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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Welcome to my part of the Blog Hop Tour. Our giveaway is a signed copy of AND THEN I FOUND YOU, which was released today!  You will also be ALSO be eligible for the GRAND PRIZE - a Kindle Fire or Nook (winner's choice) and a $25 gift card for the same.

Please leave comments and we will pick a winner on April 19th, 2013 (US and Canada only)

My new novel AND THEN I FOUND YOU was inspired by a family story. You use, three years ago, this week, in the middle of an ordinary day, the extraordinary happened, and my family will never be the same.

Some twenty-one years ago my little sister placed her baby for adoption. It was the most heart-rending, courageous and difficult decision she had ever made, and we all wept with her when she handed her baby girl to an anonymous, yet hand-chosen family. Then . . . two years ago, I received a Facebook friend request from a young girl with the same birthday as my adopted niece. It was too much to hope for, almost too miraculous to believe. But it was true: my sister’s daughter, my niece, found us on Facebook.

Our family had often talked about my niece, using the name my sister had given her. We remembered her whenever we saw a girl who would be her age at that time. Every time my parents moved into a new house, they planted a tree for her and we all prayed for her happiness and safety. We knew nothing about her – all those years we didn’t know where she lived or with whom.  Although we knew that legally she could find us when she turned twenty-one, there was no way for us to find her. And then finally, all those years of unknowing and all those years of wondering culminated in a reunion that most dream about.

My sister’s story was the inspiration for this novel, AND THEN I FOUND YOU.  It is my way of exploring the way we live with unknowing. We want certainty, We want solid ground under our feet. We want to be sure of our place in the world, and yet we rarely, if ever, have that certainty.  So then, how do we live? And what happens when the lost become found?

Although the personal facts are left for my sister to tell, the fictional story in AND THEN I FOUND YOU explores the emotions and extraordinary change that reunions bring to a life and to a family.

I hope this story touches your heart.

For a gardening tip: I have a porch that looks bland and awful without flowering plants, I’ve discovered that planting mixed flowers, tall grasses and flowing ivy in the pots makes my porch a welcoming place!


Anonymous bn100 said...

Happy release day! Thanks for the tip

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Blogger Sharma said...

I too have pots of flowers on my porch. Sharma Darby [email protected]

Blogger Sharma said...

I hope that I'm the winner. Sharma Darby [email protected]

Blogger Kristen said...

Oh my. What a beautiful story of adoption!

Blogger savannah said...

I can't wait to check out your novel it sounds like an amazing book :)

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Blogger Mippy Foofalina said...

That must have been such a hard decision and such a beautiful reunion. I'd love the chance to win this autographed book and also be eligible for the grand prize. Thanks for the chance! :)
~Mippy :)
Aka Sabrina :)

Blogger Stacy at The Novel Life said...

I just finished reading And Then I Found You ~ so incredibly touching and uplifting. Loved it!

And I can relate with having a bland porch/entryway. I've discovered tall shrubs in brightly colored pots work well along with pots of herbs.

Blogger Jeanette Platt said...

Thank you for sharing your story and I agree potted plans can make a boring porch looks so much more inviting.

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Blogger Shelley Workinger said...

Your story does indeed sound like a heart-touching one; I'm glad it has a happy ending.

Anonymous JanD said...

Sounds like a good read.
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Blogger Ninette said...

Great to find you and congratulations on your success! Following on Twitter and FB now and I hope you'll find time to stop by my post, perhaps...

ninette.swann at

Blogger Meghan said...

Spring is bloom and I love the flowers that come along with it. The warm weather, the happy people, the blossoming of roses and sunflowers. Sunflowers have to be my favorite flowers. They are so happy reaching towards the sky. Their petals are like eyelids opening wide to look upon the great blue sky above. My mother makes the best cheesy cauliflower soup that i adore in the springtime. It's thick and creamy and I could easily eat gallons of it!
Thanks for the giveaway!

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Blogger Teena Stewart said...

Thanks for participating in this blog hop. teenastewart412 at

Blogger Shadow said...

Aww. You made me tear up. That was so brave of your sister. I cant imagine going through something like that. And thats fantastic your niece found you. I love how you all kept her in your lives. Those trees must be super cherished! :) Thanks for sharing and being apart of this fantastic hop! :)


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