Monday, January 16, 2012

Martha Roger's Winter Promise

Is there a story behind this book?
As I was writing this book, something
happened that caused me to re-plot the last few chapters. Their first child was born to a young couple in our church. He was born perfectly healthy and at a good weight, but something happened and he died a few weeks later of unknown causes. The prayers that went up from our choir and church during the few days he was hospitalized and then the testimony of the parents following the baby’s death touched my heart in such a way that I knew I had to include a baby in my story and be named for the Peterson baby. Thus Connor Allen Winston was born in Winter Promise. The birth became a catalyst for the young doctor hero to find purpose and meaning for his own life and the courage to tell the heroine of his feelings for her.  The book is dedicated to the parents and in memory of Connor.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
I especially enjoy mystery and suspense. Brandilyn Collins, Lynette Eason, Ronie Kendig (thrillers), Richard Mabry (medical) and Terri Blackstock are among my favorite authors in that genre. Romantic suspense is a favorite too.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
Now that’s an interesting question since I sing in our church choir. I think my style would be the old fashioned hymns since I write historical and love anything antique or with a story behind and most of our old hymns do have stories behind them.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
The quirkiest was probably one of the most stupid things I’ve done as well. I loved to play pranks when I was in college and test the limits of our RA in the dorm. My sophomore year I lived on the third floor of the dorm with two other girls. During Homecoming Week, the freshman boys guarded the campus against an “invasion from the rival team…the Aggies” and one such post was set up on the street below our window. We decided to furnish snacks for the boys and filled a basket with goodies to be lowered down to them. I was chosen to lean out over the window sill to deliver the basket. While doing so, my roomies heard the RA coming to check rooms (at eleven PM) My roomies lowered the window on my back and pulled the curtains over me then jumped into bed. I hung there, suspended from the third floor window for over five minutes. One slip and I would have fallen three floors to the concrete sidewalk below. I was scared to death and didn’t move a muscle until the girls pulled me back inside. My freshman and sophomore years found me always on the brink of being in real disciplinary trouble. I knew just how far I could go before being in hot water, and always stopped just short of what it would take for disciplinary probation. All of it was in fun, and nothing really bad or harmful or sinful, but not what was expected of a “Baylor Woman.” I did settle down some as a junior and senior.

Are there things you put off doing because you dread them?
Ha! That’s easy. Housework. I hate cleaning the house with mundane things like dusting, cleaning the bathrooms, and picking up clutter. I put it long as I can. However, when I start cleaning out closets and drawers, it’s all or nothing, and I go crazy getting rid of stuff.

What's your favorite meal with family and friends? My family’s favorite is my grandmother’s pot roast and chocolate cake. It brings back great memories of her and our Sunday dinners when I was young. Her recipe for the pot roast ended with the statement, “after adding carrots, potatoes and onions, put on the lid and go to church.” I still do that today.

Share a verse or Scripture passage with us that is special to you.
I have two special verses. One is Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and salvation, whom shall I fear.” It’s special because my grandmother taught me this verse when I was five years old and in an isolation room with meningitis. We repeated this verse over and over one night after I had two spinal taps and was so scared. The next morning I had another spinal tap and it showed the meningitis was gone. That verse again gave me strength when I faced my bout with cancer. The other verse is Galatians 6:9 that I adopted as my writing/verse when I started earnestly seeking publication. It is the verse I use to sign my books. It represents the prayer, perseverance and patience it takes to be a published author.

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
My next book will be the fourth and last in the Seasons of the Heart Series. The title of it is Spring Hope and is the story of a young deputy sheriff who learns that forgiveness and acceptance are the two things he must grant before he can find true love with the girl whose past goes against everything he has believed.

Thanks Martha.

Come back tomorrow to read the excerpt.

Single, educated, and looking for a new start, Abigail Monroe decides to join her brother and his wife in Porterfield, Texas. Near her twenty-fifth birthday and without a suitor, she fears she will become a spinster if she stays in Briar Ridge, Connecticut.

A sprained ankle sends Abigail to the new doctor in town, Elliot Jensen. He is smitten, but tragedy in his past has left him bitter, guilt ridden, and afraid to fall in love again.

When the town’s deputy sheriff rescues Abigail after a robbery, Elliot’s feelings for her grow stronger. He is jealous of the attention Abigail is getting, but he fears he can’t compete with the handsome deputy sheriff and his heroic deeds.

Has he waited too long to share his feelings for her? Or will Christmas bring them both the gift they seek?

Set in the late 1800s, the Seasons of the Heart series follows the lives of four women and their families, weaving together their stories of faith, life, and love as they bond in friendship only God could orchestrate.

Read more about Martha on her website, and blog.

Martha Rogers is giving away a copy of Winter Promise. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.

Can't wait to see if you've won? Need it now?
Get it here at Amazon or Christian Book Distributors or Barnes and Noble


HomePlace Gatherings said...

Love the recipe...put on the lid and go to church! Pot roast is my favorite too and my mom just made it for me last night. :)

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wfnren said...

Great interview and a great sounding book. Thank you!


Marianne said...

So Martha, do your characters know when to stop so they don't get into trouble, too? (or was that just at college?) Love that you added a baby, but so sad that they lost him. Did they ever find out what it was?
Thanks for a great post and the opportunity to win this novel.


Carol N Wong said...

With a writer doing what she did in college, the book has got to be great!! I love the intro to the book, sounds super.

Thank you for this giveaway.


ann said...

I like the fact that its set in the era of the 1800's . Sounds like my kind of reading.
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Lane Hill House said...

“... after adding carrots, potatoes and onions, put on the lid and go to church.”
I like that! Also, Psalm 119:111 is my favorite: Thy testimonies have I taken as a heritage forever, for they are the rejoicing of my heart.
I would like to read Winter Promise. Sometimes the winter of our soul needs to be defrosted with the balm of spring winds.

Margaret Metz said...

I love this time period and the summary sounds wonderful! Great interview and thanks for the chance to win.

Teela said...

your book looks so interesting. I would love to read it and review it.

Rebecca said...

Oh this looks like a great book. I would love to read this. Thanks for the chance to win.


Laura J said...

Looks like a great book!

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apple blossom said...

love to be entered thanks

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Jo said...

Loved your interview, Martha and getting to know things about you. Funny how we can have misconceived notions about people. I never would have taken you for the type that would be pulling pranks and being one step away from getting into trouble.

I love reading books about the late 1800's and this sounds like a great book. Please enter me!


Amy R.S. said...

Looks great. Love the cover. Please enter me. Thanks.

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