Wednesday, April 10, 2013

a giveaway by Marianne Evans the author of Devotion

Debbie Curto’s amazing review of Devotion has inspired me to make a special offering to readers of her blog…an autographed, print copy of my Christian fiction debut to someone who leaves a comment (and an e-mail addy so we can connect with you! Don’t forget that important detail!) describing the impact and importance of a long-term relationship in their life. Devotion centers on marriage and that’s certainly one of the most important commitments we cultivate, but what about friendships that have seen their share of joys and sorrows? What about family relationships? 
How does the process of building connections affect you? I’d love to hear about it! Leave a comment and your e-mail, and you’re entered in the giveaway to win a book that I pray will be a blessing. Meanwhile, please enjoy the blurb and a brief excerpt from Devotion, which Debbie was kind enough to say, “Devotion is a 5 stars book. I would give this story more than 5 if I could. If I’m invited to a bridal shower and the bride-to-be likes to read, this book might be one of the presents in her bag of gifts. Yes, I loved the story that well.”
Thanks again for your lovely endorsement and for opening the doors of your blog, Debbie. Good luck everyone, and I can’t wait to meet you and chat!

From This Day Forward
Christian Music agent Kellen Rossiter has everything he ever wanted: A-list clients from coast to coast, a loving wife who honors and respects him, and a faith life that’s never wavered—until now.

Juliet Rossiter has the perfect life: a rewarding schedule serving the underprivileged, a husband who loves her as Christ loved the church, and a blessed future as a mother—at least that's what she thinks.

For Better or Worse
But what happens when their rock-solid marriage begins to crumble under the weight of an unexpected and powerful temptation? How does love survive when its foundation is shaken?

'Til Death Do Us Part
When human frailty and the allure of sin deal a harsh blow to their relationship, it will take more than love to mend the shattered trust and heartbreak. It will take a lifetime of devotion.

The church space sang to Juliet in a holy silence that wrapped around her like a welcome embrace. She knelt to pray, heedless of the fact that there were no kneelers in the pews of Trinity Christian. The hard tile floor felt good beneath her knees, and somehow grounding. 
“God, what did I do wrong? We didn’t argue, we didn’t fight, we moved forward together in our marriage. Why did he leave it behind? How was that even possible for him? How did I fail him? And You?” 
She sobbed openly, speaking the words aloud, heedless of being overheard. The space was empty anyhow. She laid her head on her folded hands trying desperately to bring herself to a new understanding of her life. 
My promises are unchanging truth, and life. Your faith will save you. Go forward in peace, and be cured of your affliction. 
The words, the glimpse of sacred Scripture, resounded through the entirety of her being. The decree swept through her with such power she went straight, tears drying on her cheeks as she blinked, and assimilated. Had she not already been on her knees, the summons would have knocked her there like the weakened heap of humanity she had become. She pondered. Go forward? In peace? How was she supposed to accomplish that? In prompt, near supernatural response, she received the answer. 
Know that I am God, Juliet. Know that I am God. 
She bowed her head, drained and empty, submitting herself as best she could. Just then, the sound of footsteps echoed down the main aisle. 
The call jarred her. She whipped her head around and gasped at what she saw. Kellen. 
Did she simply think his name, or had she spoken it aloud? Stunned and overwrought, Juliet scrambled to her feet. In an untidy spin, she faced her husband. Just as quickly, she went weak, sinking onto the pew just a second or two after standing. She didn’t need a mirror to tell her that her makeup was smeared and her hair was a mess. She knew by the heat in her cheeks that her face was flushed; her eyes were probably red from crying. Kellen’s alarmed expression confirmed every one of her suspicions. 
“Juliet, are you OK? Please talk to me. This is driving me crazy. What’s happened to you, love?” 
Love. The use of that endearment caused her stomach to churn. Anger rose and obliterated everything else. “Don’t.” Kellen’s confusion intensified. “I mean it, Kellen. Do not call me that again. Not ever again!” She bit off the words; their bitter taste filled her mouth. 
He reared back. Although he hesitated for a moment, he eased into the pew next to her. A mask of sorts, protective and inscrutable, now shaded his eyes. He didn’t speak. He waited on her, keeping to his corner of the pew. Juliet simmered and seethed. Just as quickly, though, the anger fled, washed away by a wave of sadness that stretched clear through to every cell in her body. 
“This moment is killing me, Kellen, on so many levels. I’ve dreamed about it since the day we married, imagining it to be bursting with joy and anticipation. Instead, it’s breaking my heart. “
“What moment? What happened?” Generally fearless and confident, Kellen regarded her now in open trepidation. “I have no idea what to do to hel—”
“I’ll never have another chance to say this to you for the first time,” Juliet interjected, “or share this moment with you the way I had always envisioned. I’m pregnant, Kellen. I’m pregnant.” 
A mix of emotions swept across his face. Disbelief came first, erased quickly by joy, then the most crushing visual of all: his love, intimate and rich. It had once made her feel so precious. Despite her vocal firestorm, his reaction was everything she had prayed for. This moment should have made her heart soar. Instead, she was shattered. 
“You seem shocked.” The words came out sounding waspish. Juliet hated that fact, but couldn’t escape the rage and heartbreak. The venom inside her needed release. 
“I’m very happily shocked.” His response came fast, but sincere. “We’ve wanted this for so long, I’m thrilled—no wonder you’ve been feeling—”
“I’m sure you’ll remember the night it happened.” Juliet cut him off once more. “It was spontaneous and heated and wonderful. Remember? There were no thoughts of anything else but each other. Or so I had believed. But if you do the math, you’ll realize we conceived the night you met Chloe Havermill.” 
Kellen went pale.


This contest ends Sat April 13th


  1. Debbie, thank you so much for your warm hospitality! I'm honored to join you today, and share a copy of Devotion with one of your commenters!! This book is a piece of my heart. As to the question about relationships, I'll get the party started. I treasure my marriage and its impact on my life because living in union with my husband has brought me close to God through the love we share and the family we created! What a blessing! I look forward to chatting, and getting to know your wonderful readers! God bless!

  2. Marianne, have you consider writing up a follow-up book to devotion I would love to read about their life after the baby is born and Kellen's new line of work ( i put it that way because I didn't want to give anything away!

    1. It's funny you ask that, Debbie! Great question! I had a reader friend actually send me an e-mail asking me to create the story of CHLOE --- believe it or not!! :-) She wanted to see what happens to her, and if God's grace and redemption work their way into a searching, troubled heart. Interesting idea. Your thoughts about Kellen and Juliet are great - I'm the type who falls in love with my characters and always hates to say goodbye....I wouldn't rule out either option down the road. You've given me food for thought...!!! :-)

    2. I didn't think about Chloe's story but that would be great too

  3. I would love to win this book to give to my church library. Thanks for the opportunity to do so.
    Janet E.

    1. Hi, Janet!! I love to support the building up of church libraries!! Having Devotion on your shelves would be an honor to me. So glad you stopped by and let me know about it!! xo BLESSINGS!!

  4. I have visited this site before and I just join. Thanks Marianne for bringing me here. Judy

    1. You're very welcome, Judy! We appreciate you taking the time to visit and comment!! :-) God bless, and happy Friday!

  5. I am new to your page, very nice! Thanks for the chance to to win this book, I have heard good things about it and would love to read it!
    I am not in any long/permanent term or even short term relationships, this 25 year old is waiting for the right one that God sends.
    Jasmine A.

    1. Jasmine, you sound like the type of person who will wait in faith and trust for the man meant for her. GOOD. FOR. YOU. Never compromise your heart. It's precious. :-) God bless, and so glad you stopped by!!

  6. I wish you God bess in finding the right mate for you!

  7. I would like to congratulate JANET (aka Library Lady!)!!! Janet, you've won a copy of DEVOTION. I'll be touching base with you via e-mail to firm up details. In the meantime, Debbie, thank you so much for letting me hang out here at the blog! I've enjoyed it so much!! God bless, and many thanks all around!

  8. you are so welcome! I will certainly be looking for more of your books!