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Coming Out Of Seclusion…

Wow, has it been that long? Feels like it!

I like the new look of the dashboard here on WordPress, but that’s besides the point. I’ve been working hard in my new position as Children’s Director for my Community Bible Study class, and the Lord very clearly told me to focus on that and lay the writing down a while.

Oh, the agony.

But, since I am almost finished with the main objective (craft preparation, sorting and bagging) I heard a small voice say, “Almost.”

*balloons and confetti are released*

I put down a very important project, and I’m excited to be picking it back up. Karen was most gracious when I told her the book would be delayed till 2015. (really, she was…) In 2 weeks I’ll be at the annual fundraiser she holds, and we’ll be doing some pre-release press. It’s all very exciting. To celebrate, I will have my Lakeville books on Kindle on sale for $0.99 each.

Please hop over to Karens For The Cure and pray about helping this wonderful cause.

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Coming Out Of Seclusion…

Wow, has it been that long? Feels like it!

I like the new look of the dashboard here on WordPress, but that’s besides the point. I’ve been working hard in my new position as Children’s Director for my Community Bible Study class, and the Lord very clearly told me to focus on that and lay the writing down a while.

Oh, the agony.

But, since I am almost finished with the main objective (craft preparation, sorting and bagging) I heard a small voice say, “Almost.”

*balloons and confetti are released*

I put down a very important project, and I’m excited to be picking it back up. Karen was most gracious when I told her the book would be delayed till 2015. (really, she was…) In 2 weeks I’ll be at the annual fundraiser she holds, and we’ll be doing some pre-release press. It’s all very exciting. To celebrate, I will have my Lakeville books on Kindle on sale for $0.99 each.

Please hop over to Karens For The Cure and pray about helping this wonderful cause.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

What better way to celebrate than with a $0.99 Kindle book? How about THREE of them? Beginning Saturday, May 10* all three Lakeville series books will be priced down to $0.99 in celebration! Sunnie’s Rainbow and Restoration will start out at $0.99 on Saturday, May 10* and incrementally rise back to their current list prices.

Seasons of a Life is the foundational novel in the Lakeville series. 4SeasonsRevise

In Seasons of a Life, you are introduced to Samantha Young, matriarch of the Young family. (On a side note, I do not like the word ‘matriarch.” It makes Sammie sound ancient.) Sammie is a widow, on the threshold of an empty nest. When she meets her best friend, Victoria, for lunch in town one day, she also makes the acquaintance of Rob Revell. Their chance meeting leads to a blossoming friendship and more as Sammie realizes the Lord has brought her to a new season in her life. Get to know her five children, who are the focal point of the series’ continuation.

Sunnie’s Rainbow, the second Lakeville novel, follows Sammie’s eldest and tempestuous daughter, Sunnie, as she begins a new chapter of life back home in Lakeville.

SunnRevise4Sunnie comes to terms with the father she was unable to reconcile with, as well as a new and growing faith. She’s comfortable with her status until a minor fender bender reconnects her with a handsome police officer. Through a stormy romance, Sunnie struggles with commitment and living out her new faith in terms of a relationship. Complications abound, but the couple perseveres as Sunnie finds herself able to give her heart freely, without reservation.

 

 

Restoration spans a time period beginning in Seasons of a Life, through Sunnie’s Rainbow and beyond, capturing the lives of the Young men, Silas and Jude, as they come of age.

Restore thumbAlthough their lives take very different paths, Silas and Jude remain as close as brothers can be. Everything the outgoing Silas dreams of becomes his reality. His faith and confidence take a hard hit when he and his wife hit the rocky grounds of infertility. Quiet and reserved Jude finds himself in an unexpected relationship fraught with problems from the word go. It drives a wedge between the brothers, who find that they have grown to believe very different things. Crisis draws them back to God and each other.

 

The sale ends on Tuesday, May 13. You’re best buy will be on Saturday, when all three books are priced at $0.99. What a great gift for mom or any friend in your life. I hope you enjoy your Mother’s Day and spend sometime in Lakeville with the Young family.

*Prices and dates subject to Amazon.com’s timetable, which doesn’t always perfectly coincide with mine.

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Overwhelmed! Thank You!

What a wonderful birthday celebration I had! The Denver Library (SEVEN foors!) then The Tattered Cover (over 1 million books!) and over 1400 downloads of Seasons of a Life, Sunnie’s Rainbow and Restoration! Thank you to all who shared about Lakeville.

The books are back to their regular prices, but don’t forget to get your Kindle authorgraph! Click on the box on the top right and it will take you to the page. Also, my books are enrolled in Amazon’s Kindle Matchbook program. Purchase a traditional copy of the book, and get a Kindle copy for a great deal!

Again, thank you so much!

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I’m Back…With Freebies!

Hello, friends!

Let’s just say the past 7 weeks have been fraught with dental issues and computer glitches. I thought I lost FOUR manuscripts *GASP!!!* but it was a silly misunderstanding between Q (my not-so-trusty MacBook) and Apple updates. The dental issues will be resolved tomorrow. (Feel free to pray for  me)

So, in light of several things, I thought I’d schedule a few freebies. I had a flash giveaway on the Facebook page last night to celebrate Kyle Busch’s first win of the season, and since my birthday is rolling around this weekend, well…

Sunnie’s Rainbow and Restoration will both be free on Kindle only for a limited time! Seasons of a Life will remain at it’s usual low price of $1.99. Starting on March 28 through March 30. What better way to whet the appetite for the next two THREE Lakeville novels AND party on my birthday? (It’s Saturday, March 29, by the way.)

I am very excited about By The Hand of His Grace, a very special and important Lakeville book that will be out in October. I will share more about Autumn’s story soon. Trial and Triumph, book four in the series, will feature Tom and Sunnie, shooting for September availability. Wynter’s Gift, A Lakeville Christmas Novella will round out 2014 at Thanksgiving time. So, I best get busy!

Keep an eye on Amazon for your free downloads. I am working on getting the books on other platforms, my apologies to those who don’t have a Kindle. You can get a free Kindle App for all devices.

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Busy Spring/Summer Days! Plus: Freebie Alert!

It’s been busy around the Big Blue House the past few weeks! Still working on those final edits for Restoration, revamping my website, updating the Lakeville store, family visiting and not to mention that the mercurial Colorado weather has turned rather sultry. (Okay, it’s freaking HOT)

What better way to while away a hot day than reading? So, let’s celebrate! Go grab Seasons of a Life free on Wednesday, Thursday, June 13. (TOMORROW!) Please spread the word! It’ll be the last promotion on Kindle. Next week, Seasons will premiere on nook! I’m very excited about that move.

Yes, the editing has hit a small snag (my wonderful editor cousin does have a full time job) but fear not! You’ll soon be enjoying Silas and Jude’s story!

Enjoy your freebie and stay cool!

Blessings

Barbara

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Busy Spring/Summer Days! Plus: Freebie Alert!

It’s been busy around the Big Blue House the past few weeks! Still working on those final edits for Restoration, revamping my website, updating the Lakeville store, family visiting and not to mention that the mercurial Colorado weather has turned rather sultry. (Okay, it’s freaking HOT)

What better way to while away a hot day than reading? So, let’s celebrate! Go grab Seasons of a Life free on Wednesday, Thursday, June 13. (TOMORROW!) Please spread the word! It’ll be the last promotion on Kindle. Next week, Seasons will premiere on nook! I’m very excited about that move.

Yes, the editing has hit a small snag (my wonderful editor cousin does have a full time job) but fear not! You’ll soon be enjoying Silas and Jude’s story!

Enjoy your freebie and stay cool!

Blessings

Barbara

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“Under Construction” in Lakeville…Keep Your Eyes Open!

Growing up in the Garden State, I’ve seen my share of road construction signs. It’s an ongoing season in N.J. that never ends, just moves from place to place, bottling up traffic where you least NEED it.

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That’s what’s happening in Lakeville, and I must say it’s rather exciting! As I’m waiting on Restoration to return edited, I’ve been working on covers. Yes, multiple covers! Both Seasons and Sunnie are getting cover and interior makeovers! They’ll look crisper, cleaner and more professional. I must reiterate: I’m rather excited!

Keep your eyes open for the announcement for 1) pre-orders for Restoration’s print version and 2) special offers on the new and improved print versions of Seasons and Sunnie.* I’m sure they’ll be new book trailers and memes floating around, too. You know how it is once the creative phase starts. As in the classic children’s tale, when you give an author a new program to play with….

The website will also be getting some sprucing up in the months ahead. Again, moving toward a crisper, more fresh look. With added features, including newsletter sign up, previews and more. Exciting things happening in Lakeville!

*I must add, this does not negate the work and hours put into the previous covers and interior design by Laura and Chautona. The fact that they still speak to me on a regular basis proves my mania was lovingly (hopefully) tolerated. I am so very grateful to both for their continued support, help, and encouragement.

As Always, be Blessed Till Next Time!

Barbara

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Winner! And, Patiently Waiting

Gay Idle won a signed copy of Seasons Of A Life from Donna O’s review post. Gay’s blog, Captive Heart, is inspiring and downright pretty to look at! Enjoy it with a steaming cuppa. Congrats, Gay, and I hope you enjoy Seasons!

I am partially patient in waiting on my edited manuscript. So far, I have avoided sending my cousin a slew of emails asking if she read it, or hated it, or any combination thereof. If we still lived in NJ, I probably would have driven to her house by now. Just to sit and watch the door in case she left.

While I semi-patiently wait, I’ve been learning GIMP (freeware version of Photoshop) and working on covers. I found a wonderful graphic that captures the heart of the story. With many emails back and forth to Chautona, I think I’ve gotten the basic cover mocked up. It’s been fun, a wee bit frustrating and so rewarding! Sort of like parenting.

Now, if only I could get my blogging up to par. 😉 I’ll try to be more prolific. There’s plenty in my brain that needs a place to land besides my husband’s ears.

Till Next Time!

Barbara

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Seasons giveaway at City Chick!

My wonderful friend Donna O., THE City Chick in the Country, will be giving away a signed copy of Seasons Of A Life on her blog. Okay, in reality, she will pick the winner randomly from commenters on her review, and I’ll be sending it. Minor detail.

She sent me a sneak peek at the post, and my friend made me weepy. She really “got” the story. I love it when that happens!

In fact, I love it so much that for 2 days (March 18-19) you can grab Seasons Of A Life on Kindle free* and Sunnie’s Rainbow for $1.99. That’s TWO books for $2! Really great timing considering Restoration is abouthisclose to release. It’s in the hands of my editor/cousin Barbara and I’m working on the cover. I am using the cover Chautona worked up for me for the Kindle. Because I love her. (okay, I love the cover, too) I’m very excited to get Restoration into everyone’s hands.

I’m even more excited about my next project, which will take me far from Lakeville. A friend from church asked me if I would help her write a book about her son, John, who at 42 is in the arms of Jesus. John was severely autistic. They are not sure, medically, why John passed away a short month ago, but Mary is leaning on the fact that God is sovereign. I was humbled and honored when she asked me to please help her put her memories, thoughts and hopes for all autistic children to print. I pray I do it justice. I will post more about this after Restoration is released. Till then, please pray for Mary and her family.

Till Next Time

Be Blessed!

Barbara

*subject to Amazon’s quirks…due to be free at midnight, 3/18 doesn’t always translate to free at midnight on projected date