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Monday, February 21, 2011

Terri Blackstock and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhen fifteen-year-old Lance Covington finds an abandoned baby in the backseat of a car, he knows she’s the newborn daughter of a meth addict he’s been trying to help. But when police arrest him for kidnapping, Lance is thrust into a criminal world of baby trafficking and drug abuse.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of today's drawing for A Dad of His Own, by Gail Gaymer Martin, is:

onepilgrim86@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you today for your snail mail address, and we'll get your book to you right away. I encourage readers to keep commenting and/or subscribe at right (below my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's meet novelist Terri Blackstock, author of Vicious Cycle (Zondervan, February 2011).

PhotobucketTerri Blackstock has sold over six million books worldwide and is a New York Times bestseller. She is the award-winning author of Predator and Intervention, as well as series such as Cape Refuge, Newpointe 911, the SunCoast Chronicles, and the Restoration Series.

Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.

-- I was raised in the Air Force.

-- I lived in the Netherlands from the ages of five to nine.

-- For my first job I worked as a clown at shopping centers, giving away balloons and signing people up for gym memberships.

-- My first published work was at the age of twelve—a poem about the Vietnam war in my local newspaper.

-- I come from a family of five red-heads.

I'm really struggling to picture you in a clown costume, Terri.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of
Vicious Cycle.

PhotobucketWhen fifteen-year-old Lance Covington finds an abandoned baby in the backseat of a car, he knows she’s the newborn daughter of a meth addict he’s been trying to help. But when police arrest him for kidnapping, Lance is thrust into a criminal world of baby trafficking and drug abuse.

His mother, Barbara, looks for help from Kent Harlan—the man whom she secretly, reluctantly loves and who once helped rescue her daughter from a mess of her own. Kent flies to her aid and begins the impossible work of getting Lance out of trouble, protecting a baby who has no home, and finding help for a teenage mother hiding behind her lies.

In this latest novel of suspense and family loyalty, bestselling author Terri Blackstock offers a harrowing look at drug addiction, human trafficking, and the devastating choices that can change lives forever.

What is it about your lead character that will make your readers care about him?

Fifteen year old Lance was in the first book in the Intervention Series. In Intervention, he helps his mother search for his drug-addicted sister when she goes missing. By the time of Vicious Cycle, a year later, he feels he’s learned enough about addiction to help a crystal meth addict he knows from school. Lance is funny and means well, but his good intentions sometimes get him into a lot of trouble. I hope readers will enjoy seeing more of him.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

I think the reason the first book in this series was so successful was that it struck a chord with so many families dealing with drug addiction. Vicious Cycle deals with crystal meth addiction, which is becoming more and more pervasive in our society. I think it will help them have more compassion for people caught up in that lifestyle, and will give them a glimpse into the lives of people caught in bondage. I wrote it to be a page-turner, so I hope they’ll enjoy puzzling through the plot and anticipating what might happen next.

I saw the film, Winter's Bone, a month ago. It's about the backwoods manufacture of crystal meth. Such a dark world, from source to user. I have no doubt you've struck a chord, as you say.

If you were the casting director for the film version of your novel, who would play your lead roles?

PhotobucketIn the roles of Barbara Covington and Kent Harlan, I’d cast Michelle Pfeiffer

Photobucketand Mel Gibson.

I can’t think of who I’d cast for the teen characters, Lance, Emily or Jordan. I have pictures of them that I refer to often, but they’re clipped from photography web sites and aren’t famous people.

If you could change one thing about the Inspirational fiction industry, what would you change?

I wish there were more Christian stores that reported to the New York Times so that all of our fiction could compete with the best-selling secular books. In the past, none of our Christian book store sales were counted. To make the NYT list, you had to have stellar sales in the secular stores. But in the last few months, a couple of the Christian chains announced that they are going to be reporting their sales. That’s a major breakthrough, and it’s because the New York Times recognizes that Christian books are selling very well.

What an exciting trend! I hope they follow through.

What is the last book you read that you would recommend?

I’m currently reading The Corruptible by Mark Mynheir. I recommend it because he’s a former homicide detective and you can see that in his stories and characters. He’s one of my new favorites. I don’t think this book will be out for a few months, but I’d recommend his other books, too.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the editing right now for a book that will release in the fall, called Shadow in Serenity. It’s about a con artist who comes to the little town of Serenity, Texas, with the intention of fleecing the town, but he meets a woman who has him figured out from the beginning, because she used to be a con artist herself. It’s a little different from what I usually do, but I think my readers will have fun reading this. I’m also working on the third book in the Intervention Series, but I don’t have a title for that one yet.

Where else can readers find you online?

They can find me at www.terriblackstock.com, or on Facebook facebook.com/AuthorTerriBlackstock or Twitter www.twitter.com/terriblackstock or YouTube www.youtube.com/terriblackstock.

The book is available for online purchase through the following buttons:

250678: Vicious Cycle, Intervention Series #2

Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?

Do you prefer reading ebooks, audiobooks, or physical books, and why?

Thank you, Terri, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Terri has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, February 28. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Terri's question, above. "Please enter me" won't get you entered. Leave your email address, in case you win, like so: trish[at]trishperry[dot]com.

Be sure to check out my interview with Maureen Lang below, and leave a comment under her interview to be entered in a drawing for a signed copy of her book.

Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.


Casey said...

I really enjoyed this interview to learn more about Terri and I really enjoyed the book as well! :) A signed copy would be really fun. :)

Now, I definitely prefer a physical book. I love the feel of a book in my hands and while I think having an ereader would be fun, it wouldn't replace the joy of a new book-especially one coming in the mail. :)


Katyrose said...

I have every book that Terri has written, except this new one. My favorite so far has been the Restoration series. I felt as though I were living it!

I just started reading ebooks with my iPhone, but I really prefer printed books because I share my books with family, friends and the boys where my husband works--juvenile detention. They love the Christian fiction books more than the others, and we're thrilled that they ask for them and want to read them.


Wendy said...

I prefer to read regular books. I love the feel of turning the pages. That said, I do love my kindle. I like the convenience of it. Some books I like on audio but not if it requires too much concentration - I miss to much as my mind wanders :)

Brenda said...

I love physical books so that I can read them and share them with my family and friends. I've been winning new books and after they read them they donate them to the little library they have in their town, which is so small it really should be called a village!

dancealert at aol dot com

Jordan said...

Great interview!

Although I have been toying with the idea of getting a an e-reader for convenience, I don't think I will because I love "real" books too much. Nothing beat the feel of it in your hands, the smell of the pages (lol) and the sound of them turning. *sigh*

This book looks great! So many people recommend her, but I don't think I've ever read any of her books.


Maureen said...

I adore Terri's books! Always wished I had had a red head! There are some in the family. Closest I got was a strawberry blond! Please include me in this giveaway.


Susan McEachnie said...

I also love the feel of a new book in my hands. I do enjoy listening to audiobooks when I workout. I have been reading ebooks on my iPad & I've found I am able to read them faster & the perk is I can download them in a flash! I have read Terri's books & recommended themto many. Terri's gift is undeniable & I praise God for her life & work.

Jackie S. said...

I love Terri's books....have read them all! I prefer regular books because I pass them on to church library! Please include me in this draw! Thanks!!!

Marianne said...

i LOVE Terri Blackstock books. i prefer regular books because it seems the ebooks i have read (only only started getting those because they are free and will not pay for ebooks) are not complete. and then i found out that ebooks have to have less words than a regular book. oh, so not good.mitzi_wanham yahoo

Linda said...

I prefer paper books because I have a somewhat photographic memory. Can't do that on the other forms.

This is going to be a great book about choices. I don't think the half of us think about the ramification of most of our choices. Please enter me. Great book to read and reference book.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Anne Payne said...

Definitely like an actual book. I just love the way they smell when they're new & how they feel when you have one that you've read over & over...like a Terri Blackstock book :) Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of this one. Sounds good!


Cindy W. said...

My greatest enjoyment comes from reading a physical book. I do love my ebook when I'm going somewhere and want to take more than one book and audio books are wonderful when traveling by car.

I was raised in the Air Force too Terri! I lived in Japan from the age of 6 to 10!

Vicious Cycle sounds like a great read and I would love to be entered to win a copy.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


Sonja said...

Hello, nice to meet you or at least read about you
I prefer that physical book, my husband has a Nook and loves it, but I just love to feel the book as I read... , and turning the page to see how I am doing...

rbooth43 said...

I really liked Intervention by Terri Blackstock. It was an awesome book that told the story of a teen addicted with drugs that with her mother and brothers unrelenting help eventually came to Christ. Her father died a couple of years ago, so that was why she chose to turn to drugs-it was her way of grieving. This book really tells the tale of how others are affected by the actions of an addictive person within the family. I think this is a book with a lesson to be learned. Now I would love to read Vicious Cycle!
rbooth43 at Yahoo dot com

Trish Perry said...

I like hearing that the paper book still has the appeal it does. I'm on the same page (so to speak) with you all. I don't yet own a Kindle but will no doubt get one in the future, but I SO love holding that paper version in my hands. I definitely see the merits in an e-reader in certain circumstances, but "Snuggle" and "Kindle" just don't belong in the same sentence.

Anita said...

I read ebooks almost exclusively. There are a lot of things that I miss about paper books, but the biggest benefit to an ebook is that it doesn't take up any space in my house. ;-) It's also so easy to get the next book in a series. I can remember finishing a book after the bookstore is closed & having to wait until THE NEXT DAY to get the next one. With my Kindle, I can have it in under a minute. :-) There are also so many free Christian ebooks out there all the time. I have hundreds of unread free books on my Kindle right now. Any time I feel like reading something, I can just page through them and pick one. Easier than going to the book store or library. I thought that I was going to have to continue to buy paper copies of my favorite authors: Terri Blackstock, Francine Rivers, and a good friend of mine who writes for Harlequin when I first got my Kindle, but the convenience of it (and not having a house full of books) won out in the end. I often wish I had both paper and ebook versions of certain books (mostly the aforementioned authors :-) ), but I settle for the ebooks...except when they have books I already own in paper become available for free on the Kindle. :-)

windycindy said...

This question has been in my mind
for some time now! Physical books are definitely what I prefer to
read. There is something about
holding a book in my hands and
putting a lovely bookmark in it
that I enjoy...
Many thanks, Cindi

Charity said...

Mi absolute favorite is a real book. I just love holding a book in my hands and I don't think I will ever get rid of them. But at the same time I have enjoyed reading some of the eBooks. I have Kindle for PC and it isn't too bad. I would love to be entered in this giveaway though! Thank you!


Carol M said...

I only read physical books. I like holding them when I read. I like to see them on my shelves. I don't have to worry about my ereader breaking or losing my ebooks.
mittens0831 at aol dot com

Jo said...

I have read the majority of Terri's books and have loved them. Can't wait to read this book now since I read "Intervention".

I have thought about getting a Kindle but have so many physical books and enjoy holding a book. So, for now would have to say a physical book.

Would love to win a copy of this book.


Peggy Griffin said...

Looking at the rows of books--read and unread--in my house reminds me of pleasures past and yet to come. I would like to have a Kindle for the convenience of downloading, but I wouldn't trade the experience of a real book.
I just went to Terri's site and read every excerpt. I'm hooked.
Would love to win this copy,

*~Virginia~* said...

I've always enjoyed reading a physical book rather than reading online, or through Kindle.... Sitting down at the computer, or even Listenging to a book on cd just isn't the same as sitting down with a Book in your hand. :) I like the feel of it.
Please enter me in this giveaway! :D

Nancye said...

Call me an old fashioned girl, but I like regular paper books. I like the feel and the smell of them. I like to hold them in my hand and be able to visually see how much I have read and how much is left. I like to see the books on my bookshelf, not files in my computer.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

splashesofjoy said...

I like regular printed books. I love my pretty big book collection. And I love getting new books. I just don't like reading things on the computer, and think the ebook readers would be about the same. Audio books are great when driving, but I am on disability so I don't work, and don't travel that much. Just give me an old fashion book and I am very happy!
I have read all of Terri's books...except this one... and have most of them in my library. I would love to win a copy of this one!
Joy Hannabass

barbjan10 said...

A very interesting interview with Terri. My book preference is really a book I can handle in my hands and be able to turn back easily to look at something I've read again. I do have a Kindle and I enjoy it too, but it's a little harder to get programmed than a regular book. Audio books are good for travel on long trips. Just so long as I can read, I'm content. Terri's book about intervention appeals to me for several reasons.It hits close to home with a daughter having been an addict and on the streets. God intervened and now she is living a normal life. It wasn't as easy as I might have made it sound. Thank you for this giveaway and the chance to win. I hope I win!

Sharing His Faith,
Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

Anonymous said...

I like the real book. I got an ereader for Christmas. I like turning the pages and holding the book and when I'm done I like sharing them with my family and friends.I'm not sure if the whole book is actually on the ereader form or if is it like the books on tape, I have tried like and I didn't like that. When I read a book I want every word that was written to make that story, I hope That made sense,I don't like where they take out of the scenery description. I like my ereader when I am going on a trip and going to be gone for a few days. I can carry more books in my purse that way.lol. Thank you for the chance to win



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