Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A BIRTHDAY PARTY for Jamie Carie and ANGEL'S DEN! The GIFTS are for YOU!

Today we're having our very first birthday party!! We are celebrating the birth of Jamie Carie's latest novel, Angel's Den, and also the birthday of this very special author! And guess what?! The gifts are for you the reader from Jamie Carie! Come....join us!! Let's party!!

Angel's Den is Jamie's fifth historical novel, and it deals with the dark subject of spousal abuse. The setting is the early 1800's and Emma Daring has embarked upon a nightmare. Let's talk with Jamie about Emma's story!

Emma Daring – when you chose her name, was it purposeful that her last name was daring? Allegorical perhaps? Curious.

Have you seen the Disney movie, 101 Dalmatians? For some reason I thought of Mr. and Mrs. Darling from that movie when thinking of Emma's parents and that lead to Mr. and Mrs. Daring. The fact that it turned out allegorical was a serendipitous gift from the Lord. I love it when He does that!

One of Lewis & Clark’s journals provide a rather unexpected launching pad for Emma’s journey west with her husband. Where on earth was this idea born and why did you choose this as the vehicle with which to create Emma’s “cage”?

Historical research! It's like digging for treasure and there is always so much treasure to unearth in what really happened in the past. I discovered that there really is, to this day, a missing journal from the Lewis and Clark expedition. I imagined that those journals had become very valuable (nowadays they would have become instant best-sellers!) and the men who made the journey were celebrities. That led me to imagining just how far some people might go to get their hands on such a prize. Emma's husband could easily want it and Luke could value it, giving all of them a link to each other. I didn't realize how important it would turn out to be at first, but when it came full circle . . . that was cool!

The amethyst/pearl necklace is a gift from Eric to Emma, but one that represents beauty to one and ugliness to the other. The feeling of “deserving” love, gifts ect..seems to be a prominent feeling on both sides of an abusive relationship. The abused feels undeserving of love/beauty and the abuser feels that the object of their desire deserves only the best. Can you explain this? Or what/how you discovered this?

As I delved deeper and deeper into Eric's character I found true darkness - a place where evil had taken over and ruled him to the point where his thoughts and actions seemed normal and right to him. I think abusers stop thinking like rational people but are able to convince themselves that they are. When Eric gives Emma the necklace, to him it is an act of loving devotion and an apology that he has to bring pain into her life to make her into the perfect wife. Emma sees the necklace as an outward symbol of what her life has become - perfect on the outside but in actuality, a choking devise that is causing her a slow death.

“Powder covers a multitude of sins.” - is a phrase Emma learned from her mother in reference to hiding physical flaws. Yet for Emma the powder covers dark, ugly evidence of abuse. Thus her powder becomes, “…as familiar and safe as the blanket she’d carried everywhere as a child.” Why do those abused feel compelled to protect the abuser? When does this protectiveness change?

I'm not an expert on this, but I believe that this is a supernatural issue. When the abuser becomes ruled by evil, those being abused come underneath that evil power (satan). From the outside looking in, it is easy for us to say, why don't you leave? What could possibly be worse than staying? But the power over the household/relationship is akin to being in a cult, being brainwashed or that picture of being mesmerized by the eyes of a snake. The victim is immobilized. Without God's help, many abused people can't get out because human strength is no match for this evil power and influence. That's where I knew God was going to have to use His greater power and a creative way to save Emma. I believe He will do that for anyone who cries out to Him to rescue them.

“You hear, O Lord, the desire of the afflicted, you encourage them and you listen to their cry, defending the fatherless and the oppressed, in order that man, who is earth, may terrify no more.” Why is it so important for Luke Bowen to be the first to utter a prayer of Psalms on Emma’s behalf?

Luke has some experience using the Word of God as a sword and he also has faith that it works. I loved how he demonstrates his care and burden for Emma by praying the Word. Sometimes that is the only thing we can do for someone, and yet, when done in faith, it's the most powerful thing we can do.

Emma realizes that she is only steps away from madness at one point as she “pretends” her cabin on a barge is a castle. Is this a common coping mechanism for abused women? Is madness a reality for some?

I'm not sure what is common, but as I imagined what it would be like to go through something so horrendous I thought there would be stages of coping mechanisms. Denial, anger, despair, hopelessness, etc. In Emma's case, she is shutting down, internally, and creating a world where she can take the next breath. It's heart wrenching to imagine what some people live through but God promises not to give us more than we can handle and boy, we sure are a strong, resilient, incredibly made human race, aren't we? It's mind blowing to me how frail and fragile we are and yet what we can endure. The depths of the atrocities in our world are horrendous and yet nothing can compare to the width and breadth, the height and depth of God's love and what heaven will be like. Hallelujah!

Luke battles his own fears as he travels away from his mother and sisters. Guilt is a powerful tool of the enemy, because Luke feels he is being used of God for such a time as this. Do you think believers miss opportunities to work for God and reach out to others because of fear? Guilt? Why?

Absolutely! We all do it and it would probably break our hearts if we saw all the missed opportunities. Why? Lack of faith. I imagine the angels up in heaven watching us and wishing so badly that we could view things down here like they see them from heaven's point of view. If we only had a mustard seed's worth of faith we could move mountains! If Luke has faith that God will take care of his mother and sisters and that God has a plan for him to step into, he will move toward his purpose. And doing it afraid is okay, too. As Joyce Meyer says, "Do it afraid!" The key to faith is action.

“You might be real surprised how easy it is to hurt the one closest to you when you are hurt or angry, or in pain, my boy. You might be real surprised how fragile your goodness is.” (p. 160) Wise words!! Don’t you think this is true of all of us? Why or why not?

So true of all of us. From being cranky and whiny when we're sick to lashing out with our tongues and hurting someone, the list could go on and on. That's why I think it's important not to judge people. We often don't know why a person is the way they are. Even in close relationships like marriage, I feel it has taken me years to get some understanding on why Tony reacts to certain things the way he does and so differently from how I react. Much of the time, it goes back to childhood issues and personality make-up. What's that scripture about mercy? Matthew 7:1-2 "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." (NIV) That's humbling and sobering to think about.

“It was a choice – fear or faith. She would choose faith.” This represents a key you think this applies to anyone in dire circumstances? If so, why? How does it change the scope of circumstance?

I believe that whenever we choose faith (from little everyday issues to the dire) it opens the door for God to step in and be Lord over the situation. What confuses us sometimes is God's timing (why doesn't He answer right away?) and the WAY He chooses to be Lord. We can be so short-sighted! We think we have the best solution and answers to our difficulties but when God doesn't answer us the way we want Him to we think He isn't listening and doesn't care. But God is this amazing, omniscient creator. It's hard to wrap our minds around it. He could come up with a gazillion creative ways to help us, ways that our minds can't even imagine, and He knows the best way. Have you ever noticed that when God (finally sometimes) steps in and does a work on our behalf that the ripple effects are astounding? It's like He can use one little thing to reach out and touch/change/move everyone around the situation. He sucks all the good out of it that He can!

Letting go of others’ circumstances is often as hard as letting go of our own, and as tests prove, can serve as a bridge into others wrongs. How do we guard against this temptation?

Yes, I think this is especially hard with our children (and those we love deeply). It’s so easy to try to step in and rescue people but it is something to pray about before we act. Sometimes God has other plans and the temporary pain of a particular trial is well worth a long term gain that God can see for the future. Luke has to help Emma in God’s timing, not his, so that God’s will can be worked out.

“He didn’t want to give it…he wanted to have to take it..” This quote sums up the control issue in abusive relationships rather succinctly. Why is control so vital to the abuser? Is it self-defense? Or a power play? Or both?

Most abusers were, at some point, abused themselves which makes them feel that in order to be "safe" they have to be in control over the people/situations around them. I think this controlling behavior happens in differing degrees with most people. For example: I like to control where we eat out and my husband usually lets me decide because he will eat anything and I'm picky. That's a small thing since it's not important to my husband but it could be a problem if he cared. When I look back into my childhood I see that we were pretty poor and rarely (almost never) got to eat out. Also, we went through several years of being on a "regimen diet" where we didn't eat any sugar, white flour, salt, etc. Now, while this was healthy and we all lost weight, it was forced on me and I hated it. Now that I can choose what to eat, I eat out all of the time! Yesterday, I went to McDonalds AND Chick-fil-A - not the healthiest choices! So this control about my food is rooted in not having control over what I ate as a teenager which is having an effect on my lifestyle today.

This is one of the many, many reasons you should pray that God will put you with the right mate for you! Find out what their control issues are and ask yourself if you are willing/able to live with them. Then be honest about yours. I'm not saying we shouldn't seek to change and heal and give up controlling patterns but sometimes it takes a person years to overcome these issues so be aware and have open communication.

I think I better go and pray about my food issues now! LOL!

At one point, the JUDGE says, “While there is no law to keep a man from beating his wife…” What did you discover about this mentality as you researched? Didn’t your heart break for women under that legal system?

It was really sad to see how women were viewed as little more than a man's possession - like a cow or piece of property! I don't think our kids realize how much society has changed in the last one hundred years. Women back then could run away, but they couldn't take any money or valuables with them or they would be accused of stealing. Also, they had a very difficult time providing for themselves as there were few jobs for women. They would have definitely needed God's creative help. Sadly, thereare still countries around the world where it is legal to oppress and abuse women. Praise God He is able to save!

What was the most vital thing you learned in this journey? What do you want others to take away from this story?

That God IS able to save! There are so many women who have gotten out and have amazing stories of God's grace and deliverance. Emma's story is just one example of a woman getting a new life and a second chance. Kim, I so want to do more to help them! I am praying God will lead me in what I can do, whether it's give money to a shelter, volunteer, pray, all of the above. I have such a heart for the abused after writing this story and I am praying God will show me the best ways I can help.

What’s Next?

Right now an editor at B&H and I are working through the line edits for The Snowflake – a Christmas novella that will come out November 2010. It took me about six months to write and I turned that one in a couple of months ago. Then I started working on book 6 in my contract with B&H. It’s about an American sea captain and an English Earl’s daughter – lots of sparring and snappy dialog going on between them so that’s been fun. Angel’s Den and LFL were both pretty intense books, so this new one is lighter and more fun. I needed a breather J.

So anyway, it does get confusing working on several projects at once! I had a radio (live) interviewer ask me my characters names for the newest book and I just blanked. So embarrassing! Sometimes I type one heroine’s name in place of another (like calling your child by his sibling’s name!). It can get crazy!

Thanks so much for this interview, Kim! As usual, your questions bring out the preacher's daughte

r in me! You're a jewel and I am so blessed to know you!

Now....the gifts!!! This time they are for YOU the reader!!

Leave your comment on this post, and you will be entered to win an autographed copy of Angel's Den along with a beautiful pair of sterling silver earrings - the amethyst and pearls come from that early and powerful scene where Eric gives Emma the necklace!


The Book Club Network - TBCN said...

Wow!! Thanks Kim for this opportunity to get to know this author better. Love the give away. Could you please put my name in the hat for this drawing.


Finding Hope Through Fiction

Merry said...

What an interview! I'm drawn to Angel's Den because of the journey (Lewis & Clark was always fascinating to me)physically, emotionally and spiritually. I'd love to have my name included for this drawing. Thanks, Kim!

Virginia C said...

Happy Birthday! Happy Valentine's Day! "Angel's Den" is a very important book because it brings into focus the delicate subject of abuse. I say delicate, even though it refers to a violent act, because abuse permeates through many layers. It is an extremely complex issue. I commend Jamie for writing a historical romance in which the heroine suffers abuse at the hands of her husband. Many women who read romance works are abuse victims, and reading "Angel's Den" may help some of them to move forward in their lives. Brava, Jamie!

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

Mocha with Linda said...

Happy Birthday to Jamie!

I'm in for the gift!

joyful.h said...

Looking forward to reading Angel's Den! Thank you for sharing this interview and the opportunity to win.

heather in michigan

The Reading Frenzy said...

Happy Birthday to you and Happy contest for me!!! ;-)

Thanks for the contest. I've been waiting for this book too and wow what pretty earings
thanks again

tetewa said...

Happy birthday, enjoyed the interview! I'd like to be included!

Carmen said...

Happy Birthday, Carie!!! Congrats on the book! I'm glad you are tackling the issue of abuse. It will touch many who need to seek care.
Don't enter me.

Beth said...

Very pretty earrings. Happy Birthday

Jackie S. said...

Happy Birthday and thanks for a great post. Please enter me.

Carol L. said...

This was an amazing post. You are a new to me Author Jamie and I definitely want to read Angel's Den.
The subject of abuse is a heartbreaking one. Women a hundred years ago were nothing but a possession back then. Horrible times to have been a woman I think.Good is the constant in our lives and the only hope for everlasting love and salvation, as I see it.
Happy Birthday Jamie and Happy Valentine's Day everyone.
Carol L.

jamie carie said...

Hello Kim and everyone! I've brought cake to go around! LOL! Chocolate or vanilla? I'm a white cake kind of girl but my all time favorite dessert is cheesecake!

Thanks for the encouraging words about writing about this subject. I tried to keep it suspenseful like that movie, "Sleeping With the Enemy" with Julia Roberts.

XOXO everyone!

Edgy Inspirational Author said...

I love the earrings and the storyline. :) I've been wanting to review this story anyway!


Donna said...

Thank you for the wonderful article on both Jamie and her new book, Angel's Den. I have already ordered a copy for myself and one for our local library. Would you please enter my name in the drawing? Thanks

Rhonda Catrett said...

Hi! Happy Happy Birthday Jamie! I would love to win a signed copy of "Angel's Den," and I love those earrings. I would love to get gifts on your birthday. :) Those earrings would be so great for my next Mom's Night Out! I hope you have a wonderful birthday month.
Thanks and Have A Great Day!
Rhonda Catrett

Renee (BlacknGoldGirlsBookSpot) said...

Happy Birthday!!!! I have a friend who is reading Angel's Den and she told me it is really sad but oh so good! I would love to read it!

xoxo~ Renee

Annette M. Irby said...

Happy Birthday, Jamie!! Our family toured the Louis and Clark Interpretive Center at Cape Disappointment in Oregon a few summers ago. Fascinating visit! Angel's Den sounds like a very interesting read. Kim, please include me in the drawing. Thanks!

annette {at} annetteirby {dot} com

Debby said...

I enjoyed the post a lot. NIce to meet a new author. Please include me inthe drawing.
debby236 at att dot net

Melissa said...

Awesome interview! I'm now even more eagerly awaiting the chance to read it! Please count me in for the drawing! :) Thanks!

Melissa Wagner

Carole said...

I wanted to read Angel's Den before this interview and now that I know more about it, I'm even more eager. I also love Christmas novellas, so I'll be watching for The Snowflake.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

fancyfeet48 said...

wow I hope that I win these thank u so much for the chance to win these earings

Martha Lawson said...

Happy Birthday!!

Wow!! What a great a great interview. Please enter me for this great contest

mlawson17 at hotmail dot com

Lin said...

Happy Birthday, Jamie!
I loved te interview. I also loved Jamie's previous books and I can't wait to read her new one. Please enter me in the drawing.
Linda Cacaci

Sandee61 said...

Happy Birthday Jamie, from another gal born in February. I've read all of Jamie's books and would love to read her latest. Please enter me in your giveaway. Thanks Kim for the great interview.



Unknown said...

Happy Birthday Jamie. Can't wait to read Angel's Den.

Unknown said...

Happy Birthday Jamie,
Finally found where to post comment! Love your books and want to be entered in your contest.

Pat Cochran said...

Thanks for this wonderful interview!
The interview and book hold great information for all women, most
especially those caught in like
situations. God bless them all and
bring them to a better place in

Pat Cochran

Joan said...

Great interview. The earrings are beautiful. Winning would be a great way to read Jamie for the first time. Happy Valentine's Day.

Gram said...

I'm looking forward to reading the book. Thanks for answering the questions, what an interesting interview.

Unknown said...

Loved the interview- but I will admit I didn't read it all! I want to wait until I read the book then read this interview. Once I get my hands on the book, I will probably finish it in a day or two anyhow! Jamie- keep up the great work! You have a gift of weaving an enthralling story that comes to life as a read it!

Carolynn said...

Thanks for the great interview! Can't wait to read the book. If this is open to Canadians, pleae enter me too, thanks!
carolynnwald [at] hotmail [dot]com

MandieGirl8993 said...

This book sounds soo amazing.. I can't wait to read it =)

Rel said...

Fabulous interview, Jamie and Kim :)

Happy Birthday to you, Jamie!

Rel said...

Fabulous interview, Jamie and Kim :)

Happy Birthday to you, Jamie!

Anonymous said...

WOW!! What a wonderful interview. I enjoy your books. Please enter me. This book in on my to get list. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!I hope many more. tarenn98[at]yahoo[dot]com

Lynn said...

Hi Kim,

I want to thank you for posting this powerful interview with Jamie Carie. As someone who volunteers for hospice, I agree completely with Jamie's statement that "it would probably break our hearts if we saw all the missed opportunities."
It is a beautiful thing when one is able to observe the positive outcome of an action that may have seemed small or insignificant at the time.
Happy Birthday, Jamie, and keep speaking your truth.

Thank you,

Unknown said...

I would love to win this giveaway:) Please enter me. Thanks so much!!


buddyt said...

Happy Birthday !

I enjoyed the interview and feel I know the author a nit better.

Please enter me in the giveaway if it is open worldwide.



buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

Unknown said...

Thanks for giving us the opportunity to get to know Jamie Carie! Please enter me in the contest!


squiresj said...

First off - Happy Birthday - mine is next month.
I love your books and would definitely love to win and review this one. I am really interested as I have a girl I taught in Sunday School who is not dealing well after several abusive relationships. She was abused as a child by her Dad. I would love to give her this book.

apple blossom said...

Happy Birthday. Beautiful earrings. I'd love to win this giveaway. Thanks

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

Cynthia said...

First, Happy B day and I want to wish you the best on the book and all that follows. I enjoyed the interview and I will be reading the book. Thank you for the chance to win it.

Gail P Smith said...

Just dropping by to say a BIG happy birthday to you and Angel's Den. And thanks for the wonderful zero calorie treats--my favorite kind!

Kristi said...

That was a really fun interview. The book sounds amazing. I would love to be entered in the contest.

kherbrand at comcast dot net

eleanor said...

her new book sounds so good! please enter me in the drawing. and happy birthday to jamie carie!
Thank you,

jamie carie said...

Wow! I am really feeling the love and support from you all! Thank you so much for being interested in this book and I do pray God will use it to encourage women (and men) who have endured any kind of abuse. I'm a preacher's daughter and my dad went through a real strong legalistic period when I was a teenager (and some years before). A lot happened and I might write about it someday but I feel I can personally relate to someone who has been through abuse. Satan is out to kill, steal and destroy and he is successful too much of the time! I pray this book takes a big chunk out of his plans - all for the kingdom! All for God's glory!

Okay, now I'm getting riled up and on my soapbox!!! ;-) Hugs to you all!!!!

Meljprincess said...

Happy Birthday, Jamie!
Your book appeals to me greatly. I enjoy reading about the early 1800's and I am an abuse survivor.
Lewis and Clark were greatly aided by Sacagawea. Now she's the real celebrity!
Ok, where's the cake. I love cake.

Meljprincess AT aol DOT com

Kim said...

WOW!! Thanks for stopping by everyone! I hope you are having fun! Jamie is feeling quite celebrated, and that means we've done our job well! She'll be stopping by later for another slice of cake, so don't be a stranger!

Jessica said...

Happy Birthday Jamie! The book sounds fabulous...just found out you are from Indianapolis...very close to home for me! I'm in Terre Haute, so if you have book signings around the area, let me know please....I'd love to attend!

Crystal Laine said...

I really liked this look into Angel's Den, and hope that I could win the novel, but if I don't, I'll still be getting it. Love Jamie's work.

My great-grandmother divorced my great-grandfather in the 1890s because of his abuse to her and the entire family. One daughter ended up in an "insane asylum," a son died in a barn fire because he was sent in and not valued above the horses, and my grandfather ran away.

I love the Lewis & Clark setting, too.

Karla Akins said...

Purple is my favorite color, but I'd rather win the book! However, those earrings are so "me."

I can't believe it took me so long to discover Jamie Carie. I don't read romance as a rule, but because her books are historical I love them.

bison61 said...

Happy birthday!! The book sounds so good and the earrings are beautiful

tiramisu392 (at)

Julie Lessman said...

Incredible interview, Kim and Jamie, but then Angel's Den sounds like an incredible book. I love your work, Jamie, and am looking forward to reading more.


Patricia K said...

Happy Birthday and thanks for telling us about your latest book.I never thought of abuse way back then.

Unknown said...

Thanks for this overview of Jamie's book. I love reading her books. I would love to be included in the drawing. Thanks. Patty

Melina said...

Happy Happy Birthday!! I live in Charlestown, Indiana and can not believe I have just heard about her-I was looking for a new Christian author and I find one in my neck of the woods, writing about where I live!!! How cool is that? I would love to win this contest and read this first book written and SIGNED by JULIE CARIE!!! I have never read one of her books, but just read the first chapter of Wind Dancer, and stumbled upon her blog, and now I am psyched!!! I am hoping that she will be my new favorite author-with the first book signed personally by JAMIE CARIE!!!! I know, I know, I keep saying that, but come on, that is just so cool!!! Having a book signed by the actual author!! After reading that chapter, I realize these are the kind of books you will buy, and keep, to read over, and over, and over again.....I will anyway. Thank you so much for offering this-it's a compliment to Jamie, and makes me want to read her books even more-and-It's really, REALLY AWESOME!!!!

Unknown said...

Hi Jamie,
Happy Birthday. I'M a newby with the
blog. I love reading books.and look for-
ward of reading one if yours. God bless
you in all you work.
Rolla Baker

Bente Peck said...

What a way to bring more awareness of a horrible lifestyle to those of us who may or may not be going through similar circumstances. Hopefully not, but it's a subject that needs to be addressed. The Lewis and Clark expedition was fascinating anyway, but with added spin on the story, it should make for an interesting and engrossing read.

Unknown said...

I've really loved this author from her first book, and I would really love to own her new one too!! I can't wait to read it! Enter me in!


恭喜發財 said...

失意人前,勿談得意事;得意人前,勿談失意事。 ..................................................

Molly Daniels said...

Happy birthday Jamie:) And wow...what an insightful interview! I can't wait to read this one!!

jamie carie said...

Melina - you crack me up! For anyone in the Indianapolis area I will be at the LifeWay Christian (82nd Street in Castleton) store on February 20th for a book signing. Stop by and get that signed copy if you can! :-)

jamie carie said...

Julie Lessman - I love your work too! Also loved the blog entry you wrote about kissing! Thanks for stopping by!!

Unknown said...

Thanks so much, I would love to be entered for the contest. The book sounds so compelling, I look forward to reading it. What a party! :0


Unknown said...

What a wonderful interview with Jamie.....I learned some things I did not know about her...She is quite a wonderful woman and a fantastic writer. When I get her books, I have to read it all in the same day. Happy Bithday Jamie..

donna said...

How fun! I'd love to win! :)

rebornbutterfly (at) sbcglobal (dot) net

Allison said...

I would love to win! Enter me please!! Great interview!!

allisonsattic at gmail dot com


Kim said...

THANK YOU Everyone for stopping by for Jamie's party!!

CONGRATULATIONS RENEE!!! You are the lucky winner of this fabulous drawing!! Please be watching for my email! (and Jamie's!)

Please don't be a stranger folks! There are more parties scheduled in the future, and you won't want to miss a single one!

Thanks again for stopping by!

Renee (BlacknGoldGirlsBookSpot) said...

Thank you so much Kim and Jamie! I'm super excited!!!!! :-)

XOXO~ Renee