Thursday, October 6, 2011

JoAnn Durgin's Second Time Around

Awakening, JoAnn’s popular debut novel featuring the adventures of Sam Lewis and Lexa Clarke, released in November 2010. Second Time Around, the second in The Lewis Legacy Series, released in September 2011. A winner and finalist in several writing contests, JoAnn is a full-time estate administration paralegal and lives in southern Indiana with her husband and three children.

She is an active member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and its Indiana chapter, as well as the Romance Writers of America. It’s her desire to touch hearts with the redeeming love of Jesus Christ.

You can find JoAnn online at or send her a friend request on Facebook.

Second Time Around

A fateful misstep steals a newlywed’s memories and becomes her groom’s fall from grace. Determined to help her reclaim her life, Marc Thompson makes great strides until a ghost from the past threatens to destroy it all. Join their journey as Marc and Natalie travel from Massachusetts to Montana and enlist the help of Sam and Lexa Lewis and the lively TeamWork crew. Along the way, they discover that surrendering all isn’t failure, it’s faith, and it might be the only way back to one another . . . the second time around.

Here's an excerpt of Second Time Around:

Mid-August, 2000

It wasn’t the bloodcurdling scream that made Marc’s heart pound. Not even the sickening thud. It was the silence.

Rushing from the master bedroom on the second floor, he stumbled as he scrambled down the winding servant’s staircase. Calling Natalie’s name, he dashed into the kitchen.


“Where are you?” His voice echoed in the cold, eerie stillness of the century-old house. Based on the sounds he’d heard, Marc followed his gut instinct. With a rising sense of dread, he darted toward the open basement door. Switching on the light, he tried to see in the dim light. His eyes focused on something lying prone on the cement floor below.


On her stomach—her head turned to the right, arms outstretched—she made no sound, no movement. Marc’s labored breath caught in his throat, and an anguished groan escaped from somewhere deep within. Flying down the staircase, he avoided the rotted step that must have caused her fall. The gaping, jagged hole in the wood mocked him. Cursing it under his breath, he sank to his knees on the hard, cold floor beside his bride. He didn’t know whether he should touch her, but all he wanted was to pull her into his arms and hold her.

He put two fingers on her wrist. Warm. Beating pulse, but slower than normal. Being careful not to move her neck, he brushed aside strands of silky dark hair as he checked her forehead and then the back of her head. Slight relief radiated through him when he found no bleeding or open head wound. Leaning close, he whispered in her ear. That always tickled and got a rise out of her. “It’s me, Marc. Speak to me, sweetheart.” His heart pumped harder, and prickles of fear pierced him to his core. He reached for her, but lowered his hand to his side. He had to do something to help.

Managing to run back up the stairs on numb legs, avoiding the splintered step, Marc grabbed the phone from the kitchen wall. His hand shook so much, he almost dropped it. At least all he had to remember was 9-1-1. For a guy who thrived on numbers, he was incapable of anything more. He punched in the numbers, muttering under his breath, shifting from one foot to the other.

God, don’t take her from me. It wasn’t a request. It was a threat.

You can purchase Second Time Around from Amazon.

JoAnn is giving away a copy of Second Time Around. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


marybelle said...

SECOND TIME AROUND looks wonderful. I loved the excerpt thank you.


wfnren said...

Intriguing, caught my interest. Thank you for hosting the giveaway.


lgm52 said...

Enjoyed the interview and the excerpt.
This book has a beautiful cover.
Would love to read this!

Amy said...

I have heard wonderful things about your books. Your first book is the next one I am buying. Would love to win this one. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Judy said...

The Second Time Around perked my interest. Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

JoAnn lives in Southern Indiana..I live in Northern Indiana.



Jo said...

I am really wanting to read this book. It sounds so good!


JoAnn Durgin said...

Thanks so much for stopping by, ladies, and for your wonderful comments! I wish you could all win the copy of Second Time Around. In the meantime, please continue to read and support Christian writers. Trust me, we couldn't do it without you! Blessings!

apple blossom said...

sounds like a good book. thanks for the chance to win it.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

ann said...

I would like the find out how things go the second time around in this book

amhengst at verizon dot net

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Patsy said...

Sounds good! Count me in! Thanks for the giveaway1


Tracy Smith said...

This sounds like a wonderful story. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

countrysunset40 (at) aol dot com

Marianne said...

i would love to win this ebook. Thanks for the chance, JoAnn and Esther


JoAnn Durgin said...

Thanks again, everyone! It means the world to have you stop by, read the interview, and leave a comment. We Christian authors couldn't do it without you. Blessings!

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