Tuesday, September 13, 2011

PIRATE OF MY HEART - Jamie Carie - Free Book

Welcome, Jamie. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
When I was fourteen my friend’s mother gave me a historical romance novel, The Flame and the Flower, by Kathleen Woodiwiss, and I was smitten. I fell in love with love stories, particularly historical romance and read them by the grocery sack full for years. When it came time to try my hand at writing my own story I didn’t even have to think about it. I wrote what I knew and loved – historical romance. So why inspirational? I’m a preacher’s daughter and Biblical teaching tapes were playing in the background of my whole childhood. When I was thirty, a stay at home mom and creatively somewhat bored, I tried to read Christian romances and didn’t find (aside from Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers) what I was looking for. So I decided to try and write my own story, the kind of story I wanted to read – lots of passion, not preachy but with the faith elements organic to the characters and a historical feel for that time and place that would sweep readers (myself included!) into another world. It is the perfect fit for me.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
Besides my wedding day and the birth of my three sons? That would have to be the day Thomas Walters, editor at B&H Publishing, called and told me, “We would like to publish your book.” I didn’t really believe it until I held Snow Angel in my hands, my first born daughter (all of my books are like daughters to me). It took me two years to write that first book and then eight years to see it published. My road to publication was a long, arduous walk of faith and persistence. I praise God He didn’t let me give up!

How has being published changed your life?
Dramatically! I have a full time job now and, to be honest, I don’t have time for much else in my life right now. It has cost me hobbies and friendships, time and emotional exhaustion but the rewards are indescribable. I just keep clinging to God and His plan for my life and know if I follow Him I will be fulfilling my purpose on earth. 

What are you reading right now?
Studying everything I can about Italy, specifically Tuscany and Carrara and the famed marble caves there. Also, the devotional, Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young. It’s keeping me grounded every day and reminding me to cling close to my Savior’s hand through this life journey.

Sarah Young did another book, Dear Jesus, I used it the next year after I used Jesus Calling. What is your current work in progress?
I am so excited to be working on book three, A Duke’s Promise, in my first series! It’s called the Forgotten Castles series and is a story about a young woman who has been told that her treasure hunting parents are dead and that the powerful Duke of St. Easton is now her guardian. (Book one is The Guardian Duke – out February 2012, book two is The Forgiven Duke – out July 2012 and book three is A Duke’s Promise – out September 2012, so you won’t have to wait long in between books!). Lady Alexandria Featherstone doesn’t believe her parents are so ill-fated and takes off on a three-book journey over Ireland, Iceland, and Italy to rescue them. Adventure, romance, some comical side characters that my son Seth helped me dream up and God’s loving redemption! It’s my best work to date, I think!

I'd love to feature your series on my blog. Contact me. What would be your dream vacation?
After my recent studies of Ireland, Iceland, and Italy, I think a European tour! Alexandria lives on Holy Island in Northumberland, England, so I would like to start there. Then trace her steps across Northern Ireland through Belfast, Killyleagh (you should see the castle there!) and Dublin. Next stop Reykjavik, Iceland, and see the geysers, hot springs and mountainous volcanoes, then off to London for a few days and then tour the Tuscan area of Italy. Sigh. Can you tell I’ve been imagining it?

How do you choose your settings for each book?
Just whatever I’m curious about at the time. I love learning about new places and getting to armchair travel around the world with my characters. Right now I am interested in Regency Europe but I love American settings too! I will be writing another Christmas novella later this year and I’m thinking of coming back to Philadelphia for that one (this novella will tie in with my second book, The Duchess and the Dragon).

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Laura Kinsale. She writes secular historical romance and oh my, can she write! Whenever I am stuck and need inspiration, I pick up one of her books and just open to a page and start reading. I try really hard not to get swept up in the story and then there goes my day – lol – but just study her sentence structures and descriptions and dialog and well . . . you can see that I LOVE her work!! Flowers from the Storm is my all-time favorite romance novel.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I like to garden (my backyard is lovely this year!) and hang out with friends. Shoe shopping and well, clothes and jewelry shopping too, when I have the time! J Trying new restaurants with my husband and boys. Recently, we bought mountain bikes and are taking up biking as a family activity. I hadn’t ridden a bike in years and was pretty nervous about tackling those trails but it is so much fun and great exercise! I want to do more of that this fall.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Some days it’s just getting started. I have to get really determined and tell myself that even if the writing is bad that day I can always go back and fix it. I’m writing faster than ever to get this series out in time and it is requiring hard discipline! Sometimes it’s sheer guts and determination getting those words on the page.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Pray. Read. Write. Repeat as necessary and follow your path to publication. Everyone has their own path, just stay persistent. If it’s your calling and you have enough talent, you will get published eventually.

Tell us about the featured book.
Pirate of My Heart is a fun, passionate read! After writing a few intense stories I needed a break and something that is a romantic, adventurous page turner. Here’s the back copy blurb:

She gave up everything for a chance at true love . . .
When her doting father dies, Lady Kendra Townsend is given a choice: Marry the horrid man of her uncle’s choosing or leave England to risk a new life in America with unknown relatives. Armed with the faith that God has a plan for her, Kendra boards a cargo ship and soon finds herself swept away by the rugged American sea captain Dorian Colburn. But this adventurous man has been wounded by love before and now guards his independent life.

He wasn’t prepared to give up anything for anyone…
No swashbuckling man needs an English heiress with violet-hued eyes to make him feel again or challenge his faith with probing questions—or so he thinks. It is not until Dorian must save Kendra from the dark forces surrounding her that he decides she may be worth the risk.

Please give us the first page of the book.

Arundel, England 1777
      The grey clouds of dawn shivered against the paned glass of the castle, shrouding the three figures at the side of the four-poster bed in an eerie light. The raging storm of the night before had settled into a dreary misting rain though an occasional jagged flash of lightning flaunted its power, not yet ready to relinquish its right to ravish the leaden sky.  Dim light clung to the faces of those inside the bedchamber where the very walls seemed to echo the anguish felt inside the room.

       All that could be heard in the chamber was the shallow, labored breathing of the one abed. A frail creature, now, pale and lifeless after the travails of childbirth. The others included the old family doctor, Radley, who hovered beside his patient and friend of many years with a strained look in his eyes. Hovering in the shadows was Bridget, the lady's long-standing nurse and companion.  But their suffering was not to be compared to the tall, handsome gentleman who knelt at the woman's bedside, her hand clasped in his; a haunted look in his eyes that attested to the fact that he too feared the end was near for his beloved. 

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Google “Jamie Carie” for lots of reviews of my books!

Thank you, Jamie, for the fun interview.

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

Pirate of My Heart: A Novel

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Wencl said...

I can think of a few ladies I know who might like getting this one. Count me in.

Patsy said...

I've been keeping up with some things on this book. Like choosing of the hat and also a pet name of a character. Would love to read it. I enjoy reading books set in older time periods.

from South Mississippi


Coolestmommy said...

Love the premise of the story. I think you are right that the lives oft he wealthy are often filled with sorrow and without meaning. I can't wait to see how you work this into the story.

coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com

Rebecca said...

Thanks so much for the chance to win this. This book looks absolutely amazing. I would love to win this. Thanks again.

I am from Oklahoma.

fredamans said...

Sounds like my kind of romance. Please enter this gal from Ontario, Canada. Thank you.

Wendy Newcomb said...

Thank you for the giveaway. I live in Florida.


Diana Flowers said...

Please enter me! Thus far I have read every Jamie Carie book that she has written. Love her and would love to win this! Thanks!!


Diana from SC

Unknown said...

Thanks for featuring a new author again. I would love to win, Jamie and Lena

Melissa Jagears said...

That schedule looks killer!


Cyndi said...

I think I've read most of Jamie's books and love them! Looking forward to this one as well! Great interview!

Cyndi in AL

scottsgal said...

love that time period setting
thanks for the chance
cheryl in IL
msboatgal at aol.com

Lorna Faith said...

Jamie...I totally love your books:) You write with such passion and your character descriptions are so detailed...I just love them all!
I feel inspired to finish my historical romance:)
I would love to be entered for a chance to win your book!

Lorna from Alberta

lornafaith at gmail dot com

Sarah said...

Ooo! Several great authors right in a row! I have really enjoyed Jamie's books and I'm sure this one will be just as great!

Sarah from Ohio

Faith said...

I'm a fan of Ms. Carie's, and have heard som egood things about this one :)

crazi.swans at gmail dot com


Jaedyn said...

I have to read this one! I love pirate novels, and Jamie's writing is awesome. :) Thanks for the giveaway!


Patty said...

Another great author on the blog! I've read a book or tow of hers but it's fun to get behind the story a little.

Patty in Sc

Danyelle Hunnicutt said...

This book looks like it's great. My name is Danyelle from Kingman, AZ

apple blossom said...

Oh yes please include me thanks
live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

CarlybirdK said...

This was such an enjoyable book. I read an ARC of Pirate of My Heart and I would love to add a finished copy to my collection. Thank you!

Sharon Richmond said...

Sounds like a great story! I would love to win this book. Thanks and God bless.
Sharon Richmond
Blanch, NC.

Unknown said...

I would love to win Pirates of the Heart. Thankyou Lena for featuring my type of novels and authors I love

Claire said...

Thanks for the interview! I can't wait to read Pirate of My Heart, but right now Angel's Den is my favorite Jamie Carie book. I live in Missouri.

Nathanael Richmond said...

Looks and sounds interesting!
Please enter me in the drawing,would love to win.
Nathanael Richmond
Blanch, N.C.

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

It looks and sounds interesting!
Please enter me in the drawing.
God Bless!
Sarah Richmond
Blanch, N.C.

Anonymous said...

It sounds interesting I would
love to get the book to read it.
Dennie Richmond
Blanch, NC

Anonymous said...

I do love a good romance and I do love historicals!

I'm a subscriber and a follower via gfc.

dancealert at aol dot com

Brenda from Michigan

Aizess said...

I would enjoy reading this book. It sounds interesting. Please enter me in the giveaway.

I live in New York

Chellb said...

I would love to win. It sounds like a good book. Thanks for the giveaway.


Anonymous said...

"Pirate of My Heart" sounds exciting, though I must say I'm very anxious for your new series next year! We lived in Iceland for five years and LOVED it!! Our oldest two children were born there and the third conceived! Thank you for the giveaway and chance to win!
Kelly Y in Virginia

Joanna Richmond said...

looks like a interesting book. enter me in the contest.
Joanna Richmond
Blanch NC.

Abigail Mitchell said...

Sounds very interesting! Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks!
God Bless!
Abigail Richmond
Blanch, N.C.

Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

won't pass up an opp to win this book! i worked so hard on choosing a hat for our heroine and offered pet names for our luvy couple, so i'm adding my comment into this one for sure!! thanks for the great interview ~ thanks for writing Jamie!
a committed CA follower ~

Diana Flowers said...

Pleeeease pick me so I can stop my blog stalking for Jamie's new book. I have bought every single one of her books so I think I deserve a free one. lol


Diana from SC

holdenj said...

I really enjoyed Jamies Q&A. Pirate of my Heart looks like a great read. Thanks for the chance to win.
Julie in MN