Thursday, March 22, 2012


I am thrilled to be on this blog tour. Tricia allowed me to read this manuscript for endorsement. First, I love stories about the Titanic. Second, the story is very engaging, with undertones of the prodigal son. The characters leap off the pages and grab your heart. They won't let go until you read the last page. Even then, they'll hang around your thoughts of quite awhile.

About Tricia:

Tricia Goyer is the award winning author of thirty-two books including Beside Still Waters, Remembering You, and the mommy memoir, Blue Like Play Dough. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences and is the host of Living Inspired. She and her family make their home in Little Rock, Arkansas where they are part of the ministry of FamilyLife.

Welcome, Tricia. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
I'm a wife, mom of four, author, radio host, and speaker. I'm the author of 32 books, and I've written hundreds of articles. I also have a weekly radio show, Living Inspired, where I interview Christian authors, artists, and ministry leaders. I started writing as a young mom in 1994, and my first book got published in 2003. I've been writing books continually since then, and I love it. Growing up I never planned on being a writer, but I did love to read. Looking back, I can seen that God created me to share stories with others. I can't think of anything else I'd rather do.

In a lot of ways, our paths are similar. I also host a radio show, but only once a month. How did you become interested in writing?           
I was just 22-years-old and pregnant with my third baby when another young mom at church was talking about writing a novel. It intrigued me! We went to a few writing workshops together, and then the Mt. Hermon Christian Writer's Conference. I was hooked after that. I continued to attend Mt. Hermon for fourteen years, learning and growing in my craft.                                                                          

Mount Herman is one conference I’d like to go to, but haven’t made it yet. What compelled you to write a book on the subject in By the Light of the Silvery Moon?
I first got the idea for doing a more contemporary prodigal son story in 1997. Then—just last year—I was approached by an editor about coming up with an idea for the Titanic. April 15, 2012 was the 100th Anniversary—would I like to submit a novel idea for consideration? Yes, of course!

One morning I was laying in bed praying about a “Titanic idea” when the prodigal son story popped into my mind. Was it possible that the seed of the idea I had so many years prior fit on the Titanic? I dug back through my old computer files and found the original prologue. Then, in my mind's eye, the story of a younger son, an older son, a woman who cared for them both--and the loving father--played out in my mind on the decks of the grand ship.

What is the main theme or point that you want readers to understand from reading your book? Are there any other themes present in the book? 
My novel idea was rooted in the Scriptural story of the prodigal son, and I knew the story could be impacting if told in a more modern time period. I couldn't shake the image of God as reflected in the loving father who welcomes his wayward son home. The theme is, “We can never walk away from the Father's love.”                                                                                                                                           
Are there some specific lessons you hope readers will learn and apply to their lives after reading your book?
Yes, first of all to understand that God will always love us, even in our lowest point. We don't need to hide from Him—He's waiting there with open arms. I also hope readers will be more intrigued by the Titanic and will pick up another book about it. I feel we honor those who lost their lives by not losing their story among the faded memories of passing years.

I am featuring several Christian novels on the Titanic here on this blog. What makes your book different than any other books similar to yours that are in circulation today?
There are a TON of books on the Titanic. In fact, that was daunting to me to try to add to the many voices. BUT my novel isn't a book of facts. It's a story of love, forgiveness, and redemption. The characters have a unique story to tell—they just get to tell it amongst the drama of a sinking ship.     
How does the book intertwine with God’s call on your life and how you are currently serving Him?
What a great question! I feel God has called me to bring His truths to life in story. I've had five novels released in the last seven months—that is a lot!--but the stories He puts on my heart continue to pour out. At the same time, like Amelia in the novel—I'm called to serve my family and those in the local community. My grandmother lives with me, we've adopted one sweet little girl and hope to open our home to more orphans in the next year. Even when we have full schedules, God asks us to care for the orphans and widows, and doing so brings me great joy!
Do you have a favorite Scripture verse?
Yes, Zephaniah 3:17. It shares the Father's love in a way that amazes me:

“The LORD your God is with you,
he is mighty to save.
He will take great delight in you,
he will quiet you with his love,
he will rejoice over you with singing.”

Interesting. Just before I first remember reading that scripture verse, God had given me a vision, and that verse reinforced it. It’s one of my favorites, too. When you are not writing, what do you like to do? Do you have any hobbies?
My favorite hobbies include visiting the zoo, playing with Play Dough, and reading Goodnight Moon with my 2-year-old. I also love date nights with my hubby and traveling with my family!

As we close, is there anything else you would like to add?
Thank you, Lena! You are a wonderful friend. I am blessed by you!

The feeling is mutual. 

About the book:

Amelia Gladstone's hopes are tied up in the Titanic--hopes for a reunion with her sister and an introduction to an admirer. But when she offers a spare ticket to a down-and-out young man, her fate is about to change.

Quentin Walpole is stunned when a sweet lady secures his passage to America--and even more surprised to find his wealthy father and older brother on board the ship. Suddenly Amelia finds herself caught between the attentions of two men, but who should she entrust her heart to? As the fateful night arrives, will Amelia lose everything to the icy waters?

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Link to buy the book: 

Win an Flip HD Camcorder during @TriciaGoyer's Unsinkable Titanic Giveaway and RSVP for 4/10 Titanic Party!

Celebrate the release of By the Light of the Silvery Moon with Tricia by entering her giveaway and RSVPing to her Titanic party.

One "unsinkable" winner will receive:
  • Flip HD video Camera (Make your own dramatic saga!)
  • Titanic movies from the ages {Titanic (1953) Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964), Titanic (1997)}
  • Secrets of the Titanic (Get the facts from National Geographic.)
  • And the Band Played On (Music Played on the Titanic.)
  • By the Light of the Silvery Moon by Tricia Goyer (Be swept away in this tale of love and courage.)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 9th. Winner will be announced at "Silvery Moon" Titanic Facebook Party on 4/10. Tricia will be hosting an author chat (on Facebook and Live from her website) and giving away books, gift certificates and a book club prize pack! (Ten copies of the book for your small group or book club). During the live chat Tricia will have a *special guest* join her. More details coming soon!

So grab your copy of By the Light of the Silvery Moon and join Tricia on the evening of the April 10th for a fun chat, trivia contest (How much do you know about the Titanic?) and lots of giveaways. 

Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 10th!

In addition to that, some blessed reader of this blog can win a free copy of the book. Here's how.

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.


fredamans said...

I love Tricia Goyer's books! Please enter this gal from Ontario Canada in the drawing, thank you!

apple blossom said...

thanks for chance to win I love Tricia's books

live in ND

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Angie Adair said...

Can't wait to read this book! I love Tricia's books....Angie in Illinois

Anonymous said...

Thank you for this chance! Sounds like a GREAT read!

Lana from Colorado

Janet Kerr said...

I am very interested in all things "Titanic". I am very interested in reading your book.

I am from B.C., CANADA


Cyndi said...

I LOVE Tricia as an author! I was already planning on buying her book tonight so if I win one, I'll be giving it to my church library. :)

Cyndi W. in AL

Tricia Goyer said...

Thank you for loving my books! Your notes brought a smile to my face. And thank you Lena for having me!

Pam K. said...

I like the idea of combining the prodigal son story with the Titanic. It sounds like a fascinating book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of "By the Light of the Silvery Moon."


Melissa M. said...

I'd love to win this! She's a great author!
-Melissa from TX

Mary Preston said...

A timely story. The sinking of the Titanic is such a tragic episode in history. I know I will take much from BY THE LIGHT OF THE SILVERY MOON.

Mary P


Lady DragonKeeper said...

Sounds like an interesting book. I've also noticed a lot of Titanic themed books because of the anniversary of the tragedy this year ... I wonder if they all have "happy" endings?

Thanks for the chance to win!
(from Hawaii)

Judy said...

I'm a fan of Tricia's and love her books!

Would love to win a copy of "By The Light Of The Silvery Moon".

Judy from Indiana

Patsy said...

I have read several of Tricia's books and loved them. She is a great writer. "By The Light of the Silvery Moon" sounds like my kind of book. Looking forward to reading it.

from South MS


Susan said...

Would love to win this book. It looks really good. My daughter and I share books and she loves anything on Titanic.

I live in West Texas

EJ said...

I love your favorite scripture verse - not a book in the Bible that I normally turn to, but I will now!

Elaine from Iowa

Linda Cacaci said...

Ilove Tricia's books. I would love to win this book.
Linda Cacaci

Sarah Elisabeth said...

Looks great, please enter me!

Sarah from Texas

Mona G. said...

This sounds like a great your granddaughter FAITH now 10, used to love for us to read her "GOODNIGHT MOON" we read it to her every day....and as for you, 5 NOVELS in 7 Months !!! You must have a brain and a half :) How can you write so many in so less time ???? All I can say is WOW !!!!! Mona G. /Oh

Mark said...

I'd like to enter. Thanks

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

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

Abigail Mitchell said...

I would love to read this book!
Blanch, N.C.

Krista said...

Please enter me to win this book. It sounds very good!

Krista in Oregon

Anne said...

ooo I would love to read this book. Anne in Virginia

Jo said...

This sounds so good. Please enter me!

Jo from Southern Arizona

Anonymous said...

Would love to win and read this book....sounds great.Thanks,Jackie Tessnair from N.C.

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.

Karen G. said...

Would love to win this book!! Sounds interesting. Thank you for the chance to win.

Karen Gervais, Troy, NY

Mippy said...
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Mippy said...

I'd love the opportunity to see how the story unfolds!
Thank you for the chance!
~Mippy in Northern Utah, USA :)
bunnysmip (AT) yahoo (DOT) com

Lisa E. said...

Love Tricia's books and I love anything set aboard the Titanic, so this sounds like a great read to me! I'd love to win.

Lisa E. in Washington State