Friday, August 6, 2010
My Friend Tammy - Interview & Giveaway
Today I'm tickled to host one of the first writers who really lent me a hand with my own stuff and helped me perfect my very first one-sheet--which then led me to my agent! Tammy Barley's the author of historical romance and such a fun, sweet lady. Hope you enjoy getting to know her and her second book, Hope's Promise!
Tammy has graciously offered a copy of her book to one lucky reader. In order to be entered in the drawing, please leave a comment with an email address. If you're a follower, that's an extra entry. Follow me on Facebook, ditto. And if you refer someone else here who mentions you, that's an extra for you too! (Nothing like complicating things for myself in an attempt to boost my following, eh? LOL)
I have lived in twenty-seven places in eight states (so far) and have visited nearly all. When I'm not writing? I judge a number of top writing contests and love my work as a manuscript editor and biographer. I am also Mom to two sons, one daughter, a rescued American Eskimo dog, thirteen parakeets, and an aquarium full of fish. The children I homeschool; the dog I taught to sit. She also barks at parked cars. In my spare time, you're likely to find me baking, gardening, behind a camera, or hugging a horse.
My first book in The Sierra Chronicles, Love’s Rescue, won second place in the Golden Rose Contest, inspirational romance category, went into its second printing only five weeks after it was released, and landed on ChristianBook.com’s best-selling historical fiction list, at number eleven. Book two, Hope’s Promise, is already receiving rave reader comments and five-star reviews.
About Hope's Promise
For Better, for Worse
Jake Bennett is finally wed to the love of his life, Jessica Hale—but he isn’t convinced she won’t leave him. Life is a constant struggle for the Bennetts as they battle drought and live in fear of raids on Southerners, and he is not sure that Jess knew what she was getting herself into when she married him.
In Sickness and in Health
Jess, however, despairs for another reason—she is unable to conceive a child.
A Solemn Vow to Stand Together
While trying to prove their unconditional love for each other, the Bennetts must defend against attacks on the Paiutes, the doubts that haunt them both, and an unknown force that threatens to destroy all they hold dear. Together, they must stand in faith through betrayal, barrenness, and a very real threat, trusting that God will reward their hopes for a better future.
What's your latest book?
Hope’s Promise, published by Whitaker House. It just released August 1, 2010.
Congratulations! August is a fabulous month for special occasions (says the girl whose birthday fast approaches, ha ha). What do you hope your readers will get out of the story?
When life is great, God is with you. When life is trouble, God is still with you, loving you dearly, holding you close, helping you through. He always gives us hope.
Very true, and we all need regular reminders. I personally love getting those lessosn through fiction. How about you? What's your favorite genre to write? To read?
More and more, I love to write suspense, and incorporate plenty of it into The Sierra Chronicles, set in the rugged—and often dangerous—Old West. I love to read historical romance and suspense, as well.
Sticking with what you already love then! Here's an interesting question: What's one of the oddest or most interesting things someone has ever said about you?
I’ve been called feisty, and someone said, in relation to that, that I wear size sixteen steel-toed boots. I think that was intended as a compliment. =)
LOL. Remind me to steer clear of those feet! Any funny family stories about living with a writer?
Recently, my family celebrated my grandmother’s 90th birthday. I saw people whom I hadn’t seen in decades. Many of these virtual strangers came up to me and asked, “Are you the writer?” Finally I replied, “Yep, and I also made the lasagna!” =)
Any upcoming releases we should keep our eye out for?
The Sierra Chronicles book three—Faith’s Reward. (Totally gorgeous book cover—have a peek at http://www.tammybarley.com/Bookshelf.html.) It’ll be in stores January 2011.
Thanks for visiting, Tammy! Readers, you can check out Tammy's website at www.TammyBarley.com and find her books from her site or at Barnes & Noble.
Void where prohibited. Entry into the contest is considered verification of eligibility based on your local laws. Contest ends 8/12/10. Winner will have two weeks to claim book.