Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Watch your mail for all the winners!!

I just wanted to let all the prize pack winners (Swept Away launch party winners, and Dianna's Wings Giveaway winners) know to watch your mail, packages on the way!!

Also watch this blog there are giveaways planned for January!!

Monday, December 15, 2014

WE have winners!!!!

WOW what can I say, you guys made this giveaway AWESOME!!

Our grand prize winner was...

Sherry Spence Herman

She entered on November 19th

Our second prize winner was

Linda Glenn

She entered on November 29th

Thank you ladies for entering,

I will email you, for your info but just in case the emails dont go through please email me your shipping addresses at cndloven at yahoo.com

Again Thanks to everyone for entering the giveaway!!

It is Here!! Swept Away Quilts of Love Launch Party!!

We are beginning a month of fun! Today is the release of Swept Away, Quilts of Love by Laura V. Hilton and Cindy Loven
Be sure to drop in (http://cindylovenwrites.blogspot.com)during the month, there might be extra little prizes being given away!

The Rafflecopter runs from November 18th until December 15th at 12 am. 

To celebrate we are having some giveaways.

Grand Prize Package includes:

Quilted Wall Hanging made by me (Cindy) and my mom.
Copy of Quilts of Love
Jelly Beans
WV magnet

Second Prize Package includes

Handmade pillow with the heart block on it from the cover of the book (as similar as I could make it)
Copy of Quilts of Love
Jelly Beans
WV magnet

(and no you don't win my dog and you don't win my fuzzy red blanky)

Open for the US only. 

Enter Via Rafflecopter.
I made it super easy, 3 possible entries, that is all. Just click and enter!! Come back and enter daily.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Sunday, November 30, 2014

PiBoIdMo Ends

WOW today is the last day of PiBoIdMo and it was an overwhelming month for me. TOO much going on I believe. But I did it!! I made it through and tomorrow I can go sign the pledge and get my badge of honor so to speak. I had 31 ideas (so far, the month isn't over until midnight *grin*) this month.

But big news is during this month I released my first children's book..YAY me!! and YAY you it is available at Amazon.com in paperback and Kindle!

If you buy a copy and love it (what's not to love it is adorable) please leave a positive review at Amazon! Thank you!

Here is the cover for your viewing pleasure.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving....some random thoughts

I personally do not have a lot of memories as a child that surround Thansgiving. I know that we spent the holiday with family, but for some reason, none of them stick in my mind. One Thanksgiving I do remember is the very first one Dave and I were married in 1985. We spent the day with his family, and I was horrified, that instead of waiting for people to pass food to him, he stood up and reached across the table. Obviously they were all used to it. No one else was horrified.
Over the years we have spent Thanksgiving with Dave's family and we would go to my grandmother's on Christmas. But life changes, every day and every year. As our own kids got older, we wanted a tradition in our home, so about ten years ago we started staying home on Christmas day.
But this post is about Thanksgiving. I am not an overtly sentimental person, so we do not do the whole "what are you thankful for" tradition. I truly believe that every day should be a day we are thankful. We have so much! Even the poorest in America have abundance compared to people in third world countries.
Another thing I have found is a grateful heart, is rarely a grumbling heart. When we are thankful and grateful for all we have, we tend to not focus on the things we don't have.
That being said, I have to say that OBVIOUSLY God had a reason for telling us to give thanks in every thing.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 

A thankful heart is not centered upon us, but on the giver of all things, our heavenly Father. Today take time to give thanks for your many blessings.
Happy Thanksgiving
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Guest Post from Jenny Carlisle

You Had to Be There
Habukuk’s message from God , his “burden” includes this in the fifth verse of the First Chapter of his book. “Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously; for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you.”
Oh, those moments that leave us awestruck. For a second or two, nothing else matters, not what has happened in the past, not what will come down the road in the future. Just a time when all we can do is take a deep breath and just try to absorb the wonder of God’s creation. During this time of hustle and bustle, organized ceremonies and unorganized chaos, we live for those “Ahh” moments when God is sufficient, and nothing else matters.
My husband and I love to just get out and drive, and when the sun is shining brightly on our windshield, just topping a hill on one of Arkansas’ many scenic byways can present an incredible panorama of beauty. The colors of the leaves, the sky, the waterways are spotlighted at just the right angle. We don’t always stop the car or snap a photo, but those vistas stay with us, become a part of our memories of care-free days doing whatever we please.
Sometimes, after a stormy day, the sun popping out from behind the clouds produces another such glorious moment. Heavenly rays extend to the ground, and we take a deep breath, knowing that God was with us the whole time. Often, He sends his classic symbol- a rainbow. We know it is a simple message from the maker that renews the promise he made to Noah so long ago. All will be right with the world again.
Holding a new baby, especially when there is a blood relationship, is another indescribable pleasure. The simple trust that this little soul is placing literally in your hands can be overwhelming. At that moment, the struggles leading up to the birth are forgotten; the worries of the days ahead are non-existent. God grants us just a second to simply revel in his miracle.
In contrast, the same sense of peace can be felt at the bedside of someone who is nearing the end of their journey on this earth. All of the pain and suffering can be forgotten when the patient is comfortably communing with his or her maker. Peace penetrates the room, and all who enter. Unexplainable, totally illogical peace, except for those who understand what awaits on the other side.
For me, awe strikes at the strangest times. For example: when my house is almost literally bursting at the seams with busy people of all ages, preparing a meal, or trying to find a spot to relax afterwards. The joyous shouts of the youngest, the bumping into one another, the questionable crashes heard from the kitchen, all provide me with a moment of sweet joy. After years of changes, and missing faces at the table, I recognize these times for their temporary nature. Nothing will ever be quite the same again. The happiness is palpable, almost painful. I relish these precious chaotic moments, and store them away for future, quieter days.
The shepherds felt the same way in Bethlehem centuries ago when the heavenly host brought them unbelievable news, and then they witnessed the miracle for themselves. How fortunate we are that Luke captured these moments in his Gospel. We can share in the wonder as we read that account over and over.
The marketing wizards call moments like this “Priceless”. They remind us that no matter the cost, that one event is totally worth it. Christians can enjoy these precious times with no thought to the past or the future, because Jesus has already paid the price. What is coming for us will be even more wonderful, more awe inspiring than any experience we have had on this earth. Amazing. I definitely want to be there.

Thank you, Lord for these glimpses of your wonder. May we always recognize and appreciate them.

About the Author

Jenny McLeod Carlisle has been writing stories since she could hold a pencil. She is a client of Terry Burns at the Hartline Literary agency, and is pursuing publication of her first Women's Fiction novel, Hold Fast. Wife of her high school prom date, mother of three, mother in law of three, Granny to four with a fifth expected in February, her full time day job with the State of Arkansas leaves very little time for jotting down the hundreds of tales that still dance in her head. She is a columnist for Ouachita Life magazine, which is distributed in the Southwest quadrant of Arkansas. Recently, she has appeared on Tales from the South, an internationally broadcast radio show for storytellers that is headquartered in Central Arkansas. Her motto for life is found in the 33rd. verse of the 6th. Chapter of Matthew's Gospel. Seeking Him first means that everything else will follow.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

What is Laura V. Hilton Thankful For?

This is really going to sound strange, but I’m thankful for breast cancer.

Yes, you read that right.

Six years ago, I had the shock of my life. What I thought was an inflamed milk duct was diagnosed as breast cancer.

I’ve always been a Christian, I was raised in a Christian home and accepted Christ as my Savior when I was nine. I was in church, Sunday morning, Sunday night and Wednesday night. My parents had Bible studies in the home. I grew up immersed in Bible.

So, it might come as no surprise to find out I married a pastor.

Well, being married to a pastor doesn’t mean that you take the time needed for devotions, praise and worship, or the necessary things that make you grow as a Christian. I have five children. I homeschool. I was busy in the church. My life was spent constantly going and doing for others. I told the doctor I didn’t have time for cancer! He just looked at me.

Well, treatment is one of those things you have to make time for. And during those long hours sitting at the chemo room, I took my iPod shuffle, preloaded with praise and worship music. I spent my time praying and studying God’s word. And as a result, I developed a habit of spending time with the Lord. My own personal time with the One who loves me more than anyone else.

As for the times spent in recovery from chemo? Well, I had no time. My recovery from chemo time was spent catching up on homeschooling, church stuff, family stuff—all those things that didn’t get done when I was at the chemo room. The doctor commented that I breezed through chemo surprisingly well. That I was on the strongest, harshest chemo available, and I had virtually no side-effects (other than losing my hair.) I told him it was all God.

That was six years ago. Today I still make time for detailed study in the word. If I get busy and can’t spend time with God, I miss it and my day is incomplete. So, I thank God for breast cancer. For getting me back on the time I needed to spend with God.

What is something you’re thankful for?

 About the Author
Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and three of their children make their home in Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor. Laura also has two adult children.

Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards). Surrendered Love and Awakened Love followed by her first Christmas novel, A White Christmas in Webster County, as well as a three book Amish series with Whitaker House, The Amish of Jamesport series, The Snow Globe, The Postcard in April 2015, and The Bird House in September 2015. Other credits include Swept Away from Abingdon Press. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer.
Find Laura Online
twitter: @Laura_V_Hilton

Her latest book

The Snow Globe

Victor Petersheim has left the Amish and works on a river boat on the
Mississippi River, spending three months on the river then having three months off. During his off-work months he returns home to his Amish community and helps out on his grandparents’ farm. When he returns home after his most recent absence, he discovers his grossmammi has developed health problems and they’ve hired Esther Beachy to be a “mother’s helper.” Victor is unsettled by this woman living in their home, but has to accept it. Esther loves listening to Victor’s grandmother’s stories and while puttering around in a store while the grossmammi’s in the hospital, she discovers a snow globe that depicts an area where the Petersheims used to live. She buys it as a gift for the grossmammi to cheer her up during her hospitalization. Victor is touched by Esther’s gift and her care for his grossmammi, and strives to be friendlier. Will Esther’s gentle heart draw him back to the community? Or will he return to the river once again?

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