Monday, September 5, 2016

Mountain Christmas Brides by Susan Page Davis ends 9/12




Please welcome a very sweet and talented lady, Susan Page Davis. Susan is giving away a copy of Mountain Christmas Brides to one lucky winner. Be sure to read on down on how to enter.

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
I am sitting at my desk wearing blue capris, a white tank top, and socks. No shoes.

Do your characters ever give you surprises when you are writing? Can you give us an example if they do and if they don’t do you know why?
Now and again it happens. The hero in a novella I wrote recently killed the heroine’s father. That’s pretty grim. My novellas are usually quite frothy and upbeat, but this one needed a somewhat darker plot, so the hero, who was trying to be a nice person, up and … well, you’ll have to read Seven Brides for Seven Texans when it comes out in December to get the full story on that one.

Many writers will say they see stories all around them. Is there someplace you found this story?
I remembered back to when I had horses in Maine, where the snow gets deep. We usually kept them in the barn all winter, but if they got out, they cut loose, after being confined so long. One of them did just that and tore off down the driveway. He got off the side, into a deep snow drift and floundered around until he was stuck. We had to dig him out. On a happier note, my brother once had me tie a waterskiing tow rope to the same horse’s saddle horn and pull him up a hill on his skis.

What is the biggest secret you ever kept?
Now, Debbie, do you really think I’m going to tell you and the world? Nice try!

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
I am very fond of a little bottle my father brought back from the Philippines after World War II. It has scenes painted on the inside of the glass.

If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord)
I would like to meet my great-great-great-grandfather, Greengrove Dudley, and ask him why he did some of the things he did. It appears that he was one of those men who conveniently “got lost” in the Gold Rush. I think it’s time he accounted for himself and faced his responsibilities.

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
I am constantly amazed by the oddities of history. One of the more amazing things I came across was the Great Molasses Flood in Boston in 1919. It began with a huge tank for storing molasses, sort of like the big water tanks and grain silos with which we are more familiar. Owned by the United States Industrial Alcohol Company, the tank on Commercial Street was 58 feet high and more than 90 feet in diameter, holding 2,300,000 gallons of molasses. This tank ruptured, sending all that molasses rushing (well, okay, slowly pouring) down the streets of Boston. You can read more about it in a blog post I did here: http://www.hhhistory.com/2013/05/bostons-great-molasses-flood-1919-by.html

What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story?
I would love to be a member of Van Reid’s Moosepath League. The entire series enthralls me.

 

My featured book is Mountain Christmas Brides, which released Sept. 1. It’s a novella 
collection of republished novellas. Mine is called “Almost Home,” and is set in Colorado. Patricia is determined to get home to the ranch before her aunt gives birth, but a blizzard gets in her way. One of my reviewers claimed she nearly froze to death while reading this book, so be forewarned. You might want to curl up with a cup of hot tea and an afghan.
I’m giving away a copy of this book to one person who comments here. To enter for Susan's book leave a comment about one of her answers or answer one of the questions I asked Susan.



Find Susan at:
Twitter: @SusanPageDavis
Blog on the 23rd day of each month at: www.hhhistory.com  
Buy Mountain Christmas Brides at:
Amazon Kindle and paperback: http://amzn.to/2c3Jhrk

18 comments:

  1. Thanks for featuring Susan and this book. To answer this question: Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? I am in the family room. It is Labor Day morning and I am still in my gown, enjoying my coffee and reading this blog. Happy Labor Day to everyone!
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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  2. Hello Debbie and Susan!!! I was intrigued by the Boston Molasses flood. I may and probably did read the original post, but had forgotten. Can you imagine cleaning up after that??? Thanks for the offer of the book!!!
    bcrug(at)myfairpoint(dot)com I am a follower.

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  3. This is on my wish list, thank you for the chance to win a copy. I love the novella collections.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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  4. I am fascinated by Susan's most favorite material item, the bottle her father brought back from the Philippines after World War II. How in the world could someone paint pictures that are inside a bottle? I could see someone painting the inside bottom of the bottle but can't imagine painting the sides. Just fascinating!! Thank you both for the giveaway and good luck everyone.

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  5. I have read some of Susan's books and liked them! I love reading Christmas stories. jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  6. The Great Molassas Flood, wow! I can't imagine the clean up afterwards.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. I am sitting at the dining room table, my husband is resting from mowing the yard, and we just finished lunch. I want a nap so bad but afraid if I do, I won't sleep tonight.
    Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
    Janet E.
    von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Sitting in the living room wearing a teal shirt, khaki shorts & barefooted. Thanks for sharing your interview & the chance to win! rw620 AT aol DOT com

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  9. Haha I Like The Biggest Secret you ever kept question because Her answer was spot on. I'm keeping a secret right now about a friend being pregnant, but since you don't know know my friends, it's fine that I mention it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of the book. It sounds Great! My email is iamabho (at) gmail (.) com and I follow your blog. Thanks

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  10. O, Susan! I love those little glass bottles with scenes painted inside of them. I had one from my m-trip overseas and unfortunately can't find it since my many moves. Mine had some beautiful mountain and stream landscape with a fisherman painting that always brings a smile to my face. Thanks for the giveaway! - Annie, justcommonlyATgmailDOTcom

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  11. I am in my living room sitting on my sofa in my comfy sweats catching up with my nightly blogs and email! And reading this one of course :-)
    I really like the looks of this book and the authors featured in it. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of Mountain Christmas Brides!

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  12. Wow! The Great Molasses Flood in Boston was interesting and I have never heard of it. What a sticky gooey mess! I am really, really interested in reading Mountain Christmas Brides. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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  13. I love having one of my Daddy's Bibles. He's been in Heaven for four years now. So it is really special.

    Thank you for the giveaway!

    Debbie Lynn, I'm a subscriber with psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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  14. Forgot to mention that I follow your blog via email.
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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  15. I am also a subscriber.
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(com)

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  16. Interesting interview, Susan and Debbie - thank you!! I'm trying to visualize a molasses flood and the problems caused - will have to read Susan's post about it. Wow, what a literally situation!! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!

    I'm a feedburner subscriber.
    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. I am sitting in my recliner in the living room. I'm wearing a red & white top and a jean skirt and barefooted. Thanks for this interview and giveaway. I'm a feedburner subscriber. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  18. Shared on Twitter Today https://twitter.com/LindaMoffitt02/status/775440814608711680 Thanks for the chance to win

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