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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Valentine's Giveaways including a new Kindle!!! Get them before they're Gone With the Wind!


Just finished watching Gone With the Wind for the g'zillionth time.
I figured, why not? It is without a doubt the perfect romance leading to Valentine's Day.
Every time we think they stand a chance, something else comes up,
Ashley, Melanie, Ashley, taxes, Ashley, the war, Ashley, the death of a child, Ashley...Ashley...Ashley.
And the poor girl doesn't have the sense to see past wimpy Ashley for love that's real!

In honor of great romance everywhere, I'd like to do some ebook giveaways for Valentine's Day:

Love on the Range, Jessica Nelson, a Love Inspired Historical
 Texas Weddings (book one and two), Janice Thompson
A Dream of His Own, Gail Gaymer Martin
A Match Made in Heaven, Colleen Coble
Killer Among Us, Lynette Eason
Lily of the Field, Rose Ross Zediker
As You Are at Christmas, Davalynn Spencer
And some of my books that have come out and will be coming
out this year.
Polar Bear Plunge
(sequel)Miss Fishfly
With Eyes of Love
Always, Abby
The Substitute Bride

So drop by, tell me your favorite scene in 
Gone With the Wind,
OTHER THAN----drum roll----THE KISS
 Cuz that's gotta be everyone's favorite, right?
And if you haven't seen Gone With the Wind or read it? What's wrong with you?
Then look up the names of the two who just never seem to get love right,
the legendary gun runner and plantation darling........and put their names in the comment.
Leave your email addy and maybe you'll win one an ebook copy of one of the books!!! I need it to contact you!!!!

Don't delay, I'll be picking winners on...ta da...midnight Valentine's Day!


  1. you don't have to enter me, but I can't resist talking about Gone with the Wind! *heart fluttering* Actually, one of the most poignant scenes for me was after the battle of Gettysburg when Scarlett and Melanie are checking the casualty lists and Melanie comforts the Meades. The younger son expresses his grief for his older brother's death by declaring that he will enlist--I read it first as a teenager, and that young man just captured my heart, even though he only had a tiny scene. That has always stuck with me.
    Such a great book! (and movie)

  2. Oh GWTW has to be one of my favorites. Both characters are so stinkin' flawed the whole plot shouldn't have worked, but it feeds on the very messed up traits that doom the two characters. Aside from the KISS, my favorite scene is the "morning after." Scarlet is bubbly and carefree like a googly-eyed teenager. She views Rhett's treatment of her as devotion. He, burdened with the guilt of his demands,leaves. Romance dashed on the rocks, yet again. Marji.Laine (at) gmail (dot) com

  3. Oh, yes, one of mine as well. And I've even come up with an ending in my bizarre imagination and yes, my dear, he
    does give...darn. He cares, they live happily ever after.

  4. My favorite scene from the GWTW RHETT and SCARLET saga is when Rhett brings Ashley home and they pretend to be drunk. After the U.S. Marshall leaves, Rhett says, "Get him to the bedroom." Ashley says, "I can do it myself" (or something to that effect.) Rhett replies, "Yes, but is it worth the effort?" I've quoted that scene in some of my writing and speaking - as a stubborn, independent but physically challenged person myself, I've felt like Ashley so many times - "I can do it myself." Rhett's challenge is so good - some things are not worth the effort -why not save our strength for what is truly important. Oh! One more? The scene between Melody and Bell - Melody is so awesome! She truly believes in Scarlet when no one else will. And she's so accepting of Bell too. Her unwavering belief in Scarlet keeps us watching because we have to believe, like Melody, that there is something redemptive in poor, dear Scarlet.

  5. Melanie! Not Melody! Sorry about that! :)

  6. You are so right. And I adore Belle. She probably has the kindest heart next to Melanie. Yes, both very powerful scenes. And when Dr. Meades' wife asks him if the brothel is as amazing as she thinks and he tells her to mind herself. Love that part. We are alway titillated by what we "think" goes on where we'd never go. Loved that scene, oh you're so right. And I do have your email addy and will enter it. HEY EVERYBODY BE SURE AND PUT IN YOUR EMAIL ADDYS!!!!

  7. I had a tough time with Gone with the Wind. I read the book and finished it thinking, "Really? Where's my happy ending?" Then, I realized we aren't promised a happy ending. We need to be who God created us to be, and then seek forgiveness from those we hurt along the way. :) I am glad I read it, but my heart breaks for Scarlet and Rhett!

  8. Mine, too, Joi, but I'm one of those who makes up the happy ending. I didn't care for whoever wrote the continuation, didn't feel she had a grasp of the Mitchell's characters, but like I said, they did live happily ever after in cyberland...

  9. Joi, don't forget to leave your email addy!

  10. Oh, the morning after is a beautiful. For those who haven't read the KISS, it's memorable:

    He was muttering things she did not hear, his lips were evoking feelings never felt before. She was darkness and he was darkness and there had never been anything before this time, only darkness and his lips upon her. She tried to speak and his mouth was over her again. Suddenly she had a wild thrill such as she had never known; joy, fear, madness, excitement, surrender to arms that were too strong, lips too bruising, fate that moved too fast. For the first time in her life she had met someone, something stronger than she, someone she could neither bully nor break, someone who was bully and breaking her. Somehow, her arms were around his neck and her lips trembling beneath his and they were going up, up into the darkness again, a darkness that was soft and swirling and all enveloping. --exerpt from Margaret Mitchell's GWTW

  11. True confession: I read GWTW when I was in 8th grade and couldn't put it down, which meant I read it through the night. Unfortunately, the next day was a school day and I told my mom I didn't feel well enough to go to school which was true, but. . .

    There are so many scenes that elicit a feeling - be it frustration, empathy, or whatever. I think the casting was terrific and they all did a superb job bringing the book to life, though I wish it followed the book better but, oh well. The character of Melanie is my favorite. Wouldn't we all like to be wise yet unblemished by the harsh world we live in? The ending undoes me. I just want to shake the two of them and tell them to listen to each other - it doesn't have to end this way. But there's a lesson even in its ending - some answers we will never have this side of heaven.

    I sure wish Margaret Mitchell hadn't destroyed the other novel she wrote.

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  13. In the movie, I love the proposal scene. Scarlett whose been married and widowed twice at this point is being told she's never really been kissed and to try a husband of the right age. Hubba Hubba Rhett.

  14. Re: my entry about Rhett and Ashley. My email addy is

  15. I will be honest, I never watched the movie. I've seen bits and pieces here and there. I know the two main characters. Rhett Butler played by Clark Gable and Scarlett O'Hara played by Vivien Leigh. I know the famous line, "Frankly Darlin' I don't give a d___." Other than that I know that Scarlett does not end up with Rett Buttler because by the end of the movie he is tired of her antics or something like that.

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  17. I have never seen Gone with the Wind but have hard of Scarlett.
    Maybe I should watch it soon.
    sonflower277 at

  18. kkakins at gmail dot com
    My favorite scene is when she stands and cries over Tara and vows to rebuild.

  19. i saw 'gwtw' years ago...i need to see it again...soon. i remember scarlett flirting w/ some boys on her porch.

    happy valentine's day

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  20. All these years, the line that has stayed with me is, "I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' babies, Miss Scarlet!" Not very romantic, but boy, let's raise the stakes - at least for the next scene. One more hurdle for Scarlet who manages to get through. Fun post, Linda Happy Val-day! davalynnspencer at hotmail dot com

  21. It has been a long time since I watched the movie. I had mixed emotions about it and was truly disappointed when Rhett and Scarlet did not get together. I did love the scene where she vows to rebuild Tara - I also enjoyed the two they picked to play the mains parts of the movie - I think Rhett and Vivian did an exceptional job, but truly I would have liked more sweet romance and a better ending.


  22. I totally understand, we all want that happily ever after, but I think we saw the hope when Scarlett decided to return to Tara. She always drew her strength from Tara and once there, anything she set her mind to, she got. I think it's important to remember that because of the ending, MILLIONS of women and men have always wondered and that has been part of what has kept GWTW alive for so long. I think had they gotten together, there wouldn't have been as much hype. Let's face it, GWTW will live on long after all of us because of the primo writing and I think, partially at least, because of the ending.

  23. Gone With the Wind is one of my very favorite books. I love the scene where Scarlet sees Tara burned. It is so touching. Now it makes me want to watch the movie again! I always grew so frustrated with Scarlet talking about Ashley all the time.
    Happy Valentines Day!

  24. I always loved the scene where Scarlet makes the dress out of the curtains. Beautiful dress.
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

  25. My most favorite, favorite love story ever! I read the book in high school (1978) and of course the book is always better than the movie. Scarlet & Rhett - opposites in every way - he wanted her - she wanted wimpy Ashley. I loved when she drank the perfume to hide her alchol breath. The second book written by another author - not even close! I'm in Nicaragua right now with my husband (we're missionaries) - would love to find your book when I get back to the states!

  26. I love watching gone with the wind. There are so many great scenes. I especially like the scene where Scarlett vows that she will rebuild Tara. Thanks for the giveaway I would love to be entered in the drawing for the Kindle.

    Katie J.

  27. I loved that they got Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable for the stars. They were great together! But, I got so frustrated that Scarlett couldn"t see past her friend's husband to see Rhett who loved her and wanted her. Don't blame him for getting disgusted with her. I loved the part where she determines to rebuild Tara. Bet she did too, and Rhett came back to find her too! I sure would love to win the Kindle. I can only use a book if it is print, unless it can come with PDF
    MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

  28. Maxie, are you aware you can download a free Kindle app for your computer??? That way you can download kindle editions all day long...Does everybody know that???????????
    Don't miss out if you don't have a kindle, no reason to!

  29. My favorite part of GWTW is when she comes down the stairs dressed in material made from curtains in the upstairs bedroom.
    Thanks for entering me in the giveaway.
    Janet E.