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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Welcome Kelly Long and Lilly's Wedding Quilt

Please interact with our guest authors by answering the question they provide. Your response will also enter you in the drawing for a free book.


KELLY LONG is the bestselling author of Sarah’s Garden and Lilly’s Wedding Quilt. She has also written novellas with Beth Wiseman and Kathy Fuller, including An Amish Love. Kelly is a former English and Latin teacher and lives near Hershey, Pa with her husband and children. You can connect with Kelly on Facebook at Fans of Kelly Long or on the blogs Amish or Amish

by Kelly Long
Published by Thomas Nelson


Local Amish schoolteacher Lilly Lapp is tired of weddings, afraid of horses, and immersed in caring for her depressed mother. But when Jacob Wyse, a handsome horse breeder from her small community rescues her from a dangerous accident, Lilly discovers a renewed interest in life and the possibility of love.

Yet Jacob has lost the one true love of his life to another man and doesn't care to expose himself to the vulnerabilities of loving again. God works to bring this unlikely pair into a sweet romance to produce a pattern of faith, which leads to the creation and comfort of Lilly's Wedding Quilt.

Readers, buy your copy of Lilly's Wedding Quilt (A Patch of Heaven Novel) today!


Loneliness in Fiction Writing

What did I know about becoming a fiction writer when I slowly waded in? Needed a good agent? Yep. Needed a good publishing house? Sure. Needed to be willing to market, meet deadlines, do book signings, travel…? All good. Got it down. Needed to face the unremitting cold of the vast icy paper and the brain frozen fingers? You betcha.

I seemed to have had it figured out…UNTIL….I realized that nothing could have prepared me for the abject loneliness, the God and me aloneness of the process of writing for others to read.

You might say…suck it up; you get to work in your pajamas. Well, I missed getting dressed for work. I missed my students; the interaction between coworkers….other brains in the room besides my own wacky writer one.

So, I prayed more.

Got dressed. Put on makeup (okay..only a little). Started to talk to myself…I realized that I needed CONNECTION to survive. So, I bugged my Editor (truly blessed lady); made friends with my agent (easy to do…great personality)….Made best friends with other writers….

But I needed more.

So, I joined ACFW. Okay. I didn’t know what to do with it once I joined, but I finally got going and discovered felt like this too. And, I learned a lot from my other loop, The Writer’s View. I learned loneliness is not fictional, readers are not fictionalized (they care), and the life I am living for Christ now is not lonely fiction but an opportunity to reach millions…

I just have to be willing to take the first step with Him…Alone.

Kelly Long

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Thank you, Kelly, for sharing with us today.

Guest Question: What lessons have you learned as a writer? And if you're not a writer, what life lessons have you learned recently? How has God challenged you to grow in the life you're living?

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 autographed copy of the book above. 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 US/Canada residents only.


Charity U said...

God has been teaching me to be patient. He has a plan for everything, and that includes me!

I enjoyed getting to know Kelly Long, and would love to read the book!


Giveaway Lady said...

I am not a writer, but God has been teaching me to rely on Him. Even when I can't trust others, I can trust Him.

Please enter me in this giveaway! It sounds like a lovely book:) Thanks!