Tuesday, May 08, 2012

A BRIDE'S DILEMMA IN FRIENDSHIP, TENNESSEE - Diana Lesire Brandmeyer - Free Book

Welcome, Diana. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I’m not really sure, but I can say that I tend to pick (unconsciously) some part of my personality that is either needing to be fixed or I’m a bit strong on. For Heaven it was the need to trust in our God instead of herself.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
This is the hardest question for me! I’m predictable and cautious so doing something out of the ordinary seems to have been blocked from my memory. It might have been knocking on doors and asking people if they know Jesus when I was in high school.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
Fourth grade when my teacher picked my Thanksgiving Day prayer to read as the best one. She was a tough teacher and having her give me that small honor was enough to give me courage to write more.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I’m all over the place, historical, mysteries, women’s fiction and odd things I find at booksales. I’m reading one now written by a woman who grew up in Soulard, a neighborhood in St. Louis, Missouri. It’s fascinating because it is close to where my mother grew up and in the same time period.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I don’t get out of bed. J  Actually this year I started reading my Bible on a read the Bible in a year plan. It’s help so much. I’ve also found peace in Jesus Calling by Sarah Young.

I love that devotional book. How do you choose your characters’ names?
That should be easy shouldn’t it? Find a phone book or a baby book and pick one. I find it hard. Sometimes it takes me a few chapters to settle on a name that I fell fits my character’s personality.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Raising three boys into amazing men.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
A goat hands down. They can eat whatever they want!

What is your favorite food?
Cotton Candy. That’s a food right?

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
I have trouble staying on task when I start. It’s as if I’m afraid I’ll mess up. So I spend a lot of time looking at my computer, write a sentence, put in a load of laundry, go back to the computer—this continues until I get to some chore I hate, like cleaning the bathroom.  Suddenly I’m ready to write.

Tell us about the featured book.
Heaven’s Stolen His Heart

After witnessing the ravages of the Civil War, Travis Logan vowed to give up doctoring. But when fellow steamboat passenger Caleb Wharton collapses at his feet, Travis knows he must lend his aid. As the old man lies dying, he makes Travis promise to take care of his land and find Heaven. Travis can’t help but wonder what Heaven has to do with a real place, so he heads to Caleb’s farm to fulfill his promise.

Weeks of facing marauders and caring for her father’s home have finally taken their toll on Heaven Wharton. When an unknown young man charges the house, Heaven attempts to fire a warning shot but ends up shooting the man instead. Shocked, she and her sister, Angel, drag a semi-conscious Travis into the house and nurse him back to health.

As Travis and Heaven both struggle to control their destinies, will they learn that only a heart that follows God can ever find peace on earth?

Please give us the first page of the book.
Travis Logan leaned over the deck railing and watched the river swirl and froth as the steamboat shoved its way through the muddy Mississippi. An older gentleman stood next to him. Travis hadn’t seen him on board before. “Nice out here on the water.”

“Better than down below.” The man swayed.

“Are you feeling okay, sir?” Travis reached over and steadied him while he grasped the railing.

“Must be the motion. It’s the first trip I’ve taken on a big ship.” The man’s knuckles were white.

The man did look a bit green. Some people couldn’t handle the rhythm of the ship. “The fresh air should help.” Travis relaxed. Other than suggesting a piece of ginger to settle the man’s stomach, there was little he could do for seasickness as a doctor. And he’d left that life behind. Now a horse claimed his thoughts and his future. He walked a few paces away and then stopped.

He should offer the man some assistance, maybe collect a family member? He turned back to ask, “Can I get someone for you?”

The man released the rail and dropped to the steamboat deck with a thud.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Twitter: @DianaBrandmeyer
Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/DianaLesireBrandmeyerAuthor

Thank you, Diana, for the interesting interview. I've read this book and loved it.

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A Bride's Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee - paperback
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Anonymous said...


Liz R said...

Sounds like a good book! Thanks for the giveaway!

Liz R in AL

Patty said...

Thanks for the chance to win this book. Historicals are my favorite books to read.

Patty said...

Thanks for the chance to win this book. Historicals are my favorite books to read.

Patty in SC

...didn't leave my name the first time!

rubynreba said...

I enjoy reading books of the Civil War era.
Beth from Iowa

Unknown said...

Thanks Lena for bringing such great books to my attention, novels that i would not have found otherwise, as well as new authors! Thanks for the opportunity to win, Diana. loved the interview.

Marianne from Northern Alberta

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Pencildancers said...

wow, look at you all up before the sun to comment! I'm impressed. :)
Thank you for the comment love.

Pencildancers said...

Marianne, so glad you liked the interview.

Karen G. said...

Great interview! Thank you for introducing another author to add to my list of authors. Would love the chance to win this book, but if I don't win, the book is on my wish list.

Karen Gervais from Troy, NY.

Pencildancers said...

ooh Karen! I made it to another wish list! Thank you!

Katie said...

This sounds really, really good! Please enter me. I'm from NC.

Wendy Newcomb said...

Love the cover, can't wait to read the book.

Wendy from FL.


scottsgal said...

Love that genre and time period - sounds great
cheryl in IL
msboatgal at aol.com

Pencildancers said...

Katie, Wendy and Scottsgal,
Thank you for stopping by to enter.

Nancee said...

I enjoy historical fiction, particularly those related to the Civil War. Thank you for offering this giveaway!
Nancee in Western Michigan

Anonymous said...

I would love to read this book. I've read the Widow of the South and learned alot about the battles here in TN (where I'm living). thanks, teelayoung@hotmail.com

Mary Preston said...

I don't think anyone like cleaning the bathroom.

I enjoyed the interview thank you & your book looks wonderful.

Mary P


Coolestmommy said...

I love the names an how they cause confusion for Travis in the beginning. Thanks for sharing about yourself. I enjoyed getting to know you better.

coolestmommy2000 at gmail dot com

Pencildancers said...

Thanks for stopping by to enter. I see in your email that you might be a quilter too? I love to cut up fabric. :)

Pencildancers said...

Hey Teela from Tennessee glad you found this interview too.

Pencildancers said...

Thank you. I had fun picking those names.

Joanna Richmond said...

sounds like a great Book, enter me in the giveaway!
Joanna Richmond
Blanch NC

Jo said...

Thanks for the giveaway.


Krista said...

Sounds like a really good book. Please enter me.

Krista in oregon

Casey said...

I think this looks like a fun book!

I live in Oregon. Thanks for the chance!

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

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

Abigail Mitchell said...

This book looks so interesting! Please enter me in the drawing!
Thanks and God Bless!
Blanch, N.C.

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me I would love to win a copy of this great book!! Thanks for the chance to win and God bless!
Sharon Richmond
Blanch, NC.

Unknown said...

A girl named Heaven. :)

This sounds like an amusing story I would love to read.

Ginger in AL

Pencildancers said...

Marybelle, I actually have a friend who likes to clean her bathrooms. I'm concerned about her. :)

Faith said...

Thank you so much for the lovely interview and opportunity :) Thank you :)

Faye from SD

Bethany said...

I'm definitely interested in reading this book! I'm in Ohio :)

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Jackie Tessnair said...

Would love to win this book...Thanks...Jackie T.from N.C.

Jackie Tessnair said...

Would love to win this book...Thanks...Jackie T.from N.C.

Diana Gardner said...

Looks great. Please enter me in the drawing. Portsmouth, VA

Lourdes said...

Oh book sounds great would really love to win.

Lourdes, Huntington, NY

Anna Weaver Hurtt said...

This looks great... Please enter my name in the drawing!

Anna W. from GA

Katie Marie said...

Friendship, Tennessee has such a cool ring to it! How neat, please count me in!

Katie from Florida

apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win
live in ND

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misskallie2000 said...

Had to add to my wish list. I love stories about the old west and the women who loved the cowboy who saved her. You are new author to me Diana.
Great interview.

Brenda from Georgia

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Merry said...

The post Civil War period makes A Bride's Dilemma in Friendship, TN interesting. I always enjoy learning more history in a great story. I'd love to be included in the drawing.
Merry in TX