Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Walnut Springs Press Month: Spotlight on Joan Sowards + Giveaway Info

Giveaway Info

As part of the Walnut Springs Press Month, Walnut Springs Press will be giving away 4 fantastic novels by Walnut Springs authors.

All you have to do to enter this giveaway is leave a comment on this post or any of the event posts. (See the event page for the full event schedule.) The more posts you comment on, the more entries you have into the contest!

Spotlight on
Author Joan Sowards

Joan Sowards is a third generation Arizonan of pioneer stalk. She holds a BS degree from Arizona State University. Joan is married and has raised five children and a multitude of chickens. Her favorite hobbies are writing, composing, and doing family history research. She loves to travel the USA, and her visited countries list includes Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Hong Kong, Thailand, Mexico and Canada. Only 185 to go!

As of 2012, Joan's published novels include Haunts Haven, Chocolate Roses, and The Star Prophecy (Walnut Springs Press). She also authored LDS Word Puzzles (Spring Creek Books), and Word Search Arizona, and a short story The Last Gift of Christmas (A Merry Little Christmas, Covenant Communications). Upcoming novels include a historical fiction titled Shadows of Monts├ęgur, a time travel -- Bridges of the Heart, and contemporary fiction novels--Senior Wish, and Clairvoyance.

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Walnut Springs Press Books
by Joan Sowards

Title: Haunts Haven
Author: Joan Sowards
Release Date: September 2009
Publisher: Walnut Springs Press (Facebook | Twitter)
Genre: LDS Mystery/Romance
When Callie Wilford inherits a century-old inn in southern Arizona, locals tell her of a ghost who “guards” the inn. But Callie doesn’t believe in ghosts, and she plans to turn the inn into a bed and breakfast. Then things start to happen—strange, spooky things— and she begins to wonder if there is some truth to the ghost stories. If that weren’t bad enough, Callie discovers a mysterious grave in the cellar. As she confronts the inn’s tragic secrets, she also faces her lonely past and learns to embrace her heritage. But it takes a handsome cowboy and a harming rancher to prove that Callie’s long-guarded heart can love again.


Title: Chocolate Roses
Author: Joan Sowards
Release Date: September 2010
Publisher: Walnut Springs Press (Facebook | Twitter)
Genre: LDS Romantic Fiction
She’s in love . . .
he’s out of reach . . .
Is there any hope?

Janie Rose Whitaker’s world revolved around her chocolate shop until Roger Wentworth and his young daughter moved into the apartment across from Janie’s. Anyone would think Roger fit the mold of the “perfect” guy, but soon Janie discovers secrets that could keep them apart forever. Though she resists getting involved in Roger’s complicated life, they are drawn further into a bittersweet relationship.

You will laugh, cry, and crave chocolate as you read this LDS parody of the classic novel 'Jane Eyre.'

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Title: The Star Prophecy
Author: Joan Sowards
Release Date: November 2010
Publisher: Walnut Springs Press (Facebook | Twitter)
Genre: LDS Historical Fiction
"You are crazy. No Nephite has ever returned."

Most people laugh when they hear of Enoch’s dream of returning to Jerusalem to find the infant Messiah. Even Enoch's future father-in-law mocks him when he asks for a postponement of the long-awaited wedding to his beloved Rebekah. A few take Enoch seriously—the shipbuilder Omnihah, Enoch's teacher David, and Nephi the prophet.

Five years previously, a Lamanite named Samuel had stood on the wall of Zarahemla and prophesied that “five years more cometh” and the Christ would be born in Jerusalem. Time is running out! Enoch knows he must set sail across the great waters in search of his dream—to see the face of the Messiah.

The Star Prophecy is a surprising story of courage and love, faith and fortitude. Sail with Enoch and friends across the sea through hardship and adventure in search of the Christ Child.

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  1. These sound like some fun books. I'll have to get my hands on them. Thanks for the spotlights.