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Friday, October 17, 2008

Spotlight on Andrea Boeshaar and Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky

Today, I'm honored to feature the second of the 2 debut authors selected to launch the brand-new romance line for Summerside Press. The "Love Finds You" books specialize in unique towns across America and include a romance that you're sure to love...all the while learning about a unique small town. You just never know. It could be yours!

Andrea Boeshaar has been chosen as the other of two authors to launch the new Love Finds You line of inspirational romance for Summerside Press this month, and she's here today to "chat" with you.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

ANDREA BOESHAAR is a published author, speaker, and Certified Christian Life Coach (CCLC).

The author of over 31 novels and novellas, Andrea also enjoys writing articles on the craft and business of writing. She considers it one of her life's passions to "see others glorify the Lord Jesus Christ with their work."

Andrea has taught workshops at such writers conferences as: Write-To-Publish; American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW); Oregon Christian Writers Conference; Mount Hermon Writers Conference and many local writers conferences. She also speaks at various churches and women’s groups.

As a Certified Christian Life Coach, Andrea also enjoys encouraging others to use their God-given talents and gifts to their fullest.

LOVE FINDS YOU IN MIRACLE, KENTUCKY
by Andrea Boeshaar
Published by Summerside Press

ABOUT THE BOOK

Anything can happen when you live in Miracle!

After her life in Chicago falls apart, Meg Jorgenson arrives in the rural area near Stanford, Kentucky known as "Miracle." with plans to start over. She moves in with a grandmother she barely knows and takes a teaching position at the local elementary school. Meg soon garners the interest of the local eligible bachelors, but its eight-year-old Cammy Bayer who instantly wins her heart. Cammy has spent most of her young life in a wheelchair, but she firmly believes that God will miraculously allow her to walk again someday. Although Meg admires the girls optimism, she pities Cammy for believing something so impossible.

Vance Bayer has always made Cammy his first priority. Though delighted by the attention his daughter receives from her pretty new teacher, the shy widower is embarrassed by Cammy's not-so-subtle attempts to play matchmaker.

Both Meg and Vance want the best for Cammy, but will they see eye-to-eye when it comes to an experimental procedure that might grant Cammy the use of her legs? Will they open their minds to the miracle of healing and their hearts to the miracle of love?

Buy Your Copy of Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky Today!

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

1. You are helping to launch a brand new line for a new publishing house in Summerside Press. Tell us a little about the experience and the line.

It all happened so fast, but I'm honored and humbled to be one of the launch authors for Summerside's new "Love Finds You" romance line. My editor, Rachel Meisel has been amazingly encouraging as we worked on a very tight deadline. I'm pleased with the finished product: my novel "Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky."

2. What gave you the inspiration for this story?

I actually began writing "Miracle" in 2005. It took three years for the Lord to find a the perfect fit for it. But my inspiration for the story -- and for all my books -- comes from Jesus Christ. He gives me little glimpses along life's road and I turn them into novels.

3. How much of your own experiences influenced your characters? What aspects became traits that are theirs and theirs alone?

God truly saved me out of a "horrible pit and miry clay" (Psalm 40:2). The Lord saved my marriage, too, and showed me that no matter what the circumstances, there's always hope, because there is Him. So what I experienced in those trials and the miracles that followed are reflected in my books. I write healing fiction for hurting hearts, because I know what it's like to feel wounded and hopeless but I also know what it's like to be delivered.

4. If one of your characters were an ice cream flavor, what would he/she be and why?

I think the main character, Meg, would be Rocky Road because her life has had its ups and downs. Her grandmother, Loretta, would be Butter Pecan, traditional, smooth, yet a little nutty. Vance would be French Vanilla, a little old fashioned by generally loved by all, and his little girl, Cammy, would be Pink Cotton Candy.

5. What themes exist in Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky that you hope the reader sees? Are there any themes that weren't overt but developed as the story progressed?

This story's main theme is good decisions always lead to happy endings. Sometimes good decisions, those which line up with God's Word, take courage to make and carry out. But once followed through upon, blessings await.

6. What were your most difficult parts to write? Your favorite?

One of the most difficult characters to write was Kent. On the surface he's likeable, even noble, but when his true colors surface, he's...well, when you read my book you'll find out.

My favorite parts to write were Cammy's scenes. She's eight years old and I modeled her personality after some of the third graders I used to teach in Sunday school and also after my niece Madeline. Maddie proved most helpful in informing me about Hannah Montana and other things girls her age enjoy these days.

7. When is your next book coming out and what is the story?

My next release is titled Dixie Hearts (Barbour Publishing). The collection features my novel "Southern Sympathies."

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Thank you, Andrea, for being in the spotlight with us.

Readers, leave a comment for your chance to win a FREE autographed copy of Love Finds You in Miracle, Kentucky.

If you wish to comment but don't want to be entered, say so when you post. Make sure you also leave your email address (name at domainname dot.com/net). Wouldn't want you to miss out on winning a book. :)

And if you want to make certain you don't miss anything, check the box that says 'email follow-up comments to:' when you leave a comment and they'll be sent to the email address associated with your blogging account. That way you'll be notified of any comments and will know when I announce the winner.

This week, the contest is open to US/Canada only.

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21 comments:

Cheri2628 said...

As a retired elementary school teacher, I am drawn to books that feature teachers and their students. This sounds like a wonderfully heartwarming and inspirational story. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy.

castings{at}mindspring{dot}com

lisalickel said...

Nice interview. I was privileged to be in on the ground floor of this project. I'm excited for you, Andrea. And thank you, Amber, for showcasing Summerside Press. If I don't win a copy, I'll just have to (sigh) buy one at your official launch at the beautiful Cedarburg Cultural Center. Join us, everyone, on November 22 in Wisconsin, if you can. I'm bringing the brownies!
Lisa Lickel
lisalickel.com

Jo said...

The book sounds quite interesting and I would love to be entered in for the drawing.

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

Martha A. said...

It sounds like a great book!
martha(at)lclink(dot)com

Doreen said...

Sounds like a great read! Please count me in for the drawing. Thanks! purposedrivenlife4you (at) gmail (dot) com

CatMom said...

Great interview! I just retired from teaching kindergarten last year, so any stories about teachers appeal to me too! ~ Andrea was one of the very first authors I read when I "discovered" Christian fiction a few years ago..AND she's one of my favorites! Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks! Patti Jo :)
pattijomoore(at)yahoo(dot)com

Cherie J said...

Wonderful spotlight! Sounds like a really great story. I love plots involving teachers since there are alot of teachers in my family.

cherierj(at)yahoo(dot)com

windycindy said...

I think this new series is wonderful!
The changing of cities and characters is a wonderful idea. Please enter me in your book drawing. Many thanks, Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

Melissa said...

Please enter me this sounds like a very good book. thanks

remnant reminscences said...

What a beauty! This new line of Christian novels looks like a success in the making!

Please enter me in the drawing!

ladystorm said...

ooh this book sounds great. I can't wait to read it please put me in the drawing.

Thanks,
Stormi
ladystorm282001[at]yahoo[dot]com

Carole said...

Congratulations to Andrea for being chosen to lauch this new line! I love themes dealing with teachers and children, and would love to read this one.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Christine said...

I'd love a chance to win this book!

Christine said...

Sorry, forgot to leave contact.

krcgw5.millbrook at gmail dot com

Cheryl said...

Sounds like a great book. Please enter me in the drawing. My email address is shryackmom[@]charter[.]net

Janna said...

What a great idea for a series, "Love Will Find You In...". This one looks really good - please enter me!

Janna
ryanx6 at msn dot com

Miralee Ferrell said...

Wahoo!! It's so great to see one of the first blog interviews covering the Love Finds You series. As the fifth author releasing a book with Summerside, I'm pumped about the first books releasing this year.
Miralee Ferrell

Becky C. said...

This sounds like a charming book.

Please enter me in the contest.

Thank you,

Becky C.
rec(at)hiwaay(dot)net

ChristyJan said...

Oh, this sounds like a great read! Please enter me to win a copy.

hawkes(at)citlink.net

Carolynn W. said...

This book sounds wonderful, thanks for the chance to win!
carolynnwald[at]hotmail[dot]com

Tiff (Amber Miller) Stockton said...

Wow! Look at all these comments. :) We have a winner from this drawing and that is:

Doreen!

Congratulations! I've emailed you for your mailing information so we can send out your book.

Others, check out the interviews on Sally John, Donn Taylor, Maureen Lang, Virginia Smith, Sandra Bricker and Golden Keyes Parson to see if you've won.

As always, thanks to everyone for your continued support.