*Contest – 3 Book Giveaway*
Robin Shope is a Special Education Coordinator for the Denton County Juvenile Justice Alternative Program. She works with at-risk teens from the fifth grade through high school, who have been court-ordered to attend the facility or be expelled from school.
Robin, you have all sorts of wonderful things going on right now, I hardly know where to start. Let’s see, can you start by telling us about your latest book release, The Easter Edition.
That book has a large piece of my heart written throughout the pages. In part, it tells the story of me. Some of the situations and heartbreak are simply mine. But we are discussing Carol Horn, the protagonist, not me at this point, so back to third person. Carol, a wedding gown designer and shop owner, has just suffered a devastating blow. As she tries to reorder her life, a young, single pastor comes to town. Not only is he a gifted speaker but he is easy on the eyes. Naturally he has a past. It isn’t a clean one either, which sets the tongues a wagging at the small town church. But Carol doesn’t care, she falls for him anyway and he for her. Yet, she feels a strong pull to serve God in a unique manner that doesn’t include marriage. Will it turn out all right for Carol and will she make the right choice. Did I?
I keep hearing buzz about your book, The Christmas Edition, which is being made into a motion picture. How exciting! Fill us in on the latest and greatest—inquiring minds want to know.
Isn’t it remarkable how God uses such ordinary people to do something extraordinary with? I marvel over this fact. Years ago, Steven Zambo, the creator, director, producer of Salty Earth Pictures, approached my co-author of another book to do a movie. The deal never got off the ground. Then last year I sent Steve a copy of my book, The Christmas Edition. After a few phone calls to work out the details, we signed a contract. I have received so many emails from authors asking how to get their book made into a movie and I haven’t a clue. This was a unique gift from God that fell into my lap. All I can say is this, don’t get caught up in the money issue, rather get caught up in making things happen.
It’s been fun to watch the making of a movie on Facebook. The movie trailer is amazing and gives me chills every time I watch it. Even after a thousand and one viewings I still get teary-eyed. Kleenex please. This is a movie the whole family can watch together, which means a lot to me. Just think, a little girl who once couldn’t make up her mind to be a movie star or a missionary when she grew up is now having a movie made based on one of her books (and I spent time as a missionary too.)
As if you don’t already have enough on your plate, tell us about other projects you’re working on.
My young adult novel, Ruby Red, is about to be released by Sparklesoup LLC. However, Kathi Macias, dear friend and fellow award winning author, says adults will enjoy the book just as much. It’s about an eleven-year-old African American girl who hops onboard the Orphan Train in 1925, meant for white children only. The story is full of grit and adventure and hope. Ruby’s indomitable character shines. Kailin Gow, publisher/editor at Sparklesoup says this about Ruby Red…”the writing is beautiful. This is the girl version of Huckleberry Finn and Oliver Twist. Sure to be a classic.” Sparklesoup.com
I just signed a contract on the second book in the series. Watch for Ruby Red’s release, soon to be carried on Amazon and available on Apple iPad! What an honor to have everyone join Ruby Red Fan Page on Facebook. We will be doing all things Ruby Red from class/group discussion questions, contests, promotions and forums. No one wants to miss all the giveaways!
Ruby Red will also be part of a new girl’s social club site for girls age 13 to 19 that is coming out in June called, The Shy Girls Social Club, based on a book by the same title coming out in June. The website link is: shygirlssocialclub.com. Right now it is still under construction, but it will be up by end of April. What a great way for young girls, and the adults who love them, to spend their summer.
The story is set in an important time in history that many people are not aware about. Great summer reading! Ruby didn’t know she sparkled with beauty like the gem whose name she carried. Her skin was like lush earth darkened by the heat of summer’s noonday sun. But it wasn’t the green of summer it was the white of winter and Ruby had no place to call home.
As a teacher working with teens, I think it’s important to get morally valuable books into the classroom, and I am proud that Ruby Red is such a book. My Texas school district will have this book in their classrooms.
Already I have amazing endorsements. Here are a few…
“Robin Shope continues to write captivating books. She is at her best with her multi-layered characterization of Ruby Red. In the 1920s saga, Shope reels us into heartbreak and healing.” Kyle Saylors, TV producer and producer of film Kimjongilia, theatrically released internationally and nominated for Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, screened at US Capitol, and featured on Fox News- Greta van Susteren.
**”Ruby Red is a poignant story of an abandoned child with an indomitable spirit. The delightful imagery and poetry of written words will propel the reader to the era gone by, bringing a story of hope and survival that will warm even the most jaded hearts.” Bonnie Calhoun, Publisher of “Christian Fiction Online Magazine”
“Ruby Red by Robin Jansen Shope is one of the most exquisitely written, poignant stories I’ve come across in years. The words sing, even as the tale of Ruby Red breaks your heart and summons you to a deeper, nobler existence. I am surprised it’s called a historical young adult novel because I think ANY adult would enjoy it! This is the first work I’ve read by this author, but it will certainly not be the last!” Kathi Macias, Award-winning author of thirty books, including No Greater Love (April 2010) and Valeria’s Cross (October 2010)
“Robin Jansen Shope has done it again! Ruby Red is a spell-binding tale that will grab you on page one and won’t turn you lose until you’ve read The End. Sadness and grief are superbly balanced with uplifting joy, and when you add this one to your Keepers Shelf, you’ll feel as though you’ve met Ruby in person. If I were doling out stars, I’d give Robin four for this one!” Loree Lough, author of 75 award-winning books, including reviewer favorite Love Finds You in North Pole, Alaska and the soon-to-be-released Beautiful Bandit, book one in her Lone Star Legends series.
And now for the contest! Robin is offering an over-the-top 3 book giveaway. Leave a comment to enter the drawing to win Ruby Red, The Easter Edition, and The Christmas Edition. Please note, The Christmas Edition will not be available until late fall. The contest winner will be announced April 29th.