Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A KISS FOR CADE - Lori Copeland - Free Book

LORI COPELAND and her husband, Lance, work closely with their oldest son and daughter-in-law in Hidden Bluff Ministry (inner city children) School for the Nations and the Kagora people of Mali, West Africa. Situated on twenty acres in Ozark, Mo, the donation funded ministries continue to grow and serve God.

Lori has published in both secular and Christian markets with popular series like The Western Sky series, Brides of the West, Men of the Saddle and Belles of Timber Creek. She’s been the recipient of the various industry awards including Romantic Times Career Achievement, Holt Medallion, Reader’s Choice Award, and she was a Christy finalist in 2006. Ms Copeland was inducted into the Missouri Writers Hall of Fame in 2000.

I'm pleased to feature one of my long-time favorite authors. Welcome, Lori. Why do you write the kind of books you do?

I write what I like to read; I think most authors follow their hearts when they start a book. There was a time when I wrote in various genres, but the last few years I’m focusing on stories and settings that really touch my heart.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?

There’s been so many; I have been so blessed. I could say, the day I married Lance, but then I didn’t realize what a blessing that would turn out to be. The day each of my children, grandchildren and last year, my great-granddaughter was born. Days and hours with friends—really close friends where we did nothing but share our feelings. The day I sold my first book; I had no idea how God would change my life that day, but it was a happy time. Everyday should be the happiest, but that isn’t always possible, but increasingly I’m trying to find something unique about each day and thank God that he’s allowed me to experience it.

How has being published changed your life?

It did change my life. Drastically! Before I was the mother of the three sons, worked for a bank, read but never thought about writing a book. That would have been the farthest thing from my mind. But when my last son was in high school, a friend suggested that I write a book. I had a good laugh about that and then—for my entertainment only, wrote Playing for Keeps for Dell Publishing Company. The book sold, and I have been writing since that day.

What are you reading right now?

Going Rogue, Sara Palin.

I bought that for my husband for Christmas. Now it's my turn to read it. What is your current work in progress?

I’m finishing up a rewrite of an older ABA title Marrying Walker McKay for Harvest House. The new title—and completely rewritten book with Christian content is titled Walker’s Wedding. The book will be out June of 2110, and it’s the last book in my Western Sky series.

What would be your dream vacation?

Cruising the Hawaiian Islands. Will some cruise line PLEASE fulfill my dream! LOL

I'd love to go with you? How do you choose your settings for each book?

I’ve fallen into a comfortable time period shortly after the Civil War where I set most of my westerns. The country was starting to rebuild, so much was going on yet for some reason my characters take over and very little is noted about historical facts. I write about people and emotions.

I like writing in the period between the Civil War and the turn of the century. If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?

I was thinking about this the other night, and this is going to blow the readers away, but I would choose Glen Beck. He fascinates me, and he makes me laugh. And cry. I don’t agree with all he says, but he’s a man who lost everything to alcoholism and he pulled his life back together, through Jesus Christ, which he readily gives credit.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?

Knitting. I’m not good, and my friends are thoroughly sick of getting my dishcloths, but knitting loosens the knots in my brain.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?

English skills. How I wish I had learned more in school. It would make my job so much easier. Young people, if you happened to read this, listen up in English! It will serve you well all of your life.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?

Patience, and write for the love of writing and not the incessant goal to publish. I can’t tell you how many good, wonderful, beautifully written stories go unpublished. The best advice that I could offer anyone is: writing chooses you. If you choose it, you may be disappointed. It isn’t an easy process ( in most cases). I had the right product at the right time. I started my career in a time when romance was a hungry market, and while genres are always a good market, it’s a tighter market today.

Tell us about the featured book?

A Kiss for Cade is another refreshed ABA title in my Western Sky series for Harvest House, coming out Jan 1. It’s a story about a bounty hunter, Cade Kolby who can never come home, but the love of his life, Zoe Bradshaw is there and not likely to go away. The story features pure Lori Copeland characters—fun, sobering and a tad bit whacky.

Please give us the first line of the book.

“Well, if that don’t beat all. Cade Kolby, showing’ up after fifteen years as if he hadn’t been gone a day.”

How can readers find you on the Internet? . I’m also on Twitter and Facebook.

Thank you, Lori, for spending this time with us.

Readers, here's a link where you can order the book. By using this link when you order, you'll be helping support this blog.

Leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book.

Void where prohibited; the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.

The only notification you’ll receive is the winner post on this blog. So be sure to check back a week from Saturday to see if you won. You will have 6 weeks from the posting of the winners to claim your book.

If you’re reading this on Feedblitz, Facebook, or Amazon, please come to the blog to leave your comment. Here’s a link.


Judy Glidden said...

I just finished a Lori Copeland book, "Monday Morning Faith" and thoroughly enjoyed reading it! Please sign me up for the chance to win "A Kiss for Cade".

Anonymous said...

I would love to be entered in your draw. Thanks.

Casey said...

Would enjoy a chance to read this, please. I love Lori's books. :)

Lori Copeland said...

Thank you for the beautiful interview, Lena. You're such a joy, and one of my favorite interviewers!

Mark said...

I'd like to enter

Diane said...

Sounds great! Thank you for your encouragement for us newbies. :O)

Sarah G said...

Ooh, I would love to win!


Merry said...

Lori's books are some of my favorites and are always on my keeper shelf. Please add me to the drawing, thanks!


Anonymous said...

I love Lori's books and would love to read this one! Please enter me!

Ashley E said...

Love the first line. I'd be so excited to win this book. My mom would be awful happy with me too! She adores Lori Copeland!

Sherry Kuhn said...

Would love to win this book. Thanks for entering me in the drawing.



Cherie J said...

Enjoyed the interview. Please enter me. Thank you!

G.R.I.T.S. said...

I love this author, please enter me!

Rae byuel

Unknown said...

A Kiss for Cade really sounds good and I would love to read it! I have not read Lori's books before so I would love to be entered to win this one! Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!


Little Lady said...

PLEASE add me!!!!

collettakay said...

Another book that is on my list. I would love to win it.



Trinity Rose said...

I love Lori's books. Have read many of them. Would love to be in the drawing.

Carman said...

Please enter me in this giveaway. I enjoy Lori's books. :)

Michelle said...

Thank you for entering me!

scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

Julia M. Reffner said...

I've never read Lori Copeland, but I've heard she is a great Christian romance writer. Would love to give this a try.
julesreffner (at) gmail (dot) com

Simply Stacie said...

Please count me in.

Jo said...

I would love to win one of Lori's books. Please enter me in the drawing.


Unknown said...

I really enjoy Lori's books. Thanks for offering this one.

Cynthia A. Lovely said...

Always enjoy Lori's books.
Please enter my name, thanks!

Esther Wysong said...

I ordered A Kiss for Cade from a different library, and read it. It is excellent! Please enter me in the book giveaway! Thanks! Esther

Unknown said...

Please enter me:) I would love to read it. Thanks!!


Anna Weaver Hurtt said...

Lori Copeland is amazing! Please enter me in the giveaway!

Anna W.

Kim said...

I would love to be entered for this book!

Edna said...

please enter me into the contest

I follow you on google

I have your button on my blog


Anonymous said...

thanks for the opportunity to read this fabulous book...


debijackson said...

How fun. Please include me.

Carla said...

Please enter me!!!

Carole said...

This sounds like such a good book and I love the title. Thank you for the interview and chance to win a copy.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Nancye said...

This looks like a really good book. Please sign me up.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net said...

I would love to read your book, please enter me! I've read some of your books in the past.

dancealert at aol dot com

rubynreba said...

Please enter me. This book sounds very interesting. Thanks.

Shirley Ann said...

I would love a chance to win "A kiss for Cade." Lori Copeland has been a longtime favorite in my house. (My mom and I read endlessly and she is on our favorite authors list.)

Please enter me,


Megan said...

Lori - Sounds like a fun book! And I love that you live in Africa - I'm jealous!

Lena - Thanks for the great interview & giveaway


A J Hawke said...

Lori Copeland's A KISS FOR CADE sounds great.
Would love to win a copy.
A J Hawke

Carrie Fancett Pagels said...

Lena, That was such a nice interview with Susan. I could not get the link to work from AOL but I logged on here and that works fine from blogger. Thanks for posting it. Do not enter me for the contest as I am ordering it. Thanks!

Unknown said...

Please enter me! :)

Cindy W. said...

I would love to be entered into your contest.

Thank you for the opportunity!

God bless you,
Cindy Woolard


Coolestmommy said...

I LOVE Lori's books. Please enter me to win. Thanks!

coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com