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Sometimes I even give away my own novels. My Inspirational romances and devotionals are pictured below and are detailed on my Books page. You can always count on a trace of humor in my novels and nonfiction. Whether you're a teen or a woman mature in years, I think these stories will ring true.

Read on, and discover some of today's most appealing Christian novelists, their latest books, and their words of wisdom and imagination. Enjoy!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Rose McCauley and Free Books!

PhotobucketAfter receiving letters from a lawyer, four sisters, separated at birth, but now heirs to a historic plantation, must each come to meet with the three sisters she never knew existed.

Before we chat with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Roseanna White's novel, Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland, is:

sharyhauber@ . . .

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 Rose McCauley, author of Nick's Christmas Carol in the Christmas Belles of Georgia novella anthology (Barbour, September 2011).

PhotobucketRose has been writing for over ten years and has been published in several non-fiction anthologies and devotionals. She is happy for this to be her first fiction anthology because Christmas books are her favorites.

A retired schoolteacher who has been happily married to her college sweetheart for 43 years, she is also mother to three grown children and their spouses and grandmother to three lovely, lively kids with one more on the way!

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

--I am the oldest of seven children.

--My maternal grandparents were both deaf.

--I live on a 400 acre farm with a population of 2 people (me and my hubby) and over 100 head of cattle plus 1 dog.

--I learned to play “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” on the violin in second grade, but haven’t played since.

--I once met Mike Huckabee and his wife.

Oh, he seems like a sweet, smart man. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Nick's Christmas Carol.

PhotobucketSince my book is an anthology with four stories, here are four short blurbs about each book. Mine is the second one.

When she learns in a letter she’s adopted, Holly feels betrayed by her parents—and she books a flight out of Missouri immediately. Will she ever be able to love again?

Raised in a wealthy, loveless home, Carol rushes to Monticello from college in Atlanta when she receives her letter. She’s searching for family, but finds instead a boy she once mistreated. Will he remember her? . . .forgive her?

In one year, Starr has lost her parents, boyfriend, and job, so she’s sure her letter is more bad news. When the attorney flies to California to offer proof, Starr takes a second look—at the message and the man.

Noelle always knew she was adopted—and she’s always loved the foreman on her father’s Texas ranch too. But he’s so distant. . .perhaps a trip to Georgia is the break in life she needs.

Will the sisters receive a traditional Christmas gift. . .of love?

What is it about Carol and Nick that will make your readers care about them?

Carol is an only child who has always wanted a large family, and now finds out she has one. Nick is from a poor family and has to overcome his thinking he is not good enough for Carol.

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

PhotobucketCarol could be played by Reese Witherspoon with brown hair, or a young Julia Roberts or Ashley Judd.

PhotobucketMy daughter thinks Bradley Cooper would be a good Nick look-alike.

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

I just finished Remembering Christmas by Dan Walsh, and highly recommend it and all his books! It tugs on all your emotions for the young leads as well as the older couple in the book, and you feel very close to all of them. Plus it shows how people can change with God in their lives, and can draw closer to God through the words and influence of others.

What are you working on now?

Marketing this book! But I also have 4 proposals with Barbour for books similar to this one and also have a women’s fiction novel I am fleshing out.

Yes, marketing can feel like a full-time job all by itself!

Where else can readers find you online?

My website at www.rosemccauley.com and my blog at www.rosemccauley.blogspot.com.

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

264802: Christmas Belles of Georgia

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

Dear readers, what is one thing you hate to see in a book that would make you throw it against the wall or in the trash?

Thanks so much to Trish for letting me tell you more about my book and myself!

Thank you, Rose, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Rose has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, December 26. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Rose'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 Alice J. Wisler, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of Alice's post to enter the drawing for signed copy of her book.

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Vie Herlocker said...

Hi Rose and Trish,

The thing I dislike in books in general is distasteful language. A book with bad language gets the trash can for me. I don't even want to pass them on to others. LOL, that's why I mostly read books by Christian writers. In the Christian fiction field, I wouldn't throw a book away, but I will stop reading if there is not a strong hook followed by a gripping plot. Sagging middles bother me too, but if the action has been good up to that point, I'll tough it out or skip pages in my reading.
Thanks for a great interview here! I would love to read your books!
Vie Herlocker

Lane Hill House said...

Slow moving, conversation that doesn't go anywhere, characters that do not grow "do what you've always done, be who you've always been" and getting to the middle of the book and it continues to be repetition.
I prefer Historical Fiction appreciating the research the authors do to weave facts into character adventure.

wfnren said...

SWEARING, especially the "F" word, I feel your thoughts can be expressed without using swear words. Also, I hate it when words are used with their "new" meaning, gay to me means happy, having fun, jovial, and Coke is a soda pop dring, not a drug. I hate it that we older people can't use the words we grew us using and not mean something bad by it.

wfnren at aol dot com

wfnren said...

OOPS, soda pop drink, not dring

rose mccauley said...

Thanks to Trish for hosting me and to Vie and Lane and Wfnren for the excellent suggestions. I, too, hate books with bad language, so you won't find that in any book I write! Being a member of ACFW has taught me to avoid many of the other things you all mentioned which I didn't know when I first started writing! So, my plug of the day is for anyone wanting to write/publish fiction to join at www.acfw.com

Merry said...

Nasty language is something that will make me toss a book in the trash immediately.
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Jackie S. said...

Bad language! Can't tolerate it in books; why I read Christian fiction! Am anxious to read this book...thanks for the chance.

Jennifer said...

I just enjoy reading books that tell how much God loves us and that it is us who walk away not God! I'm very grateful for books that my kids could read and I don't have to worry about language, images I don't want in their heads or mine. Thank you so much for writing healthy books.

Kristin said...

I don't like reading bad language in books.

Kristin said...

Oops, here is my email address.

windycindy said...

"Happy Holidays!" I can't remember ever throwing a book against the wall! What I do find offensive in
books are: foul language, lots of
sex with no commitment, characters
that are difficult to follow and
books that don't come together at
the end...
Many thanks, Cindi

Marianne said...

The only thing that i would destroy a book for would be foul language, and even then i would have second thoughts. i might quit reading a book if is doesn't have enough action to keep me going, but that is as bad as i get. Thanks for the post and giveaway, Trish and Rose.


rose mccauley said...

wow! I had to go to town for awhile this afternoon/evening, and returned to find several more comments. Sounds like we are all on the same page about detesting bad language! I think if you buy a Barbour book you can be assured of not worrying about that. Wish you could all win, but if you don't you can always check the Lifeway stores and WalMart. You can order from Amazon and cbd, but it might not make it in time for Christmas! And have any of you read Trish's book On Christmas Morning? It is on the top of my TBR pile as soon as I finish the one I am on, so I am looking forward to it! I know it will be great because I LOVE the Beach House series Trish and Sally John both wrote!

squiresj said...

What I hate to see in a box is too vivid a discription of sexual scenes over and over and over. I absolutely cannot tolerate the use of cuss words. I have thrown two books in trash. I wouldn't even pass them on.
Please enter me to win
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Having previously worked for years
in a book store, I still have a
huge backlog of books bought then.
In reading my way thru them, I find
so many that I just don't finish-
too much vile language. And the
worst thing is that some of the
writers are good. Why do they
think they need that garbage. The
older I get, the more stuff goes in
the trash. I don't want to be
responsible for someone else
reading them so I don't pass them


by Pegg Thomas said...

Anything that mocks Christ is out the window for me. Books that refer to God as "she" or anything of that ilk included.
Thanks for the chance to win a book I'm sure won't do that!
twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

Elizabeth Dennison said...

I have not thrown a book against the wall yet, but I have thrown many in the trash. I would say for me it would be foul language and sex scenes. I truly love pure romance with the conflicts taht come in the everyday life.


Rose McCauley said...

Hi Squires, Jeane, Pegg and Elizabeth, sounds like we all like the same kind of books! Wish you all could win!

apple blossom said...

I hate seeing curse words in books. I have been known to throw them away if they are too bad.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

rose mccauley said...

Apple Blossom, glad to hear you agree with the rest of us about not reading books with bad language. Hope you get a chance to enjoy this one!

misskallie2000 said...

Hi Jeanie and Trish, Being from Georgia I can't wait to read this story of the Belles. I love this story line. Enjoyed the interview and look forward to reading your books Jeanie.
I do not like foul language or a lot of details about sex which is one reason I love Christian fiction. I have never thrown or destroyed a book but have learned to read reviews and info about each book so I don't spend my money on trash. If the story is good and there is more sex than I would like to read in a book I bought I just skim and skip or don't finish reading. lol

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Nancye said...

I don't like books that are filled with sex, drugs, gangs, violence, etc. I won't read books like that. I may or may throw it against the wall, I just probably wouldn't read it. Thanks for the giveaway!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Rose McCauley said...

Hi misskallie and Nancye, welcome to the "clean books" club. this is very encouraging to hear that so many agree with us in wanting good interesting clean books. Hope you will read this book and many other good Christian books in the future.



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