Monday, February 15, 2010

Deb Raney's "Beneath a Southern Sky."

We're happy to have Deborah Raney with us today talking about her new release "Beneath a Southern Sky."

Don't forget to place your e-mail address in the feedburner box to the right also to receive blog updates. We give away at least one book per week. Click on the photo to the left to visit the author's or publisher's website. Read on to learn more about Deborah and her book...

1) How did this story come to you?
I’d heard some stories from World War II and even the Vietnam era where women believed their husbands to have been killed in the war, and then––after they’d remarried––they found out they were still alive. I wanted to explore a contemporary version of that dilemma.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
I met Lisa Tawn Bergren through a writers group I’m part of. She loved my idea and pitched it to the pub board at WaterBrook Press where she was an editor (and author). They love the idea and eventually ended up buying the sequel, plus two other novels. I’m thrilled they are reissuing the book now.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1. My first contract offer came the day after I witnessed a murder at our local grocery store.
2. I lived in New York for two years when my husband and I were newlyweds. (Those were two of the best years of our lives, but it was truly like living in a foreign country for this Kansas farm girl!)
3. Doctors told me I probably wouldn’t be able to have children, but the Lord blessed us with four––one born in the 70s, two in the 80s and one in the 90s!

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I just (on Valentine’s Day!) finished Book 2, Forever After, of my new Hanover Falls Novels series. Book 1, Almost Forever comes out in May.

5) Parting comments?
Thanks for having me on your blog! I love hearing from readers, so I hope anyone who’s interested in my books will take the time to contact me through my website.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?


  1. Wow!! All these books look so good! :)

  2. Please enter me in the drawing.


  3. would love to read Deb's latest...thanks for the opportunity :)


  4. Please enter me in the drawing. I would love the chance to read this book. My email address:
    Thank you!

  5. A great book! I have the book, but just wanted to say that Deb is a great writer and person! Neat to see her answers and her book here. Thanks so much for sharing.

  6. I read Deborah Raney's book Insight and loved it, even though I was a little disappointed with the ending. I would love to have the chance to read another book by her.

    My email address is

    Thank You!

  7. I would love the chance to read this book!:)

  8. Please enter me in the drawing. Sounds very interesting.

  9. Oh my gosh you witnessed a murder. Very scary! Your book sounds interesting.
    smrogi at yahoo dot com

  10. Sound good

    ~AnGeLa Diefenderfer

  11. I have never read any of Deborah's books, but this one sounds like a good read. I'd love to have it in my collection!


  12. Sounds like a good book.
    wsmarple at gmail dot com

  13. The premise of this one intrigues me even though I'm not much of a contemporary fiction reader, please put me in the drawing! rmjagears AT gmail DOT com

  14. I would love to read this book. The cover is so lovely. Please enter me in your drawing for this book. Thank you!



  15. That's a tough subject and emotionally painful. Please enter me for the giveaway. Thank you. I'd like to see how you resolve it.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  16. I would love the chance to read Deborah's book, it sounds really great.

    Thanks for offering it, Deborah!

    bookworm1414 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  17. "Beneath a Southern Sky."
    sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway. augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

  18. thanks for the giveaway.

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  19. Enjoyed reading the interview. I think it would have been very disturbing to witness a murder. I'm looking forward to reading "Beneath A Southern Sky". Please sign me up.
    Deborah M.

  20. I've not ready any books by Deborah Raney. Will have to see if my library has any of them. Of course, if I win this one they will at least have one!

  21. Thanks for the interview and this opporunity to win a copy of this book.


    Finding Hope Through Fiction

  22. Fun interview, I'd like a chance to win this book. Always looking for a new author!
    monkeykab2003 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  23. I've read Deborah's books, and they're fantastic! I'd love a chance to win this one.

  24. I am curious as to whether the lady is in the South of the United States or the war is in South America or just in the Southern Hemisphere. My email:

  25. I'd love a chance to win Deborah's book! Thanks!


  26. I love all of Deboray Raney's books. Please enter me to win Beneath a Southern Sky! :)


  27. Ihaven't read any of Deborah's book but i been wanting to. It would be great to win one.Thanks..

  28. Sounds like a great story. I would love to read it! Thanks for the opportunity to get it for free.
    Miriam Cheney
    mimcheney (at) yahoo (dot) com

  29. Have not read any of your books. Would like to start. The cover is beautiful, sounds like a very enjoyable book. Please enter me in the giveaway. Thanks!