Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Mary Davis & The Daughter’s Predicament

Posted May 1, 2019 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, giveaway, historical, Mary Davis, romance / 45 Comments

Y’all. I’m seriously (and slightly unprofessionally) fangirling today because MARY DAVIS is here! For those of you who have been my blog a while, you’ll recognize Mary as the author of one of my all-time fave romances, Newlywed Games. You know, the book I’ve read so often that I’ve got some scenes practically memorized. In case you still don’t know what I’m talking about….

And now i hear the rest of you saying, “Ah yes. That book. The one Carrie won’t shut up about.” (PS – you can buy it HERE lol)

Anyway… that Mary Davis is here today to chat about her new book The Daughter’s Predicament which releases TODAY!

Bestselling, award-winning novelist MARY DAVIS has over thirty titles in both historical and contemporary themes. She is a member of ACFW and has led critique groups for two decades. Mary lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband of over thirty-four years and two cats. She has three adult children and two adorable grandchildren. She enjoys playing board and card games, rain, and cats. She would enjoy gardening if she didn’t have a black thumb. Her hobbies are quilting, porcelain doll making, sewing, crafts, crocheting, and knitting.

You can connect with Mary on her website, Facebook, Amazon, Goodreads and BookBub.

SERIES: The Quilting Circle #2
Inspirational Historical Fiction

PUBLISHER: Mountain Brook Ink
RELEASE DATE: May 1, 2019
PAGES: 293

Can a patient love win her heart?

As Isabelle Atwood’s romance prospects are turning in her favor, a family scandal derails her dreams. While making a quilt for her own hope chest, Isabelle’s half-sister becomes pregnant out of wedlock and Isabelle–always the unfavored daughter–becomes the family sacrifice to save face. Despite gaining the attention of a handsome rancher, her parents are pressuring her to marry a man of their choosing to rescue her sister’s reputation. A third suitor waits silently in the wings, hoping for his own chance at love. Isabelle ends up with three marriage proposals, but this only further confuses her decision.

A handsome rancher, a stranger, and an unseen suitor are all waiting for an answer. Isabelle loves her sister, but will she really allow herself to be manipulated into a marriage without love? Will Isabelle capitulate and marry the man her parents wish her to, or will she rebel and marry the man they don’t approve of? Or will the man leaving her secret love poems sweep her off her feet?

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Hi Mary! Welcome to the blog! I’ll try to keep my fangirling to a minimum 😉

Mary: CATS! I love cats! I love dogs too, but I’m a cat person. I love their purring. I love that they are independent but at the same time dependent on their peeps.

Carrie: I’m very much not a cat person but I recognize that some cats are awesome. lol.

Mary: TEA all the way! I don’t like the taste of coffee. My favorite tea is chai and fruit teas.

Carrie: I don’t like the bitterness of either one … but I can tolerate green tea when I have to. AND I finally found a tea that I do love – it’s a “chocolate covered strawberry” tea & that chocolate base helped overcome the bitterness.

Mary: Over! Not only is it easier to reach, but in the patent for it from 1891, the diagram shows the paper going over.

Carrie: Ever since I started asking this question I’ve learned I’m in a very very small minority that prefers under lol.

Mary: Yes, please! A grilled cheese sandwich made with mozzarella cheese and dipped in a hearty tomato soup. Mmm, mmm good.

Carrie: mmmm my mouth is watering now!

Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Mary: Stopping time so I can catch up on my to-do list.

Carrie: YES PLEASE. My to-be-read galaxy would be so happy…

Q: Other than the Bible, what are five of your most cherished books? 

Mary: Inside Teddy’s House (a board book) by Ann Ricketts—I read this hundreds of times to my son when he was little, and then to his two younger siblings. I can still hear his little voice say “ball?” as he anticipated it on the next page. Milk and Cookies by Frank Asch—One of my daughter’s favorites when she was little. The Missing Piece by Shel Silverstein—Though a seemingly simple story, it’s so rich and deep. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson—a childhood favorite of mine. I Love You Forever by Robert Munsch—I loved reading this one to my children.

Carrie: awww i love this picks! such sweet memories

Q: If I sneaked a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you? 

Mary: That I carry too much junk and need to clean out my purse.

Carrie: hahaha i can relate

Q: Did you have the whole plot outlined before you started writing The Daughter’s Predicament, or did you let the characters dictate what came next? 

Mary: No and no, but also yes and yes. No, I didn’t have all of The Daughter’s Predicament plotted out, but I also didn’t let the characters dictate the direction. Yes, I had a general plot of where the story needed to go, but I let the characters dictate what came next in individual scenes. For example, I knew my heroine needed to go someplace, but I didn’t know that Tramp, a stray dog, would trot up to her. I didn’t know he was going to be in the story, and every time he showed up, he brought friends. Quite an eclectic menagerie of animals Tramp’s little band turned out to be.

Carrie: i love that!

Q: Some authors like to hide little things in their stories. Is there anything you have hidden in The Daughter’s Predicament

Mary: I wouldn’t say “hidden”, but for this whole series, I have named a few things from my college town. I based my town off of the town I went to college in, Ellensburg, WA. But I wanted to have the freedom create the necessary elements in the town that my stories would need. My Ellensburg based town needed a name, so I named it after my dorm, Kamola. And Aunt Henny’s two regular boarders (who are professors at the teachers college) are named after two other buildings; Sue Lumbard (Kamola’s sister dorm), which became Professor Job Lumbard, and Tunstall Commons (one of the dining halls) became Professor Wayne Tunstall.

Carrie: how fun that you’re able to incorporate those details in some way in this series!

Q: What do you most want readers to take away from The Daughter’s Predicament?

Mary: That even when you think you know the answer and you don’t see any way out of a difficult situation, God might have another plan. Stay the course He has set you on until He directs you differently.

Carrie: Yes. Amen.

Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

Mary: I’m writing book 3 in this Quilting Circle series, The Damsel’s Intent. A hermit comes down from the mountains to snag a husband. I also have a novella releasing in July 2019 “Bygones” in THIMBLES AND THREADS.

Carrie: yay! looking forward to both!

Mountain Brook Ink is offering a print copy of The Daughter’s Predicament to one of my readers! (US only) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What interests you most about Mary and/or her new book?

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45 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Mary Davis & The Daughter’s Predicament

  1. Rachel Taylor

    I would say that the handsome rancher and the stranger in that background most interest me. If she ended up marrying the stranger, it had better be for a good reason. I love ranches!

    • Mary Davis

      Fortunately for Isabelle, all her suitor are great catches. I didn’t want to make it easy on her. =0)

    • Mary Davis

      The story does answer those two important question by the end of the book. But I can’t tell you here, or it will spoil it for you. =0)

    • Mary Davis

      We searched hard for a model with just the right attitude. I’m glad it draws you in.

  2. Brittaney B

    I too loved Newlywed Games. My copy is well worn. I’m thrilled over the release of The Daughter’s Predicament and have already purchased it.

    • Mary Davis

      Thank you so much for mentioning Newlywed Games and reading it so many times. I love that story too. It was my first published novel and will always hold a special place in my heart.
      Since you and Carrie are such big fans, I’ll tell you a secret about it. That is not the original ending. I had a different ending written, but the publisher didn’t feel it quite worked and asked me to make a major change about two-thirds of the way through. I didn’t have the secret come out until the end, they thought it should come out sooner. So I rewrote the last third and went back to the beginning and wove in the preparations for the costume ball. I kind of like both endings. =0)

  3. Lori Smanski

    What a lovely cover. Ohh she has some serious choices. I think this is what interests me the most. She wants to follow her heart but at the same time she wants to obey her parents and help her sister. Hmmm I would love to read this.

    • Mary Davis

      She does have some serious choices and not much time to come to a decision. And then there are the men whom she doesn’t choose. They need romances too. One of those unfortunate men in this book gets a romance of his own in the next. =0)

  4. Connie Scruggs

    I’m interested in how the out-of-wedlock pregnancy is handled and how Isabelle is required to help.

    • Mary Davis

      Different people in the story have their own ideas of how to handle the out-of-wedlock pregnancy. Most have her sister’s best interest at heart even if the solution isn’t a good one. In various research–even in my own family way back when–I’ve learned that out-of-wedlock pregnancies weren’t as rare as I had thought.

  5. Merry

    I love the story line. Poor Isabelle has such a dilemma. Historicals are a genre I enjoy reading and the book cover is lovely.

    • Mary Davis

      I really enjoy historical and researching history. I never used to like history, but I find all sorts of crazy interesting things in my research.

  6. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for the interview with Mary Davis and the information on “The Daughter’s Predicament”.

    I really enjoy reading inspirational historical fiction and this one sounds wonderful. Lovely cover!

    Can’t wait for the opportunity to read this book now on my TBR list.

  7. Winnie Thomas

    It sounds like she has some tough decisions to make! Thanks for the fun interview and the giveaway. It’s always great to be introduced to new-to-me authors!

    Thanks, Carrie and Mary!

    • Mary Davis

      She does have tough decisions to make. And her decision will effect more than just herself.

    • Mary Davis

      Well, Isabelle’s Secret Admirer, of course. =0)
      That’s a secret I can’t reveal or it would spoil the story. You wouldn’t want me to do that, would you? =0)

  8. Mary Davis

    Thank you so much for having me here.
    And thank you all for stopping by.
    If you missed book 1 in this series, The Widow’s Plight, the kindle version is FREE from May 1-5, 2019.
    Blessings and Happy Reading!

  9. Jocelyn

    Your comments intrigue me about Mary Davis. So anything she would write would be worth reading!

    • Mary Davis

      I’ll let Carrie answer your main question.
      But I’d like to say that it would be rare to find an author whom you love “everything” they write. Depending on what is going on in our lives, we may have had to rush a bit on a book or two. Or the theme or set-up of a story doesn’t appeal to some readers.
      My goal is to write stories I would want to read. At least I better. I spend a LOT of time with the story and characters with writing, rewriting, critiquing, editing, and proofreading, more than each reader does. Except for maybe Carrie and Brittany rereading Newlywed Games so many times. =0)

      • Carrie

        Yes I’m pretty sure Brittany and I know Newlywed Games better than you do at this point, Mary 😉

        • Mary Davis

          Definitely! I would not want to go up against either of you on a trivia test on it. I’d lose so bad. =0)
          I wrote that over two decades ago. Yikes!

  10. Faith Creech

    I love the cover! Makes me want to red the book! I love historical fiction so this book sounds intriguing!

    • Mary Davis

      I love the cover too. I really loved the cover of book 1, but I think I like this one better. Lynnette did a great job.

  11. jcp

    Carrie, I bought Newlywed Games based on your rec. I have no idea when I’ll have time to read it. I’m reading The Bradford Sisters series by Becky Wade.

  12. Alison Boss

    The cover is wonderful! I am so intrigued with the whole story line…..the quilt, a family dilema, 3 marriage proposals…what’s not to like?! Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book!

    • Mary Davis

      A lot of people would think having 3 marriage proposals would be great, but when all the choices are great and more than one person will be hurt, the decision isn’t so easy.

  13. emilee

    The premise sounds intriguing. The cover is pretty and this is a new-to-me author.

  14. Debbie Clatterbuck

    What interests me most about this book is that the unfavored daughter has to marry to save the reputation of the daughter who brought disgrace to the family. You would think they would insist the pregnant daughter be made to get married. Or am I missing something? Thanks for the giveaway and good luck everyone.

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