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Wednesday Welcomes: Patricia Kiyono and Stephanie Michels!

Today I have the pleasure of  hosting two lovely ladies who have written a sequel to their RONE award nominated book, The Calico Heart. Be sure to check out their giveaway! 😀 I can hardly wait to read this one! One of these days, I will learn how to quilt… Take it away Patricia and Stephanie!


For much of history, sewing was a necessary skill. All women, other than the extremely wealthy and noblewomen, learned to sew clothing for themselves and their families.  And even those fortunate enough to have hired help learned to embroider. But now that manufactured clothing is so readily available, sewing is more of a hobby. And like many other hobbies, groups are formed so that women can enjoy each others’ company as they create.

The Stitching Post Quilt Shop is the setting for the weekly gathering of a group of women who come to sew, but leave with lasting friendships. The first book in the series, The Calico Heart, was nominated for a RONE award for Best Contemporary Book of 2013. Patricia Kiyono and Stephanie Michels are pleased to announce the release of the second book in the series, The Friendship Star Quilt.


Anne Brown loves her job at The Stitching Post Quilt Shop in Grandville, Michigan, but she keeps a suitcase packed so she can leave at a moment’s notice. Living under the radar, she longs for a normal life, but settles for listening to family stories told by the friendly ladies of the quilting club who meet at the shop on Tuesday evenings. When she meets Brad, the handsome band director of an area high school and his adorable daughter, Anne begins to hope for a happily ever after of her own. But someone has far different plans.

Brad Carmichael is juggling the demands of his job as band director at Rivertown High School with trying to be a better father to his daughter. When Brad is late picking Jennie up from a birthday party, the pretty young clerk from the local quilt shop comes to his rescue. Kind-hearted and talented, Anne becomes a vital part of Brad and Jennie’s lives. But her past threatens to destroy their relationship.



Patricia Kiyono retired from public school teaching, and is now an adjunct faculty member at Grand Valley State University, where she instructs future teachers. Born in Japan, she lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from their five children and nine grandchildren. In addition to writing, she enjoys sewing, scrapbooking, playing in local bands and orchestras, and taking care of grandchildren.




Stephanie Michels considers herself a “Jill of All Trades.” During her corporate career, she worked as a computer trainer, advertising copywriter, personnel agent, radio DJ, magazine columnist, and a financial planner among other things.  She recently left those behind in order to focus on writing full time.

Raised in Michigan, she lived in South Carolina, Missouri, and Germany, before returning to the Mitten State to raise her family.  When she isn’t writing, you can usually find her reading or spending time with family, friends, and Beta Sigma Phi sisters.

The Friendship Star Quilt is her second novel with writing partner, Patricia Kiyono.



The Friendship Star Quilt is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Smashwords, as well as other ebook outlets.



We are giving away a $5 Amazon gift card at each stop of our blog tour to a random commenter. To win, please leave a comment about a hobby you enjoy! And to increase your chances, visit author Linda Carroll-Brad’s blog tomorrow!


31 thoughts on “Wednesday Welcomes: Patricia Kiyono and Stephanie Michels!

  1. Hey, Patricia and Stephanie! Wishing you much success and many sales with your latest novel.

    One of my most favorite hobbies (besides reading and writing, of course) is playing the piano. Thank you, Mom and Dad, for paying for 9+ years of piano lessons when I was a kiddo. No matter how busy or stressed I may be, music always brings me joy.


    1. Music plays an important part in my life too, Jo. So much that I’ve made a career of it – but I never got proficient at piano. I really envy you and others who can sit and play for pleasure. Thanks for stopping in!

      1. I wish I could play an instrument. I seem to have a learning disability or something when it comes to playing. I just can’t make the mind/hand connection. I have the same problem typing.

        I love to knit and crochet. I also love to paint a little (although I seem to give away any objects I’ve painted to friends and relatives). I also enjoy counted cross stitch but now I have to do it on much larger fabric. no more 18 or 24 count for me. 😦

      1. Karen,
        Thanks for your kind words and your good luck wishes. I wish you all the best, too. Your book was a wonderful read. I’m just tickled pink (like our book covers) to be nominated.

  2. Loved the book The Friendship Star Quilt by Patricia Kiyono and Stephanie Michels. Such a well written story that has lots of emotions.

      1. Kathy,
        Glad you enjoyed the book. There was some deep emotion in this one. I guess there’s got to be dark times in order to appreciate the beauty of the bright times.

        Thanks for visiting us today.

      1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Jessica. I’m always so appreciative (and I’m sure I speak for Patty, too, when I say this) when a reader tells me they laughed or cried or both while reading a book we wrote. It means we’ve done the job we hoped to do: to write a story that connects with our readers. Our wonderful readers make my day. 🙂

  3. Hi, Like your books. Looking forward to this one. Wishing you both tons of success with your books. Love and Hugs, Roxanne

  4. I just finished reading your new book “The Friendship Star”. It was an excellent read. It grabbed me in the beginning and kept me interested all the way to the end. In fact, after I got started on the book, I was unable to put it down until I was done. I am looking forward to the next book to be released. Wishing you lots of luck!! Val

      1. Thank you for your kind words, Val. I’m very happy to hear you liked it, and it held your attention. We’re looking forward to the next one, too. These ladies are all so much fun.

  5. Thank you to all who visited with us on this blog tour. I’ll be drawing the name for the gift card winner on Sunday evening. I’ll also be doing a final surprise drawing of all our hosts and everyone who commented at any of the stops on our blog tour for a fun promo mug filled with M&M’s. You’ll get one entry for each stop you made. I’ll post the winner of that gift on Sunday night, too.

  6. Because we had so many wonderful visitors, I decided to give away two gift cards at this stop. Sherry Gloag and Val Lyon, congratulations! You have both won $5 gift cards.

    Please send your email address to me at and let me know if you prefer an Amazon card or a Barnes & Noble card. Thank You.

    Winner of the special door prize, a chocolate-filled coffee mug is Peg Spoelstra. Peg, I’ll make arrangements to get the mug to you.

    Congratulations to all of you, and thank you everyone who visited with us.

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