Thursday, December 5, 2013

Book Drawing



When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, December 8, 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. 


No Turning Back by Joanne Meusburger

Our guest blogger is Joanne Meusburger, author of No Turning Back. Joanne is published in Christian magazines and newspapers, and has developed and marketed a line of greeting cards. She also co-authored Hope for Hurting People (Whitaker House) which has been translated into seven languages Her memoir “Farm Girl” was serialized in Palimpsest, Iowa’s once popular history magazine and condensed in Goldfinch, the State Historical Society of Iowa’s publication for children. Joanne lives in Charlotte, NC where she and her husband, Bill, enjoy volunteer work and eight of their ten grandchildren.

What led you to write No Turning Back?
 
I love to read historical fiction myself. Learning a few facts of my husband’s heritage inspired me to write this fictional story.

The story is not set in modern times but in 1898. Why did you choose this time period for the book?
I’ve always been fascinated by the events of European history at the turn of the century linked with the immigrant experience in America. It corresponds with the time period when my husband’s great-grandfather came to America and my own grandparents settled in Iowa, where much of the story takes place.
Your protagonist, Katy, encounters many hardships throughout the book. Do you think that readers will be able to relate to some of what she encounters?
I believe every life has challenges. Some are easier to accept and overcome than others. Sin bears consequences to which we can all relate even if our own story has taken a different path.
What do you hope your audience takes away from reading the book?
No matter what our background or whatever wrong decisions we make, God loves  us and is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all we ask or think. (Eph. 3:20)
         
Both Katy and Alex have a background in the Catholic Church. How did this impact their choices?
The story respects several different voices of faith. Their background in the Catholic Church gave Katy and Alex a conscience, knowledge of right and wrong. Even though their spiritual path led in different direction, they remained appreciative of the teaching and traditions of their youth.
Why was this the right time in your life to write this forbidden love story?
I am at an age where I look back and reflect on right and wrong choices in my own life and the consequences of those, recognizing the abundance of love in God’s forgiveness.

My sincere thanks to Jo for granting me this opportunity. No Turning Back can be found at bookstores as well as online at Amazon.com. It can also be ordered on my web site.

Joanne, thank you for visiting with my readers and me. One commenter will win a copy of No Turning Back in a random drawing. Thank you for offering a copy of the book.
 

Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, December 8,  2013 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of  No Turning Back by Joanne  Meusburger . Please, please remember to leave your email address. I’ll need your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you. I’ll announce the winner in Monday’s blog.
Till next time … keep on smiling.

14 comments:

  1. sounds like an interesting book that i would enjoy reading
    sonflower277 at gmail dot com

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    1. sonflower, thanks for leaving your comment. If you win, I hope you enjoy reading the book.

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  2. I would love to learn more about Katy and how she handles her hardships. Thank you for the opportunity to become a winner.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Melanie, you're welcome. I hope you get to learn more about Katy.

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  3. Joanne, it's so nice to learn a little more about you and your writing! Congratulations!

    And your book cover is gorgeous!

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    1. Myra, thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment. The cover is unique.

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  4. Sounds like a lovely story, Joanne. And I'm with Myra...what a stunning cover!

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    1. Dora, thanks for reading and leaving your comment. Yes, a lovely cover.

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  5. This looks like a good book!
    bookwormagl2011 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Michelle, it does, doesn't it? Thanks for reading and leaving your comment.

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  6. Hello Jo. And to your guest, Joanne. This book sounds good. I wish I knew where my ancestors came in to America and what year. My DIL is trying to find out. I love the cover picture. And the Sepia color is nice. I am a follower Jo.
    I would love to win this book. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Maxie, I appreciate you following my blog! We've had several compliments on the cover. Thanks for commenting.

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  7. thanks for the chance to read this novel....I'm a follower, too :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. Karenk, glad you came by and left your comment. I appreciate you being a follower of my blog!

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