Monday, April 6, 2015

New Mercies Book Tour: Giveaway for a $20 Amazon Gift Card

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Title:   New Mercies
Author:   Julia Colquitt Allen
Published:  December 20, 2014
Genre:  Christian Contemporary Romance

Synopsis:
Delores Hansen’s life is crumbling around her. Her little son has been diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, and her marriage has fallen apart as a result. Forced to return to the small town of Meadowbrook to live with her parents, Delores feels like a failure and a burden on everyone, and must find a way to stand on her own feet.

New minister Chris Tanner is dynamic from the pulpit but painfully shy one-on-one. He is touched by the plight of this young woman and her sick child and vows to do anything he can to help her. As he gets to know her, he finds his own courage growing from her strength.

The two soon become close friends, perhaps more than friends. But no good could ever come from a relationship between a divorced woman and a minister, especially in a town as gossip-ridden as Meadowbrook. Could it?

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Excerpt for New Mercies by Julia Colquitt Allen:

As choir practice wound to a close and the others started to file out, Chris found himself lingering over his paperwork much longer than necessary. He told himself he was concerned about Dodie being the last to leave. How silly. Meadowbrook doesn’t have a crime problem. Dodie is in no danger in the empty church parking lot. Still he lingered, filing the last bit of paperwork, until he heard her keys jingling on her way out the door. Chris grabbed his jacket and followed a few feet behind.

He watched Dodie settle into her car, and went to his own car, chiding himself for his foolishness. As his engine rumbled to life, he was aware that Dodie had not yet left the parking lot. He steered his clunker alongside her, popping it into neutral and gliding out all in one motion. “Won’t start?” he queried.

Dodie looked up from the driver’s seat, strain apparent in her voice. “No! I think the battery’s dead.”

Chris opened the car door for her. “Mind if I give it a try? I know a bit about cars.” Dodie stepped out for him. He turned the key, one foot still on the ground. A clicking noise told him what he needed to know.

“Your battery’s fine. See, the lights stay on when I turn it over. The problem’s your starter.” Chris stood, handing her the key.

“What am I going to do?” Dodie’s usual strong demeanor was suddenly replaced with hysterics. “I can’t afford this right now! All the expenses of a new apartment have drained my savings. I’ve got $16 to my name and I just can’t ask my parents for anything else!”

Chris was unprepared for tears. Of their own accord, his arms wound around her. He pulled her close, stroking her long curls and hushing her, hardly realizing what he was doing. “Shh, it’s going to be alright,” he whispered over her sobs. “I can fix the car.”


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About the Author:
Writing has long been a passion of Julia Colquitt Allen. She began writing poems and short stories at the age of 7. She lives in picturesque East Texas with her husband of 27 years and four of her children. Her grown son and his wife live nearby and visit often with her two grandbabies. If the kids and grandkids aren’t wild enough, they have a household full of cats (7 at last count).

Julia works at a nearby university as a learning technologist, where she provides assistance and professional development to faculty on online course development and instructional technology. She is pursuing a Ph.D. in learning technologies. In her spare time, she enjoys reading inspirational romance and mystery stories, sewing, and cooking.





Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
  • $20 Amazon Gift Card

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37 comments:

  1. I love Christian romances & after reading the excerpt from NEW MERCIES, I won't be dissappointed! Thanks for sharing!
    Robin in NC rw620 at aol dot com

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    1. Hi, Robin,
      Thanks for joining the tour! Let me know how you like the book. I love hearing from my readers!
      Julia Colquitt Allen

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    2. Hi, Robin,
      Thanks for joining the tour! Let me know how you enjoy the book. I love hearing from my readers!
      Julia Colquitt Allen

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  2. New Mercies sounds like a wonderful story! I look forward to reading it.

    psalm103and138[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Hi, Caryl,
      I'm so glad you found the tour! Please let me know how you like the book. I love hearing from my readers!
      Julia Colquitt Allen

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  3. I loved reading about the author. I used to live in Texas too!

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    1. Hi, Natalie,
      It's good to hear from you! I'm glad you joined the tour. I am a Texas transplant but I love it here! Where in Texas did you live?
      Julia Colquitt Allen

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  4. This looks like a fun read. Thank you.

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    1. Hi, Heather,
      So glad you found the tour! I hope you enjoy the story. Please let me know what you think of it when you finish it. I love hearing from readers!
      Julia Colquitt Allen

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  5. I would like to wish the author much luck and success in pursuing a Ph.D. in learning technologies

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    1. Hi, Katie,
      Thank you so much! I am so glad you found the tour. I hope you enjoyed the excerpt and best of luck to you in the giveaway.
      Julia Colquitt Allen

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  6. Thanks for this post. Am going to buy this book.

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    1. Hi, Robbie,
      Thank you for joining the tour! I'm glad you enjoyed the excerpt. Please feel free to let me know what you think of the book when you finish it! I love hearing from my readers.
      Julia Colquitt Allen

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    1. Hi, Rita,
      Thanks for joining the book tour! I'm so glad you enjoyed the excerpt. Best of luck to you in the giveaway!
      Julia Colquitt Allen

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  8. This book really looks like a very good read. Thanks for the giveaway!!

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    1. Hi, Judy,
      Thanks for joining the tour! Good luck to you in the giveaway. Please let me know what you think of the book when you finish it. I love hearing from readers.
      Julia Colquitt Allen

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  9. Hi, Susan,
    Thank you so much for hosting my tour! I see you write about multiple births a lot. My hero Chris has younger twin brothers in my story; something to which I could relate as I also have younger brothers who are identical twins. I've warned my daughters that multiple births tend to skip a generation and are passed from mother to daughter, so any or all of them could have a set of their own!

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    1. Hi Julia! It's a pleasure hosting you on the tour, and it sounds like we both know what it's like to live with twin boys! They're a handful, but lots of fun! I wish you all the best with this book.

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  10. This sounds so sweet :) I'm not sure what it'd be like having a sick child, but my mom does. My health went crazy after I moved across the country for work (not immediately...but not that long after; a year maybe). Fibromyalgia and an autoimmune arthritis on top of all sorts of other things. I can understand the stress and other emotions Dodie must feel, though. And how being sick can cause tension and chase people off. I'm not a religious person myself, but I do enjoy Christian lit every now and then for the sheer sweetness it tends to have. This seems like religion is important to the story, but it's not the main goal of the book. The excerpt doesn't seem preachy. Hopefully that doesn't offend you; it's just the best way I can word what I'm trying to say with my memory and word recall abilities being terrible today. Would love to read this :)

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    1. Hi, Smiles,
      I think you will enjoy the book. I've had several readers tell me it is not at all preachy, although both main characters have a strong faith (and Chris is a pastor). It is meant to be an uplifting and encouraging story. Please do let me know what you think of it when you finish it. I love to hear from my readers.
      Julia Colquitt Allen

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  11. This sounds like a great read. Very interesting excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway.

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    1. Hi, John,
      Thanks for joining the tour! Glad you liked the excerpt. Please let me know what you think of the story when you finish it. I love hearing from readers. Best of luck on the giveaway!
      Julia Colquitt Allen

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  12. Thanks for holding this giveaway, I appreciate it.

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    1. Hi, Sara,
      Thanks for joining the tour! Best of luck on the giveaway!
      Julia Colquitt Allen

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  13. An interesting concept for a story. This probably happens more than we know in real life :) Thank you for the giveaway!

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  14. This actually sounds like a very serious book, especially with her child being diagnosed with such a thing! I wonder how she is going to work her way through all these problems, which is why I need to try this!

    Check out my review and giveaway: http://olivia-savannah.blogspot.nl/2015/04/the-snapped-series-mini-reviews-giveaway.html

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  15. The book sounds very intriguing and sweet! I'm be on the look out for it!

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  16. this sounds like an interesting book!

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  17. Delores seems very relatable. I can't wait to read the story!

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  18. Can't wait to see where this goes! Thank you for the chance!

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  19. sounds like a good read. thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. This sounds like an interesting book.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  21. sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

    rounder9834 @yahoo.com

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  22. This book sounds really intriguing! I can't wait to read it!

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  23. Looks like a good read.
    Thanks for the contest.

    slehan at juno dot com

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