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Monday, April 23, 2012

Margaret Daley and Free Books!

PhotobucketWhen busting a human trafficking ring turns ugly for Texas Ranger Wyatt Sheridan, are his lawman skills and faith enough to save those he loves?

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Cooking the Books, by Bonnie Calhoun, is:

artist4christ@ . . .

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 revisit with Margaret Daley, author of Saving Hope (Abingdon, March 2012).

PhotobucketMargaret Daley, an award-winning author of eighty-two books, has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love.

When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household.

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

--My least favorite housekeeping chore is dusting. It seems like it is back only an hour later.

--I have three cats--all strays that showed up on my doorstep. Now we have cats that hang out in our backyard. I think they know we're suckers for animals.

--I've gone scuba diving before, but I prefer snorkeling unless the ocean is really rough.

--I was a cheerleader in high school. I still like to cheer on people as an adult.

--This summer I got to see a volcano erupting on an island that my ship passed by. It was at night and beautiful to watch in the dark with the lava flowing yellow/orange/red down the mountain. Thankfully no one lived near it.

What a terrific experience that must have been, Margaret! I'd love to hear more about that.

And I can testify to your cheerleader persona. Readers, Margaret's consideration for other people is one reason she was elected to the office of President of the American Christian Fiction Writers organization this year. She's gracious in sharing her time with other writers.

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Saving Hope.

PhotobucketWhen a teenager goes missing from the Beacon of Hope School, Texas Ranger Wyatt Sheridan and school director Kate Winslow are forced into a dangerous struggle against a human trafficking organization.

But the battle brings dire consequences as Wyatt's daughter is terrorized and Kate is kidnapped.

Now it's personal, and Wyatt finds both his faith and investigative skills challenged as he fights to discover the mastermind behind the ring before evil destroys everyone he loves.

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

Wyatt Sheridan is a single dad who is trying to do his best to raise his teenage daughter who is fourteen and going through her "rebellious" stage.

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

PhotobucketGwyneth Paltrow for Kate.

PhotobucketClive Owens for Wyatt.


And Kristen Stewart for Rose.

What would you say has been the greatest challenge to your writing life that you’ve faced recently?

Myself--I say yes too many times. I need to learn to say no, but I want to do so many things and only have so much time in the day.

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

For Such a Time as This by Ginny Aiken. It will be out in August. I enjoyed the characters and their trials, humor and successes.

What are you working on now?

I just finished writing the fourth book in my Guardians, Inc Series for Love Inspired Suspense called Christmas Stalking (out in November 2012).

Where else can readers find you online?


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

714283: Saving Hope, Men of the Texas Rangers Series #1

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

What was a scary incident in your childhood that taught you to be cautious?

Thank you, Margaret, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Margaret has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, April 30. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Margaret'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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by Pegg Thomas said...

I was probably 12 years old when a neighbor and I were racing our ponies. In December. In Michigan. On icy ground. My pony slipped and we went down in a pile. Neither one of us was seriously hurt - praise God! - but it did cause me to rethink my behavior with horses. I still ride, of course, but I'm respectful of what I ask my horse to do. :)
twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

EJ said...

When I was 17, my older sister & I were going out to dinner. As we were walking thru the parking lot, a really good looking guy came out from between 2 cars & put a gun to my sisters stomach; & then took both of our purses. We later did composite drawings & they identified him. Found out we were his only living victims - probably because there were 2 of us. All of his other victims had been alone & were robbed, raped & murdered. He was never caught. To this day 35 yrs. later, I'm still very cautious & observant in parking lots & if I'm alone, try to walk near someone else - plus have passed that on to my children.

Elaine rejordan79@msn.com

Sonja said...

I was really a very sheltered and some what protected child...I was in an auto accident when I was three, and my left arm was paralyzed... so my life was different...I did not get to be a typical kid...I was 14 when I rode a bike for the first time, I never was never allowed on roller skates...

there was one thime my cousins were riding their bikes, Scot and Steve, there were a bit younger than me, they had me stand on the side walk so they could try to pick me up with their front wheel and fender... Though it gave me a chance to play, it scared me pretty bad... the other was when my 2 brothers and I were on a small fishing boat with our mom and aunt and it caught fire. My brothers who were about 8 and 10 used buckets to put it out...yes that was scary...


Margaret Daley said...

Thank you, Elaine, Pegg and Sonja.

I remember on a research trip in Rio de Janeiro my friend and I going to a site across town (huge city) and because we were late going to the place, when we came out and there wasn't a cab to be found, we were scared. We never thought there wouldn't be one. But we didn't speak the language and few spoke English. We didn't know how we were going to get back to the hotel. Walking was out of the question, especially when we didn't know how to get back and parts of the city were dangerous. Thirty minutes later when a cab dropped someone off I have never been so thankful for a cab.

authorkathyeberly said...

When I was a teenager, we had a next door neighbor who was separated from her husband who had some mental health issue. My brothers and I were at Christmas program practice and it was time for our folks to pick us up. Since my parents hadn't arrived yet, I called home and to my surprise a strange man answered the phone.
My father and my best friend's dad (a police officer) arrived and went to the house to talk to the man and make him leave while my mom and my brothers and I and my friend's family waited until it was safe.
I learned to always lock my doors even if I would be gone for a short time and to be cautious of strangers who don't belong in the neighborhood.


Abigail Richmond said...

That is so cool that you actually saw a volcano erupting!
I guess the scary thing would be one time when I was around 5 years old My family were visiting in Greenville S.C. about 4 and a half hours from us, My family left me at church Sunday night, but came back for me when they realized I wasn't with them. We were going to leave the next day too, and I remember thinking they would go home without me.

squiresj said...

Great an author I truly love and her cheerleader persona has been an inspiration to me so many times. I have cats too - 8 outside and now 7 kittens. I also have 3 inside - 2 we saved their lives. I told my husband I wasn't bringing any inside to save their lives again. Also have a large dog which is a miracle.
Now this is what leads to your question. My Mom was bit by a dog while carrying me and from birth I was terrified of dogs - large or small. But having a child and the second one wanted a dog. I had hoped her Dad would talk her out of it and help me out. But "No" he breeded dogs before I met him. Anyway we had a large dog who protected me and wouldn't let anyone come near me with a mean voice. I am on my 4th large dog. I had two at once. I miss the Saint Bernard who died of a tumor and her baby who broke his leg. I even miss that first dog. I used to be scared of Doberman Pinchers and my first dog was lab/doberman Pincher. One I have now is Saint Bernard/German Shepherd mix. So I have overcome my fear and wouldn't live in country without a dog.
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I will never forget when I was 13 years old I was almost raped. Without going into a lot of details and mentioning names I will say I was never so scared in my life. I fought long and I fought hard. Looking back I know it was only by the Grace of God that I was able to get away. I knew this person and was surprised that he tried somthing like this. I often wonder what would have happened if he would have been successful. Forgiving this person has been hard. I have never completely gotten over this.

Nancee said...

When I was about 12 years old a young girl was visiting our village, staying with an aunt. She was an unusual girl, a loner, but she wandered a lot and was obviously curious. While wandering one day she visited a house where a mentally ill man lived, and he hit her in the head with a hatchet. My neighbor friends and I always stayed close together and close to home after that.

Nancee said...

Forgot to leave my email address:

lgm52 said...

I was young, probably lower elementary school age, and was playing in our backyard. Someone in the family had used the garden hoe and laid it down, blade side up. I stepped on the hoe, it flipped up, and cut my ankle. I had to go to the doctor and have stitches. I learned that all tools should be put away when one is done with them.

Margaret Daley said...

Thank you for sharing your stories. Life can be scary but we are so lucky to have the Lord with us.

Anonymous said...

I too had a close encounter with someone coming close to raping me when I was young. And, when I was older, I had to walk home from school and had to pass a Doberman Pincher. He would just appear from nowhere and jump and bark. I was so scared that my knees were knocking. I was always scared of strange dogs. Still am. Would love to enter for this book.
Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

Lane Hill House said...

WOoooooo... How did this get past me since Monday?? What is the scarest thing. ~
What was a scary incident in your childhood that taught you to be cautious?

I remember thinking everyone had missed taking me to church for a night meeting when I was 7 or 8 and I went by myself and all the lights were out when I got there. The scary part was running back down the main street of our little town, when the only lights on were far off. I never did that again, nor did I tell anyone I got up out of bed, dressed again, and slipped out so I didn't miss it. The Lord sure kept His little short-legged girl on a sprint and she never did that again, even if He was with her!
(Put me in the drawing, please!) lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

apple blossom said...

we hit a friend on his bike entering our christian school parking lot. He ended up under the car. it was scary. cautious around bikers now.



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