Thursday, July 30, 2015

NEVER BROKEN - Kathleen Fuller - One Free Ebook

Welcome back, Kathleen. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
Forgiveness and fear are two prominent themes in my books. Usually I’m grappling with one or the other and writing about them in my stories is cathartic.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
A Reluctant Bride (September, 2015)
A Pioneer Christmas anthology (rerelease, October, 2015)
An Amish Market anthology (February, 2016)

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
Tim Hawkins, because he’s hilarious.

Yes, he is. We’ve had him at our church for Laugh Night more than once. What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
Harry Truman. He overcame a lot of adversity to become one of our greatest presidents. He was also well-known for his perseverance and optimism.

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
EVERY writer gets rejection, not only before publication, but after. The faster you learn to accept rejection the easier it will be to write.

Tell us about the featured book.
Never Broken is the first book in the Everlasting Faith series. It’s an Irish/Scottish historical family saga and features the Cahill sisters, Shannon and Ainslee, who are forced to emigrate from Ireland during the Great Famine. Never Broken was originally published in 2006. It’s been revised for this re-release.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Limerick, Ireland
December 1834
Margaret O’Leary sat down at the splintered wood table, tugging her threadbare shawl against her body. She glanced at the mound of ashes in the hearth, the peat fire having gone out long ago. Cold, damp air now filled the tiny, one-room hovel, piercing through her taut skin and penetrating deep into her bones.

Dim light flickered from a lone candle on the table, casting heavy shadows throughout the room. Two small, thin children lay on the floor under one tattered blanket in front of the dead hearth. She watched the soft rise and fall of her sons’ chests as they slept.

Another coughing spell consumed her, pain knifing through her chest. She didn’t have much time left. The spasms were more frequent, the pain more acute.

She focused on the small pile of coins in front of her. Already they were down to crusts of bread. She’d made so many mistakes in her life, all in the pursuit of pleasure, of adventure, of selfish gain. Now Rory and Colm, her two shining lights in a dark world, were suffering with her.
She couldn’t let them suffer anymore.

A stub of charcoal lay next to a single sheet of paper. She should have done this long ago. Earlier that evening, she’d gathered the courage to tell Rory about her plan. As she’d expected, he reacted stoically, agreeing to follow her wishes. Barely twelve years old, he’d been forced to leave childhood behind. After Finn O’Leary’s abandonment two years ago, Rory had become the family backbone she’d needed him to be.

Picking up the charcoal, she held it poised over the paper. How could she find the words to write her regrets, to voice her apologies? At one time, she’d thought Jane a stuffy prude who chose money and security over excitement and passion. Tomorrow morning she would give the letter, the money, and the last bits of food to Rory. There were enough coins for her sons to travel to County Cork, then to the Gormley estate. She had to trust that Jane would have compassion for her nephews and wouldn’t turn them away.

A frigid draft sliced through the room, causing Colm to stir and snuggle closer to his older brother. Margaret hadn’t told her youngest of her plans. An eight-year-old wouldn’t understand. Perhaps one day he would. Perhaps he could even forgive her.

God knew she couldn’t forgive herself.

Taking a ragged breath, she applied the stub to the paper. My dearest sister Jane, she began, tears blurring her eyes. I’m so sorry

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Thank you, Kathleen, for sharing this book with us today. I can hardly wait for my copy to arrive, so I can finish reading it.

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Never Broken (Everlasting Faith Book 1)

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Beth Gillihan said...

Great first page! Sounds like a great read. I also think Tim Hawkins is very funny. Thanks for the chance to win!

Beth in Montana

Unknown said...

I love Irish/Scottish stories. My fondest wish at the moment is to head to my ancestral country and spend a month (or more) learning about my heritage. As that's not likely to happen, I hope to go tour the Emerald Isle and Scotland sometime in the future.

Your first page leaves me wanting to read more. Well done.

Caryl Kane said...

I enjoyed the interview with Kathleen! Thanks for sharing the first page. You've got me hooked.

Caryl in TEXAS

Unknown said...

I love the first page ! Looking forward to reading the book soon! loved the interview, have always enjoyed Kathleen's books.
Ohio reader

Anonymous said...

Sounds like a great book! Shelia from Mississippi

Patty said...

Oh my, what a heartrending situation. I love a good family saga.

Patty in SC

Anonymous said...

Angela and Oero would love to win.KY

Trixi said...

Another new-to-me author and an Irish/Scottish historical family saga....sounds good to me!! Reading the excerpt makes me want to know what happens to those little boys. And that!! Took my breath away :-)
Thank you for the chance to win a copy & for the author interview, really enjoyed learning about Kathleen.

Trixi in OR

Anonymous said...

Oooh! I love anything Scottish/Irish. My family comes from a long line of Scottish/Irish royalty, so you could say it's "in me blood". 😄
J.C. -Indiana-

Anonymous said...

Hi Lena and Kathleen. Happy to be here and read this interview. Very interesting. Sounds like a heart breaker at the beginning. Sure would love to win and finish the story. GOD bless you both. Maxie from TX.
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Connie Porter Saunders said...

I loved reading the first page. Thanks for sharing and thank you for thus giveaway.
Connie from KY

Mary Preston said...

A very stirring first page. Fabulous.

Mary P


Amy C said...

What a wonderful interview with Kathleen! Thank you so much!
Amy C

Amy C said...

What a wonderful interview with Kathleen! Thank you so much!
Amy C

Brenda Arrington said...

Thanks for the interview. The first page really got me interested in the rest of the book. Thanks for the chance to win.

ASC Book Reviews said...

I'd LOVE to read and review this it sounds awesome! :)

Blessings, Amada (pronounced:, NM

GrandaddyA said...
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Jackie Tessnair said...

I love Kathleen's book and this one looks so interesting.Thanks for sharing! Jackie Tessnair N.C.

GrandaddyA said...

Sounds like an interesting book.
Edward A in VA

Miralee Ferrell said...

Don't enter me, as I've already read the book, but I have to say, I LOVED this book and I can't wait for book two next spring. The characters and storyline in this book are captivating and hard to forget.

Pam Graber said...

Wow, Kathleen! If your first page is an indicator of how good the rest of the book is, this one should be a great read! Would love to win this.

Pam in Ohio