Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Warm Welcome to Marian Pelligrin Merritt

Is there a story behind your book THE VIGIL?
Not really a story behind the book, but the main character Cheryl Broussard kept haunting me. I knew she was a nurse and she was working with a hospice patient.
After several months of “seeing” this woman, I finally started writing the book. Her story unfolded as I wrote and she became real to me.

What distracts you from writing the easiest?
Social Media—by far. Marian stands, “Hello, my name is Marian and I’m a Social Mediaaholic.”
Seems there should be some type of Social Media Anonymous group. I’ve had to start scheduling my writing days and times. On those days I have to make a concerted effort to keep all Social Media sites and my email closed.

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?
Lately, my reading choices have been all over the place, but my favorites are Women’s Fiction. Authors like Lisa Wingate, Susan May Warren, Kristin Hannah, and Sarah Jio. These are some of my favorites.
I just recently read “Life Intercepted” by Charles Martin that I highly recommend to both men and women. I don’t think the word God was anywhere in that book. But God was certainly there. It was so well written and the characters well developed.

If you were a style of music, what style would you be?
I’d be like the old Donny & Marie Osmond song, A little bit of country and a little bit of Rock and Roll.

If you could paint or sculpt like a famous artist who would it be and why?
No doubt, Michelangelo. In 2013 I traveled to Italy and got the privilege to see David.  Remarkable. I shed tears as I stood there in awe of such magnificence.

What makes you smile and/or laugh out loud?
Babies and puppies.

What is your favorite season of the year? 
Autumn, I am blessed to live in the Rocky Mountains. When the aspens change it’s like the hand of God painting the landscape. It’s amazing.

Has some place you have traveled inspired something in your writing?
My Italy trip surely inspired me. I was most amazed by how old things are. I was also inspired by the Italians love of their land, food, family, etc. They are truly passionate people and I loved being there.

Where do you escape for some quiet time to reflect, pray, read, etc?
My Summer spot: The back deck of my home. It overlooks our small mountain town. In the summer the morning sun warms the deck and the view is inspiring. It’s where I do my Bible study and I’ve written many scenes there. I miss being able to sit out there in the winter.
My Winter spot: Sitting in my living room recliner next to the wood-burning stove with my window shades up so the light. The view from outdoors comes in.

How can readers help spread the word about your books?
If they’ve enjoyed the book, talk about it book to family and friends. Share about it on their social media sites. Leave short reviews about why they liked the book on online retailer’s sites. It really makes a difference and we appreciate it so much.
Do you have another book in the works?
I’m currently working on another Christmas Romance set in Italy. I hope to have it published Christmas 2015.
I’m editing a Women’s Fiction, The Moon Has No Light. Look for it Summer of 2015.

Thanks so much for letting me hang out in the Barn Door Book Loft today! It was lots of fun sharing with you!

Back Cover Blurb
Cheryl Broussard made two vows: She'd never fall for an abusive man, and she'd never return to her Louisiana hometown. But she's learned all too well the lesson of never-say-never. 
Now, back in Bijou Bayou after fleeing from an abusive boyfriend, Cheryl finds work as a Hospice nurse. While reading a dying patient's Korean War love letters, family secrets shatter Cheryl's beliefs about her family and herself and shed light on the reason she fled her hometown. When the Broussard family secrets are revealed, can Cheryl deal with the truth and accept the blessing of a second chance for relationships with her family, old friends, and with the God she never really knew?

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Marian Pelligrin Merritt is giving away a copy of The Vigil. The giveaway is only available to U.S. addresses.

To be entered in the book giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You may enter the book giveaway twice -- once on each spotlight post. (It's not too late to go back and leave a comment on yesterday's post.)

Off to read another great book!
Sandra M. Hart


cjajsmommy said...

As soon as I saw "hospice" in this interview, I wanted to read the book. Please enter my name in the giveaway. cjajsmommy (at) gmail (dot) com

Deb R.

Caryl Kane said...

Thank you for the wonderful interview with Marian. I am so excited for the release of THE VIGIL. I would love a print copy.


Deanna Stevens said...

Never say never! I've seen that in my life... I would enjoy reading this book..
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Susan Johnson said...

This is such a good book. I enjoyed the interview.
susanmsj at msn dot com

Diana Flowers said...

Nice to meet you, Marian! My name is Diana and I'm also a social mediaholic. lol Thank you for the opportunity to win The Vigil. Everything from the setting to nursing appeals to me and the cover is fabulous!


squiresj said...

I would love to win, read, review and share.

Marian Pellegrin Merritt said...

Thanks everyone for stopping by! Caryl I'm glad you enjoyed the interview. Deanna, don't we all have those never-say-never moments? Susan, thanks for stopping by and sharing! Diana, nice to meet you too! Glad to know there's another social media-aholic out there! Best of luck to all!

Marian Pellegrin Merritt said...

Best wishes to all the commenters. Appreciate you stopping by!

susanlulu said...

I'm always looking for new authors for me. Sounds interesting.

Anonymous said...

This book sounds a bit sad but would love to win it and finish the story. Thanks for a chance.
Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Anonymous said...

Would love to read this!

KayM said...

I haven't read The Vigil yet, but I will definitely be reading it. Thank you for offering a copy.

Marian Pellegrin Merritt said...

Readers, my publisher, Pelican Book Group is generously gifting their entire digital library for Lent. If you like to get a digital copy of THE VIGIL for FREE, here's the link. If you read it, I'd love to hear what you think!

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