Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Once in a Blue Moon by Leanna Ellis

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Once in a Blue Moon

B&H Books (March 1, 2010)


Leanna Ellis


Leanna's sister recommended that she write, since she ‘wrote in her journal all the time.’ The idea took root and began to grow. So after five years of teaching, she quit and started writing, with no clue about the book business. Ignorance is bliss. If she’d known the odds against her, she might not have ever started writing.

For about three years, she wrote with a collaborator, but because she had so many ideas she began to write more stories on her own. She suffered numerous rejections. Deservedly so. But she was growing as a writer and learning. She went to as many conferences as she could manage. During that time, she met her future husband, fell in love and became engaged. She also began to final in contests and then actually began to win! The contests helped her get noticed by editors and agents. In March, the year Braveheart won the Best Picture Oscar, Victor/Victoria opened on Broadway, she sold her first book. It was her Cinderella year. She sold her book, got married and won RWA’s Golden Heart Award in Hawaii.

She wrote six books between her first baby’s birth and when the second baby turned one. Then she hit a wall. Not literally. But creatively. It’s not that she didn’t have any ideas, but her ideas didn’t fit the romance market. These new characters, random and weird as they were, began to take over the part of her brain that wasn’t domesticated. These stories were about all types of women, and so she began to let her writing grow in new and different ways.

Leanna Ellis sold more than 1.3 million romantic novels writing as Leanna Wilson, winning a Readers’ Choice award and the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart award for her work. Elvis Takes a Back Seat is the first book published under her married name, marking a new creative direction in her writing. Like Francine Rivers before her, Leanna has left behind a successful career as an author of secular romances to write novels of faith that glorify God. A former schoolteacher, Leanna is now a homeschool mom and lives with her husband and children in Keller, Texas.


Bryn Seymour was nine years old when her mother died under mysterious circumstances on the same day Apollo 11 made its historic lunar landing. Forty years later—divorced, working as an obituary writer, and duly cynical—she meets Howard, a conspiracy theorist who knew her mom and believes a small Texas town may hold clues to what really fueled her demise. Seeking closure, Bryn goes along for this men-in-black ride. But upon meeting Howard’s son Sam, an outspoken Christian, she can’t decide whose beliefs are more pie-in-the-sky.

The gravity of life has pulled Bryn down for decades. But a perfect love could be her first step to soaring. It only happens once in a blue moon.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Once in a Blue Moon, go HERE

Watch the book trailer:

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Valerie at In My Little World


Nicole said...

Review is up at Into the Fire.

Deanna said...

Review is up!

April Erwin said...

Mine posts Thursday a.m.

Rulan said...

Mine are posted.

stampedwithgrace said...

posted :)

Nora St. Laurent said...

Posted and Reviewed


Finding Hope THrough Fiction

L. Diane Wolfe said...


Kim said...

Scheduled to post at noon.


Valerie Comer said...

Post is up. Sure wish the book had arrived already. :(

Pam at Daysong Reflections said...

Posted with quickie review at http://www.daysongreflections.com/?p=4218

Jennifer AlLee said...

Mine will post at midnight tonight. I did receive the book but just recently, so haven't finished it yet. But I put up a short "thought" based on what I have read, which is great!

Brittanie said...

Posting tonight with short review.

Cara Putman said...

Goes up in the morning with a giveaway

Mocha with Linda said...

Mine will post overnight.

Jim Thompson said...

I do'd it.

carla stewart said...

Post is up. Book is next on my TBR list.

Lynn said...

My review is posted

Jill said...

My post is up at Artistic Blogger.

Tarasview said...


Leanna Ellis said...

Thanks, y'all! I really appreciate y'all posting about Once in a Blue Moon! I'm so sorry that some of y'all didn't get the book in time. Please let me know if you got it or not. I'm not in charge of that but will make sure you get a copy. Thank you again!



Bonnie Calhoun said...

I have taken care of it Leanna, and books are arriving at everyone that let me know they didn't have one.

Leanna Ellis said...

Oh, terrific, Bonnie! Thanks so much for taking care of that!

If I can assist anyone in any way, just let me know!



CeeCee said...

My book arrived over the weekend.

Kelly Klepfer said...

Posted at the Dregs. Posted and reviewed at Novel Reviews.

Margie Vawter said...

Posted. Review to come later.

Jenny said...

Got my book late last week, but a nasty migraine kept me from getting too far into it. Hope to finish it this weekend and get to my review. Standard post is up, btw.

Janna said...

Posted with review - wonderful book!

Lynetta said...

Posted with a review to come very soon.