Monday, September 24, 2012

At Every Turn by Anne Mateer ends October 1st

Anne has a long-held passion for history and historical fiction. Anne and her husband live near Dallas, TX and have three young adult children. 

Anne is giving away a copy of her new release, At Every Turn. Answer the question, What activity/sport do you think you'd have surprised society by doing had you lived in the early 1900's or leave a comment to be entered.

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth. 
I am in my office, a newly painted space that used to be the front bedroom. With 2 of our 3 at college more than home, I took over this room at the end of the summer. I’m wearing shorts and a t-shirt.

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
When I was researching auto racing tracks, two facts stood out—one because the story was so touching, one because it was so stunning.
#1 The Chicago Motor Speedway, built in Maywood, IL, just outside the city, only operated for about 3 years. Then we joined the Great War in Europe. When the owner of the speedway’s son was killed in the war, he donated the land to become a veteran’s hospital, which it still is today.
#2 The Cincinnati Motor Speedway opened the autumn of 1916 and cost $1 million dollars to build! I thought that a staggering amount for such a thing in that time period!

If you were told you were being sent back to live in the 19th Century, and you could bring one thing from today, what would that be?
One thing? Oh my! I love to read about times past, but I wouldn’t have wanted to live it! So many things now I simply can’t imagine having to live without, but being from Texas and living through our hot summers, I guess my one thing would be air-conditioning!

What is something that very few people know about you?
I’ve always wanted to be a true city-dweller—somewhere like New York or London or DC in a cool flat or a brownstone or something of that sort.

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair?
Right now I’d probably say my car. We bought it used last spring. My first car—not Mom-mobile!—in twenty years! And it’s red! I love it!

If you could live in any time period other than the one we live in, when and where would that be and why?
I’d definitely live somewhere in the British Isles. I’m a huge anglophile. I love all of British history. A time period is difficult to choose, but probably regency (early 1800s).

Do you think birth order affects the way you write?
Yes and no. I think my discipline and drive definitely come from being a first born. However, my guess is that more first borns are plotters, not pansters like I am!

If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?
Where I Never Thought I’d Be. That title encompasses so many areas of my life story—personal, professional, spiritual, emotional.

What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story?
I think Gone With the Wind has always been this book for me. Every time I read it, I want to be part of the story in some way, not just an observer. When I first read it as a teen, it sparked a huge infatuation with all things Civil War. I wanted to be Scarlet, the one who didn’t care what others thought and had men falling at her feet. When I read it in my older years, I wanted to be Melanie’s friend and learn from her the steel-spined grace that wasn’t apparent to me as a younger woman. 

She's off to the races!

Caught up in a whirlwind of religious enthusiasm, Alyce Benson impetuously pledges three thousand dollars to mission work in Africa. Now she just has to find a way to get the money.

Alyce harbors a secret passion for speed and automobiles, and she's spent many an afternoon driving around the rustic track in the field behind her home. When she discovers that her father's company has sponsored a racing car that will compete in several upcoming events--races in which the driver will be paid and could win as much as five thousand dollars in prize money--she conspires with her father's mechanic, Webster, to train and compete.

But when her friends cast aspersions on Webster's past, she realizes she may have trusted the wrong person with her secret. Will Alyce come up with the money in time, or will she have to choose between her hasty promise and the man who holds a piece of her heart?

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  1. I'm a very conventional sort of person, don't like to do anything to much to stand out, so not sure I have an answer to the question!
    I loved Anne's first book and have been looking forward to reading this one...

    1. I'm actually very conventional myself, Patty! But I admire the courage of those who can be themselves in spite of the "norm"! Thank you for your kind words about Wings of a Dream. It still humbles my heart to hear readers say they enjoyed it!

  2. Thank you ladies for the interesting interview. I always love reading little things about authors that we otherwise wouldn't know. This book sounds wonderful, and I would love to read it. After reading Wings of a Dream...I know I am in for a treat reading At Every Turn!

  3. Very cool story premise! I'd love to read this. Thanks for the giveaway. :D
    I really enjoy jujitsu, and that would definitely have been a shocker back then. Martial arts didn't get introduced to the states for quite some time. I think T Roosevelt helped introduce it over here.
    Best wishes on the success of your novel!


    1. jujitsu would definitely been out of the norm! I think you'd like Alyce. :)

  4. I think that it looks like fun to be a car race back then! The cars wouldn't have gone nearly as fast they do now! I'm looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the chance to win it.

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    1. Although they went so much faster than we imagine they would! Close to 100 mph--and with zero safety devices! They were brave (or crazy!) souls!

  5. If I lived in the early 1900s I think I would have liked to learn to drive. I doubt many women did at that time. I wouldn't have wanted to race, just be able to drive.
    I follow this blog by Feedburner e-mail.
    Thanks for the chance to win Anne's new book.


  6. I think most of us can't imagine not being able to drive! I know I can't. So I'm right there with you, Pam. Driving must have given them a real feeling of freedom.

  7. Mmm, as much as I love my truck, I think I'd be okay without driving. One thing I love, love, love doing is being athletic, however. I think I would have been really sportsy and scandalous in that way (especially if gymnastics had looked the same back then...). :)

    Thanks for the opportunity to win! I love Anne's writing!

    biblioprincess15 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  8. What activity/sport do you think you'd have surprised society by doing had you lived in the early 1900's?

    Great question --It would probably be riding a bicycle (though I think it caught on and was accepted for females faster than other activities) but it still was a bit scandalous at the beginning.

    Thanks for the chance to win! This sounds like a unique storyline!


  9. I loved the review. I would love to be entered to win as I've read none of her books. I follow your feed as that is how I got here.
    I am not conventional but I am an independent spirit - used to doing stuff for myself. Waiting on a man takes forever.

  10. Please enter me. I would LOVe to try Anne Mateer's writing! And I've been wanting to read this book for a while now. In the early 1900's I may have done some work with the circus or maybe horse racing! Two things I enjoy. :)

    Amada (pronounced: Chavez


    ACTS 16:31 <3

  11. Wow! Y'all are really creative and adventuresome! What a great group of gals! You would all definitely feel affinity with Alyce. She's a bit out there, but oh, so sweet, just like all of you! :)

  12. Hmm... I LOVE golf! I can imagine myself trying to join a prestigious golf club (if I had the money for it), while wearing a huge hat. *Lol* I loved the style back then. =) Looks like an amazing book! Good luck to everyone!! ~ Grace

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  13. Writing would be my surprising activity. Otherwise, I'm boring. :)

    ginger dot solomon at gmail dot com

  14. thanks for the chance to read alyce's story...

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  15. What activity/sport do you think you'd have surprised society by doing had you lived in the early 1900's ?
    Motor Racing !

    from one red car driver to another =) !
    enjoy that 'new to you' vehicle...;)

    faithhopecherrytea at*gmail.*com

  16. I am not the sportiest of people but I would probably ride a bike. Thanks for the chance to win your book.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  17. Thank you for the great interview and giveaway! I would love a chance to read this book :)
    I am also subscribe to the feedburner.

  18. So great to see all of you on here! I've been gone for two weeks but I'M BACK!! Thank you all for stopping by. I had the pleasure of meeting Anne at conference. Waving from South Carolina! Again, thank you all for stopping by and good luck!

  19. I have this book on my wish list, thank you for hosting the giveaway.

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  20. I cant wait to read this one Anne, thanks for sharing. Gee not sure about living in an earlier time-I would probably be like a duck out of water. I think they were more genteel type women and you would not see them wearing pants which I hardly am ever out of. I do think women look better in a dress or skirt but so much more comfortable in pants...
    Paula O(

  21. I like abseiling - not sure if that would have surprised society in the 1900s but it's fun!
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    jswaks at gmail dot com

  22. This sounds like a very fun book! I think I also would have liked to drive. I have a need for speed! I follow through Feedburner.