Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Author Spotlight + GIVEAWAY: Ann H. Gabhart


From heartwarming small-town stories to historical Shaker fiction, I simply enjoy the writing of Ann H. Gabhart. And one of those small-town stories, Love Comes Home, is a title from my 2014 Favorites list.

In my review of Love Comes Home (click title for review), I described this charming story as "warm, poignant, real, bittersweet, heartwarming, and triumphant" - and it's one of those books where the characters remained with me long after the last page was turned. Ann is generously giving a copy to one of you, details at the end of this post.

Ann is a sweet and gracious lady, and it is an honor to have her visit The Power of Words. If you haven't read any of her novels yet, I hope you will get to experience her writing soon. Now please enjoy what Ann has to share about Love Comes Home, the Rosey Corner series, and her future writing plans.


Ann:  My Rosey Corner series that includes Angel Sister, Small Town Girl, and Love Comes Home, are stories close to my heart. The background of the first book in the series, Angel Sister, was based on the stories my mother and her sisters told about growing up during the Great Depression years. They didn’t have any money, but they always had food and laughter in spite of the hard times. The events in the book are completely fiction, but my mother’s memories are an underlying thread throughout the story. That makes this book a heart story for me.


When the publishers approached me about writing more Rosey Corner stories, I was happy to go back to my characters. I knew they had more stories to share. So I let the sisters grow up and embrace romance before the beginning of World War II. That’s the setting of book two, Small Town Girl. Then Love Comes Home follows the war when the boys are coming home and the Merritt sisters are ready to begin peacetime life. They find out that just because the war is over doesn’t mean they won’t be facing new problems.

Family is at the heart of all three stories. Family and faith and love. The characters are challenged by hard times that test their faith, but lean on the Lord and each other to find a way through. Isn’t that the way life is for all of us? Good and bad times mixed into our years. Walks through the dark valleys. Joy on the mountaintops. And all the paths of ordinary happenings in between. I like to shape my stories around those kinds of experiences. I like to come up with characters who are so real they seem to almost whisper their stories into my storytelling ears. Then once the book is finished and out there for readers, it’s my hope that you, the reader, will let my characters climb into your heart while you live their stories with them. I want you to rejoice with my people and weep with them. I hope you fuss at them when they are messing up and warn them when you see them going down the wrong paths. And when you read the last page, I hope you close the book with the feeling that yes, that could have really happened just like it did in the story.


I am currently doing final edits on my seventh Shaker book, The Innocent, that will be released by Revell Books in July 2015. I am also working on a series of books that will be something new for me. These small town mysteries will be so different that the books will be published under a changed author name, A.H. Gabhart. You can look forward to the first Hidden Springs mystery, Murder at the Courthouse, out in the fall.  I had fun with that book and back here at the farm, I’m brainstorming for a new mystery idea. I do have plans to write more historical stories in the next couple of years too. I think I’d better be doing a lot of that brainstorming.


Carole:  Ann, to be able to write in all these styles is a special gift. I don't know about your other readers, but I've always loved mysteries and am eager to read your small-town mystery series. It has been wonderful to have you visit this week and I hope this is just the first of many times.


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GIVEAWAY

To enter the drawing for Love Comes Home, simply answer the following "fun" question:


If you've experienced rough weather this winter,
what do you do for fun on those "snow days"?
If you haven't, what is a favorite way to relax?

BE SURE TO LEAVE YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS in a safe format - [at] and [dot] - for the drawing. If you're willing, it's also helpful to share about this giveaway on Facebook and/or Twitter.

"Likes" on my Facebook page, ThePowerofWordsBookReviews, are greatly appreciated, as are followers on Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and this blog.

  • Contest ends at midnight PST on Friday, February 27.
  • Winner will be chosen by Random.org and contacted by e-mail. Respond within 48 hours of notification or another winner will be chosen.
  • Eligibility: Print copy - US/CAN / Ebook - INT

117 comments:

  1. Hello Carole.I love Ann and she is sweet and has some great books. I have all of her Shaker books except the new one coming up..And a few others on my Cloud Reader on Amazon. Thanks for having her. Enjoyed the post. Maxie >mac262(at)me(do)com

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    1. Maxie, I discovered Ann's writing when I read The Scent of Lilacs several years ago. I always check out book on CBD's "New & Recommended" page, and it was listed there. The Shaker books are quite unique and I enjoy them as well. As always, it's great to see you here, Maxie!

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    2. Hi, Maxie. Always fun to have you drop by one of my blog visits. Hope you're staying warm.

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    3. Well I comment here on how I relax but it deleted. I sit in my rocker with feet up and read, watch old shows, or check out my blogs on my computer. I tried to share on FB but it brought up Anns info but Cathleen Armstrongs book picture. LOL So sorry, Maxie > mac262(at)me9dot)com <

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    4. Maxie, sometimes Facebook does crazy things with pictures. Whenever that happens with me, I just delete the photo and still share the link. You might want to try that. Thanks for trying to share!

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    5. Carol I'm not techy enough to do that all. Sorry. Will try sharing again. and I do follow this blog and subscribe to your newsletter. Maxie

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  2. We are in the midst of bad weather now. School has been out ALL week and we've sledded and made lots of hot chocolate to keep us warm.
    Tonja
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    1. Tonja, I'm sure I would eventually get tired of snow, but it is so rare here that I always long to see it. I think sledding would be lots of fun, and then to come in for that hot chocolate that you mentioned. Thanks for stopping by, Tonja.

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    2. Hot chocolate. Yum, Tonja. Maybe I should go sledding so I can enjoy some of that. Last time I tried sledding I decided I had gone past the thrill of bouncing down a hill. LOL.

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  3. I can have fun tucked away at home with my telephone, computer, a favorite tv program and my pup. I am content....for two days!....then it's too much!

    The new series sounds interesting.

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    1. Loretta, snow days would be a great way for me to catch up on all the programs I have recorded on my DVR, which is constantly in danger of filling up. And two days sounds just about right! Thanks for visiting - and be sure to leave your email address for the drawing.

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    2. Thanks, Loretta. I'm actually editing one of the mysteries now. Hoping readers will like it. I'm fine tucked away here at the house as long as the electricity keeps humming. One time in an ice storm we didn't have electricity for a week. Now that wasn't fun. At all!

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  4. I love to read right now. I think it is fun to snuggle under the blankets with a good book. We had freezing rain and lost our power this week but were able to go to my sister-in-law's home to stay warm. The weather has been frigid the rest of the week with highs only in the 20s which is unusal in South Carolina.

    Mary Hill marykatbpcsc AT gmail .com

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    1. Of course we would love to snuggle up with a good book, Mary! I'm probably not that far from you here in the south Atlanta area, but we didn't have any of the freezing rain. Just cold, and I have a cozy fire in our wood stove to keep me warm. It's great to see you here, Mary!

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    2. Ice is not nice when it's falling outside, Mary. But winter weather like we're having with snow and cold is a great time to catch up on our reading. My daughter lives in SC and she had ice but they didn't lose the electricity. But she said her town shut down and the kids were out sledding on the city streets because nobody was driving anywhere.

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  5. We haven't really experienced any bad weather this winter but one of my favorite things to do when inside is to settle down to watch a good movie.

    I am a follower!
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    1. Even here in the south, we usually have a couple of rough patches with light snow or ice, but just cold so far. Watching movies that I've recorded is a favorite way to relax for me also. Thanks for being a follower, Melanie.

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    2. Hi, Melanie. Hope you picked a good movie. Maybe one set in Hawaii. :)

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  6. I love to read with a hot cup of coffee! It might be cold out there, but as long as I'm warm inside, I'm good!

    kathrynlvoss(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Kate, there's just something special about coffee! I could easily sip on it all day long, but try to limit myself. I even like Breyer's coffee ice cream, but not in this cold weather! Thanks for stopping by, Kate.

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    2. I'll take a hot cup of black tea instead of the coffee, Kate. But I do love my tea. Those warm cups make great handwarmers while I'm trying to edit my new book. Sometimes you just have to stop and think a while about that right word.

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  7. We haven't really had a bad Winter for snow, maybe 8 inches in 2 days.. but it has been cold & windy... I love to read a good book with a cup of flavored coffee in front of the fireplace on a snowy day :)
    dkstevensneAToutlookD otCoM I follow...

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    1. Deanna, that sounds lovely! I probably romanticize snow because it's so rare where I live, but I've always said that I was born in the wrong era because I belonged in a Currier & Ives print. It's always good to see you here, Deanna.

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    2. A book and a cup of something hot in front of the fire on a snowy day. Ahh, that sounds wonderful, Deanna. Go ahead and enjoy whether you have the snow or not!

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  8. Our two "snow days" this year will be today and tomorrow. We are expecting temps in the 20's and 30's. On Sunday the high will be 80. This is typical here in Florida but I don't like it. When it's cold, I stay inside with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows.
    Janet E.
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    1. Hot chocolate and marshmallows. Sounds yummy, Janet. Twenty to eighty is a big difference. Sounds like a good reason to welcome the weekend this week.

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  9. i love Anns books and would really love to win this one, thanks for the chance
    Shirley Blanchard jcisforme@aol.com

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    1. Thanks for dropping by, Shirley. Good luck in the drawing.

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  10. We have certainly been one of those who have been having a rough winter. It's going down to -17° air temperature tonight. My favorite thing to do is curl up with a blanket and a good book

    cindialtman(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Sounds like the very plan for this kind of cold, Cindi. Hope you stay warm and have a good story to get your mind off the minus temperatures.

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  11. What do I do for fun on a cold, wintry day? Watch the birds at my feeder. Throw out a question on Facebook about what the temperature is at everybody else's place and then wish I was in Arizona. Go for a chilly walk with Oscar. Try to catch up on my editing as long as the electricity is still humming. But I like some of your ideas about settling somewhere cozy and reading a good book. :)

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  12. We've also been having a lot of cold days this winter!! I like to read, sew, or read good blogs like this.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Those are some good things to do to fill up a cold winter day, Rubynreba. I used to sew, but not since my kids grew up. Too busy writing and reading these days.

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  13. Just wanted to pop in an say hello to two of my favorite people. Hi, Ann and Carole! (No need to enter me-- I have "Love Comes Home" and am enjoying it so much!)

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    1. Hi, Amanda. How nice of you to drop by. So glad you're enjoying my Rosey Corner story. Hope all is going well with your writing too.

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  14. Hi Ann,

    Since I don't live in the snow, I live in Calie and I love the warmth. I don't like being cold.
    But if I was ever to be stuck in the snow, I think I would snuggle up by a fire, read a book and drink some nice hot chocolate.
    That's what I would do. But since I have sunny weather I spend my time outside in the sun. Taking pictures of flowers
    oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

    I would love too

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    1. Danie, you live in a perfect place for someone who doesn't like snow! We don't get as much cold weather as I'd like, because I sure do enjoy a cozy fire in our wood stove. But to enjoy outside and photograph flowers this time of year is wonderful also. Thanks so much for sharing, Danie.

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    2. Pictures of flowers sounds good, Danie. Flowers will be here for us soon too if we can get out of the freezer. One month till spring.

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  15. My husband and I are enjoying snow for the first time that it has stayed here on our Missouri hilltop in several years. We play Phase10 and Hand and Foot cards; a favorite boardgame ~ Ticket to Ride ~ and Mexican Train Dominoes is our current on the table play. Also thankful our Internet hasn't gone out so I don't miss all the fine communication with my friends! A great way to stay in instant contact with family.
    Hi, Carole and Ann; thank you for your visit today! I would love to win Love Comes Home. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Kathleen, I love board games, but haven't heard of most of the ones you mentioned. Mexican Train is a favorite, though. Several years ago, my daughter went on a 10-week mission trip to Indonesia and it was customary to take a gift to the missionaries. When asked what they would like, their immediate answer was Mexican Train pieces. Beth fell in love with the game during that trip and bought us a set when she returned. Now she leads a campus ministry in Germany, but we play Mexican Train every time she's home.

      Thanks so much for sharing, Kathleen.

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    2. Hi, Kathleen. I've played Phase 10. Not very good at it because it takes luck. I'm the kind of card player that I don't even have to cheat to let the grandkids win. I never draw the right card or whatever. I've never heard of Mexican Train Dominoes. I'll have to look that up. Thanks for riding your internet car over to visit with us and read my guest post.

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  16. Since I live in south Florida, we haven't had any snow days. To relax, I like to read, of course!

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    1. You're just south of me, Susan! We've enjoyed many a family vacation at the beach. Can't think of a better way to relax than to read. Thanks for stopping by today - and please leave your email address for the giveaway.

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    2. Reading, sunshine or snow, cold or warm, works for me, Susan. Enjoy.

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  17. Crazy cold is part of every winter in MN! We read, play games some evenings and drink lots of hot tea/cocoa/cappuccino. :)
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. I imagine you've had your fill of snow and cold weather by now, Merry! You've got some great ways to cope with it, though. Love your profile pic!

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    2. Merry, you know all about cold up in MN. We usually just have a few weeks now and again and rarely anything like we're having now. My thermometer read 20 below this morning.

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  18. On cold, winter days I love nothing more than to curl up with a good book and a steaming cup of hot tea, coffee or cocoa. On second thought, it does not even have to be cold for me to curl up with a good book! rmaney(at)firstarpchurch(dot)org.

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    1. I'm with you, Rebecca. Any time is a good time to curl up with a good book.

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    2. Yes, any time works perfectly for a good book, Rebecca! Thanks for stopping by today.

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  19. Yes, NC is not used to weather like we've had this winter. Today is our 4th day out of school this week, which is very unusual. Since I can't get out, (and I'm a teacher) I like to sit at the computer and catch up on things, sip hot chocolate or coffee, and watch old TV shows.
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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    1. It is nice to have the computer to keep up with everybody, Susan. Today I posted my very low temperature of minus 20 and it's been fun hearing everybody else's weather. I don't watch much TV. Don't like the same shows as my husband. I'd rather read anyway.

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    2. Susan, I think north Georgia has had some weather like you, but not where I live just south of Atlanta. Glad you're getting to use this time to catch up, though. And the old TV shows seem to be better than a lot of what is presented to us today.

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  20. I love Anna Gabhart books . I appreciate the research she did before writing them. I am a big history buff so facts are always appreciated n her fascinating writing. We are forecast to get 8 to 12 inches today of snow. I stocked up at the library yesterday for todays snow storm with alot of great books. I also stocked up on tea. That and my kitties on my lap are what I need. The kids enjoy going out and playing in the snow and building snowmen. I prefer to be in where it's warm with a book though !

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words, Deanne and for reading my books. Sounds like you are very prepared for that snow storm. Books, tea and kittens to keep you warm.

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    2. Deanne, have you read all of Ann's Shaker series? I enjoy historical fiction and, like you, appreciate all the research that goes into creating a feel for the era and making sure all the details are correct.

      And you love kitties!! I adore cats and am glad to set my computer aside when mine wants to curl up on my lap.

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  21. Oh, Carole, thank you so much for this giveaway!! I loved Ann's second book in the series and hope to get to read and review this one! The weather is terrible here in Virginia...we got a foot of snow this week so there wasn't any school here. (My sister & I are home schooled so no snow days for us! ;) Snowing and ice again today so lots of reading for me! I always read and review my books by the fire on days with nasty weather or I make greeting cards with my mom. Thanks for the giveaway!!

    olsen(.)nicole8(@)gmail(.)com

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    1. Good luck in the giveaway, Nicki. I'm also having one on my blog, One Writer's Journal (www.annhgabhart.blogspot.com) right now, if you want to double your chances. :) Reading in front of the fire sounds like the perfect thing to do while the snow is blowing.

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    2. So sorry you're having all that bad weather, Nicki! I always wish for snow, but would probably get tired of it if I lived in Virginia. There's still a beauty about it, though, especially when it's gently falling.

      Sounds like you enjoy reading and reviewing. Do you have a blog where you post reviews, Nicki? Thanks so much for leaving a comment.

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    3. WOW, don't know how I missed this comment!! Yes, I do have a reviewing blog:

      http://bookreviewsforchristians.blogspot.com/

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  22. I live in FL, so no rough weather for me. I love to relax with a good book and a cup of coffee.

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    1. Enjoy that sunshine, Jill. But sitting in the sun and reading is a great way to enjoy a book too.

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    2. A good book + coffee - That's what I enjoy also, Jill. Thanks for visiting today.

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  23. I live in Florida .. so our weather has been cold but no snow. and defintaly not as cold as some places. my favorite way to relax is curling up with a good book and an empty house :)

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    1. Ahh, you want to be fully engaged in the story, right, Mia? A great way to relax unless you're reading one of those suspenseful books. Enjoy your Florida sunshine.

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    2. Mia, you're the first person to mention an empty house and I'm with you on that. So many distractions otherwise. I'm just south of Atlanta and have had no snow so far this season.

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  24. I have two little girls, so like to go outside and build snowwomen

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    1. I was sort of wishing some of my grandkids were here today so I could build a snowman, Rebecca. Once I did build a snowman without a kid around, but it's more fun when the kids are helping. Enjoy.

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    2. I can only remember once or twice where we had enough snow to build a snowman, and it was so much fun! Glad you're getting to enjoy that together, Rebecca.

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  25. Love to curl up with a good book or watch old tv shows! Shelia Hall. sheliarha64@yahoo.com

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    1. I love the curling up with a good book, Shelia.

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    2. Of course we all love a good book, Sheila, but my husband got me hooked on classic TV shows. I'm also addicted to British mystery series and drama like you can see on PBS or Acorn TV.

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  26. I haven't read any of the Rosey Corner books, but I would imagine Id find them quite interesting, since they cover the same periods as those my mother lived in. To answer your question--the snow and record-breaking cold have kept me in the house, but I have found plenty to keep me busy. First, of course, reading and then I've taken some time to write letters and cards--something I don't normally do at all!

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    1. Those letters and cards will be a gift to the recipients, Kay. It's always fun to get something like that in the mail instead of only those ads and bills. I hope if you get a chance to read the Rosey Corner books, you'll like the stories.

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    2. Kay, I've got to say that in this time of social media, email, texting, etc., it means so much to get a handwritten note or card. Keep that up if you can! And you will love the Rosey Corner books, I can just about guarantee it. Always good to see you, Kay.

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  27. This weekend, with 18 inches of new snow on Saturday, I enjoyed reviving my old hobby of counted cross stitch. Anything that I don't normally have time to spend hours doing is a treat when the weather is keeping me inside. I recently enjoyed reading Rosey Corner no. 1; looking forward to the other two!

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    1. Nancy, don't you love how bad weather can give you time to do the things that get crowded out otherwise?! My grandmother loved to do cross stitch and taught me the basics, but counted cross stitch is a whole different ballgame, as they say. Thank you for visiting - and be sure to leave your email address for the drawing.

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    2. So glad you enjoyed Angel Sister, Nancy. That's the Rosey Corner story that has my mom's growing up memories threaded throughout. Not the actual story, but the background of the story. Hope you'll enjoy the others too. I've always admired people who do needlework, but somehow I always picked up a book instead of a needlework project. My aunt was a wonderful seamstress who made a quilt every winter, but she didn't pass that sewing skill down to me.

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  28. We are experiencing bad weather now and I am spending time catching up on my reading!

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    1. Sometimes I even wish for bad weather just so I can read, Jill! Thank you for dropping by - and please leave your email address if you want to enter the drawing.

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    2. Jill, that is making very good use of your time snowed in. I'm looking toward next week with hope that spring will have to show up when the calendar says March.

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  29. Kathleen, I also love phase 10 learned once while visiting a sister in NM. But love Hand and Foot and Mexican Train more. I could play those for hours but never have anyone to play with any more. Ann, you would love these games. I had snow every day for many months the 6 years I lived in Jackson Hole, WY. Sometimes it started in Oct. and only remember one time when it melted be fore late May or early June. O went hunting all time and went once at 40 below. Got really cold that day. We dressed for it of course, but that cold there didn't bother me like it does in Houston,Tx area. Guess because of the Humidity here, and of course I'm older. I freeze really easy now. One thing I loved in WY. was in the spring and all summer it never got hot enough to need an AC in the house or car. That was sure nice.
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    1. Hi Maxie,
      Thank you for commenting ~ good to hear from you. We have been keeping Phase 10 and the Mexican Train 15-Dominoes to the side of our table ready to go! My husband has been remodeling our home so is keeping busy; we usually play them in the evenings. Our weather is 25 degrees today and more snow coming our way this weekend. Will be nice for the eventual spring blooms waiting to be nourished! Blessings to you and hope you find a new friend to teach the games to enjoy playing them together too. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

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    2. I've played Phase 10, Maxie. Not too well since luck at cards seems to elude me and you need the luck of the draw for that game. Sounds as if you experienced lots of winter when you lives in WY. But it had to be lovely when Spring did come. I'm with Kathleen. Hope you come across a friend who likes games the way you do. Hi, Kathleen. Always fun to hear from you.

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  30. I live in Philippines. And unfortunately we don't have snow days just rainy days. :) But i really love reading books while listen music. :))

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    1. Great to hear from you, Pau. Music and books sound good. And rain makes the flowers grow. Ours should do well this spring if the snow melts away.

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  31. Good Luck to everyone - and thank you for the chance to win. I'm in a position where i can't afford to buy books at this time so this fb page is so good for me to find contests and free books. Thank you again and look forward to reading if i am lucky enough to win

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    1. I understand where you're coming from, Donna, and hope you win some good books occasionally. If you enjoy a book and post a review on Amazon, B&N, Goodreads, etc. that really helps authors.

      Are you a member of Goodreads? If so, I know of a couple of Christian reading groups where bloggers regularly post giveaways.

      1) Christian Fiction Devourers
      https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/742-christian-fiction-devourers
      On their discussion boards, scroll down to the heading "Book Talk" and you'll see "Great Giveaways" as the first topic.

      2) Christian Fiction Bloggers
      https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/71740-christian-fiction-bloggers
      On the discussion boards, scroll down to the heading "Giveaways."

      There's also the Soul Inspirationz website - http://soulinspirationz.com/ - which you can join for free. Ellie does a great job promoting Christian fiction and you'll also find monthly giveaways there.

      Hope that helps, Donna! Be sure to leave your email address to enter this giveaway.

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    2. Good luck, Donna. If you e-read, the publishers are continually running free offers. But also, as Carole says, there are a lot of other opportunities to try to free books on Goodreads and other sites. I've even got a contest going on my website, www.annhgabhart.com, right now. I have giveaways there or on my blog, One Writer's Journal, several times a year. It's just fun to give things away. Carole mentions the Soul Inspirationz site. I'm going to visiting there this summer. But as Carole says, you do have to leave that e-mail or way to be contacted in order to have a chance in the contests.

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  32. We did not have terrible weather, like snowstorms or anything, here in Florida, but we did have very cold weather!!! And my favorite thing to do, when it is cold and dreary outside, is to curl up on my recliner, wrapped up in a nice, warm throw blanket, and read one of Ann H. Gabhart 's Amish Books!!! I love to read them, she writes them so beautifully, lots of details make them seem so real!!!

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    1. Great choice of books, Frances! I live in Georgia and we haven't had any snow either, although it did come close to me this week. Thanks for visiting.

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    2. Hi, Frances. Good of you to drop by and read my interview with Carole. I've been hearing about your chilly 60 degree FL weather. If it was 60 in KY right now, we'd be breaking out the shorts. LOL. But curling up with a good book is a great way to keep warm. I appreciate you reading my books about the Shakers.

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  33. I love to read, and with the winter we have had this year it's good that I do. Being retired, I don't have to nor want to go out in the constant snow and freezing temperature. I enjoy day dreaming via whatever book I am reading, the characters are often remind me of people I have known or family members gone. It's a great way to be quiet, but oh so wonderful to far a feisty character pop up to brighten the read or give a a chuckle or two. Your books do that for me. Thank you so much.

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    1. You're so right! There's nothing like being pulled into the setting or characters' lives in a really good book . . . And yes, Ann's books do that for me also. Thank you for visiting and please leave your email for the drawing.

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    2. So glad you have enjoyed some of my books. It is a great way to have some adventures or romance while taking it easy in your comfortable chair. I've always wanted to make readers smile or chuckle, so thanks for letting me know I managed that feat with you. Carole is right. You have to leave a way to be contacted to win the drawing.

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  34. I've been a fan of Ann's for many years! And I can't wait for all of these new books coming out in the future!!
    Thanks for this wonderful giveaway!!
    ibjoy1953@yahoo(dot) com

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    1. We think alike, Joy! Glad you dropped by today.

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    2. Hi, Joy. So fun to know that you've been reading my books. Hope you will enjoy the ones coming out this year too.

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  35. My very favorite way to relax is on my bed with an awesome novel. I'm not kidding, Anne. Yours rank the top! Thanks for the chance to win
    Marianne
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    1. So glad you enjoy Ann's novels, Marianne. Thanks for stopping by today.

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    2. That's so nice of you to say, Marianne. Glad I've been part of your fun reading time.

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  36. Thanks for the book giveaway! I live in MA so we've had plenty of snow days this winter. On snow days, I love to stay inside and read, quilt, knit or crochet while making a big pot of soup for supper with grilled cheese sandwiches. Yum!

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    1. That soup and grilled cheese sounds delicious, Diane. My favorite kind of meal for sure. Sounds like you've had plenty of time for your inside fun this winter. But I'm ready for spring. How about you?

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  37. We had a TON of snow days last year, but so far just a couple this year (that can always change!). I usually spend most of my time trying to keep my kids entertained and happy (which is a HUGE challenge!) but sometimes I manage to sneak in a little bit of reading, or a movie on Netflix with my hubby.

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    1. A "winter storm" came close to where I live last week, but we only got rain. Like you said, though, it's not too late. Back in the early 70s, we had a rough storm as late as April 2. Good to see you here, Kim.

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    2. Hi, Kim. Hope you escape the bad storms this year. Don't want any big storms in April, Carole. Spring is what we want in April. LOL. Hope you and your kids have a fun March, Kim, and you get to sneak in some of those movies with your hubby too.

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  38. I forgot my e-mail! myfacebookemail23 at yahoo dot com

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  39. Love Ann Gabhart's books! Favorite way to get through a cold day is to read sitting near the woodstove. Thanks for doing a giveaway. :) kjrochon40(at)msn(dot)com

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    1. We've got a wood stove also and I dearly love it, Karen. And it does a good job heating a large portion of our house. Thank you for visiting today.

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    2. Ohh, Karen, you're talking my kind of reading relaxation now. We used to have a woodstove and it was great sitting by it, staying toasty warm while I went adventuring with some book. We don't do wood now because my husband got allergic to the woodsmoke.

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  40. Since I'm retired & don't have to get out now, I enjoy relaxing with a cup of coffee in the recliner watching the snow fall through the sliding back door, a good book close at hand.. If I feel like it, I will go on the deck & build a little snowman making sure I add a smile to it's face!

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    1. Coffee + recliner + good book . . . Now that's a winning combination any time of the year! And be sure to leave your email address for the drawing.

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    2. What fun, that you still go make those little snowmen for your entertainment. I once made a snow dog, but I didn't play in the snow this year except for taking walks. That trudging through the snow gave me plenty of exercise. Great way to relax with a book, staying warm inside.

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  41. I love to relax with a warm cup of black tea.

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    1. Now you're talking, Bree. A cup of tea and a book, that's the ticket. :)

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  42. Love her books and would love to have a chance at winning this! sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Sonja. So glad you've enjoyed some of my stories. Good luck in the drawing.

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