This week Kay Marshall Strom, JoAnn Durgin, Dora Hiers and Zeke Lam

» Posted on Mar 5, 2012 in Blog | 14 comments

Congratulations to Mary for winning Fay Lamb’s Because of Me, to Maxie for winning Carrie Turansky’s A Man to Trust, and to Bethany for winning Margaret Daley’s Saving Hope.

This week I’m hosting Kay Marshall Strom with The Hope of Shridula, JoAnn Durgin with Second Time Around, Dora Hiers with Journey’s End, and Zeke Lam with Submission (non-fiction).  If you want to enter the drawings for the books, please leave a comment on one of the post during the week with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (March 11th) evening.

Bio for Kay Marshall Strom:

Kay Marshall Strom is the author of forty published books. Already well established as a non-fiction writer, her Grace In Africa fiction series has met with high acclaim. AMA Booklist placed them on both the 2010 and 2011 listings of Top Ten Inspirational Fiction.  Her just releasing Blessings in India trilogy is also receiving honors. In addition to her writing, Kay’s work as a 21st century abolitionist takes her around the globe where she speaks out against injustice, especially modern-day slavery. She and her husband make their home in the Pacific Northwest.

Blurb for The Hope of Shridula:

The Blessing in India series is a saga set in India’s heartbreaking history and breathtaking present that points toward a future of hope.  Along the way, name-only Christianity collides with Hinduism, and then is confronted by an entirely new understanding of the call to follow Christ.

India: 1946. For forty-eight years, Ashish and his family toiled as slaves in the fields of the high-caste Lal family, and all because of one small debt. At fifty-four, Ashish was old and worn out. Every day was a struggle to survive for his family including his only daughter.   

His wife had named the girl Shridula—Blessings. “Perhaps the name will bring you more fortune than it brought me,” Ashish told his daughter. His words proved to be prophetic in ways he could never have imagined. And when the flames of revolt brought independence to India, they seared change into the family of Ashish.

Bio for JoAnn Durgin:

JoAnn Durgin is the author of the popular contemporary romantic adventures,Awakening, and its follow-up, Second Time Around, published by Torn Veil Books. Her third book in the series, Twin Hearts, releases next month. JoAnn, her husband, Jim, and their three children live in her native southern Indiana after living in TX, CA, PA and MA. She likes to say she’s “been around in the nicest sense of the word.” She’s a full-time wealth administration paralegal in a Louisville, Kentucky, law firm, and is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Her books are available at every major online book retailer such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble, both in paperback and electronic versions. Please visit her at www.joanndurgin.com or on Facebook.
 
Blurb for Second Time Around:
 
Marc Thompson is on top of the world—a newlywed with a beautiful wife, the owner of a thriving Boston sports advertising agency, and a century-old home they’re renovating in the suburbs. Then the unthinkable happens. Two months after the wedding, Marc sits in a hospital emergency waiting room after Natalie suffers a horrible fall. One shock follows another. Not only does his wife remember nothing of their life together, but now he has a personal timeline to reconnect with her—seven months. Marc’s gold wedding band mocks him, a glaring reminder of a promise broken by a rotting basement stair and his own negligence. His renowned psychologist advises him to court his wife again—a daunting task the first time around. Then Marc’s pastor suggests he call Sam and Lexa Lewis of TeamWork Missions, a ministry dear to Natalie’s heart. Determined to help her reclaim her life, the young groom makes great strides until a ghost from the past surfaces, opening fresh wounds and threatening to destroy it all. With Natalie’s trust shattered and Marc’s faith wavering, they head to Milestone Ranch outside Helena, Montana, with TeamWork for a two-week work camp. But instead of romancing his wife in the freezing November temperatures with warm fires and shared sweet moments, he’s out in the cold and back at square one. Even if Natalie recovers her lost memories, will she forgive him? If not, can Marc come to terms with his deepest fear—the failure of his marriage? You’ll root for Marc and Natalie as they fight against the odds and discover that surrendering all at the throne of grace doesn’t mean failure. It’s simply called faith. And it might be the only way to finding their way back to one another . . . the second time around.
 
Bio for Dora Hiers:

After a successful auditing career, Dora left the corporate world to be a stay-at-home mom to her two sons. When her youngest son didn’t want her hanging out at school with him anymore, Dora started writing heart racing, God-gracing books. Dora belongs to the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the Carolina Christian Writers. Dora and her husband make their home in North Carolina. When she’s not writing, Dora enjoys reading and family gatherings. She despises traffic, technological meltdowns, and a sad ending to a book. Her books always end with happily-ever-after’s.

Readers can connect with Dora:

Website: www.dorahiers.com

Autographed copy and blog: http://dorahiers.blogspot.com/

Facebook: Dora Hiers Author
Twitter: @DoraHiers

Blurb for Journey’s End:

Devastated after the brutal murder of her husband, Chelsea Hammond vows never to love another lawman. Intent on rebuilding her shattered life, she turns her focus to helping troubled teens. But when an angry father bent on retaliation, threatens her, Chelsea must turn to the one man she never thought to trust: Deputy U.S. Marshal Trey Colten.

Trey wants only to protect Chelsea, but she blames him for her husband’s death. Trey can relate. He blames himself, also. As danger lurks, Trey begs Chelsea to heed his warnings. He let down one Hammond. He won’t let down another—especially one who now holds his heart.

When Chelsea is snatched from her home, can she put aside her fear, and trust Trey with her life? Can she forgive him for destroying her past and let him help to rebuild her future?

 

Bio for Zeke Lam: 

Zeke Lam is the founder of SUBMISSION Ministries—a ministry devoted to seeing lost souls encounter God and live lives fully surrendered to the risen Christ. A graduate of Liberty University, Zeke’s deep passion for following Christ’s will has led him through many years of youth ministry and itinerant evangelism. Both of these experiences have enriched and fueled his desire to hand others the keys to a Christ-centered life. Zeke resides in Virginia with his beautiful wife, Kathleen, and a growing family of future world-changers.

ISBN-13                  978-1-9374-8100-1

 

ISBN-10                  1-9374-8100-X

 

Author website: http://submissionministries.org/

 

Blurb for Submission:
 
Where one journey ends, another begins…

Prepare to be stirred by this authentic calling to return to Scriptural obedience.

Pastor Gabe Turner, The Point Church of Charlottesville, Virginia

In my opinion Zeke has laid his finger on the defining message for our time. This message is essential for believers everywhere…

Eric Stephens, Pastor of Life Changing Ministries and Fellowship in Sugarland, Texas

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What is the greatest challenge that the Church is facing today? Zeke Lam suggests that one word is the greatest challenge:  submission, or the lack thereof. It is not external forces that nullify the testimony of a Christ-centered believer, but rather the failure to humbly submit to the voice of the Lord. This book will help you to live a surrendered life abiding in Christ.

Ø  Is the approval of God more important to you than the approval of man?

Ø  Is the presence of God evident in your life?

Ø  Do you fiercely protect your intimacy with Christ?

Ø  Do you desire to live a life of truth, free from the lies of the devil?

Ø  Is God’s divine character visible to those around you?

Learn how to submit your life wholeheartedly to the Lord so that you can dwell continually in the secret place—a place of intimacy, surrender and joy.
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14 Comments

  1. Thanks so much for featuring Journey’s End on your blog this week, Margaret. Enjoy your week! I’ll pop back over on Thursday. 😉

  2. Awesome novels you are featuring this week, Margaret. i want to win every one of them. The one by JoAnn – i checked our local library, and it doesn’t have any by her, never mind the first one of this series! Love to read – guess you’d call me a readaholic. Always need more books. Thanks for the giveaways. Hope you have a great week!

    • Marianne, thanks for your interest in my books! Being with a new, small publisher, I’ve found that it’s difficult to even getmy books into my hometown library (the same place where I grew up!). I donated my first book and, even though it’s circulating well, they haven’t yet ordered the second one (but say they will). Unfortunately, it’s not easy for the smaller-publisher books to get into the libraries, and I’m still a very new author. Put it this way: most libraries need a certain number of requests before they’ll even consider ordering a book. If you check out my Wall on Facebook, you can see the different blogs where I’m giving away my books. Feel free to enter those contests, as well! Check back for my interview on Wednesday. Blessings!

  3. You have some interesting books featured this week.
    I loved the Grace in Africa series so I know that Kay’s newest series will be a winner.
    I am not familiar with the other authors but would love to get acquainted with their work.
    Thank you for featuring such a diverse group of authors on your site.

    • Thanks, everyone.
      Margaret, I appreciate you having me today.
      Shirley, I’m so glad you enjoyed the Grace in Africa series. I’ll be eager to hear your thoughts about India.

  4. As always, you have an excellent line up of books!

  5. These sound like terrific books. THis is my first time visiting your blog – so glad I did!

  6. THANK YOU!!

    Another week & more amazing books to add to my wish list.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  7. another wonderful selection of novels & authors. thanks for the chance to read them 🙂

  8. a wonderful variety of novels which sound captivating. The Hope of Shridula sounds compelling.

  9. Each book seems so interesting. Even the covers. If I saw them on the shelf, I would definitely pick them up out of curiosity, which usually leads me to buying a book. 🙂

    The backdrop of each story is wonderful and I look forward to putting them on my to-read list.

    Zeke: Your book is so interesting. I, too, agree that the problem with most Christina and churches today is our submission to Christ. Saying it is totally different than doing it. I believe this book with help guide my 17 yr old and my 10 yr old (who informed me two weeks ago that he has been called into ministry).

    • Wow. Typo.
      “Christians” not “Christina”–(apologies to all Christinas out there).

      • ARGH! Not enough coffee this morning.
        Forgot to include my e-mail address: dmwebb@gmail.com

        Now for coffee and to extend my to-read list.

  10. These books all sound interesting! I look forward to reading them someday 🙂

    cbus.blogger at gmail dot com

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