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Thursday, December 29, 2011

Terri Reed and Free Books!

PhotobucketCaroline Tully finds her wealthy adoptive family, but someone in the family wants her dead and its up to her fake fiancé, bodyguard Donovan Cavanagh, to keep her safe.

Before we talk with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of A Harvest of Hearts, by Laura Hilton, is:

sunny_girl_anna@ . . .

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 Terri Reed, author of The Secret Heiress (Love Inspired Suspense, January 2012).

PhotobucketAt an early age Terri Reed discovered the wonderful world of fiction and declared she would one day write a book. Now she is fulfilling that dream and enjoys writing for Harlequin’s Love Inspired lines. She is an active member of both Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers.

She resides in the Pacific Northwest with her college-sweetheart husband, two wonderful children, and an array of critters. When not writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening and playing with her dogs.

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

--I’ve been a gymnastic coach, a preschool teacher, a bank teller, a receptionist, a sales associate, mother and wife.

--I love almonds, chocolate, strawberries and pizza.

--I lived in Italy as an exchange student when I was eighteen.

--I am afraid of snakes.

--And I hope one day to jump out of an airplane.

I think so many of us writers have a long list of previous jobs, as you do. Story fodder, right?

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of your novel.

PhotobucketA Shocking Revelation

Finding out she is heir to a fortune shocks Caroline Tully to her core. And to “qualify” for the inheritance, she just has to visit her newfound grandfather’s Mississippi home from Christmas to New Year’s.

Adopted as a baby, Caroline knows nothing about her mother’s family...and doesn’t realize they can’t be trusted. When attempts are made on her life, there’s only one man who can protect her. Donovan Cavanaugh—a man who made her lonely heart want to love again.

Posing as her fiancé, Don promises to find the would-be killer. But will his protection-and his love-be enough to keep her safe?

What is it about Don that will make your readers care about him?

Donovan Cavanaugh’s father walked out when he was a boy, leaving a gaping hole in his life. Don joined the military and fought for his country and now suffers with PTSD. When his mother became ill, he came home to care for her until she passed. Don is afraid to love for fear he’ll be a loser like his father and break under the responsibility of a family. It takes the love and determination of a special woman to make him see how far from being like his father he is.

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

PhotobucketThe heroine would be portrayed by Jennifer Love Hewitt.

PhotobucketAnd the hero would be Paul Walker.

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 haven’t put up any books, out-of-print or original work. Love Inspired keeps me busy writing for them. I think every author has to decide for themselves. I know some authors have had success with this and others not so much. I can’t predict what the future will hold though I’m keeping myself informed, but have no plans at the moment to venture down this road.

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

I just finished reading Mistletoe Matchmaker by Lissa Manley, a December 2012 release from Love Inspired Romance. This is Lissa’s second book in her Moonlight Cove series. Lissa has an engaging voice, fun characters and a sweet romance set against the beautiful Washington coast in the fictional town of Moonlight Cove.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on the third book in my Protection Specialists series. The Doctor’s Defender will be a Fall 2012 release.

Someone wants Doctor Brenda Storm dead and it's bodyguard Kyle Martin’s job to protect the pretty surgeon from a determined killer. Opposites in everyway Brenda must trust Kyle to keep her alive, but can she trust him with her heart?

Where else can readers find you online?


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

444725: The Secret Heiress

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

Since New Year’s Day is just around the corner, what is the one thing you hope to accomplish this year? For me, it’s getting through sending my daughter off to college without falling apart.

Thank you, Terri, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Terri has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, January 5. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Terri'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.

Also, if you'd like to enter your name in the drawing for a signed copy of my nostalgic historical novel, Unforgettable, take a look at this post.

Be sure to check out my interview with Joyce Magnin, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of the post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of her book.

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by Pegg Thomas said...

Ah, been there, done that, survived the child going off to college. You can too! :)

My goal for this year is to stop working off the farm, stay home, and organize my writing as well as other aspects of my life. It's a tall order - the organizing part - but I think I can do it!

twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

Sherree said...

I also survived my only child going off to college. She now lives 17 hours away with her husband. We are hoping they will move closer before they have children.

My goal is to be less stressed, make time for more Bible study, and prayer time and be more creative as facilitator for my book club.

Marianne said...

My goal is o be more patient with my elderly mother...i know i can with God's help, but i guess that means one of my goals is to lean more on Him! also, i need to loose some weight, seriously.
Also, Terri, i haven't read any of your novels, but was wondering if your time as exchange student show up in them?
Thanks for the post and the opportunity to win.


apple blossom said...

went through sending daughter off this past fall she is 36 hr away. ugh, but she was able to come home for Christmas and we are loving having her home for a month.

getting house back into some what of an order is first NY business here.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Diana Flowers said...

I want to start taking better care of myself healthwise. As mothers, grandmas, etc., we tend to care so much for others that we neglect the simple things we should do for ourselves. I want to start eating better, and doing what I can for optimal health. Would love to read this book!


Terri Reed said...

Pegg, thanks for stopping by. I know sending my daughter off is part of life but it makes me sad when I think about it. But I'm also excited for her.

Organizing is such a task but so worth it. That's one of my hopes for this year as well. My office looks like a bomb went off or someone ransacked the place. Its just my typical work space. Drives my hubby nuts.

Terri Reed said...

Sherree, thanks for stopping by.
I think your New Year's goal is a good one. We could all use to be less stressed. I need to make more time for Bible study as well. I love that you facilitate your book club. How fun.

Terri Reed said...

Marianne, yes some of my memories of Italy (where I was an exchange student) showed up in my 2007 book Strictly Confidential.
I agree that leaning on God is the first step in reaching any goal.
Thank you for stopping by.

Terri Reed said...

Apple Blossom, thanks for stopping by. so happy to hear you daughter was able to come home for Christmas. Do you Skype with her?

Terri Reed said...

Diana, you are so right, as care takers we tend to look to everyone else's needs but our own. Another of my goals for this year is to exercise more regularly. Sitting at a computer for hours on end is not good for the body.

Paty Jager said...

Terri, This sounds like another great book from you. I can't believe you want to jump out of an airplane...

I'm hoping this year we sell our place in Central Oregon. I'm getting tired of ranching two places four hours apart.


Terri Reed said...

Paty, having to places that far apart would be stressful and a lot of work. I will pray that one sells.
Jumping out of an airplane sounds scary but looks so exciting. I'd probably hurt myself though.

Christine Young said...

I've sent 3 children off to college but nothing was harder than sending my youngest to New York to live. College you know it's for four years. New York doesn't have a limit.

I'm not sure what I want to accomplish. I know I want to get 2 of my books that are mostly complete published. But after that I'm not sure.

Terri Reed said...

Christine, my daughter's dream is to go to NYU. I'm hoping for something closer but...
Finishing and publishing a couple of books is a good goal! Thanks for stopping by.

windycindy said...

I have sent two sons off to college and at first, it was very difficult
for me...In the new year, I have to
do a lot of de-cluttering!
Many thanks, Cindi

Terri Reed said...

windycity, Thanks for stopping by. Hope your de-cluttering is successful.

Rachelle said...

Terri--I love chocolate and almonds, too! Especially chocolate covered almonds. Yum!
Your book sounds awesome. One thing I'd love to accomplish in the new year is to write more!

Terri Reed said...

Rachelle, chocolate covered almonds are comfort food!
On writing more, my advice would be to set a daily goal. But make sure its realistic otherwise it can be frustrating. Have a Happy New Year.

Katy Lee said...

Thank you for a great interview. I would love to sell one of my manuscripts to Love Inspired this year. That seems to be a pretty big goal I have right now.


your story looks wonderful!

Diana Mcc. said...

Oh, yes, chocolate and any kind of nut has me reaching for candy and nut jars. This year I want to have my MS 1st draft completed by January 30 and ready for the re-write. I'm entering it in the Emerald City and Golden Heart contests. That's my major goal. And of course, every year, I want to lose 10 lbs and exercise more. Happy Holidays!

squiresj said...

This book truly looks like an interesting read. I'd love to win.
What I am looking forward to this next year is spoiling my new granddaughter who is two months old. Also hope to go visit my one year old grandson.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

misskallie2000 said...

Love Chocolate but try not to eat that much..Thanks for stopping by to chat and share with us.
Because of family problems I feel pulled in all directions so I would love to see my children get their life's together which would help me get my life together.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Terri Reed said...

Katy Lee, I'll be praying for your sale. Love Inspired is great to work for.

Terri Reed said...

Diana, good goals. The Emerald City Opener and Golden Heart are two good contests. However, submitting to the publisher is better so do that at the same time!

Terri Reed said...

squiresj, how fun to have two young grandchildren. Spending time with them is a great goal.

Terri Reed said...

misskallie2000, I'll be praying that you'll find the focus you need to do what YOU need to do for you.

Tonnie Heckathorn said...

It's never easy sending your children off. My son joined the Marines this year. It is never easy sending him off after he has been home on leave. But with great support from family and friends you can do it.
The one thing I want to accomplish this year is to finish the two children's books I have started and get them published.
Have a wonderful New Year!!

Tonnie Heckathorn said...

I'm sorry, I forgot to post my email:

Terri Reed said...

Tonnie, I can only imagine how hard it would be to release my kid to the military. Much different than college. Yet such an honorable vocation. How fun that you're working on children's books. I will pray for your success.
Thank you for stopping by.

Merry said...

Next year I need to get back on track with healthy habits; physical and spiritual. This year having two children marry really made for a hectic year. I also hope as I continue with my language lessons I will be communicating with more ease! I love your books, Terri. The Secret Heiress sounds terrific.

worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

My intention for 2012 is to
lose weight and keep it off this time. That means I have to exercise, not my favorite thing.
I'd rather read,knit or sew. But
it has to be done.


Terri Reed said...

Merry, wow two kids marry in the same year. You have had a busy season of life. What language are you learning? As a family we hope to learn Russian. And a friend and me are thinking of learning Italian together.

Terri Reed said...

Jean, have you tried Pilates? I really like the mat classes because they are gentle yet effective. Also Zumba dance exercise is so fun. I think the trick with exercise is finding something you enjoy. I can't stand to get on a treadmill. My husband will only do the treadmill for cardio. So we go to the gym together but don't workout together.

Lissa Manley said...

Thanks so much to Terri for mentioning my book, MISTLETOE MATCHMAKER.

My goal for the new year is to excercise more regularly and to eat more healthily--less carbs all around, since I figured out they are a real culprit for me. I am determined not to say I'm on a diet, but to tell myself it's an eating lifestyle; the minute I forbid myself from eating something, I want it!

Hope everyone has a happy, healthy, productive New Year!

Maggie Jaimeson said...

Hi Terri! You will NEVER find me jumping out of an airplane. Yikes! I've sent two sons to college. It was hard each time. But it was harder when son #1 joined the Marines after college and went to Iraq. That scared me to death. All I could do was pray for him to come home safe and whole.

I always have a long list of goals for the new year. My top three are: continuing to spend quality time with my husband; finding an effective balance between my day job work life and my writing work life; and making time for regular exercise so I can continue to lose weight and get down to my goal weight.

Happy New Year to you and all your fans. No need to put me in drawing. I always have your books on autobuy before they are released. :)

Terri Reed said...

Lissa, I'm the same way. If I forbid myself something then that's all I want.
I don't think I could cut out carbs. I love them too much.

Terri Reed said...

Maggie, great goals. Balancing writing with the rest of my life is one of my goals as well. Wow, I hadn't thought I had many goals for the new year but apparently I do. I should write them down.
Thanks for stopping by.

Merry said...

Hi Terri! Our family is learning Romanian. I'd love to try Zumba to meet one of my fitness goals, it looks really fun. May you have a wonderful new year!

Terri Reed said...

Romanian? Wow. Good for you.
Zumba is fun! Give it a try. I hope you have a wonderful new year as well.

Trish Perry said...

Even though this is my blog, Blogger keeps deleting my comments, LOL! I'm going to start taking this personally. And I hope none of you are finding your comments deleted . . . if so, my apologies. It's not me doing it!

What I commented earlier was that I had to send my son off to college in 2010. We're really close, and I was sure that, even though I'd eventually be fine, I was going to be horribly depressed after dropping him off and driving away from him. I could easily have dived into depression, I know. But the Lord really held me up, and I'm so grateful for that. Very few tears and just excitement for his future. And mine!

I love seeing all of these ambitions--getting healthier, submitting manuscripts, losing weight, building a stronger spiritual life--and I hope you all meet your expectations. I'm beginning a new day job and my hope for 2012 is that I'll be disciplined enough to make time for my writing during my off hours. I took a break from writing while I job searched, so I REALLY miss it!

Jennifer said...

We are going to homeschool my oldest son(13) because of being severely tormented at school. Please pray for me to do a great job. That's my focus for 2012.
Can't imagine dropping of any of my kids for long periods of time. I prayed for you and your son.
Happy New Year!

Bethany said...

I hope to go on more than 2 dates in 2012. I'm getting older and long for a family...but am nowhere close.

This was a fun interview!

Terri Reed said...

Trish, my daughter and I are close too. I'm sure the Lord will be with her and with me. But I'm not looking forward to the days with out her here. However I know she'll be back for holidays.
Congratulations on the new job.

Terri Reed said...

Jennifer, I'm so sad that you're son would be tormented. Homeschooling will take focus. I'll be praying for you.

Terri Reed said...

Bethany, I hope you'll have a blessed year and God will send the right person for you to meet.

Trish Perry said...

Jennifer, that's heartbreaking! You're doing a good thing for your boy--I would have made the same decision.

Bethany, I'll definitely keep you in my prayers. I know it can feel as if time is passing too quickly (or too slowly, depending upon how you view it) when you're waiting for the one God has in mind for you. But take your time and be as sure as you can possibly be. Marriage can be harder than being alone, if one chooses the wrong person. I pray God will bless you with both discernment and a loving man!

Anonymous said...

Terri, I have loved all of your books, so I am very much looking forward to reading this one. Thanks for the chance to win!

I am in school to be a school counselor right now, and my goal is to continue to do well. Also, I am hopeful that, either this year or next, I will finally get to begin working in that capacity. I can't wait!


Lane Hill House said...

Hi everyone, We just got home New Years Day evening. I am enjoying being a book reviewer and am part of an on-line book club, both begun in 2011. I would like to continue these and machine piecing and quilting my second quilt with ladies from nearby communities. We meet all day on Tuesdays. On Fridays, I volunteer all day at our community library. I enjoy our church family and our study times together. I began exercise classes M-F for an hour in the mornings at the Y last year I am continuing. Goodness, this sounds like a Christmas letter I don't write. So for my ONE thing, I am enjoying continuing!
Happy New Year Blessed 2012.

Terri Reed said...

Randi, that's awesome that you are studying to be a school counselor. Thank you for commenting.

Lane Hill House, continuing is good! Quilting has always fascinated me. Exercise is always a helpful and worthwhile endeavor. Thanks for stopping by.



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