Monday, April 20, 2015

Author Spotlight with New York Times Best Selling Author, Tosca Lee: Interview & Giveaway!!

Welcome Dear Readers!! Today we have New York Times Best Selling Author, Tosca Lee, with us! Tosca will be giving away an eBook copy of her novel, Havah: The Story of Eve! Leave a comment below to enter to win!  Read on for another special gift from Tosca to you!!


Meet Tosca:
www.toscalee.com
Tosca Lee is the multi award-winning, New York Times bestselling novelist of Demon: A Memoir, Havah: The Story of Eve, Iscariot, The Legend of Sheba, and The Books of Mortals series (Forbidden, Mortal, Sovereign) with New York Times bestselling author Ted Dekker. She is best known for her exploration of maligned characters, lyrical prose and meticulous research.


Thank you for being here today with us, Tosca. I'm a HUGE fan, and I know you have A LOT of readers here today that feel the same. We've read all your works, and now we're curious...do you have any current projects you’re working on? Care to share?
I’ve just finished a contemporary thriller. (Yay!) It’s a small break from the biblical historical genre, and I really needed this. It was a super fun ride filled with action and suspense and romance, too. I hope you enjoy it!

I can't wait to get my hands on it!! And congratulations on finishing this novel. I know how difficult it can be to etch/carve/pray out time to write in order to meet those deadlines.  Is there a favorite time of the day you prefer to write  to get the job done?
You know, I tend to do anything serious in the evening. Usually after 9pm. These days I work until dawn, and now that it’s spring, the birds are out to sing me to sleep (or keep me awake…)

Ha! I have a love-hate relationship with the birds outside my window too! Now, is there a specific place where you like to write? I have to kind of lock myself away.
My office is the place I write—there is only one seat in that space, and it’s behind my claw-foot desk. For some reason, I always seem to work at night.
All writers reading this, take note: a claw-foot desk, and night writing. I'm on it!


Moving on! I'm gonna get a little nosey here.  but I wanna know if there are there things you put off doing because you dread them? (ie I can’t stand to fold socks. Torture!)

I am a master procrastinator. I put off writing until I either can’t stand it any more or I better get a move on if I want to make my deadline. It’s a form of perfectionism that stems from fear. And in the end, the fear never goes away—I just start slogging through to the end.
I appreciate your transparency and your bravery to face fear by "slogging through to the end." Fear is something that we can all struggle with, and it's encouraging to know we don't have to succumb. 

Switching gears  a bit now. I'm a Military wife, and love to have my guests put themselves in the military life roll. Let's play!
Many Military families move several times over the course of their career relocating to duty stations all over the country and the world. While moving can be difficult, it’s also pretty exciting to meet new people and see new places. Sometimes we’re able to choose our duty station. If you had a choice, where would you like to be stationed and why?
Korea. :) I have a ton of family (half of it) in Seoul. And I need me some good Korean food.
My hubby spent a year in South Korea!! I got to spend close to a month over there and LOVED it! Seoul was amazing! And you're right, the food is crazy tasty!

I also like to honor the Service men and women in my guest's family. Do you have family that have or are serving in the Military?
Some of my extended American family have served in the Air Force—uncles, a cousin. All the men on my Korean side of the family have served in the Korean military (it’s compulsory). My uncle is a former Korean Secretary of Defense, but the coolest part of his career, for me, was when he was a two star general because I got to ride around with him in his Jeep. ;D
That is totally awesome! Please thank both sides of your family for their service!

I'm not only a Military wife, but like a large portion of my friends and readers, I'm a stay at home momma.  It gets a bit crazy around my house, especially when I have edits to get to! Could you share some advice for all those parents out there raising their babies juggling insane schedules?

Oh boy. I’m a brand new step-mother to be of four—one young lady (19) and three young men (14 and 11 year old twins). (My fiancé is a single father.) So I’m the one who needs the advice—namely, ways to make vegetables appealing. Right now I’m just trying not to get wiped out by kid germs. (I managed to catch Whooping Cough last January.) One of the most amazing privileges of coming into this role is listening to them talk about the things that are important to them (i.e. football and Minecraft).
First off, Tosca, CONGRATULATIONS!!! Welcome to the wild, wonderful world of parenthood! Readers, let's shower Tosca with some advice in the comment section! My advice: pray. Pray for your kids to like veggies. Pray you don't get sick. And pray with them...even about Minecraft, football, or in my case, Elsa, Anna, and Pokémon.
Tosca, I cannot thank you enough for taking the time to be our guest today. We've had a great time, and have room for one more response.
Is there anything you’d like to say to your readers? I know they’d love a personal note.
I love you guys. I truly have the most wonderful readers in the world. I think of you as I sit down to work, as I go about the business side of writing, and am grateful every day. One of my greatest joys is when I get to meet readers at signings, talks or events and hug them.
Again, thank you for being here with us today! Tosca has a special gift for everyone here
today! See below for the details! Remember to leave a comment to enter to win Havah: The Story of Eve!



http://www.amazon.com/Ismeni-eShort-Prelude-Legend-Sheba-ebook/dp/B00MS0FZAU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429481376&sr=8-1&keywords=ismeni

Ismeni, the free eBook prequel to The Legend of Sheba is available for free on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and in all eBook formats.
No eReader? Get the FREE app for your computer, phone or tablet: https://www.amazon.com/gp/digital/fiona/kcp-landing-page?ie=UTF8&ref_=kcp_pc_mkt_lnd 

http://www.amazon.com/Legend-Sheba-Rise-Queen/dp/1451684045/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1429481557&sr=8-1&keywords=queen+of+sheba
 
REMEMBER TO COMMENT BELOW TO BE ENTERED TO WIN HAVAH: THE STORY OF EVE



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33 comments:

  1. I must admit I have not read any of Tosca Lee's books, but I am very intrigued! Biblical Historical seems right up my alley... So I'm excited to get my hands on one of her books!

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    1. Thanks for stopping in Sara!! I know you will love Tosca's books! It's hard for me to pick a favorite...they all just grab you!! You'll love them all!!

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  2. I became a fan when Tosca was writing with Ted Dekker. I'm also a fan of Hannah's The Wounded Warrior's Wife. Looking forward to new reads by both ladies.

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    1. Hi Claudia!!! So great to see you on here today!! Oh, yes, Tosca and Ted Dekker work so well together!!! And thank you for your continued support! I'm looking forward to releasing another too! Let's pray it's this year! Ha! :)

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  3. I am Hannah's pastor and a huge fan of Tosca Lee...and of bacon but I digress. ;-) So grateful for your use of God's gift (I have no idea if Tosca will see this but I'm just typing away as if we're texting, ha). Loved, loved, loved Iscariot. Keep on keepin' on...

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    1. Hi Bro. Larry!! SO glad you stopped by! I hope Tosca's able to drop by and reply to you personally!! Iscariot blew me away too...and I was surprised, and upset at how much I have in common with the man who betrayed Jesus. Fantastic read!! Now you gotta read Demon: A memoir...but not at night time, lol :)

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  4. I have been longing to read Tosca's books for quite some time! I'm almost through with Forbidden, the one she wrote with Ted Dekker, but I'm very eager to read a 'solo' book!

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    1. Hi Adrienne!!! :) :) :) Isn't Forbidden amazing?!! It only gets better!!! Thanks for stopping in sweet lady, and make sure you download the free eBook from Tosca!

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  5. Tosca's book is in my TBR list &I would enjoy reading her new book. I am a fan of Hannah!

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    1. Hi Deanna!!! Thank you so much for your continued support. You keep me going!! I'm telling ya, any book by Tosca is a must read!!!

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  6. This is a great interview, from a great author. Thanks for sharing

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    1. Thank you so much Debra! :) It was truly an honor to be able to interview Tosca. I'm so thrilled that she said yes to being my guest...I'm still giggling over it. I'm a huge fan of hers! Have a blessed day!!

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  7. Love Tosca! Sheba has been my favorite thus far and I cannot wait to read her new thriller and watch her break away from the Biblical fiction for a bit.

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    1. I love her too, Sarah!! I honestly can't decide which of her books is my favorite, but I am excited to read her new thriller too!! I always love when authors break away from a genre they've been in for awhile!

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  8. I was thrilled to meet Tosca here in Gold Canyon, AZ in January when she spoke to our book club. I Loved Sheba and Iscariot. I am eager to read Havah and can't wait for her new book!

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    1. Hi Janie! So nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by! Oh, wow, I would have loved to have been at your book club!! Meeting her is something to be thrilled about! Sheba and Iscariot are wonderful and I KNOW you will enjoy Havah as much as I did!!

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  9. I read Ismeni and "Sheba", they are GREAT! I am currently reading Iscariot now and would love to win Havah: The Story of Eve. Best Wishes, Tosca!

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    1. Hi Diane!! It's wonderful to meet you! Thank you for stopping in and leaving a comment! I just downloaded Ismeni and have every intention of reading it tonight...I may be a bit tired in the morning, but who needs sleep!!?? And you will love Havah!! Good luck and many blessings!

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  10. I have read both "Ismeni" and "Sheba" and they are both fabulous. I have five children--32, 30, 29 & 26 & 16--and my youngest is "from scratch". Their Dad & I have been married 23 years. I've never called them "stepchildren" and I hate being referred to as "stepmom". They call me by my first name, but I am Mom #2. This role is HARD, but don't you ever give up.

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    1. Welcome Jana! And wow, 5 children! Tosca, if you're reading this, Jana is the woman you want to get advice from! Many blessings to you Jana, and thanks for stopping by!!

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    2. Congratulations, Jana!!! You're the winner of Havah: The Story of Eve! Please email me at authorhannahconway@gmail.com with your email, mailing address, and if you'd like a paperback or ebook! Congratulations!!

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  11. Tosca, I've yet to read any of your books, I would love a chance to read Hava, thank you!

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    1. Hi Lisa!! Thank you for stopping in!! You will absolutely love anything written by Tosca, but be prepared to have your world rocked...her words are so deep and thought provoking!!! Many blessings to you!

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  12. I have had the privilege of meeting Tosca at one of her book signings and getting one of those special hugs! It is clear that she truly enjoys and cares about her readers and that's why I'll always be a fan, and maybe one day a friend! :-)

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    1. Hi Josie!! Thanks for stopping in and sharing with us! Tosca is a very special woman, and you're right, she truly enjoys and cares for her readers, and that's why I will always be a fan of hers too...and let's pray maybe one day we will both have the opportunity to be her friend! Many blessings to you!

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  13. All of Tosca's books are amazing. Can't wait to see the new one that she sent off to the editor last week! Love you Tosca!!

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    1. Hello K todd!!! Thanks for stopping by tonight! I totally agree, all her books are amazing!!! And I'm right there with ya when it comes to being ready to get my hands on her latest book!!

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  14. I was born at Fort Cambell, Ky. My father was in 101st. Would have loved to meet him. But they split. Just loving this story of the Queen of Sheba. I think I had a dream last night. I was a little boy and my mother was a very wise woman.
    Love this story.

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    1. Hi Albert! Thanks for sharing with us! Fort Campbell is a great area! So glad you're enjoying Sheba! I know Tosca will love to hear that! Many blessings to you!

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  15. It was really inspiring to read this heartfelt interview! I really enjoyed reading Sheba and would love to read Havah!

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  16. I've not had the pleasure of reading any of Tosca's books, but biblical fiction from Eve's point of view would be very interesting! I have often wondered what it would be like to sit and have a conversation with her. What life was from her perspective. Thanks for the chance to find out Tosca's take on it!

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  17. Forgot to add, thanks for the introduction of "Havah" in your author interview, Hannah!

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  18. Hannah,

    Great questions! We are a military family as well, after 8 deployments we made the leap to active duty Guard. Now the kids have their daddy home every night (unless he is scheduled to fly nights).

    Tosca,

    I am such an early bird that I cannot imagine keeping my eyes open, let alone writing after 10 pm. Whatever you are doing it's working! I've read and posted reviews for two of your books. I REALLY want to read Havah!!! I thought Sheba was unique because it was told from a non-Hebrew character and Iscariot is at the tippy top of my "Best of Biblical Fiction" list.
    Do you have anything more that you can share about your upcoming contemporary thriller, when can we expect it? Has a cover been designed that we can see and share?

    Thank you for the interview ladies!

    Blessings,
    @AmandaGeaney
    geaneymail (at) gmail (dot) com

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