In appreciation to my faithful friends for hanging in there with me during my absence, I'm starting out with a big "Box of Books" giveaway.
RULES FOR ENTERING:
a. Post a comment to the posts of the books you'd like to win. List which books you would like to be entered for. You can enter for as many of the books as you would like.
b. Help me spread the word that I'm back and let your friends know too. This giveaway has a short timeline, so hurry to enter!
c. Enter on or before May 25. Winners will be drawn on May 26. Claim your prize, if you win, within 10 days of being notified or I will redraw. (In other words, let me know you want the book and where it should be sent, should you find out your name was drawn.
d. Check back for the next giveaway! The books are: All in One Place: When she loses her latest boyfriend and her job, hard-living Terra Froese leaves Seattle to visit her sister in the wilds of Montana. She can sort out her life and rescue "going nowhere" Leslie at the same time. But Leslie likes the country---and her husband's religious family! What's a city girl to do? The Only Best Place: Trying to deal with the temporary transfer from a big-city career to small-town tedium, Leslie Vandekeere feels more like Ma Kettle than a suave executive. What on earth will she do if her husband returns permanently to his rural roots as he attempts to keep the family farm going?
d. Check back for the next giveaway!
The books are:
All in One Place: When she loses her latest boyfriend and her job, hard-living Terra Froese leaves Seattle to visit her sister in the wilds of Montana. She can sort out her life and rescue "going nowhere" Leslie at the same time. But Leslie likes the country---and her husband's religious family! What's a city girl to do?
The Only Best Place: Trying to deal with the temporary transfer from a big-city career to small-town tedium, Leslie Vandekeere feels more like Ma Kettle than a suave executive. What on earth will she do if her husband returns permanently to his rural roots as he attempts to keep the family farm going?
2. Shadows of Lancaster County by Mindy Starns Clark
Anna thought she left the tragedies of the past behind when she moved from Pennsylvania to California, but when her brother vanishes from the genetics lab where he works, Anna has no choice but to head back home. Using skills well-honed in Silicon Valley, she follows the high-tech trail her brother left behind, a trail that leads from the simple world of Amish farming to the cutting edge of DNA research and gene mapping.
Anna knows she must depend on her instincts, her faith in God, and the help of the Amish community to find her brother. She also must finally face her own shadows-and pray that she's stronger than the grief that threatens to overwhelm them all.
3. The Cure by Athol Dickson
When a small town in Maine becomes a mecca for miracles, Riley Keep journeys north to find out for himself---returning to a place and people he had left long ago. What he finds waiting is a hope beyond his wildest expectations! But will his past drag him away from this second chance at life?
4. Deep Haven Series by Susan May Warren
Happily Ever After: Mona Reynolds has no time for love! She's busy renovating an old Victorian house that's the answer to her prayers---her own bookstore/coffeeshop. Besides, there's no better hero for her than Reese Clark's fictional character Jonah. Or is there? What about the mysterious handyman she just hired? Will Mona's story have a fairy tale ending?
Tying the Knot: EMT Anne Lundstrom is running from her past. But it's about to catch up. She thought she'd escaped it when she moved out of the city and into the quiet town of Deep Haven. She certainly never expected to get roped into helping Noah Standing Bear run his summer camp for inner-city kids. Yet Noah has a charisma she can't ignore, and romance is in the air. But when the very danger she was trying to escape threatens her peaceful have, and her life, Anne must find the courage to face her fears and embrace the one man who can help her understand her past.
The Perfect Match: Ellie Karlson is new to Deep Haven. As the town’s interim fire chief, she is determined to lead the local macho fire crew in spite of their misconceptions about her. But when someone begins setting deadly fires, Ellie faces the biggest challenge of her life. Especially when sparks fly with one of the volunteers on her crew: Pastor Dan Matthews. As Ellie battles to do her job and win the respect of her crew, she finds that there is one fire she can’t fight—the one Dan has set in her heart.
5. Winter Birds by Jamie Langson Turner
6. The Divine Appointment by Jerome Teel
A liberal Supreme Court justice has died and the president, a right wing pro-life politician, nominates Dunbar Shelton to replace her in an explosive pro-life vs. pro-choice conflict.
In Tennessee, lawyers Eli Faulkner and Jill Baker represent a physician in the murder case of a young lawyer. Jill flies to Washington to get a part of the story from investigative journalist Holland Fletcher.
Together, the players in this drama will uncover answers that may cost them their lives. Is it worth it to risk everything when you're fighting for what you believe in?
7. Brittan, Heather, and Lorna (Debutantes Series) by Debra White Smith
Heather: Meet a winsome blond detective whose looks belie her black belt in karate! When Houston's mayor is shot, Heather's determined to identify the killer. She leaves anonymous perfume-laden evidence at the local newspaper---and soon editor Tyler falls head-over-heels for the mysterious tipster. The catch? Heather's dating Tyler already! Can she keep her identity hidden?
Lorna: Attending a welcome-the-new-mayor party, Lorna Leigh counters boredom by escaping to the garden...only to realize she's not alone. The dashing 30-something mayor is getting fresh air too. Sparks fly when she realizes Michael's idealistic views match hers and he discovers she's a tennis fiend.When a pastor is arrested for pornography, debutantes Lorna, Heather, and Brittan take the case. Convinced the pastor was set up, the gutsy amateur detectives investigate. Lorna's faith falters as clues are uncovered and Michael becomes a primary suspect. Why would God bring him into her life only to reveal his shady past and questionable future? Torn between budding love and justice, Lorna faces her most difficult decision yet.
Brittan: When Brittan Shay meets Jose Herrera, she's found love for the first time. Even when she and her friends, Lorna and Heather, investigate a money laundering scheme and discover Jose's mother might be involved, Brittan's sure her new boyfriend isn't part of the plot. But when Chief Rob Lightly gets involved Brittan hesitates.
As suspicions and accusations fly, who should Brittan believe? And what will the culprit do when awareness of the Debutantes' investigation comes to light?
8. Circle of Friends Series by Jennifer O'Neill
A Fall Together: Irene Williams's marriage is crumbling, and her daughter, Chelsea, is impossible to handle. When Irene moves to Nashville, she takes Chelsea with her, hoping they can mend their relationship. But Chelsea's sassy behavior conceals a shocking secret. Will the love of Irene's new friends be enough to sustain her through heartache?
A Winter of Wonders: A Winter of Wonders, reveals even more of the dynamics between at-odds sisters Lauren and Irene, the troublesome budding romance between Irene s teenage daughter and basketball star Trace, the hardscrabble times of Trace's widowed mom Stephanie, and life after breast cancer surgery for Stephanie's prayer group friend Eleanor. In this wintry season of the faith journey, there are moments of coldness as well as merciful warmth. While some characters wonder what drama could possibly unfold next, others marvel at the wonders of God's grace.
A Late Spring Frost: Springtime offers renewal---but a cold snap could undo the seasons greatest gift. Can Irene heal from her darkest secret? Will Eleanor and Ham survive their crushing loss? And can Norro face life after being exposed by his betrayed companions?
9. Watcher in the Woods and House of Dark Shadows by Robert Liparulo
House of Dark Shadows: When the Kings move to a new home in a new town, the house seems odd at first; but things get really strange when they realize that some rooms are portals to other worlds.
The Kings face terrifying dangers within the rooms of their home, but it still seems like an adventure until people start coming out of the rooms and into the house. When one of the intruders kidnaps their mother, they must find a way to rescue her-but who would believe such a fantastical story?
The King Family begins their search, quickly realizing that they must learn more about the worlds in order to find their mother. But they also must pretend that all is well at home. When a stranger appears and tries to force them to sell the house, their desperation reaches new heights.
Watcher in the Woods: In Watcher in the Woods, the King Family begins their search, quickly realizing that they must learn more about the worlds in order to find their mother. But they also must pretend that all is well at home. When a stranger appears and tries to force them to sell the house, their desperation reaches new heights.
10. Sandpebbles by Patricia Hickman
Recently widowed March Longfellow struggles with the issues never resolved between herself and her husband before his fatal boating accident. While March continues to commandeer the lives of her son, Mason, her pastor father, and the staff members of the small-town newspaper she owns, she also grapples with the deep grief of circumstances she could never control. To complicate matters, a know-it-all pastor, Colin Arnett, enters Candle Cove impromptu to take over areas of her life she is unwilling to surrender. As the Arnett family's lives become intertwined with her own, March finds her life completely turned around and thrust into a new direction--one she cannot control. March learns that as she lets go of the things of the past, God rekindles her own faith and joy and a renewed hope for love.
11. The Barefoot Believers by Annie Jones
Two sisters are forced to take a break from their hectic lives when one breaks her foot and the other sees a way to make fast cash from the sale of a vacation cottage. In doing so they find the younger sister whom their father had taken away from them thirty years earlier and have to cope with their mother and her senior citizens' brigade who want to run every body's lives. Learning to kick off their shoes and walk with the Lord becomes a lesson well learned.
12. The Boneman's Daughter by Ted Dekker
Military intelligence officer Ryan Evans is hot on the trail of Boneman, a Texas serial killer who murders his victims by breaking their bones. Evans witnessed this torture technique when he was serving in Fallujah. Now he's a suspect and his daughter is Boneman's latest target! Can he clear himself and save his daughter?
13. Stealing Adda by Tamara Leigh
Bestselling romance author Adda Sinclaire has writer's block. Just when she catches her breath-and quite possibly the eye of a certain fabulously good-looking man--her arch-nemesis gives the pot one final stir.
14. Feeling for Bones by Bethany Pierce
At sixteen, Olivia Monahan is uprooted from her home when a scandal in the local church costs her father his ministry. The family retreats to the seclusion of a small Pennsylvanian town, where a host of rich characters all play part in Olivia's struggle to understand her disillusionment with Christianity and gather courage to fight the eating disorder threatening her health. As a young painter learning to re-interpret the visual world, she begins to examine God and her own body with lively imagination and newly trained eyes, taking readers on a journey into a world which cannot be seen.
15. Controlling Interest by Elizabeth White
Matt Hogan's Memphis detective agency has been on the skids since a recent attack of conscience cost him an important case. When a wealthy investor steps in and saves River City Investigations, Matt thinks all his prayers have been answered-until he finds out that with the investor comes a new partner.
Fresh out of criminal justice school and a two-year stint in the Tunica County Sheriff's Department, Natalie Tubberville is out to prove she can cut it in the world of private investigations. But her reluctant partner is just as determined to have nothing to do with her-until Natalie makes him an offer he can't refuse!
And the race is on. As two strong personalities compete, mutual attraction grows.while a simple case of a runaway bride threatens to become an international incident. Will Matt and Natalie call off the competition-or discover an entirely new arrangement?
16. Reconstructing Natalie by Laura Jensen Walker (slightly worn)
Natalie Moore is having a great time living her life until she confronts something that too many women fight in today's society: breast cancer. At twenty-seven years old, Natalie walks us through the emotions and reality of having breast cancer while she loses her boyfriend, her fair, and both of her breasts. She also shows us how to cope, as she makes new friends, gets reconstructive surgery that even enhances her figure, finds new love in unexpected places, and makes major changes in her life. Natalie learns to place importance in people in attributes other than the obvious and physical as she works on reconstructing herself.
17. Mountain Top by Robert Whitlow
When Sam Miller begins to have mysterious visions, he lands in jail---for crimes he didn't commit! Is it only a coincidence? Minister and former attorney Mike Andrews decides to represent Miller, and he's determined to uncover the truth. But can he reveal the hidden meaning of these dreams in time to save Sam?
18. Bella by Lisa Samson (the book)
Once a famous athlete, Jose now cooks at his brother's restaurant---and shuns the world. Waitress Nina is struggling to succeed---and discovers she's pregnant. When a simple act of kindness brings them together, Jose not only confronts his own past but shows Nina how the healing power of love can help her embrace the future.
19. The Hidden by Kathryn Mackel
When out riding, Dr. Susan Rose is thrown by her horse and tumbles into a crevasse---where she discovers a young man chained in the darkness. But he has no memory of how he got there! As Susan tries to discover the cause of his amnesia, dark possibilities emerge. Could he be a fallen demon?
20. Dread Champion and Eyes of Elisha by Brandilyn Collins
Dread Champion: Chelsea Adams has visions. But they have no place in a courtroom. As a juror for a murder trial, Chelsea must rely only on the evidence. And this circumstantial evidence is strong--Darren Welk killed his wife. Or did he?
The trial is a nightmare for Chelsea. The other jurors belittle her Christian faith. As testimony unfolds, truth and secrets blur. Chelsea's visiting niece stumbles into peril surrounding the case, and Chelsea cannot protect her. God sends visions--frightening, vivid. But what do they mean? Even as Chelsea finds out, what can she do? She is helpless, and danger is closing in . .
Eyes of Elisha: Chelsea Adams lives in the fast-paced Silicon Valley area of California. She's wife to Paul, a successful entrepreneur, and mother to their two sons. Chelsea is a Christian with the unusual gift of visions. These insights from God have helped her pray for people and have led her to save others from harm. But never has she experienced a vision like the one she "sees" during a business dinner with her husband and their prospective new vice-president of marketing, Gavil Harrison. Invited to dinner to check out the new prospect, Chelsea goes into a spiritual state in which she sees the murder of a young women. After the vision, when she comes back to consciousness, she looks into Gavil's eyes and experiences a terrifying moment of recognition: she's certain that he's the killer she saw. But who will believe her? Certainly not her non-Christian husband, who wants to hire this man to work by his side. Nor the police, who must rely on hard evidence. Only one person might believe her-the murderer himself. There are plenty of twists and turns of plot right up to the end of this edge-of your-seat thriller.
21. Shop-Til-U-Drop Series by Ginny Aiken
Priced to Move: She Thought She Was Leaving the Rat Race Behind. Gemologist Andie Adams is suffering a bad case of burnout in her stress-filled job in New York. So she jumps at the chance to ditch her wormy corner of the Big Apple for a home in Kentucky with her lovable but off-the-wall Aunt Weeby. After all, things should be slower paced in Kentucky--right?Wrong. Andie reluctantly joins the Shop-Til-U-Drop Network as its newest jewelry and gemstone show host. Sparks fly between her and the know-nothing (but drop-dead gorgeous) jock they've hired as her cohost. And when Andie's job exposes her to a international investigation, the mayhem escalates during an exotic journey.
A Steal of a Deal: When gemologist Andrea Adams gets a chance to go to the Kashmir region of Pakistan for a mission trip, she jumps at it. But her boss at the S.T.U.D. home shopping network wants to turn the trip into another on-location shoot for the station. That means Andreas co-host Max is part of the deal, and she isn't happy about it. When their guide turns up dead and a famous sapphire turns up in Max's possession, Andrea thinks all her worst fears are confirmed. Is this her chance to get rid of this know-nothing pretty boy? Or is Max innocent after all?
A Cut Above: Despite her objections, Andie Adams is on her way to Colombia to broker a deal on some of the most fabulous emeralds in the world--and she's going alone. Maybe this time she can make the trip without any major drama.But before Andie can even get close to the mines, everything turns Twilight Zone weird. The guide who is supposed to meet her at the airport doesn't. Her high school Spanish goes AWOL. And her taxi driver treats her to a South American-style tour of Bogota. not for the faint of heart. But that's nothing compared to what's next...
22. Summer of Light by Dale Cramer
Mick Brannigan is a good worker and a better father, but when he loses his job, neither he nor his wife Layne is sure that his life calling is that of a stay at home dad. But when Layne's career takes off and their son Dylan starts showing signs of developmental problems, Mick doesn't seem to have a choice. What with having to do laundry, making sure the fridge stays full, and the kids aren't emotionally scarred from being cared for by their dad, Mick finds that his hands, and his heart, are fuller than they've ever been.
23. A Passion Redeemed by Julie Lessman
Graced with physical beauty, though shallow of heart, Charity O'Connor is a woman who knows what she wants. She sets her sights on the cantankerous Mitch Dennehy, editor at the Irish Times, who has unwittingly stolen her heart. And although the sparks are there, Mitch refuses to fan the coals of a potential relationship with his ex-fiancee's sister. But Charity has a plan to turn up the heat and she always gets what she wants--one way or another. Is revenge so sweet after all? Or will Charity get burned?
24. Four Seasons Series by Catherine Palmer and Gary Chapman
It Happens Every Spring: Word travels fast at Patsy Pringle's Just As I Am beauty shop. So when a simple homeless man appears on Steve and Brenda Hansen's doorstep during a thunderstorm, the entire town is set abuzz, especially when Brenda lets him sleep on their porch. But that's not all the neighbors are talking about. Spring may be blooming outdoors, but an icy chill has settled over the Hansens' marriage. Steve is keeping late hours with clients at the country club, and the usually upbeat Brenda is feeling the absence of her husband and her college-age kids.
Summer Breeze: Meet the blended family of Derek and Kim Finley. Kim has a set of twins--one boy and one girl--from her first marriage; Luke has recently been diagnosed with diabetes, and Lydia is acting out as a result of the attention now being showered on Luke. To complicate matters, Derek's overbearing mother comes to live with them. With all that's going on in their lives, Kim and Derek's communication begins to break down and their marriage slowly moves into winter.
Falling for You Again: Charlie and Esther Moore have been married nearly fifty years when the contented life they've built together begins to crumble. Esther has been forgetful recently, but it's rarely a problem until the day she puts her car in drive instead of reverse, flying off the end of the carport and into the backyard. Esther's accident and declining health shatter their reverie, and the couple must come to terms with all the paths their lives have not taken if they ever hope to pull their marriage out of winter.
Winter Turns to Spring: Opposite work schedules, differing views on finances and when to start a family, and Brad's selfish and immature habits are forcing the young couple apart, causing them to question why they ever got married in the first place. It will take a whole lot of help--mostly from their nosy but well-meaning neighbors--for Ashley and Brad to pull their marriage out of the winter blues and into a hopeful spring. As usual, the residents of Deepwater Cove will pop in and out of the story to delight readers. They'll encounter Cody and see his continued independence and growing friendship with Jennifer; Patsy and Pete's escalating romance; and Charlie, a recent widower who is taking on the challenges and excitement of his golden years with zeal.
25. Where my Heart Belongs by Tracie Peterson
Twelve years ago, spoiled Amy Halbert changed her name, demanded her share of the family money, and dropped out of sight. Now as her father lies dying at the family farm in Kansas, Amy shows up out of nowhere. Her father is overjoyed to see her and learns that she has come to know the Lord. Before he dies, he begs his older daughter, Kathy, to be a good sister and welcome Amy back into the family.
But Kathy struggles with the old feelings of betrayal and bitterness that consume her. How can she forgive someone who brought such misery into their lives? Throughout the tumultuous summer, the two women sort through not only their parent's belongings, but also a past full of questions and pain. Will both sisters find their way home again?