Monday, August 19, 2013

Snow on the Tulips by Liz Tolsma ends August 26th


Please welcome Liz Tolsma to The Sword and Spirit blog. Liz is giving away a copy of her book, Snow on the Tulips. Ask Liz a question to be entered in the drawing.

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth. I’m in my bedroom and I’m wearing one of those nice maxi skirt lounge dresses that are so popular right now – very comfortable.

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research? Because my books focus on little known aspects of WWII, I’ve learned so much during my research. For Snow on the Tulips, I learned that the Dutch resistance was very active in the northern part of the country. I also learned that they loved their queen and many people had pictures of her hanging in their homes.

What is something that very few people know about you? That I have a beautiful sponsor daughter in Vietnam. She is so very sweet and she has dimples!! (I love dimples and only one of my children has them, and not nearly like my sponsor daughter.) Some day, I hope to travel to Vietnam to meet her. We’d love to adopt her, but Vietnamese adoptions are closed to Americans right now.

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)  My computer. I’d be lost without it. It goes everywhere with me.

If you could live in any time period other than the one we live in, past or future,  when and where would that be and why? The late 1800s. I love the styles of clothes from the 1870s on. Of course, I’d have to be wealthy to afford all of those beautiful dresses.

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

What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story?
I don’t think I can pick just one. I very much have a one track mind and, if the story is good, it will hook me and keep me and I’ll forget where I am and what is going on around me. That is the fun part about reading.

What is the biggest secret you ever kept (of course it can’t be a secret anymore)?
Years ago, my sister was coming to Wisconsin from Texas for our other sister’s wedding shower. I picked her up at the airport and even hid her in the back of my hatchback so no one in the church parking lot would see her. I made sure the bride-to-be was in the building, then sprung my Texas sister from her hiding place. Not only did we surprise our sister, but our mom, too. It was great fun.

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done? I’m going to have to start doing some crazy things so that I can answer this question LOL!  I ate an entire pizza by myself once. Not something I recommend.



A stranger’s life hangs in the balance. But to save him is to risk everything.

The war is drawing to a close, but the Nazis still occupy part of the Netherlands. After the losses she’s endured, war widow Cornelia is only a shadow of the woman she once was. She fights now to protect her younger brother, Johan, who lives in hiding.

When Johan brings Gerrit Laninga, a wounded Dutch Resistance member, to Cornelia’s doorstep, their lives are forever altered. Although scared of the consequences of harboring a wanted man, Cornelia’s faith won’t let her turn him out.

As she nurses Gerrit back to health, she is drawn to his fierce passion and ideals, and notices a shift within herself. Gerrit’s intensity challenges her, making her want to live fully, despite the fear that constrains her. When the opportunity to join him in the Resistance presents itself, Cornelia must summon every ounce of courage imaginable.

She is as terrified of loving Gerrit as she is of losing him. But as the winter landscape thaws, so too does her heart. Will she get a second chance at true love and learn to depend on the Perfect Love that drives out all fear? Or will her new love be snatched away before it has a chance to bloom? 

Learn more about Liz.

Liz Tolsma has lived in Wisconsin most of her life, and she now resides next to a farm field with her husband, their son, and their two daughters. All of their children have been adopted internationally and one has special needs. Her novella, Under His Wings, appeared in the New York Times bestselling collection, A Log Cabin Christmas. Her debut novel, Snow on the Tulips, released in August of 2013. When not busy putting words to paper, she enjoys reading, walking, working in her large perennial garden, kayaking, and camping with her family. Please visit her blog at www.liztolsma.blogspot.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter (@LizTolsma). She is also a regular contributor to the Barn Door blog. 

Connect with Liz 
Twitter: @LizTolsma
on Pinterest as Liz Tolsma

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33 comments:

  1. An entire pizza by yourself, in one sitting?

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

    I am a subscriber and a follower

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    1. LOL! I was wondering the same thing! Thanks for coming by and for being a follower, Patty.

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  2. Great interview. It must be because it is early this morning, but at first when I read what you would title a book on your life I thought it said "She's Tired." Must be the way my morning is going. :) Wonderful interview. I would like to know what prompts Liz to write a certain story. What sparks that first idea.

    KellysShining(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. LOL! Well, this morning after getting off the elliptical machine I could title my life that way. heehee. Thanks for coming by Kelly.

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  3. How do you find the time to raise a family and creatively write? You must be a very disciplined and organized person. I am unfamiliar with your work, and I hope to win a copy of your book in order to get to know it. I enjoy historical Christian fiction.

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    1. Hey Phyllis,

      Thanks for coming by and for being a follower. Writing takes discipline if you want to succeed. I homeschooled 2 of my kids and babysat my grandbaby while writing. You just have to decide what is important and go for it. Good luck!

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  4. I am a new Feedburner follower, too!

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  5. If you could go back in time, what is one thing you would have done differently.

    sonflower277 at gmail dot com

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  6. @Patty: Yes, in one sitting. Needless to say, I didn't eat for a couple of days afterward. And it was a small pizza.

    @Kelly: When I skimmed this article, that's what I thought, too! She's Tired would be a great title as well. What sparks my ideas? For this book, it was two family stories I heard when I was still in middle school. They stuck with me all these years and it was time for them to be told. That's the same with book two, Daisies Are Forever which releases in May.

    @Phyllis: It is a juggling act. My son is grown and has left for the Marines, so that's one less child. The other two are in school, which helps. I also turn off the internet every morning and write. No distractions. That's what works for me.

    @Anonymous: God has been so good to me, there isn't much I would change. I would perhaps not spend so much time on fertility treatments but adopt right away. And I probably would have adopted a fourth time. Then again, the timing was perfect for us to get the children God intended for us to have.

    Thanks everyone for stopping by! Good luck with the drawing!

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  7. Enjoyed the interview. Your book sounds great. When did you realize that writing was your calling in life?
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com


    I'm a FeedBurner follower!!

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    1. Love these questions for Liz. Thanks for coming by and for following! Good luck!

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  8. I follow by Feedburner.
    Liz, I've read other interviews with you where you shared this book is based on your family history. Are there other family stories you are (or will) turning into books?

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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    1. Hey Pam. Another terrific question. Can't wait to see what Liz says. Good luck!

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  9. Really enjoyed your interview, Liz! Would love to read your book - sounds exciting - two of my favorite elements, love & war!

    Guess a lot of us could identify with feeling lost without our computers - wouldn't be able to enter your giveaway without it, would we? Thanks for the opportunity to win your book!

    I am a feedburner follower.

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. LOL! Good point, Bonnie. Computers and internet have changed our lives drastically. Some for the good and some not so good. But I can't imagine being with out them.

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  10. I love WWII historicals. Have you visited the places in your novels?
    I'm a new follower.
    tlw131@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks for following my blog Terri. Good luck in the drawing.

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  11. Great interview! I love your surprise with your sister. Did you get video of it? I love seeing those reactions on video when someone surprises someone else with a relative or military family member. :)
    The story sounds intriguing, I just might have to check it out!
    lattebooks at hotmail dot com

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    1. Okay, I can't resist. When my kids were little my mother and father lived 600 miles away. They loved their Nana. We flew my mom down here. We got a large appliance box about 5 feet tall and wrapped it. Then when the kids came home we told them we had a present for them and they were so excited to see this huge box. When they unwrapped it and my mom sprang out the squeals of joy were priceless.

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    2. OH my goodness, that is the BEST! We have thought of something like that for the times my brother has come home from his deployments, but nothing has worked out that nicely. How fun!

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  12. I would love to win your book. I write reviews on every book I win. I also pass them on to others as God leads.
    I liked the I tried part. I have more days like that than not.
    How old are your children?
    jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

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    1. That is a blessing to authors when winners write reviews! Thank you for doing that. And for passing the book on! Good luck and thanks for being a follower!

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  13. I forgot I follow your feed.
    jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

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  14. Great interview!! Would love to win and read this book. I love reading books during World War II and this one sounds really great. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
    Karen G.
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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  15. Yes, I do follow you through feedburner and also GFC.
    Karen G.
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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  16. Great interview! I think it's so cool that it's based on real events! Liz, how much is fact and how much fiction?

    Thanks for the chance to win!

    lubell1106(at)gmail(dot)com

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  17. Thanks for the interview! This book looks really great...I can't wait to read it. Liz, what do you do when you have writer's block?

    Emreilly303(at)gmail(dot)com

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  18. a wonderful posting...thanks for the chance to read this novel:)

    i'm a follower, too!

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  19. I love World War II books. This book is going on my wish list. Hope to get it someday. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

    prettyinpurplerose(at)aol(dot)com

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  20. I am a feedburner follower.

    prettyinpurplerose(at)aol(dot)com

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  21. What got you interested in World War II? I'm a follower. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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