Tuesday, January 15, 2013

UNCONDITIONAL - Tanya Eavenson - One Free Ebook

Tanya Eavenson and her husband have been in the ministry for fifteen years teaching youth, adults, and counseling. Tanya enjoys spending time with her husband, and their three children. Her favorite pastime is grabbing a cup of coffee and reading a good book. Tanya is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and writes for Christ to the World Ministries sharing the Gospel around the world. You can find her on Twitter at @Tan_eave and contact her at her website www.tanyaeavenson.com  Want to learn more about writing? Stop by her blog http://guidedgirls.blogspot.com

Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I’d have to say that every character has a piece of me within them, whether it’s something the character likes, a physical attribute, or even a journey of spiritual growth. There’s a scene in the novel where Elizabeth and Chris head out to the lake. Elizabeth tries to hold onto the dock, but is unable and the boat floats away. When I thought to add that scene, I could only laugh. It was the first time I’d ever tried to use a trolling motor.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Oh, I know I’m quirky, but one thing I did as a child was climb on top of the roof of my house with a telescope and watch the stars at night.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I’m not sure when it happened really, but it took longer than most. See, I never intended to be a writer, it just happened when my husband left for a mission trip. Then in 2011 Unconditional semi-finaled in the ACFW Genesis contest. I still didn’t believe I was really a writer but I keep plugging away, learning the craft. It wasn’t even when I signed my first contract. It happened when my husband told me he was proud of me and that I trusted God and never looked back. That’s when I became a writer and an author at the same time.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I love to read non-fiction that dives into God’s word. Next would be historical fiction.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I’m still learning. =)

How do you choose your characters’ names?
I choose names that I’ve always liked. I remember being in middle school and picking out the names my children would have one day. And yes, I did actually name my youngest child one of those names, and that name is my heroine in my novel Unconditional.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I’d have to say being a child of God. There is no other joy than following after Christ with all your heart and soul, willing to do whatever He calls us to do.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
A Snow Tiger. They are the most beautiful animals I’ve ever seen and their eyes…. Most of them have blue eyes, but some have a more of a bluish/green tint and against their white coats, they are very distinct.

There are a couple at the Ft. Worth Zoo. They’re beautiful. What is your favorite food?
It’s a toss-up between Cuban and Italian.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
My greatest roadblock, and one I still face today, is being afraid of making mistakes for people to see. Most of the time I overcome it by praying, but it runs deep, so it’s a struggle.

Tell us about the featured book.
He will fight for her at any costs…

Unconditional is about a husband and wife who find their world has been turned upside down after an accident. Elizabeth Roberts can't remember her past, and the present is too painful. She turns to nightclubs and drinking to forget her infant daughter's death, her husband's affair.

When Elizabeth’s coma wiped out the memory of their marriage, Chris Roberts found comfort elsewhere. He can't erase his betrayal, but with God's help he’s determined to fight for Elizabeth at any cost.

This book is very dear to my heart because God put it there. Statistics show whether you are a Christian or a non-Christian, marriages are failing at the same rate. I believe in marriage there needs to be an unconditional love as God shows and displays in our lives. He also tells us to love our enemies as ourselves, so what is that saying for our marriages today? We need to show a love that isn’t possible from us alone, but a love that comes from God who ordained marriage to last.

I wholeheartedly believe that if we fight for our marriages and follow after Christ, He will be the One to show us an unconditional love for our spouses.

Yes, I know couples who did that after bitter and even fairly long times apart. I love to watch God’s miracles. Please give us the first page of the book.
Sure! Hope you enjoy!

Chapter One

Elizabeth pushed herself up from the bed. Her gaze swept the dark room and fixed on the hall nightlight. Her hand grazed over her husband’s shoulder when a thought gripped her. Katherine. The baby monitor stood silent. Darkness shrouded the red and green lights that indicated movement.

Her chest tightened. She hurled the covers away and leapt to the floor. Panic made her clumsy as she rushed to her daughter’s room. She lunged over the crib. No sound. No movement. Not even a stirring of air from her tiny nostrils.

“Katherine!” Elizabeth snatched her daughter from the mattress. The infant drew a heavy breath as her eyes flung wide open.

Lord, what’s happening?

Elizabeth’s bare feet pounded the cold tile as she ran back to her husband. “Chris, wake up! Katherine quit breathing again!”

Chris rubbed his eyes and scowled. “What is it?”

“We need to take Katherine to the hospital. She stopped breathing.”

He studied their child. “She seems to be breathing now. Are you sure?”

“Of course, I’m sure.”

“She’s fine.” Chris fell back against the pillow.


“We don’t have the money to take her to the hospital when there’s nothing wrong with her.”

“But there is. She stopped breathing.”

He sat back up. “You’ve been worried about her since before she was born. You’re all worked up because she hasn’t rolled over yet. The doctor said that’s normal for being early.”

She’s called a preemie. She glared into his eyes. “If you were home more often you’d know she’s not fine.”

“I’m home, Elizabeth, and she’s fine.”

Heat flushed her cheeks as tears filled her eyes. “I’m scared. Can’t you see that? I need you to pray for our daughter. I need you to hold me and tell me everything will be all right.”

“Look, she’s sleeping.” His voice softened as his hand ran down her thigh. “Come to bed.”

“How can you care so little? I’m worried about our baby.”

Chris’s hand dropped to the sheets. “Shut the door when you leave.” He turned away from her.

Elizabeth stood for a moment unable to speak. With their baby in her arms, she slowly closed the door behind her and sank her teeth into her lip to keep from crying. If tears came, it would be for her daughter, not for the stranger in her bed.

An interesting start. Can’t wait to read the rest. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Readers can find me at my website www.tanyaeavenson.com and on Twitter @Tan_eave

"Unconditional is a powerfully-gripping story of deep heartache laced with fears, yet even through the sorrow, Tanya Eavenson reminds us that nothing can separate us from God's love."
 ~ Alice J. Wisler, author of "Still Life in Shadows" and other novels

"Not your typical amnesia story, Unconditional tells a tale of loss, betrayal, and forgiveness. Eavenson drags her characters through the fire, then reveals God’s power through their broken lives. The writing is stellar; the emotion, raw and palpable; the cast, impeccably crafted. This author is one to be watched!"
~ April W Gardner, award-winning author

"Unconditional explores the struggles that married couples sometimes experience, and the decisions they must make after going through difficult circumstances. A powerful story of hope and healing."
~ Laura V. Hilton, Healing Love (Whitaker House)

"Unconditional is a beautiful story of God's never-ending love. Throughout its pages, Tanya Eavenson evokes a myriad of emotions in her readers, from deep despair to heartfelt praise. The characters gripped my heart, showing me the reality of man's sin but also the depth of God's grace. Unconditional is a well-written, heart-stirring novel written by a talented new author.

Thank you, Lena, for having me on your blog. I’d like to give away a copy of Unconditional to one person who leaves a comment by answering any question you asked me in the interview.

And thank you, Tanya, for sharing this story with us.

Readers, here’s a link to the book. By using it when you order, you help support this blog. 

Leave a comment answering one of the questions I asked Tanya 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.)

Void where prohibited; the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.

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 4 weeks from the posting of the winners to claim your book.

If you’re reading this on Feedblitz, Facebook, or Amazon, please come to the blog to leave your comment if you want to be included in the drawing. Here’s a link.


mongupp r said...

If I were an animal I would choose to be a dolphin as they are so cute and they have no fear of the water. Tanya's Book sounds amazing!

Monica, Ontario

Breanna said...

Wow! Unconditional is a book I definitely want to read. Tanya's statement about asking God for unconditional love and following His plan was touching. I'm not married yet, but I don't want my marriage to be among the majority of those that fall apart. I must read this book! Please enter me! Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

Breanna from Indiana

Deborah M said...

Hi Tanya,
Congratulations on your debut book. I know how that feels. Lena wanted us to answer a question she asked. I chose "How do you keep your sanity in a run, run, run world." Answer: "Who says I'm sane. LOL"

Hope I win a copy of your book.
Deborah Malone/Georgia
"Death in Dahlonega"

Lourdes said...

I would like very much to win this book. Thank you!

Lourdes Long Island, NY

Patty said...

Thanks for the intro to a new author! This book sounds like something very relevant to the world today.

Patty in SC

Tanya Eavenson said...

Monica, dolphins are my second favorite! We took a family vacation to Sea World about two years ago and I spent most of the time watching the dophin shows. All those jumps... they aren't fearful of water at all, or heights. =)

Thanks for stopping by!

Tanya Eavenson said...

I appreciate that, Breanna!

If I could share one bit of advice that I learned being married is to never try to fill that spot within you that only God intended to fill. No one can take God's place. Keeping Him first is the key. =)

We've got you entered! Thanks so much for coming by!

Tanya Eavenson said...

LOL! Love it, Deborah!

Glad you stopped by, and thanks for entering!

Tanya Eavenson said...


We've put your name in to win!

Thanks for stopping by! Blessings!

Tanya Eavenson said...

Thank you, Patty!

I'm so glad to be here! And I pray Unconditional will touch lives for His glory.

Thanks for coming by!

Norma S said...

Hi Tanya,
Thank you for giving me a chance to win your book. I think it is great that for 15 years you taught youth, adults and counseling. Your book sounds great i can't wait to read it. God bless you.
Norma Stanforth from Ohio

Tanya Eavenson said...

Thank you, Norma. I still can't believe we've been in the ministry for fifteen years. Time goes by so quickly. My children remind me of that everyday. =)

Glad you stopped by and said hello!

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Tanya Eavenson said...

Great, Linda! We've got you entered!

Thanks so much for coming by! Have a great week. =)

sharon m. said...

UNCONDITIONAL sounds very good. Marriages based on this should be able to survive almost anything. Should be a good read. Sharon, San Diego

Mary Preston said...

What an emotional first page. UNCONDITIONAL is going to be a wonderful read thank you.

Mary P


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Tanya Eavenson said...

Thank you, Sharon!

I appreciate you entering to win Unconditional, and for stopping by!


Tanya Eavenson said...

Thank you so much, Mary!

I appreciate you coming by and saying hello. You have a blessed week!

Lyndie Blevins said...

Thanks for the opportunity to get this book.
Lyndie Blevins

Duncanville, Tx

KayM said...

Your book sounds amazing. I would really like to read it!
--How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?--
I try to get enough sleep and eat right. I also "Pray with ceasing". That's the most important help.

Jean said...

This sounds like a great read! Thanks for the chance to win!

Jean Kropid
West Palm Beach, FL

Jackie Tessnair said...

Hi Tanya,this book sounds great.I would love to win and read this book.I loved this interview.Looking forward to reading this book.Thanks.Jackie Tessnair,N.C.

Tanya Eavenson said...

Lyndie, You're so welcome!

Jean, Appreciate that. =)

I hope both you ladies have a wonderful weekend, and good luck with the drawing!

Tanya Eavenson said...


You're so right! Praying is such an important part of living in this "run run world." We couldn't make it without Christ.

Thank you for stopping by!

Tanya Eavenson said...


Thanks for coming by to say hello!We've got you entered in the drawing!

Have a great weekend!

Veronica Sternberg said...

This looks very interesting! I'm in MN.