Sunday, February 23, 2014

#firstkiss The sweetest of kisses... Rebekah's Quilt @TheSaraBarnard @KMNbooks #giveaway

KAREN: The sweetest of kisses can make the heart flutter and the memory of it can last forever... Enjoy a snippet from Rebekah's Quilt by Sara Barnard.

***Giveaway: Sara is giving away an inscribed copy of her bestselling Amish historical romance, Rebekah's Quilt to one lucky person!  Read on and find out how to enter to win!

First Kiss from Rebekah's Quilt 
by Sara Barnard

Rebekah, Peter, and Joseph talked long into the night. So long in fact that Rebekah didn’t realize she’d fallen asleep until she awoke to find that both men had fallen asleep, too. Joseph had cleared the mouth of the cave, allowing coldness of the black night to creep in. She shivered.
Rebekah hugged herself and rocked back and forth. Her gaze flickered to her covering that lay beside the fire. Joseph picked it up, scooting nearer to her.
“Here, I dried it for you.” He placed it over her hair, tucking in the blonde wisps that peeked out from under. Tugging gently on the strings, he centered it. “Feel better?” He didn’t drop his fingers from the strings.
“Much, thank you.” She met his eyes, which shone with an inner light. “I love my covering, and I love our way of life.” Her voice came out a whisper.
“Peter seemed interested in the Amish way,” he said. “It’s a shame he’s led such a hard life.”
Rebekah’s heart dipped low as the memory of Peter’s lament on his hard and lonely life. “It is a shame.”
“My prayers were answered when you said you’d stay with us in Gasthof.” With his eyes poring into hers, Joseph’s calloused thumb brushed her cheek, leaving a sizzling wake. “I love you, Rebekah.”
“Joseph, I –” She glanced at Peter, who was snoring softly. Her shyness forgotten, Rebekah raised a hand, resting it on Joseph’s. He accepted her fingers, squeezing them between his own. “I’m sorry for how I spoke to you. Can you forgive me?”
His voice, soft as down and sweet as honey, came quietly. “I forgave you the moment you said it, and I knew it wasn’t true, anyhow.” Joseph’s breath, warm on her lips, begged her to lean closer.
Rebekah’s hand tightened on his. “I need to tell you, Joseph, I have come to understand myself. I do love who I am –” Heart hammering in her chest, she inhaled deeply. Joseph’s scent flooded her senses, leaving her head swimming. “So I can tell you, with an open heart –”
She paused. Once this was said, there would be no going back. Things could never be the same between them. The future was uncertain, but the truth cloaked her words, giving her assurance that things would work out for the best. God’s will, would be done. Gelassenheit
With a directness she’d never practiced before, Rebekah stared into Joseph’s eyes. “I love you, Joseph Graber. And as you said, I have for as long as I can remember.” The enormity of Rebekah’s spoken words filled the expanse of the little cave. Both Rebekah and Joseph sat in the comfortable silence that followed, relishing in the warmth of truth and, of course, shared vows of love.
Joseph’s gaze never broke from hers. Though she was certain he had to hear the beating of her heart, which seemed to have produced an echo, Rebekah didn’t pull back. Unhurriedly, Joseph leaned closer, until her lips were warmed by his moist breath. She closed her eyes. Softly and without words, Joseph sealed the gap between them.
The kiss was over in an instant, but deep in Rebekah’s heart, she knew the effects would last throughout her lifetime. “Come here,” Joseph whispered, lifting his arm.
She leaned into him, his arm draped about her shoulders. She fit there, by his side, with such exactitude, that it seemed one had been divinely made for the other. There they sat, snug in the warmth of their shared feelings, until the little cave didn’t seem so chilled, after all.

ABOUT THE BOOK: Book one in the Rebekah's Saga series, Sara penned Rebekah's Quilt then interestingly enough, discovered her own anabaptist (Amish or Mennonite, she's not sure yet) ancestry. Rebekah's Quilt remained on several bestseller lists for three months.


***Giveaway: Sara is giving away an inscribed copy of her bestselling Amish historical romance, Rebekah's Quilt to one lucky person! All you have to do is answer this: Name the first person you kissed. Share the special moment with us if you wish! 

Don't want to kiss and tell... No worries. Just leave a comment or ask a question and you're entered to win! Don't forget to leave your email so Sara can contact you if you should win. :) Good Luck!


Sara Barnard is mother to four beautiful children, daughter to a pair of awesome parents who have become two of her best friends over the years, wife to a handsome Texan, student to her Master's of Arts in European History classes, and friend to many. Oh, she writes some, too. Sara began writing in the third grade, but became serious about becoming published after watching Eclipse with her friend, Rochelle.

Rochelle mentioned that Ms. Meyer was a housewife with many children, so Sara decided that since she was back home while her husband was deployed, she would put pen to paper and see what happened.

Wow. She started writing in 2009 and hasn't stopped since! Her debut novel, A Heart on Hold, was published in 2012 and quickly became a series. Books 2 and 3, A Heart Broken and A Heart at Home, were published in January 2013 and June 2013 respectively, with book 4, A Heart Forever Wild, forthcoming!

Book 1, A Heart on Hold, made it to the top three finalists for the best of 2012 American Historical RONE award and became an Amazon bestseller! Book 2, A Heart Broken, appears to be following in the same path for the 2013 award. Rebekah's Quilt is up for the honorable award of 2013 RONE award for Inspirational Fiction. Set to release this year is book four of her historical romance series, A Heart Forever Wild and short story Desperado, both from 5 Prince, and The Calling from Prairie Rose Publications.

Sara writes for kids, too. She independently publishes a line of nonfiction children's books which includes The ABCs of Texas Plants, The ABCs of Oklahoma Plants, and The Big Bad Wolf Really Isn't so Big and Bad -- all of which have become bestsellers on Amazon in their respective categories. 5 Prince Kids also publishes some of Sara's fiction works. Chunky Sugars was published in January 2013 and Little Spoon released September 2013. Chunky Sugars just received a 5-star review as Reader's Favorite, as well!

All of Sara's titles are available in both print and digital format, with audio books of each coming soon (if they're not already here!)

You can find Sara at: ... @TheSaraBarnard ...


Jacquie Rogers said... Best Blogger Tips

Sweet but powerful kiss! Nice excerpt, Sara. ☺

Karen Michelle Nutt said... Best Blogger Tips


Thanks so much for being a part of the event!

I'm intrigued by your Amish tales!

Cheryl Pierson said... Best Blogger Tips

Sara, that was a "WOW" moment! Loved the kiss between them! I have not ever read an Amish romance so this will be my first. I'm looking forward to it--you are so talented, and my hat's off to you, being able to write while raising four kids. I'm in awe.

Sara Barnard said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you Jacquie! ♡

Tanya Hanson said... Best Blogger Tips

Sara, I love this instant kiss that will last forever. After visiting Intercourse, Pennsylvania, I am interested in Amish things.Your book is definitely on my list.Hugs!

Sara Barnard said... Best Blogger Tips

Karen thank you for having me!! You do beautiful work!!

Sara Barnard said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you Cheryl! I hope you enjoy Rebekah's Quilt! I can't wait to share Eau and Ella's first kiss with you! You will have it by weeks end!!

Sara Barnard said... Best Blogger Tips

Hugs Tanya! I have never visited Amish country Pennsylvania but hope to in the near future. I have some graves I would love to locate in Lancaster County from my 18th century ancestors. Safe and happy travels my friend!!

bn100 said... Best Blogger Tips

Nice scene; would rather not

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Sara Barnard said... Best Blogger Tips

I am glad you enjoyed it bn!

Livia J Washburn said... Best Blogger Tips

So sweet. I love Amish romances. I just bought Rebekah's Quilt, now I just need some spare time to read. Thank you for sharing Rebekah and Joseph's first kiss.

Sara Barnard said... Best Blogger Tips

I hope you love it Livia! I hope you fall in love with Rebekah and Joseph!

Becky Pound said... Best Blogger Tips

That is easy, my husband of 33 years. We were in 8th grade and he asked for a kiss.....and got it! And now two sons later, Cameron and Clinton and 33 wonderful years of a journey God has sent us on together! Would love to win your book, blessings........

Mary Ellen Ashenfelder said... Best Blogger Tips

The first person I kissed was a boy named John. He was the nephew of my neighbor and I had a big crush on him. He was 16 and I was only 13. One day he pulled me down on his lap in a lawn chair in his uncle's yard and kissed me. I closed my eyes and --boom -- the chair broke just as we kissed. I will never forget it -- or, him.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

I don't remember the first person that I kissed but I remember the first time that I kissed my husband!

Judy said... Best Blogger Tips

The first person I kissed was Jack. It was an uncomfortable moment because we were double dating with my older sister and her boyfriend. I can't remember where we were going but I didn't want him to kiss me with my sister in the car!! Can you say...awkward?!


Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

My first kiss oh my that was a long time ago :) ...we have been married 44 yrs ...Lee Ellen Hicks.

Doug Simpson said... Best Blogger Tips

Excellent presentation Sara Barnard and Karen Michelle Nutt!!

Sarah J. McNeal said... Best Blogger Tips

I love Amish stories. This scene was so tender and sweet. I know Rebekah' s Quilt must be a wonderful story.
Sometime you should write a blog about how you did the research.
I wish you tremendous success,Sara.

Linda Johnston said... Best Blogger Tips

I remember it very well. The boy's name was Dave and we were on a church youth group retreat! It was up in the mountains, snowy, and there was a full moon. Thank you for the excerpt from your book, Sara!

Sara Barnard said... Best Blogger Tips

Becky what a beautiful story!!! <3 I wish my husband had been my first kiss -- he is certainly my first love -- but thanks to that dreaded game of spin the bottle in my cousin's driveway in junior high school, my first kiss was with a fellow junior higher who was never anything more than a friend! Blessings on the coming week, Becky!

Sara Barnard said... Best Blogger Tips

@Mary Ellen Ashenfelder

Mary Ellen your story is precious and priceless!! Thank you so much for sharing! Those lawn chairs really make for some interesting moments! <3

Sara Barnard said... Best Blogger Tips


And THAT was no doubt the best kiss of all <3 It certainly was for me!

Sara Barnard said... Best Blogger Tips

Judy -- what a wonderful memory!!! That puts me in a mind of Kevin and Wayne from The Wonder Years <3

Sara Barnard said... Best Blogger Tips

44 years!!! And to begin it with your first kiss, how romantic <3 Thank you for sharing with us!

Sara Barnard said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you for coming by, Doug! I wish you much success on your new release, The Soul of Jesus! It was an eye-opening read!

Sara Barnard said... Best Blogger Tips

Thank you Sarah <3 I certainly can't wait to check out your works!! Hugs from Texas!

Sara Barnard said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh Linda, what a beautiful memory!! That sounds like the beginning of a romance novel, for sure <3

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow!! That first kiss was in high school. How you always remember.
I'm looking forward to reading "Rebekah's Quilt". I love Amish stories. I live 1 hour from Lancaster County Amish Country. I love to visit there!! Elaine

Juanita Cook said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh sear that was so many years ago. I don't remember anymore, That would have been over 56 years ago.


Cathy said... Best Blogger Tips

The first person I kissed was Kal. I was all of seventeen. Sweet kiss. :)

Your books sounds interesting. I never read anything with Amish romance. I'm intrigued. :)


Katrina Gillian said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi Sara!

Your book sounds really good. It's a series? Like that, too.

Fist kiss? Trevor. We went to Knott's Berry Farm for our first date. Really liked him, but he moved to Pennsylvania. Too far from where I live. :(

katrinagillian at gmail dot com

Cindi A said... Best Blogger Tips

My first kiss was Jimmy. :*

Kim said... Best Blogger Tips

I love your books since I became ill I read daily.

Virginia Winfield said... Best Blogger Tips

My first kiss was with my now husband. We were in high school. It took place in my parents basement.

Sara Barnard said... Best Blogger Tips

What a beautiful part of the country you live in Elaine! I hope you enjoy Rebekah's Quilt!

Sara Barnard said... Best Blogger Tips

Juanita wow! Thank you for your comment ♡

Sara Barnard said... Best Blogger Tips

17 was a good year Cathy! Even Stevie Nicks thought so ( edge of 17 hehe)

I hope you enjoy Rebekah's Quilt :-)

Sara Barnard said... Best Blogger Tips

Katrina thank you! Yes Rebekah's will be a series. Rebekah's Dress is the next book in line. I hope you enjoy Rebekah's Quilt!

Pat said... Best Blogger Tips

I don't remember my first kiss. Think it was when I was 14. However, I do remember my first kiss by my (now) husband. That was in the fall of 1965. We will celebrate our 47th anniversary in July. Would love to win your book. I've never read anything by you and always enjoy finding new authors that write about the Amish.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

My first kiss, won't say the name, but at that time it was wonderful. Now I have to giggle just a bit.

Sonja said... Best Blogger Tips

Yes, don't want to tell! But this books sounds too fun!sonja dot Nishimoto at gmail dot com