Catch Us if You CAN, Stop # 8

 
We hope you enjoy meeting Christian Author Network members as you chase down clues for the chance to win our grand prize: $200 in gift cards from CBD, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon, plus 29 free books, one from each participating CAN author!
·     2nd & 3rd Prizes: $50 Amazon, B&N, or CBD gift certificate!

·     Catch us on this hunt beginning at Noon on Friday, 03/21/14 and ending at Midnight on Thursday, 03/27/14. No need to hurry as you search for clues—you have almost an entire week! If you need help with any part of this hunt, click here.  Enjoy 29 stops, each featuring a different CAN author!

CAN Treasure Hunt with guest Jocelyn Green
 

 
Jocelyn, you write both fiction and nonfiction, but they have something in common: war. Why is that?
Well, not just war—hope and courage in the midst of it. I’m a former military wife, so my first books were devotionals written for military wives who, like me, craved spiritual nourishment. After I’d been writing nonfiction for a few years, switching to historical fiction set in the Civil War era was an exciting change of pace. I strive to inspire faith and courage in all my readers, whether they are reading my devotions or my novels.
Your novel Widow of Gettysburg focuses on the civilian experience during that famous battle in 1863, and its aftermath. If we visit Gettysburg, will we be able to see anything that’s mentioned in your novel?
Yes! There is a list in the back of the novel of all the sites, but two of my favorites would be the Seminary Ridge Museum   (pictured on the cover of the novel); And The Shriver House Museum.
For travel guides related to my first novel, Wedded to War, check out this blog post on historic sites of Washington DC, and this one on historic sites of New York City.
What’s next?
My third novel: Yankee in Atlanta. It’s a story about two families torn apart by war. Two hearts divided by love and honor. In a land shattered by strife and suffering, a Union veteran and a Rebel soldier test the limits of loyalty and discover the courage to survive. The official release is June, but it’s available for pre-order now.
Where can readers find out more about you?
Please join me on my Web site!

I’d also love to see you:

·         On Facebook: www.facebook.com/jocelyngreenauthor
·         On Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/jocelyngreen77
·         On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/JocelynGreen
Bio:
Award-winning author Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage in her readers through both fiction and nonfiction. A former military wife herself, she offers encouragement and hope to military wives worldwide through her Faith Deployed ministry. Her novels, inspired by real heroines on America’s home front, are marked by their historical integrity and gritty inspiration. Wedded to War, her first novel, was a Christy Award finalist in 2013.
THE SCAVENGER HUNT CAN-DOs: 
Before you go, write down this STOP #8 clue–of publishing. 
 
WAIT! Check out this giveaway! Leave a comment and leave your email here and I will enter your name into a drawing for a copy of your choice of any of the three books in my Love Blossoms in Oregon series. Be sure you use the Rafflecopter form below, as it will enable you to have extra entries to win.  Be sure you leave a way to contact you.  Sorry, books can only be shipped to U.S. addresses.
Forget Me Not is my newest release, and is available on Kindle right now for only $2.99! Paperback coming via Amazon soon for $7.50.  Click here to read the summary and purchase a copy.
Now, proceed to stop #9  Click HERE for Jocelyn Green’s blog for your next clue & continued chances to win!

Gift Cards, a Kindle and MORE!! Don’t Miss Out!

Tuesday night, March 18th (tomorrow!) I’ m hosting a Facebook release party for my brand new novel, Forget Me Not, part of the Love Blossoms in Oregon series. 

Lots of prizes, and fun interacting with Miralee and other readers like yourself. It starts at 5:00 Pacific, 6 Mountain, 7 Central, 8 Eastern.

I hope you’ll join us!! Click HERE for the direct link to the group where we’ll have the party. Once you get there, ask to join, and you’re all set. 

Also, since my last blog post, I’ve started a Fan Group on FB, where you can interact with me and others and hear all the latest book news. If you’re interested in joining, CLICK HERE. 

If you haven’t signed up for my newsletter yet, the form is on the right hand side of this blog page. It’s easy, but watch for the confirmation email after you submit.

And last, some readers started a Goodreads author group for me, in case you’d like to join in there. You can FIND IT HERE.

I hope to see you at my party Tuesday night, or anywhere else online!! 

 

Two New Releases This Spring!!

I’m so excited that I have three books releasing in 2014. Wishing on Buttercups released February 1, and Forget Me Not mid to late March, with Dreaming on Daisies October 1. 

Blowing on Dandelions, my first book in the Love Blossoms in Oregon series, is still available and is on a super sale right now in all eBook formats.

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.

Brand New Release, Available now!!

Can Love Survive When Secrets Collide?

She’d kept her secrets safely hidden—those from her past, and those in the present. Some things, Beth Roberts knows, a lady simply doesn’t share, even in the 1880’s West. The townspeople would never understand. No one ever has.

Jeffery Tucker, a handsome young writer, has kept his own secrets. He doesn’t have a right to pry into Beth’s affairs but finds himself strangely drawn to her and intrigued by the whiff of mystery surrounding her.

Beth knows that one day someone will unravel the threads of her past. And when two men from her past arrive, the truth might just hurt . . . Beth’s future and her heart.

As shadowy memories surface, Beth sketches the scenes she sees and is shocked by what—and who—her illustrations reveal. Dare she risk her heart again?

Coming in March in eBook (Nook & Kindle) and on Amazon in paperback

Forget Me Not–a Novella

Can a Lost Love be Redeemed?

Pastor Seth Roberts had worked for years to convince himself that the girl he’d loved and lost didn’t matter, and he’d almost succeeded—until she turned up in Baker City, hundreds of miles from where they’d courted.

Seven years ago, Julia McKenzie ran away from the man she’d thought she might marry, wanting to experience more of life. Now, at age twenty-four, she’s experienced more than she’d ever expected, only to wish she’d made some other choices. Was it too late to go back, and would the man she cared for understand the direction her life has taken and love her in spite of her choices?

Dreaming on Daisies, Releasing October 1, 2014,  Leah and Steven’s story…

24 Hours to Subscribe before the Contest Begins!!

I LOVE Christmas—the colors, the decorations, the gifts, the baking and special time with family–but more than anything I love the celebration of Christ’s birth.

We celebrated yesterday since our kids need to go to our daughter-in-law’s family today, but what a blessing it was to have everyone together with our 8-month-old granddaughter, Kate! Smiles, giggles, kisses and lots of pictures accompanied our time together.

Now, on to a brief bit of business before I close. Thursday night at midnight I cut off subscriptions for this newsletter. You can still subscribe, but you won’t get a copy of the one I’m mailing on Friday with the big contest and prizes!

If you use the form here on my blog to subscribe, be SURE you check your email afterwards, as you’ll be getting a message with a link to click on to confirm your subscription. And please be sure you watch your email on Friday (and your spam folder), and add my email to your approved list for all future newsletter–miraleef at gmail dot com.

Merry Christmas to you all!!!

Flash!! Newsletter Coming with Contest!!

Do you enjoy contests? Do you like getting something free?

Then you’ve come to the perfect place! I’m getting ready to send out my first newsletter to subscribers. If you sign up before December 25th, you’ll get a free gift AND be eligible for the contest that I’ll be announcing in my first edition a few days later.

It will come by email, so all I need is your name and email address, but I’d love to know what country you live in, as well…..some items that I give away can be shipped out of the country, some can’t. But don’t despair–some international visitors will be a little more limited, but not completely.

On the right side of this blog you’ll see a sign up form. It’s simple. Fill it out an click on subscribe. You’ll be redirected to my website and receive an email asking you to click on the link to confirm your subscription. The email will come from my gmail address, so please check your spam folder if it doesn’t arrive within 30 min. You won’t be subscribed until you’ve confirmed.

Don’t worry, you won’t be getting blasted with non-stop newsletters. No more than 12 a year, and possibly less, depending on my release dates and the contests I run.

Some contests and giveaways (like the upcoming one) will ONLY be available to subscribers, so don’t miss out.

If you sign up, refer a friend and make sure you keep track of their name. You’ll get an entry for every person who subscribes!

Now what are you waiting for? Pop over to the right side of your screen and sign up! Thanks!!!

Christmas–Bah-Humbug or A Time to Celebrate?

What does Christmas mean to you? A time to celebrate, or a time to crawl into bed and pull the covers over your head, hoping the season disappears soon. 



So many people have lost loved ones in the past, and too often it’s happened near a major holiday like Thanksgiving or Christmas. Or, a spouse is out of work (like at our house right now) and there’s not a lot of extra income for decorations or gifts.

What do you do if you fit into one of these categories?

It’s not easy and there’s no simple answer, but I do have a suggestion that might help a little.

Find at least one person–maybe even two or three–that are in worse shape than you. That might be an elderly person in a nursing home who never gets a visitor and would love a plate of cookies, a hug and a smile.

It might be a child with both parents out of work (you can talk to the school, your church, or Social Services for suggestions) and see if there’s an inexpensive item you can purchase that would bring them joy. If money isn’t an issue for you, consider even purchasing something for the parents, as well.

Join a church or community function that reaches out in some way. It might be serving a hot meal to the homeless, singing carols in your neighborhood, or volunteering in some capacity.

Get involved. Giving of yourself and time will do MUCH to bolster your own spirits and take your focus off your own loss.

Jesus came to earth to give His life that we might have life more abundantly. Let’s follow His example in some little way while here–the world will be a better place if we do.

Merry Christmas, From Allen and Miralee , and Lacey.
The picture I posted is Lacey, celebrating in her own special way….on HER couch near the wood stove and the Christmas tree!

Julie Lessman–Fantastic Give Away Going on NOW!

VIDEO CONTEST  
On Julie Lessman’s Blog
Address shown at bottom of this post
(NOTE: EXTRA-POINT OPTIONS ADDED!
One Woman. Two Men.
One stirs her pulse and the other her faith.
But who will win her heart?
— A Light in the Window
OH. MY. GOODNESS!!!
It’s here … the video for A Light in the Window is finally HERE!! And not just “here,” my friends, but “here” with a contest to kick off both my $ .99 CHRISTMAS SALE for theA Light in the Window E-book AND the release of the paperback version too!! 
I am reallllly excited to see what you guys think about the video, especially your preference as to the two male models who play Patrick O’Connor and Sam O’Rourke. Since I haven’t run a Journal Jots contest in a long time, I thought this would be the perfect occasion for it, don’t you?, To enter the contest, all you have to do is watch the video, then tell me which of these bad-boy rogues turns your head for the title of hottest rogue in the Southie neighborhood!
THREE CHANCES TO WIN!!
Prizes:
1st Prize (person with the most points) — gets a character named after them or a loved one in my next book, a signed copy of that book, and a $50 gift card.
2nd Prize (random drawing where every point  earned is an extra chance to win, but even one point can win) — gets a character named after them or a loved one in my next book and a signed copy.
3rd Prize (random drawing based on 1 point per name entered) — gets a signed copy of any of my books. 
Contest Rules:
To enter, scroll down to the Rafflecopter box at the bottom of today’s post and click the box that confirms you have watched the video, then click on the next option to vote for your favorite rogue. That’s ALL you have to do to enter for the two random drawings. But if you want to win the top prize by accruing extra points, then check out the other options listed in the Rafflecopter box and GO CRAZY!! The contest runs from November 11 through December 31st, with the winner announced in my January 3rd Journal Jot.
You’ll need to go directly to Julie’s site to finish entering….watch her book trailer video, then scroll down on her blog to see dozens of ways to get extra entries, including buying her book at only .99! That makes you a winner already, as far as I”m concerned. Julie is a fantastic author and you’ll love this book!! Go to the following link to find out more and to enter:

Book Giveaway! Blowing on Dandelions

2 NEW signed copies to be given away of historical romance Blowing on Dandelions by Miralee Ferrell

Want a copy of my brand new historical romance, Blowing on Dandelions?
More than one chance to win!


* Go to my website, www.miraleeferrell.com 

Leave a comment here on my blog after you view my website and tell me: 

What attracts you on my website?
What you’d like to see there?
Anything you’d change if you could?
Get one entry for each of the questions you answer. 

* Get another entry
Follow my blog or tell me if you already do

Get another entry:

* ‘Like’ my Author page on Facebook or tell me if you already do–click here to go directly to ‘Like’ my author page: www.facebook.com/miraleeferrell  

The first Drawing will be held Thursday September 12—Britney Adams is the first winner of a signed book!!

Another Book will be drawn from entries submitted after the 12th and will be drawn one week later. Keep entering!!

Ghost Towns, Cowboys & Research = Fun!!

It’s so much fun to visit the locations where I set my books. So far I’ve visited towns for 5 of my seven books and have discovered so much rich history. Here are a few pictures from three of the towns. 

This set are from Blowing on Dandelions, my newest historical romance set in Baker City, Oregon

The Geiser Grand Hotel, completed in 1889, a few years after my book, and restored 100 yrs later, is still in use today.
A ‘school bus’ from the 1800s
Watercolor painting of Baker City at its inception



From Love Finds You in Last Chance, CA, a historical (Western) romance

The main street of Last Chance possibly taken in the 1880s or 1890s, close to the time my book was set.
 Last Chance hotel. The upstairs could only be accessed by a ladder on the outside of the building. Mostly unmarried miners used the large room. This building fronted Main Street.
Four old fence posts in the formation of a corral. Very possibly the location of the blacksmith shop. Square nail heads show these posts date to the time of my book, pre-1890s. 

Love Finds You in Tombstone, Arizona, the book that follows Last Chance

I had a ball researching this book as we traveled to the streets of Tombstone that are much the same as they were in the 1880s. Great fun!

I got to dress up and pose for a few pictures while in Tombstone
One of several old stagecoaches that tour the three blocks of old town streets, also going down a back street (this is Allen St, the main one that is very close to what it was in the 1880s) the full three blocks, through some of the residential area, also much the same.
Cowboy loafers on the main street of Tombstone give it a very authentic look.

 

Are You a Bargain Hunter?

I love a good bargain, especially if it’s something I’d consider buying even if it wasn’t on sale, and books fall into that category for me. 

Blowing on Dandelions, my new historical romance is on sale at a great price. I rarely post about my own books on my blog, but my publisher made this too good to pass up.

Until July 5 you can purchase my book in ANY ebook format…Kindle, Nook, any eReader, whether from KOBO, BookShout, Amazon, Christianbook.com, Barnes&Noble, or more….for UNDER $3.00. In fact, Christianbook.com has reduced it to $2.39, making it the best deal out there.

Here’s a brief summary, in case you need your appetite whetted a bit more.

In the first book in the Love Blossoms in Oregon Series, award-winning author Miralee Ferrell presents a powerful novel that blends the warmth and heart of historical romance with a deep exploration of difficult family dynamics–Blowing on Dandelions–a historical 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.