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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Interview and Giveaway! Erica Vetsch ~ Author of A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas

Welcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Erica!! Will you tell us a little about yourself? 

PhotobucketHere's my author bio. It's the most succinct way to tell you about me: Erica Vetsch is a transplanted Kansan now residing in Minnesota. She loves history and reading, and is blessed to be able to combine the two by writing historical fiction set in the American West. Whenever she’s not following flights of fancy in her fictional world, she’s the company bookkeeper for the family lumber business, mother of two terrific teens, wife to a man who is her total opposite and soul-mate, and avid museum patron.

What is A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas about? 

PhotobucketHoping to leave the shadows of her shady yesteryears behind, Adeline Reid is focusing on her photography career. But when her ex-boyfriend’s compatriot in crime shows up in Dodge City her entire past is threatened by exposure. Can Addie keep her secrets while helping to catch a killer? Deputy Miles Carr’s investigation into a shopkeeper’s murder leads him to Addie’s door. Will his attraction to this female photographer keep him from catching the true culprit? Or will Addie lead him off course in more ways than one?

What's something the average reader wouldn't know about you? 

I love to watch cooking shows, but I don't like to cook at all! I think I like watching the techniques, and I certainly love learning the vocabulary, but I don't enjoy the stress of trying to get everything to turn out like it should.

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

I think somewhere deep down, I always wanted to write. I love words, reading, stories, jargon, communication. I love books. From the time I nearly wore out my copy of Little House On the Prairie, I've wanted to write historical fiction. I wrote my first story when I was 15, but ever since I can remember, I've spun stories in my head.

What would you say is the best and/or worst part of being a writer? 

I'd be hard-pressed to narrow down the best thing about being a writer. I get to live inside my head and put together words that express the story I want to create. I love hearing from readers who have enjoyed my stories. I love the amazing people I've met, from fellow authors to editors to bookstore personnel. As to the worst part about being a writer? Probably the waiting. I'm not great at waiting, and things seem to take a long time in publishing. Though I am good at distracting myself with another story, so the wait doesn't seem as long.

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

Reading, watching movies, watching sports, hanging with my family, and at the moment, assembling a quilt.

Do you have a favorite song and/or movie? 

My favorite hymn is Day By Day. I've loved it since I was a child. My favorite movie is El Dorado with John Wayne and Robert Mitchum. I could watch that movie a hundred times...oh, wait, I have!

Do you have a favorite Bible verse? 

Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not, for I am with thee. Be not dismayed, for I am thy God. I will strengthen thee, yea, I will help thee, yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Are you currently working on any new novels? 

I am. My current project is another "Bride" book for Barbour. A Bride Sews With Love in Needles, CA. It's a World War One novel about a Harvey Girl who wants to do big things for the war effort, and a man who the town thinks is too cowardly to enlist, but who isn't above profiting from a war he won't fight in. The story is scheduled to release in November, just in time for Remembrance Day.

Thanks for being here! 

Thank you so much, Melanie.

Where can we find you on the web? 
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Book Giveaway!!


Enter to win a copy of A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas! This giveaway is only open to US residents.

Enter by filling out the Rafflecopter below (here is a tutorial, if you aren't familiar with Rafflecopter). The mandatory entry is to leave a blog post comment on this blog post - after you do that, the other entries will become available.

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  1. I have this book on my TBR wishlist. I looks like a wonderful story!

  2. Thanks for this giveaway-Sandy VanHoey
    sandy1955 at comcast dot net

  3. Melanie, thanks for your interview of author Erica Vetsch about her book "A Bride's portrait of Dodge City Ks, books looks like a good read and have not read this author before but like the kind of books she writes.
    thanks for chance to win one.
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

  4. Thank you for the awesome chance to win!

  5. Yay, great giveaway! I have been interested in this Author, have not read any of hers yet.

  6. I have read this book so don't need to be entered to win. Just wanted to say it's a really good read. The book also has some unique historical figures in it that added to the story as well.

  7. Thanks for inviting me to the giveaway! I would love to win a copy of this book. I already have it on my TBR/wishlist.


  8. I love the cover of A Bride's Portrait! I can't wait to read it!

    Michelle V

  9. This looks like a great book! Can't wait to read it!

  10. Thanks for this great interview! I relate to how, as a writer, you "live inside your head" to create the stories you write. What a wonderful word picture. Can I just say I LOVE the title of your next book in conjunction with the location? How perfect! Can't wait to read it. Blessings!

  11. I enjoyed A Bride's Portrait and welcomed this opportunity to learn a little more about Erica.

  12. I've read great reviews on this book and would love to win it. Thanks for a wonderful interview and giveaway!

  13. This book looks and sounds great!
    I cant wait to read it!

  14. This book looks so interesting!!! I would love to read it.

  15. Awesome interview!
    Some of my friends have read this book and higly recommended it to me!

  16. Ohh both this book and the next one coming out sound really good! Thanks for the chance to win!

  17. Thanks for another wonderful book to read!


  18. These are both in my TBR pile! *Not an entry*

  19. I love everything Erica has written. She is a wonderful author. Don't enter me in the contest as I have already been promised a copy :) Yes, I am one lucky girl!

  20. I've heard so many GREAT things about this book! I'd love to read it! Thanks for the chance to win! : )

    scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

  21. I love to read about women having "male dominated careers in the past, they are the leaders!


  22. I just finished "A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas" and it is GREAT! Erica dig an awesome job weaving the hero and heroine's secrets around each other. I loved learning about early photography - remind me to stop complaining about my digital camera - and I loved the cowboy lingo sprinkled through this story. Excellent writing, Erica!

  23. I'm not entering the giveaway (though I really love the cover and want to read the book...it's a long story) but wanted to say that Erica went to college with my mom in Kansas! I know Mom enjoyed reading this interview (which I forwarded to her), and I did too. Thanks for having her, Melanie!

  24. Ah, photography. My dad was a freelance wedding photographer (and anything photography) as a "part-time" job. He was good, too! This would be an entertaining read. I spent a number of hours learning the trade in the dark room development pictures.

    godleyv at yahoo [dot] com

    Also, the Bible verse in the review touched me today and I have used it as a Thought for Today on my blog. http://ChatWithVera.blogspot.com. Thanks for reminding me to "fear not."

  25. I can't find your blog button code.

    1. It's on the top of the sidebar... you just have to click the button that says "My Blog Button" - it'll open and you'll find the code there.

      Thanks for entering! :D

  26. Ooo, a new to me author! Thanks for the interview and the opportunity to win!


  27. This looks like a great story. I'd love to read it. Thanks for the opportunity!

  28. I would love to win this book. I interviewed Erica on my blog a while back and she's so precious. Hope I win!

  29. I've been having a really rough time of it with some problems in my life right now that sometimes seem insurmountable, but when I read your favorite bible verse, Erica, I felt it was written for me! I've copied it down to memorize and I think it is just the thing I need to get me through this! Thank you so much for sharing:)

    Julie Witt

  30. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

  31. Great interview! I live inside my head too. *grin* It's a great place to be.
    Also, very cool on the quilt, Erica. I hope you post pics when you're done.

  32. I just finished this book and enjoyed it, would love to win a copy to pass on to my book loving Aunt!

  33. This sounds like a great book and I love the cover too. Thank you for doing the interview.


  34. Thanks for the giveaway!

  35. I think this sounds like a book I'd enjoy reading; having the setting in my home state of Kansas is also a bonus! Erica's favorite Bible verse is one of my favorites as well.
    Thanks for the chance to win this great book!


  36. I really enjoyed the interview with Erica. I'd love to win a copy of "A Bride's Portrait of Dodge City, Kansas."


  37. LOL on the cooking show factoid!

    Would love to add this book to my new CF Bookshelf =)
    marieburton2004 at yahoo dot com

  38. I love the cover of the books! The synopsis looks excellent also. I would love to read these books!

  39. I have this book on my TBR list, and would love to win it!!

    Karen Schulz

    aregeetee5162 at yahoo dot com

  40. That scripture verse is one of my favorites as well.

  41. This book looks great and I would love to read it.
    Love the verse too.

  42. I've wanted to read this book since I read the interview Mrs. Vetsch had on Go Teen Writers! That is one awesome cover!

  43. Thank you so much, Melanie, for hosting me here. I enjoyed the interview questions, and all the comments.

  44. This sounds like a fantastic story! I'm looking forward to reading it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  45. Button pete thanks for the giveaway and these look interesting.

  46. I love photography so this book sounds great. Your interviews are always interesting to read.

  47. I would love a chance to enter for this book!
    Thank You :)
    Kim Reid
    kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

  48. This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  49. That's definitely a story you don't read everyday --I'm guessing a woman photographer was a little more rare back then. Thanks for the opportunity to win!


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