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Month: August 2013

And the Winner Is…

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Congratulations for winning the August is Romance Awareness Month Giveaway!  You’ve won:

A Melody for James: Part 1 in the Song of Suspense series
A Melody for James: Part 1 in the Song of Suspense series

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An autographed copy of A Melody for James, The Little Book of Great Dates, and a 36-Piece Godiva Gold Ballotin.

I’ve emailed you, Bonnie, to get your address and look forward to hearing back from you.

Thank you everyone who entered the giveaway!
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Romance Month Giveaway – $75 Value!

August is Romance Awareness Month!  To celebrate, I’m giving away an autographed copy of my latest romance release, A Melody for James!

A Melody for James: Part 1 in the Song of Suspense series
A Melody for James: Part 1 in the Song of Suspense series

A recent reviewer said:

I’ve enjoyed all of this author’s work and her latest is no exception. It has an engaging and suspenseful plot…

Another reviewer said:

The read was filled with moments of understanding, openness, self discovery, faith, love and suspense The author kept me on the edge of my seat at all times, kept me guessing as to who the killer and his evil partners are up to the very end.

Another reviewer said:

This book is full of suspense, romance, and intrigue, all from a Christian standpoint. It’s so hard to find great books to read that aren’t full of garbage. Hallee Bridgeman does not disappoint. I had a hard time putting the book down. I can’t wait for the rest of the series to be released.

Because this giveaway is for Romance Awareness Month, I am also giving away a copy off The Little Book of Great Dates. This book is full of fun date night ideas from  “Go on a Mission Impossible Date” to “Share Random Acts of Love: Serve the Needy Together”, and all kinds of other fun ideas.

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What says romance better than a box of chocolate?  I’m also giving away a 36-Piece Godiva Gold Ballotin (worth $50).  YUM!

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There are several ways to enter, and some ways you can enter every day.  Good luck!  This giveaway ends on August 26, 2013, at 5:00 PM EST.
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PLEASE Help Me Win August Book of the Month!

A Melody for James: Part 1 in the Song of Suspense series
A Melody for James: Part 1 in the Song of Suspense series

A Melody for James has been nominated for the August Fiction book of the month at The Book Club Network – which is pretty fantastically awesome because Sapphire Ice WON for July fiction book of the month!

Several people nominated A Melody for James.  Here are a few quotes from the nominations:

I nominate A Melody for James as this is an EXCELLENT read. It has faith, romance, suspense, and its family friendly. When I started reading this book, I was amazed at how fast it pulled me in and kept me turning pages until the end. This book is simply the best Christian romance suspense that I’ve read! Can’t wait for more books by this author!

A story of hurt, healing and hope…well written and simply captivating!

…a good clean story with romance, suspense and forgiveness.

It is a real page turner that you will not want to put down.

What amazing nominations! (And, clearly, if you haven’t yet read A Melody for James, you’re missing out on what is proving to be a well loved book!)

Please go to The Book Club Network. On the right hand column of the front page are the nominations. You just “check” your vote. You don’t have to register or become a member or anything – you can just vote.  It literally takes seconds.

Thank you for your help!
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Preview of the upcoming Virtues and Valor series

00HeavenlyHeroinesHere is the prologue from the Virtues and Valor book 1, Temperance’s Trial, due out in September. This will be a serialized set of novellas that take place during WWII.  Each book will follow a different female heroine throughout the planning and execution of a mission in occupied France.  Every character will be based on a real life heroine from that war.  In the back of each novella, I will tell you about the heroine who inspired that book’s character.

Temperance’s Trial follows Marie Gilbert, codenamed Temperance.

PROLOGUE

Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, France, 1941

Marie Gilbert woke with a start. She could hear the pounding on the front door from up in her room. With urgency, she threw off her nightgown and quickly slipped her dress over her head. As she buttoned the top button, her bedroom door flew open and her brother, Edward, dashed inside and went straight to the window. He peered out into the back garden.

“Go!” their father ordered from the doorway. “Don’t look back.”

“Papa!” Marie cried as Edward put an arm over her shoulders and guided her to the window. “Come with us, papa.”

Her father adjusted his coat and buttoned it at the waist. His eyes caught those of his son long enough to order, “Take her to Switzerland. Don’t look back.” He straightened her bed and flipped her pillow over. He retrieved her nightgown from the floor and shoved it into the top drawer of her bureau before he left the room, shutting the door behind him.

Edward looked out the window again, peering into the twilight darkness, searching the backyard and surrounding area. Marie felt her stomach knot in fear. “Edward, how can we leave him?”

“Because he said to.” He pushed the window open, stuck his head out and looked all around including up onto their roof. When he pulled his torso back inside, his voice never rose above a whisper. “Can you make it to the tree limb?”

Marie looked at the stout limb that nearly brushed her window. “I haven’t in years. I’m a grown woman now. I don’t know …”

Edward held out his hand. “We’ll make our way through the trees until we’re in the Philipe’s yard. Ready? No time to waste.”

Marie took a deep breath, and slipped a leg over the window sill. She looked down into the yard, two stories below. Without hesitation — well, maybe a little hesitation — she reached her hands out and leapt forward.

The trees on the estates were older than the buildings, and their branches entwined like the arms of an old married couple. Marie and Edward made their way carefully and just as quietly as possible through the trees. In the dark, branches scratched at her face and snagged in her hair, but she kept silent. Hearing a ruckus below, she paused just at the fence line and looked down below and behind them, seeing the uniformed Vichy police officers and members of the German Security Force haul her father from their home.

Biting back a cry, she met Edward’s eyes. His face looked grim, but he didn’t say a word. He just pressed his lips together and gave a harsh shake of his head.

They didn’t climb down out of the trees until they were on the far side of Philipe’s yard. Silently, they rushed across the grass and over the fence into the garden of Edward’s friend, Andre. In the far back corner, next to the stone fence, Edward knelt to the ground and removed a stone from the pillar. He reached inside and pulled out a sachet. He quickly opened it and studied the contents.

“Here, take this,” he said, handing her identification papers and a small cloth bag. She was now Andre’s sister, Muriel, despite Muriel’s age being closer to 30 than Marie’s own 20. Inside the bag, she found a blonde wig, which would cover her brown curls. With the wig on, the picture matched well enough, and at a glance the papers looked good.

“Do I call you Andre now?” She asked as he quickly pasted a pencil thin mustache onto his clean shaven upper lip.

“For now.” He counted the stack of francs and tucked them into his inner jacket pocket. “I have a car waiting in Tence. We’ll drive to Firminy and take the train to Geneva from there. Hopefully, it will be far enough away that they won’t look for us at the station.”

Over fences, under cattle gates, and through the wilderness, they ran and hid until they reached Tence. In a barn on a farm on the outskirts of town, they recovered the car Edward had secured, a 1925 Ariès flatbed in need of new tires, paint, and upholstery but with absolutely nothing wrong with the motor. The keys were hidden in the chicken coup. They pushed the car out of the barn and down the lane before starting the engine.

As they drove along the dark roads, Marie thought of her father. Tears burned in her eyes while she considered what might happen to him. But, she knew it was all in God’s hands.

Their family had worked with many families in their town to shelter Jewish children from the Germans. It wasn’t something she wished she regretted having done. Rather it was something she wished she hadn’t had to do. The evil treatment of the Jews ate at her soul and she was glad she was able to play some small part in saving a few lives.

But, they all knew the risks. That was why Edward had spent months planning escape routes, hiding identification papers, storing money, securing a vehicle. He knew one day the Germans would come for them.

“He should have gone with us,” she said, leaning her head against the window.

“You know we only escaped because he didn’t.”

“I’m just glad we didn’t have any children in the house last night,” she said, weary. She blinked against her burning eyes.

“God is good. Maybe they won’t be able to detain him since no children were there.” He gestured with his chin. “There should be a canteen in the back if you’re thirsty.”

“I just worry about who else might have been arrested,” Marie said. She rolled her eyes on her neck. “Do I have any terrible scratches on my face? I don’t want to stand out at the train station.”

Edward looked away from the road long enough to glance at her face. “Nothing terrible,” he said.

“Thanks.” Reaching behind her, she grabbed the canteen. “Where will we go?”

“London.” Edward reached over and squeezed her shoulder. “With Papa being English, maybe we can stay there.”

“I’d rather be where he is.”

“Of course you would. But, we have to put that aside right now.” Putting both hands back on the wheel, he said, “We both do.”

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A Melody for James: Clash of the Titles Winner!

A Melody for James: Part 1 in the Song of Suspense series
A Melody for James: Part 1 in the Song of Suspense series

A Melody for James won Clash of the Titles!  That’s so awesome, because I was up against some pretty tough competition!  The Clash folks said that this clash had the most votes they’ve ever seen!

Out of all of the amazing reviews this book has received, here is the review highlighted on the site:

This book has affected me on so many levels. I am so moved by it that I don’t know where to begin this review. Me, who is usually never stuck for words! To say I’m stunned is an understatement. Friends, brothers and sisters, I never say I’m stunned by a book. Never. But I’m saying it now.

This is as taut a thriller as ever I’ve read. It’s hard hitting and doesn’t flinch from the bad stuff. Like any contemporary thriller, it’s full of surprises. Explosions, bombs, bullets, missed connections, it’s all there. What’s not there is explicit sexual description and what is definitely not there is profanity. What a refreshing change! Hallee Bridgeman has gone and proved that you don’t have to write dirty to get people’s attention. That a book can thrum with sexual tension without a bed in sight. That actual evil and hatred can manifest itself on the printed page without a single swear word. And I truly believe, as a person who believes that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that God raised him from the dead, that this can only be accomplished by the power and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Hallelluia!

I praise and thank God for the gift of Hallee Bridgeman to readers, for her awesome talent and generosity of spirit in sharing this wonderful story. The Spirit of God is definitely present here and the Word of God and it’s vibrant power is continuously present.

The plot, James and Melody’s story, how they meet at a juncture of their lives and fall in love, to be reunited again several years later, is compulsive and will please readers of romance. The intrigue regarding the enemies who surround them will please the readers of thrillers. How this couple walk in the Valley of the Shadow of Death, fearing no evil will please spirit filled Christian believers. It is so true – if you live in the Word of God and the Word in you, no weapon formed against you shall prosper and ever tongue which rises against you shall be condemned.

Heavenly Father, I pray this wonderful novel will be read far and wide and help increase the faith of believers everywhere and bring faith to people who don’t know the Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!

If you haven’t read A Melody for James yet, you’re really missing out on a thrilling read!  You can get A Melody for James at any of the following locations:

Deeper Shopping, Smashwords, Amazon, Barnes & NobleAll Romance eBooks , Apple iTunes Store , KoboeBookIt, Lulu, Bookie Jar

A Melody for James can be purchased in paperback at the following places:

Create Space, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million

You can read the first chapter at this link.

If you voted for A Melody for James, THANK YOU!  If you read it, I’d LOVE to hear from you!

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