Wednesday, September 09, 2015

THE 12 BRIDES OF SUMMER (THE COLUMBINE BRIDE) - Davalynn Spencer - One Free Ebook

Welcome, Davalynn, God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
I see a lot of work ahead. I have two novels in the works and each is the first in a three-book collection. There is only one way to write those books and that is to stay in my seat and write!

Tell us a little about your family.
My husband Mike and I have two sons, a daughter, four grandchildren, and a Queensland healer.

Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
When I’m not writing, I’m reading or watching movies. I enjoy both contemporary and historical, and prefer stories with a bit of laughter, danger, grace, and love—four elements I like to include in my own projects.

What are you working on right now?
I have a historical set in the early 1900s and a contemporary. Of course all my stories have cowboys, regardless of the era.

What outside interests do you have?
I’m an avid photographer and enjoy playing the piano and singing. Contemporary worship songs are my favorite and I’ve led worship for years.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
My last six books have been set in Colorado. There’s so much history and beauty here, it’s not hard to let your mind wander until it finds the perfect locale.

If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
I’d love to spend an evening visiting with Will Rogers. Besides being a talented cowboy with an uncanny way with a rope, he was pretty handy with words too. He was a writer and columnist—something we have in common—as well as an entertainer, and his incomparable wit produced some of this country’s best one-liners.

What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
How addictive it is.

What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
I seem to learn the same lesson over and over—the fact that I have control over very little other than my response to circumstances, events, and people. I can choose to trust that God is in control or I can fret.

What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
1. Keep learning the craft.
2. Never stop writing.
3. Be kind in your dealings with others.

Tell us about the featured book.
My novella, The Columbine Bride, is offered in Book 4 of Barbour’s The 12 Brides of Summer. This was a fun story to write because Barbour asked the authors of last winter’s 12 Brides of Christmas if we could come up with sequels for a summer collection. I had the perfect character to grow another story around—Uncle Buck from The Snowbound Bride. He meets a young widow with two small children, and gets to know the business end of her shotgun before he gets to know her. I put many of the things I love about Colorado in this story: summer thunder storms, lush high parks, blue skies, and of course, columbines.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Lucy Powell’s ears pricked at her children’s excited voices. She looked up from the vegetable seed packets to the candy counter where a tall bearded man reached for Elmore’s ear.

Three quick steps took her past a table before she stopped. The man squatted, and her son’s eyes widened at the sight of a copper penny. Cecilia, ever the guardian, stayed her little brother’s hand.

“We don’t take things from strangers, Elmore.”

Lucy clutched the packets she’d already chosen and listened for her son’s reply.

“He ain’t no stranger, Sissy. That penny come out of my ear.”

Cecilia pulled him back with a sharp whisper, eyes narrowed at the man. “It’s just a trick. He fooled you.”

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Davalyn Spencer said...

Thanks for hosting me today, Lena.

ASC Book Reviews said...

OH LOVELY! I LOVE Barbour's collections!

Many Blessings, Amada (pronounced:, NM

P.S. glad you're back Lena! :)

Beth Gillihan said...

Sounds like a great read! I love historical stories!

Beth in Montana

Emma said...

I am looking forward to reading "THE 12 BRIDES OF SUMMER (THE COLUMBINE BRIDE) - Davalynn Spencer.Thank you for the opportunity to win.PA.

Kathy A said...

What a informative interview. I like to listen to contemporary worship music, too. Especially when my son is playing the drums.

Unknown said...

Davalyn will be a new author for me to read!

Davalyn Spencer said...

Amada - thanks so much for stopping by. (Love your name!)

Davalyn Spencer said...

Hi, Beth. Thanks for reading!

Davalyn Spencer said...

Emma - so glad to have another reader!

Davalyn Spencer said...

Katleen - My son played the drums, too. Loved it when he was the drummer at church.

Davalyn Spencer said...

Oh, Margaret, I hope you enjoy the novella!

Trixi said...

12 Brides of Summer sounds like a great set of novellas, especially yours "The Columbine Bride"! I enjoyed reading the interview on today's post. Thank you for the chance to win this book.

Trixi in OR

Davalyn Spencer said...

Thanks for stopping by, Trixi. These novellas are fun because each is a quick, complete read - perfect for summer.

Melissa M. said...

Short stories can be fun, and I like finding new authors. :)

-Melissa M. in TN

Mary Preston said...

What a wonderful collection.

Mary P


Vicki G said...

Wow, what a great collection of stories!

Deanna Stevens said...

I do like collections & this sounds like a good one! !
Deanna from Nebr.

Pam said...

Love this premise and the first page teaser was a delight. Would love to read this collection. Thanks for the interview, Lena!

Pam in Ohio

Davalyn Spencer said...

Hope you enjoy this one, Melissa!

Davalyn Spencer said...

Thanks for stopping by, Mary.

Davalyn Spencer said...

Hope you enjoy them, Vicki.

Davalyn Spencer said...

Deanna - if you enjoy historical romance, I think you'll like it!

Davalyn Spencer said...

Pam - so happy to hear the first page grabbed you. Thanks for reading!

ASC Book Reviews said...

Thank you Davalyn! I LOVE yours also! Beautifully unique! :)

Hugs, Amada

Connie Porter Saunders said...

I enjoy historical romance and I enjoyed the first page. Thanks for the chance to win.
Connie from KY
cps1950 at gmail dot com

Davalyn Spencer said...

So glad to have another historical reader, Connie. Thanks for stopping by!

Connie Porter Saunders said...

Davalyn. I love your comment that 'I can choose to trust that God is in control or I can fret'. I believe that if we worry, worry, worry we are shortchanging God!
Connie from KY
cps1950 at gmail dot com

Deanna Stevens said...

Davalyn, I do enjoy historical romance! Looking forward to reading this one!
Dee from NE...

rubynreba said...

Colorado is a beautiful state - will be a great setting for a romance!
Beth from IA

Unknown said...

I am most excited at the opportunity to read this book.I absolutely love historical fiction. Can
Can't wait to read this !
Deanne in PA

Merry said...

I love stories of Brides, please add me!
Merry in MN