Monday, September 7, 2009

Meet Fiction Author Deborah Vogts and WIN!

Ready for some FUN?

Today, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to introduce you to Deborah Vogts. Deborah is a fellow ACFW member and is a brand new novelist. One thing that's unique about Deborah's writing is that her stories take place in the country. So if you're a country girl or guy at heart, there's no doubt you'll be immediately hooked on Deborah's books.

You can WIN a copy of her just-released debut novel, Snow Melts in Spring, by leaving a comment on this post, telling me why you want to win this book. Deadline to enter is midnight, September 13. Winner will be announced next Monday, September 14.

Also...I am cross-posting my article here because I want to give you a taste of what Fiction Author Fun Facts is all about. So be sure to scroll down for 10 fun facts about Deborah.

But first, here is a brief synopsis about Snow Melts in Spring:

When an aged horse is severely injured on a gravel road in the Flint Hills of Kansas, country veterinaria n Mattie Evans accepts the challenge to save him. But she finds herself in the middle of a longstanding feud between the horse’s owner, pro quarterback Gil McCray, and his ailing father—who is also her dear friend.

As the snow melts in spring, Gil’s return to his estranged father’s ranch brings a chance for new beginnings and reconciliation, but when he falls in love with Mattie, he must face the truths that haunt him or run from his past. Meanwhile, Mattie encourages Gil to return permanently to Kansas rather than retire in California. Their love collides when Mattie’s sister arrives on Gil’s doorstep, causing Gil to come to terms with the jealous acts leading up to his brother’s death and seek forgiveness from those he loves most. Can he accept God’s forgiveness, and will that be enough to make him stop running from his memories of home? In turn, if Mattie forgives, she’ll be forced to choose between the man of her dreams and the land she dearly loves.

Remember to leave a comment about why you would love to win a copy of this book. Good luck!

Now, here are 10 Fun Facts about Deborah Vogts:

What time of the day do you do your best writing? - Some of my best writing occurs late morning and early evening--usually about the time supper needs to be prepared. For some odd reason, my characters aren't aware that my family depends on me to feed them. LOL

Favorite fast-food restaurant: - My husband sneers at us, but my daughters and I love SONIC. Yummy hamburgers and onion rings--oh and happy hour 1/2 price drinks from 2-4. LOL

First job you ever had: - When I was a junior in high school, I sold Princess House Crystal. That job lasted a year, and I collected all of the crystal I use now. Beautiful stuff. I especially like their handblown stemware.

If you could spend an afternoon with one Bible character (besides Jesus), who would it be? - Interesting about Miriam when she crossed the Red Sea. That would have been an incredible experience, wouldn't it? Or, maybe fixing a meal with Mary & Martha, or how about sewing a dress with Dorcas, or I know . . . following behind Esther when she was in her queen training. Sorry, there are just too many characters to choose from. :)

Favorite Disney character? - The Little Mermaid -- She has the sweetest voice.

Book on your nightstand: - Two books, actually. Fields of Grace by Kim Vogel Sawyer and The Carousel Painter by Judith Miller--both are fellow Kansas authors who have new releases in September!

Three words you would use to describe yourself: Friendly, country, Christian.

What kind of car do you drive? A 1999 RED Yukon -- until it dies and we have to get a new one. And YES, the color always matters. ;)

Are you an introvert or extrovert? I am a wanna-be introvert forced into being an extrovert. Actually, I was forced out of my shell when I became a consultant for Princess House. But I LOVE meeting and visiting with my new readers. That has been an incredible joy.

Favorite flower: - Peace Roses--they smell so good.

To read more Fun Facts about your favorite authors, visit my page:FICTION AUTHOR FUN FACTS

More about Deborah:

Deborah Vogts and her husband have three daughters and make their home in Southeast Kansas where they raise and train American Quarter Horses. As a student at Emporia State University studying English and journalism, Deborah developed a love for the Flint Hills that has never faded. In writing this series, she hopes to share her passion for one of the last tallgrass prairie regions in the world, showing that God’s great beauty rests on the prairie and in the hearts of those who live there.

Visit Deborah online:

HER BLOG: Country at Heart

Regarding contest: Void where prohibited; open only to U.S. residents. Odds of winning depend on number of entrants.


Cheryl Barker said...

I'd love to win a copy of this book. I've met Deborah online and discovered we are fellow Kansans. She is also going to be speaking at our FCW (writers group) meeting in October. Throw my name in the hat, please!

Jo said...

Enjoyed reading the interview and really enjoyed the author fun filled facts. This book sounds very interesting and would love to read it. Please place my name in the drawing.


Jan Cline said...

Being a new novelist myself (that's a prophetic statement as I am yet unpublished)I like to read first works. I am a country girl having raised my kids on our farm in Washington state. Sounds like a great story. Would love to learn something from reading her work.

Cherie J said...

Enjoyed the interview! Would love to win a copy of this book because the plot sounds so good and I love trying new authors. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.


Edwina said...

Great interview! And the book sounds fantastic! Please sign me up:

Sandee61 said...

The cover of Deborah's book drew me in and now after reading the synopsis...I know I want to read it! Please enter me in your giveaway. Thank you! I enjoyed the brief interview also...their fun to read and learn about new authors.



Winter said...

Enter me in the drawing. I'd love to get a copy of this book. I've heard great things about it.

Winter at iacuttergirl @ gmail dot com

Emma said...

Great interview.The reviews for this book are good. Snow Melts in Spring sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

Deborah Vogts said...

Hi Linda & everyone,

Thanks so much for having me on your blog and for doing this fun interview. Wishing all of you a happy Labor Day!

Unknown said...

What a fun interview. Thanks for leting us know more about Deborah and her book.

Please put my name in the hat for the drawing.

Finding Hope Through Fiction

mariska said...

Those fun facts part were very fun :) I enjoyed it!
I'd love to win this book coz this will be my first book about country side. I've been following around to get the chance to win it!
cuniquas at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Great interview. Book sounds great. Please enter me in the contest. Blessings. AprilR

Angie Vik said...

I'd like to win this book so I can put it in our church library.

Deborah M said...

I, too, am a country girl and a fledgling writer. I love to read new authors and learn as much as I can from their writing.
Deborah M.

Graham'z Crackers said...

Thank you for a chance to win a copy of this book! It's a book that is right up my ally. I grew up with horses and a small farm. I'm looking forward to reading it!

Judyg said...

Why would I like to win a copy of this book? For many reasons, but here are just a few: I love reading new authors, I live in Kansas and love reading about my state, and finally, I am a bookaholic, so any time I can own a book of my own I never pass up a chance. Thanks for the chance to win!

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this book. Please enter my name in your draw. Thanks.

Megan DiMaria said...

Fun interview! I've got the book, so you don't need to enter me into the contest.

Thanks for reading Searching for Spice, Lynda. I look forward to meeting you at the ACFW conference.

Coleene VanTilburg said...

Hi Lynda, Thank you for sharing about this new author and her new book. The reasons I would like to win this book are: #1 It's always fun to win, #2 I also was a Princess House consultant, so we have that in common, #3 I do not know anything about Kansas, prairie life and quarter horses and always like to go to new places when I read, and #4, you wrote a nice review! Thanks Coleene

Jblanton said...

this books sounds great- great interview with the author- please enter me in the giveaway.


ejxd95 at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

I have been wanting to read this book!!!! Please enter me. Thanks!

Barb Lukow said...

Hi! Please throw me in the mix! I just read about this book on Deborah's webpage a couple of days ago and got all excited. I'm a country gal; plan to pitch my first complete novel at ACFW (it also has a country/small town setting). Looking forward to ACFW!

Deborah Vogts said...

Coleene, you sold Princess House! How cool!!! It's rare to find anyone who even knows what it is. LOL.

Hi Barb (and anyone else here), I would love to meet you at the ACFW conference. If you see me, please introduce yourself & say hello!!!

Lynda Lee Schab said...

Deborah, I used to love princess house. Don't hear about it much anymore!