This week Marta Perry, Diana Brandmeyer, Carole Towriss, and Loree Lough

» Posted on Jan 21, 2013 in Blog | 37 comments

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This week I’m hosting  Marta Perry with Home by Dark, Diana Brandmeyer with Mind of Her Own (ebook PDF file), Carole Towriss with In the Shadows of Sinai, and Loree Lough with For Love of Eli.  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 (January 27th) evening.

Home by Dark coverBio for Marta Perry:

A lifetime spent in rural Pennsylvania, where she still lives, and her own Pennsylvania Dutch roots led Marta Perry to write about the Plain People and their rich heritage in her current fiction series for Berkley Books, The Pleasant Valley Amish. Marta recently celebrated the publication of her forty-second novel, with another six books scheduled over the next two years. In addition to her Amish series for Berkley, Marta is currently writing an inspirational romance series set in South Carolina for Love Inspired and a romantic suspense series with a Pennsylvania Dutch setting for HQN Books. There are over five million copies of her books in print.

Marta is a member of RWA, ACFW, and Pennwriters. When she’s not writing, she and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening, and visiting their six beautiful grandchildren.

Blurb for Home by Dark by Marta Perry:

The past can catch up to you…

Rachel Weaver Mason is finally going home to Deer Run, the Amish community she left behind years ago. Recently widowed, she wants desperately to create a haven for herself and her young daughter. But the community, including Rachel’s family, is anything but welcoming. The only person happy to see her is her teenage brother, Benjamin, and he’s protecting a dark secret that endangers them all.

Determined to keep Benjamin safe from a suspected killer, Rachel has no choice but to turn to the one man she wanted to get as far away from as possible. Colin McDonald was her late husband’s friend, and the man who came between them. He’s never forgotten her and would do anything to keep her and her family safe.

Rachel doesn’t know if she can trust Colin or her growing feelings for him. But as they hunt for the killer, the tension between them builds, and soon both their lives, and their hearts, are on the line.

Mind of Her OwnBio of Diana Brandmeyer:

Christian author, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, writes historical and contemporary romances. Author of A Bride’s Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee and We’re Not Blended-We’re Pureed, A Survivor’s Guide to Blended Families. Once widowed and now remarried she writes with humor and experience on the difficulty of joining two families be it fictional or real life.

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Twitter @dianabrandmeyer

Blurb for Mind of Her Own by Diana Brandmeyer:

Who knew making dinner could change your life? Louisa Copeland certainly didn’t. But when the George Foreman grill fell out of the pantry onto her head, resulting in a bump and a mighty case of amnesia, Louisa’s life takes a turn for the unexpected. Who was this Collin fellow, claiming she was his wife? And whose kids are those? Her name couldn’t be Louisa. Why, she was the renowned romance writer Jazz Sweet, not a Midwestern mom of three. Struggling to put the pieces together of the life she’s told she had, Louisa/Jazz may realize that some memories are better left alone.

9781936341481_p0_v1_s260x420Bio for Carole Towriss:

Bio: Carole Towriss grew up in beautiful San Diego, California. Now she and her husband live just north of Washington, DC. In between making tacos and telling her four children to pick up their shoes for the third time, she reads, writes, watches chick flicks and waits for summertime to return to the beach. Her first novel, In the Shadow of Sinai, released November 1. You can find her at

Blurb for In the Shadows of Sinai by Carol Towriss:

I was there! I felt like I was right there in the palace of ancient Egypt. Carole Towriss brought the Bible to life. Amazing how an author can make me wonder what’s going to happen next, even though I know what’s going to happen. After all, it’s a Bible story. But told from the unique perspective of Bezalel, a Hebrew Egyptian slave, I couldn’t help but wonder what was going to happen to him and Ramses’ lovely concubine, Meri.

Bezalel’s name means “in the shadow of God.” He thinks it’s a negative place to be, but it’s a good place because that’s where he’s safe. A great spiritual lesson, and something we all need to realize when we don’t want to submit to God. His shadow is our protection!

Quilts of Love_For Love of EliBio for Loree Lough:

Bestselling author LOREE LOUGH once sang for her supper, performing all across the U.S. and Canada. Now and then, she blows the dust from her 6-string to croon a tune or two, but mostly, she just writes (88 novels that earned hundreds of industry and “Readers’ Choice” awards and 4- and 5-star reviews).

Loree enjoys sharing learned-the-hard-way lessons about the craft and the industry; her comedic approach makes her a favorite lecturer for writers’ organizations, book clubs, private and government institutions, and college and high school writing programs in the U.S. and abroad.

A writer who believes in giving back, Loree dedicates a generous portion of her income to favorite charities. (Click the “Giving Back” tab at

Loree and her real-life hero split their time between a home in the Baltimore suburbs and a cabin in the Allegheny Mountains, where she loves showing off her “identify the critter tracks” skills.

 Blurb of For Love of Eli by Loree Lough:

When unspeakable tragedy leaves young Eli an orphan, two families are devastated. But Taylor, Eli’s aunt and legal guardian, vows to help him remember his parents by creating a Memory Quilt. As she begins piecing together the moments of his parents’ lives, the story of the young family emerges and Taylor and Eli begin to heal. But Eli’s uncle Reece is slow to let go of the past and still blames Taylor’s brother for his sister’s death. So, although he has long been attracted to Taylor, Reece keeps a safe distance away. Can their shared love for Eli pave the way to forgiveness or will Taylor and Reece be separated by pain?









  1. Thank you for introducing me to authors I may not have found otherwise. I love Amish reads, so HOME BY DARK does top my list.


  2. All the books look wonderful this week, again. 🙂 I really want to read Mind of Her Own and For Love of Eli. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

    😀 Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

    • Hi Cindy,
      I love these kind of comments, to me they are like little fan lettters. 🙂
      Thank you for brightening my day.

  3. I would love to win Home by Dark! Thanks so much for the opportunity!

  4. Thanks for the chance to win! Love Marta Perry’s books!!

  5. I love amish fiction and would love to win Home By Dark. Thanks for the chance to win.

  6. I love to escape…read, relax and dream of simpler times, it refreshes me for todays demands!

  7. Love to read amish fiction. Love Marta Perry books. Thanks for the chance to win.

  8. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.
    I would love the chance to read
    Home by Dark by Marta Perry.
    I am an Amish Book junkie.
    It is my way to relax when the kids are sleeping
    and my husband is working.

  9. Thank you for having this giveaway.
    I would love to win Home by Dark
    by Marta Perry.
    I am an Amish book junkie.

  10. I would love to read In the Shadows of Sinai. Sounds compelling and great. Many thanks.

  11. Thanks so much for hosting me this week, Margaret. It’s always a pleasure to be here. Such a great variety of books highlighted this week–something for every reading taste!


  12. I would be thrilled to win a copy of Marta Perry’s new book Home By Dark. Please accept my entry. Thank you.

  13. Thanks for hosting this giveaway. I love Marta Perry’s books!!! I would love to win a copy of her newest book, “Home By Dark”.

  14. Oh without a doubt I’d love to win Marta Perry’s book Home by Dark. I love, love, love her Amish fiction books!

    Thank you for the giveaways!


  15. In the Shadows of Sinai interests me greatly. Thanks for this chance.

  16. In the Shadows of Sinai would be wonderful to read. thanks for this opportunity.

  17. Would love to win the book by Marta Perry. I have her other suspense series and loved them. Would love to have this one. Pl;ease enter me in the contest.
    Connie Elrod
    1292 McDonald Road
    Bellevue,Tx 76228

  18. I would love to win the new book by Marta Perry. I have read seveal of her books and enjoyed them. Please enter me in her contest.
    Connie elrod
    1292 McDonald Road
    Bellevue,Tx 76228

  19. Just finished Hide in Plain Sight (in one day). Couldn’t put down…loved it!!! Would love to win the new Marta book!!!

  20. Margaret,

    Thanks so much for hosting me this week! I’m truly honored to be in such amazing company. I, too, love Marta Perry’s books. The Narrow Path is one of my favorites.


  21. Thank you for a chance to win…love Marta Perry. Just finished Hide in Plain Sight in one day!!!

    • Oops, don’t know how both came up.

  22. I would love to be the winner of a kindle fire hd book

  23. I would like to win Home By Dark I have read all her pleasant valley books and love them

  24. I’d really enjoy reading these books.
    Please enter me.

  25. Thanks for the info on these authors. I am most interested in reading Marta Perry’s book. But the others sound interesting too.

  26. Nice covers.


  27. I would love to win Home by Dark by Marta Perry because she’s an amazing author and I absolutely love all of the books I’ve read by her. She continues to amaze me with her skill of writing and how she ties her faith into her writing!:)

  28. I would love to win Home by Dark. I love Amish fiction.

  29. I love reading Marta’s books. Would love to win Home By Dark. Sounds so good. I also would love to try any of these others authors .Thanks for showing us some new authors.
    liz225 (at) bell south (dot) net

  30. Thank you for giving me a chance to win Home By Dark, i love Marty Perry books i have read some of your books and really enjoy them.
    God bless you and i can’t wait to read your book.
    Norma Stanforth n38stanforth(at)gmail(dot)com

  31. I love Marta’s books & would love to win Home By Dark. Thank you for
    the contest.

  32. I would love to read FOR LOVE OF ELI, which sounds like a great read!
    rbooth43 at yahoo dot com

  33. a great selection of novels 🙂

  34. Thank you so much for introducing Mind Of Her Own to readers. I appreciate your efforts to help authors.

  35. I would love to read For Love of Eli because it sounds like a very interesting book, and even though I’ve never read any books by Loree Lough before I always love to discover new authors and their talents!:)

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