Jill Kemerer brings us pumpkin patch memories. Win a copy of Unexpected Family

pumpkin patchToday Home Thoughts welcomes guest author Jill Kemerer. Leave a comment at the end of the blog to win a copy of Jill’s new book, Unexpected Family from Love Inspired Publishers. To get us in the mood for fall Jill shares her Pumpkin Patch memories with us today:

I’ve always loved autumn. Growing up in Michigan meant stunning fall color displays, apple orchards, hearty Sunday dinners and enjoying cooler weather before winter arrived. I have plenty of fond memories of fall from my childhood. My dad helped me grow my own pumpkin patch one year. We lived way out in the country. Farm fields spread for miles in front of our house, and a forest grew behind it. Near the woods, there was a large sandy area where ferns and tall grasses grew. Dad told me I could use that spot for my pumpkins. He turned the ground over with his tractor, and when the conditions were right (not too cold or muddy), I planted a ton of pumpkin seeds.

My main jobs were to make sure the patch was watered if we didn’t get rain for a few days and to pull weeds. As summer wore on, I got excited watching the vines slither out and little balls spring up that would become pumpkins. By late September, I had a terrific crop. We picked them all, kept the ones we wanted, and displayed the rest on a picnic table in our yard. At the end of our long driveway, we staked a sign that said Pumpkins For Sale. I sold several and felt pretty good, but the week before October ended, I woke up one day and the picnic table was empty. All my pumpkins were smashed on the road! I’m pretty sensitive, so it hurt seeing all my hard work in pulpy bits on the blacktop. But the memories of raising pumpkins with my dad that summer are precious, so I got over my disappointment. We have many good pumpkin patch memories with our children, too. One year we waited too long to head to a nearby pumpkin farm. When we arrived there were four so-so pumpkins left on acres and acres of land! We ended up taking our two teary-eyed little ones to the grocery store for their pumpkins. Oh well! That’s how it goes sometimes.

Jill-Kemerer-Blue-300dpiDo you have fond memories of pumpkin patches? I’d love to hear them!Unexpected Family Small

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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:



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