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Friday, March 28, 2014

Guest Interview with Sandy Nadeau, author of Red Gold

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Hi Sandy, love the beautiful mountain backdrop! I'm so glad to have you visit here to tell us a little about yourself and I'm excited to hear more about your just released novel, Red Gold. Let's start off with some fun questions:

Please tell us about your favorite book as a child and your favorite book as an adult. Can you see a connection between those books?
I loved the book The Cay when it came out in the late 60's. I was in elementary school. It was a powerful story about a black man and white boy getting stranded on an island. Prejudice had to be overcome in order to survive. It's an incredible book. I'm not sure I can name one favorite book as an adult. There are so many. But the theme of overcoming seems to speak to me most.
What is your favorite Scripture? Do you also have a favorite Scripture that encourages you in your writing?
I guess Proverbs 3:5,6 is my most favorite. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path." That and 1 Peter 5:7 "Cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you." They both speak to me in so many aspects of my life including writing. I have to trust God in all I do, and try not to worry, since He'll work it all out.
If you could go to any place in the world to research/write a book, what setting would you choose?
That's a tough one. I'm fascinated with Norway (with my Scandinavian heritage) and Ireland. But I would choose The Grand Cayman because it is so incredible. Then it would have to be an underwater story since the snorkeling is so amazing there.  
We went to Ireland last year, and I have a story idea brewing that takes place there. And I can't wait to read your Grand Cayman book! 
I often wonder if I would write if I had to do it the old-fashioned way without computers and spell-checks and email. Is there anything about technology that you don't like? Or anything about it that you feel enhances your writing?
I started out *cough, cough* thirty years ago using a Smith Corona typewriter to learn writing on. White Out was my friend. I love how easy computers make this, especially when editing time comes along. I don't like when my computer acts up, since I don't know how to fix it. I especially hate computer viruses. Why do people have to do such mean-spirited things?! Now I'm so used to writing on the computer and all the advantages, so that alone enhances the process. 
As a writer how have you had to grow and stretch out of your comfort zone?
As you know, most writers are introverts. I'm very happy alone in my office writing. So talking to groups is definitely getting out of my comfort zone. Meeting with agents and editors at conferences is nerve wracking.  
What advice would you give to a beginning writer that you wish someone had given you?
Funny you should mention that. I met Tracie Peterson at a conference many years ago. Follow advice from a pro!! She was so encouraging and told me I should join this new writers group. I had no self-confidence in writing back then. I didn't join. *slapping forehead* Kept slogging along in my writing. Fast forward several years, and I met Colleen Coble who encouraged me to join the same group, now called the American Christian Fiction Writers. I finally did. What a tremendous difference it made in my level of learning the craft, networking with people doing the same thing, meeting with others that help me along the path. I met a gal at the Denver conference and we became very close friends and help each other with our writing. Get with other writers somehow. Learn all you can on the craft of writing and understand that the learning never stops. Ever. 
Joining ACFW was one of the best things I ever did for my writing, too. I remember meeting you at that Denver conference and you offering me and some others a ride to the airport. Do you want to add anything about your book such as how to order it?
Red Gold is a story that will take you on a mind tour of the Colorado mountains. I think you'll enjoy the ride along as characters face challenges, dangers and fun all rolled into a mystery surrounding the High Country Safaris guest ranch.
Check out Red Gold by Sandy Nadeau on www.barnesandnoble.com www.pelicanbookgroup.com or www.amazon.com and you can find more real life stories of our Colorado adventures on my blog: www.SandyNadeau.blogspot.com
I'm also on Facebook, Sandy Nadeau, author   and Twitter @SandyNadeauCO  and my website is www.SandyNadeau.com
Go find some adventures. Life is full of them!

Sandy Nadeau loves to go on adventures, photograph them and equally loves to write about them. She and her husband do a lot of four-wheeling in the back country of Colorado and share those experiences with others by taking them up in the mountains. With a background in writing a column about her community for a local newspaper, she also has had several magazine articles published. She loves to write novels about adventure, mystery, romance, but most importantly sharing God’s love. She is currently a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and Vice President of the ACFW South Denver Chapter. Married for 37 years, she and her husband are loving life as grandparents to their nine month old grandson. Travel is their favorite thing to do and they don’t get to do it as often as they’d like. Adventure awaits around every corner, over every hill and mountain.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Book Review of When the Morning Glory Blooms by Cynthia Ruchti

Let me tell you all about a book I just finished a couple weeks ago that is already on my "Best Books I've Read in 2014" list!

I love Cynthia Ruchti's fiction and non-fiction alike, but this book and its characters grabbed me and won't let go. And that is the way to tell a great book--one that the characters stay with you, and you keep thinking about them and wondering about them after you close the covers!

I don't know how she did it, but in When the Morning Glory Blooms, the author managed to blend the many stories of characters from the 1890s with some from 1951 and the present, then tie them all together so beautifully at the end. Each character is not only from a different decade, but at different places in their lives and faith journeys.

Although fiction, this is a true-to-life story with sin and its consequences mixed with God's mercy and grace. It shows how our lives are affected by those around us, and more importantly, how our lives can affect so many others whether we are aware of it or not.

So, run out and buy, beg, or borrow a copy of this book so you can meet the woman who runs a home for unwed mothers, a grandmother taking care of her teen-age daughter's baby, and a nurse's aid who is carrying the child of a man fighting overseas. Since this book is about mothers and daughters and all the women who love and nurture us, it would make a great gift for Mother's Day in a few weeks, so buy one for yourself and for some women who are special to you!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Sorry I haven't posted for so long, but I have Great News!

Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency signed me as her client a few weeks ago. 

Since then I have finished up and sent her three proposals which she promptly sent off, so we are praying to hear from one or more of them soon. I am so blessed and thankful to have her in my corner!

Now that things are somewhat back to normal (at least as normal as it can ever be for a writer!) I'll be blogging more often, and posting more book reviews and book giveaways, so  hope you'll check back soon.

I'd love to hear what you have been reading/writing during all the snow this winter so please leave a comment here or on my Facebook pages--www.Facebook.com/rose.mccauley.58 or https://www.facebook.com/RoseAllenMcCauley?ref=hl



Saturday, February 01, 2014

Book Review of Small Town Girl by Ann Gabhart

If you love historicals and/or romance, you will love this book! When I tell others about Kentucky author Ann Gabhart's books I used to say that Angel Sister was my favorite. I now have a new favorite--the sequel to Angel Sister--Small Town Girl.

In the early 1940s, all the inhabitants of Rosey Corner, KY,  are influenced in some way by the war already taking place in Europe. Will America get drawn in, and how will their lives change?

We see the events from September, 1941 to the Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941 and its aftermath through the eyes of Kate Merritt, small-town girl, and Jay Tanner, drifter extraordinaire.

Kate longs to see the world, but also wants to be around her family and all she has ever known in Rosey Corner. Jay surprises himself by settling down in this small town for a few weeks. Can they both overcome hangups from their pasts and admit the love that is growing between them? Can that love overcome an accident and a misunderstanding and a war?

You will have to read the book to find out, and you are in for a treat, because Ann Gabhart is a master at writing the emotions of the characters in a way that makes them seem like your best friends sharing all their secrets with you. I bet you'll have a new favorite novel and author if you do!



 

Friday, January 24, 2014

Best book ever by Kim Vogel Sawyer! Echoes of Mercy

If you have been reading my blog for very long, you know that Kim Vogel Sawyer is one of my favorite authors. She writes romances in both contemporary and historical genres. With Echoes of Mercy, she has also added romantic suspense to her categories so you get two stories for the price of one--her always sweet romance plus a second thread of suspense and danger. But if you are a member of the "Big Honkin' Chickens Club" as I am, you don't have to worry that the suspense will be of the Stephen King variety, but it does add another exciting element to the story, and I hope she will continue along this line.

This story covers child labor laws and reformers in the early twentieth century in Kansas, but this info is shown as part of the story in such a natural way that you learn about it without feeling like you are in school. 

Caroline Lang's undercover work at Dinsmore's World Famous Chocolate Factory is as in investigator for the Labor Commission. She meets Ollie Moore who is working as a janitor there. They disagree on child labor laws, but soon both bond with a family of young children in need.

The ending is one of my favorites, too, but I won't reveal more about it except to say it shows how God works everything out even better than we could have imagined. (Ephesians 3:20) This book has just been released, so hurry and buy or order a copy!

A review copy was sent to my by the publisher, but all comments are solely my own.


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Rose's Book Review of With Autumn's Return by Amanda Cabot

Just finished another great historical book this past week--With Autumn's Return by Amanda Cabot. This is the third book in a series, and I hadn't read the other two, but there was enough info to cue me in that this book was about the third sister. For those who read the first two books, there is a reunion in the epilogue. But, you can definitely enjoy this book if you haven't read the others, although you may want to because Ms. Cabot has an engaging way of writing historicals.

This book has romance and much more.  The heroine, Dr. Elizabeth Harding moves to Cheyenne, Wyoming, to open her medical practice. The hero, Jason Nordling, is a lawyer with his office right next door to hers. In spite of their contrary opinions on several things, they grow in admiration for each other. You'll enjoy the twists and turns of their romance.

The story starts with one murder and ends with another that almost leads to a third death. Read this book to find out who the murderer and the one who is almost murdered is. Highly recommend!

Although this book was sent by the publisher as a review copy, these comments are all my own.

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Book Giveaway--A Christmas Homecoming by MaryAnn Diorio

Sorry I am late posting this month's book giveaway. I read this book over a year ago, and the author MaryAnn Diorio sent me an extra copy a couple weeks ago to use as a giveaway. I am sharing the review I wrote last year to explain that even though it has a Christmas setting, this story of forgiveness and love is good any time of the year. I hope you will read the review then leave a comment before February 1st when we will pick a winner. Then you can read the book now or wait til next Dec., and maybe even give it away as a gift. To be eligible you have to leave a comments with an email address and have a US mailing address.
Review:
I started A Christmas Homecoming one evening and finished it the next morning by lunch because I couldn't wait to find out how it would end! Although the beginning of the story is filled with quite a bit of drama and angst, I was pleased to find a happy ending since that is the kind of books I love to read and write. This heart-warming story overflows with forgiveness--both giving and receiving it.

Think of it as a Hallmark movie with so much conflict you are not sure how the author can pull it all together that then culminates with an ending so happy your eyes are filled with tears of joy. And all wrapped up in a nice holiday package on Christmas Day.