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!

414 thoughts on “Scavenger Hunt Stop #19

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  3. I have already been a facebook fan :)

    My younger sister, Mary, has always been a bright spot in my life being 7 years younger than myself, she constantly reminds me of the way I used to be. When my parents divorced when I was 16 and my dad gained custody of my younger brother, sister, and I it was hard for me to step into the “mom” shoes that Mary needed someone to fill. She has maintained a mostly cheery demeanor and is always good for a hug. Every time I see her I think how proud I am of the girl she’s become, but even more than that, it’s the love we share that makes me miss her when she isn’t nearby.

      • I don’t think I’m doing this right, but I wanted to say that my biological sister & I fight like cats & dogs. We take offense at everything even when we’re trying to work things out. Literally, thank God for my sisters in Christ who pick up the pieces after my bio sister has broken my heart (again). They help me sort out what I contributed to the fray & point out how I can rebuild the bridges to a relationship.

    • I was the only girl out of 5 children, I had prayed and prayed for a sister, my mom had my little sister when I was 15 years old and my Mom was 42, I have always considered my sister to be a God sent friend.

  4. I was not only blessed with an older sister, but a best friend who I’ve known my entire life as well. We’re so close that most people think that we’re sisters than my actual sister and I, but I don’t mind- I love them both! =)

    Thanks for the great giveaway! I liked your Facebook page, and subscribed to your newsletter. =)

  5. My best friend autumn has been like a sister to me because when I’m Having Guy Troubles she cry’s with me. I don’t know what I would do with out her.

  6. I didn’t have a sister until I got married… She’s been my sister for 12 years, but it feels like she’s my sister my whole life. :)

  7. While I wasn’t blessed with a sister, I have wonderful friends here at college, including my sophomore roommate Anne and my friend Heather.

    • I have two kids in college right now and I know its a time when you discover your other “family.” Thanks for stopping by!

  8. I have a lot of sister I do not know what I would do without them they all have helped me in different ways. They helped me alot when I was going through my divorce always had encouraging words to help me with my daughter. One of them was a single mom for 3 years.

  9. Thanks so much for sharing the talent God has so richly blessed you with!

  10. My sisters are super important to me. They are my best friends (next to my husband). Once a month we plan a girls night to just hang out together and reconnect as life gets busy. We thank God for each other. This weekend we are spending a weekend at the cottage with my mom…girls only. My brother’s fiance is coming too. We are super excited to be getting another sister. Sisters are irreplaceable, unconditional and super special.

  11. My sister and I used to fight all of the time. Mom always told us that some day we’d get along! We did get along better after we were adults, but it was losing Mom that really brought us closer.

    • Teish, going through those hard times is one of the hardest ways to find out what’s really important, isn’t it?

  12. I have a couple of younger sisters and I love them all very dearly! I don’t know what I would with out each and everyone of them.

  13. I am blessed with 2 sisters. One is a lot older than me, so we’re not very close, but I know if I ever need anything I can always call her. My other sister is like my best friend. She knows everything about me and loves me anyway. She encourages my dreams and helps pick me up when I fall. She always finds time for me, even when she’s super busy and doesn’t laugh (too) hard when I can’t find the words to tell her why I called in the first place. I wouldn’t trade either of my sisters for anything in the world, even when they get on my nerves. :)

    • Sarah, I lvoe that she encourages your dreams and that she doesn’t laugh too hard when you can’t remember why you called. Priceless.

  14. My sister and I were not close when we were younger. But, as we are getting older, we have built a close relationship. Even though, we are different as day and night, but we get along so good, now. I love my sister, she is the best!

    • Linda, isn’t it funny how sisters can be so different when they were raised under the same conditions? Thank you for sharing.

  15. My sister is one of my best friends! We have shared a room for as long as I can remember, and when she’s gone, I miss her! We’ve had our share of fights & disagreements, but I still love her to death.
    My best friend of 12 years is also like a sister to me. I can tell her anything, and I know I can always go to her when I need someone to listen.
    I am so blessed for these two, and don’t know what I would do without them!

  16. I am one of 17 children raised by a God-fearing, Jesus loving Mom and an alcoholic Dad that stopped going to church with us when he saw an usher take money from the collection plate. I have 6 sisters and we are all pretty close. When my Mom died (at age 85) my oldest sister became my other Mom. She is the person that started me reading Christian fiction with Karen Kingsbury books. She is a speed reader but I savor every word, thus I am trying to catch up with her. My sisters and I all share books but now that we have e-readers we don’t share as much but we still tell each other what to read. I would love to be a winner of your books but I will read them anyway. They are on my bucket list. SOUNDS LIKE GREAT READING!

    • 17 children! Wow, Claudia, your mom should certainly be called “blessed.” Thank you for putting my books on your bucket list!

  17. my sister-in-law, wendy, is closer to me than most people are to their sisters. we are lucky to live in the same town and raise our (combined) 8 little girls together!

    • Oh my, Laurel, that’s going to be a lot of fun! My sister-in-love and I live in the same town and between us have six girls. It’s been a joy!

  18. I have 2 younger sisters and while we used to fight like crazy, we ALWAYS stood up for each other. Now we’re older and I’m realizing how special it is to have sisters. We don’t have much in common at all, except blood. And that is such an incredible bond to share!

    I’m a FB fan also!

    • Nicole, knowing someone has your back is invaluable. That’s one of the things I tried to bring out in When Love Calls.

  19. I have two sisters – and we are still close and connected even though we live many many miles apart – sisters are the best! I liked your facebook page and look forward to reading your books

  20. I have 3 younger sisters, all of whom I love, though I don’t always like them. :P We’ve had a lot of fun over the years doing crafts together, bugging our brother, and discussing the books we’ve read.

  21. I have two sisters, both who are very close to me. My younger sister and I don’t always get along, but we still love each other very much. We are still learning about each other every day and in some ways we are becoming closer to each than ever before. We still do have our arguments and fights, yet as months and years past we just laugh at our silliness. I wouldn’t trade neither of my sisters for the world.

  22. I have 2 younger sisters. When we were younger we didn’t always get along but even then I would have done anything for them! Now that we are older we are all very close and even though we don’t all live in the same house anymore, (or the same country for that matter) I always know that they are there for me no matter what!

  23. My sister Jill is the best sister anyone could have. I also love my sisters-in-law Michelle, Carrie and Tasha. I have been and continue to be a facebook fan!

  24. I was not blessed with a sister by blood, but I was blessed with the best friend a girl could ask for. My best friend has been with me through thick and think, comforting me during the hardest times of my life when I lost my brother and then again when I lost my father. She has also been there for some of the best and happiest days of my life – my wedding, the birth of my son and again at the birth of my daughter. God could not have blessed me with a better “sister” and I am a better person for having her in my life. :)

    • Erin, I have a friend like that (or 2 or 3) and sharing those happy and hard times has bonded us forever. I completely understand.

  25. My aunt is like my sister. My mother is the second of a large family so my aunt is a lot younger than her. She is one of the best friends I could have.

  26. I have 2 sisters that I do not get along with well, but a couple of friends who are like sisters. Even though my sisters and I don’t always see eye to eye, Heaven help the person who hurts one of us!

  27. I haven’t always been close to my older sister, but since her recent divorce we’ve grown closer & get to hang out together more. She’s become part of my “gang.”

  28. I had 3 brothers and no sisters, but my cousin Susan is the closest thing I have to a real sister. We are both introverts and love books. Susan is a grade school librarian. We would both love to win a copy of your book!

  29. I have two younger sisters, whom I love. They are both dorks, but I can not imagine life without them.
    I also like on facebook.

  30. Iam one of 7 children and I have 3 sisters, we are all married and have our own families but I share a special bond with my sisters. Iam the baby of them but now that we are older I no longer get on there nerves…haha, I talk to one of my 3 sisters daily and we see each other at least once a week if not more!! Im so blessed to have the sisters that I do and I dont know what I would do without them, they arent just my sisters there my best friends!

  31. I liked your Facebook page and signed up for the newsletter. I don’t really have anyone who’s been like a sister to me and I’m an only child. I do love my cats, though.

  32. I don’t have a sister, but I have had friends who have been like sisters to me.
    I liked your Facebook page & signed up for the newsletter. :)

  33. I liked your facebook page and signed up for your newsletter.

    I have a sister and we’re very different, but we both love to read. When we were younger we were always together, but our teenage years no so much… we didn’t get along very well most of the time… just recently we started getting along a lot better and I’m happy that we are once again. It feels like we’re going back to the old days. :)

    • I’m glad things are going better, too, and I’m glad you both share a love for reading, Bianca. :)

  34. My best friend Angela is like a sister to me. She is an amazing individual with whom I share laughs and love! :)

  35. Sisters you do not get to chose. I have two. But I prefer to write about Mary – a sister in the Lord. She has been there for me when no one else has. Please enter me in contest

  36. Hi Lorna! I’m eager to read your book. My sister and I are best friends, and a copy of your book would be a great birthday gift for her! I am a follower on Facebook.

    Blessings,
    Andrea

  37. I have already liked you on facebook and am subscribed to your newsletter. I am the youngest of five, and three of us are sisters. My sister closest to me is two years older than me and will always be my best friend. There is no one quite like a sister! =)

  38. I have one older sister, Sarah, who is amazing! She has overcome a lot in her 33 years, while still being a great single mother. I love that I can look up to her how to love, show compassion, and she is one of the most giving people I know. She is currently helping me and my husband with fundraising for us to get enough money for medical expenses to have our own children.

    • Hannah, sending prayers for your medical expenses, and saying thanks for your giving sister. She sounds like a treasure.

  39. My sister, Janine, is my best girl friend. We share our love for the Lord. A day is not complete without talking to her. We share Christian fiction books with each other.

    • Judy, I love how you said “a day is not complete without talking to her.” That sums up sisterhood so well.

  40. I have four little sisters and they are all blessings in my life, :)
    I also have two cousins who live far away, both whom I grew up with and used to see a lot. They are something like sisters to me, :)

  41. I have two sisters. I’m the oldest. Both of my sisters have different personalities. For sympathy and empathy I go to my middle sister. For spiritual truth and “get yourself together” talks I go to my baby sister. Two different personalities but love them both! I’ve liked your facebook.

  42. I don’t have a sister, but I have aunts and a best friend who take the place of one.

    I liked your facebook page.

  43. I have one sister, she’s two years older than I am, and we’re in touch almost daily, sometimes several times a day, by phone or on Facebook or via email. We live in Texas about 8 hours apart and haven’t seen each other in person for many years but we remain close.

  44. I’m somewhat backwards as the message to leave a note that I’d liked your Facebook page with the comment on my sister wasn’t part of that so I’m adding a second comment to let you know I’ve liked your page. I also signed up for your newsletter.

  45. Hi! I have an older sister, and a “sister-in-heart”. :-) My sister in heart is one of the best gifts God has ever given me. We live in different states, but we talk on the phone often. lol She is a blessing, a wonderful Christian, and the best friend/sister a girl could ever ask for. Since we have both have health problems, we can’t see each other in person very much, but when we do we cherish every single moment. :-)

  46. My older sister, Halita, is my very best friend. She has been by my side through thick and thin and was always the one constant friend I could count on with all the moving we had to do since my father was in the Navy. I love her more than words can say. Btw, I “liked” your facebook page ;)

  47. My sister Brooke is the best sister in the world. She has been so strong through her tests to see if she has any autoimmune diseases. She was told that she had Crohns, Arithis, and is allergic to the cold. She has always been positve though through all the tests!!

  48. My friend Maryanne Aregento has been a wonderful friend and sister to me. loving me , bringing me food when we had hardly any left and just talking with me on the phone and online for years through my bad marriage. I love her alot.

    Linda Finn
    I facebooked you and signed up for your newsletter.
    thank you for being part of the treasure hunt.

  49. I don’t have a sibling sister, but I have a friend who’s pretty much my sister. We’ve been friends since high school and now that we’re in college, we’ve gotten a lot closer as we’ve been there for each other through everything that each of us has had to deal with.

  50. I don’t have any sisters, but my friend Mikaela is a lot like a sister. We play crazy games, have secret nicknames, and once fought over a DVD we both wanted to watch the same night. We even look similar – pale skin, red hair, and short!

  51. My sister…how do I begin to describe our relationship? I love her very much!!! SHe is one of the people who teaches me the most about myself. She’s always honest, loves me to a fault, and wants to follow the Lord with all of her heart…which is also my desire. In Christ, we have a double bond as sisters. We have learned from hard times and enjoyed the good times. We both have health problems and I think it has made us stronger and understand each other better. She make me laugh and smile on my worst days…she’s my sunshine. Thanks again. I would really love to read your book….and share it with my sister!!! :)

    • A double bond. I like that. My sister and I share that as well and it’s hard to put into words what that means.

  52. My sister Megan means the world to me. She is so beautiful, talented and amazing. She loves so deeply and is so protective of me. She is 4 years younger than me but everyone says we look like twins.

  53. My sister, Trista is 2 years younger than I am and has 4 kids. I love being an aunt and am so glad she is my sister.

  54. My younger sister and I have always been very close. Although we sometimes fight like cats and dogs, we fight harder for each other than with each other.

    • Lauren, that phrase “we fight harder FOR each other” is perfect. It’s a perfect sister one.

  55. I don’t have any sisters, but my best friend is like the sister I never had. It’s been really hard for us to live on opposite ends of the country, but I love that we can pick up the phone anytime to talk and it doesn’t matter how long it’s been, we’re ready to pick up right where we left off on the last conversation. I’ve subscribed to your mailing list, and I had already liked you on Facebook. Thanks for participating in the hunt and for the bonus giveaway!

    • Hi Lynda! I have some of those sister-friends that I can call and it’s like we’ve never been apart. I love it.

  56. I have a twin sister who has been my best friend since we were very small. I have always had fun being a twin. She’s the best.

  57. My sister is someone who is very special to me. She has always been there for me through thick and thin. I could never ask for a better sister. I would love to win this contest so I can share the book with her. I have signed up for the newsletter and also liked the facebook page

  58. I have three sisters, whom I love dearly! I’d love to win this giveaway for my sister that closest in age to me, since I’m introducing her to historical fiction and think she would love this book! For extra entries I signed up for your newsletter and liked you on Facebook {My name is Bethany Ward} Thanks!
    Bethany

  59. I have two sisters: one is my twin and the other is 10 years and 10 days my junior. All three of us are very close. :) I liked on Facebook, too. Thanks for the giveaway!

  60. I don’t have a blood sister, but my room mate from Nursing School is the next best thing. We were in each other’s weddings. She birthed 3 girls and a boy, and I have 3 boys and a girl. I was married 12/21, and she was married 11/21. It’s been lots of fun having her as my ‘sister’> delpgang@npacc.net

  61. I have an sister that is 2 yrs older than me. we are complete oposites! I am shy and she is outgoing. I am neat and organized and she is messy. We have always been close though and she is my best friend!! I liked you on facebook.

    • I like that you’re opposites, but that hasn’t stopped you from being close. Having someone know you so well and still love you is one of the keys of sisterhood.

  62. My sisters (I have three sisters still living, and two that have passed away) have always been a big part of my life. I am the youngest of the family and as such always had them to look up to. My sister, Diane, was mentally impaired and she passed away a little over three years ago. She was a great friend. I miss her dearly.

    • I’m sure Diane was truly blessed by your love and sisterhood, too. The youngest of five sisters must have had its own challenges and joys.

  63. Hi Lorna,

    I have 5 older and 2 younger sisters. They have always made life very interesting for me. :)

    I just joined your newsletter and already liked you on Facebook a few weeks back when I was introduced to your book. Looking forward to reading it.

  64. Hi LORNA I already “liked” you on FB . Thanks for being part of this Scavenger Hunt. I do have a sister, her name is Miriam and I would love to win your book so I could give one to her. She has RA and doesn’t get out of the house much. Your book would cheer her up! She is the best sister EVER!

    • Hi Teresa. Thanks so much for liking my FB page. Sending prayers Miriam’s way. Good luck!

  65. My sister, Heidi, is an incredible inspirations to me. I didn’t appreciate her growing up, and now she is one the dearest people I know. We don’t see each other often, but each time we do is a treasure.

  66. Thank you so much for being apart of the Christian fiction scavenger hunt. I am really enjoying it. My younger sister is such a blessing to me. I am so grateful the Lord placed her in our family.

  67. I don’t have any sisters but the friend who is most like a sister is my friend, Lou Anne. She’s not afraid to tell me like it is, pray for me, rejoice with me, and weep with me!

  68. I only have one sister and I have always told her that she is my “favorite sister”. she now has started calling me her favorite sister. Love her very much.

  69. My best friend, Julie, and I have been friends for almost 20 years. I met her when I first moved to a very small town in high school. God greatly blessed me by letting me meet her. She’s been my rock and my source of laughter since day one. I can’t imagine life without my ‘adopted’ sister, and I never want to!
    I like your Facebook page!

  70. My older sister has ALWAYS been my protector. I am now 41 and she will protect me to the end. Thank the Lord for sisters!!!

    • I’d say the same about my older sister, but once she got frightened by a snake in the garden and left me. I was 4. She was 14. She’s terrified of snakes. LOL

  71. My sister and I are surprisingly close despite the fact that she is five years older than me and we live fairly far apart. Somehow we have kept in touch by texting each other.

    • I think it’s so much easier to stay connected to family across the miles than it used to be. Keep up the communication.

  72. My friend Kandi is like a sister to me. My real sister and I don’t get along very well. I signed up for your newsletter and liked your facebook page. Thanks for the chance to win!

  73. My mom is the one person who has been an awesome mom to me, a great friend and like a close sister!
    jennydtipton[at]gmail[dot]com

  74. I have one sister named Pam. She is the only girl in a family of seven and is very much like our mother.

  75. I have an older sister Rebekah. She is great, and she is actually the person who got me into reading and introduced me to most of the authors I read today:) I used to hate reading because I thought it was boring. Now, thanks to her, nobody can get me to put a book down if I’m fully engaged in the story. My older sister also is doing this scavenger hunt… We got a little rivalry going on right now;) J/K

    • Oh Salyna, I’m so glad your sister introduced you to the wonderful world of reading! Good luck on your challenge!

    • Hi Karen! Thank you for stopping by and thank you so much for beinga reader. I appreciate it more than you know.

  76. I have liked your facebook page! :) I gained my first sister when I was 5 yrs old and my mother married a man with a daughter. She is 4 yrs older than me and became my best friend; I have always looked up to her and wanted to do everything she did just like she did it. 2 years later I received my second sister who of course was always the annoying little sister just as I am sure I was to my older sister. We are very close now but complete opposites in everything we do. I now have a sister-n-law who doesn’t have any sisters of her own until my brother married her. She is 7 years older than me and we are closer to each other than to anyone else in our lives. Not only does she teach me her recipes and house decorating tips, but with her having a masters degree she spends her time and love revising my papers and tutoring me through college. I am very grateful for the sisters our Heavenly Father has provided for me and can only pray that everyone woman out there gets the same chance and love that I have been given. I cannot wait to read your novel on your sister characters!

    • Amanda, I’m glad you’re surrounded by such wonderful sisters. Your sister-in-law sounds like a huge blessing!

  77. My sister is 8 years younger than me and constantly shows me what I’ve taught her by my example. I love her to death.

  78. I grew up with 2 sisters, both older than I. All 3 of us married ministers of the same faith. My oldest sister is now 82, a widow of 5 years and we talk 3-4 times a week. My second sister would have been 80 in February this year but has gone to be with Jesus as of Dec.14, 2012. She was such a great person! She authored about 6 or 8 women’s Bible studies and spoke to womens’ groups all over the northeast. I miss her a lot! I am a retired RN and my husband a retired ordained minister. I read Christian fiction a lot & lead a book club called “Inspirations from Christian Fiction”. Thanks for writing books we can enjoy! Barb

    • Barb, your sisters sound like real gems. I’m sorry you lost one of your dear sisters. Thank you so much for being a reader of Christian fiction. It is a joy to write for women like you!

  79. I have a younger sister, and my life would not be the same without her. She is so funny and I love her so much. I’m blessed to have her. I also have two friends that have been there for me when I needed them, and they are God-given sisters in Christ. I’m thankful for every “sister” the Lord has blessed me with!

      • Yes it is :) I also liked your Facebook, thanks for the great Scavenger hunt and book giveaways!

  80. I’d already “liked” your Facebook page and signed up for your newsletter.
    I had two sisters, both younger than I. In Dec. 2011 the sister closest in age to me became very ill. She died Jan. 31, 2012. This was quite a shock to all of us. We finally found out she had a rare form of MS. I’d always been closer to my youngest sister and cherish her even more now. I felt a lot of guilt when my sister died, rather irrational guilt. As the “big sister” I like to fix things for my siblings but this was something I could not fix. I also wished I’d been more patient with her when she was alive. She was the sibling I loved but who always drove me a bit nuts! Make peace with and love your siblings while you can; you never know when they may suddenly be taken from you.

    • Hi Pam! Thank you for liking my page and for signing up for the newsletter. I’m sorry you had to go through the sudden loss your sister. I’m sure she knew you wanted to “fix” everything for her. I can only imagine how much more you cherish your other sister now.

  81. I am the youngest of 5 girls, 2nd youngest of 9. I never would have expected growing up with there being 17 years between myself and my eldest sister that we would ever be as close as we are, but I think having been full time caregiver to our parents, and also in charge of our middle sister whom was placed in full time care at the age of 56 after a massive stroke has helped the older ones realize age is just a number. God blessed us with wonderful parents, not perfect, but a dad whom worked hard to support us and a mom whom taught us to love and follow Jesus, even after losing a set of twins at 6 months, delivering a still born and then losing a son as well as the family home to a fire. I thank God for my sisters, and for the friendship we share because now without our parents it is especially wonderful to have each other to depend on.

    I have liked you on Facebook and signed up for your newsletter. Am really looking forward to reading your book. If I don’t win will definitely have to check it out for my Kobo.
    Blessings

    • Hi Shari! Thank you for considering reading When Love Calls. Your parents sound like great parents and strong people. Your sisters sound like treasures, too.

  82. I have a blood sister who is my best friend. She is 8 years younger, but as we both get older, we get closer and closer. She is becoming a very beautiful woman of Christ, and I am honored to call her sister!

  83. I was an only child and really didn’t enjoy it some things happened in my life and I was sent to a catholic home for girls, although it was court ordered that I be there. I actually loved it we had 20 girls in a group and 4 girls to a room, needless to say I was in heaven!. Last year I was blessed to be able to go to a reunion after 41 years and now most of us have stayed in touch through facebook and it reminds me again of the closeness we had.

    • Lourdes, what a great example of sisterhood! I can just picture all of the girls there bonding in a special way.

  84. I have a sister Cheryl in heaven since 2000 and a new sister Laurenda here on earth since 2002. I have liked your Facebook page and signed up for your newsletter.

  85. I loved the idea of celebrating sisters. My two sisters and I are very close in spirit though we are currently spread across several states. We love to refer to each other as “sistah” rather than sister. However, if I were to win a copy of “When Love Calls,” I would want to give it to my mother, Myra. Mom’s oldest sister, Esther, was the last switchboard operator to put a call through the switchboard in their hometown of Marksville, La. Mom has a picture of her sister as she put that last call through and it has appeared in several publications regarding the history of Marksville in Avoyelles Parish, La. Mom is now 84 years of age, outliving the three sisters she grew up with. What a treat for her to read your book and perhaps relive some old memories as she creates new ones.

    • Your mom’s sister was a switchboard operator? That is wonderful! My dad is 83. He read When Love Calls the other day. I believe its the first fiction book I’ve ever seen him read.

  86. I have cousins and sisters in laws that have been like sisters to me – I couldn’t pick just one. What a blessing they have been in my life!

  87. I was blessed to grow up with an older sister and a younger sister. Sadly we lost my younger sister a few years back. She is missed , but my older sister is great and does alot for me!

  88. I have a sister and we are polar opposites. Even though we’ve lived apart for more than 30 years, when we talk to one another it’s as if we never stopped and take up right where we left off. Sisters are so special and I’m glad to have one and be one!

  89. My sister-in-law got me started reading Christian Fiction. We trade books back and forth and call one another when we see or read one that we know the other will love. She is the one who introduced me to my husband and before he and I were married my sister-in-law were roommates in college.

  90. I have already like you on FB
    I don’t have any sisters but some of my sister in laws are awesome..just too busy to connect much. I have a friend in my cousins wife too…but too far away to really giggle a lot…

  91. My sister is my best friend, and we do a lot together. Sometimes we even scare people by saying the same thing at exactly the same time! She’s actually the person who showed me this Scavenger Hunt. I know we’d both love this book!

    • Cortney, you two must really think alike! Thank her for me for sending you to the Scavenger Hunt.

  92. I do not have a sister, but I have been blessed with a few close friends in college who are like sisters to me. They encourage me and are a bright spot in my day.

    I also have liked your Facebook page.

  93. I am the eldest of eight kids, six of which (including me) are girls. I can’t imagine not having my sisters around. We read girly romance stories, sigh over our favorite movies, and paint our nails together, especially my sister who’s only two years younger than me, we do everything together and I love that. I’m so happy to find stories that dwell on sisterly relationships as that is something I enjoy reading about as well as living. Thanks so much for this giveaway. I signed up for your newsletter and liked your Facebook page.

    • Abby, that’s the kind of sisterhood I wanted to capture in When Love Calls. Being the oldest, however, means you deserve a medal!

  94. I have 2 sisters, an older and a younger one. We’re all married with families of our own and live quite a distance apart. Sometimes it’s hard to be so far in distance but our hearts are close. I also have 2 sisters-in-law who are more likes sisters than not. So really, I’m blessed with 4 sisters!

  95. When I was in college, one of my work-study jobs was working at the main switchboard. Therefore, When Love Calls may just inspire me to purchase this book.

    • I hope you do put When Love Calls on your reading list, Beth. I had so much fun writing this book!

  96. When Mom told me she was going to have a baby, I hoped for a sister so much. When daddy called and said I had a baby brother, I stomped back to bed and cried. Lucky for me my brother ( who i decided i did like when they brought him home) married a wonderful woman and now I have the sister I always wanted.

  97. First off, I found the “hello girl” facts fascinating. I kinda wish the standards for a lot of things are the same today as they were then.

    Secondly, I liked your FB page. :-)

    Thirdly, my sister story: there’s four years between us, with me being the oldest, and although we grew up constantly fighting, today we turn to each other in our times of need. She is the first person I will call or text and likewise. Right now she is going through a troublesome patch and I am heading to Louisiana tomorrow to help her and the kids. She’s been there for me, and I am there for her. Funny that she’s the drama queen and I’m the quirky nerd, but it’s like a see-saw. With each of us on the end, we make things balance. :-)

    (I hope all that makes sense…I’m writing this trying to listen to my husband, tell him about tomorrow’s plans, fighting a headache, and trying to type, too.) I love life. :-)

    • Oh Daphne, hope your headache clears up soon! The “hello girls” were so much fun to research! I’m glad you’re going to be there for your sister. I’m sure she’ll breathe a sigh of relief when she sees you.

  98. My younger sister and I were very close growing up. Now we live 2,000 miles apart, but still talk each week. Her husband of 2 years is currently battling cancer and the strength of her faith during this time has really been and example to many people. I’m so glad she is my sister!

  99. I have an awesome younger sister as well as a best friend that I consider a sister! They are both so amazing, and I love them dearly!
    *I had already “liked” your facebook page after reading the first novel in the Lake Manawa Series!

  100. I have been blessed by my sister-in-the Lord, Julie Payne. She is such a thoughtful, caring person.

  101. My sister and I love reading Christian fiction and share our books. Being disabled and on fixed income this sharing is a blessing to me.

    • Sharing books is great, Joy! I have several at my church I swap with. Also, remember more and more libraries are carrying Christian fiction, and most libraries will purchase a book you request if they have the funds.

  102. I am an only child who always longed for a brother or sister, but that just wasn’t to be. However, once I started going to a Bible college, I had several close friends. Now, 44 years later, two of us are probably closer than blood relatives. She is my sister in Christ, and thanks to the Internet and Skype, we’ve stayed extremely close all these years. She knows what I’m thinking and can tell when something’s wrong.

    I’m a newsletter subscriber and Facebook follower.

    • What is it about going to some Christian college that gives you a new “family”? I have friends like that, too, and now I’m watching two of my children develop those friendships.

  103. I have been blessed to grow up with 6 sisters (and 2 brothers)! We are all crazy and there is never a dull moment when any of us are in the same room! I love all of them but I am especially close to my oldest sister and the ones on either side of me! My oldest sister, Katie, and I have practically the same personality and like tons of the same things so we always have things to talk about and usually agree on almost everything! My sister right above me, Becky, is the sweetest of us all (we jokingly call her the perfect child) she is a book lover like me so we often spend large amounts of time discussing what we are reading and she’s the one I go to when I just want to hang out. And my sister right below me, Emily, is my roomie and the craziness we bring out in each other would probably scare any sane human who saw us. A normal night for us is to say goodnight, turn off the lights, and then spend the next hour singing random lyrics of country songs or quoting youtube videos and Drake and Josh. My other three sisters are pretty awesome too but these three are some of my very best friends! (Sorry for the long comment!)

    • Abbi, I loved hearing about all of your sisters! I can tell you are all close. I have two daughters and your nights sound a lot like theirs.

  104. My older sister is more than family, she’s my friend. I’m so fortunate that we live in the same city and can hang out whenever we want. In fact we are going garage sale-ing together in the morning. :) Oh and I’ve already “liked” your Facebook page.

  105. I met a sister in the Lord at my very first Bible Study after becoming a new Christian and she (Terrie) truly became as close to me as any blood sister could ever be. We have been friends since 1977 and I feel I can share anything at all, whether it be good or bad and she is always there for me. We now live over 1500 miles away and it doesn’t matter one bit. I visit a couple times a year and we speak on the phone and pray for each other. She truly is my “sister”. :-)

    • I love that God brought you to a Bible study and gave you such an incredible gift in Terrie.

  106. I liked your Facebook page.
    I don’t have any biological sisters, but my best friend, Lori, is like a sister to me. I have had many trials over the past two and a half years, and Lori has always been there for me. Often when I’m feeling really low, I will receive a text message from her asking: “How are you?” I then know she is thinking about me. You can imagine my excitement when my son proposed to Lori’s daughter last month!! My “sister” and I will soon be related and will probably become grandmas at the very same moment!!! Lori will always be my “forever sister”!!

    • Wonderful, Mary! My sister’s daughter married her best friend’s son, too.They’d known each other all their lives.

  107. Hi,

    I am one of 7 children. I have 5 sisters and one brother – the youngest. 4 of my sisters are older then me & sort of paved the way for my younger sister & myself. We are all very close which helped enormously, as we moved around a lot as children.

    I have signed up for your newsletter & liked on Facebook.

    • Thank you, Mary! Being the youngest, I’m sure you deserve a medal for putting up with everyone telling you what to do.

  108. In my family, it was only my brother and I. So I have no idea what it would be like to have a sister. But I will say this, my brother was one of my closest friends. We did everything together. He passed away at the age of 20 in a car accident and I miss him terribly. There’s nothing like a sibling to confide in and to just know that they have your back.
    I subscribed to your newletter and already liked your FB page.

    • Amanda, I can only imagine how hard that had to be. I grew up very close to my younger brother, too. Siblings are truly one of God’s greatest blessings. Thank you for stopping by!

  109. I like your facebook page. I have two sisters. One is two years younger, Kay, and Marilyn is ten years younger than I am. When Marilyn was young Mom went to work and so Kay and I were in charge of the cooking, cleaning and taking care of Marilyn. Marilyn used to call me Mom, we now have a close relationship, not so much with Kay, although they both have a close relationship too. I now live only 40 min. from Marilyn, the closest any of us have lived to her since she left for college and then marriage, moved to Mississippi, we lived in Kansas. We three try to get together at least once a year to have fun together and get a sister picture. This last Christmas Kay and her husband drove up to where we are and we spent about 5 days together, lots of fun.
    Would love to read your book, and share one.

  110. Well, I don’t have a sister OR anyone who’s been like a sister to me. Wish I did. Seems like it would be a good thing to have.

    I was already a facebook follower.

  111. I have three ‘sisters of my heart’ as I call them. All three named Elizabeth and all three live in different states ^^ Only two I’ve meet, but the third I’ll get to meet this summer!

    I subbed to your newsletter and would like to be in the draw for your book. I am a SUCKER for historical fiction and your book sounds like it would be a wealth of inspiration and information for me(as I am a writer myself and everything and everyone I come in contact with can/will/and may be used in a book. You have been warned XD)

    • Enjoy getting together with your sisters, Lisa! And you need a T-shirt with that saying about writing on it. :)

  112. My friend Anna-Lee is like a sister to me, as is my neighbor Sherine. Both women are strong visionaries, and they inspire me to dream.

  113. My sister is a very special person in my life. We spend time together every day and I feel as if she is an extention of myself. She is kind cand good and will do anything for me as I will her. She is an avid romance reader like myself too. She would be excited to win your book and so would I. I am reading Making Waves right now and I’m almost finished. Awesome book! I am definitely a newsletter subscriber and facebook friend. Thank you for all you do for your fans!

  114. I don’t have any sisters that I grew up with. They both were a lot older than me and lived in another state. But, I do have a dear friend, Ramona, who is much more than a friend. She tells me all the time that if she had to choose a sister she would choose me, and I feel the same way about her! We also get asked all the time if we really are “sisters”! We may go a few weeks without talking but it doesn’t matter we are always there for each other!!

  115. I’m very fortunate to have been blessed with the best younger sister a girl could want. She’s super sweet and fun to be around, and since we both love several of the same book series, we can get excited over them together. We do get on each other’s last nerves sometimes, but I know that life wouldn’t be the same without my sister.

  116. I have 2 awesome sisters. I am the oldest and my sisters are 2 years younger and 12 years younger…so they are very different. As is my relationship with each of them. I enjoy time spent with both discussing how God has blessed us.

  117. I have always believed that my sister was an angel placed here on earth, she is thoughtful, kind, loving and generous with her time. She is the first one to step up and be there for someone in need. She is a blessing in the lives that she has touched. More so in mine, she has such grace and love.

  118. I have three younger sisters. All three were adopted from South Korea. Now that we are all grown and have families of our own, we are spread out and rarely get to see each other. I so wish that we could be nearer – it would be so much fun to raise our families together

  119. I don’t have a sister but I have a wonderful brother and sister-in-law that are so very kind and have been the greatest Uncle and Aunt to my kids!
    I liked your fb page too.

  120. I have 2 sisters and they are such a joy to me! My oldest sister is 10 years older than me and was like a second mom growing up. We have recently become much closer and it makes my heart happy. My other sister is 2 years younger than me and we have always been the best of friends. I can’t imagine my life without my sisters.

  121. My sister is about 9 years younger than me. We are very close, though we live over 1000 miles apart. She is not well and might have to give up her job. I have invited her to live with me, if she needs to give up her house. I don’t see how she could keep it, without a job. It would be hard for her to leave her children and grandchildren. I know God has a plan for her, so I will wait and see what happens.
    I have previously “liked” your Facebook page. I subscribed to your newsletter.

  122. I don’t have any sisters. My sister-in-law and I call each other sister, but we live too far away from each other. My Mom is not only my Mother, but she’s my best friend and my sister. A friend told me one time that he had never seen a mother-daughter that was best friends and could live together like us. I took that as a compliment. I signed up for your newsletter and liked your Facebook page. Thank you for entering me in your contest!
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com

  123. I was blessed to have 4 older brothers but I have no sisters. I was also blessed to have 3 sons of my own and a beautiful daughter. We are mom and daughter, best friends and sisters all wrapped up in one relationship.

  124. My sister and I love to read Christian Fiction. We swap books to read all the time. We would love to have this one to read too.

  125. My sister Allison is one of my best friends!!! We were very close growing up and have tried to stay that way now that we are both adults living in two different places and raising our families. I am so blessed that God gave me a sister to grow up with!!!

  126. Lol. No biological sisters (just brothers) but several good friend who have been like sisters, but I would say Christine and Talinda are two good friends who have been like sisters (although there are more I could name!), and I appreciate them so much.

    Can I just add how amazed I am at how prolific some of you writers are on this scavenger hunt? I think it’s amazing to just finish one book.

  127. I’m the eldest of 3 sisters and I’m close to all of them. Can’t wait to see how this book ties in the strongest kind of love – that amongst families.

  128. My sister, Joanne, is my only sister. She’s wonderful. We spent most of our childhood living apart due to a divorce, but we were reunited when I was in my early 30′s. Since then, we have grown very close and I love her dearly. She’s a breast cancer survivor and I praise the Lord that she is also my sister in Christ!

  129. My sisters are my best friends. We laugh together, cry together, read together, WRITE together- all the necessities of life! ;D

    Thank-you so much for hosting this giveaway and participating in the scavenger hunt!

    (I also signed up for your newsletter.)

  130. my sister is not biological sister we are sisters in christ we meet about 5 years ago and have been great friends every since. we are sounding boards for each other.

  131. I have one sister, Ladene. We are 17 mos apart and different as night and day and when we were younger we never seemed to get along, but always had each other’s back. Now, I think we are friends. :) I love her very much and thank God for her.

    I like your FB page!

  132. I have two lovely older sisters who I’m very close to, even though both of them are in college now. We are each 1 1/2 years apart, so we have an interesting relationship. I also have a younger sister :)

  133. Hello there!

    I have a close friend who is almost like a sister to me. In fact, we have each other listed as sisters on Facebook. We know a lot about each others lives and share our thoughts and feelings with one another. We both observe the Christian faith, and that is a wonderful thing, since I can talk to her openly and not feel as if I have to hide my beliefs.

    I have really enjoyed reading your “Lake Manawa” series, and I eagerly await reading the newest book! I already like your page on facebook.

  134. My mom and I are avid readers. She would be the person I would share a book with. We both have Barnes & Noble e-readers and share all our books.

  135. Signed up for newsletter. Already a fan of your Facebook page.

  136. My sister sent me a fb message to make sure I knew about this scavenger hunt. I did already, but she knows I love books and would enjoy this. Which I am. I’m glad she reminded me to start since it takes a while to read all 30+ posts!

    Oh and I liked your fb page. My initials are KS.

  137. I have the best sister in the world. It’s that simple, really. She can laugh at anything, sings beautiful songs every moment she breathes, she’s resilient, thoughtful, confident and full of life. She is my closest friend and confidante. I love her more than life and I would do anything for her. Since we have nearly five years difference, it’s sometimes hard to relate, but I can share my experiences in life with her and she can learn from me. More than that, I learn from her everyday. She is the precious pearl in our family, the light of our life, the bubbles in our soda. I love her, with all my heart.

  138. I have 1 older sister. a fond memory I have was when I was a small child probably 1 or 2 and she use to pinch me and her name was mercy so i started calling her meme(meaning mean mean) but I couldn’t say the whole word. lol and still til this day even though we are both older when she pinches me I call her meme. (also I signed up for newsletter businesschef08@gmail.com and liked your facebook page litany prayerofhope hope)

  139. I have two sisters and am very sure they both would enjoy having the second book :0 My oldest sister is 12 years older than I, and will be visiting us in just a few weeks. I have not seen her in a number of years, and so her visit, along with her husband, will be a treat long remembered!
    I have previously liked your FB page and have subscribed to your newsletter.

  140. My sister is younger than me by about 5 years and lives about 300 miles aways from me. Being the youngest she was the clown, which makes her fun loving one. Since finding Christ my sister has become a person that I enjoy more than ever. Right now she is being more serious and being by my side through my cancer treatments (by phone since we live so far away). Even though her and her husband had just been in the area a few days before they drove again to spend the day with my adult daughter and my husband when I had my surgery. That is my baby sister in a nutshell for you.

  141. I do not have a sister, but I would give a book to Revelyn Funticelli as she loves to read also and is a great friend to me at work. Thanks for the contest. I am a FB friend.

  142. Hi Lorna,
    I don’t have a sister, but I do have a sister-in-law, and she is like a sister to me. It’s kind of funny that we’re the same age and our birthdays are only a day apart, so sometimes I tell people that she’s my long lost twin because we’re alike in so many ways. Of course, I already LIKE your author page and I just now signed up for your newsletter. Thanks for the opportunity to enter. :)

  143. Thanks for the great giveaway! I liked your Facebook page, and subscribed to your newsletter.I have 4 sisters.We all like to read.

  144. I do not have any sisters Lorna, but do (Thank God) have a precious ‘friend’ who is like a sister to me. We have ben through life’s up’s and down’s together, encouraged one another, always there for one another – to lend an ear, a shoulder to cry on or just laugh until we cried. I love her so much and am so grateful for her!

  145. While I have no sisters – I do have 5 brothers. I have 4 very important Ladies in my life that are like Mothers to me. Their names are Jayne, Paulette, Letty & Amy. I met them all on FB. My biological Mother is an absentee parent, as is my Father, but, God has found a way to fill that void. These women have changed my life <3

  146. Have a christian sister who is also my real sister
    Wonderful feeling
    God bless you
    Chris Granville

  147. I would agree with your list of things to take except for penicillin
    Im allergic to it And I would add my benadryl
    God bless you
    Chris

  148. I have three younger sisters that I absolutely love! I don’t have a FaceBook account, otherwise I would enter that way, but I will go sign up for your newsletter!

  149. Thank you for participating in this scavenger hunt. I’ve already liked your page and I’ve signed up for your nl. I have two sisters, one who lives close by and walks with me almost daily to encourage each other to lose weight and get healthier. BTW, my mother was a Southern Bell operator. I loved to hear her stories about receiving and putting through calls. Can’t wait to read your book. Hope I win! :)

  150. My sister and I are 8 1/2 years apart and it wasn’t until I came home from college (she was already married) did we really enjoy a close friendship. I’m so blessed to have a sister like her!

  151. I love my sisters…all 4 of them! I am sister number 4 out of 5 and my baby sister was adopted when I was 17. Our mom worked hard to make sure we were friends and she was successful. Three years ago we spent a wonderful weekend in Gatlinberg, TN and we are hoping to gather again in the near future. P.S. I “liked” you on Facebook. :)

  152. +1 I call my sister Kris my “almost twin” because she’s my best friend and we’re about a year and a half apart …

    +1 subscribed to newsletter (with same email)

    +1 Liked your FB page and posted there. =)

  153. I have a very close friend that has been like a sister to me. We live far apart now, but it’s like we were together yesterday when we see each other again.

  154. My sister’s name is Debbie and I love her with all my heart.

  155. Lorna, you already know my sister Janna Ryan. At ACFW you get a good glimpse at who she is. :-)

    • I certainly do, Cara! I love watching the love your family so obviously has for one another.

  156. My real sister Pat has always been there for me. I had breast cancer surgery in December and she did so much for me!! I liked your page.

  157. I’m an only child, but have a friend I’d love to share your book with!

    I’m a fan on facebook.

    And I signed up for your newsletter.

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  158. Good evening, Ms. Seilstad! :)

    Earlier this month, I saw you on Brenda Anderson’s blog whilst talking about When Love Calls! :) I am thankful that I have a chance to win a book by you a second time around, and to bless a dear friend of mine of whom I have lost contact with due to how our lives keep wringing us apart! :( I am in the process of writing her a dearly long letter to reconnect us, and it would be wicked sweet if I could include a book for her! You see, Leslie and I were best friends in high school, separated for 13 years, reunited, and then, the past three years have been a bit difficult for both of us in different ways, yet our bond of friendship, strength of faith, and the joy we have whilst we converse with each other about life, children {she’s been blessed earlier than me with a lovely daughter!}, the changing times, and even, memories of our teenage years,… I have forever remained thankful that our paths crossed freshman year — we have long felt like sisters to each other, as it’s not just the closeness of our birthdays {approx. 2 months difference}, but it’s the heart of how our friendship stitched together that I believe is the reason it’s lasted through thick and thin! :) I’d be plumb happy to tuck in a book for her, because she could use an uplifting story as much as I could! :) THANK YOU for offering this dual giveaway and thanks for being in the Hunt!

    Blessings to you!
    Jorie

    • postscript: Goodness! I completely forgot to mention that I signed up to receive your NL! I use a different address for author NLs than I use on blogaways, okay!? :) I think you’ll understand though if you see my subscript come through! :)

      And, thank you for NOT making Facebook or Twitter a requirement! As I am not on either one! :)

  159. I don’t have a sister but my bff since my junior/her senior yr of high school (1993), Shannon is who I consider my “sis.” She’s loved me through all sorts of stuff-teenage pregnancy, every time I moved out of state, & drug addiction to name a few. I can trust her w/ my life!

  160. Oopsey daisies! I forgot to let you know I liked you on fb! And I can’t wait to read When Love Calls!!

  161. I have two big sisters and we definitely get along better as thirty-somethings than we did when we were all living under the same roof!

    I liked your Facebook page.

  162. I only have an older brother…but when he got married 13 years ago, I gained my first sister! She is wonderful! She is the oldest of 6 siblings, so she knows all about being a sister, and honestly, she is the best.

    I liked your facebook page.

  163. I have one sister, Bethany, and she is younger. We do not have any other siblings. We had so many problems with each other until I was around 17 and she was 13. We had to go to band together and then I saw how much more mature she was than other kids her age (Not perfect, but more mature for sure!). That helped us grow closer and while we still don’t always agree, I see what a hard worker she is and it makes me so proud of her!

  164. I actually have 2 younger brothers, but a friend from summer camp is like a sister to me. She took my daughter and 2 nieces for the weekend at my phone call since my mother was in the hospital then kept them at summer camp for another week. We’ve know each other for over 30 yrs now, and my kids think of her as another mother, though they don’t see her often. My daughter can’t wait to go see ‘Mama Lisa’ this summer.

  165. Lorna, I have already liked you on Facebook. I had 4 sisters, but are all with the Lord now. I sure miss being able to pick up the phone and chat with them. I was closest to the two youngest , because got to be with them more, but the next oldest was the last to go so got real close to her. I do have a friend from church and high School in Ok. but never get to see each other. I have a special friend here in town and we’ve been friends since 1961. I love her like a sister. We’ve gone through a lot together. I would love to give her a book. I also signed up for your Newsletter.
    MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

  166. I have three sisters. I have a different relationship with each of them…they are 8, 14, and 16 years older than me. The one eight years older is like…having a sister two years older…we think opposite (can’t even play games on the same team) but if I’m going to a movie or doing something fun…she’s the one I go to first. All of us are readers and I always pass my books around. I know all of their tastes in books and enjoy that we can share ‘reading’ together.

    • I liked you on facebook. :-) Thank you for doing the Scavenger Hunt!

  167. I have a younger sister by two years. I love her and miss her since we don’t live close. We looked a lot alike when we were little and even as we grew older people always thought of us as twins. In fact, we used to trick our boyfriends on the phone because our voices were so similar. So much fun. :)

    I subscribed to your newsletter and liked you on facebook.

  168. I have 2 younger sisters. They are both very different then me but as we’ve gotten older we’ve gotten closer. We laugh and encourage each other and have fun.

    Interesting fact: I knew a lady (she was 98 when she passed away) who remembers a switchboard operator working from her basement when she was a girl.

    I have liked your facebook page. and subscribed to your newsletter.

    • Rebecca,she worked out of her basement? That’s fascinating. It must have been a rurla operator.

  169. My best friend Rachel is the closest I have to a sister. Even though we have only met once since we live 1,500 miles apart, she has been there often when I needed a friend. Prayed for me, chatted with me, sent me encouraging cards, shared books. I would love to read this book with her!
    Blessings!
    Jasmine A.
    montanamade(at)gmail(dot)com

    P.S. I already Liked you Facebook page. I just Signed up for your Newsletter.

  170. Wow!! Just one comment?? Lol. I’m one of 6 sisters so I have a million stories to share. But the comment I’ll leave is this; each and every one of them hold a very special place in my heart all their own. I love each of them so much and thank God for them in my life. They hold so many memories from my past and will be a big part of making many more in the future. Thank you for this great read and opportunity. God bless.

    Kristie

  171. Found your blog entry very interesting, Lorna, & no – I couldn’t have endured all those rules, required to be an operator, for very long. Doing phone collections for nearly 20 years was tedious enough, though there weren’t as many personal rules involved.

    I don’t have any sisters – however, I think my best friend is almost as close to a sister as anyone could be. We’ve shared so many secrets – I met her through a call re: a mutual collection client, she owned a credit bureau & I worked for her part-time in addition to my full-time collection position for a bank. We have been friends for 30 years.

    I “liked” your Facebook page previously & signed up for your newsletter. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    • I couldn’t have endured all those rules either. Your sister-friend sounds like a treasure!

  172. I have a sister that is 4 years younger than myself. When we were kids I didn’t want my little sister hanging around. Now that we are adults and live approx. 300 miles apart and are both married and have busy lives, I cherish the time I get to spend with her and wish there was more time to be together. Not only is she my sister but she has become a very dear friend.

  173. Many people feel as if there best friend is their sister but I must say that my sister is my best friend. Growing up we were always close and even all grown up and currently on different continents we still chat constantly!!

  174. I have one full blooded sister who I love but our relationship needs help…she lives far away. Two half sisters, both are treasures to me, and two step sisters, one I admire and the other is a hoot.
    I dodn’t do well in my relationships with withany of them, but I wish I did.

  175. I had four half-sisters (same dad, diff moms) and we weren’t super close. But the two that I was close to both passed away; one from a car crash and the other from breast cancer. It was definitely a difficult thing for me to go through each time. I wish we had spent more time together.

  176. I actually have 5 sisters, though I’m probably closest to the sister just younger than me. We both love to read historical fiction! I’ve been wanting to read your latest book When Love Calls since I found out about it! God bless you as you seek to honor Him!

  177. I unfortunately don’t have a sister but I’ve been blessed with a friend who is the next best thing. I’ve lived next door to her all my life and next year will mark our 20th year of friendship.
    She is always there when I need her to be and we can talk about anything and everything, sometimes words are unnecessary and I’ve been mind boggled at how many times it seems like she just reads my mind. I’m also thankful that she knows the Lord and that we can attend church together to worship our Saviour. =)

  178. And of course sister-in-laws are a most wonderful sister to have in your life!!!

  179. My younger sister Brooks is one of my best friends. Even though I am three years older, we always joke that we should be twins. We like the same books, music, movies, etc. We are always switching books back and forth so we can read them all. My sister is awesome, and I am so blessed to have her in my life!

  180. Also, I liked your Facebook page and signed up for the newsletter. Thanks!

  181. Because my sister is 15 years older than me, we weren’t close growing up. But what we missed then we’ve made up for as adults. We are both sisters of the same earthly parents and sisters with the same Heavenly Father. :-)

  182. I ‘liked’ your facebook page :) .

    I have two sisters, and although we have always lived thousands of miles apart as adults, we pick up where we left off each time we get a chance to see each other.

  183. I have five sisters, we were all home schooled (along with four brothers) so we had a level of closeness just by being together all the time. Since moving away one sister especially has kept in tough and makes sure I know that she cares. She comes every year to spend a week with me and it is a special time of catching up.

    I also “like” you on facebook.

  184. I do not have any siblings, but my best friend Donna has been like a sister to me. We have never lived in the same town except for the one year when we met in the eighth grade, but we stay in touch and she is the one person that I confide in most! I also liked you FB page!

  185. My sister is 9 years older than I, and when I was born it seemed to her she’d been given her own little doll to love on. Needless to say–she means the world to me. And both of us having endured some rough patches in life, feel like God used our sister to save our life. One of God’s gifts to me before I even knew about Him.

    I liked your FB page and am glad to “meet” a new author. Thanks for participating in this hunt.

  186. I don’t have any sisters, but I do have a cousin I grew up with, and we remain very close friends today as adults. :-) We keep each other afloat when one of us is stressed out or depressed.

    I also signed up for the newsletter.

    Thanks for the giveaway! :-)

  187. I have two sisters, one older, one younger. My younger sister just got married about a month and a half ago and moved 14.5 hours away from the rest of the family. I am realizing now how deep the bond that sisters share really is. It has been hard adjusting to her not being around, but we now that God is going to use her and her husband where they are!

  188. I’ve never read any of your books but will be looking for your books at my library! My sister is 8 years older than me. Growing up I was like a doll she could take care of, make over, and boss around but once we both had kids we became good friends. Love her lots!

    I like you on facebook!

    • Hi Becky! If your library doesn’t have any of my books, please request them. Many libraries will add requested books to their orders. And I’m glady you and your sister have become good friends!

  189. I have 3 sisters 2 older and 1 younger then me (as well as 2 brothers) I love spending time with them when I can :)

  190. ~I have 3 sisters 2 older and 1 younger then me (as well as 2 brothers) I love spending time with them when I can ~

    I liked your FB page and signed up for the newsletter, Thanks :)

  191. I have one younger sister and three younger brothers. My younger sister is the most amazing little girl. She outshines us with her copper-red hair (which none of the rest of us have) and her Irish temper to match. I love her very much and am so glad that she pesters me as much as she does (even if I don’t show it at times).
    I also have three best friends that have been like sisters to me. I’ve always moved around a lot so they’ve never met each other, but they’re always there for me.

  192. I have 4 sisters, which the oldest is my “special” sister. Following the death of my hubby almost 10 years ago, I moved to NC to live and work with her and her hubby. They were an answer to my needs and the prayers of my family. She is now dealing with melanoma cancer which is spreading, and we pray that God’s will be done in her life

  193. I loved both of you books. Your “When Love Call” when Hanna, ending up having to take care of her two younger sister, because their parents died. “Lydia, finds out that she has two younger sister. This is in the book “Lydia Hope”.
    My two sisters are dead. I have a friend that is like a sister but she did not enter the contest. This is a great thing. Thank you and God bless you.
    Norma S.

  194. I only have brothers, which I’ve often been quite happy about, especially watching one of them raise 4 daughters. Wow.
    I grew up a tomboy. And it wasn’t until I was in my late 20′s/early 30′s that I actually recognized my fear of other women. I was clueless as to the mysteries of femininity and “girliness”. I didn’t know the rules. And it all seemed catty and superficial. But I also knew I longed for a sister – someone who I could talk to about these things, maybe learn from.
    I am grateful to have found Leah. We are kindred spirits. She has been a mentor as well as a friend for many years. And though we’ve gone in different directions now, she still fits the bill as sister.

  195. Liked your FB page. I have a sister in Christ, Freddi, who is like a sister to me. We can pick up conversations 3 months apart as if we stopped talking just an hour ago.

  196. My friend, Phyllis, lives outside of Houston is like a sister to me. We met when her mother babysat my younger brother, when we were fifteen.

  197. Lorna, I just finished reading your newest book and posting a review on my blog. I loved it! This is the first time I have read your books.
    I do have a sister -older than I. Since she lives some distance away we are not extremely close, but God has provided some friends who are just like sisters to me.
    I liked your facebook page and signed up for the news letter! Thanks for hosting this giveaway! Even though I have already read this book, I would love to have a copy to share!

  198. I have 3 sisters and I dearly love them all. We are from a very close family and still keep in contact at least several times a week…This is a lovely contest!!!

  199. My friend Terri has been like a sister to me. We met when we were both teenagers and we have seen each other through dating, marriage, childbirth, life changes, and deaths of loved ones. She has cheered me on during some of my darkest days and told me to hang in there. Terri has been a blessing from God.

  200. Hi Lorna ..3rd time lucky!

    I’m enjoying this contest immensely and thought I’d stop by to say “Hello”:)
    My sister ‘s name is Judy and we are very close ,but it hasn’t always been like that. I’m 8 years older and at aged 15 it was not “cool” to have to take my sister along to “hang out” with my friends! However BRIBERY was a wonderful thing,but it worked well for her too! She was the initiator mostly ..something along the lines of “if you don’t give me this,I’ll tell Mum you’re…” Usually she got what she asked for!.
    Needless to say we became the best of friends, once she “caught up” and we still enjoy our wonderful relationship today!
    Cheers Rosie

    • Got you covered, Rosie! Thanks for stopping by. Bribery works very well on sisters, doesn’t it?

  201. I prayed for a younger sister for many years and when I was 9 years old, God answered my prayers. It showed me how big He really is and that He truly answers prayers!

  202. I am so thankful that I moved hundreds of miles to be closer to my sister, my best friend and help her with her family, they are such a blessing to me.

  203. Love the Hello Girl info, my grandmother worked as a switchboard operator in the 40s. So this is kind of fun to see! (Though I realize there are a few decades between the setting for your book and when my grandmother worked as one.)

    • Meagan, that’s really neat. Even though a few decades had passed, I think the strictness remained the same for the Hello Girls.

  204. As mentioned on my Facebook post, I have two biological sisters and many sisters in Christ who are avid readers of inspirational fiction (like me)….thanks to you and the other authors for this fun scavenger hunt but mostly for your ministry to us as you encourage us with stories of excitement, romance, far away places, and the wonder of the Gospel in the lives of your characters…

  205. I have 3 sisters, and the one closest to me is 2 years younger than I. Carolyn is 71 years old, and the one in the family who holds everyone together. I love and respect her and thank God for her every day.

  206. I have the best sister in the world! We are twins. For the last 55 years we have been together! We have had our ups and downs, but for the last 12 years have been so close. My sister is solely responsible for dragging me kicking and screaming to the cross where I met her Savior! I will always be grateful to her for that.

    I am looking forward to reading your book and then sharing it with me sister. Thank you.

  207. My sister is 8 years younger than me, and so much fun. I miss her (she lives a good distance away), but thank goodness for phones, web cams, etc. She is such a blessing, and I love her lots.

    I liked you on Facebook, and signed up for your newsletter. :)

  208. I have 3 amazing sisters. WE are very close and I am blessed to call them not only sisters, but friends.

  209. I am already a Facebook fan and just subscribed to your newsletter :)
    My little sister and I are close… We are very different personalities but we are always there for each other! :)

  210. I don’t have a blood sister, but I have 4 sisters in Christ, that are the bright spots in my life. They have been and are there through the good and bad. God sheds great love through them.

  211. My Mom always jokes that my sister and I are twins born 12 years apart! We both use to collect Barbie Dolls and Beanie Babies (they will be valuable again one day, right?) as a hobby. My sister introduced me to your books a few years back and you quickly became one of our favorite authors! Thank you for the contest!

  212. I have a sister from another mother :-) We have known each all of our lives, her mother used to watch me. We have been through a lot together! Love her so much. Even though we have been far apart at times (and now living in two different states) we know we are really never that far.
    I liked your FB page and newsletter. Thank you for the giveaway!

  213. I have 6 younger sisters, and 3 younger brothers, I am the oldest of 10!

  214. I love my two sisters. When we’re together we love to laugh and shop! What a marvelous combination! For me, there is a special bond of understanding that we share. They know where I’m coming from and usually what I mean. I love each of them for their uniqueness and sometimes I see myself in them. That’s scary!!

  215. Just became acquainted with your work, thanks to the scavenger hunt! Thanks for participating. I am now a new fan on Facebook.

    As for my sisters – I have SIX SISTERS (and one brother!), It is wonderful – they are wonderful! Each has their own unique strengths and gifts, yet when we are together, we are so much the same! We have discovered that, even though living hundreds of miles apart, there may be two or three that have the same purse, or the same coat, or choose the same dish at a particular restaurant!

    All my siblings love the Lord, and we love each other. Not only that, but we all like each other, and really enjoy being together (although that doesn’t happen nearly often enough)! The Lord has richly blessed our family!