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)

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About Tammy

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

34 comments:

  1. Oooh- first comment? Woo hoo! Well, I do have you as a fb friend, I'll go look for you on twitter too. Maybe I can send some more people this way too. This looks like a book I'd love to read!!! =)

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  2. Hi, Michelle! (Totally cute photo!)

    A side note--I'm sponsoring "Hope's Promise Vacation-for-a-Day Contest." Read Hope’s Promise for a chance to win
    a horseback riding adventure for your whole family! For details and to enter, visit http://www.tammybarley.com/Bookshelf.html.

    If you enjoy book videos, the trailer for Hope's Promise on the same Web page, and it turned out gorgeous.

    =)


    Tammy

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  3. Thanks Tammy, I adore that photo! My "baby" is now 14 months old but I don't want to change out my picture, lol.

    I'll check out that link- thanks! Hope I win! =)

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  4. would love to read tammy's novel...thanks for the opportunity :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  5. Okay, I just blogged about the contest, Roseanna! Hopefully a few readers will land here mentioning me, so be on the lookout! =) Do we get an entry for adding it to our blog? lol. Yeah, I'm goin for it!

    My email addy is michelle_massaro @ hotmail

    Thanks!

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  6. Michelle, I SO understand about the cute photo. My oldest "baby" just started looking down at me, and my twin "babies" are looking me in the eye. I can't pick any of them up anymore (I probably could if I knew a good chiropractor). =) Give the little sweetie a special hug from this here gal who misses little-sweetie hugs. And thanks for blogging about the contest--the gal who won the Love's Rescue one-week vacation for two to a Colorado guest ranch resort leaves on her vacation in ten days. =)

    Hi, Karen! Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope your Friday is a beautiful as the one I'm enjoying here--windows are open, and a cool breeze is blowing through the house. A perfect Friday.

    =)

    Tammy

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  7. I saw this link posted on Roseanna's FB page. Thanks for this interview and a chance to read about Tammy's work.

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  8. Happy Friday, Dr. Carrie! Thank you so much for stopping by! A character or two in Hope's Promise could surely have benefited from the talents of a Ph.D. =)

    Tammy

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  9. I would love to read Tammy's books. I am a follower.

    julesreffner(at)gmail(dot)com

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  10. Thought I had left a comment, but I must have been interrupted when I planned to. LOL Please add my name to the giveaway for Tammy's book. I enjoy inspirational historical fiction, as well as some suspense - and this book looks like it has everything very readable and not put down.

    I am a follower.
    I am a Facebook follower.

    I'm thankful for my blessings,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  11. Barb, I so agree. What is history, hunks, and horses without unpredictability and suspense?

    =)

    Tammy

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  12. Hi! Michelle Massaro sent me to your blog, which is very interesting. She says the book you are offering in the book contest looks like a really good one. Being a true fan of Christian fiction I would love to enter your contest for a chance to win Tammy's book. Thank you and may God bless your blog and your minstry of encouragement to His people.
    Shawn Van Hook

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  13. I have read wonderful reviews for Hope's Promise and it is now on my MUST read list. I would love to win a copy. Thank you for the chance.

    Smiles,
    Cindy W.

    countrybear52[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  14. Happy birthday, Roseanna (from another August birthday girl)! Tammy, life has been an adventure for you with all the moving around you've done. I've lived in the same area my whole life and would love to travel, but not quite as much as you!

    I got Tammy's first book a few weeks ago and look forward to reading the whole series straight through. I appreciate the chance to win a copy of Hope's Rescue.

    cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

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  15. Michelle, posting about it on your blog is a DEFINITE entry! =)

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  16. Woo hoo! Thanks Roseanna! I was hoping for more people to come here through my promotion efforts, but one is better than none. =)

    How many days do the contests usually run before selecting the winner?

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  17. A week--unless I forget to draw the winner on Thursday (which I often do) in which case they get some extra days through the weekend and I select the winner Monday morning. =)

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  18. I would love to win this book it looks like a great read.

    sonflower277(at)gmail(dot)com

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  19. Please enter me in this great giveaway!!
    I am a follower!

    alekee02[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  20. Hi, wonderful gals! Thank you so much to everyone for visiting! =)

    Happy Birthday, Roseanna and Carole! August sure is a busy month for birthdays!

    Everyone, remember--I'm sponsoring "Hope's Promise Vacation-for-a-Day Contest." Read Hope’s Promise for a chance to win
    a horseback riding adventure for your whole family! For details and to enter, visit http://www.tammybarley.com/Bookshelf.html. (You'll also be able to see the book trailer videos for Love's Rescue and Hope's Promise!)

    God's great blessings for a beautiful Sunday!

    Tammy

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  21. Another book for my tbr list.
    I am a follower here and on facebook.
    wsmarple/at/gmail/dot/com

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  22. Thanks for this interview. I'm sure this book will be amazing. I love so much Jake and Jess. Please, enter me in your drawing. I'd love to win this book.


    martapereira(at)vm(dot)uff(dot)br

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  23. Hi, Wendy and Marta! I'm delighted to see you both here. I SO wish I could give a free book to everyone! =)

    Tammy

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  24. Please enter me! I can't wait to read this book. :)

    booklovercb[at]yahoo.com

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  25. Hi, Carman! It's wonderful to see you here! You are entered, m'dear!

    =)

    Tammy

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  26. Please enter me! :) I'm a follower.
    bluerosesheart(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. We posted about your giveaway at Winning Readings.

    inspiredbyfiction[at]gmail[dot]com

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  28. I'm a follower too!

    inspiredbyfiction[at]gmail[dot]com

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  29. Great interview . Hope's Promise sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

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  30. I would love to read this. Thanks so much for the interview and a chance to win. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  31. Happy Thursday, Ladies! I'm so delighted you all stopped by to say howdy!

    Everyone, remember--I'm sponsoring "Hope's Promise Vacation-for-a-Day Contest." Read Hope’s Promise for a chance to win
    a horseback riding adventure for your whole family! For details and to enter, visit http://www.tammybarley.com/Bookshelf.html. (You'll also be able to see the book trailer videos for Love's Rescue and Hope's Promise!)

    Happy anniversary, Roseanna! =)

    Hugs!

    Tammy

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  32. I am a follower of your blog. the book sounds great! I'd love a chance to win it! :-D Thanks

    legacy1992(at)gmail(dot)com

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  33. In my prior post, I intended to congratulate Tammy on her win in the Golden Rose Contest on her first book in the Sierra Chronicles series. So, congratulations, Tammy. I appreciate another chance to win this book "Hope's Promise." This giveaway ends today, so I'm just getting this comment in by the the skin of my teeth. LOL

    Best Wishes for Many Blessings,
    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

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  34. Greetings, Katie! You are entered into the drawing, m'dear! =)

    Hi, Barb! Thank you SO much for you beautiful comments! I tell God "thank you" often, believe me! Not skin of the teeth . . . you just like to make an entrance. =)

    Tammy

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