Saturday, November 30, 2013
I wanted to let you all know our beloved Diann Hunt went to be with the Lord at 5:03 PM yesterday. She is finally HEALED of the ovarian cancer that took her life on the earth, but she is truly living like never before in heaven. How she loved to laugh! And I know that wonderful laugh and zest for life will draw people to her in heaven the same way she drew us here on earth. God created one of a kind when He made Diann. We will miss her more than we can possibly say, and we are so grieved for her husband, kids and grandkids. She was an awesome friend and encourager to so many.
Don't forget to mark the airing of her Hallmark movie, For Better or For Worse, on July 12, 2014. She was so excited about it--we all are. Her obituary will be up at this website soon: http://mccombandsons.com. Please pray for her family as they face this unfathomable loss. And for us too as we grapple with this loss ourselves. We love you!
posted at 6:25 AM
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
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Who doesn't love a romantic wedding? I'm so excited to announce a brand new wedding series called "A Year of Weddings".
This series of e-novellas features 12 of your favorite romance writers and will be released 1 month at a time starting TODAY with "A December Bride"!
If you read "Barefoot Summer" you might remember the hero's spunky sister Layla--this is her story. So grab your e-reader and plunge back into Chapel Springs, Indiana for a romantic tale with a happily-ever-after guarantee.
Here's a blurb:
What started as a whim turned into an accidental---and very public---engagement. Can Layla and Seth keep up the facade in Chapel Springs this holiday season---for the sake of her career . . . and his heart?
Under normal circumstances, Seth Murphy---the best friend of Layla O'Reilly's ex-fiance---would be the last person she'd marry. But the news of their upcoming (and phony) nuptials convinces a big client that Layla may be high-society enough to work for his agency---a coup that would put her fledgling home-staging business on the map.
Seth has secretly loved Layla for years, even when she was dating his best friend. Maybe she'll never forgive him for the way he hurt her back then, but he has to try. And Layla is willing to keep up their engagement farce until she's landed her client.
For Layla, it's the chance to save her career. But for Seth, it's his last chance to win her heart.
If you prefer a printed copy, don't worry! This series will be released in hard copy starting next fall with "Winter Brides".
posted at 9:22 AM
Monday, October 07, 2013
Surrender Bay Nantucket Series Book 1
Once childhood friends, Samantha and Landon are now separated by distance and secrets. Will Samantha’s return to Nantucket bring her the peace she longs for?
Samantha Owens' estranged stepfather has died, leaving her his cottage in Nantucket—a place she fled years ago, never planning to return. As a single mom, Samantha can't afford to pass up a financial windfall like ocean-front property. So she travels home to fix up the house and sell it . . . never suspecting that Landon Reed still lives two doors down.
As their long-dormant romance begins to bud again, Samantha must face a past that separated her from the God of her childhood. And she must tell Landon why she fled the island in the first place—a secret that could tear them apart.
Is Landon’s love really as unconditional as he claims? And will Samantha finally realize that the God she found all those years ago never abandoned her?
posted at 6:52 AM
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
This year has brought home to me in a very personal way how awesome God's grace really is. I want to share these lyrics first because they have spoken to my heart from the moment I heard this song, "Your Grace Finds Me" by Matt Redman
It's there in the newborn cry
It's there in the light of every sunrise
It's there in the shadows of this light
Your great grace
It's there on the mountaintop
It's there in the everyday and the mundane
There in the sorrow and the dancing
Your great grace
Oh, such grace
From the creation to the cross
Then from the cross into eternity
Your grace finds me
Yes, Your grace finds me
It's there on a wedding day
There in the weeping by the graveside
There in the very breath we breathe
Your great grace
Same for the rich and poor
Same for the saint and for the sinner
Enough for this whole wide world
Your great grace
Oh, such grace
There in the darkest night of the soul
There in the sweetest songs of victory
Your grace finds me
Yes, Your grace finds me
Most of our long time readers know our sister of the heart, Diann Hunt, has been waging a fierce battle with ovarian cancer. The doctors recently sent her home after telling her there was nothing more they could do for her. We are praying for God himself to heal her--and we know he will--either this side of heaven or the other. But looking at her life reminds me of this song. So I'm going to tell you Di's story.
Once upon a time, a little baby was born to an unwed mother. The little girl's father was married to someone else. Soon, the mother ran off and left that little girl with her grandparents. God looked down from heaven and saw that little soul shining so brightly in her. He said to himself, "i can use this little girl, Diann."
In his great grace, he allowed her to live with her grandparents and her uncle. They took her to church, and she learned that Jesus loved the little children, including her. She felt loved and cared for with God's grace surrounding her. But soon that home was disrupted when her father went to court to gain custody. And won
. Diann went to live with her father and stepmother. Neither of them cared anything about God, but He had already put his finger on her heart. In His great grace, He chose her for His own. So even surrounded by unbelievers, she took herself to church as soon as she could, riding the church bus alone.
God wrapped His grace around her and protected her as she grew. She stayed true to God in spite of a home life that didn't include God. At church she met a good Christian man who poured love into her, again by God's grace. She married him and began to build a new family where she taught her son and daughter about God's great grace. That home has always been filled with love and trust in the Savior. Over the years, she sang His songs and proclaimed His grace. She lived
His grace before everyone she knew. When her beloved grandchildren came along, she began to pour His love into them too.
Then one day He whispered in her ear that He wanted her to write for Him. Obedient as usual, she timidly began to try her hand at this new art form. Her first story about living in the Amish countryside got published, and she began to believe maybe she could do this thing. Her first novella came out, and her writing career began. Her stories were always full of God's grace, and women loved their honesty and humor.
As Diann wrote about God's grace, she lifted spirits and hopes. When faced with the news of her cancer diagnosis, she bent her neck to God's will and threw herself into His mercy and love. And we've watched these past four years as God has honed her and made her even more beautiful in spirit. Her smile and contagious laughter remind me daily of God's great grace. We KNOW this life is not all there is. Our goal here is to become more like Jesus, and Diann has allowed the fiery path she's traveled to burn off the dross and leave pure gold behind. She's tried to encourage others even in her very hard journey. We recently got the news her book For Better or For Worse
will be a Hallmark movie! Production starts in November. God's grace in abundance to share her heart with the world.
This is not a story to elevate Diann. God himself called her out, and it's HIS power I wanted to share. It's amazing how God moves and cares for us. His hand is there, often unseen, but always tender and loving. He loves us so much! I'm awed by His grace and love for us. I'm humbled when I watch what He has done in Di's life. What He's done in my life.
We know He may not heal her this side of heaven--but He just might. Whatever happens, His great grace and love have never failed her--or us. Whether she rests in His arms in heaven or travels this earth a few more years, her destiny is secure. And so is ours. Because of His GREAT grace.
Thank you for all the prayers you've offered. We still need them--desperately. But we rest in His great grace, and we are content there. We love you, friends!
posted at 11:38 PM
Thursday, August 01, 2013
Tomorrow, Aug 2, is our Diann's birthday. She spent her last birthday in the hospital undergoing surgery. This year seems to be a repeat of last year with the exception of the surgery. She's had a rough week so we would so appreciate your prayers for her. All day tomorrow on her birthday, if you would remember to pray for her a time or two, we would all appreciate it so much!
Thanks so much, you're the best!
posted at 8:34 PM
Thursday, July 04, 2013
I don't think I've been so excited about some new releases since my first Rock Harbor book came out. I adored the writing of Rosemary Cottage
and there is a lot of me in Amy, the protagonist. I always knew I was going to explore the pain of losing my brother Randy at some point, and I was finally ready with this book.
Amy thinks her brother died in a surfing accident until she receives a cryptic email suggesting his death might not be accidental. She goes to Hope Beach to try to figure it all out and discovers she didn't know Ben as well as she thought she did. She needs the assistance of hunky Coast Guard officer Curtis to get to the bottom of the danger swirling around them both.
Its official release date is July 9. Right up to the release date, you get the digital copy for only $4.99 at Amazon
and Barnes and Noble
, and only $3.72 from CBD
. If you plan to get it, now is the time! There are only a few days left at this price.
The first person to email me with the answer to the following question will receive a $10 gift card to the online merchant of your choice like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, CBD, etc. Ready? Here's the question: How did Amy think Ben died? It's a little more complicated than a surfing accident. :) No guesses! You must have read the book.
I think you'll all be excited to catch up with Libby from Tidewater Inn
too. She plays a prominent role in Rosemary Cottage.
AND, drumroll please! My very first children's book is releasing on the same day. The Blessings Jar
is a story about being thankful. Punky Grace's grammy teaches her how to look for the good things God gives us every day. The illustrator Rebecca Harry did a marvelous job of making the protagonist look just like my own little Punky Grace. When Alexa saw the first copy, she squealed, "My children's book is out!" and hugged it to her chest. Soo cute! I'm eager to see what you all think about it. And for those savvy readers who have read all my books, you just might recognize the setting. . . The first one to email me and tell me where the picture book is set will get a $10 gift card to the online merchant of your choice like, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, CBD, etc. You have to have read it first though. No cheating or guessing! :)
Here are the links to purchase online: Amazon
, Barnes and Noble
Love hearing from you, friends!
posted at 1:49 PM
Friday, June 21, 2013
|Coming March 11-Book 2 in the Chapel Springs Series |
Happy summer day, friends! I'm so excited to present the cover for "Dancing with Fireflies" (March 11, '14). It's the book that follows my newly released "Barefoot Summer!
I think Kristen Vaasgard did a fabulous job! What do you think?
I also wanted to express my gratitude for all you've done to promote "Barefoot Summer". Thank you for all the glowing Amazon reviews, telling your friends, and hosting book clubs! You all are amazing! I've loved getting notes and pictures showing and telling all you're doing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!
posted at 12:17 PM