Friday, September 19, 2014

Blog Tour ~ Day 20

by +AneMulligan  @AneMulligan

Today's stops are:

Scrambled Dregs
Sherry Kyle
The Borrowed Book ~ yes again, and it's another different set of questions & a book giveaway!

Ah yes, the "rules" are you tired of seeing them yet? Well, we may have a new person jumping in and they need to know. If you have them memorized, just skip to the bonus questions.


Here's how it works:

1. Each day of my blog tour that you leave a comment here on my blog, with your answer to the bonus question(s), you get a point (for each question answered).
2. 
Leave a comment on each of the blogs I'm on that day, and each one will earn you another point. (If I'm on 3 blogs that day, and you leave a comment on each of them, you'll get 3 points.)
3. If you 
post on your Facebook page that you have commented on a blog I'm on, tag me, and give the link, you get 2 extra points.
4. 
Tweet the same as #3, giving the link, and you get 2 more points.
5. 
Google+ the same as #3, and you'll get 2 more points.


There's a lot of points possible everyday on each blog. So grab some!

Bonus point questions:
What color am I?
What are mastiffs like?
Who scrambles the dregs?
Two of the other authors on The Borrowed Book are in my Penwrights. Who are they?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Day 19 of My Blog Tour

by +AneMulligan  @AneMulligan

Today's blog tour stops are:

The Borrowed Book
Pamela S Meyers
Kelly Klepfer

Here's how it works:

1. Each day of my blog tour that you leave a comment here on my blog, with your answer to the bonus question(s), you get a point (for each question answered).
2. 
Leave a comment on each of the blogs I'm on that day, and each one will earn you another point. (If I'm on 3 blogs that day, and you leave a comment on each of them, you'll get 3 points.)
3. If you 
post on your Facebook page that you have commented on a blog I'm on, tag me, and give the link, you get 2 extra points.
4. 
Tweet the same as #3, giving the link, and you get 2 more points.
5. 
Google+ the same as #3, and you'll get 2 more points.


There's a ton of points possible everyday on each blog.

Bonus point questions for today:
What show made a huge impact on my life?
What's the most important thing I've learned about fiction?
Which author on The Borrowed Book is my critique partner?
Name Pam Meyer's historical novel.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Blog Tour ~ Day 18

by +AneMulligan  @AneMulligan

Hey, you're still with me! I love persistent people, and since you're one of them, here are today's stops:

Ginger Solomon
Rhonda Gibson ~ The Writer's Desk
Writer Off the Leash

Here's how it works:

1. Each day of my blog tour that you leave a comment here on my blog, with your answer to the bonus question(s), you get a point (for each question answered).
2. 
Leave a comment on each of the blogs I'm on that day, and each one will earn you another point. (If I'm on 3 blogs that day, and you leave a comment on each of them, you'll get 3 points.)
3. If you 
post on your Facebook page that you have commented on a blog I'm on, tag me, and give the link, you get 2 extra points.
4. 
Tweet the same as #3, giving the link, and you get 2 more points.
5. 
Google+ the same as #3, and you'll get 2 more points.


There are multiple points possible everyday on each blog.

Bonus entry questions:
What can't husbands help with?
What hangs in my office that's an inspiration to me?
What did Aunt Lola try to teach Claire?
Name Ginger's debut novel.
How many books does Rhonda have on her site?
What is the title shown on Writer Off the Leash?

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Blog Tour ~ Day 17

by +AneMulligan  @AneMulligan

After Norma Gail's article, see the blog tour for today
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Norma Gail has had a love affair with words since she first learned to read. There is no such thing as too many books. She loves the mountains, and enjoys tackling 4x4 trails in her Jeep. She is a former RN and homeschool/soccer mom who loves family research, history, and Scotland. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, FaithWriters, and the newly formed New Mexico Christian Novelists. Her website includes a weekly devotional blog, daily scriptures, poetry, and a blog about her debut contemporary Christian romance, Land of My Dreams, set in Scotland and New Mexico. Norma lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 37 years. They have two adult children. Readers can connect with me on FacebookGoogle+PinterestGoodreadsTwitter, and LinkedIn.

Swept Off My Feet by an Accent and a Kilt

Who doesn’t love a Scottish accent?

When my husband and I took an anniversary trip to Scotland in 2006, I fell in love with a country which has fascinated me since I discovered my great grandmother was Scottish. I love bagpipes, tartans, and yes, I have eaten haggis. Right before our trip, I dreamed of a man in a kilt with his bagpipes, high on a misty mountainside surrounded by sheep. I didn’t know at the time, but Land of My Dreams had been conceived.

I have wanted to be an author since I read Little Women as a child, and filled notebooks with stories and poems all through school. A nursing career and raising two children distracted me from writing for over 20 years, however, the dream stayed alive. In 2009, sidelined by a broken foot, I began to put my story on paper.

Land of My Dreams begged to be told. Once I began, it never let me rest. The conviction that God had a message for me to convey grew. Christians struggle in relationships like everyone else, and Scripture sets some very specific guidelines. The characters in Land of My Dreams are a little older than in most romances. They have been hurt by life and grapple with their faith. Their mistakes are big and so are their dreams. My favorite quote is on the front cover: “Sometimes the greatest blessings come when we leave the familiar behind and take a step of faith.” When we follow God’s plan, He will give us the desires of our hearts.

In 2011 I took a big step of faith and attended my first writer’s conference. While I may have been swept off my feet by an accent and a kilt, the agents and editors I pitched my story to had not. Why did the main character move to Scotland, couldn’t she be Scottish and move to America? Was time travel involved? Could I make it historical? I received very positive critiques, but no one wanted it. Still believing this was a story God wanted to be told, I discovered smaller publishers were more willing to look outside the box, and following my second writer’s conference, Eddie Jones, of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, offered me a contract. My dream came true.

It has been difficult to be so far from the setting of the book that a visit for more research is not practical. A screensaver of over 400 photos of the area, immersing myself in Scottish music, history, websites, books, and movies was priceless. Having an editor who lived in and has friends in Scotland provided the insight I needed in certain scenes.

The most exciting thing is when readers tell me the story ministered to them as well as entertained. As a Bible study leader, that means a lot. The two most frequent comments I get are readers who say they cannot put it down, and requests for a sequel. At an age when most people begin talking retirement, I am serious about finishing my second book.

“God never says the safe and familiar are His best.” Dream your dreams and follow them. Mine came true, all because once upon a time, I was swept off my feet by an accent and a kilt.

Alone and betrayed, American professor, Bonny Bryant longs for a haven of peace. She accepts a position at a small Christian college in Fort William, Scotland, craving escape from her painful past. The passionate love which develops when she meets fellow professor and sheep farmer, Kieran MacDonell, is something she never anticipated.
Kieran harbors a deep anger toward God in the face of his own devastating grief. When Bonny returns to New Mexico for her best friend’s wedding, her former fiancĂ© reenters her life. Four thousand miles away, Kieran’s loneliness draws him to an attractive former student.
How will Bonny decide between her two rivals? Can they set aside the past to make way for a future?
Land of My Dreams spans the distance between New Mexico’s high desert mountains and the misty Scottish Highlands with a timeless story of overwhelming grief, undying love, and compelling faith.
Here are today's tour stops:

Kathy Harris~Divine Detour
Yvonne Anderson 
The Borrowed Book
Kate Lloyd

Your daily reminder of how this works: 

1. Each day of my blog tour that you leave a comment here on my blog, with your answer to the bonus question(s), you get a point (for each question answered).
2. 
Leave a comment on each of the blogs I'm on that day, and each one will earn you another point. (If I'm on 3 blogs that day, and you leave a comment on each of them, you'll get 3 points.)
3. If you 
post on your Facebook page that you have commented on a blog I'm on, tag me, and give the link, you get 2 extra points.
4. 
Tweet the same as #3, giving the link, and you get 2 more points.
5. 
Google+ the same as #3, and you'll get 2 more points.


There are multiple points possible everyday on each blog.

Bonus points questions:
What does the Lie do?
What Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas author is my co-guest?
What's the main theme behind all my writing?
Name Kathy's debut novel.
Who are the host authors of The Borrowed Book?
Name Yvonne Anderson's novels.