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Interview and Giveaway with Author Carol Ann Erhardt!!!

Before I wrote fiction, I wrote for national and regional publications. I also have written two nonfiction books, so I have a lot of experience with interviewing – I think that’s one of the reasons I LOVE interviewing my author friends!

So…are you ready for a chance to win a book from another awesome author? I am excited to have Author Carol Ann Erhardt visiting with us today and talking about her book Trapped

Summer Grant is on the run when her car tumbles down a mountain leaving her TRAPPED in Havens Creek. With a broken leg and no transportation, she is forced to accept the hospitality of strangers. Staying with the police chief’s sister and five-year-old daughter in an isolated mountain home might be the ideal place for her to hide until she can get back on her feet. A father, grieving from his only son’s death…a death Summer blames her for…isn’t far behind. Danger is drawing nearer and the target isn’t just Summer. Book one in the Havens Creek Series – an inspirational romantic suspense novel.

Another book I’ll have to add to my TBR pile – doesn’t this book just sound SO good? Now, let’s take a moment to visit with Carol…

What was the inspiration behind your latest book? A newspaper article! After reading about a terrible school bus accident in Illinois, my heart was heavy. I kept thinking how awful it would be as a bus driver to know that a child died when you were behind the wheel. That feeling wouldn’t go away. And when something keeps tapping  on my heart, the best way to deal with it is to write about it…with God’s help.

So true, Carol! Speaking of books, what is your favorite book in the Bible? Wow! So many and for different reasons. But I think my favorite is Genesis. That’s where it all began. And that’s where God made his promise that through Abraham all believers would be blessed! There are so many wonderful stories in Genesis.

If you suddenly were given one million dollars to start a new charity, what type of charity would you launch and why? If the Lord blessed me with a million dollars to bless others, I would start a charity to help house the homeless. Entire families are losing their homes and being forced to stay in shelters. So many people are suffering with the state of the economy. Especially our Veterans. These brave men marched off to give everything to protect our freedom. They deserve to live someplace beside in tent cities.

Carol, I love your idea for a new charity. That is something that is definitely needed and such a worthwhile cause! So tell me, what project(s) are you currently working on? I’m currently working on the second book in the Havens Creek series. The secondary character, Becca, deserves her happily ever after!

Ooh, that sounds like an awesome book! As most readers know, I love books that are part of a series!  And lastly, Carol, How can readers connect with you?

My website is

Or connect with me on Facebook: or my Facebook author page:

I’m also on Twitter:

Thank you so much for being my guest, Carol. It has been an honor to have you here!

Here’s all you have to do…leave a comment for Carol (and yes, anyone can enter, but confirmed subscribers receive two entries and be sure to remind me that you’re a confirmed subscriber!). Giveaway ends on March 29, 2012. A winner will be chosen at random.


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 through her newsletter via

47 thoughts on “Interview and Giveaway with Author Carol Ann Erhardt!!!

  1. Oh wow….I would love to read ‘Trapped’…by writer Carol Ann Erhardt…..sounds very interesting….and hopefully I well win..

  2. I would love to read this new book…’Trapped’ by writer Carol Ann Erhardt….and hopefully well win

  3. Carol and Penny – Thanks for the interview! “Trapped” sounds like a good read. Love to hear how author’s get ideas for the stories. God can use tragic events to touch lives.
    Thanks for an opportunity to win a copy of the book.
    smoore at tcq dot net
    And I am an email subscriber

    1. Hi Sharon! You are so right about God using tragic events to touch lives. My heart is filled with agony when I watch the news or read the paper. So many tragedies. Writing helps me to put things into perspective! Thanks for stopping by.

  4. I live in Illinois and I know which bus accident Carol
    is referring to…It was sad! This author is new to me
    and I think her book is one that I would really enjoy
    Many thanks, Cindi

    1. Hi Cindi! Where do you live in Illinois? I was born in Pekin and grew up in Belleville. I attended Illinois State Normal University. So nice to meet you!

    1. Hi Sarah! I have a friend who lives in Greensboro, N.C. The Carolinas are such beautiful states. So nice to meet you.

  5. Carol,
    Your book sounds so awesome! I would love to read it. It got my attention pretty fast,plus I love reading books based on true stories.

    1. Hi Sharon, I’m glad you are intrigued by my book. The book wasn’t really based on a true story, though. The event just touched my heart. That’s when I began thinking about how a person would go about forgiving themself for a tragedy where they really had no control, but where a child was killed. The story is fictional. I am so happy to meet you and hope you win!

    1. Hi Lisa! I just accepted your friend request on Facebook! I’m looking forward to being your friend. It’s so nice to meet new people. Wishing you good luck in winning.

  6. Trapped is definitely a book I want to read. I would love to win a copy.

    I enjoyed the interview. I thought it was interesting that you selected Genesis as your favorite book of the Bible. I do understand your reasoning for selecting it. It is hard to pick just one isn’t it? I do love the book of “Ruth”.

    Blessings to both of you!

    1. Hi Judy! I do love Genesis. Love the stories of Abraham and how he made the same mistake of using Sarah to save his own skin not just once but twice! And Sarah giving up hope and letting Abraham have a son through Hagar. Boy, did she regret that when the old jealousy crept in. Oh, and God then blesses them, imperfect people, with a son in their old age. Then he tests Abraham by telling him to offer Isaac up as a sacrifice! Oh, such suspense!
      But each book of the Bible is rich in stories. It’s my favorite reading material.
      I hope you win a copy of Trapped! Wishing you the best of luck.

    1. Hello Lisa, I’m so glad to meet you! I, too, hope you are a winner. So very nice to meet you.

    1. Hi! Thank you for stopping by and reading the interview and checking out my book! Good luck in the drawing!

  7. Enjoyed the interview. This book sounds very good. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    I am a confirmed subscriber.

  8. Enjoyed the interview.This book sounds great! Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
    I am a confirmed subscriber.

  9. Hello Linda, Sharon and Sharon, Ginger, Cindi, Sarah, Lisa and Lisa, Judy, Bryan, Dale, and lgm52 ~ Thank you SO much for stopping by and leaving a comment for Carol. I am blessed to have such wonderful followers of my blog who are such encouragers to my guests!

    I hope you all have a blessed weekend! 🙂

  10. Carol ~ it is such an honor to have you as my guest. I love the cover of your book and I think it sounds fantastic! I’m excited to see who wins!

    Thank you again for being my guest and know that you are welcome back any time. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Penny! I’m having such a good time meeting new readers. You are a gracious hostess and I’m hoping to visit you and your followers again. I’m glad you like the cover of the book! As one of my reviewers said, the cover fits the story perfectly once you meet the characters. Enjoy your weekend, and God bless you for opening your cyber home to me.

    1. Hi Karen! Happy Saturday! Thank YOU for stopping by. I’m wishing you the best of luck in winning.

    1. How nice to see you here, Cynthia! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I wish you lots of luck in winning. See you in church tomorrow!

  11. I just started reading Suspense novels about a year ago and now I am hooked! It is that much better if it is a series! I would LOVE to win this book! Thanks Penny Zeller for the opportunity to win this! You’re Awesome! ❤ Brenda

    1. Hi Brenda, I’m so glad you stopped by! I, too, love suspense novels. Once you’re hooked, you’re hooked for sure. Wishing you good luck in winning a copy of Trapped.

    1. Hi Nancy, Thanks so much for commenting for a chance to win a copy of Trapped. I wish you well in the drawing.

    1. Hi MaryAnn! Thank you for taking time to read about my latest book, Trapped. I appreciate so much meeting new reader friends!

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