Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Giveaway and Author Interview - Deborah Hale

I enjoy Historical Romances and Im happy to have a interview with  Deborah Hale today!   Deborah has also offered to give away 2 of her books  ( see below for giveaway ) 
  Thanks for joining us Deborah! 

More about "The Captain's Christmas Family"  ( Glass Slipper Brides #1 )
Napoleon himself never gave Captain Gideon Radcliffe as much trouble as Miss Marian Murray. The fiercely protective governess won't rest until she gains permission for the daughters of his late cousin to stay on at Gideon's newly inherited estate. He agrees to let Cissy and Dolly remain at Knightley Park for Christmas. But by springtime they—and Marian—must go.Marian is prepared to believe the captain a tyrant. The truth is far more complicated. Gideon is a kind yet solitary man who sees the navy as his only sanctuary. Can Marian's unwavering faith, and the children's Christmas cheer, convince him he's found safe harbor at last

1.  How did you get started writing?  

The real question might be how did I get finished writing, as in how did I finally finish a whole novel after starting and discarding dozens over the years.  I was fortunate to have a friend who encouraged me.  After years of false starts, she let me send her chapters of a book as I was writing it.  This was pre-email so I would print off the chapter and mail it to her. She would read it and send me feedback.  Knowing I had a reader waiting for the next installment was a great motivator and it helped me finish my first draft of the book that eventually won a Golden Heart award and was published as My Lord Protector.  Of course I still had to rewrite the book 6 or 7 times to reach that point, but that's a whole other story!

2. What are your favorite types of books? 

Anything with a historical slant is usually I good bet for me.  I started writing for Love Inspired Historical because I loved reading the books in the line so much.  I like historical romance, historical mysteries, fantasy set in a pre-industrial civilization.  I also enjoy reading non-fiction history.  I justify the time and money I spend on that by calling it research.

3. Tell us a little bit about your current book/series?

My current book, The Duke’s Marriage Mission is the fifth story in my Glass Slipper Brides series.  Most places only seem to count the four novels but there is also a novella in the anthology The Wedding Season that is actually the first story in the series.  The Glass Slipper Brides are a group of Regency-era governesses who became friends while attending a harsh charity school like the one in Jane Eyre.  Now grown up, they work in different parts of England.  These are the stories of how each one finds her true love.  In The Duke’s Marriage Mission, Leah Shaw comes to the Duke of Northam’s secluded estate to teach his bed-ridden son. The duke is a very overprotective father and he clashes with Leah who wants to give the child more freedom. When the duke realizes how vital Leah is to his son’s well-being (and his happiness) the handsome duke decides to marry her so she will never leave.  But Leah values her own freedom too much to want to be tied down.  Here’s a video I made to introduce the book:

4. What’s the best piece of advice you have to offer to an aspiring author?

Don’t be afraid to make a mess and don’t think your story has to be perfect right from the start.  That’s what second drafts are for…and third…and fourth… 

5. What are your favorite Christmas/holiday traditions?

I have quite a few – I love Christmas and I love traditions.  One of my favorites is reading chapters of How Far to Bethlehem by Norah Lofts every night through December.  It really helps me reconnect with the true meaning of the Season! 

More about the Author:

After a decade spent tracing her ancestors to their roots in Georgian-era Britain, Deborah Hale learned a great deal about the period and uncovered enough fascinating true stories to inspire her fiction plots for years to come. A Golden Heart® Award Winner and Rita® Finalist award Deborah has written over thirty novels and novellas in the genres of historical romance, inspirational romance, historical fiction and otherworld fantasy.
Deborah and her family live in beautiful Nova Scotia, Canada, a place steeped in history and romance. She is currently writing more historical romance novels in settings that include Regency England, Georgian England, medieval England, post-Civil War America and colonial Canada. Besides writing, Deborah continues to dabble in genealogy, sings with a Celtic choir and tries to keep in shape by practicing tai-chi.

Visit Deborah Hale Online

Deborah has offered to give away a Print copy of 
"The Captain's Christmas Family" and "The Duke's Marriage Mission"
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The first name selected will receive "The Captains Christmas Family" and the 2nd name selected will receive "The Duke's Marriage Mission"

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  1. We don't really have Traditions but we do get together every year and I so look forward to that. A little bit of time spent with the whole family means a lot.

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving, Melissa, and thanks for the interview and giveaway. :)


  2. We don't have any Christmas traditions in my family. Thank you for the giveaway

  3. When our kids were growing up, we always read the Christmas story from the Bible - Luke 2 - and sang Happy Birthday to Jesus before opening our gifts on Christmas morning. Now our kids do that with their children. Nice giveaway - thanks!

    1. Marsha, Your traditions sound wonderful!
      I hope you have a wonderful Holiday Season!

  4. We're Jewish, so our Christmas tradition is to go out for Chinese food. Then we drive around the neighborhood looking at the decorated homes and listening to carols on the radio. ;-)

    1. Ana, I love Chinese food!! =) We love to drive around and look at the decorated homes and we have 2 Drive-thru Christmas Lights Displays that are wonderful also!
      Happy Holidays!

  5. We live in Florida now and enjoy driving around our community to see the amazing Christmas lights! Thanks so much!

  6. Not specific traditions. The family just tries to get together and participate in Christmas church services and candle light services.

  7. Our traditions have changes over the years. Growing up we went to see the Christmas ships every year, but now that I live 2500 miles away we have changed things to make traditions for our own family :)

  8. Thanks for the interview and for your lovely comment. Have a great weekend!

  9. I can totally understand her stop/start journey, I've got the same thing going on with something I'm working on for school!

    Thank you for sharing the book. I hope you had a fabulous Thanksgiving!

  10. We all get a new set of PJ's on Christmas Eve . :)

  11. I love these historical books. Thanks for introducing me to a new author.

  12. I've always believed in the adage, "You're not writing until you're rewriting." Thanks for linking up with Kansas Women Bloggers!

  13. Snack food buffet for Christmas and Christmas music dancing with my girls

  14. I'm an American who lives in Australia so while everyone else here is eating cold salads and seafood, I want a roast turkey.

  15. Congratulations Wanda B and Christa S! You are the winners of the Giveaway!
    I will be sending you both a email!


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