Thursday, August 28, 2014

HOME TO CHICORY LANE - Deborah Raney - One Free Book

Bio: Deborah Raney accomplished something very few authors are able to do with their first book. Her debut novel, A Vow to Cherish (originally published in 1996), inspired the World Wide Pictures film of the same title and launched her writing career after 20 happy years as a stay-at-home mom. Since then, her books have won numerous awards including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, HOLT Medallion and the Carol Award, and have twice been Christy Award finalists.

Raney’s newest novel, Home to Chicory Lane, released this month as the first book in the Chicory Inn Novels series for Abingdon Press Fiction.

Welcome, Deb. Do you have a favorite genre to write? If so, what is it?
Women’s fiction has always been my favorite genre. It not only allows me to explore social issues, or even add a bit of suspense, but a story is made all the better (I think!) if there’s also a thread of romance. Women’s fiction is a wonderful blend of all those, and more.

If you didn’t live in the part of the country where you do, where would you live?
I’d live in Missouri where both our daughter and three of our five grandkids live. I love my native Kansas, and my parents and siblings and dear friends are, but it’s hard to be so far from all four of our kids.

What foreign country would you like to visit and why?
Germany! Our oldest son lives in Berlin, and we haven’t yet been able to go visit him. But when we do, we’re hoping he’ll also take a side trip with us to England where my great-great-great grandparents were born before they made the long journey by ship and ended up in Kansas.

Describe what you think would be the most romantic vacation you could take.
I think a New England bed-and-breakfast tour in the fall—both my husband and my favorite season—would be just lovely!

Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?
In Italy! After reading Susan Meissner’s The Girl in the Glass, I fell in love with the setting and thought it would a treat to travel to Venice and while there, write a novel about an American woman in Venice.

What is the main theme of Home to Chicory Lane?
All five of the Chicory Inn Novels series will have themes of home ... how home defines who we are, how home launches us into the world, how home calls us back, how home makes us who we are.

Tell us about the story.
In Home to Chicory Lane, Landyn, the youngest daughter of the Whitman family, has married and moved to New York with her new husband to seek their dreams. When those dreams divide the young couple, Landyn comes running home. But her home seems to be no longer there, as her parents have turned the house into a bed and breakfast—her mother’s dream—and Landyn’s bedroom is now a fancy guest room. She must learn that home is not made of bricks and stone, but home truly is where your heart is. 

Please give us the first page of the book.
“So, Mrs. Whitman, is everything ready?” Grant stood under the archway dividing the formal dining room from the parlor, smiling that cat-that-swallowed-the-canary grin Audrey adored. And had for nearly thirty-five years.

She went to lean on the column opposite him. She loved this view of the house––no, the inn. She must remember to refer to it as such. This wonderful house where they’d raised their five kids and where she’d played as a little girl had finally become The Chicory Inn. The stately home just a mile outside of Langhorne, Missouri, had been built by her maternal grandparents on a wooded fifty acres with a clearwater creek running through it. Now it was her fifty-five hundred square-foot dream fulfilled. Or at least that was the plan.

Audrey gave her husband a tight smile. “I’m as ready as I’ll ever be. I just know I’m forgetting something.”

“Come here.” He opened his arms to her.

She stepped into his embrace, desperately needing the strength of him.

“Everything looks wonderful, and anything you forgot can’t be too important. Just look at the weather God supplied––sunshine, cool October breeze, and the trees are at their autumn peak. Even the chicory is still in bloom in the ditches. Made to order, I’d say.”

How can readers find you on the Internet?

The first book in Deborah Raney's new Chicory Inn series, Home to Chicory Lane, introduces us to Audrey Whitman, a mother who has launched all her children into life and now looks forward to fulfilling some of her own dreams during her empty-nest years. However, not all of her children are ready to stay out of the nest quite yet.

Deborah is celebrating the release of her new series with a $200 B and B Weekend Getaway and a Facebook author chat party.

  One winner will receive:
  • A B and B Weekend Getaway (via a $200 Visa cash card)
  • Home to Chicory Lane by Deborah Raney
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on September 9th. Winner will be announced at the Home to Chicory Lane Author Chat Party on 9/9. Deborah will be hosting a heartfelt book chat, giving away prizes, and answering questions from readers. She will also share an exclusive sneak peek at the next book in the Chicory Inn series!

So grab your copy of Home to Chicory Lane and join Deborah on the evening of September 9th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 9th!

Thank you, Deb, for sharing this new book with us. It's always a pleasure to host you.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Home to Chicory Lane -
Home to Chicory Lane: A Chicory Inn Novel | Book 1 - Amazon
Home to Chicory Lane: A Chicory Inn Novel | Book 1 - 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.)

Void where prohibited; the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.

The only notification you’ll receive is the winner post on this blog. So be sure to check back a week from Saturday to see if you won. You will have 4 weeks from the posting of the winners to claim your book.

If you’re reading this on Goodreads, Google+, Feedblitz, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, or Amazon, please come to the blog to leave your comment if you want to be included in the drawing. Here’s a link:


Cindy W. said...

I would really love to win a copy of Deborah's book. Thank you for the chance.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.

Amy C said...

Great interview with Deborah!
Amy C

Rebecca said...

I love Deborah Raney books.


Rebecca said...

I love Deborah Raney books.


Diana Gardner said...

Portsmouth, Va

Britney Adams said...

I enjoyed Deborah's interview and would love to win a copy of HOME TO CHICORY LANE! Thank you for sharing the great interview and giveaway.

Britney Adams, TX

scottsgal said...

the cover is so inviting - sounds like a book I would enjoy
Cheryl in IL

Deanna Stevens said...

Great cover, looking forward to reading this one... Deanna S from SE Nebraska

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

love to win this book! Shelia from Mississippi

Mary Preston said...

This story does sound wonderful. I hope you do set a story in Italy.

Mary P


Judy said...

I enjoyed the interview with Deborah. Home To Chicory Lane sounds like a really good book. I would love to win a copy of it.

Judy B from Indiana

Anonymous said...

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

Southern-fried Fiction said...

You don't need to enter me in the drawing, Lena. I'm just here to cheer for Deb and this book! I really loved it and can't wait for the rest of the series!

Jackie Smith said...

Reading Deb's books is a MUST for me!
Jackie S. in GA

Patsy said...

Would enjoy reading this book and learn what happens to Landyn
From Mississippi

Patty said...

It would be strange to some to your childhood home and find it an inn! Even if you knew it was coming...

Patty in SC

Susan said...

Deb Raney is definitely in my top 5 author list!! ~ Susan in Mont Alto, PA

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me!!
Conway, SC.

Anonymous said...

Would be a great addition to our church library. Thank you.

Julie (WI)

sm said...

Thanks for the contest. Home To Chicory Lane sounds like a great book to win and read about what the meaning of 'home' is. sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

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

Pam K. said...

I've read many of Deb's books. This looks like a terrific new series. Thanks for the chance to win Home to Chicory Lane.


Jackie Tessnair said...

This book sounds great.I would love to win and read it.Thanks for the chance.Jackie Tessnair N.C.

Deborah Raney said...

Always a pleasure to be on your blog, Lena! Thanks to everyone who's commented and expressed interest in Home to Chicory Lane. Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

Bonnie Roof said...

Going to look for both the book and movie of "A Vow to Cherish". Love B&B's and know I will love "Home to Chicory Lane" - thanks for the giveaway opportunity!! Love Deborah's beautiful web site and blog posts!!


Post Shared!!

Casey said...

I love Deb's books! Haven't read one I haven't liked. :)


rubynreba said...

I enjoyed the interview and I know I'd really enjoy this book.
Beth from IA

Anonymous said...

Great interview Lena. I would love to read Deborah's book.
marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
Maryann in NY