Monday, May 21, 2012

Giveaway! Wish You Were Here by Beth Vogt!

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

 I have a twin sister, Brenda. I’m the oldest by four minutes. We’re fraternal twins, which means we don’t look a thing alike – except we’re both female. We didn’t get to have any “twin” fun growing up because we couldn’t even convince people that we were sisters, much less twins.

Do you have a favorite genre to read/write?

 I write what I love to read: inspirational contemporary romance. But I also enjoy historical romances and the occasional romantic suspense.

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

I learned so much along the way to Wish You Were Here being published. One nugget … hhhmmm.
I love what Susan May Warren teaches about emotional layering. You identify the main emotion in a scene and then think of a time when you experienced that emotion. Then you journal about that time in your life. After that, you go back and write your scene, utilizing what you uncovered while you journaled. It’s a powerful technique to add more emotional depth to your characters.

5 things you love?
1.      God’s lavish grace. I love The Message version of Romans 5:1-2 We throw open our doors to God and discover at the same moment that he has already thrown open his door to us. We find ourselves standing where we always hoped we might stand – out in the wide open spaces of God’s grace and glory, standing tall and shouting our praise.
2.      Laughter. It’s my all-time favorite sound. I one time had a little pottery jar labeled “The laughter of children.”
3.      My family. I truly believe my husband and my family are the best gift God ever gave me. The best.
4.      Quiet. This is a change for me. I used to have to fill up silence with noise: the radio, the TV … something. But I’ve come to appreciate when the house is quiet. It’s restful.
5.      My girlfriends. Because, you know, a gal just needs her girlfriends.

What do you enjoy most about being a published author?

Writing fiction is one of those things I put behind the door marked “Never,” as in “I would never write fiction.” And I’ve found some of the best things in my life have been behind the door marked “Never.” I love connecting with other writers and celebrating their successes and walking the writing road with them. Nobody “gets” you like another writer.

Places for readers to learn more about you?
Website: http://bethvogt.com/   (bethvogt.com)  And this is where my blog, In Others’ Words, is located too. My blog is all about quotes.

Thank you for being with us today! 

Readers, here is your chance to enter to win Beth's debut novel!

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 June 1st.
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67 comments:

  1. Question for Beth: Did you model the twins in your book with adventures you and your sister had together? Thank you for the interview. Enjoyed reading the opening again! I would like to win "Wish You Were Here."
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Hi, Lane,
      I did weave some real life adventures into WYWH. And I do have a potential novel idea with a twin theme. I'll keep you posted!

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  2. I am an e-mail subscriber
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  3. I see my little window with the brown hearts hanging down in the Google Friend Connect icons!
    I am a follower and enjoy your posts.
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  4. Hmmm...what's up with blogger today? This post looks a little strange. Great interview with Beth! I love her book cover!

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  5. What a beautiful cover. The book looks very interesting! I'm anxious to read it.
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  6. I am an email subscriber.
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  7. I am a follower.
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  8. Sounds like a great story and makes me want to read more. This book is now on my wish list!

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  9. This book is definitely of interest to me! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!
    kandrajane at bellsouth dot com

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  10. Your list of 5 Things you love is pretty similar to mine - with 4 kids between 10 & 19 - I have definitely learned to enjoy the quiet. I am a follower & subscriber. Elaine rejordan79@msn.com

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  11. This book sounds really good. Please enter me in contest. I am a follower and email subscriber. Tore923@aol.com

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  12. This book looks great! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  13. I'm a follower!

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  14. I'm a subscriber. =)

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  15. I love the tip on adding layers of emotion to your writing. Wish You Were Here sounds like a fun, yet touching romantic story, please include me in the drawing.
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  16. I'm a follower.
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  18. I love the cover of the cover and really want to read this book. Thank you for the giveaway.

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  19. I'm a subscriber

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  20. I'm a follower

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  21. I love the cover of the cover and really want to read this book. Thank you for the giveaway.

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  22. I'm a follower.

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  23. Enjoyed the interview, especially the 5 things you love!
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  25. I am a follower!
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  26. Looks like a great book!
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  27. I am a follower!
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  28. Oh, I missed out on this one, and I want to read it SO bad! I've been hearing great things.

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  29. I'm a follower.

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  30. I'm a subscriber.

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  31. Beth - I was blown away by Wish You Were Here and was so sad to see it end (not long after I started it, by the way!). It's obvious that you worked hard to create emotional depth as I felt a variety of emotions throughout the novel. Can't wait to read whatever's next!

    Casey - Great interview!

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    1. Brooke,
      I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed WYWH! As the author, I hated to see it end too. My next novel, Catch a Falling Star, releases next May (2013), and is a standalone. I hope to write a sequel to WYWH at some point. We'll see what my editors say.

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  32. Would you please enter my name in the drawing. I appreciate. Thank you.
    Pat Hines

    phsines(@)frontiernet(.)net

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  33. Love Beth and love her book! No need to enter me, I've got a copy already.

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  34. I love what you said about quiet, Beth. When I'm listening to the stillness of the day, that's when I hear the loudest speaking either by God or my characters.

    Casey, no need to enter me in the drawing. I have a copy of Beth's book. :)

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  35. I guess I'll enter this contest, but I see some people entered more than once. Sort of kills my chances of winning!

    janetdj23@yahoo.com

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  36. Thank you for dropping by today. I love my book cover too. The art department at Howard Books did a wonderful job at capturing Allison, didn't they?

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  37. I love how Beth has learned that God loves those doors we close and mark "never"!

    babykf629 at gmail dot com

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    1. One of the best lessons I've ever learned. :)

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  38. Thanks Casey and Beth for this interview and giveaway :) Beth, loved the 5 things you listed! It's so nice getting to know you and having the chance to win your book is an additional treat :)
    Please enter me, Casey, and best wishes to the other entrants!
    I'm a follower :)
    Blessings,
    Kara
    wman4jc@aol.com

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  39. Casey,

    Thanks to both you and Beth for sharing. I think this book is delightful and would love a chance to win it so that I can pass it on to a few of my fellow-reader friends. Please enter my name and email: beckydwriter@gmail.com.

    And I'm following you now!

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  40. Loved this interview. Thanks. Am looking forward to reading Beth's first novel. My email is cheryldale@sundown.org

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  41. Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  42. GFC follower - Andrea Williams

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  44. would love to read this beautiful story...thanks for the chance :)

    i'm a follower & email subscriber, too.

    karenk
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  45. I have been seeing this book ALL OVER THE BLOGOSPHERE!!! Yay! I must say that Beth has such an awesome smile and almost looks a bit mischievous! ;)

    And I echo so many of the others...I LOVE THE COVER!

    sherrinda(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Just a little mischievous, Sherrinda?
      ;)

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  46. Would love to win this book! I've heard great things about it! :)

    Melanie
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  47. GFC follower!

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  49. I just love this book cover. thanks for chance to win this looks like a good book.

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  52. This book is on my Amazon wish list:) please enter me. I'm a follower. Clp1777(at)aol(dot)com

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  53. SO cool that you are a twin! I have twin cousins and would love to raise twins someday :)

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  54. Casey, I would love to win this book.. it looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!

    Beth, Thank you for writing Christian fiction-- I LOVE to read... and mostly read Christian Fiction. You keep me reading!!

    ladettek[at]gmail[dot]com

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  55. I'm a follower.

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  56. I am a subscriber.

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  57. Congrats on your debut novel! I really enjoyed the interview.
    I like what you said about the quiet. After raising 5 children I can agree on the value of quiet.
    Blessings as you move forward with your next book.
    Shirley
    beekeeper5(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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  58. I'm a follower
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