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Friday, November 12, 2010

Spotlight on Margaret Daley and A Daughter for Christmas

Don't forget the rules of the spotlights here. Answer the random question associated with this spotlight in the comments in order to be entered in the drawing.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR


MARGARET DALEY is an award winning, multi-published author in the romance genre. One of her romantic suspense books, Hearts on the Line, won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Contest. Recently she has won the Golden Quill Contest, FHL’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest, Winter Rose Contest, Holt Medallion and the Barclay Gold Contest. She wrote for various secular publishers before the Lord led her to the Christian romance market. She currently writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense books for the Steeple Hill Love Inspired lines, romantic suspense for Abingdon Press and historical romance for Summerside Press. She has sold seventy-five books to date.

Margaret is currently the Volunteer Officer for ACFW. She was one of the founding members of the first ACFW local chapter, WIN in Oklahoma. She served as vice-president for two years in WIN-ACFW and is still on its board as an advisor. She has taught numerous classes for online groups, ACFW and RWA chapters. She enjoys mentoring other authors.

Until she retired a few years ago, she was a teacher of students with special needs for twenty-seven years and volunteered with Special Olympics as a coach. She currently is on the Outreach committee at her church, working on several projects in her community.

You can visit her web site at http://www.margaretdaley.com and read excerpts from her books and learn about the ones recently released and soon to be released.

A DAUGHTER FOR CHRISTMAS
by Margaret Daley
Published by Steeple Hill/Love Inspired

ABOUT THE BOOK

Dr. Max Connors had no idea he'd fathered a child thirteen years ago. Or that his baby girl had been given up for adoption. He locates his daughter in a small Oklahoma town and moves there, hoping to become a part of her life. But when he meets her widowed mother, Max is unsure how to reveal his identity. As he helps Rachel Howard with her plans to homeschool the girl, he's welcomed into the family. But with the holidays approaching, Max must tell Rachel who he really is. Can he make his dreams of family come true by Christmas?

Readers, buy your copy of A Daughter for Christmas today!

AUTHOR INTERVIEW

1. What gave you the inspiration for this story?

I have always liked books about secret babies. This is a secret baby with a twist.

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

In a lot of my characters I have bits and pieces of myself. In this book Rachel’s daughter, Taylor, is diagnosed with attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity. As a teacher I have dealt with many children with ADHD. Some of my experiences working with these children are illustrated in this story.

3. If your hero/heroine were an ice cream flavor, what would he/she be and why?

Rachel’s ice cream flavor would be cookie dough while Max’s ice cream flavor would be fudge chocolate. Max has a sweet tooth and loves ice cream. I see him combining his love of chocolate with ice cream. I gave Rachel my favorite ice cream, cookie dough.

4. Are there any themes in A Daughter for Christmas that you hope the reader sees? Are there any themes that weren't overt but developed as the story progressed?

The main theme is forgiveness. I use this theme in stories because I think it is so important in life.

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

The most difficult part to write was when Max had to tell Taylor he was her biological father. My favorite scene to write was when Max’s outdoor Christmas decorations ended up blowing down the street.

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

My next book after this one comes out in December 2010 called Christmas Bodyguard, a Love Inspired Suspense. This is the first in a series about female bodyguards.

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

ENTRY RULES Readers, answer the question associated with the spotlight in the comments, then leave your email address for your chance to win a FREE autographed copy of A Daughter for Christmas. If you do not answer the question, you will not be entered.

Question: Max couldn’t forgive Alicia for what she had done to him. Have to you ever been unable to forgive someone? Why?

Make sure you also leave your email address (name at domainname dot.com/net). You won't be entered in the drawing without it. If you wish to comment but don't want to be entered, say so when you post.

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

5 comments:

Jo said...

Well it looks like I am the first one to post here. I love reading Christmas books so hope that I will win a copy of this book. It sounds like a great story.

I always forgive someone for things that they have done to me. Sometimes I can't forgive right away but I am not someone to hold a grudge and not forgive.

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

Charity said...

I am not one to hold a grudge for long. It happens sometimes that I am upset at someone but it doesn't take much for me to forgive that person. Would love to read this book. Please enter me. Thanks!

esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

Margaret Daley said...

Thanks, Charity and Jo, for stopping by.

Deborah M said...

Who doesn't love a great Christmas story, especially with Christmas right around the corner.

Who doesn't love a Margaret Daley book? Please sign me up for this giveaway.
Deborah M.
debbiejeanm[at]gmail[dot]com

Martha A. said...

Margaret Daley is my favorite Love inspired author....this one sounds like another winner. Plus, who can resist a story about a father and daughter reunited.....= )
As far as the question. That is really hard. I have struggled with forgiving people who really, really harmed me and my family. It is still a daily exercise when we live with the consequences of their actions to forgive and forgive again. But I realized that I do not have to feel like i have to have a relationship with them, because i have forgiven them....It was super hard to forgive though.
martha(at)lclink(dot)com