Friday, February 13, 2015

Love, Candy & Cupcakes Blog Hop


Congrats to Patricia M. for being randomly selected to win Cascade Brides and a $5 Amazon card. 

Thanks to everyone else who participated. Subscribe to my blog so you never miss another contest!

It's Valentine's Day! And with Valentine's Day comes candy, cakes, and all things romance! What's your favorite Valentine's Day treat? 
Wax Lips?

Leave a brief answer in the comments section WITH your email addy (so we can contact you if you win). 

On the 17th, one winner will be randomly selected to win a $5 Amazon card...

 ...and a Kindle copy of my 3 book series Cascade Brides. 

Christian & Inspirational Romance 

The Three Sisters Mountains are part of the Cascade Mountain Range near the town of Sisters, Oregon. The peaks were named Faith, Hope, and Charity by early settlers. In the Cascade Brides series, three estranged siblings named for the mountains, each in the far-flung reaches of the state, are drawn back to their childhood home in Sisters by men who ultimately help the siblings realize the blessings of family bonds. Christian romance

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Romance Is In The Air And It Smells Like Cinnamon!

UPDATE: Winners!

Congrats to 
Cynthia R
Pam B &
Rebecca W (gift card winner)

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What does love smell like to you? Red roses? Fancy perfume? A soft, summery day?

Do you know what smells like love to a man? Cinnamon rolls!

No wonder Cinnabon is in just about every mall--it's the only way to get the fellows to shop with their wives! But, really the key ingredient of 'romance' when it comes to smell is cinnamon

Cinnamon is apparently the most mentioned smell that makes males think of love and romance. Honest! Google it. Heck, even the Bible mentions it...

"I have sprinkled my bed With myrrh, aloes and cinnamonCome, 

let us drink our fill of love until morning; Let us delight ourselves 

with caresses." Proverbs 7:17-18.

So yeah. Treat your man with something cinnamony this 

Valentine's Day and he'll probably love it! But for you, dear blog 

reader, leave a comment with your email to be entered for a chance 

to win one of three Kindle copies of my latest romance novel,

Book One Nashville Dreamers *Sweet Home Alabama meets A Walk in the Clouds* 

Holly Mae Raleigh has finally arrived, landing a plum VP position in Music City. But when her Aunt Della calls in a favor sending Holly back to her hometown, she finds herself ankle deep in a chicken pen while juggling the demands of her job and an old flame. As her carefully constructed facade comes tumbling down, she meets a handsome vineyard owner who also studies the spiritual side of the vines. Can he convince Holly he sees her as God does, and help her rediscover her faith?

Also, one winner will receive a $10 Amazon gift card to go with the book, so you can maybe stock up on cinnamon in case your supply is low. Amazon has a pretty good selection

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Dreaming of Cash Giveaway!

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Before We Say I Do--New Release by Emerald Barnes

The follow-up short story to Emerald Barnes' Entertaining Angels, Before We Say I Do, is now available! If you loved Chase and Mads in Entertaining Angels, you'll love this!


About the Book:

Following the best-selling first book of the series, Entertaining Angels, comes Before We Say I Do, An Entertaining Angels Short Story.

Chase Sanders and Madison Andrews are about to declare their love for one another in the most sacred of ways. Everything has been going perfectly, especially when an old friend returns to town to stand by Chase’s side on their big day.

But is Zach there to see their union, or is he concealing the truth of why he’s actually back in town? Chase has lived perfectly fine without his father around, but now that his father is divorcing again, he is seeking forgiveness. Chase can’t look at his father, let alone forgive him.

Before Chase and Mads can say “I Do,” Chase must first learn to let go of the past before the dark forces that haunt his nightmares come to life.



The day had finally come. I was marrying my best friend. Tears of joy stung my eyes, but I tried to hold them in. I couldn’t cry. Not now. Mom and Mandy would kill me if I messed up my makeup.

I stared in the mirror. I had come a long way in the two years since I’d met Zach. We graduated high school, and I was now working on a degree in counseling. I’d fallen head-over-heels in love with my best friend, and I learned to love myself for who I really was. I won’t lie. It hasn’t been easy for me. Sometimes I would look in the mirror, and I’d see the fat girl from high school.  Other times, Chase would wrap his arms around my waist and reassure me that he loved every inch of me – whether I was big or small. It didn’t matter to him. I was beautiful. When he’d say that, I’d remind myself that God had loved me enough to send his angel just to show me that I was important, loved, and beautiful.

Eventually, the way I saw myself began to change. I no longer compared myself to photo-shopped pictures of models in magazines or my friends who were smaller sizes than me, and I began to look at myself as a daughter of the King. God formed me. He knew exactly what I would look like, and as He’d told me before, He only makes beautiful things.

A knock sounded at the door, and Mrs. Cheryl asked, “Can I come in?”

Mom answered the door and let her in. I turned to face her and saw the tears form in her eyes. “Don’t!” I said, “I can’t cry. Mom has threatened me if I mess up my makeup.”

She laughed and said, “I’m so happy that you’re going to be my daughter-in-law!”

She wrapped her arms around me and pulled me close. I could hear her sniffle, but I fought the tears back again. I wasn’t going to cry. Not now at least.

“I’m happy that you’ll be my mother-in-law. I couldn’t ask for a better one.”

She pulled away and smiled at me before wiping away her own tears. I had always felt like Mrs. Cheryl was a second mom. And now, she would be!

“How’s Chase?” I asked.

“He’s nervous.” She laughed. “But he’s excited to finally make you his wife, girly.”

She winked at me, and Mom said, “Cheryl, you won’t do! Don’t embarrass the poor child.”

“It’s better than making her cry, Maggie.”

Mom laughed and said, “I’m going to check on the photographer. We need to start doing pictures as soon as we can.”

I nodded, and Mom left the room.

“Can you help me sit?” I asked Mrs. Cheryl.

“Sure, honey.”

She walked over to me and helped lift my train, so I could sit comfortably without wrinkling the dress too much. The beaded bodice felt a little tight, but I wanted to look my best. I wasn’t loosening it at all.

“You look gorgeous,” Mrs. Cheryl said, pulling her phone out of her purse and snapping a picture of me.

“Thank you,” I said, smiling at my future mother-in-law.

“Are you nervous?” she asked, taking a seat beside me.

“Yeah,” I answered, honestly. “Not the marrying Chase part. That I’m okay with, but I’m afraid I’ll trip or mess up my vows or something.”

I laughed, praying that what I’d just spoken wouldn’t come true at all. I don’t suppose it mattered. I was about to be joined with Chase forever in our very own happily ever after. I knew not all marriages were perfect, and I didn’t expect ours to be any different. I did hope that we would have a beautiful marriage as close to perfect as possible. I knew that if we put God first, we could get through anything; however, the wedding night was what really made me nervous. I just didn’t want to tell Cheryl that.

Chase and I had waited until marriage. It was what was right to do according to the Bible. We wanted to be each other’s firsts and each other’s lasts. At least we were both new at it. I wondered if that was why he was nervous, too. I mean, I certainly understood that.

“Is that all?” she asked, staring at me knowingly. I briefly wondered what all Chase might have told her. This might be awkward. I didn’t even talk to my own mom about stuff like this.

I hated to lie, but I didn’t want to have this conversation. I nodded and said, “Yeah. I guess.”

She patted my leg and said, “There’s nothing to worry about, dear. You two will learn each other’s rhythms before you know it.”

Oh my gosh. Was she really talking about this with me?  “Uh. Yeah. I know.”

She laughed. “You don’t have to be so shy. I’m not your father. I’m not in denial about what happens on the honeymoon.”

I felt the blood rushing to my cheeks, and I was thankful for the pink blush already coloring them. 

“Are you worried about what he may think about your body? I know that’s always been a concern of yours.”

“Well, partly, but I know he loves me for my flaws and all.”

“Honey, you don’t have flaws. You’re perfect. Have you forgotten what God has done for you?”

I shook my head, biting the inside of my cheek. I wasn’t going to cry now. “No,” I said, “I’ll never forget what he’s done. Zach’s here too.” I added on that last bit to distract her from the conversation she seemed wanted to have.

“Is he?” She smiled broadly. “I always loved him. I knew he was special from the start.”

“I was blind,” I said. “I thought I might actually have a crush on him. Boy was I glad when I 
decided that I wanted Chase! How awkward would it have been to fall in love with an angel?”

Cheryl let out a deep laugh and said, “It could be worse. You could’ve fallen for a man like Chase’s father.”

Her smile faded at the mention of him. She rarely brought him up, but I couldn’t blame her for that. He’d left her for another woman and ignored them for the first seven years he’d been away. He’d only just started talking to Chase again two years ago. Even Chase didn’t want to tell his dad about our union, so we kept it a secret from him. I didn’t know if that would work or not, but Chase really didn’t want him ruining the day. I wasn’t going to force him to invite his father to our wedding, though. It was entirely his decision.

“We didn’t invite him, you know,” I said.

“I know. I told Chase to, but he refused. I don’t blame him.”

“Nor do I, but he may have seen the announcement in the paper.”

“Well, then he’ll understand that his son doesn’t want anything to do with him. He shouldn’t have left us, Mads.”

“I know.”

I didn’t know what else to say. I hated that Chase had such a rocky relationship with his dad. I couldn’t imagine not having Dad around, but then again, Dad didn’t cheat on Mom and have a new family while ignoring me completely for the first few years of his new life.

Mom pushed the door open and said, “Come on, Mads. It’s time for pictures.”

I looked at Mrs. Cheryl and gave her a big smile. She stood and extended her hand out to me. 

“Let’s go, Mads. It won’t be long until you’re officially part of the family.”

I wrapped my arms around her in a tight hug after she helped pull me off of the chair I sat in. She kissed my cheek, and we walked out of the room and into the sanctuary where we were about to take pictures. It was now a little over two hours before I officially became Mrs. Chase Sanders.


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Emerald Barnes resides in a small town in Mississippi and has the accent to prove it. She tries her hardest to write novels that appeal not only to young adults but to those who are young at heart as well. She mainly writes suspense/thrillers in the YA genre, but she dabbles in other genres and her books are enjoyed by all ages! She’s constantly working on new novels and has more ideas than she knows what to do with. She’s also a volunteer at the World Literary Cafe which is amazing, and she is a crazy grammar nazi who proofreads novels!
When she isn’t writing or proofreading novels, she’s spending all of her time with her nieces and nephews. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd, avid reader, and TV watcher. God is number One in her life, and she thanks Him continuously for His love and favor.  

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Trim The Tree Blog Hop!

UPDATE: We have a winner (chosen by 
Congrats to Maari for winning the DVD and Kindle book! 

Thank you to everyone else for hopping by and participating. If you haven't already, sign up for my email list so you never miss a contest or giveaway.

Well, there's no denying it, the holiday season is well and truly underway. It's easy to get overwhelmed during these busy weeks, and it can be hard to remember what all the fuss is about. That's why I am giving away a family favorite DVD that has made Christmas extra special at our house. 

Check out the trailer for a sneak peek:

If this sounds good to you, leave a comment below to enter, WITH your email addy (just used for contacting winners). Note: if you're randomly selected as a winner, I'll need your home address to mail the DVD, so be sure you're comfortable with that.

I'll also throw in a Kindle copy of my latest Christian romance trilogy Cascade Brides

One winner will be selected by on 12/9/14 and notified. Winner's first name will be posted here as an update after confirmation. 

Be sure to follow the links below to other blogs for extra opportunities to win goodies. Thanks so much for hopping by!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Vote And Receive A Free Read!

Today is voting day, and I hope you been able to pull that lever, punch that chad, or push that button for your favorite candidates and issues. Afterwards, reward yourself with a free read for doing your patriotic duty.

My latest release, The Trouble With Holly, is free today. Grab a Kindle copy and rest from your voting labors. Click HERE.

"Holly Mae Raleigh is trying so hard to leave her small town history where it belongs - in the past. But when Aunt Della calls in a favor, she finds herself chasing chickens back in Tucker's Ridge - and face down in the mud. Not exactly perfect timing to meet Noah Morgan, the new vineyard owner next door who wants those chickens off his land. He's ex-military, handsome, and passionate about his vineyard. Holly's sprinting up the corporate ladder as the newest Vice President at Sargasso Music Productions. Still, she can't stop thinking about the vintner and something he said to her ... something about chickens coming home to roost?" Review by Author Diane Moody

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Free Christian Romance Today Only

My Christian romance Dearly Loved is free for Kindle today, so if you haven't yet read it and would like to, grab it quick! :)

The lovesick daydreams of Meredith Ambrose's teenage years for neighborhood heartthrob David Steller have faded into uncomfortable memories-until he lands in a hospital bed in her unit where she works as an R.N. David came to the Northwest to look her up-he just didn't plan on their reunion occurring with him on a gurney. Can he prove he's really changed after all these years?