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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Win a Book!

When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, November 3, 2013 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book I mention 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. 

Stone of Destiny by Mary L. Ball

Our guest blogger today is Mary L. Ball. Mary lives in North Carolina. Her novels encourage readers to find the magic of love, hope and a divine guidance, waiting for each of us. She is a member of ACFW. When she’s not writing or babysitting her grandsons, Mary enjoys the outdoors. Prism Book Group published her debut novel, Escape to Big Fork Lake, which is still available on Amazon. 
What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself that we don’t know?
Hum… I’ve always believed I’m boring, but certainly unique. I enjoy the quiet mornings, getting up before the rest of the world and sipping coffee. (Decaf of course)
I would rather be sitting on a rock overlooking the water, than flying to some exotic locale. I have never had a desire to travel anywhere that requires a passport.
I enjoy singing gospel with my husband.The simple things in life float my boat; I don’t need glitter, just the natural beauty that the Lord shares with us each day.   
Please describe yourself with three words.
Faithful, humorous and optimistic 
What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?
Reading, being outdoors and spending time with my hubby.
I have a list of my 5 favorite novels I’ve read. Please tell us your 5 favorite novels of all time.
First on my list is:
Message in a Bottle – Nicholas Sparks 
The Mulberry Tree -  Jude Deveraux  (Been meaning to read it again)
Fatal Burn - Roxanne Rustard
With books, I’m like a child in an ice cream shop, so many different writers I enjoy, and it’s hard to pick favorites.  
If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus), who would it be?
Well, since it can’t be Jesus I suppose it would be Michel de Nostredame, author of The Prophecies of Nostradamus. I would really love to talk with that guy.

How did you become involved in writing?
In the business world, I scribe correspondence. When I quit my full time job to keep my grandson I started writing Christian articles, short stories and finally novels. 
Where do you write? Do you have a dedicated office or a corner or nook in a room?
I have an office/singing room that I write in 90 percent of the time. Occasionally I’ll open my laptop in the living room.  
Please tell us about Stone of Destiny.
The sapphire symbolizes mental clarity, faithfulness and truth. For centuries, the legion of the Harrison family revolved around a ring. The family stone believed to have divine favors that transform lives--sometimes forever.
Taylor has given up on everything but her work. After becoming the youngest CEO of Mugful’s Beverage Company, she believes life is complete. That is until her grandmother asks her to oversee renovations at the family home, in addition to searching for a missing heirloom. 
First contact with what she believes is an insignificant ring, lost for fifty years, sends her life spinning. Taylor experiences strange dreams. Feelings surface; she doesn't understand; mere thoughts that should remain unspoken, are voiced.  
Taylor’s emotional journey begins, testing a heart as cold as the ring itself--forcing her to question everything she believes. 
Is this a fairy tale or her soul, reaching out for a different world, a life she can only find through faith and a divine trust in God?  
What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading this book?
That prayer really is powerful and sometimes the path God places us on isn’t always our choosing; often that road turns out to be the one meant to travel on and we couldn’t recognize it for ourselves. 
Did you have to do any research for this book?
Oh my yes, I researched Panama and with my publisher’s urging I explored the meanings of the sapphire gem.  
How long have you been writing? When did you sell your first book?
I’ve been writing for years. Story writing about six years. My first novel contracted in 2011.    
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?
It took me a year and half with lots of rewrites before Prism Book Group offered me a chance. I still feel I have growing to do to become the author I want. Don’t give up! A writer never becomes an author by quitting. Send out queries and rewrite if needed. One day someone will notice.  
What are you working on now?
I had many people ask me “what happened to Rob.” He was the character in Escape to Big Fork Lake who tried (several times) to attack Samantha.  Redemption in Big Fork Lake is with my publisher, Prism Book Group. I'm in hopes it's accepted for publication.
Please tell our readers where they can get your book.
Please tell our readers where they can find you online.
Any parting comment?
Jo, I want to thank you for letting me be part of your lovely blog.  I must admit some of the questions you asked challenged me to look inside myself. I suppose that’s something we all need to do from time to time.

Mary, thank you for visiting with my readers and me. One commenter will win a copy of Stone of Destiny, which you graciously offered.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post appeared in Monday’s blog. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


  1. What an interesting interview. And Stone of Destiny sounds intriguing. Glad for the opportunity t learn more about Mary. pat at ptbradley dot com

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

  2. Hi Pat. Isn't it wonderful to be able to share things.

  3. Thanks for having me meet another new to meAuthor. Sounds like an interesting book. Please put my name in. i am a follower of yours. My birthday stone is a Diamond. For April. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

    1. Maxie, glad you met a new author. Thanks for leaving your comment. I appreciate you following my blog.

  4. I've read Mary's book and it is wonderful! She weaves her story with suspense and God-loving people. I enjoyed the interview and think she'll have a big following with Stone of Destiny.

    1. Diane, glad you enjoyed the interview. Thanks for commenting.

  5. April is a great birthday month. I want to look at all the Christian meanings for the birth stones. Mine is Sept. A sapphire too, I didn't know the connection that my choice of gems had with the book until after I wrote it and my publisher and I were editing.
    The Sapphire symbolizes truth, faithfulness and sincerity. The belief also says the dark-colored stone contributes to mental clarity and perception.
    The sapphire gem known as the "Stone of Destiny" is also the symbol of heaven and joyful devotion to God.

    When I saw the "Stone of destiny" with my publishers blessings, I knew that had to be the name of the novel.

  6. Thank you for the interesting interview and giveaway. I love good books and new authors.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

    1. Melanie, you're welcome. Thanks for commenting.

  7. Mary, I just wanted to say that I really love the cover of this book. I love houses like that. Wish I could have had one but never that lucky. Also, I like my MOnth, April because we were a family of 8 siblings and I was the only one who had my own month. I thought that was neat. I sure hope I get to win your book. Maxie

  8. April is a beautiful month, everything is starting new at that time of the year. I kind of makes us realize we can start fresh and create something wonderful to look back on. :)

  9. I'm already a winner - because I got Stone of Destiny from Amazon and really enjoyed reading it!

  10. I really loved this book as well as Mary's Escape to Big Fork Lake. She's an awesome writer.

  11. I've loved the premise of this book and can't wait to read it.