Friday, April 06, 2012

THE WEDDING DRESS - Rachel Hauck - Free Book Here Plus Much More

Rachel Hauck is the bestselling author of Carol Award winner Sweet Caroline, and RITA Finalist Love Starts With Elle, and of the critically acclaimed fiction collaboration with multi-platinum country artist Sara Evans, The Songbird Novels.

She lives in sunny, though sometimes hurricane plagued, central Florida with her husband and their ornery pets.

Rachel earned a degree in Journalism form Ohio State University and is a huge Buckeyes football fan. She is the past President of American Christian Fiction Writers and now sits on the board as an Advisor. Visit her web site at to reader her blog, and to follow her on Facebook and Twitter.

Welcome, Rachel. I love the cover of this book. How did you come up with the idea for this story?
RH: This idea came from a girls’ weekend. We were talking about our friend’s daughter getting married and the idea of finding the perfect dress. Something in the conversation tripped my creative switch and I was lost in storyland dreaming of what could come from 100 year old gown.

If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
RH: Only six? Not fair! But, I’ll start with my brainstorming buddy, Susan May Warren. Then Jenny B. Jones, Lisa Wingate, Marybeth Whalen, Beth Vogt and Lisa Jordan.

I hang with these women via My Book Therapy and Southern Belle View and they inspire me. Love them. But I have to add three more: Colleen Coble, Denise Hunter and Susan Meissner because they are inspirations to me and I love their work.

Now let’s do that for a party for Christian authors of historical fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
RH: Siri Mitchell because I think she’s brilliant. I’d hang with buddies Tamera Alexander, Robin Lee Hatcher because they are funny. Then there’s Liz Curtis Higgs who is an all around inspiration and true woman of God and laughter. Add to that Tracy Higley who writes as T.L. Higly. Finally, Julie Klassen because I could learn from her.

Wow, if we combined those two parties, it would really be rocking. I’d have to hide in a corner and watch. Many times, people (and other authors) think you have it made with so many books published. What is your most difficult problem with writing at this time in your career?
RH: I’m in a good place. I try to stay in a good place. By that, I keep my hand and heart open to whatever the Lord has for me regarding writing. I try not to set goals too far ahead – meaning I’m not planning my 20th or 30th book.

I take each book and each contract as it comes. But I do set goals and reach higher with each book.

I’m like you. Trusting God as you go along is best. Tell us about the featured book.
RH: The Wedding Dress is about a 100 year old gown worn by 4 women over the course of a century. The story is told in two parts: Charlotte in 2012 and Emily in 1912. But we also meet the ’39 and ’68 bride. Each has her own story to tell. It’s also a book about how the Lord connects us in ways we never imagine.

Sounds wonderful. Please give us the first page of the book.
RH: Here’s the link to the whole first chapter!

How can readers find you on the Internet?
 RH: I love to interact with readers. Find me at

Thanks so much for having me!!

My pleasure and great blessing.

What is "true" beauty? Join the conversation at Rachel's Author Chat Party Event Page. On the eventing of 4/19 we'll gather to talk about inner and outer beauty and share moments of beauty in our lives.

In the meantime, celebrate with Rachel by entering her True Beauty Giveaway!

One "beautiful" winner will receive:
  • A $200 Visa Cash Card (Treat yourself to a spa day or weekend get-away!)
  • The Wedding Dress (by Rachel Hauck)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends 4/18/12. Winner will be announced at Rachel's "True Beauty" Author Chat Facebook Party on 4/19. Rachel will be hosting an evening of beauty (inner/outer) chat, fun trivia, laughter, and encouragement - bring your friends! She'll also be giving away some GREAT prizes: gift certificates, books, and a Book Club Prize Pack! (Ten copies of the book for your small group or book club and a live chat with Rachel via Skype.)

So grab a few of your friends and your copy of The Wedding Dress and join Rachel on the evening of April 19th for an evening of fun.
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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 19th!

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
The Wedding Dress - paperback
The Wedding Dress - Kindle

To win a copy on this blog, 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.)

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Anonymous said...

Would love to win. Angela from KY

Anne said...

Sounds like a wonderful book!

Anne in VA

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a wonderful story.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Susan Johnson said...

This book is on my wish list.

Susan in Texas

Jo said...

This book sounds so interesting and would love to red it. Have added it to my wish list.

Jo from Southern Arizona

Wendy Newcomb said...

I saw the movie, would love to read the book.

Wendy from FL


Rachel Hauck said...

Hey all, thanks for stopping by Lena's blog. Such a great place to hang out.

It is such a great story if I do say so myself. It was one of those rare books that kind of wrote itself.

i did have fabulous brainstorm partners on this book: Debbie Macomber, Karen Young and Susan Warren. Once they helped me work out the plot, the writing was really fun.

I loved writing the historical part!

Blessings to you all!

Merry said...

I've been watching for The Wedding Dress, to follow the journey of the dress over a 100 years sounds intriguing. Please include me. Thanks!
Merry in TX

Fliterary said...

Oh wow, Rachel! I'm hooked. I read the first chapter and can't wait to read the rest.

Pick me, pick me!!

Lisa in Idaho

Karen G. said...

Sounds like an interesting book. Would love to win.

Karen Gervais from Troy, NY

Mary Preston said...

I absolutely must read THE WEDDING DRESS. It sounds just beautiful.

Mary P


Judy said...

Would love to win this book. I love the cover. This story sounds so interesting. The dress is 100 years old and worn by 4 women. I can't wait to read it!

He Is Risen!
Judy from Indiana

Coolestmommy said...

What a great idea for a story. I, too, daydream about what stories older items could tell.

Planning to be at the FB party, too!

coolestmommy2000 at gamil dot com

karenk said...

i love the concept of this story...thanks for the chance to read it :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com
(from Pennsylvania)

Sharon said...

Rachel - I love your books, and The Wedding Dress" sounds like another great story.
Thanks for an opportunity to win a copy.
Sharon from Eagan, MN

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

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

Rachel Hauck said...

Mary, thanks so much!

Ah-ha, Lisa, my ploy worked!

Thanks Karen from NY.

Mary from Australia, thank you! I love your country BTW!

Thanks Judy, HE is Risen!!

Robyn, see you at the Facebook Party.

Hey Karenk, thanks for coming!

Sharon, bless you friend!

Sarah, thanks for coming by!!


Abigail Mitchell said...

Enter me!
Blanch, N.C.

Krista said...

Ooohhh... sounds like a fabulous book. Please enter me.

Krista in Oregon

Pam K. said...

This sounds like a great book that I'd really enjoy reading. Please enter me.


Faith said...

I have been hearing alot about this book! Sounds fabulous, as do those rockin' parties ya'll are putting together!

Faye from SD

apple blossom said...

sounds like a good book

live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] cm

Mippy said...

A definite must read! I look forward to reading it! :D
~Mippy in Utah
bunnysmip (AT)yahoo (DOT) com

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.

Rachel Hauck said...

Wow, thanks for stopping by! I do think this is a good book to share with y'all!

Isn't Lena's blog great!?


Anna Weaver Hurtt said...

Awesome story idea... I would love to read it!

Anna W. from GA

rubynreba said...

I'd love to read this book. The cover is beautiful.
Beth from Iowa

Nancee said...

I'd love to win a copy of this wonderful book. Thank you for offering this giveaway.
Nancee from Western Michigan

Nancye said...

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

Nancye in Kentucky
nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net