Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Chance to Win a Copy of Rosanna Huffman’s New Release, Hand Me Down Husband!



Introducing my client, Rosanna Huffman, and her new release, Hand Me Down Husband.
Rosanna, when I first met you, you told me right up front that you weren’t Amish. Not that I would have asked. But now, “Lucy, you got some s’plainin’ to do!” Tell us briefly about yourself.
     Lots of people do ask, Linda! Once I had the question, “Are you Amish or Midianite?” And the answer is neither; I am in a Brethren church. Our lifestyle and dress is similar in some ways to the conservative Mennonites. And yes—automobiles, phones, electricity, computers, cameras, etc. are part of our lives. Most of my life was spent in rural southwest Ohio. I am the second oldest of 7 kids in our family—4 sisters and 2 brothers, and while I am not married, I do claim 30+ nieces and nephews. That’s enough to keep anyone busy!
I know you aren’t only a stellar author with your new release, Hand Me Down Husband, but you also knit? And are an award-winning knitter to boot.  How did you start knitting?
     Actually, I crochet, though I promise there are no hard feeling for being called a knitter. J My maternal grandmother (I was born on her birthday) taught me to crochet when I was six years old. Grandma wasn’t much for reading a pattern; usually she just looked at a crocheted and made hers to match. As a teen I took a Home-Ec class that included crochet and there I learned to follow a pattern. Ever since I’ve been making afghans and doilies. Be sure to check out my afghan page at rosannahuffman.com
Oops. Crocheting. Got it! Just relearned knitting after 50 years for a play, so I think I have knitting on the brain. L
What is a typical writing day like for you? Are you a structured writer or hit and miss?
     You had to ask! Structure is not part of my nature. Every couple of months I decide I AM going to do better, and then the real me continues to pop up. Right now I am working full time writing a teacher’s guide for a math textbook that I am also helping to put together and edit. So after 8 hours looking at a computer screen, it takes a LOT of discipline to stare at it for a few more hours to write fiction.
Can you tell us how and why you wrote Hand Me Down Husband?
     My favorite genre to read is women’s fiction, and it is my goal to publish in that genre. Hand Me Down Husband was a writing experiment to see if I could actually write a romance. You know…me not being married and all, how in the world could someone like that possibly write a romance? But I did it and even managed to slip in some idea of the life of a single woman at thirty-seven.
Will you share a few snippets of the story with us?

Suzanne:
Suzanne loved her job. This was more than an occupation. This was her life. Not the one she dreamed of as a teenager or even into her early twenties. But she had been blessed with a good life in spite of her unfulfilled dreams.
Mitch:
That guy didn’t have the sense God gave a gnat. Mitch would never consider walking off the field in the middle of harvest. He didn’t want to spend his days in the office while someone else farmed his fields. The ebb and flow of the seasons—spring planting, summer spraying, autumn harvest, winter planning—it’s what he knew best. A rhythm that for fifty years had been as much a part of himself as breathing. A rhythm that had held him together for the past twenty-one months.

I do remember those two characters acting more like colts than a middle-aged man and young woman. The way you have them interact is just downright awesome!
What other interests to you have other than knitting and writing?
     Gardening. For years I put out a large vegetable garden. Now I’m living in an upstairs apartment with no place for much of a garden. I miss tilling, planting, hoeing, and most of all harvesting. I also love to cook. And eat—whether or not I cooked it!
Sounds like you need window gardens or a balcony garden. My daughter managed a bunch of tomatoes and peppers at hers one year. Not exactly a garden, but lots of fresh veggies! Thanks so much for telling about yourself and your new release, Rosanna. BTW. Rosanna is an absolute peach to work with. It has been a joy to be part of journey as an author.

NOW, HOW ABOUT LEAVING A COMMENT AND YOUR EMAIL ADDY FOR A CHANCE TO WIN AN EBOOK OF ROSANNA’S NEW RELEASE, HAND ME DOWN HUSBAND!!
Don't forget the email addies so I can contact you if I draw your name.

22 comments:

  1. The cover of the book caught my eye because the scene looked beautiful. Rosanna's new book title "Hand Me Down Husband" intrigued me and made me wonder what the story is behind it. I am wondereing if Suzanne falls in love with perhaps a friend's former husband and there are complications in each of the relationships that will unfold in the book. I would like to read the book to see how Roseanne Huffman's first try at a love story turns out after reading the few snippets she shared.

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  2. I love writing and gardening, too. However, I've never gotten the hang of crocheting. I wish I could, but I always get frustrated and give up.

    The book sounds great. I've added it to my wish list!

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    1. Come on over, Jen, and I'll teach you to crochet!

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    2. It's a deal, Rosanna! :)

      Forgot my email address above: jcmichigan@gmail.com

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  3. LADIES don't forget to leave your email addies.

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  4. Congratulations, Rosanna! So happy your book is in print. Now I know a real live professional author.

    avakay@msn.com

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    1. Great book! Good luck to everyone, don't forget your email addies!

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  5. I like the premise of your book Rosanna, and the title, And I have a good friend who's a knitting instructor…that's as close as I've come to actually gaining any skill at it! Gailkittleson at myomnitel dot com

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  6. Will be drawing a name Sunday night. Don't forget to leave your addies! They aren't used for anything other than contacting the winner!

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  7. I am intrigued by the title. Who is he handed down from? I can't imagine. Also, I like to crochet and I taught my self how to at the age of 8 with some hints from other adults. My mother didn't know how. The hard thing was I am left handed and learned from right handed people.

    Laura Sexton
    pvplumbing@myactv.net

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    1. Laura, the husband in the story is a widower. As for crocheting--I am right handed, but I can crochet left handed when I teach lefties. Takes a good deal more thinking on my part, but definitely helpful for the student.

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  8. A free book? Written by someone I 'know'? Of course I'd like to win it!! And I'm in awe of your afghans, Rosanna!!

    Jody
    jjgarber03@yahoo.com

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  9. I met Rosanna at the 2013 Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference. At the dinner table, she pulled out her crocheting. It was absolutely gorgeous. Then she told me it was her own design. It just about floored me. Not long after, I returned to the needle (had previously been knitting). I'd learned as a girl from my mom. I don't know fancy stitches, but I have almost finished a lap blanket. I just have to attach the panels together. All thanks to Rosanna. She inspired me.
    The book looks good, too, and I would love to read it. :)

    Ginger
    ginger dot solomon at gmail dot com

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  10. Sounds like a great premise, Rosanna. I enjoyed learning more about you too.

    Blessings,
    Jodie Wolfe
    digging4pearls at comcast dot net

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  11. absolutely...i would love to be a winner of one of her books......she is such an inspiration. I havent read any of the book but, I am sure it is a good one....Rosanna is a precious soul living her life for the Lord....so proud of her. my email is mkledington@gmail.com

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  12. I would love the chance to win a book! cindyturner96@gmail.com

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  13. That's kimesteffen@hotmail.com.

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  14. The cover of the book caught my eye because the scene looked beautiful. Rosanna's new book title "Hand Me Down Husband" intrigued me and made me wonder what the story is behind it. I am wondereing if Suzanne falls in love with perhaps a friend's former husband and there are complications in each of the relationships that will unfold in the book. I would like to read the book to see how Roseanne Huffman's first try at a love story turns out after reading the few snippets she shared. Forgot to put my email address when I first wrote this...oops! Email address is ll.bowling@gmail.com

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  15. Congrats Jen Colson!!!!!!! Waving hands frantically and like a fool!!!!!!!
    You won. I'll be sending to you shortly.

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    1. Yay! I'm waving my hands frantically and like a fool too, Linda. You just made my day. Can't wait to read it! :)

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  16. Booo; I'm too late! But I'm happy for Jen!

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