Giveaway with Author Amanda Beth!!!

I’m thrilled to have my friend, Author Amanda Beth, as my guest this week. Amanda Beth is giving away a signed copy of her fantastic new book The LOVE Walk: A 15 – Week Devotional on 1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Here’s a bit about the book:

 The LOVE Walk-coverpicThe LOVE Walk is a fifteen week devotional created to encourage and support you in your love walk. Each devotional focuses on a different characteristic of love as described in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8:

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails….”

Each chapter includes an encouragement, a prayer, verses to meditate on, and one verse to memorize to support you in your love walk. Additionally, at the end of each chapter there are questions to reflect on for personal evaluation or group study.

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

—1 Corinthians 13:13

 

Amanda is also the author of the book You Can Have a Happy Family: Steps to Enjoying Your Marriage and Children, which I have read and highly recommend. You can find information about that book here.

Where to Purchase:

Amazon, Barnes & Noble (paperback version only) and Amanda’s website (discounts for multiple copies purchased).

Additional Info:

To hear a recorded interview about “The LOVE Walk” and Amanda’s publishing experience, call 605-475-3229 and enter access code: 860983# and then # again.

Author Bio:

Amanda is a wife of sixteen years, mother of four children, and author of You Can Have a Happy Family and The LOVE Walk. God has done an amazing work in her and her family since He rescued her twelve years ago. Because of His unfailing love, she is passionate about sharing His love with others. Every Monday she shares the wonderful benefits behind the truths in God’s Word on her blog. Every Wednesday she shares the Word of God over prayer requests on her Facebook page. And every Sunday she is a guest contributor for Christian Blessings. She also shares messages on marriage and parenting on her website.

And now, readers, here’s your chance to win   all you have to do is leave an encouraging comment for Amanda. A winner will be chosen at random. Sorry this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. If you are a subscriber to this blog, you will receive two entries.  The contest ends on December 20, 2012.

And the winners of Margaret Brownley’s and Nicole O’Dell’s books are…

Wow! I feel fortunate to be able to announce the winners of two books at once this week! And now, drumroll please…

The winner of Margaret Brownley’s book Dawn Comes Early is

KarenK!

And the winner of Nicole O’Dell’s book The Embittered Ruby is

Sarah!

KarenK and Sarah, the authors will be in touch with your shortly. A big thank you to everyone who entered. I so appreciate you! Don’t forget, there are still a few days left to enter to win Shannon Vannatter’s contemporary romance novel Rodeo Hero at this link: https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/interview-and-giveaway-with-shannon-vannatter/

Also, if you love historical romance, I am giving away a copy of my book McKenzie over at http://guidinglighths.com/book-review-giveaway-mckenzie-by-penny-zeller/ and a copy of Hailee over at http://daily-bible-reading.com/

Thank you for stopping by. Have a blessed day. 🙂

Interview and Giveaway with Author Carol Ann Erhardt!!!

Before I wrote fiction, I wrote for national and regional publications. I also have written two nonfiction books, so I have a lot of experience with interviewing – I think that’s one of the reasons I LOVE interviewing my author friends!

So…are you ready for a chance to win a book from another awesome author? I am excited to have Author Carol Ann Erhardt visiting with us today and talking about her book Trapped

Summer Grant is on the run when her car tumbles down a mountain leaving her TRAPPED in Havens Creek. With a broken leg and no transportation, she is forced to accept the hospitality of strangers. Staying with the police chief’s sister and five-year-old daughter in an isolated mountain home might be the ideal place for her to hide until she can get back on her feet. A father, grieving from his only son’s death…a death Summer blames her for…isn’t far behind. Danger is drawing nearer and the target isn’t just Summer. Book one in the Havens Creek Series – an inspirational romantic suspense novel.

Another book I’ll have to add to my TBR pile – doesn’t this book just sound SO good? Now, let’s take a moment to visit with Carol…

What was the inspiration behind your latest book? A newspaper article! After reading about a terrible school bus accident in Illinois, my heart was heavy. I kept thinking how awful it would be as a bus driver to know that a child died when you were behind the wheel. That feeling wouldn’t go away. And when something keeps tapping  on my heart, the best way to deal with it is to write about it…with God’s help.

So true, Carol! Speaking of books, what is your favorite book in the Bible? Wow! So many and for different reasons. But I think my favorite is Genesis. That’s where it all began. And that’s where God made his promise that through Abraham all believers would be blessed! There are so many wonderful stories in Genesis.

If you suddenly were given one million dollars to start a new charity, what type of charity would you launch and why? If the Lord blessed me with a million dollars to bless others, I would start a charity to help house the homeless. Entire families are losing their homes and being forced to stay in shelters. So many people are suffering with the state of the economy. Especially our Veterans. These brave men marched off to give everything to protect our freedom. They deserve to live someplace beside in tent cities.

Carol, I love your idea for a new charity. That is something that is definitely needed and such a worthwhile cause! So tell me, what project(s) are you currently working on? I’m currently working on the second book in the Havens Creek series. The secondary character, Becca, deserves her happily ever after!

Ooh, that sounds like an awesome book! As most readers know, I love books that are part of a series!  And lastly, Carol, How can readers connect with you?

My website is www.CarolAnnErhardt.com

Or connect with me on Facebook: www.facebook.com/CarolAnnErhardt or my Facebook author page: www.facebook.com/CarolAnnErhardt.Author

I’m also on Twitter: www.twitter.com/CarolAnnErhardt

Thank you so much for being my guest, Carol. It has been an honor to have you here!

Here’s all you have to do…leave a comment for Carol (and yes, anyone can enter, but confirmed subscribers receive two entries and be sure to remind me that you’re a confirmed subscriber!). Giveaway ends on March 29, 2012. A winner will be chosen at random.

And the winner of Peg Phifer’s new book is…

Whew! I can’t believe I forgot to announce the exciting news about the winner of Peg Phifer’s new book To See the Sun…

 

The winner, chosen at random, is Cass! Cass, Peg will be in touch with you soon. Thank you to everyone who entered! There’s still time to enter the giveaway for Gina Conroy’s book, and tomorrow, I’ll be hosting a giveaway by author Fay Lamb.  Have a great evening!

Day 6 of the Days of Christmas Book Giveaway Celebration with Lyn Cote & Wendy Young

The Days of Christmas Book Giveaways Continue for a few more days! Have you left a comment for each day for your chance to win? I’ll be announcing winners for each of the days on December 19, so be sure to leave a comment. Remember, anyone can enter, but if you are a confirmed subscriber, you receive two entries! Today, tell us about your favorite Christmas tree for a chance to win the books below!

Today I have two more special guests: my friends Lyn Cote and Wendy Young. I’ve been blessed to be a guest on Lyn’s blog in the past. She will be giving away an ebook copy of her book La Belle Christiane. Wendy Young is offering an ebook copy of her mystery-suspense book Come the Shadows. While I haven’t yet read either book, they both look fantastic!

Below is the blurb for La Belle Christiane:

Can the beautiful daughter of a French courtesan find a love that will last a lifetime?

In the 1770’s, after her mother’s violent murder, Christiane Pelletier flees France. Daughter of a French courtesan to frontier wife to companion of Lady Washington, Christiane moves into the heart of the American rebel elite. But one man in her life can never be forgotten. Once he was her friend. Now he is her enemy. Will he become her destiny? Only God knows.

La Belle Christiane is available where books are sold and at http://www.amazon.com/Belle-Christiane-Patriots-Seekers-ebook/dp/B005Y0S0XK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1323278157&sr=1-1

And the blurb for Come the Shadows:

Come the Shadows

Officer Will Harmon lives a comfortable life in Campbell Creek, North Carolina, where there hasn’t been a murder in seventeen years. When bones are discovered in the old bread factory his life is disrupted but the body only the beginning. Challenges, threats, and surprising mysteries are coming and he will do whatever it takes to protect the life he loves…

Come the Shadows is available at http://www.amazon.com/Come-Shadows-Wendy-L-Young/dp/1463774494/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1323277398&sr=1-1 The sequel Red Sky Warning was released on November 29th and is also available now, in paperback and everywhere eBooks are sold.

And now some favorite Christmas memories by Lyn and Wendy-

Christmas Memory by Lyn Cote

The two most special Christmases were #1, my son’s first Christmas when he was only 9 days old. My husband’s grandmother was in her 90’s. And during the gift-opening with his family, she held our little baby as if he were the most precious thing on earth. She called him her “little angel.”

Three years later special Christmas #2 came. I had another December baby, our daughter. I had not thought I would like having babies in the Christmas season. (And now I REALLY knew what it felt like to be like Mary-“great with child.) 🙂 However, night-time feedings were especially lovely when I lit the tree and played Christmas music softly. Two very special times in my life.”

Lyn loves to hear from her readers at

www.LynCote.net

http://www.BooksbyLynCote.com

For the latest Christian Fiction Market Update
http://www.booksbylyncote.com/publishers.html

Christmas Memory by Wendy Young

The month between Thanksgiving and Christmas is my favorite time of year. With a huge, extended family it’s busy and full of laughter and baked goods (can never forget the baked goods). I have so many memories from this time each year but the one I most like to share is our yearly trek to get our Christmas tree.

I grew up in a split family, with divorced parents. While I was ‘at home’ with both only one house has remained constant throughout my life and that’s the log cabin my dad built and continues to live in to this day. It’s in the middle of open fields and bordered by thick woods on two sides.

Every year , we set aside a day to get our Christmas tree. This wasn’t a trip to a lot, or a store. This was – get the saw, get your gloves, and get moving. We would fan out into the woods and mark good trees we came across. We’d yell back and forth and spend hours traipsing around picking the best one. One year, there was snow on the ground and we had a snowball fight in the midst of our task. We were cold, and often tired, but it was always fun.

I loved being able to say we went out, found, and cut down our tree. Eventually the tradition passed, however. The log cabin in the middle of the fields still has a ‘real’ Christmas tree though it’s no longer cut down as a family. All of us have grown up and moved to our own homes but the memories live on and on the odd year I have returned and helped decorate the tree with the same ornaments that have been hung year after year.

Sometimes we love the changes that come with new Christmases and sometimes we don’t. Each year is unique but the same spirit lives on. The fun is in making new memories while continuing to cherish the old.

Wendy loves to connect with her readers at

http://wendylyoung.wordpress.com
http://www.facebook.com/wendylyoungwriter
http://www.twitter.com/wendyyoung

Day 5 of the Christmas Book Giveaway Celebration with Valerie Comer & Naty Matos

Welcome to Day 5 of the Days of Christmas Book Giveaway Celebration!  I hope you’re enjoying all of the opportunities to win wonderful books! I will be drawing at random, a winner for each day on December 19 so be sure to leave comments on as many days as you’d like for a chance to win!

Today, I have a very special gift for everyone! One of my guests,  Author Valerie Comer is giving away a free download of the awesome cookbook Novel Morsels. This cookbook has fabulous recipes from over 60 of your favorite Christian authors, just in time for Christmas baking! Two of my recipes are included: McKenzie’s Delicious Christmas Cookies  and Kaydie’s Award-Winning Gingerbread Cookies – recipes taken straight from the lives of two of my main characters!

For a taste of Valerie’s cooking, along with recipes from other authors and their characters, download Novel Morsels free for a limited time by using the promo code valeriecomer at http://valeriecomer.com/bookshelf/nonfiction/novel-morsels/ A HUGE thank you to Valerie for this gracious offer!

And that’s not all! Author Naty Matos is giving away to one lucky winner a copy of her well-written book Growth Lessons.  Here is the blurb:

Growth Lessons is an inspirational devotional with the blueprint for the everyday Christian Living. It’s a journey through the scriptures of how to face normal every day situations that we can take for granted and how to submit them to the will of God. This book is a must read for the new believer to understand the practical concepts of the Christian Lifestyle. It’s also a must read for the seasoned believer to affirm their faith through those details that seem unimportant but matters the most in the journey with God.

So, be sure to leave a comment today telling us your absolute favorite food for the Christmas season for a chance to win a copy of Naty’s book and don’t forget to visit Valerie’s website to download your free copy of Novel Morsels

And now, some Christmas memories from two more of my awesome author friends!

My Favorite Christmas Tradition by Valerie Comer

“How many days in a row do we need to eat turkey, anyway?” my sister and I asked each other about twenty years ago. With both sides of the family living in the area, we’d gotten turkeyed out. We birthed a new tradition.

We call it Christmas Eve, though since our families have grown up, it rarely lands on the 24th. It’s a high priority so it’s worth finding a day that works for everyone.

Our family loves food, so an hors d’oeuvres spread is perfect. A few recipes have stood the test of time, but there’s always room for something new.

We prep what we can in advance, but most is done that day, with five gals in the kitchen–thankfully my sister has a large one! The men help by running errands (can someone check if Safeway has fresh basil?) and playing with toddlers.

Around 4:00 everything is on the table and we pause to admire the spread, thanking God for His blessings: for family and food certainly, but also for the gift of salvation through Jesus’ birth. We take loaded plates into the adjoining living room and delight in the scrumptious tidbits we’ve created together.

Then we pass out Christmas carol books and everyone from babies to oldest chooses their favorite and which verses we should sing. We even sing one for each tot! We read the Christmas story then have a family prayer time. The kids get their presents next. The adults have chosen a charitable project to support.

The true gifts are time spent together enjoying delectable finger food, and honoring the birth of our Lord and Savior.

Valerie Comer’s fiction debuts in the novella collection Rainbow’s End (Barbour, May 2012). Her life on a Canadian farm provides the seed for stories of contemporary inspirational romance. Like many of her characters, Valerie and her family grow much of their own food and are active in local foods advocacy.

Be sure to visit Valerie at her website at http://valeriecomer.com

Caribbean Christmas Memory by Naty Matos

When I think of Christmas, aside from the excitement that brings me to celebrate Jesus’s birthday, I can’t but think of Christmas decorations. I grew up in Puerto Rico, and usually right after Thanksgiving the neighbors would get together to plan the house decorations. It was not competitive, it was collaborative. We all got together to make sure that all the houses were lit up. They would hang arches from one side of the street to the other with lights.

Part of the fun of the season was to drive to nearby neighborhoods and see the decorations. My mother and godmother, both single moms would cram all of us in my godmother’s station wagon and we had our heads out the windows admiring the lights and decorations. For those driving through our street at night it was like a tunnel of magic and Christmas cheer. It was important to have a nativity set in front of the house, but always without the baby Jesus. My mother would not let us put him until Christmas Eve because he wasn’t born until then.

The week before Christmas we would block the ends of the street and have a party with all the neighbors. There was music, food, games and prizes. At night, my godmother would grab an empty 5-gallon pail of paint and a stick and use it as percussion. We would bring tambourines, maracas and anything else that would make noise to sing all sorts of Christmas songs. We were like a large family.

About Naty:

Naty Matos was born in the city of New York. She grew up in Puerto Rico and now lives in the city of Atlanta. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with a Minor in Mass Media Communications and a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling.
Naty writes Christian fiction and non-fiction. She maintains a blog on Christian Living Topics at www.therisingmuse.com

Join Naty Matos and 9 of her author friends at Women’s Literary Cafe’s Christian Book Launch, December 13-15. Ten authors will discount their eBooks to just 99 cents. Buy 3 get 1 FREE!

http://www.womensliterarycafe.com/content/december-2011-book-launches

An added note: In case you missed my most recent Movie Monday Reviews, check them out here:  https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/12/05/movie-monday-pendragon-12511/ and here: https://pennyzeller.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/movie-monday-courageous-112811/