Monday, November 28, 2011

Interview with Golden Parsons ++ GIVEAWAY!

HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE
HIS STEADFAST LOVE

Howdy all! Today I have Golden Parsons with us and she is offering one of my readers a copy of her new book, His Steadfast Love. I personally loved Golden's last series and it is very different than others. Get your entries in below:) This would make an excellent gift for the person who loves books! Believe me, I have it on my wish list;D
Thank you for being with us today, Golden!!

It's my pleasure to be with you. Thank you for the opportunity.

How long have you known you wanted to be an author?

Well, I grew up around newspaper editors and authors -- my dad, my grandfather, my uncles. So manuscripts, newspapers, and books were an integral part of my everyday life. I think I always knew I'd be an author one day, but I didn't pursue it really until I started speaking professionally in 1996.

Can you tell me a little bit about your newest book?

It is a Civil War novel set on the Gulf coastline of Texas. Texas was a very divided state when it came to the question of secession. So not only was the nation divided, Texas was divided as well ... and in addition the heroine, Amanda Belle's, family is divided when her brother marches off to war to fight for the South, and her sweetheart fights for the North. So the book is all about divided loyalties.

When a reader gets done with your book, what do you want them to come away with?

I want the reader to agonize with Amanda Belle's struggle to unify not only her family, but her faith. She gets to the point where she questions the reality of God's intervention in the affairs of mankind. Both the North and the South claim they are in the right and that God is on their side. Where is God in all of that? She has to learn to trust God in spite of the horror of war around her. The faith of her pastor father has to become her own faith. I want the reader to come away with the reality that we can trust God in spite of our circumstances.

Do you have a special family holiday tradition?

We have several, but one that came to mind immediately is the toffee that I make every year. It is buttery and crunchy and yummy, and I make dozens of batches of it every year to enjoy and give away.


What is your favorite Thanksgiving meal?

The traditional one, which for us is turkey and ham and cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, fresh green beans, candied yams, asparagus/pea casserole, cranberry salad or just jellied cranberry, a relish tray of green onions, olives, sweet-fire pickles and celery, yeast rolls (which I don't make from scratch anymore. I just get frozen.) And buttermilk pie (which is a chess pie like is in the book :), pecan pie, and some kind of pumpkin dessert.


What one event would you love to be at? Historical or future?

Oh, I can think of many. But in keeping with the setting of the book, I would say I would have loved to have been at Appomattox. The scene in His Steadfast Love is taken directly from personal records and letters. It must have been quite a solemn occasion. Some of the men started to cheer, but that faded weakly as Robert E Lee mounted his horse and rode past his men. There were tears, instead of cheers on that day.

Do you have a favorite hobby?

My husband and I are avid sports fans of our alma mater, Baylor University. We don't go to all of the events, but we do have season football and basketball tickets.


Is there something about you most people wouldn't know?

My family and close friends know that I am legally blind in my left eye. It's a birth defect, and I've never known any different, so it hasn't ever really been much of a handicap to me.


Do you have any suggestions for the aspiring writer?
If God has called you to write, then write, and don't give up. God has a season for each phase of our lives. We can trust him with that.


Any last thoughts for your readers?

I am so grateful for them. I don't think most readers realize how much we treasure their comments and how much we appreciate them. I love hearing from readers, and I answer every email I receive. Let's hear it for the readers!!!


And how can they connect with you?

www.goldenkeyesparsons.com or GPar0719@aol.com


Thanks so much for being here today!!

Again, thanks for having me!


Now, like I said, Golden is a wonderful lady(I love her name) and her new book sounds exciting! Remember, one of you will win a copy of it from my blog here.

MANDATORY ENTRY-
Tell me a holiday tradition you have. This must be done or the extra entries do not count. You MUST leave an email in one of your comments so I can reach you if you are the winner.

US ONLY!!

EXTRA ENTRIES!!

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5.Tweet about this giveaway. Can be done three times a day.

6.Enter another one of my Holiday Gift Guide Giveaways and get 2 entries. Leave 2 comments for each one.
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8.Follow Golden on Facebook. Get 3 entries for this so leave three comments.

This giveaway will end 12/12. Winner will be chosen through Random.org and they will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

82 comments:

Golden Keyes Parsons said...

Thanks for having me again, Charity. What a great blog site. I look forward to reading about the different holiday traditions.

Blessings!

Linda LaRoque said...

Hi Golden and Charity. First let me say, His Steadfast Love is a wonderful story. I read it in the preliminary writing and can't wait to get my copy.

A holiday tradition my family shares (though we can't do it every year) is to meet in Fredericksburg, Texas and have a family reunion. We exchange gifts but it must be something you made or at least didn't spend much on. We've had more laughs with the items we've come up with.

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