Friday, December 09, 2016

HUSBAND HUNTING - Crystal L Barnes - A Chance to Win a Copy

Welcome back, Crystal. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
Oh, I’ve done a lot of different ones, whatever God lays on my heart for the story. Win, Love, or Draw carried a theme of forgiveness/unforgiveness. Love, Stock, and Barrel dealt with finding and relying on God in the darkest of times. My newest release, Husband Hunting, bore a theme that even surprised me. It deals with obedience. We’re often plagued on every side by demands, even from people we know and love. It’s in those times we must remember that ultimately we only have God to answer to, and He is the One we ought to obey.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
I’m working to finish book #3 in my Marriage and Mayhem series titled Hook, Line, and Suitor. This is Sally Hook and Curly Curtis’s story. If you’ll recall, Curly is the ranch hand in Win, Love, or Draw and the Texas Ranger in Love, Stock, and Barrel. His newest assignment will have him tied in knots. J

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
The first name that comes to mind is Janice Thompson. She’s a dear friend, a fellow writer, and a joy to be around. We recently went on a research trip to Martha’s Vineyard, and it was a wonderful time, especially during those unexpected moments when you take the road less traveled and find yourself on a dirt trail that keeps getting narrower and narrower and you’re laughing your head off because there’s no place to turn around and that’s all she wants to do. Here's a photo from our time in Martha's Vineyard:



What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
Oh, that’s a hard one. I’d say either one of the disciples or Paul or Annie Oakley. Now there’s a vast range if there ever was one. J

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
My best advice would be to trust God. He can open doors no man can open, and if He shuts a door, He’s a got a better one for you farther down the road.

Very wise words. Tell us about the featured book.
When I originally wrote Husband Hunting, it was for a short-story contest that I felt like I should enter, so I threw caution to the wind and just had fun with the telling. I was delighted to have the adventure be one of the contest winners and become my very first printed story. Lengthening the tale into a novella was … a lesson in God’s amazing, all-sufficient grace. If you remember Roxie from Love, Stock, and Barrel, this is her story. You can currently find Husband Hunting as an individual novella or in the collection My Secret Love.

Here’s the blurb:
Roxie Montgomery is too wild for her own good, or so her father thinks. Determined to protect her from herself, he demands she settle down and find a husband or he’ll find one for her. However, Roxie’s lack of domestic skills make the task easier said than done.

Texas rancher, Garrett Husband has been sitting on a secret for years, but that might have to change if he wants to keep his childhood friend from marrying another man. When her choice becomes apparent, will he cave to her decision or do the unthinkable to make her hunt him instead?

Please give us the first page of the book for my readers. As you know, I read the book for endorsement and loved it. My readers will, too.
Crystal Falls, Texas—Spring 1870
The devil had met his match. Roxie Montgomery hung onto the saddle strapped around his back and wondered if he’d yank her arm from its socket before he realized she wasn’t giving up. Hooves slammed into the hard-packed dirt, the jolt nearly jarring her teeth loose. Stubborn horse. Another kick of his heels and Diablo nearly sent her crashing over his head. Around her, colors blurred, but the cheers of the ranch hands outside the corral egged her on.

Without warning, Diablo did another crow hop. Roxie’s seat left the saddle, and she catapulted through the air, conveniently flying right over the fence. She hit the ground rolling, tumbling to a stop…right at her father’s boot tips.

Lying on her back, she peered up with a smile. “Mornin’, Daddy. Lovely day, ain’t it?”

“Don’t you ‘mornin’’ me, young lady.” He yanked her upright. “How many times have I told you to stay away from that horse?”

“None today, Daddy.”

Folding his thick arms with a mighty huff, he glared at her. A vein throbbed in his neck. Seconds ticked by. The glare never lessened.

The icy silence ate at her smile until it disappeared. Perhaps she’d taken things a bit too far. “I’m sorry, Daddy.”

“Sorry’s not gonna cut it this time. Go to your room.”

“What?” Her mouth swung open, and she glanced about.

Heads ducked, and the half dozen cowboys who’d cheered her on scattered like leaves in the fall. How could Daddy embarrass her in front of everyone?

“I said. Go. To. Your. Room. Pack your things.”

“Pack?” Why’d she need to pack to fetch supplies from town?

“Murdock, you get that horse out of my sight and gather your things. I want you off my property before nightfall.”

Roxie stumbled backward. “But why? He hasn’t done nothing wrong.”

The old wrangler’s dark eyes widened, then with an accepting nod, he hobbled toward a lasso on the corral post.

Gripping her father’s chambray sleeve, she turned from the gut-wrenching sight of the old-timer’s drooping shoulders. “Daddy, please don’t—”

“Roxie.” In an unyielding tone Roxie hadn’t heard in years, if ever, Daddy stopped her. “I’m not gonna repeat myself again.”

Gulping, she released him. With an apologetic glance Mr. Murdock’s way, she headed toward the house, the pain in her shoulder from hitting the ground easily ignored due to the pain in her heart. Poor Mr. Murdock. She’d never intended for her actions to hurt anyone. If only she hadn’t been so foolhardy. Why hadn’t she listened? She knew Daddy hadn’t wanted her on that horse, but she’d been so pig-headed she’d just had to see if she could do what the others couldn’t. Now her hardheadedness had cost an old man his job. Would she never learn where to draw the line?

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Oh, I’m in lots of places. J
My website, www.crystal-barnes.com, where readers can sign up for my newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest happenings.

I’m also a contributor to the group blog Stitches Thru Time.

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

Readers, here are links to the books. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Husband Hunting: A Crystal Falls Novella
My Secret Love

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Thursday, December 08, 2016

THE CHRISTMAS BRIDE WORE BOOTS - Terri Weldon - One Free Ebook

Welcome, Terri. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
Very little of me is written into my characters. Usually they just get my quirks or shortcomings. Poor characters! I’m like Molly in the sense that I love animals and I’m not a good seamstress.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I rode a unicycle. I even had a little ramp that I would ride up and jump off of while riding. Now that was a long time ago, there will be no YouTube videos of me doing that now.

I’m glad YouTube wasn’t around when I was growing up. When did you first discover that you were a writer?
My first memory of being interested in writing was in the fourth grade when I wrote “A Diary of the Week in the Life of a Potato Chip.” Sadly my potato chip came to a bad end. 
           
Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
It would be easier to tell you what I don’t enjoy reading! I love reading Christian fiction. Within that genre I like romance, romantic suspense, speculative, and cozy mysteries. In general market fiction I tend to prefer cozy mysteries and suspense.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Well, I think there are some who would say I haven’t! LOL Seriously, my sis helps keep me organized and sane. Also, writing buddies help. I enjoy seeing them at our local ACFW chapter meetings, going to lunch, texting, etc. But the thing that helps me the most is my relationship with God. I believe if He has set you on the writing journey then He will give you the strength to travel the journey.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
Most of the times my characters have a name from the moment I meet them – especially first names. I rarely have to worry about a name for a character.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
My sister and I are best friends. So I would have to say the accomplishment I’m most proud of in my life is being a good sister. I hope I’m one. If I am it is just because I had the absolutely best sister in the world.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I’d be one of my Westies. They are loved to death, expected to do nothing, and nine times out of ten get exactly what they want. Besides Westies are adorable!

What is your favorite food?
Chocolate – without a doubt! Can writers survive without chocolate?

A vast majority of writers claim chocolate as their favorite food. I’m right there with them. What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Plotting! For ages I tried to be a seat of the pants writer. I know authors who work great that way. However, it just didn’t work for me. I’m not a person who has to plot my book out extensively, but I do have to have a structure to guide me.

I’m a hybrid author in more ways than one. One way is that I am a seat-of-the-pants writer who has a timeline to follow. Tell us about the featured book.
The Christmas Bride Wore Boots is book one in the Berryhill Brides Series. The stories take place in Berryhill, a fictitious rural Oklahoma town. This novella is about the widowed pastor of one of the local churches and the veterinarian. Here is the back cover blurb:

Pastor Jacob Thompson is in need of a director for the living nativity program and veterinarian Molly Kincaid offers to take on the job. The task involves far more than Molly bargained for, nonetheless she’d do anything to help out the man she secretly loves – even sew costumes or cast eight-year-old Wesley Simpson as an angel.

Jacob’s daughter Emma longs to have a mommy of her own, but the widowed pastor has vowed to never remarry, and isn’t ready to open his heart to love again. Molly dreams of filling the void in both their lives, but fears she lacks the necessary qualities to be a pastor’s wife.

As Molly and Jacob work together on the living nativity, their feelings for one another grow. Will Molly realize she is just what Jacob and Emma need in their lives? Can Jacob be released from his grief stricken promise? Could this unlikely duo prove to be a match made in heaven?

Please give us the first page of the book.
“I’ll do it. I’ll direct the living nativity program.” The second the words left Molly Kincaid’s mouth, she wanted to take them back. One look at the relief on Pastor Jacob Thompson’s handsome face, and she knew she couldn’t.

“Are you sure?” He leaned against the side of the veterinary counter while she waited for Frank Simpson to pay for the medicine she’d prescribed for his son’s potbellied pig. Jacob scratched the fur between the Westie puppy’s ears. “Doreen is a seasoned program director, and last year during the living nativity she threatened to quit. She actually told me the best part of caring for her daughter would be skipping the program this year.” He set the Westie puppy on the floor in the gated-off play area, then ran a hand through his close-cropped ash blonde hair. “Orchestrating a nativity program with live animals and a dozen or more children and adults can be overwhelming. And there are multiple performances.”

Molly took the check from Frank’s outstretched hand. “Tell Wesley I said no lotion for Rudy. It clogs his pores.”

“Doc, I’ll do better than that. He puts lotion on Rudy again and he’s paying your bill.” He walked to the door and opened it. “Boy’s as tightfisted as ole Scrooge.” The black and white pig sashayed through the opening, followed by the farmer.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Readers can connect with me at my website www.terriweldon.com or on Seriously Write at www.SeriouslyWrite.blogspot.com

Merry Christmas Lena, thank you so much for hosting me on your blog today! I’m thrilled to be here.

It’s my pleasure, Terri, to have you here. And I love the title and cover of your book.

Readers, here’s a link to the book. By using it when you order, you help support this blog. 
The Christmas Bride Wore Boots (Berryhill Brides Book 1)

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Wednesday, December 07, 2016

JOSEPH: THE OTHER FATHER - Katheryn Maddox Haddad - One Free Book

Welcome back, Katheryn. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
In emotional scenes where the character goes through something that challenges his whole being, I put a lot of me in it. I go into slow motion and write each movement of the head, the eyes, the hands the way I think I would react. I also climb inside the character’s head and stir around in their confusion or stubbornness or whatever their mind is trying to comprehend.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Invented a man. The first time I drove 3,000 miles by myself, I stuffed my husband’s long-sleeved shirt with newspapers and propped him up in the passenger’s seat. I used a shower dolly stuck in “his” neck to put a ball cap on. He worked pretty good, but he was so big, he was in the way of my passenger-side window and I finally had to do away with my man.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
Age 10 in 1950. My mother happened to buy a little book of poems at the grocery store (unusual in those days) and I loved it. So I began writing my own poems. That or the following year I showed my teacher my poem about Abraham Lincoln and she asked to borrow it. The following week she handed the newspaper to me and told me to look on page so-and-so. There was my poem. I was published!

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
History and mystery. I do not like science-ficition. I cannot pronounce their names and I can never figure out if they are running through a real meadow or someone’s brain.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
That is behind me. I am widowed and get up every morning around 6:00. I send out my morning inspirational thought to some 30,000 people around the world, then settle down to writing. It now takes me about two weeks of researching all day every day, then three weeks to write a 400-page novel. The last part of the day, I teach English over the internet using the Bible as a text book. I have taught some 6,000 Muslims and have converts in hiding in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Jordan, Somalia, Palestine, and Uzbekistan. I go to bed around 11:00 and start over again the next morning. Most days are the same except Sundays.

That is awesome, Katheryn. How do you choose your characters’ names?
I write historical novels, so the main characters’ names are already chosen for me. Since I write a lot of the periods 1000 BC to 100 AD, I use online dictionaries of names in various ancient kingdoms.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Converting Muslims to Christ.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I would be a new-born animal of any kind. These little guys poke their noses into more things out of insatiable curiosity. They seem to fear nothing because they do not yet have the sense to fear.

What is your favorite food?
Applesauce or yogurt.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Oh, my. I never had a roadblock to writing. What I need to write next is always there in my head. My fingers cannot keep up.

Tell us about the featured book.
Imagine being told by God to guard His Son in a violent world until he is grown.

How does Joseph choose a city in strange Egypt to hide 2-year-old Jesus from Herod’s spies? Does he dare take 4-year-old Jesus to the temple where Herod’s son slaughters thousands?

How can Joseph protect Jesus with all the skirmishes and killing on roads everywhere by those vying to take over as king?

In what ways does Joseph handle the persecution in Nazareth by people who could count and knew Mary was pregnant before marrying Joseph?

What does Joseph do with Jesus in Nazareth, just three miles from Sepphoris, hotbed of zealot protesters, when Rome burns the city and crucifies 2000?

How Joseph teach Jesus to be a skilled carpenter in sometimes dangerous situations, and avoid being mauled in the mountains when they cut trees for lumber?

How many times, when Jesus was in danger did Joseph cry out, “God, help me protect our Son!”?

(NOTE: A year before Jesus’ death when he was rejected in Nazareth, they said, “Isn’t this the son of the carpenter?” In present tense.)

Please give us a peek inside your book.
Joseph reaches over and picks up four-year-old Jesus so Mary can crawl inside the tent and sleep before resuming their trip out of Egypt

He looks down at the innocent boy and cradles him in his big arms as he walks over to a nearby boulder. He sits and watches the boy in his slumber, taking smooth, even breaths.

“Oh, my son, my son,” Joseph says softly. “What is ahead for you where we are going? Will others rise up and try to kill you?”

He sways back and forth and looks up at the stars.

“What awaits you there, little boy? What challenges? How long will you be able to stay happy and carefree? How long will you be able to laugh easily and chase the squirrels and wiggle your little toes?”

He stares at an especially bright star and sways still.

“I feel so inadequate, Father. I do not think I will ever understand why you chose me. Help me. Never leave me. You promised you never would. Sometimes I feel so overwhelmed.”

Silence as he watches Jesus’ little chest rise and fall, and his breathing come easy and soft and gentle.

“It is going to be dangerous for him again, I fear. Oh, I know you said King Herod is dead. But now the fight for power begins as people rise up to take his place. Will little Jesus be in on that fight? Don’t let him be, Father. He is still too young. Oh, I realize you know that. But, I have to talk to someone and explain what I am feeling.”

He looks off into the darkness.

“How will he do it? How will he rise up to be the beloved divine king of the world? I do not understand. But I do not guess I need to understand.” Joseph pauses momentarily, looking down at Jesus’ lovely little face.

“Does he know yet? That he is your words on earth? Sometimes I think he senses it, the way he is with animals—even the little ants and crickets and butterflies. He really loves them. Sometimes I think he feels he needs to protect them.”

Joseph rocks little Jesus awhile, then stands and walks in a large circle. He hums. Sometimes he draws the little boy close to his chest as though trying to protect him from the whole evil world, then goes back to rocking him.

“Sleep on, my little boy. Sleep and dream and grow up to be as good and innocent as you are now.”


Joseph sits back down and leans against the same boulder. He leans his head back and hums a song of strong tenderness. Then it is dawn.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Newsletter: http://bit.ly/1xKBK4B
Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/28JKX8a  
Goodreads: http://bit.ly/28NjHXGI

Thank you, Katheryn, for sharing this book with us. I have always been interested in Joseph.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Joseph: The Other Father (Intrepid Men of God) (Volume 5) - Paperback
Joseph: The Other Father (Intrepid Men of God Book 5) - Kindle

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Tuesday, December 06, 2016

SOAR LIKE EAGLES - Terri Wangard - One Book Giveaway

Welcome back, Terri. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
My family genealogy influenced the first book in my WWII series. I have another World War II book not under contract. I’ve started a WWI era series, the third book influenced by family history. Eventually, I’d like to write about some of my immigrating ancestors.

My second and third book had events from my immigrating ancestors. Tell us a little about your family.
I never married, no children. My dad started Classic Boating magazine in 1984. I was a librarian at the time, but as the business grew, I left the library in 1986 to work full-time with my folks and brother on the magazine. That’s still my day job, working with Dad and Jim.

Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
Definitely. I critique whatever I read. This one tells, not shows, or that one lacks a deep point of view. I don’t read as many novels as I once did. Because I write historical, I read a lot of nonfiction based on the eras I’m researching.

I know what you mean. When a story can turn off that internal editor, I know it’s a very good book. What are you working on right now?
From World War II, I’ve backed up to the time of World One I. Presently I’m working on one set in 1915, to be followed by 1917-18, and a third in the postwar years.

What outside interests do you have?
I’m on the email list for Historic Milwaukee and often join my brother in touring old homes or buildings. I used to travel overseas frequently, and I miss that, but in today’s security conscious world, it’s stressful. I flew home from Switzerland in 2006, two days after an incident (I think the shoe bomber). The airports were in turmoil.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
For my WWII series, I selected the air base at Ridgewell because it was easy to pronounce. For my new book, Soar Like Eagles, I used the Queen Mary because its well-known and easy to research. For my current series in progress, I chose Milwaukee because it’s close by and deep in my family history.

If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
One of my foremothers. Eight of my ancestors immigrated to New France as “daughters of the king” in the seventeenth century, sent to the new world to marry the soldiers and other men who were here. What was that like to leave everything known and go to a frontier land and marry a stranger? Many of their fathers were either dead or too poor to provide a dowry.

What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
How slim the chances of being published are. Or all the rules―deep point of view, floating body parts, active instead of passive voice, don’t use “looked,” its weak. 

I like to think of some of those things as suggestions, instead of rules. There are occasions when each of those things is acceptable to make your story better. What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
Patience, or maybe forbearance. I started writing in 2008 and signed my first contract in 2015. Finally, I’d made it. My first two books were published in January and May of 2016. Then the publisher went out of business and my books were immediately unavailable. That was devastating. I am very fortunate. Celebrate Lit picked up my series.

What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Be prepared to wait a long time before landing a contract.
Have a hefty expense account. I’ve spent thousands of dollars on conferences and research.
Join a critique group and enter contests. They keep you from being isolated and serve as measuring sticks of your growth as a writer.

Tell us about the featured book.
Carol becomes a Red Cross doughnut girl, serving GIs and boosting their morale. Believing wartime romances are doomed to disappointment, she attempts to avoid entanglements and transfers to France, away from Chet, the airman she’s falling for. 

Chet’s father always belittled him. Now a well-regarded navigator, he longs to prove him wrong. After he’s ditched in the North Sea, parachuted into France, and been called before a review, his focus changes to staying alive, and winning the Red Cross girl he keeps crossing paths with.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Dennison, Ohio
Wednesday, December 29, 1943
Carol Doucet unscrewed the bolt and wrestled the meat grinder off the table’s edge. As she scraped the last of the ham sandwich spread out of the grinder, her friend Fran laid out slices of bread.

Fran blew a wisp of hair out of her eyes. “I still can’t believe you gave up your job.”

Carol pursed her lips. Why couldn’t Fran understand her desire? They’d been over this countless times since she’d received notice from the Red Cross to report to Washington.
“Giving up my job as a society reporter can hardly be considered a sacrifice.” She twirled her spoon in the air. “‘Olive Sullivan wore a crimson gown trimmed with antique lace to last night’s Rotary Christmas party.’” The spoon hit the table with a clank. “That is so frivolous. Who cares, with a war going on? I’m determined to do my part in the war effort, no matter how insignificant it seems.”

“What do you call this?” Fran waved her hand around the train station’s back room before grabbing the bowl of ham salad. She slopped the spread onto the slices of bread. “We’re volunteering our time, our food, and our thanks to the servicemen coming through Ohio. Carol, you don’t have to go overseas to serve coffee and doughnuts.”

Carol added top slices of bread, cut the sandwiches in half diagonally, and stacked them on a platter. “No, but I want to go. The war is having a profound effect on our generation and I want to be part of it, to see it. I want to help. I’m sure I’ll still have opportunities to write while overseas, maybe not as a reporter, but about my own experiences.”

“Wars are deadly, Carol. You could be killed.”

“The Red Cross won’t send us to the front. I’ll be safe.”

“Are you sure you’re not just running away from Sally and Mike?”

Fran’s quiet question stopped Carol’s hand from draping a tea towel over the sandwiches. “I can’t believe you would think that.”

Someone started a phonograph record, and the melancholy strains of “I’ll Be Home for Christmas” flooded the train station. Carol winced. A song about a soldier dreaming of being home with his loved ones for the holiday was not going to cheer the soldiers and sailors crisscrossing the country in training and preparation for shipping out to the war zones.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Soar Like Eagles: http://amzn.to/2dMEDNJ

Readers, leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book (print in US, ebook if foreign winner). 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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Monday, December 05, 2016

COUNTERFEIT - Lee Carver - One Free Book

Dear Readers, Lee is a dear friend of mine. I mentored her for several years, and now she’s helping other authors who want to Indie publish. I love her writing. Her characters are well-developed, and she does the research to make sure her stories are authentic, even though her characters and their plot lines are fiction.

Welcome back, Lee. Why did you become an author?
I had just re-retired after six years as a volunteer missionary in the Brazilian Amazon, and wanted to illustrate real missionaries and life in the Amazon. The jungle is not anything like that of Tarzan movies, the missionaries are real people. I have tremendous admiration for those we worked with, yet they are faulted as we are, and most have strong personalities. They need that to face the challenges and frustrating limitations that complicate their mission. The characters in my Brazilian novels (three yet to be published) aspire to bring life and breath to these people and their surroundings.

If you weren’t an author, what would be your dream job?
I wanted to be a medical doctor for most of my life through college, but was talked out of it by friends and received no encouragement from my parents, teachers, or friends. I became a high school biology and chemistry teacher instead. If I had it to do over again, I would persist on the path to medicine. But I would never have met my husband on that path, which is the one huge compensation for my life as it played out.

If you could have lived at another time in history, what would it be and why?
I was a child in the 1950s, which were far more peaceful and relaxed than today. I was safe and free to roam on my bike in ways that are unimaginable today. Aspirin caps weren’t sealed and passengers just bought a ticket and walked onto an airplane—not that I did until after graduating from college. I would like to spend more time in that era in my small Alabama town.

What place in the United States have you not visited that you would like to?
My husband and I want to drive through the Northeast in autumn. We’d planned to this year, but our daughter and her teenage daughters moved in with us during their relocation from Michigan to Texas, and we felt it better to stay home with them. Maybe next year.

How about a foreign country you hope to visit?
Been there, done that. We’ve lived in Greece, Saudi Arabia, Argentina, Indonesia, Brazil, and Spain, and I’ve traveled in forty-nine countries. Europe is expensive, the Middle East is dangerous, and travel has become a royal pain. Life and travel in the United States is so much better!

What lesson has the Lord taught you recently?
As I wrote in the back of my previous book, Retreat to Shelter Creek, pardon me if it sounds sanctimonious, but at this ripe age, I’ve finally learned that the only things worth spending your days on are what’s done with and for God. This includes raising a family and getting an education and holding a job, and I did those things. As a Stephen Minister and member of the Prayer Shawl Ministry, showing love and support for others has become my mission at this time and place. People hurt. Friends suffer and die. I want to be there for them and their families.

Tell us about the featured book. 
Kendra Cooper copied fine art, but she never sold the paintings as originals. As a librarian at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, she needed the extra income to pay her college and graduate school debts—tuition her father refused to pay because he considered the study of art to be useless. She’d scrimped for years to take a vacation in Europe and see the great masters. She never dreamed she’d be suspected of painting fraudulent fine art.
Richard Reed, art professor at Emory, agreed to a summer stint with the Experts Group of Interpol to identify frauds and assist in finding their source. With no detective training, no gun, this should be a fun summer in Europe. He had nothing to show Interpol until observing Kendra at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum intently studying and photographing 17th and 18th Century art, his specialty. Maybe she was the lead he needed. When the police raided her apartment and found her masterfully-painted copy of Vermeer’s Milkmaid, he was convinced.
Unfounded accusation moves to a tentative working relationship as Kendra and Richard combat greed and deception to gain what cannot be bought.

Please give us the first page of Counterfeit.
Richard eased his cell phone from his pocket and snapped a photo of the young woman from the back, recording little more than her clothing and height. And her slender frame. She had stood in front of the Vermeer for a good twenty minutes, sometimes taking a step left or right, backward or forward. At times she slipped a small camera out of her jeans to snap a specific area of the canvas, which the Rijks Museum allowed without flash, her attention focused on each element of The Milkmaid.

Sure, the painting was beautiful. Exquisite even. But for detail and complexity, it didn’t compare with Rembrandt’s The Night Watch, which covered most of the wall at the end of the gallery. A shifting swarm of museum visitors gaped and photographed that canvas, his personal favorite. Such intricate detail. Such masterful use of shades and focusing.

Maybe he’d finally stumbled upon a lead to the counterfeit art. He could be back on the plane in a few weeks with a feather in his professorial cap. The element of danger in this assignment had intrigued him at first, but he was way out of his element.

The woman sighed and checked her watch. Richard smoothly moved to a painting on a different wall, turning his back to her and bending his face down to the information plaque at the right. Her steps sounded toward the double glass door.

He looked up as she waltzed through the great hall as if she owned the place and was scanning it for decorating ideas about the ball she would give that weekend. Her expression, glimpsed from the side, radiated a calm pleasure.

Not what he would expect from a fraud artist.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
www.amazoncurrents.homestead.com
www.facebook.com/lee.carver.507 


Thank you, Lee, for sharing this new book with us. I am eager to read it, and I know my readers will be, too.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Counterfeit - Paperback
Counterfeit - Kindle

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Sunday, December 04, 2016

WINNERS!!!!

BJM (SC) is the winner of Other Than a Halo, by Valerie Comer.

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Friday, December 02, 2016

BETTER LATTE THAN NEVER - Yvonne Lehman - One Free Book

Welcome back, Yvonne. What would you like for our readers to know about you personally?
I didn’t know, nor aspire to being, a writer. In my early thirties, while teaching a Sunday school class of girls age 17-married, I wanted us to show brotherly-love to young Black girls, but the church (pastor, deacon except one) was against it. After six months of questioning, disappointment in those who had mentored me in the Christian life, I was faced with leaving the church or turning it all over to God (I’m a little slow sometime!). I rededicated my life, saw the ad in Decision Magazine about the Billy Graham School of Christian Writing, began to realize I wrote down things all the time—the wonderful, the not-so-good, questionings, thoughts, re-wrote the SS lessons … the result became a whole new unexpected world opening up to me. God closed the minds of that church to lead me into writing! Later, the church helped the Black community build their own church, which is what they wanted. The moral of MY story is: when God closes a door that seems right, maybe he’s just leading you into something even better. Don’t complain, just continue the journey.

Tell us about your family.
Sorry … don’t want to be sued. I do have a white and blond Pomeranian named Rigel. Named him after a Titanic survivor dog since my Pom is a rescued dog.

After my siblings and I were grown up and had homes of our own, my parents had Poms. We loved them. Have you written other nonfiction books?
I’ve written 57 novels, the most popular being Hearts that Survive—A Novel of the Titanic, which I frequently sign at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. A compilation of articles, Why? Titanic Moments will be released in March 2017. I’ve compiled articles for Writing Right to Success, 25 writers’ journeys and craft information. Also have compiled seven non-fiction books in the Divine Moments series.

Do you have any other books in the works right now?
I continue accepting articles for the Moments series. Currently receiving articles for (1) Merry Christmas Moments 2017, (2) Coola-nary Moments, culinary mishaps or interesting cooking moments and recipes, (3) Personal Titanic Moments, stories of grandeur and/or disaster and lessons learned, (4) Questionable Moments, what you felt God/Jesus asked and your response such as “Where are you?” “Do you love me?” “Do you believe?” “Do you want to be healed?” “Why are you crying?” “Where is your faith?” “What do you want?” etc. etc. Also, I’m contracted for one novella, working on another, and thinking about a novel.

What kinds of hobbies and leisure activities do you enjoy?
Holidays with family, shopping, eating popcorn, and watching TV at 8:00 p.m., reading.

Why did you write the featured book?
Barbour announced they were starting a line for cozies. I’d written a lot of books for them so thought I’d try this. Their line closed but I then had in mind a series. The story is set in Black Mountain where I live. I wrote some of it in a coffee shop which is the primary setting of the book. Some readers who know me say the sleuth is like … me. The book is published by Forget Me Not Romances (Winged Publications).

I’m reading Better Latte Than Never right now, and loving it. What do you want the reader to take away from the book?
Enjoyment. Although somebody is murdered, it’s otherwise a light, fun, easy-read, trying to decide who dunnit. The sleuth displays her faith (belief and doubts) in her actions and thoughts. Her devotional reading is the book of Job and she begins to think she might be a modern-day Job. There’s no particular “lesson” but the reader gets the picture of how various characters/people live their lives and what they believe.

Is there anything else you’d like to tell my readers about you or your book?
I founded and directed the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference for 25 years and for the past nine years have directed the Blue Ridge “Autumn in the Mountains” Novelist Retreat held annually in October at Ridgecrest Conference Center, North Carolina. Register by the end of February and get $75 discount on registration fee.

Please tell us about the book.
Back cover blurb: Sixty-two-year-old GraceAnn McKinney owns The Daily Grind, a coffee shop in the mountains of western North Carolina, but she is better known as Little Piney Cove’s obituary writer. All she wants to do that fateful morning is ask Tom Smalley, the editor of Little Piney Times newspaper, one simple life-changing question.

However, before she can ask Tom the question, Mayor Upton Downs falls to the floor of The Daily Grind. A series of complex events follows that could result in either GraceAnn, her niece Ivy – or both – facing a murder charge. In her orange Volkswagen, named FIDO, her acronym for Forget-It-and-Drive-On, GraceAnn determines to find the truth. For directionally-challenged GraceAnn, truth is often easier to find than her intended destination.

Where on the Internet can the readers find you?
I have a website and am in the slow process of adding to it: www.yvonnelehman.com. I blog once a month on Novel Rocket, and on ChristiansRead.

Thank you, Yvonne, for sharing this cozy mystery with us. I know my readers will love it as much as I do.

Readers, here’s a link to the book. By using it when you order, you help support this blog.
Better Latte Than Never (A GraceAnn McKinney Mystery Book 1)

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

PURSUING GOLD - Cynthia L Simmons - One Free Book

Welcome, Cynthia. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I usually pick a person to style my characters after, but I do tend to describe my own feelings, especially in the main character.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Ventriloquism. As a high school girl, I presented a lot to groups of younger kids.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I’ve always been a wordy person, but I didn’t discover I could write. I chose to work at learning the craft, which was a lot of work. When I started, I told real stories because I wasn’t even sure what made up a story.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I love mysteries and suspense. I read them to relax and shut out the world. However, I also enjoy a nicely layered story like Cynthia Ruchti’s novels. Apologetics is also one of my favorite things to read.

Cynthia’s first novel really grabbed me, and I’ve read the rest as well. One of my favorite authors. How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Quiet time with the Lord works best. I turn off all technology and just pray.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
In Pursuing Gold, I wanted old-fashioned Southern names, so I chose those that would fit the time. A few people in the story actually lived, so I didn’t have to choose names.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I’m truly proud of the research behind my first novel, Pursuing Gold.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I would be a cat. I love being comfortable, and I can relate to a cat fluffing their pillows and blankets.

What is your favorite food?
Ice Cream. I could eat it in freezing weather.

Since losing weight, I don’t eat it as often, but I could eat ice cream in any weather. What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
I tend to be so focused on the story that I don’t describe much. Editors would ask me about where the scene took place. I started visualizing before writing so I could describe.

Tell us about the featured book.
Peter and Mary Beth must keep their Confederate bank alive in the Civil War. They must discover who forged Peter’s signature to counterfeit money before it causes the bank to fail.

Please give us the first page of the book.
April 12, 1862
Chattanooga, Tennessee
What a dilemma! Peter Chandler glared at Mr. Shaw, the burly Confederate bureaucrat lecturing him. Shaw could easily snap someone’s neck, and in his role, the man posed a real danger. After Peter had seen the Confederate government sell Negroes like cattle, he had to turn them down. “I’m sorry. C and R Bank will not loan money to the Confederacy.”

Lifting one massive eyebrow reflecting his opinion of Peter’s idiocy, he slapped a sheaf of letters on the desk, and growled, “These refusals you sent me place you in danger. We want to know where your loyalties lie. When the war is over, you will be glad you sided with us.”

Peter had to think fast. “We are a small bank fully invested in the community, so we cannot shoulder the risk of another loan.”

The man’s dark eyes flared. “You are far too hasty. I might have to speak to my Nashville friends about your bank charter.”

Nashville? The Union holds the city now. You won’t get anywhere talking to them.”

“My friends still have the reins of power. Let me enlighten you—”

Peter tuned out the rest of the speech. If Shaw knew the right people, he could attempt to get the bank charter revoked. If he succeeded, Peter would lose the bank.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
If you use my middle initial, I’m easy to find. Cynthia L Simmons. I’m named after my father, C.L. Thomas.

My website is www.clsimmons.com.
Twitter: @CynthiaLSimmons

My radio show, Heart of the Matter, is on my website and also on Soundcloud.

Thank you, Cynthia, for sharing this book with us. One of my novels is about a shipment of gold that disappeared after the Civil War, so your book interests me.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Pursuing Gold: A Novel of the Civil War - paperback
Pursuing Gold: A Novel of the Civil War - Kindle

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

THE AMISH PRINCESS - Patrick E Craig - One Free Book

Bio: Best-selling author Patrick E. Craig is a lifelong writer and musician who left a successful songwriting and performance career in the music industry to follow Christ in 1984. In 2011, he signed a three-book deal with Harvest House Publishers to publish his Apple Creek Dreams series. His current series is The Paradise Chronicles and the first book in the series, The Amish Heiress, was published by P and J Publishing in August of 2015 and remained on the Amazon bestseller lists for seven months. The second book in the series, The Amish Princess, will be released in December. Patrick and his wife Judy make their home in Idaho and are the parents of two adult children and have five grandchildren.

Welcome, Patrick. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I was actually challenged by an editor at a major publishing house to send him a one-sheet. He wanted an Amish story or a quilting story, so I sent him the idea for A Quilt For Jenna, and they bought the story. And that's what launched me on my journey as one of about six men writing Amish fiction.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
The day I married my wife Judy was the happiest day of my life.

How has being published changed your life?
I always wanted to write books. I spent many years as a professional musician writing songs. Then after I came to the Lord I went into the ministry and became a teaching pastor, but my dream was always to write fiction. When I got my first book published it gave me a reason to focus my life and my energy on writing and so that is now the main thing I do.

What are you reading right now?
I've been reading a lot of Louis L'Amour books. I had never read them before but when I discovered that the man had sold millions of adventure stories I decided I should check him out. A bookstore in our town was going out of business and we found about fifty Louis L'Amour books for fifty cents each. So I have read through the Sackett series and about fifteen of his other books.

I read Louis L’Amour books when I was growing up. Loved them. What is your current work in progress?
Now that The Amish Princess is finished, I am moving on to the last book in The Paradise Chronicles series. It's titled The Mennonite Queen and it's set in the sixteenth century in Germany. It's the story of a Polish princess who runs away with her Mennonite stable boy but eventually has to choose between him and saving her country.

What would be your dream vacation?
My wife and I would love to visit New Zealand, especially after we saw the Lord of the Rings movies which were all set in that beautiful country.

Visiting New Zealand and then Australia is on my Bucket List. How do you choose your settings for each book?
When I first started writing an Amish Quilting story, I researched the places where there were a lot of Amish Quilters. I discovered a town in Ohio, Dalton, that had the biggest quilting fair in the country. As I looked at Dalton on the map, I discovered a small village named Apple Creek about ten miles away. I decided that would be a perfect setting for a series and so the Apple Creek Dreams series was born. In that series, one of the characters ended up finding long lost relatives in Paradise, Pennsylvania, and so that became the focus of my next series, The Paradise Chronicles. The setting for The Amish Princess was born out of my love for several of Zane Grey's books, which were set in the Ohio wilderness in the revolutionary war period.

Another of my favorite authors when I was growing up was Zane Grey. If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
I'd love to sit with Dr. Ben Carson and just talk to him about the next several years in this country under a new, conservative administration. I am hoping that Dr. Carson will have a lot of influence in the new government.                   

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Fishing, music, traveling in our trailer.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
My most difficult obstacle is staying focused on a specific writing goal each week. My mind tends to wander so I need to really kick myself to keep up with writing every day. So I get up around 5:30 every morning. I sit at the kitchen table in a straight-backed chair and drink a big cup of coffee.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
The most important thing a new writer can do is learn your craft. Go to conferences, get books on writing and study them, read authors you like, and authors that have been recognized as good writers. Then listen to the Lord for the story He wants you to tell and then write it. Don't worry about getting published, just write. Then when opportunity knocks answer the door.

Tell us about the featured book, The Amish Princess.
Opahtuhwe, the White Deer, is the beautiful daughter of Wingenund, the most powerful chief of the Delaware tribe. She is revered by her people–a true Indian princess. Everything changes when the murderous Delaware renegade known as Scar brings three Amish prisoners to the Delaware camp. Jonathan and Joshua Hershberger are twin brothers that Scar has determined to adopt and teach the Indian way. The third prisoner is Jonas Hershberger, their father, who has been made a slave because he would not defend his family. White Deer is drawn to Jonathan but his hatred of the Indians makes him push her away. Joshua's gentle heart and steadfast refusal to abandon the Amish faith lead White Deer to a life-changing decision and rejection by her people. In the end, White Deer must choose between the ways of her people and her new-found faith. And complicating it all is her love for the man who can only hate her.

Please give us the first page of the book.
The smell of death was everywhere in the steerage area of the schooner Charming Nancy. Jonas Hershberger gagged at the stench as he made his way up from the hold. He could not stand being below decks one minute more—seeing the white, tear-stained faces of grieving fathers and mothers and hearing the moans of the dying. He passed by Bishchopp Kauffman on his way forward. The once-energetic leader of their flock now sat silently, staring at the shroud-wrapped body of his youngest child. The bishchopp looked up at him and shook his head. He whispered something to Jonas.
                       
Jonas leaned closer. "What, Bishchopp?"
                       
The man took hold of Jonas' arm with a painful grip. "He let loose on them his fierce anger, wrath, indignation, and distress, a company of destroying angels."
                       
Jonas pulled his arm away and stood staring at the man for a moment, and then he turned and blindly groped his way to the ladder that led upwards toward the fresh air and escape from the horror below.
                       
The Amish people on board the ship had not expected such trials when they left Lomersheim near Wurtemburg that spring. Indeed, the Hershberger family and those who traveled with them had been full of joy as they prepared to depart. After the Palatinate and nearby areas had been repeatedly invaded by the French, the Anabaptists living there had struggled with the devastation and famine that followed, as well as the constant threat of religious persecution. When the man who represented William Penn came to their village and told glowing tales of Pennsylvania—the rich farmland, the mighty forests, the rivers teeming with fish, the abundance of game and most of all, the freedom from tyranny and death at the hands of other Christians, Jonas' father, Mathias, had leapt at the chance to emigrate.
                       
So the Hershbergers set out on their journey with others from their village. In the spring of 1737, they journeyed to Rotterdam and there they joined a group of Amish people who were to board the Charming Nancy and set sail for the new world. But trouble found them before they even started. On the twenty-eighth of June while they were still in Rotterdam getting ready to set out, Bishchopp Kauffman’s daughter, Zernbli, died. On the twenty-ninth, the ship went under sail but enjoyed only one and a half days of favorable wind. Then on the seventh day of July, early in the morning, the Zimmerman’s son-in-law died. The travelers landed at Plymouth, England, on the eighth of July. During the nine days the ship remained in port, five more children died.
                       
And so it went. As the endless days on the gray-green sea crept by, the list grew longer. Lisbetli Kaufmann died, followed swiftly by four more. On the first of August another of the Bischopp’s children, Hansli, died, then five more children died. On the twenty-eighth, Hans Gasi’s wife died. During the voyage of eighty-three days, one in nine of the passengers succumbed and the Charming Nancy became a death-ship. Jonas had watched his father and mother work themselves into exhaustion nursing the sick and praying for deliverance. And now, at last they were coming to Pennsylvania.

Jonas climbed up the last steps of the ladder and staggered onto the deck. The ship was slowly making its way against the current. He felt the fresh wind that was moving them upstream and smelled the fields that lay on both sides of the great river. His hair whipped in the chill breeze but he did not want to go below deck again, not ever. It was so good to see land again. He closed his eyes and breathed deeply. Then he opened them and began to look more closely at the shoreline. As the ship rounded a promontory, he saw a small figure on the bank. It looked like an Indian boy with a basket slung over his shoulder. He wore a breechclout and leggings that covered his nakedness. The boy stood silently, staring at Jonas as the ship passed. Jonas waved to him but the boy did not wave back or make any sign. Then the boy turned and disappeared into the tall grass lining the shore.

How can readers find you on the Internet?

Where can readers purchase my books?
http://tinyurl.com/n6sfagg Amazon

Thank you, Patrick, for sharing this new book with us. I've not read any historical Amish books.

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.)

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