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29 July 2011

We Have A *Gut-Wrenching* Winner!

Congratulations and a cyber laurel go to . . .

Marianne Evans and her excerpt from Hearts Crossing!!! 

About the book:
Collin Edwards, a former parishioner at Woodland Church, has renounced God without apology, his faith drained away in the face of a tragic loss.

Daveny Montgomery cares deeply about her relationship with God, and the community of Woodland. Lately though, she's been in a rut, longing for something to reignite her spiritual enthusiasm.

A beautification project at Woodland seems the answer for them both. Daveny spearheads the effort and Collin assists, but only with the renovations, and only because he wants to know Daveny better. Despite his deepening feelings for her, even stepping into the common areas of the church stirs tension and anger.

Can Daveny trust in Collin’s fledgling return to faith? And can Collin ever accept the fact that while he turned his back on God, God never turned his back on him?

Read the winning excerpt here
Read Marianne's interview with me here

Thanks also to our worthy runners-up, Adam and Andrea Graham, and their YA book Tales of the Dim Knight.

Check out their entry here.

What readers have said:
  • Both were amazingly descriptive. The first put me right in that boys head and the second filled me with horror right along with the character when he caused his brother's death. Very gut-wrenching!!
  • I want to read both books,they caught my attention immediately.
  • One thing I love about Clash of the Titles is the exposure to so many different types of great writing. 
Marianne says: It has been an honor to "clash" with such a worthy opponent! :-) I love Clash of the Titles.

The feeling is mutual, Marianne! It was awesome hosting this clash and getting to know all the contenders.

So, who gets the freebies? Hmm, let me see here. . . Well, what do ya know! It seems to be Joanne day!

Joanne Sher, you won a copy of Tales of the Dim Knight.
Joanne Tropello, you'll receive a copy of Hearts Crossing. Congratulations, ladies!!

Next week, April Gardner hosts a special "Author's Choice" Clash. Anything goes with this one--authors chose their favorite excerpts from their own works to submit, and we narrowed it down to the top two for readers to vote on. Spread the word!

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Clare Revell said... Friday, 29 July, 2011

Congrats Marianne :)

Marianne Evans said... Friday, 29 July, 2011

Thanks, Clare! I'm thrilled, and I congratulate Adam & Andrea Graham on their wonderful submission.

COTT Staff said... Friday, 29 July, 2011

Congratulations, Marianne! A worthy excerpt, indeed. Welcome to the COTT family!!

April Gardner said... Friday, 29 July, 2011

Oops! That was me in the previous comment. I really need to remember to switch accounts! :-)

Anonymous said... Friday, 29 July, 2011

Congratulations, Marianne! I'm thrilled for you. It always impresses me that the clash contestants can really feel like they've accomplished something, because both excerpts are always quite good. I enjoyed both of these, and I'm so proud of you - as my friend AND as a member of the WRP bouquet. You ROCK, girl! :)

Michelle Massaro said... Friday, 29 July, 2011

Hi, Clare! Congrats again Marianne! April, I kinda like COTT leaving that comment, lol. =) Delia, thanks for the uplifting words for all our authors. =)

Dora Hiers said... Friday, 29 July, 2011

Thanks to Marianne and the Adam/Andrea Graham team for submitting two superb gut-wrenching excerpts! Congrats, Marianne, on the clash win.

Marianne Evans said... Friday, 29 July, 2011

I'm honored to join the 'Club' everyone, and thanks so much for the well wishes and congratulations! It means so much! Trust me, I'll be posting my COTT badge at my blog and website as soon as it's received. :-) God bless, everyone, and here's to many more exciting, wonderful clashes!

Christine Lindsay said... Saturday, 30 July, 2011

Wonderful excerpt. And a wonderful book. Can't wait to read it.

Marianne Evans said... Sunday, 31 July, 2011

Thanks, Christine - and I hope you enjoy it!! :-) God bless.

Item Reviewed: We Have A *Gut-Wrenching* Winner! Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Michelle Massaro