Saturday, September 7, 2013

Morningshine by Karen Gass

Back Cover Blurb:
Morningshine is the story of a group of women. Some live near each other and a few others live hundreds of miles away. These are ordinary women, such as you and I. They do laundry, cook dinner, make quilts and care for their families.

Then one day, God decides to do a work – using them in His plan. Morningshine proves the point that God doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.

By being open to what God has shown, these women make a huge difference in the lives of one of their neighbors, changing both the takers and the givers. Quilting is a large part of this story, as well as getting to know these women – Carrie, Eleanor, Connie, Lydia, Martha, Esther and Gert – intimately. Their struggles, their defeats, their triumphs all come forward, making them perfect vessels to be used by Him.

Read an Excerpt:

Carrie Barrister took the wicker laundry basket from the back porch into the yard. Taking clothespins from the cloth bag hanging on the line, she hung up shirts and blouses, nightgowns and underwear, jeans and Joe’s work clothes. They stretched the length of the clothesline, one after the other, snapping in the breeze.

It was a late spring day, and she was glad to be hanging clothes on the line again, after a cold winter. In the soft spring air the scent of line dried clothes was irresistible. Birds happily built nests and a lawnmower rumbled in the distance. A bee buzzed lazily by in search of a flower.

Today was quilting day, the first one of the year to be held on the porch, and there was still a lot to do before everyone arrived.

Breakfast dishes had to be done, and the living room floor needed the carpet sweeper.

As Carrie reflected on her love of her home and her life, she realized, again, how blessed she was and wondered what she had done to deserve it. As much as she tried not to think about it, she knew it was still there. ‘The’ secret -- hidden away and locked into the smallest room of her heart. How could God have blessed her – when she kept this secret, even from her husband, whom she loved with all her heart? Her burning ambition was to make up for ‘the’ sin, and make things ‘ok’. It was a mystery, why God had blessed her so abundantly, when she was such a liar.

To buy her book, go here:
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About Karen:

Karen Gass starting writing stories at a young age. When she grew up and had a family, her writing took a back seat to life. After a major foot surgery, she was facing one week flat on her back in bed, with foot elevated. A laptop provided inspiration to start a newsletter for her website, where she sold quilt patterns. A quilting story seemed appropriate for the newsletter, but instead of the short story she planned, it took on a life of its own and turned into a novel. It was ten years in the writing (not full time) and 2013 was the year she finally wrote the end of the story, and published it on Amazon for Kindle. Except it wasn’t the end of the story! Book 2 is nearly finished and Book 3 is planned.

Karen married Mike Gass in 2005 and between them they had 7 children, and 19 grandchildren. This year, on May 30, he went home to be with Jesus after a short battle with liver cancer.

She had a short career as a quilt designer, and published one quilt book, “Log Cabin Quilts: A Brand New Story” by Karen Murphy. It is a unique book, because it has a novel running through the book, with each quilt design. As soon as it was published, Karen remarried and lost all that name recognition! Now a widow, Karen has ramped up her writing and also does editing as a side business. She is also the Editor of the online quilt magazine The Quilt Pattern Magazine. It’s no wonder Morningshine is about a group of quilters!

In her spare time, Karen loves to sew, knit and crochet; and loves to shop at thrift stores, garage sales and auctions, always looking for treasures on one kind or another.

Connect with her here:

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Karen is giving away a copy of Morningshine. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.

To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post)

Happy Reading!
Caroline Brown


Library Lady said...

I would love to win this book for my church library.
Thanks for the opportunity to do so.
Janet E.

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a wonderful story. I look forward to reading it.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

lgm52 said...

This sounds great..thanks for the giveaway!

Anonymous said...

Hello Caroline. Thanks for having Karen for your guest. She is a new author to me. Her book sounds good. I can remember watching my mother and grandmother quilt at Grandmother's house where she had a quilting frame that hung in the ceiling. They would just let it down to quilt, then pull it back up. I never learned the art of quilting, tho I sewed clothes for many years, and also made toys for my grandchildren. I loved sewing, but got neck and back problems later so had to quit. I have a daughter and granddaughter that loves quilting. I have made 2 quilts, but they were the tied kind. Was very proud of them. A wedding quilt for my son, and a baby quilt for my first grandchild. Please put me in for the drawing of this book. Thanks
MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this amazing book ;)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

bonton said...

What a wonderful storyline, Karen!

Definitely want to read this - thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!



sam said...

I really like quilts and I love a book about relationships among friends. Would love to win your book. sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

ann said...

I would love to win this book. I used to quilt for the kids all the time. Now there are grand children. Quilts almost always have a wonderful story behind them. thanks for the chance to win
amhengst AT verizon DOT net

cjajsmommy said...

I was quick to think I would not be interested in this book because it is quilting related, something I have no desire to even consider. But after reading the second interview and finding I really "like" the author (she is very relatable -- if that's a word), I now want to read this book. Please enter my name in the giveaway. djragno [at] hotmail [dot] com

Bonnie Traher said...

Sounds like a must read. Would love to win the book. Have a God blessed day. Bonnie Traher

Catherine Castle said...

I love books about quilting. My mother quilted, piecing by hand. I'm a quilter too. Please enter me in the giveaway. C(dot)castle(at)fuse(dot)net

Karen Gass said...

Thank you so much for the lovely comments :) I'm excited to give a copy of my book to one of you! (I commented on the other post too, so now it feels like I'm repeating myself!) lol I have to say I appreciate cjajsmommy saying I'm 'relatable' (it's a word, if we say it's a word!!!) The last few years, I've worked hard to become more transparent and just that - relatable. I spent many years with big, high and strong walls around my heart, not letting anyone in. Once you take those walls down, it makes you vulnerable to hurt but I've learned that's okay. God can take care of the hurt. So - it's nice to know I'm 'relatable' :) Thank you cjajsmommy! Karen

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