Winners of Spring is Here Giveaway: Are You a Winner?

9 Womens Fiction Novel Giveaway

Bonnie Franks won Palmetto Moon by Kim Boykin

Cherie Japp won Waking Up Joy by Tina Ann Forkner

Letty Pena Blanchard won Stillwater Rising by Steena Holmes

Kayleigh Wilkes  won Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner

Claudia Rivera won The Delicate Nature of Love by Wendy Paine Miller

Crystal Deloris Hernandez won The Glass Wives by Amy Sue Nathan

Dani Pie Cochran won Before I Go by Colleen Oakley

Ronda Six Garnett won The Virtues of Oxygen by Susan Schoenberger

Maureen Briggs-Amador won The Hatmaker’s Heart by Carla Stewart

Congratulations to all the winners! The authors will be in touch with each winner soon.

And thanks so much to everyone who entered.

We love our readers!

Letting Them Go

I’m stepping away from books today to share a past post. So much has changed since I posted this article several years ago. Just look how small my kids were in this photo. They are now busy teenagers and have so many camps and activities related to growing up that the visitation schedule I was always worried about sometimes goes out the window, but I remember when it was really hard to let them go. The way I’ve always gotten through it is to pray for my kids, be extremely flexible, and respect that – in our case – they wanted to go. What helped the most was always knowing that they were coming back, which is why it’s now difficult to believe they will all graduate in a few years and be off to college.  I’ve been practicing letting them go for years, so I should be ready for that part, but I’m not. Of course, they are, or at least they think so. 


Tina Ann Forkner and Family - 2009

Tina Ann Forkner and Family – 2009

On Sunday, I sent my little girl off to visit her dad in another state for a few months. My hubby tried to make me feel better by suggesting that editing book two and working hard on promotional efforts for Ruby Among Us would help pass the time.

I suppose he is right, but I would have much preferred to work part-time this summer and spend the rest of it at the pool, the park, and gardening in the backyard with my daughter and her brothers like I did last year.

Last night, after she was gone, my husband took one of our sons to baseball practice while the other helped me finish the garden. The tomato plants were crowding out of their containers and their peat pots were disintegrating, so we needed to get them in as soon as we could. Until last night, we hadn’t really had time to finish the gardening due to book signings and trying to spend extra time with their sister.

We really did have fun digging in the dirt for a while and planting the plants my daughter helped us start from seed, but as we chatted and worked I knew he would have had more fun if his sister had been there and not just me. If she had been with us, her busy and creative personality would have made it seem more like we were playing and not working. Eventually, I let him go off to play with his kickball, wishing he had someone to play with.

This morning, as I tip-toed around and whispered to my husband who was getting ready for work, it occurred to me there was no reason to be so quiet. The boys had already gone to their other home for the week and wouldn’t be home until Friday. My daughter was at her dad’s and would be gone much longer. I could slam doors and talk loudly if I wanted to.

I did want to slam some doors as tears welled up and I realized that this is the price of marriages and lives gone wrong as they dipped into the valley. We do what we can to stay up now that our lives are filled with joy and we have all found each other, but some things will always be there like a ghost whispering of the past.

I know she will be having a blast with her dad. We will write each other letters, she’ll call me every day and we’ll talk so long that I’ll have to make her get off the phone for bedtime. Two months is really not that long. Right? By August, this will have passed and we will be together again, until the next time.

by Tina Ann Forkner

Only a Few Days Left to Enter this Women’s Fiction Giveaway Featuring the Works of 9 Authors

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There are only a few days left to enter this Women’s Fiction giveaway featuring nine authors. Some of us are sweetening the deal (Susan Meissner is adding a jar of marmalade and Carla Stewart is adding some toffee). For the winner of WAKING UP JOY, I’m adding a cute set of recipe cards. If you win, I hope you like them!

Scroll down to last week’s post to learn more about the authors featured in this giveaway or visit Wendy’s blog!


Winners have been emailed. Thank you for all of the entries, likes, and shares! If you didn’t win, I hope you’ll still check out the rest of these fantastic novels and their authors. It’s been fun getting to know the authors in this contest and even more fun getting to know new readers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

Complete List of Winners Here

The winner of WAKING UP JOY and a package of recipe cards is Cherie Japp!


For extra entries, follow the rafflecopter’s links and like the authors’ Facebook pages!

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Good Luck! And thanks for checking out our books.


Spring Is Here Giveaway—9 Women’s Fiction Books, 9 Winners!


Complete List of Winners Here

Winners have been emailed. Thank you for all of the entries, likes, and shares! If you didn’t win, I hope you’ll still check out the rest of these fantastic novels and their authors. It’s been fun getting to know the authors in this contest and even more fun getting to know new readers. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

The winner of WAKING UP JOY and a package of recipe cards is Cherie Japp!

Spring Is Here Giveaway—9 Women’s Fiction Books, 9 Winners!
9 Womens Fiction Novel Giveaway

I’m thrilled to be announcing the Spring is Here Giveaway! I feel so honored to be part of this giveaway with such a talented group of women authors. I recommend all of their books! Please click the link below and visit the Facebook author pages of the authors involved & tweet about the giveaway for chances to win one of the 9 books mentioned, plus any prizes the authors have added to sweeten the deal. I’ve never used Rafflecopter for a giveaway before, but it’s super easy. Just click on the link below and either use your Facebook log in, or you can just use your email address (which we will need if you win). Good luck, and we would be thrilled if you want to share the contest with your booklovin’ friends.


The Books & Authors:

Palmetto Moon by Kim Boykin
Waking Up Joy by Tina Ann Forkner
Stillwater Rising by Steena Holmes
Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner
The Delicate Nature of Love by Wendy Paine Miller
The Glass Wives by Amy Sue Nathan
Before I Go by Colleen Oakley
The Virtues of Oxygen by Susan Schoenberger
The Hatmaker’s Heart by Carla Stewart

Spread the word & join us as we celebrate spring during this phenomenal giveaway! April 6-20.

Mercy Like Sunlight

For Easter, I decided to post something from the archives because it’s about a book I am still thinking of a year later. This interview with Liz Curtis Higgs about her ebook novella called Mercy Like Sunlight is one that you will enjoy whether you are a reader or a writer. It’s fun to read the interview knowing a whole year has gone by. If you haven’t read the novella yet, I can tell you I have and was very moved. It’s a wonderful story.


As we gear up for Easter, I thought it would be nice to feature a novel that follows that theme. MERCY LIKE SUNLIGHT by Liz Curtis Higgs is a contemporary retelling of the Biblical story of Mary Magdalene. I started reading MERCY LIKE SUNLIGHT the moment I saw it had appeared on my EReader, and I can already tell you it is a wonderful read. Another cool feature of Liz’s latest book is that it is available exclusively as an EBook, so there is no waiting. You can read it as soon as you finish reading this post!

I am so excited to share my interview with the author of MERCY LIKE SUNLIGHT, Liz Curtis Higgs. Enjoy!

It’s a pleasure having New York Times Bestselling novelist Liz Curtis Higgs here with us today to talk about her latest book from Waterbrook, Mercy Like Sunlight.

Me: What is MERCY LIKE SUNLIGHT about?

Liz:  A little history first. Back in 2001 I wrote a nonfiction study of Mary Magdalene called Mad Mary A Bad Girl from Magdala, Transformed at His Appearing. For the other three books in my Bad Girls of the Bible series, I created modern counterparts for all the biblical Bad Girls, opening each chapter with a short story that paralleled the one in Scripture. So, Delilah became Lila, a hairdresser from Dallas, who cut the hair of Judge Sam Nazar—you get the idea. The fictional stories, only about 2,500 words long, prepared readers’ hearts for the nonfiction studies that followed.

Since Mad Mary (later retitled Unveiling Mary Magdalene), explored just one woman, her contemporary story turned into a 42,000 word novella—half the nonfiction book!

As a novelist, you know how we fall in love with our characters and want to introduce them to as many readers as we can? Well, all these years I’ve longed for my fiction readers to meet Mary Margaret Delaney from Unveiling Mary Magdalene. An eBook exclusive with just the novella seemed the best way to do that.

So, faithful readers who own my nonfiction book on Mary Magdalene don’t need to purchase Mercy Like Sunlight—they’ve already read it! But for fiction readers, who might easily have missed this story tucked inside a nonfiction book, Mercy Like Sunlight offers an easy way to meet this unlikely yet remarkable heroine, who completely captured this storyteller’s heart.

Now, to the story itself… 

Mary Margaret Delaney hides in the shadows, her arms scarred, her heart wounded by grief and weighed down with regret. Adrift on the streets of Chicago, she is surrounded by strangers and hounded by demons, both real and imagined. Her neighbors in Lincoln Park call her Mad Mary—until a fearless young pastor dares to call Mary his friend. Just as winter slowly turns to spring, Mary gradually warms up to Pastor Jake and his ragtag congregation in Lincoln Park, an eclectic neighborhood along the shore of Lake Michigan. Through the course of the novella, Mary moves from darkness to light, from lost to found, from rejected to redeemed. It’s a journey many of us have made, especially this Former Bad Girl! Especially as Easter draws near, Mary Margaret’s story gives us a fresh way to look at the Resurrection. 

Me: How does this story differ from your previous novels?

Liz: Well, it’s not set in Scotland, for starters! :>) Nor is it set in the 18th Century. But just as I based my Scottish historicals on biblical characters, in Mercy Like Sunlight the parallels are as close as I could make them without twisting the plot in a convoluted knot. My novels tend to have a good bit of drama, with the occasional need for a tissue. Mercy Like Sunlight definitely includes some dramatic scenes, and I found myself teary at several points in the story. This is women’s fiction, rather than a romance, but the ending is definitely joy-filled!

Me: I already know you have an EReader, so how has your EReader changed your reading habits?

Liz: I never imagined myself saying this, but I love my eReader! When I’m buying books simply to enjoy reading themnovels, devotionals, inspirational booksI usually go the eBook route. If I’m purchasing a book for research, then I need a physical book because it’s easier to work with and I can footnote the page references properly. Of course, I adore the feel of a book in my hands, so you’ll still find tons of them lining the shelves around my house and writing office, and I never come home from a bookstore without a bagful.

Me: Some authors worry that the digital age is a threat to traditional publishing as we know it (or maybe I should say as we ‘knew’ it), while others are excited about the change. What are your thoughts about the new ways published authors have to reach readers?

Liz beside red door CROP 300 Square

Liz: Whatever way we can meet the needs of our readers works for me. I love learning new things (well, most of the time), and I especially love the immediacy of digital publishing. It doesn’t change the writing process one bit. It simply changes the delivery method. The key for writers is to invest just as much energy into our manuscripts, just as much editing, just as much passion, so that however the book is produced, it’s worthy of our readers’ time and resources.

I’m grateful my publisher, WaterBrook Press, said “Yes!” when I suggested offering Mary Margaret Delaney’s story as an eBook exclusive. At $3.99, it’s less than a Starbucks Chai Latte, and will stay warm longer too!

Thanks for this visit, Tina, and continued blessings on your own writing efforts!

Me: Thank you, Liz. I am starting to love EBooks, too. I appreciate your words to writers about meeting the needs of our readers and how EBooks do not change the writing process. Also, giving up a Starbucks for a good book sounds like a good trade. I think some of us could do without the extra caffeine. I know I can! Thank you so much for sharing with us. I’m already loving MERCY LIKE SUNLIGHT.

About the Author: Liz Curtis Higgs is the author of 30 books, including her nonfiction bestseller, Bad Girls of the Bible, and her newest fiction release, Mercy Like SunlightAs a speaker, Liz has presented more than 1,700 inspirational programs in all 50 United States and 14 foreign countries. You can get to know Liz better at her website, blog, and on social media.


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