Girls Write Out
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
You've heard us all talking about the project we're doing together: Smitten. We just got our notes back from Ami, and oh my goodness, such fun! Each of our characters is US. And Ami knows all of us well. But as she read the stories and delved into character, she's given us suggestions on how to make the story better while building on what she knows so well about all of us.

This is just another example of what a gift a born editor brings to the table. Ami is truly gifted by God to see straight to the heart of a matter in character. I'm energized when I get those notes back, and this time, more than ever.

So in honor of Ami's magnificent mind, I'm giving away 5 copies of The Lightkeeper's Ball. But it's not going to be quite that easy. I want you to THINK this morning. Out of your favorite books, who is your favorite character and why. What draws you to that character?

I'll go first. My all time favorite book is The Stand by Steven King. I've read that book well over 30 times. I loved Frannie in that story. I loved her strength and her determination to protect her baby. Now it's your turn!

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At 7:14 AM, Blogger Tammy said...

I enjoy the Mitford series by Jan Karon, especially "At Home in Mitford".I love how Father Tim is moved out of his comfort zone of being an independent, old bachelor priest, to being adopted by his dog Barnabas, taking care of a troubled child, and eventually finding love. Even though I've read the book several times, it always makes me laugh, and lifts my spirits!

 
At 7:19 AM, Blogger valariemccoy said...

That is a hard one, but since I only read Christian Fiction it does help narrow it down. I absolutely LOVE the Rock Harbor series. Bree is my favorite character. She has strength, determination and faith. She never gives up no matter how bad the outcome may be. She is truly one of the strongest characters I have come across and I REALLY wish there was another book for this series (hint, hint). valariemccoy@att.net

 
At 7:22 AM, Blogger Jane said...

I have way too many favorite authors and books to pick one, so I will choose the book I just finished: Just Jane by Nancy Moser. It is about the life of Jane Austen and I love who she is. She was a strong, independent (yet dependent because of the times) woman who struggled with accepting who she was. She longed for a husband and family, but refused to give in to any match but one of true love. The publishing of her stories were a very long time coming and it took her almost her entire life to be satisfied with being just Jane. She came to accept her God given talent and situation as His purpose for her and that's where I am drawn to her. I am a wife, mother, Pastor's wife, yet also struggle with being just Jane. Yet, I too am convinced this is who God made me and am sure of His call on my life. Just Jane

 
At 7:57 AM, Blogger Ruth said...

Can't pick one :) Really like Jeanne Dams main character in her cozy mysteries, Dorothy Martin. She's like a modern day Mrs. Marple, and I love that she goes back and forth between England and the US. I'd love to move to England!

 
At 7:59 AM, Blogger MizB said...

It's not a Christian book, but I loved "The Moon Below" by Barbara Bickmore, and its main character, Haley. She left her home to marry a man she'd only met once before, travelling all the way from England to Australia to do so. At this time, Australia was still a newly inhabited place -- mostly a penal colony. Haley gets left on her own for months at a time, and has to run the farm, and deal with crises that come up. I loved her strength and determination. Despite obstacles & trials, she always pressed on.

~Jenn S [email]

 
At 8:19 AM, Blogger SandieP said...

Who came to mind immediately was Marty in Janette Oke's series Love Comes Softly. We went through all the emotions from her happiness at being married and going west, to the loss of her husband, an unexpected marriage, falling in love with her new husband, having children, losing children etc. It was like living the life.

 
At 8:26 AM, Blogger zafaethesmurff said...

I adore one of the Characters in a Bryan Davis series, Oracles of Fire. Her name is Mara, then Sapphira Adi. She is so passionate, and loves God with everything in her. She's a firball, literally. I nearly cry she struggles with being alone. And whenever she wiggles her fingers, a sign of love for her and another person, I just smile. She's probably one of the most well written characters I've read, and trust me, I've read plenty! ;)

 
At 8:27 AM, Blogger Momofkings said...

I love Hadassah from Francine Rivers' Mark of the Lion series. I love her devotion to the Lord, her humble attitude, and her shining witness for the Lord.

 
At 8:35 AM, Blogger lizzyann117 said...

One of my favorite book series' is The Million Dollar Mysteries by Minday Starns Clark. Callie Webber is the main character. She lost her husband in a tragic accident, but soon after that, she was hired as an investigator for a charitable organization, who awards grants to non-profits. Callie is a Christian woman who is a combination of smart, adventurous, selfless and humble. All characteristics that make for an amazing main character and role model!

 
At 8:37 AM, Blogger Barbara E Brink said...

12yr old Louisa (Lou) in David Baldacci's "Wish you Well." The story was set in 1940 in the mountains of Virginia where she and her brother go to live with their great-grandmother after a terrible accident. Lou is scared and sad, but she won't let anyone know. I like the way she stands up for her brother and friend in the face of bullies, teachers, whatever. She is sort of a tomboy and she loves books and I think I just felt she was a kindred spirit from my childhood:)

 
At 8:48 AM, Blogger Sabrina L. Fox said...

Okay, I'm not someone who reads books over and over. Even if I love a book it's very hard for me to reread a book. That being said I have two books that I really loved that have swayed the direction of my own writing.

Those two books are Surrender Bay and Mending Places by Denise Hunter (sooo not trying to suck up here, I'm being totally honest)

In Surrender Bay I ADORED the allegory and being able to see Samantha being wooed by her love just like Christ wooing us.

In Mending Places, the grace exhibited by Hannah was remarkable and I am both in awe and stunned that the character could forgive all she had to forgive.

What I loved so much was how much those characters challenged me as a Christian and a writer.

 
At 8:56 AM, Blogger Lisa said...

I like the Lowlands of Scotland series by Liz Curtis Higgs. I especially enjoyed book #4 Grace in Thine Eyes...The main character, Davina, goes through an incredible journey of heartache, but she also finds grace, true-love and mercy after all!~ I just love it!

 
At 9:18 AM, Blogger Cassie said...

I love Sophie out of Mary Connealys Lassoed in Texas series. Shes strong, independent, and has faith that God is with her at all times, the good and the bad.

 
At 9:25 AM, Blogger Tanya said...

I am torn between Marie Dorian and Emma Geisy in the books by Jane Kirkpatrick. They were extremally tough and dedicated mothers, who fought for thier families and their way of life. Both of these women existed. Both lived thru the tragedies of losing thier husbands (marie lost 2) yet carried on and survived many personal losses including children. yet retained their faith. Loved Emma so much back in november wnet to Aurora oregon to tour her house and hopefully this summer will get to travel to eastern oregon and walk where Marie walked.

 
At 10:00 AM, Blogger Stacy said...

I am going to say Landon Blake, of the Reunion series (and beyond) by Karen Kingsbury. Landon is such a faithful servant of God. Landon possess the character traits that all parents want for their children's spouse: forgiveness, compassion, love, faithfulness, leadership...He is an honorable man, and reminds me much of my own husband!! God is good.

 
At 10:08 AM, Blogger Carol2England said...

My favorite fictional charactor is Francine River's "Angel" in Redeeming Love. Although it was a shocking reminder of the awfulness of sin. It brought us to in the Bible in the relationship of Gomer and Hosea. How God persistently searches us out and "woo's" us to Himself..no matter how many times we go back into the world. He patiently waits loving us thru the HOly Spirit. Wow what a message..His love brings us to humble submission, in that we fall to the feet of Christ on the Cross!
This forgiving love affects our soul and give us wonderful peace no matter how awful our sin is. What Redeeming LoVE!!

 
At 10:13 AM, Blogger Jenn said...

This is a very hard question. I did have to settle on 'Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe' by Fannie Flagg. I love Idgie. She is so spunky and full of life. She struggles through challenges but always remains true to herself and loyal to those she loves. She has a beautiful generous personality that lures me in each time I read it.

 
At 10:28 AM, Blogger N/A said...

I will have to say Steven James' Patrick Bowers Thriller series. The characters that capture my attention are Patrick Bowers and his step-daughter Tessa. Patrick and Tessa do not start off being close. When Tessa's mother dies of natural cause, Tessa gets worse with rebellion against Patrick. As if dealing with an emotional teenager isn't enough, Special FBI Agent Patrick Bowers also deals with serial killers on the loose. Their histories are very interesting and can easily connect with the reader. Their personalities often clash and can add some humor between the two as they bicker back and forth. Throughout the series, you can see how the two characters grow closer together as they take on life's challenges. You start to feel for them, even though they are fictional. Steven James does a wonderful job creating fast-paced thrills and touching father/daughter moments all in the same book. This series is a great addition to anyone's Christian fiction collection!

 
At 10:34 AM, Blogger jonna said...

I love the book Christy. I admire Christy's courage to go to a primitive place to teach. I, too, was a young teacher that left Indiana to teach in Alabama so I can relate to some of her feelings.

 
At 10:35 AM, Blogger Lisa Nelson said...

One of my favorite characters ever would be
Marty in the Love Comes Softly series.

I appreciate the fact that Janette Oke finished the
series so that she can live on, on the Prairie.

She faced many hard things and persevered.

 
At 10:41 AM, Blogger Kristin said...

I think I would have to say Bathsheba Everdene from "Far from the Madding Crowd." Because she's so stubborn and yet, Gabriel Oak is patient to a fault I loved how she couldn't see the forest through the trees because it reminds me how stubborn we can be, and God will still use it for good.

 
At 10:50 AM, Blogger Lori said...

Benny in Maeve Binchy's "Circle of Friends". I love how strong she was, but in a quiet way. I loved the confidence in herself she developed throughout the book as she came to realize how beautiful and capable she was.

 
At 10:52 AM, Blogger Hannah Grace said...

One of my favorite books is Serendipity by Cathy Marie Hake. It is a Christian fiction book. This book reminded me how much we need God in our everyday life, and it showed me how much we need strength from God. Serendipity also reminded me that God right there when you need Him. He's just a prayer away:) It was an Amazing book!!!

 
At 10:53 AM, OpenID Alecia Bates said...

My favorite are the Ashley Stockingdale novels. I love everything about her since she reminds me of my daughter. :)

 
At 11:09 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

Well, I tried really hard to come up with a character that wasn't from your books, but it didn't work. LOL! I just love Bree!! She's fun, passionate, and dedicated to her family. She's kind and giving to friends and strangers alike. And I just love that she lives in a lighthouse!!

 
At 11:20 AM, Blogger beemama said...

Like others, I have too many authors and stories that I hold dear. But I will comment on one of my more recent reads that really made an impression on me. I read Fools Rush In by Janice Thompson. The character Bella made me wonder just what all I have missed because I am looking at the world through very narrow blinders. What would the Lord have shown me before now if I had only been willing, or able, to see what is right in front of me? Still wondering....

 
At 11:30 AM, Blogger Dawn Crandall said...

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At 11:33 AM, Blogger Gail H. said...

I really enjoyed the Yada Yada Prayer Group series (all 7 of them). There were so many varied characters (different races, nationalities and family situations) that it would be impossible to pick only one. These women came together after they were placed in a random prayer group after a women's conference. They connected so well that they decided to continue meeting each month at the different members homes to pray together. All types of problems and situations are encountered as they pray and work together helping each other through all 7 books. The books were really eye-opening as far as learning about how other people in other cultures or economic situations live. I hated for them to end, because I felt like I had made a whole group of new friends, even though they were fictional characters!

 
At 11:34 AM, Blogger Dawn Crandall said...

Christy, by Catherine Marshall is one my favorite books. I chose to mention this one specifically because every time I read the book - which is at least yearly - it fuels my desire to write my own book. I love the character arc Christy goes through from start to finish, the mysteries involving the past connections of some of her fellow mission workers, and the way the story ends so abruptly once she finally realizes what God's will is for her life. Love it all!!!

 
At 11:34 AM, Blogger Gail H. said...

I really enjoyed the Yada Yada Prayer Group series (all 7 of them). There were so many varied characters (different races, nationalities and family situations) that it would be impossible to pick only one. These women came together after they were placed in a random prayer group after a women's conference. They connected so well that they decided to continue meeting each month at the different members homes to pray together. All types of problems and situations are encountered as they pray and work together helping each other through all 7 books. The books were really eye-opening as far as learning about how other people in other cultures or economic situations live. I hated for them to end, because I felt like I had made a whole group of new friends, even though they were fictional characters!

 
At 11:52 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

Wow, loving all these comments!

 
At 12:09 PM, Blogger Christa said...

I love Constance from Deeanne Gist's "A Bride Most Begrudging." She is so much like me (well, except for that part about being the daughter of an earl!) and I loved seeing how she found a way to fit into her circumstances, submit to her husband, but still maintain her spirit.

 
At 12:13 PM, Blogger Kim said...

I am in the midst of the Mercy Falls series. I was really drawn into the Lightkeeper's Daughter. I loved Addie's character. So smart yet so naive. This book was truly difficult to put down. The romance in it just drew me to how Addie would describe how she felt for John North. It made me feel like I was there in the midst of it all. Addie going from a life of some what seclusion to such a big world made her grow up and quickly. I have just started the next book, but I really love how these are written. I would be honored to be chosen to receive one of your creations.

 
At 12:22 PM, Blogger Charity said...

I have to post my comment before reading others' or I won't be able to narrow it down to one either. LOL

My favorite character would have to be Angel from Francine Rivers' Redeeming Love. I related to Angel on so many levels (except the prostitution!) as far as not accepting that someone could love me with all their heart no matter what I had done in my past. I know what it is like to feel unworthy and unloved and the fact that Jesus died on the cross for MY sins, and would have done it for me alone, just overwhelms me. I grew up in church knowing this, but until it became real to me, I didn't understand it-I cannot imagine what it would feel like to not have a church background and come to that understanding of Christ's love. I admired Michael so much for listening to the Holy Spirit when it surely would have been easier to give up.

charitysweeks@gmail.com

 
At 1:26 PM, Blogger G. said...

I have been reading The Walk and Miles to Go by Richard Paul Evans and I really admire and like Alan Christoffersen. I admire that after all Alan has been through he has love in his heart. Richard Paul Evans has written a very inspiring series. Love it!

Also love your Rock Harbor series and Love Bree and Samson!

 
At 1:35 PM, Blogger Deborah said...

It is hard to narrow a favorite character down. How about a composite of my favorite characters. First, there is Elspeth from the book "Wicked". Is it her fault for becoming the Wicked Witch? Nobody understood her or why she was green. Then there is Pollyanna - who always played the 'Happy Game" even when she became injured. Sherlock Holmes, who has the brains and logic to problem solve almost anything... and finally, from a book I just read by Phillipa Gregory, Katherine, who became Henry the 8th's Queen when she was only 15. It must be hard to be a Queen when only a teenager and wanting to have fun and being so spoiled that when the king announces "off with her head" she lives in total denial until the very last minute. Even to the point of practicing putting her head on the block so she could do it with perfection. Wow! Combine all these characters together and wow! what a story one could write.

 
At 2:42 PM, Blogger Brittaney said...

It is too hard to choose, so I'll just name one I can think of this minute. I love Lisa Tawn Bergren's The Gifted series and really love her main character Daria. She is so relatable and yet challenging in that she is always being faced with spiritual challenges always rising up to meet them head on. She's compassionate, loyal and a leader with a heart. I love that about her.

 
At 2:43 PM, Blogger Carla said...

I LOVE almost any Christian fiction, but my very favorite Christian author is Karen Kingsbury (I'm surpised everybody didn't choose her! LOL)I have read all of her books, and some more than once. After reading one, I have a hard time waiting for the next one to come out, that's how good they are! My favorite charater(s) are the Baxter family. They are always there for each other no matter what hard thing happens, but they always still keep God first. Makes you want to be part of their family! She deals with very up to date and current issues, such as: abortion, miscarriage, Sept 11, divorce, death, cancer, and etc. I would recommend her books and always pass them on to others to enjoy also!

 
At 3:16 PM, Blogger Jaime Wright said...

Okay, I'm going to go back here to a classic all time FAVORITE - Lizzie in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. I love her spunk but yet she's vunerable, able to be wounded by her mother's sharp tongue, by Darcy's (insert sigh thinking of Colin Firth) acidic retorts and venomous indifference. Yet she prevails! Independant, willing to be alone, hiding a bit beneath Daddy's wing and then ... along comes a humble Darcy, broken by his need for Lizzie, enchanting with his vogue charm ... sigh ... mmmmmmmmm!

 
At 6:05 PM, Blogger Beverly said...

I have numerous favorite books, many read multiple times, from lots of favorite authors. But there are a few I've put in a class by themselves. Of those, I will select Baron Heinrich von Dortmann from Michael Phillips' Secret of the Rose series. An honorable, God-fearing man, he protects and inspires his family by sacrificing his safety for the sake of Christ. His passion for God beckons everything in me to desire God's presence. I want to be good, to please God, when I read that series. I love books and characters that draw me closer to the heart of God

 
At 9:02 PM, Blogger Pam S. said...

I like Lizzy from PRIDE AND PREJUDICE because she has a sense of humor and she's willing to poke fun at herself.

 
At 9:11 PM, Blogger Bonnie said...

Travis from The Choice by Nicholas Sparks.Travis loves Gabby so much.He shows us "How far should a person go in the name of love?" I love this story.The ending is a surprise and it brings tears to your eyes.

 
At 9:44 PM, Blogger MD Kohake said...

Jamie Fraser from The Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. His honor, strength, love, and loyalty is unparallelled.

 
At 10:10 PM, Blogger Rachel Overton said...

A long time ago, I read "Covenant Child" by Terri Blackstock. The story is an allegory of Jesus' love for us and how we can have everything in Him--we just have to believe and accept it. I identified with both twins, Lizzie and Kara, but the pain in my past left me a lot closer to Kara than Lizzie. This story touched my heart, helped me believe that He really could love me, too, and now when I am trying to explain Jesus' love to someone, I often buy them this book and ask them to read it.

 
At 4:33 AM, Blogger grammajlb said...

Probably one of my favorite characters is Dorothy in Dearest Dorothy, Are we There Yet Series by Charlene Baumbich. Dorothy is one of the strongest friends, heroine, angel, mentor in this series of books. She is someone I would love to know in person.

 
At 10:02 AM, Blogger Jackie S. said...

I'll have to say Katie in The Lightkeeper's Bride (not sucking up...just being honest!)!!! I love this series and can't wait to get #3 in my hands! Katie is inspiring and such a brave, fun lady!
jackie.smith(at)dishmail(dot)net

 
At 10:37 AM, Blogger Ronya said...

If I have to choose just one, it's probably Hadessah (not sure I spelled that right) from the Mark of the Lion Trilogy by Francine Rivers - I learned how to be a true servant of God from her character. :O)

 
At 12:47 PM, Blogger Chris Jager - Baker Book House-fiction buyer said...

I have several favorite characters. It doesn't mean the book was a favorite, but it usually does make me remember the book. Steven James book the Knight had a character in it that I still think about. The character is a serial killer who becomes a Christian in prison and yet he doesn't want to be let free on a techincality as he stil struggles with the urges to kill. So can he be a christian and still struggle with those urges? What if he gets out? What if he kills again?
That is why the character really stuck with me.

 
At 12:48 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

That is REALLY something to think about, Chris!

Good to "see" you!

 
At 12:51 PM, Blogger Gail H. said...

Chris, wow, The Knight...reminds me of some of Ted Dekker's books. I've always likened his books to Stephen King, only in a Christian perspective.

 
At 4:04 PM, Blogger karenk said...

'redeeming love' by francine rivers has left an impression on me...i loved ALL of the characters. thanks for the chance to read your latest masterpiece :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

 
At 4:27 PM, Blogger RubyKat said...

I have to say Jamie Fraser in the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I just love the series, if the books weren't so thick I would read them again. Maybe someday I will.

 
At 10:43 PM, Blogger paezshi said...

My very favorite character out of any fictional story is Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables. I love the progression from an immature boy to a man patiently yet persistently pursuing the girl he loves.

 
At 11:41 PM, Blogger Cindy said...

Mrs Pollifax in Dorothy Gilmore's series. I love that she can get into trouble at the drop of a hat without even looking for trouble! She always manages to get out of trouble though! :) Mrs. Pollifax leads a double life and the stories are so engaging I just get "into" them and forget about stuff going on around me. I especially like to listen to them as the sound effects and different voices really bring the stories to life. She sort of reminds me of Jessica Fletcher in Murder She Wrote. I love a good mystery and the Mrs Pollifax series are great. I have many favorite authors and characters but Mrs Pollifax came to mind right away.

 
At 9:01 AM, Blogger grammajlb said...

Reading all the comments that have been left makes me want to go back and reread several books--which is something I don't take the luxury of doing as there are just too many other good Christian books waiting to be read. Almost all the books written about have been in my house, some to stay, some to return to the library. Isn't it fun to see what others are reading?

 
At 12:38 PM, Blogger yafenelra said...

It would be impossible for me to name a favorite book or a favorite character. I read almost constantly and mostly just books by Christian writers.

 
At 1:00 PM, Blogger Judy said...

my favorite book....reread many times...is Jane Eyre. I love her strength, despite the restrictions on women in those days.

judy49[at]aol[dot]com

 
At 1:20 PM, Blogger Cyndi said...

Wow! This is a very difficult task. Like many of the others, I read voraciously, so choosing one character is next to impossible! I agree with *many* of the other choices but I guess I'll narrow it down to two... my most recent "read" is the Healing Touch series by Hannah Alexander and the character I particularly love is Lauren McCaffery, an ER nurse with a heart of gold. She has her struggles but knows Who her source of strength is. I would love to be her friend! My other favorite character, I guess, would be Bailey Flanigan from several books by Karen Kingsbury. She reminds me a lot of my daughter... her dreams, her commitments, etc.

 
At 1:26 PM, Blogger Carolyn said...

I am a very big Coleen Coble fan. The first book I read was the Lonestar series and was hooked immediately. I then searched for other series written by this author. I have all of the Lonestar series, 2 of the Mercy Falls series, and all of the Rock Harbor series. I even bought my daughter Crying in the Night and she liked it so much became a fan herself and read all the books I have of Coleen Coble. I enjoy the suspense, romance, mystery, and the clean writing. Look forward to more future writings from Coleen Coble.

 
At 1:33 PM, Blogger Michele said...

I have enjoyed all the books I have read of yours.

 
At 2:42 PM, Blogger Regayla said...

There have been so many favorite characters evidenced by how many times I go back and reread those books. But, I have to say one character has affected by life more than the others. Hadassah from A Voice in the Wind by Francine Rivers was such an example of strength and fortitude in not only what she had to endure but also in standing firm against temptation. After getting to know Hadassah, my bible became more alive to me.

 
At 3:05 PM, Blogger Alina said...

It's amazing how much joy and enjoyment your books bring to me. Every collection is unique and intriguing in its own way. Of course as a Michigan native I can't help but be partial and appreciate the UP series the most. I am a mother of two, working full time and getting ready for my husband's deployment this summer. Your books always allow me to take a much needed break from everyday stress while at the beach with the kids or on the front patio while they are playing with their friends. Your husband and friend during this trying time. God has amazing powers and can change lots of things, keeping your head up and a positive attitude could also change the world. Happy Easter!

 
At 3:09 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

I agree. How can you choose just one? I really have been enjoying the Mercy Falls series. The strength of the characters, the mystery, the suspense. I am so glad the next book is available. I am currently reading "The Convenient Groom" by Denise Hunter. My next book is "Without a Trace" by Colleen Coble. Don't you just love the library. My local one keeps a good selection of christian authors. Colleen keep up the great work because I have really enjoyed reading your books.

 
At 3:24 PM, Blogger FugettFamily said...

First i have to say how incredibly excited i am for your upcoming lonestar book i love that series! I have lots of favorite books but one that sticks out at me is "A Lady Like Sarah" by Margaret Brownley. It took me awhile to enjoy the book but i quickly loved the main character Sarah. She's determined and stubborn, qualities i know a little too well. But what drew me to her was how situation after situation it was like God dumped himself on her lap. It just took her awhile to realize it, and then she was so thankful for the miracles. I know my lifes a little like that. One day its like oh duh that was God. Hello! Thanks God!

 
At 3:28 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

You all are making me smile! Thanks for the sweet words!

 
At 3:39 PM, Blogger donna said...

So very hard to choose just one character, but one that really impressed me with her strength was Hadassah in Tommy Tenney's book by the same name. The way she allowed God to build a love in her for a man she did not choose was so convicting to me and made me re-commit to loving the man I HAD chosen even more.

 
At 3:49 PM, Blogger Tea said...

One of my favorite characters is Precious. She is a character created by Alexander McCall Smith. She becomes the first lady detective in Botswana, Africa. Her adventures are many and different and exciting. She is always wise, ahead of the game. She also has time to love a husband and two adopted children. Her heart is as big as the Africa she loves.

teakettle58(at)yahoo(dot)com

 
At 3:50 PM, Blogger Karie said...

Wow-the first that came to mind was Marty in Janette Oke's series Love Comes Softly. Those were my first 'adult' books when I was a tween and I loved them. Her Belinda would pull a close second.

 
At 3:52 PM, Blogger RA said...

I read a LOT and find it hard to pick one book or character. The book I like to read over and over (not the movie) is Gone With the Wind. Love the time period, history and Rhett....lol. I am praying for your friend Diann and Dave. Keep us posted.

 
At 4:01 PM, Blogger Debbie said...

I really enjoyed the character of Bailey Flanigan in the book "Leaving" by Karen Kingsbury. It's beacause she is doing her best to put the Lord first in her life. It's so easy for young people to swayed by the world and the world's values. They have so many tough choices to make and it thrills my heart to see them grow in the Lord!!

 
At 4:32 PM, Blogger Emily Sue said...

It is not an easy decision, but I think Hadassah from Francine Rivers' Mark of the Lion series is my favorite. She shows such strength of character and displays an enduring faith that is so uplifting.

 
At 4:36 PM, Blogger KB's Mom said...

I just recently started reading your books. It's so nice to find new authors I enjoy! I consume books!
Can't wait to read more!
Mikalynk

 
At 5:00 PM, Blogger squiresj said...

I cannot and will not say I have enjoyed one person out of all the books I've read. I find a character in everybook I love. Like right now I am reading The Blacksmith's Bravery and I love Vashti Edwards because in a time when women did not get to drive a stage coach she is not giving up.
Her determination to be what she feels like she wants to do in spite of what people think is an inspiration.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

 
At 5:30 PM, Blogger Wilma said...

I love The Virgin River series books by Robyn Carr. Can't get enough of them.

 
At 5:41 PM, OpenID Claire Admire said...

My favorite character is Anita Blake in Laurell K. Hamilton's vampire hunter novels. Her books got me started reading again after many years and now I'm addicted to a wide variety of romance. Anita is strong but knows when to lean on others.

 
At 7:45 PM, Blogger Gail said...

I am currently reading The Judgement by Beverly Lewis and love the way that you feel like you are in the book. The Character in this book is Rose who is in love with two men and cannot decide which to follow her heart with the one who will give her a promising future or the one who might have been?

 
At 7:56 PM, Blogger Kathy said...

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At 8:00 PM, Blogger Kathy said...

I like the Patrick Bowers thriller series by Steven James. My favorite characters are Patrick and his stepdaughter, Tessa. In the beginning they are not close, however, a father-daughter relationship develops and a feeling of mutual respect grows as time moves on. Great series.

 
At 8:19 PM, Blogger Theresa said...

My all time favorite book is "All Together in One Place" by Jane Kirkpatrick. I felt so many emotions while reading this book. Mazy is a determined, hardworking, faithful wife and mother, and along with the other women on the Oregon trail endures many hardships, but faith,love and hope draw these women together and strengthens them to continue on their journey.

 
At 9:12 PM, Blogger bettyben said...

I am looking forward to this Lightkeeper series -i really liked the rock harbor books

 
At 10:34 PM, Blogger Julie : ) said...

Being from Michigan, Bree was close to mg heart. but if I had to choose someone not from your books, it would be Lydia from Debbie Macomber's blossom street series. She has faced tragedy, not, pain, and through it all she has been a woman of Grace. The pain was real, but she did not let it control her. Instead she focused on God's amazing grace and mercy, and was able to help others through their painful time as a result of her sweet spirit. Oh that we could all be that giving of grace and mercy!

 
At 11:56 PM, Blogger mkdeal@q.com said...

I absolutely LOVED My Hands Came Away Red by Lisa McKay. This book is fiction, but I truly thought that it was based on a true story. Cori has such a strong will and really becomes a true leader in this bood. I would love to read whatever this author comes out with next.

There are not many books that make me this excited, but I really LOVED this book.

Kim Deal
mkdeal@q(dot)com

 
At 1:04 AM, Blogger Anna said...

Loving your new books jacket cover.

 
At 9:22 AM, Blogger Lisa said...

As many, I to have a hard time just choosing my favorite because I have so many. If I were to choose it would be Anne from "Anne of Green Gables". Her longing for that "kindred spirit" is always in my heart, even when God has blessed me with many, as Anne was with Diane. Also, how she strove to do the best she could and yet many times made many blunders. I see myself in her many times. It lifts my spirits and brings me laughter.

 
At 9:26 AM, Blogger Lisa said...

As many, I have a hard time choosing one character, but Anne of "Anne of Green Gables" would probably be the one I would choose. The longing she has for a "kindred spirit" is always on my heart, even though God has blessed me with many, as Anne was blessed with Diana. Also,that she strove to do the best she could in everything, though at times making big blunders, reminds me of myself. It uplifts my spirit and outlook on life and brings laughter and tears.

 
At 12:41 PM, Blogger Sandy said...

There is many, I love Steven Bly's books especially the Fortunes of the Black Hills Series. But I so enjoyed Louisa Boren in The Sweetbriar Series by Brenda Wilbee.

 
At 3:30 PM, Blogger Anita said...

MY FAVORITE BOOK IS THE LIGHTKEEPER'S BRIDE.THE CHARACHER IS KATIE.KATIE'S FAMILY EXPECTS HER TO MARRY AND PUSHES HER TOWARD BARTHOLOMEW FOSTER. WHILE WORKING THE PHONE LINES KATIE HEARS A STRANGE EXCHANGE BETWEEN HER FRIEND ELIZA AND A FAMILIAR MALE VOICE.ELIZA DISAPPEARS.KATIE SOON FINDS OUT IT IS LINKED TO ANOTHER INVESTIGATION BY WILL THE NEW LIGHTHOUSE KEEPER. KATIE IS DRAWN TO WILL AND HIS PEACE.WILL'S PEACE IS TRUST IN GOD.A TRUST KATIE HAS NEVER HAD TO DEPEND ON.THE MORE KATIE IS AROUND WILL THE MORE SHE LEARNS ABOUT HERSELF.THROUGH WILL SHE LEARNS TO TRUST IN GOD AND FOLLOW HER HEART WHICH IS TO WILL

 
At 9:55 PM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

since I had such an overwhelming response, I decided to give away 10. I just printed out the comments, cut them into strips and drew them out of a basket. Here are the winners. Please email me your address!

Karenk
Carolyn
mkdeal (Kim Deal)
Charity Weeks
Julie
Lisa Nelson
Valarie McCoy
Cassie
Alina
Lisa

 
At 4:16 PM, Blogger Cindi said...

The character that stands out for me is Ashley Baxter Blake in the Baxter Family Series by Karen Kingsbury. She finds stength and support from her family for her son before marriage, they all offer her support, she is hit very hard by her mothers battle with cancer and finally her mothers death. They always are able to find strength in scripture and prayer. I loved the way she was always able to stay focused and secure in her trust of the Lord. Now in the lastest book, Leaving, she is facing another crisis with Landon's health from his time of helping at the World Trade Center disaster on 9/11. Will her faith see her through? Can't wait to find out in the next book!

 
At 12:39 PM, Blogger Gail H. said...

Cindi, I have not read the Baxter series by Karen Kingsbury but my daughter keeps telling me how much she enjoyed reading ALL the books and buys the next installment the day it first comes out. She got so involved in the characters that she ALMOST slipped and asked for a prayer request for one of them in her Bible study class!

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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