Monday, February 21, 2011

Giveaway and Author Interview: Love Finds You in Tombstone, Arizona

 
Welcome to Writing for Christ Miralee Ferrell, it is great to have you here! Do you have an interesting fact about yourself the average reader probably doesn’t know?

I’ll toss out a couple, as it may depend on how many blog interviews your readers have seen on whether they’ve caught these little things or not. One, my husband and I owned and raised two cougars/mountain lions for a number of years. Neither was taken from the wild but were several generations in captivity. I do NOT recommend it for the average person. My husband spent hundreds of hrs studying and learning what was best on how to feed, house and handle the big cats. It was an awesome experience we’ll never forget.
Two, I used to love to oil paint—mostly scenery—but don’t have much time for it anymore.
Three, we lived in Alaska for a year and got to land on a glacier and in a plane on skis.

What surprised you the most about being a published author?

Everything, LOL! This isn’t something I’ve wanted to be all my life, or had any clue what it entailed prior to starting my own career. I went into it completely blind and every single thing I’ve learned has been a revelation. My husband has often asked me if I’d do it all over again if I knew in advance how much hard work it would be, and how much patience would be required and I answered a resounding YES! I love it all, even the hard things. They’ve stretched me and made me grow as a person, and helped me trust God even more.

Do you have a favorite genre to read/write?

My reading is all over the board. I love historical romance as long as the romance isn’t ‘in your face’ or over the top (it has to be believable). I love mystery and suspense, I love a well written fantasy or medieval story, and I love contemporary fiction with a light touch. Oh…and give me a good Western written by someone like Zane Grey and I’m in heaven. He was my inspiration for my own historical novels….three that are set in the old west. I’d have to say that’s my favorite genre to write.

When you aren’t writing or interacting with fans, what do you enjoy doing?

Hanging out in the spring and summer with my husband or daughter. Unfortunately our son & his wife don’t live close by, but our daughter and her husband own adjoining acreage. She and I often have lunch together and when the weather is good take our dogs on walks and ride our horses on the awesome logging trails nearby. My husband and I enjoy working in the garden together, and when we can find time, taking our boat out or going fishing. Our newest thing we like to do together is travel to the location of a new book and research the area. He’s always hoping I’ll set a book someplace we haven’t been that he’d enjoy visiting.

Do you have a nugget of writing advice that has completely changed how you view writing?

I’d have to say ‘enjoy the process and quit worrying about perfection’.  My son is trying to write and can’t seem to get the first chapter written. He wants it to be perfect and I’m encouraging him to just WRITE, and quit second guessing himself every sentence. Let the words flow, let the story develop—you can always go back and make changes when necessary.

What do you enjoy most about being a published author?

Hearing from readers who have been touched by my work. I got a letter from a young woman whose life was changed after reading my debut novel, The Other Daughter. SHE was the other daughter of her dad—a man she didn’t meet until she was over 30, and when she did she discovered a step mom who hadn’t known about her and found it difficult to accept her. The stepmom was given a copy of my book. She read it and passed it along to the girl. They ended up talking about the emotional points and how they related to their own situation, and before it was over they were hugging and crying. If a book can bring healing or joy to a reader’s life, then I’ve accomplished what I set out to do.

What do you like readers to take away from your books?

Something they can apply to their own lives. I try not to preach in my books, but they all have a solid spiritual thread woven throughout. It might be acceptance, redemption, forgiveness, trust—there’s always a theme and a message, as well as strong values and Godly principles. Of course I want the reader to be entertained by the story and to remember the characters, but I pray that even in a historical romance, they’ll end up gleaning something they can use as their own.

Places for readers to learn more about you?

A couple of places—my web site has the most personal info (family pictures, pics of the places we’ve visited to research my books, my journey into writing, etc) which is www.miraleeferrell.com  

My blog, where I occasionally feature other authors’ books and do a free book drawing, or just chat about my life. You can find me at www.miraleesdesk.blogspot.com

Or Facebook, where I have both a profile page and a reader’s group. The profile page is www.facebook.com/miralee   I’d love to meet any of your readers at any of those places!
Thank you for being with us today!             
Thank you for having me, Casey. I’ve enjoyed it!!!
Okay readers, here is your chance to enter to win Miralee's latest 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
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And an EXTRA one:
~Read and then rate this review. Please return to this post to leave a comment telling me you have done so. Thanks!


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 March 5th.

** Contest Now Closed**

129 comments:

  1. It looks like I am the first to sign here. Enjoyed the interview. I enjoy reading Miraelee's books and since I live in Southern Arizona, reading "Love Finds You in Tombstone" seems like a very appropriate read.

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  2. I am a follower

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  3. I am a subscriber

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  6. Please enter me in contest. Sounds like a very good book. I would love to read it. Tore923@aol.com

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  7. Such an insightful interview! I will definitely be looking out for this author in the future. (Sadly I can't enter due to living in the UK, but I still really enjoyed this review!)

    On another note, I have a purity ring identical to the one in your picture :)

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  8. i would love to read this novel...thanks for the chance :)

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  9. i'm a follower :)

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  10. email subscriber, too

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  11. I am a follower and would love an opportunity to win this book!

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  12. I am also a subscriber!

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  13. I also read the interview and rated it on your blog. I loved reading about Miralee's adventurous life. I'll rate the interview here too: 5 *****! LOL

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  14. Nice interview. I'm looking forward to reading this one. As yet, I haven't had the opportunity to read an LFY book. Amish fiction is a fav :)

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  17. i rated your review :)

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  18. I love the LFY series oh, I'd love to win thanks

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  21. Awesome interview! Thanks for the giveaway, I love LFY books!!
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  28. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

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  29. Great interview! I'm a follower. I enjoy your blog.

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  30. Ooh, looks like a great book! I'd love a chance to win it!

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  31. I'm a follower!

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  33. Great interview, and it looks like a great read!

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  34. I'm a follower!

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  35. Please enter me for a chance to win this book!
    I am looking forward to reading it!
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  37. Hey Casey! I'd love a chance at winning this one - Something about that lady's beautiful dress and parasol intrigues me to read the book. :-)

    Thanks!

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  38. I am a follower of your blog - and love it! :-D

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  39. I am also a subscriber!

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  40. Read and rated your review of The Bridge of Peace - wonderful review, btw!!

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  41. Been wanting to read this one! :)

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  42. I'm a follower.

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  44. That is really neat how the book changed someone's life! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

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  45. I'd love to read this book!

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  46. I'm a follower.

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  48. I read and rated your review.

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  49. Thank you for this opportunity to win. Like the sound of the book, very intriguing. Juanita W
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  50. Great interview Casey and Miralee! I enjoyed it very much! I love books set in this time period, so I'd love the chance to win. : )

    Thank you for entering me,
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  51. I am a follower. : )

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  52. I am a subscriber.

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  53. Just read your review of The Bridge of Peace, and I rated it. Glad you enjoyed the book. : )

    Thanks for the extra entry!

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  54. I really enjoy Miralee's books. Please include me.

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  55. I am a follower.

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  56. I am a subscriber!

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  57. I rated your great review with a 5!

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  58. I love these Love Finds You books.
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  59. I am a follower.
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  61. Love historical novels...and this one looks great!
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  64. Thanks Casey for posting this interview and Miralee's "Love Finds You in Tombstone" sounds like a great read. By the way, my son's girlfriend is a firefighter in Arizona, so I am sure she would love to read this book, too.
    Thanks!
    Rebecca
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  65. Thanks for the interview. However, I did have to scroll down to the book cover to find the name of the author! I am a subscriber and a follower. I'd enjoy winning Love Finds You in Tombstone, Arizona.
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  66. I would LOVE to win this book!
    Thanks for the chance to try!
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  67. I am an email subscriber:)
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  68. I am a GFC follower:)
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  69. I love the cover art for LFY in Tombstone, AZ. I would love to be entered to win. Thank you for the chance.

    Smiles,
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  70. I am an email subscriber.

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  71. I am a GFC follower.

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  72. I love the LFY books and would like to be entered for this one!
    Thanks.
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  73. I subscribe via E Mail.
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  74. Looks like a good one!

    I'm a follower,
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  75. Oh my goodness! I was away from my computer most of the day yesterday, come home and find 74 comments for my new book! Wow!!!!

    Thanks gals, for all of your interest and support. I wish everyone of you could win a book, but for those that don't, I hope you'll pick up a copy of your own. You're the best!!!

    Miralee Ferrell

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  76. I would love to get a chance to read this book, please enter me in to the drawing.

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  77. I read and rated your review of Cindy's book:)
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  78. I am a follower and subscriber, and I read and rated your review. I have a few of the Love Finds You books, and I love would love this one!

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  79. Thank you so much for the great giveaway!!!
    I am a follower
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  80. Miralee's life doesn't lack for excitement, raising tigers, landing on the ice, living in Alaska! I don't need to guess that Love Finds you in Tombstone Arizona is exciting.

    Before I forget, Carmen sent me and I'm so glad she did. I enjoyed your interview, Miralee, and found quite interesting the paragraph about the woman not knowing her father until she was over 30. That is similar to my own experience - not as the daughter, but as the step-mother. I won't reveal any of the details now except to say that my reaction to her was open and compassionate. I have 3 adopted children and have a slight understanding of what she would feel toward strangers suddenly becoming her family. Thank you for suggesting the book, I intend to find it to read and give to my step-daughter. My husband has 4 other children older than she. Together, my husband and I have 8 children, one deceased, between us. His daughter was already born before I knew my husband. It's a long interesting story and God is in it.

    Thank you for giving your newest book as the giveaway, and thank you Casey for the chance to win it. I hope I'm the winner!

    Sharing His Faith,
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  81. This looks like such a good book- I can't wait to read it! Thanks!
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  82. I follow on GFC! And Carman sent me:) jdjmcc@aol.com

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  83. I rated your review- 5 stars! I love Cindy Woodsmall's books!
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  84. mishi:
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  85. I'd love to read this.

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  86. Mountain lions? How neat! Makes me think of one of my favorite movies, Bringing Up Baby. I love the pretty cover of this book.

    I'm a subscriber.

    Also a follower.

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  87. Barb,
    Most of the comments are rather generic (which is fine), but I really appreciated your very specific one in regards to my debut novel, The Other Daughter. I, too, easily accepted my husband's daughter when she appeared in our lives, but the story I wrote is a bit different, in that the girl was conceived when Susanne and David were engaged, and Susanne was out of town for 3 months. So there were broken trust issues and hurt to deal with, that all got tangled up with the innocent child who appeared at the door. I hope you enjoy it (if you read it before you pass it along), and I'd love to hear from you if you do.

    Blessings and hugs,
    Miralee

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  88. Miralee is an interesting lady, I loved the interview. To touch and encourage a heart with your writing must be awesome. Please include me in the drawing for LFY in Tombstone, AZ. Thanks!
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  89. I'm a follower.
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  91. Oh, oh, oh! Me! This book looks awesome! Please enter me. :) The LFY series is great.

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  92. Tombstone...a classic western setting! I'd love to read it.

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  93. I'm a gfc follower.

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  95. Miralee's story sounds like a real Western with good morals and Christian values....and some fun mixed with it. I'd love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win it.

    Sharing His Faith,
    Barb Shelton
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  96. the interview was great and I would love to win this book


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  97. follow


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  98. rated the review


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  100. I'm so tickled to see so many people saying they'd read and enjoy a western romance. Thanks, gals, for your awesome support. If you don't win this book, I hope you'll consider picking up a copy and giving it a try!!
    Miralee

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  101. Would love to read this!
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  102. I'm a follower
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  103. I am a follower. atouchofheaven2010a[at]gmail[dot]com
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  105. I would love to read this!
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  106. Please enter me to win, I am a follower

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  107. Thank you for the lovely interview & giveaway. Sounds like a very goos read. Please count me in. Thanks.

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  108. GFC follower

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  110. Ooh, I love historical fiction ... what a great interview --you picked good questions. =) Thanks for the chance to win!

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  111. I'm an e-mail subscriber. =)

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  112. Rated your review Ms. Casey --well written (as usual!), but I just wanted to suggest you consider adding a summary of what the bok is about (even if it's just from the back of the book). I know it's easy for a reader to find that information, but I appreciate it when the blogger already has it included in the blog post ... Anyways, that's just my thoughts ... =)

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  113. I'm an email subscriber :)Thanks!

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  114. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity! Please enter me. I also rated your review. Thanks! :)

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  115. I love her! Thanks for interviewing her.

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  116. I am blown away by all the wonderful comments and support from this group! Thank you all, for taking the time to read my interview and leave a comment. I wish you all could have won a book!

    Blessings,
    Miralee

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  117. Thank you so much for this interview. I have this book on my list, and would love to add it to my collection of Love Finds You books.

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  118. Hi, I just heard about this blog, and I love it! I will most certainly be dropping by again!

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  119. I'd love to win this book! And I loved Miralee Ferrell's advice to "just write", because that's exactly what I had intended to do before my teacher told me "no." Thanks for the giveaway!

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  120. I'm a GFC follower!

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  121. I've subscribed to this blog!

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  122. I'm a follower.
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  123. I'd love to win.
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  124. I would like a chance to win this book. I also rated your review. Thanks.

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  125. Thanks for the chance to win this book. The Other Daughter sounded interesting too.
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  126. I am an old follower - extra entry.
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  127. I rated the other review - extra entry.
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  128. Thanks! Sounds delightgful. joleehamlin [at] comcast [dot] net

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