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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Susan Page Davis and Free Books!

PhotobucketA girl has become a woman while in captivity, and a stagecoach driver longs to return her to the home she barely remembers.

But before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Robin Lee Hatcher's novel, Belonging, is:

bookwurm70@ . . .

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 (above my list of books) in order to participate in future book give-aways!

Now let's revisit novelist Susan Page Davis, author of Captive Trail (Moody Publishers, September 2011).

Susan Page Davis is an award-winning author with thirty-six published novels and novellas. A Maine native, she has also lived in Oregon and recently moved to western Kentucky.

Susan has six children and eight grandchildren and loves to spend time with them. She loves animals, puzzles, reading, and genealogy. In January, 2011, she was named Favorite Author of the Year among readers of Heartsong Presents books. She’s a member of Women Writing the West and American Christian Fiction Writers and a past winner of the Carol Award (ACFW’s Book of the Year) and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award.

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

--I once served Bob Dylan a cup of tea.

--I love cats.

--I grew up in an 1850s stone farmhouse.

--I like to find wild plants you can eat.

--I had my appendix removed while I was nine months pregnant.

Oh, my goodness, Susan! That last one is shocking! I dealt with appendicitis just a year or so ago, so I vividly remember the pain involved. I can't imagine what you went through, carrying a baby in the midst of appendicitis!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Captive Trail.

PhotobucketTaabe Waipu has run away from her Comanche village and is fleeing south in Texas on a horse she stole from a dowry left outside her family’s teepee. The horse has an accident and she is left on foot, injured and exhausted. She staggers onto a road near Fort Chadbourne and collapses.

On one of the first runs through Texas, Butterfield Overland Mail Company driver Ned Bright carries two Ursuline nuns returning to their mission station. They come across a woman who is nearly dead from exposure and dehydration and take her to the mission.

With some detective work, Ned discovers Taabe Waipu’s identity. He plans to unite her with her family, but the Comanche have other ideas, and the two end up defending the mission station. Through Taabe and Ned we learn the true meaning of healing and restoration amid seemingly powerless situations.

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

Taabe is a very strong woman, even though she’s first presented in a weak and vulnerable situation. Her struggle to belong and to accept her past and future will touch hearts.

What were some of your favorite words of encouragement from a mentor, colleague, or reader?

The thing that really encouraged me to keep trying and pushed me on into publication was my husband and his support. He took over shopping and some other chores so I could write.

Oh, let's hear it for supportive spouses! That can make all the difference for an author.

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

Oh, that’s easy! Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind, by Ann B. Ross. It’s hilarious (but not a Christian book).

What are you working on now?

I’m writing another western, but this one’s much lighter in tone. Lady in the Making will be the third in my new Prairie Dreams series. In it, a lady with a past has to convince a gentleman that she really is a lady now.

I see a lot of potential humor in that premise!

Where else can readers find you online?

See my website at: www.susanpagedavis.com. I also have a FaceBook page maintained by my daughter, but I can’t interact directly with readers there, so I like to encourage folks to visit my personal site. You can also find fun stuff about Captive Trail and the rest of the Texas Trails series at: www.texastrailsfiction.com.

The book is available at fine book stores and for purchase online through the following buttons:

405845: Captive Trail, Texas Trails Series #2

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

I’d love to have some ideas for 10-minute refreshers (A walk around your garden? A glass of cold tea?). I need to get up and take a short break once in a while, so tell me—what rejuvenates you in a short time?

Thank you, Susan, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Susan has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, September 15. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Susan'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 Margaret Daley, below. Leave an appropriate 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.


wfnren said...

Where I live our mailbox is down the road with everyone elses, so I "take a short trip" to the mailbox to get refreshed.


Patsy said...

My 10 minute refresher is being in my swing in my backyard. Especially when it's cool. Just swinging and thinking about nothing special. It kinda gets my mind off stressful things.


Rebecca said...

A ten minute refresher for me is just to go out and play with my cat and not think about whatever is going on. My cat doesn't care what I was doing. He just wants some of my love and attention.

Thanks for the chance to win this.


Gail said...

Going for a walk always refreshes me. Getting fresh air and the blood circulating.
Bookwurm70 at gmail dot com

Diana Flowers said...

I love Susan's books! Watering my flowers or sitting in my front yard swing are great relaxers for me!


Cindy W. said...

A 10 minute refresher for me could come in a walk in misting rain (oh how I love it!) I love the smell during and after a rain. I also like to love on my poodle, unfortunately he usually demands more then 10 minutes.

I would love to win a copy of Susan's book. I absolutely love the cover!

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


EJ said...

Would love to say sitting on my outside deck with a good book refreshes me - but that would be a lot longer than 10 minutes. When I've been sitting too long doing paperwork on the computer - usually just a chg. of activity no matter what it is, becomes a good break. Might be loading the dishwasher, calling a friend to chat or cutting up an apple for a quick snack.

Elaine at rejordan79@msn.com

Susan Page Davis said...

Wow, some great ideas already. thanks, ladies! Wfnren, I'm with you about the mailbox--I usually make this one of my breaks. Ours is uphill (of course, on the way back it's downhill, but I think that uphill climb rates extra points). Pets are good too. We have a cat who just keeps getting cuter. Diana and Patsy, I am jealous of your swings! I gotta get me one of those. The back deck is good--I don't use ours enough, and it's cool enough these nice September days to enjoy it more. I also like to unload a rack in the dishwasher while I wait for my tea water to heat in the microwave. Keep those ideas coming, everyone! My next break will be a quick trip to the laundry room to empty the dryer.

Anonymous said...

I sit on my proch and look at God's beauty.

Trish Perry said...

I had my comment deleted by my own blog, LOL!

What I *tried* to post was that by the time I realize I need to take a break, I find my shoulders have slouched or I'm feeling equally uncomfortable in my . . . nether regions and need to get out of the chair! So I either do a series of invigorating stretches, or I fix a fresh cup of coffee and cream, or I walk down to the mailbox to find out who wants my money.

Like many of you, though, ten minutes seldom seems enough to me.

karenk said...

i rejuvenate by pouring myself a hot cup of fresh coffee...and sitting on the porch for a few minutes sipping it while listen to the birds & crickets.

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

My favorite break was to turn
on music loud and dance for a
while. Being shy, this is something I would never do if
anyone could see me, but by
myself, it's a lot of fun.


Anonymous said...

When I need a few minute break, I enjoy stepping out onto our back deck to check on the 52 chickens running around the back yard. I talk to them and sometimes throw them a snack. Often the dog will come with me and bark or sniff the air for anything that might be awry. "Captive Trail" looks to be a great read. Thank you for the chance to win.
Kelly Y. in Virginia

Faith Hope Cherrytea said...

what rejuvenates you in a short time?

the ritual of getting up, putting on the kettle, selecting a fave tea, china cup and taking tea - preferably in a spot of beauty, whether in doors in inclement weather or outdoors whenever possible!
if not in a place where that is possible, putting on some praise music and letting go into worship of God's Love and Goodness will definitely refresh in any amount of time you give Him!
blessings of refreshing...

Susan Page Davis said...

I am getting some great ideas here. Thank you all! You know, I don't do music enough. I rarely dance, and I don't know as I've ever talked to chickens! If I have, it was so long ago I don't remember. We did have poultry when I was a kid. But I do talk to our cat now and then. Today I took a longer break and took a drive with my dh. That was nice. He's been running most of the errands lately to give me undisturbed writing time. It was fun just getting out with him for a couple of hours.

CATHY said...

For my 10 minute breaks I usually go grab a cup of coffee and step outside for some fresh air. I live on the water and it is refreshing for me to walk around the yard and enjoy God's beautiful creation and breathe in the smell of the sea.
I love your books and would love to win one.
Cathy at cstrout gmail com

margie said...

Well, Susan, being from the South, I know that nothing refreshes like a glass of ice cold sweet tea!! I like to take a break when I'm reading, so I will usually take a quick stroll around the yard, water any drooping plants, pick a few dead blooms off, play with my dogs...pet the pony. I just finished reading your "Mainely Mysteries" and just started "White Mountain Brides". I am loving them!! Margie



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