Saturday, May 30, 2015

THE PROMISE OF PALM GROVE - Shelley Shepard Gray - One Free Book

Dear Readers, I’ve become fascinated by books set in Pinecraft in Florida. Only about a year ago, I found out about this place where Amish and Mennonite go for vacations. And some of them live there. This is book one in Shelley Shepard Gray’s Brides of Pinecraft series. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this story. I think you will, too.

Welcome back, Shelley. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
One of my favorite themes to incorporate in my novels is God’s Grace. Having my characters discover this feels so hopeful and positive.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
After Proposal at Siesta Key’s release on May 12, I’ll look forward to the publication of An Outlaw’s Heart in July. This is my novella in the Among the Fair Magnolias Novella collection. The next two books in the Brides of Pinecraft series will be published in September and October. Finally, I’ll be publishing Whispers in the Reading Room, an 1894 Chicago Historical Romance, in November.

They all sound wonderful. If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
I would love to spend an evening with Anne Perry. She’s my favorite author, and I’ve read all of her novels. She’s from Scotland. I imagine I would be happy just staring at her and listening to her talk about anything she wants.

What historical figure would you like to meet and why?
I would love to meet Martin Luther. I’m Lutheran, and we’ve studied his life and writings a lot in our church. I would be fascinated to learn more about his teachings from him!

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
Oh, gosh. Rejections! Yes, receiving those are hard. However, you can only get rejected if you submit and try. So, in a way, I think that’s something to celebrate. Rejections are also part of the publishing life. I’ve sold over 50 books but I still get rejections. It’s also helpful to remember that it’s the manuscript or proposal that is being rejected, not the author. Finally, the best thing to do is to always be working on something new.

Tell us about the featured book.
For years, now, I’ve been fascinated by Pinecraft, the Amish snowbird and vacation community located in the heart of Sarasota, Florida. Three years ago, I wrote Ray of Light and set part of the book there. When it was time to start planning the new series for 2015, I asked my editor if we could set it in Pinecraft. I spent five days there last year doing research and soon decided it was one of my favorite places in the world.

The Promise of Palm Grove is the first book in my new series, Amish Brides of Pinecraft, and follows Leona as she must decide: Does she follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her? She finds herself torn between the man she’s pledged to wed and the man her heart desires in this heartwarming story of chance, duty, and choice in the face of love.

Please give us the first page of the book for my readers.
Beverly Overholt dreamed in color now.

Pinks and yellow, blues and reds. Green, purple, indigo, orange. So many vibrant colors, so much promise.

So very different than her dreams had been when she was in Sugarcreek, Ohio.

As Beverly swept the front porch of the Orange Blossom Inn, her home for the last three years, she took care to carefully clear away each stray piece of Spanish moss that had fallen from the oak trees dotting the yard. And as she did so, she reflected again that God was so good. He was so good because He reminded her in dozens of ways each day that change was possible.

Every morning, He gave her the beautiful sunrises over the Gulf of Mexico, warm weather, and gentle rains. Flowers and blue skies, palm trees and always, always the hint of happiness.

In more ways than she could ever name, the Lord promised new beginnings. Renewal. Paradise.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
I have a website and blog.
I’m also very active on Facebook
And on Twitter. @ShelleySGray

Thank you, Shelley, for sharing this new book with us. I know my readers will love it as much as I did.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
The Promise of Palm Grove -
The Promise of Palm Grove: Amish Brides of Pinecraft, Book One - Amazon
The Promise of Palm Grove: Amish Brides of Pinecraft, Book One (The Pinecraft Brides 1) - Kindle

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Anonymous said...

Angela in Ky would love to win.

Melanie Backus said...

I would love to read this book. It sounds wonderful! Thank you for the opportunity!

Melanie Backus, TX

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous author and series. I would love to read this one.

Anonymous said...

I forgot to say
Deanne in Pennsylvania


Deanna Stevens said...

Dee from NE says... I've been reading some good reviews on this one.. I'd love to read it!
dkstevensne AToutlookDoTCoM

sm said...

Interested about books on the Florida Amish community. sm CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Mary Preston said...

What a beautifully descriptive first page.

Mary P


Connie said...

I had the pleasure of meeting Shelley when she spoke at Fleming County Public Library. That Saturday I became an even bigger fan! Thank you for featuring Shelley and offering this giveaway.
Connie from Kentucky

Mama Cat said...

Shelley, I would love to be there when you get to meet and listen to Martin Luther. As a child I had to learn all about the Reformation and Martin Luther, and now I wish I had listened more! as there is so much more that I wish I knew now of what he learned through his years of study and even translating scripture. Thank you for sharing, and for the opportunity to win you new book! Jeanie in Arizona

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your awesome giveaway!!
Conway, SC.

Melissa M. said...

Martin Luther is a fascinating (and inspiring, mostly) character.

I also like learning about the Amish. :)

-Melissa M. in TN

EJ said...

Love Shelley's books & look forward to reading this series. Elaine in Iowa

Karen G. said...

Looking forward to reading Shelley's new series.
Karen G., NY

Anonymous said...

Hello Lena and Shelley. Would love to have another of Shelley's books. Sounds like another good one. I was pretty close to Pinecraft when we went to a family reunion, but had never heard of the Mennonite place being there. Would love to visit. Please put my name in. Thanks, Maxie from Texas > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Vicky said...

I am in the Seattle, WA area. This rainy weather would be perfect to curl up on the couch and read your book!

Trixi said...

"The Promise of Palm Grove" sounds like a wonderful book! Amish fiction is one of my favorite genres. Someday, I'd love to visit an Amish community. I've read a lot on the Amish of Pinecraft and it sounds like one of the places I'd love to go to. Shelly's books are fantastic so I would definitely put this one on my to-read list. Thank you for the chance to win a copy for myself!

Trixi said...

One of these days I won't forget a piece of information, lol!!

Trixi in OR

Jackie Tessnair said...

I would love to win this book.Thanks for the chance.Jackie Tessnair N.C.

Deanna Stevens said...

Interesting 1st page.. I'd like to
dee in nebr.

amy guillaume linderman said...

looks so good!

Penny McGuire said...

Can't wait to read!

Patty said...

Great first page, I to am thankful for second chances and new beginnings!

Patty in SC

Christina Zimmerman said...

I love Her books. This one is fantastic and I would love to own it! :D I live in Kansas!

Brenda Arrington said...

Can't wait to read this book. Love your other books. Thanks for the giveaway.

Anonymous said...

I would love to read this book. Thank you for the opportunity.

KayLee from NY