Friday, July 27, 2018

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT - Zina Abbott + BONUS + giveaway

NOTE from Angela:
Due to taking last weekend off, we are a bit going over our time. 
Winners will be drawn and announced on Monday. Watch Twitter or this blog for Winner Postings!

Thank you all for visiting us over the past 9 days! I hope you'll become a new follower.
Creative Blessings!

UNDER A MULBERRY MOON is a beautifully crafted anthology compiled by talented authors.

Each day for the next nine days, each author will have a turn letting us get to know them. But first... the ladies have a gift for EVERYONE who stops by... a free download of MEDLEYS & MUSINGS - a sampling of every story from Under the Mulberry Moon.  Go HERE to download your copy

But that's not all!!!!   Three of the participating authors will each be giving away a copy of UNDER A MULBERRY MOON to lucky visitors who leave a comment. You MUST leave a comment ABOUT THE ANTHOLOGY to qualify. So comment about one or all of the stories the authors share. Each comment will be assigned a number. Then on Thursday July 26th, I will select 3 winners using

Let's meet Zina!

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I’m always asked ‘where do you get your ideas’. So, where do you get yours?

I attend a heritage society, Daughters of Utah Pioneers. One of our historical lessons dealt with mills from the 1800’s. The instructor said it was not one of her favorite topics, that the manual was full of mill layouts and photos. I asked to borrow her lesson booklet. From that was born Millwright’s Daughter.

Which comes first, the story, the characters, or the setting?

For me, it depends of the book. Sometimes I have a plot in mind. Sometimes it is the setting. For this, it was first the theme, and next I chose the setting for my mill which is based on the Tulloch Mill along the Stanislaus River in California.

Which of your heroines most represent you, or the ‘you’ you’d like to be? Why?

My all-time favorite heroine at this point in time is Delphina Blakewell in Dead Set Delphinia. She is intelligent, understands business and finance, and desires to be independent of the expectations of her family and society.

What is the single most important part of writing for you?

I love telling a good story with an accurate historical setting. I was a family historian before I was a historical novelist. It was the stories of real people in the actual conditions under which they lived that captured my attention.

What’s the most romantic thing a guy can do (or has done) for you?

Understand and laugh at my dry sense of humor.

Here's Zina's Three:

If I was a first-time reader of your books, which one would you recommend I start with
and why?
I would suggest starting with Kizzie’s Kisses. It is fast-paced, full of action, has some of my favorite characters, and deals with some real challenges faced by those who were not directly involved with the Civil War, but who faced the challenges of civilians of that era.

How much of your personality and life experiences are in your writing?
Quite a bit of my life experiences, and probably streaks of my personality (more or less, depending on the character), end up in my writing. After all, who else’s understanding and internal outlook am I drawing from? I write fiction, not textbooks.

What do you do to relax and recharge your batteries?
What else? I read. I also enjoy quilting or photoshopping images to promote my books.

Your contribution to the anthology is MILLWRIGHTS DAUGHTER:

Adventure! Mystery! Romance! Nine award-winning and bestselling authors present sweet western historical stories to ignite your imagination and feed your passion for reading. Let us sweep you away from your daily cares and entertain you with our sigh-worthy novellas set between 1865 and 1900.


You can read an Excerpt HERE from Zina's blogpost.

Make sure to come back here and leave a comment to be eligible for the drawing!

I can't wait to read this and all the stories in the anthology - UNDER A MULBERRY MOON. 
The FREEBIE you've provided definitely has me wanting to read the full anthology.   Remember to download the Free teaser then purchase your full anthology.. I mean - you can't just have one- right? LOL


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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for featuring my book on your blog, Angela. I have so enjoyed your posts with the questions and answers about the authors in this anthology.
    Robyn Echols w/a Zina Abbott