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#Free #ebook #Giveaway #Blessed Homecoming

Published October 21, 2015 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

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I received such great feedback on the free downloads of Finding Baby J, that I thought I’d do it again. 🙂 Blessed Homecoming is free from today, October 21st, until the 25th. Feel free to download your copy.

Blessed Homecoming is the first, and so far only, inspirational novel that I have written. Although a lot of my self-published works are clean reads, this is the only book that speaks of faith in God and in one’s self. I truly enjoyed crafting this story of romantic suspense. Previously published with BP, it became a bestseller with several e-retailers and was Book of the Month at a major review site.

Don’t you just love the cover! The couple pictured here are exactly as I imagined them to be.

Blurb:

The hometown girl and the handyman both carry emotional baggage. Are they destined to remain friends or is there room in their hearts for more?
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Wendy Danforth is preparing to be a single mom, her ex-husband in jail for spousal abuse. She returns to her hometown, to renew her faith and to heal. Caught off guard by the handyman in residence, attraction hits, swift and piercing, but she quells her unruly emotions, in no hurry to get involved in another relationship. Besides, at almost nine months pregnant, she wasn’t exactly looking her best.

Jake Roberts, hired to renovate the Danforths’ house, took one look at his employer’s daughter and wanted to run far and fast. He hadn’t possessed an ounce of faith or been around a pregnant woman in three long years, not since his wife and unborn son died in an auto accident. They become friends, and when her ex-husband escapes custody, he steps up to protect Wendy and her unborn child. Will the danger and close proximity test their friendship? Or will it lead to more? Can Jake regain his lost faith, or will it elude him forever?

Here a taste of what readers are saying about Blessed Homecoming:

5 stars Warmly real characters and a heart-warming plot from one of today’s finest romance authors March 31, 2014 By Michelle Fayard
There are many fine writers in the romance field today, but Lorraine Nelson, with her gift for understanding and portraying people and their ability to not give up on love, leads the pack.

5 Stars Blessed by Blessed Homecoming
February 6, 2014 By lisaf
Realistic and inspiring characters. Wendy and Jake have pasts that make it difficult for them to trust and love. So glad to have run across this story, and will be reading more by Lorraine Nelson.

5 stars The TBR Pile  – A Must Read. 04/20/2013 Amanda
Wendy and Jake are realistic, likable characters with real problems. The instant attraction was not insta-love, which I appreciated in this story. Rather than “love cures all”, this story seemed a lot more like love encouraged each one to grow and heal.

5 stars Tara Chevrestt, July 13th, 2012
A sweet, clean read that explores love, trust, forgiveness, and the close bonds of family.

5 Stars Stacey Jo Siferd’s
review, Night Owl Reviews, Jul 13, 2012 This is a book that mothers can share with their daughters and women can share with family and friends without worrying about content.

I do hope you download and enjoy Wendy and Jake’s story. And if you have time, I’d appreciate your leaving a review on Amazon. Grab your copy here.

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New Cover and a Freebie too!

Published September 3, 2015 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

It is my pleasure to present Escape to Sanctuary written by my good friend and critique partner, Nese Ellyson. This is a terrific read! The suspense and plot twists will keep you turning the pages in anticipation.

Escape by Vic

Blurb:

When Dr. Evangeline Tourmaine’s mother turns up dead, she comes back to the states and unwittingly becomes the target of a killer. FBI Agent Colton Segar swears he will protect Evie, if it’s the last thing he does. Not easy to do when she keeps saving people in need of medical help. She’s drawing a lot of attention. As Colton tries to keep her under the radar, he finds himself drawn to her, and soon protecting her is more than just his job. It becomes a matter of heart.

About the Author:

Nese Ellyson lives in a small town in rural Ohio with her own Prince Charming, two boys, and a cat they rescued. She’s an avid fan of romance, particularly when it has a suspense element. She’s always brimming with ideas and loves getting her thoughts down on paper. The day she released her first novel, Escape to Sanctuary, an inspirational romantic suspense, was one of the most exciting days of her life.

Nese is a bit of a Mrs. Fix It, and enjoys doing repairs and renovations on her family home. She enjoys art and her paintings have been in several art shows. She feels she has the greatest job of all, working for her Christian ministry as an artist and designer.

Grab your copy while it’s FREE! Two days only! September 3rd and 4th. Just click on the cover to go straight to Amazon. You won’t regret it. I hope you find this book as great a read as I did. If so, please return to Amazon and leave a review. Thank you for supporting my friend. 🙂

Debut Release by a Fantastic Author!!!

Published November 9, 2013 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

It’s my pleasure to introduce you to Denise Ellyson, a long time friend and critique partner. Denise has finally decided to present her work to the world. And she’s done it through Amazon’s KDP set-up. Escape to Sanctuary is an inspirational romantic suspense that will leave you wanting more from this exceptional storyteller.

And Denise even designed her own cover.

Isn’t her painting gorgeous?!!!

EscapeEscape to Sanctuary is on sale all this week for only 99 cents!  Grab yours before the price goes back up.

Blurb:

Dr. Evangeline Tourmaine, is on the run from a killer. His latest victim is Evie’s stepmother. Evie finds help from Coltan Segar. Coltan, who is an FBI agent, suspects Evie has evidence proving Sheriff Caine is the murderer. Coltan needs to keep Evie safe till the killer can be caught. Not easy to do when the killer is the local Sheriff.

Excerpt:

Chapter 1

 “We’re looking for a woman who was seen headed this way, Evangeline Tourmaine. She’s wanted for questioning.”

“I’m sorry, officer, all the women here are known to me and that name is not familiar.”

The rain pelted down in cold, stinging needles. Evie sat pressed up against the wall of the Community Center. She could see them through the church’s stained glass window, could hear their words as the Pastor spoke to the police at the open door.

She needed to hide so they didn’t see her. She couldn’t get caught. If she could just reach the back door and slip in, she could hide in the church basement until the storm passed over, then she could get out of town. The fear and the cold made her teeth chatter. The pain in her shoulder was excruciating. She stumbled for the basement stairs and tried the door. It opened into a dark room. She quietly closed the outer door behind her and moved quickly to the only source of light, coming from the door to the church.

She paused as she heard voices raised in song, singing praises to God. At first, her fevered brain thought it was angels singing, but then logic intruded and she realized the choir was getting ready for Sunday service. She huddled by the door and let the music drive away the fear. They sang “Amazing Grace” and she felt the first real stirrings of hope settle in her heart. God had not forsaken her. She needed to be strong and of good courage. She felt the heat of the fever start to eat away at her physical strength, but in her soul, she felt empowered.

The lyrics had given her a new determination. She left the safety of the church and walked toward the entrance of the shelter. The name Sanctuary glowed in neon blue over the entrance to the parking lot. It was only a couple of buildings down from the church and community center, but in the driving rain, it felt like miles. By the time she made it to the door, she was soaked through and shivering.

Intrigued? Want more?

Just click on the cover above to go straight to Amazon.com.

Canadian residents click here.

And in the UK, click here.

Happy Reading!

I’m sure you will enjoy this fantastic story!

Blessed Homecoming Blog Tour

Published July 22, 2012 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

Hello to all my writing and reader friends. Just wanted to update you on a couple of great things. 🙂

As of today, Blessed Homecoming is topping the charts at Bookstrand…#3 in Inspirational, #4 in women’s fiction, #52 in contemporary, and #87 in Mainstream Romance. I am honored to have my book in the top 100 in all its categories.

Thank you for your support! ♥ you all!  http://www.bookstrand.com/blessed-homecoming

The virtual online blog tour for my latest release, Blessed Homecoming, ends today. Have you commented at each stop to increase your chances of winning? I’ll be picking one winner on July 31st. Will it be you? Here’s a recap of the blog hostesses and urls, just in case:

Date Host/Hostess Blog url
13  Lorraine Nelson https://lorrainenelson.wordpress.com
13 Tara Chevrestt http://wwwbookbabe.blogspot.ca/
14 Leigh Savage http://leighsavage.blogspot.com/
16 W Lynn Chantale http://wlynnchantale-decadentdecisions.blogspot.ca/
17 Isabella Olivia Ellis http://isabellaoliviaellis.blogspot.com
18 Krista Ames http://networkedblogs.com/A14vq
20 Krystal Shannan http://www.krystalshannan.blogspot.ca/
21 Pam Mongol Bitner http://kastil.wordpress.com/2012/07/21/pimp-my-book-blessed-homecoming-by-lorraine-nelson
22 Doris O’Connor http://thetardisscribbles.blogspot.com/?zx=764a701e81ce6f81

Reviews for Blessed Homecoming:

Tara Chevrestt‘s review, July 13, 2012 (Editor and reviewer)

I’m not big on Christian Fiction. My blog followers will know that. However, when this manuscript hit my inbox, I saw a real good story. Even if you don’t go for God this or God that, there’s strong theme of forgiveness and letting go of your demons… because if you can’t let go of the past, how can you move on into the future?

Wendy is pregnant and alone. Her husband is in jail after beating her. She heads home to her parents to recuperate and give birth. She never wants to love again. That leads to a world of hurt.

Jake is the handyman just going house to house to escape his own past. He doesn’t want to be around a pregnant woman remind him of all he’s lost…but there’s something about Wendy, and there’s something about the Danforth family. Slowly his faith in people is restored.

Love blooms. But we all know that past comes back to haunt us and it does for these two. Wendy must escape her ex husband again, and Jake needs to forgive someone himself.

A sweet, clean read that explores love, learning to trust again, forgiveness, and the close bonds of family.

Stacey Jo Siferd‘s review, Jul 13, 2012

 
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Blessed Homecoming by Lorraine Nelson is the ‘first’ of a few great things. Released July 13, 2012 by Breathless Press, this book is the first inspirational romantic suspense by Lorraine Nelson. It is also the first release in the new line ‘Blessings’ by Breathless Press. Blessed Homecoming also happens to be the very first inspirational based romantic suspense book I have ever had the pleasure of reading and reviewing. I am, as always, ecstatic to read and review another phenomenal book by Lorraine.

Honestly, I could go on forever, shouting accolades and praise for Lorraine’s talents! Every time I pick up one of her stories, I know without even reading the blurb…the book will be wonderful. She has the ability to weave tales that make you fall in love with her characters and her writing. Her stories are like that cozy nook you curl up in to read and relax, made for you and always warm and welcoming. I’ve often found myself thinking I’d been reading the words of a friend, telling me stories of her family and herself. Realistic tidbits, almost as if they are part of her history with a twist here and there. I always enjoy virtually travelling to Canada with Lorraine. Who could ask for a better companion?

Yes, this story of Wendy Danforth and Jake Roberts touches on and mentions God and faith. Both of which seem to be in short supply around the world as of late. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an expert on religion or God and I am not the first person anyone would ask about either of those subjects. But, I do have my own views on faith and what it means to me. That should count for something, right? For now, let me tell you about this wonderful book.

Blessed Homecoming is a clean, sweet, non-violent, wholesome story that as Lorraine Nelson says; “This is a book that mothers can share with their daughters and women can share with family and friends without worrying about content.” I agree. Lorraine has combined a heartfelt story with just enough romantic suspense to keep even the ‘anti-faith/religion’ readers interested and loving it. Honestly, it was different from what I normally read and it was a welcome, refreshing change. This book gave a sometimes pessimist like me, a few moments of pause and reflection on my own outlook. Isn’t that what a great book should do?

I LOVED these new characters Lorraine introduced us to. Their inner and outer turmoil were realistic and believable. Immediately, I was hooked into the drama of this family. Their individuality and their voices were strong and made this normally smut-loving reader feel completely welcome in the Danforth story. The Danforth’s love for their daughter was inspirational and even made me a bit jealous. Who doesn’t want to have parents that love them unconditionally and always welcome them with open arms? Wendy’s family was picture-perfect. Jake Roberts was a man any woman would dream of falling in love with and his inner demons make him completely irresistible (in my opinion). The villain of this story resembled the many real-life, everyday villains many women have had the unfortunate opportunity to have cross their path. I’d love to hear more from all of them. The plot, characters, editing were all beautifully executed. All in all, it was a ‘blessing’ for me to read this book. Stories like this make my job a lot easier.

Let’s talk about what I feel is the main idea of this story: Faith
**Faith is defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as follows;
1. a.): An allegiance to a duty or person.
b.) (1): fidelity to one’s promises (2.): sincerity of intentions
2. a.) (1): belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2.): belief in
the traditional doctrines of religion
b.) (1): firm belief in something for which there is no proof
(2): complete trust
3.:something that is believed especially with strong conviction

For everyone, faith means something different. It’s an individual opinion, belief and way of life. Some people only believe in the things they can see. Others believe with their whole hearts in the unseen. There are those who have no faith in anything or anyone. There is no right or wrong when it comes to faith, you simply have it or you don’t.

Blessed Homecoming pointed to faith in God quite often and everyone will notice that. But what I found to be the most inspirational were the inferences to the characters having faith in themselves. When these characters realized they could trust not only each other, but also themselves, they were able to embrace life with hearts full of happiness. Shouldn’t we all have that feeling? Honestly, I believe we all should trust ourselves and have faith in our own worthiness and abilities. Once you have that, it makes the rest a lot easier. You’re able to find all of the wonderful things in life whether they are sent by God (if you believe) or simply because you deserve them. To me, having faith in general is one of the most amazing gifts you can give yourself and the world.

If you need an uplifting, amazingly ‘real’ story with no fluff to brighten your day and inspire you…Blessed Homecoming is a must read for you.

 
I am so pleased with these reviews! To know that my writing has touched the hearts of readers is a blessing in itself. I so love hearing from my readers! It’s important to know what works and doesn’t work for you as I continue to craft stories of love and mystery. You can find me at the following locations:

http://twitter.com/#!/lornelca                         
 
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New Cover Art!!!

Published April 6, 2012 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

Blessed Homecoming is releasing on July 13th through Breathless Press. I’m honored to have it be the debut release in their new inspirational line called Blessings.

And now, without further ado, here is the spectacular cover designed by Victoria Miller. Isn’t it gorgeous! I love his smile and she is the picture of serenity, don’t you think?

Releasing July 13th through Breathless Press!

Blurb:

The hometown girl and the handyman both carry emotional baggage. Are they destined to remain friends or is there room in their hearts for more?

***

Wendy Danforth is preparing to be a single mom, her ex-husband in jail for spousal abuse.  She returns to her hometown, to renew her faith and to heal. Caught off guard by the handyman in residence, attraction hits, swift and piercing, but she quells her unruly emotions, in no hurry to get involved in another relationship. Besides, at almost nine months pregnant, she wasn’t exactly looking her best.

Jake Roberts, hired to renovate the Danforths’ house, took one look at his employer’s daughter and wanted to run far and fast. He hadn’t possessed an ounce of faith or been around a pregnant woman in three long years, not since his wife and unborn son died in an auto accident.  They become friends, and when her ex-husband escapes custody, he steps up to protect Wendy and her unborn child. Will the danger and close proximity test their friendship? Or will it lead to more? Can Jake regain his lost faith, or will it elude him forever?

And now, I wish to thank my lovely editor, Tara Chevrestt, for her expert insight, advice, and patience as we worked together to make this novel shine. Thank you, Tara!

On another note, if you or anyone you know writes Inspirational romance, Breathless Press is open to submissions.

Send your fictional, Christian-based submission to  acquisitions@breathlesspress.com stating that the submission is intended for the Blessings Line. You can even put it to the attention of Tara Chevrestt. She’ll take good care of you. 🙂
 
Happy writing!

3 New Contracts Signed!

Published January 28, 2012 by Lorraine Nelson - Author

I recently submitted 3 books to Breathless Press and was totally astounded to find out they wanted all 3!

Her Unlikely Bodyguard fits their Embers line and is scheduled for release on June 15th, 2012.

Blessed HomecomingI feel honored to say that this novel is to be the first title released in BP’s new Blessings line on July 13, 2012.

Love on the Rocks, my first ever completed novel fits their Sweet Confection line. Look for it on August 10, 2012.

You can read a short summary of all 3 books here.

In other news…I have finally finished tweaking and polishing A Cowgirl’s Pride, Book 4 in my Thunder Creek Ranch series with Evernight Publishing. I submitted it tonight and am waiting to hear.

 

What do you think of this cover?

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                  I love it!

Last but not least, I’m excited to announce that my western historical short story, Hawk’s Woman, has found it’s way into this Evernight Anthology, Virgins Behaving Badly, scheduled for release in March, 2012.