Sunday, October 13, 2013

Mystery Picture and Orchard of Hope Giveaway

Guess to Win a Book

Let's have a little fun with another mystery picture. Leave a guess, but don't read the other comments before you guess. It's more fun that way. But leave any comment on this post or one of my other posts before the end of October to be in a drawing for a copy of Orchard of Hope. (Exception - Comments on the October 18 Scavenger Hunt post will be for the great Scavenger hunt prizes only.) I know some of you may already have the book from its first printing, but autographed books make wonderful Christmas presents or stocking stuffers. Or maybe you would like to donate a copy to your library. So make a guess or join the conversation this month and see if you can win a book. I'll pick two winners on November 1.


Orchard of Hope's new cover

How do you like it? Jocie is at the Hollyhill Grill enjoying a strawberry shake. That has to be good! For my Hollyhill stories, I looked back at the way I remember my little town being in the 1960's. That was a time before Wal-Marts and before the main highway bypassed Main Street. Back then, if you wanted a new toaster, some nails,a prescription filled, a new dress or shoes, a loaf of bread or that strawberry shake, you went downtown on Main Street. 

And a lot of people did, especially on a Saturday afternoon. All the farmers put down their tools, stopped plowing or planting or harvesting and brought the family to town. It was a time to stop on the sidewalk and talk to your neighbors because you knew everybody you met. The teenagers got to do a little flirting while sipping a soda at the drugstore soda counter. But it wasn't all good. Our schools weren't integrated until the middle of the Sixties. The fight for Civil Rights was ongoing.

I took some of all that and mixed in my characters and their imagined lives and Hollyhill had a new story to tell. Many readers have told me that one of the final scenes in that story - a revival scene in the small country church - touched their hearts. I won't tell you more because I wouldn't want to spoil the story for you if you haven't read it yet. 

Great Chances to Win

So lots going on this month with books and prizes to give away. There's a Goodreads giveaway happening for Christmas at Harmony Hill. You have until November 1 on that one too. Then the fun Scavenger Hunt starts on Friday, October 18. I'll be posting one of the clues and a new posting from Lyn Cote. My post will be on a different site. There are 25 bloggers and writers taking part in the fun. Besides the main prizes of an iPad and 2 winners of all 25 newly released novels, many of the bloggers are offering prizes on their individual blogs. I'm offering a copy of one of my Shaker novels, but you have to wait until October 18 to leave a comment for that.

Meanwhile you can guess on the mystery picture and perhaps win a copy of Orchard of Hope. Remember, to make it more fun, don't read the other comments before you guess. 

34 comments:

  1. First of all Orchard of Hope sounds so good. Reading your post took me back to my days of growing up. Oh how I miss those old revival meetings!

    Let me see...what will my guess on the picture be? I think it is flower petals bursting forth!

    Blessings!
    Judy B
    judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I've been getting some great guesses, Judy. I hope you'll like walking with Jocie down Hollyhill's streets in the 1960's. The revival at Mt. Pleasant was spontaneous and not organized in any way - except by the author. :)

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  2. It looks like falling rose petals
    Shirley B jcisforme@aol.com

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    1. Good guess. You'll find out if you're right soon.

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    1. Love your guess, Anonymous, but if you want to be in the drawing, you'll have to leave a clue as to who you are or a way I can reach you.

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  4. Ann, I have no idea what the picture is but it would make a lovely cover for a book. I also love the cover of your newest book, "Orchard of Hope".
    Thanks for entering me in the giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi, Janet. I think you're right about it being a lovely image for a book cover. (By the way, it isn't from a book cover if any of the rest of you are wondering.) And I like somebody who just admits she has no idea what the picture is. That's the way I usually am on those type of things. Do you remember those pictures where you were supposed to squint or something and then see something hidden in the background? I never saw anything!!

      Glad you like the new cover.

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  5. Looks like pollen being released from a flower.

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    1. You could be right, Patricia, and you could be wrong! lol

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  6. Looking down into a food blender , Looks like slices of strawberries ! LOl Thanks I Faye Simer... xstitchgranny2000@yahoo.com

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    1. Wow, what a great guess. Not saying you're right or wrong, but it's a great guess, Faye.

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  7. It is the center of a flower dusted with dew drops. You can see the stamens with the anthers visible.

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    1. Love your guess too, Monica. It remains to be seen if you're right or wrong. Either way, you're entered in the drawing.

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  8. My guess is: the inside of a lily!

    Love the book cover - brings back so many memories, I used to love going to our small town drugstore, & getting a milkshake & tuna sandwich from the soda counter.

    Car problems right now, but looking forward to coming to see you Sun., at the library, if at all possible!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Great guess, Bonnie. You could be right or maybe not. I'm glad you like the cover. It definitely has a feel of small town 1960's. Hope you get that car fixed. I'd love to see you Sunday. Talk a friend into coming with you.

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  9. Some kind of flower bursting into bloom. Hope to see the rest of the picture.

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    1. The rest of the picture will be showing up soon, Ola. Then we'll see who's made the best guess.

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  10. I am guessing a stargazer lily, one of my favorite flowers. I love the cover of ORCHARD OF HOPE; it sounds like a wonderful story. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for taking a guess, Britney. I've got you entered in the drawing. And I hope you will enjoy my Hollyhill stories if you get a chance to read them.

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  11. I love the cover of the book! My guess is it is the stamen of some beautiful flower. :)
    lattebooks at hotmail dot com

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    1. So glad you like Orchard of Hope's new cover, Susan. I'm hoping some new readers will like the story too. Thanks for taking a guess about my mystery picture. We'll find out soon who guessed best, but right or wrong, you're entered in the drawing for a free book.

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  12. Ann, I am guessing a dew dropped flower that only God's touch could perfect. So delicate and elegant and simply beautiful..
    Love the cover!
    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. I love your descriptive guess, Melanie. Whether it's right of not will remain to be seen!

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  13. I think it's pollen inside a flower. I expect there to be a bee just out of sight for some reason.


    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. A bee would make a nice buzzing addition. We shall see, Mary.

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  14. A beautiful flower that the wind has blown the pollen around.

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    1. Thanks for your guess, Gayle. I think I'll leave it a mystery for another week. The Fiction Scavenger Hunt is coming up on Friday, so that might interrupt my normal posting schedule a bit. But I won't draw for the winner until November even if I do reveal the mystery photo. Think I may do another one tonight and give everybody a chance to throw their names in twice.

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  15. I believe that it's a picture of a flower magnified hundreds/thousand times

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    1. Great guess, Loretta. May be right and may not be. Time will tell. Thanks for joining in on my mystery photo fun.

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  16. The wind blowing pollen from a flower. Orchard of Hope sounds wonderful.
    Please me in contest .Thank you for the opportunity to win .

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    1. You're sort of right, Emma. You can check out one of the next blogs to see the rest of the picture. It's the middle part of a knock-out rose. I've got you entered in the drawing.

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  17. Mushrooms. Not really sure. Love your books.

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    1. Fun guess, Virginia. But wrong. You can check out one of the next blogs to see the "rest of the picture." It was a closeup of the middle of a knock-out rose. Very pretty.

      So glad you enjoy my stories. Thanks so much for reading.

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