Monday, July 30, 2012

Quinn's Christmas Wish - Lawna Mackie




AUTHOR:  Lawna Mackie
BOOK TITLE:  Quinn’s Christmas Wish
PUBLISHER:  Self Published
DO YOU HAVE A GIVEAWAY?:  Yes
WHAT IS IT?:  Print copy or ebook of Quinn’s Christmas Wish
HOW DO YOU WANT THE WINNER TO BE CHOSEN?:  Those who leave comments will have a chance to win.
WHO WILL DELIVER THE PRIZE TO WINNER?:  I can deliver to the winner.

Tell me a little about your book.
Here’s my back cover blurb.
As far as twelve-year old Quinn is concerned Christmas has lost its magic. Since his father’s death life has lost its sparkle. His mom is now a widow struggling to put food on the table. Quinn is no help, and the mysterious illness afflicting him only makes things worse. Even Christmas, complete with decorated trees, ribbons and bows has no meaning…then along comes Jazira.
Jazira doesn’t know what happened to her former self, the eleven-year old little girl. She drowned, didn’t she, along with half the other folk of Bandit Creek in 1911? Somehow, she’s grown four furry legs complimented with a large wolf head and body. Scared and alone, she reaches out to Quinn and a strong bond is formed. Jazira learns Quinn, and his mother, are threatened by a wealthy powerful citizen of Bandit Creek. She is determined to protect her new family, no matter what.
Christmas Eve finds Quinn staring up at the adorned tree and muttering a quiet prayer. Will the Spirits of Christmas grant his wish, or will the evil surrounding Bandit Creek prevail once again?


What gave you the idea for this particular story?
Quinn’s Christmas Wish takes place in the fictional setting of Bandit Creek, Montana. A group of us authors got together and Bandit Creek was created. With over 30 authors participating in the series of books a variety of genres are available. I had always wanted to write a Christmas story. Quinn’s Christmas Wish is a paranormal Christmas romance. You’ll meet fascinating residents from the town and learn about the buried town at the bottom of nearby Lost Lake. It’s full of intrigue and excitement. My story takes place in 1911 but can range from 1867 to the present. Here’s the link to our http://banditcreekbooks.com/.

Is there anything in your story based upon a real life event? If so, tell me about it?
 There probably aren’t a lot of people that can say they knew a wolf, but I did. He wasn’t a pet. He came to me when he wanted to and usually not the other way around. For part of my life when I was a child, I grew up on a trap line. That was tough. Here’s another tidbit about my life on the trap line.

Scram was the name of the wolf cohabitating with a native Indian living on a trap line outside of the town where I grew up. Although I didn’t know him as a pup, I was told he survived when his mom had been shot. Appropriately named, whenever somebody came anywhere near the cabin, he’d be gone like a flash dashing through the trees.

For the most part, I stayed outside bundled in my snowsuit because I didn’t want to see the horrors taking place in the cabin (that’s another trap line story). I stayed in the snow alone, but I wasn’t really alone. I always felt Scram’s eyes searching me out from behind a far away tree. It took many weeks before he’d finally approach me cautiously.

Time progressed, but before I knew it, my patience paid off. Scram and I were almost inseparable. He could literally fling me off the ground by grabbing my scarf. I cried when I had to leave him ,and I think he was sad when I left as well. That animal will forever live in my heart just like my first memory of a Christmas tree. I miss him terribly. Quinn’s Christmas Wish reminds me of each wolf I’ve had the privilege of spending time with.

Why did you choose to write a story with a Christmas theme?
I love Christmas. It inspires me and it inspired me to write about a time of year that is so close to my heart.

Do you see special challenges to marketing a book with a seasonal theme?  If so, what are they?
I released Quinn’s Christmas Wish for December 1st, which I think was an appropriate time of year. I did a lot of blog tours. I did wonder how many people would purchase a Christmas story after the month of December, but sales have been steady.

What about your book makes it special?
I guess I’d respond by placing a quote here from one reviewer.
“I absolutely loved this story when I read it. Not to give away anything but you might want to use a tissue as a bookmark for this one - I hated to lay down my eReader to go find a box of Kleenex. Yet this is still a story I could read to my nieces and nephews at Christmas - every year. It is a classic tale of good people, family and strangers, reaching out to help each other at what can be a joyous or terribly sad time of year. The adult romance was lovely, and was handled appropriately for the historical timeframe, but the friendship between the little boy, Quinn, and Jazira, touched my heart in the way only childhood connections can. I would have liked to have a better understanding of the nature of Quinn's illness but otherwise Lawna did a wonderful job telling this story. And in answer to her question at the end of the story - a resounding YES, PLEASE!!!”

What does Christmas mean to you?
Christmas is my favorite time of year. I can’t help but believe it’s a magical season. I love the closeness of family and friends and of course my four legged critters.

What is your favorite Christmas memory?
That’s an easy one! When I was little, my family and relatives went out for a Christmas dinner and dance. We lived in Jasper, Alberta, a place, which in itself is magical. When we left that night, we came out to a whole herd of elk. I know they weren’t reindeer, but it didn’t matter to me, I was convinced they were Santa’s reindeer.

What was your favorite stocking stuffer?
A lump of coal! Too funny. I didn’t know you could buy that stuff.

What was your favorite Christmas present?
My husband! Although we were married on December 3rd, I’ve always considered that my best early Christmas gift.

Where can people learn more about you and your work?
Please visit my website I’d love to hear from you. www.lawnamackie.ca


BIO:
I have always believed in fairy tales and when I got tired of the old ones I made up my own. Each story would have a hero and heroine, but they were anything but typical.

I devoured my first romance novel when I was a teenager. I couldn’t read them fast enough. Years later I stumbled across my first paranormal romance…an injustice would be done if I tried to explain my joy when I found this genre of romance. My passion was finally in print.

Now, with the help of my bizarre dreams and crazy imagination, I have started to write and intend to share my stories with you. I hope you’ll love them as much as I do.

I am truly blessed. My husband and my animals are my inspiration. We live on a small acreage in Didsbury, Alberta, with our most beloved companions, Dozer, Daisy and Mandarin.

Happy reading everyone, I would love to hear from you. www.lawnamackie.ca

Lawna’s Books
QUINN’S CHRISTMAS WISH – available through Amazon http://amzn.to/AforX1

IMPOSSIBLE TO HOLD – available through Liquid Silver Books http://www.liquidsilverbooks.com and Amazon http://amzn.to/Mr3CHc

ENCHANTMENT – available through Amazon http://amzn.to/L8K4An and Muse It Up Publishing http://museituppublishing.com


13 comments:

  1. What a lovely interview! The way you describe your relationship with Scram is magical. I've read "Quinn's Christmas Wish" and it's an equally enchanting story.

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  2. I've never had a "wolf" experience, but I've had plenty of cat experiences similar to yours with Scram, but usually the cat(s) ended up inside my house with me, and became fat, sassy, and happy indoor cats, well loved for the rest of their lives, no matter how short or long.

    This does sound like an intriguing book.

    Later,

    Lynn

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    1. Thanks Lynn! You made me laugh (fat and sassy). I've had many experiences with cats as well. If fact I had four cats all strays living with me and my parents before I went off to university.

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  3. This sounds like a great book. I haven't had a wolf experience but this book might just get me closer to experiencing one for myself.

    Thanks so much for a great interview also,

    Ashleigh H

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    1. Wolves are amazing animals! I'm sure you'd love Quinn's Christmas Wish. Thanks for the nice comment.

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  4. Thanks Roxy! Scram will always be embedded in my heart. I was truly blessed to have had him in my life. Thanks for the wonderful comment lady :-)

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  5. What a great interview. This sounds like such a neat story.

    Wishing you the best,

    Cheryl

    ccmal(at)charter(dot)net

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    1. Thanks Cheryl! I'm glad you enjoyed my interview. It's always so nice to hear from people.

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  6. Wow, sounds like a great book. Beautiful cover. I really enjoyed the interview.

    smdrazic(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for the comment Susanne. I love the cover to. Christmas and wolves...what could be better :-) LOL.

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  7. Congratulations to everyone who commented! Lawna has decided to send everyone who commented a copy of her book! Thank you to everyone who participated and a big thank you to Lawna for her generosity.

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  8. Oh, how exciting! Are we suppose to contact the author to receive a copy?

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  9. Ashleigh H. and Lynn R., please leave your contact information if you want to receive your book. Cheryl and Susanne have received theirs and Roxy will shortly.

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