Friday, March 26, 2010

Denise Hunter ~ Interview + Giveaway!

Today author Denise Hunter is telling us about her new book, Seaside Letters. She has offered an autographed copy of her book to one lucky commenter. She will also be stopping by throughout the week to answer your questions! So if you have anything you want to ask her, you can include it in your comment for entering the contest. If you are only leaving a question in the comment and not entering the giveaway please say so.

Welcome, Denise! Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m happily married (for 21 years), have 3 sons ages 11, 14, and 17, and we live in Indiana. I love to read (big surprise!), travel, and watch romantic comedies. Chocolate fits in there somewhere too.

How long have you been writing? How many books do you have published?
I started writing my first novel in 1996, writing while my sons napped each afternoon. My July release, Driftwood Lane, will be my 16th novel.

If you compared your writing style to any other Christian Fiction author, who would it be? Also, how would you rate the romance in you books?
Karen Kingsbury, Deborah Raney, Francine Rivers.

I’d say the romantic scenes themselves are G. However, sometimes my characters are dealing with past issues, sin, or consequences that can be PG13.

In your own words tell us a little about Seaside Letters.
Seaside Letters is the 3rd book in my Nantucket Love Stories series. Each book is completely stand-alone, though, as the characters don’t carry over from one book to the next.

Their letters could lead to lasting love . . . or expose Sabrina's mortifying secret.

Sabrina Kincaid didn't intend to fall for Nantucket native Tucker McCabe, the man she serves coffee to every morning-a man tied to a past she deeply regrets. But she has. And she's fallen hard.

But she's kept this a secret from her handsome customer. And now Tucker wants to hire Sabrina to help locate his friend "Sweetpea"-the mysterious woman he's falling in love with online. Sabrina is not inclined to help, but if Tucker hires someone else, it could spell disaster. Because if someone else sifted through the emails and figured out the truth-then Tucker would discover that the person he's trying to find is . . . her.

What made you want to write this story?
Honestly, I’m a huge fan of You’ve Got Mail, and I wanted to tell my own love-via-email story. Seaside Letters has it’s own twists and turns that make it wholly different from the movie, though.

What research did you have to do for this book?
For the series itself, I went to Nantucket to research the setting—I always do that. It really puts me there in the story and helps me to take the reader there also.

Who would you pick to play the lead roles if this book was made into a movie?
Mathew McConaughey for Tucker and Anne Hathaway for Sabrina

What are you working on now or going to write next?
I’m gearing up for the release of my last Nantucket book, Driftwood Lane (July 6, Thomas Nelson), and I’ve just finished A Cowboy’s Touch, due out in Spring 2011.

How can readers get in contact with you?
I have a readers group on Facebook, which has turned out to be a great way to connect with my readers. I also give away books and ask for my readers’ help choosing everything from titles to covers.

I also have a website

What are you currently reading?
I’m currently between books. The newest Jodi Piccoult novel is next on my to-be-read list and probably Francine Rivers’s latest novel will be after that.

Tell us something surprising about yourself that readers may not know.
I play the drums on my church’s worship team. :)


Cake flavor/kind?
Cherry with white icing

Disney Princess?
I have all boys. I don’t know a single Disney princess!

What is/was this book’s release date?
Oct, 2009. It’s on the shelves!

Do you have a link to a place to read the first chapter of this book?
Sure. I posted it pre-publication for my Facebook Readers. Here’s the link:

**Open to residents of any country**
Okay readers, here is your chance to win an autographed copy of Seaside Letters!


*Leave a comment with your name and email address (so I can contact you if you win).

*Please specify that you want to be included in the contest!

*If you want an extra entry, become one of my followers OR subscribe to my blog by email.

*The comment is mandatory. (Please, say in the comment if you are a follower!! It makes my job easier when you do.) You will not be entered unless you leave a comment. If you are already a follower, and then you leave a comment, you will still get two entries in the contest.

*The contest will run from today (March 26) until 6:00 CST on Thursday (April 1). I will announce the winner that night. The winner is always randomly drawn. I will contact the winner on Friday the 2nd, and then that person will have one week to reply. If the winner doesn't reply within that time period, I will pick a new winner.

Good luck! Thanks for visiting.


Abi said...

oh, I'd love to win this book. Please. I'm a subscriber too. Thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Megan said...

What a unique woman...plays the drums, reads Francine Rivers, my favorite, and can't even think of Cinderella--lol (I have an almost 5 year old daughter, so I know all the princesses!!)

inspiredbyfiction at gmail dot com

I'm a follwer...And we posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings

Julia said...

I love You've Got Mail and am interested in reading another email love story. Please enter me.


Julia said...

I'm a google reader subscriber.


G.R.I.T.S. said...

please enter me! I'm a follower


adge said...

This was a great interview. I have seen Denise Hunter on GirlsWriteOut blog and read some of her books. Please include me in the giveaway. Thanks. gasweetheart211[at]netscape[dot]net

denise said...

Do you have another job other than writing?
Your book sounds so good. Would love to read it.
I am a follower

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks for the comments, and thanks for hosting, Carman. Denise, I write full-time, more or less, so no I don't have another job, unless you count parenting. :-)

Anonymous said...

Denise is one of my favorite authors...please enter me in the giveaway.


jjrhodamomof4 said...

Would love to win a copy of this book! Thanks for the chance and God bless you! :)

The Bookworm said...

I'd love to win! Thanks for the chance!


The Bookworm said...

I'm a blog follower.


Jordan Sims said...

I would love to have this book - it sounds amazing. Please enter me into the contest. I do follow this blog, but I'm not a I need to make my own blog to do that?

EVA SB said...

Nantucket is one of those places names that conjures up magical images in my head.

Please count me in.
I follow with GFC[@]gmail[.]com

Kelsey said...

Although I don't like Anne Hathaway, Matthew McConaughey sounds like he would be perfect for the role of Tucker.
Thanks for the contest, and please enter me! I'm already a follower.


cheryl c said...

This sounds like a wonderful book. Just the cover makes me want to know more of the story! Thanks for a chance to win a copy. :-)

Already a follower.

castings at mindspring dot com

Lourdes said...

I love her books please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks! Lourdes11743[at]gmail[dot]com.

Diane said...

This book looks great. Love the cover art.

I am a follower. :O)

Anonymous said...

I would like to be entered to win this giveaway. It sounds like a great book.

Nancy G said...

I am a follower and would love to read this book.. I have read others that you have written and have to say you are one of my favorite..
I just finished The Power of the Powerless. I have read it countless times and it still gets me.

All I can say is please keep them coming. Can't wait for the cowboy series!!!!


Anonymous said...

would LOVE to read this book...thanks for the chance :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Anonymous said...

i'm a subscriber :)

kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Elizabeth said...

i love reading your books! and i would love to read more. i think your a wonderful writer and thanks to you i am writing my own book!

rubynreba said...

You have so many great interviews and giveaways! I'd love to be entered.

rubynreba said...

I am a follower.

Carole said...

I often look for books with a coastal New England setting, Denise. I've visited Nantucket a couple of times and that's a lovely setting for your series. I'd love to be entered in the giveaway.

I'm also a follower and subscriber. Thank you, Carman.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Cindy W. said...

I absolutely loved this book! I envisioned Matthew McConaughey as Tucker too! Awesome!

Cindy W.


Michelle said...

I've heard wonderful things about this book! Please enter me! I am a follower.

scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

Charity said...

I would love to read this book!! It sounds great:) Please enter me. Thanks!!


Charity said...

I am also a blog follower:)

Linda Kish said...

Please include me.

lkish77123 at gmail dot com

Denise Hunter said...

Thanks for your kind comments everyone, and good luck in the drawing! Denise

rbooth43 said...

Sounds like like a great summer read. Please enter me in your giveaway.

Benita said...

I'd like to be included in the giveaway.


Benita said...

I'm a new email subscriber and a new follower via GFC.


Maureen said...

Sounds like a great book. I just finished a Deborah Raney books and really enjoyed it.
Please enter me!

Trinity Rose said...

Would love to be entered in this give away. Looks like a great book. Thanks for the neat interview.
I'm a follower.
Have a blessed day,
Trinity Rose


Judylynn said...

Yes, I would like to be included in this giveaway!


Judylynn said...

I am a Google follower.


LuLu said...

Please enter me!


LuLu said...

I am following!


ConTom said...

I wanted to read this book right away by the blurb - and I love You've Got Mail too! Please enter me into the contest to win one; I'm also a follower. Thanks for the interview! ConnieTroyer77[at]gmail[dot]com

Lori (sugarandgrits) said...

This is my favorite book by Denise! I read my sister's, but would love to have my very own copy. :)

I'm already a follower.

Thanks for the chance to win!


Surge said...

Id love to enter!! thank you


Anonymous said...

I stumbled across this blog and love the fact the author (of the blog) is so young. I just started reading more Christian oriented books and really appreciate the variety and skill of the writers. I actually review books for Amazon, usually non-fiction. I am going to become a follower, and please enter me in the drawing. i would love to read this book because I married my e-mail romance and have never been happier.
Thank you...........MEG

Katie said...

Please include me in the contest!

Casey said...

I LOVED this novel(but don't own it) Please enter me!!


Email in profile.

Heather said...

Oh i would really like to win! Please enter me :-D

Anita Yancey said...

I would like to be entered. This sounds like a wonderful book, and I would love to read it. Thanks for this chance.


Anita Yancey said...

I am a blog follower!


Anonymous said...

Thanks for offering this....please enter her books!!

Anonymous said...

I am a blog follower!

Nancye said...

Sounds like a great book! I would love to win!!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Nancye said...

I am a follower

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

Spav said...

I would love to win this.

I'm a follower