Thursday, June 07, 2012

THE MIDWIFE'S LEGACY - Rhonda Gibson - One Free Book

Welcome, Rhonda. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
I Love to write about forgiveness. Without it we would all be lost. My characters “usually” have to forgive others or themselves as they move on in life.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
I just had a book come out in May and my next one doesn’t come out until next Spring J

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
Joyce Meyer – I love to sit under her teachings because I admire her love of the Lord and her willingness to share all that she has learned and is learning about our Savior.

James and I have been in the James Robison studio audience when she was on the show. We like to listen to her, too. What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
This changes from time to time because there are so many, I’d love to meet. Today I think I’d like to meet Noah’s wife. Because she started over with only three other ladies, her daughter-in-laws. Everything changed for her the moment she stepped on the Ark. What must that have been like? How did it feel?

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
We all have received rejections up until the moment we received our first contract so you are not alone. The only way to get published is to keep trying! Here is a list of some books that were rejected and the number of times.

Auntie Mame, Patrick Dennis (15)
Carrie, Stephen King (30)
Chicken Soup for the Soul, Jack Canfeld and Mark Victor Hansen (140)
Diary of Anne Frank (16)
Dr. Seuss books (15)
Dubliners, James Joyce (22)
Dune, Frank Herbert (23)
Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell (38)
Harry Potter book one, J. K. Rowling (9)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach (18)
Kon-Tiki, Thor Heyerdahl (20)
M*A*S*H, Richard Hooker (17)
The Peter Principle, Laurence Peter (16)
The Prncess Diaries, Meg Cabot (17)
Watership Down, Richard Adams (26)
A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle, (26)
These titles were taken from the web and not from a book.

So as you can see, You can do it!  I can’t even remember how many times I was rejected J So keep at it!

I’ve laughingly told other writers that I could paper at least two walls of my office with my rejection slips. Tell us about the featured book?
The Midwife’s Legacy is a novella collection put out by Barbour Books. I am blessed to be working with such talented and sweet authors! Pamela Griffin, Jane Kirkpatrick, and Trish Perry.  My story is, The Midwife’s Apprentice.

The short version of the back cover J Peek into an aged journal that links the adventurous lives of four courageous midwives. Wisconsin farmer, widow, mother, and midwife Adele Marley is too busy for a smitten, unwavering banker. To survive in love and life, Polly Schultz must rise above her fears on the Oregon Trail, this one is mine J. Christiana is in a battle to prove to one man that she can be both a wife and a midwife. Her confidence shaken, Kendra Silverstone needs confirmation of God’s hand in her life and love. How will God work to give these women the direction they need?

All four of the authors of this collection are good friends of mine, so I know it will be good. Please give us the first page of the book.
Sure! I’d love to!

The Midwife’s Apprentice
Rhonda Gibson

                                                        Chapter One
Summer 1860
“Form up!”

The words snapped through the hot morning air, sharper than a mule skinners whip, the order was picked up and echoed around the camp. Polly took her place beside the wagon.

Mamadele had called the trip to Oregon, a grand adventure. Polly frowned. Her grand adventure had turned into endless days of walking, choking on dirt from the wagons, and being lonely. Since she traveled with the Bentz’ family, she really wasn’t alone but they were a family and Polly the outsider, the mid-wife’s apprentice. Oh, Idella Bentz’ had never called her such but Polly could see the worry in the soon to be mother’s eyes.

At the end of each day, thanks to Mamadele’s journal and the sketch paper she’d brought, Polly found relief from the endless travel. The soothing sounds of the oxen, cattle, and horses also gave her comfort as she read or sketched in her small tent at night. Thanks to her little mule, Betsy, Polly was able to ride some days. But when she was walking, Betsy gently pushed her from behind, often with Luke Bentz’ sitting on Polly’s hip. At first the men had protested the small mule being with her but Mr. Bentz’ had put a stop to their grumbling. For that, Polly was thankful.

According to Mr. Bentz’ they should arrive at the new Fort Kearney by night fall, Polly prayed it were so. Her feet hurt and she was tired. If Idella didn’t need her so badly, Polly would have already turned around and rode her little mule home.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
There are several ways J  This one is a recipe blog where I feature other authors.
I’m also on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.
I also blog on The Craftie Ladies of  Love Inspired

Thank you so much for having me Lena! It is always a pleasure to visit with your readers. 

And it's always a pleasure to host you, Rhonda.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
The Midwife's Legacy (Romancing America) - paperback
The Midwife's Legacy (Romancing America) - Kindle

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Liz R said...

Book sounds great, thanks for the giveaway!

Liz R in Al

Rhonda Gibson said...

Thank Lena for having me :) I am always so happy to come visit with your readers.

Hi Liz R!

Pam K. said...

This book was written by some great authors. I haven't read many books about midwives so this would be something new. I'd love to win a copy of The Midwife's Legacy.


Rhonda Gibson said...

Hi Pam... I hadn't either and I learned a lot about midwifing while writing my story.

Jane, Pamela and Trish are awesome authors! They were so fun to work with.

Lourdes said...

Book looks great thanks for a chance to win.

Lourdes in Huntington NY

Anonymous said...

This book is different.

Joyce in TN

Rhonda Gibson said...

Hi Lourdes and JoyAnne :)

Mary Preston said...

It is very interesting to see the books that were rejected time & again.

I would love to read THE MIDWIFE'S LEGACY thank you.

Mary P


Amy C said...

I would love to have a chance to read this. Great interview. Thank you so much!
Amy Campbell
Southwest VA

Diana Gardner said...

Would love to win a copy. Portsmouth, VA

Nancee said...

Lena, I enjoyed your interview and look forward to reading Rhonda's book. I'm also a big fan of Joyce Meyer. Thank you for offering this giveaway!
Nancee in Michigan

Joanna Richmond said...

Looks like a great Book, Thanks for the chance to win,
Joanna Richmond
Blanch NC

Lorna Faith said...

Rhonda...sounds like a great book :-) Thanks for the encouraging words for us new writers...needed to hear that today! Would love to be entered for a chance to win!

Lorna from Alberta

lornafaith at gmail dot com

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

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

Karen G. said...

Would love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway.

Karen Gervais from Troy, NY

Rhonda Gibson said...

Thanks everyone!! I got a little behind on my greetings :)

I researched the amount of times different authors were rejected a long time ago, when I get discouraged (yes, published authors still get rejection letters)I look at that list and press on.

I'm glad my words have helped you Lorna :)

Anonymous said...

Sounds interesting. Thanks for the chance to read it

Merry said...

I have great admiration for midwives, so this book sounds like it would be an interesting collection of stories.
Merry in TX

Unknown said...

The Interview was great, thank you Lena and Rhonda.
I love reading about Midwives, My oldest daughter Candy was born at my Mother's house in Germany with a Midwife. This Lady was so awesome i wish I could have had her with my other 2 children. By the way, this Lady delivered me when I was born.
I would love to win your Book.
I live in S.Illinois


apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win
live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Unknown said...

i have a fascination for midwives, and would love to win Rhonda's novel. Thanks for the interview and opportunity, Lena and Rhonda. Noah's that would be interesting.

Lane Hill House said...

Please add me to the drawing for The Midwife's Legacy. Thank you.

Abigail Mitchell said...

Enter me!
Blanch, N.C.

Anonymous said...

This books sounds great!! Please enter my name in the drawing.

Kaz from New York

Unknown said...

Another book to add to my TBR pile. I enjoy historical novels and this story seems fascinating. Thanks for this giveaway and the chance to win a great read.

Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Meg G./Ohio said...

This sounds like a great book, would love to win...Meg/G./Ohio

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me!!
Sharon Richmond

Mama Cat said...

This collection, especially your book, sounds great! Anybody who has grown and been greatly blessed through Joyce Meyer's teachings is definitely a sister in Christ whose novels I want to read! Blessings to you! Mama Cat in Phoenix

Anonymous said...

Would love to win and read The Midwife's Legacy. Sounds so interesting. Putting it on my wish list.

KayG in NY

Shirley T. said...

This would be my very first book to read on midwives...sounds interesting.....Thanks, Shirley T./Illinois