Thursday, May 28, 2015

WAIT FOR ME - Jo Huddleston - One Free Copy

Author Bio: Jo Huddleston is a multi-published author of books, articles, and short stories. Her debut novels in the Caney Creek Series and her latest book, Wait for Me are sweet Southern romances. She is a member of ACFW, the Literary Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University (TN), and holds a M.Ed. degree from Mississippi State University. Jo lives in the U.S. Southeast with her husband, near their two grown children and four grandchildren.

Welcome back, Jo. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
Now that Wait for Me has released I’ll have more time to spend on Book 2 in the West Virginia Mountains Series.

Tell us a little about your family.
I live in the U.S. Southeast with my husband and near our two grown children and four grandchildren. I’m an only child and my husband’s sisters live in another state so the ten of us are it.

Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
Yes, writing has changed my reading habits. I have less time now to read for pleasure. I read a lot of writing craft books.

What are you working on right now?
I’m working on Book 2 in the West Virginia Mountains Series. I don’t have a title yet. I usually get my titles from a scene or chapter in the book.

What outside interests do you have?
My church, having lunch with friends, attending in-home Bible studies, and, of course, my grandchildren.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
I write sweet Southern historical romances. We’ve lived in four states in the U.S. South and spent time in the rest of them. I’m a born-and-raised American Southerner. I probably will set all my novels in the South.

If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
Amelia Earhart. I’ve always been fascinated by aviation. I’d really like to know what happened to her and her navigator, Fred Noonan, and hear her story of their last hours.

What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
How time consuming writing novels really is. I’m blessed to be able to devote all the time I want to my writing. I don’t know how writers who have a day job can find time to write for publication.

For several of my books, I did both, but I prefer only writing as my work, like it is now. What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
To depend completely on Him. One of our grown children is battling cancer. In such a circumstance, the Lord is the only constant in our lives.

What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
1. Ask God to help you write before your fingers touch the keyboard each day.
2. Be teachable.
3. If writing for publication, be patient.

Tell us about the featured book.
Wait for Me is Book 1 in the West Virginia Mountains Series, is a sweet Southern historical romance, and is set in West Virginia.

Can Julie, an only child raised with privilege and groomed for high society, and Robby, a coal miner’s son, escape the binds of their socioeconomic backgrounds? Set in a coal mining community in West Virginia in the 1950s, can their love survive their cultural boundaries?

This is a tragically beautiful love story of a simple yet deep love between two soul mates, Robby and Julie. The American South’s rigid caste system and her mother demand that Julie chooses to marry an ambitious young man from a prominent and suitable family. Julie counters her mother’s stringent social rules with deception and secrets in order to keep Robby in her life. Can the couple break the shackles of polite society and spend their lives together? Will Julie’s mother ever accept Robby?

Please give us the first page of the book.
Winter, 1955
When Julie left her driveway, she hurried her steps. As the dirt road dipped, she peered into the night to find Robby. She so hoped he waited for her. Clouds flirted with the moon, offering Julie enough light to search for him at the edge of the road.

She reached the place where he always waited but didn’t find him. She called to him, “Robby, where are you?”

Robby stepped out from the shadows farther down the road and walked with a slight swagger back toward her. “I didn’t want to leave before I saw you but I was about to go.”

“Sorry.” She kissed his cheek. “Daddy questioned me as I was about to leave the house.”

Robby took her hands then bent to place his forehead against Julie’s. “So, are you supposed to be at Betty Jean’s tonight?”

Julie started to answer Robby but he muffled her words when he kissed her mouth. A tingle traveled over her insides with his every kiss.

“Let’s get off the side of the road before your daddy follows you. Let’s go behind the company store.”

She wrapped her long coat tighter around her and hand-in-hand they moved to the back of the store where the lamppost out front cast a shadow over them. After more kisses and hugs, Julie and Robby stood with their backs against the building.

“Julie, are you still leaving tomorrow for that dance thing in Savannah?”

“Yes, I have to go.”

“But it’s nearly Christmas. I wanted us to spend time together during the holidays.”

She brushed his dark hair from his eyes. “I’ll be back soon. We’ll only be gone about a week.”

“Don’t start liking that guy who’s your date down there.” Robby scuffed the ground with his shoe. “Does he have a lot of money?”

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You can find Jo at:

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Jo Huddleston said...

Lena, thanks for having me visit with your readers and you. Good luck to all commenters in the book drawing for a Kindle eBook copy of Wait for Me.

Beth Gillihan said...

Love the cover! Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance to win!

Beth in Montana

Jo Huddleston said...

Beth, so glad you love the cover of Wait for Me! Thanks for leaving your comment.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful cover! Love to win Jo's book! Shelia from Mississippi

Melanie Backus said...

Love seeing Jo here. Thank you Lena!

Melanie Backus, TX

Mary Preston said...

A lovely interview thank you. A great beginning.

Mary P


Jo Huddleston said...

Shelia, glad you like the cover for Wait for Me. Thanks for commenting.
Melanie, thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.
Mary, you're welcome. Glad you enjoyed the interview and left your comment.

Deanna Stevens said...

Dee from NE would enjoy reading this book.. Enjoyed the post!

Jo Huddleston said...

Deanna, glad you enjoyed the post. Thanks for leaving your comment.

Library Lady said...

I would buy this book based on the cover alone.
Thanks for giving me the chance to win it.
Janet E.

Library Lady said...

Sorry about that.
I live in Florida.
Janet E.

Jo Huddleston said...

Janet, thanks for commenting about the cover--so glad you like it.

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your awesome giveaway!!
Conway, SC.

Jo Huddleston said...

Sharon, you're entered. Thanks for commenting.

Trixi said...

Oh, I already love this book just from the excerpt! Any kind of Inspriational Historical fiction is my favorite genre. This is set in the '50s which is an era I haven't read many books in. This would be a real treat, thanks for the chance to win a copy of "Wait for Me"! Even the title draws me in :-)

Trixi on the beautiful Oregon coast
teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

Jo Huddleston said...

Trixi, so glad you like my excerpt and book title! Thanks for coming by and leaving your comment.

sm said...

I would love to win your book about two unlikely romance. sm CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Bonnie Roof said...

Love the storyline of "Wait For Me", Jo, and would love to read it!!

Enjoyed your interview - I'm saying a prayer for your ill family member. I can relate to giving God complete control - after having cancer twice and currently undergoing testing for another possible bout with it, I am blessed to know that God has it all under control. I couldn't cope, otherwise.

Bonnie Roof

Jo Huddleston said...

Bonnie, glad you enjoyed the interview. Thank you for your prayer for my daughter and sharing your health issues. I'll pray for you as you undergo your testing. Thanks for commenting.

Jo Huddleston said...

sm, thanks for coming by and leaving your comment.

Connie said...

I especially liked Jo's advice to ask God to help you write before your fingers touch the keyboard. All of us need to begun our day asking for help in whatever is before us. Thank you for a wonderful interview.
Connie from Kentucky

Jo Huddleston said...

Connie, glad you enjoyed the interview. Thanks for commenting.

Karen G. said...

Sounds like an interesting book. Looking forward to reading this.
Karen G., NY

Jo Huddleston said...

Karen, glad you find my book interesting. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Brenda Arrington said...

I live in Virginia. Can't wait to read your book. Thanks for the giveaway

Jo Huddleston said...

Brenda, you're welcome. Hope you enjoy my story set in West Virginia. Thanks for commenting.