Tuesday, July 14, 2015

TO SOAR ON EAGLE'S WINGS - Renee Blare - One Free Book

Bio: Raised in Louisiana and Wyoming, Renee started writing poetry in junior high school and that, as they say, was that. After having her son, a desire to attend pharmacy school sent her small family to the University of Wyoming in Laramie, and she's been counting pills ever since. While writing's her first love, well, after the Lord and husband, she also likes to fish and hunt as well as pick away on her classical guitar.

Nestled against the Black Hills with her husband, crazy old dog and ornery cat, she serves the community of northeastern Wyoming as a pharmacist and pens her Christian stories, keeping them interesting with action and intrigue, of course. She loves to interact with readers and invites you check out her website, blog, and social media.
Website: http://www.reneeblare.com/
Group Blog: http://diamondsinfiction.blogspot.com/

Welcome back, Renee. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I love to read all kinds of Christian fiction from historical to biblical but when I write, it’s as if the Lord pours the story into my brain. What can I say? He seems to like suspense. At least that’s what I tend to find on the page when it’s all over! Of course, there seems to be a little romance and mystery thrown in the mix as well. But above all, His message rings loud and clear, and since I started writing to bring the Christian message to fiction books, I guess that’s what is most important.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
I would have to say the day I married my best friend … my husband twenty-six years ago. What a glorious day that was! It was a hot summer day in Casper, Wyoming. In the presence of family and friends, the Lord joined me to the one person who has stood beside me through more than I’d ever dreamed possible. Thank you, Father!

How has being published changed your life?
I’m very busy. I’ve had to learn time management. I don’t know if I learned it well though. I’m still trying to figure that one out. I’ve discovered as a newly published author that marketing and promotion is rather time consuming.

But I not just an author. I’m also a wife, mother, daughter, pharmacist, and, above all, a child of God. So … I pray. A lot. And rely on His strength to get through the tight spots. LOL

What are you reading right now?
Let’s see … Stranded, a novel by Don and Stephanie Prichard and Farewell for a While by Sharon Lavy. I told you! I’m a bit eclectic as a reader.

What is your current work in progress?
I’m currently editing the second book in my Snowy Range series, Through the Raging Waters. A roller coaster of a ride, it’s the story of Paul, the second oldest son of the Fitzgerald clan and Melissa. When I get done with that, I’ll start the beginning stages of writing the third. I’ve already researched it quite a bit. It’s called Awaken the Embers.

What would be your dream vacation?
My dream vacation? I have quite a few crazy thoughts when it comes to “dream” vacations. How about a fishing trip to New Zealand or Alaska? Or a beach front rental in the Bahamas for a week? Or an old castle or ruins tour in the Scottish Highlands? Any of those would be absolutely awesome and a dream come true for me!

How do you choose your settings for each book?
I start with the characters, and story, and the story defines the setting. For example, when I began writing Beast of Stratton, I knew that the character of Miles Stratton was a wounded war veteran. I also knew that he would be a business owner. As the story began to develop, and I formulated the characters into the story, the plot took hold, and the setting fell into place. The Beast of Stratton owned and operated his engineering firm in New York City.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Billy Graham. Rev. Graham has valiantly spread the gospel to a lost and dying world. When he speaks, people listen. From tent revivals to radio shows, Billy Graham mesmerized many a nation with the message of Christ, and bended the ear of every President of our own from Truman to Obama.

I would love meet this man before he goes home to meet our Father in heaven. If only to say … job well done.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Fishing, although my husband would tell you that I spend more time reading than putting a line in the water. NOT TRUE! I love to fish. Picking on my dusty classical guitar or even my husband’s fancy electric one. J Latch hook and cross stitch, although I don’t get to do it much anymore.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Turning off my internal editor! Especially when I’m penning the first draft. I’m better at it now. It was tough though. I learned a thing or two about editing, and I couldn’t get two sentences on the page without changing something.

Now, I make myself leave it like it reads. Whether it’s misspelled. Or bad grammar. Or just plain bad. It stays. I correct it later. Talk about a major leap for a perfectionist like me! But I did it.

I know people tell us to turn off out internal editor, but I’m an edit as I go writer. So it is okay to do that. What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Keep learning and move on.

If you don’t make the cut, your works not up to snuff, someone makes a derogatory remark, or you get a rejection, don’t sweat it. Don’t get your feelings hurt. Take it with a grain of salt, learn from it, or ignore it, but no matter what … buck up, get to work, and move on.

Tell us about the featured book.
To Soar on Eagle’s Wings launches the Snowy Range Chronicles. The first of a seven-book series, To Soar’s set in a small town in southern Wyoming. Timber Springs is home to the Fitzgerald family. With their father, the local pastor, the Fitzgerald's struggle to come to terms with the unexpected death of their mother while life continues ... on the Snowy Range.
The story follows Rachel and Steve as they meet on Spring Break. Steve’s the new game warden in the area, and Rachel’s a local teacher. Here’s the blurb.

Spring’s in the air. While the sun shines in Timber Springs, snow falls on the Snowy Range, and trouble’s brewing in the meadows. The area’s new game warden, Steve Mitchell launches his first wildlife investigation of the season but the trouble follows him—straight to town.

Rachel Fitzgerald’s on Spring Break. Or at least she’s trying. Between paperwork, and harassing phone calls, she may as well have stayed in her classroom. So much for relaxation. A “chance” meeting with her brother’s old roommate offers her weary soul a shred of hope, but she discovers love, like life, isn’t easy.

He talks with the wisdom of the Lord but rejects the future. She wants to soar with the eagles but walks alone. And trusting God proves to be more of a challenge than ever before …

Please give us the first page of the book
A shadow darkened the pages of her book. Shielding her eyes against the late afternoon sun, Rachel followed the bird soaring over lake. She caught her breath as he dove in a sudden display of power and skimmed along the surface, its reflection a shimmering echo. When the eagle climbed back to the heavens, his piercing cry echoed off the white-tipped crags above the high mountain valley.

“What’d I tell ya?”

Her foot vaulted into the air, sending a spray across the water. Rachel peeked over her shoulder and spied her twin brother. He stalked toward the lake, a stranger in tow. She closed her novel with a snap and sighed. He would find me.

Well, she shouldn’t be surprised. After all, today was their sixteenth birthday. She touched her cold ankle with a grimace. Although numb due to its icy bath, the injured joint still appeared puffy. She winced and peeked at the guy with her brother. Now this is embarrassing …

“You ready to head down the mountain? Mom and Dad want to start supper.” Michael propped his hands on his hips and shifted from one foot to the other.

At her twin’s look of expectation, all frustration dissolved. So much like her own, his hair curled around his head. He appeared almost comical. She suppressed a laugh. But when her gaze skimmed over his companion, an unexplainable warmth spread through her.

Her heartbeat thumped in her ears. With her lashes shielding her gaze, Rachel studied his broad shoulders and wavy brown hair. She tore her eyes away from the man and pushed her ankle back into the frigid water with a hiss.

“Rachel?” Michael’s brows sunk low over his eyes. “What are you doing up here anyway? Dad’s not gonna like it.”

She ducked her head. Great. Heat worked up her neck. After rummaging through her backpack a few minutes, she sucked in a deep breath and cleared her throat. The cool mountain breeze blew at her bangs, and she cut her gaze to the stranger. “I love it up here. I can sit and listen to the wind in the trees for hours.”

A low chuckle reached her ears, and she glanced at her brother. A slow smile spread across his face. His shoulder lifted, and he gestured at the pines. “So … what are they saying today?”

“Oh, stop it.” Rachel waved off Mike’s teasing and tipped her head back to track the flight of the golden eagle. “Do you see him? He’s a regular around here. I named him Max. It seemed to fit.”

Michael’s companion bumped him and pointed. “He’s a beautiful bird, that’s for sure.”

A clap shot through the pristine stillness, and Rachel jumped. She glared at her brother when he grinned at her.

“Hey, sis, you met this guy yet?” At the shake of her head, he continued. “This is Steve Mitchell, Paul’s roommate. I guess they’re both gonna be new this semester.”

The University of Wyoming freshman flashed his gorgeous smile, and her cheeks ignited once again. She pressed her palms against her face with a groan. Could she crawl underneath one of these boulders … or push her brother under one?

“Rach? You ready or not?” Michael’s annoyed tone drew her attention away from Steve, and she pulled her foot out of the water.

She bit her lip. “Well, not really.”

“What’d you do now?” The disgust in his voice was palpable.

“Nothing,” she mumbled. Michael’s rough grunt grated along her spine. She crossed her arms in front of her chest. So what if she’d twisted her ankle hiking into the valley? It didn’t matter if she couldn’t—

Rocks and pebbles cascaded down the hill into the lake, and she lifted her head. Steve’s wide shoulders were coming toward her. Snagging her sock, she wiped the water from her toes.

In a flash, Steve hopped the boulders and landed in front of her. “May I?”

“What—no really, it’s fine.” Rachel cradled her injured foot close. When he squatted at her feet, she found herself mere inches from chocolate brown eyes. Oh … does he know how much I love chocolate?

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Thank you, Renee, for sharing this new book with us. I loved reading Beast of Stratton.

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To Soar on Eagle's Wings

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Melanie Backus said...

Thank you for a great interview. I love to fish too! To Soar On Eagle's Wings has a great cover and I love the title. I would love to read it.

Melanie Backus, TX

Janice Olson said...

Wonderful interview. Thanks, Lena and Renee.

Renee Blare said...

Hi Melanie, thanks for stopping by. What's your favorite fish? Although I'm a "northern" gal now, I still love to eat crappie and bream. LOL

Hi Janice! Long time no see. Thanks for stopping by. :)

Mary Preston said...

A lovely post thank you.

Mary P


Cindy W. said...

Sounds like a great start to a new series. I would love to win a copy.

I live in Indiana.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

Beth Gillihan said...

Sounds like a good read. THanks for the chance to win!

Beth in Montana

Edward Arrington said...

I love reading books with a lot of suspense and action. It sounds like Renee Blare likes to write books of that genre. I think I would enjoy her writing.
Edward A in VA

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Thanks for the chance to win!!
Conway, SC.

Renee Blare said...

Hi Mary! Are you from Australia? Thanks for dropping by!

Hey there, Cindy...yep, it's the first book of a series. :) And you have a shot at winning it! Thanks for stopping by the blog. :)

Howdy, Beth. You're from my neck of the woods. ;) Thanks for stopping by!

Hey, Edward. Yeah, I do like to write suspense with action. I love to read it too. :) Thanks for the comment. You may get a taste of my writing yet.

Hey, Sharon...thanks for commenting.

You're all wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Hi! I love, love that cover picture. Sounds like a good story to go with it. Thanks for a chance to win Renee's book. She is new to me. Maxie from Texas > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Renee Blare said...

Hi Maxie! Thanks for stopping by the blog. I love the cover too! :) It's gorgeous.