Wednesday, April 08, 2015

A Six-Book Series From the Past - Colleen Coble - 2 Free Books

Bio: USA Today bestselling author Colleen Coble has sold over 2 million novels worldwide. Her romantic suspense novels including Tidewater Inn, Rosemary Cottage, and the Mercy Falls, Lonestar, and Rock Harbor series.

Welcome back. I’ve loved reading your books, Colleen. This series is something you and your publisher are doing. Tell us what is different about these six books and why they are being published right now.
My first two novels were Heartsongs, published back in 1998. They have always been special to me because that series was part of the grieving I went through when my brother Randy was killed in a freak lightning accident. That tragedy pushed me into writing. My publisher and I have taken the first two books and broken them into a serialization. I’ve rewritten them and created cliffhangers at the end of each part to draw in the reader. I’m very excited to share these stories with a new group of readers!

My readers love to get to know the authors I feature. Please tell us something that probably no one knows about you.
I’m terrified of spiders. J I can pick up snakes with no problem, but I run screaming from spiders the size of pinheads.

I don’t do the snake thing, but if the spider is small, I will squash one. Why did you become an author?
I wanted to write from the time I was in the first grade. My dream was to have a book in the library. Writing is how I make sense of the world. It’s how I work through the struggles I see around me and experience myself. I’ve been a big reader all my life, and to be able to create characters myself is such a joy!

I know you’re multi-published, but how has being published changed your life?
Oh, it’s changed me in so many ways! I love helping others get started in their journeys, and being published has given me more confidence as well. It’s brought fulfillment in so many ways.

Do you have any hobbies besides writing and reading?
I love to travel! In 2013 we went to Cambodia, and that was life-changing. We support a missionary there who ministers to orphans and starts churches in the villages. We so love the people there, and we are returning in July. I used to crochet and quilt, but both those hobbies have fallen by the wayside as my writing took off.

My crafts have fallen by the wayside, too. Can you tell us a little about the stories themselves?
They are set on western forts. I was a huge John Wayne and old westerns fan, and it seemed natural to write those settings as I began my career. I happened to read a journal written by Custer’s wife, and until I read it, I hadn’t realized there were women on the western forts with the Sioux rampaging all around. My imagination was hooked, and I knew I had to write about it!

Please give us a peek into the first book. Maybe the first page.
Wabash, Indiana, October 1865
Autumn’s chill matched Sarah Montgomery’s heart. The Civil War had taken so much from her, and it seemed impossible for life to ever get to a hopeful place. The scent of turning leaves lingered in the air as she sat on a porch rocking chair beside her father who was huddled in a blanket. Her bustle bunched under her uncomfortably, but she wanted to be close to her ill father for as long as possible before Ben arrived.

The sun lingered on the horizon, casting rays of gold and red across the Indiana sky. In the distance, she could see the silhouettes of the workers in the field as they tossed the last of the ears of corn into the wagon behind the horses.

“Bed sounds better than a party.” She stifled a yawn. “I’m getting tired of dances every night, though I can’t begrudge everyone’s revelry.” The Union was preserved, but the price had been so high. Scarcely a family in the county had been spared the loss of a loved one.

Her father coughed and tugged the blanket higher on his chest. “I’m glad you’re beginning to enjoy life again. Rand wouldn’t want you to grieve.”

“No. No, he wouldn’t.” But what no one seemed to understand was that her fiancĂ©’s death in the war had left a hole that couldn’t be filled. Not ever.

His cold hand clamped down on her wrist. “I need to see you settled before I die, Sarah.”

She flinched. “Don’t talk like that, Papa.” She couldn’t bear to lose him—not when she’d already lost so much.

Where can my readers find you on the Internet?
I love to connect with readers!

My website is, and I answer every email. I’m also on Facebook at colleencoblebooks and twitter @colleencoble.

Thanks for having me, Lena!

Thank you, Colleen, for spending this time with us. I just love reading all your books.

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A Heart's Disguise:

A Heart's Obsession:

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Melanie Backus said...

Colleen Coble is a great writer. I would love to read these books. Thank you, Lena for the opportunity.

Melanie Backus, TX

Anonymous said...

Colleen Coble is an excellent author. I have read many of her books over the years. I would love to read these as well in my Fort Loudon, Pennsylvania home.

Pam Graber said...

I have not picked up a Colleen Coble book that I have not loved! I look forward to reading this series as well!
Pam in Ohio

Danie Walther said...

Colleen Coble is my absolute favorite Christian Fiction books to read! I've read all of her books and she is an amazing writer. She makes her readers want to know more in the story. Colleens books are hard to put down. I would absolutely love too read this newest book that she has written.

Danie Walther said...

I live in sunny Escondido, California

Anonymous said...

would love to win. My name is Angela and I live in KY

Caryl Kane said...

Colleen Coble is a new-to-me author. Lena, thanks for the introduction. I would love to read her books.

Caryl in TEXAS

Merry said...

I love the heart Colleen puts into her amazing stories... please add me!
Merry in MN

Beth Gillihan said...

I love Colleen's books. Thanks for the chance to win!

Beth in Montana

Lourdes said...

I'm sure this is another great book by Colleen, love her books.

Lourdes Long Island, NY

Trixi said...

I loved reading Colleen Coble's Rock Harbor Mystery series books so I know I would enjoy any other book by her! She's a great writer with the ability to draw you in her stories. Those are my favorite kind of writers! Thanks for the chance to win 2 of her new exciting!!

Trixi in Oregon

Mary Preston said...

A wonderful first page & cover thank you.

Mary P


EJ said...
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EJ said...

I love reading Colleen's books & always look forward to the next one! Elaine from Iowa

Library Lady said...

We have Colleen's books in the Church Library but not these.
Thanks for the giveaway.
Janet E.

Abigail Richmond said...

Wow awesome!!! Love Coleen's books! Please enter me! Thanks!

Blanch, NC

Jackie Smith said...

Colleen is one of my favorite authors; have read ALL of her books and am anxious to read these 2. Thanks for the giveaway!
Jackie in GA

Patsy said...

I love Colleen's books!Looking forward to reading these.
From Mississippi

Deanna Stevens said...

I am so wanting to read these! thanks for gifting some copies :)
deanna from NE

susanlulu said...

A chance to win both books! Wow, nothing could be finer..than to win 2 great books by a great author!! Susan in NC

Mama Cat said...

I have enjoyed some of Colleen's early mysteries, but missed the early romances - and would love to read them now! Thank you for the interview and chance to win!! Jeanie in Phoenix

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in you great giveaway I love your books!!!
Conway, SC.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lena. I would love to add these books of Colleens to the ones I have. They sound good as I am sure they are. Please add my name.
Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Anonymous said...

By the way, I am from Texas... Maxie

Rebecca said...

I have enjoyed many of Colleen Coble's books. Thank you for the chance to win!

Rebecca, Oregon

sm said...

If you're talking about John Wayne, I'm listening; he was my husband's favorite Western Movie star. He has a collection of memorabilia. sm CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Sierra Faith said...

I have heard great things about Colleen! But I haven't read anythig by her! Hopefully that will change soon!


Unknown said...

Sound like great books..
Rita from wisconsin

Melissa M. said...

Fascinating time period/story! I like reading and learning about the Old West.

-Melissa M. in TN

Mippy Foofalina said...


I have not had the pleasure of reading a novel by Colleen Coble. I'd be excited to read both these novels. :)
Thank you for the chance! :)
Sabrina/Mippy :)
Northern Utah

rubynreba said...

I love Colleen's books and would love to read these books.
Beth from IA

Danielle Hull said...

I need to read the books I already have by Colleen. But you can never have too many books! Danielle in Indiana

LaKita Osborn said...

I love Colleen Coble she is my favorite author, my favorite is her mercy falls series! ~ love LaKita from Tennessee