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ABOUT BOOK:Romantic in every season of the calendar, charming Cedarburg, Wisconsin, works its magic on everyone. . .from free-spirited forty-something Willow, who meets her opposite; to twenty-five-year-old musician Francesca, who’s working with a man who sings off-key; and from silver-haired Claire, who gets surprised by a long-ago love; to thirty-something Beth, a shop owner who really doesn’t have time for a relationship. And be forewarned: you may leave your heart in Cedarburg, too!
ABOUT AUTHOR: Cynthia Ruchti Taking multi-tasking to new heights (or depths, depending on your perspective), Cynthia Ruchti writes and produces a daily radio broadcast called THE HEARTBEAT OF THE HOME, edits and writes for the radio ministry magazine Backyard Friends, writes devotionals for TheChristianPulse.com, is past president of the 2,500-member American Christian Fiction Writers, and in 2010 saw the release of her debut novel--They Almost Always Come Home by Abingdon Press (a Carol Award finalist)--and a Christmas collection novella, "The Heart's Harbor"in A Door County Christmas, a Family Fiction Reader's Choice, by Barbour Publishing. His Grace is Sufficient...Decaf is Not, released Nov 1, 2011. Another novella collection--Cedar Creek Seasons (Barbour) releases in spring of 2012
ABOUT AUTHOR: Becky Melby has been married to Bill, her high school sweetheart, for forty years. They have four married sons and twelve grandchildren. Becky has co-authored nine books for Heartsong Presents and has had stories in two novella collections. Her Lost Sanctuary Series—three contemporary stories each with a historical thread—releases in 2012, as well as Contest of Wills, a novella in Cedar Creek Seasons. Becky’s favorite pastimes are spoiling grandkids and taking trips with Bill in their RV or on their Honda Gold Wing. To find out more about Becky visit www.beckymelby.com.
ABOUT AUTHOR: Eileen Key retired after teaching school for thirty years. She is a freelance writer and editor, with two mysteries and three novellas published. Mother of three, grandmother of three, Eileen resides in San Antonio, Texas, where she is an active member of Grace Community Church.
ABOUT AUTHOR: RACHEL PHILLIPS, once a church choir director, owes her unplanned writing career to an omnipotent church secretary who laid down the law: each staff member had to contribute a monthly article to the newsletter. Others considered this dictate a punishment from God. But Rachael enjoying writing, and soon she was contributing columns to a local newspaper.
Rachael has been nominated as a finalist in the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Awards competition with her first fiction, a novella called Ride with Me into Christmas (in A Door County Christmas, Barbour Publishing, 2010). Her second novella, Pirate of my Heart (in A Quaker Christmas, Barbour) will appear in September 2011, and a third, In Tune with You (in Cedar Creek Seasons, Barbour) will be released the spring of 2012. She also co-authored a Barbour reference book, Women of the Bible (2011).
Rachael is active in the music ministry and women's ministries of her church, Upland Community Church. She and her husband Steve, a small-town physician and adjunct professor at Taylor University (Upland, Indiana), have been married thirty-six years. They have three grown children and five perfect grandchildren. Rachael and Steve enjoy watching sports, talking theology, and riding their tandem bicycle throughout the picturesque Indiana countryside.
MANDATORY PLEASE ANSWER ONE OF THE QUESTIONS TO BE ENTERED INTO THE DRAWING!
1. In Contest of Wills, Willow Miles celebrates her 40th birthday by taking part in the Polar Bear Dip--a New Year's Day jump into Lake Michigan wearing a bathing suit and cap from the Roaring Twenties. What's the most outrageous/unexpected thing you've ever done?
2. For Valentine's Day, Wilson Woodhaus, the reserved artist hero in Contest of Wills, sends Willow a massive chocolate-and-caramel-covered apple. What food says "I love you" to you?
3. Questions for Silvery Summer in Cedar Creek Seasons novella;
Here are a couple for Cynthia Ruchti’s Maybe Us:
5. Beth Schurmer's grandfather's storytelling figures prominently in Beth's own life story. What storyteller in your life has had a significant impact on your sanity, your sense of humor, or your sense of "home"?
6. Cedarburg's famed covered bridge shows up in each of the four stories of Cedar Creek Seasons. It's a place to think, to connect, to refocus, to discover or rediscover the romantic side of life. If you have a favorite restaurant, park, shoreline, or sunset spot that serves as a similar location for you, tell us about it.
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2. I think it would be a heart shaped French mint chocolate heart~~mint chocolate on the outside and a smooth, rich chocolate center. And, to go along with that~~a glass of champagne!!!
Add a little candlelight and you've got a recipe for a wonderful evening, Kristin! Whoever first decided to mix mint and chocolate was a genius!
And a trip to Paris. There you go!
Absolutely, Kristin. Candlelight, too, Becky. And I'll definitely take the trip to Paris, Cynthia. A handholding walk beside the Seine River. . . .
I really don't think any food says I love you. I think what says I love you is dinner. Not the type where you go out and pay for it in a restaurant, but the kind that takes planning and preparing. Candlelight dinners are the best. :)
It's the thought behind the food that counts, isn't it? And dinner prep time says I love you!
Candlelight. Yes, Tammy!
And your song playing in the background, too!
Question 3: I did reconnect with a friend this year that I had not seen since high school. Outwardly we both had grown bigger since our skinny days years ago. Inwardly, I could tell that we had changed some, with a faith in Jesus we did not have in high school, and that we were on similar tracks to losing some weight and trying to make some positive changes in our middle years. It was really great seeing her again.
Question 4: I once had to visit the Human Resources dept. about an employee issue. I think the plant on the HR person's desk was making my eyes water. I realized they may have thought I was crying when I was not. Awkward!
Thank you for offering this book in the contest. It would be sweet as a chocolate/caramel covered apple to win it!
Those awkward high school years. I'm glad you reconnected Janice and especially recognized the stronger faith!
Nice visual with the caramel apple, Janice!
Why do those inconvenient allergies hit us at all the wrong moments, Janice? I remember when I once had a solo, and for some bizarre reason, my ankles began to itch uncontrollably as I stood before a large audience. Argggghhhh.