I knew that C.S. Lewis and I had more in common than our Christianity when he said, "You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me." Welcome to a celebration of faith, tea, and the written word. I'm always engaged in a book, and whether it's one I'm reading or one of the inspirational historical romances I write, there's always a cup of tea close by. Join me in a cup as we chat about faith, our favorite books and the exciting places our reading and writing adventures take us.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Welcome Debbie Lynne Costello...and a Giveaway!

This week, Debbie Lynne Costello graciously agreed to answer a few Q's, tell us about her newest book, and offer a signed copy of one of her books!

Tea or Coffee?

I always have 2 cups in the morning with a little honey…okay a LOT of honey!

If you could redecorate one room in your house, which would it be? How would you do it? (color schemes, etc)

Hmmmm. I think it would be my kitchen. The first thing I would do is put down ceramic tile that looks like dark wide plank hardwood flooring. I’d change my light oak cabinets to dark and a little more rustic. My walls would be a very light brown. If money was no issue I’d love to find some appliance that looked antique but were modern. It would definitely have a western flare to it.

Favorite board game?

Ugh! I’m not much of a board game person. But does chess count? I do like that and even an occasional checkers.

What’s a favorite book from childhood?

Ribsy by Beverly Cleary. Oh my goodness, I loved that dog!

Writers tend to be voracious readers. What books do you return to time and again?

Gone with the Wind!

Being a writer is a solitary endeavor, but no one does it completely alone. Who has been your support?

My husband has been amazing! He has supported me both with encouragement, prayers, and financially without ever hesitating. My mother has been a huge encouragement to me. And MaryLu Tyndall has supported me, encouraged me, and helped me through rough spots since I first started writing.

What’s your favorite thing about the hero of your book?

I love his protectiveness of the heroine. Although, at times he oversteps boundaries because of this, his heart really is in the right place. My husband is much the same way in that he won’t let me go out alone after dark. He’s always worrying about me.

How about your heroine?

Her love and loyalty to family. And that love drives her determination to clear her family name.

Tell us a little about your book, Shattered Memories.

Olivia Macqueen wakes in a makeshift hospital, recovering from a head injury. With amnesia stealing a year of her memories, she has trouble discerning between lies and truth. When her memories start returning in bits and pieces, she must keep up the charade of amnesia until she can find out the truth behind the embezzlement of her family’s business while evading the danger lurking around her.

Doctor Drew Warwick frantically searches through the rubble left by the Charleston earthquake for the lady who owns his heart. He finds her injured and lifeless. When she regains consciousness, the doctor’s hopes are dashed as he realizes she doesn’t remember him. But things only get worse after he discovers she believes she’s still engaged to the abusive scoundrel, Lloyd Pratt. Now Drew is on a race with the wedding clock to either help her remember or win her heart again before she marries the wrong man.

Sounds fabulous! I can't wait to read it!

Debbie Lynne is offering a copy of either Shattered Memories or Sword of Forgiveness to one randomly-chosen winner.

Please use the Rafflecopter entry below! 

Email address required, but it will only be used to contact the winner. US Only, please, Void where prohibited. Contest runs through 11:59 PM EST Thursday, March 17.

More about Debbie Lynne:

Debbie Lynne Costello has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina. She has worked in many capacities in her church and is currently the Children’s director. Debbie Lynne has shown and raised Shetland sheepdogs for eighteen years and still enjoys litters now and then. In their spare time, She and her husband enjoy camping and riding their Arabian and Tennessee Walking horses. Visit Debbie Lynne at www.debbielynnecostello.com, www.theswordandspirit.blogspot.com,  https://www.facebook.com/debbielynnecostello , https://plus.google.com/+DebbieLynneCostello/posts, and https://twitter.com/DebiLynCostello

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Debbie Lynne Costello said...

Thank you for having me on your blog, Susanne! I'm looking forward to chatting with your people!

Connie said...

I have seen such great reviews of Scattered Memories and I can't wait to read it!

Susanne Dietze said...

Thanks for being here to share with us, Debbie Lynne!

Susanne Dietze said...

Hi Connie! So glad you could come by and visit! I'd love for you to be entered into the giveaway. If the Rafflecopter form isn't working, let me know, and I'll make sure you get entered. Thanks!

I can't wait to read the book, either!

Stella Potts said...

I would love to read Sword of Forgiveness. Thanks for a chance to win. spotts06(at)comcast(dot)net

Susanne Dietze said...

Hi Stella! Thanks so much for coming by. Debbie Lynne's book sounds amazing, doesn't it?

Trixi said...

Thank you for the author interview, I enjoyed getting to know Debbie more! The only time I ever really drink tea is on a cold winter night or if I'm not feeling well. Otherwise, I drink my coffee in the morning. I, too, always have a book in hand anywhere I go.

I'd love a copy of "Shattered Memories", thank you for the chance! I'm also signing up for your newsletter, Susanne.

teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

tammy cordery said...

Thank you so much for a chance to win one of her books.

tammy cordery said...

I forgot to leave my email mommystuck1(at)optonline(dot)net

Debbie Lynne Costello said...

Thanks for coming by Connie. I've been super pleased with all the reviews!

Debbie Lynne Costello said...

Stella, I hope you get a chance to read Sword of Forgiveness. I'm writing the sequel now.

Hey Trixi! I just got some of my winners and it looks like you've won on 2 blogs! Yay!!! I've never been a coffee drinker. The only thing I can drink is a frappe'. Does that count?

Hey Tammy. Thanks for coming by! Good luck in the giveaway.

Trixi said...

Debbie, I DID?? You're kidding, where at?? I didn't get notified of anything....WOW!! That's very happy surprising news :-D

And yes Frappes totally count in my book!

I'm still reeling here.....

Mary B. said...

Enjoyed reading about you. Would love to read one of your books.

Anne Rightler said...

Enjoyed the interview. Would love to win the book. It sounds like a good read!

Susanne Dietze said...

Hi Trixi! I carry books with me wherever I go, too. It's the only way to go! :) Thanks for signing up for the newsletter!

Hi Tammy! Good to see you here! You will love Debbie Lynne's writing!

Mary, I enjoyed learning about Debbie Lynne, too.

I think the book sounds great, too, Anne! Thanks for coming by!

Dianne Casey said...

Great interview and I can't wait to read "Shattered Memories". I like that the book is set in Charleston SC after the great earthquake there in the late 1800's.

Becky Lee said...

I want to read about the Charleston earthquake in Shattered Memories.

deana dick said...

I have read and reviews Shattered Memories. I loved the book. I would love the chance to read your other book. Thank you.

KayM said...

Thanks, Debbie Lynne and Susanne for the interesting interview. I drink hot tea all day long. Just made a cup of Lady Grey. Thankfully, I have a litter hot water dispenser on my sink, so hot tea is easy to make a cup at a time. Susanne, this is the first time I've visited your blog. I subscribed to your newsletter.

Kate said...

This book sounds great. Hoping for a win(o: Thanks for the interview!

Kenda Turner said...

Glad I stopped by here so I could be introduced to what sounds like a great book :-) Great to *meet" you, Debbie!

Debra E. Marvin said...

Congratulations on your new release, Debbie. I love the idea of your story. What a beautiful picture with your horse!
And thank you for all you've done to help Christian fiction authors over the years!

Susanne Dietze said...

Dianne, it's a fascinating setting for a story, isn't it? Debbie Lynne is so creative. Blessings!

Hi Becky! Debbie Lynne has come up with an intriguing plot! Thanks for coming by.

Kay, I LOVE Lady Grey tea! Delicious! So delicate. Your hot water spigot sounds perfect. Thanks for subscribing to the newsletter! So glad to meet you!

Hi Kate! You're in the drawing! Blessings!

So nice to meet you, Kendra! Debbie Lynne is a gifted writer. So glad you could come by and learn more about her!

Debra, isn't Debbie Lynne a lovely person?! She's truly been a blessing to so many writers as well as readers. So glad you came by to say hi to us!

Debbie Lynne Costello said...

Trixi, I will email you shortly.

Mary, thank you! I hope you get a chance to read Shattered Memories.

Anne, Good luck in the giveaway.

Hey Diane and Becky. The earthquake was so interesting to research. I hope you get a chance to read Shattered Memories. If you like that part of history I think you'd really enjoy my book!

Hey Deana! I'm so glad you liked my book!! And thank you for the reviewing Shattered Memories! Good luck in winning Sword of Forgiveness.

Hey Kaye and Kate. I hope you both get a chance to win Shattered Memories. Good luck in the giveaway!

Nice to meet you, Kenda! I'm so glad you took the time to stop in and read about my book! Good luck in the giveaway!

Debra, Wow! Thank you!! That means a lot to me. I'm honored to be able to help so many wonderful authors and prepubbed authors. It's been fun meeting so many writers and making new friends who are now old friends...old as in I've known them a while. LOL>

Thank you, Susanne! You are so sweet!

Trixi said...

Susanne since I've already won on a different blog, go ahead and take my name out please! I didn't know before I entered that I had. Thanks so much, blessings on the draw everyone!!

Debbie Lynne Costello said...

Trixi, yours is going in the mail today!! Have a great day!

Susanne Dietze said...

Hi Deana! Nice to see you! Thanks for reading and reviewing--authors are so blessed by those reviews!

Susanne Dietze said...

You've got it, Trixi! Congratulations on winning the books on other blogs!

Phyllis Kemp said...

Sounds like I would like to read Shattered Memories, a first of your books for me. Interesting comments.

Debbie Lynne Costello said...

Awesome, Phyllis! I hope you get a chance to read Shattered Memories! Thanks for coming by!

Justina Baisley-Wilson said...

I am very interested in this book.

Lucy said...

I would love to read this. Thank you for the chance. God bless!

Anonymous said...

After hearing so much about this book, I have been dying to read it!

Amy C said...

What a wonderful interview with Debbie. I can't wait to read Shattered Memories. I have it on my wishlist.

Susanne Dietze said...

Phyllis, you will love Debbie Lynne's books!

Hi Justina! Hope you get a chance to read this soon!

Lucy, I'm glad you could come by and enter for the chance!

Janice, I'm sure Debbie Lynne will loe to hear that!

Amy, I'm glad you enjoyed getting to know Debbie Lynne better!

Debbie Lynne Costello said...

Justina and Lucy, Thanks for coming by. I hope you get a chance to read Shattered Memories!

Janice, I'm so glad you are hearing good things about Shattered Memories! I hope you get a chance to read it and agree!

Amy, Thanks! Susanne did a great job with the interview. She made it fun. I'm so glad to hear you have SM on your wishlist! I hope you get a chance to read it!!