February 01, 2010

Tamera Alexander ~ A giveaway of her latest book!



Let’s play a game! And yes, there will be a prize at the end!

I'm going to list some dialogue from a few of my favorite movies and let's see how many you're able to guess. Just raise your hand when you recognize the movie. Ready? Let's go! (And no googling or cheating!)

Movie #1
“Look, I guarantee there'll be tough times. I guarantee that at some time, one or both of us is gonna want to get out of this thing. But I also guarantee that if I don't ask you to be mine, I'll regret it for the rest of my life…”
Got it? Okay, here's another one...
Movie #2
“Aye, fight and you may die, run, and you'll live... at least for a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade all the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take...our freedom!”
Okay, that was easy, right? Here's another...
Movie #3
"You must know... surely, you must know it was all for you. You are too generous to trifle with me. I believe you spoke with my aunt last night, and it has taught me to hope as I'd scarcely allowed myself before…”
Okay, stop your swoonin', gals, and raise and your hand. I know you know that one!
Movie #4
First woman: "I do not attempt to deny that I think very highly of him--that I greatly esteem him... I like him."
Second woman: "Esteem him? Like him? Use those insipid words again and I shall leave the room this instant."
Got it? If yes, then you'll immediately recognize this line of dialogue from the same movie...
"My heart is, and always will be, yours."
I LOVE that scene, and I've watched this movie no telling how many times. Okay, three more, then I'll give you the answers (if you don't already know them).
Movie #5
"I find it amusing. Men are supposed to be made out of steel or something. I just sat there. I just held Shelby's hand. There was no noise, no tremble, just peace. Oh God... I realize as a woman how lucky I am. I was there when that wonderful creature drifted into my life and I was there when she drifted out. It was the most precious moment of my life."
Can't you just see that scene again? Aren't you right back in that moment? I am. All because of words.
Movie #6
First Character: I wish [it] had never come to me...I wish none of this had happened.
Second Character: So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.
Okay, that was [almost] a “gimme.”
And lastly...
Movie #7
"Once upon a time, in a faraway land, a young prince lived in a shining castle. Although he had everything his heart desired, the prince was spoiled, selfish, and unkind..." 
How many movies did you recognize?
The movies are (in order): Runaway Bride, Braveheart, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Steel Magnolias, Lord of the Rings, and Beauty and the Beast
Words have such power, and words stay with us, as evidenced above. (And if you’re wondering why I chose movies to quote instead of novels, it’s because it’s more likely that our movie viewing will overlap, since we’re such a diverse group, rather than our novel reading.)
In Bird by Bird (fabulous book for writers), Anne Lamott shares, “One line of dialogue that rings true reveals character in a way that pages of description can’t.”  That’s so true! I love reading a book where I can hear the characters speaking. When I can hear their individual voices. Authentic dialogue makes for authentic characters that jump off the page and make us want to keep reading.
The same is true for us in  “real life.” Our conversation and dialogue with each other reveal who we are. The words we choose say so much about us. At times, perhaps far more than we’d like for them to!
I’ve just spent the last few hours––yes, hours––reading through a few pages of dialogue in my next book that’s due to the publisher today (can you hear me choking?). As I read the dialogue aloud, I checked for pacing and tone. Did the dialogue adequately reflect the emotions of the character? Was the dialogue “true” or was it “subtexting” (where the characters are talking about one thing on the surface, when really they’re talking about something else entirely different). Had I chosen the best words to communicate what the characters were trying to say?
And then it struck me…how much better––more uplifting, more God-honoring, and encouraging––would my dialogue in real life be if I spent more time thinking about what I was going to say before I said it. You may not have that little problem, but I often do. And I identify with David in Psalm 141:3, when he prayed, “Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.”
Words are powerful and lasting, as proven by the snippets of dialogue from the movies above. Which reminds me…I promised a prize!


I’m giving away a copy of my latest book, Beyond This Moment, coupled with a DVD of Sense and Sensibility, one of my all-time favorite movies. If you’d like to be included in the drawing, simply indicate that when you leave a comment.
Continued blessings, and may your words (and mine) be full of life!
Tammy

39 comments:

Abi said...

Oh, that was a neat and fun post. Thanks. I'd love to win the book. Love the cover.

ABreading4fun [at] gmail [dot] com

adge said...

I knew some of the movies hands down but others were just familiar. I have seen all the movies or read the books for those movies. Interesting post. Please include me in the giveaway. Thank you. gasweetheart211[at]netscape[dot]net

Kaitlin said...

I liked the quiz! Please include me in the drawing.

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Rhonda said...

I only got two of the movie quotes. How true your thoughts are about dialogue revealing ones character. Please include me in the drawing.

Karen Witemeyer said...

Hi, Tammy. So fun to run into you here. I just returned from a trip to the Bethany House home office and came home with one of your books! I've read most of yours, but am going back to read Revealed. Somehow I missed it the first time around. Please enter me in your drawing. I love the books and the movies. You can't beat Jane Austin, but you also nailed my all-time favorite fairy tale.

Thanks!
~Karen Witemeyer
kwitemeyer[@]hotmail[dot]com

Look for A TAILOR-MADE BRIDE coming June 2010 from Bethany House

DebbieLynne said...

Now that was fun even if I didn't do very well. I'd love to be entered in your contest. Never seen S&S but am in the process of reading it.

Sandee61 said...

I enjoyed the movie quiz and remembered several of those scenes and words spoken. Please enter me in your giveaway for Tamera's book and DVD. I enjoy her books very much. Thank you!

Blessings,
Sandee

Muzzley56[at]aol[dot]com

Lena Nelson Dooley said...

Tamera, I loved the post. And I'd really like to win the book and movie. That's a movie I haven't seen, but would really like to have.

Linda said...

I would love to win your book and the movie!!! I've never seen Sense and Sensibility, so that will be a treat also. Please enter me. Thank you.
desertrose5173 at gmail dot com

MJ said...

Include me in the drawing, please.
rmjagears AT gmail DOT com

I already own the movie, but I'd love to win a book.

That second scene from S&S is one of my favorites!

Carla Gade said...

What a great post! Thank you for that very creative lesson. You gave me much to think about in my own writing . . . and conversation. Blessings!

Carla
http://writingtodistraction.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

Please enter me:) I would love to win this!! Thanks so much!
Charity L.
esterried[at]yahoo[dot]com

Mark said...

I didn't do too well on the questions, but would like to enter
marcus802001(at)yahoo(dot)com

Buukluvr81 said...

I knew Runaway Bride, Steel Magnolias (I know that movie by heart!) and Beauty and the Beast. I would love to win! Please enter me!

Blessings and Hugs,
Molly
Mollydawn1981 at aol dot com

Casey said...

I would love to win your latest book, (I simple LOVE your novels :) Now to be brutally honest, I didn't get any of those movies you gave, because I have never watched them! Oh well, maybe someday...

Fun post and so true!

caseymh18(at)gmail(dot)com

G.R.I.T.S. said...

I loved that game! lol, it was fun to figure out the movies...I would love to win your book, I love your writings!!! please include me!


Rae
raebyuel(@)gmail(.)com

brendalottakamaggiebrendan said...

Tamera, I just finished reading your book a few weeks ago. It was wonderful!

Jules said...

Jane Austen's books are some of my favorites, so those lines were 'easy' for me! I would like a chance at your book also :) Thanks

Virginia C said...

Hi, Tammy! Thank you! Great fun quiz, great giveaway!

Please enter my name in the drawing.

gcwhiskas at aol dot com

Carol Burge said...

That was fun, even though I only got about four right. :)

Your book sounds wonderful! Please add me to the drawing.

Carole said...

What a fun blog! I've seen some of those movies, and now I want to see them all. I love Tamera's books and appreciate the giveaway.

cjarvis [at] bellsouth [dot] net

Deborah M said...

The easiest one for me was "Steel Magnolias" I love that movie! Please enter me in the drawing. You put a lot of work into this post and it was fun!
Deborah M.
debbiejeanm[at]gmail[dot]com

Wendy said...

Fun! I would like to be entered in the contest.

April said...

Great post. Oh,Please,Please enter me. I love your books. I have read the others in this series and have been waiting for this one. Blessing
tarenn98[at]yahoo[dot]com

suzanne said...

Thanks for reminding me of those special movie moments. You had me at hello...

I'd love to be included in the drawing.

Emma said...

Great post.Please enter me in the giveaway for Beyond This Moment and a DVD of Sense and Sensibility. augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

Diane said...

Frustrating. I knew I heard most of them but couldn't place them all. Fun exercise. Thanks for the awesome giveaway! :O)

estrella8888 at roadrunner dot com

Brenda said...

I would love to read the book! Please include me in the contest. I didn't do very well in yours.

Julia said...

Oh. I love Jane Austen and western settings. Count me in. julesreffner@gmail.com

susiebeth1 said...

I just discovered your books at our library last month! Yippee!!
I enjoyed From a Distance very much! I have read christian fiction since I was saved...ummmmm23 years ago??? I love finging new reads that I can enjoy the story & learn scriptual principles.
Please enter me in your give away! I promise to read it and then pass it on! :)
Blessings ~
Susan

Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

Ahhh, I got all but Lord of the Rings, since I've only seen those movies once. But what a nice walk down memory lane. :) Thanks, Tammy!

And I'd LOVE to be entered for a chance to win your latest release. I'm eating up any western-type novel set in Colorado or Wyoming these days. Yours are at the top of the list!

Thanks for dropping by Bustles and Spurs.

Amber Stockton

Priscilla Young said...

I do pray that I will be reminded to think about what I am going to say BEFORE I say it. There are so many people that only view Jesus through me and other Christians. I want to be a light that shows the way to him. Thank you for your encouraging books!! I would love to win a copy.

Priscilla Young

FWinackworth said...

Tammy, as always, your words (not only your books) touch me and strech me in my walk with God. Your words are inspiring. Thank you for sharing your gift and using it for HIM! I don't know if I'm too late to be consider in the drawing but would love to be if there is still time. Blessings, Faith
FWinackworth(at)aol(dot)com

Brenda said...

Please include me. I love your books! dancealert at aol dot com

StephanieT said...

Just fininshed "From a Distance" this morning- the first "couldn't put it down" book I have read in awhile! I think I have a wee bit of Elizabeth in me! She's quite the adventurer!

Also, Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney- LOVE IT! (again, I can see a bit of Belle in me! A fiery spirit who will fight, and she loves to read!)

Please include me in your contest- thanks for the opportunity!

Wyn said...

I love that you speak out the words of your books. That makes them so much more "real". I would love to win the book and the DVD. Thanks for offering them to us.

wyndyc at gmail.com

http://wynsbooks.blogspot.com

Tamera Alexander said...

Wow! You know how to make a gal feel welcome! Thanks for all your kind words. Glad you enjoyed the movie trivia and the message.

And now for our winner....

RHONDA!!!!!

You're the winner of a copy of BTM and the movie Sense and Sensibility! Please send me your info through the contact page on my website (www.tameraalexander.com) and we'll get them mailed to you!

Blessings all,
Tamera

Edna said...

I am not into movies can't stay away from the computer long enough to get interested. But I love to read at night when my hubby is asleep, so please enter me into the contest for the book

mamat2730(at)charter(dot)net

Anonymous said...

It is so nice of you to make a drawing for such wonderful giveaway
Please include me in your drawing.
Maybe I will get my luck finally.
Thank you,

Anna Labno
annalabno2004@yahoo.com