Character Name Giveaway!

Isn’t it fun to read a book and find a fictional character with your name? (Unless that fictional character is a nefarious villain, of course; that’s a different story.) Just for fun, I decided to list off the main heroines of our novels releasing from May 2018 to April 2019.

Want to enter a fun giveaway? Just comment on this post if you share a name with one of these characters. (Alternate spellings are accepted.) Or, since we know that will leave out a lot of our readers, you can also comment to tell us about a friend who shares a name with one of these characters. On Monday, March 18, I’ll choose two winners to receive the book with their name and another book of their choice.

Sophie: Lone Witness by Rachel Dylan

Willow: Falling for You by Becky Wade

Marianne: Together Forever by Jody Hedlund

Katherine (or Kit): A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter

Rosalind: A Daring Venture by Elizabeth Camden

Mielle (or Michelle): King’s War by Jill Williamson

Evangeline: More Than Meets the Eye by Karen Witemeyer

Grace: The Best of Intentions by Susan Anne Mason

Kate: Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey

Annalise or Libby: The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright

Judith: In Dreams Forgotten by Tracie Peterson

Temperance: Caught by Surprise by Jen Turano

Marie or Annie: A Simple Singing by Leslie Gould

Zanna: The Lady of Tarpon Springs by Judith Miller

Tzivia: Thirst of Steel by Ronie Kendig

Maggie: The First Love by Beverly Lewis

Kenzie (or Mackenzie): In Times Gone By by Tracie Peterson

Janelle, Tennyson, or Ruthie: The Cost of Betrayal by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason

Evalina: An Hour Unspent by Roseanna M. White

Anna: Legacy of Mercy by Lynn Austin

Sarah, Ruth, Fleeta, or Maddie: The Christmas Heirloom by Karen Witemeyer, Kristi Ann Hunter, Sarah Loudin Thomas, and Becky Wade

Gwen: The Reluctant Warrior by Mary Connealy

Sofea (or Sophia): Shelter of the Most High by Connilyn Cossette

Nilda: A Season of Grace by Lauraine Snelling

Salome: Jerusalem’s Queen by Angela Hunt

Selene (or Selena): Mark of the Raven by Morgan L. Busse

Hattie: The Lieutenant’s Bargain by Regina Jennings

Kaely: Mind Games by Nancy Mehl

Jane or Mercy: The Bride of Ivy Green by Julie Klassen

Sophie: Searching for You by Jody Hedlund

Thea or Heidi: The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright

Tayler (or Taylor): Under the Midnight Sun by Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse

Isadora: Flights of Fancy by Jen Turano

Daphne: A Return of Devotion by Kristi Ann Hunter

Leisel: A Faithful Gathering by Leslie Gould

Mia: Breach of Trust by Rachel Dylan

Catherine: Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green

Eloise: A Desperate Hope by Elizabeth Camden

Penny: The Unexpected Champion by Mary Connealy

Johanna: Far Side of the Sea by Kate Breslin

Lizzy (or Elizabeth): When You Are Near by Tracie Peterson

Emmaline: The Highest of Hopes by Susan Anne Mason

Verity: Verity by Lisa Bergren

Cara: The Artful Match by Jennifer Delamere

Della: Outbreak by Davis Bunn

Sylvia: The Tinderbox by Beverly Lewis

Which book above has your (or your friend’s) name twin?

166 thoughts on “Character Name Giveaway!

    • Gwen is the name of one of my Mom’s sisters. If she was still living I know she would be pleased to be mentioned in a book by a wonderful author. I have several books by Mary Connelly.

  1. Selene (or Selena) from Mark of the Raven. The spelling is just a bit different.
    I read it last month, and I cannot wait for Flight of the Raven!!

    • My name (Theresa or Teri) is super unpopular in books…but my daughters are Ellery Grace and Maddison Quinn (Grace & Maddie) so I’m calling them my book twins!

    • My name is Judith and Tracie Peterson is one of my favorite authors. I haven’t read In Dreams Forgotten yet. Would love to receive it.

  2. My granddaughter’s name is Mackenzie and we call her Kenzie a lot. She also loves Tracie Peterson’s books just like I do. So we will have to get In Times Gone By. And my Mother’s name is in The Christmas Heirloom. Her name was Ruth. But my name wasn’t in any.

    • None have my name, but the name Sophie in Rachel Dylan’s book lone witness, makes me think of one of the preschoolers I watch during the week at work.

  3. I have a cousin named Katherine, spelt with a K as well! So excited for Hunter’s new book. Loved her last series!

  4. One of my very good friends & future sister-in-law is named Taylor. Also, I wanted to name my youngest daughter Emmaline but my husband wouldn’t let me because our oldest daughter is named Adeline & he thought they were too similar 😢

  5. I work with another nurse named Maryann, she is a wonderful caring person with the utmost concern for all her patients, and has a wonderful demeanor, and deep faith. (as in Together Forever by Jody Hedlund). My name Donna,.does not seem to make it into books very often!

  6. My name does not appear on the list, but if you look at Nilda and simply move two letters, you get Linda, which is my name! And since Lauraine Snelling writes historical fiction and since my name is an older name, it may be that she did just that! I love her books and would love to receive this one 😊

  7. The closest I’ve come is a side-character in Jaime Jo Wright’s The House on Foster Hill. So while my name didn’t appear in this list, I work with a Marianne. She sits next to me and is in my book club. If we win, I think we know which book will be our next pick!

  8. I had an Aunt Grace, an Aunt Kate, my grandma’s name was Margargret, her friends called her Maggie. 😊 And my other grandma’s name was Catherine!

    • My name is not there but I have fraternal twin grandbabies, a boy and girl, that will be 1 year old April 4th. My granddaughters name is listed, Kenzie 🌸1

  9. My name is sadly not on the list but one of my best friends is Katherine Sophia! So, she gets double points, right?! Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  10. Lizzy (Elizabeth) from Tracie Peterson’s When You Are Near, although I only go by “Elizabeth.” Also, my middle name is a twin with Jocelyn Green’s Catherine from Between Two Shores! 🙂

  11. My niece’s name is Grace Sophia…so there are two books: “The Best of Intentions” and “Shelter of the Most High”.

  12. Gwen, The Reluctant Warrior – Gwen is a dear friend of mine, and she is truly a warrior – she has survived cancer with the amputation of her right arm – her faith and fortitude are amazing.

  13. My cousin’s name is Johanna so her twin is Johanna, from Far Side of the Sea by Kate Breslin.

    Thanks for this wonderful giveaway!!! ~Alison Boss

  14. My name is never used in novels. My name is Nicole. I very rarely ever come across a heroine with that name. Kind of makes me sad.
    But, my mom’s name — Catherine — is used in Jocelyn Green’s amazing novel, Between Two Shores. Such a fantastic novel!

  15. I have a friend named MaryAnne. (Together Forever by Jody Hedlund). She has been having a real hard time, multiple falls, breaks, surgeries,… I would love to bless her with a copy of this book. She is a dear lady, and continues to praise God in spite of all the difficulties she has had over the last couple of years.

  16. Although my name (Rachael) isn’t on the list, I have a close family friend whose name is Sarah (The Christmas Heirloom). I also babysit an adorable one-year-old named Elizabeth(When You Are Near). Also, one of the characters in the book I’m writing is named Sophia (Shelter of The Most High). Does that count? (I think it should😉😜)

  17. My name is not on the list but I was a character in a book by ViVi Holt. Shonda is not a very common name. I do have a friend named Kenzi that is on the list and is Traci Peterson’s book In Time Gone By

  18. I always love it when I read a book with a character that has my name, especially it it’s spelled the exact way I spell mine!! I share my name with the main characters from both A Defense of Honor and Between Two Shores, though mine is spelled KATHRYN instead.

  19. The Christmas Heirloom has a character named Sarah, which is my daughter’s name. This is a book that is still on my wish list so it would be fun to win it. I don’t find very many books with Pam as a character.

  20. My name is not on the list. My daughter’s middle name is Elizabeth, after my Aunt Ruth (Ruth made the list) who was my babysitter when I was a little girl. I have a few other relatives and friends who’s names are listed.

  21. My name isn’t on the list, but I know a Kenzie (Kenzi Jael, actually, if that counts!) who is a very dear little friend of mine! OH! And my niece’s name is Mercy! Mercy Lyn. Totally almost missed that one.

  22. I was going to comment that I would be shocked to find my name, Ronya, as a character in a book…but then I remembered that I was named Ronya because my dad read a book with a character with my name. 😉 (He doesn’t remember the name of it and I haven’t been able to find it.) I think I would still be shocked to find my name as a character…haha!

    But I have connections with many characters listed. My niece’s name is Maggie, my best friend’s name is Janelle and my cousin’s bame is Heidi! But for the purpose of this contest, I’ll go with my cousin’s adorable daughter – Kenzie! 🙂

    This is a such a fun contest. Thanks!

  23. My name Jessica is very popular in real life but not so in books lol. I have a friend who’s daughter’s name is Annalise, a neighborhood child’s name is Mia, and another Sophie 😁. I seem to only know children with these names. I’m a fan of Taylor swift 😂. Oh wait I have a niece name Selena!
    Can I just say I have imaginary friends with all these names ?

  24. I share a name with The Bride of Ivy Green. I am officially Mary Jane. My brother calls me Jane although he’s the only one that does that.

  25. My name is not there but I have fraternal twin grandbabies, a boy and girl, that will be 1 year old April 4th. My granddaughters name is listed, Kenzie 🌸

  26. Evangeline is the name of my great niece as in More than Meets the Eye by Kate Witemeyer. Hattie is my good friend at church as in Regina Jennings book.I love both names and the people that own them!

  27. I’m SO excited to see my name on the list! There aren’t that many characters named Heidi. (Thank you, Jaime Jo Wright!) That’s probably because when you hear the name ‘Heidi’, you are transported to the Swiss Alps, hear “Grandfather! Grandfather!”, and see a young girl herding goats. (Thank you to my big sister who, right around the time I was born, absolutely LOVED the story of Heidi. Hmmm, wonder how I got my name…) 😀

  28. My name doesn’t appear in any of these books, but I had a mentor named Fleta! She was my Bible Study Fellowship Teaching Leader, and I learned so much from her.

  29. Well, with the name of Ann with an E, I am close to Annie and Anna (Legacy of Mercy by Lynn Austin) and Annie (A Simple Singing by Leslie Gould). The name Anne/Ann means grace/gracious so I could be close to Grace of The Best of Intentions by Susan Anne Mason as well! My daughter’s name is Maryanne so is close to Marianne of Together Forever by Jody Hedlund. Thanks for the giveaways, especially fun ones such as this!

  30. Kate, Annie, Maggie, Maddie, Heidi and Lizzie are names of some of my dogs (all dachshunds). And we’ve had a duck named Daphne (White Pekin), goose named Hattie (she was an Egyptian Goose, btw), a Bobwhite Quail named Jane, and a couple of mice named Maryanne and Evangeline. But no humans that are of my acquaintance that have any of these names.

  31. My deceased mother’s name was Sarah, and my late wife’s name was Ruth,
    so the names in The Christmas Heirloom brought back pleasant memories to me.

  32. None have my name. But you do have one that is my mother name which is Judith. So that would In Dreams Forgotten by Tracie Peterson and I really like Tracie Peterson books

  33. Janelle, Tennyson, or Ruthie: The Cost of Betrayal by Dee Henderson, Dani Pettrey, and Lynette Eason — I have a friend named Janelle, and a couple of cousins named Ruthie! Also in Davis Bunn’s Outbreak, my grandmother was Della!

  34. I haven’t read very many books at all with a character sharing my name (even spelled differently!), though there are several authors with the name Rachel that I’ve read books by. ^.^
    My best friend’s name is Kenzie though! So she apparently has a twin in: In Times Gone By by Tracie Peterson. ^.^

  35. I am a Elizabeth, usually called Beth … i was Isabel in Spanish class … pretty similar. happy 2019!! March … can’t wait ’til SPRING!! ❤

  36. My name is Catherine. I used to know a Fleeta, and my grandmother’s name was Hattie. She passed when my mother was a child, but I’ve never met anyone with that name.
    What a fun contest.

  37. My adopted Baby sister is named Anna! 🙂 And I was actually surprised to find a few more names of kids I’ve claimed as my kiddos! 😉 (Taylor, Sarah, Emma if it counts for Emmaline) What a fun and unique giveaway! though NO WAY was I going to find my name! LOL! Though I would LOVE to read about a heroine with my name (hint hint authors! 😉 )

    Happy Readings, Amada (pronounced:

  38. I see my own name and my childhood nickname! But my favorite will always be “Grace” since it’s such a beautiful name, and also my niece’s name!

  39. Kate in Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey matches me! Also my daughter’s name is Heidi, as in The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jamie Jo Wright. So we match two of the names!

  40. My name isn’t there (the only fictional Courtneys I’ve seen are typically exes or just not that nice). But, a long-time family friend has a daughter named Mercy. I’ve never met any other person named that! 😉

  41. I have a friend who, like me, loves to read CF and her name is Sara (without the “h”). The Christmas Heirloom sounds like just the type of book she loves to read!

  42. My friend, Daphne, shares a name with the character in the book, “A Return of Devotion” by Kristi Ann Hunter.
    She also is a writer.
    Thanks for entering her name in your giveaway.

  43. Couldn’t find my name but found my very good friend’s name, Elizabeth and her nickname, Lizzy. I love her bunches, and she’s going through a very hard time now because she just lost her only son. It would be great if she won a book!

  44. I looked through the list of character’s names and was pleasantly surprised to have 3 variations of my name (Ann)! Anna in Lynn Austin’s Legacy of Mercy, Annie in Leslie Gould’s A Simple Singing, and Annalise in The Reckoning At Godsamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright.

  45. My wonderful grandma was named Katherine. I would love to read about Katherine (or Kit): A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter.

  46. My first name is not listed, but my middle name, Marie is! (A Simple Singing by Leslie Gould) Also, my second daughter’s name is Heidi (The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright)

  47. Well, my name doesn’t seem to be popular in books (Kaely was the closest above), but I have a good friend who’s name is Anna, so Legacy of Mercy. Thanks!

  48. Sarah, Ruth, Fleeta, or Maddie: The Christmas Heirloom by Karen Witemeyer, Kristi Ann Hunter, Sarah Loudin Thomas, and Becky Wade

    My mom passed away a year ago on Thanksgiving and her name was Ruth.

  49. My name isn’t on the list, but our youngest granddaughter’s name is Kenzie. She’s only three, but she’s a live wire.

  50. I have a dear friend whose name is Judith. I would love to read “in dreams forgotten” by Tracie Peterson, but I would like it even more to be able to give Judith a copy of this book :).

  51. My name, Tina, is not here.
    My sister-in-law ‘s name is Judy and her sister’s middle name is Elvangeline. My daughter-in-law ‘s middle name is Ruth. I have a great niece who’s name is Willow.
    Blessings, Tina

  52. My name is Judith, though my friends call me Judy, so In Dreams Forgotten by Tracie Petersen is the book I’d love to read.

  53. Heidi in The Curse of Misty Wayfair! This book is now on my TBR list because it sounds like a good one! And a plus that I’m a character in it. I would LOVE to win! Thanks for the chance!

  54. I’m a Sarah spelled exactly like the Sarah in The Christmas Heroine. I was told twice yesterday that I look like a Sarah, so I guess the name fits!

  55. Well, I have three characters with my name. One is spelled with a K and the other with a C, as I spell my full name. Catherine: Between Two Shores by Jocelyn Green and Katherine (or Kit): A Defense of Honor by Kristi Ann Hunter. Also, Jane is my middle name. Jane or Mercy: The Bride of Ivy Green by Julie Klassen. Interesting!!

  56. My name is Sylvia just like the character in the Tinder box. By Beverly Lewis. Often the Amish name their children by that name.

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