Welcome to CAN Scavenger Hunt Stop #3

July 17, 2016

Please join me in welcoming mystery author Sandra Orchard to my blog for our annual CAN Scavenger Hunt.

Sandra_Orchard

Sandra Orchard—winner of the RT Reviewers’ Choice Award, the National Readers’ Choice Award, the Holt Medallion Award of Merit, the Daphne du Maurier Award of Excellence and several Canadian Christian Writing Awards—leaps off the garden trails of her herbal-researcher-turned-amateur-sleuth (Port Aster Secrets) series, to the museum corridors of her plucky FBI art crime agent Serena Jones, in A Fool and His Monet. When not plotting crimes, Sandra plays make-believe with her grandchildren or hikes with her hubby along the escarpment, near their home in Niagara, Canada.

 Sandra, as you’ve probably noticed from browsing about my website, I love to write about my experiences with animals. Do you have animals?

Yes, I live on a small hobby farm. We have laying hens, a horse and a dog. When my children were younger we used to also have a cockatiel, a goat and several cats. We were quite the sight when spotted on the road.

horse dog goat

Fun! Do you include animals in your stories?

In some of them, yes, I had a lovable Golden Doodle who almost took over my sixth Love Inspired Suspense novel, Identity Withheld. He was so popular that he started giving his own interviews. Readers can check one out here. In my newest release, A Fool and His Monet, the main character, Serena Jones, has adopted her Great Aunt Martha’s cat, along with the woman’s apartment. The book is a light-hearted mystery and Harold, the tuxedo cat, became a fun foil to use.

 That’s such a great title. I love impressionist paintings. Tell us a little about your book. afoolandhismoney.indd

A Fool and His Monet is the first book in Serena Jones Mysteries.

Serena is a plucky FBI art crime agent forging her way through a museum of lies to expose the ruthless mastermind behind the recent theft of a priceless painting.

Her passion for uncovering lost and stolen art is surpassed only by her zeal to uncover the truth about the art thief who murdered her grandfather. She’s joined the FBI Art Crime Team with the secret hope that one of her cases will lead to his killer. Now, despite her mother’s pleas to do something safer—like get married and give her grandkids—Serena’s hot on a new case–a Monet stolen from the local museum. The clues point in different directions and her boss orders her to cease investigating her most promising suspect. But determined to solve the case, and perhaps discover another clue in her grandfather’s case, she pushes ahead, regardless of the danger.

The story is set in St. Louis and readers can check out fun bonus features (such as location pics and deleted scenes) for this and my other novels at: http://sandraorchard.com/extras/bonus-book-features/

Could you share a clip of a scene with Harold?

Happy to. And here’s a pic of our own cat that inspired the character:cat

 

I stalked back to my bedroom and slammed on the lights.

Harold blinked indignantly.

“What kind of cat are you? There’s a mouse in the kitchen helping itself to my breakfast and you’re in here snoring.”

Harold stretched one paw out in front of him, then the other and arching his back let out a bored yawn.

“That’s it. It’s time you earned your keep.” I laid my gun on the bedside table, scooped Harold off my bed, stalked down the hall and plopped him on the kitchen floor next to the crumb trail left by the mouse. “Find it.”

Harold tapped a bread crumb with his paw then proceeded to bat it around the kitchen floor like he was the Blues next star hockey player.

“Wait till it starts stealing your food, then you’ll change your tune.”

Harold stopped mid-swipe and looked at me as if the prospect of a mouse daring to touch his kibbles seriously miffed him. He sat on his haunches and cast glances to every corner of the kitchen.

“I think he ran under the stove,” I said.

Apparently not up on his appliance names, Harold swiped a paw under the fridge.

 LOL. You mentioned this is a series. Does each book standalone? Do they need to be read in order? When does the next one come out? How many will there be?

Yes, each book is a standalone mystery and they can be read out of order. The next one, Another Day, Another Dali, releases October 4th and is already available for preorder at many online retailers. The final book in the series, Over Maya Dead Body, as you might guess by the title is about antiquity smuggling, releases in June 2017.

There was a lot of buzz about the men in Serena Jones’s life in the first couple of months after A Fool and His Monet released. Can you tell us what that was about?

Yes, at the end of the novel, I invited readers to vote on which man in Serena’s life they’d like to see her date by the end of the series. It generated a lot of fun debate amongst my readers. Some even started fan clubs and their own hashtags for their favorite pick!

 Will Serena ultimately choose your readers’ majority choice?

Oh yes, and their choice surprised me, so I had a lot of last minute tweaking to do to sway Serena to their choice before submitting the draft of the final book to my editor last month. <wink>

 Now, our phrase for the scavenger hunt is “of traditionally published”. Are all your novels traditionally published?

Yes, I’ve written seven best-selling novels for Harlequin’s Christian Imprint—Love Inspired Suspense, and A Fool and His Monet is my fourth novel with Revell Publishing.

Well Sandra, it has been great having you visit my blog. Your blog is the next stop on CAN’s Scavenger Hunt. Can you give my readers directions?

Absolutely! For anyone just joining the hunt, they need to go back and start at the CAN (Christian Author’s Network) blog here: http://christianauthorsnetwork.com/newreleases/

At each stop along the way, readers need to collect the phrase divulged in that post and then piece them together and send their end result as detailed on that first blog for a chance to win a load of books.

Go to Stop #4 by clicking here: Sandra Orchard’s Blog

P.S.Bonus Giveaway (open to entrants world-wide):

Leave a comment here for Sandra for a chance to win a copy of A Fool and His Monet (or if you already have it, a copy of Another Day, Another Dali, when it releases). We’ll randomly choose a winner for this bonus gift after the close of the Scavenger Hunt.

P.S.S. Sandra asked me to post this note to all of you: “Hi Everyone, thank you so much for the enthusiastic response. I am staying at the hospital with my grandson this week and unfortunately, the hospital’s server isn’t playing nice with Rebecca’s site. But I wanted to thank all of you for your kind comments. Rebecca is kindly sending them to me by email.”

 

 

 

 

 

Congratulations & Answers to 3 Days~21 Free Books

July 16, 2016

21 Free books

Congratulations to all the winners–Wahoo! The answer to Day 2 was “Frozen Long Johns” and Day 3 was “SkySong.”

Don’t miss out on the Grand Finale–the Christian Author’s Network Scavenger Hunt, where there are over 26 books and prized that will be given away. For more details see my post below.

Day 3 of 3 Days~21 Free Books!

July 15, 2016

Welcome to Day 3 of 3 Days~21 Free Books!

This is the last day of the 3 Days~21 Free books! And you’ll have a chance to win if you submit a correct answer to the question below.

Heavenly Horse Stories cover photo

Below is a question and I will randomly choose 7 winners out of those who answered correctly. When you enter, you agree that you are of legal age, live within the US (or have a military APO), and that events like this are legal where you live. You will also be signing up for an occasional newsletter from me filled with fun tidbits. Only one winner per household per day–which means you can enter again today if you previously won! If you win, you’ll need to respond to my email announcing that you’ve won within 24 hours, or you’ll forfeit your book. You also understand that your first initial and your last name, as well as your state, may be announced if you win.

July 16th I’ll be giving away 7 autographed copies of my new re-release Heavenly Horse Stories

And here’s the question:

What is the name of my horse in the picture below? (You can find the answers in the beginning of Great Horse Stories and Great Horse Stories for Girls–look inside on Amazon.com) Photo by Deborah K. Hamilton

Click on this link to answer: https://forms.aweber.com/form/91/1003858591.htm

SkySong

Day 1 Answer & Winners to 3 Days~21 Free Books

July 14, 2016

Wahoo! I’ve sent out emails to the winners of Day 1 of 3 Days~21 Free Books–so if you entered, check your email! I’ll be signing and packing up their books to send out tonight.

The answer to the question was, “To my wonderful parents, Ray & Muriel.”

Make sure you enter today and tomorrow for chances to win.

Day 2 of 3 Days~21 Free Books

July 14, 2016

Welcome to Day 2 of 3 Days~21 Free Books!

During the next 2 Days I’ll be giving away 21 Free books! And you’ll have a chance to win if you submit a correct answer to the question below.

Great Horse Stories sm

Here’s how it works. Each day, July 15th-16th at 12:01 am Eastern I’ll post a question and I will randomly choose 7 winners out of those who answered correctly. When you enter, you agree that you are of legal age, live within the US (or have a military APO), and that events like this are legal where you live. You will also be signing up for an occasional newsletter from me filled with fun tidbits. Only one winner per household per day–which means you can enter again tomorrow if you win! If you win, you’ll need to respond to my email announcing that you’ve won within 24 hours, or you’ll forfeit your book. You also understand that your first initial and your last name, as well as your state, may be announced if you win.

July 15th I’ll be giving away 7 Kindle E-books of Great Horse Stories

July 16th I’ll be giving away 7 autographed copies of my new re-release Heavenly Horse Stories

And here’s the question:

 In one of my stories, what was frozen that I had a hard time wrestling through my tent door? (Hint: check out Horse Tales from Heaven on Amazon.com–Look Inside)

To answer click on this link: https://forms.aweber.com/form/93/1405575493.htm

 

3 Days~21 Free Books–Wahoo!

July 13, 2016

Heavenly Horse Sense email copyWelcome to 3 Days~21 Free Books!

During the next 3 Days I’ll be giving away 21 Free books! And you’ll have a chance to win if you submit a correct answer to the question below.

Here’s how it works. Each day, July 14th-16th at 12:01 am Eastern I’ll post a question and I will randomly choose 7 winners out of those who answered correctly. When you enter, you agree that you are of legal age, live within the US (or have a military APO), and that events like this are legal where you live. You will also be signing up for an occasional newsletter from me filled with fun tidbits. Only one winner per household per day–which means you can enter again tomorrow if you win! If you win, you’ll need to respond to my email announcing that you’ve won within 24 hours, or you’ll forfeit your book. You also understand that your first initial and your last name, as well as your state, may be announced if you win.

July 14th I’ll be giving away 7 autographed copies of Heavenly Horse Sense.

July 15th I’ll be giving away 7 Kindle E-books of Great Horse Stories

July 16th I’ll be giving away 7 autographed copies of my new re-release Heavenly Horse Stories

And here’s the question:

On the dedication page of one of my books it reads,

“By the way, remember all those prayers you said for me when I worked from the saddle? Good thing! In a few pages you’ll find out why.”

To whom was the book dedicated? (Check out Amazon.com–“Look Inside” feature for my book Horse Tales from Heaven.)

This giveaway has closed and we have some winners…wahoo!

 

Sizzling Summer Fun (& a chance to win oodles of books!)

July 11, 2016

Are you ready for some Sizzling Summer Fun?

The next couple weeks are jam-packed with chances to win oodles of free books–including my new re-release Heavenly Horse Stories. Wahoo!

Heavenly Horse Stories cover photo

So many of you readers have asked to see photos with my stories, so the publisher and I put our heads together and repackaged Heavenly Horse Sense with the new cover and title, and YES! there are photos sprinkled in too. You can check it out on my Website: http://rebeccaondov.com/Books.html

The great news for you is that Heavenly Horse Sense will be faded out–making it a collectors’ book–and in a couple days I’ll be giving away 7 autographed copies during the 3 Days~21 Free Books event I’ll be hosting July 14th-16th.

Then to wrap up the fun, the Grand Finale–the week of July 17th-23rd–is the Annual Christian Author Network’s Scavenger Hunt, where, through a “blog-hop,”  you’ll be able to meet dozens of Christian authors and have more opportunities to win free books.

To top everything off–now through July 25th the E-book Great Horse Stories is on sale for only $0.99. What a great way to take a book on vacation–as an E-Book!

Are you wondering how you might have a chance to win one my books?

Here’s the scoop. On July 14-16th I’ll be giving  away 7 books each day. I’ll post a question here on my blog each of those days at 12:01 am Eastern. There will be an answer box for you to fill out then click “send.” The answers to the questions can be found in my books (I might even give some hints too.) I’ll randomly choose 7 people who answer the question correctly as the winners.

On July 14th I’ll be giving away 7 autographed copies of Heavenly Horse Sense.

July 15th I’ll be giving away 7 Kindle Versions of the E-Book Great Horse Stories

July 16th I’ll be giving away 7 autographed copies of my new re-release Heavenly Horse Stories

So, for the opportunity to win one of my books July 14th-16th come back here–to my blog–and submit an answer to the question.

For information on the Grand Finale–The Annual Christian Authors’ Network Scavenger Hunt on July 17th-23rd–click here http://christianauthorsnetwork.com/newreleases/ 

I’m looking forward to giving away 21 books in 3 days–Be sure to come back here, to my blog, on July 14th-16th for Your Chance to Win!

 

 

Packing away Christmas Decorations–in April???

April 23, 2016

Yes, it’s April and I’m boxing up my Christmas decorations and tucking them away in my storage shed. Have you ever heard that before? No, it’s not because I wanted Christmas to last forever.

It’s because the weekend in January when I was going to do it I fell on the ice and broke my arm. Not just my arm, but my right arm. I’m right handed. And not just a simple break. I sheared the bones in two.

For the last couple months I was unable to do anything with my right hand or arm. My life stopped while I cradled my broken arm next to my body to protect what was left of it and waited for surgery.

A couple weeks later, in February, my doctor helped me become a bionic woman with a titanium plate and screws to put everything back together. When asked what color of cast I wanted (I’d already used up my favorite colors on the splints I’d had). I jokingly said, “Glow-in-the-dark.” Guess what? I got it–and it did GLOW when I turned the lights out.

To my shock, I discovered that, throughout my whole life, my left hand had hung uselessly by my side. I laughed my way through the last couple months as I trained my left hand to put the toothbrush in my mouth and brush my teeth. Have you ever tried tying shoes with one hand? Opening a jar? Or writing cursive with your off-hand? I couldn’t even jot a note to myself. Or how about opening an envelope?  I felt vulnerable when in public and helpless at home.

Gradually my left hand and arm became productive. Now, I’m nearly ambidextrous.

It was a wild ride, living with one useful arm until just a couple weeks ago. I’m still under weight restrictions, so this is the first weekend since Christmas that I’ve been able to lift lightweight boxes. Thus the box of Christmas decorations is still sitting on the living room floor.

Through it all I’ve discovered that I have amazing friends and that I live in a community filled with kind and helpful strangers. And my heart is filled with a deeper compassion for those who struggle with physical restrictions.

There’s something that you can do too. I’d like to encourage you to do a simple experiment. Take your dominate hand and put it in your pocket for an hour–and do not use it–no matter what–not for anything.

Afterwards, reflect on how would your life be different if you only had one arm. Life can change in a split-second, in ways that we don’t like.

Then, I’d like you to apply what you learned to help someone else. Out of consideration, first ask if they’d like you to help and how. It might be as simple as opening a door, or retrieving a can of soup off the top shelf in the grocery store, a shelf they can’t reach.

I firmly believe that together we can make the world a better place by being kind to those around us.

It’s time to go get that box of Christmas decorations out of the living room and put it away–after all, it is April and I can use two hands and arms. Wahoo! Thank You, Jesus!

 

 

Wishing You a Blessed Christmas!

December 17, 2015

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

I feel blessed to be surrounded by family and friends who made my year so special—thank you! I love catching up with you on Facebook, by email, and snail mail. And I want you to know that I pray for you in the mornings—that God pours out His peace, love, and blessings on you and your families.

Here are a couple highlights from my year:Me with fish q

In July I flew to Alaska with my brother Chuck and his wife Cindy, where we met with several friends and fished the salmon run on the Kenai Peninsula.

With fish everywhere you’d think it’d be a snap, but I was skunked a couple days before I finally got the hang of how to catch those illusive fish!

I was thrilled to bring home a box of salmon and am planning on smoking some for Christmas. See the grin? I was one happy girl that day.

20150728_112600Cindy and I had some great “sister time” hiking up to a glacier AFTER taking a Kenai Fjord tour where we learned that July in Alaska i20150728_191416t is only 30 below zero! Just kidding. But we did have to bundle up aboard the ship while we were entertained by the interesting sea animals and by the jaw-dropping scenery.

GHS4G New Email

 

In August I celebrated the release of the book of my heart, Great Horse Stories for Girls. The goal is through my true-story devotions my horses, to help the reader discover what a treasure God created them to be. Don’t be fooled by the title; I’ve got gals in the 60’s and 70’s who have fallen in love with the book.

 

Cover regular

 

I’m excited that in February of 2016 my next book My Horse Diary for Girls launches—yes, it’s what the title says, it’s a fun diary for girls that has some horsey quotes in it.

I also have a re-release (with photos) of Heavenly Horse Stories coming up and I’m thrilled and honored to be one of the authors in the Daily Guideposts 2016.

 

Whew! It’s been an amazing year for which I give God all the glory and thanks.

Wishing you the very best Christmas ever–and an incredibly Happy 2016!

Rebecca

Winner of 10 Days ~ 10 Free Books-Day 10

December 7, 2015
Wahoo! Congratulations to Debbie H. of Thaxton, MS, who won Day 10–a copy of Great Horse Stories for Girls!
Thank you all for joining me–it was fun making new friends. I hope you had as much fun as I did.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 50 other followers