Thursday, May 24, 2018

before I knew you - Beth Steury - One Free Print Book or Ebook, Winner's Choice


Welcome, Beth. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
Many of Maggie’s, the female main character’s, likes/dislikes/quirks are mine. She’s a died-hard Diet Coke fan, loves chocolate, is not outgoing or in the “in” crowd. Her faith is important to her. However, none of her experiences are based on my life. The two moms in the story are not based on me or my style of mothering.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I have a feeling my kids would jump at the chance to answer this question. If we go with the “peculiar” definition of quirky, then my penchant for fountain Diet Coke probably qualifies. I will drive across town for a fountain Diet Coke, snubbing my nose at other varieties of cola as well as bottled or canned variations. Prior to our vacation in Hawaii, I contacted the hotel—via email and telephone—to inquire if they were a Coke or Pepsi establishment. I then contacted the convenience store I thought was next door, but was actually in the hotel’s lobby, to inquire about their soft drink selection. Upon arrival, and much to my delight, I discovered very palatable Diet Coke flowed from a fountain beverage center in this convenient location. My husband has dubbed me a “pop snob.” I prefer the term “pop connoisseur.”

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I’m not really sure how to answer that. I’ve been writing for over thirty years sporadically, wishing I would/could write more regularly. For the past eight years, writing has been given a greater importance in my daily life. For the past three-and-a-half years, I’ve written something nearly every day.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
The great majority of books I read fall into one of two categories or are a meshing of both. In fiction, I prefer books that combine a contemporary, true-to-life story with realistic characters. If the story is based on true events, that’s even better. In non-fiction, I like to read about people’s lives, the paths and journeys that make or break them. The lessons they learn along the way and how those experiences change and mold the persons’ lives. I’m a people person, so I have to force myself to read about ideas, facts, and/or concepts unless many people anecdotes are sprinkled into the book.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Sometimes I don’t! Run, run, run does quite often describe my world. Although I enjoy being busy, too much of a good thing, as they say, is overwhelming. I attempt to look ahead and allot time for all the to-dos on my list, but I find that too often, the tasks take longer than I want/hope they will, creating an overwhelming time crunch. When the list is long and the line items involved, I try to zero in on the most pressing/immediate task and adopt a tunnel-vision approach. Deep breaths and a mental, sometimes oral, chanting of, “Everything will be fine,” does help. Massive amounts of Diet Coke, and the fact I’ve gotten used to short nights helps as well.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
The two main characters’ names just came to me as the story brewed in my mind. The names fit them as their personalities formulated in my mind. I try not to use names of family members or people I know well. Aside from that and since I write YA, I try to use names that are at least somewhat common among today’s youth.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Although several publishers showed interest in this novel/series, the timing did not pan out, so I decided to take the indie route. Deciding to “go indie” was one thing, but actually, bringing the project to fruition involved countless hours of research and a continual push to move forward. I had to put aside the fear that I couldn’t do it and make myself advance toward the goal. Holding the actual book in my hand and downloading the formatted ebook to my Kindle completed the dream and stirred a deep sense of satisfaction.  

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I’m not an animal person, so this is a hard one. Something cute, cuddly, loyal, loves everyone—oh, and low-maintenance which means not whiny, no shedding, probably sleeps a lot. Is there such an animal? Sounds like a dog, maybe? If there’s a breed that fits these qualifications, I might even consider getting a dog myself.

What is your favorite food?
CHOCOLATE!

Mine, too. What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Making the completion of the book a priority. I worked on this book and series for years. I’m sure people grew weary of me talking about the never-ending-project. I considered dropping it altogether or at least putting it aside for a time, but I didn’t feel right about doing that. The story would not leave my mind. So, I sloughed along with more dedication at times, less so at other times. I took a no-turning-back step when I worked with a photographer and a cover designer to complete the covers for all three books in the series. That commitment solidified that I would complete the series.

Tell us about the featured book.
before I knew you presents a realistic, candid, and relevant cast of high school-aged characters as they navigate choices and consequences in the choppy waters of friendship, dating relationships, saving sex for marriage, and “renewed waiting.” 

The novel’s main players are: Preston, the 17-year-old hot, popular high school junior who’s determined to chart a new course as far from his ladies’ man ways as possible. And Maggie, the new girl in town, also a 17-year-old junior, who’s quiet and shy but oh so ready to be in a relationship with an amazing guy. A guy who will respect her “white-wedding-dress future.”


Please give us the first page of the book.
Memorial Day weekend

Preston

I
won’t do anything illegal or immoral. Just hanging out. No big deal.” Muttering to an empty room, I grabbed an Indianapolis Colts sweatshirt and opened my bedroom door to scope out the hall. Right toward Mom’s and Dad’s room, left toward my brother Patrick’s.
The hall was empty. Good.
I found Mom in the kitchen rinsing the supper dishes. “Hangin’ with the guys tonight, Mom. Won’t be too late.” Not that an almost seventeen-year-old should have to report his every move to his mom, but considering what I’d put my parents through last year, it wouldn’t kill me.
“Okay, Preston.” She tapped my arm with wet fingers. “Have fun.”
I zipped toward the front door, hoping to avoid Patrick’s older brother advice.
“No big deal.” More muttering, to convince myself there was nothing wrong with a night of hanging out with the guys. As I jabbed the key into the ignition, I scanned the front of the Jacoby family, ranch-style house.
Patrick filled the doorway, his arms crossed, a menacing glare shooting from his narrowed eyes.
I jerked away from his obvious disapproval and backed onto the street in my hand-me-down Honda Accord that would scream middle class in Jake Nelson’s east side neighborhood.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Amazon Author Page:  amazon.com/author/bethsteury
Facebook:     Beth Steury, Author
Twitter:         @Beth_Steury
Pinterest:      Beth Steury, Author
Goodreads:   Beth Steury, Author

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

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

NO SAFE PLACE - H.L. Wegley - One Free Book

Welcome, H.L. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
As I grew up, I lived for sports and the competition that athletics provided. And I participated in several sports until physical limitations set in. Now, I participate vicariously through characters in my stories. But since I’m in control, I can take them to athletic achievements far beyond mine. The heroine of my current release is a world-class middle-distance runner. The hero of my previous release was an Olympic decathlete and another hero was the first major league pitcher to throw a baseball 110 miles-per-hour. Of course, the characters’ athletic abilities play a key role in each story.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
After our senior class picnic, a week before graduation, I held open the door to the high school so my buddy could ride his motorcycle through the entire first floor, past the office and back out. We didn’t stop to think about the possible consequences. But 1964 was a kinder, gentler time. We would probably have gotten only a lecture. But the school janitor got the punishment. From the stories we heard, he never did get the black mark off the floor where my friend popped the clutch.

Oh, the things we did back then. When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I was blessed to have some great writing instructors, especially in high school. Confirmation of being a writer came when I started getting A’s for doing something I thoroughly enjoyed. Though I didn’t write fiction until retiring, for most of my working years I made a living by writing—research reports, scientific books and articles and, later, specifications for computing systems. But science is set, while fiction is flexible. And fiction is certainly more fun.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I started reading novels as a nine-year-old. I cruised through the entire Edgar Rice Burroughs collection, then the entire Zane Grey collection. My love of action and adventure those books gave stuck with me. I can’t resist a good action-adventure story written, especially if it’s within the genre rules of romantic suspense. Ditto for a good thriller with a little romance woven in. My non-fiction reading tends toward philosophy and science, mostly in the context of Christian apologetics.

I read a lot of Zane Grey when I was a teen. How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Don’t you mean, how do I catch it after I’ve lost it? When I run, run, run too much, I catch it from my wife. Writing can consume too much of us, if we let it. My wife helps keep me accountable and sane even when I don’t want to be.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
I usually choose names I like for my protagonists and names that I don’t like for my villains. Sometimes the villain’s name is derived from words that have some malevolent meaning. For example, in my current WIP, the villain is a corrupt, high-ranking government official whose first and last names were derived from words that mean, big swamp. Oops! I had wanted to see if any of my readers caught on to that.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Is choosing a spouse considered an accomplishment? If so, I did myself proud in being chosen by a stereotypical Irish girl with a sprinkling of freckles, hair that shines red in the sun, heart on her sleeve and who will live what she believes, even if it kills her. Oh, I chose her too … 52 years ago.

I love long marriages. James and I will celebrate our 54th anniversary later this year. If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
It would have to be a dog. But not a little yapper—a big dog. Maybe a dog like the black lab we raised for guide dog school at San Rafael. He didn’t yap, but he did chew through the 220-volt wires to our air conditioner on a holiday weekend with the temperature in triple digits. He wasn’t electrocuted and I forgave him, eventually, because he was only six months old at the time.

What is your favorite food?
If I had to choose one type of food to eat every day for the rest of my life, it would be Mexican food—nachos, burritos, taco salads. So, I guess that’s my favorite. But, does coffee qualify as a food?

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
I had two major problems when I began writing fiction. First, according to one editor, my female protagonists sounded psychotic Second, I didn’t understand good story structure. The solution to both—ask for help from someone who can help. Christina Tarabochia helped me untangle the emotional mess of the heroine in No Safe Place. Susan May Warren gave me some great advice for weaving the plot elements together to create my award-winning story, Voice in the Wilderness.

Tell us about the featured book.
No Safe Place tells the story of a young man returning from the far country, trying to regain his honor, and a young woman with a heart broken by her parents' rejection because of her newfound faith. Each has what the other needs, but will the assassin who put them on his hit list give them enough time to discover that? It’s a new take on the prodigal story that races from the beaches of the Olympic National Park to the beauty of Lake Chelan in Central Washington State, a story of courage, honor, faith, forgiveness, and love. No Safe Place is also book #1 in my Witness Protection Series.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Olympic National Park, near La Push, Washington
They hadn’t gunned him down two months ago, but it wasn’t for lack of trying. The odds were Matt Mathison should have ended up planted in the ground or as a pile of bones picked clean by scavengers in the forest.

Was he lucky to have escaped? It felt more like punishment for his transgressions. Regardless, his present unity of body and soul was not a blessing. Of that, he was certain.

Matt refocused on the winding dirt trail wrinkled with tree roots along each side—roots waiting to grab the foot of a tired or careless runner. He kicked his pace up a notch as he loped along the trail traversing the ridge above the beach at La Push.

He maintained this fast but comfortable pace as he ran through towering Sitka spruce trees. Matt inhaled deep breaths of fresh, ocean-scented air.

Countless shafts of sunlight probed the shadows through openings in the forest canopy. As he ran, the myriad sunbeams created a mesmerizing, strobe-light effect on his arms.

Running in this tranquil setting helped. It helped Matt ignore that he was bone tired, emotionally drained, and spiritually in limbo. But didn’t he deserve all the misery life had dealt him? All of it and a lot more.

A half mile from the parking area, the pounding of a runner's powerful feet sounded on the ridge behind him. Someone had rapidly closed on him, someone running at an incredible rate.

There were never other runners on this trail. Only one conclusion made sense. After two months of searching, Arellano's assassins had found him.

Oh, my. I need to know what happens next. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Facebook author’s page: https://www.facebook.com/HLWegley  

Thank you, H.L., for sharing this new book with us. I’m eager to read it, and I know my readers are too.

Readers, here are links to the book.
No Safe Place (Witness Protection) (Volume 1) - Paperback
No Safe Place (Witness Protection Book 1) - Kindle

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Monday, May 21, 2018

CHASE - Glenn Haggerty - One Free Print Book in the US or One Free Ebook for a Worldwide Winner


Welcome, Glenn. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
Developing empathy for others helps me to create and sustain characters that are hopefully rich, varied, likable, and entertaining. Since I question whether I could be described with any of those characteristics, I believe my characters are more imagined than reflective.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I’ve never thought of myself as a quirky person—all the more reason to construe such an attribute. But I do, and always have to my memory, twiddled my hair when concentrating on something. Harder to do with my current short haircut, I have to dig hard to get enough hair to rub between my fingers.

When did you first discover you were a writer?
When my short story “Way the River Runs” was accepted by a magazine in 2007, I began to think that maybe I was a writer after all.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and other epic fantasy writers with a Christian worldview on the one hand and John Grisham, Andrew Klavan, Eddie Jones, and other mystery/action adventure writers are among my favorites. I think I have also read nearly every Western written by Louis L’Amour. I enjoy historical fiction, beginning with Bode Thoene to Francine Rivers and even the sometimes profane work of Bernard Cornwall. And I read non-fiction historicals, such as Forth to the Wilderness by Dale Van Every, nearly everything written by Stephen Ambrose and David McCullough and many more. But the most rewarding read and study for me is the Bible – by far.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Sanity? I used to have a heavy bag, but now I have to settle for peddling really fast on my stationary bike.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
Sometimes I look up lists of common names, either current or of another period of history. But more often I overhear a name that sounds cool to me. When I occasionally delve into fantasy, I like to use Greek, Latin, or Hebrew names that mean something either representative of or ironic to the character in question.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Proverbs  6:16, 11:2, 16:18

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
As a kid, I sometimes fantasized that I was a talking mountain lion that went around doing good—sort of an animal superhero. Maybe influenced by Jack London’s dog characters “Buck” and “White Fang” both of whom were loyal and saved or tried to save their masters from the bad guys.

What is your favorite food?
Great coffee, strong, freshly ground and dark roast but with cream and sugar. Our Keurig makes a fast fix, but if I’m desperate, a shot of espresso and hot chocolate in a cup of skim milk will also power me through writer’s fatigue

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
My greatest roadblock was thinking that creative writing was just too massive and that I wasn’t smart enough to pull it off. I overcame it by focusing first on trying to write a compelling short story. When others subsequently pointed out how pathetic my first attempts were, my self-doubts were reinforced. The only way to overcome was to keep studying, keep listening to criticism with discernment, and keep trying.

Tell us about the featured book.
In Chase, Tyler, a middle school newbie, watches helplessly as his friend, Jake, descends into drugs. With the help of a couple of classmates and encouraged by the local police, Tyler begins shadowing drug runners to rat out the methamphetamine dealer before his friend turns into a brain dead druggie. But Tyler has underestimated the power and raw evil that is about to be unleashed against him. There are lots of twists and turns and character surprises as Tyler and his friends come face to face with organized evil. Faith and courage are tested to the max, and many lessons are learned regarding life and friendships.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Prologue
Erick Donaldson crept from tree to tree scanning the hushed forest for his prey. Three-foot ferns screened the ground on either side of the path, but on the dirt trail ahead, cloven-hoofed prints pressed deep into the soft black soil.

He stooped. Fresh. His quarry was close.

A smile tugged at the corners of his mouth. He’d ditched algebra that morning, but Mom’s grounding would be worth it—especially if he had a new antler rack mounted to his wall.

Through a break in the tall trees, wisps of vapor rose from the valley below, and the domed roof of an old barn poked above the early fall greenery. Erick narrowed his eyes. He’d never seen buildings out here in the state park, but he’d never roamed this far north either. The dim trail twisted downhill and disappeared toward the barn. He touched the hunting license in the cargo pocket of his fatigues and stole after his game.

At the valley floor, he pushed through the brush line and stepped into the clearing.

Mist swirled against the barn and decay ate away the corners. Broken and missing boards lined the structure like unraveling bandages on a gigantic mummy. Elm saplings crowded the ruin. Just an abandoned barn. And yet . . .

The hair on the back of his neck prickled.

Interesting. How can readers find you on the Internet?

Thank you, Glenn, for sharing this new book with us. The teaser is intriguing.

Readers, here are links to the book.
Chase: Intense, Book 3 (Volume 3) - Paperback
Chase: Intense, Book 3 - Kindle

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

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Friday, May 18, 2018

POLITICAL DIRTY TRICK - James R Callan - One Free Book

Welcome back, James. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
He has blessed me more than I can imagine. I have faith he will continue to hold me in the palm of His hand.

I so agree with that, and I thank Him often for where He’s led me. Tell us a little about your family.
We have been blessed with four great children, one son and three daughters. Our son is a professor at Carnegie Mellon University. Our eldest daughter handles royalties for those who write the music for movies. Our middle daughter teaches in elementary school and sings in her own band. And our youngest daughter is a writer of middle grade non-fiction and has over 70 books published.

Then we have six grandkids, two granddaughters and four grandsons.

Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
When I’m in the middle of writing a mystery, I don’t want to read any mysteries. Same thing for suspense. Those are my favorite genres to read, but when I’m writing, I don’t want to be exposed to other writers’ ideas in the same genre I’m writing at the moment.

What are you working on right now?
I have just published the third Crystal Moore Suspense novel, Political Dirty Trick. So, mostly I am working on the launch of this book. It is published in digital, paperback and hardcover editions. The audio will be out in the summer. But plot snippets for another Crystal Moore book are beginning to rattle around in my brain.

What outside interests do you have?
My wife and I like to travel. We have visited all fifty of the United States. We have traveled to six continents (having missed Antarctica). We have a nice home in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, and spend a good bit of time there.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
Both my Father Frank Mystery Series and the Crystal Moore Suspense books are primarily set in northeast Texas. Why? First, I know the area well. I was raised in Dallas and after spending twenty years in Connecticut, I moved to rural northeast Texas. Second, there are many interesting characters here that give me models for book characters. And third, several of the
plots have naturally come from this area. For instance, Cleansed by Fire centers around church burnings. That happened here a few years back. Then Over My Dead Body was inspired by eminent domain used by private companies. That actually happened to my wife and I just about one year before that book was released. Hmmm. Coincidence? Maybe not. A Ton of Gold was the result of reading an old Texas folktale.

What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
How difficult and time consuming marketing would be. Foolishly I thought the publisher would handle all that. There’s a lesson here about rose-colored glasses.

What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
Patience. And I am not a very apt student. But He has been so good to me throughout my entire life, I’ll try to do better for Him.
   
What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Read, write and be persistent.

Tell us about the featured book.
In Political Dirty Trick, Crystal’s good friend, Ron Drake, is a shoo-in to win the gubernatorial race in Texas. Two volunteers in the opposition camp (George and Ginnie) believe their candidate’s only chance is a political dirty trick that will sink his numbers in the polls. They construct an elaborate hoax and with a source in the D.A.’s office, leak fake news to the media.
The dirty trick is successful and Drake’s numbers plummet. But things go wrong and a man is killed. Ginnie is determined not to get caught for the man’s death, and to cover it up, another man is killed.

Crystal sets out to find who is leaking the unfair information. She has no idea the murders are connected to the fake news. But as she begins to gather clues, Ginnie decided no one is looking for her or George—except Crystal. To Ginnie, Crystal must be eliminated and she makes several attempts on Crystal’s life.

Drake’s once invincible lead evaporates and on election day, he comes in second. But the election isn’t over. The attempts on Crystal’s life aren’t either. Drake may lose the election. And Crystal may lose her life.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Saturday, March 24
She crept into the room, a mere shadow. No sound. No trace of her presence. The small flashlight she pulled from her pocket produced only a slight glow, hardly noticeable from across the room, invisible from outside. But it revealed the major objects in the room: a desk, two chairs. And the Mondrian. She studied the painting for a moment. Why would anyone pay big bucks for this nonsense? With a canvas, a paint pallet and a bottle of vodka, I could produce the same thing in an hour or two. Would anyone pay me three hundred thou for it? Not a chance.

No one was in the house, yet she moved with care to lift the painting off the wall. Lighter than she expected and only about three feet square. She turned and glided out of the room. Except for the missing painting, nothing had been disturbed, not even the dust. She made her way down the short hall and into the kitchen, headed out the way she came in.

She froze.

A noise, ever so slight, came from the back door. A key slipped into a lock.

The owner, at a campaign rally, shouldn’t be home for another hour. Light flooded the entry room and she heard footsteps coming toward the kitchen, toward her. The room was still dark, but her eyes had become accustomed to the low light. Her mind raced as fast as her heartbeat. She started forward, then stopped. Back toward the study would leave her exposed in the hall.

The only other exit was a door on her left. She opened it. A pantry. She slipped in, and eased it shut just as the kitchen lit up.

Intriguing. How can readers find you on the Internet?
My author page on Amazon is: http://amzn.to/1eeykvG

Thank you, James, for sharing this new book with us. I’m eager to read it, and I know many of my blog readers are, too.

Readers, here are links to the book.
Political Dirty Trick: A Crystal Moore Suspense (Volume 3) - Paperback
Political Dirty Trick: A Crystal Moore Suspense - Kindle

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

FINDING LOVE ON BAINBRIDGE ISLAND, WASHINGTON - Annette M Irby - One Free Ebook


Welcome back, Annette. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I’m so inspired by location, especially beautiful natural settings, like beaches or gardens. As a reader, I’m drawn to Christian romances so by combining these two interests, I get to write love stories in great settings. Such fun! I delight in visiting the locales I include in my books. But I also enjoy writing about what motivates people to do what they do. That means including psychology as well. So, you’ll generally find romance in a gorgeous setting with a bit of psychology in my books. For this series, I also included the “reunion romance” aspect, meaning my characters knew each other in the past and are now back in each other’s lives for a second chance.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
That’s easy, my wedding day. I smiled so much, my face hurt. We married on an island in the Puget Sound—see why I love this place so much? A gorgeous setting on a peaceful, sunny day. That was 27 years ago this summer.

How has being published changed your life?
I published my first book eleven years ago, and I remember that before that I kept to myself. I hadn’t met very many fellow writers or written articles for other bloggers. After that book was released, my world opened up. Publishing this series, especially, has been a dream come true. (I have three shorter works already out.) When you dream of something for years and work toward it, and then it finally happens, it’s a bit surreal. I’ve had to remind myself, amidst the deadlines and roller coaster ride of fulfilling my contract, that this is what it feels like to live the dream. But like Proverbs 13:12 says, “a dream fulfilled is a tree of life.” Knowing I’m living my dreams is what keeps me going through the challenges. So, to answer your question—that pining feeling is now absent, at least for this dream.

What are you reading right now?
I’m finishing an early copy of Rachel Hauck’s The Love Letter. I was attracted to this title because 1) I love Rachel’s writing and 2) my first published book was called Love Letters. The story is a time-slip (genre where there are two story lines—one modern day and one historical), and I’m enjoying visiting the Revolutionary War period while following a contemporary heroine through her journey to freedom.

What is your current work in progress?
I’m working on book three of my Washington Island Romance series, which is set on Whidbey Island, Washington. (Title: Finding Love on Whidbey Island, Washington) The heroine’s name is Liberty and boy does she need freedom! The hero is a worship leader who has several regrets, not the least of which was how he treated Liberty when they were teens in high school. They’ll get a second chance to make things right and possibly even fall in love again.

What would be your dream vacation?
A trip to a private tropical location in Hawaii. We visited Honolulu about twenty years ago now, but the hub was so crowded. There was barely room to spread a blanket on the beach. I’d love to go to a less populated setting in the Hawaiian Islands one day for an extended stay.

A trip to Hawaii is a dream for my husband and I, too. How do you choose your settings for each book?
Puget Sound islands inspire me with their views of the Salish Sea and oftentimes the Olympic or Cascade mountain ranges thrown in. When we take ferry rides through the Sound and see houses perched on the cliffs, my imagination goes to a happy place of wondering who lives there. What kinds of journeys do those occupants have? If the island is remote, I wonder if they telecommute or are independently wealthy.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
This is a tough question. My mind goes to actors or producers who work with Hallmark Channel or other outlets for Christian or wholesome media. But I couldn’t name only one. I also think of my family members who live far from us. I’m having a hard time pinpointing one single person. I’m guessing that as soon as I send this interview to you, Lena, a lineup will form in my thoughts.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I enjoy gardening. We now live in a forested area with plenty of deer. I’m not used to the threat they pose to my potted plants. I’m learning more and more about deer resistant plants, though my local garden store clerk explained that this time of year (spring), deer aren’t deterred by much since they’re pretty hungry. I’ve been disheartened to find the buds I’d been awaiting one day gone the next because a deer came through unannounced. I also enjoy photography because it allows me to capture a moment of beauty.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
I like a conflict-free life, and I seek that peace every day. So, including and retaining conflict in my novels has at times been challenging. As with other obstacles, when my stories get stuck, I turn to how-to books by some trusted writing mentors. Even though I work as a freelance editor and have worked in acquisitions, I am an ongoing student of writing craft, and I soak up all I can.

It’s my belief that all authors should continue learning. When we don’t, the quality of our writing goes down. What advice would you give to a beginning author?
The saying that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become adept at any type of skill, of knowing when to use it and how to use it, is true, in my opinion and experience. So I recommend putting in the time. Find time to write, find other writers for encouragement, find books that teach writing, and attend writers’ conferences. You’ll have to make sacrifices for this pursuit, and you’ll know if you’re meant to be a writer by asking yourself this one question: can I stop? If you try to give up writing, but your mind is constantly inventing stories which you must embellish, then you were probably meant to be a writer. Folks who can’t stop writing, can’t stop inventing stories, can’t stop imaging the perfect beginning, the most profound ending, the best theme, and/or the most resonant scenarios are called writers. Embrace it. Pursue it. Those who succeed are those who don’t give up. But feed your creativity as often as you can. It’s a necessary, and oft neglected, part of the journey.

Tell us about the featured book.
Here’s the back cover copy, or summary, of Finding Love on Bainbridge Island, Washington:

Neither of them is ready for a relationship, but love may not give them an out.

Jenna-Shea Brown considers herself a broken therapist. Years ago, she witnessed something that caused PTSD. She can’t let her boss or her patients know about her battle. Who would want to trust her to help them, when she can’t help herself? She’s finally able to find a fresh start in her family’s beach cabin, but the renovations aren’t complete. Her parents have hired her ex-boyfriend to finalize them, but his negligence led to her being in the wrong place at the wrong time all those years ago.

Liam Barrett is trying to prove he’s nothing like his deadbeat dad. He’s working hard, yet still failing. Adrenaline and adventure offer him a diversion, but maybe he can’t escape his genes. He’d like to make things right with Shea, but he’s unsure if she’ll forgive him. Meanwhile, he’s challenged to forgive his father. He’s also worried about Shea and all these episodes she won’t explain. Now that they’re back in close proximity, he’s falling for her again. But can anything heal the past?

Please give us the first page of the book.
Liam Barrett could use some fresh air.

The red-eye from Hawaii to Seattle seemed unending, especially with this snoring guy next to him smelling of curry. Before the flight crew requested that he pocket his phone, he wanted to check on his great-aunt. So long as she kept uploading pictures of her pets or the stormy June weather on Puget Sound, he knew she was okay. But any lag in her online activity and he got worried. His zany great-aunt Matilda was a social butterfly, but she could also be a bit . . . eccentric. The shorter her leash—and his absences from her vicinity—the better.

A vintage photo of a father, mother, and children was captioned in Auntie Mat’s latest upload: Family is everything. Make peace. He shook his head, though it wasn’t surprising she would post something odd. The point was—he had confirmation she was fine. A relief after everything she’d done for him.

The phone buzzed in his hand as another Facebook notification popped up: New friend request from Jack Barrett.

His heart stuttered. Wha—?

An image flashed in his mind of his mother and him alone in the house. She wouldn’t stop crying. Preschooler Liam standing at her bedroom doorway, watching. “You okay, Mommy?”
He’d rubbed his stomach where it hurt. Should he run to her? Hold her hand? Could he hug her and make it better like she did for him? He darted to her side. “Mommy, are you broken?”

Now at age thirty-three, his thumb shook as he pressed the power button and turned off his phone. He should’ve deleted it immediately. Blocked him. Rejection would send a message without having to type a message. He wanted to throw his cell. Or maybe hurl himself off something for the adrenaline fix. How soon could he and his buddies schedule another getaway full of daredevil stunts?

“We are now beginning our descent into SeaTac International Airport. Local weather in Seattle is fifty-six degrees and cloudy with a 70 percent chance of rain this afternoon. Local time is 6:35 a.m.” The flight attendant went on to list the various end-of-flight things, like raised tray tables and final trash collection, and Liam tuned him out.

Jack Barrett.

Liam hadn’t seen that name for at least two years. Back then, he’d run an online search, as if compelled to track down the man and prove Liam was no longer helpless to fix Mom’s pain. Half hating his curiosity, he’d scrolled links. He hadn’t done this research as a child, hadn’t asked his mom any questions so he wouldn’t upset her. The name Jack Barrett wasn’t uncommon in the Northwest. But, heart thumping, Liam had narrowed it down to those born in Bremerton, Washington around fifty-five years ago.

Best match for the Jack he researched? A felon, busted for armed robbery, grand theft auto, drug possession, and several DUIs. No wonder Mom never mentioned him. Stellar guy. Role model material. Liam didn’t drink, didn’t use drugs. He’d never chased the next high—outside of adrenaline. Or been pulled over by the police. Not even so much as a parking ticket. No, in those ways he was nothing like Jack.

It was the similarities that troubled Liam.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Website: www.AnnetteIrby.com  
Twitter: @AnnetteMIrby
Facebook Reader Friends Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/252272708574760  
Amazon Author Page: www.amazon.com/author/annette_m_irby.com    

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

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Monday, May 14, 2018

REDEEMING LIGHT - Annette O'Hare - One Free Ebook


Welcome back, Annette. I love your new headshot. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I’ve always considered myself sort of a history nerd, so it’s only natural I would lean toward writing historical fiction. In my books, I focus on a particular historical event and how it might have affected my fictional characters living in that area.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
Since the Lord saved my soul, I’ve had several “happiest” days. One that stands out in my mind being the day my husband Dan asked me to marry him over thirty-five years ago. I said yes, of course.

How has being published changed your life?
That’s a funny question, because yes, I’ve reached a major life goal of mine, and for me, it’s a feeling of great accomplishment. My husband enjoys introducing me as the published author. On the other hand, I still have to cook, do the dishes, and wash dirty underwear!

I often tell someone who is in great awe of meeting a published author that I’m just a woman who cooks the meals and things like that, who just happens to write books, too. What are you reading right now?
I have just finished reading, A Highland Pearl by author friend, Brenda B. Taylor. The next book in my queue is, The Other Side of Freedom, a young adult historical by another author friend, Cynthia T. Toney.

What is your current work in progress?
I am currently working on two novellas. The first is a historical romance that takes place in 1902 Texas. The second is an 1870 Christmas novella that follows my first novel, Northern Light.

What would be your dream vacation?
My dream vacation would be to the upper east coast of the United States. I’ve always wanted to visit Philadelphia where our country was founded. I also want to go to the islands off the Massachusetts coastline like Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard where Jaws was filmed!

How do you choose your settings for each book?
Instead of choosing a setting for my books I choose a historical event and the place where that event took place. My first novel was based on the Civil War and its effects on the small town of Bolivar Point, Texas. My current novel takes place at the same location, but during the Great Storm of 1900, the deadliest natural disaster to ever hit the United States.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Call me boring, but the person I would choose would be my husband, Dan O’Hare. Why, because he’s my best friend and the most interesting man I know and with Dan, we don’t even have to speak to communicate with each other.

I so understand that. What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
My current hobbies include raising three dogs, Max 12, Jay 4, and Tris 3. I am also trying my hand at raising a Russian Tortoise, Frankie, named after the children’s book character, Franklin the Tortoise. My husband and I built an outdoor enclosure for Frankie to spend the summer in. Did you know tortoises can live more than 80 years? Next to Frankie’s enclosure is another one of my current hobbies, fairy gardening.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
I occasionally have writer’s block, but I’ve found that taking a break and coming back to it usually cures the problem. Another obstacle is researching the historical novel. Why, because I LOVE history and I’m easily drawn away from my writing whenever I come across an interesting bit of historical information. How do I overcome it? I’ll let you know when I find out.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
You have a story in your head you need to get out. Great…do that. But before you begin writing take steps to educate yourself in the art of writing. Read, read, read in the genre you plan to write. Read books on the writing craft so when you do write that book, your readers will believe you know what you’re doing.

Tell us about the featured book.
Redeeming Light ~ 1900
Sarah Jane McKinney takes over her father’s cattle ranch on the Texas Coast after his death. After a harrowing cattle drive, she sells off the herd saving only the breed stock. Amid this turmoil Sarah finds herself distracted by her uncle’s young law apprentice, Frederick Chessher. To court Sarah, Frederick must end his relationship with a girl in a neighboring town. He leaves Sarah not knowing that a great storm is brewing in the Gulf of Mexico. While Sarah and her family seek refuge in the Bolivar Point Lighthouse, Frederick rushes back to her. Will he make it to Sarah in time, or will the Great Storm of 1900 claim him like thousands of others?

Please give us the first page of the book.
Bolivar Peninsula, Late Summer 1900
Sarah Jane McKinney had dreaded the coming night for some time now. The very thought of having to deal with that crotchety old man had her stomach performing somersaults. On more than one occasion she’d heard Daddy refer to him as a shyster. And if he was brazen enough to try pulling something over on Daddy, then taking advantage of a house full of women should be easy as drawing ants to a picnic.
           
“Come on, Ginger.”

She clicked her tongue and tugged the reigns. The auburn mare flipped her head in the direction Sarah indicated. The horse’s russet-colored mane swished past long dark lashes. Ginger had the glamorous eyes of a pin-up girl on a Coca-Cola calendar. She nickered and snorted her annoyance at the restless dog running between her legs.
           
“Come on, Rex. Mama’s gonna be angry if Maisy May gets out of her pen and eats up her vegetables, again.” The keen-eyed dog snapped to attention at the sound of his name. Sarah gestured toward the gate. “Get the rope.” Eager to please his master, Rex grasped the tattered cords in his mouth and pulled. The wooden gate swung toward the scruffy dog and latched shut. “Good boy, Rex.” The milk cow mooed her protest at being shut inside the barn. Sarah knew firsthand that Maisy preferred the taste of Mama’s homegrown produce to her store-bought feed. “Sorry, girl, but I’m not drinking any more onion flavored milk.”

How can readers find you on the Internet?
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Thank you, Annette, for sharing your new book with us. I’m eager to read it, and many of my readers love historical romantic novels.

Readers, here are links to the book.
Redeeming Light - Paperback
Redeeming Light - Kindle

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