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Saturday, June 27, 2015

ACFW Girls STanding 2010

I’m sure you’ve noticed that we haven’t posted much on our blog since we lost our beloved Diann. I’ll be very real with you and admit it’s been so hard without her. The essence of the love and joy she spread everywhere with her is here. When we miss her, we come here and read some of her posts, and we can hear her voice. :)

I’ve been doing a lot of radio interview for The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, and I’ve been talking about her a lot the way I always do. I don’t want anyone to forget her. One of the interviewers recently said she was glad I was talking about it because there’s no real space in society for grieving friends. A woman who loses her husband is a widow. A daughter who loses her parents is an orphan, but there’s no real term to explain the loss of a friend who is as close as a sister. I was so glad she mentioned it, because she was right. We don’t often talk about what it’s like to lose a friend who impacted every part of your life. I think many of us have experienced it though.

So I’m going to do what Di would want—carry on even as we celebrate all she taught us. Things like love and mercy and taking joy in the moment. She was a master at it!

I’m at an author retreat this weekend, and publicist Jeane Wynn ended her session on publicity with an amazing quote that has so lingered with me. I want to share it with you too. Read it slowly and contemplate exactly what it means. Without the tears and the sorrow, would we really experience the fullness of the joy and pleasure we have too? Life is about ups and downs, sorrow and joy. We learn something in every experience we go through daily. 

“Listen to your life. See it for the fathomless mystery it is. In the boredom and pain of it, no less than in the excitement and gladness: touch, taste, smell your way to the holy and hidden heart of it, because in the last analysis all moments are key moments, and life itself is grace.” ― Frederick Buechner, Now and Then: A Memoir of Vocation

So how about you? What do you see has a key moment in your week? One of my moments this week was remembering how Kristin gave me my first entry drug to coffee—the iced mocha. I had one in her honor today to celebrate my love of coffee. LOL Small, yes? But the taste of good coffee brings me great joy, and it’s thanks to Kristin. ::)

Colleen Coble  
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Monday, February 02, 2015

Hello friends!

Did you know you can download "Lonestar Sanctuary" and "Barefoot Summer" FREE the whole month of February? This is good at all  major e-book retailers!

This is a great time to encourage your friends to try our books risk free! So please forward this email or share on Facebook or Twitter or do it the old fashioned way and call up a friend! We'd really appreciate your help!


Denise Hunter  
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Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hey gang!

I am so excited that Target has decided to carry my new release, The Wishing Season, on their shelves! To celebrate I'm giving away a $200 gift card.

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If you're planning to buy The Wishing Season please consider picking it up at your local Target! Let's encourage them to keep Christian fiction on their shelves! 
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Friday, January 02, 2015

This is a peek at my new kitchen. We don’t have the backsplash up yet but you can see a bit of it. :)

I’veKitchen wanted an induction cooktop for decades. Back when we built our house in 1984 after a fire I thought about getting one, but they were super pricey so I went with a regular smooth top stove. But I eyed them every now and then anyway. We just redid our kitchen, and this time I made the jump. The cooktop was only a couple hundred dollars more than a regular smooth top cooktop so that was the first thing I bought. 

If you’re considering an induction cooktop I highly recommend you make the move. Before you do, there is one thing to consider: You most likely will need new cookware. I was sure my Revere Ware copper bottom pans would work, but nope. We got that cooktop in and I had only one small skillet that would work. All the others had aluminum bottoms. Just test the bottoms of your pans with a magnet.

But this is a small price to pay for all the benefits.

1. Things cook fast. I mean FAST. The highest level of power on a burner boils water in my teakettle in just over a minute. 

2 The kitchen stays cooler.

3. Instant control. At one point I accidentally turned off the wrong burner. The boiling instantly died. I touched it to turn it back on and it was instantly boiling again. Amazing!

4. The cooktop stays cooler. It still gets hot from the hot pot but not nearly as hot as if the burner is actually on. 

5. The top cleans like a dream. There is no metal around the edge of the cooktop. It’s all glass so it wipes off easily. Things don’t burn onto the top because there’s no heat generated from a coil.

6. I love the touch controls. You just touch the glass.

7. It’s more energy efficient with no wasted heat. And faster cook time also minimizes energy use.

8. It’s just plain beautiful. :) 

So there’s my review! I will never go back to anything else now. I’m actually enjoying cooking!

Colleen Coble  
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Tuesday, December 09, 2014
A new release is always exciting! The Wishing Season is my 25th book and, I have to say, it never gets old! 

If you've been following The Chapel Springs series, this is PJ's story. If you haven't, don't worry, it's written to stand alone! 

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Spirited PJ McKinley has the touch when it comes to food. Her dream of opening her own restaurant is just one building short of reality. So when a Chapel Springs resident offers her beloved ancestral home to the applicant with the best plan for the house, PJ believes it’s a contest she was meant to win.
Contractor Cole Evans is confident, professional, and swoon-worthy—but this former foster kid knows his life could have turned out very differently. When Cole discovers the contest, he believes his home for foster kids in transition has found its saving grace. All he has to do is convince the owner that an out-of-towner with a not-for-profit enterprise is good for the community.
But when the eccentric philanthropist sees PJ and Cole’s proposals, she makes an unexpected decision: the pair will share the house for a year to show what their ideas are made of. Now, with Cole and the foster kids upstairs and PJ and the restaurant below, day-to-day life has turned into out-and-out competition—with some seriously flirtatious hallway encounters on the side. Turns out in this competition, it’s not just the house on the line, it’s their hearts.
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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Go here to sign up for my newsletter. I'll send out a newsletter tomorrow with the secret link to the first 6 chapters! I can't wait to hear what you think.
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Hello friends!

My publisher just announced this great deal, and I wanted to pass it along to you.

You can preorder the print or digital version of "The Wishing Season" at any online retailer. The novella is only available digitally.

If you've already ordered "The Wishing Season", you're still eligible.

Preorder at
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The Authors
Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

Denise Hunter

Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

Diann Hunt

Diann Hunt writes romantic comedy and humorous women's fiction. She has been happily married forever, loves her family, chocolate, her friends, chocolate, her dog, and well, chocolate.

Hannah Alexander

Cheryl Hodde writes romantic medical suspense under the pen name of Hannah Alexander, using all the input she can get from her husband, Mel, for the medical expertise. For fun she hikes and reads. Out of guilt, she rescues discarded cats. She and Mel are presently taking orders from four pampered strays.

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