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Monday, November 28, 2011

Jody Hedlund and Free Books!

PhotobucketThey vowed to keep their marriage in name only, but when the unexpected happens on the grueling journey west ... their carefully constructed partnership will be put to the ultimate test.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Debra Ullrick's novel, The Unlikely Wife, is:

hisfiction@ . . .

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 novelist Jody Hedlund, author of The Doctor’s Lady (Bethany House, September 2011).

PhotobucketJody Hedlund is an award-winning historical romance novelist and author of the best-selling book, The Preacher's Bride. She received a bachelor’s degree from Taylor University and a master’s from the University of Wisconsin, both in Social Work.

Currently she makes her home in Michigan with her husband and five busy children.

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

--My most memorable meal is apple, blueberry, cherry pie—for breakfast.

--If I had to swim across a lake of any kind of beverage, it would be coffee.

--My dad was a twin, my husband’s mom was a twin, and we had twins.

--I grew up a PK (pastor’s kid).

--My favorite TV Show is Survivor and I’ve watched almost every season since it started.

I'm like you, but with The Amazing Race. I don't think I've ever missed it, thanks to my trusty DVR. 

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

PhotobucketPriscilla White knows she’ll never be a wife or mother and feels God’s call to the mission field.

Dr. Eli Ernest is back from Oregon Country only long enough to raise awareness of missions to the natives before heading out West once more. But then Priscilla and Eli both receive news from the mission board: No longer will they send unmarried men and women into the field. Left scrambling for options, the two realize the other might be the answer to their needs.

Priscilla and Eli agree to a partnership, a marriage in name only that will allow them to follow God’s leading into the mission field. But as they journey west, this decision will be tested by the hardships of the trip and by the unexpected turnings of their hearts.

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

Priscilla White isn’t physically strong and she’s a bit naïve, and yet she’s determined and courageous. Her biggest weakness is her pride. At the beginning of the story she believes she is the perfect missionary candidate because of her piety, education, and upbringing. But during the dangerous trip, she begins to understand that when God chooses to use someone, he looks much deeper than a person’s outward qualifications

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

PhotobucketDr. Eli Ernest needs to be played by Kevin Costner whose rugged, scruffy look in Dances With Wolves is exactly the way I envisioned Dr. Ernest. Eli is a man full of passion and unafraid of danger, and yet willing to learn and grow through the challenges he faces.

PhotobucketPriscilla White needs to be played by Gwyneth Paltrow. Priscilla is a beautiful and elegant lady with Gwyneth’s looks in Emma. She’s not physically strong and she’s a bit naïve, and yet she’s determined and courageous.

Here’s a hint for your well-to-do fans and loved ones: If you could have any one writing-related gift for Christmas this year, what would it be? The sky is the limit!

I’d love to hire a cleaning lady to come in once a week, a chef to cook meals, and a nanny to take care of the children in the afternoons during my writing time (after we’re done with our homeschooling day). One can dream, can’t they?

That's truly a writer's dream! I'd love that, too. 

What are you working on now?

My next historical romance, Unending Devotion, releases in 2012. I’m really excited about this story because it’s set in my home state of Michigan. It takes place during the 1880’s at a time in history when the lumber era was at its height. Although the story isn’t inspired by a true person the way my first two books have been, I do include several real people, particularly a real villain by the name of James Carr who was notorious in central Michigan for his violence and for introducing white slavery into the state.

The heroine of the story is a young woman, Lily Young, who is looking for her sister who’s caught up into the degradation of lumber camp life. While Lily searches for her missing sister, she fights against the evil that runs rampant around her, and she fights not to lose her heart to the lumber baron who turns a blind eye to the lawlessness of the lumber business.

That sounds intriguing, Jody. And I like that you incorporate real historical figures into your stories.

Where else can readers find you online?

I hang out on Facebook here: Author Jody Hedlund
I also love to chat on Twitter: @JodyHedlund
My home base is at my website: www.jodyhedlund.com

The book can be purchased at fine book stores and online via the following buttons:

208331: The Doctor"s Lady

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

Since I’ve shared what I want for Christmas, if the sky were the limit for you what would you ask for?

Thank you, Jody, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Jody has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 5. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Jody'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 the raffle for Sandi Rog and my interview with Lisa Jordan, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of Lisa's post to enter the drawing for signed copy of her book.

And I'd love it if you'd connect with me on Facebook. Just click on my name at the right of today's post.

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.


Cheryl Barker said...

Jody, I loved your first book The Precher's Bride and would LOVE to win this one. In answer to your Christmas question, I can think of several techie things I'd like to have -- and Ipad, a laptop, etc. --but maybe an all expense paid trip to NYC (or maybe Paris or Rome!) would be nice :)

ckbarker at gmail dot com

Jillian said...

Jody, you are amazing, homeschooling five kids and writing awesome books. I don't know how you do it all. To answer your question about Christmas, my answer would have to be a job. My company was closed in June and it's been a struggle finding employment. Of course, if I won the lottery, then maybe I wouldn't have to work! :)

gahome2mom said...

I have homeschooled our five daughters too. lol

Happy Holidays,

Jody Hedlund said...

Hi ladies! So pleased to see you all here on Trish's blog today! Isn't it fun to dream sometimes about what we could get for Christmas if we could? :-) Jillian I pray that you will find employment--that would indeed be a wonderful gift!

Joy Keeney said...

I would love to have more time to write...not sure how Santa can wrap that or fit it into my stocking but it's what I would like most to have this year.


Martha said...

I have asked for gift subscriptions to Writer's Digest and The Writer magazines. These are all I want, truly. Oh, and to win Jody Hedlund's book, of course.

Martha said...

Shoot, forgot my e-mail address.



Broughton Family said...

Hi Jody! I also loved your first book! So great! It was also so fun to skype with you last month. =) I too think you are incredible for homeschooling all 5 kids, and think it is awesome that you have twins! For Christmas I would love to be able to take our three girls to Disneyland.

Merry Christmas!


Lcenlow said...

I am a fairly new fan, and loved The Preachers Bride. I am hooked. Thank you for the book plate and the bookmarks. I do appreciate them.

Now, if I could have anything (and the sky being the limit) I would first say my youngest son's health. He has struggled since birth with his heart mostly, but has several other health issues too many to mention (God knows). Second, for my oldest son to have a cure for his Autism. And lastly, things to be better in my middle son's life. He is struggling with life outside of the military. Just seeing joy in lives of my children through their health would be the best gift of all.

Michelle said...

Loved the interview. Thank you for being s inspirational!
I'm an Aussie, so not entering the draw.

Ingrid said...

Thanks for the Interview, please add me.
Sending Blessings to all.

I live in S.Illinois


Trish Perry said...

Wonderful answers already! Anyone who answers Jody's question will be entered to win her book. Be sure to do that, or your name won't go in the drawing.

I identify with so many of the things you all have listed so far. I'd like more time, a wonderful trip to Europe or Disney, a stimulating day job, or--better yet--to earn all of my income through my books!

But when I see a Christmas wish like Lcenlow's, it makes me realize I'd really wish for needs like hers to just vanish. Having our kids healthy and happy--that's a terrific Christmas gift idea!

Pam K. said...

I've read the first couple of chapters of this book online and wanted to keep on reading. I'd love to win a copy.
To answer the question about what I'd like for Christmas if the sky was the limit, I'd like my mortgage to be completely paid. It would sure make things easier financially. But, both my kids are planning to be home for Christmas, so that's a wonderful gift as well.


Anonymous said...

If the sky were the limit, I
would want a home for my daughter
and her family. One that is
handicapped accessible. It would
certainly be nice if all homes
were built with that in mind since
so many people end up needing such
a house at some time in their life.

Merry said...

My wish would be to have all 6 of my children, their spouses and my grandchildren all together with my husband and I, in one place for Christmas. A snug cabin with a fireplace and snow outside would be a bonus!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Lane Hill House said...

All of our family to be together for Christmas! I would love to read this book and hope I win!!

Patsy said...

I can think of many many things I'd like - such as a Kindle, real fancy laptop, Masterbuilt electric smoker, be debt-free... However, we just went through an E F2 tornado on Nov 16th so I'd wish that all clean up is finished and house is repaired and remolded and that the house is clean and organized. Wow, that's a big list!!

Nancye said...

The dream present I would want is a wheelchair access van with all the bells and whistles. I would have everything be automatic so all I'd thave to do is push a button. This would make my life easier in so many ways!

nancycdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Lane Hill House said...

Jody! I won your autographed copy of The Doctor's Lady. I look forward to reading it. I love historical fiction. My husband and I moved from Madison two summers ago. Perhaps we were still there when you got your Masters.



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