Please help me welcome my featured guest, Diane Rose, The Amazing Quilter. Ms. Rose has been vision-impaired with glaucoma and became blind resulting from an accident in 1994. She is a motivational speaker who shares her life experiences and helps encourage others through her Rose of Sharon Ministries. "The way I look at it, if I can do what I have done, without sight, how much can you do?" she said.
One of Ms. Rose’s many achievements, even without sight, has been her experience as a journalist as she covered the country music scene. Another awesome fact about Diane is that one of her quilts hangs in the office of President Bush’s Texas ranch. For more about Diane Rose, visit: The Amazing Quilter Website
You need to check out this link to see some of Diane's Custom Quilts. She is an amazing woman and I’m inspired by her life story. If you’d like to see some photos of Diane’s journeys and speaking engagements, please check out this link: Diane's Scrapbook.
This week, Clash of the Titles, presents Author Miralee Ferrell's latest release. It's "a powerful novel that blends the warmth and heart of historical romance with a deep exploration of difficult family dynamics." Scroll to learn how to WIN a copy of the book!
Blowing on Dandelions
Book 1 â Love Blossoms in Oregon
by Miralee Ferrell
ABOUT THE BOOK:
In 1880 Oregon, Katherine Galloway, a widow, must raise her daughters and run a boardinghouse alone. But when her controlling, outspoken mother comes to live with her, and with her older daughter who has just turned thirteen, the pressure on Katherine becomes close to overwhelming. She must find the faith, wisdom, and courage to transform her life and relationships, especially now that new-in-town widower, Micah Jacobs, begins to capture her heart.
Ferrell speaks to womenâs heartfelt strugglesâfrom family dysfunction to single parenthoodâ-while offering faith-filled hope, all wrapped in an uplifting, true-to-life romance.
Miralee Ferrellis multi-published in contemporary and historical romance, is a speaker, accredited counselor, and American Christian Fiction Writers chapter president. She and her husband enjoy horseback riding, sailing, and family gatherings around their eleven-acre property in Washington Stateâs beautiful Columbia River Gorge.
* Living It Out by Shai â . . . I think one of the best themes behind the book, is the way Katherine handles her very difficult mother. She manages to show what the bible says in honoring thy mother. A fantastic example of ordinary life working to live out the gospel. I would recommend this book to anyone, including my teenage daughter. It was a delightful story that captured not only my attention but my heart as well.â * Blowing on Dandelions has an Unexpected Depth, by M. Myhren-Bennett "Blooming with Books" âThere is an unexpected depth to Blowing on Dandelions that is hidden within the covers. A valuable lesson to look beneath the surface of a person's personality to see the true person is wrapped up in a delightfully entertaining story. I for one look forward to reading the future installments of this series and learning more about the people of Baker City, Oregon.â * Captivating story about family and love and forgiveness, by ~Cindi âThis a sweet story about love, family, forgiveness and hope. I really enjoyed the friendship that forms between characters. The author has a nice way of disclosing each one's spirit needed to bring them to life. Having the strength Katherine has, proves that following what the Bible teaches is possible, but not necessarily easy . . ..â
REVIEWS: âFerrell (The Other Daughter) examines the many facets of love and relationships in this sweetly moving historical romance, the first in her LOVE BLOSSOMS IN OREGON series. â¦ Katherine's interactionsâwith her mother, her daughter, the church quilting club, and the new man in townâare explored in a wonderfully realistic fashionâ¦.â âPublishers Weekly
âIn her sweet historical romance novel, Ferrell shows readers the struggles that women, especially widows with children, faced when they tried to make a life for themselves in the Oregon Territory in the 1800s. It was a hard life, and only the strong could make it.â
âFerrell has created characters youâll root for, and the attitudes feel appropriate for the time in this tender romance. The relationships of mothers and daughters in this story speak deeply of the need for acceptance, love, and respect from oneâs parents.â
-Susan Page Davis, award-winning author of the Prairie Dreams and Texas Trails series
â This is more than a heart-tugging romanceâthough it is thatâbut it is also a mind-challenging read that will leave us in a different place than when we began.â
-Kathi Macias, author of Red Ink
âIn Katherine Galloway, Miralee Ferrell has created a woman who models grace. As the story unfolds, readers see Katherine's faith lived out in a way that's authentic, challenging, and encouraging. â
-Stephanie Grace Whitson, author of The Quilt Chronicles series
Tadie Longworth doesn't spend much time worrying that sheâs turning into one of Beaufort, North Carolinaâs, spinsters. She has a gift shop full of her own jewelry designs and a sweet little sailboat to take her mind off the guy who got away. But now heâs backâwith the fashion-plate wife he picked instead of Tadieâand heâs hitting on her again.
When widower Will Merritt limps into town with a broken sailboat and a perky seven-year-old daughter, he provides the perfect distractionâuntil that distraction turns into fascination when Tadie offers shelter during a hurricane. Over candlelit games of SlapJack and Monopoly, Jilly becomes the daughter she could have had and Will the man she always wanted. Only, heâs sworn never to let another woman in his life. Any day now, heâs going to finish those repairs, and that ship's going to sailâstraight out of Tadieâs life.
What COTT voters had to say: Becalmed looks Amazing! Can't wait to get my own copy of it. Keep Calm and Write On! My hat's off to all of the authors! Writing, publishing and marketing is a huge job. I LOVE Normandie Fischer's Becalmed cover! I've read Becalmed. Mature viewpoint and writing, a real relief from the usual shallow offerings of CBA. Becalmed sounds like a book from which I could benefit right now. I'm reading Becalmed right now and am enjoying it immensely. I've fallen in love with Jilly. A wonderfully atmospheric novel of coastal North Carolina. Feel the humidity without breaking a sweat! Having recently got to know Normandie Fischer, it's thrilling to find an author writing books, Becalmed and soon-to-be-released Sailing Out Of Darkness, that authentically express their heart yet at the same time are entertaining and accessible to many. Congratulations, Normandie!
About the Author:
Normandie had the best of several worlds: a Southern heritage, access to schooling in the DC area (which meant lots of cultural adventures), and several years of sculpture studies in Italy. It might have been better for her if she'd used all these opportunities more wisely, but it's possible that the imperfect and the unwise also add fodder for the artist and the writer.
Her two grown children, son-in-law, and two step-sons are handsome (or gorgeous, as the case may be), talented, and a delight. Normandie has a precious brand-new granddaughter born August 21. She just wishes they lived a lot closer to home.
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