Thursday, May 3, 2012

THE GOOD FATHER SCAVENGER HUNT BLOG TOUR: A GUEST POST, EXCERPT, AND GIVEAWAY

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THE GOOD FATHER
BY DIANE CHAMBERLAIN

ABOUT THE BOOK:
A beloved daughter. A devastating choice.
And now there’s no going back.
Four years ago, nineteen-year-old Travis Brown had to make a life changing decision. While his friends were out partying and meeting girls, Travis was at home raising his newborn daughter on his own – changing diapers and working to keep food on the table. But he’s never regretted his decision. Bella is the light of his life – the reason behind every move he makes – and so far, she is fed. Cared for. Safe.

But when Travis loses his construction job and his home, the security he’s worked so hard to create for Bella begins to crumble…


Bestselling author of The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes, The Midwife’s Confession, and The Lies We Told, Diane Chamberlain, returns with her latest and most gripping novel to date, THE GOOD FATHER, showing the great lengths a father will go to provide for his little girl.


Just when Travis is at a loss for solutions, a job in Raleigh opens up with the power to change their situation. It has to. But upon arriving in Raleigh, there is no job, only an offer to participate in a onetime criminal act that promises quick money and no repercussions.


With nowhere else to turn, Travis must make another choice for his daughter’s sake. Even if it means he might lose her.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
'Diane Chamberlain's characters are so realistic that you feel you know them in person, and when you get to the end of the book, you miss them." --New York Times Bestselling Author Tatiana de Rosnay

Diane Chamberlain is the bestselling author of 18 novels. Her books, frequently set in the southeastern United States, are complex stories about love, compassion and forgiveness with a touch of mystery and suspense.

Diane was born and raised in Plainfield, New Jersey, and attended Glassboro State University. She also lived for many years in both San Diego and northern Virginia. Diane received her master’s degree in clinical social work from San Diego State University. Prior to her writing career, she was a hospital social worker and a psychotherapist in private practice, working primarily with adolescents.

Diane’s background in psychology and her work in hospitals have given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create real, living, breathing characters.

More than a decade ago, Diane was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, which changed the way she works: she sometimes types using voice-recognition software. She feels fortunate that her arthritis is not more severe and that she is able to enjoy everyday activities as well as keep up with a busy work and travel schedule.

Diane has three married stepdaughters, three grandchildren and two shelties. She lives with photographer John Pagliuca in North Carolina where she's at work on her next novel.

A GUEST POST FROM DIANE CHAMBERLAIN:
How do you continue to find inspiration after writing so many novels?

If anything, writing so many novels has made it easier for me to find inspiration rather than harder, because I’ve learned to see it in the everyday. Inspiration is everywhere, but as with most things in life, it can take practice to recognize it. When it’s time for me to think about writing another book, I become a sponge. Everything I see and hear is fodder for a new story. I listen in on conversations in restaurants (sorry!). I go to museums and study the paintings of people, looking into their eyes to imagine what they’re thinking. I watch movies to help me hone my story-telling skills. And I pay attention to my dreams, which often offer fascinating dilemmas I can use to test my characters, even if those dreams are so scary I have to turn on the light and play computer Scrabble until I can clear my head!
One thing I tell new writers is that they need to live in order to write. It know how much it helps me to get outside of my writing cave and move among people. I pay attention to what they say and do. Sometimes I go to the airport and simply watch the reunions. Some are joyous occasions. Some are borne of tragedy. I imagine the stories of those people--and of people wherever I go. Not only does it feed my story-telling imagination, but it makes me feel more empathy for people in general, and that can’t hurt either in the creation of fully dimensional characters or in living my day to day life.
The Good Father was inspired by observing a young man and his little daughter in a coffee shop. If I hadn’t been there at the moment they walked inside, I would have missed this story I had the joy of writing. Tomorrow I might spot an old man in a restaurant or a teenager at a bus stop, just waiting to inspire me. All I have to do is pay attention.
 
 IF YOU MISSED THE START OF  
THE GOOD FATHER SCAVENGER HUNT....

ABOUT THE SCAVENGER HUNT:
Below is the starting point for another wildly popular first chapter scavenger hunt, brought to BookTrib by the Media Muscle team and a group of amazing book bloggers. Beginning April 24, a section of Chapter 1 was featured each day by a book blogger and will continue until the entire first chapter has been shared.

Click on the links below to start reading until you catch up to today. In addition to the scavenger hunt, you’ll find reviews, author Q&A sessions, guest blog posts, and GIVEAWAYS throughout the blog tour.

April 24 It was nine-forty when woke up in the back . . .
April 25 She’d had a dream about her stuffed lamb and . . .
April 26 I thought of the gold watch . . .
April 27 I felt smarmy just talking to him on the phone . . .
April 28”We’ll come to you about eleven tomorrow night . . .
April 29 So, now I’d have all day to freak out about my decision . . .
April 30My hands shook as I scratched . . .
May 1...”I’m hungry, Daddy,” . . .
May 2... I pictured Erin finding the . . .
May 3…...”I got to go . .

TODAY'S EXCERPT FROM THE GOOD FATHER SCAVENGER BLOG TOUR:
"I got to go potty," Bella said.
            "Yeah, baby, me too." I ran a comb through her dark hair, which I really should have tried to wash in the Wal-Mart restroom last night like I did once already this week. Last night, though, washing her hair had been the furthest thing on my mind. She needed a haircut, too, but it wasn't like I'd thought of bringing scissors with me when we left Carolina Beach. 

PLEASE GO TO LIVING LIFE AS I SEE FIT TO FOLLOW THE BLOG TOUR IN ORDER AND ENJOY!  
As a SPECIAL TREAT, on the last day of the blog tour, Diane Chamberlain will be LIVE on BookTrib’s homepage where you’ll be given the chance to ask her questions. Click HERE to find out more. So mark your calendar for May 31st at 3 pm ET! 
 
 GIVEAWAY

THANKS TO ERIN AT MEDIA MUSCLE,
I HAVE ONE COPY OF THIS WONDERFUL
BOOK, THE GOOD FATHER, TO GIVE AWAY
 
--U.S. RESIDENTS ONLY
--NO P. O. BOXES
---INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS
IN CASE YOU WIN!
--ALL COMMENTS MUST BE SEPARATE TO
 

COUNT AS MORE THAN ONE!


HOW TO ENTER:

+1 ENTRY: COMMENT ON WHAT YOU READ ABOVE THAT MADE YOU WANT TO WIN THE GOOD FATHER AND DON'T FORGET TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS

+1 MORE ENTRY:
GO TO DIANE CHAMBERLAIN'S WEBSITE HERE AND COMMENT ON SOMETHING YOU FOUND INTERESTING THERE


+1 MORE ENTRY: COMMENT ON ONE WAY THAT YOU FOLLOW MY BLOG. IF YOU FOLLOW MORE THAN ONE WAY, YOU MAY COMMENT SEPARATELY TO RECEIVE EXTRA ENTRIES

+1 MORE ENTRY:
BLOG AND/OR TWEET ABOUT THIS GIVEAWAY AND COME BACK HERE WITH THE LINK THAT I CAN FOLLOW 

+1 MORE ENTRY:
COMMENT ON ONE OTHER CURRENT GIVEAWAY FROM MY BLOG THAT YOU HAVE ENTERED. IF YOU ENTERED MORE THAN ONE CURRENT GIVEAWAY, YOU MAY COMMENT SEPARATELY ON EACH TO RECEIVE EXTRA ENTRIES
GIVEAWAY ENDS AT
6 PM, EST, MAY 15

GOOD LUCK! 
 

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