Monday, September 12, 2011

Giveaway and Author Interview: To Die For

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

That I love to bake and cook. If I wasn't an author, I'd likely be a chef or a pastry chef. Someday, I hope to own a French Tea House. 


Do you have a favorite genre to read/write? 

I've been writing novels and nonfiction books full time for 17 years - it's easy for me to keep track of that because I began when my youngest child was a baby.  Before that, I was an acquisitions editor for a textbook publisher. I've been in publishing for more than twenty years.


It is a bit of a departure for me to write historical novels, but a natural step for me.  When I read for pleasure, I choose historical books 8 times out of 10.  So it's a delight for me to write where I read, and I've always wanted to write historical fiction.  It's a dream come true for me to finally be able to do so!


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

When I first started writing, I was told to "Write for yourself." But no, that would be writing a diary! I've since learned that when you write to publish you write for readers. If you write about something that both of you are interested in, though, jackpot!


What do you enjoy most about being a published author?

I love the ability to create a world and disappear into it. I adore that feeling as a reader, and it brings me great pleasure to think that I might provide that kind of happy enjoyment for other readers. 

Places for readers to learn more about you? 

Please visit me online at my website; you can also link to me on Facebook and Twitter from there.  I hope your readers will also sign up for my e-postcards (where I am also giving away two Kindles) so I can keep in touch! If you’d like to visit some of the castles and palaces “virtually,” please visit the "Castles and Palaces" page on my website where there are lots of wonderful photos.
Thank you for being with us today!  

Thanks for having me!
Okay readers here is your chance to enter to win Sandra's latest release!

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 an EXTRA one:
~Sign up for Sandra's newsletter and list me (Casey Herringshaw) as your referral. :-))

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 September 23rd

52 comments:

  1. Fantastic interview and this book looks great. Would love to read it.
    I'm a follower and a subscriber.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    Blessings
    Trinity Rose
    wandaelaine at gmail dot com

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  2. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.

    wfnren(at)aol(dot)com

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  3. This book has been on my list for a while. Thanks for the interview and the giveaway. msudawgtooATcomsouthDOTnet

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  4. Thanks for the chance to win this. This looks like an amazing book. I would love to read this. Thanks again.

    agent_beckster(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. Looks like a great read, and I love the cover!

    swordmaidenforchrist(at)gmail(dot)com

    + I'm a follower

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  6. Hi Cassey,

    I enjoyed the interview with Sandra Byrd. Please enter my name into the drawing for To Die For.

    I am both a follower and a subscriber.

    I also signed up for Sandra Byrd's newsletter.


    Blessings,

    ~Tammi

    dandtdearing [at] earthlink [dot] net

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  7. This may be your first historical novel but I predict it will not be your last. Thanks for the chance to win it.
    ybutler(at)oppcatv(dot)com

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  8. I subscribe by email
    ybutler(at)oppcatv(dot)com

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  9. Public follower on Google Friend Connect
    ybutler(at)oppcatv(dot)com

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  10. *Not an entry*

    Casey,

    Loved your interview with Sandra! :o) She is such a sweetheart, and her newest book is exquisite. A midnight oil burner, for sure. :o)

    I loved her tidbit about wanting to have her own pastry shop. I guess she lived vicariously through Lexi (from her French Twist series) and her pastry career. :o) Fun!

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  11. I have seen this all over the blog world and it has caught my eye! Would love to read it.

    Julie @ My Only Vice
    gravesok@gmail.com

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

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  13. Since high school I have been obsessed with all things involving Anne Boleyn and the Tudors. So, when I spotted this book a couple weeks ago I knew I HAD to read it!!! Thanks for the chance to win it!

    + I am a follower and a subscriber
    + I also signed up for Sandra's newsletter

    ecriggs1990(at)aol(dot)com

    God bless,
    Liz R

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  14. I've had my eye on this book for some time and it looks amazing! The cover is so beautifully done, too. Several people have told me about Sandra and it's wonderful finding out more about her here. Bless you both!

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  15. This book looks so good, and the cover is also fantastic!! Please enter me into the contest.

    GFC follower-judy
    email subscriber

    Signed up for Sandra Byrd's newsletter.

    Judy
    magnolias_1[at]msn[dot]com

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  16. thanks for the chance to read this fabulous novel.

    i'm a follower & email subscriber, too :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  17. Thank you, thank you for hosting me Casey, and for all the good wishes expressed. Your blog is beautiful. I'm so glad you've invited me along!

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  18. sounds like a very interesting book.
    lgm52@hotmail.com

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  19. I'm excited for this one! I've read so many rave reviews. I love disappearing into another time and place as well. That's the magic of reading and writing :)

    Thanks Casey for the great interview :)

    crazi.swans at gmail dot com

    I'm a follower

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  20. I would love to win this book!

    marissamehresman(at)aol(dot)com

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  21. I read Sandra's book "Let Them Eat Cake" and enjoyed it very much. It would be interesting to read "To Die For" since it is historical fiction (the other was contemporary). Please enter me in the book giveaway.
    Thanks,
    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  22. I'm a subscriber.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  23. I signed up for Sandra's newsletter.

    pmk56[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

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  24. *Not an entry*

    Interesting interview! Sandra, I really enjoyed 'To Die For'! I look forward to your next novel.

    Melanie

    Christian Bookshelf Reviews

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  25. Great book! Would love to win!

    andrea2russia@hotmail.com

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  26. Follow on GFC - Andrea Williams

    andrea2russia@hotmail.com

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  27. Subscribe via email

    andrea2russia@hotmail.com

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  28. Signed up for the newsletter.

    andrea2russia@hotmail.com

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  29. I'm a subscriber by email and a follower via gfc.

    I posted this to my blog: http://dancealertreads.blogspot.com/2011/09/httpenjoyingthewritingcraftblogspotcom2.html

    I signed up for the newsletter.

    dancealert at aol dot com

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  30. I am a GFC follower.
    Also I am an e-mail subscriber.

    Great intereview, would love to read this book.

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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  31. Great interview and I signed up for the newsletter. Please enter me.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  32. very glad to hear someone who's living their dream!! well done Sandra! blstef1 at mts dot net

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  34. yes,signed up for Sandra's newsyletter blstef1 at mts dot net

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  35. I love Historical Fiction over anything else except the Bible. I love the fact that I can curl up on my bed or in a chair with my blanket and some cocoa and just get lost for hours in some adventure! This book looks exciting!! I really want to read it (:

    kaykaygirl52 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  36. Oh, I love to cook too. Really like to make desserts the best. I would love to have a bakery and sell all kinds of sweets.

    This book sounds really good. The cover looks like it's perfect for the book. Would love to read it.

    plhouston(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  37. I'm an email subscriber.

    plhouston(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  38. Thank you so much for having me, Casey. And thanks, too, to anyone who will give the book a try. Many books beckon to be read, I know,to me, too. So I appreciate every single reader!

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  39. Would love to win!

    faithinhim(at)gmail(dot)com

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  40. I love reading anything to do with Anne Boleyn.
    I'm an old follower on GFC-Lisa Richards
    Signed up for newsletter
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    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com
    http://lisaslovesbooksofcourse.blogspot.com/

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  41. Mmm...looks like a good book! The cover is beautiful :) And the interview was fantastic.

    iluvmusic.18@gmail.com

    I'm a subscriber

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  42. Please enter me! Sounds like a awesome book!

    katiegalyean (at) yahoo (dot) com

    I am a follower
    I am a subscriber

    Thanks and God bless!

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  43. Oh, oh, oh! Please include me in the giveaway, Casey. I've been trying to win this book for some time--it looks SO good!! ;-)

    I'm a follower, subscriber, and am on my way to sign up for Sandra's newsletter.

    Thanks - Katie
    agirlslegacy(at)yahoo(dot)com

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

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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  45. Follower

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  46. email subscriber

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  47. Sandra's newsletter subscriber

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  48. Count me in!

    Email: rhonda.ritenour@gmail.com

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  49. I subscribed! Your blog is great; best wishes with your writing! This new book looks interesting!
    kandrajane@bellsouth.net

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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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