Monday, May 19, 2008

Where Would Cows Hide by D.C. Stewart Giveaway

**How did you come up with your characters, Charlie and Brad?
A combination of what my brother and I were like as kids, the stories I heard about my husband and his twin when they were kids, and how I imagined my own twin sons acting when they reached eleven years old.

**Do you have experience living or working on a farm? Any funny stories related to that?
Everyone on both sides of my family are farmers, doing a combination of growing wheat and raising cattle. Our house was in town, but we spent most of our time, especially in the summer, on tractors, combines, wheat trucks, in pick-ups, and working cattle. The only funny story I can think of about me is helping my dad, mom, and brother one morning feeding and counting the cows. The cattle all came into the lots except one, and my dad told me to hurry and open the gate to let her in before the other cows could get out. As I pulled the gate open and trotted backward, I tripped over a concrete block used to hold the gate in place, and got hung up in the chain. I was stuck at such a weird angle I couldn't get myself loose and all the cattle were rushing at me to get out. I was kicking and waving all over the place trying to keep them back, but my family thought I was panicking because I was stuck. They still give me grief over that one.

**Brad and Charlie have a quirky younger sister who sometimes drives them crazy. Do you relate?
I have a younger brother who used to drive me nuts all the time, but we were also the best playmates because we are so close in age. I have friends who were the "younger sister" and I remember them getting yelled at by their older siblings all the time.

**Brad and Charlie stay at their grandparents for an annual summer vacation. What's your favorite place to vacation and why?
Honestly, I don't really have a "favorite" place to vacation. We didn't have the opportunity to travel much when I was a kid, so ANY vacation is awesome to me. I love to travel, eat different foods, take in the scenery, watch the people. It's all new and exciting to me.

**As a writing mom, how do you juggle the demands of your kids and your career?
With great difficulty. I have a wonderful and supportive husband who gives me time in the evenings and on weekends to write. Usually if anything suffers between my writing and taking care of the kids, it's our house. I'm more of a relaxed housekeeper (fancy title for slob), and I only move on the housework if there are no clean clothes, we have to order out because there is no room to cook in the kitchen, and if I walk across the floors and they crunch.

Jacob and I really like this book. Yes, as a parent I enjoyed it, too! We read it for his reading minutes. D.C. understands how siblings relate to each other, as well as family dynamics. The twins, Brad and Charlie, along with their sister Zoey have quite the adventure visiting with their grandma and grandpa while their parents are on vacation. There's great suspense, and as a parent I cringe when I see the kids, especially the boys, doing the things we don't always get to see as parents. A couple of times I thought, "If my boys did that..." because it's so realistic! My boys will be visiting with grandma and grandpa this summer for a couple weeks and there is certainly a lot of mischief they could get into just like Brad and Charlie. At least they won't have to help wrangle up cow thieves! I also loved Zoey's storyline. As Jesus said, "Let the children come to me." This is a great Tweener book!


D.C. Stewart grew up in a small town in Oklahoma, and spent most of her childhood getting into trouble with her younger brother on their ranch. She began writing short stories in high school, and won a writing competition at a nearby college at age 17. After graduating, she attended Northwestern Oklahoma State University and earned a degree in History, and also met her husband, Scott. She worked for a church in Maumelle, Arkansas as the Communications Coordinator for five years. After moving back to Oklahoma, she chose to stay home with their four year old twin boys, and six month old baby girl, and to pursue her dream of being a full-time writer. The Stewart’s live in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Where Would Cows Hide? is her first novel.

WAYS TO WIN Author D.C. Stewart is giving you a chance to win a copy of WHERE WOULD COWS HIDE?, and more! Here’s how to enter for a copy of WWCH and to enter the grand prize drawing:

1) leave a comment on this blog post (or on any of the blogs participating in the blog tour);

2) email the contest coordinator at contest@novelinspirations.com with subject line “WWCH ENTRY”;

3) join D.C. Stewart’s ezine list by either sending a blank email to: dcstewart_ezine-subscribe@yahoogroups.com or visiting http://groups.yahoo.com/group/dcstewart_ezine/ and subscribing through the yahoogroups page.

Book winners and the GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be drawn on or before May 31st, 2008 and will be notified by email. Please make sure you leave a valid email address on applicable blog posts.

Here's a list of the rest of the blog tour for WWCH:

May 20, 2008 : Kathie Nolasco at http://takingastroll.blogspot.com/
May 21, 2008 : http://www.reviewzbyjewelz.blogspot.com/
May 22, 2008 : Ashley Rutherford at http://godslightuponme.blogspot.com/

To read the first chapter of WWCH you can visit http://novelinspirations.com/blogtour_wwch/wwch_firstchapter.html

Thank you so much for the opportunity to share your book D. C.! Blessings on your continuing tour! ~Mimi

2 comments:

D.C. Stewart said...

Thank you, Mimi, for the great post and for allowing me to be a guest on your blog!

D.C. Stewart

windycindy said...

Hi, I hope her book is a success and she goes on to write more fun books! Thanks,Cindi
jchoppes[at]hotmail[dot]com

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