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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

CFBA Blog Tour - Michelle Sutton and It's Not About Him

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
It's Not About Him
Sheaf House - September 1, 2009)
by Michelle Sutton


MICHELLE SUTTON otherwise known as the Edgy Inspirational Author, is Editor-in-chief of Christian Fiction Online Magazine, a member of ACFW, a social worker by trade, and a prolific reader/book reviewer/blogger the rest of the time.

She lives in Arizona with her husband of nineteen years and her two teenaged sons. Michelle is also the author of It's Not about Me (2008) and It's Not About Him (Sheaf House 2009). She has nine other titles releasing over the next three years.

by Michelle Sutton
Published by Sheaf House


Susie passed out while drinking at Jeff’s party and later discovered she’s pregnant. She has no idea who the father is and considers having an abortion, but instead decides to place her baby for adoption. Following through ends up being more wrenching than she imagined, but she’s determined to do the right thing for her baby.

Jeff feels guilty that Susie was taken advantage of at his party and offers to marry her so she won’t have to give up her baby, like his birth mother did with him. But Susie refuses, insisting he should he marry someone he loves. Can he convince her that his love is genuine before it’s too late? Can she make him understand that it’s not about him—it’s about what’s best for her child?

If you would like to read the prologue and first chapter of It's Not About Him, go HERE.

Readers, buy your copy of It's Not About Him today!


1. What gave you the inspiration for this story?

My inspiration came from a secondary character's plight in the first book. It just naturally worked into a sequel. Then I thought about all of the beautiful open adoptions I've been involved in and decided to show how good it can be for everyone involved if done properly.

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

My experience regarding this book came mostly from my social work background and experience in both closed and open adoptions. I also have adopted cousins and friends who have adopted children. What aspects became traits that are theirs and theirs alone? The whole dynamic between Jeff and Susie is their own issue. It's not modeled after anything in particular. However, the issue with Jeff does reflect a real life adoption issue I have dealt with before.

3. Are there any themes in It's Not About Him that you hope the reader sees? Are there any themes that weren't overt but developed as the stories progressed?

Sacrificing your own desires for the benefit of another person (who is innocent) is the practical demonstration of real love. Also, your poor choices or mistakes don't have to define who you are. Also, just because you are not ready to be a mother doesn't mean your only alternatives are abortion or being a parent. Open adoptions are something many people are not familiar with but they are legal and beautiful when they are done the right way. Are there any themes that weren't overt but developed as your family's story unfolded? Trying to do the right thing for the wrong reasons can be disastrous.

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

When Susie hands the family her newborn baby. Makes me sob every time I read it. Your favorite? The first kiss. I love to write first kisses. They have to make your toes curl or they aren't good enough. :)

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

Here is a convoluted answer. If you mean the next book in the series, then it's Sept 2010. If you mean my next book period, then I can tell you I have four books coming out next year.

6. Is there anything additional that you'd like to share with my readers?

Nope. Just that I appreciate the chance to chat with your fans. :)

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

Readers, leave a comment for your chance to win a FREE copy of It's Not About Him.

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


Edgy Inspirational Author said...

Thanks, Tiff. There are so many giveaways for INAH going on right now that I hope you get some entries... :)

Jo said...

I would love to win and read a copy of this book and than pass it on to some teen-age girls from church that we know. Think that this book belongs in every young girls hands. Please enter my name in the drawing.


Cherie J said...

Please enter me in the drawing. Thank you!


Holly said...

This sounds like a good story. Please enter me in the drawing.


Casey said...

I have heard alot about this book and would be very interested in reading it. Thank you.

Carolynn said...

I would LOVE to read this book, I've heard/read so many good things about it. Thanks for the chance to win!

Thinking About Compassion said...

I have It's Not About Me and would love to have a copy of this book too! Thanks for the giveaway!

adge said...

Michelle Sutton is right about so many great giveaways going on for this book. I've entered like two or three already. This book definitely looks interesting. Please include me in the giveaway. Thanks. gasweetheart211[at]netscape[dot]net

Unknown said...

I have wanted to read one of Michelle's books for some time now. Please sign me up for the giveaway!

orca0024 at yahoo dot com

Lynn McCallum said...

Michelle, your book sounds wonderful. I look forward to reading it! Please enter my name in the draw. thanks.

Glynis Peters said...

The book sounds very interesting!

Anonymous said...

loved the first one!! please include me!

ldneuhof at hotmail dot com