Friday, June 11, 2010

Interview with Annalisa Daughety with Book Giveaway!!


Hey everybody!! We have an author who has become pretty popular recently. Annalisa Daughety is author of Love is A Battlefield and the new one, Love is Monumental. She has offered to give one of my blog readers a copy of her new book, Love is Monumental.

Here is a little bit about her before we get into the interview:) Annalisa Daughety, an Arkansas native, won first place in the Contemporary Romance category at the 2008 ACFW Genesis Awards. After graduating from Freed-Hardeman University, Annalisa worked as a park ranger at Shiloh National Military Park. She currently resides in Memphis, Tennessee. Her first book, Love Finds You in Charm, Ohio, released in September 2009. In October 2009, Love is a Battlefield hit the shelves. Love is a Battlefield is the first book in the Walk in the Park series. Each book in the series is set in a different national park. The next book in the series, Love is Monumental, released in May 2010.

How long have you known you wanted to be an author?
I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember. When I was in elementary school, I would write and illustrate stories and fold them up like books. I kept journals throughout high school and college where I documented every small detail of my life and my analysis of it. Reading and writing have always been a huge part of my life.
When a reader gets done with your book, what do you want them to come away with?
I want to write stories that people connect with. I hope readers will identify with the characters and the themes. My characters aren’t perfect and they always have a lesson to learn. I also want to entertain and offer a bit of an escape—especially with the Walk in the Park series, I hope each book feels like a mini-vacation to a National Park.

Can you tell me a little bit about your newest book?
Love is Monumental is the second book in the Walk in the Park series. Here’s the blurb from the back cover:
Park ranger Vickie Harris loves living in the nation's capitol. She loves working at the Washington Monument. But she's never been in love. In fact, her personal life is non-existent. On her thirtieth birthday, shy Vickie impulsively promises her friends that she’ll ask out the next eligible man she meets. Professor Thatcher Torrey has had enough heartache to last forever. Through with love, he’s spent years building his life around work. So when his longtime rival sets out to make a historic find, Thatcher is hot on his heels. But he can’t do the research alone. Intellectual Vickie is the perfect research partner and he'll stop at nothing to convince her to help him with his quest. Just as these polar opposites form a bond, a secret from Thatcher’s past pulls them apart. Will they go their separate ways? Or will they come to realize that when it’s with the right person, Love is Monumental?

Is there a place you have always wanted to visit? A vacation spot, historical monument, overseas, etc?
I’ve always wanted to go to Egypt.

If you could have dinner with 2 people, who would they be?
This is a hard question! I’d love to have dinner with my great grandparents—to learn about what their lives were like and find out interesting things about my ancestors.

What one event would you love to be at? Historical or future?
I worked as a park ranger at Shiloh National Military Park, so I think if I could go back to one event, it would be either the days just before or just after the Battle of Shiloh. (not during though!)

Do you have a favorite hobby?
I love to travel, although I don’t do it as much as I’d like. I also love to garden. I enjoy watching sports—especially college football. And I collect vintage aprons. If I ever find the time, I’d like to learn to quilt—so that is my “future” hobby!
Is there something about you most people wouldn't know?
My first name comes from a book—Airs Above the Ground by Mary Stewart. My mom read the book while she was pregnant with me. Also, I once went paragliding in the Swiss Alps. And one more, just for fun…I was in a Domino’s Pizza commercial last year.

Do you have any suggestions for the aspiring writer?
I think the best thing I ever did as an aspiring writer was joining American Christian Fiction Writers, so I definitely recommend that. Also, don’t give up! Keep writing and learning the craft.

Any last thoughts for your readers?
My next book comes out in October—the third book in the Walk in the Park series. Love is Grand is set at the Grand Canyon.

And how can they connect with you?
Through Facebook, Twitter, and my Website.

Thank you so much for doing this today, Annalisa!! I really enjoyed learning more about you:) Sounds like you have had some fun throughout your life.

READERS- To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment stating whether you have ever been to Shiloh National Military Park. If not, have you been to any other Military sites? This is the mandatory entry. Must be done or the extra entries will not count.

EXTRA ENTRIES-
1.Become a follower of my blog through Google Connect.
2.Become an email subscriber through my RSS Feed.
3.Become a follower on Twitter.
4.Tweet about this giveaway. Can be done twice a day.
5.Blog about this of post it on Facebook.
6.Follow Annalisa on Twitter.
7."Like" her page on Facebook.
There needs to be a different comment for each entry you do so I can add them up at the end of the giveaway

This giveaway will end the 18th. Winner will be chosen through Random.org.

39 comments:

lotus82 said...

Unfortunately we have never been to Shiloh National Military Park, but we have Fort Tabor Military Park right around the corner, about five miles away. We love to go there and walk around, read about the history, take pictures and have picnics, etc.

~Steph
soklad@hotmail.com

lotus82 said...

I follow you on GFC.

~Steph
soklad@hotmail.com

lotus82 said...

I follow your RRS feed via Google, which is exactly how I found out about this giveaway :)

~Steph
soklad@hotmail.com

lotus82 said...

I follow you on twitter.

~Steph
soklad@hotmail.com

lotus82 said...

I also tweeted about this giveaway.

soklad The Giveaway Lady has a great interview and giveaway going on right now... http://giveawaygal.blogspot.com Check it out.
less than 5 seconds ago via web

~Steph
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lotus82 said...

I follow Annalisa on facebook. (Stephanie Christmann)

~Steph
soklad@hotmail.com

lotus82 said...

I follow Annalisa on twitter.

~Steph
soklad@hotmail.com

K said...

Great interview! I think it's cool how you got your name from a book, Annalisa! Such a pretty name too!

I have never been to Shiloh National Military Park, nor any other military park, but I would definitely like to! :)

Kim
lonebanana(at)msn(dot)com

K said...

I follow you through google connect
Kim
lonebanana(at)msn(dot)com

K said...

I follow you through the RSS feed
Kim
lonebanana(at)msn(dot)com

K said...

I am already a follower of you on twitter
Kim
lonebanana(at)msn(dot)com

K said...

I now follow Annalisa on twitter
Kim
lonebanana(at)msn(dot)com

K said...

I also "liked" her page on facebook.
Kim
lonebanana(at)msn(dot)com

P.S. I know this wasn't part of the drawing, but I just wanted to let Annalisa know that I found her blog as well and it looks great! :)

bluerose_shelnut said...

Please enter me. I have never been to Shiloh National Military Park. I've been on a military base in Kentucky(visiting my sister), but never to any of the parks.
I'm a follower. Thanks! :)
bluerose_shelnut(at)yahoo(dot)com

The Bookworm said...

I have never been to Shiloh National Military Park - but, it would be interesting to go someday. We've been to Gettysburg, Manassas, and other parks.

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The Bookworm said...

I'm a subscriber, via Google Reader.

hawaiismn(at)gmail(dot)com

The Bookworm said...

I'm following you on Twitter. (@hawaiismn)

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The Bookworm said...

I'm following Annalisa on Twitter. (@hawaiismn)

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The Bookworm said...

I'm following her on Facebook as well. (Thrifty Sarah)

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Mystica said...

There doesnt seem to be any geographical restriction to entries! I am from overseas so havent been to any military sites!!! (and that includes my own country where it is totally prohibited for civilians to visit!!!)

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Mystica said...

I follow on GFC

MomLovesDeals said...

I have not been to Shiloh or any other military park. I'd love to go someday though!

MomLovesDeals said...

I follow on GFC.

Casey said...

I would love to be entered, please. I am a follower. :)

Email in profile.

holdenj said...

Great interview. I think the only one I would have been to is Arlington Nat'l Cemetary.
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Esther Y.M. said...

Hi...

Nope I've never visited there so far.

Please enter me into the drawing.

estherym[at]yahoo[dot]com

Esther Y.M. said...

I am a GFC follower

estherym[at]yahoo[dot]com

Esther Y.M. said...

I also subscribe via RSS feed

estherym[at]yahoo[dot]com

Regina Merrick said...

I've never been to Shiloh National Park, but I HAVE been to Columbus-Belmont National Park, where the Confederacy actually tried to put a chain across the Mississippi River to stop Union boats from coming down river. Love Annalisa's writing, and can't wait to read "Love is Monumental" AND "Love is Grand!"

Regina Merrick said...

I'm following you on Twitter.

D. said...

It's been many years, but I grew up a few miles from Shiloh and went on several fieldtrips there as a child. I've also been to Gettysburg park. I went to school with Annalisa and she is truly one special lady. Love is a Battlefield is a great book. I look forward to the new one!

Esther Y.M. said...

Hey Charity,

I already follow you on Twitter.

estherym[at]yahoo[dot]com

p/s Love the new look

Esther Y.M. said...

I've also "Liked" Annalisa on FB.

estherym[at]yahoo[dot]com

Esther Y.M. said...

I am following Annalisa on Twitter now.

estherym[at]yahoo[dot]com

Esther Y.M. said...

I just tweeted :)

estherym[at]yahoo[dot]com

karenk said...

i have not been to any military sites/parks

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

karenk said...

i'm a subscriber

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Linda Kish said...

As a child I went to Gettysburg

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Esther Y.M. said...

I just tweeted this giveaway here

www.twitter.com/estherym

estherym[at]yahoo[dot]com

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