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Thursday, May 13, 2010

My Friend - Christina Berry - is a Christy Finalist . . .

so I'm giving away a copy of her book!!

I featured this book back in September when it first came out. Congrats to Christina for being a Christy Finalist in the Debut Book Category. You can find a list of the other finalists here. I know many of the authors and their work. What an esteemed list of authors. You are all an inspiration to me and deserving of this honor.

Contest info for winning The Familiar Stranger is at bottom of this post. But first, a little about Christina:

Single mother and foster parent, Christina Berry carves time to write from her busy schedule because she must tell the stories that haunt her every waking moment. (Such is the overly dramatic description of an author's life!) She holds a BA in Literature, yet loves a good Calculus problem, as well. Her debut novel, The Familiar Stranger, released from Moody in September and deals with lies, secrets, and themes of forgiveness in a troubled marriage. A moving speaker and dynamic teacher, Christina strives to Live Transparently--Forgive Extravagantly!

Her work has also appeared in The Secret Place, The Oregonian, and Daily Devotions for Writers.

About THE FAMILIAR STRANGER:
Craig Littleton's decision to end his marriage would shock his wife, Denise . . . if she knew what he was up to. When an accident lands Craig in the ICU, with fuzzy memories of his own life and plans, Denise rushes to his side, ready to care for him.
They embark on a quest to help Craig remember who he is and, in the process, discover dark secrets. What will she do when she realizes he's not the man she thought he was? Is this trauma a blessing in disguise, a chance for a fresh start? Or will his secrets destroy the life they built together?

GIVEAWAY:
As always, to be entered in the drawing for this book, please leave a comment WITH YOUR CONTACT INFO. A few entries are always disqualified because I have no contact info. I will draw for a winner next Wednesday, May 19.

Thank you to all who entered the drawing for Vickie McDonough's book THE ANONYMOUS BRIDE. The winner is Sherri. Congratulations!!! Enjoy this fun read.

Disclaimer: The Familiar Stranger was provided to me last fall for promotional purposes. The chances of winning contingent on number of winners.

18 comments:

Michelle V said...

Please enter me. I've been wanting to read this book for a while now!

Blessings
Michelle V
m.vasquez[at]grandecom[dot]net

Gina Conroy said...

I've heard only good things about his book.

You know where to find me!

portraitwriter (at) gmail (dot) com

Cara Lynn James said...

Congratulations on the Christy nomination!!! Please enter me in the drawing for the book.

caralynnjames at yahoo dot com

Jo said...

This book sounds so awesome. Congratulations on the Christy nomination.

Blessings,
Jo
ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

Wendy said...

This sounds like a good book. I have to say Christina sounds interesting - likes to write and Calculus problem's?
wsmarple/at/gmail/dot/com

Buukluvr81 said...

I have been hearing great things about this book and would love to be entered! Thanks so much!

Blessings and hugs,
Molly
Mollydawn1981 AT aol DOT com

Andrea Schultz said...

Would love to read this book - it is the only one in the First Novel Category I haven't read yet.

Blessings -

Andrea
andrealschultz[at]gmail[dot]com

Please visit my blog - Ponderings by Andrea - for book reviews and giveaways.

http://andrealschultz.blogspot.com

Thanks!

Sandee61 said...

Please add my name to your giveaway for this book, it sounds really good. Thank you for the good review.

Blessings,
Sandee61

Muzzley56[at]aol[dot]com

windycindy said...

Congratulations to Christina for being a Christy Finalist!
What an intriguing sounding book
premise. Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Judy said...

Thank you for the opportunity to enter this contest. The book sounds like a winner.

Judy C.

Wanda said...

Oh I've had this book on my wish list for a while after reading about. Please include me.

bnredeemed[at]gmail[dot]com

Virginia C said...

Such an intriguing premise, and a glimpse at true forgiveness and spiritual growth. Marriage is a partnership on many levels. It is not always fifty-fifty. I have only read stellar reviews for "The Familiar Stranger", and I'd love to win a copy of the book.

US Resident, Follower, Subscriber

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

Julia M. Reffner said...

I've heard some great reviews on this book and would love to read it.

julesreffner(at)gmail(dot)com

Silverbill said...

Such a stunning young woman is Christina Berry to have so much on her plate yet turn out a gripping tale of love, betrayal, and hard choices.

carla stewart said...

Thanks for all the comments and entries. I'm thrilled to know that so many people are still talking about The Familiar Stranger. Great debut book. And if you don't win, it's worth putting in your Amazon shopping cart.

Jan Marie said...

With all of the excellent books that are being written, it is quite an honor to be a Christy finalist. Congratulations on that outstanding achievement!

I too have heard many good things about Christina's book and would be delighted if I were the winner of a copy! Please enter me.

janmarien(at)embarqmail(dot)com

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Judy said...

I see that I am a dummy for not leaving the proper information. I'll
try it again and see if I am blessed to win a book. Carla, I have really enjoyed your website and look forward to CHASING LILACS. I do wish you much success.

Judy Cooper
gran1942@gmail.com