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GIVEAWAY CHASING THE SUN by TRACIE PETERSON



You've written many historical fiction books, what is your draw to write historicals?

Answer: I love to explore history and read about the lives of people in days gone past. I have learned a lot in seeing where we've come from and what problems surrounded the lives of people 100 years ago. The amazing thing is that inevitably, I see over and over that there truly is nothing new under the sun.

Nora: I appreciate you writing about history like you do. I’m not a history buff and love to learn through a fiction story!

You've written many series that take place in pioneer, wild west settings. This story Chasing the Sun takes place in Mississippi and Texas. What is the favorite time period you enjoy writing about?

Answer: Actually most of Chasing the Sun takes place in Texas. I wanted to create a 3 book Texas series set during the Civil War so that I could show some of the hearts and attitudes of the time.

What did you love most about writing the series that took place in Alaska? Did anything surprise you?

Answer: Alaska is such a vast state and the history is so very rich. I love Alaska and visiting there was a perk that came with the research work on the stories. I think the thing that surprises me most is how raw and wild most of the state remains. Also that everything seems so huge - the distances and the size of the mountains and valleys. It's just an amazing place and the people are wonderful.

Nora: It sounds amazing Tracie.

What drew you to writing the stand alone "House of Secrets?"

Answer: I wrote House of Secrets mainly as a way to bring mental illness to the foreground and get people thinking. I have friends and even family who have struggled with mental illness issues in their lives and have been amazed at how badly or well the body of Christ has treated them. I think we need to be aware of these situations and offer support and encouragement to anyone who is suffering with this burden.

Nora: I really enjoyed this book and the way you talked about the topic and their trust in God. It was interesting on many levels.

What do you love most about writing historicals?

Answer: I love sharing history with people who might not otherwise have any interest in it. I love exploring the various events and time periods, the people and their motivations. It makes for fascinating reading when I'm researching and I love incorporating it into my stories.

Nora: I like the fact that you enjoy history and can bring time periods and situations alive. It does help those of us who aren’t interested in history dig deeper into the issues you bring up. I like that. Your passion comes through in your writing.

What surprised you about writing the contemporary novel "House of Secrets."

Answer: Just how much the problem of mental illness affects everyone.

I enjoyed the character Hannah in Chasing the Sun and the fact that she was honest with God and her faith in Him. She didn't make it something she wasn't. What did you want the reader to take away from your story?

Answer: That it's easy to judge a situation without knowing all the details, but generally there is far more to learn if you take the time and maintain a heart that everyone has their story--their reason for why they do what they do. Sometimes those reasons are good, sometimes bad, but often times they are misunderstood and falsely judged.

Nora: I like how you put that!

I also liked how you talked about the struggle between the white man and the Indians. What do you hope your audience takes away from that part of your book?

Answer: History shows that both sides of this issue had good and bad. There were people who deeply cared about keeping peace and living amicably together, while others were determined to wipe out anyone who threatened their way of life. There was horrible mistreatment on both sides. I want the reader to think about the situation and hopefully learn from past mistakes. We have far more to gain by working together than in tearing each other apart.

Nora: Amen to that Tracie!

What surprised you in your research for Chasing the Sun?

Answer: The strong triad of believes in Texas during the Civil War. You had a strong group of Confederate supports and of course Texas was a part of the Southern Confederacy. But you also had a strong group of Texans who supported the Union and didn't want to see the state involved on the side of the South. Then you had a 3rd group who mainly supported Texas. They didn't see the Civil War as their war. They didn't want anything to do with the matter, and in fact promoted Texas going back to being its own country. It was a fascinating time to be sure.

Nora : That was interesting.

Is there any part of you in Hannah? If so what is similar and what is different?

Answer: There's always a part of me in each of my characters. Hannah had a fierce loyalty to her family and so do I.

Nora: Grin!

Can you give us a peek into what you are working on right now and when it will be out?

Answer: Right now I'm working on a 3 book independent series set in late 1800's Minnesota. Each of the books will be unrelated to each other except that they are set in or near the same time period and state. Book one should be out in Spring of 2013.

Nora: Sounds great. Looking forward to that Tracie!

QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK

A friend of yours has a time machine and they are going to let you use it for a few days. Where would you go and what would you do?

Answer: That's a very hard question to answer. There are times when I think I would love to have seen what Lewis and Clark saw on their journey across America. I often try to imagine the land unspoiled and without highways and buildings. I think the one thing that would truly amaze us would be how different the sounds would be in the wilds of the 1800's American frontier.

If you had the time and money to learn something new, what would it be?

Answer: If time and money were unlimited I would probably want to learn a new language and become a Bible scholar and doctor of medicine.

What are some of your favorite books?

Answer: I read a lot. I love variety and genres. I love old classics like Little Women, Jane Austen stories and Catherine Marshall, but I also enjoy non-fiction by Oswald CHambers, Max Lucado, C.S. Lewis and many others. I love to read historical fiction for fun and find Liz Curtis Higgs, Judith Miller and Cathy Marie Hake to be some of my favorites.

What are you reading now?

Answer: Well, I've got about 5 books going right now. I'm reading a book by Chuck Colson called THE GOOD LIFE, one by Kelly Langston called AUTISMS HIDDEN BLESSINGS, ELIZABETH THE QUEEN by Sally Bedell Smith, just finishing up SWEET TEA and JESUS SHOES by a whole bevy of authors, and No SAFE HAVEN by Kim and Kayla Woodhouse

Nora: Oh, Wow Tracie!! I'm amazed you could read all those at once!! What a Great list!!

THANKS for sharing Tracie. I really enjoyed Chasing the Sun and look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series. I look forward to the 10 Book Give away starting on the 20th of the month at THE BOOK CLUB NETWORK.  But Today I'm giving away my copy of your new book. All you have to do is answer Tracie's question below. Good Question!!


MANDATORY - PLEASE ANSWER TRACIE'S QUESTION to have your name to be entered in the drawing.


DRAWING STARTS TODAY FOR ONE BOOK here on my blog - Last Day to make entries will be the 22nd.






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ALL THE BEST TO YOU


Blessings
Nora :D
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QUESTION FROM AUTHOR: What location and time period do you most enjoy for your historical reads?


This is your FIRST chance to win a copy of this book. There will be 10 more chances on the 19th of this month at The Book Club Network.


Nora St.Laurent
The Book Club Network CEO
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CONGRATS to Paulette Harris who has won a copy of this book.


THANKS everyone.


Hope to See you at The Book Club Network Next month when you'll have over 50 chances to win fiction and non-fiction books
The contest start April 19th and runs through until April 21st. Hope to see you there.


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51 comments:

  1. I like most time periods if they are researched well, but I will say I do love Regency and Guilded Age alot.
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  2. If this is an eBook, I'd love to win it. I only read eBooks these days. Sounds like a great read. Blessings, BJ Robinson

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  3. For historicals I truly enjoy reading around the Civil War era, also I enjoy the era of Laura Ingalls Wilder, and I greatly enjoy books along those lines of how they settled the country or states.

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  4. I love western romances with gold mining towns and horse ranches! I like the late 1800s. I also love the days of wagon trains depending on the author. I also love that God is brought into historical fiction because honestly, it was such a hard life that I don't know how the people made it without trust and belief in God. :) I hope I win! My email is coloradopolly@yahoo.com Thank you for the chance to enter.

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  5. I like to read about the historical events in England. I like the Regency period and about the Plantagent kings.
    I am like you-I start a mystery, a thriller, a romance and a Western book at the same time. it depends on what kind of a mood I am in as to which book I pick up to read at the time.

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  6. My favorite time period and location for Historical books are: around 1880's on the prairie. Times were rough. You never knew if your crops would survive. Never knew if your family would survive the hard life. They learned to cook with next to nothing, and were happy to have what they did have. The summers were dry and the winters were fierce. But they had faith and love. This is my favorite genre! angadair@nwcable.net

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  7. I am also a follower..angadair@nwcable.net

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  8. I most like to read Historicals that are set in The Old West, during the Gold Rush days and the Lewis and Clark Expedition and the Indian Wars, etc. I love The West. But I read all kinds of Historicals and other genres too. Those I avoid are paranormals and sci-fi stories.
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  9. I love events that happened in our own country in the 1800's. Oregon City (which I live about 12 miles south of there) is the end of the Oregon Trail. So, I am very partial to stories that start out in Independence, Missouri and end in Oregon. Or, they end somewhere else on the Oregon Trail. My husbands family also came out in the 1840's and settled near Albany, Oregon. Then, he direct ancester ended up in Bonner's Ferry, Idaho. Marvin & Manerva Fry were the first white settlers in Bonners Ferry. She was the first teacher. Like I said. I love stories during that time period.
    Debbie Clark
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  10. I am a follower. Thanks for the chance to win.

    Debbie Clark
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  11. I love the 1800's and reading about that time period. wsmarpl/at/gmail/dot/com

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  12. i am a follower.
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  13. I tweeted
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  14. added book club network button :)
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  15. I love WW2 in England,Germany,United States. I love to read about history. Betsy

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  16. I'd say my favorite is post-Civil War through the turn of the 20th century, but prior to WWI...what's been called the Victorian into Edwardian ages. I also love Regency settings, and once in a while, a Colonial is fascinating. After all, those were the first book I sold. :)

    No matter what, though, I love Tracie's books. Her encouragement is why I started my writing career.

    So far, only 2 have entered email addresses. Let's see if I can hedge my bets. :)

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  17. THANKS Everyone for letting me know about your favorite time in history. I can't say that I have a favorite. But what I do like to read is about strong and determined women who are vulnerable enough to hear God's small voice and do his will.She reads the word and applies it to her life. I like how Tracie showed that.

    That's what I really liked about this story. Hannah is a young woman sold out to Jesus on a ranch in Texas, not a place she wants to be but her father is missing and her responsibility and resolve to save her family kicks in.

    I love stories like that. Fun to hear how you started writing Tiffany! Grin!

    Tiffany has a point. PLEASE PUT your EMAIL ADDRESSES so I can get back with you. or you'll have to join me on MARCH 19th at THE BOOK CLUB NETWORK www.bookfun.org for another TEN chances to win this very good book by Tracie Peterson!!

    THANKS FOR SHARING what TIME PERIODS you enjoy. Tracie had a good question. I like your answers!

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

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  18. My favorite time period is the late 1800's or before. I like historical ranch or plantation stories. Mainly Colorado, Texas and Montanna.

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  19. I also just became a follower!

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  20. I like the regency era and any thing set in the south around the civil war.
    Thanks for asking, though I am told that I don't like historical fiction, I actually do enjoy a good story with a strong story line set in eany era.
    Sheryl
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  21. Love learning about history. like it even more when authors put fact in fiction. My favorite time period is the victorian era with all the pretty dresses. I can't read a bunch of different books at the same time. I have to stick to one book only and see it through to the end.
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  22. I'm following your blog! :)
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  23. I guess I am partial to historical fiction from the south, Georgia in particular. Gone With the Wind and the Eugenia Price novels are wonderful. A historical novel about Uncle Remus would be nice although some of the PC folks might find it objectionable...where there is a will there is a way to find something to bellow about.

    Because I have not traveled very much I find all locations of interest because descriptions of the settings let me do that most comforting "armchair travel."

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  24. I love stories in the 1800's, Civil War and WWII stories. I am a southerner so love stories set in the South. I also love Regency England stories. I just love historical romance as this way I get history and romance.
    Thanks for the opportunity to enter giveaway.

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  25. As far as historical novels I enjoy reading books from the late 1800's/early 1900's period of time. Enjoy books written around the Midwest area.

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  26. I'm a follower

    Blessing
    Jo
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  27. I am an old GFC follower/email subscriber and Networked Blogs follower

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  30. I love historical fiction especially about the south and the Civil War. Thanks for the interview.

    Gail Mundy

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  31. My favorite location and time period is the midwest in the 1800's. Although I absolutely adored Tracie's Alaska series. I guess it is more the time period than location that intrigues me - I love reading stories about the early settlers no matter where they were

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  32. I am a follower of your blog

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  33. I love reading books set in the mid-west during the 1800's. But I also really enjoyed reading Tracie's books set in Alaska - that was a location I was not familiar with and I really enjoyed that perspective.
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  34. I kind of like the 1950-60s in the South or Midwest. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  35. I love a good historical book. I enjoy the time era of the 1800s, but if it is well written I enjoy any time period. I have read Tracie's books before and enjoy her writing. Thank you for an opportunity at this giveaway. My email address: triplel(at)evertek(dot)net.

    I am a follower and also signed up for your email newsletter.

    God's Blessings,
    Lori

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  36. THANKS EVERYONE for telling me about the time period you like! It's very interesting to read and I'm sure that Tracie will enjoy it too!!

    Blessings

    Nora St.Laurent
    The Book Club Network

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  37. I really enjoy this time era in books it is very interesting and I would love to win a copy thank you
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  38. The historical fiction books that I like the
    most are centered around the late 1800's and early 1900...
    Many thanks, Cindi
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  39. I am a follower of your blog!
    Again, many thanks...
    Cindi
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  41. I enjoy the Civil War era and World War II. Any period grabs my attention though.
    Thanks for the opportunity!

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  42. I love the Regency era and the Old West. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  43. Historical Fiction is my very favorite and I appreciate the research the authors do to bring factual events into the happenings surrounding their characters. I especially enjoy reading about immigrants coming through Ellis Island as my 100% Norwegian grandmother did with her family when she was 16. My 100% German grandfather met and married her, and my mother married my 100% Irish father. So many research records are available, such as ship names, arrival dates, and holdings because of quarantines.
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  44. World War 2/1930's-40's is my favorite time and generally I like to read about books based in the USA! martha(at)lclink(dot)com

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  45. I still like Civil War and I think it is because I grew up in the South. I still try to figure out why things happened the way they did and why some Christians thought slavery was OK, etc. I also grew up during Integration and got full view of episodes of conflict in our area. I also do love the newer English, Scotish, Ireland stories too!

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  46. I would love to win a copy of this book! Tracie Petersen is such a talented writer.

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  47. I am a follower

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  48. I Tweeted
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  49. I love books set in the mid-west in the 1800's.
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  50. Thanks everyone for your comments about what time period you all like to read. It's been interesting to hear why you like your time period.

    I haven't given it much thought I enjoy many different Genres and time periods.

    CONGRATS to Paulette Harris who has won a copy of this book.

    THANKS everyone.

    Hope to See you at The Book Club Network Next month when you'll have over 50 chances to win fiction and non-fiction books.

    Nora St.Laurent
    www.bookfun.org

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