Wednesday, January 27, 2016

BEYOND THE SILENCE - Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse - One Free Book

Dear Readers, when my copy of this book arrived, I was eager to read it. The story had a different kind of plotline, and I liked the uniqueness. The characters were totally human, flaws and all. They pulled me into the heart of the book and didn’t let go … until the end of the book.

We’re going to talk to each of the authors in this collaboration. First Tracie Peterson.

BIO: Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana

Welcome back, Tracie. I know that this is a collaboration. How did this story come about?
Kim and I so much enjoyed writing All Things Hidden that we immediately started talking about co-writing another book. We both share the desire to share the Gospel through our stories so it was a natural fit for us. We started talking about locations and storyline ideas and Beyond the Silence was born.

Did you find it easy to work together on it?
Yes. In this age of computers, emails, Skype, and of course the telephone, it isn’t at all difficult to co-write with someone hundreds, even thousands of miles away.

How did collaborating with this team impact you?
It’s always a positive experience working with Bethany House/Baker Books and Kim. I can’t think of a time when it didn’t bless me in some way. Kim and I like to pray with each other for our families and projects and that always makes the relationship all the tighter.

What is the hardest thing about writing as a team?
I have to laugh at this question – the hardest thing is probably that we can easily get distracted talking about other things or future projects we’d like to write. Otherwise, the hardest thing is not being able to sit down face-to-face over a cup of coffee.

What are you reading right now?
Several books. Non-fiction Dangerous Books for Girls by Maya Rodale and Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi. Fiction – my bookclub just finished reading The Lady and the Mountain Man. I’m also reading Handle With Care by Jodi Picoult one of my favorite authors.

How did you choose your characters’ names?
As usual we looked at names appropriate to the time period and also names we’d already used in other stories. We considered the storyline and the location and hit upon the exact names. Some of the names even related to friends and family making them all the more special.

Would you want to work on another book together?
Absolutely and we have just had word that we’re getting a contract to do just that.

What do you want to tell us about the book?
The story deals with harsh, judgmental, jumping to conclusions types of thinking. It’s easy to look at something and think we understand it, but then upon looking deeper we learn we had it all wrong. This story is about a man who is falsely accused of murder. Despite him not going to trial because of a lack of evidence, his neighbors and most of his friends condemn him. It’s also a story about a young woman who is trying to figure out what matters in life and where she fits in. And ultimately it’s a story about redemption and learning to trust God even when things look hopeless.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Far-off screams filled the air and rattled six-year-old Jimmy Colton’s bones.


Jimmy paused to listen again and looked back toward the house. Another scream echoed across the yard. Something was wrong! He dropped his bucket of dirt and took off toward the house as fast as his legs could carry him, following the long path through the olive trees and gardens. Why did he go so far from the house? Mama had told him to stay close, but he’d wanted to chase the butterflies.

He tripped and fell on a tree root. Dirt filled his mouth and his knees hurt.

Another scream split the air and made his heart beat faster. He had to get to mama. Something bad was happening. Real bad.

Where can our readers find you on the Internet?

Now we’ll hear from Kimberly Woodhouse.

Bio: Kimberley Woodhouse is a best-selling, multi-published author of fiction and nonfiction. A popular speaker and teacher, she’s shared her theme of “Joy Through Trials” with hundreds of thousands of people across the country. Kim is a pastor’s wife and is passionate about music and Bible study. She lives and writes in Colorado with her husband of twenty-plus years and their two amazing kids.

Welcome back, Kim. I know that this is a collaboration. How did this story come about?
Tracie and I were doing a Bible study together and the topic of gossip came up in the Scripture we were studying. It sparked an incredible discussion, and we decided we wanted to weave into the story how devastating our words can be.

Did you find it easy to work together on it?
Yes. We love writing together and work together with ease.

How did collaborating with this team impact you?
Well, for one thing – it’s incredible to write with the amazing Tracie Peterson. But the most important is how we both grow spiritually through each collaboration. I love how we truly can be “iron sharpening iron.”

What is the hardest thing about writing as a team?
Our distance in location. We’re always trying to convince the other to move so we can live close J

What are you reading right now?
Blood Ransom by Lisa Harris

A very good suspense novel. How did you choose your characters’ names?
Woody – the hero – and his son are named after my beloved father-in-law who went to be with the Lord in recent years. They are very special characters to me.

Would you want to work on another book together?
Yes!! Most definitely. In fact we are working on a new three-book standalone series set in Curry, Alaska.

What do you want to tell us about the book?
We would LOVE for you to read it and let us know what YOU think! J

Where can our readers find you on the Internet?
Twitter - @kimwoodhouse

 Tracie and Kim, thank you for sharing this wonderful book with my blog readers. I know they'll love it as much as I did.

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Melanie Backus said...

This book sounds amazing and I would love to read it. Thank you for the opportunity.

Melanie Backus, TX

Amy C said...

I am lovin this cover. I can't wait to read the story. Thanks for the interview!
Amy C VA

Anonymous said...

This sounds like something I'd enjoy reading right about now. Thanks for the interview! Can't wait to read this!
J.C. -Indiana-

Trixi said...

This is one I've been looking forward to!

Trixi in OR

Janetta Messmer said...

Enjoyed the interview. Can't imagine how much fun it was to work together. Looking forward to reading the book.

Anonymous said...

would love to win. angela in ky

Tammi said...

Tracie is one of my very favorite authors! I enjoyed reading the interview with Tracie and Kim and would really like to read this book!

Tammi in Maine

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Mary Preston said...

I was holding my breath reading the prologue. WOW!! What a beginning.

Mary P


Terrill R. said...

In just the book blurb, the suspense is palpable. It sounds like an exciting read with a touch of romance. The perfect combination.

Terrill - WA

Kate said...

I am so excited to read this and the upcoming series you two are working on!
Kathryn from WI.

Anonymous said...

This book sounds like a real page turner that I would love to read. Thanks for the interview with Tracie and Kim. They are both new authors to me.
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Maryann in NY

Beth Schwarzlose said...

This book sounds so good, I'm looking forward to reading it in the future! Thanks for the giveaways!
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Beth S.
West Salem, IL

R Merr said...

I'm really looking forward to this book! Rachael from Maine

Beth Gillihan said...

Sounds like a wonderful book! I'm looking forward to reading this one!

Beth in Montana

rubynreba said...

I always enjoy Tracie's books. Haven't yet read anything by Kim. Sounds like a book I would enjoy!
Beth from IA

Just Commonly said...

I loved this book! Just dropping in to say that. Already have it, so won't be entering this giveaway, but shared. Thank you.

Kim Amundsen said...

Sound like a great read. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom. North platte nebraska.

Karen Hadley said...

Tracie's books are always good and I know this one will too.

Mama Cat said...

What a writing team! This sounds like a wonderful read, have seen some reviews and am very intrigued by it. Congratulations on the new release, ladies! Jeanie in Phoenix AZ

Jackie Smith said...

Sounds like a great book.....two great authors, too! Please enter me.
Jackie Smith in GA

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your awesome contest!! Your book looks amazing!!
Conway, SC.

Abigail Richmond said...

This book looks so good! Please enter me.
Blanch NC

Anonymous said...

Sounds good! I know a little of how painful gossip can be.

-Melissa M. in TN

Pam Graber said...

How does writing a book in collaboration work? It seems like it would make it more difficult to keep track of all the threads of the story but I know many authors do it this way.
The book sounds great. Would love to win!

Pam in OH

Connie said...

The first page set my heart pounding!
Connie from KY

Karen G. said...

Really looking forward to reading this book. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
Karen G. in NY

Brenda Arrington said...

Tracie's one of my favorite authors. The first page of this book made me want to read more.
Brenda in VA