Monday, June 04, 2012

LIBERTY BELLE - Patricia PacJac Carroll - One Free Ebook

I've really looked forward to this day. Patty has been in the critique group that meets in my home for several years. I've enjoyed watching her grow and mature in her writing skills. Welcome, Patty. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
On purpose very little, but I seem to find myself in them. Especially the flaws. Hmm.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Threw a surprise retirement party for my sweet hubby. (Pray for that man : ) Since the dates were so close, I got my good friend to get my husband to plan a surprise birthday party for me not knowing he was planning his own party. He even cleaned the house for his own retirement party. He hasn’t let me forget that one yet.

(Actually, I could share a few other quirky things, but I won't.) When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I am a late bloomer. Played with it a little in high school, but back in the day we only read books by authors long dead. So it was never an idea I had of something that I could or should do.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I do like action with believable characters. Love historicals set in the Old West.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Oh, were we supposed to keep that? Seriously, the only way to keep sane in this crazy world is through Jesus Christ. He is the wind in my sails, and the life in my blood.
Without Him, I am nothing and lost.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
They just fall out of the air into my head. I am a seat-of-the-pants writer so I am often surprised by my characters.

Sometimes I do have to change the names later.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I think when I really got serious about writing and decided to finish a book rather than start a new one each week. : ) 

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I love horses, the idea of galloping across the land sounds delightful to me. I even cry when I watch Secretariat win that last race.

What is your favorite food?
Strawberry Shortcake

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Keeping myself on one story long enough to finish it. Now when a new story attacks me (yes, that is what they do) I write down the idea and tell it to wait in line with the others.

Tell us about the featured book.  
Set in 1859 Denver, Liberty Belle is a story of finding freedom and forgiveness. A jilted bride, a wayward sheriff, a small boy, outlaws, and a gallows provide plenty of action, romance, and  hope.

Liberty Longstreet was left at the altar, but that wasn’t the worst of her day. She awakens to the fact that she needs to declare independence from her controlling mother. Wanting her freedom and to find a man of her choosing, Libby leaves home for faraway Denver. She just doesn't count on being robbed, falling for a wayward sheriff, or being accused of

Sheriff Wade Calder throws down his badge in a quest for revenge. Instead, he takes responsibility for his enemy’s young son. Wanting only to be free, Wade runs into Libby, and she wins what is left of his heart. Unfortunately, he has nothing to offer her until he picks up his badge. His honor is restored, but it may cost Libby her

Together they learn the cost of freedom and the wealth of forgiveness.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Liberty Belle
Patricia PacJac Carroll
Crimson, Missouri

I can do this. I will. I have to. Liberty Auraria Longstreet stared into the gold-framed mirror hanging in the tiny, church, dressing room. She hoped to come up with an answer, a secret way to escape her fate. Instead, her image told the facts. She was to be married. Today. To Thomas Garvey. And all because Mother lay so near death that her weakened condition prevented even her attendance at the wedding.

Libby’s groaning sigh stirred the air in the claustrophobic enclosure. Why did Mother’s dying heart have to sentence hers to a life with a man she didn’t love? Libby pulled the lace hanky from her sleeve, fingered the intricately initialed E, and wiped a tear from her cheek.

With eyes squeezed shut, she searched her mind for the man in her dreams. The one she’d imagined on countless, long nights. The one she’d dreamed of under sun-filled skies in the garden. The one she desired to come find her, speak life into her heart, and whisk her away to a life of adventure.

She sighed again. He only existed in her dreams. Her hopes had been replaced by Mother’s pale face and gasping desire to know her only child would marry into a prominent family.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
My website is

Thank you, Patty, for sharing your new book with us.

Readers, here’s a link to the book. By using it when you order, you help support this blog.
Liberty Belle

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Lorna Faith said...

I love the first little bit of your story, Patricia:) You are great at painting pictures with your words! I would love to be entered for a chance to win an ebook!

Lorna from Alberta

lornafaith at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

Patty, I'm so excited your book is published. I love the story, the characters, and your writing!!

Patty said...

As a single girl, I know it's hard to make the decision to step out on your own! I look forward to reading Liberty's story...

Patty in SC

Kellie Coates Gilbert said...

READERS: This is a good one! Patty has been mentored by Lena Nelson Dooley for years, and it shows! Enjoy being transported to old west Colorado and follow the journey of this feisty gal trying to find her way to FREEDOM! Great job, Patty!

Liz R said...

Sounds like a good read, can't wait to get my hands on it!

Liz R in Al

scottsgal said...

Hilarious he cleaned the house for his own party - love it!
thanks for the chance
cheryl in IL
msboatgal at

Patricia PacJac Carroll said...

Thank you Lorna,
The book will also be out in print as soon as Liberty Belle gets her skirts cleaned and ready. If I can just keep that girl out of trouble. : )

Patricia PacJac Carroll said...

My Idaho friend.
So great to see your smiling face.

Patricia PacJac Carroll said...

Thank you Patty in SC,
With a great name like Patty, I'm sure you are intrepid and daring. I hope you enjoy Liberty Belle's story.

Patricia PacJac Carroll said...

HI Kellie,
Thanks for the kind words.

Patricia PacJac Carroll said...

Thanks you Liz,
I hope you enjoy the story.

Patricia PacJac Carroll said...

: ) Scotsgal,
My hubby has not let me forget that one. At first he was a little miffed, but then was kind of proud of me. Said it was kind of like the perfect storm where all the things converged at the same time.

We still laugh about that party.

Jackie Castle said...

I so enjoyed this story. Be glad when you get the next one out Patty. Liberty Bell was both fun and endearing and ... exciting!!

Lena is a fabulous mentor and greatly cherished.

Julie from TX said...

Yay Patty! Love the Liberty Belle story. I can still picture the setting you so adeptly illustrated...via words, of course. :)

Marji Laine said...

Liz R, Is an excellent read! Bit-chomping!

Patty, I laughed out loud about your hubby's surprise party! Mine turns 50 next year. I may have to try your technique! Lol!

Excellent question, Lena! Thanks for sharing!

Margo Carmichael said...

Fun interview! Can't wait to read the whole story!

Patricia PacJac Carroll said...

HI Jackie, Margo, Marji,
Thanks for the kind words,
And YES Lena is wonderful!

Unknown said...

i try not to read excerpts from novels that i hope to read in full. i actually only read the blurb up to where it mentions that the Sheriff is taking care of his enemy's six year old son and i was hooked! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Marianne from northern Alberta

mitzi underscore wanham at yahoo dot com

Amy C said...

I want to read this book. It sounds like it would be a good read! Thanks Amy Campbell Southwest VA

Unknown said...

I LOVE horses. It's so awesome to see them run.

Ginger in AL

Patricia PacJac Carroll said...

Hi Marianne,
Hope you enjoy the story.

Patricia PacJac Carroll said...

Hi Amy,
Hope you get to read Liberty Belle and enjoy her adventures.

Patricia PacJac Carroll said...

HI Ginger,
I agree. It's just awesome to see them run. A real picture of freedom an joy.

Angela C./Ohio said...

Looking forward to reading this book, sure hope I win it :)

Shirley Thompson/Illinois said...

Please enter my name for this contest.....would love to win this book.....

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me this book sounds and looks absolutely wonderful!!
Sharon Richmond
Blanch, NC.

apple blossom said...

thanks for chance to win

live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Joanna Richmond said...

it Sounds and Looks very interesting, I would Love to read it. Thanks For the Chance to win.
Joanna Richmond
Blanch NC

Unknown said...

Thank you for the Interview, love the way you put on a party lol, that was funny.
I love the Cover of your Book, it sounds so good, please add me to your Contest.

I live in S.Illinois


Patricia PacJac Carroll said...

Thank you all for your kind comments.
And a big thank you to Lena Nelson Dooley for the interview.

Lourdes said...

Thank you for the chance to win.

Lourdes in Huntington Long Island

Ladette said...

The book sounds great! I would love to win!!

Diana Gardner said...

Would love to win a copy. Portsmouth, VA

Unknown said...

Oh, I like the sound of this book. Would love to win this one. Thank you for the chance to win.

Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Unknown said...

Book sounds good Aunt Patty :) I'll see if it is anywhere around here in Jacksonville, if not I'll order.

Unknown said...

Book sounds good Aunt Patty.... I'll check around Jacksonville and see if I can find it... if not, I'll order one. :)