“Love to Read” Giveaway

Good morning! I can hardly believe it is already February!! I am always happy to see January behind us and begin to move closer to spring. Winter here in MN gets long and cold, but I’m already noticing the days getting longer and I love that.

Being that Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, what better way to celebrate than with a “Love to Read” GIVEAWAY full of books by these amazing authors!!

I’m teaming up with Jessica R. Patch, Besty St. Amant Haddox, Erynn Mangum to put together a super fun giveaway, filled with stories that are sure to keep you up late reading, and a few treats to enjoy with them!

Here is what’s up for grabs…

Love to Read Giveaway
~ Print copy of Mary & Bright by Shannon Graupman
~ Ebook of novella Return to Chocolate by Erynn Mangum
~ Audio file of novella A February Bride (2 compact discs) by Betsy St. Amant
~ MP3-CD Audiobook of novella Love Takes the Cake by Betsy St. Amant
~ Print copy of To Have and To Hold, a novella compilation from Betsy St. Amant, Katie Ganshert and Becky Wade (Betsy’s is Love Takes the Cake)
~ Print copy of Deep Waters by Jessica R. Patch
~ Print (Advanced) copy of Secret Service Setup by Jessica R. Patch (Releasing in March)

Also, the winner will get these cute Valentine’s Day goodies!


Mug with heart cozy, Clothes pin magnets, Heart bag with chocolates,
I Love You wood decoration, French Hazelnut Latte mix!

Click on the Rafflecopter below to enter:

(Open to US residents only)

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To read more about the books, click on the book titles below.

Mary & Bright
Return to Chocolate
A February Bride
Love Takes the Cake
To Have and to Hold
Deep Waters
Secret Service Setup

Feel free to share this giveaway with all of your book-loving friends! Good luck to everyone who enters!! The giveaway will run from Feb. 7-14, announcing the winner on Feb 15th.

Have a great day!


Join my Influencer Team!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your friends and family. We hosted my family Christmas this year in our new home and it was wonderful! The kids are all getting bigger and love to go play with their cousins in their rooms and play with the new toys they received, allowing us adults to kick back a little and enjoy each other’s company.

If you hadn’t heard, I released my third Maple Falls book Mary & Bright on Dec. 21st!! I love how this story turned out and can’t wait for you all to read Mary and Will’s story.

That being said, I’m looking to put together an influencer team to help me spread the word about this new book, and more books in the future!!


What is an influencer team?

An influencer team is a group of readers that will be assembled online in a private Facebook group to help spread the word and be my biggest cheerleaders for the book. You’ll be given specific tasks along the way in order to help get the word out about this book!

What role will you play?

Some examples of tasks will be the following:

  1. Posting reviews of the book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, etc.
  2. Sharing the book on your social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, etc) and/or book clubs or small groups.
  3. Sharing the book and/or review on your blog (if applicable)
  4. Give feedback in our online discussions within the group
  5. Hang a giant flag in your front yard with the book cover on it
  6. Ok, so #5 isn’t a requirement, but how cool would that be!? I may have to look into that…

What is in it for you?

  1. A free kindle copy of Mary & Bright
  2. Exclusive access to a private Facebook group where all members of the influencer team will gather and exchange ideas, receive updates, and make new friends!
  3. Exclusive sneak peeks to my upcoming projects, contests, and more!

There will be a limited number of spots, so what are you waiting for?!?

The application process will be open until on Friday January 5th.

Click here to apply now!

Thank you, friends! I am so excited to share this new book with all of you and to help spread the word about it together.


Falling For You Release Date!

I’m excited to announce that Falling For You finally has a release date of October 24, 2017 and will be available for pre-order later this week!! I’ve been working really hard over the past two weeks to get this story just right, and I’m finally happy with how it turned out. With any book, you can rewrite it over and over, but eventually, you have to finally know that it is finished. I’m so excited about this one and I cannot wait for you all to read it.

Falling For You is a novella ebook (for kindle) and is book 2 in the Maple Falls series. (Other ebook platforms coming soon.) This story will follow Ali Bradford, who you were briefly introduced to in Bake My Day. It’s a fun adventure and I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it!!

Release Date

I am already well into working on book 3, so now that this one is finished, I can put all of my focus into it. My plan is to release the next book in the series later this winter. I cannot reveal much about it just yet, but it will be set in Maple Falls at Christmas time. More to come on that in the following weeks.

I will leave you with the blurb:

     Ali Bradford has waited her entire life to turn thirty to see what all the hype was about. Waking up the morning of her thirtieth birthday to a note on her boyfriend’s pillow and him nowhere to be found, it wasn’t exactly what she was expecting.

After a few twists and turns that lead her around Maple Falls, she follows a series of clues in hopes of finding Zach. Will she finally get the ending she had hoped for, or will it be more?

I will post again once the pre-order link is live! Have a great week!


COVER REVEAL and Book News!

Today is the big COVER REVEAL day for my new novella coming this fall!! I started writing Falling For You after Bake My Day was published, but then decided to put it aside to work on the next novel instead. Book 3, which I’m hoping to release this winter, I wrote during NaNoWriMo last November, pushing Falling For You to the side. Fast forward to this summer…I decided to dust it off and finish it! It’s set in the same town of Maple Falls and will follow Ali’s story which will continue into book 3 as a secondary story. It’s fun and a little adventure along the way, finding out who really loves her and how lucky she is to have those special people in her life.

I’m planning on an early to mid October release, depending on the timeline of a few more steps I have to take to get it finished. Once the kids are back in school, I can devote a little more time to it. For the next two weeks while they are still home for the summer, they will take priority 🙂

And now….the cover!!! I hope you love it as much as I do!


It matches perfect with the theme of Bake My Day to continue on with the series!! I love the work Christa does at Paper and Sage! I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a custom book cover.

Once I have a better idea of a release date, I’ll let you all know and I’ll have it available for preorder soon!! To keep up on my current book info, you can sign up for my NEWSLETTER HERE.

Have a great day!


Book news and Giveaway WINNER!

First of all, THANK YOU so much to all who entered the giveaway!! I loved reading all of the vacation comments!! I don’t get a chance to travel very much, so reading about all of your adventures this summer or places you would love to go some day was so fun!

THANK YOU also to Melissa Tagg and Erynn Mangum for doing the giveaway with me, sharing it with your readers, and generously giving away a copy of one of your book! I’m so thankful for you both!

I chose the winner via random select this morning and the WINNER is….
** Laura J **


Laura, please check your email and reply with your contact info 🙂

In book news, I put out a fun photo for you all to guess the title of my upcoming novella and several people guessed it right!! I loved reading all of the guesses and might do it again for my next novel. Drumroll please….The new title of my novella is…

Falling For You Guess

I’m very excited because today I get my first proof of my new cover!! I should have the final proof by Wednesday this week and cannot wait to share it with you all. Paper and Sage designed my cover for Bake My Day and I loved it so much, that she is designing my cover for Falling For You also! If you are looking for an amazing cover designer, check out Christa’s work!

I’m hoping to release Falling For You in late September, early October. I’ll announce a release date once I get a little further in the process. I am working with some wonderful people again this round, but I’m changing up a few parts. I learned a lot with the last book, made some mistakes, and learned from them. With all things new, there are things to be learned.

I am also working on book 3, another full length novel. More about that soon!!

Have a wonderful week and Congrats again to Laura!



Summer Book Giveaway!

Happy August! As many of you are embracing the last official month of summer break, I thought it would be fun to do a giveaway!! Who doesn’t love bringing a new book to the beach or a summer vacation? Well, why not bring THREE new books along!?

Author Giveaway Collage

I’m teaming up with fellow authors Erynn Mangum and Melissa Tagg for a fun summer book giveaway with a few cute summery items to go along!

Summer Giveaway Photo 1

One winner will win:

Paige TornBake My Day, From the Start, Tote bag, Coffee,
Tumbler, Chocolates, and Nail Polish!


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The winner will be announced on Monday August 14th! Good luck to everyone who enters and have a great rest of your summer!

Be sure to check out Erynn’s new novella Swing Lowe now available!

Also, Melissa’s new novel All This Time is now available for preorder, releasing Sept 28th!

Other ways to connect with us!

Shannon:  Amazon  Facebook  Twitter  Goodreads  Instagram

ErynnWebsite  Amazon  Facebook  Twitter  Goodreads  Instagram

MelissaWebsite  Amazon  Facebook  Twitter  Goodreads  Instagram

Have a great week!!


Interview with Courtney Walsh – Just Look Up


I had the privilege to be a part of Courtney Walsh’s influencer team for her new novel Just Look Up, which released on July 4, 2017. It was my first time being on an influencer team, and let me tell you, I love everything about it! As a fellow writer, I love being able to help other writers market their book, especially one like this! Courtney has been nothing short of amazing and so sweet throughout this whole process. I have loved getting to know her a little better throughout the last month and I think all of you should, too!

I was given an advanced copy of her book and read it faster than any other book I’ve read in a long time. I won’t give anything away, but if you love the small town romance stories, this is the book for you! By the end of it, I wanted to pack my bags and book the next flight to Harbor Pointe, Michigan. Lane is relatable in so many ways, and Brooks…swoon! There are so many wonderful messages inside to remind us what life is truly about. Some times the things that you are deeply looking for are right in front of you, and you will see them, if you Just Look Up….

I sent Courtney a few fun questions about herself and her new novel, so I hope you enjoy it! Be sure to follow along with her and her writing journey. I’ll post her links at the bottom of the post!

Just Look UP

After tirelessly climbing the ranks of her Chicago-based interior design firm, Lane Kelley is about to land her dream promotion when devastating news about her brother draws her back home―a quaint tourist town full of memories she’d just as soon forget. With her cell phone and laptop always within reach, Lane aims to check on her brother while staying focused on work―something her eclectic family doesn’t understand.

Ryan Brooks never expected to settle down in Harbor Pointe, Michigan, but after his final tour of duty, it was the only place that felt like home. Now knee-deep in a renovation project that could boost tourism for the struggling town, he is thrilled to see Lane, the girl he secretly once loved, even if the circumstances of her homecoming aren’t ideal.

Their reunion gets off to a rocky start, however, when Ryan can’t find a trace of the girl he once knew in the woman she is today. As he slowly chips away at the walls Lane has built, secrets from his past collide with a terrible truth even he is reluctant to believe. Facing a crossroads that could define his future with Lane and jeopardize his relationship with the surrogate family he’s found in the Kelleys, Ryan hopes Lane can see that maybe what really matters has been right in front of her all along―if only she’d just look up.

Tell us a little about yourself and how you became a writer.

Well, I think maybe I was always a writer, but I didn’t realize it because I was so focused on becoming an actor. We’d been in ministry for about six years when my husband felt pulled to leave music ministry and become the children’s pastor at our church. At first it seemed crazy. Kids’ ministry is challenging…but as soon as he started that job, I realized he was called to it. It was exactly where he fit. I wanted to know if God had something for me that was so obviously what I was born to do, the way Adam was born to teach. So, I prayed. And almost immediately after I asked God, “But what about me? What do you want me to do?” I heard one word… “Write.” And I’d been writing—skits and short plays, we’d written a full-scale musical—but I knew God meant novels. So, I got to work!

What is one thing you can’t write without?

Pandora. I have to have this instrumental movie soundtrack channel playing while I write, otherwise, I get really distracted! (My kids tell me Spotify is cooler, but I don’t care…I stick with what I love!) 🙂

Do you have a favorite writing spot?

I mostly write in my front room because it has the most natural light during the day. I have a chair (that used to be my grandmother’s) and an ottoman to put my feet up and then a little table I bought at this great local store called Urban Farmgirl, to hold whatever I’m drinking. I sometimes move to my back porch, when it’s nice out, but for me, the most important thing is sunlight—I live for it!

Do you put yourself into your books or characters? 

And she grows up to be a woman who strives, who has something to prove, who is constantly overachieving—even to the point of making herself sick. Also me. I’m such a work in progress, but I didn’t want to wait until I was all put together to explore these things in my writing. Maybe someone else can relate and will know they’re not alone.

I think Lane is the most autobiographical of any of my characters so far. I mean, there’s some of me in each of them—or maybe I’ll take a part of my own personality and then magnify it x 100—but with Lane, there’s a lot about her that comes from real life. The overweight girl who is teased, who loses friends for no reason, who feels like she doesn’t fit in—that was me.

What inspired you to write Just Look Up?


A trip to New York (my favorite city in the world.) I got the idea when we were in New York on a trip for my husband’s fortieth birthday. (This is us on our way out to see a Broadway show.) I LOVE New York—it’s the city that stole my heart—so returning after years away made me feel like a giddy little kid. We were walking down the street, and I was completely smitten with everything all around me, and I noticed that everyone walking toward us had their eyes glued on their phones. I kept thinking “Just Look Up! You’re missing it! You’re missing everything…” and it stuck with me. It made me realize that these people see NYC every day. It’s not new to them, but that doesn’t make it any less amazing. And then I started thinking about my own life. What was I missing because I’d gotten too used to it? What if the very things a person is longing for are right in front of them…but they don’t realize it because they’re not looking up?

Do you have any fun events planned for your book release?

I have a Facebook launch party on Tuesday, July 11th. I’ve never done one of those before, so I’m pretty excited about that. I’m also considering a local book chat, but that requires me to really put myself out there, so it’ll take some pep-talking on my part to make that happen!  🙂   Join the party HERE.

If Just Look Up was made into a movie, who would your dream cast be?

I love this question! But it’s also hard because honestly I don’t picture anyone famous when I’m writing these characters. I see them so clearly in my head, so it’s difficult to imagine them as anything other than that.

Lane has dark hair and a nice little stubborn streak. She’s not the typical heroine, I don’t think. If I were casting Just Look Up as a movie, I think I’d want a long-haired Jaime Alexander to play Lane. I like that she’s got a tough side, but she can also be tender-hearted.


As for Brooks, honestly, this is much more difficult. I’m not sure such a perfect specimen exists… 😉 But I think it’d be this guy…whoever he is. LOL


Will your characters from Just Look Up continue in future books?

Brooks and Lane DO show up in Just Let Go. I think I’m still so attached to them. I would like to write books about everyone in Harbor Pointe!

What are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on edits for Just Let Go, the next Harbor Pointe novel. I’m really excited about this one too, and so glad I get to stay in Harbor Pointe a little while longer…

Where do you see yourself in 5 years as a writer?

I’d like to be the kind of author who has developed a good relationship with her readers. I’d love to, of course, have more readers, and get to the point where people are anxiously awaiting what I’m writing next. BUT I’ve also got inklings to write in different genres, mostly because sometimes you get a story idea that doesn’t fit the current genre, and when those stories get a hold of you—they’re hard to let go! Of course, I’ll always have romance stories brewing too—I just pray I can continue telling my stories and that God will do whatever he wants to do with them!


I hope you enjoyed getting to know Courtney as much as I have, and also a little more about her new novel Just Look Up. If you’d like to connect more with Courtney, here are some other places you can find her!

To purchase Just Look Up : Amazon


Thank you Courtney for letting us get to know you and for giving us an inside peek into how Just Look Up came about. I love the story you have written and cannot wait to get my hands on the next installment in Harbor Pointe!! Please keep your stories coming. I have no doubt this is what you were called to do.

If you have any questions for Courtney, please feel free to leave a comment below 🙂


When your pants won’t cooperate!

Plotter vs. pantser……I never really knew which one I was. I suppose it depends on the book. While writing Bake my Day, I was a complete pantser, but with the two I’m currently working on, I can’t seem to follow that same format.

In the past, before writing Bake my Day, I thought in order to have a solid story and for all of the storylines and such to flow correctly, I needed to have every scene spelled out ahead of time and follow along with my notes. But I never finished a story I started.

Then comes NaNoWriMo! I decided to participate in too short of time to plan, to sit down and write an entire novel in 30 days with no outline and no planning. As soon as my fingers hit the keyboard, I knew I had a story in me that was dying to get out. I began typing and the words came with little to no blocks along the way. While there are many people out there that cannot do that, I was pleasantly surprised that I could. I felt as though I had more freedom to be creative without a “plan” already in place that I felt I had to follow.

Now that I am trying to write more stories, I feel like I don’t have the same flow as I did on the first. I’m not sure if I’m thinking too hard, or if I’m taking too long in between writing sessions where I can’t remember where I left off in order to pick it back up again.

As frustrated as I am with it, I will not give up on the process. My plan for this evening is to read through my novella that is currently in the works and take notes on what I have written so far. I’m hoping that will help me to pick it back up again and get this first draft finished. My goal is to have this one out before the next novel planned for late 2017.

As a planner in every other aspect of my life, I truly enjoyed the process of “pantsing” my last novel. I think it is important to look at both methods along your writing journey, or any other journey you may be on, and figure out what works best to get you to the goal you have set for yourself.

Be sure to check back later this week for a great interview I have coming up with author Courtney Walsh, getting to know her and all about her wonderful new novel Just Look Up, releasing on July 4th!


Back online

We are finally settled into our new house!! As much work as it was to hammer out everything right away, unpacking the hundreds of boxes, I’m so glad we did. I think we have 5-6 boxes left that may or may not be labeled as “misc junk” that I plan to deal with later, but for the most part, every room is set up and its starting to feel like home. The kids are so happy here and they have so much more space to run around in, including their own rooms.

We’ve been in our new place about 2 1/2 months now and we just figured out how to get wifi from our phones. Yes, I know, many people do this and how did I not know about it. Well, I didn’t. But, I really enjoyed the break and felt very unplugged. We have had dvd’s and local channels only on our tv. It was really nice to have minimal tv access as we found we spent more time doing activities instead of sitting around watching shows. My kids tablets sat with drained batteries for months and they played more with their toys and each other. I now allow them very limited wifi access every couple of days, but not even close to what they had before. I have enjoyed having access to my laptop again, probably the only thing I really missed. With summer coming, we will continue to keep a low profile in the electronics area.

I’ve finally started falling into more of a routine, one of them being my writing. I have been plugging away at book 2 for a few weeks now and it’s going well. I had a novella planned in between, but tucked it away once we put our house up for sale. I wasn’t sure I could give it the time it needed with the busyness of life and with another full length novel in progress that I was hoping to release Fall of 2017.

Well, I pulled the novella out last week and started reading through it again. After reading through my notes, I remember tucking it away when I got to a tough spot and got stuck. Funny thing about writer’s block; it eventually goes away all by itself. I picked up right where I left off and was able to finish my outline and the major parts to move the story along. Though novellas are much shorter, I’m still worried about the time it will take to finish and the timeline I would like to release it if I am able to finish.

I’m still going to use the time that I can to plug away at them both, hoping to keep them moving along at a steady pace. The novella is in it’s first draft, while the novel is in it’s second. Working on two projects at the same time seems a bit intimidating, but the one perk is when I get stuck on one, I can place it to the side and pick up on the other. They are both set in Maple Falls as the first one was, so I am having a lot of fun writing the same characters as well as introducing a bunch of new ones.

Hoping to update again soon!



New Year, New Book, New House

Happy New Year! I hope the first month of the year has been good to you all. It has been a very busy start for my family so far. We put our house up for sale just before the holidays and will be moving soon. Between packing boxes, I’ve tried to squeeze in a little work on book 2.

I participated in NaNoWriMo again back in November and luckily was able to power through my first draft. A couple days ago, I reached the end of chapter 2 on my second draft. While I wish I could find a little more time than I am giving it right now, I know soon I will be able to. I have quickly found out that moving a family of 6 takes a LONG time and a LOT of boxes! My new house will have an office overlooking the front yard and I can already picture myself writing there…

A little bit about book 2! It will be taking place in Maple Falls again, surrounded by some familiar characters, as well as a few new ones. The main character in this book will be Mary Bradford. If you read book one, you will remember her from the coffee shop. She is Linda’s (the owner of the coffee shop) daughter. She was briefly introduced in the craft night scene and again later at the coffee shop. It will be set around Christmas time may or may not be wedding bells 🙂  More to come about book 2 soon!

Back to packing more boxes and praying for warmer weather closer to the move. Moving in winter in MN is anything but ideal, but I did happen to see a few 40’s peek in to the forecast coming up.

Have a wonderful week and I’ll update again soon!