Do you see a new blog post notification in your feed and wonder if it’s worth following the link? You read a few words, make a decision... Well, this post is worth reading, so if you're not already here, please come and visit. I'm having a give-away everyone will enjoy. And there are three chances to win. Have I encouraged you to come and look? Will you keep reading?

Now some people have give-aways to promote their blogs. I once had one of these. Maybe I was hoping to attract a few new readers. Perhaps, after they'd entered the competition, they'd hang around and share a few of my other posts... then they might return another time. Anyway, I once tried it and my give-away was almost a disaster. There were just enough comments to give a prize to every commenter. At least I was spared the task of drawing a winner. 

But this time I'm not doing a give-away to promote my blog. (I can remember how nerve wracking the last one was!) No. That's not my intention. What I am promoting is a book, a great book, a 'that-was-a-good-read' book, a book with a message worth sharing. It was written by Kari Burke and is called The Life I Dreamed.

Here’s a description of the novel:
Motherhood is a gift.
Children are a blessing.
Marriage is a sacrament.
Emmy O’Brien knows all that.  There was even a time she fought to promote those very values and beliefs.  After having four children in rapid succession though, the demands of home and family have blurred her strong convictions. Tired, overwhelmed, and dissatisfied much of the time, she struggles each day to meet the needs of those around her.  When her husband receives a phone call from a 16 year old girl, unexpectedly pregnant and suddenly homeless, Emmy’s world is turned upside down and she must now decide, are her old-fashioned values and beliefs still worth fighting for?  

Here are some excerpts from a few reviews:

If you find yourself fed up with the state of the world or dragged down by the pressures you face, I recommend foregoing the escapism of television for a couple of nights to let yourself be nourished by a story about a family just like yours – Catholic, struggling, but able to rise to the occasion through the grace of God. 
Shane Kapler, author of The God Who is Love: Explaining Christianity from its Center and co-author of Tending the Temple.

From page one I was engrossed in the story of Emmy O’Brien. I won’t tell you the plot. There is enough of a hint in the Amazon description. Any more would just spoil the story for you. I will say all the characters are thoroughly believable. They came alive for me. I cared about what happened to them and so I kept clicking pages, not wanting to put my e-reader down. How was the book going to end? It didn’t take me long to find out. I can’t share the ending of course! All I can tell you is this: I was left with a warm satisfied feeling. 
That’s my review!

I really enjoyed Kari Burke's novel of a 30 something married couple with 4 young children. Burke's descriptions are so realistic and poignant. She shares the daily struggle  but is able to let the reader see the joy that comes from being faithful to one's call to marriage and family life. This is a super pro-life story. In our culture with all the noise of which side is right and wrong, this story shows how one family's actions quietly done speaks loudly.
Julie Musselman, Regional Director Lighthouse Catholic Media 

You can read the full reviews at Kari’s book website: www.thelifeidreamed.com

My full review is at the Australian Catholic Families blog

I am sure you'd enjoy Kari's novel. 

So I have three Kindle copies on offer and it's easy to enter the draw. All you have to do is leave a quick comment.  

You don’t have to follow my blog… But if you’d like to spread the word about Kari’s book The Life I Dreamed, please do. That would be greatly appreciated.

If you’d like to buy a copy of The Life I Dreamed, it is available from Amazon both as a paperback and a Kindle ebook.

And if you’d like to read more about how Kari came to write her novel, please share her post Fulfilling a Dream at the Australian Catholic Families blog.

So I hope I get lots of comments because I really would like this give-away to be successful. I want as many people as possible to hear about Kari Burke's novel, The Life I Dreamed, not only because it is a good read but also because of its message. It "will inspire other women to become the hearts of their homes truly valuing and striving for stronger families, greater dedication to their God-given vocations, and more intentional lives centered on Christ." 

Can you help me spread the word?

I forgot to say when I'll be drawing the give-away. How about November 1st, All Saints Day? That sounds like a good day!

PS Kindle ebooks can be read on any computer or tablet if you download an app. Very easy! So you don't need to own a Kindle ereader to enter the draw. And you can enter wherever you live in the world. 
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  1. Hi Sue!
    I know what it's like to have a giveaway and not get many entrants. I've had plenty of blog giveaways - I don't anymore because I realised it didn't make much difference to my stats (plus a lot of people are really ungrateful!)

    It sounds like a great book, thanks for the opportunity to win and I'll share on FB.
    God bless
    Kelly

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  2. Kelly

    Thank you so much for entering my draw and also sharing on FB. I do appreciate that. Give-aways involve a bit of risk. What if no one enters? I really would like to help Kari and tell everyone about her book which I enjoyed very much, so I'm taking that risk!

    Thank you! God bless.

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  3. Sue, this book sounds great! I don't own a Kindle, so I was a little sad after I read the description and found out the copies are all in Kindle. But then I read that you only need to own a computer. That I have! Thanks for the chance to win. It reallys sounds like a book that encourage all married women, especially those who have larger-than-average families, in their vocations. : )

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    1. Stephanie,

      I am offering Kindle copies so that anyone can enter. We won't have to worry about overseas postage costs! I'm glad I added that bit about not needing a Kindle ereader. I think you have described the theme of the book excellently.

      Thank you so much for entering the draw.

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  4. Hi Sue,
    I'm always looking for a good book to read so I am entering. I'll browse the rest of your blog when I come home from Mass!

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    1. Sue,

      How kind of you wanting to share some more of my posts. Thank you!

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  5. I would like to enter the drawing. It sounds like a good book.

    Gina

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  6. Sounds like a wonderful book. I'd love to be entered in the drawing, Sue. Pray all is moving along with your writing/books.

    In Christ,

    Missy

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    1. Missy,

      I'm still thinking about the illustration problem but I've got the text finalised. I'm going to write a sequel during NaNoWriMo, next month. I'm planning out the chapters now. Will you be doing NaNoWriMo? It would be lovely to share progress!

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  7. Hi, Sue,
    Your friend's book sounds great! I would be thrilled to win. Thanks for the opportunity!
    -Lisa

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  8. Hi Sue! Please count me in too! Lone Anna xxx

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    1. Anna!

      So lovely to see you on my blog again. Thank you for visiting!

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  9. Hi sue. This book sounds a great read. It will be on my to read list. Leanne

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  10. Okay, here I am....tempted!

    But....I have to be honest.....not sure if I really want to decrease my chances of winning by bringing others over here. ;)

    Blessings!!!

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    1. Chari,

      Have to laugh! Thank you for entering, and sharing too if you decide to decrease your chances of winning!

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  11. I need a book on Catholic marriage right now... but maybe somebody else needs it more than I do!

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    1. Debbie,

      You are in the draw and might win the book! Another book with a Catholic marriage theme that I read and enjoyed recently is "Angela's Song" by AnnMarie Creedon.

      Thanks for entering!

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  12. Hi Mrs Elvis
    I was only planning to update my own blog web-address, but #2 in my feed was a post that assured me it was worth reading... and you got me :) This sounds like a great story and will definitely go onto my 'to read' list! Thanks for telling us about it.
    I was wondering if there's a particular reason you're so keen to share Kari's book, beyond it being a great read? It's pretty rare for someone to like a stranger's book so much they just decide that, 'Hey, let's give some copies away!'
    Blessings,
    Hannah

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    1. Hi Hannah,

      I'm glad my post caught your eye and you visited my blog.

      Yes, I feel Kari's book is worth sharing. It is a good read and I also think it has an encouraging message for all mothers.

      I do know Kari so she is not a stranger. I met her here in the blogging world and we have shared our writing ideas and progress for some time now. I was very excited when Kari told me her book had been published.

      I know how difficult it is to get publicity for a new book even if it is good. Other people have helped me with my grief book. Now it's my turn to help a friend. Don't you find that's the way of the blogging world? We all help each other.

      I still would have promoted Kari's book even if she was a stranger. I have done that before. My first giveaway was 3 copies of Peggy Bowe's book The Rosary Workout. I bought a copy of the book for myself, enjoyed it and thought it was worth sharing. So I had a giveaway. Actually Peggy heard of my giveaway and came to visit my blog which I hadn't expected. We ended up exchanging a few emails (she's a lovely person)so I can no longer say she is now a complete stranger!

      btw, Kari didn't ask me to do this giveaway. It was my decision to promote a book I feel everyone will enjoy. An independent review, no way influenced by a friend!

      I see you are an author too! And Australian! I was interested to read about how your book has come together... the changes in plot etc, the time involved in writing a book, the work. I'd be interested in hearing when you complete the final version. I've got several books of my own in draft stage. Yes, one day my manuscripts will be finished too!

      Thank you so much for your comment. I will enter your name in the draw!

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    2. Hi Mrs Elvis,
      Thanks for replying! It's great that you're supporting your friend's writing like that. And thanks for having a glance at my stuff, too :) I wish I remembered how I accidentally stumbled across your blog... but I can't.
      It's always lovely to meet other authors at various points of the road. I find it marvelously encouraging to know that I'm not alone. I look forward to discovering another post worth reading, and hearing that your own manuscripts are complete at last!
      Hannah.

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    3. Hannah,

      Please call me Sue!

      Thank you for returning to continue the conversation.

      I agree: it's lovely meeting other authors. It's like meeting a kindred spirit. I enjoy how we share ideas and encourage and support each other. I always get so excited when I hear a friend has a book about to be published.

      What are your plans for your book? Did I see you work in publishing?

      Have you ever been involved in NaNoWriMo? I wrote a NaNoWriMo novel last November, and plan to join in again next month. Perhaps you'd like to consider it too.

      I hope you do find some more posts on my blog worth reading!

      God bless!

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    4. As you wish, Sue!

      Oh, it's my pleasure. Always fun chatting with strangers about something in common.

      I'm aiming to finish my book by March so I can enter it into a competition, but we'll see how that goes. I don't work in publishing but I would love to find myself writing books and producing movies in years to come.

      I was introduced to NaNoWriMo a while ago, but I haven't taken advantage of it yet, because by then I was well into my first book. I'm planning to begin my second novel with NaNoWriMo, though! Have you planned what you are going to write? Do you have many books on the drawing board? Have you ever been published? ...do you PLAN to be published?

      Blessings,
      Hannah

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    5. Hannah,

      I guess we're not complete strangers any more!

      I've had one book published. It's my grief book. I have a second manuscript ready for publication. It's a children's story and I'm going to self-publish it (when I get the illustration problem sorted out.) I'm going to write a sequel to this book next month for NaNoWriMo. I have the chapters planned out. It should go fairly smoothly... I hope! I also have a first draft of another children's story waiting for me to edit.

      I am working very slowly on my books. I guess I let myself get distracted by blogging, which I also enjoy very much.

      I'd love to hear when you finish your novel, and about the competition too. I hope it all goes well for you!

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    6. No, not complete strangers now, Sue! I mean... we are on first-name terms! ;)

      Sounds like you have a lot in the works. For some reason it reminds me of a poem I read in literature years ago. 'The wheels of the gods grind slowly, yet they grind exceeding fine.' I probably mis-quote. I think that was some Greek philosopher-dude. At any rate, it sounds as though, bit by bit, your writing is coming through. I look forward to seeing your success!

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    7. Hannah,

      I love the quote! Thank you for sharing it. I hope you'll stay in touch so we can share each other's writing news.

      God bless!

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    8. How did you and NaNoWriMo fare this year? :)

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    9. Hannah,

      I am so pleased to hear from you! Thank you for checking back about NaNoWriMo. I made 50 000 words by day 17, and altogether I wrote 52 097 words. All my girls were winners too. So we are all happy. It was a fun month.

      Now we are thinking about the editing stage. We are going to start that after Christmas while we are on holiday.

      How's your novel going? Are you on target for finishing by March? What is the competition you're hoping to enter it in? Lots of questions!

      God bless.

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  13. Thank you Gina and Lisa and Leanne for visiting my blog and leaving a comment. I will put your names in the draw!

    God bless!

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  14. Your name is in the draw, Natalie. Thank you for entering!

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  15. Hi Sue,
    I'm glad I decided to pop on the computer today! Count me in please!

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    1. Mary,

      So pleased to see you! You've been away from your blog for a long time. I hope all is well.

      Thank you for entering the draw!

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  16. Hello, Sue. I've been visiting your blog for a while and find it very encouraging and perspective-giving. Thank you for the work you put in.

    I heard about this book somewhere else - can't remember where - and thought it looked interesting but somehow never got around to buying it. I'd love to enter your draw, please.

    Looking forward to more of your posts.

    In Him

    Meredith

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    1. Meredith,

      Thank you for your kind words! It's lovely to meet people who are reading my blog.

      You are entered in the draw! I know you will enjoy the novel if you win. Thank you for stopping by.

      God bless!

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  17. The book sounds fabulous! I love that it came from the challenge of writing a novel in a month. Best of luck with your novels this year!

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    1. Ann-Marie,

      I am inspired by Kari's achievement. She has proven that when you really want to do something, you will find a way of doing it. Kari has a young family but she still found writing time. You will enjoy her book. I hope I do as well as Kari this year. Only one more day until NaNoWriMo!

      I have entered your name in the draw. Thank you for leaving a comment. Also, thank you for following my unschooling blog!!

      God bless.

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  18. HI Sue! I would be honoured to be in the draw! It sounds like such a wonderful book - thankyou so much for offering it!

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  19. HI sue - sorry, last comment I think went through under my daughter's name! It sounds like a wonderful book, though, and very suitable for any of my seven daughters, so I'll let her enter as well. I, too, would love to be included in the draw.

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    1. Linda,

      I have entered both yours and Helena's names in the draw for Kari's book.

      Thank you for leaving your comments!

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  20. Thank you Marina and Helen for entering the draw via Facebook. Sorry you had trouble commenting here, Helen!

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