New Booksweeps Contest – Spring Mega Bundle!

The Spring Mega Bundle Contemporary Romance contest from Booksweeps is here! Over 100 authors are participating in a wide variety of genres.

Follow your favorite authors (on Amazon, Bookbub, or both!), and discover new favorites. Each author you choose to follow increases your chances of winning!

Grand Prize – 1 copy of every book in all genres PLUS a Kindle Fire or Nook Tablet!
Runner Up – 1 copy of every book in each genre.
$25 Amazon Gift cards – 20 up for grabs

Dance of Grace-FRONT COVERDance of Grace, Book 2 of the Chain of Lakes series, is part of both the Sweet & Clean contest, and the Christian/Inspirational contest!

To check out the Sweet & Clean contest, CLICK HERE.
For the Christian/Inspirational contest, CLICK HERE.

The rest of the categories are not necessarily faith-based, or deemed sweet/clean. I’m including them to provide other reading options, but cannot guarantee the level of “heat” in them.

Western Romance contest, CLICK HERE.
Sports Romance contest, CLICK HERE.
Small Town Romance contest, CLICK HERE.
Billionaire Romance contest, CLICK HERE.
Military Romance contest, CLICK HERE.
Romantic Comedy Romance contest, CLICK HERE.
New Adult Romance contest, CLICK HERE.

Join the fun, and discover new authors!

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Who loves ya, baby?

To celebrate the June release of “The Color of Truth,” we’re talking this month about truth in all its various forms.

Okay, a show of hands, please. And be honest. Who is pretty satisfied with who you are and how you look? Not every second of every day, but most seconds of most days. So for those of you who did raise your hand, I’d love to know how you got to that point. Seriously. Leave a comment so others can hear your story.

I’m guessing most of you didn’t raise your hand. Mine went about halfway up. I want to throw it into the air with abandon, but we’re talking about truth here. There are things I know are the absolute truth about myself. I’m  a wife, mother, mother-in-law, grandma. Sister and sister-in-law. Friend. Author. I’m a college graduate. I need glasses to read. I love Valais Blacknose sheep. (Aren’t they just the cutest!?) And I’m a stumbling, bumbling, determined follower of Jesus.

Facts are easy to rattle off. Unfortunately, that list is much shorter than what I believe is true about me. Funny how our self-image seems to be based on what we believe about ourselves, or what we want others to believe, rather than what’s true. Actually, it’s not funny at all.

The barrage of messages from every direction–social media, television, billboards, music videos, family members–points out what we “should” do and have, how we “should” look and act. Sometimes they point out where we’re lacking, what we do wrong, how we still don’t measure up. And that constant feed of bad messages makes us feel deficient, less than, unworthy.

Try this. The next time you’re in a crowd (a concert, the mall, downtown), take some time to just sit and observe. No judgment, no comparisons–just look. Look at the variety of faces, skin colors, body types. Some people are in wheelchairs, use a cane, or are missing a limb. You’ll see men with and without facial hair (or any hair!). Women with and without makeup, hair styled and not. A few of these faces are what society has deemed “attractive.” Almost all are not.

But every single one is beautiful in God’s eyes because He created them. Could some of us make healthier choices? Sure. But not to fit an image. Not to try to look how we think we should based on some screwy societal “norm.” Some of us (yes, my hand is all the way up this time) need to do that simply to take better care of the body God gave us. The healthier we are, the better we feel about ourselves, and life in general.

Here’s something to consider. What if God made us tall, short, artistic, athletic, quiet, kind, funny, thin, smart, musical, loud, a homebody, fat, introverted, or extroverted for a reason? If we all looked the same, acted and thought the same–most of us would be unnecessary, don’t you think? God is far too creative for that!

So the next time you look in the mirror, try to see who God sees. Someone beautiful, valuable, worth dying for. Jesus chose the cross for YOU. How do I know? Check this out:  For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you (God) because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  Psalm 139:13-14 NIV

Put those verses (ALL of Psalm 139, for that matter) in a place where you can read it every morning. How about on the bathroom mirror? It’s a reminder of who you REALLY are, and who loves you for that very reason. And that’s a truth you can stake your life on.

The Chain of Lakes series:
Shattered Image is FREE for your ereader!
Dance of Grace is ON SALE this week for only 99 cents!
The Color of Truth will be ready for pre-order on June 1!

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What Color is Your Truth?

Autumn Girl enjoying nature on the field. Beauty Girl Outdoors rI’m SO excited to be releasing  Book 3 of the Chain of Lakes series – The Color of Truth – in just about a month! It’s been a long time coming.

Books 1 and 2 focus on authenticity and self-image, learning who God says we are versus who society says we should be. Book 3 follows that theme but tackles the big question of what truth is. How can we believe and accept who we are in God’s eyes when we’re blinded by untruths fed to us throughout daily life?

I’m 3rd of 4 in my family. Definitely the middle child since the first two are only 14 months apart. I was the quiet one growing up, never as loud or fast as the others. They were capable, I was afraid to try. I was the “sensitive” one, easily hurt, always hiding. I knew early on God loved me but couldn’t figure out why. I had nothing to offer like the others did.

It’s taken a lifetime for me to understand God doesn’t want anything from me except to love Him back. I can’t earn His love, certainly don’t deserve it. But neither does anyone else! That was a revelation that totally changed the color of my truth. I was loved because He wants a relationship with me, not because I’m quiet or loud, fast or slow, the one onstage or the one in the audience. Just because.

That’s when I felt like the young woman in the photo. Pure joy, basking in the truth. Do I walk around every day in the glow of this truth? Unfortunately not. Like everyone else, I let the world tell me if I’m successful, worthy, the right size/shape/color. But then God gently brings my focus back to Him and the glow returns.

My goal is to stay in the middle of that glow every minute of every day. Let’s just say I’m a work in progress!

As I celebrate the release of The Color of Truth, we’ll talk more about who we are in God’s eyes and how we go about living that truth in a world that sometimes seems upside down.

Looking forward to discovering the truth together!


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New Heartwarming Contemporary Romance Contest!

dance-of-grace-promo-photoThere’s a fun contest going on right now that could put 40 ebooks in your brand new Kindle Fire!

I’ve teamed up with 40 Heartwarming Contemporary Romance authors to give away a fabulous collection of novels, PLUS a Kindle Fire to one lucky winner! The runner-up will receive all 40 books, as well!

You can win my 2nd novel, “Dance of Grace,” plus books from authors like Brenda Anderson (her newest release “Risking Love”), Stacy Claflin (“Seaside Heartbeats”), and Melissa Storm (“Love’s Prayer”). And you just may discover some new favorite authors!

Only 3 days left (ends on 2/20) to enter the giveaway! Good luck!

Enter HERE

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Do You Live in a Cave?

mybookcave_footerSometimes I think that sounds like a lovely idea. Hidden away, a cheerful fire going in the center of my spacious cave (that someone else keeps going), shelves of books along the way, a cozy chair, and a book-you-can’t-put-down in hand. Sounds fabulous, doesn’t it? And just a bit unrealistic.  🙂

But wait! There really is a book cave – it’s just not one with a crackling fire and hand-dipped strawberries on hand. But it’s filled with books, with more being added daily. I’m delighted to be a featured author at My Book Cave from FebruaryShatteredImage Cover for poster 11-17. Shattered Image, book 1 of the Chain of Lakes Series, is on sale for only $.99!

Have you picked up a book that had great back cover copy only to find out they didn’t mention the high level of violence? Or you were looking for a real thriller but ended up with a cozy mystery? At My Book Cave, “readers choose their level of comfort, so they waste less time with books that don’t match their preferences, and they find greater satisfaction. Satisfied readers means happy readers—and that’s great for authors. Think of our content ratings like movie ratings, only a bit more detailed. Everybody wins!”

My Book Cave is a place to find free and discounted books, but it’s not like other places. In My Book Cave, YOU decide the genre and the content rating of the books you want. YOU pick the level of sex, violence, swearing and other content. Then, when you subscribe, My Book Cave will send daily emails about books that match YOUR choices!

Here’s the link to Shattered Image at My Book Cave. Please share it with friends, family, coworkers, your hairstylist, manicurist, and massage therapist (or any other therapist), neighbors, Facebook friends and acquaintances, your mail carrier, the librarian at your church…

I love discovering new readers and am thrilled when I hear they’ve enjoyed one of my books. And now we can celebrate a site where readers can find books that fit exactly what they enjoy reading. It’s definitely a win for everyone!

See you at My Book Cave!

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Cover Reveal!

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I’m excited to share news of Angela Carling’s newest book, In the Dying Light, and be part of the cover reveal of this March release. It’s a beauty!

Here’s a bit about In the Dying Light, book 2 in her YA series:
Winter Merrill knew it would be difficult when she took on an ancient curse to save her family, but couldn’t have imagined the isolated existence she would inherit.
When her long-time boyfriend’s demanding college schedule competes with her needs, Winter is left completely alone to fight the dark secrets she bares. At her breaking point a stranger enters Winter’s life, one who understands how she feels and more importantly knows how to eliminate the curse.
Will his friendship be a new beginning for Winter or will it prove to be her demise?

Angela will stop by Land of 10000 Words when In the Dying Light releases, so watch for that interview in the coming month. If you haven’t read Book 1, The Secret Keeper, we’ve included an excerpt below, along with purchase links. You’ll want to read the whole story before In the Dying Light hits the bookshelves in March!

Learn more about Angela and how to contact her after the excerpt.

Purchase The Secret Keeper at any of these locations:
Barnes & Noble

The Secret Keeper:
Over and over in my head I repeated, “She can make my secret goAngela Carling - The Secret Keeper
away.” I’m not sure if I was trying to convince myself, or trying to keep myself from going nuts, but the phrase calmed me as I drove.

I found Lejo Street and began the steep climb to the top. The houses in this neighborhood were small. Most were weathered if not completely forgotten. Pines grew too close together. Piles of rusted tools and long-forgotten bathroom fixtures littered the landscape, hidden only by overgrown grasses and neglected Quakies. No wonder everyone thought it was creepy.

My heart rate quickened with the ascent, and my palms left sticky
sweat on my steering wheel. I wiped them on my jeans only to have the
moisture build up again immediately. Soon there was nothing but dense
forest; a blur of green, broken only by the ashen skies above. The rain
came down in unyielding sheets and I turned up the windshield wipers.
Back and forth they went like a giant metronome, keeping in step with
my nervous heartbeat.

I strained to see out the windows until all at once there was nothing
in front me but a large rusted metal gate and a cracked wood sign, painted
long ago, that declared, “No trespassing.” Beyond the gate, through the
trees and the rain, I saw the pale blue house that the girl in the park had described.

One more time I said out loud, “She can make my secret disappear.”
I’d almost convinced myself now. I had to be convinced, what with the
dilapidated house in the middle of nowhere and the stormy weather.
Everything screamed “Don’t go in!” but I was driven to try something,
anything, not to lose my best friend and boyfriend.

I climbed from the car and ran until I reached the porch, slipping and
having to catch myself as I tried to take the stairs too fast. Light spilled
out through a crack in the curtains, letting me know someone was there.
I lifted my hand to knock on the old splintered door and froze. I didn’t
know the secret keeper’s name. How would I address her? Before I could
decide what to do, the heavily scratched door handle turned and the door
opened a crack. My mouth fell open. The eyes that peered through the
opening were surprisingly young.

My throat felt tight as I swallowed and it sounded loud to me. I
could turn and run. Everything in my gut told me to go, but I stood like
a marble statue frozen by my anguish.

Who are you looking for?” she asked.

Her melodic voice made me think of dozens of wind chimes all
tinkling at once. Still, I felt uneasy.

I made myself spit out the words. “The Secret Keeper.”

An excruciatingly long minute passed and I thought she might tell
me that I had the wrong house or that I should get off her property.
Finally, in a voice no louder than a whisper she said, “Come in. I’m the
Secret Keeper.”

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Angela Carling was raised in Palm Springs California, but lives in Arizona with her husband, three kids and five felines.  After years of denial, she finally admitted that she is a hopeless romantic which led her to write her first Young Adult book Unbreakable Love. Since then she’s published three more books, Shackled, Becoming Bryn and The Secret Keeper. Shackled won the silver IPGA award in 2012 and has been optioned as a screenplay.

She always eats the frosting off her cake and leaves the rest, and can be caught singing in public bathrooms.  When she’s not writing YA novels, she’s mentoring teen writers, making pizza with her family or dreaming of taking a nap, not necessarily in that order.  

How to contact Angela:

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Cozy Up to Reading Sale!

Clean Indie Reads is having a Mid-Winter Sale! Home of Flinch-Free Fiction, you’ll find lots of wonderful books on sale and FREE! Sale runs through the 30th. Share the fun!

Both Shattered Image and Dance of Grace are on sale. Pick up a copy for a friend!

CIR Mid-Winter sale 2016

Note: This sale runs from January 24-30, but some of the books are only discounted for a portion of the sale, not the whole time, so please double check the price before you purchase. Thank you! To learn more about the book and to view the price, please click on the cover.

Please check out the second page for other Clean Indie Reads that are not discounted.

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