Saturday, October 17, 2015

Merry Mary Book Blitz: Giveaway for a $75 Amazon Gift Card


Merry Mary by Ashley Farley
Publication date: October 15th 2015
Genres: Adult, Romance

Synopsis:
A young woman longing for a child stumbles upon a Christmas miracle.

Investigative journalist Scottie Darden is photographing the homeless for her Lost Souls series when she makes a discovery that could change her life forever. Under a makeshift tent in subzero temperatures in a downtown city park, she finds a woman’s dead body with her infant child. Without her cell phone to call for help, Scottie makes the split-second decision to take the baby home. Her initial instinct is to provide the baby with food and shelter until her family can be located. But as her fondness for the baby grows, she finds herself facing a life on the run or worse -- prison time for abduction.

Curl up with Merry Mary this holiday season, a heartwarming story of the powerful connection between a caring soul and an innocent child in need.

Goodreads: www.goodreads.com/book/show/26232519-merry-mary

Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Excerpt from Merry Mary

“Shh, don’t cry,” she said, rubbing the baby’s tummy.

What would become of the baby? Scottie didn’t think the Commonwealth had the authority to place the baby up for adoption without permission of next of kin, which meant the baby would be placed in a foster home until the police could track down the father. If the father even wanted the child. If the father even knew he was the father.

The baby began to wail, presumably with hunger. “Don’t worry, little one.” She picked the baby up and held her tight. “We’ll get it all sorted out. In the meantime, I have plenty of formula and diapers to keep you comfortable.”

By the time Scottie got the baby inside, and mixed up a bottle from the supplies in her baby cabinet in the kitchen, the little girl was screaming, flailing her arms and legs in hunger. Scottie plopped down on the leather sofa in the adjoining family room, propped her snow boots up on the coffee table, and brought the bottle’s nipple to the baby’s mouth. The infant took the nipple between her lips, then thrust it back out with her tongue. Scottie turned the bottle upside down on her arm, letting a few drops of formula leak from the hole in the nipple, before returning the nipple to the baby’s lips. When she tasted the formula, the baby began to suck greedily.

“Careful now, baby girl. Don’t drink too fast or you’ll upset your tummy.” The baby stared up at Scottie with bright eyes. “We need to give you a name, don’t we?”

Scottie had been in the process of picking out names for her baby when her daughter was stillborn at thirty-one weeks. She’d been torn between Kate and Liza, after her grandmothers Katherine and Elizabeth. She ended up calling the baby Angel, which seemed appropriate for an innocent child who never drew her first breath.

Scottie’s eyes traveled the room, coming to rest on the nativity scene on the mantle above the fireplace. “Why don’t we call you Mary after the Virgin Mary?” She caught sight of the needlepoint pillow Brad had brought down from the attic -- a green background with Merry Christmas in curlicue script in red across the front. “Or Merry, which seems appropriate for a spunky little girl like you.”

The baby stopped sucking and smiled up at her.

“I agree,” Scottie said. “I like them both as well. Merry Mary it is, then.

AUTHOR BIO:
Ashley Farley is a wife and mother of two college-aged children. She grew up in the salty marshes of South Carolina, but now lives in Richmond, Virginia, a city she loves for its history and traditions.

After her brother died in 1999 of an accidental overdose, she turned to writing as a way of releasing her pent-up emotions. She wrote SAVING BEN in honor of Neal, the boy she worshipped, the man she could not save. SAVING BEN is not a memoir, but a story about the special bond between siblings.

HER SISTER'S SHOES is a women's novel that proves the healing power of family.

Look for MERRY MARY this holiday season, a heartwarming story of the powerful connection between a caring soul and an innocent child in need.

Author links:
https://twitter.com/AshleyWFarley
https://www.facebook.com/ashleywfarley
http://www.ashleyfarley.net/
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6916019.Ashley_Farley

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68 comments:

  1. I love ANYTHING the Holiday Season!

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  2. This sounds like a very heartwarming book perfect read for Christmas time. Thanks for sharing, can't wait to check this out!

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  3. This sounds like a very interesting book.

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  4. Sounds like a great read! Looking forward to reading this!

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  5. sounds like a sweet christmas time story. thanks for sharing!

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  6. I'm sorry the author lost her brother but seems to help cope she has written some inspiring stories. I wish her much success.

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  7. This would be a great Christmas season read.

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  8. I love new books, and the cover and highlights of your book sound very interesting!

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  9. This is going to be a great book to read. Luckily my sons beat there drug addiction before they died. They have been drug free for 10 years. I thank God every day.

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  10. This sounds like a great Christmas story. Thanks for this chance.

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  11. I always enjoy Christmas time books & this sounds very good! Thanks for the chance to win!
    rw620 AT aol DOT com

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  12. This book sound like it a great read

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  13. Thank you for informing me about this book.

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  14. This looks like a book that would be a good read. Winter is coming and time to do some reading.

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  15. This sounds like an interesting book.

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  16. I would love to read this. I perfect book to get you ready for the holiday season. Thank you!
    crystalfaulkner2000 at yahoo dot com

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  17. Really want to read this!

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  18. This book sounds exactly like one that would keep my interest.

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  19. This book is on my "to read" list!

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  20. Sounds interesting , looking forward to holliday reading

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  21. I love the cover! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  22. Christmas miracles are magical

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  23. This book sounds great and I would love to read it ty.

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  24. I love reading good books makes life exciting.
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  25. Perfect time for a holiday book!

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  26. Bailey Dexter Can't wait to curl up on my chair with a pot of tea & read. Great Excerpt!

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  27. Sounds like an interesting book! I look forward to reading it.

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  28. This looks like the perfect holiday read! I can't wait to read more about sweet little Merry Mary!

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  29. I love books that bring out my emotions and this books promises just that. I'm looking forward to reading your book. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  30. I would love to read this, it sounds interesting.

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  31. Sounds like a great book, it sounds like it will be full of twists and turns.

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  32. Aw sounds like a very heart touching and emotional read.

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  33. Thanks so much for the giveaway and for the book!

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  34. Thanks for the chance, sounds like a great read!

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  35. This sounds like a book that will really tug at your heart strings!

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  36. I look forward to reading this book. I suspect if the books gets me to tear up a bit I'll love it!

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  37. Ahh... What a sweet story - this is a must read!

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  38. Sounds like an amazing book. Would love to win.

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  39. Sounds interesting, definitely out of the ordinary.

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  40. The book sounds really great...and a great way to get me in the Christmas spirit!

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  41. Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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  42. I love the cover. Puts me in the holiday spirit.

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  43. Can't wait to read it, thanks for the chance.

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  44. I would love to read this I love this kind of book

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  45. Great giveaway and great blog. Thanks for sharing

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  46. This sounds like a great read for the holidays.

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  47. this would be great to have or Christmas. thank you !

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  48. always looking for a good book to read!

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  49. It sounds like a wonderful Christmas story!
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  50. My sister would adore this book. Present???
    Thanks for the contest.

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