Ann Shorey and Jill Eileen Smith this week

» Posted on Mar 2, 2009 in Blog | 8 comments

Congratulations to Sandee for winning Lyn Cote’s The Desires of Her Heart and Jo for winning Maggie Brendan’s No Place for a Lady.

This week I’m hosting Ann Shorey with The Edge of Light and Jill Eileen Smith with Michal, the first in a series about David’s wives. If you would like to be entered in the drawings for these books or only one, please leave a comment this week on one of the blogs with which drawings you want to be entered in. Also you have to leave your email address to be entered (I need it to contact you) or you can email me at The drawings end on Sunday evening.

Ann Shorey’s bio:

Ann Shorey has been writing for over fifteen years. She’s been published in the Adams Media Cup of Comfort series, and had one of her stories included in Chicken Soup for the Grandma’s Soul. Ann has also written articles for various local and regional publications. After completing a narrative family history in 1998, she realized she had uncovered a treasure trove of inspiration, and turned to fiction as a way to put that inspiration to good use.

Ann teaches classes on historical research, story arc, and other fiction fundamentals at regional conferences. She works in Sutherlin, Oregon, where she lives with her husband, Richard. The Edge of Light is her first novel.

Ann may be contacted through her website at

The Edge of Light blurb:

It is the summer of 1838 in St. Lawrenceville, Missouri, and Molly McGarvie’s life is about to change forever. When her beloved Samuel succumbs to cholera, Molly is heartbroken but determined to take care of herself and her children. But when Samuel’s unscrupulous brother takes over the family business and leaves Molly to fend for herself, she knows she must head out on her own. It’s a dangerous journey, forcing Molly to leave her old life behind.

How will she keep her young family together and at the same time find a way to earn a living?


Jill Eileen Smith’s bio:

Jill Eileen Smith is the author of an upcoming biblical fiction trilogy, The Wives of King David, featuring Michal, Abigail, and Bathsheba, published by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Michal: A Novel releases March 1, 2009. Jill has more than twenty years of writing experience, ranging from articles and short stories to reviews and blogs. Her writing has placed or won prizes in several writing contests. In addition to homeschooling her three sons, Jill has taught piano and women’s Bible studies. She enjoys baking, traveling, scrapbooking, and the antics of her two lovable cats. She lives with her husband and sons in Southeastern Michigan.

Michal’s back blurb:

Can their epic search for true love survive a father’s fury? The daughter of King Saul, Michal lives a life of privilege–but one that is haunted by her father’s unpredictable moods and competition from her beautiful older sister. As a girl, Michal quickly falls for the handsome young harpist David. But soon after their romance begins, David must flee for his life, leaving Michal at her father’s mercy in the prison that is King Saul’s palace. Will Michal ever be reunited with David? Or is she doomed to remain separated from him forever? Against the backdrop of opulent palace life, raging war, and daring desert escapes, Jill Eileen Smith takes you on an emotional journey as Michal deals with love, loss, and personal transformation as the first wife of King David.


  1. Both books sound good. However, I am suppose to be receiving Michael to read so Please include me in the Edge of light drawing. thanks.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  2. I like books that are about strong women! I haven’t read either book, so please include me in your drawing. Many thanks, Cindi

  3. I used to biblical fiction many years ago – back in the 70s maybe? I really enjoy this genre when it’s done well and would love to read Michal. As always, thank you for your giveaways.

  4. The books that you have featured this week are unique and special. I do have a favorite though and this is Michael, although The Ann Shorey book would be nice too. Thanks so much for this great giveaway.

  5. please enter me for edge of light, i have been dying to read it!!

  6. I’d like to be put in the drawing for both books! They both sound intriguing! Thanks for the offer.

    Mimi B

    mnjesusfreak at gmail dot com

  7. i;ve read ‘edge of light’ and really enjoyed it. please enter my name in the draw. thanks,
    sarahwoll at hotmail dot com

  8. Oh, were we supposed only leave one comment? I would like to be entered for both books, Edge of Light and Michal!

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