Friday, November 11, 2016

LOVE IN THE SEAMS - Jodie Wolfe - One Book Giveaway

Welcome back, Jodie. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I think I’d have to say my genre (the kind of books I write) picked me. I loved watching and reading Little House on the Prairie as a child and the love of the era stuck with me I guess.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
Sorry, I can’t limit it to just one.J I’d have to pick three. The day I married my sweetheart, and the days my two sons were born.

How has being published changed your life?
While my first two books have been independently published, I recently signed my first contract with a traditional publisher. I’ve thought about that moment for many years, and I dreamt what it would look like, how I would feel, etc. When it actually happened, it wasn’t at all as I'd anticipated. I think because God honed and refined me in the process of waiting. I finally was at the point where it was His timing, and He had changed me in preparation for that day.

What are you reading right now?
I’m reading How to Charm a Beekeeper’s Heart by Candice Sue Patterson.

What is your current work in progress?
I recently signed a contract for a novelette that will be coming out as part of a collection with Celebrate Lit this spring. I’m working on researching where I want to set my story as well as finding out what it’s like to have sisters. I grew up with two older brothers so I don’t have any experience in that area. My character, Esther Love, is a dime novelist who finds herself desperate to save the home she loves, even if it means she has to go husband hunting to do so.

What would be your dream vacation?
Oh, wow. It’s hard to narrow it down to a single destination. I guess I would first fly to England, Scotland, and Wales. Then we'd travel to Germany and revisit the places my husband and I saw over twenty-five years ago when he was stationed there. Next we would continue on to see Australia and New Zealand before returning home.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
Most times I make up a fictional town, but it usually is based on a specific area of the country. It all depends on whether I plan to write a story set in the Old West or on the East coast where I live.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
I’ve never been in awe of celebrities or famous people. I’d pick my favorite person in all the world to be with, my husband. J

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I love to walk, and I also enjoy knitting. I’d like to get back into relearning how to play the piano again too.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
I would have to say balancing writing and keeping up with the house. Most times it’s the house that suffers from my lack of attention.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Keep doing what God has called you to do. Trust Him to bring things about in His timing. Allow Him to work on you as you wait for that contract.

Tell us about the featured book.
Here’s the back cover blurb:
Mae Stafford longs for the companionship and unconditional love her sister has found in her new husband. But after years of refusing potential suitors because of a pact they made as children, Mae no longer has any choices left once their agreement is broken. She’s given up hope that God will give her what she desires most, a family of her own. Instead of dwelling on what she doesn’t have, she throws herself into her work as the recent sole owner of the local dress shop.

As a promise made to his late wife, Johannes Mueller agrees to travel west to be a school teacher in Calder Springs, Texas, away from the bigotry associated with being an immigrant in New York City. He hopes to improve his life and forget his loss. Johannes isn’t counting on his five-year-old daughter’s search for a new mother when they arrive. His little LillyAnn finds ways to bring the seamstress and him together … often. Can he learn to embrace his German heritage and unlock his heart to love again?

Please give us the first page of Love in the Seams.
October 1875, Calder Springs, Texas
“Will you be my new mama?”

Mae Stafford startled at the small child standing beside her elbow and nearly dropped the garment she’d been sewing. She hadn’t heard the bell chime on the door to her dress shop. Golden strands slipped free of the single plait running down the girl’s back. “Why, I … ”

Nein, mein tochter.” A towering blond man placed a hand on the pixie’s shoulder. The gruff sounds of his language were somehow soothing.  “You’ll have to excuse my daughter.” His gaze didn’t quite meet Mae’s. “Sometimes she forgets—”

“But, Papa. She’s the lady we saw a few months ago with the beautiful white dress.”

Warmth flooded Mae’s cheeks, and she cleared her throat. “You must be thinking of my twin sister, Ellie. She, uh, got married in the beginning of summer.”

“What’s a twin?” Her nose wrinkled.

“It means that both my sister and I were born at the same time. We look alike, although not all twins do.” Mae refrained from touching the child’s shoulder.

The girl leaned against Mae’s leg and stared at her face. “Do you have a husband and children?”

How can readers find you on the Internet?

Blogs I contribute to: Stitches Thru Time, Putting on the New and of course, Quid Pro Quills.

Thank you, Jodie, for sharing this new book with us. I loved reading the first one in the series.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Love in the Seams (Twins & Needles Book 2) - paperback
Love in the Seams (Twins & Needles Book 2) - Kindle

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Jodie Wolfe said...

Thanks again for hosting me, Lena. I look forward to getting to know your readers better. :)

Derinda Babcock said...

Just saw the tweet about your book, Jode. Congratulations! Love in the Seams sounds like a book I'd like to read. Did you get to travel to Germany to research the German culture?

Melanie Backus said...

Sounds like a winner to me!

Melanie Backus, TX

Anonymous said...

Love the sound of this book. Hoping to win. Maxie (TX) > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

Connie Porter Saunders said...

I have seen this book mentioned several times this week and I look forward to reading it. Thank you for sharing.
Connie from KY

Jodie Wolfe said...

Hi Derinda. Thanks for stopping by. I hope it's a book you will like. :)

As for your question about Germany. My husband was stationed there for close to three years. We learned a lot about the area where we lived. We used to have to walk through the vineyards to get to the military post to check our mail.

Jodie Wolfe said...

Thanks for popping by for a visit, Melanie.

Jodie Wolfe said...

Hi Maxie. I'm sure Lena will throw your name in the hat. :) Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment today.

Jodie Wolfe said...

Hi Connie. I'm glad to hear you've been hearing about my new book. I hope it's one you really like. :)

kim hansen said...

Sounds good. cool cover. north platte nebraska

Brenda Arrington said...

Sounds like a good read. I liked the cover. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.
Brenda in Va

Jodie Wolfe said...

Hi Kim and Brenda,

Glad you like the cover. :) I do too. Hope you find it to be a good read.

rubynreba said...

I always enjoyed watching Little House on the Prairie and love stories from that era.
Beth from IA

Dianna said...

I'm interested to hear what their promise was, that left her with no one to marry!
Dianna in TN

Beth Gillihan said...

Sounds like a good read. I love reading this time period!

Beth in Montana

Susan Johnson said...

This sounds like a great book.
Susan in Texas

Jodie Wolfe said...

I do too, Ruby. I have fond memories watching it as a kid.

Jodie Wolfe said...

Dianna, you'll have to read book one to find out. :)

Jodie Wolfe said...

It's my favorite time period too, Beth. :)

Jodie Wolfe said...

I hope it's one you'll like, Susan.

Sharon Richmond Bryant said...

Enter me in your awesome giveaway!!
Conway SC.

Abigail Mitchell said...

Looks awesome! Please enter me.
Clarksville VA

Jodie Wolfe said...

Thanks for stopping by, Sharon.

klkfrog said...

Just saw a post on twitter and I'm glad I did. Thanks for a glance at the first page of book. Now I can't wait to read this book. Definitely grabs attention from the beginning. I love that in books. Thanks again.

klkfrog said...

I forgot to add. I'm in Kansas City, MO.

Jodie Wolfe said...

Klkfrog, I'm so glad you stopped by and that you enjoyed the first page. :) That's what authors like to hear.