Monday, August 3, 2015

Book Tour: A Wish on Gardenia Street by Shelley Shepard Gray


Bestselling author Shelley Shepard Gray continues her Amish Brides of Pinecraft series with a special addition—a tale of wishing and wanting...and what the heart really needs.

Good things may come to those who wait, but Mattie Miller is confident that great things come to those who go after what they want…and Mattie wants Danny Brenneman. Danny is the reason she's returned to the sunny Amish community of Pinecraft, Florida—well, that and to see her best friend Leona get married.

Mattie's met Danny only once before but she knows the spark between them is sure to lead to something special. Despite a missing cat, wedding day chaos, and Danny himself, she's confident this vacation can only end one way: in an engagement of her very own!
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Author Info
Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time Hold Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town’s bike trail.
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An Excerpt from the book:

June 10
Everything looked the same.
As she looked around the colorful, bright attic room of the Orange Blossom Inn, the very same room where she’d stayed just a few months ago, Mattie Miller felt a curious sense of déjà vu. The same bright quilts decorated the three twin beds. The same rag rugs warmed the wooden floor.
But yet everything was different.
This time, she wasn’t going to be staying with Leona and Sara, her two best friends in the world. This time she was going to be by herself. And instead of preparing to have the time of her life in their girlfriends’ getaway, she was back in Pinecraft for Leona’s wedding. Sara had planned to come, too. Unfortunately, she’d contracted pneumonia and their doctor had forbidden her to travel.
Therefore, Mattie had boarded the Pioneer Trails bus by herself and had passed the time on the twenty-hour journey with the company of a good book and a comfortable pillow and blanket. To her amazement, she’d slept for seven hours and had awoken with the sure feeling that everything was going to be amazing in Florida.
She just knew it.
Of course, it was going to be a special trip because she would get to watch Leona say her vows. But she had other plans, too. Other, secret plans she hadn’t even dared to tell Leona.
Mattie Miller didn’t intend to simply observe a romance. No, this time she was going to have a romance of her own.
During her visit in January, she and Danny Brenneman had grown fairly close. Since then, they’d exchanged a half dozen letters. Though neither of them had declared anything, Mattie was positive that their friendship was ripe for blossoming into something more.
Yes, if all went well, she would be planning her wedding to Danny Brenneman soon. Just like her best friend Leona. Before long, Mattie would be moving to Sarasota, too. She and Danny would have a perfect life together and she and Leona would continue to be each other’s best friend. They’d support one another through their first months of marriage, throw baby showers for each other, and raise their kinner together, too.
Just like they’d always planned.
And now, it was finally all going to happen.
“Are you sure you don’t mind being up here in the attic all alone?” Beverly Overholt, the proprietor of the inn, asked, interrupting her drifting thoughts. “I feel badly that I had to switch you with the two ladies who were supposed to be staying in this room.”
As long as she had a place to stay, Mattie didn’t care where she slept. “I have two good legs, Miss Beverly. Stairs don’t bother me. I don’t think that lady can say the same.”
“I imagine that is true.” Smiling a bit sheepishly, Beverly added, “I canna tell you how surprised I was to see Mrs. Donaldson on crutches. One would have thought she’d have told me that she couldn’t navigate stairs at the moment.”

 And now for a quick little author interview!

1. What inspired you to write in the first place? 
  I have always been an avid reader and used to read during my lunch break when I taught school. One day, when I realized that I had forgotten a book to read, I decided to write my own. That was back in 1999.

2. What inspired this particular book/series? 

 Ever since I noticed that my Amish friends had tans in the middle of February and heard about Pinecraft, Florida, I knew I wanted to set a series of books there. This little novella came about during the revision process for one of the books. I had cut one of the story lines and wanted to do something with it. I'm so glad my editor let me!

3. How do you spend your free time? 

 I still read a lot. I also try to see my daughter when I can. She lives in Louisville, which is a two hour drive for me. When we're together, we like to go out to eat and shop. When I'm home, I'll bake. I find baking very relaxing.

4. What literary character do you most relate too? 

 Boy, I don't know. I never think about myself when I write, and I always think the characters in other books have a far more exciting life than I do! The only comes to mind is that Joan Wilder from that old movie Romancing the Stone. By the time I'm almost done with a book, those characters feel like real people to me. 

5. What is the thing you struggle most with when you are writing and how do you defeat it?

  I have the hardest time keeping track of details and timelines in books when I write. Because of that, I write notes about every character in a spiral notebook and have a beta reader check over everything. I also sometimes get overwhelmed with my deadlines. When that happens, I try to break up projects into small, manageable tasks. For example, I write ten pages a day, six days a week. Each day, I only worry about getting those 10 pages done. 

6. If you could spend a day inside one book, what book would it be and why?

  I would probably want to be in a mystery, like Anne Cleeland's Murder in Retribution. I would love to be smart enough to solve a murder and go chase bad guys!

7. Do you listen to music while you write? If so what kind? 

 I do. If I'm writing a western, I listen to Jason Aldeen. I always listen to Christmas music when I write a Christmas book. I've been currently listening to The Script and The Fray. I also have a bad habit of listening to the same song over and over and over. It drives my dog crazy.

8. What is your writing snack of choice? 

 I drink a ton of coffee and love those Goldfish Crackers.

9. Which of your personality traits did you write into one of your characters? (Accidental or deliberate) 

 I am basically pretty shy, so there is always one character who never knows exactly what to say, or who says the wrong thing. That's me. I also love writing about girls who are mothers since I have two children.


Tour Schedule:

Aug 3rd- Undercover Book Reviews- Rev/P
(Stop 2) Semi Short Chic- P/Exc/Int
(Stop 3) Christine's Words - P/Int
(Stop 4) 3 Partners in Shopping- Promo
(Stop 5) Blogger Nicole- Promo
(Stop 6) Those Crazy Book Chicks- P/Exc

Aug 4th- Mikky's World Of Books - P/Exc
(Stop 2) -  Roberta's Dreamworld - P/Exc
(Stop 3) - 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, &, Sissy, Too! -P/Exc
(Stop 4) A Tasty Read Book Reviews- Promo

Aug 5th- Abibliophobia Anonymous - P/Exc
(Stop 2) - Queen of All She Reads - P/Exc
(Stop 3)- FictionZeal - Rev/Exc
(Stop 4) - The Bookdragon - Int/P
(Stop 5)  Brooke Blogs- Rev/GP

Aug 6th- Manga Maniac Cafe- Int/P
(Stop 2) Lush Book Reviews- Promo
(Stop 3) Underneath the Cover - P/Exc
(Stop 4) Harlequin Junkie- Spotlight

Aug 7th- Bab's Book Bistro- Rev/Exc
(Stop 2) Born to Read Books- P/Exc
(Stop 3) - Confessions From Romaholics - Rev/P
(Stop 4) - Marebare's Book Shelf - Rev/Exc
(Stop 5) - Crystal's Chaotic Confessions  -P/Exc