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19 August 2011

Our Romantic Moment Authors Are....

This week's host: Jennifer Slattery

Hey, hey, hey, it's reveal day! I love Fridays on Clash of the Titles. Either we unveil two new talented authors or we crown one the next literary champion and announce to give-away winners. What a fun way to launch our weekend.

The author of Excerpt A is...

 Eva Marie Everson, author of This Fine Life:

Eva Marie Everson. Daughter of Betty and Preston. Big sister of Van. Grew up swimming. Spent years studying dance. Hoped to be a back-up dancer on The Tom Jones Show, but it didn't work out. Was a nurse. Didn't like it much. Wife of Dennis. Mother. Grandmother (they are why we let them live). Wrote her first novel in 8th grade. Made all her friends read it. Came up with the plot-line for her first "real novel" while taking a walk and smelling jasmine. Likes to knit. Likes to read. Loves her dogs. Loves photography. Lives on a lake. Likes to photograph the lake. Has sold some of her photography. Hates gum popping. Is passionate about Israel. Teaches the Bible (focus on OT theology). Can say "grace" in Hebrew. Wrote a book about Israel. Writes Southern novels. Reared in the South. Knows the South. Has two blogs. Tweets. Facebooks. Needs chocolate daily. Not wants. Needs. And coffee. Now how fun is that? Visit her website to find out more about her and her writing.

Now to unveil This Fine Life:

It is the summer of 1959 and Mariette Puttnam has just graduated from boarding
school. When she returns to her privileged life at home, she isn't sure where life will take her. More schooling? A job? Marriage? Nothing feels right. How could she know that the answer is waiting for her within the narrow stairwell of her father's apparel factory, exactly between the third and fourth floors?

In this unique and tender story of an unlikely romance, popular author Eva Marie Everson takes readers on a journey through the heart of a young woman bound for the unknown. Readers will experience the joys of new love, the perseverance of true friendship, and the gift of forgiveness that comes from a truly fine life.


The author of excerpt B is...


Lisa Bergren, author of Waterfall, discovered by our new talent scout, Katie McCurdy!

Lisa Bergren is a wife, mother, sister, friend, disciple, traveler, explorer, adventurer, and life-long learner…all of which feeds her writing. She’s written over 30 books in all kinds of fiction genres, Bible studies, devotionals and the best-selling children’s God Gave Us… Series. She spends far too much time on the Net and has to go to the library to concentrate on writing. If you sit in her chair there, she'll stare at you until you leave. You can find her on Twitter (@LisaTBergren), Facebook (River of Time Series and Lisa Tawn Bergren). She also runs a family travel web site, www.theworldiscalling.com, which allows her to dream about her next trip to Italy. Visit her website to find out more about her and her writing.

Now to unveil Waterfall:

While most American teens would kill for an Italian vacation, the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives there with their archaeologist parents. And they’re not happy to be back. Stuck on yet another hot, dusty dig, they are bored out of their minds…until they place their hands atop handprints in an ancient tomb and find themselves catapulted into the Fourteenth Century. Gabi emerges in the middle of a dream–or nightmare?–with hot Italian knights in a fierce battle. And so begins her quest to return home…while wondering if she wants to at all.

Our two talented authos have a question for you:

Eva wants to know who you most identify with and why.

Lisa wants to know, when shopping for your next novel, what's the main reason you pick up a book? Genre? Back cover blurb? Cover? Friend?

And to kick our weekend off right, now that you've read these great romantic experts and a few not-so-romantic moments shared by us and our readers...tell us about your first date with your spouse.

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4 comments:

April W Gardner said... Friday, 19 August, 2011

Welcome, Lisa! Welcome, Eva! Both your covers are gorgeous. Lisa, to answer your question, it's the cover that first catches my eyes, but the back cover blurb finishes reeling me in. Of course, if I'm not fascinated by the end of chapter one, I don't feel obligated to finish.
Eva, that's a tough question. Going to think on it a bit and get back with you...

Michelle Massaro said... Friday, 19 August, 2011

Welcome, ladies! April is right, those covers are amazing.

I'll address Jen's Q. I'm not sure if it was the very first day (I was a teen), but early on my now-husband took me to dinner at Red Lobster. I wasn't a big fan of seafood. I wanted to stick with fried shrimp. But he made me try crab legs. I was scared. I didn't want to do it. They looked like big bug legs. I had to crack open their shells. *shudder*. The first nibble didnt' win me over. Even the butter failed to impress me. But then... Then I squeezed lemon juice on it and tried again. I looked up with wide eyes and exclaimed, "It's good with lemon!" And thus was born the famous line oft-quoted in our house. Of course, now I'm like the Dr Seuss book: Butter, lemon, plain, it doesn't matter. I will eat it in a house, and with a fox and with a mouse. Ok, maybe not a mouse...

Gail Pallotta said... Friday, 19 August, 2011

Hi Eva Marie and Lisa,

Thanks for your wonderful books.
Eva Marie, the groups I most identify with are writers and swimmers. The person I most identify with is my mother.
Lisa, I pick up a book because of the cover, the blurb or a friend.
A friend's suggetion means a lot.

Delia Latham said... Tuesday, 23 August, 2011

Well, I'm a few days late and several bucks short...as always! I completely missed out on the voting, but I have read the excerpts, and both books sound amazing. I recognize Lisa's name because I've reviewed a couple of her children's books. Lovely! :)

My answers: When I get to choose a book for myself (as opposed to reading them for review, because I've been asked to do so), the cover and/or title grab me first. IF I like those things, I read the back cover text and make my decision from that. But I never make it to the back cover text if either the title and/or the cover haven't grabbed me first.

I'm not sure who I most identify with...hmmm, I'll have to think about that one.

And Jen, I wish I could remember my first date with my husband! LOL We've been married 37 years, and we started dating when I was (((blush))) 14! Besides, I'd had a major crush on him since I was 11, so it all kind of blurs together in my rapidly again brain... I do find it rather romantic, however, that he still opens the car door for me almost every time.:D

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