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Friday, June 25, 2010

CFBA Blog Tour - Carla Stewart and Chasing Lilacs

Don't forget the rules of the spotlights here. A random question will be inserted in each spotlight for you to answer in the comments in order to be entered. So, be on the lookout!

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Chasing Lilacs
by Carla Stewart


CARLA STEWART’s writing reflects her passion for times gone by. She believes in Jesus, the power of the written word, and a good cup of coffee. She's a country girl living now in a mid-sized city with her engineering husband who just happens to be her best friend and biggest fan. She and her husband have four adult sons and delight in the adventures of their six grandchildren.


I grew up in the Texas Panhandle with two younger sisters and loving parents. Small town school. Great neighbors. Today, those small-town, fundamental things resonate within me -- the twang in people's voices, the art of being neighborly and just being a decent human being.

Growing up, I preferred the company of books over TV and playing outdoors. I imagined myself in many different careers, but given my down-to-earth raising, I settled on nursing. I didn't faint at the sight of blood and did well in science, so it seemed a natural choice.

I worked as a registered nurse off and on through the years, but primarily I stayed home with my four rambunctious boys and dreamed of the day when I could write the novels I loved to read. When our youngest son was in high school, I quit my job as a nursing instructor and settled in to pen my first novel. It's been quite a journey. One I wouldn't trade for anything.

I'm committed to writing the stories of my heart and am truly thankful to Jesus, my Savior, for allowing me this freedom. May all the glory be His.

Chasing Lilacs is her first book!

**(insert comment from Amber: I was there when Carla won in her category for the Genesis Contest at the ACFW national conference. And I later learned she'd signed her first contract. It's exciting to be able to feature her here today.)

by Carla Stewart
Published by FaithWords


It is the summer of 1958, and life in the small Texas community of Graham Camp should be simple and carefree. But not for twelve-year-old Sammie Tucker. Sammie has plenty of questions about her mother's "nerve" problems. About shock treatments. About whether her mother loves her.

When her mother commits suicide and a not-so-favorite aunt arrives, Sammie has to choose who to trust with her deepest fears: Her best friend who has an opinion about everything, the mysterious kid from California whose own troubles plague him, or her round-faced neighbor with gentle advice and strong shoulders to cry on. Then there's the elderly widower who seems nice but has his own dark past.

Trusting is one thing, but accepting the truth may be the hardest thing Sammie has ever done.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Chasing Lilacs, go HERE.

Readers, buy your copy of Chasing Lilacs today!

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NEW!! Readers, answer the bonus question related to the spotlight in the comments, then leave your email address for your chance to win a FREE copy of Chasing Lilacs. If you do not answer the question, you will not be entered.

Question: Carla states 3 fundamentals that have stuck with her. Name one of them. Then, share a value or fundamental from your upbringing that has stuck with you until today.

Make sure you also leave your email address (name at domainname You won't be entered in the drawing without it. If you wish to comment but don't want to be entered, say so when you post.

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


Martha A. said...

not sure if you already gave this away or not!!! The answer would be one of them was "Just being a decent human being'
it sounds like an interesting book! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

Well, Martha, looks like you're the winner from this one. Surprised there weren't any other entries. I'll get your book sent out this week. Thanks for entering.