This Week Cynthia Ruchti, Winnie Griggs, Sarah Sundin, and Lily George

» Posted on Sep 10, 2012 in Blog | 23 comments

Congratulations to Melody for winning Kellie Coates Gilbert’s Mother of Pearl, to Kate for winning Kathy Harris’s The Road to Mercy, to Betsy for winning Ronie Kendig’s Trinity and to Janice for winning Margaret Daley’s A Mom’s New Start.


This week I’m hosting  Cynthia Ruchti with Cedar Creek Seasons, Winnie Griggs with Handpicked Husband,  Sarah Sundin with With Every Letter, and Lily George with The Temporary Betrothal. 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 The drawings end Sunday (September 16th) evening.

Bio of Cynthia Ruchti:

For 33 years, Cynthia Ruchti wrote and produced The Heartbeat of the Home radio ministry. She was past president of American Christian Fiction Writers and now serves as ACFW’s professional relations liaison. Whether through novels, devotionals, non-fiction, or speaking to women’s groups, writers, or her grandchildren, she’s engaged in telling stories of Hope-that-glows-in-the-dark.

Blurb for “Maybe Us” in Cedar Creek Seasons novella collection (Barbour Publishing’s Romancing America series) by Cynthia Ruchti:

Thirty-something Beth Schurmer has her hands full running her deceased grandmother’s Yarn Shop in Cedarburg, Wisconsin’s historic downtown district. Caring for her grandfather–the storytelling heart of the Yarn Shop–consumes the rest of her time. She has no room in her life for romance. Although…the owner of the new brownie specialty shop–Life by Chocolate–two doors down might be the exception.

Bio of Winnie Griggs:

Always an avid and eclectic reader, Winnie has dabbled in writing stories for her own enjoyment most of her life.  In the early 90s she gave herself a personal challenge of trying to write a full length novel from start to finish.  It took her a couple of years to complete, but once she’d made it to ‘the end’ she was hooked.  It took several more years to accomplish her next goal – that of becoming published – but in 2000 she received ‘the call’ and saw her first book hit the bookstore shelves in 2001. 

Winnie has now written 14 books for three different lines and is currently hard at work on her 15th.  A small town girl herself, Winnie’s books focus on family, community and matters of faith – all subjects that are near and dear to her own heart.  In fact, the tagline on her website reads “Small Towns, Big Hearts, Amazing Grace”.  Her writing has garnered enthusiastic reviews and numerous awards, among them a TOP pick rating from Romantic Times, two nominations for a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and an Award Of Merit from the prestigious HOLT Medallion contest.

Winnie has been married for over 35 years to her college sweetheart and together they have raised four proud-to-call-them-mine children and a too-numerous-to-count assortment of dogs, cats, fish, hamsters, turtles and 4-H sheep.  Besides reading and writing, Winnie’s  favorite activities include cooking, exploring flea markets and pretending the growing army of dust bunnies who have invaded her home will disappear if she just ignores them long enough.

Winnie loves to hear from readers.  You can contact her via her website or find her on facebook.

Blurb for Handpicked Husband by Winnie Griggs:

Can she drive away not one, but three suitors?

Free-spirited photographer Regina Nash is ready to try. But unless she marries one of the gentlemen her grandfather has sent for her inspection, she’ll lose custody of her nephew. So she must persuade them—and Adam Barr, her grandfather’s envoy—that she’d make a thoroughly unsuitable wife.

Adam isn’t convinced. Regina might be unconventional, but she has wit, spirit and warmth. His job was to make sure Regina chose from the men he escorted to Texas—not to marry her himself! Can they overcome the secrets in her past, and the shadows in his, to find a perfect future together?

Bio for Sarah Sundin:

Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter, the first book in the Wings of the Nightingale series from Revell, and also the Wings of Glory series (A Distant Melody, A Memory Between Us, and Blue Skies Tomorrow). In 2011, A Memory Between Us was a finalist in the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Awards and Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Sarah lives in northern California with her husband and three children. When she isn’t ferrying kids to tennis and karate, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies. Please visit her at

 Blurb for With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin:

During World War II, Lt. Mellie Blake is looking forward to beginning her training as a flight nurse. She is not looking forward to writing a letter to a man she’s never met—even if it is anonymous and part of a morale-building program. Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer stationed in North Africa, welcomes the idea of an anonymous correspondence—he’s been trying to escape his infamous name for years. As their letters crisscross the Atlantic, Tom and Mellie develop a unique friendship despite not knowing the other’s true identity. When both are transferred to Algeria, the two are poised to meet face-to-face for the first time. Will they overcome their fears and reveal who they are, or will their future be held hostage by their pasts?

Bio for Lily George:

Growing up in a small town in Texas, Lily George spent her summers devouring the books in her mother’s Christian bookstore. Lily has a BA in History from Southwestern University and uses her training as a historian to research her novels. She has published one nonfiction book and produced one documentary. Lily lives in the Dallas area with her husband, daughter, and too many pets.

Lily’s favorite authors are L.M. Montgomery, Grace Livingston Hill, and Janette Oke.

Blurb for The Temporary Betrothal by Lily George:

From Temporary Engagement to True Love?

Sophie Handley is a charming flirt–just like the fiancée who jilted Lieutenant Charles Cantrill after he was wounded at Waterloo. Yet her assistance in helping veterans is proving invaluable. And when she offers to feign a courtship to appease his family, he finds their arrangement curiously appealing… Sophie has been groomed from birth for a life of easy comfort. Then financial ruin obliges her to reevaluate all her plans and dreams. Helping veterans and their wives helps her see what’s truly important–and gives her the chance to enjoy the lieutenant’s very appealing company. Somehow Sophie must help his embittered heart to see she’s found her permanent place–by his side, and in his arms.

The Temporary Betrothal, the second book in the Brides of Waterloo series, is due to be released in September, 2012.










  1. Another week of amazing stories I would love to read.


  2. Those look like some great books! I just purchased my copy of Cedar Creek Seasons and can’t wait to read it!


  3. All four books sound like delightful reads, please include me in the drawing this week. Thanks!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  4. would love to win.

  5. i would love to win. Thank You for the chance.

  6. Oh, awesome! I’ve been so looking forward to reading With Every Letter… can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! Thanks for the chance to win it!


  7. I’ve heard such wonderful things about Sarah’s books that I couldn’t pass up this opportunity! Sign me up!


  8. I’ve never read any of these books or authors, but Sarah’s book sounds like a really great read! I’m a huge fan of WW2 fiction, so it’s right up my alley!


  9. My daughter is a huge fan of Sarah’s books, so I’m entering for With Every Letter… thanks!


  10. With Every Letter sounds compelling and special. Thanks for this chance.

  11. Great books! Please enter me for all of them! 🙂

  12. oh, please enter me in all the book giveaways this week thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  13. So much fun to see eager readers voicing their interest here! What a great place to congregate! Thanks again, Margaret.

  14. Special thanks, Margaret, for publicizing Cedar Creek Seasons, which, along with Cynthia, Becky Melby, Eileen Key, and I helped write.

    Readers, you will love Cynthia’s fun yet meaty multi-generational story. Plus her hero’s heavenly brownies will have you baking a batch before you’ve finished the second page. A luscious story and snack–what could be better?

    You will also adore Sarah Sundin’s WWII With Every Letter–I’m reading it right now and can hardly make myself put it down.

    I’ve been blessed to have both these ladies as roommates. If you haven’t met them or their writing before, you’ll want to be buds forever!

  15. What fun to see familiar names in the comments – and new ones! I can’t wait to read all the author interviews this week.

  16. Sarah Sundin’s book looks awesome! Can’t wait to read it!

  17. This is my first visit to yur blog. I just subscribed to your blog. I love American Historical Fiction. What an amazing giveaway. Please enter me!


  18. You always pick such fantastic books with wonderfully intricate plot lines. Any of them would be great, but the one that speaks loudly is yarn and brownies – LOL, we have a knitting circle and the two go together so beautifully.

    Have a blessed day.

  19. Hey Margaret,
    Please enter me in your book giveaway. All of these books sound great. I love to read, especially Christian fiction.
    Have a great week!
    Sisters in Christ, Kathy

  20. Nice list of books.


  21. I would love to be entered to win any of the books offered this week expect, “With Every Letter” . I’ve already read it and it is absolutely WONDERFUL! Sarah has another winner. I couldn’t put it down… LOVED it!!! 🙂

    Thank you for the giveaways offered this week.

    😀 Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.


  22. These sounds like great reads!!!

    I would love the chance to win one! 🙂


  23. another fine collection of novels, margaret 😉

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