Tuesday, August 07, 2012

TIDEWATER INN - Colleen Coble - One Free Book, Plus Blog Party


Best-selling author Colleen Coble's novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, ACFW Book of the Year, RWA’s RITA, the Holt Medallion, the Daphne du Maurier, National Readers' Choice, and the Booksellers Best. She has nearly 2 million books in print and writes romantic mysteries because she loves to see justice prevail. Colleen is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers and is a member of Romance Writers of America. She lives with her husband Dave in Indiana.

What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
I tend to find a lot of forgiveness themes running through my stories. Over the years, I’ve seen how an unforgiving spirits hurts us so much.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
Secretly Smitten, written with my buddies Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt and Denise Hunter, will be out in December, and Safe in His Arms, the sequel to Blue Moon Promise will be out in January.

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
Laura Bush. I just love her kindness and her wisdom.

What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
Abraham Lincoln. I so admire his courage through one of our nations toughest times.

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
I received enough rejection letters to paper a wall in my office—no kidding! And I’ve kept all those letters as a reminder of how persistence pays off. Keep working at your craft. I always have a book on craft in my hand. Read widely in the genre you are writing and see how other writers get the emotional impact you admire. And stay focused. It’s not easy but the process does a work in you.

Tell us about the featured book.
Tidewater Inn is about Libby, an architectural preservationist. She’s about to embark on a new project when she discovers everything she’s been told about her father has been lies. He’s left her a beautiful old inn in the Outer Banks, and he didn’t abandon her as she thought. She’s talking to her partner and friend about the inheritance on a harbor came. Two men in a boat com into view and kidnap Nicole while Libby is watching from hundreds of miles away. Libby rushes to Hope Beach to try to find her friend. There’s a hunky Coast Guard swimmer who helps Libby get to the truth, and favorite characters Bree and her search dog Samson, appear to help find Nicole.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Libby Holladay fought her way through the brambles to the overgrown garden. She paused to wave a swarm of gnats away from her face. The house was definitely in the Federal style, as she’d been told. Palladian windows flanked a centered door, or rather the opening for a door.

The structure was in serious disrepair. Moss grew on the roof, and fingers of vine pried through the brick mortar. The aroma of honeysuckle vied with that of mildew.

She stepped closer to the house and jotted a few impressions in her notebook before moving inside to the domed living room. The floorboards were missing in places and rotted in others, so she planted her tan flats carefully. She could almost see the original occupants in this place. She imagined her own furniture grouped around the gorgeous fireplace. She’d love to have this place, but something so grand that needed this much repair would never be hers. The best she could do would be to preserve it for someone else who would love it. She itched to get started.

Her cell phone rang, and she groped in her canvas bag for it. Glancing at the display, she saw her partner’s name. “Hey, Nicole,” she said. “You should see this place. A gorgeous Federal-style mansion. I think it was built in 1830. And the setting by the river is beautiful. Or it will be once the vegetation is tamed.” Perching on the window seat, she made another note about the fireplace. “Nicole? Are you there?”

There was a long pause, then Nicole finally spoke. “I’m here.”

“You sound funny. What’s wrong?” Nicole was usually talkative, and Libby couldn’t remember the last time she’d heard strain in her friend’s voice. “Are you still in the Outer Banks? Listen, I heard there might be a hurricane heading that way.” She dug into her purse for her jalapeño jellybeans and popped one on her mouth.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
I love hearing from readers! My website is www.colleencoble.com .

Win a $500 Weekend Getaway Package from @ColleenCoble and Connect with her at 8/23 Facebook Party! 

 Celebrate with Colleen by entering to win a $500 gift certificate to BedandBreakfast.com!

Find out what the reviewers are saying here!

One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A $500 gift certificate to BedandBreakfast.com
  • A copy of Tidewater Inn.
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on August 22nd. Winner will be announced at Colleen's "Tidewater Inn" Author Chat Facebook Party on 8/23. Colleen will be sharing the story behind the book, hosting a book chat, testing your trivia skills, and of course, there will be plenty of fun giveaways - books, gift certificates and a Book Club Prize Pack! She’ll also be giving a sneak peak of her next book too!

So grab your copy of Tidewater Inn and join Colleen on the evening of the August 23rd  for a chance to connect with Colleen and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book - don't let that stop you from coming!)

Enter via E-mail Enter via FacebookEnter via Twitter

Don't miss a moment of the fun. RSVP today and tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER about Colleen's giveaway and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 23rd!


Thank you, Colleen, for sharing your book, and this wonderful contest with us.

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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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The only notification you’ll receive is the winner post on this blog. So be sure to check back a week from Saturday to see if you won. You will have 4 weeks from the posting of the winners to claim your book.

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Jo said...

Great interview! Great giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to be entered.

Jo from Southern Arizona

Unknown said...

Awesome interview. i read this one from the library for the Summer Reading Program from Tyndale. i loved it!

Katie said...

I LOVE Colleen Coble's books! I haven't read this one so I would love to win it! I'm from NC. God bless!

Katie G.

Amy C said...

I have read so many positive reviews on Tidewater Inn.
Amy C
Southwest VA

Patty said...

I've been seeing this book around the christian fiction blg world... it sounds great and I love the cover!

Patty in SC

apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win

live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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Cathy said...

Would love to win this one...looking forward to reading it. :)

Cathy from B.C. Canada

Pam K. said...

I enjoy reading romantic suspense. Tidewater Inn sounds like it would be a great fit for me. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. I've read a few of Colleen's books and liked them.


Mary Preston said...

I love the idea of preserving beautiful buildings. TIDEWATER INN looks wonderful.

Mary P


kmannrn said...

I love Colleen's books and can't wait to read this one.

Karen G. said...

Would love to win Colleen's book. Putting this on my wish list.
Karen from Troy, NY

Unknown said...

Wonderful interview! I haven't read the book yet, and am dying to read it!

Katelyn from North Carolina.

Ms. Marion G. said...

Would love to win this book.Ms. Marion G./Oh

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

Enter me!
God Bless!

Abigail Mitchell said...

Looks Great! Please enter me!

Blanch, N.C.

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me this book looks great!!
Sharon Richmond
Blanch, NC.

Unknown said...

I love Colleen's books. Please enter me.

Ginger in AL

Judy said...

I have several of Colleen's books. I know this will be another one of her great reads! Keep them coming!

Judy B from Indiana

Unknown said...

I loved the Interview. The Book sounds so good, please enter me in your Giveaway.
I live in s. Illinois


Jackie Tessnair said...

Please enter me...I want to read this book.Thanks..Jackie Tessnair from N.C.

Melody said...

I love Colleen's books!

Donna, TX

Jo said...

I really want to read this book. Great interview and book sounds terrific.

Jo from Southern Arizona

Unknown said...

I read the Lightkeeper's Series and really enjoyed them. Tidewater Inn sounds like another great book to read. Thank you for the chance to win.
Kay from NY

Janet Kerr said...

Your books cover is beautiful. It sure makes me want to read it!
Jan from B.C. CANADA

Merry said...

Tidewater Inn sounds like the perfect book for a late summer getaway read.
Please add me!
Merry in TX

Diana Gardner said...

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

Sparks of Ember said...

Tidewater Inn sounds exciting. (And Secretly Smitten is such a cute title!)

I'm from the Black Hills of SD!

Evlin said...

Great interview. Heard some good reviews for Tidewater Inn. Please add my name to the drawing.
Kevlin, NY

Liz R said...

I'm looking forward to reading this one. Thanks for the chance to win!

Liz R in AL