Monday, February 24, 2014

Featured Author Interview: Ruth Logan Herne

Ruth Logan Herne loves Charlie Brown Christmas trees, rooting for the underdog and people who go the distance while others see the path as too long or broken!
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She loves God, chocolate, writing, dogs and is blessed by a sprawling family, oodles of grandkids and a sweet old farmhouse in constant need of work. She's sure that clean rooms are over-rated, snakes and possums should mind their own business and buy their own farm and puppies and kittens and babies are about the cutest things on Earth. 

An author for Love Inspired Books and Summerside Press, she lives in upstate New York.


The following is a February 2014 interview with Ruth.

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ENTER THE GIVEAWAY
AT THE END OF THE INTERVIEW


Be in to win 
the Kirkwood Lake series (first 3 books)or a copy of Try, Try Again, 
Running on Empty or Safely Home
by Ruth Logan Herne


1 book set and 2 Kindle copies to be won

Contest open to entrants worldwide.

Contest runs from 21 February - 7 March NZDT

Monday, February 17, 2014

Featured Debut Novelist: Carla Laureano

Carla Laureano is the author of the romance novel, Five Days in Skye, and as C.E. Laureano is the author of the young adult fantasy series, The Song of Seare.

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Carla Laureano earned a degree in English from Pepperdine University in 1997. Since then, she has been a professional marketer, copywriter, and martial arts instructor, but her first love is telling stories that cause readers to look at their world and their faith in new ways.

Carla is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). She was selected as a finalist in ACFW’s 2012 Genesis contest in the speculative fiction category. She lives with her husband, two sons, and a menagerie of small pets in Denver, Colorado.

The following is a February 2014 interview with Carla.

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ENTER THE GIVEAWAY
AT THE END OF THE INTERVIEW


Be in to win a copy of
Five Days in Skye
by Carla Laureano


One copy to be won

Contest open to entrants worldwide.

Contest runs from 14-28 February NZDT

Friday, February 14, 2014

Featured Author Interview: Robbie Cheuvront

Robbie Cheuvront is the author of The Guardian and Worship Pastor of North Point Church in Corona, California, and was previously at The Journey Church in Lebanon, Tennessee. He is married and has two beautiful children, a boy and a girl. 

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Before going into ministry full time, Robbie was a professional musician on the road for about 10 years, where he played bass guitar and sang in the band Lonestar. He traveled the world and experienced many different cultures.

Robbie has always been an avid reader, and after being a professional song writer for several years, decided to try his hand at a novel. Robbie and his co-author and partner in ministry, Pastor Erik Reed, came up with the idea for their first novel, The Guardian, a few years ago. Their publisher, Barbour Books, released their next book in September 2012, Fall, the first in The 13 series, with the conclusion, Stand, published in November 2013.


The following is a February 2014 interview with Robbie.

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ENTER THE GIVEAWAY
AT THE END OF THE INTERVIEW


Be in to win a set of
The 13: Fall and The 13:Stand
by Robbie Cheuvront & Erik Reed 

(with Shawn Allen)

2 paperback sets to be won
Contest open to entrants with USA addresses only.
Contest runs from 7-21 February NZDT

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Falling for the Farmer Blog Chase: Stop #5

Welcome to the Blog Chase for Falling for the Farmer by Narelle Atkins, her debut novel with Heartsong Presents, releasing February 2014.



Back cover blurb:
KATE LAWSON IS A RUNAWAY BRIDE
And she’s incredibly grateful when Jack Bradley offers her a job on his apple farm. Working side by side in the orchards with her best friend’s brother seems like the perfect way to get over her disastrous engagement. Until Kate finds herself falling hard for the handsome farmer.
Jack Bradley knows city-girl Kate isn’t here to stay. Yet suddenly he’s imagining a life with her in the country. When Kate considers going back to the city, can Jack find a way to show her that her real home is here on the farm, by his side?
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Chapter One Excerpt:
She massaged her temples, a dull ache starting to pound her head. The white ribbon attached to the front of the car stayed firm in the breeze, unlike her tumultuous thoughts.

Jack stopped at the next light. “Do you want to go to my sister’s place?”

She nodded. Megan, her maid of honor, would hopefully realize her Chatswood apartment was Kate’s logical destination.

“Are you okay?” His eyes softened and his questioning gaze held a look of genuine concern.

She blinked away the moisture building in her eyes. “I need to think, and work out what to do.” All her plans for the next few months had disappeared the moment she left the church. Where would she live? She’d need to find a new job.

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If Kate ran away to Taihape, New Zealand, where could she go?

The setting for Falling for the Farmer is Snowgum Creek, a fictitious town located on the western slopes of the Snowy Mountains in Australia. But if Kate decided to skip the country entirely, and hide herself away in a small rural community in New Zealand, such as in Taihape, what would she find there?

Taihape is a small town nestled among high country hills in the centre of the North Island, New Zealand. Capitalising on its reputation of being the "Gumboot Capital of the World", a giant corrugated iron gumboot can be found along the main road, right next to a walkway up Mt Stewart in the centre of the town. Outside the town, work can be found on sheep and cattle farms, a local peacherine orchard, and also on the various tourist adventure spots nearby, such as Gravity Canyon, with its bungy jumping, flying fox and giant swing, right through to various other spots that feature white water rafting, river kayaking, farm stays, 4WD farm tours, skiing in winter and hiking in summer, and even running with the Kaimanawa Horses in their native habitat. Back in town, a number of cafes and boutique gift and clothing stores could beckon to Kate as well.

My question for the blog chase giveaway: Which piece of footwear, constructed with corrugated iron, can be seen as you travel through Taihape?


Ellie and her friend Jen in front of the giant corrugated gumboot at Taihape

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You're at Stop 5 on the Falling for the Farmer blog chase. Please fill in your answers to the questions located on each of the participating blogs when you reach Narelle’s blog at Stop 6. If you have five correct answers, you'll receive an entry in the drawing to win one of three print copies of Falling for the Farmer. 

You can gain a bonus entry in the drawing if you have five correct answers and leave a comment on the ACW post at Stop 1.

Current and new subscribers to Narelle’s email list will automatically receive an extra entry if they correctly answer all five questions. The giveaway entry form and terms and conditions are included with Narelle’s post at Stop 6. The winners will be announced in a comment on this post on Wednesday, February 12.

Your next stop on the blog chase is Narelle Atkins blog.

If you have missed any stops along the way, here is the full list:

Stop 1: Australasian Christian Writers (ACW) http://australasianchristianwriters.blogspot.com.au/
Stop 2: Iola’s Christian Reads  www.christianreads.blogspot.com
Stop 4:  Ausjenny http://ausjenny.blogspot.com/
Stop 5:  Soul Inspirationz http://soulinspirationz.blogspot.com/
Stop 6: Narelle Atkins http://narelleatkins.wordpress.com/
Text Copyright © 2014 by Narelle Atkins 
Cover Art Copyright © 2014 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited 
Permission to reproduce text granted by Harlequin Books S.A. 
Cover art used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited. 
All rights reserved. ® and ™ are trademarks owned by Harlequin Enterprises Limited or its affiliated companies, used under license.
Copyright© 2014 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited 
Cover copy used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises Limited



Tuesday, February 4, 2014

February New Releases in Category Fiction

New Releases in Category Fiction for February 2014 include titles from Harlequin's Love InspiredLove Inspired SuspenseLove Inspired Historical, and Heartsong Presents

The following blog post is a title listing with descriptions of each release.
 
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PLUS! ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

Be in to win a copy of one of the following:
  • The Baby Rescue by Margaret Daley
  • Treacherous Slopes by Terri Reed
  • Royal Wedding Threat by Rachelle McCalla
  • The Widow's Suitor by Rose Ross Zediker
  • Falling for the Farmer by Narelle Atkins
  • Rocky Mountain Romance by Lesley Ann McDaniel
  • Heartland Courtship by Lyn Cote
  • The Marshal's Ready-Made Family by Sherri Shackelford
  • The Cowboy's Reunited Family by Brenda Minton
  • Her Valentine Sheriff by Debra Kastner
  • Mommy Wanted by Renee Andrews
  • A Daughter's Homecoming by Ginny Aiken

Simply comment at the end of the blog post on which titles you would love to read the most AND which titles you would most like to win and you can enter the Rafflecopter draw.

Contest entries close Sunday January 19 NZDT.

Monday, February 3, 2014

February New Releases in Christian Fiction

New Releases in CBA Trade Christian Fiction for February 2014 include 34 new releases and reprints from Abingdon Press, B&H Fiction, Barbour Publishing, Bethany House Publishers, David C Cook, Harvest House Publishers, Howard, Revell Books, Zondervan and other publishing houses of CBA Trade fiction.

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PLUS! ENTER THE GIVEAWAY

Simply comment at the end of the blog post on which titles you would love to read the most and you can enter the Rafflecopter draw.

Contest entries close Sunday February 16 NZDT.

Be in to win a copy of one of the following:

  • Jenny's Choice by Patrick E. Craig (USA & Canada only - 1 copy)
  • Sadie's Secret by Kathleen Y'Barbo (USA & Canada only - 1 copy)
  • Wishing on Buttercups by Miralee Ferrell (USA only - 2 copies)
  • Love's Sweet Surrender by Ann Shorey (Worldwide - 1 copy)
  • A Road Unknown by Barbara Cameron (USA only - 2 copies)
  • A Sky without Stars by Linda S. Clare (USA only - 2 copies)
  • Gabriel's Bride by Amy Lillard (USA only - 2 copies)
  • Poison Town by Creston Mapes (USA only - 2 copies)
  • Warrior Poet by Timothy Stoner (Worldwide - 2 digital copies)
  • Taken for English by Olivia Newport (USA only - 2 copies)

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Plus! Bonus Giveaway

Enter Jill Eileen Smith's 
Wives of the Patriarchs Rachel Giveaway with Revell Books.

NB: Contest operated by Revell Books and not by Soul Inspirationz.


Sunday, February 2, 2014

Featured Debut Novelist: Cathleen Armstrong

Cathleen Armstrong lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband, Ed, and their corgi. 

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Though she has been in California for many years now, her roots remain deep in New Mexico where she grew up and where much of her family still lives.

After she and Ed raised three children, she returned to college and earned a BA in English.

Welcome to Last Chance won the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award for Women's Fiction, and is the first novel in the A Place to Call Home series.  One More Last Chance is the second novel, releasing in May 2014.


The following is a January 2014 interview with Cathleen.

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ENTER THE GIVEAWAY
AT THE END OF THE INTERVIEW

Be in to win a copy of
Welcome to Last Chance
by Cathleen Armstrong


2 print copies to be won

Contest open to entrants worldwide.

Contest runs from 31 January - 14 February NZDT

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