Thursday, February 28, 2013

A Giveaway to Celebrate Scent of Lilacs & Grandmothers

Mom with one of her great-granddaughters

Every time I have a new book release or in the case of Scent of Lilacs re-released, I like celebrating with my reading friends. And what better way to celebrate than to give away some things?  

And what am I giving away?
Funny that you should ask since I was just about to tell you. A Grandmother’s Bible. Some of you may remember I did a giveaway with this Bible a couple of years ago, but so many people commented on really, really wanting to win it that I thought why not give another copy away? I’d been trying to think of something that would tie in with my book’s title, Scent of Lilacs. Maybe I should have hunted up a garden catalog and mailed the winner a lilac bush. That would have been neat, but then the winner might have lived in an apartment without a yard. With lilacs on my mind, I remembered that purple Grandmother’s Bible–a very lilac purple. Plus, in the story, Aunt Love is always trying to improve Jocie’s behavior by quoting Scripture to her. Not in a sweet, grandmotherly way, but verses from the Bible at any rate. 

So top prize in my new giveaway is a beautiful lilac leather-bound Bible (NIV) with all kinds of extras for grandmothers to help guide their grandchildren along the right paths in life. Two second place winners will get their choice of one of my books and a grab bag book by a different Christian author. And I haven’t forgotten those of you who say you never win. One by one, we’re changing that. If you tell me you never win when you send your entry, then I’ll enter you in a special drawing for a lilac scented candle and your choice of one of my books. To enter send me an e-mail from my website or leave a comment here. 

Since I’ve got two giveaways overlapping a bit here, you can leave that comment on this post and also scoot in at the last moment for an entry in my blog giveaway. Jocie on Hollyhill Book of the Strange will be shouting out the three winners of Scent of Lilac next Monday on her blog. Thanks to all of you who have made the month fun with your comments. Deadline for entering the new Scent of Lilacs celebration giveaway is midnight EST April 1, 2013. You must be eighteen to enter.

For fun, I invited you to tell me a grandmother story. You don’t have to in order to enter, and a bunch of you have loved telling me about your grandmothers. I haven’t gotten to read all your stories yet, but I will. Meanwhile, I have read a few to share with you tonight with the permission of the writers. So here goes.

First, can any of you top Mary’s grandmother in numbers? She says, When my grandmother passed away I was one of 101 grandchildren and she also left 103 great-grandchildren. I had 3 more children after she passed and I have lost count of all the cousins and great cousins in the family now. We have started having a Cousin's Luncheon every month, and try to get different cousins to come each month. There are just too many of us to get all together at once.”

Now if they all showed up, they’d have to reserve the whole restaurant and make sure it was a big one. My dad used to look around the table when we all got together and tell Mom “Just look what we started,” and there were only three of us girls and seven grandchildren.
 
Grandmothers can be teachers too as they help us learn as we grow. That’s plain in this story from Jeanne.
When I was growing up during my teenage years my mother opened a little dress shop and it seems like she was always at work.  We moved to be closer to her shop but since she worked long hours she just didn't feel like cooking when she got home and neither of my older sisters ever leaned how to cook.
My sister's were much older and I didn't like being alone at home so every day after school I would stop by my Gramma B’s little apartment for a "chat." As soon as I told her about "dinnertime" she told me not to worry that she'd teach me how to cook on her old coal stove - you know the kind - the ones that make the best cookies in the world!

During the days and weeks ahead she didn't teach me just how to cook. She also taught me that I had to learn how to do the things I needed to, as she said, "survive in this world." My Gramma taught me the important life lessons and she taught me to not only cook but to also sew. She taught me to be independent but to remember the importance of friends. Most important of all she taught me about tolerance, giving to others and helping those less fortunate. This was all taught me by a woman who had little in possessions or wealth. She taught me from the heart what was truly important in life.

Most of all she taught me to never think badly of others and I remember the day she inscribing in my bible - Never judge that ye be not judged -  and in parentheses after it "Always give everyone you meet a second chance."

I'm 65 now and I only hope that I am teaching my own grandchildren those important lessons as well and spending time in the kitchen with them teaching them how to bake.

That’s the way of grandmothers. Wisdom passed down from one generation to the next along with a lot of love. Some of those who’ve entered say they never had a grandmother, because of distance or death. But all of them have said how much they love being grandmothers now. For the last story this week, we hear from M.

When I was little my grandmother (knowing I liked chocolate) would take me grocery shopping with her. As we came to the checkout counter she would say, "I LOVE Hershey Bars but I couldn't possible eat a whole one. Would you share one with me?" Then she would open it, take one or two squares and hand me the rest. Eventually it dawned on me what she was doing. Even today when I see a Hershey Bar I think of her.  

I’m glad so many of you have loving memories to share with me. I’m looking forward to reading more of your grandmother stories in the days ahead. And if you haven’t entered, please do. Remember no story necessary to enter, but the stories are fun.

Also I’ll have a guest post on "Scattering Hope with a Smile" about Scent of Lilacs giving me "New Writing Hope." Leave a comment there on Jo's blog for another chance to win an autographed copy of Scent of Lilacs. I hope I'm not giving away so many books that nobody will have to buy one! :)

Thanks so much for reading and I hope these stories have made you remember how much you were loved by your grandmothers.






31 comments:

  1. I loved spending summers in Kentucky with my grandmother. We played rummy and she sent to the store to shop for her. I miss her so much.

    gmgates7@windstream.net

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    1. So glad you have happy memories of summers with your grandmother, Marisa. I wish I could have my grandchildren visit more, but right now with Mom's care, it's just not possible. I miss them. My mother played cards with her grandkids too. I like to play cards with mine, but for years now there has always been a baby to chase that makes playing games difficult. But the youngest is almost four now.

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  2. I have just found you as a christian writer, and have just finished the shaker series. I would be honoured to be picked to receive your book. My email is kazaknight@hotmail.com Thank you for writing such life changing and challenging christian books. God bless you and your family. Karen x

    kazaknight@hotmail.com

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    1. Thank you so much for reading my books,kazaknight. I love finding new reading friends. I've got you entered in the drawing and you too, Marisa. And a special thanks for your prayers fr me and my family.

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  3. I loved visiting on my grandparents farm. My grandma was a good cook. I remember most her farm breakfast. Eggs, gravy, toast, bacon, ham, and most of all sliced tomatoes for the toast and gravy.



    janetfrancis4@yahoo.com

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    1. There's something fun about going to the farm to see the grandparents. Especially if you're a town kid the way my grandkids are. Sounds like an extra yumming breakfast. I'm thinking she probably had homemade jam too for that toast.

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  4. Hi,

    I have so many stories to choose from with my grandma. She just turned 90 in December and she's still as lively and as funny as she's ever been. We were on our way to North Carolina (visiting her childhood home) from New Jersey and we made a pit stop. Me and my grandma went into the store at the gas station and she wanted to buy a snack. She picks up a honey bun (by the way she's diabetic) and I looked at her and said "Granny you can't get that." My Grandma said "I'll get what I want, it's my money" I then replied "I'm going to tell my dad on you" She responded "Child, tell your dad but he can't stop me because by the time he comes in here I will already have eaten it" right then in there my dad happened to walk in and my grandma started acting guilty and my dad said "Mom, you can't have that it's sugar" my grandma said "It says it's honey" and at that point me and my dad started laughing. Well, you guessed it my dad won and my grandma ended up getting unsalted peanuts. She pouted too to see if she could get her honey bun. I love my grandma she always brings fun and laughter.

    Thank you for the opportunity.

    keona.white@antonelli.edu

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  5. I'm not sure but i thought i entered this one with the story of my grandma B. Lilacs remind me of her so much. She has now gone to be with the Lord. She loved her flowers I would bet she is in Heavens in a beautiful garden tending the flowers. I would love to win this book. (Bible) If you already have my other story on grandma B that is great. I just see where I had posted in the comment section. God Bless.
    joeym11@frontier.com

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    1. Our preacher says we'll get to do all the things that make us happy when we get to heaven, so there will be plenty of flower gardens. I'm sure your grandmother is enjoying hers. I haven't had a chance to read all my grandmother e-mails yet, but I'm working on them. Thanks for the comment, Diana, and I'll make sure you're entered in the giveaway.

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  6. I would love to win a copy of your book "Scent of Lilacs" or any of your other books. Thank you for the chance to win one of your books!

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    1. Got you entered, Lisa. Thanks and good luck.

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  7. I loved my Ma so much! She was my mother's mother. My mom worked, so I stayed with Ma quite often. She loved all us grandkids. She taught me how to take care of baby chickens, make biscuits, and most of all, to sew. She was a seamstress for the women of her community, and she loved passing down her skill to me. Today, when I sew, it's almost as if I can still hear her telling me, "It's all in how you hold the material". She passed away in 1986, but she's still alive in my heart and memories. I'll always cherish the times I spent with her.

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    1. Our loved ones never leave as long as they are alive in our hearts and memories. So glad you had such good memories of times with your Ma. My aunt who was like a grandmother to me also did a lot of sewing. But I liked typing on her old Underwood. The beginning of my desires to write.

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  8. Would love to win..I have never won!..Let me tell you about the most wonderful grandmother..we called her granny..Her daughter my(mother) passed away from cancer at thirty six years old..leaving behind six daughters...which I am one,I was almost 13,my oldest sister was 14,then there was 9,7,4,and 2..If it had not been for our sweet granny most of the time we would not of had anything thing to eat or decent clothes to wear. My granny did not have money,but she had the Lord.Our father was a good man but he was young and could not handle us by his self. Our granny taught us about Jesus,about his great love. he needed another beautiful flower for his garden,that is why she said he took our mommy to heaven.I know one of these days,I shall see my granny and my mother again,one sweet day!thank you and God Bless!
    Theresa Doss ......... hutchgurl54@msn.com

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    1. Theresa, that's such a lovely story of your grandmother. It had to be really hard on your and your sisters to lose your mother at such a young age. It was good the Lord blessed you with a loving Granny and I'm sure you all were a comfort to her after the loss of her daughter. Money's isn't even close to the most important thing our grandmothers can give us.

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  9. I loved spending 2 or 3 wks a year with my Grandmother who lived in GA (about 100 miles from me in TN which was a long way 55 yrs ago) I too am 65. She lived on a farm with cows, homemade butter etc. One particular summer (I was 10) I broke my arm and had to stay for 3 wks while it healed. I sure did enjoy that in spite of my arm. Such pampering I received. I would love to win your Bible esp. since purple is my favorite color. However, if I don't win, I'm sure the person who does will enjoy it as much as me. May God bless you!!!! Barbara Gravett llgravett@comcast.net

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    1. I guess you got some good out of that broken arm, Barbara. Summer visits to grandmother's house can be some of the most cherished memories and you sound as if you have plenty to cherish. Good luck in the drawing.

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  10. My Grandparents raised me. My Grandma was a good Christian lady and she taught me to read the Bible and pray. I sure hope that I win the Bible. Sharma Darby rdarby@roadrunner.com

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    1. Thanks for the comment, Sharma, and I'm glad you had a good grandmother. So many of the stories I've been getting talk about their grandmothers teaching them about the Bible. What a wonderful gift and blessing.

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  11. This is my 3rd time typing the first two times it didn't go through. I typed this story about a road trip with my grandma a year ago. The road trip was very funny and there was never a dull moment with her. My grandma just turned 90 in December and I love her to pieces. Thanks for this opportunity to win. By the way, I love your books!

    keona.white@antonelli.edu

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    1. Keona, thanks so much for persevering with your comment. I've had that kind of trouble trying to comment on blogs and I have to admit, I usually give up. Sorry you had trouble. And what fun to take a road trip with your grandma. Especially a grandma like you must have.

      And thanks for reading my books. I'll get you entered in the giveaway. Maybe the next time you comment, it will go smoother.

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  12. I loved walking across the field to visit my Grandma. She would give me one on one time which hard to get with so many siblings at home.(But I had a great home and family.) I loved sitting and talking with her, and sitting in her porch swing and wish I had one now to sit in and read. She also had this huge tree by a fence, that had a lot of low almost straight out limbs and my brother and I used to spend hours, playing in that tree, and grandmother didn't yell for us to got down. She would sit and talk to me and I would watch her quilt. I learned to sew and sewed many things in my life, but was never good at quilting. I couldn't learn to sew without sticking my finger and would bled on the pretty quilts! LOL She always had something in her cubbard to give me, if only cornbread. I remember it always had a special smell that I loved. I told her that one time when I was visiting her with my 4 children, and, she laughed and said, I don't know why child when It never had much in it. I only had one set of grandparents and dearly loved them. My grandpa would play with me and chase me around the house, and I remember hiding under their bed. Grandmother never yelled for us to stop. My other grandparents I never knew. Mother's mom died when my mother was only 5, and her dad died when I was only 1 yr. old. A great loss for me. Both families, BGramma and Mother had large families so there was many grands and greats for each, I have 19 greats myself. Love all my babies, but don't get to spend enough time with them. Hoping to win. Maxie
    mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. The one on one time is what makes time with grandmothers so good. Sitting and talking. Just letting you be you. And a lot of the stories I'm getting talk about how grandmothers taught them to sew. I tried my hand helping my aunt who was like a grandmother to me quilt. I stuck my fingers too.

      Thanks for sharing your grandmother story. Always fun to read you comments.

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  13. Hi Ann!

    I loved all the stories about your followers Grandmothers! Thanks for giving us all this opportunity to remember the fond memories of the past and that one person, our grandmother, that made us become the women we are today!

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the stories, Jeanne. I've got more. Some of them are such fun. Others are very touching. As you say, fond memories.

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  14. These grandmothers, like your books, are wonderful. I have many fond memories of my grandmothers. I am going to have to narrow down my wonderful memories before I can email my story!

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    1. I have gotten some wonderful grandmother stories. More than I'll be able to share. I appreciate so much your kind words about my books and even more that you're reading them. Thanks for your grandmother story. I'll let you know when I share it here.

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  15. Hi! I would love any of your prizes! Treasures. My story: Each one of us is 20 years apart in age: me, my daughter, my granddaughter and my first grandson ~ exactly each one twenty years apart in age. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. I'll enter you in the giveaways, Kathleen. You should get your other prize book soon. I'm 20 years older than my daughter, but that's as long as the 20 year string goes. However in my husband's extended family they have a string like that too. I can't remember how many, but several, but I think it's divided by 10 years instead of 20. Thanks for your comment. Always fun to hear from you.

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  16. What sweet memories have been posted. Unfortunately, my grandmothers died before I was old enough to know them and my grandfathers too. I wish I'd had those special people in my life growing up. I know I missed out on something very special. I'm a grandmother now to 4 beautiful grandchildren, so I try hard to be a good influence on them, and would love to be entered for the grandmother's Bible, if you will. If not, I understand. :)

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    1. You missed out on some great relationships, Maggie, but maybe you were like me. My father's mother died before I knew her, but my aunt who never married was every bit a grandmother to my sisters and me. We spent the night with her every Friday. I have 9 grandchildren who I don't get to see as often as I would like, but they are all very special to me. I know your grandchildren are fortunate to have you in their lives as a loving grandmother. Sure, I'll enter you in my giveaway. All comers welcome. Thanks so much for chiming in about grandmothers.

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