Monday, October 29, 2012

CALLIE - Sharon Srock - One Free Book or Ebook

Welcome, Sharon. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I don’t, intentionally, write any of me into my characters. That doesn’t mean you won’t find a little piece of me in all of the women. Callie teaches Sunday school and loves her guacamole, Terri is looking for God’s will in her life and arguing the whole way, Pam is learning lessons in forgiveness. Yep, there I am.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Dressed up in a Starfleet uniform.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
Believe it or not, I went to bed one night, a normal person, and woke up the next morning determined to write a book. I know, now, where that came from. It was more than a little weird at the time.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I love a good courtroom drama. Fantasy when it’s well done. By well done, I mean it has to completely draw me into a different world. Mysteries, and Romantic suspense are devoured at my house like chocolate covered cherries.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I guess I’m a product of our environment. I like being busy. Even on a vacation I have to consciously tell myself to slow down and enjoy the moment. Sanity…I’m a writer, that option took a hike a few years back.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
I like to go for simple. I think my readers will identify with simple.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I’m going to assume you don’t mean raising terrific daughters.  Really? This book. Not just for the validation or a sense of “I can really do this”. But because I feel like it represents me, finally finding God’s place for me.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
A Unicorn of course. White and flowing and graceful and everyone loves them.

What is your favorite food?
I have two rules when I cook. If it’s sweet add chocolate. If it isn’t sweet add cheese.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Not believing in myself. I had a lot of good support and prayer partners who wouldn’t let me wiggle out of God’s will for me, even if I wasn’t sure I should go there.

Tell us about the featured book.
Callie’s spirit is broken after a child she was trying to help is murdered by his abusive father. Little Sawyer would still be alive if she’d minded her own business, wouldn’t he? God refuses to allow Callie’s life to be defined by undeserved guilt and blame so he places her in a situation she can’t walk away from. Iris and Samantha Evans need help and Callie is the tool God wants to use. When she steps out in faith and begins working to reunite these girls with the father who abandoned them ten years ago, Callie discovers that God is rescuing her right along with the Evans family.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Callie Stillman dabbed raindrops from her face with a linen napkin as Benton dodged a server with a loaded tray and took his place across from her. She smiled into her husband’s blue eyes and reached across to wipe water from his beard. “We’ll both have pneumonia if we don’t dry off soon.”

Benton took the napkin and finished the job. “I’ve been told the food is very good. A few sniffles should be worth it.”

Callie’s gaze roamed the room. “It’s…” Recognition slammed into her chest, forcing the air from her lungs. The man crossing the room behind her husband nodded and continued to his table. Was that the bailiff? Do you swear to tell the truth… She gulped for breath and fought the familiar darkness that crowded the edges of her vision.

Callie ran a finger around her collar, tugging the neck of the blouse away from skin suddenly dewed with a fine film of sweat. Too hot. She took a sip of water, dismayed at the tremor in her hand as she lifted the glass to her lips. Not here, not tonight. Callie closed her eyes and practiced the breathing techniques she’d learned over the last six months. In through her nose, hold for a few seconds, and out through her mouth. Concentrate only on the current step in the process, the next breath. The tightness in her chest began to fade away. Thank you, Jesus. She raised her water again and held the cold glass to her flushed cheek.

My editor and I, in an attempt to introduce the Women of Valley View to potential readers have put together a free 39 page PDF. Here is the link to that.

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Marianne said...

i have been getting installments of this novel on email, but have resisted reading them, because i want to read the book! Thanks for the opportunity, Lena and Sharon. Looking forward to reading it. And Sharon, i love your cheese and chocolate rule. Sounds awesome to me!

marianne from Alberta


Anonymous said...

i would be blessed to win a printed copy of this book.
angela from KY

Sharon said...

Ladies, I so glad you stopped by for a visit. Good luck in the drawing.

Jasmine A. said...

Northwest Montana where it is raining right now.

Sharon said...

Curl up with a good book and stay dry Jasmine!!

spangldlady said...

I would love to win this book. Please enter my name in the drawing. Blessings unnumbered! Darlene


Sharon said...

Hey Darlene, good to see you here. Good luck!!

rubynreba said...

I'd really enjoy this book. The interview and first page of the book were great!
Beth from Iowa

Amy Campbell said...

Thanks for a fun interview. Would love to win a copy.
Amy C

Jo said...

I would love to read this book. My great granddaughter has the same name although hers is spelled Cali.

Jo from Southern Arizona

apple blossom said...

thanks for chance to win

live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Lyndie Blevins said...

Thanks for the opportunity to get this book.
Lyndie Blevins

Duncanville, Tx

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read callie's story

kmkuka at yahoo dot com
.from pa.

spangldlady said...

Well, Lena, I forgot to leave my state name when I entered above. It is MO. I wonder about me sometimes! :D Darlene


Sarah said...

If I win I well pick the paperback book.
Enter me!!

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me for a paperback copy of this book!! It sounds and looks great!!
Sharon Richmond

Sharon said...
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Sharon said...

Wow, ladies, I am overwhelmed. Go to work for a day and come home to all your remarkable responses to my book. Thanks for all the kind words and good luck to all in the drawing.

Anonymous said...

I would love to win CALLIE as I really enjoy Christian Fiction.
I'm from San Diego, CA.

Lyndie Blevins said...

Thanks for the opportunity to get this book.
Lyndie Blevins
Duncanville, Texas

Sharon said...

Ladies, thanks for stopping by. Good luck in the drawing. I do hope you'll consider reading Callie's story even if you don't win.

Jackie Tessnair said...

I would love to read this book.Please enter me.Thanks...Jackie Tessnair from N.C.

Sharon said...

Jackie, North Carolina is one of my favorite places. Good luck!

sharon m. said...

Would love to win CALLIE. san diego, ca

Mary Preston said...

I have seen CALLIE around & about and know it's a book for me.

Mary P


Sharon said...

Sharon and Mary, I wish you both good luck!

Veronica Sternberg said...

This sounds like one I'd really enjoy. I'm in MN.

Diana Gardner said...

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

Jes said...

This sounds good! Thanks for sharing the excerpt!

jswaks at gmail dot com