Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Countryhouse Courtship Book Giveaway and Reader Survey


Welcome!

Today's blog is a little different. It's all about you and what you like. I love to do interviews with the many talented authors, but today I thought I'd like to spot-light my readers. I'd like to get some feedback from all of you. I'm interested in what you like to read and what you'd like to see change or stay the same. So here's a few questions. Leave a post with your answers and I'll enter you in a drawing for award-winning author, Linore Rose Burkard's The Countryhouse Courtship. Be sure to read Linore's answers at the bottom.



1) What do you like to read in historical romance?

a) Americana
b) European
c) a combination of both

2) In American setttings which do you prefer?

a) Eastern
b) Western
c) a combination of both

3) In European settings which do you prefer?

a) Victorian
b) Regency
c) Medieval
e) a combination of all three
f) a combination of these two ___ and ____

4) Would you like to see more Eastern American settings?

a) yes
b) no
c) doesn't matter

5) Would you like to see some Christian Medievals on the bookshelves?

a) yes
b) no
c) doesn't matter

6) What do you like about the books being written today?

7) What would you like to see changed or added to the Christian books that are out there now?




Here are Linore's answers.

1) What do you like to read in historical romance?
I like to read about history, so I don't only read romance when it comes to historicals. But I love practically any era in England or the US except early 20th century. I also love to read about the lives of monarchy, Napoleon, etc. but again, not contemporary leaders. I read anything from slave narratives to the life of Cahterine the Great. So--my answer would be:


a) Americana
b) European
c) a combination of both

2) In American setttings which do you prefer?

a) Eastern
b) Western
c) a combination of both

3) In European settings which do you prefer?

a) Victorian
b) Regency
c) Medieval
e) a combination of all three
f) a combination of these two ___ and ____

4) Would you like to see more Eastern American settings?

a) yes
b) no
c) doesn't matter

5) Would you like to see some Christian Medievals on the bookshelves?

a) yes
b) no
c) doesn't matter

6) What do you like about the books being written today?

The scope and humor are really entertaining, and I think the growing selection of genres and styles within the CBA make our books more and more appealing to people who are unchurched.


7) What would you like to see changed or added to the Christian books that are out there now?
Interesting question. It would be good if books weren't rushed through the publishing process in some cases, so that better editing could occur; but overall, I think we should acknowledge that the industry is constantly broadening and improving what it offers, and that's good for everyone.

Thanks for having me on your blog, Debbie Lynne!




Be sure to leave your email address. Please check your junk mail on and the day after the drawing. I've had to redraw because of no responses. Subject box will have: winner of (book title). I'll email the winner and they'll have seven days to respond. If I don't hear back I'll draw another name. USA shipping only. Thanks so much and please stop back again! Drawing will be held Friday, August 16th.

15 comments:

  1. This was such a good read. I have enjoyed all three of Linore's books and also love to read her newsletters. I have sent my MIL copies of these books and she has enjoyed them, too!

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  2. I like European and American historical books. A variety of American settings is a great way to tour the country and learn its history. I lean toward Victorian and Regency books but I'm always open to Medieval stories if the plot catches my fancy. I really enjoy the wide variety of genre in Christian fiction, it has come such a long way in the last few years. The increase in uplifting, humorous stories is something I hope continues. Hope I hit most of the questions!
    worthy2bpraised[at]gmail[dot]com

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  3. I love European Historical books. American Western settings. My favorite reads are Victorian and Regency because it seems like a fairytale. Eastern American settings don't matter either way to me. I have read some Christian Medievals and have enjoyed them so more on the market would be good. I enjoy a book that has a message for you to think about but not preachy. I love a happily ever after book but would like to see endings more complete. Some books leave it opened so they can be sequels which are fine but let me know at the end of the book if it's complete.

    robinribbit at yahoo dot com

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  4. Great answers. I'd like to see a few more medievals out there myself!

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  5. Hi, count me in for the drawing pls.

    estherym[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  6. I am a big fan of historical books,so I would love to win this.

    sonflower277(at)gmail(dot)com

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  7. Please allow me to be entered. I love to read and have been enjoying a lot of Christian books.
    I also like sequels that add to the previous book!
    Your Friday the 16th is not quite right! That would be a Monday.

    alekee02[at]yahoo]dot]com

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  8. 1. I love all kinds of historical romance, so a combination of both.
    2. I really like both, but I prefer western.
    3. I like a combination of all 3.
    4. c) doesn't matter
    5. I would love to see more medievals!
    6. I love the humor! It seems I laugh more @ books now than I used to. :)
    7. I think that a lot more books considered Christian are questionable as far as content. Christian books are far less conservative than they used to be. That's not always a bad thing, though. I've just noticed when I read reviews this seems to be a common issue.
    bluerose_shelnut(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. Sounds like a great Book. Thanks for giving away a copy. Carman sent me.
    plhouston(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  10. 1) What do you like to read in historical romance?

    c) a combination of both (Mostly Americana; European if it is English; not about countries other than England

    2) In American setttings which do you prefer?

    c) a combination of both

    3) In European settings which do you prefer?

    f) a combination of these two; Regency and Victorian

    4) Would you like to see more Eastern American settings?

    c) doesn't matter

    5) Would you like to see some Christian Medievals on the bookshelves?

    b) no

    6) What do you like about the books being written today? More authors are combining great historical research along with more sizzling romance.

    7) What would you like to see changed or added to the Christian books that are out there now?

    A little more descriptive romance, but no s*x scenes. Also, loud, boisterous heroes. Brooding, haunted by a past heroes are getting a little old.

    nina4sm[at]gmail[dot]com

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  11. 1) What do you like to read in historical romance? c: A combination of both Americana & European

    2) In American setttings which do you prefer? b: Western

    3) In European settings which do you prefer? f: A combination of these two Victorian and Regency

    4) Would you like to see more Eastern American settings? c: Doesn't matter

    5) Would you like to see some Christian Medievals on the bookshelves? a: Yes

    6) What do you like about the books being written today? That they are engaging and suspenseful, yet clean and wholesome.

    7) What would you like to see changed or added to the Christian books that are out there now? I absolutely love historical romance, but I would like to see the same times of stories set in modern times.

    showcasesisters at gmail dot com

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  12. Hey Debbie Lynne, thanks for hosting a giveaway of one of my books. And, Carrie, I'm so glad to be reminded how you and your mil enjoyed the books-thanks! Might interest you all to know I'm finishing up a contemporary romance that I hope might be out by next summer. My "beta" readers are loving it, so I hope you will, too. : )

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  13. 1) What do you like to read in historical romance?

    c) a combination of both

    2) In American settings which do you prefer?

    c) a combination of both

    3) In European settings which do you prefer?

    I haven't read books set in any of these time periods, but I would like to try Regency.

    4) Would you like to see more Eastern American settings?

    c) doesn't matter

    5) Would you like to see some Christian Medievals on the bookshelves?

    c) doesn't matter

    6) What do you like about the books being written today?

    I like that there are a lot of books being written that are set in the 1800's.

    7) What would you like to see changed or added to the Christian books that are out there now?

    I can't think of anything that I'd want to change.

    Thank you for the giveaway!!
    Michelle
    scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net
    P.S. Carman sent me!

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  14. Linore's book is very appealing to me, and the cover is elegant - the lady appears to know something the gentleman in the background doesn't. I matched Linore's answers very closely and I liked her answers to the composition questions. Thank you for the chance to win one of her great books. I enjoy historical romance. I'm glad Carmen sent me.

    Grace & Joy in Christ,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  15. Thanks for your kind words, Barb. It's always fun to find minds that think alike ("I matched Linore's answers very closely and I liked her answers to the composition questions.")

    Let me know what you think of the book if you win!
    Blessings to everyone who entered. : )

    Linore

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