And the winners are…

Wow! It’s been a busy Christmas and New Year, but not it’s time to announce some winners from the past few giveaways. First of all, thank you to everyone who stopped by and showed their support for my author friends. We all appreciate you!

And now, without further ado, here are the winners:

Winds of Wyoming by Becky Lyles – Amada Chavez

Grace, Miracles, and Chocolate by Marriott Cole – Kay M.

The Love Walk by Amanda Beth – Kelly H.

A Bride Opens Shop in El Dorado, California by Keli Gwyn – Lilly

Thank you to everyone who entered. The authors will be contacting you soon.

And thank you to Becky, Marriott, Amanda Beth, and Keli for being my guests!

If you are looking to win my book Hailee, Book #3 in my Montana Skies Historical Romance Series, check out the Christian Book Review Blog at http://christianbookreviewblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/author-interview-and-giveaway-hailee-by.html where a copy is being given away to one lucky winner. But hurry! Contest ends January 19, 2013!

 

 

 

Interview and giveaway with Shannon Vannatter!

Calling all contemporary romance fans…I have a special giveaway just for you! This week, author Shannon Vannatter is sharing with us about her latest release Rodeo Hero and is giving one lucky commenter a chance to win a copy of this awesome book! All of the details for entering are below the interview, but for now, let’s take a minute and meet Shannon…

Thank you for being my guest, Shannon. When did you first realize that you wanted to be a writer? Around sixteen years ago, I finally realized that the story I’d had in my head for about that long could be a book. It took me three more years to get a computer and start writing it and 9 1/2 years more to get published. That first badly written book is still in a file and I’ve been thinking about dusting it off and fixing it lately.

 Speaking of writing, what is your favorite part of the writing process? The first draft. I’m a pantser. So I learn about things about the story and my characters as I go.

I can totally identify with you, Shannon. I am a fellow pantser myself!  I’m excited to hear about your latest book Rodeo Hero. What was the inspiration behind this book? I saw a cowboy and a city girl holding hands at the State Fair and I wondered what they had in common. That became book one. When I pitched it to my editor, she said why is it always the cowboy, why not the rodeo clown? But then who would want to be a clown? I pulled a reason a guy would be a clown out of the air and she liked it, so I had to write the book.

I love it! And this series sounds sooooooo good! Speaking of books, what is your favorite book in the Bible? Romans. It’s full of grace by faith and salvation through Christ.

Romans is definitely a wonderful book in the Bible. Switching gears now, if you suddenly were given one million dollars to start a new charity, what type of charity would you launch and why? I’m an animal lover, so it would definitely be a no kill Humane Society.

What project(s) are you currently working on? I’m currently getting a proposal together for my next series. The first book is about a married couple. They weren’t Christians when they married and when life got tough, they split. Two years later, the book begins. They’re both Christians and unexpectedly reunited.

We will definitely have to keep our eyes open for that book, Shannon. I love the plot line! Now one last question…how can readers connect with you?

Website: www.shannonvannatter.com

Blog: www.shannonvannatter.com/blog

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/shannontaylorvannatter

Twitter: @stvauthor

I can testify that Shannon has an awesome blog (especially if you LOVE real-life romance) so be sure to stop by and check it out.

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

And now, here are the super-easy details on how you can enter to win a copy of Rodeo Heroleave an encouraging comment for Shannon (and yes, anyone can enter, but confirmed subscribers receive two entries, so be sure to sign up to follow this blog, then check your email and confirm your subscription to be added to the subscriber list! ) Giveaway ends on April 19, 2012. A winner will be chosen at random.

I’m a bit behind this week, so I’ll be announcing the winners of Margaret Daley’s and Nicole O’Dell’s books on Monday. Stay tuned. In the meantime, be sure to enter to win Shannon’s book and stop by every Thursday for more author interviews. If you need some summer ideas, check out my most recent family post 6 things to do this summer.

And the winner is…

Well, actually, we have two winners! Drumroll please…

The winner of John Hileman’s book Messages is Linda!

And the winner of Laura Hilton’s book A Harvest of Hearts is C.C. Almon!

Thank you to everyone who entered! Winners, you will be notified by the authors about winning and CONGRATULATIONS!

Don’t forget to visit every Thursday for great author interviews, giveaways, and guest posts. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s coming up in the near future…

Thursday, October 20 – Author Stephanie Shott

October 27 – Author K. Dawn Byrd

November 3 – Author Amanda Beth

November 10 – Author Jo Huddleston

Also coming up next…

Monday, October 24 – Movie Monday – another awesome movie review for your family!

Tuesday, October 25 – How to know you’re a writer of historical fiction (my humor post)

Monday, October 31 – Movie Monday

 

Looking to win a free book or two?

Hi Everyone! I wanted to make a couple of announcements about some giveaways going on this week. First, teen blogger, Charity, has graciously hosted me on her blog and if you stop by and leave a comment, you’ll be entered for a chance to win a personalized copy of my most recent book, Kaydie. I am always excited to be a guest on any blog, but especially encouraged to be a guest on a teen blog!

Charity is a neat gal who loves photography and reading. Her blog is full of great reviews of books and movies, and I know she would so love to hear from you. So, stop on by her blog at http://austenitis.blogspot.com/2011/07/interview-and-giveaway-with-penny.html for a chance to win!

Secondly, check out my previous post (below) for a chance to win an autographed copy of my book 77 Ways Your Family Can Make a Difference: Ideas and Activities for Serving Others. All you have to do is leave a comment about how you make a difference in the life of another! It’s that easy! So if you know of someone, a family, church, youth group, or organization who would love ideas for impacting the lives of others, please let them know about this giveaway.

77 Ways Your Family Can Make a Difference: Ideas and Activities for Serving Others

As always, be sure to check my Events & Giveaways Tabs to stay posted on all upcoming and current events and giveaways. In the fall, I will return to interviewing other authors and doing giveaways on Thursdays once again on this blog.

And last, but not least, please join me tomorrow for my humor post about some of my favorite bumper stickers. Until then, have an awesome rest of your week!