Friday, December 02, 2011

RACE AGAINST TIME - Kim and Kayla Woodhouse - Free Book

Welcome back, Kim and Kayla. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
First and foremost to glorify God through story. Our purpose statement is: “To challenge the believer in his/her walk with the Lord and to point the non-believer to God.”
And – we love a good story – especially suspense J

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
Kim: I would have to say the day I married my hubby – 20 years ago this month (Can I really be that old?) after that would be the birth of my two amazing kids J
Kayla: Getting to go to David Phelps’s home and attending a concert – that’s a tie with the day Montel Williams brought him (David) as a surprise to meet me on TV and we got to hang out in New York City all day. He and his family are so precious to us, God has blessed us getting to know them. And he’s my most-favoritest singer ever and always will be. J

How has being published changed your life?
Kim: It’s added just a tad bit of craziness to my already crazy life. So… it’s normal. J And so much fun.
Kayla: It’s added a crazy twist to our schedule (I’m only fourteen!) but I know that God has called me to it and I love it.

What are you reading right now?
Kim: Smitten by Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Denise Hunter
Kayla: Veiled Rose by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

What is your current work in progress?
Kim: I just turned in another non-fiction devotional (today!) and am working on Untraceable (a romantic suspense) and Deadly Secrets (another suspense with Kayla)
Kayla: Deadly Secrets (With Mama) and a few other projects on my own that I’m pursuing (I love fantasy)

What would be your dream vacation?
Kim: Anywhere that is cool enough for Kayla to be and we are together as a family J
Kayla: I would like to go to Europe and the Faroe Islands J

How do you choose your settings for each book?
Kim: I think our characters really determine the setting – where they would live, what jobs they would have, etc.
Kayla: Yeah, pretty much. J But I also like to write fantasy – and enjoy creating new worlds.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Kim: My hubby. Because I love him J (Okay – so I get to spend lots of evenings with him. But he’s my top choice.)
Kayla: Mrs. Tracie and Mr. Jim Peterson – because I love them and because I feel closer to God when we’re together.

Yeah, Kayla. I like hanging out with them, too. What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Kim: Scrapbooking, photography, quilting, sewing, beading…
Kayla: painting, swimming, playing piano, scrapbooking, hanging out with my family.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Kayla: Getting so into my character’s head that their feelings begin to overwhelm me. I overcome it by spending more time with God and prayer.
Kim: Seriously? Time and balance. I’m a wife, mom, and homeschool mom, and have an extremely busy speaking/tour schedule. I keep thinking I’ll get it all together, but I’m still working on it. I keep giving it to the Lord and I’m getting better and better every day at saying, “No.” J

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Write. Write. Write. Write. Write. Write. Work on your craft. Write. Write. Write. Write. Write. J

Tell us about the featured book.
Race Against Time is set in Alaska and features mother and daughter – Anesia and Zoya Naltsiine (Nal-chee-nah) – champion sprint dog racers. It’s a fast-paced, military-romantic-suspense-thriller we’ve been told J Here’s the blurb from Amazon:
Anesia Naltsiine has made mistakes that have cost her-and her 13-year old daughter, Zoya-dearly. But no more. She will prove her worth as a mother and as a breeder of champion sprint racing dogs. Her kennel is so successful that buyers come from all over the world. So why does she still feel so worthless? 

Zoya misses the dad she never knew. All she wants is to follow in his footsteps as a champion sprint dog racer. But when she witnesses a murder in their town of North PoleAlaska, she finds herself thrown into dangers and emotions she can’t begin to understand. 

Enter Sean Connelly, a new employee at the kennel with demons of his own. When he discovers macrochips bearing military secrets implanted in the Naltsiine's dogs, a puzzle tracing back to the murder unfolds. Then strange "accidents" start happening; clearly someone wants Zoya silenced. Anesia tells her daughter it's not safe to race, but Zoya, angry with the world- and God-takes off across dangerous Alaskan terrain alone. Anesia and Sean must race against time to save the girl—and themselves.

Please give us the first page of the book.ANESIA
Eve of World Championships
Sprint Dog Racing
4:26 p.m.
The word lose didn’t exist in Anesia Naltsiine’s vocabulary.

Liquid sloshed over the rim of Thunder’s bowl and, in seconds, turned to ice. Anesia leaned down to her prized racing dog and checked his paws, then broke a piece of frozen water off the edge.

How appropriate. The chill in the air matched the one in her heart. For thirteen years she’d raised her daughter, Zoya. For thirteen years she’d raced her heart out over the snow and built her kennel up to the prestige it held today. For thirteen years . . .

She’d been alone.

If only Dan—

Her braid whipped against her face as she shook her head. Cut it out. World Championships were tomorrow. And she’d keep her thoughts on that if it killed her.

Can't wait for my copy to arrive. How can readers find you on the Internet?  from there you can find our blogs, twitter, and facebook pages
Our fan page is:

Kim and Kayla, it's always a pleasure to spend time with the two of you.

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

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Coolestmommy said...

Wow--that blurb is enough to get my heart pounding. I think my 14yo son might enjoy it, too. I'm thinking we might read it together. :-)

coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com

Susan H said...

A mother/daughter writing team, that's awesome! Sounds like a great suspense book that I look forward to reading. I also visited Kim & Kayla's website, what an incredible personal story.

I'm from Fort Worth, TX.

Rebecca said...

I love the idea of a mother/daughter Christian writing team. That is so cool! I'd love to read the book - the excerpt really pulled me in!

I'm from NC

Unknown said...

Race Against Time sounds awesome, set in a state i want to visit! Thanks Kim, Kayla and Lena for the post and chance to win this book!



Kimberley Woodhouse said...

Wow! What fun you all are!
Robyn - we've had lots of teens (lots of boy!) who've written in and have enjoyed the books - I love your idea of reading it together.
Susan- thank you! So great to hear from you - do you like suspense? It will keep you on your toes :)
Rebecca - awesome - that's what an author always loves to hear! Kayla and I love writing together!
Marianne - Alaska is amazing - we lived there for many years and miss it a lot :) I think everyone needs to go there for a visit!

Anonymous said...

I cant wait to read it!! sounds awesome!!

Abbie in sulphur, la.

Aizess said...

That is so cool- a mother/daughter writing team! In addition the book seems to be interesting! Please enter me in this giveaway!

I live in New York

Gretchen said...

Yay!! Love Kim & Kayla - they're so full of JOY! :)

OhGr8NowWhat said...

As a family we read Kim and Kayla's first book as a read aloud. We thoroughly enjoyed it. We can't wait to read this new one!

Lindis said...

You're welcome to the Faroes anytime you want ;) Loved reading No Safe Haven.....Can't wait for this one! :-D

Love ya Kim and Kayla!! :D

Lindis =)
The Faroe Islands

rubynreba said...

The excerpt made me really want to read this. Sounds like a wonderful book.
Beth from Iowa.

Mary Preston said...

RACE AGAINST TIME would certainly initiate me into a world I know nothing about. I love learning new things.

Robin in NC said...

Just liked y'all on Facebook! Your book sounds awesome! Thank you for being Christian writers! We need more & more of those as our world keeps getting more worldly!

Robin in NC

Cindy W. said...

Oh my, the first page is a 'grabber'. I will have to read "Race Against Time". Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

Kayla - I am a big fan of David Phelps too! What a voice! I just went to a concert about a month ago and saw him perform with the Gaither Vocal Band. I love good harmony too!
When David did his solos I literally cried it was so beautiful!

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.
from Indiana


Carol N Wong said...

I love suspense!! This one sounds so exciting! I have some cousins who live in Alaska and they say that they will never leave.


I live in Texas.

Unknown said...

This one sounds like a made for TV novel. lol

Happy Holidays

Bethany said...

How cool that they are a mother/daughter writing team! I'd love a copy, I'm in Ohio :)

Anonymous said...

Please enter me in the drawing
for this interesting book.
God Bless You!

Dennie Richmond
Blanch, NC

Nathanael Richmond said...

Enter me!
Nathanael Richmond
Blanch, NC.

apple blossom said...

please enter me thanks

live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Abigail Mitchell said...

Looks interesting, Please enter me in drawing!

Jo said...

It is so neat to see a mother/daughter writing team. This sounds like a great suspense story.

Jo form Southern Arizona

Kristie said...

The blurb sounds great. I visited Alaska last year and I would love to read a story set there. It is so interesting that you and your daughter write together. What a great family activity. Maybe my husband and I should try that. I'm from Ohio. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

Kimberley Woodhouse said...

I'm so sorry - blogger wouldn't let me back in for some reason, but be assured that Kayla and I have loved reading your comments. :)

I received several questions from sme of you thru our site - so I will answer a few things here :)
First - we lived in Alaska for many years, so we tried to share some of our favorite aspects about the wonderful state.
Second - Kayla writes all the teen characters in first person, and I write all the adult characters in third person. And yes, she really does write all her own stuff. :)
Third- Kayla is now 14 - and our first book together - NO SAFE HAVEN - she wrote when she was 12.

We love interating with readers, so don't hesitate to write to us through the website, through facebook, or twitter. And we love yur questions. :)

We hope this finds you all well - Merry Christmas!

Kimberley Woodhouse said...

Gotta love typing on iPhone - sorry for the typos :)

Thanks, Lena for hosting us!

Sharon Richmond said...

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

Mama Cat said...

Would love to read this - Alaska fascinates me, as do the dog races there! Please enter me into the contest - I live in Phoenix

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

It sounds very interesting!!
Please enter me in the drawing.
God Bless,

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

My dad and some of my sisters and I
like suspense books.
Sarah Richmond