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Friday, February 19, 2010

Jennifer AlLee "The Pastor's Wife" Book Give Away



As a child, Jennifer AlLee lived above a mortuary and had to be very quiet when services were going on downstairs, which solidified her life-long love of books and writing. Jennifer now resides in the grace-filled city of Las Vegas with her husband and teenage son. Her next novel, The Pastor’s Wife, releases in February 2010 from Abingdon Press.

Please leave a comment if you'd like to be entered into the drawing, but be specific. Tell me at least one interesting thing you read about either Jennifer, or her new release.

I'm reading The Pastor's Wife right now and thoroughly enjoying it. I haven't finished simply because I'm on a deadline of my own, but I'm finding myself drawn to it when I should be writing. This is a book that won't disappoint, in either the story line or the writing style. Be sure you pick up a copy of your own!

Visit her website


About THE PASTOR'S WIFE

Maura Sullivan never intended to set foot in Granger, Ohio, again. But when circumstances force her to return, she must face all the disappointments she tried so hard to leave behind: a husband who ignored her, a congregation she couldn’t please, and a God who took away everything she loved.

Nick Shepherd had put the past behind him. At least he thought he had, until the day his estranged wife walked back into town. Intending only to help Maura through her crisis of faith, Nick finds his feelings for her never died. Now, he must face the mistakes he made and find a way to give and receive forgiveness.

As God works in both their lives, Nick and Maura believe they can repair their broken relationship and reunite as man and wife. But Maura has something to tell Nick before they can move forward. It’s what ultimately drove her to leave six years earlier, and the one thing that can destroy the fragile trust they’ve begun to rebuild.


Read the first three chapters of The Pastor's Wife here:


Contact Jennifer in cyberspace:

website - http://www.jenniferallee.com/
personal blog - http://jenniferallee.blogspot.com/
group blog - http://inkwellinspirations.blogspot.com/
Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/jennifer.allee
Twitter - http://twitter.com/jallee


You can purchase The Pastor's Wife online at:

Amazon.com

Christianbook.com

Cokesbury.com

What Others are Saying

ENDORSEMENTS
Jennifer AlLee takes a classic romance situation; two people stuck together by an inheritance, and makes it fresh. The conflict between the pastor and his wife has eternal value. How does a pastor balance his ministry and his family? How can a woman of faith give up on vows made before God?
AlLee does a wonderful job of bringing her characters to life and making you care so much for them. I count myself lucky to have gotten an early look at The Pastor's Wife.Mary Connealy, Christy award-nominated author of Calico Canyon and Montana Rose


Jennifer AlLee is a light in the world of Christian fiction. Her inspirational, creative, sometimes humorous, always intriguing, prose keeps readers highly motivated to turn pages—even to the point of missing sleep, of which I can attest to personally! The Pastor's Wife is certainly no exception. With every book AlLee writes, I am continually amazed at how intricately her stories weave throughout, both with captivating story lines and a clear, yet far from preachy, message of God's redemptive love. The Pastor's Wife is an absolute winner and a book I'll keep visible on my "favorites" shelf. I have no doubt Jennifer AlLee will remain a force to reckon with in the months and years to come, for her writing skills match those of many bestselling authors. Keep 'em coming, Jen—and we'll keep readin'!
Sharlene MacLaren, author of Hannah Grace and Maggie Rose


Featuring realistically drawn characters and a theme so needed in today's it's-about-me society, The Pastor's Wife is a well-crafted, heart-stirring story of love lost...and rediscovered. In my opinion, Jennifer AlLee is an author to watch.
Kim Vogel Sawyer, bestselling author of My Heart Remembers


With wistful yet tightly woven prose, Jennifer AlLee pulls back the drapes in Christian pastorages and lets us see the aching and very real humans who caretake our souls. You will laugh and cry your way through The Pastor’s Wife, an amazing book of romance, social issues, and faith.Patti Lacy, author of An Irishwoman's Tale and What the Bayou Saw



REVIEWS

AlLee offers an original perspective on some of the high and low points of being a pastor's wife. Maura doesn't come across as a very sympathetic character at first, but as the reader gets to know her, it's easier to understand her choices. This novel provides a fast-paced and touching story.
Romantic Times - 4 stars

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Share a Laugh—Bless a Friend

In Honor of Celebrating Friendship Month
By Frankie Sherman
I live in a sleepy little town in the Deep South. Sometimes after my morning workout I’ll have breakfast at our local restaurant with some of my girlfriends. These women are diverse in age and background, but as southern as sweet tea.
Over cups of hot coffee, we share things that only women can appreciate, and men would never understand. It’s times like these I am extremely grateful for this wonderful gift of friendship. No wonder our Creator designed us for fellowship.
In between bites of a wholegrain muffin, my dear friend, Martha, told us about putting her mother in a nursing home and how difficult it had been. Yet in the next breath she reminded us of God’s incredible sense of humor.
It seems her mother hasn’t a clue that she’s a patient there, but firmly believes she’s on staff as an employee. In addition, she had been complaining to management because they weren’t paying her, and had threatened to walk out. Martha is now bringing her mother money in a bank envelope and telling her that the nursing home is doing a direct deposit, and she’s cashed her check. So far Mrs. Floyd continues to see herself as a valued employee and is very helpful. Martha’s just praying her mother won’t ask for a pay raise!
We laughed with Martha till our sides hurt as she told that story. Our laughter made the truth of the situation easier. That’s “why we need girlfriends!”
Anyone who has put a parent in a nursing home realizes how heart wrenching that is. Something precious has ended. Roles have reversed and it hurts like a piercing knife.
This will be a hard journey for Martha, she’ll certainly need her girlfriends, and we’ll be there for her.
I am so glad God gave us a sense of humor and laced it with laughter. When utilized for goodness it will restore a hurting soul. Who’s hurting in your circle of friends today? Now, go share some laughter. Both of you will feel better.

“He will yet fill your mouth with laughter and your lips with shouts of joy,” Job 8:21 NKJV.
Frankie Sherman is a national speaker, comedian, and Bible teacher for conferences, retreats, and women's events. She fell in love with Jesus at Vacation Bible School and takes every opportunity to tell others about the joy of being alive in Christ. She is a former choreographer for the Georgia Peach Bowl and the Florida Citrus Bowl Halftime Show. Her specialty is in theater musical/productions. Her first Bible Study, Why We Need Girlfriends is based on the relationship of Mary and Elizabeth, from Luke's gospel. Two women brought together by extraordinary circumstances by an extraordinary God. Frankie is from South Carolina—loves sweet tea, BIG hair and her grand-girls. She believes there will never be another Elvis. And knows that her Jesus will return for her soon.

Monday, February 15, 2010

We Have NINE Winners!!

Our Love Finds You Blog Give Away is over and we've got 9 books to give away. Thank you to everyone who entered and for all the wonderful questions you all asked us. We hope you had fun getting to know each ohf us just a bit better!!

Here's a list of the winners.

Miralee has two winners: Elyssa and Kim

Loree has two winners: Marlee and Sherry Kyle

Sandie has two winners: Martha A. and Kathyeeberly

Ocieanna has one winner: Shelly

Tricia has one winner: Abi

Cerella has one winner: Emily

If you see your name on the list please contact the person you're getting a book from if they don't contact you right away. They will each need your mailing address.

Thanks again and please come back to visit our blogs often!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Love Finds You In February Contest! Multiple Authors!

Multi-Author “Love Finds You” Giveaway!!

Be sure to read this carefully and follow the instructions, or you won’t be entered in the drawing. This isn’t a typical ‘just leave a comment’. Be sure to leave your email addy or a way to contact you, as well.

We’re giving away copies of 9 books…and not all to one person….we’ll have multiple winners. Here are the rules:

We’re not doing ‘canned’ author interviews. You’ll be doing the interviewing. Pick at least one (or more) author (be sure to name the author) and ask a question about their book, their writing or their personal life and the author will post the answer in the comment section. You’ll want to be sure to bookmark the page and come back often or have all comments sent to your email so you can see the answers. If someone has already asked Author #1 & 2 a question, you must pick a different author. All questions will be moderated before posting so no inappropriate questions are posted.

All six authors will be posting this same contest on their blogs. You can visit each one by clicking on the blog link listed with each book/author below. That way you can ask a different author a question on each blog, if you’d like, and increase your chances of winning. Yes, you get multiple entries for posting on different blogs, but only one entry per blog. So go for it and have fun! The contest will end on February 14, 2010, with the drawing on Feb. 15th.

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Miralee Ferrell

Blog: www.miraleesdesk.blogspot.com
Web site: www.miraleeferrell.com


Miralee Ferrell lives in the Pacific N.W., and has been married to her husband Allen for 37 yrs. She writes both contemporary women’s fiction and historical romance, with three books out and a fourth releasing in April. Miralee is active in women’s ministry and enjoys gardening, riding her horse and playing with her new puppy.


Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon


In the thriving 1902 lumber mill community

of Bridal Veil, accidents happened.

But nobody expected murder.


Against the backdrop of the breathtaking Bridal Veil Falls

in a historic Oregon logging community, a schoolteacher finds herself torn between a past love and the man who could be her

future. Sixteen-year-old Margaret Garvey promised her heart to Nathaniel Cooper the night he disappeared from town. Four years later, just as she’s giving love a second chance with Andrew, a handsome logger, Nathaniel suddenly returns to town with a devasta

ting secret. While grappling with the betrayal of those she trusted most,

Margaret risks her reputation and position by harboring two troubleds disaster strikes the town and threatens the welfare of its citizens, Margaret will be faced with the most important choice of her life.



Love Finds You in Last Chance, California


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 ran

ge, determined to make the ranch a success on her own. But des pite 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?

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CERELLA D. SECHRIST:


BLOG: www.thecerellalife.com

WEBSITE: www.cerelladsechrist.com


Love Finds You in Hershey, Pennsylvania


Love Finds You in Hershey, Pennsylvania is a swirl of chocolaty goodness mixed with multi-layered characters and a touch of surprise. In this lively tale of a klutzy-yet-fiery heroine with a will to succeed, Cerella D. Sechrist creates a delicious story of forgiveness, grace and sweet romance. Highly recommended.” -Julie Carobini, author of Truffles by the Sea and Sweet Waters.


Chef Sadie Spencer has learned that in life, as well as in food, sour balances sweet. After returning to her deliciously charming hometown of Hershey with a young daughter in tow, Sadie has managed to rise from the ashes following the death of her husband, the passing of her mother, and the dissolution of her career as a TV chef. With

the help and encouragement of her best friend, Jasper, she opens a restaurant and looks forward to savoring the sweet side of life. That is, until a handsome Russian

entrepreneur arrives in town, apparently intent on opening up his own restaurant in direct competition to hers. Sadie becomes obsessed with honing the one skill she’s never had – creating desserts –

to keep up with her adversary, and in the process, she finds a love that’s simply icing on the cake.

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SANDRA BRICKER:


BLOG: http://sandradbricker.blogspot.com

WEBSITE: www.SandraDBricker.com


Love Finds You in Holiday, Florida


Award-winning author of laugh-out-loud comedy for the inspirational market. The Big 5-OH! - Abingdon Press - Due on bookstore shelves 2/1/10 Always the Baker, Never the Bride - Abingdon Press - Due on bookstore shelves 9/1/10


Cassie Constantine has no intention of staying in Florida. She's just there to get her late husband's vacation home ready for the real estate market, but

the place needs more work than Cassie bargained for. What's more, her widow

status is like a target on her back, and the elderly matchmakers around town manage to sidetrack her mission at every turn. Holiday is a

landmine of golf tournaments, ballroom dancing competitions and unexpected intrigue. But the biggest obstacle of all? Richard Dillon, the stuffed shirt she's paired with on the dance floor. He makes her heart beat faster than the rhythm of The Quickstep.



Love Finds You in Snowball, Arkansas


So what if she can't hook a fish? This city girl has a plan to snag something else...and his name is Justin. Lucy Binoche is reasonably attractive, intelligent, and fit. She has French lineage and better-than-average hair. So why is she nearly 30 and still single?

Justin Gerard is the rugged hottie new to her church's singles group. When he signs

up for a camping trip in the Ozarks, Lucy loses no time writing her name on the line beneath his. Theres only one problem Lucy's idea of "roughing it" is suffering through a long line at Starbucks. She assumes she can rely on the grace of God and the assistance of her friend to get through.

But at the campsite in Snowball, Arkansas, Lucy bungles everything she attempts as she tries to impress Justin. She can't fish, hike, or ride a horse; caves make her hyperventilate; and hot-air balloons make her ill. Soon, events are snowballing out of control. Will

Lucy pretend to be someone shes not just to snag a boyfriend? Or will she discover someone who loves her just as she is?

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LOREE LOUGH:


BLOG: www.theloughdown.blogspot.com

WEBSITE: http://www.loreelough.com


Love Finds You in North Pole, Alaska


Writing award-winning inspirational fiction that touches hearts and changes lives.

Lone Star Legends series book one: Beautiful Bandit, due on bookstore shelves in June, 2010, followed by book two, Lonely No More, in December, 2010. Watch for the rest of the series from Whitaker House Publishers!


A former marine is no match for the spunky Sam Sinclair!

Wounded in battle, Bryce Stone has returned to his home town of North Pole, Alaska, aknd the self-admitted scrooge isn’t happy about living in the town “Where the spirit of Christmas Lives Year Round.” What’s worse, he must postpone his dream of opening a furniture-making shop when his aunt retires and leaves him the family’s cramped and cluttered Christmas boutique. When Bryce underestimates the young woman he’d hired to manage the store, it becomes a battle of wills, and soon Bryce and Sam find themselves fighting for more than just the success of the shop.



Love Finds You in Paradise, Pennsylvania


For as long as anyone can remember, tourists have flocked to the quaint town of Paradise, Pennsylvania, where Amish buggies are as common as shops that sell hand-crafted goods. But to attorney Julia Spencer, this town is anything but a paradise. Raised in foster homes, Julia has succeeded in life only through steely determination and independence. The close-knit

Amish people are a mystery to her. But local veterinarian Simon Thomas knows them well and is fiercely protective of their simple ways, which are increasingly threatened by the outside world. When Julia agrees to defend a local teenager charged in a case involving an Amish boy, she and Simon find themselves on opposite sides of an intense legal and emotional battle. Just when it seems they will never understand one another, God has something to teach them both about the power of forgiveness… and the joys to be found in Paradise.

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Ocieanna Fleiss:


BLOG: www.ocieanna.blogspot.com


Tricia Goyer:


BLOG: http://triciagoyer.blogspot.com

WEBSITE: http://www.triciagoyer.com



BIO: 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.


Tricia Goyer is the author of twenty-three 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.


Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie, Montana


Julia Cavanaugh has never left New York City. But in 1890, the young woman must head west to ensure that the orphans under her care are settled into good families. After her final stop in Montana, she plans to head straight back east. But upon arriving in the remote town of Lonesome Prairie, Julia learns to her horror that she is also supposed to be delivered into the hands of an uncouth miner who carries a bill of purchase for his new bride. She turns to a respected circuit preacher to protect her from a forced marriage but with no return fare and few friends, Julias options are bleak. What is Gods plan for her in the middle of the vast Montana prairie?


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