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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Guest Blogger Margaret Daley and Saving Hope

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

MARGARET DALEY Margaret Daley, an award-winning author of eighty-two books, has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love. When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household. To find out more about Margaret visit her website at http://www.margaretdaley.com. She has 2 current releases.


SAVING HOPE
by Margaret Daley
Published by Abingdon Press

ABOUT THE BOOK

When a teenager goes missing from the Beacon of Hope School, Texas Ranger Wyatt Sheridan and school director Kate Winslow are forced into a dangerous struggle against a human trafficking organization. But the battle brings dire consequences as Wyatt's daughter is terrorized and Kate is kidnapped. Now it's personal, and Wyatt finds both his faith and investigative skills challenged as he fights to discover the mastermind behind the ring before evil destroys everyone he loves.

Readers, buy your copy of Saving Hope today!

A LOVE REKINDLED
by Margaret Daley
Published by Harlequin's Love Inspired

ABOUT THE BOOK

"Do You Want My Help Or Not?" -- Kim Walters wants Zane Davidson's help all right. Her family is struggling to rebuild their home after a hurricane, and Zane is a successful contractor. But the fifteen years that have passed since they were high school sweethearts aren't about to magically melt away. Nothing can erase Mr. Walters's clear message—Zane wasn't good enough for his daughter. But now the Walters fortune is gone, and the town is reeling from the recent natural disaster. Can Kim and Zane find the faith to believe that some things work better the second time around?

Readers, buy your copy of A Love Rekindled today!

AND NOW A WORD FROM OUR FEATURE AUTHOR

Spring—Time to Renew
By Margaret Daley

You probably want to know what spring has to do with writing. Well, nothing directly except I find myself wanting to skip writing and spend more time outside after a long winter. It does become harder to plant my butt in the chair and write. So first, I’m asking what do you do to keep yourself on track when the great outdoors (with lots of sunshine and flowers) is calling you? Right now the gorgeous day is shouting my name.

What I really want to write about is what spring means and how it applies to a writer. When I think of spring, I think of renewing and refreshing. Nature does it and it is so welcomed by me. Nothing beats seeing the trees putting leaves on, flowers coming up, bushes leafing out and blooming. Nature’s colors change from dull, drab ones to vibrant colors that just looking at them helps me feel renewed and ready for whatever is next. That’s what I want to be able to do as a writer whenever I need it.

As much as I wish I could have spring more than a few months a year (Can you tell spring is my favorite season?), I can’t, at least not in Oklahoma where it will get extremely hot in the summer. So what do I do to renew myself as a writer throughout the year?

When I finish a book, I treat myself to a double dip ice cream cone (cookie dough) guilt free and a few days off from writing before I start my next project. I try to build in some rewards for accomplishing certain things, but is that enough? See the questions below for my request for your help. Any suggestions are appreciated.

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Thank you, Margaret, for sharing with us today.

Guest Question: What do you do to refresh yourself? Give yourself a boost to accomplish what you need to do? Do you have favorite music you listen to? Read a special book? Go out with friends or family somewhere you enjoy?

ENTRY RULES Readers, leave your email address (name at domainname dot com/net) along with your answer to the question for your chance to win a FREE copy of one of the books above. There will be TWO winners this week! If you do not answer the question, and your email address isn't provided, you will not be entered.

This week, the contest is open to residents of the US/Canada only.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've found that a short 30-minute nap refreshes me, most days!

-Britt T.

brtucker89(at)gmail(dot)com

Margaret Daley said...

Britt, I sometimes put a cold compress on my eyes because of my allergies and rest for 30 minutes. It makes a big difference.

Lori Weller said...

I either take a short walk-10 to 15 minutes and look at the scenery or read a book or the bible for the same amount of time . I am then able to get back to whatever I was doing with a clearer outlook.
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Judy said...

There is nothing like a 30 to 45 minute walk to refresh me. When I'm getting bogged down with life a walk is in order. There have been times that I have just been plain out of sorts. A walk and talk with God does it every time. Most of the times I have my iPod playing Praise songs. How can you not feel refreshed and renewed after that?

Blessings!
Judy
judyjohn2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

apple blossom said...

love listening to instrumental easy listening classical music

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Cheryl said...

Now that the weather is nice, I take a short walk. It helps me clear my mind and gives me some extra energy.

Thanks for the chance to win.

Cheryl

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gahome2mom said...

I love to listen to Christian music. Thanks gahome2mom/gmail/com

Margaret Daley said...

I love listening to music. I usually have some on. I used to take walks all the time, but my allergies are so bad lately, I haven't been able to. My doctor said the allergists in this area said if you want to get rid of your allergies to move somewhere else. That's not an option.