Wordless Wednesday – Babywearing Cuteness

Author: Audra Marie  //  Category: Six Short of a Dozen, Wordless Wednesday

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And the winner is…

Author: Audra Marie  //  Category: Winner Announcements

Boy, you had to wait for this one huh. Yesterday, right after breakfast, three of the kids opened birthday gifts (we’re a bit behind for two of them). After that crazy fun, I gave four of the kids haircuts, got the kids going on potato salad, went to the store, got everything ready for the BBQ, and then we all headed to the BBQ. We had a blast visiting with friends, but both my hubby and my son’s allergies kicked up pretty bad. The evening ended with my son throwing up all over the blanket he was sitting on. Too much heat and sweet food I think.

Today, another haircut, more errands, and some deep conversations. And here we are. :)

Using the Violets are Blue random generator, we have a winner.

The randomly picked number is: 5

Congratulations, Dianne!

Here’s what Dianne said:

I’m crazy about Christian fiction.

Please email me with your name and address and I’ll get this book out to you soon.

Thanks for entering the giveaway everyone. I have another book giveaway coming your way this week.

Tricia Goyer – A Whisper of Freedom Blog Tour

Author: Audra Marie  //  Category: Author Spotlights

I’m pleased to host Tricia Goyer for her A Whisper of Freedom Blog Tour.

Tricia Goyer

To make it more fun, she has a meme related to her book going on for her tour. More about that in a bit. :)

About the book: Battles heat up…not only those being waged by the soldiers on both sides fighting for Spain, but in the hearts and minds of the men and women who must sacrifice more than their dreams to save the lives of their loved ones.

A Whisper of Freedom

In this meticulously researched novel, brave and idealistic Sophie, Philip, Jose, and Deion realize their only hope for freedom is escaping Spain’s borders.

By continuing the story of this band of volunteers during the Spanish Civil War, A Whisper of Freedom proves that there are whispers of hope and liberty that resonate through even the darkest night.

About Tricia: Tricia Goyer is the author of twelve books including From Dust and Ashes, My Life UnScripted, and the children’s book, 10 Minutes to Showtime. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer’s Conference in 2003. Tricia’s book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like Today’s Christian Woman and Focus on the Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in the mountains of Montana.

As part of Tricia’s blog tour, we have a fun meme to answer:

1. List three things you would do with a chest full of gold (assuming you got to keep it!)
Roll around in it for a while. hehe Seriously, pay off all debt!
Buy some land and a home that we fit in a little better (nothing huge).
Give to those who need it anonymously.

2. List three charities/missions/organizations you support (and why).
I actually don’t have any specific charities, missions or organizations I support on a regular basis. We have given to people as we’ve heard of a need anonymously. I really enjoy blessing people, but I don’t want them to ever feel like they owe me or anything. Nor do I like attention drawn to our helping them.

3. List three ways you have volunteered your time/services.
I started a support group for homeschooling moms in our area.
I helped clean up after an event at another church.
Honestly, most of my time is spent mothering and home educating my six kids. I do try and help here and there.

4. List three things you keep “hidden” when company comes over.
Sometimes my room.
Sometimes the kids’ rooms.
Dirty laundry. hehe

5. List the last three things you’ve lost.
My mind. Frequently.
The book I need when I need it.
Keys.

6. List the last three things you’ve found.
My mind.
The book when I no longer need it.
My keys.

That was fun. Who am I tagging? YOU! Make sure you come back and leave a comment, so I can read your answers. Three brave “players” will be selected at random to win their own lost gold (Gourmet chocolate coins and all three books in the Chronicles of the Spanish Civil War series). To enter all you have to do is answer the MEME on your blog and then leave a comment on Tricia’s blog tour post here that you’ve posted your MEME. Easy.

During the tour, you can enter to win one of FIVE signed copies of A Whisper of Freedom by signing up for Tricia’s newsletter here!

Links:
Book excerpt: http://triciagoyer.com/cmsdocuments/WhisperCh1.doc

Buy the book: http://www.amazon.com/Whisper-Freedom-Chronicles-Spanish-Civil

Watch the series trailer: http://cg.creativenuclei.com/wip/TriciaGoyer/cscw.html

Tricia’s website: http://triciagoyer.com

Tricia’s Blogs: http://triciagoyer.com/blogs.html

To visit other stops on the blog tour, click here.

Book Giveaways Around the Net

Author: Audra Marie  //  Category: Giveaways

Check out the following giveaways:

Robyn is hosting a book giveaway on her blog, I Love Give-A-Ways!! Go check it out for your chance to win The Black Cloister by Melanie Dobson. The deadline is Sunday, May 18th, 9:00 pm (CST).

Tami from Tree Swing Reading has lots of book giveaways. Scroll down and enter to win the ones that interest you. Just be sure to check the deadlines on each. :)

Book Giveaway: The Negotiator by Dee Henderson

Author: Audra Marie  //  Category: Giveaways

I found this book gently used and thought I’d snatch it up for my readers here. The edge of the book is a bit dusty, but other than that, it’s in great shape. If you haven’t read any of Dee Henderson’s O’Malley series, allow me to introduce you to some great summer time reading.

I first read the series years ago and I still feel like I actually know the O’Malley family. Dee pulls you into their story and keeps you hooked to the end. She blends suspense and romance with a solid plot and strong characters. I laughed and cried my way through as I tried to figure out who was behind the threats in each story.

Want to read the first chapter of each book? Check out Dee Henderson’s website.

Win it:
1. Leave a comment here for your chance to win Book 1 of the O’Malley series. (There is a prequel – DANGER IN THE SHADOWS – you might want to read first, but it isn’t necessary.) You must answer this question to qualify: What genre do you enjoy reading most?

Extra entries:
1. Subscribe to this blog and then leave a comment saying you did. If you’re already a subscriber, let me know. I’ll be having more giveaways and introducing more great authors, so don’t miss out.

2. Post about this giveaway on your blog and then leave a separate comment letting me know the url linking directly to your post.

You have up to three possible entries, but you have to leave a separate comment for each thing you do, to make it easier for me to count the entries.

You have until Friday, May 16th to enter. I’ll announce the winners on Saturday, May 17th.

Make sure I have a way of contacting you or come back to see if you have won and then email me. If you haven’t claimed your prize within three days, I’ll have to choose another winner.

See my other giveaway here.

So Here We Are Again…

Author: Audra Marie  //  Category: This 'N' That

The four youngest and I are SICK! AGAIN. I really can’t believe how this winter has gone. I had my youngest in a wrap on my back today so she could sleep upright. She couldn’t sleep through her cough. I’m hoping the weather will stabilize and hopefully we can kick this once and for all.

I also hope we have much stronger immune systems by next winter.

Anyway, my giveaway will be this coming Monday. I’m nursing my kids and myself back to health this week. I have a couple of blog tours I’m hosting this month as well. Stay tuned.

Aloha Friday

Author: Audra Marie  //  Category: Aloha Friday

It’s Friday! My hubby comes home tonight after being gone FOREVER! Okay, three days, but still. I’m so looking forward to snuggling, seeing his handsome face and breathing in his scent. But you aren’t here for that. You’re here for

Today’s Question:

What book are you reading now? Fiction? Nonfiction?

I’m currently reading Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver (for review) and Clean House, Clean Planet by Karen Logan (for ideas). I also have some Christian Fiction to read soon. :)

Leave a comment with your answer and then go check out Aloha Friday over on An Island Life by clicking on the banner. :)

And the Winner is…

Author: Audra Marie  //  Category: Winner Announcements

Wow – I have been crazy busy the past two days. I know you were all (all four of you) anxiously waiting to find out who won the book. :)

I used the random generator at http://www.violetsareblue.net/random/ and the number 4 popped up!

Congratulations, Lindsey!! Here’s what Lindsey had to say:

I love my mom for so many reasons. She was a victim of domestic violence in her first marriage and she did everything in her power to overcome the lasting effects of that. She has since become a strong, independent woman. She is a great mom, one that I look to for advice and support. She is a wonderful friend to me. We have developed a very balanced relationship and I appreciate that. And of course she is a terrific grandma, just ask her grandkids! I was blessed to have her as my mom.

What a great compliment to your mom. I’ll get this book to you soon!

Thanks for entering the giveaway everyone. I have another book giveaway coming your way next week.

Wordless Wednesday – Faker…

Author: Audra Marie  //  Category: Six Short of a Dozen, Wordless Wednesday

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Margaret McSweeney in the Spotlight, Contest & Giveaway

Author: Audra Marie  //  Category: Author Spotlights

I wanted to post this earlier, but my connection has been on and off (more off than on) all day. I hope I can get this posted tonight!

About The Book
I am delighted to host Margaret McSweeney on a blog tour for her book, A Mother’s Heart Knows. This beautiful little book has a wonderful message and precious pictures in soft muted colors. A touching gift for a special mother in your life for Mother’s Day or any day.

One thing that impressed me is that all royalty proceeds from this book goes to WINGS (Women in Need Growing Stronger) and to a student missionary scholarship fund. WINGS is a non-profit organization that shelters women and children who are victims of domestic violence as well as offers transitional housing and programs. As a woman who was a victim of domestic abuse in my first marriage, this meant a lot to me.

You can purchase the book here.

About Author Margaret McSweeney
Margaret lives with her husband and two daughters in a Chicago suburb. Her book, A Mother’s Heart Knows was published by Thomas Nelson in 2005. Go Back and Be Happy, a co-authored book will be published by Lion Hudson in July 2008.

Margaret has been featured on Greg Wheatly’s “Prime Time America,” TLN’s “Aspiring Women,” and LeSea’s “The Harvest Show.” Margaret writes freelance articles for The Daily Herald, the largest suburban Chicago newspaper. Notable interviews include Wolfgang Puck, Thomas Kinkade, Susan Branch and Dr. John Gottman. Margaret also wrote a feature article for crosswalk.com.

With a master’s degree in international business, Margaret became a vice president in the corporate finance division of a New York City bank and worked there from 1986-1993. Supporting charitable causes is important to Margaret. For the past five years, she has served on the board of directors for WINGS, an organization that helps abused women and their children get a new start in life.

You can find out more about Margaret at her website.

A Chance to Win
This book tour, “My Favorite Mom” will feature books to give-away as well a contest for a beautiful Spa Basket. You are invited to share you favorite story about your Mom or about the person who plays a mom-like role in your life, and be entered into the drawing for 1 of 2 scrumptious spa baskets. To submit your story, go here. Margaret will be sharing your stories (with permission) on her blog.

You can also enter to win a signed copy of A Mother’s Heart Knows by leaving a comment here on her blog.

Penning Prose Giveaway
Want a chance to win? All you have to do is leave a comment telling me what you love about your mom or about being a mom. I’ll have to eliminate any comments that don’t meet this requirement. Giveaway ends on Tuesday, April 29th. I’ll announce the winner on April 30th. Please leave an email or blog address so I can contact you. If I don’t hear from you with your mailing information within two days, I’ll have to choose a new winner.

Recap:
1. Answer my question: What do you love about your mom or about being a mom?
2. Leave a way to contact you. Disguise your email addy like this: myname(at)thatdomain.com, so you don’t get spammed.
3. Respond with your address within two days or I’ll have to choose another winner.

Now as soon as I have internet connection again, I can post this! The joys of technology.