Monday, July 11, 2016

MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE - Beth Wiseman - One Free Book

Bio: Beth Wiseman is best known for her Daughters of the Promise series and the Land of Canaan Amish series. Having sold over 1.5 million books, her novels have held spots on multiple bestseller lists, and she has been the recipient of many prestigious literary awards. Beth is contracted with HarperCollins Christian Publishing into the year 2019, and she has published fourteen novels and sixteen novellas to date.

Beth has a deep affection for the Amish and their simpler way of life, and while she plans to continue writing Amish love stories, she is also branching out into other areas including Christian contemporary romance novels and novellas. Need You Now, The House that Love Built, The Promise and A Tide Worth Turning are some of these recent releases.

Beth and her husband are empty nesters enjoying the country life in Texas with three dogs and a rooster. When she’s not writing, Beth loves to travel, paint, and enjoy time with friends and family.

Welcome back, Beth. Do you have a favorite genre to write? If so, what is it?
I’m fortunate to be able to alternate between Amish fiction and women’s fiction. I enjoy both of those genres, but with each book—Amish or otherwise—I see my stories growing a little bit edgier and filled with more twists and turns. It makes for more complex revisions and edits, but it’s fun to up the ante for the reader.

If you didn’t live in the part of the country where you do, where would you live?
Ha! My husband and I have been having this conversation on a regular basis, and the honest answer is … I don’t know! We’ve talked about visiting places we haven’t been so we could possibly try living somewhere new. But at the end of the day, we are born and raised Texans, and I don’t see that changing. J

What foreign country would you like to visit and why?
Singapore. My oldest son has been working there for three years, and he is begging me to come for a visit, even though he comes home for five weeks every year. But, oh my … that is a very long plane flight. I’m not as worldly a traveler as my son, lol. However, it is on my travel list for next year, if all goes well. So many things to consider when traveling that far from home.

Describe what you think would be the most romantic vacation you could take.
Does my romance with food count? ;) If so, I’d combine a romantic vacation with my husband and a trip to Positano, Italy, to attend cooking school!

Sounds yummy in more ways than one. Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?
See the answer to the last question above. I think that would be a perfect setting for one of my Surf’s Up novellas.

What is the main theme of this novella?
Kyle is faced with a seemingly impossible situation. I’ve tried to convey that even in the worst of times, God has a plan, often better than anything we could have dreamed up on our own.

Tell us about the story.
Here is the back cover copy:

One man. Two women. A child desperate for medical treatment.
How can Kyle choose between the woman he once loved and his current fiancée? Is there a solution that suits all involved, or will someone end up out of the triangle forever?

Morgan Calhoun and her parents are whisked away in the middle of the night, something Morgan always knew was a possibility because of her father's CIA job. But she'd always thought if such a scenario played out that she would have time to say goodbye to those she loved—particularly her boyfriend, Kyle. Adding to her unbearable situation, several weeks after the move, Morgan finds out that she's pregnant.

Kyle Brossmann doesn't even get a break-up letter from Morgan. She's just gone, along with her parents. His heart broken, Kyle continues with his plans. He graduates from high school and attends college, where he meets his fiancée, Lexie. But two men visit Kyle and encourage him to travel to an undisclosed location, where he will meet his five-year-old daughter. Rocked by the news that he has a child, Kyle learns he is the only person who might be able to save his daughter's life.

Will Kyle choose his first love and his daughter? Or will he stay with Lexie and live the life they’ve been planning?

Each Surf’s Up novella takes the reader to a beach locale, weaving romance and adventure into a soul-soothing journey of hope.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Kyle stretched tape across another box, then lifted it from the floor and piled it on top of the others that he had ready to go.

“I can’t believe all this stuff was stashed in this small room.” Lexie lowered a stack of file folders into a box. “I don’t think I had nearly this much in my dorm room.” She grinned as she slung long brown hair over her shoulders. “And I’m a girl. We keep everything.”

Kyle eyed the organized mess in the place he’d called home over the past four years. “Some of it probably needs to be trashed, but I’ll take a closer look at everything once I get settled in my apartment.” He handed Lexie the tape. “Just think, you’ll be right downstairs from me. No curfews or rules. We can eat pizza at three in the morning, and we won’t have to deal with crazy roommates.”

Lexie closed the distance between them and pressed her soft lips gently against his. Kyle eased his arms around her and basked in the scent of her flowery perfume. The feel of her mouth on his was a welcome distraction. They’d briefly considered moving in together, but Kyle’s Catholic upbringing kept him from choosing that option. They’d done the next best thing: rented apartments close to each other.

“Maybe we should take a break from packing,” Kyle whispered in her ear, trailing kisses down her neck.

She wiggled out of his arms. “Behave. We’ve got to get this done. You’ve got to be out of here by the end of the day.” She walked to the built-in drawers in Kyle’s room and tugged the bottom one until it inched open. “Good grief. What is all this?”

Yes, what is in that drawer? I can’t wait to find out. How can readers find you on the Internet?
On my website
Fans of Beth Wiseman on Facebook where I interacts with readers
On Twitter at

Thank you, Beth, for sharing this book with us. I'm eager to read it.

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Message In A Bottle: A Surf's Up Novella - paperback
Message In A Bottle: A Surf's Up Novella - Kindle
This novella is also available in a volume with book one of her Surf's Up novellas.

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Emma said...

I am looking forward to reading Message In A Bottle by Beth Wiseman . Thank you for the opportunity to win.PA. I enjoy reading your books.

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a wonderful story. I would love to read it.

Linda in CA

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

would love win. angela in ky

Anonymous said...

I'm really enjoying writing stories for the Surf's Up series! :) Big thanks to Lena for featuring me on her blog again.
Beth Wiseman

Melanie Backus said...

I would love to read this one, Lena. Thank you for the opportunity.

Melanie Backus, TX

Dianna said...

I love Beth Wiseman's books. Would love to win this one!
dedezoomsalot AT yahoo DOT com

Dianna said...

Oh, forgot to say that I'm in TN.

Jackie Tessnair said...

I am looking forward to reading Beth's new book.Thanks for the chance to win it.Great review! Jackie Tessnair N.C.

Mary Preston said...

A very interesting story line.

Mary P


Cindy W. said...

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

Cindy W. from Indiana

Beth Gillihan said...

Sounds like a good book! Thanks for the chance to win!

Beth in Montana

Melissa Henderson said...

Melissa in Mechanicsville VA. This looks like a good story.

Winnie said...

This book sounds so intriguing. I'd love to read it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
Winnie T from Utah

Anonymous said...

This sounds like a wonderful book for summer reading. I have read several of Beth's Amish stories and this genre she has written looks very intriguing to me.
marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
Maryann in NY

KayM said...

I haven't read anything by Beth Wiseman. I think I'd like to give this one a try. thank you for offering a copy.

justcommonly said...

O.. I like the first page. Can't wait to read more. Thanks for the giveaway!
Annie from MD

rubynreba said...

I am a big fan of Beth Wiseman books! Love to read this.
Beth from IA

Connie Porter Saunders said...

I love that Beth's theme is 'God has a plan'. People today need to have reading material that will encourage and uplift!
Connie from KY

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me!!
Conway SC.