Monday, March 25, 2013

Marriage by Arrangement by Anne Green ends April 1st





ANNE GREENE delights in writing about wounded heroes and gutsy heroines. Her second novel, a Scottish historical, Masquerade Marriage, won numerous writing awards. The sequel Marriage By Arrangement releases in April.  A Texas Christmas Mystery also won awards. In 2014, her World War II novel, Angel With Steel Wings, about WASPs, women test pilots will release. 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.
View Anne’s other books, her blog, travel pictures, and art work at http://www.AnneGreeneAuthor.com. Anne’s 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. Buy Anne’s books at http://www.PelicanBookGroup.com. Or at http://www.Amazon.com

Welcome Anne! So glad to have you join us. My daughter who is an avid golfer would die for your view. Readers, please answer the question, What would your dream view from your front window be? Or ask Anne a question to be entered in the drawing. Don't forget to leave your email addy and if you are a follower be sure to mention that so I can give you an extra entry. 
 

Where are you right now?
It’s 4:03 p.m. and I’m sitting at my computer in my office. I just repainted my office at bright yellow and it contains my hundreds of books, has windows on our four sides. The two large front windows and windowed patio doors open to the upstairs balcony which overlooks the sixth hole on our golf course. I have a wrap-around glass desk with all the computer accouterments in arm’s reach. Behind me is a full-sized pool table. I’ve converted this large room into my office, and it’s a wonderful place to work. I’m wearing khaki  slacks and a purple silk long-sleeved sweater. And I’m getting too warm. This early in March, McKinney, TX is 80 degrees.

What is the most interesting thing I’ve learned while doing research?
The reason I wrote my two Scottish historicals was to discover whatever happened to the thriving life of the Scots in the Highlands and what ended the clan system. What happened really opened my eyes. Read my books Masquerade Marriage and Marriage By Arrangement and discover the answer.

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 would have to bring a bible, as there were plenty of copies available. Any clothes I might take would be too eye-catching. Wouldn’t want to create a riot. There wasn’t enough electricity available to take any electronic gadgets, not even a hair dryer. I’d like to take my husband, but I don’t think I could (only one time traveler per vehicle). So, I think I’d take the next days’, weeks’, and months’ printout of what the stock market did before the panic of 1873 and make enough money to live comfortably and be able to write about the era first hand. 

What is something that very few people know about you? I’m an open book. What you see is what you get. But I must have some deep, dark secret somewhere. Hmm?

What is your favorite material item that you own? I don’t have any family heirlooms. My Mom was one of those people who if you didn’t use an object, you didn’t need it, so out it went. I’m rather the same way. I guess my favorite object would be objects. I love my photo albums (before digital) of my children from birth on up. 

If you could live in any time period other than the one we live in, when and where would that be and why? I think it would have been cool to be a teen to young adult in the roaring 1920s, but I wouldn’t have wanted to live through the Great Depression or World War II. So, I’d say from 1820s through the 1920s. I’d live in California and become one of the first actresses on the silver screen. A writer is not very different from an actress since the writer becomes each character in her books. And the silver screen was wide open to anyone early on.

Do you think birth order affects the way you write? WOW—hard question. I have an older sister who got all the attention in our family. Surely I didn’t write to gain attention. Nope, didn’t. A writer can go a very long time without gaining any attention. But perhaps one small reason I write is because I can go off by myself and jump into other more exciting worlds to live through my characters. Actually, I didn’t start writing until I’d left home and been married for several years. I really doubt birth order had anything to do with the way I write. What do you readers think? Has birth order affected your chosen path in life?

If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be? Trust God—He Know What Is Best.

What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story? When I was in my early teens I read the book, The Robe. This book was about people who came into contact with the robe Jesus wore and it was set in Biblical days with the Roman Centurion who crucified Jesus as the first owner of The Robe. I wasn’t a Christian then and the book touched me deeply. I wanted to live back in those times. And, of course, I always wanted to be Jo in Little Women. Now, though, I think these are the best times to ever be alive!


                                                         A MARRIAGE COVENANT
            Why does a handsome, powerful noble of the highest rank in England stoop to marry a mere Lady of Lowland Scotland?

                                                                A GREAT SECRET
            Are the whispered stories about him true? With his shadowy past and strange behavior what awful secret does he hide? Each change of clothes transforms him into a different man.
                                                           
                                                            AN IMPOSSIBLE CHOICE
            Can Lady Cailin keep her vow to make her marriage happy and successful, unlike that of her parents, or to save her unborn child, must she arrange for the Duke’s accidental death? 


DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING by following my blog with Powered by FEEDBURNER on the right, and don't miss any giveaways (the button with the flame). If you already follow my blog go ahead and follow by FEEDBURNER so you can be entered twice. If you're not getting an email telling you I have a new giveaway you're not following through Feedburner. Just mention that you follow through Feedburner when you leave a comment with each giveaway and you'll be entered twice.
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, April 1st, 8:00 A.M. EST. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.

 

58 comments:

  1. This looks right up my alley thank you for the chance to win. I am also a follower via gfc and email - griperang at embarqmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey Angela! Thanks for coming by! Good luck and thanks for being a follower!

      Delete
    2. Hello Angela, Good to visit with you here. I hope you have good fortune in winning! Did you leave your email address?

      Delete
  2. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel...
    i'm a follower, too!

    ~karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey Karen thanks for being a follower! Good luck!

      Delete
    2. Hi Karen,
      Wonderful to see that Debbie has so many faithful followers! Good to see you here.

      Delete
  3. I am reading 'Masquerade Marriage' right now on my Kindle! Would love to win another book by Anne.

    I follow via feedburner.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yay Patty! So glad you are enjoying one of her books! Good luck winning a second!!

      Delete
    2. Patty, it's so exciting to me when a new reader reads one of my books. If you win, I'll send you my newest release.

      Delete
  4. I haven't read any of Anne's books - I am of Scottish descent & would love to win a copy of this book. I follow via feedburner. Thanks!

    bonnieroof60@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for following my blog, Bonnie. I am from Scottish descent too way way way back. My Grandmother's family did a genealogy. What is it about the Scottish that is so intriguing?

      Delete
    2. Do you two know your clans? Ours is a sept of a larger clan that lived in the Caithness area which is far northern Scotland. I love visiting there. It feels like home.

      Delete
  5. I have yet to read any of Anne Greene's book. They sound very interesting.
    Thank you for the interview and drawing. I always love to learn of new authors.

    What are you currently working on now?

    I'm a follower via email
    arieljo12(at)hotmail(dot)com

    Janella

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey Janella! Aren't her covers gorgeous? Oh my goodness! They make you want to pick it up and read it!

      Delete
    2. Hi Janella! Thanks for the kind words about my covers! And I hope you do pick one up and read it. I'm currently working on a WW2 book about WASPs--women test pilots. It will release in 2014 and the title is Angel With Steel Wings. Angel will be my fifth book.

      Delete
  6. If I could choose a view from my window I would really like to have mountains or the ocean. Maybe one of each since I am dreaming about it. This book looks great I have and read Anne's book Masqurade Marriage and enjoyed it. This is one I would like to read as well. Thanks for the giveaway. I am a follower through feedburner.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The perfect view would be to walk out your front door and look out over the ocean and look out the back door and see the mountains! Hmmm where would that be? Has to be warm too though. ;o)

      Delete
    2. Sounds like Hawaii to me! Boos Mum, I met you on another blog. I'm so glad you love Masquerade Marriage, maybe you will win Marriage by Arrangment!

      Delete
  7. My ideal view is what I have right now - the farmlands of Iowa. I love the changing seasons. Each one is so very special.

    I am a feedburner subscriber and would enjoy reading this book.

    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh! My pastor's wife is from Iowa as is another of my very good friends. They talk fondly of their youth and the state. I need to take a trip up there some day!

      Delete
    2. Hi Ruby, It's good to meet someone so happy and content. I grew up surrounded by beautiful farmland, but lived in the little town. I always wanted to live on a farm.

      Delete
  8. My dream view from my window would be Ireland. I am a feedburner follower via email. Thanks for having the giveaway.

    Rose
    harnessrose(at)yahoo(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh Rose! Ireland. That would be lovely. Hubby and I want to take another trip overseas and Ireland is one of the countries we want to see on that trip. Thanks for following my blog and Good luck!

      Delete
    2. Hi Rose, I love Ireland too. I would live in the UK...either England, Scotland, Ireland or Wales. They are all so lovely. And the white cliffs of Dover make my heart pound, especially while I'm writing that WW2 novel which is set in the Homefront, but also England. BTW-Rose is a good Irish name!

      Delete
  9. Great interview. Anne, you are a delight! I would so love to see a photo of your house, it sounds gorgeous! I live a few miles from Mount Shasta, here in California. I would love to have an unobstructed view of Mount Shasta from my window, or back porch. I already told my husband and children that when I die, I want my ashes scattered at the base of the mountain, so that all they would have to do is look at Mount Shasta and think of me. :)
    God bless.
    debsbunch5[at]jesusanswers[dot]com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey Chaplain Debbie! Wow Mount Shasta! That is awesome. My dream view is to live on a farm with woods out my back door and a pasture with my horses grazing in it out my front. Of course I wouldn't mind the ocean off to the right and mountains off to the left. LOL. I don't ask for much. heehee

      Delete
    2. Hi Debbie, Mount Shasta is gorgeous.I lived in California for ten wonderful years. My favorite place in the US is San Diego. My dh graduated from San Diego University. We lived within walking distance of Balboa Park. But I love northern California almost as much. And Debbie, I saw a house just like the one you dream of on House Hunters in Hawaii... horses and all.

      Delete
    3. Hey Debbie, how about this: the ocean on one side, mountains on another, woods on the third side and grazing pastures on the last side! Now, that would be Heaven on Earth! LOL

      Delete
  10. I follow your blog!

    missionwife@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  11. Those were different interview questions than other blogs...made you think. I'm out of Nicaragua, back in the states and ready to read, read, read!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hey Melody. Good luck! And Bless you for your sacrifice! Thanks for being a follower.

      Delete
    2. Hi Melody, Will you be in the states long? Did you like Nicaragua? That's one place I've never been. I'm so glad you went there.

      Delete
  12. Oh - LOVE stories like this! Would love a chance to win this.

    What a great interview, ladies!

    becky (at) beckydoughty (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello Becky! I love a story with such great intrigue. The cover just makes you want to pick it up, doesn't it?

      Delete
    2. Hi Becky, You won't be disappointed! And thank your for your kind words.

      Delete
  13. Looks like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win.

    I follow by email.

    Katie J.
    johnsonk133[at]yahoo[dot]com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Katie, thanks for visiting! It's good to meet with you here.

      Delete
  14. Looks like a wonderful book! Thanks for the chance to win!!

    I follow by email...chanelleelliott (at) hotmail DOT {COM}

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Eliza,
      I think it's wonderful Debbie has so many devoted followers. She does have an excellent blog. It's good to meet you.

      Delete
  15. Although I love the view out my office window, if I could change it a bit, I'd add Holsten Mountain in the distance. I can see it out my kitchen window, but not in my office, where I sit at my computer.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com
    I follow by feedburner and also by GFC and Blogger.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Kay,
      Hmm, where is Holsten Mountain? Are you a writer as well? You probably don't have much chance to look out that office window anyway. But sounds like you have a good view from both windows. Nice to meet you here.

      Delete
  16. I follow your blog. Enjoyed this interview. WOuld love to read and review this book.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. UM--wonderful, a reviewer! I do hope if you don't win that you'll still read one of my books. I love reviewers!

      Delete
  17. Thank you for the chance to win this book.

    I follow by feedburner

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Good to meet you Wendy. I love your Raggedy Dolls! You must be a collector.

      Delete
  18. Wow! I love all things Scotland and I must read these books! They look wonderful! Thanks for a great interview.

    I followed on feedburner too!

    sherrinda (at) gmail (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. HI Sherrinda, Scotland is mysterous, exotic, and powerful. I love the kilts and the bagpipes and the laddies!

      Delete
  19. New author for me!!!
    Anne, our "adopted" grandma and grandpa who have gone to be with the Lord, have a son and his wife at your church, Mr. and Mrs. Bill (Helen) Dray.
    Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'll check around for them, Kathleen. It's a small world. Christians have a big circle of friends and relatives who really keep in touch. Fellowship with one another is so important.

      Delete

  20. Debbie, I really enjoyed this. My dream view would be looking out my window at Jackson Lake with the Teton Mountains in the background. It is an absolutely beautiful site. I lived in Jackson Hole, WY. where we could see this everyday. If you have seen this picture on a calendar, believe me, it looks just that beautiful and more. That would wonderful to see when I look out my window. Would love to win this book. Don't have one by this author yet. I am a follower by Feedburner. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Maxie, I've only travelled through Jackson Hole, but thought it looked like a beautiful place to live. I'm sure you must miss it. I hope you have a lovely view where you live now.

      Delete
  21. My dream view would be of snow-covered mountains with maybe a lake to one side and a pasture full of trained horses beside it. I bought Masquerade Marriage for research, and enjoyed it immensely. Would love to win Marriage by Arrangement.

    ginger(dot)solomon(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Ginger. I'm guessing you are a writer as well. I'm so happy you loved Masquerade Marriage. I wish you well in your writing!

      Delete
  22. Good afternoon, Ms. Greene!!

    I liked your style of answering the lovely questions that Ms. Debbie Lynne proposes to those who are featured on her blog! You put a lot of heart and thought into your replies, and a few of them caught my eye:

    The specific idea of knowing what happened in the stock market, as I think if I was about to head into the 19th century, I might not have thought of stabilty of wealth as my first option, and I liked how you knew exactly which year the market would be affected! I could tell right then, that you love research and that is something that I share in common! :)

    Your affection for photo ablums -- I am not sure why these are a passing fad, even in the digital age, as I still enjoy the pleasure of documenting the passages of time through everyday experiences and adventures! What other way is better to give something to those coming next to know about the life we were living now?! I look forward to blustering winters to spend gathering pictures and memories to etch into ablums I'll happily give to my {future} children!

    Although I understand why you decided to block out 1820 to 1920, I think I might be daring to say I'd pluck myself down in 1879 and shift through til 1949. One foot in the last century, and a strong footing in the new one! Despite the ardurous struggles of the Depression and World Wars, they were also singularly the decades of emmense change, courage, and strength. For each age we live, there will always be tribulations, but ooh, to be amongst the dynamics of the writers of Parisan writer salons, caught up in the early Hollywood {I agree with you, anyone who dared cast an interest could make it -- just look at Myrna Loy!}, ducking into coveted jazz clubs, intermingling with musicians, artists, writers, and intellectuals who were changing our perceptions of art and literature.... to rallying on the homefront whilst our men and boys went off to war,... to working alongside Clara Barton and Margaret Brown! Ohh, I could go on and on, as there were so many keyly intriquing souls living during that expanse,... I cannot remember the dates of living for L.M. Montgomery or Louisa May Alcott, but gaining insight into their struggles towards publication and learning by their hardships and successes would have been something! :)

    Thank you for offering this bookaway, but as I am a RSS feed subscriber to both this blog + CFHS, I wanted to say, that your WWII novel is of particular interest to me, as I know I would have been either a WASP or a WAVE, though I think I would have settled on a WAVE as I've heard a bit more encouraging words about how the women were treated and respected.

    In closing, I left a note for you on your February CFHS post late last month, but I am not sure if you saw it!? I was responding back to your question on time periods and what we could live with or without,... you always have a way of enticing us to think about each subject you broach! Thank you! :)

    inkand-bookaways(at)usa.net
    // RSS feed subscriber

    ReplyDelete
  23. I'm excited to read "Marriage by Arrangement", having loved "Masquerade Marriage"! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy. I am a follower via feedburner, and a new GFC follower.

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

    ReplyDelete
  24. I too am a follower and have not read any of Anne's books.
    Thanks for giving me the chance to do so.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  25. Marriage by Arrangement sounds full of wonderful intrigue, please add me to the drawing! Thanks.
    I'm a follower.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  26. I love historical Scottish fiction! I'll have to check these out. Thanks for sharing! marcynhanson@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete