Happy Tuesday, y’all! Please join me in welcoming a new-to-me author, Cindy Patterson!
Cindy Patterson believes in life changing fiction and happily ever afters that start with Jesus. Her passions include Jesus, her husband, and her family. She’s an ordinary girl wanting to do extraordinary things for Christ. In her stories, she loves to give glimpses of how God can use brokenness and make them whole. Her favorite pastimes are watching her son play baseball and watching her daughter dance. She reads a lot, drinks too much coffee, and wishes she had more time to write. Author of Chasing Paradise and Broken Butterfly, she loves to connect with her readers.
Keep reading for a chance to win Cindy’s novel, Chasing Paradise!
Paul Fischer’s a plain man with big dreams and an even bigger problem—gaining his uncle’s approval. He’s just settled on how to accomplish that while maintaining loyalty to his family and heritage, when a beautiful Englischer shows up threatening to defeat all his efforts.
A romantic relationship with Rachel is forbidden and he soon discovers it will take more than simply guarding his heart. The more time he spends with her, the more he wants to overcome every obstacle that’s keeping them apart.
Rachel Adam’s home was once filled with happiness. It now occupies only painful memories. Even still, she never dreamed she’d have to leave Florida. She’s determined to return, until an unlikely attraction brightens her outlook.
Drawn to Paul like a butterfly to a flower, she begins to imagine a future in Paradise. A future very different from her life-long plans. A future only Paul has the power to rewrite … unless a devious plot destroys it first.
Chasing Paradise is a story rich in emotion that beautifully portrays love and loss and confronts the difficult question—How far would you go to protect the one you love?
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Hi Cindy! Welcome to the blog! I start all of my guests out with a fast four:
Cindy: Oranges… but I really loooove grapes. Red, green, even those great big ones I use to get off the vine at my granddaddy’s house.
Carrie: Yum! Grapes are such a great snack!
Cindy: Summer… I love floating in the pool on a hot summer day, thinking about my characters and different conflicts I can throw at them 😉
Cindy: Dogs… We have two dogs … a Maltipoo (who is most definitely like a baby. Even though she is three years old, I still call her my puppy girl) And a Yellow Lab (a sweet baby girl who loves to play)
Carrie: Awww! So sweet!
Cindy: Coffee… I have to have my steaming cups of coffee in the morning. It doesn’t matter whether it’s cold or hot outside. It’s one of the things I look forward to every morning 😉
Carrie: I notice you didn’t mention HOW MANY cups of coffee you have to have every morning 😉
Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Cindy: I love that reading is your superpower. It’s so true. You can go anywhere, be anyone, when you escape into a good book. 🙂 My superpower would be … Memorizing Details. To be able to memorize everything I needed to remember. And never forget anything that I Want to remember:) Including expanding this power into my children when they needed it most 🙂 Names, descriptions of people, every idea I have that seems to vanish when I sit down at the computer.
Carrie: Oh I so know that feeling! isn’t it frustrating? A superpower like Memorizing Details would for sure come in handy!
Other than the Bible, what are five of your most cherished books?
Cindy: Jesus, The One and Only, by Beth Moore. I fell in love with Jesus through this Bible Study. 2-War Room, Alex Kendrick & Stephen Kendrick. 3-Left Behind Series, Lahaye & Jenkins. 4-The Baxter Family Series, from beginning to end… by Karen Kingsbury. 5-One Thousand Gifts, Ann Voskamp
Carrie: I love Beth Moore and Ann Voskamp – two of my favorite teachers/authors/bloggers.
Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?
Cindy: I have been wanting a writing corner in my bedroom and I finally got one last year. Or outside on the porch on a beautiful spring, fall, or summer day. Inside with the fireplace on a cold winter day. But I also love writing while sitting in my car waiting at baseball practice or dance.
Carrie: Kinda like reading – it can be enjoyed anywhere 🙂
In Chasing Paradise, Paul Fischer and Rachel Adams come from different worlds. Which character did you relate to the most? Which character surprised you the most?
Cindy: I related to Rachel most, but Paul surprised me because even though he’s Amish, he’s strong, bold, a leader, protective, and not your average Amish male character.
Carrie: I love “not your average” Amish characters 😀
Broken Butterfly returns to Paradise and follows a young woman who is fleeing an abusive relationship and a young man who appears to have it all. Who would you cast in their roles if Hollywood wanted to make Broken Butterfly into a movie?
Cindy: Scott Eastwood as Eric Matthews, and Emma Watson as Mallory Scott.
Carrie: Excellent choices!
What do you most want readers to take away from your books?
Cindy: I want readers to get a glimpse of how God can use brokenness and make it whole. I also want them to take away a remarkable love story they’ll never forget and to receive hope and to believe in Happily Ever After’s that start with Jesus.
Carrie: His happily-ever-afters are unsurpassed ♥
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me, Cindy! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Cindy: Thank you so much for having me. I have enjoyed my time here.
I’m polishing Shattered Treasure, my third novel, and hope to publish by January 2018.
Cindy Patterson is giving away a copy of Chasing Paradise to one of my readers! Winner’s choice of print (US only) or ebook (also open to International entries except where prohibited by law). This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
What about you? Where’s your favorite place to read and/or write?