Another chance to win a signed copy

Happy Thursday, readers. Goodness, I’m glad yesterday is over! I was sicker-than-a-dog with a summer headcold. But I feel 100% better today. I am such a baby when I’m not feeling well. Anyhoo, I wanted to post the link of a fellow writer’s blog. Trish Perry writes awesome woman’s fiction and inspirational romances. I met her in person two years ago, and she’s as sweet as her photo leads you to believe! Trish interviewed me in conjunction with the release of Living in Harmony. Please drop by and leave a comment on her blog (not here) for a chance to win a signed copy. Happy summer. Today I’m taking my writing outdoors. This weather will be gone before we know it.


Independent book stores…ahh, the good old days…

Good Monday afternoon, readers,

here’s a photo of the bookstore which hosted Amanda Flower and myself last Saturday for a signing. It’s called the Learned Owl in Hudson, Ohio. We had such a nice time at this gorgeous store. I was wondering….how many independents are left in the world? If you’ve got a bricks-and-mortar independent bookstore in your town, please post a comment here on my blog or on my facebook page. And I hope you patronized them the next time you need a book or CD. Without customers, they too will go the way of Borders…

here’s my facebook author page:!/pages/Mary-Ellis/126995058236

have a great reading week!

Winners from two contests–Newsletter and Author Buzz

Happy Tuesday, Readers,

Sorry for the delay in announcing the winners from my newsletter contest. We were called out of town for a family emergency. Here are the 10 winners of Living in Harmony. Thanks to everyone who signed up for my newsletter.  Crystal Shipp, Johanna Horton, Lisa Bartlett, Cristine Enos, Barbara Beers, Marcie Dark, Mae Meekins, Jackie Tessnair, Tina Rice, and Rebecca Zurava. If these 10 would email me with their mailing address, I will send out their books ASAP.

And here are the winners from the Author Buzz contest: Chris Mead, Sherie Jacobsen, Karen Haas, Donna Tyler, Linda Frankel, Sandra Furlotte, Geri LaBreck, Heidi Daum, Shilea Willis and Mari Rusk. Again, if these 10  would email me their mailing addresses, I will send out their books.

Thanks for entering. If you haven’t already done so, please “like” my facebook author page where I’ll be announcing more contests to come. Happy waning summer, readers.


Final days until the drawing

Happy Monday, readers…

We’re down to wire on my first contest to give away 10 signed copies of Living in Harmony to newsletter subscribers. Please sign up for my newsletter if you haven’t already done so at:  There’s a little box to enter your email address on the right hand side, underneath the book covers.  That’s all there is to it. I will draw 10 names on Wednesday to win free copies.

Also, these are the final days of the sale of 3  of my older titles. If you haven’t read Abigail’s New Hope, A Marriage for Meghan, The Way to a Man’s Heart, or Sarah’s Christmas Miracle, Amazon has them on Kindle for 2.00 or 2.50 . Such a good deal.

Now I must get back to work in my screened porch on A Little Bit of Charm. That book will not get written unless I get busy. Have a lovely week.



Green beans, summer reading and sale prices

Happy Monday morning, readers,

I’m excited to announce that two of my titles, Abigail’s New Hope and A Marriage for Meghan, are available for $2.99 for all types of E-readers, from August 3 – 13 including Kindle, Nook, Kobo, Apple, and the Sony Reader. If you missed either of these titles, look for these on all participating distributor websites (Amazon,, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, etc.).

I’ve been busy last week canning green beans (19 jars!) with fellow writer Rosanna Huffman. What fun that was…putting up garden produce for winter while talking books, stories-in-the-making and writing. What a fine way to spend a summer day. And since I haven’t shared any photos lately…here’s one of my husband reading his favorite author, (under penalty of death) and my favorite vegetable…green beans!

Also, drop by Shannon Vannatter’s blog either today (Monday) or Wednesday. She recently interviewed me with some truly fun questions. If you leave a comment on Shannon’s blog, you’ll be entered in a drawing for a signed copy of Living in Harmony. Drawing in one week! here’s the link:

Now go have some summer fun, readers. It will be cool and rainy (or snowy!) before we know it!


10 FREE books a day, everyday for a month

Goodness, readers…I almost forgot. My friends at the Book Club Network are having a birthday this month. And to celebrate the occassion, they’re giving away 10 free books a day, every day, during the month of August. What can be more fun than free books?? How about three hundred free books. Drop by their site every day this month and leave a comment for your favorite authors, (or every author!) to get in on the drawings. At the end of each week Nora will hold the drawings. Don’t miss out on the fun. This is a great site, if you’ve never been here before. Good luck readers. Let the games begin!

Nora St. laurent’s Bio: Nora is the CEO of The Book Club Network Incorporated. Nora and her husband run The Book Club Network She runs two book clubs near Atlanta, Ga., Former ACFW On-Line Book Club. Nora currently writes a Book Club column for the Christian Fiction OnLine Magazine and is a Book Club Talk Columnist for Novel Rocket. You can read author interviews on her Finding Hope Through Fiction blog, located at, and reviews around the web at The Christian Pulse Mag, Title Trakk, Novel Reviews, and Suspense Zone.

How can readers join in the anniversary celebrations?

It’s easy to sign up to be a member of TBCN.  We ask a few questions for you to answer and for other information that helps us keep spammers and other information seekers out of the network. It’s also FREE. You have opportunities to win lots of books. For our BIRTHDAY BASH we are giving away 10 books a day and announcing winners once a week. You’ll have all week to enter the daily featured contests.

Do you have any other comments for my readers?

If you are avid reader this is the place for you to learn about the latest in Christian Fiction and interact with the author each month.

Are you a book club leader? Well this is the place for you to find your next book club pick. We’d also love for you to set up your Book club page at our site for others to see. It’s a place to share your latest featured book. Post pictures of your club and the field trips you’ve taken. The authors you’ve met and the book fun you’ve had. Learn from other book clubs that have already set up their pages.

Want to start a book club but felt it was too overwhelming? You can learn from other experienced book club leaders, and you can start right away making your book club list!

Do you like to win books? This is the place for you. You’ll have a chance to get to know the authors and their books and read genre’s you normally wouldn’t. We’ve been giving away about 100 books a month and for our birthday bash it’s going to be 10 books every day; starting August first. Winners are picked weekly and announced each weekly.

THANK YOU! You’ve been a grand host to have me here and let me talk about The Book Club Network and our Birthday Bash!! I hope to see you there @TBCN

Review and chance to win free book

Good Wednesday morning, readers,

Today I am featured on Amish fiction author, Laura Hilton’s, blog. Laura has interviewed me regarding my research in Maine for my recent book, Living in Harmony. She also reviewed the book at the end of the interview. And here’s the best part, Laura is giving away a signed copy of Living in Harmony to one lucky commenter. Just answer the following question and leave your email address. Drawing will be held in one week. Thanks for dropping by. Here’s the link:

Did you ever move away and start over during a difficult time in your life?

Laura has a new book coming out soon…Healing Hearts. My review and interview to come…stay tuned. Happy August everyone. Isn’t these what they call the dog-days-of-summer?