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Sunday, December 26, 2010

Winners of Bonus Giveaway




I am writing this post on the brand new laptop computer that was a very welcome Christmas gift from my husband who constantly worried about the fact that it was not healthy for me to sit at the computer desk for such long periods of time.  He wanted me to be able to sit in a softer, more comfortable chair with my feet elevated and still be able to work on my writing.  So, here I sit (recline) in comfort, all thanks to him.  It may take a while to write this post because it isn't easy to get used to the difference in the keyboard after years of using a desktop computer.  However, I promise to persevere long enough to announce the winners' names.

The winners of the bonus giveaway have just been drawn by my devoted husband, the same one who purchased this laptop for me.  Actually, since I have just one husband, it only stands to reason that it is the same one.  I know that I promised the drawing would be held on Christmas evening but it was so late by the time my two sons and their families left and then a visit had been paid to the 92-year-old matriarch of the Newby branch of the family that I felt you would all understand if I waited a few more hours.  So, with no further delays, here are the latest winners:

1st place:  Katy M

2nd place: karenk

3rd place: Julie

Here's how this will work:

I will send an email to each of the three winners.  The first place winner will get her choice of three different books.  Once she has made her choice, the second place winner will get her choice of the two remaining books.  The third place winner will get the final book.

The choices are:





If by chance any of these winners fail to redeem their prize, another name(s) will be drawn until all three books are awarded.  Ozark Weddings is, of course, the book around which this entire contest was centered. The copy being given away is an autographed copy signed by co-author Anita Higman. Denim and Lace is a non-fiction book about friendship and how it can be found in the most unexpected places. Field of Danger is a Steeple Hill Love-Inspired suspense story that was the discussion book several months ago by the ACFW online bookclub. 

Congratulations to the winners!  I only wish it were possible to award even more prizes so that I could let all of you know how much I appreciate your following my blog.  Since that is not feasible, I will just ask you to stick around because another exciting giveaway will be posted very soon. 

Happy New Year and God bless each and every one of you!















Saturday, December 18, 2010

Bonus Giveaway ... One More Week to Enter!


As I ponder the past five months and events that have transpired during that period of time,  I feel very grateful and humble when I see how many followers this blog now has. It seems that it has been such a very short time since I first began to ponder the idea of creating a blog. For a long time, I was quite content to visit other writers' blogs and see what new books were being released and to read the reviews of others. The first giveaway that I won was a huge thrill because I had seldom before ever won any contests that I entered. To have someone mail me a copy of a book just for making a comment on their blog was a fascinating and exciting experience.

Then came the day when I posted my very first entry. That was on July 14th of 2010 - only five busy months ago. The number of followers of Write About Now has grown so quickly that I am astonished and overwhelmed. In order to express my deep and sincere appreciation to all of my faithful followers, I have decided to have a bonus giveaway.
For this giveaway, you can't simply say, "Please enter me in this giveaway." You will have to follow the directions in order for your entry to be valid. (Oh dear, I am in teacher mode now; I sound just like I do in the classroom when I tell the students that their answers will be marked wrong if they don't follow the directions).


In order to be entered, you will need to go to my past blog entries (shown in the right hand sidebar) and read the review of the very first book that I reviewed on Write About Now. In order to be eligible, you must first read my review of Ozark Weddings by Anita Higman and Janice Thompson. Then you must, in your comment, quote one sentence from that review. If you do not provide a quote with your entry, your name will not be put in the drawing. The drawing will be for an autographed copy of this book. Since the primary reason for this contest is to recognize the faithful followers, you MUST be a follower to be eligible to win.

In addition, a second and a third name will be drawn. It is also possible that a fourth name will be chosen, depending upon the number of entries. Those winners will receive a different book, the titles of which are as yet undetermined. One of them will be a copy of Denim and Lace, a non-fiction book about friendship by Lois Olmstead and Phyllis Rowe. However, the other title is still pending.


So there you have it. This contest will run until Christmas Day. The drawing will be held late in the day on December 25th and the winners will be notified promptly. As always, please be sure to leave your email address in spam-proof format (yourname[at]domain[dot]com) so that I can contact you if you win. If there is no email address, you cannot be entered.

Again, I would like to extend a big thanks to all of the followers of Write About Now. I am delighted to have so many new friends and I pray that each one of you will be blessed to the utmost. I hope that you leave here enriched and inspired by what you have read. If I don't 'see' you before then, have a very merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Winner of Love Remains...

Another record has been set on Write About Now.  The total number of entries for Love Remains came to a grand total of fifty-seven!  From those fifty-seven entries, the winner is ...

Kait!

Congratulations, Kait!  I'm sure you will enjoy reading this book.  I have sent you an email and hope to hear from you soon.  Kait will have one week, until Wednesday, December 22nd, to respond.  If I haven't heard from her by then, another drawing will be held and a new winner selected.  

In the meantime, don't forget to check out the blog posting for the latest giveaway.  There will be at least three books, and possibly four, given out to express appreciation to all of you who have helped to make this blog a success.  The newest giveaway will run until the evening of Christmas Day and will feature books by some really outstanding writers.  Hurry and get your name added to the drawing.  Be sure to read the rules as they are a little bit different from the typical giveaway.   

Monday, December 13, 2010

Bonus Giveaway ... Multiple Books

Today as I sit here at the computer to begin tallying the comments for the giveaway of Love Remains by Kaye Dacus, I feel very grateful and humble when see how many comments have been submitted and how many followers this blog now has. It seems that it has been such a very short time since I first began to ponder the idea of creating a blog.  I was quite content to visit other writers' blogs and see what new books were being released and to read the reviews of others.  The first giveaway that I won was a huge thrill because I had seldom before ever won any contests that I entered.  To have someone mail me a copy of a book just for making a comment on their blog was a fascinating and exciting experience. 

Then came the day when I posted my very first entry.  That was on July 14th of 2010 - only five busy months ago.  The number of followers of Write About Now has grown so quickly that I am astonished and overwhelmed.  In order to express my deep and sincere appreciation to all of my faithful followers, I have decided to have a bonus giveaway. 

For this giveaway, you can't simply say, "Please enter me in this giveaway."  You will have to follow the directions in order for your entry to be valid.  (Oh dear, I am in teacher mode now; I sound just like I do in the classroom when I tell the students that their answers will be marked wrong if they don't follow the directions). 

In order to be entered, you will need to go to my past blog entries (shown in the right hand sidebar) and read the review of the very first book that I reviewed on Write About Now.  In order to be eligible, you must first read my review of Ozark Weddings by Anita Higman and Janice Thompson.  Then you must, in your comment, quote one sentence from that review.  If you do not provide a quote with your entry, your name will not be put in the drawing.  The drawing will be for an autographed copy of this book.  Since the primary reason for this contest is to recognize the faithful followers, you MUST be a follower to be eligible to win.


In addition, a second and a third  name will be drawn.  It is also possible that a fourth name will be chosen, depending upon the number of entries. Those winners will receive a different book, the titles of which are as yet undetermined.  One of them will be a copy of Denim and Lace, a non-fiction book about friendship by Lois Olmstead and Phyllis Rowe.  However, the other title is still pending. 

So there you have it.  This contest will run until Christmas Day.  The drawing will be held late in the day on December 25th and the winners will be notified promptly.  As always, please be sure to leave your email address in spam-proof format (yourname[at]domain[dot]com) so that I can contact you if you win.  If there is no email address, you cannot be entered.

Again, a big thanks to all of the followers of Write About Now.  I am delighted to have so many new friends and I pray that each one of you will be blessed to the utmost.  I hope that you leave here enriched and inspired by what you have read.  If I don't 'see' you before then, have a very merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Book Trailer for new book by C.J. Darlington

Bound by Guilt by C.J. Darlington will release in March of 2011.  I viewed the trailer for this book and immediately added it to my MUST READ list.  I wanted to share it with you so you too can be watching for this book.  Enjoy!



Sunday, December 5, 2010

New Giveaway and Review: Love Remains

Love Remains is the first book in the new Matchmaker series by author Kaye Dacus. When I think of matchmakers, I normally don't picture them as the type who are found in this series. The matchmakers in these books are a group of grandparents who are plotting to find suitable mates for their recalcitrant grandchildren.


 As the grandparents of Zarah Mitchell (a long time employee of the Middle Tennessee Preservation Commission), and Bobby Patterson (who has just returned to Nashville after many years in order to work for the Tennessee Criminal Investigations Unit), plot to bring their grandchildren together, they are totally oblivious to the fact that Zarah and Bobby are not strangers; in fact, they have a secret past that few people are aware of - a past that could prevent them from ever being more than just members of the same singles group at their church.

To further complicate matters, Bobby's first assignment in his new position is to investigate a case of fraud in the very same Commission for which Zarah is employed.  Even though the spark that has lain dormant for many years is quickly reignited when Zarah and Bobby come face to face, Bobby's hands are tied because he is being forced to include Zarah in his investigation.

I enjoyed reading Love Remains and also enjoyed the writing style of Kaye Dacus. This was the first book I have read by this author and I will be looking forward to reading many more. There were some elements of the story that I felt were too easily resolved and some elements that I felt were too vague and needed a bit more explanation.  For fear of revealing too much of the plot, I won't give any more detail about those particular portions of the story. Overall however, I would recommend this book and I think you will find it to be both enjoyable and inspirational. 

 As I read a book, I always try to think of scriptures that are being depicted.  It is my feeling that this book strongly portrays the message that can be found in Psalms 37:9: "For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth." (KJV)  The book of Matthew, chapter 7 and verse 7, tells us to "ask, and it shall be given you ...".  Further down in that same chapter, in verse 11, we are told " ... how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask Him?'' (Once again, this scripture reference is taken from the KJV). All of these scriptures are vividly displayed in the pages of Love Remains. My apologies to the writer if this is not the message that she hoped to impart.

To read more about Kaye Dacus and her writing, visit her web site at http://kayedacus.com. Her books can be purchased at Christian Book Distributors, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, through her publisher, Barbour Publishing, or your favorite local book store.

To win a copy of this book, leave a comment below which includes your email address in spam proof format; i.e., yourname[at]domain[dot]com. For a second entry, please become a follower or tell me if you are already a follower. If you do not tell me you are a follower, even if you are, you will not receive the second chance to win. For a third chance to win, include the name of another book written by Kaye Dacus. This giveaway will run until midnight on December 18th.


A copy of this book was provided to me by Barbour Publishers for review purposes. I received no compensation for this review nor was I under any obligation to provide a favorable review. All comments are the true and unsolicited observations of this writer.

Book Review: Head in the Clouds by Karen WItemeyer

I am delighted today to have the opportunity to review Karen Witemeyer's latest release, Head in the Clouds. Before I express my views, let me give you a brief synopsis of the book's plot.

Adelaide Proctor is a young school teacher who longs for a husband and a family of her own. Her teaching contract is quite explicit in stating that she cannot marry during the term of the contract. When circumstances bring a traveling book salesman, Henry Belcher, across her path, little does she realize that he is simply a worthless philanderer who already has a wife.  Instead, she misinterprets his attentions and rashly resigns her position and sets off to follow him, hoping to become his bride. It matters not that Adelaide doesn't feel the spark of romance that she has always dreamed of; that will come with time, she decides.



The situation that Adelaide next finds herself in is humiliating and only her quick thinking saves her from being completely mortified. In an effort to save face and thinking that God has abandoned her, she applies for a position as governess to the daughter of rancher Gideon Wescott. Gideon has left a home of wealth and privilege in England to make it on his own as a sheep rancher in America. On his voyage to America, he aids and befriends the mother of young Isabella and becomes Isabella's guardian and adoptive father when the mother dies.

The adventures that await Miss Proctor as she assumes the role of governess to the ward of Gideon Wescott are filled with peril, adventure, excitement, humor, and, yes, with romance too. Gideon and Adelaide must unite forces to protect Isabella from her greedy and evil uncle who wants to obtain custody solely for the fortune attached.

This book is, without a doubt, one of the best books that I have read in a long while.   This book of historical romance is not a book that I would normally pick up to read. As those of you who know me well know, I much prefer contemporary fiction filled with suspense and mystery. However, in giving this book a rating, I would definitely have to assign the highest marks possible. Head in the Clouds has something for everyone; the suspense and drama, interwoven with elements of rich humor, make it a book that demands that you keep turning the pages and allows no stopping point. In fact, I took the book with me to school to read on my lunch break and became so immersed in the story that I nearly forgot to stop in time for my afternoon classes. It was only the students peeking their cute little heads around the corner and asking, "Mrs. Newby, are you ready for us yet?" that brought me back to reality.

From the beautiful front cover to the final word in the text, this book captures the reader and takes them back in time on a journey fraught with peril and adventure.  Through it all, Karen Witemeyer paints a picture with her words that show God's faithfulness to His own. She very adeptly depicts the premise that what man may mean for evil, God can take and use for good.

If you are looking for a good book to read, I highly recommend this book to you. If you are looking for a Christmas gift for a friend or loved one, you won't go wrong if you give them a copy of Head in the Clouds. This book can be purchased through the publisher, Bethany House, or at Amazon, Christian Book Distributors, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite local book store.

A copy of this book for review purposes was provided to me by Bethany House Publishers. I received no compensation for this review nor was I under any obligation to provide a favorable review. All comments are the true and unsolicited observations of this writer.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Congratulations to the newly elected ACFW officers!




 
 
  President: Margaret Daley






                   

       




Vice President: Richard L. Mabry, MD














Publicity Officer: Kristin Billerbeck















Zone Officer: Eileen Key












I have been a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers for only a very short time.  In that time, I have already learned that the ACFW is filled with some of the finest, most caring, and helpful people that I have ever been privileged to know.  This election was the first since I became a member and I am looking forward to the coming months as these four outstanding writers assume the leadership of the organization.

Congratulations and best wishes for the coming year to our new leaders!