Friday, July 28, 2017

EYES OF PEARL - Ginger Solomon - One Free Book

Welcome back, Ginger. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
Trust and forgiveness typically show up in some way or another in all of my work. I didn’t start out trying to write about those themes. I didn’t even recognize it until several books in.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
This has been a hard year for me, writing wise. I haven’t been able to concentrate on my stories. However, the sequel to Eyes of Pearl, Eyes of Her Heart will be out soon, as will a novella previously published in a set (Mr. Christmas and Miss Scrooge). I’m also working on another novella for a Christmas set scheduled to release in late October (as yet untitled).

At the beginning of the year (or late last year), God challenged me to Dream Big (my words for the year), so I did and committed to eight releases this year. I still have six to go, so I’d appreciate your prayers in this regard. The number wasn’t random, as I felt in my spirit that this was the number for me this year – four of them were already written/published.

Way to go! If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
I’d love to pick Ramona Richards brain on editing and writing. I’ve sat in several of her classes over the years and just love her no-nonsense take on life.

What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
I think I’d like to meet the apostle Paul and learn the secret to true contentment – being okay with where I am and with what I have. Most times I get it, and I’m okay, but there are times…

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
Having been on the receiving end of several rejections, as we all have, I would say keep trying. If you can’t not write, then write. Learn the trade. Try again. If all else fails, get a good editor and self-publish.

Tell us about the featured book.
Eyes of Pearl is book 1 in my Scottish Castles series. Each book will be a stand-alone featuring a castle located somewhere in Scotland. Here’s the blurb:

Desperation drives Neva MacKinnon to marry the handsome, but fierce Alexander Chisholm, Chieftain of the Chisholm Clan. Without him, she won’t survive the harsh Scottish winter. With him, she fears for her heart.

Alexander Chisholm needs a wife to provide an heir, and soon, in order to remain chieftain of his clan. He’s not looking for love, but his bride has to be someone he can trust. A song in the woods draws his attention and when he sees the raven-haired beauty with the eyes of pearl and full of fire, he knows she must be his.

Can Neva and Alex overcome their trust issues to admit their love for one another or was their marriage doomed the moment he invaded her life?

Please give us the first page of the book.
Scotland, 17th century
Neva Mackinnon darted in and out of the trees. The branches and vines pulled at her clothes, while the rocks and twigs cut her bare feet. Her pursuer followed with the speed and agility of no man she had ever encountered.

She lifted her skirt a little higher. Must go faster. Her knowledge of the woods would be her only advantage. Her heart pounded in time with her feet. She headed for the safety of the brush where she often hid when her brother, Darryl, had chased after her. She stomped in the opposite direction for a few paces. A distraction. Backtracking with light steps, she hid beneath the depths of an evergreen bush.

The man rounded the outcropping of rock she had used to hide her disappearance. That was why this was the perfect hideout. Even when chased it allowed her to disappear. Darryl had given up looking for her many times after she'd slipped into this hidey-hole.

She looked again at the man who chased her. It was not a man at all but a lad. A large lad, to be sure, and more than she could handle.

Searching the ground, he followed her decoy for only a few feet before he turned back and searched again. He would not be easily fooled by her disappearance. She held her breath, knowing that any sound she made would give her away.

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Eyes of Pearl (Scottish Castles) (Volume 1) - paperback
Eyes of Pearl (Scottish Castles Book 1) - Kindle

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Ginger Solomon said...

Thanks for having me, Lena.

Caryl Kane said...

Hello Ginger and Lena! I'd love to read more of Neva's story.

Caryl K in Texas

Elly said...

I'm a fan of all things Scotland. This book sounds REALLY good! I'd love to read it!
Elly -Indiana-

Amada Chavez said...

OH OH OH!!!! I'VE EBEN DYING TO READ AND REVIEW THIS BOOK!!!! I didn't know how I was gonna get a copy though, my family and I aren't supporting amazon anymore and christian book distributor doesn't carry it! :/ THANK YOU SO MUCH for giving the chance to win a copy! :)

Many Blessings, Amada (pronounced: in NM

VanG said...

Ginger is a new author to me, and I would love to win a copy of this book. The cover is lovely and the story sounds great. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.
Van from NC

Vivia Furbay said...

Eyes of Pearl sound like a unique book and I would love to read a book set I Scotland. My husband has a little Scottish blood. Would love to win this book.

Ginger Solomon said...

Thanks for stopping by, Caryl. Good luck in the drawing.

Ginger Solomon said...

Me, too, Elly, which is why I decided to write a CLEAN Scottish romance. :)

Ginger Solomon said...

Amada, your excitement is a boon to my flagging spirit. Thank you. Good luck in the drawing.

Ginger Solomon said...

VanG, thanks for stopping by. I haven't been around long, so I'm glad we could be "introduced." :)

Ginger Solomon said...

Thanks for stopping by, Vivia. Good luck in the drawing.

Diana Flowers said...

Hi, Ginger! I love any books with Scotland and castles! Who can resist a man in a kilt, right? ;) I just HAVE to read this one! The cover is a beauty! Thanks for the opportunity.

Diana in SC

Ginger Solomon said...

Diana, I have to give credit to my cover designer. She took my idea and enhanced it one hundred fold. I loved it immediately. And yes, to the man in the kilt. :)

Melanie Backus said...

This sounds like a must read, for sure! I love the cover! Melanie Backus, TX

Patty said...

Sounds like a great start to a new series!

Patty in SC

Connie said...

Eyes of Pearl sounds great! Thanks for this giveaway.
Connie from KY

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your awesome giveaway!!
Conway SC.

Library Lady said...

I wonder where the publishers find the people to go on the front covers of these books?
The cover is beautiful and goes very well with the title of your book.
Janet E.

Ginger Solomon said...

Thanks, Melanie.

Ginger Solomon said...

I hope so, Patty. Book 2 is almost ready (minus a cover). Book 3 is in the wind, but I hope to have an idea for it soon. After that, we'll see if there are more to come.

Ginger Solomon said...

Thanks, Connie. I hope it's great. Some of my early readers liked it a great deal. I hope you do as well.

Ginger Solomon said...

Good luck, Sharon.

Ginger Solomon said...

Actually, I'm the publisher, but I hired someone to do the cover for me. I had tried multiple times to get it exactly right and couldn't. She nailed it on the first go after looking at my sorry attempts. I loved it from the moment I saw it. :)

Some publishers pay for specific photo shoots. Other people, like me, go to photo sites and buy pictures and either photoshop them together or use them as is. :)

Lori said...

Wonderful interview
This sounds like a great book. I love the cover. Draws me in.
quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

Pam Graber said...

I love books set in Scotland. This one sounds right up my alley. Would love to read!

Pam in OH