Tuesday, April 19, 2016

A DREAM OF MIRACLES - Ruth Reid - One Free Book, Plus More

Bio: Ruth Reid is the award-winning and bestselling author of the Heaven on Earth and Amish Wonders series. Her novels have hit multiple best-seller lists including CBD, CBA, and ECPA. Ruth is also a pharmacist who lives in Florida with her husband, three children, and a dog that acts more like a cat. Find her on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Ruth-Reid/183828688320022 or online at: ruthreid.com

Welcome back, Ruth. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
Faith that moves mountains; Hope that rises; Love everlasting

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
Coming out this fall is A Flicker of Hope, which is part of the Amish Home anthology along with authors: Beth Wiseman, Amy Clipston, Kathy Fuller.  Also, my first book in the Amish Mercies Series, Abiding Mercy will be out in 2017.

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
I’d like to spend time with the members of the Mercy Me band. I often listen to their music before I start writing and have found inspiration in their songs. I’d love to sit down for coffee and pick their brains.

I love Mercy Me and their music, too. What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
Wow, that’s a toss up between Peter and Paul. Paul experienced the resurrected power of Jesus Christ in so many miraculous ways, and Peter was the only one to get out of the boat and walk on water. On second thought, I’d like to meet the cripple that Jesus healed (John 5: 2-12). This man had faith to wait at the pool even knowing he had no helpers to put him in the water at the right time—and then he met Jesus. I’d love to meet the healed man and see what became of his life. We know in the Bible he gave account of his healing to the Jewish authorities, but did he continue to share his testimony with others or did he simply accept the gift and go on his way quietly?

Interesting questions. How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
Writing is really about perseverance. It’s hard, but if you regard a rejection letter as ‘not now’ it’s easier to keep moving forward.

Tell us about the featured book.
A Dream of Miracles takes place in a small Amish community in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Book blurb:
Mattie Diener can barely keep it together. A young Amish widow and mother of two young children, she faces the lingering heartbreak of lost love, her son’s mysterious illness, and a torrent of accusations that threat to undo her.

Bo Lambright is a fast-rising social services investigator whose high-society mother won’t rest until she finds his Mrs. Right. Despite Bo’s worldly success, the raw ache of a shadowy past and a series of unsettling dreams have left him reeling.

When Mattie and Bo cross paths, all signs point to disaster. Yet as they face a crucible of trials and tragedies together, longings begin to stir that seem destined only to end in more heartbreak. Is a miracle possible—not only of healing but of forbidden love? What secrets lie in Bo’s dreams? And will Mattie find the courage to face her uncertain future . . . or will she simply run away?

Please give us the first page of the book.
“Mei sohn needs to see Doktah Roswell. It’s an emergency.” Mattie Diener stood before the receptionist’s window with three-year-old Nathan on one hip, and Amanda, her eighteen-month-old daughter, teetered on her other.

The young woman looked up from her computer screen and slid the sign-in log closer to Mattie. “What’s Nathan’s problem today, Mrs. Diener?”
“He’s nett himself.” Mattie gently lowered Amanda to the floor at her side in order to free her hand to sign the forms. She jotted the pertinent information on the log, then handed the clipboard back to the receptionist.

Mattie cradled Nathan tighter to her chest as heat radiated from his little body. She’d given him feverfew earlier, but this time the herb did little to bring his fever down. Mattie placed her hand on his moist forehead. “He’s burning up.”

The woman’s eyes widened as if seeing Nathan for the first time. “And I see he has a rash.” She removed the headset that connected her to the telephone, rolled her chair back from the desk, and stood.

“Jah, it’s a—” Heat rash.

The receptionist held up one finger. “Stay right there. I’ll get the nurse.” She disappeared behind the partitioned wall of file cabinets.
Little Amanda clung to Mattie’s legs, her round face buried in the folds of Mattie’s dress. She should have asked her best friend Grace to watch Amanda. Her daughter was shy around strangers. Although not a bad thing, it did make her daughter clingy, even more so when she was overly tired. Amanda’s crankiness started last week when the temperature had risen above eighty, a record high for the second week of June in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

One of my daughters had an over zealous daycare worker and a new CPS caseworker investigate her and her husband about their young son. It was a very hard, unpleasant experience, and the case was eventually dismissed. I’m eager to see how this story moves along. How can readers find you on the Internet?
I love interacting with readers on my Author Ruth Reid Facebook page.

When a suspicious outsider with a shadowy past comes crashing into Amish widow Mattie’s fragile world, can she learn to love again? Find out in Ruth Reid's new book, A Dream of Miracles. When Mattie and Bo cross paths, all signs point to disaster. Yet as they face a crucible of trials and tragedies together, longings begin to stir that seem destined only to end in more heartbreak. Is a miracle possible—not only of healing but of forbidden love? What secrets lie in Bo’s dreams? And will Mattie find the courage to face her uncertain future . . . or will she simply run away?

Ruth is celebrating the release of A Dream of Miracles with a Kindle Fire HD 6 giveaway (details below) and an author chat party on May 3!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • One copy of A Dream of Miracles
  • A Kindle Fire HD 6
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 5/3. The winner will be announced at A Dream of Miracles Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Ruth and other fans of Amish fiction, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

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RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 3rd!

Thank you, Ruth, for sharing this new book with us.

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A Dream of Miracles - Christianbook.com
A Dream of Miracles (The Amish Wonders Series) - Amazon
A Dream of Miracles (The Amish Wonders Series Book 3) - Kindle

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Anonymous said...

would love to win angela in ky

Mary Preston said...

This sounds like such an fantastic read.

Mary P


Melissa Henderson said...

I would love to read this story. Melissa in Mechanicsville VA

Kim hansen said...

Love her books. North Platte Nebraska.

J.C. said...

Enter me!
J.C. -Indiana-

Connie said...

Ruth, this first page definitely pulls the reader in. I would love to read your book and I appreciate that you have shared your thoughts with Lena.
Connie from KY

Edward Arrington said...

Sounds like an interesting book.
Edward A in VA

Martha Sturm said...

Add a vulnerable widow w/ children to English society, and who knows what will happen.


Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

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

Anonymous said...

I would love to read Mattie and Bo's story. Amish fiction is my favorite genre to read.
marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
Maryann in NY

Brenda Arrington said...

A Dream Of Miracles sounds like a great story. I love Amish fiction. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
Brenda in VA

Deanne Patterson said...

How exciting to see a giveaway for tis book. I have been looking forward to reading it.

Deanne P.in PA

Terrill R. said...

I have the first beautiful book in this series. I'm looking forward to reading the next and this one.

Terrill - WA

rubynreba said...

You had me at the word Amish!! Looks like a great book and I plan to look for the first book in the series!
Beth from IA

Ruth Reid said...

Thank you all for your wonderful comments. This story was challenging to write in that it's partly based on a true story.(same medical mystery,different outcome)if I say more I would give it away, so I'll leave at that.

Karen G. said...

Really looking forward to reading this book. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
Karen G. - NY.