This week A.K. Arenz and JoAnn Durgin

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Congratulations to Cynthia for winning Terri Reed and Stepanie Newton’s Holiday Havoc, to Ann Lee for winning Donna Crow’s A Very Private Grave, and to Kim for winning Karen Witemeyer’s Head in the Clouds.

This week I’m hosting A.K.Arenz with Mirrored Image and JoAnn Durgin with Awakening. If you want to enter the drawing for A.K. Arenz’s Mirrored Image, 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 (November 28th) evening.

Bio of A.K. Arenz:

2010 ACFW Carol Award winning author, Alice K. Arenz, author of October 2010 suspense Mirrored Image, has been writing since she was a child. Her earliest publication was in the small, family-owned newspaper where her articles, essays, and poems were frequently included. In the mid-nineties, her writing earned her a stint with a well-known New York literary agency, and although it failed to produced the hoped for results, her determination to become published eventually led her to Sheaf House.

Arenz also writes cozy mysteries under A.K. Arenz. The Case of the Bouncing Grandma, was a finalist in the 2009 American Christian Fiction Writers Book of the Year contest. The second in the Bouncing Grandma Mystery Series, The Case of the Mystified M.D., won the 2010 ACFW Carol Award for mystery.

She lives in Missouri with her husband and two Himalayan cats.

Blurb for Mirrored Image:

Their faces are the same. Will their fate be as well? Eccentric newspaper columnist Cassandra Chase s uncanny resemblance to a murder victim gives Detective Jeff McMichaels the haunting suspicion that there is a link between the two women a link that may only exist in the murderer s mind.

Bio for JoAnn Durgin:

JoAnn Durgin lives with her husband and three children in southern Indiana. She is an estate administration paralegal in a Louisville, Kentucky, law firm and works part-time at the Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts. A graduate of Ball State University with a degree in journalism and English, she started writing full-length contemporary Christian romances in 1991, but didn’t actively pursue publication until late 2008.

She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) as well as its Indiana chapter. JoAnn finaled in the 2010 Romance Writers of America/Faith Hope & Love “Touched by Love” contest in the long contemporary romance category. She has also discovered the joy of writing flash fiction (telling a story in 300 words or less) and won the My Book Therapy Voices flash fiction contest in June 2010, and finaled in March and September 2010.

Blurb for Awakening:

A God-fearing man. A God-seeking woman. For Sam Lewis and Lexa Clarke, it proves a combustible combination.

Lexa Clarke signs up for a TeamWork Missions summer assignment expecting adventure in a far-off, exotic country. Instead, she’s sent to sweltering San Antonio to help rebuild homes destroyed by sudden flooding. She survives the four-hour bus trip from Houston, dust in the lungs, a flat tire, a tool-throwing incident and a spitting goat – not to mention an inquisition from a distractingly handsome cowboy – all before reaching the work camp.

TeamWork director Sam Lewis isn’t sure what to think of his newest volunteer. She’s feisty, witty, and incredibly pretty, but looks more prepared to board a cruise ship than build houses. Burned by a past betrayal, he’s got a job to do, a reputation to uphold. Sam can’t afford to be distracted by a woman who attracts animals, defies his rules, finds trouble at every turn and questions God’s purpose. But when she tumbles from the top beam of one of the houses into his arms, Sam suspects his life will never be the same.

During their weeks together in the TeamWork camp, Sam and Lexa learn the power of forgiveness and healing. Enduring a chain of events which challenge their faith, trust and growing relationship, they look to the Lord for guidance as together they discover a love greater than either could ever imagine. At the end of the eight-week work camp, Sam is committed to a year-long, dangerous overseas mission for TeamWork. Can Lexa trust the Lord enough to let him go? Will Sam safely return and keep his promise to meet her at the Alamo?

You’ll keep turning the pages of this sweeping romantic adventure. With great characters, plenty of humor, enough emotion to make you shed a tear or two, and an ending that’ll have you cheering, Sam and Lexa’s story will leave you breathless. Hold on tight. The adventures of Lewis and Clarke have only just begun!