Tuesday, December 18, 2018

AN UNEXPECTED LEGACY - Amy R Anguish - One Free Book

Bio: Amy R Anguish grew up a preacher's kid, and in spite of having lived in seven different states that are all south of the Mason Dixon line, she is not a football fan. Currently, she resides in Tennessee with her husband, daughter, and son, and usually a bossy cat or two. Amy has an English degree from Freed-Hardeman University that she intends to use to glorify God, and she wants her stories to show that while Christians face real struggles, it can still work out for good.

Welcome, Amy. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.   
Unfortunately, my characters mostly get my weaknesses (like a lack of faith or a struggle to forgive or even mistrust) and a dose of sarcasm and flippant remarks.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done? 
I had hot pink streaks put into my hair a year before my daughter was born. It wasn’t something I had ever thought I would do, but I just decided to do something different ... and I loved it.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?      
I have always loved to read. When I had a teacher in middle school who wrote, it sort of dawned on me that I COULD write, you know? Before that, authors were unreachable. When I met one in real life, it made it seem more achievable.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.         
I love Christian romance (both contemporary and historical) as well as fantasy. But I have also expanded lately to read other books, as well, including several devotional and inspirational books, which really got me thinking and stretching.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?         
One word: tea. Okay, maybe that’s not my only way to keep my sanity. Seriously, though, a cup of hot tea does me good. As does my stash of chocolate. I try to read the Bible through each year. And make sure I make it to worship and Bible study every time I can to keep me grounded. I make time for friends away from my children. And I read.

How do you choose your characters’ names?       
Sometimes, they come to me. I start thinking about the plot, and BAM! The name just appears in my head and I know it’s right. Other times, I run through a list of names I like and pick one that won’t be too similar to other characters in the same book.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?         
Being a mommy.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?        
I think I might like to be a bear. Hibernation sounds wonderful this time of year.

What is your favorite food?
Chicken enchiladas with sour cream sauce! Mmmm. Although margherita pizza is a definite second.

My granddaughter and I will be making Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas for the whole family for our Christmas celebration. It’s a tradition in our family. What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?           
Probably my greatest roadblock is not letting the reader get into my characters’ heads enough. I am great at dialogue, but not always great at giving insights between the talking scenes. I try to go back and really focus on that more as I edit, finding places I can deepen, add emotion, or even inner dialogue. I also have great friends who are good at telling me which scenes need more, when they read it before it gets submitted to a publisher.

Tell us about the featured book.    
In An Unexpected Legacy, Jessica and Chad meet at a smoothie shop and quickly start to fall in love. As they get to know each other, they discover their families are from the same town ... and that an old family secret has kept others apart in the past. They have to uncover the past before they can make sure their relationship will last into the future.

Please give us the first page of the book.  
Here’s the prologue for my book:
“Don’t even think about it.”

Sandy stared across the room at Rob’s eyes. Spellbinding. The brightest shade of blue she had ever seen. “About what?”

Ruth stepped between Sandy and her view. “That boy.”

“Which one?” Sandy asked, although she had a guess. She trailed her finger along the snack table, reached for a pretzel as a way to get a better view. His new letterman jacket hung loosely on his lean frame, his long fingers playing with the edge of his Bible as he stood talking to several other boys in the youth group.

Ruth turned Sandy to look at her. “You know which one. That Manning boy. That family’s no good.”

“How can you say that?”

Ruth huffed. “Are you coming or not?” She motioned toward the door. “Daddy’s waiting in the car.”

Sandy intentionally walked around the table in the opposite direction of her older sister so she could get a little closer to Rob as she left. Her heart sped up a bit as she wondered what it would feel like to have her hand in place of his Bible. He looked up, noticed her stare, and gave her a grin before she could duck her head.

Ruth caught up and nudged Sandy again as she slowed down. “Do you know where they’re living?”

“In the old Potter house.” Sandy frowned. “What does that have to do with anything?”

Ruth opened her mouth, as if to say something, then shook her head. “Just leave him alone, Sandy. He’s no good for you. You’re going to end up with your heart broken.”

“Don’t be silly, Ruthie.” Sandy pushed the door open. “I’m going to marry that boy.”

Good opening. How can readers find you on the Internet?

Thank you, Amy, for sharing this book with my readers and me. I’m eager to read it, and I know they are, too.

Readers, here are links to the book.
An Unexpected Legacy - Paperback
An Unexpected Legacy - Kindle

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Chalcedony1213 said...

Hey Amy, your story sounds awesome. Love your cover, too. Can't wait to read it.

Amy Anguish said...

Thanks so much! So glad you stopped by today. I was thrilled with how the cover came out.

Melanie Backus said...

I am intrigued by this book Melanie Backus TX

Vivian Furbay said...

Sounds like a good story. I wonder what the family secret is. Vivian Furbay of CO jtandviv (at) q (dot) com

Kay Garrett said...

Thank you for the interview with Amy R Anguish. We do have something in common - our love for chicken enchiladas. However, I will say that I had to google the margherita pizza.

"An Unexpected Legacy" sounds like a wonderful story. I would love to read more about Jessica and Chad's journey. LOVE the cover!

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

Amy Anguish said...

Thanks so much! I hope you check it out!

Amy Anguish said...

Thanks for your comment, Vivian.

Amy Anguish said...

Thanks so much! You live not far from where I went to high school! Small world.

Ramona Richards said...

Thanks, Amy! I love hearing about new books (and their authors). Here's hoping it's a success. (Lena, I'm not up for the drawing; I'll buy it. Thanks.)

Connie Porter Saunders said...

This sounds very intriguing! Thanks for sharing.
Merry Christmas!
Connie from Kentucky

Shelia64 said...

sounds wonderful. Shelia from Mississippi

rubynreba said...

You always pick such wonderful books and authors to review!
Beth from Iowa

2boyzmommy said...

Sounds very interesting. Thanks for the chance to win. I live in New Jersey.

Unknown said...

Enter me!!
Conway SC.

Lourdes said...

Sounds great would love to win

Lourdes Long Island,N Y