Wednesday, May 26, 2010

RANSOME'S CROSSING - Kaye Dacus - Free Book

Wonderful to have you back, Kaye. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?

I don’t consciously set out with a spiritual theme in mind—they seem to develop naturally as my characters do, as part of the conflict that comes from the character’s background and experiences. One that does tend to show up in many of my books is that of forgiveness—mainly because I think that’s something that we all struggle with and can relate with. Madeleine L’Engle once wrote, “Sometimes it is years after a book is published that I discover what some of it meant.” I’ve had people point out spiritual themes in my stories that I never intended or even realized were there.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?

In addition to Ransome’s Crossing, coming out June 1, the first book in my new contemporary romance series The Matchmakers, Love Remains, comes out in August. I also have three books set to release in 2011, including Ransome’s Quest, the final book in The Ransome Trilogy.

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?

I’d love to sit down with screenwriter/director Joss Whedon. He’s a great storyteller and brilliant at twists and turns as well as humor and world building. I’d love to spend a few hours brainstorming story ideas with him.

What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?

I would have to go for Louisa May Alcott. Her sense of humor shines through her fiction, but she had a serious side, too, which most people don’t know about because they’ve never read her nonfiction. Having grown up in the enclave of transcendentalists—her father, Emerson, Thoreau, Dickinson, etc.—in mid-nineteenth century New England as well as being someone who obviously had a vivid imagination, I would love to have a few hours to sit down and brainstorm story ideas with her because I know her perspectives would be unique.

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?

Maybe it’s time to take a break from submitting and focus on writing something new, on pouring your energies on developing new story ideas, and on telling stories again. We sometimes get so focused on the business of writing that we forget the joy of simply sitting down and writing a story. And sometimes, we must reexamine our calling to make sure that trying to get published is what God wants us to do.

Tell us about the featured book?

Ransome’s Crossing is the second book in The Ransome Trilogy from Harvest House publishers. Picking up where Ransome’s Honor left off, it continues the story of William and Julia, while turning the focus onto William’s younger sister Charlotte and the goals only hinted at in the first book:

To get to her secret fiancé in Jamaica, Charlotte Ransome disguises herself as a midshipman and joins the crew of one of the ships in the convoy led by her brother William. First Lieutenant Ned Cochrane has only known his captain’s younger sister for a brief time, but is sure she’s the wife he’s been praying for—except he’s about to leave for the Caribbean for at least one year.

An attack on the convoy gains Ned the promotion to commander he has long dreaded—especially once he discovers one of his midshipmen is actually Charlotte Ransome in disguise. After seeking Julia’s advice, Ned decides to keep Charlotte’s secret…and hopes to win her love. Charlotte will soon discover that losing her heart to Ned is not the greatest danger she’ll face on this Atlantic crossing.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Ransome’s Crossing
Book Two of the Ransome Trilogy
ISBN-13: 978-0-7369-2754-3
Harvest House Publishers, Inc.
© 2010 by Kaye Dacus

Gateacre, England
April 1803

A scream of agony bubbled up in Charlotte’s chest, but she stopped it before it could escape.

“The shoulder is reset.” The physician poked and prodded more, sending bolts of pain and waves of nausea through her body. But she managed to hold all at bay—except the two tears that escaped the corners of her eyes and ran down into her hair.
“So long as there is no injury to the spine, the child should recover full use of the arm. But it should be bound for two weeks, and she should be made to rest as much as possible.”

“Thank you.” Her brother William’s voice sounded harsh and gruff. But he’d been different since returning from Portsmouth six months ago—he no longer laughed, told stories, or drew pictures of fascinating sea-creatures for her.

She kept her undamaged arm over her eyes as the doctor bound her left arm in a sling. Some of the pain was gone. But she couldn’t bring herself to look at her oldest brother.

William thanked the doctor again. “That will be all.”
She heard the clink of coins then retreating footsteps. She risked a peek under her arm. William stood beside her bed, arms crossed.

“Tell me exactly how you came to fall off a rotted rope ladder ten feet from the ground.” Though soft, his voice carried such a tone of command that Charlotte cringed.

“Philip told me he did not think I could climb it. I told him I could—that I’ve been climbing it every day to practice for when I join the navy.”
William turned his back on her and stalked to the window. After a long pause, he returned to tower over her bedside. “I shall speak with Philip later. But I cannot believe the unladylike manner in which you have behaved. You know better than anyone that girls cannot join the Royal Navy.”

She struggled to sit up. “But, William, I know everything—the flags, the ropes, the bells, the ships’ ratings. I’ve been practicing climbing the rope ladder to Philip and James’s old tree fort so I can be ready to climb the shrouds to the mast tops.”
An odd expression flickered across her brother’s countenance, and for a moment she hoped he might relent.

“It matters not what you know or what you can do. Females are not allowed to join the navy.” He sighed and rubbed his hand over his eyes. “Charlotte, you are almost seven years old. It is past time for you to stop pretending you are a boy and start acting like a young lady. You will not be climbing shrouds to the top of any mast on any ship. You will stay here in Gateacre, attend to your schooling, and grow up to be a proper lady. Do you understand me?”

He never raised his voice, but her ears pounded as if he’d yelled the words at her. She clamped her teeth down on her bottom lip to keep it from trembling. How could he be such a mean . . . ogre? She wanted nothing more than to follow in her father’s and brothers’ footsteps.
“I’m waiting for an answer, Charlotte.”
“Yes. I understand.”

“Good.” He nodded curtly. “Now, you are to rest until dinner.” He left her room, shutting the door behind him.

Charlotte stuck her tongue out at the closed door and lay back down. She’d show them—all of them—that if she wanted to join the navy, no one would stop her.

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Katrina said...

Just my style, would love to win.

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Merry said...

Ransome's Crossing sounds fun and adventurous, please include me. Thanks!

Lou Ann said...

Please consider me in this generous offer. I would definitely love to have this book. Thank you.

A J Hawke said...

Sounds like a fun read.

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K said...

The book sounds awesome! I like the title! :) I have read a previous book in this series and really enjoyed it! :)
Please enter me in the drawing! :)
God bless!

Sylvia M. said...

I love Kaye Dacus' books and own her Brides of Boneterre series. Ransome's Honor is good and I am looking forward to reading book two. The regency period is one of my favorites to read about in fiction.


Katy said...

I'd love to read this one! :)

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Cherie J said...

Enjoyed the interview. Pleaase enter me. Thank you!

Laney4 said...

I apologize if this is a duplicate entry; I originally sent this 8 hours ago....

Thanks for sharing! I admire characters who show a strong will and desire at such a young age (although they must be a handful to raise in real life)! Since I was so meek as a child (watch out world now, though!), it is great living out my dreams (?) via these books. Thanks for "taking me away"!

Shelly said...

I loved the first book in the series! Great interview. Thanks for entering me.

Charity said...

Please enter me:) Thanks!


Cindy W. said...

I really enjoy historicals and Ransome's Crossing sounds like a wonderful read. I would love to win a copy.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


MoziEsmé said...

Love the time period!

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Tammy S. said...

Please enter me. Thanks!

Anita Yancey said...

Sounds like an amazing book. I would really enjoy reading it. Please enter me. Thanks!


Kaye Dacus said...

Hey, all!

First a big thanks to Lena for the great work she does here supporting authors and promoting Christian fiction! Woohoo!!!

For everyone else, thanks for stopping by and commenting. If you're interested in finding out more of the background of this book (and the series), I've put up several posts on my website over the past few days explaining some of the research that went into writing these books.

bigguysmama said...

I love the sound of book 2! I would love the chance to read it!

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Wendy said...

Sounds like a good read.

Abi said...

Oh, please include me in the drawing for this book. Thanks
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Simply Stacie said...

Please count me in.

Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

Kaye's Brides of Bonneterre trilogy is wonderful (though I wish there were more books to come), so I can't wait to give her Historical series a try.

I'm also looking forward to reading her Matchmakers series -- it sounds promising!

Thanks bunches!

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Diane said...

Sounds wonderful. I really enjoyed your last series Kaye! :O)

Robyn said...

Love historicals. This sounds like a wonderful addition to anyone's collection.

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Anna W. said...

I really enjoyed the first of this series, so I'm sure I'd love this one as well... please enter me!

kristen said...

what a feisty girl! Love it:)
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Cynthia said...

I love the books that Kaye writes. Can't wait to read this series and the new series that's coming out later in the year.

grannyvon said...

I love a historial book with a great cover and would love to to win this one. Thanks

Carole said...

I love Kaye's books and appreciate the chance to win Ransome's Crossing. Great interview!

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Lourdes said...

Thanks for the chance to win.


Judylynn said...

Please enter me in this giveaway - Thanks!


Carman said...

Please enter me! Kaye's writing is great. I'm looking forward to reading this new series.


Cheryl B said...

Please enter me. This sounds like a good book!

Maureen said...

This book sounds really interesting. Pleases enter me in the giveaway!


lotus82 said...

Oh I love the 1800 time period. This book looks great.

Nise' said...

Can't wait to read this one!

Sarah said...

I read the first book in the series and can't wait to read the second book. Please enter me in the drawing.