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Monday, August 8, 2011

Winnie Griggs and Free Books!

PhotobucketMarriage was out of the question... until it became the only answer.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the copy of Susan Meissner's novel, The Shape of Mercy, is:

nancyecdavis@ . . .

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 revisit with novelist Winnie Griggs, author of Second Chance Family (Harlequin Love Inspired Historical, July 2011).

PhotobucketWinnie Griggs has written 12 books for three different lines and is currently hard at work on her 13th. A small town girl herself, Winnie’s books focus on family and community and matters of faith - all subjects that are near and dear to her own heart. In fact, the motto on her website reads “Small Towns, Big Hearts, Amazing Grace”

Winnie has been married for 35 years to her college sweetheart and together they have raised four proud-to-call-them-mine children and a too-numerous-to-count assortment of dogs, cats, fish, hamsters, turtles and 4-H sheep. Besides reading and writing, Winnie’s favorite activities include cooking, exploring flea markets and pretending the growing army of dust bunnies who have invaded her home will disappear if she just ignores them long enough.

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

--I collect trinket boxes.

--I was born on Friday the 13th.

--I have a BS degree in Mathematics.

--I once made a patchwork quilt.

--I’m the oldest of five siblings.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Second Chance Family.

PhotobucketTake one sheriff who is convinced marriage is absolutely not for him and one widow who is all about the importance of family, then add two mistreated orphans desperate for a loving home and a busybody neighbor determined to send them packing, and you have all the makings of a head-butting confrontation set to rock the sleepy town of Knotty Pine, Texas.

The honorable sheriff has vowed never to love again, for fear of wounding someone else. The most he can offer widow Cora Beth Collins is marriage in name only, which is not at all to Cora Beth’s liking. But with no other way to adopt two runaway orphans, she accepts.

Despite his intentions, however, Mitch is starting to want more from Cora Beth...and from himself. For in her trusting eyes he sees everything he hopes to be - as a lawman, a father and a husband.

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

He is an honorable man who champions those who most need his help. And he is fighting his very obvious attraction to the heroine in order to protect her from the hurt he fears he will inflict on her.

Most novels feature a villain, whether in the form of a person or as an entity or psychological fear. Who or what would you say is your novel’s villain?

There is a backstory villain, in the form of the hero’s grandmother, who inflicted emotional wounds. But the on-stage villain, who drives the story forward, is the town’s busybody.

Gossip mongers! Excellent bad guys!

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

PhotobucketI patterned my hero after a young Tom Selleck.

PhotobucketAnd my heroine after Kate Winslet (the character she played in The Holiday).

What are you working on now?

I’ve completed a novella, Home For Thanksgiving, that will be released in the Once Upon A Thanksgiving anthology that will come out in October. At the moment I’m working on the third book of a continuity about three sisters who immigrate from Ireland to the US in 1850

Where else can readers find you online?

I always love hearing from readers! My website is www.winniegriggs.com, I’m active on facebook, and I blog once a month over at Petticoats and Pistols.

The book is available at fine book stores and by online purchase via these buttons:

828770: Second Chance Family

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

I love to collect quotes - of the inspirational, motivational or quirky-view-of-life variety. Do you have a favorite you’d be willing to share?

Thank you, Winnie, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Winnie has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, August 15. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Winnie'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 post about your recipes and my Tea for Two giveaway. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of my post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book (or one of my other books).

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Little Lady said...

my favorite quote is one I found in "A Chance to Die" by Elisabeth Elliot, and right now, this is painted upon my wall in my room.

"be earnest, earnest, earnest - mad if thou wilt; Do what though dost as if the stake were heaven, and that thy last deed before the Judgement Day"
~Charles Kingsley

I hope you enjoy this quote as much as I have!

please enter me!

Lisa E. said...

Sounds like a wonderful book! And a young Tom Selleck is a pretty awesome choice for hero! ;-)

Here are my a couple of my favorite quotes:

"In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart."
~John Bunyan

"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind."
~C.S. Lewis

Thanks for entering me!


Trish Perry said...

Wonderful quotes! I always have C.S. Lewis's longish quote about Jesus/poached egg nearby, because it's so cleverly written. But here's another of my favorites, courtesy of Elizabeth Barrett Browning: "Earth's crammed with heaven, and every common bush aflame with God; But only those who see take off their shoes; The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries."

gahome2mom said...

It is always fun to hear about someone that refuses to fall in love but ends up doing it anyways. lol Thanks gahome2mom/at/gmail/dot/com

dancealert said...

I don't know where it came from but my Mom sent me a long piece of wood stained and printed with the saying "Together is a Wonderful Place to be". It's hanging in my bedroom. I loved Tom Selleck when he was younger, I dated for a while a guy who could have been his twin. Never worked out.
I'm a subscriber and follow via gfc. I posted this to my blog:
Brenda From Michigan
dancealert at aol dot com

Judy said...

Here is a favorite quote of mine.

"When one door closes another opens. But often we look so long so regretfully upon the closed door that we fail to see the one that has opened for us."
Helen Keller

I enjoyed the interview with Winnie. Being married for 35 years is wonderful. I send my congratulations to you!

I wasn't born on Friday, the 13th but I was born on the 13th!


lgm52 said...

two of my favorites:

"You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
Love like you'll never be hurt,
Sing like there's nobody listening,
And live like it's heaven on earth."
— William W. Purkey

"Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away"


windycindy said...

I read The Little Prince when I was young and it is still one of my favorite books! One of my all time
memorable quotes is from this book ~
"Here is my secret. It is very simple: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye."
I would love to read Winnie's book...
Many thanks, Cindi

CraftyMama said...

"Never doubt in the darkness what God reveals to you in the light." :)

nitpicking101 [at] gmail [dot] com

Winnie Griggs said...

Oh wow - such wonderful quotes - I'm writing several of them down to save. Now, let me share one of my all time favorites with you. It's from G.K.Chesterton:
"There is no such thing as a self-made man. We are made up of thousands of others. Everyone who has ever done a kind deed for us, or spoken one word of encouragement to us, has entered into the make-up of our character and of our thoughts, as well as our success."

Trish Perry said...

Terrific quotes! Winnie's quote from Chesterton actually triggered my memory of this one from author Ellen Miller: "When the road gets hard, obstacles get in our way, or we fail, we tend to say, 'Oh, it must not be God's will.' Really? . . . Why do you think it should always be easy to be in the middle of His will?"

I like that, because failure (or rejection) isn't usually the vehicle the Lord uses to guide us, as far as my experience shows!

Jackie Rod said...

I'm looking forward to reading your new book, Winnie. :)
My quote for you is:
"Virtue consists, not in abstaining from vice, but in not desiring it." - George Bernard Shaw

Anonymous said...

Love the plot of your book.

A quote from my mother:

Always look for the good in
everyone. Even in the worst
people, there is some good

Another from a friend:

Always consider that there may
be something you don't know
about which causes the conduct
you don't like. When I found
out there had been a bad bad
accident involving the child of
the person who had been rude , I understood. She was too involved in her family tragedy to even realize she had been rude. That was a good lesson for me.




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