Monday, April 18, 2011

Giveaway for REVEALING FIRE by Connie Stevens

Welcome Connie Stevens to my blog! She has kindly offered to give away her new book REVEALING FIRE to some lucky commenter. So be sure to leave a comment!

Connie Stevens lives within sight of the north Georgia mountains—her favorite place on earth. She and her husband of nearly thirty-eight years, John, are active in a variety of capacities in their church. One cantankerous kitty, misnamed Sweet Pea, allows Connie and John to live in her home. When Connie isn’t writing, she is reading, planting flowers, browsing antique shops, and collecting teddy bears. She enjoys making quilts to send to the Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Connie’s debut novel, LEAVE ME NEVER, was released in January. REVEALING FIRE is her second book. Visit Connie’s website and blog at

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth. I’m in my office and I’m wearing jeans and a Marine Corps T-shirt.

      What thing surprised you the most when you were researching your book? I don’t know if this qualifies as “surprising”, but the most interesting thing to me in my research for REVEALING FIRE was the information I found about the history of music boxes and the intricate detailing that went into tuning them to achieve a certain scale of notes.

       Many writers will say they see stories all around them. Is there someplace you found this story? This story came to me as I was writing the story that preceded it. The main characters in REVEALING FIRE were minor characters in the first book of this series, LEAVE ME NEVER. I so fell in love with Miss Pearl and Hubert I had to give them their own story.

      Do you have a favorite scene in this book and what would it be? There are several scenes that I enjoyed writing. One depicts Pearl sitting on the side of the bed listening to the silver music box Hubert gave her, struggling with a difficult decision. Another is a scene between Hubert and his son showing them sharing their faith. I can’t really tell more than that without giving away part of the story.

      Did anyone inspire you to write or was this something you always wanted to do? My high school English teacher, Mrs. Furgason. She always told me to “follow my dream”, but for a long time I didn’t. When I finally started writing seriously I dug out my old high school yearbook, cut out Mrs. Furgason’s picture from the faculty page, and put it in a little frame on my desk with the words, “Follow your dream”.

      If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why?  I love Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice. She’s such a strong woman in an era when most women were considered weak and helpless. Her tenacity and the way she stands up for herself makes me smile, but the way she boldly retorts to Mr. Darcy’s haughty criticism makes me laugh.

      What is something that very few people know about you? I love to work in my garden. But because I’m allergic to beestings (and I’m terrified of bees and wasps) I go out and work in the garden when it’s raining, because bees don’t fly in the rain. Of course, the neighbors think I’m nuts…

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)  My son’s quilt. From the time he was first born I sewed nearly all of his clothes, and I saved scraps of material from everything I ever made for him—little sunsuits, overalls, shorts, pants, jackets, curtains for his room. I saved these leftover pieces of fabric with the intention of making a quilt for him whenever he married. In 2005, he was diagnosed with cancer. It was time to make the quilt. I gave it to him for Christmas that year. He died three weeks later. That quilt—though not the best quilt I ever made—is priceless.

Thank you for being on my blog, Connie. 

Pearl Dunnigan is in her September years, well beyond the age when most women fall in love. She married her childhood sweetheart years ago. Now as a widow, she operates the only boardinghouse in Willow Creek, Iowa, and is content with life . . . until Hubert dares to convince her to dream again.

During Hubert Behr’s youth, blind ambition and careless actions destroyed his family and his marriage. Have the lessons he’s learned since then made him worthy of a second chance, or has his past made him unsuitable for love? Hubert is willing to try again, but what will Pearl say when she learns his secrets?

Hubert’s estranged son arrives in town, and his anger and scorn threaten to undo Hubert’s and Pearl’s plans. When all the truth is revealed, will their love be destroyed or refined by fire?

Congratulations to Debra, winner of Louise Gouge's AT THE CAPTAIN'S COMMAND.

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, May 2nd.


  1. Connie is allergic to beestings so she works in the rain as is afraid of getting stung. Don't blame her for sure. This book sounds very interesting. Please enter me.


  2. Thanks for stopping by Jo. I've been interviewed on a friends blog and am giving away a $10 gift card so if you get a chance hop over there too. here is the address.

    Connie, I did the same thing with my kids clothes. I saved all my daughters fabric scrapes from the clothes I made her and then made her a quilt. I saved my boys jeans and made them bluejean quilts. OMG talk about heavy!! I hate bees too. But I'm not allergic. I walked into a nest of them when I was seven and got stung 21 times. I've a had a fear of them ever since.

  3. Sounds like a great book!

    Thanks for bringing us this great interview Debby.

    Please enter me

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com

  4. I've always liked Elizabeth Bennett, too. Pride and Prejudice is my favorite Jane Austen book. Revealing Fire sounds like a good book. I'd love to be entered in the drawing. I'm always looking for new authors to read.

  5. She is allergic to beestings. Terrified of bees and wasps. I too am allergic and am terrified of them and spiders.
    I would love to read Revealing Fire.
    Thank you for the chance.

  6. I love the gardening in the rain thing! My neighbors think I'm nuts too... but I probably give them plenty of reasons. ;) I enjoy books about 2nd chances, thanks for the chance to win.

    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

  7. I, too, am allergic to bee stings. Even walking my dog at the wrong time of day makes me fearful.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  8. It always touches me when somebody talks about losing a child. I also lost my son to cancer and I know how precious the quilt must be to her.

  9. Carman sent me! I have Connie's first book (about to start reading it!) and would love to win this one! I Live in GA, also. Thanks!

  10. I can't wait to read the book. I know it is another great story just like Leave Me Never

  11. Would LOVE to win this book, I will have to even look for the other 2 in this series, they sound very good. By the way Carman sent me.

  12. I'd love to read this book! The HeartSong books are always good. :)

    leanniegehrke at hotmail dot com

  13. Would LOVE to win this book, I will have to even look for the other 2 in this series, they sound very good. By the way Carman sent me.

    wfnren at aol dot com

    p.s. I forgot to leave my email address on the previous entry.

  14. Thanks for the great give away. Sounds like a very interesting book! Carmen sent me!

    - Heidi

  15. What a great book, sounds very touching! Can't wait to read it!
    Thanks for the giveway and chance to win!
    kari_linder at hotmail dot com

  16. Sounds like a sweet romance. :)

    Carman sent me over.

    priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

  17. Thank you all for your kind remarks. The gardening in the rain thing? The neighbors just shake their heads and say I don't have the good sense to come in out of the rain. :-)
    PBClark: I know how your heart aches.
    I pray REVEALING FIRE will be a blessing to all who read it.

  18. i love Heartsong books please include me thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  19. Clever to garden in the rain to prevent bee stings! One of the earliest memories I have is of getting stung by a bee!

    meredithfl at gmail dot com

  20. I garden in the rain, too! This sounds like a lovely book.

    snowdance1 at gmail dot com

  21. I love gardening in the rain too.
    Blessed you for making this giveaway possible.

    Charlotte Kay
    charlovesmark at gmail dot com

  22. I know how precious your son's quilt is to you, I lost a daughter to cancer. Book sounds great.

    true_sheila at yahoo dot com

  23. Carman sent me! Sounds like a great book!
    crochetsisters at earthlink dot net

  24. Thank you for the wonderfull books,I have just started reading one of your books "leave me never" and I'm impressed.It seems like I'm a bit late but im sure i'll try to catch up.Thank you.