Monday, March 29, 2010

Author Interview and Book Giveaway: Scattered Petals

Hey everyone, before we get to today's giveaway, I wanted to say that today marks the milestone of my 100th post!!!! I really cannot believe it, but you guys are making it possible. Enjoy the celebration today with a giveaway with author, Amanda Cabot! :-)

Amanda Cabot has always nurtured a love for books. At an early age she taught herself to read and to this day can almost always be found with a good book. Loving to read naturally morphed into a love for the writing craft. She published more than twenty novels for the secular market as well as several nonfiction books before she turned to writing for the Christian market. Her first inspirational novel, Paper Roses, was published by Revell last year. Her second book, released this month and up for our giveaway, is Scattered Petals. I am pleased to share an interview I had with Amanda recently. She has graciously agreed to give away a copy of her latest book.




Amanda, thank you for taking being with us today! I appreciate you taking the time to answer these few questions, letting us get to know you better.

1: How long did you write before you were published?

I started writing when I was seven, but that doesn’t count. Or does it? Although I had dabbled with a number of books, it wasn’t until a month before my 29th birthday that I started writing seriously. You see, I had a goal of selling a book before I turned 30, and I figured I’d better get working if I was going to accomplish that. One week before my 30th birthday, an editor told me she loved the book and wanted to buy it. So, you could say it was either a little over a year or 23 years, depending on when you want to start counting.

2: When you held that first book in your hands, what was your first thought?

I almost couldn’t believe that I’d written that book. It had been a dream for so long that it was hard to believe it had come true.

3: What do you find the hardest part about writing?

First drafts are the worst part for me. I refer to them as the skeleton of the story, and – like skeletons at Halloween – they’re not particularly pretty. But they are essential to hold the flesh and blood, which is what I add during the second draft.

4: How do you coordinate time between writing and other responsibilities?

I am extremely disciplined. Some would say excessively so, but it works for me. I have “office hours” in the morning, and that’s when I write. Other things, including shopping, cooking, you name it, happen in the afternoon or evening.

5: What are you working on now?

I’m currently working on the first draft (sigh!) of Book One in the Wyoming Winds series. This is the trilogy that will be published after the third of the Texas Dreams books. Since I live in Wyoming, I’m enjoying introducing readers to my new home state, but – as always – I’m looking forward to having the first draft done. Second drafts are much more fun!

6: Where can readers find out more about your books?

I invite them to visit my web site, http://www.amandacabot.com/ . I also welcome email from readers and try to respond within a couple days.

7: What message(s) do you want to be clear to your readers?

My books all deal with the healing power of love, both the love between a man and a woman, and especially God’s love for us.

8: Why did you choose this profession?

I’m not sure I did. I think it might have chosen me. Seriously. Another author who was the keynote speaker at a writers’ conference challenged us to answer the question, “Is writing what you do or who you are?” For me, it’s who I am, an integral and essential part of my life.



Thank you for being with us today. Any final words for readers?

My most fervent prayer is that my books will touch your hearts and deepen your faith. And thank you, Casey, for hosting my interview. It’s been a pleasure.





Back copy blurb:

Longing for adventure, Priscilla Morton leaves Boston in 1856 and heads for the Texas Hill Country, never dreaming that the adventure she seeks could have heartbreaking consequences. Although attracted to her, ranch foreman Zachary Webster knows Priscilla deserves a cultured East Coast gentleman, not a cowboy who’s haunted by memories of his mistakes.



When necessity draws them together, Priscilla and Zach begin to forge a life filled with promise. But then the past intrudes.



Book 2 of the Texas Dreams series, Scattered Petals weaves a tale of drama, love and second chances as beautiful as the Hill Country itself.

You can read my review here.

To Enter to Win Scattered Petals:
~You MUST leave an email address you won't win!

For Extra Entries:
~Be a follower
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Only U.S. residents please.

This contest is void where prohibited and chances of winning are based on number of entries. Winner will be drawn from a non-biased third party sorce, Random.org and will have one week to reply upon learning they have won. I am not responsible for any damaged or misplaced goods upon shipping to the winner of said prize.

Thanks everyone for entering!!

66 comments:

  1. Great post. I just finished reading this one. I would recommend it highly. Great read. I enjoy your books.
    tarenn98[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  2. Please don't enter me in the giveaway Casey because I have this book waiting for me on hold at the library but, I just wanted to come by and say I cannot wait to read it!
    And that I think the cover is breathtaking!
    This Is your 100th post yay!! Great job Casey I always love your blog posts keep up the good work!:)

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  3. It looks like a wonderful book!
    motleyjm@hotmail.com

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  4. I love the cover and would love to read this book. Please enter me into your drawing & thank you for the opportunity.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

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  5. I am also a subscriber.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

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  6. I am also a follower.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  7. This is a REALLY good book! I think your readers will really enjoy it Casey!

    XOXO~ Renee

    p.s. please don't enter me i already own a copy

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  8. I'd love to win this. Thanks for the chance.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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  9. I am a follower.
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  10. Thank you for the opportunity to win this book! I read your review, and the book sounds wonderful. I'm looking forward to reading it.

    Blessings,
    Michelle
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  11. I am an email subscriber.

    Thank you,
    Michelle
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  12. Greetings,
    How wonderful that you are at 100 posts. I know it must have been fun all of the way. You do a great job.
    Anyway please enter me for this great giveaway.
    Have a blessed day,
    Trinity Rose

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  13. Casey,
    I am one of your followers.
    Blessings and thanks,
    Trinity Rose

    wandaelaine at gmail dot com

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  14. I am a follower.

    Thank you,
    Michelle
    scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

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  15. Congratulations on your 100th post!!!


    I'd love to win this book. It looks so good!!

    readingatthebeach(@)gmail(.)com

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  16. I'm a follower

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  17. It sounds wonderful. Please count me in.

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  18. Email subscriber.

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  19. Follower via GFC.

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  20. Would love to win this, sounds like a great book!

    ~Lauri
    http://knitsandreads.blogspot.com
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  21. I follow

    ~Lauri
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  22. I subscribe

    ~Lauri
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  23. I enjoy reading Amanda Cabot's books and would love to win and review Scattered Petals. Also Congradulations to your 100th post. I love reading them.
    rbooth43(at)yahoo.com

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  24. Please enter me! I loved Paper Roses and am interested in reading the next book in the series!
    Carmen Sent me!
    Maureen
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  25. Would love to read this one...please enter me. Thanks!
    jackie.smith(at)dishmail(dot)net

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  26. I am a follower. Thanks!!
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  27. I am a follower. Thanks!!
    jackie.smith(at)dishmail(dot)net

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  28. Thanks for all your wonderful giveaways!

    inspiredbyfiction at gmail dot com

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  29. Please enter me.

    Wendy
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  30. I would like to read this book.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  31. I really hope I win :)

    glenda.a.silva(@)gmail(.)com

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  32. I'm a follower now!

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  33. It is really cool that you got to interview the author. I would love to read the book.
    debp
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  34. I am a email subscriber to your blog.
    debp
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  35. Oh, I'd love to win this book. Thanks. Love the cover.

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  36. I'm a follower

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  37. Subscriber too

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  38. I came over here from Winning Readings and I read Amanda Cabot's first book and thought it had a great plot line. Please include me in the giveaway. Thank you. gasweetheart211[at]netscape[dot]net

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  39. What an honor to be featured on Casey's 100th posting! And, as if that weren't enough, so many of you have said kind things about both Paper Roses and Scattered Petals. Thank you all!

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  40. This is a new author for me. Thanks for offering the book.
    wsmarple/at/gmail/dot/com

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  41. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

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  42. Follower

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  43. E-mail subscriber

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  44. I'm a follower!

    Blessings,
    Sandee61

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  45. I enjoyed your interview and would love to be entered in the giveaway.
    Love the cover of Scattered Petals, and would like to read it.
    Thank you!

    Blessings,
    Sandee61

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  46. Thanks for the great interview and giveaway! This definitely sounds like my kind of book. :)

    4mypersonalreview at gmail dot com

    [BTW, Carman from Christian Book Giveaways sent me here]

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  47. This book is on my wish list!

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  48. Great interview, Please enter my name in your contest. Thanks

    true_sheila at yahoo dot com

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  49. Your book sounds great! Count me in for the drawing!
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  50. Please enter me! I love to read and can always use a new book!

    Doreen
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  51. I'm a follwer and an email suscriber:)

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  52. I read the first book in the series some time ago and liked it. I am glad this one is finally out! gijanechosen[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  53. Congrats to you on your 100th post and such a wonderful interview! I read the first book in the series and would love to be entered to win the second. I am also a follower.

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  54. Sounds like a wonderful book, and I would love to read it. Please enter me. Thanks!

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  55. Please enter me!

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  56. Great post! I'd love a chance to win a copy of this book!! I am a follower of your blog!

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    Katie M

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  57. Please enter me into the drawing.
    I heard good things about the book.
    Anna Labno
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  58. i'm a follower!!

    This cover looks awesome!!!

    please enter me!

    Rae
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  59. Congrats on your 100th blog entry!

    I love your blog, first of all. I would really like to read this book Scattered Petals! Thank you for the great interview of the author.

    For extra entries I have done the following:


    I am a follower

    I joined your email letter


    I am also going to grab your blog button and post it on my blog...just because I have enjoyed your blog so much :-)

    Thank you!

    Blessings,
    Lucie

    lucieluvsca at yahoo dot com

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  60. Sounds wonderful. Please accept my entry. Thanks!

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  61. I follow your blog

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  62. Hi! I just found out about your blog! The post was great and I would love to be entered in the drawing! Thanks so much!

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  63. I am a follower as well! :) Thanks again!

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  64. I'd be blessed to win this!

    Maria Delgado
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  65. I follow!

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  66. I am an email subscriber.

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