Friday, January 07, 2011

CAROLINE'S CHOICE - Martha Rogers - Free Book

I'm thrilled to feature fellow Realms authors. Welcome, Martha. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?

All my books carry the theme of forgiving and reconciling either between man and God and man to man. Forgiving has been such a big part of my life with such a profound effect, that I have compelled to write about God’s loving and forgiving nature. With God forgiving so much in mankind, we must do likewise with our fellow man or we will be telling others we don’t truly believe God will do what He says. We are instructed by Scripture to be forgiving even as Jesus was forgiving.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?

A new series begins this summer with the release of Summer Dream, book 1 of Seasons of the Heart.

Yea. I want to feature that series, too. If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?

Laura Bush is one person I’d really like to meet because of our background in education and our concern for children and reading. I admire the work she has done with literacy and helping children have a better understanding of and love for books.

She is one of my most admired women as well. How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?

Keep sending in those submissions. You never know about God’s timing and when your manuscript will be on the right editor’s desk at just the right time he or she needs your kind of story. If the manuscripts aren’t out there, they can’t be considered.

Very good advice. Tell us about the featured book.

Caroline’s Choice is the final book in the Winds Across the Prairie series and brings closure to the Haynes family of Barton Creek. This is Matt Haynes and Caroline Frankston’s story and takes us to the year 1907 and the statehood of Oklahoma. Although separated by distance, neither Matt nor Caroline can forget the other and a near tragedy finally brings them together to admit their love for each other.

We really want to know what happens in the lives of these people. Please give us the first page of the book.

Chapter 1

Caroline Frankston’s hands clinched into fists, her breath coming in short spurts. Through the parlor window, she watched life go on in a normal, orderly fashion, but here in this room, her world lay fragmented like shards of broken glass. Each piece cut into her soul, causing pain that she no longer wanted to bear. The bleeding had to stop.

“If I don’t leave this town, I’ll never get married.” Caroline Frankston spun around to face her mother. “Barton Creek has no men who will ever be interested in me, so I plan to move to Oklahoma City and start a new life there.”

Her mother’s blue eyes flashed with anger. “You’ll do no such thing. You have responsibilities here.”

Caroline’s jaw tightened. Her mother’s demands only caused more determination. “What responsibilities? Going to luncheons and meetings with you and sitting around listening to you decide what people should do?”

The firm set of Mother’s mouth warned Caroline to be careful with her next words. Now was the time to stand firm and not back down. “I know you want what’s best for me, and right now a move seems to be it.”

Mother stood silent, a vein in her neck throbbing in response to the tension in her jaw. A mixture of anger and disbelief sparked from her eyes. She stood tall, with her back ramrod straight meaning she wouldn’t back down.

Without waiting for her mother’s response, Caroline headed for the door, but not without one last comment. “I’m sorry, Mother. I’ll be twenty-seven soon, and if I don’t do something now, I never will. I don’t want to be stuck here as an old maid with time on her hands and no purpose in life.”

You go, Caroline. This will be a great read. How can readers find you on the Internet?

Thank you, Martha, for the fun interview.
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Julia M. Reffner said...

Would like to read this one. Thanks for the entry.


Diana Flowers said...

Please enter me!

Diana Flowers said...

I'm sorry...forget to tell you where I live. I live in the hisorical state of South Carolina.

karenk said...

please count me in ... thanks :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com
from PA

scottsgal said...

I enjoyed the interview - sounds like a book I would enjoy
I live in Illinois
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Casey said...

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Nancye said...

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

Nancye from KY

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

apple blossom said...

I live in ND
I'd love to be entered thanks

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Jackie S. said...

Live in GA and would love to read this book! Thanks!!!

Pam K. said...

Caroline sounds like someone with some backbone. I would like to read the rest of the story to see how her move went, what she did to support herself, etc. Please enter me in the drawing for the book.


misskallie2000 said...
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misskallie2000 said...

I would love to win Caroline's Choice. I love reading Christian writers books and am adding this to my wish list.
Thanks for the great interview and the opportunity to enter giveaway.

I live in Georgia

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Lourdes said...

Looking forward to reading this book
Please enter me.

Huntington, NY


Bakersdozen said...

I so appreciate these interviews and excerpts. I live in S. California.

Jo said...

I likek to read historical romance. Count me in!


grannyvon said...

I like the historical romances and this sounds like a good one. Thanks for the chance to win it!

Anonymous said...

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

Unknown said...

Sounds like a good book.
Wendy from Buffalo, MN

MaureenT said...

I have the other 3 books in this series and would love to read this one too! I live in Central where near the city.

Katie Marie said...

Ive read one of Martha's books before - and it was pretty good. This one looks like it would be a fun read! Please count me in!

~ Katy

Unknown said...

Lena, you have such a talent for picking creative authors with books of great interest. Caroline's Choice reminds me a bit of today's independent woman. This is a book I'd like to read. Thank you for this giveaway and the chance to win it. I hope I do....and you can send it to my home in Arlington, TX.

Best of Blessings in 2011,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Emily said...

Please enter me! I'm from New York!


deb said...

Loved her first two! Sign me up!


deb said...

Oh, I forgot to tell you I'm from Long Island, NY!!

John said...

Looks like an awesome book! Thanks for the giveaway!


New York!!!

Elyssa said...

Ooh, awesome! I loved the first two in the series, and can't wait to read this one. I'm from Long Island, New York too!


Jenny said...

Awesome giveaway! Looks like a great book! I'm from New York.


Ira said...

Cool! I'm from New York!


The Jesus Freak said...

Awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win this book. I'm from New York!

thejesusfreak62(at)gmail(dot)com said...

Please enter me!
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Mozi Esme said...

I'd like to read this.


Coolestmommy said...

Looking forward to this final book in the series.

coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

Would love to win this book. I live in Arizona...thanks for the chance to win.

Martha W. Rogers said...

Thanks for the kind words from those of you have read other books in the series. I so enjoyed writing about the Haynes family and Barton Creek that I hated to leave them. Good luck to all of you.

A special thank you to Lena for featuring me on her blog.

Judylynn said...

Thanks for the chance to win this book!

Judylynn in East Tennessee

Norma said...

I'd love to read this book - I'm from Saskatchewan.