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Saturday, September 20, 2014

End of Summer Birthday Bash | Day Six ~ Interview with Katy Lee & Giveaway!

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JIH0R0E/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00JIH0R0E&linkCode=as2&tag=chrisbooksrev-20&linkId=7K262PLXFUMB3D6VWelcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Katy!!

Hi there! I am excited to be a part of the End of Summer Birthday Bash. How thrilling! I’m also excited to share with you about my September release, Sunken Treasure.

What is your novel, Sunken Treasure, about?
Shipwreck diver Gage Fontaine is used to modern-day pirates chasing after his boat and the buried treasure he salvages. But when he unknowingly leads a dangerous criminal to the waters off Stepping Stones Island, he puts a beautiful fisherwoman in grave danger. Rachelle Thibodaux has spent the past year hiding on her boat to avoid the town's censure for her father's crimes. But when she comes face-to-face with a gun-wielding pirate, she becomes a new kind of target. To save her own life, she'll have to work with Gage to find the treasure before the pirates do.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I can’t believe I am going to share this, but when I am doing my final read through, I read the book aloud…in a British accent. I am not British. I don’t know why I do this, it just comes out. The problem is in my current work-in-progress, my hero is Irish. I hear him yelling at me with his thick Irish brogue every time I read his lines. “That is not how I would say that!”

What do you do when you are not writing?
I homeschool my children and that takes up most of my day. My kids are also competitive swimmers, and I spend a lot of time in the stands cheering them on.

What are your favorite and least favorite genres to read and why?

I used to say I would only read a story that contained a romance in it, and to a point that is still true, although I have branched out to suspense and mysteries, but no horror. I have read some suspense stories that made me afraid to turn out the lights, but I continued on with them because of the romance thread. I like to be emotionally stirred, but not scarred.

Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
Many and many, but I will share the Bible verse God gave me for Sunken Treasure.
Pslam 18:16-19
He reached down from heaven. He took hold of me.
    He lifted me out of deep waters.
He saved me from my powerful enemies.
    He set me free from those who were too strong for me.
They stood up to me when I was in trouble.
    But the Lord helped me.
He brought me out into a wide and safe place.
    He saved me because he delights in me.

I love that it says He saved me because he delights in me. There’s no great motivator to learn who this great rescuer is than that.

What is your favorite season and why?
Fall is my favorite season. My birthday is in October as well as my anniversary. My first child was born in November. Most things begin anew in the autumn, like school lessons. It feels more like a fresh start than New Year’s and spring to me.

Do you have any favorite summer memories?
We strive to give the children lots of fun experiences to remember for always, but I would say for me, the day we picked up our foster (soon-to-be adopted) child when she was five, and took her, along with my two other children, then four and five, to Tanglewood to picnic on the lawn and listen to the Boston Symphony practice for the evening concert. The weather was perfect, and it was a great start to our new family.

If you were hosting a dinner party and could invite any five people, who would you invite?
Well, in our home studies, we all just finished reading A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain and found it to be quite satirical, so I would say Samuel Clemens would have to be given an invite.
We love to laugh, and Comedian Brian Regan is a favorite of ours. The night would surely be one of fits and giggles with him at the table.
Graham Cooke is an English pastor, now living in California, who I have learned so much from. Perhaps it has something to do with his British accent, but I could sit and listen to all the wisdom he shares for hours…and have. He would be sure to enlighten many at the table.
Helen Keller has always been an inspiration to me. I love when people have the odds stacked against them and they overcome them, not with ease, but with determination. They also have wisdom to pass on and much to offer.
And last but not least, race car driver Danica Patrick. Here is another woman beating the odds stacked against her…and doing it just as well as the men. I also need to chew her ear for a bit because I just signed a contract with Harlequin that is centered around a speedway. Need lots of ideas for sabotage and mayhem.

This-or-that questions:
Snowstorms or Thunderstorms? Snowstorms
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
Tea or Coffee? Tea
Cats or Dogs? Cats
Early-bird or Night-owl? Early-bird
Introvert or Extrovert? Introvert, but working on becoming an ambi-vert…thanks to Graham Cooke.
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook
Cake or Cupcakes? Cupcakes
Sneakers or Sandals? Vans and  sandals

Thank you so much for being here, Katy!


About Katy Lee:

Katy Lee writes suspenseful romances that thrill and inspire.  She believes every story should stir and satisfy the reader—from the edge of their seat. A native New Englander, Katy loves to knit warm wooly things. She enjoys traveling the side-roadsand exploring the locals’ hideaways.  A homeschooling mom of three competitive swimmers, Katy often writes from the stands while cheering them on.  Visit Katy at: www.KatyLeeBooks.com

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  1. Katy Lee is an author whose books I have really enjoyed reading in the past. I am sure I would like this one as well!

  2. This sounds like a great book! Thanks for sharing. I love your account of who you would invite to a dinner party. :)

  3. I love your varied list of guest for a party, it would be so interesting. I also love the verse, to think the Lord delights in us!

    1. It does change how you look at your life, for sure.

  4. Congratulations on soon-to-be adopting your daughter, Katy! We have a one year old daughter that we are so close to finalizing her adoption... I can hardly wait! :)

    1. Oh, I am so excited for you!!! Abundant blessings on your new family. May God's love flow through your home and be felt by all.

  5. What a fun interview! I look forward to reading Katy Lee's books

  6. I also find comfort in knowing that my Father finds delight In me, so much delight
    that He was willing to save ME!

    1. It's mind blowing, isn't it? Some days I get it, and others, it's like I am learning it all over again and in awe.

  7. I enjoyed the interview. I would love to read this novel. I like pirates and buried treasure too. Have never read a pirate novel written by a Christian author. That makes me more excited. My birthday is in November. I also love the fall. It's so pretty.

  8. Hi Melanie. Thanks Melanie for the interview with Katy Lee. She sounds like a very busy lady. Don't know how you writers fit everything in. I couldn't.And, sure couldn't write in some o9f the places you write, like watching a sports game. I haven't read a book by Katy Lee, but would like to win this. Also I am not a water persome. I panic as soon as I go under.Taking swim lessons didn't help much. Please add me to the entries. GOD bless both of you. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

    1. You learn real fast that deadlines don't wait for quiet places. :) And I also have earplugs, which come in real handy.

  9. I would love to win this book. Thanks for the giveaway! rita.navarre@yahoo.com

  10. Wonderful interview with Katy! I also love Fall. I love the crispness of the season. Although I live in Texas and don't have those amazing Fall Colors, the cooler weather is welcomed! I can't wait to read Sunken Treasure!

  11. I have yet to read anything by this author, and would love the chance to win one of her books! Happy Birthday, Melanie!

  12. I love a good romance and now adding the twist of a pirate, treasure hunting with suspense to the mix sounds like a great book to read. I look forward to reading this soon.

  13. Pslam 18:16-19 Great verse to remember thanks, Happy Birthday to You :)

  14. I just returned from Antigua and while circling the island via a catamaran, we spotted boats with divers that were searching the wreckage of ship. I envied their exciting work and look forward to reading this book. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  15. I won-- I would like this book please. I just checked into this and found I won as no email sent. The book sounds really great and would be a great read for fun & spirititually to share aloud with my hubby!

    1. Congrats on winning! I emailed you on the 30th, but just emailed you again. If you still don't get that email, please contact me via the contact me form.


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