Sunday, March 11, 2012

SONG OF MY HEART - Kim Vogel Sawyer - Free Book. Plus Facebook Party and More

I'm so happy to have me friend Kim with us. Welcome, Kim. Why did you become an author?
I’m not 100% sure this was a conscious decision. From my earliest memories, I loved books and writing stories. I believe the desire was planted in me from the moments of my conception and I just needed to follow the course God set for me. Now, why I became an inspirational author is easier to answer. :o) As a Christian, God is woven into the fiber of my life. I wanted to write stories where He could be a main character, so writing Christian fiction is a perfect fit for me.

If you weren’t an author, what would be your dream job?
I spent a lot of years with children as a teacher before God opened the door to publication and I loved it. If for some reason I wasn’t able to continue as a writer, I’d gladly teach again.

If you could have lived at another time in history, what would it be and why?
If I could go back in time, I would go to the early 1900s. I’d love to have the chance to get acquainted with my grandmothers, who both died when my parents were children. I suppose I’ll have to wait until I get to Heaven to meet them--I’m pretty sure they’ll be part of my welcome-home committee.

What place in the United States have you not visited that you would like to?
I’d love to visit the New England states. I was able to zing through them once, but that brief glimpse inspired a longing to enjoy a lengthy stay. Someday...

How about a foreign country you hope to visit?
There are two foreign countries I’d like to visit: Russia, because it’s where my family originated; and Australia, because I love the way the people talk!

Australia is one of my dreams, too. What lesson has the Lord taught you recently?
Oh, wow, just one? Seems He’s always teaching me something of importance. LOL The last few weeks have tried my trust in various ways, and it’s given me an opportunity to “lean not on my own understanding.” Although it’s hard to keep walking forward when you don’t know where the path is leading, it’s a great exercise in depending on Him to guide your steps.

Tell us about the featured book.
I’m particularly fond of Song of My Heart. It was inspired on an antiquing trip to a tiny Kansas town called Paxico. My soul sister and I wandered into a century-plus-old former mercantile, where a hand-printed sign stated, “More antiques downstairs.” So down we went, into this smelly, dirt-walled cellar. After moving through a narrow hallway, we entered a room that sent story-chills from my scalp to my toes--a large, wood-paneled room with a tin ceiling and an oak stage set off my pillars at one end. Theatre seats sat in rows. Immediately questions crowded my mind: What kind of program took place in this under-ground theatre? Why would they choose to have the performance down here? By the time we loaded in my vehicle for the return trip, the characters were already stepping from the shadows to share their part of the story of a young woman who dreams of becoming an opera house singer...and the lengths to which she’ll go to provide for her family.

Please give us the first page of the book.
MID-MAY, 1894
Sadie Wagner let out a squeal of delight. A tufted titmouse shot from the budding brush nearby with an indignant flutter of gray-feathered wings. On an ordinary afternoon, Sadie would regret frightening away a bird that offered such an enchanting melody, but today she was too excited to pause for regret. Gathering her tattered calico skirts in one hand, she clutched the letter from her cousin Sid in the other and dashed for the house.

Bursting through the door, left open to allow in the sweet breath of spring, she cried, “Mama! Mama!”

Her younger sister, Effie, turned from the dry sink, a dripping cloth in her hand. Her brown eyes widened in concern. “What is it, Sadie?”

Sadie waved the letter. “Good news! Come!” Catching Effie’s wet hand, she tugged her sister through the doorway to Mama and Papa’s small bedroom. Their feet beat a staccato rhythm on the pine floorboards, matching the rapid tempo of Sadie’s pulse. She released Effie and fell on her knees beside Papa’s bed. As always, the sight of his drawn, pain-riddled face raised an ache in the center of her chest. But surely the opportunity presented in the letter would ease some of Papa’s burden.

Mama, seated on a chair beside Papa’s bed with a half-empty bowl of potato-and-onion soup in her hands, sent Sadie a troubled look. The lines of worry etched into Mama’s brow had aged her. She set the bowl aside and touched Sadie’s heaving shoulder. “Goodness, child, why are you in such a dither?”

A gleeful giggle spilled from Sadie’s throat. She held out the letter, showing it to both of her parents. “Look! From Sid. Remember he promised to write once he got settled in Kansas? He’s there now . . . all settled in . . . and—” She paused to catch her breath. The dash across the yard had winded her more than she’d realized.

Effie danced in place, wringing her hands. “What does he say, Sadie?”

 “He says there is a job for me in Goldtree!”

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Visit my website at, or find me on Facebook

Win a Nook Tablet from Kim Vogel Sawyer and RSVP for her "Song of My Heart" Facebook Party {3/29}! Celebrate with Kim by entering to win a Nook Tablet and connecting with her at the Book Chat Party on 3/29!

One "songbird" winner will receive:
  • A Nook Tablet
  • Song of My Heart by Kim Vogel Sawyer
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends 3/28/12. Winner will be announced at Kim's Book Chat Facebook Party on 3/29. Kim will be hosting an evening of chat, fun trivia and more! She'll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books, and much more!
So grab your copy of Song of My Heart and join Kim and friends on the evening of March 29th for an evening of fun.

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 29th!

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Song of My Heart - paperback
Song of My Heart - Kindle

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Anonymous said...

I love Kim Vogel Sawyer's books and would love to win this one!!!
I live in Crystal River, FL.

Thank you!

Dianna Bupp

Unknown said...

it's been a while since i read anything by Kim, but not for lack of wanting. it's just not been on the top of my list, though it is now. i have entered the facebook party, but somehow those always interfere with prior obligations. Thank you for the opportunity to win Song of My Heart here.
Marianne in Arizona
mitzi underscore wanham at yahoo dot com

Wendy Newcomb said...

Love Kim's books, can hardly wait for this one.

I live in FL.


scottsgal said...

I'd like to see Red Square in Russia. Thanks for the chance to win this book
cheryl in IL
msboatgal at

Anne said...

I read one of Kim Vogel Sawyer's books before and couldn't put it down. I would love to win! Anne in Virginia.

Judy said...

I am a fan of Kim's books. I love them. I can't wait to read "Song of My Heart" and I would love to win a copy of it.

Judy from Indiana

Angie Adair said...

I am a fan of Kim's books and this one sounds great. I can't wait to read it! Angie in Illinois,

misskallie2000 said...

Enjoyed the interview and already have "Song of My Heart" on my wish list. I love Kim's books.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveway.

Brenda from Georgia

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

rubynreba said...

I also enjoy Kim's books. This one sounds very good!
Beth from Iowa

Mary Preston said...

Hello from Australia. I'm trying to figure out how we talk.

SONG OF MY HEART looks like a wonderful read.

Mary P


Patty said...

I've only read two or three of Kim's books, but I always enjoy them!

Patty in SC

Dani's Grandma said...

Would love to win this book, just entered to win the Tablet to...thanks, Dani's Grandma/OH

Kim Vogel Sawyer said...

Thanks, everyone, for your enthusiasm to read SONG OF MY HEART. If you like a Western flair, this one will be perfect for you. :o) And Marybelle, Australians have such a delightful brogue...I love the way your pronounce your vowels. My Kansas twang sounds so...well, twangy comparison. :o)

Anonymous said...

Love Kim's books!
Glennda Burt
hummingbirdlady04@hotmail dot com

Unknown said...

I would love to win a copy of Kim's book. I just tweeted about the contest.

pol said...

Hello, love to have chance to win Kim's book, now reading older one of hers calls Kansas Weddings and love the stories, I am a reader in Ga.
Thanks for sharing
Paula O(

Karen G. said...

Love reading Kim's books. Would love to win her new book "Song of My Heart"
Karen Gervais, Troy, NY

Unknown said...

I too would love to travel to Russia one day!

And this book sounds fabulous. Please enter me.

Krista in Oregon

pilotcardriver said...

I love u writer Kim and would love to win this book

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

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

Abigail Mitchell said...

I love Mrs. Sawyer's books. Please enter me in the drawing.
Thanks and God Bless!
Blanch, N.C.

Anonymous said...

I love Kim's books and would love the chance to win this!

Marie Ferland

Ingrid said...

Thank you for the Interview, I would also love to visit Russia, it has so much History. Kim is one of my favorite Authors and I have several of her Books.
I would love to win "Songs of my Heart" please enter me in your drawing.

I live in S.Illinois

Pam K. said...

I always enjoy Kim's books and would love the chance to win a copy of "Song of My Heart." Part of the appeal of her books is their setting in Kansas (most of them, anyway).
Thanks for the interview with Kim and for featuring her book.


Michelle said...

Thank you for a chance to win!

Michelle in CA

scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

Unknown said...

I'd love to read this book.

Ginger in AL

Anonymous said...

This book sounds great!
I'm really excited to read it!


Lane Hill House said...

I am so happy for Kim at this very moment!!!
please enter me for this book!

Anne Payne said...

This one of my favorite covers on any book this year! Love the dreamy countenance on her face :)

New England would be a dream vacation for my husband and me!

Thanks for the opportunity to win a book!


Joanna Richmond said...

I love Kim Vogel Sawyer's Books. I would Love to read it enter me.
Joanna Richmond
Blanch NC

Carol N Wong said...

I am from Indiana and I know that Kim Vogel Sawyer is a wonderful writer. Thank you so much for the chance to win this book.


Anonymous said...

Oh how I would love to win Kim's book. I don't own one yet. Maxie A.

Anonymous said...

In reference to the comment above. I forgot to leave my email. ( )

Anonymous said...

3rd try is right I hope. Maxie ( )

Sharon said...

Loved "Song of My Heart". The winner of the book will be in for a real treat!
Thanks for the interview Kim - you created a wonderful story surrounding the underground theatre room.

Lena - I already have a copy of "Song of My Heart". Don't include my name in the give away. Thanks.

Eagan MN

Mimi_7 said...

I would love to win one of Kim's book. I really enjoy her books..
Lee Jolley

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.

Mama Cat said...

I would love to win this book! Your inspiration for it beginning with the underground theater, really hooked my interest. I am so fascinated by historical fiction, esp. from 1800's and early 1900's, I've add this as a "must" on my favorite bookseller's wishlist. Blessings to you, Kim! I live in Arizona -

Boos Mum said...

Hi. I live in Ohio. My daughter loved your Katy Lambright series. Would enjoy winning this book. Thanks.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Sharon said...

great to learn more about Kim! TY ~ and this newest release has me asking questions on how the differences between them can or will be resolved???
thanks for counting me in...

Merry said...

I love wandering around antique stores. How exciting to find a hidden theater and get inspiration for a new book. I'd love to be entered for Song of My Heart.
Merry in TX

Nancye said...

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

Nancye from Kentucky

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Aizess said...

Please enter me in this giveaway! I've read this book and it's wonderful. I would love to win a copy for a friend.

I live in New York