Wednesday, October 24, 2012

K. Dawn Byrd's "Amazing Love"

I'm pleased to announce that Amazing Love is now available in eformat and will be available soon in print!

Amazing Love, the modern-day story of Hosea and Gomer from the Bible, speaks of God's unconditional love, mercy, and grace and how much loving someone that much can cost.

Gabe Knight, a pastor in a small coastal town, finds his life is turned upside down when Dee Dillow arrives and hires him to remodel an estate she's inherited from her aunt. Dee dashes his plans for wedded bless when on a drunken binge, she divulges that she's the highest paid call girl in Nevada and part-owner of the ritziest brothel in the state.

Gabe falls in love with her, but can't believe he's hearing the voice of God when a still, small voice tells him to marry her. After much questioning, they marry and he is deliriously happy. Until, Dee betrays him.

Gabe soon discovers just how hard it is to have the unconditional love God calls him to have for his wife, the kind of love God has for his children. When faced with losing her, Gabe realizes what true love is, how much it hurts, and just how much God loves and is willing to sacrifice for his children.


Read the first chapter of Amazing Love...


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Excerpt from my prologue:
Dee signed the letter with a flourish and then read it aloud.

Maggie:
For the longest time, I blamed myself. There must be something terribly wrong with me, something so bad that even a mother couldn't love me. After years of therapy, I've learned that it's not me, it's you, Maggie. You're not capable of loving anyone. That's a terrible thing to say about a mother, but it's true.

Even here at Carpe Diem, I've continued therapy via technology. Today was a hard day because it's my birthday. As was expected, I never heard from you. Like my therapist said, it's not my fault you didn't call. It's a choice you made, Maggie, like so many other bad choices.

I used to dwell often on the things you allowed to happen to me. You had to have known that John was visiting my room almost nightly. You chose to ignore it even though he was your husband. And then, he sold me to his wealthy friends and you stood back and allowed it to happen. Whoever had the most money. That wasn't the life I would have chosen if given a choice. Even now, I long for a life of normalcy. A husband, a couple of children, and a picket fence is just a dream.

There are times I hate you, but I realize you have demons of your own. Something has happened to you to cause you to be so selfish and full of anger. That's why I try to overlook your hostility and lack of love toward me. You need a good therapist.

My therapist recommends that I write letters to you when I'm angry. It helps. This is letter 642. I've kept them all. You'll probably never read them, but they're not really for you. They're for me.

Your daughter, Dee



Amazing Love will be available soon at CBD and other outlets.

65 comments:

  1. I know I will love this book...please enter me.
    Thanks!!
    Jackie S.

    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

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  2. Please drop my name in the hat. :) Sounds like a great read.

    writer_weaver at yahoo dot com

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  3. Sounds right up my alley and parked by my back door! Thanks for entering me.
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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  4. I've read the biblical story many times and wondered at the ability of Hosea to love Gomer despite her wicked behavior.

    I look forward to reading your book.

    scmema at yahoo dot com

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  5. Amazing Love signs like a good read.

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  6. Sounds like an interesting read!

    Jes
    jswaks at gmail dot com

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  7. Thanks for all the comments! I so agree, Gayle. Sometimes, it's hard for us to love those who hurt us so deeply. In the Biblical story, Hosea Gomer represents the nation of Israel. We see how much God loves us and forgives us when Hosea takes Gomer back after she betrays him again and again. I thank God for his unconditional love!

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  8. thanks for the chance to win

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  9. How can one survive without real unconditional love? Reading Dee's letter put a lump in my throat and started the tears from my eyes. I'd very much like to read this writing. Thanks for this giveaway and the chance to win this valuable read.

    Blessed by Grace,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 @ tx dot rr dot com

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  10. Hey, Barbara! It's nice to see you hear. I don't like to make people cry, but it's nice to know that as an author, I can evoke such strong emotions.

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  11. OOPS, Barbara! I meant, "It's nice to see you here." It's been a long day. My 83 year old mother-in-law had a stroke yesterday. Please keep us in your prayers. We're unsure if she's going to make it.

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  12. Sounds like a great book.

    So glad you shared with us today.

    Joyfully,
    Jackie


    joyfuljelatgmaildotcom

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  13. Congratulations on your new release. The cover is lovely! Awesome use of color. I'd love to be entered, thank you!~ Miralee Ferrell

    I'm so sorry to hear about your mother in law. I'll pray.

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  14. I love the story of Gomer and Hosea! Would love to win!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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  15. Wow..sounds like a great book.Please enter me.Thanks so very much.Looking forward to reading this book.

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  16. Praying all is well with your mom-in-law, never easy to go through. Your book sounds amazing, thanks for the giveaway! Blessings, Kara
    wman4jcATaolDOTcom

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  17. would love to read YOUR novel...thanks for the chance :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  18. Kara: Thanks so much for your prayers! I appreciate you!

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  19. Miralee:
    I'm not a very visual person at all, but I had this cover designed. I went on a website, picked out the images and worked with the cover artist until she had what I wanted. I like how it turned out also.

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  20. A little snippet for your reading pleasure. :)

    Dee stood, stepping away from her chair. Was this some kind of twisted joke? There was no way she was going out with a preacher. He might have some kind of spiritual ESP that would tip him off as to what she really was. It might tell him all the dark secrets from her past.
    He'd rendered her speechless. What if someone who knew her from Nevada saw them together? What would the town folk think? They'd all been so nice to her, treated her with respect, like she was a normal woman. "I-I'm sorry. I really can't."
    "Listen, the little old ladies around here have been trying to marry me off for years and now that I'm thirty, they're working double time. I'd hate to ask a local girl and get them stirred up again. They'd be planning my wedding in no time."
    Dee's heart responded with a little happy dance. Wasn't this what she wanted, what she'd dreamed of? "Look, I only hired you to get this place into tip-top shape. Not for---"
    "I know, but it's just for a few hours. Can't we go as friends?"

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  21. Amazing Love sounds like a real page turner.

    Please enter me! Thank you for this contest!

    Blessings!
    Judy
    judyjohn2004(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. Hi, I love the story of Hosea and Gomer. It provided such encouragement when I was an unbeliever that God really did love me. Thank you for this contest.

    HM at HVC dot RR dot COM

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  23. Hey, Heather! That's exactly what I'm hoping readers will take away from the story! God loves us no matter what we do. Sometimes, we have to suffer consequences for out actions, but God is faithful to love us no matter what.

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  24. More, more, more! I'm hooked just from the little that I read. This sounds like a wonderful novel and I love the cover as well. Thank you for the giveaway.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    azladijo(at)aol(dot)com

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  25. Hey, Jo!
    You asked for more. I just uploaded the entire first chapter just for you. I hope you enjoy it!

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  26. I want to read this story and I'm already hooked with just the little snippets you have given us so far. rdunson(at) knology(dot) net

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  27. This book sounds like one I would enjoy reading...thanks for the info.
    JFWisherd(at)aol(dot)com

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  28. Would love to be in the drawing for this book!
    betcee63(at)gmail(dot)com

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  29. Hi. Just saw an ad for this book and it sounds great. Please enter me. Thanks.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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  30. I am sorry to have to admit that I have never read one of your books, but this sounds quite good...Please enter me in the drawing...thank you.

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  31. AMAZING LOVE does sound like an incredible story to read.

    Thank you for the excerpt.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  32. Good morning! I hope you're all having a great day. Thanks for all the great comments.

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  33. great giveaway!

    aimymichelle[at]gmail[dot]com

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  34. If it is not too late, I would like to be entered in your contest. I had considered trying to attack the same subject matter and am eager to see how you did it. Sounds interesting.

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  35. I just read the first chapter and am definitely hooked. Definitely have to read this book.

    I hope and pray that all is ok with your m-i-l.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    azladijo(at)aol(dot)com

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  36. What a great book trailer and excerpt. This story already grabbed me and I want to read it. I wish you continued success, K.Dawn!

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  37. Thanks for your prayers, JO. My mother-in-law is pregressing nicely since her stroke. She's a fighter.

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  39. This sounds like a great book, based on a subject that so many would avoid. I look forward to reading it.
    Nancy Thelen

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  40. This book sounds very interesting and intriguing. Please enter me in this contest.
    Sherry Dennis heelfan91@att.net

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  41. K. Dawn, the cover of this book is wonderful and so is the storyline! I think it's high time for this girl to get acquainted with your writing! Thanks for the opportunity!


    dianalflowers[at]aol[dot]com

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  42. Wow, a super giveaway and a very interesting storyline that I would love to read.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

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  43. Interesting story to tell. Please enter me

    Bookwurm70 at gmail dot com

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  44. Thanks for the comments! I had a lot of fun writing Amazing Love. It's not for the timid. My 21 year old step-daughter said she had a hard time reading it because she loved my heroine and it was hard to watch her suffer for her sin and turning her back on God.

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  45. Thank you for sharing this book, and thank you so much for the giveaway! I'd love to win. :)
    julylightningATyahooDOTcom

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  46. This book sounds so good. Thanks for the chance to win a copy plus gift card. :)

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  47. Sound like a great story, please enter me.

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  48. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win.
    Forest_rose (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  49. How fun! I'll look for the book.
    Diana dlbrandmdeyer @ gmail.com

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  50. The story of Hosea and Gomer fits right in to today's world. Betrayal and forgiveness are timeless topics, and it sounds like you've portrayed the story well. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks - and glad to hear your MIL is progressing well!

    jimmynmatthewsmom[at]netzero[dot]com

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  51. Wow! Judging by the trailer this is one powerful book with a strong message. Gabe must be quite a hero to love Dee unconditionally when he finds out about her "work" Please enter me in the competition.

    Thank you

    ruthdell (at) mweb (dot) co (dot) za

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  52. Wow! I guess sometimes you don't realize how something will hurt someone until you portray it in real life. Great way to keep Biblical stories true to us today! Sounds like an excellent book. Would love to be entered.
    Thanks!

    esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  53. Sounds interesting. I'll have to check it out.

    --Sarah
    srychart@gmail.com

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  54. Sounds intriguing!! Would love a chance to win!

    suefoster (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  55. Love the cover. I know it will be an awesome read. On my must read list.

    Enter me in the contest.
    melinda.elmore.writer@gmail.com

    Thanks
    Melinda

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  56. Sounds like a very good book. I cannot wait to have time to read it. Please enter me in the contest...Then I can add it to my Kindle Fire.

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  57. Sounds like an interesting story. :) I'm in. sallybradleywrites [at)gmaildot[com].

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  58. Can't wait to read Amazing Love. Please enter me in the drawing and thanks for this opportunity to enter giveaway.
    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  59. Great story! Hope I win, but if not, I'll buy it!
    pat at ptbradley dot com

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  60. Thank you so much for offering another great review and generous giveaway!
    Nancee
    quiltcat26[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  61. Thanks for all the great comments! In Amazing Love, Gabe (my Hosea) forgives Dee (my Gomer) for her unfaithfulness just like God forgave the children of Israel for theirs. What can you NOT forgive?

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  62. Sounds really interesting! Thanks for the opportunity.

    deblykins(at)comcast(dot)net

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  63. Can't wait to read this book. Thank you for the opportunity to receive this book.

    Rebecca
    believe4ever59@yahoo.com

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  64. This sounds like one of the most unusual books I will ever read. I can't wait to see how God works. Thanks for the chance. I may have found this to late to sign up if I have please ignore the entry. ybutler@oppcatv.com

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