Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Books & Writing -- Author Lorna Seilstad

Welcome Lorna Seilstad!

Lorna is the author of Making Waves, A Great Catch, and The Ride of Her Life. A former high school English and journalism teacher, she has won several online writing contests and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Lorna lives in Iowa with her husband. Find out more at www.lornaseilstad.com.

Lorna sat down with the hero (Lincoln Cole) and heroine (Hannah Gregory) who star in her new book, When Love Calls, and talked to them about their romance.

  •  Lincoln, what's the most romantic thing you ever did for Hannah?
     I'm a romantic kind of guy. I like to show Hannah how I feel. I think the most romantic thing I did was take her to the top of the state capitol. She loves heights and the idea of flying, so it was the perfect spot.

  • What's the most romantic thing you've done, Hannah?
     Hmmm. I'm not sure I've done anything in particular.

  •  Where is the most romantic place you two have been?
     Hannah-Oddly enough, I think it was an aviary in a park. Lincoln has a way of turning even innocent bird names into flirtations. Oh, and I would have to say the trip to the dome of the state capitol. That's where he first told me he loved me.

  • Do you two have a favorite romantic restaurant?
     Lincoln-I don't think we have a favorite, but I think we'd both agree our favorite food would be prepared by Hannah's sister, Charlotte. Boy, that girl can cook.

  • How about a favorite song? Do you have one?
     Lincoln-No, I don't think so.

  • Hannah, what's the most romantic gift Lincoln has ever given you?
     I never would have admitted this to Lincoln at the time, but including coffee beans in the groceries he had delivered to my sisters and me was a stroke of genius. I hadn't had any in weeks, and that first cup was perfect.

  • How about you, Lincoln; what's the most romantic gift Hannah's given you?
     I'd have to say, sharing her sisters with me. The gift of a family has been a huge blessing.
  • Hannah, what is Lincoln's favorite romantic vacation destination?
     I think Lincoln would love to travel the world. He's a man who loves knowledge and enjoys discovering new things. He likes challenges.
  • Lincoln, what do you think would be Hannah's favorite romantic vacation destination?
     I think she'd love to visit the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina because she's fascinated with flight. I'd love to take her there, but I'm not sure I could handle her actually flying one of those machines.
  • What simple gesture does Lincoln do that melts you Hannah?
     All it takes is a touch from Lincoln to melt me and ignite me at the same time.
  • Lincoln what is it that Hannah does that melts you every time?
     Hannah's smile. She is simply so beautiful.
  • How soon after meeting Hannah did you know she was the one?
     I knew Hannah was the one way before she knew I was meant for her. You might say I grew on her.
  • Hannah how long did it take for you to know Lincoln was the one for you?
  I didn't want Lincoln to be the one. He was the person the bank sent to tell me they were taking our home. It wasn't the best way to start a relationship.
  • Who would you say is most romantic of the two of you?
     I'd say Lincoln is. He is very good at wooing people. He's good at reading them too, and he used both to win me.
  • Hannah, what is the most caring thing Lincoln has ever done for you?
     He loved me and my sisters right from the start. He knew we were a package deal and accepted that.
  • How about you, Lincoln?
     Hannah hid a truth from me because she was afraid it would hurt me. It caused problems for us, but I knew it came from her heart.
  • Who said, "I love you" first?
     Lincoln did, and it was in the most romantic way.
  • If you two end up married, where will you go on your honeymoon?
     Since I have two sisters to raise, our honeymoon couldn't be too long. I think we'd both enjoy a trip to the Grand Canyon.

If you'd like to know Lincoln and Hannah
better, pick up a copy of
When Love Calls.

Hannah Gregory is good at many things, but that list doesn't include following rules. So when she is forced to apply for a job as a telephone switchboard operator to support her two sisters, she knows it won't be easy. "Hello Girls" must conduct themselves according to strict-and often bewildering-rules. No talking to the other girls. No chatting with callers. No blowing your nose without first raising your hand. And absolutely no consorting with gentlemen while in training.

Meanwhile, young lawyer Lincoln Cole finds himself in the unfortunate position of having to enforce the bank's eviction of the three Gregory girls from their parents' home. He tries to soften the blow by supporting them in small ways as they settle into another home. But fiery Hannah refuses his overtures and insists on paying back every cent of his charity.

When one of Hannah's friends finds himself on the wrong side of a jail cell, Hannah is forced to look to Lincoln for help. Will it be her chance to return to her dreams of studying law? And could she be falling in love?

With historic details that bring to life the exciting first decade of the twentieth century, Lorna Seilstad weaves a charming tale of camaraderie and companionship that blossoms into love. Readers will get lost in this sweet romance and will eagerly look forward to championing each sister's dreams.

This sounds like a really fun read. 
And the cover is stunning!

For a chance to win a FREE copy of 
When Love Calls
all you have to do is leave a comment 
along with your email address.

I'll choose a winner one week from today.

Lorna can be found on the web at: 


  1. No comments yet? Okay! I'll bite!

  2. Lorna's books are always delightful! And so is she! What a sweet person. :)
    annshorey [at] msn [dot] com

    Thanks for the clever post, Bonnie.

  3. Anonymous9:43 AM

    Loved the interview and another chnce to get to know another author I haven't enjoyed their books yet. I would love to win a copy of her book. Thanks again for your give-aways.

    Wishing you a blessed day.

    Ann Ellison

  4. Thanks, Ann. It was fun.

    I absolutely love the cover and can't wait to read the book!

  5. Sounds like a good read...one to jump into on a rainy day. Love the cover!

  6. Sounds like a great book :)

  7. Cute interview. The book sounds great.

    Chelle.Leigh (at) gmail (dot) com

  8. Anonymous7:59 PM

    Great interview and sounds like a great book that I would love to read.
    I love the cover too!
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com

  9. Anonymous8:14 PM

    Sounds like a great book and a fun read..
    She is stunning ...


  10. I loved the interview and the cover is beautiful. I would love to win this book. It sounds like a wonderful book and would love to read it. Thank you for sharing your giveaway with us.
    Barbara Thompson

  11. What a fun way to introduce these characters. It sou des like they have a great love story to tell. I would love to win this book!

  12. Oops-- that was vmarney(at)hotmail(dot)com

  13. Id love to win a copy, came across Lorna after one of my American friends linked her books. I am an Aussie :)

  14. That was awesome! Ok, I am hooked! Love the cover of the book. I haven't read any of Lorna's books yet, but have Making Waves in my TBR pile :-)


  15. Anonymous10:08 PM

    Bonnie and Lorna, thank you so much for this sweet interview and the give-away. I want this book so bad. I absolutely love this cover. Everything about it is beautiful. I've been trying to win it since the first time I saw it. Please put my name and I hope-hope-hope it gets drawn. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

  16. WHEN LOVE CALLS is a clever title for a book about a switchboard operator. Love to win the book! sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

  17. Thank you for the interview. I love this cover to When Love Calls.
    campbellamyd at gmail dot com

  18. Love character interviews! So fun :) this book has come highly recommended, thank you for the chance to win!


  19. Enjoyed the interview. Thanks for the chance to win. Have a blessed day.

  20. Anonymous5:08 AM

    I love love all lorna seilstad's books. Thanks for a chance to win this one.

  21. Loved the interview .. The cover on your book is beautiful . Would love to win and read thid book it sounds so good .

  22. What a fun interview! I lok forward to reading this book, sounds like a fun series.


  23. Anonymous8:56 AM

    Sounds like a fun book. Enjoyed reading the interview~ very creative! Karen R.

  24. After seeing the cover, reading the interview and the description of the book I really want to read the book. Please pick me.

  25. Hi everybody! Thanks so much for stopping by. I have to give kudos to the Revell art department for the cover. I love it, too.

    If you're just arriving, there's still time to leave a comment before next week.

  26. Looks like a great book. I'd love to win!

  27. This book definitely looks interesting and I most definitely want to read it! :)

  28. Anonymous2:52 PM

    Loved the interview with the characters! What fun!
    Brittany McEuen

  29. I really do want this book, thank you for the chance to win it.


  30. Love this storyline - thanks for the giveaway opportunity!


  31. I have been wanting to read this book and have been trying my best to win a copy. Maybe this time! Thank you so much for the chance!

    Wanda Barefoot

  32. Anonymous9:07 PM

    Nice interview with a wonderful author! I liked the format, it helped me to get a good idea of the book. Please enter me!!!
    Thank you