Saturday, November 22, 2008


Yes, yes, it's true! My baby is coming. In fact, she will be dropped off on my doorstep, all bundled up in a box, perhaps as early as Tuesday! What, you say? Someone is dropping your baby off at your doorstep--in a BOX?

Indeed! Isn't that the easiest means of delivery? Ask any mother and she'll say she'd gladly skip labor and have someone bring that baby directly to her! Right, moms?

Trouble is--I HAVE had to endure labor pains--some rather painful, plodding, and slow going ones, others moving along at a rather nice pace. That's the way it is with we writers, especially us "seat-of-the-pantsers", who never quite know from page-to-page what's going to happen next. Unfortunately, sometimes we "pantsers" have to wait days between scenes; thus, the labor.

Well, my draft finally complete, and all those edits nailed down, they sent my "baby" off to the printers some weeks ago. But, alas! I just received news TODAY that "she" has arrived at the warehouse, Hannah Grace, that is, number one in my Daughters of Jacob Kane Series!

Oooh, wheee--I think I shall HAVE to do a "GIVEAWAY"! WHAT DO YOU THINK?


And now, take a look at my brief synopsis!
BACK-COVER BOOK BLURB: Raised in the resort town of Sandy Shores, Michigan, Hannah Grace, the eldest of Jacob Kane's three daughters, is feisty and strong-willed, yet practical. Between working at her father's general store and courting the town's physician, Ralston VanHuff, Hannah has her life planned out in an orderly, meaningful way. Or so it seems.

But Hannah's world turns upside down when the new sheriff comes to town. Gabriel Devlin is strong, outspoken and a Christian, to boot--but he's sworn off women, having met ones mostly interested in money and apathetic toward God.

Determined to ignore the newcomer's handsome looks, Hannah is drawn to him nonetheless by a runaway orphan boy named Jesse. While Hannah works to befriend the shy vagabond, who's living with Gabriel until other arrangements can be made, God works in her heart.

What plans does HE have in store for this young woman who thought she had it all together?


Taleah said...

hooray! I am SO proud of you!

The Mihalek's said...

Yeah, your arrival is coming soon! I have been waiting so long for you new book! I CAN'T WAIT!!!

I am looking forward to some great holiday reading materials!

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to start reading Hannah Grace! Did you get your books? Uh? Uh? Uh? Love you!


Rob Roush said...

Hey congrats! I can only imagine how exciting that must be. Hopefully, someday I'll get to find out.


lilac grandma said...

So excited and happy for you!
I would love to read "Hannah Grace!
Love and prayers, Melody

Shannon said...

Me, me, me!!! I'm so excited for your book!! You are just quite the author!! Congrats!

meg said...

I can't wait to read Hannah Grace, your Little Hickman Creek Series was wonderful. I have to be honest, I've read many books, but this is the first series I have actually finished and felt "full" when I was done.


Sharlene MacLaren said...

Oh, it's so fun to hear from all of you! Thanks for stopping by to throw your name in the "hat". I am copying everyone's name off and putting it into a lid, actually. Like I said earlier, I will do the drawing on November 29, so stay tuned and watch to see who will wind up the lucky, ur, blessed, winner!

Lilac Grandma, you have me very curious about your name.

Rob, good to see a GUY entering the drawing. REAL MEN read romances. teehee

Shannon!!!!! What can I say? I miss you.

Aww, Meg, thank you so very much. What a sweet, generous comment.

Staci!!!!!!!!! Uh, Staci!!!!!!!!!! You better send me an email speedy quick. I have to ask you something.

Taleah, I miss you, hon. We need to do coffee.

Debbie, you darling, adorable friend of mine! There are no words. **grins**

I love you all!

Jennifer AlLee said...

I made it... Here I am!!! The new book sounds great and the cover is gorgeous! Please enter me in the contest, lovely lady :+}

Big Hugs,

Jennifer said...

Aunt Shar -

I can't wait to read Hannah Grace along with the rest of the series. Reading your books give me a good excuse to curl up on the couch next to the fireplace and do nothing and not feel guilty about not doing laundry, etc... I mean I have to read my Aunt's books (who happens to be my FAVORITE author), Right! You are so blessed to have such an amazing talent. I am addicted!!!
Hugs and Congrats!!

Catherine said...

Wow!! What a gorgeous cover for "Hannah Grace" - it's stunning! You must be so proud! The book synopsis sounds great - and the hook about a gorgeous sheriff and a stubborn lady doesn't hurt any either, LOL! Can't wait to read it ... and yes, I'd love to enter my name in the hat. :-)

christidoyon said...

Congrats on what I know will be another beautiful novel! I can't wait to curl up with a big cup of hot tea, watch the snow fall and read the story of Hannah Grace! And I'm loving that it's my niece's name! :)

Wendi B. - Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads in Seattle said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog!! I absolutely love reading, and your book is absolutely beautiful! The cover is really stunning - I'm really looking forward to participating in the FIRST WildCard Tour. . . maybe you will consider doing an author interview with me!!

Congratulations on your book!!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I can't wait to read "Hannah Grace"! I absolutely loved your Little Hickman Creek series! I would love to have a book signed by you! My Mother & I both love to read christian romance. You're books are the kind that you just can't put down once you start them.
Thanks, Jenny

Sharlene MacLaren said...

Hey, everybody, thanks so much for stopping by. I see the names keep coming in; thus, my "lid" is filling up fast! Waving at all of you!

Love and Hugs to all!

Anonymous said...

Wow! I wish I could have a daughter just to give her the name of Hannah Grace!!
God bless you Sharlene!

Maria Cristina said...

wow, I want to read Hannah Grace !!!!! waaaaaaaah!!!!! is this good enough an entry to grant me a place in the drawing??? ok - how about another WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!!!!!!!!!!!! :)))

Shar, you have been soo blessed with the gift of penmanship and novelization --- we're grateful 'receivers' of such bounty! :)

your friend Maria Cristina :)

PS the last comment by "Anonymous" seemed to have a funny Italian accent to me... what do you think?

Sharlene MacLaren said...

Oh, this is hysterical! I love it. I figured out who Anonymous is, and I think it would actually be quite funny if I drew "HIS" name from the hat, ur, lid. But then if I did you all would say it was rigged. So, I guess "he's" safe.

Love to all of you!!!!!

Sharlene MacLaren said...

By the way, I'm not referring to the Anonymous people who signed their names!

More love.....

Cleda said...

Thanks for this opportunity, Shar... just want you to know I have been here before and enjoy the wonderful blogs you have here... I just don't think that I have ever left a comment... may have to change that now....

Debbie said...

Thanks for such a wonderful inspiration.

jenny carlisle said...

Hi! Commented on Shoutlife, and now I want to enter the contest! There, does that cover it? Have a great day!

Lynnette said...

I would love a chance to win this book. It sounds like a good read.

cespiers said...

Hi Shar! I can't wait to read Hannah Grace! Have a great day!

~Lainee Spiers

Sharlene MacLaren said...



Congratulations, Lainee!

Please email me with your snail-mail address!

Thanks a bunch to EVERYONE who left a comment on my blog. Stay on the lookout for more giveaways!


Nise' said...

How exciting! Looking forward to the book tours coming up!

Ausjenny said...

I have say Im loving your book. i was at the dentist and got some funny looks cos i kept laughing at times.
thanks for a great read.

Sunny said...

Well, congrats on your baby! I agree it'd be great to have them just show up, but I know you've gone through plenty of labor with Hannah Grace. I'm thoroughly enjoying it and am looking forward to the tour! Thanks for stopping by my blog!!


ForstRose said...

I just picked up my copy of Hannah Grace to start reading and can already be pretty sure you'll be on my list of favorite historical authors by the time I finish it.

BTW I am giving you the Butterfly award. See the info here


Gwen said...

So excited for you Shar! You are quite the writing machine! So happy for you!