Sunday, July 22, 2012

Love at First Sight, Gifts, and Other Blogging Trails

Nine more days to take part in my Celebration giveaways. Either on my website at the The Gifted Contest Page (prizes shown there) or at Fresh Fiction and have a chance to win a lovely journal and pen. The picture of the basket and my book The Believer is the second prize in my website contest. The basket is a one-of-a-kind made locally. Not exactly like the Shakers would have made it since it is decorated with buttons, but the Shakers did make lots of baskets for use in their villages and for sale. 


It fun to give things away to celebrate a new book and another way I celebrate (and give away books) is by guesting on other blogs. I did a lot of that when Words Spoken True was published last February and some of you reading friends followed me around to leave comments and try to win a copy of the book. Well, now you can do it again. I was a guest on Rose McCauley's Blog Friday, and you still have time to comment there to have a chance to win a copy of The Gifted. Since Jessamine has to figure out which gifts are true and worthy in this new Shaker book, that's what I decided to write about with Rose. "What is Your Gift?" It was interesting to me that our pastor preached on how we all have gifts this morning. And no, I don't think he read my post over on Rose's blog. 


"Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” ~Anthony Robbins


Then I have a guest blog on Romance at Random all about love at first sight. Do you believe that's possible? Maybe you've experienced it. Or at least attraction at first sight. I was certainly attracted to my husband at first sight and we're still together all these years later. No free book on that site, but you can join in the conversation about whether you think love at first sight is possible. Of course, you can join in the conversation here for that too. And I threw out the question on Facebook a while ago and was already hearing love stories and then one story where the love at first sight feeling didn't lead to enduring love. 


But don't you just love to hear other people's love stories? How they met. How long they've been together. A couple at our church just celebrated their 64th anniversary. We had another couple who made it to 75 years together before the husband passed on at age 95. True testimonies of love and faithfulness. So you can find out how I met my husband if you go check out what I have to say about love at first sight. 


More guest blog posts to come with some of them offering chances to win a free book. A lot of reviews out there too. Ann Shorey, a fellow Revell writer, did one on The Gifted last week. If you want to know her thoughts about the book, go to Ann Shorey's website and you can check out Ann's books too while you're there.


I've got to come up with another guest post for a site called The Romance Dish. What romantic topic would you suggest?


Thanks for reading.  

12 comments:

  1. I would love to win one of your books!

    Nicole Lemasters
    niccilem@yahoo.com

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    1. I'll enter you in my website contest, Nicole, but to be in the running for the books that are being given away by the blogs that I have guest posts on (like Rose's blog), you have to make a comment there if you haven't already.

      Thanks for your comment and good luck on the giveaways. Maybe I should do one just for you lovely people here who read my journal posts. :)

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  2. Please let me win. Lol Love your books. But my luck is like a rotten apple. Stinky. Gizmosandi@hotmail.com. me!!!me!!!!

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    1. Sandra, I'll sign you up for my website contest for the Shaker music box, etc., but to be in the running for the book giveaway on the blogs where I've got guest posts, you have to leave a comment there - if you haven't already.

      And I know about that rotten stinky luck when it comes to winning a drawing. I always say if there were only two names in the pot and mine was one of them, I would be increasing the other person's chances 100 percent. :)

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  3. Ann, I'd also love to be entered in your book contest! I've read your previous books, and love them! Thank you for being so generous!
    Nancee
    quiltcat26[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. I've got you entered, Nancee. It's fun to give things away to reading friends. I do so appreciate you reading my books.

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  4. please enter me! will go to the blogs where you guest posted and comment too. rhonda
    rhonda_nash_hall@comcast.net

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    1. Thanks, Rhonda. And good luck on the blogs. There will be a few more coming next week. I'll add you to my celebration giveaway hat.

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  5. Hi Ann, I went to the blogs you suggested re: gifts and love at first sight. In reading somewhere I noticed your husband's name is Darrell (two r's & two l's). My husband is a Darrell, too. I am adamant about the spelling although it doesn't bother him as much! I'm a big fan of your books. Love everything I've read. How about a romantic post that deals with what makes you feel loved and appeciated...for me, it's a husband that understands and supports the need for me to be gone for months at a time to take care of my 85-year old mom. She's in Ark and I'm in PA. She had breast cancer surgery & radiation therapy & I was blessed to be there for her. He never complained and was always there (by phone & occasional visits) with words of encouragement & confirmation. I was gone for 5 months. I think that makes for one special man (plus he puts up with me & my three pound poodle!) Linda McFarland/dmcfarl101@juno.com

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  6. My husband is the one who worries about his name being spelled correctly, Linda. He's always telling people that Darrell with the two l's and r's is the CORRECT spelling. :) Thank you so much for your comment and for reading my books. I like your idea about a romantic post. I did that sort of with my book before this one, Words Spoken True, because the story was so romantic. But maybe I'll do another blog on it too because the gift of romance and love is much to be treasured.

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  7. Ann, would like to enter this contest to win-The Gifted. I always enjoy reading your books, and your Writer's Journal-you do have such a gift with words!

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    1. Thank, Janie. It's always fun to see your comments here. And thanks for entering the contests.

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