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Now let's revisit novelist Martha Rogers, author of Winter Promise.
Martha Rogers is a free-lance writer and the author of the Winds Across the Prairie series as well as the novella, Key to Her Heart in River Walk Christmas. Summer Dream and Autumn Song, the first two books in her new series, Seasons of the Heart are now available. She was named Writer of the Year at the Texas Christian Writers Conference in 2009 and writes a weekly devotional for ACFW.
Martha and her husband live in Houston. In addition to her works of fiction, Martha has stories in a number of compilations as well as devotional contributions to several anthologies and writes the weekly Verse of the Week for the ACFW Loop. She is a retired teacher and lives in Houston with her husband, Rex where they enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and attending football, baseball, and basketball games when one of them is playing
Please tell us five random things we might not know about you.
--Well, I was quite the prankster my first two years of college at Baylor University, and that followed me into adult life in working with the youth of our church and the Student Council in high schools where I taught.
--I was a Home Economics teacher of Home and Family Living, Child Development and Home Management before I began teaching English.
--After I earned my MEd, I began teaching English at a private Christian high school and then at the college level.
--I’m still a kid at heart and love going to Disney World and circuses and carnivals.
--I’ve lived in the same house for 36 years and have attended the same church for 53 years.
Tell us more about Winter Promise, Martha.
Single, educated, and looking for a new start, Abigail Monroe decides to join her brother and his wife in Porterfield, Texas. Near her twenty-fifth birthday and without a suitor, she fears she will become a spinster if she stays in Briar Ridge, Connecticut.
A sprained ankle sends Abigail to the new doctor in town, Elliot Jensen. He is smitten, but tragedy in his past has left him bitter, guilt ridden, and afraid to fall in love again.
When the town’s deputy sheriff rescues Abigail after a robbery, Elliot’s feelings for her grow stronger. He is jealous of the attention Abigail is getting, but he fears he can’t compete with the handsome deputy sheriff and his heroic deeds.
Has he waited too long to share his feelings for her? Or will Christmas bring them both the gift they seek?
Set in the late 1800s, the Seasons of the Heart series follows the lives of four women and their families, weaving together their stories of faith, life, and love as they bond in friendship only God could orchestrate.
What is it about your lead character that will make your readers care about him?
As the readers come to know the young doctor and the tragic event in his past, they empathize with him and want him to come to terms with it and believe God has greater plans for him.
Complete this sentence: If I had known 20 years ago what I know today, I would have …
I would not have been so discouraged and disappointed when my contract was not renewed at the private school where I taught. I wasted a year on resentment, anger, frustration, and grief.
What is the last book you read that you would recommend?
The last four or five books were Christmas ones. My favorite of them was Love Finds You on Christmas Morning. Yes, you are one of the authors, but I loved the two stories because they took me back to a time of good memories and reminded me why I loved my grandparents so much.
Aw, that's very sweet of you, Martha. I'm so glad the book impacted you that way. What are you working on now?
I’m working on a Christmas book for next year, Christmas at Holly Hill.
Exciting! Where else can readers find you online?
The book is available at fine book stores and for online purchase via the following buttons:
Finally, what question would you like to ask my readers?
In my book, Elliot has trouble dealing with a tragedy in his past and it pulls him away from God and his faith. He has trouble now trusting God and fears caring for Abigail because she too may be taken from him. As a Christian, how would you help someone cope with a tragedy in their lives and help them maintain their faith in God?
Thank you, Martha, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Martha has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, January 16. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Martha'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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