Monday, October 12, 2009

A BRIDE OF HONOR - Ruth Axtell Morren - Free Book

I'm glad to have you back on my blog, Ruth. Why do you write the kind of books you do?

Because these are the kinds of stories I most enjoy reading: historical romances with lots of dialogue between the hero and heroine.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?

Holding my first born in my arms...after a long labor.

How has being published changed your life?

It has shown me what so many published writers before me have discovered: it's only the beginning of a whole new journey.

What are you reading right now?

I just finished Golden Keyes Parson's Prisoner of Versailles. I'm currently reading The Victorian Internet, a history of telegraphy; Victorian London: The Tale of a City 1840-1870 (can you tell I'm researching a Victorian story?), and Susan Page Davis's Hearts in the Crosshairs,a Love Inspired Suspense.

What is your current work in progress?

I'm working on a Love Inspired Historical, a late Victorian story set in London.

We'll need to feature it here when it comes out. What would be your dream vacation?

Going on a research trip to wherever I have a story idea for. Scotland would be nice.

How do you choose your settings for each book?

Some ideas just come to me, a lot of times from a dream. Others come when I'm researching a current historical. I'll read about some historical event or character that will intrigue me.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?

President Obama. I think he is a person for 'such a time as this,' and I would love to talk to him about his vision for this nation.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?

I have no time for hobbies at this point in my life. I walk almost every day, drawing inspiration from the beautiful Maine coastline and forests. I also like to garden, both flower and vegetable. When I do have time for hobbies again, I can envision taking up knitting once more, going on short-term missions trips, and doing more community work.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?

Getting distracted by all the other things that need doing on my desk (or in my e-mailbox) or around the house (or outside in the yard). I just get to a point where I have to bite the bullet and just focus on whatever phase of the story I'm in. At this moment, it's the research and laying the groundwork for my current project.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?

Have a reliable source of income (whether your own or your spouse's), b/c breaking into a stable writing career is a loooooong, slow process, getting harder every day.

Tell us about the featured book?

A Bride of Honor is a story I got the idea for while writing The Making of a Gentleman. TMOAG is about a spinster. ABOH is her brother's story. He appears in TMOAG although both stories stand alone. He is one of those souls for whom it seems very easy to be a committed, devoted Christian. I began wondering what would make it difficult for him to follow the straight and narrow.

Please give us the first page of the book.

London, April 1812
“I have found David,the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart.” Damien paused in the reading of the scripture and looked from the pulpit to the congregation below him.

St. George's Chapel was filled to overflowing. Not due solely to his preaching, unfortunately, although his flock had been growing steadily in the last few years since he'd been curate there.
No, it was not the service or his preaching that brought most people out this Sunday to morning prayer, but scandal.

Damien's glance strayed to the chancel where his sister sat beside her intended. Jonah Quinn, a man who'd escaped the gallows and been a fugitive from the law, had only last week received a royal pardon from the prince regent himself.

I'm totally intrigued. How can readers find you on the Internet?

Either on my website:
or blogspot,
or just look me up on Amazon or one of the other bookstore sites.

Readers, here's a link where you can order the book.

Leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book.

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The only notification you'll receive is the winner post on this blog. So be sure to check back a week from Saturday to see if you won. You will have 6 weeks from the posting of the winners to claim your book.

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Renee said...

I've read everyone of Ruth's books...except this one! I loved them all! I'm excited to read the next one too...can't wait!!!!

xoxo~ Renee

Theresa N. said...

The story sounds very intriguing from the part shared.
Theresa N

Merry said...

I would love a chance to win A Bride of Honor, please include me in the drawing. Thanks!

Mark said...

I'd like to enter, thanks

gahome2mom said...

I like the idea of writing about a man with honor. Thanks.


Charity said...

I would love to win this book! Historical books are what I enjoy most:) Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!

Michelle V said...

This book looks wonderful! Please enter me.


kristen said...

WOW! That first page sizzles.
Please enter me!!:)

Lady Araujo said...

Sounds great. Please, enter me.
Lady Araujo

Wendy said...

I have read many of her books. Thanks for the chance.

Julie said...

This book sounds great! I would love to win a copy.


Debra said...

This book sounds wonderful! Please enter me in the drawing.


Laura in Texas said...

I enjoyed hearing Ruth's publication story, and the excerpt of the book was too intriguing. I'd love to read it, but I'm first going to have to track down the first book!
lauramctx at

Abi said...

Oh, sounds like another good book to add to my tbr pile.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a book I'd love to read.


Marla said...

I have not read any of Ruth's books, but after reading about this book, I'm interested in her books. Thank you for the entry.

Megan said...

Great first page, I definitely want a copy now! And I will meet you in Scotland!


Brenda said...

The story sounds so great, I would love to read it.

dancealert at aol dot com

Anonymous said...

Another a new Author for me. It's great knowing a new author!
Books sounds great too.

Katie said...

Please enter me... thanks


Ruth Axtell Morren said...

Thanks, everyone, for posting. I hope all of you who haven't read one of my books will try one & like it! Also, congrats to whoever won a copy of A Bride of Honor. I will be sure to mail you out a copy as soon as I hear from Lena. I'm sorry I wasn't available when this interview went up. Yesterday, we spent the whole day traveling to a college here in Maine with my oldest son, taking a campus tour, having him interviewed, etc.
It was a first, since he'll be the first out of the nest.

Julie Klassen said...

I enjoyed reading the interview, Ruth and Lena! Thanks.

Debra E Marvin said...

Somehow I haven't read one of Ruth's books either, but I hope to remedy that. Melanie D gives it an enthusiastic thumbs up, so . . .
I'll be looking for it and the previous one.
Please enter me in the drawing -

debraemarvin at yahoo

Cherie J said...

Enjoyed the interview. Please enter me in the drawing.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a book I would really enjoy reading. Please enter me.

Jennifer Hudson Taylor said...

I love Ruth's books. I'd love to be entered.

Susanne Dietze said...

I would love to read this book. Thanks for the opportunity to enter the drawing!
srdietze at sbcglobal dot net

The Herd said...

Enter me:) Enjoyed the questions

Dina Sleiman said...

I'm a fan of Ruth's and would love a chance to win.

dinasleiman at gmail dot com

Marie Starr said...

Loved reading your blog!

I'm a GREAT fan of Ruth's and would love the opportunity to win her book! Thanks for the opportunity!

Marie Starr

April said...

Please enter me.

kellie said...

This sounds like an incredible book please enter me for a chance to win this book thanks

Edna said...

I love historical fiction and would love to win this book,

May God bless


~Tami said...

I just recently got back into reading fiction! I'd love to win!

Katherine said...

This book looks very good. Please enter me for the drawing.


Anna W. said...

Sounds great... please enter me!

Anna W.

Deborah M said...

Another new author to me. Please enter me in the contest.
Deborah M.

adge said...

This looks great. Please include me in the giveaway.

Carla Gade said...

I enjoyed the interview. I just adore Ruth's novels. Some of the best I've ever read. They just sweep me awaly! She's a gifted writer.