Monday, May 04, 2015

TO WIN HER FAVOR - Tamera Alexander - One Free Book, Plus More

Welcome back, Tamera. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
The spiritual themes in my book are never planned. While I know the characters in a novel when I begin writing, along with their basic journey, I rarely have the spiritual theme in view. That comes in the writing, in seeing the story revealed as the characters grow and change. One of the most prevalent spiritual themes in my writing (as a reader recently pointed out to me) is the truth of seeing who we are without Christ. Because seeing who we are (and would be) without the power of Christ living in us, changing us, brings a far deeper gratitude for His presence.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
Coming in July is a Belle Meade Plantation novella—To Mend a Dream. To Mend a Dream continues the story of a secondary character we meet in To Win Her Favor, Savannah Darby. Savannah is Maggie’s closest friend and while we learn about Savannah’s struggles in To Win Her Favor, the culmination of her story is told in To Mend a Dream, a novella in a Southern novella collection entitled, Among the Fair Magnolias. I’m excited to share this novella collection with friends and fellow authors Shelley Shepard Gray, Dorothy Love, and Elizabeth Musser. Their stories are marvelous! And each story is accompanied by a luscious Southern recipe and discussion questions. Perfect for reading groups.

Sounds wonderful. I’d love to feature that collection on my blog. If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
I’d love to spend an evening with Carol Burnett. I’ve long admired her comedic wit and personal warmth and, of course, grew up watching her show. A book of poems she published years ago, when I was just a girl—I still have my copy—really made an impact on me and helped me through an especially difficult time. So, Carol, if you’re out there and listening, “Dinner’s on me, babe!”

What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
Moses. I’ve just finished studying the Life of Moses (Exodus - Deuteronomy) in Bible Study Fellowship ( for the past year, and I’ve come to admire Moses—his faith, his trust in God, his very human side, and his love for the Israelites—more than ever before. And how touching that God buried Moses. Scripture is so rich, truly “living and active” as the Word says.

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
I received several rejections on the first novel I wrote, so I stuck that novel in my drawer and decided to start fresh. I wrote my next novel and got my first three-book contract. Rekindled was my first published novel, but it wasn’t the first book I ever wrote. Remember the story tucked away in my desk drawer for almost seven years? After a complete rewrite, that manuscript became The Inheritance, which has now sold over 100,000 copies. So never give up. Never throw away a manuscript. Keep pushing forward toward your goal. Because every “No” along the way is really just part of God’s final “Yes!” when His perfect timing is reached.

Tell us about the featured book.
I’m so excited about To Win Her Favor’s release. For a year or more, I live with these characters inside me, growing and discovering their journeys. So it’s beyond thrilling when a book releases and readers begin to embrace and love these characters like I do.

To Win Her Favor is the second standalone novel in the Belle Meade Plantation series and it follows the story of Maggie Linden and rugged Irishman Cullen McGrath. This marriage of convenience story explores questions of race, faith, and loyalty and offers perspective on how Reconstruction affected racial relations, social status and economic fortunes in the post-war South — and has a passionate love story at its very heart.

Maggie Linden lost nearly everything in the Civil War — including most of her family. She’s about to lose her stables and land at Linden Downs, and her racing hopes as well. A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie is determined that her mare, Bourbon Belle, will become a champion. And her only hope of saving Linden Downs is if the horse takes the top purse in the inaugural Peyton Stakes, the richest race ever run in America. To give his daughter a chance, Maggie’s wily father makes a barter. But his agreement includes one tiny, troublesome detail: Maggie must marry a man she’s never met — a man she never would have chosen for herself.

It’s okay if readers haven’t read the first book in the series, To Whisper Her Name (USA Today bestseller). The Belle Meade novels can be read and enjoyed individually.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Nashville, Tennessee
May 4, 1869
Steady, girl,” Maggie whispered, peering down from the bluff, leather reins held taut. The thrum of spectators on the field below rose on the cool morning breeze, and she leaned forward to stroke the thoroughbred’s neck. “Wait,” she gently coaxed, anticipation sparking the air. “It’s coming . . .” But even as she said it, her own pulse edged up a notch.

Bourbon Belle pawed the dirt, and Maggie sensed the mare’s restraint growing thinner by the—

The gunshot sounded. The horses on the racetrack below bolted from their marks, as did Bourbon Belle, and exhilaration fired through Maggie’s veins.

Belle surged to life and Maggie gave the horse her head, allowing the mare to surrender to every instinct the animal’s sleek-muscled body commanded. To run.

Belle’s hooves pounded the smooth dirt path, and Maggie imagined that this was what Willie experienced when he raced Belle around the track below. Except the boy was less than half Maggie’s weight, so he and Belle all but flew, just as she expected the pair to do again at the heat later this week.

One and a quarter miles, barely a two-minute race. But the thud of Maggie’s heart marked the time as Belle rounded the familiar curve in the path, the mare’s powerful stride devouring the distance.
Crouching forward, as she’d trained Willie to do, Maggie felt the wind whipping the pins from her hair, and she relished the freedom that only this kind of riding could bring. And though she knew the peace was temporary at best, she embraced it.

You can read the first three chapters on my website!

How can readers find you on the Internet?

View vignettes filmed on location at Belle Meade Plantation, the setting of To Whisper Her Name and To Win Her Favor, on the Belle Meade Plantation novels page on Tameras website.
Can Maggie prove that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the inaugural Peyton Stakes, the richest race ever run in America? Find out in Tamera Alexander's To Win Her Favor. To give her that chance—and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder—Maggie must marry a man she's never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.

Celebrate the release of To Win Her Favor with a Kindle Fire and book giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HD 6
  • A copy of To Win Her Favor
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 10th. Winner will be announced May 11th on Tamera's blog. Plus stay tuned for more opportunities to win after May 11 with a special Pinterest contest—more details coming soon!

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Thank you, Tamera, for allowing us to be part of the release of this new book. I know my readers will love it.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.

To Win Her Favor -
To Win Her Favor (A Belle Meade Plantation Novel) - Amazon
To Win Her Favor (A Belle Meade Plantation Novel Book 2) - Kindle

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Deanne said...

I didn't know this author had a new book out , how exciting. I love the rich historical detail and the obvious research she does for her books. I would love to give this a read in my Fort Loudon, Pennsylvania home.

Caryl Kane said...

I enjoyed learning more about Tamera. I've not yet read any of her books. Thanks for the chance to do so.

Caryl in TEXAS

Melissa M. said...

Would like to read this!

-Melissa M. in TN

Danielle Diez - Maiden of Emmanuel said...

Ooh, sounds like a fun read by Tamera! :)

Danielle from Florida

Melanie Backus said...

I am intrigued!

Melanie Backus, TX

Tamera Alexander said...

Hey friends! Thanks so much for stopping by to visit today. Appreciate your interest in reading To Win Her Favor. And Lena, thanks for inviting me!

squiresj said...

I would love to win this. This author's books inspire me. jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

Vera Godley said...

Always enjoy a Tamara Alexander book!

Vera in North Carolina (that state that bumps right up against Tennessee where this book begins)

Loraine Nunley said...

I am really looking forward to reading this one. Tamera writes such good stories. Thanks for the interview and giveaway

Loraine in TX

Deanna Stevens said...

Dee in NE would love this book in her TBR stack :) thanks for the giveaway!

Sydney Anderson said...

I absolutely loooove Tamera's books. I got hooked a few years back. Looking forward to the release of To Win Her Favor.

Patty said...

Tamara is one of the best in historical fiction!

Patty in SC

Lisa said...

I love Tamera's books! I live in Kentucky!

Lisa H.

Anonymous said...

I love Tamera's books! Shelia Hall from MS

Samantha said...

Sounds like a great read!
I haven't read any books by Tamera Alexander, but I would love to :)

I live in Canada! ^_^

Angela said...

Another winner from Tamera Alexander!! How Exciting!!
Angela A from Kentucky

Rebecca said...

I am so looking forward to this book!

Rebecca said...

I am so looking forward to this book!

Pam K. said...

I really enjoy Tammy's books, especially the Belle Meade and Belmont Mansion books. I'm currently reading A Beauty So Rare. I'm looking forward to reading To Win Her Favor so it would be wonderful to win it here! Thanks for the chance.


kam110476 said...

Hi Tamera & Lena! I'm going to the Belle Meade Plantation this summer when I go visit family and I want to have To Win Her Favor read so I can get any questions I have about the Belle Meade books answered on the tour!
Kristen in OK
kam110476 at gmail dot com

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your awesome giveaway!!
Conway, SC.

rubynreba said...

I have not read any of Tamera's books. This looks like a book I would enjoy.
Beth from IA

Pam Graber said...

Tamera's books are always on my "NEXT!!!" stack. I enjoyed reading your interview and learning to know her through your words. Thank you, Lena

Pam in Ohio

EJ said...

Yeah another book from Tamera - love her stories. Elaine in Iowa

Cindy W. said...

Sounds like a great book to read.

I live in Indiana.

Cindy W.

Bonnie Roof said...

Love Tamara's books and would love to read "To Win Her Favor"!! Thanks for the wonderful interview and the giveaway opportunity, Tamara and Lena!!


Beth Gillihan said...

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

Beth in Montana

tammy cordery said...

I'm from N.J.I love her books.

Merry said...

To Win Her Favor sounds like a rich, interesting story. Please add me!
Merry in MN

Lyndie Blevins said...

I would enjoy having this book

Lyndie in Duncanville TX