Monday, June 3, 2013

Stealing the Preacher ends June 10th

                                                      
 Karen Witemeyer writes historical romance fiction for Bethany House and was recently named a RITA® Finalist in the category of Best First Book for her debut novel, A Tailor-Made Bride. She loves to watch movies (even those not inspired by true stories), cross-stitch, and eat chocolate chip ice cream. Karen makes her home in Abilene, Texas with her hunky, computer nerd husband and their three children.

Karen is giving away a copy of Stealing the Preacher. Be sure to leave a comment and your email address. Also, let me know if you are a feedburner follower. 
                                                          
                                                         Stealing the Preacher

                                                  Q&A with Karen Witemeyer

What inspired you to write Stealing the Preacher?
After the amazing response to the Archer brothers depicted in Short-Straw Bride, I couldn't wait to craft a stand-alone story for Crockett, the charmer of the Archer clan. First, I had a gang of over-the-hill outlaws steal him from a train then tangled him up with the gang leader's daughter, a heroine with enough sense to look beneath his charm and sufficient spirit to fight for what she wants. Finally, since Crockett is no ordinary preacher, but a gun-toting rancher with a gift for doctoring . . . well, that meant a plot full of scrapes, trouble, and untold shenanigans. But amid the adventure and romance lies a heartrending tale of God's pursuit of a single lost soul.

Does a reader have to have read Short-Straw Bride in order to enjoy Stealing the Preacher?No. Stealing the Preacher is written as a stand-alone title. It includes a completely new cast of characters and a new setting with only a few casual mentions of characters from Short-Straw Bride. A new reader can easily pick this book up and enjoy it with no previous exposure to the Archers. However, readers who did read Short-Straw Bride will enjoy reconnecting with Crockett and continuing on with the family's adventures.

Do you have any plans for more Archer stories?
The youngest Archer brother, Neill, will be featured in a novella coming in January 2014. This will be part of a collection entitled, A Match Made in Texas. A grown-up Neill meets his match in a feisty half-Comanche widow in the wilds of west Texas. I just couldn't let those Archers go without giving them all their own happily-ever-afters.

What are some of the themes explored in Stealing the Preacher?Submitting to God's call is the overall theme, yet this plays out differently through the various characters. Crockett must surrender his dream of serving God in the way he'd always envisioned in order to follow a new path leading in the opposite direction. Joanna must trust God with her father's soul, and Silas must reach his breaking point in order to submit to his need for a Savior.

We all have people in our lives who resist surrendering their hearts to God. This story encourages those of us who love them to never give up on those precious souls - to continue in prayer, to plant seeds, and to speak truth when the opportunity arises.

Did you do any interesting research during your writing?
My heroine, Joanna, is an artist like her mother. As I researched artistic styles of the 19th century, I came across one that not only stirred me, personally, but helped my plot by giving Joanna's mother a reason to travel west. In the mid-1800s, the Hudson River School burst on the scene with glorious
landscapes that idealized the beauty of untamed wilderness. In the 20th century, the term luminism was coined to describe this style. It is characterized by attention to detail and the hiding of brush strokes so that nothing distracts from the vision of nature being depicted. Artists in the Hudson River School for the most part believed that nature in the form of the American landscape was a manifestation of God. Therefore they painted highly realistic yet idealized renderings of what they had seen on their travels. It is Martha Robbins's dedication to this style of art that drives her to leave her safe city life to search out her own wilderness to paint. This, of course, eventually leads her to Texas and the outlaw who would become her husband and Joanna's father.




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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 Monday, June 10th at 8:00 A.M. EST. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.

50 comments:

  1. I love learning more about Karen....she is a great writer! I have read some of her books (loved them) and am anxious to read this one!
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    I follow via E mail.
    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

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    1. She is a wonderful writer! I've read all of her books and am looking forward to this one too! Good Luck!

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  2. Thanks, Jackie. I'm so glad you enjoyed the interview. I hope you get a chance to enjoy Crockett's story soon. Blessings!

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  3. Hi, I really love the books written by Karen Witemeyer, she's a great writer! Thanks for the givaway.

    My e-mail is: janita.meerman at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you for such kind comments, Janita. I wish you the best with the drawing.

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    2. Hey Janita, Thanks for coming by! I love Karen's characters they are wonderfully written. Good Luck.

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  4. I am a feedburner follower! My sister loves your books and I'm sure I would too! I would love to win this book! Thanks for the giveaway and God Bless!
    Sarah Richmond
    N.C.
    sarahrichmond[dot]12[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Hi, Sarah. I hope you get a chance to try Crockett's story soon. Give your sister my love!

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    2. Hello Sarah! Thanks for being a feedburner follower. good Luck!

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  5. Karen, I love the painting you added to the post. It is very appealing and makes me want to go there. Your book sounds like a fun read with some awesome underlying principles. I am looking forward to reading it.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com
    I follow with FEEDBURNER.

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    1. Thanks, Kay. I found that painting and many other fabulous ones while researching for Joanna's character. She learned how to paint from her mother who was influenced by the artists of the Hudson River School. There are some gorgeous landscapes out there by these 19th century artists.

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    2. Hey Kaye! Thanks for coming by. Karen really has some amazing talent. I loved Crockett and am looking forward to reading his story.

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  6. I follow by the Feedburner!

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  7. And...I would love to read Karen's newest book!

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    1. Good Luck, Melody. Throwing your name in the hat now!

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  8. Such a fan of Karen's books, Short straw bride is a favorite and Head in the Clouds- thanks for the great review - can't wait to read the next! truckredford(at)Gmail(dot)Com
    I am a feedburner follower!!

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    1. I think Short-straw Bride was my favorite. I loved the whole idea. And Karen does such an excellent job with making you feel like you know her characters.

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  9. I love Karen's books!!! I have all of the other books (and read them)by her, and can't wait to get this one! I am a feedburner follower!
    richmond.abigail@gmail.com

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    1. Hey Abigail. Karen is one of my favorite authors. She is very good at what she does. Good luck and thanks for being a fb follower!

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  10. Wow, I actually thought that painting was a photograph - just stunning!

    Loved Short Straw Bride, can't wait to read Stealing the Preacher! Thank you for the chance to win :)

    I followed via feedburner (hope I did it right!)

    Beth
    bharbin07[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Oh I know I'm dying to find out about all the brothers. What a fun story SSB was. Made you fall in love with them.

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  11. Melody - Thanks for stopping by today.

    Eliza - I grew too attached to the Archers in Short-Straw. I just had to give Crockett his own story. :-)

    Abigail - So great seeing you here! You're definitely in the drawing.

    Beth - Isn't that artwork amazing? I just love the depiction of the fading sunset. So true to life.

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  12. Can't wait to read this one! Love all your books!

    candicervaldez(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Good Luck Candice. YOu have good taste in books. ;o)

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  13. Lovely interview! I really want to read this book - it sounds right up my alley. :) The artwork is beautiful. Amazing talent!
    Susan P
    farmygirl at hotmail dot com
    email follower

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    1. Hey Susan. The picture is really something. I saw a picture the other day that I thought was a photograph of a person. I almost argued that it was a photo. LOL> That is really a God-given talent.

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  14. Candice and Susan - Such a delight to see you ladies here today. You are both in the drawing! Have a blessed week!

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  15. I have Short Straw Bride on my summer reading list and cant wait to read this one!!!Thanks for the opportunity to win it. Loved your interview too. jelliott53(AT)Hotmail(Dot)com I am a feedburner follower

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    1. Oh my dear, Jojo! you need to bump Short-Straw Bride up on your TBR list! It is a fantastic read. Good luck!

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  16. This sounds as great as all the others I've read by Karen. And yay, that you have the Hudson river school of art in your story. As a native New Yorker, with relatives that still live along the Hudson (the new world's Rhine) that warms my heart. Would love to be entered for this one.

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    1. Throwing your name in the hat, Kathy. Good luck!

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  17. This book sounds great! I haven't read Short-Straw Bride yet either, I think I will be checking out to see if my library has access to a copy.....

    Jasmine A.
    montanamade(at)gmail(dot)com

    P.S. I am an email Follower through Feedburner.

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    1. Thanks for being a follower, Jasmine. And you will love SSB. It is a wonderful story and real characters that find their way into your heart.

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  18. I love Karen's writing. She is such a talented writer.
    Thanks for the fabulous interview.
    I'm a feedburner follower.
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you for coming by, Amy and good luck in the drawing!

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  19. I read Short Straw Bride and loved it - enjoy Karen's writing and this book sounds good as well! Thank you for the opportunity for the giveaway, I would love to read it and enjoyed the interview! Thank you for featuring great authors and thanks to Karen for writing good books! God's Blessings!
    Lori

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    1. Your welcome, Lori. I have been blessed to have most of my favorite authors on here. It's been fun. Good luck in the drawing!

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  20. It's great that there's a sequel to Short Straw Bride! All her books have been so good!

    rdalquis@css.edu

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    1. Sorry, I forgot - feedburner follower!

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    2. Amen to that Rachael. And I'm excited about her novella too! Glad all the boys are going to have their stories told.

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  21. This book sounds great! I appreciate all the spiritual messages in your novels too. Series with each book about a sibling in a family are some of my favorites. Looking forward to the novella also.

    nina4sm/at/gmail/dot/com

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    1. Mine too, Sylvia. I got started on family series with Gilbert Morris' The Wakefield Dynasty. Still one of my all time favorite series with 7 books.

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  22. Hi Karen,
    I didn't realize how many of your books I have read already. Enjoyed all of them. This ones looks to be great also. Thank you for the chance.
    gpf628@aol.com

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    1. Hey Pam. I think I've read all of Karen's books and their wasn't a bad one in the bunch. Karen is a very talented writer.

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  23. Great interview. I would love to read Joanna and Crocketts story. I also love the book cover!
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. The cover is almost as cute as SSB. I loved that cover! But this one is running a close second. The cover alone without the blurb makes me want to pick it up.

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  24. This looks wonderful! I loved Short Straw Bride! I'm a follower through feedburner. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  25. Thanks Debbie for having Karen here. And karen, I thought there were seven brothers. And, only 3 books? I really want to win this book. Please put my name in the drawing pot. God bless! Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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  26. Congratulations Beth! You won Stealing the Preacher! I've sent you and email.

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