Tuesday, April 5, 2011

500th Post Celebration!!

Wow, time flies! I was more than a little surprised to look at my dashboard not long ago and realize I was fast closing in on 500 posts. And naturally, a mile-marker like that calls for a celebration!

So in honor of my 500th post, I'm offering, for 24 hours only, a FREE download of Jewel of Persia!

To claim your free download, all you have to do is go to eBookIt and use coupon code "500thPost" (no quotes in code--and it's case sensitive, so be sure you capitalize the P). You can then select your preferred digital format and enjoy!

[Update--the free download has expired, but I'm excited to report that 47 of you took advantage of the offer! I hope you all enjoy the book! The giveaway of the paperbacks is still going, so I'm going to leave this post up for an extra day for coverage. =) ]

Not a digital reader? Well, leave a comment below, and I'll draw one lucky winner of a paperback of either Jewel of Persia when I get my copies in about a month or A Stray Drop of Blood now.

The free download is, again, for one day only, so the code will be inactive at 7 a.m. EST on Wednesday, 6 April 2011.

The drawing for one of the paperbacks, however, will last for a week, so you have until 13 April to enter for that one. To enter, just leave a comment below with an email address where I can reach you if you win. =)

About Jewel of Persia

How can she love the king of kings without forsaking her Lord of lords?

Kasia grew up in a poor Jewish home with more siblings than luxuries. But when a chance encounter forces her to the palace of Xerxes, she becomes a concubine to the richest man in the world. She alone, of all Xerxes' wives, loves the man beneath the crown. She alone, of all his wives, holds the heart of the king of kings.

Traveling with Xerxes through Europe as he mounts a war against Greece, Kasia knows enemies surround her, but they’re not the Spartans or Athenians. The threat lies with those close to the king who hate her people. She determines to put her trust in Jehovah–even if it costs her her marriage.

Years of prayers are answered when Kasia's childhood friend arrives at the palace after the war, but even as she determines to see Esther crowned in place of the bloodthirsty former queen, she knows the true battle is far from over. How far will her enemies go to see her undone?

Combining the biblical account of Esther with Herodotus's Histories, Jewel of Persia is the story of a love that nearly destroys an empire . . . and the friendship that saves a nation.

About A Stray Drop of Blood

Beautiful is a dangerous thing to be when one is unprotected.

For seven years, Abigail has been a slave in the Visibullis house. With a Hebrew mistress and a Roman master, she has always been more family than servant . . . until their son returns to Jerusalem after his years in Rome. Within a few months Jason has taken her to his bed and turned her world upside down. Maybe, given time, she can come to love him as he says he loves her. But how does she open her heart to the man who ruined her?

Israel's unrest finds a home in her bosom, but their rebellion tears apart her world. Death descends with Barabbas's sword, and Abigail is determined to be there when the criminal is punished. But when she ventures to the trial, Barabbas is not the one the crowd calls to crucify. Instead, it is the teacher her master and Jason had begun to follow, the man from Nazareth that some call the Son of God . . .

Born free, made a slave, married out of her bonds, Abigail never knows freedom until she feels the fire of a stray drop of blood from a Jewish carpenter. Disowned by Israel, despised by Rome, desired by all, she never knows love until she receives the smile of a stoic Roman noble. 

Void where prohibited. Entry into the contest is considered verification of eligibility based on your local laws. Chance of winning depends on number of entries. Contest ends 4/13/11. Winner will have two weeks to claim prize.


  1. Wow, you certainly are correct! What a reason to celebrate! I have thoroughly enjoyed following your musings Cousin! :) Can't wait for Jewel and Annapolis! Love ya.

  2. I would love either but a paperback version is more likely to get read right away. I bought the other ebook and I still haven't read it yet.

  3. Oh, duh... joyfulhutch(at)msn (dot) com

  4. Would love a had copy as well, since I don't have an ereader and can't imagine reading a full book on the computer screen.

    snowboundintheup at hotmail dot com

  5. Rebecca DeMarinoApril 5, 2011 at 9:54 AM

    Congrats on your 500th post! Wow! Would love a copy of either book. I love my Kindle, but my shelf book collection is near and dear to my heart!

  6. Me, I still like hard copies--preferably signed by the world-famous author. Color me old-fashioned. Or--color me old. Works either way...

  7. Amazing books! Two of my very favorites EVER!

  8. Woohoo! Congrats on 500 posts, I'm looking forward to the next 500. ;-)

    XOXO~ Renee C.

  9. WooHOO! I am so glad you are giving a regular copy too!!
    derekannette at gmail dot com

  10. I'd love either...paperback is great, too!

  11. How awesome, a free e-book makes for a perfect day!! :) Can't wait to read it, anything in a historical setting is right up my alley!! (Which I'm assuming this is?? I'll feel dumb if I go read that it's not!! lol)

  12. Silly me should have put a blurb up, LOL. Yes, Nicole, it's historical. Biblical. Time of Esther. Ancient Persia. Yep. =)

  13. Perfect!! I read the blurb on your site, sounds really good!

  14. Roseanna!!! Seeing as I already own a copy of Stray Drop of Blood, I would love to be in the drawing for a copy of Jewel of Persia. Yay for amazing literary friends!!!

  15. Carmen sent me! I'd love to win a regular copy of A Stray Drop of Blood. I haven't read either book and looking forward to them. Thank you for the entry. Have a blessed evening.



  16. Wow! 500!

    I still llike good ole print books.


  17. Congratulations!!!!
    I want to enter to win A Stray Drop of Blood. :)

    bluerosesheart at yahoo dot com

  18. Congrats on 500! I'd love a chance to win a paperback version of either book.

    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

  19. Roseanna,

    Congratulations on your 500th posting...

    And thanks for the opportunity to read your latest masterpiece as a paperback :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  20. Thank you thank you! I'm so excited to get to read your book now!

    No chance I could enter for the "real" paper book, too? I am really interested in Stray Drop.

    Jordan (at) gnuhaus (dot) com

  21. Jordan, you're definitely welcome to enter for the paperback. =)

    Karen, so good to see you! I've been meaning to email you some book recommendations and keep getting distracted . . .

    Thanks, all, for the encouragement!

  22. I would love to enter for the paperback version of A Stray Drop of Blood. I've been reading about your books for a while now, but haven't gotten the chance to read any!! :-)


    biblioprincess15 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  23. WOW both books sound really good! There's lots of people that want them too:)!! You should be honored;)
    Thank you for the chance too win your books:)I am a sucker for freebees wherever I can get them! :)

  24. 500 posts is quite the accomplishment! Congratulations!

    Natashasiegrist at hotmail dot com

  25. Another author I would love to read. Thanks for the giveaway. Would love to win.
    happyasalarks at yahoo dot com

  26. I'd love to get my hands on either of these two books! Lovely blog!

    bharbin07 [at] gmail [dot] com

    P.S. Carmen sent me :)

  27. Please enter me! I would love to win "A Stray Drop of Blood." Speaking of which, I won "Jewel of Persia" in another giveaway several months ago...when does it come out as a book?


    Carman sent me. :)

  28. Ooh I already read the kindle version of JoP when it was free and I LOVED it and want to get my hands on a hard copy. PLEEEEEASE enter me! ;)


  29. This giveaway sounds fantastic. Please enter me

  30. Carman did send me here and I forgot to come. I thought I had...oh, well. Please enter me for the paperback version. Thanks! Don't forget my extra entry for Carman sent me! I'm so desperate...LOL.


  31. Charity, I should be getting my author copies of JoP around the beginning of May. I'll get the copies to you lucky winners then. =)

    Diana, start praying about that wily Random Number Generator now, eh? ;-)

  32. Won't do any good if everyone else on here is praying, too. LOL Oh, ye of little faith...but I at least have the faith of a grain of a mustard seed. Yeah, that'll work!!:-)


  33. I would love to win.
    Please enter me into the drawing.
    Thank you for the chance.
    Bless you and yours.

  34. Please enter me if this giveaway is opened worldwide.
    Carman sent me.


  35. Hi, can I still enter to win? I e-mailed you about how to enter, but hadn't commented yet.
    Katie Scheidhauer

  36. I missed the eReader offer (bummer because I don't go anywhere without my reader!) but I would love to have a 'hard copy' of this book!

    Thank you for the offer!

  37. MomRedding, I can hear my publisher in my ear saying "The digital is priced to sell, you know!" LOL. Sorry you missed the free download, but if you don't win the hardcopy, it *is* only $3.99 for your eReader. ;-) (There, duty done to the business side of things.)

  38. Congrats! Wow looks like an amazing book!

    jmschiele24 at yahoo dot com

  39. Both book sound great, would enjoye either one. Carmen sent me.

    true_sheila at yahoo dot com

  40. Please enter me!
    Carman sent me!
    Thank you!
    Lisa Nelson