Monday, December 7, 2015

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Just in time for the holidays!

Paul and Derrick have hit their stride with the Hummingbird House Bed and Breakfast, a destination of distinction in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. Guests are coming from all over the country to enjoy their  Christmas weekend extravaganza, featuring sleigh rides, champagne suppers, holiday concerts and  spa treatments.  Of course there are a few glitches: twenty Christmas trees to be decorated in less than a week, an absentee massage therapist, and--perhaps most distressing of all-- the unexpected presence of three school-age children in the Hummingbird House, courtesy of their saucy young housekeeper Purline.

 While Purline tries to teach her children-- as well as her bosses-- the true meaning of Christmas, the lost and the lonely, often disguised as the wealthy and the privileged, gather at the Hummingbird House.  Among them are:

The author of a famous book on miracles who has lost his faith
A family secretly on the verge of disaster
A husband and wife facing their last Christmas together

With the help of a Harley-riding stranger, a series of unexpected events, and the innocent good intentions of their hosts, healing comes to the wounded and miracles unfold, proving once again that at the Hummingbird House you may not always find what you expect, but you’ll always find what you need.

“Satisfying and uplifting... [with] touches of real magic...”
Kirkus Reviews on The Hummingbird House

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

When Bridget, Cici and Lindsay left behind their safe suburban lives for a stately old mansion in the Shenandoah Valley, they redefined the concept of family.  The friends, like the house, have faced many challenges and undergone major changes over the years. But the one thing they never imagined was that one day they would be expanding their house of women to make room for a husband.

A second marriage in midlife is never easy, and Lindsay and Dominic know they will be facing their share of adjustments when they begin their life together.  But she has the Vera Wang; she has a famous style columnist as her wedding planner; her best friend is the most popular caterer in the county, and she is marrying the love of her life.  What could possibly go wrong?  When the wedding takes place at Ladybug Farm, the answer is: almost anything. 

The three friends have weathered many storms together, but this one could shake the foundation of their life together. Only when they are faced with the loss of someone they all hold dear do they come to a renewed appreciation for the depth of their devotion to each other, the power of love, and the real meaning of family. 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

If you loved the Ladybug Farm series, you won't want to miss  The Hummingbird House!
In this eagerly anticipated spin off from Donna Ball’s beloved Ladybug Farm series, Paul Slater and Derrick Anderson set about opening the Hummingbird House B&B with their usual style and flair, only to find that they may have taken on more than they bargained for. Despite constant coaching from their friends Cici, Bridget and Lindsay, they don't seem to be able to do anything right.  Before they know how it happened, they are at odds with their teenage housekeeper, overwhelmed by a zany spiritualist who seems determined to take over their lives, and, most horrifying of all, on the wrong side of the law. But while they wrestle with one misfortune after another, forces are at work behind the scenes that have put unrelated strangers on the road to The Hummingbird House, where accidents become destiny, defeat is transformed into victory, and all that is required for a miracle is an open heart.
Welcome to The Hummingbird House, where you may not find what you expect, but you'll always find what you need.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

And the Winners Are...

Thank you to everyone who has played Ladybug Farm Trivia so enthusiastically over the past few weeks!  I've had as much fun as you have reliving the memories of Ladybug Farm, and you all have certainly taught me not to underestimate the staying power of my words.  Believe it or not, there was more than one contestant who got every answer right, so the first  place winner was determined by a random draw of all those who got every answer right.  And the grand prize winner is (drum roll please)....

Congratulations Pam Bradley!

Pam actually continued to play the game while she was on vacation in Italy, e-mailing me the correct answers every day.  Pam will receive the ladybug gift basket pictured above , with all five Ladybug Farm books and a collection of ladybug gift and memorabilia. 

The second and third place winners (also determined by random draw from all correct entries) are

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They will both receive a ladybug mug filled with jellybeans.

The fourth, fifth and sixth place winners will receive an autographed copy of VINTAGE LADYBUG FARM.  They are

Julie (from this blog)
Heidi (from this blog)

Will all the winners please e-mail me with your mailing address so that I can get your prize out to you?

Thanks again for playing, and congratulations to all the winners.  I will miss hearing from you every day!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Last Question

As our contest draws to a close, here is the most appropriate quote I could think of.  Who said that summer wine is

"like an unfinished story.  The best is yet to come."

This is a tricky one!  There are two possible answers.  Remember, you can e-mail me, or leave a comment on this blog with your answer.  You have until midnight EST tonight, October 10, to go back and answer any of the questions you may have missed.   The winners will be announced on this blog on the afternoon of October 11.

Good luck and thanks for playing!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Question #12

As we get closer to the end of the Ladybug Farm Trivia Contest, it becomes harder and harder to choose the quotes I think are most memorable. But this one is truly iconic.  Who said:

"The sheep are wearing coats and the shrubs are wearing bedsheets.  We must be in the right place."
Only one day left!  Remember, you can e-mail me  or comment on this blog with your answer. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Question #11

Only two more questions after this one!  Remember you can go back at any time before midnight October 10 and answer all the questions, and either e-mail the answer to me or leave it as a comment on this blog.  This question may be a bit of a challenge, but take your best guess.  Who said:

"Every born soul has got just one job to do, and that's to figure out who you are in this world.  Then be that."


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