Thursday, August 8, 2013

Win a Book!

When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, August 11, 2013 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a paper or eBook copy of the book mentioned below. 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 must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. You can read details about my book giveaways at Disclaimers.  


The Newspaper Code by Lisa Lickel 



Our guest blogger is Lisa Lickel, author of The Newspaper Code. Lisa is a best-selling, award-winning author who lives with her husband in an old house built by a Great Lakes ship captain, collects dragons, and enjoys travel. They have a grandchild and a grand kitty. Her published novels include the Buried Treasure cozy mystery series, Meow Mayhem, the award-winning romance Meander Scar. Other titles include A Summer in Oakville with Shellie Neumeier, Healing Grace, coming soon: Brave New Century, and The Last Detail. A freelance feature writer for local news, she’s also written radio theater, is a top reviewer at GoodReads, and avid blogger. Find more at LisaLickel.com.

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

Hi, Jo and friends, thank you for having me here today. Unique, eh? I used to love dancing; I took a few years of ballet and a little ballroom dancing. Unfortunately my husband is allergic to dancing, and there was no known antidote. I read science fiction and romances about equally; I have shot at deer but thankfully missed.

Please describe yourself with three words.

Forthright, Forgetful, Funny

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

Reading, reading, reading. Traveling and coming home.

What novel have you recently read that impressed you that you would highly recommend to others?

Eowyn Ivey’s The Snow Child. It’s a stunning, amazing story of life in Alaska as the settlers were arriving and establishing themselves; based on the Russian fairytale of the same name. Debut novel and all—just breathtaking, humbling, tragic and yet full of promise, peace, and hope.

I have a list of my 5 favorite novels I’ve read. Please tell us your 5 favorite novels of all time.

Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
Dragonsinger by Anne McCaffrey
Under the Tonto Rim by Zane Grey
Step to the Music by Phyllis Whitney

If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus), who would it be?

Hmm…that changes moment by moment. I suppose right now, Gene Roddenberry. He had a unique belief in people, that we could rise above, and although I’m pretty sure I know what he’d say about how his ideas have been ignored, I’d still like to listen to him.

How did you become involved in writing?

Through my involvement with the history in my area, mostly, writing press releases and editing a book on local history. While I was a church secretary I took the first Christian Writers Guild Apprentice Course and never stopped.

Where do you write? Do you have a dedicated office or a corner or nook in a room?

I write pretty much everywhere when I’m using my laptop. The passenger seat of the car, though, isn’t as fun as I thought it would be. Too much glare and the bumps cause interesting mistakes.

Please tell us about The Newspaper Code.

This book is the third in the Buried Treasure mystery series, which began with the Barbour Publishing Heartsong Presents: Mysteries book club in 2009. The club didn’t last very long, and it took a while to find a new publisher for the series, but I’ve been happy about it. Judy and Hart Wingate, who met in The Last Bequest when they solved the mystery of her aunt’s death, have been married and had their first child in The Map Quilt. Things are going so well in their little town and Judy’s job as a teacher is in jeopardy. She’s unsure of everything – being a mom and working full time, and those themes play out in the book. She has a new mystery-solving partner, Olivia Hargrove, the new, young newspaper editor, who’s also concerned about whether she’ll ever have any friends, let alone a boyfriend. As they work together to solve the murder of elderly civil servant Esme Espe, they learn a lot about themselves as well. An old friend from the first book comes home.

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

I always hope my readers have enjoyed themselves when they’ve finished reading a book of mine. I hope to provide good, clean entertainment with a little food for thought, raise some questions about where you stand in faith, whom do you rely on, is it possible to have everything you want?

Did you have to do any research for this book?

As a historian, I try to get a little innocuous history lesson in most of my books. I researched a lot about gold, codes used by the government during the Civil War, even door locks. I love research.

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

The Gold Standard, which was later sold to my current publisher and repackaged as The Last Bequest, the first Buried Treasure mystery, was published in 2009. I started selling my work in 2003; articles to my national church magazine, and local newspaper stories.

What advice would you give to writers who have been writing a few years but still haven’t interested an agent or publisher in their novel?

Get involved with some of the larger marketing groups, like John 316 Marketing Network, or the Cross Reads community. There are people, authors, dedicated to helping each other. Don’t rush to self-publish; take your time to learn the right steps, revise, revise, revise, go on and keep writing other things.

What are you working on now?

I’m about to finish a new novel, a suspense, though I hadn’t called it that when I first started writing. My agent did! So I had to finish it with that genre in mind. It’s a book I started thinking about in 2007, actually pitched the idea a few times and had some good feedback. The story is a series of layers of stories within stories that are unraveled as the people dig deeper. A desperate plot to scam an insurance company and a seemingly innocent biography of a man’s grandparents who lived during the Civil Right era turn deadly in a rural Wisconsin community.

Please tell our readers where they can get your book.

The Buried Treasure mysteries, and all my books, are available at the online retailers, and those in print are available for order at your local book retailer.

For The Newspaper Code (which has been in the top 100 Amazon bestsellers in mysteries) you can buy it electronically or in print from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or the publisher.
ISBN e-version 978-1-77127-351-0  $5.95
ISBN print version 978-0-98562-151-3  $9.95
Buy links:

Please tell our readers where they can find you online.

My website is http://www.lisalickel.com and from there you can find my author page on Facebook and check out my blogs.

Any parting comment?

Thank you so much for having me here today. I love to answer questions or visit, especially with book clubs, too.

Lisa, thank you for an interesting visit with me and my readers. I appreciate you offering a copy of The Newspaper Code to one of the commenters on this blog post.


Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, August 11, 2013 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a paper or eBook copy of The Newspaper Code by Lisa Lickel. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. Please, please remember to leave your email address or I cannot enter you in the drawing. I’ll need you 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.


The winner of last Monday’s blog post for a copy of A Heart Deceived by Michelle Griep is Cindi A. I'll email you to get your mailing address and we’ll get the book out to you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.


Till next time … keep on smiling.

35 comments:

  1. Thank you for hosting me, Jo! Can't wait to give a book away.

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    1. You're welcome, Lisa. Glad to have you here with my and my readers!

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  2. Lisa sounds like a very versatile writer. I would love to read her book.

    Joanne Meusburger

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    1. Joanne, thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. I NEED YOUR EMAIL TO ENTER YOU IN THE BOOK DRAWING. Should you be the winner I'd have no way to contact you.

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    2. Hi, Joanne. Thanks so much for coming!

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  3. Lisa is a new author to me, but I really enjoyed her interview. Would love to win her book. Sounds great and will have to find the previous books. Thank you for sharing with us. Please enter me in the giveaway.
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com


    I'm a follower and a subscriber!

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    1. Barbara, glad you enjoyed the interview with Lisa. It's great that you've found a new author. Thanks for leaving your comment. I appreciate you following my blog!

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    2. Thanks, Barbara! All the books are on sale at the publisher's new web site, BTW.

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  4. I really enjoy mysteries. I would love to read this book. Thanks for having the giveaway.

    harnessrose(at)yahoo(dot)com

    I follow by email.

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    1. Rose, you're welcome. So glad you follow my blog. Thanks for leaving your comment.

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    2. Hi, Rose, fellow mystery lover. Thank you for joining us.

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  5. The Newspaper Code sounds like an interesting book. Just hearing about the research Lisa did for this book intrigues me. Thank you for offering an opportunity to read a book by a new-to-me author.
    may_dayzee (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Hi, Kay, thanks for coming. I have a flyer on how I did the research for the second book, The Map Quilt, on my web site. That was fun to put together for a talk I gave.

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    2. Kay, glad you enjoyed the interview with Lisa. Also glad you found a new author. Thanks for leaving your comment.

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  6. Would love to win. Never read anything by you. A good author is recommending your book. You don't look like a grandma.
    jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

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    1. Aw, sweet - of course that picture is a couple of years old.

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    2. Jane, thanks for coming by and leaving your comment. Glad you found a new author to read.

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  7. Lisa and Jo, I love this interview! I especially like the three words you chose to describe yourself, Lisa. Would love to win your book. awisler3@gmail.com

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    1. Hey, Alice, I'm so honored! I'm a big fan of yours, as you already know.

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    2. Alice, glad you enjoyed the interview with Lisa. Thanks for reading and leaving your comment.

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  8. I've worked with Lisa before on short fiction. I look forward to reading her book soon whether I win the book or not!

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    1. Paul, thanks for leaving your comment. I NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS TO ENTER YOU IN THE CONTEST. Should you win I would need a way to contact you.

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    2. Paul has an amazing imagination! Thanks for coming!

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  9. Enjoyed your interview, Lisa - sounds like an enjoyable book. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

    I am a follower by e-mail.

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    1. Bonnie, you're welcome. Glad you enjoyed the interview with Lisa. Thanks for leaving your comment. I appreciate you being a follower of my blog.

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    2. Hi, Bonnie - thanks for dropping in.

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  10. I haven't read anythign by Lisa Lickel yet, but I'd like to. She sounds like a really fun person.I'm sure that's reflected in what she writes. annknowles03@aol.com

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    1. Thanks, Ann. And then I have to admit that yesterday I lived up to those three words all at the same time when I forgot a lunch date. Ug.

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    2. Ann, Thanks for coming by and leaving your comment. Glad you've found a new author.

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  11. Jo, it's my first time on your warm & lovely blog. Thanks for interviewing Lisa. And Lisa, what fun it was to learn mor about you :)

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    1. Elaine, you're welcome. Thanks for your kind words about my blog. Glad you found it. Thanks for coming by and leaving your comment. Hope you visit again.

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  12. Hi Lisa & Jo. Great interview, ladies. It was fun to learn more about you, Lisa. I'd love to win this book. Sounds like a great read.

    patti(dot)shene(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Patti, glad you enjoyed the interview with Lisa. Thanks for reading and leaving your comment.

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  13. I love mysteries and this sounds great! I'm a follower through feedburner. shopgirl152nykiki(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Veronica, thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. So appreciate you following my blog.

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