12 Days and Brides of Christmas: Drawing!

So while we’re still six weeks out from Christmas 2015, the authors of The 12 Brides of Christmas are sponsoring a giveaway!

Over the next twelve days, we’ll give you an opportunity to win TWO books:  2 Brides books

What better way to prepare for the Christmas celebration, than to have one book to read for fun and one to concoct treats for your family!

The two books are not connected except for the title, so you’ll be moving from 12 Brides on the American frontier to 12 Days of recipes to try yourself.

What can be better?

We’re giving away four sets of the two books through Rafflecopter.

You have 24 different opportunities to toss in your name for a chance to win.

The drawing runs from today, November 6 to Tuesday, November 17 at midnight–12 days away.

Just sign up through the form:   https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/f949595f6/

Each author newsletter you sign up for counts as one opportunity to win. (12 authors x one each newsletter = 12 opportunities)

Each of the 12 days, we’ll post a new Tweet. If you’re on Twitter, Retweeting that tweet will give you another opportunity.

12 days x 12 tweets = 12 more opportunities to win the two books.

Winners will be announced here on Friday, November 20, on the 12 Brides Facebook page, and by email.

Winner should receive their two books well in time for . . . their own 12 days of Christmas!

Join us, starting here: 

https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/f949595f6/

Questions? Make a comment.

Here are descriptions of the two books.

The 12 Brides of Christmas

Christmas is the time for love, and twelve historical women are on their way to the altar, whether they know it or not. In settings across the heartland of America, readers will experience heartfelt gifts, old-fashioned Christmas traditions, sweet romance, and inspiring faith from twelve acclaimed Christian authors.

The twelve stories center on festivities, nutcrackers, stars, trees, creches, gifts, gingerbread and fruitcakes; they also are festive, advent-related, snowbound, evergreen and my favorite, yuletide.

All set in the mid and western United States, they cover the country from Illinois to Mississippi to Arizona to Wyoming and everywhere in between in the 19th century.

For detailed descriptions of the individual stories, see the 12 Brides of Christmas webpage here.

The 12 Days of Christmas Cookbook:

Wonderfully unique, The Twelve Days of Christmas Cookbook: 2015 will delight taste buds and make your Christmas even merrier! Featuring tasty recipes organized into fun categories including:

Appetizers on a Platter; Beverages a-Blending; Breads a-Rising

Breakfast Dishes a-Baking; Candies a-Boiling; Cookies a-Cooling

Desserts a-Delighting; Kids a-Cooking; Main Dishes a-Mixing

Salads a-Crunching; Sides a Steaming and Soups a-Simmering

With easy entertaining tips and ideas, this sure-to-be-a-favorite cookbook is overflowing with fantastic recipe ideas for the entire holiday season and beyond!

Merry Christmas!

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HUGE Discount on My Books!

Several of my books are on sale–from .99 to $3.03, as shown below.

I hope you’ll check them out! Most of these are available on all ebook formats including Nook, CBD and iTunes, so look for them online everywhere! Links are to Amazon/Kindle

These are only .99 for a limited time–-A Horse for Kate, book one in Horses and Friends series 

Blowing on Dandelions (book 1), Wishing on Buttercups (book 2) Dreaming on Daisies (book 3) in the Love Blossoms in Oregon series

$1.99 Sale price as follows:

Silver Spurs, book two in Horses and Friends, and Forget Me Not, book two in Love Blossoms in Oregon

$3.03  Sale on Mystery Rider, Book three in Horses and Friends series for another two days. $3.99 today only on Finding Love in Bridal Veil, OregonFinding Love in Bridal VeilForgetMeNot_lg

Silver Spurs Book 2

Silver Spurs Book 2

Book one in Horses and Friends

Book one in Horses and Friends

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So Fun!! Do You Want to Try?

A few weeks ago I got an email from a reader saying their group at church had chosen my book, Love Finds You in Tombstone, Arizona, to read, discuss and have a fun-filled day built around, dressing up as the characters! How cool is that!  Wouldn’t it be fun if more reading groups did this? Have you or your reading group done this type of thing? If so, please share!

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Our big day is tomorrow, April 18, and we will meet at the church (Elim Baptist in Ludowici, Ga.) Tombstone characters10at 2 pm for a fun afternoon of sharing our thoughts on the book “Love Finds You in Tombstone Arizona”.  We are dressing the part of our favorite character from the book, we will have a horse and wagon, along with a country meal.

These are the ladies and gentlemen that attended:

Jordin Cloninger

Heather Cloninger

Mickey BentleyTombstone characters6

Janet Barrett

Deanna Hartley

Rhea Nell Catoe

Lori Lewis

Dorothy Neluna

Tombstone characters4Cheryl Malone

Retha Rowe

Clay Rowe

Marion AdamsTombstone characters3

Kathy Walter

Jake Rowe

Rhonda Rowe

Children

Ava Bentley

Isaac Malone

Tombstone characters9Brea Malone

Hannah Malone

Ariana

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Kids Video Contest–Win Breyer Horses!!

Tell us why you love horses for a chance to win a $150 Horse Lovers Prize Pack!


Kids 13 & under–Submit a 15 – 30 second video of yourself telling us why you love horses. Two random entrants will receive a Silver Prize and one grand prize winner will receive the Gold Prize. (follow the link below to dates, etc)


Contest Prizes

SILVER PRIZE

The Silver Prize is the Breyer Show Jumping Classics Toy Horse with Accessories, Breyer Classics Chelsea Show Jumper, and a copy of Miralee Ferrell’s new book A Horse for Kate. Two winners will be picked randomly, so anyone who submits a video has a chance to win!GOLD PRIZE

The Gold Prize is a Horse Lovers Prize Pack (a $150 value!) of Breyer Horses products plus two copies of Miralee Ferrell’s new book A Horse for Kate. See image of the prize pack to the right. During the voting period (April 27–May 3), votes will be collected to determine the Gold Prize winner—the video with the most votes wins.To enter to win (including copies of my newest book, A Horse for Kate) please CLICK HERE to take you to the site where you can enter. Only open to US residents.

Contest Details

Entry period begins April 9 and ends April 26. To enter, entrants (ages 13 and under) must film a 15 – 30 second video of themselves talking about why they love horses. Entrants must then upload the video to YouTube or Vimeo, and then copy and paste the URL into the entry form.

Voting period to determine Gold Prize winner begins April 27 and ends May 3. Once the voting period begins, parent or legal guardian will receive an email reminding them to come back and share their child’s video on social media and—together with their child—browse other entries and vote for their favorites. All winners will be announced May 5.

Must be a U.S. resident and child must be age 13 or under to enter. Parent or legal guardian must be the one to submit child’s entry. Information collected in the entry form must belong to the parent or legal guardian, not the child.

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Here’s the book included in both prizes …

A Horse for Kate by Miralee Ferrell

A horse of her own would be awesome. But Kate figures that might be a long way away, especially since she had to give up riding lessons and move to her late grandfather’s farm. Besides, it would be a lot more fun to have a best friend to ride with. When Kate discovers a barn on their new farm that’s perfect for a horse, and a dusty bridle too, she starts to think that her dream might come true. Then she meets Tori at school, who is totally the best. So when they discover a thoroughbred that appears to be all alone, could it be the answer to her prayers? Maybe. If she can convince her dad … and figure out what’s going on with that horse.

Purchase now: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Books-A-Million | Christianbook.com |DeeperShopping | Parable | Family Christian Stores

Learn more about the entire book series on Miralee Ferrell’s website.

Miralee Ferrell is the author of eleven popular novels, including the bestselling Blowing on Dandelions. She and her husband live on eleven acres along the Columbia River Gorge in Washington state, where she loves horseback riding on the wooded trails near her home. She also enjoys playing with her dogs, Lacey and Sophie.

A Contest is Coming for KIDS!

Coming very soon–keep an eye on this blog

Tell us why you love horses for a chance to win a $150 Horse Lovers Prize Pack!

Submit a 15 – 30 second video of yourself telling us why you love horses. Two random entrants will receive a Silver Prize and one grand prize winner will receive the Gold Prize.

Video Contest for Kids

Video Contest for Kids

Contest Prizes

GOLD PRIZE
The Gold Prize is a Horse Lovers Prize Pack (a $150 value!) of Breyer Horses products plus two copies of Miralee Ferrell’s new book A Horse for Kate. See image of the prize pack to the right. During the voting period (April 20–26), votes will be collected to determine the Gold Prize winner—the video with the most votes wins.

SILVER PRIZE
The Silver Prize is the Breyer Show Jumping Classics Toy Horse with Accessories, Breyer

Book one in Horses and Friends

Book one in Horses and Friends

Classics Chelsea Show Jumper, and a copy of Miralee Ferrell’s new book A Horse for Kate. Two winners will be picked randomly, so anyone who submits a video has a chance to win!

 

Something Special is Coming!

Book one in Horses and Friends

Book one in Horses and Friends

I can’t give you the details yet, but it’s connected to A Horse for Kate, and it’s a special surprise for kids ages 13 and under. Keep an eye on this page in the next week or so to find out more. There will be prizes for kids and something fun they’ll be able to do. I can’t wait!!

I’m So EXCITED!

I have an announcement, in case you haven’t heard it elsewhere. Not only do I have a brand new book out (A Horse for Kate), but the second one in the series releases in two months..,.AND… I just started a new business venture, a small press.

mountain brook ink colorWhat is a small press, you ask? It’s a publisher helping to publish other authors both in ebooks and print books, but not on the scale as the large publishing houses.

My business name for my press is Mountain Brook INK and here’s the logo, designed and created by my talented friend Judy Vandiver, who is also part of my team. If you’d like to see what books we have available or ones that are coming soon, Click Here to take a look.

If you’re an author who would like to be considered or know someone who would, go to the website and take a look at the Submissions Page.

Book Two in the Horses and Friends Series

Book Two in the Horses and Friends Series

Book one in Horses and Friends

Book one in Horses and Friends

If you’ve missed hearing about my new kids’ horse novels, here are the covers for A Horse for Kate, available now, and Silver Spurs, coming June 1. If you have a 9-13 year-old-girl in your life, pick up a copy soon. In bookstores everywhere and online.

Disabled Girl Needs Help

I know this family personally, and I’d love to see Jayme achieve her dream, which will also bless her physically. If even a handful of my friends would share this and donate a small amount, they would be well on their way to reaching their goal. Here’s the story….

Jayme is severely disabled and requires 24/7 care. Her father died unexpectedly but just before Jaymepassing away, he left disposal of his company and other assets in the hands of a man he trusted. He shouldn’t have… but isn’t that an age-old story. Jayme and her mother were left with nothing and even had to borrow money to rent a uhaul to move because without his income, they couldn’t afford to keep renting the farm they had been living on. Jayme and her mom have been struggling on what little social security gives them in survival benefits but it hasn’t been enough. Jayme’s mom has sold or pawned everything of any value, including her wedding rings, just to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table. Jayme hasn’t had new clothes in 4 years and has outgrown what she had. She needs her therapy pool installed, but for that, they need to hire someone with a bobcat to level the ground out back. She needs clothes, shoes, dressers, a new mattress, repairs to her old bed, bookshelves, and last but certainly not least… food and heating fuel. With your help, Jayme’s needs could be met and there might even be enough left over to bring past due car payments current so they don’t lose the car. Any help would be appreciated. It breaks my heart to see Jayme go without even basic things… like a second pair of shoes. God bless you for whatever He leads you to do.

If you’d care to donate or see any updates on the GoFundMe site, please click HERE

Burlap and Grace

Burlap & Grace117My daughter-in-law, Hannah Ferrell (right) and her sister-in-law, Chelsea Kuepper, have started a new business that’s getting some attention. 

The concept of Burlap & Grace was dreamed up over a cup of coffee by two sisters, who share a love of coffee, a Burlap & Grace081desire for creativity, and a heart to share God’s goodness and grace that has been given to us.  Our passion is Pendleton wool, leather, and burlap coffee bags handcrafted into goods that will bring a warmth of hospitality to your home, cabin, and the gatherings with friends and family that fill them. The styling inspired by our Burlap & Grace023Pacific Northwest roots is reflected in the raw beauty of the materials used.  

Burlap & Grace has partnered with El Cafecito Bistro, a ministry connected to Forward Edge International in Managua, Nicaragua, who provides young women and others in the community with vocational training Burlap & Grace034and income.  This coffee shop blends business and ministry beautifully, and we invite you to play a part by making a difference in the global community.  For every product purchased in our market that uses burlap coffee bags, we will make a donation to El Cafecito Bistro.

The girls do all the work from their homes, and are Burlap & Grace007marketing it to small shops online, then ship the product to the buyers. I hope you’ll consider visiting their shop and possibly purchasing one of their products for yourself or a gift. 

 

“Let brotherly love continue. Don’t neglect to show hospitality, for by doing this some have welcomed angels as guests without knowing it.” Hebrews 13:1-2

Website:  www.burlapandgrace.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/BurlapandGraceMarket

Instagram: @burlapandgracemarket

www.etsy.com/shop/BurlapandGraceMarket

 

 

Images from Sweetmint Photography (Portland, OR) 

 

My Younger Brother’s New Book

My brother, Tim Gould, recently decided to write a short novel after waking from a vivid dream. This novel was birthed from that dream, and it’s on sale right now on Amazon.

                                       50% OFF Amazon Kindle Edition!

                                                                     Now only $2.99
                                                                   Run Away to Home

                                                                               by

                                                                         Tim Gould

                                                              A Christian Fiction Novel

Tim's Book

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HE WAS DYING. Tyler could hear his labored breathing and see the way his chest rose and fell, and somehow could tell there wouldn’t be too many more breaths. He knew this was his fault. He was responsible for this man’s condition. Was it too late to make up for what he had done? He tried to remember how it had started. Memories flooded his mind, and suddenly he was seeing it all again.

Crouching down, running, I reached the large plastic garbage can that stuck up through the top of the bushes. Even though my attention was on getting away as fast as possible, I couldn’t help but notice for the first time that the bottom of the garbage can was broken and wide open. And since the bottom of the can was a foot off the ground, I figured I could crawl into it with the newly replaced garbage bag hiding my location. I climbed in quickly when I heard his voice and his heavy footsteps on the ground getting closer. He stopped nearby, and my heart skipped a beat. I heard him say to himself, “When I catch that kid I’m going to beat the livin’ daylights out of him.” At that moment I knew what I had to do…