Monday, January 24, 2011

A Tender Reed by Teresa Slack Giveaway

Please welcome Teresa Slack to my blog. Teresa is giving away a copy of her book A Tender Reed. Leave a post to be entered in the drawing.

Be sure to stop back by my blog on January 31st to learn how to be entered to win a $10 gift card to Barnes and Noble.


Teresa Slack is the author of five novels. Her first novel, STREAMS OF MERCY, won the 2005 Bay Area Independent Publishers Association award for “Best First Fiction”. Her last novel, EVIDENCE OF GRACE, debuted nationwide at #18 according to Christian Retail Magazine. Her years working in early childhood education provided insight into the needs and nuances of young children, which she brings to life in her book A TENDER REED. She and her husband Ralph live in southern Ohio where she is at work on another novel.

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth. Office converted from a spare bedroom. I’m wearing slipper socks, black sweats, a green turtleneck with a gray sweater over that. An outfit I would never wear in public, even at gunpoint.

Who's your one biggest fan/supporter of your writing? I have so many. Do I have to limit to just one? Of course my wonderful husband Ralph is my biggest encourager and fan. But I have so many others in my life who believe in me. My neighbor Bonnie is so sure I’m one submission away from outselling every other writer alive today. My good friend Tammy who is constantly amazed that I actually finished something I told her I would. My church family is wonderful. They pray for me constantly, lift me up, ask questions, eagerly await the next book, and encourage and support. But the support of my dad means the most. He told me recently he knows I’ll make it big someday. He just hopes he lives long enough to see it.

If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why? Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice, except I wouldn’t want to live without flushing toilets and central air. Elizabeth was so confident in who she was, regardless of the restrictions society put upon her. She was her own person and didn’t compromise to please or fit into a mold. “Lizzie, dearest, your poise, tenacity and wit never ceases to inspire me.”

Are you or any close family members in the characters personalities? It’s no accident my books are littered with loud, bossy, brassy female characters. Everyone in the family is sure they know what inspired A TENDER REED. There may have been a little influence within the family, but the story was simply a product of my imagination. My husband is a big inspiration for my heroes. Occasionally he’ll say something that I can’t wait for my leading man to say. The first kiss between my hero and heroine in REDEMPTION’S SONG is eerily reminiscent to our first kiss.

Did anyone inspire you to write? Nearly every teacher I had since first grade told me I would someday write books. The one who encouraged me the most was my ninth grade English teacher, Cynthia Smith. She recognized something in me after the first or second paper I turned in, and wouldn’t stop pushing me to try harder.

Are you working on any projects right now? I have several novels stewing at various levels of completion. The first in a series of romantic suspense was requested by two publishers at the ACFW conference. It’s called UNLEASHED and is about a woman who runs a doggy daycare. Another one nearly ready to submit to my agent takes place during the Great Blizzard of 1978. During the worst blizzard in Ohio history an old man falls down a flight of stairs in a remote farmhouse and sets in motion a chain of events that will change a family forever.

If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord) Since I only have one choice I pick Helen Keller. I have always been fascinated by her. She was absolutely amazing. To think she accomplished so much in her life with her limitations it utterly unfathomable. I would ask her what it felt like the first time she realized every object had a name. I would want to know how she learned the meaning and nuances of abstract concepts like beauty, faith, and love. Whenever I think of something I take for granted every day of my life, I think of Helen and imagine what those things must have meant to her.

I would also like to meet James Cameron and ask him what he was thinking when he made AVATAR.


"Michelle is a 33-year-old never married nurse. She lives an uneventful, predictable life, but her calm exterior hides unresolved resentment and emotional insecurity. When Nicole, her irresponsible younger sister, abandons her two children in Michelle’s front yard, she’s forced to recall her own mother’s abandonment of her.

How Michelle faces her childhood demons while building a family with Nicole’s kids offers a thought-provoking examination of family relationships. The author deftly handles Michelle’s spiritual cynicism as she struggles to find acceptance and love.

Infused with humor and practical insights, A TENDER REED and its characters will capture the hearts of readers who love children, understand their challenges, and appreciate the many definitions of family." ——Susan Dunman, Aspiring Retail

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 Monday, Feb.7th. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.

44 comments:

  1. Sounds like a very interesting book. Not sure how I'd handle a sister who abandons her children, yet children need love and nourishment. Please add me in.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  2. This book sounds interesting! Thanks for the giveaway.

    pinkdaddysgirl[at]msn[dot]com

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  3. Two of us in this household are Teresa Slack fans and this book sounds like a treat. How wonderful for you, Teresa, that you have so many cheerleaders. And now I'll have to read that first kiss scene you talked about to learn more about you and your hubby! : )

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  4. Thanks, Debbie Lynne, for the op to spend time with your readers. I look forward to working with you again on another book project. The last one was so much fun.

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  5. I would love to read this book.

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  6. Sounds like a very interesting book!

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  7. This sounds like a great book!

    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  8. This book sounds like such a interesting read. I can't imagine how parents abandon their children. I am definitely adding this book to my want/wish list. Carman sent me.

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  9. Looks like a very interesting book!! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  10. I love Teresa Slacks's books. Please include me in this giveaway!

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  11. Sounds great!

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  12. nice interview. thanks

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  13. Carman sent me and I am so glad to find another great Christian blog.
    I love this story already. Would love to win. Great interview. Thanks for this opportunity to enter.

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  14. this look nice ,I will like to read it
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  15. Sounds like a good read.

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  16. The book sounds great! Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

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  17. i am starving for a new author, new book! thank you, this looks really good.
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  18. Please enter me in the book giveaway A Tender Reed by Teresa Slack.

    Thanks,
    Glenda
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  19. Would love to read this.
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  20. Sounds like a great book! I'd love to read it!

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  21. Thank you everyone for stopping by my blog. I appreciate your faithfulness! Teresa, its funny but I was just talking with my hubby about Helen Keller. It is hard to comprehend how she came to the realization of things have names and then to be able to accomplish so much despite handicaps.

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  22. Sounds like an interesting book, thanks for the giveaway, please count me in! kittycrochettwo at msn dot com

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  23. I want it! I want it! lol I so enjoyed this interview, ladies. It was fun learning a little more about you, Teresa! Helen Keller has been one of my favorites, as well. Of course, that fascination started as a child when I learned we shared a birthday, but it didn't take long to realize what an amazing person she was.

    delia at delialatham dot net

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  24. sounds like a wonderful novel...thanks for the chance to read it :)

    karenk
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  25. This looks interesting! Please enter me!

    Kait
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  26. Sounds like a great storyline!! Really interested in the upcoming novel set in the Blizzard '78!! Please enter me in the giveaway for the book!

    Thanks!
    Crystal
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  27. Would enjoy reading this book. Count me in on the giveaway!
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  28. This sounds interesting--please enter me, thanks!

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  29. Oh, it sounds like such a good read!
    Please enter me in the giveaway.
    Thanks for the chance to win.
    Blessings and Smiles,
    Charlotte Kay
    charsaltz at yahoo dot com

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  30. Please enter me. Carmin sent me.

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  31. Sounds like a really good book.
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  32. Sounds like a good one! Please enter me. (Keiki at The Vessel Project sent me)

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  33. Wow, sounds like a great book!

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  34. I would like to read this work!

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  35. This sounds great and I can relate to the subject matter

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  36. It sounds like a very interesting book . I hope to read it

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  37. I really want to read this book. Tho I had never seen this author or book before, it sounds like a wonderful story!!!


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  38. This sounds like a wonderful book.
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  39. She seems like a wonderful person and the book looks great! kzebrowski@gmail.com

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  40. I enjoyed the interview with the author. It sounds like a very interesting book. garrettsambo@aol.com

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  41. I would love to read this. I love this type of reade. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  42. sounds like a great read
    thank you
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  43. I haven't read any of her other books but this one really sounds interesting.

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