Monday, February 04, 2013

GROOM BY ARRANGEMENT - Rhonda Gibson - One Free Book

What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about? 
Forgiveness, fear, and love

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
My next title is, Taming The Texas Rancher. It comes out in October 2013. This book is Hannah’s story from The Marshal’s Promise.

I’m going to book the October book on my blog right now. If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
Joyce Meyers… Her teachings have taught me so much and I’d love to just sit and visit with her.  I believe she is a mighty woman of God.

What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
Wow! There are so many, I would like to meet I would love to meet David, he was a man after God’s own heart… that is all the reason I need J

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
That’s a hard one Lena, because I’ve been there. I would tell them to keep on pressing on. Even after you are published, rejections will come but if you keep submitting, God will place your book in the right hands.

Tell us about the featured book.
Groom by Arrangement is Eliza Kelly’s story. She was in The Marshal’s Promise. I love Eliza because she’s a lot like me. It’s also Jackson Hart’s story. He is a handsome blacksmith with a desire to find family and home. This is their story, it is filled with heartbreak and laughter. I hope the readers will enjoy it.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Sure J
Spring 1886
Durango, Colorado

Eliza Kelly’s worse fear had just been confirmed.  

She couldn’t believe she was standing on the train platform waiting for a mail-order groom. One she hadn’t ordered!

With shaking fingers Eliza opened the envelope and pulled out the slip of paper inside. Once more, her eyes scanned the letter that explained how her best friend, Hannah Young had ordered the expected groom.

My Dear Friend Eliza,
I know this will come as a shock to you but I have been writing as you, to a Mr. Miles Thatcher. He posted a mail-order bride ad in the same newspaper as my own prospective groom, Mr. Westland. After reading his ad, I answered as you.

Eliza, I think you will like Mr. Thatcher. He will be
 arriving on the two o’clock train this afternoon. Before you close your mind to the possibility of being a mail-order bride, know that I’ve prayed about this and feel I did the right thing in answering Mr. Thatcher’s advertisement. Granted I should have told you. For not doing so, I apologize now.

After you read his letters, you can decide if he is a man
that you will enjoy spending the rest of your life with. If you decide to send him away, I promise to never do this again.

I’ll write once I get to Granite, Texas. I’m looking forward to hearing how you and Mr. Thatcher get along.

Your friend,


I can hardly wait to read it. You know I love mail-order-bride stories. And I love the cover. How can readers find you on the Internet?
There are many ways, Lena
My web address:

Thank you for having me, Lena. As always it has been a pleasure!

And thank you, Rhonda, for sharing your newest book with us.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Groom by Arrangement (Love Inspired Historical) - paperback
Groom by Arrangement (Love Inspired Historical) - Kindle

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Rhonda Gibson said...

Good morning, Everyone! I am excited to be here to chat with Lena's followers and readers. So, feel free to ask me anything. I'll be off and on the blog site all day :)

Patty said...

What a start to the story! I'm sure Eliza was just about ready to kill her friend for doing such a thing...

Patty in SC

Anonymous said...

Good Morning Rhonda!!! I would love to win a copy of your book. Angela from KY

Lyndie Blevins said...

Thanks for the opportunity to get this book.
Lyndie Blevins

Duncanville Tx

Diane Ashley said...

Wow Rhonda, I love that cover. How do you get such handsome heroes on your books? I can't wait to read Groom by Arrangement and would love to win it, Lena. Thanks for featuring Rhonda.

Wendy Newcomb said...

This sounds like a great book, thank you for hosting this giveaway.

Wendy from FL


Karen said...

I bought your book the first day and read it from start to finish. I am sure my husband had other plans for us that day but they just had to wait!! I love it when I finish a book and I am smiling!!!

scottsgal said...

this sounds so good - I love historical romances from the west
cheryl in IL
msboatgal at said...

I love this story. You have the best story ideas of any one I've read. Thanks Lena, for your blog featuring authors. Enjoyed this. Rhonda, this is a series, right? Does the series have a name? Or are the books stand-alones?

Anonymous said...

This looks like a great start to a story. I would love to read the rest of the book.

Katie J. From FL

Rhonda Gibson said...

Thank you, thank you Everyone!!!

Yes, Jean this is a series but doesn't have a series name. All the books are stand-alone so if you have a character in mine, ask me about them... they might just be in a past book or coming in a future one :) Great question Jean... thanks for asking.

pol said...

Hi Rhonda so nice to see you here with Lena, I love to read the interviews and yours in a good one. I am anxious to read this story of Eliza...
Is is hard for you to take a character from one book and write their very own story in a new book. Do some of the other characters come along too.
thanks for sharing
Paula O(
a fan in Ga

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this one. Thanks for the opportunity.

Bonnie Jean (FL)

Leauphaun said...

This sounds like an interesting book. I've never read this type of book before, but now I want to!!

- Leauphaun from BC

Rhonda Gibson said...

Hi Paula, for me it isn't hard to write the next characters story because they bug me all through the story they are introduced in. LOL Other writers might disagree.

In the first book, The Marshal's Promise, Eliza and Hannah become Rebecca's best friends, in Groom by Arrangement, Rebecca is there to help Eliza, in Hannah's story Taming The Texas Rancher Hannah is alone but she thinks about the other two alot.

Then in the book I am working on now, that hasn't sold yet, Millie is the heroine and she's in Groom by Arrangement and Hannah is in it .

Anonymous said...

Rhonda, I've enjoyed everything I've read by you. Can't wait for Groom by Arrangement! And thanks for the encouraging words about rejections.

Norma S said...

Thank for giving me this chance to win your book.It sounds like a wonderful book. So you say that Eliza Kelly is a lot like you in this book?
God bless you.
Norma Stanforth from Ohio

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Janet Lee Barton said...

Great interview Lena and Rhonda! Love the start to this story and this series!

Katie said...

Ohhhh, my goodness! That little first page was not enough! I would LOVE to read this! You definitely have my attention. I'm from NC.

Rhonda Gibson said...

Laughing, yes Norma... I am. I'm a chatty gal, just ask anyone who knows me :)

Mary Preston said...

Thank you for the wonderful first page for GROOM BY ARRANGEMENT.

Mary P


Aaron McCarver said...

I so enjoyed your first book in the series and I am waiting for this one eagerly! Great interview, Rhonda, especially the part about David. Oh that we all could have that said about us. Keep up the great writing, my "ice" buddy!

rubynreba said...

I enjoy mail order bride books. Enjoyed the interview and the first page.
Beth from Iowa

apple blossom said...

love the love inspired books thanks for chance to win

live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Unknown said...

i love the LI series. Thanks for a great interview, Lena and Rhonda and for the chance to win.

Marianne from Northern Alberta


Unknown said...

What an interesting sounding book. I like the idea of a mail-order groom. Good way to stand a "normal" story on end.

Ginger in AL

Rhonda Gibson said...

Thank you everyone for your kind words :) It has been fun being here, Lena :)

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

I would love to win,Enter me!!!
Thanks for the giveaway and God Bless!!!

Abigail Mitchell said...

Enter me!!! Looks Great!

Blanch, N.C.

Sharon Richmond said...

Enter me this book looks great!!
Sharon Richmond

Bookishqueen said...

Oh, I love mail-order bride stories!

Rebekah TN

Sparks of Ember said...

Can't say I've heard of a mail-order groom before! lol Sounds great!

From the black Hills of SD

Lourdes said...

Ok totally hooked got to read more.....

Lourdes Dix Hills Long Island

Diana Montgomery said...

O this sounds so good I want to read. Thanks for a chance to win

Amy C said...

Rhonda is new to me and would love to read Groom by Arrangement. Thanks

Jackie Tessnair said...

Thanks for the chance to win this book.I would love to read it.Sounds great...Jackie Tessnair from N.C.

Patricia said...

Love the cover! Please enter me in the giveaway.

Patricia in Southeast Texas Piney Woods.

Shopgirl said...

I love the plot of this book! I would love to win it! I'm in MN.

Roanna said...

This sounds like an enjoyable read. I would like to be entered.

Roanna in Ohio

Bakersdozen said...

I would love to read this. Michelle from S. California vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com