Tuesday, May 21, 2013

THE HEART STONE - Sherry Kyle - One Free Book

Welcome back, Sherry. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I’m passionate about writing nonfiction books for girls ages 8-12 to connect them to their faith as well as novels for women that reconnect lives. I enjoy writing in these two genres and feel blessed to have been published in both.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
I have to pick one? There have been many happy days, like the day I married my college sweetheart almost twenty-five years ago on July 9th, or the day each of my kids were born or adopted. Another extremely happy day is when I received the phone call that my first novel was going to be published. I came home from a writers’ lunch and saw the answering machine blinking. I listened to my agent’s message three times before I ran around the house screaming.

How has being published changed your life?
I’m a lot busier now. Once published, there is a book at every stage. Besides writing the books themselves, I need to carve out time to market through social media. I’m also a mom to a twenty year old who still lives at home, and three active teenagers (17, 16, and 13). My life is a fun, crazy ride!

What are you reading right now?
Bridging Two Hearts by Michelle Ule.

What is your current work in progress?
My current work in progress is another contemporary women’s fiction/romance titled Capture Me about a young woman who discovers an old photograph in a trunk.

What would be your dream vacation?
My dream vacation would be to go to Paris, The City of Love and Lights. Besides the Eiffel Tower, I’d like to see famous landmarks, such as the Chateau de Versailles, Notre Dame, Arc de Triomphe, and the Musee de Louvre.

When I graduated from college, French was my second teaching field. I’ve always wanted to go to Paris. How do you choose your settings for each book?
Since I live in California, I set all my books in real towns along the California coast.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Jim Caviezel. Need I say more?

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I love real estate, I always have. I enjoy looking up houses on the web and going to open houses on the weekend. One of my favorite websites is www.houzz.com for decorating ideas, and www.realtor.com to look up homes for sale. I also regularly watch House Hunters on HGTV.

I used to go to open houses a lot, but I don’t much anymore. What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
I always seem to hit a wall midway through writing a novel. The term sagging middle is a well-known problem for authors who write by the “seat of their pants,” like me. Because of this, I rewrite a lot. I’m thankful when readers say they can’t put my books down. I must be doing something right!

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Attend conferences and workshops. Network with those in the writing community. Join groups, such as American Christian Fiction Writers to connect with those seeking publication, as well as a critique group to hone your craft and sharpen your skills. I’ve been writing for a decade and I continue to do all of the above. As a writer, you’re never done learning and growing.

That is so true. Tell us about the featured book.
The Heart Stone is a contemporary story with romance and a hint of mystery about a single mother running from the unwanted calls from her son’s biological father, and a widow’s search for her first love. On their separate journeys to find hope and forgiveness, the women discover that one heart-shaped ring binds their stories together. You can watch a book trailer here: http://bit.ly/X5wEMH

Please give us the first page of the book.
Jessi, it’s Andrew . . . Andrew Lawson.”

At the sound of his voice, Jessica MacAllister’s knees went limp and her palms grew moist. She sat down on the wooden stool near the kitchen counter and leaned her head on her hand, her elbow resting against the cold tile. Why was he calling? She hadn’t heard from him since he signed the papers relinquishing his rights to Jacob six years before.

“Jessi, you there?”

She fought the urge to hang up the phone. “I’m here.”

“I want to see him.”

Her heart beat a strange rhythm. She had prayed this day would never come. “Andrew, I—I—I don’t know,” she stuttered. As a speech pathologist, she prided herself on her communication skills, but this man could trip her up regardless of her training.

“We can meet at a park. I’ll sit at a distance and watch.” The desperation in his voice was palpable.

Jessica’s jaw clenched and her stomach churned. How could she trust that he wouldn’t rush up to Jacob and tell him that he was his biological father? Or worse, what if he wasn’t sober? His behavior when he was drunk could be ... No. She wouldn’t let a man who had no part in Jacob’s upbringing suddenly waltz into his life—especially someone who had shown her the ways of the world. But Andrew wasn’t entirely to blame. She’d given in.
“No. No, that won’t work.” Jessica ran her hand through her shoulder-length hair.

“How about a restaurant? I’ll eat at a separate table. I only want to see our son.”

Our son. Jacob was not their son. He was hers and hers only. Andrew wasn’t there for her when she was pregnant or gave birth. He’d never been there. Why the sudden interest now?

I can’t wait to read it. How can readers find you on the Internet?
I’d love for you to visit my website at www.sherrykyle.com. You can also find me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Thank you, Sherry, for sharing this new book with us.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
The Heart Stone - paperback
The Heart Stone - Kindle

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Mary Preston said...

Thank you for the first page of THE HEART STONE. I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Mary P


karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel.

karenk....from PA
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Deb said...

I would love to read this.

Deborah D, FL

Marianne Barkman said...

Lena, you rock! How do you find your amazing authors? I love Sherry already, and hadn't heard of her before. Jessi sounds like someone I'd like to get to know, too. Thanks for the chance to win.

Marianne in Northern Alberta


Patty said...

What a tough situation to be in. I look forward to reading more of this story!

Patty in SC

Sherry said...

Hi Friends!

I'm so thrilled Lena offered to have me on her amazing blog. I'll check back throughout the day to see if anyone has questions. In the meantime, I'd love to get to know YOU. Where is your favorite place to read? Mine is a comfy chair in my family room with my little dog (Chihuahua/Terrier mix) wedged by my side.


sharon m said...

Single Moms are heroes! I would love to win and read this book. sharon, CA

Library Lady said...

I would love to add this book to the Church Library collection.
Janet E.

Jo said...

This looks like it is going to be a very good book. Thanks for the opportunity.

Jo from Southern Arizona

Sherry Kyle said...

Mary, so glad you enjoyed the first page. I think you'd really like this book.

Karen, Deb, thanks for wanting to read The Heart Stone and for entering for the free book.

Marianne, I consider you a friend already!

Yes, Patty, it is a tough situation. I hope you enjoy how Jessica figures everything out.

Sharon, I agree. Single moms are definitely heroes!

Janet, I love our church library. So many good authors. So little time! :)

Linda Kish said...

This looks like a very nice book. I would love to read it.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Katie G. said...

Sounds good! I'm from NC.

Kandra said...

Ooooh. Sounds good. Sign me up!
Kandra in OK

Sherry Kyle said...

Hi, Linda! It's nice to meet another Californian. Oh, I see Sharon is also from California. If you know the Santa Cruz area, you'll enjoy reading about the real places mentioned in the book.

Katie, I love your hair. I always wanted curls. In fact, my next heroine has curly hair. :)

Hi Kandra. I'm praying for all those in OK. I hope you and your loved ones are okay.

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me!!
Sharon Richmond

Jackie Tessnair said...

This sounds like a great book.I would love to win it.Thanks for the chance.Looking forward to reading it.Thanks again...Jackie Tessnair from N.C.

rubynreba said...

Romance with a hint of mystery sounds good to me!
Beth from Iowa

Veronica Sternberg said...

This sounds intriguing! I'm in MN.

Lourdes said...

Really enjoyed that first page. Thank you.

Lourdes Long Island, NY

Val Pearson said...

Just by reading the first page, this looks like an amazing read. I look forward to reading The Heart Stone.

Val P from NV

Kristie said...

I have been to Paris and it was wonderful. I would love to go back. It's interesting to me that you choose real towns for your settings. I would think that would be limiting. The book sounds great because I'm in the mood for a touch of mystery. Kristie from Ohio. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.