Monday, October 18, 2010

GIVEAWAY with Golden Keyes Parsons

You know, I had this wonderful and talented lady, Golden Keyes Parsons, on my blog before, and I must say, it's a pleasure and an honor to have her here again for a giveaway of her latest release WHERE HEARTS ARE FREE.


Bridget is in love with one man...and promised to another.
Amid the liberty and promise of the New World, Bridget Barrington and Phillipe Clavell fall in love. But nothing about their love seems possible.

To pay for the Clavell family's passage from France, Philippe, a former member of French royalty, worked as an indentured slave to the Barringtons. Bridget is the heiress of the prominent plantation.

When Bridget's parents discover the budding Romance between their daughter and their servant, they quickly orchestrate her engagement to an older, more advantageous match. But Edward Moorehead has a secret. And he's anything but a good match for Bridget.

Separated from her true love and in danger from her betrothed, Bridget must rely on God to deliver her from darkness into light.

Gold Keyes Parsons is an author as well as a popular conference and retreat leader. Her first series is the highly acclaimed Darkness to Light trilogy. She and her family live in Texas.


Since I've conducted an interview with Golden before, I thought I'd have her answer a few simple questions this time.

Golden, thank you so much for joining us! We're honored to have you as our guest. We're also excited about your latest release, WHERE HEARTS ARE FREE, the third book in your Darkness to Light Trilogy.

Golden, you have a fabulous way at capturing the era of the times, at pulling your readers into the heart of the people and culture in your storytelling abilities. Will you please share with us what inspired this last book in such a fascinating series?

    You, of course, are aware that the Darkness to Light series is based on my ancestors who were French Huguenots fleeing the persecution of the Catholic government of Louis XIV in 17th century France. The concluding novel, Where Hearts Are Free, was inspired by the actual events that my ancestor encountered upon arriving in this country and had to sell her sons to redemptioners to pay for their passage, as her husband was washed overboard on the voyage to America with all their money on his person. That's what actually happened to the Clavells. In my book some of the details are different, but the scenario is the same.

Wow. What an experience to witness the loss of your husband under such tragic circumstances! This leads me to my next question. How did you come up with the characters for this book? 

    The characters carry over from the previous books, except for the female protagonist. My editor asked me to come up with a new female protagonist for the concluding book. That was difficult for me, but I finally decided to make her the love interest of the oldest son in the family. After I did the character sketch and read back over it, I realized I had described my granddaughter! So, I really like Bridget. :)

Tell us what you hope readers will take with them after reading WHERE HEARTS ARE FREE? What is the "take-away factor?"

    God is faithful. He will make a way if we trust Him. There are some pretty "gritty" scenes in the book. But I wanted the reader to know that even though we might think our life is in shambles with no hope of redemption, that God will redeem it and restore the years that the locusts have eaten. We serve an awesome God!

Thank you so much, Golden. It was a pleasure and an honor to have you visit us.

If you are interested in being put in a drawing to win Golden's latest release, this wonderful book WHERE HEARTS ARE FREE, please leave a comment with your email address below written like so: sandirog at gmail dot com. 

Good luck to those who enter!


  1. I like her take-away comments. They are so true about God's faithfulness.

  2. The book sounds great and Golden is such a sweet person. I enjoyed your blog, Sandi.

  3. I enjoyed Golden's comments also, and would love to read her book. I love the cover of her lovely. Thank you for the entry in your giveaway. I'm really enjoying all the new-to-me Christian author interviews of late, and their book reviews.

    Many Blessings,


  4. I would love to read one of Golden's books! I, too, liked her take-away comments. God indeed does redeem and restore!


  5. I'd LOVE to win Golden's book!

  6. Golden picks unique time periods for her books. I would love to read this one.


  7. Great spiritual take-away! That's what I look for in Christian books! Please enter me.
    desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

  8. would love to read this wonderful novel...thanks for the opportunity :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  9. And the winner is . . . Julia Reffner!!!

    Congratulations, Julia. You'll be hearing from me shortly.