Kick-off Book For Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May Book Giveaway by Julie Kibler

by @thewritermama on April 30, 2013 · 26 comments

It’s Mother’s Day month eve!

And today is the kick-off of the Writer Mama Every Day In May Book Giveaway for 2013.

Before we begin, I just want to thank everyone who is participating. This giveaway is a group effort and I am so thrilled to be able to host.

Thank you for participating and for spreading the word! Let’s do our best to tell everyone we know about all these amazing authors and all of these great books!

And now without further ado…let the giveaways begin!

Our First Author is Julie Kibler

Julie Kibler began writing Calling Me Home after learning a bit of family lore: As a young woman, her grandmother fell in love with a young black man in an era and locale that made the relationship impossible. When not writing, she enjoys travel, independent films, music, photography, and corralling her teenagers and rescue dogs. She lives in Arlington, Texas. Calling Me Home is her debut. You can find her online at and What Women Write

Learn about Calling Me Home, a novel, St. Martin’s Press, February 2013

Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler is a soaring debut interweaving the story of a heartbreaking, forbidden love in 1930s Kentucky with an unlikely modern-day friendship.

Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a favor to ask her hairdresser Dorrie Curtis. It’s a big one. Isabelle wants Dorrie, a black single mom in her thirties, to drop everything to drive her from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. With no clear explanation why. Tomorrow.

Dorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious whether she can unlock the secrets of Isabelle’s guarded past, scarcely hesitates before agreeing, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives.

Over the years, Dorrie and Isabelle have developed more than just a business relationship. They are friends. But Dorrie, fretting over the new man in her life and her teenage son’s irresponsible choices, still wonders why Isabelle chose her.

Isabelle confesses that, as a willful teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell deeply in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper–in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences makes it clear Dorrie and Isabelle are headed for a gathering of the utmost importance and that the history of Isabelle’s first and greatest love just might help Dorrie find her own way.

See reviews of Calling Me Home. LINK

I asked Julie three questions about our giveaway’s theme topic, self-expression:

1. Is self-expression an important part of your life today, why or why not?

Self-expression is the way I process my experiences, my thoughts, my beliefs, my questions, and my emotions—rather them letting them stagnate or overflow the already messy closet of my mind.

2. What does self-expression mean to you and how do you do it in the world?

It means taking the swirling mass of inputs entering my brain and organizing them into something creative that makes sense of them, such as an essay, or (very rarely) a craft, or (so rarely, I’m struggling to remember the last time) a fancy cooking or baking experiment. Most often, it means working on a novel, because the novel is my favorite creative “child.”

3. How does your self-expression impact the world—your family, your friends, your readers, and everyone else?

In the case of my novels, I hope they might not only entertain, but also facilitate the reader to think about the issues inside the story, and perhaps also to talk about them, and maybe even to make some change or take some action, big or small, that could have a lasting impact somewhere down the road.

On a more personal level, I have seen the pride my kids take in telling their friends about their mother’s work. I hope they’ve observed and learned that they, too, can take their gifts of self-expression and use them for good.

And Now, Your Turn…

You remember how this works right?

Please read the complete rules at least once!

I ask you a question.

You answer in the comments for your chance to win a book each day.

Please just respond once, even if you make a typo. ;)

Answer in the comments in 50-200 words (no less and no more to qualify to win one of today’s books).

Tell us a story about your name. Is your name right for you? Would you change your name if you could? Why or why not?

Ready, set, comment! I will hold the drawing tomorrow and post the results here in my blog.

Thanks for participating in the Writer Mama Every-Day-In-May Book Giveaway!

And thanks for spreading the word. We will be giving away great books by wonderful women authors all month.

View the complete list of authors and books.

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