I'm giving away a Signed copy of the book or an E-copy (your choice) every week. In addition, I'm giving away to one lucky winner on the last day:
- Chocolate covered Brazil nuts
- The Body Shop Brazil Nut Body Butter
- Package of Ground Brazilian Coffee
Sorry, but winners of the paperback book and the final prize must be in US or Canada, but winners of the Ebook can be anywhere.
I'm pulling the winner of the grand prize from every comment, so if you comment each week, your chances are better to win!
The actual release date is November 1st, but we'll be partying every Friday this month in preparation for the big event! This is how it works. October 4th, 11th, 25th and November 1st (all Friday's), I'll be posting something unique about the book, an in-depth look at the characters, the theme, storyline, etc. I'll also have a "Quess what the character will say next" contest toward the end of the month, plus the unveiling of the video trailer!
You can purchase the book at Amazon, BarnesAndNoble, ChristianBook.com, DeeperShopping
On Oct 18th, we'll be taking a slight party break because I'm taking part in a HUGE Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt ! If you've ever participated in those, they are a Blast! And there's lots of prizes to win. Anyway, more on that later.
Now, let's meet Magnolia Scott !
Brief Description: Magnolia was born and raised a privileged Southern Belle on a cotton plantation in Roswell, Georgia. And she looks the part! With long hair the color of sunshine, eyes as blue as sapphires, and a figure to put Helen of Troy to shame, Magnolia was never devoid of suitors vying for her hand. That is, until a confidence man swindled both her heart and her father’s fortune on a bogus railroad investment. Forced to sell their plantation to pay the debt, the Scotts move to town when the Civil War breaks out, robbing them of their remaining money. Now, nearly destitute and branded with a questionable reputation, Magnolia finds that no man of substance and pedigree will ever want her. To make matters worse, her father blames her for all their misfortune and insists it is Magnolia’s duty to use her beauty to find a husband with both a good name and a grand fortune through which they can restore their family honor. He constantly criticizes Magnolia for every infraction in her appearance and repeatedly tells her that her only value is in her beauty. Consequently, Magnolia suffers from a severe lack of confidence and an obsession with her appearance. Even so, she manages to attract the attention of a prominent lawyer from Atlanta who is more than willing to marry her. However the man doesn’t have enough money for her father’s tastes, so instead of agreeing to a wedding, he sells what little they have and moves the family to the jungles of Brazil where they join with other Southerners to create a new Southern Utopia. Magnolia is devastated and does everything she can to escape Brazil and find her way back home to her fiancé.
Strengths: Passionate, Feminine, Charming, Kind-hearted, Smart
Weaknesses: Insecure, Spoiled, Selfish, Manipulative, Seductive, Vain
Quirks: Magnolia is constantly fiddling with her hair, tucking loose strands into her bun and making sure everything looks proper and good. She is terrified of not looking pretty enough, which comes from a father who constantly criticizes her for her appearance, while at the same espousing her beauty as her only good quality. Magnolia also has a tendency to babble on about things due to her insecurity.
Inspiration: I drew my inspiration for Magnolia from so many women I see today who are more obsessed with their outward appearance while neglecting the important qualities on their inside such as character, goodness, kindness, self-control, gentleness, forgiveness..etc. Our culture is so outward focused that everywhere you look there are books, magazines, TV shows, etc. . . that tell us how we can look our best. Cosmetics alone are a Billion dollar industry, and don’t get me started on plastic surgery. While it’s fine to want to look your best, God doesn’t care so much about our appearance. Our youth doesn’t last long. Our appearance is fleeting and unimportant. What lasts are the eternal qualities we foster in our souls. This is what God cares about.
Question: Can you relate at all to Magnolia? What do you think is the cure for our culture's obsession with appearance and how can we avoid getting caught in the trap?
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Have a great Weekend!!