Ahoy Mateys! Welcome aboard me blog! This be a celebration indeed! Chappy be celebratin' her 200th Blogpost and ye be the ones gettin' the treasure!
I have been blessed with many wonderful author friends and some of those authors have graciously agreed to give away books for my celebration! There are 7 giveaways! So pull up a crate and sit a spell whilst I describe each giveaway in detail. At the end of the post, I will tell you how you can enter to win.
THIS PACKAGE INCLUDES PAPERBACKS OF SUSAN'S XANTHAKOS TRILOGY...THE CHAMOMILE, LAUREL & CASSIA.
A history lover, Susan F. Craft researches for her novels with the same excitement as Alan Quartermain hunting for King Solomon's Mines and with the persistence of Lewis and Clark. She enjoys the chase when a clue leads her from one "treasure" to the next, to the next.
Susan recently retired from a 45-year career that included working for SC Educational Television, the SC Department of Mental Health, the SC College of Pharmacy, and the SC Senate.
Her novel The Chamomile, a Revolutionary War romantic suspense released in 2011, won the SIBA Okra Pick. The sequel, Laurel, was released January 17, 2015, by Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. The third novel in the trilogy, Cassia, was released September 2015.
Susan is a member of Romance Writers of America, the American Christian Fiction Writers, The Historical Novel Society, the SC Writers Workshop, the SC Historical Society, the Robert Burns Society, the Colonial American Christian Writers, and the Inkplots, a writers' critique group. Her short stories have been published in four of the group's collections.
Susan is represented by Linda S. Glaz, Harline Literary Agency.
About the books:
Lilyan joins Patriot spies in British-occupied Charlestown, SC, to rescue her brother from a notorious prison ship. She’ll lie, steal, kill or be killed she promises Nicholas Xanthakos, a scout with Francis Marion’s partisans, who leads the mission. In Nicholas’ arms she discovers enduring love…a home. But that home is a long time coming. Her journey requires she save the life of one British officer but kill another to protect her Cherokee friend Elizabeth. In escaping bounty hunters, she treks miles of wilderness and very nearly loses everything before finally reuniting with her true love.
Desperate to rescue their kidnapped daughter, Lilyan and Nicholas Xanthakos trek two hundred miles through South Carolina mountains and backcountry wilderness, fighting outlaws, hunger, sleeplessness, and despair. When the trail grows cold, the couple battles guilt and personal shame; Lilyan for letting Laurel out of her sight, and Nicholas for failing to keep his family safe.
They track Laurel to the port of Charleston as post-Revolutionary War passions reach fever pitch. There, Lilyan, a former patriot spy, is charged for the murder of a British officer. She is thrown into the Exchange Building dungeon and chained alongside prostitutes, thieves, and murderers. Separated from her husband, she digs deep inside to re-ignite the courage and faith that helped her survive the war. Determined to free his wife at any cost, Nicholas finds himself forced back into a life of violence he thought he'd left behind.
Following a rumor that Laurel may be aboard a freighter bound for Baltimore, Lilyan and Nicholas secure passage on a departing schooner, but two days into the voyage, a storm blows their ship aground on Diamond Shoals. As the ship founders, both are swept overboard.
Will their love for each other and their faith sustain them as they await word of their missing child? Or is Laurel lost to them forever?
The Xanthakos family's voyage from South Carolina turns ugly when the ship's captain maroons Lilyan and her family on an island along North Carolina's Outer Banks. There, the family is captured by pirates and taken to a secret island hideout where they witness a mock trial and a hanging.
Forced to rebuff the advances of the murderous pirate, Captain Galeo (The Shark), and fearful that her children will be auctioned off to the highest bidder, Lilyan forges an escape plan. Meanwhile, her husband, Nicholas, calls upon his skills as a captain in Brigadier General Francis Marion's militia to devise a battle plan to save his family.
Will the young couple's faith be enough to see them through? Or will their declaration to rescue the infant slave girl, Cassia, from the pirates prove too high a price?
READ MORE ABOUT SUSAN'S BOOKS AT AMAZON/SUSANCRAFT
THIS PACKAGE INCLUDES BOOKS BY MICHELLE GRIEP, MARYLU TYNDALL AND ELAINE COOPER.
Award winning and best-selling author, MaryLu Tyndall dreamt of pirates and sea-faring adventures during her childhood days on Florida's Coast. After obtaining a degree in Math and working as software engineer for 15 years, she decided to test the waters as a writer. With now more than seventeen books published, she makes no excuses for the deeply spiritual themes embedded within her romantic adventures. As a follower of Christ, her stories often reflect her own journey and walk with God. Her hope is that readers will not only be entertained but will be brought closer to the Creator who loves them beyond measure. In a culture that accepts the occult, wizards, zombies, and vampires without batting an eye, MaryLu hopes to show the awesome present and powerful acts of God in a dying world. MaryLu makes her home with her husband, six children, two grandkids, and three cats on the California coast, where her imagination still surges with the sea.
MARYLU IS GIVING AWAY A PAPERBACK COPY OF CHARITY'S CROSS.
Elias Dutton, missionary and son of the famous pirate, Rowan Dutton, must get to Barbados as soon as possible. His sister is in danger, and his parents have charged him with her safety. He cannot let them down—again. But after rescuing a madcap woman from the bay, he now finds himself tricked into masquerading as her husband so they both can procure passage to Barbados.
Pirates, storms, shipwreck and betrayal threaten to delay the couple in their journey even as sparks fly between them. With her brother-in-law in fast pursuit, the last thing Charity wants is help from a man, especially a religious one, but she has no choice. After Elias’ heart was broken by a sordid woman who nearly ruined his life, he seeks a godly woman pure as the virgin sands of the Caribbean. He believes he has found such a woman in Charity. Until he discovers she is a murderer and is now faced with two choices: letting her go or turning her in to the authorities.
READ MORE ABOUT MARYLU'S BOOKS AT AMAZON/MARYLUTYNDALL
I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I've been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write--except for that graffiti phase I went through as teenager.
MICHELLE IS GIVING AWAY A PAPERBACK COPY OF BRENTWOOD'S WARD.
Place an unpolished lawman named Nicholas Brentwood as guardian over a spoiled, pompous beauty named Emily Payne and what do you get? More trouble than Brentwood bargains for. She is determined to find a husband this season. He just wants the large fee her father will pay him to help his ailing sister. After a series of dire mishaps, both their desires are thwarted, but each discovers that no matter what, God is in charge.
READ MORE ABOUT MICHELLE'S BOOKS AT AMAZON/MICHELLEGRIEP
Award winning historical fiction author Elaine Marie Cooper is the author of "Fields of the Fatherless" and the Deer Run Saga: "Road to Deer Run," "Promise of Deer Run" (June 2016) and "Legacy of Deer Run" (December 2016). "Bethany's Calendar" is the author's first non-fiction book and describes the journey traveled with her daughter as she was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumor.
Cooper's passions are her family, her faith in Christ and the history of the American Revolution, a frequent subject of her historical fiction. She grew up in Massachusetts, the setting for many of her novels. You can visit her website and blog at: http://www.elainemariecooper.com
Elaine is also a contributing writer to "Fighting Fear, Winning the War at Home" by Edie Melson, and "I Choose You," a romance Anthology. Her freelance work has appeared in both newspapers and magazines, and she blogs regularly at http://ColonialQuills.blogspot.com and her own blog, www.elainemariecooper.com
ELAINE IS GIVING AWAY A PAPERBACK COPY OF ROAD TO DEER RUN.
The year is 1777 and the war has already broken the heart of Mary Thomsen, a nineteen-year-old colonial woman from Massachusetts. Her brother, Asa is dead — killed by the King’s army, so when she stumbles across a wounded British soldier, her sense of right and wrong is challenged. Should she help a soldier of the enemy who took her brother’s life, or let him die, cold and alone?
The war has also broken British soldier Daniel Lowe’s spirit. A severely wounded prisoner of war, he escaped his rebel captors while on a death march to Boston. As the pain in his injured leg worsens, he wonders if the young woman looking down at him is an angel or the enemy.
Need and compassion bring these two young lives together, but will the bitterness of war keep them apart? Or can they find their way to love and forgiveness on the Road to Deer Run?
READ MORE ABOUT ELAINE'S BOOKS AT AMAZON/ELAINEMARIECOOPER
THIS PACKAGE INCLUDES BOOKS BY EILEEN RIFE, CARRIE FANCETT PAGELS AND DEBBIE LYNNE COSTELLO.
"Healing words for hurting hearts," is how Eileen Rife describes her books. Whether through fiction or nonfiction, Eileen wants readers to come away with love that extends beyond themselves, faith that can see the impossible, and hope that endures against all odds.
As a child, Eileen loved writing and telling stories. Walking to school every morning, she created characters, then talked to them as she ambled down the road, which was often her way of dealing with grief and loss. After the death of her brother, Eileen learned to empathize with the underdog. Many of Eileen's stories revolve around issues that many find difficult to talk about--death, homosexuality, sex trafficking. Through her characters, she offers readers an opportunity to draw close, peel back the layers of their own hearts, and examine what lies within.
And added to the mix--romance, always a romance around one corner or another!
An alumna of Christian Writers Guild and member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Eileen has published several nonfiction books, written newsletters, a marriage column, and over ten church dramas. Her byline has appeared in magazines, such as Discipleship Journal, Marriage Partnership, Mature Living, Christian Home & School, Drama Ministry, and ParentLife, as well as other print and online publications. Her fiction works include Second Chance and the Born for India trilogy (Journey to Judah, Restored Hearts, and Chosen Ones). Look for Laughing with Lily and Wit & Wisdom from the Wee Ones--coming soon from OakTara. She and husband, Chuck, a licensed professional counselor and marriage/family therapist conduct marriage seminars for churches and organizations in the states and overseas. They have three married children and six grandchildren.
Eileen would love to have you stop by for a visit at her place: www.eileenrife.com
EILEEN IS GIVING AWAY A PAPERBACK COPY OF 4R REJUVENATION RETREAT FOR WOMEN.
“Oh, for a little time to myself!” Hasn’t every hurried, harried woman uttered those words at some time in her life? Eileen Rife shares how a 4R rejuvenation retreat just might be the thing you need to refresh body, mind, and spirit. Bonus feature: Women from around the world share their secrets on reflecting, remembering, renewing, and releasing via the Scriptures, prayer, exercise, diet, decorating, and beauty regimens.
READ MORE ABOUT EILEEN'S BOOKS AT AMAZON/EILEENHINKLERIFE
Carrie Fancett Pagels is a multi-published award-winning author of Christian historical romance. Twenty-five years as a psychologist didn't "cure" her overactive imagination! She resides with her family in the Historic Triangle of Virginia, which is perfect for her love of history. Carrie loves to read, bake, bead, and travel - but not all at the same time!
CARRIE IS GIVING AWAY A PAPERBACK COPY OF THE STEEPLECHASE.
Martha Osborne fears for her six-year-old brother, who was shuffled off to boarding school when his British mother departed to England.
Set in Hampton Roads, Virginia, in the build-up to the War of 1812, expert rider Martha plans to substitute for her older brother in a “race to the steeple” to win the prize—and a bet with Phillip Paulson, equestrian trainer at Yorkview Academy, to help have her little brother returned home. When Phillip stumbles upon the real reasons behind the secret race he finds he may not be able to keep his end of the bargain. Can he save Martha and her brother? And will his heart be lost in the process?
READ MORE ABOUT CARRIE'S BOOKS AT AMAZON/CARRIEFANCETTPAGELS
Debbie Lynne Costello has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina. She has worked in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children's Director. Debbie Lynne has shown and raised Shetland Sheepdogs for eighteen years and still enjoys litters now and then. In their spare time, she and her husband take pleasure in camping and riding their Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses.
DEBBIE LYNNE IS GIVING AWAY WINNER'S CHOICE OF EITHER SWORD OF FORGIVENESS OR SHATTERED MEMORIES...AND WINNER'S CHOICE OF FORMAT.
SWORD OF FORGIVENESS
After the death of her cruel father, Brithwin is determined never again to live under the harsh rule of any man. Independent and resourceful, she longs to be left alone to manage her father's estate. But she soon discovers a woman has few choices when the king decrees she is to marry Royce, the Lord of Rosencraig. As if the unwelcome marriage isn't enough, her new husband accuses her of murdering his family, and she is faced with a challenge of either proving her innocence or facing possible execution.
Royce Warwick returns home after setting down a rebellion to find his family brutally murdered. When all fingers point to his betrothed and attempts are made on his life, Royce must wade through murky waters to uncover the truth. Yet Brithwin's wise and kind nature begin to break down the walls of his heart, and he soon finds himself in a race to discover who is behind the evil plot before Brithwin is the next victim.
The Charleston earthquake has left destruction like nothing Doctor Andrew Warwick has ever seen. On a desperate mission to find the lady who owns his heart, he frantically searches through the rubble, where he finds her injured and lifeless. After she regains consciousness, the doctor’s hopes are quickly dashed as he realizes she doesn’t remember him. Things only get worse when he discovers she believes she’s still engaged to the abusive scoundrel, Lloyd Pratt. Now Drew is on a race with the wedding clock to either help her remember or win her heart again before she marries the wrong man.
Waking in a makeshift hospital, Olivia Macqueen finds herself recovering from a head injury. With amnesia stealing a year of her memories, she has trouble discerning between lies and truth. When her memories start returning in bits and pieces, she must keep up the charade of amnesia until she can find out the truth behind the embezzlement of her family’s business while evading the danger lurking around her.
READ MORE ABOUT DEBBIE LYNNE'S BOOKS AT AMAZON/DEBBIELYNNECOSTELLO
THIS PACKAGE INCLUDES DIGITAL BOOKS BY LINORE BURKARD, MELISSA TAGG AND MARYLU TYNDALL/DEBBIE MITCHELL.
L.R. Burkard (a.k.a., Linore Rose Burkard) grew up in New York City in a family of ten. She loves history, books, and music. L.R. left home after high school and worked her way through college, graduating from the City University of New York with a magna cum laude degree in English Literature. She lives in Ohio with her husband and children where she still homeschools one daughter--preferably with a cup of coffee in one hand and iPad in the other.
L.R. writes historical romance under her full name (Linore Rose Burkard) and chose to use her initials for YA/Suspense so readers can know at a glance what kind of book to expect.
To see her contributions on the blogosphere for writers, check out: Novel Rocket.com. For history and regency tidbits, see Heroes, Heroines, and History (hhhistory.com). Find Linore on the web at the PULSE companion site http:// www.LRBurkard.com, or at her romance writing site, http://www.LinoreBurkard.com
LINORE IS GIVING AWAY A DIGITAL COPY OF RESILIENCE.
Now that an EMP has sent the United States into a seeming Dark Age, society has fallen apart at the seams. Andrea, Lexie and Sarah must survive despite the loss of technology, electricity, and worse, the threats of marauders and lawless opportunists. The appearance of FEMA camps might be reassuring except that the military seem determined to force civilians to enter them. Is the US government also a threat?
Those who've survived the first months since the PULSE are either nearing the end of their resources, their wits, or their endurance. Only the few with enough RESILIENCE in heart or mind can continue to live without succumbing to the lure of the government camps or other dangers.
Andrea and her family have the Martins and a growing community of survivors to help them get by.
Lexie longs for the day when she and Blake can get married and have a family. That is, if they live long enough.
Sarah and Richard hope to reach Aunt Susan's in Indiana; but what must they become to get there alive? And what will they find when they do?
Can the US recover from the loss of technology before everyone and everything is destroyed?
Melissa Tagg is a former reporter, current nonprofit grant writer and total Iowa girl. She's also a multi-published novelist, writing romantic comedies in the banter-filled style of her favorite 1930s and 40s classic films. Her latest book, Like Never Before, was named by Publishers Weekly to their spring 2016 "Religion and Spirituality" Top 10 list. When she's not writing she can be found hanging out with the coolest family ever, watching old movies, and daydreaming about her next book. Melissa loves connecting with readers at www.melissatagg.com and on Facebook and Instagram.
MELISSA IS GIVING AWAY A DIGITAL COPY OF ONE ENCHANTED CHRISTMAS.
Last December, mystery author Maren Grant had the most perfect night of her life. On a glimmering winter evening, she got to watch the photo shoot for her very first book and ended up on a magical date with the cover model himself--Colin Renwycke.
Fast forward one year. This December, with a looming deadline, restless spirit and her creative spark long since gone, Maren is desperate to get unstuck. And she can't get Colin out of her head...or his year-old open invitation to spend a couple weeks writing at his family's farm.
Drew Renwycke never planned to come home and take over the Renwycke family farm. But he's spent too many years watching his siblings unravel, including his brother, Colin, after one terrible family mistake. If moving to Maple Valley, Iowa, renovating an old farmhouse and switching careers is what it takes to put the Renwycke family back together, he'll do it.
But his simple plan upends when a scrappy author lands on his doorstep. And she just might be the key to coaxing his brother home. But what if he wants her all to himself? Drew will have to choose between his Christmas wish and the enchantment of a holiday romance that just might be the happy ending they all long for.
READ MORE ABOUT MELISSA'S BOOKS AT AMAZON/MELISSATAGG
MARYLU TYNDALL AND I CO-WROTE A DEVOTIONAL AND I AM GIVING AWAY A COPY.
PEARLS FROM THE SEA
All aboard! From the shores of salvation to eternity's horizon, embark on a 180 day journey with Jesus at the helm of your ship. You'll encounter storms, ship wrecks, and battles but you'll also enjoy days of smooth sailing, glorious sunsets, and rainbows that span the skies! Life with Jesus is an adventure. He will never steer you wrong. Is your compass broken? Need some wind in your sails? Lost your anchor? Or maybe you've spotted an enemy ship on the horizon! Come aboard! Trust in the Captain of your souls. And hang on. You're in for the voyage of your life!
THIS GIVEAWAY INCLUDES A PAPERBACK COPY OF THE MOST ELIGIBLE BACHELOR ROMANCE COLLECTION....BEING GIVEN AWAY BY GINA WELBORN.
Gina Welborn loves watching The Goldbergs, playing Super Mario Bros with her middle child, and baking anything sweet and tasty in desperation not to hear her children say, "Chef Mom, you've been chopped!"
Years ago, Gina worked at a news radio station scripting copy until she realized how depressing human tragedy was. Thus she fell in love with writing romances and now only thinks "It is time for a dead body?" when she's at a lull in her newest manuscript. (Disclaimer: Dead bodies are not found in Gina's writing.) Gina is a 2009 ACFW GENESIS historical romance finalist and a 2007 RWA GOLDEN HEART® inspirational finalist. She writes lighthearted historicals featuring spunky heroines and wild-at-heart heroes.
For eleven years, this Oklahoma-raised girl lived in Virginia with her youth-pastor husband and their five Okie-Hokie children before they headed back to Oklahoma. Gina is a lifetime member of the National Corvette Museum and a founding member of Southwest Oklahoma Corvette Club. She currently serves on the American Christian Fiction Writers Foundation Board. She is a member of ACFW and RWA. Two of her Barbour anthologies -- Mistletoe Memories and Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection -- are ECPA best-sellers. She can be contacted via her website www.ginawelborn.com or through the Steve Laube Agency.
THE MOST ELIGIBLE BACHELOR ROMANCE COLLECTION
Meet nine men from bygone days who have all the qualities of a true hero and who all the single ladies wish to court—though some are unassuming and overlooked until their worth is revealed. The socialite, the architect, the doctor, the masked vigilante, the missionary, the postmaster, archaeologist, the wealthy widower, and the heir can have their pick of brides, but which one will they choose?
READ MORE ABOUT GINA'S BOOKS AT AMAZON/GINAWELBORN
THIS GIVEAWAY INCLUDES AN AUDIO COPY OF PATTERN FOR ROMANCE...BEING GIVEN AWAY BY CARLA OLSON GADE.
Inspirational romance author Carla Olson Gade writes adventures of the heart with historical roots. With seven books in print, she is always imaging more stories and enjoys bringing her tales to life with historically authentic settings and characters. A native New Englander, Carla writes from her home amidst the rustic landscapes of Maine. An avid reader, amateur genealogist, photographer, and house plan hobbyist, Carla's great love (next to her family) is historical research. Though you might find her tromping around an abandoned homestead, an old fort, or interviewing a docent at an historical museum, it's easier to connect with her online at carlaolsongade.com. Sign up for her author newsletter here. ★ http://tinyurl.com/carlanews ★
PATTERN FOR ROMANCE
Honour Metcalf's quilting needlework is admired by a wealthy customer of the Boston Mantua-maker for whom she works. In need of increasing her earnings, she agrees to create an elaborate white work bridal quilt for the dowager's niece. A beautiful design emerges as she carefully stitches the intricate patterns and she begins to dream of fashioning a wedding quilt of her own. When Honour is falsely accused of thievery and finds herself in a perilous position, merchant tailor Joshua Sutton comes to her aid. As he risks his relationships, reputation, and livelihood to prove her innocence, the two discover a grander plan - a design for love.
READ MORE ABOUT CARLA'S BOOKS AT AMAZON/CARLAOLSONGADE
THIS GIVEAWAY INCLUDES A HANDMADE CROCHETED CROSS BOOKMARK IN WINNER'S CHOICE OF COLOR. BEING GIVEN AWAY BY JACKIE RAMSDELL.
A SPRING THEMED EXPLODING PICTURE BOX. BEING GIVEN AWAY BY CHAPPY DEBBIE.
Jackie Ramsdell is my youngest daughter and I couldn't be more proud of her. She is a wife, mommy and in her spare time (what's that?) she runs her own crochet business called BLANKIES BY JACKIE.
JACKIE IS GOING TO CROCHET A CROSS BOOKMARK IN THE WINNER'S CHOICE OF COLOR.
Chappy Debbie here! I am a wife, mommy, grammy and great-grammy. I taught Sunday School for over 20 years. Now, I live in Redding Ca with my hubby...aka The Butler...and our two dogs. I enjoy reading and spreading the word about great authors. I also enjoy crafting, so I made a special "Spring" exploding picture box for this celebration.
YOU CAN CHECK OUT ALL OF MY BOXES OVER ON PINTEREST/CHAPPYDEBBIE
SO THAT BE ALL OF THE GIVEAWAYS, MATEYS! NOW IT BE YER TURN TO SPEAK UP. IF YE BE WANTIN' TO HAVE A CHANCE TO WIN, JUST LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS. PLEASE BE LEAVIN' YER EMAIL ADDRESS, SO I CAN CONTACT YE SHOULD YE WIN. THIS CELEBRATION WILL BEGIN TODAY AND RUN THROUGH THE END OF THE MONTH....MAY 14TH-MAY31ST.....WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED ON JUNE 1ST.
***FER ALL PAPERBACKS, YE MUST BE A RESIDENT OF THE US...OTHERWISE YE WILL BE GETTIN' THE EBOOK VERSION***
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