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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Interview & Giveaway! Lara Van Hulzen | Author of Remember Me!

Welcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Lara!! Will you tell us a little about yourself? 
I’m a romance novelist, happily married mother of 3. I have a 16 year-old daughter and 14 year-old twin boys.

What is your novel, Remember Me, about?
Tess is an ER nurse whose latest patient just happens to be the man who dumped her at the altar. However, he’s been in a car accident and can’t remember anything, including who Tess is or the fact that they have a history together.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? 
I’ve always been a writer. I kept journals as a kid and wrote short stories on a typewriter my mom set up for me in my room. Writing is how I process the world around me.

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I plot my stories by hand on paper. I can’t seem to organize my thoughts electronically.

Where do you like to write? 
In my office. I can focus completely that way without distraction.

What do you like to do when you're not writing? 
Hang out with my kids and my hubby. Movies, great TV. Read, of course. Dinner parties with friends. Coffee dates to journal and people watch.

What is your favorite genre to read and why?
Romance. I like knowing the ending is a happy one, but I love to read the journey it takes the two main characters to get there.

What is your least favorite genre to read?
Probably Science Fiction.

Is there a place you'd like to visit, but haven’t yet?

Do you have a favorite Bible verse? 
Micah 6:8 – Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with God. ☺

Do you have a favorite song and/or movie?
Oh! That’s tough. So many choices. And I am a music and movie fan, big time. I love country music. I get a lot of story ideas from country songs. And I love mystery movies – ones that make you think.  

What is your favorite holiday? 
What is your favorite season and why is it your fav?
I love the fall. I like how the air gets crisp and cool and the leaves change color. I’m a cold weather girl so I love coats and scarves and curling up by the fire to read.

Some this-or-that questions:
http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=14460&picture=hanging-cupsSnowstorms or Thunderstorms? Snowstorms
Chocolate or Vanilla? Chocolate
Tea or Coffee?  Tea
Call or Text? Either. But I’m a big texter
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Early-bird or Night-owl? Night-owl
Introvert or Extrovert? Extrovert
Facebook or Twitter? Oh my. I like them both for different reasons. I also dislike them for different reasons as well. ☺
Mystery or Romance? Romance
Sneakers or Sandals? Sneakers

Are you currently working on any new novels? If so, could you give us a hint? 
Get To Me, Book 2 in my Men of Honor series, will be out Spring of 2015.
Right now I’m plotting and starting Rescue Me, Book 3 in the series, due out Winter of 2015. It’s set at Christmas.

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? I do love chatting with readers. Follow me on goodreads, facebook, and/or twitter and I’d love to chat.

Book Blurb
Detective Ben Russo is in trouble.
He just can’t remember why.

When a car accident lands Ben in the hospital, he can’t recall anything about his life. What he does know is he’s enchanted by a tiny nurse named Tess, but can’t shake the feeling they’re both in danger.

After being left at the altar, Tess Jansenn moves to a new town and starts over. When her ex-fiancé, Ben, shows up in the ER where she works with no memory of her, she must decide – tell Ben who he is or let him remember on his own.

Can Tess forgive and forget what drove them apart, and when Ben remembers, will the consequences of his choices make it too late for love?

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  1. After reading the blurb about lawman Ben and nurse Tess this story has me intrigued. Throw into the mix Ben having amnesia after a car accident snd then showing up at the same hospital that his jilted ex-fiance works at makes for a really great souding story I would love to read.

  2. Melanie, thank you for the wonderful interview with Lara. I love the idea of her "Men of Honor" series. I would love to read Remember Me.

  3. This is a very interesting premise and it made me question what I would do. Forgive and open myself up to the possibility of being hurt again if his memory came back?

  4. Oh, I really like the premise of this book already! Now I have to add this to my TBR pile so that I can find out what kind of danger the detective is in. Thanks for the interview and giveaway!

  5. What an interesting plot. How difficult it would be to love someone and then realize they don't remember you. Maybe it would it be better to put the painful memories behind and focus on creating new ones. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

  6. it's hard to imagine not knowing/remembering who you are, but I know it happens! Sounds like an intriguing story.

  7. I enjoyed the interview and the book looks great !
    Thank you

  8. Hi Melanie. I like the title and cover of Lara's book. I like that she loves country music. My kind of girl. I don't care for the cold weather. I freeze too easily. But glad we have warm coats when lots of folks don't. I even get cold when I have to use my AC. Must be cold hearted. :) I liked the interview. Love learning about the author. Lara is new to me. Thanks for a chance to win her book.
    Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

  9. New author for me. And I would love to read this~

  10. Hi Lara & Melanie, the blurb to Remember Me is great. Would love to read it. Thank you for the giveaway :)

  11. It's always fun to meet a new author, and this book sounds great!

  12. This sounds like it may end up being a nice romance.

  13. This sounds very interesting, I'll add it stride away to my to-read-shelf at goodreads. :-)

  14. This sounds like a great story! Can't wait to read.


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