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Exclusive Excerpt from The Christmas Cradle by Charlotte Hubbard w/a rafflecopter giveaway!

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The Christmas Cradle

by Charlotte Hubbard

 

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GENRE: Amish/Inspirational Romance

 

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BLURB:

 

For the peaceful town of Willow Ridge, November presents an early holiday surprise. Stranded in the snow, 18-year-old Lena Esh and her boyfriend Josiah Witmer need more than a place to stay for the night. Lena defied her strict family and their judgmental beliefs to run away with Josiah and have his baby. But she’s starting to wonder if he can prove as responsible as he is passionate. And she isn’t sure how—or if—they can ever find a place to truly call home.

 

Expecting their own miracle baby, Miriam and Ben Hooley rally the town to help the young couple, and Lena draws strength from their unexpected support. Though trouble may come calling, in this season of joyous rebirth, a little child will lead them. And two couples will see their dreams of forever family come true…

 

 

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Exclusive Excerpt

 

 

 

“I’ll be back after I’ve talked to Hiram,” Josiah said as he slipped into his coat. “I’m hoping the cold air will keep my temper under control.”

 

“One of these days Hiram’s gonna be put in his place, because I can’t think the Lord’s gonna tolerate his shenanigans forever,” Miriam predicted in a faraway voice. “But it’s not for us to know when that judgment’ll come, or how. We need to keep mindin’ our own business, doin’ gut for the folks who need it. I’ll be prayin’ for ya, Josiah.”

 

Listen closely. Miriam is one of the wisest people you know.

 

He stepped outside, lifting his face to the weak sunshine that was filtered by gray clouds. It looked like snow. The damp breeze pierced his coat and made him shiver. But thoughts of little Isaiah Daniel—Isaiah Daniel Witmer, he would soon be—gave Josiah the fortitude to tap the shunned bishop’s number into his phone. As it rang, he paced in the Hooleys’ plowed lane.

 

“Well, well, to what do I owe this honor?” Hiram’s voice slithered through the phone as slick and seamless as a serpent. “Calling to apologize for standing me up, Witmer? Saying you’re on your way to Higher Ground to run my supper club?”

 

Josiah nipped his lip against a retort that would get him into trouble. “No, but I’m going to report your invasion of our privacy to Sheriff—”

 

“Like I should be concerned about Clyde Banks,” Knepp cut in with a laugh. “He’s in my pocket, kid. I pay him to arrest me now and again to make you people think he’s doing his job. But he works for the highest bidder, believe me.”

 

Josiah’s eyebrows rose. Nora Hooley had told him that when Hiram had made a deal with the Realtor who’d hit the Knepp twins’ sleigh, he’d gotten the land for Higher Ground. Josiah didn’t want to believe that the local law officers had succumbed to his bribery—

 

“Your life would go a lot smoother if you’d honor your agreement with me, Witmer,” Knepp continued. “You’d have a nice home in Higher Ground for that pretty young woman and your new baby—and your sister,” he added with a suggestive rise in his voice. “And if you come to work for me, I’ll leave Miriam alone, too. And two little babies will stay safe with their mothers.”

 

Josiah sucked in his breath. Surely Knepp wouldn’t try to kidnap his son and the Hooley child. Would he?

 

“But it’s up to you, kid. How’s it feel to have so many peoples’ lives riding on your decision?” Hiram asked in a no-nonsense tone. “Make me happy, and everyone’s world will keep turning. And if you continue to defy me . . .”

 

 

 

 

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AUTHOR Bio and Links:AuthorPhoto_TheChristmasCradle

 

Drawing upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community in Missouri, longtime Missourian Charlotte Hubbard writes of simpler times and a faith-based lifestyle in her Seasons of the Heart series. Like her heroine, Miriam Lantz Hooley, Charlotte considers it her personal mission to feed people. Faith and family, farming and food preservation are hallmarks of her lifestyle. She’s a deacon, a dedicated church musician and choir member, and when she’s not writing, she loves to try new recipes, crochet, and sew. Charlotte now lives in Minnesota with her husband and their border collie.

 

Website:  www.CharlotteHubbard.com

 

Facebook: facebook.com/charlotte.hubbard1

 

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Charlotte will be awarding $20 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

 
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Book Blitz for Being Grateful, Being Thankful by Sara Butland

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Blurb:

 

Gratitude is all around us and being verbally thankful and aware changes our lives tremendously for the better. Too often people complain about the little things or are silent when those little things don’t cause problems.

Be Grateful: Appreciate Everything to Be Happy is an easy to read collection of aspects of your life important for you to consider and think about in a new light. With the Law of Attraction being so evident in the world and people continuously reading all the motivational books, it’s easy to forget the true essence of this law and our own lives.

Be Grateful: Appreciate Everything to Be Happy brings that back, shifting your perspective so more good will appear in your life as you deserve.
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Wherever you are in life, wherever you are right at this moment you have much to be thankful.

 

You likely hear the words “Thank you” as much as you say and hear the words “I’m sorry” in a day, but it’s important to listen to it and say it with meaning. To truly be grateful is to appreciate where you are and where you’ve been, so that you can know where you will be going and as well as how to get there.

 

With the Law of Attraction being on everyone’s mind, it seems the world still finds it challenging to think in the positive and be appreciative of where they are and what they have. If you struggle with this, or if you don’t really, this book is for you.

 

Not every chapter may be relevant to you at the time you read it, I encourage you to read it. You may read the chapters in any order you choose; I do encourage you to read them all for greatest effect.

 

Why? Let’s say, for instance, you don’t currently have your drivers license, so at first you think it silly to be thankful for that. Take a moment and wonder if you would ever like to have your license. To have that independence and freedom to grab the keys and go when you’re ready and not when you can afford a cab or at the whim of another driver. Reading this chapter now will send your intention to your future so it understands how wonderful you will feel when you have your license.

 

Life is about feeling- something science nor religion can ever truly explain. When you experience gratitude, even in just a small dose, your vibrations are on alert and you smile a little. Standing a little bit taller, you suddenly feel proud and good, no matter who you are, and in doing so reflect this genuine feeling back to others around you.

 

What would happen if everyone appreciated everything for their experience and what it had to teach them? Quite literally, the world is already filled with energy, so this would work to amplify that magnificence to eventually heal the world.

 

We all think we want more time in our day. Envy the younger generation for their ability to wake up playing and continue to play all day, if we’d let them. Many of us say we’d be able to play if only we didn’t have to drain ourselves to pay the bills

 

This attitude stops now.

 

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Sarah Butland was born in Ontario, the year was 1982. She was moved to New Brunswick for over 15 years and now resides at home in Nova Scotia, Canada. Butland has been married to her high school sweetheart and has a superstar son named William, and a cat named Russ who all make her house a home.

Butland started creating while still learning to walk and in years to follow was able to put a writing utensil to paper to document her creations before they were completely lost. Of course, her first manuscripts were in dire need of editing but she didn’t seem to mind nor did her readers.

The first “big break” for Butland came when she was still a teenager feeling like she was unlike every other teenager she knew. She heard from a poetry contest that her poem “Wrong Shell” would be published in their anthology; would she kindly send them thousands of dollars to continue on in the finals. Butland’s parents refused. So began the struggle of discovering which awards were actually earned not bought.

Limiting herself to contest submissions from then on, Sarah Butland realized her career of writing would be a difficult struggle no matter the talent she held inside or was forced out. Many stories, attempts at novels and thousands of ideas later, Butland created BananaBoy and the Adventures of Sammy was born with Sending You Sammy, her first published children’s book. Then came Brain Tales – Volume One, a collection of short stories and finally Arm Farm, her current literary pride and joy.

Butland’s next accomplishment planned to be winning the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award which would then be mentioned among her most joyous literary accomplishments. Unfortunately she didn’t win the 2011 award but is now working on new and greater things like Blood Day – The Novel (tentative title) to be released as soon as possible. Completing it through JANO – January Novel Writing Month is a challenge she accepted!

 

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Review of Breath of Spring by Charlotte Hubbard

Breath of Spring

Title: Breath of Spring
Author: Charlotte Hubbard
Publisher: Kensington
Pages: 352
Genre: Amish Romance/Inspirational

As a bright season brings a fresh start to Willow Ridge, Annie Mae Knepp feels she can never make peace with the past. Her disgraced ex-bishop father is furious that she’s has taken her five siblings to live with her. She’s never been truly at home in her faith…or believing in herself. And Annie Mae fears no man will want to take on the responsibilities she’s gladly shouldered. True, her quiet neighbor Adam Wagler has been steadfast and unshakable, helping her through her trials, but he surely couldn’t think of someone so lost as more than a friend. Believing she is unworthy because of her doubts, Annie Mae will find, in a moment of surprising revelation, that God can work impossible miracles—and that love makes all things new.

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Gotcha!  I KNOW that most of y’all didn’t know that I read inspirational books.  Especially Amish Romance.  I found Amish romance book through the Harlequin Love Inspired Line years ago and I blame Marta Perry for that.  If you have not read Ms. Perry…shame on you.  Anyway, when I was contacted to read Breath of Spring for review I jumped at the chance.

A few things though.  This is a sweet romance.  Yes, there is kissing.  Amish people aren’t celebent.  They love just like you and I.  They have the same yearnings, wants and desires that we do.  But they “court” before they marry.  Its a sweet process that is endearing and I long for it at times.  No one rushes into things.

Annie Mae is one tough heroine.  I’m not sure that I could hold up with all the responsibilities and burdens that come her way at such a young age.  Barely 18, she has taken the task of raising her siblings due to her father being kicked out of their Order.  Trust me, its bad and a thread throughout the whole series.  That said, Ms. Hubbard explains the back story of Hiriam (Annie Mae’s father) and the rest of community with ease.  I was never lost but there are a couple of books that I’m now dying to read.  Once you start reading the book, you can’t put it down.  I read it in one day it was so good.

I used to live near a Mennonite community in the small town that we moved from.  I got used to seeing them interact with the community and they were the nicest, friendliest people around.  There are some Mennonites in the book too so pay attention.  They factor into Annie Mae’s story.  The Old Order that Ms. Hubbard and the other authors write about do have a phone and they do have businesses that they make their living from.  It interesting to read about their lives and how we “English” rely too much on other things to make us happy.  I’ve often said that I could never watch television again.  Nothing good is on anymore.  Not sure I could give up my radio though.  I love music so that would be a tough one.  Could I give up my laptop?  There are days were I wish I could but then I wouldn’t blog anymore.  😉

What really drew me into Annie Mae and Adam story was the trope that Ms. Hubbard used.  The boy/girl next door.  These two grew up next door to each other and never once looked at each other in a romantic way.  It was sweet how they finally realized how much they meant to each other.  Which, Adam is the best knight in shining armor I’ve read in a very long time.  I would be remiss to remind you that some of their customs are not our own.  What Hiriam and Yonnie did to Annie Mae is sick and yes, the law did show up but its their way.  I held my breath during that scene praying that Adam would help Annie Mae.  There is a reference used about a real life incident that happened in Ohio which really pulled the whole scenerio together.  Plus, the scene at Annie Mae’s birthday party…I cried.  Beautifully written scene that I dare anyone not to tear up a bit.

Also, Adam and Annie Mae discuss their Rumspringa.  Adam’s Rumspringa had a tragic ending and bless his heart, carrying that guilt for so many years..my heart broke for him.  Annie and Adam had to figure out their faith and belief in not only themselves but each other to finally come together in the end.  Their community is built on faith and family.  Not everyone has a traditional family, even in the Amish.  Its how you deal with the hand that you are dealt and believing in yourself and God that everything will turn out.

Did I mention that there is a vintange 1940’s Indian Chief motorcycle that comes into play a lot in the book?  My bad…also, recipes and food?  I’m making the sausage/rice casserole and Hot Fudge Cake this weekend.  Oh my word they sound delicious.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 

 

I’ve called Missouri home for most of my life, and most folks don’t realize that several Old Older Amish and Mennonite communities make their home here, as well. The rolling pastureland, woods, and small towns along county highways make a wonderful setting for Plain populations—and for stories about them, too! While Jamesport, Missouri is the largest Old Order Amish settlement west of the Mississippi River, other communities have also found the affordable farm land ideal for raising crops, livestock, and running the small family-owned businesses that support their families.

Like my heroine, Miriam Lantz, of my Seasons of the Heart series, I love to feed people—to share my hearth and home. I bake bread and goodies and I love to try new recipes. I put up jars and jars of green beans, tomatoes, beets and other veggies every summer. All my adult life, I’ve been a deacon, a dedicated church musician and choir member, and we hosted a potluck group in our home for more than twenty years.

Like Abby Lambright, heroine of my Home at Cedar Creek series, I consider it a personal mission to be a listener and a peacemaker—to heal broken hearts and wounded souls. Faith and family, farming and frugality matter to me: like Abby, I sew and enjoy fabric arts—I made my wedding dress and the one Mom wore, too, when I married into an Iowa farm family more than thirty-five years ago! When I’m not writing, I crochet and sew, and I love to travel.

I recently moved to Minnesota when my husband got a wonderful new job, so now he and I and our border collie, Ramona, are exploring our new state and making new friends.

 

 

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