Author Spotlight: Bonnie Calhoun

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[Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Bonnie’s newest book, “Storm.” Winner will be announced in the next Author Spotlight feature. Congratulations to Tandy for winning Sandra Orchard’s book, “Another Day, Another Dali.” Please email suzanne {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com to claim your prize.]

Welcome, Bonnie!

Your new book has been out about a week now and no doubt you’re busy on the promotion train. Before we learn about “Storm,” fill us in on your life behind your books.

I live in upstate New York, in a log home on 15 acres with an old apple orchard and a pond full of bass but I prefer to buy haddock at the grocery store under plastic wrap! The household consists of two cats and a Yorkie/Bijon puppy who has crowned herself queen of the house.

After you started writing seriously, how long was   Keep Reading…

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt…Day 2!

If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all 31 stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 3 grand prizes! Take your time, have fun, enter side-contests along the way (including mine!). The more, the merrier!

Don’t forget…start the hunt at Stop #1 at Lisa Bergren’s site.

Election Night

This essay is from Amish Peace: Simple Wisdom for a Complicated World. It was one of those conversations that has stayed close to my heart–a before and after moment. Just as relevant this week as it was eight years ago!

Election Night 2008

You cannot change life—because God on high,

controls this world with an all-seeing eye.

He makes the calls and you’re never alone;

all’s well in heaven and God’s on the throne.

~Amish Proverb

It is Tuesday, November 4, 2008, the day our country is going to elect a new president. Throughout the day, I check in with news sources to listen to exit polls and election results. A little before 5 p.m., I pick up the leash to take the dog for a walk before the first polls close on   Keep Reading…

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #24

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Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1, and collect the clues through all 31 stops, in order, so you can enter to win one of our top 3 grand prizes!

The hunt BEGINS with Stop #1 at Lisa Bergren’s site. Hunt through our loop using Chrome or Firefox as your browser (not Explorer). There is NO RUSH to complete the hunt—you have all weekend (until Sunday, 11/6)! So take your time, reading the unique posts along the way; our hope is that you discover new authors/new books. Submit your entry for the grand prizes by collecting the clue on each author’s scavenger hunt post and submitting your answer in the Rafflecopter form at Stop #31. Many authors are offering additional prizes along the way!

And now…on to business! I have the pleasure of   Keep Reading…

Author Spotlight: Sandra Orchard

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[Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Sandra’s newest book, “Another Day, Another Dali.” Winner will be announced in the next Author Spotlight feature. Congratulations to Patricia Barraclough for winning a copy of Liz Johnson’s “Where Two Hearts Meet.” Please email suzanne {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com to claim your prize.]

Hi Sandra! Thanks so much for taking time to drop by my blog! I didn’t realize you lived in Canada. Getting a little cold up there?

 

Yes! I live in the beautiful Niagara region of Ontario, Canada. After my youngest daughter marries this month, my household will consist of my hubby and I and our Alaskan husky, Bella. But we have four grandchildren five and under, so I’m sure our nest won’t feel empty. <wink>

 

I love your book’s title: “Another Day, Another Dali.” So what inspired this story?

 

Another Day,   Keep Reading…

From the Mail Bag: Luggage from the Charming Nancy

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If you read Anna’s Crossing, you know the story of the first Amish who came to America in 1737, on a leaky, creaky merchant ship named the Charming Nancy.

This week, I received an e-mail from a gentleman whose ancestor, George Arnsparger, was ON the Charming Nancy in 1737! He was Penn Dutch, though not Amish, and came from the Palatinate region of Germany. The wooden chest that George brought with him has survived for nearly three hundred years. It probably held everything he owned in it.

I asked David, George’s great-great-great-great (how many?! I’m not sure!) grandson if he would send some pictures of the chest. The very next day, he did! And gave me permission to share them with you.

Looking at the pictures gave me chills. Oh, the stories this chest could tell!

Thank you, David, for bringing the story of the Charming Nancy to life   Keep Reading…

Author Spotlight: Liz Johnson

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[Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Liz’s newest book, “Where Two Hearts Meet.” Winner will be announced in the next Author Spotlight feature. Congratulations to Becky Smith, winner of Susan May Warren’s “Wild Montana Skies.” Please email suzanne {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com to claim your prize.]

Hi Liz! Thanks for stopping by my blog today. Fill us in on your life away from the computer.  

 

I just moved to Tucson, Arizona, from Nashville. It’s been ten years since I lived in Arizona, but I find the desert pleasantly familiar. Even the lizards and cacti are kind of refreshing. The crickets and heat, not so much. My desert home is a household of one. Just me—plus my nieces and nephews and siblings and parents, who come for a visit every now and then since I live a short drive away for   Keep Reading…

Author Spotlight: Susan May Warren

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[Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Wild Montana Skies by Susan May Warren. The winner will be announced in the next Author Spotlight feature. Jordann Langness is the winner of Irene Hannon’s “Tangled Webs.” Email me with your mailing address, Jordann, and I’ll get a copy sent to you.]

Welcome, Susan! So glad you were able to swing through today…and tomorrow is release day! First, draw us a verbal sketch of your life: 

For the last fifteen years, we lived in beautiful northern Minnesota. However, just last year we had a complete life change and became empty nesters! So much fun—we lost our minds, packed up our house and moved! We now live in Minneapolis and are loving every moment of it. I live with my hot husband of 27 years, Andrew, and my cute baby labradoodle, Mitty.

 

Tell us about your new release: What   Keep Reading…

Author Spotlight: Irene Hannon

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[Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Irene’s newest book, “Tangled Webs.” Winner will be announced in the next Author Spotlight feature. Congratulations to Jeannie Dannheim, winner of  “Kit Kat & Lucy.” Please email suzanne {at} suzannewoodsfisher {dot} com to claim your prize.]

 

Welcome, Irene! Thanks for coming by during “Tangled Web’s” busy release week. A few years ago, I met you  during a Revell dinner at ACFW, but I didn’t get a chance to talk beyond an introduction. In fact, I don’t know what part of the country you live in.   

 

I live in the Midwest and share a lovely two-story colonial home with my very own hero—my husband, Tom.

 

So fill us in on “Tangled Webs.” What inspired this particular story?

 

This is the third book in my Men of Valor   Keep Reading…

“Kit Kat & Lucy” by Lonnie Hull DuPont (Revell)

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[Last week’s winner of Johnnie Alexander’s book, When Love Arrives, is Mari. Send me an e-mail with your mailing address and I’ll get a book in the mail to you: suzanne @ suzannewoodsfisher.com. Check back next week to see who wins a copy of Kit Kt & Lucy by Lonnie Hull DuPont.]

 

“We’ve lost our connection to the land. We’ve lost our connection to animals.”

 

That comment, uttered in a business meeting, was the trigger for author DuPont to rethink her city life and (eventually) head back to rural Michigan, where she was raised. It wasn’t an easy transition, not until two kittens burst into her life. Those two little balls of fur changed DuPont’s life…all for the good.

 

Kit Kat & Lucy is part memoir, part cat-lover stories. It speaks to all of us who allow an animal–any animal–into our heart. DuPont is a fine writer–I   Keep Reading…