Friday, January 9, 2015

Fabulous Friday Feature-Sarah Ladd-Where God Guides, God Provides



Today we welcome author: 
Sarah Ladd

To win a copy
of Sarah's new release:
A Lady at Willowgrove Hall


Scroll to the end of the post 
to see how to get your copy.


Wow, after this week's snowstorm, I really appreciated Sarah sending a summer picture for this post. I met Sarah in person, finally, at the last ACFW conference. She has such a contagious smile that surely carries through her works. She told me over lunch one day that she would have a new release. I simply had to ask her to join us and share how God has led her on her writing journey, knowing it would be exciting. Here is what she said:


Where God Guides, God Provides...


Thank you so much for having me as a guest on your blog and giving me the opportunity to share a bit about my story.

You are so welcome! We're excited to have you.

Several months before I started writing my debut novel, The Heiress of Winterwood, I was really struggling with the decision of whether or not I should try my hand at writing a book. I had dabbled in writing short stories and poetry, but had never really attempted a full-length novel before. After all, writing a book takes a lot of time, and I had a family. A job. Responsibilities. I knew that writing a book would be a big commitment, and I just wasn’t sure the timing was right.

But in quiet, still moments, I would have this nudging. The story idea would play out in my mind like a movie, and the idea of writing a book would not leave me alone. So I started to pray about it … I prayed for God to either make it clear that I was supposed to write a novel or to remove the desire from me.

One day, as I was driving in an area I had never been before, I passed a church. Outside that church there was a sign:

“Where God guides, God provides.”

I was so struck by the words that I nearly stopped my car then and there! To me, those words were an answer to a prayer that had been on my heart for a while.

If God was guiding me to write a novel, he would provide the time. The energy. The enthusiasm. The support. And do you know what? He did! I found a writer’s group. Made some writer friends who understood the journey. Found energy to stay up late into the wee hours of the morning crafting my story. I attended meetings. Entered contests. Signed with an agent. Eventually I held my finished, printed book in my hands.

I no longer remember which church it was that had the sign. I don’t remember what day of the week it was, where I was going on that drive, or what song was playing on the radio. But I do remember those words, and they still burn brightly in my heart. God is faithful. He is the giver of dreams.

Amen to that, Sarah!

What dream is God placing on your heart?  Pray about it. And I hope you will find the same encouragement in these words that I found:  Where God guides, God provides.

A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps and makes them sure. Proverbs 16:9

Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7


In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:6

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I love meeting other writers!
Mary Vee and Sarah Ladd at the ACFW conference

Sarah E. Ladd has more than ten years of marketing experience. She is a graduate of Ball State University and holds degrees in public relations and marketing. “The Heiress of Winterwoodwas the recipient of the 2011 Genesis Award for historical romance and a finalist in the Debut Author category of the 2014 Carol Awards. The second book in the series, “The Headmistress of Rosemere” (2013), was on the ECPA best-seller list for several months.  



Sarah would love to connect with you! 
Please join her online: 
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Click here to buy or see A Lady at Willowgrove Hall
Her secret cloaks her in isolation and loneliness. His secret traps him in a life that is not his own.
Cecily Faire carries the shame of her past wherever she treads, knowing one slip of the tongue could expose her disgrace. But soon after becoming a lady’s companion at Willowgrove Hall, Cecily finds herself face-to-face with a man well-acquainted with the past she’s desperately hidden for years.
Nathaniel Stanton has a secret of his own—one that has haunted him for years and tied him to his father’s position as steward of Willowgrove Hall. To protect his family, Nathaniel dares not breathe a word of the truth. But as long as the shadow looms over him, he’ll never be free to find his own way in the world. He’ll never be free to fall in love.

When the secrets swirling within Willowgrove Hall come to light, Cecily and Nathaniel must confront a painful choice: Will they continue running from the past . . . or will they stand together and fight for a future without the suffocating weight of secrets long kept?



To enter the contest for a copy of 
Sarah's  new release: 
"A Lady at Willowgrove Hall"
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Thank you, Sarah, for Joining us This Weekend!


We love chatting with you and are looking forward to reading your comments and questions. Or at least your hi, hello, hey, or ...

Thanks for stopping by!

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61 comments:

  1. Thank you Mary for hosting Sarah. I enjoyed reading this very encouraging post! In my current wilderness season, I am grateful to be reminded that WHERE GOD GUIDES, GOD PROVIDES. I would love to read "A Lady at Willowgrove Hall". :)

    Blessings,
    Caryl

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    1. Good morning, Caryl. Nice to see you.
      I have some virtual mocha coffee ready. Would you like some? Seemed perfect to serve alongside Sarah's book.
      I glad you were encouraged. Seems in the January freeze, encouragement is needed in chocolate doses!

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    2. Hi Caryl! Thanks for stopping my. I just love that quote. I think of it often! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. A what great interview and it's lovely to read how God has guided you through your writing career. All three book covers are so lovely!

    Thanks for the giveaway, I own the first two books and look forward to reading this one.

    Am follower of this blog and on FB.

    Janella
    arieljo12 (at) hotmail (dot) com

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    1. Janella,
      I'm so glad you stopped by. So you have the first two books. Awesome. Which story touched your heart more?
      I hope you and yours are keeping warm. I have virtual cups of steaming, hot mocha if you want.

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    2. I would have to say The Headmistress of Rosemere.

      I enjoyed the inspirational message of trusting in God, the characters and the twists and turns made it a very enjoyable book.

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    3. Hi Janella, and thank you for the kind words about The Headmistress of Rosemere! I am so glad you enjoyed it -- it truly makes my day. :) And thanks for the kind words about the cover! I love them all -- the lady who does the cover designs is so incredibly talented!

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  3. Hot tea does seem to be the drink to go along with this book/interview=) I love a good cup of herbal tea.

    Thanks for featuring Sarah and her book, I would love to read this series.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi Patty.
      Yum, I love tea. Oh, you like herbal teas. Let's see, I have peppermint, cozy time, raspberry, probably a few others in this stash. Let's share a tea time and talk stories.

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    2. I agree! I am a coffee drinker by nature, but I love hot tea in the afternoons -- especially on chilly afternoons! My favorite? Lemon Ginger. Delish!!!!

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  4. This book looks like nice. I would love to read this book. Also it was nice getting to know alittle more about sarah
    oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

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    1. Hi, Danie!!
      I know. Learning the inside scoop about the authors and how God has moved them on their journeys has proven to be a great read each weekend. I also think it helps me when reading their books.

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    2. Hi Danielle! It is fun to be able to connect with readers! Thanks, Mary, for helping us do that! :)

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  5. What an encouraging story! And what a wonderful truth that we often have trouble trusting.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win this book -- I've been wanting to read it for a while now. :)

    crazybooklover7 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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    1. Aerykah,
      I haven't seen you in a bit. I hope you had a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. New beginnings for 2015 and blessings are hopefully already coming your way. Good chatting with you.

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    2. Hi Aerykah! Thanks so much for stopping by -- it is nice to meet you! :)

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  6. I would love to win Sarah's book. I'm sure I will like it and I love the cover. I agree with you about Sarah's smile. I thank you both for this give-away. Please put my name in. ( Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <)
    I am a follower of yours and receive your post on my emails.

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    1. Hi Maxie!
      I am happy to put your name in the drawing. Of course I know you are a follower. One I look forward to seeing each time you stop by! Good chatting with you.

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    2. Hi Maxie! So glad you were able to stop by for a quick chat! :)

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  7. Sarah's book has been on my TBR list for awhile now - I would love to win a copy!
    Stimmer@familylife.com

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    1. Wow, Sharon,
      Wouldn't it be awesome to win this book that's been on your list? I love when opportunities like this pop up. Best wishes on the drawing. I'm so glad you stopped and chatted with us today.

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  10. I love Sarah Ladd's other books! I would love to win a copy of her newest one, but regardless I will still read it! :) thank you for the inspiring story!

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    1. Alicia, you are so sweet. Comments like this one from you really encourage authors. I can't wait for Sarah to see your message. You are a blessing.

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    2. Hi Alicia, Mary is right -- notes like yours are such a blessing! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  11. I am so intrigued by this book! I would love my name put in the drawing. steelefairytale6506 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi, Rebecca,
      Thanks so much for joining us today! I can see why you'd be intrigued, I am too! There is something about the cover that really draws us to the story, right?

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    2. Hi Rebecca! Thank you for stopping by! Blessings!

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  12. I love the cover of this book. I know they say don't judge a book by its cover..but it's beautiful! donnyandshelly at yahoo dot com

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    1. I agree with you, Shelly. The colors and setting are lovely. I can't help but read the blurb next to the photo then want to read the book. You too?
      I'm so glad you stopped by to chat with us today.

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    2. Hi Shelly, I love this cover too. I feel so blessed -- the cover designer is so amazing ... she does such an incredible job of translating the mood and feeling of the book to a piece of art. :)

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  13. Enjoyed this post! Thanks, Sarah and Mary! I'd love to win the copy of this book--my friend has recommended it. :) Samantha - miraclewelsh at gmail dot com

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    1. What a great compliment for Sarah! She will be delighted to see your friend recommended this book. She should be stopping back in soon. I hope you can stay and chat with her, too.

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    2. I am delighted, Mary! How wonderful! I certainly thank your friend for recommending the story, and I really hope you get a chance to read it! Blessings!

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  14. Sarah, I love how you described the story ideas running around your head like a movie. That is exactly how it was for me!

    I followed twice (Google+ and the Friend Connect). I also signed up for email updates and am commenting! dbdempsey98(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Becky,
      I saw you had signed up. Thank you so much.
      Blank pages and days of struggling to think of words never seem to come for books that flow like a movie in your head. I love reading books like this.
      I sure enjoyed chatting with you, Becky.

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    2. Becky, isn't that a wonderful part of the process? I always know it is time to put pen to paper when the story starts playing like a movie in my mind. ;) Thank you for stopping by!

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  15. Sarah, I humbly throw my hat in the ring and would love to win your beautiful book. I love books about secrets where people feel that can't share the whole truth about their lives. And then the freedom they find when they can live life in the truth. I also love happy endings. We need more happy endings these days.

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    1. My email is cjp1873 at yahoo dot com.

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    2. Christina,
      Happy ending books are needed. I completely agree. The stories sweeten a rough day, calm a spirit, and stir the soul.
      Thanks for joining us for our chat today, Christina. I'm so glad I met you.

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    3. Hi Christina! I love the way you put it ... "freedom they find when they can live life in the truth." I LOVE happy endings too. :)

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  16. I have loved reading Sarah Ladd books. My favorite genre is Regency Romance. I love going back in time and becoming part of that life through these books.

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    1. And the Regency era is especially intriguing. I'm not exactly sure I would have wanted to live then for real, but I sure enjoy the virtual life through great stories like Sarah's.
      Thanks for joining us, Leslie.I really enjoyed chatting with you.

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    2. Hi Leslie! I am so glad you were able to stop by. My favorite genre is Regency Romance as well!!

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  17. would love to read Sarah's latest novel...Thanks for the opportunity Mary :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hi Karen, so great to see you here -- thank you for stopping by!!

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    2. Hi, Karen!
      I'm so glad you were able to stop by tonight. I was hoping you'd come. Sarah's latest novel does look like a great read, I agree. You are so welcome!!

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  18. Thank you for the chance to win a good book. I could snuggle with a blanket and a cup of chia

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    1. Hi Lucy,
      I hope you make a pot of Chai tea. I think there are many here who would be happy to join us. This party could easily last through the night with a crackling fireplace. Maybe we could get Sarah to read some of her book to us. Sounds like a lot of fun. I'm so glad you joined our chat tonight!

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    2. Hi Lucy & Mary -- that sounds like a great idea to me! There is nothing more cozy that a book, fire, and nice cup of tea. :) Thanks for stopping by!

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  19. a book I will definitely enjoy!!!
    thank you for the giveaway!!

    cyn209 at juno dot com

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by! Good luck in the giveaway!

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    2. Cyn,
      I think you are right that this will be an enjoyable read. And you are welcome for the giveaway. Thanks for joining us today!

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  20. I would love to win this book. Love Sarah's books.
    Thereadmaster@me.com

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    1. Good morning, Virginia.
      I was hoping you'd stop by. You are up early this morning. You're definitely entered in the drawing. That is a benefit to my switching my posting schedule. It gives a chance to the Monday morning folk to still join in. Hope all is well with you.

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  21. I can't wait to read this! Thanks for the goveaway.

    I subscribed!

    kathrynlvoss@gmail.com

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    1. Welcome Kate! And thanks for subscribing. So nice to see you and to chat at least for a little while with you. Hope to see you again.

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