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Happy Monday morning, readers. Today I’m excited to welcome my friend and fellow Amish fiction writer, Vannetta Chapman to Home Thoughts. Vannetta has a new book coming out end of March called A Perfect Square. And it’s the perfect combination of Amish Inspirational and mystery romance! Here’s a blurb:

There’s more to the quaint northern Indiana town of Shipshewana than handcrafted quilts, Amish-made furniture, immaculate farms and close-knit families. When a dead girl is found floating in a local pond, murder is also afoot. And Reuben, brother of Deborah’s best friend’s fiance, is in jail as the suspect! Reuben refuses to divulge any information, even to clear himself of a crime Deborah is certain he didn’t commit. So, with her English friend, Callie-fellow sleuth and owner of Daisy’s Quilt Shop-Deborah sets out to uncover the truth. But the mystery deepens when an elderly man seeks Callie’s help in finding his long-lost daughter, missing since the days of the 1965 Palm Sunday Tornadoes. An old man who has lost his past. A young man who may lose his future. Once again Deborah and Callie find themselves trying to piece together a crazy quilt of lives and events-one that can bring unexpected touches of God’s grace and resolve the tragedy that has shaken this quiet Amish community.

I have read this book and its clues will keep you turning the pages until the satisfying end!
Here’s a little about the author: Vannetta Chapman has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Her first novel, A Simple Amish Christmas, quickly became a bestseller. Chapman lives in the Texas hill country with her husband. She
 Now, here’s the best part. To win a signed copy of
A Perfect Square, just answer this question: What item have
 you lost that you spent hours looking for, and did you find it?
Post your answer at the end of this interview to be entered in a drawing of
Vannetta’s book when it’s released next month. Drawing will be held on Monday, March
5th. Good luck to you all.
Have a super week!
And don’t forget to do something fun on leap-day on Wednesday! You won’t get another
chance for four years!
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Link has been fixed!

Good Thursday morning, readers. Apparently that link for Faithful Reader that I posted yesterday wasn’t working properly. So sorry! I assure you, this has been fixed and now it works. here’s the link again: http://www.bookreporter.com/faithfulreader

They WILL be giving away 75 free copies. So be sure to drop by and follow the directions to be entered in their contest. That’s a lot of free books!

Also, drop by Margaret Daley’s blog and leave a comment to win a free copy of An Amish Family Reunion. Only two comments so far, and this link works! You’ve got a great chance of winning! http://www.margaretdaley.com/margarets-blog/

Blessings.

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Good Ash Wednesday, readers.

I just heard from my publisher, Harvest House, that they are running a contest on Faithful Reader and giving away 75 free copies of An Amish Family Reunion. that’s right–75 copies of my book! Price is right, no?? Go to this website and follow the directions to enter the contest. You MUST enter this contest from their website, instead of posting a comment here on my blog. (As much as I do love hearing from my readers…)  here’s the link: http://www.bookreporter.com/faithfulreader

Good luck to you all. And have a blessed day!

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Good Monday morning readers! Without futher ado, here are the names of my five winners of An Amish Family Reunion along with a Starbucks card from my website contest. I also picked two more names for a free copy of the book since I had such an overwhelming response to my contest. Thanks so much to everyone who entered–it really did a lonely writer’s heart good to hear from so many readers.  The winners are Kathy Luque, Crystal Fulcher, Joan Crothers, Maureen Frommelt, Karen Smith, Maxie Anderson and one more who didn’t wish to be named. Those books will be mailed out tomorrow since today is a holiday.

Don’t despair if you didn’t win–three more chances to win a copy of An Amish Family Reunion this week! Drop by these two blogs and post a comment after the interviews. You’ll be entered in the drawing to win a free copy. You must enter at their blogs, not here on mine. here are the links: http://www.margaretdaley.com/2012/02/this-week-christa-allan-yvonne-lehman-mary-ellis-and-kelly-irvin/  and the other is: http://enjoyingthewritingcraft.blogspot.com/

Also, we have a winner of a copy of Because of Me by Fay Lamb. Jennifer Ackler, you will be hearing from Fay shortly.

thanks to everyone who entered Fay’s contest, and have a blessed week!

 

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Good Friday morning, readers. I had such an astounding response to my recent contest, that I have decided to pick 7 winners, instead of 5 like I originally planned. I’m waiting on the winners to get back to me, then I’ll announe the names. The first five will receive my book and a Starbucks card and the other two will receive only a copy of An Amish Family Reunion. (sorry, I only bought five cards…)

If you didn’t get an email from me that you won, don’t worry. They’ll be plenty more chances. I’ve been giving away copies of my latest book on blogs for the past month and will continue to do so until I give away 50 books in all. For today’s chance, go to Trish Perry’s blog and read her post. (She’s a great writer of contemporary fiction, by the way, besides a very nice person!) At the end, post a comment to be entered in the drawing. That’s all there is to it. Have a lovely February day and here’s the link: http://www.trishperry.com/

 

Many blessings on you!

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Today I’m pleased to interview a debut romantic suspense author, Fay Lamb. Here’s a blurb of her fast-paced, exciting new novel, Because of Me:

Issie Putnam’s life took a detour the night she was raped at gunpoint in front of her fiancé, Michael Hayes. Instead of marrying Michael, a promising young investigative reporter, Michael, along with the man who attacked her, and the man who held the gun on Michael, are imprisoned for conspiracy to assassinate the local district attorney—a crime Michael was trying to expose but had no intention of committing. Issie’s name is ruined, she lost her perfectly-planned future, but she gained Cole, her son—born of that rape. On the eve of her attacker’s parole, Michael, already released from prison, follows through on his plan to return to the small town of Amazing Grace and protect Issie from the madman who promised to seek revenge. There, he meets Issie’s seven-year-old son for the first time. Can Michael learn to love the child Issie holds so close to her heart? Will Michael be able to protect the woman he loves from the man who will stop at nothing to destroy them all?

You may purchase the book at: www.trebleheartbooks.com/MVLamb (print and e-book), or at  http://www.amazon.com/Because-of-Me-ebook/dp/B00722KIME/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1327670357&sr=8-1 or go to www.faylamb.com for an autographed copy.

Fay Lamb works as an acquisition/copyeditor for Pelican Book Group (White Rose Publishing and Harbourlight Books), offers her services as a freelance editor, and is an author of Christian romance and romantic suspense. Her emotionally charged stories remind the reader that God is always in the details. Because of Me, her debut romantic suspense novel is soon to be released by Treble Heart Books/Mountainview Publishing. Fay has a passion for working with and encouraging fellow writers. As a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she co-moderates the large Scribes’ Critique Group and manages the smaller Scribes’ critique groups. For her efforts, she was the recipient of the ACFW Members Service Award in 2010.  In 2012, Fay was also elected to serve as secretary on ACFW’s Operating Board. Fay and her husband, Marc, reside in Titusville, Florida, where. multi-generations of their families have lived. The legacy continues with their two married sons and five grandchildren.

I asked Fay to answer three questions regarding Because of Me:

What you hope readers will take away from your  book? Romans 8:28 permeates the book. The characters can’t get away from the fact that if not for the road they’d taken, they might have experienced the Lord’s blessing, but they wouldn’t have the blessings they now hold so dear. Because of Me is a book about Christ-like forgiveness and the fact that our wondrous Lord is in every detail of our lives.

 What did you learn about yourself during the writing?  Just as my character’s learned, I came to terms with the fact that when God says we are forgiven, that forgiveness is so complete that the Lord takes our worst mistakes and the troubles we face and turns them for good. While we are walking through the valley, we may not be receptive to what the Lord is doing in our lives, but on the  mountaintop, we look back and realize the truth of Jeremiah 29:11. God knows the thoughts He has toward us, for good and not evil, and always with an expected end. What a wonderful God we serve.
What are you working on now? I have completed a second romantic suspense, Willow’s Path, and two contemporary romances, Charisse and Faith. Currently, I’m working on two other romantic suspense novels and the last story in the contemporary romance series while editing a contemporary fiction entitled, Storms in Serenity. Beyond that I am excitedly looking forward to delving into a novel that includes the intriguing world of professional surfing.
Please leave a comment after this interview for Fay and be entered in a drawing to win a free copy of Because of Me.
Thanks for dropping by, and everyone have a blessed week.

 

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Happy Wednesday,

as promised here’s your third chance to win a signed copy of An Amish Family Reunon. Just drop my Barn Door Bookloft blog  http://www.barndoorbookloft.net/ and post a comment after my interview. They will draw a winner in about a week. For this one, you must be a US resident. Next week I’ll have more chances to win, and don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter from my website: www.maryellis.net

That drawing for five books will be on Thursday 2-15. Good luck to you all. All told, I’ll be giving away a total of 50 free copies of An Amish Family Reunion. Blessings…..

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