Monday, April 23, 2012

Sanctuary For A Lady by Naomi Rawlings Ends April 30th

 
A mother of two young boys, Naomi Rawlings spends her days picking up, cleaning, playing and, of course, writing. Her husband pastors a small church in Michigan’s rugged Upper Peninsula, where her family shares its ten wooded acres with black bears, wolves, coyotes, deer and bald eagles. Naomi and her family live only three miles from Lake Superior, where the scenery is beautiful and they average 200 inches of snow per winter. Naomi writes bold, dramatic stories containing passionate words and powerful journeys. 

Ask Naomi a question or leave a comment to be entered in the drawing. Don't forget to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win and let me know if you follow by Feedburner for a second entry. Good luck!


Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
I’m at my dining room table, which is where I usually write, as I don’t have an office.  Thankfully, I’m wearing my comfy jeans, an old, favorite sweatshirt, and a long sleeve top. Usually I’d be wearing my PJs when I answer interview questions, but you caught me at a good moment, Debbie Lynne!

Do your characters ever give you surprises when you are writing? Can you give us an example if they do and if they don’t  do you know why?
Yes, they definitely surprise me, although not usually in huge, story altering ways. I generally have a good idea of how my story will end before I start writing, but I can’t see all the little dips and turns and valleys in between the beginning and end.  
With Sanctuary for a Lady, there’s this really dramatic moment for my hero. It’s after my heroine leaves him, and he’s both furious and hurt. I had no idea how I would play out his reaction until I started writing, but he ends up so frustrated and wounded that he destroys something really precious to him. That reaction really surprised me. I won’t get more specific, lest I give too much of the story away, but I think those who have read the novel will know the part I’m referring too.  

Do you have a favorite scene in this book and what would it be?
Wow! I don’t know. I suppose the end, where everything finally works out for my poor hero and heroine, because they overcome a whole lot to get to that point. But another great scene is at the beginning of chapter three. It’s the first time my heroine has a lucid conversation with my hero, and wow do those sparks fly! Got to love a good argument between the hero and the heroine.

Did anyone inspire you to write or was this something you always wanted to do?
Neither, it was something I gravitated to out of boredom. I only had one child at the time, and I needed a little hobby. LOL! I had no idea how time consuming my “hobby” would become.

What is something that very few people know about you?
Well, I shared this on another blog, so I’m not sure how secret it is any more, but I can play the harp. Yes, really, the harp.

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
That’s hard, because so many of the things I value aren’t solely material, like my husband and children. I guess I’d have to say my eReader. I use it nearly every day, and when it broke a couple months ago, I was beside myself. I got a replacement within the week, though.
If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord)
How about Daniel from the Old Testament? He had such strong courage and convictions that one can’t help but admire him.

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
When researching Sanctuary for a Lady, I learned that the trades and jobs in France before the revolution were controlled by guilds, who limited how many people could join their guild. I ended up using this hindrance for Michel, my hero of Sanctuary for a Lady.


 
Running to freedom, she found love . . .
The injured young woman that Michel Belanger finds in the woods is certainly an aristocrat, and in the midst of France’s bloody revolution, sheltering nobility merits a trip to the guillotine. Yet despite the risk, Michel knows he must bring the wounded girl to his cottage to heal.
                 
Attacked by soldiers and left for dead, Isabelle de La Rouchecauld has lost everything. A duke’s daughter cannot hope for mercy in France, so escaping to England is her best chance of survival. The only thing more dangerous than staying would be falling in love with this gruff yet tender man of the land. Even if she sees, for the first time, how truly noble a heart can be . . .





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27 comments:

  1. Thanks for having me here this week, Debbie Lynne! I'm looking forward to meeting everyone. :-)

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  2. Thanks for coming! They should be stopping by soon!

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  3. I enjoyed the interview. Much like You Naomi, I don't have an office but my couch faces a beauitful scenery that gives me inspriation. I haven't read any of your books and want to thank M. Debbie for her interview to introduce you. Wednesday April 25th is my birtday and if I didn't win, this sounds like a great gift to give myself.
    Brenda
    scruggs3@nctc.com

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    1. Well Brenda, you won't here me complaining about that birthday gift. :-) And how wonderful to have such a lovely view from your couch!

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    2. Hey Brenda. I agree, sounds like a terrific gift. I have read Naomi's debut novel and it's excellent. If you follow my blog you get a second entry, and not just this time but every book giveaway. Just be sure to tell me you're a follower. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I've been seeing this book around the blogosphere several times recently, would love to win a copy!

    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

    I follow via feedburner

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    1. Hey Patty, Thanks for being a follower! It's a great story and wonderfully written.Good luck on the drawing.

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    2. Lovely to meet you, Patty, and good luck with the contest. :-)

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  5. I subscribe to Fiction Addition Fix and received notice of your post here for Sanctuary for a Lady
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  6. I have just joined by Feedburner to be a follower of The Sword and Spirit.

    My birthday is May 30th ~*~ would love a present of Sanctuary for a Lady!

    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Lane! It's lovely to meet you. :-)

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  7. Hey Kathleen! Thanks for following me. It would make a great birthday gift. Good luck!

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  8. this sounds like a wonderful story...thanks for the chance to read it ;)

    i'm a follower, too!

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Karen!

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    2. Throwing your name in the hat now, Karen. ;o)

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  9. Great interview! I've been hearing good things about this book and would love to win a copy.

    I follow via Feedburner.

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. LOL! I'm happy the things you've been hearing are good . . . as opposed to not good. :-) Thanks for stopping by!

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    2. And everything you're hearing is true!

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  10. I love historical fiction... would love to read this book!

    ladette[at]live[dot]com

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  11. Thanks for stopping by. Good luck on the drawing.

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  12. Great giveaway!! Please enter me! I follow via GFC and Feedburner.

    frequentreader19 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Hey Melanie. Thanks for stopping by. Good luck!

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  13. Thanks everyone, for stopping by and taking the time to enter the giveaway. :-)

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  14. I would love to review your book if I win it. I pray God annoint and use you in this ministry. Please enter me to win
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by. And good luck!

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  15. Lady DragonKeeperMay 1, 2012 at 4:41 AM

    Sounds like a great book --I just learned about Neo-Classic Art which occurred during the French Revolution. =) Don't know if it's too late to enter, but thanks for the chance to win!

    jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

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  16. Glad you made it by! I'm behind on the drawing so your name is in! good luck!

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