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Book spotlight and giveaway with Gina Conroy!!!

I’m thrilled to have my author friend, Gina Conroy, as my guest once again. Today, we are spotlighting her new release, Cherry Blossom Capers and you have a chance to win a copy by leaving a comment for Gina (U.S. residents only, please). For all the details, see below…

Four townhouse neighbors encounter romance and mystery near our nation’s capital. In State Secrets, White House assistant chef Tara Whitley and FBI agent Jack Courtland stop a plot to sabotage a State dinner—and find love still hidden in their hearts. In Dying for Love, attorneys and opponents Ciara Turner and Daniel Evans uncover love while searching for justice. In Buried Deception, archaeologist Samantha Steele and security guard Nick Porter dig up love while uncovering a forged artifact. In Coffee, Tea and Danger, amateur sleuths Susan Holland and Vince Martini find love while investigating a string of mysterious accidents.

I haven’t yet read this book, but I think it sounds SOOOOO good!

And now, for some interview questions with Gina!

What inspired you to write this book? Several years ago when I was homeschooling, we took the kids on a cross-country trip up the east coast. I remember walking through Mount Vernon’s Mansion wondering if all the antiques were real and what would happen if one of them was a forgery? The mom character with her rambunctious kids came first, NOT that I would know anything about that sort of thing. Then came the snarky, but lovable, brooding security guard. Again, not that I would know anything about sarcasm…

What did you find the most difficult aspect of writing a mystery? Making all the clues match up and make sense in my head! The research and clue dropping had to be precise, and at times even I got confused as to whodunit. There was a lot of police procedure involved where I counted on my police officer friend, Steven Hunt, to educate me in all areas of background checks, firearms, and cop lingo. When it came time to reveal the villain, it took more mental power than I had imagined to make sure everything lined up with the facts. Just thinking about all the double and triple checking I had to do makes my head hurt.

Aside from writing, what else are you passionate about?I love to encourage fellow writers and people to pursue their dreams. In fact, I started the pursuit of another lifelong dream of mine. Ballroom dancing. While I won’t be on Dancing with the Stars anytime soon, I am enjoying the physical and mental challenge of dancing. Not to mention it’s a great work out and lots of fun!

Where can we find you on the web and what should we expect?  For a more personal account of my life and triumphs and trials as I pursue my dreams along side my kids’ dream, you can find me blogging at Defying Gravity.

I share my writing insecurities and celebrations, but also share fun stuff about my family like when my kids got a Disney audition call back! After all, my blog is all about helping people follow their dreams, and I have to include my own children!

Gina’s bio: Gina Conroy used to think she knew where her life was headed; now she’s leaning on the Lord to show her the way.  She is the founder of Writer…Interrupted at  where she mentors busy writers and tries to keep things in perspective, knowing God’s timing is perfect, even if she doesn’t agree with it! 😉 Her first novella, Buried Deception, in the Cherry Blossom Capers Collection, releases from Barbour Publishing in January 2012. On her blog Defying Gravity at she chronicles her triumphs and trials as she pursues her dreams while encouraging her family and others to chase after their own passions. Gina loves to connect with readers, and when she isn’t writing, teaching, or driving kids around, you can find her on Facebook at and Twitter at

Gina and the other authors will be guests tonight at 10pm EST at or on iTunes–podcast available after tomorrow.

Want to have a chance at winning a copy of Gina’s new book? Here are the full details…

All you have to do is leave a comment for Gina.  Confirmed subscribers (be sure to check your email to confirm your subscription!) receive two entries.  The giveaway ends on Thursday, February 16, and a winner will be chosen at random. Entries are limited to those residing in the United States.

**Be sure to stop by each Thursday for book spotlights and chats with some of my favorite author friends. I have a wonderful lineup coming up in the next couple of months. On Mondays, I do movie reviews – you might want to check out this past Movie Monday review of Marriage Retreat at On Tuesdays, I share humorous or inspirational postings about the everyday life of a wife, mom, and author. You can check out some hilarious spelling word sentences I unearthed in my daughters’ school notebooks here:

Have a fantastic rest of your week!



Penny Zeller is known for her heartfelt stories of faith and her passion to impact lives for Christ through fiction. While she has had a love for writing since childhood, she began her adult writing career penning articles for national and regional publications on a wide variety of topics. Today Penny is a multi-published author of over a dozen books. She is also a homeschool mom and a group fitness instructor. When Penny is not dreaming up new characters, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters and camping, hiking, canoeing, reading, running, gardening, and playing volleyball. She is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency and loves to hear from her readers at her website,, her blog,, and on Facebook at

30 thoughts on “Book spotlight and giveaway with Gina Conroy!!!

  1. Gina, I’ve been eyeing this book but haven’t purchased it yet, I have so many on my wishlist, I just can’t get them all.

    I am a follower of your blog and Penny’s on GFC (wfnren) and I get Penny’s newsletter.


  2. When I first saw the title, I thought maybe the stories were going to take place in Japan! 😉 But DC is an exciting place, too. Each of those stories sound like they will be wonderful to read. And I’m a subscriber!

  3. Mystery,love and blooming trees all in one area, I am surprised that it is the capital area tho, I would like to be put on list for drawing to read this one.
    thanks for sharing today.
    Paula O(

  4. Would love to win a copy of Cherry Blossom Capers. Love books with different authors each writing a story.
    I’m a subscriber

  5. I’ve read many good things about “Cherry Blossom Capers” and would love to win a copy so I could actually read the book! I think mysteries would be harder to write than other genres; I’m glad Gina persisted in getting all the details and clues right.
    I’m an e-mail subscriber.
    Thanks for having the giveaway.

  6. I love mysteries and know I will enjoy reading this one Gina. I already have on my wish list, which is very large. lol Thanks for stopping by to chat and share with us and for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

    I am an old email subscriber

  7. I am a new subscriber and wow…this book looks great! This year my goal (I am against resolutions, as they are a set-up for a failure) was to open up my horizons to what I usually read. I adore mysteries and I am glad Gina stuck with making all the clues line-up, a feat which I am sure is really hard to do! I haven’t read any of the Cherry Blossom Capers, but definetly will look into it! If I win, know too, that I always pass my books onto others.
    I would be so lost without books!

    PS-Thank you for not making this entry hard, as with the rafflecopter and doing 10 million things for entries! I will be back!

  8. Hi Gina, I’ve heard about your book and it’s getting rave reviews. I’d love to read it!
    I’m an email subscriber too.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Gina, your book cover is astounding! Gorgeous! Thank you for hosting her here today, Penny. It’s always nice to have a book brought to my attention. 🙂
    amanda38401 at gmail dot com

  10. I never really thought about how much work actually goes in to making a mystery. I’ve always taken it for granted that the story writes itself and the “clues” just fell into place instead of being strategically placed. I know I’ll definitely read mysteries a little differently now. Thanks for posting a great interview!

  11. Gina:

    I’m a mystery lover and would love to read your book. I enjoyed visiting with you in the lobby at the ACFW conference in St. Louis.

    I just subscribed!


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