Monday, February 21, 2011

Giveaway for Janelle Mowery's When All My Dreams Come True

I'm happy to have Janelle Mowery on my blog this week. She has graciously offered to give away one of her books. Leave a comment and be entered to win a copy of her new release, When All My Dreams Come True.

JANELLE MOWERY lives in Texas with her husband and two sons, though a portion of her heart still resides in her birth state of Minnesota. Janelle began writing inspirational stories in 2001 and has since written several historical novels as well as a mystery series. Her first published novel, Where the Truth Lies, released in 2008. This was followed in 2010 by The Christmas Chain, part of a Christmas anthology titled, A Woodland Christmas. Her second novel, Love Finds You in Silver City, Idaho, released October 2010 and received four stars from the Romantic Times review. Janelle's Colorado trilogy will release in 2011. The first of this series, When All My Dreams Come True, also received four stars from the Romantic Times review. When she isn’t writing, her interests include reading, enjoying nature, and visiting historical sites. To learn more, visit her Web site at www.janellemowery.com.


Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth. LOL. I’m in the office wearing sweats.

If you could work with any author who would you choose? Oh wow. There are so many that would be great to work with, but if I had to choose, it would be a toss-up between Francine Rivers and Kim Sawyer.

When writing, what is the part of the story you enjoy writing the most? I LOVE writing action scenes. If I can make a reader say ‘whew’ when they finish, I’ve been successful.

What is the hardest part in writing a story? Description drives me crazy. I don’t enjoy reading a lot of it, so naturally, I don’t enjoy writing it. I usually save it for when I edit and add it in later. Though there are times I manage to stick it in when writing the actual scene.

What is a typical working day for you? Where and when do you write? Do you set goals? I don’t have a typical working day. I’m a stay at home mom and I want to be available to husband and kids whenever necessary. I fit my writing in when I can. But afternoons seem to work out best. I can usually get 2 to 3 uninterrupted hours.

If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be? Oh man, this is a great question. I would have to title it the same as this book. Harvest House did such a great job renaming my stories. I think all my dreams have come true…at least those up to this point.

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair) Hmmm. Material item. Wow, I had to think a while on this one. I guess it would have to be my laptop. It’s helpful in so many different ways…research, keeping up with others, writing, etc.

What is something that very few people know about you? Well, since I mentioned skydiving before, I guess I can’t use that one. Let’s see…I killed a large snake in my garage with a butcher knife once. It was a desperate times=desperate measures kind of thing. I really dislike snakes.


Bobbie McIntyre dreams of running a ranch of her own. Raised without a mother and having spent most of her time around men, she knows more about wrangling than acting like a lady. Still, the friendship of her new employer awakens a desire to learn more about presenting her feminine side...but ranch life keeps getting in the way.
Ranch owner Jace Kincaid figures the Lord is testing his faith when a female wrangler shows up looking for work. Bobbie has an uncanny way of getting under his skin, though, and he's surprised when she finds a home next to his heart. But when his cattle begin to go missing and his wranglers are in danger from some low-down cattle thief, will Jace trust God, even if it means giving up his dreams?
An adventurous tale of faith, hope, and love in the wild west.





Congratulations Amanda on winning Laurie Alice Eakes' giveaway!

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Monday, February 14, 2011

Giveaway for Martha Roger's Caroline's Choice


I'd like to welcome Martha Rogers today. And because it is Valentines Day, I wanted to mention that Martha and her husband have been married 51 years! Congratulations Martha!

Martha’s book credits include the novella, Sugar and Grits and A River Walk Christmas, as well as the historical romance series, Winds Across the Prairie. She had also written seven Bible studies, contributed to compilations by Wayne Holmes, Karen O’Conner, and Debbie White Smith. Martha has also written devotionals in several anthologies including recently released Blissfully Blended, Devotionals for Step-moms from Barbour. Martha is currently working on another series, Seasons of the Heart. Book one, Summer Dream, will released in the summer of 2011. Martha sings in the choir at her church and is a co-leader for a First Place 4 Health group. She loves to scrapbook when she has the time. She is a retired teacher and lives in Houston with her husband, Rex where they enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and attending football and baseball games when one of them is playing.


Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth. I’m sitting at my computer in my office wearing corduroy pants and a turtleneck knit top.

What is your favorite time period to write in? Late morning, early afternoon. I am a night person, so sometimes I get in good writing after 11 PM, but hardly ever before 10 AM.

If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why? That’s easy. I’ve always wanted to be Jo March from Little Women. I used to daydream that I was her and I had my own little place to write. I even have a Drake Gallery Jo Doll designed by our own Wendy Lawton.

Are you or any close family members in the characters personalities? My personality always come through in some character in my books. I’ve also used the personalities of my grandchildren and sister.

What do you think is the most interesting/beautiful natural wonder in OUR country? (example the redwood forest, sunrise at the beach in Charleston) Yellowstone National Park is the place of spectacular views and landscape. I loved it when we were there one June for a week. The Rocky Mountains are a close second if not in a tie. But I can’t forget the beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains or the Appalachians or even the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Then again the Alps in Switzerland and Italy are magnificent. All have their own unique beauty and show how creative God was in designing this planet.

If you could live in any time period when and where would that be and why? I would love to have lived at the turn of the 19th century. I love reading and writing about that time from 1895 to 1910. So much was happening that was exciting, and God was still an important part of society. True, some things weren’t so good, and many of the conveniences of today didn’t exist, but if I didn’t know about them, how would I miss them?

If you could visit any place in the world where would you go and why? I want to go back to Austria and Switzerland. The quaint towns, the beautiful scenery, the ease of getting around all beckon me to come back and spend more time. I spent two weeks touring Germany, Austria, and Switzerland and saw so much that I want to go back and look again.

If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord) One person I’d like to meet and chat with is Laura Bush. Her work with books and literacy for children is so important, and I’d like to discuss that work with her and how all of us can help more children want to read rather than playing computer games all the time.



At age twenty-six, Caroline Frankston is certain life is passing her by in the town of Barton Creek. Her feelings for Matthew Haynes appear unrequited, so she decides the time has come for her to move to the big city for a fresh start.

Once in Oklahoma City, Caroline is fascinated by the many opportunities there and begins moving on with her life. As time passes, Matt realizes his true feelings for her and plans to tell her on her next trip home. When Caroline goes missing after her train is in an accident, Matt sets out in search of her, wondering if any chance of spending his life with Caroline has disappeared.

Book four in the Winds Across the Prairie series brings you back to the town of Barton Creek, providing a glimpse into everyday life at a time when Oklahoma was drawing homesteaders to its territory before the days of statehood.


Winner of Head in the Clouds- Congratulations Diane!

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Monday, February 7, 2011

Laurie Alice Eakes - Lady in the Mist Totebag or Cup giveaway


I am very excited to have my very good friend, Laurie Alice, on my blog this week. Laurie Alice is an inspiration to me. She is an awesome writer and a great encourager. And she is always willing to lend her knowledge to other authors. The beautiful golden retriever with her is Nick. He's a real sweetheart! Laurie Alice giving away your choice of a Lady in the Mist Mug or a Lady in the Mist tote bag. They are both beautiful!

Award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes wanted to be a writer since knowing what one was. Her first book won the National Readers Choice Award in 2007, and her third book was a Carol Award finalist in 2010. Between December of 2008 and January of 2010, she sold thirteen books to Barbour Publishing, Avalon Books, and Baker/Revell, making her total sales fifteen. Recently, she added two novella sales to that collection, as well as having her first book with Baker/Revell, Lady in the Mist, picked up by Crossings Book Club, and three of her books chosen for large print editions by Thorndike Press. She has been a public speaker for as long as she can remember; thus, only suffers enough stage fright to keep her sharp. In 2002, while in graduate school for writing fiction, she began to teach fiction in person and online. She lives in Texas with her husband, two dogs, and too many cats even for her.

http://www.lauriealiceeakes.com

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth. Right now, I am in my office, which is on the south side of my house, so getting some lovely sunshine right now. This room smells like a bookstore I have so many books stacked up on shelves and in boxes. As for what I’m wearing… Well, I have on a black gauze muumuu, as it’s warm today, about 75.

I know you write in several time periods. What is your favorite ? I love early 1800s, either England or U.S.A. The world was changing so much then, poised to plunge into the world we now know, and so many interesting things were happening.

If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why? I’m such a hedonist, probably Amy from Little Women. She got the rich guy. LOL

This new release is intense in suspense. How do you do it? Stakes, consequences, deadlines, loss. . . These are all plot devices for ratcheting up the suspense in a book. Make the stakes high, the consequences of failure bad, give the characters a deadline, a countdown to destruction. . . Some of it is in pure writing style. Use long sentences for description and short ones for tension.

Ten years ago, did you see yourself where you are today? In my dreams, and even then, I never imagined having multi-book deals.

If you could live in any time period when and where would that be and why? Knowing what I do of history, I think I prefer the time period in which I’m living. You know, people think the world is awful, that the next generation is going to ruin everything. Well, guess what—people have been decrying leaving the world in the hands of the next generation since the Roman Empire. Yes, and look what happened to it, right? J But if I have to say a historical era, probably around the American Revolution. I’d have liked to have known men like Thomas Jefferson and his amazing mind.

If you could visit any place in the world where would you go and why? Great Britain. I’ve been to the continent several times, but never got to Great Britain—yet.

If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord) Above I mention how I’d like to have the chance to meet men like Thomas Jefferson and to that I add women like Abigail Adams, and in all truthfulness, I think I’d like to meet Napoleon Bonaparte. I don’t think the books give us a clue about the amazing charisma he must have had, and I’d love to experience it, though it seems kind of scary.

Thank you for being on my blog, Laurie Alice!




By virtue of her profession as a midwife, Tabitha Eckles is the keeper of many secrets: the names of fathers of illegitimate children, the level of love and harmony within many a marriage, and now the identity of a man who may have caused his wife's death. Dominick Cherrett is a man with his own secret to keep: namely, what he, a British nobleman, is doing on American soil working as a bondsman in the home of Mayor Kendall, a Southern gentleman with his eye on a higher office.

By chance one morning before the dawn has broken, Tabitha and Dominick cross paths on a misty beachhead, leading them on a twisted path through kidnappings, death threats, public disgrace, and . . . love? Can Tabitha trust Dominick? What might he be hiding? And can either of them find true love in a world that seems set against them?

With stirring writing that puts readers directly into the story, Lady in the Mist expertly explores themes of identity, misperception, and love's discovery.


Winner of A Tender Reed-Congratulations Linda!

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