Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Tens List with Kathryn Cushman (& Giveaway)

chasing hope tour

I'm excited to host Kathryn Cushman today as part of the blog tour for her new book, Chasing Hope. I asked Kathryn to share her Top 10 Most Memorable or Surreal Moments as an Author. A huge thanks to Kathryn for sharing these memories with us!


  1. When my first book started showing up in stores, my family and I went down to see it on the shelf. My husband said, "I don't want any of your author copies, I want to buy my own copy." My 14 year-old said, "I want to buy my own copy, too." Then my 9 year-old said, "Me, too." So we left the store that night with three purchased copies of A Promise to Remember.
     
  2. Getting a call from Diana, a friend who lives nearby, who had gotten an email from one of her friends who lives in South Africa. Seems this friend had bought one of my books (in South Africa!), read it, and then while looking through the acknowledgments, saw Diana's name. It's a small world, even half the world away.
     
  3. Calling my mother (who had been my first reader, early editor, and cheerleader for several years) to tell her that I had a book contract.
     
  4. My very first hometown book signing, when over 100 people turned out, including former elementary teachers, Sunday School teachers, and high school pals I hadn't seen in a couple of decades.
     
  5. Seeing my daughter's homework assignment about what the other members of her family do. For me, the answer was, "My mother doesn't really do anything. She just stays at home and reads and writes."
     
  6. Twice being a finalist for the Carol Award.
     
  7. Holding my very first copy of my very first book.
     
  8. There are several reader's letters that make my "most memorable"-- since these are all highly personal, I won't say more.
     
  9. Signing my first contract
     
  10. Being featured in "Publishers Weekly".

Chasing HopeAbout Chasing Hope
A Personal Drama of Shattered Dreams and Second Chances 

A talented runner fully committed to Olympic dreams, Sabrina Rice's future was shattered by a devastating diagnosis. One forfeited scholarship and several years later, she has new goals and dreams that have nothing to do with running--something that's become far too painful to think on. 

Until the day she sees Brandy Philip running across the community college campus, easily outpacing security. Sabrina immediately recognizes world-class speed, and it's all the more painful that it belongs to a teenage graffiti artist. When a chance encounter brings the two young women together, Sabrina becomes Brandy's best hope for staying out of juvenile hall. Soon, Sabrina begins to feel an uncomfortable nudge that her new life is just about to be toppled...that God may be calling her to minister to this talented but troubled girl.   


kathryn About Kathryn Cushman
Author Kathryn "Katie" Cushman is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy. She is the author of five novels, including Leaving Yesterday and A Promise to Remember, which were both finalists for the Carol Award in Women's Fiction. She is also the co-author of Angel Song with Sheila Walsh. Kathryn and her family currently live in Santa Barbara, California.








Tour Giveaway 
$25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash 
 Ends 10/17/13 

*** Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the publisher. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. ***   

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