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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Celebrating My New Release with a Book Giveaway!!


Love Finds You in Tombstone, AZ---It's finally in stores everywhere!!

I'm proud to offer a signed copy of this book to one person who leaves a comment or asks me a question. This is the story of Christy Grey, the saloon girl who came to Last Chance, CA (in my first Love Finds You book) to cause trouble for Alexia and Justin. I'd especially like to know if you read Last Chance, or hear any questions you might have. Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you in case you win. I'm sorry, but due to high postage costs I'm unable to ship out of the U.S. (if you choose to enter and you're outside the US, I'll still send you a book if you want to pay the difference in postage)

IF you are a follower of my blog, or become a new follower of my blog, I'll enter your name twice.

It's set in 1881 in the rough, rugged town of Tombstone. Here's a little peek into the book....

In a town where dreams are buried, does love stand a chance?

Love and second chances aren’t easy to come by in a town named Tombstone. When Christy Grey receives an urgent summons to Tombstone, Arizona, she reluctantly leaves her new life in California. The trip goes from bad to worse when four masked men hold up Christy’s stage. She finally arrives in Tombstone to find her mother ill and her brother trapped in a life of gambling. Desperate for money to support her family, will Christy bow to pressure from the local saloon owners and return to the life she thought she’d given up for good?

Nevada King has problems of his own. He’s been dodging bullets for years and wants nothing more than to settle down. But he’s on the run from outlaws bent on revenge, and the one woman who captures his interest recognizes him from the stagecoach holdup. Will Christy turn Nevada in to the authorities, or will the outlaws on his trail catch him first?


And here's the opening scene from the first chapter:

Late March 1881

Last Chance, California

Ma needed her. Christy Grey mouthed the words, just to see how they tasted. She stood on the boardwalk in front of the telegraph office in Last Chance, California, staring at the slip of paper clutched in her trembling fingers. Once again she read the words from her younger brother, Joshua.

Ma sick. Stop. Can’t care for her alone. Stop. Come soon. Stop. Joshua

Hope sprouted a tender shoot and quickly withered as the bright heat of reality settled around her. Christy almost laughed. She’d allowed herself to be fooled. Joshua, not Ma, needed her. Ivy Malone’s life revolved around her husband at the time—number three being the most recent. Thankfully, Christy had a stable stepfather growing up following her own father’s death. But after burying two husbands, Ma had foolishly married a man named Logan Malone, and Christy had little use for him.

She sighed and drew her double-breasted wool cloak tighter around her. It was past time to head to Miss Alice’s. The older woman would be disappointed at her impending departure, but it couldn’t be helped. Joshua wouldn’t have written if their mother wasn’t in danger. Ma wouldn’t allow it.

A blast of cold air blew snow under the overhanging roof and lifted the hem of her skirt. That was one thing she’d never gotten used to—the deep snow and cold winters of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. When her fiancĂ©, Ralph, was alive, she’d figured she’d live here forever, but after he died three years ago, her life had floundered more than once. If it weren’t for the fact her seven-year-old nephew Toby lived here, she might have moved on long ago. Of course, her friendship with his stepmother, Alexia—or Alex, as she liked to be called—and his father, Justin, had been a factor in her decision, as well.

This might be the change she’d been seeking, though. She loved the small hamlet of Last Chance, but maybe it was time for a new place and a more promising future. She appreciated all her close friends had done when they’d drawn her in and accepted her in spite of her past as a saloon girl. But so often she felt like someone on the outside looking in. While many of the townspeople were kind, her past always hovered in the background. Some had never forgiven the poor choices she’d made.

The last three years she’d floated with no purpose or sense of direction. Nothing in her life had turned out as she’d dreamed when only a young girl. So many if onlys followed by one disappointment and wrong choice after another. She’d hoped to start her own business here in Last Chance but had drifted down the easier path of working for Miss Alice at her boardinghouse. She desperately needed to figure out where she belonged—where she could make a difference.

A sense of excitement combined with dread warred inside her. She’d miss her young nephew terribly, and dealing with Ma’s querulous attitude would be difficult, but the thought of starting over where no one but family knew her brought a definite exhilaration.

22 comments:

Michelle V said...

I'm dying to read this one! I'd love to be entered! Thank you for the contest!


Blessings
Michelle V
lifeinreviewblog[at]yahoo[dot]com

Barbara said...

I have not read Last Chance.. but I will and this one too! I have just discovered the Love Finds You books and am slowly working my way through them. The ones I have read have been great. I really love books set in the west and especially historic romances set back in the pioneering days. So good!

Would love a chance to win you book.

Thanks! Barb C.

BLC914 (at) GMAIL (dot) com

Anonymous said...

How long have you been writing? I would love to win a copy of this book.

angelac@mchsi.com Angela from KY

Miralee Ferrell said...

Thanks for visiting, Michelle! This is my favorite LFY that I've written so far.

Hi Barbara,
That would be lovely if you get a copy of Last Chance. I don't think you can find it in stores anymore, but it's still available on Amazon and Christianbook.com. I LOVE writing stories set in the old west.

Angelac--I started writing just 6 years ago this month, and my first book (The Other Daughter, women's contemporary fiction) released 4 yrs ago, in 2007. A sequel followed called Finding Jeena, then three Love Finds You books, the first set in Last Chance, CA,(1877) the second in Bridal Veil, OR (1902) and this newest one in Tombstone, AZ (1881). Thanks for stopping by!

Miralee

~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...

I love your books Miralee... Enter me please. =-)

Ariel said...

I haven't read Last Chance yet, but I've heard it's good! Thanks for the giveaway!

pinkdaddysgirl[at]msn[dot]com

Miralee Ferrell said...

Thank you Kimberly and Ariel!! I so appreciate both of you. And Kimberly, you didn't leave your contact info in case you win.

You don't HAVE to read Last Chance before you read Tombstone, but I recommend it, as you get to know Christy there, and see some of her background, so you better understand what she goes through when she gets to Tombstone.

Melissa said...

I loved Last Chance and would love to have an opportunity to win an autographed copy of Tombstone! My address is
Melissa Glor
PO Box 1533
Buffalo MO 65622

Linda said...

I see I should read Last Chance first. I've heard it from other authors, so I know it must be an advantage. I'd still love to win this book and will need to catch the other one. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Miralee Ferrell said...

Gals, just to clarify...I need you to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win. Thank you, Melissa, for leaving your mailing address, but I hate to have you post that online, and I do need your email addy (same with Kimberly).

Melissa...thank you!! I'm so glad you enjoyed Last Chance, and am tickled you stopped by today.

Miralee

Miralee Ferrell said...

Another quick note....and I'm hoping all of you have enabled comments to you get the comments others/I might leave....IF you are a follower of my blog, or become a new follower of my blog, I'll enter your name twice.

Julia M. Reffner said...

I love the cover of this book and the description sounds quite interesting. Gambling is not an issue I have seen tackled much in the CBA, so I'm interested to see how it comes into play in your story.

julesreffner(at)gmail(dot)com

Lisa Nelson said...

Please enter me in the drawing for this book!
I am so excited about your new release! Please keep those good books coming! I am a new follower of your blog!
Thank you!
Lisa Nelson
storyreader617(at)gmail.com

Miralee Ferrell said...

Hi Julia,
Thanks for your comments. You're right, gambling isn't a subject often covered in CBA, and I go even a little further than that. This story tackles the horrible life the saloon girls were often forced to live and the degradation they underwent. It's a true story of redemption and God's unwavering love. I hope you have a chance to read it!

Hi Lisa,
Thank you so much for following my blog, your name will be entered in the drawing twice! Watch my blog in the next few days for another announcement about another new release. I can't say anything yet, but will be able to soon!

Blessings, Miralee

Pamela J said...

Interestingly we just this evening watched a movie called Tombstone and here you have a book that takes place in a setting called just that same name!! You also have gamblers in the book as did the movie.
I know I would absolutely love the book if given a chance to read it.
I'm not really understanding things of this sort: what does it mean to be a follower of your blog? I do get your posts in an email, is that what it means? Or is there something else to be done?

Pamela J said...

uh oh... I didn't leave my information on my last post and didn't let you know I haven't read the other book you asked about.
Pam Williams
cepjwms at wb4me dot com

Pamela J said...

well, I didn't leave my information when I wrote last time, so here it is again:
Interestingly we just this evening watched a movie called Tombstone and here you have a book that takes place in a setting called just that same name!! You also have gamblers in the book as did the movie.
I know I would absolutely love the book if given a chance to read it.
I'm not really understanding things of this sort: what does it mean to be a follower of your blog? I do get your posts in an email, is that what it means? Or is there something else to be done?
Pam Williams
cepjwms at wb4me dot com

Grace said...

Hi!

I haven't read Last Chance. If I could win this, it would be fantastic. I'm sure I'd like it!

I only had the chance to read one book from the Love Finds You series. I'm curious... does anyone know how many there are total?

Thanks for the giveaway, Miralee!
I'm already a follower =)

gracethorson at gmail dot com

Miralee Ferrell said...

Hi Pam,
If you already get my posts in an email, then you successfully followed my blog and you're all set, thank you!! There have been a number of movies made about Tombstone, with probably the most famous one with Val Kilmer & Kurt Russell.

Hi Grace,
I think you'd love most of the LFY books. So far I believe there are 34, with two more releasing in April, June, and August. They do two every-other month.

Lucie said...

Hi Miralee!
Our club is discussing your Love Finds You in Bridal Veil Oregon this coming Saturday! So excited to read this new one too!!! My mom grew up near Tombstone AZ I believe...is Bisbee near there?

Blessings,
Lucie
Chick Lit Book Club

(lucieluvsca at yahoo dot com

Miralee Ferrell said...

Hi Lucie,
I'm so tickled you gals are discussing Bridal Veil!! If you want to call me during the discussion for a speaker phone chat, let me know.

Yes, Bisbee is nearby, not sure how close.

Thanks for stopping by!

Miralee Ferrell said...

The winner is..... Michelle V!!! Please contact me with your mailing address at miralee at gorge dot net.

Thanks so much everyone, for entering!!

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