Friday, June 21, 2013

BAREFOOT SUMMER - Denise Hunter - One Free Book

Denise lives in Indiana with her husband Kevin and their three sons. In 1996, Denise began her first book, a Christian romance novel, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she's been writing ever since. Her books often contain a strong romantic element, and her husband Kevin says he provides all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

Tell us about your salvation experience.
I was practically born at church. I had good Christian parents who taught me about Jesus from day one. When I was 5, my mother knelt beside my bed with me and led me through the sinner’s prayer. I don’t remember what led up to that moment, just the moment of asking Jesus in my heart. He has been a faithful friend all these years and has blessed me beyond measure.

You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
Easy question! I have some great friends who are also writers. We share a blog at but we were friends long before that. Colleen Coble, Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Cheryl Hodde.

Five of my favorite authors. Do you have a speaking ministry?
If so, tell us about that. I really don’t. I’m a much better writer than I am a speaker!

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you and how did you handle it?
I think my most embarrassing moments revolve around me putting my foot in my mouth! I don’t do it very often—I’m not very talkative. But boy, when I do, I want to melt into the carpet.

I’ve had several of those moments myself. They’re uncomfortable. 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?
Do it! I felt that way at one time too. It’s just a dream until you make a plan and put it into action.

Tell us about the featured book.
In Barefoot Summer (Book One) you'll meet coffee-bean-dependent, butter-pecan-loving Madison. She's the perfect match (but will never admit it) for Beckett O’Reilly, whose nefarious reputation follows him more closely than his black lab Rigsby. He’s her sworn enemy, but she needs his help to reach her goal of winning the annual regatta, and he’ll do anything for her—he owes her that and more, if only she knew.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Chapter One
Madison McKinley scanned the crowded town hall, wondering how many of her friends and neighbors she’d have to fight to get what she came for. Half of Chapel Springs had turned out to support the fire department. The faint scent of popcorn and coffee from last night’s Rotary club meeting still lingered in the air, and the buzz of excitement was almost palpable.

When she reached the front of the line, she registered for her paddle then looked for her mom. She spotted Joann McKinley seated on the left, near the old brick wall.

Before Madison could move, Dottie Meyers appeared in the busy aisle. “Madison, hello, dear. I was wondering if I could bother you about Ginger. I found a little knot behind her leg. I’m worried it might be something serious.”

Last time it had only been a burr. Still, Madison set a hand on the woman’s arm. “I’m sure it’s fine, but I’ll have Cassidy call you tomorrow and squeeze you in, okay?”

“All right, everyone,” the emcee was saying into the mike. “It’s about that time.”

“Thank you so much, dear,” Dottie was saying. “I’m so excited about this year’s play. It’s called Love on the Line. You are planning on coming out again, aren’t you? You’ll be fabulous as Eleanor.”

Auditions were still two months away. “Looking forward to it. See you tomorrow.” Madison participated in the town’s production every year. She enjoyed the theater, and the proceeds supported the local animal shelter, a cause she was committed to.

She turned toward her mom and ran straight into a wall. “Ooomph.”

Or a chest. A hard chest.

She looked up into the face of the one man she least wanted to see, much less slam into. She jumped back, looking square into his unfathomable coal-colored eyes.

She nodded once. “Beckett.”

He returned the nod. “Madison.”

His black hair was tousled. He wore a Dewitt’s Marina work shirt and at least two days’ stubble. His jaw twitched. She hadn’t spoken to him since she’d confronted him two weeks ago—for all the good it had done.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
I love interacting with my readers on my facebook page. I also have a website where readers can sign up for my newsletter, sign my guestbook, or just browse my books.

Thank you, Denise, 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.
Barefoot Summer -
Barefoot Summer (A Chapel Springs Romance) -
Barefoot Summer (A Chapel Springs Romance) - Kindle

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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Cyndi said...

Denise had given a chapter teaser and hooked me! Definitely on my TBR list! Love their blog, too!

Cyndi W.

Anonymous said...


Patty said...

Sounds like a great summer read!

Patty in SC

Linda Kish said...

Sounds great. Count me in, please.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

lookniup33 said...

Sounds really good and I want to know more!! Can't wait to read the rest of it. Once I read one of your books I had to read all the ones I could get my hands on!

lookniup33 said...

For got to leave my name ...Leslie K ...Raleigh, NC

Leauphaun said...

This sounds like a sweet story <3

- Leauphaun from BC

Unknown said...

I love reading Denise's books. Great interview! I live in northeast Texas.


Denise Hunter said...

Thanks, ladies, for you kind comments! And thanks, Lena for hosting me again.

joan's blessings said...

I live on the eastern shore of MD

nightowl said...

I live in the state of WA.
I've been wanting this book ever since I saw it.

Mel said...

When not planning for a summer family wedding complete with hay bales and wild flowers, it would be a great escape to have Denise's book to read when needing to de-stress!


Lisa Medeiros said...

I can't wait to read this book :)

Unknown said...

Please enter me!

Stephanie said...

Looking forward to reading this book! :)

Anonymous said...

Would love to read this book, it looks good.
mimiladybug [at] Verizon [dot] net

Claire Anderson said...
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Claire Anderson said...

Denise writes such wonderful stories with engaging characters that I find myself reading each of her books over and over :) I expect Barefoot Summer to be no exception.
From Indian Trail, NC

Unknown said...

I've read a few of Denise's books and really enjoyed them. I'm VERY much looking forward to this one. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!!!

Marissa said...

I'd love to win this book! Looks like a great summer read!

Marissa from CO

Heidi Reads... said...

Sounds like these two characters have chemistry! Thanks for the preview!

Heidi, CA

Mary Preston said...

I'm looking forward to reading more of BAREFOOT SUMMER thank you.

Mary P


karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

karenk...from PA
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Judy said...

I know this book "Barefoot Summer" will be a fantastic read. I've heard a lot about it. What captures my eye first is the beautiful cover. This book is on my wish list!

Judy B from Indiana

CarlybirdK said...

I lOVE Denise's books. Thank you for the giveaway.
Carly in NC

Kandra said...

Denise is such a great writer...that first page sizzles! Sign me up!
Kandra in OK

Faith Noelle/Ohio said...

Would love to win this book.....sounds like a wonderful book to read and pass on....

Lourdes said...

Ok I really would love to win this book.

Lourdes from Long Island, NY

Pam K. said...

I'd like to continue reading this book so it sure would be fun to win a copy! Thanks for the chance.


smiller said...

I think a summer book about a regatta of sail boats and romance will be really good. Love to win and thanks for the contest! sharon, CA

Jan H said...

I am living in Blackwell TX. Half way between Abilene and San Angelo.

apple blossom said...

thanks for chance to win Denise's book
live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Judy Cooper said...

I enjoyed the interview and I know I would enjoy the book. Denise is one of my favorites. Thank you for the chance to enter. Judy C. in Louisiana.

Shopgirl said...

This sounds wonderful! I'm in MN.

Anna Weaver Hurtt said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Anna W. from GA

Unknown said...

I've never read Denise's books, but the first paragraph of the first chapter had me. I just have to read this one. It's definitely on my to be read list. Thanks so much for the contest.

Val P
Las Vegas, Nevada

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me this book looks great!!
Sharon Richmond Bryant

KayM said...

I haven't yet read one of Denise's books, but the first page of Barefoot summer has reeled me in. I am looking forward to reading this book. Thank you for the introduction.

rubynreba said...

Enjoyed the interview. Barefoot Summer looks like a very good book!
Beth from Iowa

Vera Godley said...

Love the interview and the salvation experience. So like my own children's. I would love to win a copy.

I'm in middle North Carolina

Melissa Oldaker said...

Sounds like a great summer read. Thanks for the giveaway!

Melissa O (NC)