Dear Readers, here’s another book from one of my
author friends. Texas
Welcome back, Lynette. As an author, I know it takes a lot of people to birth each book. Who were the people involved in the birthing of this book, and what were their contributions?
This third book sprang from the inspiration of the Amish-Mennonite community of Pinecraft in
. Characters are a
combination and melting pot of those I encountered in the village, and from my
If you had to completely start over in another place, where would you move, and why?
I would move to the coast, whether that be the New England coast near my family, or the
or to the Maryland-Virginia coast near where I grew up. I have always loved the
ocean and find it's a special place, no matter what the weather. Texas
If you could only tell aspiring novelists one thing, what would it be?
Finish that first book, and then think about writing another. I hear from quite a few people, “Oh, I'd love to write a book” or “I've started a book” but most of those people never finish.
You’ve been asked to be in charge of a celebrity cruise. Who would you ask to take part, and why? (AS in what program, singers, etc. [it doesn’t have to be writing related])
Wow, that's a tough question, because I really am not one to follow many celebrities, and I've never been on a cruise, either. :) I would, however, have a chef or two that would be fun to cook with and learn from, and who would cook for us. Alton Brown would be one of those chefs. He'd be funny and interesting. For entertainment, the top billing would be for the a cappela vocal group Pentatonix, because I love a cappela music done well. Programs would be favorite book discussions, along with a costume party dressing as your favorite character. At ports of call, we would stop at some fun historical sites for day trips—Europe or the
Mediterranean would be
Tell us about the featured book.
A Promise of Grace is the third book in my series, Seasons In Pinecraft. It's set in the Amish-Mennonite community in the city of
heroine, Rochelle Keim, has been a minor character in the first two books and
this time, she gets her chance to tell her story. She owns a housecleaning
business and guards her ordered life. Then her first love, Silas Fry, moves to
Pinecraft one year after the death of his wife. Silas has spent most of his
adult years working as a missionary pilot in Mozambique
and traveling throughout South
Africa and he feels a bit de-railed, as do
his almost-grown son and young adult daughter. This third book has a few of the
Amish characters from the first two books and rounds out the series.
I’ve been waiting for this book. I loved the first two. Please give us the first page of the book.
The minivan’s air conditioner gave one last puff of cold air not long after Silas Fry drove across the
Florida state line. Silas merely lowered the
front windows without saying anything to the children.
How many more hours to
“I wish we were back in
sighed and fanned herself where she sat in the front passenger seat. She leaned
toward the open window. Her sigh sounded as if her world had suddenly crumbled.
At nearly nineteen, she tended to see life in extremes. And Belinda had been
the one adept at handling her moodiness.
“Me, too.” Matthew’s echo was born of always wanting to follow in
“I know you do, I know.” Silas forced his voice to come out around the lump in his throat.
home. Their home. It would never be the same without Belinda. None of them
Despite what Belinda had done long, long ago, he’d loved his wife to the end. The day a semi had plowed into the van in which she and some other ladies had been riding home from a quilt auction. None of those who died had suffered, the families were told.
Suffering was left for the rest of the families left behind, spouseless husbands, motherless children.
Silas filled his lungs with the fresh, humid air blowing into the van. “Your great-uncle said we’ll have plenty of time to go to the beach after supper tonight.”
The seashore. The ocean had been the one constant where they’d lived in Africa, not far from the coast in
Mozambique. And, one big reason
he’d chosen to move them all to Florida.
In landlocked Ohio,
the children had balked, and he even found himself feeling a bit constricted,
his only refuge in the air, flying a Cessna.
Life with Belinda as their hub had fallen apart. Somehow, with God’s help, they’d find a way to put it back together again.
Someone had told him children were resilient.
He often needed to remind himself
wasn’t a child anymore, her studies had ended long ago, and she was planning to
continue her education, not to become a teacher like her mother, but a medical
assistant. She’d already completed her high school equivalency certificate and
planned to enroll in college in Sarasota.
Matthew, not a child, either, all of fourteen and idolizing his older sister with her take-charge view of the world. They’d already discussed him finishing school in Pinecraft at the Mennonite school, after seeing where he compared to other students his age. He had a good eye for building and construction, as well as taking motors apart and putting them back together. Silas wasn’t sure where he’d come by his skill.
But Silas couldn’t help thinking of both of them as children. He’d been there from the beginning, when their first cries rang out. He’d seen them grow and thrive, through first words and first stumbles, through the first days of “I can do it myself.” Especially with
who seemed to have come from her mother’s womb sure of herself and the world.
I like the daughter’s name. J Where can we find you on the Internet?
I'm on Facebook at: facebook.com/lynettesowellauthor . My regular blog is at lynettesowell.blogspot.com. I'm on Twitter @LynetteSowell, and if you want to follow my favorite recipes and sometimes crafts, I'm on Pinterest as LynetteSowell.
Thanks for having me,
Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
A Promise of Grace - Christianbook.com
A Promise of Grace: Seasons in Pinecraft - Book 3 - Amazon
A Promise of Grace: Seasons in Pinecraft - Book 3 (Seasons in Pinecraft | Book 3) - Kindle
Leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)
Void where prohibited; the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.
The only notification you’ll receive is the winner post on this blog. So be sure to check back a week from Saturday to see if you won. You will have 4 weeks from the posting of the winners to claim your book.
If you’re reading this on Goodreads, Google+, Feedblitz, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, or Amazon, please come to the blog to leave your comment if you want to be included in the drawing. Here’s a link: