This week Ruth Axtell, DiAnn Mills and Amanda Flowers

» Posted on Mar 11, 2013 in Blog | 12 comments

Congratulations to Paula for winning Ann Gabhart’s Scent of Lilacs, to Jackie for winning Margaret Daley’s Scorned Justice, to Maxie for winning Dora Hiers’s Journey’s Embrace, to Faye for winning Roseanna White’s Ring of Secrets, and to Amy for winning Patrick E. Craig’s A Quilt for Jenna.

This week I’m hosting Ruth Axtell with Moonlight Masquerade, DiAnn Mills with The Survivor, and Amanda Flower with A Plain Scandal: An Appleseed Creek Mystery. 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 (March 17th) evening. 

moonlight-mas-cover-updateBio for Ruth Axtell:

Ruth knew she wanted to be a writer ever since she wrote her first story—a spy thriller—at the age of twelve. She studied comparative literature at Smith College, spending her junior year at the Sorbonne in Paris. After college, she taught English in the Canary Islands then worked in international development in Miami, Florida, before moving to the Netherlands, where for the next several years, she juggled both writing and raising her three children.

In 1994, her second manuscript was a finalist in Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart competition. In 2002, her sixth manuscript took second place in the Laurie Contest of RWA’s Smoky Mountain chapter. The final judge requested her full manuscript and this became her first published book, Winter Is Past, which was spotlighted in Christian Retailing magazine. Since then, Ruth has gone on to publish thirteen historical romances and one novella. Her books have been translated into Dutch, Italian, Polish and Afrikaans. Her second historical, Wild Rose, was chosen by Booklist as a “Top Ten Christian Fiction” selection in 2005.

Ruth lives on the coast of Maine where she enjoys gardening, walking, reading romances and gazing at the ocean plotting her next romance. You can read more about her at: http://ruthaxtell.com and http://ruthaxtell.com/blog

Blurb for Moonlight Masquerade by Ruth Axtell:

Lady Céline Wexham seems the model British subject. French by birth but enjoying life in 1813 as a widowed English countess, she is in the unique position of being able to help those in need—or to spy for the notorious Napoleon Bonaparte. When Rees Phillips of the British Foreign Office is sent to pose as the countess’s butler and discover where her true loyalties lie, he is confident he will uncover the truth. But the longer he is in her fashionable townhouse in London’s West End, the more his staunch loyalty to the Crown begins to waver as he falls under Lady Wexham’s spell. Will he find the proof he needs? And if she is a spy after all, will he do the right thing?

Ruth Axtell deftly creates a world where black and white burst into a confusion of colors and no one is who they seem. Readers will be hooked from the very first scene to the final page.

TheSurvivor_FinalBio for DiAnn Mills:

Award-winning author DiAnn Mills is a fiction writer who combines an adventuresome spirit with unforgettable characters to create action-packed, suspense-filled novels. DiAnn’s first book was published in 1998. She currently has more than fifty books published.

Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists and have won placements through the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Carol Awards and Inspirational Reader’s Choice awards. DiAnn won the Christy Award in 2010 and 2011

DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Romance Writers of America, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. DiAnn is also the Craftsman mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild.

She and her husband live in sunny Houston, Texas.

Website: www.diannmills.com

Blurb for The Survivor by DiAnn Mills:

Kariss meets Dr. Amy Garrett, who survived a brutal childhood attack in which the assailant was never found. Now Dr. Garrett wants her story written in a novel. Kariss wishes she could seek the advice of Special Agent Tigo Harris, but she broke off the relationship a few months prior and seeing him again would be too painful. She interviews Amy and conducts her own research, stepping unaware into a viper’s pit of danger. Tigo misses Kariss and wants her back, but he understands why she broke off their relationship. Instead, he concentrates on solving a car bombing and bringing the killer to justice. As Kariss’s new story attracts an onslaught of danger that she never expected, can Tigo save the woman he loves and find who wants her dead for writing about an unsolved cold-case?

 

Fall landscapeBio for Amanda Flower:

Amanda Flower, the author of the Appleseed Creek Mystery Series, started her writing career in elementary school when she read a story she wrote to her sixth grade class and had the class in stitches with her description of being stuck on the top of a Ferris wheel. She knew at that moment she’d found her calling of making people laugh with her words. Her debut mystery, Maid of Murder, was an Agatha Award Nominee for Best First Novel. Amanda is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland. She also writes mysteries as Isabella Alan.

Blurb for A Plain Scandal: An Appleseed Creek Mystery by Amanda Flower:

The people of Appleseed Creek in the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country are under attack. Soon after the dust has settled on a buggy accident that turned out to be murder, an unknown assailant begins cutting off the long hair of Amish women and the beards of Amish men.

New to the area, computer specialist Chloe Humphrey may not share their customs, but she is certainly alarmed over these crimes against the Amish and worries how such events will impact her growing number of friends who are more connected to that way of life.
In this small community, when Chloe discovers the body of an Amish businessman who was stabbed in the back and whose beard was cut off, she knows that finding the murderer and restoring peace to Appleseed Creek is as much her responsibility as anyone else’s.
 

 

 

12 Comments

  1. More books to ad to my reading list thank you.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

    • I obviously can’t spell add.

  2. Wow all three sound like a great read! I don’t know where to begin! I’ve never heard of Amanda Flower and Ruth Axtell, thanks for introducing me to some more authors! 🙂

  3. All of these books sound intriguing.Great covers too!

    Katie N.
    specialbutter918(at)yahoo(dot)com

  4. I would love to read “The Survivor”. I read the first book in this series and loved it. Please enter me.

    Thanks!
    Roanna
    ohiobuckeye91 [at] gmail (dot) com

  5. All of these books look great!

    Please enter me! 🙂

    Thank you!

    dnikerle (at) gmail (dot) com

  6. a wonderful selection of novels…thanks Margaret 🙂

  7. Would love to win The Survivor. Thanks for the giveaway.

    superstarsarah94(at)gmail(dot)com

  8. I’d love to be entered for all of this week’s books, they sound terrific. Thanks!
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

  9. Yes all three books sounds great , i would like to win one of them, please enter me in. Thank you and God bless you.
    Norma Stanforth n38stanforth@yahoo.com

  10. All nice covers

    bn100candg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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