Friday, August 19, 2016

THE THINGS WE KNEW - Catherine West - One Free Book

Bio: INSPY Award-winning author Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband have two grown children. Catherine’s novel, Bridge of Faith, won the 2015 Grace Award. Her new novel, The Things We Knew, released July 12th, 2016, through Harper Collins Christian Publishing.

Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at

Dear Readers, I love having friends in foreign countries. I first became aware of Catherine when someone told me there was a woman from Bermuda at the ACFW national conference in Dallas. I never did find the woman to meet her. Since then, we’ve become good writer friends. I’m always eager to hear about her new releases.

Welcome back, Catherine. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
I love writing about restoration, reconciliation, forgiveness, and healing, things I think are so needed in today’s world. My stories are also always infused with hope and grace.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
My next book is called The Memory of You and will release March 2017. It takes place on a vineyard in Sonoma, and I’m very excited about it!

Thirteen years ago, Natalie lost a part of herself when her twin sister died. Will traveling back to the family winery finally put the memory to rest, or will it completely destroy her?

When Natalie Mitchell learns her beloved grandfather has had a heart attack, she’s forced to return to their family-owned winery in Sonoma, something she never intended to do. She’s avoided her grandparents’ sprawling home and all its memories since the summer her sister died—the awful summer Natalie’s nightmares began. But the winery is failing, and Natalie’s father wants her to shut it down. As the majority shareholder, she has the power to do so. And Natalie never says no to her father.

Tanner Collins, the vintner on Maoilios, is trying to salvage a bad season and put the Mitchell family’s winery back in business. When Natalie Mitchell shows up, Tanner sees his future about to be crushed. Natalie intends to close the gates, unless he can convince her otherwise. But the Natalie he remembers from childhood is long gone, and he’s not so sure he likes the woman she’s become. Still, the haunted look she wears hints at secrets he wants to unearth. He soon discovers that on the night her sister died, the real Natalie died too. And Tanner must do whatever it takes to resurrect her.

But finding freedom from the past means facing it.

I’m eager for that story to come out, too. We must feature it on my blog. If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
I’d probably choose The Duchess of Cambridge. I think she’d be fun to talk to, and I would love to hear how she copes with being a royal and constantly being under scrutiny in the spotlight. I’d also hope for an introduction to her kids and their dog, and of course William. J I’m a monarchist at heart.

Although we don’t have a monarch in the U.S., I’m interested in royals. What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
I would love to meet Jane Austen. I think she’d have some fabulous stories to tell, and we could talk about all her books, how she came up with her characters. She’d be fascinating!

How can you enourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
My best advice is to keep going, don’t quit, even when it’s hard, even when you don’t see the way forward. If you truly believe that writing is what you are called to do, then you must accept that it’s a long and difficult journey. But God is at work behind the scenes, and I believe His timing is everything. Keep studying the craft, keep writing, make connections with other writers, attend conferences if you can, and keep believing in your dream.

Tell us about the featured book.
When their tragic past begins to resurface, can he help her remember the things she can’t?

After her mother’s death twelve years ago, Lynette Carlisle watched her close-knit family unravel. One by one, her four older siblings left their Nantucket home and never returned. All seem to blame their father for their mother’s death, but nobody will talk about that tragic day. And Lynette’s memory only speaks through nightmares.

Then Nicholas Cooper returns to Nantucket, bringing the past with him. Once Lynette’s adolescent crush, Nick knows more about her mother’s death than he lets on. The truth could tear apart his own family¾and destroy his fragile friendship with Lynette, the woman he no longer thinks of as a kid sister.

As their father’s failing health and financial concerns bring the Carlisle siblings home, secrets surface that will either restore their shattered relationships or separate the siblings forever. But pulling up anchor on the past propels them into the perfect storm, powerful enough to make them question their faith, their willingness to forgive, and the very truth of all the things they thought they knew.  

Please give us the first page of the book.
Sometimes in the dead of night, Lynette Carlisle heard her mother’s voice. Sometimes it was easy to forget her mother had been dead twelve years. Curled up in bed, covers pulled tight, she strained to hear the whisper over the wind. Some nights the voice was clear, like Mom was right there in the room, the faintest scent of light musk and lavender tickling Lynette’s imagination. Other nights, all she heard was her own sigh of disappointment as angry waves crashed against the Nantucket cliffs beyond the garden wall. Some nights she welcomed the voice. Some nights it made her wish for the impossible and remember life as it had been, before. Some nights, like tonight, it kept her awake and rattled the cage of her memory. Tonight the voice came to her, as it so often did, in a dream. The message was urgent, but she couldn’t remember a word of it. Dad. That was it. She sat up in bed and rubbed her eyes. Something about Dad. A few sleepy moments later, Lynette stood in the doorway of her father’s bedroom and stared at the empty bed. Red numbers glowed through the semidarkness. Four a.m. She checked the bathroom, but he wasn’t there.

I wonder where he is. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Amazon -

Thank you, Catherine, for sharing this new book with me and my readers.

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Linda Kish said...

Family secrets...I guess a lot of families have them. There were a few in our blended family. Nothing life-shattering at least. I'd like to see how this all comes together.

Linda in CA

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Melody B said...

The Things We Knew seems captivating!
Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy. :)

Melody in the province of Quebec, Canada

melodybissonnette AT gmail DOT com

Mary Preston said...

Such an intriguing beginning.

Mary P


Beth Gillihan said...

Sounds like a great read! THanks for the chance to win!

Beth in Montana

Catherine West said...

Thanks Lena! It's a joy to know you!

Joy Avery Melville said...

As per your norm, you've presented an author I love to read and have given me such a view of this newest release, I can hardly wait to read it.

I live and write in Schoolcraft, MI and I would LOVE to win Catherine's book!

Much love to you, Lena - so wish we were to be together in Nashville this year. SIGH

Patty said...

I would love to read Catherine's latest book. I've heard only good things about it!

Patty in SC

Jackie Smith said...

I have heard so much about this book and am very anxious to read it! New author for me, which is exciting!
Thanks for your giveaway.
Jackie Smith in GA

Winnie Thomas said...

Thanks for the wonderful interview, Lena and Catherine, and for the giveaway. I'd love a copy of this book.

Winnie T from Utah

kam110476 said...

Hi Catherine & Lena! The Things We Know sounds wonderful - I can't wait to get my hands on a copy! Plus, I've put a reminder in my phone in March 2017 reminding me to be in the lookout for The Memory of You!
Kristen in OK

Linda Moffitt said...
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Linda Moffitt said...

I've been hearing about this book a lot. It sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win.
Linda M. in PA

Terrill R. said...

This book is at the top of my queue. When it was on pre-order, I remember thinking that this is going to be an impactful book.

Terrill - WA

Connie said...

Thanks for sharing Catherine's first page. I have been reading great reviews and this is one is another one.
Connie from KY

rubynreba said...

The Things We Knew sounds like a book I would really enjoy. Enjoyed the interview and first page.
Beth from Iowa

Anonymous said...

angela in ky would love to win

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me!!
Conway SC.

Anonymous said...

Hello Lena and Catherine. This book sounds really interesting. I sure would be happy to win your book Catherine. Please add my name. Thanks Lena for this interview. GOD bless you both. Maxie from Tx. > mac262(at)me(dot)com <