Monday, October 29, 2012

Interview with Genesis winner Kathleen L Maher and 2 Fabulous giveaways Ends November 5th


Kathleen L. Maher is the administrator of History Repeats Itself  and of Fiction Addiction Fix. She writes historical romance set in the American Civil War and is a 2012 Genesis Winner for Historical fiction.  Kathy is a member of ACFW, 19th Century Writers, and co-owner of CROWN fiction marketing and Civil War HIStory.

I am so so so excited to have my wonderful friend and terrific critique partner with me this week. Kathy and I came onto the ACFW scene about the same time and connected through a critque group which ended up being only us. We became best of friends. In celebration of her Genesis win we are giving away two fabulous prizes! Leave a comment to be entered. For extra entries, follow my blog, Kathy's blog History Repeats Itself, and our joint blog Fiction Addiction Fix, tweet or facebook about this giveaway with the link. 1 entry for each of these 6 possible entries. Don't forget to leave your email address and let me know what you've done.


Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.

I am actually dressed before 7 AM today! It’s a small miracle. I have on denim capris, an orange cotton embroidered tee and my Third Day zip-up hoodie. And purple fuzzy slippers. They’re hideous and comfy as all get out.

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
I was doing research on Charleston during the Civil War, so I had my ears open for all things related. I was listening to the radio and heard my local weatherman talk about the strangest weather incident he’d ever heard. He claims to say that a live alligator, fully grown, fell from the sky and landed downtown Charleston in 1862. Can you imagine the rumors of apocalypse that must have circulated? Just today I read on Yahoo news about a two foot shark that fell out of the sky on a golf course in California. They think an osprey dropped it. Why can’t it be money, falling on my lawn? Twenties and fifties would be lovely. Or gold. I’ll take gold as long as nobody gets hurt when it falls.

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?
I know everyone says toothpaste and deodorant, and that is such a good answer! So besides those, I would bring photos of our modern marvels like airplanes and space travel. I figure it will be a great conversation starter, if it doesn’t get me burned at the stake for sorcery!

What is something that very few people know about you?
Hmmm, I am relatively unknown, so pretty much everything! Heehee  Okay. Most people don’t know that I used to have a really good singing voice. In high school I had the privilege of attending New York State School Music Association’s All State choir two years in a row. We stayed at the Concord Hotel in the Catskills, the same place where Sinatra and so many others have sung. It was a real thrill. But asthma and chronic allergies have eroded that voice from what it once was. I still love to sing along to Kari Jobe and Kutless and Tenth Avenue North, among my favorites. Just not where others can hear me. LOL

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
My home.
It has creaky floors and a slowly shifting foundation and a roof that will need replacing, but I am so very thankful to God for my home. We were once homeless as a family when my husband was out of work, and I appreciate the miracle it is to live here in a beautiful small town where crime is rare and the church bells chime three times a day, and where I can tend my gardens and watch my children play in safety. I wish everyone that blessing.
  
What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story?
None. Honestly, I think that is why I write. I’ve read books that I love, but none of the characters ever did what I would have and that made me want to write myself in their shoes, to explore a story world with my own imagination rather than only getting to see what the author shows. That is why there is so much of me in each character I write.

If you could live in any time period other than the one we live in, when and where would that be and why?
I am fascinated by the end times. A little fearful, too, to be honest, with all the tension and hate of the world converging on little Israel to annihilate her. But if these aren’t the end times already I would wish to be in the generation that gets to witness the Lord’s return and to be taken up to meet Him in the air. What could be more fabulous than that?

If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?
Not Perfect Yet

You recently won the Genesis contest can you give us a glimpse of what it’s like and the work that went into getting there?
I’m sure my route was more circuitous than most. That is my typical way of getting anything done—the hard way. I’ve been writing this particular story since 1987. It started as a magnum opus of over 600 pages, but as I learned the craft and after my brilliant critique partner labored many long hours helping me, it was shortened into two separate historical romances that trace brothers from the Shenandoah Valley through the Civil War.
The feeling of hearing my name called on that live webcast that Wynn-Wynn Media so graciously aired was nothing short of surreal. I immediately wept and screamed and prayed that my poor critique partner would somehow do what I never could have—make a coherent acceptance speech. :D And she did! She did simply amazing.

You made your critique partner get up in front of 700 plus people (not to mention the live pod cast) at the ACFW Gala awards. Do you worry how she is going to get you back? ;o)
I am laughing perhaps a bit too hearty right now! Yes, perhaps I should be VERY worried! Debbie Lynne Costello is my crit partner and she is a master at writing suspenseful and action-packed stories, so I have no doubt she has the devious creativity to plot something extraordinary at my expense! *gulp*
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Perhaps I had better do something REALLY nice for her for having me here this week. How about we give a second prize to a lucky commenter? Will that begin to appease the wrath of Kubla-Kahn Costello? :D

Only time will tell my friend. LOL
 

Angel throw, journal, 2 Christmas cups, flower tea cup candle, faith plaque, picture frame, angel candle holder, bath basket, Christmas novel  



  

Bath box, Joy cup, specialty tea, journal, hope plaque, candle, Coming Home Novel.  





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 29nd, 8:00 A.M. EST. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants


 

140 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for having me this week, Debbie Lynne! Those gift sets look lovely! Hope all our readers are safe from this monster storm. Prayers being sent for all in the storm's path this morning.

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    1. Thank you for being here!!! This is going to be a fun week.

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    2. How did I miss this? What a great interview! And so glad this week went swell for you and no terrible power outages, Kathy!

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  2. I loved the interview with Kathleen. I do believe that it is highly likely that we will get to witness the return of Jesus and be caught up in the air. That would be super exciting. I like your title Not Perfect Yet for a book that you would right about yourself. I do believe that we won't ever be perfect until God calls us home.

    Thanks for this great interview and this huge giveaway!

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

    1. I am a follower of your blog, 2. Kathy's blog, History Repeats Itself, 3. follower of Fiction Addiction Fix and 4. I posted a link on FB about this giveaway.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed the interview, Judy! You are entered 5 times! Thanks for following us. Have a great week.

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    2. You are welcome! I hope you have a great week too!

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    3. Judy, I can tell you are a kindred spirit like Anne of Green Gables would say. :) Thank you for following our blogs and sharing with your facebook friends. If we are called up to meet the Lord, I hope it isn't during this crazy weather. LOL That would add an extra element of fantastic, wouldn't it?
      Blessings,
      Kathy

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    4. You are welcome Kathleen. I think if we were caught up to meet the Lord during this crazy weather that would definitely add an extra element of fantastic!!

      Have a wonderful week-end!
      Judy

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  3. Lovely interview, Kathy. I enjoyed knowing more about you. Have a wonderful day.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Katt! Good luck!

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    2. Thanks, Katt! I look forward to having you on my blog next week!

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  4. Congratulations to Kathleen on winning the Genesis contest. The gift sets do look wonderful.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Hey! Thanks for coming by. I know it's fabulous Kathy won the Genesis but not surprising. Good luck. I have you entered 4 times.

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    2. Thanks Ruby. :) I'm praying it helps me break in to the illustrious publishing world. :P Thank you for coming by. Good luck!

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  5. I am a GFC Follower
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  6. I follow History Repeats Itself.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  7. Follow Fiction Addiction Fix.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  8. Great interview, Kathy...nice to know you! I subscribe to this blog, signing up for yours today, and do sub to FAF (what a fantastic blog you ladies have with FAF....thanks).
    Yes, prayers going up for those in path of the storm.
    Jackie Smith
    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

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    1. Hey Jackie, Thanks for coming by. A lot of prayers going up sor all those people on the coast including my son. I have you down for 4 entries.

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    2. Hey, Jackie! nice to see you here. Thanks for coming by my blog, too. Blessings,
      Kathy

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  9. Hi Kathy and Debbie Lynne! Kathy, how wonderfully fun to see you here. I loved your answer about your house. Going without something for a time can often show us how much we have to be thankful for. Because many of us do have myriad blessings in our lives, and we take them all for granted until we have to go without.

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    1. Amen, Naomi. I so agree. We take so much for granted in this country. Good luck in the drawing.

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    2. Thank you, Naomi. I am extra mindful of that blessing as this crazy storm barrels up through PA and NY. Hoping the roof decides to stay! LOL But God has been good, and He'll continue to cover us. Thanks for visiting with us today.
      Blessings,
      Kathy

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  10. That moment when Kathy won the Genesis will stay with me a long time. Live video blog is such a treat and being a 'neighbor' of sorts to Kathy and knowing she was online hearing it...and then to see Debbie Lynne do such a remarkable job... it was very special!

    You need not enter me in the drawing though I think I should check to see what I'm following. I know I follow Fiction Addiction. You ladies are so clever to have come up with that!

    Blessings on your writing journey, Kathy, and prayers today for all those in the path of Sandy's winds, rains and high water.

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Debra, but how can we not enter you!? LOL

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    2. oh, Debra, let us enter you! :) Thank you for rejoicing with me, both that amazing night and all these weeks later. And yes, please stay safe up there. Are you expected to get extra flooding risk near the lake?

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    3. I started crying when I heard it because I was praying so hard!!! And what an excellent story it is--I am finding out! Praying it finds favor with a certain agent!

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  11. What a nice interview! Thank you so much sharing, Kathleen! And a BIG congrats to you!
    I'm a Feedburner subscriber.
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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    1. Hey Amy, Thanks for being a follower I have you down for 2 entries.

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    2. Hi, Amy. Thank you so much for coming by and celebrating with me. :)
      Blessings,
      Kathy

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  12. Purple slippers? Hi, Kathleen! I love the "Not Perfect Yet", too. If it were easy, it wouldn't mean as much, right? We just keep trying.

    Grace

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    1. Grace, I know. Purple slippers and Kathy tells me she hates purple!!! LOL

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    2. Ha! Yes, I'm not a purple fan. My dear sweet husband bought them, and he gets mad if I don't wear them. :) They are comfy, I must say.
      Well, if everything came easy, everyone would be millionaires, published, and fabulous. I am none of the three, but working hard for at least one. heehee

      Thanks for coming by, Grace. you rox!

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  13. I loved reading your interview. Thanks for entering me in the giveaway.
    Janet Estridge
    von1janet@gmail.com

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    1. Janey I'm glad you came by and good luck in the drawing.

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    2. Hi, Janet
      I'm so glad you enjoyed the interview. Debbie Lynne makes it fun, doesn't she? Thanks for stopping by.

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  14. Oh I loved this interview so much! Kathleen I learned so much about you, and I just loved the banter between the BFF critique partners. I'm pretty sure that's quite rare to be both, for the same person. Very special. Kathleen, you are such a deep, rich, fun, wise, beautiful person. I hope we can meet at a conference some day! Debbie Lynne, great questions, as always!

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    1. LOl! Thanks Jocelyn. Yes Kathleen is all that and she also does magic with my manuscripts. She's an awesome person and I'm just very blessed I snatched her up as a crit partner before someone else found her!

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    2. Awe, Joc, have I told you lately that I LOVE you? LOL Seriously, I love your writing and I am so blessed to count you as a friend, too. I'll tell you, I am surrounded by greatness between Debbie Lynne's writing brilliance and professionalism, her amazing Jedi marketing stills, and her networking maven-ness. heehee Add to that my awesome Civil War writing peeps and a very supportive writing community and I am the most blessed woman in the world.

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  15. This is GREAT thanks for the opportunity! :)

    Please enter me!

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

    amada_chavez{AT]yahoo[DOT]com

    Exodus 14:14

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    1. Hi, Amada

      Great to see you today. Thanks for coming by! Good luck. :)

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  16. Great interview, it is wonderful to know about the authors of the books that we read.

    Thank you for this giveaway.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thank you, Carol
      I pray one day my book will reach enthusiastic readers like you. Blessings and thanks,
      Kathy

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    2. Thanks for coming by Amanda and Carol. Good luck!

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  17. Fun interview! Congratulations on the Genesis win. :) I'd love to be entered for the awesome giveaway. Thanks!
    I'm a follower of all 3 blogs.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you, Merry
      It still feels shiny and new. :D Good luck on the giveaway.

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    2. I have you for 3 entries, Merry. Good luck!

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  18. I enjoyed the interview!!! Would love to win!!! Thanks! makeighleekyleigh at yahoo.com

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    1. Megan, it's so nice of you to come and leave a comment. Blessings!

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    2. Thanks for coming by, Megan. Good luck

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  19. Thanks Debbie for the interview, and congrats to Kathy on the Genisis award. I would so love to win a gift basket. I am a follower of all these blogs and will share this on my facebook page. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

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    1. Maxie, Good to see you here. :) Thanks for visiting. good luck!
      Kathy

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    2. Hey Maxie, I have you down for 5 entries. Good luck and so glad you enjoyed the enterview.

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  20. Hello Ladies, I really enjoyed the interview--great questions and interesting answers!
    I follow both of your blogs. Thank you for the lovely give-aways,
    may_dayzee AT yahoo DOT com

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    1. Thank you, Kay. You are so awesome to sign up for the blogs. Good luck!

      Kathy

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    2. Glad you enjoyed it! I have you down for 3 entries!

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  21. No need to enter me in the giveaway, I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed getting to know a little more about Kathleen. I already know she can write. ;-)

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    1. Thanks, Nancy! Did i ever tell you that my sister's name is Nancy? She is just a smidge older so all my teachers had her before me, and i would invariably be called by her name. But I don't mind because every Nancy I have ever met is brilliant! :)

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    2. Hey Nancy! Yes, Kathy is awesome at both writing and critiquing. I am so blessed by her!

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  22. Love, Love, Loved this interview! What fun! AND, I learned a few things about you Kathy, girl. =) But like Nancy said, I already knew you can write. And how! You're awesome, my friend, and I can't wait for the rest of the world to get to ready your amazing stories!

    I follow Debbie's and your blogs!
    shollaway2008(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. OOPS! I meant READ your amazing stories! Sheesh! I have a pretty amazing "critiquer" that would have caught that typo tho'.

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    2. Ha, Suz, even after you pointed out the typo i missed it! LOL thank you so much for stopping by and saying such nice things. Your check is in the mail! :D
      Debbie Lynne makes it fun, doesn't she?

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    3. Hey Susie! Thanks for coming by.I have you down for 4 entries.

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  23. Hi, Kathy and Debbie Lynne! Huge congratulations on your Genesis win, Kathy. Richly deserved!! I have no doubt that story will be snatched up by a publisher. What a great blog! I loved the story about the alligator falling from the sky! Who knew?!! Sign me up for the prize. Looks too good to pass up. ;)

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    1. LOL! I know who would believe that? So much for the saying raining cats and dogs huh? Guess we'll have to go to raining alligators. heehee

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    2. Ramona, you are one of the most generous, talented and kind people I have met in this writing business, and I am certain it is largely due to your help that I advanced in the contest. Thank you for coming by and leaving a comment. Lord bless and good luck!

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  24. This definitely one of the funnier interviews I've read. You ladies are a hoot!

    I agree about wishing money or gold would fall from the sky instead of an animal, unless it was a baby lion and I could keep it, and it would be tame :)

    I know how you feel about your home. Ours is old and rickety but it's ours and a true blessing from the Lord!

    Thanks for such a generous giveaway. Have a great day.

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    1. Anne, thank you! Debbie Lynne brings out the stitch in me every time. :P And oh! I want a baby lion now. Maybe Santa will bring me one down the chimney. I'll try to be extra specially good!
      Thanks for coming by!

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  25. Hey Anne! You should hear us on the phone. LOL! Oh I love baby lions, tigers, leopards, as long as they stay babies. ;o) Kathy and I are huge animal lovers. Another thing we have in common. I am so jealous of Kathy in the nicest of ways though. What a wonderful piece of history you ladies own. If only the walls could talk. Good luck on the drawing!

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  26. Kathy, you're so funny! I can see why you and Debbie Lynne get along so well-- you have similar funny bones. Thanks for an interesting interview, especially those snippets about things falling out of the sky. Which means I HAVE to ask you: have you seen the low-budget hit, "The gods Must Be Crazy?" It's side-splitting. (You just have to stick with it for a few minutes. But it starts out with something, apparently falling from the sky.)

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    1. I have, Linore. We had to watch it for 12th grade Government class. Still not sure why our teacher made us, but it was hilarious. :D
      Thanks for coming by! Good luck on the giveaways.

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  27. Great interview, great giveaway, thank you for doing this.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Wendy. Debbie Lynne is the consummate hostess, isn't she?

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  28. OOPS! I follow this blog, Kathy's blog and Fiction Addiction.
    I tweeted:
    https://twitter.com/WendyNewcomb/status/264009439642787840
    shared on FB:
    http://www.facebook.com/wendy.newcomb.92
    and blogged:
    http://wrensthoughts.blogspot.com/p/contests-and-giveaways-good-luck.html

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. thank you for helping to spread the word, Wendy! :)

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    2. Yay Wendy!! You have 6 entries! Good luck!

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  29. I am a gfc follower of all three blogs (griperang)

    I posted on fb - https://www.facebook.com/angela.holland.359/posts/223762044421395

    I posted on twitter - https://twitter.com/griperang/status/264060423647682562

    I posted on my blog - http://griperangsbookmarks.blogspot.com/p/giveaways.html

    Thank you for the chance to win a great prize pack.

    griperang at embarqmail dot com

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    1. wow, thank you Angela! God luck on the giveaway. Thanks for coming over and visiting with us!

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    2. Woo Hoo, Angela! Thanks for following and sharing! You get 6 entries. good luck!

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  30. great interview. would so love to win. thanks for doing this.

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    1. Hey Pat. Thanks for coming by. Good luck!

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    2. Hi, Pat. so nice of you to visit here and leave a comment. Good luck on the giveaways and hope to see you around! :)

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  31. Stopping in to say Hello. Like Debbie said to do. that's all... Oh okay you pulled my arm, now I have to say something nice about the interview. Nice interview LOL. Information, with a touch of wit and heart. Sounds like I'm critiquing a fine wine. Well maybe it is. Anyway, congrats again on your win Kathy and all the best.

    blessings

    Tina P

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    1. aw, hi Tina! thanks so much for dropping by. You've always been so sweet and supportive, and I have such fond memories of you helping me and my writing in the early years. Thanks for tolerating my fine whine. heehee good luck on the giveaways

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    2. Yep! Just like a fine wine it gets better with years (or so I'm told!) I've watched this baby of Kathy's grow and blossom into the beautiful story it is today. Thanks for coming by Tina.

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  32. Congrats on your Genesis win. I love the sound of your story, and it's been fun getting to know you better.
    Please enter me in the contest, thanks.

    By the way, I live in KY and my grandfather had a rough civil war fort on his farm. When I say rough, it was like a great big dug out area on his farm. Kinda like a gigantic swimming hole. Anyway, the soldiers evidently knelt or lay on the ground and held their heads and guns over the top edge to shoot at the enemy. That's probably a terrible description, but my brother and I used to walk out past the cattle to play in the fort. (Small town & 3 TV channels for entertainment, so we made our own fun.)
    Sorry for being so chatty. I hope you have much success with your book!
    Joyfully,
    Jackie

    joyfuljel(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. wow, Jackie! that sounds so cool! I think they call that an escarpment. Do you have pictures of this? Would LOVE to see that. :) Would love to play in it like you did as kids even more! I think you and I are kindred spirits. :)
      Thanks for your kind words and well wishing. Good luck on the giveaways, and i hope to see you around the blogosphere.

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    2. Hey Jackie! That is so interesting! I'm jealous. LOL. How much fun is that. Here I had to make my own home or castle with leaves. Sounds like you grew up much like me. We didn't even have a town and had one channel and our phone line was a party line with 7 other families. LOL. For excitement on rainy days we listened to other people on the phone.(Which I might say was a very naughty thing to do!)

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  33. Great interview!! Those baskets look pretty nice! :)

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks, Marissa. I appreciate you coming by.

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  34. Enjoyed your interview. I follow this blog, Fiction Addiction Fix, and History Repeats Itself.

    deamundy AT gmail DOT com

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    1. hey, Deanna! Thanks for stopping my and for the follows. I appreciate you! Good luck on the baskets.

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    2. Thanks Deanna, I have you down for 4 entries.

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  35. great interview! would love to win one of the prizes!
    Rhonda
    rhonda_nash_hall@comcast.net

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  36. These gift baskets look amazing! Thanks for the giveaway!

    shopgirl152nykiki@yahoo.com

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    1. Hey Veronica, Rhonda and Marissa, thanks for coming by and good luck on winning the baskets.

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    2. Debbie Lynne does such a beautiful job on the baskets, doesn't she? and i am so blessed to be her guest! Thanks for coming, Veronica. :)

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  37. Kathleen,
    I am so happy for you on the Genesis Award - you truly deserve it! I didn't realize you had been working on the novel since 1987...wow. You need an extra award for your commitment to never give up.

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    1. I agree, Cynthia! Kathy has the persistence it takes in this industry. She's a hard worker and doesn't give up. She's an inspiration1

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    2. Cynthia, that's so kind of you! thank you. There is an old saying about doing the same thing over and over and insanity, though. LOL I think the jury's still out on that one!
      Blessings to you, and good luck on the giveaway!

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  38. I'd love to win a copy of this book. I'm a follower of your blog by email, a follower through Google, have liked Kathy's FB page, follow her blog, I follow Fiction Addiction Fix, and have shared this with FB. Thank you for a generous giveaway!
    Nancee
    quiltcat26[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. wow Nancee! That's great!!You've got 6 entries! Good luck.

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    2. Nancee, you are so supportive! thank you, my friend. Appreciate the help spreading the word. Good luck!

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  39. I just want to say that I love Kathy and Debbie Lynne-you two are awesomeness! I don't think God makes people any sweeter than you two and I am so grateful I get to know you here on this earth. I would follow anything you are doing so I will go up top and see if I have missed anything. Praying, praying, praying for favor for all of us in our writing!

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    1. Awe Carrie you are the awesomest! Thanks so much for coming by and for all you do to help us out! I'm always being blessed by you. And I'm still praying for us too!

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    2. Wouldn't it be just like the Lord if we all come into our contracts at the same time? Of course, mine would have to be an agent's contract LOL. Carrie you have shown generosity of spirit and of tangible items, like books and chocolate rum cake, time after time. you personify blessing. The blessing of knowing you is all mine. Thanks for coming by and showing support, girlfriend!

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  40. Great interview. You know, she never did mention WHERE she was....hmmm...maybe she was in the bathroom? I hear a lot of people do a lot of their best thinking there (in the shower, I'm mean)....but I digress...Hey, I'm all for money falling from the sky! I could use a little windfall right now. :)
    I will Tweet and share this....Please enter me: debsbunch5@jesusanswers.com

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    1. I meant to say 'I mean' not I'm mean.....although, maybe that comment was mean? Maybe I should retract it....I feel like a politician....which reminds me, don't forget to vote!!!! God bless.

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    2. LOL! Yes Kathy, you never DID mention where you were when you answered my questions. lol. Good point Chaplain Debbie. LOL And I'm glad you didn't retract it! Inquiring minds want to know!

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    3. Forgot to say I have you down for 3 entries. Let me know if you follow Kathy's blog and FAF so I can give you 2 more.

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    4. Chaplain Debbie, you made me snort my tea! LOL If memory serves, i was sitting on couch with my laptop. But yes, with two kids and two dogs and a mother who seem to need me constantly, the bathroom is one of the only places a girl can find peace! LOL thank you so much for coming by. I am saying a prayer for your personal windfall right now! (and you are sooo not mean! heehee)

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    5. You ladies are great! With wonderful personalities! I never made anyone snort tea before, Kathy, a first! Yes, DebbieLynne, I now follow Kathy's blog and FAF, so put me down for 2 more entries...makes my chances better...cool.

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  41. What a fabulous interview!! Great getting to know you a little bit more Kathleen! I really loved your answer about being grateful for your home... creaky floors and all, it just sounds perfect!! We don't own our home but only rent, yet I'm forever grateful for it. I prayed a list of specifics for this home while I was pregnant and waiting for a place to come up, and God answered every single one of them!
    And a big congratulations on your Genesis win too Kathy - how exciting that would have been!!

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    1. Hey Noela, Don't we have an awesome God? We can tell Him our hearts desire and He gives it to us. I love old homes. They have so much character. Good luck!

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    2. wow, Noela. I am a firm believer in praying specifically, too. My husband is a perfect example--I had prayed for very specific qualities, and voila! God created him for me! (In His foreknowledge, knowing what I'd pray for--he's three years older than me! heehee)The Lord knows our needs, doesn't He? :) thank you for coming by and reading and commenting. I feel we are becoming fast friends.

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  42. Hi Kathleen, just stopping by to show some author love and wish you much success on all of your literary endeavors.
    vanessaajohnson@att.net

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    1. Thanks for coming by Vanessa. Good luck.

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    2. Aw, thanks Vanessa. I sure do appreciate the author love. Right back atcha. ;) We have such a wonderfully supportive community, don't we? Blessings to you and all that you set your hand and heart to do!

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  43. What a fun interview! Thanks. And... your fun baskets! I guess you can tell, this Kathleen loves fun. Congratulations! Historical fiction is my very favorite genre.
    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  44. I am a GFC friend! Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  45. I am an e-mail follower of Debbie's! Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  46. I am a new GFC friend of Kathleen's. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  47. I am a new follower of History Repeats Itself.
    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  48. I am a new friend of Fiction Addiction Fix. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  49. I am a follower of Fiction Addiction Fix.
    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Yay Kathleen! You get 6 entries. Thanks so much for coming by!

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    2. Kathleen, you rox! Thank you for coming by and having fun with us, and for your support. Blessings!

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  50. I am a follower of all three blogs. And I shared this contest on Facebook. Thanks for the great interview!! :)

    Teresa Mathews

    avonmathews@yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks for coming by Teresa! You have 5 entries. Good luck and thanks for following us and sharing.

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  51. What a great interview! I'm grateful for my home, too, Kathy, for similar reasons. God is so good! So happy for you and it was fun to learn more about you.

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    1. Isn't God an attentive Father to give us such good gifts? And knowing our womanly need for hearth and home, to grant us places that fill our hearts with gratitude. <3
      Thanks for coming by, Carla. Appreciate you!

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  52. Thanks for coming by Carla! It's the imperfections that sometimes make a home so homey. My floor squeaks right in front of our frig.(I wonder why with 4 kids, 3 of which are boys. lol)

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    1. LOL, Debbie Lynne! Are you suggesting that those floor boards are plumb wore out? That a herd of wild teenage buffalo has stampeded a path to your fridge? ha! I cannot imagine. ;)

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  53. I would love to win the gift baskets to give to my sisters who have been so very helpful in taking care of our mom who has Alzheimer's.
    Thanks for the opportunity to do so.
    Janet Estridge
    von1janet@gmail.com

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    1. Hi, Janet
      Thank you for taking time out of your very busy schedule to visit with us! God bless you and your sisters for taking care of your mom. Hope you enjoyed the interview!

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  54. Hey Janet,

    My heart goes out to your sisters. We care for my mother-in-law and it's a very hard job. Good luck on winning a basket.

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  55. And the winners of the two giveaways have just been drawn by random.org.the first basket goes to Jocelyn Green! Congratulations, Jocelyn!

    And the second basket goes to Chaplain Debbie! Congratulations!

    Thank you all for coming by this week and making it so special. May the Lord bless you in all you do this week.

    PS) Don't forget to vote tomorrow!

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  56. CONGRATS TO JOCELYN and to DEBBIE!!! I know they will enjoy!

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  57. Thank you so much, ladies! You have totally made my day! God bless!

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