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

Monday, May 7, 2012

Lacy Williams and Free Books!

PhotobucketShe comes from a world of wealth and privilege; he’s had to fight for survival. Can love unite them?

Before we revisit with today's author, I want to announce that the winner of the signed copy of Promised to Another, by Laura Hilton, is:

lynne.young@ . . .

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 Lacy Williams, author of The Homesteader’s Sweetheart (Love Inspired Historical, May 2012).

PhotobucketThis year Lacy Williams will celebrate both her thirtieth birthday and a decade of marriage to the love of her life. She traded in her childhood dream of being a veterinarian for a job as a bean-counting auditor at a public accounting firm, but her love of animals, especially dogs, continues (she has three).

Growing up on her grandfather’s farm, Lacy was bucked off a horse, tried to milk a feral cow, and once attempted to mine for gold in a red dirt field (with no luck). These childhood adventures provide a good amount of material for the western romances she writes.

More recent escapades include getting stuck in an elevator on the way to an awards banquet (where she won), having two children, becoming a multi-published author. Next up on her bucket list: writing a screenplay and taking a research trip to Australia.

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

--I’m an oldest child and most of the birth-order stuff is right on the money for me (bossy, driven, type-A personality). I have a younger brother and a younger sister.

--I used to write fanfiction for several TV shows.

--I am a messy person. I have lots of piles around my house, but I know where everything is (most of the time!).

--I have never broken a bone in my body.

--I have a trained Therapy Dog that I do visits with, including to the local library for the Kids Reading to Dogs program.

Kids Reading to Dogs? What a clever idea. 

Please tell us a bit more about the plot of The Homesteader's Sweetheart.

PhotobucketHomesteader Jonas White has managed to overcome a rough start in life and has made a home for himself and his brood of adopted children.

When his daughter needs medical treatment, the only way he can get the money is taking on more work, but he’ll need someone to help watch over his daughter. His neighbor’s granddaughter offers and even though Jonas is a little concerned (she’s used to nice parties, not helping around the homestead), he has no choice but to accept Penny’s help.

But he quickly discovers there is more to Penny than meets the eye, and she discovers maybe there’s more to life than money.

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

Jonas White wants to give the kids he has adopted everything that he never had—security, family, a steady place to live. He is devoted to them as if he was their biological parent, but he still worries they will be taken away from him.

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

PhotobucketAlex Pettyfer for the hero (yum!).

PhotobucketAnd an older Bella Thorne for the heroine.

Yes, Alex Pettyfer is pretty striking, all right!

If a novel were published today, based on your life, what would be an appropriate title?

Chasing Dreams. Right now I am so blessed to be living some very big dreams—mainly staying home with my kids and also being published. But those blessings came from some very hard work being put in beforehand and continued hard work. The importance of chasing your dreams is definitely something I want to pass on to my kids!

I do like the idea of impressing upon our kids that dreams aren't always out of our reach, if we're willing to put in the effort. 

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

I recently enjoyed Protecting the Princess by Rachelle McCalla (Love Inspired Suspense). The suspense kept me turning pages as the hero tries to keep the heroine safe and the romance was sweet as the heroine tries to open the hero’s heart. It’s on my keeper shelf.

What are you working on now?

I’m working on a proposal for a book featuring one of the sons from The Homesteader’s Sweetheart. Oscar White (I might be looking for a nickname for him—Oscar just doesn’t seem like a hero’s name to me!) is a famous horse trainer who can settle any filly. But he can’t seem to tame the schoolmarm’s heart.

Where else can readers find you online?

With the release of this book, I’m having a special promotion and giving away birthday gifts to my readers during the month of May at www.megamaybirthdaybash.com. I can also be found at www.lacywilliams.net

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

829171: The Homesteader"s Sweetheart

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

In The Homesteader’s Sweetheart, the heroine tries to run away from her problems, but of course she can’t outrun them in the end. Have you ever tried to run away from or avoid something (can be big or small), and what was the result?

Thank you, Lacy, for visiting with us and telling us about your novel. Readers, Lacy has offered to give a signed copy of her book to the winner of our drawing on Monday, May 14. To enter, leave a comment below in answer to Lacy'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 Marta Perry, 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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Annoying legal disclaimer: drawings void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents; the odds of winning depend upon the number of participants. See full disclaimer HERE.


Julia M. Reffner said...

Oh yes, I've definitely run away from my problems. But God doesn't let go of us and he gently brings us to deal with those things that are hindering our walk with Him.

I would love to read Lacy's book. I love that your dreams included staying home with your kids!


Lane Hill House said...

Congratulations, Lynne!
Lacy sounds like fun and anything she would write would be a fun read. Add me to the drawing please. No, we can't move away from ourselves!!
It's all in the attitude and, most importantly, Trust.

Lacy, our youngest daughter has been on missions trips twice to Australia. Would be fun to share notes with her. I am headed over to your birthday bash ~*~ May 30th for me!!! Kathleen

Lacy J. Williams said...

Happy early birthday, Kathleen. I'd definitely love to hear from your daughter about Austratlia. She can email me any time at lacyjwilliams@gmail.com.
Thanks for hosting me today, Trish!

Abigail Richmond said...

Looks so interesting!

Judy said...


I've tried to run away from God because I didn't think I could ever live up to His expectations of me. I was tricked into thinking that since I couldn't live a sinless life God wouldn't possibly waste his time on me. Then my sweet husband finally got it through my thick head with these words, Honey, your sins have been bought and paid for by the shed blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Wow! It has been years since I stopped running from God and I am so happy that he chose me!!!

This book sounds like a real page turner and I'd love to win a copy. Great interview by the way. Congrats on your soon to be 10th Anniversary and Happy soon to be 30th birthday!


Anonymous said...

I like most everyone has done something they knew was not right and didn't want to tell and hurt someone in their life. But, you can't run away from GOD, and must make things right. I would love to win this book. Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

Lacy J. Williams said...

Thanks for all the comments, ya'll. Anybody ever tried to run away from home?
I did once when I was about 10 and I came home after about an hour--to find that no one even knew I'd run away.

misskallie2000 said...

I was to shy and bashful to run away from home. I have tried to run away from problems and realized I could not run but had to stay and face them.
Looking forward to reading your book.
Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Faye said...

What a wonderful lot of things to celebrate this year! Congratulations, Ms. Williams on every single one of your acheivements :) I will be looking out for your book next time I stop by Wal-Mart :)

crazi.swans at gmail dot com

lgm52 said...

Yes, I've tried to run away from or avoid problems, but it does no good. The problem goes nowhere..you do and the problem stays with you. So it's best to just face it and get it over with or resolved.
lgm52 at hotmail dot com

Lacy J. Williams said...

Thanks for stopping by, everyone. This was a fun interview.
Anybody out there CASTLE fans??? I just watched tonight's show and WOW!!!!!!

squiresj said...

Please enter me to win. I can relate to the piles around the house and yes, I know where everything is most of the time.
I have tried to run away from my problems to no avail. But right now I really feel like running. I almost lost my husband two weeks ago. Now it is a daily battle trying to keep his blood sugar and heart rate from soaring. I do not even want him out of my sight.
On top of that if he could just get through this month he is retiring on May 31st. I am so so stressed maybe winning your book would destress me some.

Anonymous said...

My instinct is to want to run when things get too tough. However, I found that it wouldn't work anyway. Problems have to be solved or coped with where I am.
But, the instinct and desire to go somewhere where there aren't any problems is still there. Of course, there is no such place except in my mind.

Thank you for having the drawing.


Lisa E. said...

I'm a naturally compliant personality, so I don't usually run away from my problems. Unfortunately, I tend to freeze up or panic instead. There was a tornado in my town once, VERY rare here and my worst fear, and when I realized what was happening I just stood frozen like a block of ice! Thankfully, I had enough sense to pray while I was standing there.


Nancee said...

I would say that the most common thing that I have tried to run away from is worry. I tend to be a worrier, and since it upsets me to worry I do just about anything to not have to think about unpleasant situations.

Merry said...

I think I have my running shoes on way too often! I hate conflict and it is natural for me to turn tail and run. Thankfully, God helps me to turn around and take care of things... sometimes I'm a little slow but He is always gracious. :)
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

apple blossom said...

I can't say I've ever tried to run away from any problem.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com



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