Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Denise Hunter & Summer By the Tides

Posted May 24, 2019 by meezcarrie in Author Interview, Christian, contemporary, Denise Hunter, giveaway, romance / 57 Comments


I’ve been a fan of her books ever since I fell in love with her Big Sky series and then her Nantucket series (I read those two series back-to-back in one weekend – they’re that good) and then her Chapel Ridge series (which i had to pace myself on since only a couple had been released when I discovered her) and then her Summer Harbor series and then her Blue Ridge series (I’m including Sweetbriar Cottage in this one) and now I frequently stalk the interwebs for news of new releases. Which is why she’s here today – a brand new book released this week: Summer By the Tides – and I’m super excited about it (the book and the interview)

Denise Hunter is the internationally published bestselling author of more than 25 books, including “The Convenient Groom” and “A December Bride” which have been made into Hallmark movies. She has appeared on the The 700 club and won awards such as The Holt Medallion Award, The Carol Award, The Reader’s Choice Award, The Foreword Book of the Year Award, and is a RITA finalist.

Denise writes heartwarming, small-town love stories. Her readers enjoy the vicarious thrill of falling in love and the promise of a happily-ever-after sigh as they savor the final pages of her books.

In 1996, inspired by the death of her grandfather, Denise began her first book, writing while her children napped. Two years later it was published, and she’s been writing ever since. Her husband says he inspires all her romantic stories, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too!

When Denise isn’t orchestrating love lives on the written page, she enjoys traveling with her family, drinking good coffee, and playing drums. Denise makes her home in Indiana where she and her husband have three boys and are rapidly approaching an empty nest.

You can learn more about Denise through her website or by visiting her FaceBook page at

GENRE: Inspirational Romance/Women’s Fiction
PUBLISHER: Thomas Nelson
RELEASE DATE: May 21, 2019
PAGES: 320

From the bestselling author of The Convenient Groom (now a beloved Hallmark Original movie) comes a heartfelt story of family secrets, forgiveness, and unexpected romance.

Following a painful betrayal, Maddy Monroe’s love life is a wreck, and her restaurant career is in shambles. When her grandmother goes missing, she and her estranged sisters converge at the family beach house in Sea Haven, North Carolina. Being with uptight Nora and free-spirited Emma at the place where their family broke apart is a struggle, and undercurrents of jealousy and resentment threaten to pull the sisters under. In the midst of the storm, sparks begin to fly between Maddy and Gram’s maddening neighbor, Connor Murphy.

As the sisters pack up the family belongings, memories of idyllic, slow-paced summers are resurrected. But long-buried secrets also come to light as Maddy discovers that all was not as it appeared that last summer in Sea Haven–nor today in the seemingly perfect lives of her sisters.

As family tensions rise and Connor causes tumult in Maddy’s heart, the sisters must find a way to accept each other for the women they’ve become before the bitterness of the past destroys their hope for a future.

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Hi Denise! Welcome to the blog!

Denise:  Coffee. An Americano with steamed half and half to be exact. And since I write in a local coffee shop, I consider it my fuel.

Carrie: I’ve always wondered … can authors write off coffee as a legitimate business expense? Because it seems like you should be able to 😉

Denise: Hallmark! And not just because 2 of my books have been made into Hallmark movies. 🙂

Carrie: haha but it never hurts 😉

Denise: Oh, I’m a mountain girl for sure. Mountains feel like home to me, even though I live in a very flat area of Indiana.

Carrie: I knew I liked you 😀 Mountains are my happy place…

Denise: Ebook. It took some adjusting at first, but now that I’m comfortable with it, I’m reluctant to give up the ability to change the font size, take a bazillion books on vacation, and read in bed without disturbing my husband.

Carrie: yesssss Me too – for all those reasons. I still love holding a print book in my hand and seeing them all pretty on my bookshelves but nothing beats an ebook for convenience on so many levels.

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

Denise: I’d say observation is my superpower. I’m not really a talker. I prefer instead to listen and watch. I love trying to figure out why people are the way they are–what makes them tick. And sometimes these findings end up in a book. Names changed to protect the innocent, of course. 😉

Carrie: haha! of course 😉 And observation is a good superpower to have in this world where people are so quick to talk and slow to listen…

Q: Tell me some good books you’ve read recently. 

Denise: I’m always reading—just ask my husband! I recently finished Nancy Mehl’s Mind Games. Before that I enjoyed The Secrets at Saltwater Cabin by Colleen Coble. I was also recently on a Lisa Jewell reading spree. Despite all the suspense on this list, my preferred genre is actually contemporary romance.

Carrie: I must confess to being a bit surprised to see all the suspense titles on your list but a) those are fabulous titles/authors to be reading and b) i LOVE that you are an avid reader! No wonder your own books are so good.

Q: When you walk into a bookstore, where do you head first? 

Denise: The Christian fiction section, always! I visit my “babies” first, check out all the beautiful new covers then I turn all my author friends’ books face out.

Carrie: hahaha i love that other people do that too… (can always tell where I’ve been in the bookstore)

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? 

Denise: Recently I was having my bag checked at an event. I have a large bag so the security guy probably thought it was going to take a while. Instead he stuck his wand in there and said, “Wow. That’s the most organized purse I’ve ever seen.” He’d been checking bags for seven years. Also, given the range of items in my purse, you’d be able to guess that I like being prepared for just about any eventuality. Eye drops? Tissues? Earplugs? I’m your girl. That’s to say nothing of my arsenal of medications.

Carrie: making a mental note to find Denise in the case of any emergency I run into at conferences we’re both at…

Q: If Hollywood wanted to produce Summer By the Tides as a movie, who would you want to be cast as the lead roles? 

Denise: Chad Michael Murray and Mandy Moore

Carrie: ooo they would be so cute together as romantic leads!

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

Denise: I only had the basic details figured out when I started writing Summer by the Tides. I like to let the story evolve as I write it. It’s just more fun for me that way—and hopefully more organic too. I do like to know the characters somewhat before I start writing, but even still, they become more fully fleshed out as I go.

Carrie: I do think the story plays out more organically with that approach, I agree. I think many times it makes the character seem more real, too, because they’re just approaching the story the same way I am, reacting as it plays out.

Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from the book & why do you love it?

Denise: “Fear can rob you of life’s most wonderful gifts.” This is a simple quote, but I think it says a lot. It’s also something most people can relate to. Fear is sometimes like a wall, standing between you and what you most desire. Sometimes we have to find the courage to scale that wall.

Carrie: Amen. So very true.

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.

Denise: I’m so excited about my upcoming Bluebell Inn series! It features three adult siblings who run an inn in a North Carolina lake town. The first book, Lake Season releases November 12.

Carrie: I’m excited about it too!!

Thomas Nelson is offering a print copy of Summer By the Tides 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 is your favorite Denise Hunter novel & why is it your favorite?

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57 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Denise Hunter & Summer By the Tides

  1. Trixi

    Believe it or not, I’ve only recently read Sweetbriar Cottage by Denise and the Nantucket Love Story series years ago. I think “The Convenient Groom” was one I really enjoyed! But I loved what I read so I can’t say I have a favorite.

    Thanks for the author interview and giveaway Carrie!

    • Carrie

      it’s hard for me to pick a fave Denise Hunter book for me – i love them all. I just wanted to torture everyone else to pick one LOL

  2. I’ve never met a Denise Hunter story I didnt like! I’m excited to finally read this one as a big pile of her backlist to get to! Summer reading at its finest!?

  3. Bonnie H

    Sweetbriar Cottage is a favorite book, and A December Bride is a favorite Hallmark movie. I’d love to win Summer By the Tides! ❤

  4. Gloria A

    I really enjoyed the Summer Harbor series, Sweetbriar Cottage and Summer by the Tides was great! You can’t go wrong with a Denise Hunter book.

  5. Linda Palmer

    I don’t really have a favorite. All the books I’ve read, I have loved. Wish I could have seen the two books made into movies on Halmark.

  6. Becky D.

    “Barefoot Summer” is my favorite Denise Hunter book.. since that’s what got me hooked to her writing!!

  7. Perrianne Askew

    I honestly don’t think I could name a favorite Denise Hunter novel! I honestly love them all. That really is like picking a favorite child!

  8. Caryl Kane

    I’m working my way through back reading Denise Hunter’s novels. I’ve enjoyed the ones I’ve read! I’m excited to read Summer by the Tides. Now I need a hammock to live the dream… *wink*

  9. Winnie Thomas

    I’ve loved every one that I’ve read, but if I have to choose one, I’ll say The Convenient Groom! Thanks for the fun interview!

  10. Faith Creech

    I have not read any of her books yet. I am looking forward to reading this book! Thanks for the chance to win.

  11. Cindy Adams

    I love Surrender Bay – how it shows Goods unconditional love for us, no matter what’s in our past. He accepts us as we are, but won’t leave us as we are!

  12. Janet Estridge

    we have her books in the church library so it”s hard to pick just one.
    i would say the book, “hurricane season” is the one i couldn’t put down.

    • Dianne Casey

      Too hard to pick just one of Denise’s books. I’ve liked all of the ones I read.

  13. Kay Garrett

    Of the books I’ve been fortunate enough to read so far, I’d have to say my favorite was “Honeysuckle Dreams”. I love a story that seems like it all runs uphill with everything stacked against one that shows that with faith, support from those around us and the higher power that all things are possible.

    Loved reading the interview with Denise Hunter and learning more about “Summer By the Tides”. This book is definitely on my TBR list and I greatly appreciate the chance to win a copy.

  14. Karen

    You can’t possibly make me choose a favorite book! Denise Hunter was one of my earliest CF discoveries, and I’ve adored them all! I’ve spent so many happy hours immersed in her stories!

  15. Marcie McEachern

    I don’t know if I could pick a favorite! I really loved Sweetbriar Cottage though. I appreciate that Denise writes romance that’s clean but with all the feels. 🙂

  16. Chanel Monroe

    I love The Convenient Groom, Married til Monday and Dancing with Fireflies – mostly because the heroes are so swoony with an unrequited love sort of thing.

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