Spine Poetry Contest BEGINS!!!!

SPINEPOETRYTitles make up books! (and interestingly – they’ll also help you win some cool prizes in the Spine Poetry Contest) Want to know more – check out the rules at the bottom of the post.

Every life has a story – and in most cases life involves a tangle of challenges, joys, sufferings, fears, and victories. Hopefully, though, most lives don’t include the difficult and heart-wrenching past of my heroine, Ashleigh Dougall in my debut novel, The Thorn Bearer.
The title for this book took two years to emerge from the plethora of titles littering the proverbial trashbin, and it hits at the novel’s core. What thorn are you bearing?
What thorn are the characters in this novel bearing?
For Ashleigh Dougall, the ‘thorn’ she bears, in part, stems from the suffering experienced at the hands of her father, but even more than her shame is the bitterness rooted like a wild thistle deep within her heart. For other characters this ‘thorn’ pierces their lives so deeply it’s skewed their vision, guided them down roads they wouldn’t have taken otherwise, and distanced them from good relationships. Like a splinter, this thorn of unforgiveness gives Ashleigh (and some of the other characters) a constant aggravation, biting into her hope with its continual reminder and stealing away the joy offered to her in her present. Especially when it involves her childhood friend, Sam Miller.
Now, don’t you think The Thorn Bearer is a much better name than the book’s very first title…. Are you ready for it?
A Rose in the Attic?
What on earth was I thinking?

Now for the rules!!!

TheThornbearer 500x750 (1)The task:
Simple.
Grab your favorite books and create a “poem” or loose “limerick” from the titles. Something as simple as:
• All your favorite authors in one stack
• Similar titles
• Similar spine colors for a lovely mosaic
• Titles that when placed in a stack tell a simple story or rhyme
• All of one author’s books in one stack
IMPORTANT: Be sure to post a link to your spine poetry in the PromoSimple form for your entry to be counted!
Ready for step two?
Take a picture and post it on social media, tagging one or all of our authors: @PepperBasham, @KCambronAuthor, @CarlaLaureano, @BethVogt, @CathWest
Want extra credit?
Visit each of the blogs (listed here: ) Pepper Basham, Kristy Cambron, Carla Laureano, Beth Vogt, Catherine West and build a spine poetry entry for each author. You can enter as many times as you’d like!
The prizes:
You didn’t want to do this just for the fun of it? Well, okay then. :- ))
Any spine poetry is entered to win a prize basket with a copy of each of our author’s books:
The Thorn Bearer by Pepper Basham
A Sparrow in Terezin by Kristy Cambron
London Tides by Carla Laureano
Crazy Little Thing Called Love by Beth K. Vogt
Bridge of Faith by Catherine West
If you create a Spine Poetry with any of our authors in one collection, you’ll be entered to win THIS mother lode:
Hand-crafted journal
Hand-crafted Swarovski crystal bracelet
Pride & Prejudice DVD
Signed copy of The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron
Yesterday’s Tomorrow by Catherine West
Signed copy of Somebody Like You by Beth Vogt

To sign up for the contest, follow this link: https://promosimple.com/ps/71d3

News to Share

10646741_10204870944154085_8514285265217180766_nWell, so much has been going on lately that I figure it’s time for a recap…and just maybe I’ll get back on track to posting at least once a week on this blog 🙂

Ever hopeful!

God has an amazing way of surprising us with more than we expect.

I’ve been pursuing writing for the past ten years and in that time God’s done some amazing things like:

Introduced me to the fabulous Alley Cats

He brought the FABULOUS, Julie Gwinn to be my friend first – and then my agent

Brought wonderful authors like the Seekers, Janice Thompson, Beth Vogt, and so many others into my life

He’s brought teaching and resources to help hone my skills.

And now..well, I’ve joined the roller coaster of published authors.

1. I signed my first contract with Lighthouse of the Carolinas for my Contemporary Romance novel, A Twist of Faith, at the end of September. It’s a fun story that is a modern day retelling of My Fair Lady set in Appalachia. It’s scheduled to release in June 2015.

2. I signed my second contract in mid-November to co-author a Middle Reader/YA novel that accompanies a new video game releasing in 2015.

3. Yesterday I signed a three book contract with Vinspire Publishing for my historical romance series, beginning with The Thornbearer to be released in October 2015. This Penned in Time series takes place during World War 1 and follows the lives of three friends who each struggle with forgiveness and the definition of true beauty as they face a world at war.

I’m excited about these new opportunities but also nervous about how to make it all fit into a very busy schedule as a full-time speech language pathologist and mom of five. It’s great to know if God provided the opportunities, He’ll also provide the ability to complete them 🙂

Here’s to seeing what God ends up doing with MY story in the middle of writing these stories!!

Somebody Like You by Beth K. Vogt

HB SomebodyLikeYou_4.inddWhat would you do if your deceased husband’s twin (a twin you didn’t know existed) showed up on your doorstep? Well, if your Haley Ames you pull a gun and ask questions later.

In Beth K Vogt’s newest novel, Somebody Like You, Haley is faced with her deceased husband’s mirror-image who has come into Haley’s life to make amends for the way he and his brother parted ways. Add into the mix the fact that Stephen is her husband’s identical twin, a gentle, charming, and compassionate guy, plus Haley is about to give birth, and you have a story worth a double take.

Seriously, I think chapter 15 was one of my favorite chapters in the book. Send a poor man home to gather supplies for a woman in labor? Hilarious! Poor Stephen Ames. (And Beth, you couldn’t have picked a better model of super hero. BRING ON the Captain!!)

And chapter 16 was hilarious too. Oh my goodness. Again…poor, poor Stephen Ames.

I think this might be one of Beth’s best yet, partly because she includes some pretty amazing kisses and partly because of the healing process which leads to a much better second chance than the first ever was. The wounded-but-tough heroine, Haley, plays her part well, but Stephen steals the show. If you want to figure out if Haley finally ‘sees clearly’ or not, check out Beth’s beautiful new novel, Somebody Like You.

Catch a Falling Star by Beth K. Vogt

15802375Casey Herringshaw was right! Beth K Vogt’s newest novel, Catch a Falling Star, is even better than her first novel, Wish You Were Here. (and I really liked WYWH).

In Catch a Falling Star we meet Dr. Kendall Haynes and air force pilot, Griffin Walker. Both have given up on daydreams and fairytales because of life’s hard knocks. Kendall is beginning to think she’s reached her expiration date and Griffin is sure he’s long over due.

But suprises…and near-death experiences, bring these two together – an unlikely pair who believed their wishes would never come true.

me-and-Pepper-BRMCWC-2012I love Kendall’s personality. Her tenacity and directness is a perfect fit of Griff’s introverted strength. So fun to read the banter between these two.

Also (thank you BETH) for a lovely hallway kissing scene. I love teasers 😉

Find out more about Beth’s books (and the wonderful author herself at www.bethvogt.com