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Celebrate National Read a Book Day with Cards & a Giveaway!

I love to read! How about you? 

In fact, my love of reading led to my desire to become a writer. One author’s words changed my life. 

But reading and writing aren’t my only loves. I’m a creative who loves to play with words, photos (scrapbooking), and fibers–paper and yarn. Crafting is my therapy. Cheaper than a weekly visit to a counselor, and a lot healthier than chocolate…although, chocolate is involved when I’m crafting with friends.

As someone who loves books, words, and paper, I figured the best way to celebrate National Read a Book Day was by stamping a set of cards. I was inspired by cards I’d found on Pinterest that led me to Pink Paper BakeryUsing her card as inspiration, I dug through my box of scraps (filed by color in a photo box from Michael’s) and pulled out five coordinating papers in 8 color families to make this set of 8 cards.

I used white cardstock cut at 8.5″x 5.5″ and folded as my base and then I added a cream-colored layer cut at 5.25″x4″. Each stack of books is bound together and tied with a tag that reads, “hello, my friend” from the Stampin’ Up! Tap Tap Tap stamp set. If you would like complete instructions on how to create these cards, contact me and I’ll send you the PDF tutorial.  

What better way to celebrate National Read a Book Day than to recommend a great read?!? Here are new releases from some of my favorite authors:

A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren

Champion backcountry snowboarder Gage Watson has left the limelight behind after the death of one of his fans. After being sued for negligence and stripped of his sponsorships, he’s remade his life as a ski patrol in Montana’s rugged mountains, as well as serving on the PEAK Rescue team. But he can’t seem to find his footing–or forget the woman he loved, who betrayed him.

Senator and former attorney Ella Blair spends much of her time in the limelight as the second-youngest senator in the country. But she has a secret–one that cost Gage his career. More than anything, she wants to atone for her betrayal of him in the courtroom and find a way to help him put his career back on track.

When Ella’s brother goes missing on one of Glacier National Park’s most dangerous peaks, Gage and his team are called in for the rescue. But Gage isn’t so sure he wants to help the woman who destroyed his life. More, when she insists on joining the search, he’ll have to keep her safe while finding her reckless brother, a recipe for disaster when a snowstorm hits the mountain.

But old sparks relight as they search for the missing snowboarder–and suddenly, they are faced with emotions neither can deny. But when Ella’s secret is revealed, can they learn to trust each other–even when disaster happens again?

The Writing Desk by Rachel Hauck

Tenley Roth’s first book was a runaway bestseller. Now that her second book is due, she’s locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who has run out of inspiration?

With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer’s block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart’s been missing.

A century earlier, another woman wrote at the same desk with hopes and fears of her own. Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she’ll marry. But Birdie has dreams she doesn’t know how to realize. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make  an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has taken extreme measures to manipulate her future, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own.

Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds, but fate has bound them together in a way time cannot erase.

Their Ranch Reunion by Mindy Obenhaus

Single mom Carly Wagner is surprised to learn she’ll have to share ownership of the home she’s inherited with her first love—and first heartbreak—Andrew Stephens. The man who fled their tiny Western town is back and standing in the way of her dreams to expand her B and B. Now a successful businessman, Andrew has eight weeks to buy Carly out. But Carly’s too stubborn to persuade—and too beautiful to ignore. When fire ravages her inn and she and her daughter move into their shared property, Andrew’s in over his head. Time is running out and Andrew must decide: leave and chase another deal…or stay and chase Carly’s heart.

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To help you celebrate National Read a Book Day, I’m giving away this set of 8 cards and a $10 Amazon gift card to one reader! This contest is open to US residents only, and it ends at 11:59 pm on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. To enter the giveaway, click here to sign up: ENTER NATIONAL READ A BOOK GIVEAWAY. The winner will be announced on my Facebook Author Page next Wednesday. 

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You Don’t Know Me by Susan May Warren
A Deep Haven Novel

Sometimes the secrets we keep to protect ourselves can be our undoing.

To all who know her, Annalise Decker is a model wife and mother. She’s a permanent member of the PTA, never misses a sporting event, and is constantly campaigning for her husband’s mayoral race.

No one knows that Annalise was once Deidre O’Reilly, a troubled young woman whose testimony put a dangerous criminal behind bars. Relocated through the Witness Security Program to the quaint harbor town of Deep Haven, Deidre received a new identity and a fresh start, which began when she fell in love with local real estate agent Nathan Decker.

Twenty years later, Annalise couldn’t be more unprepared for her past to catch up with her. When Agent Frank Harrison arrives with news that the man she testified against is out on parole and out for revenge, Annalise is forced to face the consequences of her secrets. Will she run again, or will she finally find the courage to trust those she loves most with both her past and her future?

 
MY REVIEW: I received this book from the publisher for free in exchange for my review. Whenever I pick up a Susan May Warren novel, I can expect stellar writing, characters that grip my heart and a setting that makes me want to visit. Her Deep Haven novels create such a realistic sense of community that I want to search the map until I find this charming town. I loved You Don’t Know Me. Most of Susie’s novels have unmarried heroes and heroines who find their happily ever afters together by the book’s end. The Shadow of Your Smile and You Don’t Know Me have a married couple as main characters. I love how she showed the family’s imperfections while maintaining their core values. I planned to read a few chapters, but ended up finishing the rest of the book…and staying up way past my bedtime. And I was in tears by the time I read the last word. An emotionally gripping book about lies, consequences, grace and the Truth that offers freedom. 

Susan May Warren is the RITA award-winning novelist of over thirty novels. A five-time Christy award finalist, a two-time RITA Finalist, she’s also a multi-winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice award, and the ACFW Carol Award.

A seasoned women’s events speaker, she’s a popular writing teacher at conferences around the nation and the author of the beginning writer’s workbook: From the Inside-Out: discover, create and publish the novel in you!.

Find out more about Susan May athttp://www.susanmaywarren.com/.

Win a $200 Weekend Getaway from @SusanMayWarren! RSVP for Facebook Author Chat Party on Oct. 23rd! Welcome to the campaign launch for Susan May Warren’s latest offering in her beloved Deep Haven series, You Don’t Know Me. Susan is celebrating with a $200 Weekend Getaway Giveaway and hosting a fun video Author Chat Party! One fortunate winner will receive:

  • A $200 Visa Gift Card (Use that to catch up with a loved one and “Get to Know” your spouse, friend, sister, mom…whomever!)
  • The entire set of Deep Haven Books

Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 22nd. Winner will be announced at the ”You Don’t Know Me” Author Chat Facebook Party on 10/23. Connect with Susan for an evening of book chat, Deep Haven trivia, and a live video chat! There will also be info about Susan’s BookShout read-along and a chance to win gift certificates, books, and other fun prizes!

So grab your copy of You Don’t Know Me and join Susan on the evening of the October 23rd for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the books – don’t let that stop you from coming!)

Don’t miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 23rd!

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