Monday, November 17, 2014

Virtual Book Tour & Giveaway for Emma Blooms At Last by Naomi King

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Welcome to my stop on the Virtual Book Tour, presented by Goddess Fish Promotions, for Emma Blooms at Last by Naomi King.  Please leave a comment or question for Naomi to let her know you stopped by.  You can enter her tour wide giveaway, for a $50 Amazon/B&N GC, by filling out the Rafflecopter form below.  You can follow the rest of the tour by clicking on the tour banner above, the more stops you visit, the better your odds of winning.  My review will be posted later this week due to some testing I need to complete.

Emma Blooms At Last
By Naomi King
One Big Happy Family, Book 2

Publisher:  NAL (Penguin Group)
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Genre: Inspirational Romance/Amish Romance
Length: 315 Pages
ISBN: 978-0451417886

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About the book: 

Romance is in the air during the fall wedding season in the Amish community of Cedar Creek. But while one loving couple prepares to tie the knot, Amanda and Wyman Brubaker’s large family faces a threat from outside their happy circle…and must learn to pull together.

Recently wed Amanda and Wyman Brubaker are thrilled that their children from previous marriages have blended together to form a strong family. But when the construction of Wyman’s new grain elevator is delayed, making the project more expensive than anticipated, Amanda’s determination to rally the kids into taking on work to improve the family’s finances comes into conflict with Wyman’s sense of responsibility as head of the household….

Meanwhile, as James Graber and Abby Lambright prepare for their long-awaited nuptials, folks gather from far and wide. Amanda’s nephew Jerome has long been smitten with James’s sister Emma and wants to seize this chance to woo her. But Emma’s been burned once and is twice shy of trusting the fun-loving, never-serious Jerome. As Emma and Jerome struggle to understand each other, and find the courage to make a leap of faith, the Brubakers face a bigger challenge than they first anticipated and begin to discover just what it means to fight…the Amish way.


Emma slipped into her coat and bonnet and crossed the snow-packed road. The mercantile’s parking lot was jammed with cars and buggies, and when she stepped inside the store she was amazed at the number of folks who’d come to Cedar Creek to shop. As she made her way toward the yard goods section, Emma paid close attention to what the kids and teenagers were wearing on their heads. To her surprise, even a few young men sported the kind of knit hats with earflaps and pigtails that Abby had mentioned—and none of the caps were in the dark, dull colors that filled her yarn bin.

Emma found an instruction booklet for earflap caps that included a couple of other styles, as well. What a treat it was to shop for yarn in such fresh colors! The basket on her arm was soon stuffed with variegated and solid skeins in neon pink, lime green, aqua, lavender, and bright white. She hoped Abby was right about people wanting her homemade hats, because she’d have to make several of them to earn back what she’d be spending.

“You’ve got quite a collection of colors here!” Gail remarked as she rang up Emma’s order. “I bet I know what you’ll be doing this weekend.”

“Jah, you guessed it,” Emma replied. She didn’t want to reveal her plans for these flashy colors, because everyone who crocheted had met up with patterns that didn’t turn out the way they looked in the pictures. Even so, just imagining the different styles of hats she wanted to try made her itch to start one right now, instead of eating supper. And wasn’t that something? 

AUTHOR Bio and Links:
 Drawing upon her experiences in Jamesport, the largest Old Order Amish community west of the Mississippi, longtime Missourian Naomi King writes of simpler times and a faith-based lifestyle in her Home at Cedar Creek/One Big Happy Family series. Like her series heroine, Abby Lambright, Naomi considers it her personal mission to be a listener—to heal broken hearts and wounded souls—and to share her hearth and home.

Faith and family, farming and frugality are hallmarks of her lifestyle: like Abby, she made her wedding dress and the one her mom wore, too! She’s a deacon, a dedicated church musician and choir member, and when she’s not writing, Naomi loves to travel, try new recipes, crochet, and sew. Naomi, whose real name is Charlotte Hubbard, now lives in Minnesota with her husband and their border collie, Ramona.
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  1. Replies
    1. Rita, thanks so much for spending some time with EMMA and me today!

  2. Thanks for the excerpt and I'm looking forward to reading this book :)

    1. oops I forgot email lorih824 at yahoo dot com

    2. Thanks so much for stopping by today, Beautiful Disaster! Your name makes me chuckle. I tend toward the "disaster" part without necessarily the "beautiful" part most days!

  3. I enjoyed the excerpt, thanks for sharing :)

    1. Filia, I'm glad you liked EMMA's excerpt! Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Thank you, Madame Queen, for featuring my book on your blog today!
    (Mme. Queen was often my mom's nickname for me when I was growing up)

  5. I enjoyed seeing that Charlotte Hubbarrd is such a giving person. You truly give of yourself from your heart.
    Being a deacon and so involved in your church is such a selfless thing to do.
    What really surprised me was to learn Naomi King, whom I heard of first is actually Charlotte Hubbard.
    I absolutely love your books. They are just feel good books. Perfect for snuggling up in front of the fireplace with my cats in lap and a cup of tea. You go girl, keep on turniung out these books are are such a joy to read !

    1. What a lovely thing to say, Deanne! Thank you so much! I write Amish books for 2 different publishers, so one of them asked me to take a pseudonym just to keep sales numbers and other business things from interfering with each other. My real name is Charlotte.

  6. Cnnamongirl (at) aol (dot) com

  7. It's an intriguing excerpt!


  8. Love that she made her own wedding dress. My mom made her own too.

  9. Amish gals always make their wedding dresses (and most of their regular clothes, as well). I made mine, too--and my mom's dress for that day—but now that I work in a home office, I'm not as well dressed as I used to be! Thanks for stopping by, Diane!

  10. I loved the excerp about the crocheting. I crochet and understand. When you get new yarn and a project idea on your mind that's all you can think about. To the point of not eating

  11. i enjoyed the excerpt...thx u for hosting :)

  12. I liked the excerpt
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  13. I thought it was a great choice of an excerpt for the blog.

  14. If this excerpt reflects how the whole book is, then I'm in!