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Still Time To Download and the Subscriber’s Giveaway!

You still have time to download Sunnie’s Rainbow and Restoration for free!

If you’d like to win a complete set of Lakeville novels…yes! All THREE books!…sign up for the newsletter. You can do so on the front page of the website or the Facebook page, linked over on the left. It’s a quick and easy way to stay in tune with all news on new releases, contests and other things. (You just never know what may pop into my head!)

Till next time, SOAR HIGH!
Barbara

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FALL PROMO FOR LAKEVILLE!

The Lakeville Fall Promotion is starting tomorrow, September 20 and running through Tuesday, September 23!

Sunnie’s Rainbow and Restoration will be free, and Seasons of a Life is only $1.99…that’s the whole series for $2

Seasons Of A Life

 Sunnie’s Rainbow: Book Two in the Lakeville Series

Restoration: Book Three in the Lakeville Series

This is your chance to get the updated versions of both Seasons and Sunnie. Sunnie has a bonus chapter, and there’s a recipe included in Restoration. IF you have the old versions of either the first two books, you can delete them from your account and re-download. (Just remember that Seasons of a Life is not on free promotion.)

Please post, pin, Tweet and share in as many places as you can! And please consider putting a review on Amazon, Goodreads, Shelfari and any other place where they allow book reviews! Word of mouth is the best advertising!

Thank you! Till next time, let your dreams SOAR HIGH!

Blessings!

Barbara

 

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Fan Girl Friday

Yes, I obviously love to read. And, I obviously love authors. Recently, I have gathered a few on my Facebook pages, and I really would like to have a fan girl moment over a few of them.

Robin Lee Hatcher. She writes a few different genres, from contemporary to historical fiction and romance. She has a slew of awards and a nifty, printable booklist on her page. Her stories are uplifting and filled with characters that are believable, sturdy and ones you’ll just fall in love with immediately.

Angela Hunt. Not only does she have a wide range of genre, but she also has a great series on writing that she regularly offers for free for Kindle on Amazon. Her suspenseful story lines are guaranteed to keep you on the edge of the seat and reading very late into the night.

Colleen Coble. She loves the ocean. You can tell from her writing. And her webpage and recent contests. You can feel the salty breeze as you enter the story and get swept away in the plot. Wonderful characters and places you want to visit someday.

Tamera Alexander. Historical fiction on par with Margaret Mitchell and John Jakes. Sweeping scenes of grandeur, proper ladies and gentlemen of Southern breeding, beautiful book covers with period gowns. And, dang if she doesn’t have a cute little accent herself! (There’s a video tour of Belle Meade plantation on her website)

Susan Sleeman. She’s got a knack for suspense as well as a great sense of humour. If you love a cozy mystery, or a cozy and funny mystery, Susan is the author for you! I love the Justice Agency for drama and  The Garden Gate series for some good old fun!

Not only do these ladies have talent, but they are downright nice. Each one of them has taken the time from their more than busy day to chit chat with me. Yes, me, little indie author who probably pesters them more than anything. I don’t know if it’s just “the age in which we now live” that provides us a bit of easy access to those we wouldn’t normally hob nob with. Then again, I can not imagine some other authors I enjoy posting encouraging comments on their Facebook page (if they even have one). No, these ladies, and a few others, are a step above. They take the time to reach out to those who enjoy their work and show appreciation. A few words goes a long way. Many others in the spotlight should take the lesson to heart. (Hello, ComicCon people who charge $50 per autograph. And race car drivers who think they don’t need to talk to children who have waited hours for them to show their faces. I could go on, but I won’t…now.)

Which brings me to a funny story involving my son. When I pointed out to my 14 year old that all of the library books in my hand were by authors who I knew (using the term loosely) he asked me, “Are they famous?”

“Yes,” I said, my chin raised, with not a little pride.

“And, they actually talk to YOU?” 

Wretched little six foot tall twerp. In a further attempt to impress him I sputtered, “Yes! And don’t forget I talk to Chautona all the time!”

He made “that face” (you know the one if you have a 14 year old son) and said, “She’s known you a long time. She HAS to talk to you.”

Dude. Let’s see if he eats tonight.

Check this out when you leave today. Let me know what your favorite is 😉

Till Next Time, Dream BIG! And let them Soar!

Barbara

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Book Review: The Hartfield Mysteries Series by Chautona Havig

If you are a fan of Chautona’s, you’re already familiar with eccentric mystery author, Alexa Hartfield. She lives in the quaint town of Fairbury, makes regular but brief appearances in many of Chautona’s books and wears clothing from the Edwardian through the Roaring Twenties eras. She is utterly unconcerned about what people think of her vast and eclectic wardrobe, and she is generous to all who call her friend, and even those who may not. Her books are all best sellers, and at least one is a movie. Yet, she is human, and as all of us humans, has some heartbreak in her life. happily, she has a whole series of stories in which she is the main character!

The Hartfield Mysteries Series begins with Book One: Manuscript for Murder. In it, we get to know Alexa better. Meet her family. Understand some of her woes, one of which is that someone is replicating the murders from her latest, unpublished novel in Fairbury. A side story appears when Alexa meets a young fan in need of a transplant and her handsome, eligible father. A relationship develops, but not the one you may think! In the meantime, people are still being killed at an alarming rate. She’s increasingly discouraged as the spree goes unsolved and considers giving up her beloved career. As she strives to help the police, the story stays lively; you’re not quite sure who the perp is until it’s unveiled and then you shout, “OF COURSE!” and your family all look at you as though you’ve just fallen from a tree branch. Come on, that happens to everyone, right? *Ahem*

The second book, Crime of Fashion, opens with Alexa’s entry into the fashion industry. She agrees to partner in a line of clothing inspired in some ways by her own individual style. With the news that her young friend is being taken to the hospital, Alexa hurries to Chicago to be near her (and the handsome, unattached father) which ruffles Fairbury officer and avowed bachelor, Joe, who helped solve the last crime wave. As it happens, mayhem follows her, and joe is afraid she is again in danger. Someone does not want the new clothing line to be successful. On top of that, both Joe and Alexa are confused about their relationship and are trying to make some sense of it all.  Once again, Chautona hints at, but doesn’t reveal the killer until you’re sure it’s someone else. A very surprise ending, in more ways than one!

The third, Two O’Clock Slump, will be coming soon! Keep your eyes on her website! It’s promising to be a good one, what with a wedding and all (oops! did I just say that? *wink, wink*)

In reading through the reviews on Amazon, one person said “You can’t go wrong with a novel by Chautona!” and they are so right! Stop by her website and check out all of her books, enter a contest or two and please do not miss her post about Project Stephen. Here’s more about it from my Facebook page:

You all know Chautona. I mention her at least 2 times a week, probably more. She’s an amazing author, a true mentor in every good way, and an awesome friend. Almost a year ago, her life, as well as her family’s, changed forever when her 3 year old grandson Stephen stepped on a downed power line. 
Chautona is writing a fictionalized account of the story. ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO FOR STEPHEN’S CONTINUED CARE. Please take a moment to read the post and forward to as many of your friends as possible. Support the Havig family with your prayers as well. Thank you, my friends.

Be blessed and hold your loved ones close this weekend,

Barbara

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Book Review: The Hartfield Mysteries Series by Chautona Havig

If you are a fan of Chautona’s, you’re already familiar with eccentric mystery author, Alexa Hartfield. She lives in the quaint town of Fairbury, makes regular but brief appearances in many of Chautona’s books and wears clothing from the Edwardian through the Roaring Twenties eras. She is utterly unconcerned about what people think of her vast and eclectic wardrobe, and she is generous to all who call her friend, and even those who may not. Her books are all best sellers, and at least one is a movie. Yet, she is human, and as all of us humans, has some heartbreak in her life. happily, she has a whole series of stories in which she is the main character!

The Hartfield Mysteries Series begins with Book One: Manuscript for Murder. In it, we get to know Alexa better. Meet her family. Understand some of her woes, one of which is that someone is replicating the murders from her latest, unpublished novel in Fairbury. A side story appears when Alexa meets a young fan in need of a transplant and her handsome, eligible father. A relationship develops, but not the one you may think! In the meantime, people are still being killed at an alarming rate. She’s increasingly discouraged as the spree goes unsolved and considers giving up her beloved career. As she strives to help the police, the story stays lively; you’re not quite sure who the perp is until it’s unveiled and then you shout, “OF COURSE!” and your family all look at you as though you’ve just fallen from a tree branch. Come on, that happens to everyone, right? *Ahem*

The second book, Crime of Fashion, opens with Alexa’s entry into the fashion industry. She agrees to partner in a line of clothing inspired in some ways by her own individual style. With the news that her young friend is being taken to the hospital, Alexa hurries to Chicago to be near her (and the handsome, unattached father) which ruffles Fairbury officer and avowed bachelor, Joe, who helped solve the last crime wave. As it happens, mayhem follows her, and joe is afraid she is again in danger. Someone does not want the new clothing line to be successful. On top of that, both Joe and Alexa are confused about their relationship and are trying to make some sense of it all.  Once again, Chautona hints at, but doesn’t reveal the killer until you’re sure it’s someone else. A very surprise ending, in more ways than one!

The third, Two O’Clock Slump, will be coming soon! Keep your eyes on her website! It’s promising to be a good one, what with a wedding and all (oops! did I just say that? *wink, wink*)

In reading through the reviews on Amazon, one person said “You can’t go wrong with a novel by Chautona!” and they are so right! Stop by her website and check out all of her books, enter a contest or two and please do not miss her post about Project Stephen. Here’s more about it from my Facebook page:

You all know Chautona. I mention her at least 2 times a week, probably more. She’s an amazing author, a true mentor in every good way, and an awesome friend. Almost a year ago, her life, as well as her family’s, changed forever when her 3 year old grandson Stephen stepped on a downed power line. 
Chautona is writing a fictionalized account of the story. ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO FOR STEPHEN’S CONTINUED CARE. Please take a moment to read the post and forward to as many of your friends as possible. Support the Havig family with your prayers as well. Thank you, my friends.

Be blessed and hold your loved ones close this weekend,

Barbara

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Book Review: The Story Jar by Robin Lee Hatcher and Deborah Bedford

Brag warning: I am friends with RLH on Facebook and Goodreads. So there. 😉 Yes, I can get all fan girl about it, but I won’t (anymore).

Robin posted last week about Authorgraph (hence, the nifty widget to the right, where you can request a personalized signature from me for your Kindle versions of my books. Way cool, right?) I decided that I must have one from Robin, so I made a quickie purchase. The title intrigued me, and I always like to read stories that have co-authors to see the way they mesh styles.

In the forward, Robin tells how this book came to be written. I’m hoping to present the idea of a story jar to my Bible study group. What a wonderful way to remember all that Jesus has done, and continues to work, in our hearts.

I read this book in a total of 5 hours. It would have been 5 straight hours but I did need to sleep a bit in between. The main plot takes place in a small church where Beth Williams is hired to clean the sanctuary. She’s care worn, discouraged. In the course of her duties, a woman comes in to sit. Beth discovers she is the former pastor’s wife. As she’s cleaning, Beth discovers a jar hidden underneath a chair on the platform. Mrs. Halley opens the jar and by that opens Beth’s heart to the wonderful ways Jesus touches the hearts of others when it seems that there is no hope.

This is the beauty of this book; it’s three stories! As Mrs. Halley takes treasures from the jar, she tells Beth about two special people. The first, written by Deborah Bedford, involves a pastor’s family dealing with the wife’s battle with breast cancer. The second, by RLH, touches on the fears of every mother: a wayward child and the hard road of reconciliation.

In the end, Beth is able to release her own fears, and her two sons, into God’s loving hands. It’s a wonderful celebration of mothers, their love for their families and the way the family loves them. As a special bonus, several other well known Christian authors pay tribute to their mothers, including Francine Rivers, Jerry B. Jenkins, Karen Ball and others.

You can find Robin’s books in print and Kindle on Amazon, and at her website (which is in the midst of a makeover).

Deborah Bedford’s books, print and Kindle, can also be found on Amazon. Her website is found here.

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Sunnie Revisions DONE and Available!

Oh, how good it feels to finally SAY that! *releasing balloons and confetti* Sunnie’s Rainbow be found HERE. To celebrate, I dropped Seasons Of A Life to $0.99. My wonderful friend, City Chick a.k.a. Donna will be posting a review of Seasons on her blog, as well as a mini interview. She asks the most fun questions! I will link to her when it’s up.

Work on the next book is coming along well. I’m so pleased that I seem to have gotten over whatever mental block I had regarding formatting and such. I keep saying turning 50 is going to be my banner year. Keep an eye on the blog and Facebook page. I’ll be announcing pre-orders for Restoration soon, and a special for those of you who have the original books and would like the revisions. No, I’m not saying anything just yet. 😉

Finally, I hope you like the revised blog. I thought it needed a cleaner, more streamlined look. Next is the website. But that requires help, so I need to check with Heidi. *giggle* Hey, I can only be fabulous in so many areas.

Till next time, Be Blessed!

Barb