Thursday, September 01, 2016

WHERE HEALING STARTS - Angela D Meyer - One Free Book

Welcome, Angela. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
When it comes to my personality, likes and dislikes, only bits and pieces. I probably write more of what I wish were true about myself than what actually is. However, in Where Hope Starts, my first book, I did draw in part from some personal life experience both in what happened and how the main character responded. 

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I sat on a baby chick. Okay, I was only 2 at the time. My parents gave us colorful chicks for Easter. My intent was to keep the chick warm. And how do mother chicks do that? Yep. They sit on them. Thankfully, I have no memories of this event. I only know this story because I was told by my family.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I began writing in junior high school with poetry in my journals. From there, I moved on to essays and devotionals, then picture books, although nothing was published until I turned my attention to novels.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I enjoy almost any good story, well told. Once you catch my attention, I will read even genres I wouldn’t normally read.  Though, no horror, please.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I’m not sure I’ve succeeded fully. Life does get crazy. But putting God first, time with my family, laughing, and taking care of my health are the areas I attempt to pay close attention to. It helps most days.  

How do you choose your characters’ names?
On occasion, I will choose a name based on what the meaning is or because I need a certain nationality. But so far, as I am writing, the name will usually just pop in my head and it seems to fit.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Learning everything I have had to learn on this publishing journey. I’ve done all the techie stuff DIY style. That has been extremely satisfying.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
This isn’t something I think about much, but I’ll go with what the Bible says about me and animals. Isaiah says that if I wait on the Lord I will mount on wings like eagles. Habakkuk says the Lord makes my feet like the feet of a deer, enabling me to walk on the heights.

What is your favorite food?
There’s no one thing that is my favorite, but I like all things breakfast better than any other meal.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
The marketing side of writing. It consumes more time than I like and threatens to steal my joy of writing. Overcoming it means just getting through it one day or one project at a time. I know I’ll eventually get back to the keyboard. And next time marketing calls, I try not to bite off as much of a project in one bite.

Tell us about the featured book.
Where Healing Starts continues the story of the Hannigan family which began in the first book of the Applewood Hill series.

After turning his life over to God, Charles Hannigan is seeking to restore the family to wholeness, but Joanna and Blake want no part of their dad’s efforts. Still hurting from his past anger and rejection, each sibling is on a path toward self-destruction.

Blake is unwittingly following in his father’s footsteps, anger punctuating all his relationships. His brief time serving in the Marines led to PTSD, increases his volatility.

Rejected by the only one she ever trusted, Joanna runs to addiction and men to salve her pain. She eventually finds herself with nowhere else to turn and asks their older sister Karen for a job and a place to stay.

Both Blake and Joanna are determined to hang onto their anger, refusing to forgive. They see no reason to trust God. This novel is about their journey toward healing.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Here’s a link where you can preorder the print copy of the book and receive a free ebook as well:

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Thank you, Angela, for sharing this new book with us.

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Anonymous said...

like your name. :) angela in Ky would love to win

Angela D. Meyer said...

Thank you for hosting me on your blog Lena!

Connie Porter Saunders said...

Thanks for sharing Angela's thoughts and the first page of When Healing Starts.
Connie from KY

Unknown said...

Sounds like a good book. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

Melody B from the province of Quebec, Canada

Linda Kish said...

This sounds like a really nice story that I would enjoy reading.

Linda in CA

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

SavingsInSeconds said...

I live in northeast TN.
Love the name Applewood Hill - such a pretty name!
Dianna (dedezoomsalot AT yahoo DOT com)

Mary Preston said...

This sounds like a lovely series.

Mary P


Caryl Kane said...

Lena, it was a pleasure learning more about Angela. I enjoy reading stories of hearts being healed. I'm looking forward to reading this one.

Caryl K in TEXAS

Melanie Backus said...

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

Melanie Backus, Tx

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me!!
Conway SC.

Lourdes said...

Would love to win this book.

Lourdes Long Island, NY