Monday, September 29, 2008

Janet Dean-Blog Tour and GIVEAWAY!!!

I am VERY excited today to welcome Love Inspired debut Historical author, good friend and Seeker sister, Janet Dean. I LOVE her writing and suspect that you will too! Definitely pick up a copy of her debut novel, Courting Miss Adelaide if you haven't already.


Now, an exclusive interview with Janet:


If your heroine could blurb you, the author of her book, what might she say?

Adelaide waited a long time to see her story in print. She’d probably say, “It’s about time, JD!” Then she’d shake a finger at me for putting her through all that anguish. LOL. But Adelaide is a woman of gratitude so she’d see the positive side and thank me for giving her a HEA ending.

What are three things you have to have near you when you write, and why?

Water—nothing impressive about that, but if it’s not on my desk, I’m dying of thirst, yet put off getting it. Writing with a cotton mouth and my tongue hanging on the keyboard isn’t pretty.

Post It® notes—I use oodles of them, jotting reminders to myself about anything and everything. I toss them on the floor near my computer and take them downstairs when I refill my glass of water. See how I’m tying all this together? J Those notes keep me organized.

My Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary—I use it to check the year words came into usage, a must for historical writers. The word water dates to before the 12th Century. Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

What resources do you use for your historical research for dress, language, etc.?

Besides my Webster’s Collegiate, I use American Heritage’s Dictionary of Idioms that dates expressions. I also refer to Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in the 1800s and The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in the Wild West for language and all aspects of life during that era. For clothing I use American Victorian Costume in Early Photographs by Priscilla Harris Dalrymple and Eyewitness Books’ Costume. And of course information is on the Internet, only a click away. If I’m not careful, I can spend hours researching online. Hours I don’t have.

What was your favorite scene to write and why?

My favorite scene to write in Courting Miss Adelaide was near the end of the book, between Charles and William. It’s a precious time of healing for both of them. Writing that scene was emotional for me. Though I also loved writing the ending and the scene where Adelaide had it out with Charles and-- I’ll shut up.

What do you have in the works right now?

I’m deep into promoting Courting Miss Adelaide. So that means setting up book signings, mailing bookmarks, posting on blogs—doing all I can get the word out. My second book Courting the Doctor’s Daughter will release in May 2009. I expect final edits in October. I’m working on the proposal for my third book.

How can readers visit you online?

My Web site:

E-mail me at

My Blog: Cup of Faith

The Seeker group blog: Seekerville

If your hero time-traveled to modern day, where is the first place he'd go and what would he do and why?

As editor and owner of the Noblesville Ledger, Charles would head to the modern-day Ledger where he’d grab a chair in front of a computer and log on to the Internet. He’d be fascinated by the high-speed communication and connection with the world under his fingertips. And amazed his printing press had gone the way of the dinosaurs.

Thanks, Cheryl, for having me on your blog. I had a great time!

I enjoyed your visit! And I'm SO excited about the release of Courting Miss Adelaide as well as Courting the Doctor's daughter! I look forward to many, many more books from you!

Again, as a reminder, Janet's upcoming releases:
Courting Miss Adelaide, Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical, September 2008
Courting the Doctor's Daughter, Steeple Hill Love Inspired Historical, May 2009
Come and enter our contests at Seekerville!


Cathy S. said...


I'd love to win a copy of "Courting Miss Adelaide."

Cathy S.

Missy Tippens said...

I already own the book, so don't enter me. It was WONDERFUL!!! You don't want to miss it. :)

Thanks for the fun interview. Now I'll forever have that image of Janet and her water bottle, sticky notes on ever surface. :)

Missy Tippens said...

Okay, that was supposed to be EVERY suface, not ever surface. I can't stand to leave a typo!

Missy :)

Janet Dean said...

Missy, I'm delighted you enjoyed Courting Miss Adelaide!!

So glad you now think of me guzzling water and covered with sticky notes. LOL

You had surface spelled right the first time. I'm guessing that's your lovely southern accent at work. :-) I can't tell you how many times I've wished Blogger had spellcheck.

Hugs, Janet

Janet Dean said...

Hi Cathy. Thanks for stopping!


Missy Tippens said...

Oh, my word. I can't even write a correction without adding in another typo!

Yes, I'll pretend "suface" is my southern accent coming through! LOL


Cheryl Wyatt said...


But with my recent accidental typo (STUPID AUTOCORRECT!) of putting "assassin" where "assistant" should have gone...


I've enjoyed the interview Janet!

Am loving Miss Adelaide. You are a fabulous writer! Love your characterization. Very memorable.



Missy Tippens said...

Cheryl, I have laughed and laughed for days over your typo!! It'll just hit me a odd moments, and I'll start cackling like a mad woman.


Linore Rose Burkard said...

Janet, What a terrific book cover--one to be truly proud of.
Cheryl, I love your questions for Janet. Some of them were really fun and different. Now, when you are going to ask them of ME? (hint, hint)
(For my December release--Before the Season Ends!)
Thanks, great interview,

Adventurous Innocence for the Jane Austen Soul

Anonymous said...

The lovely Miss Adelaide is on my TBR list and I cannot wait to read it. Thanks for sharing Janet!

Mary Connealy said...

Hey, Ladies. I've been held for ransom until just now, but I escaped to come and post on this blog.

Hi Janet and Cheryl. I loved Miss Adelaide.

Janet Dean said...

That had to be the Giant of Typos! I'm sure your editors love that you keep life interesting, Cheryl. :-)


Janet Dean said...

Forgot to thank you, Cheryl, for your lovely comments about Courting Miss Adelaide! And I didn't even have to pay you!!!


Janet Dean said...

Hi Linore, a bribe might help... maybe some nuts for Squirrel's treehouse. ;-)

I'm glad you like the cover! Steeple Hill's Art Department has given the Love Inspired Historical line great covers.


Janet Dean said...

Glad you escaped, Mary! From wherever and whoever had you. :-)
And gladder still that you loved Courting Miss Adelaide!! Not that I'd put my novel ahead of you, dear Seeker Sister.


Janet Dean said...

Tina, I don't know how you find time to read, but I'm glad CMA is on your TBR pile.


Ruth Logan Herne said...


She keeps water by her computer in case she's thirsty????

Oh mylanta!

Sighing here.


I know, I know, life giving, beautiful imagery, sanctified meaning....

Where the heck's the diet soda, girlfriend?

Here. Here's a Coke. And a cappuccino. Something with... flavor, 'kay?

Sighing in WNY,


Janet Dean said...

Hold onto your hat, Ruthy, but I don't drink or eat diet anything. I've got my husband and my daughter off the stuff. Haven't you heard diet drinks put weight on? Or worse? I'm a purist. Even drink reversed osmosis water. :-)


Mary Connealy said...

I'd never noticed before, Janet, but I think you look a little like Miss Adelaide. You need a flashy hat.

Pammer said...

Okay, honest, YOU posed for lovely cover of that book, didn't you?

I'd love to be entered into the contest if I'm not too late.

Great interview ladies. You girls inspire me.


Cheryl Wyatt said...
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Pammer said...

I'm with Missy, I'm still laughing at that typo, Cheryl. Everytime it comes to mind I laugh. But you are a good writer, typos and all. :D

Cheryl Wyatt said...

Thanks everyone for showing up to celebrate the release of Janet's debut novel.

Winner's name will be drawn on October 3. So if you'd like to be entered in the drawing for a chance to win this book, leave a comment in the comments section of this post. As well as a way to contact you (e-mail address with spaces between so internet spiders don't getcha).

Thanks all!

Cheryl Wyatt

Cheryl Wyatt said...

Linore...about that interview...LOL! I'll be in touch.


Pamela J said...

I am SO excited about this book, I can HARDLY sit! (It would be harder to type this comment standing) What a shock to turn page after page of this book full of surprises. You guessed it: I already have a copy so please don't enter me in your contest. I'll tell you ONE thing: you ALL are MISSING OUT if you don't choose to go ahead and get the book for yourself if your name isn't drawn. What a blessing it was to get to read it. I VERY much look forward to the next one coming out next May. WAY TO GO, JANET!!
Pam Williams
cepjwms at yahoo dot com

Pamela J said...

Oh, I forgot to talk about the interview I was SO EXCITED to tell you all how grand the book was!

I can just imagine what it would be like to time-travel from the old printing presses to printing by the touch of a button!

I think Janet did a great job in researching the clothing attire of the characters. It's great to know how to find 'at the touch of the fingers through internet' and informational books that kind of thing. I'm awed!
Pam W

ForstRose said...

I've heard great things from a friend who just read CMA and can't wait to read it myself. Please enter me.

I'll have to also send her a link to this interview as she is planning on writing some historicals herself and I know she'd be interested in knowing what your sources for research are Janet.


~Ley said...

"So glad you now think of me guzzling water and covered with sticky notes. LOL"

Okay, now that is a cute image. *giggles*

Oh, and please enter me in the contest. Sounds like it's a really good one!


sarahw said...

i would love to own a copy of the book. please enter my name in the draw. thanks,
sarahwoll at hotmail dot com

Sharon A. Lavy said...

I want to throw my ballot in the box. =)

Cheryl Wyatt said...



You have won the drawing for Courting Miss Adelaide from Janet Dean.


Thanks to everyone else who entered.

If you didn't win this WONDERFUL book, I hope you will jaunt out and purchase it. You won't be sorry. Janet has become one of my favorite historical authors.