Friday, April 9, 2010

Michelle Sutton ~ Interview + Giveaway!

**I have recently changed the rules for entering my giveaways and there are new ways to earn extra entries, so be sure to read that section at the bottom of this post. =)**

Today author Michelle Sutton is telling us about her new ebook, In Plain Sight. She has offered a copy of her ebook 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, Michelle! Tell us a little about yourself.
I'm a mom with two boys who are graduating from high school this year. I'm excited and sad that they'll be leaving at the same time. Wait a minute, this comment is not about myself as a novelist. Switching gears here… I've written over a dozen novels (I actually lost count) and have a ton of books coming out in the next two years. I love writing, but used to dread it when I was in school. My husband and boys are very supportive of my writing. That's a wonderful feeling…. But I write too fast for them so they can't keep up with my stories, LOL!

How long have you been writing? How many books do you have published?
I've got 14 books in the lineup total so far. And if two proposals I've got pending are taken, that will add two more to the lineup. Sweet, eh? I started writing in August of 2003. I've come a long way, baby. I would not want anyone to read my original books. Ick.

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?
My writing is similar to Karen Kingsbury, Lisa Samson, and Julie Lessman, but honestly, it's totally me. My books have a bit more edge in the sense that I am not as constrained by the requirements from typical CBA publishers so I am able to be more frank with my readers. And as far as ratings go…my lowest would be PG, with my summer release getting up into the R- for restricted zone. I like them hot.

In your own words tell us a little about In Plain Sight.
This story is the sequel to Danger at the Door. I wanted to name it Danger at the Diner but the publisher said it made her think of food poisoning. Anyway, In Plain Sight is about Bojan's sister from Danger at the Door. Here is a mini-blurb…

Abused by her gypsy ex-boyfriend and left for dead, Jovana moves to America seeking a new life; two handsome men desire her heart, but she must choose the right one or end up in a situation much worse than before.

Back cover blurb:
Jovana was held captive by her gypsy boyfriend for seven years, and when he abandons her she returns to her parents' home in Macedonia. Her brother Bojan introduces her to faith and offers her a new life in Arizona.

While in Arizona, she stays with her future sister-in-law, but as her brother's wedding approaches he is concerned that she will be unsafe staying alone. Her brother has his close friend, her boss Randy, stay with her while they are away to protect her, only she objects to being treated like a child. A handsome stranger is pursuing her and she likes it, but she has no idea his intentions are for her destruction.

On the other hand her boss, Randy, is a wholesome, good man who even speaks her language. She can't imagine a nice man like him wanting a woman with her history, so she pursues the dangerous man, but she gets in way over her head. At the same time she discovers a surprising attraction to Randy developing, and because she is afraid of her feelings toward him, she does everything she can think of to scare him off. But he's tough to shake loose, which is, of course, exactly what she needs to heal.

What made you want to write this story?
I really enjoyed Bojan's story and wanted to write about his sister's healing process. They are a passionate and unique family. I love the cultural elements in this book, too.

What research did you have to do for this book?
Not too much. I still had my Macedonian/English translation that I used for some of the words. I had a ton of research I did for the first book and still had that info including info about the culture from people who came to the US from Macedonia and Albania. They helped a lot with the particulars.

Who would you pick to play the lead roles if this book was made into a movie?
Jake Gyllenhaal would play the hero, Randy

And the heroine, Jovana, would be played by Leighton Meester

What are you working on now or going to write next?
I am working on the sequel to First Impressions. The title of the second book in the Tombstone Treasures series is First Love

How can readers get in contact with you?
My website is and I give away a book a week (and post book reviews) on my blog which is…

and for people who like edgier fiction, I have a ning group with over 660 members (both authors and readers) and the link is…

What are you currently reading?
Songbird Under a German Moon by Tricia Goyer

Tell us something surprising about yourself that readers may not know.
That I sleep? Um, I dunno.

If you could be any animal, which would you choose? Why?
Probably a dog because then I could sit on the lap of people I think are awesome and I could get all snuggly. Just kidding. I'd just snuggle my husband, and I'd probably lick everyone else's ears. Kidding again.



Childhood memory?
Too many to count. It was pretty cool when I won the high school spelling bee in the 5th grade, though. Except I beat the most popular girl in school whose dad had just died so everyone wanted her to win, including me.

Era to write about?
Modern day anything. I am too lazy to research history and I don't want to tick off the historical snobs by getting something wrong.

What is/was this book’s release date?
April 1st, 2010

Do you have a link to a place to read the first chapter of this book?
Yes, on Goodreads…

**This giveaway is open to residents of any country**

Okay readers, here is your chance to win an ebook copy of In Plain Sight!


*Leave a comment with your name and email address (so I can contact you if you win). The comment is mandatory. You will not be entered unless you leave a comment.

*If you leave a comment you will be entered unless you specify that you would not like to be entered.

*Here are the ways to get entries:

(First entry) The mandatory comment saying you would like to be entered with your email address.

+1 Become one of my followers OR subscribe to my blog by email.

+2 Read and leave a comment on one of my recent book reviews.

**You can earn a total of 4 entries if you do all of the above requirements. Make sure to tell me in your entry comment on this post which of the things you did to get extra entries.**

*The contest will run from today (April 9) until 6:00 CST on Thursday (April 15). I will announce the winner that night. The winner is always randomly drawn. I will contact the winner on Friday the 16th, 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.


The Bookworm said... always, I would love to read this book! You always find terrific books to review. :)


The Bookworm said...

I'm a blog follower.


The Bookworm said...

Commented on "The Promise of Morning." #1


The Bookworm said...

Commented on "The Promise of Morning." #2


Marjorie said...

I enjoyed the review of this book.
Please enter me to win.

cenya2 at hotmail dot com

Marjorie said...

I follow by google reader.

cenya2 at hotmail dot com

Linda said...

Sounds like one great book. Love suspense. Love Michelle's writing.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Casey said...

This book looks great and I would love to read it because I have YET to read Michelle's work. Grr. :)

I am a follower and would love to be entered!

Now, Michelle, does this book have to be read after #1? I can't remember what you have said before. :)

Email in profile.

Linda said...

Follow by Google reader.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Linda said...

Follow by email.

desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Casey said...

I commented on your review of In Plain Sight. :)

Email in profile.

Linda said...

Really enjoyed "It's Not About Him." It's one I plan to give to my church as a resource for the girls to read about the dilemma of getting pregnant outside of marriage and hopefully change their minds if they are promiscuous (sexually active is too politically correct for me). It was such a heart-wrenching decision for Susie to make. I couldn't do it.

rubynreba said...

I would love to be entered for this book. Thanks!

rubynreba said...

I am a follower of your blog.

LaTawnia said...

Hi Carmen! I am a follower and I would like to be entered in this drawing! Thanks for the great reviews! I enjoy reading them!


Julia said...

Please enter me for this ebook.


Anonymous said...

This sounds like a really good book, I would love to read it.

Abi said...

I'd love to be entered in this giveaway. Thanks

I'm a subscriber and follower too.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Michelle Sutton said...

Sorry I'm so late showing up. I forgot this was being posted today. Now to tell my peeps. :)

Anonymous said...

lnterview was great! l love Michelles work! she is a great writer! Priscillajdm at hotmail dot com

Mystica said...

Would like to be counted in for this giveaway.


Lindsey said...

Oh Please enter me I would love to win this book!]a\And I am a subscriber:)