Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Sophie's Path by Catherine Lanigan Interview & Giveaway

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Sophie's PathSophie's Path
(Shores of Indian Lake #6)
Catherine Lanigan
Adult Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
July 1st 2016 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Her choice. His consequences.

Nurse Sophie Mattuchi has seen a lot of angry patients in the ER, but no one's ever rattled her like Jack Carter. He has no right to blame her for his friend's death. Sophie did everything she could. Didn't she? Yet his accusations sting, and that sets off all kinds of internal alarms. She's never cared this much about any man's opinion of her. But Jack is different. He stirs up feelings. Strong feelings. Guilt. Anger. Attraction. Curiosity. Sympathy. Sophie's definitely not interested in Jack, but even if she was, he'd never forgive her for the decision she made that night in the hospital. Would he?

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Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of forty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, and more. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into dozens of languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. Ms. Lanigan’s novels are also available in E-books on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com, Apple Store, Mobi and Kobo. Several of her titles have been chosen for The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs. Her Vietnam war-based novel, The Christmas Star, won the Gold Medal Award Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine and has also won Book of the Year Romance Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine as well as Book of the Year Romance from Reader’s Preference.

Lanigan is the author of a trilogy of non- fiction books regarding angelic intervention in human life: Angel Watch, Divine Nudges and Angel Tales published by HCI and Cedar Fort.

Skyhorse published Lanigan’s “how-to” book on writing: Writing the Great American Romance Novel.

Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid Foundation to write a non-fiction book addressing teen addictions. Ms. Lanigan’s first Young Adult adventure novel, The Adventures of Lillie and Zane: The Golden Flute, was published by Cedar Fort.

Currently, she has published six novels in the Shores of Indian Lake series for Harlequin Heartwarming: Love Shadows, Heart’s Desire, A Fine Year for Love, Katia’s Promise and Fear of Falling. Sophie’s Path pubs July, 2016. She has recently contracted for three more in the series: Danger Zone, Wedding for Isabelle and A Bride for Mica.

As a cancer survivor, Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. (THE EVOLVING WOMAN). She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs.


How long does it take you to write a book?
I know you’ve heard this a million times, but it depends on the book. SOPHIE’S PATH took three months and as you will read in the Acknowledgements, I wrote this while my husband was in the hospital and then in his hospice room.  I don’t think I had a full day of concentration, but because I didn’t sleep much, I also wrote at night, which I never do. I’m a morning writer or at least afternoon writer. By five or six, I’m tired and have to do something physical to work out the kinks in my back.

What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

It used to be that I wrote “Yoga style” with my legs crossed underneath me, in my chair and my keypad on my lap.  That was thirty years ago. Twenty at least. I still have the keypad in my lap. You know the ancient Egyptian chroniclers wrote on clay tables, with their legs crossed underneath them, the tablets in their laps.  I love that image.

Where do you get your information or ideas for your books?

Right now, I have to say that a LOT of my ideas are coming from real life. SOPHIE’S PATH is the beginning of a mini-series within the series of SHORES OF INDIAN LAKE.  The three books, SOPHIE’S PATH, DANGER ZONE, WEDDING FOR ISABELLE, all center around the influx of drugs into Indian Lake and the various ways in which illegal drugs affect individual lives and the community at large. I have gathered information from the health care providers in our town, the hospital, doctors and nurses; therapists, counselors and homeless shelters for SOPHIE’S PATH. Eight years ago I wrote a book for the NotMYkid foundation in Phoenix, Arizona. This was not to be published ,but was for their personal use dealing with drug addicts, their families and friends. I interviewed 54 or more addicts and their parents. The information I garnered was invaluable. Drug addiction or any addiction is rampant and knows no boundaries of religion, class, race or economic stature. Every family is or will be touched, whether in the immediate family or a friend. The numbers of illegal drug users increases yearly. Dealers and gangs are infiltrating small towns and rural areas.  As you will read in DANGER ZONE, to be published in February, 2017, Indian Lake is just another target-rich environment for drug lords.

What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?
The world of publishing has had amazing surprises for me. After thirty-seven years, I had thought I’d experienced it all, but I haven’t.  Because SHORES OF INDIAN LAKE is my first series,  I was not prepared for the intense reaction of my readers about the lives of my characters. I realize now that in a way, Indian Lake is a sweet romantic’s “Peyton Place”.  The stories of each of my couples are riveted with serious internal and external  issues. That is the core of Heartwarming stories across the board. Because I have to dig deeper into my characters, I don’t rush through their stories.  I like spending time with them and getting to know them. What I’ve absolutely adored, is bringing my secondary characters into each romance.  Not to mention the dogs, cats and horses!

What do you think makes a good story?
Novels should always be about character. Whether the background is war, flood, divorce, disease, betrayal or murder, the novel in essence is about the human condition. From “A Human Bondage” to “Nights in Rodantha” a novel should evoke emotion in addition to plunking the reader smack dab into the moment, be it France in WWI or pastoral England in 1825.

What would you like my readers to know?

I especially love to hear from readers. It is from your comments and desires that I steer my course of the next book.  God willing, I hope to write 26 Shores of Indian Lake stories in all. In each of the up-coming books, I introduce new characters who will have their own stories in the future. Mrs. Beabots will always be the anchor that holds everyone together, the matchmaker who wants to see every one happy. She will never go away.  She’s too much fun and she has too many secrets, exciting, shocking, eye-popping secrets that won’t be revealed until the last book. But the clues will be sprinkled through the entire series. So, please write to me and tell me what kind of stories you’d like to read. You can email me directly at cathlanigan1@gmail.com; Facebook; @cathlanigan (Twitter)  or Pinterest @catherine9721.  www.catherinelanigan.com

Tour Schedule

July 18th: Launch
July 21st: Brooke Blogs
July 22nd: Hardcover Feedback
July 25th: EskieMama Reads
July 26th: deal sharing aunt
July 27th: Colorimetry
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  1. I think this book has an awesome cover.

  2. The cover is nice, it reminds me of the books I loved while growing up. The blurb is great, makes me want to read it soon. Thank you