Thursday, May 2, 2013

A River to Cross and Cupcake recipes in Tin Box THURSDAY ONLY!

Day 4 of our release party for Bachelor Buttons and the second half of Kathy's interview. AND another fun prize! Be sure to read below to find out how to be entered! I'm loving having Kathy here this week.
 
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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Kathleen L. Maher is a historical romance writer, represented by Terry Burns of Hartline literary Agency. Her Civil War novel took first place in the 2012 ACFW Genesis contest. She lives in upstate New York with her soul mate and their three children, plus two Newfoundland dogs.

 Today we are giving away A River to Cross by Yvonne Harris and a new collectable tin box of yummy cupcake recipes. To be entered in the giveaway answer this question: What was the most frightening experience (non-life threatening) you've ever experienced. Example: getting up in front of 700 people at a conference. ;o) Don't forget to leave your email addy and let me know if you are a feedburner follower

GRAND PRIZE: Trader Joe's bag filled with goodies. Tea cup with strainer, tea bags, loose tea, coffee, cake candle, decorative candle large Better Homes and Garden Candle, 2 pads of paper, pen, Family Guardian by Laurie Alice Eakes, and a pink necklace and earrings from Dressbarn! AND a copy of Bachelor Buttons! Everyday you leave a comment gives you one entry. A possible total of 7 entries! Grand prize drawn May 6th.





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Be sure to leave your email address. Please check your junk mail on and the day after the drawing. I've had to redraw because of no responses. Subject box will have: winner of (book title). I'll email the winner and they'll have seven days to respond. If I don't hear back I'll draw another name. USA shipping only. Thanks so much and please stop back again! Drawing will be held Friday, April 3rd, 8:00 A.M. EST. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.

62 comments:

  1. Thank you, Debbie Lynne! I'm still nervous about what you have plotted. . . LOL

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  2. I would love to be entered and I follow your feed. That is how I got here.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

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    1. hi, Squiresj. Thank you for coming by. Good luck!

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  3. Thanks for coming by! And thanks for being a Feed burner follower! Good luck!!

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  4. Well the scariest thing for me was singing a solo for a music concert at a really big church..I was a backup and only had time to practice for two days.. God was good though, and I didn't mess up too bad! =) truckredford(at)gmail(dot)com
    i'm a follower

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    1. Eliza, singing is one of those things that tests a person's soul! It puts you out there in ways few things do! Good for you for triumphing.
      thanks for coming by today. :D

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    2. Wow! I am so impressed! I do wish I could sing, but alas, that is not one of the gifts God gave me.

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  5. I am terrified of public speaking. I once had to read a peom for a ladies event at church. My knees were knocking and my voice was probably quivering too!
    I am a follower
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Patty, I was like that the other day on the radio! I had to hold the phone away from my ear to catch my breath. Good thing they couldn't see me, just hear my voice.
      Thanks for coming by!
      Blessings,

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    2. LOL! Oh can I relate to that! MY knees were knocking when I had to get up in front of all those people at conference!

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  6. Hmmm, good question. I have perfected the art of getting out of the situations that scare me, like speeches and anything requiring being the center of attention.
    I think so far the most scary that I remember is speech class in high school - I can still feel myself shaking!
    Lovely interview!
    Susan P
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    farmygirl at hotmail dot com

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    1. Those good old oral reports were like death sentences hanging over my head in 7th grade. I don't know how I ever survived, but we made it, didn't we? LOL
      Thanks, Susan. Appreciate you coming by today.

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    2. I have to admit I loved debate class even if it was a type of public speaking. Liked it so much when one girl didn't show up I volunteered to take her place and I debated something I was 100% against. LOL> But I had her notes so that helped. Hubby says I should have been a lawyer. ;o)

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    3. Yup, we survived to tell about it! lol
      Debbie, thank heavens for people like you to do what people like me cannot. ;) Too funny.

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  7. First thing to comes to mind is:
    When I was very young, I was terribly shy. I even had to go through summer school for Kindergarten because I was so shy. When I 7, I joined the children's church choir. The director loved my voice and decided to give me a solo for Sunday morning. Oh my! I. Was. Petrified. I did it and all was okay.
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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    1. At a girl, Amy! Thanks for coming by, and for sharing your story.

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    2. YOu know, sometimes things like that can help bring a child out of their shyness. My youngest boy was terrible shy. Couldn't look a person in the eye. But he loved dog shows. I showed Shelties so I got him involved in Jr. Handlers. He loved it and came out of his shell. He is now my most outgoing child!

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  8. Feedburner follower.
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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  9. Wow, sounds great! Probably the most frightening experience I have had would be hiking a volcano in Guatemala. We adopted my little brother from there and my Mom decided it would be a grand idea to hike a volcano while there... completely forgetting that heights tend to get the best of me. But after lots of tears and holding onto my Dad's hand, I did it! Probably won't do it again lol, but I did do it! :)

    My email is: katiegalyean (at) yahoo (dot) com

    I'm also a new feedburner follower!

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    1. Oh my Katie! I'm afraid I'd have been terrified along with you! Besides not liking heights, my mind have went wild with thinking it would erupt while we were hiking it! LOL

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  10. Katie, you are a brave soul! That is what my son would call "epic"! Thank you for coming by today. I am not fond of heights, either. Especially when they are oozing sulfurous gas and lava. ack!
    :) Good luck on the giveaway.

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  11. My oral communications class was frightening for me. The entire term I was stressed and on edge. Once I delivered my final speech, I was amazed at how relaxed I felt. I didn't realize how nerved up that class had me. So glad it's over.

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    1. I wasn't crazy about just getting up in speaking either. I'd bet if a survey was done 99% of the people hate it! I have to get up in front of our church this Sunday to hold a meeting about VBS and the children's ministry. UGH! I dread it!!!

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  12. ....leannlaustin at gmail dot com....... You ladies are doing a great job with your interviews. :D

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  13. You made it, Leann! You have aced all those tough classes. So proud of you, girlfriend! It is a relief when you pass the major hurdles. You're on your way now. Thank you for being such a loyal friend. You've come to all of the contests.

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  14. Hi all!

    I am not an outgoing person in a group of people and I am frightened to death just to speak up in Sunday School class! Well, several years ago at my work place I was told, not asked but told, that I had to give the Safety Meetings. This meant getting up in front of a group of 50 or more people each month! My very first Safety Meeting I was so scared and nervous I was afraid I'd pass out. I made it through and while my boss said I did very well, he had a few pointers for me. (Constructive criticism is very good!) I did the Safety Meetings monthly after that. While I tolerated it, I disliked every minute of being up in front with all eyes on me. I lived through it!!!

    I am a feedburner follower.

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


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    1. Yep that is me too, Judy! I have to do this meeting and I can get through it but I am soooooo glad when it is over!

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    2. Judy you are so funny! I can relate, too. Funny how God makes us stretch ourselves and do those things we feel we weren't born to do. Cool that you ended up being the regular speaker. :)

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  15. Hey girl! Frightening experience? Let's see....Well, I would have to say when I was asked to make a speech at our Women's Luncheon. Those women totally intimidated me, but it turned out fine, shaky hands and all.
    I do remember a time when my heart stopped for what seemed like forever...it was when my son was only about 3 years old. He wandered away from us in a group of people at a graduation and we couldn't find him. Turned out he was inside the building eating some of the goodies. Ugh! Kids! :)

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    1. LOL! Oh my! That is terrifying when we lose sight of our children...or grandchildren! I was feeding the horse last week with my 2 1/2 yr old grandbaby with me. she disappeared and I panicked. I was yelling calling her and kept looking at the pond while trying to get out of the horse pen. She must have realized she terrified me because she said, Mia! I over here. LOL she was playing in the dirt! but I was so worried about the pond I didn't think to look that way.

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    2. Oh, missing children stories. . .Can't even tell you. When my son (who has autism) was about 6, he and his 5-y-o sister went missing for over an hour. They were supposed to be playing in the neighborhood. We had the state police here looking and everything. Turns out they had gone down with one of their friends and explored the creek. They were fine. I still get weak thinking about how fortunate we were. God is good!

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    3. Yeah, kids can really make your heart stop sometimes, but the good always outweighs the bad. :)

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  16. You gals know how to make a girl weepy. What an honor to give an acceptance speech for your cp. I watched parts of the broadcast but may have missed that one.

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    1. What an honor for me that Debbie Lynne was so gracious, and so stunningly lovely, that she didn't laugh when people thought she was me! I will let her be my stand in ANYTIME! heehee

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    2. LOL! YOu are a mess, Kathy! Christina, it was an honor and terrifying! I was so excited she won, yet at the same time I realized that meant I was going to have to walk up in front of 700 people, try not to trip, try to remember how to read, hope I didn't need my glasses (pride), and then not cry through the whole thing.

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    3. I don't know how you did it. I was tearing up just reading this.

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    4. she was amazing. I was balling at home watching it via computer. :D

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  17. Kathy is everywhere! What fun it is to share a bit of a writer-friend's debut and release! I can't wait to read this one. I'm going to start Murray's tonight!

    Debbie, your blog background is drawing me in!

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    1. Isn't her blog beautiful, though? :) Thank you for being so kind and showing up for me. You are a blessing, Debra. It'll be your turn next! Can't wait for that.

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    2. Thanks Debra. I took this picture down near Buford, SC. It's not terribly far from Charleston. It has been a fun week. Thanks for coming by and celebrating with us!

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  18. I guess I have not had anything frighten me too much lately. However, I remember having to share in church before heading to Europe on a missions assignment. I was terrified, stumbled over my words and barely got through. After that I sang a song while accompanying myself on the piano. That was so much easier than talking!
    I am a feedburner follower and look forward to this blog each day :)
    Betti
    bettimace(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. oh, my word. My son can play piano and guitar and sing. I couldn't chew gum and walk at the same time! LOL You talented people are amazing.
      thank you for coming today and helping me celebrate.

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    2. Okay Kathy and I are just too much a lot. I was about to say, Oh my word! You amaze me. I had to give my testimony when I was newly married and I cried through 1/2 of it. LOL

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  19. What a wonderful giveaway! I follow you!

    Blessings,
    Jo
    azladijo(at)aol(dot)com

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  20. All the prizes look so good. I can't believe the book was 600 pages! Wow!

    angie (dot) breidenbach at gmail (dot) come

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    1. Thank you, Angela. And thanks for coming by this week and celebrating with us. It's nice to see you here.

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    2. yes, I was a mess! LOL And to think poor Debbie Lynne had to help me wade through all of that! heehee

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  21. What an awesome interview! I'm so excited for your new publication! You must be thrilled and I know that I am thrilled for you as so many others are. Blessings!!

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    1. Thank you for coming by Carla and celebrating with us. It is very exciting to see this day come.

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    2. Hey Carla! Thank you for taking time to say hello here and wishing me well. I am honored that you came.

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  22. And our winner for today is....Chaplain Debbie! Congratulations!

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  23. 51 comments??? I like to have never found the end!!! lol

    Seriously, congratulations on your book, Kathleen. Absolutely thrilled for you. Hope this is the start of an exciting and fruitful journey. :)

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    1. Thanks, Pam! I am blessed with so many good friends here.

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  24. Don't know how on earth I could have missed this one unless it is because I was on so very late last night and thot the one I entered in the wee hours were for this one. :( I had a frightning time once when my 2year old decided to take a walk down the street alone. I didn't know what had happened to her, so started looking and calling. When I got to the corner I could see her far ahead. Just plodding as fast as her little legs could go. But, safe. But, the terrible time was the morning that America had been attacked. Almost took my breat away.
    Your follower, Maxie

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  25. I can't wait to read this!! And I love the interview. I remember when you were hinting something good was coming, and then the announcement, and now it's here!!!

    So very fun and thanks for the interview and peek into your life. :)

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  26. a wonderful posting...and I enjoyed reading everyone's comments, too.

    thanks for the giveaway :)

    i'm a follower, too

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  27. One of the most frightening experiences for me was competing in scripture contests, as a young girl,(known as Sword Drills in the Baptist church)& advancing through the different levels before being eliminated at the state level.

    I follow by Feedburner.

    bonnieroof60@yahoo.com

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