Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Wren Bay The Story of Making A Home - Give A Way



Hi everyone! Have you ever wanted or thought you could write a novel? Well my amazing friend Clarice has written and self-published her first  book and you have an opportunity to win an autographed copy!

It only took me two days to read her book. I couldn’t put it down! I was captivated by the charming story, the lovely characters she created and the delicious recipes! If you love homemaking you'll love this book! I could go on and on but I’ll let her tell you a bit about it.

Wren Bay, the story of making a home is just that, a story about homemaking, about taking a house (a charming, old stone house at that) and turning it into a home! This is Wren's dream. Wren Bay is a newly married, Boston socialite, who is wondering how to find her place in this new world, Bay Farm, her husband's 200 acre estate and dairy farm in Massachusetts. She knows nothing about dairy farms but she does not need to, she has the Harrison family. They are the caretakers of Bay Farm.
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Wren is intent on using this time of separation from her husband, Devlin, who is serving in France during WW1, to learn the skills of homemaking. She wants to be able to conserve, reuse and make the most of what she is gifted with. Wren has been taught the joy of cooking with perfect ingredients from her Madame Mimi. She has also been gifted with a creative eye from her eccentric Aunt Sophia, a milliner in Boston. Even her deceased mother-in-law's herb garden provides new ideas to help Wren fill her pantry. She was raised to find her bliss with fierce passion and to never let fear pull her down. Wren Bay is hoping her creativity will serve her well as she finds a way to put her own, unique fingerprint on this dairy farm.
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My novel Wren Bay is a fictional form of my blog Storybook Woods. I was interested in taking all the subjects I blog about (such as baking, crafting, whole foods, self education, upcycling and more) and turned them into a fictional story. My blog is about taking the simple things in life and making a celebration out of them and Wren Bay reflects this. As Wren grows and learns new skills and ideas, so will you! You can read a sample of the book and see the list of recipes in my shop here and on my blog here
 
Enjoy and thank you Clarice

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Clarice is one of my oldest blogging friends and she (and her girls) have always been such an inspiration to me. So I’m really delighted to be able to have this give away for her!

All you have to do to enter is to leave a comment on this post  by Friday evening and a winner will be picked randomly and announced on Saturday. Everyone can enter including all of you outside of the U.S. Clarice will sign and ship Wren Bay directly to the winner.

Thanks for stopping by and good luck!
******Thanks everyone! Comments are closed check back Saturday for the winner!******


126 comments:

bj said...

I would love to win this book..it sounds like it is something I'd really enjoy.
Thanks for giving us the chance. :)

Janet, said...

I am also a wanna be published writer. This sounds like a book I would love. One of my stories I've written takes place in the early 1900s. Good luck with her book and put my name in the drawing, please. Thanks.

Donna said...

This sounds like a wonderful book, one I know I'd enjoy!

Thanks for the chance to win.

Hugs,
Donna

LindaSonia said...

The book sounds wonderful - I'd love to win it. Fingers crossed... LindaSonia (baddabinda@yahoo.com)

A Dusty Frame said...

Sounds lovely! Thanks for entering me.
Lizzie

Laura said...

What a wonderful give away! Thank you!
I hope I win!!!! ;p

((Hugs))
Laura

Theresa said...

Ooohhhhh lah lah, I would love to win this gorgeous book! Can't wait! Have a blessed day my friend! HUGS!

Richella said...

This book sounds absolutely charming! How wonderful that your friend has followed her dream. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of her book!

Kelley said...

Sure looks inspirational to me, too! Just the few photos you shared fired me right up! Thanks!

gypsy@Hebrews11:13 said...

oooo.....I'd love a new read to start February off right! This sounds like something I would really enjoy- farming, creating, making a house beautiful and home-y, and cooking!!

Terry said...

Hi Manuela - This book sounds wonderful! I've been reading about your prepping your house to put it on the market. How sad to move but also what fun to turn your new place into your new home. Good luck with your projects.

Kimberly said...

I'm very excited about the chance to win the book -- sounds like a great read! Thanks for the opportunity! =)

Pamela Gordon said...

I would love to read this book. It sounds delightful! Thanks for the opportunity.
Pamela

Pen Pen said...

oh yes, even if I don't win, I want to buy this book!! sounds like something I will LOVE! (will it be an e-book?)

Rebekah said...

This sounds utterly charming! Thank you for introducing me to Clarice's blog.

Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita said...

The book sounds fantastic! Congratulations to your friend for completing and publishing it! Thank you for an opportunity to win.

june@craftyniche said...

Sounds like a great read!

Diana said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win this book. It sounds like a perfect read for this dreary cold southeast January (more frozen precip coming in Thursday night, but daffodils will be blooming in only 4 weeks or so!)

Diana

Scrappy quilter said...

I'd love to win this book. Thanks for the lovely giveaway. Hugs

Susan said...

How incredibly lovely. I would love to be entered in your giveaway. I am a follower. Thank you so very much.
Blessings,
Susan @ CluckleBees
CluckleBees@gmail.com

Kristen said...

This sounds fascinating - I'd love to read it! Please enter me? :)
hepkittenink@gmail.com

AshTreeCottage said...

I would love the opportunity to win this book!

Love,
Susan and Bentley
xxoo

ginny said...

I would like to win this book. It sounds like something I would write!

Domestic Bliss said...

Sounds like a good read! I would love to win!
Have a great day! Lisa

Spinneretta said...

A lovely choice for a giveaway :) And I know I am not alone in wanting to win it ;)

linda head said...

The book sounds absolutely lovely! I love your blog too- I found it through my friend at coffeeteabooks and me. Thanks

Debby said...

Sounds like a good book. So neat it is written by your friend. Please enter my name. Thanks.


grammypetals@yahoo.com

Julie said...
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Wendy said...

So happy to have a chance to win this beautiful book!

Shilo said...

What a beautiful cover! I'd love to read it!

april said...

Your blog is such an inspiration!!! Yours is the first blog i've ever followed. I am just in love with the charm and gratitude, let alone great ideas, that you offer in your posts! I'd love to be entered into this drawing. Gooood luck with the house selling!!!

wilhelmina said...

Just love Clarice! Would love to win her book and am excited to find your blog!!!! Good luck on your move!
Wilhelmina (wmargalis@comcast.net)

Julie said...

I am really looking forward to reading this book, however I've not had the opportunity to purchase it yet. Winning it would be great. Thanks for doing this. I enjoy both your blog and hers!

J.


julien627@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I always love a new winter read and this one sounds delightful. Was also inspired by the fact that your friend self published as I was thinking about business options just this morning. Life is full of possibilities.
~Pam~

Echoes From the Hill said...

Sounds like my kind of book!
Thanks for the chance to win it.

mister said...

I've "known" Clarice for years and would love to have a chance to win her book!
Sherri

Kathee said...

My favorite thing to do after the rush of the holidays is to just relax at home with a good book. I read all my gift books and then I ordered a copy of Wren Bay and am thoroughly enjoying it! I would love another copy to share with my friend who I know will love this as much as I am.

Suzie Button said...

I would love to win this book! What a perfect book to curl up with during the winter season! Suzie purrpage3 at verizon dot net

Marqueta (Mar-keet-a) said...

Ooh, what a fun giveaway! I love Clarice and her family, and would love to read "Wren Bay".

Love,

Marqueta

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

It sounds like a delightful book. Please count me in.

Lady-in-the-Making said...

How generous of you to offer such a sweet giveaway! I would love to be entered in your drawing. Thank you! :)

Photo Girl said...

I would love to win this book! I've been meaning to buy a copy ever since I stumbled upon her.

Thank you for this chance!

Rhonda said...

Sounds like a wonderful book! I would love to read it. Thanks for entering me! (rhonda_spears@hotmail.com)

Zeute said...

I <3 books that combine real life usable things (like recipes, gardening tips, etc) with fiction. I guess it relates to my love of practical gifts!

Cathy Santarsiero, "The Christmas Corgi" said...

I bought a copy before Christmas and can't wait to read it. For now it is making me happy just sitting on the table in my room, the cover photography is lovely. I'd love to win a signed copy and I'd share this one with a friend! xo xo Cat

blessed country girl said...

I would love to win this book, all I've ever wanted was to create such a life, in the steady, quite, determined way that only such a blessed life ever attains. Please enter me.

blessedcountrygirl@gmail.com

HeathahLee said...

After reading about it here and popping over to her blog and reading about it there, as well as the reviews at her store, this sounds like a delightful book! I'd love to win it!

vikki said...

What a great idea for a story. I would love to win this book.

DarcyLee said...

Sounds like a really wonderful story!

Rhonda said...

good for Clarice to do this book and how nice of you to do a giveaway for it. I would love to read and I think my grandson would enjoy the pictures in it.

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

Oooh, count me in!

Clarice's book is on my really, really want list. :)

Dana said...

Sounds like a beautiful book! Thanks for hosting this giveaway. Love your blog.

Colleen - the AmAzINg Mrs. B said...

I absolutely love all your book give-aways! Sign me up :-) {please!}

Riverswamp said...

Oh I would so love to win this book! I have read the sample and am hooked!

Tricia @ Vintage No. 35 said...

I would love to win this book. Great book to read in this dreary winter!

Terri said...

Me! ME!

I would love for our book club to read this book... would you be interested in doing a skype with us to talk to us about the book?

Tanya said...

This sounds like a wonderful story to read with a cup of hot tea by the fire on a cold winter day! I'm not sure that I could make that sentence any longer!!! Thanks for the giveaway Manuela. ;)

Kelly said...

This sounds like a wonderful book....count me in! :)

Kelly

Kathleen Grace said...

I would just love to get a copy of this book! I have been following Clarice for a couple years now, she is filled with creativity and her home is beautiful, apparently she is also a talented writer:>)

Nancy H. said...

I would love to win this book. It sounds like it would be very good!

carla (http://dancingmoon-carla.blogspot.com/) said...

HI!!! This book sounds wonderful!!! Would be great to win it!!! hugs

Carol said...

Her book looks beautiful. I'd love to win it! :-) Thanks so much.

carol_busse at yahoo dot com

Jenny said...

I really liked this book too. I read it at my moms and would like my own copy!

Heather said...

I would love to be included in the giveaway! I am a longtime fan of Clarice's blog and am so excited that she published a book!

Joanne said...

That is so very kind of you to do for Clarice! I am so proud of her and although I haven't ordered her book,
I would love the opportunity to win my own copy!
Thanks again,
Joanne

Lady Ophelia said...
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GrammaGrits said...

Sounds wonderful! Would love to have it to read and share with my girls.

Emma said...

I would love for you to put my name in! Thank you for this wonderful oppuretunity.
You have a lovely blog!!
God Bless!

pickerofflowers@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

I would love to win a copy of this book! It sounds like a charming read! Wonderful give away!
Barbara

Brenda Kula said...

I'd love to read her book! What a talented lady.
Brenda

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How exciting! This is a blog I've followed for a long time, too! I would LOVE to have the book! Hugs! ♥

Monica said...

Sounds like an absolutely beautiful story. Would love to win this treasure! Thank you!
Monica

Sue said...

I'd love to win this book! Thank you.

Jenny said...

This looks like such a good book - I'd love to read it! I'll be looking at her blog too.

Christa said...

I would love to win this book. It sounds like something I would read in front of the fireplace with a hot cup of tea (and a piece of chocolate).

Blessings from Tennessee...Christa

mamajuliana said...

Please, place my name in the 'hat' for this book. I would love to read it, too!

Tiff said...

Looks like my kind of book! Please enter me, I would love to win it.
Thank you.

Joanne said...

Sounds like a fabulous story. I recently started writing a book -- we'll see if it ever gets done! I love to read so I sure hope I win this - thanks! Joanne @ glamourgirljoanne@yahoo.com

Paula said...

I know that I would love this book. Even if I don't win, I want to buy a copy to enjoy.

Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Manuela, this looks fabulous! I would love to win it! Please enter me!

Lou Cinda

wabbstersbooks said...

I would love to read your book and win a copy.

kellyquinn7 said...

Sounds Lovely

kellyquinn7 said...

Sounds lovely

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

how exciting that she has written and published her book, and how fun it would be to win it! laurie

Jen said...

I would also love this book.

Jeannette

thefirstlady said...

Sounds like a good book!

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

It sounds like a wonderful book. I applaud her for following her dream too.
Blessings,
Marcia

Robin @ My Blessed Nest said...

The book sounds very interesting...I would love to be the winner! Thank you for the giveaway!

Kristen said...

Please enter me.

Kristen
searchforgod@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I would love this book. I love reading your blog- always beautiful.
Trudy

Lady Dorothy said...

The book sounds charming! I would love to win!

Anonymous said...

Yes! I too would like to enter the contest to win her book! Thankyou. I love reading the works of Grace Livingston Hill and others that write stories woven around homemaking. This books should be a wonderful read! Judith

Vicki in UT said...

Sounds like a lovely book.

Anita said...

What a lovely opportunity, Thank you.

Megan Chamberlain said...

I would love to win this book, I have been wanting to get it ever since I heard about it. It sounds amazing.

Kathy at Knitting Off The Grid said...

It sounds like a charming book.

angelovestea said...

Hello, My name Angel. I am new to your blog. I love it vey much and have never enter into any contest before. I would love to win this book as I love anything on homemaking. Thanx for your beautiful blog and all the decorating ideas you give. Angel

Sandy said...

This book sounds so charming--what a lovely give away. Please enter me for a chance to own this book...

Wildflower Cabin said...

I would love a chance at this drawing, thank you! It sounds charming!
Janice

Edda SoffĂ­a said...

Sounds like a good book I would like to win a copy. I read Claric´s blog and love it.
Thanks
Edda

Lady Farmer said...

I have my own signed copy of Wren Bay, but as I told Clarice, I would love to win this to gift another friend! Please add my name to the hat for a chance to win!
Thank you and Blessings!

Lise said...

Your Blog is wonderful!
I would love to win this book.
Thanks!

Sheila said...

I love reading your blog, Manuela...and Clarice's as well. I find so much inspiration!

I have been wanting to purchase Wren Bay for a while, but money needs to go for other things right now. Winning the book would be a blessing!

Thank you!
Sheila

faithplusnothing said...

Another great giveaway!
annwwins@yahoo.com

Jackie said...

Oh this book sound wonderful! Please count me in for the draw. Thanks.

www.windsor--rose.blogspot.com

Nadine said...

What a great giveaway...not only are you the sweet one giving it away, but the prize is from Clarice, who is a sweetie too! :)

Blessings!
~Nadine

Mz V said...

Oh, my! What a NICE giveaway! I'm excited to even have the most minute chance to win it. LOVED the blog pictures!

Happy New year, by the way!

Debbie said...

I would love to read it! I hope it's available online through her blog, too.

Dawn Gahan said...

Thanks so much for including me! Looks like a lovely read.

Karen said...

I'd love to have my name thrown in the hat. It sounds like a great book!

Thanks so much for the giveaway!

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Lovely feature! Many congrats to Clarice on her first novel. :) Theresa

Nancy said...

I'm a regular at Storybook Woods and would love to win this book. I would like to review it for my blog and then pass it on to my granddaughter.

Elizabeth said...

I love Clarice's blog and this book as been on my wish list for awhile!

Thank you for the opportunity to win.

Glacier Dreaming said...

I would love to read this book. Am in a Ladies Book Club and it sounds like it would be a good Book Club read, also.

Cindy said...

OH!!! I would love to win this book, otherwise I want to buy a copy, it sounds like the kind of book that I enjoy most.
Thanks for a chance to win!!!
Hugs, Cindy

Nancy Jo said...

This book looks very interesting....just my cup of tea. And that is just what I plan to do if I win the book. Make a cup of tea and enjoy a winter evening reading a good book. Thanks for the contest!

PattieJ said...

I would love to win the book! Sounds lovely!

Pattie

Brandi said...

Sounds like a wonderful story!

Tina Kay said...

Thank you for the opportunity to win this book. I have enjoyed Clarice's blog for a few months now. It is always nice to go visit.
I have enjoyed my visit to your blog.
Take Care,
Tina Kay

Carissa said...

Oh my goodness, to think I almost missed out on this opportunity! My Mama already has Wren Bay, but I can hardly wait for her to finish it, so that I can read it!

Please enter me into the drawing!!!

Carissa

Lori Lynn said...

Yes, I would love a chance to win this lovely book!
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Mimi said...

Sounds like a wonderful book!

Karla said...

What a generous giveaway. I love the site and am eager to read the book. Thanks for the chance to win.

Sandra said...

I would love to win this book! Thank you for being so generous and wanting to share a great read.

Jacki said...

Storybook Woods is the blog that introduced me to home and decorating blogs! I'd love to win her book!

Melanie said...

What a gorgeous book! And even more special since you actually know the author. I would be so thrilled and honored to win a copy of this book.

Blessings,
Melanie @ Comfy House