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

Welcome author Sandra Merville Hart–win a copy of A Stranger on My Land

 

Good Monday morning, readers! Today Home Thoughts welcomes new author, Sandra Merville Hart. Sandra has just released an novella set during my favorite time in history, the American Civil War. First here’s a summary of A Stranger on My Land:perf5.000x8.000.indd

Carrie and her little brother, Jay, find a wounded soldier on their land after a battle which later became known as “The Battle Above the Clouds.” Adam, a Union soldier, has been shot twice in the arm. Though Carrie is reluctant to take Adam to their cave where her family hides their livestock from both armies, she cannot turn her back on him.  But her Aunt Lavinia, bitter over what Yankees have done to their land, urges Carrie to allow Adam to die. Carrie refuses, but cannot remove the bullets. Adam’s friendship with Jay softens her heart toward him. It’s not long until his gratitude and teasing manner spark a friendship between the young couple. Even though Carrie’s father fights for the Confederacy in far-off Virginia, her feelings for the handsome young soldier begin to blossom into love.  When Adam’s condition worsens, Carrie knows a Union surgeon is needed to save his life. How can she accomplish this and keep her family’s hiding place a secret?

Sandy Hart Here’s some info about fellow my Ohio author:Sandra Merville Hart loves to find unusual facts in her historical research to use in her stories. She and her husband enjoy traveling to many of the sites in her books to explore the history. She serves as Assistant Editor for DevoKids.com where she contributes articles about history and holidays. She has written for several publications and websites including The Secret Place, Harpstring, Splickety Magazine, Pockets Magazine, Common Ground, Afictionado, and ChristianDevotions.us. Her inspirational Civil War novella, A Stranger on My Land, released on August 21, 2014.

To find her on Social Media:

http://devokids.com/category/stories/adventures-in-history/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sandra.m.hart.7

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/sandramhart7/

 To purchase Sandra’s book

Amazon:  http://www.amazon.com/Stranger-My-Land-Sandra-Hart/dp/1941103278/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1405606746&sr=1-1&keywords=A+Stranger+on+my+land.

I asked Sandra: What are you working on now? Historical romance is my favorite genre. My next story will be set in Gettysburg, a place that has captivated my imagination. It will be another Civil War romance which requires more research and thankfully (yea!) another visit to the historic city before writing it. A beautiful seamstress and a war-weary soldier would never meet if not for the battle that raged outside her Gettysburg home.

To win a copy of A Stranger on my Land leave a comment to answer Sandra’s question: My novella is set during the Civil War. Have you ever visited a Civil War historical site, either on vacation or locally? If so, which one did you visit?

This is a print book, and USA entries only this time.

It’s time to pick last week’s winner of Kelly Irvin’s book, A Plain Love Song Laura Potter…come on down. You’re our lucky winner. I will email you for a mailing address. Thanks to all my lovely readers who took time to leave Kelly a comment.

Good luck readers with this week’s drawing…and happy reading!  ~ Mary