Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Get Lost With Marianne Evans!

WHO IS MARIANNE?
Marianne Evans is a multi-award-winning author of over twenty Christian romance and fiction novels. Her hope is to spread the faith-affirming message of God’s love through the stories He prompts her to create. Readers laud her work as: ‘Riveting.’ ‘Realistic and true to heart.’ ‘Compelling.’ Devotion, earned the prestigious Bookseller’s Best Award from Greater Detroit RWA as well the Heart of Excellence Award from Ancient City Romance Authors. She also earned wins for Best Romance of 2012 from the Christian Small Publisher's Association and the Selah award for best Novella of 2013. Happily married and the mother of two, Marianne is a lifelong resident of Michigan who is active in a number of a number of Romance Writers of America chapters, most notably the Greater Detroit Chapter where she served two terms as President.



THE BLURB
Aileen, Siobhan, Kassidy and Maeve–long ago they made a purity pledge to God and a friendship vow to one another. Now this quartet is about to embark on the journey of a lifetime...

All her life, Aileen Brewer has dreamed of singing on stage and winning the heart of Liam Douglas. When she sings, she exudes confidence and charm. Away from the spotlight, she's the shy, curvaceous woman who has always tried to maintain a sweet, Godly spirit despite her radical upbringing and a sense that she's not quite good enough.

During a music festival at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, Aileen takes the stage with her three best friends, and Sisters in Spirit is born.

Liam, a Christian record producer, is captivated by the wallflower of his youth who has blossomed into a magnetic performer. He champions a record deal, and a quest for Aileen's heart begins, but can she find confidence enough to take command of the group...and accept Liam's love? Can Liam help her see the beauty of the woman she has become?

Dreams just might come true in ways only God could orchestrate...



WHERE IN THE WORLD IS MARIANNE?
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AND NOW...
ALEXA: Marianne, we're so happy you could join us today. So, let's get busy. How often do you get lost in a story?
MARIANNE: As often as I can! I do most of my reading at night, in the hour or so before I nod off to sleep. Great books (and there are so many, aren’t there?) tend to keep me awake and turning those pages (scrolling those pages…I’m a Kindle girl when I read at night…)

ALEXA: Tea or Coffee? And how do you take it?
MARIANNE: Mmmmmm—coffee, French roast, black, with a bagel, please!  J 

ALEXA: Is there a playlist you’d recommend for reading your latest release?
MARIANNE: Actually, you bet there is! Sisters in Spirit, we discover in the course of the series, produce and perform a song called ‘Nothing to Hide.’ Want to check out the music and video? Here’s the link on YouTube!! https://www.goodreads.com/videos/72368-sisters-in-spirit-nothing-to-hide

ALEXA: What is your biggest vice?
MARIANNE: Freshly popped popcorn, made on the stovetop, extra butter. ::DIVINE!:: 

ALEXA: What’s the first thing you do when you finish writing a book?
MARIANNE: B-R-E-A-T-H-E!!! In general, the process of writing a book sends me on a journey the likes of which I hope is mirrored by my readers. I take the rollercoaster ride right along with my characters. By the time I reach ‘The End’ they’re precious family to me, and I have to kind of sit back, go still, and just…breathe! After that, it’s on to the next batch of folks who are battling to claim my attention, which I love!

ALEXA: If you could interview one person (and it doesn’t have to be a writer) who would it be? MARIANNE: I would most love to sit down and talk to/interview Jesus Christ. No matter your belief, His impact, what He created here on Earth in thirty-three short years, with no internet, no social media, no means by which to ‘reach the world’ except for His personality, His message, and His disciples, would be incredible to absorb and explore!

ALEXA: If you were given a chance to travel to the past where would you go and specifically why?
MARIANNE: The Holy Land. No question. If time and money were of no object, I’d be there in a heartbeat. I would love to walk the streets and experience the history.

ALEXA: What’s the best birthday (or any holiday) present you ever received?
MARIANNE: The best birthday present I ever received was an engagement ring, on my 19th birthday, from my forever love to this day, Steve Evans. He delivered it to me during dinner at our favorite Italian restaurant; it was strapped within the paws of a big, cuddly teddy bear he brought into the restaurant in a plastic toy-store bag. ::LOVE!::

ALEXA: Describe an absolutely perfect day.
MARIANNE: A day uncommitted to anything but writing, and when I sit down to write, the scenes and words flow like water. That, to me, is better than any ‘high’ that can be imagined. Truly.

ALEXA: Anything else you want to share with us, Marianne?
MARIANNE: I will provide one autographed, print copy of the ENTIRE Sisters in Spirit series (4-book anthology) to one lucky commenter! If the commenter is outside North America, I’ll provide e-copies instead.
ALEXA: Wow, that sounds great! Thanks for stopping by today, Marianne! Folks, get commenting!

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34 comments:

Mary Preston said...

A great interview thank you. Such a sweet engagement story.

marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

May said...

Congrats! Sounds like a great book! :)

I love my coffee too. :)

maybe31 at yahoo.com

vicki batman said...

Hi, Marianne and welcome to Get Lost in a Story! The cover of your book is darling. And love how your man proposed. Congratulations!!

bn100 said...

Nice birthday present

bn100candg at hotmail dot com

Angi Morgan said...

Welcome to GLIAS, Marianne! Best of luck with the release!

Sheri Biggs said...
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Sheri Biggs said...

Absolutely LOVE the cover!!!
redraidermama316@gmail.com

Marianne Evans said...

Hi, Mary! I'm so glad you stopped by! GOOD LUCK! God bless - I so appreciate the support and encouragement!

Marianne Evans said...

Thank you so much, May!! I'm delighted we're fellow coffee-junkies! LOL!! Java has helped me survive many a deadline........ ;-) God bless!

Anna Weaver Hurtt said...

Aww, loved the engagement story. Thanks for the giveaway!

Writer_weaverATyahooDOTcom

Marianne Evans said...

Thanks, Vicki! I'm honored to be here!! Sorry my responses to your wonderful visitors is slightly delayed. I was called out of town on a two-day business trip that had me scrambling... I dream of the day when I can retire and write FULL time! LOL!! My man is awesome! He's definitely a keeper!!! <3

Marianne Evans said...

bn100, it was the BEST birthday present EVER - not because of the ring, but because of the man that came with it. He's awesome. #BLESSED. :-D xo Thanks for the visit!!!

Marianne Evans said...

HI there, Angie!!!! Thank yo so much! I appreciate the hospitality and the support! Encouragement like this is priceless, and deeply appreciated! God bless! <3

Marianne Evans said...

Hi, Sheri! I'm blessed with the BEST cover art team in the world -- and I'm not just saying that to be nice. PBG is phenomenal. I fell in love with the covers for all four books as well! Good luck in the drawing! God bless!

Marianne Evans said...

Hi, Anna!! I knew, then and there, I had found the best of the best. He's still a world-class charmer! LOL!! ;-) Thanks for your visit, and good luck in the drawing!

Marianne Evans said...

I'm so tickled to be part of GLIAS!! Thanks for letting me share the joy of my new release!!

Hope painter said...

Love this! Such an amazing series
Would love to share these with people that need an encouraging word and need to know and feel how much God loves them xo

Barbie Heydweiller said...

I loved reading this fun Q&A about my author friend. You bring the books, I will provide the popcorn. Oh listen, I can hear it popping all ready. ;)

Diana montgomery said...

Awesome interview I really enjoyed it. Look forward to reading these.
Blessings
Diana
joeym11(at)frontier(dot)com

Renette steele said...

Marianne"s books are easy to get lost in ans Sisters in Spirit was no exception! Such a great story! Marianne i pray one day soon GOD will grant you your wish of retirement because the more time you have to write i will have to read. ;~} Besides i could use a few lesson from a good teacher. Love and Hugs!

Library Lady said...

If you are going to get lost what a way to go!
Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.
Janet E.
von1janet(at)gmail(dot)com

chris granville said...

Marianne Youe interview sounds great! Have a terrific Weekend
God bless you
Chris G
granville@frontiernet.net

Ronna Lord said...

I enjoy light romances. Honestly, I've never heard of you or your books before but they really look great. Adding the Christian aspect to the story should make them extra good. I love to read and review books everywhere. BYW, I was able to take that dream trip to the Holy Land a number of years ago. It was even better than I had hoped. Everything is put in perspective there. Would love to win your books!! Ronnalord(at)msn(dot)com

Susan Johnson said...

These sound like great books. Thanks for the chance to win a copy. susanmsj at msn dot com

Anonymous said...

Super excited to have a chance to win. Thank you, Julie Dobson jadobson2001 @ Yahoo dot com

Marianne Evans said...

Love and hugs, Hope! THANK YOU!!! xo

Marianne Evans said...

I'm with you, Barbie!! Yummm!! :-) xo

Marianne Evans said...

Diana, you're such a blessing! Thank you for your visit!! xo

Marianne Evans said...

Renette, you're a treasure! Thanks for your visit, and the well-wishes...I appreciate your support and encouragement!

Marianne Evans said...

Our pleasure, Janet! Good luck, and thanks so much for your visit!! xo

Marianne Evans said...

Chris, you're always such a bright spot in my cyber-life - thank you for that blessing! I appreciate your visit - and good luck in the drawing! xo

Marianne Evans said...

Hi, Ronna! Nothing warms my heart like making new friends - I'm so glad you stopped by and left your lovely comment! I envy you your trip to the Holy Land! I hold fast to the hope that I'll get to go there one day! :-) Thanks for your encouragement, and good luck in the drawing!! xo

Marianne Evans said...

Hi, Susan! Thank you for your visit - and good luck in the drawing! Sisters in Spirit was a work of "heart" for me, and I'm so thrilled by the way the entire series came together and played out. Good luck in the drawing, and hope you enjoy!! xo

Marianne Evans said...

And, Julie, I'm super excited to see you!! Thanks for your visit and encouragement! Good luck in the drawing! xo