Sunday, February 16, 2014

A Giveaway to Celebrate Summer of Joy

Celebration time! 

For a writer, there's not much more exciting than seeing a new book coming out for readers - even when that new book is simply one dressed up in a new cover. With the re-release of Summer of Joy, in a few weeks, my Heart of Hollyhill books will once more all be in print again and inviting readers to come back to the Sixties to visit Jocie and her family and friends.

Joy in the Journey
Some of you might remember the Sixties. Some of you might be too young for that. But isn't it great that books can take us to other times and places and let us experience "joy in the journey?" 

Life is a journey and you can travel through a year of life in Hollyhill with Jocie. Secrets are uncovered. Strangers show up. Joy is awakened. Troubles come. Love conquers. Life happens in this Small Town, America story. 

Celebration Prizes
And so I'm celebrating by having a giveaway with a few fun prizes. First prize winner will get that cute charm bracelet that Jocie might have picked out for you along with an autographed set of the Hollyhill books that includes Scent of Lilacs, Orchard of Hope and Summer of Joy. Second prize winner also wins a set of the Hollyhill books along with the ring dish with the bicycle and Joy in the Journey saying. (Jocie loves the bicycle.) And then there is the drawing for those of you who say you "never win." That prize is a box of chocolates and the winner's choice of one of my books. I've only gotten a couple of never win entries. Everybody must either be winners or on a diet! So be sure to tell me you've never won if you want to be in that drawing. And if you already have the Heart of Hollyhill books, it's fun to win books for a reading friend or perhaps your church library.

I also invited entrants to share a Valentine story of love. You don't have to tell a story to enter. You just have to send me a message at annhgabhart(at)yahoo(dot)com or leave a comment here (with a way to contact you) on my blog before midnight EST February 28, 2014. People who comment here will get one entry in the drawing for the prizes listed above, but I'll have a special extra drawing for my blog commenters with two winners getting their choice of one of my books. Each comment on a new post here on One Writer's Journal before the deadline will get you an extra entry in the blog drawing. I do appreciate those of you who drop by to visit me here. And of course, feel free to leave those Valentine stories. 

A Valentine Story 
Here's a cute story I received after I sent out news of the contest in my newsletter last week. R.M. said, "Back in 2001, one of my coworkers came in the office where I was working and said someone was there to see me. I was excited! Whoo hoo!! Flowers for Valentine's Day! Nope, lo and behold, a Barbershop Quartet!! Right there in the main corridor. They handed me a long stem red rose and sang "Let Me Call You Sweetheart"!!!!! That was the best Valentine's Day ever. Love was in the air!!!!
    Now, today I am picking up balloons as I already have the heart-shaped cake and cookies to have my granddaughters over for a Valentine's Day Party!!! Love is still in the air!!!"

I love R.M.'s enthusiasm for Valentine's Day love. Love is in the air in Summer of Joy too. So share some love whether about romantic love, family love or even the fun of all those little Valentines given away at school parties across the nation. "Be Mine, Valentine." "Yours till Ivory Soap Sinks." "Roses are red. Violets are blue. Sugar is sweet and so are you." What silly Valentine rhymes do you remember?  

Next Time
If you don't get my newsletter and would like to, be sure to let me know or sign up here on my FB author page. And come back Wednesday night or Thursday. Over on my Facebook author page, I'm getting suggestions for naming my heroine's dog in my work in progress. So far 89 different names have been suggested. I'll share those results next time on One Writer's Journal. 


Thanks for the Prayers
Last, but certainly not least, I very much appreciate all your prayers and concern for my mother. We had a rough week with taking her to the facility Monday and then spending a night in the ER after she fell on Wednesday, but today she seemed to be settling in. She even told one of the aides that we were her daughters and she knew my sister's name. Prayers are powerful and I thank you that you're willing to plug into that power for my mom. 


32 comments:

  1. What a great giveaway! Count me in. My hubby presented me with a sweet Valentine card the morning of Valentine's and that evening he came in with a beautiful single red rose. Love is definitely in the air!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Glad you jumped in to join my giveaway fun, Melanie. And so happy for you that love is in the air at your house!!

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  2. Thanks for the chance to win some of your books...I'm looking forward to settling in with one of them and a cup of hot tea!

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    1. Now that sounds like the perfect way to read one of my stories, Nancy. I love reading and sipping hot tea. Got you entered.

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  3. Loved that Valentine story Ann!
    It seems I have some books to catch up with and only own Scent of Lilacs in the series!
    All the best,

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    1. Well, this is your chance to gather in some more of my titles, Noelle, if you're a winner. Thanks for taking part and glad you enjoyed the Valentine story. I'll share more later on, but I'm not getting very many valentine stories. While I intended to sort of threw out the idea of general love, I think most don't want to share their romantic stories. Too private, perhaps. But I always enjoy hearing from you.

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  4. Glad to hear your Mom's tests came back normal this morning. Hope you both are able to rest today. Have you tried singing together? Music bypasses thought.
    I only have Scent of Lilacs so would love to win these three books and will give the book I have to a new reading friend. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Kathleen. I tried music, but sometimes noise irritates Mom and that might be what my singing would be - noise. :)

      Always great to hear from you. I've got you entered.

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  5. I am so glad to hear that your Mother is doing better. God is great! I wish that I had a wonderful love story for Valentine's Day, but alas, no. I do remember the sixties and since I was so much younger it was a good time. And I truly loved a lot of the clothes and those high boots.

    Annettena at yahoo (dot) com

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    1. God is great and prayer is powerful, Annette. The Valentine story idea isn't going over too well. Guess I should have asked everybody to share something else with me. Maybe I'll come up with a better idea this summer when Love Comes Home is released. The Sixties were a good time for me too, but those bell bottom pants weren't my favorite!!

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  6. This is all very lovely, with gorgeous prizes, and I hope that your mom continues to improve

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  7. Ann, glad to hear your mom is doing better. I don't have a Valentine's story to share, but I sure would love to win any of your prizes. The gifts look great and I'd REALLY love to read these stories! Love the new cover designs.
    kathy at kathycarltonwillis dot com

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    1. Thanks, Kathy. The new covers are very bright and attractive. So glad you came over to join in my giveaway fun. Good luck.

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  8. We had plans to go out to Dinner on Valentine's Day. My hubby (bless his heart) forgot and scheduled our computer guru to stop in to do some computer work for us. Jon was to arrive around 3:30-4:00 p.m. time frame. He didn't make it until 5:30 and left at 7:15. My poor hubby felt so bad. We still went out to our local family restaurant and had a great meal. Valentine's Day for us is about spending time together. If one of us messes up, all is forgiven and a nice time can still be had! I love my Valentine....my best friend!

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

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    1. Love your Valentine story, Judy. Sound like something that might happen around here at my house. Guess that goes to show the computer guru wasn't too worried about a Valentine date - his or yours! Glad you made it out for a late dinner. I'm going to share your cute story and great advice about messing up and forgiving on my FB page for Mailbag Tuesday. I won't share your e-mail. Always fun to hear from you.

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  9. I got to spend Valentines day snowed in with my 3 beautiful Grandbabies and my wonderful daughter who came up from London Ky. I haven't seen them since Thanksgiving, so it was a very special weekend!!!!
    Paula
    wolfmommi@yahoo.com

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    1. What a great way to spend Valentine's day. So glad you got to enjoy those grandbabies, Paula.

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  10. Love the giveaways! Valentine's was sad this year. No school due to snow (I teach 3rd grade) and my husband is in heaven, so I was alone. It was a LONG day. Thankful for God for being with me!
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. Sorry you had a sad day on Valentine's, Susan. I know if you'd been able to make the snow melt and be at school you'd have had fun with your kids there. I always enjoyed the Valentine parties at school when my kids were little. I got to help since they had room mothers back them. It is good that we can always count on the sunshine of God's love.

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  11. I don't necessarily have many really memorable Valentine's days, I guess I lead a boring life? I do remember my Mom always making a fun dessert for us, and I've tried to carry this tradition on with my family. One year I took it a step further and created a special restaurant for my family. I made up menus and let everyone choose from two different entrees, their choice of salads and side dishes and choice of desserts. The kids loved it and requested the same experience for Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas dinner that year.

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    1. Fun desserts on Valentine's doesn't sound boring, Amy. Sounds delicious. And that is so cute - the idea about the menus and letting everybody have a Valentine "restaurant" experience. I'll have to share that idea forward on one of my posts if you don't mind. My grandkids would have fun with that. I might too if I didn't have to do too much cooking! :)

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  12. Usually my husband buys me a dozen roses for Valentines Day, but this year he had 2 dozen white roses at home waiting for me! He couldn't find a vase so used the 2 large decorative jugs I have in our living area. He put a dozen roses in each one so I could see it was TWO dozen roses. I trimmed them up and put all 24 in 1 large vase and THEY ARE TRULY BEAUTIFUL and full of the spirit of love in which they were given.
    I would love to win one of the prizes! sharon, wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. What a lovely Valentine story, Sharon. I can almost see those beautiful roses. Love is definitely in the air at your house. :) Got you entered in the drawings. Thanks for joining in the fun.

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  13. This Valentine's Day was pretty special. I have 3 children, all married and have kids of their own. So this year I was scheduled to babysit so each of the couples could have a night out. Unfortunately, my middle daughter ended up having emergency surgery and came home from the hospital on Valentine's morning. Without any prompting, both of her siblings and their spouses decided they didn't want to go out while Erika was home sick, so we all (even my parents) made food and took it to their house and had dinner together. Best Valentine's Day ever!!
    PJsDolls@comcast.net

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    1. That's a lovely Valentine story, Pam. You obviously have a very loving family. What a gift. Hope your daughter is doing well after her surgery. Sometimes life interrupts our plans, but then blessings can rain down on us anyway. I'll save your comment and maybe share it forward in a post about the Valentine stories I've gotten.

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  14. Seven years ago we were awaiting the arrival of our first grandchild. The birth would take place in Micronesia, so we were constantly checking our watches and making the thirteen hour time adjustment. In the wee hours of the morning on the 17th, our little Valentine arrived. Because of the time change we had the fun of sharing that we learned at 3 in the morning that she had arrived later that afternoon. Valentine's day always reminds me of her arrival and my induction into the grandmother's club where I continue to live happily ever after.
    Nancy (nancylohr@charter.net)

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    1. Now that's the way to celebrate at Valentine's time, Nancy. A first grandbaby. And the time difference made the announcement unique. The grandmother's club is a great place to live happily ever after. Thanks for sharing your story. I'll enter you in the drawings.

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  15. I'm glad your mother is doing better.
    This is a great giveaway. I would love to read these books.
    I also just subscribed to your e-mails.
    Susan
    susanmsj at msn dot com

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    1. What fun, Susan, that you're going to be getting my newsletters. You can subscribe to the blog here too if you aren't already following it. I appreciate your interest and also your concern and caring about my mother. So far so good today. I cringe every time the phone rings worried it will be the home telling me about a new problem.

      Thanks for joining in my giveaway fun. I like to have fun with the prizes and this time I picked them the way I thought Jocie might. Jocie is one of the viewpoint characters in the Heart of Hollyhill books. You can go read a little bit from Summer of Joy on her blog, http://bit.ly/N5Zyhm, if you want to give her character a test run. Got a giveaway going there too.

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  16. don't have such a wonderful Valentine's story to share as you do but my hubby is always sweet. He loaded me up with chocolates this year! Would love to win! Rhonda
    rhonda_nash_hall@comcast.net

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  17. Glad your mother is doing better. My birthday is on Valentine's Day but there wasn't much of a celebration. My husband is terminally ill and wasn't feeling well that day. He's a good man and gave me a kiss and a little box of chocolates.
    bemiown(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. Hi Ann!
    I am so glad your mother is doing better! I don't have a fun Valentine story, only sad ones for myself. I am 38,still single and never had a boyfriend, but I have had a friend when I was younger who made me feel special on Valentine's Day a couple times. I am a romantic at heart. I am very much intrigued by the series of books you mention above..I'd love to know what it was like to be/live in the 60's. I enjoy books because they take you to times and places you've never been and may never see. :) You have a special gift. Thank you for sharing that gift with others. :) I hope you have a terrific Tuesday! :D
    ~Mippy :)
    (aka Sabrina)

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