Thursday, July 15, 2010

Giveaway and Author Interview: Nightshade

My guest today is author, Ronie Kendig!
Welcome to Writing for Christ, Ronie! Thank you for being with us today.

Tell us a little about yourself!

I grew up with a mother who immigrated from Dublin, Ireland, when she was 18. My father was born in Montreal, Canada, to a father who was born in Vermont but was raised in Montreal. My father was in the army, so we moved around a lot. Our family settled at Ft Hood, TX, where my father retired as a civilian contractor. I got married at nineteen (two months shy of my 20th birthday) and June 1, 2010 marks our 20th anniversary. My incredible husband and I homeschool our four children, who range in ages from 16 to 10. In addition to two-legged children, we also have two, four-legged furry children: a Golden Retriever named Daisy, and Helo, the Maltese Menace. 

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

As a newlywed in 1990, I savored it when my husband got me my first word processor. It was cutting edge, but now, I groan thinking about writing stories on that tiny, three-inch screen. Finally, sometime around 2000, my husband urged me to try to get published. I received my first rejection in 2002.

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

SURREAL! It was mind-blowing to think that all the words between the covers were written by me. Then…those feelings gave way to terror, realizing others would read the book. What if I’d made mistakes? What if they didn’t “get” it? Sure enough, there were mistakes and some didn’t get it. But…I did it! I hung in there, grit through the brutal times when I wanted to give up, and saw it through to publication.

3: What are you working on now?

A handful of various projects: NIGHTSHADE, The first book in the Discarded Heroes series, a military suspense/thriller series, will launch in roughly 6 weeks, and I’m working on promoting and prepping for that. Also, I’ve written and turned in DIGITALIS, Book #2 of the Discarded Heroes, I’m halfway through WOLFSBANE, Book #3, and I’m working on 2-3 proposal ideas for my agent to consider.

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

Website: http://www.roniekendig.com/

Email: ronie@roniekendig.com

Discarded Heroes website: http://www.discardedheroes.com/

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ronie.kendig

Twitter: roniekendig

Shoutlife: www.shoutlife.com/roniekendig



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

There is *always* hope, and they are not alone.

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

As a person, most people probably don’t know that I collect Audrey Hepburn movie posters, and as a writer…perhaps that I am an avid historical reader. Next to suspense/thrillers, it’s my favorite genre.

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

God does not create useless vessels—every person has a unique purpose that cannot be completed by anyone else. Sometimes, it’s hard to believe we matter at all, but know that you are a treasure in God’s eyes, and He is so very proud of you (regardless of whatever failures you may have or believe you may have).


Okay readers here is your chance to check out Ronie's brand new book!

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 OR Subscribe (you can't do both for extra entries) my jewelry blog, Bug's Beads
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 7/31

66 comments:

  1. I enjoyed reading you interview/ The book is always better when you know something about the author. I read almost all day, everyday. I read all kinds of books but my favorite is supense and mystery. I love the historicals, too. I am not too big on just straight out romance but will read them when I don't have anything else. Thank you for the chance to WIN! ybutler@oppcatv.com

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  2. Public follower on Google Friend Connect. Thanks ybutler@oppcatv.com

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  3. I subscribe by e-mail to Writing for Christ.Thanks ybutler@oppcatv.com

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  4. I signed up to follow on "Bugs Beads" Thanks for all your extra entries. ybutler@oppcatv.com

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  5. Great interview. Another new author. Love reading all about these new authors that I can look for and read.

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  6. I'm a subscriber of Caselyn's writing for Christ.

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  7. No need to enter me as I have the book, but I, too am a major Audrey fan. I had a calendar and posters of her in my room at college. I think my favorite Audrey movie is Charade.

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  8. Love the theme you want people to come away with--there's always hope. I'm always saying that as long as a person is breathing, there's always hope--for change, salvation, etc.
    Would love to read your book. Please enter me.

    I'm a subcriber.

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  9. I have been excited to read this book. I am a follower and subscriber.
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  10. This book is near the top of my to read list and I would love to be the lucky winner!

    I am a already both a follower and a subscriber. This blog is one of my regular stops.

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  11. Great interview! Please include me in this giveaway - I would love to read this book! thanks

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  12. I'm a follower! Thanks

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  13. Please enter me.

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  14. I am a follower too :)

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  15. I also subscribe to your blog.

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  16. And I also now follow Bug's Beads.

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  17. Sounds interesting! Please enter me.

    I am a follower.

    I am now a follower of your jewelry blog. (Yay! My mom used to make jewelry so I love finding others who do too :) )

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  18. a wonderful posting...thanks for the chance to read this novel :)

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  19. i'm a subscriber :)

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  20. Hello Ronie & Casey ~

    I enjoyed the interview very much! Ronie, my father was in the Air Force, so I know what you mean about moving. My sister & brother-in-law were stationed in Ft. Hood for awhile & I've been there to visit.

    I really like the premise of your "Discarded Heroes" series and can't wait to read "Nightshade." Winning it would be even better!

    Blessings to you both ~

    Beverly
    bgrider2@cox.net

    Casey, I follow your blog ~

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  21. Please include me! This book sounds amazing. :)

    I'm a follower and subscriber to this blog. :)

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  22. Would love to win this book. Thanks for the giveaway. Great interview.
    Blessings,
    Trinity Rose

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  24. i follow your blog
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  26. I am a follower.
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  28. I would like to read this book.

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  29. This book sounds really good. Besides the wonderful military theme the married couple theme is always a plus.

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  30. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Amy
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  31. This book has caught my eyes for a few weeks now. . . thanks for the giveaway!

    Sheri

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  32. I follow your Writing for Christ blog via Bloglines.

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  33. Casey - THANK YOU so much for featuring me/NIGHTSHADE here. It is an honor!

    Wow--all these comments are incredible. I love meeting other Audrey lovers. :-D

    Hats off to you, Beverly, for growing up in the military! And for your family who served/is serving. Thank you!!

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  34. I would love a chance to win this book! Thank you, Casey, for hosting Ronie! And thank you, Ronie, for sharing more about yourself and offering some encouraging words for us aspiring authors! :)

    I'm a follower!

    ~Amber

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  35. It sounds like the discarded heroes will have to save the government from itself.
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  36. I'm a follower.
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  37. e-mail subscriber.
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  38. Please enter me!

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  39. I have been DYING to read this!!
    thanks for the chance to win it!
    I am a follower.
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  40. My daughter would love it if I won this book
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  41. I'm a follower of this blog
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  42. follower your jewelry blog too
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  44. Great interview Casey! I definitely have to read this book. THank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

    Many blessings,
    Cindy W.

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  45. I am an email subscriber.

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  46. I am a GFC follower.

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  47. sounds like a great book count me in on the giveaway. I am a follower.kittycrochettwo@msn.com

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  52. I would really enjoy reading your book.
    Admire your homeschooling, my sister did that also!
    I am a follower
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  55. Great interview, ladies. Military thrillers are some of my favorites.

    Already a follower and a subscribere here. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  56. I am now following Bug's Beads.

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  57. This book sounds like an interesting read. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  58. I love this book already. Great story line and I love series. I enjoyed your interview.
    Thanks for stopping by to chat.

    Pls enter me in giveaway.

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  59. I am GFC follower

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  61. I am now following Bugs Beads

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  62. I'd love to win a copy of this book!

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  63. This book sounds GREAT! I usually only read historicals and I've never read any suspense/thrillers before, but I'd definitely read this one!! And how cool that Ronie is an avid historical reader, too! Her testimony and beautiful words of encouragement are a blessing and inspiration :)

    Thank you Casey for a chance to win this book!!

    Blessings,
    Amanda Stanley
    mrose608{at}gmail{dot}com

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  64. I have read this book and it is great. I would highly recommend it.You will not regret reading it.It is to be a great series.
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  65. This looks like a great read!

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  66. I'd love to be entered in the giveaway!
    - Ellie
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