Thursday, December 30, 2010

UNEXPECTED LOVE - Andrea Boeshaar - Free Book

Welcome, Andrea. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?

Exciting stuff! I’m starting to write a brand new series about a Norwegian family that migrates to Wisconsin. The series is called Fabric of Time and each book covers a generation, beginning in 1848 and ending in 1898.

Sounds interesting. Tell us a little about your family.

I’m of Norwegian and German decent. My husband’s family is Dutch. Daniel and I have three grown sons. Ben, who is in the ministry. Rick, a flight paramedic and now an RN. Rick is also the regional manager for emergency medical services for Aurora Health Care. And Brian who works in banking and commercial real estate. Ben and his wife have 3 children. Rick has 1 son.

Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?

I’m afraid I don’t read as often as I’d like. With researching my novel and all the time spent writing it, I barely have time to clean my house and see the grandkids, let alone read. Still, I try to read a book every couple of months.

What are you working on right now?

Book One in my new series. It’s called Threads of Hope. I’m in the beginning stages and doing my research right now.

What outside interests do you have?

I love to take walks. I recently underwent a total knee replacement and I’m healing up just great. I can’t wait to take regular walks outside come springtime. My husband and I also enjoy seeing our grandchildren. We make that a regular practice.

One of my daughters is moving closer to us in a week and a half. We're so excited to have them and our great grandson nearby. How do you choose your settings for each book?

Somehow certain areas just grab me, like the Arizona Territory in 1867. You’ll read about it in book 4 in my Seasons of Redemption series. But I’m also interested in local history. Book 2 in my series takes place here in Milwaukee. Book 3 is set in Chicago and then in Milwaukee again. I love to research my hometown.

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

Jesus. I can’t wait to meet Him. I have so many questions to ask Him. :-)
What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?

I wish I would have learned more about self-editing. Sometimes I’m embarrassed to read my older works, even if they’re published. I suppose that means I’m growing as a writer – and that’s good!

What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?

God has shown Himself faithful in so many ways. He takes good care of me. One of the lessons I’m learning is that because my Heavenly Father is the King of kings and I am His child, then that makes me…a princess! So I ought to act like royalty, not in a snooty manner, but a manner in which I treat myself with respect and take care of myself. The Bible says that we should love others as ourselves. But if we don’t love and respect ourselves, we cannot love our neighbors.

So all you princesses out there – listen up! Do something wonderful for yourselves today – and then show some kindness to someone else. :-)
What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?

1) Don’t give up.
2) Learn all you can about writing and hone your skills
3) Trust God to open the doors to your success. Then don’t be afraid to walk through them.

Tell us about the featured book.

Unexpected Love is the story of a post-Civil War nurse named Renna Fields. She’s working in a hospital in Chicago when a half-drowned man is brought in. He’s been pulled from Lake Michigan and is barely alive. If readers are finished with Uncertain Heart they may guess who this strange man is. :-) Renna takes pity on him and nurses him back to health – only to learn that “Mr. Blackeyes” has forgotten his past and his identity.

It’s an exciting read, if I do say so myself. My author’s copies just arrived from my publisher and I’m very pleased with the book’s end result.

Please give us the first page of the book.

Chapter 1
Chicago, Illinois
September 4, 1866
“Do you think he’ll live, Dr. Hamilton?”

The gray-haired man with bushy whiskers pondered the question for several moments by chewing on his thick lips as he weighed his reply. “Yes, I think he will,” he finally said. “Of course he’s not out of the woods yet, but it seems he’s coming around.”

Lorenna Fields breathed a sigh of relief. It had been two whole days with nary a sign of life from this half-drowned man, but finally—finally he showed signs of improvement.

“You’ve done a good job with this patient, Nurse Fields.” The physician drew himself up to his full height, which barely met Renna’s five feet six inches. “I don’t think he’d be alive today if you hadn’t given him such extraordinary care.”

“Thank you, Dr. Hamilton, but it was the Lord who spared this man and the Lord who gave me the strength and skill to nurse him.”

The old physician snorted in disgust. “Yes, well, it might have had something to do with the fact that you’ve got a brain in your head, Nurse Fields, and the fact that you used it too, I might add!”

Renna smiled inwardly. Dr. Hamilton always disliked it when she gave God the credit for any medical advancement. Especially the miracles. Yet, Renna’s intelligence and experience weren’t typical of women her age, and she determined to use them to God’s glory.

How can readers find you on the Internet?

I invite readers to my website: Once there, readers can find my blog and a lot of other information. They can also find me on Facebook.

I've really enjoyed having you on my blog again, Andrea.

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Leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)

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Naasom A. Sousa said...

I'd like win a copy this book. Please enter me in this giveaway.

letrassantas at hotmail dot com

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar said...

Lena, I want to thank you for posting this interview. It's been fun! I cannot wait to see comments from your blog's readers.

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a good book. I would love to win an copy. Angela from Kentucky.

Nancy Toback said...
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Patsy said...

Would love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway.
From Southern US


Robyn said...

Sounds like a facinating story. Please enter me to win.

coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com
I live in the midwest

diana said...

I love your books! I live in historical South Carolina. Near our home is the statehouse where you can actually still see holes in the wall where artillery was fired during the Civil War.

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar said...

Diana in SC that is SO COOL. I loved it when my hubby and I visited Charleston and walked along the battery. :)

Trinity Rose said...

I love books by Andrea Boeshaar.
Thanks for the giveaway.
Trinity Rose

Kym McNabney said...

Great interview. Thanks for sharing about your book, life and writing.



Jackie S. said...

Sounds like a great book....please enter me....from GA. Thanks!!

grannyvon said...

Why is it always doctors who deny the existance of God? In books and in real life. I am glad for the ones who are Christians and give God glory. I would love to win this book and see how it turns out.

Terri said...

Sounds like a wonderful book!

Arlington, TX.

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar said...

Grannyvon, thanks for your comment. I've worked in the medical field for the past 20 years and I think many doctors feel they have the power or gift to heal patients, but forget the One who blessed them with the power or gift = God Almighty. But I have always enjoyed watching God show those same MDs that He is really in charge. :)

apple blossom said...

Love Andrea's books please enter me. thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

diana said...

Near the statehouse in Columbia, SC, there is also a museum all about the Civil War, and statues of famous Civil War heroes. I agree Charleston is great...loaded with history! That is why I want to win your book so badly:)

Cherie J said...

Great interview! The series about the Norwegian family sounds good. Please enter me in the drawing. I live in Florida. Thank you!

Charity said...

Please don't enter me in this giveaway as I already have the book, but I loved it! Andrea, you have a way with writing. Very nice:)


diana said...

I wanted to respond to Grannyvon's statement about drs. You are so right,and I don't know how I got sooo blessed but my regular dr, my ob-gyn, and my chiropractor are all Christians. I just had to have surgery and my ob-gyn held hands with my husband and I and had prayer and my other drs always say they are praying for me. Not the norm...I am so blessed!

Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar said...

Charity, thank you for your comment. You -- and all of you have made my day! :)

Karen Lange said...

Just finished Book Two, so am really interested in reading Book Three. Great interview, and thanks for the giveaway!

I live 20 minutes east of Louisville, KY. :)


Flossysmom said...
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Flossysmom said...

Oh, I really would love to win a copy of this book .Andrea Boeshaar is one of my very favorite authors. I have had to dig to find some of her out of print books, but it was worth the hunt . I hope this contest is not limited to the US only, I live in New Brunswick ,Canada

Diane said...

I would love to get a free book, but it appears I have missed a book, An Uncertain Heart. So I will have to get that one first, lol.

But I love your books, Andrea!

rubynreba said...

I'm Beth from Iowa and would love to read this book! Thanks.

Mary said...

I love books and promoting them.

Michelle Rayburn said...

I read the first two books and loved them! I'd love to win book 3. I read the teaser for this book at the end of book 2 and it looks great.

I live in Northern Wisconsin.

Michelle (at)

JoAnne said...

a great interview. I especially liked the part where she shared other writer's how to successful, 3) Trust God to open the doors to your success. Then don’t be afraid to walk through them.

Sheila Deeth said...

Love the advice. Nice interview and fascinating book. sdeeth at msn dot com

Edwina said...

I always enjoy your interviews. You ask questions that help us get to know the author better. Please enter me in this giveaway. I live in GA.


diana said...

Andrea, I can always spot your books immediately at the bookstore because of the golden oval around the titles. Is there a significance to the oval or was it decided on for the precise reason that I just draw attention to the book cover? Because it works...I love the covers on your books!

diana said...

OOPS- I forgot email to above comment on it all the time:(

Karen Lange said...

Commented earlier but didn't leave my email. Wasn't thinking it was necessary, but just in case...:o)
Thanks and blessings,

Wendy said...

Andrea always has good books. Thanks for offering it.
Buffalo, MN

CarlybirdK said...

I would love to win this book. Thank you.
Carly in NC.

Carol said...

Andrea, I just loved reading "Uncertain Heart" so I am going to try to win "Unexpected Love". I love how you developed the character of Sarah and I wept at the gossip against her and her reactions. She is my favorite character by far. You have such power and responsibility as the excellent author you are. God bless you and all the Spirit does through you!

Merry said...

Andrea's series sounds really terrific, please include me in the drawing for Unexpected Love.
Merry in TX

rbooth43 said...

UNEXPECTED LOVE by Andrea Boeshaar sounds like a great read. Great interview. Thanks, Lena. I have't read anything by Andrea, but I want to thank her for sharing about her book, life and writings.
I agree with Grannyvon's statement about drs. Thankfully I have an understanding Dr. Through my husband's illness and death, my doctor was there for him and for me until the end. He is still looking out for me.
I am and email subscriber and google follower.

The Herd said...

I would love to read this...I am part would be fun!

Brenda said...

I would love to win this book! Please enter me!!

dancealert at aol dot com

Jan Marie said...

I really enjoyed reading and learning more about Andrea Boeshaar. I don't know how it has happened, but I haven't yet had the opportunity to read any of her books. This one sounds like a good one to begin with - please add my name in the drawing. Thanks for the chance to win.


Katy said...

This book looks great! Please count me in for the giveaway!!

Keep up the good work Andrea!

~ Katy

Toyin O. said...

Awesome interview, thanks for sharing.

Charlotte Kay said...

Greetings from unusually warm Ohio.
Please enter me in this giveaway.
chakasa 58 @gmail dot com

A J Hawke said...

An interesting period for the novel. I also have not read much in the way of historical novels of this part of the country. I look forward to reading UNEXPECTED LOVE.

Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

A J Hawke

Nancye said...
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Nancye said...

This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

Nancye from KY

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Maureen said...

I would love to have a copy of this book! Thank you!

Carman said...

Please enter me! I live in the midwest.

I've never read anything by Andrea, but I have heard great things and I can't wait till I get a chance to!

misskallie2000 said...

I love stories based on hospital care givers.. This one sounds like a wonderful book.
Thanks for this opportunity to enter.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Helene said...

I just finished Uncertain Heart last week, and absolutely loved it. I got so excited when I read the sneak peak at the back of the book about Unexpected Love and cannot wait to read it - whether I win it here or purchase it when it becomes available.

I live in the state of VA.


Michelle V said...

Love her books! I would love to win this one!

Michelle V from Texas

Katy said...

Oh! I forgot to mention that I live in Florida! :-)

Thanks - Katy

barbjan10 said...

Andrea's interview is quite interesting and I admire her historical research - as I enjoy historical novels. Andrea's writings are new to me and I'm anxious to rectify that. This story appeals to me and I can foresee a a bit of romance lingering around the story. Thank you for this giveaway and the chance to win it. I hope I win!

Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

barbjan10 said...

Whoops, forgot to leave some info. I live in Arlington, TX. City of the new famous Dallas Cowboys exquisite stadium. We have lots of amusements here - come and visit us with your books, Andrea. We have plenty of bookstores.

Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

karenk said...

would enjoy reading this novel...thanks for the chance :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com
(from PA)

Jo said...

Please enter me. I would love to win a copy of this book.


CarolNWong said...

Please enter me in this contest. I really like that it is back in time is about a nurse, I would really enjoy that.


Bakersdozen said...

This books sounds like a good read. I live in S. California.

maddie said...

i would like to win please enter me in the giveaway and congrats to people who win :)

Madison from Missouri