Tuesday, February 28, 2012

SEATTLE CINDERELLA - Gail Sattler - Free Book

Welcome back, Gail. I haven't had you on the blog for quite awhile. I love your new picture. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
I like to write about forgiveness and living a good Christian life and being an example to those around us.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
My current release is Seattle Cinderella, just out March 1st 2012, and I’ll say more about that later.

In November 2012, my first book in the Bloomfield series will be released, which is a series I’m in with a number of other authors.

And I want to feature the Bloomfield series on my blog. If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
I think I answered this question ten times and deleted everything before I made up my mind. Strangely, my first thoughts weren’t other authors – I know how most authors live, haha. My next thoughts were people I would interview about their jobs and life experiences, but doing research on careers wouldn’t be a way to spend an entire evening. So my choice would be Rebecca St James, a Christian entertainer and musician, I could see chatting for a while with the usual questions, then spending the rest of the evening playing music together and having fun.

I’d like to be a fly on the wall on that evening. What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
My husband’s grandmother, on his mother’s side. I never met her, she died a couple of years before we met. From the things she said, and the legacy in her family she left behind, she was a warm and wonderful person, and I have always wished I could have met her.

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
Rejections happen, and they happen to published authors just the same as they do to unpublished. Don’t take it personally, because while some people think it’s their blood on paper, it’s not. It’s just words, and it’s just business. But it’s your passion, and if you keep at it, and never stop that learning curve, it will happen. I barely passed grade 12 English, I don’t have any post-secondary education except for music, and I’ve had over 30 royalty/advance published novels. Don’t quit! Ever!

Tell us about the featured book?
Seattle Cinderella is a novella anthology in which I wrote all four novellas. The first one is the obvious tale of a contemporary Cinderella named Cindy. I needed to pick a job or career in which Cindy got good and dirty, just like the Cinderella of old, so this Cindy, being independent, owns and operates a brake and muffler shop. Instead of being bossed around by her two evil step-sisters, this Cindy is the boss, except due to conditions and codicils, she is trapped and at their mercy, as well as at the mercy of her horrid step-mother. Then along comes Prince Charming, but this Cindy isn’t anxious to ride off into the sunset – she has a business and responsibilities. I won’t tell any more.

The next two novellas are about her two step-sisters who have reformed and know they have done wrong. They try to make things better, and move forward in their lives, but they, too, have their own struggles and battles to win.

The last novella is about the Fairy Godmother. Of course, in a Christian book, I couldn’t have a fairy, so instead of being the Fairy Godmother, she is Farrah the godmother. She’s happy that Cindy has found her happily ever after, and she also must move forward in her own life, even if she feels that the good ol’ happily-ever-after ending isn’t for her. But of course, we all know it is, she just has to accept God’s gift, and it’s hers.

Please give us the first page of the book.
The first page is the copyright page, and I doubt that is what you want, so… here you are.
Chapter 1

Luke Princeton pushed open the door to the muffler shop and walked inside.

Ignoring the sign above the door to the shop saying customers weren’t allowed in the work area, he forced a smile at the young woman seated at the desk in the corner of the small service office. “Mind if I go in? I need to talk to the boss.”

She jerked her head toward the shop window, where three people, all wearing their standard blue coveralls, stood together under a car raised on a hydraulic hoist. One of them pointed upward, the others nodded. “You know the drill,” she mumbled, not missing a keystroke.

Indeed he did. He also knew which one of the three he wanted—the one who was six inches shorter than the other two.

He stepped into the shop, stopping with his toes on the yellow line. “Hey! Cindy!” he called out quickly, before they fired up the welding torches and no one could hear him.

All three of them raised their welding masks and turned toward him.

Cindy laid her torch down, pulled off her safety gloves, stuffed them in her pockets, and walked toward him. “What can I do for you, Luke?”

“You can join me for lunch.” He gave her his best and, he hoped, most charming smile.

She didn’t smile back. Instead she lowered her head and wiped her hands down the legs of her coveralls. “No, seriously.”

He was completely serious—as serious as he’d been the last dozen times he’d asked.

I’m going to like this book. How can readers find you on the Internet?
My website – www.gailsattler.com
Or I also set up a small site just for this book, and it will always have additions as time goes on – www.seattlecinderella.com

Thank you, Gail, for the interesting peek into your life and book.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Seattle Cinderella (Romancing America) - paperback
Seattle Cinderella - Kindle

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Wendy Newcomb said...

This sounds like a very interesting book, lol, my husband's a mechanic so it sounds like one I'd enjoy.

I live in FL.


Jo said...

I really want to read this book. It does sound quite interesting and funny.

Jo from Southern Arizona

Coolestmommy said...

Wow--love the premise and can't wait to read each of the stories. Cinderella was always my favorite story as a child so this twist would be a wonderful read.

coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

i would love to win this novel for my mom...she adores novellas, and right now we are on a limited income, so no buying, and the library doesn't have many. the premise sounded cool! and i loved that you would want to meet you grandmother-in-law. Thanks for the interview and giveaway

Marianne from Arizona
mitzi underscore wanham at yahoo dot com

Patty said...

How very interesting, a woman who owns a repair shop! I'm sure all the other stories will be just as good!

Patty in SC

Molly said...

I LOVE the cover on this one and would love to win it. The book itself sounds VERY intriguing!

Molly in NC

Anonymous said...

I've always loved Cinderella, so this was a lot of fun to write - especially since I didn't have to make Cindy so downtrodden, even though she still is trapped by her family situation. It was a lot of fun putting a modern spin on the Prince's ball.

Katie said...

Please enter me! Sounds very interesting :) I'm from NC.

Unknown said...

I am really looking forward to reading this book. I just love Gail's book "The Narrow Path".
Please enter me!

Krista in Oregon

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the encouraging words to the diligent but unpublished writer...me! My first thought about your Cinderella story was the research involved for the mechanic shop. I look forward to reading it!

Sharon said...

Would love to win a copy
Eagan, MN

Linda Kish said...

I would love to win a copy of this book.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Mary Preston said...

SEATTLE CINDERELLA looks fabulous. I'm going to enjoy this. I love stories inspired by Fairy Tales.

Mary P


Anne Payne said...

This book sounds like a lot of fun to read! Modern Cinderella stories always are :)


Anne in NC

apple blossom said...

thanks for chance to win

live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dto] com

Ginger Solomon said...

Thinking outside the box...my kind of story. I look forward to reading it.

Thanks for the opportunity.

Ginger in AL

Joanna Richmond said...

sounds very interesting. I would Love to read this book. enter me in the drawing. thanks
Joanna Richmond,
Blanch NC

Riki's Grandma said...

Would love to win this book, this is my kind of reading.....Thanks,Riki's Grandma/OH

Courtney said...

Sounds like a great book, and because I live near Seattle, it sounds even better! :-)

Courtney from WA state

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

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

Abigail Mitchell said...

I have been collecting these books, don't have this one yet. Looks interesting! Would love to win a copy!
Thanks and God Bless!
Blanch, N.C.

Bethany said...

This book is on my to-read list-- I'd love to be entered!

Sharon Richmond said...

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

rubynreba said...

I really enjoy novellas. This looks great.
Beth from Iowa

Kristie said...

I think it's nice that there are four stories. I always wondered what happened to the stepsisters. Now I can read this and find out! Yay! I'm from Ohio. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

A.Jones said...

Please enter me! A good Cinderella story coming right up:-)

I live in New York