Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Wednesday Book Giveaway and Guest Blogger, Sandra Orchard

Good morning. It is Guest Blogger Wednesday, which means I'll be giving away another FREE book. And we get to hear from a visiting writer. What a treat it is to have Sandra Orchard as my gusts.

Welcome, Sandra.

Sandra Orchard is a multi-award-winning author of mysteries and romantic suspense with Revell Publishing and Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense imprint.

She is an active member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America and The Word Guild (Canada). A mother of three grown children, she lives in Niagara, Canada with her real-life-hero husband and writes full time…when not doting on her young grandchildren.

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God's Gentle Nudges

Since the writing journey can be an emotional roller coaster, I made a point from early on of taking note of the Lord’s little encouragements. Happily, he’s blessed me with many such moments. Like the time the disk in my back blew three days before I was scheduled to fly to my first ACFW conference in Dallas. 

It doesn’t sound like much of a God moment does it? But…it was through the audiotapes of the conference I missed that I learned about Susan May Warren’s plans to launch her My Book Therapy critique service and I became one of her first clients, which turned out to be a huge boost to my learning curve and the beginning of a precious friendship. 

Then there was the day that a single gal, Laurie, in my small rural community showed up at my doorstep with my copy of Romantic Writer’s Review, that had “accidentally” been put in her mailbox along with her own copy. She was thrilled to discover another aspiring romance writer in her community and immediately invited me to her writer’s group. Most of the time, this group wound up being just Laurie, Kate and myself, and it was fabulous. Neither of them were believers, but thankfully wrote pretty sweet romances. And the Lord blessed me incredibly through their critiques and encouragement, as I hope I blessed them through my writing helps, testimony and prayers. 

That experience taught me that God could use my writing here and now even if it was never published to touch the hearts of people I might never have met if I hadn’t embarked on this writing journey.

Sadly Kate has since passed away from cancer, but she definitely drew closer to God in her final months. Laurie continues to be one of my favorite critiquers who I feel incredibly blessed to have. 

Surprisingly, perhaps for those still aspiring to be published, I coveted the God moments more than ever after the contracts started coming in. There was the time I was asked to speak at our local library on Valentine’s Day. It was a snowy day and Valentine’s to boot, so very few made it to the event. However, a reporter from a nearby city paper covered it and wrote a full-page feature article on my work for the “Life” section of the paper! 

These days, the most precious God moments often come in the form of ever-so-timely notes of encouragement from readers who’ve just read one of my books and want to share how it touched them. The Lord seems to bless me with these gentle nudges to persevere on the days I need them most—the days I’ve stared at the computer for hours and deleted more words than I’ve added and wonder if the story will ever come together the way I’d hoped…if at all! 

Whatever is going on in your life, whether you’re aspiring to be a published author or a reader with far different personal pursuits, take note of those God moments in the good times and the times that seem not so good. I suspect God delights in our noticing them as much as we delight in them. 

Sandra, thank you for this message. It is exactly what I needed to hear this morning. 

New Release

Kate won’t be safe until all of Port Aster’s secrets are revealed.

Researcher Kate Adams has finally pinpointed the supposed “miracle plant” that tore her family apart years ago. She’s certain that discovering its secrets is her only hope of solving the mystery surrounding her father’s disappearance. She’s willing to risk anything to find the truth, including her relationship with Detective Tom Parker. But with so many people in pursuit of the plant, going it alone might be a fatal mistake.


Award-winning author Sandra Orchard pulls out all the stops in this breakneck and breathtaking conclusion to the Port Aster Secrets series.

The series should be read in order—Deadly Devotion, Blind Trust, Desperate Measures—since subsequent books have spoilers to the earlier mysteries. But…beginning May 1st through to the end of August, you’ll be able to download Deadly Devotion for free at most major retailers.
Back Cover

Desperate Measures sounds like a book that would be difficult to put down. And one of you has a chance of winning a FREE copy. In order to be eligible to win a copy of Sandra Orchard's new book all you have to do is leave a comment. And make sure to include your email address so she can contact you.

We have a winner from last week. Congratulations Renee Long. You have won a copy of  Caryl McAdoo,'s book Sing a New Song!

Grace and peace to you from God,

Bonnie Leon


  1. Anonymous12:18 PM

    I want to win any of Sandra's book. They so encourage. jrs362 at hotmail dot com

  2. Wow sounds like an exciting and great read.

  3. Hi Sandra and Bonnie! Love Sandra's books and this series. Can't wait to find out what happens next!

  4. I have read the first one, I need to catch up and read the next too too! Sandra really knows how to keep readers guessing!

  5. Awesome post. Very encouraging!!! I would love to read this book. My email is

  6. I've read them all and can't wait for this one! pat at ptbradley dot com

  7. Great to see all of you. I wanted to give a heads up to anyone who hasn't sampled this series yet. The first book, Deadly Devotion, will be offered free in Ebook format beginning May 1st. So everyone with an Ereader can be a winner in that sense. :D

  8. Can't wait to read the new book! Love all Sandra's books!

  9. I enjoyed meeting you today & your book sounds like something I'd really like to read :) thanks for the giveaway & I'll be watching for your free e-book May 1st ;)
    dkstevensne AToutlookD OTcoM

  10. Anonymous6:54 PM

    I have greatly enjoyed your other books and please to see another one coming! Thank you!

  11. Anonymous7:15 PM

    This excerpt has me intrigued. The books definitely sounds like what I would enjoy.

  12. Loved the first one and would love to read the rest of the series too! Tanya

  13. Anonymous10:35 PM

    Hello Bonnie. Thanks for having Sandra for your guest. Really enjoyed this post' So glad her Deadly devotion will be free on May 1st. Will sure get it. I didn't realize she lived in Canada. That's a long way from Texas. Would love to be your winner Bonnie. GOD bless you both. Maxie
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  14. Anonymous10:35 PM

    Hello Bonnie. Thanks for having Sandra for your guest. Really enjoyed this post' So glad her Deadly devotion will be free on May 1st. Will sure get it. I didn't realize she lived in Canada. That's a long way from Texas. Would love to be your winner Bonnie. GOD bless you both. Maxie
    > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  15. Great interview Bonnie! I also live in Canada and would love to win one of Sandra's books.

  16. What a wonderful post! I am sharing with my niece who is an aspiring writer. Thank you!

  17. Sounds like it's going to be another great book! Can't wait!

  18. Sandra's books have been on my "to read" list for a long time. Would love to win a copy! And I love looking for "God Sightings" in every day life. rmaney(at)firstarpchurch(dot)org.

  19. Yay! I'm excited to try Sandra Orchard out! Haha :) I love discovering new authors!

    maidenofemmanuel (at) aim (dot) com

  20. I have the first two books and would love to read this one. Tammy.sotela (at) gmail (dot) com

  21. I have loved the other two in the series! I am looking forward to this one!


  22. Can't wait to read Desperate Measures!!!

  23. Bonnie Roof10:35 AM

    Bonnie, thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of Sandra's "Desperate Measures"!!

    Sandra, I loved your post, and appreciate every God "nudge" I receive!!

    Shared post!!

  24. This is such a thrilling series. I'd love to win a copy of the final book. Blessings!


  25. I have "Deadly Devotion" on my Kindle and would love to add this one! Thanks for the chance :-


  26. It sounds like a great book. I'm always excited to see another Sandra Orchard book.



  27. All of you are so awesome! What an encouragement to see your enthusiasm for the next novel.

  28. Anonymous10:17 AM

    This sounds like an amazing book. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy! Mary malytom(at)att(dot)net

  29. What a wonderful post! I would love to win a copy of Desperate Measures! Thanks so much for the giveaway opportunity.

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

  30. Anonymous8:16 AM

    Sandra's books are great! Love to win this one! Shelia Hall

  31. Good advice: "take note of those God moments in the good times and the times that seem not so good. I suspect God delights in our noticing them as much as we delight in them."

    The more we actively seek to find Him in our everyday the easier it becomes. The only thing I would add to this statement is - Then share what you find. As a mom of two, I find that pointing out Gods goodness, faithfulness, and power to my young children makes Him real to them. It also gives Him the glory he deserves.

    Blessings to all.

    geaneymail at gmail . com