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Thursday, March 13, 2008

CFBA Blog Tour - Rachel Hauck and Sweet Caroline

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Sweet Caroline
Thomas Nelson (February 12, 2008)
by Rachel Hauck


I graduated from Ohio State University (Go Buckeyes!) with a degree in Journalism. As a member of Phi Mu sorority, I partied my way though the last few years of college.

But, the truth is, and always will be, I belong to Jesus. At the age of six, I knelt at the altar of a Tulsa Methodist church and gave my life to the One who loves me.

After graduation, hired on at Harris Publishing as a software trainer, determined to see the world. And I did it without a laptop, a cell phone, an IPod or portable DVD player. Those were hard times.

But, I traveled to Ireland, Spain, Venezuela, Mexico, Australia, Canada and the U.S. from California to Maine. But, life on the road is difficult. Working twelve to fourteen hour days, one doesn't get to see many of the sites. In Ireland, our company's distributor drove me around at night so I could see something of Dublin.

I met Tony, my husband, in '87, at church, of all places. We got married in '92. Tony has been a pastor for twenty years. I've worked with him in eighteen of those twenty. Our heart is to see teens and adults passionate, radical and whole hearted for Jesus.

Tony and I don't have any children of our own, lots of kids-in-the-Lord and we love them all. However, we do have a very spoiled dog, and an even more spoiled cat.

I've always wanted to be a writer. My dad used to tell me, "You're a writer." I have letters he wrote me post college, exhorting me to write. In this, I believe he had the heart of God.

In '93, I started an epic WW2 novel with two plots. It was well rejected. After that ordeal, I took a break and put efforts into my job as a software project manager. But, I missed writing and in late ' 99, I took up the craft again.

With a little help from my friends, my first book was published in ' 04, Lambert's Pride, a romance novel. I love writing chick lit and romance. I love writing. What an honor.

Rachel has several other books that have been received with great praise, including Diva Nash Vegas and Lost In Nash Vegas

You can purchase copies of Rachel's books, signed personally for you, at this site: Signed by the


When a Southern waitress inherits the Lowcountry cafe where she works, she suddenly has to balance more than just her next food order.

Caroline Sweeney has always done the right thing--the responsible, dependable thing--unlike her mother who abandoned her family. But when her best friend challenges her to accept an exciting job adventure in Barcelona, Spain, Caroline says "yes" to destiny.

Then, without warning, ownership of the run-down cafe where she's been waitressing falls right into Caroline's lap. While she's trying to determine the cafe's future, handsome Deputy Sherriff J.D. Rand captures Caroline's heart.

But when her first love, Mitch O'Neal, comes back to town, fresh from the heat of his newly-found fame as a country music singer in Nashville, Caroline must make some hard choices about love and the pursuit of the sweet life.

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Readers, leave a comment for your chance to win a FREE copy of this book. If you wish to comment but don't want to be entered, say so when you post. Make sure you also leave your email address (name [at] domainname [dot] com/net) or that it's available for viewing in your blogger profile. Wouldn't want you to miss out on winning a book.

And if you want to make certain you don't miss anything, check the 'email follow-up comments' box when you leave a comment and fill in your email address there if it isn't already showing. That way you'll be notified of any comments and will know when I announce the winner.

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

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Carolynn said...

Mmmm, sounds like a great story! Please enter me, thanks:)

Donna said...

I would love to have this book.


Cherie J said...

Sounds like a great story!

Doreen said...

Ahhh sounds wonderful!! :)

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Julie Lessman said...

Thanks, Amber, for this opportunity to win this book. It sounds WONDERFUL!! Sign me up, please!


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Anonymous said...

I can't wait to read this book. Please enter me.

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Anonymous said...

Sounds like a good read. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!


Anonymous said...

This book sounds very interesting. Please enter me in drawing.


TK Williams~Hurlston said...

This author sounds very interesting and that she had a very interesting travel life, great for writing. It is great that she wants to reach people for the Lord. The book sounds very interesting and I look forward to reading it. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks TK. vcw1476[at]gmail[dot]com

Carole said...

I would love to read "Sweet Caroline." Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love books that take place in other countries... probably because I haven't been anywhere (yet!). :-) Please enter me!

ladyufshalott [at] yahoo [dot] com



Hannah said...

i'd love to win a copy of this book! hsmuda[at]gmail[dot]com thanks!

windycindy said...

Hi, I would love to be entered in your contest! I have been reading this author's interviews and book reviews! Both are fascinating. Thanks for another wonderful book drawing. Cindi

Maureen said...

I like it. It sounds like an adventure.

Stacey said...

Please enter me in the drawing. I would love to read this book.


tetewa said...

Thanks for the opportunity!

Unknown said...

sounds like a good read, please enter me, thanks!

Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

We have a winner for this book, and that is:


Congratulations! I've emailed you for your mailing address, so be sure to reply and we'll get your book out to you.

5 other winners announced for the month of March. Take a look in the March archives to see if you're one of them.

Thanks for your continued support.