Monday, July 7, 2014

Giveaway! A Match of Wits by Jen Turano!

Welcome to Writing for Christ Jen Turano, it is great to have you here! So you’re a writer? What made you decide to start creating characters and story world?

Thank you so much for having me, Casey!  And, as for what prompted me to begin writing, well, it all started with a horrible book about birds that my son and I were reading together back when he was in elementary school.  It was a series, you see, and not a very good one, and by the time we finished book number six (I have yet to own up to the fact there are more books in this series to my son) I was not liking these birds.  When my son made mention that he enjoyed the stories I’d made up for him as a little guy while he sat in his jogger stroller as I ran – I had to entertain him so that he’d actually sit, we decided to write our own story.  It was a hoot, and although nothing came of that story, it was the beginning of a fabulous journey for me.

What is the one title that has significantly impacted your life?

Oh, that’s a tough one.  I tend to shy away from books that are emotional, they just stay with me far too long, so I’m going to say that all the Nancy Drew books had a great impact on me.  As soon as I discovered them, I couldn’t read them fast enough, and they were instrumental in turning me into a voracious reader.

If you could get a do-over when it came to learning this whole thing called writing, what would you go back and tell yourself?

That publishing is a very daunting business and that rejections are going to come fast and furious, but they’re just part of the business.  Books that don’t sell shouldn’t be considered failures, simply stepping stones, and the more you write, the more likely it is you’ll improve and hopefully, someday, attract the attention of a publisher. 

5 preference questions:
Homemade or take-out?
I’m a horrible cook, so take out is one of my favorite things :- )

Email or snailmail?
Email – because besides being a horrible cook, my handwriting leaves much to be desired.
Online shopping or Black Friday deals?

Books or movies?
Books – although I do enjoy going to the movies.

Note-taker or memorization?

Note-taker – even though I’m notorious for losing those notes in a variety of notebooks.

Yes, I’m asking you to play favorites…which of your books is your favorite, published or unpublished? And if this is your debut novel, has your favorite been published yet?

A Match of Wits – coming out in July.  Miss Agatha Watson has been with me through three previous novels and a novella, so I’m pretty attached to her.

Places for readers to learn more about you?

Readers may learn more about me on my web – – but I do more interaction with readers on my author Facebook page -

Thank you for being with us today!

Thank you for having me!  It’s been fun.

Readers, enter to win Lynne's book here!

Please leave an email address! 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- I am not responsible for any lost or damaged items for said prize.

Thanks for coming by to enter! Contest ends on July 18th
Attn Readers! If you're struggling to leave a comment on my blog, please email your comment entries (in ONE email) and I will submit it for you. But PLEASE only do this after you've failed to leave a comment. My email is: caseym.writer(@) 


  1. Thanks for this interview and giveaway. I am a subscriber and follower.

  2. I also loved the Nancy Drew series. Another of my favorites were the Cherry Ames series. One of them was about nurses and I am a nurse today, due to my mom and I'm sure the books helped too.
    I'd love to win your book. I subscribe and I follow your sites. sharon wileygreen1ATyahooDOTcom

  3. Nancy Drew was probably the first series I loved. Though I eventually replaced her with Trixie Belden for my affections. ;)

    I'm a follower & a subscriber! kawaii dot katers (at) gmail {dot} com

  4. Oh - and the book seems to be already available on Amazon?

  5. This book arrived in my mailbox today. *squeal! * Can't wait until I have free time to read it!

  6. I'm a follower and subscriber. I can't wait to read Jen's latest!


  7. I've read most of Jen's prior books (all but the first but I'll be reading that in August for book club) and love these witty books.A Match of Wits is such an apt title. Though I haven't read this one yet, I'm basing that remark on the other books. I'm really looking forward to reading Agatha's story. She's such a strong, fun character.
    I'm a follower and a subscriber.

  8. I have thoroughly enjoyed this entire series and can't wait to read "A Match of Wits"!! Thanks for the giveaway! :)

    crazybooklover7 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  9. Not sure if my last comment posted...? Anyway! I love Jen's books and can't wait to read Match of Wits!

    I am a follower & a subscriber!

  10. I have not read any of Jen's books yet, but her covers are all so beautiful and enticing that they are on my (very) long list of books to read.

    I am a subscriber.

  11. Thank you for this great post with Jen. I can't wait to get my hands on her newest release.
    Campbellamyd at Gmail dot com

  12. I'm a follower
    Campbellamyd at Gmail dot com

  13. I'm a subscriber.
    Campbellamyd at Gmail dot com

  14. I LOVED Nancy Drew while I was growing up - I already follow and email is pp92596 at gmail dot com

  15. Great interview. I would love to read this book. Glad to hear someone else has problems keeping up with their

  16. This was a great much so that I want the "real" book! Ewe_r_merritt(at)yahoo(dot)com I am a subscriber.

  17. I already wanted to read this novel, but hearing it's Jen's favorite means I HAVE to read it sooner rather than later! Thanks for the interview, and for the giveaway. I am also a subscriber. Danandlyndaedwards (at) msn (dot) com.

  18. What a delightful and precious book which I would enjoy greatly. When I was young I read the Nancy Drew series and they were my favorite until I discovered the Anne of Green Gables books which I borrowed from our public library in the 1950's all in hardcover. Memorable and special. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  19. I can't wait to read Agatha's story. She is probably my favorite character from the previous books. Although, I will admit that I loved Felicia, as well. These two women really touched me.

  20. I am so excited to read this book! I love the cover as well. It looks intriguing!

  21. Thank you for interviewing Jen. I have read & loved all her books.
    The title of your blog is wonderful. After all, when it's all said & done, nothing else in life will matter.

  22. I am also a subscriber!

  23. Not sure how to "follow" you besides subscribing to your blog. FB?

  24. The cover of this book makes me want to read it.

  25. Oh, I loved Nancy Drew books! I read Trixie Belden as well, but she wasn't as popular as Nancy. ;)

    Thank you for giving us a peek at Jen Turano. :)

  26. I have tried several times to win one of Jen's books. Maybe this will be my luckiest entry. I am a subscriber and a follower.

  27. Love Jen. Thanks

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  29. Thank you for the giveaway!


  30. Wonderful interview! I've been looking forward to this book!

  31. Wonderful interview!! boernerb at fuse dot net
    I am also a follower

  32. We have Jen's books in the church library. Is it too late to enter your giveaway??

  33. Thanks. . I think I am suppose to do 2 emails one for an entry and one for following. So this is the second comment.

  34. I would love to win a copy of this. I am a subscriber and follower. Thanks! tinaturpin(at)hotmail(dot)com




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