Thursday Things: THREE Awesome Giveaways!

Thursday Things: THREE Awesome Giveaways!

First off, let me just say that if you experienced even half the gratitude I did over Thanksgiving, you and I make one GRATEFUL BUNCH!

And to thank you for being such lovely readers and all around awesome people (because you ARE, and I’m grateful for every one of you who read my words and keep coming back for more!), I’ve got a few different ways I’m showing my appreciation of YOU!

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Free E-Books, Giveaways, and New Releases Ahead!

Free E-Books, Giveaways, and New Releases Ahead!

Things are about to get wild around here! Woo-hoo! We have a crazy-full schedule ahead, but it’s all awesome stuff! Besides the fact that about half my family celebrates birthdays over the next few months, and that some of the biggest Holidays of the year coincide nicely with said birthdays, we’re also celebrating several new releases ahead!

Box sets, audiobooks, new series, new books in familiar series, and more!

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Friday Fiction Fix: Elderberry Days is FREE Until 3!

Friday Fiction Fix: Elderberry Days is FREE Until 3!

It’s only Thursday, I know, but I wanted to give you plenty of time to grab your copy of Elderberry Days: Season of Joy, the Holiday Sequel, for FREE before it goes back up to $2.99 at 3pm on Friday! (That’s 3pm Pacific time, so for you to the east of me, you get a few more hours.)

So today’s Friday Fiction Fix is simply an update and reminder so you don’t miss out. Have a fantastic weekend!

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99 Cent Books for Amazon Prime Day

99 Cent Books for Amazon Prime Day

To celebrate Amazon Prime Day, all my books are only 99 cents for ALL buyers, not just Prime members! ONE DAY ONLY!!!

What is Amazon Prime Day you ask? According to Amazon: “Amazon Prime Day is a one-day shopping event on July 15, 2015, with more deals than… Read more

Elderberry Days: Season of Joy, A Holiday Sequel

Elderberry Days: Season of Joy, A Holiday Sequel

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Releasing  This Friday, November 14th

The Holiday Sequel to Elderberry Croft

Elderberry Days: Season of Joy

It’s been a year since Willow Goodhope moved to Elderberry Croft at The Coach House Trailer Park, charming her way into the lives of each of her new neighbors with her outrageous laughter and her elderberry gifts. But the time has come for Willow to return home to where her heart has been all along. Will she find the courage to leave the sanctuary of her little cottage and face the life she left behind? Is love enough to carry her through the darkest night and into a brand new day? Join Willow Goodhope and the people in her life as she discovers beauty in the broken places, grace in the shadows, and joy in each new season.

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Each day this week, in anticipation of this Holiday Novella release, I’m posting …

An excerpt from Elderberry Days: Season of Joy

*** SPOILER ALERT!!! ***

If you have not yet read Elderberry Croft: The Complete Collection (or the four individual Elderberry Croft Volumes), the following excerpt is a spoiler. You can pick up digital or print copies at most of your online booksellers:  Elderberry Croft: The Complete Collection on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Kobo, Smashwords, and more. It’s only $2.99 from now until December 31st!

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Sign up for my BRAVE HEARTS PRESS quarterly newsletter and your name will automatically be entered into a drawing for your choice of a print copy of Elderberry Croft: The Complete Collection OR a digital copy of BOTH Elderberry Croft: The Complete Collection AND Elderberry Days: Season of Joy, the Holiday Sequel to Elderberry Croft, to be given away to one newsletter subscriber each Friday, beginning November 28th through December 19th, and delivered to you in time for Christmas!

Please note: Print copies are only available to continental U.S. residents. However, if you are not residing in the continental U.S., and your name is drawn, you ARE eligible for the digital copies of both books, OR you have the option of gifting your book to someone else.

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AND NOW …….

An Excerpt from Elderberry Days: Season of Joy

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January 10th

Dear Mama,

I fell asleep thinking of you last night, and so you came to visit me in my dreams. You did not come alone.

Yesterday, I took down all the twinkle lights I’d strung back and forth across the patio, and the shadows of the winter night that had been kept at bay crept in around me, taking me by surprise. The darkness left me feeling rather bereft, a bit like a lost child, alone and small. When Christian arrived for dinner, he eyed the solitary glow of the porch light in its old-fashioned globe mounted above the door, and without a word, went about building me a grand fire in the stone pit on the patio. The weather cooperated, staying dry and crisp, and the smoke drifted up and away, leaving behind warmth and soft light and the fragrance of wood fire. We sat outside, bundled together in a blanket, talking of trivial things that belied the depth of what was happening between us. Christian stayed long past my witching hour, that moment each night when I’m brave enough to send him away without me, and I stood on the patio long after he was gone, unable to go inside, alone. Oh, how desperately ready I am to go with him. Even now, my heart feels large and clumsy in my chest, pressing painfully against my lungs at the thought of making a home with him again.

Home. I have thought of this place as home for a whole year now, this tiny cottage cradled against the bank of the wee stream burbling past my patio. (Burbling. Is that a word? If it isn’t, it should be. It’s very streamish.) Beneath a giant eucalyptus tree whose rustling branches sing green lullabies in the January breezes, Elderberry Croft has been my home for twelve timeless months.

Here, at The Coach House Trailer Park, this hidden sanctuary I stumbled upon in what must surely have been one of my darkest hours, I found a whole group of people just like me, afraid to live, afraid to move forward, resigned and waiting for it to all be over.

At first, it was enough to realize I didn’t want that for them, and I determined to do everything I could while I was here to help them learn to breathe life in again. But in time, as I got to know each of my neighbors here, I realized I didn’t want that for me, either. We were all desperate for miracles, and God brought them in basket loads.

Elderberry baskets, Mama. Like the ones you and I used to make together.

The “For Rent” sign was so small, I drove right by it, the awareness of it not registering until I was several blocks away. I wasn’t looking for it—the notion of moving out hadn’t even taken root until that moment—but as I followed Eddie Banks across the narrow bridge over the stream, I could feel myself already falling under the spell of the place. When I laid eyes on the forlorn little croft, tucked in behind the huge Coach House, I think my heart would have broken if it wasn’t already in pieces. It seemed as hollowed-out and grief-stricken as I was, in spite of the stream burbling (that word—can’t you just hear it?) along beside it and the lush vegetation embracing it. If a house could be a kindred spirit ….

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Stop by tomorrow for another excerpt – I’ll be posting something every day this week!

And don’t forget to sign up for the Brave Hearts Press, my quarterly newsletter, for your chance to win a print copy of Elderberry Croft: The Complete Collection!

Happy Holidays!

October Update: This is Not My Desk

October Update: This is Not My Desk

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October Update

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October has been a wonderful, wild, and woolly month. Woolly, not because I’ve pulled out my fall gear yet, but because the wonderful and wild bits have left me a little fuzzy-headed. And November isn’t looking to let up on me at this point.

But it’s all GOOD!

So I’m doing my October Update a little early this month (I’m trying to post monthly updates here around the last of each month), primarily because it’s going to be difficult for me to get online at all next week.

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BOOKS:

Elderberry Croft: The Complete Collection

Still on sale at 99 cents for a little longer – a scheduling error on my part, so take advantage of it!

However, when it goes back up in price, it’ll stay on sale for $2.99 through the end of the year to promote the release of Elderberry Days: Season of Joy, the holiday sequel. Elderberry Days is scheduled to release November 10th, around November 1st, it will be available to pre-order, so be watching for it!

Progress on Renata and the Fall From Grace, Book 2 in The Gustafson Girls series. This book is scheduled to release January 21st, 2015.

but when it goes back up in price, it'll stay on sale for $2.99 through the end of the year to promote the release of Elderberry Days: Season of Joy, the holiday sequel. Elderberry Days is scheduled to release November 10th, so be watching for it!

AUDIOBOOKS:

I have several new audiobooks just released or completed and headed to retail, so be watching for them. If you’re new to audiobooks or prefer to have a written copy of the book, don’t miss out on Amazon’s Whispersync option – purchase the digital copy and get the audible version for a GREATLY discounted price (costs vary book to book).

Sparrow House: Anna Denning Mystery, Book 2, by Karin Kaufman

And if you haven’t read or listened to the first Anna Denning Mystery, pick up your copy today!

The Witch Tree: Anna Denning, Book 1

White Knight: The Courage Series, Book 2, by Staci Stallings

Now available on Amazon, Audible, and iTunes.

For Real, The Courage Series Book 3, by Staci Stallings

On its way to retail and should be available in the next few days, so be watching for that.

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If you haven’t read or listened to Book 1, pick up your copy today!

To Protect & Serve, The Courage Series Book 1

The Troubadour’s Quest (The Knights’ Chronicles Book 2), by Angela Hunt

Also on it’s way to retail, and should be available to listen to in the next few days, so be watching for that, too! The series is narrated by several different narrators, so that makes it lots of fun to hear a variety of voices interpreting this beloved author’s stories.

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All Souls: A Gatehouse Thriller by K.T. Kaufman

In the review process and should release sometimes in early November.

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And I’ve just finished narrating Bonnie Leon’s The Journey of Eleven Moons, Book #1 of The Northern Lights Series.

It’s still in the review stage, but we’re hoping that will release the first week of November!

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What’s Happening in November?

BOOKS:

The release of Elderberry Days: The Season of Joy, the holiday sequel to Elderberry Croft

Unflinching edits of Renata and the Fall From Grace

AUDIOBOOKS:

Rain Dance by Joy DeKok

Scheduled for completion the first week of November, and should be available around the 15th.

Five Glass Slippers: A Collection of Cinderella Stories by various authors

Compiled by Anne Elisabeth Stengl and Rooglewood Press.

Next to Me by AnnaLisa Grant

A stand alone new adult novel by the author of The Lake (The Lake Trilogy, Book 1).

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But in the meantime, we have weddings and anniversaries and birthdays and Halloween and Honor Society planning for Thanksgiving (yes, we’re already calling dibs on who’s cooking what!) and eating and sleeping and celebrating each other and life and breath, and worshiping an AWESOME CREATOR every single day.

I hope your October has been as wild and wonderful, if not quite as woolly, as mine has been.

Grace and peace, my friends.