Wednesday, September 14, 2011

On My Nightstand - Seeking His Love by Carrie Turansky & GIVEAWAY!

Rachel Clark moves to Fairhaven, Washington to get a fresh start. She loves her new job directing a Christian Theater Group for kids.

When the group has to move or face closing down, she locates a building that houses an artist cooperative. She gets more than she bargained for when she meets one of its influencial members.

Cam McKenna's work consumes him. He can forget about the past and live in the moment. Women and children don't fit into his life.

When two wounded people meet, sparks fly. Will the fire warm them or consume them?

Author Carrie Turansky writes a sweet love story with enough surprises to hold the reader's attention. I liked how she developed her characters and chose a real-life setting.

At 214 pages, it's a quick, satisfying read for a chilly evening. I enjoyed it and hope you will too.

Disclaimer: I picked this book up from the Freebie tables at the Greater Philadelphia Christian Writers Conference. I have not received any remuneration from the publisher or author. The opinions expressed are my own.

It's been awhile since I did a giveaway. Here are the rules:

1) You must be a Follower to enter.

2) This one will be a FLASH giveaway. It starts at 12:01 A.M., 9/14/11, and ends 11:59 P.M., 9/15/11.

3)  Leave a comment on this post with your email address. Sorry, no email = no entry.

4)  The giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and is void where prohibited. Winners take all responsibility for their eligibility.

5)  The winner will be announced at the end of the Friday Round-Up Post on 9/16/11 and notified by email.

Writers: Do you think it's harder to write a short novel or novella than a full-length book? Have you ever written the short version? If so, tell us about your experience developing a theme with fewer words.

Readers: What is your preference? A full-length book or a shorter novel you can read in a day or two? Tell us why.


Unknown said...

This sounds like a good book. :)

I like both short stories and novels.

God bless and keep you,

Jessica Nelson said...

I don't have a preference on the size, but I tend to prefer fast-paced books. :-)

jessicanelson7590 at yahoodot com

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Sonia - The short novels help me catch up and get ahead with the blogging. :) The longer volumes are great, but don't always have the time to read them.

Hi Jess - As a lover of action/suspense, I enjoy fast-paced novels too.

Susan :)

Karen Lange said...

This sounds like an interesting book. I appreciate your thoughts on it.

As far as writing a short or longer story, I am not sure which I prefer. I enjoy the journey for both. Will let you know better when the WIP is finished! :)


Rhonda Schrock said...

As a reader, I much prefer full-length novels. I always hop over the novellas. Just my goofy preference.

Keep us posted on any 'new news' with your own writing projects!

She of the Rocking Wigwam

Marja Verschoor-Meijers said...

Leaves must be falling, there is give aways all over the place :) Thank you Susan, you're so kind.
Go ahead and make someone happy!

Kristen said...

Sounds so fun! And it's always fun to see books set in my home state.

As for writing novellas or novels, I always start with writing a full-length novel, but I always fall short on my word count, so maybe it's difficult for me to write novels, but if I aim for writing a novel, I'll get an easy novella! Who knows.

kristengjohnson (at) gmail (.) com

DenaNetherton said...

Sounds like a fun read, Susan.

I write full-length novels. The shortest novel I've ever written (which is tailored to a particular publisher's specs) is just over 55,000 words. It's a romance.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Karen - With a short story, it's difficult to fully develop your characters and establish the setting. I prefer writing longer books.

Hi Rhonda - No news at this point. Publishing is a slow business.

Hi Marja - I've seen a few giveaways in my travels and even won a book. :)

Hi Kristen - Since my background is non-fiction, word count was an issue for me as well. Subplots help beef up the story.

Hi Dena - I'll have to look up your books. :)


Jeanette Levellie said...

OH, lovely--thanks for your generosity!


I like to read both, but since I've not written a novel, I think I'd like to start with a short story if I do begin writing fiction. Just sayin', not promising...

Unknown said...

Thanks for the review, Susan! Novel v. novella? Depends on my mood. Sometimes it's nice to pick up a book (or load it on my reader!) and finish it in a day. But other times, I prefer a novel that I can enjoy over several sittings. How's that for straddling the fence?

Have a wonderful weekend! Hugs and blessings!

Kathryn Neff Perry, PhD, MA, LMHC said...

This is great info Susan. Trying to find balance isn't always easy!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jen - Writing a full-length novel is a daunting task. Starting off with a short story sounds like an ideal route.

Hi Maria - LOL! Lately, I've been grateful for the short novels.

Hi Katt - Ah yes, balance! Many times I feel like a tightrope walker with no net.

Susan :)