Wednesday, January 04, 2012

WINTER PROMISE - Martha Rogers - Free Book

Why did you become an author?
I don’t think I “became” an author because I was always writing down stories for my mother even though they were just scribbles. I never really thought about it until my freshman year in college when I decided to write a novel. My English professor said I had talent and should use it. It took a long time to get from there to where I am today…58 years…but it was worth it.

If you weren’t an author, what would be your dream job?
My dream job would be as a professor of English at my Alma Mater, Baylor University. I started working on my PHD in Education and English, but dropped it when I retired from teaching.

If you could have lived at another time in history, what would it be and why?
I would want to live sometime in the 1880’s at the time my grandparents were born. Of course the conveniences we have today wouldn’t be there, but if I didn’t know they existed, how could I miss them? I write about that time frame because I love it so much.

What place in the United States have you not visited that you would like to?
I haven’t been to Arizona or Nevada. I would like to see the Grand Canyon before I’m too old to enjoy it…whenever that would be.

How about a foreign country you hope to visit?
I’d like to go back to Austria and Switzerland. I loved being in the Alpine country and visiting places were Mozart composed music and performed. I sang with our choir in the Mozartaum in Strasburg, and it was one of the most thrilling experiences I’ve ever had.

That sounds exciting. What lesson has the Lord taught you recently?         
Patience will produce results. I don’t like to wait a long time for anything, but the Lord has taught me to wait and not question His plans.

I think all authors are learning that all the time. Tell us about the featured book.
Winter Promise is a story of how God works out our lives according to His plan and not ours. My hero thought he had his life all set, but tragedy struck and He lost his faith in both God and himself. Saving the life of a baby at birth and the love of a Christian woman bring him back to both.

I love your cover. Please give us the first page of the book.

“Know ye that the Lord he is God; it is he that hath made us and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.”
Psalm 100:3 KJV
                              Chapter 1

Porterfield, Texas 1890
“Porterfield, next stop in ten minutes.” The conductor’s announcement sent the butterflies to dancing again in Abigail Monroe’s stomach. Ever since they entered the state of Texas, her mind had flitted from one thing to the next in a series of images that blurred one into the other. What she remembered from her visit last spring had been enough to give her the desire to return as a permanent resident.

All around her passengers began gathering their belongings and preparing to leave the train. Mrs. Mabel Newton, who had accompanied her on the trip, adjusted her hat and picked up her handbag. “Well, your adventure will begin shortly.”

Abigail grinned at the elderly woman. If it had not been for Rachel’s aunt’s desire to come west to visit her daughter, this trip may have been delayed indefinitely. “Thank you so much for coming with me, Aunt Mabel. You know how Father worried and didn’t want me to travel alone.”Abigail had fallen into calling the woman “Aunt Mabel” due to her close friendship with Rachel.

“And well he should have been. It isn’t safe for a young woman of your standing to be crossing the country by train without an escort.” She tilted her head toward Abigail, and the feathers on the black hat covering her gray hair quivered with the movement.

Abigail’s parents had at first refused to even consider such a move for their only daughter, but as they began to realize that she was almost twenty-two years of age, their objections lessened.

How can readers find you on the Internet?

Martha, thank you for dropping by.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Winter Promise (Seasons of the Heart) - print
Winter Promise - Kindle

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Anonymous said...


Jo said...

I enjoy reading books from this time period and the book sounds great.

Jo from Southern Arizona

Lorna Faith said...

I love your books Martha:) Would love to read this the beginning!
Please enter my name for a chance to win!

Lorna from Alberta

lornafaith at gmail dot com

Patty said...

Sounds like a big adventure is about to begin in Abigail's life!

Patty in SC

Unknown said...

Patience is something i never want to ask for - because patience comes from tribulation! i would have liked to live in the 1800 too, but didn't think of not missing what you didn't know was there! Would love to win this book. Thanks for the interview and post, Lena and Martha and the opportunity to win.

marianne from Arizona


Wendy Newcomb said...

This sounds like an interesting book, I would love to win this one.

I live in FL.


Merry said...

I love stories that encourage hope, please add me for Winter's Promise.
Merry in TX

karenk said...

would love to read this novel...thanks for the chance :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

karenk said...

i forgot to mention that i'm from PA...

would love to read this fabulous novel...thanks for the chance :)

karenk....from PA
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

scottsgal said...

I love books set in the old west - sounds wonderful. thanks for the chance
cheryl in IL
msboatgal at

Judy said...

I just love the cover of this book. Reading what this book is about, God working out our lives according to His plan and not ours just really perked my interest. We just experience that in our lives the past couple of months and I must say, God really WOWed us! I would love to win a copy of "Winter Promise".

Judy B from Indiana

Anonymous said...

Please sign up! I would love to win! :)


Coolestmommy said...

Martha, sounds like you have another must-read book. Can't wait.

coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com

Rebecca said...

Oh this looks like a great book. I would love to read this. Thanks for the chance to win.

I am from Oklahoma

Patricia said...

I enjoy books about Texas since I am a native Texan. Sounds like my kind of book.

We tend to think we know what is best for us and forget to pray for God's will when all of a sudden thing aren't going as we planned then we wonder, God what happened to my life.

Blessings and Happy New Year
Patricia aka Mammaw


Anonymous said...

I have never read one of Marth's books, but I would love to try one.

RBear in Arkansas

Mary Preston said...

WINTER PROMISE looks so beautiful. I have to work on my patience. Take a breath & trust.

Mary P


Judy Cooper said...

I enjoy books set in that era. Thank you Mrs. Dooley, for always having such interesting interviews with great authors. Please add me in the drawing. Judy C. in Louisiana

Anne Payne said...

Martha, your books are always such an enjoyable read! Thank you for the opportunity to win another one :)

Anne, rural NC

Tammi said...

Please enter my name into the drawing for Winter Promise by Martha Rogers. This book sounds like something I would enjoy reading.

Tammi in Maine

Anonymous said...

Really enjoyed reading the interview with Martha. Looking forward to reading Winter Promise!

from Michigan

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.

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

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

Abigail Mitchell said...

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

Alicia said...

This book looks very interesting. Would love to win a copy of this one. This book has such a beautiful cover.

Alicia from Ny

Ingrid said...

Thank you Lena and Martha for the great Interview. I love your Books Martha and can't wait to read this one. Please enter me in your Contest.
Blessings to all.

I live in S.Illinois


rubynreba said...

This looks like a wonderful book! Thanks for the chance to win it!
Beth from Iowa

Aizess said...

Please enter me in this giveaway! I would enjoy winning this book:-)

I live in New York

Rebecca said...

Great interview - and 58 is NOT old! ;-)
I love the time period and would love to read this book. Thank you for the opportunity!
Rebecca from NC

apple blossom said...

Sounds like a good book thanks for chance to win

live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Unknown said...

Oooh I love adventure and it sounds like Abigail is at the beginning of a grand adventure.

Ginger in AL

Joanna Richmond said...

sounds very interesting I would Love to read it enter me in the drawing
Thanks for the chance
Joanna Richmond,
Blanch NC

Katie said...

This looks REALLY good! Please enter me! I'm from NC.


Unknown said...

I love her books- and this one looks so good. And what a beautiful cover! Please enter me!

Krista from Gresham, OR

Mama Cat said...

Sounds exciting! Would love to win it - Jeanie in Phoenix

Kristie said...

Patience is such a virtue. I try so hard every day. It's so hard to wait. Kinda like microwaving water for hot chocolate and thinking that that is the longest minute EVER! *LOL* Or is that just me?? Your book sounds great. I'm from Ohio. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you. Happy January!

Jen said...

This book sounds good, I have seen a few blog postings about it over the last month or so.

Jen from Florida

Bakersdozen said...

Martha,I can tell from your interview that you have accomplished so much. I would love to read this. The description has me hooked. I live in S. CA.