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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Summerside Is Giving Away More Books!!

Yep, you heard it right. My wonderful publisher, Summerside, is giving away three different books to help out my release bash/celebration. Only you don't have to buy anything to win. Sure, I'd love it if you bought a copy of my book on August 1st (and if you do, you'll automatically get the free epilogue and other three gifts) but you don't have to buy a thing to get your name in this drawing.

Simply leave a comment here letting me know if you'll consider getting my book from Amazon on August 1st to help give my Amazon numbers a big 'bump', and I'll put your name in the drawing.

And remember, if you follow my blog already, let me know. You get two entries. If you don't yet, and subscribe to follow my blog, I'll give you an extra entry as well.

If you post a link and a note on Facebook or your blog or Twitter about this give away and my new release & let me know, you'll get another entry.

But you MUST leave comments on my blog, as FB doesn't like contests.

Summerside is giving away my Love Finds You in Tombstone, AZ, along with two other LFY books (I'll announce which ones later, so keep watching!), as one prize. Then, a journal as another, and a devotional book as a third. Pretty cool, huh!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Extra, Extra! Win a Gift Card!

Did you mark your calendar yet to purchase my book on August 1st from Amazon to get the four free items and be entered in a drawing for a free gift card?

Before we move on to that....there's one more COOL prize I want to mention.
Upload a video on You Tube of you reading a section of dialogue from my new choose the character, and give me your BEST character impersonation. The person with the most votes on You Tube gets one of my other books free!!! (this contest will go on until the end of August to give readers time to get their books and will be mentioned again in the future).

I promised you more information on winning the gift cards. Who doesn't like to spend money on Amazon or get a treat at Starbucks?

If you purchase Love Finds You in Sundance, WY on August 1st, not only will you automatically get four free gifts from me, you'll be entered to win a $5 gift card from Starbucks AND a $10 gift card from Amazon. That's more than the book cost you, and there are ways to get multiple entries.

The first person who sends me a picture of you holding a copy of my book at a book store gets 5 entries.

If you follow/subscribe to my blog and let me know, you'll get another entry in the drawing.

If you leave a comment on this post telling me you follow my blog AND plan to buy the book on August 1st, you'll get a third entry in the drawing (besides the one for buying the book)!

If you Tweet this blog post or mention it with the link on Facebook, Or ANY Just just tell me in the comment section where you posted it, and if it's a blog, give me your blog addy.

If you link to my blog, you get another entry. (again, you must tell me you did this and give me your blog address)

If you join my Reader's Group on Facebook or are already a member there, you get another entry. Just let me know in the comment section. Here's the address for my Reader's Group:

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Exciting News!!

I just wrote a new epilogue for Love Finds You in Sundance, WY, that ISN'T in the book!!

My book releases Aug. 1st, but it doesn't contain an epilogue. How would you like a special peek into what happens 'after the story'?

It's for my special group of friends who are my loyal supporters and love my books.

Is that you? I'm emailing the epilogue and three other gifts to anyone who purchases my new book ON August 1st, from Amazon.

Mark your calendar now so you don't miss out!

You'll receive.....

* A four page epilogue that tells you what happens after the story ends

* Five pages of recipes, some old family favorites used by my mother and grandmother

* A sneak peek at the first chapter of the new book I'm working on. That's right, you'll be the only group of people who get to read the first chapter BEFORE it releases!

* A fun list of baby names that were popular in 1889, when Angel Ramirez was riding the range in Sundance. See if your name or your baby's name was popular 120 years ago!

How do you get all this great free stuff? Buy my book on Amazon on August 1st, email me a receipt at miraleef at gmail dot com. Yes, Kindle books count, as well.

AND!!!! If you participate, I'll also enter your name in a drawing for a gift card to Starbucks and Amazon! Come back tomorrow to learn more about the drawing. And remember, mark your calendar for August 1st!

Can't wait to see what you think of the secret epilogue!!!!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Win Laura Hilton's New Amish Book!

This drawing will close on Thursday evening, July 20th. READ ALL The Directions or you'll miss out on how to enter.

Want to win a copy of Laura's new Amish book, A Harvest of Hearts?? Read about what Laura enjoys doing and ask her a question. Sorry, just leaving a comment won't get you in the drawing. Asking a question shows us you've read the directions and read this post, and Laura is anxious to interact with her readers.

Laura's book will be mailed to the winner after it releases in Sept., so please be patient if you win. You can pre-order it now from Amazon or CBD, so pop on over and do so quick!

Be sure you give us a way to contact you, and let me know if you follow my blog. If so, you get your name put in the drawing twice, not once.

If you're outside the US you may enter, but if your name is drawn you'll get an emailed PDF of the book, rather than a printed book.

Thank you for visiting, and please consider subscribing to my'll increase your chance to win, but you must tell you you do, as I don't have time to search through all the followers.

Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools three of her children. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.

Her first book “Patchwork Dreams” in her Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House released in April 2011, the second book, “A Harvest of Hearts” in September 2011, and the third in April 2012.

Laura loves lighthouses and she used to go to the Coast Guard festival in Grand Haven every year. She also has fond memories of going to Holland Michigan where she went to Windmere Island and always brought home a box or two of fudge. She collects lighthouses and tea cups.

As a family, they enjoy taking mini-vacations around the area where they live. They have visited Blanchard Caverns, Mammoth Springs, Hardy, Memphis Zoo in Tennessee, and other spots.

She also enjoys playing Monopoly with her husband and one of her sons, or Clue with her younger children.

If Laura could go any place on vacation she would love to visit Alaska, Prince Edward Island, and London England. She also would love to go to Germany and Austria, and see other sites in the U.S.A. such as Mt. Rushmore and Niagara Falls.

Now, for "A Harvest of Hearts"

Book 2 of the Amish of Seymour series, September 2011

Matthew Yoder volunteered to be part of the swap of Amish men from his Old Order Pennsylvania Amish Community, to the Amish community in Seymour, Missouri. There is nothing for him in Pennsylvania, as the youngest of twelve children, and the lack of farmland around Lancaster County, he felt he could make a better future in another district.

Shanna Stoltzfus has been raised Amish, and couldn’t wait for her rumspringa so she could pursue her education. She hated having to quit school in the 8th grade to stay home and learn everything that makes a home run smoothly. But now she has earned her GED and is taking college courses, but her family is begging her to come home; her little sisters miss her. And there’s something about newcomer, Matthew Yoder that draws her attention. But is it enough to give up her dreams of education and join the Amish church?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

FREE Stuff for YOU!!!

My new book, Love Finds You in Sundance, WY, releases August 1st and I want you to help me celebrate. I'm putting together a package of online freebies and YOU could get the entire lot.

How, you ask? It's simple.

Order my book on Amazon between July 29th and August 1st. Any of those three days. But if you order on August 1st, you'll get one extra that no one else gets.

Send me a copy of your receipt from Amazon showing you've ordered and the date, and you'll be set.

What will you be getting free? You'll have to check back here next week to find out. But I think you'll enjoy them. No...not a free book....these are little free gifts that I've put together that have something to do with my books, and a couple of them specifically for Sundance.

Check back in, I'd hate to have you miss out!

Book Summary:

Angel Ramirez is tired of living a lie. But can she live like a lady?

On the run from a dangerous outlaw, Angel works her way across several states disguised as a boy and working as a varmint tracker and horse wrangler. After taking a job on a Wyoming ranch owned by a bachelor and his widowed sister, she finally reveals her true identity and must fight to prove her worth as a ranch hand while somehow discovering her
role as woman.

Hiring a woman doesn’t sit well with Travis Morgan, and the dark-haired beauty is causing a ruckus among his cowboys. Just as Angel decides she’ll never be able to please her boss, an unexpected surprise arrives from across the ocean and makes trouble on the ranch. Will Angel leave with the person who’s come so far to claim her?

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Living in the Moment

A author friend of mine, Ethel Herr, said something a few days ago that was profound, and she agreed to let me share with you...

I've learned the importance of living in the moment. If we live in the past, which cannot be changed, we destroy the present and leave no possibilities for the future. Living in the future, where we have no control, only weird imaginations and wildness, also robs us of the present. God introduced Himself to Moses as the I AM. Not the I WAS, or the I WILL BE, but I AM. He did appeal to Moses to remember what He had done and promised that He would go with him in the future. But He is the great I AM. I amness builds a past for examples and assurance for the future. But we can never live any place but the present.

Isn't that awesome?

I don't know about you, but when she shared that I SO needed to hear it. My husband and I have been going through a lot of 'stuff' this past year--much of it financial stress that's worn us down. So many times I've been tempted to look back into 'better days' wishing we could go back, or find myself longing for the future when I hope life will be brighter. And in doing so, I've realized I'm robbing myself of where I am now.

God isn't caught by surprise by anything that happens to us--so I have to ask myself--if I'm in this situation that's hard right now, what does He want me to learn? What is He trying to say? Is there are a reason I'm here now, and if so, I need to discover what it is and be obedient, if He's asking something of me.

How about you? Are you living in today, yearning for the remembered tranquility of yesterday, or wishing away your life hoping for something better in tomorrow? Let's make a decision to live in the present, learn the lessons God wants us to learn NOW, and let yesterday and tomorrow take care of themselves. After all, we're only promised the time we have in this moment. I've decided I want to make it count!!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Sherry Kyle--Win Her New Release!!!

I'm so pleased to introduce a good friend and fellow author....

Sherry Kyle has recently released a wonderful contemporary romance, Delivered With Love. If you'd like to win a copy you'll need to read this post and ask Sherry a question based on something she's shared or something you'd like to know about her life or her writing. Be SURE you ask a question, not just leaving a comment if you want your name entered. Also, give me a way to contact you.

Would you like your name put in for double the chance to win? Let me know that you just started following my blog (subscribe to it) OR that you're already a follower & I'll enter you twice. You can do this in the same post where you ask a question.

I'm sorry...Sherry can't ship to addresses outside the U.S.

Now....a little more about Sherry!

On July 9th twenty-three years ago, Sherry and her college sweetheart, Douglas Kyle, said, “I do”—a decision that she says is the best one she’s ever made. Eighteen and a half years ago, Sherry became a mom for the first time and has since added two more children by birth and one by adoption to her brood. She loves to spend time with her family—whether they are taking walks along the beach where they live in Central California or playing in the snow of northern Tahoe. Every Tuesday and Thursday morning, you can find Sherry moving to the beat of Latin music at her church’s Zumba class. Besides dancing, she enjoys reading and hanging out with her friends at local coffee shops. She has two books in print, one for tween girls titled The Christian Girl’s Guide to Style, and Delivered with Love, her debut novel.

Hey everyone....Miralee here.....if you have a young teen or pre-teen, you MUST get a copy of Sherry's book The Christian Girl’s Guide to Style. It's fantastic!!!!!!

And Now.....Delivered With Love

An old love letter found in the glove compartment of a young woman's inherited 1972 Volkswagen propels her to leave her life in Los Angeles and go to the small town of Capitola, California. There her dream of finding the writer of the letter leads her on an unexpected journey that changes her life forever.

Claire James, age twenty-three, is ready to make it on her own. When she's fired from her job as a waitress and subsequently kicked out of her sister's home, she sees it as an opportunity to start over. But even before moving, a thirty-five-year-old love letter written to her mother keeps Claire stuck in the past. Michael Thompson, a middle-aged real estate agent, wants to keep the past where it belongs--at least until his grown daughter is married. But, then a young woman comes to town...


Delivered With Love--delivers--romance, suspense, conflict, humor and terrific true-to-life characters. Every one of them has something special that drew me in. And the setting, Capitola, California, is a lovely backdrop to this heart-warming story that will keep you turning the pages. A great start for debut novelist Sherry Kyle.

~ Karen O’Connor

Find Sherry at these places:


Facebook: (author page)


Blog on website:

Contributor to these blogs:

Fun Faith 4 Girls:

Christian Authors Network:

Book trailer:

Tour of Capitola, California:

The blog owner has not been paid to post this giveaway nor did she gain anything by it.

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