Saturday, October 19, 2013

THE JOURNEY OF JOSEPHINE CAIN - Nancy Moser - One Free Book on This Blog, Plus More

Bio: Nancy Moser is the best-selling author of more than twenty novels. She is a winner and two-time nominee of the Christy Award, and her latest novel was named to Booklist's "Top 10 Romance Novels of 2011." Nancy and her husband have three grown children and three grandchildren, and they live in the Midwest.

Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I certainly draw on my own experiences, but my characters are far more exciting, evil, or good than I am!

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
A few years ago I went parasailing in Mexico—and I’m afraid of heights! But when I saw a whale breech in the water beneath me, it was worth it.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
In third grade my teacher used to have me go into the first grade class and read my stories, so I guess story-telling has always been a part of me.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I like biographies, Tudor history, true crime, Jane Austen, and Edith Wharton.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I watch movies! I adore movies and love how I can experience an entire story in another world in under two hours. Plus, I have an excuse to eat popcorn.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
I go to the Social Security Administration. They have the 5 most popular names for the past 100 years. . I also read movie credits and go to the library and scan the spines of books.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I’m most proud of being married 38 years and raising three great kids into adulthood. I have no idea how we pulled off either one, but I feel very blessed.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
A porpoise. I’d love to be able to live in and out of the water, and to swim and jump with joy.

What is your favorite food?
Crispy onion rings with ranch dressing.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Rejection is still difficult—even after 30 books. I give myself ten minutes to cry and pout, and then I go back to the submission and see what needs to be changed to make it better. It can always be better.

Tell us about the featured book.
The Journey of Josephine Cain is about a D.C. socialite right after the Civil War (late 1860’s). Her father (an ex-Union general) gets a job as the head of construction on the Transcontinental Railroad which was to link the east and west. Josephine thinks her future is in D.C. as the wife of a wealthy man, but as she visits her father out west she discovers an entirely new side to her character. It surprises her, and she is challenged to find her unique purpose. She becomes the woman God wants her to be.

Please give us the first page of the book.
April 14, 1865

Life was good.

Josephine Cain beamed as she and her mother entered Ford’s Theatre on the arms of her father, who smiled graciously at those offer­ing congratulations and greetings.

An artillery sergeant approached them. “It is quite the celebration, is it not, General Cain?”

Josephine had become very good at recognizing a soldier’s rank by his chevrons and sashes. This man wore the red wool of a non-commis­sioned officer.

Papa wore the buff sash of a general. This very evening Josephine had embraced the honor of wrapping Papa’s sash twice around his waist and tying it over his left hip. She had been very careful to align the two tassels to hang just so.

“It is a celebration that comprises only five days of peace after four years of hell,” Papa said to the sergeant. “There is still much to do to heal this nation. I simply pray it can be healed.”

The man looked shocked, as if he had no doubt.

Josephine squeezed her father’s arm while keeping her eyes upon the sergeant. “When my brother and cousin come home, then it will truly be over,” she said.

The sergeant’s eyebrows rose. “Of course. General. Ladies.” He excused himself.

As soon as he left, Mother leaned across Papa and spoke to her. “The sergeant had no wish to hear your opinion…

How can readers find you on the Internet?

Thank you, Nancy, for spending this time with us.

The Journey of Josephine Cain by Nancy Moser follows the adventures of a D.C. socialite as she gets involved with the building of the Transcontinental Railroad right after the Civil War. Be sure to check out Nancy's fun Pinterest board for the book!

Enter to win 1 of 5 copies of the book!

  Five winners will receive:
  • The Journey of Josephine Cain by Nancy Moser
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on October 26th. All winners will be announced October 28th at the Litfuse blog.

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Jackie McNutt said...

The Journey of Josephine Cain sounds like an excellent read. I love books about unconventional characters and story lines. Nancy is a gifted writer and I am looking forward to reading this book. Thank You.

Melanie Backus said...
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Melanie Backus said...

Lena, thank you for a great interview with Nancy. We celebrate our 38th anniversary this week and have raised two adult children so, I, like her, feel like we have accomplished something wonderful. I can't wait it read The Journey of Josephine Cain. It sounds like a book I would really enjoy. Sometimes in life we think we know what direction we will go and then when we least expect it, our plans change. Thank you!

Melanie Backus, TX

Cathy said...

I enjoyed your interview with Nancy. I loved her 'women of history' books!
Please enter me for this one. Thanks for the giveaway. : )

Cathy - B.C. Canada

Amy C said...

Lovely interview with Nancy.
Thank you!
Amy C

Britney Adams said...

I love learning more about great authors! I can't wait to read about the journey God has chosen for Josephine Cain. Thank you for sharing this interview and giveaway!

Britney Adams, TX

Emma said...

Great interview with Nancy.The Journey of Josephine Cain sounds wonderful.Please me in contest.Thank you for the opportunity to win.PA.

Jean said...

Thank you for this opportunity!

Jean K
West Palm Beach, FL

Heidi said...

Fun interview! she sounds like a neat person. Looking forward to reading her new book!

Heidi, CA

Charlotte Kay said...

I loved how character names were chosen!!!!
Loved the interview!

Many Blessings and Smiles:)
Charlotte Kay. Ohio

Patty said...

Sometimes putting ones self in a totally different setting can reveal/teach a person much about themselves.
Patty in SC

Bookishqueen said...

I would love to win this book!

Rebekah TN

sm said...

I recently finished a book on the Transcontinental RR and this book intrigues me because of the recent book I read. Love to win this, sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

"The Journey of Josephine Cain" sounds fantastic. Looking forward to reading this book. Thank you for the chance of this giveaway.

Barbara Thompson in LA


Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me this book looks great!!
Sharon Richmond Bryant

Anonymous said...

Sounds like an excellent book!!!!

Katie J from FLORIDA

Abigail Richmond said...

Looks Fantastic!!! Please enter me!

Blanch, N.C.

Kristie said...

I shall be the lookout for other authors lurking at my library to come up with ideas. *LOL* Your book sounds good. I like that era in history especially the treatment of women. Kristie From Ohio. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

Melissa M. said...

Would like to read this!

Melissa M. from TX (soon to be TN)