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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Jill Elizabeth Nelson and Free Books!

PhotobucketA romance-shy veterinarian and a widowed health inspector hunt the killer who used mistletoe extract to poison pets and people in a Tennessee mountain town.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Margaret Daley's novel, His Holiday Family, is:

shryackmom@ . . .

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 chat with novelist Jill Elizabeth Nelson, author of Mistletoe Mayhem, featured in the Season of Danger anthology (Love Inspired Suspense, December 2011).

PhotobucketJill Elizabeth Nelson is an award-winning author of mystery and suspense. She writes what she likes to read—tales of adventure seasoned with romance, humor, and faith. Jill speaks regularly at conferences, writer’s groups, library associations, and civic and church groups. When teaching classes for writers, she delights in bringing the “Ahah! moment” to her students, so they can make a new skill their own.

Jill and her husband live in rural Minnesota where they raised four children and are currently enjoying their grandchildren.

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

--My seven month old grandson weighs as much as my nearly three year old granddaughter.

--Since my family runs toward petite babies, don’t ask me how we got the whopping grandson. He sure is a smiley little butterball! That’s several random things so far.

--Oh, and I live in the Lutefisk Capital of the World, and I eat lutefisk, but I’m not Norwegian. That’s three random things in one sentence!

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Mistletoe Mayhem.

PhotobucketAfter being jilted by her fiancé, Kelly Granger buries her broken heart in her work as a veterinarian in her home town of Abbottsville, Tennessee, located in the Great Smoky Mountains. She and her assistant, Tim Hallock, battle to save community pets from a violent and mysterious illness. Is this sickness a danger to humans?

Her question is answered when state health inspector Matt Bennett is sent to investigate local eating establishments, including Kelly’s sister’s restaurant, for the cause of poisoning among the patrons. Kelly refuses to believe that her sister served toxic mistletoe extract to her customers—yet mounting evidence points in that direction.

Kelly puts herself in harm’s way, facing down a vicious dog and even more vicious people, to uncover a common denominator between the human and animal illnesses. Matt has his hands full keeping up with her, as well as proving himself worthy of her trust—and hopefully, her love. Unless she has her heart set on her veterinary assistant, Tim Hallock.

The question won’t matter if his investigation sends Kelly’s sister to jail. She’ll never have anything to do with him then. They need to uncover the truth. But will the answer cost them more than their romance? Will it cost them their lives?

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

Both my hero and my heroine love animals. That’s a big thumbs up with readers right there. Mistletoe Mayhem is about letting go of bitterness and learning to trust again. Kelly, the heroine, must do that in order to finally recognize and open her heart to the man the Lord has sent her. Matt, the hero, must let go of unworthy jealousy and make peace with the possibility that she might choose another man before he can see the best way to win her heart.

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

PhotobucketI think Meg Ryan would make a wonderful Kelly, though she might be a little older than the character in my book.

I used an older picture of Meg Ryan, so we have the younger version for you.

PhotobucketMatt Damon with his hair colored dark would make a terrific Matt. Hmmm. Their names are the same. Must be a sign!

I did that once with my characters. Named them before choosing photos to use as guides, and then I ended up choosing actors with the same first names. Weird.

Many authors—including multi-published authors—have started taking their out-of-print books and even original books straight to e-books, which they’ve essentially self-published. What are your thoughts about the idea? Have you done it, or are you likely to?

Yes, I’m strongly considering the possibility. I’m researching modes and methods right now and haven’t decided how to go about it yet. First, I plan to e-publish a handbook for writers on the technique of writing in Deep Point of View. I hope to offer this as a download on my web site early in the New Year.

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

I recently enjoyed James Rubart’s intriguing and unusual Rooms. Big thumbs up on his books for people who like a Godly supernatural twist to their stories. Another recent read that I relished (alliteration intended) was Race Against Time. I thoroughly enjoyed the Alaska setting, since I have a sister living there, and the writing team of Kimberley Woodhouse and her teenage daughter Kayla does an awesome job of telling a stirring and exciting story. I can hardly wait for the next book in the series.

What are you working on now?

I recently turned in a the manuscript for another LI Romantic Suspense entitled Betrayal on the Border, where we join a former Army Ranger (the heroine) and a television news reporter (the hero) for a wild ride pitted against drug runners. I don’t have a release month for Betrayal on the Border yet. Now I’ve moved into Christmas preparations, and that will keep me busy, but I’ve got a fresh book proposal under way that I hope to submit to Steeple Hill after the first of the year.

Where else can readers find you online?

Visit Jill on the web at: www.jillelizabethnelson.com or look her up on Facebook or Twitter:
JillElizabethNelson.Author or http://twitter.com/jnelson57.

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

444695: Season of Danger

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

I’m researching e-readers for personal use. Those of you who use an e-reader, which one did you choose and why? Those of you who do not use an e-reader, is it something you might consider in the future, or do you love holding a print book in your hands too much to move into the electronic reading world?

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


Jennifer said...

Dear Jill, My husband recommends an iPad because they're just like a computer and you can download books on them.

Merry said...

I read books on my i-pad but I still prefer a book in my hands. I can't curl up with an i-pad in quite the same way!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Cheryl Barker said...

My hubby gave me a Kindle last year for Christmas so I didn't research or choose, etc. I'm enjoying it but still love regular books the most :)

ckbarker at gmail dot com

Marianne said...

i have a kobo, but mostly i use it when i am on the plane, as i still prefer the printed book. However, i do reviews for Netgalley (which is only ebooks) and Waterbook/Multnomah publishers and Thomas Nelson Publishers, both which i sometimes do ebooks for. i think the ipad would be a great addition to your library, though Thanks for asking.
Also, thanks for the post and giveaway

Diana Flowers said...

First of all I would love to win this book and thank you for the opportunity! I love these LI Christmas suspense books!

I have a regular Kindle which I received as a gift, and I love the fact that I can easily take it with me to the dr's office and places where I may have to wait awhile. I love the cover, feel, and smell of a book, so I will never entirely give up my paperbacks, but the neat thing about a Kindle is being able to listen to it while cleaning the house. It makes that boring job alot more pleasant. Also I have downloaded so many great freebies or inexpensive books to my Kindle so that's a nice perk!


Jill said...

Thanks for all the helpful information on e-readers. Word of mouth recommendations weigh more than advertising in making such a choice. I've heard many good things about i-pads, but my reservation there is the price compared to other e-readers. My laptop serves me well for other functions that an i-pad would perform. However, I'm open to hear more that may change my thinking.

Linda Cacaci said...

So far I am with the print books. I haven't started with the Kindle yet! Please enter me in the drawing!
Linda Cacaci
LinCaca3[at]aol dot com

apple blossom said...

I don't personally have an e-reader. My husband does. I don't know if I'd like to use it. I know you can have like hundreds of books on them and it takes up a whole lot less room than a physical book. I'm still undecided. Guess I'm going to have to borrow hubbys and see what I think.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Judy said...

I don't have an e-reader yet. Not purchasing one in the near future either. I enjoy browsing for books in book stores and stores like Wal-mart, Target, etc. to name a few. There's just something about picking up a book to look at and decide if I want to purchase it. I don't find it a problem to carry a book with me to an appointment. Plus, I LOVE my books!! Just ask my husband! :)

I would love to win a copy of Jill's book. Thanks for the interesting interview. Her grandson is a big boy, but I bet he is cute. More to love!!

Blessings and Merry Christmas to all!


Lane Hill House said...

I like to hold books in my hands and turn the pages. Beautiful colored book spines on shelves! Pick me, pick me!
Think of going into a library and there are no visible books?
Enjoy these December days with family and friends.]
Merry Christ-mas!

misskallie2000 said...

My daughter gave me a Kindle last Mothers Day and I enjoy being able to take with me when I know I will be waiting at drs, etc. but still like the feel of holding a book. I am still trying to learn all the things I can do and hope to master buying book at Smashword and down loading to my Kindle. I am not up on electronics use. lol
I would love to read Mistletoe Mayhem. I love mystery, suspense and romance all together when I read. Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Lisa E. said...

I love my Kindle. I like that it doesn't have backlighting or glare, and it reads like a regular paper book. I can read longer because when my eyes get tired, I can enlarge the font. And Amazon always has lots of great freebies!



Kristie said...

Hello! I have a regular nook. 1st generation. I chose it because it was the only one compatible with library books at the time. And I chose the regular becase I did not a backlit screen. I wanted e-ink. I would like a Kindle also though. I like my nook well enough but sometimes the charging of it is an issue. Having the Wi-Fi on, usually on accident for me, drains so much of the battery. Blah! Anyway, your book sounds great. Merry Christmas. kristiedonelson(at)gmail(dot)com Thank you.

Jill said...

I'm excited to send a copy of my book to the winner. Thanks to all of you for entering! And thanks for all the insights on e-readers and print vs. electronic reading. Good food for thought. :-)

lgm52 said...

I don't have an ereader...because I cannot afford one and I seldom purchase books as I use my local library! I love holding a book in my hands....Although I can see how convenient an ereader would be for vacation..I wouldn't have to take a tote bag full of books with me!

Jo said...

We have talked about a Kindle but I have so many books that I haven't read yet and also like holding a book. Just not sure how I feel about using one. This book sounds great and can't wait to read it.


Trish Perry said...

I use an iPad, mainly because my fabulous daughter and son-in-law gave it to me. I was thinking Kindle originally, because of the size. Your suitable laptop issue is worth considering, Jill. I love my iPad because I can use my wireless keyboard with it at conferences, etc., and I use it for reading and scheduling. But if you already have those options on a laptop, you might prefer a reader that's smaller and lighter.

Angela said...

I don't have an e-reader but I do use the kindle app on my phone! I love having books ready and waiting right there on my phone.

Jill said...

Good idea, Angela. I recently got my first smart phone, and it does have the Kindle app. Downloading books onto my phone might be a good way to see how well I would like a Kindle. Thanks for the thought!

Joyous Christmas, everyone!



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