April McGowan

WhiteFire Scavenger Hunt Stop #2

Welcome to the WhiteFire Publishing Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to go back to stop #1 and collect all the clues in order. Once you have them all, you’ll have uncovered a secret message. Turn that in at the final stop for a chance to win one of THREE amazing prize packages!


  • The Hunt begins at Roseanna White’s site
  • Take your time! You have all weekend to complete the Hunt—entries will be counted until Monday June 26—so have fun reading all the posts along the way and getting to know each author
  • Lots of extra prizes! Many of the authors are featuring unique giveaways as well, for even more chances to win!
  • Submit your entry for the grand prizes back at Roseanna White’s blog.


If you love books like I do, you won’t want to miss this amazing contest sponsored by my publisher, WhiteFire Publishing . The quality of the authors from WhiteFire is unparalleled. I’m very honored to be a part of their group. Here are some of the prizes you’ll be entered to win:

Bookster’s Dream Prize
28 Paperback BooksTravel MugTumblerMessenger Bag($450 Value)
Digital Lover’s Prize
Kindle (paperwhite or fire 8”) loaded with WFP Titles($350 Value)
Dreaming of Reading Prize

15 paperback booksTravel Mug


Messenger Bag

($250 Value)


Clue to Write Down: PAGES

Link to Stop #_3__, the Next Stop on the Loop: CLICK here for Cara Luecht’s author page.


All finished? Submit Your Entries!

People ask why I write the stories I do. I have a heart to share about real-life issues that affect us all in one way or another–either us personally or a friend or family member. I hope my stories create a new sense of empathy for the trials and triumphs we all go through. In my latest novel, Hold the Light, Amber faces such a trial–she’s losing her sight. We all deal with loss at some point, and we all need to find our new path and new normal. I’ve found that new normal comes in stages–not often leaps and bounds, but in baby steps of faith and prayer. I hope you’ll order Hold the Light and see how things turn out for Amber.

And now, my giveaway! YES, there’s even more!! I want to make sure you don’t miss out on recent news and blog posts, so please follow my blog, sign up for my newsletter, let me know what you think of this incredible contest, and share with your friends. PLUS if you’ve read my other titles and want to make sure more people see my newest release, please preorder Hold the Light. That way, when it goes live, it’ll shoot right up to the top of bookseller’s lists and get more attention from readers I’ve not connected with yet!

Three additional prizes for you to WIN! Three people will be drawn for either  a $25.oo Gift card for Amazon, a $15.00 Coffee Card or any of my novels autographed/personalized for you.
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You can order my new release, Hold the Light HERE

To an artist, the light is everything. So what is Amber supposed to do when facing blindness?

Amber spent her life adapting first to being abandoned by her birth mother as a toddler, and then to the death of her adoptive father in her teen years. Now she s moved past all that, loving life as an independent woman: she has a job as an art instructor and the perfect apartment.

But when a routine eye appointment reveals she’s losing her sight, life comes to a halt. Pressures come at her from all sides. Her mother, her boss, her boyfriend and her closest friend, Shannon, all have ideas about what’s best for her.

Even after her blindness counselor, Ethan, befriends her and opens her eyes to new opportunities and the possibility of a deeper relationship, one haunting question remains: How could the God she loved all her life turn everything upside down again?


Here’s a list of all the stops on the HUNT:

Roseanna M. White

April McGowan

Cara Luecht

Christine Lindsay

Debra Marvin

Dina Sleiman

Gail Kittleson

Joy Palmer

June Foster

Melody Carlson (hosted)

Nelson Hannah

Rachelle Rea Cobb

Sara Goff

Susie Finkbeiner

Susanne Dietze

Suzie Johnson


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Mom’s Relaxation Kit Giveaway

Happy December! If you’re like me, December, although full of excitement and expectation, can be equally full of over-commitment and weariness. Just in time for the season, my friend Danika Cooley has teamed up with the Proverbial Homemaker to do a huge giveaway of books, adult coloring books, and essential oils. My novels Macy and Jasmine are part of that giveaway!

Be sure to pop over there for their Mom’s Relaxation Kit Giveaway and enter to win! Click HERE



Christmas time can be a hectic season, can’t it? There’s much to do, and so many little people to bless. My friends know sometimes that means moms go without. They want to honor a mom this Christmas with a fun giveaway.

You won’t believe the wonderful package of relaxation gifts they have assembled for their winner. Be sure to check out each special element–you may even find a little Christmas gift here to bless another hard working mama!

Are you having trouble getting into the holiday spirit? I’ve found that with my illness, that can be tricky. In fact, this year, I’m feeling rather lackluster. Normally I’d have Christmas lights up and music blaring–but this year it feels like lots of effort! I think that’s because I’m coming off of a months long infection. All my energies are taken up with that! However, yesterday I came home to my children having set up the tree. So, even though it’s not decorated yet, there’s a white-lights-blazing reminder in my living room of what will come.

The lovely thing about Christmas, though, isn’t just what will come–it is who has already come. Amidst the “Jesus is the Reason” posts on social media we all start looking past, there is this singular truth that even the most skeptical of studious historians believe: He did come. As a Christian, I also believe He is here (in form of the Holy Spirit) and He will bodily return one day. So while I might not be excited for presents and decor, I AM excited about that. I’m always excited about that, actually!

So, what are some things that get you in the mood for the holidays? Leave me comments below! And don’t forget to go enter that amazing giveaway!

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I’ll Be Seeing You MUST-SEE contest alert

Must SeeLast week I released my very first Newsletter. If you want to be on the Newsletter list, just look to your right on my blog and scroll to the spot on the page where it says “Get The Newsletter” and do so! I email them out just four times a year. This time, those folks got the first opportunity to enter a new contest–one that might land their idea in a novel. Don’t worry, you’ve got a chance, too!

In my next novel, my main character, Amber, loses her sight to a disease. Before she does, she creates a sort of bucket list–I’m calling it her MUST-SEE list. I’ve got a list of things she wants to see for the last time–but I’d love to use your ideas, too! SO: If you were going to lose your sight, what’s one thing you’d want to see before time ran out?

Post your MUST-SEE place or thing below in the comments and I might use your idea in my novel. Everyone who posts an idea will be mentioned in the back of my novel (along with a complied MUST-SEE list) and I’ll also enter your name in a contest for a $20.00 Amazon gift card! You can send multiple ideas (please!), but there is only one entry for the gift card per person. DEADLINE is December 31st, 2015. Enter NOW!
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MACY Release Day!

Macy Cover WebAs with most things in life, I’ve learned to count on the unexpected. MACY is out and available for order via paperback or ebook NOW. This was supposed to be on Sunday–but, in honor of Father’s Day…um…well, that’s the story I’m sticking with! For Amazon hop here and for Barnes & Noble hop here.

In celebration of MACY’s release, my publisher is offing Jasmine on the Kindle for 99cents on Friday! SO, if you haven’t had a chance to read it, or would like to gift a copy to a friend, this is a great chance!

In further celebration, come hang out with me on Facebook here on Friday for book banter, chats and general fun. I’ll share where I get the ideas for stories, as well as insights into character’s lives. Stop by 10AM-5PM Pacific Time. If you can’t make it by during those hours, I’ll still be popping in Friday evening and Saturday here and there.

I’m running a contest in celebration as well! Help spread the word, and you might win your own copy of MACY for you or to share with a friend. The most entries wins the SIGNED copy of MACY! Second and Third amounts of entries will win ebook copies of MACY! In case of a tie for FIRST, SECOND or THIRD, each will win a copy of that level award. Winner’s will be announced on Facebook, G+ and here on my blog on Friday June 20th. Winner must supply mailing address or email address to receive copies in due time. No private information will be shared with any outside parties, and April will not hassle you–ever. 🙂 I HOPE YOU WIN!
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You’re Invited: Jasmine Book Launch and Contest!

Jasmine 3D1Jasmine is officially released to paperback….TODAY! I’m super excited! Are you excited?? You can order your copy from your favorite online retailer below:

Amazon HERE

BooksAMillion HERE

Barnes & Noble HERE 


Please  join me in person on September 22, 2013 for my book launch and signing party. I’ll also be selling books on site at that time. Part of the proceeds from my book sales will be donated to Portland Rescue Mission’s Shepherd’s Door and Door To Grace. Both ministries reach out to hurting homeless women and children. Two representatives from these wonderful ministries will be joining me and giving short talks.

Jasmine Novel Launch Party

September 22, 2013 From 3 p.m to 5 p.m

Newberg Christian Church
2315 Villa Rd
Newberg OR 97132 directions and map HERE

Will you help me spread the word that Jasmine is available in paperback? Please share, share, share on your Facebook, Twitter, G+, Blog, email, phone, text…um..word of mouth…tie little notes to your cat’s collar, carrier pigeon….um…oh, I know! Enter the contest below to win an autographed paperback copy of Jasmine. Make sure to leave me a comment on a creative/silly/wacky way YOU would promote my novel. You never know, I might just try it!

See you at my novel launch!

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