Tuesday, October 18, 2011

LOVE ON THE LINE - Deeanne Gist - Free Book AND A Lot of Other Fun Things

Welcome, Deanne. I always love spending time with you. Tell us about what’s been happening with your books lately.

My 2010 book, Maid to Match, was chosen by Booklist as one of the year’s Top Ten Inspirational Fiction. It won the National Readers’ Choice Award and Book Buyer’s Best. It was also nominated for a RITA, Readers’ Crown, Holt Medallion, Golden Quill, Maggie, Lories Best, and Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice.

Love on the Line has already hit several bestseller lists, has received starred reviews, and is about a switchboard operator and a Texas Ranger who goes undercover as a telephone repairman.

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?

I finished my first book in 1997. It wasn’t published until 2005. Then, when it came out, it was an “overnight success.” So, a rejection now doesn’t necessarily mean the work isn’t good, just that the timing isn’t right. The greatest advice I can give to an aspiring writer is: Continue to hone your craft and start on the next project.

I know what you mean. It took me 8 years to be an overnight success (in some people’s eyes). Tell us about the featured book.

Rural switchboard operator Georgie Gail is proud of her independence in a man's world…which makes it twice as vexing when the telephone company sends a man to look over her shoulder.

Dashing Luke Palmer is more than he appears though.  He's a Texas Ranger working undercover to infiltrate a notorious gang of train robbers.  Repairing telephones and tangling with this tempestuous woman is the last thing he wants to do.  But when his stakeout puts Georgie in peril, he realizes more than his job is on the line.

Sounds like a book I'll love to read. Please give us a peek inside your book.

          Georgie Gail snatched up a switchboard cable and stuffed it into number twenty-eight. “Hello, Central.”
          “Georgie, it’s Mattieleene. How old is he? What does he look like? You have met him, haven’t you?”
          She didn’t pretend to misunderstand. “Yes.”
          The new troubleman tried to open one of the office desk drawers, but it was locked. With a great deal of satisfaction, Georgie smoothed her skirt beneath her and adjusted herself in her chair.
          “Well?” Mattieleene asked.
          “He’s big and he’s grouchy.”
          He pierced her with his gaze.
          She shifted, facing forward. She could still see him, but only in her peripheral.
          “Never say so!” Mattieleene moaned. “Is he old?”
          “Very old.”
          He jiggled the second and third drawers. Locked.
          “Is he ugly?”
          “Long in tooth and raised on sour milk.”
          Balling his fists, he placed them on the desktop and leaned against it. The fabric of his sleeves tightened around his upper arms. 
          “Oh, crumbs.” Mattieleene sounded near tears. “Why couldn’t they have sent a man with a little fur on his brisket?”
          “Party lines, Mattieleene. Anyone can hear.” And from the crackling on the line, it was a sure bet half the town was listening in.
That just moved to the top of my to-be-read pile. How can readers find you on the Internet?

a. Readers can contact me, enter contests, obtain book club ideas, and receive exclusive perks at IWantHerBook.com.
b. Any reader who’d like to spend a weekend with me can find out the details at GetawayWithDee.com.
c. I have a very active facebook community at Facebook.com/DeesCircle. The first time they visit, they can earn a Historical Novel Name by saving me from an oncoming train!

I am thrilled to introduce Georgie and Luke to the word in her latest novel, Love on the Line. To celebrate my publisher, Bethany House, is hosting the Love on the Line iPad2 giveaway an Author Chat on Facebook! Enter today and follow the link below to RSVP for Deeanne's rip-roarin' Facebook Party!

One fortunate winner will receive: 
  • A Brand New iPad2 
  • An Autographed Hardback Copy of Love on the Line by Deeanne Gist 
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 7th. Winner will be announced at Deeanne's Author Chat Facebook Party. Deeanne will be wrapping up the Love on the Line celebration by chatting with friends new and old! So grab your copy of Love on the Line (it's okay if you don't have one yet- you might could win one!) and join Deeanne on the evening of November 8th for a rip roaring book chat, a little trivia and lots of giveaways (books, and Amazon, iTunes, and Starbucks gift certificates)!
Enter via E-mail Enter via FacebookEnter via Twitter
Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends. Hope to see you on the 8th!

Thank you, Deeanne, for the interview and the chance to win all those things.

Readers, you can also win a free copy of Love on the Line right here on this blog. And here's a link where you can order a copy.
Love on the Line

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.)

Void where prohibited; the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.

The only notification you’ll receive is the winner post on this blog. So be sure to check back a week from Saturday to see if you won. You will have 4 weeks from the posting of the winners to claim your book.

If you’re reading this on Feedblitz, Facebook, or Amazon, please come to the blog to leave your comment if you want to be included in the drawing. Here’s a link.


Wendy Newcomb said...

My kind of book, would love to win it. I've read many of Deeanne's books and liked every one.


Anonymous said...

This book has me in stitches already! :) Please sign me up!


Patty said...

I loved Deeanne's Bride books, but haven't read anymore of her recent books. Would love to win a copy!

Patty in SC

Sylvia said...

Oh, I love reading Deeanne's books. I own all of them except this one and Measure of a Lady. Phone operater stories are always interesting especially if they have funny gossipy people on the other end.I'm from NC.


Deeanne Gist said...

Thanks for having me, girls, and for taking the time to comment. Ya'll are so encouraging ... I'm always so surprised when I read my own interviews. Without voice inflection, they can come across so much differently than I intended. Thanks for extending me grace! Hugs!

(I'm from Texas.)

Cathy said...

I don't need to enter, just wanted to say how much I loved this book! You can read my thoughts at my blog...

Ann Lee Miller said...

I love Deeanne's writing and would be thrilled to win her latest!

Ann Lee Miller
Gilbert AZ

scottsgal said...

ooohhh a Texas Ranger - sounds like a winner!
msboatgal at aol.com
Cheryl in IL

Pam K. said...

I've heard a lot of good things about Deeanne's books and this one in particular. I'd love a chance to win a copy of "Love on the Line."


Anonymous said...

Love, love, love Deanne's books! Can't wait to read Love on the Line!

from Michigan

Charlotte Kay said...

It sounds like a great read!
Thanks for the chance to win it!

Charlote Kay

Coolestmommy said...

I love the idea of this book because my Godmother was the first (female) Linesman in our state. She started on switchboard and eventually went to the 'man's side' climbing poles and doing repairs. Can't wait to read this story!!!
coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com

Jo said...

This book sounds like it is going to be so funny from what I read. I would love to read it.


Unknown said...

This sounds like an amusing book. I would love to read it.

Ginger in AL

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me I would love to win a copy of this book! Thanks and God bless!
Sharon Richmond
Blanch, NC.

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

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

Courtney said...

I have read every single book written by Deeanne!! She is my all time favorite author! I love her books!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

Courtney from WA state

Unknown said...

Hi! I haven't read any of Deanne Gist's books eyt, and Love on the Line looks interesting! Thanks for this opportunity! I live in Dallas Texas.

gwen (dot) gage (at) gmail (dot) com

Abigail Mitchell said...

Looks interesting! Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks and God Bless!
Abigail Richmond
Blanch, N.C.

Jackie S. said...

Would love to read this book...thanks for the chance! I have read one of her books and loved it.
NE Georgia

Sarah said...

I love Deeanne Gist's books! I have read all of them and really enjoy them. Thanks for the chance to win!

Sarah from Ohio

Patsy said...

i am new to this author so I'm looking forward to reading her books. This one sounds really good.

from South MS


misskallie2000 said...

Hi Deeanne, I love your books and looking forward to reading Love On The Line. I love humor in my books and it sounds like this one will keep me laughing. It also has mystery with the romance which makes it a must read for me. Thanks for stopping by to chat and share with us.

I live in Georgia

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

holdenj said...

Looks like a great story! Thanks for the info and chance to win.
Julie in MN

karenk said...

thanks for the opportunity to read this fabulous story :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel :)

karenk...from PA
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Cindy W. said...

I absolutely love the cover of Love On The Line! Would love to win a copy. Thank you for the chance.

I live in Indiana.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


peachykath said...

This sounds like a really cute book. I'd love the chance to read this book. Please enter me in the drawing.
Thank you,

Katherine from Northern California


Lady DragonKeeper said...

I've read "Maid to Match" and loved it! Thanks for the chance to win "Love on the Line" --it sounds wonderful. =)

(P.S. I'm from Hawaii)

Nancye said...

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

Nancye in Kentucky

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

rubynreba said...

Thanks for the chance to win this. I enjoy her books.
Beth from Iowa

Kristie said...

Wow! Your book sounds great! An undercover Texas Ranger sounds exciting. I love a good romance. I'm from Ohio. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

Bakersdozen said...

I was just talking about "A Bride In The Bargain" yesterday. My teenage daughter, who also loves Christian fiction, recommended it to someone. I would love to also read this. I live in S. California.

Merry said...

I've enjoyed several of Deeanne's books and Love on the Line sounds like another awesome story with a fun, quirky heroine.
Merry in TX