This week: Mae Nunn, Nicole O’Dell and Robin Shope

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Congratulations to Cherie for winning Sandra Robbins’ Mountain Peril, to Wendy for winning Roseanna White’s A Stray Drop of Blood and to Jo for winning Lynette Eason’s Too Close to Home.

This week I’m hosting Mae Nunn with Her Forever Family, Nicole O’Dell with Magna and Making Waves, and Robin Shope with The Easter Edition. If you want to enter the drawing for Sarah’s book, 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 The drawings end Sunday (April 11th) evening.

Bio for Mae Nunn:

Mae grew up in Houston and graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Communications. When she fell for a transplanted Englishman living in Atlanta she moved to Georgia and made an effort to behave like a Southern Belle. But when she found that her husband was quite agreeable to life as a Born Again Texan, Mae happily returned to her cowgirl roots and cowboy boots! In 2008 Mae retired from 30 years of corporate life to focus on her career as a Christian author. When asked how she felt about writing full time for Steeple Hill, Mae summed her response up with one word, “Yeeeeeha!” Come put your feet up and visit for a spell at!

Her Forever Family Blurb:

Widowed father and former Dallas Cowboys linebacker Ben Lamar isn’t an expert on parenthood. Especially when it comes to helping his teenage son with special needs. So when a dare-devil child psychologist offers to work with Ethan, Ben is relieved. Until he discovers that Alison Stone’s ideas about dealing with an Aspergers kid are very different from Ben’s. Granted, Ethan is responding to treatment with the unconventional doctor. But the lovely red-head and her pesky pooch are poking their noses into too many personal places for the comfort of a control freak like Ben. Can he open his home, mind and heart to new possibilities… like love and a forever family?

Bio for Nicole O’Dell:

Nicole O’Dell and her husband Wil have six wonderful children, the most recent additions being triplets, born in August 2008. Nicole and Wil recently began a youth group at their church for grades 7-12 where Nicole focuses on the teaching, Bible study application, service outreach planning and evangelism aspects of the group. She also works with parents to help foster open and healthy lines of parent/teen communication. Nicole enjoys speaking at other churches, youth groups and parenting groups to offer insight into Godly navigation of those rough teen years. Over the years, Nicole has worked as a youth director, a Bible study leader for women and teens, a counselor at a crisis pregnancy center and was a veteran camp counselor for over a decade.

Blurbs for Magna and Making Waves:

Written specifically for tween girls faced with difficult decisions and lots of peer pressure, books three and four in the new Scenarios series, Magna and Making Waves by Nicole O’Dell, release in April 2010. Lessons of right and wrong are put to the test when readers use their own decision making abilities in an eye-opening but safe way. Each book follows a character up to the point where she has to make an important, life-changing decision—then it’s the reader’s turn to choose!

In Magna, Molly Jacobs isn’t sure what she should do: Should she follow through with stealing some clothes for her friends from Magna—the trendy girls’ clothing store where she works? Or should she do what she knows is right, even if it means losing her newfound popularly? Making Waves finds Kate Walker on the swim team where she becomes obsessed with practice and the upcoming championship. What will Kate do when she’s faced with pressure from her teammates to take an illegal substance that will help her swim multiple events in their championship meet? Tween readers make the choices in these interactive stories and discover how the consequences change Molly’s and Kate’s lives. Both books include a contract and prayer at the end to remind the reader of the importance of making godly decisions.

Bio for Robin Shope:

Robin Jansen Shope is the Special Education Coordinator at the Denton County Juvenile Justice System for at-risk kids by day. By night she is a romance and mystery writer. Holding four certifications in education, Robin is a former missionary. She has two grown children and a grandson. She resides in Dallas, Texas.

To date, her popular literary works include approximately two hundred articles in magazines such as Live, Lookout, Mennonite, Christian Reader, Decision, and Breakthrough. Other short stories appear in the books A Match Made in Heaven, Stories from the Heart, The Evolving Woman, and in the New York Times bestseller, In The Arms of Angels by Joan Wester-Anderson. Another two-dozen stories have been published in the Chicken Soup books. One story, “Mom’s Last Laugh,” was re-enacted for a PAX-TV program: It’s a Miracle.

Robin co-authored three thrillers, The Chase, The Replacement, and The Candidate with Revell. . Wildcard is Robin’s fourth book, but her first with The Wild Rose Press. The Christmas Edition is part of a series (The Valentine Edition and now, The Easter Edition) and will be a movie Journey to Paradise at the end of 2010.

She co-authored a young adult book, Ruby Red, with former Cowboy football star, Kalen Thornton for sparklesoup, and is soon to have a slew of island mysteries, Wynn in the Willows with Point Yonder Press. Visit Robin at

Blurb for The Easter Edition:

Bridal shop owner, Carol Horn, designs one-of-a-kind gowns and listens to brides talk about their future with the man of their dreams. While she looks forward to being a bride herself someday, she feels there has to be more to life and is praying the Lord will show her the path she should take.

Luke Peters, the new assistant pastor of The Town Church, has a messy past that involves manslaughter and doing time at the Illinois Youth Commission. Ten years later, Luke comes to Turtle Creek, Wisconsin a changed man. Carol sees Luke as a man of God and the answer to her prayers, while others believe Luke Peters has only honed his skills as a conman.

Despite having surrendered her desires to God, Carol finds herself drawn to the new pastor, at the same time she decides to spend time overseas building an orphanage. Luke Peters falls hard for Carol and will stop at nothing to keep her in town, by his side, even if it means deception.