Friday, June 12, 2015

Book Report & Giveaway: A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer

Another star performance by Karen Witemeyer with her latest release, her 10th novel:
A Worthy Pursuit!
A teacher on the run wasn't the bounty the Texan had been paid to track down.

But when Miss Atherton's sweet hidden smile filled the field glasses he spied with, Stone Hammond might have been a bit more thrilled than usual that he'd never come home empty-handed from a man-hunt in his life. And he wasn't about the break his record this time!

When a wealthy investor has hired him to find the abductor of his granddaughter and bring the girl back, Stone is eager to track down an enemy. But nothing will stop Charlotte Atherton, former headmistress of Sullivan's Academy for Exceptional Youths, from fulfilling a pledge to keep little orphaned Lily from her unscrupulous grandfather. Especially not the handsome bounty hunter with unusually honest eyes who come looking for them.

When Miss Atherton reveals proof of documentation that shows she is Lily's legal guardian, Stone must decide if she is villain or victim.

Can two enemies learn to trust each other before they both lose what they hold most dear?
Can Stone protect what he once vowed to tear apart and still win Charlotte Atherton's heart?

Karen Witemeyer:

Christy Award finalist and winner of both the ACFW Carol Award and HOLT Medallion, CBA bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes Christian historical romance for Bethany House, believing the world needs more happily-ever-afters. She is an avid cross-stitcher and makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children.

Q & A with Karen:
  1. What inspired your latest story idea?
There is usually a single spark that get's a book idea started. For A Worthy Pursuit, that spark was the idea of incorporating gifted children—child prodigies, each having a gift in a different field. And the one who doesn't consider himself gifted ends up being the one who saves the day, proving he is, in fact, remarkable.

I also wanted to play with the idea of opposites attracting. So I chose a refined, educated headmistress who doesn't trust men and paired her with a man of action and intrigue who practically walks off the pages of a dime novel. Charlotte has to learn to trust the man who was sent to destroy her in order to protect the children in her care, and Stone must dig deep to unearth the patience it will take to win the heart of the plucky woman he comes to admire.

  1. What is your favorite characteristic about your story’s hero?

All right. I admit it. The heroes in my books are always my favorites. I suppose it's because I'm a romance reader first and foremost, so when I write, I create heroes that I, myself, would fall in love with if I was the reader. My philosophy is to write heroines that I wish I could be, and write heroes that make me fall in love with them.

So, in A Worthy Pursuit, Stone is my favorite. He was orphaned at a young age and forced to toughen up in order to survive. He found a career that suited his skills and became the best in the business. However, he's not a shoot-first-ask-questions-later type of bounty hunter. In fact, he leaves the outlaw chasing business and hires himself out as a retriever in order to use his brain more than his gun. He's intelligent enough to piece together clues to find things/people nobody else can find. And he's a man of honor. That's why when he finds Charlotte and the kids he's open to hearing her side of the story instead of focusing solely on the paycheck at the end of the job.

He also woos Charlotte with a patience and gentleness that goes completely against his action-oriented nature. There is a scene where he takes her on a walk to watch the sun set, and the triumph he experiences when she finally relaxes enough against him to lay her head on his shoulder always makes me melt. His relentless yet patient pursuit wins not only Charlotte's heart but mine as well.

  1. Please tell us about the spiritual theme of your story you hope every reader is challenged by:

I tend to focus on spiritual themes that I myself struggle with as I strive for a deeper relationship with God in my own life. The overarching spiritual theme in A Worthy Pursuit is one that appears to some extent in many of my novels—trust. Learning to surrender control and trusting God to lead. Trusting God to turn tragedies into blessings. Trusting God when you can't see what lies around the next bend instead of succumbing to fear and worry. So many iterations of this single spiritual discipline. It's so hard to master, yet so crucial to a joy-filled walk with God.

Charlotte, my heroine, struggles with trust, especially when it comes to men. Betrayed by her father, a past flame, and her employer, she has learned to rely solely on herself and her own judgment. The trouble is, that this self-reliance leaks over into her spiritual life as well, to the point that when God tries to lead her in a direction she doesn't want to go, she balks. She must learn to submit to the godly wisdom of Proverbs – to trust in the Lord with all her heart, and lean not on her own understanding.

  1. Jaime & I are coffee addicts. Erica & Gabrielle are tea lovers. What about you? Coffee or Tea?

I never touch coffee. I do enjoy a nice cup of tea, but my tastes are very plain. Give me good old Lipton sweetened with honey, and I'm a happy camper.

  1. Favorite historical movie? Or mini-series?

Jane Eyre. The 1996 version with Charlotte Gainesbourg and William Hurt.

  1. Favorite heroine of all time, and why?

Also Jane Eyre. From my favorite literary classic, she just personifies all I admire. She's strong enough of will to endure horrible circumstances, godly enough to extend kindness to her enemies, and a romantic example of how true love really can conquer all.

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Blog post by Anne Love-

Writer of Historical Romance inspired by her family roots.
Nurse Practitioner by day.
Wife, mother, writer by night.
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  1. Wow, thanks for the giveaway, just love Karen's books! I really enjoyed Short-Straw Bride but To Win Her Heart was also a wonderful book :) To Win Her Heart is SUCH a great title and sounds like another great read! I'm so glad Karen believes in happily-ever-afters, I'm very blessed by her writing :) Have a wonderful weekend, ladies, and happy reading to you all!
    Hugs, Kara

    1. Hi, Kara. Thanks for the kind words. So glad you have enjoyed my books. I had a lot of fun with A Worthy Pursuit. Even threw in some dime novel heroes. :-) Good luck on the drawing!

  2. I'm looking forward to reading Karen's latest. She's one of my favorite authors. Her characters are so well drawn. She writes some mighty dreamy heroes. Sigh!

    1. Thanks, Keli. Your new one looks fun, too. :-)

    2. I forgot to say which of your books is my favorite, Karen. It started out as Tailor-Made Bride, but then you won me over with a certain soft-hearted blacksmith in To Win Her Heart. That remained my favorite until I laughed my way through Short-Straw Bride, taking that story to the top of the list. And then I read Full Steam Ahead and met dreamy Darius. After I wiped the drool from my chin, I declared his story my favorite. I daresay, if you continue writing such wonderful books, my favorite is apt to change once again.

  3. Haven't had the opportunity to read any of Karen's books and would love to begin with "A Worthy Pursuit" - each of her books has such a beautiful cover, and I've read such wonderful reviews on them. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!

    1. Thanks, Bonnie. The Art Dept. at Bethany House is really top notch. I'm so thankful to work with the cover designers I have.

  4. Hard to say, since I loved all of the ones I've read so far! I've only read the first 4, but have the other 3 that go after them. Will be reading them next. :) Karen is my favorite author! :) Can't wait to get this one and read it. I guess I would say "To Win her Heart" may have been my favorite.

    1. Thanks, Abigail. What a huge compliment! Hope you get a chance to work through that to-be-read pile this summer. :-)

    2. Hope so too! :) Would love to meet you sometime!

    3. Hope so too! :) Would love to meet you sometime!

  5. Karen is an author that is hard to pick a favorite book by her. They are all so fun and wonderful. I will say To Win Her Heart because I was instantly endeared to Levi. He is so sweet!

    Thank you for offering this giveaway!

    1. I know I'm not supposed to have favorites, either, but there was just something about Levi that made me fall in love with him as I wrote. I do that to some extent with all my heroes, but Levi was definitely special. I feel that way about Stone, too, from this latest one.

      Thanks, Stephanie!

  6. It would so hard to pick just one.....and I absolutely love all the book covers, so cute!

  7. I haven't read any of your books, but Love on the Mend would be top on my list, after this book, A Worthy Pursuit. I just read a summary of this book on facebook that made me "want" to read this book! The lady made it sound so exciting, and she told how much she LOVED it! I know I'd love it too. Thanks for the giveaway!
    Susan in NC

  8. The only books I've read (so far) by Karen are her Archer Brothers series. Not that I don't want to read other ones by her, because I do!! If this one is as good as the ones I've read....well, I know I'll enjoy it! Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of "A Worthy Pursuit"!

  9. I've never read any of Karen's books, yet, but she's on my TBR list!

  10. I have only read one of her books, Love on the Mend. I love the sense of humor she inserts into her books. Her characters are fun. I loved that book and I derfinitely want to read more, like all of them. By the way, I am in love with her book covers, absolutely love' em !
    Deanne Patterson

  11. Stealing the Preacher has been my favorite so far. I love how they have comedy and romance.

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  13. I've never read her, but this looks awesome!
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  14. I've never read her, but this looks awesome!
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  15. I'very never read her. This sounds awesome!

  16. I'very never read her. This sounds awesome!

  17. I think To Win Her Heart is my favorite that I have read, but I haven't read her last few. so I might have missed something better!


  18. I have read and loved all of Karen's books! I think my favorite is... "To Win Her Heart", with "A Tailor-Made Bride" coming in a close second. Can't wait to read this one-- I'm sure I'll love it just as much as the others. :)

    Thanks so much for the opportunity to win! :)


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