as soon as possible!

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Boxed Set of Books by Several Authors!! WOOT!

DRAWING TONIGHT!!!

A while back, an author contacted me with an invitation to be a part of a “boxed” set of books for a fun promotion. I wasn’t able to get the information to them in time to contribute, but I did want to share the exciting deal.  I’ve never read anything by any of these authors, but I’m definitely buying the set myself.  I hope I’ll find some great new authors to read, and if not, at .99 for ALL the books in the set, I really can’t go wrong.  Here’s what they shared about it:

Breathtaking: Seven Bestselling Novels of Love and Suspense

Boxed set is only $.99 March 24th through March 29th. 

Unbelievable by Sherry Gammon

Deliah Dreser’s in town to take care of family business. They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, but there’s more to Lilah than meets the eye. Cole’s in danger of losing his heart when this firestorm throws sparks his way. Is she simply playing him for the fool in order to exact revenge for her brother’s murders?

Bestselling author Sherry Gammon’s reviewers exclaim; “She has a gift for touching her readers with beautiful, gripping stories that you can’t put down.”

Home Before Dark by Christy Barritt

Nothing good ever happens after dark. Those were the words country singer Daleigh McDermott’s father always repeated.

Now her father is dead, and Daleigh finds a hidden journal hinting that his death was no accident. Small town mechanic Ryan Shields is the only one who seems to believe Daleigh. As the two work to unravel the mystery, it becomes obvious that someone wants them dead. They must rely on each other—and on God—if they hope to make it home before the darkness swallows them whole.

Award-Winning Suspense Novelist and Bestselling Amazon Author, touted as “scary, funny, passionate, and quirky” by USA Today.

Baggage Claim by Amanda Tru

Rachel Saunders is looking forward to her all-expense paid weekend trip to New York. But, when her luggage is lost and she is accosted by an infuriating Homeland Security agent, events take a dangerous turn.

Amanda Tru, Bestselling Amazon Author of Romance and Suspense. Discover the author who, as an Amazon reviewer raves, “continues to impress me and dominate my time with a book I can’t put down even after it’s ended.”

Cassie’s Cowboy Crave by Kimberly Krey

In a moment of weakness, Shane steals a kiss.

In return, Cassie steals his heart…

When Cassie is forced to join the witness protection program, she fears her life is over… but then she meets Shane Emerson — the hunky cowboy posing as her husband. Will this sham marriage turn into the real thing, or will a hidden danger put it all at risk?

Kimberly Krey writes romance that’s clean without losing the steam. What’s Beyond Forks calls this Best-selling Western Romance author “the master of romantic tension.”

A Perfect Fit by Heather Tullis

Cami DiCarlo is not happy when her father forces her into heading up guest services at his newest five-star hotel and unveils the existence of four half-sisters at the same time, insisting they live together while they launch the new resort.

When she meets Vince, the sweet, sexy landscaper her father would never have approved of, Cami can’t say no. If only she could be sure she is on the right track—and that they will be able to stop the person who is trying to destroy everything.

You Belong with Me by Shannon Guymon 

Layla Kendall is a burned out social worker one step away from a major depression. When she and her sisters inherit their grandmother’s bakery, she doesn’t know if she can trust her good fortune or not. But the chance to be with her sisters and get away from the heartache and pain she’s faced day in and day out is a chance she’s going to take. With Layla’s new life, come new friendships, including Michael Bender, a single dad. She doesn’t trust men but Michael’s little girl grabs her by the heart and won’t let go.

Shannon Guymon is an Amazon Bestselling Author of lighthearted and clean romance who according to her many fans, has the ability to paint pictures of her characters so real that readers would know them if they saw them walking down the street.

Blog This by Cami Checketts

Devastated by the loss of her brother, Natasha Senecot exposes the dangers of Matthew Chrysler’s violent video games, bankrupting and humiliating him. Chrysler sends a hit man after her. In a race against time, can Natasha expose Chrysler before his assassin murders her family and shatters her world?

Bestselling author Cami Checketts has been touted as, “A genius! She writes about topics that aren’t widely discussed, and she does such a brilliant job of crafting these things into wonderful stories that touch your heart and remain with you for days afterwards.”

Hopefully, next time I’ll be able to join.  Meanwhile, it’s spring break and I’m going to be reading a few books!  And for the fun of it, I’ll gift a set of these books to one commenter!  :) (or send a free book to someone who purchased it for themselves )
I also finally opened comments. OOPS!
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Why Isn’t There…

90205382A “Paypal” type service available to “tip” online customer service representatives who go above and beyond the call of duty?

I just spent almost two hours on the “chat” thing at Verizon.  “Vinay” went through a nightmare service call, trying to fix my messed up email account.  If it could go wrong, it did.  He never lost patience, never hinted that maybe it was something I should call about, never once became abrupt with me.  The man was a gem.

We had to reinvent the account repeatedly until we finally made it work.

Excellent customer service has become almost impossible to find these days, but Vinay went above and beyond just getting me into my email account.  He helped me reset it up so that it would definitely work, went through it several times to make sure it wouldn’t glitch, and then helped me work on my Thunderbird client to get it working even though that isn’t a Verizon supported program.  One thing wouldn’t work.  He tried anyway.  He let me try.  Fail.

I told him not to worry.  I could get my mail and I could send through my domain account.  I’d figure it out and I was grateful.  He asked for permission to try.  While I’d been typing, he’d obviously done a Google search to figure out how to fix it.  THAT fast.  He got in there made it work, tried several times–the works.

I wanted to tip him.  He earned one. He didn’t just do his job, he went far above and beyond it.  We need a program where companies who have customer service people can sign those people up.  Verizon. Amazon.  eBay. Sears. ANY company that employs customer service agents.  You just go to the website (I envision something like customerservicetips.com or even better thanksforbeinggreat.com) and select the company.  Drop down box and click on the agent’s name.  You use your paypal or credit card and send a tip.  It might only be five dollars, but with all they go through every day, that’d add up to incentive to keep going when hard calls come and they can’t please someone.  Y’know?  If the company wasn’t listed, there’d be a place to type in the name of the company and the customer service person’s name.  Then that service would send an email to the company letting them know that someone wants to reward an employee of theirs for excellent service.

Look, I know I’m probably missing some reason why that wouldn’t work.  But there HAS to be a way that something would  I want it.  I really want it.

Soooooooo who’s gonna do it?  Please, someone.  Do it  I would, but I can’t write AND start a customer service business.  If I could, I would.

Meanwhile, Vinay, you’re amazing.  You made a very frustrating problem a joy to remember.  I never thought I’d say I was GLAD to be without email for a week!  Thanks for being excellent and if you ever read this, email me. I’d love to send you an Amazon gift card as my thanks.

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Lessons Learned from Alexa

2Alexa’s Background:  Manuscript for Murder was one of the first things I started to write.  Those who know me well have often “suggested” that I might have literary ADD–the inability to keep my attention fixed on one work in progress at a time.  It’s one reason I have several dozen books in progress at once.  So back when I was first working on Aggie and Grace (and Margaret whom none of you have met as yet), I suddenly had an idea for a character.  At first, she was just a person who intrigued me.  Her name was Millicent, and she lived in a yellow cottage in a tourist town.  At this point, I hadn’t even named Fairbury yet.  Millicent was a writer–that much I knew.  What she wrote, I didn’t know.  I suspected it would be incongruous to her personality and character.  I tried desperately to create a character in her fifties with an eclectic taste in clothing (with a particular fondness for the Regency period) and she had a dog.

But something happened as I took it from those initial notes to trying to decide what I’d do with her.  So, I decided to do what all authors do.  I created trouble for her.  I sat thinking one night, “What would be the worst thing that could happen to a successful author?  My answer: make her life a cliche.

Sometime around this point, Millicent became Annette  Hartfield.  There was only one problem.  I couldn’t call her Annette, and that name refused to leave.  At that moment, her background became very clear, and I decided to have her grow up where I live for contrast and to ensure accuracy in anything that took place in her childhood.

Characters:  I expected to like Alexa–maybe even Joe–but as characters arrived on scene, I found myself falling in love with all of them–even the ones I hated.

Alexa:  Alexa’s character taught me to be comfortable in my own skin in new ways.  I’ve always been very “me.”  My parents taught me not to care what anyone thought about me with the notable exceptions of the Lord and my direct authorities (at the time, that would have been them.  Hee hee).  And while I had my own eclectic sense of fashion as a teen (I learned to sew so I could have Nancy Drew’s wardrobe!), walking around in period clothing to the extent she did is something I could only dream of doing.  I wouldn’t quite go that far.  Well, I might.  If I ever lose enough weight not to look ridiculous in the process.  ;)

Joe:  Joe taught me acceptance.  His acceptance of who Alexa is and how she lives her life blesses me.

Chief Varney:  I think Chief Varney understands Alexa in a way that many don’t.  He holds the same value of old ideas that Alexa does.  While hers is showcased in fashion, his is in traditional police work.  He found a way to blend the old (cops walking a beat) with modern police practices.  He taught me to embrace the best of the old and the new without apology.

Lorie:  Oh, to have Lorie’s zest for life amid such trials.  I love how she has learned to embrace her life as a gift.

Theme:  Justice.  At the core of the book is the concept of justice–true justice and misguided justice.  A secondary theme would be community amongst the church.  I think I was doing a bit of self-reprimanding when reading it.  It’s very easy for me to remain too deeply in my own shell.  Writing Alexa taught me to remember that God created me to be a part of a community of more than one.  ;)

Response:  I am always astounded at the response to The Hartfield Mysteries.  Alexa has some very loyal readers.  In fact, I even have a couple of readers who have left reviews of other books that said essentially, “It’s okay–not Alexa, but not bad” or “Don’t bother–just go read Alexa instead.”  Those always make me smile.

I loved this book. I’m not sure if Alexa is my favorite character by Ms. Havig, but she is in the top 3 at least. I cannot wait til the next one comes out. I’m already saving up to buy it… I know I won’t be able to hold out for a free one!  ~RJD

Wow!! Chautona is amazing! Her writing just draws me in and won’t let me go!! I love how the characters come to life. I found myself missing Alexa and Joe when I had to put the book down and, man, how I wish I could meet these facsinating people in real life!  ~Jonathan Taylor

As I was reviewing the list of books by author Chautona Havig, I discovered I’d neglected her series “The Hartfield Mysteries”, so I went to amazon.com and purchased the first one, “Manuscript for Murder”. I was drawn in by the characters so completely that as soon as I finished, I went back and purchased the second, “Crime of Fashion”…..This has enough twists and turns to keep the story line fresh and moves right along, and enough romance to satisfy the incurable romantic in all of us. I am NOT so patiently waiting for the third book in the series, “Two O’Clock Slump”!    ~Lucinda

I don’t usually read mysteries but if Ms. Havig writes it, I’m going to read it.

I almost quit reading it early on. I was so upset with how A. Hartfield was acting…Good thing I got over it and kept reading. I would have missed out on a good mystery.  ~JWilly

I look forward to spending time with Alexa, Joe, and Aunt Faye in Fairbury again.  Faye’s going to shake up the place.  :)  Well, and there’s that cryptic message from Alexa to Joe.  What was that about?  I can’t wait for her to tell me.

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Mismatched– .99 for a Limited Time

mismatchedcoversmOrganized crime. Illegal drugs. Violence. With them comes acceptance, order, purpose–danger. For Leo Haesert, they filled a hole left by a father he never knew and an indifferent mother. Things change, however, and after years in the notorious Alliance of Kasimir, Leo met Jesus and turned himself around–right into the hands of the police.

A bad plea bargain lost him the protection he needed. He’s as off the grid as you can be in today’s society. No phone, all inclusive rent, no other bills, and a driver’s license that still shows his old address. It’s not enough.

They left him for dead once, but the Kasimirs won’t make that mistake again.

“One of Adric’s girls,” Allison Wahl has yet to meet “the one.” She never imagined he might be a man with tattoos on his neck, arms, chest, and back. She certainly never imagined a man with huge holes in his ears and small ones in various places on his face where piercings once held jewelry.

As he begins his community service sentence, he rattles more than just Allison’s emotions.

When The Agency steps in to help, Leo’s life gets more complicated than he ever imagined.
This week’s special is Mismatched. For a limited time, you can get this book for only .99 on all eReader platforms!

I have several ways you can help spread the word and earn an entry in my weekly giveaway to win one of two $5 Amazon Gift Cards as well as a chance to win one of 10 copies of your choice of any of the recent .99 books!

Amazon: To take advantage of this limited time special DOWNLOAD the book.

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