Tuesday, March 6, 2012

A Heart That Dares by Jill Limber Blog Tour: Interview & Giveaway!

Jill, welcome to Hardcover Feedback! Would you tell us a little about yourself?
I'm a native Southern Californian, and I now live in San Diego, and have been writing for twenty years. 

What or who made the biggest influence on you wanting to become a writer?
I think the thing that led me to writing was my love of reading. I'd always been a voracious reader, loved romance from about the age of 12, and decided to try to write one. 

What was the first book you ever wrote about and was it ever published? 
Actually, A Heart That Dares was the first book I wrote--not the first sale, though. It was my 'learning' book, and after I had acquired some skills, it needed a pretty heavy re-write.

Do you have any writing habits that people might find unusual? 
Not really. For me, writing is about putting your self in the chair and ignoring distractions. I think this is hard to do when you work at home, and you really have to commit to your craft. It takes time to train friends and family that you really are working.

Do you have a favorite character or one that is especially close to your heart?
I have to say that the hero in A Heart That Dares has always been my favorite. Daniel has all the qualities I admire in a man.

What is the best gift you have ever received and who gave it to you?
I think it was the bicycle I got from my parents for Christmas when I was seven. The bike itself was a great gift, but it was the freedom that went with it that was precious. In my family, when you got your first two-wheeler, it was a rite of passage, and you had the permission to roam at will. I remember I felt so grown up and free.

What is something that you have always wanted to do, but just haven't gotten around to it yet?
Sky diving. My husband is afraid of heights and if I even mention it he turns white and starts babbling incoherently. I don't think he could survive me jumping out of a plane.

What is your all-time favorite book?
It's years old, but it would be LaVyrle Spencer's Hummingbird. I consider it the best romance I ever read. I re-read it every few years. Fabulous!

Other than yourself, who is your favorite author?
I couldn't pick one--there are too many good ones out there--but a newer author I adore is Joanna Bourne. She writes amazing historicals set in France around the time of the revolution.

If a TV show was based on your life, what would the theme song be and why?
Ha! A TV show based on my life would be so boring people would watch it as a sleep aid. But since I know all the words to Aretha Franklin's Respect and sing it off key at the top of my lungs on occasion, much to the dismay of my family, I'll chose that one.

What do you like to do in your spare time? 
I love to travel. Any new location, foreign or domestic interests me. At home I love to cook and read. Meet up with friends, go out to eat. And movies, I love going to the movies, but I can be very critical of the writing. It has to be a really good screenplay to please me.

Are you an early bird or a night owl?
For work I'm an early bird. I do my best writing in the mornings. For reading, I love a good book and a glass of wine late at night. 

What is your favorite TV show and/or movie?
Again, the writing has to be good. I think The Big Bang Theory and Modern Family have outstanding episodes, and I love Justified. I also watch Person of Interest and Hawaii 5-0, but, to be honest, that is much more about Alex O'Loughlin and Jim Caviezel than it is about the writing.

If you had the opportunity to go anywhere you wanted, at anytime in history, where would you go and why?
I have always been fascinated by the time period of the American Civil War--not so much the war itself, but what it must have been like for the people to be swept up in a conflict that fractured the country. This is why I picked the Civil War as the backdrop for A Heart That Dares.

If you were throwing a dinner party and you could invite five people (fictional or real, dead or alive) who would you invite?
Well-Abraham Lincoln, for sure. Harriet Tubman. The woman had incredible courage and commitment. Charles Dickens, Samuel Clemens and Mary Magdalene.

What are you currently working on?
I'm working on a historical, titled The Ungovernable Governess, set in Buffalo New York in 1888. It's about a woman who is forced to leave her home in Alabama and take up a position as a governess. It's a 'fish out of water' story, and I'm really liking all the characters. Right now they are behaving for me.

Where can people connect with you online?
I have a web page, JillLimber.com, and by books are available at http://www.BoroughsPublishingGroup.com. I'm on Twitter, @Jill_Limber, and Facebook. 

Thank you so much Jill for being on Hardcover Feedback!

Author Bio:

A multi-published author and former RWA President, Jill Limber’s latest books are Montana Morning, A Heart That Dares and The Right Track. As a child, some of Jill’s tales got her in trouble, but now she gets paid for them. Residing in San Diego with her husband and a trio of dogs and one very ancient cat, Jill’s favorite pastime is to gather friends and family for good food, conversation and plenty of laughter.

You can visit her website at www.JillLimber.com.

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About A Heart That Dares:
Amanda Giles, an unconventional and free-spirited young artist, has to fulfill a deathbed
promise to her brother before she can take up her life as a Bohemian in New York. She finds herself swept up in the perilous life of an undercover espionage agent for the Army of the North with handsome young Army Captain. Daniel McGrath. Daniel knows his preoccupation with the woman posing as his wife puts them both in grave danger, but he finds Amanda has no intention of abandoning their mission. As the danger increases, Daniel’s most vital objective is to secure a future for himself and the woman he loves.

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  1. Thanks for hosting Jill today, Megan! Looks terrific and good luck to all!

  2. I love Historical Fiction! I'd love to read this book! Thanks for the chance!

  3. This book looks really great. I love the Civil War time period. I would love to have the chance to read this one. Thanks for the opportunity!

  4. Great interview. I used to love to travel in my earlier years - back then, I had more time and money to spare. I also have so many favorite authors that I can't just pick one.

  5. Megan--
    Thank you so much for having me as your guest today. I love the way you illustrate the interviews and it is so rewarding to see the comments from your followers.
    Good luck on the contest, and happy reading to all!
    Jill Limber