Thursday, October 04, 2012

WANT TO HELP ME CELEBRATE MY 12TH RELEASE?


In the summer of 2000 I first got the "bug" to write a novel. Of course, I didn't start out thinking, hey, I'm going to write a novel. No, I started out thinking, hmm, let's see if I can write the first page. (That's how most novels begin.)

Back then, I knew nothing about font size, spacing, how to set a paragraph or do page numbers. Word processing meant nothing to me. However, I did know how to type, so, I sat down at my computer and my passion was born! God did plant a deep love for reading in my heart at a young age, but I didn't know He'd also planted a seed of passion for writing until much later in life - age 52 to be exact! It's rather ironic I think that 12 years ago I began this writing journey, and JUST TODAY my 12th PUBLISHED BOOK released and is hopefully filling store shelves even as we speak.

Listen, if I could tell you just one thing about walking a Christian life it would be this: Living for Christ is EXCITING! I'm not kidding! Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." What a promise, my precious friends. God makes a pledge to us that if we place our full hope and trust in Him He will NOT fail us. He has plans for you. You've all heard the phrase, God has a wonderful plan for your life. Well, I beg to differ. He doesn't have "A" plan, He has MANY plans. I'm coming down the hill (sort of fast) on the second half of my life, and I'm here to tell you that God isn't anywhere near done with me yet, not as far as I know anyway.

Do you trust Him with all of your life? Do you want to know what His next steps are for you? Are you standing in the window watching with expectant eyes - waiting for Him to round the bend, come up the drive, knock on your door, and give you your next life assignment? Do you have a willing heart for whatever that might be? If all of the above resonates with you, then get ready because HE HAS PLANS FOR YOU - plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Step out in faith and watch, wait, listen...and obey! THE LORD OUR GOD IS FAITHFUL TO COMPLETE WHATEVER IT IS HE HAS BEGUN IN YOU. He is a good and faithful Father.

Now, just because you were so sweet to indulge me by reading this sermon, ur, blog, I'm going to give you a chance to win my newest release, Sofia's Secret. All you have to do is make a short comment below. Easy-peasy. It can be as short as "Hi! Enter me in the contest." Or it could be something like, "Hey, you're awesome. Can I send you a pie a month?" Ha. Just kidding. Sort of.

Anyway, I'm going to give away THREE copies!!! So, yep, three blessed winners will be receiving a signed copy in the mail! I'll draw three names from a hat on...
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10.

READY. SET. GO! Leave a comment. Now. What are you waiting for?

43 comments:

Mom of 9 said...

You make me laugh, Shar. What kind of pie was that? Or did you want a different kind each month? Love your sense of humor and I always come away from Facebook with a smile on my face because you are my FRIEND! Loved the sermon...er... blog from above also. I like the MANY plans!!!

Kellie-May Schaffer said...

Hi Sharlene, I do enjoy reading your books, as a matter of fact I believe I have a signed copy of yours, which I enjoyed reading. So, please enter me into this one and I'll see where it goes from there.

SHARLENE said...

What kind of pie??? Oh, listen, I'm not that picky. Fruit, chocolate cream, pumpkin... (grins)

Thanks, ladies. So far you're both winning. heehee

SHARLENE said...

By the way, "Mom of nine" - who are you? What if you win and I don't have a name to contact? Time to fess up.

Miralee Ferrell said...

Hey sweetie! Ill bake you a pie if you come visit! I started writing in 2005 so I'm a few years & books behind you. I Love your books & would love to win one. Hugs!!!

Amanda Roman said...

Hi!! Love your novels! I started reading them with Little Hickman Creek series and fell in love!! Would love to win books of yours! I don't really make pies, but I do make cakes!!!! L.O.L.

Amanda, your biggest fan!

SHARLENE said...

Darlings Miralee and Amanda, it would be my honor to send you signed copies. All I can say is: God's best to each of you - whoever wins.

LOVE YOU GUYS!

Amanda Roman said...

Thanks. I've entered a couple, hoping this one will be my lucky one :). I'm definitely waiting for one where you give away your last novel in the Hickman Creek series. Have only had the pleasure of owning the first two. Will be keeping an eye out for it :)

Debbie said...

I really enjoy reading your comments on facebook. I'm 51 and beginning to write (sort of). I really did enjoy your blog(sermon) and I believe as you do. I've never read one of your books "yet". I'd love to enter the contest and win an autographed copy. I'd probably be hooked and have to purchase all your other books as well, haha. (((hugs)))
Debbie

Hannah R. said...

Haha!!! Lol, Sharlene, you're so funny! I love reading your posts on Facebook. What kind of pie would you prefer? :)

Hannah R.
hrollett@comcast.net

SHARLENE said...

Congrats on entering the beginning stages of writing, Debbie. Keep at it and let God lead you along. Also, join some writers' groups, read books on the craft, and have fun with it.

Hannah, what kind of pie??? Oh my goodness, darling, don't tempt me to answer that question. haha

I'll never forget when you came to see me with your dad! That was so special.

By the way, you and your mom should come to the women's retreat I'm speaking at in late January. It's in Muskegon on the beautiful Maranatha Conference Grounds.

Sarah Grimm said...

Free book? How could I resist such an offer?

I'm afraid if I sent you a pie a month my husband might start gettin' jealous. :)

Shari said...

pie, did someone say pie?!?!?!!? I hope it is a cherry pie.....
I would love to enter your drawing....then if I win, I can bring it to Wabash next month & have you sign it!!!!!

laurabethuy.com said...

Hi Shar,

You are awesome! Make me a pie please.

Preach it sister! God isn't done with us here until we take our last breath. And then only He knows what plans are waiting for us in heaven.

Jeremiah 29:11 is near and dear to me.

CarlybirdK said...

Hi Sharlene, you are awesome and I would love to win your new book :-) I have loved this series! God bless
carlyberd[at]yahoo[dot]com

by Pegg Thomas said...

Pie? I only eat two kinds of pie. Open face and double crust. ;) Thanks for the chance to win a copy of your new book!
twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

Susan Snodgrass said...

Well, Sharlene, I'd LOVE to win a signed copy. You know why? Cause I live in SC and you never come around here. Your books, every last one of them, are on my shelves in a pride of place spot. We've talked so much through fb and email, I feel as if I know you. I've preordered but if I win a signed copy, I'd donate my copy to our local small town library (pop. 4000) which has very little budget for Christian fiction. I donate when I can but I'm selfish with my books! Susan Snodgrass

Susan Snodgrass said...

Well, Sharlene, I'd LOVE to win a signed copy. You know why? Cause I live in SC and you never come around here. Your books, every last one of them, are on my shelves in a pride of place spot. We've talked so much through fb and email, I feel as if I know you. I've preordered but if I win a signed copy, I'd donate my copy to our local small town library (pop. 4000) which has very little budget for Christian fiction. I donate when I can but I'm selfish with my books! Susan Snodgrass

YouniqueImagesPhotography said...

Hi :) I would love to win a signed copy. please enter me in your drawing .thanks

Sandy Kriger said...

H




ey Shar! What a treat and blessing it is to have a friend like you! I so much enjoy your books. God has truly blessed you with a wonderful talent and He's blessed me with a wonderful friend. I hope I win one of your books. Can't wait to read it! Love you! Sandy

Joanne Sher said...

Shar- you are SUCH a sweetie. And a kind soul. Would LOVE to win one of your books. And you made me giggle :)

Cindy Regnier said...

I can't wait to read Sophia's Secret! Wonderful post (still smiling) Thanks Sharlene!

Peggy Wirgau said...

Shar, What a blessing you are to all of us in the GLC. Love your books!

Jan B. said...

Must be fun to have people hanging on your every word. :) Can't wait!<3

SHARLENE said...

OH, MY GRACIOUS! I get up in the morning, come to my computer, and discover there are more comments than I can reply to personally. I guess you'll have to settle for a blanket "THANK YOU FOR ENTERING" reply. Hope that is okay, you darling people!

You darling people are all such a blessing to me! I love you! ♥

Linda Glaz said...

Cherry pie. Make the crust and THEN go pick the cherries. Yummy! Can you tell I have family with orchards? Congrats on this new book. May you be blessed with many more...

Lill Messie said...

I want it now :-)

Anonymous said...

Hi Sharlene! I would love to win this book!

Karen Schulz
aregeetee5162 at yahoo dot com

squiresj said...

Please enter me. I would love to win. God bless and annoint your writing.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Jean Gager said...

Please pick me! I love your books and have purchased all of them in the last year! And I have probably known you longer than most people, so could tell some stories about you, if needed. Love you and your books Shar!

lollipops said...

Sharlene, I'd love to win one of your books! I wanted to meet you when we were in Grand Haven in August but it didn't work out. :((

lollipops said...

I forgot to leave contact information

vernetlh(at)yahoo(dot)com


Laura

Sandy Kaczanowcke said...

Thanks so much for this opportunity to win a signed copy of your novel.

I'd love to be one of the winners!

kaczmom@email.com

Jody T said...

I am a big fan of Sharlene MacLaren. One of things that I love most about her books is that they are not flowery. Being a Christian isnt easy and it is nice to read a Christian book that you can relate to.

Anonymous said...

I WOULD LOVE TO WIN.
angelachesnut246@gmail.com

Martha Ramirez said...

I always love to hear what you have to say. Love your sense of humor and your inspiration. SUPER CONGRATS!!!! Thank you so MUCH for the reminder. I needed that more ways than you know.

Coconut cream of Boston chocolate?

Nise' said...

I love you Shar! I don't bake a good pie but I know where we could get a yummy piece of pie! ;o) Can't wait to read this book.

SHARLENE said...

Mart, um chocolate ALL THE WAY!

THANK YOU, EVERYBODY! Love seeing so many of you entering for a chance to win.

SHARLENE said...

Nise', are you thinkin' what I'm thinkin' - Grand Traverse Pie Company?

SHARLENE said...

Man, I wish there was a "LIKE" button on Blogger. Thanks to so many of you: Jody T, Jean, and so many more.

Jan Hale said...

Shar, Can't wait to read your new book - hope I'm one of the lucky winners!! Jan (Endenburg) Hale

Donna Loven said...

The other two books in the series were fantastic. I can't wait to get my hands on this one. Of a course a signed copy would be fantastic. And by the way, I made a fantastic fresh apple pie today practicing up for your selected pies:) Have a relaxing break before you start on your next adventure.

SHARLENE said...

Donna, what? You just made a fresh apple pie TODAY? That is not even fair! My mouth is watering just thinking about that pie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Hmmm, I'm weeping...