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15 April 2011

Reveal Day!

Today’s Host:  April Gardner

Excerpt A came from author NAOMI MUSCH’S The Green Veil, book 1 in the Empire in Pine.

Pain seared Colette's temples, neck, and shoulders. Behind her eyelids, everything blazed like a powder keg of dynamite going off inside her. Explosions roared and blasts glared - red, and now and then a streak of hot white. She stirred on the bed, and her satin dress rustled.

Colette Palmer is only a girl in 1841 when her father follows land speculator Harris Eastman from Michigan to Wisconsin Territory, a wilderness where lumber barons are taking land and timber by right, by force, and by theft. She has left behind dear friends, including her childhood love, timber cruiser Manason Kade. Separated from him by miles and years, she tries to forget her childish longings until the day compassion and circumstances compel her to marry another.
But Manason does come and plants his own stake in the Wisconsin lumbering trade. It isn't long before he uncovers illegal practices in the industry and by one company in particular. Now Colette's husband will stop at nothing to crush him.
Then one unsuspecting night, Manason and Colette meet again. As memories revive, and truth is set free, Colette is forced to choose between her first love and her commitment to her marriage vows. But how can she, with her faith and an empire in pine hanging in the balance?

About Naomi:
Besides fiction, Naomi also writes to encourage the homeschool community and serves as a staff writer for Living Stones News http://www.livingstonesnews.com . She is a consulting editor with Port Yonder Press.

Excerpt B came from author KAREN BANEY’S A Dream Unfolding.

“Gunshot wound!”
Hannah sighed at the tense sound of her husband’s voice filtering down the hall from the parlor to the kitchen.

The promise of a new life and a chance to start over…
Hannah Anderson had the life she always wanted, married to the man of her dreams.  When her husband’s brother gets in trouble with the law, the town turns against them, shattering her perfect life.  Now they are left with only one choice—to head west to the Arizona Territory in the hopes of creating a new life.  Will the journey be worth the cost?
Will Colter, after burying his father, is forced to leave the ranch he has called home for nearly thirty years. The journey is dangerous, challenging him and his men.  Will he find the new life he was hoping for?
Or, is there a new dream quietly unfolding before their eyes?

About Karen:
Karen Baney debuts her writing talents with A Dream Unfolding, a work that highlights her strong faith in God and her love of history.

Click HERE to read their full excerpts.

Join us next week as we get to know Naomi and Karen more thoroughly. The drawing for their books continues through to next Thursday night. Each time you post about COTT on Facebook or Twitter you gain another entry, but make sure you let us know! (limited to 1 post per day)

We’re also conducting a fun survey. How long do you give a book before you ditch it as “unreadable?” Click HERE to participate.

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B. J. Robinson said... Friday, 15 April, 2011

I loved Empire in the Pines: The Green Veil's hook, and it hooked me into actually buying the novel and reading it. I loved it, and I can't wait for the other two in the series. I've posted a review on my blog at http://barbarajrobinson.blogspot.com

Christine Lindsay said... Friday, 15 April, 2011

Awesome first page hooks. My congratulations to these two writers. Great work, and here's praying blessings on these books, that they'll reach a great many people.

April Gardner said... Friday, 15 April, 2011

Barbara, what a sweet review of Empire in the Pines! Thanks for sharing it with us.
Thanks for stopping by to chat with us, Christine! I add my prayer of blessing on these books.

B. J. Robinson said... Saturday, 16 April, 2011

Love the hook for The Green Veil. Makes you curious to read more.
BJ Robinson

April Gardner said... Saturday, 16 April, 2011

Thanks for stopping by, BJ! I'm curios about the titles. Naomi, what is veiled in Green? Karen, what dream is unfolding?

Naomi Musch said... Saturday, 16 April, 2011

You guys! Thank you! I treasure your good words. And I just want to greet Karen, too. It's neat to see who the other great opening came from. Your book will be on my must-read list.

Naomi Musch said... Sunday, 17 April, 2011

Oh, I forgot to answer your question, April. Physically, The Green Veil is the white pine that covered Wisconsin's pioneer landscape. At first Colette feels shrouded in it's beauty and mystique, but later feels suffocated and trapped in it's isolation. It's also a symbolic of human jealousy on one end, and of spiritual growth and Grace on the other.

April Gardner said... Monday, 18 April, 2011

Wow, Naomi! Love the symbolism in the title. Jealousy, spiritual growth...very cool. Guess we'll just have to read it to find out who is veiled in jealousy!!

Item Reviewed: Reveal Day! Rating: 5 Reviewed By: April Gardner