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. 

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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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Monday, April 16, 2012

Cowgirl Trail by Susan Page Davis Ends April 23rd

 Susan Page Davis is the author of forty published novels. A Maine native, she now lives in western Kentucky with her husband Jim. They have six children and eight grandchildren. Susan is a past winner of the Carol Award and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award, as well as Heartsong Presents Favorite Author of the Year.
 
Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
In my office, wearing jeans, black T-shirt, bare feet.

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?
That used to happen to me when I wrote my first few books, but not so much anymore. I do detailed planning in advance now, and I generally do the “what if” stuff before I begin the actual writing. If I get a great idea later on, I’m open to it, but I find planning gives me a much better structured book and brings about a more satisfying conclusion.

Many writers will say they see stories all around them. Is there someplace you found this story?
Yes, on a timeline of Texas history. I learned there about the cowboy strike of 1883 in the Texas panhandle. I did some research on that event and it became a springboard for this story.

Do you have a favorite scene in this book and what would it be?
I love the scene where Maggie rides out to the roundup camp, hoping to get some support from Alex and the cowpunchers. It’s not as simple as she’d hoped.

Did anyone inspire you to write or was this something you always wanted to do?
I’ve always loved stories, and I did begin writing at an early age. But I only began seriously writing fiction in the last 12 years or so.

If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why?
I would be Lucy Pevensie, because she got to go back to Narnia several times, and she “got it” from the start.

What is something that very few people know about you?
I’m a descendent of John Alden, of Mayflower fame, and Priscilla Mullins.

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
A collection of old tea tins.
 
 In 1884, Maggie Porter returns to the Rocking P Ranch. The sanatorium was not able to save her mother and now her father’s health is failing. When the cowboys walk off the job leaving no one to drive the cattle to market, ranch foreman Alex Bright cannot convince the men to stay. Maggie is desperate to save the ranch, and she turns to the town’s women for help. The new cowgirls must herd, rope, and drive the cattle to market. Unfortunately, some of the strikers resent their actions and want to liven up things on the cattle drive. Maggie can’t believe Alex, whom she always admired, would cause trouble for her family. Can she forgive him and accept his offer of help when trouble comes?

Susan's other new release:
 Lady Anne’s Quest is second in the Prairie Dreams series. After her lady’s maid, Elise, is married, Anne must carry on alone to find her uncle, David Stone, in Oregon Territory. But instead of her uncle, she finds an imposter. Dan Adams is determined to protect her from the swindlers now trailing her, even if it means stealing her heart. Though he’s good at keeping her safe, Dan is certain he will never be able to convince Anne to be his wife, since her sights are set on finding her uncle and returning to England. As her quest becomes more dangerous and difficult, Anne finds her feelings for Dan changing. Will she soon envision a new life in America?


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Monday, April 9, 2012

A Man to Trust by Carrie Turnansky Ends April 16th

Carrie Turansky is the award-winning author of ten novels and novellas. Carrie writes contemporary and historical romance for Barbour and Love Inspired. Her latest releases are A Man To Trust, Surrendered Hearts, and Christmas Mail-Order Brides. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, speaker and counselor. They have five young adult children and three grandchildren. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys gardening, reading, flower arranging, and cooking for friends and Family. Carrie loves to connect with readers through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and her website: www.carrieturansky.com

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

I am in my dining room, sitting at my desk in the corner. I’m wearing my comfy Saturday jeans and a blue turtleneck. I’m looking out my window with a beautiful view of our backyard where the sun is shining down my tulips and where the dogwoods are just starting to bloom.

What is your favorite time period to write in?

Right now I am researching England at the turn of the century – 1900. I’m really enjoying learning about the end of the Victorian Era and the beginning of the Edwardian period.

If you could visit any place in the world where would you go and why?

I’d love to go to Great Britain and visit some of the lovely historic country homes. I’d especially like to visit Highclere Castle where Downtown Abbey was filmed and some of the other beautiful homes and gardens in that area.

If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord)

I think I’d like to meet Amy Carmichael. She was an Irish missionary to India from 1901 - 1951. She wrote many books and started a center for young girls who were rescued from being temple prostitutes. I’ve read her biography, and it was so inspiring. I know I’d enjoy meeting her.

What is the hardest part in writing a story?

I think the hardest part for me is turning off the “internal editor” so that I don’t question each sentence and word. I’m trying to learn to write more freely and quickly and let my creativity flow.

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?

Starting in 1870’s – 1900 there was a whole wave of wealthy young American women who traveled to England hoping to marry an English Lord. Many of these titled men were in desperate need of money to save their estates, so they were open to marrying the American women. There were negotiations between lawyers on behalf of each man and woman to set the financial terms of the marriage. Some of them were happy marriages, many were not. Very interesting times!

If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?

Joy on the Journey – I’d share all the ways God has shown His faithfulness and given me joy and blessings.

What one thing on your writing journey influenced your work the most?

One thing that has influenced me the most was joining American Christian Fiction Writers in 2000. Through ACFW I met my mentor, my agent, and many other wonderful authors who have become dear friends. I’ve learned about the publishing world and received great teaching and encouragement. I am very thankful and try to pass on some of those blessings to other aspiring writers.



 
After years spent helping run her family’s Christian bookstore, it’s time for Adrie Chandler to give her own dream a chance. But can she really trust the beloved shop to hew manager Ross Peterson?  The man is too handsome, too charming. . .too much a reminder of another dream Adrie had to let go of—marriage. Yet Ross surprises her by knowing a thing or tow about making sacrifices. Suddenly, Adrie is questioning what she really wants. And whether the dreams she once thought unlikely are within reach after all.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

A Texas Christmas Mystery by Anne Greene Ends April 9th

 ANNE GREENE delights in writing about wounded heroes and gutsy heroines. Her second novel, Masquerade Marriage, won numerous writing awards. A Texas Christmas Mystery released in December 2011. She makes her home in McKinney, Texas. Tim LaHaye led her to the Lord when she was twenty-one and Chuck Swindoll is her Pastor. In 1990, Anne graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor’s degree in Literary Studies from the University of Texas. 

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Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
I’m at my computer desk, completely dressed in black pants and a Caribbean Joe top. I’m wearing partial make-up, liquid base-powder-blush-lipstick. And my right foot is encased in a walking cast due to AchillesTendenitis. Left foot in a sneaker.

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?
My characters always surprise me. That’s the excitement in writing. I’m a seat of the pants writer which means I start with a concept and the characters evolve as they deal with the situation. I love watching my characters in action. I do not plot the book in advance or make character sketches. It’s rather like watching a movie and trying to get the action down on paper for my readers.

Many writers will say they see stories all around them. Is there someplace you found this story?
Absolutely. When I visited Galveston Island I toured an off-shore oil rig. What I found was so exciting, I knew I had to write a book about it. And Galveston is such a lovey, historic town I had to include the gracious Victorian homes. Also because it is a beach town, there is a Coast Guard station there on the gulf. So the mystery practically wrote itself.

Did anyone inspire you to write or was this something you always wanted to do?
I’ve always wanted to become a writer. As a child when I played with dolls, they became characters in stories. I thought everyone played that way. I imagined stories in my mind when I should have been studying in school. So, when my children were taking naps, I actually sat down to write.

If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why?
I’d love to be the heroine in my Scottish historical, Masquerade Marriage. She’s courageous, beautiful, wealthy and finally earns her father’s love and respect. I’d love to be Megan McMurry because she weds a Highlander to save his life and discovers legendary love with the awesome fugitive. She has so many new beginnings in her life that cause her to grow spiritually and emotionally that life is never boring.   

What is something that very few people know about you?
I’ve travelled to twenty-five different countries and I hate to fly. I’m claustrophobic. I’d rather take an all day road trip then to fly an hour to reach my destination.

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
 Pictures. I love looking at pictures of my past, of my children as they grow, of places I’ve visited, of people I love. My husband and I had a photography studio and we are seldom without a camera. We record everything. I’m so thankful for digital pictures because we have so many containers of pictures in our home, I can’t think of where I would put more. I love my pictures.

If your editor told you she wanted you to write a romance book but she wanted you to use a type of food in the title, what would your title be?
 Cliché I know, but I’d write Death By Chocolate. I write both historical romance and contemporary suspense and mystery. Though one genre is contemporary and one is historical, both contain mystery and suspense, and romance of course

A lady Coastguardsman searches for a killer. An oil rig troubleshooter accused of murder races to clear his name. The murderer strives to silence them both.
As Amber seeks to arrest Derrick, sparks fly.
Amber Meredith needs to solve her first case. But the handsome Cajun suspect makes her heart race and her toes tingle.
Derrick Darbonne worked all his life for his high-paying, adventurous job. When his past threatens his future, will he endanger the woman he loves? 



                                                                        CHAPTER ONE
Galveston, Texas
Only one thing scared Derrick Darbonne. He had no fear of fire, hurricane, sabotage, high seas, drunken roughnecks, reckless roustabouts, brawls, or hard work. But losing the job he’d slaved all his life to obtain terrified him.
            He’d worked himself up from oaks draped with Spanish moss, murky alligator-filled water, and a tiny cabin on the banks of the bayou with no running water or electricity. He’d finally gotten to where he wanted to be. And now someone was trying to pin a murder on him. Some Christmas present.
            Derrick crushed the schematics he’d been scanning and jammed them into his pocket. He braced his legs wide on the steel floor of the oil rig and raised the powerful navigational binoculars. A Coast Guard cutter slashed a white wedge through the sparkling Gulf waters straight toward his oil platform.
            His jaw tightened, his spine stiffened, and he swallowed.
            Standing beside him, Joe Bridges, the MIC, Man in Charge, swore.
            If Derrick had been a swearing man, he would have joined Joe. Instead, he gripped the navigational binoculars tighter. “Third time this week. If I had anything to hide, I’d jump ship.” He smacked his hard hat so thoroughly his ears rang. “Thought so! That guardsman is a female.” Here was a Coastie bearing down on him with the authority to shut down the operation. The men would be out of work just in time for Christmas. What pretense to investigate the murder was the Coast Guard using this time?
            Derrick lowered the binoculars and frowned. “She looks familiar.”
            “Ever since you arrived for the routine inspection, Cajun, the Coast Guard’s been on our backs.” Scowling, Joe thrust out a hand for the glasses. “Then there was the murder. That’s the reason the big boss’s keeping you out here again, so long.”
            “Don’t I know it! I’m looking for a saboteur as well. Probably the same guy.” Derrick slapped the binoculars into Joe’s hand and tried to lighten his foreboding with a jabbing tease. “Now I’ve got to get the Coast Guard environmental crew out of your hair.”
“Rib me, will ya?” Joe repositioned his yellow hard hat over his bald head and shook a work-hardened finger. “I’ll bet you I can get that Coastie to go for me and my shiny head before she goes for you and that Cajun accent of yours. Loser pays a hundred bucks.”
“You want us to distract her with our masculine charm so she won’t sniff out any violations that could shut us down?” Derrick surveyed the rig’s two-hundred-foot deck looking for any OSHA or EPA trouble the Coast Guard might use to give a citation. Sunlight slanted off the metal plates causing enough glare to hurt his eyes. He didn’t like Joe’s plan.
“You got it.” Joe grinned.
Derrick gave a tight smile. He slid his gaze to the roughneck inside the glass-enclosed room, jiggling the joy sticks and pushing the buttons that worked the rig’s floor. The big man hooking a new drill in place beneath the five-hundred-foot drilling tower wore his safety equipment. No problem there.
            Derrick flicked his gaze over the new hire, the eighteen year old from Galveston. The kid’s long blond hair straggled from beneath his yellow hard hat. He was bent over washing sludge and mineral oil through sand to clean out the last drop of hydrocarbon before reusing the sand. Kid was a hard worker, already adept at his job. No laws broken. No environmental procedures shortcut.
            The rest of the roughnecks and roustabouts worked steadily. None violated safety measures. No oil spills or pipe breaks had occurred. The hole drilled through the sea bottom was clean and not yet exceptionally deep. They should hit oil soon. Joe Bridges had a salty vocabulary, but the boss man ran a tight rig. So why suddenly all the anonymous phone calls about regulation problems? Had to be the murder.
Derrick needed to come up with answers.
“Alamo Oil pays you a hefty salary to make sure things run smooth on all two hundred of its rigs.” Joe’s voice sounded more than a little jealous.
“Don’t I know it.” Derrick ran a hand over the stubble already growing after his close morning shave.
“Alamo doesn’t want to fork out any stiff fines or lose any drill time because of environmental pollution, safety violations, mismanagement, or accidents. So make sure that Coastie’s distracted.” Joe winked. “And don’t mention the murder. We’ve trampled that ground too many times with the Coast Guard already.”
“Right.” Derrick rubbed the back of his neck. An uneasy feeling kept nagging him about the murder. Nothing he could put a handle to, but—too many clues led directly to him. Once the Coast Guard put the puzzle together, they’d come looking for him. He grunted. How had his personal helmet wound up grasped in the dead kid’s hand?
            Joe swore loud enough that the crew cleaning sand looked up. He lowered his voice. “That Coastie’s gonna cause trouble. I feel it in my bones.” His eyes, shadowed under his hard hat, looked wary. “We gotta keep her thinking about us, not her job.” He handed the binoculars back.
            Derrick frowned. “I think you’re just hard up for a date. You want a girl friend to share Christmas with.”
            “Whatever!”
            As the Coast Guard cutter pulled alongside their offshore rig, Derrick focused the binoculars on the trim figure in her blue uniform. He’d not seen many women in the Guard, and none that looked so curvy…wow, hotter than a Louisiana mudbug boil. He loved that spicy crawfish dish.
Dread inside his gut heightened. Sweat beaded his forehead. He got tongue-tied around women. “This can’t be good!”
            “Yeah. The broad’s probably a—”
            “It’s Amber Meredith!” Derrick fumbled the expensive binoculars, made a grab for them, and caught them just before they hit the deck. 


View Anne’s other books, her blog, Addicted to Excellence, extensive travel pictures, and art work at http://www.AnneGreeneAuthor.com. Anne is active in ACFW, FHL, Sisters in Crime, The Writer’s View, and the Southwest Chapter of ACFW. Anne loves to speak to book clubs, libraries, and conferences. Her  love of sailing, horseback riding, history, and art, as well as her Citizens Plano Policy Academy training, and military life sometime figure in her books. She maintains a web site, two blogs, and judges the Rita, Golden Heart, and Book of the Year, but she’s never too busy to talk with her fans.
Her highest hope is that her stories transport the reader to an awesome new world and touch hearts to seek a deeper spiritual relationship with the Lord Jesus.

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