This week Sandra Orchard, Kathi Macias, Laurie Alice Eakes, and Kelly Irvin

» Posted on Oct 15, 2012 in Blog | 19 comments

Congratulations to Martha E. for winning Terri Reed’s The Doctor’s Defender, to Deevena for winning Marta Perry’s Naomi’s Christmas, to Merry for winning Dianne Matthews’ Designed for Devotion, and to Kay for winning Saving Gideon.

This week I’m hosting  Sandra Orchard with Critical Condition (she will giveaway Deep Cover, a previous Love Inspired Suspense), Kathi Macias with Unexpected Christmas Hero, Laurie Alice Eakes with A Flight of Fancy, and Kelly Irvin with A Heart Made New. 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 margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (October 21st) evening.

Bio of Sandra Orchard:

Award-winning author Sandra Orchard hails from Niagara, Canada. Critical Condition is the third book in her Undercover Cops series. She is currently working on her next LIS and a three-book series called Port Aster Secrets, for Revell Publishing. Sandra enjoys offering her readers “extras” to enhance their experience of her books. You can check out these, along with other resources for readers and writers, at her website: http://www.SandraOrchard.com

She’d also love for you to connect at: http://www.Facebook.com/SandraOrchard and http://www.SandraOrchard.blogspot.com

Blurb for Critical Condition by Sandra Orchard:

EVERYONE’S AT RISK There’s a murderer in the hospital, and nurse Tara Peterson is determined to prove it. With mysterious deaths in the cancer ward, anyone could be next. But no one wants to believe her…except for undercover agent Zach Davis. The murderer wants Tara’s suspicions silenced, permanently. To protect Tara, Zach lets her in on his secret, and unwittingly into his heart. Tara and her three-year-old daughter are like the family he lost years before. Zach will risk everything to keep them safe, no matter the cost.

Bio For Kathi Macias:

Award-winning author Kathi Macias has written nearly 35 books, including the “Extreme Devotion” series, Beyond Me, How Can I Run a Tight Ship When I’m Surrounded by Loose Cannons?, Mothers of the Bible Speak to Mothers of Today, the best-selling devotional A Moment a Day, and the popular “Matthews” mystery novels. Kathi has written commentary for Thomas Nelson’s Spirit-Filled Life Bible (Student Edition); was part of the devotional writing team for Zondervan’s New Women’s Devotional Bible; and has ghostwritten for several prominent individuals including Josh McDowell; former NFL player Rosey Grier; and the late chaplain of the United States Senate, Richard Halverson. An avid writer, Kathi has published numerous devotionals, articles, short stories, and poems in various periodicals. The readership of her weekly devotionals has grown into the hundreds of thousands, being picked up by the Christian Civic League, Black Christian News, Latino Christian News, Christians in Recovery, and crosswalk.com.
 
A former judge for the Christy Awards, which recognize Christian novels of excellence, Kathi has won numerous awards herself. These awards include the Angel Award from Excellence in Media, a Hollywood-based organization set up to improve the moral and ethical content of films, television shows, books, etc.; fiction awards from the San Diego Christian Writers Guild; Golden Scroll Novel of the Year (Red Ink); Christy Award finalist (Red Ink); 2011 Author of the Year from BooksandAuthors.net; and the grand prize in an international writing contest. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi now serves as a staff member for the Christian Communicator Manuscript Critique Service and spiritual advisor to the Christian Authors Network. She has also appeared on several radio and TV programs.
 
A popular speaker for women’s retreats, conferences, and churches, Kathi has taught creative writing and business writing in various venues; and has served on staff at a large church in Southern California, where she participated in biblical counseling, trained small-group leaders, and oversaw support/recovery ministries. With women’s ministry as her primary interest, Kathi also loves reaching out to others through various prison and homeless ministries. Passionate about praying for and aiding the persecuted church around the world, Kathi is a mother and grandmother and currently resides with her husband, Al, in California.

Blurb for Unexpected Christmas Hero by Kathi Macias:

Josie Meyers thinks she is living the American dream when she marries a nice, handsome man with a promising future. The dream quickly becomes a nightmare when Josie becomes a widow and must deal with the fallout of her husband’s decisions. She soon finds that she and her two small children are forced to live on the streets and in homeless shelters.
 
While the scenes surrounding Josie are dominated by Christmas decorations and carols, Josie finds herself struggling with the demands of caring for her two small children. She is forced to lean on the kindness and generosity of others. What she doesn’t know is that the influence of one homeless man in particular is about to change the course of her life and lead her home to the One who waits for her. He becomes her unexpected Christmas hero.

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VCHDr4wMqT4

Also, as a point of interest, we have discovered that the man who modeled for the cover, Williard Parker, is himself homeless and hoping the cover might help reunite him with his family, particularly his grown daughter. The story and how people can help make that happen is on my blog if you’d like to include it. Here’s the link: http://kathimacias.com/help-reunite-a-family/#comment-3544

Bio for Laurie Alice Eakes:

“Eakes has a charming way of making her novels come to life without being over the top,” writes Romantic times of  bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes. Since she lay in bed as a child telling herself stories, she has fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author with a dozen books and novellas in print and more on the way. A graduate of Seton Hill University’s Writing Popular Fiction graduate program, she also teaches writing and gives inspirational talks to women’s groups. She lives in Texas with her husband, dogs, and cats.

Follow her on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LaurieAEakes

Read excerpts from her books at: http://www.lauriealiceeakes.com

Blurb for A Flight of Fancy by Laurie Alice Eakes:

Her head is in the clouds. His feet are planted firmly on the ground.

Cassandra Bainbridge may be a bit of a bluestocking, but when Geoffrey Giles is near, love seems a fine alternative to passion for Greek and the physics of flight. With his dashing good looks and undying devotion to her, the earl of Whittaker sets Cassandra’s heart racing with his very presence. It seems his only flaw is his distaste for ballooning, the obsession that consumes so much of her thoughts.

When a terrible accident compels her to end her betrothal, Cassandra heads for the country to recover from both her injuries and her broken heart. With time on her hands and good friends to help her, she pursues her love for ballooning and envisions a future for herself as a daring aeronaut. But when Lord Whittaker slips back into her life, will she have to choose between him and her dream?

Praise for A Necessary Deception, book 1 in the Daughters of Bainbridge House series:

“Eakes seamlessly blends romance and intrigue, faith and history, into a story that readers won’t want to put down.”–Booklist

“Masquerades, English manners, romance, and intrigue abound in this historical series. Regency romance aficionados and fans of Nicole Jordan will adore this.”–Library Journal

“Eakes weaves the fine silk threads of historical richness, dangerous intrigue, and forbidden romance into a flawless literary tapestry . . . that will leave readers breathless.”–Louise M. Gouge, award-winning author of At the Captain’s Command

Bio of Kelly Irvin:

Kelly Irvin is a Kansas native who has been writing professionally for 25 years. She and her husband, Tim, make their home in Texas. They have two children, three cats, and a tankful of fish. A public relations professional, Kelly is also the author of two romantic suspense novels and writes short stories in her spare time. To learn more about her work, visitwww.kellyirvin.com.

Blurb A Heart Made New by Kelly Irvin:

In the second novel of Kelly Irvin’s Bliss Creek Amish series, readers will be delighted to return to a town and a family they’ve already come to love.

Annie Shirack is trying to fight her feelings for David Plank, a young Amish man who’s struggling with an aggressive case of Hodgkin’s lymphoma. David loves Annie too much to let her into his life, only, he fears, to leave her.

When a homeless young woman named Charisma and her two-year-old daughter, Gracie, show up in Bliss Creek, Annie welcomes them into the Shirack household and tries to help them establish a new life. But all the good deeds in the world can’t change the ache in Annie’s heart…or help her forget the man she loves.

 

 

19 Comments

  1. would be blessed to win.

  2. I know it’s terribly wrong of me to judge a book by it’s cover, but I have to admit that all of these books would make me look twice.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

  3. I would love to be entered to win any of the books offered this week. Thank you for the opportunity. 🙂

    😀 Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

  4. Would love to win. Know two author’s work – don’t other two. So would love to be blessed. If you support them, they got to be good. God Bless.
    Enter me please.

  5. Thanks for including me and my latest release, Margaret. Blessings to you and all your readers/followers!

  6. Thanks for including Critical Condition, Margaret. All the books look so wonderful. Big hello to all your blog readers.

  7. Hi, Margaret…all of these novels look lovely. i would love to do reviews on any or all of them! Thanks for the chance to win.

    mitziUNDERSCOREwanhamATgmailDOTcom

  8. I’ve been facinated by this story. God bless you for writing it and caring for this man.

  9. Would love to read this book. God bless you dear

  10. I’m excited to learn about yet another Christmas novel!

    All of these books sound like wonderful reads, and I’m sure I’d enjoy any of them!

    Thanks for the chance to win!!!

    dnikerle[at]gmail[dot]com

  11. Thanks so much for the Win from last week!

    All of these books sound good. I love historical romance and police thrillers, especially. And of course Christmas titles are so timely.
    I am enjoying learning about new authors and titles through this feature.
    Plus the bonus of maybe winning more books. 🙂
    Thanks.
    mesreadsATgmail.com

  12. another w0nderful collection of novels, margaret…thanks for the chance to read them.

  13. They sound interesting.

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

  14. oh please put me in for Critical Condition and Flight of Fancy this week. I have or will be receiving the other two books. Thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  15. Please enter me for Flight of Fancy! 🙂
    Kim
    lonebanana(at)msn(dot)com

  16. Thanks for the giveaways!

  17. All of these books are on my Wish List! Thank you for the wonderful reviews and offer to win a book!
    Nancee
    quiltcat26[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

  18. I’d love to be entered for A Flight of Fancy. Thanks!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  19. I would be thrilled to win — Unexpected Christmas Hero would be my first choice. Thank you 🙂

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