Friday, October 09, 2015

REVIVING JULES - Peggy Trotter - One Free Book

Welcome back, Peggy. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I write both Contemporary and Historical Romance. Sometimes even with a dash of suspense! But always, always, Romance! I guess I just want things to work out for everyone, the simple happily-ever-after.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
When I married my husband, of course. We’ve been together for 31 years and he is literally my best friend.

How has being published changed your life?
Well, I now know what sleep deprivation is, lol. It’s the completion of a dream that started a very long time ago. It verifies that God does give us the desires of our heart.

What are you reading right now?
Believe it or not, it’s Margie Lawson’s Empowering Character’s Emotions. A writer always strives to be better.

What is your current work in progress?
Stormi is my work in progress. It’s a contemporary romance about a woman who is learning a complete new way of life after becoming a Christian. She came from the wild side, and now she wants her life to count for more than rainbow hair and numbering the studs piercing her face. She ends up marrying a man who didn’t exactly graduate at the top of his class to assuage her guilt when he falls in love with her. And his brother’s family? Not so happy about the arrangement. And with lots of fun narcissistic people thrown in, just to stir up the pot.

What would be your dream vacation?
I would love to not just vacation, but live on the beach. To be able to step out onto a balcony and listen to the waves is surely the stuff where most writing dreams begin.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
Usually it is a place I’ve been, but not always. Sometimes it depends on what will happen in the book. Like my current project has the hero as a fisherman. So the setting is on the Atlantic coast.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Ahhhh. Easy. My husband. Always him. Do you wonder why I’m such a romance lover?

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I have tons! But my current obsession is DIY projects. I just refinished a dresser and a chest. It originally was walnut stained, but the pine was very dingy and dinged after 25 years. So, I sanded and painted it white with a mahogany top and affixed new hardware. They look great! But I also like—knitting, crocheting, beading, painting, crafts, cross-stitch, sewing, playing the piano and guitar, landscaping, woodworking gardening—Whew! I thinks that’s all. With winter coming on, I’ll be ready to crochet and knit hats!

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Probably fatigue at this point. I have a full-time job, and I just fit in writing when I can. Otherwise, I work myself into situation where nothing I do is really top notch. Thankfully, I have my summers off, so that becomes my intense writing time.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Study the craft and don’t give up.

Tell us about the featured book.
Reviving Jules is a Contemporary Romance about a woman at the end of her rope. One horrible nightmare after another happens until she runs like Jonah to try to escape the pain. The problems is she shuts out God, who is the very one who could restore her.

Rhett Carsen vows never to marry again. He redoubles his efforts to raise his motherless daughter alone, but runs into trouble when work sends him traveling. His daughter instantly bonds with the newcomer in the neighborhood, Jules Summers, who in turn, assists him in caring for his daughter. She seems like the answer to his prayers, an instant live-in nanny. Yet, why does she captivate his every thought?

They work together as a team to care for Rhett’s child. But is, “practicality” the only thing God has planned for these two? Or could there be a whole lot more?

Please give us the first page of the book.
The house completely sucked. Which made it perfect.

Jules Summers breathed in the stale air of the vacant living room, her gaze flitting from the water-stained wooden floors to the white walls riddled with nail holes. A large black spider suspended in a cloud of an intricate web drew her eye to the upper corner near the ceiling.

Yes, perfect.

The realtor beamed, flipped her bobbed hair, and pushed the ill-fitted door shut. “Well, I know you’re interested in renting only, but I give everyone the same tour, just in case you change your mind.”

Jules released a pent up breath and kept her face expressionless. The slender woman in the navy pantsuit continued as if Jules had gushed with interest. The realtor approached and pressed a fact sheet into her fingers before gesturing to the expanse before them.

“The open concept here of the living/dining areas is quite convenient for entertaining. The wood floor is original and would be gorgeous if one took a little time to resurface it.”

Jules ignored her and walked to the left where the sunlight streamed through the double glass doors facing the backyard. The woman continued to talk, referring to her property hot sheet. Amy? Was that her name? Jules sighed and glanced at the paper she held. Did it matter?

“Built in 1951, it’s a classic jewel—solid. There’re plenty of cabinets, and all a person needs is a fresh coat of paint to perk them right up. They’re charming, really. Retro, even. The appliances stay.” She tapped a silver monstrosity sandwiched between bottom cabinets. “I think this oven might be a collector’s item. Irreplaceable. Now, if you’ll step down the hall with me, you’ll see the two bedrooms.”

“I’ll take it.” The woman froze in mid-step and shot her a glance. “I’m sorry?” Jules shifted her weight and pushed her empty hand into her jeans’ pocket.

“When can I move in?”

Amy’s eyebrows lifted before her lips stretched into a small smile, and she nodded toward the back of the house.

“Wouldn’t you like to check out the bedrooms first?”


Sounds interesting. How can readers find you on the Internet?
My website:
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Thank you, Peggy, for sharing this new book with me and my readers.

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Reviving Jules

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Anonymous said...

would mlove to win. Angela from KY

Beth Gillihan said...

Congrats on 31 years of marriage!! Love the first page. Sounds like a great read.

Beth in Montana

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like an interesting story that I would enjoy reading.


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Connie said...

After reading the first page, I can't decide if Jules thinks she doesn't deserve any better or if she is eager to DIY. It definitely makes me want to read more.
Connie from KY
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Melanie Backus said...

Sounds like a good one!

Melanie Backus, TX

Jackie Tessnair said...

This sounds like a great book.Looking forward to reading the rest the rest of the story.Jackie Tessnair N.C.

Peggy Trotter said...

Angela, thanks for stopping by! My husband's a big UK fan. Good luck in the drawing!

Peggy Trotter said...

Beth from Montana~How I'd love to visit your state! I've never been there and it sounds so wild and rugged. Yes, 31, and I've loved every minute of it! Thanks for stopping by and best of luck with the giveaway!

Peggy Trotter said...

Linda from Cali. I hope you do get a chance to read it even if you don't win. But I wish you good luck! Thanks for leaving a comment.

Peggy Trotter said...

Connie~You'll have to read to find out, lol. Thanks for stopping by and I wish you the best!

Peggy Trotter said...

Melanie, I was just down in your great state last month! I hope you truly enjoy, Reviving Jules. Best of luck in the drawing.

Peggy Trotter said...

Jackie~I hope this story inspires you! I want people to take away God's everlasting message of hope. Thanks for you comment and good luck in the giveaway!

Trixi said...

My first thought after reading the first page....what is she crazy for buying that house, lol! There must be a reason and I'd love the chance to find out. :-)
I also love a story that talks about the hope God provides for each one of us, it sounds like yours would do just that!

Trixi in OR

Mary Preston said...

A real fixer upper. I could totally picture it.

Mary P


trosado said...

Peggy, Congrats on your new release. You did such a wonderful job with your first novel, Year of Jubilee. The reviews speak for themselves. After reading the snippet for your WIP, I am even more excited for your 3rd book. You were born to write!

Terrill - WA State

Kim Amundsen said...

Sounds like a good read. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom. North Platte Nebraska

Peggy Trotter said...

Trixi, you are so right. She is a little crazy. You'll have to read to find out why! I've been there, and maybe you too? And you are right. God's hope digs us all out for a better day. Thanks for stopping by and best of luck for the giveaway!

Peggy Trotter said...

Yes, Mary! I live in one, lol. Thanks for reading all the way from Australia! Wish I could visit your great country. Blessings, and wish you luck on the giveaway.

Peggy Trotter said...

Kim~I hope you love it! And special greetings out to Nebraska! Thanks for stopping by, and good luck winning!

Peggy Trotter said...

trosado or Terrill~you're my new BFF! Thanks for the wonderful comments! What an encourager you are! I wish you luck on the drawing and thank you much for the kind words!

Edward Arrington said...

I would love to win this for my wife. She enjoys Christian romance novels. I read some of them but like more suspense and mystery.
Edward A in VA

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your amazing contest!!
Conway, SC.

Peggy Trotter said...

Edward~good luck in the drawing! I'm so glad your wife enjoys a good Christian novel and that you do too. Thanks for stopping by!

Peggy Trotter said...

Sharon~I'm so glad you left a comment so you can be included! I wish you the best in the giveaway. I hope you are safe with all the flood down that way.

Anonymous said...

Lena I enjoyed this post very much. And was a new author for me. I would love to win her book. Thanks for the chance.
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Anonymous said...

Lena I enjoyed this post very much. And was a new author for me. I would love to win her book. Thanks for the chance.
Maxie (TX) > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Peggy Trotter said...

Maxie~thanks for stopping in! It is so nice to meet you! I wish you great luck in the giveaway. Blessings!

Bonnie Roof said...

I enjoy emotional books featuring characters with lots of problems, and seeing their redemption by a loving God!! I would love to read 'Reviving Jules'!! Thanks for the great interview and the giveaway opportunity.

Bonnie, Ky.

Brenda Arrington said...

Sounds like a book that I would surely enjoy. Enjoyed the interview.
Brenda in VA

Peggy Trotter said...

Thanks, Bonnie! Yes, Jules definitely has her share of problems! Good luck with the drawing and thanks for stopping in. :)

Peggy Trotter said...

Brenda~Glad you could join us with this post! I wish you the best in the giveaway!

rubynreba said...

I understand wanting to live on the beach. We just returned from a vacation on the beach and it was my best vacation ever since I've never been to the beach before!! I enjoyed the interview and first page.
Beth from IA

Pam Graber said...

My husband and I celebrated 32 years this year. This story sounds great! Would love to win.

Pam Graber said...

Forgot to say I'm Pam in Ohio.