Contest Winner, New contest and Excuses, excuses…

The winner of Ann Gabhart’s The Outsider is Diana. I know she will enjoy it muchly. I saw Ann a couple of weeks ago at her booksigning in Lexington, KY, and she said a sequel is in the works, so I am eagerly awaiting it! Ann is on the left in the red jacket and Virginia Smith who also signed books that evening is in the red jacket on the right. I’ll post more about Virginia later on this month, so check back to read about her and one of her new books. The other two ladies are members of our Unity Christian Church book club, Ellen Whitaker and Thelma Taylor, who also attended the signing at Joseph-Beth with me.

This month’s book contest is for Rhapsody in Red by Donn Taylor. Don is another ACFW member whom I have met at conferences, along with his lovely wife, Mildred. Although I am only about 1/4 way thru this book (see excuses below!), I can already tell you that I am very impressed. Not only has Donn hatched a plot that has me wanting to stay up past my bedtime to see what happens, he has also done it with the cadence and lyrical writing one would expect from the poet that he is! Here’s a blurb from the back cover copy to whet your appetite and make you want to leave a post so you have a chance to win this book:

“Preston Barclay is a self-made recluse (and he likes it that way). Teaching college history allows him time to grieve the loss of his pianist wife and find relief from the musical hallucinations that have been playing in his head since her death. But when he and a headstrong colleague, Mara Thorn, discover the body of another instructor on campus, Press’s monotonous solitude is destroyed. When the preliminary evidence singles out Press and Mara, they must take some chances (including trusting each other) to build their own defense–by bending the rules just a bit…Otherwise they both might end up unemployed, behind bars, or worse…” Sound exciting? Leave a post!

Now for the excuses part. I really hate to make excuses for not finishing this book sooner and for not blogging more this past month, but…I was taking two online classes, plus working on getting my final rewrites done before sending my two requested proposals off, plus had friends visit for nine days… So, although November looks to be a busy month also, I pledge to write at least one more time this month–once I get said proposals sent off and read Virginia’s book so I can post a review of it. Hope you will check back and keep me accountable!
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4 Responses to

  1. Diana says:

    Thanks so much Rose! I can’t wait to read this book and I love knowing there is a sequel coming soon.

    As for your being busy, I get it! Been there myself this month!

  2. annhgabhart says:

    Hi Rose. Thanks so much for doing a give-away with my book, The Outsider. Hope you enjoy the story, Diana. There won’t be a sequel as to the characters only to the Shaker village as time moves forward there to 1833-34. The Outsider is set in 1812.

    Also thanks for posting the photo of our booksigning and even more for coming up to support Ginny and me. It means a lot to have writer friends. And Ginny and I didn’t coordinate our outfits. We must just both love red.

    Wishing you much luck with your proposals, Rose.

  3. The book sounds great. Count me in. And don’t worry about blogging excuses with me! I’ve had to quit altogether for a few weeks, myself

  4. Lynda Schab says:

    Please enter me in the contest for this book. It sounds great! Thanks!
    Lynda Schab (Lschab4jc at

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