AndTheWinnersAre1Thanks to all of you who participated in the Spring Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt. It was so fun to read all of your comments on my blog and at the other stops. Here are the winners:

Grand Prize (Kindle HDX) and 34 books: Shay Teague

Purple Prize (Kindle Paperwhite and the 17 Purple books): Kristine Klein

Pink Prize (Kind Paperwhite and the 17 Pink books): Dana McCall Michael

Now, for the winners of my own BONUS drawing. The numbers were chosen by Random.org. Each of these two people will receive a copy of As Love Blooms and a package of Oreos.

Jennifer Tipton (from her newsletter sign up)

Stephanie  C whose favorite cookie is a macaroon. (Probably the only cookie I don’t like. Sorry Stephanie, but you still won. :) )

Congratulations, ladies. Look for an e-mail from me in your inbox!

Scavenger Hunt Stop 12

ChrisFicScavHnt'15Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! I am part of the PINK TEAM, and this is Stop #12. If you’re just joining us, there are two loops–a pink and a purple. The purple begins at Lisa Begren’s site, and the pink at Robin Hatcher’s. Click on their name to start one of the two tracks. You can get the basics and an overview of the hunt here.

If you complete either the pink or purple loop, you can enter for a Kindle Paperwhite and the 17 autographed books from that loop. If you complete BOTH loops, you can enter for the Grand Prize of a Kindle Fire HDX and ALL 34 autographed books.

Be sure to keep track of the clues at the bottom of every blog stop in the loop and the favorite number mentioned. You’ll need those clues to enter for the loop prize and every number mentioned in order to enter for the grand prize.

ALSO, please don’t use Internet Explorer to navigate through the loops. Some websites won’t show up using IE. Please use Chrome or Firefox.

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Without further ado, please join me in welcoming my friend, Mesu Andrews. Mesu’s sweet spirit shines through on the pages of her books. I marvel at her ability to breather life into  biblical settings. 

ME--2015(2)Here’s her professional bio:

Mesu Andrews deep understanding of and love for God’s Word brings the biblical world alive for her readers. Her first novel, Love Amid the Ashes won the 2012 ECPA Book of the Year for a Debut Author. Her three subsequent novels, Love’s Sacred Song, Love in a Broken Vessel, and In the Shadow of Jezebel all released to great reader enthusiasm. Mesu lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband Roy.

 

 

And here’s the summary of her latest book:

Mesu Pharoah's Daughter coverAnippe has grown up in the shadows of Egypt’s good god Pharaoh, aware that Anubis, god of the afterlife, may take her or her siblings at any moment. She watched him snatch her mother and infant brother during childbirth, a moment which awakens in her a terrible dread of ever bearing a child. Now she is to be become the bride of Sebak, a kind but quick-tempered Captain of Pharaoh Tut’s army. In order to provide Sebak the heir he deserves and yet protect herself from the underworld gods, Anippe must launch a series of deceptions, even involving the Hebrew midwives—women ordered by Tut to drown the sons of their own people in the Nile.

When she finds a baby floating in a basket on the great river, Anippe believes Egypt’s gods have answered her pleas, entrenching her more deeply in deception and placing her and her son Mehy, whom handmaiden Miriam calls Moses, in mortal danger.

As bloodshed and savage politics shift the balance of power in Egypt, the gods reveal their fickle natures and Anippe wonders if her son, a boy of Hebrew blood, could one day become king. Or does the god of her Hebrew servants, the one they call El Shaddai, have a different plan—for them all?

Mesu has a few fascinating words to share for her EXCLUSIVE content that you’ll only find in this hunt, so read on!

3 Things That Might Surprise You About Moses

When I began research for The Pharaoh’s Daughter, I thought I knew Moses’s story pretty well. After all, I’d seen the Ten Commandments movie at least fifteen times and Disney’s Prince of Egypt five or six. And, of course, I’d read the story in Exodus two or three…hundred times.

If you’ve read my biblical novels, you know how much I LOVE research. The first three to six months of any new project is spent delving into ancient texts, archaeology, culture, and commentaries—before I ever write a word. But before beginning each day’s historical research, I read the biblical text repeatedly to be sure what I find lines up with God’s Word.

How can I describe my delight when fascinating details in historical documents bring new insight and deeper understanding to Scripture? (I have the best job in the world!)

Today, I get to share some of that joy with a few surprises I discovered while researching The Pharaoh’s Daughter.

Surprise #1

Egyptians (and Israelite slaves) drank beer!

I remember when I was a little girl and realized for the first time that Jesus drank wine. My mom explained that they didn’t have clean water to drink, so wine was like soda pop or juice for them. Well, it’s sort of the same principle for the Egyptians. Their hot, desert climate was watered only by the Nile and was more conducive to growing grain than grapes. They made beer with fermented grain, called mash. Only Pharaoh and wealthy noblemen drank imported wine until later royals incorporated vineyards into their gardens. Slaves and peasants drank a light golden beer with lower alcohol content, while the king’s breweries produced darker beer, flavored with various fruits and spices.

Surprise #2

Straw wasn’t always an ingredient for bricks.

In Exodus 5, after Moses and Aaron made their first plea for the Hebrews’ release, Pharaoh commanded the slaves to gather their own straw while maintaining their full quota of bricks. I had always assumed they put the straw IN the bricks, but research proved differently. Though straw or sand might be mixed with mudbricks to prevent cracking, most ancient bricks did not use straw in the mixture. Instead, finely chopped straw was rubbed on the hands or dusted over the surface of the bricks to keep the mud from sticking, thereby making the process go much faster.

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Surprise #3

Camels were used for milk, not as pack animals.

Though camels are smelly, grouchy, spitting beasts, I love them—and they get a prominent mention in my books. Imagine my disappointment when I discovered camels were rather rare in ancient Egyptian. Visiting merchants used them as pack animals, but only poorer Egyptians used them—as a source of milk. Eee-gad!

Were You Surprised?

Did you know ancient Israelites drank beer, made bricks without straw, and used camels for milk? I hope you’ll pick up a copy of The Pharaoh’s Daughter and find more great surprises in the story of Moses.

Is your interest piqued? I know mine is. Order your copy of the The Pharaoh’s Daughter today at one of these fine locations or the bookstore of your choice:

THE SCAVENGER HUNT SKINNY:

Thanks for stopping by on the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt!  Before you go, make sure you WRITE DOWN THESE CLUES:

Secret Word(s): could

Secret Number: 31, a number I chose, because I’m a Halloween baby.

Did you get those down? Perfect!  Your next stop is #13, Mesu Andrew’s site. Click on over there now, but if you get lost, don’t worry. A complete list of sites is available here. And if you get lost, a complete list of the loop with links can be found at our mother host’s site.

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BONUS GIVEAWAY

A-Love-Blooms-coverAs a bonus giveaway, I’m offering two Read and Enjoy prize packages. Each package consists of a copy of As Love Blooms and a package of Oreos.

How to enter: At the last blog stop, I shared about my love of Oreos and how they had a cameo spot in As Love Blooms. For each of the following, you get an extra chance to win this bonus giveaway. Do one of the following and get one chance. Do all three and get three chances.

1. Tell me about your favorite cookie and your favorite way/place to eat them.

2. Sign up for my .newsletter here.

3. “Like” my Facebook Page here

After you’ve signed up the newsletter and/or “liked” my Facebook page, make sure you say so in the comments.If you’ve done either of those previously, just let me know.

Now, hurry on over to Stop #13!

 

The Scavenger Hunt is Coming!

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The HUNT begins at NOON on April 16, Mountain Time, 1 p.m. Central, and ends at midnight on April 19, 2015, mountain time.

You have a long weekend to complete all 32 stops and maximize your chances at  prizes. There are a lot of extra prizes along the way as well.

There are two tracks to follow–a PINK and a PURPLE track. The PINK begins at Robin Hatcher’s site and the PURPLE at Lisa Bergren’s. Completing either the PINK or PURPLE track enters you for the Kindle Paperwhite. Completing both enters you for the Kindle Fire HDX!

When Love Stirs Prize Winners

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I was delighted by all of the kitchen disaster responses. They were so much fun to read and I hope to highlight some in my newsletter soon. I love how cooking and food are such an integral part of our lives. We associate different foods with so many memories which make us laugh or smile.

That’s the feeling I wanted to capture in While Love Stirs. For Charlotte, cooking feeds the soul, not just the body.

And the winners for this blog stop are:

Prize Package #1

When Love Calls and While Love Stirs

Fannie Farmer Cookbook

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Kelly Blackwell

Prize Package #2

When Love Calls and While Love Stirs

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Alecia

The Grand Prize Winner of the Kindle Fire HDX and $100 gift certificate is Jamie G.

The two runners-up of the sets of 32 books are Melanie S. and Jean F.

Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to all of you who took the time to enter, like my Facebook page, and sign up the newsletter. You bless my writer’s heart.

Keep reading!

 

 

 

Scavenger Hunt Stop #11

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Welcome to stop #11 on the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt. The hunt begins at noon (Mountain Time Zone) on Friday, April 4, 2013 and ends Sunday, April 6, 2014, at midnight. If you are just arriving, you’ll want to go the first stop here.

As you progress through the scavenger hunt, you will collect a CLUE IN RED at each stop. Write these down as you go. At the end of the hunt, you will enter these clues into a Rafflecopter form.

The hunt is open to international entries. The grand prize is a Kindle Fire HDX along with a $100 gift certificate. Two runners-up will receive all 32 of the new releases featured by the authors in the hunt.

Now, it is my honor and pleasure to introduce you to Margaret Daley. I first met Margaret at the American Fiction Christian Writers conference where she was active in her role as president. Not only is she an amazingly gifted writer, she is also a sweet, genuine person.

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Margaret Daley

1-Margaret Daley photo-jpgBestselling author, Margaret Daley, is multi-published with 94 books. She had written for Harlequin, Abingdon, Kensington, Dell, and Simon and Schuster. She has won multiple awards, including the prestigious Carol Award, Holt Medallion and Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest. To find out more about Margaret visit her website at http://www.margaretdaley.com .

Strong Women in Extraordinary Situations

photoI am writing a series of novellas about: Strong Women, Extraordinary Situations. My first novella is out right now—Deadly Hunt, part of collection one for Inspy Kisses. In May is my last book of Guardians, Inc. Series for Love Inspired Suspense, Bodyguard Reunion, about female bodyguards. Many readers have described these books showcasing strong women, women ready to do what they have to protect others. They make hard decisions in tough situations.

I decided to ask others what they thought a strong woman was on Facebook. I got some wonderful comments from a “woman with a strong faith” to words like having perseverance, compassionate, a sense of humor and full of integrity. People talked about a woman who faced difficult situations and came out the other end stronger, a better person, reinforced in her faith.

I have always felt my mother was what I considered a strong woman. She was there for others as a mother, friend, daughter and nurse. Her faith was strong and helped her get through difficult situations. She cared about others and wasn’t afraid to show it. She did what needed to be done.

Women with the above characteristics are interesting to develop and write. They are not flawless. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses. What is important is what the person does with those strengths and weaknesses. They believe in hope and trust in God because without them what is there.

We’ve all met strong women. I’d love to hear about what you think is a strong woman or about a woman who you know is strong. What is a strong woman to you?

And here’s a little more about Deadly Hunt by Margaret Daley

margaret_coverFrom #1 Amazon Bestselling Author Margaret Daley comes a new romance suspense Deadly Hunt, part of the First Kisses collection of novellas:

All bodyguard Tess Miller wants is a vacation. But when a wounded stranger stumbles into her isolated cabin in the Arizona mountains, Tess becomes his lifeline. When Shane Burkhart opens his eyes, all he can focus on is his guardian angel leaning over him. And in the days to come he will need a guardian angel while being hunted by someone who wants him dead.

Buy First Kisses Novella Collection:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Smashwords

And I’m sure you’ll want to read Body Guard Reunion, too. So here’s the scoop.

Bodyguard ReunionREUNIONS CAN BE DEADLY

Teaming up with an old flame is not what bodyguard Chloe Howard would call a smart move. Nine years ago Chloe and T. J. Davenport worked on a case together, fell in love, then went their separate ways. Now she’s reunited with the fearless bodyguard to protect a controversial couple on a book tour through Texas. And the reunion reminds Chloe of dreams best forgotten. She knows she has to keep her emotions in check so their clients’ protection remains their top priority. Protection that is the only thing keeping them from falling prey to a stalker’s deadly schemes.

 Buy Bodyguard Reunion (Love Inspired Suspense) by Margaret Daley:

Amazon

Barnes and Noble

Christianbooks. com

Now, get out your pen and write down the clue for this scavenger hunt stop (#11). It’s read the books. You’ll need all the red clues when you get to the end to enter into Rafflecopter if you want to win the big prize. And when you’re finished here, head on over to Hunt Stop #12.Margaret Daley’s Blog.

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BONUS PRIZE OPPORTUNITY

While Love Stirs 2I’m celebrating the release of While Love Stirs, book 2 in the Gregory Sisters Series, with a special giveaway.

Prize package #1

When Love Calls

 While Love Stirs

Fannie Farmer’s Cookbook

Prize Package #2

When Love Calls and While Love Stirs

 

How do you enter this bonus giveaway? On the previous blog stop, I introduced you to the wonder of the gas stove. To enter this part, LIKE my Lorna Seilstad’s Fan Page, then return here and tell me about your your worst kitchen disaster (or a friend’s) in the comments below. Make sure you mention that you LIKED my Facebook page, too. For a bonus chance, sign up for my newsletter and mention that, too. If you’ve already done both, thank you! Just let me know.

FFcookbookMy kitchen horror story occurred when I was eleven. I had very long hair and was mixing a cake. I turned to look at the minute hand on the clock to make sure I was mixing it long enough, and a section of my hair got wrapped around the beaters. The section was yanked out in a millisecond and left me a quarter-sized bald spot for a month. Needless to say, we threw the cake batter away.

Now, it’s your turn. Let’s have some fun and share our kitchen nightmares.

 

Bonus giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.

The winners will be posted on this blog on April. 7.

 

Mark Your Calendars!

Spring-scavenger-collageThe Spring Scavenger Hunt is coming soon, so mark April 4, 5, and 6 on your calendars.

To enter, you’ll start at Robin Lee Hatcher’s site that first weekend of April and follow the links to each of the other sites, gathering the clue on each one, and submitting the answer at the end. Easy peasey.  (Don’t fret about the “how to’s” now–it will be obvious. There’s no reason to race through; you have all weekend.) PLUS, there will be additional prizes and mini-contests offered by some of the authors as you scavenge through!

Open internationally. If a reader outside the USA wins the Kindle and $100 credit, they will receive the equivalent in USD$.

So mark your calendars. This is one you won’t want to miss.

Park Perks in When Love Calls

aviary2At the turn of the century, a city’s park system was of upmost importance. Our country begun a move toward an urban society, but people still craved open spaces. New technologies had given families more free time, and a favorite place to spend that time time was at a park.

Des Moines, the setting for When Love Calls, had a beautiful park system. I wanted to highlight that in the book. Today, I’d like to share a few photos of some of the things I discovered in the city’s parks and mentioned in my book.

I’ve been asked if there really was an Amerian Circle Swing Company. Indeed there was! Below is photo of the swing in Des Moines’ Union Park.

Circle Swing

Besides the swing, the park also boasted an aviary. One of the oldest aviaries, the Raven Cage, is at the London Zoo. It’s dated 1829, but it was the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair that sparked a national interest in aviaries.

The St. Louis Zoo is still home to this aviary. In 1904, it was the largest aviary every build at 84 feet wide, 228 feet long, and 50 feet high.

The aviary in Des Moines’ Union Park (pictured below and at the top of this post) was considerably smaller.

Aviary

Since I live near Omaha, Nebraska, I’ve had the opportunity to visit Henry Doorly Zoo’s Simmons Aviary. Opened in 1983, it’s one of the world’s largerst free-flight aviaries. Wouldn’t Hannah Gregory have loved that!

Another Des Moines park mentioned in When Love Calls was Ingersoll Park. Below is a picture of the bridge mentioned in the story.

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And here’s the scene that happens on that bridge.

A look that gave Lincoln goose bumps crossed Hannah’s face. She moistened her lips with the tip of her tongue, and he could no more keep from kissing her than keep her from taking chances. His lips claimed hers in a hot, velvety moment. Could she feel his love? Did she realize he’d do anything to protect her? Would she ever trust him with that corner of her heart just beyond his grasp?

He wrapped his hands around her waist, drawing her closer, letting his lips say what his words could not. He dotted kisses on her jawline, and she tipped her head, giving him access to her neck. His lips moved restlessly across her neck, and he felt her body shudder against him.

Drawing on every ounce of self-control, he cupped her face in his hands and pulled away. Her flushed face and swollen lips made him want to take her in his arms all over again, every day, for the rest of his life.

She looked bewildered at the loss of his kisses. Lincoln smiled. Hannah had no idea what she stirred in him.

He touched his lips to her forehead and drew her against his chest. The almond scent of her maple-syrup-colored hair reached him. Gently moving his thumb, he drew circles on the back of her neck.

When had she won his heart? That first day they met, when she so bravely spoke to him? When she came to ask for help for her friend? When she pulled him into the lake?

It wasn’t one moment. It was a hundred little ones. And he hoped there’d be a lifetime more to come.

One of my favorite parts of writing is imagining the things I find in these old photos alive once again with people enjoying them. Times may change, but people will always find time to laugh, love, and play outdoors.

What are you doing this summer to enjoy the outdoors? What’s your favorite way to “play” outside in the summer?

Scavenger Hunt Stop #19

Welcome to the 2013 Summer Scavenger Hunt! This hunt has 32 stops and runs May 17 through May 19, 2013. You can make the loop, reading unique content from 31 different authors, and if you complete the loop, and fill out the Rafflecopter form at Stop #32, you’ll be in the running for an iPad Mini (loaded with all our books), or one of two runner-up prizes—all 31 of our new releases in paperback.

Also, some authors are offering additional prizes, so be sure to read each post thoroughly to be in the running for all that are available. The contest is open internationally.

If you’ve JUST discovered the hunt, I recommend you begin at the beginning, Stop #1, found at LisaBergren.com. But you can also begin here, and keep on rolling. Just be aware that you have to have the COMPLETED phrase in order, which you construct gathering the clue at each stop, within 24 hours of email notification from Lisa Bergren that you won. If Lisa doesn’t hear back from you with the correct phrase within the time limit, she will move on to the next winner Rafflecopter draws.

Take your time and enjoy the journey. This is not a race, and there is no special prize for being the first to finish in this one. Enter the bonus contests on various sites if you like and have fun!

Ready? Here we go…

 

 

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MARTA PERRY

It is my honor to host Marta Perry, author of more than 50 novels, half of which have have been awarded special recognition.

She says she wanted to be a writer since she read her first Nancy Drew novel. While that dream wasn’t realized until later in life, it eventually surfaced again and she began to write.

She started with children’s short stories for Sunday school take home papers and then went on to have hundreds of stores published in a variety of magazines. Today, with over 50 novels under her pen, she still feels the excitement when she begins a new book.

Want to know more about this special lady? Here’s her official bio:

Marta Perry has spent a lifetime in rural Pennsylvania and her own Pennsylvania Dutch roots led her to write about the Plain People to add to the rich heritage of her home state. She is the author of more than 50 novels and lives with her husband in an 1860s farmhouse in central Pennsylvania.

Today, we are blessed to have Marta share a scene from her newest release, Lydia’s Hope, the first book in the Lost Sisters of Pleasant Valley series.

And now for an exclusive scavenger hunt scene from Marta’s newest release, Lydia’s Hope by Marta Perry

Do you have a sister? If so, you know the special bond that exists between sisters, even when you’re fighting with each other! There’s no one else who knows you quite so well or understands the family you came from. Now imagine discovering, as an adult, that you have two younger sisters you’ve never known. That’s what happens to Amish wife and mother Lydia Beachy in Lydia’s Hope, the first book in my new series from Berkley Books, The Lost Sisters of Pleasant Valley, coming in June.

Lydia longs to be united with the two younger sisters she’s never met, but her quest will put her marriage in jeopardy as well as turning upside down the lives of two strangers. Will coming together cause them untold grief…or bring them unimaginable joy? Here’s a brief excerpt:

“It’s true?” The question came out in a whisper, because something that might have been grief or panic had a hard grip on Lydia’s throat. “It is true.”

Mamm’s face seemed to crumple like a blossom torn from a branch. “Lydia, I’m sorry.”

“But…” The familiar kitchen was suddenly as strange as if she’d never seen it before. She grasped the top of the closest ladder-back chair. “I had sisters? Two little sisters?”

Mamm nodded, her eyes shining with tears. “I’m sorry,” she said again. “You didn’t remember, and so we thought it best not to say anything. We didn’t want you to be hurt any more than you already were.”

Hurt. Lydia grasped the word. She’d been hurt in the accident that killed her parents. She knew that. She’d always known it. Her earliest memories were of the hospital…blurry images of Mamm and Daad always there, one on either side of the bed each time she woke up.

Her breath seemed to catch in her throat. She had relied on Mamm and Daad always, just as Daniel and David relied on her and Adam. Now it seemed she couldn’t trust them at all.

The urge to flee nearly overwhelmed her. She had to get out of this house that had always been her sanctuary.

Tears nearly blinded her, but her feet knew the way to the back door without the need to look. She was vaguely aware of Mamm’s voice, protesting, urging her to stay, but she couldn’t. She had to think this through. She had to talk to someone she knew she could trust.

She had to go home to Adam. Adam was her rock. He would know what to do.

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Marta and grandkidsDoesn’t Marta’s book sound great?  After Lydia learns of the two sisters, she first seeks out Susanna but stops short of telling her the truth. To track down Chloe, the other sister, she enlists the help of a neighbor who has spent some years in the Englisch world. Meanwhile, Lydia’s husband, Adam, is keeping a secret of his own.

I know you have to be itching to read this book now. You can get a copy of Lydia’s Hope at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, and ChristianBook.com.

If you’d like to learn more about Marta, visit with her at http://www.martaperry.com/.

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AND NOW, YOUR NEXT STEPS:

Write down this clue: inspire. Have it written down? Great! Now head over to Marta Perry’s blog Stop #20 for the next clue! Thanks for stopping by!

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Bonus Drawing!

Since both Marta and I have series releasing about sisters, and in celebration of  my May release of When Love Calls,  one lucky reader is going to receive a book for themselves and one for their sister (or a person who’s been like a sister).

You have three chances to win:

#1 –Leave a comment below telling us about your sisters or someone who’s been like a sister to you. (Required to be entered)

#2 — Sign up for my newsletter here. –1 additional chance

#3 “Like” Facebook Page here and leave a note with your sister comment below that you “liked” it. If you’ve already “liked” my page, leave a note in the comments, too. –1 additional chance

And thank you for stopping by!

Win a Book for a Special Mom

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Mother’s Day is a great time to honor the women we know who make such a huge difference in the lives of children. Let me tell you a little about one of my best friends who is a true super mom.

Sandra is a foster mom. She and her husband started working in fostercare 22 years ago, and they specialized in teenage girls. They’ve opened their home to more than 30 children during that time. In addition, she had six children of her own. The oldest two are grown, and they lost their 12-year-old, wheelchair bound, disabled daughter a few years ago. Her youngest two are twins boys.

Through it all, she loved girl after girl. Sandra tells each young lady that when they come to her house, the girl is there to stay unless the girl does something to ruin it. She makes sure they know this is their home.

She doesn’t try to take their mother’s place but tries to be the kind of mother they need right now. Her motto is “kind but firm,” and knows that teenage girls need special care. Consequently, her foster children have remained close to her as adults. Their children call her grandma. So, although she’s only 46, she has a twenty-year-old grandson!

Fostercare gets a lot of bad press on television, but there a lot of great foster parents out there who deserve our respect and honor. Sandra is just one of those women, and I think she’s a great example of motherhood at its best.

Mother’s Day Contest

In honor of Mother’s Day, I’m giving away a two-book special. Tell me about a mother you know who could use a little When Love Calls pampering for a chance to win a book for her and one for yourself. Contest ends on Saturday at noon and is open to all U.S. addresses (because of shipping costs.)

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If you leave your e-mail address, I’ll contact you. If you’re not comfortable with that, check back on Saturday.

Save the Date!

Want to win an iPad Mini pre-loaded with 31 NEW releases? Then, mark your calendars for the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt, May 17-19! Look at the prizes and the list of authors below. Wow!

If you make the loop around all 31 stops, you’ll be in the running to win:

GRAND PRIZE: An iPad Mini loaded with all of our new e-releases! (Estimated Value: Over $700; if you live outside the United States, you will receive the equivalent value in your country’s currency to the USD prize, to be used on Apple, Amazon, Book Depository, or Christian Book Distributors.)

TWO RUNNERS-UP: A paperback copy of each of our new releases, autographed to you! (Estimated Value: Over $300; if you live outside the United States, you will receive a copy of our books, but they will likely not be signed–sorry! International shipping is expensive, and we’ll be shipping via Book Depository.)

IN ADDITION: Many authors will feature additional contests along the scavenger hunt route!

Here are the 31 authors participating in May (in no particular order besides moi!):

  1. Lisa T. Bergren, Grave Consequences
  2. Robin Lee Hatcher, A Bride for All Seasons
  3. Ronie Kendig, Talon
  4. Ruth Axtell, Moonlight Masquerade
  5. Stephanie Grace Whitson, The Message on the Quilt
  6. Tracy Higley, So Shines the Night
  7. Marta Perry, Lydia’s Hope
  8. Jill Williamson, Captives
  9. Margaret Daley, Scorned Justice
  10. MaryLu Tyndall, Forsaken Dreams
  11. R.J. Larson, King
  12. Susan Sleeman, No Way Out
  13. Deborah Raney, The Face of the Earth
  14. Winnie Griggs, The Bride Next Door
  15. Sandra Robbins, Mountain Homecoming
  16. Julie Lessman, Love at Any Cost
  17. Leslie Gould, Adoring Addie
  18. Vickie McDonough, Whispers on the Prairie
  19. Carol Cox, Trouble in Store
  20. Rachel Hauck, Once Upon a Prince
  21. Terri Blackstock, Truth Stained Lies
  22. Louise M. Gouge, A Lady of Quality
  23. Missy Tippens, Georgia Sweethearts
  24. Richard Mabry, Stress Test
  25. Lynette Eason, When a Secret Kills
  26. Patricia Hickman, Tiny Dancer
  27. Lorna Seilstad, When Love Calls 
  28. Colleen Coble, Rosemary Cottage
  29. Maureen Lang, All in Good Time
  30. John Otte, Failstate: Legends
  31. Anne Elisabeth Stengl, Dragonwitch

To take part in the hunt, you’ll begin at Lisa Bergren’s site, on May 17 at noon or later that weekend, and loop through each successive blog or site, and finish here too, by May 20. There is no race—you can complete it at your leisure, through the weekend. So mark your calendars to for the weekend of May 17! YOU could win one amazing prize!