Rejoice in the Lord always:and again I say, Rejoice!  

Philippians 4:4

WHOO-HOO … it’s definitely a week to rejoice!! First … I finished Marcy and Patrick’s prequel, A Light in the Window: An Irish Christmas Love Story. Poor Patrick didn’t have an easy path to Marcy’s heart, but the ending is more than worth it, I hope!

Secondly, I have winners in my most recent contest, three people who will receive a signed copy of Steven’s story when it releases this October, two of whom will have characters named after them or a loved one in A Love Surrendered and one who as the top winner will receive a $50 gift card. I want to thank each and every one of you who went above and beyond in this contest, and HOW I wish ALL of you could win, truly! But if I did that, my husband would shoot me and then there would be no more O’Connors or McClares or anything, right? 🙂  BUT … never fear because you will have a chance to have a character named after you in book 1 of The Heart of San Francisco series, Love at any Cost, plus win a signed copy of that book with another contest to be announced in my late-summer newsletter, so keep your eyes peeled, okay?

Without further ado, SUPER CONGRATS to the following three winners—you guys ROCK, and I will be contacting each of you directly!!

Top Winner of $50 gift card, a character named after them in A Love Surrendered and a signed copy of said book:


2nd-Place Winners of a signed copy of A Love Surrendered and a character named after them in said book:



3rd-Place Winner in random drawing for a signed copy of A Love Surrendered:



Need another thing to “rejoice” about?? Well, today’s Journal Jot is going to be just that—a mere “jot” as it was originally intended to be, but since I am one of the most long-winded authors out there, I usually can’t guarantee a “jot” size blog. Except for today because I am chomping to get final edits done on the prequel so I can jump right in to book 2 of The Heart of San Francisco series, so say one for me as I dive back in to the McClares of 1902 San Francisco, okay?

Till next week, have a week to rejoice about … and even if you don’t … rejoice anyway!!