Monday, March 23, 2015

HOW TO CATCH A PRINCE - Rachel Hauck - One Free Book, Plus Much More

Dear Readers, I’ve known Rachel Hauck since before she was ever published. And when she burst on the publishing scene, her books were awesome. Because I love fairy tales, her newest series is right down my alley. The way she writes fairytale-like stories, but sets them in the modern day world is fantastic. Even more fantastic is the way she weaves spiritual truth and spiritual happenings into these stories. They pull me even closer to our awesome God. How to Catch a Prince is even a second chance at love story. That makes it even better.

BIO: Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best-selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as The Wedding Dress, Love Starts with Elle, and Once Upon A Prince. She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, Softly and Tenderly, one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals. She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets.

Welcome back, Rachel. Since you’re being published regularly, what new avenues will your future books take?      
RH: Who knows?! That’s the fun of coming up with new ideas. I’ve got a few stories brewing but I’ll talk it over with my editor and settle on something. I’m always looking for a story with a hook as well as romance.

What conferences will you be attending this year? Will you be a speaker at any of them?
RH: I’m excited to be heading to the Romantic Times Convention as well as Romance Writers of America, and American Christian Fiction Authors this year. I’ll be speaking at ACFW. But who knows what else will turn up this year. I like to leave space for the spontaneous.

If you were in charge of planning the panel discussion at a writing conference, what topic would the panel cover, and who would you ask to be on the panel, and why?
RH: I’d probably discuss a writer’s career. There’s not enough career talk. I’d invite my agent, Chip MacGregor, my publisher Daisy Hutton, authors Susan May Warren, Brandilyn Collins, Ted Dekker, James Scott Bell, and Lisa Wingate. It’d be an honest conversation about the writing life.

Sign me up. I’d love to hear that discussion. How important is it to you to be active in writing organizations?
RH: I’ve always said, from the beginning, networking is about as important as your writing. Authors need to be involved in the community and getting to know people. Opportunities arise from those relationships. So be involved in writing organizations.

Where in the community or your church do you volunteer?
RH: I’m the worship leader at my church! I’m also a volunteer for ACFW by serving on the executive board and leading worship at their conference every year.

Who are the five people who have made the most impact on your life, and how?       
RH: Wow, great question. My parents who taught me to follow Jesus. Best gift a parent could give a kid. My dad was a great encourager in my writing, telling me I should be a writer.

Next would be my husband who is my best friend and partner, and a lover of Jesus and truth. He’s taught me so much about walking in peace. He’s a big supporter for my career too.

Third, my friend Stuart Greaves, who is a man running hard after Jesus. He challenges me to not settle but to press in and move upward to God’s call.

Fourth, my best girlfriend Susan May Warren who is more than a friend but a sister. She’s been with me through my writing journey and has taught me so much. We’ve walked with each other through some hard times, laughed together, and kicked each other back into play when we falter. She’s the best.

Last but not least, I’m going to pick a conglomerate: I really love the worship out of Bethel in Redding, California, and the teaching of Mike Bickle, as well as the worship, from the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. Just the pursuit of Jesus through prayer and worship, the Biblical teaching, the modeling of loving Jesus with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength have shaped my life in the last 20 years.

If you could write the inscription on your tombstone, what would it be?
RH: Author, wife, daughter, sister, friend, friend of the Bridegroom, living forever in His light. She’d not dead, she’s alive. Just not here.
           
Tell us about the featured book.
RH: How to Catch A Prince is the third in the Royal Wedding Series, the story of King Nathaniel’s (book 1) brother, Prince Stephen and an American Heiress.
           
Please share the first page with us for my readers, since I’ve read and love the book.           
With each passing day, she remembered she had a secret. She’d lived in the fog of death until six months ago, when she crawled out, reaching for the first glimpse of life and light she’d encountered in five years. It came in the form of a simple telephone call. A refreshing-breeze offer.

But clearing the fog meant the memories surfaced. Ones she’d long since regarded as lost. Now they rattled around the empty corridors of her heart.

And recently, in the faintest ting or ping, like when elevator doors opened just outside her office, Corina remembered how she loved the glorious, rolling chimes of cathedral bells pealing through a crisp Cathedral City dawn.

And she ached. Deep in her soul. With a longing she couldn’t reach nor remove.

With an exhale, she slumped in her chair and closed the news video she’d been watching. Two of the Beaumont Post’s staff writers entered the bull pen with a nod toward her, a late lunch of McDonald’s swinging from their hands.

Corina’s gaze followed them as they crossed the wide, boxy room, cutting through the muted afternoon sunlight that spilled through the dirty, rain-splattered windows.

Where can my readers find you on the Internet?

RH: Everywhere. Ha! www.rachelhauck.com will lead readers to my social media sites. 

Today is the last day to enter this contest:

An American heiress and a crown prince seem destined to be together. Will the devastation of war keep them apart forever? Find out in Rachel Hauck's new book, How to Catch a Prince. True love has a destiny all its own. With a little heavenly help, Prince Stephen and Corina embark on a journey of truth. But when the secrets are revealed, can they overcome, move forward, and find love again?

Enter to win a "royal" prize pack! 

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A royal-themed Brighton charm bracelet
  • 2 tickets to see the new Cinderella movie
  • The Royal Wedding series (Once Upon a Prince, Princess Ever After, and How to Catch a Prince)
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 23rd. Winner will be announced March 24th on Rachel's blog.

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Thank you, Rachel, 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.
How to Catch a Prince - Christianbook.com
How to Catch a Prince (Royal Wedding Series) - Amazon
How to Catch a Prince (Royal Wedding Series Book 3) - Kindle



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17 comments:

Melanie Backus said...

Rachel is a dandy and I know this book is too! Thank you, Lena!

Melanie Backus, TX

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.

California

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Rachel Hauck said...

Thanks so much for having me Lena.

Rachel

Deanna Stevens said...

What an interesting story line, thanks for a chance to win a copy :)
Deanna, Nebraska
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Vera Godley said...

Rachel Hauck writes a really cute book. Would love to win a copy for the school library.

North Carolina

Diana Flowers said...

Thx for the great interview! I think that it's so cool that Rachel is also the worship leader at her church! That is not an easy job! All the books I have read and I have never read one of Rachel Hauck's (hanging my head in shame.) Hoping to rectify that situation by winning this great book! Thx for the opportunity!

Diana in SC

dianalflowers(at)aol(dot)com

Rebecca said...

I so enjoy Rachel Hauck's books! Thanks for the chance to win her newest!!!

Rebecca in Oregon

Patty said...

I loved Once Upon A Prince, would love to read the another in this series.

Patty in SC

apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book.
live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me can't wait to read your book it looks great!!!!
Conway, SC.

kam110476 said...

My sister in law & I are totally addicted to Rachel's fairy tale wedding series and The Wedding Dress!
Kristen in OK
kam110476 at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

I would love to win a copy!
Rita from Wisconsin
rita dot navarre at yahoo dot com

Tonja Saylor said...

Rachel, I have loved every book on this series! Can't wait to read this one.
Tonja (Rose Hill, VA)

rubynreba said...

How to Catch a Prince definitely sounds like a book I would enjoy!
Beth from IA

The Artist Librarian said...

I loved Once Upon a Prince --so glad Stephan has his own story now! Thanks for the chance to win. jafuchi7[at]hawaii[dot]edu

[P.S. I'm from Hawaii]

Merry said...

How to Catch a Prince sounds like a lovely, romantic story. Please add me!
Merry in MN

Beth Gillihan said...

Love Rachel's books! Thanks for the chance to win!

Beth in Montana