Wednesday, May 25, 2016

ANCHOR IN THE STORM - Sarah Sundin - One Free Book, Plus Much More

Dear Readers, I interviewed Sarah on the BlogTalk radio show, Along Came a Writer. It was fun to touch base with her again. It’s been a while since I’ve attended the ACFW National Conference. When talking about the book, I realized that this is one book I do not want to miss. I’ve been busy with my own writing and haven’t read it yet. It did move to the top of my to-be-read pile after the show. Sarah took second place in the Golden Scroll award contest that my book took third place.

Bio: Sarah Sundin is the author of eight historical novels, including Anchor in the Storm. Her novel Through Waters Deep was named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years,” and her novella I’ll Be Home for Christmas in Where Treetops Glisten was a finalist for the 2015 Carol Award. A mother of three, Sarah lives in California, works on-call as a hospital pharmacist, and teaches Sunday school. She also enjoys speaking for church, community, and writers’ groups.

Welcome back, Sarah. As an author, I know it takes a lot of people to birth each book. Who were the people involved in the birthing of this book, and what were their contributions?
Goodness, where would I start? Professionally, I wouldn’t have been published without my agent, my editor, and the entire team at Revell Books. Emotionally, I couldn’t do any of this without my family and friends supporting me, praying for me, and keeping me (somewhat) sane. Writing-wise, I’m indebted to my critique partners, plus countless writers who have taught and mentored and supported me. Research-wise, I received help from librarians in Ohio, the Director of Historic Parks in Boston, and my teen son who accompanied me on my research trip. It’s a shame only my name goes on the cover!

If you teach or speak, what’s coming up on your calendar?
I’ve had a busy spring—I was on the faculty at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, served as a keynote speaker for a women’s retreat, and spoke at a Chamber of Commerce event. In coming weeks, I’m speaking at two church women’s events and I’m signing books at a 1940s day at a historical society museum. I keep a list of upcoming events on my website:

If you had to completely start over in another place, where would you move, and why?
Oh, the question I don’t want to answer. Our nest will be officially empty in July, and my husband is making noise about moving. However, I love our house, our neighborhood, our church, and our friends—and the thought of starting over again exhausts me. Talk to me again in five years.

If you could only tell aspiring novelists one thing, what would it be?
Take a deep breath. I remember the feeling of adoring my first unedited book and being impatient for the world to see it. Since self-publishing really wasn’t an option back then, I was forced to wait. During those waiting years, I learned about the craft (enough to scrap my first two novels entirely!), the publishing industry, social media, publicity, and how to deal with rejection—a necessity in this business. More importantly, the Lord used my waiting years to teach me about His sovereignty, His love, and His timing. I wouldn’t give up those years for anything. My advice—slow down and let God do His work in your life and your writing.

Very good advice. Too many aspiring authors move ahead of Him. You’ve been asked to be in charge of a celebrity cruise. Who would you ask to take part, and why? (AS in what program, singers, etc. [it doesn’t have to be writing related])
Oh dear. I guarantee it would be a flop. I’m horrid at organizing events—it’s a miracle my own wedding came to pass. Also, I’ve never been on a cruise, and I’m not fond of the celebrity culture, so I wouldn’t even know where to start. As my kids would say… “Epic fail!”

You should try a cruise sometime. They’re a lot of fun with lots of time for relaxing, too. Tell us about the featured book.
For plucky Lillian Avery, America’s entry into World War II means a chance to prove herself as a pharmacist in Boston. The challenges of her new job energize her. But society boy Ensign Archer Vandenberg’s attentions only annoy—even if he is her brother’s best friend. During the darkest days of the war, Arch’s destroyer hunts German U-boats in vain as the submarines sink dozens of merchant ships along the East Coast. Still shaken by battles at sea, Arch notices his men also struggle with their nerves—and with drowsiness. Could there be a link to the large prescriptions for sedatives Lillian has filled? The two work together to answer that question, but can Arch ever earn Lillian's trust and affection?

Please give us the first page of the book.
Vermilion, Ohio
Sunday, December 7, 1941
Lillian Avery’s dream couldn’t have come true at a worse time.

In the pale afternoon sun slanting through the kitchen window, Dad sat at the table building a model ship while humming “On Christ the Solid Rock I Stand,” and Mom gathered kitchen gadgets.

“Here. A flour sifter.” Mom added it to Lillian’s pile on the counter.

“Remember, Mary Stirling said I didn’t need to bring anything for the apartment in Boston.”

Mom rummaged through a cabinet. “But do they have a flour sifter? You’ll need one. And last Christmas Jim gave me a new one.” Her voice cracked.

Lillian’s heart clenched. At the table, Dad stopped humming and gave Lillian a look that said, “At a time like this, take the flour sifter.”

Mom already had reason to be anxious, with the United States tilting on the brink of war and the three oldest Avery boys serving as naval officers. But now? Two weeks after Jim’s destroyer—a neutral ship!—had been sunk by a U-boat? Two weeks of not knowing if he was alive or dead?

How could Lillian leave home at a time like this?

She squeezed the handle of the flour sifter so it made the “shugga-shugga” sound she loved. “Sure, Mom. But if you fill my trunk with gadgets, I won’t have room for clothing and I’ll have to walk around Boston naked.” She winked at Dad.

He smiled and resumed humming and tinkering.

“Lillian Avery! What am I going to do with you?” Mom extracted herself from the cabinet, her hazel eyes misty. “Rather, what am I going to do without you?”

“You’ll manage, same as you did when I was at Ohio State.”

“I know.” Mom tucked a graying lock of hair back into the roll at the nape of her neck. “But I do wish you’d found a job closer to home.”

Lillian suppressed a groan. Even excellent grades hadn’t shielded her from six months of unemployment. Thank goodness Jim had found her a position in Boston. Of course, she’d still have to prove herself. In the acceptance letter, Cyrus Dixon stated he didn’t want to hire a girl pharmacist but that the peacetime draft limited his choices. She could imagine how he felt about hiring a cripple.

“I’ll be fine, Mom.” In time, she’d win over crotchety Mr. Dixon. 

Where can we find you on the Internet?

In a time of sacrifice, what price can one put on true love? Pharmacist Lillian Avery and Ensign Archer Vandenberg are about to find out in Sarah Sundin's new book, Anchor in the Storm. During the darkest days of the war, Arch's destroyer hunts German U-boats in vain as the submarines sink dozens of merchant ships along the East Coast. Still shaken by battles at sea, Arch notices his men also struggle with their nerves—and with drowsiness. Could there be a link to the large prescriptions Lillian has been filling? As the danger rises on both land and sea, the two must work together to answer that question. But can Arch ever earn Lillian's trust and affection?

Celebrate the release of Sarah's Anchor in the Storm by entering to win her All Hands on Deck Prize Pack!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A signed copy of Anchor in the Storm
  • Nautical tote bag lined with anchor fabric
  • Anchor necklace made from copper reclaimed from the USS Constitution in Boston during restoration
  • 365 Devotions for Hope by Karen Whiting
  • Shine: Nautical Inspirational Adult Coloring Book
  • "Hope Anchors the Soul" journal
  • Set of two nautical tea towels
LF AIS full group 2 

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry! The giveaway ends on June 8th. The winner will be announced June 9th on Sarah's blog.

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Thank you, Sarah, for sharing this new book and the special giveaway with my readers.

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Tina Turpin said...

What a really fun prize pack! I am from Fruitland, Idaho and am in the middle of With Every Letter and Through Waters Deep is next on my "to read" pile, so it would be awesome to win Anchor in the Storm. :-) I love the fact that the anchor is made from the USS Consitution and I've just bought my first adult coloring book. so another one would be neat. Blessings!

Mary Preston said...

This sounds like such a fascinating read.

Mary P


Terrill R. said...

This is my favorite time in history to read about whether it's historical fiction or non-fiction.

Terrill - WA

Cindy W. said...

This book of Sarah's is one of her best yet. I loved it! Whoever wins will have a GREAT read.

Cindy W.

Loraine Nunley said...

Oh, please put my name in the hat for this one. Sarah is such a gifted writer and I love her books. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!

Loraine in TX

Winnie Thomas said...

Nice interview! This book is on my wish list. It would be so exciting to win a copy. It sounds like such a fascinating story, and I love historical fiction! Thanks a bunch.
Winnie T from Utah

Kim hansen said...

Love Sarah's books. North Platte nebraska.

A Cooking Bookworm said...

Always excited to see another Sundin book released!

Binghamton, NY

mybabyblessings AT gmail DOT com

Patty said...

I read the first book in this series recently , and really look forward to reading Arch and Lillian's story!

Patty in SC

Pam K. said...

I haven't started this series yet but I read Sarah's other books and really liked them. Both books in this series are on my "want to read" list. It would be great to win Anchor in the Storm here. Thanks for the chance.


Trixi said...

What a fun interview Sarah! I'm like you in being horrible at organizing an event! My son is graduating from High School in June and I really have no idea how to throw a party. So we're going simple with a cookout and just a few decorations. I'm also making a homemade cake instead of buying one, but I love baking so that's no chore :-) It saves money and so good!!

I had to laugh at your reaction to your husband wanting to exhausts me to think about it too, lol! Like you, I love where we live & would hate to go far from our granddaughter.

Lastly, I love this: "My advice—slow down and let God do His work in your life and your writing." I'm not a writer,but I agree with allowing God to work in my life. I trust He has my best in mind! Wonderful reminder :-)

Thanks for the interview and giveaway chance! I have the first book on my shelf, so I'd love to add this one.

Trixi in OR

Nancy M said...

Thanks for the giveaway chance! I loved reading page 1! Now I need the rest of the pages! I have book 1 and would love to have book 2 sitting next to it in the bookshelf! Beautiful books! I'm in KY.

Kate said...

What fun! I love Sarah's books. Thanks for the giveaway!

Kathryn in WI

Jessica Dowell said...

I've never read one of Sarah's books before, but I love historical fiction, especially set in WW2! I just ordered the first book in this series via ILL. Looking forward to reading it!

Sarah Sundin said...

Thank you, everyone! I'm so glad you stopped by! I appreciate your kind words :)

Abigail Richmond said...

I love Sarah's books. Please enter me.
Blanch NC

Michelle L. said...

My favorite era to read about. I wish there were more novels set in this time period. Looking forward to reading this.
Michelle L.
aQrose at yahoo dot com
near Atlanta, Georgia

Gamer Girl said...

I absolutely love WWII books and I look forward to reading my first book by this author.

Deanne in PA

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me I love your books!!!!
Conway SC.

KayM said...

I thought I left a comment the other day. Hmmm...guess not. I'm looking forward to reading this book. Thank you for offering a copy.

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Connie said...

Sarah's books always have great covers and wonderful stories!
Connie from KY

Brenda Arrington said...

This sounds like a really fascinating read. Thanks for the giveaway.
Brenda in VA

Merry said...

Anchor in the Storm sounds awesome, I love WWII books!
Merry in MN

Alisha said...

Nice interview. I read the first book in this series - "Through Waters Deep" - last year and loved it! It was one of my favorite books read In 2015. "Anchor in the Storm" has been on my "to read" list ever since. The World War II time period is my favorite time period to read about. I would love to read this book! Thanks for having the giveaway and for the chance to win!

~Alisha L. in Florida