#12 Winnie Griggs
So glad you stopped by on this whistle stop tour of the Fall Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt, which officially starts Oct. 25 at noon Mountain Daylight Time and ends midnight MDT, Oct. 28. It includes 31 stops and the chance to discover authors with their recent or soon-to-be-released novels.
Collect the clues in red at each post, beginning from Stop #1 (link to http://www.LisaBergren.com) and at Stop #32, fill out the Rafflecopter form. Be ready to provide the completed clue quote, gathered from all 31 stops, within 24 hours of email notification or another winner will be randomly drawn. No need to email/submit it, unless you are notified on 10/29/12.
If you do all this, you will be eligible to win the GRAND PRIZE of a new Kindle Fire, plus all 31 novels.
2nd & 3rd Prizes: $50 Amazon, B&N, CBD or BookDepository.com gift certificate
(Contest is open to international entrants. If the winner lives outside the United States, they shall win the equivalent in gift certificate funds to the prize in US dollars.)
And finally, take your time. Being the first to collect all the clues does not increase your chances of winning the grand prize (or any other prize). Read the posts. Enter the bonus contests. You have until the 28th to visit all 32 sites. Enjoy the ride!
Small Towns, Big Hearts, Amazing Grace ~ Winnie Griggs
It’s my great pleasure to host Love Inspired Historical author Winnie Griggs today. I’ve met Winnie at writers’ conferences and can say that she’s as nice and friendly as her photo. A native of Louisiana and one of those “math people” who can also write, Winnie has published over a dozen books, both historical and contemporary romance. Winnie has been married for over 35 years to her college sweetheart and together they’ve raised four children and a too-numerous-to-count assortment of dogs, cats, fish, hamsters, turtles and 4-H sheep.
Here’s a scoop on her new book, Handpicked Husband:
Can she drive away not one, but three suitors?
Free-spirited photographer Regina Nash is ready to try. But unless she marries one of the gentlemen her grandfather has sent for her inspection, she’ll lose custody of her nephew. So she must persuade them – and Adam Barr, her grandfather’s envoy – that she’d make a thoroughly unsuitable wife.
Adam isn’t convinced. Regina might be unconventional, but she has wit, spirit and warmth – why can’t the three bachelors he escorted here to Texas see that? He not only sees it, but is drawn to it. His job, though, is to make sure Regina chooses from one of those men – not to marry her himself!
Can Reggie and Adam overcome the secrets in her past, and the shadows in his, to find a perfect future together?
If that didn’t whet your appetite to read more, Winnie gives us an exclusive look at how she keeps track of all the details in her new series, of which Handpicked Husband is Book 1. Winnie has even designed a neat map (there’s the analytical, left-brain part of her) of fictional Turnabout, Texas. I love maps so got a treat out of this.
My September book, Handpicked Husband, is the first book in a new four-book series, all set in the fictional town of Turnabout, Texas. The series follows the lives of four men who left Philadelphia to travel to Texas and build new lives for themselves. They are four VERY different men and I’m having a whole lot of fun telling their stories. I’ve already turned in the second book, which will release next July under the title The Bride Next Door and I’m well into the third book which has a working title of Eve’s Christmas.
But the deeper I get into these stories, the harder it has become to keep up with all the little details from book to book. One thing I’ve done, which I do for most every book I write, is set up a document that lists all the many secondary characters who put in an appearance in any of the books, no matter how minor a role they play. You just never know when one of these characters will need to make a return appearance and it sure saves having to go back and find out who so-and-so’s husband is and what the name of the telegrapher is, etc.
Lately, however, I’ve discovered I need reminders of a different sort. I find myself losing track of where the different residences and businesses are in relation to each other. So the other day I bit the bullet and sat down to draw up a town map. I had to dig into the first two books to get things laid out properly, and I found one or two inconsistencies that I can take care of in the copyedit stage of the second book. But now I have it down on paper as a handy-dandy reference to guide me as I write these last two books. It’s not fancy and it is by no means drawn to scale, but it helps me keep the relative positions of everything straight.
You can take a peek at it at this link: http://www.winniegriggs.com/Turnabout.html
Winnie loves to hear from readers. You can contact her via her website www.winniegriggs.com or find her on facebook at www.facebook.com/winnie.griggs
You can also purchase Winnie’s books at: www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, or www.christianbook.com
THE SCAVENGER HUNT BASICS
Before you go, please leave a comment below and tell Winnie if her map was easy to follow or if there was something you’d like to see in a typical map of a town that she may have left out.
Then, write down this Stop #12 clue: soon. Your next stop is Winnie Griggs’ website:
For those who leave a comment here and add their names to my newsletter sign-up (under the Contact tab at the top of my blog) and “like” me on Amazon I’ll enter your names for a chance to win one of 10 copies of my latest book Her Good Name. For one of those lucky winners, I’ll add a couple of Downeast Maine treats (in honor of the book’s location) pictured here: a balsam fir sachet pillow (delicious scent!) and a bag of beach pebble chocolates from Berry Vines Gifts of Machias, Maine.
For those of you having trouble finding where to leave a comment, just look under the book cover of Her Good Name to the left here, at all the tiny gray words. Comments is at the very end of that list. Just click on that word.
Thanks to all those who entered the bonus giveaway. Congratulations to Krystal, Leah, Meagan, Cindy, Andrea, Lynda, Kathleen, Shantelle, Rose, and Amy for winning a copy of Her Good Name. Congratulations to Meagan for winning the downeast Maine treats! Enjoy!