Monday, September 15, 2014

Giveaway! Playing by Heart by Anne Mateer!

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

Almost from the time I could read I found myself wanting to write stories of my own. In 4th grade, I took a 2 week summer class on poetry and never looked back. I can also clearly remember the exact moment I decided I wanted to be a published author. I was in middle school and had just closed the covers of a Eugenia Price book. I knew I wanted to write historical fiction filled with spiritual truths.

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

That’s a really hard question because my mind immediately runs to a
t least a dozen books! But in the end, I have to say The Bible, as cliché as that sounds. But truthfully, I fell in love with the Word of God many years ago and my while I’d called myself a Christian for decades before that, I began to really see change in my life when I spent time in the pages of God’s Word. It still changes my life as I read it today.

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?

I would get serious about studying the craft of writing a whole lot earlier! I had this weird notion that if I had to learn about writing then I wasn’t really a writer. It took me a while to understand that writing, like anything else, has to be learned and worked at—even for those with natural talent.

5 preference questions:
Homemade or take-out? Always take-out!!
Email or snailmail? Email.
Online shopping or Black Friday deals? I love online shopping!!
Books or movies? Books—and BBC tv shows. J
Note-taker or memorization? Well, I used to be a memorizer, but as I’ve grown older I’ve become a copious note-taker! If I don’t write it down, I won’t remember!

Yes, I’m asking you to play favorites…which of your books is your favorite, published or unpublished?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?

Oh my! I’d say it’s a toss up between two of my unpublished books—one historical, one contemporary. Both are very autobiographical in theme, not circumstance. Even after all these years, I still love both stories. Maybe one day I’ll revise them and put them out there.

Places for readers to learn more about you?

I blog fairly regularly on my website, but I also love connecting with fellow readers and writers on Facebook (, twitter (, and pinterest (

Thank you for being with us today! 

Readers, enter to win Anne'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 September 26th.
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. I would love to win a copy of this book. I am a follower and a subscriber! rmaney (at) firstarpchurch (dot) org.

  2. Have not read any books by Anne so this would be a treat. Looking forward to reading it. I am a follower and subscriber.

  3. Really enjoyed learning more about Anne. I have always liked her books and I have seen all good reviews for Playing By Heart. I am looking forward to reading it soon. Thank You
    I am follower and subscribe to your blog

  4. I've been wanting to read this book; thanks for the chance to win it!
    I'm a follower and subscriber.

  5. Anne, I can relate to what you said about not feeling like you're a writer if you have to learn the craft. That's the misconception I had at first. I'd love to win a copy of this book!
    Casey, I am a follower and a subscriber -- jennismith1983(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. Anne, I always love the little tidbits authors reveal about themselves on these interviews, it always makes me feel "closer" you some how. I can't wait to read Playing by Heart and following you through out the week. I am a subscriber to your blog and follow you on Facebook.

    I especially liked your comment about the Bible. I find that I learn something new from well read passages. I also hear God's voice, while reading. Blessings to you, as you continue "teach" what God would have us learn, through the words He gives you.

    Enjoy your week of fun blog tours.

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  8. I am a subscriber and follower...and forgot to leave my email

  9. Good morning, y'all! Thanks for dropping into Casey's oh-so-fun blog and reading a little about me and my book. I appreciate you!

  10. I have been wanting to read one of Anne's books for a while, & this one sounds like one I need to put on my TBR list / thanks for the chance to win a copy. I am s follower & subscriber

  11. I'm a follower & a subscriber!
    That's a beautiful cover, Anne!

    kawaii dot katers @ gmail dot com

  12. This book cover is beautiful - love the piano!

  13. I like the cover too, and the story-line sounds pretty unique. Would love to be entered! Thanks for hosting, Casey!
    I am a Follower and a Subscriber!

  14. Follower and subscriber.
    dixie n dottie (at) yahoo (dot) com

  15. I took the Bethany House Which Heroine are You quiz and my result was the heroine of "Playing by Heart". I was already looking forward to reading this book, but I'm looking forward to it even more now! ;)
    Thanks for offering the giveaway! :)

    crazybooklover7 [at] yahoo [dot] com

  16. Lovely cover! I am a follower and subscriber. I would love to read this book.
    Sonja dot Nishimoto at gmail dot com

  17. YAY!!! I haev been wanting to read this book after a friend recommended it!!!

    I am a follower and subscriber!

  18. I am excited to read Anne's book. I am a follower and subscriber.
    Thank you.

  19. I'd love to read Ann's book

  20. As a book cover lover, I can't wait to read Playing by Heart. And not only lovely cover art, but what great storytelling! Just reading the first few pages of it on Amazon's "look inside" has me hooked!

    1. Oops - I'm a subscriber and follower. ;) nicnac63 AT hotmail DOT com

    2. I love hearing that, Cheryl! :)

  21. Wow, what a great premise for a book! After my sister told me about Playing by Heart, I knew I had to read it. Thanks for the chance to win! (I'm a subscriber and follower.)

  22. I would love to win this book! I really enjoyed the interview. Thanks for the opportunity to win. (subscriber & follower) : ) Thanks!

  23. The cover alone makes me want to read this book. It's so inviting. Ü
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter the drawing to win a copy.


  24. This sounds like a great book and I love the cover. I am a subscriber and follower.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

  25. Entry for Janet:
    Dear Casey,
    Please enter me in your giveaway for Anne's book, "Playing by Heart". I would buy the book based on the cover alone plus we have her books in the church library but not this one.
    Hope all is well with you.
    Janet Estridge.

  26. I agree with Anne about being a note-taker!! My memorization and simple memory skills seemed to go away with the birth of my first child! Looking forward to reading your book.

    I am a subscriber.

    kosterbind (at) gmail (dot) com

  27. I have not yet read any of Anne's books but I can't wait to start!

    I subscribe as well.



  28. I always love discovering new authors, and this book looks very promising! Would love to read this!


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