Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Love Never Fails by Linda Yezak (and giveaway!)

I remember being young and in love. The insecurities, the anxiety involved in awaiting the next phone call, the constant desire to see that loved one again, and the clammy palms when I did. Virtually every young man I dated holds a special place in my heart.

Not too distant in my memory is the first time I fell in the “I do” kind of love. The wedding is a whirlwind of memories swirled together with no specific favorite. The honeymoon held charm and joy, heat and passion. Don’t they all?

The next three years, however, brought challenges I wasn’t strong enough to overcome, and I found myself becoming a number in one of the fastest growing statistics in America: the divorce rate. A serious issue the church is learning to address. A problem many Christians face regardless of their upbringing. A shame of vow-breakage, not just to the soon-to-be-exed mate, but to God.

Because of my personal experiences, many of my heroines, both in my current release, Give the Lady a Ride, and my works in progress, are damaged by failed relationships. Upon their backs, they bear the consequences of making a poor choice, of acting in haste, of not taking the rose-colored glasses off before buying the wedding veil. Since my novels are light-hearted, these burdens are in the character’s backstory, baggage she carries into the a romance and tosses into the dumpster when her new love wins her heart.

And he always does.

Jump ahead ten years from when I signed my name on that legal document marking my failure, and you’ll see that my new love won my heart, accepted the damaged me, and after a short while, allowed me to toss the baggage in favor of a new beginning and a long-lasting, God-blessed union. This year, we’ll celebrate twenty years of marriage, of love and security. Most people our ages are looking toward their fortieth anniversary, some even longer. Our past mistakes give us a slim chance of seeing our fiftieth anniversary. But our story is one of victory and joy. We found love late, but we found it.

Even through the humor of my novels, you’ll see my story over and over. The scars failure leaves behind. The victory of love over pain. The joy of a match “made in heaven.” Just as it says in I Cor. 13:8a, “Love never fails.”

Two-time ACFW Genesis finalist Linda Yezak resides in the state of Texas, where tall tales abound and exaggeration is an art form. Aside from being a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she also belongs to Women Writing the West (WWW) and The Christian PEN. She lives in the heart of a forest with her husband, three cats, four ducks, and a pond full of fish.






Want to know more about Linda's book? Here's the back cover blurb:
Patricia Talbert is a high-class social coordinator from New York.

Talon Carlson is a rugged bull rider from Texas.

He thinks she’s too polished.

She thinks he’s insane.

Opposites aren’t quick to attract when the lady who enters the cowboy’s world is on a mission to sell the ranch. But a box of letters changes her mission–letters of unshakable faith and a love deeper than anything she’s ever experienced.

Soon, she finds his integrity appealing. Her spunk draws him in. He has the faith she craves; she may be the love he longs for. But faith and love aren’t achieved in a single weekend.

To buy time to explore the possibilities between them, she issues a challenge: “Teach me to ride bulls.”

From here on, they’re in for the ride of their lives.

It's giveaway time!

Leave a comment for Linda between now and March 31 to win a copy of her novel Give the Lady a Ride. Be sure to include your email address if it's not in your profile!

60 comments:

  1. What an interesting perspetive this author brings to Christian fiction. I look forward to reading her books. Thanks for sharing! Happy Wednesday!

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  2. I think this looks like such a fun book!! Joy and I have such similar reading tastes and when I found out she was reading (and liking it) I figured this would be a book for me! :) Thanks for the post and chance to enter!

    Email in profile.

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  3. Seams Inspired--your cyber-handle tells me a lot about you! That's so clever!!! Thanks for commenting.

    Juju--thanks!

    Casey--I'm so glad you find my book intriguing. I hope you get a chance to read it!

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  4. Thanks for the chance to win this book. It looks wonderful. Linda, thank you for allowing God to use you in this wonderful way.

    Email in profile

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  5. Oh, this book sounds great! I love hearing about authors' "back stories," and being able to learn what makes them tick. I'm looking forward to reading this book. :)

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  6. Sounds like a great book

    vidishamun@gmail.com

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  7. I love stories about people overcoming their pain and their scars and finding redemption in love. Must be why I love this book so much!

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  8. Loved reading your testimony and how God is using you to keep spreading His message of grace and second chances. Awesome!

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  9. I've been wanting to read this one since I saw it on Joy's blog!! :)
    I would love to be entered!

    bluerosesheart at yahoo dot com

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  10. Jessica--thank you for the encouraging words!

    Sara--I like to know how writers "tick" too. Gives me a clue as to where they get their ideas. Thanks for commenting!

    Vidisha--thank you!

    Katie--my #1 fan and supporter! Thank you!!!

    Lisa--yes! Grace and second chances! Exactly what I'm trying to illustrate about the God I serve. Isn't He wonderful?!

    bluerose--how encouraging! Thank you!

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  11. I love hearing about how God binds up wounds, gives second chances, and blesses beyond belief! Thanks for sharing here, Linda. Your testimony touched my heart. Blessings!

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  12. Renee Ann--that's just what He did. He's a wonderful Father! Thank you!

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  13. Linda- Thanks so much for responding to comments, I haven't been able to pop in today until now.

    Hello everyone! (Joy waves) Thanks for encouraging Linda today. I'm excited about her book and can't wait for one of you to read it.

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  14. Thank you for having me, Joy. I appreciated all the encouraging comments.

    Thanks to your fabulous readers for making me feel welcome!

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  15. Great interview. I want to read the book right now.

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  16. Awww...what a sweet story! I'll like to be entered for the giveaway. All the best on the new book.

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  17. This book looks like a fun read! Linda, you may not see that 50 year anniversary but you can pack 50 years (or more) of memories into the years God does give you with your hubby. Enjoy every moment!

    Kim Thorne
    kim(dot)msjmom(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. Thanks, Kim! I do enjoy every moment. I'm very blessed.

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  19. This looks like my kind of book. Please enter me!
    ruthaw_1974@yahoo.com

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  20. I love reading christian fiction.Please enter me in contest.I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

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  21. Sounds great...opposites attract!
    lgm52@hotmail.com

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  22. a wonderful posting...thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel :P)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  23. Thanks for the posting, and the chance to win the book! it sounds great...mitzi_wanham[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  24. Thanks for sharing on this post!
    It would be a joy to win your book!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Many Blessings and Smiles:)
    Charlotte Kay
    charlovesmark at gmail dot com

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  25. You know i want to read this one, Linda!I was touched by your honesty about your past marriage. God truly is the author of new beginnings! Thanks for hosting the giveaway, Joy.

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  26. Carman Sent me. This looks like such a great book! Loved your review/post. Thank you for the giveaway!

    loveangel132@yahoo.com

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  27. Sounds like a good book I would love to read it!
    Tori
    vrtheriot@gmail.com

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  28. Tracy, I hope you enjoy it!

    Everyone, thanks for your interest and enthusiasm! Made my day to come back to check Joy's site and see all these responses. I'm going to be riding high all day!

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  29. So interesting,thanks for the chance to win!



    niastrong21(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. Sounds like such an interesting story, I can't wait to read it!! Thanks for the chance to win!

    kcmelone[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  31. Thank you for the opportunity of entering me. Great cover and interesting story. Carman sent me.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  32. I credit being married to my first husband for 28 years to a praying grandmother (Mom's side). She must have worn out her knees on me! I was also blessed with a wise and loving grandfather (Dad's side) who instilled in me a bone deep love of family. I certainly would not have made it on my own. We'll celebrate our 29th in a few months, God willing.

    This one is already on my "to read" list, thanks for the chance to win it.

    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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  33. Sounds great...and love the cover.
    lgm52@hotmail.com

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  34. love cowboy books. Also love this book cover.

    love to win this book too. thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  35. Carman sent me over and I'm hoping I win!

    Doreen
    priviesandprims[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  36. Please enter me! Carman sent me.

    writer.chicka[at]gmail.com

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  37. Good luck everyone!

    Pegg--congrats on your upcoming anniversary!

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  38. Give the Lady a Ride sounds like an inspirational romantic read! WOW! Just my cup of tea!

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  39. Forgot my email address!
    rbooth43(at0yahoo(dot)com

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  40. Oh Wow!
    This sounds AMAZING!!
    I REALLY want to read it after reading the back cover blurp!!!
    Carman sent me.
    dymesich(at)juno(dot)com

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  41. This sounds like an awesome book....I have it on my list of reads!
    Thanks for telling us about it!
    Blessings.....Joy
    ibjoy1953{at]yahoo[dot]com
    http://splashesofjoy.wordpress.com/

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  42. Oh! Please enter me! :D I can't wait to read this book. It looks great!

    booklovercb at yahoo dot com

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  43. I would love to read this book! Please enter me.

    smdiloreto(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  44. So proud of you, my friend. Can't wait to read it, free copy or not. Hugs,
    Tammy

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  45. I'd love to read this book!

    leanniegehrke at hotmail dot com

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  46. This book sounds really good. Would love to win it. Carman sent me.

    arsmelser6[at]gmail[dot]com

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  47. I would love to win! Thanks!

    Molly AT reviewsbymolly DOT com

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  48. This looks like it could be my type of book! I'll definitely have to add it to my wishlist.

    khickey76[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  49. Sounds like a wonderful book! Please include me in your giveaway!

    Thanks,
    Glenda
    gka444 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  50. I have been seeing this book pop up more recently. It looks like a great read. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks.

    arsmelser6[at]gmail[dot]com

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  51. I love reading Christian fiction. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

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  52. Karen--I like being added to a wish list! Thanks!

    Amy--yes, I seem to be everywhere these days. It's been fun!

    Good luck all!

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  53. Congrats on 20 years and being a two time ACFW finalist. Your an awesome writer, I'm really excited to read your book, I can't wait. Great post by the way.

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  54. Congrats on 20 years and being a two time ACFW finalist. Your an awesome writer, I'm really excited to read your book, I can't wait. Great post by the way.

    I don't know why it said anonymous, must of hit the wrong button

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  55. Enjoyed your blog. Book sounds great. Carmen sent me.

    true_sheila at yahoo dot com

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  56. Thanks for entering everyone! The winner of Give the Lady a Ride is KarenK!

    Emailing you now, Karen.

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