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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Jim Rubart and Free Books!

PhotobucketGod’s Book of Days. A record of the past, present, and future of every soul. Some say it’s fable. Others are sure it’s real, hidden somewhere on Earth...if Cameron Vaux can’t find it, he will lose everything.

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Now let's revisit novelist James L. Rubart, author of Book of Days (B and H Fiction, January 2011).

PhotobucketJames L. Rubart is the best-selling author of Rooms and Book of Days, married to the love of his life, and extremely proud of his two teenage sons. When he’s not dirt biking, water skiing or playing guitar, he helps people with their marketing through his company Barefoot Marketing. He lives with his family in the Pacific Northwest.

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

-- I've almost drowned; twice.

-- I used to be into sleight of hand.

-- I've starred in a TV commercial.

-- I almost lost three fingers on my right hand when I was one and a half.

-- I cannot stay on top of my e-mail.

Three fingers?! Wow, then you really would have been sleight of hand, no?

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of
Book of Days.

PhotobucketGod’s Book of Days. A record of the past, present, and future of every soul. Some say it’s fable. Others are sure it’s real, hidden somewhere on Earth...

If Cameron Vaux can’t find it, he will lose everything.

“You will lose your mind. When it starts happening … you must find the Book of Days.”

When Cameron’s dying father delivers this message, he brushes it off. Lose his memory? He’s only twenty-five. Find a book that doesn’t even exist. Foolishness. Nothing more than the product of his father’s dementia.

But now, eight years after his father’s death, it’s happening. Chunks of Cameron’s life are just--gone. Even memories of his wife, killed two years ago, have slipped away. Could it be…? Is his father’s eerie prediction coming true?

Desperate, Cameron determines to fulfill his father’s last wish. He will find the Book of Days. But when a lead takes him to the small town of Three Peaks, Oregon, Cameron realizes dark secrets are at work. The townspeople, warm as apple pie at first, turn cold as liquid nitrogen when Cameron mentions the Book. As his mind works against him, Cameron discovers that friends may be enemies. And the one person Cameron can’t stand? She might well be his strongest ally.

But there are others seeking the Book. Others who will stop at nothing to get it. And they’re closer than Cameron ever imagined…

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

He loved his late wife with his whole heart, and he's determined to honor her last request and find the Book of Days before it's too late. (And he's got a great sense of humor.)

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

Three reasons:

1. It's a roller coaster! I love it when readers e-mail me and say they couldn't put it down. I want people to be caught up in another world and love being in it.

2. It might change their life. Book of Days deals with forgiveness of others and maybe more importantly learning to forgive ourselves.

3. It deals with the question of where our memories go, especially our loved one's memories. And gives great hope to those who know someone suffering from Alzheimer's.

How do you restart the creative juices when you feel a block coming on?

All the writers reading this will moan, but I've never had writer's block. (Well, I've had it for two and three minutes at a time, but I don't think that counts.)

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

I was privileged to read a manuscript called Forbidden (The Books of Mortals), written by Ted Dekker and Tosca Lee, which comes out this fall. It's outstanding. An incredibly powerful look at the church through an allegorical tale set in the future. I loved it.

What are you working on now?

PhotobucketI’m working on a small group study guide based on my bestselling debut novel, Rooms. It will have a workbook, a DVD that I'll host, behind the scenes trivia … I’m really excited about it. It's the first time a study guide has been done from fiction. It comes out in October from Lifeway.

Where else can readers find you online?

Facebook: James L. Rubart
Web site: www.jimrubart.com
Twitter: @jimrubart

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

671517: Book of Days

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

My dream of being an author has come true. What's your dream? The one only God can bring into reality? And are you doing your part to make it come true?

Thank you, Jim, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Jim has offered to give a signed copy of his book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, March 24. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Jim'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 interviews with Debby Mayne and Winnie Griggs and leave a comment at the bottom of their posts to enter the drawings for their books.

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splashesofjoy said...

One dream when I was young was that I would always be able to play the piano/organ/keyboard for church services, and the Lord has opened up those doors for me throughout my life. I am now playing the organ part on the keyboard for our orchestra at our church.
Thanks for the interview and telling us about your book. Can't wait to read it!

Anonymous said...

I had a fulsome comment last night which got lost in cyberspace. This one won't be nearly as eloquent, but perhaps it will cover the same territory.
First, I love the description of your new book and it sounds like the kind of page-turner I really enjoy.
Now, your question about our writing dreams.
I'm already published in non-fiction and poetry, so my writing dream for fiction is basically:
I'd like to have MANY readers enjoying SEVERAL of my novels to the extent that they're telling their friends and are eager for my next one.
Now, what am I doing about it?
I've completed six novel ms. I've entered several contests, submitted one ms. to several agents (one of these has had my 'full' since the summer). Another ms. 'full' to a small publisher. Preparing to query another agent with a diff. ms. And plan to overhaul the first 100 pps of my 3rd ms. to send to a small publisher who seemed receptive when we corresponded about it.
And I pray a lot. My prayers include appreciation to the Lord for the talent, ability, motivation -- and numerous opportunities HE has provided -- to learn and practice and improve my craft. And I petition the Lord to open publishing 'windows' since (having given me all these things) surely He does not intend my writing to have no readers besides myself a few beta readers.
Overall, I pray for God's guidance in not writing/publishing anything which would be offensive in His eyes.

Jeff Salter

jeff7salter said...

Thanks, Trish.
I'm trying again to get through the filter or whatever. Let's see if it works.

Noah Arsenault said...

I want to travle the world. Not so only to see the sights, but to learn the cultures. But, not just for myself; I would like to get involved in mission work. Though I'm not sure I could limit myself to one place. I hope to find a way to help in many countries. I have taken a few language classes in high school, this being my junior year, and I hope to take many more.

Merry said...

My husband and I had a dream to serve the Lord in missions from our first year of marriage. God sent us to the mission field with our family many years later when we reached our 50's... it is awesome to see how He brought us here and the amazing things He continues to do!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Richard Mabry said...

My dream used to be to play professional baseball. Never made it past semi-pro, because I was a pitcher and in the days before the designated hitter I could throw a curve ball but couldn't hit it.
Now my dream is to be a writer who's as good as Jim Rubart. I may even grow a beard in furtherance of that ambition.
Thanks to you both for a delightful interview.

Sheryl Barnes said...

I had a childhood dream of being a singer. However, knocking on doors in Nashville wasn't reality. I love to sing though and enjoy being part of the choir at my church.
Jim - I loved Rooms and look forward to reading your new book.
Thanks for sharing.

Dan Walsh said...

Great interview Jim. Knew many of these things about you, but learned a little more.

My dream? It's to someday be half the man my dog thinks I am. Just kidding (heard a comedian say that once).

By God's kindness and amazing grace, I'm getting to live the dream of my youth. To write books and do it for a living.

And God has done, as the Word says He will, beyond what I could ask or think, by allowing me to meet some of the most wonderful people along the way (you are certainly among them, my friend).

Dan Walsh



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