Friday, September 10, 2010

My Friend Martha - Interview & Giveaway



Today I'm pleased to welcome Martha Rogers to my blog to chat about her latest novel, Finding Becky.

As usual, leave a comment below for a chance to win a copy of this book. Be sure to leave an email address and make sure you're a follower!





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About Martha

Although Martha’s primary writing experience is in non-fiction, she has been writing fiction for a number of years. The first two books, Becoming Lucy and Morning for Dove in her Winds Across the Prairie released in January and May of 2010. Books three and four will be available in September 2010 and January 2011. She is a retired teacher who enjoys spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Martha is a member of ACFW and writes a weekly devotional for the group. She serves as treasurer of both the Woodlands chapter of ACFW and the Houston chapter of Inspirational Writers Alive.

Other book credits include the novella, Sugar and Grits, a Christmas novella, River Walk Christmas, seven Bible studies, contributions to compilations by Wayne Holmes, Karen O’Conner, and Debbie White Smith. Martha has contributed devotionals to several anthologies including recently released Blissfully Blended, a devotional book for Step-moms from Barbour.

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About Finding Becky

Rebecca Haynes arrives home from college with new ideas and attitudes about women and her faith that bring dismay to Rob Frankston who has loved her since her days as the young girl Becky. Geoff Kensington arrives in town at the same time with an interest in Rebecca. When problems and strange accidents befall the citizens of Barton Creek, Becky seeks Rob’s help. He hopes he will find the Becky he’s always loved as they uncover the truth.

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What's your latest book?

Finding Becky from Realms to be released on September 21, 2010

Oo, we're getting a sneak peek! Love that. =) What's your favorite part of the story?

I have several, but I suppose my most favorite is when Rebecca realizes how much her family and her faith mean to her and that she doesn’t have to sacrifice her independence for either one, and that being the Becky from her childhood is actually a good thing.

What was the hardest part to write?

None of it was really difficult. This was the easiest of the four to write.

Gotta love those. What do you hope your readers will get out of the story?

How much God loves His children and whenever we stray, He is there waiting for us to return to Him.

A beautiful reminder! Is there a theme to this book?

All my books have the theme of reunion and reconciliation. Sometimes that within the family and sometimes it’s a reconciliation with our Heavenly Father.

One of my favorite themes. =) What's your favorite genre to write? To read?

I love writing historical romances, but I love to ready mystery and suspense

What are you reading right now—and what do you want to read next?

Just finished Kim Sawyer’s latest book, In Every Heartbeat and am almost through Allison Pittman’s novel For Time and Eternity.

Those both sound so good! What would your dream office look like—and what does your REAL writing environment look like?

I’m working on my dream office. Right now my space is so cluttered that no else can find anything.

LOL--I know that feeling. My whole house feels that way! Are there any people (family, writing group, editors) who you rely on when writing?

The 19th Century Writers Loop provides me with lots of info if I can’t find it on internet. If I’m in a pinch, I know I can rely on my friends Janice Thompson, Rhonda Gibson, and Kathleen Y’Barbo to help out.

Aside from writing, what takes up most of your time?

Church and family take up my time as I am a group leader for a weekly Bible study, sing in the choir, and lead a First Place 4 Health group once a week. Two sons and their families live here and we spend a lot of time with them, especially during football season with one grandson in the band and one playing football in high school.

I was a marching band girl. =) If someone were to give you $5,000 to spend on anything you wanted, what would you buy? (No saving or gifts to charities allowed!)

I’d put it toward renovating my kitchen with new cabinets, countertops and appliances.

Wanna renovate mine too?? ;-) What writing goal have you set for yourself that would be the hardest (or unlikeliest) but most rewarding to achieve?

To write well enough to win nominations for an award. Don’t have to win it, I would just like to be nominated.

Here's hoping that's a dream that comes true soon! Do you remember where you were when you got your first or most important call about a book contract?

On my birthday, I received a call about an offer letter from Realms and then a contract. We were on a family trip to Kerrville when Tamela, my agent called and said the final contract was approved and a copy of it would be waiting when I got home.

That's so awesome! Best birthday present ever! What are you writing right now?

I’m working on Book 1 of the next series, Seasons of the Heart.

Any upcoming releases we should keep our eye out for?

Riverwalk Christmas, an anthology of Christmas stories has just been released. Find Becky is to be released September 21.

Is there another author who has greatly influenced your writing?

My three original Seared Hearts critique partners have been the greatest influence as they critiqued my writing and helped me to become the writer I am. They are DiAnn Mills, Janice Thompson, and Kathleen Y’Barbo.

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Thanks so much for visiting, Martha! Everyone check out Martha's site at www.MarthaWRogers.com.

Void where prohibited. Entry into the contest is considered verification of eligibility based on your local laws. Chance of winning depends on number of entries. Contest ends 9/16/10. Winner will have two weeks to claim prize.

34 comments:

  1. The first one never wins :) But I am commenting anyway. This books sounds like one I will really like. Look forward to reading it. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!

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  2. Ooh, I've been looking forward to reading this since I heard it was coming out! Please enter me!

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  3. Looks great! Please enter me!

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  4. Awesome! The first two were great, can't wait to read this one.
    Please enter me!

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  5. Sign me up!

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  6. Great giveaway!
    Please enter me!

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  7. Hey, Anne, I'll have you know that random number generator has chosen #1 for me TWICE! ;-)

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  8. Hi Roseanna! Thanks for the interview. I enjoyed getting to know Martha!

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  9. This sounds like a good book.
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  10. Thank you, everyone for dropping by. I love to hear from my readers and I do love it when someone as read the previous ones and is looking forward to the next. Thanks to Roseanna for hosting me today.

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  11. I'd love to win this! Thanks for the chance!

    Blessings,
    Molly
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  12. Hi Martha, I love your story line in Finding Becky where the heroine has to ask the hero to help her with the mystery. Thanks for stopping by to chat and I did enjoy reading your interview.

    Thanks Roseanna for hosting this giveaway and the opportunity to enter.

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  13. Hi Roseanna & Martha...

    Thanks for the opportunity to read FINDING BECKY.
    I enjoyed your interview very much :)

    karenk
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  14. Looks like a great book. Please enter me.

    ~Steph
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  15. I'd love to win!
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  16. I love the cover.

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  17. please enter me! the book sounds great!
    Kim
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  18. Enjoyed the interview and would be thrilled to win the book. Thanks for the opportunity!

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  19. This looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing the interview:)

    Blessings,
    Karen
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  20. I can see I'm not the only one who likes Martha's books. I've read the first two and would like to continue with this one. Please sign me up and Keep up the good work Martha. You are an inspiration to me!
    Deborah M.
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  21. sounds intriguing thanks


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  22. Loved this interview! Can I get in line to get my kitchen done?? I'm glad you like writing historical romance..I enjoy reading it. Thank YOU!
    Maureen

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  23. I would love to win this. thanks trishbazin(at)yahoo.com

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  24. Hi there,

    Just stumbled across your blog and will be following it from now on. I've just started my own blog reviewing Christian fiction and it's great to find others who do so to! This book looks excellent, so I'm entering myself into the draw!

    Rachel
    http://the-compulsive-reader.blogspot.com/

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  25. Oops, totally forgot to leave an email address:

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  26. I would love to read this book. Please enter me.

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  27. Thank you for entering me!

    Michelle
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  28. I would love to win this! Thanks for the chance!

    Kait
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  29. Great Interview.
    I would love to win and read this book.
    Thank you for the chance.
    Wendy
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  30. Anne Payne - Yes, I've had Random.org choose #1 for my blog before as well! So it's possible!! ;-)

    I'd love a chance at winning this book - it looks like a great read!

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  31. I would love to read this! Please enter me :)

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  32. It certainly is an encouragement to me to know that Martha became an author for the first time at age 73. That gives me hope! Certainly would like to read Martha's novel, the story sounds very appealing. Thanks for providing a copy for giveaway. I appreciate the chance to win...I hope I do!

    Blessings,
    Barb Shelton
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  33. This book and its author sound great!

    Thank you for this giveaway.

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  34. The book sounds great!

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