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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Exiting News!!




I got some very exciting news today about my upcoming book release, Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon, a historical romance. Main line publishers (both secular and Christian) send their new releases to Romantic Times Review Magazine in hopes of getting a good review. It does all genres, not just romances, and they're highly respected in the industry.

The highest numerical rating a book can get is 4 1/2 stars and my new book received 4 1/2 stars. But beyond that, it also was awarded Top Pick, meaning the reviewer felt that everyone should read it. Romantic Times often gives no top pick awards during any given month, and at most might give 3, so this is considered a very high honor.

Here's what the reviewer had to say:

Summary: Turn-of-the-century schoolteacher Margaret Garvey grieves over the loss of her father and her home. But she still manages to contribute to the well-being of the community, while several young men wish to court her and win her heart. Then she risks everything by taking in two young runaways—only to learn that they may be involved in murder and sabotage of the local sawmill. Can Margaret clear her head and heart to make the most important decisions of her life?


Find it at a reduced cost on Amazon...it will ship shortly after January 3rd.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

New Book: Faith & Finances




Jesus spoke about money and material possessions more than he talked about heaven, hell, or prayer. He noted the relationship between a man's heart and his wallet, warning, "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be." This contemporary retelling of the Rich Young Ruler brings a fresh look at the relationship between a person's faith and their finances.

Within the pages of Faith & FINANCES: In God We Trust you'll find spiritual insight and practical advice from Christy award winning writer Ann Tatlock, plus best selling authors, Loree Lough, Yvonne Lehman, Ginny Smith, Irene Brand, DiAnn Mills, Miralee Ferrell, and Shelby Rawson.

Great faith calls us to trust God, not our wealth. Read how others have cast off the golden handcuffs and learned to live the abundant life Jesus promised in this contemporary retelling of the Rich Young Ruler. Faith & FINANCES: In God We Trust, A Journey to Financial Dependence - turning the hearts of a nation back toward God one paycheck at a time.


"Our church wanted to begin a one million dollar building project. Many of the members were nervous about spending that kind of money in such tight economic times. But our congregation met and the finance board distributed several Faith and FINANCES devotions from Christian Devotions Ministry. Then we prayed. That night we collected $750,000 in checks, cash and promise notes. The Faith and FINANCES devotions spoke to a congregation of people who feared the economy, but trusted in God." - Barbara D.

Order here on their website

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Publisher: Lighthouse Publishing
ISBN: 978-0-9822065-4-6
$7.95 (special pre-order price) if you order from their website instead of Amazon

Reserve your copy today! Makes a great Christmas gift!

Monday, December 21, 2009

God is My Stimulus Package

God is My Stimulus Package
by DiAnn Mills



"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight."
Proverbs 3:5-6

I remember the bleak day I realized I had enough food for two more days. I had no money and no job. How would I take care of my four young sons? I tried to pray, but fear hung suspended in my mind and choked any semblance of words. I wanted to cry, but realized that once I started, the tears might never end. Single parenting and children who had more needs than I could fill, paralyzed my thoughts.

Swallowing my pride, I phoned my parents in another state. Perhaps they'd take the boys until I got on my feet. The thought of parting with them made me physically ill. They had already dealt with abandonment issues from their father's recent departure, and I knew being separated from me would increase their insecurities-and mine.

After the phone call and the news that they felt something good would happen soon, I painted a smile on my face and went through the motions of preparing the boys' dinner. The doorbell rang, interrupting my silent prayer for faith. A middle-aged woman stood there, looking somewhat perplexed and nervous.

"Can I help you?" My voice released staggering emotions.

She nodded and gave me a faint smile. "I think so. God told me that the family living here needs food. I have my station wagon full of groceries."

My boys rushed to her vehicle and helped carry in bag after bag. Not since Christmas had they been so excited. Me either, for that matter.

God had sent an angel to feed my family! The food in those grocery bags fed us for a long time. Every item was something I would have purchased, even special treats. This blessing marked the beginning of many. Within a week I found a job directing a day care center, and my children never went hungry or without care. The true treasure was the provision of our faithful Father who ensured that our family never had to be separated.

DiAnn Mills has over forty books in print and has sold a million and a half copies. DiAnn believes her readers should "Expect an Adventure."Six of her anthologies have appeared on the CBA Best Seller List. Three of her books have won the distinction of Best Historical of the Year by Heartsong Presents. Five of her books have won placements through American Christian Fiction Writer's Book of the Year Awards 2003 - 2008, and she is the recipient of the Inspirational Reader's Choice award for 2005 and 2007. She was a Christy Awards finalist in 2008. DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Romance Writers of America's Faith, Hope and Love, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. DiAnn is also a mentor for Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writer's Guild. She lives in sunny Houston, Texas. DiAnn and she and her husband have four adult sons.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

My Books Are Here!!

Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon


I just had to share...a wonderful woman at Summerside Press named Suzi made it possible for my books to arrive prior to Christmas. My author copies of Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon arrived yesterday afternoon. They're absolutely gorgeous!!!

One of the reasons I'm so happy about this is that I can give my mother and kids one for Christmas. Bridal Veil includes some of our own family history. My great grandfather worked for the Bridal Veil Lumbering Co. for 6 yrs during the same era that my book takes place. His team of horses was considered one of the best tree hauling teams in the state.

I used Art Gibbs (his real name) as a strong secondary character in the book, using his horses, his dog that he owned at the time, and his occupation. What fun to include a family member who accurately fit into the time period and story!

I hope you'll all consider buying a copy of my book...it's on a special preorder price right now on Amazon.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

I'm Stumped!! Contest Again


Sunflower Serenade
by Tricia Goyer


I'm stumped. I put this contest on my blog a few wks ago and just realized I didn't finalize the drawing and give out the book. I had about 8 people leave comments and the blog post is GONE...along with the comments. I have no idea how that could happen, but there's no record of the post.

I had stated in the rules that I needed at least 10 entries to give the book away and didn't get that, so I'm going to post this and try one more time. Hopefully, this time it will retain all the comments & I'll be able to draw a name.

I read this book and enjoyed getting acquainted with the characters in this small town. It was full of family love, glimpses into the heart of a county fair and lots of fun. I'm sure you'll enjoy reading this book by Tricia. Just leave a comment and you'll be entered.

This book was given to me by the publisher to read and give away. I didn't pay for it, nor did anyone pay me for my opinion. There is no purchase necessary to win this copy.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

The Biggest Loser---Is that You?

There's been a lot of hype lately about the finale of the popular reality show, The Biggest Loser. In fact, I like the show and have watched it faithfully for 3 yrs now. Why? It inspires me. Yes, I'll admit I've sat in my chair watching while munching on chips and drinking a Pepsi, but I've also watched while working out on my Gazelle and weight bench.

Christmas is coming and so many people feel like they're The Biggest Loser...and I'm not talking about weight loss. It's a season where any loss comes back to haunt you doubly hard. Maybe you've lost a spouse to death or divorce, or a child ran away or was killed, or someone you love has gotten trapped in drugs or alcohol. Possibly you had a horrible childhood and money was tight, so Christmas intensified the stress your parents were under and it kicked back on you.

Regardless of your situation, you don't have to feel like the biggest loser, because God is on your side. That's right. On YOUR side. The bible says "If God be for us, who can be against us?" Sure. Sometimes it feels like everyone's against us, and God's forgotten our address. But He hasn't. Most of the time we're the one who's taken the steps away from Him...He promised to never leave us or forsake us, but He also expects us to seek Him. So if you're feeling lonely this year, or old memories are coming back to haunt you, remember the One who came to earth so many years ago, that you could have perfect peace.

Peace. Not happiness, peace. Joy. Abundant life. Those are what He promises if only we'll reach out and touch the hem of his garment. He's there for you. Just call on His name.

Monday, December 7, 2009

FREE Books...Not a Drawing!

I'm going to give away several of my books.....up to 20, depending on how many people take part. Here's what you do to get one...and this is NOT a drawing, you have just as good a chance of getting one as anyone else.

First, if you're not already a member of my Reader's Group on Facebook, go there and join. Here's the link:

The link won't show up as a clickable link, so you'll have to cut and paste into your address bar. I'm sorry!!

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Miralee-Ferrells-Readers-Group/203176599584?ref=mf

After you join (or if you already are a member) just get 10 of your Facebook friends to join the group. Tell them they need to post a comment and mention your name for you to qualify. That's it!

I'll be giving away 5 copies of The Other Daughter, 5 of Love Finds You in Last Chance, CA., 5 copies of my new release coming soon, Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, OR., and 5 copies (this doesn't release until late April) Finding Jeena.

Whoever completes it first gets first pick of the title they want, so hurry...race back to Facebook, invite your friends...OH...and post a comment yourself that you plan on taking part.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie Montana

Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie, Montana

By Ocieanna Fleiss and Tricia Goyer
In 1890, Julia Cavanaugh travels west from New York City to unite orphans in her care with new families.
Imagine her horror when she discovers that she's to be "delivered," too--as bride to an uncouth miner! But with no return fare, Julia's options are bleak.

What does God have planned for her on the lonesome prairies of Montana?

Read an excerpt!

Pre-order a copy here!
WAHG
Tricia Goyer is the author of twenty books including From Dust and Ashes, My Life UnScripted, and the children's book, 10 Minutes to Showtime. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like Today's Christian Woman and Focus on the Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in the mountains of Montana www.triciagoyer.com

WAHG Ocieanna Fleiss

Ocieanna Fleiss is a published writer and has edited six of Tricia Goyer's historical novels. She lives with her husband and their four children in the Seattle area. Connect with Ocieanna on Facebook!




I'm reading this book and it grabbed me right at the beginning. I love historical fiction, and know I'm not going to be disappointed with this new offering by Summerside Press. It's one of many "Love Finds You" books, all set in real towns (or ghost towns) in the U.S. Each stands alone, but each presents a romance depicted in a unique way. Some authors use comedy, some suspense, some prairie romance, and all are exceptional fiction. Be sure to pick up your own copy of this new release. You won't be disappointed!!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Signed Book Offer and Drawing!!!




















I'm making my books available for my readers at a discounted price. The Other Daughter and Love Finds You in Last Chance, CA are available for shipping now. They retail for $12.99 each, but I'm selling them (while they last) for $11.00, including shipping, and signed.

Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon will be available to ship shortly after Christmas...and possibly before, but I can't guarantee that. Same price....Finding Jeena releases in late April, and it retails for $13.99....my price to you for a signed copy, with shipping is $11.75.

Just leave a comment here if you're interested, with a way I can contact you, and I'll get in touch. Also, leave a comment about any of these books, stating if you've read them or if there's a particular one you'd really enjoy reading, and if I get a minimum of 10 comments, one of you will get a signed book free!

Here are the summaries for the four books:

The Other Daughter:

The girl standing at the door took a deep breath, pulling her suitcase a little closer to her trembling legs. “My mama’s dead. He’s my daddy.”

Susanne Carson knows that she can trust the love of her life—her husband, David—until she discovers a strange, unkempt young girl on their doorstep, claiming to be David’s daughter.

Not that their marriage has ever been perfect—David’s decision to embrace the Christian faith has strained their relationship. Susanne may not agree with his beliefs, but at least she trusts him. Has David been hiding this not-so-little secret from his past? He wants Susanne to believe in God, but believing hasn’t done much to keep David out of another woman’s arms. What else could her husband be hiding?

As David confronts the truth of his past, Susanne must face her own moment of truth as her marriage is taken to the breaking point and the life of one young girl is left in her hands.


Love Finds You in Last Chance, CA

Alexia's father has died unexpectedly, leaving her burdened with a heavily mortgaged horse ranch. Marrying one of the town's all-too-willing bachelors would offer her an easy solution, but Alex has no interest in marriage. Instead, she dons men's trousers and rides the range, determined to make the ranch a success on her own. But despite Alex's best efforts, everything seems to go wrong: ranch hands quit, horses are stolen, and her father's gold goes missing. Alex is at her wit's end when wrangler Justin Phillips arrives in Last Chance with his young son, looking for a job. But there seems to be more to Justin's story than he's willing to share. Will Alex ever be able to trust him?

Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon

Amidst a backdrop of thievery and murder in historic Bridal Veil, Oregon, a schoolteacher is torn between the memories of a distant love and the man who could be her future. Margaret Garvey had given her heart to Nathaniel, but he left town six years before. Now shes giving love another chance, but her decision to build a new life with Andrew is shaken when Nathaniel steams back into Bridal Veil on a riverboat to work at the nearby sawmill. When disaster strikes the town and threatens the welfare of its citizens, Margaret will be faced with the most important choice of her life.


Finding Jeena

Jeena Gregory's life is unraveling. Her shady boss has disappeared and unpaid salaries and mounds of bills have attracted the attention of the federal authorities. As she experiences financial ruin and alcoholic relapse, she lands in a homeless shelter---where she's confronted with a God she's long forgotten. A moving story of grace and redemption! 304 pages, softcover from Kregel.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

My Cover is Here!!!


I'm so thrilled to be able to unveil the new cover for my coming release, Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon, coming to stores Feb. 1st, 2010. It's a historical romance with a suspense thread, sent in 1902, and it's available now for pre-order on Amazon and Christianbook.com. In fact, I just checked on the Amazon site and it's at a super low price tonight. I have no idea how long it will last, but it's at least $2.00 under what it normally will be....it's priced right now at $8.76, instead of the typical $10-11.00. Just go to Amazon and type in my name, Miralee Ferrell in the search engine, then choose Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon. It's the only one listed of mine right now, without the cover posted.

Just to give you a feel for the book, here's a brief summary:

Sixteen-year-old Margaret Garvey promised her heart to Nathaniel Cooper the night he disappeared from town. Four years later, just as she’s opening her heart to Andrew, a handsome logger, a devastating secret is revealed and the local skidder boss is murdered. While grappling with the betrayal of those she trusted most, Margaret, now a schoolteacher, takes in two runaways, risking her reputation and position…especially if they’re somehow involved in the murder. When Nathaniel suddenly returns, with earthshaking news of his own, and further disaster strikes, Margaret will be faced with the most important choice of her life.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

When is Enough, Enough?

My back is aching, my bottom is sore, my brain feels useless and I've eaten too much sugar today. When does life start getting simpler?

Have you ever said....
Once Christmas is over, things will slow down. Or....
Once it freezes and I don't have to work in the yard and garden, I'll get more rest. Or...
Once spring comes, I'll get outside and exercise more....Or
When I'm finished with school, and start a REAL job, things will get easier. Or...
After I eat this big bowl of ice cream, I'll feel so much better....

You get the picture.

I think I've said all of those, and so many more. Always looking to tomorrow, and not focusing on what God's given us today.

I want to change that. How about you? Are you ready to embrace what God's given you TODAY?

After all, do we have any guarantee spring will come, or we'll see another Christmas?

No. We only know we have the NOW...Today. Let's start using it, embracing it, and finding what God's will and purpose is for us today.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Finding Adventure After 50

My Hubby's Dream.....

And mine too....to a much smaller degree...

See that gorgeous boat in the foreground, with the double wooden masts? That's my husbands baby. He's been working on it for 5 yrs now and it's almost ready to go. We've sailed it a few times on the Columbia River where it resides, but never taken any extended trips...but that might be coming in our near future.


The Lord has impressed on my heart lately, that Allen has continually put his dream of spending a year or two on a sailboat, cruising the Inland Passage in the summer and Mexico in the winter, on hold for years. First, because we had kids to raise, then a business to run, and later due to our building a home. I've been feeling like it's time for him to realize his dream. I'm not sure exactly how the Lord is going to work that out....it may entail Him blessing the socks off our business (which we could put in the hands of a manager while we're gone) or me being willing to sell our new home...and yes, I'll do that if that's what it takes.

I know the Lord will bless my willingness, and I'm giving it to Him. I can still pursue my writing while sailing, and we don't have grandbabies yet, so this seems like a logical time to go. So....one of these days, Lord Willing, you might be seeing these blogs posted from some exotic location, with pictures sprinkled along the way!!


Saturday, September 26, 2009

Another Airport Encounter

This episode isn't quite as scary as my shuttle ride (see post below), but it left me shaking my head while it was happening. Let me start from the beginning.....

I met fellow author Ginny Aiken on the shuttle back to the Denver airport after the ACFW conference. Her plane left an hour after mine from the same gate so we decided to hang out together. We grabbed a bite to eat, chatted enroute with Cara Putman, and eventually made our way to our gate, a full hour before my flight was due to leave.

We found seats (there was still plenty of room, but starting to fill up) and I set my carry-on bags in the empty seat next to mine, then headed to the restroom. When I returned, I found them repositioned in my seat and a duffel bag in the adjoining seat...with an empty seat just beyond.

Ginny leaned close and whispered. "A man moved them. He wasn't too happy that we were taking three seats for two people."

"Where is he?"

She nodded toward a desj where the man bent over his work. "He's kind of grumpy."

I set my bags on the floor and moved them slightly to the side so they weren't right under my feet. A few minutes later the man approached. "I need to move this." He bent over and picked up my bag containing my purse and other items, and plopped it against my feet.

I looked at him, raised my brows and simply said, "okay...?"

He proceeded to rummage in his duffel bag then went back to the small table where he'd been working. Ginny and I simply looked at each other, trying not to laugh. He'd had all sorts of room to reach his duffel, without bothering my items, and they weren't in his way. We talked for a few minutes in a low voice, wondering what his problem might be, then changed the subject and began to chat about other things.

A few minutes later, he returned. He leaned close to my face, about 12" away and hissed. "I was simply moving your bag so I wouldn't step on it. You didn't have to act snooty and make a big deal out of it." Honestly, I don't remember his exact words, as I was so shocked to have him in my face and even commenting on my simple "okay". I guess it really bothered him, and it's possible he thought we were laughing at him, when we got the giggles a little later remembering a disembodied voice in the airport train, warning everyone that they were delaying the departure of the train by standing too close to the door. Whatever his problem, it took me aback.

I looked him directly in the eyes. "You don't need to be rude."

He moved back a few inches and glared. "I'm simply responding to you in the same manner you offered to me." He picked up his duffel bag and stalked two steps across the way to a seat facing us and a little off to the side.

Ginny and I sat stunned, wondering what just happened. We offered each other a small smile and tried some small talk. Finally, she leaned over and told me not to worry, it would be one more story to add to my growing list of airport adventures I could use in a book someday.

We both agreed that most people would be nervous or a bit irritated if a strange man approached a woman in an airport and grabbed her personal belongings rather than asking her to move them, if they were in the way. We changed the subject and decided to try to forget it...although I did whisper that I hoped my seat wouldn't be next to his. The man had ear buds in and seemed to be listening to something, so we assumed he'd settled into his new seat and we wouldn't be bothered again.

About twenty minutes later he stood and walked directly to me, leaning over again. I cringed, wondering what was coming next. "Excuse me?" He waited until I looked up. "I'd like to apologize. I've had a really bad day and I didn't think about the fact that I was moving your purse or personal belongings and it might make you nervous. I shouldn't have acted that way."

It surprised me and I stumbled an acceptance. He went back to his seat and settled in. A few minutes later, I nodded and smiled at him, and he returned the gesture.

I was one of the last to board and I passed down the crowded aisle in the airliner, looking for a seat. There sat the man from the terminal near the front. No, there wasn't an empty seat next to him, but he did sit in an aisle seat and traffic was moving at a crawl. I could have avoided eye contact and pretended I didn't see him, but instead I met his gaze. "I hope you have a good flight, and a wonderful rest of the day. And I wanted to thank you for apologizing...that meant a lot."

He smiled, his face falling into relieved lines and nodded. "Thanks. You too."

I moved on down the aisle, praising God that He'd turned what could have been an ugly situation around. We never know what a cranky, seemingly mean person has been through, what kind of loss they've suffered, or what pain they might be carrying. That man had the courage to stuff his pride and apologize, and I'm so thankful God gave me the grace to keep my mouth shut, when it would have been so easy to snipe back at him.

Looking back now, I wonder if the ear buds were actually some type of device to increase his hearing...you know...like you see advertised on TV, when people want to listen to conversations a distance away? He may have heard us comment that we were concerned when he picked up my bag, and felt ashamed that he's touched another person's possessions with permission...or the Lord might simply have moved on his heart. Whatever it was, I'm thankful. God is Good.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Part Two...Shuttle Nightmare





This is the second part of this true experience I had a few days ago....but it won't make sense if you read it first. Scroll down to the older blog entry and start there, then come back and finish with this one.


“It's kind of late now.” Lisa nodded at the driver snapping his seat belt and inserting his key in the ignition. He reached for his radio and spoke to whoever dispatched him to the airport. I only heard one side of the conversation. “Yes. We picked up two women. No. No one else wanted to go.”

We looked at each other, and I saw the same concern I felt, mirrored on her face. I made a decision. “Driver?”

He turned around. “Yes?”

“I'd like to see your license, please.”

He just stared at me, and the man in the back sat unmoving, but clearly listening. The driver looked surprised, but didn't produce the requested document.

I tried again. “We don't know you, or the company you work for. I want to see your license, please.”

He grabbed the badge hanging around his neck. “This is my badge. No one can drive down here without a security check.”

I told him that was good, but I still wanted to see the company information and license, not just his badge. He unrolled his window and called to a security officer patrolling the sidewalk and beckoned the man over. “You want to see my badge?” He held it up to the open window and shoved it toward the officer.

The man raised his brows and shook his head. “No. And you don't need to offer to show it to me, unless I ask for it.”

I leaned forward and explained that he'd solicited us to ride with him, and we weren't familiar with his company....and that I wanted to be sure he was legit. The officer assured us NO ONE could get down into that area without a full security clearance, so we had nothing to worry about. Huh. Right.

We sat back in our seats and allowed him to drive off the airport property, although part of me still wanted to bolt from the van and make a beeline back to the Super Shuttle line, but off we went.

Yes, we arrived safely, with Lisa and I praying much of the way. Then two days later Lisa arrived breathless at my table in the conference dining room. “Did you hear the news about the shuttle driver?”

My mind immediately flew to OUR shuttle driver. “No. What's up?”

She leaned over my chair, her eyes wide. “It's on the news. The Feds just arrested terrorists posing as shuttle drivers here at the Denver airport. Wouldn't that be something if it was OUR driver?”

Yep. There's absolutely no need to worry, because NO ONE can get onto the airport pick up area without security clearance.
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