Thursday, July 2, 2015

Some Really Great and Amazing News for The Hesitant Heiress!

Well, as for the main reason for this post, I just need to say it and get it over with—The Hesitant Heiress has FINALED IN THE 2015 ACFW CAROL AWARDS!

That’s in all-caps because I’m still shouting, trying to make myself believe it’s really true!
 


The Carol Awards are ACFW’s recognition for the best Christian fiction published 
by traditional publishing houses in the previous calendar year.

And then there is this. It kind of gives me chills. 

<-- acfw2011="" acfw="" awards="" ceremony="" ever="" first="" from="" gala="" here="" is="" my="" pictured="" program="" span="" the="" writer="">’s conference. The Hesitant Heiress (which I simply referred to as Amaryllis back then) was almost finished, and I felt so in over my head! But I’d also had amazing feedback from my paid critique from author Andrea Boeshaar and two partial proposal requests from two ACFW-endorsed agents! (Both of which who offered me a contract of representation within a week of my sending the partial proposal!)  
Writing was what I loved to do best, and going to conference had been—at least after my meeting with Andrea—like going to a different planet where I felt I totally belonged (which isn't usually how I feel). At the gala, I circled the debut category of the Carol Awards, and I mentally told myself that my name would be listed there someday. I didn’t tell anyone else (I don’t even think I told my husband), because seriously, that’s crazy talk. 
But you know what? Sometimes crazy talk to God can make your dreams come true. I know this, because that’s exactly where my name is now, listed in the debut category of the 2015 ACFW Carol Awards.
And I still can’t believe it. :) 
So, if you’re looking for a few good books to read, these thirty-three novels are the best of the best of 2014... the top 2% of the close to two thousand books published in the Christian market last year! And as of September 1, 2015, you’ll be able to read The Hesitant Heiress in paperback instead of as only an eBook!




This summer just keeps getting better and better—which is kind of a relief after the whole last year! Last summer I had a newborn, was going through edits for The Hesitant Heiress and developing a street team for my Everstone Series, all coming out within the year! My friend, author Sarah Ladd deserves tons of the credit for the street team though! She basically presented my books before her Facebook author page audience, and I think I ended up with the BEST street team of readers out there!



 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A Writer’s Review of “Hearts Made Whole” by Jody Hedlund

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 {About Hearts Made Whole}



Hearts Made Whole (Bethany House, June 2015)
Can she forgive the hurting man who costs her the role she loves?

After her father’s death, Caroline Taylor has grown confident running the Windmill Point Lighthouse. But in 1865 Michigan, women aren’t supposed to have such roles, so it’s only a matter of time before the lighthouse inspector appoints a new keeper–even though Caroline has nowhere else to go and no other job available to her.

Ryan Chambers is a Civil War veteran still haunted by the horrors of battle. He’s secured the position of lighthouse keeper mostly for the isolation–the chance to hide from his past is appealing. He’s not expecting the current keeper to be a feisty and beautiful woman who’s angry with him for taking her job and for his inability to properly run the light. When his failings endanger others, he and Caroline realize he’s in no shape to run the lighthouse, but he’s unwilling to let anyone close enough to help. Caroline feels drawn to this wounded soul, but with both of them relying on that single position, can they look past their loss to a future filled with hope…and possibly love?

{My Review}

Its been a long time since Ive read such an emotionally moving book as Jody Hedlunds Hearts Made Whole. Im never one to miss reading one of her books since A Noble Groom is one of my all-time favorites, but this one took me by surprise and is now also one of my favorites... though at one point I did want to throw it against the wall. Instead, I set it down for a few days so I could collect myself and dove right back in with much anticipation about how Jody would bring out the happy ending I was desperate to see between Caroline and Ryan. 

Jody writes characters very wellso well, that its like theyre right there with you. I think this is why I love her writing so much. I am never disappointed with the deep level of character development she is able to achieve. Or the way her stories, about simple, everyday people, twist and turn and are emotionally spot-on every single time.   

And in case youre not already convinced you need to read this book, I have to tell you that the kissing scenes in this book are some of the BEST Ive ever read.

5 blazing stars... if you need to ask. :)

Jody Hedlunds Hearts Made Whole has a rating of 4.45 out of 5 stars (from 206 ratings) on GoodReads. I was given a copy of of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This book released June 2, 2015.

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{More About Jody Hedlund}

 

Jody Hedlund is the bestselling author of nine novels, including Captured By Love, Rebellious Heart, and A Noble Groom, winner of the 2014 Carol Award and INSPYs Award. She received a bachelor’s from Taylor University and a master’s from University of Wisconsin, both in social work. Currently she makes her home in Midland, Michigan, with her husband and five busy children.

Find out more about Jody at www.jodyhedlund.com.


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Book Buzz!

“With painterly prose that never skimps on wit and verve, Hedlund gives us vivid characters, inventive plot twists, fascinating historical detail and heartfelt faith journeys….Lovers of inspirational fiction won’t want to miss this sparkling gem of a novel.” 
RT Book Reviews Top Pick

“Hedlund’s superb and affecting story of faith and healing is set in the past, but its message about soldiers returning from battle rings just as true today.” 
Booklist starred review

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Hearts Made Whole by Jody Hedlund Afternoon at the Beach Giveaway and Facebook Party!


One grand prize winner will receive:
One second-place winner will receive:
One third-place winner will receive:
Celebrate the release of Hearts Made Whole by entering to win an Afternoon at the Beach prize pack and RSVPing to Jody’s June 23rd author chat party!

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 Happy Reading!



Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Paperbacks of The Everstone Chronicles... better late than never.

Wow, so that year—the craziest year of my entire life—is over! Sorry I checked out for a while! It was so amazing to get to the end of April and finally be able to do whatever I wanted in my spare time again! In case you aren’t aware, I had my first baby {the cutest baby boy ever, too!} just months before The Hesitant Heiress released last summer, and then of course, my publisher had me on a very tight release schedule with The Bound Heart coming out only three months later... AND then I didn’t have The Captive Imposter finished until January (which then released April 1st!)! 

In the last ten months since my debut novel released, I’ve heard from many readers regarding the fact that the series was only being released as eBooks, asking if they would ever be available in paperback.  Honestly, it’s been difficult for me to see the books be received so well but remain only available as eBooks. Once I began really gearing all of my focus on finishing The Captive Imposter and planning the blog tour this spring, I didn’t let myself think of the paperbacks. I had a copy of The Hesitant Heiress and The Bound Heart from a print run they did to enter the books into a few 2014 book contests, but it broke my heart every time I laid eyes on them. Yes, I loved them! I adored them! But it made me so incredibly sad to know that they weren’t available to all of the readers, friends and family members who also wanted to have the paperback versions. Even a large number of the readers who’ve read the books as eBooks have wanted the paperbacks for themselves and also to buy for gifts for their friends and family. 

Well, it looks like things might finally be working outand its funny, because just the other day I was awake in the middle of the night (for the baby) and thinking about this for the first time in a long time. Id basically come to the point that thinking about it was just too painful. Id tried to console myself over the months with the fact that at least I have tons of amazing readers who love the stories Ive written, but I still felt like God was saying “No” to one of the biggest requests of my heart. 

Well, soon printed books will be available to readers! Heres the quick-release schedule:

The Hesitant Heiress ~ September 1, 2015
The Bound Heart ~ October 1, 2015
The Captive Imposter ~ November 1, 2015 

I’m so thankful to my publisher for the wonderful experience I’ve had going through the editing process with the amazing Courtney Hartzel, and that their graphic design department made three of the most gorgeous covers I’ve ever seen for my books! And I cannot wait for you to see themand read them!




Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Giveaway of The Hesitant Heiress!

To celebrate that my debut novel is a finalist for Best Inspirational Single Title in the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, I'm giving away I'm giving away 3 digital copies!

I can still hardly believe that Amaryllis Brigham (my heroine!) is on a finals list with books by DiAnn Mills, Deborah Raney, Elizabeth Ludwig and Regina Jennings! 

To enter to win, comment on this FaceBook post on my Author page with the name of the BEST Historical Christian fiction book you read in the last year! I will randomly select the winners Sunday (March 29th)! Good luck!

Check out the full list of nominees for the Award at the link below. http://southernmagic.org/GayleWilsonFinalists.html

Friday, March 20, 2015

Huge Historical Romance Giveaway from your favorite authors!


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