Ahhh winter, so beautiful–from inside the house.

Happy Monday morning, readers,the beach in winter

Yesterday I drove to my local park–a place I frequent nine months out of the year to write my stories, hike around the lake, swim, people watch, feed the ducks and geese, or buy an ice cream cone. Yes, there’s plenty to do there in warm weather. Yesterday I never got out of my car. Take a look at our gorgeous beach. The dam at one end of the lake creates a beautiful waterful with swimming area below. Okay, it’s more like a smimming “hole” than a beach on the French Rivera, but it’s still nice. Not so much for this freeze-baby.

The only thing to do is go home and curl up with a good book…or go back to work on mine. For those of you who enjoy winter sports–I wish you plenty of fresh powder, hard frozen ice, and sharp toboggan blades. As for me, call me when temps rise above 40 degrees.

Before I forget, Elizabeth Dent–you’re our winner of Callie by Sharon Srock. Please contact me at maryeellis@yahoo.com so we can send that out to you.  And don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter at http://www.maryellis.net

I will be giving away 10 copies of Love Comes to Paradise to newsletter subscribers on March 15th.

Happy reading, readers, and have a great week.

Welcome Sharon Srock to Home Thoughts – Win a free copy!

Good afteroon, readers. Please join me in welcoming author Sharon Srock to Home Thoughts. Sharon writes inspirational fiction, and I asked her to tell us about her latest release, Callie:  perf5.500x8.500.indd

Three dire circumstances. Three desperate prayers. One miracle to save them all. Callie Stillman is drawn to the evasive girl who’s befriended her granddaughter, but the last time Callie tried to help a child, her efforts backfired. Memories of the tiny coffin still haunt her. Samantha and Iris Evans should be worried about homework, not whether they can pool enough cash to survive another week of caring for an infant while evading the authorities. Steve Evans wants a second chance at fatherhood, but his children are missing.  And no one seems to want to help the former addict who deserted his family. For Steve to regain the relationship he abandoned, for his girls to receive the care they deserve, Callie must surrender her fear and rely on God to work the miracle they all need.

Tell us about yourself:  Sharon Srock lives with her husband, Larry, and two dogs in Rural Oklahoma. She is a mother, grandmother, and Sunday School teacher. Sharon has one and three-quarters jobs and writes in her spare time. Her favorite hobby is traveling with her grandchildren. She is a member of the ACFW and currently serves as treasurer for her local chapter. Sharon’s debut novel, The Women of Valley View: Callie released in October 2012. The second in the series, The Women of Valley View: Terri releases in April 2013. Sharon Srock

What are you working on now?  Book two of the Women of Valley View series, Terri will release on 12 April
2013. Book three, Pam is currently under review at the publisher. I am currently writing book four, Samantha.

Meet the Women of Valley View: FREE PDF http://bitly.com/SmQmUs
Find Sharon on line here: http://www.womenofvalleyview.blogspot.com/


Readers, would you like a chance to win a signed copy of Callie? Just post your answer to this question at the bottom of this interview. Here’s the question:  If you thought your interference had caused the death of a child, would you risk helping again, even if God told you to?

I hope you’ll all stay indoors if possible. It’s very cold here in the East and snowing in Ohio. A good time to curl up with a good book. Thanks for dropping by Home Thoughts.  Mary