Tuesday, November 02, 2010

UNCERTAIN HEART - Andrea Boeshaar - Free Book

We have Andrea Boeshaar back with the second book in her Seasons of Redemption series. I was privileged to read this book and write an endorsement for it. You're going to love it. Now, Andrea, why do you write the kind of books you do?

I love history and researching the past. Years ago I visited the Pabst Mansion, here in Milwaukee. It had been decorated for Christmas in its usual Victorian flare. It sparked my imagination and by the time I left I had an idea for a story about a captain and his children…oh, yes, and a governess. My book Uncertain Heart was a result.

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

I think when my three sons were born. They are all adults now with children of their own.

Those grandchildren are really special, too. How has being published changed your life?

It’s made me realize something Debra White Smith said: There’s a reason the word DEAD is in deadline.

Actually, I'm nearing the deadline of my first book in the McKenna's Daughters series I'm writing for Strang. I know what you mean, too. What are you reading right now?

Mostly nonfiction by Beth Moore and Laura Bush and, of course, God’s Word.

What is your current work in progress?

I’m writing book 4 in my Seasons of Redemption series. This book is about three characters readers will meet in book 2 – Bethany and Jake and Luke McCabe.

What would be your dream vacation?

I want to take an Alaskan cruise!

James and I want to, too. He spent time in Alaska while he was in the military before we met. How do you choose your settings for each book?

I think I choose areas of the United States that interest me – a great excuse to visit.

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

Laura Bush. She seems like the epitome of how a Christian wife and mother ought to behave. She’s strong-minded and yet demure. I admire her and, in fact, her book is one that I’m reading now.

I admire her, too. What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?

I enjoy meeting my friends for coffee or lunch and spending time with my grandchildren. I’ve got 4 to date. It’s such a blessing to be close so I can see them often.

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

I’m not a fast writer. I wish I could whip out 5,000 words a day. The most I seem to accomplish is 1,000. I also tend to get distracted. I love people. I care about souls. Tomorrow, after Bible study, I plan to visit a friend of my sons’ who is battling cancer. She’s 31 years old. We’re all praying for a miracle. And it’s those sorts of things that eat up my writing time. But God usually and somehow works it all out.

I've had to have a few 5,000 word days during this deadline period, but I like to write more leisurely, too. What advice would you give to a beginning author?

Don’t give up. And don’t give in to negative critics – which includes yourself!

Tell us about the featured book?

Uncertain Heart is book 2 in my Seasons of Redemption series. It takes place in 1866, in my hometown of Milwaukee, WI.

Please give us the first page of the book.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, June 1866

Stepping off the train, her valise in hand, Sarah McCabe eyed her surroundings. Porters hauled luggage and shouted orders to each other. Reunited families and friends hugged while well-dressed businessmen, wearing serious expressions, walked briskly along.

Mr. Brian Sinclair . . .

Sarah glanced around for the man she thought might be him.

When nobody approached her, she ambled to the front of the train station where the city was bustling as well. What with all the carriages and horse-pulled streetcars coming and going on Reed Street, Sarah had all she could do just to stay out of the way. And yet she rejoiced in the discovery that Milwaukee was not the small community she’d assumed. There was not a farm in sight, and it looked nothing like her hometown of Jericho Junction, Missouri.

Good. She breathed a sigh and let her gaze continue to wander.

Milwaukee wasn’t all that different from Chicago where she’d visited and hoped to teach music in the fall. The only difference she could see between the two cities was that Milwaukee’s main streets were cobbled, whereas most of Chicago’s were paved with wooden blocks.

Sarah squinted into the morning sunshine. She wondered which of the carriages lining the curb belonged to Mr. Sinclair. In his letter he’d stated that he would meet her train. Sarah glanced at her small
watch locket: nine thirty. Sarah’s train was on time this morning.

Had she missed him somehow?

How can readers find you on the Internet?

They can log onto my website: http://www.andreaboeshaar.com/

Andrea, thank you for the wonderful visit.
Readers, here's a link to the book. By using it when you order, you help support this blog.

Leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. New information: Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory. I’m trying to get a good idea of where the people live who leave comments on my blog. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)

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Unknown said...

I like Andrea's writings.
I live in Mpls, MN.

Lisa Lickel said...

Hey, Andrea! Good to see you here. We'll have to go back to the mansion for a visit together some time. Love it too!

Unknown said...

Thanks for dropping in Wendy and Lisa!

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book.


From Kentucky

LeAnn Hamby said...

This is a great book, Andrea! You just keep getting better!

Barb Buehner said...

I've known Andrea since she published her first book. She does keep getting better. I've loved "reading" her growth as a person and writer!!
I'm from Redgranite, WI.

grannyvon said...

Andrea is a new author for me and she is going on my 'Must read author list' Lately it is getting rather long but I like to read all of an author's books from the first to the last and sometimes they are hard to find all of them. ybutler@oppcatv.com

Anonymous said...

Excited to start reading your books again. Where HAVE I been?
This new one looks good to me because I started out in Missouri and ended up in Milwaukee! Delegate

fredamans said...

Beautiful cover, thanks for the chance.

Ontario, Canada

Jeri said...

Hey Andrea and Lena--
Good to meet up with you both her. Blessings on your books and writing life.

Jeri in Tucson

Unknown said...

Thanks for all the positive comments. You're all winners in my eyes. ;)

karenk said...

please count me in...thanks :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

holdenj said...

Uncertain Heart looks like a good story. I live next door in MN, so the setting is interesting too!

Cindy W. said...

Uncertain Heart sounds like a book I would really like to read. Thank you for a chance to win a copy.

Cindy W.


wmmahaney said...

this book sounds like a great read. Would love to read it.

Jaedyn said...

What a gorgeous cover! I have never read anything by Andrea but would love to, and this sounds like a great read. :)

Pacific NW

Jan Cline said...

I love the series name...and Im with you on wishing I could write faster. Im a slow poke, but I guess that's not so bad.
Blessings on the book - looking forward for more.
Im from Washington state.

Theresa N. said...

The first page sounded wonderful now I want to know what happened in the rest of the book.
Theresa N

Patsy said...

This books sounds really good. It will be interesting to see how Sarah does in Milwaukee. Looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for giving away a copy.

Simply Stacie said...

Please count me in.

I am from Nova Scotia, Canada

simplystacieblog at gmail dot com

scottsgal said...

being from Chicago I enjoy stories set in the midwest
msboatgal at aol.com

Julia M. Reffner said...

This sounds like an interesting read. Please enter me.


Cleda said...

Another great interview... sounds like a wonderful series...will have to get the first book...

North Central Texas

kristen said...

Gorgeous cover! Please enter me:)

Jennifer said...

Sounds like a great book! would love to read it. I'm in North Carolina

jenmmcclure at yahoo dot com

Coolestmommy said...

I think I'd like this book. Thanks for the chance.

coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com
from NE

Bakersdozen said...

I love historical fiction. Southern California

Norma said...

This sounds like a great read. I would love to win it.

Norma said...

Sorry I forgot to add - I am from Saskatchewan

Charlotte Kay said...

I jump at the chance to win this book! Please enter me in this giveaway!
I'm from The Buckeye State OHIO:)

Anne Payne said...

Sounds interesting. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

Anne in NC

Kristen said...

Sounds like a great historical fiction! Please enter me. I live in TX, near Austin.

jkfreitas at sbcglobal dot net

rubynreba said...

This looks very good. I keep forgetting to put down my state. I live in Iowa.

Nancye said...

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

Louisville, KY

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Ann Lee Miller said...

Ann Lee Miller
Gilbert, Arizona

Cherie J said...

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

Unknown said...

Andrea's story starts off grabbing my attention right away by looking for the person who is supposed to meet her. I can relate to the lost feelings and of being alone in a place she doesn't know. I live in Arlington, TX and am enjoying a beautiful fall day here. Thank you for the giveaway and the chance to win Andrea's great book. I hope I do.

Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Carman said...

I live in the midwest. :)

Please enter me! I can't wait to read this series!