Friday, October 21, 2011

Guest Post ~ Tess Hilmo ~ author of "With a Name Like Love" + Giveaway (US & Canada)

Today I am very excited to share a post from an author that has just come to my attention.  She has a new middle grade southern murder mystery published by Macmillan.  Of course you say "middle grade southern murder mystery" and you immediately have my attention.  I am very excited to read her book.  So excited that I wanted to find out a little more and share it with you before I have the opportunity to read it.  In her email to me Tess said the her book has just been chosen as an American Booksellers Association "New Voices Selection fro 2011".  Let's hear from Tess.

One of the questions I am most frequently asked is, “Where do you get your ideas?”   Really, any novel length work is a compilation of many ideas over a long period of time.  But, how do we remember those little influences?  I create what my husband calls The War Room.  Here is a photo of my War Room for With a Name Like Love:

I jot down a word or turn of phrase that I like and put those, along with other idea prompts, onto a poster board.  Then, as I’m writing, I can look up and find snippets of ideas to keep me going.  For example, one of the words on these posters is “inky”.   One day, I was trying to write a scene, but felt lost on the specifics.  I chose the word “inky” and wrote a whole story around it.  It is the part of my novel where Ollie (my main character) takes a walk out into the field with her daddy.  It is nighttime and she is feeling sad about something that happened earlier that day.  Here is the result of my inspiration:

 “There, under the inky sky, Ollie’s daddy began to sing.  He sang low and soft.  He sang the welcome song she had chosen that evening, Rock of Ages, because he knew it was her favorite.  And as he sang, Ollie cried.”

The whole scene was built around a simple word that I had jotted down on a piece of paper and taped up onto my office wall!  In the past, I tried to keep word and idea journals but found them difficult to reference as I was writing.  Having those things right in front of me has made all the difference.


Tess is generously offering a copy of her novel along with some swag to a lucky winner here at Bookworm Lisa  This is for US and Canadian addresses only.

To enter: As always you must be at least 13 to enter.  Leave your name and email in a comment.  Simple.  If you would like an extra entry you can follow Tess on GFC on her blog. (Click on the word "blog" to get there.)  Just let me know in the comment that you went over there and are a follower.  Two max entries.  You can even leave the info in the same comment.   The contest will run through November 4th. Thanks for stopping by and enter now!  You do want to read it. (I want to read it too.)  Good Luck!

Here is the book description from GoodreadsWhen Ollie’s daddy, the Reverend Everlasting Love, pulls their travel trailer into Binder to lead a three-day revival, Ollie knows that this town will be like all the others they visit— it is exactly the kind of nothing Ollie has come to expect. But on their first day in town, Ollie meets Jimmy Koppel, whose mother is in jail for murdering his father. Jimmy insists that his mother is innocent, and Ollie believes him. Still, even if Ollie convinces her daddy to stay in town, how can two kids free a grown woman who has signed a confession?  Ollie’s longing for a friend and her daddy’s penchant for searching out lost souls prove to be a formidable force in this tiny town where everyone seems bent on judging and jailing without a trial. 


  1. Thank you for hosting this giveaway.
    I am a follower.
    GFC - Deranged Pegasus

  2. I just think it's cool to have "derangedpegasus" following my blog! Something about that makes me smile :)

    Thanks for hosting me, Lisa! Guess what? I just found out this morning that Booklist gave the novel a starred review ... hooray!!

    Good luck to all!

  3. It sounds good! My daughter would love it thanks!


  4. I'm a follower and would love to win this book!


  5. Hi!
    I follow Tess' blog!

  6. Sounds like an interesting read and as I pass on all the YA/middle school books (after I've read them of course)to a friend who keeps a library in her 7th grade classroom, one that parents would approve of.

    following Tess on GFC on her blog-
    Lisa Richards


    alterlisa AT yahoo DOT com

  7. Definitely seems like a book I would enjoy :) Thank you for the chance to win! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  8. This book sounds awesome! I would love to read it. I love your idea to write down words you like to help you keep going. Thanks for the giveaway!

    erikadlugo at yahoo dot com

  9. This book sounds good, and I really like that cover.

  10. I want to read this book too!!!
    I am a follower

  11. Sounds like a great book, thank you very much! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

  12. I would love to win this to read and share with my middle grade reader as well.

    I follow Tess on her blog now.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. Sounds like a good read!

    GFC follower

    thegirlonfire27 at gmail dot com

  14. Would love to read!!! Thnx 4 the chance!

    Follow Tess gfc (Lori Thomas)

    ctymice at gmail dot com

  15. This book sounds wonderful. My granddaughter would love it. Congrats on it's release. Thanks for the opportunity to win.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  16. oops, forgot to mention Tess, I'm now following your blog under Lucky47.

    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  17. Would love to win a copy of this!! Tess was one of my first blogger buddies (we started our blogs around the same time), so yes, I am a follower of her blog. And I am SO, SO, HAPPY for her success! :)

    Thanks for this giveaway, Lisa!

    Crystal R.
    clroget at hotmail dot com

  18. This sounds great, thanks so much!

    lhoffpauir at gmail

  19. Note to me that Rosemary entered on my facebook group page. I know that I will forget if I don't put it here. :)

  20. This book sounds amazing! Thanks for the chance.

    I am a follower of Tess' blog.


  21. Please enter me in the draw, and thanks for the giveaway! My daughter would love this!

    darlenesbooknook at gmail dot com

    +1 following Tess on GFC (Darlene)

  22. I agree I definitely do want to read it. The cover is beautiful - I love this kind of cover art.
    following her blog as well
    tlabunski **((gmail))** (pabkins)
    Pabkins @ Mission to Read

  23. Would like to read this book too.
    Sounds interesting
    dayle b at telus dot net

    follow Tesss's blog too, gfc dayleb


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