Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Some Winners - A Few Stories - Fun for All

And the winners are... This is when the announcers always pause to heighten suspense. No suspense for my winners. I've already contacted them all by e-mail and they've all already responded with the books they want. Such fun that so many different titles were picked. It's sort of a smorgasbord of my books. Who knows? If I'd picked more winners (you all would have been fine with that, I'm sure), I might have given away one of all my recent titles. 

As always, I feel like the winner when I have one of these contests. That's because I get to hear from so many of you and also get to read the stories some of you shared. I didn't get very many homecoming stories, but the ones I did get were great. I've already shared some of them here and I'm sharing a couple more tonight. Here's one from Denise about reunion time homecomings. 


"As a little kid, I always enjoyed the family reunions. Little kids can play with each other, and their differences don't matter--it's not until we age that some people let the differences separate them, rather than embracing each other. My mom was raised Plain in Lancaster, PA, but she didn't stay Plain. As I aged, I realized I was the 'outsider' in the family. I was the one who dressed differently, had a television, didn't wear my hair up in a covering, etc... than my cousins. To the outside world, they were 'different,' but to them, I was the oddball.


And, then, the Appalachian side always seemed to look at me sideways--I'm a Yankee, after all! And that was back when Southern Living magazine was only available to Southern states, and Delaware counted as a Southern state--but I was still a Yankee!"

Thanks for sharing your reunion story, Denise. You got to experience several different worlds and I'm sure it made you stronger and more tolerant of others' differences as you grew up.

Last of all here's a story that proves even four-legged friends can have good homecomings. Alicia shares this sweet story. 

"Special family homecoming that comes to mind is when I was able to bring our little dachshund home from the animal emergency care. He stayed at 2 different places for a night at each, and we were so sad and worried. What a blessing when we were able to bring him back to his family. He is a rescue and had been mistreated prior to joining our family, so we were extra worried that he would feel abandoned." 

And now for the winners. Are you hearing the drumroll? The first place winner of my Love Comes Home Celebration giveaway is Chris from FL who picked the heart necklace and my new Rosey Corner book, Love Comes Home. Debbie from GA, the 2nd prize winner then gets the Forget-Me-Not Willow Tree figurine and she picked Love Comes Home too. Mary from Australia can't say she "never wins" anymore. She picked my first Heart of Hollyhill book, Scent of Lilacs to go with the Praying the Names of God Journal

The 5 winners of the blog contest here are as follows. LL of CA chose Small Town Girl. Karen C of OH wants Christmas at Harmony Hill. Melanie of TX is heading to Rosey Corner for the first time so she picked Angel Sister. Nancy L of SC wants to visit  Harmony Hill and read The Outsider, and Nancy W of IN wants The Believer. A fun mixture of my titles. I'm planning more giveaways here in the months to come. I've got a stack of autographed books from other authors and I'm ready to send some of them your way. So come back to see what you might win next. 

I do appreciate all of you who commented here and to those who shared stories or enjoyed the stories others shared. Some of you commented and had your name in the hat several times. Maybe I'll look back through the entries and see who entered the most and give an extra prize. Think I should? 

As always thanks for reading! 

 

20 comments:

  1. Congratulations everyone!!!

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    1. You're sweet to congratulate the winners. In a couple of weeks, I'll probably come up with a new contest of some sort. Maybe one of those mystery picture ones. I have fun with those if I can trick some of you.

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  2. Congratulations everyone and thank you for bringing to my attention the Forget Me Not Willow Tree figurine Ann (on order...I couldn't resist after sharing with you the story!)
    Happy Fourth of July and God bless,

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    1. It would have been neat if I'd drawn your name for that prize, wouldn't it, Noelle? But I know you'll always think of that story now when you look at the Willow Tree figurine. Hope you have a great 4th too. And thanks again for sharing your stories with us.

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  3. Thank you soo much Ann! I love your books and your encouragement to me on this life journey! Blessings to you and yours! I am very blessed.

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    1. Hope you'll enjoy your prize. I thought the necklace was pretty and once you read the book, you may see why I chose it with the small jewel heart imbedded in the larger heart.

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  4. Congrats to all the winners! I'll just keep trying!

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    1. Perseverance has always served me well, Teresa. And maybe you'll be one of the winners next time. I always wish I could send everybody a book, but then nobody would buy one and the publishers wouldn't be happy. Or maybe they would, if I bought that many books. :) Stay tuned for some more contests soon.

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  5. I think it would be awsome if you did look back at the people's enters and see who entered and pick again. Lol. That's cool. Congrats every one.

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    1. I may do that. See who posted the most comments in June and then if it's a tie, draw for another winner. I usually pick an additional winner anyway. I do love hearing from all of my reading friends.

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  6. Congratulations to the winners! The rest of us will await the next contest.

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    1. I'll have one soon, Sharon. Think I may do a mystery photo contest next. They're always fun. And then come September I'll have to have a birthday giveaway. :) Can't get older without some kind of celebration.

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  7. Congrats to all the winners, what fun contests!

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    1. Thanks, Kara. Hope you'll come back and watch for a new giveaway.

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  8. You do have lot of books Ann, but I am betting more fans then books....once a book is read by this Ky woman, they always come back and tell others too. Looking forward to the next book on the horizon.
    Paula O

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    1. Hi, Paula. Always good to hear from you. I'm certainly hoping I have more readers than books. And I do appreciate you telling your reading friends about my books. The best advertisement ever is a friend telling a friend about a book he or she enjoyed.

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  9. Congratulations to the winners. Thanks for including my story!

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    1. Thank you for sharing it with us, Denise. Love the stories you all share with me.

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  10. I love your writing! I was wondering how I could mail a letter to you. You are such an inspirational writer!

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    1. You can always contact me via e-mail from my website, Anonymous.

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Thanks for joining the conversation. It's fun reading what you have to say and I'll get your comments posted pronto with an answer back.