Bio: PAT JEANNE DAVIS has
a keen interest in 20th Century
When Valleys Bloom Again released in 2019. I enjoyed meeting readers at many events and answering question on the research for my novel and talking with them about their family members who served in the war. I missed greatly this interaction with readers last year. I have scheduled a few in person events for 2021 as I finish writing my next story and looking to publication. With God’s help, I expect to continue to step up my presence on social media, look for opportunities to do podcast interviews, set up online book promo tours, do guest blogging, and participate in multi-author book giveaways.
Tell us a little
about your family. My husband, John, and I have lived in
Has your writing
changed your reading habits? If so, how? I especially enjoyed reading
historical inspirational fiction, particularly stories set in
What are you working
on right now? I’ve been working on another story set in
Brief Synopsis of To
Pursue A Passion: Until that unforgettable day when Marcella Whitney
stumbled into the slums of
How do you choose
your settings for each book? I select a setting that I’m either familiar
with or a place I’ll be able to travel to and get a feel for the location and
the history behind my story. My first novel, When Valleys Bloom Again,
is set in
If you could spend an
evening with one historical person, who would it be and why? I’d love to
chat with Catherine Parr, the last wife of Henry VIII. After a planned trip to
What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels? I would like to have known beforehand how much time, effort and money it would require to promote and market a first novel. Writing the story down and having it accepted for publication was only part of a larger process. As a new novelist with a small publishing house, I needed to learn business skills quickly in order to market and promote my own book and still work on another story. I’ve many times used the approach of successful authors when marketing their books.
What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now? Even though I might do my very best to let readers know about my stories, ultimately the results are in His hands. As a new novelist what has touched my heart since the release of my debut novel is the willingness of so many to assist me in getting the word out about the story. I have been truly overwhelmed with the generosity of well established authors and other readers of Christian fiction. I believe the Lord wants me to be more generous with my time and money, to grow in the fruits of the spirit above every other pursuit and to seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness.
Jim can’t get Abby out of his mind. Did she have a sweetheart in
Abby couldn’t know the war would last a long time, nor that she would fall in love with Jim—soon to be drafted by the U.S. Army—or that she’d have to confront Henri, a rejected suitor, determined by his lies to ruin her reputation and destroy her faith in God’s providence. Will she discover the true meaning of home?
Please give us the first page of the book.
Abby Stapleton slumped back in her seat, any glimmer of hope she’d harbored would soon be extinguished. A crystal chandelier jingled in the draft of an open window. She loved this room with its embossed wallpaper and rich tapestries, vibrant with memories of family. How could she leave all this?
Her father folded the newspaper with its glaring headlines, plopped it on the table and parted his lips to speak. Abby forestalled him. “I’m nineteen,” she said, her nerves rubbed raw by the endless squabbles with her parents. Speak low and slow, Abby. “I don’t w-w-want to go.” Her voice, thin and strained, echoed back from the high frescoed ceiling.
father can’t ignore his responsibilities,” he said, clasping her hand. “You
know Hitler’s taken
Sunlight dispersed through a bay window, washing the brocaded settee on which she and her mother sat with patches of red and gold. Her mother sidled closer and stroked Abby’s arm, her face taut and pale. “Do as your father says, dear. There are sandbags and barrage balloons everywhere, and gas masks are being handed out.”
Still determined to speak her mind before it was too late, Abby shut her eyes in a silent prayer. Lord, help me to keep my temper. She released her hand from her father’s. “I sh-sh-should be able to decide for myself w-w-whether I want to leave.” Now of all times when she needed eloquence, this accursed stammer bound her up tight.
father leaned forward and ran his fingers through his hair as though engaged in
a last-minute tussle with this dilemma. As a senior diplomat in the British
Foreign Office, he was privy to the realities behind the rumors of war. If anyone foresaw the hazards facing
Then with a quick nod of finality—“Right, it’s settled,” he said, tapping his finger on the side table. “It will be safer for you in the States.”
How can readers find you on the Internet?
Amazon Author Page: https://amazon.com/author/patjeannedavis
When Valleys Bloom Again can be purchased here: https://www.amazon.com/Valleys-Bloom-Again-Jeanne-Davis/dp/1948888920/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=154
Barnes & Noble: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/when-valleys-bloom-again-pat-jeanne-davis/1130351044?ean=9781948888929
Thank you, Pat, for sharing this book with my blog readers and me.
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Love the book cove and book excerpt. The book sounds and looks like a great read. Would love to read and review this book and the rest of your books in print format.
You are a new author to me and love books like this. I look forward to getting to know and your books.
Loved reading the interview and learning a little about you and your book.
On your book cover, in my opinion the girl's blue eyes the way they are looking at you intrigues me and says to me read me, read me. Her blue eyes also have that questioning look as if to say, Am I doing the right thing here?
Looking forward to reading your books in print.
Thanks for chance.
Hope I Win
Crystal from Bruin, PA in the USA
This captivating novel sounds memorable. Historicals are my favorite and especially ones set during this era which is so profound and important. Thank you for your interesting interview and this unforgettable feature. Anne - NM.
I enjoyed learning about your writing and background. A great deal of hard work and research you have to do. When I read a historical I am transported to that time and place and this story would be a meaningful treasure. Pearl in NM.
Hi Crystal, thank you for leaving a comment for me. Happy to know you enjoyed the interview. I appreciate knowing your thoughts on the cover too. All the best in the drawing.
Hi again, Crystal. That reply to your comment was from me, Pat Jeanne Davis.
Nice to see you here, Anne. Thank you for your kind words on my story. Glad you found the interview with me interesting. God bless.
Pearl, Happy to get your lovely response to my interview on Lena's blog. To hear the reader is transported to the time and place of the story they're reading is exactly what the author hopes to accomplish when they set out to write. All the best in the drawing for a copy of When Valleys Bloom Again.
Pat is a new author for me and the book sounds very good. It would be great to win a copy, thank you for the chance.
Wendy in Nebraska
wfnren at aol dot com
I live in Illinois (Aurora).
Thank you for such an enlightening, informative blog.
Nice to see you here, Wendy. You're in the drawing for a copy of When Valleys Bloom Again.
Jean, thank you for leaving your comment for me. Glad you enjoyed the interview. Your name has been placed in the drawing for a copy of my novel.
Don’t include me as I read and loved.
Thank you, Lucy, for commenting here. I'm so happy that you loved When Valleys Bloom Again. Thank you for your review also. God bless.
Enter me in your awesome giveaway!!
Hi Sharon, you've been entered in the drawing for a copy of When Valleys Bloom Again.
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