Monday, April 16, 2012

Cowgirl Trail by Susan Page Davis Ends April 23rd

 Susan Page Davis is the author of forty published novels. A Maine native, she now lives in western Kentucky with her husband Jim. They have six children and eight grandchildren. Susan is a past winner of the Carol Award and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award, as well as Heartsong Presents Favorite Author of the Year.
 
Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
In my office, wearing jeans, black T-shirt, bare feet.

Do your characters ever give you surprises when you are writing? Can you give us an example if they do and if they don’t  do you know why?
That used to happen to me when I wrote my first few books, but not so much anymore. I do detailed planning in advance now, and I generally do the “what if” stuff before I begin the actual writing. If I get a great idea later on, I’m open to it, but I find planning gives me a much better structured book and brings about a more satisfying conclusion.

Many writers will say they see stories all around them. Is there someplace you found this story?
Yes, on a timeline of Texas history. I learned there about the cowboy strike of 1883 in the Texas panhandle. I did some research on that event and it became a springboard for this story.

Do you have a favorite scene in this book and what would it be?
I love the scene where Maggie rides out to the roundup camp, hoping to get some support from Alex and the cowpunchers. It’s not as simple as she’d hoped.

Did anyone inspire you to write or was this something you always wanted to do?
I’ve always loved stories, and I did begin writing at an early age. But I only began seriously writing fiction in the last 12 years or so.

If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why?
I would be Lucy Pevensie, because she got to go back to Narnia several times, and she “got it” from the start.

What is something that very few people know about you?
I’m a descendent of John Alden, of Mayflower fame, and Priscilla Mullins.

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
A collection of old tea tins.
 
 In 1884, Maggie Porter returns to the Rocking P Ranch. The sanatorium was not able to save her mother and now her father’s health is failing. When the cowboys walk off the job leaving no one to drive the cattle to market, ranch foreman Alex Bright cannot convince the men to stay. Maggie is desperate to save the ranch, and she turns to the town’s women for help. The new cowgirls must herd, rope, and drive the cattle to market. Unfortunately, some of the strikers resent their actions and want to liven up things on the cattle drive. Maggie can’t believe Alex, whom she always admired, would cause trouble for her family. Can she forgive him and accept his offer of help when trouble comes?

Susan's other new release:
 Lady Anne’s Quest is second in the Prairie Dreams series. After her lady’s maid, Elise, is married, Anne must carry on alone to find her uncle, David Stone, in Oregon Territory. But instead of her uncle, she finds an imposter. Dan Adams is determined to protect her from the swindlers now trailing her, even if it means stealing her heart. Though he’s good at keeping her safe, Dan is certain he will never be able to convince Anne to be his wife, since her sights are set on finding her uncle and returning to England. As her quest becomes more dangerous and difficult, Anne finds her feelings for Dan changing. Will she soon envision a new life in America?


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26 comments:

  1. Thank you for the opportunity! I'd love to win this book!
    gina at hottbooks.com

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  2. I'd really love this book! Thanks for the chance.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)ne

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  4. I follow thru Feedburner

    I am a Kentucky Girl too! This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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    1. Hey Nancy. I love Kentucky. Beautiful state. Good luck!

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  5. A cowboy strike?! This sounds like a good one! I love Susan's writing :) Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

    I follow through feedburner.

    homesteading[at]charter[dot]net

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    1. Hey Anne,
      I know it does sound like fun! Susan does a great job finding history and writing about it.

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  6. Sounds good. I would love to read. I am a follower.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  7. I've read the first book in the Lady Ann series, but nothing else by Susan as far as I can remember. Would love to win a copy of this new book!
    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

    I am a follower of the blog

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  8. This is the time era I love the best set in the 1800's. I would love to win a copy of Susan's book. I have never read Susan's books before and this one sounds like a good one! Thank you for the opportunity to sign up! I am a follower!

    Blessings,
    Lori
    triplel(at)evertek(dot)net

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    1. Hey Lori, Good luck! I hope you win but if you don't you should buy the book. You won't be sorry! This is a great series.

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  9. I love Susan's books. I have several already and have been trying to get my hands on this book along with many others. Thank you Susan for creating such Great Work!!!

    ~Mary

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    1. Hey Mary,

      I absolutely love this series. Of course it doesn't hurt that I love horses. ;o)

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  10. I love Susan's book, have read all of them since "Frasier Island series. They have all been really good!!!!!! I want to enter my name in the contest for another of her books.
    Thank you for making the contest possible and for your gift of writing. Pat Hines - pshines@frontiernet.net

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    1. Hey Pat. Am throwing your name in the hat now as we speak. Good luck!

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  11. I love your writing style, Susan. Your new books sound entertaining.

    How interesting that you have such illustrious forebears. Is there a tidbit you can share about them that most people don't know?

    I agree. It would be fun to transform into Lucy with Narnia to explore.

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  12. I have read many of Susan's books and they never disappoint. Lady Anne's Quest was awesome! I would be a blessing to win Cowgirl Trail. Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to win this wonderful Christian fiction book!

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    1. Patricia Rhymes at patriciarhymes@yahoo.com

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    2. Thanks for stopping by Patricia. good luck!

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  13. Can't wait for Cowgirl Trail. I discovered this series at library and have enjoyed it. Also loved her Women's Shooting Club series

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