Tuesday, August 28, 2012

A DUKE'S PROMISE - Jamie Carie - One free book, print or ebook

Tell us about your salvation experience.
When I was about six my parents “got saved” and it completely changed our lives. We lived every moment for Jesus and were on fire like nothing I’ve seen since. I accepted Jesus into my heart at that young age, evangelized at my elementary school and grew in the Lord throughout my childhood. Of course, over the years, I have rededicated myself to God as I matured and understood better what I was committing to. I guess you could say I’ve been a Christian all my life with some occasional back sliding experiences along the way.

You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
Laura Kinsale – Her writing is amazing and I would love to talk and work with her.
Julie Lessman – She’s so wonderful! I would love to hang out with her!
Laura Franz – Such a sweet spirit in that girl and a talented writer to boot.
MaryLu Tyndale – She really has a spiritual depth that I enjoy. I could have long conversations with her for sure.

Do you have a speaking ministry? If so, tell us about that.
I’ve always thought it odd that people think that just because you can write you should be able to speak. I’m terrified of public speaking! I do enjoy small group discussions though and love to visit book groups and library groups.

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you and how did you handle it?
Ha! So many!! Let’s go back to the last question for this story. I was at an ICRS Conference in Denver and was asked to speak at the “Heart of an Author” luncheon. The emcee was none other than Karen Kingsbury! I had prepared my seven minute speech to within an inch of my life and thought I could get through it. Well, somehow Karen received an older copy of my bio and when introducing me she basically said everything I was going to say in my speech. My mind went blank with terror. What was I going to say now? I couldn’t take my eyes off the big countdown clock staring at me with 7:00 minutes on it. I stood, shaking from head to toe, and proceeded to spew out a bunch of information about how I got published (breaking into tears 2-3 times while talking). It was a total blackout moment. I have no idea what I said! Thankfully, my sister was in the back of the room motioning for me to leave as soon as I finished. We had to hurry because we had a flight to catch so I didn’t have to go back to my table and sit there, mortified, after my train wreak of a speech. (I’ll bet everyone remembered me though – I didn’t see anyone yawning – lol!) I hightailed it outta there and vowed my speech days were over!!!

People are always telling me that they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too. What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that?
Go for it! Finish that book! Now is a great time to write a book with so many publishing options. There is no reason not to try if it is really in your heart to do so.

Tell us about the featured book.
A Duke’s Promise is the third book in the Forgotten Castles series. Because it is a continuous series (Yes, you should read them in order to get the most out of the story) I can’t give too much away so here is the back of the book blurb:

From the Land of Fire and Ice back to England’s shores, Alexandria Featherstone finds herself the new Duchess of St. Easton. Her husband has promised a wedding trip to take them to the place where her imperiled parents were last seen -- Italy and the marble caves of Carrara -- but a powerful Italian duke plots against Alex and her treasure-hunting parents. Hoping to save them, Alex and Gabriel travel to Italy by balloon. Fraught with danger on all sides and pressured by Gabriel’s affliction to the breaking point, they must learn to work and fight together. The mysterious key is within their grasp, but they have yet to recognize it. This journey will require steadfast faith in God and each other -- a risk that will win them everything they want or lose them everything they have.

Sounds wonderful. I’ve loved the first two books. Please give us the first page of the book.
Chapter One
London, England—June, 1819

The silken curtains around the bed fluttered from the summer breeze that blew through the open windows of the duke’s bedchamber on number 31 St. James Square. Candlelight flickered across the room, a place she had only passed by while living here with him, peeking inside, wondering at the depths of his private chambers. The light of the candles made wavy shadows against the creamy paneled walls and Alexandria, the new Duchess of St. Easton, tried to ignore Clarissa’s incessant chatter as the maid helped her out of layer after layer of her wedding costume.

Alex tried to look anywhere but at the bed, and yet she couldn’t tear her gaze from it—the royal blue counterpane trimmed in gold, the massive four posts of carved wood draped with dark curtains, the piles of pillows. She swallowed against the knot in her throat and turned, lifting her arms and following the nudges of the maid.

“Great heavens, Your Grace, sit down before you faint. You’re as white as a ghost, you are.”

Alex obeyed, relieved to sit and rest her wobbly knees. She stared in the mirror at her reflection and watched as Clarissa took out the spiderweb-thin, diamond tiara from her hair, which Gabriel’s mother had given her as a wedding gift, and brushed out Alex’s long, dark hair. A suspended feeling of dread and terror surrounded her.

He would come in at any moment.

He would come in and find out about everything.

I can hardly wait until I get my copy. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Facebook page for The Forgotten Castles series: facebook.com/ForgottenCastles
Twitter: https://twitter.com/#!/jamiecarie

Thank you, Jamie, for sharing this new book with us.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
A Duke's Promise: A Forgotten Castles Novel - paperback
A Duke's Promise: A Forgotten Castles Novel - Kindle

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writingsofrosie said...

I'm not one for public speaking either, Jamie.

I'd love to win!
Rosie from Ohio

Anonymous said...

I live in NE or AZ. Currently live in one but may have to soon move to the other. That's a pretty big prayer concern right now. Don't want to move, but job opportunity for my husband may be too good to pass up. At least we have no kids that will be affected by this.
~ Jamie from AZ or NE
egilkinc @ juno.com

Rebekah Shaver said...

I would LOVE to win a print copy of this book!!

Rebekah from Ohio

Ladette said...

This is one of my favorite series! I can't wait to read this book! Would love to win!!


Nora said...

Hi, Jamie;

It was great to talk to you on the phone about The Guardian Duke the first book in this series. Finding Hope Book Club Loved this book and anxiously awaited the arrival of book two and are doing the Snoopy Dance about this third book hitting book shelves soon. I'd love to win a copy of this third and final book to this fascinating series!

Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network
Where Book Fun Begins!

Unknown said...

Loved the interview! Thanks for the giveaway! I'm so excited about this book.
~Shelby from North Carolina =)

spangldlady said...

I have read "The Guardian Duke" and I love this series and would also LOVE to win "A Duke's Promise". Historical Fiction is my consuming passion. Please enter my name in the drawing. I live in Springfield, MO, the Queen City of the Ozarks [for more than 50 years now].
Blessings on you!


ASC Book Reviews said...

Oh yes please!!! Please enter me!

Amy Chavez, NM

Unknown said...

I love reading about authors that I love! And I love this series! Can't wait to read this last book!

Kimberly from Butler, Pennsylvania

Unknown said...

I would love to win. Thank you for doing this! god bless
Pat from Indiana

Glenda Parker Fiction Writer said...

I loved your interview. That speech thing would have turned me off from speaking too. I love your writing and would love to win a copy. God bless you.

Glenda Parker

the Mcclanahan 7 said...

I would love to win!! I live in NE! lcmpm7@msn.com

misskallie2000 said...

Hi Jamie, I am not a public speaker as I am terrified I will goof up so I understand your fright.
I would love to read this series and just maybe I will win A Duke's Promise and begin my journey. Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

Brenda from Georgia

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Sparks of Ember said...

I sympathize on the public speaking. I remember almost crying back in college, just trying to speak up in class!!

This series sounds amazing.

From SD

Amy C said...

I can't wait to start this series. I have the first two books in my to be read pile. Hoping to start in the next couple weeks.
Amy Campbell

Jamie Carie said...

Jamie, praying God will comfort you and fill you with His peace as you go through this decision!

Rosie, Glenda and Brenda - thanks for commiserating with me on the public speaking! I've heard that fear of ps is the most common fear out there - lol - so we are in good company at least!

Ladette, I'm so thrilled you are enjoying the series! I just love these characters!

Nora, so great to see you here, girl! I loved speaking to your book group!! And I'm thrilled you all are reading the whole series. Tell the ladies I said hello and God bless?

spangeldlady - my husand's aunt and uncle moved to Lake of the Ozarks and we have been visiting every summer. It's so beautiful there! Thanks for reading my books!

Sue said...

Oh Hi, I would love to win a Kindle version please! I've just bought a Kindle and am really enjoying using it. I have only recently discovered CHristian fiction, and am really enjoying it. I live in UK though so hope that doesn't matter.

Anonymous said...

I won would to win a PRINTED COPY PLEASE!!!!


Emily said...

I've been wanting to read Jamie's books! Can't wait to start! Thanks for the giveaway!!!

btw, the fact that she's a Julie Lessman fan makes it even better! ehehe!


Debbie said...

Your books looks so good. I'm trying to get a copy of the first book...can't wait to read it!

Long Island

John said...

Please enter my name into the drawing! I think my daughter would really like Jamie's books!

Elyssa said...

Oh, how exciting! I haven't read anything by Jamie, but her books look amazing! Please enter me! I'm from NY. =)


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Jenny said...

Great interview and giveaway! I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of any of Jamie's books- they look wonderful!



Ira said...

Wow, great time period! I think that my daughter and her friend would love to read these books!



The Jesus Freak said...

Please enter me in the drawing! I can't wait to read this!



J.Grace said...

Great interview. Would love a chance to win.

arieljo12(at)hotmail dot com


Sharon said...

Hi Jamie - Can't wait to finish the trilogy! Great interview. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of "A Duke's Promise"
Sharon from Eagan, MN

Lane Hill House said...

I have read and reviewed books one and two. Wanting to finish up with book three of the Forgotten Castles series, especially the epilogue that comes at the end of the book that Jamie previously mentioned for me! (And no! I definitely won't read the end first!) Yay, Jamie! Kathleen ~ Missouri

Elora L said...

I love your books Jamie Carie, especially this series of The Forgotten Castle!!!!! I love reading about the European part of the world!!!! These book are AMAZING, FANTASTIC, and EXCITING!!! I want to thank you for your hard work and Amazing writing!!!! I will never be tired of read!!!!

I live in Lousiana.

Please pray for me and my family as the storm closes in on us. And pray for the people still in their houses as the storm is approaches!

Casey said...

I'd love to continue this series that I've already started. Great work, Jamie!


Nise' said...

I loved the first two books and look forward to this one!
I live in West Michigan

Melody said...

I loved the first one, can't wait to read them all!

Donna, TX

Melody said...

I loved the first one, can't wait to read them all!

Donna, TX

Debbie Clark said...

I have not yet read any of this series, but would love to. I live in Oregon, near the End of the Oregon Trail. Love our history! Thanks for the chance to win "A Duke's Promise".

Debbie Clark

Merry said...

The Forgotten Castles series has been on my wish list, thanks for a peek at A Duke's Promise!
Merry in TX

Mary Preston said...

I think I will leave public speaking for others to do.

A DUKE'S PROMISE looks wonderful.

Mary P


A Cooking Bookworm said...

Sounds like a good ending to the series! Print or Ecopy of the book would be FUN to win!

Binghamton, NY

mybabyblessings AT gmail DOT com

Anonymous said...

Would love to win this book. Was with the Finding Hope Book Club when we talked with you. Really enjoy The Guardian Duke and would love to read this one.

Gail Mundy

Lena Nelson Dooley said...

Debbie Clark, glad to see you here. If you live near the end of the Oregon Trail, you might like my McKenna's Daughters series.

Beth said...

I've only read the 1st book in the series so far, but I loved it.

VIC Australia!

Anna Weaver said...

Jamie, I feel your pain... I would rather die than give a speech, even though I have spent the majority of my life on stage. Please drop my name in the giveaway!

Anna W. from GA

apple blossom said...

thanks for chance to win

live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

I would love to be the winner of this book,Enter me!!
Thanks and God Bless!!

Unknown said...

I can't wait to read this serious, it sounds so amazing from the reviews I have read. Plus the synopsis of the books sound awesome! Thank you so much for the amazing interview and giveaway :D! I would really love to win this book.

Kassandra from the US

Email: ssweett_rebelde@hotmail.com

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me for a printed copy of this wonderful book it looks great!!
Sharon Richmond
Blanch, NC.

karenk said...

would love to read this novel...thanks for the chance

karenk...from PA
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Veronica said...

These sound great! I'm excited to read them. I live in MN.

rubynreba said...

Enjoyed the interview. I would love to win a print copy of this book.
Beth from IA

Diana Gardner said...

Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks! Portsmouth, VA

Krista said...

I just finished reading the second book in this series, and I am really enjoying it. Please enter me!

Krista in Oregon

Faith Hope and Cherrytea said...

sooo anticipating this 3rd installment! TY Lena for hosting and Jamie for writing :)
it's a perfect addition to my Where in the World are you Reading? Italy? oh yah!
frm MB

Jes said...

Love historical fiction - this one sounds interesting!

jswaks at gmail dot com

Liz R said...

I'd love to win a copy! Please enter me!

Liz R in AL

Anonymous said...

My eyes and heart were open when in my last year of highschool i became pregnant with our son. I wanted a better life for him. Not full of divorce, drinking and abuse that i grew up with. We had our son, got married two months later and were baptized. Its been a rocky road. But 24 years later and 10 children. We are togeather and in love and know our lives are in the hands of God. And i homeschool so i know my 7 daughters would love to in a book to share.
Firethorn 8 @ hot mail. Com

Melody said...

I would love to continue this series. The first one left me hanging. I promise I'll find the 2nd one before reading this one if I win!

Melody said...

And I'm from Donna, TX!