Saturday, December 02, 2017

THE GIFT - Shelley Shepard Gray - One Free Book

Welcome back, Shelley. Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
There are three things that probably describe me best- I met my husband when I was 17 and we’ve been married almost 30 years. I have two grown children who I don’t see often enough, and I really like dogs…especially dachshunds.                                                                                                            How did you become interested in writing?         
I actually started writing while I was teaching sixth grade. I started writing for fun. I never, ever thought I would be published. I’m still surprised that other people besides myself like my books.                                                                              
What compelled you to write a book on this subject?
Ever since I spent a weekend in Hart County, Kentucky, and toured Horse Cave (both the cave and the town) I knew I wanted to have a book where my characters spent a good portion of the book inside the cave. I loved incorporating that experience with Christmas in THE GIFT. (I promise, it really does all make sense.)
What is the main theme or point that you want readers to understand from reading your book? Are there any other themes present in the book?
The Gift refers to unexpected people who come into a person’s life. Some are so special, they become like treasured gifts. I also loved the idea of looking for a glimpse of the Lord’s light during our darkest times.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Are there some specific lessons you hope readers will learn and apply to their lives after reading your book?
My main goal when I write every book is for the reader to find that reading it was time well spent. Beyond that, I suppose a big part of the novel is that all of us are more than we might seem at first glance.
What makes your book different than any other books similar to yours that are in circulation today?
There are a lot of very fine Amish authors in my genre. I’m delighted to be part of this group! I think the most unusual thing about THE GIFT is that it is an Amish Romantic Suspense book set at Christmas.           
How does the book intertwine with God’s call on your life and how you are currently serving Him?
I serve God by sharing His love with others. I think this novel does that, too.

Do you have a favorite Scripture verse?
I like the verse that guided me through the writing of this novel. It’s from 2 Corinthians: We walk by faith, not by sight.
When you are not writing, what do you like to do? Do you have any hobbies?
Last year, I decided that I needed to do more things for myself, so I started taking Pilates classes. I now take two classes a week, which has made me much stronger. I also love to take our dogs on walks. My husband and I love to travel, and are always planning another trip. My all-time favorite thing to do is bake. I really do bake too much.                                                                                                                                                                   
As we close, is there anything else you would like to add?
I’ll be hosting a Girlfriend Getaway with author Amy Clipston in June of 2018! It’s up in Sugarcreek, Ohio, and about 8 other authors will be joining us! Please visit my website or Facebook page for more information. I’d love for your followers to consider joining us!

It sounds like fun! Where can my readers find you on the Internet?
My website,, on Facebook, or on Twitter, @ShelleySGray

Thank you, Shelley, for sharing this book with us. An Amish romantic Suspense book sounds interesting, and I love Christmas books. I know my blog readers do, too.

Readers, here are links to the book.
The Gift -
The Gift: The Amish of Hart County - Amazon paperback
The Gift: The Amish of Hart County - Kindle
The Gift: The Amish of Hart County - Audiobook

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Library Lady said...

We have the first book in this series in the church library. Our readers love Amish and Mystery books. Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
Janet E.
Sunny & Hot but not for long, Florida.

Linda Kish said...

I would love to read this book. Thanks for the chance.

Linda in CA

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Winnie said...

Thanks for the interesting interview, Lena and Shelley. This book sounds wonderful. I'd love to win a copy.

Winnie T from Utah

Melanie Backus said...

Shelley's book sounds like a winner!

Melanie Bsckus, TX

Kay Garrett said...

I love Shelley Shepard Gray's books. I'd very much love to read THE GIFT. It interests me because it's an Amish romantic suspense book set at Christmas which hits a lot of my likes - Amish, romance, suspense AND a great Christmas story.

Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
Kay from Mountain View, AR
2clowns at arkansas dot net

Vera Godley said...

I tried leaving a comment 2x from my iphone and it didn't take. Let's try again. :)

This sounds delightful, Shelley. I'd love to win a copy and "GIFT" it to the ladies at our church. They absolutely love Amish fiction & I'd like to introduce you to them.

Vera in central North Carolina.

Jane said...

I am read and greatly enjoyed the other books in the Amish of Hart County series. The series is a little different from the usual Amish books, with the added suspense. Enjoyed the interview! Thanks! Jane in TX

VanG said...

I love Books by Shelley and enjoyed getting to know a little about her through your interview. I would dearly love to win a copy of her new book. It sounds like a delightful read. Thanks for the giveaway. 😍 Have a very blessed Christmas! 🎄🎄
VanG in NC

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your awesome giveaway!!
Conway SC.

Vivian Furbay said...

Shelley writes great books and would love to win this one. Vivian Furbay of CO

kim hansen said...

Shelley books are awesome. north platte nebraska.

Cherie J said...

I agree. People can be more than what they seem. I love Shelley's books. She is a talented writer. Would love to read this one. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

Cherie, Florida

Connie Porter Saunders said...

Shelley's book sounds great! Thanks for sharing.
Connie from KY

Dianna said...

I am from Kentucky, and I like that these books are based there.
Dianna (TN)