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 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

If you’d like to play along or check out other Wordless Wednesday photos, visit 5 Minutes For Mom and Wordless Wednesday.

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

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.

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), 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.

Heads or Tails # 35 ~ Direction

Author: Audra Marie  //  Category: Bit o' Practicality, Heads or Tails

This week’s theme is

♥ Direction ♥

My mind was totally blank on what to do for this week’s theme. I figured something would pop up on YouTube if I did a search. I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, I learned about a terrific feature of Google Maps. Check it out:

This will come in handy for the next trip I take. For more Heads Or Tails, click on the banner.

Where Have I Been?

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

We were hit hard by the flu here. Fevers, croup (it sounded like we had some barking seals in the house), sore throats, ear aches, runny noses, stuffed noses, chapped skin, sinus infections, headaches, chills, coughs, throwing up, sleep troubles…it has been loads of fun. I’ve been so tired, I’ve spoken nonsense at times lol.

We had to steam the kids, take them out in the cold air, give prescription meds, put Vicks on feet and chests, drink loads of tea, drink plenty of water, eat an immune boosting soup, take honey and lemon mixture, get lots of rest, pray, spend nights sitting up, spend days snuggling sick little ones – it’s been exhausting.

Are we done yet? Not quite. In fact, I’d love to crawl in bed as my ears and throat hurt right now, but I’ve missed blogging and figured I should let everyone know what’s up. Most of the kids are back to healthy. Hubby and I seem to be bring up the tail end of this fun round of the flu.

I will say this – there was a drastic improvement when I kicked the natural remedies into full gear. I’ll share some of what I did for a works for me Wednesday post soon over on a dash of sassitude. :)

I hope to be back to posting very soon and have some wonderful authors stopping here on their blog tours soon.

Wordfilled Wednesday 2

Author: Audra Marie  //  Category: Scripture Chick, Word Filled Wednesdays

Moved over from Six Short of a Dozen…

The purpose of Word filled Wednesday is to share God’s word through photo’s & a verse!

Let love of the brethren continue.
Hebrews 13:1

Click on the banner to join in the fun or to check out what the other participants posted.