Thursday, October 14, 2021

Blurb Blitz and Giveaway: Keeper of My Dreams by Susan Leigh Furlong

Welcome to my stop on the blurb blitz for Keeper of My Dreams by Susan Leigh Furlong. This blitz was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as the blitz wide giveaway for a chance to win a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the blitz for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Keeper of My Dreams
Author: Susan Leigh Furlong
Publication Date: September 6th 2021
Print Length: 278 pages
Genre: Historical Romance
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Reid Haliburton, a skilled gunsmith, wants to control who uses his revolutionary handgun until a vicious pirate decides the gun will be his. The price of refusing is Reid’s life and those of his three young sons. Reid’s only chance to save his sons is to send them away and face the pirate’s wrath alone.

Leena Cullane Adair is stunned to find three lads hiding in her cart, and, although she only met their father a week ago, he holds her heart and her dreams, and she will do whatever it takes to keep him and his sons alive.

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EXCERPT:
With the gentleness of a great healer, Leena washed away the blood, applied salve, and wrapped both hands with strips of cloth torn from the checkered material she’d bought for the tablecloths for Marta, the cook. When she finished, he held up his red and white covered hands.

“I’m sorry you had to waste the cloth on me,” he said.

“Marta will understand. Do they pain ye much?”

“Nay,” he lied.

“Ye were verra brave when we lowered ye down the cliff.”

He narrowed his eyes. “Only a lunatic without his senses wouldna be afeared. If ye dinna think me afeared, ye must no’ think me much of a man. ’Twas a long way down.”

“Ye didna show it.”

“Fear is an odd thing. When the men were beating me in the shop, I wasna afeared. I kenned I could take it. I just hoped they didna kill me, but when my lads showed up, fear nearly swallowed me. And when I lay in bed until yer brother came, I was sick with fear that they hadna hidden in yer cart. Now that Hendrie and Ramy are safe with ye, I have fear in my soul for Willie.”

“ ’Tis because ye love them. Love and fear tangle up in each other.”

He looked away for a moment, and then turned back. He had to tell her what he felt. If he did, she might forgive him. “And I feared…I feared I ne’er see ye again.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Susan Leigh Furlong was born in the middle of a blinding spring snowstorm at the University of Michigan, which forced her mother to walk across campus in the snow to the hospital while in labor. Susan doesn’t remember any of this auspicious beginning, but it always makes for a good story! As a child she moved across the country six times to various big cities before the age of fourteen because of her father’s career in women’s ready-to-wear clothing. At college she met and married her love, and moved to his small hometown in southern Ohio, and you couldn’t get her out of there with a crowbar! She taught first grade and fourth grade and raised her children who did not have to change schools even once. 

Creating stories started early in life—as is typical of most writers—even before she could actually write. Then came handwritten pages stuffed in her underwear drawer, followed by stories created on a manual typewriter. Her first computer—a Commodore 64—was replaced by a series of computers and laptops, which her husband promised she could never fill up the storage space, but she always did. At age 32 she performed in her first community theater play—Guys and Dolls—where she quickly realized that she wanted to play ALL the parts, which is exactly what a writer does. She writes and/or directs church-related plays and sketches and also performs and sings with a music and drama ministry, LightReaders.

Her love of history led her to write two plays about her now hometown, presented in reader’s theater style by local citizens, followed by two non-fiction books about the local history published by Arcadia Publishing. She loves to do the research even though old books and documents make her cough and sneeze! Susan first discovered romance novels when she won a copy of Velvet Song by Jude Deveraux at the local bookstore. She reads all varieties of books, but historical romance is forever her first choice.

Steadfast Will I Be and By Promise Made were published by The Wild Rose Press in 2019 and 2020 respectively. By Promise Made won the NEST – National Excellence in Story Telling – for Historical Romance for 2021. Her third book – Keeper of My Dreams – a continuation of the Cullane family adventures - was officially released on September 6, 2021.

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GIVEAWAY:
Susan Leigh Furlong will be awarding a $20 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter. Good luck!

(All the Ups and Downs is not responsible for this giveaway, its entries, or the prize. Goddess Fish Promotions assumes all responsibility with this giveaway.)

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53 comments:

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    1. It usually takes me close to a year to get it written, edited, and wait for it to be actually published. I spend time researching, writing, and rewriting. I always have a book or an idea in the winds. Thanks for your comment and enjoy reading the book.

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  2. Looks like an interesting book.

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    1. I had very few times when I couldn't figure out the next plot point. This story moved along, and, of course, held my interest. I hope you enjoy reading it!

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  3. Sounds like a good story. I like the cover.

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    1. Rita, Let me know when you've read the book. I always like to hear from readers.

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  4. This sounds like a fantastic read!!

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    1. I thoroughly enjoyed researching and writing this book. Leena and Reid are two of my favorite characters. Have a fantastic time reading Keeper of My Dreams.

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    1. I get wrapped up in all my stories, but this one especially touches my heart. I hope it will touch yours when you read it.

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  6. I appreciate you posting all about Keeper of My Dreams on your blog. Thank you!!

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  7. sounds like a fun one

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    1. Daniel, I had a lot of fun creating the characters and the situations to try their patience! I know you will enjoy the adventures of Leena, Reid, and the pirate Jonas.

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    1. Thank you for calling Keeper of My Dreams "amazing!" I had a great time creating, and I know you will a great time getting into their story with Leena and Reid.

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  9. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Susan, Thanks for checking out the post. I hope it will convince you to read the book and share in Leena and Reid's adventures.

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  10. This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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    1. Ann, The cover is the perfect invitation to get into the book and join Leena and Reid in their adventures. I hope it convinces you to read it.

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  11. Such an awesome book, had fun learning about it.

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    1. Calvin, If you had fun learning about Keeper of My Dreams, you'll have even more fun reading about their adventures. Thank you for commenting!

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  12. Thank you so much for hosting! Do you have any advice for new writers?

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    1. Jamie, Write what you love, and don't give up. This sounds like a cliché, but it's true. Read books that you love and search out advice from sources and take what works for you. Good luck!

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  13. David HollingsworthOctober 14, 2021 at 7:29 PM

    Sounds like a really good book!

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    1. I am glad the blurb and excerpt caught your eye. When you read the book, I hope those thoughts continue. Leena and Reid's adventures are exciting.

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  14. Nice cover. It sounds like a really interesting book. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. The cover has caught a lot of people's eye, just as it is meant to do. I hope it entices you to read the book and enjoy Leena and Reid's adventures.

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  15. This sounds so good, I want to hear about Leena and these boys!!!

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    1. I hope when you read the book, the story will keep you interested and wanting more. I had a lot of fun with Willie, Ramy, and Hendrie. I write about children quite often in my books.

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    1. Dale, When you read the book, I hope that thought continues for you. Enjoy!

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  17. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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    1. I wrote the blurb and excerpt with the intention of catching everyone's interest. I'm glad they did for you. Enjoy reading the book.

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  18. Is this book going to be a series of books about the children's adventures?

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    1. I haven't planned that so far, but I always have plans to use the characters/children in the future. Right now I'm working on the immediate Cullane family, but Willie, Ramy, and Hendrie could be next.

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  19. Keeper of My Dreams sounds like a delightful book that many people would enjoy reading.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. I always want people to enjoy my books, and I hope you will soon be one of them. Thanks for commenting.

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  20. What's your favourite Halloween candy?

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    1. Jamie, My favorite Halloween candy is M&M's. The plain ones, not the peanut. I love how they crunch when I first bite in and then how the chocolate melts in my mouth.

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  21. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Debbi, The excerpt is only a taste of the whole book. I hope you will read Keeper of My Dreams and enjoy all of it!

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  22. I enjoyed reading the excerpt.
    Great job with it!
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  23. Barbara, If you liked the excerpt, you will enjoy the rest of the book as well. Thank you for your kind words and support.

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  24. The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.

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    1. This excerpt gives you only a taste for the whole book. Leena and Reid's adventures are exciting and loving. Enjoy reading the book.

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  25. Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. Susan, If you like the excerpt and blurb, you will love the book. Have a great time with Leena and Reid's adventures.

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  27. David HollingsworthOctober 15, 2021 at 6:18 PM

    Congrats on the this release!

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    1. David, Thank you! It is always so exciting to see a book in print. Thanks for checking out this blog, and enjoy reading Keeper of My Dreams.

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  28. Where is your favorite place to write?

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  29. When I am plotting out a story I can think about it just about anywhere. When it comes to writing it down, I do most of my work at my computer in my office. Sometimes I write it out longhand, but that is to keep the points going until I can get to my computer. Thanks for asking.

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