Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Grace & Lavender by Heather Norman Smith, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Grace & Lavender
Author: Heather Norman Smith
Publisher: Ambassador International
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: March 1, 2019
Recently retired Colleen Hill is always busy, constantly on a quest to make life more interesting.
When the ladies’ group at her church partners with the local children’s home, Colleen jumps in as usual, volunteering to share her passion for cooking with a troubled teenager named Grace. But Colleen must balance the new project with her pursuit of becoming a contestant on a television game show, along with all the other ideas her brain continually spins out.
Colleen’s daughter Melody is quite different. She lives a calm, simple life and is content with who she is. That is, until an unexpected opportunity to work with Grace, too, pushes her to reevaluate life and dare to take on bigger dreams. The path starts with a newly-found interest in soap-making and leads her to responsibilities she didn’t even know she wanted, including helping Grace understand the meaning of her name.
Grace & Lavender is a book for all audiences—a heart-warming story that reminds us to seek God’s purpose for our lives.
Now I’m so excited to have Heather Norman Smith on the blog today where she’ll talk about the journey of writing her debut novel. And, if you stick around until the end, there will be a GIVEAWAY for that very novel. Now on to Heather’s inspiring journey.
The Journey of Writing Your Debut Novel
It was July of 2017 when my first novel got its start very unexpectedly. I was sitting in a beach chair beside my mother-in-law, watching my kids play in the sand and surf, when the main character of my book showed up in my brain. She started telling me her story, so I pulled out my phone and started taking notes. I remember my mother-in-law asking me who I was texting. I told her I was just making notes for a story I wanted to write, not sure then if I’d actually do it. But before Christmas, the book was done and I was well on my way with the next one. Writing novels became an instant passion.
With Grace & Lavender, I had to do a lot of research about the process of novel writing, though, admittedly, the bulk of my deeper learning came later. Since the first book I’ve gone to writers conferences, taken online classes, participated in critique groups, and read books on the craft, and I continue to do so. Early on, I relied mostly on internet searches for answers to writing questions. The journey of writing the first book was a wonderful challenge. One of the greatest feelings during those first drafts was letting my parents read it and getting their feedback, then later reading it to my two oldest children.
Okay, so I absolutely love finding out what inspires people to write or do whatever it is that they do, so it was super fun to participate in this tour and find out more about Heather and her writing journey.
Now I give you permission to enter the giveaway below and hope that you win.
Also, make sure you go to the other link below and see all the other tour stops and find out more about Heather through more guest posts and a Q&A! (Okay, maybe that sounded slightly creepy and stalkerish)
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Heather Norman Smith aims to entertain and encourage, while illuminating the redemptive love of God through her writing. Along with Christian Fiction, she writes devotions and children’s books. She also enjoys writing songs and singing about Jesus.
Heather is proud to be a life-long North Carolinian and hopes to present the beauty of the Tar Heel State in her writing. Her home is just outside Winston-Salem, NC, where she lives with one husband, two daughters, one son, two cats, and two dogs. Heather loves words and does not enjoy math, except when it comes to counting blessings.
(1) winner will win a print copy of Grace & Lavender (US only)
(4) winners will receive an ebook copy of Grace & Lavender (open internationally)
Enter via the Rafflecopter giveaway below. Giveaway will begin at midnight March 4, 2019 and last through 11:59 pm March 11, 2019. Winners will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.
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Follow along at JustRead Tours for a full list of stops!