Monday, January 3, 2011

Book Blast Event Day 2 Valerie Goree!!

BOOK BLAST EVENT DAY 2 VALERIE GOREE AND DECEIVE ME ONCE.

Well, in addition to my review today I also have a giveaway and an interview with author Valerie Goree. She is a Christian fiction author and her newest book, Deceive Me Once is going to be the prize in this giveaway:)

Thank you for being with us today, Valerie!! How long have you known you wanted to be an author?
Most times when I read a response to this question, the person says, "All my life". Well, not so for me. In Junior High School I had an English teacher who encouraged us to write but would then have us read our essays out loud, and would offer her critique in front of the whole class. This not only dampened my creative writing spirit, but squelched it for a long time. It wasn't until the mid-90's that I purchased a word processor-remember those old things?- and allowed the words to flow.

Can you tell me a little bit about your newest book?
Deceive Me Once is a suspense set in South Texas. Maricell, known simply as Chella to her family and friends, has been living a life of deception in Hanson Ridge, Texas ever since the day of her quinceanera in Eagle Pass. Riddled with guilt over the part she played in the death of her parents, her best friend Eva, and Eva's parents, she stuffed it all down into the deepest recesses of her mind and moved on with her life.

Now, many miles away and more than 20 years later, it has all finally caught up with her. The body of a young woman is found on the edge of Chella's property. As she investigates the mysterious death, she discovers the woman is connected with her hidden past. Will Chella's dark secret finally be her undoing and ruin the life she has built with her husband and sons? Will they ever forgive her for lying to them all these years?

When a reader gets done with your book, what do you want them to come away with?
A theme throughout the book is forgiveness. Chella has to forgive herself, ask her husband for forgiveness, and seek forgiveness from God. Another thread highlights the fact that someone can attend 'church' for years, without having a personal relationship with Christ.

Is there a place you have always wanted to visit? A vacation spot, historical monument, overseas, etc?
I was born in South Africa, grew up in Rhodesia-now Zimbabwe. Since I married, my husband and I have traveled to Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Our next goal is to visit Israel in the near future. We want to walk the places our Lord visited so long ago.

If you could have dinner with 2 people, who would they be?
My hobbies over the year have changed. I used to make all my own clothes, even made my own wedding dress; I used to knit sweaters for the whole family. I've dabbled in acrylic landscape painting, and created cards using dried wildflowers from our property. Now I guess my hobbies would be reading and writing.

Do you have any suggestions for the aspiring writer?
The best advice I was ever given, was to keep on writing. After receiving the rejection or the critique full of red, the most natural thing to do is quit. But no one ever improved her tennis game by quitting. What advice is given to an athlete? Practice, practice, practice. So it is with writing. Keep on writing, attend workshops, study craft books.

Any last thoughts for your readers?
I know we all have our favorite authors, but every once in a while, give a new author a chance, and his or her debut novel.

And how can they connect with you?
I can be reached at valeria.goree@gmail.com. To ensure a reply, please mention this blog. Deceive Me Once is available from ParsonPressPlace.com, Amazon.com and B&N.com

Readers, does that sound like a neat book or what! Valerie has mentioned a very good point in her last thought for readers. Take the time and read a book by a new author. That is one of the nice things in reviewing books, is not only the books by my favorite authors, but those new authors that I get to read their debut novels. I love them! I have found some new authors who I will be reading all their books to come(one of those is coming later during this event). Sure there are some debut novels I read that I wonder how that person got a book published, but that is very rare. I have only had that happen twice in my whole time of reviewing books. Please take the time to check out a debut novel! The authors will thank you and you just might find a winner:)

Now, to enter the giveaway for Deceive Me Once, please follow directions below. You MUST leave an email in your first comment as I have to be able to contact you.

MANDATORY ENTRY-Leave a comment with an encouragement to Valerie. Not just, "please enter me" but something to encourage her in her writing or something you would like her to hear or thank her for.

EXTRA ENTRIES-Please leave a separate comment for each entry.
1.Follow Valerie's blog via GFC. Leave your username here.
2.Leave an encouraging comment on Valerie's Blog.
3.Tweet about this giveaway. Can be done 3 times a day.
4.Follow my blog, subscribe through RSS Feed or follow me on Twitter. Get one entry for each you do.
5.Blog about this giveaway or post on Facebook. Get 3 entries for each so leave 3 comments.
6.Enter any other currently running giveaways. Leave a comment for each.
7.Leave a comment on any of my book review posts. Tell me which ones.


GRAB MY BOOK BLAST EVEN BUTTON AND LEAVE IT ON YOUR BLOG FOR THE DURATION OF MY EVENT. GET 3 EXTRA ENTRIES FOR THIS!!

This giveaway will end 1/17. Winner will be chosen through Random.org and they will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

129 comments:

Colleen said...

Valerie, your book sounds good. I will add it to my list of books to read. Shame on your junior high English teacher. I want you to know that I never make a student read aloud what they have written.
cole19@mchsi.com

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Maureen said...

Valarie it sounds like you started out you life as a World traveler. Think it would be a great trip to go to Isreal, imagine walking the same paths as our Lord!

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Maureen said...

I now follow Valarie on GFC

Maureen said...

I left a comment on Valerie's Blog!

misskallie2000 said...

So sorry for the bad experience with your teacher but you have to keep going and let nothing stop you even a bad review. That is also going to to be my new motto, never give up, just keep writing for my own enjoyment. Who knows what the future holds.
So glad I was introduced to your writing. I love the story line and can't wait to read Deceive Me Once.
Thanks for stopping by to chat with us. I am now a GFC follower of your blog.

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Maureen said...

I tweeted this giveaway

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misskallie2000 said...

I am new GFC follower of Valerie's blog as misskallie2000
Thanks for the introduction.

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Maureen said...

I follow you on GFC

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misskallie2000 said...

Left encouraging comment on Valerie's blog.

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Maureen said...

I subscribe to your RSS Feed


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misskallie2000 said...

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Maureen said...

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Maureen said...

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misskallie2000 said...

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Maureen said...

1/4 I tweeted this giveaway

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Maureen said...

1/4 I tweeted this giveaway

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misskallie2000 said...

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Maureen said...

I left a comment on my Murder In Plain Sight book giveaway


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Maureen said...

1/5 Tweet
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LAMusing said...

Valerie - you grew up in a fascinating place - what about a story set there?
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LAMusing said...

I follow you on GFC
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I entered Murder in Plain Sight
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misskallie2000 said...

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Maureen said...

1/6 I tweeted this giveaway

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Maureen said...

I posted a comment on The Daugher's Walk giveaway


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Maureen said...

1/7 I tweeted this giveaway

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misskallie2000 said...

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Maureen said...

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misskallie2000 said...

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Pain SUX said...

Valerie,

I think it's totally awesome and amazing (because I can't sew very well, lol) that you made your own wedding dress :)

~Steph
soklad at hotmail dot com

Pain SUX said...

I follow Valerie's blog


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I left an encouraging comment on Valerie's blog.

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Maureen said...

1/8 I tweeted this giveaway

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misskallie2000 said...

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Maureen said...

1/9 I tweeted this giveaway

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misskallie2000 said...

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Maureen said...

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Maureen said...

Left a comment on your Book Blast Day 8 Wayne Brillhart Review. Beautiful Book!!


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misskallie2000 said...

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Maureen said...

1/11 I tweeted this giveaway

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Linda Kish said...

Your worldwide travels make me jealous. I've never gone anywhere.

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Linda Kish said...

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Maureen said...

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Maureen said...

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Maureen said...

Left a comment on LFY in Hope, Kansas

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misskallie2000 said...

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Linda said...

Wow--this book would fall under Unconditional?...forgiveness (Brian Zahnd) What a difficult situation. Definitely a book I'd love to read.

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Linda said...

Became a follower on Valerie's blog.

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Maureen said...

Left a comment on your BBE Larkspur Cove Giveaway!


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Maureen said...

1/14 Tweet

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misskallie2000 said...

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Maureen said...

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Maureen said...

1/15 I tweeted this giveaway

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Maureen said...

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Maureen said...

1/16 I tweeted this giveaway

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Maureen said...

1/17 I tweeted this giveaway

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