Monday, September 10, 2012

With Every Letter by Sarah Sundin ends September 24th


Sarah Sundin is the author of With Every Letter and also the Wings of Glory series. In 2011, Sarah received the Writer of the Year Award at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference. Sarah lives in northern California with her husband and three children. When she isn’t ferrying kids to tennis and karate, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies. Please visit her at http://www.sarahsundin.com.

Welcome Sarah Sundin. I'm excited to have you on my blog this week. Sarah is giving away a copy of her new release, With Every Letter. Answer the question, have you ever had a pen-pal and if you have did you gain anything from it or leave a comment to be entered. Thanks for stopping by! And you get a extra week to enter due to the ACFW conference. And don't forget to leave your email addy so I can contact you if you win!

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
Family room on the couch while my family watches TV in the evening. I’m wearing a plum-colored peasant top, khaki capris, reading glasses, and no shoes.

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
By far the funniest thing I read was in an extremely dry history of air warfare. When the Italians invaded Ethiopia in 1935, they found their supply lines badly stretched and used bombers to drop supplies, food, and ammunition to their troops. In a strange experiment, they dropped live sheep and goats in parachutes to provide fresh meat. Sheep in chutes. Quite a picture, huh?

If you were told you were being sent back to live in the 19th Century, and you could bring one thing from today, what would that be?
A first aid kit full of modern medicines, particularly penicillin and my allergy pills. Also vaccines to help people in the past. I’m a pharmacist, and it would be painful to see people die from diseases we can prevent nowadays.

What is something that very few people know about you?
After doing enough of these interviews, I don’t know if there’s much left J How about this—I kill plants. Not on purpose, but I have a brown thumb. I always feel bad when people give me a plant. The poor little green thing.

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
It’s probably my sapphire ring. It’s been in my family for generations. My mother received it when my parents got married, and I always loved it. She passed it on to me a few years ago.

If you could live in any time period other than the one we live in, when and where would that be and why?
I don’t know. When I was young, I wanted to live in the 1800s, and now lots of things about the mid-20th century appeal to me. However, although each era has draws, it also has serious drawbacks.

Do you think birth order affects the way you write?
I’m the oldest of two, and only older by fifteen months. I definitely have a lot of firstborn characteristics—conscientious, cautious, structured, likes to achieve. I do write in a structured way, with a solid and detailed outline in place before I start my rough draft. The conscientiousness helps me keep my deadlines and also fuels my determination to thoroughly research my story. And obviously, being achievement-oriented drove me to keep pursuing publication and to keep improving my writing during the long rejection-letter years.

If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?
Oh dear. I imagine it would be rather dull. Or strange. A pharmacist/soccer mom/author? How about “Sideline Snacks and Stories: A Prescription for an Odd Life.” I should have mentioned I’m lousy with titles.

What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story?
So many. The first novels that really had that effect on me were Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House books. Oh, I wanted to live on the prairie and ride horses and wear a sunbonnet. I really wanted that sunbonnet.


Lt. Mellie Blake is looking forward to beginning her training as a flight nurse. She is not looking forward to writing a letter to a man she’s never met—even if it is anonymous and part of a morale-building program. Lt. Tom MacGilliver, an officer stationed in North Africa, welcomes the idea of an anonymous correspondence—he’s been trying to escape his infamous name for years. As their letters crisscross the Atlantic, Tom and Mellie develop a unique friendship despite not knowing the other's true identity. When both are transferred to Algeria, the two are poised to meet face-to-face for the first time. Will they overcome their fears and reveal who they are, or will their future be held hostage by their pasts? Combining a flair for romance with excellent research and attention to detail, Sarah Sundin vividly brings to life the perilous challenges of WWII aviation, nursing—and true love.




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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, September 24th, 8:00 A.M. EST. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.




52 comments:

  1. I just read another rave review of this book elsewhere and would *love* to win this!!! Thank you so much for the giveaway, and best wishes to Sarah on this marvelous new release!
    -Emily

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Emily. And good luck!

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  2. I've had a few pen pals over the years. When I was in second grade, one of the assignments we had was to write to kids our age in a school in England. I don't remember much about what I wrote to the girl (or even her name!), but I did enjoy learning what I could about her and what it was like in Europe. I now have a pen pal that lives in the same state as me (but far away!). We talk mostly about books and authors, but it's been fun getting to know her. =)

    Thanks for the chance to win this book- I LOVED Sarah's last series, and can't wait to read this one!

    lubell1106(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. How fun, Elyssa! A pen pal in Europe would have been my dream. Good luck.

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  3. Thanks for the awesome giveaway and interview! I always love reading them to find out about authors. =)

    jennycohen104(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Jenny and I'm glad you enjoy the interviews. Good luck!

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  4. Awesome giveaway! My daughter loves the WW2 time period and Sarah's books, so I'm entering for her. =)

    icohen62(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. Sign me up! This book looks great!

    thejesusfreak62(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. i've actually had two pen pals (sisters) from florida...we wrote each other letters for years during our childhood...great memories.

    thanks for the opportunity to read sarah's latest novel.

    i'm a follower, too.

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. thanks for being a follower, Karen. I had a pen pal as a child. She lived in Wyoming. Always made me think of that song, Home on the Range.

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  7. I've enjoyed Sarah's books and have been looking forward to her new series. WWII settings grab my attention! Thanks for a chance to win With Every Letter.
    Worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com
    I'm a follower via e-mail.

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    1. Thanks for being a follower, Merry. I'm so glad you enjoy Sarah's books. Good luck

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  8. I had a pen pal from India for a few years.
    Would love to read this one. I've heard really great reviews about it!

    I'm a feedburner subscriber!

    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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    1. Wow! India. Was she native India? I guess I always thought they'd speak a different language. Good Luck! and thanks for following my blog.

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  9. If it's a Sarah Sundin book, it's good. Please enter me. Thank you!


    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

    I'm a subscriber.

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  10. Hi everyone! My goodness, you're all being so nice to me :)

    I'll answer the question myself. When I took German in high school, I had a pen pal in Germany. She wrote to me half in German and half in English, and I did likewise - so we could each practice both reading and writing. We became good friends and wrote to each other well into the college years.

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  11. I'm dying to read this book! Thanks for the chance to win!

    I follow via Feedburner.

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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  12. Can't wait to read this book!

    Sarah, I've always wanted to learn German...it's a dream of mine. I guess it's really all about timing at this point. I have to find the time to learn it...but, yeah, that would be cool! I wish I a had a pen pal in Germany...awesome!

    Emreilly303(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. My son wants to learn German too. Sounds too hard to me. LOL Good luck.

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    2. I love German! It's actually rather easy because it's very rules-based. Even the exceptions to the rules follow rules. How very German, huh? :) And the words are fun to say.

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    3. OH! You make me want to do it now! I wouldn't even know where to begin...all I have are some tapes, but no way to play them...lol! CDs cost so much money these days, especially when it's learning a language.

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  13. Please enter my name into the drawing! I've never read anything by this author, but I've heard great things from friends! Thanks for the giveaway!!

    Dreilly316(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. I'm entering for my daughter! Thanks for the great post...

    Jreilly316(at)verizon(dot)net

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    1. Thanks for coming by, John. That sweet of you to enter for your daughter!

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  15. I am so excited about this giveaway. I really love American Historical Fiction.

    I am a feedburner subscriber.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hey Carol, Thanks for stopping by and for being a follower. I'm a historical fan too!

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  16. Would love to read this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy. :-)

    gwen[dot]gage[at]gmail[dot]com

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  17. I have been waiting a long time to read this book! I love reading about this time in history as my Dad was in the Navy during WWII. Your first three books written during this era were books that I could not put down!

    sixaremine(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I have a strong attachment to the Navy, myself. My son is in there now. My father served in the Navy as did 2 of my uncles. My hubby was in the Air Force when we married so I have a wee bit of favoritism there too. ;o)

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  18. I had a pen pal for awhile when I was in elementary school. That was many years ago.
    I follow this blog with Feedburner.
    I enjoy Sarah's books so it would be great fun to win her newest. Thanks for the chance.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. Thanks for being a follower, Pam. Good luck. I wonder how many people who had pen pals in elementary still have them as friends today.

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  19. I would love to read this book. I am new to Sarah Sundin book.
    I followed on Feedburner.
    godblessamerica.jan(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for being a feedburner follower. Good Luck! btw LOVE your email addy!

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  20. Would love to win! Sounds like a great book!
    likesmusic2@consolidated.net

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  21. Thanks for the interview ladies!

    I've never had a pen-pal, unless you count a long distance relationship!

    I follow via feed burner.

    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. What fun comments! I love seeing familiar names - and some new ones too!

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  23. A first-aid kit! Wow! I would never have thought of that! :)

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this great book. I so want to read it after hearing such great things about it (here and elsewhere).

    biblioprincess15 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. I have an extraordinarily creative & talented friend who made these. She made darling vintage aprons for my first series, but the aprons didn't work so well for my nurses. We brainstormed together, and came up with this idea. And they turned out adorable!

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  24. Please enter me!!! I am SO happy I found your giveaways!!! I am following with feed burner also so I don't miss any of them!

    Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a) Chavez

    amada_chavez[AT]yahoo[DOT]com

    Acts 16:31 (Read it, Believe it, and Be Saved!!!)

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  25. The only pen pal I had was my favorite cousin. We actually would record greetings and stories on cassette tapes and send them to each other. Please enter me and I follow through feedburner. Thanks.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com



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  26. When I was younger and computers were not around, I had a pen pal. It was fun learning about her life as I was poor and had little then. Now with computer I have prayer partners, authors I love, and more.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com
    Enter me to win

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  27. When I was a young girl in Sunday School we had an opportunity to have a pen pal. I had a gal named from Minnesota named Randi. We lost touch but I wonder what path her life took.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  28. I follow
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  29. My spinal Cord Stimulator(it's in my body) and a portable generator to charge it with. My Bible.
    godblessamerica.jan(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. I never had a pen pal per se, though I did exchange letters with a friend I made at summer camp. We would write notes to each other and a friend would pass them on (no need to pay for postage)! I would get a letter every month or so through that method. We lost touch in high school but she just got a Facebook, so we may communicate though social media now. =) Thanks for the chance to win!

    jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

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  31. I'm glad to hear how many people enjoyed pen pals too!

    Lady DragonKeeper - what fun that you can reconnect on Facebook!

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