Thursday, August 29, 2013

Interview & Giveaway! Sarah E. Ladd ~ Author of The Heiress of Winterwood!!


Welcome to Christian Bookshelf Reviews, Sarah!! Will you tell us a little about yourself?
Thank you so much for having me! I am so excited to be here. I live in Indiana and I am a wife to an amazing husband and mother to a sweet daughter. In addition to writing, I work in marketing.

What is your book, The Heiress of Winterwood, about?
Here is a quick overview:

Amelia Barrett, heiress to an estate nestled in the English moors, defies family expectations and promises to raise her dying friend’s baby. She’ll risk everything to keep her word—even to the point of proposing to the child’s father—a sea captain she’s never met.

When the child vanishes with little more than an ominous ransom note hinting at her whereabouts, Amelia and Graham, the child’s father, are driven to test the boundaries of their love for this little one.

Amelia’s detailed plans would normally see her through any trial, but now, desperate and shaken, she’s forced to examine her soul and face her one weakness: pride.

Graham’s strength and self-control have served him well and earned him much respect, but chasing perfection has kept him a prisoner of his own discipline. And away from the family he has sworn to love and protect.

Both must learn to have faith and relinquish control so they can embrace the future ahead of them.

The Heiress of Winterwood is the beginning to a series, correct? How many books are planned and who will the next books be about?
You are correct! There are three books in the Whispers on the Moors series.  The 2nd book in the series, The Headmistress of Rosemere, tells William Sterling’s story (William is the brother of the hero in The Heiress of Winterwood), and it will release this December. I am currently writing the 3rd book in the series.  The title is still being finalized.

What is something the average reader wouldn't know about you?
I am an avid gardener … I love spending warm afternoons out in the sunshine. My favorite flower to grow? Morning glories.

When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer?  
On some level I have always written. I wrote short stories and poems when I was young, but I didn’t start writing novels until after college.

How many books have you written/published and do you have a favorite?
I have written 3 books. The Heiress of Winterwood was my first novel. The 2nd novel, The Headmistress of Rosemere, will release soon, and I am finishing the 3rd book right now. As far as having a favorite, I would have to say “whichever one I am working on”!

What would you say is your most interesting writing quirk?
I have an “ugly writing sweater” that I like to wear when I write.  It is not pretty to look at, but it is warm, fuzzy, and cozy.

Where do you like to write?
I usually write in my home office or curled up on the couch in my living room, but I do like to sometime venture out to a local coffee shop for a change of scenery.

What do you like to do when you're not writing? 
I love spending time and doing things with my family!  I also like to spend time in my garden and with friends.

What is your favorite genre to read and why? 
I read a lot of Christian historical fiction, but I also read a great deal of classic literature, especially classic literature from the Romantic Era.  I suppose that is where my love for the Regency period first started. I love the insight that classic literature gives us into the culture and into the “everyday lives” of the time.

Is there a place you’d like to visit, but haven’t yet? 
I have been to both England and Scotland, but I have not yet visited Ireland.  I would love to visit there one day.

Do you have a favorite Bible verse?
Philippians 4:6-7:  Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

What is your favorite holiday? 
Christmas! (Thanksgiving is a close second J )

A few this-or-that questions:

Snowstorms or Thunderstorms? BOTH!
Chocolate or Vanilla? Vanilla
Tea or Coffee?  DEFINITELY Coffee (actually, make it a latte!)
Call or Text?  A call
Cats or Dogs? Dogs
Early-bird or Night-owl? Early-bird
Facebook or Twitter? Facebook

Are you currently working on any new novels? If so, could you give us a hint? 
Right now I am working on the 3rd book in the series. I hope to be able to share details about that book very soon!

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 inviting me to your blog!
Here are few places where readers and I can connect:
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Website

Book Giveaway!!


Giveaway details: Enter for a chance to win a copy of The Heiress of Winterwood by Sarah E. Ladd. Giveaway is only open to residents of the US. Ends 9/12

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77 comments:

  1. Enjoyed your interview, Sarah!

    Interesting storyline - would love to read your book, thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

    bonnieroof60(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  2. I love the cover on this book. It's beautiful. I can't wait to read it.

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  3. thanks so much for the giveaway. Historical fiction is one of my most favorite genre to read. I love the cover and great review. I usually decide if I want to read a book by these 2 things. Yours is at the top of the list.

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  4. Oooo, this is definitely my idea of a good book! Lovely cover, too.

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  5. Thanks for the interview ladies! Historical fiction/romances are my favorite genre to read. Thanks for the opportunity to win a book.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  6. I want to go to Ireland too!

    lag110 at mchsi dot com

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  7. Hi Sarah!! I can't wait to read your books!! And I absolutely love the covers!

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  8. Thanks for sharing this great interview! I'm excited to read her first book :)

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  9. I've read several reviews for this book (all of them good) and I just love the cover! I'll have to pick it up soon, it sounds really good! I enjoyed getting to know the author better and learning more about the rest of the series! How exciting :) Thanks for the giveaway, also.

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  10. What a fun interview. I always enjoy learning more about the authors whose books I read.

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  11. I loved this book and can't wait to read the next one. Thanks for the giveaway and the interview!

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  12. Fun interview! I have a favorite ugly sweater to curl up in also, it's perfect for a chilly day.

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  13. Fun interview--I especially liked the idea of an "ugly sweater" that provides comfort even if it's not the most beautiful thing in your closet. I have one, too! Thanks for the giveaway; I can't wait to read your books, including the new one out in December (it's on my Christmas list!).

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  14. I have heard good things about this book and can't wait to read it! I had no idea it was the first in a series. Good to know! Something to look forward to!
    Nancycooks4u@gmail.com

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  15. I am excited to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  16. Nice to meet you, Sarah! I have been wondering about the Heiress and I would love to read about her! I'm glad to see that it's going to be a series. Sign me up!

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  17. Sarah - I have this book on my to-read list and have been looking forward to reading it. I am glad to hear that I'm not the only "ugly sweater" person. On our cold Colorado days, I have a couple I like to pull on!
    Lpertelt@aol.com

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  18. great to meet. love the opportunity to win this good

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  19. I would love to win a copy of this book! The cover is so pretty!!!
    Bethany

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  20. Been eager to read this one ever since the fabulous reviews started showing up! Great to "meet" you, Sarah. :)

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  21. I would love to win a copy of this book! It sounds wonderful!

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  22. Eager to read more since reading the synopsis. Beautiful cover. I'd love to visit Scotland and Ireland- I've been to Russia (in 9th grade) on a school sponsored educational trip but that's the only "overseas" place I've ever been.

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  23. Hallo Sarah. I have wanted this book since the first time I saw it. Tried to win it before. Hoping this will be my lucky time. It sounds really good, with the daddy of the little child and someone who promised her mother she would raise her. Why not the daddy? As to the morning Glory's you like. From my experience with them, when once you get them growing the problem is keeping them from spreading everywhere. Please put my name in to win your book. And will be waiting for the next one.
    MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

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    1. You are so right about the morning glories! They certainly like to "take over!"

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  24. I can't wait to read this! It looks so good :) Thanks for hosting a giveaway!

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  25. Love the interview, I completely understand the "ugly sweater", lol. I have my whole 'comfy' pants and sweater that drive my hubby nuts. Thanks for sharing!
    The book series sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity 8)
    Michelle Hofacker

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  26. I am so sorry I am so late to say hi to everyone! What a warm, kind welcome! I am tickled that so many of you commented on my "ugly writing sweater". :) That sweater has been around since I started seriously writing, and when I am wearing it, that means it is time to get writing! Thank you also for the kind words about the cover ... I love it too!

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  27. Oh, I love books set in this era! I love the cloths, culture, the social aspects! Everyone whispering behind a dainty gloved hand! I can't wait to get started on the Whispers on the Moors series!! Thanks for an awesome post!

    Oh and P.S.....I myself am not a huge fan of snowstorms but I do love me a house rumbling thunderstorm!!!

    mrsjtucker2012[at]gmail[dot]com

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  28. Thanks for an awesome interview, Sarah, and for the chance to win your awesome book!

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  29. Hi Sarah, we met years ago at ACFW. So happy for your success with this :)

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    1. Hi Dina! Of course I remember! Good to "talk" to you again! :)

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  30. Great interview. Hope to get to read the book

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  31. Great review! This book series sounds like it will be a good one. I wish you mush luck with your writing career.

    Hey Melanie, I got a giveaway you might like to know about going on too! http://writesthoughts.blogspot.com/2013/08/review-of-grace-unplugged-and-own-it.html

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  32. Looks fascinating. Never read this author before. Hope I win!

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  33. Wonderful interview, looking forward to reading the series--Regency romances are one of my favorite genres.

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  34. Would love to be able to read your newest book.
    Danie Walther
    Oh.hello.hiya@gmail.com

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  35. What a compelling storyline. It will be interesting to see how the child's disappearance and the lessons each adult must learn are all tied together in Christian teaching.

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  36. What a refreshing piece of Christian literature!!!! Who can resist castles and moors?!

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  37. I love the covers and the books sound really good. I thought the unique writing quirk was a good question and had a good answer. Even if the sweater is ugly if it's comfy that's what counts! Thanks for the giveaway.

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  38. Great interview! I'd love to know who you're growing your pink morning glories. My soil must not be good. I've tried for the last three years and have had no luck. Looking forward to reading your book.

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  39. I love the cover of The Heiress of Winterwood and have been planning to read it. I actually thought I l already purchased it, but I just checked and I see that I haven't, so I'd love to win a copy. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  40. When you mentioned "Both must learn to have faith and relinquish control so they can embrace the future ahead of them." I knew that I must read this book. That is a lesson I need to learn so I look forward to seeing how they do it. It always seems that the best lessons are learned the hard way.

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  41. I borrowed this book from the library, loved it. I would love to own a copy and share with friends.

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  42. Love to read this book. Sounds very good!

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  43. Sarah - I'm so proud of all you've accomplished. I still remember meeting you two years ago at ACFW. I knew then that you'd be publishing soon. So excited to see you flourish! And can I just say how GORGEOUS your covers are? I love them! THere is just something so elegant and intriguing about the angle of the shot, and of course the dresses are fabulous. Hope to see you at ACFW again this year!

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    1. Hi Karen! So good to "see" you again! And thank you for the kind words about the covers ... I am absolutely thrilled with them. I too your covers too -- as well as the charming stories that go with them. :)

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  44. The covers are great! I'm really looking forward to picking them up and reading them.

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  45. First off, I just love your hair, Sarah. :) Curly girls unite!

    What beautiful covers--and beautiful stories, I can already tell! Thanks for hosting this giveaway, Melanie!

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  46. This looks like an amazing nook to curl up with

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  47. I have not read this author but this story sounds like one I would enjoy reading, thanks for sharing about Sarah and her book
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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  48. Fun interview! Sarah, I love the covers!

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  49. Sounds like it is going to be a great read.

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  50. I would love to visit Ireland as well. I can't wait to read this trilogy.

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  51. thanks for the giveaway, this sounds like a fantastic book.
    sonflower277 at gmail dot com

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  52. Sarah,
    your book sounds delightful. I can hardly wait to read/review it.
    Would love to win.
    Thanks for the giveaway

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  53. Wow! Sounds great. Very interesting. I like to garden too! I've never seen that variation of morning glories--mine are smoother, in both leave and bloom. These in the picture are intriguing. And I have to say, coffee is definitely a lifesaver when it comes to writing!

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  54. Thanks again to everyone for stopping by, and thanks for the kind welcome!

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  55. Indiana is a wonderful state to live in. We visited the amusement parks with our daughters and they love Holiday World but it so different than the English moors that you write about.

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    1. Indiana is wonderful ... and you are right ... very different than the moors, but Indiana's pretty great. :)

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  56. Sounds interesting! Would love to read it!

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  57. The title caught my attention.
    My mother had morning glories and my daughter still uses the seeds every year from her plants. We live in Minneaots so they die each year but my mother was in Texas and always had flowers it seems. A couple of years ago I had a morning glory plant in my yard and I had not planted any seeds.
    Appreciate the giveaway. I have you on my TBR list now.

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    1. I start my morning glories from seeds as well ... even though I usually have a few "volunteers" that grow each year! This year I did "cheat" and bought a starter plant at the greenhouse, but normally I start them from seeds too. :)

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  58. I think this book sounds really great. And it has a beautiful cover!

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  59. The book sounds and looks great. I love beautiful covers, and beautiful insides are even better! :)

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  60. Great interview! This book is on my wishlist! gwen[dot]gage[at]gmail[dot]com

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  61. I love historical fiction too! The covers of these books are simply gorgeous!

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  62. Great interview! I have an ugly sweater I adore too. I am loving the covers to her novels. Beautiful!

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  63. Sounds like a good strong historical fiction that will leave me wanting more. Beautiful cover.

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  64. That's so cool that you do gardening! I would love too, but I don't like working outside or pickings weeds! Haha! Great interview! :)

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  65. Loved the interview! Would love to win this book. Definitely on my to read list!

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  66. I've been wanting to read this book! Thanks for posting the interview & giveaway :-)

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  67. I can not wait to read. I admire anyone who does what is right in the face of opposition.

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