Monday, September 24, 2012

TAMING THE WIND - Tracie Peterson - One Free Book

Bio: Tracie Peterson is the award-winning author of over eighty novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Visit Tracie's Web site at and her blog at

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About the book:
A young widow nursing the wounds of her past…

A cowboy with demons of his own…

Though grateful for the blessing of her daughter, Carissa Lowe has accepted that widowhood is her lot in life. Bound by fear and mistrust, she feels incapable of opening her heart again.

Tyler Atherton has never forgotten Carissa. When he discovers she’s living with her sister on a nearby ranch, his life becomes intertwined with the lovely widow’s. And Carissa’s daughter, Gloria, seems determined to wrap herself around his little finger. But while Tyler longs to provide a home and future for Carissa, he is haunted by an obligation he feels unable to fulfill.

Challenged by mounting hardships, can Carissa and Tyler preserve their fledgling love in a land as unforgiving and vibrant as the people who call it home?

Welcome, Tracie. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
Answer: There’s always something of myself that goes into each character, but more often than not the characters are compilations of people I’ve known or have studied. It’s always great fun to put a character into a situation and see what they will do – sometimes they even surprise me.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Answer: Wow, that’s a tough one. My entire life is quirky. I’ve check bodies into morgues, crewed for hot air balloons, walked around on glaciers and watched open heart surgery in person. I’ve done a little bit of everything.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
Answer: By the time I was 10 years old I knew that I was a storyteller. I used to entertain my friends with stories all the time. I loved writing and reading and always figured they would play some important role in my life.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
Answer: I read a little bit of everything. I love romantic stories, but also police procedurals and spy stories. I love historical stories both fiction and nonfiction, enjoy fantasy, some science fiction, intrigue, women’s fiction, and lots of the old classics both for adults and for kids.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Answer: I’m grounded in my faith in Jesus. Many times things start to spin out of control, but God reminds me to keep my focus on Him and I’m amazed at how well things fall into place.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
Answer: Sometimes names initially come from people I meet at booksignings or through letters. Sometimes the names are chosen because of cultural settings or family ancestry. I generally try to find a name that I feel fits the character and works for the time period.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Answer: I’m proud that I’ve been a part of a marriage for over 33 years, that I have 3 incredible grown children and that I write full time. However, I credit God with having not only given me those people and abilities, but the faith to keep on-keeping on.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
Answer: Today I would be a zebra because my grandson Max is crazy about them.

What is your favorite food?
Answer: Chocolate – it is a food group all its own
That’s the truth. And a lot of the authors I interview choose it as their favorite. What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Answer: Getting that first publisher to take a chance. I learn quick and am always eager to improve and please, so working with people in the publishing world has been such a blessing and I’ve learned so much.

Tell us about the featured book.
Answer: TAMING THE WIND is the third book in my Civil War, Land of the Lonestar series. This story ties together some of the issues in the series, however it stands alone as well. TAMING THE WIND is a story of recovery, forgiveness and putting the past to rest. Both main characters Carissa Lowe and Tyler Atherton have suffered from the abusive treatment of others. They long for love and the kind of fulfillment they can have in God, but first they have to deal with their demons.

Please give us the first page of the book.
North Texas, March 1868
It is a lovely place for a horse farm,” Carissa Lowe told her sister. She glanced around the lush, green acreage. The serenity found here spoke to her in a way the city hadn’t. “I can certainly see why Brandon loves it so.”

“Well, I love it even more now that you and Gloria have decided to join us. I’m glad that Mother and Father decided to go north to see Uncle Robert. The trip away from Corpus Christi will do Mother a world of good.”

Carissa glanced to where her nearly two-year-old daughter, Gloria, played happily with Laura and Brandon’s little boy, Daniel. At a year and a half, he cautiously explored his environment, while Gloria had seemingly no fear whatsoever.

Even now she was trying to climb the rail posts of the nearest fence.

“Gloria, get down from there,” Carissa called. “You know you aren’t supposed to climb the fence.” In the distance she heard the low rumble of thunder.

“You too, Daniel,” Laura added. The child looked at his mother momentarily before refocusing on the fence.

How can readers find you on the Internet?

Celebrate with Tracie by entering to win a Kindle Fire!

 See what people are saying about Taming the Wind.

One winner will receive:
  • A Brand New Kindle Fire with Wi-Fi
  • Five copies of Live to Give by Austin Gutwein
Hurry, the giveaway ends on 9/25/12. Just click one of the icons below to enter. The winner will be announced at Tracie’s ”Taming the Wind” Author Chat Party on 9/26Connect with Tracie, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at a trivia contest, and chat with readers just like yourself. There will also be gift certificates, books and a Book Club Prize Pack to be won (10 copies for your book club or small group)!

So grab your copy of Taming the Wind and join Tracie on the evening of the September 26th for a chance to connect with Tracie and make some new friends. (If you haven’t read the book – don’t let that stop you from coming!)


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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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Anonymous said...

I would love to win a copy of "Taming The Wind" by Tracie Peterson. Tracie is one of my favorites. angela from KY

Amy C said...

I have not read any of Tracie's work. Have heard great things though.
Amy C

Patty said...

I really enjoyed both of Tracie's Alaska series. haven't read nay of this series yet, would love to win a copy!

Patty in SC

pol said...

I enjoy reading books by Tracie and look forward to the FB party this week, thanks for sharing this book "Taming the Wind"
Paula O(
A Ga fan

apple blossom said...

oh, thanks for chance to win

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Diana Gardner said...

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

Unknown said...

Tracie Peterson has a special spot on my Mom's bookshelves. i would love to win this one for her! (of course, i will read it, maybe first and then review it!) Thanks, Lena and Tracie for the opportunity to win!

Marianne from northern Alberta


Sparks of Ember said...

This book sounds very good. Also, the Chat, RSVP, Twitter, Facebook links don't work. And there are no "icons below". I had to go to the Landing Page to find the right links.

From the Black Hills of SD

scottsgal said...

definitely going to look up the previous books - sounds wonderful
cheryl in IL

Melody said...

Tracie goes over & beyond - as an author AND one who takes care of her readers! I would love to win her book & a kindle & another book....

From Donna, TX

Norma S said...

Thank you for giving me a chance to win your book "Taming The Wind" though i have not read any of Tracie Peterson's book this sounds like a great book, i like to try new author.
Norma from Ohio

ASC Book Reviews said...

WOO HOO!!! I have been REALLY Wanting this book! :) I'm glad there's people out there that have lives quirkier or just as quirky as mine! :) and I LOVE your favorite food Tracie! It's mine to! ;)

Amada (pronounced: Chavez, NM

Shopgirl said...

I enjoy Tracie's books; Sounds great! I'm in MN.

Mary Preston said...

Such a lovely interview thank you.

TAMING THE WIND looks like a fabulous read.

Mary P


Patsy said...

I love Tracie's writing. Would enjoy reading this book.

from South MS


Diana Flowers said...

Tracie is an exceptional author! I would consider it a blessing to win this book....and need to order the first two! I have had my eye on this series for a long time...just so many books so lttle time. :)

Diana from SC


rubynreba said...

Tracie's books are so good. I would enjoy reading this one.
Beth from Iowa

Melody said...

I hope, hope, hope I win this book!

Donna, TX

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

Enter me!

Anonymous said...

Tracie Peterson is a great author!

Kelly from CA

EJ said...

Love Tracie's books & always look forward to reading the newest one! Elaine from Iowa

Jo said...

I have been wanting to read some of Tracie's books but as of yet haven't. Thanks for the opportunity.

Jo from Southern Arizona

Unknown said...

I love reading Tracie's books and this one sounds wonderful.

Ginger in AL

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read tracie's latest novel

kmkuka at yahoo dot com
(from PA)

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me this book looks absolutely wonderful!!
Sharon Richmond

misskallie2000 said...

Sounds like another great book from Tracie and on my wish list. Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.


misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Abigail Mitchell said...

Enter me!
Thanks and God Bless!

Blanch, N.C.

Merry said...

Tracy you are one brave lady to watch open heart surgery! I love your books and I look forward to reading Taming the Wind.
Merry in TX

Nancee said...

I'd love to win a copy of Tracie's new book. Thank you for the offer!
Nancee in Michigan

Liz R said...

I can't wait to get started on this series and would love to win a copy!

Liz R in Al