Tuesday, October 27, 2015

TRUST ME - Jo Huddleston - One Free Book

Bio: Jo Huddleston is a multi-published author of books, articles, and short stories. Novels in her West Virginia Mountains Series and her Caney Creek Series are sweet Southern historical romances. She is a member of ACFW, the Literary Hall of Fame at Lincoln Memorial University (TN), and holds a M.Ed. degree from Mississippi State University. Learn more at www.johuddleston.com where you can sign up for Jo’s mailing list and read her blogs.

Welcome back, Jo. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
Forgiveness—from God, from and toward others, of self; restoration of a person from a lifestyle not pleasing to God; finding God’s peace He promised He’d leave with us.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
My new release, Trust Me, is book 2 in the West Virginia Mountains Series. Book 3 in this series will probably release in spring 2016. The book will continue the stories of Julie and Robby, Loreen and Claude, plus a new character or two. No title yet.

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
Billy Graham, the evangelist. I think to be in a room with him would be a peaceful experience. I’ve read his books, and would be excited to hear his words on any topic he chose. I so enjoyed his book about angels.

What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
I’d like to meet Amelia Earhart, the American aviation pioneer. I would like to meet her because I’ve always been fascinated with flight—birds, airplanes, and space craft. I’d like to hear her talk about her flying adventures so I could experience them vicariously.

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
On rare occasions your rejection letter will contain clues or suggestions about improving your manuscript—read those rejections carefully so you won’t overlook valuable gems. Make sure you’re sending your story to publishers who want to receive the kind of stories you write. Make sure your story is as good as it can get. Keep reading books about learning the craft of writing—we all never get good enough that we can’t continue to learn.

Tell us about the featured book. 
Back cover blurb:

West Virginia, 1960 
A mine owner. An elegant lady.
Seductive voices that scoff at trust.

Loreen Fletcher has suffered heartbreak. She resolves never to trust a man again. She has earned a respected position with no help from anyone, especially not from a man. At thirty-six, Loreen knows loving brings inevitable misery, and she won’t pick at that scab again.

Claude Capshaw’s life has taken another detour. Things that drove him no longer motivate him. Nothing fulfills him anymore—except that elegant lady at West Virginia University. Why won’t Loreen trust Claude when he tells her he’ll never betray her?

Purchase link for Trust Me:

Please give us the first page of the book.
Spring, 1960
Morgantown, West Virginia
Julie stepped out of the shower, grabbed a towel from the rack, and twisted it around her short, wet hair. As she wrapped a second towel around her body, the telephone rang. She tucked the end of the towel against her skin so it wouldn’t slip and took the few steps to pick up the phone in the living room.

She cleared her throat to speak those first hoarse words of the morning. “Hello.”

“Is this Julia Capshaw?”
Her friends here at the university called her Julie. This caller must be somebody from home. Everyone there called her by her given name, Julia, as her daddy did.
“Yes, this is Julia Capshaw Montagna.”
“Oh, I’m sorry, Julia. After all this time, I can’t get used to you being married and living up there at West Virginia University. Julia, this is Hank, your daddy’s supervisor at his Coaltown coal mine.”
“What’s wrong, Hank? Why are you calling? Has something happened to Daddy?” Nothing can happen to Daddy! Since he moved her mother into the rest home in Charleston, he’d lived alone in that big house. Had he fallen?
“Well, Julia, a little bad news.”
Why won’t he just tell her? “What is it, Hank? Tell me.”
“It’s Mr. Capshaw, your daddy. He came to the coal mine earlier than usual this morning. I was already in the tipple. Said he didn’t sleep much last night. When we climbed up the slope to the mouth of the mine, he collapsed.”

You really left us with a hook, Jo. How can readers find you on the Internet?
My links to social media:
Christian authors’ books blog: www.johuddleston.com

Thank you, Jo, for sharing this new book with us. I know my readers are as eager to read it as I am.

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Linda Kish said...

This sounds really good. I would love to read more.


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Abigail Richmond said...

Enter me.
Blanch, NC

Connie said...

Trust Me sounds wonderful!
Connie from KY
cps1950 (at)gmail (dot) com

Phyllis Kemp said...

Phyllis from Illinois

I would like to be a winner!

Anonymous said...

Hello Lena. Thanks for the interview with Jo' . I ave some of her books. And, would to win this new one. Please put my name in the drawing. Her Caney Creek series was really good. GOD bless both of you. Maxie(TX) > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Melissa Henderson said...

Melissa in Mechanicsville VA. Looks like a great story.

Beth Gillihan said...

Sounds like a great read!

Beth in Montana

Kim Amundsen said...

Thanks for a chance to win. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom. north platte nebraska.

Edward Arrington said...

My wife won the first book in this series. I would love to win this one. Sounds like an interesting read. Edward A in VA

Brenda Arrington said...

Love this series and would love to win this one. Great interview.
Brenda in VA

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

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

Trixi said...

Oh Jo this sounds like a wonderful book & you certainly left me hanging with that first page! You have no idea my need to find out what happens next with cliffhangers in a book, I go crazy coming up with all my own scenarios...haha!! Enjoyed your author interview and I like stories of forgiveness best...it always seems to bring restoration on it's wings :-) Thanks for a chance to win a copy of "Trust Me"

Trixi in OR

Jo Huddleston said...

Linda, Abigail, Connie, and Phyllis, sorry I'm late getting to the party. Thanks for your interest in Trust Me. Good luck to all in the book drawing.

Jo Huddleston said...

Maxie, thank you for your kind words about my Caney Creek Series. Good luck in the book drawing.

Jo Huddleston said...

Melissa, Beth, and Kim, thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments. Good luck in the book drawing.

Jo Huddleston said...

Edward and Brenda, thanks for your interest in Trust Me. Good luck in the book drawing.

Jo Huddleston said...

Sharon, thanks for coming by and leaving your comment. Good luck in the book drawing.

Jo Huddleston said...

Trixi, you're welcome. Glad you enjoyed the first page cliffhanger! haha Hope you won't have to wait too long to find out what happens in Trust Me. Good luck in the book drawing.

sm said...

Having lost trust in someone close makes it very hard to trust again. sm CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jo Huddleston said...

sm, yes, it does. But if you can put that experience behind you, you can choose to try to trust another. Thanks for commenting. Good luck in the book drawing.

Jackie Tessnair said...

I would love to read this book.It sounds very interesting.Thanks for the chance to win it.Jackie Tessnair N.C.

Brenda said...

I would love to read this book! Thanks for the opportunity! I am from MS

Jo Huddleston said...

Jackie, thanks for your interest in my novel, Trust Me. Glad you commented.

Jo Huddleston said...

Brenda, you're welcome. Thanks for leaving your comment.

rubynreba said...

I always enjoy your books, Jo. Looks like another good one!
Beth from IA

Pam Graber said...

This is a new-to-me author again, Lena. Thank you for the "introduction." Would love to win her book.

Pam in Ohio

Karen G. said...

This sounds like an interesting series. Miss the first book in the series. Will have to look for it. Thank you for the chance to win book 2.

Karen G in NY

Jo Huddleston said...

rubynreba, thanks! So glad you enjoy my books. Hope you enjoy Trust Me. Thanks for commenting.

Jo Huddleston said...

Pam, glad you've discovered a new author. Hope you have a chance to read Trust Me and enjoy it. Thanks for leaving your comment.

Jo Huddleston said...

Karen, thanks for commenting. I appreciate your interest in the West Virginia Mountains Series. Hope you get to read all of the books in this series.