Monday, September 22, 2014

HIDDEN IN THE STARS - Robin Caroll - One Free Book

Dear Readers, I’ve loved all the Quilts of Love novels that I’ve read, but I think this one may be my favorite. Robin has been a friend of mine for a number of years. She writes wonderful romantic suspense novels. This story had a unique new twist to the suspense. It kept me guessing for a long time. And the characters grabbed my heart and wouldn’t let go. This is definitely a must-read novel.

Bio: Robin Caroll is the author of 22 published novels. When she isn't writing, Robin spends time with her husband of 25 years, her three beautiful daughters, and two handsome grandsons, and their character-filled pets at home in Little Rock, Arkansas. She gives back to the writing community by serving as conference director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Her books have been named finalists in such contests as the Carol Award, HOLT Medallion, Daphne du Maurier, RT Reviewer's Choice Award, Bookseller's Best, and Book of the Year.

About the book: A quilt holds the secret to a killer still at large—and who his next victim will be.

Following an attack that killed her mother and stole her ability to speak, 21-year-old Sophia Montgomery has no choice but to accept her estranged grandmother's offer to return to their family home. Although detective Julian Frazier is working hard on the case, Sophia unknowingly frustrates him because her inability to speak thwarts her eyewitness evidence. The fact that Julian is undeniably attracted to Sophia doesn't help either, so Julian hides his feelings as concern for a trauma victim and focuses instead on finding the killer.

Little do they know, the clues to solving the case may be right in front of them, displayed in Sophia's mother's "special" quilt design. Who will realize the secret Sophia's unwittingly been hiding in plain sight? When the truth comes to light, will Sophia find her voice again? Or will the murderer—still at large—silence her forever?

Welcome back, Robin. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
I love boxing. I love Hallmark movies. I love fishing. I love scrapbooking. Nope, I've never fit into the boxes people have wanted to put me in.

When I’m not writing, I devote my focus to ACFW as Executive Director. ACFW has done so much for me, I wanted to give something back.

I enjoy spending quality time with my husband of twenty-five years, three beautiful daughters, two handsome grandsons, and our character-filled pets at home.

How did you become interested in writing?
I’ve always loved to tell stories and to write. I’ve always kept a journal and storytelling is just part of who I am.                                                                        
What compelled you to write a book on this subject?
As a young girl, my family lived in the country. We didn’t have many friends close enough during the winter where we could just hop on our bikes and ride down to a neighbor’s house. During those lonelier times, my mother taught me how to quilt. I will always associate quilts with the strength of the mother-daughter bond. When I heard about the Quilts of Love series, I wanted to be a part of it. 
                                                                                                          What is the main theme or point that you want readers to understand from reading your book? Are there any other themes present in the book? 
The strength of the familial bond is the strongest thread in the story, but another theme would be the sacrifices we make for the people we love.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Are there some specific lessons you hope readers will learn and apply to their lives after reading your book? 
I hope they will feel they were entertained, but also they will be reminded that no matter what their circumstances, what the Enemy means for evil, God will turn to good.
How does the book intertwine with God’s call on your life and how you are currently serving Him?
One day, fully frustrated with writing and on the verge of tears, I prayed the scary prayer: that if writing wasn’t what He called me to do, then I’d walk away from it, but He’d have to remove the desire from my heart because I wasn’t strong enough to do it myself. I was lucky enough to get my first contract not too long after that, but I truly was willing to walk away if that’s what He told me to do. It was really scary because, for me at least, writing was, in my mind, tied to my identity. I learned that writing, while important to me and I love it, is still what I do, not who I am. I love being an author, but I’m also so much more: wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, friend, etc.

Some of the reader mail I’ve received has put me in tears of praise for being allowed to share stories with readers. For instance, one reader wrote me after reading one of my books and thanked me for showing that it was possible to reconcile with God after being angry with Him. It truly blesses me for God to use me in such a way.

Do you have a favorite Scripture verse?
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
When you are not writing, what do you like to do? Do you have any hobbies?
I’m an avid scrapbooker and card maker, and I enjoy making mini scrapbook albums. Of course, I love reading as well. And watching movies with my family. I also love cooking.

Where can my readers find you on the Internet?

Thank you, Robin, for sharing this new book with us and giving us a peek into your busy life.

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Hidden in the Stars -
Hidden in the Stars: Quilts of Love Series - Amazon
Hidden in the Stars: Quilts of Love Series - Kindle

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Britney Adams said...

I enjoyed this interview and would love to win HIDDEN IN THE STARS! I adore the Quilts of Love series!

Britney Adams, TX

Deanna Stevens said...

I do enjoy these Quilts of Love series :)
dkstevens from SE NEBR

Diana Gardner said...

Portsmouth, VA

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book.


lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Rebecca said...

Thanks for the interview!

Susan Johnson said...

This sounds like a great book.
Susan in Texas

Karen G. said...

I love reading the Quilts of Love series. This sounds like a great book.

Karen G, New York

Momtojandz said...

Would love to win this book!

Melanie Backus said...

The interview was so enjoyable, Lena. I would love to win this one!

Melanie Backus, TX

Mary Preston said...

Such a beautiful cover & a wonderful read.

Mary P


Granny's Attic said...

Another Quilts of Love book for me to read! lisajcowell (at) cs (dot) com

Anne Payne said...

I love making mini albums! Paper crafting is so much fun. Learning to quilt is my next artistic goal. Hidden in the Stars sounds delightful.

Anne, rural NC

Jan H said...

It is very scary to put your life in God's hands because we all seem to think we have to control it all. We don't! I am glad he let you continue to write and that he is in control in my life. Jan in sunny west Texas.

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel.

karenk...from PA
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

PriviesAndPrims said...

Enjoyed the interview and the story about mom. :)
I have a few books in the quilt series and would love to add this one to my collection!


Patty said...

I've never read any of the Quilts of Love books, sounds like a good one to start with!

Patty in SC

sm said...

I really like the Quilts of Love series and would love to win this book. sm, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me!!
Conway, SC.

Robin in NC said...

I've really enjoyed the Quilts of Love books I've read so far! Thanks for sharing with us Lena & Robin!!

Robin in Raleigh, NC

Pam K. said...

I haven't yet read any of Robin's books but Hidden in the Stars sounds like a book I'd enjoy. Thanks for the chance to win it.


Mama Cat said...

Love Robin's books, and would like to read this unique mystery! And I have complete respect for her, praying the scary prayer. I'm still waiting to hear the scary answer the Lord has for me :) Blessings! Phoenix, AZ

Judy said...

I haven't read anything by Robin yet so I am excited about getting the chance to do so. Hidden Star sounds like a great read!

Judy B from Indiana

Unknown said...

This book sounds intriguing to read. Would love to read it.

Mary Brandis, WI

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Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous said...

Hello Lena. I love Quilts of Love books. I would love to win. Good interview. Maxie from TX.

Mary Ellen said...

Interesting and informative interview. Always enjoy meeting a new author. Would love to win a copy of this book. Thank you. I am from central PA.

Unknown said...

I love the Quilts of Love series. I look forward to reading this book! I'm from Southern Illinois.

Anonymous said...

sounds like a great book! Shelia from MS

traveler said...

Lovely and interesting interview. Thanks for this giveaway.

Jasmine A. said...

Sounds like a great story! I'm relatively new to the Quilts of Love series but have really enjoyed each one that I've read.

Jasmine in MT

Joan Nace Hoffman said...

I would love to win a copy of this book . . . sounds like a great book!

Merry said...

I love Robin's suspense stories, please add me for Hidden in the Stars. Thanks!
Merry in MN

kec200 said...

Love this series!

Kathy from Wendell, NC

rubynreba said...

Quilts of Love books are always so very good! Anxious to read this new one!
Beth from IA

OhioLori said...

Have not heard of this Series...sounds Awesome!! Looove this kind of books!!

I live in Ohio!..almost middle of the State! :)

Robin Caroll said...

So sorry it took me a while to get over here....been at the ACFW conference. Thanks, Lena, for hosting me! It's always a pleasure to visit with you!

kam110476 said...

Hi Robin & Lena! I've been waiting very impatiently for Hidden in the Stars to find its way into my hands since I first read about it months ago! Btw, Philippians 4:13 is my fave vers too, no matter what's going on in your life or whatever situation you're in it will always apply!
Kristen in OK
kam110476 at gmail dot com