Thursday, July 8, 2010

Interview with Kaye Dacus PLUS Book Giveaway!!




Howdy ya'll,
Today I have two author interviews. The one does not have a giveaway. But this one does!
Kaye Dacus is here today!! She has alos offered to give to one of my blog readers, their choice of her new books. She tells a little bit about them below. So one winner gets their choice of those books.

Thank you for being with us today, Kaye!!! How long have you known you wanted to be an author?
I've been writing since my early teens, but really started focusing on preparing myself for publication in my late twenties/early thirties.

Can you tell me a little bit about your newest book?
I have two books that have just released:
Ransome's Crossing is the second book in my historical romance series, The Ransome Trilogy, from Harvest House Publishers. It picks up right where Ransome's Honor left off and follows our characters on their Atlantic crossing toward Jamaica. Young Charlotte Ransome is determined to get to her secret fiancé in Jamaica, so she decides to disguise herself as a midshipman aboard one of the ships in the convoy her brother, William Ransome, is leading to the Caribbean. Charlotte will soon discover that living and working aboard a Royal Navy ship and keeping her identity secret is easy, compared to trying not to lose her heart to the dashing young captain Ned Cochrane.
Love Remains is the first book in a new contemporary romance series with Barbour Publishing, The Matchmakers. Nashville native Bobby Patterson has just returned home after many years away to take a position with the Tennessee Criminal Investigations Unit. His new job: lead a task force investigating potential real estate fraud connected with the Middle Tennessee Historic Preservation Commission. Zarah Mitchell, who’s worked at the Commission for more than a decade, is about to face a piece of history that could ruin the life she’s built in Nashville: Bobby Patterson—her first love and the reason her father kicked her out fourteen years ago. When Bobby realizes Zarah is part of his investigation, he is tempted to use his grandmother’s not-so-subtle setups as a way to learn if Zarah is involved in the fraud. Zarah, at her grandmother’s suggestion, tries to put the pain from the past aside to see if any love remains between her and Bobby. But when she learns he’s been investigating her, will she be be able to forgive him a second time?

When a reader gets done with your book, what do you want them to come away with?
I write to entertain, most of all, so I want my readers to come away with a smile on their face and hope in their heart that good things can happen if we listen to God and trust Him to take care of things.

Is there a place you have always wanted to visit? A vacation spot, historical monument, overseas, etc?
I have a big birthday coming up in 2011, and I'd really like to go back to New Mexico, where I grew up, and spend some time there, refamiliarizing myself with the place where I spent my childhood as well as indulging in all of my favorite foods!

If you could have dinner with 2 people, who would they be?
I love talking with other writers, so if I could choose anyone, living or dead, it would have to be Elizabeth Gaskell and Charles Dickens. Mostly because I'm starting to think about my next historical romance series, which will be set in the early Victorian era in England. So I'd love to pick their brains about their era---and about their writing.

What one event would you love to be at? Historical or future?
I'm currently obsessed with Prince Albert's Great Exhibition of 1851, so I think if I could travel in time to any historic event, it would be for the opening of the Crystal Palace. Of course, I'd want to be brainwashed so that I don't know about the advances we've made in the 150 years since then so that I could walk around in awe and wonder at all of the fantastical and inventive objects on display.

Do you have a favorite hobby?
I don't know if it's considered a hobby or just laziness, but I love watching movies---action films and British costume dramas.

Is there something about you most people wouldn't know?
It usually comes as a surprise to most people that I'm not married---and not only that, but I've never had a boyfriend or been kissed.
Do you have any suggestions for the aspiring writer?
The best pieces of advice I can give are:
1. Above all else, finish your first draft.
2. Start something new---and finish it, too.
3. Remember, story trumps craft. You must have a good story in order to be a good writer.
4. Write every day.
5. Learn to let go.

Any last thoughts for your readers?
I give this advice to single women all the time, but it applies to everyone. Life is short. Don't put off pursuing your dreams for a "some day" that may never come.

And how can they connect with you?

I love connecting with readers. You can find me online at http://kayedacus.com, http://www.facebook.com/kayedacus, and http://twitter.com/kayedacus

Bio:

Kaye Dacus is the author of humorous, hope-filled contemporary and historical romances with Barbour Publishing and Harvest House Publishers. She holds a Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University, is a former Vice President of American Christian Fiction Writers, and currently serves as President of Middle Tennessee Christian Writers. She loves action movies and British costume dramas; and when she’s not writing, she enjoys knitting scarves and “lap blankets” (she’s a master of the straight-line knit and purl stitches!). Kaye lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and even though she writes romance novels, she is not afraid to admit that she’s never been kissed.


READERS!! To enter the giveaway, please follow the instructions. I have noticed not everyone is doing the mandatory entry.

MANDATORY ENTRY-Please leave a comment telling me if you still live near where you were born.

Extra entries-
1.Become a follower of my blog.
2.Become a subscriber through my RSS Feed.
3.Follow me on Twitter.
4.Tweet about this giveaway. Can be done twice a day.
5.Blog or post about it on Facebook.
6.Subscribe to Kaye's Newsletter.
7.Follow Kaye on Twitter.

Thanks everyone for stopping by and reading my blog! I appreciate you all:)

This giveaway will end 7/15. Winner will be chosen through Random.org.

83 comments:

Michelle V said...

I do not live near where I was born. I was born in Alabama, grew up in Missouri and now I live in Texas. I have Ransome's Crossing but really want to read Love Remains!

Blessings
Michelle V
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Michelle V said...

I am a follower of your blog.

Blessings
Michelle V
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Michelle V said...

I am following you on Twitter.

Blessings
Michelle V
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Michelle V said...

I follow Kaye on Twitter.

Blessings
Michelle V
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Michelle V said...

I don't think Kaye has a newsletter but I subscribe to her blog.

Blessings
Michelle V
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Cara Lynn James said...

I'd love a copy of one of your books, Kaye!I'm wondering if you find it difficult to write for two publishers and keep up with your book contracts?

caralynnjames at yahoo dot com

lotus82 said...

I actually still live only about 20 minutes from where I was born and grew up!! Interested to hear what others have to say.

~Steph
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lotus82 said...

I follow you on GFC and subscribe to your blog via email.

~Steph
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lotus82 said...

I follow you on twitter (soklad)

~Steph
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lotus82 said...

I tweeted about this giveaway.

soklad Choice of 1 of Kaye Dacus' new books giveaway....http://giveawaygal.blogspot.com/2010/07/interview-with-kaye-dacus-plus-book.html

~Steph
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lotus82 said...

I subscribe to Kaye's newsletter

~Steph
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lotus82 said...

I follow Kaye on twitter (soklad)

~Steph
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Ann Lee Miller said...

I've lived so many places, it would take me an afternoon to count them. Born in Miami, Florida, and now I live in Gilbert, Arizona.
Ann
Ann_Lee_Miller@msn.com

Wendy said...

I do live close to where I was born (about 20 miles.)
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Esther Y.M. said...

Yup I still live about 1/2 an hour drive from where I was born.

Count me in

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Esther Y.M. said...

I am a follower for a long time now.

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Tori said...

I live about an hour from where I was born.
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Tori said...

I am a follower of your blog
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Esther Y.M. said...

I subscribe via RSS feed on iGoogle.

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Tori said...

I follow via rss feed
vrtheriot@gmail.com

Esther Y.M. said...

I follow you on twitter too

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Tori said...

I follow you on twitter - mommatori82
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Tori said...

I tweeted:
http://twitter.com/MommaTori82/status/18045168222
vrtheriot@gmail.com

Tori said...

I am following Kaye on twitter - mommatori82
vrtheriot@gmail.com

Esther Y.M. said...

i'm following Kaye on Twitter

estherym[at]yahoo[dot]com

Ashley said...

I was born in NC, grew up in SC, and just moved back to NC 26 years later.

hewella1 at gmail dot com

Ashley said...

I'm a follower.

hewella1 at gmail dot com

Esther Y.M. said...
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Esther Y.M. said...

I just tweeted this giveaway


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www.twitter.com/estherym

Esther Y.M. said...

I just signed up for Kaye's newsletter

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Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

i'd love to enter! Thanks!!

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Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

i'm following you on twitter (in_the_hammock)


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Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

i'm following kaye dacus on twitter (in_the_hammock)


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Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

i'm following your blog through google friend connect


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Ariel said...

I was born in Vancouver, WA and I now live in the tiny town of Dallas, OR. (About 30 minutes from Salem.) So I live kind of close, but it's still a good drive away.

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Ariel said...

I am a follower.

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Katie M said...

No, I was born in Alaska and moved to Florida when I was seven - haha, I know, a big change! :-P

legacy1992(at)gmail(dot)com

Katie M

Katie M said...

I am a follower of this blog!

legacy1992(at)gmail(dot)com

karenk said...

please count me in...thanks :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

MomLovesDeals said...

I live in the same state where I was born but have migrated about 4 hours north of my birth place.

momlovesdeals(at)gmail(dot)com

MomLovesDeals said...

I follow your blog.

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Julia M. Reffner said...

I live about an hour from where I was born.

julesreffner(at)gmail(dot)com

Julia M. Reffner said...

I'm a follower of Kaye on twitter.

skgaff said...

I'm about an 8 hour drive away from where I was born
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skgaff said...

follow your blog
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skgaff said...

subscribe to your rss feed
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skgaff said...

follow you on twitter @skgaff
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skgaff said...

follow kaye on twitter @skgaff
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holdenj said...

I do live extremely close to where I was born, within 15 miles! Thanks for the great post and chance to win.
JHolden955(at)gmail(dot)com

holdenj said...

I am a rss subscriber!
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K said...

I do live near where I was born actually!!
Thanks for the interview!

Kim
lonebanana(at)msn(dot)com

K said...

I am a follower of your blog

Kim
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K said...

I am a subscriber via your RSS feed

Kim
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K said...

I follow you on Twitter

Kim
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K said...

I have subscribed to Kaye's newsletter

Kim
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K said...

I follow Kaye on Twitter

Kim
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Esther Y.M. said...

I just tweeted this giveaway


estherym[at]yahoo[dot]com

www.twitter.com/estherym

Tori said...

Tweeted today:
http://twitter.com/MommaTori82/status/18153879924
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apple blossom said...

no I don't live close to where I was born. That all changed after marriage.
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apple blossom said...

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Cindy W. said...

I was born in Southern California but I now reside in a small town in North East Indiana. I would love to be entered into your giveaway.

Smiles,
Cindy W.

countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

Cindy W. said...

I am a follower of your blog.

Smiles,
Cindy W.

countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

Linnette R Mullin said...
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Linnette R Mullin said...

I am a follower of yours and I live about eight hours from where I grew up.

lr.mullin at live.com

~Linnette
www.LinnetteMullin.com

Tore said...

I am a follower. Would love to read your books. Please enter me in contest. Thank you. Tore923@aol.com

Esther Y.M. said...

Just tweeted

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pixie13 said...

No, I do not live anywhere near where I was born. I was born in NC & now live in PA, and there's quite a few moves between then & now :)

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pixie13 said...

GFC follower

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pixie13 said...

I follow you on twitter @pixie13sweeps

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pixie13 said...

I follow Kaye on twitter @pixie13sweeps

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Chantel said...

I live about an hour away from where I grew up.

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Terrymac said...

Grew up on the west coast, married moved to the east coast. Missing the mountains and the Pacific!

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Terrymac said...

I am a new follower of your blog.

Thank you for hosting this giveaway. Enjoyed reading the interview, and especially the notes on becoming a writer.

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Terrymac said...

I am a new subscriber via RSS Feed too.

Very interesting blog.

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Terrymac said...

I have subscribed to Kaye's newsletter.

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Nancye said...

I have lived in the same city my whole life with no plans to move.

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Nancye said...

Follower

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Nancye said...

subscribe via RSS

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Nancye said...

I follow you on Twitter
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Nancye said...

Tweet! Tweet!
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Nancye said...

I subscribe to Kaye's Newsletter

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Nancye said...

I follow Kaye on Twitter
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