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WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
Saturday, October 29, 2016 by Patti Shene

FEATURED BOOK: Donna’s Detour

AUTHOR: Jo Huddleston

PUBLISHER: Forget Me Not Romances, a division of Winged Publications

GENRE: Historical Romance (Sweet Southern Romance)

SERIES OR STAND ALONE: stand alone

TARGET AGE: adult

 

I AM PLEASED TO WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON TODAY. JO PUTS A SPIN ON THE THANKSGIVING SEASON BY REMINDING US TO BE THANKFUL FOR THE THINGS THAT DIDN’T HAPPEN IN OUR LIVES.

 

JO IS OFFERING A GIVEAWAY OF A KINDLE COPY OF DONNA’S DETOUR. SIMPLY LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW TO ENTER THE DRAWING.

 

Thankful for What Didn’t Happen

by

Jo Huddleston

 

Again, before Halloween, retailers have brought out Christmas things to get us into the gift-buying mode. This happens earlier and earlier as the years go by. In the past, retailers waited until the day after Thanksgiving for the official start of Christmas season.

 

I hope the exceptionally early start to the Christmas season doesn’t overshadow the Thanksgiving holidays completely. I wouldn’t want to look ahead to Christmas so much that I didn’t focus on Thanksgiving Day when it arrives.

 

Around the Thanksgiving holiday, most people pause, however briefly, and try to be thankful for their blessings. Usually we include even things we take for granted all year. But have we ever stopped to be thankful for things that we don’t have; for things that didn’t happen?

 

I’m thankful I didn’t spend time the past year as a hospital patient. I’m thankful I wasn’t in an accident that left me injured, with a long recovery time.

 

I’m grateful that our community wasn’t devastated by a fierce tornado or hurricane. I’m glad no trees fell across the roof or through a window, and no power lines lay tangled in the yard.

 

I’m thankful that Santa Ana winds didn’t whip across our state, like they did in California, fueling ranging fires, which consumed everything in their path.

 

I’m thankful my community didn’t have an outbreak of dreaded infection or contagious disease like that which hit some locations. I’m grateful that malnutrition and hunger don’t bring pain to children’s faces in my community like those situations I see on television.

 

At the same time I’m being thankful for having missed some bad events this past year, I’m also thankful for the good things.

 

I’m thankful for the privileges I have because I live in America, and for the responsibilities those privileges bring to me. I’m grateful for teachers, from pre-school through college, who teach because they love and want to help the student to discover learning.

 

I’m thankful for my community’s police department and fire department that provide for the safety and well-being of our citizens. I’m grateful for every health care worker and medical professional in my area who remain dedicated to the health and welfare of their patients.

 

I’m thankful for all things electronic. They make my life easier and more interesting even though I don’t understand them.

 

I’m grateful for neighbors who care. I’m thankful for books to read, sunsets to enjoy, and grandchildren to love.

 

Most of all, as I count my blessings every Thanksgiving Day, I’m glad I have Someone to thank. “Enter his gates with Thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” (Psalm 100:4, NIV)

 

Book Blurb:

When Donna Turner and two girlfriends leave Alabama in 1956 and head to California on Route 66, Donna runs out of money. Her girlfriends continue the journey to Los Angeles, leaving Donna in Needles, California where a dream-come-true adventure is about to happen.

At age fifteen, she worshiped the ground he walked on, and now he shows up at the diner where she works. Will he remember her or does he still think of her as her brother's skinny kid sister? Will Donna be confident enough in herself to accept her dream?

 

Buy Link:

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DON’T FORGET TO LEAVE A COMMENT TO BE PLACED IN THE DRAWING TO WIN A KINDLE COPY OF DONNA’S DETOUR BETWEEN NOW AND TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8TH AT MIDNIGHT MDT.

 

 

Jo Huddleston is an Amazon Bestselling author of books, articles, and short stories. Novels in her West Virginia Mountains series and her Caney Creek series are sweet Southern historical romances. Her novels are endorsed by Amanda Cabot, Debra Lynn Collins, Cara Lynn James, Sharlene MacLaren, and Ann Tatlock. The redeeming story of God’s pursuing love is the foundation of her novels, and in them you will find inspiration, hope, and gentle stories that are intriguing and entertaining. Jo is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the Literary Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University (TN).

Find Jo Huddleston Online:

Website and blog (Read novel first chapters here)

Sign up for Jo’s mailing list

Inspirational blog

Facebook author page

Facebook personal page

Amazon author page

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Comments

Jo Huddleston From Auburn At 11/6/2016 7:38:30 PM

Ann, thanks for coming by. So glad you enjoyed Donna''s Detour.

Jo Huddleston From Auburn At 10/30/2016 6:30:11 PM

Janet, you''re welcome. Yes, Christ should not only be in Christmas, but in all our holidays. Thanks for commenting.

Jo Huddleston From Auburn At 10/30/2016 6:27:50 PM

Maxie, I agree with you about stores rushing to get out Christmas things so early. Thanks for coming by.

Jo Huddleston From Auburn At 10/30/2016 6:26:31 PM

Donna, glad you like my character''s name. :) I try to be thankful in every prayer I pray. Thanks for commenting.

Janet K. Brown From Wichita Falls At 10/30/2016 2:13:42 PM

Holidays are interesting. I like you''re reminder of how we should live holiday through Christ, Jo. Thanks to you & Patti. I would love to win your book.

Maxie Anderson From Texas At 10/30/2016 1:20:41 AM

Patti, thanks for having Jo here. I have some of her books I hate the way they rush the holidays now. I liked it when I was younger and we had time to think about each holiday and what it meant. And now the stores can''t even wait till the day after Thanksgiving to open the stores Maxie

Donna B From Freeman Spur, IL At 10/29/2016 9:59:35 PM

I agree that we need to be thankful not only for the things we have but for things or events that didn''t happen to us. Thanks for this giveaway. By the way, I love your character''s name!!

Ann Ellison From Texas At 10/29/2016 12:53:09 PM

Enjoyed reading your comments. I have much to be thankful for also. Please do not include me in the drawing as I have already read this one. I loved it.

Jo Huddleston From U.S. At 10/29/2016 12:31:31 PM

Patti, thanks for having me come by to visit with your readers and you. Good luck to all in the book drawing!

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WHY WE WAIT
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WELCOME AUTHOR MISTY BELLER
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WELCOME AUTHOR ELIZABETH MADDREY
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WELCOME AUTHOR DONNA DOUGLAS
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WELCOME AUTHOR JO HUDDLESTON
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WELCOME AUTHOR LEE CARVER
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WELCOME AUTHOR VALERIE COMER
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WELCOME AUTHOR MARIAN MERRITT
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WELCOME AUTHOR AMBER STOCKTON
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WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE ALMONY
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2/14/2015

WELCOME AUTHOR JAMES CALLAN
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1/24/2015

A MODERN DAY MIRACLE
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WELCOME AUTHOR CONNIE PEASE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SEVEN
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AUTHOR GINA WELBORN RETURNS
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12/20/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR SUSAN ANNE MASON
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WHAT DOES ADVENT MEAN TO YOU?
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WELCOME AUTHOR PEG PHIFER
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12/8/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR JANET K. BROWN
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12/6/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY WRAPS UP PURE GENIUS SERIES
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11/29/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART SIX
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11/22/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR BILL GARRISON
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WHAT DO YOU MISS?
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAMILLE EIDE
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FIVE
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DINOSAURS AND THE BIBLE
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10/19/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR GINA WELBORN
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10/10/2014

POINT TO POINT TO POINT
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10/5/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART FOUR
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9/27/2014

WELCOME AUTHOR ANE MULLIGAN
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9/19/2014

BY THE NUMBERS
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WELCOME AUTHOR ADA BROWNELL
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WELCOME AUTHOR JENNIFER SLATTERY
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8/30/2014

PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART THREE
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WELCOME AUTHOR REBECCA DeMARINO
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8/16/2014

SITTING IDLE
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8/10/2014

It's Hot Out Here! by CHERI SWALWELL
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART TWO
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WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLE BROWN
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WHY DO WE DO WHAT WE DO?
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7/14/2014

AUTHOR H. L. WEGLEY RETURNS
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PRAYER CHANGES THINGS - PART ONE
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WELCOME AUTHOR AVA PENNINGTON
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6/20/2014

UNEXPECTED ACTS OF KINDNESS
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6/16/2014

REVIEW OF THREE NON-FICTION BOOKS
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6/7/2014

AN INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR RENEE BLARE
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5/30/2014

SEVEN WAYS TO STRETCH SPIRITUALLY BY ADA BROWNELL
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WHEN FINE IS NOT REALLY FINE
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4/23/2014

MOMMY MEMOIRS BY ANN VAN DE WATER
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4/19/2014

PLAY BALL!
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4/17/2014

JOE THE DREAMER BY AUTHOR A. B. BROWNELL
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4/12/2014

ON THE PINEAPPLE EXPRESS BY H. L. WEGLEY
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THE THIEF BY STEPHANIE LANDSEM
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3/29/2014

HUMOR AT THE HOSPITAL
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3/26/2014

HEAR NO EVIL BY MARY HAMILTON
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3/22/2014

WHEN THE ROAD GETS LONG AND LONELY
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3/19/2014

INTRODUCING RYAN'S FATHER BY JUNE FOSTER
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3/15/2014

WHERE ARE YOU THE MOST VULNERABLE?
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3/13/2014

INTERVIEW WITH WRITER BROOKE COX
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3/8/2014

Patti's Porch Welcomes Author Rebecca Carey Lyles
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3/1/2014

Flying for Jesus by Lee Carver
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2/22/2014

Putting Out the Fleece by Paula Mowery
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2/15/2014

What We Can Learn From the Olympics
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2/12/2014

Hush, Little Baby by Deborah M. Piccurelli
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2/8/2014

Baby, It's Cold Outside!
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2/5/2014

A Matter of Perspective
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2/1/2014

Introducing The Pure Genius Series by H. L. Wegley
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1/25/2014

Monopoly!
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1/21/2014

welcome author Cheri Swalwell
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1/17/2014

What Did You Mean By That?
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1/14/2014

Wildlife Video
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1/10/2014

My Best Reads of 2013
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1/8/2014

The Dumbest Kid in School
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1/3/2014

Good-bye to 2013
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1/1/2014

Focusing on What Christmas Really Means
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12/22/2013

One Spectacular Christmas Display
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12/19/2013

Where are You Going This Advent Season?
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Shared Experience
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11/24/2013

Facing the Monster
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10/25/2013

Review of Reign by Ginger Garrett
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I'll Be Happy When...
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5/14/2013

Sing Praises - Whether You Can Sing or Not
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5/5/2013

I Can't Do This!
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5/2/2013

BREAKING THE RULES
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4/28/2013

WELCOME AUTHOR TINA PINSON
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4/21/2013

Vulnerability to Fear
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4/17/2013

Faith and Fear
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4/15/2013

Those Temporary Interruptions
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2/21/2013

Grand Prize Winner at Int'l Wildlife Film Festival
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Starsongs Giveaway Contest
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2/3/2013

Taking Stock
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1/30/2013

Welcome Author Janet K Brown
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1/26/2013

Winter - Bah Humbug!
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1/22/2013

Welcome Author Tanya Eavenson
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1/19/2013

Welcome Author Margaret Brownley
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1/16/2013

Travel Writing = Nearly Shooting Peacocks
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1/12/2013

Water, Water Everywhere - or Maybe Not
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1/9/2013

The last Day of the Christmas Season
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1/5/2013

Accountability in the Extreme
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1/2/2013

The day after Christmas
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12/26/2012

It's Dec 22nd - And We're Still Here!
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12/22/2012

The Next Big Thing - Blog Hopping
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Vanquishing the Christmas Blues by Linda Rondeau
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Christmas Rayne by Joi Copeland
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12/12/2012

The Christmas Stalking by Lillian Duncan
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12/8/2012

News From Nashville & Beyond
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12/4/2012

Author Susan Sleeman offers great advice about wor
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Welcome Home!
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11/13/2012

Confessions of a first book editor
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Going Home
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11/13/2012

GPCWC in Restospect
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11/13/2012

Vacation in the Adirondacks of New York
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11/13/2012

I am pleased to welcome author Staci Stallings
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11/13/2012

Meet Award-Winning Journalist And Author Ada Brownell
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11/13/2012

An Interview with Author Eddie Jones
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11/13/2012

Nano Day 11 - um - day 1?
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