Sunday, July 24, 2016

WINNERS!!!!!!

Emma (PA) is the winner of Mesage in a Bottle by Beth Wiseman.

Connie (KY) is the winner of A Saint in Eternal City by Rosanne Croft.

Beth (MN) is the winner of At Liberty to Love by Caryl McAdoo.

Cindy W (KY) is the winner of The Sound of Silence by George Dalton.

Lucy (WV) is the winner of The Ringmaster's Wife by Kristy Cambron.

Lanna Webb is the winner of the ebook The Gold Digger by Lena Nelson Dooley from the CAN Scavenger Hunt.

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Friday, July 22, 2016

A BEAUTY REFINED - Tracie Peterson - One Free Book on This Blog, Plus More

Dear Readers, I loved Tracie Peterson’s books when we both wrote for Heartsong, way back at the beginning. Then she became the Heartsong’s acquisition editor for the already published authors. I met her at the first ever American Christian Fiction Writers conference, and loved her and her husband Jim. I’ve attended two of her writers’ retreats here in Texas. And I’ve continued to love her books.

Welcome back, Tracie. How did you come up with the idea for this story?
A Beauty Refined was a story idea that came to me after reading about the Broadwater Hotel and Natatorium in Helena, Montana. The place isn’t there anymore, but it was designed to be this wonderful spa getaway that they hoped would entice the royal heads of Europe. Sadly, no one really thought about how hard it was to get to Helena Montana in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s.

If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
Oh goodness, that’s a really hard question. I wouldn’t want to limit it to six. I know so many great authors Debbie Macomber, Karen Kingsbury, DiAnn Mills, Kimberley and Kayla Woodhouse and so many more. What fun that would be and of course, you would need to be there too, Lena.

Thank you for including me. I’d love to be with you and those authors. Now let’s do that for a party for Christian authors of historical fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
Again, such a hard choice to limit to six. There are some truly amazing historical authors out there like Judith Miller, Cathy Marie Hake, Jen Turano, Elizabeth Camden, Liz Curtis Higgs and Bodie Thone. The list just goes on and on. I’m friends with so many of these great ladies and we always have fun when we get together.

I know what you mean. My friendships with you and so many other authors have enriched my life so much. Many times, people (and other authors) think you have it made with so many books published. What is your most difficult problem with writing at this time in your career?
I still have trouble getting people to realize that I have a real job. Writing fiction takes a lot of time and attention to detail—especially historicals. Sometimes people think that just because you work from home—you’re not really working and I often have to just turn off the phone.

Tell us about the featured book.
A Beauty Refined is set in the early 1900’s in Helena, Montana. The heroine is a beautiful, German woman who grew up without her mother. Her father is a harsh man, but generally generous toward the heroine. However, he has a bevy of secrets he’s keeping and as these begin to unravel, the heroine finds her life threatened and only the hero can see her through. The hero is a lapidary who cuts and refines the Yogo sapphires. He has his own secrets and finds giving his heart and trust to be very difficult.

How can readers find you on the Internet?

Little does Phoebe know that her father's plans—for the sapphires and his daughter—are not what they seem. 

If you love historical fiction, romance, and adventure, don't miss Tracie Peterson's A Beauty Refined. When Phoebe meets Ian, everything changes. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie—a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom.

Join Tracie in celebrating the release of A Beauty Refined by entering to win her Precious Gems giveaway (details below) and by attending her author chat party on August 9!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 8/9. The winner will be announced at A Beauty Refined Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Tracie and fellow fans of historical fiction, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

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Thank you, Tracie, for sharing this new book with us. I know my readers are eager to read it.  

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
A Beauty Refined - Christianbook.com
A Beauty Refined (Sapphire Brides) - Amazon.com
A Beauty Refined (Sapphire Brides Book 2) - Kindle

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

AMBER ALERT - Linda K Rodante - One Free Book

Bio: Born and raised in Florida, Linda loves the salt water, the sun and the swamp lands.
Linda has always loved reading—especially mysteries and romantic suspense novels. Years ago, she found authors Agatha Christie and Mary Stewart thrilling. Today, she reads different types of Christian fiction, but romantic suspense is still her favorite.

Linda taught at a Christian school, worked for the Pregnancy Center of Pinellas County as a Center Director, and as a financial aid assistant at Trinity College of Florida. Now she speaks and works against human trafficking with the Tampa Bay area’s Community Campaign Against Human Trafficking Task Force (now called FREE). Her blog at lindarodante.wordpress.com highlights human trafficking, sexuality in America, commitment to Christ, and her mother’s missionary trips to Israel and Indonesia.

Linda gave her life to Christ at twenty-six and discovered the miraculous love and existence Jesus has to offer. Her life has not always been easy but has included wonderful friends and family, joy, laughter, and even the miraculous.

As a young teen, Linda wanted to write, but it wasn’t until she was in her fifties that God opened the door. Linda’s writing has won finalist and semifinalist awards with the American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis and First Impressions Contests. The fourth book in her Dangerous Series just came out in June.
 
She and her husband live in Florida. They have two grown sons—one is following his grandmother’s example—he and his family are missionaries in Botswana, Africa. Her other son works at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC.

Welcome, Linda. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters. 
I think all authors put some of their quirks and frailties into their characters. My protagonist, Sharee Jones in Amber Alert, has a couple of mine—being uncertain of herself next to someone else who is obviously more sophisticated is one that jumps to mind.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
 At age 13, my friend talked me into playing a joke on drivers by pretending to be dead in the street. When they stopped, I would leap up and run into the woods. We had one man chase us. He yelled at us and threatened us. I was terrified and never let her talk me into anything that crazy again!

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
In middle school. I finished reading the books by authors that I liked and thought I guess I’ll have to write my own. However, when I became a Christian, I threw everything away. It wasn’t until thirty years later that I began to write again.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
The genres that I like to read for enjoyment are limited. My favorite is Christian romantic mystery or suspense. I also like British mysteries, British police procedurals, Christian historical romance or historical romantic suspense. I don’t enjoy graphic sex, cursing, or explicit violence in my reading (or movies, TV), so I don’t venture outside Christian novels much these days. Even though my own novels deal with some hard subjects (domestic abuse, rape, etc), I write so that the story is still a “clean read.”

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
At one point, I said often that I felt overwhelmed, then God showed me not to be overwhelmed by anything but Him. I purposely stopped saying I was overwhelmed and gave my books, the marketing, and everything that goes with it to Him. When I get flustered, I remind myself it is in God’s hands.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
Wow. That’s hard sometimes. Some names come as soon as I start writing, others I struggle with. Once I asked friends on facebook for a name for my main character and used the name that was most recommended.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Although I don’t know if this qualifies as an “accomplishment,” giving my life to Christ was the best decision I ever made. Now, I have two sons who know Him. Ranking right up there is my husband of 40 years. We’ve stayed together through tough times and good and are seeing the blessings from that.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
A horse! Because I love them—the way they run, head up, manes flying. They represent freedom to me.

What is your favorite food?
Tacos or spaghetti. It depends on the day.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
I assumed I’d never be published or that anyone would like my books. However, I love Christmas, and I wanted to write something that would lift up Jesus. So, I wrote a short story about Christmas and sent it to members of my family. They all encouraged me to keep writing. A friend who read it told me I should expand it into a novel. When I prayed and asked God if He wanted me to do that, I felt He did. So, I just jumped in and just kept on keeping on.

Tell us about the featured book.
Amber Alert is the novel from that short story above. I wanted to glorify Jesus, and I wanted readers to come away from the story feeling loved. Sharee Jones has waited years for the right man to come along—a man with whom she could share her love of God and of missions. John Jergensen bears little resemblance to the person she’s prayed for. He’s a loner working at the church as a maintenance man, and he wants nothing to do with God. But Sharee needs his help to build the sets for her Christmas program. As they work together, Sharee discovers John’s creativity, his penchant for amusement, and the tragedy that underlies his anger and aloofness. Neither realizes that someone is planning to use the program to terrorize a new mom and kidnap a baby. Sharee’s faith is tested, John’s past life exposed, and God’s healing power forms the backdrop as they work together to find the kidnapper.   

Please give us the first page of the book.
Sharee Jones stalked over the dark field away from the church. Moonlight yellowed the area in front of her and a breeze tossed her mass of curls.
    
Calm down, Sharee. The teen didn’t push your loyalty buttons by design. Abbey Somers had no idea she’d trampled the character of a woman who supported you after a broken engagement two years ago—all while facing a tragedy of her own.
    
Sharee inhaled and caught the scent of jasmine mixed with damp earth. She just needed a few minutes of peace. No one would miss her. Ahead, the inky blackness of the pond reflected the moon’s light, and the cypress trees stood like sentinels against the sky. Bushes clung to the bank except where the church’s maintenance crew of one had cleared them.
   
 She crossed the last few feet to the pond, put a hand against the tree’s trunk and stared at the moon’s cold presence.
    
A growl rose from the darkness. Her heart lurched, and she froze.
   
Grrr…
    
She strained to see through the dark, but black foliage obscured her view. She inched her head around. A bear? Not this close to the city, but… Someone had reported a panther the other day. Her heart gave an erratic jerk.
    
Come on, Sharee, don’t freeze. Move backwards. A step at a time...
    
Clouds raced past the moon. The night shadows shifted, revealing the animal. Whatever stood there was huge.
    
A third growl rose, and her throat constricted.
    
God, I need your help.
    
She glanced over her shoulder. The church lights glowed fifty yards away. A long fifty yards. She swallowed. Stay still. Don’t move.
    
The creature snarled and shook its head. Recognition hit, slid over her.
    
A dog.
    
It should have brought relief, but her throat closed. The scar under her hair constricted. She gave a quick look at the church. People filled the fellowship hall there. The baby shower proceeded without her. No one would come looking for her. Not for a while.

Wow! That leaves us wanting more. How can readers find you on the Internet? 

I’m on facebook at Linda K. Rodante. My author website is lindarodante.com. I also have a blog at lindarodante.wordpress.com where I blog about human trafficking and commitment to God. I’m on twitter @lrodante, on pinterest and on linkedin.

Thank you, Linda, for sharing this book with us. I'm eager to read it, and I'm sure my readers are, too.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Amber Alert: Christian Contemporary Romance with Suspense (Dangerous Series) (Volume 1) - paperback
Amber Alert: Christian Contemporary Romance with Suspense (Dangerous Series Book 1) - Kindle

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

HEAVENLY REALITIES: Stumbling Toward Gratitude - Raebeth McGee-Buda - One Free Book

Welcome, Raebeth. What would you like for our readers to know about you personally?
I would say that at first I may seem shy but I'm really talkative. I am crazy busy with two kids as a stay at home Mom. I have been married for almost four years, however we didn't have the fairytale ending. In 2013, I gave birth to my daughter who was stillborn and this dramatically changed my life. At that moment in time, I turned back to God and have been following Him since.

Tell us about your family.
 My family is a crazy bunch. I have three children total but only get to parent two of them. We live in a small place on the outskirts of town surrounded by trees in all directions. Yes, we have neighbors but not very many. I have one fur baby and he's an all white cat named Romeow.

Have you written other nonfiction books?
Yes, I have written my daughter's very short journey here on earth called, Saying Goodbye Without Saying Hello. It was a tough write but I wanted to bring more awareness to Pregnancy and Infant Loss.

Do you have any other books in the works right now?
Of course! I'm in the process of writing a book for women on having a godly marriage and another in the fiction genre.

What kinds of hobbies and leisure activities do you enjoy?
I love to color in adult coloring books. The inspirational/spiritual coloring books are my favorite. I love to read. I journaling and photography. However, I prefer to spend as much time with my family as possible.

Why did you write the featured book?
I felt led to write it. We see a lot of hate and ungratefulness in our crazy world. Stumbling toward Gratitude takes the reader/journal on a journey in a month and helps them to see the small blessings in life.

What do you want the reader to take away from the book?
I want them to be able to spot areas in their lives where blessings occur but are often missed. Those who live a more grateful life tend to live happier lives. Who doesn't want a happier life?

Is there anything you’d like to tell my readers about you or your book?
Give it a chance. Dedication is important and so is self discipline. It takes 21 days to form a habit, so push to continue through the journey. I promise that it'll be worth it in the end.

Please give us the first page or two from the book.
Gratitude is thankfulness, appreciation, or attitude in acknowledgment of a benefit that one has received or will receive.

I'm so glad that you decided to join me in bettering yourself and I'm praying you'll find it within to follow along each day and find the hidden blessings within your very own life.

First, for this challenge you will need a journal. It will be our gratitude journal. This can be a notebook, papers stapled together, or you can purchase an actual journal for this. You can also download the Attitudes of Gratitude Journal from Play Store to use on your phone. (iPhone users can download the gratitude journal from iTunes) Either way, I believe this will be worth it in the end.  By doing this challenge, you're going to retrain yourself to see the best in all situations and be more grateful, even in the rough times of life.

I will be giving you a guideline throughout this journey, so you can follow along with it. I'm praying for a more grateful life for you. I'm hoping to help others learn how to make gratitude a regular family tradition.

The daily challenges are based on research showing that people who are grateful for things (big or small) tend to be happier and healthier when they fully commit to the challenge. With each entry, try to go into as much detail as possible. Don't be vague about it. Going into details and be specific about what you're writing about. This is the key factor in gratitude journaling.

Where on the Internet can the readers find you?
Blog: http://raebethbuda.blogspot.com/

Thank you, Raebeth, for sharing this book with us.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Heavenly Realities: Stumbling toward Gratitude - Paperback
Heavenly Realities: Stumbling toward Gratitude - Kindle

Leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. You must follow these instructions to be in the drawing. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory or country if outside North America. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

THE PROMISE OF JESSE WOOD - Chris Fabry - One Free Book

BIO: Chris Fabry is an award-winning author and radio personality who hosts the daily program Chris Fabry Live! on Moody Radio. He has written more than 70 books for children and adults. His novels, which include Dogwood, June Bug, Almost Heaven, and Not in the Heart, have won three Christy Awards, an ECPA Christian Book Award, and a Christianity Today Award of Merit, but it's his lyrical prose and tales of redemption that keep readers returning for more. Chris and his wife, Andrea, have nine children and live in Arizona.

Welcome, Chris. How did you “discover” The Promise of Jesse Woods?
I don’t discover stories, they come to me in bits and pieces. I grew up in a small, West Virginia town like Dogwood and the people who populate this story are echoes of those people. Like Matt, who moves to Dogwood from a bigger city, I felt a little like an outsider or an observer of life as I was growing up. We have the opportunity to watch or participate in life and Matt is forced to begin living because of his two new friends.

Where did you get the name, Daisy Grace?
My mother grew up near a little mining town called Putney on Campbell’s Creek. Her sister, Grace, would toddle into the field near their house and pick daisies and bring them to her mother. Her mom acted surprised each time. Grace died during a diphtheria epidemic when she was three. My mother still takes daisies and puts them on Grace’s grave. When I heard that, I knew I wanted her to be part of this story.

What is significant about the title, The Promise of Jesse Woods?
When you hear those words, you immediately wonder, What did Jesse promise? Who is she? How does this promise shape her life? We all make promises or agreements with others, with God and with ourselves. These shape us and others in ways we often don’t realize. So the story looks at what Jesse’s promise did to her, Matt, Matt’s parents, the church and the town.

Talk about the themes you develop in the novel.
The most arresting theme is the dawning of first love and what this coming of age passage does to each character. Matt falls for an Appalachian girl and the longing this awakens in him follows him a dozen years into the future and compels him to return home. There is a strong theme of secrets kept and what those secrets do once they are uncovered. Faith—real faith and what it is—that theme runs through the novel. What if my father’s faith is not my own? How do I navigate a real relationship with God when my example is less than perfect? Coming home to a world you left behind is a strong theme—and the way music shapes a life and calls back memories.

Your main character, Matt, finds himself tied to his past. How strong a hold does our past have and how do you develop this idea?
Our adult lives are spent trying to figure out what happened to us in the rearview. Why am I the way I am? What forces shaped me for good or ill? Do I really know the truth about all that happened to me and why it happened? Matt knows, intuitively, that something in his past doesn’t add up, but he can’t figure out what that is. The book is really his search for that truth and once he finds it, it’s like a key that unlocks all the other rooms and gives him answers he never received as a boy.

As parents we sometimes see red flags in our kids’ lives. How does fear play into parenting and what are the negative effects of that kind of parenting?

Once you have tasted this fear, it’s difficult to break free. Fear will cause you to avoid real life—it will make you choose something other than life. Matt’s parents are in many ways guided by their fear and this has devastating effects on their family, though their motives are good. They want to protect Matt from mistakes. I’m hoping parents will see this as a cautionary tale—that in order to really love a child, fear cannot be your guiding force. Fear and love will shove each other off the mountain—only one can be king of the hill.

Did you like growing up in the small town where you were born?
I didn’t have a choice, nor anything to compare it with. Like Matt, my life was contained on a farm—a solitary existence with animals and fishing and hunting and farm work (though my brothers would argue that I ever did any work). The seeds of my imagination and becoming a writer began in those hills, I’m sure of it. And the people I met and all our relatives brought such a rich tapestry of character and honor and a love of stories. I wouldn’t trade my childhood for anyone else’s because it made me who I am today.

There is a huge theme of the “savior” role people play in others’ lives. Why do we do this and what happens when we do?
Everyone has someone in their life they want to “save.” There is something going on in that other person’s life that brings out this desire to rescue. The desire is not bad—but any time we fashion ourselves as saviors, we set others up to depend on us in an unhealthy way. There is only one Savior. We can be agents of change in other people’s lives, we can influence, but it’s a dangerous thing to think we can save anyone. This idea runs through Matt’s childhood and adult life and it really keeps him from fully living and embracing faith.

When Matt returns to Dogwood 12 years after the events of that first summer, what does he discover about himself and others?
The hardest thing about going home or discovering what really happened in your past is seeing the truth—and seeing how you chose not to see the truth. In other words, someone can lie to us about something—but we have to believe the lie in order for it to work against us. We get to choose whether we question or acquiesce. In that sense, we want to write our own reality. We want to live in the world we want to have rather than the one that is. Maturity or growing up is the process of living in reality rather than the world we would like to have. This is hard for Matt, his parents and everyone in the novel.

What’s the power of a promise and how does this play in the story?
Betrayal is a strong force in our lives and all of us have felt it on some level. Jesse is the strong, moral, driving force in the story and she prides herself on never breaking a promise or a vow. What will she do when two promises collide and force her to choose? There are some promises we can’t keep. How do we reconcile this? And can we be forgiven by God and others if we break a promise? Can we forgive ourselves and truly live with the specter of a broken promise?

What do you want faith-driven readers to take away from The Promise of Jesse Woods?
If a writer tells an honest story and paints characters on the canvas of a novel well, there will be lessons drawn from those characters I didn’t plan. I’m hoping I hear from readers that this story really hits some deep, subterranean part of their hearts. I have a heart for younger people who are struggling to find where they fit in the world—and in the church. I would love to have someone read this and recognize some unhealthy parenting in their life or their past and avoid it—or deal with it. I always want people to pursue a real faith of their own rather than someone else’s faith or a list of rules and regulations. In a way, I hope this story will set people free to really live.

There is a lot of humor in this novel. More than in some of your other books. Why is that?
Jesse and Dickie are two of the funniest characters I’ve ever found. They have, even as kids, a wry, jaded view of the world because life has been so hard. Jesse’s family is the poorest in town. Dickie is half Caucasian/half African-American with a father fighting an unpopular war. The humor is a “southern” thing. You laugh at something so you won’t cry. You look at life a little fatalistically—like you know something bad is around the corner, you just don’t know how fast it’s coming. So the humor springs from these situations and endears you to the characters.

You dedicate the story to Kristin Kent and Dantrell Davis. Why?
Kristin was a student at Moody Bible Institute when I first came to Chicago. I did not know her personally. She had a heart for the city and the people who live there. In August of 1984, walking home from her job one night, she was attacked and murdered. She was just a couple of blocks away from safety. I wanted to honor her life and her heart for missions in some small way.

Dantrell Davis was walking to school with his mother in October of 1992. He was shot and killed by a gang member. He was seven. His death was a wake-up call to Chicago and the nation, but sadly the cycle of violence and death for children in the inner city continues. I wonder what Kristin and Dantrell would be doing today if they hadn’t been killed.

Matt’s father becomes the pastor of a small church. What happens there might make some believe you are jaded about the church.
The church is God’s plan to change the world and give hope to those without it. Period. Unfortunately, the church is full of sinners and hypocrites. These are the people Jesus came to save. The struggle is how to keep from getting jaded by those in the church who rankle us—people like Mr. Blackwood. He doesn’t see that he’s treating the church like a country club. The irony is, it’s easier to see the faults of others and want them to change than it is for us to see ourselves and our need to change. This idea runs through the stories I write. Though we can see someone else’s sin, it’s only our own we can truly deal with and bring to God to see real change. When we do that, it will influence others around us.

What would you like parents of teens to take away from the story?
Every problem with your son or daughter is an opportunity to go some deeper place with God. Most parents who have a problem will ask, “How do we fix this? How do we get out of this or solve this problem?” Solving problems is good—but I find that I rarely ask the deeper question when a child struggles. What is God doing in me in the midst of this situation? How is he growing me up and maturing me in this process? It doesn’t lessen the struggle of the child’s problem to think this way, but it takes the pain and uses it for good in my life if I can get to that point. In other words, a parent can try to be the savior of the child or the parent can allow the child’s struggles to point out the need for a savior in their own life.

The Promise of Jesse Woods/Written by Chris Fabry
ISBN: 978-1-4143-8777-2/July 2016/ $14.99

Thank you, Chris, for sharing your new book with us. i'm eager to read it.

Readers, leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. You must follow these instructions to be in the drawing. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory or country if outside North America. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)

Void where prohibited; the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.

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Monday, July 18, 2016

FRONTIER PREACHER - David A Millican, III - One Free Book

Welcome, David. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
Not much. I find other people so much more interesting than me. Well at least I find their flaws more interesting because I don’t like to think about my flaws. So most of my characters are composites of people I have known.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Besides singing to my dogs while I robot dance? At one point in time my entire shirt wardrobe consisted of blue shirts. Nothing but blue shirts. There may or may not have been a girl’s complement about me in blue shirts involved.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
2nd Grade. There was a school-wide writing contest, and they put the winners into a book that you could buy. I was in second grade and won the entire contest and had the featured page. I wrote stories before that but that was the first time I thought that other people would want to read them. The story was about an owl that hurt his wing, and I nursed him back to health, if you care to know.

What an encouraging thing for a child. Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
Everything. Romance and Fairy Tales are my least favorite but even then there are some that have carried me away. Because of a glitch in the system, I was put into regular 11th grade English instead of Advanced. My teacher gave me the reading list, and I had read them all already. She gave me another list that was huge and pushed my limits. Since then, I have enjoyed reading as long as it is well-written.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I don’t watch the news, and I sit on the couch with my wife. Sometimes we watch TV, sometimes we listen to a book, sometimes we just sit. The pace of the world doesn’t concern me. Being me concerns me.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
By a long and arduous process. Researching the time frame, the area, the culture, the impact certain names have, and the sound of names is important to. How do they sound screamed or whispered? When you hear them, what image do you get in your head? And then after all that, I pick the name. Sometimes I have one in mind from the beginning. Hollis Winget, the main character in Frontier Preacher, is the first and middle name of my maternal grandfather. But his name passed all my tests so I used it.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
None. If there is anything worth boasting about in my life it is because God made it happen not me.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I am a dog person so it pains me to say this, but a cat. Not even a lion or a tiger, but a house cat. I get to do whatever I want, play when I want to, sleep when I want to, eat when I want to, and shun who I want to and everyone thinks it’s adorable.

What is your favorite food?
I’m not the person that can answer something like that. That’s just too much commitment to one food. I need to play the field a little. Sample from this culture, indulge in that style. Can’t we just all eat everything? Except cooked broccoli, that you can just throw in the trash.

One of my grandsons loved broccoli when he was in elementary school. When he went home, he told his mother how many helpings of broccoli he got to eat, because his friends gave him theirs. What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Finishing. I had trouble staying on one concept long enough to finish. With age and practice some of that has gone away.

Tell us about the featured book.
Frontier Preacher first began life as I researched my home congregation in Gillette Wyoming. As I expanded my research and followed all the rabbit trails I realized there were a lot of stories that hadn’t been told. I wanted to tell them. The first incarnation of the book was a short story then expanded to the current novel size. Most everything in the book is a true story, but not the same story. All the events happened at different times and different places, and I wove them into a single narrative. The first time I wrote it, Hollis was a railroad worker. But it just didn’t work. The antagonist needed moral authority without having to explain that he has moral authority. That’s when I landed on the idea of a Frontier Preacher. And the rest, is as they say, Historical Fiction.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Cold bit his hand when he gripped the rail as he exited the train. James had been right; this was a wholly different cold than Tennessee. The snow had seemed the same out the window during the trip, though the land was flat and featureless. The cabin was cold during the trip, cold enough to see his breath, but not cold enough to reach his bones. He had wrongly assumed it would be the same outside. The clear sky had only a few traces of clouds and a bright sun, which had lent its warmth to the window in the cabin.

As he stepped down onto the crunching frozen snow of Cheyenne, the sun might as well have been a ball of bright ice. The wind ripped at his face with cold that burned and it tore through his clothes like they were tattered curtains. James had said to be prepared, and Hollis had thought he was but now he knew it was impossible to prepare for this. The lining of his nostrils froze and his scalp felt like it was being pierced with a thousand little needles. The air in his lungs was so cold that he began to cough like a backroom painted woman after too many years in the sheets.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
@davidmillican3
Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B017QRMMM8

David is offering a discount for my readers who buy the book. Here's how you can get the discount:

The coupon code for Frontier Preacher paperback through Createspace is: GYM7ACWX
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Thank you, David, for sharing this book with us. Since I often write historical fiction, I'm eager for my book to arrive, so I can read it.

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Sunday, July 17, 2016

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CAN Scavenger Hunt #10



Dear Readers, welcome to stop #10 on the CAN Scavenger Hunt. If you haven't been to the first nine, here is the link to the first stop on our hunt:




Anne Greene, I’m so happy to feature you on my blog for this CAN Scavenger Hunt. What book are we featuring today?
Today we are discussing ANGEL WITH STEEL WINGS.

What encouraged you to write this story?
This is a story of my heart. I’m a WWII buff. The war and its aftermath changed the world, especially for women and offered them tremendous opportunities to better their lives. During the years 1941-1945, thousands of women answered the call of duty to help protect our country. Scores of these women died because of their service. Angel With Steel Wings tells the story of the women test pilots, WASPs. Army and Navy NURSES, WACS, WAVES, and SPIES also served. My Women of Courage series will tell these stories. I’m so proud of what these women accomplished.

What are some of the things you like to do for fun?
I love to travel. I’ve been fortunate enough to visit over thirty foreign countries. Some of my other books are set in foreign countries where I’ve spent a good deal of time. Some of my travels were in conjunction with my Special Forces Colonel husband. Angel With Steel Wings has several scenes in England where I spent a lovely time. I also enjoy spending time with friends and singing in our Church choir. I dabble in oil painting as well.

How many books do you have out now?
At present I have seven published books available. I have two Christmas novellas, A Christmas Belle and A Groom for Christmas available on Amazon. My novella for Barbour Publishing, The Marriage Broker and The Mortician, releases in August. I’m working on the sequel to Angel With Steel Wings called Spies Like Her, which is the second book in my WWII Women of Courage series, and then I’ll work on the second book of my Handcuffed In Texas detective/mystery series, after the first book, Holly Garden, PI, Red Is For Rookie. My novella, Recipe For a Groom releases in November for a Thanksgiving Anthology. I also have three other novellas releasing in 2017. So I’m pretty busy.

Please give us the first page of the book. 
ANGEL WITH STEEL WINGS.
“She’s late! Where is she?” Insides churning like pistons, Major Harvey Applegate stared hard at the
tiny blonde standing in front of him, her hands clenched behind her back.
Her chin trembled. She looked so young he wanted to pat her on the back and send her to the hangar for a hot chocolate, but majors didn’t do that. So he gritted his teeth. He was supposed to show respect for the WASPs invading his air base. That was asking a lot. They were young and unpredictable. Men fought wars to protect American women. Men died in wars. Not women. He restrained his impulse to pound the metal side of the wet hangar and slapped his thigh with his cap instead.
 
“I can’t lose another WASP on my watch. Not two in as many days.” He plowed his hand through his short, dripping hair, frowned, and reminded himself not to get his underwear wrapped around an axle.

“She’s only half an hour late, sir.” Doreen’s lower lip quivered.
 
“Didn’t that pilot get the word this morning?” Harvey wrung his cap. He wouldn’t take his temper out on this innocent blonde.

“No, sir. Corporal Jones ran up to tell me we were grounded twenty minutes after she was in the air.”

Above the wail of the wind, Harvey picked up the faint lilting song of a Merlin engine running slightly rough. He gazed toward the windsock blowing straight out and pivoted toward the landing strip. A P-51 came in fast and low, circled the field, made a perfect three-point landing, and taxied to a halt.

He snapped his cap onto his head. He didn’t have many men who could land in a crosswind that well. Even he would have had trouble. Boots splashing water, he dashed across the tarmac and reached the craft before the propeller stopped spinning. The canopy of the single-seater flew open. A slight figure, clad in a man’s too-large flight suit, climbed out onto the rain-slick wing. He stretched up his arms and grabbed her waist to lower her to the ground. Even with the weight of her boots, flight jacket, and gear, this one felt light in his arms.
The pilot glanced at his insignia. If she’d actually been military, she’d have had to salute. But she wasn’t, and she didn’t. The minute her feet touched ground, the slender woman pulled off her goggles and gazed up at him. Wide blue eyes circled with goggle marks.

Another starry-eyed angel. Harvey swallowed hard. His chest hurt. She looked so vulnerable.  He scowled, picturing that slender nose smashed and those winsome lips closed forever. He couldn’t face seeing another woman killed. He wanted these women off his air base. Wanted no more sleep lost over these young ladies. Wanted no more sending them into danger. Wanted no more funerals that tore him apart. He slapped the cowl of the plane so hard she jumped. No more charred women in downed planes. Trista took on a man’s job, and look how that turned out. Agony pierced his chest. He shook his head, trying to dislodge the memory.

“I’ll see you grounded!” Harvey thundered. “You were due back half an hour ago. Can’t you women obey rules?” 
 
Ruby lips rounded into an O of surprise. Her sapphire eyes widened. Her dark brows arched. “What?”

“Women pilots!” He slammed his fist into his palm. “I’ll shut down this program.”

Her brows furrowed. Her chin poked out. Her hands flew to her hips. She looked ready to jump all over him. As long as she was alive and safe, he didn’t care. He could handle her. “You head-in-the-clouds dreamers think you’re on your own private missions. This base is no place for a woman!”

“You men have such a high opinion of yourselves. Women could fly in combat, but you keep us home.” Flames tinted her wet cheeks. “You won’t admit our country desperately needs us to fly these planes.” She stressed each word passionately.

Harvey could tell she wanted to say more, but she clamped her lips. He glared.
She glowered back.

Tough if she thought he had an inflated opinion of himself. Better that than for her to guess he had a soft spot for these female pilots. “I don’t want any more dead women.”
She cringed. Her face crumpled.

Why hadn’t he kept his trap shut? Even on a base this big, she probably knew the missing WASP pilot. But he’d wanted to scare her into obeying the rules. Obedience gave the women pilots some semblance of safety.

She recovered from her first reaction and blazed. “Connie’s alive. I know it. And rumor patrol says it’s just a couple of you big shots who want to shut us down. Most fellas like us testing repaired planes and towing targets. They want to be free to fly combat.”

He shrugged. She was right. And he couldn’t dredge up a comeback.

She stomped stiff-legged toward the open hangar door, parachute bumping her backside, rain blurring his view.
 
“Feisty pilot, you’re the kind gets yourself killed,” he yelled just as she reached the hangar door. 

Where can the readers find you on the Internet?
Visit with me at www.AnneGreeneAuthor.com, www.facebook.com/AnneWGreeneAuthor, @TheAnneGreene, on Pinterest at The Anne Greene, on Book Fun Magazine at  http://www.anneswritingupdates.blogspot.com

SOME ROMANTIC PARTS OF ANGEL WITH STEEL WINGS
The most romantic thing my hero did for my heroine was to paint her name on his fighter plane. The most romantic thing my heroine did for my hero was to fly a plane dragging a banner asking a captivating question.

The most romantic place my hero and heroine went to was a hospital wedding. My couples’ favorite romantic restaurant was the café just off the Air Force base where they had their first date and first played their WW2 song, “I’ll Be Seeing You.”
The most romantic present my hero gave my heroine was her wings to fly. And she became the wind beneath his wings.

My couples’ favorite romantic vacation destination was London, after the war, especially the llama estate.

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Stop #11 on this CAN Scavenger Hunt is:


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Friday, July 15, 2016

THE RINGMASTER'S WIFE - Kristy Cambron - One Free Book

Welcome back, Kristy. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
Our family actually has some exciting things on the horizon! As soon as I’m able to share with everyone, I will. I can’t wait to talk about what I’m planning to work on next. J

Tell us a little about your family.
Three words: messy, awkward, love.

That’s our family. My husband and I are next year moving into a 20-year anniversary as a couple. I can’t even believe time has flown by so fast. But now we have three young sons and with that comes sports schedules, school events, and one harried momma who sometimes has to write chapters while sitting in the bleachers at a basketball game. We make it all fun though!

Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
I love this question, because I think my reading habits have changed and I hadn’t even realized it! My sister is a teacher so she’s always sharing the best of Young Adult (YA) fiction with me. I find that because I research and write in this structured world of historical fiction, I like to fall into fantasy or dystopian novels almost as an escape. (Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles are absolute favorites.)

What are you working on right now?
I’m actively editing my fourth novel with HarperCollins Christian Publishing: The Illusionist’s Apprentice (releasing March 2017). It’s really a departure me and I confess that as a writer, I enjoy trying new things. This novel is still a non-linear narrative of historical fiction, but there’s the mystery (and a bit of suspense) of the 1920s vaudeville world mixed in. Toss the world famous Harry Houdini into the story and I’ve got some fun editing days ahead of me!

What outside interests do you have?
I love watching classic films, spending time outdoors with my family, and I really enjoy traveling for onsite book research. I also like to cook, but now that I’m gluten-free, it’s a new set of challenges that I’m not convinced I’m ready to tackle in the kitchen! J

How do you choose your settings for each book?
It’s all about the inspiration.

My current novel, The Ringmaster’s Wife, was an idea that my publishing team actually brought to me. The world of vintage circus was always something I’d had interest in, so I jumped at the opportunity. But most of my settings and storylines include things and places I love: Europe, art history, travel, and vintage themes. I hope they always color any story I write.

If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
I’m selecting someone from my history – my Dad. He passed from aggressive leukemia in late 2013 and I miss him every day. What hope I have that if there are evenings in eternity, I think I’d like to spend each one with him.

I lost my mother, who was in her early thirties, when I was seven years old. I look forward to really getting to know her in heaven. What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
That we can write, but it doesn’t always mean that we write well. There’s a big difference. I learned very quickly in this industry just how much I don’t know, and how much I have yet to learn about the mechanics of writing, and writing well. I’m still a student.

All authors are still students, whether they admit it or not. I’m always learning, even after all these years. What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
It sounds simple, but it’s more complex that I’d ever imagined: trust God. Our family has been on this journey of trust for the last couple of years. While it’s a critical piece of my own spiritual development, this daily dying to myself and trusting everything to Him is truly more difficult than it sounds. It’s daily faith-walking.

What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
1.) Own it. It doesn’t matter if you’re published yet or not – you’re an author because that calling has already been placed on your heart. In order to make it in this industry, own your calling and refer to yourself as what you are: an AUTHOR.
2.) Seek Him. Whatever your daily communion looks like, whether it’s prayer, devotions, Bible study or listening to sermons online, spend time with Christ before you write. He’s the leader in everything we do and He can’t be left out of the writing process.
3.) Have fun. This is a business, so it’s important to be professional. But… don’t get so wrapped up in the demands of this author life that you forget to have fun with your writing. It’s work, but it’s work that you ardently love. It should be fun too.

Very well said. Tell us about the featured book.
The Ringmaster’s Wife is my first work of semi-biographical fiction – on the life of Mable Ringling. It’s a novel set in the midst of the Roaring Twenties, centering around Mable (the circus queen), and a new recruit to the Ringling Bros. circus world – a bareback rider from England by the name of Rosamund Easling. Readers will get to see behind the curtain of circus life during the golden age of traveling entertainment, but they’ll also have an opportunity to meet two strong female characters who have more in common than they might have thought possible. It’s a book about dream chasing, being brave, and risking everything to follow the call God’s placed on your heart.

SUMMARY:
An ounce of courage.
A leap of faith.

Together, they propel two young women to chase a new life—one that’s reimagined from what they might have become.

In turn-of-the-century America, a young girl dreams of a world that stretches beyond the confines of a quiet life on the family farm. With little more than her wit and a cigar box of treasures, Mable steps away from all she knows, seeking the limitless marvels of the Chicago World’s Fair. There, a chance encounter triggers her destiny—a life with a famed showman by the name of John Ringling.

A quarter of a century later, Lady Rosamund Easling boards a ship to America as a last adventure before her arranged marriage. There, the twenties are roaring, and the rich and famous gather at opulent, Gatsby-esque parties. The Jazz Age has arrived, and with it, the golden era of the American circus, whose queen is none other than the enigmatic Mable Ringling.

When Rosamund’s path crosses with Mable’s and the Ringlings’ glittering world, she makes the life-altering decision to leave behind a comfortable future of estates and propriety, choosing instead the nomadic life of a trick rider in the Ringling Brothers’ circus.

A novel that is at once captivating, deeply poignant, and swirling with exquisite historical details of a bygone world, The Ringmaster’s Wife will escort readers into the center ring, with its bright lights, exotic animals, and a dazzling performance that can only be described as the Greatest Show on Earth!

I’m already hooked. Please give us the first page of the book.
Prologue
1929 Louisville, KY
We only see what we want to see— in people, in love, and in life.

What we see is a choice, as is what we offer the world in return. And it’s only behind the costumes and the masks that we can be who we truly are.

The words echoed in Rosamund’s mind, in a tangle of memories collected over the past three years. She waited at the performers’ entrance at the back of the enormous Big Top, trying to ease the racing of her heart before show time.

Waves of riotous applause ebbed and flowed with the breathtaking thrills of the trapeze act. It was a “straw house” tonight— sold out, the bleacher seats packed and the overflow of children lining the edges of the rings on piles of laid- out straw. Rosamund could hear the children now through the call of horns and pops of confetti bursts, squealing in delight at the antics of the clowns. It wouldn’t be long now— the ringmaster’s signal for the horse troop to march in was just moments away.

A breeze caught Rosamund’s attention, perfuming the air around her with the richness of caramel, mixed with the salty scent of popcorn and sweet apples from a wagonette nearby. It was a welcome contrast to the usual smell of animals and churned- up earth in their field lot. All the familiar sounds and smells, the excitement that hung on the air before a performance . . . they reminded her how the three- ring canvas castle had become her home.

How can readers find you on the Internet? 
You can connect with me at:
Facebook: Kristy Cambron | Twitter: @KCambronAuthor  | Instagram: kristycambron 

Thank you, Kristy, for sharing this book with us. I’m eager for my copy to arrive.

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The Ringmaster's Wife - Christianbook.com
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