Mist of Midnight & Bride of a Distant Isle by Sandra Byrd TWO #BookGiveaway #LadiesinDefiance

Nothing says summer, like hitting the beach or pool and soaking in some rays! What better way is there to enjoy these sunshine-y days, than sitting back with a couple of awesome books to read and soak in as well??!!! FUN!


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In the first of a brand-new series set in Victorian England, a young woman returns home from India after the death of her family to discover her identity and inheritance are challenged by the man who holds her future in his hands.

Rebecca Ravenshaw, daughter of missionaries, spent most of her life in India. Following the death of her family in the Indian Mutiny, Rebecca returns to claim her family estate in Hampshire, England. Upon her return, people are surprised to see her…and highly suspicious. Less than a year earlier, an imposter had arrived with an Indian servant and assumed not only Rebecca’s name, but her home and incomes.

That pretender died within months of her arrival; the servant fled to London as the young woman was hastily buried at midnight. The locals believe that perhaps she, Rebecca, is the real imposter. Her home and her father’s investments reverted to a distant relative, the darkly charming Captain Luke Whitfield, who quickly took over. Against her best intentions, Rebecca begins to fall in love with Luke, but she is forced to question his motives—does he love her or does he just want Headbourne House? If Luke is simply after the property, as everyone suspects, will she suffer a similar fate as the first “Rebecca”?

A captivating Gothic love story set against a backdrop of intrigue and danger, Mist of Midnight will leave you breathless.

An unforgettable romance set in Victorian England, Bride of A Distant Isle is the engrossing story of Annabel Ashton, who fights to save her family home and her mother’s honor while trying to figure out if the man she loves wants her—or just wants to use her to achieve his own ambitions.

Miss Annabel Ashton is a teacher at the Rogers School for Young Ladies in Winchester when she takes a brief visit to her family home, Highcliffe Hall at Milford-on-Sea. She believes her stay will be short but soon learns that she will not be returning to the safety of the school. Instead, she remains at Highcliffe, at the mercy of her cousin, Edward Everedge.

Annabel protests, but as the illegitimate daughter of a woman who died in an insane asylum, she has little say. Edward is running out of money and puts the house up for sale to avoid financial ruin. He insists that Annabel marry, promising her to a sinister, frightening man. But as the house gets packed for sale, it begins to reveal disquieting secrets. Jewelry, artifacts, and portraits mysteriously appear, suggesting that Annabel may be the true heir of Highcliffe.

She has only a few months to prove her legitimacy, perhaps with assistance from the handsome but troubled Maltese Captain Dell’Acqua. But does he have Annabel’s best interests at heart?

And then, a final, most ominous barrier to both her inheritance and her existence appears: a situation neither she nor anyone else could have expected. Will Annabel regain her life and property—and trust her heart—before it’s too late?

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The winner will receive a paperback copy of BOTH, Mist of Midnight and Bride of a Distant Isle. Due to shipping costs, this giveaway is open to US addresses only. Enter through the Rafflecopter link below:

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Christmas in July TWO Book #Giveaway #LadiesinDefiance

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In Time for Christmas

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Charlene needs a miracle. God has one waiting…a hundred years in the past.

In Time for Christmas — a Novella, is the story of Charlene Williams, a woman trapped in a dangerously abusive marriage. Disappointed that God hasn’t gotten her out of it, or even hears her prayers at all, she has shut down emotionally. When husband Dale becomes suspicious of her daily chats with the mailman, he whisks her out of town and abandons her on his family’s ranch—an isolated, dilapidated place no one has lived on for over forty years. With the promise that he’ll be back in a few days, he knocks her unconscious and leaves.

Charlene wakes up on the ranch—a hundred years in the past. Almost instantly she is drawn to Billy Page, Dale’s great grandfather. The connection is powerful and mysterious, but should she risk falling in love with a ghost? What’s going on here? Is Charlene dead, dreaming, in a coma, or simply experiencing a gift from her heavenly father?

She’ll learn one thing for certain: God does see the tears of his children.

Hang Your Heart on Christmas

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Eventually, all secrets come to light …

As punishment for a botched arrest, U.S. Marshal “Dent” Hernandez is temporarily remanded to the quiet little town of Evergreen, WY. Not only does his hometown hold some bad memories, but he is champing at the bit to go after vicious killers, not waste his time scolding candy thieves. And he most certainly should not be escorting the very pretty, but jittery, schoolteacher around. What is she so afraid of? Turns out, a lot of folks are keeping secrets in Evergreen.

When the bank is robbed and Dent has to do what he does best, choices will be made, lies will be exposed, and hearts will break. Can Christmas bring love and healing to Evergreen? To Dent?


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The winner will receive an e-copy of BOTH, In Time for Christmas and Hang Your Heart on Christmas. This giveaway is open internationally. Enter through the Rafflecopter link below:

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A Promise in Defiance by Heather Blanton #BookGiveaway #LadiesinDefiance

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MamatheFox and On Honeysuckle Hill are happy to host the Spoiled Rotten Giveaway Hop! Each spot in this giveaway hop will feature prizes that you would feel spoiled to receive. MamatheFox has the grand prize which consists of a $20 credit to The Fizzy Fox, a $20 credit to Bodylicious Skin, winners choice of (1) pair of earrings from Jeweliansun and winners choice of (1) necklace from The Lovely Raindrop! Be sure to enter the grand prize too.


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a promise in defiance by heather blanton

CHOICES HAVE CONSEQUENCES…EVEN FOR THE REDEEMED.

When Charles McIntyre founded Defiance, he was more than happy to rule in hell rather than serve in heaven. But things have changed. Now, he has faith, a new wife…and a ten-year-old half-breed son. Infamous madam Delilah Goodnight wants to take it all away from him. How can he protect his kingdom and his loved ones from her schemes without falling back on his past? How does he fight evil if not with evil?

Logan Tillane carries a Bible in his hand, wears a gun on his hip, and fights for lost souls any way he can. Newly arrived in Defiance, he has trouble, though, telling saints from sinners. The challenge only worsens when Delilah flings open the doors to the scandalous Crystal Chandelier. She and the new preacher have opposite plans for the town. One wants to save it, one wants to lead it straight to hell.

For Tillane and McIntyre, finding redemption was a long, hard road. God’s grace has washed away their sins, but the consequences remain and God will not be mocked. For whatosoever a man soweth,that shall he also reap…and the harvest is finally at hand.

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The winner will have their choice of a paperback or e-book copy of A Promise in Defiance. This giveaway is open to US addresses only. Enter through the Rafflecopter link below:

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A Lady in Defiance AUDIBLE Book #Giveaway #LadiesinDefiance

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A man who wants to rule in Hell. A woman who wants to find her faith again…

Charles McIntyre owns everything and everyone in the lawless, godless mining town of Defiance. When three good, Christian sisters from his beloved South show up stranded, alone, and offering to open a “nice” hotel, he is intrigued enough to let them stay…especially since he sees feisty middle sister Naomi as a possible conquest. But Naomi, angry with God for widowing her, wants no part of Defiance or the saloon-owning, prostitute-keeping Mr. McIntyre. It would seem however, that God has gone to elaborate lengths to bring them together. The question is, “Why?” Does God really have a plan for each and every life?

Written with gritty, but not gratuitous, realism uncharacteristic of historical Christian fiction, A Lady in Defiance gives a nod to both Pride and Prejudice and Redeeming Love. Based on true events, it is also an ensemble piece that deftly weaves together the relationships of the three sisters and the rowdy residents of Defiance.


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Tracie Peterson: Standing in Defiance of Poor Research & A Beauty Refined #BookGiveaway #LadiesInDefiance

tracie petersonAnyone who knows me knows I am a stickler for doing your research when you write a book. Having been on both sides of the writing fence – as an author and a managing editor of Barbour Publishing’s Heartsong Presents line – I think I’ve seen and heard just about all when it comes to this topic.

Research for me is an important part of my job. History and the historical setting almost become characters all their own and it’s my job as an author to give the reader an accurate portrayal, without boring them to tears. It’s a fine line to walk.

When I first began reading, I was easily drawn into the settings and time periods. I remember as a child going in search of the historical facts as I read a particular book. One of my favorite books was Pride and Prejudice and so I wanted to know more about England and the 1800’s. It happens that way even now when I read historical fiction. I think that’s due in part to the author’s ability to relate the history in an intriguing way. But, to do so requires work on the author’s part. In the case of Jane Austen—she was writing contemporaries. She wrote about what she knew, which is the writer’s first encouragement in basic writing classes. Research accuracy is just as important in contemporary stories as it is for historical. Nothing is worse than to be reading along about a place you know and have the author describe it inaccurately. For instance, I grew up in Kansas where there are no mountains, but I’ve read poor fiction that put them there.

When I was managing editor I received a lot of manuscripts from would-be authors and attended numerous one-on-one appointments with the same. In many cases the historical details were either few and far between so that the story was simply a contemporary in period clothing or the details weren’t there at all. Worst of all were the stories where there were a ton of historical details, but most of them were wrong. In dealing with one author whose historical facts were mostly historical inaccuracies, I ask her why she hadn’t done her research. I pointed out detail after detail, explaining to her that publishers check facts and want accuracy. She was completely indignant and replied, “Why? It’s just fiction.”

As a storyteller who loves to write historical fiction I am in defiance of poor research. I want my research to be as detailed and accurate as possible. People who read my books know this and expect it. It’s a trust between my readers and me. They know when they pick up my work, I will have done my job. Now, that doesn’t mean I don’t make mistakes—because I have and do. And when I do, my readers love to point it out. Keeping that in mind makes me work all the harder. Sometimes, however, I do get called on the carpet for what the reader believes to be inaccurate when in fact it might be a detail that was subjective to the individual or the location. I had one reader berate me for details I had in a character’s breast-feeding, yet the issues were documented and I’d even talked to women who’d experienced the same. So you have to keep in mind that sometimes facts can vary. Another issue that’s hard to deal with at times is the reader who writes to tell me that what I wrote can’t possibly be right because their grandmother told them stories about the same event and my details were different. I always try to explain that if you have ten eye witnesses to the same event – you’ll most likely get ten various opinions. When researching I usually go for the details that seem most often agreed. As a historian, my husband taught me early on to use the “rule of 3”. Get at least three various sources regarding the detail I’m researching. If they all agree, it’s probably accurate.

Keeping that in mind, when I sit down to plot out a story, I make notes about the location, time period and events that might have taken place in the locale. I start reading as many non-fiction books as I can and watch documentaries. Right now I’m working on a series set in Oregon Territory in the 1840-1850’s. I have about twenty books on my desk that deal with the time period, location and events. I have an additional ten on my Kindle or computer that are public domain. Many of these are diaries from people who lived in my time period and location. I listen to lectures from experts on my topics and dig into government records. The series I just finished writing deals with the discovery of Yogo sapphires in Montana. I had to research sapphires and how they were found, how they are treated and faceted, and what goes into actually creating jewelry. I found a wonderful team of folks who still mine Yogos and create jewelry to advise me. In fact, I even bought my own Yogo sapphire ring. Hey – it’s research, right?

With each book I have historians I talk to. I go to the places that I write about (if at all possible) and I even go to the trouble of learning various arts and crafts that might pertain to my story. For instance, right now I’m learning to use a spinning wheel. In the past I’ve learned to tat, make soap and candles, panned for gold and even drive a stage coach. The travel and learning are fun for me and make my stories come alive. Best of all, I hear from the readers who have found themselves intrigued enough that they want to visit the places I’ve written about. Homeschool moms have told me they’ve used my books to interest their daughters in history. Seniors RVing through their retirement have told me about reading my books on the road to each other and suddenly remembering stories about the location or events that were handed down to them from great-grandparents.

Another aspect of this trust regarding accurate research is that my writing is a ministry for me. I often speak at events and when I do I explain that I’m unapologetic for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. If you find that offensive, you’ll find my books to be the same and we might as well get that matter settled right up front. I want to share the Gospel message and Bible application for everyday living, without beating people over the head with the Bible. In doing my historical research accurately, hopefully it will also encourage the reader to believe I’ve done my Biblical research as well. That’s important to me and definitely stimulates my defiance of poor research. I want to share my faith, because it’s the foundation of all that I hold dear. It’s my life and of course is going to come out in my writing.

So when you pick up a Tracie Peterson novel, remember that a lot of research went into the story, location and time period. Know that you can trust me to have done my homework to bring the history alive in as accurate a way as possible. And, if you find that I’ve made a mistake—you may feel free to write me about it. I promise I won’t be at all defiant. Now, I must be off. I’m plotting a story with three young women who will work at a chocolate factory so I have to go research chocolate.


a beauty refined by tracie peterson

Phoebe Von Bergen is excited to accompany her father when he travels from Germany to purchase sapphires in Montana. Little does she know that her father’s plans–for the gemstones and his daughter–are not what they seem.

Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the young woman staying at the Broadwater Hotel more than a little intriguing. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie–a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom.

Meeting Ian has changed everything. Phoebe is determined to stay in America, regardless of her father’s plans. But she may not be prepared for the unexpected danger as the deception begins to unravel.

The Giveaway

Tracie has also offered a book giveaway to celebrate the release of her latest book, A Beauty Refined. The winner will receive a paperback copy and is open internationally. Enter through the Rafflecopter link below:

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Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than one hundred books. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana.

Visit Tracie’s web site at: http://www.traciepeterson.com.


A Lady in Defiance Tote Bag & Book #Giveaway #LadiesinDefiance

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A Lady in Defiance by Heather Blanton

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A man who wants to rule in Hell. A woman who wants to find her faith again…

Charles McIntyre owns everything and everyone in the lawless, godless mining town of Defiance. When three good, Christian sisters from his beloved South show up stranded, alone, and offering to open a “nice” hotel, he is intrigued enough to let them stay…especially since he sees feisty middle sister Naomi as a possible conquest. But Naomi, angry with God for widowing her, wants no part of Defiance or the saloon-owning, prostitute-keeping Mr. McIntyre. It would seem however, that God has gone to elaborate lengths to bring them together. The question is, “Why?” Does God really have a plan for each and every life?

Written with gritty, but not gratuitous, realism uncharacteristic of historical Christian fiction, A Lady in Defiance gives a nod to both Pride and Prejudice and Redeeming Love. Based on true events, it is also an ensemble piece that deftly weaves together the relationships of the three sisters and the rowdy residents of Defiance.


Right now A Lady in Defiance, Hearts in Defiance, and A Promise in Defiance are all available on Kindle Unlimited for FREE. Load up your readers for summer now!!!


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The winner will receive a giant Lady in Defiance Tote Bag and also their choice of an Audible or e-book copy of A Lady in Defiance, all to one lucky winner. Due to shipping costs, the winner must have a US address. Enter through the Rafflecopter link below:

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Brandy Vallance: Within the Veil #BookGiveaway #LadiesInDefiance

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within the veil by brandy vallance

They never should have met. But they might be made for each other.

Feya Broon, a Scottish half-gypsy, knows what it is to go hungry. Trapped in the Edinburgh tenements with a father lost to his past and only the faded memory of her mother’s faith, Feya is desperate to provide for her siblings. When an ill-conceived plan leads to thievery, she finds herself in the last place she’d ever want to be–captured by an English palace guard. But there’s something about this man that tears at every preconceived notion she’s ever had.

Alasdair Cairncross never dreamed he’d be forced to transport a gypsy woman halfway across the wilds of Scotland. The timing is disastrous, considering his fiancée’s imminent arrival and his father’s political goals. Not only that, but the fiery young woman threatens to lay bare secrets Alasdair would rather keep hidden. And the farther they travel together, the more conflicted he finds himself with duty–both to the crown and to the plans his family has for him.

As their walls begin to crumble, Feya and Alasdair must fight to survive a decades-old feud, a Highland kidnapping, and the awakening of their own hearts.

The Giveaway

Thank you so much Brandy, and as a bonus, she has offered to giveaway a copy of Within the Veil to one lucky winner. Due to shipping costs, the winner must have a US address. Enter through the Rafflecopter link below:

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The Courageous Brides Collection by Johnnie Alexander Guest Post & Book #Giveaway #LadiesinDefiance

Nine determined women of yesteryear are pulled into dangerous situations involving wartime battles, cattle drives, race relations, criminals, the Pony Express, the Underground Railroad, and accidents. Compassion and bravery compel these women to take action beyond expectations, which attracts the attention of eligible bachelors.


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The Healing Promise

Moon Hawk’s eighteen-month-old daughter, White Buffalo Girl, died shortly after the Ponca tribe was forced from their home on the Niobrara River (Nebraska) by the U.S. Army.

The Ponca were a peaceful tribe but a mistake in treaty negotiations had given their land to the more hostile Sioux. To “protect” the Ponca, the government decided they should be relocated to Oklahoma Territory.

As the storm raged around them, the Poncas headed south. Because of White Buffalo Girl’s illness, they camped outside the small community of Neligh. The next day, the townspeople attended the toddler’s funeral.

We know nothing about the grieving mother except she didn’t attend her daughter’s burial. Her husband did, and he asked the townspeople to care for his child’s grave as they would one of their own.

The Neligh community still keep the promise made by their forefathers almost 140 years ago.

When I heard that Barbour wanted novellas for The Courageous Brides Collection, I imagined a story based on this poignant event. Marcy Whitt, the fictional heroine of The Healing Promise, bravely faces her fiancé’s disapproval and a torrential downpour in her attempt to console Moon Hawk.

It’s a story of love amidst grief that I hope honors the memory of the Ponca Trail of Tears and especially White Buffalo Girl and her parents.

The Healing Promise by Johnnie Alexander

During a forced march to Oklahoma, the Ponca Indians camp outside Neligh, Nebraska. When Marcy Whitt is unable to save the life of a Ponca child, she risks her reputation and her engagement to help the grieving family. When her compassion and courage attract the attention of a man who is more worthy than her fiancé, will she give him her heart?

Johnnie AlexanderBio

Johnnie Alexander writes stories of heritage and hope while raccoons and foxes occasionally pass by her window. Her debut novel, Where Treasure Hides, was a CBA bestseller and has been translated into Dutch and Norwegian. Where She Belongs, her first contemporary romance in the Misty Willow Series, was Library Journal’s Pick of the Month (February 2016). Johnnie treasures family memories, classic movies, road trips, and stacks of books. She lives near Memphis with Rugby, the princely papillon who trees those pesky raccoons whenever he gets the chance.

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Ride into adventures alongside nine determined women of yesteryear whose acts of compassion and bravery attract male attention. Marcy helps displaced Indians. Emmy tends wounds at Fort Snelling. Ronnie stows away on a cattle drive. Daisy disguises herself as a Pony Express rider. Elinor becomes an abolitionist. Mae tames wild horses. Hannah gets help for accident victims. Lucy’s curiosity unnerves criminals. Kate nurses soldiers on the battlefield. Will real dangers douse the sparks of love?

The Giveaway

Thank you so much Johnnie, and as a bonus, she has offered to giveaway a copy of The Courageous Brides Collection to one lucky winner. A US winner will have a choice of paperback or e-copy and an international winner will receive an e-copy. Enter through the Rafflecopter below:

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Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations by V. Joy Palmer #BookGiveaway #LadiesinDefiance


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v. joy palmerAbout the Author

V. Joy Palmer is an avid blogger and is co-founder of Snack Time Devotions. She is a youth leader at her church, and loves acting crazy and drinking coffee with the teens. When V. Joy Palmer isn’t urging the elves that live in her computer to write, she’s hanging out with her husband, their adorable baby girl, and their two socially awkward cats. This is her debut novel.

Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations by V. Joy Palmer

Isabel Izze Vez, bridal consultant extraordinaire, has been helping brides find their perfect wedding gowns for years. All the happy endings are starting to grate on her. How many wedding dresses does Izze have to help other brides find before she actually gets to wear one herself? After experiencing a failed romance several years earlier, Izze begins barraging God: When will it be her turn?

When James Miles Clayton walks into her life, a fragile relationship is formed, but will their rocky start and a misunderstanding at work destroy everything? More importantly, will Izze let go of her shattered dreams, and trust God for a beautiful future?

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The Courtship Basket by Amy Clipston Q&A and #BookGiveaway #LadiesInDefiance

Are you a fan of Amish fiction? Did you know that Amy donated a kidney that helped save her husband’s life?

A big hello and warm welcome to Amy Clipston! Learn more about her own personal story and her fictional ones too.😉


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You have been writing Amish fiction best-sellers for a while now! Have you picked up any super-secret and wonderful kitchen tips or recipes you can share?

After reading my book The Forgotten Recipe, several folks have asked for my recipe for raspberry pie. I’m happy to share my dear Amish friend’s recipe.  Enjoy!

Black Raspberry Pie

2 unbaked pie shells

Bring 2 quarts of water to boil

Meanwhile, moisten 1 cup *Therm Flo with ¾ cup water

Whisk together, then whisk into boiling water

Add ¾ cup sugar

Remove from heat and add one quart fresh raspberries

Pour into pie shells (don’t overfill, you may have extra)

Top with pie crust; cut holes in dough to allow steam to escape

Bake at 350 degrees for one hour

*Therm Flo is a modified food starch derived from waxy maize. It is used in canning and freezing home-prepared foods as a clear thickener.

In The Gift of Love, you share your personal story of making the sacrifice of donating one of your kidneys to help save your husband’s life. Did this experience give you a small view of what Jesus did to save mankind?

Wow!  I had never thought of my kidney donation in terms of what Jesus did for us. I had the opportunity to give a kidney to my husband’s donor’s wife, meaning that I gave to a woman, and on the same day, her husband donated to my husband.We swapped kidneys with another couple. I’m honored and thankful I had a chance to donate a kidney and help the family that touched my family so deeply.  When I donated my kidney, I helped two little boys get their mother’s health back, and, in turn, their father gave my sons my husband’s health. We blessed each other, and I’m grateful God gave me the opportunity to be a part of the kidney donation.

How does someone even get started with becoming a blood or organ donator? Are there other ways people can get involved to help?

If you are healthy and interested in donating blood, then you can contact your local blood bank. Be sure to ask about restrictions as far as medications you may take.

As far as becoming an organ donor, the first step you can take is choosing to be an organ donor when you renew your driver’s license.  If you want to be tested as a possible kidney donor for a friend or loved one, you should contact the recipient’s kidney transplant doctors and find out how to get tested. A simple blood test will find if you are a match.

Is there a favorite quote from The Courtship Basket you can leave us with?

The following Scripture verse has a special significance in the book: 2 Corinthians 1:7: And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.

The verse really spoke to me, and I hope that it touches the hearts of my readers when they read the book.

the courtship basket by amy clipston

Years ago, a picnic basket brought two hearts together. For Rachel and Mike, history may be about to repeat itself.

Rachel Fisher is devastated when the young man she’s loved for years leaves her to date her best friend. Her heart is broken, and she has all but given up on love. Rachel is determined to keep her mind off the pain, and she starts teaching at an Amish school for children with learning disabilities.

Since his father became ill, Mike Lantz has been overwhelmed with the responsibility of providing for his family and caring for his six-year-old brother, John. When John joins Rachel’s class and she learns that his mother is deceased and his father sick, she desperately wants to help the family, even with something as simple as a meal.

With her parents’ old picnic basket, Rachel begins sending food to the Lantz family. As the weeks go by, John’s grades start to improve, and the attraction grows between Rachel and Mike. They can’t deny that their friendship is growing toward something more, but both of them are hesitant to risk a more serious relationship.

The last thing Rachel wants is another heartbreak, and Mike is worried about providing for his loved ones. Will the two be able to reconcile their past hurts with new hope for the future?

The Giveaway

Thank you so much Amy, and as a bonus, she has offered to giveaway a copy of The Courtship Basket to one lucky winner. Due to shipping costs, the winner must have a US address. Enter through the Rafflecopter below:

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The giveaway will run through July 12, 2016 and the winner will be announced on July 13.


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