Monday, June 14, 2010

Giveaway and Author Interview: Her Abundant Joy

Today my guest is author Lyn Cote and she will be offering up her book as a giveaway, so read to the end to find out how to enter. : )

Welcome to Writing for Christ!
Tell us a little about yourself!

When Lyn Cote became a mother, she gave up teaching, and while raising a son and a daughter, she began working on her first novel. Long years of rejection followed. Finally in 1997, Lyn got "the call." Her first book, Never Alone, was chosen by Steeple Hill for the new Love Inspired romance line. Since then, Lyn has had over twenty-five novels published. In 2006 Lyn's book, Chloe, was a finalist for the RITA, one of the highest awards in the romance genre. Lyn’s brand “Strong Women, Brave Stories,” always includes three elements: a strong heroine who is a passionate participant in her times, authentic historical detail and a multicultural cast of characters. Lyn also features stories of strong women both from real life and true to life fiction on her blog http://strongwomenbravestories.blogspot.com/  Lyn also can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads. Drop by and "friend or follow" her. Now living her dream of writing books at her lake cottage in northern Wisconsin, Lyn hopes her books show the power of divine as well as human love.


Her latest release is Her Abundant Joy, the final book in her Texas Star of Destiny series, to purchase drop by her website or blog http://strongwomenbravestories.blogspot.com/ .




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

My daughter was 14 months old when I started my first ms. And when I received the CALL in June 1997, she was just about to enter high school. Of course, most of those years were in the Dark Ages before the Internet. In those dark years, an author living out in the Midwest had limited ways of getting the market information needed to make headway. I wonder if the upcoming authors now, understand just how good they've got it? BTW, I just posted my 12th Annual Christian Fiction Market Update on my website.

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

The long years of hard work were all worth it. (Even though I didn't care for the cover!)

3: What are you working on now?

I'm in the middle book in the middle of a three book series for Love Inspired romance. The series is titled, New Friends Street, since the series is about a small town in Wisconsin where three Habitat for Humanity houses are being built. The first in the series will come out this September, titled "A Shelter of Hope."

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

I just updated my website http://www.lyncote.net/  and I have a blog http://strongwomenbravestories.blogspot.com/ . I'm also on Shoutlife, MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, eharlequin.com and GoodReads. If you can't find me, you're not looking very hard!

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

I believe in the hope God provides. That is the underlying theme in all my writing.

6: What are two things that people wouldn't normally know about you as a writer and or person?

I'm a great cook and I knit.

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

Well, I want them to read my books, love them and tell everybody they know about them--What else??? GRIN

Okay readers, here is your chance to be entered to win Lyn's latest book, Her Abundant Joy.

PLEASE LEAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS! If I draw your name and there is no email, YOU WILL NOT WIN!

For extra entries:
~Be a follower
~Be a subscriber

And a NEW one:
~Follow my friend Amber's blog HERE

Contest is only open in the U.S. and void where prohibited. Chances of winning are based on the number of entries and winner is draw from a non-biased third party- Random.org. I am not responsible for any lost or damaged items for said prize.

Thanks for coming by to enter! Contest ends on June 26th.

70 comments:

  1. Hi,

    I am already a follower.

    Please enter me for the drawing.

    estherym[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  2. Hi,

    I subscribe via e-mail too.


    estherym[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  3. And I have been following Amber for some time now :)

    estherym[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  4. I would love to win a copy of this book! :) I'm a blog follower.

    hawaiismn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  5. I'm following Amber's blog!

    hawaiismn(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. I would love to win Lyn's book.
    Please enter me. Thank you.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

    I'm a follower.

    I'm a subscriber

    And I just joined as a follower to Amber blog.

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  7. I can't wait to read this series. Please enter me. I'm a follower on Google Reader.

    quiltyreader(at)gmail(dot)com

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  8. Anybody want to say anything but I want to be entered?

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  9. I'm a follower of both yours and Amber's blogs.

    This book sounds great!

    Julesreffner(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. I haven't had a chance to read a book by Lyn Cote yet. Would love to win a copy. I am following your blog on bloglines as well as your friend Amber's.

    hspruitt [at] juno dot com

    Thanks!

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  11. Now I'm really looking forward to reading the New Friends Street series, too! :)I can't wait!
    I would love to read Her Abundant Joy. I'm a follower, and I'm already a follower of Amber. Thanks!
    bluerose_shelnut(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  12. OK, so much to say! :D

    First:

    Lyn,

    I love the cover of this new book! And your story of perseverance on the road to publishing is inspiring! :) Thanks for offering us a chance to win your book!

    Second:

    OOOOOHH! So THAT'S why I'm getting new followers! ;) Oh, Casey, you're so sweet! What a surprise! I was wondering why all of a sudden I had these random new followers...now I know! ;) Thanks so much!!!

    Third:

    I'd love to be entered in the giveaway! And I follow this blog. :)

    ~Amber

    stokes[dot]a[at]suddenlink[dot]net

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  13. Please enter me in this giveaway.

    seizethebookblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. I am a follower.

    seizethebookblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. I follow Amber's blog!

    seizethebookblog(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. Looks nice.

    gijanechosen(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  17. I would love to win this book. I read all the time and its hard to get good books I am interested in reading. Thanks for the entry. ybutler@oppcatv.com

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  18. I subscribe by e-mail. Thanks ybutler@oppcatv.com

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  19. I follow on Google Friend Connect. Thanks ybutler@oppcatv.com

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  20. I follow Amber on Google Friend Connect. Thanks for all the extra entries. ybutler@oppcatv.com

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  21. Please add me in the drawing this book looks great! Thanks for the chance
    lindseypa89(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  22. Lyn's book sound great. Would love to read it. It saw in her interview that she knits. One of my hobbies is crocheting. I love it.
    plhouston@bellsouth.net

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  23. I discovered Lyn's book last year and I've enjoyed every one that I read. I enjoyed learning more about her in this interview and I would love to win a copy of Her Abundant Joy. Thank you so much for the giveaway.

    Extra entries:

    I follow your blog, Casey.

    I also subscribe to your blog.

    And I follow Amber's blog.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

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  24. Thanks to everybody who left comments. I'm going to be sending each of you an e-invitation to my monthly note (not newsletter). I send out a brief note each month telling what I'm doing and providing info about contests where a reader might win even more books. So if you receive an invitation to join LynCote_to_Readers, I hope you'll click Join! Casey, thanks for having me!

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  25. would very much enjoy reading lyn's latest...thanks for the opportunity :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  26. email subscriber :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  27. Oh, I'd love to win. I have some of Lyn's books. Thanks
    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  28. I'm a follower of your blog
    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  29. I now follow your friends blog too.
    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  30. I'm an email subscriber too
    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  31. I'd LOVE a chance to win Her Abundant Joy - it looks REALLY good!!!

    I am a follower (+1)

    I am now a subscriber (+1)

    And I am now a follower of Amber's blog (+1)

    legacy1992(at)gmail(dot)com

    Thanks!
    Katie M

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  32. I would love to win this book! I will be a new follower of this blog and here is my email address:

    michelle_massaro(at)hotmail(dot)com

    Thank you!

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  33. I found your review to be intriguing and one that I think I would take pleasure in reading.

    Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway.

    steven(dot)capell(at)gmail(dot)com

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  34. I would love to win this book!

    I'm a follower and a subscriber.

    Doreen
    priviesandprims@yahoo.com

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  35. Hi Casey and Lyn,
    I am so excited about reading this series. I have the three books on my TRL as of today. I look forward to reading about Mariel and Carson.
    As I said on your blog Lyn, I'm so glad you kept writing and not letting those rejections early on cause you to stop writing.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750@aol.com

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  36. I'm a follower through GFC.
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750@aol.com

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  37. I'm an email subscriber
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750@aol.com

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  38. I'm also a new follower for Amber.
    Carol L.
    Lucky4750@aol.com

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  39. I've read several of Lynn's books and would love to read this one.

    Ann Lee Miller
    Ann_Lee_Miller@msn.com

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  40. I would love to read this please!

    Mollydedwards AT yahoo DOT com

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  41. For extra entries:
    ~i follow WforC
    ~I am a subscriber

    And a NEW one:
    ~I follow Amber's blog!

    Mollydedwards AT yahoo DOT com

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  42. Please enter me!
    I am a follower and a subscriber.

    krhmoseslake(at)gmail(dot)com

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  43. I follow on google



    mamat2730(at)charter(dot)net

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  44. I follow on twitter@mrsred49




    mamat2730(at)charter(dot)net

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  45. Please enter me I love Lyn's books




    mamat2730(at)charter(dot)net

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  46. I have your button on my blog http://edna-myfavoritethings.blogspot.com





    mamat2730(at)charter(dot)net

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  47. I am a follower of Amber's blog :) It's how I found yours! I also just became a follower of yours. Thank you for the giveaway!

    pinkdaddysgirl[at]msn[dot]com

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  48. I would love to read this book. Winning it would be awesome. Thank you for the chance.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  49. I am a subscriber.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  50. I am a follower.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  51. I'd like to enter! :) I am a follower and I already follow Amber's blog.
    djkeoppel(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  52. I read Her Inheritance Forever, and I really enjoyed it!! We posted about your giveaway at Winning Readings.

    inspiredbyfiction[at]gmail[dot]com

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  53. I'm a follower!

    inspiredbyfiction[at]gmail[dot]com

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  54. Please enter me!

    kateh12783@hotmail.com

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  55. Please enter me in the drawing.

    wmmahaney(at)att(dot)net

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  56. Please count me in.

    bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  57. GFC Follower.

    bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  58. Following Amber's Blog.

    bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  59. Please include me.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  60. Please enter me. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  61. Email subscriber. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  62. This sounds really good!

    readingatthebeach(@)gmail(.)com

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  63. I'm a follower

    readingatthebeach(@)gmail(.)com

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  64. I'm a subscriber

    readingatthebeach(@)gmail(.)com

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  65. I follow Amber's blog

    readingatthebeach(@)gmail(.)com

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  66. Looks like a wonderful read. Please accept my entry. Thanks!

    gevin13{at}gmail{dot}com

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  67. GFC follower

    gevin13{at}gmail{dot}com

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  68. email subscriber

    gevin13{at}gmail{dot}com

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  69. Ooo I love Lyn's books! I loved The Desires of Her Heart and I have read some of Her Inheritance Forever before I had to put it aside for books I had to review and I really enjoyed what I've read.

    Lyn is so talented!

    I would love to read book 3!

    I'm a follower of you and Amber Casey! I love your blogs!

    XOXO~ Renee
    steelergirl83(at)gmail(dot)com

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Thank you so much for stopping by, I love to hear from those who traffic my blog! Have a wonderful day. :)

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According to new FTC rules I must let you, the reader know, that all views shared on this blog are strictly my own. Books to review are either provided for me by the author, publisher or ones I have purchased and I am under no obligation whatsoever to present anything, but my true opinion on any product. I receive no monetary compensation for anything written on this blog. Any giveaways on this blog are provided by the author/ publisher and I am not responsible for any views they express in their work or on this site. Giveaways are void were prohibited and chances of winnng are based on the number of applicants. A random winner is draw when a book is given away.

 
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