Monday, April 14, 2014

Spotlight and Giveaway!

 Please join me in welcoming Patricia Kiyono and Stephanie Michels, authors of The Friendship Star Quilt.

Here's a little about their book. Be sure to read the whole post for information about at $5.00 Amazon gift card giveaway!




What would you do if you had to start a new life with only the clothes on your back?

 

Anne Brown is faced with that problem. Running from an ex-husband, she travels alone until the money runs out. Since she’d married young, she hadn’t trained for any job skills. Fortunately, Anne knows how to sew, and she wanders into The Stitching Post Quilt Shop where she lands a job and meets the people who help her start over.  This skill helps her earn extra money, and she’s able to sew her own clothes using her employee discount. And on Tuesday nights, she meets a group of women who become her friends.

 

The Stitching Post Romances focus on the women in this quilting group. The Calico Heart was the first book in the series and was nominated for a RONE award for Best Contemporary Book of 2013. Patricia Kiyono and Stephanie Michels are pleased to announce the release of the second book in the series, The Friendship Star Quilt.

 

 

BLURB:

 

Anne Brown loves her job at The Stitching Post Quilt Shop in Grandville, Michigan, but she keeps a suitcase packed so she can leave at a moment's notice. Living under the radar, she longs for a normal life, but settles for listening to family stories told by the friendly ladies of the quilting club who meet at the shop on Tuesday evenings. When she meets Brad, the handsome band director of an area high school and his adorable daughter, Anne begins to hope for a happily ever after of her own. But someone has far different plans.

 

Brad Carmichael is juggling the demands of his job as band director at Rivertown High School with trying to be a better father to his daughter. When Brad is late picking Jennie up from a birthday party, the pretty young clerk from the local quilt shop comes to his rescue. Kind-hearted and talented, Anne becomes a vital part of Brad and Jennie’s lives. But her past threatens to destroy their relationship.

 

 

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

 

Patricia Kiyono retired from public school teaching, and is now an adjunct faculty member at Grand Valley State University, where she instructs future teachers. Born in Japan, she lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from their five children and nine grandchildren. In addition to writing, she enjoys sewing, scrapbooking, playing in local bands and orchestras, and taking care of grandchildren.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stephanie Michels considers herself a “Jill of All Trades.” During her corporate career, she worked as a computer trainer, advertising copywriter, personnel agent, radio DJ, magazine columnist, and a financial planner among other things.  She recently left those behind in order to focus on writing full time.

Raised in Michigan, she lived in South Carolina, Missouri, and Germany, before returning to the Mitten State to raise her family.  When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her reading or spending time with family, friends, and Beta Sigma Phi sisters.

The Friendship Star Quilt is her second novel with writing partner, Patricia Kiyono.

 

 

BUY LINKS:

 

The Friendship Star Quilt is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords, as well as other ebook outlets.

 

 

GIVEAWAY!

 

Stephanie Michels is giving away a $5 Amazon gift card at each stop of our blog tour to a random commenter. To win, please leave a comment about a skill you possess that helped you in some way. And to increase your chances, visit author Kristin Wallace’s blog tomorrow!


23 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for the spotlight, Lynn!

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    1. Lynn, thank you so much for hosting us today. I apologize I am so late signing in today but a Windows software update had my computer down most of the day. Ahhh, the joys of being "married" to our computers. I did get a lot of handwritten notes done.

      Thanks to all the readers who posted comments.

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  2. Just started the first book in the series,...can hardly put it down!

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  3. I finished it last night! THe opening pages of the book certainly surprised and stunned me. It is a topic I wouldn't normally choose to read about. However, I did like the resolution. It was fun reading about places where I live. There were some facts about Charlie's dump I didn't know not being native to the area. Read it!

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    1. Thanks for reading it, Katie! And thanks for stopping in.

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    2. Kathie, thanks for your comments. Spousal abuse and domestic violence are pretty dark shadows, but we tried to keep most of the book lighter. I never knew about Charlie's Dump either until Patty told me about it, and I've lived around these parts since 1979! I guess I'm never too old to learn!

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  4. Contests on the release Patricia and Stephanie. The book sounds great. A skill I possess... talking. I have gotten myself out of numerous sticky situations just by talking.

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    1. Ha! Great skill, Christine, especially if you can find the right words to say at the right time. That's something I can't do at all. Thanks for stopping in!

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    2. Christine, I'd love to hear about some of those situations. Bet there would be some cute stories....
      :D

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    1. Absolutely, Amy! There have been so many times I wish I'd been more patient, especially with my kids. Thanks for visiting!

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    2. Amy,
      it sure does...especially since I often am totally lacking in that skill.
      Thanks for visiting us.

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  6. I think it's a great concept for a story and makes me want to read it.

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    1. Thanks, Jeff! It's been well received so far.

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    2. Thanks, Jeff. We're getting good feedback from readers.

      But I'm curious...what's YOUR special skill? Writing? Clever Blogging? Knowing the Dewey Decimel System. C'mon, share with us, Mr. S!

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  7. First of all, I am nearly done reading this book and I LOVE it!!! I love the characters, especially the little girl who is so loving and intuitive. What am I good at??? Well, I think perseverance is one, good with people is another. I'm a hobbyist quilter by the way so I can relate to the ladies who come to the Stitching Post. I love the series and now I can't wait for the third book!!!

    Sharon Miller

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping in, Sharon! I'm so glad you like the book. And it sounds like you've got plenty of hobbies to keep you busy!

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  8. I guess you can "not so good with computers" to my profile as I don't know what to put as a URL. Mea culpa!!!

    Sharon Miller

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  9. I read the first one. Love it!! I have been waiting for the second and it is just as good. I am about a third done. I really like the characters. Guess I could say I am good with people. I have always wanted to learn to quilt.
    Billie

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    1. I'm so glad you've enjoyed the Stitching Post books, Billie! People skills are very important - not everyone can say they have them! Thanks so much for stopping in.

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  10. Lost a lot of sleep time as I couldn't put the book down. JAK

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