Thursday, June 26, 2014

WYNN IN THE WILLOWS - Robin Shope - One Free Book

Welcome back, Robin. It’s been a while since you were here. As an author, I know it takes a lot of people to birth each book. Who were the people involved in the birthing of this book, and what were their contributions?
For me there are two sides to writing. First, there is the creative side where the book gets it storyline, characters, setting, etc. and then there is the editing side where you find mistakes. Mary Garbe—longtime friend since high school, and Wisconsin artist, helped me with the creativity. John Friedman, my friend from a Chicago private school, is now a lawyer and business owner, helped with editing. Of course, I must give the most important shout out to Nicola Martinez and Jaimie West, my editors at White Rose Publishing.

If you teach or speak. What’s coming up on your calendar?
I will be speaking at book clubs throughout the summer.

If you had to completely start over in another place, where would you move, and why?
If I were to completely start over, I believe I would settle some place artsy with the Bohemian touch, and without the tourist flavor, in New Mexico. A few years ago, I visited there and fell in love with the culture along with the desert. It’s so different from any other place I have lived—Wisconsin, Illinois, Virginia, and now Texas.

If you could only tell aspiring novelists one thing, what would it be?
Take writing advice from people who have built a solid reputation in the field.

That very good advice. Tell us about the featured book.
Wynn Baxter returns to Willow Island to study rare plant life and welcomes the opportunity to investigate the mysterious circumstances of her father’s death. But the truth gets complicated as twenty year-old memories begin to surface. What Wynn learns will shake her emotional foundation. Hoping to glean information only leads her down a shadowy path implicating her own flesh and blood. A haunting story of forgiveness, science, murder, and other matters of living.

To date, Wynn in the Willows is one of my favorite books. Writing this, I felt myself growing into a new level of character development. I hope you fall in love with the women of Willow Island. Not only is it a mystery but it’s also a matchless love story.

Please give us the first page of the book.
The sun stretched a welcoming pool of light across the front lawn. Twenty feet below the granite cliffs was Lake Michigan, turquoise blue and white capped today. The island ferry was moving down the shore to dock at the Yacht Club, blowing its horn in salutation, announcing its impending arrival.

Wynn paused at the sound of her aunt’s angry voice through the open windows, “Stop it, stop it! Think about what you’re saying for once, will you? Every time you bring up that subject, it does nothing but stir up trouble on the island for many of us old timers who’ve experienced similar situations. My niece sure can’t find out about what I did. It’s taken me years to get her back here and I won’t let you, or anyone else, ruin my plan. Promise me, no more talk about it! Ladies? Promise me.”

A flood of agreements followed.

Ruin her plan? What was Aunt Roxie talking about?

Wynn ducked her head. Too late.

“Wynn, is that you? Wynn! Come inside and meet my friends.”

“I’m coming!” Wynn called.

The door opened with a whine of complaint.

Five female Bible club members got their good first look at the island’s latest summer tenant.

Wynn’s large eyes, the color of wet green leaves, stared back. With that, the day took a new direction.

“Ladies, I want you to meet my niece, Wynn Baxter.” Roxie announced a bit too cheerfully. “She’s staying in my garage apartment. Lemonade, dear?” Still clearly upset, she forced a wide smile while holding up a pitcher loaded with ice cubes and fat lemon wedges.

Sounds interesting. I really want to know what’s going on. Where can we find you on the Internet?
And on Facebook. Friend me. 

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

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Wynn in the Willows - Amazon
Wynn in the Willows - Kindle

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Unknown said...

Sounds like a great book. I'd like to be entered!


Shannah McClamrock, NC

Diana Gardner said...

Portsmouth, VA

Unknown said...

Good morning ladies. Nice of you to stop by.
Robin Shope Jansen

Susan Johnson said...

This looks like a really good book. I loved the synopsis and first page.
Susan in Texas

Unknown said...

Hi Susan, thank you so much

Unknown said...

Story line looks interesting. I am looking forward to seeing the rest !
Nice to learn of a( new to me) author.
Ohio reader

Unknown said...

How sweet. Thanks Jackie

Rebecca said...

Always looking for a new author to read. Springfield, Oregon.

KayM said...

Sounds very intriguing.

Melanie Backus said...

I want to know more. This looks like a dandy!

Melanie Backus, TX

Anonymous said...

I'd like to read this book. Sounds interesting.
J.C. -Indiana-

Mary Preston said...

What a beautifully descriptive first page.

Mary P


Vera Godley said...

I'm not familiar with your works. This sounds interesting.

Middle of North Carolina

Patty said...

You had me at 'Lake Michigan'! Having frown up in MI I always enjoy reading book set in or around my home state.

Patty in SC

Diana Flowers said...

Thank you for the great interview and the opportunity to win this book! It sounds intriguing and I love the cover!

Diana in SC


Danielle Hull said...

Wynn in the Willows is definitely my style! In Indiana!

Anna Weaver Hurtt said...

Please drop my name in the hat... Thanks!

apple blossom said...

thanks for the chance to win Robin's book

live in ND

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Jean said...

Thanks for the opportunity

Jean K
West Palm Beach, FL

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me!!
Sharon Richmond Bryant

Mama Cat said...

This sounds fascinating! I love a good read that challenges my brain and introduces new settings and studies, as well as mysteries. Sounds like a great combination. I live in Arizona.

Anonymous said...

Hello Robin. This sounds like a book I would really like. Mysterious things going on. I really enjoyed the first page, but now I need to win this book so I can find out just what Wynn will do. She couldn't not do some investigating after hearing what her aunt said. And, I like where there are gatherings of a group of older women. Especially if they like to meddle in others business. Please put my name in the drawing. I am Maxie from Texas. > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

rubynreba said...

I enjoyed the interview. Thanks for the chance to win this book.
Beth from IA