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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Sandra Robbins and Free Books!

PhotobucketAlabama’s rich history comes alive through the eyes of three determined women willing to take a leap of faith and risk all for love.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of James Rubart's novel, The Chair, is:

ibjoy1953@ . . .

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 Sandra Robbins, author of Alabama Brides (Barbour Publishing, October 2011).

PhotobucketSandra Robbins and her husband live in the small college town in Tennessee where she grew up. They count their four children and five grandchildren as the greatest blessings in their lives.

Until a few years ago Sandra was working as an elementary school principal, but God opened the door for her to become a full-time writer. Her first book Pedigreed Bloodlines was a finalist in the Daphne du Maurier contest for excellence in writing mystery. Final Warning, a romantic suspense, was a finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Contest, a Holt Merit Award winner, and a finalist in the ACFW Carol Award. Mountain Peril, a romantic suspense, was also a finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence Contest, and The Columns of Cottonwood, a historical romance, was a finalist in the ACFW Carol Award.

When not writing or spending time with her family, Sandra enjoys reading, collecting flow blue china, and playing the piano.

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

--I am an avid fan of musical theater, and my favorite performance was getting to see Yul Brynner perform in The King and I.

--I received my Bachelor’s Degree in music with a major in piano.

--I love to travel, and I think the most beautiful place I’ve ever visited is Monte Carlo.

--My favorite foods are hamburgers and chocolate chip cookies.

--I laughed out loud once when a nurse asked me if my twins, a boy and a girl, were identical.

One of the greater geniuses of the medical field, eh? Maybe it had been a long day in the maternity ward.

Please tell us a bit more about the plots in Alabama Brides.

PhotobucketAlabama Brides is a collection of three books written for Barbour’s Heartsong Presents Romance line.

In The Columns of Cottonwood, Savannah learns that there’s more to home than a plot of land, as Dante searches for God’s answer to his dream.

In Dinner at the St. James, Tave’s love softens the heart of a wounded man, leading him to sacrifice everything for her.

The third book in the series is Blues Along the River, and in it Victoria witnesses first hand God’s redemptive power in her family as He remakes her husband into the man of her dreams.

What is it about your lead characters that will make your readers care about them?

The stories about Savannah, Tave, and Victoria, the three heroines in the stories, are set in the years after the Civil War when steamboats plied the Alabama River and a new way of life was emerging in the South. As these women struggle to adjust to a changing world and find love, they find their only hope for a renewed future is in the love they have for God, family, and the land. They each learn that the plans God has for each of them is better than anything they could ever have imagined.

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

PhotobucketI would choose AnnaSophia Robb to play Savannah.

PhotobucketAnne Hathaway to play Tave.

PhotobucketAnd Zooey Deschanel to play Victoria.

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 would ask for a wing to be built onto my house for a large office with all the latest technology installed and stocked with all kinds of office supplies I would need for writing. I would also have an adjoining room for my personal library filled with all my favorite books.

I like that one! Think I'll add it to my Amazon wish list.

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

The last book I read is The Queen, by Christy award winner Steven James. This is his fifth book in the Patrick Bowers Series, and it’s a page turner. For those not familiar with the suspense writer, his books feature a great character who is an FBI agent. The book is a techno-thriller, and I recommend it to any reader who enjoys this genre.

What are you working on now?

I am working on a three book historical romance series that is set in Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains. The first book tells the story of Anna Prentiss who comes to the Cove in 1894 to spend the summer with a legendary mountain midwife and finds love and God’s plan for her life. It will release next year from Harvest House. I am busy working on the second in the series, Mountain Homecoming, that tells the story of Anna’s daughter. The third book is about Anna’s granddaughter and ends with the Cove residents selling their land to the government for the Smoky Mountain National Park and leaving the valley they love.

Where else can readers find you online?

Readers can find me at my website at sandrarobbins.net, at my blog sandrarobbinsbooks.blogspot.com, and on Thursdays at theborrowedbook.blogspot.com. I always enjoy receiving emails from my readers at sandra@sandrarobbins.net.

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

264598: Alabama Brides

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

What three books, besides the Bible, have influenced your life more than any others you’ve read?

Thank you, Sandra, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Sandra has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, November 21. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Sandra'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 Lena Nelson Dooley, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for signed copy of her book.

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Nancye said...

"Choosing to See" by Mary Beth Chapman, "Notes Left Behind" by Brooke and Keith Desserich, and "The Diary of Anne Frank" have all influenced my life in a variety of ways.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Trish Perry said...

Posting this for Marianne Wanham, who had trouble posting here:

Not sure why, but i got kicked out of the blogger comment, so am hoping that this will count as well for Sandra Robbins novel.

What three books? Trish, your author sure ask hard questions...Purpose Driven Life - Rick Warren, Fascinating Womanhood - Helen Andelin, Knowing God, J.I. Packer Other than that, i'd say i take something away from most every book i read.

lgm52 said...

The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Anything by Nicholas Sparks, Diary of Anne Frank

Shelena said...

The Book of Mormon; Pride & Prejudice; Twilight Series (turned me into a Twilight fan)


Sandra Robbins said...

Hi Nancye. The Diary of Anne Frank has influenced so many people. I can't imagine what that family had to endure while they were in hiding and afterwards, too. I visited a concentration camp in Germany some years ago, and it broke my heart to think what people can do to each other. Thanks for stopping by today.

Sandra Robbins said...

Hi Marianne. I'm sorry you had trouble posting to the blog, but Trish came to the rescue. I agree with what you said about taking something away from every book you read. I do that, too. The Purpose Driven Life has certainly changed a lot of lives. Thanks for stopping by.

Sandra Robbins

Sandra Robbins said...

Hi lgm52. Thanks for stopping by today. I see The Diary of Anne Frank has also influenced you. I have never read The Yearling, but I think I need to add that to my to-be-read list. I remember seeing the movie years ago, though.

Sandra Robbins

Sandra Robbins said...

Hi Shelena. I have just recently read Pride and Prejudice for the first time. I loved the PBS presentation with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy, and the movie with Keira Knightly as Lizzie is one of my favorites. I think I can almost quote the dialogue with them. I don't know why it took me so long to read the book. Thanks for stopping by.
Sandra Robbins

apple blossom said...

Too Blessed to be Stressed

Deliver Me from Evil

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Lane Hill House said...

What three books, besides the Bible, have influenced your life more than any others you’ve read?
Elisabeth Elliot's "Keep a Quiet Heart"
Ingrid Trobisch's "The Confident Woman"
Edith Schaeffer's "A Way of Seeing"

Lane Hill House said...

forgot my e-mail:



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