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Friday, May 30, 2008

Someone Precious Is Gone Today

I lost my grandmother today, but I know she's in heaven with Jesus and with her husband who went ahead of her over 40 yrs ago. Grammie lived a full and very long life. She would have celebrated her 99th birthday in July.

She was so much more than my grandmother....she was a lover of children, a witty woman who didn't lose that sense of humor clear to the end. She was fiercely loyal to family and friends and known to everyone who loved her, as Grammie. She attended the small church in Lyle, Wa., for many years, where she and her husband moved (from Eastern Oregon) when just a few years before he passed away.

The picture at the top was taken just a few months ago with the kitty that resides at the home where she stayed. Her mind was sharp and she was still getting around in a wheelchair when a small stroke hit a couple of weeks ago. God was so merciful that He allowed her to slip into a gentle sleep in the small hours of this morning and she simply went on to be with Him.

I'm grateful for the many years I had with my many more than a lot of adults my age (I'm over 50 myself) ever get to experience. My grown kids knew her well, and she's seen great-grandchildren come into the world, as well. I'm celebrating her life today and cherishing the precious memories of a wonderful woman who loved me.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Rachel Hauck's Sweet Caroline Blog Tour Contest!!!

Helping Kick off Rachel's Tour---Sweet Caroline is a WINNER!

Rachel's website:

Buy the book here:

Rachel's My Book Therapy ( a writing craft blog for writers):

I'm so excited to be part of this blog tour. This is my first book of Rachel's that I've been privileged to help with, and the first title of hers that I've read, but it won't be the last. Here's the details for a contest that she's sponsoring--

Contest: The Sweet Life contest! Enter to win a Scrumptious Baking Basket from Rachel. The basket contains a Super Cool Apron, a Low country cook book signed by PAT CONROY, rolling pin, and a pie plate! All you have to do to enter is sign up for Rachel's newsletter here:

About the book:

Caroline Sweeney has always done the right thing--the responsible, dependable thing--unlike her mother who abandoned her family. But when her best friend challenges her to accept an exciting job adventure in Barcelona, Spain, Caroline says "yes" to destiny.

Then, without warning, ownership of the run-down cafe where she's been waitressing falls right into Caroline's lap. While she's trying to determine the cafe's future, handsome Deputy Sherriff J.D. Rand captures Caroline's heart.

But when her first love, Mitch O'Neal, comes back to town, fresh from the heat of his newly-found fame as a country music singer in Nashville, Caroline must make some hard choices about love and the pursuit of the sweet life.

About Rachel:

I'm a forty-something, a child of the '60's, '70's, '80's, '90's and '00's.

I roller skated through the '70's into the '80's with Farrah Fawcet hair and a three-speed orange Camero.

Born in Ohio, I lived several years in Oklahoma and Kentucky before my parents moved the family to Florida.

I graduated from Ohio State University (Go Buckeyes!) with a degree in Journalism. As a member of Phi Mu sorority, I partied my way though the last few years of college.

But, the truth is, and always will be, I belong to Jesus. At the age of six, I knelt at the altar of a Tulsa Methodist church and gave my life to the One who loves me.

After graduation, hired on at Harris Publishing as a software trainer, determined to see the world. And I did it without a laptop, a cell phone, an IPod or portable DVD player. Those were hard times.

But, I traveled to Ireland, Spain, Venezuela, Mexico, Australia, Canada and the U.S. from California to Maine. But, life on the road is difficult. Working twelve to fourteen hour days, one doesn't get to see many of the sites. In Ireland, our company's distributor drove me around at night so I could see something of Dublin.

I met Tony, my husband, in '87, at church, of all places. We got married in '92. Tony has been a pastor for twenty years. I've worked with him in eighteen of those twenty. Our heart is to see teens and adults passionate, radical and whole hearted for Jesus.

Tony and I don't have any children of our own, lots of kids-in-the-Lord and we love them all. However, we do have a very spoiled dog, and an even more spoiled cat.

I've always wanted to be a writer. My dad used to tell me, "You're a writer." I have letters he wrote me post college, exhorting me to write. In this, I believe he had the heart of God.

In '93, I started an epic WW2 novel with two plots. It was well rejected. After that ordeal, I took a break and put efforts into my job as a software project manager. But, I missed writing and in late ' 99, I took up the craft again.

With a little help from my friends, my first book was published in ' 04, Lambert's Pride, a romance novel. I love writing chick lit and romance. I love writing. What an honor.

And BONUS here's a recipe for Bubba's Buttery Biscuits!

3 cups self-rising flour
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces and chilled, plus 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted for brushing the tops
1 1/4 cups buttermilk

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Place the flour and chilled butter in a medium mixing bowl. Work the butter into the flour with a pastry cutter, a fork, or your fingertips until the butter pieces are a little larger than an English pea, but not larger than a lima bean. If you are using your fingers, work quickly so that the heat of your hands won't melt the butter.

Pour in all of the buttermilk and, using light pressure, fold the mixture a few times with a plastic spatula until it holds together. Do not over mix. In order to make light biscuits, it is important to work the dough as little as possible.

Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead it quickly and gently 6 to 10 times or until it begins to be almost homogenized. There will be large pieces of butter throughout. Sprinkle a little flour under the dough so that it won't stick to the board and lightly dust the top of the dough so that it won't stick to the board and lightly dust the top of the dough so that it won't stick to the rolling pin. Roll the dough out to about 1/2-inch thickness.

Cut the dough into 2-inch rounds, place on an ungreased baking sheet, and bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes. I like the biscuits to be crispy and brown on the top and bottom, but not dry in the middle. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and brush the tops of the biscuits with the melted butter. Serve right away. (recipe from Louis Osteen)

Here is the blog tour schedule and link for Rachel Hauck’s Sweet Caroline:

And Last, here's the next 5 days of blog tour...if you visit some of the later dates, you'll find dates that come after these, so you can continue to read about Rachel. Some tours have different information, or an interview with Rachel, so be sure to check them out!


Linda at 2nd Cup of Coffee

Miralee at Coming Home

Melody at Kids, Cakes, Dishes, Laundry…In that order

Laura at Texas Okie


Tasra at Lessons From the Scrapbook Page

Margaret at The Cappuccino Life

Jennifer at Snaphots

Deborah at Papcuts


Jamie at Surviving the Chaos

Dena at Mother Inferior

DeeDee at Fiddledeedee

AnneMarie at Not Just a Mom


Jill at Christian Work At Home Moms

Joy at the Five J’s

Laura at Lighthouse Academy

Michelle at Edgy Inspirational Author


Billie at Hearing the Music Amongst the Noise

Barb at A New Chelsea Morning

Amy My Friend Amy

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Tricia Goyers Book Three in Chronicles of the Spanish War Series....Contest!!

A Whisper of Freedom - Contest!

Tricia Goyer has a fun tour for her new book, A Whisper of Freedom. This is the third book in her Chronicles of the Spanish War series. As I've mentioned before, Tricia has become one of my favorite authors. She has a knack for creating such intriguing stories and characters that you forget where you are! She brings Spain to life in a vivid, realistic way in this series. If you like historical novels, this series is a must read, and this is one series that you need to read in order, so be sure to read A Valley of Betrayal and A Shadow of Treason first.

Each person posting a review of the book has been asked to answer several MEME questions (below). Check out the answers others gave on their blogs. The tour schedule and links can be found here.

Here are the MEME questions!

1. List three things you would do with a chest full of gold (assuming you got to keep it!)

Oh my I pick totally unselfish things that will show what an amazing person I am, LOL! Or do I pick fun things that are completely self-centered? Hmm....maybe a little of both!

First, I'd get out of debt...I think that is very honoring to the Lord and would put our family in a position to be able to relax, have fun and do some things we've always wanted to do that we've never been able to do. Of course, I'd be giving a minimum of 10% to the Lord, but I'd love to then give an additional 10% to some of my favorite Christian charities.

Now, for the totally fun things! My hubby and I would love to travel. My idea of travel is jumping on a jet and heading to places unknown. He'd like that too, but he'd love to dump some serious money into our sailboat, finish it and hit the high seas. So...maybe a bit of both. Finish the boat, equip it with a super duper satellite system where I can have high speed internet and off-shore phone no matter where we are, so I can write, keep up with my editors, and still have a blast lying on the deck in the sun.

2. List three charities/missions/organizations you support (and why).

Children's International...just one 13 year old girl for now, because we like to spread things around a bit. We've also discovered a wonderful group headed by Ex-congress woman Linda Smith. Her organization helps rescue girls from slavery all over the world. The third is Covenant House, a Christian organization that rescues kids on the streets. We have a heart to help hurting kids and rescue them from abusive, life threatening situations...and each of these groups is also ministering to the kids spiritually, which is the most important thing.

3. List three ways you have volunteered your time/services.

I serve on staff at our small church, ministering to women individually as well as leading our intercessory prayer group. Our family recently volunteered to install a new tile floor in the foyer of our church and I did the grout/finish work.

4. List three things you keep "hidden" when company comes over.

How funny....I can't think of a single thing, LOL!

5. List the last three things you've lost.

Hmm....last week I thought I'd lost my purse, and I did for a short amount of time. I rushed to the bathroom at WalMart, leaving my dear husband to unload the cart. He left the cart in the parking lot and swung thru to pick me up. We headed for the exit and I reached for my purse...but it wasn't there. I panicked, as I knew I hadn't taken it to the restroom....and it HAD been in the cart. He was SURE it wasn't there, but we blasted back to WalMart with me praying the entire way, and found the cart. Empty. My heart dropped and I started imagining having to call every card company and trying to remember what would need to be canceled. I ran into the store praying that some honest person had found and turned it in. They DID! God is SOOOO good! Someone found it in the cart and brought it to the customer service booth, where it was waiting for me.

I lose my keys all the time, LOL! My daughter was giving me a hard time the other day that I can only find the back door key to our house right now, not the front door. She gave me her key that she'd carefully guarded, as I promised to return it to her...NOT. I forgot to copy and return it to her, and now I can't find her copy either! Sigh.

Right now I can't find a NetFlix movie that I packaged to mail, and a library book that's overdue. I think my house ate them!

6. List the last three things you've found.

LOL! My purse, my sunglasses....but haven't found my key yet!

Contest and give-away post info:

During the tour, you can enter to win one of FIVE signed copies of A Whisper of Freedom by signing up for Tricia's newsletter here!

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About the book: Battles heat up…not only those being waged by the soldiers on both sides fighting for Spain, but in the hearts and minds of the men and women who must sacrifice more than their dreams to save the lives of their loved ones.

In this meticulously researched novel, brave and idealistic Sophie, Philip, Jose, and Deion realize their only hope for freedom is escaping Spain's borders.

By continuing the story of this band of volunteers during the Spanish Civil War, A Whisper of Freedom proves that there are whispers of hope and liberty that resonate through even the darkest night.

We Have Our Winners!!!

I'm thrilled to be able to let you know that instead of giving away 3 books that my wonderful marketing director at Kregel has agreed to send out books to the SEVEN people who posted comments and offered creative ways to help influence others to buy my book.'s the list of gals who posted great ideas and will be getting a book. Please send me your addresses and Kregel will get a book off to each of you.



Donna Moore

Windy Cindy




Saturday, May 3, 2008

Win A Book AGAIN!!!

This is not typical for me, but I'm doing yet another book give-away to celebrate The Other Daughter being picked as the June book of the month selection for the ACFW book club.

But this contest has a MUST read the rules below and follow them, or you won't be entered.

I'm giving away THREE books this time, not one, but three. What must you do to win one? Just leave a comment you ask? Nope, Nada...not this time. You must leave a very creative comment along this line---

I'm giving these books away to pick up influencers. In other words, I need you to 'shout it from the roof-tops' if you enjoy the book, after you've read it. Please tell me in the comment section:

Why you want a book

What creative ideas you can offer that will help promote the book, after you've read it? (see a few suggestions below) Give me at least three, and more if you can.

Your email address disguised so the spam bots can't grab in, miralee at gorge dot net

That's it....three simple rules....but all are critical and leaving out any of them will exclude you.

If I get only three comments, you'll all get a book. If I get multiple (as I hope and expect) then I'll pick the ones I feel will help influence the most. If there are a lot of you and I have a hard time deciding, it'll turn into a drawing. I'll keep this contest open for one week and post the winner a week from tomorrow, or May 12th. Thanks!

Now for the example I might offer to post a review on your blog or website, or drop glowing written reports off at your local bookstore and beg them to carry copies...Be creative, but don't get so crazy that it's not realistic. And above all, I'll be looking for follow through. I'll ask the winners to notify me after they've read the book and let me know what they DID do.
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