Tuesday, November 10, 2009

meet Lauralee Bliss

I was thrilled when I saw the title of this week's spotlight, and I asked if we could schedule for this week. When I was a little girl we loved visiting an old family in the White Mountains of New Hampshire. I thought it'd be neat to have a book set so close to my childhood while I celebrate my birthday. =] I'm a big fan of the Love Finds You book, so I'm very happy to introduce you to Lauralee Bliss.

Patterings


Lauralee Bliss has always liked to dream big dreams. Part of that dream was writing, and her career began with small creative works as a teen just for fun. After several years of hard work, the dream of publishing was realized in 1997 with the publication of her first romance novel, Mountaintop, through Barbour Publishing. Since then, she's had over a dozen books published, both historical and contemporary. Lauralee’s desire is that readers will come away with both an entertaining story and a lesson that ministers to the heart.

Along with the dream of writing and publishing, Lauralee has recognized another dream in her life, completing a hike of the entire Appalachian Trail, all 2,175 miles. Lauralee is a wife of 20 years to husband Steve and mother to son Joshua, whom she homeschooled. Her other interests include traveling (of which she has been to 49 of the 50 states), gardening, and perusing a yard sale or two. Lauralee makes her home in Virginia in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Come visit her website at www.lauraleebliss.com to learn more about her books and writing, along with her other interests.
And her blog Blissful Writing Thoughts.


Love Finds You in
Bethlehem, New Hampshire:

Sara McGee is not what Tom Haskins expected. The artist knew he was taking a risk when he reluctantly agreed to advertise for a mail-order bride but Tom assumed the woman who answered his ad would be more refined than the penniless and uneducated Sara McGee. Tom takes Sara under his wing but he knows he can never marry her especially now that hes suddenly receiving attention from accomplished pianist Annabelle Loving. While Toms sister is bent on transforming Sara into a lady, Sara knows she can never compete with Annabelle. Nonetheless, she finds herself drawn to the lovely mountain town of Bethlehem and to the artist who brought her here. But without a marriage to Tom, Sara knows she cannot stay. As preparations for Christmas transform the tiny town, will Tom come to understand the message of the first Bethlehemthat the most precious gifts dont always come as theyre expected?


Here's the first page of Love Finds You in Bethlehem, New Hampshire:

“I don’t know if I can make it!” cried a young voice.

The paintbrush shook in his hand, creating a zigzag of azure across the canvas. Tom Haskins tried to set the brush on the easel but it fell, coloring the blades of grass a murky blue. Nearby, a young couple stumbled out of the woods. The man supported a finely dressed lady who limped along, wincing in pain.

“What happened?” Tom called, hurrying to assist them.

“It was silly of me,” the young woman moaned. “You know the many rocks here. I was looking at a flower and didn’t see where I was going. I tripped.”

“My wife hurt her ankle,” the man continued. “I don’t think it’s broken. It’s all right, my love,” he now said to her in a soothing voice. “We’ll take you right away to the doctor and have it examined. I’m sure in a day or two you’ll be fine.”

“Oh, I hope so. I’d hate to ruin our holiday over such a foolish thing as this. You deserve it after all the hard work you put into the company.”

“Never fear, my dear. My carriage is there,” he said to Tom, pointing to the coach Tom had seen when he arrived to this fine wooded setting, not far from the town of Bethlehem.


You can purchase Love Finds You in Bethlehem, New Hampshire from CBD and Amazon:

Lauralee is giving away a copy of Love Finds You in Bethlehem, New Hampshire. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment and check back on Sunday, November 15th to see if you've won. You can enter twice--once on each post in this spotlight. If you want to guarantee that you're notified if you win, then leave your email address in the comment, otherwise, you can just check back and email me through the button in my sidebar.
**Annoying little disclaimer: This giveaway is void where prohibited; open only to U.S. addresses, odds of winning depend on number of entrants. No purchase necessary. By clicking on the Amazon link above or in the sidebar and purchasing I will receive a small percentage of the sale.

I also have a post up at Adding Zest today for your married ladies. =]
We'll see you tomorrow with an interview with Lauralee!

11 comments:

  1. Would love to win this one as it pertains to mail-order brides and it's historical. Sounds very interesting.
    Please enter me. Thank you.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  2. I have read several of her books and loved them! This book sounds so interesting! Love reading about mail order brides.. Hope I can win!

    jumpforjoy at gmail dot com

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  3. I love the LFY books too and like the other two ladies above I love a good mail order bride story! Please enter me!

    xoxo~ Renee
    steelergirl83(at)gmail(dot)com

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  4. Anonymous1:44 PM

    would love to read this book...thanks for the opportunity.

    karen k
    kmkuka(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. I've heard great things about the Love Finds You in... series, and I love a New England setting, so I'm eager to read this book. Thank you for the giveaway, Patty.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

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  6. Sounds like a wonderful story and she is such a good writer. Please enter me. Thank you!

    cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. Hi there, ladies! So good to see you! I've got each of you entered in the drawing. =]

    Carole, the only thing I'm doing is spotlighting Lauralee. Lauralee is doing the book giveaway, which I'm very thankful for and don't take for granted. Thank you, Lauralee!! =]

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  8. I loved mail-order bride stories! I'm also trying to collect all of the LFY books, so please enter me. :)

    Thank you,
    ~ Lori

    sugarandgrits{at}hotmail{dot}com

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  9. I love the idea of a diamond in the rough mail-order bride. Thanks for a chance to win!

    worthy2bpraised[at]gmail[dot]com

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  10. Anonymous8:12 AM

    Would love to read your book. Please enter me in the drawing...JoAnn

    joann4us(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. Anonymous1:22 PM

    Please enter me in the drawing. ~Abby

    abster dot rose at yahoo dot com

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