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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Dorothy Love and Free Books!

PhotobucketAda has loved deeply and lost dearly, but protecting her heart could mean missing out on the love of a lifetime.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of The Wedding Season, featuring Louise Gouge's novella, The Gentleman Takes a Bride, is:

kmkuka@ . . .

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 Dorothy Love, author of Beyond All Measure (Thomas Nelson Fiction, June 2011).

PhotobucketAn accomplished author in the general market, Dorothy Love makes her Christian fiction debut with the Hickory Ridge novels set in her native state of Tennessee. An avid traveler and amateur historian Dorothy shares her passion for Southern history through her novels. A sustaining member of the Southern Historical Society, she shares a home in the Texas hill country with her husband and their two golden retrievers.

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

-- I’m a beach girl through and through.

-- I paid for my undergraduate degree writing for newspapers.

-- My favorite trip of all time was a three week sojourn through New Zealand with my husband.

-- The only ice cream flavor I can’t resist is Blue Bell’s Homemade Vanilla.

-- I collect seashells (see above!) and antique maps.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Beyond All Measure.

PhotobucketFollowing the loss of her family, her fianc√©, and her fortune, Ada Wentworth journeys from Boston to Hickory Ridge to take a position as a lady’s companion. But only until she can earn enough money to open a millinery shop back east. Then she meets her employer, Wyatt Caldwell, the kindest and most attractive man in Hickory Ridge and despite her misgivings, finds that her feelings for him are growing.

As the South struggles to heal in the aftermath of the Civil War, Ada must let go of her painful past in order to trust God with her future, and Wyatt with her heart.

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

Ada has lost everything. She struggles with her faith, and with the very real problem of how to provide for herself. Even though she is a woman of the 19th century, her emotions and the choices she must make are the same ones modern women face every day.

Why will readers enjoy your novel?

I’ve heard from early readers that they love Wyatt as much as they love Ada. Who can resist a long-legged, blue eyed, Stetson-wearin’ Texan who brings you candy and calls you darlin’? I hated to let him go. Others have said they loved the historical details, and the relationships between Ada and the citizens of Hickory Ridge: Miss Lillian, the ladies of the church quilting circle, and Sophie, the beautiful mulatto child at the orphanage. Others liked the unexpected plot twist.

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

That’s a great question. I don’t watch very many modern movies; I am a fan of the classics. So I don’t even know the names of today’s stars.

PhotobucketMatthew McConaughy is a native Texan with the languid drawl that makes me swoon, so maybe he’d be a great Wyatt.

PhotobucketMaybe Anne Hathaway for Ada?

PhotobucketIf Virginia Madsen were younger she would be my first pick. She brings such depth and sensitivity to any role she plays. I am not sure why she never became a huge star. I absolutely love her in every role she’s done.

Here's a picture of her when she was younger. I've always liked her, as well. I especially liked her surprisingly sinister character in Monk. 

If your publisher asked you to write your next novel in a different genre, which genre would you choose? 

Wow, that’s hard. I love historical fiction beyond all measure, but I wrote a number of contemporary novels for young adults before coming to CBA. It might be fun to write another.

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

Bloodroot by Amy Greene. It’s a southern novel told in six voices and each one is distinct and pitch perfect. The language is beautiful and precise, and the story, while sometimes harrowing, makes us care deeply about the protagonist. I just finished Julie Lessman’s A Hope Undaunted, and as always I am blown away by the depth of her characterizations and her ability to make us care about a huge, messy, flawed Irish American family.

What are you working on now?

I am waiting to receive line edits for the second Hickory Ridge book Beauty For Ashes which will release next February, and am writing the third, to be called Every Perfect Gift. That one will complete the Hickory Ridge series and will be out in November of 2012.

Where else can readers find you online?

My site is www.DorothyLoveBooks.com. I blog from there and also post weekly writers tips on the Writers’ Caffeine page. Right now I’m inviting readers to send 300 words about one of their ancestors for possible inclusion in the last Hickory Ridge novel. Details are on the home page of the website. Or, readers can click the icon on my home page to friend me on Facebook.

The book can be purchased through fine bookstores and online through the following buttons:

549006: Beyond All Measure,  Hickory Ridge Series #1

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

Your question about who I would cast in the movie is intriguing. I’d like to ask your movie-savvy readers: who should play Wyatt and Ada on the silver screen?

PhotobucketFun question, Dorothy. Personally, I think your cover girl looks like Olivia Wilde.

Thank you, Dorothy, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Dorothy has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, July 14. To enter, leave an answer to Dorothy's question (above) at the bottom of today's post. "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 Catherine West, below, and leave a comment at the bottom of the post to enter the 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.


Diana Flowers said...

I would love to win this book! For our heroine, lovely Megan Fox and for our hero Christian Bale in his more rugged look.


Little Lady said...

I'm not really a fan of Ann Hathaway, but who I would chose would be Emmy Rossum for Ada, and I am in total agreement about Matthew McConaughy (since he's totally gorgeous and has that drawl ;)

And of course, I would love to win a copy...

Connie Arnold said...

What's not to love about Wyatt? Matthew McConaughy seems like a great pick for him! Thanks for sharing the enjoyable interview, Trish. It looks like a great book!

Emily said...

Hmm, who should play them? That's a little hard to say, considering I haven't read your books, but I'll try and pull some names out of my hat...Maybe Sean Faris for Wyatt and Nadia Dajani for Ada? I don't know, just throwing names here.
Thanks for the giveaway!


Debbie said...

Perhaps Keri Russell for Ada and Sean Patrick Flanery for Wyatt? maybe not the best couple, but they're something by themselves...
Sign me up for the giveaway!


john said...

Not sure who I would pick for these character, but I really like your ideas. Does that count? I'm thinking really hard here, but I'm not really very into movies these days. Everyone seems to have some good ideas, though.


Books Are A Blessing said...

Matthew McConaughy for Wyatt for sure!! And I'm not sure on the ladies. Since I read more than watch movies,......my choices are limited!

karenk said...

Matthew McConaghy is a excellent choice...and his lady...Megan Fox

this sounds like a fabulous novel :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Cindy W. said...

Oh wow, I love Matthew McConaghy so he would be a definite for Wyatt and I just love it when he is paired with Kate Hudson.

I love the cover of your book too! Would love to win a copy.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


dancealert said...

I'm not sure who I would put in a movie of your characters. I do love Matthew Mc CoConaghy. Perhaps Jennifer Love Hewitt for the other character? I'm a subscriber of this blog and a follower through GFC.
I posted this to my blog: http://dancealertreads.blogspot.com/2011/07/reading-writing-and-stuff-in-between_07.html

dancealert at aol dot com

misskallie2000 said...

I go with Matthew McConaughy as Wyatt (can't go wrong with him) and Jennifer Aniston or Jennifer Love Hewitt for Ada. I seldom go to movies or watch then except on TV so not up on the names of the younger guys and girls out there.
Would love to win Beyond All Measure as I do love romance.
Thanks for the giveaway

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

apple blossom said...

Wyatt ~ Eric Flemming
Ada ~ Helene Joy

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

windycindy said...

In my eyes, I can see Keanu Reeves
as Wyatt and as Ada, Sydney Penny!
Many thanks, Cindi

Merry said...

Matthew McConaughy is a terrific choice and Rachel McAdams might be a good female lead.

worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Rose said...

I believe Anne Hathaway and James Marsden.

Trish Perry said...

Old Matthew has quite the following! I'm thrilled that so many of you are offering ideas. I half expected a lot of "I haven't read the book, so I couldn't say." This is more fun.

Now when Dorothy gets that call from Hollywood, she'll have a quiver full of casting ideas. I just hope Matthew has room available on his calendar.

squiresj said...

I never heard of this author and I would love to read her books.
I do not do good with actors and actresses so I would not have an opinion about who should play what.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Dorothy Love said...

Thanks to everybody who has commented so far. I love reading your ideas. Trish, that is a fabulous shot of Matthew. Is he gorgeous or what?? Did you know he used to live just down the road from me when I lived in Austin? Never spotted His Gorgeousness though. :(

Debbie, I loved the idea of Keri Russell to play Ada. She's a doll. And windycindy, Keneau is an interesting choice to play Wyatt. thanks for commenting.

Julie Lessman said...

DOROTHY AND TRISH -- GREAT INTERVIEW!!! And I had the privilege and honor to read Beyond All Measure, and it is absolutely WONDERFUL!!! SOOOO glad you came to the Christian market, Dorothy, truly!

And thanks for your kind words about AHU as well -- they mean all the more coming from an author I respect and admire.


lisset.delgado said...

I would pick. Emmy Rossum for Ada and Chris Evans for Wyatt. Thanks.

Nancye said...

How 'bout Bridget Mendler of Selena Gomez for Ada? I am drawing a total blank on who could be Wyatt......mmmmmmm....not sure who would make a good Wyatt. (Can you tell I watch a lot of the Disney Channel with my kids? :)

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

who should play Wyatt and Ada on the silver screen?
Yannick Bisson for Wyatt
Sarah Chalke for Ada

Lady DragonKeeper said...

Ooh, I loved Yannick Bisson in "Sue Thomas F.B.Eye" so I'll second that, just to see him on screen again ... don't know if he can do a southern accent though ...

For Ada ... I agree that Olivia Wilde sort of looks like the girl on the cover, so that could work.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help --I don't keep track of actors to much. Thanks for the chance to win!


Trish Perry said...

Yep, Dorothy, Matthew is a cutie. So are some of these other suggestions!

Nancye, my daughter watches a lot of Disney with her son, and she's a big Selena Gomez fan--says the girl is a total sweetie.

Looking forward to seeing who wins the copy of Dorothy's lovely novel.



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