This week Lena Nelson Dooley, Jeanette Windle, Pam Hillman, Vannetta Chapman, and Angela Ruth Strong

» Posted on Feb 18, 2013 in Blog | 34 comments

Congratulations to Jasmine for winning Kathleen Y’Barbo’s Flora’s Wish, to Sarah for winning Jessica Keller’s Home for Good, to Ellie for winning Deanna Klingel’s Cracks in the Ice, and to bn100 for winning Joyce Magnin’s Cake: Love, Chickens, and a Taste of Peculiar.

This week I’m hosting  Lena Nelson Dooley with Catherine’s Pursuit, Jeanette Windle with Congo Dawn, Pam Hillman with Claiming Mariah (no giveaway on this blog but instructions for Pam’s contest below), Vannetta Chapman with A Home for Lydia, and Angela Ruth Strong with Lighten Up.  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 (Feb. 24th) evening.

Dooley-Catherines PursuitBio for Lena Nelson Dooley:

Multi-award-winning author, Lena Nelson Dooley, has more than 700,000 books in print.

Helping other authors become published really floats her boat, with over 20 signing their first book contract after her mentoring. Three of her books have been awarded the Carol Award silver pins, and she has received the ACFW Mentor of the Year award. The high point of her day is receiving feedback from her readers, especially people whose lives have been changed by her books.

Her 2010 release Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, won the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for excellence in publishing Western Fiction. Maggie’s Journey appeared on a reviewers Top Ten Books of 2011 list. It also won the 2012 Selah award for Historical Novel. Mary’s Blessing released in 2012 and appeared on a Review Sisters blog on their Top Five Books of 2012 list. Catherine’s Pursuit released in 2013

In addition to her writing, Lena is a frequent speaker at women’s groups, writers groups, and at both regional and national conferences. She has spoken in six states and internationally. She is also one of the co-hosts of the Gate Beautiful blog radio show.

Find her online here:


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Link to Catherine’s Pursuit:

 Blurb for Catherine’s Pursuit by Lena Nelson Dooley:

The search for her sisters will become a spiritual journey for the entire family.

Raised by her father, Catherine McKenna has never lacked for anything, surrounded by people to take care of her every need. On her eighteenth birthday she discovers that not only did her mother die when she was born, but she has two identical sisters. Although her father vowed not to look for his daughters, Catherine made no such promise. Setting out on her own with one clue and her maid in tow, she’s determined to find her sisters.

Collin Elliott has seen better days. After losing his ship to a violent and unexpected storm, he is trying to recover–physically and emotionally. When Angus McKenna sends him to find, follow, and protect his daughter, he wants nothing more than to finish his task and return home. Can he help her find her sisters?

And will the discoveries they make along the way teach them both what’s most important in life? 

Congo Dawn cover-websizeBio for Jeanette Windle:

As daughter of missionary parents, award-winning author and journalist Jeanette Windle grew up in the rural villages, jungles, and mountains of Colombia, now guerrilla hot zones. Her detailed research and writing is so realistic that it has prompted government agencies to question her to determine if she has received classified information. Currently based in Lancaster, PA, Jeanette has lived in six countries and traveled in more than thirty on five continents. Those experiences have birthed 16 international intrigue titles, including bestselling Tyndale House Publishers release Veiled Freedom, a 2010 ECPA Christian Book Award and Christy Award finalist and sequel Freedom’s Stand, a 2012 ECPA Christian Book Award and Carol Award finalist and 2011 Golden Scroll Novel of the Year finalist. Jeanette mentors Christian writers in both English and Spanish on all five continents.

Blurb for Congo Dawn by Jeanette Windle:

When a multinational corporation with unlimited funds hires on a private military company with unbridled power, how far might they be willing to go with the planet’s ultimate “conflict mineral” up for grabs?  Especially in a Congolese rainforest where governmental accountability is only too cheaply for sale.

A veteran in handling corruption and conspiracy, former Marine lieutenant Robin Duncan has never had any trouble  discerning good guys from bad. But when her security team is sent to track down an insurgent killer, Robin faces a man who broke her trust years ago and discovers that gray areas extend deeper into the jungle than she anticipated.

As a vicious global conspiracy emerges, run by brutal men who don’t leave witnesses alive, Robin must decide if there is anyone left she can trust. And where is God in the suffering and injustice? How is it possible followers of Yesu (Jesus) caught in the crossfire can still rejoice when everything they hold dear is ripped away?

51ZCx61RRbL._BO2,204,203,200_PIsitb-sticker-arrow-click,TopRight,35,-76_AA278_PIkin4,BottomRight,-64,22_AA300_SH20_OU01_Information from Pam Hillman:

Claiming Mariah is a Clash of the Titles contender. Pam would be thrilled if you would go to the Clash of the Titles site and vote for the book of your choice. Voting ends on Wednesday, February 20, 2013.

Pam is thrilled to announce the release of her second novel,

Claiming Mariah


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To celebrate, Pam is giving away two eReaders

(choice of Kindle Wi-Fi, 6″ Display, or Nook Simple Touch)

Two Winners: One on facebook. One through Pam’s Newsletter.

Facebook Drawing for Kindle/Nook

Pam’s Newsletter


Registering both places is not required but will double your chances of winning. Also keep in mind that you will receive updates more often being connected on facebook than through the newsletter. Just sayin’.

Contest runs from January 1st until March 31st, 2013.


And….that’s not all! There will be prizes offered randomly throughout the tour.


Click here to View Current Giveaways!

(3 Pewter Bookmarks from Deirdre’s Handmade Jewelry PLUS 40% off coupon at Deirdre’s online store. Click link to register and for coupon code)



February 21st: The Faith Girls



February 22nd: Donna Winters and Mary Vee


Click for a Complete List of Stops Along the Tour

Blurb for Claiming Mariah:

In light of her father’s death, Mariah Malone sends a letter that will forever alter the lives of her family. When Slade Donovan, strong willed and eager for vengeance, shows up on her front porch, Mariah is not ready to hear his truths: her father’s farm, the only home she’s ever known, was bought with stolen gold. With Slade ready to collect his father’s rightful claim and force Mariah and her family out on the streets, Mariah must turn to God for guidance. Though Mr. Frederick Cooper, a local landowner, promises to answer her financial woes if she agrees to be his bride, Mariah finds herself drawn instead to the angry young man demanding her home.

With the ranch now under Slade’s careful eye, he will unearth more than he ever imagined as a devious plot of thievery, betrayal and murder threatens more than the well-being of the ranch, endangering the lives of those who hold it dear. With days dwindling until the rest of the Donovan clan arrive to the Lazy M ranch, Mariah and Slade must rise above the resentment of their fathers and see their true feelings before greed alters their futures forever.

VCBio for Vannetta Chapman:

Vannetta Chapman writes fiction full of GRACE. She has published over one hundred articles in Christian family magazines, receiving more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather’s birthplace of Albion, Pennsylvania. Her first novel, A Simple Amish Christmas, quickly became a bestseller. Chapman lives in the Texas hill country with her husband. 

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Blurb for A Home for Lydia by Vannetta Chapman:

Lovely Lydia Fisher may be an outspoken Amish woman, but she also desperately needs her job at the Plain Cabins at Pebble Creek Though sparks fly at first between her and her new boss, when the cabins are robbed, nothing is more important to Aaron than making sure Lydia is safe.  Book 2 in The Pebble Creek Amish Series.

9780985674649_p0_v1_s260x420Bio for Angela Ruth Strong:

Angela Ruth Strong writes light-hearted and life-changing love stories. The “light-hearted” part comes from her ability to get into interesting situations–such as a hamster ball race or riding on the shoulders of a unicyclist. The “life-changing” part comes from the power of God’s love and the beauty of her very own romance. The “story” part comes from her passion for books that she got from her writer mama. And there’s nothing else she’d rather do than share these stories with you. Find out more (than you ever wanted to know) at

Blurb for Lighten Up by Angela Ruth Strong:

Bethany Light is the daughter of a minister who can’t forgive her father for running off with the church secretary. She goes to her own pastor for counsel, never expecting to fall in love with him. To make matters worse, she’s personal training his fiancé in preparation for the big day and somehow ends up in their wedding. Refusing to make the same mistake her dad made, Bethany tries to focus on fixing her family rather than face her own issues. How could a household that used to have it all together have fallen so far from grace? And how can she keep from following in her father’s footsteps when it feels so right?





  1. All the books look wonderful this week. I especially would love to win Lena Nelson Dooley’s book, Catherine’s Pursuit. Thank you for the opportunity. 🙂

    😀 Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

  2. would love love love to win.

  3. Thanks so much for having me this week! I’m looking forward to chatting with your readers, Margaret. And a big shout-out to Lena, Jeanette, Pam, and Angela.

  4. Please enter me for A Home For Lydia and Catherine’s Pursuit! I have read the first two in Lena’s awesome series and would love to win the last one. I HAVE to find out what happens! Thank you for the opportunity!

  5. Thank you Margaret, for having me on your blog this week. And thanks, Cindy and Diana, for saying you’d like to win my book.

    I’m honored to share the week with Vannetta, Jeanette, Pam, and Angela.

  6. I would love to be entered in the drawing for A Home For Lydia and Catherine’s Pursuit. Thank you

  7. Please enter me for this selection of wonderful books!


    dnikerle [at] gmail [dot] com

  8. These all sound lovely.


  9. These sound good. Thanks for a chance to win.

  10. Wow, wow, wow! All great books.
    HM at HVC dot RR dot COM

  11. I’m excited to be here. There are definitely some gorgeous book covers in the group. Looking forward to learning more about the stories and storytellers.

  12. Another week of wonderful books.


  13. Hi, Cindy, Katie, and Angela, I’m glad you’re interested in my book.

    Deevena an Bn100, I agree. These are really good books. I’m hearing from many readers who have read Catherine’s Pursuit really quickly. They got copies as soon as it released last week.

    Sarah, Heather, and Mary, good luck in the drawing.

  14. Please include me in the drawing for Catherine’s Pursuit. Thanks!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  15. Reading A Home For Lydia right now. It is an awesome read.

  16. I am a huge fan of Vannetta’s! I loved A Home for Lydia…great book:) Catherine’s Pursuit sounds really good….I enjoy Lena’s blog…she always has terrific interviews!

  17. All of these books look like great reads..I have read Vanettas book,A Home for Lydia and its s wonderful book.She engages her reader with vivid details of surroundings and immerses her reader into the characters lives

  18. I have read Vannetta Chapman’s “A Home For Lydia”. It was a wonderful book and I couldn’t put it down! Would recommend it to everyone.

    I would love to win “Claiming Mariah”. It is a book I have been wanting to read!

  19. I have read two of Vanetta Chapman’s books, and loved them. A Home for Lydia was a refreshing surprise as it really deals with modern culture and how the Amish are affected by it. I know sometimes I think they are excluded from most of our culture’s problems.

    I would LOVE to read books by Jeanette Windle! I have a close friend who was a missionary in Africa, and I always told her she did the traveling so that I could live her adventures through her letters. The book Congo Dawn sounds awesome.

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  21. I’ve read every single one of Vannetta Chapman’s books and I can’t say enough good things about them. It’s fun to be able to have an author that you wait anxiously for the next novel. I also enjoy sharing her books with friends because while there may be a series, you can easily jump in to any of them and not feel like you are missing something because you missed the prior book – yet they flow extremely well when you read them in order.

  22. I am a huge fan of Vannetta’s.I have read all her books and they all are great.I would recommend everyone to read “A Home For Lydia”.Looking forward to reading Claiming Mariah,please enter me.Thanks so much.

  23. Loved Vannetta’s A Home For Lydia, a cozy mystery with romance and family 🙂 Lots of GREAT books listed here, best wishes to all who enter! Blessings!

  24. I am a BIG fan of Vannetta’s books. There are alot of good books that are listed here on this web site and I cant wait to read some of them.

  25. Vannetta Chapman is one of my very favorite authors. Her Amish books are so unlike any I have read and I have LOVED every one of them. Don’t miss out on a blessing read her books and you will see

  26. Vannetta Chapman’s books are must-reads. I just finished “A Home for Lydia” and couldn’t put it down. Vannetta has a unique way of drawing you into the story to the point you feel like her characters are real. You will love nine-year old Grace, wise for her age. Happy reading!

  27. Absolutely LOVE Vannetta Chapman’s books!!! Am a huge fan of her Amish fiction!! Love the mysteries and the romance!!

  28. LOVE Vannetta Chapman’s books!! Have read all of them and each one is FANTASTIC!! They are sure a must read for all Amish fiction lovers!! And others should try them!!

  29. All these authors and their books sound great. I have read Vannetta’s book A Home for Lydia and it was a fantastic read! I’m looking forward to reading Catherine’s Pursuit. I won this book in another contest but I haven’t received it yet. Lena is a great author too! I haven’t read anything by Jeanette or Pam yet. I’m sure they are great authors too!

    I am not entering this contest as I gave up book contests for Lent. That being said, Good Luck Everyone!


  30. Love Vannetta Chapman’s Amish stories! I am reading A Home For Lydia right now and am very much enjoying it 🙂
    Thanks, Margaret, for sharing these wonderful books and authors with us every week!

  31. Vannetta Chapman transports me to a simpler time with every book. Her main characters are always people I grow to love and feel connected to. Ms. Chapman knows her subject and has the insight and talent to produce bestsellers again and again. Seeing her name on a book is all I need to know before I purchase it.

  32. I’m not familiar with the other authors in your blog, but Vannetta Chapman’s A HOME FOR LYDIA is absolutely awesome!!!! It’s a nice, clean book but it has twists & surprises that keep you turning pages until the very end! Very highly recommend! Thanks for sharing Margaret!!!
    Robin Weiss
    RW620 AT aol DOT com

  33. Vannetta Chapman is a wonderful writer of Christian, Amish fiction. I have read all of her books, and the Pebble Creek series is one of the best. I absolutely fell in love with A Promise for Miriam, just recently read, A Home for Lydia, and loved it ever bit as much as her first Pebble Creek book. I would encourage anyone who likes to read Amish fiction, to please read Vannetta’s books. They are truly awesome Amish romance with a twist of mystery to them.
    I would love to win Claiming Mariah by Pam Hillman as I have never read anything by her, and also loved the blurb about Lighten Up by Angela Ruth Strong. Both of these sound really interesting to me and would love to win either of them.

  34. I loved Vannetta’s book a Home for Lydia. She’s become one of my favorite Amish fiction authors.

    I would love o enter for any of the other books. Most of them authors are new to me. I’ve read some of Lena’s other books. 🙂

    Mylab1122 (aT) gMaIl (dOt) com

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