Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Meet Author Tanya Stowe!

I'm delighted to introduce you all to the lovely and talented Tanya Stowe! Tanya is a fellow White Rose Publishing author with a new release titled "Tender Touch." More info on that exciting development to come - but first, meet Tanya!

Tanya Stowe has written for the real estate industry, television, publicity firms and national publications. Her first novel, a time-travel adventure, Time’s Embrace, was released in the United States in 1993 and internationally released in 1995. Tanya has an eclectic career, doing market research, working at a performing arts center and for the American Cancer Society. Recently, Tanya contributed to a collection of women’s survival stories titled, Triumph! The Beautiful Face of Courage and collaborated on her first full-length play, a Christmas musical titled, The Night Before Christmas.

Tanya has been married to her high school sweetheart for thirty-seven years which is a romance story in itself. Currently they are visiting the East Coast and soon they will travel to the Middle East to begin a new adventure!


To give you a better look at Tanya's inspiration for Tender Touch, here's what I like to call 'The Story Behind the Story' - straight from the author herself:

Years ago when my children were young, my husband went back to school, leaving me to handle our four young, rambunctious children. To help me out, my sister organized a long summer vacation, touring the California Gold Country.

We visited Sutter’s Mill, Columbia, Angel’s Camp, most of the major gold camps of the past. I was struck by the beaut y of the gold country, the mountains, caverns and rivers, so different from the deserts of Southern California where I lived. I wondered what it must have been like for those early pioneers alone, in this rugged land, filled with gold fever and determination. But mostly I wondered how these lovely little towns survived after all the gold fever passed.

I was also a new Christian and I had witnessed some of God’s very miraculous healing power. Those experiences had amazed me, but also frightened me a little and left me with a lot of questions. Of course, our Lord had the answers for his young and inexperienced Christian. But Lacy’s story was born out of those early questions and that very memorable trip through the California Gold Country.


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Without further delay, please enjoy this introduction to Tender Touch - I'm sure you're going to love it!



Lacy Butler is graced with the gift of healing. She can save strangers…even those undeserving…yet fails to save her mother.

Rejecting her gift, God, and society, she's content to live alone high above the mining town of Harperville. But her solitude is shattered when Royce Darnell builds a water flume through the middle of her mountain. To protect her sanctuary, Lacy sabotages his efforts. Little does she expect Royce to track her through a blizzard and end up half frozen to death on her doorstep. She can heal him, but why should she when he threatens to steal her peace...and her heart?

With the livelihood of the miners and their families depending on his project, Royce refuses to stop building, no matter how good the reason or how lovely the masked saboteur turns out to be. Besides, he's convinced God wants Lacy to use her gift for good and not to hole up in her cabin like a reticent recluse afraid of human contact. But first, she must learn to trust, and Lacy doesn't trust anyone, not Royce and especially not God. Soon Royce finds himself in a battle to save the two things he loves the most…Harperville and Lacy. Is his faith strong enough to save them both?



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Excerpt:

"Lacy--look at me," Royce commanded. She looked up. "Feel the music, Lacy. Just move with me."

Her muscles eased. Her breathing slowed. She seemed to sense the rhythm of his body and took her cues from the slight touch of his hand. He dipped, she followed. He swept, she flowed, her skirts swinging in a graceful arc behind them. They sailed around the room in perfect motion.

Royce smiled. "I knew you could do it."

"Thank you for teaching me," she murmured.

Royce looked at the woman in his arms. He'd known the minute she'd entered the room. He was shocked to see her, knowing instinctively that the crowd and the noise would not be to her liking. But, when he'd seen the pink of her cheeks and the high color of her eyes, he knew she was enjoying herself ... and that made him happy. He liked the little giggle she tried to suppress and the way her eyes lit when the dancers came near her. So he’d asked her to dance.

“Thank you," Lacy repeated.

"My pleasure, ma'am. Is there anything else I can do for you?"

Her features turned somber. "You can let me go, now, before it's too late.”

She was asking him to do what he'd vowed to do. But looking at her lovely features, he knew he wouldn't do it.

"I can't, Lacy. I've tried and I can't."

The truth of his words flowed over both of them. They stood still in the middle of the dance floor. He wondered where the words had come from, and how he would take care of this fragile, beautiful creature in his arms.

Purchase Tender Touch Right Here

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Tanya, thanks so much for joining me on the blog today! I've thoroughly enjoyed your company and wish you much success and abundant blessings with Tender Touch! As part of Tanya's blog tour, if you leave a comment, you'll be entered to win a copy of Tender Touch! Tanya is also giving away a copy of Rodeo Redemption, by fellow White Rose Publishing author Teri Wilson, so you've got two chances to win two great books! Enjoy the contest, and good luck!!

24 comments:

  1. Great interview. Another new to me author whose books I will be looking forward to reading. Please enter me.

    Blessings,
    Jo
    ladijo40(at)aol(dot)com

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  2. Thanks for having me, Marianne.It's another gloomy, overcast day for this So Cal girl who is used to sunshine. This should definitely brighten the day for me!

    Jo you are in!

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  3. Interesting story idea and I love your cover art! Thanks for entering me in the drawing.

    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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  4. Welcome, welcome, Tanya -- and I hear you about gloomy and overcast. On this lovely Monday in Michigan we have sub zero temperatures, ice-laden streets & highways - oh, and did I mention? 4 inches of snow. :-) Sure do wish I were home working on my WIP instead of at the full-time job! LOL!! I see folks are already dropping by to find out about your awesome book!

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  5. Hi, Jo & Pegg! thanks so much for dropping by to visit with Tanya. SUCH an intriguing story idea and yes, the cover is stunning. White Rose Publishing has an outstanding reputation for both wonderful Christian inspirational romances and cover art that's breathtaking. :-)

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  6. Hey, tanya,

    What a great interview, and a wonderful story. You have brought a little sunshine to this snowed-in girl in East Tennessee.

    Thank you!

    Mary

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  7. Hi Mary,
    I haven't been watching the weather until today. The storm is as far south as Tennessee! I do have snow days at my home where a little snow fall keeps us indoors. Unfortunately, I don't think a foot or so is enough to keep you home, Marianne.

    What I love about the my beautiful cover is that it encompasses so many points of the story, the fawn, the mountain, the open hands. It's just wonderful!

    Peg, I have you down for the drawing!

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  8. You poor people in the midwest and east! Sunshine and beautiful here in the San Luis Valley! going to be 50 here today! But please pray for some snow for us! We need it! I am Excited Tanya to receive my book and looking forward to reading it! I have enjoyed your blogs and hope to chat with you soon!
    Karen

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  9. Mary it's always so great to see you! Thanks for your visit! Karen, you won't be disappointed in Tender Touch. Enjoy it!!

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  10. First of all thank AcfwBookclub for introducing me to "A minute with Marianne" and Marianne for the introduction to Tanya and Tanya for the excerpt from the book. It sounds wonderful.. so appreciate the opportunity to be included in the give away.....love, smiles and hugs....

    cedson76255(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  11. Cleda, you're so sweet! Thanks for stopping by, and for following! :-) Best of luck with the contest, and I'm glad you enjoyed Tanya's visit as much as I am!!

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  12. Waving "hi" to Tanya as she travels to yet another stop on her book tour.

    Great blog, Marianne~

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  13. Karen, thanks so much for buying the book! Let me know how you like it.
    Cleda, I'm so glad you found Marianne and me too! You are entered in the drawing!
    Hey JoAnn! Thanks for stopping by. Are you snowed in too? The temperatures are dropping here. Fortunately, I have a selection of White Rose authors books to curl up with!

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  14. ::waves back at JoAnn:: Hi there, and thanks for taking the time to stop! I know you're a busy gal yourself today! ;-) Tanya, I agree with your comment about White Rose Publishing titles. There are no end of great stories from which to choose!

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  15. Marainne, I appreciate you having me here today. It was good to chat with you and everyone else. I'll do the drawing in the next couple of days and email the winner.

    Also, I'd like to remind everyone there's still plenty of time to check out my other contest, God's Healing Touch. I'm looking for stories about how God has healed your life. Details are on my website at TanyaStowe.com.

    Thanks again, everyone and God Bless!

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  16. Another great interview on this blog tour! Really enjoy reading the comments! Great job ladies!

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  17. Love the comments here and thanks for sharing. I am trying to stay warm as it is very cold out here and I am fighting a cold. I went to doctor today and here I cracked a rib either sneezing or coughing so I am hurting right now. I am trying to use the machine to keep my mind off the pain. Merry Christmas. susan Leech garysue@dejazzd.com

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  18. Please enter me in the contest. Thanks!
    Ann_Lee_Miller@msn.com

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  19. Susan, it's so unbelievably cold here in Michigan, too! Stay warm, and I'm so glad you enjoyed the interview and contest! Merry Christmas to you, too!

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  20. Good luck, Ann! Thanks for your visit! :-)

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  21. Tanya, it's been a treat to have you visit! Please come back any time - I loved having you here! God bless!!

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  22. I added myself to follow your blog. You are more than welcome to visit mine and become a follower if you want to.

    God Bless You :-)

    ~Ron

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