Friday, June 4, 2010

My Friend Deb - Interview & E-book Giveaway

Today I'm tickled to welcome Deb Kinnard to the blog to talk about her e-book, Damages. I reviewed her awesome time travel a while back, so I can vouch for what a great author she is. =)

Damages is digital only, and Deb has graciously offered an e-copy to one lucky commentor. As usual, comment with an email address.


About Deb

Deb Kinnard started writing at age ten, because there was no preteen girl with a horse on Bonanza. From there she progressed to short stories and dreadful poetry. In college, she gained two degrees in health care and spent time observing hippies, basketball stars, el-ed majors and other strange species. While raising two active girls and cherishing her husband, she’s enjoyed a career that encompasses Spanish translation, volunteer work at a crisis line, years in assorted ERs, and a day job at a big Chicago teaching hospital. Deb keeps busy with reading, needlework, guitar-playing, and travel whenever possible. She prefers warm places with plenty of ocean and tall, cool fruit juice drinks.

Deb is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and serves as Zone Director for the Midwest. Her previously published novels include POWERLINE and OAKWOOD (Treble Heart Books). ANGEL WITH A RAY GUN, ANGEL WITH A BACKHOE and DAMAGES are published as e-books by Desert Breeze Publishing. Current books include SEASONS IN THE MIST, which released in April 2010 from Sheaf House. Upcoming titles include the novella ALOHA, MY LOVE, which will appear in Desert Breeze’s Christmas 2010 anthology. She’s currently working on a sequel to SEASONS IN THE MIST.


About Damages

What do you do when you fall for a guy and God says, “No”?

Cassidy Amberg has known but one love in her life: the irrepressible, charming Brian Hayward. Though she’s coped well enough since he married another woman and moved away, she’s never forgotten. He returns home after an accident robs him of both mobility and wife.

Though Brian isn’t quite back on his feet, he buys a home too big to manage from a wheelchair. Cassidy sees her old friend needs help, and offers as much as she can. When Brian proposes a marriage-of-convenience, she must dig deep within for the grace to accept.

At first they manage well enough as friends, but gradually Brian recognizes he loves his in-name-only wife. Cassidy struggles with realizing she never fell out of love with him. Only when Brian dares push their platonic marriage beyond the boundaries, do they find a chance at permanent happiness together.


What's your latest book?

April of this year, Desert Breeze Publishing released DAMAGES. It’s an e-book, a “second chances” romance written with the idea that any relationship can be redeemed and rehabbed through God’s grace, no matter how damaged.

Ah, I'm a sucker for a good second chances story. =) What was the hardest part to write?

The chapter where their celibate marriage becomes regularized. It was tough to write without showing what Christian readers usually don’t want to see...but I had to make it quite clear that the relationship had changed radically. I hope I did it right, LOL.

The famous "closed door." =) I'm sure you pulled it off. What do you hope your readers will get out of the story?

Laughs and a renewed sense of hope. Brian’s kind of clueless sometimes, so I hope my female writers will chuckle over him.

What? Women, laughing over a clueless man?? Never! ;-) What's your favorite genre to write? To read?

One time I’d have said contemporary romance, but I’m getting more interested in historicals. Nothing American and 19thcentury, though. Popular, yes, but not my thing. As far as writing, I’m pretty securely caught by the middle ages in England, and expect to stay there for a while.

Three cheers for European historical! What are you reading right now—and what do you want to read next?

Just finished a five part fantasy tale I’d read before. Next up is Lisa Wingate’s upcoming release BEYOND SUMMER for review. I love reading her books; it’s so easy to say good things about a superb writer.

Oh so true. What's one of the oddest or most interesting things someone has ever said about you?

I was “a help and a blessing.” I never expected anything positive again from that person. Evidence that any relationship can be refreshed and renewed. God is a creative healer.

Is there any one thing or reference you keep handy when writing? Anything you kept around for this particular book?

Didn’t do much research. Merck’s MANUAL OF DIAGNOSIS AND THERAPY comes in handy for any writer who can dig through medical jargon. I recommend it if you plan to smash or bash your characters at all. A super resource.

LOL. I'll keep that in mind next time I need to beat someone up. Plot-ologically speaking, of course. What lessons have you learned through the publication process that you wouldn't have guessed as a pre-published writer?

When a publisher says, “You’re responsible for the promo/marketing,” they MEAN it.

Are there any people (family, writing group, editors) who you rely on when writing?

My historical projects, I rely on the Historical Fiction yahoo group of ACFW. In a general sense, I depend on Janny Butler, my super crit partner, who praises when I get it right and pulls no punches when I get it wrong. I couldn’t do without her.

If someone were to give you $5,000 to spend on anything you wanted, what would you buy? (No saving of gifts to charities allowed!)

New CPU for the computer. It’s old and clecky. Probably a new pair of cute sandals, since I’m a shoe-a-holic. The rest of it would go for books. I’m a bookstore addict.

Oh, I would so love a shopping spree in a bookstore! What writing goal have you set for yourself that would be the hardest (or unlikeliest) but most rewarding to achieve?

I’d like to sell to a bigger house than I’ve done to date. I don’t think that’s likely to happen, but it’d sure be gratifying. I don’t think I write what they seem to want, though, and that’s okay with me. I have no complaints!

Do you remember where you were when you got your first or most important call about a book contract?

I’ve never gotten THE CALL, though I’ve signed 8 contracts. It was all done via e-mail. I did, of course, scream fit to raise the house rafters. My children thought I’d sliced my arm off.

LOL--a contract's a much better alternative. What are you writing right now?

A follow up to SEASONS IN THE MIST, my April release with Sheaf House, and revisions to a reissue of POWERLINE for Desert Breeze.

Oo, can't wait for the sequel to SEASONS. Any upcoming releases we should keep our eye out for?

In December, a novella called ALOHA, MY LOVE will come out as part of Desert Breeze’s Christmas anthology. As far as next year, who can say?


Thanks for visiting, Deb! Readers, check out her website at

Void where prohibited. Entry into contest is considered confirmation of eligibility based on local laws. Winner will have two weeks to claim book. Contest ends 6/10/10.


  1. Please enter me in this giveaway!


  2. This sounds like a really moving book. Please enter me. :D


  3. Sounds like a good story! Carman sent me.


  4. I am so glad to see this post about Deborah's book because I doubt I would have noticed it otherwise. Now I'm interested in seeing what else Desert Breeze offers. I look forward to reading Damages and appreciate the chance to win a copy.

    Roseanna, when will A Stray Drop of Blood be available for Kindle? I thought it was coming out a few weeks ago, but I've been checking and haven't seen it yet.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

  5. Looks like a good book!

    janemaritz at yahoo dot com

  6. Sounds like a good book
    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  7. Carman sent me. I don't yet own an e-reade,but soon will; Damages will make a great first read.

  8. Thanks for the interview! Please enter me.

    kristengjohnson [at] gmail [.] com

  9. I would love to read this book. Great interview!

    artsyrockerchick at aim dot com

  10. Roseanna, thanks for inviting me to your blog. How will we pick the winner from such positive comments? Eh?

  11. Deb, three words for you: Random Number Generator. ;-)

  12. Hi Deb, Roseanna,

    Thanx for hosting this...count me in.

    And thank God for the Random Number Generator ;-) ( i host giveaways at my blog too)

    God bless you all!!!


  13. Carole--the Kindle version *should* be up any day. Frankly, not sure what's taking Amazon so long on their end. But an e-version that's the same thing for the same price is available now at FYI.

    Sorry to take up your comments with my stuff, Deb. ;-)

  14. Please include me! thanks!

    dcf_beth at verizon dot net