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Interview and Giveaway with Author Deb Raney – 3 book giveaway!

I’m super excited to welcome Author Deb Raney to my blog and she is giving away, not one, not two, but THREE books. Yes, you read correctly! Deb is giving away a copy of each of the three books in her Hanover Falls Series.

Here is a bit about this awesome series:
An unlikely group of people are drawn together to cope with the tragic aftermath of a fatal fire at a downtown homeless shelter in Hanover Falls, Missouri. Four widows, one widower, a battalion chief, and a son of one of the heroic firefighters—a rookie fireman himself—struggle to make sense of their broken lives in the midst of discovering the mystery surrounding the fire that destroyed their dreams and their futures.
Doesn’t this sound like a series to be added to your TBR list? And now, let’s take a minute and meet the author behind the books…
Thank you for being with us today, Deb. It is such an honor to have you here discussing with my readers your latest series. Speaking of which, what was your inspiration behind your Hanover Falls Series? A few years ago, my husband placed a newspaper clipping beside my plate at breakfast one morning, the story of nine firefighters who died in a tragic blaze in South Carolina. “I think there’s something worth exploring here,” he said. I began thinking how the tragedy would change the lives of those firefighters’ families, yet how they would pull together, because the firefighting world is a “family” unto itself, and before long, the Hanover Falls series was putting itself together in my mind. My niece is married to a firefighter whose family has a proud history of serving as firefighters and my nephew-in-law was an invaluable resource to me, sharing stories and details about the world of firefighting, and loaning me his training manuals for most of the three years I was writing these books.

I love hearing the inspiration behind books, Deb! Do you have a favorite book in the series? A favorite character? I am learning that I’m a little fickle when it comes to books. At one time, I would have said that Almost Forever, the first book in the series, was my favorite, but with After All (book 3) just released with a nice review from Publishers Weekly and readers responding so favorably, now I’m leaning toward After All as my favorite. I really love my “middle child” Forever After, too! Fickle, I tell you!

I completely understand! I can never answer that question when I’m asked to choose which book I like most in my Montana Skies Series. Speaking of books, what is your favorite verse in the Bible and why? For several years now, I’ve thought I really should change my “favorite verse” because it seems like my verse is everyone’s favorite verse: Romans 8:28. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. And yet, that verse has been so foundational in my life that I want to shout it from the rooftops. It’s wonderful to know that even when I can’t see anything good in a certain circumstance, God’s intention for me is good. And everything that happens to me serves HIS purpose for my life. That’s a truth you can live by!

That is such a great verse!  And now, for my favorite question… if you were suddenly given one million dollars, what charity would you like to found and why? I don’t suppose I could talk you into letting me found the Deborah Raney Travel Through Europe Fund, could I? Well, in that case, I would want to fund a charity that provides workers to rebuild Haiti. My parents served on the board of an organization that supported a girls’ home in Haiti, and for more than a quarter of a century, they spent a week or two every winter working at that orphanage. Twice my family and I were scheduled to go with my Dad to spend time at the girls’ home near Port au Prince (I was researching my novel, Over the Waters, set in Haiti) but both times the trip was cancelled at the last minute due to unrest in Haiti. But because of my parents, I have a heart for the country and people of Haiti. What amazes me is how much an American dollar can accomplish in that poverty-stricken nation. We have so much and are so often discontent. They have so little, and seem always to be smiling. There’s a lesson there!

What a wonderful idea for a ministry – and I loved learning about your parents and their ministry to Haiti. Lastly, where can readers connect with you?

Thank you again for being here, Deb. You are truly an inspiration!

Deborah’s first novel, A Vow to Cherish, inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title and launched her writing career after 20 happy years as a stay-at-home mom. Her books have won numerous awards including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, the Carol Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists. Deb’s 23rd novel will release from Howard/Simon & Schuster Spring 2013. She and her husband, Ken Raney, enjoy the wildflowers and native grasses in the Kansas prairie garden in their large backyard. They also love traveling together to teach at conferences, and to visit four children and four small grandchildren who all live much too far away.

And now, readers, here’s your chance to win all THREE books in Deb’s Hanover Fall’s Series! All you have to do is leave an encouraging comment for Deborah. A winner will be chosen at random. Sorry this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. If you are a subscriber to this blog, you will receive two entries.  The contest ends on October 25, 2012.

Also, stay tuned as I will be announcing the winners of Lisa Buffaloe’s book Nadia’s Hope and Darlene Franklin’s book A Bride’s Rogue in Roma, Texas tomorrow.


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

52 thoughts on “Interview and Giveaway with Author Deb Raney – 3 book giveaway!

  1. Deb, I loved your interview with Penny. Penny asked you some great questions. I love Romans 8:28 too! Things happen in life that are horrible but we know that God can and does use each situation to the good. We may not see it at the time but down the road we do. I am glad you are using your God given talent to give HIM the glory. I love Christian fiction and I love Christian authors who are not afraid of the Gospel of Christ. Keep on writing for God!!

    I would be delighted to win all three of your books. They sound like such great reads.

    Blessings to you and to Penny!
    I also subscribe to this blog!

  2. I don’t need to win the books, as I’ve already read them, but just want to chime in on how terrific they are. I wouldn’t be able to choose a favorite they are all so good.

  3. Thank you for the wonderful interview. I did a webinar with Deb this week through the Christian Writer’s Guild.I was familiar with Deb and her books before. I immediately Googled her following the webinar and am extremely excited to read her books.

  4. Deb – Thanks for the interview! I hope you will bless us with another 20 years of writing stories! My favorite book of yours is “Remember to Forget”, the first book I read that you wrote. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of your series.
    smoore at tcq dot net

    Penny – thanks for another great interview! I am an email subscriber.

  5. a fabulous posting….
    deb…i love your novels.
    penny…thanks for the chance to read deb’s latest collection.

  6. Deb, I have enjoyed reading your FB posts since liking your page during a recent scavenger hunt. Christian fiction is like reading parables. Thanks so much speaking Truth in a way that feeds the inherent need we have for stories. May God continue to bless you as you work for the Kingdom.

  7. I would love a chance to read your books. Just finished Mother of Pearl by Kellie Coates Gilbert. It was wonderful.

  8. Deb – I can’t wait to start reading your books! I have heard so many great things about them on Courtney Walsh’s blog.

  9. These books look wonderful. I would love a chance to win them. Thanks for following God’s purpose for your life and sharing with others through the gift of writing.

  10. I love the way the titles are linked, connecting the stories. They sound like really good books that touch on hard subjects families can struggle with. (& I’m a subscriber!)

  11. I think I would support the Deborah Raney Travel through Europe fund (if I could go too). 🙂

    Alas, neither of us is likely to be “given” a million dollars so we travel vicariously through those who can, or via the internet.

    BTW, I love what you’ve done (all of the different looks) with your office. I hope to have a corner of my own someday. 🙂


  12. Hi Deborah! Any author that Penny suggests, is bound to be Terrific! Count me in! I love the story line and the fact that it is a Series. I sure hope I win 🙂 Thanks for the Giveaway and Happy Writing! ❤ Brenda

  13. Thanks for the great comments and for signing up for the drawing.

    sparksofember, I love the linking of the titles, too. I was so glad my publisher let me use those titles.

    And Ginger, if you can talk Penny into the million dollars, of COURSE you’re coming with me to Europe! We’ll pick out some cool stuff for your future corner office while we’re there. ; )

  14. Hello Deb, interesting to learn why authors choose to write certain books and this one is great reason. I read “Firestorm” about firefighters this year and learned so much I didnt know about fireman, would love to read these books.
    thanks for sharing the whole series…
    Paula O(

  15. Dear Deborah, Thank you so much for sharing a little about your life and your passion for the less fortunate. Your books display a mixture of really good strong characters that we fall in love with and life changing plots that make us want the story to continue. I think that is the signature of a good writer, when you just wish the book would go on and on. Thank you again for your contribution to Christian fiction, those of us who love to read are very grateful!!! Amy Overcash

  16. I don’t have any of your books yet Debbie, but have heard you are a good writer. I love that your parents are ones to help those in need. I love the way your husband supports your writing with suggestions. That is sweet. I would so love to win this series of yours. I just know it will be great.That would be a great way to start reading from a new author for me. Thanks Penny for this great interview with Deborah. I am a follower of this blog. Please give me a second entry. Sure hoping to get lucky on this. Maxie ( )

  17. Dear Deborah
    I really enjoyed the interview and were you got your inspiration to write the series Almost Forever, Forever after, an After All. I can’t wait to read them. Congratulations on the series wish you all the best!

  18. I’ve enjoyed reading your Montana Skies series and I know that your firefighters stories will be just as exciting. thanks for the info about them today.

  19. I’ve read all these books and can honestly say you’ll be delighted when you read them. I’m never disappointed when reading a book by Deb.

  20. Great interview! I haven’t read any of Deb’s books yet but I’ve heard really great things about this series and I’m looking forward to reading them. Thanks for the chance to win!

    I subscribe!

  21. I’ve read the first book in this series and it was my first Deborah Raney book too. As soon as I finished it I said to myself, THIS is how I want to write! I’m so happy God arranged for our paths to cross, Deb.

  22. I love reading Christian Fiction and would love to read these book! It is always nice finding a new author to read.

  23. I too have family members who are fire fighters. They are in my prayers each and every day. Thank you for entering my name in the giveaway.
    Janet E.

  24. Deb Raney’s books are really worth your time to read. Every one I have read has blessed my heart greatly!! Kathy M.

  25. I have always enjoyed your writing style and your response to the
    millions dollar question is so inspiring! Even in this country, when
    catastrophic events happen, sometimes, it takes way too long for
    life to get back to normal for people…Many thanks, Cindi

  26. Very enjoyable interview. I think it would be great fun to chat with Deb in her beautiful garden in Kansas….I’m also a Kansas sunflower and attended the same colleges she did….many years further back. LOL Deborah’s writings sound inspiring and I look forward to reading them soon. Thank you for this giveaway and the chance to win a great read.

    Barb Shelton

  27. I haven’t read your books before but this series sounds great. Especially the research that went into the books. Would be interesting to learn about the firefighter’s world. Hope you get to travel to Europe!

  28. Wow! I’ve been at a writers retreat in North Carolina the last few days…what fun to come home to all your comments. Looking forward to finding out who the winner is and getting your books packaged up to send. Thank you all for stopping by and reading and commenting on Penny’s great interview. Thanks for having me, Penny!

  29. I was so thrilled to meet Deb and be encouraged by her in person. She really has a heart to help and mentor new writers. I can’t tell you how much I was blessed by your encouragement and your invaluable advice. I hope in the journey to be like Deb, encouraging other writers.

  30. I LOVE the names of the books… it does look like a good series to add to my TBR list/stack! Romans 8:28 is one of my very favorite verses!!

    thank you for a wonderful interview/giveaway! blessings!


  31. Deborah, There are so many wonderful verses in the Bible, and I understand why you had wanted to change your favorite verse. Yet it is true that your favorite has seen you through so many trials and been an assurance and you really cannot change it. I feel the same. I am glad to have this in common with you!
    I would love to win the set of books; however, I am just glad to be in contact with you through this blog, Deborah, and pray that God continues blessing you as you bless others through your writing!
    Blessings and Smiles:)
    Charlotte Kay

  32. Wow! Thank you so much, everyone, for stopping by and leaving a comment for a chance to win Deb’s AWESOME books! I have chosen a winner at random and will announce it on Monday, along with my winner for “77 Ways Your Family Can Make a Difference.” Have a blessed weekend!

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