Monday, September 9, 2013

Win a Book!

When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Wednesday, September 11, 2013 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a 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.


Not Guilty by Candi Pullen


Out guest blogger is Candi Pullen, author with Teresa Pollard of Not Guilty. As an “Air Force brat” and having spent nine years as a navy wife, Candi has lived more places than she can name, including Morocco and Lybia. Raised a Roman Catholic, she doesn’t remember a time when God wasn’t a major part of her life, but a weakening in her first marriage caused her to question if there wasn’t more, and on Thursday, November 29, 1973, at 7 pm she gave her life to Christ. She has eagerly served him since. After the death of her first husband and the death of their daughter, Andrea, nine years later, she felt that God was calling her to use that pain to minister to others who needed God’s healing comfort. In 2007 she earned her Bachelor of Theology degree. She now teaches discipleship classes, mentors new believers and those wishing to find all the Lord has for them, and writes a daily devotional on Facebook, “Good Morning, Papa!” She lives in New Port Richey, Florida, with Drew, her husband of 18 years.


Welcome, Candi. Please tell us about yourself.
I was recently described as a 64 year old going on 20. I am a mature adult but have managed, by God's grace to maintain the fresh outlook of a younger woman. I do not merely live, I embrace life, perhaps as the result of my first husband's death before I was thirty and my only daughter's death at fourteen. Life is far too short and I only have today, so I must live it to its fullest!

What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself that we don't know?
I have lived in 13 different states and 2 foreign countries: Morocco and Libya and travelled extensively throughout the Mediterranean area and Germany before my 11th birthday. I attended 22 schools from K-12th grade. I have an A.A.S. degree in Commercial art and operated my own commercial art business for 20 years prior to my move to Florida. I have since earned a Bachelor's Degree in Theology through my local church under the authority of Beacon University.

I'm a bit of a ditz. I have a 'fun' spirit. I have learned to combine the two and maintain order by using my creativity to make paths where none existed so I might get to where I'm going. I don't believe in obstacles, but accept "Stop" signs as a healthy time to reconnoiter: make out the lay of the land and determine the best method to "stay the course." My motto: Never Quit!

Please describe yourself with three words. 
I love life!

What do you enjoy doing when you're not writing?
Bible study, arts, crafts, music, meeting new people - I have never met a stranger.

How did you become involved in writing?
I think it's in my DNA. I won an essay contest for the biography I wrote about Thomas Jefferson in 3rd grade. The second thing I do when I go anywhere is take notes.

Where do you write?
Let's see... where am I? Between you and me and the lamppost I have been known to take a notebook with me into the porcelain throne room. My favorite place is in my living room recliner.

Do you have a dedicated office or a corner or nook in a room?
I have a corner office space, but it's a mess and I can't work there. I should clean it up but I'm too busy writing right now.

Do you always know the title of your books before you write them?
No.

Please tell us about your book, Not Guilty.
It is a story or a young woman who is raped and finds herself pregnant as the result of that rape.
It is a story about finger-pointing and tongue wagging.
It is a story of combining the first two and learning how to love in spite of the worst.

Where did you get the idea for your book?
My best friend and co-author started the book and showed me the first few chapters she had hand-written. I fell in love with the story and the possibilities and asked if she ever worked with a co-writer? The rest is history.

Did you have to do any research for this book?
Yes and No. The research for the book was done without knowing that the experiences were research for a book.

How long have you been writing?
Since I learned the difference between sentences and paragraphs - 3rd grade.

When did you sell your first book?
Not Guilty is my first book.

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?
Commit it to God. Never give up. Have others read it critically - use their critique to strengthen your basic plot. Get creative with how to use your book beyond the basic story. Add After-words that include study guides or roundtable discussions, provocative questions, etc. Don't Quit.

What are you working on now?
The sequel to Not Guilty entitled Not Ashamed is in the final phases of writing as we speak. I am also writing my autobiography - an idea inspired by the number of people who have suggested I needed to write one.

What advice would you give to writers just starting out?
Read the classics and find what made them "classic." Write. Embrace constructive criticism. Write. Start or join an existing "writers group." Write. Keep a diary, or write a daily blog, or poetry, letters to yourself, letters to others you may never send but anything - Write! Keep a diary, tell stories with pen on paper. Write about your trip to the Laundromat or the grocery store or the local Walmart or walking the dog, and find ways to make it interesting - a "must read." Oh, and by the way, did I mention - WRITE. 

Book Blurb
Not Guilty by Teresa Pollard and Candi Pullen
Hopesprings Books
Release date: February 2013
Category: Christian/Fiction/Mystery or Christian/Fiction/New Adult
ISBN 798-1-938708-06-0 (paperback) Retail $13.99. Available at Amazon.
ISBN 978-1-938708-07-7 (eBook) Retail $3.99. Available at Amazon.

It’s 1974 and Carrie Shepherd, daughter of the minister at Windspree Community Church, is a college senior with plans to be a missionary in Africa. Raped by a m asked assailant, Carrie is so traumatized she tells no one until she realizes she’s pregnant. Refusing to have an abortion, she must find the courage to face her family, her fiancĂ©, her friends and a gossiping, angry congregation, which may include her attacker. Can Carrie find a way to cope with the secrets, silence, and shame?


Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Wednesday, September 11, 2013 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of Not Guilty by Candi Pullen. Please, please remember to leave your email address. I’ll need you email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you. I’ll announce the winner in Thursday’s blog.

The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of Tokens of Promise by Teresa Pollard is BarbaraT. I'll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time ... keep on smiling.

29 comments:

  1. Hi, Candi!

    I enjoyed your interview, & learning more about you & your books. Love your attitude, determination, & the fact that you took your grief & turned it into a ministry to help others!

    Would love to read your book - is it based on a real person? Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

    I am a follower.

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    1. Bonnie, glad you enjoyed the interview with Candi. Thanks for reading and leaving your comment. I appreciate you being a follower of my blog!!

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    2. The answer to your question is yes and no, Bonnie. Not Guilty is completely fictional, but we've had several women tell us since that it mirrored their situations in pretty specific ways. We feel that the Holy Spirit led us to share their pain so that we could write this to bring them hope and peace. God bless, Teresa Pollard

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  2. First, I want to say I'm very sorry for your loss, Candi. To lose a husband is bad enough, but your child!? Oh my. I am so glad God has healed your heart to the place where you can enjoy life again to the fullest!

    I would love to read this so please put my name in the hat. Thank you for the opportunity!

    dianalflowers[at]aol[dot]com

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    1. Diana, your name is "in the hat." Thanks for coming by and leaving your comment. I see your note below that you are a follower--thanks so much for following my blog!!

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    2. Thanks Diana,
      Candi has been ill with a bad cold this week but I know how much she appreciates your comforting words. God has been faithful to us both through pain and loss, and we just want to serve Him though this work. God bless, Teresa

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  3. Love the cover and the concept. I'm sharing this post on my giveaway blog, thanks to Jo's faithfulness. I think assuming about anyone based on appearances is a great topic to explore among Christians. We tend to make judgments and wag tongues, and I hope your book makes the desired impact of introspection. Thanks for bringing this delicate subject to the light. Blessings!
    Kathy

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    1. Kathy, thanks for coming by the blog and leaving your comment!

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    2. Thanks so much, Kathy! We completely agree that Christians need to speak out on the issues we've too long kept silent about, and quit whispering about things we have no right to judge! I hope you're right, and we can have that impact. God bless, Teresa

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  4. I forgot to say I am a follower.

    dianalflowers[at]aol[dot]com

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  5. I would love to read this sounds really good. I am a follower.
    Blessings
    joeym11@frontier.com

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    1. Diana, Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. So glad you follow my blog!!

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    2. Thanks Diana,
      Hope you enjoy it. God bless, Teresa

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  6. What an interesting life you have had with your travels. My sympathy for the loss of your husband and daughter. Amazing to see that you have learned to push on through the hard times, and still enjoy life. Many, myself included, can learn from you.
    Martha
    josieringer(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Candi has led an incredible life and she has always had an amazing attitude! Despite tragedy and loss and a lot of pain and suffering (she has pretty severe RA) she is always upbeat and fun to be around! The character of Peter Fisher in the novel is pretty much a male version of Candi. Thanks for your kind words, Martha. God bless, Teresa

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  7. Christina Girdner-BlevinsSeptember 9, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    I am looking very forward to reading this book. I appreciate that you feature good Christian books for us. I always look forward to seeing the new books and learning about the authors. I follow by email

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    1. We are so glad you're excited about reading Not Guilty! Thank you and God bless you, Teresa

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  8. thanks for the chance to read this novel.

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Karen. Hope you will enjoy it. God bless. Teresa

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  9. Enjoyed the great interview. Book sounds wonderful. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in the giveaway. Please enter my name in the giveaway. Thank you!
    Barbara Thompson
    barbmaci61(at)yahoo(dot)com


    I'm a follower and a subscriber!!

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    1. Thanks Barbara, and congratulations on winning a copy of Tokens of Promise! God bless you, Teresa

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  10. I have not read anything by this author so very interested. Great interview.
    jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Jane,
      Not Guilty was our first published novel. We hope the sequel will be out sometime early next year. God bless, Teresa

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  11. Candi is truly one of the most remarkable people I've ever met! We worked on Not Guilty almost every day for a year without a cross word between us. We hadn't seen each other in almost 30 years. (Not Guilty was actually written in 1982) but we were able to pick up right where we left off and get the book ready for publication and write a sequel again in perfect harmony. She has been such a blessing in my life!

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  12. This would be such a hard position to be in. I can't imagine having an abortion tho. But, in our crazy courts now-days they give so many things that are rediculous to the ones suing. I've heard of the rapist asking for visitation. Can you imagine this? Please give me an entry to try and win. MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Jo, forgot to say I am a follower. MAXIE

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  13. Hi Anonymous (Maxie),
    Yes this is hard to imagine but did you know there are approximately 32,000 rape pregnancies a year? Of these, roughly half abort, but that means half choose life for their babies! Then these courageous women face a second attack, this one on their character, as people say "it couldn't have been a real rape or she wouldn't be keeping it--No one could love a child of rape!" This is so not true! Studies have shown that women who kept their babies almost NEVER regretted it while over half of the women who aborted later regretted it. Many of these women are right there in our churches and they need our prayers and support. God bless, Teresa

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  14. Dear Jo,
    Thanks for having us on your blog. It's so wonderful to connect with readers! God bless you in all your endeavors! Teresa & Candi

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    1. You are so welcome! Enjoyed your visit with my readers and me.

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