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.

Dear Readers, here’s a link to the book:

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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?
www.annetteohare.com Annette O’Hare-Author Website
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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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Sunday, May 13, 2018

WINNERS!!!!!

New instructions for winners in 2018 - When you send me the email, make sure your subject line says this: Winner - (book title) - (author's name) 

Tammy (IL)  is the winner of Things I Never Told You by Beth L Vogt.

Sandy Q (TX) is the winner of This Wilderness Journey by Misty M Beller.

Pam (KS)  is the winner of Cowboys of Summer by Mary Connealy.

Shelia (MS) is the winner of the audio book, and Beth (IA) is the winner of the print book of The Gold Digger by Lena Nelson Dooley.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

THE BODEN BIRTHRIGHT (ALL FOR LOVE) - Mary Connealy - One Free Book

Dear Readers, I’m thrilled to introduce this collection to you. The front cover tells us this is “Three historical romance novellas of love and laughter.” And this is one of my favorite genres. Mary does this so well, and so do the other authors. You won’t want to miss this one.

Welcome back, Mary. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
Well, in this book, Deb is a journalist and that’s what I am by education and for a while, back a long time, I worked at a small town newspaper. A lot of the work Deb had to do, is what I had to do. A newspaper has all these jobs that are NOT writing. And for a small paper an employee can end up doing them all.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Me? Quirky? Wouldn’t it be weird and interesting if I do wildly quirky things all the time but I don’t even know it? I mean, what is quirkier than writing books, huh? Strange occupation.
Okay I’ve been thinking too long. I remember once going to an amusement park with a teen group from church. They all ran off to play and I had a day to spend in this park and amusement park rides are NOT my thing. So, I set out to ride a roller coaster and found out that if I SCREAMED every time the roller coaster swooped (which is really…constantly) I wouldn’t get sick. So I decided to ride every single roller coaster and pretty much spent the whole day screaming. It was pretty fun.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I wrote one book when I was twelve. I wrote a romance novel and I shudder at what it must’ve been like. I started my second book 25 years later, and I loved doing it from the start. I just loved it. I figured out really fast that writing isn’t what I do, it’s who I am.

When we’re doing what God created us to do, it really is who we are. Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
In recent years I’ve developed a love for a list of series that are mainly cop dramas and/or suspense. Michael Connelly, Lee Child, C.J. Box, David Baldacci, Vince Flynn, a whole long list.

I love those kids of books, too. I’ve even written a couple of suspense novels. How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I don’t run, run, run. I suppose that means I’ve let the world leave me behind, but my life is home, writing, grandkids. That’s about it. I watch very little TV. I don’t belong to lady’s clubs. I have a couple of friends I have coffee with once a month or less! As for keeping my sanity, well…have I? That’s open to debate.

I love you, Mary. You are so genuine. How do you choose your characters’ names?
I just discovered this and it’s pretty cool. I go to imdb.com. It’s a place that tells details about movies and actors. I pick western movies and go down the list of characters. It’s a great source of names someone else thought fit in a western. 

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
My children, four daughters, all four wonderful, honest, hard worked, sweet-hearted women.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
A sloth…a typing sloth. I can sit around a LOT. I’m not saying I’m proud of it.

I have to set timer to remind me to get up and walk while I’m writing. What is your favorite food?
Apricot torte from the Lithuanian bakery in Omaha, Nebraska. Oh My Gosh, Lena, this is the most delicious stuff!!!

Sounds like something I’d really like, too. Too bad they don’t ship them to Texas. What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Getting published took my ten years. I overcame it by not giving up. And while I strove for publication, I kept writing. So I had twenty finished books on my computer when I earned my first contract.

It took me eight years to get published. Tell us about the featured book.
The novella contained in All for Love is the prequel novella for the Cimarron Legacy series. It’s called The Boden Birthright and it’s the love story between Chance Boden and Veronica Chastain, the rich daughter of a New Mexico rancher who got a half million acre ranch from a Spanish Land Grant. Frank Chastain was awarded this when New Mexico was still part of Mexico. Then the border changed and the Chastain land is now disputed. Frank needs to be an American and here comes Chance Boden, a pioneer from Boston. Frank makes a deal, marry my daughter and all this will be yours. Chance is insulted…but Veronica is real pretty and she loves Chance’s young son…in fact, she loves the boy a lot more than she loves him. He gets the land. She gets the boy. But how will them find love?

Please give us the first page of the book.  Boden Birthright, Cimarron Legacy prequel
“Bad boy!” Grandmama Bradford slapped Cole’s wrist. “You’ve sloshed tea on the lace of your shirt.”
Tea on the lace of his shirt? What? Chance Boden felt like he’d taken the slap himself, with a ten day old, ice cold mackeral.

When had his son started wearing lace?

He woke up at that instant to realize he’d been in a daze ever since Abby died. He’d loved her so much. Abby, precious Abby dying in his arms. He never should have let her have another child.
The grief almost dragged him back under. The guilt. The emptiness. The pain

The lace.

His eyes focused on his son. He had on pastel blue velvet short pants. His dark hair was in…in…God have mercy it was in ringlets.

There were high heels on his shining black boots.

Cole, four, flinched at the slap and said in a cultured, quiet voice, “I am sorry for my carelessness, Grandmama.”

What four-year-old talked like that?

When Chance was four he’d lived in Indiana on the frontier. He’d spent his time trying to grab his pa’s shotgun to shoot squirrels. Pa hadn’t slapped him either. He’d laughed and taught Chance how to fire the gun…then carefully hung it out of reach between lessons.

“I should hope so young man. Your new shirt is ruined.”

Chance opened his mouth to start yelling. To drag his son out of this room, and this house, and for heaven’s sakes out of that lacy shirt. He’d get the boy some proper trousers…and a haircut. The lace was bound for the fire.

Then he clamped his mouth shut, stood, excused himself and left the room. He knew his mother-in-law Priscilla too well. Nope, if he started yelling he’d lose this fight the minute he started it. He had to do something radical and he thought of exactly what as he marched out of the mansion.

He’d always been a man who faced things head on. Being clear-eyed and fast thinking had helped him get very rich in Boston.

Now he faced the fact that his in-laws would fight him for control of the boy who would be their only heir. And even considering that Chance was very well off, his wealth wasn’t a patch on Priscilla and Davidson Bradford. They had enough money and connections in Boston to take his son from him.

So Chance didn’t consider it an over-reaction to decide to grab his boy and run.

Love. It. How can readers find you on the Internet?

Readers, here are links to the book.
All for Love - Christianbook.com
All for Love: Three Historical Romance Novellas of Love and Laughter - Amazon.com

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Wednesday, May 09, 2018

TRIPLE TIME - C Kevin Thompson - One Free Book

Welcome back, Kevin. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I’ve always loved a good mystery, good suspense, a good thriller (not the horror variety). I guess that’s why I gravitate toward shows like Blue Bloods, 24, Criminal Minds, Broadchurch and the like. But I also like that genre embedded within others, like science fiction, for example. That’s why I’m a Michael Crichton fan. Books like Jurassic Park, Timeline, and Prey are all mystery/thriller/suspense works woven around the good intentions of science gone horribly wrong (with Timeline, there’s a great deal of history as well!). So, I have the Blake Meyer series going (international thriller), have written The Serpent’s Grasp (a science fiction thriller), have written a manuscript currently titled The Letters, which has been described by one of my readers as “A Christmas Carol-esque without the ghosts,” meaning it’s a paranormal, speculative fiction work with a strong mystery/suspense side to it (much like Dickens’ work). And it has some humor as well. J And in my spare time, I’m developing a young adult character based on Sherlock Holmes with which my writing critique group members have fallen in love. They say this manuscript may be the best thing I’ve written yet, and the cool part about it is, I’ve developed it to start out as young adult fiction, but as the characters grow up, they stay together and eventually I’ll have an adult fiction series with the same characters.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
Wow, that’s a hard question, because there are really four days that fit that bill. First and foremost was the day I married Cindy Lawson. At the age of eighteen, we were young and in love, and most people said it wouldn’t last. And although we’ve been through our fair share of trials (at times it seems unfair), if it wasn’t for our relationship with God, we would have been another negative statistic about marriage by now. Satan has definitely been at work. But as I heard it stated once, “The general never tries to destroy his own troops. He uses them. So, if old Lucifer is attacking you, he must see your good works and wants to derail them, or he expects you to do good things, and never wants those to get off the ground.”

The second, third, and fourth happiest days of my life were when our three daughters were born. And because we have endeavored to raise them to love God and follow Jesus, that’s reason enough for Satan to be upset. He hates it when we help increase the numbers of God’s family.

That is so true. How has being published changed your life?
Well, it’s added about 30-40 hours to my work week…that already had 40-50 hours spoken for as an assistant principal (currently at a middle school). J Joking aside, it’s given me so many wonderful friends who do the same thing. It’s also changed the way some people look at me. Some people think I’m nuts for wanting to write anything. Others see it as “cool.” They ask all sorts of questions about “what it’s like to be a published author.” At writers’ conferences, when I mention that I won a Selah award, agents’ and editors’ ears tend to perk up a little more. But through it all, I’m still the introvert who forces himself to “get out there” and promote his work in a publishing world that seems to change with the wind these days.

What are you reading right now?
I’m reading some research on a topic a friend of mine and I are thinking about tackling. We are both in the field of education, and we both see many things that could improve, if certain things changed. So, we’ve been having some discussions, and plan to start meeting once a month to develop those ideas into an outline and eventually the first three chapters and a synopsis of the rest. Then we’ll see where it leads.

I’m also reading the first book in the Jesse Stone series by Robert B. Parker, Night Passage as well as The Lost City of Z by David Grann. I just finished for the second time (because I use it in my other job) The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller. I highly recommend that book to any first year teacher or college of education student. She’ll save you years of grief, especially if you plan to be a language arts or reading teacher.

I’m a notoriously slow reader and usually have 2-4 books going at once.

When we married, my husband didn’t like to read, and I hadn’t written a book. Now I have had 45 books published, and he likes to read, but he is really slow. What is your current work in progress?
I currently have three projects going right now. First, is Book 4 of the Blake Meyer series, When the Clock Strikes Fourteen. It continues the story of the first three books in the series (readers are going to love what Blake does in this one), and will jettison readers into the final two books in the series. The series has been constructed like a season of 24, wherein each book would encapsulate roughly four episodes if it were to be made into a teleplay (hint, hint, nudge, nudge, know what I mean?), and because it has been built this way, I decided to incorporate an aspect of time into each title as it fit that section of the story. Another project I’m working on is the one I already referenced (the young adult series). I sit down when I have a little time—but not time enough to get hip deep (like I have to do with the Blake Meyer series)—and carve out a few pages. It’s still got a ways to go, but so far, the reviews have been excellent. I’ll reveal more about this once I have it done, which hopefully will be by the end of the year. Then, there’s the non-fiction educational work my friend and I are planning. Oh, and I’m toying around with the idea of writing the screenplay to The Serpent’s Grasp. Between Jurassic World and Meg, there seems to be a hunger for this stuff at the box office, right (no pun intended)?

What would be your dream vacation?
I’m a simple guy. Although I’d love to travel the world and see many things, sitting on a balcony in New Smyrna Beach, about five floors up, facing the ocean, is heavenly enough for me. That’s not only a dream vacation, it’s a dream lifestyle. If I owned a condo there, I’d have no reason to ever leave. However, if you press me, I would love to see Hawaii and Australia. Maybe even New Zealand while I’m down under.

Those three are on my list of dream vacations, too. How do you choose your settings for each book?
I choose them where I believe they make sense, would be believable, etc. The Letters is set in NYC because of the main protagonist’s mother, who lives in a psychiatric hospital and has been somewhat of a test subject. My Blake Meyer series, because of it being an international thriller, is set in Florida, Zurich, Paris, Texas, Russia, Haiti, Ukraine, and other points as needed. The Serpent’s Grasp is set primarily in Miami, but uses other locations in Florida and the Bahamas, but its main setting is the Atlantic Ocean.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?

I think it would probably be Steven Spielberg. As a storyteller, I’m always looking to expand my horizons, and learning the craft of screenplays and looking at the world through the lens of film would be helpful to not only understand that industry, but it would also help me in the transformation of words on a page to scenes on a screen. In addition, with his heritage, I think it would be interesting to hear his perspective on the nation Israel and the Old Testament. So, I guess we are talking about one long evening, huh? Lots to talk about.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
Who has time for hobbies? I get up often at four in the morning to write (like I did this morning) for about two hours before I have to start getting ready for work. I’m usually at work between 7:30 & 8:00. I’m there until usually 5:00 or later, depending on what’s happened during the day and whether or not we have evening events. Then it’s back home to eat dinner and spend some time with Cindy. By 9:00 p.m., I’m wiped out. Usually in bed by 10:00-10:30. But you know what? This writing thing was a hobby years ago that turned into what amounts to a second job. So, I can’t complain. I’m doing something I love, and now I get paid for it. Another thing I love to do is play the drums/percussion. I used to have my own drum set when we were first married, but I had to sell it when we moved the first time. I have never owned my own set since, but I have played in two praise teams at church along the way, and will be joining a third one soon since we changed churches to be able to attend church with our daughters and their families.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
I never have an issue with writer’s block. I know some of my writer friends do, but I have so many ideas waiting in the wings. My obstacle is time. Like I described above, carving out time to write has to be strategic and disciplined. Otherwise, it will never happen. I’ve done the math…if writing was all I did, then I do believe churning out 4-6 books a year would not be difficult. However, with things the way they are right now, two a year is more reasonable.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Don’t quit. You’re going to get rejected. You’re going to be told your writing isn’t good enough. You’re going to get discouraged. It will happen over and over again. Even after you are published. But don’t quit. Even Frank Peretti, J. K. Rowling, and the like got/get rejected by editors, got/get negative reviews. So, don’t quit. Believe in what you are doing. Be flexible and teachable. Just like in the Christian walk, the best disciples (and thus writers) are FAT disciples (Faithful, Available, and Trainable). Always look at your writing with an editor’s eye. Always look at your career as one more step of growth. And always keep everything in perspective. I’ve often thought that even if I was the “James Patterson” of Christian writing when it came to sales, etc., when I stand before God on my judgement day, all those accolades would have to be tossed at His feet, too. They do not measure up to the infinite degree of grace I have received just like all my others works (Romans 3:9-24).

Tell us about the featured book.
Triple Time (A Blake Meyer Thriller – Book 2) is the continuation of Book 1. Blake has caught up to the nemesis of Book 1, Colin Murphy, but the contagion is still in play. But after going through everything in the first book, Book 2 opens with Blake being “granted” a chance to rest and heal for a day. This timing seems grand as it is also the day of his daughter’s fifth birthday party. But while the party is going on, and many friends and family are enjoying the festivities, Murphy’s plans are still in motion, and Blake and his family are attacked, launching them all into the rest of the series. Here’s a look at the Back Cover Copy:

Supervisory Special Agent Blake Meyer has an impossible choice to make. After thwarting a massive biological attack on the continental United States, the contagion is still missing and in the hands of the enemy. So is his family. Abducted as an act of revenge.

The clock is ticking, and the chances of finding his wife and children wane with every passing second. The assassin behind it holds all the answers.

Or does she?

Three demands. Three choices. Blake Meyer knows what must be done…but can he accomplish it before it’s too late? Time is literally of the essence. And double time will not be fast enough.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Home of Blake and Sara Meyer
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
Blake Meyer checked his cell phone for the time. Six o’clock.

Having fired up the grill, Blake stood on the back porch of his family’s home overlooking the Atlantic. He’d spent the last several days opening up doors into his past he never wanted to revisit. Ones he’d kept hidden from his wife Sara and the kids until now. Surely, Sara would have more questions about his life before marriage. But how do you explain these things to your wife without making her scared of you?

He closed his eyes for a moment and allowed his senses to sanitize his worries. Catching Colin Murphy had been exhausting, and the breeze coming off the ocean mixed with the aroma of burgers on the grill relaxed his mind.

The roar of a watercraft sped by, causing him to look. A skier swished back and forth in a zig-zag pattern behind the boat, looking like something out of the movie Jaws. Farther out, little white specks—most likely shrimp boats and deep-sea fishing charters—dotted the horizon.

Inside the house, a growing commotion brewed as more and more relatives arrived for Little Sara’s big day, her fifth birthday. This little girl held a special place in Blake’s heart. He’d always said she was “the spittin’ image of her mother.” Even as a baby, she looked just like her mom’s baby pictures. However, with each passing day, the resemblance became even more striking. Now, at the age of five, it no longer was just the looks. The facial expressions, the mannerisms, the flow of the hair, the lilt in her voice…It was like he was getting the opportunity to watch his wife grow up right in front of him, all the while knowing how she’ll turn out when she becomes a woman.

Tomorrow night, the two sisters from down the street and the little girl from Little Sara’s YMCA swimming class would come over for a slumber party. Although Blake loved his daughter, he wasn’t sure if he could handle four screaming banshees in the house being chased by an annoyed, older brother. Blake smiled as he watched an older couple stroll by, hand in hand, kicking at the surf. Sounds like a great time to finish those After Action reports Connell’s demanding and get back up to speed on the investigation.

He flipped the burgers and listened to the mixture of lapping waves and laughing family members. The simple fact of standing on his patio, peering out at the ocean, an ocean, any ocean for that matter, was so much like a dream.

Blake had spent over half his life fighting to keep the country safe, so the people out on the ocean, those on the shore, and those in his house—oblivious to the Colin Murphys and Arina Filipovs of the world—could enjoy themselves. Life. Liberty. And the pursuit of happiness. Those were what Blake fought to protect.

He also knew his presence on the ocean’s shore, coupled with his FBI agent’s salary, made it all seem even more dreamlike…more like a fairy tale.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
They can find me in these locations:
My website:                www.ckevinthompson.com
Kevin’s Blog:             www.ckevinthompson.blogspot.com/
Facebook:                   C. Kevin Thompson – Author Fan Page
Twitter:                       @CKevinThompson
Goodreads:                 C. Kevin Thompson

Also, check in soon to my website for the links to my new Pinterest page and Instagram page!

Readers, here are links to the book.
Triple Time (the Blake Meyer Thriller series) - Paperback
Triple Time (The Blake Meyer Thriller Series Book 2) - Kindle

Leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. You must follow these instructions to be in the drawing. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory or country if outside North America. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)

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