Monthly Archives: July 2013

99 Followers – Will You Be The One To Make It 100 Followers?

UPDATE** Last night we got our 100th follower!  I’ve sent an email out to Cindy, from Georgia, and I’m waiting to hear back to see what book she would like mailed to her.  It took us about 7 months to get 100 followers, I hope we can get the next 100 sooner.  The closer we get to 200 followers, we’ll plan another “thank you” gift for #200!   We love all our followers!



Hey, we are excited.  Right now we have 99 followers!  And we thought it would be neat to give a gift to our 100th follower.  So, will it be you?  If you’re the ONE, then you’ll have a choice between two different books as a “Thank You” gift.

  1. The One Thing You Can’t Do In Heaven by Mark Cahill…..OR
  2. A Killing Frost by Hannah Alexander (This book is is autographed by the author.)

So, what are you waiting for?  The signup box is on the right-side of the blog, right underneath the “Search” box.  Just enter your email address and I’ll be getting in touch with you to get your info so I can send you our “Thank You” gift.

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Fabry, Wisler and Singer – Authors Who Have E-Books on Sale

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I have some freebies and discounted deals on some great books today.  Just click on the e-reader to be directed to the website to download the book, and remember to double check the price!  Thanks to Tyndale House Publishers for the great deals on Not in the Heart and Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales!  If you have another type of e-reader, please check their site to see if these books are on sale. I just mainly list the main two, Kindle & Nook, but others may have the same prices.

  • FREE (7-14 through 7-20) on Kindle and Nook:  Not in the Heart by Chris Fabry (Our Women’s Book Club read this book in July 2012 and it’s an excellent book.)
  • FREE on Kindle and Nook:  Rain Song by Alice J. Wisler (Our Women’s Book Club read this book also, back in May 2010 and we loved it.)
  • $2.99 (7-14 through 7-20) on Kindle and Nook:  Dead Lawyers Tell No Tales by Randy Singer (You can read my review of this book by clicking HERE.)

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Me Without You – Toby Mac

I love Toby Mac and this song and music video is amazing! I think you’ll love it too! What would we be without Jesus!


1)Isaiah 40:28- Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth.

2)Isaiah 60:19 The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory.

3)Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

4)Psalm 146:13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures though all generations.

5)1 Chronicles 16:36Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.

6)Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to his purpose.

7)Jeremiah 29:11

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Friends, Food, Fellowship and Fiction

The Women’s Book Club met this morning to discuss, The Winnowing Season (Amish Vines & Orchards #2) by Cindy Woodsmall

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We had a wonderful time this morning.  Of course we ALWAYS have a wonderful time, but today I think we could have stayed all day laughing and talking and sharing our thoughts about this book.  Carolyn said she had recently read an article about how laughter released endorphins in our brains…if that’s so then our brains are full of endorphins right now!

For those of you who haven’t been to one of our meetings, we always start with breakfast, with each person bringing something.  Well, today I thought I would just list the food we had to make your mouth water and give you a good reason to start coming to our meetings. 🙂  We had:  2 different breakfast casseroles, hashbrown casserole, bacon (I think it was turkey bacon), banana nut bread, cream cheese sausage squares, fruit bowl (cantelope, strawberries, grapes, blueberries),  biscuits and jellies, juice, water and coffee! It was all delicious! (The only thing missing was grits!  We are Southern girls after all , and it’s almost a sin if you don’t have grits for breakfast!) 🙂

Carmen did another wonderful job on the handouts she gives us with questions to discuss.  Each handout had it’s own set of questions and we had 11…we only got to #6, but I think with all the discussion we covered just about everything except the strange happenings with Rhoda and the voices she’s hearing and the strange couple that lives in the woods.  We wonder what’s going on, but we figure that Cindy has that all taken care of in Book 3, For Every Season, that releases on August 20, 2013.  We can’t wait to see how Cindy wraps up this whole story.  Some of us are on “Team Jacob” and some on “Team Samuel” in regards to who we want to see Rhoda end up with.  It was a very lively discussion!!!!

Carmen thinks that with the late release of Book 3, we won’t have enough time to get it in and out to everyone to read in time for our September 14, 2013 meeting, so she’s in the process of deciding between two other books for the September meeting and then we’ll pick back up with, For Every Season, for our November  9th meeting.  We all wish Cindy had been with us for this meeting, I bet she would have just sat back and laughed and laughed at all of our opinions about the characters and what they should and shouldn’t do and what’s going on and what’s going to happen next!

We have two new members, Lindsey and Ella, who’s going to join us in September and we would love to have you!  If you come to our church or if you live close to us in Winterville, GA, we would love to have you join us.  Just drop by the Media Center or email us at or comment on this post and we’ll fill you in on all the details.

I’ll post the information about our September meeting as soon as Carmen decides on our book.  If you would like to host the meeting just let Carmen know or come by the Media Center.

God’s blessings on all of you! And happy reading!

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Great E-Book Deals Today

Here are some great book deals listed on the The Vessel Project for your e-reader today. One book is especially dear to me, The House on Malcolm Street by Leisha Kelly, $3.99 on Kindle.  I have read all of her books and they are all excellent. As far as I know this was her latest book and I read it and totally loved it and when it ended I was hoping she would write a sequel to it one day.  But then I heard that both her and her son were killed in a car crash and I felt like the Christian fiction world had just lost one of there very special authors.  I don’t know anything else about the family she left behind but just seeing her book reminds me to pray for them.  Anyway, this book was excellent!  There are some other good books on the list, so I’ll let y’all look through the website and see if anything interests you.

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More Than Fresh, Sweet Corn and Red, Red Roses

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“As she got up to glean, Boaz gave orders to his men, “Let her gather among the sheaves and don’t reprimand her. Even pull out some stalks for her from the bundles and leave them for her to pick up, and don’t rebuke her.” (Ruth 2:15-16 NIV)

This week has been one of unexpected blessings.  On Monday, my son Chris came home with freshly picked corn from the farm where he works.  Not only was the corn freshly picked, but it had already been shucked and washed.  If all you have ever eaten is store bought corn, you have certainly missed one of God’s sweetest blessings.

On Tuesday, while we studied verses 8-15 in the book of Ruth, one of our church workers presented us with flowers.  They were not just flowers, but beautiful roses in a variety of colors. Mine were a beautiful deep red hue. The unexpected blessing produced smiles all around our study table.

It occurred to me then that the attention of Boaz toward Ruth was like receiving roses unexpectedly or even fresh, sweet corn, shucked and washed, and ready to be cooked.  Part of the joy of receiving such a gift is that you have done nothing to deserve it.

Boaz was a prominent man, wealthy and esteemed in his community.  Ruth’s position was lower even than that of a maidservant.  She was a foreigner and a beggar asking for leftovers.  Nevertheless, Boaz notices her (Ruth 2:5), speaks to her (Ruth 2:8), and acknowledges her diligence and her kindness toward Naomi, her mother-in-law (Ruth 2:11). She is to glean exclusively in Boaz’s field Ruth 2:8). Not only is she noticed and praised for her deeds, but she is invited to drink water drawn by others of a higher position than she (Ruth 2:9).  Overwhelmed, Ruth falls at her benefactor’s feet and asks: “What have I done to deserve such kindness?” she asked. “I am only a foreigner.” (Ruth 2:10 NLT)

For Ruth, being noticed, praised, and invited to drink water and being allowed to glean in Boaz’s fields would have been enough.  But this is just the beginning of God’s plan for Ruth. The harvest season is just beginning.  Next, Boaz invites Ruth to eat roasted grain (Ruth 2:14) and arranges for the workers to let some grain fall from their bundles so that she can pick them up (Ruth 2:16).

Even before Boaz became Ruth’s “official kinsman redeemer”, he began to pour out his kindness upon her.  This reminds me that God does the same for us.  Even before we are saved, God provides for us.  He has a plan to draw us to himself and continue to bless us throughout our lives. When we choose to glean exclusively in the fields of the Lord, He will invite us to drink the Living Water and eat the Bread of Life, and like the sheaves of barley in the story of Ruth, He will make sure that we find unexpected blessings along the way.

After the corn and the flowers, we got grapes, cantaloupe, Vidalia onions, Clementines, cucumbers… and summer has only just begun.

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Dearest Heavenly Father,

In summertime and harvest we are reminded of the abundant life you have promised.  As if the fruits of the land were not enough, you have stored up treasures for us in heaven,  How great is your faithfulness! Your loving-kindness is humbling. What have I done to deserve such abundance? Nothing, but  Jesus has done it all.

In the name of the only one that is mighty to save, 


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Free E-Book from Tyndale House Publishers

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I’m a little late in posting this freebie, it started on July 7th and goes through July 13th, so you still have time to get this free e-book.

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Misery Loves Company by Rene Gutteridge – A Spine-Tingling Suspense (5 Stars)

Misery Loves Company by Rene Gutteridge (Tyndale House Publishers, release date 7-1-13)


Imagine you are a blogger who reviews books.  Then imagine your favorite author writes a book that you feel is not up to his standards.  Imagine you write in your review, “Don’t tell me it’s terrifying.  Terrify me.”  Now imagine this author takes your words to heart and suddenly you wake up in a strange room, disoriented and confused as to what happened and how you got there.  Then you look up and see these words written on the  ceiling, “Don’t tell me it’s terrifying.  Terrify me.”  This is exactly what happens to Juliet Belleno, book review blogger.

I’m not telling you anymore about this story, you need to just read it for yourself.  It is full of twists and turns and one minute you think you know who the bad guys are and then suddenly you don’t.  It’s an exciting book and hard to put down.   It has a subtle Christian message that we may try and write our own stories and decide the ending, but God is the ultimate “author and finisher of our faith – Hebrews 12:2” and He is the one we can rely on and trust with our most heart-wrenching trials and sorrows and only through Him will we be able to finish our life with peace.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers for my honest opinion and did not receive any compensation for a favorable review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

This book will be available in our Media Center to check out soon.


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And The Winner of Colleen Coble’s Book, Rosemary Cottage, Is…..

I’m excited to say that Melanie, from Illinois, is the winner of Colleen‘s autographed book, Rosemary Cottage.  Melanie, I know you’ll love this book. You’re already a big fan of Colleen’s and now you’ll have an autographed book for your collection.  Colleen was so nice to give her time to us with the interview and donating the autographed copy of her new book. Thank you again, Colleen!  I hope all of you will check out Colleen’s books and I know you’ll enjoy each and everyone of them!

A BIG “Thanks” to all who entered.  Please come back on August 1st and read the interview we’ll have with author, Jennifer Erin Valent.  So far she has published a 3 book series and we’ll be giving away, Fireflies in December #1.  I consider this series to be a “classic” in Christian literature.  I’m always recommending it to people who come in our Media Center looking for a good book to read.  I alway go through my list of favorite authors and books and Colleen and Jennifer and Ann Gabhart (last month’s author) are always ones I mention!


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Great E-Book Offers – Free and Discounted – July 6, 2013

Here are some great deals for you to check out.  Just remember to double check the price and make sure it’s what you expect before ordering, prices can change quickly.  If you have a different e-reader, check these titles at your e-store and they may be on sale too!

  • The Vessel Project Daily Deals:  I have read Making Waves by Lorna Seilstad, The House That Love Built by Beth Wiseman, and Waiting for Summer’s Return by Kim Vogel Sawyer (this one is free) and they are all very good books.
  • $2.99 on Kindle:  Deliver Us From Evil by Robin Caroll
  • $2.99 on Kindle:  To Write a Wrong (A Justice Seekers Novel) by Robin Caroll
  • $4.99 on Kindle (pre-order, last chance):  Rosemary Cottage (A Hope Beach Novel #2) by Colleen Coble
  • FREE on Kindle:  The Lamp by Jim Stovall

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Still LoLo: A Spinning Propeller, a Horrific Accident, and a Family’s Journey of Hope – $2.99 Kindle

This past Sunday, our preacher mentioned Lauren Scruggs and her story as told in her book, Still LoLo.  I received an email from The Vessel Project and this book is listed on sale for $2.99.  That’s a very good price and I wanted to pass this along to anyone who may be interested in reading about Lauren.

There are a lot of good books listed on The Vessel Project for today that are on sale or free.  So just click HERE and you’ll be directed to their site and you can browse the books and see if you want anything.

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Re-Release by Tracy L. Higley

I just received an email from Christian author, Tracy L. Higley,

about her re-release (and updated cover…very nice!)

of her book, Shadow of Colossus.

The NEW book is called, Isle of Shadows, and

right now it’s on sale for your kindle for only $1.99.

That’s a very good price.  So check it out.


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Great Deals on Latest Books by Colleen Coble

I just heard that right now (I don’t know how long this price will last) but Colleen‘s latest release, Rosemary Cottage (A Hope Beach Novel #2) is on sale:

Also, the first book in this series, Tidewater Inn, is still on sale:

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I cry aloud to the LORD; I lift up my voice to the LORD for mercy. I pour out before him my complaint; before him I tell my trouble. When my spirit grows faint within me, it is you who watch over my way. (Psalm 142:1-3 NIV)

…Then she kissed them; and they lifted up their voice, and wept. (Ruth 1:9 KJV)

And they lifted up their voice, and wept again: and Orpah kissed her mother in law; but Ruth clave unto her. (Ruth 1:14 KJV)

When I was in Middle School and High School, I took a liking to the science fiction genre.  I read stories by Robert Heinlein and Ray Bradbury.  In many of their tales, they examined the possibility of the existence of extraterrestrial life.  I remember how those stories drew me in.  The possibility that we are not alone, and that there might be life elsewhere in the universe seemed fascinating to me.

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We are not alone,
In the beginning God…

I no longer read science fiction books.  Instead, I read the Bible.  The Bible affirms the premise that we are not alone in the universe.  There is, however, NOTHING fictional about this affirmation. In fact, the Bible makes us aware that everything we think, say and do is thought, said and done in the presence of an everlasting God.  Therefore, we are not alone.

While modern man lives and breathes and acts as though God does not exist, the people in the Bible are aware that there is someone out there besides them.  Even the heathen acknowledge His existence, though they do not worship him. They fear him, even though He is not their God.  (Genesis 41:38, Daniel 4:34, Jonah 1:6)

As I read the book of Ruth, I realized that the three women raising their voices as they wept had a deeper meaning than just an increase in volume.  They were raising their voices to “someone.”  They were pouring out their hearts to the great “I AM”, Yahweh.

I like the King James rendering of these passages: “and they lifted up their voice.”  They cried out knowing that God was there to receive their complaints.  The Hebrew term used here is “ansa”, which simply means to raise or to carry.  They were aware that when they cried out, their weeping would be carried upward toward the LORD of the universe.

Dearest Heavenly Father,

How wonderful is your WORD!  When we read your love letter to us, we are assured that we are not alone, that you listen, that you love us, and that you care.  Thank you for this blessed assurance.  We lift up our voices to you in a prayer of gratitude for and acknowledgement of your presence in our lives. Thank you for being there for us.

In the name of Jesus, who will never leave or forsake us,


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Jungle Fire by Dana Mentink – A Breathtaking Mystery (5 Stars)

Jungle Fire by Dana Mentink (Moody Publishers) 

I must admit that I was not too sure about this book at first.  But then I started reading it!  Wow!  I started reading it and was intrigued and then it took me off on a breath taking ride through the jungles of Guatemala fighting for my breath each page!

This is a story of Nina Truman who is a nurse missionary in Guatemala.  Her father who works with her had already left on furlough and Nina decided to stay with another missionary and see a few sights before they went back to the States.  Bad decision!  She is immediately caught up in a life or death situation and she can’t figure out why people are trying to kill her.  An unexpected hero shows up to help her, Shaw Wilder, her best friends brother and his dog, Axel.  I fell in love with that dog!  Shaw has his own agenda for being in Guatemala and that is to avenge the death of his sister, Beth.  He blames Nina, Fuentes (Beth’s husband) and Escorpion – the drug leader who had her killed and God.  Shaw is full of hatred and revenge and is not happy about having to keep Nina alive as they literally run through the jungles for their life.

Not really sure who she can trust, but God, Nina leans on Shaw for his help, even though he’s not happy about giving it.  Forgiveness is not something that Shaw can do right now and having Nina with him is tearing him up inside.

Running through the jungle with Shaw and Nina, I was holding my breath and trembling just thinking about all the bugs, snakes, wild animals….not to mention the bullets and knives!  A little more than halfway through the book there was a nice respite with Axel, the dog, it was a laugh out loud moment for me.  I guess it just released some tension so I could continue on reading.  You won’t believe the twists and turns and wondering, along with Nina, why was she being targeted and by whom?  This book will keep you guessing until the end.

This is the first book I’ve read by Dana Mentink and it won’t be my last.  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for my honest review.  And I honestly loved it!!!  Visit her at and read more about her and her books.

I will be donating this book to our Media Center so our patrons can check it out.  Watch the trailer below:


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Great Deals on E-Books

Thomas Nelson and Zondervan Fiction has announced some great deals on some great books.  They are all available on: iBookstore, amazon, nook, &  Look carefully at the dates posted and make sure the price is what you expect.  With the volume of books listed here I hope you’ll forgive me this time and just look the books up yourself….I usually attach a link to take you directly to the site to buy, but not this time!

  • $1.99 (July 1-8) Together by Tom Sullivan
  • $4.99 (until July 10) Rosemary Cottage by Colleen Coble (see our Featured Author & Book Giveaway post for Colleen and enter to win a free autographed copy of this book…comment on that post where her interview is now through July 8.  The winner will be drawn on the 9th and notified.)
  • $3.99 (until July 8) Lead Me Home by Stacy Hawkins Adams
  • $2.99 (July 1 – August 5) Fire of the Raging Dragon by Don Brown
  • $1.99 (July 1-15) Moon Over Edisto by Beth Webb Hart
  • $1.99 (July 1-15) Sweet Caroline by Rachel Hauck (I’ve read some of her books and really enjoyed them)
  • $1.99 (July 1-15) Isle of Shadows by Tracy L. Higley
  • $1.99 (July 1-15) Seaside Letters by Denise Hunter (just finished this one and will be posting a review soon, it’s great!)
  • $1.99 (July 1-15) Chasing Fireflies by Charles Martin
  • $1.99 (July 1-15) Water’s Edge by Robert Whitlow (anything by this author is great!)
  • $1.99 (July 1-15) Soul’s Gate by James L. Rubart
  • $1.99 (July 1-15) The Sky Beneath My Feet by Lisa Samson
  • $1.99 (July 1-15) Seaside by Terri Blackstock
  • $1.99 (July 1-15) A Season of Love by Amy Clipston
  • $1.99 (July 1-15) Return to Me by Robin Lee Hatcher
  • $1.99 (July 1-15) Guestbook by Marybeth Whalen
  • $2.99 (July 15-22) Blue Moon Promise by Colleen Coble
  • $2.99 (July 15-22) Crater by Homer Hickman

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Colleen Coble’s Book, Rosemary’s Cottage – Giveaway – July 1-8, 2013

Sweepstakes to win this book, July 1-8, 2013

Sweepstakes to win this book, July 1-8, 2013

I’m not sure if this is a bad week to have a book giveaway or what, but so far we only have 4 people commenting on the post to enter to receive an autographed copy of Colleen’s latest book.  Colleen is a fantastic Christian author of mystery and romance and those of you who have read her books know this.  If you haven’t read any of her books, now is the time to start.  Colleen was so generous with her time in answering the interview questions and donating the autographed book and I just want everyone to have a chance to read her interview and comment on the post to enter to have a chance of winning.

So, what’s stopping you?  We have some great authors lined up all the way through December for interviews and book giveaways and if we don’t get any better response than this, I don’t think we’ll continue this feature in 2014.  Come on, let’s support these great authors and read their books and visit their websites/blogs.  I don’t know what I would do without Christian fiction and I want everyone to know about these authors and read their books.

So just look at the top of our blog and see the “Featured Author & Book Giveaway” title, click on it and scroll down and find the post “Meet Colleen Coble…” and read and make a comment to be entered in the contest.  It’s simple!  It’s free!


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Movie Review Monday – The Lost Medallion

This sounds like a wonderful family movie. Read Penny’s review and look at her blog for more movie and book reviews.

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IMG (4)My suggestion for this week’s Movie Review Monday is The Lost Medallion: The Adventures of Billy Stone.
It’s not often that today’s movie makers produce a movie targeted toward children that includes humor, adventure, drama, a good story line and is wholesome with a good message to boot. The Lost Medallioneasily fits that bill.
Alex Kendrick, from Courageous, Fireproof and Facing the Giants, plays Daniel, a man who visits a foster care home to make a donation when he’s roped into the telling the children at the home a story. Actually on his way to a baseball game, Daniel doesn’t have a story in mind and isn’t convinced he should set aside time to tell a story until he sees the three new residents at the home. Three residents who are no doubt struggling with the circumstances in their young lives.
Determined to make a difference, no matter…

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Meet Colleen Coble and Enter Our Sweepstakes for a Book Giveaway (July 1-8, 2013)

The first books I read by Colleen Coble was her Aloha Reef Series and I was hooked! Mystery, romance & Hawaii…how can you go wrong with that combo! Then I went to the Rock Harbor Series and loved it. The mystery and romance and the rescue dogs fasinated me! And now she has teamed up with Robin Caroll to write a series for young adults about the teenagers in the Rock Harbor Search & Rescue series.  I’ve read the first book and I throughly enjoyed it and am looking forward to the sequel that’s coming out in October.  Even though it’s geared toward a younger audience, it was neat to go back to Rock Harbor and get involved with the kids from the adult series and see what mysteries they get involved with.  Colleen has written some stand-alone novels, two that stand out in my mind are Anathema and Abomination, great suspense.  She’s also written a western genre series, The Lonestar Series, and co-written with three other authors, The Smitten Series.  A contemporary, romantic, sometimes funny book.  I fell in love with this make believe town!

Colleen’s latest book is, Rosemary’s Cottage (The Hope Beach Series #2). The first book in this series is, Tidewater Inn, and I thought it would be neat to have one of our Media Center patron’s (my sweet daughter-in-law) to write a little review about this first book.

“Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble will keep you on the edge of your seat as the story unfolds.  Coble keeps you intrigued as she leads you into a story of romance and suspense.  The main character of the story gives every reader something they can relate to as she deals with family issues, feelings of betrayal, the loss of a friend, a new found love, and some very difficult decisions that must be made.  Inspiring us to live a life of faith and forgiveness, Tidewater Inn is a story worth reading.”   Review by Amy

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Let’s learn a little background information about Colleen:

Best-selling author Colleen Coble’s novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, the ACFW Carol Award, the Romance Writers of America RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers’ Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has over 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana. Visit her website at

You may contact Colleen’s publicist Katie Bond at

She has a great blog and I recommend you check it out at

Visit this link for a complete book list of all Colleen’s books.

Now for the good stuff…our interview with Colleen:

What was the first book you wrote?

Where Leads the Heart was my first novel. I call it my “grieving book” since I was mourning the loss of my younger brother Randy, and he became the hero of the story. 🙂

How many books have you written?  And do you have a favorite?

I’ve lost track. Over 40. 🙂 And asking for a favorite is like asking me if I have a favorite child! I have loved working on them all.

You have really branched out into several genres in the past few years.  Contemporary suspense, Amish, western, youth, historical!  Most authors stick with one or two.  How have you managed to write in each genre so well?

Most of them aren’t really all that different. My voice remains the same, and I have a mixture of mystery and romance in all of them. Even the Middle Grade books are mysteries and pull in the characters from Rock Harbor whom I know so well. 🙂 The only real departure is the children’s book for my granddaughter. The Blessings Jar is shipping to stores right now, and the illustrator matched my little Alexa so well!


Which genre do you like best?

Romantic mystery pushes all my hot buttons whether I’m in a historical time period or a contemporary one. I love that tingle from suspense!

I love your new middle-school books that you and Robin Caroll wrote together on the teen girls in your adult Rock Harbor series. How many books will be in this series?

Right now there are two. We adored doing that together! Robin knows Rock Harbor nearly as well as I do. 🙂


If you could be any character in any book (yours or someone else’s), who would it be?

Bree Matthews. There is a lot of me in Bree so it’s been gratifying how well loved she is by my readers!

I’m eagerly awaiting the release of Rosemary Cottage (Hope Beach #2).  Will there be more in this series or is this it?

Oh yes! I’m working on Mariner’s Walk right now. A historical journal will be found in that novel, and then I plan to write a historical around that. I don’t know the title yet, but it will be a fun project!

Now that Rosemary Cottage is coming out this month, what will be your next book and when will it be released?

The next book out the gate in December is The Smitten Book Club written with my best friends Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt,and Denise Hunter. My next solo novel is The Butterfly Palace and it’s out in January 2014. It’s a historical set in turn of the century Austin. It’s got a gothic feel to it and was super fun to write! There’s also an Aloha Reef novella coming in December as a digital first release titled Holy Night.

I wonder, did you have as much fun writing the Smitten series with 3 of your friends as much as I had reading them?  Will there be a 3rd book in this series?

Oh it was sooo much fun! And yes, The Smitten Book Club will be out in December.


What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Spoiling my granddaughter! And I still love to read.

Who are some of your favorite authors/books?  If you’re like me, the list would be huge!

Oh the list is long! 🙂 My three friends from Smitten of course. Tons of others. I’m constantly reading.

What are you reading now?

I’m a health nut. Currently I’m reading The Fast Metabolism Diet by Haylie Pomroy.

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Thank you, Colleen for taking the time to share this wonderful interview with us and to donate your latest book.  God bless and keep on writing those great books!

Here is an interview with Colleen and she talks about how she’s always loved writing and she talks about her Lonestar series.

She has some interesting Youtube videos on her website  You can watch them all and see for yourself what a sweet woman she is.  After watching the videos, I feel like I know her and could sit down and talk for hours about her books!

Now for the sweepstakes.  Colleen has given us an autographed copy of her new book, Rosemary’s Cottage (Hope Beach #2) to be given away to one very blessed person who comments to this post.

Enter to win our July Sweepstakes

Our July Sweepstakes
An autographed copy of Rosemary’s Cottage

The contest starts today, July 1, 2013 and ends on July 8, 2013.

  1. You must be 18 years or older and be a U.S. resident.
  2. Leave a comment in the comment section at the end of THIS post. One entry per person.
  3. We will randomly compile a list of everyone who made a comment and will draw a name.  We will then notify you by email giving you further instructions to collect your free book.  DO NOT include your personal mailing address in your comment for security reasons.
  4. If we do not hear back from you in 10 days, we will draw another winner.
  5. We promise that this will be a fair drawing, and if this monthly book giveaway becomes a very popular post, then we will have to look into some of the different programs available to generate our winners.  But until then we will do it the old fashioned way and since our pastor and/or youth pastor and/or music minister will be the one drawing the winner, you can be sure it will be fair!
  6. Please allow 2-3 weeks for book delivery.
  7. If you win the book it would be really great if you could come back to this post after you have read it and tell us what you thought about the book.

Next Month – August 2013 – our Featured Author will be Jennifer Erin Valent and we will give away one of her books.



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