iPad Giveaway and Blog Tour | Wish You Were Here by Beth K. Vogt

Welcome to the campaign launch for Beth K. Vogt’s debut novel, Wish You Were Here! Beth is celebrating with a fantastic iPad2 giveaway. All the details below.

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Allison Denman is supposed to get married in five days, but everything is all wrong. The huge wedding. The frothy dress. And the groom.

Still, kissing the groom’s brother in an unguarded moment is decidedly not the right thing to do. How could she have made such a mistake? It seems Allison’s life is nothing but mistakes at this point. And pulling a “Runaway Bride” complete with stealing, er, borrowing her best friend’s car doesn’t seem to solve her problems.

Can Allison find her way out of this mess? Maybe she just needs to stop orchestrating everything. Allison prefers being the one in control, and giving it up is not going to be easy. But to find her way again, she will have to believe that God has a plan for her and find the strength to let Him lead.

Beth K. Vogt

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Beth K. Vogt believes God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” A 2015 RITA® Finalist and a 2014 Carol Award finalist, Beth is a contemporary romance novelist with Howard Books. Her 2014 novel, “Somebody Like You,” was one of Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Books of 2014. In 2015 she introduced her destination wedding series with both an e-novella, “Can’t Buy Me Love,” (May) and a novel, “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” (June).

Find out more about Beth K. at http://bethvogt.com.

{Enter to win an iPad!}

Celebrate with Beth by entering her Wish You Were Here Giveaway!

One “happy” winner will receive:

  • A brand new iPad2 with Wi-Fi (The must-have, do-everything gadget!)
  • Wish You Were Here by Beth Vogt (Swoon worthy.)
  • $15 iTunes Gift Card (Music, books, apps, & more.)

Hurry, the giveaway ends on 6/4/12. The winner will be announced 6/6/12 on Beth’s Website

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Press Kit

Wish You Were Here Press Kit

God’s Perfect Plans Don’t Come with No-Risk Guarantees

Beth K. Vogt’s debut novel demonstrates how our plans are not always God’s plans for us

Seattle: When Allison Denman kisses her fiancé’s brother just days before her wedding, she’s not sure which is the mistake-the kiss or the wedding. It won’t be easy, but Allison is determined to find out. In her debut novel Wish You Were Here (Howard Books/May 1, 2012/ISBN: 978-1451659863/$14.99), Beth K. Vogt provides readers with a happily ever after woven through with humor, reality, and God’s lavish grace.

In her personal life, graphic designer Allison doesn’t believe in coloring outside the lines. She’s lived her life unable to escape the pain of being considered a mistake by her father, so she is determined not to make any mistakes herself. She’s just five days away from her happily-ever-after with Seth Rayner when her well-laid plans go awry. She finds herself in a sticky situation when she impulsively kisses Seth’s older brother Daniel, the guy who has sent her silly “Wish You Were Here” postcards from his adventures around the world.

Daniel, an outdoors consultant, has had his own struggles with living up to others’ expectations. He knows he’s not his father’s favorite son, but Daniel has made a success of his life without the Rayner family influence. Independent and carefree, Daniel hasn’t had the greatest success with relationships and has long-denied his attraction to his future sister-in-law. When Allison leaves his brother at the altar, Daniel feels guilty and tries to repair the damage.

Wish You Were Here follows Allison as she tries to figure out God’s perfect plan for her. His plan doesn’t come with a no-risk guarantee and might even include a few of her mistakes. Allison’s attempts to find lasting happiness are sidetracked by Seth’s determination to renew their relationship, her growing attraction to Daniel, relocation to a llama farm, unwelcomed blind dates and an avalanche. Ultimately, Allison does find Mr. Right-for-Her, but who is it?

Vogt has had experience with her plans and God’s plans not lining up as expected. She is a non-fiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction, but God had other plans for her. She decided to begin writing contemporary romance because she believes there’s more to happily ever after than the fairy tales tell us.

A conference and retreat speaker, Vogt speaks to moms about some of the issues that impact her characters such as how children struggle with the favoritism of their parents. She also talks about how we have to face the realities in our lives-including our struggles and mistakes-and choose to accept those, knowing God can bring good out of them. In her presentations, she frequently addresses important current issues such as how bullying and cyber bullying start, keeping your children safe online, and how to keep your sons away from the lure of pornography.

For more information on Beth Vogt’s writing and speaking, visit http://bethvogt.com.

Advance Praise for Wish You Were Here

“Beth Vogt’s Wish You Were Here is a heartwarming story of reconciliation and second chances. Her characters charmed me from the first page and had me tearing up by the end of the novel. Beth weaves in spiritual truth that massages the soul while sprinkling in LOL moments to tickle the funny bone. Definitely one for the keeper shelf.”
~ Lisa Jordan, Author of Lakeside Reunion and Lakeside Family

“Beth Vogt is a sparkling, new talent whose Wish you Were Here brims with life, fun, and depth. Allison has acquired the wrong wedding dress, but worse yet, she may have grabbed the wrong groom. I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. It’s always refreshing to find a new voice in Christian fiction that shines!”
~ Kristin Billerbeck, author of What a Girl Wants

“One kiss can change everything! Wish You Were Here takes the reader on an emotional journey with Allison Denman as she struggles to find her place in this world. Allison comes to grips with the truth that playing it safe is not the same as living to the fullest-a good lesson for all of us. Beautifully written, Wish You Were Here is a lovely debut novel by Beth K. Vogt that illustrates the plans we make may not be God’s choice for us. A fun and satisfying read!”
~ Megan DiMaria, author of Searching for Spice

“What a delightful story! From the first line to the last page Beth captivated me with her voice and this charming, funny yet poignant story about letting go of your life and finding the love that’s been waiting all along. A fabulous first novel… I can’t wait for the next by this talented new author!”
~ Susan May Warren, Rita Award-winning, bestselling author of The Shadow of Your Smile

About the Author

Beth K. Vogt is a non-fiction author and editor who said she’d never write fiction. She’s the wife of an Air Force physician (now in solo practice) who said she’d never marry a doctor or anyone in the military. She’s a mom of four who said she’d never have kids. Vogt has discovered that God’s best offers wait behind the doors marked “Never.”

Vogt earned a journalism degree from San Jose State University. Her publishing credits include: Discipleship Journal, Virtue, The Christian Communicator, and Crosswalk.com. She is also a contributor to Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Tribute to Moms and The Mommy Diaries as well as author of Baby Changes Everything: Embracing and Preparing Motherhood after 35.

An encourager at heart, Vogt has more than 20 years experience teaching women at retreats, churches and other events, including the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers International) Convention and the Hearts at Home national and regional conferences. For several years, she edited Connections and is currently a consulting editor for MomSense magazine. She also writes a bimonthly column for MomsNEXT, MOPS’ ezine for moms of school-age children.

Beth and her husband Rob have been married for 31 years. They have four children, ranging in ages from 28, 25, 23 and – thanks to a funny thing happening on their way to the empty nest-an 11-year-old. The Vogt Team, which now includes a “daughter-in-love” and “son-in-love,” enjoys hiking and camping in Colorado. Visit her online home at http://bethvogt.com.

Suggested interview questions

* You said you would never write a novel. What happened that changed your mind?

* Two of your characters seem to struggle with not having the approval of their fathers. How do things that others say about us, especially our parents, impact us in a way that affects us the rest of our lives?

* No one is perfect, but do you believe there is such thing as someone “perfect for me”?

* In your own life, you’ve found that God’s best often waits behind the doors marked “Never.” Can you tell us about some of those situations you have found yourself in?

* One topic that you are passionate about is helping women realize that a satisfying life doesn’t require perfection. Do you find that many women truly expect to achieve perfection?

* You’ve been involved with MOPS for many years, and much of your writing and speaking ministry has been on the topic of motherhood. Other than having 4 children, what gave you such a heart for mothers?

* What are some of the issues moms need to be particularly aware of today?
Beth Vogt is available for interviews to promote the release of Wish You Were Here. To request a review copy, schedule an interview or for more information, please contact Audra Jennings, audra@litfusegroup.com.

Reviews

5/15

Lydia | The Overweight Bookshelf Wish You Were Here is a provoking story that has an overture reminiscent of Runaway Bride and a maturity carried over from Beth Vogt’s speaking and non-fiction career.

Mocha with Linda This is a delightful book, and I am amazed that it is a debut novel!

Christy Home of OHM I immediately connected with the characters, loved the storyline, and was glad that I was able to just keep reading and reading.

Cindy’s Love of Books

5/16
Laura | Day by Day in Our World I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel.

Patricia | (Live and) Dream a little dream A delightful story certain to pull at your heartstrings on more than one occasion, you will want to read it in one scoop, forgetting everything else! Absolutely perfect to relax with!

Joan | Book Reviews from an Avid Reader All in all, a good Christian romance from a debut fiction author.

Billy | Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer The author Beth K. Vogt did a superior job crafting a modern romantic novel while ignoring all the typical clichés of romance books.

5/17

Amber | Seasons of Humility The references to favorite movies and Christian romance authors was an extra “real” treat in a story that is a perfect blend of well-paced plot, great characters, and relevant and meaningful thoughts to ponder.

5/18

Kathleen | Reviews From The Heart In this wonderful romantic fiction we see how important trust and honesty is in all our relationships from the ones we have with God as well as the ones we have with our friends and spouses.

Michelle | Healing Hearts Wow, this was deep and at the same time it made me laugh out loud numerous times!

Andi | Radiant Light This was quite the read with lots of ups and downs, that kept you turning pages. This is a great one that you will want to add to your beach bag for the summer!

Lena Nelson | A Christian Writer’s World Author Interview and Book Giveaway!

Karla | Quiet Quilter Beth describes her characters in an accurate and appealing way. We can identify easily with every one of them.

5/19

Lenore | Crazed Mind It was a good light read. And I promise you we all need an escape sometime. It was a good way to run away and still stay home.

Lisa | A Casual Reader’s Blog This was a sweet book.

Michelle | Life in Review The writing is superb and with characters that became like friends to me. I adored this book! I was hooked from the very minute I started and could not put it down until the very end. When I reached the end I was sad that it was over and wanted more. The story is full of drama, mystery, suspense, and romance.

Lori | Morning Glories and Moonflowers Beth Vogt does a remarkable job in getting to the heart of her heroine, Allison.

5/21

Kaycee | Crafty Zoo with Monkeys  Wish You Were Here is an amazingly good book! I couldn’t put it down!

Laura | Lighthouse Academy Interview with the author

Kaylea | My Scrappy Life The debut novel by Beth K. Vogt, “Wish You Were Here,” managed to do something most novels cannot do. She managed to surprise me by her “non-traditional” storyline.

5/22
Cindy’s Book Reviews I truly enjoyed this book, Beth did a wonderful job on her debut fiction novel. Great writing, awesome story.

Betsy | Writer at Large A super fun story, reminiscient of Julia Roberts “Runaway Bride” movie (one of my favs!) This is a great summer read. Beth’s talented writing style, full of description and realistic dialogue, only enhance the fun aspect of this novel. And for those of you who miss the Chick-Lit genre, this is pretty close in all the ways that counted the most. Don’t miss this one!

Becky | Christian Chick’s Thoughts What makes Wish You Were Here so completely compelling is the depth author Beth K. Vogt has added to that story line.

Whitney | Rambles of a SAHM If you are looking for a great read for a lazy spring afternoon take a chance and pick up Wish You Were Here. After reading it you will be eagerly anticipating Beth’s next novel.

5/23

Alena | Our Little Bit Of Wonderful In the mood for a romantic adventure? How about one that shows just how very important it is to know who you are, and what you want before leaping into something huge just to make others happy? Sometimes the fairy tale we chase belongs to someone else, and ours is waiting just around the corner…

Lindsay | Live To Read

Faith | Labor Not in Vain A witty tale fraught with romantic tension!

Michelle | By Streams of Quiet Waters Beth Vogt has written a book that is so very full of real life that I found myself reading until after midnight to finish it.

5/24

Heidi | Buzz4Mommies This was a wonderfully entertaining book.

Dawn | A Passion for Pages I read Wish You Were Here in a matter of days and wanted desperately to see the two lead characters end up together.

Lois | The Minister’s Wife Stamps & Saves Allison left the wedding in her big poofy dress! The farther in the book I got the more I wanted to finish it. I think Beth Vogt has got a fun and interesting style of writing. I highly encourage you to pick up a copy of this book. It’s well worth the read!!

5/25

Julie | The Surrendered Scribe I can tell you this, Beth has made the jump, and it’s a successful leap into fiction with her debut novel, Wish You Were Here. Beth doesn’t dip her toes in the fiction waters, she jumps right in by delivering an unconventional romance.

Jennifer | For Such a Time as This If you ever loved the movie, the Runaway Bride (ya know the one with Julia Roberts), you will LOVE this debut book by Beth Vogt.

Linda’s Lunacy A fun read.

Amanda | Sisters in Cahoots! Although this book is fiction, it packs a punch and is loaded with wisdom. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and am looking forward to more from Beth Vogt.

5/26

Pamela | Daysong Reflections “Wish You Were Here” is a terrific first novel by Beth K. Vogt that kept me engrossed until the very end.

Book Reviews By Jenny I really did like the book and I do recommend it!

Suzanne | Cows and Lasers and Everything in Between

5/28

Mel’s World It was the perfect blend of adventure, romance and faith.

Beckie | By The Book …if this book is any indication, readers are in for a lot of great books from Beth.

Alicia Through My “I”s …this book was fun and romantic without being either trashy nor overly religious.

Bab’s Book Bistro  Wish You Were Here is fun and full of humor—sure to be a pleasure to inspirational romance readers.

5/29

Carlybird’s Home The only struggle I had was putting the book down when I needed to do something else.

Brenda | WV Stitcher Overall a nice romance that weaves comedy,faith and family drama together with a satisfying end to make this a book worth reading.

5/30

Theresa | Just One More Paragraph This was an enjoyable and captivating story. I enjoyed the characters as they felt quite real and weren’t perfect.

Suzanne | Clicking Her Heels What a perfectly delightful read this was!

5/31

Lisa Jordan A sweet story of reconciliation and second chances.

Renee | Black ‘n Gold Girl’s Book Spot Each and every character including the irascible llamas, Pacha and Kuzko add such color and fun to what just could have been a plain ol’ romance.

Kalyn | Words with Books Wish You Were Here is more than just a fun, romantic read, it’s about discovering who you are as a person, and as a child of God.

Diane | That’s What I’m Here For… This book was fun and quirky and made us hope the best for Allison and a resolution to the mess she finds herself in.

Jettie’s Ramblings It is a very enjoyable book, that even caused a few tears to flow.

Marissa | The Review Stew This was another great contemporary Christian fiction book and I really enjoyed reading it and being reminded that God has a plan and we should trust him…even when things seem to be going all wrong!

6/1
Maureen’s Musings  What a delightful book and a very quick page turning read!

Charity | Hosanna’s Journey I loved reading it and would love to see Beth K. Vogt write another fiction book.

Aizess | Christian Book Review Blog Beth’s writing drew me into the story. It was smooth, engaging, and fun. The characters had me smiling a few times. And I was glad that Beth kept me guessing till the end.

Alicia | Surrendering All of Me I definitely enjoyed the suspense factor that was included in the story. I was totally on pins and needles wondering what was going to happen with the runaway bride.

Jill | Frugal Plus A great read of Allison’s adventurous journey of how her own life choices lead to personal freedom.

6/2

Donna | Books and such What an enjoyable book! There were moments I was surprised or giggling, but always loving the story.

Pattie | Fresh-Brewed Writer I am happy to recommend this book as a light (but by no means fluffy) atypical romance with a lot of heart and spiritual growth–a great best friend and a spunky heroine.

Tammy Is Blessed This is the author’s debut novel and I’m already looking forward to her next work of fiction. This was a fantastic and entertaining read – managing to deal with serious issues and still remain quite light at the same time.

Vic’s Media Room Wish You Were Here” is a wonderful, sweet story with real depth that will keep you flipping pages.

Angela | All Grown Up? A great summer read!

Amy | A Nest in the Rocks This book will make a great summer read. Once begun, I couldn’t put it down!

Crystal | Cinnamon Hollow I think the book is written really well. The author took the story in just enough different directions to keep me interested.

Christy | Southern Sassy Things Beth Vogt joins a fabulous crop of new fiction writers this year…seriously, they’re sprouting up all over the place! I’d love to see a spin-off from this novel featuring either Meghan or Hadleigh (well, a story for both characters wouldn’t disappoint me, either).

Mindy | A Room without Books is Empty I really liked this book. The characters were very likable and I found myself returning to the book with anticipation of what I would find out next.

Splashes Of Joy Wow, what a wonderful debut novel.