Monday, January 10, 2011

Golden Keyes Parsons Where Hearts are Free book giveaway

Golden has generously offered to giveaway a copy of her book, Where Hearts are Free. If you would like to be entered in the drawing, please answer her question at the bottom of her interview by leaving a post. Thanks for stopping by!


Golden Keyes Parsons is a popular retreat and conference speaker and author of historical novels. Her book, “In The Shadow Of The Sun King,” (Thomas Nelson Publishing), first in a three-book series based on her family genealogy, released Fall 2008, and was named a finalist in the ACFW’s Book of the Year Debut Author category. Her second book, “Prisoner Of Versailles,” was released September 2009 and was named a finalist in RWA’s prestigious Daphne contest. The concluding book in the series, “Where Hearts Are Free” released September 2010.

Golden lives in Waco, TX, with her husband, Blaine. When she isn’t writing or speaking, she is busy with their three grown daughters, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren or attending sporting and alumnae events at Baylor University.

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.

I am in our family room in front of a fire in the fireplace. It is a rainy, drizzly, cold Sunday morning here in Central Texas. My husband and I stayed home from worship this morning as we are recovering from a virus and didn’t relish getting out in this weather. Frankly, after being in the pastorate for years and having to be at the church whether well or ill (and this was in the mountains in snow country), we are enjoying in our retirement being able to stay in when we want to. J

Oh, I have on sweat pants and a v-neck sweater.

What thing surprised you the most when you were researching your book?

I think the things that surprised me most about this particular time period (late 1600’s in the colony of Pennsylvania) was how loose morals were, sometimes of necessity. For example, a high percentage of women were already pregnant when they officially married, because they would have to wait for a circuit rider preacher to come into the area to do the ceremony. Many couples just made the commitment to each other and set up housekeeping. We think about the Puritans and their strict moral code, but not all the colonies adhered to that.

Which of your three books in the series would you say you liked writing the most and why?

Definitely the first one, “In The Shadow Of The Sun King.” It’s more straight historical fiction, and that’s what I really enjoy writing. I don’t mind adding a thread of romance, but I’d rather not have the story driven by the romance.

Do you have a favorite scene in this book and what would it be?

There are several scenes that I feel are good, tight, tension-building scenes. I like the scene between Philippe and Madeleine when he tells his mother that he’s going after Bridget despite her objections. And I like one of the final scenes where --- shall I give it away? Let’s just say that one of the secondary characters steps up and takes some surprising action to remedy a dire situation.

What one thing on your writing journey influenced your work the most?

I’m a member of CLASS, which is a speakers’ organization that trains speakers and writers. I can honestly say that I would not be published today had it not been for their encouragement and contacts.

What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story?

Good question. I had to think about that one. I’m going to have to say this series, because it was about my literal ancestors. Although I wouldn’t want to have been persecuted and have to flee for my life for my religious beliefs, I would love to have been able to view firsthand the heroism of my ancestors. Louisa (Madeleine) actually landed in Philadelphia a widow—her husband was washed overboard along with all their money—with two sons whom she had to sell to pay for their passage. Leaving them in Philadelphia, she then went with the other ship’s passengers to central Pennsylvania and settled to wait for them to serve out their time. She remarried, purchased land for them, and they were eventually reunited. What a courageous woman!

What is something that very few people know about you?

I am legally blind in my left eye.

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)

The genealogy of my family which was published in 1907. I have an original, leather-bound copy.

So, I would like to hear about what novel your readers would like to be a part of? That question really made me think. Leave me a comment. J

Bridget is in love with one man, and promised to another. Amid the liberty and promise of the New World Bridget Barrington and Philippe Clavell fall in love. But nothing about their love seems possible.
To pay for the Clavell family's passage from France, Philippe, a former member of French royalty, worked as an indentured slave to the Barringtons. Bridget is the heiress of the prominent plantation.
When Bridget's parents discover the budding romance between their daughter and their servant they quickly orchestrate her engagement to an older, more advantageous match. But Edward Moorehead has a secret. And he's anything but a good match for Bridget.
Separated from her true love and in danger from her betrothed, Bridget must rely on God to deliver her from Darkness into Light.

Winners of The Blacksmith's Bravery- Judy and Charlotte
Winner of Harbor Hopes-Linda


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, January 24th. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.


  1. If I read this right...your ancestor had to sell her sons to pay her passage?, but was later reunited with them. Wow!!! There is a lot of spunk in your family...I would love to read this book!


  2. Hmm....I think I would love to have been a part of the book Across Time, Across Tears. It was an AMAZING read and I would have loved to join Rachel in her harrowing adventures (as well as meet the amazingly handsome Bani!! ;-)

    Thanks for the chance to win! Keep up the good work, Golden!

    ~ Katy

  3. Yes that is really something, Maureen. I can't imagine doing that. It had to be a heartbreaking time for the mother.

  4. I've been soo looking forward to reading this book! Thanks for the giveaway! :D


  5. You know, I truly loved the first two books so much in this series that I would like to cheat and combine them. May I do that? I don't know that I would have had the strength to do the things she did though. I think that's one of the reasons why I love the books so much. I truly admired her as a character and finding out that she is modeled after your ancestors makes the books that much more interesting and special.

    Thanks for this opportunity to win the third book.

    leesmithwriting at

  6. Thanks so much for your comments and kind words, gals! Writing this series really made me examine my faith -- how strong is it, really? How courageous would I be in the face of outright persecution? I honestly don't know, especially if my family were being threatened. It does give one pause, doesn't it?

  7. I'm not quite sure if I'm reading this question right...but I'm going to say that my readers and I would like to be a part of "A Prisoner of Versailles"

    soklad at hotmail dot com

  8. i would like to have been a part of roseanna white's novel...a stray drop of blood.

    thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  9. Oooh, yes! To be in Roseanna's novel would indeed be exciting!

  10. great post. I doubt I would be able to sell my children, of course it depended on the day and how they acted. No. I suppose if I were in that predicament and had sons to put to work and it had to be done, I might see it differently.

    I'm glad I never had to face something like that though.

    You know it's funny that you mention some of the loose morals during the earlier times in our country, because some would have you believe they would never do anything of that nature.



  11. I think I would have liked being a part of Catherine Marshall's Christy.

  12. Thanks for the giveaway! I'd love to read that book!


  13. Wow, I find myself wanting to be in so many books! I love historical fiction so probably any of those I'd fit right in. :) But then again... I wouldn't mind seeing Narnia!

    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

  14. Thanks for the interview, Debbie Lynne and Golden! I am reading this book right now and really enjoying it, especially since my current manuscript is about a young French woman who escapes to the colonies with a young German man, about eighty years after Golden's books. Blessings to you and your readers!

  15. As I was growing up, I imagined myself a part of whatever novel I was reading at the time. The Anne of Green Gables books captivated me, and I still think I'd love to be a character in her series. Thanks for a fascinating interview. And YAY for pastors and their wives being able to miss church when they need to. :)

    My name should link it, but just in case: MartiPieper at gmail dot com

  16. Ooh I've heard this book is good - thanks for the giveaway!


  17. What an interesting question! Ben Hur captivated me when I was young. The Silver Chalice was also a favorite. Just so many.

    I look forward to reading this one as I have not read much in this time period of American history.

    A J Hawke
    ajhawkeauthor at aol dot com

  18. Please enter me! Carman sent me.


  19. I'd love to be in Jane Austen's Emma. Actually I'd love to have lived that part! Thanks for the giveaway!

  20. What a compelling true story to fuel your novels. I'd love to have a family history that rich. Thanks, Golden, for diving in to your ancestry and sharing it with us.

    Naomi Rawlings

  21. Louisa does sound like a brave woman, as well as having brave children who were sold into servitude to make up their passage!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  22. Yes, she must have been some kind courageous woman ... and raised courageous sons. I am formulating a retreat/talk around how God is raising up women in these days, using her as a springboard. Should be fun!

  23. First off, I LOVE the cover of Where Hearts Are Free. It's beautiful!

    To pick any one book to feel a part of would be difficult. When an author has written a gem of a novel I always see myself as an 'extra' character in the book.

    Thank you for a chance to win a copy of Where Hearts Are Free.

    Cindy W.


  24. Sounds like a great read. Carmen sent me.

    true_sheila at yahoo dot com

  25. sounds like a wonderful book please include me in this giveaway

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  26. This sounds like a book I would enjoy. Thanks so much for the chance!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net