Win a $25 GC: Land of My Dreams by Norma Gail

This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Norma Gail will be awarding a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour. Click on the tour banner to see the other stops on the tour.

If you could travel through time but could only go one way, would you choose the past or the future and Why?

Past. The future is so uncertain and I wouldn’t know what to expect. I think it would be easier to survive in the past because at least I’ve read about it.

If you won a trip to a fantasy destination, where would you go?

Scotland. I loved it the first time and want to see more. I felt an uncanny sense of belonging.

What did you want to be when you grew up; if you wanted to be a writer what inspired that desire?

I always wanted to be a writer. I explored the idea of majoring in American history or literature but I ruled out teaching because I didn’t want to grade papers. I considered archaeology but they get dirty and I don’t like being dirty. I chose nursing because medicine and people fascinate me. When my own medical problems made it impossible to continue in nursing, I raised my kids and then began writing—the best of both worlds. What do you do to relax especially when writing is giving you a bit of trouble?

I exercise, do errands, read, or talk it over with my husband. Sometimes he comes up with great ideas. On occasion, I just keep writing and then read it out loud. That often helps me see what is wrong.

If a Djinn granted you one wish free and clear, what would you wish for?

I would wish my writing had a strong impact on the people who read it. As a writer of inspirational fiction, I want to make a difference in lives and cause my readers to draw closer to God.

What do you find is the most challenging part of writing?

The most challenging part for me is keeping the conflict strong. I write romance because I love happy-ever-after endings. I like the kissing and making up better than the struggle. My husband helps me with that also.

If you could invite any famous person over for dinner, who would that be and why?

Christian author, Michael Phillips. He was kind enough to endorse Land of My Dreams, and showed himself to be as generous and kind as the characters he creates. I admire his writing and ability to weave his faith into the tale without being preachy. He handles contemporary and historical fiction equally well. An evening of asking him questions, or even just listening to his best advice, would teach me so much.

If you could invite any fictional character over for dinner, who would it be and why?

Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. He reminds me of my father, kind, fair, honest, judges each individual on their own merits, a wonderful, loving father. He always does the right thing whether it is the popular thing or not.

And last but not least a couple of favorite questions –

Favorite food - New Mexican food. I am a definite chile snob, only the hottest and best.
Favorite drink – an Arnold Palmer, decaf iced tea with half lemonade
Favorite dessert – Red Velvet Cake
Favorite place – The house my aunt and uncle used to own on Flathead Lake in Montana
Favorite genre – romance & romantic suspense
Favorite season - fall
Favorite holiday - Thanksgiving
Favorite TV show – The Waltons
Favorite movie – Pride & Prejudice

Alone and betrayed, American professor, Bonny Bryant longs for a haven of peace. She accepts a position at a small Christian college in Fort William, Scotland, craving escape from her painful past. The passionate love which develops when she meets fellow professor and sheep farmer, Kieran MacDonell, is something she never anticipated.

Kieran harbors a deep anger toward God in the face of his own devastating grief. When Bonny’s former fiancĂ© reenters her life, Kieran’s loneliness draws him to a former student.

How will Bonny decide between her rivals? Can they set aside the past to make way for a future, or will it drive them apart?

Land of My Dreams, Christian Romance Novel, spans the distance between New Mexico’s high desert mountains and the misty Scottish Highlands with a timeless story of overwhelming grief, undying love, and compelling faith.

Enjoy an excerpt:

When Kieran left his office, he saw Bonny standing behind her car, her foot tapping and shoulders sagging. “Can I help you, Dr. Bryant?”

She startled, and he realized he had been so intent on watching her that he had failed to give warning of his approach. The eyes that met his sparkled, their brilliance drawing him like a treasure hunter to a prize emerald. She was a lovely woman.

“Dr. MacDonell, hello. I’ve changed flat tires before, but these lug nuts won’t budge.”

He checked the urge to brush a smudge of dirt from her cheek. “It’s Kieran, and I’m glad to be of help.” He forced himself to ignore the nervous pounding in his chest and the urge to run. He was alone with the woman who had filled his mind day and night from the moment she had walked into the room.

“I’m Bonny, and thanks.”

“I’ll take that spanner off your hands.”

“Spanner? Oh, you mean the lug wrench, of course.” She held it out to him and smiled.

He took a deep breath. Her smile reminded him of sun breaking through a Scottish mist. His fingers brushed hers as he took it, and he realized how small her hands were, like his mother’s finest china. Dainty and delicate.

Something about the patient way she watched caused his uncertainty to subside. Rescuing a damsel in distress wasn’t a bad way to meet. Tossing the caber was no longer possible, but he knew how to change a tire. She stood near enough for him to smell her perfume—feminine, like a rose garden.

About the Author:
Norma Gail is the author of the contemporary Christian romance, Land of My Dreams. A women’s Bible study leader for over 21 years, her devotionals and poetry have appeared at, the Stitches Thru Time blog, and in “The Secret Place.” She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, and the New Mexico Christian Novelists. Norma is a former RN who lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 40 years. They have two adult children.

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Thank you for hosting
Nikolina said…
I really enjoyed reading your interview, thank you!
Lisa Brown said…
Congrats on the tour, and thank you for the excerpt, I enjoyed it :)
Norma Gail said…
Thank you for hosting me this week! Nikolina and Lisa, I am so glad you enjoyed the interview and the excerpt.
Peggy Hyndman said…
What do you find to be the most challenging part of writing? And the most rewarding?
Norma Gail said…
Hi Peggy! Thanks for asking! The most challenging part of writing for me is finding time with all of the social media and marketing that even traditionally published authors are required to do these days. The most rewarding is hearing from readers who have been touched by something I have written and knowing it made a difference.
James Robert said…
Happy Monday and thanks again for the chance to win
Great interview, I enjoyed reading it! I love red velvet cake too.. My friends mom makes hers from scratch and it is the absolute BEST!!! :D
Norma Gail said…
You're welcome, James!
Victoria, I'm glad you enjoyed it! I make my red velvet cake from scratch too. Mixes just don't taste as good!
MomJane said…
7 of the 9 things you mentioned are my favorites also. I really enjoyed all your comments. This story sounds wonderful.
clojo9372 said…
Thank you for the excerpt and I absolutely loved the Q&A. It was unique. I really liked it. I am an Autumn baby, so Fall happens to be my favorite season as well. I wish you continued good luck on the tour! :)
What are your ambitions for your writing career?
Norma Gail said…
I wish I could comment to each of you individually, so here goes!
MomJane, thanks for taking time to comment! I am glad you enjoyed the interview! I hope you will read Land of My Dreams!
Clojo9372, I am so glad you enjoyed the interview. I am longing for fall with all the hot weather! Thanks for stopping by! I hope Land of My Dreams makes it onto your reading list.
Becky, I hope to complete the sequel to Land of My Dreams this year. I am working on a romantic novella, and have plans for a historic trilogy based on actual events in the lives of my ancestors.

Land of My Dreams is creeping up in the Amazon Kindle Store. I would love to see it make the best seller list this summer! It's only $1.99, so it's a great buy right now!
James Robert said…
I'm back and thanking you once again for the opportunity at winning your great giveaway
Norma Gail said…
Rita said…
I liked the excerpt.
Nikolina said…
Shared on G+, have a great day!
James Robert said…
Thank you for offering us this giveaway, have an enjoyable Wednesday!
Norma Gail said…
Happy Wednesday!
James Robert said…
Thank you for the opportunity to win and have a blessed Sunday
James Robert said…
Good morning and thank you once again for the chance to win
Nikolina said…
Shared on Facebook to help spread the word! :)
Norma Gail said…
I appreciate all of your comments and shares. I haven't been getting the notifications when you post, so I got a little behind. I appreciate each and every one of you taking the time! God bless you and happy reading!
Norma Gail said…
I appreciate all of your comments and shares. I haven't been getting the notifications when you post, so I got a little behind. I appreciate each and every one of you taking the time! God bless you and happy reading!
A. B. said…
Mrs. Gail--

I truly enjoyed reading this interview. It's a rather new experience for me-- to be able to take a little peek into an author's "real life"! I know what you mean by feeling "an uncanny sense of belonging" when visiting Scotland. I felt that way about Ireland, and was fortunately to be able to visit on more than one occasion. It was lovely, and bittersweet. I've never been to Scotland, but I'm starting to have that travel itch... (Might you be in need of an assistant, perhaps? I would certainly let you take ALL of the chiles off of my plate. :) )

I loved the excerpt, particularly the very last bit. I'd love to read and become immersed in these two main settings!

Thank you for giving us a taste (chile-free, thank goodness! I'm a sensitive one, there...) of this book. May you enjoy the upcoming autumn!
Norma Gail said…
Thank you for your kind comments, A.B.! I will gladly take your share of the chile. We smell it roasting everywhere this time of year. I would love to visit Ireland someday, though my DNA reveals that my grandmother was incorrect on the families ties to Ireland. My fascination with Scotland was right on. I am glad you enjoyed the excerpt. It is certainly one of my favorites and one I don't think I had shared with audiences much before. I hope you will read Land of My Dreams! Autumn is my favorite time of year and we are certainly feeling the beginnings of it in the cooler weather. God bless, and happy reading!