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Springtime in Surrey and Charm Bracelet Giveaway

Quick note: I was interviewed by Suzie Waltner over on Diamond Mine this week. There’s a giveaway with six (6) winners! Be sure you enter to win. The giveaway ends on August 9, 2023.

Last month, I created a couple of charm bracelets inspired by my newest book, Springtime in Surrey.

One of these is for me to keep, to wear as I run my errands. I’m hoping it will be a fun talking point for people I meet in my daily life, but it’s also a little bit of pretty that I can add to my outfit for any given day, whether or not I’ll be around people. I always have loved a little jingly bit of jewelry (usually a jingle bell around Christmastime [or from July to February, as I’ve been known to wear it before]).

The other charm bracelet was made with you in mind. I wanted to offer something fun and unique in a giveaway hosted here on Writing to Inspire. So I crafted a charm bracelet with one charm representing each of the eight novellas in the anthology.

What do the charms mean?

Verse on a Teardrop
This charm represents Jesus, I Am Resting by Faith Blum. The leading lady has an important faith journey in this story, and this verse seemed appropriate to the faith themes to me.

This charm represents The Cottage on the Hill by Andrea Renee Cox. The leading lady is a former ballerina, and ballet still means the world to her.

This charm represents If I Knew You Were Coming by Bailey Gaines. Cake played an important role for the leading lady and her family.

This charm represents Her Heart’s Home by Grace A. Johnson. The leading man is a naval captain, and I imagine he would use a compass in his work (though one is not mentioned in the story). But it also represents the search for one’s place, one’s home, and how to stay on course when one feels lost, as the leading lady did in the story.

Flower Pendant
This charm represents The Tussie-Mussie by Katja H. Labonté. A tussie-mussie is a small bouquet of flowers pinned to one’s outfit, but there was also a brooch in the story. This charm seemed to encompass both accessories to me.

Alice in Wonderland
This charm represents The Odd Duck Society by Rachel Leitch. This book, and others, played a role in the journeys of the leading lady and her friends.

Holy Bible
This charm represents Fear Not Tomorrows by Erika Mathews. The faith thread was strong and beautiful in this story, and Bible verses played a key part in that.

Hiking Boot
This charm represents Courage to Stay by Kellyn Roth. The leading lady joined her husband and his friends on a hunting trip, and she wore the proper footwear for the adventure.

What else is included in this giveaway?

One grand prize winner will receive:
* one paperback copy of Springtime in Surrey
* one charm bracelet
* two bookmarks
* one quote sticker
* one jasmine blossom teabag
* one sheep sticker
* two flower stickers

Two other winners will receive:
* two bookmarks
* one quote sticker

Who is eligible to win?

Due to shipping costs, this giveaway is only open to people with a U.S. mailing address.

Winners must be 18 or older OR have parents’ permission to enter.

The authors of Springtime in Surrey and their immediate family members (parents and siblings) are not eligible to win.

How may I enter the giveaway?

It’s simple. Comment on this article and let me know what your most recent favorite book is and why it resonated with you. Please include an e-mail address so I may contact you if you win.

While it will NOT gain you any extra entries (there is only one entry per person), please feel free to share this giveaway with your friends.

How long is the giveaway open for entries?

The giveaway is open August 4-31, 2023. Winners will be randomly selected and contacted on September 1. They will have 24 hours to respond to the e-mail to claim their prize.

What other details do I need to know?

Winners will be announced on Writing to Inspire on September 4, 2023.

Prizes will be mailed out at my earliest convenience after winners have been selected.

The winners’ mailing addresses will only be used to send out the prizes for this giveaway. They will not be stored or sold.

May I ask questions?

Yes! If anything is unclear or I have forgotten a detail that needed to be included in this article, please ask me in the comment section.

Springtime in Surrey BINGO

During the full month of August, I’m hosting a Springtime in Surrey BINGO Reading Challenge Game. There are prizes! Come join the fun on this article.

Blog Swap Schedule

Please visit any or all of the following articles on the dates given or after. Feel free to share them with your friends, too.

Note: There was an issue with some of the links being broken recently. I have corrected those now, so all the links should take you to the appropriate articles. Please let me know if you come upon an issue. I am still waiting on some of the links, so please hang in there. They are coming.

June 19
Grace A. Johnson on Lilacs & Reveries

June 26
Rachel Leitch on Little Blossoms for Jesus

July 3
Kellyn Roth on Little Blossoms for Jesus
Kellyn Roth on Writing to Inspire

July 5
Rachel Leitch on Lilacs & Reveries
Grace A. Johnson on Prose Worthy
Kellyn Roth on Of Blades and Thorns

July 7
Andrea Renee Cox on Of Blades and Thorns

July 8
Rachel Leitch on Resting Life

July 10
Rachel Leitch on Of Blades and Thorns
Rachel Leitch on Writing to Inspire

July 12
Katja H. Labonté on Lilacs & Reveries
Katja H. Labonté on Of Blades and Thorns
Kellyn Roth on Prose Worthy

July 15
Katja H. Labonté on Resting Life

July 17
Andrea Renee Cox on Little Blossoms for Jesus
Erika Mathews on Of Blades and Thorns

July 19
Andrea Renee Cox on Prose Worthy
Erika Mathews on Lilacs & Reveries

July 22
Kellyn Roth on Resting Life

July 26
Katja H. Labonté on Prose Worthy

July 29
Grace A. Johnson on Resting Life

August 2
Erika Mathews on Prose Worthy

August 5
Andrea Renee Cox on Resting Life

August 7
Grace A. Johnson on Little Blossoms for Jesus
Grace A. Johnson on Writing to Inspire

August 9
Andrea Renee Cox on Lilacs & Reveries

August 14
Erika Mathews on Writing to Inspire

August 21
Erika Mathews on Little Blossoms for Jesus
Katja H. Labonté on Writing to Inspire

About Springtime in Surrey

This collection of novellas, set in County Surrey, England, features both historical and contemporary stories by new and old authors!

Springtime in Surrey contains the follow eight novellas:

Jesus, I Am Resting by Faith Blum
An orphaned young woman must fight to survive after WWI breaks out, praying her beau doesn’t die on a foreign battlefield like her father did years ago.

The Cottage on the Hill by Andrea Renee Cox
A former ballerina seeks hope amongst her lost dreams, as a sheep farmer tries to bring her joy.

If I Knew You Were Coming by Bailey Gaines
An exhausted mother balances her duties to both her biological and evacuee children with preparation for an unexpected visit from her soldier husband.

Her Heart’s Home by Grace A. Johnson
A destitute woman is pursued by an unexpected suitor and finds blessings from God in the way she least expected.

The Tussie-Mussie by Katja H. Labonté
A disgraced debutante flees to the country, only to meet a reclusive writer who may change her life forever.

The Odd Duck Society by Rachel Leitch
An insecure university student returns to a tea shop after a mysterious letter summons her there.

Fear Not Tomorrows by Erika Mathews
A hard-working sister-of-seven struggles with contentment as her marriage is postponed by her fiancé’s absence.

Courage to Stay by Kellyn Roth
A young bride chases her husband into the forest to rescue him from himself, which goes about as well as one would expect.

Book Links

Springtime in Surrey may be found at the following links:


Springtime in Surrey is also currently available in Kindle Unlimited.

About the Authors

Faith Blum is a wife, mom, author, and entrepreneur. She’s published over 30 books, most of them in the Christian Historical Fiction genre. She loves stories because they can teach history, but in a fun way. It is also her way to have a creative outlet while taking care of a household and toddler.

She’s been a proud small town resident her whole life and wouldn’t have it any other way. She lives in Central Wisconsin with her husband, son, and cat, Smokey. She’s blessed to write as a part time career. You can find her books on books on most eBook retailers.

When not writing, you can find her cooking from scratch, reading, figuring out social media content, or spending time with her family. She also loves playing piano for church and being part of the Author Conservatory.

Amazon Author Page:

Born and raised in north Texas, Andrea Renee Cox is a born-again child of God who enjoys writing stories that inspire, copyediting fiction manuscripts, tutoring middle school students, and going on road trips with her family. Whether she’s working on historical or contemporary, women’s fiction or romance, she uses her skills in research and writing techniques—as well as a large dose of prayer and guidance from God—at every turn in the journey to produce the best story of her ability every single time. Her books may be found on her website, and readers are welcome to follow her blog for the latest updates in her journey. 


Bailey Gaines is a Georgia girl who loves history. Through her writing, she hopes to show how God works in all periods of history, bringing healing and helping people know they have value because of their identity as a human created in God’s image. Her stories range from King Richard the Lionheart’s England to 1930s Appalachia to 18th century England to 19th century America.

Bailey is a student of the Author Conservatory, and has a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing. When she’s not writing, she’s helping homeschoolers with their writing or working at an escape room. Her hobbies include playing the piano, sewing, and exploring the world of vintage fashion.


Grace A. Johnson is a Christian fiction authoress, book reviewer, and avid reader. She lives in beautiful (but humid) South Georgia, surrounded by farmland and forestry, with her parents and six younger siblings. She has indie-published the first three novels in a Christian historical romance series, the Daughters of the Seven Seas, and a smattering of short stories and novellas, as well as a devotional. She’s also a marketer and editor who loves helping young authors through her editing business S&J Editors and her small publishing company Sky’s the Limit Press. You can find her on Instagram and Facebook @graceajohnsonauthor or blogging on her website at Join her for a virtual cup of tea and a free preview of her debut novel when you sign up for her e-newsletter!


Katja H. Labonté is a Christian, an extreme bibliophile who devours over 365 books in a year, and an exuberant writer with a talent for starting short stories that explode into book series. She is a bilingual French-Canadian and has about a dozen topics she’s excessively passionate about (hint: that’s why she writes). Katja writes both contemporary and historical fiction, as well as non-magical historical and contemporary kingdom fiction, and covers themes of worth, love, peace, and Christian growth. She spends her days enjoying little things, growing in faith, learning life, and loving people. You can follow her life journey, find free books, browse her services, and more on her website and blog.


Rachel Leitch discovered the book of writing when she was seven. She’s been turning pages ever since! She lives her own adventure in northern Indiana, with her parents, three sisters, two brothers, and a dog who thinks he’s the hero of her story. She writes young adult historical fiction with a dash of adventure or a spark of magic. When she’s not hidden away writing, she’s trying to fit all her reads on her shelf in a somewhat organized manner, obsessing over character arcs, drinking chai, daydreaming at the piano, or teaching students to be just as bookish as she is. In all her adventures, she learns how to shine brighter for the Father of Lights. For more bookish ramblings (and a free digital short story involving a magical violin) follow her adventure journal at!


Erika Mathews is an author and editor who writes family-friendly Christian living books, both fiction and non-fiction, that demonstrate the power of God through ordinary people, transforming daily life into His resting life. Her works include Truth from Taerna, a kingdom adventure fiction series with deep spiritual themes, Resting Life, a Christian living nonfiction book about finding rest in Jesus in modern life, and a variety of historical fiction and poetry.

Erika lives in the farm country of Minnesota with her husband and children. She’s a homeschool graduate with a Bachelor’s in Communications, a Master’s in Biblical Ministries, and a passion for sharing Jesus Christ and His truth. When she’s not working with books, she enjoys reading, outdoor activities, piano and violin, organizing, and using the Oxford comma.


Kellyn Roth is a historical romance & women’s fiction author who writes about the empty places where hope has the most room to grow. Her novels include the inspirational Victorian family saga, The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, and the Kees & Colliers series, which follows a broken family in the tumultuous years of the first half of the 20th century.

Kellyn is a student of the Author Conservatory and a writing coach. When not building her author career or her indie-author-helping business, Wild Blue Wonder Press, she is likely getting lost somewhere in the Pacific Northwest with her friends, watching period dramas and facetious comedies, or spending time with her husband.


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14 thoughts on “Springtime in Surrey and Charm Bracelet Giveaway

  1. Oh, this is so creative and fun!!! <3

    My most recent favorite book is Lake Season by Denise Hunter! One of its themes was stepping out in faith to do God's will despite your fears, and that very much resonated with me.

    1. That theme sounds lovely! Thanks for sharing, Saraina!

      What’s a good e-mail address for you? If you don’t want to share publicly, you may use the contact form on the “contact” tab to let me know. Your address will not be stored.

  2. My most recent (just finished today) favorite book is The Edge of Belonging by Amanda Cox. It took quite a lot of tissues to get through it, but it was so worth it. I had such a vivid picture of these people in my mind and was so sad once done, like moving away from a very best friend. I’ve never felt so many emotions so strongly while reading a book.

    1. Lynnette, I love a good, emotional story like that. The more tissues the better, if you ask me. Will you send me your e-mail address via the contact form on the “contact” page in the menu on this website, so I have a way to contact you if you win? Your address will not be stored. Thanks!

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