Getting to know an author...

I've been following Pam Hillman's Blog Tour for her new book release Claiming Mariah, which was published by Tyndale earlier this month.

Pam, as it turns out, is an amazing person who has had some truly amazing adventures. She's posted several wonderful interviews and articles on her tour this week, all of which give a glimpse into her life and also into her inspiration for her book and her main character.

The blog tour stops are all very interesting, I'd recommend that you read them all if you can.
Oh, and don't forget to enter her drawings for some nifty prizes - including a Kindle or a Nook.

Today's stop on Pam's Blog Tour is here:

This week's stops included:
Monday - Seekerville
Thinking Outside the Box...and THEN Some!
Pam's blog stop here deals with promotional tools for writers. It may not hold interest for you if you're a reader, but if you're a reader and a writer, you'll definately want to take a look. Pam has some really original and unique ideas that she shares.

Tuesday - Sarah Forgrave's Blog -
Dreaming of the Tropics with Pam Hillman (A Meet and Greet Interview)
Pam gives a very interesting interview on this blog stop. I learned quit a bit about the author, and it was an enjoyable experience. Pam is very open, and often funny, in her responses to Sarah's interview questions.

Wednesday - Pens on a World Map -
Starbucks at Your Fingertips? - Author Pam Hillman Interview and Giveaway
Another interview with Pam, but this time with some interesting questions and answers about travel.

Thursday - Henry McLaughlin's blog -
A New Book and Giveaways from Pam Hillman
Hmm. I learned something new about Pam at this blog stop. She has spent most of her adult life "buying millions of pounds of precious metals, stainless steel, copper, and brass goods."

Friday - Living The Body of Christ blog -
The Ultimate Heart Monitor
Ever thought about heart monitors much? I hadn't really either, until like Pam, my father developed heart issues. Now, I know a lot more about them than I used to. Click on over to this blog and read about heart monitors, and learn about God's monitor for our own hearts.

Saturday - Infinite Characters blog -
Pam Hillman on the IC Hotseat today!
One of the best interviews I've read in quite a while. Connie's questions and Pam's answers had me grinning the whole time. I also learned something new. Pam Hillman was once caught in a stampede! A stampede! How many authors do you know who can say that? And there was also a little something in the interview about juggling. Pam is certainly an author with many other talents...

That Summer by Jo Huddleston

Jo Huddleston

An inspirational Southern historical novel

The Great Depression brings devastation to the Southern Appalachians but love’s triangle survives.

To escape his poppa’s physical abuse and their dirt-poor farm life, Jim flees to an imagined prosperous city life where he can make his own choices, ignoring God patiently knocking on his heart’s door. Settled in town, Jim strays from God and the way of faith his momma taught him. He meets a girl and loses his heart … and meets another girl and loses his willpower. Jim wrestles with social and moral dilemmas as he makes a choice beside Caney Creek that will alter the lives of five people.

That Summer is Book #1 in the Caney Creek Series. Book #2 and #3 are scheduled to release in April 2013 and September 2013, respectively. Follow the Callaway family through all three books. Live their triumphs, sorrows, achievements, and losses. Walk along with them as they meet faith challenges and fight to regain a rightful place in God's plan.

Chance to win books, books and more books! Plus some other prizes, too.

Check out these book-related contests I've found for this week. Better enter fast though - I'm not sure how long some of them will last!

Linda S Glaz is giving away some novels:

Sylvia Nash is giving away two signed copies of The Missing Calico:

Lillian Duncan is giving away a copy of Janet K. Brown's devotional book, Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness at

Michael J. Webb is giving away an autographed copy of THE OLDEST ENEMY

H. G. Ferguson is giving away a copy of NEW BLOOD

Melissa Finnegan is giving away seven books

Carole Towriss is giving away IN THE SHADOW OF SINAI

Elk Lake Publishing is giving away then copies of GRACE LIKE RAIN

Pam Hillman is giving away an ereader (winners choice of Kindle or Nook) on Facebook:

From Margaret Brownley: "Ever own a car that was clunky, rusty, holey, feisty or sporty? In my new bookWaiting for Morning, the hero owns a rattletrap named Bertha whose habit of backfiring nearly gets him killed when the heroine, thinking she’s being shot at, fires back. Tell us about a car that played a part in YOUR life story and you could win a $100 gas card. Just write a paragraph or two and send (along with a photo if you have one) to Contest ends January 31st!"

K. Dawn Byrd is giving away a copy of SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL:

Donna Schlachter is holding a contest for a $10 Starbucks card:

Tina Pinson is giving away two $25 gift certificates, plus pendants and books:

A Resolutions Contest for a $10 Starbucks gift card:

Laura McClellan is giving away books:

Two chances to win two books: or

Jeanett Windle is giving away a copy of CONGO DAWN:

Georgiana Daniels is giving away a copy of A DAUGHTER'S REDEMPTION:

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Where Treasure Hides by Johnnie Alexander Donley

Where Treasure Hides by Johnnie Alexander Donley

Artist Alison Schuyler spends her time working in her family’s renowned art gallery, determined to avoid the curse that has followed the Schuyler clan from the Netherlands to America and back again. She’s certain that true love will only lead to tragedy—that is, until a chance meeting at Waterloo station brings Ian Devlin into her life. Drawn to the bold and compassionate British Army captain, Alison begins to question her fear of love as World War II breaks out, separating the two and drawing each into their own battles. While Ian fights for freedom on the battlefield, Alison works with the Dutch Underground to find a safe haven for Jewish children and priceless pieces of art alike. But safety is a luxury war does not allow. As time, war, and human will struggle to keep them apart, will Alison and Ian have the faith to fight for their love, or is it their fate to be separated forever?

Lighten Up by Angela Ruth Strong

Lighten Up by Angela Ruth Strong

Bethany Light is the daughter of a minister who can't forgive her father for running off with the church secretary. She goes to her own pastor for counsel, never expecting to fall in love with him. To make matters worse, she's personal training his fiancé in preparation for the big day and somehow ends up in their wedding.

Refusing to make the same mistake her dad made, Bethany tries to focus on fixing her family rather than face her own issues. How could a household that used to have it all together have fallen so far from grace? And how can she keep from following in her father's footsteps when it feels so right?

Winds of Wyoming by Rebecca Carey Lyles

Winds of Wyoming by Rebecca Carey Lyles

Fresh out of a Pennsylvania penitentiary armed with a marketing degree, Kate Neilson heads to Wyoming anticipating an anonymous new beginning as a guest-ranch employee. A typical twenty-five-year-old woman might be looking to lasso a cowboy, but her only desire is to get on with life on the outside—despite her growing interest in the ranch owner. When she discovers a violent ex-lover followed her west, she fears the past she hoped to hide will trail as close as a shadow and her once again.