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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thirty Days of Thanksgiving - Day 26

Day 26. The Letter Y for You, my readers!

If you have read one of my books, thank you.

If you have attended one of my book launches or book signings, I appreciate the time you took from your busy life to celebrate with me.

If you have written a review and posted it on your blog or online, thank you for sharing your insights and your gift of words.

If you’ve read my blog, been friends with me on Facebook, have liked my Facebook author page, or followed me on Twitter, thanks for hanging out and spending your days with me.

If you’ve said a prayer or given me a word of encouragement, you’ve blessed me in ways you can’t imagine.

If you’ve written me a note, an email, or messaged me, thanks for the sacrifice of your time.

If you’ve shared my books with others or recommended them to a friend, you are a treasure above all things.

To all of you, my gratitude overflows. Because of you, I search for the perfect word, that special turn of phrase, the spark that will make my stories come alive. It’s for you I write.

As a very small way of saying thanks, I’m giving away two of my books in a drawing. I’ll be drawing two names on Dec. 3, and winners may choose either Chasing Lilacs or Broken Wings. To be entered in the drawing, please leave a comment WITH YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION telling me how you first found out about my blog or my books. Even if you already own one or both books, you’re welcome to enter. I’d be honored if you won and gave my book to your church or local library or gave it as a gift. If you’re a first-time reader, my hope is that you will like what you read and tell others.

Thanks for your support and joining this adventure with me!

Note: These are my personal books. Chances of winning dependent on number of entries. Void where prohibited. Open to North American residents only. 


Cheryl Barker said...

Carla, I don't have a copy of Broken Wings yet. Would love to win it! :)

I can't remember how I first found your blog but do remember the first time I looked at it. At the time, I was wanting to start my own blog and looking at others as examples. I perhaps clicked over from another blog or maybe TWV2?? Continued blessings to you!

ckbarker at gmail dot com

4RV Publishing said...

What a delightful way to thank people in your life, or at least part of your cyber life if not physical life.


Nancy Farrier said...

Hi Carla, I just looked and the library at our church doesn't have any of your books. For shame! Of course, the library opened this past summer, so we're still small. :) I'd love to win either copy to put in the library. I know our ladies would love your books.


Susan said...

I would love to win either copy! They look like enjoyable reads.

Jeannie Campbell, LMFT said...

i'd love to read broken wings, carla. from one SOTP to another. :)

the character therapist

Judy said...

I first found out about your blog from FB. I would love to win, Chasing Lilacs.

Thank you for your generous giveaway!



Dianne Neal Matthews said...

Hi Carla! I learned about your books and blog through CAN. It was fun meeting you in person at the marketing seminar in Chicago a few weeks ago. (I sat at the table behind you.)

Dianne Neal Matthews said...

Hi Carla! I first learned about your books and blog through CAN. It was fun to meet you in person at the marketing seminar in Chicago a few weeks ago.

Josanne said...

Yay, another chance to win one of your books. A great gift to pass along to friends or the local library.I have read your blog via my email box for a long time. I have especially enjoyed the Thanksgiving ABC's. Only one more to go! I imagine that I found out about your blog by osmosis at our local WIN meetings. Now, I know why it is called Carla's Cafe. Good books, food, fellowship and a cup of coffee with Carla!

Beth K. Vogt said...

What a generous way to thank your readers!

carla stewart said...

Thanks for all the great comments!

Cheryl, you've been a faithful reader for a long time - love you, girl!

Vivian - Isn't it nice how cyberfriends become like family?

Nancy, I'd love it if you win one of the books and donated it to your church library. Most churches don't have much to budget for acquisitions and rely on donations.

Jeannie - you make me laugh! Even when I plot, I fly by the seat of my pants. Somehow it all works out :-))

carla stewart said...

Judy, glad that we connected on FB and for following me here. Your name is in the hat!

Dianne - it was great meeting you in Chicago - wish we could have all visited more. It's so nice to be part of CAN too - such a supportive group. Thanks for stopping by here.

Josanne - you've been such an encouragement to me during this month of thankfulness. Stay tuned for "Z" tomorrow.

Rachel Christine said...

I met you at conference two years ago - You were at my table. Of course I looked up your blog since I knew your name from WIN. You have done so well with your writing. I'd like to win one of your books. Rachel

amysuzanne4 said...

I'd love to win a book to share with others. I have read both and enjoyed them so much. I found out about you by finding a book on our local library shelf. I then was able to find you on facebook. Thanks for adding me to the contest!
Amy Mathias

carla stewart said...

I'm loving all your lovely comments. I'm sort of surprised (and delighted) at the variety of ways that we've connected. Thanks for taking time to drop a line and enter the giveaway. You are truly the best readers anywhere!

Jenndiggy said...

I first learned about you through the Christian Author Network page. Learning about some new great authors from that page!

jenndiggy at gmail dot com

SeashoreMary said...

I like your topic Thirty Days of Thanksgiving - Day 26. It caught my eye in Facebook, under Christian Author's Network; I clicked on it. I like your blog site, the colors, the cafe concept, and your interaction with your readers. May God bless you in your endeavors.

Elaine Stock said...

Chasing Lilacs has been calling out to me for a while now & I'd appreciate the opportunity to win a copy.

Everyone's Story

estock (at) fairpoint (dot) net

Sharon said...

Carla - I first learned about your blog on The Book Club Network through Nora St. Laurent. Would love to win a copy of either book and will donate it to our church library (after I read it!)
smoore at tcq dot net

carla stewart said...

Thanks, ladies! The Christian Author Network (CAN) and The Book Club Network are great sources of finding authors and books. Thanks for bringing that to the attention of readers here. I'll pass along my thanks to them as well.

Loving your comments. Wishing you could all win!

Susan @ The Book Bag said...

I first found your blog because of Alice Wisler's post, on FB I believe it was, mentioning your giveaway of her novel A Wedding Invitation. I love Alice's work so I wandered over to your blog and entered. I liked what I saw so now I am following your blog. I have not read any of your books yet but they sound intriguing. I am hoping I will win one, but even if I don't, I will be adding you to my must-read author list.

Thanks for the chance!

Janet K Brown said...

I attended OWFI conference last year for the 1st time. I bought your book Chasing Lilacs & loved it. I didn't get to meet you because we had to leave b4 the Sat. evening booksigning. Best of luck. I would love to read your other book.

Carolyn Boyles said...

I would love to win either book! I'm on the e-mail list for ACFW SW.

I'm trying to learn to be a romance writer and the more great examples I have to study, the better.

Carolyn Boyles

Jackie said...

Hi Carla,
I just discovered you through ACFW. What a cute site. I'd love to be entered in your contest. Thanks!

Carmen7351 said...

I haven't read either book, and the reviews are absolutely astounding. I would have to choose just one? I'll let you choose if I win. Either way, I'll win! Thanks for the giveaway.

Linda at:

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Jo said...

Carla, I haven't read either of these books and would love to. I heard abut this blog from the ACFW emails.


Michelle Sutton said...

I'd love to review/try Broken Wings. I enjoyed your other book a lot.