Monday, July 25, 2022

Book Blast and Giveaway: Love Blooms in Morning Star (The Maidels of Morning Star #4) by Charlotte Hubbard

Welcome to my stop on the book blast for Love Blooms in Morning Star by Charlotte Hubbard. This book blast was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt from the book as well as the blast wide giveaway for a chance to win a $15 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more content. Enjoy!
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Title: Love Blooms in Morning Star
Series: The Maidels of Morning Star #4
Author: Charlotte Hubbard
Publisher: Zebra Books
Publication Date: July 26th 2022
Print Length: 310 pages
Genre: Amish Inspirational Romance
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As Jo Fussner keeps the Marketplace humming, her heart dances with a joyous secret. Jo and Michael Wengerd, a shy nursery owner from a nearby town, have fallen hopelessly in love. When Michael buys a courting buggy, Jo is sure a proposal will follow. But she’ll have to work hard to gain her mother’s approval—because the widowed Drusilla Fussner is convinced that marriage will bring her daughter nothing but heartache.

To win Jo’s hand, Michael enlists his father’s help in convincing Drusilla to give the marriage her blessing—and perhaps even open her heart to new happiness of her own. . . . But just as Jo and Michael’s hope for their future grows, an even bigger obstacle looms. The Amish elders vote to forbid any maidel from working once she marries. Now Jo must choose between the beloved store she’s put her heart into, and the man she can’t live without. Conflicted, Jo will have to trust that anything is possible when true faith guides the way.

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EXCERPT:
“What do you think of my new courting buggy, Jo?” he asked eagerly. “I ordered it from Saul Hartzler’s factory in December, and picked it up last night.”

Jo’s jaw dropped. A courting buggy! As they approached the open rig with a seat big enough for only two, her heart skipped like a happy schoolgirl’s. “It’s beautiful, Michael! Look at the way the wood shines. And what a wonderful shade of magenta you chose for your seat fabric.”

Michael smiled proudly. “I splurged on real leather, too,” he confided. “I figured this was the only time I’d be buying such a buggy, so I wanted it to be first-class for you, Jo. Wait here while I fetch my mare.”

Jo ran her finger along the buggy’s black wood, polished to such a shine that she could see her reflection in it. Deacon Saul was known for producing a quality product—and he hadn’t gotten wealthy by undercharging for his work, either. It wasn’t her place to ask Michael how many thousands of dollars he’d invested in his new rig. She and Mamm had considered ordering a new buggy a couple years ago, but when they’d heard what it would cost, they decided to make do with their old one.

“Gut girl—you’re doing fine,” Michael assured his horse as he approached Jo. “Josie, this is Starla, my new buggy mare.”

“Oh, aren’t you a pretty girl?” Jo said as she extended her hand. The mare looked young and angular, not yet in her prime. Her coat was a deep gray, with an irregular white star centered above her eyes. “You can keep her—and your new buggy—at our place!”

“Are you sure?” Michael handed Starla’s lead rope to Jo so he could hitch up his courting buggy. “I wouldn’t want your mamm to think we were overstepping her authority—”

“Starla can stay with us on my authority,” Jo interrupted. “If Mamm makes a fuss, I’ll take the blame. This is quite a surprise, Michael!” she added as she admired the way his black buggy and charcoal-colored mare looked together. Wasn’t it just like Michael to get all the details right?

He helped her up the steps and into his new rig. “I’m glad you see it that way, Josie-girl. I don’t intend to upset your mother, but I don’t plan on tiptoeing around her bad moods, either. We have a whole new life ahead of us—together. Shall we get on with it?”
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
In 1983, Charlotte Hubbard sold her first story to True Story. She wrote around 70 of those confession stories, and she’s sold more than 60 books to traditional or online publishers. A longtime resident of Missouri, she’s currently writing Amish romances set in imaginary Missouri towns for Kensington. She now lives in St. Paul, MN with her husband of 40+ years and their Border collie, Vera.
 
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GIVEAWAY:
Charlotte Hubbard will be awarding a $15 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 and the author assume all responsibility over this giveaway.)

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51 comments:

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    1. I hope you'll give it a try, Stephanie! Thanks for stopping by.

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  2. Ok, I did not know that a courting buggy was a thing. cool. Sounds like a good read.

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    1. Courting buggies are quite an investment on a young man's part, so they're sort of an Amish ritual for couples who are getting serious. Thanks for joining us today!

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  3. Thanks for featuring my book on your blog today! And thanks for continuing to join my book tours!

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    1. You're very welcome <3 Thank you for visiting my blog. =)

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  4. Really nice cover and excerpt, looking forward to reading this!

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  5. A lovely cover, synopsis and excerpt, Love Blooms in Morning Star sounds like a wonderful read. Thank you for sharing your bio and book details

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    1. And thanks for spending some time with us today, Bea!

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  6. pretty cover, this sounds like a wonderful book

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  7. Thanks like a great read. I like the cover and excerpt.

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  8. Thanks for the great excerpt. The book sounds wonderful. Great cover!

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  9. I love the cover and think the book sounds interesting.

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  10. I love this cover and the idea for this story. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  11. I enjoyed reading the excerpt! Sounds like a lovely read. Thank you for the chance to win!

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  12. Nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  14. Do you have any advice for new writers?

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  15. Good book for Summer reading.
    Thanks for the contest.

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  16. This book looks very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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  17. you are a new author for me- after reading an excerpt of this book,I would like to read one of your books-thanks

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  18. Amish Inspirational Romance - what an intriguing genre!
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

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  19. What part of the book was the most fun to write?

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  20. I'm looking forward to reading your book. I really enjoy reading Amish fiction.

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  21. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

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  22. Happy to find a new to me author, I need more summer reads.

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  23. such a pretty cover really grabs my attention

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  24. I enjoyed the excerpt. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  25. Do you make writing notes on your phone when you're out and about?

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  26. If you could meet your characters, what would you say to them?

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  27. thanks this sounds like a wonderful book

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  28. looks like a fun one

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  29. I think it is impressive that the author has sold more than 60 books to traditional or online publishers!

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  30. My daughter would enjoy this book

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  31. Are you glad or sad when a book is finished?

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  32. What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

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  33. thanks this giveaway has been fun

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  34. What draws you to write in this genre?

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  35. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

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  36. I love reading about the Amish. I find them fascinating.

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