Monday, December 13, 2010

Giveaway and Author Interview: Great Lakes Romance Set of 4 (5 winners!!)

Welcome to Writing for Christ, Donna Winters! Thank you for being with us today.
Thanks for inviting me!  I’m excited about the opportunity to meet your readers!
How long did you write before you were published?
I began writing in April 1982 and my first book was released by Thomas Nelson on February 14, 1985.
When you held that first book in your hands, what was your first thought?
I wished that my father had lived long enough to see it, and at the same time, I realized the irony of that thought.  My father had passed away from a heart attack in October 1983.  When I returned to my hometown for his funeral, I did some research that allowed me to write my first published romance, a contemporary entitled For the Love of Roses. My father was a retired florist, and I went to the shop he had owned and interviewed the couple who had taken over his business. A year and four months later, the story came into print. I hoped he was proud of my accomplishment, and I believe he was.
What are you working on now?
I’m researching material for a historical story that will be set during the canal era in either my home state of New York or in Ohio, or perhaps both. This is a departure for me from the Michigan settings I have used for all my other historical romances.  I grew up about a quarter mile from the Erie Canal in Brockport, New York, but I don’t remember learning much about its history when I was living there, only a few facts such as when the canal was started and when it was completed.  This past September my husband and I visited Grand Rapids, Ohio, where you can ride a reconstructed historic canal boat. That was a great experience!  We had an awesome costumed interpreter along with a costumed steersman (woman), mule skinner, and captain.  We bought loads of reference material.  The history of Ohio canals is well documented.  We have also bought several books on the Erie Canal and taken a look at a contemporary DVD about travel on that waterway. We plan to go back to my hometown area next spring to learn more of the Erie Canal history.  Meanwhile, this winter, I will be steeping myself in the books we already have, developing ideas, and maybe even starting a story!
Where can readers find out more about your books?
Please visit my website, http://www.greatlakesromances.com, to learn about my 15 historical romances and other titles that I have compiled or reprinted.
What message(s) do you want to be clear to your readers?
When I develop my stories, I want to make clear what is acceptable and what is unacceptable in the way main characters treat one another.  We all reach adulthood carrying a certain amount of baggage and sometimes that leads to inappropriate behavior toward the person you love most. Often, we don’t even recognize these flaws in ourselves.  I like to show characters growing through these difficulties to become the persons they should be in relationship to loved ones.
What are two things that people wouldn't normally know about you as a writer and or person?
My favorite movies are the musicals from the 1940’s through the 1960’s.  I have a box full of them on VHS tapes, and I play them while I lift weights!
Thank you for being with us today.  Any final words for readers?
I have a book giveaway at my website, http://www.greatlakesromances.com/  every two weeks.  Stop by to learn how to enter the book drawing via an email message.  I give a book to about 20 percent of those who enter.  Sometimes, I give a book to everyone!

 For five readers of this interview, I would like to give away a set of four books: Elizabeth of Saginaw Bay, Jenny of L’Anse Bay, Isabelle’s Inning, and Great Lakes Christmas Classics.

 I wish you all a blessed Christmas filled with joy, peace, and love!



WOW, you heard that right! 5 winners will received a set of FOUR books! Just the perfect antidote to the cold weather and the holiday season. :-)

Please leave an email adddress! If I draw your name and there is no email, you will not win.


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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 December 24th.

71 comments:

  1. Wow! How generous! Thank you so much, Donna, for being willing to give away so many of your books--they look intriguing! :)

    I'm a follower of this blog!

    ~Amber

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  2. Hi Donna,
    What a wonderful giveaway. Thank you. My daughter also loves the musicals of the 40'ss. She watches them whenever they come on TMC.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750@aol.com


    I'm a subscriber and a GFC follower under Lucky47

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  3. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Amazing how God works in our lives.
    God Bless,
    Cathy

    cjwallace43 at gmail dot com

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  4. Follow via GFC
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  6. Thanks Amber, Carol, and Cathy, for coming to visit! Merry Christmas!
    Donna Winters
    http://www.greatlakesromances.com

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  7. Great contest. I am a follower and email subscriber. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  8. You are so very generous Donna. Thank you!

    alekee02[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  9. I follow on GFC


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  10. I am a subscriber.


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  11. Being a native Michigander, I love historical books set in our great state! Thanks for entering me. I am a follower.

    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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  12. You are very generous, Donna!

    I can't wait to see your books around the Erie Canal...we have paths 5 minutes from our house we walk constantly in good weather.

    Please send me an email if you do come up to upstate NY. There are several ACFW members located in this area, maybe we can all meet up for coffee!

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  13. Thanks for the interview!
    tressa(dot)sherman(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  14. GFC follower.
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  15. Email subscriber.
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  16. First of all thank AcfwBookclub for introducing me to Donna Winters and Casey's blog spot, of which I will be come a follower before leaving. This is a great interview, one you read and think this is one terrific lady, I'll have to read her books... I also say thank you for the opportunity of being a part of a generous giveaway....

    cedson76255(at)yahoo(dot)com

    Heading to Great Lakes Romances now....

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  17. Oh please enter me! I LOVE Donna's work!

    Thanks!

    Mollydedwards AT yahoo DOT com

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  18. I am a follower.

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  19. I am a subscriber!

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  20. What a lovely giveaway! I really enjoy Donna's books and would love to be entered. Thank you for the entry.

    Blessings for a wonderful Christmas and New Years!

    Sandee61

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  21. It was great to "meet" you Donna! I agree with all the others. You are very generous. :)
    I think it's cool that you lift weights while watching musicals! I LOVE movies from that time period(so much that that's the way we picked both of our little boys names. We picked an actor from that time period). But, i had heard a great way to exercise was to walk(or whatever exercise you're doing) and when they start singing in the musical to run or exert yourself more. :) Very cool.
    I'm headed to your website now to check out your books.

    bluerosesheart at yahoo dot com

    I'm a follower and subscriber.

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  22. Merry Christmas!
    Great Giveaway!
    Amazing Interview!
    rbooth43(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  23. Wow that is very generous of you!
    Please enter me!

    dancealert at aol dot com

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  24. I'm a follower! GFC.

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  25. I'm a subscriber!

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  26. A wonderful list of books.Great interview!Please enter me in the giveaway.Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

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  27. I'm a subscriber!Merry Christmas!
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  28. GFC follower.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.

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  29. Hello! What a wonderful giveaway! I'm crossing my fingers.

    ~Lauri M
    http://knitsandreads.blogspot.com
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  30. I follow via GFC

    ~Lauri M
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  31. I subscribe under email l_mei.....
    ~Lauri M
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  32. I'd love to win those books!

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  33. I'm a follower.

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  34. I'm a subscriber.

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  35. a wonderful giveaway...please count me in...merry christmas, casey :)

    karenk
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  36. i'm a follower :)

    karenk
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  37. email subscriber :)

    karenk
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  38. at 18 below good books are in demand here in North Dakota. thanks for the giveaway


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  39. gfc follower



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  41. Wow, Donna! What a sweet and generous giveaway. I have really enjoyed your books. I'd love to add these to my collection. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  42. I'm a follower!

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  43. and a subscriber :)

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  44. Hi Donna,

    Brockport's not too far from me. And speaking of Great Lakes, we're looking for some lake effect snow tomorrow.

    I'd love to be entered in the giveaway.

    I'm a follower.

    Thanks,
    Joy

    Joy G Lee G@aol. com

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  45. Wow, what a giveaway. I'd love to enter and I'm a follower.

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  46. Oh, I so love Donna's books, especially the ones that are set and based in my home state of MICHIGAN :)

    Wonderful interview of an excellent author.

    Please enter me.

    ~Steph
    soklad@hotmail.com
    http://fortheluvofsanity.blogspot.com

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  47. Great interview! Is Donna's hometown in New York? I'm a New Yorker, too!

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  48. Oh wow! I read Jenny of L'Anse Bay ages ago...I might even have the copy around here somewhere! I totally didn't realize that this interview was with the author of that book but how cool! Thank you Casey for featuring her and bringing back memories. :-)

    XOXO~ Renee
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  49. Hahaha just wanted to let you know that I went back and found my old copy but the cover is a bit different. It's a Forever Classic published by Guideposts...I just might have to re-read this. ;-)

    XOXO~ RENEE

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  50. Please enter me! I am your new follower!
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  51. Wow, 5 winners?!!!
    Count me in!
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  52. I am a subscriber:)
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  53. Wow, I love the Great Lakes. Thanks for the great giveaway.
    Many blessings,
    Trinity Rose
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  54. I'm a blog follower
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  55. I'm an email subscriber.
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  56. Wow, what a generous give away! I'd love to win these :)

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  57. These look like great reads. Please enter me in the giveaway

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  58. This sounds like a wonderful giveaway! Thank you so much for the chance to win. I am a follower.

    Jennifer

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  59. I have read two of Donna's books and would love to win these.
    Enjoyed the interview.
    Thanks for this opportunity to enter.

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  60. Old GFC Follower

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  62. How awesome! Thanks for the opportunity to win them! I am a gfc follower.

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  63. I am a subscriber

    carman sent me

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  64. SWEET!!! I am already a follower and a subscriber of your blog. Thank you! ^_^

    gracethorson at gmail dot com
    ~Grace

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  65. Wow! This is a great giveaway! Thanks for offering these books!
    April
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  66. Looks fun! Thanks for the chance to win!
    kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

    I'm a follower!

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  67. I would love to read these books.

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  68. What a great interview and giveaway.Please enter me. I have not been fortunate enough to read the author's books as of yet, but will put on my list. Please enter me.Merry Christmas to all. Have a safe and happy holiday and remember Jesus' birthday with glad hearts.
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  69. Wow! What a great giveaway! I would love to win these books! Thanks for the chance.

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  70. I am a follower

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    **Carmen sent me! :)

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    ***Carman sent me!! :)

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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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