Saturday, May 3, 2014

Interview with Author Ta`Mara Hanscom and a *GIVEAWAY* - Ended

Scroll to end of post to see winners! Thanks to all who entered!
I want to welcome author Ta`mara Hanscom to my blog today!
If you haven't joined us this week, please check out the intro for the week on her series The Caselli Family Series to see what the fuss is all about or you can browse back through the reviews this week on each of her books. 
Ta`Mara is one of my favorite authors, not just for her writing, but for her ministry to women and involvement in their lives. She may not be well known here on earth, but the Lord has a wonderful reward waiting for her in heaven. Her story has been an encouragement in my life, as I am sure in the lives of many others. 
Here is a little peak into who she is!

Tell us a little about your spiritual journey and day to day life:
     I didn't have a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ until I was almost 15  
years old. I thought I had the whole thing figured out...teenagers  
have a tendency to think they know everything and I was no different.  
I attended a youth rally at a Catholic seminary and a young priest  
took the time to make sure I knew my Savior.

I'd like to say that I walked away from the youth rally filled with  

the Spirit, but I was still very disobedient. And my disobedience was  

very boring, so I'll spare you the details :)

I got married when I was 18, and my husband (Jim) didn't really like  

church so we stopped going. Jim worked long hours, which left me a lot  

of time on my hands and I found myself reading my Bible every night  

before I went to sleep. I loved the Gospel message. But it wasn't  
until I was almost 30, and having severe marital troubles that I  
developed a passion for God's Word and His ways, and I've never been  
able to put it down! I will turn 50 this year and I am more immersed  
than I have ever been.

What is your day to day life like:

I get up around 5:30 - 6:00 and read a little in my Bible (mostly  
Psalms) and then I pray. I have an enormous prayer list, and I date  
everything I pray about so that when it is resolved I have this  
amazing testimony that I can go back and look.

I have coffee with Jim at 7:00, breakfast at 7:30, talk myself into/or  
out of 30 minutes on the elliptical, and then I shower. Around 8:00 I  
start studying my Bible and writing the lesson that I'll be teaching  
on Sunday. I do that until 4ish in the afternoon when I fly through my  
house, make the bed, do some dishes and throw supper together. Jim  
comes home at 5ish and we have dinner. He does the dishes and I go  
back to my office until about 8. The rest of the evening belongs to  
Jim :)

Thursdays are different. My grandson comes over at 9 a.m. and stays  
until 1:00 p.m. At 2:00 p.m. I call my prayer-partner in Black Hawk,  
SD, and we are on the phone for about an hour. Then I get back to work.

This is pretty much day to day life for me. It looks boring, but it's  
not! The only time it changes is when I go on the road to a speaking  
engagement, or when we go on vacation - then I like to sit in the  
campground and read!

The books kind of feed off each other. It is hard to talk about them without giving away the story line - any tips?
I laughed out loud when I read this!  

My oldest daughter struggled so much with this that she actually  

started spilling the beans at speaking events! I finally had to make  

her stay home :) Try to keep it under your lid, but if you  

can't...that will be a bummer :)

What are you currently working on: 
 Book # 6 is on the back  

burner right now because of the Bible Study, which I will still be  

teaching in the fall. I am also going to do a short summer series of 4  

lessons revolving around awesome women of the Bible. (June 17, 24,  

July 1, 8)

Ta`Mara, Thanks so much for joining us this week!  Thanks for allowing God to use you as you minister to women through speaking and Bible study as well as sharing the story of how God has redeemed your marriage and done marvelous things in your life.  You have been an inspiration to me and I hope to my readers.

Thank you also for the books are providing for giveaway! I know the lucky winner will be touched and ministered to as I was!

Now for the GIVEAWAY! 
TWO - did I say two? YES! TWO lucky winners will receive a whole set of the Caselli series. That is 5 books each! YES FIVE!  Ta`Mara does not want the winner to be suspended after the first one, and I promise if you read it, you will HAVE to finish the series. 
How to enter?
Just fill out the Rafflecopter form below either using your email or you can use facebook account.
Earn as many entries as you can!  Good Luck! Winners for print books - US only but if you like a kindle or Booknook e-version you can enter from any location. Author will be responsible for shipping and awarding prize.  18 or older only please. 


  1. I've been following Amy's posts this week and have to say that this sounds like a wonderful series! Very good interview, and I have to ask if Jim grew in his faith also.

    1. In answer to Amy's entry question, I think it's the idea of following a family through multi-volumes that intrigues me most. Readers get to know the characters in more depth and spend lots of time with them.

    2. I find it much easier to read on my Kindle, so that's the version I would select if I won. Thank you for the opportunity!

    3. Carole, So glad you stopped by! I know you will love this series. Best of luck to winning! :-)

    4. Carole, I think if you stop by her website she tells the story about her marriage. Her husband finally came to the heart knowledge of God's saving grace, and their marriage was transformed. It is such a great testimony!

  2. I love mystery, spiritual writing, family and series writing. Can you tell that I love all writing? I do. I guess I am intrigued by this particular series because I read the interview piece and the author was extremely interesting and seemed anointed for this purpose.

    1. Elizabeth, Thank you for taking time to stop by and read the interview. Ta`Mara has been such an inspiration to me, and I like you feel like she was called for this.

  3. I am always thrilled to find a new author who writes Christian fiction. I would love to win a set of these books. Thank you for this chance! May God Bless you!

    1. Lisa Thanks for stopping by! I am sure you would enjoy this author very much! Good luck to winnning!

  4. If I was to win I would like a print version. There is nothing like holding a book in your hands! :)

    1. Print is still my favorite version!! So agree!

  5. I have read the first two books of this series, they are very good and cannot wait to read the others. I just haven't had much time.


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