Tuesday, June 22, 2010

A Maze of Grace *GIVEAWAY!!* Closed

This giveaway is now CLOSED. Congratulations to Karenk, Nancye, and Glogirl for winning.



A Maze of Grace
by Trish Ryan

In her first book, Trish Ryan chronicled the ways in which finding faith lead her to the happily-ever-after ending that had eluded her for so long. Only it wasn't an ending. It was a beginning.

In A MAZE OF GRACE, Ryan picks up where she left off, sharing the early years of her marriage, and the challenges that both shaped and startled her: temptations regarding fidelity, the anxiety of shifting body image, the awkward nature of following Jesus in a decidedly secular family and city, and struggles (depression, trying to conceive) that made her wonder if God had lost her file.

With appealing candor, Ryan sweeps the reader into her life and ponders questions and issues that we all face, dropping nuggets of wisdom along the way that are sure to inspire, encourage and help readers from all walks of life.

Trish Ryan lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Visit her online at trishryanonline.blogspot.com and trishryanonline.com.

Read an Excerpt of A Maze of Grace HERE.




Here is an interview I did with Trish Ryan:



- Tell me a little about yourself and your family?

I grew up in a small town in Maine--my Dad was a lobsterman, my Mom a homemaker--and I'm one of those people who didn't realize just how idyllic my childhood was until I was looking back at it as an adult. I spent three years as a civil litigation attorney, but now I'm much (much!) happier working as a writer and speaker.  I live in Cambridge, Massachusetts with my husband Steve (he works in biotech) and an adorable, weird dog.  I've had a fun, adventurous, quirky life so far.

-What do you do in your non-writing time?

Think about how I should be writing!  Or more specifically, wonder how what I'm doing/observing right now might fit into a project.  I think at some level, I'm always writing

-If you had access to a time machine where would you go? If you could live in another era when would it be? Why?

I should probably have a deep answer to this reflecting my appreciation for history, but... I'd go back to the 1970s as a twenty-something, so I could learn to disco dance. Embarrassing, but true :)

-What is the best book you've ever read (other than yours of course!) or best movie you've seen?

Again, my answer reflects my love of good entertainment more than a  "this changed my life" perspective:  The best book I've read recently is Ann Patchett's memoir, TRUTH AND BEAUTY.  The best movie is HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DATES OR LESS.  I'm a fan of stories where people figure out what they really want, and fight for happily ever after.

- If you could be any fictional character who would you be? 

When we were little, my sister and I loved to pretend we were the super heroes Electra Woman & Dyna Girl.  Given the opportunity, I'd happily jump back into those roles. I like the idea of making the world a better place, and of doing it as a team.

- If you could be a superhero what would your special powers be?

I'd be able to read minds...but only when it was relevant to a case I was working on.  I wouldn't want to end up like Mel Gibson in What Women Want, caught in a barrage of everyone's thoughts!

-When you were a little girl what did you want to be when you grew up?

A professional baton twirler.

- When did you first know you wanted to be a writer?

I wrote an essay for English class about how I never learned Algebra because I was distracted by the wafts of Mennen Speed Stick coming from the boy in front of me. People laughed.  I was hooked.

- Who is your favourite writer and have you met them yet?

Anna Quindlen.  She writes so well across so many subjects and genres.  I haven't met her, which is probably a good thing--I'd just babble on about how wonderful she is, and then ask her how she allocates each moment of the day in terms of dividing up her many projects.  It would be awkward for all involved.

- What is the worst job you have ever had?

I was an R.A. for one year in college.  I went to 1001 meetings about gender issues, was on call (read: chained to the dorm) every third weekend, and charged with asking "ribbed or plain?" when folks knocked at my door at 2am looking for condoms.  I was paid $16, every two weeks.

Thanks for answering my questions Trish!!

I have not read this book yet but I think it looks great! Thanks so much to Trish Ryan and the Hachette Book Group for sponsoring this giveaway.


WOULD YOU LIKE TO WIN THIS BOOK?

I have 3 copies to giveaway today.

Just leave me a comment here telling me if you have read Trish Ryan's first book He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not yet?

* BONUS ENTRIES*

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This giveaway is open to readers in Canada & the USA (no P.O. boxes please). I will choose a winner on July 22, 2010.

Winner will be chosen with random.org and notified by email. Winner will have 48 hours to reply to my email or I will choose a new winner.

64 comments:

AmandaSue said...

Honestly I've never heard of Trish Ryan before I read another blog post about A Maze of Grace (I'm so glad I'm learning about her and her books though!)

Thanks for entering me into this giveaway.

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AmandaSue said...

I'm a follower thanks.

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AmandaSue said...

Your in my reader thanks.

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Judylynn said...

Please enter me in this giveaway. I had not heard of Trish Ryan until recently on another blog, so I have not read the book yet. But I would love to win it and read it!

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Judylynn said...

I am a Google follower.

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karenk said...

No...I haven't read Trish Ryan's first novel (yet)...thanks for the chance to read this one :)

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karenk said...

email subscriber :)

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debbie said...

No, I haven't yet, but I bet it would be good.
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debbie said...

I am a email subscriber.
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debbie said...

I am a gfc follower.
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Bobble said...

No, I haven't read Trish's first book yet. This one sounds interesting, though, and if I win, I'll review it on my blog.

wmmahaney said...

No I do not believe I have read anything by her.

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Scorpio M. said...

I am new to Ms. Ryan's work, but this one I definitely would like to read.

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Scorpio M. said...

I am a follower via GFC & Blogger.

Thanks!

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Cindy W. said...

I love the cover art for A Maze of Grace and would love to read it. I would love to be entered into your giveaway and thank you for the opportunity.

Smiles,
Cindy W.

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Cindy W. said...

I am a follower.

Smiles,
Cindy W.

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Andie said...

I haven't read her first book yet but I would like to.
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Glogirl said...

No, I haven't read Trish Ryan's first book.

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Glogirl said...

I subscribe via RSS feed in a Google Reader.

Glogirl said...

I follow via GFC.

Glogirl said...

I follow you on Twitter @glogirl3 and tweeted:
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Glogirl said...

I am a fan of my main blog on Facebook. (Amy M)

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Cindy W. said...

Unfortunately I haven't read anything by Trish Ryan but would love to start with A Maze of Grace. Thanks for the chance to win it.

Smiles,
Cindy W.

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Cindy W. said...

I am an email subscriber.

Smiles,
Cindy W.

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Steve Capell said...

I haven’t read any of this author’s books, but your review sounds like a book that I would take pleasure in reading. Thanks you so much for hosting this giveaway.

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Winning Readings said...

I've never read the first book, but would love to read this one!

We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings: http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2010/07/maze-of-grace.html

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Karen said...

I have not read Trish Ryan's first book He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not. I have heard good things about both books, so naturally I'm curious.

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Karen said...

Subscribed to this blog via Google Reader

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Follow this blog on google friend connect
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Added you to my blogroll http://kzupancic.blogspot.com

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Karen said...

Followed you on Twitter and tweeted this giveaway:
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Shared this giveaway on Facebook:
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Anonymous said...

I did read her first one and so happy to hear that she has a new one. Thanks
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Benita said...

No. I haven't yet read it. But, I'd love ro.


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Benita said...

New Follower by GFC.


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Bakersdozen said...

No I haven't read it yet. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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I subscribed via email. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

apple blossom said...

No, I've never read Tara's first book
Love to win this book. Thanks

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Glogirl said...

Tweet:
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karenk said...

no, i have not read trish ryan's first book (yet!)...thanks for the chance to read this one :)

karenk
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karenk said...

email subscriber :)

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Shash said...

Looks good :D

Shash said...

I am connected w/ GFC

Shash said...

I subscribe via email

Shash said...

I am a "FAN"

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I follow you on Twitter

Nancye said...

I have not read Trish Ryan's first book He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not yet. I'd like to!

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email subscriber

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subscribe via reader

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GFC Follower

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Facebook Fan of main blog (Tara's View of the World)

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Nancye said...

I follow you on Twitter and I Tweeted
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I follow you on Networked Blogs

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allisonsbj3 said...

I have not read that book yet but I've added it to my "Books to Read" list.

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Email subscriber

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Anonymous said...

i am a google follower

 
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