Win of copy of A Faith of Her Own by Kathleen Fuller

A Faith of Her Own 9.29.14Happy 3rd day of Spring, readers. Today Home Thoughts welcomes Kathleen Fuller who has a brand new book just released: A Faith of Her Own. Can Anna Mae heed God’s call on her life, even if it means leaving behind everything she knows . . .  and everyone she loves? Ever since Anna Mae’s childhood friend Jeremiah left their Amish community, she’s questioned her own place in the Amish world.  The Amish life feels as if it’s closing in on her, and with her mother trying to set her up with potential suitors, Anna Mae feels trapped in a life she’s not sure she wants anymore. But she’s never told anyone that she longs for a tiny taste of freedom—freedom that could be very costly. When Jeremiah suddenly reappears in Middlefield to help his mentor, Yankee veterinarian Dr. Miller, new questions surface for Anna Mae, along with feelings she’d never fully acknowledged before. As Anna Mae and Jeremiah rekindle their friendship, old feelings take on new meaning. Yet the question still lingers: What is God’s plan for her life? Should she stay, keeping loyal to her Amish family, or does God have a bigger plan—one that provides more freedom than she could imagine? The answers do not come easily, and the answer to God’s call may lie in different directions . . . for both of them.

Kathy FullerKathleen Fuller, one of my favorite authors, is the author of over twenty-five books, including the best-selling Hearts of Middlefield series. A former special education teacher, she and her husband James split their time between Ohio and Arkansas. They are the parents of three awesome kids,  three amazing dogs, and one sweet but overwhelmed cat. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kathleen-Fuller/625583260853477?ref=hl Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/kathyfuller/ Twitter: @TheKatJam

Kathy, what are you working on now? Currently I’m finishing up the second book in the Amish of Birch Creek series, An Unbroken Heart. This is a brand new series that launches in September, 2015. The first book is titled A Reluctant Bride and is available for pre-order on amazon.com.

Please leave a comment for Kathy, for a chance to win a signed copy of A Faith of Her Own. Drawing on Monday, March 30th. Happy Spring everyone!  ~ Mary

Happy President’s Day ~ We have our winners!

Happy President’s Day, readers,

Hopefully plenty of you will have the day off, either for the holiday or due to the frigid temps in the North and East. Without further ado, I have plenty of winners to announce:

Deadly Echoes final coverLori Barnard, you’re the lucky winner of Deadly Echoes by Nancy Mehl. I have contacted you separately for your mailing addresses. I just know you’ll love this book. Congratulations.

And here are the 10 winners of The Last Heiress from my newsletter contest. If you’re a newsletter subscriber, whether recently or from the past, you were entered. I have contacted all 10 email addresses but if they don’t respond within a few days, I will pick alternate names.

1) Jinny Baldridge              The Last Heiress

2) Vykki Bedell

3) Carol Bromley

4) Rebecca

5) LeAnn Abernathy

6) C.E. Hart

7) Kate & Edgar

8) L. Grier

9) “cat nippin”

10) Angela Chestnut

Congratulations. I truly hope you enjoy my book.  Please “like” my facebook page for more chances to win free books. Stay warm, readers.  ~ Mary  http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Mary-Ellis/126995058236

We have a winner!

Thanks to all my lovely readers who left a comment for my guest last week, Kimberly Rose Johnson.Kimberly

Kimberly bookLeila Mae, you are our lucky winner of A Match for Meghan. That will be sent out to you.

Don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter if you haven’t already done so. I will be drawing 10 names of newsletter subscribers on February 15th for a signed copy of The Last Heiress, my historical romance set in North Carolina. You can sign up for my newsletter in the right-hand sidebar at my website. http://www.maryellis.net The Last Heiress

Next week, I will be featuring another guest author with another drawing. Stay tuned…and stay warm. It’s only ten degrees in Ohio and we all know that’s not enough!

~ Mary

Win a free copy of Kimberly Rose Johnson’s book

Today we welcome Kimberly Rose Johnson to Home Thoughts. Kimberly has a new book out called:  A Kimberly bookMatch for Meghan. Here’s the blurb from the back cover: Meghan Black has finally met her match. The veterinary assistant never backs down from a dare…and what greater challenge than finding die-hard bachelor Ben Young his ideal mate? But what’s an incurable cupid to do when the handsome vet turns the tables and asks her out?

Ben is perfectly content with his single life. And he figures there’s only one way to get the petite dynamo to quit her matchmaking—date her himself! But his plan backfires when he realizes that Meghan could be The One. Can he convince a woman who believes in happy endings for everyone but herself that he’s her Mr. Right?

KimberlyHere’s a little information about this author: Kimberly Rose Johnson holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, teenage son, and their yellow lab. She writes sweet Christian romance for Love Inspired Heartsong Presents and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She enjoys taking long walks with her husband and dog, reading, dark chocolate and time with friends. You may contact Kimberly via her website at http://kimberlyrjohnson.com/

Her next book, A Valentine for Kayla, will release March 1, 2015 and is available for pre-order now.

Kayla Russell doesn’t like Valentine’s DayWhat should be Kayla’s favorite holiday is just another reminder that she hasn’t met someone special. The beautiful florist—and hopeless romantic—has nearly given up on love, when the man of her dreams walks into her shop…to buy flowers for another woman!

Former music superstar Derek Wood poses as a local deliveryman while he cares for his ailing mother. Derek is drawn to Kayla’s genuine spirit and natural beauty, but he can’t hide his identity forever. The man Kayla’s falling for doesn’t really exist, but the feelings they share are real. Will Derek finally give Kayla a reason to love Valentine’s Day?

Here is the link for her books on Amazon. http://amzn.to/1oQ7iWV and her social media links:

https://www.facebook.com/KimberlyRoseJohnson

https://twitter.com/kimberlyrosejoh

Please leave a comment for Kimberly for a chance to win a print copy of A Match for Meghan. US residents only.

Drawing will be in one week. Thanks for dropping by to Home Thoughts. Stay warm, readers! ~ Mary

Win a copy of Kelly Irvin’s new book, A Plain Love Song

Happy Monday, readers! Today we welcome author Kelly Irvin to Home Thoughts. Stay tuned to win a free copy of Kelly’s latest release, A Plain Love SongPlain Love Song AFirst, here’s a little about the story: Adah Knepp wants nothing more than to make music. It’s all she’s ever desired—to sing and play the guitar and write her own songs. That’s a dream that will never come true in the confines of her strict Amish community. But then she meets Jackson Hart, and suddenly she sees the chance for a different kind of life…a real stage, a real guitar, and a real opportunity to sing her songs to a real audience! But pursuing her dreams means turning her back on her faith, her family, and her community—and saying goodbye to Matthew, the gentle Amish farmer she can’t get out of her mind. Is it worth giving up the only home she’s ever known to pursue her dreams?

Kelly Irvin is a Kansas native and has been writing professionally for 30 years. She and her husband, Tim, make their home in Texas. They have two children, three cats, and a tankful of fish.  A public relations professional, Kelly is also the author of two romantic suspense novels and writes short stories in her spare time.

 

 

KellyFinal1 What are you working on now?

I’ve just turned in The Bishop’s Son to my publisher, Zondervan. It’s the second book in a new series, The Amish of Bee County, set in Bee County, Texas, where a tiny Amish District is located, the only one in the state. The galleys for the first book, The Beekeeper’s Son, arrived at the house today so I’ll be taking one last look at that book, which releases in January 2015. That leaves writing the third book in the series. I’m still doing a lot of thinking and only a little writing on that one!

Where can readers find A Plain Love Song? http://www.amazon.com/Plain-Love-Song-Hope-Amish/dp/0736954988/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1399148095&sr=8-1&keywords=A+Plain+Love+Song+by+Kelly+Irvin

To be entered in a drawing for a free signed copy, please leave your answer to this question: Why do you think most Amish districts prohibit musical instruments?

Here’s where you can find Kelly:

http://www.kellyirvin.com

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Drawing in one week, readers. Hope you’re having a great August!  ~ Mary

Welcome back, Sharon Srock, to Home Thoughts

Happy Monday, readers. First before I forget, will anybody be in southern Ohio this Saturday, 4-27? I will be speaking at the Brown County Public Library (east of Cincinnati) on “Creative Inspiration” from 1:30 until 3:30. The address is 200 W. Grant Ave, Georgetown, Ohio. I will be selling/signing books. Please stop out if you’ll be in the area and say “hi.”GE

Secondly, I’d like to welcome back Sharon Srock to my blog. Sharon has a new book out, The Women of Valley View: Terri. perf5.500x8.500.inddYou can win a free copy of Terri if you answer the question at the end of the interview. Here’s the blurb: Despite a bustling day care center and a new foster child, Terri Hayes hungers for a family of her own. Then a plumbing mishap leaves her homeless and questioning God’s plan. Steve Evans’s gracious offer of his basement apartment as a temporary solution is an answered prayer.

Steve is a successful writer and a good father, but Terri is horrified when Steve’s book research leads him to a harsh confrontation with the parents of her foster child.  She needs to distance herself from Steve, but her efforts fall short as his two scheming daughters plot to make Terri their new stepmother. Will harsh words and sneaky plans drive Kelsey’s family further apart and put a wedge between Terri and Steve? Or does God have another plan in store? Here’s a free download to introduce the women of the series: http://bitly.com/SmQmUs

Sharon SrockSharon 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 this month. Connect with her here: Bloghttp://www.womenofvalleyview.blogspot.com/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SharonSrock#!/SharonSrock
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/SharonSrock
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6448789.Sharon_Srock

Amazon:   http://tinyurl.com/d9kwdcc 

Barnes and Noblehttp://tinyurl.com/cud7xb6

Pelican book group:  http://tinyurl.com/cd5zqar

And finally, here’s the question to answer to win a free copy of her latest book: Have you ever felt God leading you off your expected path?  Have you ever felt God leading you off your expected path? Contest open to US and Canada residents only. Drawing in one week.

In the meantime, have a great week, readers!  Mary

Join me in welcoming Cheri Swalwell to Home Thoughts

Good Sunday afternoon, readers. Today I have the honor of Cheri Swalwell on my blog. Cheri wrote the best devotional books I have ever read. Today I’m featuring volume 1: A 40-Day Habit Between Friends–Taking it to the Next Level. This book of devotions is a must-read for any married woman. I asked Cheri to supply her favorite from the book and (honest-to-goodness) her favorite is mine too. If you leave a comment here I will draw one lucky winner to get my copy next Monday. It’s too good to remain on my shelf!

Here’s a sample of what’s in store in this book: Day 23 ~ Fresh Cut Grass or LaundryTaking it to the Next Level

I Corinthians 10:31: “…whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

I love doing laundry. Most people hate this chore, but for some reason I find it very relaxing. It’s even better spring through fall when I can hang it on the line during the day and save money on electricity. It also gives me a little extra time to myself since my children seem to scatter when clothes comes out of the washer. One thing about laundry, though, is it’s never done. There is never a time when the hamper is completely empty and that feeling of satisfaction sinks in.

I also enjoy mowing the lawn. Not only is it good exercise and gets me outside in the fresh air, but it’s a job I can do that stays that way for at least a few days, if not a week, depending on how much rain we get (or most of the summer this year thanks to the drought). I can look outside and feel good about completing a task that stays finished for longer than a few hours.

Isn’t marriage a lot like laundry and mowing the lawn? Both jobs are time consuming, but only one gives a return immediately while the other never seems to give a lasting return at all. In order to have a good marriage, a lot of time needs to be invested. During the dating stage, it’s a lot like mowing the lawn. Both people are appreciative of the little things done for the other, each is putting their best foot forward to impress one another, quirks are thought of as cute, and misunderstandings are forgiven immediately. The time and effort put in is looked forward to.

Then comes happily ever after. The wedding is over, the honeymoon is slowly fading from memory, and reality sets in. Kids come, repairs need to be made which require money that might not be available, and energy weakens. Now life is more like laundry. The same amount of effort is still required, but the rewards aren’t as long lasting. Maybe each spouse is exhausted from lack of sleep and hectic schedules, maybe grudges are being held over big and small issues, the cute quirks of the past are becoming annoyances, and neither person wants to get up from the couch during their favorite television show to clean up the flood in the bathroom from their child’s reenactment of the Titanic.

However, as I said above, I love mowing the lawn and doing laundry. I loved the dating years where everything was new and exciting, but I also love the sometimes ordinary and mundane aspects of married life as well. The rewards might not be as apparent as fresh cut grass, but they are still there and sometimes they are more appreciated for just that reason. There is the shoulder rub followed by a lingering kiss from the man of my dreams as he walks by when I’ve been working for hours or his decision to take time off from work so I don’t have to go to the doctor alone. And, he will get up during his favorite TV show to stop the remake of the Titanic in our bathroom before its final scene. There is also the shared laughter at private jokes during dinner while our kids look at us as if we’re crazy or sometimes me choosing to let go of my pride to work out a disagreement before it escalates into a full-blown argument. So which do you like better – mowing the grass or doing laundry? If you look hard enough, pleasure can be found in both.

Cheri Swalwel photoCheri Swalwell is a wife, mother, and avid reader, but first and foremost she is a Christ follower. She has a degree in Psychology and has been blessed to be a guest on a variety of blogs including Christiandevotions.us, Circle of Friends, and Crosswalk.com/family. She is a regular contributor to book fun magazine. If you want to hear more about the heart she has for marriage, parenting, and relationships from a Christian perspective, feel free to “like” her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/cheri-Swalwell. She loves to interact with her readers, so she would love to connect at clSwalwell99@gmail.com or Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/cheri-Swalwell

Website:  http://www.cheriswalwell.com  (Has link to my blog) or Twitter:  Cheri Swalwell

Purchase Link: (paperback)

http://www.amazon.com/40-Day-Habit-Between-Friends/dp/1481033069/ref=&tag= cheswaficfrot-20* for easy ordering.  Thanks, Cheri. Next week I will feature vol 2. which is aimed to help mothers. Have a great week readers. Don’t forget to leave a comment for Cheri HERE.