Monday, September 12, 2011

Southern-Style Meet & Greet with Jody Hedlund Plus Giveaway

Thanks for showing up for this week's Meet & Greet!  What a great treat we've got in store for us today.  :o)  But first up, let me announce the winner of last week's giveaway of The Colonel's Lady by Laura Frantz.  Thanks to, I'm very happy to say that the winner is...

Merry (worthy2bpraised@...)

Merry, you are in for a real treat with this book!  I'll be in touch with you shortly to get your mailing address.

And now, for this week's special guest.  Jody Hedlund is a fairly new author in the Christian Historical Fiction scene, but it hasn't taken her long to start making some waves!  I had the enormous pleasure to read her newest book just a few days ago, and if you don't have this book're gonna want to get a copy FAST!  Stay tuned til the very end of our interview for a chance to win a copy.  :o)

Welcome, Jody, and thanks for stoppin' by for a Southern-Style Meet & Greet!

What do you like most about writing and being a published author?

As a writer, I love telling stories. I especially like the feeling that comes as I near the end of the book when everything looks hopeless, the characters are in big trouble, and somehow I’m able to wrap up the book in a satisfying way. I call it the first-draft love affair! I fall absolutely and madly in love with the story and think it’s the best thing I’ve ever written.

As a published author, I love hearing from readers. I’m always thrilled to get emails or hand-written notes from readers telling me how much my story touched them.

Have you always been interested in becoming a writer?

I’m pretty sure I was born with a pen in one hand and a notebook in the other. Since my earliest days, I loved making up stories and writing them down. The passion followed me into adulthood. And after many twists and turns along the path, I’ve finally been able to channel that passion into a full time writing career.

What is your latest book release?

The Doctor's Lady released September 1.

Priscilla White bears the painful knowledge that she’ll never be able to be a mother. Having felt God’s call to missionary work, she determines to remain single, put her pain behind her, and answer God’s call.

Dr. Eli Ernest wants to start a medical clinic and mission in unsettled Oregon Country. He’s not interested in taking a wife because of the dangers of life in the west and the fact that no white woman has ever attempted the overland crossing.

But then Priscilla and Eli both receive news from the mission board: No longer will they send unmarried men and women into the field. Left scrambling for options, the two realize the other might be the answer to their needs.

Priscilla and Eli agree to a partnership, a marriage in name only that will allow them to follow God’s leading into the mission field. But as they journey west, this decision will be tested by the hardships of the trip and by the unexpected turnings of their hearts.

What message do you hope readers take away?

I hope readers are inspired to try new things and brave dangerous prospects in the pursuit of their dreams. When we go after the things that matter, we’ll have to take risks and we’ll experience setbacks and obstacles. But if we persevere, we can reach our destination and do great things along the way.

Are you currently working on another novel, and if so, can you give us a snippet about it?

In 2012, my next historical romance releases. I’m really excited about this story because it’s set in my home state of Michigan. It takes place during the 1880’s at a time in history when the lumber era was at its height. Although the story isn’t inspired by a true person the way my first two books have been, I do include several real people, particularly a real villain by the name of James Carr who was notorious in central Michigan for his violence and for introducing white slavery into the state.

The heroine of the story is a young woman, Lily Young, who is looking for her sister who’s caught up into the degradation of lumber camp life. While Lily searches for her missing sister, she fights against the evil that runs rampant around her, and she fights not to lose her heart to the lumber baron who turns a blind eye to the lawlessness of the lumber business.

I can hardly wait for this one, but I'm so happy that I can get my next Jody Hedlund book fix from your first book, The Preacher's Bride, which is patiently waiting on my nightstand.  :o)

Where can readers find you on the web?

I hang out on Facebook here: Author Jody Hedlund
I also love to chat on Twitter: @JodyHedlund
My home base is at my website:

What is your most favorite thing about the South?

The only place I’ve been in the South is to Florida to the tourist attractions. *Ducks head in shame* I’m pretty sure you true Southerners would not consider Disney World an authentic southern visit!

Sorry...I'd have to agree that Disney World is not what we'd consider a Southern visit...but it was sure nice to have you down here! :o)

If you could visit anywhere down South, where would it be and why?

I’d visit historical landmarks—including places involved in the founding of our country, the Civil War era, and beyond—anything historical because I really love history.

Iced Tea—sweet or un-sweet?

Can I cheat and say I like my tea slightly sweet? Although, if I had to choose, I’d prefer it un-sweet over too sugary!

BBQ Pork or BBQ Beef?

Both are good! But recently my sister-in-law made a super easy BBQ Pork that was to-die-for. (The easy part was what really hooked me!)

BBQ Pork is soooo easy to make, especially if you cook it in the crockpot.  Cook it on high for 4-5 hours with some barbecue sauce, and you'll get loads of compliments at dinner, I promise!

Potluck dinner or restaurant dinner?

Restaurant dinner. As much as I like goulash casseroles and scalloped potatoes, if I had my choice, I’d like a nice evening out (simply because they’re so rare!).

Summer or Winter?

Hmmm . . . that’s a really tough choice. I love each season in its time. But if I had to pick, I’d probably go with summer because the kids can play outside and I get a break from teaching.

Country gal or city gal?

Most definitely city gal. My idea of camping is staying in a hotel and having to share a bathroom with the whole family!

Same here.  Hubby has tried to get me to go camping a couple of times, and I've adamantly refused every time!

You, you all, or y’all?

You. Short. Sweet. And to the point. *Smile*


(sorry,'s the Southern in me)  :o)

...if you haven't gotten your hands on this fabulous book, I may come and hunt you down!  (Naw...just kidding.)  :o)  But if you'd love the opportunity to win a copy, then, today's your lucky day.  Jody's giving one copy away to one commenter on this post.  Simply follow the rules below, and your name will be in the hat.  Easy-peasy!

  • Leave a comment with your email address disguised like "yourname at yourdomain dot com" or something similar. Many people are not following this rule for their mandatory entry, and I've not been able to include them.  Please leave your email addy so I can contact you.
  • All entry comments must be left by Sunday, Sept. 18.
  • Contest is open to US residents only.
  • Become a follower/email subscriber for an additional entry, and let me know in your comment if you're a new one or an existing one. (No need to create a separate comment for this. Combining everything into one comment is much easier.) 
Good luck, y'all, and thanks for stopping by.  Grab yourself some sweet tea and BBQ pork sandwich before you go!  There's plenty to go around.  :o)


    1. Hi! I would love to win this! GFC follower and email subscriber!

      frequentreader19 (at) gmail (dot) com

    2. Another wonderful "Meet & Greet!" (I feel like I'm always repeating myself over here, but these interview really are so fun!)

      It's wonderful to learn more about you, Jody! I've heard a lot of great things about your books, and I'm so glad that Bethany House offered your book for review. :) With all these great reviews pouring in, I jumped at the chance to review it myself! ;) (So no need to enter me today, Christy!)


    3. Fabulous interview! This books sounds so GOOD!! I can't wait to read it! Thanks for a chance to win!

      scraphappy71 at sbcglobal dot net

    4. You ladies really should try camping. It's fun! And there are lots of places here in the South where you can rent cabins and NOT sleep on the ground ;)

      Jody, I have never read your books but have heard all good things about them. Your 2012 release sounds captivating. I hope I get a chance to review it. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of The Doctor's Lady.

      I'm an old follower & old subscriber :) That makes me really old, huh, Christy?


    5. Thanks for doing this interview, ladies! I'm always eager to read about my favorite authors. I loved The Preacher's Wife and just picked up The Doctor's Lady. I'm sure it'll be a great story. Blessings!

    6. Thank you for this interview and hosting the giveaway.


    7. Thank you so much for the chance to win this book. It looks absolutely amazing. I would love to win this. Thanks again.


    8. Hey y'all. Southern thing with me too (southern Mississippi). Jody's book sounds really good. Would love to read it.

      I'm a subcriber too.


    9. Another great interview, Christy! Thank you for inviting me over.

    10. What a great welcome you ladies have given Jody! Thank y'all so much! :o)

      Anne ~ I've *sorta* been camping before, based on your description with a cabin. It was in the mountains with no cell or internet service, and thank God, we at least had cable tv or I'd have gone crazy! Oh, and it was freezing cold to boot! Just goes to show I am a city girl for sure...I could not live off the grid!

    11. Great interview! I'm a Northwesterner transplanted to Texas and I've adopted the y'all after 30 plus years. Can't wait to read the book!

      patty_wiseman1966 at yahoo dot com

    12. Daughter loaned me her copy of Dr.'s Lady we both have extra copies of Bride to loan and give away.It is hard to put down --have to pace myself and do my work and reward with a read for only one chapter. Guess I never thought much about South vs North culturewise; A cheesehead as Dad was a cheese producer in Wisc. Unsweetened Tea and BBQ pork are best for me.
      Donna dczmonarch at gmail(dot)com

    13. Great interview, Ladies. I always enjoy your Meet and Greets, Christy! This book sounds really wonderful so thank you for giving us the chance to possibly win a copy. I am an old follower. Have a great day!

      countrysunset40 (at) aol dot com

    14. Loved the interview, Christy and Jodie!
      Please enter me in the giveaway. I'm a follower and subscriber. :) Thanks so much!


    15. Definitely want to read this one. Great review and interview. I posted it on My Life.'s face book and I tweeted for you. Donna

      mylife.onestoryatatime (at) yahoo (dot) com
      (Is that right?)

    16. I will read this whether or not I win this. I loved the review and interview.. I posted this on facebook as well :)

      Julie Lippo

    17. Enjoyed the "meet and greet", would love to win this one.

      I now subscribe via email.


    18. Donna Harmon9/12/2011 11:22 AM

      Would LOVE to win this book. I am a facebook follower and subscriber. donnaeharmon(at)yahoo(dot)com Thanks!!

    19. Hi everyone! Christy is right! You've all given me such a wonderful welcome here today!! Thank you for all of your kind words! And thank you, Christy, for hosting me today!! Was a very fun interview and at some point I really would like to do a real southern vacation! ;-)

    20. I loved the Preacher's Bride and cannot wait to read this new book by Jodi! Kerrie

    21. I would love to win this book. I have read The Preacher's Wife & loved it.


    22. I am a follower!
      Jody you look to young to be a writer! I love the premise of this story!
      Thank you!


    23. After hearing what you had to say about this book I'm sure it's amazing! Great interview, it was fun :)
      I'm a follower

      crazi.swans at gmail dot com

    24. Jody, great to see you over here. I am reading The Doctor's Lady right now (loving it!) and I wanted to tell you what a kick I got out of seeing Priscilla in the little town of Angelica, NY. I went to college near Angelica and drove through that town many times. Have you ever been there? And if not, how did you choose to begin the story there?

    25. I would love to read this and I follow on gfc. :)

    26. This book sounds fantastic! I would love to win a copy so I could read it! Please enter me.

      lovetoread205 [at] gmail [dot] com

      +1 GFC Follower: Megan (Celtic_Girl)
      +1 Email Subscriber

    27. Joy asked: I went to college near Angelica and drove through that town many times. Have you ever been there? And if not, how did you choose to begin the story there?

      Me: Hi Joy! It's great to see you over here too! So glad you're enjoying the book! I picked Angelica because it was one of the towns that Narcissa Whitman lived in (and the book is inspired by her). In fact, the Whitman's were married in Angelica. I haven't visited the town, but in researching, I spent a lot of time hanging out there virtually. I particularly studied historical documents of old homes that are in the town. It seemed like such a quaint place!

    28. Hi. I am a new follower to your blog through facebook. I just got "The Preachers Bride" on my Kindle and I can't wait to read it. (It's next on my to read list). Thank you for the chance to win Jody's new book. I love Christian fiction and can't get enough of it.
      poohbr67 at yahoo dot com

    29. thanks for the opportunity to read jody's latest novel....i loved 'the preacher's bride'.

      i'm a follower, too :)

      kmkuka at yahoo dot com

    30. I stayed up last night until 1am finishing The Doctor's Lady. Loved it! I wanted to mention to everyone who picked up The Preacher's Bride on Kindle that we're discussing that one September 24 for our Christian Fiction Book Club. Please come join us! It's being hosted at Lydia's blog, Overweight Books.

    31. I would love to read this. It sounds great.
      I follow (New)via GFC (ellie)
      eswright18 at gmail dot com

    32. Yuou always do such good reviews. I enjoyed this one very much. I have this book on my TBR list. I already for you on GFC and by email.

      plb1050 at gmail dot com

    33. Thank you for the chance to win this book. I am enjoying your blog. I am an existing follower (griperang) my email is: griperang at embarqmail dot com

    34. Fun interview. Looking forward to Jody's upcoming novel. Am reading The Doctor's Lady now so please don't include me in the giveaway.

    35. Very enjoyable interview and look forward to reading Jody's book. It sounds great! Please enter me!


    36. What a great blog! I love your author interviews! I am looking forward to reading The Doctor's Lady, as I just requested it from Bethany. :)


    37. I've read many good reviews of The Doctor's Lady and know it would be a book I'd enjoy reading. It's always fun to discover a new author. My book club will be reading and discussing The Preacher's Bride in March. One of our members raved about it. Thanks for doing the interview and having a book drawing.
      I just subscribed to this blog.


    38. I loved the first book and really look forward to reading this one too. This plot is so fascinating!

      I am a new follower.


    39. Looks like a great book..I would love to read it. I'm a new email subscriber!

      erinb1 at aol dot com

    40. This books sounds great. I love marriage of convenience stories. Would love to win.

      sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

    41. I recently ordered the Preacher's Bride from and would love to read The Doctor's Lady also!


    42. Sounds like a fabulous book, I'd love to own a copy. I'm a new follower through Google Friend Connect, I just found your blog today.


    43. Book sounds very interesting and I would love to read it and then bookswap it on Christian Fiction Devourers.

      Loraine Ertelt

    44. Jody, how fun that you set part of the book in Angelica, NY! My Men of Allegany County series for Love Inspired is set there, and the fictional town of Jamison, NY is modeled after Angelica.

      And I can tell you (I dragged Tina through it on our way to NYC in May) it's so stinkin' gorgeous. The setting of the foothills of the Allegheny range, the Genesee River, the trees, the old homes. LOVE IT!!! ;)

      Congratulations on this and I'm delighted that you're giving Angelica and Allegany County a nice tribute!


    45. Funny Jody translated 'country gal' into a camping experience. We have been camping to allow us to be closer to the deer population for archery hunt season. We shared an outdoor one-seater last year with another family and found out how hard camping can be in that respect. They must have too because this year they brought a camper trailer equipped with one seat of their own.
      My country gal idea is just a large old-style house in the country away from the city of noises and lights and busyness. Country life being what I prefer.

      I'm really looking forward to Jody's books.
      Pam Williams
      cepjwms at wb4me dot com


    I love your comments!! They make me happier than cold sweet tea on a hot summer day! :o)