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PAM HILLMAN GIVEAWAY AND INTERVIEW





ABOUT PAM HILLMAN: Award-winning author Pam Hillman writes inspirational fiction set in the turbulent times of the American West and the Gilded Age. Her debut book, Stealing Jake, won the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Genesis contest and was a finalist in Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Golden Heart contest. She lives in Mississippi with her husband and family.

You can Find Pam on the web:
My website: www.pamhillman.com,
My personal blog: www.calicotrails.blogspot.com
My group blog: www.seekerville.blogspot.com

Nora, thanks so much for inviting me to your blog to talk about my debut novel, Stealing Jake.

***NORA: ANY TIME PAM! I'm excited to learn about your debut novel.

When Livy O'Brien spies a young boy jostling a man walking along the boardwalk, she recognizes the act for what it is. After all, she used to be known as Light-fingered Livy. But that was before she put her past behind her and moved to the growing town of Chestnut, Illinois, where she's helping to run an orphanage. Now she'll do almost anything to protect the street kids like herself.

Sheriff's deputy Jake Russell had no idea what he was in for when he ran into Livy--literally--while chasing down a pickpocket. With a rash of robberies and a growing number of street kids in town--as well as a loan on the family farm that needs to be paid off--Jake doesn't have time to pursue a girl. Still, he can't seem to get Livy out of his mind. He wants to get to know her better . . . but Livy isn't willing to trust any man, especially not a lawman.

Interwoven throughout is a group of street kids arrested in Chicago and sold as child labor. Leading this band of ragamuffins is young Luke, a scared, determined orphan intent on rescuing his little brother at any cost.
Jake and Livy’s story started out as a novella proposal for Tyndale House Publishers several years ago, but didn’t make the cut. In hindsight, I think we can all agree that this was a good thing! I liked the premise so much that I revised it, working with the story until I had a full-length novel.

As a novella, Stealing Jake was a light-hearted love story of a former pickpocket and sheriff’s deputy sparring with (and against!) each other and ultimately falling in love. But as I built it into a full-length novel, it evolved into so much more. The gritty world of coal mining worked its way into Jake’s past, and the even grittier world of street kids in the late 1800’s into Livy’s traumatic past. And along the way, a kid named Luke took hold of my heart and wouldn’t let go.

The manuscript garnered several awards, and the attention of a few editors, but something was lacking. I knew what it was: Luke’s story. But I was afraid I couldn’t weave scenes in from his point-of-view in seamlessly. But his story, and that of his friends, demanded to be told. Finally, one night at the ACFW conference in 2008, romantic suspense author Robin Caroll helped me brainstorm ways to weave Luke into the story. I think she (Robin) was tired of hearing me gripe about it!

I loved the results, and the revised version went on to final in the 2011 RWA Golden Heart contest before being contracted by Tyndale House as one of the launch books for their Digital First Initiative program.
What has been interesting is reading the reviews. Sure, the book is not everybody’s cup of coffee, and I’m okay with that. But it’s the honest, heartfelt, sincere comments from people who are willing to share how the book impacted them that amaze me. Sometimes I read a review and think, “She gets it! She understands this story, these characters!” If Stealing Jake had published in any of the stages before it reached the final draft, many of the passages readers are most drawn to would have been absent.

God’s timing is indeed perfect.


To celebrate the release of Stealing Jake, I’m giving away a Kindle. Deadline to enter the contest is September 30th

Stealing Jake
By Pam Hillman
Published By Tyndale House July 2011

ASIN: B0057Z87DK 

Book Blurb: When Livy O'Brien spies a young boy jostling a man walking along the boardwalk, she recognizes the act for what it is. After all, she used to be known as Light-fingered Livy. But that was before she put her past behind her and moved to the growing town of Chestnut, Illinois, where she's helping to run an orphanage. Now she'll do almost anything to protect the street kids like herself.
Sheriff's deputy Jake Russell had no idea what he was in for when he ran into Livy--literally--while chasing down a pickpocket. With a rash of robberies and a growing number of street kids in town--as well as a loan on the family farm that needs to be paid off--Jake doesn't have time to pursue a girl. Still, he can't seem to get Livy out of his mind. He wants to get to know her better . . . but Livy isn't willing to trust any man, especially not a lawman.

Interwoven throughout is a group of street kids arrested in Chicago and sold as child labor. Leading this band of ragamuffins is young Luke, a scared, determined orphan intent on rescuing his little brother at any cost.
Kindle Giveaway Link: http://pamhillman.blogspot.com/2011/07/pams-blog-tour-kindle-contest.html


ANY FUN PHOTO'S YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE PAM??
Brandilyn Collins, Robin Caroll and I  in St. Louis beneath the arch and the moon.




The Seekers at the ACFW conference in Denver

Tracie Peterson and I at the ACFW conference in Nashville

Gail Martin and I at the RWA convention in Atlanta



We know you love books, tell us what book you're reading now or one you read recently that you told your friends that had to read?

I'm reading several books now, but one that sticks out in my mind is A Tailor-Made Bride by Karen Witemeyer. Both the main characters are very honorable, and have strong reasons for their actions and ideals. I'm about 1/3 of the way through, and it will be interesting to see how they compromise those ideals in order to make a relationship work.



If you were given a gift certificate to eat any place you desired any place you wanted, where would you go and who would you bring?

Well, I would bring my husband for starters, and we'd probably go to Ruths Chris Steakhouse. He's always wanted to go, and I don't think he's had the opportunity. I have eaten there, and will get a chance to again in St. Louis in 2 weeks! There is a Ruths Chris Steakhouse IN the hotel where the ACFW conference is being held. Hmmmm, I wonder where the nearest RCS is to us? I'll have to plan a surprise getaway for him sometime! ;-)

If you could visit any place on the planet where would you got and what would you do?

I would go to Ireland, and tour the countryside, the castles, the small towns. I'm not fond of the cities, I prefer the small, local flavor. I would love to be able to just go somewhere like that and stay for a month or two, getting to know people.

What movie impacted you most as a child? Why? (if you didn’t watch movies, what book?)

I don't remember a particular movie that made a huge impact, but I loved all things western. We lived in the country, and our neighbor's husband worked in Alaska on the pipeline. She would invite my brother and me over and we'd have John Wayne or Clint Eastwood movie nights. She'd bake a butter sheetcake and serve it with vanilla ice cream, and we'd watch the movie. I still love a warm butter cake with vanilla ice cream. No icing required! I'm making myself hungry! lol

You have the opportunity to hang out with two people for 48 hours in the history of the world. Who would you pick? what would you do? (Besides hanging out with Jesus I know that would be number one!)

These are hard questions. My mind just doesn't think this way! I usually make UP people to hang out with. I really have no clue. I like hanging out with my family, and my writer friends. Can I trade those two people and multiply the 48 hours by 3 and just hang out with myself for 6 days? Now, THAT would be cool, as long as I had my laptop and my research. I could get a lot done on my wip! But I suppose if I had to pick two people, I'd pick my daddy and my brother who are both deceased, and we'd just talk and catch up on the last 25 years.

A friend of yours has a time machine and they’ve let you use it, but you can only visit two events in history. What two events would you experience? Why?

The Oklahoma Land Run of 1889 would be top of the list. I just read a bit about the event to make sure I had the year right, and my heart started pounding with excitement just from those few sentences. What an adventure! Oh, I've got to pick another one? You're lucky I came back to these questions. I'm itching to read more about the land run! Another event would be the signing of the Declaration of Independence.



FIRST CHAPTER and Prologue for STEALING JAKE
CLICK THIS LINK http://pamhillman.blogspot.com/2007/11/stealing-jake-prologue.html

LINKS TO PURCHASE THIS BOOK
Stealing Jake Amazon KINDLE link:
http://www.amazon.com/Stealing-Jake-ebook/dp/B0057Z87DK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1309377471&sr=8-1

Stealing Jake Barnes and Nobel - NOOK link:
http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/stealing-jake-pam-hillman/1103995167?ean=9781414366616&itm=1&usri=stealing%2bjake

Stealing Jake CBD EREADER - link:
http://www.christianbook.com/stealing-jake-ebook-pam-hillman/9781414366616/pd/19108EB?item_code=WW&netp_id=936169&event=ESRCG&view=details

THANKS for stopping by Pam. I'm excited about your new book. It was fun to learn about you and your debut novel. This is NOT the Place to enter the contest. I usually do but this is Different. CLICK LINKS TO ENTER CONTESTS PAM HAS! You have to click the links to read the first chapter and enter contests!!

All the best to you. Hope you stop by again!


Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network
www.bookfun.org 

12 comments:

  1. Great interview! This book sounds fantastic. Interesting how it didn't work out as the novella that it was planned for and than developed into a full fledged novel. It is on my book of wants.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  2. Good interview and congratulations on the new book.

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  3. Hi Nora! I awarded your blog the 'One Lovely Blog' award! Visit Christian Bookshelf Reviews to claim it!

    Melanie

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  4. PAM AND NORA -- GREAT INTERVIEW!!! It's so much fun to learn more about an author and friend you love, so thanks, Nora, for the detailed interviews and thanks, Pammy, for a glimpse inside.

    I read Stealing Jake and absolutely LOVED it, so I encourage any and everybody to purchase it online now for a WONDERFUL read!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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  5. This was a great interview and sounds like a great book. It is on my wish list and can't wait to read it. Please enter me. Would love the opportunity to win a kindle.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  6. Nora, thanks for having me here! I went to be last night thinking I had missed something, then it hit me! I missed stopping by and commenting yesterday.

    Thank you all for stopping by. Please click on the giveaway button and register for the Kindle giveaway. Not only am I giving away a Kindle, but it's going to have half-a-dozen Seeker books loaded on it, so you'll have a host of books to read starting out of the gate.

    Nora, thank you for everything you do to spread the word about Christian fiction. You are amazing!

    Pam Hillman

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  7. What a fun interview! Pam, I hope to get my picture taken with you near the St. Louis Arch in a few weeks. And if you ever need a travel buddy for that trip to Ireland, you know how to contact me. :-)

    Nora, thanks for helping us learn more about Pam and her awesome debut novel, Stealing Jake. Now that I've discovered this lovely blog, I look forward to following it.

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  8. The Pioneer life style has always fascinated me!
    How tough families had to be to uproot and leave everything they knew, for a new place of hope...
    Her book sounds delightful!
    Many thanks, Cindi
    jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  9. Diana and Cindi, thanks for stopping by.

    Cindi, just the other day we were talking about the difference in families being able to keep up with each other instantly via texting nowadays versus family members heading west and/or coming over from Ireland or England one hundred or two hundred years ago.

    My son drove all night to Houston last week, and didn't respond to text messages the next day for several hours. (He was asleep at that point). Of course my imagination had conjured up all sorts of frightening situations by the time he woke up and told me I could stop "freaking out now". lol

    I wonder if instant texting makes it worse? Because those people knew they wouldn't hear anything for months, or years, or possibly ever. So they had to buckle down and accept it.

    Me.

    I freak if they don't text me back instantly!

    Pam Hillman
    aka Paranoid Mom

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  10. Wonderful to know you better Pam! Thanks for a super interview Nora!!!

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  11. Enjoyed the interview, Nora. I would also like to be at the signing of the declaration of independence. The book sounds really interesting. Tisha

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  12. THANKS to everyone that stopped by. THANKS Pam for the opportunity to get to know you better and learn more about your new book!!

    I love learning more about Christian Fiction books!!

    Blessings

    nora St.Laurent
    The Book Club Network
    www.bookfun.org

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