Tuesday, July 03, 2012

LADY ANNE'S QUEST - Susan Page Davis - One Free Book

God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
I am not sure what I’ll end up writing next year, because of all the changes in the publishing world, but for the rest of this year I’m writing mysteries. I will also continue writing historical romance—and historicals with mysteries in them.

Tell us a little about your family.
My husband and I and our two youngest (of six) children moved from Maine to Kentucky two years ago, when Jim retired. We’re now closer than before to all of our adult children but one (my mystery co-author Megan lives in England) and our eight grandchildren. We live a very low-key life. The two kids still at home are students.

Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
I’ve always read a wide variety of books, both fiction and nonfiction. Now I spend more time “keeping up” with what others are writing in the genre of my works in progress, and also on nonfiction research reading.

What are you working on right now?
Today I am working on a mystery for Guideposts. This will be #26 in the Patchwork Mysteries series, of which I have written four. Several different authors are writing these books, so that Guideposts can publish one a month. It’s great fun. Right now the main character is preparing for a big event that will actually take place in the next book, so I’m coordinating her activities with Camy Tang, who will write book #27. Hint: it involves a special dress, flowers, and a cake.

What outside interests do you have?
I have long term interests in history and genealogy, as well as logic, education, animals, handcrafts, and needlework.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
Sometimes they are chosen for me by the editors, but if it’s totally up to me, I usually start with the basic plot of the story and set it wherever it will play out best.

If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
I’d love to talk to Captain James Cook, the explorer. He was a brilliant man and a real hero in my opinion.

What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
I had no idea about the editing process that happens after your manuscript is bought. I wish I’d had a better understanding of this and all that the book goes through before final production.

What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
To wait and let Him do His work.

What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Read a lot, write every day, and network.

Tell us about the featured book, Lady Anne’s Quest.
Lady Anne believes her prayers are answered and she’s at last found her long lost uncle. Unwilling to let her meet him on her own, Dan Adams accompanies her to her uncle’s ranch. But both are convinced the man claiming to be her uncle is an impostor. They decide to continue the search for the new Earl of Stoneford.

But now the swindler is on their trail, hoping to steal Uncle David’s inheritance. Dan has his hands full trying to protect Anne, but he finds he must guard his heart just as carefully. Even though he’s good at keeping her safe, he knows he’ll never convince Anne to become a farmer’s wife in Oregon when she has her sights set on returning to her home in England. But as Anne’s quest becomes even more difficult—and dangerous—she begins to see Dan differently. Will she soon be envisioning a new life in America?

Please give us an excerpt from the book.
Anne gulped. How could this man be her uncle? Impossible.

            She sucked in a deep breath. Though he repelled her, she must use her manners and greet him warmly. He was now her closest living relative. Or was he? Could there possibly be two men named David Stone in the territory? Perhaps this was all a mistake.

            Her stomach plummeted at the thought, but she pasted on a smile.

“Hello. I’m searching for Mr. David Stone. Would you happen to know where he lives?”

He laughed, a big, noisy guffaw. “Why, sweetheart, you’re lookin’ at him.” He moved down onto the next step, and Anne backed away, into the solid bulk of Dan Adams.

“Daniel,” she gasped.

Dan touched her back only for an instant, and she took comfort from that reassuring pat. He stepped around her, between her and the stranger.

“Howdy. Are you Mr. Stone?”

“Yes, I am,” the other man said. He held out a meaty hand. “I’m this little gal’s uncle. And who might you be, mister?”

“My name is Daniel Adams.”

The man’s eyes narrowed to slits as they shook hands, as though he was trying to categorize his guest, but Dan didn’t offer more information.
Anne recovered at least a portion of her poise and moved up next to Dan. “I’m sorry, but you’re not at all what I expected.” She eyed the man. He was several inches taller than she was, but not nearly as tall as Daniel. She gazed at his fleshy face, his flinty eyes, and his slicked-back, badly barbered hair.

She longed to bring out the miniature portrait in her handbag, but an inner restraint told her not to. This man could not be the same one who posed for the portrait twenty years ago. Or could he?

“You wrote that you wanted to see me and give me some news,” the man said. “Come on in.”

Anne looked at Dan. He arched his eyebrows, seeking her opinion.

“Well, I. . .”

“Come on.” The man started up the steps again, beckoning with his beefy arm. “Millie’s got supper ready.”

Anne swallowed hard and looked to Dan again. He held out his crooked arm. She took it and walked with him up the steps and into the little house.

Her eyes took a moment to adjust to the dim interior. The house appeared to be divided into two rooms, and they had entered the kitchen. A cook stove stood to the right, with a stovepipe reaching up and bending to meet the chimney. A rough wooden table stood in the middle of the floor, and a woman came past it with her hands extended in greeting.

“So you’re little Anne.” She smiled broadly and seized both Anne’s hands. “Oh, my, what a lovely young woman you are.” She threw the man a reproachful glance. “David, you should have told me.”

He shrugged. “Didn’t know. This here’s Millie.”

Anne found it hard to rip her gaze away from him and appraise Millie. The woman’s thick auburn hair hung loose about her shoulders, and she wore lip rouge. Beyond that, the dim lighting left her in mystery, but her gathered and flounced dress looked to be of decent quality, unlike the man’s clothing.

“Is this your husband?” Millie asked.

“No,” Anne said quickly. “Dan is just a friend. He offered to ride down here with me, since I didn’t want to travel alone.” She eyed the stocky man as she spoke, hoping to shame him at least a little for not offering to go to Corvallis for her, but he only smiled and nodded.

“Well, let’s sit down, folks. You must be hungry. Millie’s been keeping a pot of stew simmering all day. We thought you might get here this afternoon.”
Millie hurried to a bank of curtained shelves on the far wall and pushed the calico curtain aside. “I only set up for three, but you’re welcome to join us, Mr. Adams.” She turned with a tin plate and a thick china mug in her hands.

“Let me help you,” Anne said.

“Oh, no, that’s all right. Sit right down.” Quickly Millie laid another place setting for Dan. “Just grab that little bench by the window, Mr. Adams.”

The four of them sat down at the table, and Millie began ladling out portions of stew. No one mentioned giving thanks for the food, which Anne found unsettling. The Stones had always been God-fearing Anglicans. She glanced at Dan, and he gritted his teeth then said, “Would you mind if I said grace?”

Their host stared blankly at him, but Millie said, “Go right ahead.”

Anne closed her eyes. She’d never heard Dan pray before, but his quiet words soothed her.

“Dear Lord, we thank you for a safe journey and for the food we are about to receive. Amen.”

“Amen,” Anne whispered. She opened her eyes. Millie stood with the ladle in her hand, watching Dan as though waiting for a cue to continue serving.

“So you had a good trip down here from Corvallis?” the man asked.

“Well enough,” Dan said.

He looked at Anne. “And did you come all the way across the country, or did you sail?”

“We came by wagon train,” she said.

“Is that right?” He shook his head. His drying hair tumbled willy-nilly down his forehead. “Rough trip. Isn’t that right, Millie?”

“It’s bad enough.” She handed him a bowl of stew. “Pass those biscuits around, David.”

The food was more palatable than Anne had dared hope, and she ate two biscuits with apple butter and a large bowl of beef stew.

“Your stew is delicious,” she said to Millie. “Thank you so much for feeding us.”
“Yes,” Dan said. “Mighty fine meal, ma’am.”

“Oh, it’s nothing.” But Millie’s smile said it was something. “What was the family news you hinted at in your letter to David, Miss Stone?”

 How can readers find you on the Internet?
My website is at www.susanpagedavis.com. I give away several books each month, for people who enter using a contest form on the left side of my home page.

Thank you, Susan, for stopping by and visiting with us today.

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Lady Anne's Quest (Prairie Dreams) - paperback
Lady Anne's Quest (Prairie Dreams) - Kindle

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Marianne said...

What a great interview, Lena and Susan. i love it when i learn new things each time i read an interview. i love the premise of the novel. it sounds good. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.

Marianne from northern Alberta

mitzi underscore wanham at yahoo dot com

Amy Campbell said...

This book sounds great!
Amy Campbell
Southwest VA

Patty said...

I read the first book in this series and really enjoyed it. One of the better books about the Oregon Trail/westward journey I thought!

Patty in SC

Wendy Newcomb said...

This sounds like a book I'd really enjoy.

Wendy from FL

rubynreba said...

Enjoyed the interview. Thanks for the chance to win this book.
Beth from Iowa

collettakay said...

Ohh! This book is on my wishlist!

I live in PA.

collettaskitchensink [at] yahoo [dot] com


Melissa Jagears said...

rmjagears AT gmail DOT com


Susan Page Davis said...

Thanks, everyone! I loved writing this series. Having lived in the Eugene, Oregon area, it was a special treat to write about it.

scottsgal said...

I'm a big fan of Susan's writing. This sounds like a wonderful book
cheryl in IL
msboatgal at aol.com

marybelle said...

Living in Australia you can imagine that we learned a LOT about Captain James Cook in school. He is down as one of the first to discover this beautiful southern land.

I am looking forward to reading LADY ANNE'S QUEST.

Mary P


Wendy Marple said...

I would love to read this book.
Buffalo, MN

Joanna Richmond said...

sound's and look's interesting, would Love to read it. enter me in the give away Thanks
Joanna Richmond
Blanch NC

Sarah said...

Looks and sounds interesting!
Enter me!
God Bless!

Anna W. said...

Ooh, sounds good! Thanks for the giveaway!

Anna W. from GA

Anonymous said...

would love to win.
angela and tacobelle from KY

Carol N Wong said...

I love all the books by Susan Paige Davis. Her books speak to my heart and mind. Thank you for the opportunity to try for this book.

Dallas area, TX


Abigail Richmond said...

Looks Interesting! Please enter me!
Blanch, N.C.

Susan Page Davis said...

Thanks, ladies! I hope everyone is keeping cool. It's "only" 102 here this afternoon.

Ingrid Stukey said...

Thank you Lena and Susan for another great interview. Your Book looks so good I can't wait to read it, please add me to your Giveaway.

Happy 4th of July!

I live in S.Illinois


Cindy W. said...

Would love to win a copy of Lady Anne's Quest. Thank you for the chance.

I live in Indiana.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


Lourdes said...

Book sounds great would love to win.

Lourdes in Huntington NY

Liz R said...

Sounds like a book I'd love to read, Thanks for the giveaway!

Liz R in AL

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me this book looks like a great read!!
Sharon Richmond
Blanch, NC.

apple blossom said...

please enter me thanks for chance to win

live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Brenda Stimely said...

Love reading these interviews!

Lake Worth, FL

Diana Gardner said...

Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks! Portsmouth, VA

Lane Hill House said...

I don't trust that guy! Not her uncle but a "gold digger!" Hmmm... would like to win to find out what happens!
Kathleen ~*~ Missouri

Dee-Dee's Grandma said...

So looking forward to reading this book. Dee-Dee's Grandma/Illinois

Merry said...

Thanks for the peek at Lady Anne's Quest, I can't wait to read it!
Merry in TX