My Hope is Found – SDCWG Novel of the Year

Posted by on Oct 28, 2014 in My Hope is Found | 117 comments

Update : We’ve drawn a winner at random and congratulations to Karen Clinton for winning the 3-book series. Thank you to ALL for your kind words and warm wishes!

This weekend I had the honor of receiving the members’ award for ‘Best Fiction Book’ published in 2013 from the San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild. It was a joy to celebrate with friends, receive the award from one of my absolutely favorite authors, Susan Meissner, and feel an overflowing of gratitude.

Now I just need to tell Lonnie and Gid. I think they’ll be pleased. ;)

To celebrate, I’m giving away not only My Hope is Found, but the complete Cadence of Grace series. To enter, simply leave a comment below and I will draw a winner this Saturday evening for all three books!


  1. I really hope I win this. A whole series – most I’ve won is books in a series or 2 out of 3. :)

  2. Congratulations!!! A wonderful honor. This looks like a wonderful series. I love reading series, especially when you have them all. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

    • Katrina,

      If you get the chance to read this one, I do hope you enjoy it! I’m so glad you are entered. :)

  3. Congratulations! I have all three books, so no need to enter me. I will share this, though :)

    • Why thanks, Sarah! I appreciate that! And it means a lot to an author when we hear that someone has our books… or even series! Thank you for reading Lonnie and Gideon’s story.

  4. Just wanting to say congratulations to you on this well-deserved honor!

  5. This looks like an awesome series

  6. Congratulations.

  7. Your title of this book makes me think of the old hymn “My Hope is built on nothing less then Jesus Blood and righousness”. Love to read your books and this would be wonderful gift to give someone at Christmas. A series..
    thanks for sharing.

    • Hi Pauline,

      Thank you so much for sharing that hymn. What a delight. I’m so glad you are entered and I love that you have a mind to give books for Christmas!

  8. Congratulations, Joanne! I already own the first book, but would love the other two books as well – I’d just pass the first book on to a friend and keep books 2 & 3. Thank you for the generous giveaway!


    • Thanks a great plan, Beth!! I’m so glad you are entered!

  9. Wonderful!!
    Place of honor
    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House

    I know Gid and Lonnie will be so pleased!!

  10. Congratulations, Joanne!! Such a well-deserved honor! Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic giveaway. I would be thrilled to win this magnificent series!

  11. Congrats! I have read the first two and still need to read the last!

    • Beth, I so hope you’ll be able to read book #3 and I’m glad that you are here and entered. :)

  12. Congratulations, Joanne!

    I loved these books, and would love to have my own copies to read over and over again :)

    • Dana,

      I’m so glad to hear that you enjoyed the series! Thank you :)

  13. Joanne, congratulations! Yes, Lonnie and Gid would be thrilled that their story meant so much that it won an award.


  14. You totally deserve this award and more. I’m so pleased to see you were acknowledged for your amazing writing!

  15. Delighted to discover a new author- these books look fascinating!

  16. Congratulations!!!!! I would love to win them, and after I read them I always pass them along to family members!!!

  17. Congrats on the award.

  18. Congratulations!! That’s quite an honor! I’ve not read either of these books, but will be adding them to my list. I look forward to another great series!

  19. Congratulations on the award and thanks so much for the opportunity to win the series! You are awesome.

  20. Joanne! So happy for you!! Have followed these books from the beginning, so I know that you definitely deserve that award. Congrats! :)

    • Miranda, I’ve felt your encouragement all along the way. It’s been a real blessing. Thank you!

  21. This series looks like a really good one!
    I would love to read these books

  22. Congratulations!!!!

  23. Hi Joanne, Congratulations! I would love a chance to win this series. The covers are absolutely stunning! ~ Blessings ~

    • Why thanks, Lisa! I’m so fond of these covers… the designer did a beautiful job. :)

  24. What wonderful news to celebrate! I don’t know how I could have missed this wonderful series, but I will have to rectify that terrible oversight with haste! I also share books with my 94 yr old mother in law & I know she would love these too! Thank you for the giveaway!

    • Linda,

      What a smile your comment gave me! And I love that you and your grandmother share books together. What fun!

  25. Joanne, I am thrilled for you…Congratulations! Your series giveaway is fantastic! I would love to be your winner!

    • Why thank you, Melanie! I’m so glad that the series sounds like one you would enjoy!

  26. Congrats!!! That is awesome! :) I’ve read the first one and can’t wait to read the last two!

    • Hi Marissa. I’m so glad that you enjoyed Be Still My Soul and that you’re looking forward to #2 and #3! :)

  27. oh, I’m so excited! I’ve been drooling over these books since the first one came out. They look so great! Thanks for having such a great giveaway, Joanne!


    • What fun, Jessica! I hope you get the chance to read them!

  28. Congratulations. Such an honor.

  29. I read and loved them all! Like the blogs too! Tried some of the butter making with my granddaughters. You have a wonderful way of blessing others with your writing! Blessing to you and yours!

    • So neat to know, Shirley! I’m glad you enjoyed those posts with your granddaughters. Thank you :)

  30. Congrats! I would love to win your books, so thanks for the chance. Keep up the good work!

  31. Congratulations! Great work! I would live to win this set.

  32. Wow, Congratulations, Joanne! What an honor! And well deserved, I’m sure :)

    I already have the first two books in the series–been anxiously awaiting an opportunity to get my hands on books 3 for almost a year.
    I know my mom would love this series, so if I were to win I’d give the first two to her for Christmas! :)

    Love your books, Joanne! Can hardly wait to read This Quiet Sky <3

    • Micaela,

      Thanks you so much! I so hope you get your hands on book #3 and that you can finish Lonnie and Gideon’s story! Sharing the books sounds like a great plan. So glad you are entered. :)

  33. Congratulations!! Would love to win your books!!

  34. Congratulations on the win! I read this series, and LOVED it. I would love to have my own copies (I had the library purchase them) so I can read them again and again. I recommend them frequently. Some books just get into your soul & never leave. That’s how The Cadence of Grace series is for me.

    • Kathy,

      You’ve touched my heart. Thank you so very much. What an encouragement this is.

  35. I hope to win this set of books. Thanks for the opportunity!

    • It’s my pleasure Karen! I’m glad you are entered. :)

  36. Hello Joanne. How exciting for you to have such recognition for your hard work. You deserve it. Keep up the good writing. This is a great give-away. I would love to have the honor of winning. It would be wonderful. I remember trying to win the first two.
    Thanks again. Maxie

    • Maxi,

      So lovely to see you here! And I’m glad you are entered for the series. Best wishes to you!

  37. Congratulations! That is an amazing honor. My friend
    Sarah McBride Told me that she loves your books. I have never read any of them. I would love to win them so I can read them.

    • Thank you, Connie! Waving to you AND Connie! What fun! I am so blessed.

  38. Congrats on your award! Love to win the book series

  39. This was such a great series! Loved Lonnie & Gid but was sad for Toby. Will he get his own story? Would love to win it to re-read it.

    • Oh, Pam, I’m so happy to hear that!! I would LOVE to write Toby’s story one day. He’s a hero that’s never left my heart. I’m going to try and make it happen and when it does, I’ll be sure to sing the news. :)

  40. Congratulations! My four daughters and I would love to read this series.

    • So great to hear, Shirley! If you and your four daughters get the chance to read the series, I so hope you all enjoy them!

  41. Congratulations on your win! Now I hope I win the books…would love to read them all!

  42. Congrats, Joanne!!

    I don’t know anyone more deserving of writing awards than you!! Such masterful writing accomplished through the emotion and depth of your words, characters, and story lines!! I’m so glad your hard work and adherence to His leading is being recognized. Thank you for inspiring us!! Love you!!

    • Hello sweet Bonnie!

      Thank you so much my friend. You are such a blessing to me!

  43. Congratulations! I love all 3 covers and I want to read them all! I went to and had to read what they was about and oh my goodness they all sound so great! They are on my “MUST READ” list for sure.

    • Anne,

      I’m so glad to hear that you love these covers. Thanks! :) And I’m glad they look like books you’ll enjoy. I do hope they encourage you!

  44. Congratulations on your award!<

  45. My hope is in Christ alone…even when I am in sinking sand, I know that Christ holds the hope I am looking for. Congratulations on your win! Am looking forward to reading your books. Be forever blessed by the grace of God

    • Hi Trace,
      Thank you for sharing those beautiful words. What an encouragement they are… as are you!

  46. Such an amazing accomplishment .
    congratulations and blessings for all the
    Future stories to come :)

  47. Congrats, how exciting! Thanks for the opportunity to win your books. I would love to read them all!

  48. I love to read.

  49. oh, wow, what a blessing for the one who wins this. TY for the chance.

  50. Would enjoy

  51. Congratulations!
    Would love to win your book series. Thank you for the chance.

  52. Congratulations!! Thanks for the giveaway!!

  53. I’m not sure I have read any of your books but would love to! Hope I win!

    • Lovely to hear that, Joan. If you get the chance, I do hope you enjoy Lonnie and Gideon’s story!

  54. Congratulations!

  55. Congratulations on earning the SDCWG novel of the year! I am sorry to say I have not read any of your books yet. I joined Avid Readers of Christian fiction to find more Christian authors. Would love to win your series!

    • A heartfelt thank you, Ginny! And I’m so glad that we can connect thanks to Avid Readers! I LOVE that group. :)

  56. Awesome and well deserved! Thanks for the opportunity to win the whole series!

  57. Congratulations! Can’t wait to read! Thank you.

  58. Congrats! I haven’t read any of your books yet. My sister-in-law told my about your blog and saw the giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to win your books. I would love to win and read them.

  59. You know I think your books are wonderful ! I can hardly wait for new ones but I would love to win any of them !
    Blessings and Hugs
    Linda Marie

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