Friday, February 3, 2012

One-Year Blogoversary Celebration: Day Five - Colleen Coble



Welcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Colleen! Thank you so much for celebrating my blog's one-year blogoversary with me!


Thanks for having me, Melanie, and congratulations!

Would you tell us a little about yourself?

I am a lifetime Hoosier with 2 grown children and a granddaughter we are crazy about. She's 3. My husband of 40 years retired a year ago, but I love writing and don't ever plan to stop. We love travel because I get such great ideas for novels!

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?

I was in first grade and wrote a story about a horse that had twin colts. The teacher praised the story and the seed was planted then. My dream was to have a book in the library. :) God has done so much more than I ever imagined!

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?

I LOVE edits. Most writers hate them but it's a good day when those come in for me. I finally have some help to reach the vision I have for the book.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

I'd always heard that characters can take over the story, and by golly, that's true. I can be writing along with a plan for a chapter and the character suddenly takes me in an entirely new direction. Love that!

How many books have you written? Which is your favorite?

43 but I can't say which is my favorite. That's like asking me which child is my favorite. :)

What do you like to do when you're not writing?

I love spending time with our granddaughter. It's so fun to see life through the eyes of a child again. And we love to travel as a family.

Do you read books, if so, what is your favorite genre to read?

I always have a book in my hand. My favorite genre is romantic suspense--which is why I write it!

Do you have a favorite song and/or movie?

I love An Officer and a Gentleman. I love the character arc in that movie.

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

Australia! It's my dream trip. I've been fascinated by Australia since I was a teenager. Some day. . .

Do you have a favorite Bible verse?

Romans 8:28. I became a Christian following a tragic auto accident that killed a teenager. The boys had been drinking and hit black ice then struck us head on. At the time I couldn't see anything good in that terrible night, but a year later, eleven people had come to know Jesus because of it.

Which do you prefer - ice cream or cake?

Ice cream! But it must have chocolate in it. Chocolate almond is the bomb. :)

I loved your book 'Abomination' - it's one of my favorite books! Do you plan on writing another book with some of the same characters?

I loved that story too. There are no plans for another book with Eve and Nick in it but Bree, Kade and Samson appear again in Cry in the Night and also play a major role in the upcoming Tidewater Inn.

Are you currently working on any new novels?

Always! I just finished Tidewater Inn, and I'm about to plunge into the 2nd book in the Hope Beach series, Rosemary Cottage.

Where can we find you on the web?


Thanks for having me!

Giveaway!


Enter for your chance to win Colleen's new book 'Blue Moon Promise'! Open Internationally. As always, enter using the Rafflecopter.


Be sure to check back tomorrow for some MEGA giveaways! :)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

103 comments:

  1. Great interview! I love the questions you ask.

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  2. Thanks you for this great interview and a big thanks you for opening this giveaway to international. I would like to discover this book and author

    just a detail: there isn't any extra book in the rafflecopter to put the info you ask ( but i was honest if my asnwer so if you need some info just ask^^)

    all the best and again happy blogoversary

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    1. Thanks for visiting! I'll email you if I need the info. Hope you have the chance to read one of Colleen's books - they are great! :)

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  3. Found your blog on "Making Connections" group in GR, and decided to stop by and follow. And what do you know? You've got a giveaway rolling :))

    Stop by my blog when you get the chance YA Story Teller

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    1. :)

      Thanks for following! I just followed your blog!

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  4. I love Colleen Coble, I have read quite a few of her books! I have been looking forward to this one!
    She has some gorgeous covers too.

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    1. I agree! Colleen is one of my favorite authors and her book Abomination is a favorite of mine.

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  5. Oh wow awesome giveaway!
    Yeah Colleen come over to Australia sometime...I wanna meet you:D
    Loved this interview

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    1. I was pretty sure you'd be entering this giveaway - since it's open Internationally! :)

      I'm glad you loved the interview! :D

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  6. Hey Mel...how would i follow via GFC? what is it?

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    1. Google Friend Connect (the thing on the sidebar with all of the pictures) and you already do follow. :)

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    2. Oh lol thx I didn't realise that
      It seems like I keep asking you my blogging queries:)

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    3. No problem. I'm glad to help. :)

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  7. I love to reading your interviews - such a treat to get to know a bit more about lovely authors!

    The book younds very interesting and I´ve come across it a few times already. Would love to read it!

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    1. Blue Moon Promise does sound really good - I'm looking forward to reading it! :)

      I'm glad you like these interviews! Thanks for entering and there are more giveaways tomorrow! :)

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  8. Great interview--I love learning about a new to me author! The giveaway book looks really good :)

    Beth

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    1. You haven't read any of Colleen's books? You have GOT to - they are great! :)

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  9. Lovely cover on this one! Colleen's books are always a joy to read :)

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    1. I love the cover too! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  10. This book sounds really great! Love that cover! Would love to read this one!

    plhouston(at)bellsouth(dot)net

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    1. I know! This book sounds so good! Hope you get the chance to read it! :)

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  11. Such a fun blogiversary and interview and giveaway! :)

    Thanks!

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    1. Thanks, Rachelle! I'm glad you are enjoying the interviews and giveaways! Be sure to stop by tomorrow as there are even more giveaways!!! :)

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  12. I have Blue Moon Promise sitting on my TBR pile. Just got it from Booksneeze yesterday. Looking forward to reading it. Great interview once again Melanie!

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    1. Thanks, Julie! I hope you enjoy Blue Moon Promise. :)

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  13. This book looks awesome!
    I would love to win!:)
    I love Colleen Coble's books! They are so interesting!

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    1. I love Colleen's books, too! Hopefully you get the chance to read this book! :)

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  14. This book looks AMAZING!!
    Colleen Coble's books are SO good!!

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  15. I've always wanted to read a Colleen Coble book. Her book covers are just soooo gorgeous!

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  16. I've always wanted to read a Colleen Coble book. The covers for her novels are always so beautiful!

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    1. You have to read one of her books, they are so good! :)

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  17. Colleen Coble's books are so good. Everytime I start one, I can't put it down until I've finished it, even if I've read it before! :)

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    1. I agree! Her books are great! I've read Abomination many times, and yet it still is just as gripping! :)

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  18. Colleen is my favorite author! Thanks for sharing this interview.

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    1. You're welcome. She is one of my favorite authors, too!

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! :)

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  19. I love reading Colleen Coble's books

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    1. Thanks for commenting - I love Colleen's books, too! :)

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  20. I've read a bunch of Colleen's books including the older Heartsong books! I have this one on my TBR shelf and I'm excited to get to it to see how she expanded on The Cattle Baron's Bride. :-)

    XOXO~ Renee

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    1. I hope you enjoy Blue Moon Promise! Thanks for visiting and commenting, Renee! :)

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  21. I am excited to find out that Colleen Coble is a Hoosier. I am one too but I had to move, Indiana is still home to me. I haven't had the chance to read any of her books yet. I would love to win this book!

    CarolNWong(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. You have to read Colleen's books! The ones I've read are so good! :)

      Thanks for entering the giveaway!

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  22. Terrific interview, Colleen! Your books look and sound amazing! Romans is one of my most favorite books of the Bible because it has so much inspiration in it :D

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    1. Romans is also one of my favorite books in the Bible! Thanks for commenting! :)

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  23. Colleen is one of my absolute favorite authors! I always look forward to reading her new books. Thanks for the chance to win one!

    Randi
    wpd_2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Randi, Colleen is a favorite author of mine, as well! :)

      Hope you have the chance to read Blue Moon Promise! :)

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  24. I have some of her books but haven't read them yet.
    They all look and sound interesting!

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    1. Which books do you have? I've read her Rock Harbor Series and Abomination - all were fantastic! :)

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  25. Hey Melanie! Love this interview with Colleen Coble, it's always nice to get to know such an amazing author :) Please don't enter me in this one because I already have the book for reviewing, but wanted to congratulate you for doing SUCH a great job this week and to thank you for such an amazing giveaway! Have a great weekend, girl, and God richly bless you on your one year blogoversary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Kara! I'll be looking for your thoughts on Blue Moon Promise!

      This isn't the end of the celebration - tomorrow there is going to be some great giveaways!!! :)

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  26. I have not read any of her books and would love to! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    1. Another person that hasn't read any of Colleen's books! Hopefully you'll get the chance. Thanks for stopping by and commenting! :)

      Melanie

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  27. I love her books. I agree with Wall-to-wall books. Her book covers are absolutely beautiful.

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    1. Yep. Her books are so pretty! I love Blue Moon Promise's cover! :)

      Thanks for commenting.

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  28. I just discovered this blog today and very much look forward to visiting every day!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I'm so glad you like my blog! :)

      Thanks for visiting and commenting - it means a lot to me! :)

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  29. Looks like a great novel by Colleen Coble! Grateful for this opportunity. :-)

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    1. Thanks for entering the giveaway, Gwendolyn! Hope you have the chance to read this book! :)

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  30. Oh good interview, I am a Colleen Coble reader and would love to win this book. thanks for sharing.
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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    1. Thanks, Paula! Be sure to stop by tomorrow for even more giveaways! :)

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  31. Great interview with Colleen! I was especially touched by her answer about her favorite
    bible verse being Romans 8:28 and her story of coming to Christ and essentially living out that verse in that tough situation. I know it must have been so hard, but thanks for sharing- very impactful!

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  32. Great interview, ladies! I really enjoyed it! I like An Officer and a Gentleman, too, Colleen! I haven't seen it in years though.

    Thanks for a chance to win Colleen's new book! The cover is gorgeous!!

    Michelle
    scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! I'm glad you enjoyed the interview!

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  33. Thank you for the interview and God Bless! Colleen is a very gifted author and I have read several of her books.

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  34. Thank you for the interview, Colleen is such a talented author! I have read many of her books but not all of them... YET!

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    1. Thanks, LadyRed! I'm glad you enjoy reading Colleen's books!

      Thanks for visiting and commenting! :)

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  35. Loved the interview! Read many of Colleen's books and always enjoy them!

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    1. Thanks, Andrea! Hope you'll have the chance to read Colleen's new book! :)

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  36. Colleen is a fabulous author! I have several of her books and look forward to each new one. Don't have this one yet, but I'd love to!
    rrgreene62(at)gmail.com

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  37. Great interview! I have several of Colleen's book and watch for each new one. I don't have this one yet!
    rrgreene62(at)gmail.com

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    1. Thanks, Rebecca! I, too, look forward to Colleen's new books! I have Lonestar Angel on my Kindle and I can hardly wait to read it! :)

      Be sure to stop by tomorrow for even more giveaways!

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  38. Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

    Much appreciated.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

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  40. I love Colleen's books and I can't wait to read Blue Moon Promise! Add me please.
    worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com

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    1. You're entered! Thanks for visiting! :)

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  41. That book looks amazing! I've been waiting for it to come out since November.

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    1. Good luck in the contest! Blue Moon Promise sounds really good! :)

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  42. I read Colleen's "Lonestar Angel" book a couple of months ago and absolutely loved it!:)

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    1. I have Lonestar Angel on my Kindle and I can hardly wait to read it! I love Colleen's books. Glad to know you loved that book! :)

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  43. Oooh, I love Colleen's books.....have read them all before this one....so am anxious to read it. Thanks for the chance.
    jackie.smith[at]dishmail[dot]net

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  44. I always enjoy reading Q & A with an author rather than simply a book review so thank you as I rather enjoyed it. Unfortunately, I have not yet read anything by Colleen Coble, but I did hear that her books were wonderful so I jumped at the chance to perhaps win this one to start with. Thanks so very much for the opportunity to win!

    jglaframboise at eastlink dot ca

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  45. Following via GFC as jglaframboise
    jglaframboise at eastlink dot ca

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  46. I hope i get the chance to read your new book. Great q&a by the way.

    a_v_0415@yahoo.com

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  47. Wow. She has written 43 books? That's really a huge achievement!

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  49. I really like Colleen Coble's historical fiction books!

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  50. I love Colleen Coble and I had not seen this book so thanks for the giveaway!

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  51. I really would love to read these book.

    ashley.dominguez30@yahoo.com

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