Thursday, November 8, 2012

Win a Book!


Thursday Thoughts on Reading and Writing


When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, November 11, 2012 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of Callie by Sharon Srock. If you mention in your comment that you’re a follower (see in the left column “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I’ll add your name a second time in the drawing. You can read details about my book giveaways here.
      

Our guest today is Sharon Srock, author of Callie. Sharon lives with her husband, Larry, and two dogs in Rural Oklahoma. She is a mother, grandmother, and Sunday School teacher.

JO: Please tell us a little about yourself.

SHARON: I’ve been married for 17 years. It’s the second time around for both us, and it seems to be working. Between us we have 6 kids and 24 grands and great grands. We attend the Local Pentecostal Church of God.

JO: What 3 fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself that we don’t know?

My favorite pet of all time was an iguana.
I hate reality TV
I love to mow the grass

JO: Please describe yourself with three words.

SHARON: Independent, adventurous, busy

JO: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?

SHARON: Reading, cooking

JO: How did you become involved in writing?

SHARON: Believe it or not, I went to bed one night, a normal person, and woke up the next morning determined to write a book. I know, now, where that came from. It was more than a little weird at the time. There’s a much longer story, but that’s the short version.
JO: Please tell us about your novel, Callie.

SHARON: Callie’s spirit is broken after a child she was trying to help is murdered by his abusive father. Little Sawyer would still be alive if she’d minded her own business, wouldn’t he? God refuses to allow Callie’s life to be defined by undeserved guilt and blame so he places her in a situation she can’t walk away from. Iris and Samantha Evans need help and Callie is the tool God wants to use. When she steps out in faith and begins working to reunite these girls with the father who abandoned them ten years ago, Callie discovers that God is rescuing her right along with the Evans family.

JO: What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading this book?

SHARON: That sometimes we spend too much time beating ourselves up for something God has already forgiven and forgotten. That we do a disservice to ourselves and others when we indulge in those feelings.

JO: How long have you been writing? When did you sell your first book?

SHARON: I started writing Callie’s story three and a half years ago. This is my first contract.

JO: What are you working on now?

SHARON: The second story in the series is in edits. I’m about ¾ done with the third.

JO: Please tell our readers where they can get your book.




JO: Where can my readers find you?

SHARON: Visit me at these places:

Connect with me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SharonSrock#!/SharonSrock 

Follow me on Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/SharonSrock

JO: Sharon, thanks for giving a copy of Callie, which one of our readers will win in a drawing.  I enjoyed our interview today.


Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, November 11, 2012 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of Callie by Sharon Srock. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. Please, please remember to leave your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you for your mailing address. I’ll announce the winner in Monday’s blog.


Till next time ... keep on smiling.

42 comments:

  1. Jo, thanks so much for hosting me this week. I look forward to interacting with your readers.

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  2. This sounds like a great book. Would love to win it, but if not...here I come Amazon. I am a follower of your blog.
    pat at ptbradley dot com

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    1. Pat, good to see your comment. I appreciate you being a follower. Thanks for stopping by and reading my blog.

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    2. Pat, thanks so much for stopping by for a visit. I hope you enjoy the story.

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  3. thanks for the chance to read callie's story

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. karenk, you're welcome. I loved Callie's story. Thanks for reading my blog.

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    2. Karen, I hope you enjoy the story.

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  4. I follow you with GFC and by e-mail. Thank you for this giveaway of 'Callie".

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Carol, you're welcome. Thanks for being a follower and leaving a comment.

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  5. THANKS JO FOR THIS INTERVIEW. SHARON, CALLIE SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD BOOK AND INSPIRATIONAL. GOD USES US IN WAYS WE WOULD NEVER THINK WE ARE CAPABLE OF. I THINK CARRIE WLL LEARN TO FORGIVE HERSELF FOR WHATEVER SHE FEELS GUILTY OF. I HAVE NEVER REALLY KNEW WHAT SPECIAL TALENT GOD GAVE ME TO ACCOMPLISH. BUT, HAVE TRIED TO BE THE BEST DAUGHTER, SISTER, MOM, GRAMMA.GRAMMY, AND FRIEND THAT I CAN BE. I USED TO BE A BETTER VISITOR, UP TILL THIS LAST 2 YEARS, WHEN I GOT TO FEELING BAD A LOT. NOW, I FIND IT EASIER TO JUST STAY HOME TOO MUCH. GUESS I DO HAVE A HARD TIME FORGIVING MYSELF SOMETIMES FOR THINGS IN MY PAST, BUT GOD HAS FORGIVEN ME I KNOW. I WOULD LOVE TO WIN THIS BOOK. FORGIVE THE CAPITALS FOR I LOOK AT THE KEYBOARD AND DIDN'T NOTICE TILL TOO MUCH TO REDO.
    MAXIE ( mac262@me.com )

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    1. Maxie, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Hope you're having a good day.

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    2. Maxie, good to see you here. I hope you feel great today!!

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  6. It sounds like a good book. I would love to be the winner! I am a follower.

    deamundy(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Deanna, thanks for coming by, reading my blog , and leaving a comment. I appreciate your being a follower and your support.

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  7. Deanna, Good luck in the drawing, I hope you enjoy the story.

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  8. What a great interview. Callie is a book that really speaks to my soul. I would love a chance to read it. Thank you for this opportunity.

    clSwalwell@gmail.com

    Thank you

    in Him,

    Cheri :)

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    1. Cheri, you're welcome and you're entered. I appreciate your coming by and leaving a comment.

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    2. Cheri, So glad to see you here. Good luck!

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  9. Please enter me in your drawing. Sounds like a great book!
    Thanks for the chance to win it!

    seventysevensusieq{at]yahoo[dot]com

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    1. Susieq, you're entered and you're welcome. Thanks for reading my blog and leaving a comment.

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    2. Susieq, I hope you read and enjoy the book even if you don't win.

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  10. Thanks for the nice interview...I do follow you here!
    It would be nice to win this contest..Thank You

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    1. Kathy, thanks for being a follower. I appreciate your loyalty to my blog. Glad you left a comment.

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    2. Kathy, glad you enjoyed the interview. I hope you enjoy the story.

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  11. Thank you for the interesting interview. Jo, I like your question about 3 words that describe Sharon. Just curious, Sharon, why don't you like reality TV?
    may_dayzeeATyahooDOTcom

    Jo,I follow your blog.

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    1. Kay, you're welcome. So glad you came by and left a comment. I appreciate your loyalty in being a follower.

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    2. Kay, Great question. I've never seen a "reality show" that looks like any reality I know.

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  12. I love the "take away" for this book - I think it's so true that we hold on to either events or past relationships, or even sins we've repented of instead of focusing on God's grace and the most important fact= Christ! I'd love to read this book :)

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    1. Emilie, I agree with you on the take away for this book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. Thanks so much for becoming a follower of this blog and for commenting.

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    2. Emilie, thanks for the kind words. I hope you enjoy the story.

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  13. Callie looks like a wonderful book. Thanks for the chance to win it.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. rubynreba, you're welcome. Thanks for reading my blog and for leaving comments.

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    2. Ruby, great to see you. Good luck.

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  14. I would love to win a paperback copy of Sharon Srock's new book 'Callie'...I have shared on facebook and twitter ....and I have added this book to my list that I am gonna read.....I am a follower too............babyruthmac16ATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Hey there, you're entered. Thanks for being a follower and leaving your comment.

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  15. Thanks so much for sharing Callie with your social network.

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  16. Sharon and Jo, thanks for this nice post. You've an amazing journey, Sharon, and are a great example of obedience. The book sounds like a good story.

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    1. Jude, thanks do much. I hope you enjoy it once you've had a chance to read it.

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    2. Jude, you're welcome. Glad you stopped by and left a comment. Thanks for reading my blog.

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  17. Jo, I forgot to add to my reply above that I follow you by email and blog! Hope it's not too late to get my extra chance! Maxie

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  18. "Callie told me to come."
    Katheen ~ Lane Hill House
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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