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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Saturday Spotlight - JoAnn Carter

Good Morning Friends,

Please join me in welcoming back to Saturday Spotlight, JoAnn Carter with her book Daniella.

JoAnn Carter lives in Vermont with her wonderful husband of 17 years, four children and Ginger, the best dog in the world. She enjoys being with her family & friends, writing, reading, and cooking. On the side she also writes book reviews for her local Christian radio station, THE LIGHT RADIO NETWORK.

In the past JoAnn has worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse, and as a substitute teacher. This year however, she is at home, to home school one of her children.

JoAnn is available for speaking engagements to book clubs, reader groups, library groups, women's ministry events, school events and church retreats. To contact her, please write jo.glenncarter@yahoo.com  or visit her web-site http://home.comcast.net/~jo.glenncarter/site/

When Harrison Beckman meets his father's secretary, Daniella Duncan, she's shy and self-conscious. Harrison, however, is determined to get to know her better. Before he gets to do that a rival comes along to steal Dani's heart as quickly and thoroughly as the company's contracts, which have been disappearing. As the mystery unfolds, Harrison has to fight for the woman he loves, even though this means crossing swords with his father and his determined adversary. Will Harrison be able to find the love that could await them or will it be too late?
Excerpt: (c)2009 by JoAnn Carter

Harrison watched this attractive but peculiar woman stand awkwardly by his door. It looked as if she wanted to hide behind the inter-personnel folder she was holding. "Come on in," he urged, as he left his desk to walk closer to her, hopefully to put her more at ease. "I promise not to bite."

That seemed to make it worse. Her rosy cheeks turned deathly pale.

Harrison resorted to grabbing for words, like a metal arm in a toy machine, hoping he’d come up with something. "You’re really quick. Thanks for dropping the minutes off. I always like to review them while the meeting is still fresh in my mind."

Dani held out the folder with the notes and spoke so softly, he had to bend down to catch her words. "I understand, Mr. Beckman."

Harrison took the folder from her extended hand. Her hand seemed so small and he had the strangest desire to protect her from whatever inner battle she was fighting. "I’m sorry, I know you’ve been with us for quite a while now, but until today I’ve never met you." He added with a smile, "Forgive me, I’m horrible with names. What’s yours again?"

Dani eyes grew wide. With a nervous catch she replied, "Daniella Duncan."

"I like that name. May I call you Daniella?"

She shrugged, "Everybody calls me Dani."

"I think I prefer Daniella." Still studying her face, Harrison added, "Somehow, Dani doesn't seem to fit you."

"Oh, Dani fits me all right. It sounds short and fat." Her hand clamped over her mouth and her eyes grew even wider. Harrison’s heart nearly broke when she asked, "Did I really say that out loud?"

It had been drilled into his head since he was a boy, never to talk to women about two things, their age and weight. Now what should he do with this hanging hot potato? Ignore it. "I didn’t hear anything if you didn’t." He tried to continue with the previous introductions. "Everyone calls my father Mr. Beckman, so I go by Harrison."

"Okay. I'll try to remember that." Dani seemed to have reached her limit; she looked like a cat being chased by a mouse, desperate for escape. "Umm, I really need to get back now…"

"Sure. Thanks again." Harrison didn’t even know if she heard him as she turned and left with quick steps.

Note from JoAnn  ~ White Rose Publishing recently learned how beneficial it is to have reviews up on Amazon.com. To this end, JoAnn is running a contest, from now through 8/15/10.

How do you enter? Simply place a review up for any of her stories which you'll find here: http://www.amazon.com/s?_encoding=UTF8&search-alias=digital-text&field-author=JoAnn%20Carter  and you will be entered to win a surpriserise gift package.

Winner will be announced Aug. 16th, 2010. So, get those reviews up!
Well Folks, hope you've enjoyed this week's edition of Saturday Spotlight - check back weekly for more great authors & their books!

Until later...take care and Be Blessed!


JoAnn said...


Thanks so much for having me here today!

If anyone is interested, there is a two week Bible Study that I wrote which goes along with this story. Anyone can access it by going to my web page http://home.comcast.net/~jo.glenncarter/site

Click on the link on the left side fo the page that says, "Devotions to go along with DANIELLA."

JoAnn said...

Pam, I just saw your new cover over on the White Rose Publishing Readers Loop. It's beautiful.

I can't wait to hear about this story.

Marianne Evans said...

Daniella is a truly wonderful read, JoAnn - I enjoyed it very much. Blessings to you and may you have much continued success.

Donna B said...

Hi Ladies! Nice interview JoAnn. I love the blurb you used showing her insecurity....just like he rest of us. It was a great story and I'll get that review up!

Delia Latham said...

Hi, JoAnn and Pam! I, for one, thoroughly enjoyed Daniella. She is the essence of so many women in today's society. Everywhere we look, we're slammed with ultra-perfect, ultra-thin, too-beautiful-for-words models. While there's nothing wrong with being blessed with perfection, somewhere along the line, we've come to think there's something wrong with NOT being that Cover Girl image. I loved Daniella because she wasn't. A lot of women will.

JoAnn said...

Marianne, Delia, and Donna-- Thanks so much for your kind words.

You folks are a blessing to me!

Tanya Hanson said...

Hi Pam, thanks for featuring JoAnn today!

JoAnn, I love the excerpt, and the idea of corresponding devotions is sure fitting. I'm checking them out for sure. Blessings to you both. oxoxo

Robin Bayne said...

Thanks for sharing with us : )