Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Never Say Never! You Might Win these Giveaways! UPDATED!

UPDATE: Thursday, 2/12

I had such a crazy day yesterday that I completely forgot to draw a winner of the book!

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Congrats to Merry! Email me your address and I'll send the book your way.

There's still time to comment for a chance to be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing. Just leave a comment by Feb 19!

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Paperback: 352 pgs
Publisher: Bethany House Release Date: Feb. 1, 2010
ISBN-10: 0764204920
ISBN-13: 978-0764204920
Retail: $12.95

Hurricane season was mild last year, but there's a hurricane a-brewin' in this fun Texas novel. Come sit a spell and take a peek into the lives of Kai Miller, Donetta Bradford and the other folks in Daily, Texas. This novel depicts the "adventures" of hurricane evacuation and housing the evacuees, the meshing of disparate cultures and generations, the lure of young love, and the heartache of a marriage that seems to be drowning. Written in alternating chapters from the perspectives of Kai and Donetta, you will enjoy the peek into the hearts and minds of the characters. The wind isn't the only thing swirling in this novel! I loved the portrayal of the various citizens of Daily. When the storm is over, not a few lives have been permanently altered. Grab a copy and enjoy this heartwarming story!

Kai Miller floats through life like driftwood tossed by waves. She's never put down roots in any one place--and she doesn't plan to. But when a chaotic hurricane evacuation lands her in Daily, Texas, she begins to think twice about her wayfaring existence. And when she meets hometown-boy Kemp Eldridge, she can almost picture settling down in Daily--until she discovers he may be promised to someone else. Daily has always been a place of refuge for those the wind blows in, but for Kai, it looks like it will be just another place to leave behind. Then again, Daily always has a few surprises in store--especially when Aunt Donetta has cooked up a scheme.


1. How did you develop the initial story idea/plot line for this book?

Some book ideas you search for, and some just blow in on the wind. For the past several years, dating back to Hurricane Katrina, we in Central Texas have been the recipients of massive hurricane evacuations. These massive exoduses of people, pets, and belongings are frightening, frustrating, challenging, and at times oddly wonderful. When so many are on the road seeking shelter, the worst, but also the best qualities of humanity come to the surface. Hurricane evacuations truly provide times when we ask the question, "Am I my brother’s keeper?" In answering that question, we’ve enjoyed amazing moments of friendship and fellowship, family reunions, and chances to share a food and space with strangers from other parts of the country. We’ve traded stories and recipies, laughter and tears.

One thing we’ve learned about hurricanes, living here, is that the paths are never predictable. Storms waver, hesitate, speed up, slow down, and sometimes change course unexpectedly. Evacuations needs can change and develop quickly. What better way for the beauty shop girls to find their inner strength and to show Daily hospitality, than for their cruise plans to land them smack in the middle of a sudden and chaotic hurricane evacuation?

2. Almost every author puts a little of themselves into their stories—what did you put of yourself into this one? (personality traits, life events/jobs, settings, characters based on people you know, likes/dislikes, etc.)

There’s a bit of me in the setting, of course. I love Texas, in all its variety of cultures and landscapes, but, living in a small town, I have a particular affection for little bergs like Daily, where the coffee’s always hot, and a good slide of pecan pie can cure most ills. Having watched our little town mobilize to take in hurricane evacuees several times now, I’ve been reminded that sometimes the worst things that can happen bring out the best in people. Given the opportunity and faced with the need, regular people can rise to the occasion in amazing ways, as do the citizens of Daily in the book.

Some members of the Wingate family might also claim to recognize themselves among the citizens of Daily, Texas. I would offer the disclaimer that any resemblances are completely unintentional, but that would be a bald-faced lie. When you come from a family of great storytellers and colorful characters, there’s nothing to do but make use of what you’ve got.

3. Did you encounter any interesting challenges while writing/researching for this book? Please explain if so.

The most difficult part of working on Never Say Never was researching and reliving the devastation left behind on the Texas gulf coast last year after Hurricane Ike. While interviewing family members about their experiences during the evacuation and return, we shared laughter and quite a few tears. For those who have lived in southeast Texas all their lives, talking about familiar landmarks, heirlooms, and old family places that were washed away forever, knowing some things will never be the same, is both difficult and devastating. For those of us who have so many memories of family gatherings and vacations there, it’s hard to believe we’ll never visit the old places again.

4. Why is this book/story relevant today?

Despite our best-laid plans, we all experience storms in life—whether those storms be of a weather-related nature, or due to an illness, death, or in recent months, job loss and financial misfortune. When the parameters of life and our ability to control fate suddenly change, we’re confronted with our own helplessness and need to rely on other people and God. In a culture that values independence and self-sufficiency, it’s important to remember that we all have a common need and a common responsibility for each other and that without faith we really are alone in the storm.

(The above interview was provided by the publicist for this blog tour.)

Lisa Wingate is a popular inspirational speaker, magazine columnist, and national bestselling author of several books, including Tending Roses, Talk of the Town, Drenched in Light, A Thousand Voices, and A Month of Summer. Her work was recently honored by the Americans for More Civility for promoting greater kindness and civility in American life. Lisa and her family live in central Texas.

I have an additional copy of this book to give to one of you! Just leave a comment on this post by Thursday (2/11) at 6:00 pm CST and I will draw a winner. US residents only, please!

Everything's bigger in Texas, so look what the publisher is giving away for a Grand Prize!


Donetta and Imagene's Texas Road Trip Basket (approximate total value over $150)

Take a Texas road trip, without ever leaving home!


The Daily Texas Series by Lisa Wingate:

Talk Of the Town

Word Gets Around

Never Say Never

The Blue Sky Hills Series by Lisa Wingate:

A Month of Summer

The Summer Kitchen

Beyond Summer (a special advance copy not available in stores until July 2010)

Road Trip Snacks (Straight from Texas, of course!)

Wrap it all up with a fuzzy, fleecy Texas throw blanket for those cold nights on the road (or curled up with your books!)

To qualify, leave a comment on this post no later than February 18. I will draw one name, and that name will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing hosted by the publicist.

Many thanks to Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for providing two copies for review and giveaway.


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Unknown said...

Hmmm...looks like a good book. I went to college in a small town about a hour's drive south of Dallas, TX...so many memories have been dredged up just reading your interview. Daily sounds a lot like my college town and having been through more hurricanes than I would care to remember, I probably could identify with Kai and the other evacuees. Would love the Grand Prize, too. It would make a perfect birthday present (on the 14th!) and would save DH a grunch of $$! LOL

Let'sMakeADifference said...

Sounds lika a great book! I'm so glad that God has given so many people the gift and love of writing!

Kim said...

yay! Great giveaways! And I'm comin' to Texas in March! (last week...spring break!)


Chris @ Come to the Table said...

Thanks for the warm greeting Linda! I have alot of catching up to do.

Mary Lou said...

Lived in TX for two years when my dad was stationed at Ft. Hood...have relatives that are from TX and have lived in small towns, so I can relate to the story somewhat. Love to read, so that means..please enter me...
Thanks for all you do.

Mary Lou

sara said...

ok, you know I'm in!!! is it possible to win the grand prize twice? I hope so!

Virginia C said...

What an interesting setting for a fictional romance! I have always lived in a small town. We've had our share of weather disasters, but we've never been evacuated. Could lead to all kinds of complications!

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

Kim said...

Don't enter me, Linda...just stopping by to tell you how much I enjoyed the interview. Lisa Wingate pours a lot of her heart into the stories she writes, and it shows!

Thanks for this!


Anonymous said...

I'd love to read this book! Sounds really good.


Kelly said...

Sounds liek a great book. You are really a gifted reviewer Linda. AND you must be the most prolific reader ever!!!

Have a great day.

Nel said...

Count me in. I always enjoy a good book.

until next time... nel

Merry said...

Toss my name in the hat, Texas stories are some of the very best! Thanks for a chance.


bp said...

Sounds like too great a giveaway to pass up!!

Have a good week

My ADHD Me said...

I know I have said it before, but I need to tell you again, you really have a talent for doing this. I tried it once. it is a lot harder than I thought it would be.

Books, snacks and a cozy blanket.... You can bet I'm ready to be in the running for this giveaway.

I've already cleared a little cubby by the wood stove and sofa to put my stash. I can't wait!....no pressure. :)

Stacey said...

What a great book and a great giveaway! I wouldn't be seen for days with that number of new books!

Anonymous said...

Linda, please enter me....love to read! Thanks.

Skoots1moM said...

please enter me..great book and wonderful giveaway...

windycindy said...

Hello! I really enjoyed your conversation with Lisa Wingate.
Her comments about weathering the
storms of life, despite our best-
laid plans is so true. I am founding this out as I grow in age and
my faith. Thanks for the opportunity
to win wonderful prizes, always!

Melissa in Mel's World said...

Linda, you have yet another amazing giveaway...I love books and would love to be in this giveaway!!!

Thanks a bunch!

Carol M said...

What a wonderful giveaway!! Thank you so much for a chance to win these books!
mittens0831 at aol dot com

Denise said...

Thanks for the great review and I would SO love to be in for a chance to win these books! I am in serious need of new reading material with no funds to purchase them! It takes the library so long to obtain books, or never obtain them. But, I do so enjoy your reviews- Thanks!
Denise Nesbitt