Thursday, July 28, 2016

GLASGOW GRACE - Marion Ueckermann - One Free Ebook

Dear Readers, Marion is one of the authors I like to feature who doesn’t live in the US. The first book of hers that I read had me hooked, so every time I hear about a new book from her, I have to get a copy. Her foreign settings are interesting, like an armchair travelogue. And her characters leap off the page. You won’t want to miss this one.

Welcome back, Marion. Tell us about your salvation experience.
I was around five years old. We had a child evangelist at our church called Sunny Blondell (totally not sure if that’s spelled correctly) – an elderly lady who did the most amazing flannel graph stories (anyone remember those? Probably giving away my age now.) It was at her campaign that I gave my heart to Jesus. I still have the little card with that famous picture of Jesus standing at the door with a lantern, knocking. As a teenager I had my years where I did not live the way God wanted me to, but thankfully He’s faithful, even when I wasn’t. That’s grace.

I was seven years old when I asked Jesus into my heart, and later, I was the flannel graph lady. You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
There are so many I’d love to choose, but if I have to narrow it down, and this is really hard, it would be the following people for the following reasons:
Angela K. Couch – one of my critique partners. At ACFW last year, I got to meet two of my critique partners (and if I was allowed 6 on this retreat, Heidi and Janet, you’d be in there), but unfortunately Angela couldn’t come. I’d love to meet Angela in person because I love her writing, as well as her input into my work.
Judith Robl – just because I love this woman. We’ve been cyber-friends for over five years now. I got to meet her at ACFW in Dallas but because of the busyness of the conference, we didn’t get to spend that much time together. I’d love the opportunity to be with her again in a more relaxed environment.
Jan Edtti Thompson – I’ve been in several box sets with Jan. Spending time with Jan one-on-one, tapping into her vast knowledge of Indie publishing would be WOW! Plus, I’ve never met someone with so much energy ... perhaps some would rub off on me if we were to spend time together (although we’d probably be Facebooking each other silly stickers all the time, laughing, and just having fun).
Autumn Macarthur – Another of my box set buddies who I would love the opportunity to meet in person.

ACFW will be in Dallas (actually Grapevine, a suburb of Fort Worth). I’ll be there. I hope you come again. I’d love to meet you in person, too. When it was in Dallas last time, I was just recuperating from knee-replacement surgery. I was at the hotel for a few hours one afternoon, but I didn’t get to meet you. Do you have a speaking ministry? If so, tell us about that.
Only a writing ministry, but who knows what God has in store in the future...

What’s the most exciting thing that has happened to you recently?
Ooh, there are actually two exciting things that have happened recently. I’ve just returned from a two week holiday in Scotland which was awesome. During our time there, I had the opportunity to visit Glasgow, where this featured book is located. I had so hoped to get a photograph of me outside the opera house, or on one of the bridges I speak of in the story, with a copy of my book. Unfortunately, I only discovered when we were on the train home that where we were in the city was rather far from my story’s location. Glasgow is a BIG place, and we walked over 22,000 steps that day (according to our phone’s step-counter app.)

The second exciting thing happened just before we left Scotland. I received news from Pelican Book Publishers that my first Passport to Romance novella, Helsinki SunriseGlasgow Grace is my third in this series—is one of two novellas in the Passport to Romance series that have been chosen by Norway-based publisher, Hermon Forlag, to be translated and published in Norwegian. Plans are to release the novellas in both e-book and paperback.

Wow! That is awesome. Helsinki Sunrise is the first book of yours that I read. I’ve wanted to have a foreign edition of one of my books, but it hasn’t happened yet. People are always telling me that they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too. What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that?
Good question, and in fact I had this happen to me about a year ago. My advice was: take several months (a year if possible) and spend the time learning the craft of writing. Only, then put pen to paper ... it’ll be so much easier.

Tell us about Glasgow Grace.
Easiest way is with the blurb, so here it is:

Opera star, Skye Hunter, returns to the land of her birth as leading lady in Phantom of the Opera. It’s the first time she’s been back to bonnie Scotland since her mother whisked her away to Australia sixteen years ago after Skye’s father died.

When Skye decides to have dinner at McGuire’s, she’s not going there only for Mary McGuire’s Shepherd’s Pie. Her first and only love, Callum McGuire, still plays his guitar and sings at the family-owned tavern.

Callum has never stopped loving Skye. But, desperate to know if she’d want him if he was still a singer in a pub, he keeps his real profession hidden from her. When Skye’s worst nightmare comes true, Callum discloses his secret to save the woman he loves.

Can they rekindle what they had lost, or will Skye’s mother threaten their future together once again?

Please give us the first page of the book.
That she’d miss spending a warm Christmas and New Year with family and friends this year mattered little to Skye Hunter. Even though she wasn’t home, she was home. She could’ve sung an aria right there in the middle of Glasgow International Airport and let the myriad of holiday travelers know exactly how she felt about being back in bonnie Scotland.

Sixteen years. A lifetime.
She caught her breath. Surely, everything would be different. Everyone. People would’ve moved on with their lives … to other cities, maybe even other countries as she had. Not that she’d been given a choice in that matter. Nevertheless, her life had turned out well for the change.

But, she wasn’t here to rekindle friendships. Pushing a trolley laden with her baggage, she stepped outside to a gray monochrome sky. One thing had remained the same—the weather.
Sheltered beneath the roof overhang, she hailed a taxi. She had so missed these black London-style vehicles. Once she reached her hotel room, she’d need to call her mother—let her know her precious cargo, marked fragile, had arrived in one piece.

The fact that Rita Robinson hadn’t followed Skye across the globe was a miracle. At least her stepfather’s ill--health had one upside—it kept Mother home where she belonged. How Skye would enjoy these months of freedom out from under her mother’s thumb.

Snowflakes fell on the taxi driver’s dark jacket as he hopped out of the vehicle. He groaned. “Awnawsnaw.”

Amused at his protest, her lips curved. She’d forgotten how Glaswegians lowered the pitch of their voices and strung their words together in one sentence.

As he loaded her suitcases into the back of the vehicle, he chatted nonstop. All unintelligible to Skye. But hearing the patter again was good—it had been so long. Adjusting to this dialect would take time, however.

His accent made her think of her Da. She swallowed, blinking away moistness as she brushed the snow from her coat and slid onto the back seat. “Crowne Plaza Hotel, Congress Road,” she instructed as she sank against the worn leather and stared out the window, drinking in both familiar and unfamiliar sights.

They were in the city center within minutes. The armadillo-shaped Clyde Auditorium came into view, reminding Skye of her own Sydney Opera House back home where she’d wooed audiences during the past year. At least that’s what the tabloids reported.

But this was her big break into the global operatic scene. Phantom of the Opera. She had finally arrived.

Star of the show, her name in lights. First Glasgow, then Edinburgh. Finally, the Royal Albert Hall in London. This would be her year. It wasn’t every day a girl got the opportunity to portray Christine Daaé and sing with her angel of music.

She released a sigh. Once she’d had an angel of music, too. Her mind tumbled back to another world filled with song. Callum McGuire. What had become of him?

A smile touched her mouth as forgotten feelings filled her, warming her like a mug of hot chocolate. She savored the sweetness they left on her lips. 

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Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a lovely story. I'm going to have to read it. I want to find out what his real profession is.

Linda in CA

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Marionu said...

Thanks, Linda. I hope you do get to read Glasgow Grace. I absolutely loved writing it. And Callum does have an amazing profession :)

Unknown said...

I am so curious .... will have to read this one... Just such an amazing Writer with an amazing talent. You bless us with your wonderful writer world !!

Unknown said...

I am so curious .... will have to read this one... Just such an amazing Writer with an amazing talent. You bless us with your wonderful writer world !!

Marionu said...

Thanks, Natasha. I'm blessed to have readers like you who continually support my writing and buy my books. Appreciate and love you.

Unknown said...

Really enjoyed the interview with Marion. I love her books. Don't include me in the drawing as I have already read it and loved it.

Marionu said...

Thanks so much for your kind words, Ann. So glad you enjoyed Glasgow Grace.

Janet W. Ferguson said...

This story is my favorite by Marion! I absolutely fell in love with the characters. I encourage everyone to read it!!

kam110476 said...

Hi Marion & Lena! I have to tell you: anyone who can mix my love of singing, "Phantom," a good lookin' man, Scotland & Jesus all rolled into one story? I am SO all about it! Glasgow Grace sounds wonderful & I can't wait to get my hands on it!
Kristen in OK
kam110476 at gmail dot com

Marionu said...

Thanks, Janet. I absolutely loved writing this story. It was awesome to go to Portree and to the same cemetery I wrote into the story when we were in Scotland in June. I'm just disappointed I didn't get to the auditorium and the bridges in Glasgow. Next time.

Marionu said...

Hi Kristen, I believe you'll find all of that in Glasgow Grace in good doses. Hope you love the story.

Elly said...

This book sounds so good! I can't wait til I get the chance to read it!
J.C. -Indiana-

Marionu said...

Thanks J.C. Hope you're strolling through Glasgow soon with Callum and Skye.

Marionu said...

Thanks J.C. Hope you're strolling through Glasgow soon with Callum and Skye.

Mary Preston said...

This sounds like such a fabulous read.

Mary P


Marionu said...

Thanks, Mary. Hope you get to read Glasgow Grace soon.

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Sandy Quandt said...

Marion, what a fascinating story. Can't wait to read your book.

Sandy Q TX

Marionu said...

Thanks, Sandy. Hope you get to read it soon :)

Beth Gillihan said...

I have only visited Mexico. Next year my hubby and I want to go to Ireland! Sounds like a good book.

Beth in Montana

Marionu said...

Thanks, Beth. Ireland is beautiful. We lived there for 18 months. My book, Spring's Promise is set in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and I'm planning a Christmas novella set in Dublin, Ireland, so you could always armchair travel with me :)

Autumn Macarthur said...

Marion, would love to join you in that writing retreat!

Maybe we could have it in Ireland?

Marionu said...

Autumn, that sounds AWESOME! I know of some great places :) Think I need a research trip, too.

Bonnie Engstrom said...

I would love to return to Glasgow. It is a memorable and beautiful city - all of Scotland is gorgeous, and the people are so friendly. I have also been blessed to travel to England, Sweden, Norway, France, Costa Rica and many times to Canada. Now, I prefer my travel through novels.

Scottsdale, Arizona

Marionu said...

Bonnie, I loved Glasgow ... I just wished I'd had more time there than just one day. There was so much more I did want to see. I'll have to return. I have a series I'm currently writing set in England (Lake District, York and London). Book 1, A Match for Magnolia, is already published, and books 2-4 will release end September, and 5-7 between December and early next year. I also have a novel set in Norway, Oslo Overtures. Hope you get to travel with my stories.

Terrill R. said...

Ironically, Scotland is one of the main countries I want to visit someday. There and Ireland. We have wonderful friends in Ireland and have only visited with them when they have come to the states.

I so enjoy your sweet romances, Marion. Are you still planning on continuing the Seven Suitors for Seven Sisters series? I was excited for more after reading A Match for Magnolia.

Terrill - WA

Marionu said...

Hi Terrill, I love Scotland and Ireland, and they are great for setting stories.

So glad you enjoyed A Match for Magnolia. I'm currently hard at work on the next stories in the series. Books 2-4 will release end September, and books 5-7 between December and early 2017.

I'm also planning a further 3 books in my Heart of Ireland series. Book 1 released earlier this year set in Belfast - Spring's Promise. I hope to get Book 2, Summer's Affirmation written by mid 2017. If time permits I'll write, Autumn's Whisper and Winter's Truth in 2017, too, otherwise in 2018.

I've too many stories, and too little time LOL.

Connie Porter Saunders said...

I haven'y had a chance to travel outside of the United States but I would love to visit England and Ireland. Thanks for a great interview and review.
Connie from KY

Marionu said...

Connie, England and Ireland are beautiful. Scotland's my best, of course, but that's my heritage coming out and being biased. You'll really enjoy it. In the meantime, you're welcome to join me in armchair travel to these places through my books.

tatumlight said...

Read part of Glasgow Grace on Scribes! Bets read this too! Not to be missed!

rubynreba said...

Scotland is such a beautiful country. I'd love to visit there along with Norway and Sweden since these are where my heritage is. I have never been to a foreign country.
Beth from IA

Marionu said...

Thanks, Diane. Yes, it's taken a little while to get through the publishing process. So glad to see it finally published. Thanks for your kind words.

Marionu said...

Beth, Scotland is amazing, and I've just loved every Scottish hero I've written. There's just something about them. Visit Norway with me in Oslo Overtures, my other Passport to Romance novella from Pelican Book Group. Sweden I haven't done, but Finland I have with Helsinki Sunrise, my first Passport to Romance novella, which will be translated into Norwegian soon.

Shirley Corder said...

Loved this interview as well as the sound of Glasgow Grace. If I don't win it, I'll have to buy it. Would you like to do an interview for me once I get home? After your current mad deadlines. (Mind you. ARE You ever without mad deadlines? LOL!

Shirley Corder said...

Loved this interview as well as the sound of Glasgow Grace. If I don't win it, I'll have to buy it. Would you like to do an interview for me once I get home? After your current mad deadlines. (Mind you. ARE You ever without mad deadlines? LOL!

Marionu said...

Shirl, I'd love to. I'll find time to squeeze it in :)