Suddenly Forever Has a Cover (plus Pre-Order!)

It’s hard to believe this day is here. There are so many steps to writing and publishing a book. Some steps are taken inch by painstaking inch. While others feel more like grand, sprawling leaps. Today, I leap! Today I get to SHOW you the book! As someone who totally and unapologetically judges a book by its cover (sorry, but I have no shame in my game), I personally think this unveiling equals the importance of new parents revealing a new baby’s name to the world. The kid is stuck with it…known by it…answers to it for eternity. Much in the same way, the cover becomes the book and relays the story’s personality. It’s the first impression of the story’s feel and style and vibe.

(Ah! The pressure of being both a writer AND graphic designer.)

Before I chicken out and go back to consider another of the dozen or so cover designs on the cutting room floor, I’d better go ahead and show you the one that’s really stolen my heart. It really does fully embody the tenderness of Cora and Luke’s story. After you either stare and take in every last detail of the cover (you’re my people) or glance quickly, shrug your shoulders, and move on (you’re special, too) keep reading to learn about this story that has completely stolen my heart. Authors picking a favorite book is like a mother declaring her favorite child. And yet, currently I am obsessed with this story. More (much more) on that coming soon.

Oh, you want a closer look? Sure. Why not?

About Suddenly Forever

Available Now for Pre-Order
Releases October 6, 2020

On the outskirts of Laurel Cove, North Carolina sits a quiet lake tucked into gentle mountains carpeted with the brilliant colors of autumn. Grief binds the lake’s only residents into an unlikely family, where old and new love build a bridge between loss and hope.

For years, best-selling author Cora Bradford has worked tirelessly to tread the unrelenting waves of grief in solitude. That is, until a new neighbor moves in down the road and threatens to disrupt what she’s carefully preserved of the life she once knew. Will God ever answer her prayer for peace and calmer waters?

Following a scandal, Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Luke Bassett escapes to the one place in the world he’s ever experienced peace—his mother’s cabin on the lake where he spent childhood summers. But the memory of her and the mistakes he made are hardly peaceful. To make matters worse, he gets off to a rocky start with his bitter but breathtakingly beautiful neighbor. Was running away from the life he’s always known the biggest mistake of all, or the beginning of something he never knew he wanted?

Spunky, opinionated, and recently widowed Ina McLean is alone for the first time in over ninety years. When Cora and Luke come together to care for their only other neighbor, Ina’s belief in God’s goodness through life’s ups and downs works to restore their hope in learning to live—and love—again.

PRE-ORDER NOW!

New Release! As Easy as Cherry Pie

Is there anything quite as exciting as a book you’ve been waiting for finally hitting the shelves? I don’t think so either! I’ve been somewhat impatiently waiting for Bell Renshaw’s new book As Easy as Cherry Pie to release and TODAY IS THE DAY!!!!

I was so excited, in fact, that I sprung out of bed like the Good Morning guy outside Joey’s window. (If you know, you know.) HAHA!

About As Easy as Cherry Pie

Author: Bell Renshaw
Release Date: August 4, 2020

Maggie Petten has perfected the perfect pie and landed herself an opportunity to expand her shop. Despite his overly booked schedule, contractor Fletcher Knight can’t seem to say no when it comes to helping others.

When the two are faced with a mutual business opportunity the question remains: can they make it past the best and worst first date they shared a year ago? Or will circumstances, disaster, and awkwardness be enough to keep them apart?

AVAILABLE TODAY ON AMAZON

FOLLOW BELL RENSHAW:
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Mid-Year Very Merry Christmas Book Giveaway Winners!

We’ve spent the whole month sharing some great Christmas books and now it’s time to announce the winners! First, a special thanks goes out to all of the authors who’ve so generously gifted copies of their books. Thanks to all of you, too, who chatted all month with me about Christmas and books and memories. It’s been so fun!

Before we get to the drum rolls and squeals of excitement, let’s review HOW TO CLAIM YOUR BOOK if you’re a winner. If your name is listed below, please send me an email before Monday. The email should include your full name and email address where you would like your eBook sent. I’ll then share your information with the author. If you are the GRAND PRIZE winner, be sure to also include your mailing address.

It’s time to cut to the chase. The reason you’ve stopped by. No more beating around the evergreen. Remember, all winners are chosen using a random number generator. Names of winners shown are the user names of the comments made. In some cases, I’m not sure what your actual name is, so won’t be able to track you down, so be sure and email me!

GOOD LUCK!

  • Royally Yours Collection – Heidi Robbins (was announced earlier this month)
  • Like a Winter Snow – Caryl Kane
  • Mistletoe Kiss – Glenda
  • The Perfect Christmas – Lila Diller
  • Love, Laughter and Luminarias – Heidi Robbins
  • Enchanted: A Christmas Collection – MJSH
  • The Wedding Dress Christmas – Faith Creech
  • 12 Dates of Christmas – Abigail
  • Deck the Shelves – Teddi1961
  • It Happened at Christmas – Gail Hollingsworth
  • Once Upon a Christmas Collection – Denise
  • Restoring Christmas – Jeannie
  • Merry and Dashing – Lori R.

And, finally, the winner of our “grand prize” will enjoy a $15 Amazon Gift Card, a copy of Something Borrowed: Christmas Weddings Collection when it releases in October, and these fun Christmas goodies!

The winner of the grand prize is…..
Can you hardly stand it?……
Paula Shreckhise!
Congratulations, Paula!

OK! If you see your name above remember you must email me before Monday so we can get you your book.

Mid-Year Very Merry Christmas Book Giveaway Wrap-Up

This July, we have celebrated the heat wave of summer with a festive Mid-Year Very Merry Book Giveaway! Me and more than a dozen of my Christian fiction author friends joined forces to give away copies of our favorite Christmas books. You’ve got just two days to finish getting in your entries before winners are announced right here on the blog on Friday! Comments must be made by 11:59 pm on Thursday.

Here is a recap of all of the posts featured in the giveaway. To enter to win each book, just leave a comment on the post. There will be a different winner for each book plus one grand prize winner will get a fun holiday package from me. Plus, comment on this post for an extra entry into the grand prize. Click on the book titles below to go to the post:

Ah, I love these book so much and I know you will, too. Not a fan of reading holiday books in the summer? Best news ever is that books have a LONG SHELF LIFE (pun intended). Win a book now, read it later when the mistletoe is hung and Bing Crosby is crooning away in the background.

I can’t wait to announce all the winners on Friday, so go get to commenting!!! (Don’t forget to comment on this post, too, for an extra entry into the grand prize of some Christmas goodies.)

One last thing…

Don’t forget to pre-order my upcoming Christmas collection with authors Jaycee Weaver, Toni Shiloh, Mikal Dawn, and Andrea Boyd! Something Borrowed is a fun Christmas weddings collection of novellas about five friends turned holiday brides who share one special something borrowed, releases October 20.

PRE-ORDER SOMETHING BORROWED TODAY!

New Christmas Collection Cover Reveal and Pre-Order!

I have been waiting for this day for what feel like forever! As both an author and a graphic designer, there’s few parts of the publishing process that are more exciting for me than revealing a book cover for the first time.

Seeing a book cover makes the project feel REAL. Soon, something you’ve worked so long and hard for will be out in the world for others to enjoy. What makes today’s cover reveal all the more sweet is that I get to do it alongside some women who have become dear friends. When authors Andrea Boyd, Mikal Dawn, Toni Shiloh, and Jaycee Weaver invited me to join their new Christmas collection, I was so thrilled. Having had to pull out of their Once Upon a Christmas project last year, this felt like a chance to get back in the writing game. This team of ladies has made that reentry so great.

Be sure to read to the end for the pre-order button! This sweet holiday collection would also make a great Christmas gift for family and friends who enjoy uplifting stories. The book releases October 20 and we’ll have much more merriment leading up to that big day!

Without further ado, it’s with MAJOR excitement that I get to finally show you the cover of Something Borrowed: Christmas Wedding Collection! I had so much fun working with these authors to design the fun and festive illustrated-style cover that cleverly reflects our five novellas connected by friends turned Christmas brides.

Something Borrowed: Christmas Weddings Collection Now Up for Pre-Order!

Want an more up-close look at the collection cover AND the cover for my novella in the collection?

About Something Borrowed: Christmas Weddings Collection

Old friends, new loves, and a borrowed tiara.

Always Been Yours by Jaycee Weaver — Hanady’s planning her dream wedding, but her injured best friend Keenan isn’t the groom. If she can’t see she’s marrying the wrong guy soon, his leg won’t be the only thing broken. 

All the Moore by Toni Shiloh — Leilah Anderson has been living behind the screen to hide her disability, then she meets Reggie Moore face-to-face. Can their relationship survive the truth and distance between them? 

A Holly, Bolly Christmas by Mikal Dawn — A dream wedding venue at Christmas? Sign Chahna Kapoor up. Even if her fiancé doesn’t know it… 

Somehow, This Christmas by Teresa Tysinger — When not-so-merry mishaps threaten wedding planner Cate Forsyth’s holiday wedding and reputation, will her own happily ever after with sweetheart Noah Bennett melt away? 

A Promise So Sweet by Andrea Boyd — Lydia Osborn hasn’t heard from her ex in ten years, so imagine her surprise when he shows up proposing marriage. Tis the season for love? 

It may not look a lot like Christmas yet, but don’t these stories look like they’ll be just the thing to get you in the Christmas mood? You can pre-order your copy TODAY for a special price of just $0.99!

The collection officially releases October 20.

PRE-ORDER SOMETHING BORROWED NOW!

Mid-Year Very Merry Book Giveaway: Merry and Dashing

The last of our featured books in the Mid-Year Very Merry Book Giveaway is Merry and Dashing by Kari Trumbo! I love the tagline: “One elf, one Scrooge, three weeks ’til Christmas.” I love reading about someone with a grinchy attitude catching on to Christmas spirit!

Even though this is the last of our books being given away this month, you have several days to enter before I announce winners in a big WINNER POST on July 31! (One exception is the first book, whose winner was already announced!) So, if you’ve not yet entered to win the other books already featured in this month-long giveaway, be sure to scroll back to previous posts and enter!

Tomorrow, be sure to come back for the big COVER REVEAL of the upcoming Christmas collection that my novella Somehow, This Christmas will appear in this fall. Me and the other authors in the collection will be sharing teasers in the morning (follow me on Facebook to sneak a peek!) before the full reveal at noon Eastern time. We’ll also launch the book for pre-order AND I’ll personally be revealing the cover to my novella. It’s going to be a HUGE DAY, so don’t miss it!

ABOUT MERRY AND DASHING

Available on Amazon

He’s a geeky Christmas elf, and maybe looks a bit like Prince Harry.

She’s a Scrooge, but her heart wants to be in the right place.

With only three weeks until Christmas, Jacob Dashing takes on the task of turning Merry Clarkson from her Grinchy ways. As Merry learns to examine her heart, Jacob must also come to grips with his life outside of being an elf at the local thrift store. Is Merry the Mrs. to his Claus?

Follow Author Kari Trumbo:
Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads

ENTER TO WIN!

To enter to win an eBook copy of Merry and Dashing, simply leave a comment below on this post!

The winner of today’s book will be announced in a WINNERS POST at the end of the month. All winners will be chosen using Random.org. Winners must respond within 48 hours to claim the book or another winner will be chosen.

Mid-Year Very Merry Book Giveaway: Restoring Christmas

Today’s Mid-Year Very Merry Book Giveaway book is Restoring Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti. This novella grabbed my attention because it includes home renovation! I have a special place in my heart for that since my novel Someplace Familiar does, too!

If you’ve not yet entered to win the other books already featured in this month-long giveaway, be sure to scroll back to previous posts and enter! I’ll be announcing winners in a big winner post at the end of the month. (One exception is the first book, whose winner was already announced!)

ABOUT RESTORING CHRISTMAS

Available on Amazon

Alexis Blake has one chance to land her own show on the Home Project Network and nothing – not an uncooperative client, a job site without indoor plumbing, or a challenging videographer – is going to stand in her way.

Elsie, at seventy-plus, is far from the ideal client, but she knows exactly what she wants her fieldstone house to look like, and no designer can tell her otherwise.

Gabe Langley, the man with the camera, is caught in the middle and it is his wisdom and warmth that just may be the bridge that will bring these two women together. Can they restore more than just a house and bring about special, almost lost forever Christmas memories?

Follow Author Cynthia Ruchti:
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ENTER TO WIN!

To enter to win an eBook copy of Restoring Christmas, leave a comment below about anything! Question for Cynthia? Book you’re currently reading? What you’re looking forward to this Christmas? Sure…tell us!

The winner of today’s book will be announced in a WINNERS POST at the end of the month. All winners will be chosen using Random.org. Winners must respond within 48 hours to claim the book or another winner will be chosen.

Mid-Year Very Merry Book Giveaway: Once Upon a Christmas

Today’s Mid-Year Very Merry Book Giveaway is extra special because it’s the first Christmas collection published by an amazing group of Christian authors! Andrea Boyd, Mikal Dawn, Toni Shiloh, Angela Ruth Strong, and Jaycee Weaver released Once Upon a Christmas: Contemporary Retellings of Timeless Tales last fall. It’s simply the best and I’m so excited I get to include it in this month’s giveaway! What’s better? All of these authors, except for Angela (because she’s busy working on another big project), are coming together for another exciting collection — and they’ve invited me along this time!

This Friday, July 24, we will be revealing the title and cover of our new Christmas collection that will release this fall. You’ll be able to pre-order the book on Friday, too! In addition to revealing the collection’s cover, I will be revealing the cover of my novella in the collection, too. It’s a BIG WEEK!

If you’ve not yet entered to win the other books already featured in this month-long giveaway, be sure to scroll back to previous posts and enter! I’ll be announcing winners in a big winner post at the end of the month. (One exception is the first book, whose winner was already announced!)

ABOUT ONCE UPON A CHRISTMAS: CONTEMPORARY RETELLINGS OF TIMELESS TALES

Available on Amazon

Embrace the magic of the Christmas season with these contemporary twists on timeless tales.

Upon a Dream — A rare sleeping disorder keeps Talia from performing, but when Philip recognizes her gift, he’ll do whatever it takes to see her onstage.

Claim My Heart — Li Na and Colin Wen face off in a Mulan-esque courtroom battle where the real win might be losing their hearts.

A Snow White Christmas — Sheltered heiress Amala White flees her conniving stepmother’s plans and finds refuge with a handsome orchard owner and his seven quirky uncles.

Christmas Ella — Reality TV meets Cinderella story when a location director is swept off her feet by a rising star.

A Splash of Love — Las Vegas glitz meets Land of Enchantment culture in A Splash of Love, a modern twist on the Little Mermaid.

Follow Authors in this Collection:
Andrea Boyd | Mikal Dawn | Toni Shiloh | Angela Ruth Strong | Jaycee Weaver

ENTER TO WIN!

To enter to win an eBook copy of Once Upon a Christmas: Contemporary Retellings of Timeless Tales, leave a comment below telling us what your favorite fairy tale is!

The winner of today’s book will be announced in a WINNERS POST at the end of the month. All winners will be chosen using Random.org. Winners must respond within 48 hours to claim the book or another winner will be chosen.

Mid-Year Very Merry Book Giveaway: It Happened at Christmas

The Mid-Year Very Merry Book Giveaway book for today really sparked my interest being billed as a spin on While You Were Sleeping — one of my favorite romantic movies! It Happened at Christmas by Christen Krumm is a really cute Young Adult book, and I don’t usually pick up YAs. SO, SO GOOD!

Can we also take a moment to collectively appreciate the gorgeous cover?! SWOON!

After you enter to win this sweet book, don’t miss the others in this giveaway! If you’ve not yet entered to win all the other books already featured in this month-long giveaway, scroll back to previous posts and enter. I’ll be announcing winners in a big winner post at the end of the month. (One exception is the first book, whose winner was already announced!)

ABOUT IT HAPPENED AT CHRISTMAS

Available on Amazon

In this enchanting YA spin on While You Were Sleeping, Christen Krumm delivers laughter and Christmas sparkle through a swoon-worthy story of first love and belonging.

Life at Iverson Preparatory Boarding School isn’t easy when you’re basically the maid. Murphy Cain spends her days cleaning up after her upper class peers in exchange for tuition while dodging their cutting remarks. All of that changes when she rescues her crush, the popular and hunky Tripp Harrington, after a near-fatal accident and is mistaken as his girlfriend.

Murphy finds herself struggling with the choice to reveal the truth or play along. As Tripp’s girl, his wealthy family will offer Murphy something she’s been craving her whole life—a chance to be one of the “in” crowd. A chance to belong. Without it, she’ll be right back where she started.

It only gets worse as Tripp’s brother Hank enters the picture. He’s handsome, down to earth, and seems to understand Murphy better than anyone else. The only problem? She’s supposed to be dating his brother.

As Christmas break draws to a close, Murphy must decide if telling the truth is worth losing it all or if the risk will bring a greater reward in the end.

Follow Author Christen Krumm:
Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Goodreads

ENTER TO WIN!

To enter to win an eBook copy of It Happened at Christmas, leave a comment below telling us about your favorite romantic movie! Or leave a comment for Christen.

The winner of today’s book will be announced in a WINNERS POST at the end of the month. All winners will be chosen using Random.org. Winners must respond within 48 hours to claim the book or another winner will be chosen.

Mid-Year Very Merry Book Giveaway: Deck the Shelves

Today’s Mid-Year Very Merry Book Giveaway title is Deck the Shelves by my friend Toni Shiloh. I think I’ve said a few times during this giveaway that the author is my friend. The Christian author community has been such a blessing to me! I’ve met so many wonderful people while chatting about writing, learning about each other’s projects, and cheering each other onward. Toni is definitely one of a particular handful of women who’ve taught me so much and become a true friend. I’m thrilled to get to tell you about one of her books today!

If you’ve not yet entered to win the other books already featured in this month-long giveaway, be sure to scroll back to previous posts and enter! I’ll be announcing winners in a big winner post at the end of the month. (One exception is the first book, whose winner was already announced!)

ABOUT DECK THE SHELVES

Available on Amazon

Kendall Jackson is the proud owner of Heartfalls’ bookstore, The Cozy Shelf. Her life is one straight out of the pages, except she’s missing that leading man. Although she has a crush on the handsome auto mechanic, Quinton Hendricks, Kendall wants an old-fashioned type of romance—the stuff swoon-worthy romance books are made of. But Quinton seems to need a little prodding.

Something about Kendall sparks hope in Quinton Hendricks that love could be his again. Only being abandoned by his ex-wife has made him cautious to the point of non-moving.

Can two people hesitant on second chances find love as they Deck the Shelves?

Follow Author Toni Shiloh:
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ENTER TO WIN!

To enter to win an eBook copy of Deck the Shelves, leave a comment below telling us of another favorite Christmas book or any question you might have for Toni. Anything counts!

The winner of today’s book will be announced in a WINNERS POST at the end of the month. All winners will be chosen using Random.org. Winners must respond within 48 hours to claim the book or another winner will be chosen.