Sunday, January 30, 2011

Two giveaways: Head in the Cloud and $10 Giftcard link

Welcome Karen Witemeyer

I'll be giving away a copy of Karen's book, Head in the Clouds. Leave a comment and be entered in the drawing.

Check below to learn how to win a $10 Barnes and Noble giftcard.

Karen Witemeyer is a deacon's wife who believes the world needs more happily-ever-afters. To that end, she combines her love of bygone eras with her passion for helping women mature in Christ to craft historical romance novels that lift the spirit and nurture the soul. Her debut novel, A Tailor-Made Bride, recently claimed honorable mention in the 2010 Best Western Romance contest. Karen makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children.

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

Right now, I am in my office at my day job (on break) and I am wearing business casual attire including a lovely chocolate brown fleece my husband gave me for Christmas to help keep my cold-natured self warm.

Did anyone inspire you to write?

No one specifically inspired me to write, although there were key people who I can look back with hindsight and see the influence that had on my dream—teachers, my mom, friends. But mostly, I would have to say that books—well-written, mind-transporting, sigh-inducing books—inspired me to write.

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

Hmm…My grandfather recently visited and showed me the family tree he and his sister have been working on. They'd traced several branches back to the 1700s. Since my stories tend to be set in the 1880s, I think it would be fun to meet one of my female ancestors who was young and falling in love during that era. What was she wearing? Where did she and her beau go to be alone, and what were some of their favorite courting activities? I would listen to her spin yarns and glean everything I could from her.

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

My wedding ring. Being the hopeless romantic that I am, I had to pick the item that represented my very own happily ever after.

A couple years ago, however, I lost the diamond from my ring. I was devastated. I scoured the house, the office, retraced my steps, all to no avail. It may sound a bit silly, but I prayed to find that diamond. Sure it could be replaced, but it wouldn't be the same. After a week with no diamond, though, I gave up hope. Then one morning, as I reached into the tissue box on my bathroom counter and pulled out a tissue, I heard a little tinkling sound as something hit the counter. I just knew that had to be my diamond. And it was! I had pulled countless tissues out of that box during the week, as had my children. But that morning, the diamond that had somehow fallen into the box, came sailing out again. God is so good! The diamond has been reset and every time I look at it, I appreciate not only my husband, but my God as well.

After reading A Tailor-Made Bride, I have to ask this because I have been sewing for thirty years. Do you sew?

Do I sew? Well . . . I know how to sew. I've made dresses, Halloween costumes, and even a quilt once upon a time, but I wouldn't call myself a seamstress. My Singer only comes out of the closet once every year or so. I have basic skills, but not much beyond that. My preferred needlework pastime is cross-stitch.

Head in the Clouds heroine had an interesting predilection to yellow. What made you give her this character trait?

Somehow it just seemed right for Adelaide. It fit her disposition and made her unique. However, when I dug deeper to discover her reasons for only wearing yellow, I found it was her way of honoring her father who had died when she was sixteen. My own daddy died when I was sixteen, so this tribute became very important to me as her character developed.

What kinds of emotions go through you when you are writing such a strong and heart wrenching scene?

There is a part of me that clinically analyzes the craft as I write to ensure that the sentence structure and style fit the emotion I am trying to generate in the scene. But for the most part, I put myself into my characters and imagine what I would be feeling. I live the scene through them. My heart pounds, my stomach quivers, and I do my best to bleed that onto the page.

What is something that very few people know about you?

This probably will not be terribly surprising, given my bent toward historical novels, but I love classic Hollywood films, especially the musicals. In fact Seven Brides for Seven Brothers sparked the idea for the new story I'm working on, tentatively titled Short-Straw Bride. There are only four brothers in my story instead of seven, and they're not all redheads nor do they sing and dance while they do their chores, but hopefully I can incorporate the adventurous, fun-loving spirit of the musical into what will be my fourth novel.

Head in the Clouds

When a recovering romantic goes to work for a handsome ranch owner, her heart’s not the only thing in danger.

Adelaide Proctor is a young woman with her head in the clouds, longing for a real-life storybook hero to claim as her own. But when a husband-hunting debacle leaves her humiliated, she interviews for a staid governess position on a central Texas sheep ranch and vows to leave her romantic yearnings behind.

When Gideon Westcott left his privileged life in England to make a name for himself in America's wool industry, he never expected to become a father overnight. And five-year-old Isabella hasn't uttered a word since she lost her mother. The unconventionality of the new governess concerns Gideon--and intrigues him at the same time. But he can't afford distractions. He has a ranch to run, a shearing to oversee, and a suspicious fence-cutting to investigate.

When Isabella's uncle comes to claim the child--and her inheritance--Gideon and Adelaide must work together to protect Isabella from the man's evil schemes. And soon neither can deny their growing attraction. But after so many heartbreaks, will Adelaide be willing to get her head out of the clouds and put her heart on the line?

Chance to win a $10 Barnes and Noble gift card here. Please stop over to Keli's blog for my very first interview. I'll be giving away a Barnes and Noble gift card.

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, Feb.14th. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.


  1. I was taken by your comments about losing your diamond, praying, and finding it. I lost one ring twice outside where I was working in the soil. I, too, prayed both times and found it both times. After that, I took it off when I worked outside!

    Your book sounds great. I'm intrigued with the aspect of a child going mute after a traumatic experience, and to see what helps her through it all.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  2. I'd heard of all your books are good but have yet to get my hands on them! Thanks for the giveaway!


  3. Such a pretty cover on the book! I'd really enjoy reading this book. Thanks.

  4. This sounds like such a good book! The cover reminds me of myself when I was younger- always reading and not paying attention to anything else. Wait- maybe that still describes me:)
    Thank you!

  5. Would love to read this book!! Sounds great!!

  6. Linda - Thanks for sharing your ring story! Don't you just love the ways God finds to build our faith. They may seem like little things to most people, but we know differently, don't we?


  7. Ariel - You are definitely entered in the drawing, but I hope you find a way to get your hands on my books whether or not you win. :-) Maybe you can convince your library to order them. (Wink, wink)

    rubynreba - Didn't they do a fabulous job on the cover? I love it. I can so relate to getting lost in a book and losing track of my surroundings. I usually read while I walk on my treadmill, and so far I haven't fallen off. I've gotten close a time or two, though.

  8. jdjmcc - I can relate to that all too well. Just ask my husband when he tries to get my attention during the last 50 pages of a novel. Of course, he's just as bad when he's sucked into a football game.

    Lisa - Thanks for your interest in Adelaide and Gideon's story. You're in the drawing!

  9. I loved Tailor-Made Bride and have been wanting to read Head In The Clouds. How interesting that you can share your Family Tree with your Grandfather. Be sure to ask him to describe his Mom and Dad. Wish I had done that with my parents!


  10. I found you through Keli's interview over at Romance Writer's on the Journey.

    I write historical fiction/romance and I loved your honest answers about your writing journey. I love the different paths writers take to reach their goals. Now I'm enjoying your blog too. Count me in as a new daily reader!

    Christi Corbett
    christicorbett at gmail dot com

    PS. It's Keli Gwyn...not Gwyn Keli :)

  11. Maureen - So glad you enjoyed Tailor-Made! I hope you will enjoy Head in the Clouds equally well. And yes, it was wonderful to see our family tree mapped out so extensively. My ancesters come from England it seems. Though I married a man with German ancestry. It's all so very European. :-)

  12. Christi - Glad you visited, today. Debbie Lynne is a fabulous up-and-coming writer. You will love her blog!

  13. I am so exited for this book! I have been wanting to read this since I first heard of it, and the excerpt on your website only whet my appetite. Would love to win a copy :)


  14. noseinanovel - What a great online name! Nose in a novel - love it! And so fitting for my heroine in Head in the Clouds. I've definitely added you to the drawing. Blessings!

  15. Oh goodness! You sound like my type of person ~ your most precious item is your wedding ring because you're a hopeless romantic?! ME TOO! :) I'm always on the lookout for a good Christian author ~ thanks for the chance to win.

    And thank you, Debbie, for hosting this interview & giveaway!

    kjv1611as at gmail dot com

  16. Sounds like an amazing book! I would love to win. :)


  17. I'm with you on the world needing more happily ever afters! I'm glad to read a good story that I know will end well. :O)

    estrella8888 at roadrunner dot com

  18. Hi, Amanda. Yes, I'm definitely a sap. Glad I'm not alone. :-)

    Charity and Diane - Glad to have you both stop by today. I'm snowed in today and needed someone to talk to. Ha! You all are entered in the drawing.


  19. i would love to read your second novel, karen...i very much enjoyed your first one. thanks for the chance to read your latest masterpiece :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  20. Sounds like a wonderful book. I've been wanting to read this.
    Thanks for the giveaway,
    Trinity Rose
    wandaelaine at gmail dot com

  21. I would love to read this book.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  22. This book sounds really good and I would love to read it. :)


  23. Thank you everyone for stopping by my blog. I wish you all could win! I read this book and loved it. I hated to give it up from my library, but my loss is someone's gain.=) But if you don't win it I really must say you should go buy it because it is well worth the purchase!!

  24. I've wanted to read Tailor-Made but haven't been able yet. I am hoping to read this too! It sounds good.
    dunlizzies_corner [at] yahoo [dot] com

  25. Sounds fantastic. Thanks for sharing from your library with us!

  26. Sounds like an interesting book. I would love to read it.

  27. Except for the dress, that could be my daughter on the cover of "Head in the Clouds." It's also an apt description of her when she's reading. It sounds like a fun book to read. I would love to win a copy.
    Carman sent me to your site.
    Thanks for the giveaway and interview.

  28. I would love to read this. Thanks for the great giveaway. I would love to read this. Thanks for the great giveaway.

  29. Carman sent me and I would love to have a chance at winning this book! I'm always on the lookout for new books since I love reading!


  30. Thanks to all of you who popped over for the giveaway. Best of luck to all of you.

    Pam - my daughter is an avid reader, too. Hmm...wonder where she gets that trait? LOL

    Have a great weekend, everyone!

  31. Thanks for the giveaway. Would love to read this!

  32. The cover of your book is exactly the way I want people to think of me. I love books and doing reviews. I would enjoy reading your book and will send a review to Amazon and will also post on my blog. Thanks for allowing me to enter.

  33. I love to read new (to me) authors and will tell others about them! Can't wait to see if I've won this one.

  34. Hi! I would love to read this book. Please enter me in the drawing... I'm a new follower.


  35. I have been dying to read this book! It's been taunting me from the blogs I've seen it on. If I don't win it, I might just pick up a copy =)

    Please, enter me!
    gracethorson at gmail dot com

  36. I really enjoyed Tailor Made Bride and look forward to reading Head in the Clouds.
    Thank you for the chance to win a copy!
    Tammy A

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  38. I enjoyed learning more about the author, Karen Witemeyer. Her book sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

    **Carman sent me! :)

  39. Karen, Great interview. I love genealogy! When my mother was living she did a very thorough study and I have her papers. Fascinating who is back there :) Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of your book. A Tailor-Made bride was great!


    Carmen sent me.

  40. I would love to read this! Thanks so much!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  41. I know this contest is closed, but I had to comment and tell you how much I love this interview and the cover of the book! I loved the story about losing the diamond in your wedding mom lost hers a few years ago and found it in the bottom of the washing machine!!!

    Now for the cover: GORGEOUS!! One of the best I've seen in a while. It reminds me of Anne of Green Gables...who definitely had her head in the clouds. :) This one is going on my wishlist. Thanks!

  42. The story was more dramatic and intense then I expected, but that is what kept me reading chapter after chapter and losing track of the time. I enjoyed this book so much, that I recommend this to anyone who loves a good book that puts a smile on your face with its concluding words.