Monday, September 26, 2011

Pirate of My Heart by Jamie Carie Ends October 10th


Born and raised in Vincennes, Indiana, Jamie is a preacher’s daughter. Road trips with her dad—to and from Bible studies across Indiana—were filled with talks of the Bible and the purpose of life. The highlight of those nights was stopping at a truck stop in the middle of the night where her dad spent a little of the offering basket on two slices of pie and a couple of Cokes. While being a preacher’s daughter molded her, it also gave her the impetus to live her dream of becoming a published author. In 1995 she began writing novels in earnest. After years of rejection letters, she was offered her first contract in 2006. Snow Angel was published and won ForeWord Magazine’s Romance Book of the Year, a USA Book News “Best Books 2007” Awards winner, and 2008 RITA® Awards Best First Book finalist. In 2010 Wind Dancer was a finalist in the Indiana State Library Best Books of Indiana. Romantic Times exclaimed, "Carie is a welcome voice in the inspirational fiction market." And, "Carie writes with her heart on every page of her books." Jamie has a passion for history and believes in the power of love stories. She lives with her husband and three boys in Indianapolis, Indiana. www.jamiecarie.com

Jamie is giving away her new release Pirate of My Heart. Leave a comment to be entered to win. 

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth. In my office. I am wearing black yoga shorts and a gray t-shirt. I also have my hair up in a clip because if I don’t do that I will twirl it until I have bald spots! I like to twirl when I’m concentrating. 

What is the funniest or strangest or most interesting thing you’ve learned when researching your book? So many things! The most interesting thing I’ve learned lately is the behind the scenes peak into making one of my book covers. B&H Publishing had a video made for my next book, The Guardian Duke. It shows the cover model getting her hair and makeup done and then the photo shoot. It was awesome to see my character come to life! Here’s the video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uKt_iK5rSQw&feature=player_embedded

What is something that very few people know about you? I love to turn on worship music and dance before the Lord (but only if I’m the only one home!).

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair) Hmmm, that would probably have to be my latest pair of killer high heels. I have a thing for shoes.

What kinds of emotions go through you when you are writing such a strong and heart wrenching scene? I received some good advice from an agent once. He said, “cut your wrist and bleed into the work.” I rewrote the first chapter of Snow Angel (my first book) with that in mind and it sold soon after. It’s not an easy thing, writing with your heart on every page. It requires everything you’ve got – completely surrendering yourself to the fear, sadness, anger –love, joy, faith in the scene. It’s kind of like acting. I have to get in the character and be them for a little while for an intense scene to work. 

What one thing on your writing journey influenced your work the most? My childhood! J I grew up with teaching tapes playing in the background. There was a constant flow of the Bible being taught which has given me a strong Biblical foundation from which I write. I thank God and my parents for that!

What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story? Oh, so many! The first was probably Heidi or Little House on the Prairie. The most recent would be Midsummer Moon by Laura Kinsale (I’m rereading it for the tenth time) and lots and lots of wonderful stories from classics to romance novels in between.

If you could work with any author who would you choose? Without question, Laura Kinsale. I can only imagine what I would learn through that experience. 

If you could have written any piece of literature in history, be it books, speech, poetry, what piece would you want to say Written By Authors Name here To be honest, my own books. J I feel incredibly blessed to have written them and think they are exactly my place in the world of stories. I can’t wait to get back to my current work in progress, A Duke’s Promise, out September 2012. It’s the conclusion of a three book series and I’m so excited to see what happens next!
Thanks for a great interview!
She gave up everything for a chance at true love...
When her doting father dies, Lady Kendra Townsend is given a choice: marry the horrid man of her uncle's choosing or leave England to risk a new life in America with unknown relatives. Armed with the faith that God has a plan for her, Kendra boards a cargo ship and soon finds herself swept away by the rugged American sea captain Dorian Colburn. But this adventurous man has been wounded by love before and now guards his independent life.
He wasn't prepared to give up anything for anyone...
No swashbuckling man needs an English heiress with violet-hued eyes to make him feel again or challenge his faith with probing questions--or so he thinks. It is not until Dorian must save Kendra from the dark forces surrounding her that he decides she may be worth the risk.
 
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DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING by following my blog with Powered by FEEDBURNER on the right, and don't miss any giveaways (the button with the flame). If you already follow my blog go ahead and follow by FEEDBURNER so you can be entered twice. If you're not getting an email telling you I have a new giveaway you're not following through Feedburner. Just mention that you follow through Feedburner when you leave a comment with each giveaway and you'll be entered twice.

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, October 10th. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Welcome Margaret Daley --Two Book Giveaway

I'd like to welcome Margaret Daley to my blog. She has generously offered to give away two of her new releases, From This Day Forward and Hidden in the Everglades. Leave a comment to be entered and don't forget to mention if you follow by feedburner. There will be two winners!

Margaret Daley is an award winning, multi-published author in the romance genre. One of her romantic suspense books, Hearts on the Line, won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Contest. Recently she has won the Golden Quill Contest, FHL’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest, Winter Rose Contest, Holt Medallion and the Barclay Gold Contest. She wrote for various secular publishers before the Lord led her to the Christian romance market. She currently writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense books for the Steeple Hill Love Inspired lines, romantic suspense for Abingdon Press and historical romance for Summerside Press. She has sold seventy-five books to date.Margaret is currently the President for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an organization of over 2300 members. She was one of the founding members of the first ACFW local chapter, WIN in Oklahoma. She has taught numerous classes for online groups, ACFW and RWA chapters. She enjoys mentoring other authors.Until she retired a few years ago, she was a teacher of students with special needs for twenty-seven years and volunteered with Special Olympics as a coach. She currently is on the Outreach committee at her church, working on several projects in her community as well as serving on her church’s vestry. On a more personal note, she has been married for over forty years to Mike and has one son and four granddaughters. She treasures her time with her family and friends

 Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth. I am sitting in my office on my couch. I am wearing pajamas.

What one thing on your writing journey influenced your work the most? The Lord. If it wasn’t for Him, I wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing.

What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story? The stories I read are usually adventures and suspenses. I love reading them, but I don’t want to be part of the stories.
What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned while researching? Lately that pythons live in the Everglades. They aren’t native to the Florida swamps, but their population is spreading because people have let their “pet” pythons go in the Everglades.

What is a typical working day for you? Where and when do you write? Do you set goals? I set weekly goals. My usual working day starts with answering emails. Then I start writing. I take frequent breaks and get up to walk around--do other things that need to be done. I often don’t end my work day until the evening. At that time I answer emails, do interviews and other promotional activities I have to do.

Writing is evolving. Would you say that the evolution of it is good? Personally I like a book that grabs me from the beginning and is faster paced than books on a whole were years ago. I think change can be good, but only time will tell.

If you could have written any piece of literature in history, be it books, speech, poetry, what piece would you want to say Written By Authors Name here? Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin--love that story.

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair) My yellow Thunderbird (2002)--convertible--it’s fun to drive.

 
Rachel Gordon is stranded in South Carolina, pregnant, a recent widow when her husband fell overboard on the voyage to America. Nathan Stuart, a physician who came home from serving in the American army during the War of 1812, disenchanted with his life and the Lord, rescues Rachel and saves her life. Feeling responsible for her, Nathan tries to discourage her from living at a rundown farm her husband bought to start a new future in America. He wants her to return to England.
Rachel refuses to go back to England where her father disowned her for marrying against his wishes. The farm is all she has, and she is determined to make it on her own. But Nathan has other ideas and becomes her farmhand to discourage her from staying in America. Instead he ends up protecting her and being challenged by her. Can two wounded people heal each other?

 Bodyguarding is Kyra Morgan’s business--but this was supposed to be a vacation. Still, she can’t refuse the request from childhood friend and neighbor Michael Hunt. Michael’s sister Amy ran away after witnessing a murder. Michael needs Kyra’s help to find her and keep her safe. Yet as Kyra and Michael follow the trail along the Florida coast, their search grows more dangerous by the day. Terrorists are at work, and the stakes are perilously high. It will take everything they have--including trust they’re both reluctant to give--to escape the Everglades alive.



New Blog announcing giveaways! Want to know where all the book giveaways are? We've started a new blog that gives you the links to other blog giveaways. Are you a blogger or an author needing a way to get the word out to readers you have a giveaway? Check out and follow us: fictionaddictionfix.blogspot.com

DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING by following my blog with Powered by FEEDBURNER on the right, and don't miss any giveaways (the button with the flame). If you already follow my blog go ahead and follow by FEEDBURNER so you can be entered twice. If you're not getting an email telling you I have a new giveaway you're not following through Feedburner. Just mention that you follow through Feedburner when you leave a comment with each giveaway and you'll be entered twice.

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, October 3rd. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.