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Sunday, December 5, 2010

"Love Finds You" Blog Party Giveaways!

Welcome to the first day of the "Love Finds You" Blog Party!!! I am so excited to be the hostess of this party, and I'm so happy to celebrate this fantastic series with all of you!

Now, I realize that some of you may not be as familiar with this series as I am. The "Love Finds You" series is a collection of Christian romance stories set in various places (mainly in the United States) with unique town names and history. The stories range from historical to contemporary and are just as diverse as the towns themselves. The "Love Finds You" series is fun and inspirational, reminding readers that "Love Finds You" wherever God plans it to!

To start this party right, I have some great giveaways to announce! Every party has to have some sort of door prize, and this blog party is no exception.

The door prize is a "Christmas Tree of Truffles" gift from Harry & David! Click HERE to take a closer look at the truffles and what flavors this box includes. I just have to give away chocolate! ;)

All you need to do to enter the drawing for the door prize is leave a comment with your valid e-mail address. That's it!

And there is also a grand prize package!!! Here's what the prize package includes:

A copy of Love Finds You in Poetry, Texas,


a bracelet from Bug's Beads (made by my dear blogging friend, Casey),


and a $10 Amazon.com gift card!!!

Here's how you can enter the drawing for the grand prize package:
  • First entry: Leave a comment saying where love "found" you (if you are already engaged/married). If you're single, either let us know where love "found" your parents, grandparents, best friend, etc. OR tell us what your favorite "Love Finds You" book is!
  • One extra entry: Become a follower or let me know if you are already a follower.
  • Two extra entries: Grab the button for this party (located in the sidebar under "You're Invited!") and share it on your blog. (Also, remind me again if you've already done this!)
  • Three extra entries: Write a post about this party and include a link to this blog.
There are plenty of ways to enter! For the extra entries, please let me know which ones you have done (and maybe include a link to your blog if you share about the party). Thank you so much for helping me spread the word!

A couple of notes about the giveaways:
  • Thank you so much to Casey from Writing for Christ for contributing the book and the bracelet to the prize package! I am so grateful for your kindness and generosity!
  • Today's giveaways are for United States residents only. I apologize to our international guests. However, feel free to comment and join in the fun no matter where you're from! The more the merrier!
  • All this week's winners will be randomly chosen Thursday night (9:00 p.m. PST) and announced on Friday.
Again, welcome to the "Love Finds You" blog party!!! Remember--there's much more to come, including author interviews, more giveaways, and lots of entertainment!

61 comments:

Keli Gwyn said...

Your party is a great idea. I've read a number of the Love Find You books. It's a great series. I'd be hard-pressed to pick a favorite. They're all good, although I'm partial to the historicals, since that's what I write. =)

I met my husband at an International Dinner. He'd taken a plate of chocolate chip cookies, which I really like. As he prepared to leave, I noticed his plate still held a cookie. I took it, introduced myself, and that moment led to a wonderful marriage. We'll be celebrating 23 years on December 19th.

(My address is on my Google profile. Just click on my name to be taken there.)

Maureen said...

Love this party. Good Christian books. Thank you.
I met my Hubby first on our road...and wouldn't go for a ride with him...I didn't know him. The next time was at the Bowling Alley...we have been married 43 years.

alekee02[at]yahoo[dot]com

Maureen said...

I am already a follower.

alekee02[at]yahoo[dot]com

Maureen said...

I blogged this at my Facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1124305054

alekee02[at]yahoo[dot]com

Maureen said...

#2
I blogged this at my Facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1124305054

alekee02[at]yahoo[dot]com

Maureen said...

#3
I blogged this at my Facebook page.

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1124305054

alekee02[at]yahoo[dot]com

Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

Hey Amber! This is an awesome giveaway! I already read LFYI Poetry, Texas, but if I win I will be sharing the love with my cousin and keeping the lovely bracelet for myself. The cholcolate's nice too LOL!

+1 My favorite LFY book this year is a tie between LFYI Hershey PA by Cerella Sechrist and LFYI Carmel-by-the Sea, CA by Sandra Bricker mainly because they're both fun stories.

+1 I'm a follower

+2 Grabbed the button

Thanks so much and Merry Christmas!!!

XOXO~ Renee
steelergirl83(at)gmail(dot)com

Renee (SteelerGirl83) said...

+3 posted http://steelergirl83.blogspot.com/2010/12/love-finds-you-blog-party.html

XOXO~ Renee
steelergirl83(at)gmail(dot)com

Ashley said...

I'd love to be entered for the door prize :)

hewella1 at gmail dot com

Ashley said...

Love found me in a bar of all places. But we are still going strong.

hewella1 at gmail dot com

Ashley said...

I'm a gfc follower.

hewella1 at gmail dot com

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

What a cool contest!
I found love on the internet.

We've been together 6 years and married 3 years.

suitejuju(at)gmail(dot)com

Ariel said...

POETRY, TEXAS???? Oh man, I am so EXCITED. You have no idea :D

Yay party time!!!!

So my parents met each other because my grandma on my dad's side owned a quilting shop that my mom worked at. She says that they were never technically engaged, they just knew they would get married. Of course they're divorced now.... but oh well I guess.

I'm a follower.

I have your button on my blog :)

pinkdaddysgirl[at]msn[dot]com

Margaret @ Creative Madness Mama said...

Sounds excellent. I love Janice Thompson's books. Your button is up at CHF. :)

cherryblossomchind(at)gmail

Bluerose said...

+1 Love found me @ the lake. My husband's cousin had been trying to set us up for a year, but I didn't like blind dates. After having my heart broke again, I decided to go for it. We've been married 5 1/2 years now. :)(And he's a true blessing from God)!!

+1 I'm a follower.

+2 I have your party button.

+3 I blogged.
http://bluerosesheart.blogspot.com/2010/12/love-finds-you-blog-party-seasons-of.html

Renee Ann said...

Great start to your contest, Amber! My favorite Love Finds You book is the one you're featuring--because that's the only one I've read! I borrowed it from the library and would love to have a copy of it or any of the books in this series to share with my sisters.

+1 I'm a GFC follower
+2 I have your button in my sidebar
+3 I already wrote a post about your contest (but will probably remind my folks again)

reneeasmith61 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Diane said...

Fun idea! Love found me at a Super Bowl party. We've been married 15 years now.

estrella8888 at roadrunner dot com

I am a follower of yours on GFC! :O)

Emma said...

I am a new follower of Seasons of Humility.Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

Emma said...

All the Love Finds You book are wonderful. Too hard to pick just one book that I read.Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com

Casey said...

Yay, a party! And what a great start. :) I would love to be entered to win those truffles, but I think I will take my extra 5 points from yesterday on a coming book giveaway, will that be okay?

So glad to be part of your fun, fun, fun celebration!! So glad you thought of this. :)

I am a follower.

I have your button

And my favorite LFY book of ALL time is Hershey. :D

Ellie said...

My favorite "Love Finds You" book so far is "Love Finds You In Charm, Ohio"

1+ I'm a new follower

2+ I have the "You're Invited" button on my sidebar

3+ I wrote a post HERE

bfaos(@)mail(.)com

Amber S. said...

Welcome, everyone! :D So fun to see all ya'll here!

KELI: I'm so glad you like the party idea! And the historicals are great--I agree! :)

And that's such a cute story about how you and your husband met! I love chocolate chip cookies myself, so I'll have to keep this in mind... ;) Congratulations on almost 23 years!!!

Thank you for your 2 entries. :)

MAUREEN: Thank you! They are definitely good Christian books, and I think it's such a fun idea for a series! :) And thank you for sharing your sweet story! Congratulations on 43 years!!!

Thank you for spreading the word about the party! You have 5 entries in the grand prize drawing. :)

RENEE: Thank you! It's great to see you here! :D I LOVED LFY in Hershey; I have yet to read LFY in Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA. Sounds good, though!

Thanks for spreading the word about the party! You have 7 entries in the drawing. :D

ASHLEY: Wow! That's so sweet that you're still going strong. :) Thanks for sharing! You have 2 entries in the drawing. :)

~Amber

Amber S. said...

JUJU: Thank you! And the Internet--wow! Congratulations on 3 years! :D

You have 2 entries in the grand prize drawing. :)

ARIEL: Hahaha, thanks for your enthusiasm! ;D I haven't read LFY in Poetry, TX, but doesn't it look good?

That's a cute story about your parents! I'm so sorry they're not together anymore, though. :( I can't imagine how hard that has been for you. I hope this post doesn't bring back bad memories/feelings. :(

I'm glad you could join us, though, and you have 4 entries in the grand prize drawing. :)

MARGARET: Thanks! I don't think I've read any books by this author yet, unfortunately.

You have 4 entries in the grand prize drawing. :)

BLUEROSE: Oh, such a sweet story! :D Thank you for sharing! And thank you for spreading the word about the party--your post was so nice! :)

You have 7 entries in the grand prize drawing (plus you're 10 extra entries from yesterday!!!). :)

RENEE ANN: Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed this book, and thank you so much for all your help in spreading word about this party, especially making the blog button!!!

You have 7 entries in the grand prize drawing. :)

~Amber

Amber S. said...

DIANE: Thanks! And how cool that love found you at a Super Bowl party! ;) Congratulations on 15 years!

You have 2 entries in the grand prize drawing. :)

EMMA: Welcome to "Seasons of Humility!" I know what you mean--it's definitely hard to choose just one "Love Finds You" book! ;)

You have 2 entries in the grand prize drawing. :)

CASEY: I know, right? Party time!!! :D You're entered in the door prize drawing (along with everyone else who left their e-mail address), no worries! And yep, you can carry your 5 extra entries to another giveaway for this week. :)

Thank you for your kind words about the party! And thank YOU for inspiring me to think of it, and for your generous contribution to the prize package! :D

Oh, and your 3 extra entries (for being a follower and for having my button) can be carried to any other giveaway this week, as well! I think the door prize drawing will just be one entry for each person who attends. :)

I LOVE LFY in Hershey, as well! Great book, and sweet author! :D

ELLIE: Ooh, I haven't read that one yet! Thanks for the recommendation! :)

Welcome to "Seasons of Humility" and thank you for spreading the word about the party!

You have 7 entries for the grand prize drawing. :)

EVERYONE: Again, welcome to the party! Thank you all for stopping by, and I hope to see you here the rest of the week, as well!

As for my favorite "Love Finds You" books so far, I think they would have to be LFY in Hershey, PA and LFY in Lahaina, HA. :)

~Amber

Amber S. said...

OK, I feel sheepish.

*blushing*

I meant LFY in Lahaina, HI (not HA). Oops! ;)

~Amber

Joy Tamsin David said...

Hi Amber,

Sorry I'm late to the party.

Love found me in college.

I am already a follower.

I have your blog button in my sidebar.

Merry Christmas! :)

The Unsell Family said...

What a great party! I have read Love Finds you in Hershey, Pennsylvania and loved it! I have been longing to read more of this series since then.

Please enter me for the door prize and thank you for hosting the party.
~Jen Unsell
unsells{at}yahoo{dot}com

The Unsell Family said...

My entry for the Grand Prize-

Love found me on the sandy beach of Santa Barbara, CA. It was my 21st birthday when my dear hubby proposed to there. ;-) We have been married for 17 years now and have 6 children.

~Jen Unsell
unsells{at}yahoo{dot}com

The Unsell Family said...

I have your button posted in the sidebar of my blog. www.theunsells.blogspot.com

~Jen Unsell
unsells{at}yahoo{dot}com

The Unsell Family said...

I am now a follower.
~Jen Unsell
unsells{at}yahoo{dot}com

Amber S. said...

JOY: No problem! So glad you could make it! :)

How sweet that love found you in college. :) I still have a year and a half... ;) Just kidding! If the Lord has a plan for me to get married, love will find me when and where He wills, which is a comfort!

You have 4 entries in the grand prize drawing. :)

JEN: Thank you! It is my pleasure to host this party, and I'm so glad you could join us! :)

LFY in Herhsey is a fantastic book, and this week on this blog is THE place and THE time to try to win more of these books! ;) Good luck in the drawings!

What a special place for love to find you--on a beach! Congratulations on 17 years together!

Also, you have 4 entries for the grand prize drawing. :) Thank you for helping to spread the word!

~Amber

adge said...

My grandparents met on a dare. My grandmother was high society and my grandfather wasn't. My grandfather's last girlfriend prior to my grandmother had said my grandfather wouldn't be able to get anyone better than her(the ex-girlfriend) and pointed toward my grandmother as an example of who he definitely could not get. Well he did and they got married. gasweetheart211[at]netscape[dot]net

Charity said...

Well, I have never been married, but my favorite LFY book is LFY in Calico California! I loved it:) Please enter me in this wonderful giveaway. Thanks so much!

esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

Charity said...

I became a new GFC Follower!!

esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

Charity said...

I would also love to be entered in the door prize giveaway:) Love chocolate. Thanks!

esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

Casey said...

Thanks Amber!! :D

Amber S. said...

ADGE: Too cute! ;) Thanks for sharing your grandparents' story--it's so funny how love develops sometimes!

You have 1 entry in the grand prize drawing. :)

CHARITY: I love mining towns, so I think LFY in Calico, CA has such a great setting! :)

Welcome to "Seasons of Humility," and thanks so much for joining the party! You have 2 entries in the grand prize drawing. :) (And you're entered for the door prize, as well.)

CASEY: You're welcome! :)

~Amber

Judylynn said...

Love found me in my hometown in West Texas!

seizethebookblog(at)gmail(dot)com

Judylynn said...

I am a follower.

seizethebookblog(at)gmail(dot)com

Amber S. said...

JUDYLYNN: How sweet! :) Thank you for sharing! I recently got to visit Texas, and it was very nice (although I was in East Texas near Houston). :)

You have 2 entries in the grand prize drawing!

~Amber

Amanda said...

Oh, Amber, I would have been here sooner, my friend, but I have been so busy the past few days!

Since love hasn't found me yet, I'll share my parents story :) Love found my parents in 1978, at work. My dad helped my mom get her car out of its parking spot one day because both cars on either side of hers had parked so close and she was afraid she’d scratch them (or her own car!) trying to back out. My dad was in the parking lot and asked if she needed help… they’ve been together ever since! Oh, and he got the car out perfectly, without a single scratch ;) They’ll be married 30 years in May, but we all asked Christ to come into our hearts 16 years ago. At the time my parents had hit a rough patch, but when they came to the Lord, He restored their marriage and their love, and they renewed their wedding vows- wanting to pledge their love again as Christians and wanting the most important Guest of all to be present :) I stand in awe of the love they have for each other, for my brother and I, and most importantly, for the Lord. And, I am ever thankful for what God has done in our lives :)

I am a follower!

Amber, this is such an awesome idea! These giveaways are so nice and Casey is so sweet for contributing! I’m really looking forward to this weeks fun and learning more about this series you love so much!!

Blessings,
Amanda Stanley
mrose608{at}gmail{dot}com

PS- BE LOOKING FOR MY EMAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Charlotte Kay said...

Oh, I love it that I can tell you where love found me: Love Found me in Vanlue, Ohio!!

+1 I am a new follower

I LOVE the giveaways, all of them:)

chakasa58 at gmail dot com

Amber S. said...

AMANDA: I'm so glad you could make it! And don't worry about not being able to come right away--just visit when you can! :) You always make the blog a brighter place to be by being here. :D

Thank you for sharing your parents' love story! That is so sweet, and they sound like a wonderful couple. :D God is so good, and I'm so blessed by you and your family's example!

Anyway, wasn't Casey so sweet to contribute to the grand prize package?! :) I was so touched by her offer!

You have 2 entries in the grand prize drawing. :) Thank you for sharing my excitement! And I e-mailed you back--your e-mail was such a joy to read!!! :D

CHARLOTTE: How sweet! That's such an interesting town name. :) Sounds like a good place for one of these "Love Finds You" books to be set!

You have 2 entries in the grand prize drawing, and everyone who leaves their e-mail is entered once for the door prize. :) I'm so glad you like the giveaways, and welcome to "Seasons of Humility!"

~Amber

Julia M. Reffner said...

Sorry, I'm stopping by a bit late. I met my husband at college when I offered him a piece of cake (which he DOES NOT like), anyway...apparently he preferred me over the cake...we've been joyfully married for 10 years.

I do have your button and am a longtime follower.

Wonderful idea, Amber. I just love your parties here!

Amber S. said...

JULIA: No problem! :D So glad you could make it!

And what a sweet story! :) Thank you so much for sharing, and congratulations on 10 years together!

Thank you for your kind words and your enthusiasm for the party! You have 4 entries in the grand prize drawing. :)

~Amber

Katie M said...

I am not yet married, but I can tell you about my parents. They met in karate class in high school. My dad always says he fell in love with my mom after the first 'kick'! :-P lol They have been madly in love for over 20 years now!

I am a follower of this blog(+1)
I grabbed your party button(+2)

- Katie
legacy1992(at)gmail(dot)com

Amber S. said...

KATIE: How fun! :D I did Jujitsu for 12 years, but alas, I'm not married either... ;)

Congratulations to them on 20 years together!

You have 4 entries in the grand prize drawing. :)

~Amber

Lady DragonKeeper said...

First time visitor to your blog, Ms. Amber --I've heard so much about these books! I've really wanted to read "LFY in Lahaina, HI" so it's good to see that it's a favorite of some (that means it's good, right?) Have you seen the "Princess Kaiulani" movie? It had a limited release earlier this year --it's fictionalized, of course, but I'm hoping to see it soon, since it's on DVD now . . . =)

Hmmm, I don't have a blog or a google account, so hopefully my parents story will be "lucky" LOL.
My parents came to know the Lord as adults and ended up going to the same church --they were friends and my mom tried to play "matchmaker" and tried to set my dad up with one of her girlfriends but it didn't work out --thankfully, for me and my four siblings. My dad likes to joke that they got married "late in life" (in their thirties, but that's not really old) so they "made up for it" when people think that my parents have a lot of kids (we don't really). =) And that's all I know . . .

Anyway, thank you so much for hosting and for the chance to win!

jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

Holly said...

I've only read a few LFY books, but I have several more on my wish list. I think my favorite is LFY in Sisters, Oregon.

My parents found love at the park in their neighborhood. My dad was working at the carousel, and my mom was there with her little cousin. As my mom tells it, Dad and a couple of his friends were across the way, and it was very obvious they were talking about her because they kept pointing. Apparently one of her brothers was among the bunch, because not long after that he brought Dad home, and they were together until Dad passed away a few months ago.

Also, new follower here.

Holly
oceandreamerfla(at)aol(dot)com

Amber S. said...

LADY DRAGON KEEPER: Welcome to "Seasons of Humility!" :D These are great books, by many different authors and set in many different places.

LFY in Lahaina, HI is definitely one of my favorites, and I highly recommend it! I loved it! I haven't seen the "Princess Kaiulani" movie, but I've heard about it. :)

That's such a cute story about your parents--what a fun twist! ;) Thanks so much for sharing, and here's to a "lucky" entry!

It's great to have you visit! You have 1 entry in the grand prize drawing. :)

HOLLY: There are so many of them, aren't there? LFY in Sisters, Oregon was a good one, and I'm glad to hear you enjoyed it! :)

That is such a sweet story about your parents. :) I'm sorry about your dad's passing--I can't imagine how hard that must be. May the Lord bless and comfort you and your family and bring to mind more sweet memories and stories from his life like this one.

Thank you so much for visiting and becoming a follower! You have 2 entries in the grand prize drawing. :)

~Amber

apple blossom said...

I guess you'd say Love Found me in Springfield, MO.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

apple blossom said...

follower of this blog

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

apple blossom said...

button posted on my blog side bar
entry #1

http://myheartbelongs2books.blogspot.com/

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apple blossom said...

button posted on my blog side bar
entry #2

http://myheartbelongs2books.blogspot.com/

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

apple blossom said...

posted about your party
entry #1

http://myheartbelongs2books.blogspot.com/2010/12/party-time-running-out.html

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

apple blossom said...

posted about your party
entry #2

http://myheartbelongs2books.blogspot.com/2010/12/party-time-running-out.html

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

apple blossom said...

posted about your party
entry #3

http://myheartbelongs2books.blogspot.com/2010/12/party-time-running-out.html

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Andrea Schultz said...

Great idea!

Blessings -
Andrea
andrealschultz at gmail dot com

Amber S. said...

APPLE BLOSSOM: Oooh, that would make a great "Love Finds You" book--Love Finds You in Springfield, Missouri! :D

So glad you could join in the fun, and thanks for spreading the word about the party! You have 7 entries in the grand prize drawing. :)

ANDREA: Thank you! :) Welcome to "Seasons of Humility" and I hope you enjoy the party!

You have 2 entries in the grand prize drawing. :)

~Amber

Eileen Meyers said...

First I want to say that I LOVE these books. Whenever I start one, I hate to put it down for ANY reason!!! Just finished the "Love ...in Poetry Texas" and it was fantastic as usual!
looking forward to reading many many more of them! I met my husband at a friend's daughter's birthday party....and neither one of us was "looking" for a spouse!! But we hit it off right away and it felt like we had known each other for years. We had both been divorced and each had 2 children...we married and had a child together. And have been married for 28.5 years!! And we renewed our vows on our 25th anniversary with our kids in the ceremony!

Amber S. said...

Eileen,

How fun that you found my blog, and that you share a love of these fun "Love Finds You" books! :)

I'm sorry to say that these posts are from quite a while ago, so these "Love Finds You" giveaways are over... But thank you for leaving a comment and for sharing about your love story! It does seem that love seems to find you when you aren't looking for it, huh? ;) Congratulations on over 28 years together!

~Amber