Monday, January 17, 2011

Leave Me Never Giveaway by Connie Stevens

Welcome Connie! I'm glad to have you on my blog. Connie is giving away a copy of her new release, Leave Me Never. Leave a post to be entered in the drawing.
Be sure to stop back by my blog on January 31st to learn how to be entered to win a $10 gift card to Barnes and Noble.

Connie lives in north Georgia with John, her husband and best friend of 37 years. She and John are active in a variety of capacities in their home church. One cantankerous kitty, misnamed Sweet Pea, allows them to live in
her home. (John calls her Crabby Tabby.) Connie has been in love with crafting stories since high school, but she only began pursuing a writing career since 1995. Some of Connie’s favorite pastimes include reading, browsing antique shops, collecting teddy bears, and gardening. She also enjoys making quilts to send to the Cancer Treatment Center Of America. Visit Connie’s website and blog at Look for Connie on Facebook.

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

I’m sitting at my desk in my office. Even though I use a laptop for writing and could take it to any room in the house, more often than not I still sit at my desk to work. I’m wearing blue jeans, a Marine Corps T-shirt, my son’s old hooded sweatshirt, and my favorite old comfortable shoes.

Who's your one biggest fan/supporter of your writing?

That’s a tough one. My husband, several members of my family, my critique group ladies—any of those people could fit that description, but I guess I’d have to say my husband. He gave me the sweetest gift for Christmas—he bought me a beautiful Cross pen for signing my books.

What is your favorite time period to write in?

19th century. I’ve written one contemporary just to see if I could… but I went right back to immersing myself in history.

If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why?

My first impulse is to answer Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth didn’t knuckle under to the day’s propriety, and was more apt to answer Mr. Darcy with a quick-witted retort or poke a bit of humor into a conversation, because—in her own words—she dearly loved to laugh.

Are you or any close family members in the characters personalities?

No. I was afraid one of my relatives would recognize themselves and cut me out of the will. (Just kidding J )

Did anyone inspire you to write?

I think the first person who ever inspired me to write was my sister, Pam. She wrote short stories when she was in high school, and I remember thinking how cool it was that she could create characters and make them come to life on the page. The second person who really encouraged me to write was my high school English teacher, Mrs. Furgason. She was my cheerleader.

If you could live in any time period when and where would that be and why?

In my imagination, I’d love to live in the 19th century, in a log cabin on a wooded mountainside overlooking a valley dotted with birch and hemlock trees. But when I come back to reality and remember I’d have to do without air-conditioning, a microwave, and a computer….never mind.

If you could visit any place in the world where would you go and why?

That’s another tough one. There are so many places I’ve never seen that I’d like to visit. One of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen is the Canadian Rockies and I’d like to go back there again some day. But first, I think I’d like to see the Grand Tetons, the Cascades, Rocky Mountain National Park, and Glacier National Park. Since I live in the east, I have visited the Smokey Mountains, the Blue Ridge, Shenandoah Valley, and several other places along the Appalachian Range—and I love them. But I’d like to become more familiar with the western mountains.

If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord)

There is a person in the Bible who I’m looking forward to meeting some day. The Bible doesn’t name her except to call her “a certain woman” in the book of Mark, chapter 7, verses 24 through 30. Jesus had been ministering and preaching, and He was tired. Scripture says He entered a house (no doubt to rest) and wanted no one to know it. But the Bible says He could not be hidden because this woman would not be refused. She stopped at nothing to get to Jesus on behalf of her child. As a mother, I want to look into the eyes of another mother who loved her child so much nothing deterred her from entreating Jesus to heal her child.



Mama always said He did, but Tessa isn’t too sure. How many times did Mama tell her God would never leave her or forsake her? Yet…here she is, stuck in Willow Creek, Iowa, with no food, no money, no home, no job. No future. Mama is dead and Papa left in the night without a word of farewell. Where are God’s promises now? Maybe Papa was right, and she really is worthless—so worthless even God doesn’t care about her.

When Gideon meets Tessa and acts as a good Samaritan, he didn’t expect to find love. His own problems are overwhelming—his business is failing and his dreams look more doubtful by the minute. But he can’t get Tessa out of his mind. Maybe the promise to look to is that God works all things together for good for those who love Him—even when it seems like evil is winning.

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 31st. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.


  1. I like the interview. Connie Stevens is a new author for me, and I would love to enter for "Leave Me Never." *Thanks*

    gracethorson at gmail dot com

  2. The books sounds like a good book. Would love to read it.

    angelmom1165 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  3. I just Saw this author at work!! She was awesome! A co-worker of mine was checking her out @ Kohl's ...

    So please enter me!

  4. oh, I love heartsong books please include me in this giveaway. thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  5. The two ladies I met at the checkout at Kohls were both so lovely. One was a Marine Mom, so we had that in common. I can't wait to see who wins the free book.

  6. Hey there Connie Stevens! Whoo! Whoo! Look at you. Oh and Debbie. If you ever ask me where I'm at and what I'm wearing, I may or may not tell the truth. :) Great guest today though!
    So what was it like Connie when you first held your book in your hands? Oh this is fun.:)

    Jill Nutter aka Jillian Kent:)

  7. What an interesting interview! I enjoyed it. :)


  8. Hey Jill,
    For a couple of weeks prior to the delivery of my author copies, I was requesting prayer for the poor UPS man who delivered them. It's probably a good thing I wasn't home when they arrived. But when I saw the Barbour box, the first thing I did was call my friend. She came over and took pictures of me opening the box and holding my book for the first time. Wow, what a rush!!

  9. I love books from this time period! Thank you!

  10. Since I live in Iowa I would be interested in reading this book set in Iowa. Thanks for the chance!

  11. I live in Iowa also, but even if I didn't, I STILL would want to read "Leave Me Never." Nice post Connie. And yes, I agree that nothing is more important than a mother's prayers for her child. If we ever get to meet in person, you would be looking into the eyes of another mother who earnestly entreated God to heal her child.

  12. I would love to read this book.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  13. Would love to win this book.
    Mary B.

  14. Thanks for stopping by ladies. So we have some Iowans here. Our Pastor's wife, and my dear friend is from Iowa, and she loves her state. =) although, SC is now her state. Jill, you'll have to tell us what it is like to hold yours, too! I'd love to have you on, but you have to answer honestly. LOL. cool story about Kohls.

  15. Elaine, I hope we do get to meet someday. I understand we have a lot in common.
    For those ladies who are Iowans, my fictitious town of Willow Creek is in the northeast corner of the state where the terrain is hilly and there are a lot of trees. It's not on the prairie. :-)
    The meeting of the two ladies in Kohls was very cool. I try to always carry a copy of the book with me, and I ask people I encounter if they like to read. If they say yes, I give them the book. It's a good way to introduce people to Christian fiction.

  16. Your book sounds great. 19th century is my fovorite too.

    true_sheila at yahoo dot com

  17. I would love to read this!


  18. I would love to read this!


  19. Great interview, thank you! Connie is a new author for me, and I'd love to read her work. The title grabbed my attention right away.

    Thanks for the opportunity to win! (Carman sent me)

    kjv1611as at gmail dot com

  20. Connie would be a new author to me as well. I'd love to hear how Tessa manages in Iowa!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  21. What a great opening. Thanks for the giveaway - I'd love to read it!
    tressa dot sherman at hotmail dot com

  22. This book sounds really good! I would love to read it!

  23. This sounds like a wonderful book! I would like very much to win it. Thanks for the chance.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  24. Sounds like a sweet book - Id love a chance at winning it! :-)

    ~ Katy

  25. i would love to read this

  26. Count me in!

    dwarzel at

  27. I would love to read this book.


  28. great interview .& I'd love to read this book

  29. Yes indeed, I would love to read this book. Please count me in!
    dunlizzies_corner at yahoo dot com

  30. I am late to the party, but am so anxious to read this great book by this great author! Please enter me. Thanks!!!

  31. I read the interview and the book sounds so good

    tiramisu392 (at)

  32. Carman sent me. Thank you for the giveaway, it looks like a really good read!

  33. What a great review. Sounds like a good book. Thanks for the chance


  34. Sounds good..thanks for the giveaway!

  35. I hope I win, this book sounds like a great read! :)

    natashagt (at) live (dot) com

  36. I would absolutely love to read this.

  37. Great interview and awesome giveaway. Would love to read this.

    sylver_1982 at yahoo dot com

  38. I would love to read this. thanks

    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  39. Thanks so much! Nice interview. joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

  40. I love a good book. I hope i win


  42. I would love to read this book. Thanks so much for the interview. I also love Elizabeth Bennett, but I much prefer my mother to hers. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

  43. I'd love to win:)

  44. Would love to win!!