Wednesday, November 16, 2011

4-Book Give Away Day!

Today I'm giving away a set of my 4-book series called, Seasons of Redemption.

 To find out about the stories, go my renewly re-designed website and click on the tab BOOKS.

To win, all you have to do is leave a comment. At the end of the day, I'll select a number and the name that coincides with it will be the winner! You may leave a comment more than once.

Below is a blog interview I did after book 4, Undaunted Faith, was released last May. It appeared on Lena Nelson Dooley's blog around that same time.


  God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
I just handed in the manuscript to my editors for a book called Threads of Hope. It’s book 1 in my new series called Fabric of Time.
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            Tell us a little about your family.
I’m married and have 3 grown sons, 1 daughter-in-law, and 4 grandchildren. I also have a fine church family.

       Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
I’m afraid I don’t read as often as I’d like. With researching my historical novels and all the time spent writing them, I barely have time to clean my house and see the grandkids, let alone read. Still, I try to read a book every couple of months and I love to read my friends’ books. Right now I’m reading Louise Gouge’s At the Captain’s Command. Then I’ll begin Karen Witemeyer’s To Win Her Heart.

       What are you working on right now?
I’m writing a short contemporary Christian romance novel and I’m hoping to get a proposal for it to my agent Steve Laube soon so he can shop it around.
 What outside interests do you have?
I love to take walks. I recently underwent a total knee replacement and I’m healing up just great. I can’t wait to take regular walks outside come springtime. My husband and I also enjoy seeing our grandchildren. We make that a regular practice.

        How do you choose your settings for each book?
Somehow certain areas just grab me, like the Arizona Territory in 1867. You’ll read about it in Undaunted Faith, Book 4 in my Seasons of Redemption series.
But I’m also interested in local history. Book 2 in my series takes place here in Milwaukee. Book 3 is set in Chicago and then in Milwaukee again. I love to research my hometown and my State. My next series, Fabric of Time, will take place in Wisconsin.

       What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
I wish I would have learned more about self-editing. Sometimes I’m embarrassed to read my older works, even if they’re published. I suppose that means I’m growing as a writer – and that’s good!  J

             What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
God has shown Himself faithful in so many ways. He takes good care of me. One of the lessons I’m learning is that because my Heavenly Father is the King of kings and I am His child, then that makes me…a princess! So I ought to act like royalty, not in a snooty manner, but a manner in which I treat myself with respect and take care of myself. The Bible says that we should love others as ourselves. But if we don’t love and respect ourselves, we cannot love our neighbors.

So all you princesses out there – listen up! Do something wonderful for yourselves today – and then show some kindness to someone else. J

 What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
               1)  Don’t give up.
 2)  Learn all you can about writing and hone your skills
 3) Trust God to open the doors to your success. Then don’t                be afraid to walk through them.

 Tell us about the featured book Undaunted Faith.
Sure. Here is the back cover copy.

The McCabe brothers have their hands full. Trouble on the range and trouble in town. But they never expected their sweet schoolteacher, Bethany Stafford, to join in the mix of woe. When her reputation is unfairly tarnished, Pastor Luke McCabe is quick to propose marriage. But Bethany wants better than just a marriage of necessity to save her good name. Could Luke ever come to love a plain “little field mouse” like her?

Dr. Annetta Cavanaugh has her own questions about men and their intentions. While Pastor Jake McCabe seems sincere, she still has her doubts about him. But after he accompanies her on a medical call, she sees a whole new side of him and can't help but admit her attraction to the handsome pastor.

However, there’s evil brewing in town—a lawlessness that even the sheriff cannot tamp down. Finally, it comes face-to-face with both Luke and Jake and it threatens the lives of the women they love. Are the McCabe brothers ready for the fight of their lives?

        Please give us the first page of the book.

Journal entry: Monday, April 1, 1867
I, Bethany Leanne Stafford, am writing in a
leather-bound journal, which my dear friend Mrs.
Valerie McCabe gave me for a going-away gift. She
suggested I write my memoirs of my impending
journey West and about my new life as a schoolteacher
in the wild Arizona Territory. Valerie said
she wished she’d have kept a diary of her escape
from New Orleans and a loveless marriage from
which her husband Ben had rescued her.
For continuity’s sake, I shall back up from the day
I left Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In September of last
year, upon leaving the city, I took the train to Jericho
Junction, Missouri. My traveling companions
were Pastors Luke and Jacob McCabe and Gretchen
Schlyterhaus, a German widow.

 How can readers find you on the Internet?
I invite readers to my website:
Once there, readers can find my blog and a lot of other information. They can also find me on Facebook.

To win a 4-book set of Seasons of Redemption, please leave a comment.


Anonymous said...

Please sign me up! The books sound REALLY good! :)

srstormo at yahoo dot com

Judith Miller said...

Always enjoy your books, Andrea. I'd be delighted to win!


Susan Hollaway said...

Hi, Andrea! I've not had the pleasure of reading one of your books, but I'd love to. I'd love a chance at your give-away!

Anonymous said...

Hi, Andrea, I love your writing and I enjoyed your interview. Your new books sound wonderful.

A Cooking Bookworm said...

What books of Andrea's I've read, I've really enjoyed! I'd love to have a chance to win!

mybabyblessings AT gmail DOT com

Sheila said...

Enjoyed the post, and I'd love to be added to the drawing!

Vonnie Davis ~ Romance Author said...

Lovely post. Wishing you great sales.

Cindy Regnier said...

Can't wait to read these books. Hoping you have much success with them.

Literary Chanteuse said...

This sounds like an amazing series! I would love to read them!


Jannine Gallant said...

Enjoyed the interview, Andrea. Isn't it sad that our writing takes away our reading time. The only solution - give up cleaning! LOL

Andrea said...

Just checking in. We're half way to announcing the contest winner! Thank you all for your comments thus far. You're all entered in the give away.

And, Jannine, I had to chuckle at your remark about giving up cleaning. Yes! Finally! A solution!

Dawn Crandall said...

I would love to read your books!!!! Love that you're on this blog. :D

crandallberries at gmail dot com

Karen Lange said...

Thank you for sharing this wonderful interview! I love Andrea's books. :) I also appreciate the encouragement for writers.

I would love to be entered; thanks so much.


Anonymous said...

You are such an amazing author...I really loved this series, I was sad when I reached the end of the series. Such beautifully written novels.

Brenda Whiteside said...

Great interview and someone will hit pay dirt with 4 of your books!!

Jackie Layton said...

Thanks for sharing today. I'm so glad I found this blog. What an amazing paper rose. Very creative and lovely.
Please enter my name in your give away. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Hi Andrea, thank you for sharing it with us. I liked your answer to the question "What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?"

I am a new member of ACFW, and I am working on my first romance novel. Thanks again. Dicky

Andrea said...

Jackie is the winner of my 4 book series!!! The winning number was 16 and that's her comment.

Thanks for playing along and I appreciate your support of my work.

Jackie, I'll contact you soon.