Monday, September 29, 2014

Well! Look who is in this month's Clash of the Titles competition! The Hesitant Heiress!?!? Please vote!! :D


Clash of the Titles presents four brand new inspirational novels. One’s set in a Bible camp for tweens or the tweens in your lives. Hopes and dreams are threatened in another. In the third, a town’s in need of a miracle. Two people work to cure a deadly disease in the fourth. Which one will you read first? Browse the books, then, using the voting box below, let us know the title you’ll put at the top of your to-be-read list.


SPEAK NO EVIL by Mary Hamilton
Having his younger sister at summer camp will be a pain, but Taylor Dixon, 15, never expects the pain to go so deep. When she falls for his snobbish cabin mate, a war of words and pranks escalates, threatening to land him in jail and destroying his dreams for the future—until a lesson learned from an old engine sets him free from the prison he built himself.




THE HESITANT HEIRESS by Dawn Crandall
With the rare ability to play the piano by ear, Amaryllis Brigham wants nothing more than to someday found a music school. However, someone keeps undermining her hopes and dreams, and she's sure it's Bram Everstone--the father of the one man she's ever come close to falling for.




MIRACLE IN A DRY SEASON by Sarah Loudin Thomas
Perla Long wants a quiet, safe place for her and her daughter where her past can stay hidden, but she ends up in a town in desperate need of a miracle. Bachelor Casewell Phillips sees everything he wants in a woman in her, but can’t get past the sense she’s hiding something.



WITH EVERY BREATH by Elizabeth Camden
In the shadow of the nation's capital, Kate Livingston's respectable life as a statistician is disrupted by an encounter with the insufferable Trevor McDonough, the one man she'd hoped never to see again. A Harvard-trained physician, Trevor never showed the tiniest flicker of interest in Kate, and the only reason he seeks her out now is because of the one thing they share in common: the competitive drive to cure the world’s deadliest disease.




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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Happy Birthday to Clash of the Titles!!! :D

Can you believe Clash of the Titles is FOUR years old?
It hardly seems possible.

Four years ago this month, COTT's arena opened for its first Clash, and it's been going strong ever since! Hundreds of Christian authors have competed, and 58 have left victorious. Each author has earned a special place in our hearts, and we at COTT find it an immense privilege to promote Christ through their work.

Join us this week as both COTT champs and COTT staff celebrate these four, amazing years together!

Over the next four days, our generous champions will be giving away 61 of their books.

Sixty-one!

We've divided those books into four giveaways--one for each year God has blessed us!
(See below for today's list.)

Each participant has myriad opportunities to enter the four drawings,
but there will only be FOUR WINNERS.
Will you be one of them??

Find out at Clash of the Titles on Tuesday, September 23rd!

Drawings will be open until Monday night,
September 22 (midnight PST).

Until then, it's free rein on entries.
Don't miss out on the fun!

Below, you'll find the four links, one for each giveaway.
See the Rafflecopter at the end of each article for your entry options.

GIVEAWAY ONE
GIVEAWAY TWO
GIVEAWAY THREE
GIVEAWAY FOUR

Best wishes!

Monday, September 22, 2014

20 Things You Might Not Know About Me

Question 1: How tall are you? 

5'4 1/2 -- right in the middle of being short and not very tall. :)

Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?


I like to write. :) Haha, I don't really think that's a hidden talent, but I think it's the only one I've got!  

Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?


Underdeveloped blog pages with great content. First impressions really do matter. 

Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?


Too many. 

Question 5: What’s your favorite song?


Too many. Anything with a good story behind it that I can twist into something to write about. 

Question 6: What’s your favorite Etsy shop that isn’t yours?


I don't know. I've only gone to Etsy to look up costume/hair accessories related to the 1920s....

Question 7: What’s your favorite way to spend your free time when you’re alone? 


I'm pretty sure I'm never going to be alone ever again now that I've had a baby... but I would definitely read or WRITE!! 

Question 8: What’s your favorite junk food? 

All of them.  

Question 9: Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?


I have a 13 year old half Siamese cat, Lilly; a 2 year old orange cat named Pumpkin, a 1 year old black and gray striped cat named Clover, and a blue beta fish named... Blue. :)

Question 10: What are your number one favorite nonfiction and fiction books?


I don't read non-fiction. Favorite fiction includes: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, anything by Jane Austen, Great Expectation by Charles Dickens, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier and Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell.

Question 11: What’s your favorite beauty product?


Mascara and lip gloss. 

Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?
 

I don't remember. It's happened so much in my life that it doesn't even faze me now. 

Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?
 

Starbucks White Mocha

Question 14: What’s your favorite movie?
 

Pride & Prejudice, 2005. I saw it the day it released, and I couldn't stop thinking about it for days. I could pop it in ANYTIME and be instantly happy. :)

Question 15: What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?
 

I was a loner who stayed to myself. 

Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
 

Mount Desert Island, Maine. 

Question 17: PC or Mac?
 

I own Apple devices, but I just cannot seem to make the change to using a Mac computer....

Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse?
 

I don't know. We've been married for 9.5 years, and love each other very much... it all just blends in with what else is going on now... :) 

Question 19: Favorite celebrity?
 

Adam Levine. 

Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want be best friends with?

Although I have a blog, I don't really follow other blogs... so I don't even know. One I had a super fun time being interviewed on lately was Savanna Kaiser's blog, The Engrafted Word. So, I guess I'll pick her. :)

I’m tagging some of my ACFW friends: Susan Tuttle (www.susanltuttle.com), and Joanna Davidson (www.joannadavidson.com), Stacey Zink (www.suburbanthoughts.wordpress.com), Savanna Kaiser (www.theengraftedword.net) to do this with me.  This is completely voluntary.
 
Thanks to Marisa Deshaies at A Way with Words for sharing her post and inspiring me to fill out the questionnaire!

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If anyone who reads this is interested in joining in, the details are below. Thanks for reading!
If you are interested in participating, here are the directions:
1. Copy and paste the questions below and then answer and turn them into a blog post. Or, record a video answering these questions and upload it to your blog post.
2. At the bottom of your post, tag anywhere from 2-10 bloggers you want to see answer these questions. (I also suggest hitting up your tagged people via social media just to let them know you tagged them to do this tag challenge.)
3. Use the title: 20 Things You Might Not Know About Me Blog Tag. Once you’ve hit publish, leave a comment with the link to your post.
4. Use the hashtag #20ThingsBlogTag when sharing on social media so we can all find your awesome posts!
Question 1: How tall are you?
Question 2: Do you have a hidden talent? If so, what?
Question 3: What’s your biggest blog-related pet peeve?
Question 4: What’s your biggest non-blog related pet peeve?
Question 5: What’s your favorite song?
Question 6: What’s your favorite Etsy shop that isn’t yours?
Question 7: What’s your favorite way to spend your free time when you’re alone?
Question 8: What’s your favorite junk food?
Question 9: Do you have a pet or pets? If so, what kind and what are their names?
Question 10: What are your number one favorite nonfiction and fiction books?
Question 11: What’s your favorite beauty product?
Question 12: When were you last embarrassed? What happened?
Question 13: If you could only drink one beverage (besides water) for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Question 14: What’s your favorite movie?
Question 15: What were you in high school: prom queen, nerd, cheerleader, jock, valedictorian, band geek, loner, artist, prep?
Question 16: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
Question 17: PC or Mac?
Question 18: Last romantic gesture from a crush, date, boy/girlfriend, spouse?
Question 19: Favorite celebrity?
Question 20: What blogger do you secretly want be best friends with?


**This blog post is a part of the ’20 Things You Might Not Know About Me’ Blog Tag started by April from Blacksburg Belle. She began this blog tag experiment to build community among creatives, help us bloggers to connect more and get to know each other better. This month’s topic is all about sharing just a little too much information about yourself.**

Monday, September 8, 2014

It's Time for a Giveaway of THE HESITANT HEIRESS!!! :D


In honor of my debut novel attaining 50 FIVE-STAR reviews on GoodReads, I'm giving away an Advance Reader Copy of The Hesitant Heiress!! The winner will be announced next Tuesday. This contest is open to anyone with an eReader. Good luck, and please share this giveaway with your friends!

HERE

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Advance Readers Needed! “The Bound Heart” Releases from Whitaker House in November!

Do you love to read? Do you love inspirational historical romance with a touch of suspense thrown in? With the release of THE BOUND HEART—the second  novel in The Everstone Chronicles novel series—a little over two months away (November!), I’m gathering a team of readers / bloggers who would love to help me spread the word.

As a member of this team, you will receive a PDF Advance Reader’s Copy of The Bound Heart in about 3 to 4 weeks. I will email you with links to the book cover and graphics, and author pics. As a part of this team of "influencers" your goal will be to spread the excitement of The Bound Heart’s release. This can be done in the following ways:


~ If you have a blog, post a review and/or ask me for an interview [preferably in October or November].

~ Prepare a list of tweetables and tweet!

~ Talk about the book on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, GoodReads or other social media sites. If you wrote a review, post your link everywhere. :)

~ Like my Facebook Author Page and comment, like or share my posts to your friends and followers.

~ If you belong to a book club, suggest The Hesitant Heiress. Let them know I’m available to book clubs for online video chats. 

~ Share your enthusiasm with your Bible study, prayer group, civic groups or other organizations that you belong to.

~ Pin the book cover or other book graphics from my website, or those I share with you, to Pinterest. You can also share The Hesitant Heiress Pinterest board I’ve created.

And if you receive and read The Bound Heart and find it’s not your style book? That is okay. Not all books are for all readers. If you don’t like it, feel free to do absolutely nothing.

If you would like to be on this influencer team for The Hesitant Heiress email me at dawncrandallwritesfirst (at) gmail (dot) com.

If you’d like more information about what an influencer does, author Jody Hedlund has a few blog posts about it here and here.