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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

#NewRelease--MIRACLE RIVER by Judi Seggel--#Giveaway

Like Penelope, I grew up in rural Virginia.  Television reception in those days was sporadic at best, and I couldn’t spend all my time in the barn.  So, I read – just about anything and everything, but mostly the romance novels of Victoria Holt, Dorothy Eden, Mary Stewart, and Phyllis Whitney.  During my years as a nurse, I’ve often remarked that I should write a book because no one would believe some of the things that happen in emergency rooms and intensive care units.  Recently, Prairie Rose Publications issued a call for submissions for their July 4th anthology, and my dear friend, author Kit Prate, challenged me to write a story for possible inclusion in the anthology.  My response was, “Okay, Kit, what exactly do I write about?”  Knowing my passion for Civil War history, her response was simple.  “Battle reenactment.”  Out of that conversation my first story, Miracle River, was created, combining my love for romance novels, nursing, and history.  I would be remiss if I didn’t offer kudos to my editor, and another dear friend, Karen Fedderly.  Miracle River is the first of what I hope will be the opportunity to write many stories, and it wouldn’t have blossomed without the nurturing of these two very special women.

BLURB:
Penelope Canby is happy with her life. Newly married to the man of her dreams, her world is comfortably predictable. Surrounded by familiar people and places, she can’t imagine living anywhere else—until the day her veterinarian husband decides to pursue his career halfway across the country.  Thrust into life in the small town of Rio Milagro, Texas, Penelope risks losing her sense of self as she dutifully supports her husband’s dreams of life in the West. Fireworks loom on the horizon as the town prepares for its annual Fourth of July battle reenactment and barbecue.  Disturbed by a local divorcee’s obvious attraction to her husband, Penelope is left to wonder whether Steve is really working late all those nights. Will she lose all she holds dear, or will Rio Milagro—Miracle River—prove to be a real home, a place of healing and new life?

EXCERPT:
    Steve loved to tease her about that first date.  He confessed he’d fallen in love with her the moment she’d stumbled in the door, breathless from her run, and trying unsuccessfully to look cool and composed.  Within weeks, they’d settled into a comfortable routine.  Either he’d make the trip up the interstate to Charlottesville, or she’d drive down to Blacksburg for the weekend.
    Dad had sized him up quickly and had, somewhat grudgingly, admitted he approved.  “Can’t say I expected you to pick a boy from New Jersey, but I ’spose he’ll keep,” he’d said.
    “You didn’t expect me to fall in love with a damn Yankee,” she’d countered, laughing.
    “Now, Pen…”
    “I’m kidding, Dad.  We all know damnyankee is one word around here.”
    “Well, yes, but if he’s the one…”

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17 comments:

  1. I am so happy to have been a small part of this. We are going to be seeing a lot more of Judi's work; which I hope includes more stories about Penny and Steve!! Way to go everyone!

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  2. Congratulations on your new release of Miracle River, Judi, and welcome to the PRP bunch.

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  3. Judi, I enjoyed Miracle River so much. I do hope you will consider what we talked about and write more stories about this community. You have all the ingredients for several wonderful stories from this "seed" you've sown in our minds! Really enjoyed it, and I'm so glad Kit convinced you to "take the plunge" and submit your story!
    Cheryl

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  4. Congrats on your new book, Judi!

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  5. Hi Judi, Welcome and congratulations on your new release!

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  6. Hi Judi, congratulations on the release of Miracle River. First books are so exciting and just from your excerpt I'm looking forward to reading this one and getting to know you. Wishing you much success with your debut and the many, many more we expect to see. Welcome to PRP and believe me, you'll love it here.

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  7. Welcome, Judi. The title alone is eye-catching and intriguing. And the cover is very nice. I'll get around to reading this as soon as I can.
    You'll just love the community of authors at Prairie Rose Publications, no matter which imprint the person writes. Cheryl not only selects good authors, she intends on rounding up all those who see eye-to-eye...well, most of the time...and especially support one another.

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  8. Sounds like a great story, Judi. Best wishes for its success. I look forward to reading it.

    Robyn Echols w/aa Zina Abbott

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  9. Hi Judi,
    If I'm not mistaken, we know each other... we met on the Lancer Writers group (same as for Cheryl and Kit).
    Happy to see you've taken the plunge and have decided to write professionally. It sounds like a geat story. Congrats.

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  10. Welcome Judi. Congratulations on your new release. Here's wishing you many sales and great reviews.

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  11. Congrats, Judi! Looks like a wonderful read and hope you have lots of success with it! Great cover!

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  12. Hi, Judi. Welcome and congrats on your new release.

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  13. Great news. There's nothing like that first published book. And the timing is perfect.

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  14. Thank you all for your kind words and warm welcome! I apologize for the delay in responding, and I hope it's okay to reply to you as a group. I spent my "debut day" in bed with a nasty cold. Note to self -- too much cold medicine reduces me to a "just keep breathing" level. Completely nonfunctional. Anyway, I hope you enjoy reading Miracle River as much as I enjoyed writing it. Comments and suggestions are welcome as I explore writing a series or a longer novel based on this start. I'm thrilled to be part of the PRP family, and I look forward to getting to know you all!

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  15. Hope you're feeling better and congratulations on what sounds like an awesome story.

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  16. Judi, best wishes on the story. This sounds absolutely right up my alley.

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  17. Judi, best wishes on the story. This sounds absolutely right up my alley.

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