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UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed; congratulations to the winner, Shine4jesus! And thanks to all who entered for their wonderful tips!

PI Girls, have you ever wondered what it would be like to be famous? 14-year-old Tanner Rose, the title character in our blogger T.M. Gaouette’s latest novel, Freeing Tanner Rose, didn’t have to wonder…she’d made it big in Hollywood and was the toast of the young “It” crowd. But when her partying and addictions spiral out of control, Tanner suddenly finds herself forced to live in the countryside with only her mom’s college roommate and 16-year-old son, Gabriel, for company.

Right away, Tanner and Gabriel butt heads. To Tanner, Gabriel is just a boring Christian without a life, while Gabriel finds Tanner superficial and rude. Will his faith help her get her life back on track, or will Tanner’s wild lifestyle start to tempt Gabriel down the wrong path?

If you’re looking for a great book about temptation, friendship and God, you’ve got to check out Freeing Tanner Rose. It’s full of beautiful descriptions, intriguing characters and the reminder that loving God is a way of life. We asked T.M. for more details about her book and writing process…read on to learn more!

PI:  What was your inspiration behind Freeing Tanner Rose?

T.M: “Faith & Kung Fu” is not only the name of the book series, but also its motivations. Freeing Tanner Rose itself was inspired by 1 Corinthians 10:13, because so many people struggle with temptation. This story is directed toward teens and young adults. However, since the story of Tanner and Gabriel began in 2009, it’s evolved in so many ways. Certain parts of the story and the direction in which it has gone have been motivated by different circumstances that have arisen as the story’s progressed throughout the years.

PI: What do you hope readers take away from the story once they’ve finished?

T.M.: That we live in a world full of temptation. It comes in all shapes and sizes, and we can’t always avoid it, but if we look to God and keep our focus on Him, we can resist anything that comes our way.

PI:  Modesty is a big theme in Freeing Tanner Rose. Why did you think it an important one to focus on?

T.M.: Modesty is just one of the main elements of the overall theme, which is temptation. And it’s one that both Tanner and Gabriel struggle with, in their own personal ways. But modesty is not just reflected in the way a person dresses, it’s reflected in attitude and character and the way a person lives. And in all these aspects, it represents restraint and self-worth and self-confidence. When Gabriel tells Tanner that she’s the “epitome of all that is tempting to someone who lacks control,” immodesty is just one part of that. So, modesty has a deeper meaning throughout the book. Other elements of temptation within this novel include addiction and purity.

PI: What was the hardest part of writing Freeing Tanner Rose?

T.M.: Letting it go! I always have a hard time letting a story go.

PI: Do you think you’ll ever come back to Tanner Rose and Gabriel in a future book?

T.M.: Freeing Tanner Rose is the first of a four part series, so it’s likely that Tanner and Gabriel will be back.

Thank you so much, T.M.! Freeing Tanner Rose is available on Amazon and T.M. Gaouette’s website. And any online or local bookstore can order it if they’re not already carrying it. You can also “Like” T.M. on Facebook for up-to-date book news! T.M. Gaouette is also the author of The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch.

Plus, we have a great surprise for you: T.M. is generously giving away a signed copy of Freeing Tanner Rose to one lucky PI Girl! Here’s how YOU can win:

Leave a comment below telling us: What’s your best tip for dealing with temptation? The contest will end on Friday, January 31, and T.M. will choose her favorite response, the winner, on Monday, February 3!

Good luck, PI Girls–we’re so excited to read your tips!

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11 Comments

  1. YellowBanana

    Posted by YellowBanana on January 27, 2014 at 12:24

    My best tip for dealing with temptation is asking myself “Will it be worth it in the end”? (The answer for sinful things will “no”.)
    Initially, giving into the temptation will feel great, but it will be bad for us later.
    If we put things into perspective, then we can make Godly decisions that honor Him!

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by hannah.g.price on January 24, 2014 at 11:36

    Pray for God’s guidence and help. Ask yourself why you are tempted to do whatever it is and ask yourself if in God’s eyes it is wrong. Pray!!

  3. Lover of books76

    Posted by Lover of books76 on January 24, 2014 at 09:09

    My tip is to pray and to think what would made God happy and you holy. I help me remember that when I turn away from temptation that God is proud. Pray also helps a lot it reminds me that God is on my side.

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by Fluerdeforcexo on January 22, 2014 at 08:42

    I want this book!

  5. iheartjesus

    Posted by iheartjesus on January 21, 2014 at 18:36

    Remember that temptation comes when you are seduced by ypur own lusts. The bible says ,”resist temptation and the devil will leave”. You need to confess with your mouth that you are God’s child ans you are an overcomer! Run away from there ask God to give you strength. Philipines 4:13 ” I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”

  6. shine4Jesus

    Posted by shine4Jesus on January 21, 2014 at 14:23

    The best way I deal with temptation is by connecting with God right after I wake up….Put him before checking my email, social media, etc. I feel as if my time with Him empowers me to do to right for His glory…

  7. IdaPahus

    Posted by IdaPahus on January 21, 2014 at 10:07

    Pray!! God can for sure help you overcome the temptation! And remember we only see a little piece while God sees the whole puzzle! So He can for sure use our hardships for something wonderful! So trust God and honor Him in everything you do. He has everything in control and He will never leave you, I promise!

  8. Paris

    Posted by Paris on January 20, 2014 at 20:33

    My tip is to remember to seek God in any temptation you face,and even if you give in,God won’t hold it against you. He’ll be happy because you tried.

  9. lovetodance

    Posted by lovetodance on January 20, 2014 at 16:17

    My best tip for dealing with temptation is to realize that whatever sin you are struggling with won’t be worth the guilt and regret you may face later. Ask yourself, “is this going to help or hurt my relationship with God in the future?”. Then, pray to God for strength to overcome your temptation. Remember that God is stronger than any temptation you will ever face.

  10. Becky J.

    Posted by Becky J. on January 20, 2014 at 14:53

    My best tip for dealing with temptation is to read the bible and pray! The best thing to do is take your bible, open it, start reading, and if you can get on your knees. We should never forget that “the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 🙂

  11. Champ2343

    Posted by Champ2343 on January 20, 2014 at 13:29

    My best tip for dealing with temptation is to ask God for help! Ask God to help you withstand the temptation and set your mind to thinking that the temptation has no power over you. You (with God’s help) have power over it! 🙂