Wednesday, August 27, 2014

EMANATE - Jackie Castle - Free Ebooks or Print

Dear Readers, Jackie Castle has been in my critique group for several years. She’s a very good friend of mine. And her Young Adult fantasy books are powerful.

Be sure to read all the instructions at the bottom to find out about the giveaway.

Welcome, Jackie. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
Probably more than I care to admit, but you'll never get me to admit that.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I dressed up as a pirate and called myself Rambunctious Rita when I was teaching a writing class about characters. The kids thought that was hilarious.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
When I was in the 6th grade. I wrote a mystery story because I was a big Hardy Boys fan. I let my grade school teacher read it. She liked it so much, she wanted to read it to the class during our reading periods. The other kids enjoyed hearing it, too. I loved hearing my story and seeing others enjoying it as well. At the end of the week, when she finished the story, she told everyone that she expected to see my books published one day. From that moment on, I just knew what I wanted to be more than anything else in this world.

And no matter what twist and turns life has led me on, there's always been a notebook and story idea around each corner, again and again. The desire to write and the flow of stories have never left me. I always seem to come back to story, time and again, until I've finally decided: This is what I'm meant to do. And I am.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I get a lot of jibes for this, but I really do love reading kid's and teen/YA books. I love how wild and varied the novels are for this age group. Such fun, crazy, and limitless adventures. The children's and most teen novels are clean. (A biggie for me) Also, the characters are always brave and authors feel more at liberty to leave little nuggets in the stories. I love to read stories that have take-away value.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I take long, slow walks and talk things out with God. He's a great listener. And if I listen real hard, most of the things that make life crazy have a way of working themselves out.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
I look for names that have some kind of meaning. Alyra's name was first Ariel which meant something like a light that hovers over the waters. Because Ariel has already been taken by a red-headed mermaid, I found the name Lyra which also means light, I think from a star. I added the A in front of Lyra because her name needed to start with an A … for some reason.

Here's another one: Riyah, Alyra's Elderad instructor, came from the Hebrew word, Raya which means friendship love. Riyah ends up being one of Alyra's most enduring, protective, and teaching friends during the course of the series.

I can go on and on about names, but I can't say I spend long periods of time coming up with them. They have a way of coming to me while I'm working out the story. It's amazing, really.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Well, this is a hard one. I guess it would be making the choice to follow my dreams and make a real go at being an author.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
When I was a kid and saw Bambi, I wanted to be a deer because they were so majestic and graceful. Then I watched Jungle Book and wanted to be a bear so I could look for the bare necessities. Now days, I think it'd be nice to be a dog because mine just lays around under my desk warming my feet and is always ready to snuggle when it's nap time.

The great thing is, through story, I've been a chameleon, a sheep, a kitten, a squirrel, a cricket, a centaur, (not truly animal, but wild all the same), a frog under an enchantment, and an ink pen … but that's not an animal either.

Honestly, I kind of like being me, because I can be whatever I want, when I really want.

What is your favorite food?
Oh … how long is this interview supposed to be? I'm going to keep it simple and say if anyone is hungry for Chinese, feel free to leave me an invite.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Getting through that first manuscript. I would read it to the writers group I belonged to at the time. They'd critique it. I'd change it, then read it again. They'd critique it again and the circle went on and on until I finally… actually… reached THE END, and threw it into a drawer. Then I moved on to the next one and trusted I learned enough to get over my delusional need for perfection.

Lesson learned? Don't sweat the small stuff, you can only get better with each word you write.

Tell us about the featured book.
Emanate is the third book of The White Road Chronicle series which starts off with Illuminated, then follows up with Luminosity. There are five books total planned for the series, along with a prequel novella series that's also in progress.

If you find the Narnia stories enchanting, and if Wizard of Oz swept you off your feet, then I bet you'll enjoy visiting Alburnium, as well.

Please give us the first page of the book.
The Road Beckons 

Jerin of Yarholm pushed through the group of onlookers circling a man dressed in the Racan uniform. The half-moon and stars on the man's cloak branded him a servant of King Darnel along with the matching symbol tattooed on his upper arm. Jerin grasped the golden medallion hanging around his neck. The emblem of the white tree indicated he belonged to Alburnium and served King Shaydon who dwelt in Aloblase. The difference between the two marks was Jerin could always make the choice to take his off, whereas those with the Racan mark were given no choice in the matter.

Two scouts held the bound prisoner before the general. "We caught him leaving Kinti, Sir." The guardsmen shoved the beaten man forward. "We believe he bears a message to his master. Possibly seeking reinforcements?"

Marcel studied the ragged man as he tugged at his goatee in contemplation.

Glancing through the dense trees, Jerin barely made out the gray stone fortress of Kinti, presently held captive by Racah's forces. His palms itched with the urge to grab up his weapons and kick the foul thieves out of King Shaydon's city.

One of the guardsmen, who went by the name of Rat, handed General Marcel a folded piece of parchment. "He carried this, Sir. But none of us can read the script."

Marcel's steel gray eyes scanned the letter. He was a quiet man, never rash in his decisions, or demanding with his orders. He'd led them to Kinti with the intent to acquire fresh horses and new recruits. Instead of a warm welcome, their unit was driven away by a shower of fiery arrows.
 
"Well, your assumption is probably correct, Rat." Marcel addressed the guardsman while he handed a satchel to Jerin who now stood at his side. "See if there's anything important in there while I ask our guest a few questions."

Before Jerin could open the flap, the bag was snatched from his hand by Captain Dirk, his officer in command.

"I'll do that, private." Dirk said with his usual sneer. "I'm sure Marcel mistook you for me. Now return to your duties, boy. Aren't you supposed to be helping stew potatoes?"

With a scowl at his superior, Jerin moved a short distance away, fist clenched.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Find my author page on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JackieCastleAuthor
Or my author blog here: www.jackiecastle.com
Find out more about The White Road Chronicle books here: www.jackiecastlebooks.blogspot.com
I'm also on twitter: @Jackie_castle

Thank you, Lena for interviewing me.

Thank you, Jackie, for sharing a bit of your life and your new book with us.

Readers, here is a link to the book. By using it when you order, you help support this blog.
Emanate: Book Three (The White Road Chronicles 3)

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Monday, August 25, 2014

HUSH IN THE STORM - Julie B Cosgrove - One Free Ebook

Dear Readers, Julie B Cosgrove is in the same local ACFW chapter as I am. I’m so glad to introduce you to her and her debut novel.

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Welcome, Julie. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I write a bit of myself in my characters, because we all draw from our experiences. But mostly I develop strong, yet vulnerable women characters with real obstacles to overcome who discover, in the process, a deeper relationship with our forgiving and merciful Lord.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
That’s a hard question because my father was a political figure, so I was raised to believe we lived in a glass house. Probably the quirkiest was cramming eight girls in my 1963 VW bug to go to the mall. I was a day student at a private girls’ school so I had my own wheels. The boarding students weren’t allowed cars, so getting off campus for a couple of hours was a rarity. Out of empathy, I tried to squeeze as many as I could into mine on Friday afternoon. As a thank you, one girl featured my car pool in her movie for film class. Big mistake. It won first place and was featured in a school program. My parents shut down my taxi service as a result.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
When I wrote a poem to the deer my brother had just shot, and then dragged home to be gutted in our garage. I think I was six.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
Romantic suspense and cozy mysteries are my favorites. Even the shows I have on my Netflix list lean in that direction. I began, as a girl, reading Nancy Drew (who didn’t?) and moved on to Mary Stewart. If any of you are old enough to remember Hayley Mills in the movie, The Moon Spinners that was one of her books. From there I dove into a few more British authors, and then became hooked on Lillian Jackson Braun’s Cat Who books and Mary Daheim, especially her bed and breakfast mysteries. I like Brandilyn Collins and Teri Blackstock, and more recently Kim McMahill, a fellow Prism Book Group author. I do read other Christian works, though. I am just not really into sweet romances unless they also have a suspenseful or historic plot.

I will not read a book with sex scenes or foul language, nor do I watch any entertainment with that in it—which greatly narrows my choices in this day and age, but you have to stand firm in some things.

I so agree with your last statement. I’m the same way. How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I trod, trod, trod with my lists in hand or in my head. I am a planner, thus I try to stay in control of my world. God, in His marvelous sense of humor, is teaching me more and more to drop the list and hold onto His hand instead. There are more serendipities that way.


I say I’m a recovering perfectionist and list maker. Now the only list I make is the grocery list, so I don’t miss anything or buy too much at the store. How do you choose your characters’ names?
The same way people choose their children’s names. I consider the ethnicity, and then research the meaning of the ones I like when it rolls off my tongue, or I think matches the personality of my character. A rough and tough, burly man should probably not be named anything ending in a y or ie. I did learn the hard way not to have two main characters of the same sex have a name that starts sounds similar like Joe and John. It muddles the reader.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Finally landing a contract with an ACFW approved, traditional publisher. It really does make a difference, even in this age of indy-pubs. It is similar to someone else liking your painting so much they want to buy it and hang it in their gallery for sale. Prism Book Group has staked their reputation on two of my novels, and I am forever grateful. God has blessed me with this dream coming true.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
A cat. Often times when I have to dash to work and mine are taking their third nap of the morning on my bed, a touch of green sears through my veins. I also admire their agility and sense of wonderment. However, fur balls? That may be a deterrent.

What is your favorite food?
Born and raised in San Antonio, that would be Tex-Mex. What else? Slap an avocado, cilantro, melting cheese or refried beans on it and you have me under your spell.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
The only time I got writer’s block was with my upcoming novel, Legitimate Lies, which launches in January, 2015. I knew I wanted to continue where Hush in the Storm left off, yet have the two novels stand alone. However, I couldn’t get past the second chapter. So I backed off and prayed about it. Within a month, God showed me the answer. It had no underlying redemption theme. All my other works, fiction and nonfiction alike, are about a human struggle/social issue, and how prayer and forgiveness can overcome it. God led me to the issue He wanted me to cover, and once I got that message, my fingers zipped over the keyboard for the next eighty-nine thousand or so words.

I’d love to feature the next book on the blog, too, Julie. Tell us about the featured book.
Hush in the Storm started off as an exercise in futility. While recovering from major surgery, I thought to myself, “What if I started out a story with ‘It was a dark and stormy night’?” I wanted it to be a suspense, and have the main character a young, grieving widow, who though lost and despondent, retains a streak of Irish spunk and temper. Don’t ask me why. Maybe something I ate or residual anesthesia side effects. (Just kidding.)

Anyway, as the story developed, God kept connecting me with missionaries who combat human trafficking. After that occurring three times in several months, I got the message. Thus, imbedded in the romantic suspense is how a typical, middle class American woman can become an advocate for two Hispanic illegal teenagers caught up in this awful snare. But I didn’t want this theme to scream over the plot. So in a mimic of their snare, Jen, my main character, becomes caught up in one of her own, which intertwines their lives. I hope I have accomplished that effort. Those who have read and reviewed it so far believe I did.

The main plot is that Jen, a thirty-one-year-old widow, is kidnapped from her job by a coworker named Tom who claims it is at the request of her late husband, his Navy buddy, to protect her from the group who caused his accident. They soon are swirling in a tempest of deceit, trying to keep their heads above water while dodging the Feds, traffickers, and the press. The list of who Jen can trust keeps diminishing as she begins to suspect that her husband may not be dead after all.

Please give us the first page of the book.
An eerie thought pressed a clammy hand upon my shoulder. What if all you thought was true never actually was?

Widowed unexpectedly at thirty-one, I naturally longed for what could never be again. Regrets and what-if mantras swirled daily through my mind. I’d learned to push them aside. But this sudden, unsolicited notion surged an icy-hot chill through my body.

My logical side chided me. Don’t be silly, Jen. Of course it was true. The diamond band on my left hand glimmered with proof. Robert had cherished me, married me, spent five loving years with me … that one night didn’t mean a thing.

I shuddered off the question and leaned in to review the balance sheets my boss had emailed.

But the bizarre suggestion whispered once more in the back of my thoughts just loud enough to keep me from concentrating. The numbers on the page became muddled gibberish. I closed my eyes, sucked in a breath, and tried to focus.

People passed my desk and said the same things they always did—

“Hi, Jen. Doing okay?”

“Sure, I’m fine.”

“Hey, Jen. Keeping busy? Best thing, ya know.”

“Yeah.” Always with a forced grin. “Thanks.”

I fiddled with the little gold cross I always wore around my neck, more out of habit than any indication of piety. I hadn’t perched in a pew in years, except for our wedding day and at Robert’s funeral. But after the latest in the series of sympathizers walked away, I seethed a semi-prayer under my breath. “Dear Lord. Please. Why can’t everyone just leave me alone?”

I had a job to do. The report was due first thing in the morning. I had to concentrate on the now. Besides, I never wanted to hear the eggshells crack as well-meaning colleagues tiptoed around my mourning. I was stronger than that, at least in public.

One by one, the other workspaces emptied. The buzz of office machines and human chatter diminished until the only sound was the soft hum from the fluorescent lights and the tick of the office clock, like a steady heartbeat.

At last, a welcomed solitude settled around me in a thick hush. In fact, it was too quiet. I tapped my pencil, then my foot, to dispel it.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Through my website http://www.juliebcosgrove.com, or my blog http://wheredidyoufindgodtoday.com

My books, including my devotionals and Bible studies as well as my novels, are listed on Amazon and Goodreads.

I also write regularly for Faith-filled Family Magazine, a quarterly online publication, and Truth Media’s Power to Change, a daily devotional you can receive free in your email box without ads or spamming.

Thank you, Julie, for sharing a bit of your life and your new book with us.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Hush in the Storm - paperback
Hush in the Storm - Kindle

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

WINNERS!!!!

Anne Payne (NC) is the winner of Herb of Grace by Adina Senft.
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Friday, August 22, 2014

A PLAIN LOVE SONG - Kelly Irvin - One Free Book

Welcome back, Kelly. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
I’m now working on a new series for HarperCollins. The Amish of Bee County series is set in Bee County, Texas, where the only Amish district is located in the state of Texas. It’s tiny and conservative and you won’t see any lush landscapes and neatly kept flower gardens there. I’m enjoying the change of scenery, and it’s close enough that I can make a day trip for research as needed. I feel blessed each and every day for the opportunity to write fiction, my lifelong dream. A writer never knows when the next contract will come or even if it will come, so I try to stop and smell the roses and appreciate the road I’ve traveled to get here.

Tell us a little about your family.
My favorite topic! I’ve been married twenty-six-plus years to Tim Irvin, a former TV news photographer who now works for the biggest school district in the state of Texas. Tim is my webmaster, he does my business cards, orders my promotional materials, and takes my photo for book covers. He’s also a fabulous cook who does all the cooking on the weekends, giving me more time to write. We have two adult children. My daughter is married to a U.S. Navy sailor, and they have a baby daughter who is the light of her grandma’s life. I don’t get to see them as often as I like since my son-in-law is currently stationed in Norfolk, Virginia. We have the pleasure of still having our son at home. He works as a computer support technician for a large pharmaceutical company. As much as I know children are meant to grow up, spread their wings, and fly, it’s still hard to let them go!

Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
It’s harder for me to read a book without mentally editing it. A novel has to really hook me into the fictional world or I find myself critiquing the craft or admiring the choice of metaphors and similes. That can be a good thing in terms of improving my own writing, but sometimes I simply want to sit back and be transported to another world. It takes a really well-written book to do that for me now.

What are you working on right now?
I’m nearing the end of the first draft of The Bishop’s Son, the second book in The Amish of Bee County series. It needs lots and lots of work so I imagine I’ll be working on it right up until the deadline in September.

What outside interests do you have?
I have a full-time job in public relations so I don’t have much time to do more than work and write. I love to read fiction, and I write poems and short stories when I have time. Entertaining my granddaughter is at the top of my list these days, but unfortunately we don’t get to see each other as often as I would like.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
I set my first series, The Bliss Creek Amish, in a fictional town in Kansas because I wanted to be able to build the town the way I wanted it. With a fictional Amish district, I could decide on their ordnung or set of written and unwritten rules as I saw fit. Plus my sister and her husband have a farm in Kansas so they were able to help me with crops and growing seasons and other farming-related details in that region. The spin-off series set in Missouri, The New Hope Amish, allowed some of my families to move to a new location and start a new district with all the challenges that involves. The setting helps me add conflict to the stories. With The New Hope Amish, we have the fictional town of New Hope where the newcomers aren’t feeling welcome, and also Stockton Lake and Branson, Missouri. I had a lot of fun with setting in this series.

If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
That’s a hard choice, but at the moment, I think I’d choose Abraham Lincoln. So much has been written about what he thought, said, and did, I’d love to get the scoop straight from the horse’s mouth. He led this country at a time when change was bloody and heartbreaking and scary, but also inevitable. What was he thinking as he gave the Emancipation Proclamation speech? How did he feel about the toll his service to his country took on his family?

What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
I wish I had known that I should wait longer to start submitting my work to editors and publishing houses. I needed to hone my craft to a much greater degree. I wrote a novel and immediately jumped into pitching it to editors at conferences. They loved my pitches, but didn’t buy my work because it wasn’t good enough. Writing fiction well takes practice and work and the willingness to accept criticism and rejection.

What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
There are so many. I’ve been in my day job for more than 20 years and suddenly I have a new supervisor with a completely different management style and set of expectations. I’m close to retirement and a new season in my life. Navigating these changes on a daily basis has been a trial at a time when I thought I should be experiencing smooth sailing. Add to that my daughter leaving the nest and moving across the country and I admit to floundering a bit. Did I mention that change is hard? But God is good and He’s teaching me to find joy in new, unexpected places.

What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Wait to submit your novel until you know it’s the very best work you can do.
Attend conferences and hone your craft by learning from others.
Take writing seriously. Make it your job. Write everyday as much as humanly possible.

Tell us about the featured book.
I have to say I had more fun writing this book than any other I’ve written so far. It’s about a young Amish woman named Adah who dreams of being a country music song writer, an aspiration her family and her district frown upon. While cleaning houses, she meets a young English man who is a country music singer with big dreams of his own. He teaches her to play the guitar and in the process, falls in love with her. The story takes us to Branson, Missouri, where Adah has the opportunity to live out her dreams—but only if she’s willing to give up her Amish faith and family.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Not having a pencil and paper handy made writing a song a challenge for Adah Knepp.

But then she liked a challenge.

Adah belted out the lyrics, the bob-bob of the horse’s head along with the clip-clop of his hooves kept time on the asphalt highway. The squeaking of the buggy wheels joined in. Her voice carried on the warm June wind across the wheat fields of Missouri. Sparrows preening on the power lines that ran along the road served as her only audience. They probably thought she’d gone crazy, talking to herself.

She closed her eyes for a second, listening to her own words. They weren’t quite right. They didn’t sound like the songs she heard on the radio while she cleaned the Harts’ house. Not like Miranda Lambert or Taylor Swift. She sounded flat. Of course, she didn’t have the benefit of steel guitars, fiddles, keyboards, and drums. She stomped one black sneaker, and then the other, against the floorboard, picking up the beat. “Love like sun-kissed apples ...” She shook her head. Nee, nee. “Love like a baby’s sweet kisses ...”

No, that wasn’t it either. Still mulling the words, she turned into the open gate adorned with a huge wrought iron H and onto the sunflower-lined dirt road that led to the Hart farm. She would clean the house lickety-split and use the rest of the afternoon to work on her song before she went home. That way she wouldn’t be late and Mudder wouldn’t have cause to complain. Stop mooning around, Adah, and get to work. Those dishes won’t wash themselves.

Which, of course, they wouldn’t. Having six brothers and sisters, Adah surely wished they would. How about that for a fanciful notion?

She could write her song, cook, clean, and still be ready to take a ride after dark if Matthew Troyer should happen to shine his flashlight in her window. Gott was good.

A horse whinnied, an uncertain, unhappy sound that carried on a breeze that kept the day from being stifling hot. A man answered in a soft, coaxing sing-song. The voice reminded Adah of the announcer on the radio the Harts kept tuned to a country music station. It was husky like sandpaper, yet smooth and warm like kaffi made with an extra dollop of milk and three pinches of sugar.

“Come on, sweetie, come on, it won’t hurt you, I promise. It’s fine, it’s okay, it’s fine.” The voice sang in a steady patter of sweet nothings. “Let me just do this one thing and you’re gonna like it, I promise.”

Drawn by the velvety words, she hopped from the buggy and approached the fence. The voice belonged to a tall, lean man with a shock of black hair, ruffled and sweat soaked under the rim of a dirty straw cowboy hat. He held a blanket in one hand while he used his other hand to hold the lead rope attached to a tawny Palomino with a long dark mane and tail. The man wore a T-shirt and tattered jeans faded to a blue-white. The sun glinted on a huge silver buckle on a belt that hugged his narrow hips.

“Sweetie, come on, come on, baby,” he crooned as he crept closer to the horse. “It won’t hurt you, I promise. Remember this blanket. We played with it yesterday. You remember.”

At that moment he looked across the corral and their gazes met. “Hey there, Amish girl.”

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KellyIrvinAuthor

Thank you, Kelly, 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.
A Plain Love Song - Christianbook.com
A Plain Love Song (The New Hope Amish) - Amazon
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

A STRANGER ON MY LAND - Sandra Merville Hart - One free book

Bio: Sandra Merville Hart loves to find unusual facts in her historical research to use in her stories. She and her husband enjoy traveling to many of the sites in her books to explore the history. She serves as Assistant Editor for DevoKids.com where she contributes articles about history and holidays. She has written for several publications and websites including The Secret Place, Harpstring, Splickety Magazine, Pockets Magazine, Common Ground, Afictionado, and ChristianDevotions.us.

Welcome, Sandra. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I don't think of my characters as being me. They have different personality traits, and they don't look like me. The characters in my stories often react in ways I don't expect. Allowing the characters in my imagination to show me what happens next brings unexpected twists.

Before reading my debut novella, my husband asked me if he was the main character's love interest. I told him, "He's not you. She's not me. If it was you, I'd definitely want her to be me." 

Good answer. What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I don't drink coffee. I get my morning caffeine from chocolate milk. I know—most adults grow out of this stage. I never did!       

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I wanted to be a writer in elementary school but received no encouragement. I set the dream aside until about ten years ago. I've been told, "No one thinks like you. No one talks like you." Obviously some one does think like me—me. Those comments left me feeling like an outsider.

I attended my first writers' conference about eight years ago and found a whole room full of people with lively imaginations. For the first time it struck me that God made me this way on purpose. He equipped me to think like a writer. In this literary group of about four hundred people, I belonged.

That’s a wonderful discovery, isn’t it? Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
The type of book I most often gravitate to is inspirational historical romance. I enjoy contemporary romance and romantic suspense novels. I also read a lot of non-fiction books as part of my research.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
As much as I try to protect myself from over commitment in busy seasons, it happens anyway. To keep myself organized in stressful times, I write out to-do lists. These contain all business-related items that are on my plate. Then I begin tackling the hottest fires or the things that can be quickly completed. Checking things off brings a sense of accomplishment.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
Choosing character names can be difficult. As I begin a story, I create a document with names, descriptions, jobs, etc., about each character I already know about. New characters pop up in the story all the time. Then I have to stop and figure out the name. If an idea doesn't come, I look in a phone book for last names. These books provide plenty of possibilities.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
My family. I'm proud of whatever part I played in the wonderful people they've become. 

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
Dolphins seem to enjoy life. They jump in and out of the water with wild abandon. They travel with family and friends. Sounds like a lot of fun, doesn't it?

Yes, it does. I love watching them. What is your favorite food?
Chocolate. I tend to crave it most during stressful times. Thankfully bite-sized candies are usually enough to satisfy me. The new chocolate rice cakes are pretty tasty—chocolaty without containing a lot of calories. Have you tried them yet?

I haven’t seen those yet. I do love dark chocolate. What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
There are so many things to learn about writing. In the beginning, it was writing a query and then a proposal. I find myself putting off new writing tasks that I've not done before, perhaps due to a fear of failure. After I force myself to work through it, the second time isn't as difficult.

Tell us about the featured book.
My inspirational Civil War novella, A Stranger on My Land, released today. Carrie and her little brother, Jay, find Adam, a wounded Union soldier, on their land after a battle near their Lookout Mountain home. Carrie takes Adam to the cave where her family has been hiding from the soldiers. Before long, she falls in love with him, but she can't save his life. He requires a surgeon. Carrie weighs the potential danger of revealing her family's hideaway with saving Adam's life.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Lookout Mountain, Outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee,
Wednesday, November 25, 1863
As the sound of a hundred firing muskets echoed across the valley, Carrie Bishop stepped out of the darkness of the cave that had sheltered her family for over two months. Peering left and right before replacing the branches that obscured the mouth of the small cave, she felt grateful for the wispy fog. It should help to mask her movements from any watchful eyes in the valley. Leaving the safety of the shrubs and one tall oak tree that further hid the entrance, she exhaled with relief to find no sign of the soldiers on Lookout Mountain. A noisy battle had taken place here yesterday.

Leaves rustled behind her. “Can I come out there with you, Carrie?”

Turning swiftly at her little brother’s loud whisper, she motioned him back inside. “No, Jay. I told you to wait for me.”

 “Aw, come on, Carrie. I don’t want to stay with Aunt Lavinia.” Her nine-year-old brother raised his eyebrows imploringly.

Carrie sighed. They’d both been stuck inside too much lately, and their bedridden aunt’s bitter complaining didn’t make returning to the cave such a pleasant prospect. “Let me look around first. I’ll be right back.” 

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

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A Stranger On My Land (Civil War Romance Series) (Volume 1) - Amazon
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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

RUTH'S DILEMMA - June Belfie - One Free Book

Welcome, June. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I’m sure there is a part of me that goes into each of my protagonists, but it isn’t consciously done. My daughter often recognizes me in different characters. When I wrote about my life as an innkeeper, (Inn Sane), it was first person and yes, that was the real me.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
This came to my mind the other day and I can’t think of anything any quirkier. My husband and I were vacationing in Jamaica and had not rented a car, thinking we’d stay at the resort the whole time. One day we walked to a tourist attraction. It was farther than we realized, and on the way home, my feet were killing me. Those lousy thong sandals cut into my skin. Soooo, we hitch-hiked! Believe me, you don’t want to do that in a foreign land! Or anywhere else, for that matter. Fortunately, a nice elderly native in a rickety truck squeezed us into the front seat, patches and all, and took us back to our resort. Looking back, I realize how dangerous it was!

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
Though I always loved to write and aced my English courses, I never attempted a full-length book until my adult children pushed me into writing about our eleven years running a 38 room inn in the Poconos of Pennsylvania. We had so many interesting tales to tell and as time passed, they began to fade. Before they would totally evaporate, I was assigned the task of recording the events we found most interesting. I enjoyed the process so much, I began a novel, which ended up being a series of three books. I have not submitted them to anyone yet, as I’m editing them now and they need work. (I guess my writing has improved.)

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
Before I began writing seriously, I read mostly non-fiction—either religious, political, or historical biographies. Once I began writing fiction, I switched to my genre—Christian fiction, and then the Amish books. I don’t read many of the books by Amish writers though, since I don’t want to emulate them. That’s a comment some of my readers have made; my books are different in the approach I give them. I always read before turning in at night and enjoy using my Kindle, since it is light and easy to hold.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
That’s a tough one. Am I sane? Hmm. It’s easier now that my children have all grown and left the nest. I do wear several hats though—I own an antique shop, sell on Etsy (JunesShoppe), garden, and travel on occasion. I don’t have as much time as I’d like to sit at the computer. I’m an early riser, so I spend my first hours writing, editing, and plotting my next book. When I’m writing a first draft, I write with intensity, spending several hours a day virtually in total isolation. (Hubby supports my habit) I can complete an average length novel in three to four weeks, though I’ll spend the next month editing it. It’s important to prioritize, and I will always find the time to write.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
Some names pop into my head without effort, but there are times I’m stymied. There are web-sites, which give the most popular names of the different decades. I refer to them sometimes. I also check out Amish names in The Budget, a newspaper for the Amish and Mennonite communities.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I’d have to say that raising five kids to be productive, moral adults, is the most rewarding accomplishment, however, it’s difficult to take much credit for that, since so many factors go into raising a child. Today’s society makes it far more difficult for young parents and my heart goes out to them as they struggle to impart their values in such an immoral atmosphere.
In writing, I guess, I am proud to have completed my first book. It took determination and persistence to write “the end” to my manuscript. It did take more than a year to get to that point.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
Probably a lioness. I love their beauty and graceful movements. And hey, they live with lions! How cool is that?

What is your favorite food?
I’m embarrassed to admit I love peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Always have. On the slightly more gourmet side of things, give me roast duckling or grilled lamb chops. Yum!

I love duck. Whenever we go to a restaurant that serves it, I have to try it. What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Perhaps it was—and is—keeping all my characters in my head at the same time. After a few chapters, it gets easier, since they become real and I envision them, hear them speak, and get into their minds. I like doing a series, since my characters have become my friends and it’s easier to write about them as they go through their trials. It’s helpful to keep index cards for each major character. I include birthdays, physical and mental traits, and other pertinent data.

Tell us about the featured book.
Ruth’s Dilemma danced about in my head for some time before I put it on my computer. I loved her character. Having been a music major myself, I could relate to her love of music. Her love for an Amishman, who was also her sister’s choice, became a major problem in her life. She also struggled with the two worlds open to her—the Amish and the English. When she had to make her final decision, I suffered with her. So much to consider. I believe she made the right choice, but my readers will be the final judges of that.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Ruth Zook was aware of Jeremiah Fisher’s eyes on her as she tried to emerge from the buggy with a semblance of grace. Her foot slipped and she was headed for the ground when firm hands reached around her waist to steady her. Jeremiah’s boyish grin, as he released his grip on her, made her feel even clumsier. A flush reached her cheeks. “Danki.”

He gave a slight bow, removed his straw hat from his golden locks, and beamed at her. “You’re willkum. See you in church, Ruthie.”

Ruth’s older sister, Emma, jumped down from the buggy, grabbed Ruth’s arm, and snatched her away from the smiling group of young men resting against Bishop King’s fence. “That was so deliberate,” Emma whispered. “You knew Jeremiah would grab you in time.”

“Don’t be silly. Why would I want to look like an oaf? Besides, Ezekiel Schrock was closer.” Ruth tucked a loose strand of her shiny brown hair under her kapp and quickened her pace.

“Don’t get any ideas about Jeremiah Fisher, Ruth. He’s far more interested in me.”

That thought had never occurred to Ruth. Perhaps he did favor Emma. After all Emma was twenty, the same age as Jeremiah, while Ruth was only eighteen.

“Then I suppose it would have been better if I’d fallen flat on my face?”

Emma rolled her eyes. “Oh, let’s forget the whole thing. Mamm and Katie are waiting inside for us. Church services should start soon and I want a good seat inside where I can see into the next room and watch Jeremiah.”

Ruth sat next to her mamm, waiting in silence, for the service to begin. She could see Jeremiah talking to friends as he placed his hat on a wooden peg by the front door. Her heart danced each time she saw him. He always had a strong affect on her and in Ruth’s eyes, he was the most desirable man in the district. That was for sure and for certain. Was what she felt true love, the kind you have for a husband, or was it just girlish infatuation?

Emma had never made it known before how she felt toward Jeremiah. If only Ruth had expressed her feelings sooner—staking her own claim. But then it was only in recent weeks that she realized how much she actually cared for him.

Ruth’s older brothers arrived with their families and soon the rooms were filled—women and children in one room and the men seated in an adjoining room. It was cramped in the farmhouse, but since it was early April, it was still too cool to meet in the barn for the service.

Church lasted over three hours. Ruth’s favorite part of the service was the music sung from the Ausbund. It was poignant as everyone sang in unison. One of the Zook men started the “Das Loblied” and everyone in the congregation added their voices. Ruth closed her eyes as she included her soprano voice to the others around her singing praises to the Lord. She could hear Jeremiah Fisher’s strong tenor voice from the next room and smiled, visualizing his startling blue eyes as he sang. Someday Jeremiah should be the vorsinger, she thought to herself. He could easily lead the singing.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
You can reach me by my domain name: junebelfie.com. If someone wants to e-mail me, it is: mosttrulyyours@yahoo.com. Add writer somewhere in the heading, or it might end up in spam. I also have a personal site on Facebook and love to have readers join me.

Thank you, June, for letting us into your life and for sharing this book with us.

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Ruth's Dilemma (The Zook Sisters of Lancaster County) - Amazon
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

THE LAST LIE - Leann Harris - 2 Free Ebooks

Readers, Leann Harris is a dear friend of mine. I’m excited about this new series she’s started, Legacy of Lies.

Welcome, Leann. How did you come up with the idea for this story?  
Several years ago a question occurred to me: What would happen if you came home from college and discovered your family had disappeared? Then eighteen years later, when you’re in France on vacation you see your dad getting on a bus, but it’s obvious he’s had a stroke. What would do? That’s the basis of my story. And what if the man, a good-looking Scotsman offers to help you search for your father. Later, you discover he’s lying to you. What do you do then?

Wow! What a premise. If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
Only six authors? That’s like asking me which of my children I love more. Okay, let’s try.  Margaret Daley, Kelly Gilbert, Angie Breidenback, Beth Shriver , James Rubart, and James Scott Bell. These people each write in a different area, and I’d love to compare experience and compare notes.

Now let’s do that for a party for Christian authors of historical fiction, what six people would you invite and why?  
Allie Pleiter, Lynne Gentry, Lena Nelson Dooley, Tricia Goyer, Lori Copeland, and Julie Lessman. I love the books these ladies have done and see how the historical market differs from the contemporary market.

What a party. I’d really enjoy that one. I love all these authors’ books, and I am blessed to be included. 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?
After I recovered from my cancer, (Hodgkin’s Lymphoma)  God sent people into my life to put this book , The Last Lie, out as an ebook. I wasn’t thinking about it, but years ago, I wrote this book, but knew the time for it wasn’t right. God brought the people to me, and I got the message now was the time. I had to, learn an entirely new skill set, but it was exciting to learn.

Tell us about the featured book.
When Catherine Lyons comes home from college, she discovers her family has disappeared. Fifteen years later when Catherine is on vacation in France, she sees her father getting on a bus, but he’s had a stroke. When she tries to talk to him the nurse taking care of him won’t allow it. Cat shows up at the clinic the next day, but the people there claim to know nothing of the man. This time Cat isn’t going to give up. Cat learns the name of the nurse she talked to and goes to her apartment and finds her dead.
Colin Montrose is with MI-6 and doesn’t know who this woman is who has stumbled into his operation, but he wants to know. He follows Cat and asks if she murdered the woman. Before she can answer, they hear police sirens and flee. Together, Cat and Colin chase after Cat’s father, trying to discover the truth behind her life and her parent's lives.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Prologue
Thanksgiving Day, 1989
Colorado
Springs
Catherine Lyons glanced around the faces at the dining room table. Her father and Melvin Fitzpatrick were arguing about who would win the Thanksgiving Day football game, the Cowboys or the Broncos. Of course, Papa thought it would be the Broncos by two touchdowns.

 “Go ahead and tell them,” Sarah Fitzpatrick whispered, elbowing Cat.

For the last eight years, her family had celebrated Thanksgiving with the Fitzpatricks. Both of Catherine’s parents were only children and their parents dead. That first Thanksgiving, when the Fitzpatricks discovered the situation, they had adopted the Lyons into their big Irish family. Since that time, holidays were celebrated with the Fitzpatricks, all seven of them. When they invited their family—all aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, it was a houseful filled with noise, laughter, and joy.

Catherine glanced at her friend. “I’m waiting for the right moment.”

“You better tell them before the FBI shows up.”

Sarah had a point. She didn’t want to freak out her parents. They might think the FBI was here for a different reason.

“What mischief are you two thinking up?”

Okay, this book just moved to the top of my to-be-read list on my Kindle. How can readers find you on the Internet?
http://www.leannharris.com

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

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The Last Lie: Inspirational Romantic Suspense

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Monday, August 18, 2014

THE BUTTERFLY AND THE VIOLIN - Kristy Cambron - One Free Book

Dear Readers, it’s a great pleasure for me to introduce you to Kristy Cambron and her debut novel. We share the same agent, and we’ve become friends through the agency. When The Butterfly and the Violin first arrived at my house, I read it right away. Normally, I’m not too fond of World War II novels, but this one grabbed my heart from the first page. The characters wouldn’t let go of me until the very end. This truly is a page-turner. I kept it with me and read it every time I could grab a few minutes. It was a spark of beauty in a horrible time in history. A lyrical quality.

Bio: Kristy Cambron has been fascinated with the WWII era since hearing her grandfather's stories of the war. She holds an art history degree from Indiana University and received the Outstanding Art History Student Award. Kristy writes WWII and Regency era fiction and has placed first in the 2013 NTRWA Great Expectations and 2012 FCRW Beacon contests, and is a 2013 Laurie finalist. Kristy makes her home in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons.

Welcome, Kristy. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
Quite a lot so far. There are moments between Adele and Vladimir – our main characters from the WWII storyline – that have been taken right from the years my husband and I were dating. And Sera? She’s an art history buff like me. We both love all things vintage and have a borderline obsession with Paris.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
It’s a present quirk that my editor assures me is not too odd… I like to write on my iPhone. In fact, the majority of The Butterfly and the Violin was written on my iPhone, during the early morning hours I was awake to feed our newborn his bottles. Since that time, I’ve found that writing chapters on my phone really fits with my always-on-the-go lifestyle. I’ve even been known to jot down a sentence or two on a long elevator ride. J

Wow, I don’t see how you can do that. I’m a sit in front of my desktop writer. I’ll edit on my laptop, but on a smart phone? No way. When did you first discover that you were a writer?
It was in early 2001 when I was working a late-shift call center job. My husband had purchased an old refurbished laptop so I could write during the dead-air time in-between calls, and I was sold. I literally remember a wave washing over me, feeling like I’d come home somehow when I was typing away at my first story. But to become an author? That was a dream that surpassed anything that young writer could have imagined at the time.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I try not to read books of my WWII genre, especially when I’m writing or editing one of my books. It’s too risky to find that some of that author’s voice or their research will melt into the story I feel called to write. But in reading for pleasure? I love anything historical, especially set in Regency England. The Jazz Age is also a new interest that’s sparked for me. I’m reading on it right now in hopes that I can set a novel in that immersive era.  

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Easy – my husband keeps it for me. J With three young sons, a full-time job and writing career that comes alive at night, I really have little sanity to pull from. My husband is the one who cheers me on, who partners with me and takes care of all of us. He demands very little in the way of fanfare, so it’s my hope that I can do it here.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
What a fabulous question! (To which I have a secret answer…) I watch old black and white movies. Classic movies are a passion of mine and I find some of the most interesting names while reading the credits. I also pull names from my favorite works of literature. (In fact, Adele came from one of the characters in my favorite novel, Jane Eyre.)

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
It’s not an accomplishment, but a very candid reality that I survived the loss of a very dear loved one. We never know how we’ll respond in life until we’re tested. And while I’m not particularly proud of the way I struggled through the days leading up to my Dad’s passing, I am extremely grateful for the Savior who restored, comforted, forgave, encouraged, loved, and in those tough moments, never left me.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I can’t tell you how much I love this question! My ultra-quick answer is a penguin. They’re fun. Laid-back. Quirky and unconcerned with anything too cumbersome. I’d love to have one day where I could waddle around in a little tuxedo, hopping and swimming without a care in the world.

What is your favorite food?
It’s not really a food per se, but I am completely smitten with coffee. Put it in ice cream form, make it into candy, or put it hot and steamy in a vintage tea cup and I’m completely sold.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
I’m going to serve up a little transparency here… I had no idea what I was doing when I started writing! I didn’t have a firm grasp on plot design, character development, or how to craft a story that readers will never want to put down. I haven’t completely overcome it (because we should always keep exploring and learning new things to polish our craft), but I have fabulous editors who are helping me along the way.

Tell us about the featured book.
My heart has been wrapped up in the prisoner camp art of Auschwitz since I first learned of it in an art history class more than a decade ago. I was truly humbled that these artists were willing to risk death to create beauty in such a horrific place. Their watercolor images if butterflies, their sketches of children in striped uniforms and the stunning images of landscapes of such a hellish place are haunting to this day. When Auschwitz was liberated in January, 1945, found in the rubble of the camp was more than 1,600 pieces of art that had left behind. 

Perhaps the reason your book resonated with me so much is that my aunt was an army nurse in Germany during the trials after the end of the way. She had shared with me a lot about that time period, even had pictures. Please give us the first page of the book for my readers.
“Is this it?”

Sera James bounded through the front doors of the Manhattan gallery, so excited that she nearly slipped for running across the hardwood floor in her heels. She came to a flustered stop in front of the large canvas hanging on the back wall.

Breathless, she asked, “You’ve confirmed—this is her?”

“Did you run all the way here, Sera?”

“Yes. Wouldn’t you?” She wasn’t ashamed to admit it. From the second she’d received the phone call, Sera had pushed and shoved her way off the subway in a frenzy and had run the eight blocks back to the gallery, dodging taxis and cracks in the side- walks all the way.

Penny nodded. “The guys in the back just opened the crate. Can you believe it’s been there for a week and we didn’t even know it?”

She shook her head in disbelief. “Unfathomable.”

Sera unwound the chiffon scarf from her neck and shrugged off her trench coat as she stepped away for a moment, draping them both over the antique wooden counter stretching the back of the room. She twisted her long ebony hair and tucked it into a loose bun, then secured it atop her head with a pencil she found nearby. It wasn’t until she turned back to her assistant that she noticed the girl hadn’t moved an inch. Penny stood like a statue, her only movement an index finger that twirled a lock of strawberry blond hair at her nape.

Sera laughed. When her assistant took to whirling a strand of hair around her finger, something had to have completely captured her attention.

“You’re doing it again, Penny.”

The action was telltale. But Sera didn’t blame Penny in the least. This moment was special. If the painting was what they both thought it was, standing in awe was warranted. The rest of the city could have flown by outside the front windows and neither one of them would have noticed. Or cared.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
You can connect with Kristy at:
Twitter: @kcambronauthor
Facebook: Kristy L. Cambron
GoodReads: Kristy Cambron  

The Butterfly and the Violin, Hidden Masterpiece Book #1 – Available now!


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