Monday, March 30, 2015

JESSIE'S PEARLS - Patti Lacy - One Free Book

Welcome back, Patti. What would you like for our readers to know about you personally?
I’m Patti Lacy, the novelist from Normal, Illinois, and did not feel called to write anything but embarrassing love letters and maudlin poetry until I was 50 years young. If I can get my stories down on paper, so can you!!

Tell us about your family.
From the very beginning of my writing journey, my husband Alan, a textbook writer and college professor, told me I could write the story of my best friend, an Irishwoman who dealt with, not one, but two dysfunctional mothers. Two years later, An Irishwoman’s Tale hit the bookstores. I so appreciate 37 years of wonderful marriage! Alan and I have two grown children: Sarah, who is getting a doctorate in Central American history, and Thomas, who works in Waco, Texas, where, eons ago, I went to college. We also have a dog named Laura who loves to take long walks through our neighborhood.

Have you written other nonfiction books?
Yes! Tattooed by Jesus, a memoir, traces the amazing journey of Bonnie Kae Lentz, a Christian minister who once thought Jesus was a cuss word. Bonnie now runs The Jesus House in our sister city, Bloomington, Illinois. I’ve also published four novels: An Irishwoman’s Tale, What the Bayou Saw, The Rhythm of Secrets, and Reclaiming Lily.

Do you have any other books in the works right now?
My agent, Natasha Kern, has a proposal for a contemporary fiction series and a historical fiction series. I also have a few ideas percolating in my gray matter.

What kinds of hobbies and leisure activities do you enjoy?
Is there a writer who doesn’t love books? Every night, they tuck me in bed and carry me away…
I also love jogging and have completed marathons, though these days, we’re talking 5Ks.

Why did you write the featured book?
At the most unexpected place, my 40th high school reunion in Monroe, Louisiana, a classmate, Gary McCormick, the son of Jessie, our book’s heroine, approached me and said, “Has my mom ever got a story!” I bit back, “Doesn’t everyone?” and listened halfheartedly, more interested in seeing old friends and drinking in the scenes on the bayou out back. A few weeks later, Gary called me and continued sharing his mom’s story. He finally hooked me with talk of Jessie’s back-breaking labor in the 1930s as a cotton picker and her determination to escape the eviction notices that hounded their family. Single-mindedly, Jessie faced crisis after crisis in her life. Then she found herself financially comfortable, even wealthy, but a knock at her door brought the biggest crisis of all.

What do you want the reader to take away from the book?
Jessie’s Pearls explores the life of a driven woman who learns the meaning of family, loss, perseverance, and, through the grace of Jesus Christ, finds a faith that will last forever. Despite our heroine’s incredible work ethic and generosity, Jessie made mistakes in her life, and paid a steep price. I loved seeing how Jessie learned from her trials and determined to let God work for good in all things.

I also want the reader to understand the depths of pain suffered by many during the Great Depression, World War II, post World War II, and the Vietnam era. History can be a marvelous teacher!         

Is there anything you’d like to tell my readers about you or your book?
Jessie’s Pearls has a Southern flavor and a country girl’s heart. I want you to smell the fragrant magnolia blossoms and see the live oak trees droop their moss-covered branches over the bayou waters. I want you to taste the twice-dipped fried chicken and fresh snap peas. I pray that this memoir will prove to be an enjoyable read, a story with take-away value, and a sensory experience!

I know you’ve piqued the interest of all my readers. Where on the Internet can they find you?
This is a GREAT time to mention my long-time critique partner and Jessie’s Pearls cowriter, Sara Richardson, whose debut novel, No Better Man, has been endorsed by Debbie Macomber, Lori Wilde, and Katie Lane. Find Sara at www.sararichardson.com.

My website is www.pattilacy.com. I also talk books, art, and Jesus at Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/patti.lacy; www.facebook.com/pages/Patti-Lacy/190783284280488.

Lena, thanks for chance to share with your great readers. God bless!

And thank you, Patti, for sharing this new book with us.

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Jessie's Pearls - Paperback
Jessie's Pearls - Kindle

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Sunday, March 29, 2015

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Friday, March 27, 2015

WRITER OFF THE LEASH - Michelle Griep - One Free Book

Welcome back, Michelle. What would you like for our readers to know about you personally?
I’ve been writing since I first discovered Crayolas and blank wall space. Oh yeah, and about that graffiti incident as a teen? So sorry. So, so sorry. I’ve since grown-up—mostly—and currently write historical fiction in the frozen tundra of Minnesota. I also teach writing and history (go figure) at a high school, homeschool co-op.

Tell us about your family.
My husband and I have one birdy still in the nest—a twenty-year-old who daily rolls her eyes at me. Guess she hasn’t hit the my-mom-is-the-savviest-woman-ever stage yet. I’ve also got two transplants under my roof: a friend’s teenage son and a fuzzy-muzzled brindle boxer . . . the canine variety, not the underpants.

Have you written other nonfiction books?
This is my first toe-dipping experience in the waters of nonfiction. Guess what? The water’s not too chilly, so I just might dive in any time.

Do you have any other books in the works right now?
Currently I’m working on a sequel to my latest fiction release Brentwood’s Ward. It’s about a fellow officer in the Bow Street Runners (first police force in London). Here’s a blurb:
Honorable ALEXANDER MOORE goes undercover as a rogue gentleman to expose a traitorous plot against the king—and a master he is with his disguise, for JOHANNA LANGLEY believes him to be quite the cad. But when Johanna is swept up in the intrigue, Alex must choose between his mission and the woman he’s come to love.

Sounds interesting. What kinds of hobbies and leisure activities do you enjoy?
Skipping the pond over to England. LOVE to travel and that’s where I’d spend every penny to visit. Permanently, preferably. I also love to walk my dog around the bajillion lakes near my house and to rollerblade. Reading is a given.

Why did you write the featured book?
Two reasons. One, the clamor of my blog readers who kept slapping me up beside the head with all their “you ought to put this into a book” kind of comments. Two, a friend who threw down the gauntlet and challenged me to self-pub. Who can refuse a double-dog dare?
 
What do you want the reader to take away from the book?
Encouragement. There are so many hurdles and roadblocks on the writing journey that it makes everyone want to quit at some point in time. This book gives the reader hands-on life hacks to avoid landing in a writerly ditch.

Is there anything you’d like to tell my readers about you or your book?
Writer Off the Leash examines a few questions that lots of people have, but are afraid to ask. Are you a writer at heart? How can you tell? And if you are, how do you go about composing and selling the next Great American Novel? All these and more are answered in an easy to understand tongue-in-cheek style. This is more than a how-to book. It’s a kick in the pants for anyone who wants to write but is stymied by fear, doubt, or simply doesn’t know how to take their writing to the next level.

Where on the Internet can the readers find you?
Follow my adventures and find out about upcoming new releases at her blog, Writer Off the Leash, or stop by her website. You can also find her at the usual haunts of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest.

Thank you, Michelle, for sharing this new book with us.

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Writer Off the Leash: Growing in the Writing Craft - paperback
WRITER OFF THE LEASH: Growing in the Writing Craft - Kindle

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

THE SALT COVENANTS - Sylvia Bambola - One Free Book

Bio: Born in Romania in 1945, Sylvia Bambola lived her early years in Germany. At seven she relocated with her adopted family and saw the Statue of Liberty and America for the first time. But the memory of those years in Germany inspired her to write Refiner’s Fire, which won a Silver Angel Award, and was a Christy Finalist. Her frequent moves as an “army brat” gave her an opportunity to see America and fall in love with her new country. Bambola has authored seven novels, has two grown children, teaches women’s Bible studies, and is learning the guitar.

Welcome, Sylvia. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
Christian fiction is a great non-threatening way to share spiritual truths. That’s how Jesus did it, with parables, stories. My desire is to write stories that both entertain and reveal these truths and in the process perhaps touch hearts for Jesus.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
Marrying my husband, Vincent. But can’t stop there. Also the days my sons and daughter were born. Can’t beat them.

How has being published changed your life?
If I had never been published I would surely be holding some other kind of job. So being published has definitely kept me writing and pigeon-holed me as to what type of job I would be doing for years and years.

What are you reading right now?
Bill Salus’s Psalm 83-The Missing Prophecy Revealed has me hooked. It’s non-fiction. Because I am a Bible study teacher and student of end-time prophecy I find it fascinating.

What is your current work in progress?
My last two novels were both set outside the US, so I decided to make the setting of my next novel, Pennsylvania. I must confess I’ve fallen in love with that state. The story line involves three sisters, some suspense, and some romance.

What would be your dream vacation?
Without question, a trip to Israel. For years I’ve longed to go there, but never have. Maybe someday. It’s still a dream of mine.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
First I pray and ask God for direction. Then I allow Him to place in me or stir up already placed interests, and follow that trail. The end result is that I always have passion for the things I write about. And I think this is very necessary because if we don’t love what we’re writing about I don’t think we can expect our readers to love it either.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Aside from members of my family, I would have to say I’d love an evening with Carley Fiorina. Named by Forbes Magazine in 2001 as one of the 30 most powerful women in America, she was the CEO of Hewlett-Packard for six years. Others call her the “worst tech CEO of all times.”

Why Fiorina? Because she was successfully able to compete in a man’s world. Things I’d like to know would be 1) her faith and God’s role in her private and professional life 2) what was the cost in terms of family/husband/friends 3) what things would she do differently? And finally 4) would she do it all over again?

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I’m presently learning the guitar, but oh, so poorly. Someday when I have more time, I’d really like to put some effort into this.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Once I start a project I become laser focused, and it’s hard for me to take time out or take interest in house cleaning, cooking, etc. I overcome it by sheer willpower. I literally force myself to do all the extraneous things that need to be done.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
NEVER GIVE UP! But while you are waiting for that “break,” learn your craft, work hard, and get connected with other writers. Then trust God to open the doors He wants you to walk through.

Tell us about the featured book.
The setting is Spain 1493. Isabel has broken her mother’s heart by becoming a sincere convert to Christianity. But when she is noticed by Friar Alonso at La Casa Santa, the Holy House, she is forced to flee the Inquisition by entering into a loveless marriage and sailing with Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the New World. But all too soon Isabel is forced to struggle alone in her new life and new faith. With all the risks and hardships her very survival is in question. And what about love? Will she ever find such a thing in this strange land? And will the dangerous Enrique Vivar’s hidden agenda cost her her life?

Please give us the first page of the book.
I have broken Mama’s heart.

That thought has festered a fortnight. Our physician, Hernando Diaz, would call it a lingering agitation, the kind that upsets the bodily humors. He is full of such vague assertions. I am not as vague. I picture sores, like the ones on Catalina’s legs, marring the fabric of my brain and robbing it of peace.

The soft shuffle of Mama’s feet pulls me from my thoughts, and I turn from the cupboard. Please . . . look at me. But she does not. Her eyes have not met mine in weeks. And the silence between us is as thick as the Pillars of Hercules. It is strange, this silence, so foreign to us who once discussed the writings of Maimonides and Rashi for endless hours. I have the power to repair this breach but I will not. Even now that knowledge overwhelms me, and I wonder at the wisdom of my confession. I have learned too late that confessions are not always the satisfying exercise one anticipates, unless they are made to God.

 “I have checked the larder for mold, and bunched the sage.” I wait for Mama’s response, but she just raises her knife in the air. The metal glints as it catches the light coming through the small overhead windows. In one swift motion she drags the blade across the edge of her thumb nail. A sliver, like an almond chip, flies across the room and disappears. My heart flies with it, for I know she is testing to see that the knife conforms to halakah, to Jewish law.

Oh, Mama.

How can readers find you on the Internet?




Book buy links:


bookamillion.com: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Salt-Covenants/Sylvia-Bambola/9780989970778?id=6217838042591

Thank you, Sylvia, for sharing part of your life and this book with us.

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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

AGNES HOPPER SHAKES UP SWEETBRIAR - Carol Guthrie Heilman - One Free Book

Welcome, Carol. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I have always been drawn to the vulnerable, especially children and the elderly who often have no one to speak for them. In my writings a character may become that voice.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I don’t know about quirky, but the scariest was riding a camel along the edge of Mt. Sinai in the dark in order to reach the summit by sunrise. Everyone in our group survived and the reward was stunning.

When did you first discover that you were a writer
While attending a business convention with my husband I bought a book on creativity and completed a ten-minute “free-writing” exercise. At that moment I was hooked. This was twenty years ago when I was nearly fifty years old.

We are in the same age range. Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
Historical fiction, Biographies, Bible studies, and Children’s Picture Books are at the top of my long list.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
By reading Scripture each morning and praying—a lot.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
Some come from newspapers, especially the obituaries. I love to visit old cemeteries. And some characters have names from my childhood.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Helping to raise two awesome children.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I would love to be the Carolina Wren because even though it is a small bird, it can belt out the sweetest melody with total self-confidence.

I love songbirds. What is your favorite food?
That’s easy. Vanilla ice cream covered with hot caramel sauce.

I love vanilla ice cream with caramel sauce, but I haven’t tried it hot. I’ll have to now. What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Fear of never being good enough. I don’t know that I’ve completely conquered that monster, but I keep trying.

Tell us about the featured book.
Agnes Hopper Shakes Up Sweetbriar is about a widow who moves in with her daughter after a kitchen fire destroys her farmhouse. After several months, the two women agree they cannot live together, and Agnes moves to a nearby retirement home. She soon decides she must find another place to live. But after she runs into her best friend from high school, and begins to make other friends as well, she realizes Miss Johnson, the administrator, rules with a heavy hand for sinister reasons. Agnes must eventually choose between her feisty self-reliance and the self-sacrifice that comes from caring for others.  

Sounds interesting. I know what book I’m going to read next. Please give us the first page of the book.
After the fire and smoke cleared, leaving my house in a pile of ashes, I reluctantly moved in with my daughter, Betty Jo—along with my pet pig, Miss Margaret. I was grateful to have a place to lay my head but soon found myself testy with my daughter, treating her like the child she is, even though she’s pushing fifty. “Are you going out?” I’d say. “What time will you be home? Take a wrap. Air’s got a nip to it.”

Betty Jo, when she spoke to me at all, used her normal, snippy tone. “I’m roasting in this house. Did you turn the heat up? Again?” And then she might add for good measure, “Stay out of the kitchen, Mother.”

Three months later we came to an understanding, and though it was a gradual, unspoken thing, it was a fact. Neither of us could tolerate living with the other. I needed my own place and she needed … well, to be rid of me and there was no use trying to beat around any bush.

So on a sultry August morning a week after my seventy-first birthday, Betty Jo loaded my few belongings into her shiny, black Buick and carried me to Sweetbriar Manor, Sweetbriar’s senior-care alternative that, according to the brochure, offered a rewarding, enriching lifestyle.

“If you ask me, there’s nothing sweet about it,” I grumbled under my breath. But of course she didn’t ask me. Only dropped me off, wished me well, and sped away. Well, maybe I’m stretching the truth a little, but that’s how it felt.

Ten minutes into my stay at this place I knew two things. No, three. One, senior-care alternative was code for, “We don’t care what you do in your tiny room as long as you don’t ring the bell and bother the help.” Two, Sweetbriar Manor would own all my assets in six months if I stayed. And three … oh, fiddle, I can’t remember the third thing, but if you’ll hang around for the rest of the story I’m sure it will come to me.

I love that opening. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Twitter: www.twitter.com/CarolHeilman

Thank you, Carol, for sharing some of your life and this new book with us.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Agnes Hopper Shakes Up Sweetbriar (The Adventures of Agnes Series) (Volume 1) - paperback
Agnes Hopper Shakes Up Sweetbriar: A Senior Cozy Mystery Novel (The Adventures of Agnes Series) - Kindle

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

MISS BRENDA AND THE LOVELADIES - Brenda Spahn - One Free Book

Welcome, Brenda. What would you like for our readers to know about you personally?
I have a very healthy fear and understanding of what the Lord expects from me. With that fear and understanding comes the desire to never disobey Him or step away from the destiny He has for me. My biggest fear is displeasing God.

Tell us about your family.
My family is wonderful. I have these great kids and twenty grandkids and 2 great-grandkids. I was an only child, and I asked the Lord early on to have a great big family, as well as twins, and I have both. I feel like I am the most blessed woman in the world. I handed all of my children over to the Lord when they were young. I remember one time seeing a funny slogan that showed parents wishing their kids had come with instruction manuals. I saw that and thought, “Well, there is an instruction manual. It’s the Bible.” That is how I raised my kids.

Have you written other nonfiction books?
No, Miss Brenda and the Loveladies is the first one.

Do you have any other books in the works right now?
I am currently working on a devotional book.

What kids of hobbies and leisure activities do you enjoy?
Events with my family – I love anything to do with family. I am an avid reader and love to study. I study everything I can find time to research. You know, the computer opened a whole new world to my generation as well as all others. As a child I loved to read encyclopedias, and now, I am in love with Google.

Why did you write the featured book?
What do you want the reader to take away from the book? Early in the ministry, I realized as I was praying that if you really want to reach people, the media is the way to do that. So I believe the Lord directed me to write a book. I wanted people to completely understand what it’s like for these broken women and why they made the choices they did – to understand the ones society normally turns their heads away from when they pass them on the street – and to understand what it’s like to want to please the Lord and follow His will into your destiny. Nothing more and nothing less.

Is there anything you’d like to tell my readers about you or your book?
Yes, please read the book and then view the movie when it is released, and share with your Christian family. Together, we can bring awareness to this issue.

Where on the internet can the readers find you?
We are located at www.loveladycenter.org and on Facebook as “The Lovelady Center,” and the book is also on Facebook as “Miss Brenda and the Loveladies,” and wherever books and eBooks are sold. Please like us on Facebook for updates about the day to day happenings at the Center!

Thank you, Brenda, for sharing this book with us today.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Miss Brenda and the Loveladies - Christianbook.com
Miss Brenda and the Loveladies: A Heartwarming True Story of Grace, God, and Gumption - Amazon


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Monday, March 23, 2015

HOW TO CATCH A PRINCE - Rachel Hauck - One Free Book, Plus Much More

Dear Readers, I’ve known Rachel Hauck since before she was ever published. And when she burst on the publishing scene, her books were awesome. Because I love fairy tales, her newest series is right down my alley. The way she writes fairytale-like stories, but sets them in the modern day world is fantastic. Even more fantastic is the way she weaves spiritual truth and spiritual happenings into these stories. They pull me even closer to our awesome God. How to Catch a Prince is even a second chance at love story. That makes it even better.

BIO: Rachel Hauck is an award-winning, best-selling author of critically acclaimed novels such as The Wedding Dress, Love Starts with Elle, and Once Upon A Prince. She also penned the Songbird Novels with multi-platinum recording artist, Sara Evans. Booklist named their novel, Softly and Tenderly, one of 2011 Top Ten Inspirationals. She serves on the Executive Board for American Christian Fiction Writers and is a mentor and book therapist at My Book Therapy, and conference speaker. Rachel lives in central Florida with her husband and pets.

Welcome back, Rachel. Since you’re being published regularly, what new avenues will your future books take?      
RH: Who knows?! That’s the fun of coming up with new ideas. I’ve got a few stories brewing but I’ll talk it over with my editor and settle on something. I’m always looking for a story with a hook as well as romance.

What conferences will you be attending this year? Will you be a speaker at any of them?
RH: I’m excited to be heading to the Romantic Times Convention as well as Romance Writers of America, and American Christian Fiction Authors this year. I’ll be speaking at ACFW. But who knows what else will turn up this year. I like to leave space for the spontaneous.

If you were in charge of planning the panel discussion at a writing conference, what topic would the panel cover, and who would you ask to be on the panel, and why?
RH: I’d probably discuss a writer’s career. There’s not enough career talk. I’d invite my agent, Chip MacGregor, my publisher Daisy Hutton, authors Susan May Warren, Brandilyn Collins, Ted Dekker, James Scott Bell, and Lisa Wingate. It’d be an honest conversation about the writing life.

Sign me up. I’d love to hear that discussion. How important is it to you to be active in writing organizations?
RH: I’ve always said, from the beginning, networking is about as important as your writing. Authors need to be involved in the community and getting to know people. Opportunities arise from those relationships. So be involved in writing organizations.

Where in the community or your church do you volunteer?
RH: I’m the worship leader at my church! I’m also a volunteer for ACFW by serving on the executive board and leading worship at their conference every year.

Who are the five people who have made the most impact on your life, and how?       
RH: Wow, great question. My parents who taught me to follow Jesus. Best gift a parent could give a kid. My dad was a great encourager in my writing, telling me I should be a writer.

Next would be my husband who is my best friend and partner, and a lover of Jesus and truth. He’s taught me so much about walking in peace. He’s a big supporter for my career too.

Third, my friend Stuart Greaves, who is a man running hard after Jesus. He challenges me to not settle but to press in and move upward to God’s call.

Fourth, my best girlfriend Susan May Warren who is more than a friend but a sister. She’s been with me through my writing journey and has taught me so much. We’ve walked with each other through some hard times, laughed together, and kicked each other back into play when we falter. She’s the best.

Last but not least, I’m going to pick a conglomerate: I really love the worship out of Bethel in Redding, California, and the teaching of Mike Bickle, as well as the worship, from the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. Just the pursuit of Jesus through prayer and worship, the Biblical teaching, the modeling of loving Jesus with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength have shaped my life in the last 20 years.

If you could write the inscription on your tombstone, what would it be?
RH: Author, wife, daughter, sister, friend, friend of the Bridegroom, living forever in His light. She’d not dead, she’s alive. Just not here.
           
Tell us about the featured book.
RH: How to Catch A Prince is the third in the Royal Wedding Series, the story of King Nathaniel’s (book 1) brother, Prince Stephen and an American Heiress.
           
Please share the first page with us for my readers, since I’ve read and love the book.           
With each passing day, she remembered she had a secret. She’d lived in the fog of death until six months ago, when she crawled out, reaching for the first glimpse of life and light she’d encountered in five years. It came in the form of a simple telephone call. A refreshing-breeze offer.

But clearing the fog meant the memories surfaced. Ones she’d long since regarded as lost. Now they rattled around the empty corridors of her heart.

And recently, in the faintest ting or ping, like when elevator doors opened just outside her office, Corina remembered how she loved the glorious, rolling chimes of cathedral bells pealing through a crisp Cathedral City dawn.

And she ached. Deep in her soul. With a longing she couldn’t reach nor remove.

With an exhale, she slumped in her chair and closed the news video she’d been watching. Two of the Beaumont Post’s staff writers entered the bull pen with a nod toward her, a late lunch of McDonald’s swinging from their hands.

Corina’s gaze followed them as they crossed the wide, boxy room, cutting through the muted afternoon sunlight that spilled through the dirty, rain-splattered windows.

Where can my readers find you on the Internet?

RH: Everywhere. Ha! www.rachelhauck.com will lead readers to my social media sites. 

Today is the last day to enter this contest:

An American heiress and a crown prince seem destined to be together. Will the devastation of war keep them apart forever? Find out in Rachel Hauck's new book, How to Catch a Prince. True love has a destiny all its own. With a little heavenly help, Prince Stephen and Corina embark on a journey of truth. But when the secrets are revealed, can they overcome, move forward, and find love again?

Enter to win a "royal" prize pack! 

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A royal-themed Brighton charm bracelet
  • 2 tickets to see the new Cinderella movie
  • The Royal Wedding series (Once Upon a Prince, Princess Ever After, and How to Catch a Prince)
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 23rd. Winner will be announced March 24th on Rachel's blog.

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Thank you, Rachel, for sharing this new book with us.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
How to Catch a Prince - Christianbook.com
How to Catch a Prince (Royal Wedding Series) - Amazon
How to Catch a Prince (Royal Wedding Series Book 3) - Kindle



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Sunday, March 22, 2015

WINNERS!!!!!

Aerykah (OK) is the winner of 8 Weddings and a Miracle by Lena Nelson Dooley plus others.
Tammie (IL) is the winner of Hand Me Down Husband by Rosanna Huffman.
Judy (LA) is the winner of Love Comes Calling by Deborah M Piccurelli.
Jennifer (NY) is the winner of The Outlaw Takes a Bride by Susan Page Davis.
Rose (AR) is the winner of Remember the Lilies by Liz Tolsma.

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Also, tell your friends about the book ... and this blog. Thank you.

Congratulations
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Friday, March 20, 2015

BETTING ON HOPE - Debra Clopton - One Free Book

Dear Readers, I have loved reading Debra Clopton novels since I first found her years ago.  She’s also a Texas gal and she sets her novels in Texas.  The stories are romantic comedy with a richness of spiritual depth. I read Betting on Hope as soon as it arrived in my house. She has moved from shorter novels to trade-paperback length, and the transition was a very good one. These new characters and the new setting grabbed me right away. And the storyline kept me turning pages to see what would happen to these people. You REALLY don’t want to miss this one.

BIO: Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra's goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.

Welcome, Debra. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
There is a little of me in all of my books. I don’t know how there couldn’t be. I’ve felt the pain of loss and the aftermath of grief. I’ve also felt joy and peace and love. I can’t help but draw upon those emotions and use them in my work. I feel that drawing on those true emotions makes the stories richer, deeper, and able to touch reader’s hearts in a more personal way.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Hmm, goodness, I’m not sure what would classify but I’ll go with this: I’m really, really scared of driving in the mountains because I have a horrible fear of heights—though I push myself, like when I made myself go to the top of the Empire State building and had to stay up against the wall because I couldn’t walk over to the edge, but I was up there and that made me happy. So anyway, I went to a writing convention in Reno and decided to stay a few days after the conference and go see Lake Tahoe. I asked the older man at the rental car place for the safest directions. He must have misunderstood me, and he sent me the SCENIC route, which was over the tallest mountain! By the time I realized I was on the way up a very steep two-lane road over the mountain, I couldn’t turn around. I drove extremely slow, backed up traffic and wanted to turn around so badly but that would have meant I would have been on the outside lane and that was just something I couldn’t force myself to do.

So I stayed against the mountain, stopped at every passing cutout to let the irate travelers behind me pass, and I eventually made it over the top and was blessed with the most amazing and beautiful view looking down over Lake Tahoe. I loved it and was so thankful that the drive down to the lake on that side was much flatter and less curvy than coming up. It just goes to show that sometimes if we push ourselves we are rewarded with something fantastic. I don’t want to do that drive again, but I’m glad it happened. That was the year my first book came out, and it was a kind of celebration road trip. 

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I started thinking about it the end of my senior year in high school when my English teacher told me I needed to be a writer. That set a desire in me but not a belief. Over 10 years later after starting a few books and stopping, I woke up one morning and started writing and never stopped.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I read to relax. I read how-to books on writing but when it comes to what I really read, I love romance. I love happy endings and the best way to make me stop reading you is to mess up the ending. We all deal with real life every day. When I open a book I want a happy ending and that’s that!

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Oh who said I have kept my sanity? Lol, I lost that a long time ago … but to keep myself on track I make a list, and I prioritize, and I am very disciplined.  

How do you choose your characters’ names?
I love this part! You may find this funny … I sit and stare at my computer screen and then I type a first name and I stare at it. (Okay, seriously this is it). Then I type another one and toss it around for a minute and wait for inspiration. When the right name comes on the screen I just know it. Sometimes I hear them speaking to me or I see their face.  It doesn’t usually take long. Very seldom have I had to change a name.

In Counting On a Cowboy, Tru’s brother Bo started out with another name, and it was a little too different so the editors asked me to change it. That was so hard to do. I asked readers on my FB to help with that and we ended up with Bo, but I still had to go through the process all over again. Bo had the same feel as the other name so it worked. They asked me to change Tru also because of good reasons, editing Tru and true can be a little hard but there was just no way I could change his name. Tru Monahan’s name chose him and came to me from the moment I started writing Four of Hearts Romance Series. So we just worked around editing issues, and I believe all is well.                        
                 
What is your favorite food?
Cheesecake! Always has been and always will be. Love that manna from heaven!  

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Well, I’d say it was characterization. I kept not digging deep enough into my characters and who they were. When I sat down to write The Trouble with Lacy Brown, my first published novel, I had two goals in mind: to write a memorable, entertaining story and to create a world and a main character that no one would call cardboard! (I hate that term lol) Lacy Brown became as real to me as it gets and so has the whole world of Mule Hollow. 22 books in that series and I believe I’ve succeeded in my goals. With this new series I’m loving the reviews! RT Magazine, Publishers Weekly and the Library Journal so far have all pointed to my characters in some lovely way … that pleases me. I wanted Wishing Springs and my cast of characters to be fun and real. And like my Mule Hollow characters have become to readers through the years, I wanted Wishing Springs and the Four of Hearts Romance group to become a place and group readers want to return to.  Hopefully I’ve succeeded.
                   
Oh, I’m sure you did. Tell us about the featured book.
Advice columnist Maggie Hope will do anything to help her friend, top Houston TV show host who helped Maggie when she had nothing and no one. Maggie will even interview champion horse trainer Tru Monahan on live TV! Not the spotlight kind of gal her nerves are already quaking when she meets the good-looking cowboy for the interview. Sparks fly both on-and-off camera and a casual bet that Tru can teach Maggie to ride a cutting horse has both of them being forced by outside sources to go through with the bet … and the story goes on from there. This story is filled with a town of loving, but nosey, goodhearted people who I hope readers will love. There is a subplot that will tug at heartstrings with the runaway and her baby. And also the budding romance of the older couple in town adds another layer to the small town, feel that I wanted this book to have. Oh, and of course there are the cowboys…
 
Please give us the first page of the book for my readers.
“What have you gotten me into, Amanda Jones?”

Staring at the rough-looking building, Maggie Hope clutched her cell phone to her ear and fought down a hot flood of panic. “The sign says The Bull Barn. What is this place?” she gritted through tense jaws.

Rustic was an understatement for the faded wooden building sitting on the outskirts of Wishing Springs, Texas. It had dark windows and a long plank porch supported by columns made of knobby tree trunks. The steeply pitched red roof sagged in the middle. It was a dive, a shack.

“Calm down, Mags,” Amanda croaked, the flu causing her to sound like an eighty-year-old smoker, instead of the intimidatingly elegant, thirty-five-year-old bombshell, who was the key ingredient of the most popular morning show on Houston’s local channel. She coughed. “It may look a little rough, but it’s the cowboy and local folks’ hangout.”

“But—it’s deserted. Lonesome. If it’s a hangout, where is everyone?” It didn’t look like a place anyone would want to hang out in. Especially Maggie. Dives brought back memories she worked hard to forget.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
My website is http://debraclopton.com sign up for my newsletter! Monthly giveaway and news of new releases coming in 2015
Twitter: @debraclopton, http://twitter.com/debraclopton

Purchase Links for Betting on Hope:




Indie Bound: http://www.indiebound.org/book/9781401690496

Thank you, Debra, for sharing this first book of the new series with us. I know my readers will love it.

Readers, leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)

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Thursday, March 19, 2015

TWISTED INNOCENCE - Terri Blackstock - One Free Book

Dear Readers, I love Terri Blackstock books, so when my book arrived, it was the next one I read. As usual her characters grabbed my heart and pulled it straight into the story. I journeyed with them on a rough road to redemption. You won’t want to miss this suspense thriller.

Bio: Terri Blackstock is a New York Times best-seller, with over six million copies sold worldwide. She is the winner of three Carol Awards, a Christian Retailers Choice Award, and a Romantic Times Book Reviews Career Achievement Award, among others. She has had over twenty-five years of success as a novelist. Terri spent the first twelve years of her life traveling in an Air Force family. She lived in nine states and attended the first four years of school in The Netherlands. Because she was a perpetual “new kid,” her imagination became her closest friend. That, she believes, was the biggest factor in her becoming a novelist.

I’m excited to have you back on my blog, Terri. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
I’m hoping that readers will be moved by my new book, Twisted Innocence. I think anyone who has ever messed up (ahem … all of us?) will connect to this story. This is the last book in my Moonlighters Series. I’ve already started my next series, and it’s a little different. I’m very excited about that new set of characters and the dilemma my protagonist finds herself in.

Tell us a little about your family.
I’ve been married to my husband Ken for twenty-two years. We’re a second marriage, and we’ve raised three children together. We now have four grandchildren under the age of three, so we’re very blessed. We love those kids to pieces.

All my grandchildren are grown, but we have two great grands, almost 8 and 17 months, and a new one is due next month. What blessings and joys!! Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
Yes. I read very analytically now. If something works, I pause to see why it works, and if it doesn’t work, I try to figure out what I would have done better. Being a writer can take the joy out of reading, but if a book is excellent, I forget all that and just enjoy the experience.

What are you working on right now?
I’m working on my first book of a brand new series (I don’t have the title just yet). I love this character, because she’s on the run from the law, but her past and the circumstances of her situation make her a character readers will fall in love with. (I already have.) She’s not a believer, but others in the story are, and as she runs from her past, she’s going to see God’s work in her life. I hope readers will trust me with this story, because I don’t intend to let them down.

You have never let us down yet. You are a favorite author of both my husband and me. What outside interests do you have?
I love doing craftsy things and home decorating. If I have extra time, I’m usually doing that. Or spending time with my grandkids.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
Sometimes the story requires a certain location. My Cape Refuge series revolved around the Savannah, Georgia, area, and I was inspired by the culture on Tybee Island. I wanted the book to be set on an island of its own, so I created a new island just like Tybee, and placed it next to Tybee Island. In other books, like the Restoration Series, I needed for a major interstate to run through the town, and I needed for it to be a certain distance from some other places, so I set it in Birmingham. I tend to stick to cities in the south since I’m a southerner. Usually they’re places that will be easy for me to research.

If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
I know this is a “churchy” answer, but I would love to spend even five minutes face to face with Jesus. I have some things I would love to run by him, to get clarification in some areas of my life. I can go to him in prayer any time, but it would be great to get some clear marching orders and assurances about some of my prayers.

I’ve often wished he’d write the answer in clouds I could see … or even neon. What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
That’s hard to answer, because I wouldn’t have wanted to know anything that discouraged me from writing. If I’d known how many years it would take me to learn my craft, it might have discouraged me. If I’d known how hard it would be to get each book ready for publication, I might have felt I wasn’t up for the task. If I’d known what kind of spiritual warfare would come against me as a Christian writer, I might have been fearful.

I do wish I’d been more solid in my faith when I began writing, however. I was a Christian, but not a mature one, when I started my career writing romance novels for Harlequin and Silhouette. I made a lot of compromises in order to sell more books, and eventually I was writing books as graphic as any out there. I wish I’d understood deep in my soul that God had given me a gift for a specific purpose, and that was to glorify Him. Not to waste my time writing books that were stumbling blocks for readers. But God has used even that. Once I switched gears and started writing suspense novels for the Christian market, God found ways to use my background to enrich my new focus.

What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
That I can’t do it without a strong connection to the Vine. Last year I felt very discouraged about some things in my life, and I drifted away from my focus on God and my daily Bible study. He’s taught me that my gift is only at its best when I’m deeply connected to the Holy Spirit and spending time with Him every day.

What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Learn your craft. That doesn’t mean knocking off a book in a few weeks, then publishing it to Kindle. That means attending workshops, studying writing books, reading a ton of novels in your genre, joining a group like American Christian Fiction Writers (acfw.com) where there are resources and online classes, and getting into a critique group with trusted writers who can be honest with you and help you grow.

Be patient. In years past, writers had to learn patience above all, because it took so long to get published. Even if a publisher bought our first submission, we still had to go through a lengthy editorial process and wait over a year to get the book in stores. These days, there are a lot of shortcuts, and that can be a good thing. But be careful not to skip steps in growing as a writer. Just finishing a book does not mean it’s ready for publication. Your mother’s opinion doesn’t count. Find writers you trust and admire, and ask them to be brutal in critiquing your book. Take the time to do the hard work of revision and editing before publishing it. One of my pet peeves is when I’ve critiqued a new writer’s book, thinking it will take months for them to make all those changes (because that’s what it would take me to do them working at it full-time), and the next time I see them, they tell me they took an afternoon and made all those changes. Seriously? An afternoon? If you can’t invest a lot of time in improving your book, then you’re probably never going to be successful as a writer.

Leave your ego out of the process. I can tell right away if a writer has a chance at a career in writing. The ones who embrace criticism and dig in to their work to revise are the ones who have a shot. Those who get defensive and argumentative … they’ll never make it. If you can’t take criticism, then good luck. You will blow every opportunity to grow.

So true. Tell us about the featured book.
Twisted Innocence is the final book in my Moonlighters Series. I wanted to tell Holly’s story, because she’s my favorite character in the series. Of the three sisters, Holly has been the most troubled.

She has had many consequences throughout her life—job losses, financial collapse, relationship problems—but none has ever shaken her like her pregnancy. She cleans up her life as she carries her child, but she never tells the father. When he learns about Lily’s birth, he comes back into her life, but he brings a world of trouble with him. He’s a suspect in a murder case, and when Holly uses her private investigating skills to help with the investigation, the tables turn and he takes her and the baby hostage. But nothing is as it seems. Is he really a killer or a victim? His link to her family’s arch-nemesis creates an even more tangled web.

This story shows the domino effect of our decisions on others’ lives. But it also shows that those decisions can be redeemed. God can use even our worst mistakes.

Please give us the first page of the book for my readers.
Holly Cramer pulled to the curb of the condemned apartment building, her yellow taxi grinding gears and threatening to die. Though the sun hung bright overhead, the street was colorless, oppressive, with moldy, rotting houses and garbage festering in yards. Men loitered on the road up ahead in front of another boarded house. She shouldn’t have accepted this fare, but the customer had called her cell phone personally instead of going through the agency. She must be a repeat customer.

Holly tapped her horn and looked out her passenger window. The house showed no sign of life, but it wasn’t the wrong place. The girl had clearly said it was the green house on the corner of Burke and Darby. Holly checked her phone for the caller’s number and called her back.

It went straight to voice mail.

Holly sighed. Maybe this was a prank, some kid trying to yank her chain just to see if she’d come. She had done that enough herself as a kid. Back when she was still Panama City’s party girl, she’d done things under the influence that had been even more childish, like calling a guy fourteen times when she knew he was with his girlfriend, just to create trouble in paradise. She and her friends would giggle hysterically at the fight they imagined ensued, but the next day, as she nursed the punishment of a hangover, she would hate herself for it.

Not ready to give up on this fare just yet, Holly honked the horn again. The men up the street turned to look at her. Getting nervous, she reached into the pocket of her door, but of course her pistol wasn’t there. It was against the law for a cabbie to carry a firearm inside the car while they were on duty. It was locked safely in her trunk.

She thought of bucking the law and getting it out, but that would call more attention to her. This was stupid. She was a mother now, and the last place she should be was in the slums, waiting for someone to blow her head off just for target practice.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Subscribe to my Newsletter: http://www.terriblackstock.com/contact

Thank you, Terri, for sharing some of your life and this new book with me and my readers.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Twisted Innocence - Christianbook.com
Twisted Innocence (Moonlighters Series) - Amazon
Twisted Innocence (Moonlighters Series Book 3) - Kindle
The Moonlighters Collection: Truth Stained Lies, Distortion, Twisted Innocence (Moonlighters Series) - All three books in the series in one collection


Leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory. (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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