Welcome Sandra Ardoin…win a copy of her new A Reluctant Melody

Welcome to Home Thoughts, Sandra Ardoin. I’m very excited to hear you have a new book out. I read The Yuletide Angel last year and enjoyed it very much. Please tell us something about A Reluctant Melody: 

Kit Barnes’ alcoholism ruined more lives than his own. Now sober, he wants to make amends by opening a mission for drunkards. But the most suitable location belongs to Joanna Cranston Stewart, a love from his sordid past. Friends of her late husband blame Joanna for his death. Although eager to flee from the rumors, she will let the walls of her rundown property crumble around her before she allows Kit back into her life. When a blackmailer threatens to reveal Joanna’s long-held secret, will she risk losing everything she owns to Kit … including her heart?

For readers who might be new to Sandra’s books, here’s her short bio:

ARM Cover Sandra Ardoin_HeadshotSandra Ardoin writes inspirational historical romance. She’s the author of The Yuletide Angel and A Reluctant Melody. A wife and mom, she’s also a reader, football fan, NASCAR watcher, garden planter, country music listener, antique store prowler. Visit her at www.sandraardoin.com and on the Seriously Write blog. Connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Goodreads, and Pinterest. Join her email community to receive occasional updates and a free short story.

What was your inspiration for this story? In 2014, as I wrote my Christmas novella The Yuletide Angel, I wanted to give my hero (Hugh Barnes) a personal problem to overcome, so I created a brother and a break in their relationship. Of course, I needed to know the reason for the break. For that, I chose to make the brother, Kit, a recovering alcoholic who had betrayed Hugh by seducing the woman he’d planned to marry. The more I wrote Kit into the story, the more curious I became about him, the woman in both men’s lives, and Kit’s future.

A Reluctant Melody is a story about second chances and God’s grace and mercy. From a spiritual standpoint, I wanted to get across the news that God’s forgiveness is available to anyone who seeks it through Christ.

What are you working on now and when can readers expect it? I’m working on the first book of a three-book series set in Texas in 1886/87. The series takes place in a rowdy, churchless town near a once popular cattle trail. As with most of my stories, they will have an element of mystery/suspense. As of now, I have no contract. Hopefully, that will change soon. I’m also considering a novella series about three women who each set out on an adventure and discover more about themselves than they expected. Those are still in the planning stage. Ah, so many projects, so little time!

Readers, please leave a comment for Sandra for a chance to win an electronic copy of A Reluctant Melody.

For those of you who don’t want to wait, here’s a link where you can purchase. Amazon link: http://www.amazon.com/Reluctant-Melody-Inspirational-Historical-Christian-ebook/dp/B01A67A2MM

Drawing in one week, readers, and it will be announced here. Until then, stay warm. Spring is just around the corner….trust me.   Mary

Nothing quite as exciting for an author as a new book

A Plain ManHappy Thursday, readers,
There is nothing more exciting in an author’s humble life than when a new book releases. Day after day, writers sit cloistered in our offices pounding away at keyboards. Lunch in another room of the house becomes the highlight of our days. But today I’m tickled to announce my newest Amish romance is here. A Plain Man is the story of a prodigal son who comes home. Although Caleb Beachy tried the Englisch world for several years, he is a Plain man at heart. When he returns to the Amish lifestyle, he discovers there’s more to embracing his faith and reconnecting with the community than driving a horse and buggy and giving up his Levis. He struggles with his domineering father, the oppressive rules of his district and with the paralyzing guilt from past mistakes. Josie Yoder was just a girl when he left, but she’s all grown up now and still has a soft spot for Caleb. But Caleb carries enough shame and self-loathing to derail even a well-established relationship. Josie might be the love of his life, but will past sins end up destroying their fledgling romance?

I hope you’ll enjoy the story of a wounded heart finding joy, health, and healing in God’s infinite grace. Sign up for my newsletter from my website: www.maryellis.net for a chance to win one of 10 signed copies of A Plain Man on April 15th. If you’re already signed up, you’re in the drawing! For an additional chance to win, please leave me comment here on my blog!  A Plain Man is already available at CBD now and will release April 1st at Amazon and in stores. Here’s the links:



Have a great week, readers, and happy spring!! Mary


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. http://www.bookfun.org/ 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 www.bookfun.org 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 http://www.psalm516.blogspot.com, 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 www.bookfun.org

Anybody in the area–please stop in and say hello

Before I forget and allow more time to slip by…I will be talking/selling/signing books at these 4 Ohio locations next month. If you happen to be in the area, please stop in and say “hello.” until then…
Thursday Nov. 17th 6:00 pm
Author talk “Seeking Inspiration for Stories” with booksigning to follow. Books will be for sale.
Putnam County District Library
136 Putnam Parkway
Ottawa, Ohio 45857
contact: Linda Hermiller 419-523-3747 X215
Friday, Nov. 18th 2-4 pm
Sparrow Christian Book Store
14962 S. State Street
Middlefield, OH 44062
Saturday, Nov. 19th 10-noon
Lion and Lamb Christian Resource
145 S. Broadway Ave
Salem, OH 44460
Saturday, Nov 19th 2:30-4:30 pm
Lion and Lamb Christian Resource
940 Eastwood Mall
Niles, OH 44446

2010 Carol Award nominee for A Widow’s Hope

I am speechless with excitement and honored beyond belief. I just found out that A Widow’s Hope, the first in my Miller Family series, has been named a finalist in the ACWF Carol Award contest in the long contemporary category. (formerly called the Book-of-the-Year) My feet have barely touched ground since I got the call. (however, today I’m back to work on my WIP since deadlines loom…) I am so honored to be among such impressive names in Christian fiction. Thanks be to God, since this and all else are by His hand.

If any of you are aspiring Christian fiction writers, the place to be to learn and meet other writers is the ACFW national conference in Indianapolis, IN from Sept. 17th through the 20th. Please check out their website for full information.    Here’s a link to see all the finalists in all the categories: http://www.acfw.com/carolaward2010finalists.shtml

In my other news, I want to thank Kym Lucas, manager of the Buckeye Library in Medina County Ohio for inviting me to participate in Saturday’s panel discussion on getting published in this highly competetive world. I had such a fun time and met such delightful aspiring authors, besides the talented three other panel guests. Thanks for letting me participate.

Anyone in Columbiana, Ohio area, tomorrow evening I will be speaking on How Writers Research (and find story inspiration) at the Columbiana Library in Columbiana, Ohio at 7:00 pm. Please join me for this free library event. Thanks to Flora Doraski for inviting me!