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Monday, October 3, 2011

Colleen Coble and Free Books!

PhotobucketA young woman discovers that not only was her divorce never finalized—but that the child she thought had died in a kidnapping attempt gone wrong is still alive—and her husband needs her help to figure out which 5 year old is theirs.

Before we visit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Sarah Sundin's novel, Blue Skies Tomorrow, is:

jen.whitney08@ . . .

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 meet Colleen Coble, author of Lonestar Angel (Thomas Nelson, Nov 2011).

PhotobucketColleen Coble has nearly two million books in print and loves to see justice prevail in her many novels. She is CEO of American Christian Fiction Writers and lives in Indiana with her husband of forty years where she takes great delight in spoiling her three-year-old granddaughter.

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

--I love coffee.

--I will celebrate 40 years of marriage this month.

--I restored an old Victorian home.

--I like to visit graveyards to find interesting names.

--I love children.

I love that graveyard idea! Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Lonestar Angel.

PhotobucketFor Eden, hope is rekindled when her estranged husband delivers the astounding news: that their lost baby girl has been found.

Years ago Eden and Clay Larson's baby was stolen. Kidnappers demanded a ransom, but something went horribly wrong at the exchange: the kidnapper's car crashed into the river and was never recovered. Eden blamed herself, Clay lost himself in work. Their young and rocky marriage ended. Or so Eden thought.

Just as Eden is about to move on with her life, Clay arrives and tells Eden she’s still married to him. Even more earth-shattering than this news is that he's never stopped looking for Brianna. Based on a tip, he thinks their daughter is in Bluebird, Texas, at a youth ranch. All five little girls there are the right age, but he's not sure which is Brianna.

To discover the truth, the couple becomes counselors to the girls at Bluebird Ranch. They move into small quarters in the bunkhouse and oversee the kids as they try to find out more. As they work together, their love for the children grows and their love for each other is rekindled. But as danger closes in, Eden and Clay realize they've been lured to this remote West Texas location; their lives and the lives of the little girls are in danger. But as Eden learns, "hope does not disappoint."

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

Eden has been battered by life but is a strong character who is determined to overcome the past. Her great love for her child allows her to face any danger and overcome any challenge.

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

PhotobucketKate Hudson as Eden.

PhotobucketAnd Chris Evans as Clay.

Imagine God has led you to accept a contract to ghostwrite someone’s autobiography. Whose is it? Why that person?

I would never ghostwrite. I believe it panders to the famous person’s pride by perpetrating a lie that they actually did the writing. Why not admit you’re not a writer and recognize the person who actually crafted the narrative? There is no shame in that. We all have special gifts.

Yes, it's a touchy subject. And it does seem strangely egotistical when celebrities pretend they've actually written the book. I don't mind knowing someone else wrote the book, and I doubt most readers would. We can't all excel at everything!

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

I love Diann Hunt’s humor. I just read Bittersweet Surrender last week, which will be out in December as an ebook, and it lifted my spirits so much! She always makes me smile.

Oh, yes. Everything about Diann Hunt makes me smile. Terrific woman and writer.

What are you working on now?

Oh I’m enjoying my new Hope Beach series so much! I just finished the first book, Tidewater Inn and am awaiting substantive edits from my editors. I adore the editing process so I’m smiling as I wait!

And she really means that, readers! Colleen has always been vocal about loving the editing process. We should all have such terrific attitudes about perfecting our work!

Where else can readers find you online?

www.colleencoble.com and also on Facebook

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

542694: Lonestar Angel, Lonestar Series #4

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

Do you have an e-reader? If so, has it changed the number of books you read a week?

Thank you, Colleen, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Colleen has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, October 17. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Colleen'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 Sandra D. Bricker, 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...

Thank you for hosting the giveaway. Yes, I have a Kindle but I don't read anymore books than normal.


windycindy said...

I do not have an e-reader...
Thanks, Cindi

Andrea Schultz said...

I don't have a Kindle, but I am THIS CLOSE to pre-ordering a Kindle Fire (the tablet)!!


Anonymous said...

I don't have an e reader. If I
did, I couldn't read any more
books because I spend all the
time I can in reading. During
tv commercials, I read.

Thank you for the drawing.


Charity Lane said...

I just preordered the Kindle Touch, but I have a kindle app on my iPod and I have definitely increased the number of books i've gotten in the last 10 months. I used to mainly use the local library, but now have gotten close to 300 books in the last 10 months. No, I haven't read them all yet.

Amber said...

I have a Kindle, and I just ordered a Kindle Fire (which I'm incredibly excited about)! Obviously, I read A LOT on my Kindle since one wasn't enough for me. :) I didn't think I'd read more often, but I really do. Instead of reading one book at a time, I read six or seven. The Kindle is so handy because I don't have to worry about losing my place, and I have access to all my books at once. I also push myself to read books I wouldn't normally pick off the shelf, and Kindle freebies enable me to do that easily. I appreciate only having to carry my Kindle with me on a trip--it keeps me from having to carry my Bible, devotional, and other books separately.

Happy Anniversary, Colleen! Keeping Diann in my prayers. Can't wait to read her ebook in December--thanks for the recommendation!


Anonymous said...

I do not have one. I prefer to hold the book in my hand and turn the pages.



by Pegg Thomas said...

I don't have an e-reader and I don't want one. Some day I suppose I'll be forced to buy one when some book I want to read isn't available in print... until then...
twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

Patsy said...

Oh my goodness no, I don't have an ereader! Wanted one for Christmas last year but Santa didn't bring it. Maybe this year?

Would love to read Colleen's book. I know she is a great writer.


Judy said...

I do not have an e-reader. I'm not sure I want want because I love my books. My fear is that some day books in print are going to go away because of the Kindle's, Nook's, etc.

I think Colleen is a fantastic writer and her book, Lonestar Angel, is a must read for me. It sounds like a great read!

Congrats Colleen on 40 years of marriage this month! God surely must be in the center of your marriage!

Thanks for the great interview and giveaway!



CarlybirdK said...

What a great question! I actually have two ereaders. A Kindle and a Nook color. I'm just really nerdy and had to have both. It has not changed the number of books I read because despite the cool technology, I would much rather read (and buy) the actual book. You just can't beat the experience of holding a book in your hands. Thanks for the great interview and giveaway.

Jen said...

Not sure if I read more or less with my kindle, but it sure makes it easier to. Especially for vacation, I don't have to pack a stack of books, or when sitting outside in the wind the pages don't blow around. :)


HollyMag said...

Love the interview! Yes I have an e-reader and it has probably hellped me read more, simply because I always have it with me. If I am stuck somewhere unexpectedly I pull it out and start to read.


Carol M said...

I don't have an e-reader. I love reading and owning print books. I know it's the future of books but I'm in no hurry! lol
Thank you for the giveaway!
mittens0831 at aol dot com

Merry said...

I have a Kindle app on my i-touch and my i-pad. I love it when I am on the go, I can read anywhere. I probably read a bit more but I still prefer a book in my hands!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Lisa E. said...

I've had my Kindle since last Christmas and I love it! I actually do tend to read more with it. No more waiting to go to the bookstore or library, if I want to read something I can download it in a few seconds! And if a book is really long, I'm less intimidated by its size when reading it on my Kindle.


lgm52 said...

I dont have an ereader. I can see how it would be a convenience but I still like holding a print copy of a book in my hands.

Angela said...

I don't have an e-reader, I have the kindle app on my phone and use it quite a bit. But I still love the feel and smell of a good book@!

ppreacherswife at gmail dot com

Trish Perry said...

When I told my daughter I was thinking about getting a Kindle for those times I traveled, etc., she gave me her iPad (she was buying the newer one). I love it! But I still prefer my print books, and I read on my iPad when I want to read a (free) classic or when I'm traveling. As Carly says, it adds to the number of books I'm reading at once.

Diana Flowers said...
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Diana Flowers said...

I guess my comment didn't go through earlier, but I have a Kindle, which is especially nice for reading outside in the sun for migraine sufferers (screen is different than computer screens), and I can read outside in the dark as well, because of the lighted cover. I also love paperbacks and so it gives you the best of both worlds. Kindle will read the book to you while you are doing housework which makes that boring job go faster! I can't say I read more books though since I have an e-book.

Love Colleen's whole Lonestar series!


Diana Flowers said...

oops- I meant since I have an "e-reader". Sorry, sick with bronchitis.


Abby said...

I have an e-reader, but it hasn't really changed the number of book I read each week. I have always read a lot, and the e-reader just means I can store more books in less space - I was running out of shelving!

Jackie S. said...

I don't have an E reader, but want one....especially to get Diann's book in Dec.....love that lady and I pray for her! I love Colleen's books...have read them all ...so this is a must read for me. Please enter me...and congrats, Colleen.

Pam K. said...

I downloaded a Kindle on my computer and have some free e-books but I haven't read them yet. I am reading regular books so haven't had time for the e-books. I might be more apt to read them if I get an actual Kindle that is portable.
This new book by Colleen sounds very good!

Suzanne said...

I have a Kindle and LOVE it. I find that I read MUCH more now. I've read almost 50 books this year, which is about as many as I've read over the previous 3 years. I think part of it is all of the free books I've been getting through Amazon, which provides a ready-made reading "stack" to choose from.

Suzanne :O)

apple blossom said...

No I don't have an ereader. I wish I did. I'd love to win your book thanks.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Emily said...

I do not own and E-reader and I don't think I ever will. I'd rather hold the book in my hand. I love the look of a bookshelf filled with books!
Thanks for the giveaway!


Debbie said...

No E-reader here! I don't see a point in it really. You still have to buy the books, so why not see what you have? I don't know...


John said...

No need for an e-reader...personally I think they're too much work. Picking up a book seems just fine to me, especially when you're prone to flipping through it on occasion.


Elyssa said...

Nope, I don't have an e-reader. My aunt tried to give me one of her old ones, but I just didn't like it. Sure, it was cool, but I prefer to hold a book. =)


Jenny said...

No e-reader! But that doesn't stop me from reading at all!


Ira said...

I don't have an e-reader... they look pretty cool, but I like real books!


Velma said...

Yes, I have a Kindle, but other than school breaks, I don' read any more than normal. I love my Kindle, but I also still love print books.

Cindy W. said...

I absolutely love Colleen Coble's books. Thanks for the giveaway.

Yes, I have a Sony e-reader and a Kindle. I love having an e-reader as I can take an enormous library with me wherever I go. Do I read more because of my e-readers? No, it's just more convenient.

Smiles & Blessings,
Cindy W.


Anonymous said...

I don't have an e-reader, but I don't think my reading habits would change much even if I did. I read a lot anyway, and probably couldn't really fit much more into my schedule.

I can't wait to read this book! Colleen is one of my favorite authors and this series has been fantastic!


Charity Lane said...

sorry i commented above, but forgot to add me email address.

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read collen's novel ;)

and, no, i do not have an e-reader

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Colleen Coble said...

Love all your comments! I would have hopped over sooner but I've been on a cruise then a visit to my publishing house on the way home.

Diane, check out the migraine tab on my website, honey. I was the migraine queen and now I rarely get them. Amazing!

I really love my Kindle but I don't use it for research books the way I thought I would. I only like to read novels on it. Totally surprised me! I thought I'd use it to get rid of my "nest" of books piled high around me!



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