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This week's WRITERS SPOTLIGHT shines on Debbonnaire Kovacs, Author of Gaela's Gardens 

Jean:  Hello Debbonnaire, I'm happy to have you as a guest at AllWriteSisters this week. I'll be interviewing you today, as Becky Kelley is off doing research on her new book.,

Debbonnaire: I'm happy to be here, Jean. Thank you for the invite.

Jean: What's your current book? What's it about?

Debbonnaire:  Gaela’s Gardens,Self-published with CreateSpace.  One of my reviewers described it as a delightful story with a little bit of everything - mystery, romance, suspense, spiritual/faith, friendship and gardening.

Jean: What's your favorite character in your book?  Why?

Debbonnaire: Gaela, though Caine comes in a close second. She is a hurt person whose temptation is to hide away from people and even, in some senses, from herself. But Caine’s obvious pain touches some core of nurturing in her, and she wants to learn to reach out more to her fellow human beings. She makes some mistakes, which only make her more endearing, in my obviously biased opinion!

Jean: Would you share an excerpt with us?

Debbonnaire: I'd be glad to.     So Gaela found Ivy some gloves and they loaded up a golf cart and headed out to work side by side, shoveling cedar bark under shrubbery and around summer plantings.

Gaela decided to practice her small talk skills on Ivy. Maybe she would be an easier subject than Caine was. “So. . . what do you do when you’re not shoveling mulch?”

Ivy grimaced. “Not much, at the moment.” She grunted as she tried to dig the tip of her shovel into the pile of shredded bark in the back of the golf cart.

“You don’t have a job, or go to school, or something?”

“I did school. Boy, did I do school. Phillips Exeter. Vassar. All the best for Mother’s little darling.” Ivy’s blond hair swung past her face as she deposited her shovelful under a yew shrub and worked to spread it evenly.

Gaela was considering going back to being a recluse who only spoke when necessary. “So, um. . . do you have a degree, then?”

Ivy laughed. “I have a Master’s degree in how to be a beautiful, useless ornament to society.” She straightened and shoved her hair out of her face, leaving a streak of dirt across her carefully made-up cheek. Gaela straightened, too, and saw tears in the green eyes.

Why had she ever tried to open up? She was no good at it.              

Jean: Emm sounds like the next on my "to read" list. Tell us a little about yourself, like when did you begin writing.

Debbonnaire: -- I’ve been writing since I could hold a pencil, sold my first story at the age of 11, and have written fulltime since 1994, with 16 books and over 200 stories and articles published. I also do speaking and teaching for both adults and children and have run writers’ groups. Getting ready to start another soon—local writers stay posted!

Jean: What was your proudest moment?

Debbonnaire: -In my writing life? A zillion years ago, when I was timidly trying to move from “I want to be a writer” to “I am a writer,” I went to my first writers’ conference. An experienced author was giving a presentation and saying that no matter how many times you’re published, it’s never easy or a sure thing. He shared a place in his work in progress where he felt hopelessly stuck. I had an immediate idea of what he might try, and at the end, I took my courage in my hands and shared it with him. He was so thrilled and excited that he wanted to leave the conference and go home to rewrite the scene. I stood there just swelling with joy—I had something to say! Something to offer! I, little, nervous thing that I was, had given material help to somebody with his name on nationally published books!! Somebody who taught at conferences! It was a turning point for me.

Jean: Ohhh, that would be so exciting. What did it feel like to receive your first acceptance letter or phone call?

Debbonaire:The same as it still does, to tell the truth—first I think they have the wrong number, and then my heart starts to beat so hard I think I’m going to fall over, and then I say in my most non-shaky, confident, matter-of-fact voice, “Yes, speaking. Oh, thank you!” Or incoherent words like that.

Jean: Do you have a website for your readers to contact you?

Debbonnaire: Yes, I'm always happy to hear from my fans. http://www.debbonnaire.com/

Jean: What genre do you write?

Debbonnaire: I write both fiction and nonfiction, for adults and children. My fiction tends to be general women’s fiction, but one reason I’m going the self-publishing route is because even that varies a lot, and I don’t agree that readers won’t like that. I like variety—why wouldn’t others? My next one, for instance, will be a sort of tongue-in-cheek Gothic, with two sisters trapped by a storm in a castle-like house, with a domineering hero, dotty mother, and sinister servant. I had tremendous fun writing it—there’s wild piano music at midnight, and other odd mysteries. But over the years I’ve learned that what holds my writing together is there is nearly always, whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, Christian or secular. . . nearly always some theme of forgiveness, reconciliation, healing. Repairing the Breach, in fact, which is my “logo,” if any.

Jean: On the personal side, What is your favorite pastime, besides writing, that is ?

Debbonnaire: I love writing, gardening, being quiet in the woods, and most fiber arts. I spin, weave, knit, crochet, and make lace, among other things.

Jean: Debbonnaire, what would you say is your favorite book of all times?

Debbonnaire: Favorite book of all times—Wow, that’s hard. . .The Bible, of course. I don’t think I can pick one—or even ten! I do tend to read and reread Georgette Heyer, who pretty much invented the Regency genre, and Fiona Hill and Clare Darcy, who are the best of her imitators, in my opinion. I love Jan Karon and Deb Raney and Max Lucado. Right now I’m rereading one I HIGHLY RECOMMEND—God’s Blogs, by Lanny Donoho.

Jean: I can understand. Not sure I could choose one favorite. Reading is my passion. Do you have other hobbies?

Debbonnaire: Besides the above? Music, folk dance, art (I painted Gaela’s cover), and my pets.

Jean:  I hear you have a funny quirk you want to share.

Debbonnaire: How much time do you have? Here’s one. . . sort of:  I like “the simple life,” which means ten times as much hard work in the form of gardening, milking goats, collecting eggs, grinding my own flour, sometimes even making soap and candles. Yeah. The simple life!

Jean: Debbonnaire, I was thrilled to talk with you. Thank you so much for stopping by AllWriteSisters. You're welcome to come back anytime.

Debbonnaire. I enjoyed it, Jean. I look forward to visiting again.

Jean: Where can we purchase Gaela's Garden?  

Debbonnaire: Here is the buy link for Amazon.  http://amzn.to/WjNXeR

 

Readers don't forget to click on the Guestbook and leave a comment to enter for the drawing to win a digital download of one of our books. Debbonnair's or mine.

I'm happy you stopped in and hope you enjoyed my interview with Debbonnaire Kovacs. 

 Jean Thompson Kinsey

 

THIS WEEK'S SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON AUTHOR                                               PAM HILLMAN

 

 Pam Hillman was born and raised on a dairy farm in Mississippi and spent her teenage years perched on the seat of a tractor raking hay. In those days, her daddy couldn’t afford two cab tractors with air conditioning and a radio, so Pam drove the Allis Chalmers 110. Even when her daddy asked her if she wanted to bale hay, she told him she didn’t mind raking. Raking hay doesn’t take much thought so Pam spent her time working on her tan and making up stories in her head. Now, that’s the kind of life every girl should dream of! Claiming Mariah is her second novel. www.pamhillman.com

 

 

 These days, everyone is asking, "What do you think about e-books? Pam answers this in her article:

                                        eBooks Upward Trend

With ebook sales rocketing skyward, established publishers, authors and readers alike are taking a second look at electronic publishing. Several factors lend credence to the fact that ebooks are not just a fad, but will be a mainstay in publishing from now on.

 

In May 2011, Amazon reported that sales of ebooks had surpassed print books just four years after unveiling the Kindle. While Amazon isn’t the only game in town, they do command a significant slice of the ebook pie. Barnes & Noble is doing a brisk business selling ebooks for their ereader, the Nook. Contented readers tout the superiority of both devices.

 

A young friend told me she read my debut novel, Stealing Jake, on her iPhone on a road trip. I was very honored that she’d spent her trip reading my book on that tiny device! Young, hip consumers on the move are more apt to grab an iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, Kindle, or Nook when they want something to read. People don’t carry books around with them (well, some of us do!), but if they have a digital device, they can connect to the internet, download a book and start reading it while waiting on their fast-food order at the local greasy-spoon.

 

Those of us who grew up with stacks and stacks of print books by our beds, on the floor, spilling out of our shelves, still love our print books, but we’re also embracing ebooks as well. Readers, regardless of age, are getting hooked on the fact that they can stuff a Kindle or Nook in their bag on the spur of the moment. These days when I travel, I grab my Kindle and I’m ready to go. I can carry hundreds of books with me, not have to limit my choice to two or three. I have several versions of the Bible, fiction, non-fiction, and games, all at my fingertips and ready to go.

 

Elderly readers have the option of reading their books in mega-size font. My husband’s 94 year-old grandmother has read my Kindle and enjoyed the experience very much. It’s easy to adjust the font to whatever size to accommodate her aging eyesight and the learning curve is not difficult at all. With a little ingenuity, a friend in the nursing home with extremely limited motor skills can read her Kindle. Since she can’t hold the device, it’s attached with Velcro to a “pyramid pillow” purchased on Amazon. A ribbon strap holds the pillow in her lap so her Kindle doesn’t slide off into the floor. I recently updated her Kindle with my latest release Claiming Mariah, along with a host of other ebooks, and she’s one happy camper.

 

Free sample chapters and books are exposing readers to new authors, an opportunity that might not have arisen with traditional print books. And instant download capabilities fit right in with today’s drive-thru-want-it-now mentality.

 

From an established author’s standpoint, ebooks are offering an option for breathing new life into old backlists. Fans who missed their favorite authors’ earlier works are grabbing them up as ebooks. In other cases, authors are partnering with their publishers to re-package their backlist as ebooks. And the icing on the ebook cake is when an ebook is offered for free for a limited time. The author gains new readers, and those readers are more likely to purchase that author’s newer releases. It’s a win-win situation all around. (Cliché alert.) I suppose this means we can have our cake and eat it too!

 

Ebooks have given unpublished authors more opportunities to be published than ever before. Yes, right now there are some growing pains, and sometimes it’s hard to separate the wheat from the chaff, but good writing always rises to the top, and readers will sort it all out eventually. With established and well-respected publishing houses partnering with unpublished authors with programs like Tyndale’s Digital First Initiative, readers know they’re getting a quality read they can trust.

 

As long as people believe in storytelling, ebooks will continue to rise in popularity. The programming platform and the devices themselves will change, but the fascination of story will draw readers back time and time again.

 

Regardless of format.

 

Readers, I’d love to hear your thoughts on ebooks? Love? Hate? Undecided?

 

Click on Guestbook to leave your comment~

 

Pam is thrilled to announce the release of her second novel,

Claiming Mariah

 

Claiming Mariah Blurb:

 

In light of her father’s death, Mariah Malone sends a letter that will forever alter the lives of her family. When Slade Donovan, strong willed and eager for vengeance, shows up on her front porch, Mariah is not ready to hear his truths: her father’s farm, the only home she’s ever known, was bought with stolen gold. With Slade ready to collect his father’s rightful claim and force Mariah and her family out on the streets, Mariah must turn to God for guidance. Though Mr. Fredrick Cooper, a local landowner, promises to answer her financial woes if she agrees to be his bride, Mariah finds herself drawn instead to the angry young man demanding her home.

With the ranch now under Slade’s careful eye, he will unearth more than he ever imagined as a devious plot of thievery, betrayal and murder threatens more than the well-being of the ranch, endangering the lives of those who hold it dear. With days dwindling until the rest of the Donovan clan arrive to the Lazy M ranch, Mariah and Slade must rise above the resentment of their fathers and see their true feelings before greed alters their futures forever.

 

Claiming Mariah Buy Links:

 

Claiming Mariah Amazon link: http://tinyurl.com/apnzl5n

            Claiming Mariah B&N link: http://tinyurl.com/ays6fq7

            Claiming Mariah CBD link: http://tinyurl.com/bvjx3m7

Claiming Mariah Goodreads link: http://tinyurl.com/d9u2k6j

Claiming Mariah 1st Chapter: http://tinyurl.com/ageh54r

 

 

To celebrate, Pam is giving away two eReaders

(choice of Kindle Wi-Fi, 6" Display, or Nook Simple Touch)

Two Winners: One on facebook. One through Pam’s Newsletter.

Facebook Drawing for Kindle/Nook

Pam’s Newsletter

 

Registering both places is not required but will double your chances of winning. Also keep in mind that you will receive updates more often being connected on facebook than through the newsletter. Just sayin’


Contest runs from January 1st until March 31st, 2013.

 

And....that’s not all! There will be prizes offered randomly throughout the tour.

 

This week’s giveaway:

$10 Starbucks Gift Card!

 

 

PREVIOUS STOPS ON TOUR:

February 1st: Blogging with Connie Almony

http://livingthebodyofchrist.blogspot.com/

http://InfiniteCharacters.com

 

  

NEXT STOPS ON TOUR:

February 5th: Blogging with Becky Jacoby

http://beckyjacoby.com/blog

 

 

Click for a Complete List of Stops Along the Tour

 

www.pamhillman.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Light Keeper's Daughter

 

 Jean Kinsey in her debut novel, Jean Kinsey tells the story of Belle Montague, daughter of a lighthouse keeper coming of age during the turbulent years of World War I. Belle's world is filled with love, suspicion, grief, and danger, as she comes to understand the meaning of courage and heroism.

 A broken heart and trouble with the law washes Belle's dreams of a beautiful life with wealthy Lawrence Rinehart out into the sea. Branded a thief by Lawrence's mother, Belle's beloved Papa relocates them to a safe harbor on the shore of a secluded little seaport.

Belle makes up her mind to never love again. She takes care of her father, braves a hurricane, and nurses the town through an influenza epidemic.

 Captain Fred Logan, penetrates her wall of defense and persuades Belle to come out of isolation. Together they face WWl, rescue a baby from the sea, and battle the deadly flu epidemic.  Will Belle choose Fred or the wealthy ex-boyfriend Lawrence when he shows up unexpectedly? Will Divine Guidance give Belle courage to do what she must in order to truly be free?

 Available March 15th, 2012 through http://www.desertbreezepublishing.com/ or wherever Ebooks are sold.

The Light Keeper's Daughter

 

 Jean Kinsey in her debut novel, Jean Kinsey tells the story of Belle Montague, daughter of a lighthouse keeper coming of age during the turbulent years of World War I. Belle's world is filled with love, suspicion, grief, and danger, as she comes to understand the meaning of courage and heroism.

 A broken heart and trouble with the law washes Belle's dreams of a beautiful life with wealthy Lawrence Rinehart out into the sea. Branded a thief by Lawrence's mother, Belle's beloved Papa relocates them to a safe harbor on the shore of a secluded little seaport.

Belle makes up her mind to never love again. She takes care of her father, braves a hurricane, and nurses the town through an influenza epidemic.

 Captain Fred Logan, penetrates her wall of defense and persuades Belle to come out of isolation. Together they face WWl, rescue a baby from the sea, and battle the deadly flu epidemic.  Will Belle choose Fred or the wealthy ex-boyfriend Lawrence when he shows up unexpectedly? Will Divine Guidance give Belle courage to do what she must in order to truly be free?

 Available March 15th, 2012 through www.desertbreezepublishing.com or wherever Ebooks are sold.

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