Thursday, May 30, 2013

Chat with Inspirational RITA Finalist Authors!

I hope you'll plan to attend an interactive, live event on Shendig where you can chat with the RITA® finalists from the Inspirational Category on June 6th, 8-9 pm (Eastern). I'll be one of the authors attending and would love to meet you!

If you're interested, please be sure to reserve a spot. You have to RSVP (register), and attendance is limited.

For more information about how it works and to sign up, click here. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Thanks, and Winners of the Scavenger Hunt!

Thanks to all who took part in the Christian Fiction Summer Scavenger Hunt! I appreciate everyone who stopped by and who entered my bonus giveaway. Congratulations to Amanda Arrowood for winning the monogramed tote bag!

For those of you who signed up for my newsletter, thank you! I promise to protect your email address (never will share or sell), and I'll only send the newsletter quarterly or for rare special news. I've also been known to completely miss a quarter if I'm working on a book that's under deadline. :)

Lisa Bergren has announced the over all winner if the loaded Kindle Fire as well as the two winners of print copies of our books. So please be sure to contact Lisa (click here) ASAP if you're one of the winners!

Here are the first winners that were randomly selected. If they don't contact Lisa, she'll pick new winners. (By the way, she has extended the time period to contact her because of the devastating storms in Oklahoma.)

GRAND PRIZE: Susan (seventysevensusieq)

RUNNERS-UP: Debbie Karlin and Marilyn (mfagern)

Congratulations to all the winners! I feel like a winner, too, in meeting so many new readers. I look forward to getting to know you better here on the blog and at my Facebook Readers page!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #29



Welcome to the 2013 Summer Scavenger Hunt! This hunt has 32 stops and runs from NOON 5/17 to 5/19/13. You can make the loop, reading unique content from 31 different authors, and if you complete the loop, and fill out the Rafflecopter form at Stop #32, you'll be in the running for an iPad Mini (loaded with all our books), or one of two runner-up prizes---all 31 of our new releases in paperback. In addition, some authors are offering additional prizes, so be sure to read each post thoroughly to be in the running for all that are available. The main contest is open internationally.

If you've JUST discovered the hunt, I recommend you begin at the beginning, Stop #1, found at But you can also begin here, and keep on rolling. Just be aware that you have to have the COMPLETED phrase in order, which you construct gathering the clue at each stop, within 24 hours of email notification from Lisa Bergren that you won. If Lisa doesn't hear back from you with the correct phrase within the time limit, she will move on to the next winner Rafflecopter draws. Ready? Here we go...

Winnie Griggs

I am pleased to host fellow Love Inspired author Winnie Griggs. I've had the opportunity to meet Winnie in person at conferences and have enjoyed getting to know her. Not only is she a computer programmer and writer, but she's also known for presenting fantastic writing workshops. Winnie's ninth book from Love Inspired will be released in June.

Haven't heard of Winnie Griggs before? Here's an official bio:

Winnie Griggs grew up in south Louisiana in an undeveloped area her friends thought of as the back of beyond.  She and her two younger siblings spent many an hour exploring the overgrown land around her home, cutting jungle trails, building forts and frontier camps, and looking for pirate ships on the nearby bayou.   Once she ‘grew up’ she found other outlets for dealing with all those wonderful, adventurous imaginary friends by filling notebooks with their stories. 

Eventually she found her own Prince Charming, a rancher whose white steed takes the form of a tractor and whose kingdom is situated in a small rural community that she loves to call home, and together they’ve built their own storybook happily-ever-after that  includes four now grown children, two of whom are twins.

Now a multi-published, award winning author, Winnie feels blessed to be able to share her stories with readers through her writings for Love Inspired Historical books.  You can learn more about Winnie at

Today, Winnie is giving us a special treat, an excerpt from her book coming in October...

Advanced Sneak Peek of A Family for Christmas
by Winnie Griggs

Last September my book Handpicked Husband was released.  It was the first book in my four book Texas Grooms series and I’m tickled to report it just recently picked up an RT Reviewer’s Choice award.  The second book in the series, The Bride Next Door, will release in June.  This series follows the lives of four men who left Philadelphia to travel to Texas and build new lives for themselves.  They are four VERY different men and I’m having a whole lot of fun telling their stories. 

As part of this Scavenger Hunt I’ll be giving away The Bride Next Door (Book 2), but there’s already lots of information scattered across the web about it and Handpicked Husband (Book 1).   So I thought it might be fun to give you an exclusive sneak peek at the third book.  This one features the youngest (and cockiest!) of the four men, Chance Dawson.  It’s titled A Family For Christmas and will be released in October of this year. 

Here’s a shortened version of the opening pages - hope you enjoy!

Turnabout, Texas November 1895
“Stop! You can’t do this.”
Eve’s protests fell on deaf ears as the conductor continued to forcibly escort her young friend off the train without so much as a backward glance. She trotted to keep up with the long-legged official as he moved toward the exit, his fist firmly clutching Leo’s collar.
“Please be careful!” she called out as she saw Leo stumble. “He’s just a boy. Don’t hurt him.”
But the conductor still didn’t slow down. Did the man have no feelings?
As soon as they were on the platform, Eve scooted around to face him, determined to halt his progress and make him listen to her.
“Mr. McIvers, you can’t mean to just toss him from the train and leave him here.” She tried to infuse her voice with as much authority and confidence as possible but was afraid there was a touch of pleading there as well. How had she not realized before now that Leo was a stowaway?
She risked a glance Leo’s way. The trapped, desperate look that had crossed the boy’s face when the conductor pounced on him a moment ago was still there. It was enough to break her heart—no child should look so haunted.
“And what do you suggest I do with him?” The conductor, a beanpole of a man with bushy sideburns and an officious manner, looked down his nose at her as if she were no older than the ten-year-old in his grip.
... Eve drew herself up to her full height and tried to match his stern expression. “I’m certain there’s been some kind of misunderstanding. If you’ll just allow Leo to explain—”
Leo tried to shake himself free of the conductor’s grasp, but the man tightened his hold. “The time to explain has come and gone,” the man said sternly. “He’s a stowaway, pure and simple. And he rides no farther on my train.”
...Eve spread her hands, trying once more to appeal to the strict conductor’s sympathies. “He’s only a boy. What will become of him if you leave him here?”
But the man refused to bend. “Miss Pickering, I’m sure your concern does you credit, but don’t let his age fool you. I’ve met his kind before and they’ll smile innocently to your face while they pick your pocket. I imagine a scalawag like him will get on fine, or end up in jail one day.”
Eve planted her fists on her hips. “You can’t treat a child like a stray dog and dump him at your first opportunity.”
She glanced around, looking for help of some sort, and her gaze snagged on that of a gentleman standing across the platform. Her eyes widened as she realized he was watching her. There was a note of curiosity and sympathy in his smoky blue eyes. And something else, something warm and compelling that made it impossible for her to look away, that made her certain she could trust him with her problems.
An older couple dressed for travel crossed between them, breaking the connection, and Eve abruptly came to her senses.... What in the world was she thinking? Such fanciful notions led to nothing but trouble. And asking a strange gentleman for assistance was not something a proper young lady did unless the circumstances were indeed dire.
Still feeling the tingly impact of those eyes, she did her best to push that aside and deal with the more important issue at hand.

Winnie Griggs's new release, The Bride Next Door, is about two people with opposite goals in life who may just find love in a marriage of convenience. It is available at bookstores or online at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Christian Book Distributors and elsewhere.


Write down this clue:  glory

Have it written down? Great! Now head on over to Winnie Griggs Stop #30 for the next clue! Thanks for stopping by!


At the last stop where you read about my book, Georgia Sweethearts, I talked about my character receiving a special gift of a tote bag with her initials on it. So I've decided to give away a monogramed tote bag with the winner's initials as well as a signed copy of the book! My friend, Marla, who is mentioned in the acknowledgments of Georgia Sweethearts, will be sewing the monogram for the winner.

Leaving a comment on this blog post is required to be entered, but you have two other ways to be eligible in this drawing. If you complete all three, you get three chances to win. Just follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter form below.

Due to mailing costs, only USA addresses are eligible to win in this bonus drawing. Please read the Terms and Conditions in the Rafflecopter form for more information. And please share this link with your friends who may not have tried one of my novels before.
Good luck in both the scavenger hunt and in my bonus drawing!

Bonus Drawing Instructions:

--The prize is a monogramed tote bag with a signed copy of Georgia Sweethearts.

--Leave a comment here on my blog (required) -- 1 chance

--Like my Facebook author page -- 1 additional chance

--Leave a comment letting me know you've signed up for my quarterly email newsletter (signup form in the sidebar of this blog) -- 1 additional chance

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Remembering and Honoring Mothers

I'm so thankful today for mothers. For those who have passed on as well as those who are still with us. I'm thankful for their love, their devotion, their sacrifices. And even though they can never be perfect, I'm thankful for how hard they try/tried to get it right.

I'm thankful for all the times my mother took care of me while I was sick. For leading my Brownie troop. For sewing my special Easter dresses. For throwing big spend-the-night birthday parties (and for making me include every single girl in the class). For homemade doughnuts, pecan pie and "just chicken." And most of all, for teaching me that I could be anything I wanted to be when I grew up.

Those of you who've lost mothers, I pray for you today, because I know this can be a difficult holiday. My mother is still living, and even though she lives six hours away, I'm thankful I still have her with me. In fact, I'm excited she'll be coming to visit us this week.

Happy Mother's Day!

Thursday, May 02, 2013

Thirty-one-Author Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt -- May 17-19!

Don't forget to save the date for a Christian Fiction Multi-Author Scavenger Hunt! May 17-19, 2013. 

--Grand Prize winner will receive an iPad Mini with all 31 e-books loaded on it
--2 runners-up will receive all 31 books in paperback

Here is a list of participating authors representing a cross-section of genres and the books we'll be giving away...

  1. Lisa T. Bergren, Grave Consequences
  2. Robin Lee Hatcher, A Bride for All Seasons
  3. Ronie Kendig, Talon
  4. Ruth Axtell, Moonlight Masquerade
  5. Stephanie Grace Whitson, The Message on the Quilt
  6. Tracy Higley, So Shines the Night
  7. Marta Perry, Lydia's Hope
  8. Jill Williamson, Captives
  9. Margaret Daley, Scorned Justice
  10. MaryLu Tyndall, Forsaken Dreams
  11. R.J. Larson, King
  12. Susan Sleeman, No Way Out
  13. Deborah Raney, The Face of the Earth
  14. Winnie Griggs, The Bride Next Door
  15. Sandra Robbins, Mountain Homecoming
  16. Julie Lessman, Love at Any Cost
  17. Leslie Gould, Adoring Addie
  18. Vickie McDonough, Whispers on the Prairie
  19. Carol Cox, Trouble in Store
  20. Rachel Hauck, Once Upon a Prince
  21. Terri Blackstock, Truth Stained Lies
  22. Louise M. Gouge, A Lady of Quality
  23. Missy Tippens, Georgia Sweethearts
  24. Richard Mabry, Stress Test
  25. Lynette Eason, When a Secret Kills
  26. Patricia Hickman, Tiny Dancer
  27. Lorna Seilstad, When Love Calls
  28. Colleen Coble, Rosemary Cottage
  29. Maureen Lang, All in Good Time
  30. John Otte, Failstate: Legends
  31. Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Dragonwitch

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