When You Get to Meet an Author + A Giveaway

I’m a total nerd. Always have been, always will be. I admit it proudly. I have grown up near Hollywood, CA my entire life, and have seen many celebrities and musicians in my time. It’s cool, but it doesn’t make me turn bright red and get nervous like I do when meeting my favorite authors!

Image result for Castle TVIn our early days of courtship, my husband set up this amazing date where we went to a meet-n-greet with the cast and crew of Castle, a very popular TV show that I loved! My husband thought I would be star-struck since he knew I had a school-girl crush on Nathan Fillion ever since he played Joey on One Life to Live. Who did we spend most of our time that night talking to? Who was I gushing over? The writer and creator of the show, Andrew W. Marlowe. In fact, his signature on my Castle novel is my most cherished signature. It was one of the best dates ever!

I really love authors. To me, they are the real celebrities!!! They have genuine talent that needs to be celebrated and honored.

20180127_151314.jpgThis past Saturday, I had the extreme pleasure of meeting Susie Dietze and Tanya Stowe. I am a very big fan of Susie’s writings. I think she is a gifted storyteller, and I try to immediately read anything she writes. I was totally nervous, and I turned bright red as soon as Susie excitedly hugged me, but it was such a great opportunity meeting her. And, meeting Tanya was a true blessing. I have not yet read any of Tanya’s writings but will make sure to rectify this soon! What a blessed event! Susie, Tanya, and I talked for almost an hour. We discussed books, shared interests, our homes and families and lives. It was SO much fun. Definitely a memory I will cherish for a long time coming.


Of course, I bought a ton of books and got lots of signed copies. In the near future, I am going to do a special author-spotlight post on Tanya Stowe, and will have a giveaway for her novel, Mojave Rescue. So, make sure to look for that post coming soon!

For this post, I am going to do a special, 2-book giveaway for Susie’s novels The Reluctant Guardian (2017) and A Mother for His Family (2018). Both books are autographed copies!!! To enter the contest, click on the rafflecopter link below.

My Reviews

To read my review for The Reluctant Guardian, click HERE.

To read my review for A Mother for His Family, click HERE.


I am giving away ONE (1) autographed paperback copy of The Reluctant Guardian and ONE (1) autographed paperback copy of A Mother for His Family by Susanne Dietze. This is a TWO-BOOK special giveaway!!! The giveaway begins today, 1-29-18 at 7:00 am (PST) and ends on Thursday, 2-1-18 at 12:00 pm (PST).

Congratulations to Darlene Owen!

You have won this giveaway. Thank you for your participation.

***Please Note: Open to Continental U.S. mailing addresses only.*** Winner will be notified via email at the end of the giveaway, and will be announced here on this page.

26 thoughts on “When You Get to Meet an Author + A Giveaway

  1. You are the sweetest, Nicole! And I was super excited to meet YOU! It absolutely blessed and touched me that you made that drive to come say hi, and I loved meeting your beautiful family. You are amazing and I hope we can hang out sometime soon! Thank you so much for coming Saturday and thanks for this giveaway!!! ❤

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  2. Yay! Nicole, I’m jealous! Never met Susie but from her blogs and group on Facebook, she is super! I’m looking forward to your spotlight on Tanya, too!
    I’m really impressed by how popular you’ve become in the little over a year you’ve had your blog. So glad to call you my long distance friend. Hope to meet you in person some day! That would be a thrill for me! You write the best reviews! ( I like Nathan and Castle. too. do you like Firefly? )
    I’ve read both of Susie’s books ! They were top notch!
    Everybody! Enter this contest! Or buy the books! You won’t be disappointed!

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    1. I can’t wait to read Tanya’s book. I just need my reviewing schedule to calm down a bit, but I’m definitely getting to it soon.

      I’m thrilled to call you “friend,” Paula. You are one of my best supporters. It would be a great privilege getting to meet you in person.


  3. Loved your post, I can totally relate!! I love connecting with authors on social media. New to me authors are always so fun. I’ve heard great things about Susanne Dietze’s stories. Would love to read them. I’ve been blessed to meet Tamera Alexander, Stephanie Landsem, Julie Klassen and Susan Meissner. Thank you so much for the chance to win!

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  4. Isn’t fun to meet authors! ❤ Last year I was able to go to the Christian Fiction Readers Retreat…I was able to meet a ton of authors…Stephenia McGee, Laura Frantz, Jocelyn Green, Pepper Basham, Dawn Crandall, Susan May Warren, and Sooooooo many more! It was FANTASTIC! ❤

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  5. I was so excited just reading your post! I have not yet had to opportunity to meet any authors yet, but I’m hopeful that I will and I know I’ll be star-struck and super excited! 🙂 It was so nice of you to get autographed copies to give away here! And…how thoughtful of your husband to arrange such an awesome date.

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