Special Christmas book giveaway!

Addendum: Congratulations to CINDY and DONNA whose names were chosen by a computerized random name picker as the winners of this contest! And thank you to everyone who took the time to visit and leave a precious story!


Hi friends!

We need a little Christmas, don’t we?

IMG_9169I thought I’d spread a little cheer to you, dear readers, by offering a very special book giveaway today.

If you’ve read my second novel, Then Sings My Soul, you know about the special significance of the doll within it. It’s not just any doll–it’s called a Motanka doll.

A website specializing in folk art says this:

“…Of all the variety of toy heritage of Ukraine there is one that stands aside. It is Motanka, a traditional Ukrainian rag doll. It is one of the most ancient of Ukrainian handmade household items that is found in every corner of the country…” 


I’ve always had a passion for Ukraine and its people, and in fact my ancestors came to America from that region around the 1880’s.

images-1In January, 2013, I had the privilege of traveling to Ukraine with a team from Mission to Ukraine (MTU), whose work is transforming the lives of those who are the most overlooked in Ukrainian society. Through crisis pregnancy counseling services and a rehabilitation center that offers a wide array of medical, social, psychological, educational and therapeutic services, MTU is able to meet the community’s most pressing needs – both physical and spiritual.

While I was in Ukraine with MTU, I was given my own Motanka doll which I cherish very much. In fact, I was inspired to give it a special spot within the storyline of Then Sings My Soul.

Here’s a picture of me and the team with our dolls:



I have two more of these precious dolls (pictured below), which are handmade by some of the precious women benefitting from MTU. (A donation was made to MTU for them, and so your interest in this giveaway benefits this incredible organization, too.)

As such, I want to give one of these two dolls and a signed copy of Then Sings My Soul to TWO lucky readers this Christmas season.

For a chance to win, leave a comment below. The contest will be open through Friday morning.

Perhaps tell us about your favorite Christmas tradition, or whatever you’d like most about having a copy of the book and a doll.

Please keep our precious brothers and sisters in Ukraine in your prayers this Christmas season and always. 

And click here for more information on Mission to Ukraine and how you can get involved with this wonderful ministry.

P.S. If you haven’t subscribed to my author newsletter yet, I’d  be much obliged if you would. Not only do newsletter subscribers get special insider news into upcoming book releases, they’re the first to see my new novel covers and have access to giveaways like this one, too.


Thanks so much, friends!


See the book trailer captivating hearts old and young: Then Sings My Soul.

Sometimes the hardest person to forgive is yourself.

Sometimes the hardest person to trust is the One who never leaves us alone.

 Then Sings My Soul is a harrowing tale of brokenness and redemption which unravels the mystery surrounding a survivor, Jakob, of shtetl genocides in pre-revolutionary Ukraine and his journey to the bucolic, lakeside town of South Haven, Michigan. Jakob, now 94 years young, struggles to come to terms with a lifetime of guilt as his daughter strives to find answers about his past before it’s too late.

Watch the video trailer and glimpse the mystery captivating hearts everywhere:


Then Sings My Soul: A Novel.

Available wherever favorite books are sold.


One is the loneliest number…until…

Half the battle, you know,
is in feeling alone


until someone comes along and believes
in something
more than we can see


in ourselves, the mirror a
dull reflection, a shadow of all the grace
in our lives unnoticed


the hand of God a mystery until we look back and know
we weren’t ever alone, that


He was just stitching us up with the threads
of others,
the whole


Then Sings My Soul is a story like that, of lives discouraged and full of hurt and questions and loneliness. But the story doesn’t end there. You won’t believe what happens to Jakob and his daughter, Nel. And you won’t believe what happens to you when you read their story, too.

Then Sings My Soul. Available now wherever your favorite place is to buy books.


“He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.”
Psalm 147:3 (NIV)