Friday, October 01, 2010

EMBERS OF LOVE - Tracie Peterson - Free Book

So glad to have you back on my blog, Tracie. Welcome. Why do you write the kind of books you do?

I write historical and contemporary Christian fiction with a focus on the historical. I love history and find it compelling material to show life lessons and Bible application. I enjoy a variety of settings and always try to visit the locations I write about.

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

That’s a really hard one to answer. There are many and I can’t say that one supersedes the other. I loved becoming a wife and mother - seeing my kids come to the Lord, my husband turn his life over to God, moving to Montana, holding my newborn grandchildren. Just too many to have one.

How has being published changed your life?

Publishing has changed my life for the better in that I am active in a mission field and ministry that God has given me to share the Gospel of Jesus and Biblical encouragement to a needy and weary world. I have been very blessed by the way God has touched the lives of readers, but also in how He continues to teach and encourage me through the writing He gives me.

I so agree, Tracie. What are you reading right now?

Just finished Rooms by James Rubart

I loved that book and recommend it to many people. We've featured it on this blog. What is your current work in progress?

I’m working on a contemporary that is slated out next fall. It’s a stand alone title that deals with a family whose lives were greatly changed by mental illness in the family and the secrets that were kept because of it.

What would be your dream vacation?

Every vacation or research trip or day trip is special and fulfills my dreams because I’m usually with the folks I love most and enjoying the creation God has given.

How do you choose your settings for each book?

I usually find places when research reading or traveling. Recently while researching the book I’m currently writing, I found a nifty location for a possible series. We’ll see what develops.

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

My husband – because there are no pretenses between us and I could just relax and be myself and know that I was loved for just being me.

That's how it is with James and me, too. What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?

I like to quilt when I get a chance, but it seems those times are fewer and farther between. I love to travel and I adore playing with my grandkids.

When we're older, grandkids make life worthwhile. What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?

Time. Whether it’s because life gets in the way or people have extra needs, time is always the elusive element. I overcome it in prayer – asking God to multiply it like the loaves and fishes and He always does.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?

Get Thee To An ACFW conference. Writer conferences are the best way to learn the ropes in this industry, to network, and to get a foot in the door. There are numerous conferences out there that offer fantastic helps, but I’m especially fond of the American Christian Fiction Writers’ conference because I helped to found this organization.

And we're just coming off of another wonderful conference, aren't we? Tell us about the featured book.

EMBERS OF LOVE is book one in the Striking A Match series. The series is a family saga with romance and events of the day that create multiple obstacles to overcome. Deborah Vandermark is a young woman who always thought she knew her mission in life, only to discover that things aren’t at all what she thought.

Please give us the first page of the book.

Philadelphia—June 1885

‘I won’t let you go through with this,” Deborah Vander-mark declared. She clasped her best friend’s gloved hands. “Even something this drastic will not win your mother’s respect, and it certainly won’t soften her heart with love.”

Elizabeth Decker—known as Lizzie to her dearest friends—shook her head. “You don’t understand. If I don’t go through with this, I’ll have to return home with her.”

“Nonsense,” Deborah replied. “You can come home with me. My brother is waiting at the train station—or will be in another half hour. There’s no reason to remain here. You’re of age, and my guess is that even your father will approve.”

“Simply one more thing my mother would blame him for.”

Deborah squeezed her friend’s hand. “Lizzie, your parents are divorced and your father is capable of dealing with this. They live in different towns. They needn’t ever speak to each other again—and even if they do, it won’t change how you feel about Stuart. Don’t let your concerns about everyone else be the reason you go into a loveless marriage.”

Lizzie walked over to the window and gently removed her wedding veil, revealing carefully coiffed blond hair. With that one simple action, Deborah took hope that her friend was finally starting to see reason.

“Oh, Deborah, how I can stop things now? Everyone is seated and waiting for a wedding. And what of Stuart? He doesn’t deserve such ill treatment.”

“Stuart doesn’t love you any more than you love him. This is all some sort of game to him. You are simply a beautiful ornament for him to add to his life.”

“Just as my mother has always said. Men do not marry because of love.”

“That isn’t entirely true, and you know it,” Deborah countered. “Many men marry for love. My father, for one.”

How can readers find you on the Internet?

Thank you, Tracie, for visiting with us again.

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Emily said...

Please enter me in the drawing! I am a HUGE fan of Tracie Peterson! I read every book of hers that I can get my hands on! I loved the Song of Alaska series (although my all-time favorite is Ladies of Liberty); I'm sure that this one will be great as well!

jenmmcclure said...

I have loved every book I've read by Tracie Peterson! This book sounds like it will be just as great as her other books. Really looking forward to reading this book!!!

Kristen said...

I love Tracie Peterson's writing and have read many of her books! Please enter me in the drawing.

I just discovered this blog, and have enjoyed reading about the different authors!

Leslie said...

I love Tracie's books!! I would love to win one :) Thanks!

Wendy said...

I love Tracie's book and can't wait to read this one.

Maureen said...

I really enjoy Tracie's books! This books sounds great, and loved the first page, it hooked me! Please enter me!

Merry said...

Another Tracie Peterson fan here!
I'd love a chance to win Embers of Love. Thanks.

holdenj said...

I really enjoyed today's interview with Tracie, she seems like a great woman! Thanks for the chance to win her new book!

grannyvon said...

I have read most of Tracie's books, I haven't read this one and would love to win it. Tracie writes the kind of books I like. They are not ordiniary. All of them have a edge.Thanks for the chance to win this one.

Ann Lee Miller said...

Please drop my name into the hat. :)
Ann Lee Miller

Renee said...

Please enter me for a chance to win this book. Thanks so much!

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Robyn said...

Sounds like another wonderful book!

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Tracie Peterson said...

Wow,ladies! If I need to feel loved I only have to come here and read the comments. You have made me feel very special today. God bless you all!

A J Hawke said...

Another enticing story from Tracie Peterson. I look forward to it.

Please enter me, thanks.

A J Hawke

Cherie J said...

Enjoyed the interview. Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you!

Anne Payne said...

Love Tracie's books!!! Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

Anonymous said...

Tracie is one of my favorites!! I have read most all of her books and am anxious to read this one, too. Please enter me! Thanks!!!

cynthia said...

Thanks for the great interview and the wonderful advice for aspiring writers. I would love to go the conference--it's just too bad I have to start school at that time. September is always a busy month. I hope I don't have to wait until I retire to attend!

Please enter me in the book drawing. :)

Bakersdozen said...

I have just finished a Tracie Peterson book and would love the chance to win this one.

Jennifer said...

I love Tracie Peterson's books! Please enter me into the drawing.

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in this contest. I really am interested in this storyline and how the situation is resolved.


Simply Stacie said...

Please count me in.

rubynreba said...

Tracie Peterson is a very good author. I'd really enjoy this book.

scottsgal said...

I would love to read this book - thanks so much for the nice interview
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Patsy said...

I know this book should be great. Anything written by Tracie always is. Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for giving away a copy

Julia M. Reffner said...

Would love to read this.


kristen said...

What a great first page! Thanks. Makes me want to read more:):)

Carole said...

This is a timely interview because I've just finished Tracie's Desert Roses series and am now reading the Kit Shannon saga. Obviously, I enjoy Tracie's books! I look forward to her new series and appreciate the chance to win Embers of Love.

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Carman said...

Please enter me! I love Tracie's books and can't wait for this new series!

Edwina said...

I would love to read Tracie's book!
Please enter me!


Wendy said...

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

Cindy W. said...

Would love to be entered to win Embers of Love. Thank you for the opportunity.

Cindy W.


Cindy W. said...

Would love to be entered to win Embers of Love. Thank you for the opportunity.

Cindy W.


Linda Cacaci said...

This looks like a wonderful read. Please enter me in the contest.
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Hope said...

Please enter me! I love Tracie Peterson's books!

Megan said...

I LOVED Tracies Alaskan Quest series, it was fantastic! And I really like the cover of her new book, thanks for the chance to win, Lena!


Anonymous said...

I have read more of Tracie Peterson's books than any other Christian author and I never tire of the message she shares with her readers! Please enter me into this drawing. Thank you very much!



peachykath said...

This book sounds really interesting and again another new author. Thank you


Judylynn said...

Tracie Peterson is a talented author. Please enter me in this giveaway!


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Nancye said...

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

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