Monday, September 13, 2010

Giveaway and Author Interview: Beyond Summer

Welcome to Writing for Christ, Carie Lawson! Thank you for being with us today.

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

About six years and three entire books. I loved the process of writing the books, so it didn't bother me. It gave me time to learn about the craft of writing. My writing is much better because of it.

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

My books are coming out as e-books through Desert Breeze Publishing, so I haven't yet had the in-hand experience. But there's surge of happiness when I open my Kindle and click Beyond Africa or Beyond Summer and see the pretty covers with my name on them.

3: What are you working on now?

I'm currently revising Beyond Ever After which will come out in March of next year. It's the story of Haven McCord who married her high school sweetheart against the wishes of her family and is now stuck in a marriage that never grew up. She and her husband, Brody, go to Africa together and remember all the reasons they fell in love.

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

Desert Breeze Publishing website, desertbreezepublishing.com or my website, carielawsonbooks.com both have snippets and more details.

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

What I believe is that God's given us the Bible to teach us the best way to live. It's certainly been true in my own life and I can't write anything apart from that truth. It's not the message of my writing, but it is the paradigm in which all of my stories are written.

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

Okay, here's a good one. I didn't tell anyone in my family...not even my husband...that I was writing until after I'd finished the first book. My husband is always joking around, which is one of the things that I love about him, and I just didn't want to be teased about it. So I kept it a secret until it was finished. He came in from work one day and I welcomed him home by saying, "So, I've written this book..." As secrets go, I guess that one wasn't too bad.

The second is that I'm on the cover of Jen Stephen's book The Heart's Journey Home. We are in a writer's group together and after she was contracted, she asked me to be on the cover. I was surprised and honored. The Heart's Journey Home came out in February and my first book, Beyond Africa, came out in March.

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

Thank you for having me today. I hope that readers enjoying reading my books as much as I enjoyed writing them.

Okay readers, here is your chance to enter to win Carie's latest book! I just love the cover, don't you?

Readers to enter to win Carie's 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

Since this is an e-book, this giveaway is open to anyone.
Contest is 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 of said prize.

Thanks for coming by to enter!
Contest closes on September 25th

Purchase links for Beyond Summer:

http://stores.desertbreezepublishing.com/-strse-106/Carie-Lawson-Twisted-Roots/Detail.bok


http://www.amazon.com/Twisted-Roots-Book-Two-ebook/dp/B0041HXOPG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&m=AG56TWVU5XWC2&s=digital-text&qid=1284324255&sr=8-2

26 comments:

  1. I look for books with messages like yours. That's what Christian books are for. Please enter me.


    I'm a follower.

    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

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  2. Please enter me! It sounds like such a good book! I am also a follower. I am also a subscriber.

    Thanks! God bless!

    ~Katie G.

    katiegalyean (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  3. Thank you!

    I am a follower.

    I am a subscriber.

    pinkdaddysgirl[at]msn[dot]com

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  4. Hey Linda! Thanks for your encouragement! I agree that the message of what we read is important...so is having a little fun, right:) I hope if you read it, you'll find both.
    Carie

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  5. Ariel and Katie,
    Good luck to you both. I hope if you read Beyond Summer, you enjoy it:)
    Carie

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  6. Any book that gives me a Christian message about life as a book I need to read.

    rbooth43(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  7. Thank you for the giveaway. I am a follower. I would love to read your books. I believe that if you accept God in your life, you will have a more meaningful and happy life. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  8. I'm a follower. This sounds like a great read. That's neat that you were on Jen's cover, from what I've seen of Jen online she seems like quite a special lady with a heart for ministry.

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  9. thanks for the opportunity to read this wonderful novel...i love the cover :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  10. forgot to mention that...i'm a follower and a subscriber, too

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  11. This sounds like an other good book for the tbr pile. This pile is growing higher every day.

    Thanks.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  12. I am a follower and a subscriber.
    This sounds like a good book.
    Thanks for offering it.
    wsmarple/at/gmail/dot/com

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  13. Hey Julia,
    I have to say Jen Stephens is a wonderful person. She's truly a reflection of Christ. I feel very blessed to know her.
    Carie

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  14. Karen,
    I love it too! Desert Breeze has an awesome cover artist. I feel so blessed to have her working on my covers.
    Carie

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  15. I would love to read this book and it is on my wish list. Thanks for chance to enter.

    I am blog follower

    I am email subscriber

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  16. Please include me.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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

    I am a follower.
    I am an e-mail subscriber.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  18. Carrie is an amazing lady. I enjoyed her telling about keeping her book a secret from her husband until she was finished. She must carry lots of real character in her person to be the model for a book cover. That's quite fascinating. Her book sounds equally fascinating and I'd like to read it. Thanks for the giveaway copy, Carrie; and thanks Casey for the chance to win...I hope I do!

    Blessings,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  19. I am a subscriber.

    Thanks,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  20. I am a follower.

    Blessings,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  21. I am getting a Kindle this comming week of Sept. 20th and would love to have a book to put in the Kindle. Beyond Summer by Carie Lawson would be a great read for my new kindle.

    rbooth43(at)yahoo(dot0com

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  22. I would love a copy of this book Thanks for the opportunity :)
    April
    apeygirl@gmail.com

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  23. a follower and
    a subscriber. This book sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

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  24. sounds fantastic! hope I win
    trishbazin(at)yahoo.com

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  25. I'm a follower, and I'd love a chance to win.
    Ann_Lee_Miller@msn.com

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  26. Beyond Summer sounds like a great book. I would love to be entered to win a copy.

    I am an email subscriber and a GFC follower.

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

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