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Monday, December 26, 2011

Joyce Magnin and Free Books!

PhotobucketIn book four of the Bright’s Pond series strange happenings are afoot at the Greenbrier Nursing Home. Strange even for Bright 's Pond. The residents suddenly act like kids again riding trikes, climbing trees, and of all things falling in love.

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Christmas Belles of Georgia, featuring Rose McCauley's novella, Nick's Christmas Carol, is:

paulalipper@ . . .

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 Joyce Magnin, author of Blame it on the Mistletoe: A Novel of Bright’s Pond (Abingdon Press, September 2011).

PhotobucketJoyce Magnin is the author of five novels, including the popular and quirky Bright’s Pond Series and the middle grade novel Carrying Mason. She is a frequent conference speaker and writing instructor.

Joyce lives in Pennsylvania with her son, Adam, and their crazy cat, Mango, who likes to eat nachos.

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

--I love video games, particularly Role-Playing games and own my own Xbox360.

--I enjoy fine art needle crafts including cross-stitch.

--I’ve never eaten a scallop.

--I don’t like glass elevators.

--I once worked as a dog groomer—for one day.

Hilarious! I actually had a character in The Perfect Blend who did exactly the same thing--one day as a dog groomer. I wonder if you experienced anything like she did.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Blame it on the Mistletoe.

PhotobucketIs There Really a Fountain of Youth in Paradise?

Welcome back to Bright 's Pond, where strange happenings are afoot at the Greenbrier Nursing Home. Strange even for Bright 's Pond. The residents suddenly act like kids again riding trikes, climbing trees, and of all things falling in love. Some of the townsfolk blame it on the crooked new gazebo, or its builder, a quirky little man who quotes Don Quixote, collects water from the fountain at the Paradise trailer park, and disappears on a regular basis.

While Chief of Police Mildred Blessing investigates the mystery, Griselda and her friends deal with a luau Thanksgiving, preparations for the Christmas pageant, and maybe even an upcoming wedding. Only, in Bright 's Pond, nothing ever really goes as planned . . .

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

Most of my readers already love Griselda. Like so many women, Griselda, at age forty-something, is just beginning to find her true self and become the woman God intended her to be.

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

PhotobucketCathy Bates: Agnes Sparrow

PhotobucketGriselda: Meryl Streep

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?

I like the idea. It gives authors a second chance at building another kind of fan base. Yep, I might step into it one day now that the Bright’s Pond series is finished and fans are asking for more.

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

Actually, I just finished reading A Game of Thrones—way different from my genre but I like fantasy. I love this book. It’s sad but exciting.

What are you working on now?

I’m finishing up my second middle grade novel for Zondekidz and eagerly getting ready for the launch of Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus. I’m also writing the second Harriet Beamer book.

Where else can readers find you online?

Joycemagnin.blogspot.com or Joycemagnin.com

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

711621: Blame It On The Mistletoe, Brights Pond Series #4

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

When you stop reading a book, can you pinpoint the reason?

Thank you, Joyce, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Joyce has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, January 2. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Joyce'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.

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Vie said...

Hey, Joyce! I recently read your hilarious Charlotte Figg (Takes Over Paradise) and would love to read the Bright's Pond books. (Don't you need a Violet in one of your books? I would fit right in with your characters.)

vherlock at yahoo period com

Wendy said...

I stop reading the book for either the content pushing the Christian limits (I try and keep my thoughts pure so I don't want to read about sex or impure thoughts) - i also stop if the book isn't well written and I don't get into the story.

kalea_kane said...

First of all I was fortunate to get a free download of Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise via Barnes & Noble and it helped me pass the time at the gym on the eliptical like nothing else! I actually would stay on the equipment because I wanted to keep reading. After that I saw The Prayers of Agnes Sparrow at my local Family Christian store and saw that it was by Joyce so I snapped it right up. I can't wait to get into the rest of the series. I must say that had it not been for the free eBook, it may have taken me much longer to find out about Joyce's series (at least until Trish's interview anyway). :)

Okay on to the question. Sorry I kind of took off there. :) I typically stop reading when a book is just too obvious. I hate stereotypes so if a man and woman immediately loathe each other, for example, I will probably lose interest as the hate then love relationship stuff has been done too death. Basically if it makes my eyes roll...I will probably move on. This isn't to say that I will never pick the book up again. Usually I will recheck some reviews to see if it is worth a second look.

PS I want more Charlotte Figg! :)


apple blossom said...

most of the time it just hasn't caught my interest. I'm not into the story.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

windycindy said...

I have not quit reading too many
books on the spot...
The few that I remember is the book moved to slowly!
Many thanks, Cindi

Vie said...

Aaugh! I forgot to answer the question. I stop when the middle sags or when the author uses a lot of repetition--either of a particular word (unless it's a character trait), or especially when information is repeated.

Rebecca said...

I stop reading books when I get frustrated with the characters. When I don't like where the characters are going I sometimes put it down. I do usually go back and pick it back up again and finish it.

Thanks for the chance to win this. This looks like a great book. I would love to read this.


Marianne said...

i recently quit reading a book...i was starting to feel uncomfortable about somethings happening, but usually it's more just because the story line is too slow. Thanks Trish for the post, and Joyce, too.

squiresj said...

When I stop reading a book, it is because the book ended. There has only been one book in the past year I could not finish. It just had too much cussing in it for me.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

lgm52 said...

When I stop reading a book..it is one of several reasons: it wasn't holding my interest, I had something I had to get done or an appointment to go to, or I finished the book!

Nancye said...

The main reasons I stop reading a book is when I can't get into a book or relate to the characters. Also if the plot isn't believable.

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

by Pegg Thomas said...

I stop reading a book when I reach the end. :) True, I rarely don't finish a book I start. If a book is so bad that I don't finish it, it's usually a case of the something offensive being written or complete lack of characters I can identify with.
twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

Trish Perry said...

I have to agree that the only reason I've quit reading a book has been because something about it offends me. And it takes a lot to offend me, so I don't often give up on books. Usually what I find offensive is when the author has obviously tried to wrap a story around a political or social agenda. Readers aren't stupid--they can tell when a particular position is being shoved in their faces.

misskallie2000 said...

I have Charlotte Figg Takes Over Paradise and Griselda Takes Flight to be read and looking forward to reading. Thanks for stopping by to chat and share with us.

If I quit reading a book it is because of graphic sex, or just can't get into the story. I have not read a book through maybe a doz times (been a reader for over 60 yrs).

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Usually I can tell why I stopped reading a book-it just doesn't grab my interest or there is bad language and implicit sex. Those
books go in the trash because I don't want to pass them on. So
the writers missed a chance for some new readers. Every once in a while I can't figure out what the
problem is. There is a very famous
and successful writer whose books
should, but don't get finished by
me. They are the type I prefer, but there is something not for me.




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