Thursday, October 7, 2010

Special Giveaway and Interview: A Memory Between Us

Welcome to Writing for Christ, Sarah Sundin! Thank you for being with us today. 
Tell us a little about yourself!
Bio:
Sarah Sundin lives in northern California with her husband and three children. When she isn’t ferrying kids to soccer and karate, she works on-call as a hospital pharmacist and teaches Sunday school. She belongs to American Christian Fiction Writers and Christian Authors Network. She is the author of the Wings of Glory series—A Distant Melody (Revell, March 2010), A Memory Between Us (September 2010), and Blue Skies Tomorrow (August 2011).

1:  How long did you write before you were published?
I started writing in 2000 and started submitting in 2003. I accumulated a pile of rejection letters—editors and agents liked my story, characters, and writing, but historicals weren’t selling. In 2008, the market shifted. I submitted to Revell at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference and received a three-book contract. The first book in the Wings of Glory series, A Distant Melody, came out March 2010, ten years after I started writing fiction. The second book, A Memory Between Us, came out September 2010.

2:  When you held that first book in your hands, what was your first thought?
I just sat down and stared at it with a lump in my throat. It was surreal, especially when I opened it and saw my sentences curved over the open page. Then I thanked God for making it happen. No squealing, no happy dance, no tears of joy—just quiet, grateful reflection.
3:  What are you working on now?
I finished the content edit with my editor at Revell for the third book in the Wings of Glory series, Blue Skies Tomorrow, and now I’m working on a proposal for another series.
4:  Where can readers find out more about your books?
My publisher’s website: http://www.revellbooks.com
5:  What message(s) do you want to be clear to your readers?
I didn’t write A Memory Between Us with a message in mind, but I do hope my readers will learn from my characters’ experiences. Shame serves a purpose—to bring you to ask God’s forgiveness—but when it persists after forgiveness, that’s not God talking. Shame burdens so many people and holds them back from the wonderful plans God has for them. I hope my readers will learn to truly accept forgiveness, shove off shame, and allow God to use them. I also hope they see the insidious nature of pride and learn to trust in the Lord a bit more each day.

6:  What are two things that people wouldn't normally know about you as a writer and or person?
Depends how many blog interviews they read J During summer breaks in college, I worked as a ride operator at Knott’s Berry Farm. I knew how to jump on and off of a moving merry-go-round. Don’t ask to see it now.

For my birthday present I made my husband buy me a model kit of a B-17 Flying Fortress (the plane my heroes fly in my series). He and I put it together—175 itty-bitty pieces to paint and assemble—and I was a prissy girly girl who never did models. It’s so cool! One half of the fuselage is clear so you can the itty-bitty crewmembers and bombs and all. Really nerdy, huh?
Thank you for being with us today.  Any final words for readers?
If God has given you a dream, have the courage to do what He asks you to do. Persevere, learn, seek support, and keep praying.

Book blurb for A Memory Between Us:

Major Jack Novak has never failed to meet a challenge—until he meets army nurse Lieutenant Ruth Doherty. When Jack lands in the army hospital after a plane crash, he makes winning Ruth's heart a top-priority mission. But he has his work cut out for him. Not only is Ruth focused on her work in order to support her orphaned siblings back home, she also is determined not to give her heart to any man.
As the danger and tension of World War II rise to a fever pitch, Jack and Ruth will need each other more than ever. Can Jack break down her defenses? Or are they destined to go their separate ways?
From the English countryside to the perilous skies over France, A Memory Between Us takes you on a journey through love, forgiveness, and sacrifice.

A Memory Between Us is the second book in the Wings of Glory series, which follows the three Novak brothers, B-17 bomber pilots with the US Eighth Air Force stationed in England during World War II. Each book stands alone.

Okay readers, here is your chance to enter to win Sarah's latest novel!
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 Sarah'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 October 22nd.

57 comments:

  1. Please enter me.

    +1 I follow

    +1 I follow Sarah's blog
    bkhabel at gmail dot com

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  2. I want to enter!

    I am a follower.
    I am a subscriber.
    I now follow Sarah's blog.

    pinkdaddysgirl[ar]msn[dot]com

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  3. Oh, I've read the reviews on this book and would love to read it. Thanks for giving away a copy.
    plhouston(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  4. I write books set during WW2 and can't wait to read Sarah's series!
    melissaamateis(at)earthlink(dot)net

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  5. Please enter me in this contest, my father and one of my uncles were stationed in England during WWII. My father flew a plane for reconnaisance and my Uncle Louie was a bombadeer. I am really want to read this book.

    +1 I am a GFC follower of this blog.
    +1 I am also an email subscriber of the same.
    +1 I now follow Sarah's blog.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  6. I loved Sarah's first book and would love to read this one. Please enter me in the contest. I'm a follower of this blog as well as Sarah's.

    Thank you!
    stinarose(at)bell(dot)net

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  7. I read the first book and I'd love to read the second!

    barbarah06 (at) gmail (dot) com

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  8. Loved A Distant Melody and can't wait to read the next one! Looking forward to seeing you in California at the end of the month!

    Please enter me in the drawing
    rachael(at)rachaelwrites(dot)com.
    (I also now follow Sarah's blog.)

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  9. Hey, Casey! Thanks for hosting another great giveaway. And, Sarah, thanks for writing such heartfelt stories! I'm a follower and subscriber to this blog, and I also follow Sarah's blog. reneeasmith61 [at] yahoo [dot] com

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  10. please count me in...thanks :)

    i'm a follower and email subscriber, too.

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  11. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of "A Memory Between Us".

    lindawn/at/hotmail/dot/com

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  12. Hi everyone - thanks for all your great comments!

    Rachael - can't wait to see you too!

    Shameless plug for Rachael - her first book, a novella in A Door County Christmas, is now out! With her trademark humor, I know it'll be a winner!

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  13. Love Sarah's books! You don't need to enter me, I already have the book coming.
    Great interview! Come on, Sarah, let us see you jump off a moving merry go round! :)

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  14. Ann - after breaking my wrist ice-skating last year...I think not.

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  15. I'd love to win Sarah's book.:)
    +1 I'm a follower
    +1 I signed up to follow Sarah
    Ann_Lee_Miller@msn.com

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  16. I really enjoy reading books set in this time period.
    I am a email subscriber.
    twoofakind12@yahoo.com

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  17. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. I would love to read this book. Tore923@aol.com

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  18. Cool. I'd love to win thanks

    +1 I'm a follower
    +1 email subscriber
    +1 I signed up to follow Sarah

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

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  19. Linked here from All in A Day's Thought. Have seen reference to Sarah's book on other blogs and FB and have visited her blog. The book looks very good. I teach junior college history parttime (adjunct), including WW2, so I think this book would be very interesting. Would like to read it. Email: wbcofc (at) pld (dot) com. Thanks, wb

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  20. I am looking forward to this.
    I am a subscriber and a follower of your blog. I also just signed up to follow Sarah.
    wsmarple@gmail.com

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  21. I'm an email subscriber and a new follower of Sarah's blog. Please enter me in your giveaway, I'd love to read Sarah's book. Thank you!

    Blessings,
    Sandee61

    Muzzley56[at]aol[dot]com

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  22. Please enter me into this giveaway. WWII books are some of my favorites! Sarah Sundin's books are excellently researched, with characters that draw the reader into the story.

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  23. Forgot my email: jemilyea [ at ] hotmail

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  24. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks so much!

    pepsi324[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  25. I've been wanting to read these books for a while now! I love the WWII time period, please enter me. Thanks so much!
    Elizabeth

    -I'm a follower
    -A subscriber
    -And I follow Sarah's blog

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

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  26. I love Sarah's work. Absolutely love A Distant Melody (my all time favorite book now)and I can hardly wait to read A Memory Between Us. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

    I am a GFC follower.
    I am an email subscriber.
    I follow Sarah's blog

    Smiles & Blessings,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  27. I really enjoyed "A Distant Melody" and want to read this new book!

    alekee02[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  28. I am already a follower of Sarah's Blog!

    alekee02[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  29. I am a follower!


    alekee02[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  30. I am a subscriber!

    alekee02[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  31. I am a subscriber who would love to win "A Memory Between Us." Please enter me in the drawing.
    Thanks.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  32. I'm a subscriber!
    I follow through google reader!
    I follow Sarahs blog

    Please enter me the book sounds fabulous!

    dancealert at aol dot com

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  33. I am so thankful for the opportunity to win the book. It sounds like a good read!
    By the way, Carman sent me!
    +1 I'm a follower
    +1 email subscriber
    +1 I signed up to follow Sarah
    THANKS!

    charsaltz (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  34. The Name of this book draws me to want to read the story. Juanita W
    whisper97304@yahoo.com

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  35. I love stories about WWI and WWII and know I will love this book. I have not read any of Sarah's books but have them on my wish list. Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

    I am a GFC Follower
    I am email subscriber
    I follow Sarah's blog

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  36. I am so excited! I saw this book a couple weeks ago somewhere and loved the plot. I love these kind of romances that add some history and Christian aspects! YAY! Thank you!
    April
    apeygirl[at]gmail[dot]com
    (i am a subscriber)

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  37. How fun! I first heard about this book here on your blog and your review made me really want to read it!

    ozarkwriter(at)gmail(dot)com

    I'm also a follower and subscriber!

    Thanks!

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  38. Please include me!

    I'm a follower!

    dcf_beth at verizon dot net

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  39. Please enter me.
    I am a follower.
    I am a subscriber.
    I now follow Sarah's blog.
    cjwallace43 at gmail dot com

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  40. Please enter me! I would love to read this :)

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  41. It helps if I leave my email :)

    ksmiley2[at]kent[dot]edu

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  42. I would love to win this book. I am a new GFC follower of your site. Thank you so much for hosting this giveaway.

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

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  43. I thought I already entered this giveaway! oops! I'd love a chance at winning this book!

    legacy1992 at gmail dot come

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  44. I am a follower as well!

    legacy1992 at gmail dot com

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  45. and email subscriber! ;-)

    legacy1992 at gmail dot com

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  46. I would like to win this book. shondaet@gmail.com

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  47. I would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance.

    Follower
    E-Mail Subscriber
    Follower of Sarah's blog

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  48. Please enter me; I would love to win this! I read my sister's copy and loved the book...but I need my own copy now :)
    Thanks!
    onepilgrim86[at]yahoo.com

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  49. I follow your blog!
    onepilgrim86[at]yahoo.com

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  50. Looks like a great read!

    I'm a follower - +1
    I'm a subscriber - +1
    I follow Sarah's blog - +1

    Kait
    knownasjane(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  51. would love to read this book! i am a follower and a subscriber.

    sheree
    neednspace at aol dot com
    booknroll.blogspot.com

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  52. I would love to win this book. My Dad served in Europe during World War II and thei time period has always intrested me, Thanks for the chance to win! ybutler@oppcatv.com

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  54. Public follower on Google Friend Connect. ybutler@oppcatv.com

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  55. I subscribe by e-mail Thanks for all the extra entries. ybutler@oppcatv.com

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  56. This sounds like a real love story when things were very uncertain. I've heard very positive comments about Sarah's book and I'd like to read it. Thanks for this giveaway and the chance to win it. I hope I do.

    Blessings,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  57. +1 I am a GFC follower of this blog.
    +1 I am also an email subscriber of the same.
    +1 I now follow Sarah's blog.

    Thank you,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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