Wednesday, May 18, 2022

HOME WHERE SHE BELONGS - Penny Frost McGinnis - One Free Book

Welcome, Penny. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters. Sadie and Marigold both have a bit of me in them. In Home Where She Belongs Sadie is learning to trust again, and I've had times in my life where I've had to step back and reconsider situations and decide who to trust. Marigold is a bit of a flower child, and I relate to that growing up in the 60s and 70s.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done? I'm not sure if this is considered quirky, but I did ride a zipline in my late fifties, when my daughter worked at a camp. I was nervous, but decided if the eighty-year-old lady behind me could zipline, I could too.

When did you first discover that you were a writer? I've been a reader for as long as I can remember, and that love of reading inspired me to pen poetry in high school. While I raised my children, I read lots of nonfiction and children's books, then I took a job at a public library and rediscovered fiction. I'd read plenty of fiction as a child and teen, but as an adult had lost touch with the story world. I believe, as I delved into the fiction world, God called me to write stories to inspire and encourage. For the last twenty-five years, I've worked to become a writer of stories.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading. If you follow my blog, you'll see I'm an eclectic reader. I enjoy contemporary romance, women's fiction, historical fiction (especially the civil war and the prairie days,) family stories, suspense, children's books, and cozy mysteries.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world? I spend a lot of time praying and reading my Bible. I know that sounds like a pat answer, but as I've gotten older, I find spending time with God soothes my soul. Creating fiber art and crafts also helps me keep my hands busy and not worry so much. The verses in 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 really speak to me: "and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody."

How do you choose your characters’ names? Sadie and Joel are my main characters.

Sadie's name came to me on a trip home from Kelleys Island, Ohio (the island Abbott Island is modeled after.) I'm not sure why that particular name stuck with me, but she grew into the main character of Home Where She Belongs.

If I had had a boy, I would have named him Joel, but I had three girls.

I enjoyed finding the meaning of each name. Sadie is a derivative of Sarah and means "princess." In the story, Sadie feels anything but a princess, until she finds her way and her true love. Joel means "Jehovah is God," a strong name for a caring hero.

Looking at name lists is fun. I use "name the baby" books or internet lists.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of? I'd have to say raising our children. They are all adults now, and I love hanging out with them.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why? I'd be a dog. Then I could be friends with our dogs, Olive and Rosie May.

The dog in my story is named Rosie. After my book went to print, we gathered at my nieces for Thanksgiving. Their dogs had Golden Retriever puppies and, wow, were they cute. We ended up taking one home right after Christmas and named her Rosie May, after Sadie's dog who was named after my dear great-aunt Rosetta May.

What is your favorite food? My husband makes the best grilled cheese sandwich! And I love dark chocolate.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it? More than anything, I struggle with a lack of confidence. I'm not sure I've overcome it, but I continue to learn and work toward better writing. I'm blessed to have had some wonderful, early reviews that have helped boost my confidence.

Tell us about the featured book. Home Where She Belongs is a small-town romance with a dash of mystery and the promise of hope.

Tired of being a pawn for her father and an emotional punching bag for her ex-boyfriend, Sadie Stewart escapes to Abbott Island where she spent summers with her grandparents. Would the love and faith she learned from them be enough to fuel her new life? She wants to believe God's promises, yet broken trust holds her back. 

Joel Grayson left the island long enough to train at the Police Academy. The community trusts him, even though he's failed. When he finds Sadie at her grandparents' cottages, his heart skips a beat. He'd love to get to know her again, but no one needs to share the hurt he harbors. 

When Sadie discovers someone is sabotaging her future, she seeks Joel's help. As they are drawn together, will Joel let down his guard and let her in? Will Sadie trust the man who loves her and the Father Who cares? 

Please give us the first page of the book.

Sharp breaths escaped Sadie Stewart’s lungs. Her legs wobbled like cooked spaghetti as she pushed to reclaim her routine and run the rest of the route. Confidence surged through her as her running shoes crunched dried leaves and pounded Abbott Island's hard dirt trail. Rosie, her beloved canine companion, kept rhythm with each step.

Aged maples decked in orange and scarlet bent across the trail and shaped a golden canopy. The pungent scent of wood smoke hung in the air. Rosie's red flag of a tail slapped the calves of Sadie's legs as she bounded alongside her. Her dog never judged her or caused her pain. Not like the man who had ripped her emotions to shreds.

A chill wind from Lake Erie rushed at their backs and pushed them toward the only place where Sadie found peace, her grandparents’ home. Every summer for twelve years, she’d lived in the warmth and comfort of their care, played with her friends, and helped her Gram clean the rental cottages. Grandpa had deeded the property to Sadie, but she’d neglected the place for three years. Now, she depended on the island rentals to rescue her from a life of regret and hurt.

Around the curve, she pushed her legs harder. A daily run helped clear her mind and build her strength. “Run, run, run.” She panted. Run, run, run... from him.

Fear dogged every step as she raced toward freedom from the man who shattered her heart. The memory of Bryce Shaw's screams and accusations played akin to a recording in her head. She prayed he'd give up and not track her to the island.        

His constant text messages and incessant calls obliterated the peace she sought. Three months and the man refused to give up his game of superiority over her. She'd changed her phone number once, but he must have dragged it out of her father. Or Dad offered her information without hesitation. At least the island’s spotty cell service might delay the next threat to tranquility.

Tomorrow she'd drive Coop, her Mini-Cooper onto the ferry and search for the closest place to trade in her number. This time she'd keep it to herself, except for the handful of people familiar with her story. She'd enlist the folks at the phone store to help her block the two people who tormented her. Two birds with one stone, as Gram used to say. Her father, who had never loved her, yet forced her to work for him, and Bryce, the man who had destroyed her trust, both fueled her determination to start over. As she ran, sorrow swallowed her heart. The hurt and humiliation weighed heavy as an anchor.

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My blog: https://www.pennyfrostmcginnis.com/

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Readers, here’s a link to the book.

https://www.amazon.com/Where-Belongs-Penny-Frost-McGinnis/dp/195583816X/ref=sr_1_1?crid=30GY5QGG8XX9I&keywords=home+where+she+belongs+book&qid=1652827196&sprefix=Home+where+She+%2Caps%2C471&sr=8-1   

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Sunday, May 08, 2022

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Friday, May 06, 2022

PRODIGAL LIVES - Carol McClain - One Free Book

Welcome back, Carol. How did you come up with the idea for this story? For several years, I’ve worked with addicts. The solution to their problems sound easy for the uninitiated. However … I’ve seen devoted Christians with an ear to God’s tender voice fall victim again. Without good support groups, they have nowhere to go but back to the conditions that caused them to be addicted.

This is the second book in the Treasured Lives series. Book 1, Borrowed Lives, introduced us to the protagonist, Pearl. I wanted to show the conditions and thought processes that plunge us into darkness. Even though she thinks life stinks, her “perfect” family battles their own issues.

All my books involve the concept of redemption. None of us have fallen so low that God can’t pick us up. The book’s not a downer, but a hope-filled journey of despair, love and redemption.

Oh, also humor. I cannot write without my trademark humor poking through.

If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?

Without a doubt, the first person on my list would be Lisa Wingate. I haven’t read a book of hers I didn’t like. Her style and presentation are elements I’d love in my work.

Deb Raney would be on the list. She knows how to set up a character with complex problems with no way out. Plus, her sweet personality is a delightful counterpoint to my pessimism.

Linda Rondeau has mentored me, encouraged me, and opened doors in my writing career I’d never open on my own. Linda’s my doppelganger. We tease each other (both of us space cadets) that we’re the blonde leading the blonde.

Steven James’s writing work has schooled me in this craft. He once had a launch party where the name of someone who attended would be the victim in his next novel. He would be invited under the condition I’m the murdered woman.

Angela Hunt. I’m not a fan of her historical fiction, but I love her contemporary. She holds me spellbound and is an author I’ll pick up without perusing the details of the novel too deeply.

Lynette Eason rounds out my list. I’ve taken classes from her at BRCWC. She taught me so much. And I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone write so much and win so many awards.

Now let’s do that for a party for Christian authors of historical fiction, what six people would you invite and why? Janette Oke’s work filled our library when my daughter was young. We’d sit for hours and read. After she went to bed, I read ahead because I couldn’t stop the story.

Francine Rivers covers so many areas of historical fiction from Appalachia to ancient Israel. Plus, she such a universally loved author, billions of other people would come to my party. Peruse any recommended reading list, she tops the names multiple times.

If we could resurrect the dead, Catherine Marshall. To this day Christy resonates in me.

Tessa Afshar. She’d been in one of my writing groups, and I loved the book I read of hers.

Henry McLaughlin had been in one of my earliest writing groups. He was an excellent critique partner and a delight to be with. We need a man in this party, and who doesn’t love a good Western?

Many times, people (and other authors) think you have it made with so many books published. What is your most difficult problem with writing at this time in your career?

The hardest part is coming up with something new and fresh. Prodigal Lives is second in a series. As I complete this interview, I’m struggling with Book 3. I started Book 3 once and abandoned it after thirty-thousand words. I’m now on a roll, but book launch, editing for Elk Lake, and caring for family eats so much of my time, I shunt writing aside.

Tell us about the featured book. Have you ever fallen so low you know there’s no way up?  

This is Pearl Solomon’s life. Jealous of her sisters who remained with her foster mother after Grandpa Guy adopted her, Pearl makes every wrong decision possible.

Little does she know, life throws roadblocks in her foster parents’ and her sisters’ lives, too.

Life keeps piling problems on Meredith Jaynes. She loses her second foster child—one she was scheduled to adopt. Then Parker Snow refuses to marry her. With only her goats and artisan soap to support her, life will get no better.

If she is honest, though, she still has Crystal. Her funny, happy, loveable toddler makes the sun shine and reminds her of the never-failing love of God.

Pearl Solomon loves her life with her grandfather Guy, but every one of her triumphs is overshadowed by her sisters’ lives. With Mama Meredith, they live a life she envies. Because of her jealousy, she refuses to contact them.

Years later, life for both families twist down paths they do not wish to travel. Pearl knows she’s lost what was most precious in life but has no means of fixing things. Left to her own devices, she spirals out of control.

Meredith finds it harder to mask the despair infertility has brought to her life.

Both families believe they must reconcile themselves to their fates as reality shatters their dreams unless they dig deep for the promise of love.

Please give us the first page of the book.

Nothing ever happened as promised. The warm March

day mocked Meredith Jaynes. A pale sun in a pastel blue

sky shone on her as she clung to Parker Snow. The soft

breeze stirred the redbuds like a scene she’d imagine on

her Hallmark movies. Unfortunately, this was not happily

ever after.

Meredith and Parker stood on the side of the road

watching the social worker’s white car carry her foster child

away. Breathing came hard as her heart squeezed her lungs.

They stood for a long time after Roxie disappeared—gone to

live with Lisa and Todd Simpson. Lisa—the aunt who swore

she only wanted to meet the girls before she signed away

parental rights. Then changed her mind. The Simpsons

would not only take Roxie to Kentucky. They’d fly her to

Korea when the army transferred Todd. 

Roxie left, and Olaf stayed. Another broken promise.

The kitty had been Roxie’s lifeline and should’ve gone

with her. Lisa complained cats irritated her boys’ allergies.

Roxie, though, loved her cat with the orange stripe along

his nose. Didn’t love endure all things?

Meredith’s throat dried. Breathing became impossible.

If Roxie stayed with her, she’d have given the sweet pixie

unicorns and mermaids—or, at the very least, Olaf. Why

couldn’t Roxie stay?

The stupid law.

How can readers find you on the Internet? My favorite places to connect with readers are the following—with my website the best.

On carolmcclain.com you can sign up for my newsletter and blog. You can find out where I’ll be with books and my glass work (I am a glass artist, also).

On Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/author.Carol.McClain

BookBub is a great place to connect. https://www.bookbub.com/profile/carol-mcclain

Finally, Goodreads. https://www.goodreads.com/author/dashboard?ref=nav_profile_authordash

Prodigal Lives, at the moment, is only found here: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/60750069-prodigal-lives?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=91KT6OzXsA&rank=2

Thank you, Carol, for sharing this new book on my blog.

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Tuesday, May 03, 2022

BY THE SWEET GUM - Ane Mulligan - One Free Book

Welcome back, Ane. Tell us about your salvation experience. I was raised in church and always believed. Jesus owned my heart, but it wasn’t until after a massive heart attack in 1990 that I gave my whole life to the Lord. After all, when God raises you from the dead, it tends to get your attention.

You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why? Michelle Griep, Elizabeth Ludwig, and Tara Johnson. They are my critique partners and all except Tara have been for going on 17 years. We added Tara a year ago.

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you and how did you handle it? I got a very bad case of the giggles while sitting at the head table in the House of Lords in England. Our host, Lord Shall-Remain-UnNamed, had a piece of avocado from his salad drop onto his lapel. A colleague, sitting next to me, elbowed me, asking, “Is that a medal on the Lord’s lapel?” It was not, and I lost it. Every eye in that cavernous room turned to me. And I couldn’t stop laughing. The only way I was able to maintain a modicum of decorum was by not looking at my colleague. I was so embarrassed. The Lord, oblivious to his lapel, most likely thought we were idiots.

People are always telling me that they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too. What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that? I tell them to write it, then find a group of authors to join, where they can learn and grow.

Tell us about the featured book. By the Sweet Gum was such fun to write. I love Genessee’s story. Georgia has a lot of cotton mills, and my research was fascinating. I began this book during Covid, but still got a personal guided tour of Porterdale, a mill town in the greater Atlanta area. I learned so much from the museum curator. I also learned a ton about the accident that took limbs and/or lives of children in the mills. Children as young as 5 years old worked in them. During the 1930s, laws were passed to raise that age. My heroine in the book works with her father to see that achieved. The short synopsis is:

She’s bound by duty. He’s tethered to a dream.

In the beleaguered mill town of Sweetgum, Georgia, Genessee Taylor dreams of a life beyond running the mill-owned hotel with her family. Though the work is honest, the owner of the mill is not. Genessee and her father long to see stronger labor laws passed to protect the innocent children who are injured and dying in the mill. When the owner learns of their activity, he will stop at nothing to silence them. 

Tommy Mack works at the mill and dreams of playing professional ball and marrying Genessee. When he’s contracted by a big-league team, his dreams are within grasp. Just as Tommy and Genessee’s wedding is on the horizon, tragedy strikes Sweetgum. Tommy can’t stay and Genessee can’t leave. 

Can they battle through loss, deception, and sacrifice to find their way back to each other?

Please give us the first page of the book.

“It falls to every generation to leave their world a better place for the next. If you aren’t doing something to improve conditions, you are missing the purpose for which you are placed upon this earth.” Frank Taylor, Sweetgum Baptist Church, February 1928

Late spring, 1930

An ear-shattering gong of a huge brass bell splits the quiet morning. My sister Annie screams, Sarah, our cook, shrieks, and the bowl of cold, baked potatoes in my hands falls to the floor with a crash. Mama cries, “Dear, God, no! Please don’t let it be another child.”

I freeze, unable to move. Tremors quiver through me, as my heart cries, “Not Tommy! Please, Lord!”

There’s an accident at the cotton mill.

The horror I feel reflects on Mama’s face. “Go, Genessee.” She shoos me out. “Find out who it is.”

She’s already picking up the potatoes and whispering prayers as I race out the door. The mill lies no more than one-hundred-fifty-yards from the hotel entrance. I run up the road as fast as my legs can move. Slamming through the front door, I follow the sound of the screams coming through the stairwell from the floor above. I fly up the steps. Normally, noise from the machinery obliterates every other sound, but when that bell clangs during work hours, most of the machines stop.

When I reach the second floor, I skid to a stop outside the spinning room, bend and put my hands on my knees, trying to catch my breath. I’m not sure I want to see what’s on the other side of this door.

“Out of the way!”

I jump aside as two medics carrying a stretcher run past me.

How can readers find you on the Internet?

website,

Amazon Author page,

Facebook,

Twitter,

The Write Conversation

Thank you, Ane, for sharing this new book with my blog readers and me. It’s at the top of my to-be-read pile.

Readers, here’s a link to the book.

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=By+the+sweet+Gum+by+Ane+Mulligan&i=stripbooks&crid=173KVVPP0MI8U&sprefix=by+the+sweet+gum+by+ane+mulligan%2Cstripbooks%2C137&ref=nb_sb_noss 

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Monday, May 02, 2022

WINNERS

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

PEACE IN THE MOUNTAIN HAVEN - Misty M Beller - One Free Book

Bio: Misty M. Beller is a USA Today bestselling author of romantic mountain stories, set on the 1800s frontier and woven with the truth of God’s love.

Raised on a farm and surrounded by family, Misty developed her love for horses, history, and adventure. These days, her husband and children provide fresh adventure every day, keeping her both grounded and crazy.

Misty’s passion is to create inspiring Christian fiction infused with the grandeur of the mountains, writing historical romance that displays God’s abundant love through the twists and turns in the lives of her characters.

Sharing her stories with readers is a dream come true for Misty. She writes from her country home in South Carolina and escapes to the mountains any chance she gets.

Welcome, Misty. Did you always know you wanted to be a writer or did you want to be something else? I’ve always loved reading, but never actually thought I could write a book. It wasn’t until my late twenties that I began thinking I’d like to try. I added “write a book that’s published” to my bucket list, and as I worked through that first book, I realized how much I loved writing. Even then, I never imagined God would have me doing this full time. Some days are hard, but writing really is my dream job!

How long does it take you to write a book from start to finish? It varies a little, but if I’m really focused on the writing, it usually takes me 2 to 2 ½ months to write a book. That requires focusing on writing and editing for a significant part of each day. J

How do you come up with themes for your stories? This question is hard to answer! I usually start with developing my characters, and maybe a general idea of the plot or their story goals. As I get to know their backstory, I begin to learn how each character will develop through the story, and that usually helps me understand the theme for the book.

Do you have a schedule of when you write? I’ve learned that my most creative time is in the afternoons, so I try to protect that time for writing new words. That means I do a lot of the business part and editing in the mornings. I do have five kiddos, so that time is often interrupted, but that’s the way I try to schedule my workday.

How are you able to balance other aspects of your life with your writing? I’m not always sure I do! As I said, we have five kiddos (ages 5 months to 14 years), and we also homeschool, so there’s a lot going on in our home! It’s usually pretty chaotic, but the kids are also good about trying to let me work. I set goals with them (when Mom gets these last 3 chapters edited, we’ll go to the library), and they encourage me. J

What elements do you think make a great story line? Ooo, good question! Definitely strong, interesting characters, with story goals that drive the book forward. I love settings that really come alive. My books are often set in the Rocky Mountains, a setting that adds so many layers of challenge my characters must face! I love a good plot twist partway through!

What was the hardest thing about writing a book? Finding the right words. J Especially if I’m especially sleep-deprived, meeting my daily word count can be SO HARD some days.

How many books have you written so far? Do you have a favorite? I’m just starting my 34th book. In some ways, it seems impossible to believe I’ve written that much. When I think of all those words and storylines, though, it feels like more than 34 books. J Picking a favorite is hard though! There are some that feel like milestones, like Hope’s Highest Mountain, my first book published by Bethany House Publishers, or This Healing Journey, a book that earned a spot on the USA Today bestseller’s list. But there are other books that are special for sentimental reasons, like The Lady and the Mountain Man, the book where I realized how much I love writing remote mountain settings. Or This Courageous Journey, a book where my oldest daughter helped me brainstorm the plot. I think it would be impossible to choose a favorite!

Do you have a favorite character? This is even harder than choosing a favorite book! I love strong characters, with courageous heroines and mountain men heroes. By the time I’m a third of the way through writing a story, the characters have become dear friends. I really love the hero and heroine in Peace in the Mountain Haven. Hugh (the hero) has lived a hard life, protecting his two younger brothers from their abusive father, then working on his own as a trapper for the last dozen years. He’s such a good man, protective and honorable and courageous, but he’s learned not to get too close to people. And Watkuese (the heroine) is brave in her own right! When her closest friend died, she adopted her 6-year-old daughter and has been trying to help her work through the grief of losing both parents. My own younger brother and sister were adopted, so it’s a topic close to my heart!

Tell us about the story. I’d love to! Levi Masters is a British army spy trying to uncover the United States’ secrets, and he can handle anything the Canadian Rockies demands. Yet he’s tired of the lies and half-truths that have become his life as a spy. When he’s taken captive by the warriors of a hidden French village living in mountain caves, he determines to answer their questions truthfully—even if that truth ends his life at the edge of their blades.

He’s only able to escape the village with the help of one of their own—namely, Audrey Moreau, the village healer, who takes him to a hidden cave away from the village. But when Levi faces a life-threatening injury and the fierce mountain winter closes in, Levi and Audrey are forced to discover just how far they’ll go to ensure the safety of the other and the love growing between them.

Please give us a peek at the first page of the book.

February 1815
Rocky Mountains, Rupert’s Land (Canada)

The sound of animal hooves shattered the quiet morn, and a flock of chickadees shot from the trees near Audrey Moreau. Recoiling, she slipped behind a brushy cedar. That noise reverberated much too loudly to be an elk or caribou, even a whole herd of them. Her breath puffed in icy clouds as she peeked through the snow-covered green needles, her heart thumping in her ears.

Down the creek a distance from her hiding place, a man sat atop a horse, letting the animal drink from the rushing stream. Her chest seized for a half second until recognition settled in.

Evan MacManus. Her friend Brielle’s betrothed had re- turned already. Brielle had been watching for him for days, but Audrey hadn’t really expected his arrival for another few weeks at least. His trip must have gone smoothly. And his desire to see Brielle had likely driven him to travel faster than he might have otherwise.

Audrey stepped from behind the tree and raised her hand to call out to him, but as her mouth parted, another figure caught her notice—this one much closer and tucked in the shadow of the woods. He, too, sat atop a horse.

Beneath the brow of his hat, his gaze locked on her.

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Sunday, April 24, 2022

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Friday, April 22, 2022

THE ELEMENT OF LOVE - Mary Connealy - One Free book

Bio: Mary Connealy writes romatic comedy with cowboys. She is a Carol Award winner, and a Rita, Christy, and Inspirational Reader's Choice finalist. She is author of the best-selling Kincaid Brides Series, Lassoed in Texas Trilogy, Montana Marriages Trilogy, and Sophie's Daughters Trilogy. Mary is married to a Nebraska rancher and has four grown daughters and two spectacular grandchildren.

Welcome back, Mary. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about? Something I come back to a lot is courage. Greater is He who is in me, than He who is in the world. Whom shall I fear? To live is Christ, to die is gain. I put my characters in a great deal of danger and thrust them into the middle of an adventure. They have to be brave and trust God to take care of them.

What other books of yours are coming out soon? My most recent release, The Element of Love is book #1 of The Lumber Baron’s Daughters Series. Book #2, Inventions of the Heart, comes out in July and book #3, A Model of Devotion, releases in October. So, a whole series in one year’s time. I’m excited for them to release so close together.

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why? Lena, why don’t I spend an evening with you? I could think long and hard and not come up with anyone I’d have a better time with.

I’d enjoy that a lot. What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why? I think I’d love to talk to Kit Carson. Hear his firsthand accounts of his explorations of the west. I love all those old mountain men I call Pathfinders, and I think he was the best of the lot.

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers? It’s such a different world than when I was wallpapering my house with rejections. No one needs to do that these days. I’d encourage them to enter contests for unpublished authors. Join a critique group and then, well if they decide to self-publish and so many authors start that way these days, I’d encourage them to not pay a fortune to someone to do the publishing for them.

Very good advice. Tell us about the featured book. The Element of Love is book one of the Lumber Baron’s Daughters Series. These books focus on three extremely smart siblings as they try to escape their greedy stepfather and save their late father’s company from being run into the ground. Raised to run their family business, the Stiles sisters are each prodigies in their own right, and book one is Laura Stiles’ story.

With their sharp engineering minds, Laura Stiles and her two sisters have been able to deal with their mother's unfortunate choice in husband until they discovered his plans to marry each of them off to his lecherous friends. Now they must run away—far and fast--to find better matches to legally claim their portion of their father's lumber dynasty and seize control from their stepfather.
During their escape, Laura befriends a mission group heading to serve the poor in California. She quickly volunteers herself and her sisters to join their efforts. Despite the settlement being in miserable condition, the sisters are excited by the opportunity to put their skills to good use. Laura also sees potential in Caleb, the mission's parson, to help with gaining her inheritance. But when secrets buried in Caleb's past and in the land around them come to light, it'll take all the smarts the sisters have to keep trouble at bay.

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Thank you, Mary, for sharing this new book with me and my blog readers. You know I always love your novels.

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Thursday, April 21, 2022

AVENUE OF BETRAYAL - Sandra Merville Hart - One free book

Welcome back, Sandra. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about? Prayer or the power of prayer seems to end up in most of my stories. I believe in the power of prayer and in the power of the One who listens, as I’ve seen answered prayers many times in my life. I’m humbled that the God who created the Universe loves us and listens when we pray. All of us have been ignored by people around us at times. God doesn’t do that. Instead, He cares about our feelings, our worries, and our pain.

Forgiveness is also a recurring theme in my books and readers will also find it in Avenue of Betrayal.

What other books of yours are coming out soon? I’m so happy you asked!

Boulevard of Confusion, Book 2 of this “Spies of the Civil War” series, releases May 10th. Along with that, Byway to Danger, Book 3, releases this summer, so readers won’t have to wait long for each new book in the series. Book 1 is set in the Union capital of Washington City (as Washington DC was then called) and the next two books are set in Richmond, the Confederate capital. The upcoming novels are available for preorder.

Additionally, my next series is called “Second Chances” and begins in 1877, so this one isn’t a Civil War series. A Not So Convenient Marriage is the first book.

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why? I would probably choose a contemporary author who has written bestsellers to glean any advice they are willing to give. I’ve met many successful, down-to-earth authors who don’t look down their noses at those who haven’t yet achieved the same level of success—those are the authors with whom I want to spend an evening.

Thankfully, writer conferences often offer opportunities to chat in a lobby or talk over a meal. So, while there are many authors that I’d love to meet, I’ve been privileged to meet many who have blessed my life and my writing, like Lena Nelson Dooley, the one who is interviewing me right now.  

What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why? Perhaps because I spend so much time researching the Civil War, my choice would be to talk with President Abraham Lincoln. Soon after he was elected, southern states began withdrawing from the Union. Rumors of an assassination plot convinced him to alter his travel plans from Illinois to Washington DC in advance of his inauguration, which meant he arrived without the fanfare such an event usually entails. It was a celebration he sorely needed.

Photos of him during his presidency show his worry as he shouldered the burden of a divided country. I’d love to learn his thoughts behind the decisions made—just think of the added depth to my novels! I’d also encourage him that many citizens stood in support of him. He didn’t seem to have a lot of friends to unburden himself to and that’s always saddened me.

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers? Rejections scratch away at our confidence. Sometimes new authors wonder, “Why bother sending the manuscript that editor requested? She will only reject it.” Have you ever felt that way?

Full disclosure—I have. I’ve received my fair share of rejections. I’ve come home from conferences after positive editor appointments thinking there was a chance they’d accept my manuscript…only to receive another rejection.

Don’t give up. Learn from the rejections. Did they give feedback? If so, mull over it. Try not to be defensive about your writing—no matter how good you are, there’s always room to stretch for the heights. Search for nuggets of wisdom that you can apply to this current project or upcoming ones.

Invest in your education by attending writer conferences. Talk to folks sitting beside you at classes and at meals. The biggest blessing may be the friends you make while there.

Be teachable—that’s my best advice.

Tell us about the featured book. In the summer of 1861, Annie Swanson, a Union supporter, feels betrayed when she discovers that her brother Will is a Confederate officer in a North Carolina regiment. Her father swears her and her sister Beatrice to secrecy so she can’t even tell Will’s best friend, Union Sergeant-Major John Finn.

John can’t believe his luck when his regiment camps within a mile of Annie’s Washington mansion. He met her through her brother, his West Point buddy. He’s excited to begin a courtship with her between his army duties…until he’s asked to spy on her wealthy father. John, a friend of the family, must discern the banker’s true loyalties.

John had been a fair way toward falling in love with her while escorting her through the week-long activities around Will’s wedding. A family illness had prevented him from pursuing a long-distance relationship with her before, but he looks forward to courting her now. Knowing how much his spying on her father would devastate her, he takes care to keep his actions a secret.

The war strikes a tragic blow to the Swanson family. Though her father insists on her silence, Annie longs to share the truth with John. Still, it seems that John has secrets of his own…

Can their love survive with so much against it?

Please give us the first page of the book.

WASHINGTON CITY

JULY 1, 1861

“Father, is there troubling war news?” Annie Swanson sought to break the rare silence at her family’s comfortable yet elegant dining table. Drums, bugles, and banjos from regimental bands camped in the vicinity serenaded them through open windows.

“Hmm?” Hiram Swanson’s stare shifted from his lemon cake and focused vaguely on his oldest daughter. “No new clashes on a battlefield that I’m aware of, my dear.”

What new misfortune besieged their country? He hadn’t been his normal jovial self since returning from the bank just before supper. Something to do with the war? She hid her shudder at possible battles ahead. There’d been plenty of uproar in her city already, starting with the thousands of Federal troops camped in every available field.

“It’s good to have the evening to ourselves.” Beatrice poked her dessert with her fork.

“Agreed.” Annie was glad that her sister, her junior by one year at eighteen, introduced a safe topic. Division in her country had brought only one bright spot —it had distracted her father from his grief at Mother’s death two years before.

How can readers find you on the Internet? I’d love for readers to connect with me on my blog, Historical Nibbles, where I share historical recipes and food-related posts, American history posts, and book reviews. I also share recipes from my books and historical background for my stories. It’s a lot of fun—and a fair amount of work—to maintain this blog. I invite readers to check it out.

Readers can also look for me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Goodreads, BookBub, and my Amazon Author Page.

Thank you, Sandra, for sharing this book with my blog readers and me. I’m looking forward to reading you story.

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Monday, April 18, 2022

WINNERS

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Friday, April 15, 2022

ENCHANTING THE HEIRESS - Kristi Ann Hunter - One Free Book

Welcome, Kristi Ann. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about? I love examining the ways we personally connect with God. Whether it’s by learning to view ourselves the way He see us, accepting that He does actually know what’s best for our lives, or finding new—or reconnecting with old—ways to get to know Him. There are so many facets to the relationship Jesus made available to believers that I don’t think I’ll ever run out of book ideas!

What other books of yours are coming out soon? Enchanting the Heiress, the third book in the Hearts on the Heath series just released. My next project is a novella scheduled for late Fall 2022 that contains a story my readers have been asking for since my first book came out. I’m excited to bring Lord and Lady Blackstone to life for them.

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why? I love spending time with my family, my writer friends, and my church life group. Outside of those close relationships, however, I would have to say that I would want to spend an evening eating tacos with Annie F. Downs. (If I could, I’d fill the table with the women whose public ministries have impacted my life, but I’m assuming I’m supposed to choose just one.)

Annie has taken so many different twists and turns with God in her life and has made a ministry that is accessible and impactful and reaching people in so many ways. I would love to hear more about the work done behind the scenes both personally and professionally to make that happen.

What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why? Cliché though it may be, I’d want to meet Jane Austen. I would enjoy getting an unfiltered, unedited look at her thoughts and how she viewed the world. The more I learn about the time period, the more I understand how truly clever and cutting edge some of her writings were. There’s a reason her stories have stood the test of time and it would be incredible to learn more about that from her.

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers? Look past the “no” to see what is actually being rejected. There are so many reasons publishers can’t take on a book besides not liking the writing. They have to consider the author’s platform, how the book compares to everything else in their catalog, whether or not their sales team is confident in how to push it. Getting a rejection does not mean your book is bad.

There are some things you can fix or improve and other things you can’t. Fortunately, there are many avenues to publication these days. Be constantly pushing to improve your craft, look for the signs that you’ve written the best possible book, then push forward until you find the publication method that is right for you.

Tell us about the featured book. Enchanting the Heiress is the story of a meddlesome young woman who sticks her nose into the business of a man who prefers living life through observation. The ensuing tensions reveal cracks in the foundations both of them have built their lives on. When it all comes crumbling down, they must decide whether or not to rebuild themselves and their lives separately or together.

Along the way, both of them learn that God doesn’t want to be a distant figure in their lives, but a connected one. Jonas has been using scripture as a wall to keep people out while Harriet has been clinging to ideas formed in the pews of the church but without any real Biblical basis. As they grow closer to each other they are forced to consider that God really does want to reveal Himself to them in a real, personal way.

How can readers find you on the Internet? All they need to do is spell my name correctly! I can be found at kristiannhunter.com where they can sign up for my monthly newsletter of book news, fun links, and devotions. I can mostly be found hanging out on Instagram at @kristiannhunter, but you can also find me in your favorite podcast player co-hosting the show, A Rough Draft Life.

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Please give us a peek inside the book.

December 1817 Newmarket, England 

How could Jonas Fitzroy possibly follow his twin sister’s directive to stop watching over and protecting her, when she actually believed in the crazy plan she’d just laid out to him? 

“Stop talking for a moment and let me think,” he said as he set aside the cloth he’d been using to buff the saddles filling the Hawksworth tack room. He’d been working at the estate for only a handful of months, but it had been a refreshing change of pace from the traveling circus he and his sister, Sophia, had worked with the past few years. The only downside had been how difficult it was to keep his sister out of the curfuffle she’d created when she’d brought them here in the first place. 

One dangerous pitfall had led to another, but at least she’d fallen into all of them with good intentions. 

This time, however . . .

Thank you for sharing this book with my blog readers and me.

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