This week Connie Mann, Ruth Reid and Murray Pura

» Posted on Mar 25, 2013 in Blog | 117 comments

Congratulations to bn1oo for winning Charlotte Carter’s Home to Montana, to Cindy for winning Ramona Richards’ Memory of Murder, to Mary for winning Barbara Phinney’s Deadly Trust, and to Eliza for winning Margaret Daley’s Scorned Justice.

This week I’m hosting Connie Mann with Angel Falls, Ruth Reid with An Angel by Her Side and Murray Pura withWhispers of a New Dawn. 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 (March 31st) evening. 

9781426756863_p0_v13_s260x420Bio for Connie Mann:

Connie Mann loves stories of suspense, adventure and second chances. She offers encouragement to busy women on her blog: and is an active member of Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. As a USCG-licensed boat captain, she also pilots a boat for the Silver River Museum, which is part of the local school system. What a treat to show curious 5th graders their first alligator or underwater spring! When she’s not writing, Connie loves to spend time on Central Florida’s waterways, explore nearby towns, and hang out with her fabulous family. Please visit her online at:, on Facebook or Linked-In, or send her a Tweet @CaptConnieMann.

Book Blurb for Angel Falls by Connie Mann:

Two pasts collide in a deadly race to save an orphaned baby.

Regina da Silva and Brooks Anderson have both been broken by their violent pasts. But while Regina is determined to keep her orphanage children safe, Brooks, a former Army Ranger, never wants to protect anyone again. When circumstances force them together in Brazil, they find themselves pursued by a killer as they protect an orphaned baby. As the danger heightens around them, so does the attraction between Regina and Brooks. Will their pasts stop them from realizing their true feelings for each other when their pursuer strives to keep them apart forever?

9781595547903_p0_v1_s260x420Bio for Ruth Reid:

Ruth Reid is the best selling author of the Heaven on Earth series, The Promise of an Angel, Brush of Angel’s Wings, and An Angel by Her Side. She lives in Dade City, Florida with her husband, Dan, and their three children, Lexie, Danny, and Sarah. You can reach Ruth at: her author Facebook page,, 

Blurb for An Angel by Her Side by Ruth Reid:

Katie has lived through tragedy and heartache. But with the angel Elias by her side, the best years of her life are just ahead.

A Heaven on Earth Novel, #3

When Katie Bender’s fiancé died in a tragic accident, so did her hope of finding love. Though heartbroken, Katie is also practical. In the years since the accident she has discovered her gift for teaching. But when a tornado destroys her small Amish settlement, including the schoolhouse, Katie doesn’t know how she will provide for herself.

Seth Stutzman arrived in Hope Falls days before the storm. And when he helps usher Katie and the children to safety, sparks fly. But Seth is only in town to help his brother, Amos, get back on his feet following the death of his wife. He can’t afford to have feelings for Katie.

Rebuilding the community is a huge task, and soon, Katie and Seth are working side by side. As they privately wrestle with their feelings for each other, another silent—and ultimate—battle for their hearts rages unseen.

Sworn to protect what God has ordained, the mighty angel Elias appears to them as a mysterious visitor. And with his guidance, Katie and Seth find the courage to take the first small steps toward the life, and love, they were destined for.

WhispersofaNewDawnCoverBio for Murray Pura:

Murray Pura earned his Master of Divinity degree from Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and his ThM degree in theology and interdisciplinary studies from Regent College in Vancouver, British Columbia. For more than 25 years, in addition to his writing, he has pastored churches in Nova Scotia, British Columbia, and Alberta. Murray’s writings have been shortlisted for the Dartmouth Book Award, the John Spencer Hill Literary Award, the Paraclete Fiction Award, and Toronto’s Kobzar Literary Award. His novels for Harvest House include /Face of Heaven/, /The Wings of Morning, /and /Ashton Park. /Murray pastors and writes in southern Alberta near the Rocky Mountains. He and his wife, Linda, have a son and a daughter.

Blurb for Whispers of a New Dawn by Murray Pura:

When Murray Pura’s The Wings of Morning/was released, one of his rave reviews came from Romantic Times magazine: “Pura has created one of the finest stories of Amish fiction I have ever read….The reader will be applauding the exceptional writing and the cast of characters demands an encore performance.”

Here is that encore performance. In the third book in his Snapshots of History series, Murray brings back Jude and Lyyndaya Whetstone, the beloved lead characters in /The Wings of Morning/. The year is 1941 and Jude and Lyyndy, with their adult daughter, Rebecca, are summoned to far-off, exotic Honolulu where Rebecca, a flyer like her father, meets a likeable young pilot. The two enjoy a friendship that seems to be turning into something more serious…..until Sunday, December 7, 1941 dawns on the Hawaiian Islands.Readers who love the simplicity of the Amish, a good romance, and a dramatic historical setting are in for a treat with /Whispers of a New Dawn/.Book Three in the Snapshots of History series




  1. I would really LOVE to win a copy of Whispers of a New Dawn. I love historical novels set during WWII. 🙂

    😀 Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

    • Cindy W., thanks so much for dropping by. I hope you get a crack at winning Whispers too. It’s one of those books you learn a lot as the author just by researching it & writing it. It is actually the sequel to the World War I story The Wings of Morning. All the best with this & thanks for your interest.

  2. It’s an honor to be up this week with Connie and Ruth – Easter Week! Blessings to all!

    • Looking forward to being here this week with you and Ruth, Murray! Happy Easter week, everyone!

    • Happy Easter week to all of you!
      Murray and Connie, your books look very interesting! I look forward to reading your character interviews.

  3. Whispers of a New Dawn is compelling and fascinates me very much. thanks for this opportunity. the era is my favorite and the most meaningful in novels.

    • thanks Anne – it was extremely meaningful to write – and also a challenge to come at a familiar and tragic event from a different enough angle to bring the reality close to home once again

  4. Whispers of a New Dawn would be memorable and special for the story and the period during which it is set. Being a Canadian and knowing The Rockies I envy the locale greatly which I have visited. Best wishes and much happiness and success.

    • thank you Diane – where is home? all the best with this giveaway

  5. Historical novels that deal with real situations and involve depth with the characters, such as, Whispers of a new Dawn appeal to me very much.

    • cheers, Ellie – all the best with this contest & Whispers!

  6. I would love to read any of these novels.
    Please enter me in the drawing! Thanks!

    Angel by her Side and Whispers of A New Dawn look especially interesting!

    dnikerle [at] gmail [dot] com

    • cheers Deevena – all the best with the contest – thanks for dropping in

    • Thanks Deevena!

  7. Cool covers

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  8. Would love to win this and read it.
    By the way Spring came and went here in one day. First full day of Spring we were under snow for 2 days. Then temperatures dropped and forgot to warm up.

  9. All three books sounds really good. I’m more interested in” Angel by Her Side” and “Whispers of A New Dawn”, caught my interest from what I read and I like the covers.
    Please enter me into the drawings, thanks Donna

    • hope you win a book you like Donna – thanks for coming by

  10. Thank you!!

    Not only a marvelous selection of reads this week, but gorgeous covers too.


    • I think the covers are great too – all the best in the contest Mary!

  11. I would really love to win a copy of “Angel by Her Side” or “Whispers of A New Dawn.” I have read books by both of these authors. I love page turners and I know the books I listed above will live up to that…real page turners!

    Thank you for this giveaway and a chance to read these wonderful books!

    Judy B

    • Thanks Judy! Blessings!

      • You are welcome Murray! 🙂

  12. Thank you for a giveaway and a chance to read these good books! i would very much love to win, thanks again.

    • thanks for dropping in Shirley! all the best with this!

  13. Thanks so much Judy! Blessings!

  14. I would love to be the winner of Whispers of a new dawn. I enjoy reading your books

  15. I have the other 2 in this series and would like to complete the sets thanks for the chance

    • hi Debbie – great to see you here – all the best with this contest

  16. I can’t wait to read this book , anything Murray writes ,I can’t put down till it’s finished ! I’d love to win this ,, but if not, off to the book store I go …

  17. I truely enjoyed Murrays book The Face of Heaven , and would love to see his style in writing in the setting of this new book.
    Thank you for a chance to win this wonderful book. so enjoy learning more about Murray here.

  18. I would love to win a copy of this book

  19. I absolutely love Murray Pura’s books! Please enter me for Whispers of a New Dawn 🙂

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com

  20. I have told you before, Murray, I’ll read anything if you write. Count me in, I’d love to win Wispers of a New Dawn! Blessings! Darlene

  21. I’m in!! Pick Me, Pick Me, Please
    Congratulations and blessings on you, Murray!
    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

    • blessings on you too Kathleen – love your support!

  22. All the books sound fascinating! It’s such a pleasure to read and I would be delighted to win any of them.

  23. I would be honored to win a book of Murray Pura’s! He is much more than just a man of many words; his passion for the Lord comes out in all that he says.

  24. Would love to win!! You are so blessed to be an awesome writer!!!

    • thank you for your lovely words, Vicky! all the best with this giveaway

  25. I would love to win this Murray Pura. I read one of his a while ago, and loved it.

    • Hi Barbara! Thanks for coming by! This is actually the sequel to Wings of Morning

  26. I would very much like to read Whispers Of A New Dawn.I ‘m sure it will be great.If I win,it will be a great birthday present for me in April.If I do not win,blessings on the person who does.One way or another,wheather I win it or buy it,i do intend to read this book.

    • hi Linda! bless you for your support & happy ALMOST birthday!

  27. I would love to win Whispers of a New Dawn. I love Murry’s books.

  28. I hope that I win Sharma Darby

  29. I started reading my first book by Murray Pura. My husband asked if I was going to bed or going to read all night. Yes your books are that good. Thank you.

  30. What does it mean that your books were short-listed? Does it mean that they quickly moved up the chart?

    • cheers Loretta – when a book is short-listed it means that it is in the finals for a literary award

  31. I have never read any books of Murray’s but would certainly love to be given the chance to win a copy of this book. I love the cover and can only imagine how interesting the story must be. Thank you for offering this gift.

    • hi Bobbe – all the best – thanks for swinging by

  32. Loved “The Wings of Morning” – winning the sequel would be grand!!

    • hi Sheila – yes, this is the same characters 20 years after – thanks for entering

  33. I would love to have this one. Thank you so much for the give away

  34. Looks like we have another winner by Murray Pura, will have to look for this book to read if I don’t win on this site…
    thanks for the chance

    • thanks Paula – all the best with the contest

  35. Congratulations on your latest book, Murray. Looks like a good one Ü


    • thanks Cindi – and thanks for leaving your email – everyone needs to come back and do that if they haven’t left one

  36. Love Murray Pura’s books and his great sense of humor.

    • thanks so much Theresa – make sure you leave your email with Margaret

  37. Murray Pura is a new author to me, but the blurb of WHISPERS OF A NEW DAWN is very intriguing!! Thanks for sharing Margaret & Murray!!

    • hi Robin – I’ve been to NC and my agent is from there – all the best


  39. Can’t wait to get hold of another of your books, Murray. Just brilliant. Your friend Peter Smith is coming to see us next month. Looking forward to that and reading another of your books. Thanks Tim

    • cheers Tim – haven’t heard from Peter for about a year – wish him well – make sure you come back and post your email, mate

  40. vicky yoder’s email is

  41. I would absolutely love to win Murray Pura’s book. I read book 1 and would love the sequel. Of course, it would then end up in the Alamance Christian School library. 🙂 Speaking of the time period of the book, my husband being 84 yr/old remembers that time period very well and Dec. 7 specifically. I too, remember stories my mother shared of the war period, rationing, blackouts, etc. We lived in coastal NC in the port city of Wilmington. I was a young child and really don’t remember events except as being told. Mother kept quite a few newspaper headlines/pages from the war period.

    So please include me: godleyv [at]yahoo{dot}(com)

    Now, I’m a wee bit confused, though. I thought the way the article read, all 3 books were in the offering. However, everyone seems focused on Murray Pura’s book – which is great.

    However, I would also love to read the Angel Falls book since it sounds like an adventuresome contemporary.

    • thanks for all that Vera – yes all three books are up – you have to look for a separate spot on this website – each book is focused on specifically on a certain day – there is another book up today

  42. Great giveaway! I would love to win An Angel by Her Side, I’ve read the first two in this series and loved them. Murray Pura’s Whisper of a New Dawn would be great too. So far I’ve read one of his books and thoroughly enjoyed it.


  43. Well, this is certainly exciting! Murray doesn’t disappoint, so this one goes to my ever-growing wish list! Please enter me in the contest….. just in case!

  44. i would love to win one of your books Murray Pura.
    my email is

  45. Count me in would love to win, I’ve enjoyed your writings! 😉

  46. Opps forgot my email…
    Would love to win, thank you! 😉

  47. Oh, SNAP! Wings of the Morning is my FAVE by Murray Pura …so far! Gotta enter this contest!!! Woohoo! (Oh, and for those of you that haven’t read his stuff, get crackin’! His writing is incredible…don’t let the “male author” thing stop you from reading his novels. They’re fantastic. 🙂

  48. Would love to win this one. I ENJOYED reading about the authors and their books here. RHONDA

  49. I left a comment but it is gone now they said I did’t leave true e-mail I want to win so doing this again Karen

    • I think you’re ok now Karen – thanks for entering!

  50. I would love to win,Enter me!!!
    Thanks for the giveaway and God Bless!!!
    Sarah Richmond

  51. Looks like another good book Murray
    Would love to win this book.

    • hi Cheryl – nice to see you here – all the best with this

  52. Forgot my email…

  53. I have read several of murray pura’s books recently and am completely hooked. Would love to read the latest one. Sounds fascinating…

    • aw, thank you for your kind words Peggy – I hope you get a copy of this book and enjoy it

  54. I would love to win Murray’s “Whispers of a New Dawn”. I have “Face of Heaven” and “Wings of “Morning”. I also have “Ashton Park”. Now would love to win this one. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com
    Thanks Margaret for having Murray here.

    • hi Maxie – bless you – all the best with this contest

  55. Murray Pura is one of my favourite authors, not to mention a great guy:)

    Would love to win “Whispers of a New Dawn”

    • hi Carolea bless you! I hope you enjoy this book no matter how you get your hands on it!

  56. I would to win Murray’s book ” Whispers Of A New Dawn ” .. I have Wings.. Thanks for the contest.
    liz225(at)bell south(dot)net

    • God bless you Elizabeth – all the best with this – yes, it is the sequel to Wings!

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