Monday, September 24, 2012

At Every Turn by Anne Mateer ends October 1st

Anne has a long-held passion for history and historical fiction. Anne and her husband live near Dallas, TX and have three young adult children. 

Anne is giving away a copy of her new release, At Every Turn. Answer the question, What activity/sport do you think you'd have surprised society by doing had you lived in the early 1900's or leave a comment to be entered.

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth. 
I am in my office, a newly painted space that used to be the front bedroom. With 2 of our 3 at college more than home, I took over this room at the end of the summer. I’m wearing shorts and a t-shirt.

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
When I was researching auto racing tracks, two facts stood out—one because the story was so touching, one because it was so stunning.
#1 The Chicago Motor Speedway, built in Maywood, IL, just outside the city, only operated for about 3 years. Then we joined the Great War in Europe. When the owner of the speedway’s son was killed in the war, he donated the land to become a veteran’s hospital, which it still is today.
#2 The Cincinnati Motor Speedway opened the autumn of 1916 and cost $1 million dollars to build! I thought that a staggering amount for such a thing in that time period!

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?
One thing? Oh my! I love to read about times past, but I wouldn’t have wanted to live it! So many things now I simply can’t imagine having to live without, but being from Texas and living through our hot summers, I guess my one thing would be air-conditioning!

What is something that very few people know about you?
I’ve always wanted to be a true city-dweller—somewhere like New York or London or DC in a cool flat or a brownstone or something of that sort.

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair?
Right now I’d probably say my car. We bought it used last spring. My first car—not Mom-mobile!—in twenty years! And it’s red! I love it!

If you could live in any time period other than the one we live in, when and where would that be and why?
I’d definitely live somewhere in the British Isles. I’m a huge anglophile. I love all of British history. A time period is difficult to choose, but probably regency (early 1800s).

Do you think birth order affects the way you write?
Yes and no. I think my discipline and drive definitely come from being a first born. However, my guess is that more first borns are plotters, not pansters like I am!

If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?
Where I Never Thought I’d Be. That title encompasses so many areas of my life story—personal, professional, spiritual, emotional.

What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story?
I think Gone With the Wind has always been this book for me. Every time I read it, I want to be part of the story in some way, not just an observer. When I first read it as a teen, it sparked a huge infatuation with all things Civil War. I wanted to be Scarlet, the one who didn’t care what others thought and had men falling at her feet. When I read it in my older years, I wanted to be Melanie’s friend and learn from her the steel-spined grace that wasn’t apparent to me as a younger woman. 



She's off to the races!

Caught up in a whirlwind of religious enthusiasm, Alyce Benson impetuously pledges three thousand dollars to mission work in Africa. Now she just has to find a way to get the money.

Alyce harbors a secret passion for speed and automobiles, and she's spent many an afternoon driving around the rustic track in the field behind her home. When she discovers that her father's company has sponsored a racing car that will compete in several upcoming events--races in which the driver will be paid and could win as much as five thousand dollars in prize money--she conspires with her father's mechanic, Webster, to train and compete.

But when her friends cast aspersions on Webster's past, she realizes she may have trusted the wrong person with her secret. Will Alyce come up with the money in time, or will she have to choose between her hasty promise and the man who holds a piece of her heart?

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Monday, September 17, 2012

No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig ends September 24th


Elizabeth Ludwig is an award-winning author whose work has been featured on Novel Journey, the Christian Authors Network, and The Christian Pulse. She is an accomplished speaker and teacher, and often attends conferences and seminars, where she lectures on editing for fiction writers, crafting effective novel proposals, and conducting successful editor/agent interviews. In 2010, her first full-length historical novel Love Finds You in Calico, California earned Four Stars from the Romantic Times. She is the owner and editor of the popular literary blog, The Borrowed Book. Along with her husband and two children, Elizabeth makes her home in the great state of Texas. To learn more about Elizabeth and her work, visit her at www.elizabethludwig.com.

Elizabeth is giving away a copy of her new release, No Save Harbor. Answer the question, What would bring with you if you were sent back to the 19th century or leave a comment to be entered.
Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
Right now, I’m sitting in my living room watching a new game show called The American Bible Challenge, hosted by Jeff Foxworthy. It’s pretty neat! I’m wearing denim capris and a tee shirt, though if I’d started this interview another thirty minutes later, I’d be wearing my pj’s!

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
I love to do research, especially when I stumble on something I didn’t know before. For example, I learned all kinds of things about Ellis Island while I was researching No Safe Harbor. Here are just a couple of tidbits:
1. From 1892 to 1954, over twelve million immigrants entered the United States through Ellis Island, a small island in New York Harbor.
2. Ellis Island is located in the upper bay just off the New Jersey coast, within the shadow of the Statue of Liberty.
3. Through the years, this gateway to the new world was enlarged from its original 3.3 acres to 27.5 acres by landfill supposedly obtained from the ballast of ships, excess earth from the construction of the New York City subway system and elsewhere.
Neat, 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?
My computer…so I could check my email. I’d be lost without my email! Of course, there wouldn’t be anyone with another computer to send me things, right? In fact, I’d probably end up burned at the stake for witchcraft. Maybe I should leave the computer at home. Can I start over? ;-)

What is something that very few people know about you?
This is a fun one! I guess it would have to be that I love playing with computers. In fact, my kids call me a computer geek wannabe! I’m not good enough with techie stuff to actually do anything fancy…just good enough to get in trouble.

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
That would have to be the cuckoo clock that my husband and I brought back from the Black Forest. We were traveling through Germany, and we stopped in this little village full of interesting little shops. One of them sold clocks, and I had to have one!

If you could live in any time period other than the one we live in, when and where would that be and why?
The time period that most appeals to me is the mid to late 1800’s. It seems like such a romantic time, when men were chivalrous and women weren’t afraid to be feminine…and let’s just ignore the fact that no one wore deodorant.

Do you think birth order affects the way you write?
Well, I’m a middle child, so of course, I tend to be an over-achiever, but does it affect the way I write? I don’t think so—with one possible exception: it is, and always has been, very important to me that my parents are proud of my work.

If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?
Well, let’s see…aside from reading and writing, I love to ski and I have a ridiculous number of dogs, so I think a book about my life would have to be titled something like Downhill Dachshunds: Keeping up with the Pack.

What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story?
Oh my goodness…I know this answer is going to baffle most people but…I would have to say No Flying in the House by Betty Brock. It’s not really a novel, I know, but this tiny book sparked my imagination. It’s all about a little girl named Annabel Tippens.
Annabel is a little girl “with short blond hair and very good manners” (taken from the book description on Amazon.com). She seems quite ordinary, except that she’s also half fairy—and instead of parents, she has a two-inch high dog named Gloria.
Well, you can imagine that for a kid who loved to read, this book was extraordinary.  I read it over and over again, and dreamed of the day I would learn to fly. Later, I came to realize that what captured my imagination was not so much the story of a half-fairy princess, but of a little girl struggling to find herself. The sacrifices that Annabel Tippens makes challenged me to acknowledge what was real and important—love, faith, and family. 





Lured by a handful of scribbled words across a faded letter, Cara Hamilton sets off from 1896 Ireland on a quest to find the brother she'd thought dead. Her search lands her in America, amidst a houseful of strangers and one man who claims to be a friend--Rourke Walsh.

Despite her brother's warning, Cara decides to trust Rourke and reveals the truth about her purpose in America. But he is not who he claims to be, and as rumors begin to circulate about an underground group of dangerous revolutionaries, Cara's desperation grows. Her questions lead her ever closer to her brother, but they also bring her closer to destruction as Rourke's true intentions come to light.





4 Stars from Romantic Times Magazine: There is romance, mystery, intrigue, suspense and much more in Ludwig's first Edge of Freedom novel. The characters are strong, both in mind and spirit, which was a must for people straight off Ellis Island in the late 1800's. The author did her research well for this book.

Booklist Reviews: No Safe Harbor by Elizabeth Ludwig. As she steps off the boat at Ellis Island in the opener to Ludwig’s new Edge of Freedom series, Irish lass Cara Hamilton beckons readers to join her as she searches for her brother, Eoghan, whom she had once believed to be dead. In keeping with the social climate in New York at the turn of the twentieth century, Cara confronts the hardships associated with being a young, unchaperoned Irish woman as she attempts to find her place. When a seemingly trustworthy countryman named Rourke befriends her, Cara is guarded but eventually reveals the truth about her immigration. An evolving series of twists and turns uncovers the truth about her brother, and about Rourke, forcing Cara to make hard decisions to save those she loves.
Praised for her past works of historical fiction, Texas-based Christian-fiction-author Ludwig keeps readers on the edge of their seats in this suspenseful romance, interlaced with period detail, as desperation to find her family takes Cara down a hazardous road to loved ones lost and found.





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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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Monday, September 3, 2012

A Path Toward Love by Cara Lynn James ends September 10th





Cara Lynn James writes historical romances set during the Gilded Age. Her fourth book, A Path toward Love, will be released August 14th. Her previous novels are Love on a Dime, Love on Assignment and Love by the Book. Cara and her family have resided in northwest Florida for the past ten years. She’s also lived in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Texas, California, Virginia and Vermont. In her younger years she served in the military as a Naval officer along with her husband who’s a retired Navy pilot. Now Cara writes full time -- when she’s not playing with her five year old grandson or Sparky, the family Papillon.



Cara Lynn is giving away a copy of her new release. To be entered tell us what time period you'd like to visit and why .

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
Okay, I’ll be honest. I’m sitting in bed in my pajamas. But it’s 8:44, still too early to get up. But in my defense, I’ve been at my computer since 6:00.

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
During the Gilded Age the millionaires’ wives wore several different outfits every day and seldom if ever wore them more than once. Then they often gave their designer clothes to their maids! The amount of money the ladies spent each season was astronomical. Ironically, because of the tight corsets they wore, none of those beautiful outfits was comfortable.

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 thought about this for a while since I’m so dependent upon advanced technology even though I’m not much good at using it. I’d bring my computer and hope I could find an electric outlet to plug it in. Not everyone had electricity even during the end of the century. Typewriters were a novelty back then.

What is something that very few people know about you?
Even though my husband is a retired Navy pilot, I have a life-long fear of flying. I’m still trying to overcome it. However, in my younger more reckless days, I used to fly in Navy jets with wearing flight suit, boots, helmet, G suit, torso harness in case I needed to eject and oxygen mask. Not exactly luxurious! I was a Naval officer stationed at squadrons in Texas and California, so I often got to fly in the back seat of military jets.

I also avoid escalators.

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
My very favorite is my grandmother’s diamond engagement ring. After she passed away my mother wore the ring on her right hand. When I inherited it I had the diamond put on my wedding ring which is a woven type band. So the ring is really special to me. Years ago our house was robbed and all of my jewelry was stolen, including a diamond stick pin from my grandfather, 14 carat gold necklaces and charms from all over the world and two emeralds from Colombia. But since I was wearing my wedding ring I still had it! Since the break-in I’ve only bought cheap jewelry!

If you could live in any time period other than the one we live in, when and where would that be and why?
I’d like to live in Colonial Williamsburg in the eighteenth century, or during the Gilded Age as a rich lady from New York and Newport. I love to travel so the end of the nineteenth century would’ve been a fun time period for me – as long as I wasn’t a poor factory worker or a maid.

Do you think birth order affects the way you write?
Since I’m an only child I’m both the first and the last. As the first in a family of one my parents strongly encouraged me to write, although they didn’t believe an ordinary person had much chance to get published. They thought writing would be a great hobby and means of self-expression.

If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?
The first titles that come to mind are Past Her Prime and Out of Energy! Seriously, I’d choose Perseverance. That title would fit any writer.

What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story?
I’d love to be a character in the novel One Night in Newport by Elizabeth Villars. It’s an older book, published in 1981 and one of the first novels I read about Newport. It’s a light romance and I really enjoyed it. Even though my Ladies of Summerhill series is very different, One Night in Newport inspired me to write a book with the same setting in the Gilded Age.

I’d love to be a character in the first season of Downton Abbey!

You can reach me at www.caralynnjames.com and www.seekerville.blogspot.com



Katherine came home to forget her past.
The last thing she expected is a hopeful future.
Young widow Katherine Osborne returns to her family’s rustic camp on Raquette Lake in the Adirondack Mountains. She’s determined to live a quiet life, but her socialite mother is equally determined to push her into a new marriage while she’s still young.
Andrew Townsend has known Katherine since they were children. An attorney who is successful, but not wealthy, he knows she is socially out of his reach. But he’s curious what changed the free-spirited girl he once knew into this private, somber young woman.
Katherine has kept hidden the details of her unsuccessful marriage. When past sins come to light, she must turn to God for the courage to be honest. But how can she trust the God she feels has let her down? When she confides in Andrew, their relationship takes a dramatic turn into uncharted territory.
Amid impossible obstacles, two young people must learn to trust enough to walk the path that God has cleared for them. A path that leads to healing and restoration. A path toward love.
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