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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Susan Page Davis and Free Books!

PhotobucketIn her quest for a lost heir, Lady Anne finds love.

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Hiding in Plain Sight, by Amy Wallace, is:

emreilly303@ . . .

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 Susan Page Davis, author of Lady Anne’s Quest (Barbour Publishing, April 2012).

PhotobucketSusan Page Davis is the author of forty published novels. Prairie Dreams is her new series from Barbour Publishing. A Maine native, Susan now lives in Kentucky with her husband, Jim. She’s a past winner of the Carol Award and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest.

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

--I collect antique tea and coffee tins.

--I was born on Memorial Day.

--In my high school and college days, I appeared in the plays The Mouse that Roared, The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden, and Murder in the Cathedral.

--I just signed a contract for a new book in the Patchwork Mystery series—book #26!

--There’s a fox hanging around our place—I think he chases the squirrels. I’ve seen him several times from my study window.

Congrats on the new book contract! 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of Lady Anne's Quest.

PhotobucketLady Anne believes her prayers are answered and she’s at last found her long lost uncle. Unwilling to let her meet him on her own, Dan Adams accompanies her to her uncle’s ranch. But both are convinced the man claiming to be her uncle is an impostor. They decide to continue the search for the new Earl of Stoneford.

But now the swindler is on their trail, hoping to steal Uncle David’s inheritance. Dan has his hands full trying to protect Anne, but he finds he must guard his heart just as carefully. Even though he’s good at keeping her safe, he knows he’ll never convince Anne to become a farmer’s wife in Oregon when she has her sights set on returning to her home in England. But as Anne’s quest becomes even more difficult—and dangerous—she begins to see Dan differently. Will she soon be envisioning a new life in America?

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

She’s vulnerable, but she’s finding new strength. Anne’s quest involves something much bigger than her own future. The estate in England supports many people, and she sees it as a duty of love to find her uncle and bring him back.

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

PhotobucketMaybe Jessica Findlay, who plays Lady Sybil Crawley on Downton Abbey.

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

Family happenings. You usually can’t time them for when it’s convenient. I’ve had to miss some family events because of my writing schedule.

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

I enjoyed Sandra Robbins’s Shattered Identity, from Love Inspired Suspense. The setting on Okracoke Island was new to me, and the villain’s motivation made sense, so I appreciated that.

What are you working on now?

Cowgirl Trail, part of the Texas Trails series, also released this month. I’m working on more Texas books, and also will be writing a couple of new mysteries this year.

Where else can readers find you online?

My daughter keeps a FaceBook page for me, but you can learn most about me on my website: www.susanpagedavis.com.

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

264406: Lady Anne"s Quest, Prairie Dreams Series #2

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

Lady Anne had to travel with very few clothes. How light could you travel if you had to? Could you honestly take a trip of several weeks and carry everything necessary in one bag on the horse with you?

Thank you, Susan, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Susan has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Thursday, April 26. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Susan'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 interview with Bonnie Calhoun, below. Leave an appropriate comment at the bottom of her post to enter the drawing for a signed copy of the book.

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by Pegg Thomas said...

I could get by with one bag and a horse. :) I love a good trail ride and sturdy jeans are good for several days between washings.

Thanks for the chance to win another great looking book!

twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

Lane Hill House said...

My birthday is the real Memorial Day too!!! At one time it was called, "Decoration Day." I thought the parade was for me! I would wave my little flag and then they would do the three gun salute at the veterans cemetery.

"Lady Anne had to travel with very few clothes. How light could you travel if you had to? Could you honestly take a trip of several weeks and carry everything necessary in one bag on the horse with you?" Let's see. I would need a rain slicker, and extra padding to sit on the horse for the long trip, and a change of clothes so I didn't smell horsey all the time. But because I would have a goal in mind, I would make it. I would definitely need a blanket or heavy shawl to keep me warm. Sassafras leaves to chew on to keep me sweet-smelling, soap chips and a hairbrush to keep tidy and I'm set!

Anonymous said...

Hi Susan -- Love your books. Thank you for the chance to be in the drawing for another book. Your new book "Cowgirl" sounds really good too.
Pat Hines

Melissa said...

I could get by...not a clothes horse at all :) Happy in a jeans and tshirt most days.

Lady Anne's Quest sounds great!!!


gahome2mom said...

Yes, I think I could travel that light right now. lol I recently lost lots of weight and am down to only a few outfits. lol I believe I most definitely travel that light.


Susan Page Davis said...

Nice to connect with another Memorial Day baby! And big congrats to "gahome2mom" on your weight loss! You know, I think Lady Anne would be a bit jealous of us and the freedom we have to ride in jeans and a T-shirt. After she got over the shock, of course. And she wouldn't need that corset at all! Thanks, everyone, for stopping by.

Nancee said...

If I needed/wanted to get someplace and could only take a minimum of items I could easily pack it all in one bag! LOL!
Nancee, Michigan

Abigail Richmond said...

I think I could!
Looks very interesting!

Vickie McDonough said...

I could get by with just one to two sets of clothes. I'd sure miss my king size pillow though.

Susan Page Davis said...

Vickie, I am laughing because I know about that pillow. I can just see you riding along with it tied to the back of your saddle!

Pam K. said...

I think it would be very difficult for me to fit everything for two weeks into a small bag that could be carried on a horse! I'm a jeans and t-shirt wearer but I wouldn't want to wear the same ones for that long. I'm assuming if we were on horseback, there wouldn't be any laundries around either. It would be tough to be without my blow dryer as well, just because my hair looks awful if it isn't washed and styled daily. Guess I'd better not go on any trips by horseback!
I have the first book in this series so would love to win a copy of Lady Anne's Quest. Thanks.


Susan Page Davis said...

Good point, Pam! I don't think they minded wearing the same clothes repeatedly back then the way we do. They weren't used to having a fresh, clean outfit every day.

squiresj said...

I could and have traveled with very few clothese. But then I did have a washer and drayer handy. I suppose in the West days one could because that was what they knew.
Susan is an author I know and love.
God Bless
jrs362 at hotmail dot com

Soni B said...

To be honest, I think I could, times are simpler in the west, I am a simple kind of gal...: ) The books sound good, a different taste than I have been reading, but a change is always good...I just love a GOOD book ...especially if it holds my interest : )

lgm52 said...

I could get by for 1 week for sure, but not sure about several weeks. Guess it would depend on the size of the bag. I could make do when I had to, though

Jennifer said...

I sure would have tried. Especially if I didn't have a choice. I love to ride horses, so that part I'd be okay.
I really like reading historical fiction because you get to imagine what it would be like to live at that time.

Trish Perry said...

All I can say is the good Lord knew what He was doing when He planted me in modern times. I can't imagine traveling that lightly. I struggle to stay within the 50 pound luggage rule on flights. My poor horse would end up swaybacked for sure.

regencygirl01 said...

I am un-patiently waiting for my local library to get Lady Anne's book processed. I read the first one tonight and can't wait for second. Loved Women's Shooting Club series

Susan Page Davis said...

Thanks! Glad you liked it. Trish, I know you could do it if you HAD to. Most of the readers think they could too, which I think is great. Sure, it would be tough, but Anne was willing to give up a lot in order to find Uncle David. So, just imagine a beautiful spa at the end of the trail, and dinner with the people you love most. Maybe that would inspire you to get rid of some of that luggage.

kalea_kane said...

Great question! I am a very light traveler. I have been known to take quick trips out of the blue. Once my brother, my sister-in-law and I took a last minute trip to Monterey, CA. I left with the clothes on my back and my pocketbook. When there I bought flip flops, a sundress, underwear and two tank tops. Mind you, this wasn't weeks at a time. We were there for a four days. I got away with finger combing my hair and lip gloss. When not traveling spur of the moment, I still travel light. You never know what you may want to buy when you get there. Less items mean less to worry about. :)




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