image: header image: header image: header
Home | About Miralee | Blog | Books | Contact | Speaking icon: facebook icon: twitter

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Book Giveaway....Kay Strom

OK are the rules. DON'T just leave a comment saying I'd like to win this book. Please read the summary of the book, Kay's bio, etc., and ask a question that she'll come back and answer. You can also leave a specific comment about her book or one of her others that she's written, but show a bit of imagination and let her know you've read this post.

Also, and this is very important.....if you want TWO entries in the drawing, go to Kay's blog and become a follower, and become a follower of my blog (or let me know you already are). You'll double your chances of winning.

Now for the disclaimer....I wasn't paid to do this giveaway and have received nothing for posting this.

Book 2—West Africa, 1792. Slavers burst back into Grace Winslow’s life with guns blazing and rip her new family apart. She watches in anguish as her husband is led in chains aboard a tightly packed slave ship bound for America. An old enemy has an even more sinister plan for Grace, and together they set sail for London. But Grace will not be enslaved. And she will hot give up the man she loves. In her determination to be reunited with her husband, she finds God reaching out to her.

Kay Marshall Strom is the author of thirty-five published books. Four were chosen as book club selections, nine have been translated into foreign languages, and one was optioned for a movie. Although she is well established as a non-fiction writer, her current fiction has met with high acclaim, receiving kudos from Publishers Weekly, a starred “Highly recommended” review from the Library Journal, and placed in the list of “Top Ten Inspirational Fiction” books by ALA Booklist Magazine. In addition to her writing, Kay is an in-demand speaker. Her work as a 21st century abolitionist takes her around the globe where she speaks out against social injustice, especially modern-day slavery. She and her husband make their home in the Pacific Northwest.

American Library Association’s Booklist Magazine has chosen this book for their “Top 10 Inspirational Fiction” list. It will be featured in their November issue.

A review from a reader on CBD

Robin Prater

(read all my reviews)

· Top 25 Contributor

This is book two of this amazing series that all began with The Call of Zulina (book one). This story is set in 1792 and is so well written it takes you back to a time and place of long ago. We find ourselves in West Africa in the middle of a slave trade. We meet Grace Winslow as her life as she knows it is torn apart at the seams. Nothing will ever be the same for her. Grace is a dreamer and finds it hard to accept life as it is, but she is looking for all that it can be. I love the character of Grace. As her life around her is changing, she too is changing as we see the love of Christ through her. She finds that she cannot change everything, but there are some things she can, and herself is one of them. I found Grace a bit like myself, stubborn. We go from West Africa to London, and what an amazing ride this is for the reader. Kay has a way with the language, and shows such passion through her writing, that you feel as though you are right there with Grace. The voyage that Grace takes goes far beyond the oceans, but into her own heart where she begins to soar. I loved this story of love, freedom and change. I know it is one you will also enjoy to add to your collection.

Kay Marshall Strom

2009 Releases:

In The Presence of the Poor: Changing the Face of India (May)

The Call of Zulina- Grace in Africa trilogy Book 1 (August)

Second-Half Adventure (October)

Forgotten Girls: Stories of Hope and Courage (November)

To be Released:

The Voyage of Promise - Grace in Africa trilogy Book 2 (August 2010)

The Triumph of Grace -Grace in Africa trilogy Book 3 (Spring 2011)

You can find Kay here.....




Linda said...

I've read The Call of Zulina and loved it. I would love to see what happens with Grace. Please enter me.

My question would be: What do you want the reader to learn from your book spiritually? To me, that's the essence of writing Christian fiction. And yes, there is slavery today in ways it's hard to comprehend.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

Linda said...

I'm already a GFC follower, and I joined Kay's email subscription.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

kay Strom said...

Thank you for your question, Linda. I can see why you're asking it after reading only The Call of Zulina, because the spiritual touch is very light in book 1. You will see it stronger in book 2 and controlling in book 3. A major thing I want readers to take away is that we cannot take at face value everything others claim to be God's will. In so many cases, people's own interest is too much in the way to allow them to see clearly. We get the truth from God's Word.

Anonymous said...

I have not read these books but they sound really good. My question would be : Where did you get your idea to write a Christian novel on slavery and spirituality? I look forward to reading this book after buying and reading the first one.

I follow Miralee's blog and have now added Kay Strom's blog as well.

intheheartofdixie at yahoo dot com

K said...

I am a follower of you via RSS feed and also now a follower of Kay's also via RSS.

This book sounds so intriguing! I have never read any of your books, Kay, but I like the determination that Grace appears to have - "she will not give up the man she loves"

My question to you: how do you come up with the settings and time periods of your books?

Kay Strom said...

Oh, I'm glad you asked this! I wrote a non-fiction book on the life of John Newton, slave ship captain grabbed by God who became a great preacher and tireless abolitionist... and author of "Amazing Grace." (The book is "Once Blind, The Life of John Newton.") In my research I "met" an English slave trader and his cruel African wife who had kept John Newton enslaved for almost a year. I wondered: "If they'd had a daughter, who would she be--African or English? Slave or slaver? And what would make her choose?" As so often happens, the book started with a story question.

Kay Strom said...

Well, K, I have done a lot of international travel and research for my non-fiction books on women of the persecuted church and international justice. As I get to know specific areas and people, and to see the issues involved, the plot lines arise. For instance, after seven trips to India writing about the horrors inflicted by 3,000 years of the caste system, I'm working on a trilogy set in the 1900s that spans that country's move to independence, paralleling it with a family of Untouchable slaves' struggle for independece.

by Pegg Thomas said...

I haven't read your books, but I'm intrigued! My question is, did you have any qualms about the name "Winslow" in light of Gilbert Morris's "House of Winslow" series?

Wendy said...

Kay - when was your first book published?
I am a follower of your blog and Kay's.

Martha A. said...

Is this story based on any true history that you found?
It sounds very interesting and i wonder how it would be!

misskallie2000 said...

I love this story and can't wait to read.
I went to Kay's blog and read her article about writing and loved her score's definitions. Makes you think twice or maybe thrice before you submit your book to a publisher. lol

I also read about Moracco's work and did not realize we were there.

I was going to ask if this was based on a true but someone else beat me to the question.

I am a GFC follower

I am now a subscriber to Kay's blog

Thanks for the opportunity to enter Kay's book giveaway.

misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

Kay Marshall Strom said...

Funny, Pegg, but the House of Winslow series never even crossed my mind when I named the characters. For some reason, the name just seemed to fit.

Wendy, I've been writing since dinosaurs roamed the earth! My first book came out in 1985. Mostly non-fiction before my latest two fiction trilogies, though I've also written for TV. (Even Murder She Wrote. Shhh!!! :) )

Kay Marshall Strom said...

Martha, although the story is fiction, many of the characters are based on real people, and certainly all the situations are fact-based. In "The Voyage of Promise," I even have a section footnoted and documented because it is so preposterous on the part of British members of parliament I didn't think anyone would believe it! Yep, sad to say, it's true.

Kay Marshall Strom said...

Thank you, Kallie, for so thoughtfully reading those posts. Guess you can tell this subject is close to my heart.

Ann Lee Miller said...

Even the blurb on the book is tense, promising a meaty read.
I just became a follower.

Ausjenny said...

I am not sure if an aussie can enter but would love to read this book.
I first got to know Kay after reading Once Blind the story of John Newton and then read The Call to Zulina and was moved by this book. I would love to see what happens to Grace.

My question would be what do you want readers to take out of this series?

I have to say Peggs question interested me too as The house of Winslow is my favourite series. I found it interesting also that Grace is Grace Winslow. I have read the answer.

ausjenny @ gmail dot com

Julia M. Reffner said...

I'm already a follower of Kay's blog. I am quite intrigued by this series. My question is how long does it typically take you to write a book and what is your favorite part of the process?

Anonymous said...

Ah, Jenny! I want you to read this book because I so value your feedback... and your reviews! (Contact me if you don't win.) I have a couple things I want people to take away from this series:

1. An understanding of the horrors of slavery--hopefully, enough so to want to be 21st century abolitionsts. (There are more slaves in the world today than there were then!)

2. An appreciation for the grace of God that reaches us where we are and in a way we can understand.

(Her name, Grace, was not by chance, of course!)

~Kay Strom

Kay Strom said...

Well, Julie, since my contract calls for a book every six months, I can't take longer than that! Which can be a challenge with all the necessary research!

My favorite part? I love laying out the first outline. I do this chapter by chapter. It's like building something out of nothing. Such fun!

~Kay Strom

Kay Strom said...

Jenny, I'm sorry my answer to you came out under "Anonymous." It's from me!

~Kay Strom

Miralee Ferrell said...

Congratulations to Martha A for winning the copy of Kay's book!!

Thank you ALL for stopping by and visiting with us.

Content Copyright Miralee Ferrell | Site by Eagle Designs