Monday, June 25, 2007

Gone With the Groom-Book #1 In Summer Reading Giveaway

While I was on vacation last week, I had posts scheduled to post while I was gone so that I could have a summer reading giveaway of four wonderful Christian fiction titles. Of course, it didn't go quite the way I had planned, so I am going to try it this week! I hope that you will come back everyday and comment. If you comment on each review, then you will have four chances to win these books! Thanks for stopping in to visit me! Without further adieu, I present the first book review for the week...





What could be better than an inspirational fiction book with both a mystery and some comedy? This book is a great combination of both these worlds that will keep you turning the page even when you need to get to sleep. Annie Peterson is a wonderful heroine that will keep you wanting to learn more about her and her adventures. I can't wait to read the others!


Here is my interview with Janice Thompson:

1. What book is coming next? There will be three more Annie Peterson mysteries after this one: PUSHING UP DAISIES, THE PERFECT MATCH, and CATERING TO DISASTER. They will all be released as part of the new mystery line at Barbour Publishing (Heartsong Presents Mysteries).


2. What book are you working on now?I just turned in a Heartsong romance titled WHITE AS SNOW - about a young woman who can't stand football. She lives in the Pittsburgh area, and eventually (of course!) falls in love with a professional football player. I had a lot of fun writing this one. Why, you ask? Because I'm not a football fan! Figure skating, yes! Gymnastics, of course! Football. . .are you kidding?


3. What book are you reading now? I just read a really funny book by Ray Blackston call FLABBERGASTED. It was kind of like chick lit for guys. I ear-marked all of the pages that made me laugh out loud. By the time I got to the end, I think I'd ear-marked over forty pages! I also just read a really great non-fiction book by Lee Ezell called FINDING GOD WHEN LIFE'S NOT FAIR. In it, she talks about the death of her husband, and her bout with cancer, ten weeks later. I could relate to so much of what she was going through (refer to question below)


4. How do you deal with your other obligations (family, church, etc.) when it's crunch time near deadlines? This has been a tough year for me. During the writing of GONE WITH THE GROOM, I lost my father to bone marrow cancer. It was an awful time for our family. Then, the week before the book was due, my married daughter (Randi) became very ill during her 33rd week of pregnancy and the baby (Madysen) had to be delivered early. She was only four and a half pounds, but (thank God!) is just fine now. Then, about the time the book went to the edit stage, my sister passed away very suddenly and unexpectedly. This week, as I began marketing the book, one of my best friends suddenly passed away. It seems like every time a tragedy strikes, I'm on some sort of deadline. I don't resent that fact, (though at times it's tough to keep going). I find the writing to be a blessing, particularly in light of the fact that I "need" the humor of light-weight stories like GONE WITH THE GROOM to bring a smile to my face. God always helps me with the obligations/deadlines part. I'm totally dependent on Him for those things. Wouldn't have it any other way.


5. What's your favorite worship song, and why? If you had asked me this question one year ago, I would have answered "Amazing Love." It's been my favorite for years. But this year, I'm very drawn to a song called "Praise You in this Storm" (by Casting Crowns). The lyrics are so true of my life right now:


I'll praise you in this storm


and I will lift my hands for


You are who You are no matter


where I am and every tear


I've cried You hold in your hand


You never left my side


and though my heart is torn


I will praise You in this storm


(Praise You in This Storm, words by Mark Hall/music by Mark Hall and Bernie Herms)


Trust me when I say that it is possible for believers to go on praising, even when the storms are blowing out of control around you.


6. What do you crave (beverage or food) when you have writer's stress? I am addicted to Diet Dr. Pepper. And when I'm really needing a treat, I turn to Earl Grey tea (like Annie Peterson) or even Chai Latte. When all else fails, I reach for a piece of cheesecake.


7. Where did you birth the idea for this book (and the series)? When? How did it come about? Did any of the experiences in the story happen to you personally?I have four daughters in their 20's. Two of them got married in 2004 within four and a half months of each other. It was a stressful time, but I always knew I'd eventually be able to use the information in a story. Just about the time I thought I could rest, my third daughter got engaged. Her wedding just took place six weeks ago. Three down, one to go! As for how I decided to turn these books into mysteries (instead of traditional romances)... I asked myself the question, "What would you do if you had to pay for two weddings and didn't have the money to do so?" Out of that, the first book (THE WEDDING CAPER) was born. After that, I got to thinking, "What would you do if the groom disappeared just before the wedding?) Out of that, GONE WITH THE GROOM was born. And so on, and so forth.

8. If your book was turned into a movie, who would play the main characters?Wow. Never thought about that before. Who would play Annie Peterson? If she were still alive, I might pick someone funny like Madeline Kahn. If she were younger, maybe Carol Burnett? Diane Keaton might work, (though, Annie is really only turning 50, so even Diane might be a bit too old). As for the twin daughters, I think it would be fun to have someone like Jennifer Garner play dual roles. Or, hey...what about the Olsen twins? They could split the workload, and they're about the right age. As for the husband (Warren) I wouldn't want to go for anyone terribly famous, because I wouldn't want him to outshine Annie. For Sheila? Someone quirky like Bette Midler or even Kathy Bates would do - in flamboyant colors, of course.


9. Which one of your characters is most like you, and why do you say that? I'm a lot like Annie Peterson, truth be told. I find myself "in over my head" a lot, and I tend to think I can solve most any problem. She's going through some empty nest issues, and I can certainly relate to that. Like Annie I also find myself turning to God for the real answers. I'd like to say I'm funny like Sheila, but I patterned that character after my best friend Kay, who always keeps me laughing. Kay is always coming up with funny sayings, and all-the-more, now that she knows I need material for Sheila to use.


10. What do you want your readers to know about you?I love God with my whole heart, and no matter what troubles come my way, (no matter what mysteries I need to solve) I will never ever give up on my faith. Never. I will keep on keeping on, no matter what!

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Check back tomorrow when I will review "Veil of Fire." I will draw on Saturday, so make sure that you check back to win all four of my titles for this week!

Smiles and Loves!

Janis

6 comments:

Laurel Wreath said...

Sounds like a fun book! Thanks for the review.

Kylinsmom said...

I seriously need some good reading material. Thax for the reviews! This is a great giveaway.

Homemom3 said...

Wow, this sounds like an interesting read. Love the interview.

Lisa writes... said...

Sounds like a fun book--and I have to agree: "Flabbergasted" is GREAT!

julie said...

Sounds great. I hope I win!

Org Junkie said...

Oh my I came over after you visited me and I see you are having a giveaway. Yeah! Count me in :)

Oh but I still want to say thanks for coming by!!

Laura

 

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