This week Cathy Gohlke and Mary DeMuth

» Posted on Mar 9, 2009 in Blog | Comments Off on This week Cathy Gohlke and Mary DeMuth

Congratulations, Mez, for winning a copy of Ann Shorey’s The Edge of Light. Also congratulations, Sarah, for winning a copy of Jill Eileen Smith’s Michal.

This week I’m hosting Cathy Gohlke with I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires and Mary DeMuth with Daisy Chain. If you want to be entered in the two drawings, please leave a comment this week with your email address. If you don’t leave an email address, you won’t be entered. I’ll have no way to get in touch with you. If you don’t want to leave an email address, you can email me at and let me know you want to enter the drawing(s). The drawings will end Sunday evening.

Bio for Cathy Gohlke:

Cathy Gohlke’s first novel, William Henry is a Fine Name, won the Christy Award. Her second novel, I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires, a stand alone sequel, was listed by Library Journal in their “Best of 2008” in the Christian Fiction category. Her writing has also appeared in newspapers, magazines, Chicken Soup for the Single’s Soul, and My Turn to Care—Affirmations for Caregivers of Aging Parents. Cathy has worked as a school librarian, a drama director for adults and young people, and as a director of children’s and education ministries. She lives with her husband in Elkton, Maryland.

Book Blurb: I Have Seen Him in the Watchfires

As Civil War rends his family and the nation, seventeen-year-old Robert vows to rescue his estranged mother and the girl he loves from behind enemy lines. Unwittingly entangled in a prison escape, left for dead, and charged as a spy, Robert must forge his anger and shame into a renewed determination to rescue his family. Confronted by an enemy and a war he no longer understands, Robert finds that the rescue, and its results, may not be up to him.

Mary DeMuth’s bio:

Mary DeMuth is an expert in the field of Pioneer Parenting. She helps Christian parents plow fresh spiritual ground, especially those seeking to break destructive family patterns. Her message guides parents who don’t want to duplicate the home where they were raised or didn’t have positive parenting role models growing up.

An accomplished writer, Mary’s parenting books include Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture, Building the Christian Family You Never Had, and Ordinary Mom, Extraordinary God. Her real-to-life novels inspire people to turn trials into triumphs: Watching the Tree Limbs (2007 Christy Award finalist, ACFW Book of the Year 2nd Place) and Wishing on Dandelions (2007 Retailer’s Choice Award finalist).

Mary is a frequent speaker at women’s retreats and parenting seminars, addressing audiences in both Europe and the United States. National media regularly seek Mary’s candid ability to connect with their listeners. Her radio appearances include FamilyLife Today, Moody Midday Connection, and U.S.A. Radio network. She also has articles published in Marriage Partnership, In Touch, and HomeLife.

As pioneer parents, Mary and her husband Patrick live in Texas with their three children. They recently returned from breaking new spiritual ground in Southern France where they planted a church.

Back blurb of Daisy Chain:

The abrupt disappearance of young Daisy Chance from a small Texas town in 1973 spins three lives out of control—Jed, whose guilt over not protecting his friend Daisy strangles him; Emory Chance, who blames her own choices for her daughter’s demise; and Ouisie Pepper, who is plagued by headaches while pierced by the shattered pieces of a family in crisis.

In this first book in the Defiance, Texas Trilogy, fourteen-year-old Jed Pepper has a sickening secret: He’s convinced it’s his fault his best friend Daisy went missing. Jed’s pain sends him on a quest for answers to mysteries woven through the fabric of his own life and the lives of the families of Defiance, Texas. When he finally confronts the terrible truths he’s been denying all his life, Jed must choose between rebellion and love, anger and freedom.

Daisy Chain is an achingly beautiful southern coming-of-age story crafted by a bright new literary talent. It offers a haunting yet hopeful backdrop for human depravity and beauty, for terrible secrets and God’s surprising redemption.