Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Chasing Lilacs by Carla Stewart

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Chasing Lilacs
FaithWords (June 17, 2010)

Carla Stewart


Carla Stewart’s writing reflects her passion for times gone by. She believed in Jesus, the power of the written word, and a good cup of coffee. She's a country girl living now in a mid-sized city with her engineering husband who just happens to be her best friend and biggest fan.She and her husband have four adult sons and delight in the adventures of their six grandchildren.


I grew up in the Texas Panhandle with two younger sisters and loving parents. Small town school. Great neighbors. Today, those small-town, fundamental things resonate within me -- the twang in people's voices, the art of being neighborly and just being a decent human being.

Growing up, I preferred the company of books over TV and playing outdoors. I imagined myself in many different careers, but given my down-to-earth raising, I settled on nursing. I didn't faint at the sight of blood and did well in science, so it seemed a natural choice.

I worked as a registered nurse off and on through the years, but primarily I stayed home with my four rambunctious boys and dreamed of the day when I could write the novels I loved to read. When our youngest son was in high school, I quit my job as a nursing instructor and settled in to pen my first novel. It's been quite a journey. One I wouldn't trade for anything.

I'm committed to writing the stories of my heart and am truly thankful to Jesus, my Savior, for allowing me this freedom. May all the glory be His.

Chasing Lilacs is her first book!


It is the summer of 1958, and life in the small Texas community of Graham Camp should be simple and carefree. But not for twelve-year-old Sammie Tucker. Sammie has plenty of questions about her mother's "nerve" problems. About shock treatments. About whether her mother loves her.

When her mother commits suicide and a not-so-favorite aunt arrives, Sammie has to choose who to trust with her deepest fears: Her best friend who has an opinion about everything, the mysterious kid from California whose own troubles plague him, or her round-faced neighbor with gentle advice and strong shoulders to cry on. Then there's the elderly widower who seems nice but has his own dark past.

Trusting is one thing, but accepting the truth may be the hardest thing Sammie has ever done.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Chasing Lilacs, go HERE.

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Carla can be reached through the Contact link on her Website

Come and visit with those posting for this tour:

Abi at Scraps of Life
Adam at Meaningful Suspense
Amy at My Life
Andie at Radiant Light
April at Projecting A
Becky at Joyful Mother
Bonnie at Bonnie Writes
Brittanie at A Book Lover
Carly at Carlybird's Home
CeeCee at Book Splurge
Cheryl at Writing Remnants
Christa at Fairfield Corner Academy
Christy at Southern Sassy Things
Dave at The Plot Thickens
Dave at Novel Spotlight
Debra at Soul Reflections
Gina at Portrait Of A Writer
Gretchen at Back Cover Reviews
Heidi at Reviews And Reflections
Janis at The Nearsighted Bookworm
Janna at Cornhusker Academy
Jenn at One House Schoolroom Reviews
Jennifer at Musings on This, That, & The Other Thing
Jennfer at Scraps and Snippets
Jenny at Come Meet AusJenny
Jill at Christian Work At Home Moms
Jill at Artistic Blogger
Kathleen at Heart 2 Heart
Kelly at A Disciple's Steps
Kim at Window To My World
Kristi at Stamped With Grace
Kristy at I Need To Read
LaShaunda at See Ya On The Net
Linda at Mocha With Linda
Lori at Noggin Bits
Margaret at Creative Madness Mama
Mark at Thoughts Of A Sojourner
Michelle at Raising Little Women
Molly at Book Reviews
Nicole at Into The Fire
Pam at Daysong Reflections
Patricia at Readin N Writin With Patricia
Rulan at Fiction Showcase
Sabrina at Hijinks From The Heartland
Susan at New Every Morning
Tara at Tara's View On Books
Tiff at A Fiction-Filled Life
Tina at Tina's Book Reviews
Tracy at Pix-N-Pens
Vanessa at Ramblings of A Texas Housewife


Nicole said...

Review will be up Wednesday morning.

Tarasview said...


apple blossom said...

Lighter side is now posted at Scraps of Life


Kim said...

Scheduled to post tomorrow with a review. My heart hurts!

Window To My World

Heart2Heart said...

What a great book and loved it from page one all the way to the end. The review is up and running.


Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Jill said...

My post is up at Artistic Blogger.

Adam Blumer said...

Up with a review. My mom really enjoyed this novel and offers her review. Thanks!


Pam at Daysong Reflections said...

Posted with review. http://www.daysongreflections.com//?p=5064

Mocha with Linda said...


Molly(Buukluvr81) said...

Scheduling to post by Friday with a review (currently reading this book now) @Book Reviews! Thanks!

Brittanie said...


Susan Stitch said...


Jennifer AlLee said...

Posted with review


Cheryl Klarich said...

I am up with a review.

CherryBlossomMJ said...


CarlybirdK said...

My review is up:


Jim Thompson said...

Posted to One Small Stone.

Anonymous said...

Review and info posted


Ausjenny said...

Posted haven't received the book yet so no review as yet.

Christy--Southern Sassy Girl said...

Post up. Will have review up soon.

April Erwin said...

Mine's up. Beautiful writing style.

Janna said...

Posted with review. Good book but very heavy for a YA book.

Camille Eide said...

I wasn't scheduled (probably since I'm not a CFBA member yet) but I posted a review, see link. Loved the book!


Anonymous said...

i'm up! sorry for the delay...i got married on the weekend and it slipped through the cracks!! www.ineedtoread.blogspot.com

Gretchen Geyer said...

Oops, I posted during the tour, I promise! =)