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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

My next book is just shipping to stores. It's an Amish suspense called Anathema, and it's set in Parke Co., Indiana, the covered bridge capitol of the world. It's already garnered a Romantic Times Top Pick. My publisher is running a very special offer--a special price AND it's signed by me! Go here to preorder the book and be one of the first 250 to get that signed copy. Isn't the cover gorgeous? Here's a short blurb:

Heart-racing romantic suspense meets heart-warming Amish ambience in this major novel from award-winning author Colleen Coble.

Welcome to Parke County, Indiana,
land of peaceful farms and covered bridges,
Amish quilts and horse drawn buggies . . . and murder.

After years of running, Hannah Schwartz has finally built a life for herself. Far from the insecure husband who bullied and abused her. Far from the close-knit Amish community who raised her, then shunned her. Still haunted by nightmare memories of her parents’ murder . . . and the guilty secret that made her an anathema—a true outcast—from her friends and family.

Only love can bring her home again. Love for a child she had feared was lost forever. And love for the peaceful people who shaped her life. But can love heal old wounds . . . or keep the community safe from a deadly danger?

If you order the book and do a review for Amazon, Barnes and Noble or CBD, I'll send you one of my out of print early books. They're small Harlequin size romances but I doubt you've read them because they haven't been available in several years. I've got a limited number and this special may clean me out, but that's okay. Send me the link where you ordered the book and I'll trust you to do a review and send out your freebie book anyway. You can't beat a deal like that!

Okay, now to another matter. Ahem. In recent edits on Lonestar Secrets, my editor questioned the fact that Shannon was wearing her watch after taking a shower. I wear my watch to bed and thought everyone did. Um, maybe not. Am I a total weirdo (don't answer that honestly. LOL) Poll time. Vote yes or no for wearing your watch to bed. I like to know what time it is. I guess I got into the habit because I could never see the clock at night because of poor eyesight but even after Lasix I still wear it. On a happy note, my mom just got a cataract taken off and she is ecstatic at how well she can see!
Colleen Coble  
posted at 9:49 PM  
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At 11:54 PM, Blogger Georgiana said...

I'm so excited to read Anathema! About the watch thing--I don't wear one since I got a cell phone, but if it's waterproof it makes sense to have it on in the shower =)

At 2:17 AM, Blogger Melanie said...

Yeah for your mom! My sister is a nurse at an eye surgery center, and it's amazing how immediate the benefits can be.

I'll be following the links for "Anathema." I've already checked to make sure the local bookstore orders plenty of copies, but I can't resist getting one signed by you, too. Maybe I'll do both and give the nonsigned one to a friend.

On a totally unrelated note: My sister and brother-in-law paid an extra $20 to get my niece's Garmon GPS in pink.

At 2:18 AM, Blogger Melanie said...

Oh, my magnetic personality makes watches stop working, so I don't where one to bed or elsewhere. Still, I think it's weird;). Sorry.

At 8:33 AM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I've never worn a watch to bed, the thought has never crossed my mind. I usually just poke the husband and ask him what time it is. He looks at the clock for me.

At 8:51 AM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I always wear my watch to bed. I wouldn't even think of taking it off--what for??

At 8:54 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Maybe it's we authors who are weird. D is with me and the rest of you don't wear it to bed, at least those who have answered so far. LOL

I don't actually wear it in the shower. But I put it back on the second I get out. LOL

At 9:17 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

I'm an author, and I don't wear my watch to bed. Sorry, C! But the reason is I have an alarm clock that has LARGE numbers that shine on the wall for when I need the time. I LOVE it! It's not too bright to keep me awake, and I don't like a watch because it's uncomfortable to me when I try to sleep.

LOVE your latest book (and all the others, too!)!!!

At 9:23 AM, Blogger Kay said...

I don't wear my watch to bed. I don't wear it at all if I'm not leaving the house.

At 9:40 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

D, it's looking like we're the weird ones. LOL

At 9:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The book sounds great! I'm always intruiged by Amish stories- part of my husband's family is Amish and I lived in Amish Country in Ohio for 5 years. I can't wait to read it.

And about the watch: I wear one every day, but I do not wear it to bed. In fact, I take my watch and all of my jewelry off when I get home for the evening.

At 11:14 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

If you and Denise are weird, then so am I. I wear my watch everywhere except in the shower.

Yippeee! A new book! :)

At 11:27 AM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

I don't wear a watch :)

And congrats on the new release--how fun, er, scary!

At 1:53 PM, Blogger Gracie said...

Dying to read Anathema over here. I've been curious about the Amish-murder aspect, and soon I'll get to find out!

Watches? I don't wear them at all. I'm not sure why -- especially because I tend to be schedule oriented, and a watch would help me immensely. More or less I follow Diann's method: keep a large-numbered clock in the bedroom.

At 2:09 PM, Blogger Leslie said...

Yes -when I was growing up and wearing cheap watches I always wore it.

Now - I don't. In fact alot of times I don't even wear a watch.

You are not a weirdo!

At 3:03 PM, Blogger Jenny said...

Can't wait for Anathema - I love any Christian fiction with ties to the Amish life.

I only take my watch off to shower or bathe my dd's. I feel half dressed without it.

At 4:20 PM, Blogger Jane said...

Ditto on the watch. It's always on, except in the shower. Can't wait to read Anathema =)

At 6:17 PM, Blogger Pam Meyers said...

I always wear a watch. The only time it isn't on my wrist is when I am in water. It's my temperament. It goes to bed with me. You are not weird.

At 8:03 PM, Blogger Chelf said...

All jewelry comes off to go to bed. Something about saving the prongs on the engagement diamond. This includes the watch.

I keep the rings and watch latched together all the time, when they are off of me. If I leave the house without them on me, I feel naked. Even if I just carry them in my purse. I will even tell the hubby to stop the car, because I am "naked". I rush back to the house for the only jewelry I wear.

I think it is best if the quirks are belonging to the writers. Makes us interesting.

At 8:25 PM, Blogger Mocha with Linda said...

Never wear the watch to bed unless I'm on a retreat or something. Even before my Lasik.

That actually may be your problem. Lasix won't help your's a diuretic for the blood pressure! :-)

At 8:27 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Oh I'm cracking up, Linda! You're right of course. LOL

Glad to see I'm Denise and I aren't alone in wearing our watches. :-)

At 10:21 PM, Blogger Ausjenny said...

i love the cover of your new book

on the poll.
i dont wear my watch to bed i dont like the feel of it when it digs in.
i do have a clock radio and it has very brigh numbers (too bright) but i do like to know the time when in away i like to have a clock by my bed cos i need to know the time.

At 6:32 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Chelf, you don't wear your rings to bed? I NEVER take off my rings! Except for cleaning them.

Okay that sparks a new poll. Who takes off your rings?

At 11:17 PM, Blogger Ausjenny said...

ok im single but i dont wear any jewlery to bed.
I would likely poke my eye out!

At 11:20 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Jenny, we'll see what you do when you have a wedding ring! LOL

At 11:48 PM, Blogger lollipops said...

When I was a child, we used to go to Park Co camping a lot. I have postcards of all the covered bridges that were there at that time. Always wanted to take my kids...

Can't wait to read the book!!!!


At 11:50 PM, Blogger lollipops said...

I do not wear a watch to bed, and I do wear my wedding rings to bed.


At 6:03 AM, Blogger Pam S. said...

Never take off my wedding rings--not even when I clean house or any other time.

At 8:42 AM, Blogger Rachel Overton said...

I don't wear watches--my "magnetic personality" fries them within a month or two.

The only time I take my wedding rings off is if I'm making cookies or something else sticky and hands-on in the kitchen. Other than that, they're on my hand.

At 9:14 PM, Blogger Ausjenny said...

Colleen do you know something I dont know?????????
Ok I would probably poke my husbands eye out if that is to happen!

At 1:17 AM, Blogger Anna Marie said...

Oh, I love Amish stories!

I know I'm late on the poll, but I'll put my two cents in away.
I don't wear a watch to bed, but I love watches and have many of them.
I don't have wedding ring's, but I used to wear other rings to bed till one time in my sleep I took it off and found it in the sheets when I got up. So, I Stopped wearing them to bed.


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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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