This week Marta Perry, Allie Pleiter and Miralee Ferrell

» Posted on Jun 17, 2013 in Blog | 34 comments

Congratulations to Heather for winning Alison Stone’s Plain Pursuit, to Karen for winning Linda J. White’s Seeds of Evidence, and to Norma for winning Lori Copeland/Virginia Smith’s A Cowboy at Heart.

This week I’m hosting  Marta Perry with Lydia’s Hope (US and Canada only, Allie Pleiter with The Fireman’s Homecoming (US only) and Miralee Ferrell with Blowing on Dandelions (US and Canada only). 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 (June 23rd) evening.

LydiasHope-LostSistersDec6Bio of 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 and HQN Books. Marta recently celebrated the publication of her fifty-first novel, with another eight books scheduled to be released over the next two years. The three-time Rita finalist has over six million copies of her books in print.

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

Blurb for Lydia’s Hope by Marta Perry:

Three Amish sisters, separated when very young, know nothing about one another until a long-held secret is revealed.

With no memory of her birth parents or the tragic accident that took their lives, Lydia Beachy has always been grateful for the aunt and uncle who took her in and raised her as their own. Now a married woman with two sons, Lydia finds her life turned upside down when she discovers that she has two younger sister: Susanna, who was adopted by an Amish family in another community, and Chloe, who was raised by their grandmother among the Englisch.

Angry and confused, Lydia first seeks out Susanna but stops short of telling her the truth. To track down Chloe, she enlists the help of a neighbor who has spent some years in the Englisch world. Meanwhile, Lydia’s husband, Adam, is keeping a secret of his own. Lydia years to be united with the sisters she has never known, but will reveling herself to them tear their lives apart…or enrich them beyond all imagining?

Homecoming CoverBio for Allie Pleiter:

An avid knitter, coffee junkie, and devoted chocoholic, Allie Pleiter writes both fiction and non-fiction.  The enthusiastic but slightly untidy mother of two, Allie spends her days writing books, buying yarn, and finding new ways to avoid housework.  Allie hails from Connecticut, moved to the midwest to attend Northwestern University, and currently lives outside Chicago, Illinois.  The “dare from a friend” to begin writing has produced two parenting books, sixteen novels, and various national speaking engagements on faith, women’s issues, and writing.  Visit her website or her knitting blog at

Blurb for The Fireman’s Homecoming by Allie Pleiter:
Nothing about going home to Gordon Falls is easy for fireman Clark Bradens. His role as local bad boy is firmly established, though he’s determined to use his newfound faith to change people’s minds. But Clark isn’t the only one coming home to hard times. When Melba Wingate came home from Chicago to help her ailing father, she wasn’t expecting to unravel a family secret. As Melba wades through the past to find the truth about her father, Clark becomes an unlikely ally. And while neither can change the past, the future is theirs to shape.
coverBio for Miralee Ferrell:

Miralee and her husband, Allen, live on 11 acres in the Columbia River Gorge. They have two grown children and recently their son and his wife presented them with a beautiful new granddaughter. Miralee has been writing since 2005, and her first book was published in 2007. Since then, she’s had 7 books published, both in women’s contemporary fiction and historical fiction, with another 6 under contract. Her western romance, Love Finds You in Sundance, WY, was awarded the Will Rogers Medallion for Excellence in Western Fiction and her newest release, Blowing on Dandelions, is the first in a three book series set in Oregon. Miralee loves interacting with people, ministering at her church, riding her horse and playing with her dogs. She also speaks at various women’s functions and has taught at conferences.

You can find her at:

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Blurb for Blowing on Dandelions by Miralee Ferrell:

In Blowing on Dandelions, Miralee speaks to women’s heartfelt struggles—from family dysfunction to single parenthood—-while offering them the faith-filled hope they need, all wrapped in an uplifting, true-to-life romance.  

Do Dandelion Wishes Actually Come True?

Katherine Galloway knew this moment of calm wouldn’t last, blown away like the dandelion seeds she scattered as a girl. In 1880, three years after her husband’s death, she struggles to run an Oregon boardinghouse and raise two girls alone. Things don’t get easier when her critical, domineering mother moves in. Katherine must make the situation work, but standing up for herself and her family while honoring her mother isn’t easy. And with a daughter entering the teenage years, the pressure on Katherine becomes close to overwhelming. Then she crosses paths with Micah Jacobs, a widower who could reignite her heart, but she fears a relationship with him might send things over the edge. She must find the strength, wisdom, hope, and faith to remake her life, for everything is about to change.


  1. A lovely selection.


  3. I would like to be entered to win any of the books this week. Thank you.

    Cindy W.

    countrybear52 AT yahoo DOT com

  4. please include me in all three book giveaways this week thanks
    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  5. I’m so happy to be a guest on Margaret’s blog this week. Good luck to everyone in the book drawing!

    Marta Perry

  6. All of the books sound like a good read. Thank you for this contest.

  7. I love reading your books. There are certain authors I look for automatically, you, Lenora Worth, Marta Perry, Stella Bagwell. I also like to try new authors. Glad you have such a gifted talent.

  8. I am happy to be a guest on Margaret’s blog today. I have read a lot of her books and really enjoy reading them. All these books sound like an excellent read to me!!

  9. I am an avid reader and enjoy reading! Some authors are my favourite, and Margaret is one of them. I read mostly Love Inspired/Love Inspired Suspense books, and unfortunately, I keep way too many of them. However, quite often I do re-read some of my books and enjoy them the second time as I did the first read. Keep writing and keep having them published for all your readers!! Good work and God Bless You!

  10. I would love to read any of these great books. I Love love inspireed and love inspired suspence books. Thanks for writing great clean books.

  11. I would love to win a book my email address
    Thank You!

  12. Wonderful selection this week – would love to win any of the m! Margaret Daley and Marta Perry are two of my favorite authors, Allie Pleiter is a lady whose delightful books I would like to read more of. Have not yet read one of Miralee Ferrell’s; this one sounds very interesting! Blessings to each of you gifted ladies!

    • Thanks, Jeanie! The heroine in the Gordon Falls book before this, FALLING FOR THE FIREMAN, had the name Jeannie, too (different spelling)!

  13. Thank you for having me, Margaret, it’s always such a joy to spend time with you and your readers–and in such Awesome company as these other ladies! You’ve got a wonderful selection lined up for this week. I wish everyone could win a book. Blessings to you all!

  14. Interesting blurbs

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  15. I would love to win any one of these books. I love to read and you and these authors are some of my favorites. As to where I would like to spend the summer, Germany. It’s where my mother was from and their summers are great with highs in the 70’s maybe and cool in the evenings. Having lived all my life in L.A. (lower Alabama) Germany’s summers are great! Thank you for the opportunity to win a book. Please keep writing the wonderful books you write. I love the way you write about how God works in our lives – IF we let Him. Hope you have a great summer and stay safe from the tornados.

  16. What a lovely selection of books and authors this week!

  17. I just finished reading an arc of Miralee’s book Blowing On Dandelions and enjoyed it very much. I have not read books by athe other authors but would like to.

    • Hi Jackie, thank you for taking the time to read my newest book! I appreciate you mentioning that, very much. I so appreciate you gals who pre-read and post reviews.

  18. All of these books sound good. Some of these author’s are new to me. I love finding new to me authors. One can never have too many favorites.
    rmkrejsa (at) aol (dot) com

  19. I just finished reading the Kindle version of Blowing on Dandelions and really enjoyed it. I haven’t read the other books mentioned yet, but will add them to my ‘reading list’.

    • Hi Dana, I’m so glad you enjoyed Blowing on Dandelions, thank you for saying so!! I’d love to read a review if you ever have time to post one on FB, or Amazon/Goodreads, etc. Thanks!!!

  20. another wonderful selection of novels 🙂

  21. All of these books look great. I would be thrilled to win any of them.

  22. I’ve read several of Miralee’s books and really enjoyed them. Blowing on Dandelions sounds like another great story. I’ve not read any books by the other two authors, but would enjoyed the opportunity to do so.

    • Hi Teri, thank you for your sweet comment! I hope you get a chance to read my newest book. I truly believe it’s my best yet.

  23. What a nice group of books. Thank you for hosting this contest.


  24. What a great group of books and authors….I’d be pleased to win any of them and write a review or possibly feature them on one of my blogs. Thank you for this fabulous giveaway and the chance to win a great read!

  25. I already have Miralee Ferrell’s book, but would feel blessed to win either of other two! Especially Marta Perry’s book! I love Amish books!

    • Diana, I’m so glad you were able to get a copy of my newest book. I hope you enjoy it, and I’d love to see a review once you finish and have a chance. Blessings!

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  27. Hi i think Margaret has so really great author’s on her bog. I would like to be entered in everyone of the author ‘s this time. I would love to win “LYDIA’S HOPE” by Marta Perry or ” THE FIREMAN’S HOMECOMING” by Allie Pleiter or “BLOWING ON DANDELIONS ” by Miralee Ferrell. God bless you all.
    Norma S.

  28. This is a really good selection of novels!
    I recently acquired a copy of Blowing on Dandelions, so could I please be entered to win Lydia’s Hope or The Fireman’s Homecoming.



  29. Wonderful book selections! I already own a copy of Blowing on Dandelions and look forward to reading it this summer. I would love to be entered in the drawing for the other two books.

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