Wednesday, May 29, 2013

CFBA: A Heartbeat Away by S. Dionne Moore

This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing:
A Heartbeat Away
Abingdon Press (May 1, 2013)
S. Dionne Moore


Civil War stories were some of my favorite as a kid, I read everything I could find. The fight for freedom - to abolish slavery and make things right; how every day people risked everything for people they didn't know because it was the right thing to do - that was so inspiring! It still is. I don't like to think that I've become cynical or 'used' to the injustices in our world as I've gotten older, but I do find that I tend to tune them out sometimes because I'm sick of hearing of all the evil we do to one another.

Reading books like A Heartbeat Away nudge me back into the frame of mind again to remember that we still have a God given responsibility AND and ability to make a difference, no matter how small it seems. Beth and Joe have a very sweet story and I loved the whole book. I was especially appreciative of the gentle reminder they gave by example.


When a band of runaway slaves brings Union-loyal Beth Bumgartner a wounded Confederate soldier named Joe, it is the catalyst that pushes her to defy her pacifist parents and become a nurse during the Battle of Antietam.

Her mother's mysterious goodbye gift is filled with quilt blocks that bring comfort to Beth during the hard days and lonely nights, but as she sews each block, she realizes there is a hidden message of faith within the pattern that encourages and sustains her. Reunited with Joe, Beth learns his secret and puts the quilt's message to its greatest test—but can betrayal be forgiven?

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Heartbeat Away, go HERE.

Watch the video:

AHeartbeatAway - Medium from S. Dionne Moore on Vimeo.


S. Dionne Moore started writing in 2006. Her first book, Murder on the Ol’ Bunions, was contracted for publication by Barbour Publishing in 2008. In 2009 she moved on to writing historical romances as an outlet for her passion for history. In 2010 her second cozy mystery, Polly Dent Loses Grip, was a 2010 Carol Award finalist and she was also named a Barbour Publishing 2010 Favorite New Author. In 2011 her first historical romance, Promise of Tomorrow, was nominated a 2011 Carol Award finalist.

Born and raised in Manassas, Virginia, Moore moved to Greencastle, PA in 1993, then to Mercersburg in 2009. Moore enjoys life in the historically rich Cumberland Valley where traffic jams are a thing of the past and there are only two stoplights in the whole town.

For more information, visit her Website at
Follow her on Twitter: @sdionnemoore

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