Wednesday, February 24, 2010

"Love Finds You in Bridal Veil, Oregon" Book Giveaway

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Be sure to leave a comment to have your name entered in the next drawing giving away Miralee Ferrell's book,
'Love Finds You in Bridal Veil Oregon'


Welcome Miralee Ferrell. I'm glad you stopped by today.

Miralee Ferrell lives with her husband of 37 years on eleven acres in rural Washington state. They have two dogs, two cats, one horse, and a huge garden where they both enjoy working. Reading, horseback riding with her daughter, sailing with her husband, and puttering in her flower beds are some of Miralee's favorite pastimes. She serves on staff as a licensed minister (not a pastor) in their small church, ministering to women and leading prayer groups. She has three books out now and another is releasing in April. She started writing in the spring of 2005.



In the thriving 1902 lumber mill community of Bridal Veil, accidents happened. But nobody expected murder.

Against the backdrop of the breathtaking Bridal Veil Falls in a historic Oregon logging community, a schoolteacher finds herself torn between a past love and the man who could be her future. Sixteen-year-old Margaret Garvey promised her heart to Nathaniel Cooper the night he disappeared from town. Four years later, just as she's giving love a second chance with Andrew, a handsome logger, Nathaniel suddenly returns to town with a devastating secret. While grappling with the betrayal of those she trusted most, Margaret risks her reputation and position by harboring two troubled runaways who might be involved in the murder of a local man. As disaster strikes the town and threatens the welfare of its citizens, Margaret will be faced with the most important choice of her life.


You've written two "Love Finds You" books, so far. A lot of authors set their novels in locations where they live, or are very familiar with. Did the publisher assign Bridal Veil to you, or did you choose it yourself?
It was on the list of available towns when I did some brainstorming with the editor. I had a story line that I felt might fit, as Bridal Veil no longer exists, and my editor agreed. I only live about forty miles from Bridal Veil and jumped at the chance to write a story in a nearby setting.


How much did you know about Bridal Veil before you began writing the book?
Not a lot, other than it was a logging and sawmill town located in the Columbia River Gorge, just east of Portland, Oregon. I'd driven by it dozens of times when traveling to Portland, but it was demolished over ten years ago. I'd never spent any time in the very small community, as the freeway bypassed it and I had no reason to visit. I certainly wish now that I had! After contracting the book my husband and I spent a couple of hours there with a local historian who showed us where the houses, store, train depot and more, were located, and took a lot of pictures. I returned again later on my own to explore a bit more, and spent some time at the base of Bridal Veil Falls.

Can you describe what it looks like now?
It's mostly a treed area along the banks of the Columbia River. The waterfall is on the west end of where the town used to be, and set back a few hundred yards from the river, with a beautiful tree-shaded, rock-strewn stream meandering down to the river. There is still a Post Office there, the second smallest in the U.S., that hand cancels every stamp with a special postmark, and thousands of wedding invitations are sent from there each year. A small community church and a few homes are on the far eastern edge of what used to be the town, but no businesses, and very few houses still exist. The entire town area, and homes dotting the hillside going back up the mountain were torn down, as was the awesome log flume wending its way down the mountainside from the small town of Palmer above. Palmer was destroyed in a fire in the 1930's and was never rebuilt.

What inspired you to write and what keeps you going?
I'm not the typical author who has always wanted to write. I love to read and enjoy writing letters to friends, and even liked writing projects in school, but I never envisioned myself as an author, nor did I write short stories, even in my head. What inspired me was a visiting pastor who prayed for me at a special service almost 5 years ago. After praying for a couple of minutes he shared with me that the Lord had told him I was supposed to be writing, and that whatever it was, it needed to be published. I prayed about that for 2 weeks, felt a definite confirmation, and started out. To begin with I wrote out of obedience. Now, I write because I love it and can't imagine not writing.

As someone who is published, what insight would you give to an aspiring writer today?
Being a prolific reader over the years has helped a lot. Plus, I 'hear' the characters in my head...their dialect if they have one, their voice inflections, the way they phrase their words. Sometimes they talk to me (especially after I'm in bed, LOL!) and force me to get up and write down what they have to say. Also, I'm old enough to have met many thousands of people in my lifetime, and there are dozens (if not hundreds) of individual communication styles to draw from.
My two contemporary novels are both set in the area where I live, so it was easy to create the world where my heroines lived and make it realistic. I think of all four books, the two historical ones have the strongest, most vibrant settings.


As someone who is published, what insight would you give to an aspiring writer today?
Never give up if you feel this is what you're called to do. And don't let others discourage you with their stories of rejections and struggles. Yes, you'll have them, as we all do. Some sooner than others, some later, but there's no sense in dwelling on what might be. Get connected with other writers who will encourage you, while staying open to constructive criticism from writers who've been down the path ahead of you and can help you avoid pitfalls. Above all else, cover everything you do in prayer. If God is in it, nothing can stand against you!

48 comments:

  1. This sounds wonderful! I can't wait to read it. Please sign me up! :)

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  2. Don't enter me in the contest. I'm reading this book right now. And it's awesome!
    Great interview, too, Miralee!

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  3. What a lovely name for a town, Bridal Veil.
    I have heard of the falls but know nothing
    about the area. I look forward to reading the
    book.

    Would love to win a copy.
    Thanks,
    A J Hawke

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  4. Good interview, Debbie Lynne and Miralee. And I love the cover of this book. I'd be happy to read it.

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  5. Very interesting that the town isn't there anymore.

    pepsi324[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  6. Sounds like an interesting book. Very interesting interview!

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  7. I'm reading this book right now and it is awesome. Miralee has done a great job keeping your interest up. I love the history behind the town. So interesting.

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  8. What a fabulous interview. Some of the things Miralee shared really resonated. How fascinating that she received a promise from God that she would write and be published. Or was it more of a mandate? LOL
    Lovely picture!
    Don't enter me, either, since I have read this book and loved it thoroughly.

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  9. I've read several blogs on this book, and it sounds great! What an awesome way God got you started in writing. He has a purpose!!! Please enter me. Thanks.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  10. Bridal Veil Falls is beautiful, I'd love to read a book set in this area, please include me! Thanks.

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  11. Bridal Veil Falls is beautiful and I keep imagining stories of my own set there. I'd love to win this book. If not I'll have BUY it. :)
    dlbrandmeyer @gmail.com

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  12. That little tidbit about the post office is so cool! I wonder how far people travel to get their wedding invitations postmarked from Bridal Veil? It sounds like a really interesting setting! Please enter me!

    XOXO~ Renee
    steelergirl83(at)gmail(dot)com

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  13. sounds like a great book. please enter me.
    tarenn98[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  14. WOW. That sounds awesome!!!
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  15. The title and cover are enough to draw me in, and Miralee's writing is an extra plus. Thank you for the interview and interesting background on this book. I appreciate the chance to win a copy.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

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  16. Please enter me! So far I've really liked the "love Finds You" books that I've read. :)
    booklovercb[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  17. This book sounds so very interesting. I would love to be entered. Thanks.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  18. This book sounds great and very interesting about the location. Thank you for the opportunity. :O)

    www.dianeestrella.com
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  19. Carman sent me!!!

    Sounds like a great book!

    Amy (artsyrockerchick@aim.com)

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  20. Please enter me, would LOVE to win this book. :)

    caseymh18(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. Dear Debbie,
    You have so inspired and encouraged me! I have felt for some time now that God has given me the dream to write but I wasn't sure how or where to start. Reading your interview has gotten me so excited about seeing what He has in store for me, I am sure I will not be able to sleep tonight! =0)

    I would absolutely love to win your book...your printed book being proof that when God is in charge anything can happen! Blessings, Christina Hohmann

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  22. Hi Gals, thank you all for stopping by and taking the time to read the interview and leave comments. It's SO nice to see the individual remarks about things in the interview....it shows that people actually DO read them, not just skip down to the comment so they can win a free book. :-)

    Yes, I'd have to say it was more of a mandate from God that I start writing. My first book was The Other Daughter, and it still gets very emotional responses from people who read it for the first time. If for no other reason, I believe God wanted me writing for that book (altho I wish I'd known more about writing at the time and it was a bit more polished, but what author doesn't feel that way about their first book, LOL!).

    Thank you for the very sweet comments from you gals who are reading it now or have completed reading Bridal Veil. That warms my heart!

    People do travel from some distance to bring boxes of wedding invitations, but I also have heard of many brides who ship their entire box of addressed invitations to the post mistress in B.V., she opens it, hand stamps and sends them out. I think it's amazing to have that kind of personal service anywhere these days!

    It's a beautiful area and I'm privileged to live here. The Columbia River Gorge is amazing. If any of you come to visit some day drop me a note, I'd love to meet you!

    Hugs and blessings, Miralee Ferrell

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  24. Hey Miralee! I always look when I go to WalMart to see if your book is here locally, and it was there this week. So exciting! Loved "The Other Daughter" and would love to be signed up for this giveaway as well. Blessings to you, my friend!

    Tori

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  25. What an interesting interview. I think the book sounds wonderful too. It is on my wish list and I would love to be entered to win.

    Blessings to both of you.
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  26. I enjoyed the interview and would love to be added to the list for the giveaway. It looks like a great read. I haven't read any of the "Love Finds You...." books yet, but do have them on my wishlist. Thank you! I'm also a new follower and enjoying your blog.

    Blessings,
    Sandee61

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  27. Would love to read this book. I love romances with suspense and I'm intrigued by Miralee's description of this town no longer in existence.

    julesreffner(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. Carman sent me!
    I would love to be entered in your wonderful draw. Thanks.
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  29. would love to read this book...thanks for the opportunity

    karenk
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  30. Carman sent me! Please enter me in your drawing.

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  31. I would love to win your book. Please enter me in your drawing and thank you so very much for the opportunity.

    God bless you,
    Cindy W

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  32. This story sounds wonderful! I would love to win a copy - I'm eager to try a title in the "Love Finds You" series. Please enter me.

    ksmiley2@kent.edu

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  33. I would love an opportunity to win this book, sounds great. Thank you.

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  34. I would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  35. I love the LFY series....please enter me. Thanks!!!! Carman sent me.
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  36. Thank you for the oppportunity to win this book. It looks like a great read. Carman sent me. shelbysbest2@yahoo.com

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  37. I'm curious, now. What post office is the first smallest in the US, if Bridal Veil is only the second smallest? Could it be Erin, NY? I'm close to there, and they hand-stamp a shamrock on their outgoing mail. Nice, if you're Irish. :)

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  38. This looks so good! Please enter me in the contest, Carman sent me :) Thanks so much!!

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  39. I couldn't resist. I had to look it up. The smallest post office is Ochopee, Florida. In the Everglades. Population 11. The mail carrier delivers mail over 3 counties and 132 miles. The building is 7x8 feet and the nearest bathroom is 3 miles away. YIKES!

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  40. Please enter me in the contest. I enjoy her books, and all the historical books that I have read in the Love Finds You series.

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  41. Carmen sent me. Love the opportunity to read this book.

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  42. I want to win this book.
    Please enter me in a drawing.
    Thank you,
    Anna
    annalabno2004@yahoo.com

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  43. I went to Portland OR last year and would love to read your book. Please enter me in the drawing. I'm so proud of you, Debbie. Frances
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  44. Looks like an amazing book! Can't wait to read it. Please sign me up. I would love to win a copy :)
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  45. Please enter me to win this book. I really want to read it.
    Thank You
    Maureen
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  46. I just learned about this giveaway. Please sign me up. Thanks,

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