Are y’all having as much fun with this Readers Appreciation Giveaway as I am?? 10 of your fave authors, 10 books, 1 $100 Amazon Gift Card, lots of great conversations. Wow!! Today, we get to hear from one of my newest author friends, Janet Ferguson!
I am a new author, so every time someone says they enjoyed my book, I want to hug them! And squeal a little, too. I really wrote my book to encourage prodigals like me and also to entertain readers. I am so thankful for each one of you who has taken your time and resources to read my novel.
Sending virtual hugs now!!!
When you enter the Readers Appreciation Giveaway, you are entered for a chance to win Janet’s debut novel Leaving Oxford!
Escaping home to Oxford, Mississippi, seemed like a good idea. Until it wasn’t.
A year after a tragic accident in Los Angeles flipped her world upside down, advertising guru Sarah Beth LeClair is still hiding away in her charming hometown of Oxford, Mississippi. And she may well be stuck there forever. Suffering from panic attacks, she prays for healing. Instead, her answer comes in the form of an arrogant football coach and an ugly puppy.
Former celebrity college quarterback Jess McCoy dreamed of playing pro football. One freak hit destroyed his chances. Although he enjoys his work as the university’s offensive coordinator, his aspirations have shifted to coaching at the highest level. His plans of moving up are finally coming together—until he falls for a woman who won’t leave town.
As the deadline for Jess’s decision on his dream career looms, the bars around Sarah Beth’s heart only grow stronger. But it’s time to make a decision about leaving Oxford.
Would love to win this; I’m a Mississippi girl myself.
Oh cool, Phyllis! Where are you from? It’s a small world in our state as you know!
Ugh, what am I to do so many good books to discover.
hahaha! The struggle is real 🙂
Hi Stephanie! It’s just so frustrating isn’t it! I have such a long list!
Hi Janet! This prodigal agrees with you too. I’m excited about Christian Fiction and I’m looking forward to reading Leaving Oxford!
Hi Annie! Great to see another prodigal who has come home! I love Christian fiction, and I hardly read out of genre any more. I like to protect my mind. I hope you like Leaving Oxford!!
Janet, this has been on my TBR list. I love the synopsis of the book. Do you have any projects coming up?
Hi, Bree! This is actually the first book of a series…and it only gets better! (I’m one of Janet’s critique partners so I get the pleasure of reading ahead!)
Hi Bree! Yay for being on someone’s TBR list!! I’m so honored!! Yes, book 2 of the series is coming out June 15. I’ve already drafted 4 books in this series. I hope you like it!
Thanks Angela (my awesome critique partner) for chiming in! I forced myself to go to exercise class…
Hello Janet, I love reading prodigal stories. They give me hope for the ones I’m praying for.
Oh Caryl, I know what you mean. I said a prayer for your prodigals just now. There is hope! God can do amazing things!!
Looks like another good one.
Hi Jill! So glad you said hello! All the books in this giveaway look amazing! The one’s I’ve read are great!!
I have read this book and it really is a good one! 🙂 What a great giveaway.
Thanks, Angela! You’ve got some amazing historical fictions coming out!! I love your writing!
Janet and I have something in common. I am currently serving as a director of children’s ministry; I wonder if her office looked as much like a Mast General Store as mine does? This sounds like a great story!
Hi! That is soooo funny! The other ministers used to make fun of my office. It was such a weird conglomeration of STUFF. Praying blessings for your really important ministry in God’s Kingdom. What you do is so important. BTW The staff really made fun of my van, too. There was no telling what I was hauling around…
This sounds like SUCH a good book, Janet!! I can’t wait to read it!!
Hi Mikal!! Thank you! I hope you like it! It’s a bit quirky like me…
quirky is good. we love quirky 🙂
As I read Janet’s bio, I felt an instant connection. I used to work in the banking industry, I am the children’s ministry director at my church and I volunteer with the youth. Wow! I would also love to write a book someday. When I was in school, my teachers encouraged me to write. I hope to have the time and inspiration to fulfill that dream
Hi Connie! I thought I was the only one with such a weird assortment of careers, ha! Praying God’s blessing over you as you work with young, tender hearts!! I hope you find time to write, too, and add another career on your list!
Hi Janet! What a great collection of books and authors in this giveaway! I haven’t read your book yet, but it is definitely on my TBR list. It sounds fascinating. It’s so fun to “meet” you and find out a little more about you. Good luck in your writing, and thanks for sharing your talents!
Hi Winnie! So fun to meet you too!! Every time I hear I’m on a TBR list, I get giddy! I hope you like it! If you do, God gets all the glory. If not, blame me, ha!
Haha! I’m sure I’ll love it. I’m hoping to win all of these books, but I’m afraid the odds aren’t in my favor. 🙁
don’t give up hope, Winnie! Never give up hope. (The same goes for CFRR, by the way lol)
I haven’t given up hope yet, but I don’t do twitter, so that’s cut out half my chances right there! Maybe I can figure it out in the next couple of days. 😀 As for CFRR, I would sooooo love to go. Why don’t you hold it in Utah next year?
lol! that’s an idea 🙂
That does sound fun! You never know, you might win!
The odds are ever in your favor, Winnie
Well, I was born on Friday the 13th, Sarah, so I don’t know if that helps or not!:-D
Fun to find new authors. I love football so I like that angle. Hope your writing journey is an enjoyable one!
HI Rachael! Football is huge in Mississippi! Of course, sometimes there’s not much else to do, ha! Thank you!
This sounds like a great book; another to put on my “want to read” list.
Hi Pam! I’m so honored to be in this giveaway with such sweet Christian authors! God is good! I hope you like Leaving Oxford!
Sounds like a great book! One more to add to my ever growing reading list!
Hi Julie! Thanks for putting me in the pile!! So many books, so little time… I hope you like my little story!!
Hi Janet, This looks like a great read, I’m putting it on my list right now!
Hi Tracey! Yay! Thank you! I really hope you like it!! 🙂
Another great book to read! I’m looking forward to it. So glad Janet is apart of this super giveaway!
Hi Emilee! I’m so happy to be part of this giveaway, I wish I could still do cartwheels! I hope you like Leaving Oxford!!
This sounds like another great book! Thanks for this giveaway!
Hi Donna! We are so thankful for readers! Thanks for your support of Christian fiction!
Congrats on your new release Janet!
Thank you, Heidi! I’m so glad you stopped in!
I really want to read this book – have added it to my tbr list. Thanks
Hi Susan! I’m so honored to be on your list! Hope you get to relax and read some this summer! 🙂
This looks like a great book! I’ve added it to my growing list of books I want to read.
Janet is a new author to me, but her book looks and sounds great and I would love to read it! 🙂
Hi Sydney! I think my comment to you got lost in the server problem. I’m new, but thank you for taking a chance on me! I hope you like Leaving Oxford. 🙂
Hi Elizabeth! I hope you enjoy! I’m giddy about being on a list!! 🙂
My TBR just keeps growing and growing. Looking forward to reading this one, too.
Congratulations on your debut, Janet! This one is going on my wishlist!
Hi Beth Erin! I’m so happy to having Leaving Oxford on your wish list!! I hope you enjoy 🙂
Oh predictive text and fat thumbs… I make so many typos
It’s always fun to meet new authors (or new to me, that is, anyway!)
Hi Becky! I’m new all together! This is my first book to be released! I’ve already drafted the series though, so the new three should follow pretty quickly. Lord willing 🙂
Just the description made me laugh. We pray for one thing but get what we need. I can’t wait to read this book.
Hi Jan! I love to laugh! We do sometimes get answers to our prayers in unexpected forms! So glad you came by! I hope you enjoy Leaving Oxford!
This is too much fun! I am loving getting to know different authors. I will be adding this book to my wish list.
Hi Andrea! I’m having a blast!! Thanks for adding my little book to your wish list! I hope you like it!
Thanks for the interview would love to win this book.
Hi Elma! Thank you for stopping in! Good luck on the giveaway! 🙂
Another book to put on my TBR list
Hi Angela! Sending virtual hugs! Hope you enjoy! I’m so honored to be on a TBR list!
Thanks, Sarah! It’s a mix of serious stuff and humor! (Serious stuff is such a writerly way to say it…) Hope you enjoy it if you read it!! 🙂
WHat a great mix of books! All sound so good!! 🙂
Hi Wenona! They do sound good! I can’t wait to get a vacation so I can read the ones that I haven’t gotten to you! Blessings!
Not sure why that says you on the end, but maybe that’s a sign you’re going to win, ha! Always needing an editor and proofer here…
Love the plot and love the book cover! 🙂 Definitely on my reading list.
Hi Hannah! Thanks! I was really pleased with the cover, too! I hope you like the plot if you read Leaving Oxford 🙂 Blessings!
I look forward to reading a book of hers. She’s a new author to me.
Hi Marilyn! Thank you so much for giving me a chance! I hope you like Leaving Oxford!
This looks good!!! Hadn’t heard of it yet…Yeah, to longer TBR piles. 🙂
Hi Megan! I’m so glad we have Carrie so you can hear about our books! 🙂 I hope you like it!
Hi Janet! While not a prodigal myself, but one who had backslidden a few times as a new Christian (decades ago thankfully), I can relate to a point! I know the struggles to stand strong in the faith God has provided you are real. But I think about the reward waiting for me, the love God has for me, and the ONE sacrifice He made for me because of that love! How could I NOT stand strong when I’ve seen Him move in my life in small & profound ways that I can’t explain? Reminds me of the scripture; Ephesians 6:13 “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, AND HAVING DONE ALL, TO STAND”
Hi Trixi! Awesome points! I love that you used that scripture. I’ve been doing the Bible study on the armor of God. It’s been a great reminder for me of the battle we’re in and the tools he gives us. He does move in small & profound ways!! Blessings!
Need to add this one to my TBR list, which exponentially grows everyday.
Haha! Mine is basically its own continent at this point 🙂
Hi Audrey! I love your name! That was my grandmother’s name and I used it for the young heroine in my third book called Tackling the Fields! Thanks for adding me to the exponentially growing list, ha!
You are a new author to me and I would like to read “Leaving Oxford”. Thanks for a great giveaway.
Hi Dianne! I’m new to everyone, and so excited to be on this giveaway with such stellar authors! Yes, I squealed a little when I was asked! I hope you like Leaving Oxford!
We have roots & relatives in Choctaw County in Mississippi. Sounds like a great book and LOVED your interview!
Hi Becky! So cool to have another Mississippi connection! It’s such a small interesting world here, ha! You’re so sweet to say you loved my interview!! I hope you enjoy Leaving Oxford!
Loving the new authors for me more to read.
Hi Kim! Isn’t it fun to find new authors!! I hope you enjoy! 🙂
Great giveaway. Thanks!
Hi JJ! Isn’t it awesome! Really great authors I got to be here with!!!
Oooooo!! Love the premise of your book! You are a new-to-me author, too. Would enjoy getting to know your author voice.
Hi Pam! I love that you love the premise 🙂 Thank you!! I am new to everyone since this is my debut novel. I hope you enjoy my voice. Mississippians are a little bit different, but we are okay with that, ha! Blessings
Girl, jock and puppies who doesn’t love that.
LOL, Justina! That’s what I thought! I hope you enjoy Leaving Oxford if you read it!
I love that you have turned Leaving Oxford into a series. I feel once I start reading I will not want to stop. I married the high school qb an I have panic attacks an I have visited Biloxi so I can relate to a few things in your novel. At 51 I’m looking for love but letting GOD show me my intended.Thank you for sharing.
Hi Carla! I married my high school football center, ha! But we didn’t get together until we were 27. I also have panic attacks which is what let me to write this book. I wanted to encourage others that they aren’t alone in that and also they are still useful in God’s kingdom. Mental disorders sadly carry a lot of shame and embarrassment. I decided to just put mine out there, and I’ve met so many others suffering from something similar.
That’s cool that you went to Biloxi! I had 3 roommates from the coast. My 4th book is set in Mobile, AL and I’ve written a short novel set in Ocean Springs, MS, all in that area. Not sure when they’ll release. Anyway, all the places I set my stories in so far are HOT AND HUMID like where I live!
I said a prayer for you just now.
I would love to read this book.
Hi BJ! Thank you! I’m so honored and humbled that nice people want to read my book! I hope you like Leaving Oxford 🙂
Love books with athletes in them.
Hi Karen! Football is big in Mississippi, so it wasn’t too hard to research. If you like athletes, my third book coming out early fall will have more. Thanks for saying hello!
Like southern books.
Hi Joan! Are you from the South? It’s a quirky, wonderful place to live. I write what I know, ha! I do like Southern books, too! 🙂
I’m adding your book to my wishlist and can’t wait to read it.
Hi Cynthia! I am so honored to be on your wishlist! I hope you enjoy Leaving Oxford 🙂
I love it when an author tackles the issue of mental illness. My new subject for reading is football. I do not yet fully understand small towns and football but I love to read about them.
Best wishes on your writing.
Hi Sonnetta! Leaving Oxford tackles all of the above. I tried to make it realistic with some humor, because that’s how I roll. Have to laugh sometimes even in the hard times. I hope you enjoy Leaving Oxford!
Thanks for the intro to a new author!
Hi Nancy! It’s been fun meeting new people with this giveaway! Blessings!