Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Never Without Hope by Michelle Sutton *GIVEAWAY* closed

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Penny for winning.


by Michelle Sutton

About the book:

Hope believes she is above sexual temptation; that she would never break that commandment like her husband's previous wives had done. After all, she is a good Christian and a loving mother. She has no reason to stray . . . until her husband starts neglecting her needs and things begin to look hopeless. Though she clearly communicates her pain to her husband, he refuses to get help. She starts to wonder…Will she never have sex with her husband again? She soon learns that she, too, is capable of such betrayal when she succumbs to the unthinkable.

But things that first seemed sweet and reasonable given her painful situation soon produce a bitter taste when combined with the overwhelming guilt. No substitute will ever replace her love and desire for her husband. If only he would touch her like he used to. If only they could make love again. She misses him so much and wants to tell him the truth hoping it will propel him to do something to fix their problem, but she fears his rejection. Yet, she can't continue living such a hypocritical life. She knows it's wrong even though she continues to crave physical intimacy. Steeped in the quagmire of adultery, Hope must find her way back to solid ground to save her marriage. But will she lose everyone she loves in the process?



About the Author:

Michelle is an edgy Christian fiction author who has written over a dozen novels that will be released through 2012. She is also a book reviewer, an avid blogger/alliance member, the mother of two teenagers who are soon to be college students, a wife of two decades, and follower of Jesus Christ.



MY REVIEW

I have read all of Michelle's published books to-date and I love her writing style. Never Without Hope is definitely her edgiest book. I thought it was fabulous. I think Michelle did an amazing job of portraying all the emotions and ramifications of an affair. She didn't shy away from telling it like it is- the good and the bad. I really appreciated the fact that the main character knew what she was doing was wrong but did it anyway- it is just so true to life.

Personally I did not find the more graphic details of the book offensive. The details were relevant and necessary to the storyline. By showing lust and sin and adultery in their true forms Michelle was also able to show just how amazing God's grace and mercy are and how you can never stray too far to receive His forgiveness.



Most inspirational novels that I read shy away from showing the true depths of sin- even in the lives of Christians- and I really respect Michelle's willingness to write TRUTH.  Never Without Hope addresses a "taboo" topic in most Christian circles but one that we all know happens and therefore really needs to be addressed.  I think this book has the potential to give a lot of women who are struggling in their marriages real hope.

Well done Michelle!


Interview with Michelle Sutton:

Thanks so much to Michelle for being willing to answer a few questions for me!

1. Why did you write this book?

I wrote this book because it seemed like in the last five years I've come across many marriages that have crumbled or nearly crumbled due to issues related to sex (usually the lack of it). There is a scripture about not depriving your spouse lest you tempt them to stray. So if it's mentioned in the Bible then why aren't there more books dealing with this subject? I don't know why people are scared of these issues. It's real life. My own marriage has had it's challenges, but thankfully things have been good for several years now. Every marriage has their occasional problems in this area, but I wanted to show how disastrous it can be to entertain thoughts of solving a problem on your own, or what can happen when you start thinking the grass is looking pretty good on the other side of the fence. I also wanted to show how easy it is for something to get out of hand that at one time may have seemed like a reasonable thing to do, and to show how potentially dangerous it is to have friendships with people who are of the opposite sex. I've met so many women who have suffered with a lack of regular physical affection that I know it's a prevalent issue that people don't like to talk about. Impotency has to be a problem or there wouldn't be viagra, eh? There is also the lack of interest that can be caused by pornography addiction, but that's a whole different topic. So what does a wife do if her husband refuses to deal with the issue? I wanted to show one scenario in all of it's thrill and horror to make people think long and hard before they do what Hope did to "solve" the problem.

2.  What were you like as a teenager?

As a teenager I was a complex character. Seriously. I was very smart despite my insistence on frying some of my brain cells because of experimental drug use. My mom had MS for two decades so my life wasn't typical and in many ways I grew up too fast. One way I coped with it was to escape through parties, boys, whatever. At the same time I graduated from high school a year early because I knew I didn't want to waste my life. I was very conflicted due to the pain from not having a normal family situation, and yet my family did the best they could to survive. My dad worked three jobs, and my mom couldn't help that she was sick. I was just angry that things were the way they were and I couldn't do anything about it. So I made some poor choices. That's why my fiction is so "real" because I want to reach people where the ugly truth is. We're not always what we pretend to be. Am I saved? I know that I know that I know that Jesus saved me and He lives in me. That's not an issue. Am I perfect? No way. He is always working on me. That's what I like to write about. 

3.  What superpower would you most like to have?

I would love to have a superpower that would allow me to eat what I want and not gain weight. Then I'd want to be strong without having to exercise. (Sheesh, that sounds like I'm lazy and a glutton, oy!) Most of all I'd love to be a physician who could heal myself. I'd start by making my stupid allergies go away. I hate them! No amount of medicine seems to fix them either. They aren't as severe with meds, but they are still there. Ugh.



Would you like to win a signed copy of Never Without Hope?

Just leave me a comment here telling me if you have ever read any of Michelle's books before. That's it!

* BONUS ENTRIES*

Whoever buys the kindle version now will get five entries into the contest for an autographed hard copy of this book and five bookmarks to share. All you  have to do to prove you bought it is put your  order # in a comment and then leave 4 more comments to make 5 total. Put whatever you want in the other 4 comments (ex. comment #2).

You can purchase the digital version of Never Without Hope HERE

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This giveaway is open to readers in Canada & the USA. I will choose a winner on May 25, 2010.

Winner will be chosen with random.org and notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to reply to my email or I will choose a new winner.

165 comments:

L Harris said...

I've never read a book by Michelle.

authorkathyeberly said...

I have never read a book by Michelle, but I sure would like to!

debbie said...

I haven't read any of her books, but I would like to.
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debbie said...

I am a email subscriber.
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debbie said...

I am a gfc follower.
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Anonymous said...

I have not read Michelle's books, but want to....I follow her blog.
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Anonymous said...

I subscribe to your blog via e mail....enjoy it.
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I am e mailing 2 friends about this.
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Abi said...

I've never read Michelle's books though I do have some in my ever growing tbr pile. Thanks

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tomasmc@cogeco.ca said...

Looks like a great book, Michele. I have subscribed to your blog on Networked Blogs, Tara, as well as your Facebook fan page. Great interview. Please enter me in the draw.

Lynn McCallum

Anonymous said...

i have read other books by Michelle :)

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i follow michelle's blog :)

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Misscrabbypants said...

I have never read a book that Michelle has written.
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I foollow with google friend.
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I am a follower of your main blog on facebook.
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Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith said...

I am a follower, sounds like a really good book!

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Penny said...

I have never read a book by this author but it sounds fabulous. I have a friend that is going through this exact situation and it is always easy to point fingers and lay blame but truthfully none of us really know how we will react until we have been put into a situation like this.

I am a new follower please enter me in the giveaway.

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Casey said...

I have never read any of Michelle's work,but would love to start with this one. Thank for the chance. :)

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409cope said...

I have never read any of her books,but this sounds like a great read.cardshark42(at)hotmail(dot)com

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Amanda Daybyday said...

Looks like a good read.

Megan said...

I haven't read Michelle's books, but I do follow her blog :)

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Megan said...

I follow your blog too!!

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scottsgal said...

I have never read this author but this one sounds great
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strawberry said...

I subscribe to your blog via email. strawberry_sweetheart39@yahoo.com

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I follow you on Twitter. strawberry_sweetheart39@yahoo.com

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Terra H. said...

I've never read any of her books before but would like to read this one. Thanks.
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Anonymous said...

I have not read any of Michelle's books but she sounds like a fun writer and person! Id love to now that I read her interview!

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J. Cannon said...

I have never read a book that Michelle has written but this books seems really interesting.
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fredamans said...

I've not read Michelle's works, but I have been following her blog for a while. She was one of the first blogs I followed.

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fredamans said...

Follow via GFC

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McKim said...

No, I've never read any of her books, but would love to start with this one!

grannyvon said...

No, I have not read any books by Michelle Sutton but if they are as intresting as her interview they are going to be good. "Never Without Hope" sounds promising and I want to WIN! Thanks, ybutler@oppcatv.com

grannyvon said...

I subscribe by e-mail Thanks for all the extra entries. ybutler@oppcatv.com

grannyvon said...

Public Follower of Google Friend Connect.Thanks ybutler@oppcatv.com

amber said...

i've never read anything by michelle but this book sounds interesting.

Misscrabbypants said...

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Anonymous said...

l love Michelles style! her books are GREAT!!! priscillajdm at hotmail dot com

abfantom said...

No, I haven't read any of Michelle's books.


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abfantom said...

I'm an email subscriber.


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abfantom said...

I follow publicly via GFC.


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Tannie's Chatter said...

I've never read any of her books :(

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Tannie's Chatter said...

I subscribe through e-mail

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Tannie's Chatter said...

I follow via Google Friend Connect (tanandjosh)

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Tannie's Chatter said...

I grabbed your button http://www.tannieschatter.blogspot.com/

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I follow you - @tannieschatter

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ryleesgran said...

I have never read any of Michelle's books before, but I think I would enjoy reading this

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GALENA said...

sounds intriging an pray it will be

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Debbie F said...

Please include me! thanks

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Debbie F said...

I follow in google reader

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I follow GFC

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Misscrabbypants said...

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Karla Meachem said...

I've never read a book by Michelle either; but I am definately interested in reading her work now.

Love that she touches the 'real' subjects of life with transparency and hope.

Thanks for the entry!

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Karla Meachem said...

Subscribed by google connect! Thanx for the extra entry!!!

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Karla Meachem said...

Already follow you on twitter - talk about an easy entry! Thanks! :)

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Followed your blog on Networked Blogs on Facebook

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Shared on my fan page on Facebook for Empowering Christian Women

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snowluvnferret said...

I have not had the opportunity to read her books. Thanks for the giveaway

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Esther Y.M. said...

I have not read any of her books...yet...

I love her blog though and hope to read her books in the future.

Please enter me.

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Esther Y.M. said...

am a google follower now.

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Esther Y.M. said...

am also an e-mail subscriber.

by the way..I'm gald I follow Michelle's blog and was led to your's too...

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Tannie's Chatter said...

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Nicole C. said...

I have never read any of her books, but would love to!

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Nicole C. said...

I follow on gfc.

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fredamans said...

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Steve Capell said...

I haven’t read any of this author’s books, but your review sounds like a book that I would take pleasure in reading. Thanks you so much for hosting this giveaway.

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Bobble said...

I subscribed by email. I haven't read any of Michelle Sutton's books, but this one sounds interesting.

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Smooshy said...

haven't read any yet!

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fredamans said...

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Tannie's Chatter said...

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Anonymous said...

No, I have never read any of her books. I'm thankful that we have a choice of reading content and have available to read books by women of faith. I'm very thankful every day that the good Lord has graced me with the ability to see and the ability to read. Many people in this world do not even own a book.
Thanks for hosting a giveaway.
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Edna said...

I would love this book and I follow on google


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Huguette E. said...

I don't think I've had the pleasure of reading any of her books.

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I'm a new blog follower (Huguette E.)

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Huguette E. said...

I'm a new email suscriber

Huguette E. said...

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Anita Yancey said...

I have never read one of her books before, but I would really like to read this one. Please enter me. Thanks!

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Anita Yancey said...

I subscribe by email.

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Huguette E. said...

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cpullum said...

No I haven't but would like to!
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Anonymous said...

I have not read this author before!

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Charlene said...

I've never read any of her books, but I'd like to :)

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Hotsnotty2 said...

No, I haven't read any of her books, thanks!

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Surge said...

I have never read her books but I would love to ! this sounds really interesting

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Nancye said...

I haven't read any of Michelle's books yet.

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FDP 4 Life said...

i haven't ever read a book by michelle
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Melissa B. said...

I have never read any of Michelle's books, but I would love to.

cdmarteny said...

i have never read a book by michelle

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i am a email subscriber

susan1215 said...

I have never read any of Michelles books

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kcatlin said...

I've never read any books by this author, but would love too.

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I have never read a book by Michelle.


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ZESTYWONDERLAND said...

I have not read any of Michelle's book yet! this one sounds good!
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I follow on GFC!
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Gianna said...

I've never read any of her books before. i would like to read this one..

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Michelle Sutton said...

Wow! The enthusiasm here is contagious. Just so you know, I just found out Never Without Hope got 4 stars from Romantic Times from one of the toughest reviewers. Yay! I hope those of you who don't win will still consider getting a copy of this book. If you order from me directly I'll even autograph it for you and toss in some gorgeous bookmarks to share.

 
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