Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Interview & Giveaway! Noelle Marchand ~ Author of A Texas-Made Match!


Welcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Noelle!! Will you tell us a little about yourself? 
I was born and raised in Houston, Texas where I graduated from college last May with a double major in Mass Communication and Speech Communication.

What is your newest book, A Texas-Made Match, about? 
 I love how the RT Review said it so I’ll quote them. “Ellie O’Brien has decided to get serious about finding a husband now that she’s 21. The problem is that available men are a bit in short supply in Peppin, Texas. Then, Lawson Williams returns home from being a Ranger and announces he will be staying. A joke gone wrong soon has the town matching Ellie up with Lawson. But Ellie has another admirer who is not willing to give her up.” 

What is something the average reader wouldn't know about you? 
I am really into classic movies from Hollywood’s golden era (1930s-mid 1960s). From the snappy dialogue of romantic comedies to the suspenseful plots of a Hitchcock film, I’m sure they’ve had an influence on my writing.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? 
I’ve always loved writing and telling stories so it’s been a dream of mine since I was a little kid.

How many books have you written/published and do you have a favorite? 
I’ve written four books and published three. Each of my published works has a special place in my heart for a different reason.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk? 
Sometimes I get really into whatever I’m writing so much so that I completely lose track of time. I’ve accidentally stayed up writing the entire night more than once. I actually love those moments because I get a lot done. Of course, I have to pay for it later with a nice, swift crash into my pillow.

Where do you like to write? 
My bedroom. It’s the easiest place for me to shut the world away and focus on what I have to do.

What is the best and/or worst part about being a writer? 
There is no downside for me in being a writer. It’s always come naturally to me and I love it. Being an author is the hard part. Authors have to deal with deadlines, handle legalities, and essentially be a one-person business. It’s challenging but it comes with the territory of being published. Therefore, it is definitely worth it. 

What do you like to do when you're not writing? 
I’m usually spending time with my family and friends or reading a good book.
 
What is your favorite genre to read and why?
My favorite genre is the genre I write Christian Romance. Or, rather, I write the genre because I loved reading it and wanted to create similar stories where I controlled the outcome.

Is there a place you’d like to visit, but haven’t yet? 
I really want to go to the Florida Keys one day. The wildlife, beaches, and history of the area are interesting to me.

Do you have a favorite Bible verse? 
It changes really often for me. Today it’s “God has not given me a spirit of fear but a spirit of power, love, and a sound mind.”  It’s so awesome to know that all of those things are already in my possession. God has GIVEN them to me.

Do you have a favorite song and/or movie? 
“La Vie en Rose” is one of my favorite songs simply because it’s so romantic. One of my favorite movies is “Roman Holiday”. It doesn’t have a typical ending for a love story but it’s still such an amazing movie.

What is your favorite holiday? 
Christmas! I love the meaning behind the season, the spirit of joy that seems to envelop the earth, and giving gifts to the ones I love.

A few this-or-that questions:

Snowstorms or Thunderstorms? Texan that I am, I’ve never been in a snow storm so I’ll go with thunderstorm.
Chocolate or Vanilla? Mmm. Chocolate!
Tea or Coffee? Tea. Coffee makes me jittery.
Call or Text? Text.
Early-bird or Night-owl? Definitely a night-owl.
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook, please!

Are you currently working on any new novels? If so, could you give us a hint? 
The past few months have been a time of preparation and planning for me so I have a lot in the works. I’m waiting to hear back about a proposal I sent out for an antebellum romance concerning abolitionism. Meanwhile, I’m working on a proposal for a series that will follow up on the matchmaking that starts in A Texas-Made Match. I also have a proposal for a story set in the 1930s on reserve for when I can get back to work on it.

Thank you so much for being here! Is there anything else you’d like to tell readers and where can we find you on the web?

Thank you so much for having me! Readers can go to my website http://www.noellemarchand.com or find me on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/noellemarchandauthor, Twitter @NoelleMarchand, or Goodreads.


Book Giveaway!!


Enter to win a copy of A Texas-Made Match by Noelle Marchand! Open Internationally! Ends 3/26.

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47 comments:

  1. Love the "The Runaway Bride". Look forward to reading your additional books. Love these giveaways :D

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  2. I'm off to add these to my wishlist!

    Colletta

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  3. I have enjoyed your books and would enjoy this one as well I am sure, thank you for the chance to win.

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  4. This sounds great! I can't wait to read it!!

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  5. Would love to read this book!!

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  6. It's great to meet Noelle! Thanks ladies, for a great interview. :) Looking forward to checking out these books!

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  7. A Texas-Made Match sounds wonderful.

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  8. I haven't read any book by Noelle Marchand. They sound really good. Thanks for the giveaway. :)

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  9. A Texas-Made Match sounds very interesting. I look forward to (hopefully) someday being able to read it.

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  10. I saw this book on another site and entered there too. It sounds like a very sweet story.

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  11. This sounds like a book I would really like. Thank you for the chance to win it.

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  12. What is it about Texas that seems to breathe romance? I don't know, but I do love reading them.

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  13. I would love to win!!!
    Thanks for the giveaway and God Bless!!!
    Sarah Richmond
    sarahrichmond[dot]12[at]gmail[dot]com
    N.C.

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  14. I always enjoy reading about the authors as well as the books they've written. And of course the giveaways are great!!!!

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  15. This sounds like a great book. I always enjoy a good historical romance. Thanks for having the giveaway.

    Rose
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  16. love the love inspired books this one sound good thanks

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  17. Lol I thought I read a lot and then I discovered your blog! I love your blog... I love the variety and that I am learning about new authors and the books they have written... I also love learning more about the authors themselves... And I love your honesty in your reviews of the books!
    Have a great day!
    Lisa Medeiros
    deiselbuffs@yahoo.ca

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  18. I enjoyed reading the interview. This is a new to me author.

    Please enter me in the contest to win a copy of A Texas-Made Match. Thanks.

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  19. Would love to read this one.

    Katie J.

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  20. I read the Runaway Bride and really liked. The others should be good too.
    Rebekah

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  21. Hey there, Noelle! SO pleased to see a friend (and favorite author ;) ) here on this fabulous blog! :D :D

    Obviously, DUH, I'd LOVE to win! *grins*

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  22. I can't wait to read this! I love a southern love story and this one looks super cute.

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  23. Just found you...am looking forward to reading your books...they are on my list now.

    thanks for the chance to win

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  24. thx for the chance to win ur book, noelle :)

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  25. Sounds interesting, looking forward to read your books. Noelle was new author for me, and i just know this books through this blog. Thanks for sharing :)

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  26. Enter me this book looks great!!
    Sharon Richmond
    Blanch,NC.
    sharonruth126@gmail.com

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  27. As a fellow Texas girl, I would love to read your books. Thanks for the great interview Noelle!

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  28. To have a whole town playing matchmaker makes this sound so fun. Thanks for a chance to win it!

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  29. Thank you for the giveaway! purplefreak13(at)live(dot)com

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  30. Thank you so much for stopping by, ladies! I wish you all the best in winning my book!

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  31. Thanks for offering the giveaway! Looks good!
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  32. Hope this book just might make it into my hands!

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  33. I love these books. Sounds like this one will be another good one.
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  34. Thanks for the opportunity to win the book.

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  35. Looks good!!! Would love to win this one.

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  36. This looks super cute! Did you plan on publishing through Love Inspired or is that just who was interested in your books?

    Tressa @ Tressa's Wishful Endings

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  37. This story sounds really good and I would love to read it.

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  38. This sounds like a great read. I so love the Love Inspired books. They are quick reads and easy to carry in my purse. I would love to win.

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  39. I love Historical romances and this one sounds really cute. Would love to win.
    Thank you for the giveaway

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  40. I really enjoy historical romances. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  41. Awesome interview! I also love “La Vie en Rose”. :D
    Thanks for the chance to win.

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  42. I loved unlawfully wedded bride and can't wait to read a Texas Made Match!!

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  43. I haven't read any of your books but I love this genre. Will be looking for it if I don't win. Thanks!

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  44. If you need another review, I review books and share them with others. I do what I can to get you known.
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  45. I've heard this author is really good :) I love the sound of her book!

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