Monday, March 24, 2014

GOLDEN DREAMS - Patricia Pacjac Carroll - One Free Book

Readers, I’ve known Patty for years. We’ve learned the craft of writing together, and she’s a member of the critique group that meets in my home.

Welcome back, Patty. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I write the kind of books that I would like to read. Clean with no foul language and no gratuitous sex. I do have sweet romance in my stories. : ) And my characters grow. They aren’t perfect but do learn along their journey. I love the freedom of the old West and enjoy writing about that period. It just brings out the adventurer in me.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
Now that is a hard one. When I met my sweet hubby, dated him, and then married him. He is such a blessing in my life. And then of course the birth of my son, watching him grow into the good man he is today. I am just totally blessed.

How has being published changed your life?
One word – EXCITEMENT! I love that my stories are now available to readers, and I truly hope they encourage and bless those who read them.

What are you reading right now?
Another hard one. So many things are pulling at my time that reading has taken a back seat to the many hats I wear. I’m now in major editing for my next book to come out, Bounty. So she is taking up most of my time right now.

What is your current work in progress?
Oops, answered that one in the last question. Bounty is another historical romance set in 1879 Wyoming. Cat and Luke have gotten themselves into some fine messes that I am having to write them out of. : )

What would be your dream vacation?
I love road trips. Just to get in the truck and go, explore, discover. An Alaskan cruise doesn’t sound so bad either.

I’ve been on a road trip with you. I’d love to go on the Alaskan cruise as well. How do you choose your settings for each book?
Often, they choose me. I love the west, so they are going to be somewhere west of the Mississippi. Then I have to decide what my characters are doing to determine their best location.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Well, I tried to think of someone and could only come up with Jesus. (and HE is Alive) There is nothing like sitting at His feet.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I would have to say the thing I enjoy after writing and family would be my friends. They aren’t a hobby, but I do enjoy being with them.

I’m with yhou on that one. What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
It is ME. HELP. LOL The Lord and I are still working on that one. I tend to be a little bit disorganized and then there is that D word that I don’t like. (Hint: it’s discipline.)

But you’re also very creative. Sometime, creative people are disorganized. What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Learn the craft and write. Above all else, write. This is an amazing time to be an author – so go for it.

Tell us about the featured book.
Golden Dreams
He's going east.
She's getting nowhere.
Until their dreams collide when a killer, land grant, and tornado throw them together on the California Trail.

Katy Gilbreth escapes the harsh saloon life with nothing but a wounded heart and scarred face. Vowing not to give up, she sets her sights on California where she can get away from the hauntings of the past and start over in a land full of Golden dreams. Katy trusts no man yet needs one to take her west.

Revelation Tarver is traveling east to reconcile with his father and God. Along the way, he has visions of a golden-haired woman with a scar on her cheek. But he has no plans to fall in love again. Then he stops for supplies in a nowhere town and sees Katy, the woman in his dreams.

Because of her past, Rev shuts his heart to Katy. After all, he’s been called by the Lord to preach, and he is headed east. Until a killer, land grant, and a tornado throw them together on the California trail. Katy and Rev embark on a journey where their dreams collide as they face the wild land, a wicked outlaw, and their own fears.

Sometimes you have to go through your past to reach your dreams. 

Please give us the first page of the book.
December, 1865
Independence, Missouri
The winter wind slapped Katy Gilbreth with an icy hand. A grim reminder that she’d only made it from Georgia to Independence, Missouri. Her plans to join a wagon train to California had been quickly dashed. Women like her were not allowed. She needed a man. A husband.
Irritation knotted her insides. By April, she’d used up what little money she’d saved from the Yankee deserters. Her scarred cheek and worn clothes had sealed her place among the unwanted. Hard times and harsher people had propelled her into a life she hated. She had no lack for men, but they were men that would keep any respectable suitor far from her.

 Shod hooves clattered on the boardwalk. Katy whipped a hurried glance over her shoulder and scrambled to the wall of the nearby store. Glaring at the drunken cowboy, she pressed her back against the rough siding and held her breath as he spurred his panicked horse toward her on the wooden walkway.

He passed her. Thankfully, the beast hadn’t trampled her toes. She exhaled and shook a fist at the rowdy. Gunshots rang out. More riders galloped down the muddied street, and in minutes, splattered mud on her worn cloak. Scoundrels.

Gusts of wintry air chased open the edges of her shawl. Turning, she wrapped the flyaway cover around her and held it securely. She groused against the chill, but nothing would halt the sadness that had burrowed into her heart. Independence was a city cold in more ways than the weather.

How can readers find you on the Internet?

Thank you, Patty, for sharing this new book with us today.

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Golden Dreams - Amazon
Golden Dreams - Kindle

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Melanie Backus said...

I would love to know more about Rev and Katy. The book sounds great. Thank you, Lena.

Melanie Backus, TX

Patricia PacJac Carroll said...

Thank you for stopping by Melanie.

Mary Preston said...

I always love stories of the Old West. GOLDEN DREAMS sounds fantastic.

Mary P


Judy Cooper said...

This is the kind of book I really enjoy. with a preacher in it always catches my eye. I had over 50 yrs. with one. Also love the Old West. I am also excited to read more of Patricia's books as she is a new author to me. Thank you. Judy C. in Louisiana

Amy C said...

Though I have not read anything by Patricia but do love interacting with her. Such fun and inspiring person. :)
Amy C

Susan Johnson said...

This sounds like such a good book. Thank you for the chance to win a copy.
Susan Johnson, Texas

Jackie McNutt said...

Wow Lena, another great interview! thanks for all the great authors and book features.
Patricia's book Golden Dreams looks great. Loved what I have read so far from the review. I will definitely have to add to my book list.
thanks from Ohio

Patricia PacJac Carroll said...

Sorry to miss Mary, Judy, Amy, Susan, and Jackie. I'm working hard in Panama City on vacation. (not) : )
So glad you all stopped by and hope you enjoy my stories.
Have a blessed day.

PriviesAndPrims said...

Sounds like a great book!
I live in Lancaster County, PA.

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Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

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Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great book!
Thanks for the giveaway!
Sydney Harries GA

Britney Adams said...

Thank you for sharing another great interview and giveaway, Lena. GOLDEN DREAMS sounds like a great story!

Britney Adams, TX

sm said...

I, too, love road trips and am planning another for August-Interstate 50 from Lake Tahoe area to Pueblo, CO. Your books sounds fabulous and I love the cover. The cover is what attracted me to your book-stories about pioneers, the West and romance. sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sarah Rebekah Richmond said...

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