Sunday, August 28, 2016

WINNERS!!!!!

Kim (NE) is the winner of the ebook Burnin' for You by Susan May Warren.

Amanda G (NY) is the winner of Collision of the Heart by Laurie Alice Eakes.

Mary P (Aus) is the winner of the ebook Resurrection of Hope by Tamera Lynn Kraft.

Elly (IN) is the winner of More Than Meets the Eye by Deborah Heal.

Melanie (TX) is the winner of Starving Hearts by Janine Mendenhall.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

WINNERS FOR LAST WEEKEND

I'm so sorry. Last weekend was very busy. I totally forgot to announce the winners from the week before.

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Friday, August 26, 2016

STARVING HEARTS - Janine Mendenhall - One Free Book on This Blog, Plus Much More

Welcome, Janine. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
Believe it or not, I’ve addressed this interesting topic on very last page of Starving Hearts so bear with me if you’ve already read it. The following statement contains a paraphrase and direct quotations from that page.

Speakers often encourage authors to write what they know so in Starving Hearts, I’ve shared my heart. I see a glimpse of the doubt my heroine, Annette, experiences in my thoughts. Like my hero, Peter, I let my focus drift away from Christ, and when I try to control things, I see in myself the antagonist, Mr. Slike, and his selfishness and lack of trust in God’s Plan.

“While these issues show I periodically struggle with applying my belief in God’s sovereignty to my daily life, there is still hope because I haven’t the slightest bit of doubt about the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing work on the cross.”

Like my main characters, “when we truly recognize our weaknesses and accept the fact that we cannot do life alone, we are closer to overcoming them through Christ, and we can begin to know and trust Him more.”

So true. What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I’m not too much of a quirky person so I can’t really say, although my grown children often call me weird and my students stare at me when I make an attempt at humor.

My daughter would say I’m rather spontaneous because every once in a while I do something she doesn’t expect. I can’t even think of what that might be right now because it’s really not that big of a deal.

Ordinarily, I’m pretty normal, except for the fact that I sometimes write or study the Bible all night after a full day’s work and then get up from an hour’s sleep as if it was an entire night’s worth of rest.

I do like to dress up in period appropriate gowns, though. One night I sewed an 18th Century ball gown just so I could dress up as Elizabeth Swann, Jack Sparrow’s (pirate from Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean films), sidekick for Disney Day at school.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I wrote my first gothic romance in tenth grade, and I still have it. Back then I knew I could write, sort of. But I never actually thought of becoming and author so much as becoming an English teacher.

About ten years ago, I decided I wanted to write a book so I actually went out and started researching to figure out just how to do it because writing popular fiction for an audience is an entirely different skill than writing English papers. (See more about this below.)

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
From my English teaching education, I thoroughly enjoy Shakespeare’s plays and poetry. Various poets including Blake, Burns, Keats, Byron are interesting to me. The Bronte sisters’ Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights and Jane Austin’s works are favorites, of course. Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations is really good. I used to teach it too. I also enjoy Thomas Hardy’s work and Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest as well as many other classic novels and dramas in both English and American Literature from the 18th and 19th Centuries. John Steinbeck, Theodore Dreiser, and John Updike come to mind too.

For spiritual growth and insight from historical leaders, I enjoy various Puritan preachers including Jonathan Edwards, Owens, Boston, Watson, and others I’m just beginning to explore. Charles Spurgeon’s writings are beautiful.

More recent leaders’ writings include: Rick Warren, John Piper, Dallas Willard, Donald Whitney, and William Finley as well as William P. Farley in Hidden in the Gospel: Truths You Should Tell Yourself Every Day.

I’ve read a few of Steven James’s crime/thrillers so I could learn more about how he writes so I could understand what I learned from his Story Trumps Structure book. (There’s more about this below.)

When I read them, it was hard for me to put Frank Peretti’s This Present Darkness and Piercing the Darkness down.

My favorite author is Laura Frantz, though. She writes Christian historical fiction/romance as well. Other authors whose writing I’ve enjoyed are Julie Klassen, Laurie Alice Eakes, and Linore Burkard as well as Francine Rivers work in Redeeming Love.

You said range so I’ve named a few, but as many of your readers know, this is only scratching the surface, right?

Of course. How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Just barely.

My husband heard me ask this question aloud right now, and he laughed, adding “Hanging by a thread, Honey, and you can quote me on that.”

In all seriousness though, reading and meditating on Scripture with prayer keeps me sane, and it’s nearly a daily practice for me.

I said nearly because I don’t view my devotions as a duty. I do them because I love the Lord, and wanting to read what He has written in His love letter to me is the least I can do since He made such an infinitely massive sacrifice for me.

When I’m connected to Christ and praying for His wisdom and the strength to use the gifts and talents with which He has blessed me, the words as well as the loving and godly actions flow naturally.

When I’m not allowing His Spirit to live and work through me, I have trouble, which is nothing new to us believers.

Jesus described our intimate connection with Him in John 15:5 when He said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

How do you choose your characters’ names?
I research the names of real people who lived in the exact time period and towns or cities I use in my books so the names are authentic. Then I mix-and-match them to get the right sound for my readers’ sake.

Sometimes, I use biblical names, if the character has traits of the person from the Bible. I’ve even named a character after someone who really helped me with my book. In Starving Hearts, Miss Haack is an example of this. She bears my friend’s maiden name in how much she helped me.

In the future, I’m thinking of having contests or something so I can name characters using some of my readers’, or fans’, names. Doesn’t that seem fun? I thought so.

There was an online auction for medical research where I let them auction naming rights to a secondary character in my next novel. That’s how I got the name for Catherine McKenna’s companion in Catherine’s Pursuit. What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Whenever I begin to feel proud of something I’ve done, I think of 2 Corinthians 10:17-18, and I redirect that pride and any praise I receive to Christ, most especially with Starving Hearts.

In fact, when I sat down to read my book for pleasure as anyone might, I hardly recognized some parts of it and just sat in amazement over what I was able to accomplish because of His grace and work in my life.

2 Cor. 10:17-18 “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” 18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
My husband teases me saying I’m basically a cat. Not because I’m scared of things like a “scaredy cat,” but because I’m an introvert, and I would be completely happy to be left alone to do my own thing, just like a cat.

What is your favorite food?
Mexican food is delicious, the Los Angeles, California, type—since that’s where I lived for my first thirty-eight years. I also appreciate some North Carolina Mexican food, too.

Also, and I know this isn’t very healthy. But I really like white cake with buttercream frosting! Coconut cake is my favorite, but I don’t eat it very often. It’s just so good when I do; I could easily eat two pieces.

I had only eaten Texmex before we went to California to visit my aunt. I found Mexicali very different, but tasty. What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Although I am an English teacher, I didn’t know how to write to entertain, if you will. Reading classics and writing essays does not make an artist, and that’s what these writers are.

So the hardest thing was to learn how to write stories that please an audience.

After trying various strategies, I chose to follow Christian, best-selling, crime-thriller author Steven James’s directions.

Crime, action, mystery: Perfect for a romance, right? Absolutely! Those elements, if done well, build tension, and I thought they would keep up the pace for an inspirational romance with some harsh historical realities.

Over the years, I’ve attended one of Steven James’s weekend Novel Writing Intensives. His colleague, Pam Johnson, became my free-lance editor, and I wrote, rewrote, and rewrote. I also refer to my well-used copy of Story Trumps Structure when I can’t hear him at the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference where I first heard him teach in 2009, I believe.

Tell us about the featured book.
Well, the idea to write it came from a recurrent nightmare. I decided that I’d put it in a book, since the bad dream (about the slave trade) was so vivid.

Another reason I decided to write was because of my children and Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series.

The Twilight series—wow!

When my children were in middle school, they wanted to read it, but I wouldn’t let them because I was worried about their safety.

Then they begged me to read it first.

A few days later—after finishing all four books—I let them to begin, and the race was on!

If Stephanie Meyer could do it, I—with the Lord’s help—could certainly pull it off. Surely, He would help me write a romance that connects with readers and shares the Light.

The central theme of Starving Hearts—God has a plan that gives each of us hope and a future—is spotlighted throughout the book, especially when the antagonist, Sir Steven Likebridge, arranges a triangular trade that leads everyone—including the reader—to believe all is lost.

However, since I write romance, his triumph is only short lived. A family secret comes to light forever changing the two families’ lives and freeing them from this enemy.

By the end of the story, the reader will have new insight about Jeremiah 29:11 “‘I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” She, or he, will also see a transformation in our young couple’s understanding of Faith.

They have a new perspective of their responsibilities to each other and to the people who depend on them. They also make a final promise that will please the reader because she knows Peter and Annette will end up happily ever after.

BACK COVER BLURB for Starving Hearts
Since her assault, Miss Annette Chetwynd has been plagued by nightmares and worries about an arranged marriage. But she yearns to find her anonymous rescuer. Unfortunately, her health and intellect prevent it. Both repel suitors and cause Annette to doubt God’s existence, at least until He answers her prayers in an unusual way…

Mr. Peter Adsley is joining the clergy, and he desires a godly wife by his side. After a failed attempt to obtain one, he engages in a clandestine meeting with the bewitching young woman who keeps crossing his path. But she is so unsettling.

Destined for disappointments, Peter and Annette both endure disgraceful situations. Will Peter’s faith sustain him through overwhelming setbacks? Can Annette overcome her doubts? Or will their starving hearts yield to the machinations of a mad man?

Please give us the first page of the book.
Here is something even better!
www.janinemendenhall.com/preview-starving-hearts has the first five or so chapters.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Pinterest—Janine Mendenhall, author
Facebook author page—Janine Mendenhall’s Author Page @Hopefuelfortoday
Facebook—Janine Mendenhall
Twitter—Janine@janinemendenhal

Will Annette's search for love and acceptance replace the loss and hurt in her heart? Find out in Janine Mendenhall's book one, Starving Hearts, of the Triangular Trade Trilogy. Since her assault, Miss Annette Chetwynd has been plagued by nightmares and worries about an arranged marriage. But she yearns to find her anonymous rescuer. Unfortunately, her health and intellect prevent it. Both repel suitors and cause Annette to doubt God’s existence, at least until He answers her prayers in an unusual way. . . .

Join in the search for love and acceptance with Janine and Starving Hearts by entering to win the Delightful Heart Gift Pack Giveaway.

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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on September 12. The winner will be announced September 13 on Janine's blog.

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

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Thursday, August 25, 2016

MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE - Deborah Heal - One Free Book

Welcome back, Deborah. How did you come up with the idea for this story?
In More Than Meets the Eye, my characters visit the Anderson Mansion Museum in the town of Carlinville, which is not far from where they live. While there, they learn about many things, including the fact that just across town is the largest collection of Sears catalog houses in the world. Intrigued, they go to visit them, and decide that it would be a perfect place to “time-surf” back to when the houses were constructed in 1918. All this is exactly what happened to me, and how I decided to write about them.

If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
I’m something of an introvert, but a party like this would be fun, even for me! It would be great to be able to pick everyone’s brains, because my number one goal as an author is to write fiction that glorifies God, edifies the saints, and touches the hearts of seekers. And how can I do that if my writing is poorly done?

Of course right off I’d invite you, Lena. I’m sure you’d have lots to share about your success with both historical and contemporary novels. (How many now?) I just read your delightful novella Oh, No, You Didn’t!, included in the April Fool’s Love anthology, and your historical novels are on my reading list, too. (Now that I’m between writing projects I can finally read for pleasure—and edification.)

Next, I’d invite Douglas Tanner to the party because I’m currently reading his intriguing time travel book Beyond the Void, Darkly. Readers say my method of “surfing” through time via a computer program is unique, but I really like Tanner’s, too. It’s similar in that the time traveler can only see but not impact the past.

Speaking of which, I’d also invite Karen Kingsbury. Her Brush of Wings is not a time-travel book, but it is similar to my books in that it deals with a behind-the scenes look at God’s plans for his people. Her novel is about how angels work to protect humans. I’m excited to have it on my reading list, even though I disagree with her theology. (God doesn’t have to hope things work out right on earth. There’s no question that His plans will be accomplished.)

All my books to date have a romantic plot line, but now that my Rewinding Time Series is completed, I plan to write stand-alone contemporary Christian romances. So I’d invite Rachel Hauck to the party. I was intrigued by her sample of How to Catch a Prince and plan to read the book soon. Likewise, I also invited Grace Greene after reading a preview of her novel Beach Rental.

If Dan Walsh won’t mind being the only man at the party, I’ll invite him, too. I really enjoyed his novel The Discovery and plan to read more of his books.

How much fun interaction there’d be if such great authors came to my party! I’d love to congratulate them all, and hopefully, I’d have something of value to contribute to the discussion too.

I’m sure you would. I’d really enjoy being at that party. I’ve not heard of  Douglas Tanner or Grace Greene, but I’d like to meet them. Karen Kingsbury was the speaker at the first ACRW (later became ACFW) national conference, so I met her there, and I love Rachel Hauck and Dan Walsh. I’d love to spend time with them again. Now let’s do that for a party for Christian authors of historical fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
First off, I’d invite Sarah E. Ladd to the party. Why? I hate to sound crass, but since she’s currently #1 in Christian fiction with several books showing up on Amazon’s first search page, I’m hoping she’ll give me insights for that kind of financial success. And her books are worthy, too. I previewed Headmistress of Rosemere and will be reading it soon to see how she handles Christian historical fiction. I plan to write in that genre in the future, so studying her work will be instructive—which is why you get to come to this party, too, Lena!

Several of Ginny Dye’s novels also show up on Amazon’s bestseller list, and she looks really friendly in her author photo, so I hope she’ll come to the party, too. Her Bregdan Chronicles series looks interesting and gets rave reviews, so I’m putting those on my reading list.

I’d invite Dan Walsh to this party, too, because I’m assuming his historical novels are as well written and compelling as his contemporary ones are. I hope to read his The Deepest Waters soon.

I’d love it if Tosca Lee accepted an invitation. (I’ll let you know if she does.) I loved her Havah: the story of Eve. It is a creative extrapolation of the Genesis account of Adam and Eve. Ted Dekker is another world-renowned author with much to contribute to our party discussion, I’m sure.

But I’d also invite newcomer Kristi Ann Hunter. Her debut novel A Noble Masquerade is doing quite well and is on my reading list because I enjoyed the quality of Kristi’s prequel novella, which I got free (isn’t she clever?).

There, that should be a nice mix of authors. I’d probably be over in the corner chowing down on the artichoke canapes, but you may be sure I’d be listening to every word, eager to soak up everyone’s advice and pleased to hear of how God is blessing these authors with success.

And I could tell you my funny story of what happened when James took me to a Tosca Lee/Ted Dekker book signing. Many times, people (and other authors) think you have it made with so many books published. What is your most difficult problem with writing at this time in your career?
I love everything about my writing career—the actual writing itself, but also the pre-writing/research that goes into each book. And I actually enjoy the promotional/marketing tasks that go along with being an independent author. The problem comes in juggling it all at the same time. If I concentrate on marketing, which is essential if I’m going to gain new readers, then my writing goes by the wayside. If I keep my nose to the grindstone writing and forget to come out of my cave, then my online presence fades and sales drop. And that’s not good, because then I’d have to get a boring (real) job, instead of doing what I love to do.

Tell us about the featured book.
More Than Meets the Eye is the finale of my Rewinding Time Series. It’s Christian time travel with a unique twist—computer software that “time-surfs” through the history of old houses. They’re also squeaky clean romance, guaranteed to be flinch-free, and the kind of historical fiction I like to read—believable.

The stories are about the adventures of Merrideth Randall, a history professor at a small college who uses the software for her research. I thought of subtitling the series “The Redemption of Merrideth Randall,” because it traces her search for God and her growing understanding of God’s sovereignty over time and events. My dear young Merri (she seems like a real daughter to me) finally accepted Christ in the book previous to this one.

And now in More Than Meets the Eye the romantic plot thread also gets neatly tied up in a bow. Merrideth has been in love with her colleague, physics professor Brett Garrison, since the first book, Once Again. He loves her desperately, too, but broke things off when he realized she wasn’t actually a Christian but only someone going through the motions. They’ve remained friends throughout the series, but it’s been so difficult to pretend not to love each other.
But when Merrideth gets the courage to present the Gospel to her father and the other inmates of Joliet Correctional Center, Brett realizes she is a true-blue believer at last. He kneels on the beige tile floor of the visitor’s room and proposes to her on the spot. Won’t that be something to tell their children one day?

The story goes on to chronicle their misadventures remodeling their dream house in time for the wedding. The situation gets complicated because they are also “grandma-sitting” with a dear old lady named Josephine so she can stay in her beloved Roseberry, one of the Sears houses in Carlinville. And while they’re at her house, they take the time to “time-surf” back to when the 156-house collection was being constructed under the supervision of Elizabeth Spaulding, an astonishing thing considering it was 1918 and women didn’t even have the right to vote yet.

Of course, Merrideth and Brett get their happily ever after. Readers have been telling me how much they’re going to miss Merrideth, Brett, and all the other characters now that the series is done. But no one’s going to miss them more than I will!

Please give us the first page of the book.
 Merrideth stood on the sagging front porch of her very own house watching in satisfaction as the stuffed moose head she and Brett had carried from the hall sailed out of their hands and into the dumpster at the curb. Wiping her hands on her jeans, she grinned triumphantly at him. “There. I said that would be the first thing to go.”

“Rest in peace, Mr. Moose.” Despite the demise of the moose, Brett’s voice was cheery and his breath came out in a puffy little cloud of white steam.

Merrideth hadn’t yet decided which side of Brett Garrison she loved more, the brainy physics professor in the well-cut suits or the brawny handyman in frayed sweatshirts and carpenter pants. Today he had shown up as the latter persona, ready to work, even though she had insisted that he didn’t have to.

He opened the door for her, and she hurried into the front hall to conserve all the deliciously warm air her furnace was pumping out. She owned a furnace—what a thought! It was an ancient thing that according to Brett would need to be replaced in the near future. But today her excitement for her new house far overshadowed any worries about furnaces.

“I still can’t believe I said yes,” Merrideth said, trying to ratchet her enthusiasm down to a level more suitable to a grownup woman—a college history professor at that. “I fully intended to say no, and I would have—probably—if you and your aunt Nelda hadn’t ganged up on me yesterday. How could I say no to a dying woman?”

“We just wanted you to have your dream house.”

“It’s not so dreamy at present, is it?”

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And it does have good bones.”

Through the framed doorway on their left was the living room, which connected to a separate sitting room via tall oak pocket doors. The dining room and kitchen lay in the same configuration to the right. Straight ahead at the end of the hall a staircase with broken and missing balusters led to four large bedrooms and an antiquated bathroom.

The house had started out in 1829 as a dry-goods store owned by a man named James Riggins. Later it had been enlarged and converted into a graciously appointed residence. With all that history and soul, she had decided it was the perfect house for her, even though it was currently in desperate need of restoration.

I’m eager for my book to arrive. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Please visit my website to download my free eBook “The List.” That qualifies you to receive more free eBooks in the future along with other goodies. My website also has a wealth of historical background for each book of the series. [http://www.deborahheal.com]


I love to interact with book lovers on my Facebook page. And you can follow me on Twitter as well. [https://www.facebook.com/DeborahHeal/]

All my books are available on Amazon in both Kindle and paperback. Some have been turned into Audio books as well. [https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00760M3OS

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

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

RESURRECTION OF HOPE - Tamera Lynn Kraft - One Free Ebook

Welcome back, Tamera. What kind of books do you write?
I write Christian historical fiction with a healthy dose of adventure and romance.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
The happiest day would have to be my wedding day. My husband and I have been happily married for 37 years and have two grown children who are married and serving God. My husband isn’t only the love of my life, he’s my best friend and biggest fan.

It’s wonderful when it turns out like that. My husband is, too. How has being published changed your life?
It really hasn’t changed my life all that much except for now I can say I’m a published author. I still work hard at writing and getting published. I do have a lot more marketing to do, and now my deadlines aren’t my own goals that I set for myself. I have to stick to the editor’s deadline. One thing that surprised me was before I was published, I thought all I’d have to do is get one publishing contract, and the doors would stay open. Unfortunately, no matter what stage you are in when it comes to becoming an author, the process never gets easier – just different. Someday I might find that breakout novel that gets my name known out there, but overnight successes normally take years to accomplish. I’m sure that success would also come with its own set of challenges.

What are you reading right now?
I’m reading Every Crooked Path by Steven James. Although I write historical fiction, I’m eclectic in my reading tastes. Steven James is one of my favorite Christian suspense writers.

What is your current work in progress?
Currently I am writing the first novel of a series about Jamestown Colony brides who came from England in 1619 to marry planters in Virginia. Each novel will focus on a different bride. I’m about halfway through the first draft. I also am doing final edits for my first full length novel to be published. It’s called Alice’s Notions and is a cozy romantic spy novel set in a rural West Virginia town right after World War II. Desert Breeze is due to release it in April, 2017.

We need to feature it on this blog. What would be your dream vacation?
I love history, but I also love scenery and nature. My husband and I have enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and finding places that provide both. So far we’ve been to 40 of the 50 states. One place we haven’t been yet that I would consider a dream vacation is Yellowstone National Park. Wyoming has so many historical sites that tell the story of the Old West, and I hear Yellowstone is breathtaking. I would also knock three states off my list since it covers part of Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana. If we drive, we could also visit North Dakota on the way there. That would make it four states. Another place I am looking forward to visiting is Hawaii. When I’m there, I plan to visit Pearl Harbor. Another trip we want to make is to drive up the California coast into Oregon. We also want to go to Utah and visit Brice Canyon and the north shelf of the Grand Canyon. After these trips, we’ll only have Maine and Delaware left on our list. Then we can start a list of countries we want to visit.

Sounds wonderful. How do you choose your settings for each book?
My settings sort of choose me. I love history. Usually when I’m reading about history, I’ll find an interesting event that took place and start wondering about the stories of the people who went through that event and time period. Before you know it, I have the characters for the next novel I want to write. Because of the way I get my ideas, the setting and time period are decided before the story takes shape.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
I would love to spend an evening with Dr. Ben Carson. He is such an inspiration. Here is a man, who was raised in poverty at a time where his race held him back, but he put his faith in Christ and it changed his life. I also love that he doesn’t back down on his principles, but he also speaks in a respectful way. Many people make excuses why they can’t get anywhere in life. Dr. Ben Carson’s life proves them wrong. I’m still bummed he’s not going to be our next president.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I already mentioned that my husband and I love to travel and see new places. I love to knit and belong to my church’s Knit Wit group. I’m also a children’s evangelist for a ministry called Revival Fire for Kids, so I enjoy doing gospel illusions, balloon animals, and puppets. One great thing about being a children’s evangelist is it allows me to travel. I love studying history. I’m also a classic movie enthusiast. By classic, I mean the glory days of Hollywood in the 30s, 40s, and 50s with actors like Humphrey Bogart, Jimmy Stewart, Cary Grant, and Clark Gable. When I was younger I took dance lessons for over 20 years. I became good at ballet (on pointe), tap, and jazz. Now that I’m older, I can’t dance like that anymore, but I enjoy dancing with my husband at weddings.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
My most difficult writing obstacle is life. Life keeps getting in the way of my writing time. I have to be ruthless about guarding that time or it will get away from me. I also have to keep myself from getting discouraged when things I can’t avoid happen, like my mom needing surgery. If I’m not careful, I can get myself so worked up about not having time to write that I don’t write when I do have some time. We all have life issues to deal with. The key is not letting them stop us.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Don’t be in a hurry. The process of becoming a published author is sort of like watching grass grow. The average fiction writer writes seven novels before the first one is published. Don’t fret about every rejection you get. Keep working toward becoming the best writer you can be. You can do that by reading a lot of books, both fiction and writing craft books. It also is a good idea to join a writing group to fellowship and learn from other writers. I recommend ACFW. When you’re ready, also join a critique group. It helps your writing skills greatly to get feedback from other writers and to learn writing skills by critiquing others. Keep plugging along and learning. When it’s time, it will happen.

Tell us about the featured book.
Resurrection of Hope, published through Desert Breeze, is set in post-World War One rural Ohio. Here’s a blurb.

After Vivian’s fiancé dies in the Great War, she thinks her life is over. But Henry, her fiancé’s best friend, comes to the rescue offering a marriage of convenience. He claims he promised his friend he would take care of her. She grows to love him, but she knows it will never work because he never shows any love for her.

Henry adores Vivian and has pledged to take care of her, but he won’t risk their friendship by letting her know. She’s still in love with the man who died in the Great War. He won’t risk heartache by revealing his true emotions.

Resurrection of Hope is available at these online stores:

Please give us the first page of the book.
Palm Sunday, 1919
Tonight would be the last time Vivian Klein cleaned Mr. Adder's office. After she finished for the day, she'd take the Colt handgun she'd seen in the top drawer of his desk and finish off her miserable life.

Tomorrow morning, the owner of the Greenville Hotel would find her dead body sprawled beside the desk on his fancy wool rug. A certain satisfaction set in as a grin crossed her face. He'd have to find somebody else to clean away the blood.

First, she needed to finish her other chores. After washing dishes and changing sheets, she scrubbed the narrow linoleum floor in the second floor hallway. She tackled the scrub brush with a relish she hadn't felt before. These constant tasks taking over every moment of her existence for the last six months would soon end.

It wasn't like this had been the worst day of her life. A year ago, she received a telegram informing her James, the love of her life, had died in the Great War. She paused for a moment, leaning on her heels, the memories flooding her emotions.

"Soon, my love. I'll join you soon."

Setting aside the heartache, she wiped away a tear and got back to work.

Footsteps shuffled down the hall and stopped abruptly as the fetid scent of cigar smoke mixed with the sweet smell of lilac aftershave assaulted her senses. A prickle crept over her like ants crawling all over her skin. She dropped the scrub brush and stood to face Mr. Albert Adder. She kept her disdain at bay as she looked down at him.

The owner of the Greenville Hotel, as always, dressed in a dapper three piece suit and bowtie, stretched his neck and shoulders reminding her of a rooster trying to crow, but it didn't add one inch to his short stature. He glowered up at her over his bifocals and pointed nose, his dark eyes betraying the deviousness within. "I hope you've reconsidered my offer," he said, his characteristic smirk in place. "I only want to improve your situation."

The knot that never left Vivian's stomach tightened. "If you really want to help me, you could start by paying me a decent salary."

Adder ran his hand over his balding scalp. "I give you room and board. Nobody else came to your aide when you were left destitute. You should be grateful."

She dug her fingernails into her palms to keep from smacking his face. If he hadn't introduced her father to alcohol and gambling in the hotel's back room, she wouldn't have lost the farm. The room still operated even though prohibition had already been enacted in Ohio. "I'll never marry you."

"I know I'm a bit older than you…"

A snort escaped Vivian's lips.

"Lots of men marry younger women. Be reasonable, girl. If you agree to be my wife, you won't have to work so hard. You'll have everything you ever wanted." He touched her arm.

It took everything inside not to cringe. She tilted her chin up with the last vestige of self-respect she had. "I won't change my mind."

Mr. Adder's lips pressed together. "Fine then. If you want to be a scrub woman for the rest of your life instead of the wife of the richest man in town, so be it." He stomped down the stairs and out of sight.

She tried to pick up the scrub brush but couldn't get her trembling hand to cooperate. Please Lord, if there's another way.

It was a useless prayer. God hadn't come to the rescue when James was killed. Or when she cared for her sisters and parents as they died of influenza. Where was He when the sheriff showed up at her door and told her she had twenty-four hours to leave the only home she'd ever known?

God had deserted her. It was time to end it.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Word Sharpeners Blog: http://www.tameralynnkraft.com


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

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

COLLISION OF THE HEART - Laurie Alice Eakes - One Free Book

Dear Readers, I’ve known Laurie Alice for a long time. Several years ago, she, Lisa Harris, and I wrote a three book series for Heartsong Presents that later was published in a single volume under the title Wild Prairie Roses, which is now out of print.

Welcome back, Laurie Alice. Since you’re being published regularly, what new avenues will your future books take?      
I think my books will take the same avenue of a blend of American and English-set historicals, as well as some contemporary romantic suspense. All that should change is a constant improvement in my storytelling ability.

What conferences will you be attending this year? Will you be a speaker at any of them?
I have attended two conferences this year—Romance Writers of America and The Beau Monde conference, both of which were in San Diego, California. I was a speaker at The Beau Monde conference.

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?    
The topic nearest and dearest to people’s hearts is what is the future of publishing in these ever-changing times where self-publishing is no longer looked down upon. People on the panel would likely include my agent, Natasha Kern, someone from Amazon Publishing, someone from Gilead Publishing—the new kids on the block—someone from one of the older publishers like Bethany for a Christian panel or Harper Collins for a secular one, and an author published in both traditional and self-publishing means and successful at both.

That should be very interesting. How important is it to you to be active in writing organizations?          
I think this is highly important. We need to connect with colleagues to keep up on trends in the industry, know what is going on with publishers, editors, and agents, and give and receive feedback on our work.

Where in the community or your church do you volunteer?     
Due to the fact that I am unable to drive and live in a city with terrible public transportation, I no longer volunteer my time in my community.

Who are the five people who have made the most impact on your life, and how?       
Other than my mother, father, and husband, finding others who have made the most impact is difficult to whittle down to just two more. The thing is, those people keep changing. The impact my life for a while and then circumstances change and the impact comes from another source. I might have to say Lee Tobin McClain, though, as she suggested I apply to the Writing Popular Fiction program at Seton Hill University, where I obtained my master’s degree. There I learned how to turn an idea into a novel publishers wanted to buy. So that leaves just one more we shall call Person at Large.

If you could write the inscription on your tombstone, what would it be?         
All that comes to mind are rather smart-alice words like: She has now joined the history she loved to study.

I like that. Tell us about the featured book.         
Collision of the Heart is a second chance at love story of two people who allow ambition and selfishness to interfere with the longings of their hearts for one another. The year is 1856 and Mia Roper is on her way back to Hillsdale, Michigan, to write an article about the women attending the second college in the country to allow women to gain an education alongside men, the same education. She left a year and a half earlier to take a job in journalism after obtaining her own degree. She thought Ayden would go with her, but he stayed behind to take a teaching position at the college. She hopes to avoid him on her visit, but the train on which she is arriving wrecks on the outskirts of town and launches her right back into Ayden’s life.

The train wreck is real. In 1856, two trains heading on opposite directions on the same track collided during a snowstorm outside Hillsdale, Michigan. Passengers were stranded in the town, and the townspeople came together to take care of them, providing food, shelter, and clothing.

This book was previous published by Love Inspired Heartsong, but I have rewritten it, adding several thousand words I had to cut for the Heartsong version, and re-edited by Amazon Publishing’s fabulous editorial team. And the cover is positively stunning.

This book is available in five formats: Kindle, Paperback, Audio CD, MP3CD, and audible.com download. The reader is Angela Dawe, who is also from Michigan and an experienced narrator.

I agree. I absolutely love the cover. Please share the first page with us.           
Hillsdale, Michigan
February 8, 1856
Near Midnight
In ten minutes, the westbound train would reach the town Euphemia Roper once vowed to never set foot in again.

Hillsdale, Michigan, was the town Euphemia—Mia to her friends—had called home longer than anywhere else in her twenty-six years and the town she had left with a broken heart. Only opportunity knocking too loudly to be ignored had drawn her back. For a week, she would research the story that would establish her as a professional lady of letters, while she avoided encounters with Ayden Benaiah Goswell.

She twisted in her train seat and rubbed frost from a patch of glass with her gloved fingers. The action accomplished little beyond making her hand damp through the knitted wool. The lights of Osseo had already dimmed beyond a veil of falling snow. The train gathered speed.

So did Euphemia’s heart.

Muscles twitching in her legs, Euphemia tucked her handbag under one arm and her writing portfolio under the other. Rustling pages, snapping locks, and a child asking if they were there yet rose like a wave before a high wind. Euphemia rose to get up the aisle and near the door before the train stopped so she could be one of the first passengers to disembark. Others preceded her, including a child barely old enough to walk. He paused to grasp the side of her seat.

“Are you lost?” Euphemia leaned toward the boy. Someone should be frantically searching for the little one.

Wow! This book sounds so interesting. Where can my readers find you on the Internet?
You can read excerpts from my books on my web site:
And I have a Pinterest account, but am just building it.

You can also find all my books in all their versions on http://www.amazon.com

Thank you, Laurie Alice, for sharing this book with us. I know my readers are as eager to read it as I am.

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Monday, August 22, 2016

BURNIN' FOR YOU - Susan May Warren - One Free Ebook

Dear Readers, here’s book three in Susan May Warren’s Montana Fire Series. I’m very exited about reading it. I know you are, too.

Welcome back, Susan. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I write the kind of books I like to read!  I love epic romantic adventure and I try and write the kinds of stories that I and my target reader (who is similar to me!) would like to read. I also need encouragement in my walk with Christ, as well as an inspiring faith story, so that is the kind of spiritual thread I put in my novels.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
When I married my handsome husband. I still can’t believe that God gifted me with this amazing man.

Me, too. I love how He creates someone who is just right for us. How has being published changed your life?
It’s made me more aware of my need to be a good steward of my gifts—that biblical phrase, to whom much has been give—I know I’ve been given much, and I’m not only grateful, I’m humbled and aware of the calling to write life-changing fiction.

What are you reading right now?
I am just finishing writing a novel, so my first book on my TBR is James L. Rubart’s The Long Journey to Jake Palmer.

I’m eager to read that one, too. What is your current work in progress?
I am just finishing up A Matter of Trust, book #3 in my Montana Rescue series, about a man who has to rescue the woman who betrayed him.  An epic story set in Glacier National Park in the winter!

What would be your dream vacation?
Hawaii, two weeks of SCUBA diving and surfing, great seafood, and a stack of books—with my hubby. (Actually, we do it every year…so it’s a fulfilled dream!)

How do you choose your settings for each book?
I find a setting that I want to visit (or my readers want to visit) that I can use to create more tension for my story, as well as a place that people will enjoy spending time in or learning more about.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Besides my husband, kids and bestie, Rachel Hauck?  I think, maybe I’d like to hang out with Michael Buble and let him sing to me. J

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I like home repair (really!), yard work (seriously!) and outdoor activities (skiing, scuba diving, kayaking…things that involve different forms of water, apparently. J)

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
I’ve written over 50 novels now, so finding that unique twist or storyline can be a challenge. Oh, and names. I tend to like to use them over and over again!!

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Getting published is not magic…it’s hard work. Do the hard work and you’ll see success. But also—remember that your journey is different from anyone else’s—trust the Lord as he guides you through the journey to do what is best for you.  Don’t take your eyes off Him.

Tell us about the featured book.
Burnin’ For You is book #3 in my Montana Fire trilogy! It brings to a conclusion the question of the arsonist in book one. I loved this story about pilot Gilly Priest and sawyer Reuben Marshall who they race to save their friends after a terrible place crash.

Please give us the first page of the book.
If they started running now, they just might make the lake before the fire consumed them.
At least that’s what Reuben Marshall’s gut said when the wind shifted and rustled the seared hairs on the back of his neck, strained and tight from three days of cutting line through a stand of black spruce as thick as night.

After a week the fire in the Kootenai National Forest had consumed nearly twelve hundred acres. And as of breakfast this morning, his team of smokejumpers, as well as hotshot and wildland firefighter teams from all over Montana and Idaho, had only nicked it down to sixty percent contained.

Now the fire turned from a low crackle to a growl behind him, hungry for the forest on the other side of the twenty-foot line that his crew—Pete, CJ, and Hannah—had scratched out of the forest, widening an already cleared service road. CJ and Hannah were swamping for Reuben as he mowed down trees, clearing brush. Between the two of them, they worked like an entire crew, still determined to prove themselves. Pete worked cleanup, digging the line down to the mineral soil.

Reuben’s eyes watered, his throat charred from eating fire as he angled his saw into the towering spruce—one more tree felled and it would keep the fire from jumping the line or candling from treetop to treetop.

Chips hit his safety glasses, pinged against his yellow Nomex shirt, his canvas pants. His shoulders burned, his arms one constant vibration.

In another hour they would hook up with the other half of their crew—Jed and Conner, Ned, Riley, and Tucker—dragging a line along the lip of forest road that served as their burnout line. Then, the team would light a fire of their own to consume all the fuel between the line and the active fire and drive the blaze to Fountain Lake.

The dragon would lie down and die.

At least that seemed the ambitious but attainable plan that his crew boss, Jed, had outlined this morning over a breakfast of MRE eggs and protein bars. While listening, Reuben had poured three instant coffee packs into one cup of water and tossed the sludge down in one gulp.

Deep in his gut, Reuben had expected trouble when the wind quietly kicked up early this morning, rousing the team tucked in their coyote camp—a pocket of preburned space, their safety zone on the bottom of the canyon near a trickle of river. Already blackened, the zone shouldn’t re-ignite, but it left ashy debris on Reuben, the soot probably turning his dark-brown hair to gray under his orange hard hat. His entire team resembled extras on the Walking Dead.
He felt like it too—a zombie, barely alive, fatigue a lining under his skin. Ash, sawdust, and the fibers of the forest coated his lips despite his efforts to keep his handkerchief over his mouth.

They’d worked in the furnace all day, the flame lengths twenty to thirty feet behind them, climbing up aspen and white pine, settling down into the crackling loam of the forest, consuming bushes in a flare of heat. But with the bombers overhead dropping slurry, the fire sizzled and roared, dying slowly.

He’d watched them—the Russian biplane AN2, which scooped water from the lake, and the Airtractor AT, dropping red slurry from its white belly. And, way overhead the C-130 circled for another pass, a loaner from the National Guard.

Reuben wondered which one Gilly piloted—a random thought that he shoved away. But not before imagining her, dark auburn hair tied back and cascading out of her baseball cap, aviator glasses over her freckled nose. Petite at just over five feet, the woman had don’t quit all over her when she climbed into a cockpit.

But it did him no good to let his thoughts anchor upon a woman he could barely manage to speak to. Not that he had any chance with her, anyway.

Keep his head down, keep working—wasn’t that what his father had always said?

They all had expected the Fountain Lake fire to fizzle out with their efforts.

Until the wind shifted. Again.

And that’s when the fine hairs of Reuben’s neck stood on end, his gut began to roil.

A dynamite intro to the story!! How can readers find you on the Internet?
Yes, head over to www.susanmaywarren.com!!

Thank you, Lena!

My pleasure and great blessing, Susan. I love introducing you to new readers. I often get new readers on the blog.

Readers, here’s a link to the book. By using it when you order, you help support this blog.
Burnin' For You: inspirational romantic suspense (Montana Fire Book 3) - Kindle

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

WINNERS!!!!


Diana (SC) is the winner of Violets for an Amish Girl by Jeanie Smith Cash.

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