Thursday, July 25, 2013

ROSEMARY COTTAGE - Colleen Coble - One Free Book on This Blog, Plus Much More

Bio: Best-selling author Colleen Coble's novels have won or finaled in awards ranging from the Best Books of Indiana, ACFW Carol Award, 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.

Welcome back, Colleen. Why did you become an author?
I’ve wanted to write since I was in first grade. J I don’t really know why. I’m driven to write. I won’t ever quit writing. It’s how I make sense out of the world.

If you weren’t an author, what would be your dream job?
I’d be a naturopath. I love natural medicine, and I drive everyone crazy by giving them health advice like don’t eat gluten. And yes, that means you too. LOL

If you could have lived at another time in history, what would it be and why?
I love the early 1900s. All those gorgeous dresses make me salivate. Plus it was a very exciting time full of new inventions and new ways of looking at the world. My next book out, The Butterfly Palace, is set in 1904 so I’m steeped in my favorite time period right now.

What place in the United States have you not visited that you would like to?
Make that zero. J We just visited the last of the 50 states when we went on an Alaskan cruise in early June.

How about a foreign country you hope to visit?
I will visit Australia and New Zealand one day! I’ve loved reading about Australia since I was a little girl.

I share that love of Australia and have read hundreds of books, both fiction and nonfiction, about the continent down under. What lesson has the Lord taught you recently?
To take one day at a time. I’ve had such an incredibly busy year that I’ve felt overwhelmed quite often. So I’m trying to look only at what I have to do today.

Tell us about the featured book.
I adored writing Rosemary Cottage! There’s quite a bit of me in the book. I love my brother Randy and know first hand how that kind of grief feels. Amy thinks her brother died in a surfing accident, but she receives an email indicating his death might not have been an accident. She goes to Hope Beach to retrace Ben’s final weeks and see if she can discover what really happened. She’s a midwife too, so I get to sprinkle in my favorite health advice. J Her search uncovers many secrets about her brother and puts her in harm’s way as well. Of course there is a hunky Coast Guard officer who steps in to help her. He has a few secrets of his own.

Please give us the first page of the book.
The warm Atlantic water rushed past her limbs in a silken caress. Gina Ireland loved summer, loved the water, the busy fisherman boating to and fro, and the blue bowl of sky overhead. In the winter she missed splashing in waves and was the first to hit the water every spring in her new bikini.

She waved to her brother on the beach where he sat on the blanket with her tiny daughter. He was as crazy about their Outer Banks island as she was, and when he wasn’t working on the water, he was plopped on the sand. Seven-month-old Raine squawked, objecting to being corralled off the sand. She already had her Uncle Curtis wrapped around her finger. Gina too, for that matter. The baby had changed everything.

Curtis waved his hand, then squatted on the blanket with the baby. Other beach goers splashed in the waves, and the distant roar of jet skis disrupted the serenity of her beloved Hope Island.

Gina flipped to her back and closed her eyes as the waves carried her on the whitecaps. She was different now, new and clean. The future looked bright. The water held no fear for her. Once she’d entertained dreams of winning an Olympic gold medal until life intervened, but contentment curled along her spine. No need for a medal when she had everything right here.

The island had receded in the distance when she opened her eyes and turned to her stomach again. She started back toward the beach with long, sure strokes. When the shore was no nearer five minutes later, she paused and trod water in the riptide that had seized her. She experienced only a momentary stab of disquiet. The boating lane was near, and she could hail a passing fishing boat if the current didn’t release her. She swam parallel to the shore, then tried again, only to be thrust back by the strong tide.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
I love hearing from readers! My website is, and we can connect on Facebook at

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

Water can be calming and healing, but it can also be dangerous, as Amy Lange and Curtis Ireland both found out. Both lost their siblings to the sea, and they hope to find healing on Hope Island. But will they find it, or will their quest to find answers set them at odds with each other and with those who have secrets that need to stay hidden?

Find out in Colleen Coble’s latest book, Rosemary Cottage, which released July 9. To celebrate, Colleen is hosting a 12-day Nautical Summer Giveaway. From July 16-27, Colleen will be giving away a new nautical prize every day. She’ll announce the winners on July 29 on her website, so mark your calendars for that date to see if you were picked as a lucky winner!

Not on Facebook? Enter here.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
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Rosemary Cottage (The Hope Beach Series) - Amazon
Rosemary Cottage (The Hope Beach Series) - Kindle

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Anonymous said...

would love to win!! Angela from KY

Anonymous said...

I would love to win Rosemary's Cottage.

Katie J. from FL

Amy C said...

I became an instant fan of Colleen's after reading Tidewater Inn. Fun interview. Thanks.
Amy C

Anonymous said...

I love Colleen's books! Would love to be entered in this giveaway.
Brittany M. (TX)

Leauphaun said...

This sounds like an interesting book! And I love Colleen's books!

Leauphaun from BC

Wendy Newcomb said...

I love Colleen's writing, thank you for the chance to win Rosemary Cottage.

Wendy from FL


Unknown said...

I absolutely LOVE Colleen Coble's books and would love to win this one!

Shannah McClamrock (NC)

Colleen Coble said...

Thanks for having me, Lena!

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Heidi Reads... said...

Thanks for the great interview as always and the giveaway!

Heidi, CA

Mary Preston said...

It's rather funny to hear Australia described as a foreign country.

I'm looking forward to reading ROSEMARY COTTAGE.

Mary P


Judy said...

I can't wait to read this book! Thanks for this giveaway.

Judy B from Indiana

Charlotte Kay said...

Loved the interview and would love to win this book!
I love Colleen's books!!!!!!!!!

Blessings and Smiles:)
Charlotte, Ohio

Patty said...

I've read several of Colleen's books over the years. Would love to read this new one!


Unknown said...

I love Colleen's books and would love to win this.
Wendy M
Buffalo, MN

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel

karenk...from PA
kmkuka at yahoo dot com 11

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I live in TN.

sm said...

ROSEMARY'S COTTAGE sound very good- dealing with grief and some detective/mystery as to her brother's death and a handsome Coastguard man. I would like to win. sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

Enter me!
Sarah Richmond

Pam K. said...

I've been reading a lot of great reviews for Rosemary's Cottage, which doesn't surprise me since I've read and enjoyed other books by Colleen. I'd love to win a copy, so thanks for offering one here.


Lourdes said...

This book sounds great, as are all the other ones written by Colleen.

Lourdes Long Island NY

Merry said...

Rosemary Cottage sounds like a prefect beach read. Please add me!
Merry in MN

Abigail Mitchell said...

Please enter me!

Blanch, N.C.

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me this book looks like a great read!!
Sharon Richmond Bryant

Melissa Oldaker said...

Sounds like a great read! Thanks!

Melissa in NC

Shopgirl said...

This looks great! I've been looking forward to reading it. I'm in MN.

EJ said...

Love Colleen's books (the Lonestar series is one of my favorites) - and am looking forward to reading "Rosemary Cottage".

Elaine from Iowa

Jackie Tessnair said...

Would love to win this book.Thanks Jackie Tessnair from N.C.

From Snowflakes To Hotcakes said...

I have been wanting to read Rosemary Cottage. Colleen is such a great writer! Thanks for the chance to win! :) Laurel from GA

From Snowflakes To Hotcakes said...

I have been wanting to read Rosemary Cottage. Colleen is such a great writer! Thanks for the chance to win! :) Laurel from GA

Anonymous said...

I would love to read this book.
marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
Maryann from New York

rubynreba said...

Would love to read Rosemary Cottage
Beth from Iowa