November 2, 2009

Blog Tour & Giveaway: Leaving Carolina by Tamara Leigh

Winner: Marie in Missouri

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Piper Wick left her hometown of Pickwick, North Carolina, twelve years ago, shook the dust off her feet, ditched her drawl and her family name, and made a new life for herself as a high-powered public relations consultant in LA. She’s even “engaged to be engaged” to the picture-perfect U.S. Congressman Grant Spangler.

Now all of Piper’s hard-won happiness is threatened by a reclusive uncle’s bout of conscience. In the wake of a health scare, Uncle Obadiah Pickwick has decided to change his will, leaving money to make amends for four generations’ worth of family misdeeds. But that will reveal all the Pickwicks’ secrets, including Piper’s.

Though Piper arrives in Pickwick primed for battle, she is unprepared for Uncle Obe’s rugged, blue-eyed gardener. So just who is Axel Smith? Why does he think making amends is more than just making restitution? And why, oh why, can’t she stay on task? With the Lord’s help, Piper is about to discover that although good PR might smooth things over, only the truth will set her free.

About the author:
After Tamara Leigh earned a Masters Degree in Speech and Language Pathology, she and her husband decided to start a family, with plans for Tamara to continue in her career once she became a mother.

When the blessing of children proved elusive, Tamara became convicted to find a way to work out of her home in order to raise the children she and her husband longed to have. She turned to writing, at which she had only ever dreamed of being successful. Shortly thereafter, her agent called with news of Bantam Books offer of a four-book contract. That same day, Tamara's pregnancy was confirmed. Within the next year, she gave up her speech pathology career, committed her life to Christ, her first child was born, and her first historical romance novel was released.

As Tamara continued to write for the secular market, publishing three more novels with HarperCollins and Dorchester, she infused her growing Christian beliefs into her writing. But though her novels earned awards and were national bestsellers, she knew her stories were lacking. After struggling with the certainty her writing was not honoring God as it should, she made the decision to write books that not only reveal Christianity to non-believers, but serve as an inspiration for those who have accepted Christ as their Savior. Her inspirational romances are peopled with characters in varying stages of Christian faith, from mature believers to new believers to non-believers on the threshold of awakening.

Tamara Leigh enjoys time with her family, reading, and--of course--writing. She lives near Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and two sons.

For your chance to win a copy of this book visit WaterBrook Multnomah and tell me the name of a title that you've read and loved or that you're looking forward to reading.

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Giveaway open worldwide. Winner will be selected November 10th and will have 48 hours to respond to the winning email. Please be sure to leave me an email address in your comment if it's not in your profile or your post using anonymous.

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Pam said...

I'd love to read Piece de Resistance.

I think it's cool that she was a Speech-Language Pathologist as I am one too!

melacan at hotmail dot com

Unknown said...

I look forward to reading Thirsty by Tracey Bateman.

jennsicurella at verizon dot net

Jennifer @ Reading with Tequila

g.g. said...

I'd love to read BLIND HOPE..thanks for the entry.

anjamie4 AT gmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

would love to read Susan Meissner's 'white picket fences.'

karen k

Anonymous said...

would love to read Susan Meissner's 'white picket fences.'

karen k

scottsgal said...

I'd like to read The Sound of Sleigh Bells. Read good reviews of it

msboatgal at

Asylumgirl said...

I'm interested in reading Auralia's Colors by Jeffery Overstreet along with the two following books in the series.

deidre_durance at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to reading Bad Girls of the Bible.


dor said...

I would so love to read Thirsty. Thanks.

dorcontest at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I want to read One Month To Live.
Thanks for the drawing.

jeanereads at sbcglobal dot net

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

I want to read practically everything. Which is why I have a small book problem -- which is why I always ask that you not enter me. Like I'm doing now. (And yes, I'm in a mood!)


I've got this posted at Win a Book for you, Monie. Thanks for the e-mail!

holdenj said...

I'm looking forward to reading The Sound of Sleigh Bells.

I love the cover of Leaving Carolina--catchy enough to pick it up off the shelf.


Unknown said...

I have "Stray Affections by Charlene Baumbich" but I haven't read it yet, although I look forward to it! Thanks for entering me into this giveaway.


enyl said...

I would really like to read Shadow Government, it would foster great discussions and debate during our current event reviews on Fridays.


Emma said...

I'd love to read
The Sound of Sleigh Bells
Written by Cindy Woodsmall. Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

Pamela Keener said...

White Picket Fences sounds awesome

photoquest said...

A mile in my filpflops sounds really good.

photoquest said...

I tweeted this giveaway
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less than 5 seconds ago from web

Violet said...

Love the cover of this book. I looked at the site but didn't find anything I've read :( But I have seen a few books around blogspere. I must say Thirsty and Dragonspell look awesome.

Please enter me

violetc dot books at gmail dot com

Simply Stacie said...

I'll Bring the Chocolate by Karen Porter looks good.

simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

Anita Yancey said...

I'm looking forward to reading Deep Harbor by Lisa T. Bergren. Please enter me. Thanks!


chocowafer said...

I would love to read When The Heart Cries by Cindy Woodsmall.

Thanks for the giveaway! :)

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Beth (BBRB) said...

40 Loaves looks great!

BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

Marie said...

I would love to get this one for my kids:

God Gave Us You
Written by Lisa T. Bergren
Illustrated by Laura J. Bryant

Marie said...

I tweeted:

Winning Readings said...

Looking forward to reading The Sound of Sleigh Bells...

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

This book looks wonderful - we posted about the giveaway at Winning Readings:

wmmahaney said...

I've loved anything that I have ever read by Robin Jones Gunn. Most recently I read Sisterchicks in Wooden Shoes and loved it. Would love to win this book.

Lady Araujo said...

I would love to read Thirsty by Tracey Bateman.

Thanks for this chance. Leaving Carolina sounds great.


Martha Lawson said...

I'd like to read The Sound of Sleigh Bells!

I'm a follower.

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

Renee G said...

I am so looking forward to reading The Sound of Sleighbells.

Anonymous said...

I've read "The Hope of Refuge" and loved it. I love to read Christian books and then donate them to my church library. Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks.

Dawn M. said...

I would love to read God Gave Us You & God Gave Us Love. They would be great for my sunday school class. :0)

librarygrinch at gmail dot com

CherylS22 said...

I'm looking forward to reading "The Sound of Sleigh Bells"

Thanks ~ megalon22{at}yahoo{dot}com

plb8156 said...

I really want to read the Sound of Sleigh Bells.

Unknown said...

I would like to read Thirsty.

lizzi0915 at aol dot com

Hailey Miller said...

I would love to read 'Give Up the Ghost' by Megan Crewe. I know that it's a YA book, but I'm still dying to read it.