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, June 6, 2016

Ten Things with Author Connie Mann...and a Giveaway!

Connie Mann
Connie Mann is a licensed boat captain and the author of romantic suspense novels Tangled Lies (May 2016) Angel Falls and Trapped! as well as various works of shorter fiction. She has lived in seven different states but has happily called warm, sunny Florida home for more than twenty years. When she’s not dreaming up plotlines, you’ll find “Captain Connie” on Central Florida’s waterways, introducing boats full of schoolchildren to their first alligator. She is also passionate about helping women and children in developing countries follow their dreams and break the poverty cycle. In addition to boating, she and her husband enjoy spending time with their grown children and extended family and planning their next travel adventures. You can visit Connie online at www.conniemann.com.

Don't forget to enter using the Rafflecopter form below to win a copy of Connie's Tangled Lies


Here are 10 things people may not know about me:

1—In my day job, I’m a US Coast Guard-licensed boat captain. I work for our local school system here in Florida and regularly get to take 5th graders on the Silver River and show many of them their very first alligator. It’s such a great job.

2—I like to cook, but hate to bake. Cookies are okay—though most of the dough never actually makes it into cookie form. I put frozen cookie dough in the outside freezer to avoid temptation, but somehow, it evaporates. I have no idea how that happens.

3— I crave routine—until I need a break from routine lest I go crazy.

4—I think anything under 70 degrees requires a jacket. Under 45 and the parka comes out. It gets cold on the water, even in Florida. (Yes, I know I’m a weather wimp.)

5— I love books with yummy heroes and nail-biting suspense.

6—Absolutely nothing happens in my world without a deadline.

7—I love flowers and pretty yards, but I have a black thumb. The only plants we have are ones that can thrive with no intervention from me whatsoever.

8— I’ve never met a bag of potato chips I couldn’t finish in one sitting. Need I say more?

9—My favorite place in the world is by the water—either on a boat or walking along the beach. The sea just soothes the soul, doesn’t it?

10—I still miss our sweet black lab, who we had for 18 years, so I put a beautiful yellow lab named Bella in my new book, Tangled Lies.

Thanks so much for the opportunity to be your guest.

Here’s the back cover copy of TANGLED LIES:
Tangled Lies

Orphaned as a child in Russia, boat captain Sasha Petrov has spent most of her life adrift, anchored only by her loving foster family. So when they beg her to return to the family marina in Safe Harbor, Florida, for Mama’s sixtieth birthday, Sasha complies, hoping to put the past behind her. But Mama has other plans: she wants her three foster daughters to find Tony, the biological son who disappeared twenty years earlier.

Sasha agrees to try, but that’s easier said than done when bad boy Jesse Claybourne shows up, reigniting an old attraction. Back in Safe Harbor on a quest of his own, Jesse gets tangled up in Sasha’s search, and soon the two are close to uncovering an old town secret that some will stop at nothing to protect.

When Jesse is violently beaten and Sasha’s dog is poisoned, they realize the past is hiding something more sinister than they ever imagined. Can they uncover the truth without destroying Sasha’s family and breaking each other’s hearts, or are they sailing against the wind?


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DiAne Gates said...

Good morning ladies. Susanne thank you for your lovely blog and I'm a tea and book lover too.

Connie, I was born and raised in Florida and share your love of the rivers and beaches. We've been in Texas over thirty years, but I remember those days along the Silver River. Destin, Florida is one of our favorite destinations.

Just love your list of 10 things about you. And I must say, I could envy your job as a Coast Guard Captain and teacher. Hope I win your book!

Susanne Dietze said...

Hi DiAne! Thanks so much for coming by today and saying hello!

My experience with Florida is very limited, but I'd love to go back and see more of the state.

Be sure to enter using the Rafflecopter entry form. It may ask for your email, but it will only be used to contact you if you win. It will not be added to any lists. If you have any problems with the form, please let me know here in the comments.

Debra E. Marvin said...

I smile every time I hear about Captain Connie!

Ann Badder said...

Thank you for the interview and giveaway.

Connie Mann said...

Hi DiAne, What fun to meet someone else with fond memories of the Silver River. It's a beautiful and unique place and I love being able to work on it.

Thankfully no boating today. Tropical storm Colin is on his way and the rain was starting as I left work. :)


Connie Mann said...

Susanne--Thanks so much for inviting me to be your guest today! Such fun to be here!

Connie Mann said...

Aww, thank you Debra! How nice to hear. Thanks for stopping by!

Connie Mann said...

Thanks for stopping by, Ann! Good luck in the giveaway!

Karen Lange said...

Susie, thanks so much for featuring Connie! You are such a wonderful hostess. :)

Connie, it's great to meet and learn more about you! Your books sounds like a great read. Wishing you well with all your endeavors.

Connie Mann said...

Thank you, Karen! So nice to meet you, too!

Susanne--many thanks again for having me as your guest!

Susanne Dietze said...

Connie, how are you doing with the storm? Praying for you and all affected folks!

Susanne Dietze said...

Debra, I'm glad you came by! Do you know Connie from the writing world?

Ann, I'm looking forward to reading Connie's book, too!

Karen, so good to see you! Connie's books are exciting, that's for sure.


Susanne Dietze said...

Connie, I'm thrilled you could be here. Thank you for coming and sharing your Ten Things with us!

Connie Mann said...

Hi Susanne--thanks for asking! TS Colin swept through last night with pretty high winds and dumped lots of rain, but all is well. We're thankful he didn't turn into a hurricane--and we frankly needed the rain. :)

Melanie Backus said...

Thank you for your great post and wonderful giveaway.
Smiles to you!

Susanne Dietze said...

Connie, so glad you are safe and sound!

Susanne Dietze said...

Melanie, thanks for the smile and the visit! I hope all is well with you. Blessings!

Caryl Kane said...

Susie, thank you for the great interview with Connie! Connie congrats on your release of Tangled Lies. It sounds awesome!

Susanne Dietze said...

Hi Caryl! So nice to see you. I'm sure you'll enjoy Connie's book!

Susanne Dietze said...

Congratulations to Ann, who won a copy of Connie's book!

Ann's name was chosen randomly by Rafflecopter. Thanks to all who entered!