Thursday, May 25, 2017

BOOK LAUNCH for RACHELLE CHRISTENSEN'S "CARVE ME A MELODY," Book Two in Her Music Box Series

It's always exciting to watch an author's eyes as they launch a new book. No matter how many they've previously published, each new book is indeed like introducing their newest baby to the world. It is a great delight to share in Rachelle J. Christensen's debut of book two in her  "Music Box" serie, which continues the beloved story she began with her award-winning "Soldier's Bride."

Read on and you'll find details on "Carve Me a Melody," as well as an exciting Rafflecopter giveaway! So without further adieu, I'll turn the reins over to Rachelle J. Christensen to introduce "Carve Me a Melody." Welcome, Rachelle!
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Thanks, Laurie! And thank you to your readers for sharing this book launch with me!

Today is my book birthday and this is a very special day indeed! I am thrilled to introduce you to my 19th book baby, Carve Me a Melody.

I absolutely adore this cover capturing the essence of this novel. This book continues Leland's story from The Soldier's Bride. I had so many readers say that they wanted to know more about Leland and I'm so pleased to deliver this story!
Carve Me a Melody is available on all digital platforms, here's a universal link: https://books2read.com/u/bWKa07
It's also available in a special edition hardcover here.
I have a special launch giveaway too! You can enter to win one of three ebook copies of the first book in the series, The Soldier's Bride. Check out the rafflecopter giveaway below, but first, here's more about Carve Me a Melody.

From the award-winning author of the bestselling novel The Soldier’s Bride read the story of a carpenter who gave a music box to a young polio victim, but held the magic of the melody inside his heart.

He hesitated only half a second before lowering his head. There was something there, behind his eyes, in his soul. Something that seemed familiar to Sophie. She didn’t know Leland, but she recognized that haunted look in his eyes. He had lost someone. He had weathered the storm and still manned his ship, sailing forward through life.

Book blurb:

World War II has ended but the scars of the war have carved deep grooves in Sophie Wright’s heart. Now a widow with two young children, she returns home to Aspen Falls and meets Leland Halverson, a handsome carpenter who appears interested in her, but afraid of a relationship. 

Leland wishes he was worthy of the beautiful Sophie, and he adores her two children, but his past still haunts him. Sophie knows that Leland fell apart after his little girl died and his wife left him, but she doesn’t know the real reason why.

Meanwhile, David Alexander, a decorated bomber pilot has returned to Aspen Falls, and Sophie catches his eye. Confused by the two vastly different choices of men, Sophie searches for answers from a heart that has betrayed her before.

When Sophie discovers a message inside a music box that Leland once owned, the pieces start to fit together. The enchanting melody urges her to share the secrets of her heart so that she can understand his. Leland knows the tune from the music box well and if he can find the courage, he’ll carve a melody for Sophie from the solid wood surrounding his heart.



About the Author

Rachelle is a mother of five who writes mystery/suspense, nonfiction, and women’s fiction. She solves the case of the missing shoe on a daily basis. She enjoys raising chickens and laughing with her husband. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology and a minor in music.
Rachelle is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, including The Soldier’s Bride (a Kindle Scout Selection & Whitney Award Finalist), Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things, Veils and Vengeance, Proposals and Poison, Hawaiian Masquerade, What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know, and Christmas Kisses: An Echo Ridge Anthology. Her novella, “Silver Cascade Secrets,” was included in the Rone Award–winning Timeless Romance Anthology, Fall Collection.
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Direct links to all of your favorite ebook stores that carry Carve Me a Melody

Enter to win one of three copies of the ebook, The Soldier's Bride, book #1 in the Music Box Romance series, Kindle Scout Winner & Whitney Award Finalist.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

BEHIND THE COMPUTER SCREEN

I haven't just blogged in a long time, ever since I got my newsletter up and running, so I'm taking a moment to say "hi," from back here behind the computer screen. Here's what's happening in my life.

My summer 2016 release, "The Dragons of Alsace Farm," won the New Apple Books Medallion for Inspirational Fiction, and is a finalist for a Whitney Award, and a semi-finalist for a Rone Award!

The Rones require a fan vote to weed the semi-finalists out from the finalists. I'll be coming back and asking for your support when my book's vote comes up. The Whitney winners will be announced at a banquet in May. I'll keep you informed.

My March release, "SWEET WATER," a romance for Gelato Books' "Destination Billionaires Romance Series, is in the middle of its book launch promo. It's doing great, but I have to say the romance web sites where "Sweet Water" is advertised can be pretty steamy. Whew! My book is a clean-read romance, and I think my cover is blushing.


Mom
For those of you who've been following a while, you know my mother and her fight with dementia was the inspiration for the character Agnes in my award-winning summer release "The Dragons of Alsace Farm."

We recently went to the salon to get her spring haircut. She was pretty angry with me for allowing the stylist to cut her hair too short, but once she looked in the mirror, she was pleased with the results. She's beautiful, isn't she?

If you or a loved one are affected by this disease, find a support group, or read some books by others who are facing your challenges. It really helps. A group of authors called AlzAuthors write beautiful, compassionate books filled with hope. Each of us understand.



This next photo was taken the day I took Mom to visit her friend Michelle. We met Michelle soon after "Dragons" was released, and what a thrill it was. Michelle is another "Agnes."

Like my fictitious Agnes, Michelle actually survived the bombing of the Alsace Region of France during WWII. When only 12 years old, she served as a courier for General Patton, sneaking correspondence on her person to the Allies while she ran her little mail route. We're working on her memoirs. her story needs to be preserved.


Family Stuff
My husband recently had surgery. A quick 90-minute procedure with a 3-hour start to wake-up time frame turned into to eight hours on the table. It was a tender mercy. In our case, it was one of those times when God sets our attention on one thing to then help us find something else that otherwise might have gone unnoticed too long. Tom is doing well. He's sore and tired, but we're feeling blessed.

A grandson turned five last week. here's a silly shot from our breakfast date at iHop. The menu? Smiley pancakes and mac and cheese. He's a big eater.

Some people think we look a lot alike--same smile and nose. That would be pretty flattering because he is one cute little guy!

With so much going on, we're backing the schedule up a bit and delaying the release of the next book until later in the summer. I also had my rights returned on three other books, so we're kicking around a lot of possibilities, like new covers and re-releases, plus a new volume or two for "Free Men and Dreamers," and perhaps another stab at audios.

My newsletter is the best way to stay in touch with projects, my crazy life, special deals and contests, etc. Some offers are only for newsletter subscribers, so think about signing up!

I'm also still signing up beta readers for my "Willowsport Crew."  These readers get first and last crack at manuscripts before they head to the editors. Their comments, suggestions, and critiques make them an important part of my creative team, so if that sounds interesting, sign up for the newsletter and click the link to tell me you'd like to be part of "The Crew!" Here's how you sign up.

Thanks for listening! Really. Try the newsletter. It's awesome!!! Take a peek at April's and join us!

Monday, April 10, 2017

EASTER BOOK GIVEAWAY!!! WIN 34 Christian E-books and a KINDLE FIRE! APRIL 10-17!

Today, I have a fun opportunity to share with you.

I’ve teamed up with thirty-three fantastic Christian Fiction authors to give away a huge collection of novels, PLUS a KINDLE FIRE to one lucky winner! 

These are not romance novels, though love and faith are interwoven through many. There are clean, inspiring books for the entire family.

You can win my award-winning novel, 


plus books from authors like Luana Ehrlich and Dan Walsh.

Enter the giveaway by clicking here: LINK

Good luck, and enjoy!


Laurie Lewis

Monday, April 3, 2017

BOGO! Buy "SWEET WATER," for $2.99, and Get "my award-winning "THE DRAGONS OF ALSACE FARM," for FREE!!!!!!

We're in the middle of the official blog tour for my first romance novel, 
SWEET WATER: A Destination Billionaires Romance, and to add a little sizzle to the tour, I'm bundling SWEET WATER with my award-winning July 2016 release, 
THE DRAGONS OF ALSACE FARM.

https://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Water-Destination-Billionaire-Romance-ebook/dp/B06XF1CFS5/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1489416011&sr=1-1
SWEET WATER  is a contemporary romantic clean-read about lost opportunities, betrayal, and second chances. The reviews have been stellar. Here's a few:

"Stunning"
"Loved it!"
"Truly Wonderful Story!"

And for a limited time, readers who purchase SWEET WATER can get a free copy of The Dragons of Alsace Farm.

"Dragons" received the New Apple Literary Medallion for Inspirational Fiction, as well as finalist status in The Whitney Award competition, and the RONE awards.


Here's how to claim your free book. 

1. Click on the link above to purchase SWEET WATER.

2. Paste your Amazon confirmation message below in the comments section.

3. I'll send you a link to claim your free book! That's it!

Thanks!

Laurie Lewis



Wednesday, March 15, 2017

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I’ve teamed up with a group of twenty other Christian authors to offer you FREE ebooks when you sign up to learn more about us and what we write.

We are trying to widen our Christian reader base and introduce ourselves and our work to new readers.

You’ll download the books directly from this linkI think you’ll find great new authors to love. We’re also offering a $25 gift card giveaway. This promotion is only good through March 30th, so fill up your reader in time to celebrate Easter.  Enjoy!