Monday, April 05, 2010

A BRIDE OF HONOR - Ruth Axtell Morren - 2 Free Books

Welcome back, Ruth. It's been a while since we visited with you. Why do you write the kind of books you do?

Because these are the kinds of stories I most enjoy reading: historical romances with lots of dialogue between the hero and heroine.

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

Holding my first born in my arms...after a long labor.

How has being published changed your life?

It has shown me what so many published writers before me have discovered: it's only the beginning of a whole new journey.

What are you reading right now?

I just finished Golden Keyes Parson's Prisoner of Versailles. I'm currently reading The Victorian Internet, a history of telegraphy; Victorian London: The Tale of a City 1840-1870 (can you tell I'm researching a Victorian story?), and Susan Page Davis's Hearts in the Crosshairs, a Love Inspired Suspense.

What is your current work in progress?

I'm working on a Love Inspired Historical, a late Victorian story set in London.

What would be your dream vacation?

Going on a research trip to wherever I have a story idea for. Scotland would be nice.

How do you choose your settings for each book?

Some ideas just come to me, a lot of times from a dream. Others come when I'm researching a current historical. I'll read about some historical event or character that will intrigue me.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?

President Obama. I think he is a person for 'such a time as this,' and I would love to talk to him about his vision for this nation.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?

I have no time for hobbies at this point in my life. I walk almost every day, drawing inspiration from the beautiful Maine coastline and forests. I also like to garden, both flower and vegetable. When I do have time for hobbies again, I can envision taking up knitting once more, going on short-term missions trips, and doing more community work.

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

Getting distracted by all the other things that need doing on my desk (or in my e-mailbox) or around the house (or outside in the yard). I just get to a point where I have to bite the bullet and just focus on whatever phase of the story I'm in. At this moment, it's the research and laying the groundwork for my current project.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?

Have a reliable source of income (whether your own or your spouse's), b/c breaking into a stable writing career is a loooooong, slow process, getting harder every day.

Tell us about the featured book?

A Bride of Honor is a story I got the idea for while writing The Making of a Gentleman. TMOAG is about a spinster. ABOH is her brother's story. He appears in TMOAG although both stories stand alone. He is one of those souls for whom it seems very easy to be a committed, devoted Christian. I began wondering what would make it difficult for him to follow the straight and narrow.

Sounds intriguing. Please give us the first page of the book.

London, April 1812

“I have found David,the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart.” Damien paused in the reading of the scripture and looked from the pulpit to the congregation below him.

St. George's Chapel was filled to overflowing. Not due solely to his preaching, unfortunately, although his flock had been growing steadily in the last few years since he'd been curate there.

No, it was not the service or his preaching that brought most people out this Sunday to morning prayer, but scandal.

Damien's glance strayed to the chancel where his sister sat beside her intended. Jonah Quinn, a man who'd escaped the gallows and been a fugitive from the law, had only last week received a royal pardon from the prince regent himself.

I can hardly wait to read it. How can readers find you on the Internet?

Either on my website: or blogspot, or just look me up on Amazon or one of the other bookstore sites.

Ruth, thank you for the interesting interview.
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Susan Page Davis said...

great interview, Ruth.

Ruth Axtell Morren said...

This month, I actually have another book out, a novella with a Mother's Day theme. It's entitled, To Be a Mother, with fellow Love Inspired author Cheryl St. John (whose story in it, Mountain Rose, btw, is very, very good!) So, I can give a way a copy of that as well to a reader who posts a comment today.
Hi to a fellow Mainer, Susan P. Davis!

Mackenzie Evans Marts said...

Sounds like a great book

Casey said...

This looks like a GREAT book, please enter me! :)

Anonymous said...

I would like to be entered for "A Bride of Honor". I really enjoy Regency and Victorian-era stories and this one sounds very interesting, as I am also one to whom faith has come pretty easily. Saved at a young age (celebrating 20 years as Jesus' child this week!!!) and by His grace I have never been too far from Him. Of course there have been times when we weren't as close, but if I may turn a phrase from the Gwyneth Paltrow "Emma", "His is the opinion that matters most" to me.

Thanks for the chance to win!

Cherie J said...

Enjoyed the interview. Please enter me. Thank you!

misskallie2000 said...

Great interview. I would really like to read A Bride Of Honor. Thanks for stopping by Ruth. I saw in another comment the you also have a novella and I would love to read that book also. Such great writing.

Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

apple blossom said...

sounds good. Love to win the book. Thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Nancye said...

Sounds like a great book! Please count me in.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Sue H. said...

Please enter me to win this book. Thank you.

Trinity Rose said...

Sounds like a wonderful book and loved the interview.
Thanks for this giveaway.
Trinity Rose

Cindy W. said...

I enjoyed the interview and would love to read A Bride of Honor. Please enter me into your contest for a free copy and thank you for the opportunity.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


rubynreba said...

I would really like to be entered for this. Great interview.

Linda Kish said...

Please include me

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Simply Stacie said...

Please count me in.

Anonymous said...

Sounds wonderful. You sound very focused on your writing. Thank you for the giveaway!


Unknown said...

Thanks for offering this book. I have enjoyed Ruth's other romances.

Anna Weaver Hurtt said...

Sounds great... please enter me!

Coolestmommy said...

Loved the "To Be A Mother" anthology. After reading that, I'd love to read more of you. Please enter me to win!
coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chance. Please enter me.

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Edna said...

Please enter me I would really like this book


Anonymous said...

Sign me up to win! Thanks,

Anonymous said...

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

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Sheila Deeth said...

I loved that beginning. Definitely sounds an interesting book.

Esther Wysong said...

Great interview, I really enjoyed it! Thanks for the opportunity to win A Bride Of Honor!

The Herd said...

This would be fun to read!!

Merry said...

I'd love a chance to win A Bride of Honor, please add me. I need to go look for the sister's story, I love books in a series.

Marla said...

Sound like a good book. Thank you for the entry.

Megan said...

Oooh I see there are now 2 books for this giveaway? haha

Thanks for the great interview, Lena.


Sarah R said...

I have read some of her other books but not this one. Please enter me in the drawing.