Monday, May 12, 2008

Sincerely, Mayla by Virginia Smith(AND GIVEAWAY)

***Leave a comment to be entered to win a copy. Deadline is Monday May 19 at midnight. Please leave a way to contact you if you win***




Will Mayla Strong’s life ever resemble normal? Just as she settles into a great place with God, everything else falls apart. In the course of a single week she loses her job, wrecks any chance at a relationship with Pastor Paul, gets the cold shoulder from her friend Stuart, and learns that Lindsey—the teenage sister of her late friend Alex—needs a place to stay. What good is being a control freak if nobody will do what you tell them?

Taking advantage of her newfound “vacation time,” Mayla flees to her grandmother’s house in Florida. But one by one, her problems follow . . . literally. In this touching sequel to Just As I Am, quirky Mayla Strong comes face-to-face with the responsibilities and joys of friends and family. As she tries to help her loved ones, Mayla begins to realize that God has all the answers—the trick is letting go long enough for Him prove it.


What others are saying:


“Sincerely, Mayla is an honest book touching many issues young adults face today. Smith writes vibrant characters and tackles taboo subjects with grace and intelligence. She helps readers understand the beauty and complexity of every human being.”
—Mary E. DeMuthAuthor, Watching the Tree Limbs


“If Mayla stole your heart in Just As I Am, she’ll own it in Sincerely, Mayla. Juggling unemployment, unrequited love, and shepherding a runaway teen takes hilarious and poignant turns in Mayla’s quirky hands. Throw in a visit to the grandmother she hasn’t seen in thirteen years, and readers will savor a rich dish of laughter, tears, and life-lessons sure to leave a permanent mark."
—Jill Elizabeth NelsonAuthor of the To Catch a Thief series


“Virginia Smith has crafted another winning story with Sincerely, Mayla. Once again, Mayla Strong leads a cast of characters who will live in your heart long after the last page has been turned. Anyone who doubts that the Lord can use even the most unique among us will have a change of heart after reading this endearing novel.”
—Kathleen Y'BarboAuthor of Beloved Castaway and Louisiana Brides


“In Sincerely, Mayla, Virginia Smith gives a graphic depiction of hating the sin but loving the sinner, just the way Jesus would. In the process, Mayla develops a greater spiritual awareness of her own shortcomings. This is a book that all Christians should read.”
—Lena Nelson DooleyAward-winning, best-selling author of Minnesota Brothers, Carolina Carpenter Brides, and Montana Mistletoe.


“Becoming part of Mayla’s challenges, frustration, and resolutions totally grabbed my heart. . . Mayla’s character is developed very realistically, as we experience her mind being transformed into a new creation.”
—Jacqui MarkowskiClient Services, Pregnancy Resource Center of Salt Lake


About the Author:

Virginia Smith left her job as a corporate director to become a full time writer and speaker with the release of her first novel Just As I Am. Since then she has contracted ten novels and published numerous articles and short stories. She writes contemporary humorous novels for the Christian market, including Murder by Mushroom, Bluegrass Peril, and her new releases, Sincerely, Mayla and Stuck in the Middle. In March of 2008 she was named "Writer of the Year" at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. An energetic speaker, she loves to exemplify God’s truth by comparing real-life situations to well-known works of fiction, such as her popular talk, “Biblical Truths in Star Trek.”

16 comments:

Virginia Smith said...

Thanks, Brittanie. I hope you and your blog visitors enjoy meeting Mayla!

ChristyJan said...

I have Virginia's book Murder by Mushroom ~ I'd love to be entered to win a copy of Sincerely, Mayla.

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Carole said...

I've heard many good things about this book and would love to win a copy. Thank you for the opportunity.

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Carolynn W. said...

Sounds like a fun book! Thanks for the chance to win!

stampedwithgrace said...

I loved Just As I Am and I encourage you to read it!
I'm looking forward to reading more aobut Mayla :)

windycindy said...

Mayla sounds like a wonderful character to read about and love!
Thanks,Cindi
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Bebemiqui said...

Great giveaway! count me in. bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

Karin said...

Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you!

katy said...

I'd love to get in on this good story!

Kat Bryan said...

This sounds like a great summer read. Thanks for having the contest.

Toystory said...

Murphy's Law again in play. I love it, sounds like my life :) ~~ well, not exactly.

Ivan Girl said...

sounds like a heartwarming book to me. :)

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Julie P. said...

I have heard such good things about Ms. Smith's books. Please enter me!

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traveler said...

This wonderful n ovel is so appealing. Thanks for this lovely givaway.
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dolls123 said...

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Anonymous said...

I thouroughly enjoyed Just As I Am and can't wait to read Sincerely Mayla. I hope there are several more in this series!
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