Sunday, February 23, 2014

"A Book Worth Reading"


"If instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give." ~George MacDonald

Sometimes an encouraging word can be a special gift. I got one of those today from a reader who was reading my book, Scent of Lilacs. She said she was enjoying the story and then she thanked me for writing "a book worth reading." What a very nice thing to tell an author! 


Of course, I hope all my books are worth reading. I want to write them so that those of you who read them can get to know and love my characters the way I do while I'm writing their stories. With my Heart of Hollyhill books, I had fun going back to the Sixties and populating my fictional town of Hollyhill with characters who might walk down the streets of any small town in the USA. I stayed with those characters through three books and never got tired of them, Scent of Lilacs, Orchard of Hope, and now coming back to stores very soon in its bright new cover, Summer of Joy. 

But there are special gifts that are things too. Not long ago I received that kind of gift from my daughter-in-law. She got e-copies of all my covers even the old ones from years ago before there were e-copies of anything and made me the framed poster, pictured above, to hang in my office. Isn't it great? And such a thoughtful gift of her time and effort as she came up with a perfect gift for me. A writer has a special place in her heart for the cover art of her published books. Those covers are something bright and real with the promise of the story inside. The cover of Summer of Joy in the poster is not the new cover, but it's good to have that first cover remembered too. I'm so fortunate to have loving daughters-in-law who have blessed me with some beautiful grandchildren and who also encourage me in my writing career. 

One Week to Get Your Entries In

The deadline for my Summer of Joy Celebration Giveaway is Friday, February 28th at midnight EST. You can enter by sending me an e-mail from my website or here by leaving a comment. Comments on my posts here also enter you in a special additional drawing for a copy of your choice of one of my recent books. I don't have extra copies of those long ago books. The contest rules and description of prizes for the Celebration Giveaway are on my News & Events Website Page. Here's two of the prizes, a cute little ring dish and a charm bracelet with encouraging words all around. Plus those books that I do hope you will think are "worth reading." 

I also have that extra contest for people who say they "never win." I've gotten very few entries in that so maybe most of you are already winners. But one of you who tells me you never win is going to get a book and a box of chocolates. 

Remember, if you leave a comment here, you have to include a way for me to get in touch. A couple of you have commented without your contact information or even a name. If you don't want to leave that information in a comment here, feel free to e-mail me at annhgabhart(at)yahoo(dot)com or message me on my Facebook page. I know sometimes the comment feature on blogs can be a pain. Besides, you might enjoy joining in the conversation on my FB page. Some of my friends there enjoy my weekly features of Friday smiles, Throwback Thursdays, Shaker Wednesday, and Sunday Morning coming down.

A Book Worth Reading

That's what we all want when we're reading, don't we? A story that keeps us turning pages to find out what happens next. A story that we can be glad we read when we do turn that last page. A book that doesn't disappoint. Not every reader who picks up my books agree that my stories are worth reading, but I'm glad for those of you who do. And I will keep looking for the right words to fill the pages to make the stories you can enjoy. 

Thanks for reading!  








28 comments:

  1. I don't think I have a real Valentine's story but just love time with my husband and hugs and kisses from my daughters....any day! Rhonda rhonda_nash_hall@comcast.net

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    1. Can't get a much better Valentine's story than that, Rhonda. Hugs and kisses are the best. I've got you entered in the giveaways. So glad you dropped by.

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  2. Ann - You know I love all of your books - thank you for this great contest. Rachel rlepree@musfiber.com

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    1. Rachel, you are so nice. Thank you for your kind words. My readers sometimes have to be special readers who don't mind switching gears a little as I write first a book about Shakers and then a book about a family in the 1940s and then go back to 1855 for a historical romance. So I appreciate you. Got you entered in the contests.

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  3. Hi Ann, what an awesome giveaway. I would love a chance to win your books. I have never won anything from you before but I have won books by other authors. I have enjoyed historical fiction as well as Amish fiction but it would be nice to read about the Shakers. May God continue to bless you in your writing! lisastifler@yahoo.com

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    1. I've got you entered in the drawings, Lisa. So glad you dropped by to join in the fun. The Shakers are different from the Amish and of course, the Heart of Hollyhill books are not Shaker but set in the 1960s in a Small Town, America. But if you win, you can choose which book you want. Thank you for your sweet blessing.

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  4. Summer of Joy sounds wonderful. Please enter me in contest. Thank you for the opportunity to win.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Have a great week.I enjoy reading your books.

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    1. Thank you for reading my books, Emma. I appreciate that. I've got you entered in the contests. Hope you'll have a blessed and happy week too.

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  5. Ann, your post was very interesting today. I have enjoyed your Shaker books but have not read the others yet.
    I will definitely have to check out The Heart Of Holly Hill series as I grew up in the 60's and know they will be great reads.
    I also have won other authors books but not yours.
    Thank you for all the interesting posts on your site, I subscribe by e mail.
    mcnuttjem0(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I do appreciate you reading my blog posts here, Jackie and subscribing by e-mail. I love my reading friends. In my Hollyhill books, I wrote the setting the way I remember my little town being in the Sixties, so you might enjoy those stories too. Glad you've liked the Shaker books.

      Thanks for joining in the fun here and let me know what you're thinking about my posts any time.

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  6. Your giveaways look wonderful. I like the ring dish! and the books, of course. I've read Orchard of Hope but not Scent of Lilacs or Summer of Joy. I do enjoy your 'page-turner books' for sure. sharon wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi, Sharon. You started in the middle of the Hollyhill books, but that's okay. I tried to make the stories so they could be read as stand alones too. Still you might enjoy going back to Hollyhill for the "rest of the story." :) Thank you so much for reading my books. Love your kind comment. I've got you entered in the giveaways.

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  7. Love wholesome, worthwhile books that are "worth" reading. Thanks!
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. And I'm always hoping my books fit that bill, Susan. Thanks for stopping by.

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  8. Ann, What a nice gift for you and so thoughtful! Thank you for sharing with us too. Would love to win one of your books. Thanks, Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. It was a very thoughtful give, Kathleen, and a big surprise. She told me she had a gift I'd love, but I had no idea what it was. I've got you entered in the drawings.

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  9. Awww...what a wonderful gift from your DIL. Such a special and heartfelt gift. I've not read any of your books yet but I look forward to doing so. I hope you have a beautiful day, Ann! :)

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    1. Hi, Mippy. Fun of you to drop by and check out some of my blog posts. I've got you entered in the drawings, so maybe you'll get a chance to try out one of my books. It was a very sweet gift from my DIL.

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  10. Hi, Ann! I am new to your books, but they all look so positively wonderful. I cannot wait to get started reading them. I hope you have a blessed week! Thank you for offering this generous giveaway. You are most kind.
    Kimberly Mayberry
    kbinmich @ yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Great, Kimberly. I hope when you do try one of my stories that you'll enjoy getting to know my characters and following them along their story trail. I've got you entered in the drawings.

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  11. Thank you for continuing to write books worth reading! If you don't have a mission statement, then this might be one to consider.
    Connie
    cps1950@gmail.com

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    1. Connie, that would be a great personal mission statement to keep me focused on telling stories that are uplifting and encouraging. A lot of authors come up with a one line blurb about their books, but I've never done that.

      I've got you entered in the drawings.

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  12. Nice post and I think you have the sweetest daughter-in-law to come up with such a thoughtful and perfect gift! For those of you who have never read one of Ann's books, be forewarned they are addictive! Ann, you do write books worth reading. I haven't read them all, I'm a work in progress...Have a blessed day! Linda
    dmcfarl101(at)juno(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Linda. Always fun to hear from you when you stop by here. And I appreciate your kind shout-out here. Addictive - I have to admit I like the sound of readers being addicted to my stories. And I hope I can write new stories that you will think are worth reading. Maybe if you win the drawing, you can pick one of the books you haven't read yet. Oh, and aren't we all works in progress?

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  13. I am ready to be addicted to your books, and have your latest one on my TBR list. From reading your excerpts I can tell its going to be a long standing book relationship. I never win and even buy lottery tickets where I know my numbers are next....but they never are. LOL Have a wonderful day.

    Carly C

    culpca1@yahoo.com

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    1. Fun to hear you have one of my books on your TBR list. That makes me smile, Carly. So good of you to drop by. I've got you entered in all the drawings. I never win either, or almost never. I did win an afghan once and then last Christmas I won a little Christmas tree. But I had great odds in that one since I bought chances on it and put four of my tickets in the jar in front of that tree. It was the cutiest little dog and cat decorated tree. So who knows? Maybe you'll win this time. The Never won entrants are very low so the odds are great for you.

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  14. I enjoyed reading this Ann as I always do. I don't think you can write a bad book. You are a great author, and a great person. A great encourager. And, a good FB friend. And, as I've said before one whom I would love to be a neighbor to. I hope someday to have all of your books. Nice what your daughter-in-law did for you with these covers. Know it is something you will always cherish. And, someday she can add one with another group you will write for us to enjoy.26 books that is a lot and I only have GOD bless, Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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  15. I love your books and stories. I hope that I win.

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