Interview with MaryAnn Diorio

MaryAnn DiorioThanks for visiting, MaryAnn. Please tell us about your favorite book as a child and your favorite book as an adult. Can you see a connection between those books

What an interesting question!  My favorite book as a child was actually a series of books about a set of twins called The Bobbsey Twins. I loved those books because I could relate to the main characters and their adventures.  I read every single one in the series and, to this day, still can recall the joy and excitement I felt reading them. Continue reading

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Christmas Book Winners

Three winners for my Christmas book! In Oct. and Nov. both I promised to send a Christmas book to one of my commenters, so even though I didn’t announce a giveaway for the month of Dec. ahead of time, I decided to giveaway another book. The three winners are:

October — Bev Flora
November — Dowdywriter
December — Delia Latham

Starting in January I will discontinue my regular monthly book drawing until I get more followers on my new website, but will still do giveaways from other authors who choose to do one, so hope you will continue to stop by and please sign up to be a follower.

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Spotlight on Hometown Melodies

I’m glad to welcome Amber Stockton today to spotlight her new Christmas book which happens to be the second book in A Smoky Mountain Christmas series. Let’s learn a little about her book and her.

Melodies-Cover_Front_72-dpiBlurb: Melody May Buchanan left Gatlinburg to pursue a life in the symphony. When a letter arrives asking her to return home for her granddaddy’s 80th birthday, she knows she must go. Leaving her fiancé in Denver while the symphony is on break, she pushes behind her the reasons she left and heads home. But the homecoming isn’t quite what she expected. She’s immediately faced with everything she loved while growing up there…even her best friend, Drew. Old feelings surface, and she starts to wonder if she made a mistake. When her fiancé arrives, her two worlds collide, and she discovers Drew has become quite a success in the music industry. Now, she has a choice to make. Either way, one man will get hurt. But, which option is the best? Continue reading

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Jingle Belle by Delia Latham

JingleBelle_mjpgI’ve always loved to write, and from an early age, began to produce little bits of poetry, short stories and songs. Writing a novel was always a dream…one of those “kinda-sorta” goals folks keep in the backs of their minds and don’t say much about, because the truth is, they don’t really believe it’ll ever happen.

For me, it did – thank God! Granted, it happened later than it does for a lot writers (I was 49 when my first book released). I had four children, and kind of laid my writing dreams aside while they were small. I worked as a staff writer for a daily newspaper, and wrote articles for a regional magazine…but writing the stories that were floating around in my head had to wait until the time was right.  Continue reading

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When Mercy Rains

Book Review of When Mercy Rains by Kim Vogel Sawyer

I love all of Kim Vogel Sawyer’s historical and contemporary books, so this book was a double treat for me because the prologue takes place twenty years in the past, then chapter one starts in the present.

We see the present through the eyes of Suzanne Zimmerman, the woman who was seventeen and pregnant in the prologue. We also see it through the eyes of Paul Aldrich, her long-lost love, and Suzanne’s daughter, Alexa, and mother, Abigail.

Everyone involved needs to be forgiven and/or forgive someone else, and also accept God’s mercy and show it to others.

Whenever a secret or part of one comes to light, another secret is revealed, culminating in a whopper of a secret near the end. This is a very well-written, well-thought-out book. I would expect no less from this gifted writer—Kim Vogel Sawyer.


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Laughter by Ane Mulligan

I am so happy to host my friend, Ane Mulligan, again to share with you something she is an expert in—laughter! One of the best gifts we can give!Joy-of-LaughterI love to laugh. Even more, I love to make people laugh. The Bible tells us a merry heart is good medicine, Prov 17:22. And a merry heart comes from laughing.

Laughing and smiling use fewer muscles than frowning. Laugh lines are softer than frown lines.

From Humor is infectious. The sound of roaring laughter is far more contagious than any cough, sniffle, or sneeze. When laughter is shared, it binds people together and increases happiness and intimacy. Laughter also triggers healthy physical changes in the body. Continue reading

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