Day Four: Giveaway with Amber Stockton

Posted December 4, 2009 by Stormi in Uncategorized / 13 Comments

Favorite Christmas Memory
Amber Stockton

As I think about this, some of the more predictable answers come to mind. But, I don’t want to be predictable in my response. So, I searched my stores of memories and special Christmases for one that stands out above the best.

Sure, I can say it was my first Christmas shared with my husband. Or, I could say it will be the first celebrated with our new baby daughter. However, as great as those are and as special a place as they will hold in my heart and mind, there is one in particular which shines bright and clear.

We had two special years when my grandfather lived with us. As I shared my birthday with him and was the only grand-daughter, you can imagine how much I treasured this time with him. Looking back now, it’s even more important to keep those two precious years alive, as my grandfather passed away the night before I turned sixteen.

Those two years, though, bring a smile to my face as I picture my grandfather sitting in his favorite chair. One we brought from his house when we moved him in with us. He looked so regal, observing my three brothers and my parents as we distributed the gifts to each other, opened them in turn and celebrated together. I don’t recall what gifts I received either of those years, or even the gifts my grandfather received. What I do remember, however, is the smile on his face and on the faces of my family.

We took video of both years, so I have a few snippets as a keepsake. The real memories though, will forever remain in my mind. And as long as I keep remembering, I’ll never lose them.

Now, my life has moved on, and I have a family of my own. We will make new memories, establish our own traditions, and celebrate together, while sharing with our daughter those special memories my husband and I have. I can hardly wait! How many weeks are left? Just 5? They can’t come too soon. J

Of course, there is just 1 week until I begin my annual tradition of Christmas books and Christmas music only for the entire month of December. And with that in mind, here are some of my favorites I’ve read over the years:

A Victorian Christmas Collection by Peggy Stoks
A Victorian Christmas Quilt by Catherine Palmer, Debra White Smith, Ginny Aiken, and Peggy Stoks
A Victorian Christmas Keepsake by Catherine Palmer, Kristin Billerbeck, and Ginny Aiken
Cowboy Christmas by Catherine Palmer, Linda Goodnight, and Lisa Harris
Christmas Homecoming by Pamela Griffin, Diane Noble, and Kathleen Fuller
Julotta by Tracie Peterson
Silent Star by Tracie Peterson
Tidings of Peace by Tracie Peterson

I could probably go on with more, as I read quite a few during the month. We’ll see if I discover a new one or two this year to add to my list of favorites.

Some of Amber Stockton’s books:

Promises, Promises

Barbour Publishing/Heartsong Presents
Book 1 of Liberty’s Promise (HP #784)
At Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1597899399/eagledesigns-20
At Barnes & Noble: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/ISBNInquiry.asp?EAN=9781597899390
Release date: February 2008
ISBN-10: 1597899399
ISBN-13: 9781597899390

— Raelene Strattford believes God has forsaken her, but her neighbor proves just the opposite while giving her a voice in a world where women have none. —

Has God forsaken Raelene? What kind of God would take a girl’s family and leave her alone in a wild land where women have no voice? When Gustaf Hanssen promises Raelene’s dying father that he will take care of her, he finds himself bound to her happiness, her success, and her well-being in ways he never imagined. To keep his word, must Gustaf really oversee all of Raelene’s affairs, find her a husband, and maintain her farm, while she does nothing but scorn him? Can God reach through Raelene’s pain and self-centeredness and give her the love that awaits, if only she will accept His will?

Read the first chapter here: http://www.amberstockton.com/excerpts/ppexcerpt.html

Quills & Promises

Barbour Publishing/Heartsong Presents
Book 2 of Liberty’s Promise (HP #803)
At Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/160260049X/eagledesigns-20
Release date: July 2008
ISBN-10: 160260049X
ISBN-13: 9781602600492

— Separated from Madison when he leaves to fight the French and Indians, Elanna Hanssen must choose between her heart and her head, especially when Madison’s integrity is questioned. —

Innocence paired with wisdom beyond her years–With these traits, Elanna Hanssen unwittingly captures the attentions of Major Madison Scott. Her honest desire to understand the war fascinates him, and he resolves to get to know this perspicacious young lady better. When he is called away to fight the French and the Indians, they begin a correspondence, cautiously baring their hearts to one another. Elanna has never known emotions like these before, but she is drawn to the integrity she sees in her major. When a writer for the first newspaper in the colony questions the major’s credentials and activities, however, will she allow her heart or her head to rule? Can true love grow over such distance and around such obstacles?

Read the first chapter here: http://www.amberstockton.com/excerpts/qpexcerpt.html

Deceptive Promises

Barbour Publishing/Heartsong Presents
Book 3 of Liberty’s Promise (HP #823)
At Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1602601895/eagledesigns-20
Barnes and Noble: http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?EAN=9781602601895
Release date: November 2008
ISBN-10: 1602601895
ISBN-13: 9781602601895

— Living during the American Revolution and the formation of a new nation, Margret Scott gets involved with a spy and a life of deception that could endanger herself, her family and the man she loves. —

Is deception fair in wartime? Margret Scott finds she must deal with this question as she becomes attracted to the enigmatic Samuel Lowe. As the tensions grow between the colonists and the British soldiers and loyalists, Margret struggles to determine where Samuel’s loyalties lie, despite his reassurances that they lie with the colonists. Samuel’s duties have him working for both sides of this war, and he is often torn between what is right and what is wrong. He promises Margret she can trust him, and Margret promises him she does. But can promises born in deception be trusted? Can relationships built in uncertainty survive?

Read the first chapter here: http://www.amberstockton.com/excerpts/dpexcerpt.html

Liberty’s Promise

Amber’s first 3 books repackaged into 1 volume
Romancing America collection
Barbour Publishing
Available for Pre-Order!
Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1602607990/eagledesigns-20
Christianbook.com: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?event=AFF&p=1152452&item_no=607996
Release date: March 2010
ISBN-10: 1602607990
ISBN-13: 9781602607996

Publisher’s description: Relive the birth of a new country as three women battle for determining to whom they can entrust their hearts. Raelene is all alone, but is there peace in following the wishes of her deceased father? Elanna is intelligent for her young age, but will her love for an older man turn into a passing fancy when his integrity is questioned? Margret’s loyalties are torn when the colonists rebel, for how can a relationship with a British soldier built on deceptions survive? Will each woman find her place of freedom to embrace her faith and trust her heart to love?

Copper and Candles

Barbour Publishing/Heartsong Presents
Book 1 of Michigan historical series (HP #843)
At Christianbook.com: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?event=AFF&p=1152452&item_no=603405
At Amazon.com: http://http//www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1602603405/eagledesigns-20
Release date: April 2009
ISBN-10: 1602603405
ISBN-13: 9781602603400

—A young lady of means discovers that keeping secrets, no matter how noble the intent, demands a price that she and a refinery worker, with all their resources, might not be able to pay.—

Society teas and garden parties, shopping, gossip—Life as a young lady of means may be fun, but Felicity wants to do more. Unfortunately, she finds that her position and wealth can sometimes hinder her efforts to help those around her in need. Thus, when a charity case falls ill and cannot work, Felicity determines to go to work as a commoner in Detroit’s dangerous factory district. Relationships become complicated, however, and she soon finds herself falling in love with a worker from the copper refinery next door. She knows her family would never accept him as a suitor, but what’s a girl to do? What she doesn’t know is that Brandt has his own secrets and hides his identity just as carefully as she. Brandt and Felicity soon discover that deception—no matter how noble its intent—demands a price that even they, with all their resources, may not be able to pay. Can they survive the storm when truth is revealed?

Read the first chapter here: http://www.amberstockton.com/excerpts/ccexcerpt.html

Hearts and Harvest

Barbour Publishing/Heartsong Presents
Book 2 of Michigan historical series (HP #867)
At Christianbook.com: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?event=AFF&p=1152452&item_no=605760
Release date: September 2009
ISBN-10: 1602605769
ISBN-13: 9781602605763

—A destitute young man fights society’s mores to win the hand of his privileged sweetheart.—

William’s is a true riches to rags story…Once members of Detroit’s elite society, the Berringer family lost everything they had in the financial crash of 1893. From a life of influence and privilege, they now find themselves working a potato patch alongside immigrants and other destitute folk on borrowed land. William’s resentment toward his current situation—and mostly toward God for allowing it—simmers barely beneath the surface. All it takes is one charitable visit to the fields from a lovely society darling to burst his façade of acceptance. Annabelle Lawson, convicted by her pastor’s admonishing words, begins delivering food and water to the workers on her father’s donated land. But as she learns the stories of the people who work there, she becomes increasingly drawn to their plight. Especially that of the inscrutable William Berringer. Can Annabelle and William overcome the stigma placed upon his family by a society that once embraced them? Will her parents remember their own meeting or forbid this budding romance altogether?

Read the first chapter here: http://www.amberstockton.com/excerpts/hhexcerpt.html

Patterns and Progress

Barbour Publishing/Heartsong Presents
Book 3 of Michigan historical series (HP# )
At Christianbook.com: http://www.christianbook.com/Christian/Books/product?event=AFF&p=1152452&item_no=606876
Release date: December 2009
ISBN-10: 1602606870
ISBN-13: 9781602606876
—A farmer’s daughter would rather turn back the hands of time than accept the fact that advancement in technology could be in God’s plan.—

Shannon Delaney was right. Every time she might consider changing her stance on what other people called progress, something bad would happen and she would be proven right again. Take the day Jacob Berringer almost ran her over in that new Model-T, for instance. And he had the nerve to suggest she’d been daydreaming? Or the Titanic. A marvel of modern invention. Look where that got them. Or how about the new tractor her brother insisted they try out. What did he get from that? A broken arm. Why can’t things just stay the way they are—the way they should be? Jacob’s got his work cut out for him, proving to the stubborn but beautiful Shannon that just because he works for the Henry Ford Company, he isn’t evil incarnate. But something about her tells him she’s worth the effort, and when Jacob puts his mind to something, he doesn’t turn back. But will either of them look to God for direction?

Read the first chapter here: http://www.amberstockton.com/excerpts/pnpexcerpt.html

She is in the middle of a blog tour so here is her schedule:

12/4

Abi Buening – http://myheartbelongs2books.blogspot.com/

12/5
Cara Putman – http://carasmusings.blogspot.com/
American Patriot Blog – http://americanpatriotseries.blogspot.com/

12/7
Edit Cafe – (guest blogger) – http://editcafe.blogspot.com/
Cindy Woodsmall (all week) – http://www.cindywoodsmall.com/booklover/category/book-lover/
Rose McCauley – http://rosemccauley.blogspot.com/
Lauralee Bliss – http://blissfulwritingthoughts.blogspot.com/

12/8
Jennifer AlLee – http://jenniferallee.blogspot.com/
Allie Newberry – http://blog.allienewberry.com/
Favorite PASTimes interview – http://favoritepastimes.blogspot.com/

12/9
Cathy Bryant – http://wordvessel.blogspot.com/
Eileen Astels – http://eileenastels.blogspot.com/
Favorite PASTimes interview – http://favoritepastimes.blogspot.com/
Seriously Write – http://seriouslywrite.blogspot.com/

12/10
Patty Wysong – http://pattywysong.blogspot.com/

12/11
Patty Wysong – http://pattywysong.blogspot.com/

12/12
Margaret Chind – http://cherryblossommj.blogspot.com/

12/14
Lisa Lickel – http://livingourfaithoutloud.blogspot.com/

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Author Bio:

Tiffany Amber Stockton is an author, online marketing consultant, and web site designer who lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart, and their baby daughter in Colorado. They also have a vivacious Border Collie mix named Roxie. Amber has sold eight books to Barbour Publishing with more on the horizon. Other writing credits include five short stories for Romancing the Christian Heart, and contributions to Grit for the Oyster and 101 Ways to Romance Your Marriage. Her goal in writing is to convey the message that God is always present, even during the most difficult circumstances. Read more about her at her web site: http://www.amberstockton.com/.

Amber Stockton is giving away a copy of her book Patterns and Progress. Below are the contest rules:

-US and Canada only
-must be a follower (its easy to follow just click on the follow button)

ways to enter:
-comment on this post and leave a email address +1
-new follower +2
-old follower +4
-Post about my contest on your blog (actual post) +6
-Post on sidebar, twitter, etc. +4
-rate my blog (at blogged) +1
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13 responses to “Day Four: Giveaway with Amber Stockton

  1. Stormi, thanks so much for having me here this week and helping promote during my blog tour. It’s always fun to spend a little extra time with you online.

    Fantastic blog, and creative ways to encourage entries into contests while also receiving cross-promotion. 🙂

    Wanda, good luck!

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