Monday, May 28, 2012

Spring Hope by Martha Rogers Ends June 4th


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.

Viva La Difference
Authors are such unique individuals. We all may think alike as far as our writing skills and knowledge are concerned, but when it comes to topics and styles, we all have our own way of doing things. Some are plotters, planners, and organizers. Others of us are Pantsters and don’t know the whole story until we write it. Those who write mystery, suspense or thrillers have their own way of thinking and keeping their readers on edge until the end. We have gentle, sweet, romance writers who have conflict, but it doesn’t blow up in our face. We have a limited number of true plot ideas from which to draw, but how we present that plot is as varied as the personalities of the authors who write them.
I envy those who can write mystery, suspense, speculative and fantasy. That’s just not me, but I enjoy reading those genres. Perhaps that’s because I don’t feel I am competing with them for a reader base. I want my stories to touch the hearts of my readers as they watch the lives of my characters grow and evolve in their relationships with each other and with the Lord.
The libraries and bookstores are full of books for every kind of reading tastes. If you can’t find something you would enjoy reading, you just haven’t looked hard enough.
Each of us writes with our own style and voice, and that’s how it should be. Being true to ourselves in our writing is what makes our writing sincere and keeps it moving. It also builds our fan base if we strive for excellence in our writing. When the quality of our writing stays true to our voice and style, our readers won’t be disappointed.
So many times we may wonder if that first book was a fluke and if everyone will hate the next one and the one after that. As long as God is helping us write, and we rely on Him to supply us with the stories, we will not disappoint.
With ten books under my belt and five more contracted, my greatest concern is that the quality will diminish the more I write. I’ve seen it so often in the secular world, but only a few times in CBA authors. Later books by well known, best-selling authors sometimes lose the pizzazz of the first few and the plots and outcomes become much too predictable. That’s what I hope I can overcome and write so that each book keeps getting better rather than predictable.
With my newest release, Spring Hope, I drew on a personal experience that was painful at the time it happened. Each revision drew me deeper into my feelings until my hero truly agonized with the same type decision I had to make almost thirty years ago.
Of course in romance there has to be some predictability in the hero and heroine resolving all issues and coming together at the end, but the journey to that end must be exciting and keep the reader turning the pages to find out how the two will finally be together.  
What do you do to make sure each book is as good as or even better than the previous one, especially in a series?

Libby Cantrell’s life has gone from bad to worse since her mother’s death. With an abusive father, and life in a brothel, she sees no hope for her future until she gains the courage to make her escape one cold winter night.

When she arrives exhausted, hungry, and ill in Portersfield, Texas, Sheriff Cory Muldoon finds her in an alley and takes her to a doctor. Against Cory’s better judgment, Seth and Erin Winston take her in and offer her a job as a nanny for their young son. As a minister, Seth sees it as his duty to take care of the young woman. As a deputy, Cory sees it as his duty to find out the truth about her even as he is attracted to the waif of a young woman. An unexpected late winter storm and an accident at the river brings the two of them even closer.   

As his love for her grows and winter becomes spring, will he be able to accept her as she is now and truly forget and forgive her sordid past?

Set in the late 1800s, Seasons of the Heart weaves together the stories of four women whose great faith make a difference in the lives of the men they love. The series moves from Connecticut to Texas as it follows the lives of these women and their families as they find true love and bond in friendship only God could orchestrate.  

Martha Rogers is the author of Becoming Lucy; Morning for Dove; Finding Becky; Caroline’s Choice; Not on the Menu, a part of a novella collection with DiAnn Mills, Janice Thompson, and Kathleen Y’Barbo; and River Walk Christmas, a novella collection with Beth Goddard, Lynette Sowell, and Kathleen Y’Barbo. A former schoolteacher and English instructor, she has a master’s degree in education and lives with her husband in Houston, Texas.

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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,  June 4th . Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.

46 comments:

  1. Great post and thanks for a great giveaway!

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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  2. I follow via FEEDBURNER.

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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  3. I have had my eye on this book since I first heard of it. Please enter me. Thanks.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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    1. Throwing your name in the hat, Amy. Good luck!

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  4. I also follow through feedburner. Thanks.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

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  5. Thanks for the great reviews/interviews and giveaways! I think I have one of Martha's books in my to be read pile, but not sure if I have read any others.
    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Martha is an awesome author. She has a great writing style. You should move her book to the top...wink wink

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  6. I am also a follower.

    Patty

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  7. New author for me. I would like to read Spring Hope. Please enter me in drawing. Thank you. Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Hey Kathleen, I love to hear my blog has introduced someone to a new author to them. You'll enjoy Martha's books.

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  8. I am a Feedburner follower and received my first post from you by e-mail this morning! Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  9. I am a Google Friend Connect member of 180 followers and see my little window up there with the brown hearts hanging down! Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  10. Thanks for the giveaway. The book sounds great.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  11. I'm a feedburner follower

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  12. Martha is a new author to me. This is the era I love the most to read and it sounds like a good book! Please enter me in your giveaway and thank you for the opportunity! I am a follower.

    Blessings,
    Lori

    triplel(at)evertek(dot)net

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    1. Yay! another introduction to Martha! Thanks for stopping by. I love that time period too.

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  13. Thanks for stopping by everyone. Writing this book was hard, but is one of my favorites. I hope you will enjoy it too.

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    1. Thank you, Martha. The Lord restores what the locusts have eaten in our lives! The devourer is overcome!! Kathleen

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  14. Great post with Martha! Love her books! I'd love to win a copy of Spring Hope...the cover is beautiful and it sounds like a great read!

    I'm a feedburner follower!

    Blessings!
    Judy
    sweetpea.judy(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hey Judy,

      thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you read Martha's books already. Good luck on winning!

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  15. thanks for the chance to read this beautiful story ;)

    karenk
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  16. I am a new feedburner follower. Thank you for the chance to win this book.

    Angela/griperang

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    1. Yay!!! Thanks for following through Feedburner, Angela. Good luck on winning. And thanks for stopping by.

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  17. I am a feedburner follower. I would love to win this book. Thank you for the chance.

    Wendy N.

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    1. Hey Wendy, Good to see you here. Throwing your name in the hat. Good luck.

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  18. Sounds like a great book!
    smilesalot2010 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks for coming by Morgan. Good luck on winning!

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  19. I would love to win and read and review this book. Haven't read any of hers.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot come

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  20. I loved A Vision of Lucy and look forward to reading Spring Hope. Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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    1. thanks for stopping by Miss Kallie. Good luck.

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  21. I am an old email subscriber and GFC follower.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  22. I'd enjoy this book. Great interview!
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  23. Subscriber and follower
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  24. I am definitely gonna read this one...I am a follower...I posted on facebook and twitter..............................babyruthmac16@yahoo.com

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    1. Thank you for posting this on twitter and FB!!! How very sweet. Good luck!!!

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  25. I loved your discussion, Martha, on the difference between writers. You are very versatile, even if you don't do suspense, to be doing Bible studies and devotionals in addition to romance.

    Spring Hope sounds like it covers some serious matters which would be difficult to present in this genre. I know your years of being an experienced writer, along with God's guidance, enabled you to birth the book. I desire to read it, although my TBR pile is growing weekly!

    Blessings, Janice jsmithg(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  26. I have been out of pocket all weekend with two grandsons graduating from high school back to back in two different cities.

    Thank you so much for the wonderful comments. I hope you will enjoy this book and lesson we all need to remember and practice.

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  27. It sounds like you are a very gifted writer. I like to read anything Christian-focused. It helps me learn how important God is in my life and improves me as a writer the more I read.

    Carolyn
    authorboyles at swbell.net

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  28. Wow... sounds like a great story! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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  29. Thanks Janice, Carolyn and Pegg for stopping by. I'm heading over to random numbers now to draw a winner. Good luck to everyone who stopped by!

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