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Winner, winners

I’ve got a couple giveaways to announce winners for today.

The winner of my giveaway of Attachments by Rainbow Rowell is:

Melissa of Chick Lit Central

Once I hear back from you, Melissa, I’ll forward your address on so you can get your prize!


True Grit: Women Taking On the World, for God's SakeThe winners of my giveaway of True Grit: Women Taking On the World, for God’s Sake by Deborah Meroff are:

diana mack, Amy @ Backseat Writer, and Linda Kish

I’ve emailed each of them to get their mailing addresses, so I can mail out the books I have, courtesy of the publisher.

Congratulations, ladies!

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Giveaway: True Grit by Deborah Meroff

True Grit: Women Taking On the World, for God's SakeFor several weeks I was posting small snippets from a book — True Grit: Women Taking On the World, for God’s Sake by Deborah Meroff — as part of my Lenten observation. When I informed the publisher, Authentic Media, of my plan, they graciously sent me a few copies of the book, to giveaway.

Besides the vast amount of data (which I quoted from), True Grit also contains touching narratives related to each theme or topic; in no way, even in this many posts, have I done more than scratch the surface of this book’s content. It’s well worth reading.

And now the time has come.

To enter this giveaway, leave a comment on this post with one thing you learned, or one thing that really struck you, from my 40-post series. I’ll accept entries through Tuesday, May 2, 2011. (One entry per person; U.S./Canada only.)

ETA: This giveaway is now closed. See who won.

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Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (review and giveaway)

Word Lily review

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell (Dutton, April 14, 2011), 336 pages

Summary
Lincoln, thought by some to be a perpetual student, finally quit school (after several degrees) and moved back home. Now, he’s working at the newspaper, overseeing internet security and fixing printers when they need it. It’s not a great job; Lincoln’s working second shift, in a windowless office all alone. He can’t meet people, because he works when they’re awake. And he really doesn’t like snooping through private emails, but that’s what he’s paid to do.

Thoughts
Much of the book consists of email exchanges between two women, friends. Lincoln can’t bring himself to send them a warning, and he kind of feels like he’s become friends with them — even while feeling like a creep for reading their email.

In some ways, this is a coming of age novel. Although Lincoln’s not a teenager, when the book opens he doesn’t have a clear picture of who he is, and he’s lacking direction and motivation.

The Y2K scare and preparation aspect of the book (it’s set in 1999) is fun. I love the Omaha, Nebraska setting. I also loved being back in a newspaper office, talking about inky fingers, second shift, and copy-editing.

Overall, I found this book charming, and not entirely shallow. The book touches on themes of self-concept, esteem, ethics, fertility, and marriage.

Rating: 4 stars

About the author
Rainbow Rowell (Facebook @rainbowrowell), is a columnist for the Omaha World-Herald. She lives in Omaha with her family. She has a journalism degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Other reviews
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Truth, Beauty, Freedom, and Books
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Thanks to the publisher, one of you can win a copy of Attachments! (U.S. or Canada only.) To enter, leave a comment on this post. (One entry per person.) I’ll accept entries through Monday, May 2, 2011.

ETA: This giveaway is now closed. See who won.

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Mini-challenge winner (and my lily)

I loved seeing the results of all your paper folding! The winner of my mini-challenge is:

Shannon @ BooksDevoured, who got her kids involved in the fun, too! Together, they made a butterfly, a boat and a dog.

Congratulations, Shannon!!! Check the Readathon site for instructions on how to claim your prize.

Here’s what I made:

WordLily's Lily

Posed on the book the lily's crafted from.

Deets

Check the comments on my original post to see everyone else’s paper-folding fun!

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Winners of Possession by Rene Gutteridge

Rene Gutteridge Week 2011, WordLily.com

The winners of Possession by Rene Gutteridge are:

Sheila, Ruth, and Jennifer.

I’ve emailed each of them to get their mailing addresses. Congratulations, ladies!

The prizes for these giveaways were provided by Tyndale; I’m mailing them to the winners myself.

If you didn’t win, you can buy a copy here.

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Interview with author Rene Gutteridge

It’s Friday! And this interview concludes Rene Gutteridge Week. I hope you’ve enjoyed it.

Rene Gutteridge Week 2011, WordLily.com

I’m pleased today to welcome Rene Gutteridge to Word Lily! She is the author of seventeen novels, the latest of which is Possession [my review].

Rene Gutteridge pic

Author Rene Gutteridge

Word Lily: Listen isn’t the first book you’ve written that’s focused on the power of words (Ghost Writer, for one). I’m a lover of words and language, and I’ve often seen the powerful impact of words. The instances that stick in my head, though, are kind of the opposite of those in Listen. Where did that story come from?

Rene Gutteridge: Listen came from many places for me. I watched in the news how people have been obliterating each other with words on the web, everyone from adults to children. It broke my heart. I also saw it in my personal life, how much words hurt, how it caused hate, and how my own words affected other people. Listen was a culmination of what I felt was going so wrong in our society. I wanted to bring a magnifying glass to the subject matter.

Word Lily: Per your website, in 2011 you’re working on your first nonfiction book, a novelization called Heart of the Country, and another suspense novel. (Whew, busy!) This after your last two releases have fallen more along suspense lines, as well. Will you return to humor, at some point? Also, care to elaborate on any or all of these projects?

Rene Gutteridge: I will always return to humor! And yes, I will be returning to humor alongside my writing buddy, Cheryl McKay. We’ll be announcing more details soon, but I am very excited about our upcoming projects. I’m also in the rewriting stage of Heart of the Country and I’m so eager to get this into the hands of readers. Many readers may not know that my second book, Troubled Waters, was a family drama, and that’s what I’m returning to with Heart of the Country. I love a good family drama, and readers who love drama too won’t be disappointed. I’ve teamed up with filmmaker John Ward (I Am) and Tyndale House publishers to bring John’s script into novel form. This will be out sometime this year. My next suspense will be from Tyndale as well, but I don’t want to release details about that yet. However, I think I am going to have an absolute blast writing it, while also scaring myself spitless. Can’t elaborate yet on the nonfiction book, but I will tell you that I think it may be the most important book I’ll ever write. I’m thrilled to be on the project and am currently working on it.

Word Lily: Any recommendations for other humorous Christian fiction?

Rene Gutteridge: You can never go wrong with Kristin Billerbeck. Her dialogue and knack for timing on the written page is impeccable. Laura Jensen Walker also has some great humorous Christian fiction offerings.

Word Lily: Thanks! Tell us how you went from writing comedy sketches for churches to novels.

Rene Gutteridge: I had actually written novels before I started sketch writing. But I hadn’t published any of them yet. Writing church sketches was probably the single most influential writing exercise I’ve ever done or ever will do. I had a live audience, so I could see their immediate reaction to my writing. I saw what worked and what didn’t. This was particularly helpful writing comedy. Before writing sketches, I hadn’t attempted any comedy. But I quickly saw how impacting comedy can be, and so I gave it a shot. I failed a lot, but that just helped me succeed later with it. I also used to direct, but I was a horrible director because I was so focused on everyone getting their lines right, since I wrote them, that I neglected everything else. My actors were always asking, “Where should we stand? What should the blocking be?” I was like, “Just stand there, don’t move, but make sure you get that line right.”

Word Lily: How can I get my hands on your plays and sketches?

Rene Gutteridge: I am working on that. I have over 500 sketches and one full-length play. I’m hoping to get a website up this year that will offer all these sketches.

Word Lily: That sounds great! A couple more general questions now. Why do you write?

Rene Gutteridge: I write because God gave me the gift. I am so glad He did. I enjoy it so much. It’s really the business side of writing that frustrates me the most. But God’s got to get us out of our comfort zone often so we continue to depend on Him. But the business side of writing (taxes, contracts, etc.) is truly the thorn in my side.

Word Lily: What are you reading?

Rene Gutteridge: Right now an advance copy of an Alison Strobel novel and Decision Points by George W. Bush.

Word Lily: Thank you so much for your time, Rene!


About the author
Rene Gutteridge (Facebook) is the author of 17 novels. She and her family live in Oklahoma.

Other (rare) interviews with Rene Gutteridge

2006 interview with Tyndale
• The downloadable excerpt of Possession includes an interview (that’s in the back of the book)


Thanks to Tyndale, I have three copies of Gutteridge’s latest, Possession, to give away this week. And one of those giveaways is now! Enter to win a copy of Possession by Rene Gutteridge by leaving a comment on this post. (One entry per person per giveaway; sorry, U.S. only.) I’ll accept entries through today, Friday, January 28, 2011. The other two giveaways are still open, as well.

Edited to add: This giveaway is now closed. See who won.

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‘Gutteridge is one of my go-to authors’: A guest post by Deborah of Books, Movies and Chinese Food

I’m thrilled to welcome Deborah of Books, Movies and Chinese Food to Word Lily today! She shares my appreciation for Rene Gutteridge and her books, so I’m excited she chose to participate in Rene Gutteridge Week. Plus, I feel like she kind of educates me on the subject of genres in this post. 😛 Thanks again, Deborah!

Rene Gutteridge Week 2011, WordLily.com

I love when an actor who is known for comedy suddenly does a 180 and gives a knockout performance in a serious drama. Not only is the audience caught completely off guard, they are blown away by the incredibly depth of the acting range of that actor. It shows how good an actor that person is because they are able to make the audience forget that they are seeing a guy known for crude slapstick who instead has become fully immersed in a completely different role.

It’s the same thing with an author who can write well in different genres. Rene Gutteridge is one of those authors. Romantic suspense, comedy, chick lit, women’s fiction, screenplay adaptations, she’s done it all. I was first introduced to her writing several years ago by a list of authors that author Camy Tang had put on her website. She had listed several of Rene’s books that should be read, so I figured, well I’ll give her a shot. My first taste of her books was Ghostwriter. And to this day that is my favorite of all her books. I won’t spoil the plot at all but it was such a page turner for me. The remarkable part for me as well was that there were TWO stories being told at the same time. Not just two plots taking place with different characters but a book being written within a book. And I always have high respect for authors who are able to juggle two completely different story lines into one manuscript. From then, I was sold. I knew I had to read more of Gutteridge’s books.

After Ghostwriter I read: Boo (small town charm, often called “Mitford on Steroids”) and its sequels, My Life as a Doormat (chick lit), The Storm series (romantic suspense), The Occupational Hazard series (I call this comedy) as well as several other stand alone books. ALL of them are written well and are distinct from each other. There are some authors who try to write in different genres — say, historical fiction and mystery — but you can still see them using the same formula, same plot devices in the books. With Rene’s books, they are different from each other, almost to the point where you don’t realize it’s the same author. However, I can’t explain it, but there’s still a certain trademark where you know it’s her books. She is one of my go-to authors, the ones where I know that I will enjoy the book no matter what genre she’s writing in.

Thanks so much, Deborah! And, friends? If you read Christian fiction and don’t follow her fabulous blog, you’re seriously missing out.


Thanks to Tyndale, I have three copies of Gutteridge’s latest, Possession [my review], to give away this week. And one of those giveaways is now! Enter to win a copy of Possession by Rene Gutteridge by leaving a comment on this post. (One entry per person per giveaway; sorry, U.S. only.) I’ll accept entries through Friday, January 28, 2011. The first giveaway is still open, as well.

Edited to add: This giveaway is now closed. See who won.

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Dear Rene Gutteridge

Rene Gutteridge Week 2011, WordLily.com

Dear Rene,

I’ve been a big fan of your books since I first picked up Boo on the recommendation of a trusted reading friend in 2008. (Has it really been less than 2.5 years? Seems longer, in a good way.) I’ve now read 11 of your at-present 17 titles, and I’m not planning to quit!

Somehow I feel more connected to you, as well, because you live in Oklahoma. Not that I love Oklahoma, particularly, but I have lived there (my parents still do). I feel particularly connected to you and all authors from the central United States, because that’s where my roots are. To some extent, we have a shared life experience, in this. I feel this kinship, this connection, but that doesn’t mean people from outside the central United States can’t connect to your books — not at all!

While I have to admit I first fell in love with your comedy novels — Scoop is my favorite — I love that you write in multiple genres. Actually, I think excelling in more than one style or type of book is a sign of a skilled writer. Possession, your latest, is certainly one of your best. Maybe the reason I love the lighter ones is simply because I read them first?

More than that, I love that you write in more than one genre because it’s evidence that you’re growing as a writer, which is something I always hope for.

These are just a few of the reasons why I’m a fan and why I decided to have a Rene Gutteridge Week. I’ve got reviews, a couple guest posts, giveaways, and even an interview with you, (Thanks!) so I think it’ll be good.

Looking forward to more,
hannah


Wait! Don’t go away yet! Thanks to Tyndale, I have three copies of Gutteridge’s latest, Possession [review later today], to give away this week. And one of those giveaways is now! Enter to win a copy of Possession by Rene Gutteridge by leaving a comment on this post. (One entry per person per giveaway; sorry, U.S. only.) I’ll accept entries through Friday, January 28, 2011.

Edited to add: This giveaway is now closed. See who won.

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