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Monday, October 31, 2011

Susan Page Davis and Free Books!

PhotobucketAs a lady’s maid, Elise will follow her mistress anywhere—even into America’s Wild West.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Lillian Duncan's novel, Pursued, is:

pshock@ . . .

And the winner of the signed copy of Dan Walsh's novel, Remembering Christmas, is:

lubell1106@ . . .

And the winners of the three signed copies of my devotional, His Grace is Sufficient...Decaf is NOT, are:

jrs362@ . . .
robinbayne@ . . . and
worthy2bpraised@ . . .

Congratulations! I'll contact you all today for your snail mail addresses, and we'll get your books 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 The Lady’s Maid (Barbour, October 2011).

Susan Page Davis is the author of thirty-seven published novels. Prairie Dreams is her new series from Barbour Publishing. A Maine native, Susan now lives in Kentucky with her husband, Jim. She’s a past winner of the Carol Award and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest.

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

--As a child, I had a huge collection of stuffed animals I called my “Nephew Club.”

--I now collect old tea tins.

--I worked as a news correspondent for about 25 years.

--I have two new grandsons this year—Silas Davis and Fox Ballard.

--I’m a blue-eyed woman married to a green-eyed man.

What great names your grandsons have!

I love the Nephew Club idea. When my son was a little kid, he used to tell me stories about his adventures with "my boys and my buvvers" (brothers). All imaginary. Kids are just so cute.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Lady's Maid.

PhotobucketThe Lady’s Maid is the first book in my new Prairie Dreams historical romance series. Elise Finster accompanies her young British mistress, Lady Anne Stone, on a voyage to America in 1855. Lady Anne’s father has died, and her Uncle David is the new Earl of Stoneford—if he steps forward and claims the title. But David disappeared into the American West when Anne was a baby. Now it’s up to her and Elise to find him. They join a wagon train in Independence, Missouri, not realizing they’re leading a killer straight to David.

Exciting! What is it about Elise that will make your readers care about her?

Elise is a commoner, but she’s lived most of her life in the home of an aristocratic family. When she and Lady Anne take to the wilderness, Elise feels great responsibility in keeping Anne safe and making sure they can both take care of themselves without a host of domestic servants.

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

Princess Anne of England. I’ve always been fascinated by her as a person and a horsewoman.

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

Make a Scene, by Jordan E. Rosenfeld. It’s a book for writers on writing scenes within your story. I found it very helpful in showing me where some of my scenes were lacking. For fiction, I’m reading through the Miracles of Marble Cove series from Guideposts, as they recently asked me to write book #12 in this series. I especially enjoyed book #4, Beacon’s Call, by Leslie Gould.

What are you working on now?

Besides the Marble Cove book, I am finishing book 3 in the Prairie Dreams series, to follow The Lady’s Maid and Lady Anne's Quest. The final book is called A Lady in the Making.

Where else can readers find you online?

I’d love to see you at my website, www.susanpagedavis.com.

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

264390: Lady"s Maid, Prairie Dreams Series #1

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

In The Lady’s Maid, Mrs. Harkness doesn’t want to leave behind her grandmother’s cupboard or the children’s box of schoolbooks. Elise and Anne have to part with a portion of their extensive wardrobes. If you were taking a wagon train in 1855, what one thing would you refuse to leave behind?

I love that question. Sometimes I consider that, with regard to dashing out because of a house fire, etc. But in this case, you're letting people stop and really think. What do you say, readers?

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 Monday, November 7. 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 DiAnn Mills, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for 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.


Rebecca said...

I I was taking a wagon train I would not leave behind my box of letters that my grandmother wrote to me. They are very precious to me.

Thanks for the chance to win this.


wfnren said...

My Cedar Chest, I have my Grandma's and I cherish it. If I was moving west on a wagon train, it is something that is useful and I could pass on to my children. If I had to leave that along the trail, I would save the sterling silver tea set out of the chest, I also have that of my Grandma's.

Thank you for hosting the interview.


Cheryl Barker said...

I immediately thought of my photo albums, but I'm not sure if I'd have any of those if it was 1855! I'll say it anyway -- my photo albums or any other precious mementos from loved ones.

ckbarker at gmail dot com

Kristie said...

Hmm... Good question. I would keep my photos. So many memories. Also, could I bring my cats? kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

lgm52 said...

Family photos and photo albums

by Pegg Thomas said...

Books would have been the hardest thing for me to leave behind. They were also a treasure back then, when many couldn't afford them and many didn't know how to read them, so as a luxury item... they probably got tossed more often than not.
twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

Kristin said...

Can I have two items? I would not want to leave behind my Bible or my wedding photograph.

squiresj said...

They did not have as many pictures as we do today but I would not want to leave any of them behind.
I have moved a lot in my marriage and had to leave some things behind. I had to sell all my furniture to leave Texas and move to Missouri to a travel trailer. It is hard.
God Bless you Susan.

apple blossom said...

that is a hard question. there are lots of things I'd hate to leave behind. Hardest I think would be books.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

kimmyl said...

I would say my hope chest. Because I could fill it with all my important stuff.


Lane Hill House said...

If you were taking a wagon train in 1855, what one thing would you refuse to leave behind?

including my Bible ... and hopefully a Quilt wouldn't be counted?

Lane Hill House said...

Ooops! forgot my e-mail

Abby said...

I couldn't leave most of my books behind. I'd have to travel with several crates of them. It might be kind of hard on the oxen/horses though. :)

Abby said...

I forgot my email too:

Pam K. said...

This would be a very difficult choice to have to make. There are so many things I'd want to take but the most important would be my Bible. I would need that to have the strength to make the journey.


Susan Page Davis said...

Great answers! Books, letters, photographs...oh, and who could leave the cat behind? Great to see you all here!

Nancye said...

I wouldn't be able to leave behind my photo albums with pictures dating back to when my parents were young, my wedding pictures, and pictures of my kids.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Trish Perry said...

I think pictures would definitely be a given, especially back in 1855, when a lost print was lost forever. But I think I would stop to grab absolutely anything I could think of that held sentimental value. The things can eventually be replaced, but those reminders of emotions gone by are unique.

kalea_kane said...

This wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. I have had to move many times in my life, and the last time I moved I had to get rid of just about everything I owned. I would want to take along my journal and a silver necklace with a praying hands pendent that my grampa gave me when I was a small child. He has since passed on. My house was broken into a few years ago just before Christmas, and it was such a relief to find that it was one of the very few pieces of jewelry that was not taken (how it was missed I'll never know). I guess I would travel really light, but truly those are the things (besides pics of course) that I would HAVE to have.


Merry said...

Pictures of my wonderful family would have to be packed in my trunk. Next would be books!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Lady DragonKeeper said...

Although I love books, I'd have to say my artwork, because it's my portfolio ... and (as everyone has been mentioning) photographs of family.


Susan Page Davis said...

We've had some wonderful answers! Hearing about the earthquake some of you experienced this weekend made me wonder what the pioneers thought when those came along!



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