Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Interview + GIVEAWAY: A Dream of Miracles

Congratulations to Debbie on winning a copy of A Dream of Miracles! Thank you to Litfuse Publicity and Thomas Nelson Publishing for making this possible.


I think of Ruth Reid, not as an Amish fiction author, but as a very gifted author who just happens to write Amish fiction. As I said in my review of A Dream of Miracles (click title to see my thoughts), there’s nothing “typical” or “traditional” about Ruth’s writing. A Dream of Miracles ranks among the best books I’ve read, Amish or otherwise. There’s a different element to her stories, for they break the boundaries of Amish fiction wide open, capturing me from page one with its emotional pull and character depth.

I want to thank Christen Krumm at Litfuse Publicity for allowing me to offer this giveaway. To help you get to know a little more about Ruth and her newest book, here is part of her Litfuse interview:


About writing . . .

Q:  What are your ideal writing conditions?

I write in silence most of the times. Although since my daughter found that studying for tests easier was at Panera Bread, I now take my computer and Sarah takes her books and note cards on evenings she needs to study. We order supper, sit at separate tables, and work. Surprisingly, we’ve both gotten a lot accomplished in the noisy environment.


Q:  If you could write in a different genre, which would you choose?

I’d love to one day write medical suspense/thrillers.


Q:  If you could have lunch with any literary character, who would it be and why?

Miss Clara from War Room. I found Miss Clara’s character to be very inspiring and spending any amount of time with her would be up lifting and positive.


Q:  Favorite first line of a book:

“I promise my name—not my heart.” ~Josiah Plank, A Miracle of Hope.


Q:  If you were trapped in a book, what fictional place would you like to explore?

Definitely the old west on a cattle drive, or as a pony express rider.


Q:  What would the title of your biography be?

Ruth Reid: Child of God—Woman of Faith


Q:  If you could live a day in one of your characters’ lives, who would you choose?

I would choose Joy Stolzfus from Her Christmas Pen Pal Explain: I’m not much of a baker so I think it’d be fun to spend a day in the Stolzfus bakery and learn how to make some of her delicious recipes.


About A Dream of Miracles . . .


Q:  Tell us a bit about the story behind your latest novel. Where did you find inspiration?

        Working in the healthcare field over twenty-five years, I’ve seen miracles, which have stunned the medical staff as well as situations that are often not what they seem. Sadly, sometimes things are handled wrong. Outcomes are not always miraculous.
        In A Dream of Miracles, Mattie Diener is an Amish widow and mother of two young children. When her son becomes sick, she takes him to the local doctor, only the normal doctor is on vacation and the woman taking his place is a new physician, unfamiliar with the Amish, and quickly makes accusations that send Mattie’s life into a whirlwind.


Q:  What trait do you love most about your main character?

I love Mattie’s trusting nature.


Q:  When readers get to the last page, what do you hope they take away from the story?

My goal is that readers will feel the presence of God. His love, His grace, His mercy, and the miraculous ways He guides us in our daily lives.


Q:  What are you working on next?

I’m currently working on Abiding Mercy (out 2017), the first book in the Amish Mercies series.


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GIVEAWAY

To enter the drawing for A Dream of Miracles, please click this link and share my Facebook post, then leave a comment here. If you’ve read any of Ruth’s books and have a favorite, please share that here as well.

I try to promote on social media, but the best way to keep up with my reviews and occasional giveaways is to subscribe by e-mail in the top right corner (no pressure intended).

BE SURE to leave your name and your email address in a safe format - [at] and [dot] - for the drawing. E-mail required for entry. Contest ends at midnight PST on Sunday, May 8. Winner will be chosen by random.org and contacted by e-mail.

Eligibility: US residents

38 comments:

  1. I am finding I like amish fiction; and so many authors to try. This book is definetly on my list to read; sounds like n interesting read with good clean fiction storyline; and author I will be following.

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    1. You're right, Carolyn, there's a lot of excellent Amish fiction writers out there. Glad you're enjoying this genre. Please don't forget to leave your e-mail address for the drawing!

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  2. I've ordered A Dream of Miracles and several others of your books and can't wait to read them.
    susiesellner@gmail.com

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    1. Hope you enjoy Ruth's books as much as I do, Susie. Thanks for dropping by!

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  3. Oh, Ruth, I can hardly wait to read this book. I am a retired registered nurse, and I have also seen many instances of the doctors shaking their heads in confusion, not being able to explain what happened. Thank you for the chance to win a copy!

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    1. Debbie, I'm sure you will love this book! Thank you for dropping by - and don't forget to leave your e-mail address for the drawing.

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    2. ReadingMama922 at gmail.com. Thanks, Carole, for reminding me. I do so love your blogs.

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    1. Thank you, Annie! It was a great book and pleasure to review.

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  5. I have been so excited to read this book! I have read a lot of Amish fiction but I have not read any by Ruth Reid. I have read reviews and I know I would be in for a treat if I won this book.

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    1. Kelly, do try Ruth's books. I find her writing very moving and she can sure tell stories that hook you immediately. Be sure to leave your e-mail for the drawing.

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  6. I have read a few of Ruth's books. Love them.
    Thereadmaster(at)me(dot)com

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    1. Me too, Virginia! Amish fiction is a comfort read for me and I like how different Ruth's books are.

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  7. I really enjoy Amish fiction and while I have never read any of Ruth's books yet I know I'll enjoy them. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

    Cnnamongirl at aol dot com

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    1. Deanne, I highly recommend Ruth's writing. When I read the first book in this series, the character depth and relational elements were so strong that I even forgot that it was Amish. Do try her books soon, Deanne.

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  8. All her books are my favorite. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom.

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    1. I've only read two of Ruth's so far, Kim, but think I will the same as you about anything she writes.

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  9. A new author....whohoo! Thanks for the interview and giveaway chance :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com
    I shared on FB too!

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    1. Trixi, I highly recommend Ruth's books. Hope you get into them soon because I think you will be very pleased.

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  10. I really Enjoy Amish Books. Thank You for the chance to win. She would be a new to me author. iamabho (at) gmail (.) com

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  11. Here is my facebook share https://www.facebook.com/linda.buzardmoffitt/posts/1145080188855936 I shared it with the public and I believe I left my email in my previous comment Thanks

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    1. Linda, I think Amish fans will love this story, but I think it crosses over to all readers because of the themes and character depth. I hope you'll try one of Ruth's books soon. I haven't read book #2, but the first was excellent also. Thank you for visiting and for sharing on FB, Linda. That really helps authors get noticed.

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  12. Lorraine AlexanderMay 6, 2016 at 11:52 AM

    I love Amish Fiction...thank you for the opportunity to win A Dream of Miracles! Shared on B

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    1. Amish fiction is usually what I go to when I'm looking for a comfort read, Lorraine. Thanks for visiting, and don't forget to leave your e-mail address for the drawing.

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  13. I love reading Amish fiction. Looking forward to reading and adding this book to the rest of the series. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of A Dream of Miracles.
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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    1. Thank you for visiting, Karen. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did.

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  14. Oh, I forgot to say I shared this post on Facebook.
    kmgervais(at)nycap(dot)rr(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for sharing, Karen. That really helps.

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  15. I shared. Thank you for the chance. I love Amish fiction. God bless.
    leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. So glad you enjoy Amish fiction, Lucy! Thanks for sharing and best wishes in the drawing.

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  16. I love reading Amish fiction! One of my favorite genres. Thanks for the chance to,win. Shared this post.

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    1. Thank you for sharing, Gail. I think Amish fiction is my "comfort" read! I left you a note on FB about leaving your e-mail address.

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  17. I've read Her Christmas Pen-Pal and Always His Providence. I truly enjoy Ruth's writing. Would love to be in the drawing and have shared on FB. cmcfaithingod at gmail dot com

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    1. You are entered in the drawing, Christine! I was impressed by Ruth's writing with the first of her books that I read. Thanks for visiting and sharing on FB.

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  18. This author is new to me. I really enjoy Amish fiction and this book sounds really interesting. Can't wait to read.

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    1. Dianne, I love discovering new authors that I enjoy. I highly recommend Ruth's writing and hope you get to read one of her books soon. Thank you for visiting - and please don't forget to leave your e-mail address for the drawing.

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  19. Amish fiction is my favorite. It's so relaxing and I always feel like I'm living right along with the characters.

    myrtle1961(at)gmail(dot)com

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