Thursday, January 30, 2014

Book Drawing



When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, February 2, 2014 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.




Hearts Rekindled by Patty Smith Hall



Our guest blogger is Patty Smith Hall. Patty has been making up stories to keep herself occupied since she was knee-high to a grasshopper. Now she’s thrilled to share her love of history and storytelling with everyone, including her husband of thirty years, Danny; her beautiful and talented daughters, Jennifer and Carly, and her future son-in-law, Dan.




Welcome, Patty. What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?

1)  Unlike most writers, I don’t have a shy bone in my body so I’ve had to learn to be alone to write.

2)  I read six newspapers a day; five from all over the US and one from overseas. And I’m a magazine junkie!



Please describe yourself with three words.

Determined, patient and frugal



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

I spend time with my family. Danny and I particularly love to watch shows on PBS like Downton Abbey or Call the Midwife. Right now, we’re catching up on episodes of The Paradise. Oh, I’m a HUGE Castle fan! I’m talking HUGE! And of course, I love to read--usually get through ten to fifteen books a month.



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

Probably my husband’s dad--I’ve heard stories about him for years and I’d like to see what he’s like for myself.



Please tell us about Hearts Rekindled.

This is the third book I’ve written for Love Inspired Historical that’s based in WWII Georgia. Merrilee Davenport is trying to find a way to get her daughter Claire to Warm Springs after a bout of polio has left her legs weakened, and finds herself spying on a person who means the world to her, her former husband’s adopted mother. And of course, just about this time, John Davenport shows up with a letter from Claire, wanting to get acquainted with the child he’d never known about. They’re thrown together helping Claire and the other physically and mentally disabled children John’s mother has taken in.


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

When I first started writing this book, I was sure it was going to be about how marriage, no matter who much you love a person, was HARD! But as I kept writing, I saw a pattern of abandonment in my characters that I could identify with at the time. I was struggling with physical pain which can be very lonely. But the one thing I learned is God never abandons us even when we may not feel His presence. That’s what I took from the story and I hope the readers see that too.



Please tell our readers where they can get your book.

You can find all my books at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, CDB and Wal-Mart.



Please tell our readers where they can find you online.

Please drop by my webpage. You can also find me along with other historical authors here.



Any parting comment?

If you’re a writer, just remember to keep plugging away--you can’t eat an elephant in one day. Same goes for writing a book.



Patty, thank you for spending time with my readers and me. One of the commenters will win in a random drawing a copy of Hearts Rekindled that you’ve offered.




Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, February 2, 2014 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of  Hearts Rekindled by Patty Hall. 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.

jo

         
Jo Huddleston, Author of the Caney Creek Series

19 comments:

  1. Great interview and the book sounds wonderful.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  2. Great interview, Castle, OH YEAH, lol. My daughter and granddaughter watch Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife too. Thank you for the chance to win Hearts Rekindled.

    I am a subscriber!

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Yep, I've watched Castle since the very first episode aired(and in reruns ever since!) Thanks for coming by.

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    2. Wendy, glad you enjoyed the interview. Thanks so much for being a subscriber!

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  3. Great interview...I've seen Downton Abbey too! thanks for the chacnce to win! I am a email follower and subscriber. truckredford(at)Gmail(Dot)com

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Eliza(I love your name!)

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    2. Eliza, thanks for leaving your comment. I appreciate you being a follower and subscriber to my blog!

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  4. Hello Jo. Thanks for having Patty here. I would love to have her book. And hello to you Patty. your book sounds good and thanks for offering a book for the give-away. Hope I can win it. Jo, I am a follower. Thanks for having these give-aways for us. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Maxie, you're so welcome. Glad you stopped by and left your comment. I appreciate you being a follower!

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  5. While I enjoy prairie/western settings, I'm also glad that the LI historicals are moving beyond them and expanding into other eras such as WWII. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Jafuchi7(at)hawaii(dot)edu

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    1. Thanks for coming by and leaving your comment. You're entered for a chance to win Patty's book.

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    2. I love westerns too! But I agree--I'm glad LI historical have moved into the 20th century. There are so many stories to tell! Thanks for coming by!

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  6. a wonderful posting...thanks for the chance to read this novel ;)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  7. I love the cover on this book! It sounds amazing! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

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