Monday, June 2, 2014

Countdown to Rosey Corner #3

Are you ready to go back to Rosey Corner and see what's going on with the Merritt sisters? I hope so because my new Rosey Corner book, Love Comes Home, will be releasing soon. (Available for pre-sale now on Amazon and other sites.) 

In fact, reviews are already popping up. The first one right off the bat was a nice one that had my editors sending me congrats. I told my family maybe I just wouldn't read any more. You know, sort of like stopping playing ball after you hit a homerun. A starred review in Publishers' Weekly is sort of like a writer's home run. Here is an excerpt: 

In a return to Rosey Corner, Ky., Gabhart revisits the inspiring beloved characters introduced in her historical Angel Sister and continued in Small Town Girl. ....This beautifully written story has a timely resonance, uplifting and filled with hope even as it addresses painful topics. Masterful storytelling blends with a written love story about sisters everywhere, resulting in a novel tailor made for book clubs that can be treasured and shared with all who appreciate the beauty of love and family and the value of struggle. 

Now that's nice. Like getting a hug from a reviewer. Then to top that off, the next day a review came in from RT Magazine. And of course, I did read it. Another hug.


“Gabhart gives readers a fantastic gift of another visit to Rosey Corner and the Merritt sisters, who are more like a real family than a family in a book. The author captures readers' attention and absorbs them into the concerns of a town that is seeing the return of its sons after WW II. You'll want to share the Rosey Corner series with friends and family, and this installment will leave your mouth watering for homemade brown sugar pie - and the recipe is included.”

And I do include the recipe for Jay's favorite pie at the end. That brown sugar pie made its first appearance in Angel Sister. 

Of course, the very best reviews are the ones I get from you, my reading friends. I always enjoy hearing what you think. 

I got my first copy of Love Comes Home Friday. The official release date is July 1. So that gives me a month to celebrate in lots of different ways. First off, just in case you haven't already visited Rosey Corner and you have an e-reader, the publisher is reducing the price to $1.99 or lower for the e-book versions of Angel Sister and Small Town Girl. The price won't last long, but if you want to check them out, here are some links:


For those you who want that paper book, Christianbook.com, has the paper copy of Small Town Girl for a super low price right now. Plus, you can still get that e-book version of Scent of Lilacs free at all the above internet sites too. Here's Amazon's link. 306 reader reviews and counting. Most of them reader hugs. :)

If you get my newsletter, keep an eye out for it. I'll have details of my Love Comes Home Giveaway Celebration. Still pondering about what kind of stories I might ask you to share with me. If you don't get the newsletter, you can sign up for it here. Or come on back here Wednesday for all the details and a special blog giveaway too. I'll do my best to think of something fun. 

Thanks for reading. 

Note: If you are leaving a comment to be entered in my giveaway, please leave a way to contact you. You can leave your e-mail as (name)at(emailserver)dot(etc) if you are concerned about leaving the e-mail address as it is normally written for mail. Without a way to contact you, I won't be able to reach you should you be the lucky winner. Thanks. 


58 comments:

  1. I love your cover.---Rae

    rae725(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Rae. I thought the colors were very nice too. Maybe sometime I should blog on book covers and how they come about from the author's perspective. That would leave a lot unknown. I'll enter you in the contest. Thanks.

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  2. I can't wait to read this book!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Deborah. I can't wait for you to read it too. lol. If you want to enter the drawing for the prizes you need to come back and leave a way to contact you should you win. You can leave your e-mail, written out like this. annhgabhart(at)hughes(dot)net. Or you can send me an e-mail at that address or at annhgabhart(at)yahoo(dot)com.

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  3. I love your books and the contest prizes are wonderful. Cannot wait for the new book.

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    1. Hi, Mary. So glad you've enjoyed my stories and my contests too. I try to make the prizes fun. If you want to enter the drawing for the prizes you need to come back and leave a way to contact you should you win. You can leave your e-mail, written out like this. annhgabhart(at)hughes(dot)net. Or you can send me an e-mail at that address or at annhgabhart(at)yahoo(dot)com. It makes me smile that you're eager for the new Rosey Corner book.

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  4. Congratulations on the new release!
    Denise

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  5. I can't wait to go back to Rosey Corner! So looking forward to reading this book. Congratulations, Ann!

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    1. Fantastic, Betty. I do hope you'll enjoy living a little more life with the Merritt sisters. I always like hearing what you have to say about one of my stories.

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  6. I'd love to win your new contest! This book sounds fantastic. I will be ordering it on my next payday! Thanks so much...

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    1. Sandie, you can't imagine how much I appreciate you spending your reading money on my book. I hope you'll enjoy the story. I'd love to enter you in the contest, but to do so I need for you to come back and leave a way to contact you should you win. You can leave your e-mail, written out like this. annhgabhart(at)hughes(dot)net. Or you can send me an e-mail at that address or at annhgabhart(at)yahoo(dot)com. I can't contact you from the comment here w/o an e-mail address.

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  7. Perhaps because I was born in a large city and still live there, I love reading about life in small towns. I did attend college in a small town and learned how much friendlier the small town folks seem than those in a don't-even-know-those-in-your-own-block city.

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    1. Thanks for coming over, Gladys. I don't know anything about those large cities since I lived in the country near a small town all my life. But unfortunately even in the country these days, we sometimes don't know our neighbors. It wasn't like that when I was a kid though and it's not like that in Rosey Corner.

      I'd love to enter you in the contest, but to do so I need for you to come back and leave a way to contact you should you win. You can leave your e-mail, written out like this. annhgabhart(at)hughes(dot)net. Or you can send me an e-mail at that address or at annhgabhart(at)yahoo(dot)com. I can't contact you from the comment here w/o an e-mail address.

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  8. I received your newsletter today telling about the special giveaway you are having to celebrate the release of Love Comes Home. I'll leave a comment now but try to remember to come back Wednesday. I want to be sure I'm entered. I really liked the Rosey Corner books. I read Small Town Girl first and liked it so much that I went back and read Angel Sister. I'm looking forward to continuing the story in Love Comes Home.
    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net
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    1. Hi, Pam. Yes, indeed, you did what you needed to in order to enter the contest, but I hope you'll still come back to read more on Wednesday. Love my reading friends visiting here. I'm glad you were able to enjoy the Rosey Corner story even if you did read the second one before the first one. I tried to make them stand alone stories and series stories too.

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  9. Congrats. I enjoy reading your books. They are joyful.

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    1. I love your remark, Cheryl. I love joyful things. I even put that in my autograph for Christmas at Harmony Hill. "Joy to the world." I haven't thought up what I'll write in Love Comes Home. I'll have to think of something.

      If you want to enter the contest, you need to come back and leave a way to contact you should you win. You can leave your e-mail, written out like this. annhgabhart(at)hughes(dot)net. Or you can send me an e-mail at that address or at annhgabhart(at)yahoo(dot)com. I can't contact you from the comment here w/o an e-mail address.Thanks again for your joyful remark. :)

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  10. I so look forward to reading this book and it would be nice to win in the giveaway. I love it when the mailman brings me a new book to read.

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    1. That is great mail to receive, Brenda. Good luck in the drawing and I hope you enjoy visiting Rosey Corner when you read my new book.

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  11. I would love to enter your giveaway from the newsletter. When i was a kid we were always go to grandpa's farm(3 hr drive)at least once a month. I always looked forward to seeing him and all my aunts,uncles,and cousins. Your book cover is so pretty.
    Sue B
    katsrus(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Sue. I think the cover is very eye-catching too, but it's the story inside that I hope readers will like.

      Going home to grandpa's or grandma's is a cherished memory by most kids. I loved playing with my cousins when I was a kid.

      Got you entered in the contest.

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  12. Great series! Congrats on the new release. ;)

    andrea2russia@hotmail.com

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    1. Thanks, Andrea. I'm so looking forward to people reading the book to see what they think. I love talking books with readers.

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  13. I am looking forward to reading this series!

    mamaw105(at)att(dot)net

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    1. Thanks, Patricia. I hope you will enjoy strolling down Rosey Corner's story lane. I've got you entered in the contest.

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  14. Family homecoming story: My 6 person family (I have 3 younger sisters) took a road trip from SoCal to Ashland KY when we were young. It was quite the trip across country . Lots of firsts for all of us, plus the fun of experiencing our KY relatives :D Years later we ended up moving to KY and all of us have stayed here.

    Kandi

    kjwilliams17 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Love your story, Kandi. When I was 5 we drove to Oregon from KY in a green Studebaker. Unfortunately I don't remember much about the trip, but my older sister does. Those miles through the cornfields almost did her in, I think. LOL. Thanks for sharing your story. I've got you entered in the contest.

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  15. I love the cover and can't wait to read it. sharma Darby rdarby@roadrunner.com

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    1. Thanks, Sharma. Hope you'll enjoy the story when you get to read it. Thanks also for being a faithful friend to Jocie over on her Hollyhill blog. www.hollyhillbookofthestrange.blogspot.com. Comments are always so encouraging.

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  16. My family don't travel much to have a homecoming. But we do get visits from aunts, uncles, and cousins that we rarely see. So we celebrate their visits when they come visit us.

    kmccandle(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. You have the reverse kind of homecomings, Kai. The ones where others are coming home to visit you. Those are good kinds too.

      I've got you entered in the contest. Thanks for taking part in the book celebration fun.

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  17. would love to win. thank you p_cowansatyahoodotcom

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  18. I appreciate reading your life's stories, just read about Annie Pearl-I could see her in her curlers as her husband returned home. I remember my mom rolling her hair and my aunts and grandma too! My mom would set my hair in the pink foam rollers at night so my hair would be curly for school. I can remember how many times I awoke to some laying in my bed. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks, Jennifer. I'm glad you like reading Aunt Annie's coming home story. I used some of the feeling of it in my new book, Love Comes Home. I used to sleep in those brush curlers. Don't know how I did any sleeping, but a girl had to look good to go to school, didn't she? lol I'll enter you in my book contest if you come back and leave me a way to contact you or e-mail me at annhgabhart(at)hughes(dot)net

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  19. Hello Ann, I enjoy reading your newsletter and the blog post when I stop by, always a pleasure and you make me think of home and Ky. I love reading your books and am happy one Ky gal has done well with her writing,you are well known.
    just keep writing your Ky style and I will read when I find one of your books. I liked your ending on the newsletter of the pleasures we have everyday. I would add reading good books from wonderful caring authors should be added.

    thanks Paula O(kyflo130(at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Always glad when you stop by and leave a comment, Paula. Enjoy hearing from you. Glad you enjoyed the newsletter too. I like your added simple pleasure. Somebody else said reading a good book too. :) I'll enter you in my contest.

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  20. I would love to win your book (Love Comes Home). Thank you for offering the contest.

    pboylecharley(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Charleydog. I've got you entered.

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  21. As you know I bite my finger nails,pace the floor for your new releases so I am just so excited today to be sending this to you as I am so happy that Love Comes Home is out and there is a contest connected with it. I of course am more excited about the book as I rarely win contests but your books are so moving in fact your "Angel Sister" sits on a dresser that is in my office and many people come in and browse and look at it. They then hear what it is about and then know how that relates to me. I wish you the warmest of Congrats and the most success with the new book and love all the pictures of the flowers and the land around your house. Your family that is around makes it a warm home. We have the land and just had our 1st Iowa grandchild born last Friday a boy, our other 2 are our California grandchildren we love them all don't we!

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    1. Peggy, that's so nice of you to say and to leave my Angel Sister out where others can see it. I always enjoy hearing from you and your stories you've sent in the past to share with me have touched my heart. Congrats on the new grandson. More fun coming for you. My grandkids are growing up, but they still like to come visit out here on the farm. We do love them all.

      I'll drop your name in the contest hat. Check back later. I'm going to be doing a blog only contest too, but you'll have to leave a new comment for that one. I guess I'm trying to make people talk to me. :)

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  22. Hi Ann!

    My sister's birthday is next month and I've been trying to figure out what to get her - after all what do you get for someone who has everything. Well there's one thing she doesn't have and that's Love Comes Home. Her birthday's the end of the month so I'll be getting her an Amazon gift card and since it's being released on June 24th she'll be able to download it on her Kindle the day it's released!

    She's not only my sister but also my mentor and my best friend and she's going to love reading it!

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    1. How sweet of you to want to give my book to your sister for her birthday! When I originally wrote Angel Sister, the first Rosey Corner book, I thought I might call the series the Four Sisters Series, but Rosey Corner is easier. Tell your sister happy birthday from me too.

      I'll drop your name in my contest hat. Come back later. I'm going to do a blog only contest too in addition to the newsletter one.

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    2. Oops, Jeanne. I see that I don't have your e-mail here. So I'll have to have that if you want to enter the contest. You can leave another comment here, or send it to me by e-mail to annhgabhart(at)hughes(dot)net.

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  23. Sounds like a great book.

    Kit3247(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Rita. Hope if you get a chance to read it, you'll enjoy the story. I've got you entered in the contest.

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  24. Congratulations on new release!!
    cchase44(at)nc(dot)rr(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Trina. A new book is always exciting. I've got you entered in the contest.

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  25. Brown sugar pie? Is that anything like the Amish/Mennonite Chess Pie? I'm always looking for interesting recipes, and this sounds like it fits the bill!!

    And the book also sounds like something I would thoroughly enjoy reading, so please throw my name in the hat!!

    Later,

    Lynn Rettig
    lwrettig@uwalumni.com

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    1. Probably not, Lynn. I make a chess pie, but it's nothing like the brown sugar pie. This is more like a butterscotch pie. Old time folks didn't call it butterscotch. They said brown sugar. But it's mostly the same. Yummy anyway. Glad you think Love Comes Home is something you'd enjoy reading. I'll drop your name in my contest hat.

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  26. Thank you so much for the chance to win..... U have a crazy life (like most people) and books are my escape... ginakeitz (@) aol (,) com

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    1. I've got you entered, Gina. Thanks for dropping by. I posted a new just for my blog people contest tonight. Giving away books is one of the fun things about doing book promotions. I love to escape into a good book too.

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  27. Nice cover

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, bn100. I liked the blue dress on Kate on the cover.

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  28. It was always fun when my family got to go home to be with my folks, where I had gone to school before I married. And lots of times There would be another sister or two visiting. That was mostly our homecomings. We only got to go once a year. That's where we spent every vacation for we couldn't afford to go but once a year. My in-laws also lived there. I had 7 siblings but we hardly ever got to visit for we all lived in different states, with none who afford extra trips. I hope I get to read your newest book. I love visiting Jocie. Thanks, Maxie < mac262(at)me(dot)com >

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    1. Always fun to hear from you, Maxie. And you and a couple of others are keeping Jocie blogging. I appreciate you checking her posts out. Family visits can be the best type of homecomings.

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  29. Thanks for having this contest! I would love to win one of your books! kimberly6010@frontier.com

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    1. Got you entered, Kim. Thanks for stopping by. I love getting to know my reading friends better by having these contests.

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