Worth Forgiving by Janet K. Brown with giveaway

WF_Front_FBI am happy to welcome Janet K. Brown, author of Worth Forgiving to my blog today. She introduces her story with this interview of the secondary character:

This blog welcomes to center stage, Lacey Wheeler, a secondary character in Janet K. Brown’s new women’s fiction, Worth Forgiving. Lacey thinks Brown and the main character, Katie, have talked enough, and she wants to have her say, so here we go.

Interviewer: Are you excited about your sister Katie getting out of prison?

Lacey: (gnawing on lip) Well, really, I dread it.

Interviewer: Why is that?

Lacey: Katie makes the messes. I clean them up.

Interviewer: Surely, that’s not true. I understand Katie doesn’t even plan on living with you.

Lacey: (snort) How long do you think that will last? She’ll be out of money, being beat up by her latest heart throb, or trying to get back with her daughter. Well, it’s not going to happen. I can tell you that.

Interviewer: So, you are raising her daughter. Right?

Lacey: Rachel is my daughter now, and don’t you forget it. Katie gave birth to her, but when Rachel was four, Katie asked me to take her. I did. I’ve had her for three years, and I will not let her go back into the drug world of Katie Smith.

Interviewer: Katie is drug-free now. I’m told she’s changed. Surely, you support her in that.

Lacey: Oh, I do support her. I want her to make it on her own and stay away from the drugs and abusive men, but it’s sure hard to believe. Katie is twenty-five years old. She left home with this guy when she was sixteen. I drove to Colorado to pick up her and her baby after the guy dumped her. That was the beginning of years of trouble. The last three years with her in prison have actually been rather peaceful.

Interviewer: As a Christian, you must forgive her.

Lacey: I do forgive her. Pause. I want to forgive her. Pause. Yes, I forgive her.

Interviewer: Everyone deserves a second chance.

Lacey: Yes. This is Katie’s fifteenth chance. I’ve got problems of my own to solve.

Interviewer: What problems do you have?

Lacey: (frowning) I’m stressed, stepped on, and sick. Oh, forget that. God healed me from food addiction. I’m really blessed.

Interviewer: Will you assist Katie?

Lacey: I love my sister. Of course, I’ll help her. So will my husband, Toby.

But, I don’t trust her. Would you?

Here’s a blurb about the whole book:

Worth Forgiving–Second in the Wharton Rock Series

 Prejudice and mistrust hinders an ex-con, drug addict’s new beginning.

 The state of Texas releases from prison Katie Smith. Full of optimism, she sets out to get a job, rent her own place, and make a home for her eight-year-old daughter, but Katie gave away her daughter three years ago. She could use a friend, but her past choices threaten to doom her to continued failure.

 Larry Pullman graduated from seminary with high marks, but the fact that he has no wife makes finding a preaching job almost impossible. It doesn’t help that running from God as a teenager gave him a past that he can’t undo. All he needs is an ex-con, drug addict messing up his life, but then why did God lead him to her? Or did He?

Isn’t it enough that Lacey Chandler gave her sister’s daughter a home? Does that mean she has to clean up Katie’s messes forever?

Could it be that Katie is not Worth Forgiving?

owfi & Mothers Day 006Bio: Janet K. Brown lives in Wichita Falls, Texas with her husband, Charles.
Worth Forgiving, an inspirational women’s fiction, is the second in her Wharton Rock series. Her only non-fiction is Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness.
Worth Forgiving marks Brown’s fourth book. Who knew she had a penchant for teens and ghosts? She released her debut novel, an inspirational young adult, Victoria and the Ghost, in July, 2012.
Janet and her husband love to travel with their RV, work in their church, and visit their three daughters, two sons-in-law and three perfect grandchildren.
Janet teaches workshops on writing, weight loss, and the historical settings of her teen books. The author uses her platform of recovering compulsive overeater to weave stories of hope for addiction, compulsion, or impossible situations.

Be sure to leave your info so Janet can contact you for her giveaway of an ebook of  Worth Forgiving!

Purchase links:http://www.pen-l.com/WorthForgiving.


Find her at https://www.janetkbrown.com
on Twitter at https://twitter.com/janetkbrowntx
on Facebook  http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Janet-K-Brown-Author/143915285641707
E-mail: Janet.hope@att.net

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Friends from the 2016 ACFW conference

IMG_5740 (1)As promised last week, I saved the pictures from the last day of conference to post this week on my Tuesday Travels page. So, here are my friends from the 2016 ACFW conference photos. On Saturday morning, I was so busy with classes, an appointment, and visiting with friends that I only took this one photo with Sharlene MacLaren and Janice Thompson, two of the people I met early on in ACFW and enjoyed catching up with.

Then, that evening everyone was dressed up in their finest for our Gala and awards dinner. We started with a prayer and a beautiful song by the choir. Sorry I wouldn’t fit everyone in one shot. IMG_5753

After the banquet everyone took pictures of old and new friends, so here are a few of mine. First is Christy Miller, who is one of my favorite brainstormers. We met up during conference to plan another book, and Gregg and Hallee Bridgeman–great friends who also published one of my books under their Olivia Kimbrell press. Also, CIMG_5756arrie Turnasky another long-time member who has always been very  gracious and encouraging to me and many others. Friendships are one of the best parts of ACFW. And since we are all Christians, those friendships will last for eternity!IMG_5761



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Reuniting with the Cowboy by Shannon Taylor Vannatter with giveaway

Reuniting with the Cowboy coverWelcome back to my blog, Shannon Vannatter. I know my readers enjoyed learning about your rodeo books in the past. And thanks for doing a special giveaway this time. (read below for info)

Reuniting with the Cowboy by Shannon Taylor Vannatter

Reuniting with the Cowboy started out with a working title of Rodeo Crossroads. It was supposed to be the final book in my rodeo series. But then the Heartsong Presents line closed leaving four books on my contract in limbo. But God gave me another blessing. Harlequin decided to honor my contract through the Love Inspired line.

So now, Reuniting with the Cowboy ends the rodeo series in Aubrey, TX and kicks off a new cowboy series set in Bandera.

I’d long wanted to write Cody Warren’s story. He was the hero’s younger brother in Rodeo Queen. When it came time to write his story, I had to figure out a heroine for him. I remembered Ally, also from Rodeo Queen – the heroine’s best friend whose dad was a policeman killed in the line of duty. I hinted at their story in my last release, Rodeo Reunion. Add my love for animals and it was a fun story to write. Here’s the back cover copy:

The Cowboy Next Door A charming cowboy moving in next door shouldn’t be bad news. But veterinarian Ally Curtis knows Cody Warren—she’d never forget the boy who left her when she needed him most. Cody is doing everything he can to show his beautiful neighbor he’s not the wild bull rider he once was, from helping her find homes for her beloved strays, to protecting her when her business is threatened. But Cody has a secret that keeps him from fully reaching out. Yet as they continue to work together to promote her shelter, he can’t keep himself from hoping that Ally might have a home for him…in her heart.

CowgirlAward winning, central Arkansas author, Shannon Taylor Vannatter is a stay-at-home mom/pastor’s wife. She once climbed a mountain wearing gold wedge-heeled sandals which became known as her hiking boots.

 She has twelve published titles and is contracted for three more. Her books are available at christianbook.com, barnesandnoble.com, amazon.com, harlequin.com, and barbourbooks.com. Learn more about Shannon and her books at http://shannonvannatter.com and check out her real life romance blog at http://shannonvannatter.com/blog/ with weekly book giveaways.

Connect with her: Shannon’s Facebook, Shannon’s Goodreads, Shannon’s Pinterest, Shannon’s Twitter, and Shannon’s Amazon Author Page.

Giveaway details: Comment to enter the drawing for a copy of Reuniting with the Cowboy. Ten copies will be split among names drawn during the blog tour from Sept 1 – 27. One winner will receive a Noah’s Ark themed memory board personally crafted by the author. This fabric is special since it was in the Vannatter nursery 14 years ago and goes along with the float the characters in the book build for a parade. Great for a shower gift or displaying kids or grandkids. Winners will be revealed on the author’s blog on Oct 8th. Be sure to leave info on how to best contact you if you are the winner! Animal memory board

Follow the tour:Sept 1: http://rosemccauley.com/

Sept 3 & 7: https://writingpromptsthoughtsideas.wordpress.com/

Sept 5: http://jenniferhallmark.com/blog/

Sept 5 –http://www.gailkittleson.com/blog/

Sept 12 & 15 – http://www.shannonvannatter.com/blog

Sept 13: https://jenpheobus.com/

Sept 16: http://www.jamesrcallan.com/blog/

Sept 21: http://www.faithfriendschocolate.com/

Sept 27th: http://brendaandersonbooks.com/blog/

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Tuesday Travels to ACFW conference in Nashville, Tennessee

I had the privilege of traveling to the 16th annual ACFW Conference in Nashville, Tennessee last weekend, and the joy of connecting with so many Christian writer friends from all over the world, both old and new friends! This only picture I took on Thursday has me in between my long-time friend, Christina Miller, on the left and my new friend and roommate Debby Lee on the right.

IMG_5729A few of the friends I met with on Friday were Shelia Stovall, at left, and the gals from The Courageous Brides collection with me below: Jennifer Uhlarik, Johnnie Alexander, Debby Lee, and Michelle Griep. So nice to know them better after all the emails and FB posts we sent over the past several months! PS. Did you notice the photo-bomber in the background!?ACFW Conference in Nashville, TN

Also met several new ACFW members at supper at Puckett’s on 5th and Broadway in downtown Nashville. Here is a panoramic view of our table and the street corner where we sat.IMG_5732 (1)

With all the pics, this is running long, so I will close and then post pics from Saturday and the Gala next Tuesday, so hope y’all will come back for that.

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Book Review The Things We Knew by Catherine West with Giveaway

51eGLI0vfBLThe Things We Knew is one of the best books I have read this year. Catherine West’s writing and storyline kept me wanting to read each spare moment I had. Even while I was on my own book deadline, I finished this meaty story in only five days. I still think about the characters, and to me, that is the mark of a great book.

This is a story of three generations of the Carlisle family, most of whom live somewhere else now, except the patriarch of the clan and his youngest daughter Lynette who still abide in the family beach house on Nantucket Island. There are many undercurrents and secrets that are uncovered slowly. And more secrets revealed as the story unfolds and the other four children come home, with a few grandchildren, too. Continue reading

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Fridays with Friends–Alice K Arenz about An American Gothic with Giveaway

By Alice K. Arenz An American Gothic

Blurb: She came to Foxxemoor to write a mystery, not to become part of one.

Devastated by the death of a child in her care, Lyssie’s heart strings are tugged when she finds another child in danger. Amid past secrets, lies, and betrayals of an old college friend’s family, she must choose a twin brother to trust. If she makes the wrong decision, she could not only lose her own life, but also the life of the child she’s come to love.

am goth shrunkBIO: An American Gothic, published August 2015, is the fourth novel of 2010 ACFW Carol Award winning author, Alice K. Arenz. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers, her first three novels were honored by two finals and one win in ACFW’s Carol Award: cozy mysteries The Case of the Bouncing Grandma (a 2009 finalist), The Case of the Mystified M.D., (2010 winner), and mystery/suspense Mirrored Image (a 2011 finalist)—all re-released by Forget Me Not Romances, a division of Winged Publications. Visit her at her website.

Alice K. ArenzAlice is happy to do an eBook giveaway, so please leave a comment below that contains your email so she can contact you. Feel free to disguise it with( ) or “dotcom” instead of .com, etc. to keep people from searching and using your email. Drawing in one week so be sure to enter by Friday, August 19th, 2016.

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