Friday, April 8, 2011

My Friend Shannon - Heroine Interview & Giveaway

It's so much fun getting to know the characters from some new novels that we're doing another heroine interview today. =) Hope you're ready to get to know Laken from White Doves by Shannon Vannatter!

Shannon has generously offered a copy to one lucky winner, so leave a comment below with an email address for a chance to win! (And we've got a slew of other giveaways going on right now, too, so be sure to check the Current Giveaway links in the sidebars.)


Hello, Laken Kroft, and thank you so much for talking with me today! To begin, could you just tell us a little bit about yourself?

I left Searcy, Arkansas eight years ago, and swore I’d never come back. But I got a promotion to postmaster at the Romance Post Office. It isn’t quite home, but it’s too close for comfort to my dysfunctional family. I hoped to transfer soon, but then my brother came home and I learned I have nephew. And then there’s Hayden. He’s the first man who ever made me wonder if marriage could be a good thing.

What’s one of your most interesting traits?

I’m fiercely loyal, just not to my parents.

What’s your favorite indulgence?

Cold Coca Cola with hulled salty peanuts dumped into it.

Hmm, never tried that. Sounds interesting. =) What do you fear more than anything else?

Being alone for the rest of my life.

Who’s your favorite person in the world (whether they’re still with you or not), and why?

My recently discovered nephew, Brady. He makes me want to stay in Romance even though my parents live near. And Hayden’s growing on me. But I can’t fall for him because I don’t want to end up like my parents.

If you could change one part of your past, undo one decision, what would it be?

I shouldn’t have left home. I should have stayed and tried to work things out with my parents.

If you could travel anywhere, to any time, where would you go and why?

Romance is growing on me, but I’d be happy to travel where ever Hayden does.

What’s the most surprising thing someone has ever said about you?

Helen Fenwick said she was glad I’m here, that my mother needs me near. I didn’t know my mother ever needed anyone, especially me.


About White Doves

Romance wasn’t what Laken had in mind.

Laken Kroft left home eight years ago and never looked back. Who knew when she applied for the promotion to postmaster that she'd end up in Romance, Arkansas, and much too close to her parents, the town drunk and the local gossip maven?

Hayden Winters has his hands full raising his paraplegic nephew, Brady, and wrestling with his guilt over having caused the child's injury. When the boy's father, Laken's brother, turns up and starts talking custody, Laken's influence is Hayden's only hope. But whose side is she really on?

Will their mutual bond with their seven-year-old nephew draw them closer or rip them asunder? Will Laken accept Hayden “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” or be forced to turn her back on him and “Return to Sender”?


Thanks for visiting, Shannon! Readers, be sure to check out her website at And you can buy White Doves straight from Heartsong.

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 4/15/11. Winner will have two weeks to claim prize.  


  1. Sounds like a interesting book. Thanks for the opportunity of reading the book.


  2. Would love to be entered in this giveaway:) I love the name Laken! Very different and sweet. Thanks!


  3. Hi Jo,
    Glad you like the sound of the book. It was an interesting story to write.

    I always try to give my heroines unique names. I know a friend of a friend who named her daughter Laken and I thought it was pretty.

  4. Sounds like a very interesting story. First time I've ever heard of the name Laken, very unique! :-)


  5. Your book sounds like a wonderful read! Thanks for offering one for us to win!

  6. Your heroine has an attitude problem! LOL
    Please enter me. Thank you.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  7. I have been wanting to read this book, please include me!


  8. Sounds great. Count me in please.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

  9. Courtney and Splashes of Joy,
    So glad it sounds interesting to you. That's the writer's job is to hook the reader.

    She does have an attitude problem, but wait til you get a load of her mother. You'll understand. And she gets better.

    I'm so glad you want to read it. Readers make the writers world go round.

    Thanks for stopping by.

  10. I love heart song books please include me in this book giveaway. thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  11. Sounds like an interesting story! Mom's can be difficult at times. :)

    priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

    p.s. Carman sent me over.

  12. I love the character interviews! Thanks for a chance to win the book.
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

  13. Sounds a great book. Please count me in

  14. would enjoy reading this beautiful story...thanks for the chance :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  15. Hi apple blossom,
    I love Heartsongs too. They were the first inspirationals I ever read. It's still surreal to me that I get to write them now.

    I probably should set the record straight. Sylvie Kroft is nothing like my mother. I have a wonderful supportive mother.

    I love character interviews too. I actually interview my characters as I'm writing sometimes to flesh them out and get in their heads.

    Glad you like the sound of it.

    Hi Karen,
    Beautiful story. You made my day again.

  16. Hi Shannon!
    I'm not sure I would like the cold coke and salty peanuts thing. But -- to each his own!

    You do know that it's never too late to repair a relationship, right? If your mother needs you, you might try taking that first step and talking to her. Go out on a "date" just you and her to eat lunch or whatever and see how it goes. You might surprise yourself. :) I just recently repaired a relationship with a dad that told me he didn't want anything to do with me because I was too much like my mom who passed away when I was almost three. So, it is possible.

    BTW, love the character names. Out of the ordinary and kind of makes you hook into the story a little more.

    Thanks so much for a chance to enter to win your book. I'd love a copy and would love to put a review on my new review blog!


  17. Looks interesting. I love the name Laken as well. And I love stories where the hero and heroine have a past that they're trying to get straightened out.

    snowboundintheup at hotmail dot com

  18. Hi Shawna,
    No really, my mom is great. And my dad too. I'm very blessed to have awesome Christian parents who love and support me and each other. I'm glad you repaired your relationship.

    Hi Naomi,
    I love showing characters that only God can straighten them out.

  19. If this giveaway is open worldwide, please enter me! Carman sent me.


  20. Sounds like a great book! Please enter me!

    amomwithablog at yahoo dot com

    Thanks! :)

  21. This sounds like a good book, I'd love to read it.

  22. Evangeline, Mary Ann, and Wilma,
    Thanks for your interest. If you win Evangeline, I'll figure out how to get the book to you, where ever you live.

  23. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance!

  24. Thank you for offering this to us! I would love to read it, it sounds great!

  25. Hi Becky and MomRedding,
    Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

  26. Please,enter me!

    niastrong21 at gmail dot com

  27. It seems to be a very touching story

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    schnitzomage {at} gmail {dot} com

  28. Thank you for offering this book.

  29. Nia for Jesus,
    Love your handle.

    Thanks for the compliment.

    I enjoyed the interview and appreciate Roseanna for having me here.