Lynn Austin Interview and Giveaway: Love, Finding Your Calling, and Secondary Infertility

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Lynn Austin Interview and Giveaway: Love, Finding Your Calling, and Secondary Infertility

One of the highlights of my last year was getting to meet and interview Christy-Award-Hall-of-Fame author, Lynn Austin. She’s won many awards, but my favorite achievement by Lynn Austin is that she wrote A Proper Pursuit, one of my all-time favorite novels. (It is SOOO Good!!)

Of course, having met her, I now have so much more to love about her besides her amazing talent at transporting readers into captivating tales. She is so kind, relatable, and full of wisdom. Would you like to listen in to our conversation (and then perhaps add a comment of your own)?

Under the blue Florida sky, next to Lake Yale at the Florida Christian Writer’s Conference, we discussed:

  • Recognizing True Love
  • Finding Your Calling
  • Favorite Advice
  • Secondary Infertility
  • A Proper Pursuit
  • And More

Scroll down to watch the interview, and then ENTER THE GIVEAWAY! I’m giving away the winner’s choice of a copy of A Proper Pursuit (don’t miss this book!) or Chasing Shadows (a more recent novel of hers I loved)!

The Lynn Austin Interview

Don’t you love Lynn even more after listening? I so appreciated her willingness to share her experience and encouragement.

Before you enter the giveaway, here’s a little more about A Proper Pursuit:

A Proper Pursuit by Lynn Austin

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Back Cover:

The World’s Fair.
Chicago, 1893.

It seems a perfect backdrop for what Violet Hayes longs to experience: a little mystery, a little romance.

To be honest, it is more than a little mystery. She schemed her way to Chicago to discover the mother she barely remembered. As for romance…well, with the help of her grandmother and three great-aunts, that is coming along nicely as well—perhaps too well. Each of her relatives—including her saintly grandmother—seems to have a separate agenda for her.

In the course of a summer, Violet’s world will open wide before her eyes. But in the wake of discovery, she must find a way to determine which path—and which man—will ultimately be the right lifetime choice for her.

The Giveaway


  1. Be a newsletter subscriber. If you’re not already subscribed, you can sign up right here! (Plus, you’ll get a free copy of my short story, Sweet Sentiments—previously published in a Family Fiction Anthology. If you don’t see an email to confirm after signing up, check your spam folder.)
  2. Leave a comment on this blog or on my corresponding Facebook post, Instagram post, or right on the YouTube episode letting us know your addition to the conversation (perhaps some favorite advice?) or which book you’d like if you win. All comments are counted as entries, and you’re welcome to enter at each spot.


Let me know in a separate comment that you have also joined Lynn Austin’s Newsletter!


The giveaway ends Sunday, January 29, 2023, at 10:00 pm Central Time. (***See restrictions below.)

Whether you win or not, I hope you’ll give A Proper Pursuit a try! It’s one of my favorite books of all time. (And if you like WWII Drama/Suspense, I also highly recommend Chasing Shadows.)

With love,


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****Giveaway Rules/Restrictions:

The giveaway ends January 29, 2023, at 10:00 pm Central Time. No purchase necessary. Must be 18 to enter. Only one randomly selected winner will be chosen. The winner will receive a copy of A Proper Pursuit or Chasing Shadows. Once contacted, the winner will have 48 hours to respond with a mailing address. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, he or she will be disqualified and a new winner will be chosen. Contest only open to residents in the contiguous United States. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.


  1. I loved her sharing about her involvement starting a pregnancy center and what inspired that! So cool! “Chasing Shadows” sounds so interesting! Great interview and the background was so beautiful!

    • Thank you! Yes, I loved learning that about her! And it was truly a beautiful place. The sunrises were stunning!

  2. Comment *Lynn Austin is also one of my favorite authors. Since I have not read A Proper Pursuit, that is the one I would like to win. I have read Chasing Shadows and loved it!

    • Oh, I am so excited that you will be able to read it for the first time! (Whether you win or get it elsewhere) All the heart eyes for the fun that will be!

    • I read a Proper Pursuit many years ago, but don’t remember much about it. Might have to get my hands on another copy.
      I have Chasing Shadows on my Amazon wish list and would live a copy.
      I am a subscriber of yours.

      • Of course that should have said ‘love’ a copy!

      • Wonderful, Patty! I have your name in the hat. 🙂

  3. Comment *I am a newsletter subscriber to Lynn Austin’s newsletter. Thank you for featuring her in your interview.

    • Glad to hear it! It was a joy to feature her. <3

    • I also subscribe to Lynn’s newsletter

  4. I loved this wonderful interview! Thank you, Jenny and Lynn.
    When we are devastated, God is still at work. I was blessed by Lynn’s testimony, especially hearing how God used her during a season of infertility to be an instrument of help and life for others ❤️.
    I mentioned on your other social media that I signed up for Lynn’s newsletter and would love a copy of Chasing Shadows. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity, Jenny!

    • Amen! That was my favorite part of the entire interview. And such an inspiration to see how God worked in her and through her during that hard time. He is faithful!

  5. I’d love to win a print copy of Chasing Shadows! Have been wanting to read it for a while already. . . Thanks for the opportunity to enter a giveaway! God bless!

    • You’re welcome! I hope you get the chance to read it soon!

  6. I’m already signed up for your newsletter; that’s how I first found out about this giveaway. I could so relate to her comments on infertility. It took us five years of trying to have our first child. What a wonderful response by opening up a crisis pregnancy center. I also felt like my faith was strengthened during that time and my husband and I had the chance to get to know each other better before children came into the picture, so looking back it ended up being a blessing even though it was so hard to go through. We ended up with four children so we were richly blessed. Choosing which book if I won sounds difficult because my father flew bombers in WWII and I love reading about that era, but if I had to, I’d choose A Proper Pursuit.

    • Wow, Dixie. Thank you for sharing. I can only imagine how hard that must have been. But I’m glad it ended up being a blessing and that you eventually ended up with four kids! It’s always so encouraging to hear about how God has brought people through hard times. Also…so thankful for your father’s service. <3 Blessings to your and your family! I hope you get to read one of these books (or both!) soon!

  7. I’m already subscribed to your newsletter. I’d love to win Chasing Shadows. It sounds so intriguing. I’m woefully behind on Lynn’s books. I need to remedy that!

    • Yes! I hope you get to take that remedy soon! 🙂

  8. Lynn is a fabulous author! I love her books. (And yes, I am subscribed to her newsletter!) 😀

    • Yes, she is! <3 So happy to be a Lynn subscriber right along with you!

  9. I meant to say that I am subscribed to your newsletter and also to Lynn’s. 🙂

    • Oh, yaaay! That’s great! I hope to be sharing some personal bookish news in the near future!

  10. I’ve not read A Proper Pursuit; but with so many interfering relatives, it certainly sounds like an interesting read.

    • Hahaha! Yes, interfering relatives are definitely on the ingredient list for entertaining stories! It’s such a fun read.

  11. I am subscribed to Lynn Austin’s newsletter.

    • Woo hoo! <3

  12. Comment *Lynn Austin is one of my favorite authors. I always flip the last page both encouraged and entertained! I would love a copy of A Proper Pursuit!

    • Darcy, I think you will love this novel! Whether you win or end up getting it on your own, I hope you’ll let me know your thoughts when you finish!

    • Mine too. Sometimes I read an author and think, “maybe I could do this.” And then I read Lynn’s and I think, “how in the world does she do this.” LOL So much hard earned and God-given talent.

  13. I am signed up for Lynn’s Newsletter

  14. Love Lynn Austin’s books. Will enjoy reading A Proper Pursuit amd will be lookingt for it if I don’t win.

    • Oh, I am so glad to hear that! Yes, A Proper Pursuit is one you don’t want to miss!

  15. I’m already subscribed to Lynn Austin’s newsletter. Comment *

  16. Commenting I love Lynn Austin’s books. I have read Chasing Shadows but I haven’t read Proper Pursuit and would love to win it. Loved the interview!

    • Wonderful! Thank you, Brenda! <3

  17. I have subscribed to your
    newsletter and I. Plan to subscribe to Lynn’s. oImment *

    • Awesome! Thanks, Brenda!

  18. Comment *Lynn is one of my favorites also! If I were to win. I would love a copy of Chasing Shadows. I already have A Proper Pursuit and, yes, it’s a great book.

    • Awesome, Kim! I’ve got you in the drawing!

  19. Comment *I’m also subscribed to both of your newsletters.

  20. Comment *That was a great interview! I especially enjoyed hearing Lynn talk about finding one’s calling.

    • Thanks, Deena! <3

  21. I subscribed to both newsletters!

    • Wonderful! I’ve got your name in the hat!

  22. I would love to get A Proper Pursuit!!

    • It’s such a great book! I hope you get to read it!

  23. I joined both newsletters!

  24. Comment *I signed up for your newsletter. Would love the opportunity to read this book.

    • Wonderful! It’s the perfect reward-read for the weekend!

  25. Comment *I signed up for your newsletter.

  26. I watched it the other day. Oh my goodness, such a lovely interview. I truly enjoyed hearing from her heart. Went right out and ordered a copy of A Proper Pursuit, too. Blessings to you both and thank you for sharing of yourselves. I am already signed up for both of your newsletters and looking forward to another inspirational read!

    • That’s awesome, Kathleen! <3 I love hearing that!! <3 <3 <3

  27. Comment
    I’m looking forward to reading both of these books.

    • I’m so glad, Cindy! I’ve got your entries in the hat!

  28. Comment

    I signed up for both newsletters.

  29. Thank you for this interview. I enjoyed learning more about Lynn Austin. I love her books.

    • It’s always so neat getting to know the people behind our favorite novels. <3

  30. I subscribed to both newsletter.

  31. That was such a great interview! It was hilarious listening to her talk about the steak tartare. And I’m looking forward to the Gilded Age story she has coming next!!

    • Thank you, Mimi! Me too! I’ve been really into the Gilded Age lately, and Lynn will do it beautifully.

  32. I’m a subscriber to your email!

  33. I’m a subscriber to Lynn’s email, too!

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