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2 FREE BOOKS


One of my Amazon readers, Enid, recently reviewed my Cornerstone boxed set and made the comment that if she had read the books separately, she would have probably given them 4-stars each, but reading all of them together made her want to give them more than 5-stars.

Here is what she said:

Usually I rate every book separately and believe all books should stand alone. If I did that with the Cornerstone series I might only give each of them a four. But reading all three I will give them a 5 plus. I can’t even begin to pick out a favorite character. The characters are so well developed that I even liked the ones that maybe you weren’t supposed to like. And I’m thinking I’d like to go back and get a degree in counseling. I recommend this book for anyone whose life has not been perfect, who has at one time or another been angry at God and questioned why he does things his way.

I totally agree with her! The books as a set tell a more complete story, which is why I’m so happy that they are all bundled in a boxed set now. The 3-book boxed set is $7.99. But for two days, you can GET THE FIRST TWO BOOKS for FREE (HERE and HERE) and then pick up Until Then for just $3.99. That’s 60% off the individually priced books, and you get the whole series for less than that pumpkin spice latte you know you want even though it’s not even officially fall yet. ;)

P.S. Her counseling comment has to do with Michelle’s story in Until Then.

Happy reading!

Out of the Ashes | new book release

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I am so excited to share today about the release of OUT OF THE ASHES. This third book in the epic Ancient Words Series by author A.M. Heath follows the beloved characters from the first two books and introduces some new characters as well, all amidst the aftermath of the Civil War. I’ve been so impressed since Book 1 with the amount of research that was put into these books, taking us onto the battle fields of the war and into the homes of those waiting to hear if their loved ones made it out alive. In Out of the Ashes, we journey with the survivors as they return to their homes, back to normal life, some making pitstops along the way, encountering unexpected and unwanted situations, all on the path God meant for them to travel.

Without giving spoilers, I will just say that I was most looking forward to Ralph’s story and I loved how that all played out. If you are a fan of historical fiction, this is a series that you don’t want to miss. It will tug at your heartstrings and bring tears to your eyes many times as it did mine.

OFFICIAL BOOK BLURB:
Sometimes peace is won through battle.

Haunted by the memories he can’t escape, Ralph Williams wants to be left alone to lick his wounds. He doesn’t understand why he’s forced into the company of the one woman he least desires. Can God bring him healing through such uncomfortable circumstances?

Frank Harper thought he had left the war and its turmoil behind, but the home to which he has returned is anything but peaceful. When racial tensions arise in Maple Grove, Frank finds himself on a battlefield once more. He’s desperate for peace, but at what cost?

When George Chandler heads off to wed his beloved bride, things don’t go as expected. Just as George starts to get comfortable with what he believes is God’s new plan for his life, history threatens to repeat itself. Will he fight for the woman he’s come to love, or will he let her go?

The War Between the States has destroyed more than just a nation. In four years, it has damaged bodies and wounded souls until the people think that nothing is left. Will they find the healing they so desperately need from the God that loves them?

GET YOUR COPY HERE!

And if you haven’t read any of the books in this series yet, you can get started right now for FREE! with Book 1, Where Can I Flee.
And Book 2 In the Shadow of Thy Wings is just $1.50. Sale Ends August 4th.
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Today at 1pm (Central Time) begins a PARTY over on FACEBOOK to celebrate the book’s release. The party goes from August 1 – 3 so feel free to stop by any time and take part in the discussion and enter the fun giveaways.
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One GREAT GIVEAWAY the author has going on right now is a full set of paperback copies of the whole series!
ENTER TO WIN HERE!

About the Author:
Besides being an Indie Author, A.M. HEATH is a wife, mother of four, children’s Sunday School teacher, sweet tea drinker, history fanatic, romantic, bubbly, lover of broccoli, and cake decorator who has a soft spot for Christmas trees, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.

What she’s not is a laundress (or at least not one who keeps up very well), a duster, tall, or patient in a doctor’s office.

WHERE YOU CAN FIND A.M. HEATH?
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the Cornerstone series

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May has always been my month for releasing my books. In May 2014, my first novel, The Truth About Drew, came out. The following year it was Goodbye, Magnolia, and then last May I released Until Then. So when this May rolled around, it left me feeling a little sad that I didn’t have a new release for you. I am writing my next novel right now, but it might not come out until next May. I’d love to get it to you before that, but I’d be OK with another May release. And it takes place in the summer, so it’s going to be a nice beach read.

For quite a while now, I’ve been wanting to put all of the books in my Cornerstone series into a boxed set eBook. I loved the idea of having them all in one eBook so readers could gobble them all up at one time. ;)

One major change I made when putting this eBook together was to move the epilogue of Goodbye, Magnolia to the very end of the series. At the end of that book, we jump forward in time nearly a year and you see where Maggie and Simon end up. The second book, Hello, Forever, which is the sequel novella, then jumps back to the same night Goodbye, Magnolia ends and continues on for a couple months into the early days of Maggie & Simon’s relationship. The final book, Until Then, tells Michelle’s story, but also goes back even further for a glimpse at their college days and continues on through the days following Hello, Forever. So the epilogue from Magnolia really belongs at the very end of all of the books and that’s exactly where I put it. It felt right to have it end that way. It made sense to me, because my brain likes things to be chronological in order.

And since I hadn’t originally planned to write a series, making this big 3-book boxed set allowed me to put everything in its proper order. Yes, I am a little bit picky when it comes to my books.

Is this the end of the series?

I don’t think so.

I still have plans to write Emma’s story at some point. And there are some other side characters whose stories I would like to tell eventually. But for now, these three books tell a complete story and I’m fine with that. Other books that may come in the future will probably stand on their own, so you won’t have to have read the other books to read them. But I’m sure Maggie, Michelle, and Simon will make an appearance in those, because I love my characters and already miss writing about them.

The CORNERSTONE SERIES can be purchased HERE or read for FREE on KINDLE UNLIMITED.

the truth about drew FREE


It seems crazy that it was three years ago that I was editing this book and getting it ready for publication. Out of all the books I’ve written so far, this is the one that I get the sweetest posts, emails, and reviews about. And all I can say is that God gave me the idea for this book and He has used it in ways I could not have imagined when I wrote it.

The Truth About Drew eBook is FREE today. Add it to your Kindle now.

If you read (or have already read it) and enjoyed it, please remember to stop by Amazon and leave a brief review. Thank you.

A Second Chance at Romance

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Second Chances. If we’re honest, they’re not only something we want. They’re something we need . . . most every day. A fresh start. A do-over. A chance to learn from our mistakes and seize the opportunities we missed in the past.

There’s something intrinsically beautiful and redemptive about seeing that theme come to life on the pages of a compelling romance, isn’t there? With the start of a brand new year, we can’t think of a better time to celebrate that theme than a sale and giveaway of some of our favorite second chance romances.

Sales, Gift Cards, and Giveaways!

Each day, Jan 16-20th, one author will be highlighting a clean romance we’ve put on sale for you this week. Be sure to visit each author’s website and Facebook page to catch every deal, see what each author’s giving away, and enter the grand giveaway of five signed paperbacks!

Day 1: Melanie Snitker – Join her at https://facebook.com/melaniedsnitker
Day 2: Stacy Claflin – Join her at https://facebook.com/stacy.claflin.author
Day 3: Crystal Walton – Join her at https://facebook.com/crystalwaltonwrites
Day 4: Krista Noorman – Join her at https://facebook.com/bykristanoorman
Day 5: Sarah Monzon – Join her at https://facebook.com/sarahmonzonwrites

Don’t miss out on the giveaways each author will be offering. And enter the grand giveaway at the bottom of this post for your chance to take home five signed paperbacks!
 

Today’s Feature • Until Then

While thinking about which of my books would be best for the second chances theme, my mind immediately went to Until Then. On Michelle’s first day of college, she meets handsome, tall, blue-eyed, basketball star Sean. What happens between them changes Michelle’s heart in a profound way and alters the course of Sean’s future, sending him on a bit of a downward spiral and out of Michelle’s life.

Sometimes a lot of time must pass before that second chance comes along, and it can be downright painful with all the past hurts, uncertainty, unanswered questions. All the whys and what ifs. But God’s plans are better than ours, and in this book, they’re better than anything Michelle could possibly dream up for herself.

Here’s a little excerpt for you from the moment Michelle finally sees Sean again.
 

   Michelle arrived at the game and took a seat low on the bleachers to watch. Cornerstone scored several baskets in a row, and the crowd roared.
   Her eyes wandered the room. There were familiar faculty members there, a whole section of rowdy cheering students, and cheerleaders on the sidelines. People filtered in and out of the entrance. She looked closer at a small group of people just outside the doors. There were two dark-haired men standing with a teenaged boy and girl. One of the men looked very familiar to her. He stepped through the door into the room, holding the teenaged girl’s hand.
   Michelle squinted. No! It couldn’t be!
   They walked toward her. The man was speaking to the girl as they passed by. He looked a little older, and his hair was shorter, but she would recognize those eyes anywhere. Sean!
   She watched them walk toward the far end of the gym, closer to the rowdy students, where they found a seat near the top. She couldn’t believe he was actually there. Her heart raced, and her palms began to sweat. Her nerves kept her from jumping up and running to their end of the gym. It had been more than fourteen years, after all. Maybe he wouldn’t recognize her.
   She glanced in their direction again. He seemed to be looking her way, but she couldn’t tell at that distance. He could have been watching the action in the game. She turned back to watch a foul shot and played with a loose thread on her sweater.
   Oh, Lord, what should I do? He’s here. He’s actually here. Should I go talk to him? Or should I just let the past stay in the past?
   “Michelle?”
   Her prayer was interrupted, and she looked up into those blue eyes she remembered so well. “Sean.”
   “Oh my gosh, I thought that was you.” He shook his head back and forth and blinked a few times, like he couldn’t believe what he was seeing.
   She stood and awkwardly held her hand out to shake his.
   He let out a little nervous laugh and hugged her instead.
   Oh, man, he smells good.
   The noise of the crowd around them grew louder. He turned his head and spoke into her ear. “It’s so good to see you.”
   She smiled.
   He pulled back, keeping a grip on her forearms. “You look great.”
   “So do you,” she managed.
   He motioned toward the bleacher behind her, and she gave him a shy smile as they sat down together.
   He kept shaking his head, another nervous laugh escaping his lips. “I’m sorry, I just … I can’t believe it’s you. You’re here. I thought about you when we got here today. I wondered if you still lived around here or if you ever went back to Chicago.”
   “I’m still here.”
   “I think I was secretly hoping I might run into you, but I thought that was pretty much impossible. I’m … I don’t know. I have no words.” The smile never left his face.
   “I actually saw you come in, and I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me or something.”
   They sat in silence for a few moments, his attention turned to the game. He made a few comments on the game play, but she wasn’t listening. She was distracted by his presence, by how good he still looked, and by the glint of gold on his left ring finger. She knew he was married. Simon had told her so years ago.


 
You can read Michelle’s story, Until Then, for just 99¢ from January 16-20.
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This book is part of my Cornerstone series and, while you can read this book without having read the first two, I highly recommend reading them in order because this book gives away the ending of the first book. You can start reading the series for FREE right now with Book 1 – Goodbye, Magnolia. (Find it on your favorite eBook site HERE.)
 
 
 
GIVEAWAYS

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I’m giving away a $5 Amazon gift card during this event. Enter below by answering the question. Extra entries can be earned by liking my Facebook page, following me on Bookbub, and tweeting about the giveaway.

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Five-Paperback Giveaway
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Love clean romances? I do. I’ve read and loved all of these books. For a chance to win these five paperbacks from authors: Stacy Claflin, Sarah Monzon, Melanie Snitker, Crystal Walton, and myself, ENTER BELOW by joining our mailing lists and be the first to hear about the latest inside scoops, giveaways, and behind the scenes looks at the sweet romances you love.

 
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today! And be sure to visit SARAH MONZON’s BLOG tomorrow for the final day of the event.

Blessings and happy reading!

Drew is FREE!

The Truth About Drew, my first published novel, came out in 2014. It’s a sweet story of 14 yr. old Claire, who has a quirky best friend, Drew. He’s different than her other friends. He talks differently, speaking only in quotes and clichés and Bible verses. He disappears all the time. Sometimes she turns around and he’s gone. It isn’t until she’s a freshman in high school that it really starts to bother her. Her friends and family have never met him, yet he’s always been there. So she becomes determined to find out who he really is or if she’s going a little crazy, wondering if he’s real. It’s a wonderful story of friendship, family, first love, and Claire’s journey to faith, as well as her finding out who Drew really is.

Today (July 9th) is the first time The Truth About Drew has ever been FREE on Amazon. If you haven’t read it yet, I hope you’ll pick up a copy today.

THEN check out the two books in my Cornerstone series, which are only $2.99 each. :)

the nitty gritty

I’ve been working on story edits of Until Then for the past month. It’s serious business cutting lines, paragraphs, even whole chapters sometimes. Many chapters have been rewritten. A new chapter was even added that ended up bringing one particular part of Michelle’s story full circle, which was very unexpected, but happily so. I sat in tears staring at my computer screen after that one. :)

I’m finally to the point where I’m working on line edits now, which is where I go over each paragraph line by line to make sure that it flows well, that I’ve described mood and setting properly, that dialogue sounds realistic and not forced, that I haven’t used the same words and phrases over and over again, etc. I’m into the nitty gritty now. This is where it all starts to come together. I’ve set a deadline to finish all edits by the end of March.

I’ll also be sharing promotional images in the coming weeks and months. This is the first.

Getting Michelle out of Chicago is top priority for her family because of the rough neighborhood she lives in and the sketchy guys she hangs out with. Her grandparents offer to pay her college tuition is HUGE and the answer to all of their problems. But they have one condition – choose one of three Christian colleges they have handpicked for her. This does not go over well with Michelle. Not at all.

If you’d like to be among the first to learn when the book will be released, sign up for my newsletter below.

I promise I won’t bombard your inbox with emails. I send out my newsletter every month or two and your email address will only be used for that purpose.

a new year


I think I’m still in denial that 2015 is over. It hasn’t sunk in yet. Christmas and all the family gatherings flew by in a blur. We attended 6 family Christmases, not including our own on Christmas morning, and did more traveling this time around, but it was worth it to see lots of family this year. We spent our last weekend of break at Jake’s parents’ on the east side of the state. We were there for New Year’s Eve (lots of games, movies, and yummy soup), then had our final family Christmas on New Year’s Day.

These are just a few photos from New Year’s Eve. I tend to share a lot more photos on my Instagram account. If you’re an instagram addict, like I am, feel free to follow me. My username there is kristajean.

My Merry Christmas book giveaway wrapped up this past weekend, too. The winner was LETTY MAR! Congratulations, Letty! :)

Are you setting resolutions for yourself this year? I’m not. Not really. But there are a couple things I want to accomplish this year.

• I have challenged myself over on Goodreads to read 50 books. I read just about that many in 2015, so I’m sure I’ll have no problem reaching that goal. And I want to finish reading through the Bible this year, too. I’m about 25% of the way through (started last year, but didn’t finish).

• And it’s time to kick my book editing into high gear so I can finish Until Then and get it ready for all of you. Then it’s on to the next book. ;)

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year’s. Looking forward to all that 2016 holds.

A book release

Good morning, all! Today is a special day for my friend, Anita. That’s her over there. –>

It’s the official release date of her second book, In The Shadow Of Thy Wings, Book 2 in her Civil War series. I know from personal experience how fun release day is for an author. It’s a whirlwind of people sharing on social media and lots of activity going on.

I met Anita online last year on Goodreads. We were both releasing our first books and she needed a little help with cover design, which I happily helped her with. We’ve been friends ever since. :)

Here’s what I love about Anita. From the first moment, I knew she had a strong faith in God. It comes across in everything she writes – her posts, her books, our emails and Facebook chats. She loves the Lord and it shines through. I feel blessed to have met her and to walk along in this writing life with her as a friend and kindred spirit.

Both books in the Ancient Words series are available now:
Where Can I Flee
In The Shadow of Thy Wings

I wrote a little review of In The Shadow Of Thy Wings over on Goodreads, and I thought I’d share it here:

“The second installment in the Ancient Words Series was a wonderful read. I enjoyed continuing on this journey with Claire and Frank and their friends and family, following along through the perils of war time, the relationship struggles, the dangerous situations the characters sometimes found themselves in, and their reliance on God to get them through it all. I loved the sweet romantic moments, too. This book had me biting my nails, smiling, getting angry, laughing, crying. I’m so invested in these characters now, and I’m looking forward to the next book in the series to see how things turn out.”

A GIVEAWAY

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Plus, there’s a fun Facebook release party going on for the next few days with lots of great giveaways. After you enter the above giveaway, click on over to the party to help her celebrate!

Thanks, friends!

4th of July EBOOK sale


The Fourth of July fun is starting early around here with BOTH of my books on sale in EBOOK format for only $2.99 each now thru July 5th.
Go to my BOOKS page to learn what each book is about and choose your eBook format of choice.

One of my favorite scenes in Goodbye, Magnolia takes place on the 4th, where Maggie has joined her family and friends to watch the fireworks at the lake house owned by Simon’s uncle. It’s the perfect summer evening – lawn chairs and blankets, fireworks, bonfires, hanging your feet over the edge of a dock down into the cool water, watching boats out on the lake, a bazillion stars in the sky. And, of course, an accidental tumble into the lake with the guy you claim you can’t stand. ;)

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday. Enjoy precious time with family and friends. Stay safe.

and HAPPY READING!

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