Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Promise Lodge by Charlotte Hubbard (excerpt, spotlight and GIVEAWAY) GFT




by Charlotte Hubbard




Promise Lodge, Book 1
Zebra (February 26, 2016)
ISBN-13: 9781420139419 •• ISBN-10: 142013941X

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GENRE: Amish/Inspirational Romance


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BLURB:

Energetic widow Mattie Bender Schwartz is working day and night to get Promise Lodge going. She’s also hoping the change will help her son Noah’s heart to heal after his broken engagement. But his former fiancĂ©e, Deborah, is looking for a fresh start too. Filled with regret, and cast out by her dat for a reason she can’t yet reveal, Deborah can only pray Noah will forgive her foolishness.

Deborah is the last person Noah expected to show up at Promise Lodge. But with her cruel words still ringing in his head, he’s reluctant to accept her apology—even if the Old Order ways demand he try. If only he could obey Christ’s most important commandment: love one another. But one thing is certain—his mother and aunts, and their beloved Preacher Amos, will do their best to help him get there.



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Exclusive Excerpt:



Deborah Peterscheim stood at the roadside entrance to Promise Lodge, her pulse pounding. Her English driver was heading back along the county road with her last dollar. As she cradled a cookie tin in her arm and gripped the handle of her old suitcase, she hoped the three-hour trip from Coldstream hadn’t been a huge mistake.

But it was too late for doubts. ‘This is the day The Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it’, she reminded herself as she raised her face to the warm June sun. It felt good to let the breeze ripple her clothing as the trees whispered their welcome—such a comfort compared to the final, harsh words her dat had flung at her as he’d pointed toward the door. If only she hadn’t spotted the flames coming from the Bender barn. If only she hadn’t called 911 . . .

One more time, to reassure herself, Deborah read the ad she’d torn from THE BUDGET: New settlement in north central Missouri. Ample land. Lodging available while homes are being built. Limited number of apartments for single women. Old Order Amish and Mennonites welcome. Contact Amos Troyer, P.O. Box 7, Promise, MO.

Surely Preacher Amos and the other friends from Coldstream who’d started this new colony would understand her need for a fresh start. First and foremost, she hoped to win Noah Schwartz’s heart again, after foolishly calling a halt to their engagement last month. Just one of several stupid moves, she thought with a sigh. But don’t let on about why Dat sent you away. Not until you absolutely have to.

Deborah blanked out the painful parting images of her parents’ faces and instead focused on the hand-written sign at the roadside.

WELCOME TO PROMISE LODGE

OPENING SOON

THE PROMISE PRODUCE STAND

THE PROMISE LODGE APARTMENTS

She recognized the clean, precise printing as Noah’s—he had an eye for arranging things, and a steady hand when it came to wielding a paintbrush or a welding torch. Did she dare believe that Noah was welcoming her to Promise Lodge? Or would he reject her apologies—her request for his forgiveness—before she could convince him her pleas were sincere?

There was only one way to find out.



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AUTHOR Bio and Links:



Many moons ago—like, in 1983 while she was still a school librarian—Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. This launched her into writing around seventy of those “true confessions” stories over the years, and she’s been a slave to her overactive imagination ever since. Over the course of her writing career, she has sold nearly 50 books—most recently, Amish romance series she’s written as Charlotte Hubbard or Naomi King.

Charlotte lived in Missouri for most of her life, so her Amish stories are set in imaginary Missouri towns. These days she lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband of 40 years and their Border collie, Ramona.


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34 comments:

  1. How do you think you’ve evolved creatively?

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  2. It sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for posting

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  3. Very intriguing. Did you have to do a lot of research?

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    1. Good question, Debby! My Amish books are all set in Missouri, where I lived most of my life (I live in MN now)--and where I've befriended some Amish folks in Jamesport. When I have questions as I write a book, I have a non-Amish friend there and I can email her my questions, and she'll ask some of the local Amish ladies and give me their answers. When I first started writing Amish books (2010) I did a lot of research on their beliefs/social customs and restrictions, etc. Thanks for asking!

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  4. I love reading and learning on the lives of the Amish. Looks like a very good read.

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    1. Thanks so much for spending time with my characters today, Shirley!

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  5. Thanks so much for hosting me today!

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    1. Thank you for chiming in, Annie, and for stopping by today!

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  7. Charlotte, I really enjoy your books and really appreciate the chance to win a copy of "Promise Lodge".

    wfnren at aol dot com

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    1. Wendy, thanks so much, but be aware that you're entering to win a GIFT CARD here, not a book!

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  8. Sounds like a refreshing book. Love when I can lost in reading that is wholesome!

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    1. I think you'll enjoy meeting the Bender sisters, Deborah, and Noah in this story, Dana!

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  9. Promise Lodge looks like a great book. Need to add it to my must read list. The book sounds intriguing It caught my eye for sure. Thanks for a chance to win it..
    Kristina Kohler

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kristina--good luck in the drawing for a GIFT CARD!

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  10. Charlotte, I enjoyed reading your bio. I remember True Story, and I have been with my husband for almost 40 years. I am telling my age. I love your stories. I am always fascinated by the Amish. (jozywails@gmail.com)

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing our commonalities, Misty! And thanks for being a reader, and for coming along on my tour!

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  11. Sounds like a great read, thanks for sharing!

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  12. I'm looking forward to checking this one out - thanks for sharing!

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  13. Sounds great,thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for spending time with my story today, Karla!

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  14. Are there a lot of amish in Missouri?

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    1. Jackie, the Amish and Mennonites are scattered around the countryside of Missouri, yes. Jamesport, MO, is reportedly the largest Old Order settlement west of the Mississippi River--and that's where I've done my research and continue to maintain contact now that I've moved to MN. Thanks for asking!

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  15. I love reading Amish fiction. This looks like a very interesting book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  16. Hello, does this happen very often in Amish communities?

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  17. Great excerpt! Thanks for sharing :)

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  18. If your imagination would run free what kind of a book would you come up with?

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  19. Love reading Charlotte Hubbard. Thank you for a wonderful chance.

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  20. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you so much for sharing.

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