BLOG TOUR WITH CARLA STEWART AND GIVEAWAY…

HACHETTE BOOK GROUP/FAITHWORDS AND MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE IS HONORED TO PRESENT:

CARLA STEWART…

MEET CARLA STEWART…

In a nutshell: I believe in Jesus, doing the right thing, the power of the written word, and a good cup of coffee. I’m a country girl living now in a mid-sized city with my engineering husband who just happens to be my best friend and biggest fan. We’re the parent of four grown sons who’ve married wonderful girls and given us six amazing grandchildren. Being a Mimi is far more fun that I ever dreamed.

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WE ARE HONORED TO HAVE CARLA WITH US TODAY…SO WITHOUT FURTHER ADO,SET BACK AND ENJOY OUR GUEST!!

WELCOME CARLA!!

I’m a child of the fifties and while my memories are probably flawed, it does seem like they were more carefree, less troubled times. Perhaps it’s because our lives hadn’t been tangled yet with adult responsibilities and knowledge that not everything is perfect.

And because of my flawed memory, there were a lot of facts to check as I wrote Stardust, a story set in 1952. For me, though, research is part of the joy of writing. It’s the point of discovering something I didn’t know before or uncovering a new facet to a familiar event. And of course, there’s also the joy of actually traveling and taking a research trip.

Which is where I found myself two years ago. My husband and I celebrated our anniversary in Jefferson, Texas, and visited the museum, the newly restored library, and the quaint shops. We took a riverboat ride on the bayou and quizzed the guide about the history and legends. We visited Caddo Lake, again with a guide, where I learned about cypress trees and those funny looking “knees” clustered at the bases of the trees. I inhaled the aroma of the bayou and let the mysteriousness cloak me. I adore having a great sense of place, so it was a great beginning and verified that this was the setting for Stardust, but there were other choices I had to make about the story.

For the backdrop of the story, I chose polio (infantile paralysis). In the early fifties it reached epidemic proportions and caused near hysteria across our land. I was fortunate to find a fascinating, well-documented personal story by Kathryn Black whose mother had a severe case of the diseases. It really helped me bring the details of this dreaded—and dreadful—disease to life in Stardust.

Most people from that era either had a family experience or knew someone who had polio. In my own family, I had two relatives who were childhood victims, but young people today only know it as one of those diseases for which they’re vaccinated.

My hope is that by bringing readers a glimpse of polio and how it affected society in the fifties will lend to better understanding of the times. A tiny snippet of history, if you will. In some ways, I think we have threats to our health and lives today that mirror that time—hysteria brought on by media coverage and fear that permeates our society. Drawing an analogy from the fifties will help people today see that we all have hope, that if we can conquer something like polio, we can conquer today’s challenges.

The Stardust itself is taken from another childhood memory—a family vacation where we stayed in a tourist court that had individual cottages. It fit well with the themes of the book and the setting—having a haven for weary travelers and holding secrets from the past. When the neon sign flickers, anything is possible. Even a new beginning for the folks who end up at the Stardust. For me, I can still feel the magic of the characters and bringing their stories to life. I hope you and your readers do, too, and that you all enjoy this visit to the Stardust and the fifties.

Thanks, April, for giving me a chance to share a behind-the-scenes look at Stardust!

MBA&M: YOU ARE SO WELCOME AND THANK YOU VISITING WITH US TODAY!

LINKS!

You can find Carla here:

My website: www.carlastewart.com

Follow me on Twitter: www.twitter.com/#!/ChasingLilacs

FaceBook: http://www.facebook.com/carlastewartauthor

GoodReads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3335371.Carla_Stewart

Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/chasinglilacs/

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Here are the tour stops – enjoy the journey!

Renees-Reads

A Mom After God’s Own Heart

My Book Addiction and More

Trinity Rose’s Garden

 2 Kid sand Tired Books

Shoopettes Book Reviews

Christian Bookshelf Reviews

Bibliophiles Retreat

Just Cris

Go Teen Writers

Christa Allan

Courtney Walsh Hillary On Writing

Stage Write with Lynne Gentry

Jodie Bailey

Heart of a Bookworm

Denise Y Montgomery

Special thanks to Sarah of the FaithWords team for organizing the tour and providing the “cool” graphic.

More giveaways to come – some retro fun and guest posts.

For now, though – Ready. Set. Go!

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STARDUST

CARLA STEWART

In the bayou country of East Texas, the neon sign of the STARDUST stands silent, no longer beckoning visitors to its cozy cottages. But two days after Georgia Peyton buries her unfaithful husband, a curious thing happens: the STARDUST sign sputters to life and winks at her. Sustained by a memory from the past and determined to build a new life, Georgia acquires the STARDUST with hopes of breathing new life into it too.

A story of courage, forgiveness, and new beginnings.

FaithWords (HachetteBookGroup),

May, 2012.

ISBN:978-1455504282

Stardust Video Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xp4VwmNvTbc

Amazon link to Stardust:

http://www.amazon.com/Stardust-A-Novel-Carla-Stewart/dp/1455504289/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334187418&sr=8-1

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**GIVEAWAY ALERT**

*Sponsored by the publisher*

We are offering 1 lucky commenter a print copy of “Stardust” by Carla Stewart. Giveaway open to U.S. and Canada residents only! No P.O. Boxes, please. Giveaway will run from May 17 until May 24,2011.

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GOOD LUCK EVERYONE AND ENJOY!

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Please check out our “Thoughts” on “Stardust” by Carla Stewart!

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Thank you for spending time with us and our guest today!!

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GIVEAWAY AND VISIT WITH JEANNIE WALKER,”FIGHTING THE DEVIL”…

IT IS OUR GREAT PLEASURE TODAY TO WELCOME JEANNIE WALKER TO MY BOOK ADDICTION AND MORE!!!
*All images,descriptions,from the author’s website*
Good morning and welcome to My Book Addiction and More…
MBA&M: Give our readers some insights into Jeannie Walker,please?
Walker:  Most of the reading and writing I did was in school. Growing up on a farm didn’t leave a lot of time for anything else except tending to farm animals. Any spare time I got, I spent outside sitting under a big oak tree enjoying nature and reading a good book. A master writer once told me, “If you want to become a good author, reading a lot of books will help you become a good writer.”
MBA&M: Where did the idea of “FIGHTING THE DEVIL” come from?
Walker: It came from a real-life scenario with the arsenic poisoning murder of my ex-husband and the pursuit of justice to find his killers.
MBA&M: What character is your favorite in “FIGHTING THE DEVIL”?Why? 
Walker: Sheriff Jake Bogard is my favorite – He was a very colorful person, but also a very devoted lawman and a real-life Marshall Dillon. The Sheriff reminded me of the lawmen of long ago; like Wyatt Earp and Marshall Matt Dillon of the TV show GUNSMOKE, who would jump on their horses and chase down the bad guys.  Sheriff Bogard’s deputy was also a real-life “Festus”.  I dedicated my book to Sheriff Jake Bogard. He passed away before seeing any justice in the murder case.
MBA&M: I understand “FIGHTING THE DEVIL” is a true story, how hard was it write this amazing story?
Walker: It was incredibly hard to write. Writing it brought back a lot of bad memories and the injustice that oft times happens in the Criminal Justice System.
MBA&M: In telling your story to another crime victim of how you fought for justice what would be the first thing you would advise them to do?
 
Walker: Don’t give up!  It is my hope that anyone who reads my book will come to the realization that they are not alone in their struggles, no matter how big or small. And that they have the ability to overcome and the right to become their loved one’s advocate, and if necessary to become their own, real-life Sherlock Holmes.
MBA&M: How has this horrific event changed you and your family’s lives forever?
Walker: My children lost their father in a horrific way. I lost my best friend. This case is still an open murder case, as the main suspect (the widow) has yet to be tried or convicted for her part in the heinous murder. The good news is that there is no time limit on murder.
MBA&M: Did you get much backlash for writing “FIGHTING THE DEVIL”?
Walker: No, people wanted me to write the story. Some even begged me to write a book about it, after seeing the story on TV.
MBA&M: How did your family and other loved ones feel about you telling your story?
Walker: Some of my family wanted me to tell only parts of the story. But, a true story has to contain the facts, and the good with the bad.
MBA&M: What where the challenges in writing ‘FIGHTING THE DEVIL”?
Walker: Condensing three file cabinets full of binders loaded with medical records, police reports, trial transcripts and other information into an informative, interesting and entertaining concept for the reader.
MBA&M: Please tell our readers where to find you and where “FIGHTING THE DEVIL” is available. 
Walker:  My true crime story is available many places.  My Author Website at: http://jeanniewalkerbooks.com 
                 Jeannie, do you have anything else to add today?
I would like to thank you and your readers for the kindness, valuable time and the opportunity to tell you about my true crime story.
Jeannie, it must have been very rewarding while exhausting fighting for justice. My heartfelt congratulations go out to you on your courage, bravery, and your desire for justice.
Thank you so much for sharing your story and that of your ex-husband with us and our readers!!   
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Video “Fighting the Devil”
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Fighting the Devil: A True Story of Consuming Passion, Deadly Poison, and Murder by Jeannie Walker

Editors Choice

Publisher:CreateSpace (May 25, 2011)

Language:English

ISBN-10:1460992334

ISBN-13: 978-1460992333

Description(from the author’s website)

A Texas millionaire rancher discovered his wife and bookkeeper had stolen thousands of dollars from him. After he demanded the money back, he started getting sick. While in the hospital, doctors were mystified as to how an otherwise healthy, energetic man could become so deathly ill. The dying man told everyone within earshot that his wife and bookkeeper were killing him. The man’s wife said her husband was hallucinating from drugs the doctors were giving him. The millionaire rancher succumbed in the hospital while strapped down to his bed with restraints on his hands and feet and tubes in every orifice. After the rancher died, an anonymous caller tipped off the police. The widow was the sole beneficiary of the estate and a $350,000 life insurance policy. A week before the man’s death, a teenager visited the rancher’s home and became deathly ill after he drank juice that was in the rancher’s refrigerator. Two years after the millionaire’s death, a bottle of arsenic was found in a storage locker rented by a woman under an assumed name. The millionaire’s ex-wife, the mother of his children, became a sleuth to help solve the murder. No one could have predicted the aftermath with its strange twists, unexplained phenonema and  unexpected results.

BUY LINK:

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B004OL2JH8/ref=as_li_tf_til?tag=jeanwalkbook-20&camp=14573&creative=327641&linkCode=as1&creativeASIN=B004OL2JH8&adid=1G8FWXXAQGYNVN8TNEX8

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***GIVEAWAY ALERT****
*Sponored by the author*
We are offering 1 e-book copy from Amazon of “FIGHTING THE DEVIL” by Jeannie Walker to 1 lucky commenter. Giveaway open from today April 23 until April 30,2012.
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE AND HAPPY READING!!!
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“Coming soon”
*Please visit www.mybookaddictionreviews.wordpress.com for our “Thoughts” on “Fighting The Devil” by Jeannie Walker*
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