Thursday, March 17, 2011

THE MOUNTAINS BOW DOWN - Sibella Giorello - Free Book

Welcome, Sibella. Why do you write the kind of books you do? 

For a long while, I couldn't find the book I wanted to read. So I wrote it. That's still the reason behind the Raleigh Harmon mysteries. Gritty, not gorey. Faith-based, but not preachy. And a puzzle even the author has trouble figuring out.

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

Not to sound morbid, but every day I wake up happy to be alive. The happiest day? I've known some great days, some amazing days. But life just gets better, so maybe the happiest day will be my last day on earth. Wouldn't that be poignant and wonderful?

Good answer. How has being published changed your life?

Not so much. Getting published is the reverse of winning the lottery. Instead of free money and giving up your job, you get years of hard work. Good work. Fun work. But still, hard work. That being said, I wouldn't trade this writing life for all the Powerball winnings in America.

I so agree with you. What are you reading right now?

For some reason, it's always several books. Right now three: The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean, a delightful look at the Periodic Table; The Good, Good Pig by Sy Montgomery; and some early Michael Connelly novels where he introduces LA Detective Harry Bosch.

What is your current work in progress?

I'm finishing up The Stars Shine Bright, the fifth Raleigh Harmon novel. After that it's research on the sixth book, which has yet to be named. After naming Stars" I hit some kind of wall. All these titles have a certain wavelength: The Stones Cry Out, The Rivers Run Dry, The Clouds Roll Away, and now The Mountains Bow Down. So if anyone out there can think of a title, I'm open. Email me.

What would be your dream vacation?

Some kind of around-the-world cruise. Plenty of time to read while visiting exotic locales, yet still sleeping in the same bed every night. Priceless.

I love going on cruises. I think it's about time for us to take another one. How do you choose your settings for each book?

The settings choose me. Certain places -- Richmond, Seattle, Alaska -- lock up my imagination and beg Raleigh Harmon to come and play. I'm happy to oblige.

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

My husband. I just really enjoy his company. After almost twenty years of marriage, he still makes me laugh.

Wait until you're married over 46 years as James and I am. It just keeps getting better and better. What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?

Running. Especially mountain trails. But one day I'm going to learn to knit, although I've been saying that for half my life. Maybe THAT will be the happiest day -- when I finally learn to knit.

I could teach you. What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?

Sitting still. Do. Not. Like. Which explains the knitting problem.

Somebody once suggested I get a treadmill-desk, which allows you to walk and write at the same time. But I'm not sure that's the answer.

For me, the best solution is to write as fast and efficiently as possible. Don't procrastinate. If you put off today's writing, it means you have to sit there longer tomorrow. Ugh.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?

Give it time -- in every sense. Be patient while learning the mechanics of writing and the business of publishing. But also give time to your dream. If writing means something to you, don't short-change it. That might mean quitting some other hobby or activity, but writing is an apprenticeship. Dedicate the time. Harvest the fruit.

Tell us about the book.

In The Mountains Bow Down forensic geologist–turned–FBI agent Raleigh Harmon takes a much-needed vacation on an Alaskan cruise. But a passenger is found hanged from the ship’s railing. Everyone assumes the death is a suicide, but Raleigh suspects foul play. The FBI sends Agent Jack Stephanson to help with the investigation, but he winds up confusing Raleigh's feelings for her fiance. To further complicate things, Raleigh's mother is onboard and she's not coping with the cruise. Four days remain before the ship docks in Seattle. Can Raleigh find the killer without her own life getting lost at sea?

I'm going to love reading it. Right now I'm reading The Stones Cry Out. What do you want readers to take away from the book?

I avoid thinking about take-aways. Readers should always decide about those. I just hope they enjoy Raleigh Harmon's company as much as I do.

How can my readers find you on the Internet?

Sibella’s celebrating the release of The Mountains Bow Down with a blog tour, a Cruise prize pack worth over $500 and a Facebook Party! Don't miss a minute of the fun.

One Grand Prize winner will receive:
  • A $500 gift certificate toward the cruise of their choice from Vacations To Go.
  • The entire set of the Raleigh Harmon series.
To enter click one of the icons below. Then tell your friends. And enter soon - the giveaway ends on 4/1! The winner will be announced at Sibella’s Raleigh Harmon Book Club Party on FB April 5th, 2011! Don’t miss the fun – prizes, books and gab!

Enter via E-mail Enter via FacebookEnter via Twitter

About the Facebook Party: Join Sibella and fans of the Raleigh Harmon series on April 5th at 5:00 pm PST (6 MST, 7 CST & 8 EST) for a Facebook Book Club Party. Sibella will be giving away some fun prizes, testing your trivia skills and hosting a book chat about the Raleigh Harmon books. Have questions you'd like to chat about - leave them on the Event page.

Blog Tour Schedule:

Sibella, thank you for sharing all of this with us.

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Leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)

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Naasom A. Sousa said...

Wow! Sounds like a wonderful mistery book. I love read stories of intrigue and suspense. Count me in, please. Thanks.

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Patsy said...

This does sounds like a great read. Just the title makes me want to read it. Count me in on the giveaway and thanks for giving away a copy.


Lana Packer said...

I love the idea of this book! It sounds so engaging! Can't wait to read! Please sign me up to win! Thank you!!


Kari Linder said...

This looks like an awesome read! Can't wait! Thanks for the chance to win!
Kari in ORegon

karenk said...

please count me in...thanks

karenk...from PA
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Marianne said...

Would love to win and blog about the Mountains bow down. Thanks Lena and Sibella for the interview and chance to win
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Ann Lee Miller said...

Count me in! Ann Lee Miller
Gilbert, AZ

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.


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Judylynn said...

Please enter me in this giveaway.

Judylynn in Tennessee

Claire Koenig said...

Sounds like the kind of book I've been looking for. Please enter me for a chance to win!

Claire Koenig, SF Bay Area

misskallie2000 said...

I have not read any of Sibella’s books but love this series. Will be adding to my wish list. Thanks for the great interview..
Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

I am from Georgia.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

cynthia said...

Sounds like an interesting story. I always like discovering new mysteries. I don't know if I could take a cruise around the world--although not having to pack all the time and travel sounds good.

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Pam K. said...

I've read several reviews of "The Mountains Bow Down." It really sounds like to would be a book I'd enjoy.
Please enter me to win this great mystery.
Thanks from Kansas.


windycindy said...

Most of the television shows that I watch have to do with the FBI and forensics...I especially love trying
to solve real cases. The plot of her book and the main character sound
intriguing. Also, I like how it is on a cruise ship.....
Many thanks, Cindi

Anonymous said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. Angela from KY

Lorna Faith said...

Sibella your book sounds great! I love to read mysteries:) Throw my name in the hat for the giveaway:)

Lorna from Alberta


Charlotte Kay said...

Loved, loved, loved the interview!
I would also like to experience Sibella's dream vacation: a cruise with plenty of time to read while traveling to various sites as well as sleeping in the same bed each night! AWWWWW!
Thanks for the giveaway:)
Charlotte Kay, Ohio

April said...

WOW! What an interesting sounding story. Would love to win.But just in case I added it to my TBR list.
What an amazing party at Facebook.
What a thrill it would be to win that package.


D U Okonkwo said...

This is a great interview, an her books sound really intersting!

Merry said...

Alaska, a cruise, a murder to solve, sounds like a terrific book. Please include me!
Merry in TX

windycindy said...

I have read many good things about this book! The cruise setting and the mystery sounds marvelous...
Thanks for a great interview!

rbooth43 said...

I posted on FB and invited friends to enter! Sounds like a great read!
North Carolina is my home state!

Cindy W. said...

Sounds like a wonderful book and I would love to be entered to win a copy. Thank you for the opportunity.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W. from Indiana


Carman said...

I would love to win a copy of this book! It looks so great! I'm sure it will be a wonderful read.

booklovercb at yahoo dot com

I live in the midwest.

Norma said...

Sounds intriguing - would love to read this book.