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Short-Straw Bride by Karen Witemeyer {Preview}

*Reading this one now and loving every page. Review to come when this weekend’s chaos is gone.* This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingShort-Straw BrideBethany House Publishers (June 1, 2012)byKaren WitemeyerABOUT THE AUTHOR: Karen Witemeyer is a deacon’s wife and mother of three who believes the world needs more happily-ever-afters. To that end, she combines her love of bygone eras with her passion for helping women mature in Christ to craft historical romance novels that lift the spirit and nurture the soul. After growing up in California, Karen moved to Texas to attend Abilene Christian University where she earned bachelor and master’s degrees in Psychology. It was also there that she met and married her own Texas hero. He roped her in good, for she has lived in Texas ever since. In fact, she fell so in love with this rugged land of sweeping sunsets and enduring pioneer spirit, that. . .

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Waiting for Sunrise by Eva Marie Everson

Sometimes finding your future means making peace with your past

Patsy Milstrap wishes she could leave her past behind. Though she tries to put on a brave front for the sake of her family, the wounds still ache, and the scars on her soul are still deeply felt. At her concerned husband’s gentle insistence, they take a vacation from South Carolina on Cedar Key, an idyllic island on Florida’s Gulf Coast. A week in paradise will do them good, he says.

When a familiar–and most unexpected–face greets her at a seaside restaurant, Patsy knows she can no longer run from the past. But what will opening old wounds mean? And what will the future hold?

With a large helping of Southern charm, Waiting for Sunrise is a touching story of family, young love, and the need for forgiveness. Eva Marie Everson expertly draws out the bittersweet moments of life, weaving them into a tale that will envelop your soul.

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Hiatus to the hospital

Hey there, things have been crazy here lately. So many posts in my head not making it to the blog. We finished the calendar wall, and I really need to share those photos with you. Also the quilting den is complete with the cutting table and the nursery is all set with Classic Pooh and the crib rail guards. So much, but it will have to wait.

Tomorrow morning we’re checking my baby into the hospital for her surgery; AppleBlossom is two years old, just shy of three (her birthday is the end of July). The plan is to take out her tonsils and possibly her adenoids. We’re hoping this is the solution to the random unknown, “it must be a virus” when she’s sick so often as well as the current and new sleep apnea and coughing fits.

So pardon me if I miss an email. I have a few things scheduled for the next few days including a great FIRST book: The Blood Sugar Solution (about diabetes), a couple children’s books and my most recent Christian Historical Fiction: Glamorous Illusions. If you need me feel free to email me, but I might not see it. Also, if you do email me and want to make sure I saw what you sent, email me again at the end of next week if I haven’t responded. I’m already buried in email and I’m sure it’ll hold a while!

Thanks for your thoughts and prayers!

Oh, checking into the hospital 5:30 AM and she’ll have to stay overnight.

Creative Madness from Historical Fiction Author Susan Higginbotham

*This is a Guest Post written by Author Susan Higginbotham* As any writer knows, the Muse can strike unexpectedly, and sometimes at inconvenient times and places. Writers also know, however, that sometimes the Muse can be coaxed into a visit. In my case, I find that taking a shower often brings on an idea for a scene in my work in progress, for a blog post, or (when the muse is feeling stingy) a Facebook post or a Tweet. Why a shower perks me up creatively is beyond me. Maybe it’s the refreshing effect of all that warm water running over my head. Maybe a physical cleansing is accompanied by a mental cleansing. Maybe it’s since I can’t sing well enough to sing in the shower, I’m left with nothing to do but write in the shower! (If only Apple would introduce a waterproof iPad.) How do I decide what. . .

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The Very Fairy Princess: Here Comes the Flower Girl! {Review} by Julie Andrews

Everyone’s favorite fairy princess is going to be the flower girl in Aunt Sue’s wedding! In Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton’s THE VERY FAIRY PRINCESS: HERE COMES THE FLOWER GIRL!, Gerry realizes it will be a small garden wedding instead of the lavish event of her dreams, and sets out to put her creative sparkle on everything from cakes to favors.

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