Monday, October 15, 2012

Beth Vogt's "Wish You Were Here"

Title: Wish You Were Here
Publisher: Howard Books (May 2012)

Cover blurb: Kissing the wrong guy days before her scheduled wedding leads Allison to become a runaway bride. But can it also lead to happily ever after?

Allison Denman is supposed to get married in five days, but everything is all wrong. The huge wedding. The frothy dress. And the groom.

Still, kissing the groom’s brother, Daniel, in an unguarded moment is decidedly not the right thing to do. How could she have made such a mistake? It seems Allison’s life is nothing but mistakes at this point.

Daniel’s adventures—chronicled through a collection of postcards—have always appealed to Allison’s well-hidden desire for something more. But how can betraying her fiancé’s trust lead to a true happily ever after?

Can Allison find her way out of this mess? Recognizing she doesn’t have all the answers won’t be easy because she’s used to being in control. To find her way again, she will have to believe that God has a plan for her—one outside her carefully defined comfort zone—and find the strength to let Him lead.

1) How did this story come to you?
At first, all I had was one scene: an unknown woman standing at the back of a church, waiting to walk down the aisle to be married. Then I realized she was saying, “I do. I can’t. I must.” And that her attention was focused not on the groom, but on the best man. I had to figure out how she got here – to the brink of marrying the wrong man – and if she was going to go through with it. Of course, if she went through with the wedding, all I had was a short story.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
Wish You Were Here was written because God took a season of burnout in my life and turned it into a bend in the writing road. He moved me from the nonfiction side of the writing road over to the “Dark Side” of writing fiction. I had a lot to learn – and I learned all about writing a novel during the three years I wrote and rewrote Wish You Were Here.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
1.) I said I would never write fiction. It’s one of the many things I’ve said I’d never do that God clearly showed me was part of my life journey. I now believe God’s best is often behind the door marked “Never.” 2.) I’m a gluten-free gal.
3.) I met my husband in a karate studio when he knocked me down … I mean, when he swept me off my feet.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
I am in the final editing stage for my second novel, Catch a Falling Star. It’s also a contemporary romance set in Colorado and tackles the question: What do you do when life doesn’t go according to plan? Do you keep pushing Plan A? Do you pull Plan B out of your back pocket? Or do you settle? Next? More novels.

5) Parting comments?
Take a closer look at the doors you’ve marked “Never.” That just may be where you’re headed next.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Website: (
My blog, In Others’ Words, is embedded in my website. It’s all about quotes.
Twitter: bethvogt


  1. Great post. I always love learning more about Beth and love Wish You Were Here.

  2. You encourage people in how God's blessings are sometimes just beyond doors marked "never." Great post!

  3. Beth,
    I can't wait to read the next novel.

    Alena T.

  4. Beth, I love your comment about looking at the doors we've marked "never." Like you, God has prompted smack into the middle of a lot of my "nevers." And each time, it's been awesome...though I sorta had to get over the "But that's not what I asked for!!" initial reaction. :)

  5. Thank you, Dawn, for the chance to visit today.
    And yes, the door mark "Never" has become one of the most interesting doors to walk through.

  6. Love Beth! Love Beth's books! I'm excited for Catch a Falling Star!

  7. Sounds like a great big oops! LOL Sounds like a wonderful story!

  8. Sounds like a great story! :-)

  9. I have read this book and thoroughly enjoyed it. Excellent story with great plot twists. I especially enjoyed the postcard messages.

  10. love to be entered thanks

    ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

  11. Sounds like a wonderful book and I would love to read it. rdunson at knology dot net

  12. Yes, Donna B, you could say Allison's story is a great big oops! ;o) We've all experienced a few of those! Thank you to everyone for dropping by! And Heather -- a lot of readers enjoyed the postcard messages in Wish You Were Here.

  13. I love comtemp romance! This book sounds right up my alley. Please toss my name in the hat, and best wishes, Beth, on the success of this novel! I've seen it making the rounds on other blogs and it sounds downright FUN. :D


  14. I had to laugh. It would be a short story indeed if she actually went through with the wedding.

    I'm going to love this.


  15. Emily -- any romance with llamas has to be fun, right?
    And Mary, you never know ... Allison may go through with the wedding in the end ... right?


  16. Thank You for the chance to win. :) It is going to be a bubble bath time to read. lol :)

    friedgreentomatoes at gmail dot com

  17. friedgreentomatoes04 at gmail dot com I forgotten the 04. lol I got way excited on entering the contest. :)

  18. thanks for the chance to read this fabulous story

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  19. Thank you ladies for this wonderful interview....I always like getting to know authors better! It makes the books more fun to read!!
    And thanks for this giveaway....

  20. I always enjoy connecting with new readers. Thanks, everyone, for stopping by!

  21. Great interview. I've been seriously thinking that we need to go gluten free.

    Beth, your book sounds so interesting and am looking forward to reading it.


  22. I laughed out loud at one of the three things readers would be suprised by: 3.) I met my husband in a karate studio when he knocked me down … I mean, when he swept me off my feet." So funny! :)

    jswaks at gmail dot com

  23. karenk is the winner of the copy of Wish You Were Here. I will be contacting her by email. Thank you to everyone for dropping by. If you'd like to, please drop by my website ( or my Author FB page (, where I love to post romance quotes and talk about romance and keep readers posted about my upcoming novels. Join the conversation! :)


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