Sunday, February 5, 2012

meet Linore Rose Burkard

~*~An eBook giveaway~*~
Welcome to the Book Loft, Linore!
People talk about life before children—what was your life before writing?
I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to write, unless you count the years before I learned to read! However, before being published in book-length fiction, I lived like most busy homeschooling mothers, doing one thing after another, day after day. Even then, I wrote for a homeschooling newsletter. Every other job I held in life besides parenting (and writing) was always painfully empty. If I’m not being creative there is an ache in my soul. There are many jobs I could do well, but they would never be fulfilling to me.

What book have you recently enjoyed reading?
I’m glad you asked! I am always reading, usually three or more books at a time, fiction and non-fiction. In the morning I read a daily devotional, Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young. It’s a great book, and this is at least my second year using it. I just finished Cec Murphy’s latest book, Unleash the Writer Within. It’s a strangely compelling book, very readable, about the author more than writing in general, but the second half of the book did have some very useful ideas. I hosted an author on my blog recently and so I read her book first, Zoe Mack and the Mystery of the Love Letters, by K.Dawn Byrd. That was a quick, fun read. I’m going through a classic, Knowing God, by J.I. Packer, which I highly recommend. And, another recent read that was sweet was Remembering Christmas by Dan Walsh.

If you were a dessert, what would you be?
My favorite dessert immediately came to mind, but not because I can easily see myself being cheesecake. ( I guess I’m just not sweet enough to qualify!) One of my recent recipes that the whole family enjoys and I can eat too (I gave up sugar and grains about six months ago, except for dark chocolate on occasion. Now and then I allow myself a “cheat,” but I don’t have to cheat much to eat the following recipe for Cannoli Pudding.)
Cannoli Pudding with Ricotta and Cherries
( I have a large family so I double this.)
15 oz. ricotta cheese
¼ cup mini chocolate chips
¼ cup chopped pecans
¼ cup chopped maraschino cherries
3 tablespoons sugar (I use stevia)
3 tablespoons whipping cream
Whole cherries (for garnish)
In a mixing bowl, beat ricotta until smooth. Stir in chocolate chips, pecans, cherries, sugar and cream.
Spoon into dessert dishes. Refrigerate until serving.
Garnish with whole cherries, if desire.

I use pretty dessert bowls and this looks fabulous as well as being a tasty treat.

What's one of your dreaded things to do?
For the longest time, it was going to the dentist. Not unusual, I know, but it’s certainly up there on my list. Another would be cleaning the bathrooms!

What is the Lord teaching you, or recently taught you?
The humility to keep my mouth shut even when I feel I have something worthwhile to say. Growing up, I was TOO quiet, too shy or afraid to speak up even when I needed to. The Lord swung me completely across the spectrum, teaching me to use words not only in writing, but at all other times. Now, I’m learning to hover back towards middle ground and be quieter. “A meek and quiet spirit is of great worth in His eyes.”

When is your next book due out and can you tell us about it?
I’ve just released the rather long short-story, Coach and Four: Allisandra’s Tale on Amazon Kindle. In the next month or two it should be available in other ebook formats, and possibly in print. I say “possibly” because I’m also working on a full-novel version of the story which I do hope to see in print one day. Other than that, I have a Titanic-set romance almost finished, after which I will probably go back to doing regencies before anything else.

You can purchase Coach and Four: Allisandra's Tale
from Amazon for 99 cents. A Kindle short. Don't miss this one! =)

Linore is giving away a copy of Coach and Four: Allisandra's Tale. To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each spotlight post.


Merry said...

I've enjoyed the interview with Linore. I love Regency era stories and Linore's are really terrific. I'm looking forward to her long short story.
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

Marianne said...

i have not read any of Linore's novels...and am looking forward to this one. Thank you for the opportunity to win


Linore Rose Burkard said...

Thanks Merry and Marianne. I hope you both get a chance to read the new short story. : )

Lynn said...

Great interview. Always enjoy learning how other authors are motivated to write.

Michelle Sutton said...

How short is short?

Linore Rose Burkard said...

Thanks, Lynn. And Michelle, in this case "short" is a little over 15,000 words, if I remember correctly.

Aly Logan said...

I love Linore's writing. Thanks for the chance to win her book!



karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful story :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the interview with Linore. I am reading her book, Before the Season Ends, and am it enjoying it very much...don't want it to end.

StarBeamdust said...

Love your books! May God bless Ya!

Linore Rose Burkard said...

You're all so sweet. Wish I could give everyone a book! I love my readers. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a word or two for me.

Mary said...

I love Linore's books! Before the Season Ends was my favorite. How nice to be entered to win her short story.

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Norma Gabbard
I have three of Linore's books. I have read each of them four times. I love them all, but I love the first one best because of the manner in which Ariana and Mr. Mornay first meet and responsd to each other plus the many times he rescues her. I've read Before the Season Ends eight times. It provides all the romance and delight one expects from a good romance. Love you Linore.

Linore Rose Burkard said...

Thanks so much, Mary, and Norma, you blow me AWAY!! More living proof that my readers are the best in the world! I am so blessed as an author. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
(And love you too!)

Pat Cochran said...

Great interview with great questions!

Have I told you lately how much I enjoy
your newsletter? There is so much of
interest to me plus contests, too!

Pat Cochran

Nancee said...

I'd love an opportunity to win a copy of this ebook.

Anonymous said...

I love all of your books...they have such a great plot and are very interesting!
Keep writing!

Linore Rose Burkard said...

Thanks so much, Pat, I love the feedback. And thank you, Nancee and Morgan. Hugs all around! : )

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