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Home To Chapel Springs | Ane Mulligan

 


Today I am reviewing Home to Chapel Springs, the third book in the Chapel Springs series by Ane Mulligan.

Here is the brief synopsis:

A homeless author, a heartbroken daughter, and a theatre ghost. There’s trouble in Chapel Springs.

There’s always someone new in Chapel Springs someone who is either coming home or stirring up trouble.

A best-selling author’s latest book is a flop. While the reviewers are happily skewering her, her racecar-driver-husband walks out on her and she’s evicted, because he hasn’t paid the lease on their condo for the last three months. Then she discovers he also he drained their bank accounts.

Homeless and broke, she and her little boy have no choice but to retreat to the house she inherited from her nana in Chapel Springs — the house that’s been gutted. Then, a stranger knocks on her door. One that will change the course of her life.

Howie Newlander is back in town. After the residents thwarted his plans for a Miami-style resort on Chapel Lake, he’s running for mayor and stirring up the farmers by spreading rumors about diverted water and misused taxes. The Lakeside Players want to remodel the town’s old theater, named for Claire’s late great-aunt. Empty and boarded up for the last forty years, the theatre is rumored to be haunted. When Newlander and Mayor Riley go head-to-head, Claire gets caught in the middle.

Claire’s youngest daughter is in love with a non-believer whose daddy is Claire’s nemesis, the mayor. Having him part of her family isn’t in her plan. The years of heartache before her husband became a Christian should warn her daughter off this boy. So far, her daughter’s heart isn’t hearing the warnings.

With hearts pulled in all directions, will they find a home in Chapel Springs?

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Ane Mulligan has written a book that just can’t be denied! Once you pick it up and begin to read — you’re hooked — to the very end.

And it’s not because aliens are taking over the planet . . . or super heroes are saving the planet. There are no time travelers, no vampires, no diseases.

What there is — is a great story about normal people!

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Well, Ane did have to throw in some really cool characters, like a racecar driver and a best-selling author. But here’s the catch. They really are normal people — with normal problems. The racecar driver walks out on his wife, taking all her money — and leaves her with nothing but heartache, bills, and their son.

And that’s just a small part of the book!

I love reading books by Ane Mulligan, because she writes about life — the good, the bad, and the ugly. But even when I find myself identifying with her characters, I also find myself laughing at them. And my life — my problem — seems a bit easier to bear.

If you take nothing else away from my thoughts, please let me encourage you to read Home to Chapel Springs. If you get the chance, get the entire series — and when you have a long weekend or some vacation time, read them all in order.

You’ll be glad you did.

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Happy Reading!!!
Blessings!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

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Week #2 Winner | Ane Mulligan Marathon

 

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It’s time to announce the winner for Week #2…

 

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MARILYN

YOU are our GRAND PRIZE WINNER!

 

I will be contacting you via e-mail

to let you know what to do to collect your PRIZE!

 

THANK YOU to everyone for entering!

Blessings!

Giveaway © 2015 DJ Mynatt

Ane Mulligan – Author Spotlight

 

Thank you for joining me for this amazing Author Spotlight!


First, a bit about Ane…


Ane Mulligan writes Southern-fried fiction served with a tall, sweet iced tea.

She firmly believes coffee and chocolate are two of the four major food groups.

Novelist and playwright, Ane is the executive director of Players Guild@Sugar Hill, a new community theater and president of the award-winning literary site, Novel Rocket.

She resides in Sugar Hill, GA, with her artist husband and a dog of Biblical proportion.

 

 

Readers can learn more about Ane at her website or find her on Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Pinterest, Google+Novel Rocket and Goodreads.

 
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If you love reading Ane’s books as much as I do, I am honored to share some exciting news! Ane is searching for a few new members for her street team. If you’re interested (and who wouldn’t be interested), please contact Ane or check out her street team group HERE.

 

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And here is my interview with Ane:

1. Ane, what genre is “Southern-Fried Fiction?

General or contemporary fiction. It’s Southern, the “fried” refers to the humor in my writing. The brand was pinned on me by another writer. We were talking about voice and brand, and from reading emails from me she said, “Like your Southern-fried fiction.” My agent loved it and it stuck.

2. The town is certainly unique… what was your inspiration for Chapel Springs?

Chapel Springs is patterned after three places: Dahlonega, GA, Black Mountain, NC, and Sugar Hill, GA. All are small. Two are quaint. And all three have those busybodies who know all your business. They make bicker, like Claire and Mayor Felix Riley, but should someone threaten them from the outside, you won’t find better allies.

3. Claire and Patsy are true southern ladies! Are any of your characters taken from people you know?

Oh yes. Claire is a combination of three special ladies in my life. Carol Crosby is a hoot, a real character in her own right. She’s one of those people to whom things happen. She keeps me laughing. Becky Thompson says things that crack me up. You never know what will come out of her mouth. Patsy Hannah is one of those “man the torpedoes, charge ahead” people. I love these ladies and took traits from all three for Claire.

Patsy is a bit of several of my close friends. She’s loyal and always there. Many of the others characters are if I look closely, composites of members of my church and town. Most writers don’t purposely use people they know, but I think it just naturally happens.

Then there is Bud Pugh. He’s in every book I write. Bud is a dear older man at my church. When I’d have to pull together a large production for Christmas or Easter, getting people to play those parts wasn’t easy. But Bud Pugh always said yes. He always encouraged me. He was a natural to put in my books.

4. Do you regularly attend writers workshops and conferences? Are they helpful to you?

Absolutely! I attended my first writers conference in 2004, and have been to at least one a year ever since, sometimes two a year. They are always helpful in several ways. If I come away with just one “golden nugget” of new learning, the conference has been worth the time and money. You can’t absorb everything, so each time I go to one, my work gets better, I learn a new marketing tactic, or I make new friends. The best part is now I’m starting to teach at conferences. I love that. I want to share what I’ve learned and help other writers.

5. Can you tell us more about your book club – “Finding Hope in Fiction”?

This is a funny story and proves God has a sense of humor. About ten years ago, a new couple joined our church. Fred and Nora St.Laurent had been in theater in Florida, and our church secretary introduced us. We quickly became good friends.

Nora worked at a LifeWay bookstore near where I live. One day, I said to her, “We should start a book club. And you lead it, I’m too busy.”

Yeah. I really did that. What I didn’t know is that God was using me. He had big plans for Fred and Nora. About that same time, Nora’s boss at the bookstore asked her to start a book club there in the store. She argued with God for a time, but when He asked her to just love the ladies He sent to her, she agreed. She could do that.

Thus was born the Finding Hope in Fiction Book Club. Fast forward another eight or nine years, and the bookstore had to stop doing the book club there. By now, Nora and Fred had The Book Club Network and Book Fun Magazine going strong. So when Nora told me about having to stop the club, I felt a very sharp poke in my ribs. Yeah. God said, “Now it’s your turn.” Thankfully, He gave me a wonderful co-leader.

6. I love reading your New Year’s resolutions… will you share them with my readers?

I’d love to. I discovered donkey’s years ago I couldn’t keep resolutions, so now I only make ones I know I can keep. My 2016 resolutions are:

1. Drink coffee
2. Eat chocolate
3. Write
4. Read books
5. See a few plays
6. Gain a couple of pounds

The last one isn’t really a resolution, but it’s going to happen. If I include it in the list I don’t feel so bad.

7. Do you have plans for another series in the future?

I definitely do. I have another two-book series that’s ready to publish, and another idea for a Sugar Hill series. The mayor of Sugar Hill has been after me to write one set in our town. I have so many characters and stories in my head that I could keep writing for another fifty years.

Thank you, Ane! And thanks for sharing your resolutions with us… I think I could do most, if not all, of those myself! Readers, feel free to share your resolutions in a comment!

And THANK YOU, readers, for joining me for this very special AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT!
 
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And don’t forget to check back tomorrow for the GRAND PRIZE WINNER!
 

Blessings!

 

Interview © 2016 DJ Mynatt

Chapel Springs Cookbook | Ane Mulligan Marathon

 

Today I am reviewing the Chapel Springs Cookbook, a special part of the Chapel Springs series by Ane Mulligan.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Good cooks surround me, and that’s purely divine intervention. You see, my culinary expertise maxes out at Jell-O Jigglers. It’s a good thing my hubby, Joel, loves to cook.

Otherwise our kids would have gotten pretty tired of PB&J sandwiches and salad. We all have our talents, but God didn’t give me a culinary gene.

A number of Chapel Springs Revival readers asked me for my favorite recipes—which flat knocked me out given I can’t cook. But Mayor Felix Riley liked the idea, so all my friends got together and submitted their favorites.

This cookbook includes the best recipes from Chapel Springs—the dishes we all bring to town potlucks. I’ve had the good pleasure of tasting all of these at one time or another … well, except for one of Felix’s. I wouldn’t try it. But maybe you’re more adventurous.
 
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MY THOUGHTS:

Cooks everywhere will enjoy the unique recipes found in the Chapel Springs Cookbook.

Felix Riley, Mayor of Chapel Springs, does his best to introduce “this official collection of recipes from some of Chapel Springs’ best cooks.”

My favorite recipe, so far, is the official breakfast of Chapel Springs, by none other than the mayor himself, called Slow Cooker Sausage Breakfast Casserole. This is an excellent choice for anyone wanting to take a hot dish to share at work.

Besides breakfast dishes, this handy cookbook offers appetizers, salads, soups, side dishes and holiday favorites, in addition to the main dishes and desserts.

But I would be neglecting my duty, if I didn’t warn you about the recipe submitted by the mama of Mayor Riley… think long and hard before trying it (unless you’re cooking for a mighty big crowd).

On a more serious note, l want to encourage you to read the Chapel Springs series . . . it may be just what you need to help you find the encouragement to tackle your problems!

Ane Mulligan brings Chapel Springs to life with humor, love, and lots of great characters.

 
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God bless you!

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

 

Week #1 Winner | Ane Mulligan Marathon

 

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It’s time to announce the winner for Week #1…

 

BETH


 

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I will be contacting you via e-mail

to let you know what to do to collect your PRIZE!

 

THANK YOU to everyone for entering!

Blessings!

Giveaway © 2015 DJ Mynatt

Chapel Springs Survival | Ane Mulligan Marathon

 

Today I am reviewing Chapel Springs Survival, the second book in the Chapel Springs series by Ane Mulligan.

Here is a brief synopsis:

A mail-order bride, a town overrun with tourists, and illegal art ~ How on earth will Claire and Chapel Springs survive?

With the success of her Operation Marriage Revival, life is good for Claire Bennett. That is until the mayor’s brother blabs a secret: Claire’s nineteen-year-old son, Wes, has married a Brazilian mail order bride – one who is eight years older than him.

When Claire tries to welcome her new daughter-in-law, she’s ridiculed, rebuffed, and rejected. Loving this girl is like hugging a prickly cactus. Will Claire and her family survive her son’s marriage?

Lydia Smith is happily living alone and running her spa; then the widow on the hill becomes a blushing bride. Along with her new marriage, she has a dream to expand her business by adding guest rooms. Things are going according to plan. That is, until her groom’s adult son moves in on everything. Will her dream survive her stepson?

From the first sighting of a country music star in Claire’s gallery, The Painted Loon, to the visit of a Hollywood diva, Chapel Springs is inundated with stargazers, causing lifelong residents to flee the area. When her best friends, Patsy and Nathan, put their house on the market, Claire is forced to do something or lose the closest thing to a sister she’s got. With her son’s future at stake and the town looking to her to solve their problems, it’s Claire who needs a guardian angel.

Chapel Springs is like coming home to the place you wish you were from…
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MY THOUGHTS:

This book will touch your heart — and your soul — with the humor, love, and patience Claire brings to Chapel Springs. I was caught up in the story from the first sentence . . . and my emotions were engaged until the very end, when the tears began to flow once again — happy tears this time.

Claire and Patsy, our favorite characters, are back. And just when you thought things were getting better — they get worse! What can they do to help?

Don’t worry . . . Claire has lots of ideas. Unfortunately, they tend to backfire at times.

There’s something special about Chapel Springs, and the residents we’ve come to love. Ane Mulligan has created characters that are so true-to-life, I’m a bit envious of them. I’d like to have such dear friends — and you probably would, too.

Weddings, marital issues, business concerns, friendships . . . they faced these and more in the first story. Now they’re faced with different challenges, but Claire and Patsy know exactly who to go to when the going gets tough. And HE speaks to them the words they need to hear.

More than anything, I want to encourage you to read the Chapel Springs series . . . it has exactly what you need to help you find encouragement to face your problems head on!

Honestly, I didn’t expect such a wonderful ending. I love Ane’s writing, but this ending . . . well, it brings tears to my eyes just to remember how awesome it ends.

Ane Mulligan brings Chapel Springs to life with humor, love, and lots of great characters. This is an excellent series! I will definitely be reading anything written by Ane Mulligan!

 
A mail-order bride, a town overrun with tourists, and illegal art… how will Chapel Springs survive?
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God bless you!

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

 

Chapel Springs Revival | Ane Mulligan Marathon

 

Today I am reviewing Chapel Springs Revival, the first book in the Chapel Springs series by Ane Mulligan.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Everybody in the small town of Chapel Springs, Georgia, knows best friends Claire Bennett and Patsy Kowalski. It’s impossible not to, what with Claire’s zany antics and Patsy’s self-appointed mission to keep her friend out of trouble. And trouble abounds.

During an early morning discussion at Dees ‘n’ Doughs bakery with their ladies group, all Chapel Springs entrepreneurs, attention is drawn to the slackened tourist trade.

With their livelihoods threatened, they join forces to address the town’s revitalization in hopes of drawing back the tourists. No one could have guessed the real issue needing restoration is their marriages.

Claire, a pottery artist, stumbles through life with her foot in her mouth. When she became a Christian, she thought life and her marriage would be included in the new creation part. But her thighs are just as big and her husband, Joel, is as ornery as ever. She’s become nothing more than a sheet-changer, a towel-folder, a pancake-flipper. Her life is humdrum and she’s tired of being taken for granted.

Patsy has plans for her empty nest, plans that include a cruise ship. However, her husband, Nathan, continues to work long hours, and he’s not talking about slowing down. In fact, he’s not talking much at all. She’s asleep long before he comes home each night. At first she thought it was just because of tax season, but now she’s not so sure. Something other than work seems to keep him late at the office every night. With the lines of communication closed, she’ll have to find another way to reach him.

With their marriages as much in need of restoration as the town, Claire and Patsy embark on a mission of mishaps and miscommunication, determined to restore warmth to Chapel Springs —and their lives. That is if they can convince their husbands and the town council, led by two curmudgeons who would prefer to see Chapel Springs left in the fifties and closed to traffic.

 
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MY THOUGHTS:

There’s so much to LOVE about this book! The characters are true-to-life (I’ve compared myself to several) and interesting — really interesting. And the town . . . what a wonderful, colorful, delightful place to live . . . at least after Claire, Patsy, Lacey, and the others work their magic on it.

After being declared “drab and dreary”, the ladies decide the town needs a bit of sprucing up, so they decide to get the other shop owners involved — and give Chapel Springs the revival it needs.

Weddings, marital issues, business concerns, friendships — you name it — the girls are knee-deep in it. I have a feeling they’re up to the challenge, but maybe you should read it for yourself and see.

When faced with adversity (including or marriages in need of some excitement — or at least encouragement), instead of throwing in the towels, they’re determined to find a solution.

Let me encourage you to read Chapel Springs Revival . . . it may be just what you need — to help you find the encouragement to face your problems head on!

Ane Mulligan brings Chapel Springs to life with humor, love, and lots of great characters. This is an excellent debut novel — and the first of [hopefully] many Chapel Springs stories. Stay with me for my review of the next book in the series, Chapel Springs Survival

 
With a friend like Claire, you’ll need a gurney, a mop, and a guardian angel.
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God bless you!

Review © 2015 DJ Mynatt

 

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