THIRTEEN DAYS AND COUNTING...WINNERS AND PAM'S FIRST REVIEW


Thirteen days...I'm pacing the floor like a nervous mother to be. I know I'm having a girl. Will she be happy? Will she be popular? Will she find the right path for her life?  Thirteen more days and we'll have those answers.

First a little business. We had a scavenger hunt last week and I offered 5 e-copies of Pam's story as prizes. Our winners are:
Sharma
Jennifer
Barbara Thompson
Debora Wilder 
Jan Hall

All have been notified. Thanks so much for participating in the first CAN hunt.

There will be other opportunities to win. Check out the goodreads giveaway in the sidebar and watch the next couple of blog posts for stops on the blog tour.

REVIEW!!!

I just finished reading Pam by Sharon Srock, the third book in the Women of Valley View series.  I couldn’t put it down.  Once I started it, I found every excuse I could to keep reading.  Have you ever had a friend where you couldn’t see each other for months and then when you do call or get together, you pick up right where you left off?  No awkward moments?  That’s what reading the Women of Valley View series is like.  Pam picks right up where Terri left off and all I can say is I’m glad I have three more books of this series to enjoy.  I won’t get sad until I’ve read the final page of the final book, and I’ll leave it up to Ms. Srock to figure out how to keep me involved in the friendship of these wonderful women. Until then, I can’t wait for Samantha, coming out next.  

Ms. Srock has a way of bringing authentic Christianity to life without it seeming preached or staged.  She shows real people in real situations, not always doing or saying the right things but having a heart that wants to please God. I guess that’s what appeals the most to me about this series.  The people aren’t perfect and I don’t have to be either.  I have thoroughly enjoyed all three books in this series, but Pam especially struck a chord with me, thinking about her long after I closed the book for the night.  Through this book, God spoke to me about an issue I thought I had resolved years ago and brought me to a deeper understanding of His will for my life.  I certainly wasn’t expecting an intimate conversation with God due to fictional characters, but that’s the power of inspirational fiction.  It’s much more than a great story. In addition, I was able to use the wise advice given to Samantha with my daughter who finds herself in a similar situation.  That advice may not be what is popular in today’s world, but at least Callie, Terri, Pam, and Karla have my back.  

I love how Ms. Srock is able to neatly wrap up loose ends with each storyline while at the same time leaving lots of areas open ended in order to continue our relationships in the lives of this community. Isn’t that just like real life?  One particular struggle or event ends only to be replaced with or have another continue in a natural rhythm.  I can’t wait to see how she weaves together the story of Patrick and integrates Kate into this close community.  

Samantha can’t come fast enough for me, but I will choose to be patient until it’s ready.  Thank you, Ms. Srock, for thoroughly entertaining me with great storylines while allowing me to be a part of this close knit community and grow closer to my Father, all at the same time. 
Thank you Cheri Swalwell!!

Catch Us if You CAN: Spring Scavenger Hunt



Catch Us if You CAN: Spring Scavenger Hunt! STOP # 4 ,  Author Sharon Srock, THE WOMEN OF VALLEY VIEW blog.







WELCOME, to the Catch Us if You CAN: Spring Scavenger Hunt! 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 at any time during the hunt, check in here: http://illuminatingthewordthroughfiction.blogspot.com/2014/03/resource-page-for-catch-us-if-you-can.html



·     Enjoy 29 stops, each featuring a different CAN author!



·     Gather the clues from each post, beginning at STOP # 1 and ending at Stop #29. Follow the directions and fill out the Rafflecopter form. Be ready to provide the complete clue in sentence form, gathered from all 29 stops, within 2 days of email notification or another winner will be randomly drawn. There is no need to email/submit the clue, unless you are notified by 03/29/14.



Sorry, due to international regulations and postage costs, prizes will be awarded to US Residents only. Individual contests within the hunt may vary, so please read rules presented with each giveaway.

Welcome Scavenger Hunters. I’m pleased to introduce award-winning author, Anne Greene, at this stop. Anne, tell us what your Scottish historical romance, Marriage By Arrangement, is all about.

Thank you, Sharon, I’d love to. If you’ve never been to Scotland, Marriage By Arrangement will make you feel as if you have. You’ll visit the Scotland of 1746 with its castles and nobility, its hills and moors, its shadows and sunlight. The baaing of its sheep and the mooing of its coos will transport you to a time without electronic gadgets and fast running automobiles. You’ll enjoy tea and scones and Haggis and neeps. You’ll meet Scottish nobility and English tyranny. You’ll experience the conflict between conqueror and conquered. You will enter a totally different world from our present day one.



 

You will fall in love with Duke Avondale, the English groom with a shadowy background and huge obstacles to overcome. His voice rings true as you see the things he sees, hear the things he hears, and feel the things he feels.
 You’ll admire spunky Lady Cailin MacMurry who obeys her father’s wishes that she marry a rich, titled English Lord to protect her family, castle and lands from warring factions. But Cailin soon discovers she might have to have her husband murdered to save their unborn child.

You’ll love Avondale for his heroic self-sacrifice and compelling personality as he protects Cailin from the revenging English Duke of Cumberland, youngest son of King George of England. You’ll experience Cailin’s fears and victories and Avondale’s great sacrifice. But though it all, you’ll know that marriage is worth fighting for.
 
I know your book is a great read and I highly recommend it. Now, please tell us a little about yourself.




I love writing about wounded heroes and gutsy heroines. My highest hope is that my stories transport readers to awesome new worlds and touch hearts to seek a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus. Marriage By Arrangement is my fourth inspirational novel and recently released. The first novel in the Scottish Marriage Trilogy, Masquerade Marriage, won numerous awards. My third book, a contemporary called A Texas Christmas Mystery, also won awards. 



 









I live in McKinney, Texas. Tim LaHaye led me to the Lord when I was twenty-one and Chuck Swindoll is my pastor. You can buy my books at http://www.PelicanBookGroup.com.For information on writing an award-winning novel visit me at http://www.anneswritingupdates.blogspot.com. I’d love for you to talk with me on twitter at @TheAnneGreene. Visit my Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AnneWGreeneAuthor. You can view my travel pictures and art work at http://www.AnneGreeneAuthor.com.



Thank you, Anne. 

Readers/Hunters. Ready to continue?



THE SCAVENGER HUNT CAN-DOs: 
Before you go, write down this STOP # 4 and this clue "Christian"

Wait! don't go yet! In addition to the wonderful hunt prizes I'm offering an additional giveaway in celebration of the upcoming release of my 3rd. book: THE WOMEN OF VALLEY VIEW: PAM.
Pam releases on 11 April and I'm giving away FIVE E-copies in conjunction with the hunt. Simply leave a comment before you go to the next page. Want two chances to win? There is a newsletter sign up button in the upper right hand side bar. Mention in your comment that you signed up to receive my quarterly newsletter and I'll enter you twice. That's a good deal any way you want to slice it.
PLEASE MAKE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS

These prizes will be sent out after the book releases.

Be sure to download my free novella here:

Click here for the free PDF introduction to THE WOMEN OF VALLEY VIEW:

http://pelink.us/wowbonus

I'd also be much obliged if you liked my Facebook page while you were here.:

Now back to the hunt! Proceed to stop #5, Anne Green’s site! http://anneswritingupdates.blogspot.com/2014/03/catch-us-if-you-can-spring-scavenger.html