Thursday, June 13, 2019

BITTER PILL - Richard L Mabry, MD - One Free Book

Dear Readers, Richard L Mabry, MD, my favorite author of medical suspense novels, has a new one. I’m sure you’ll want to let him know how happy you are to see him on the blog again.

Welcome, Richard. How did you come up with the idea for this story?
This is a story that has evolved over many years. It began when Rachelle Gardner ran a contest on her blog. I had given up writing, but I said, “Why not?” and submitted this line, which won. “Things were going along just fine until the miracle fouled them up.” Soon thereafter, Rachelle became my agent, and I eventually got my first fiction contract. Now that I’m publishing independently, I decided it was time for this novella to see the light of day. I hope readers will enjoy it.

James and I are both glad you didn’t completely give up writing. We love your books. If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
That’s a tough one. I’d invite Candace Calvert and Jordyn Redwood, so I’d have someone to talk with about medical fiction. Then, to add romantic suspense to the mix, I might choose DiAnn Mills and Susan Sleeman. Finally, to keep the conversation going (and add some interesting back-and-forth), I might include James Scott Bell and Randy Ingermanson. Of course, there are so many more, but these would do for starters.

Sounds like a wonderful group. I’d have to be a fly on the wall with that one. Now let’s do that for a party for Christian authors of historical fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
Since my reading in his area is very limited, let me confess that I haven’t read everything these people wrote, but I know they’re all excellent. I’d start with Robin Hatcher and Kim Sawyer. Then I’d add Kristy Cambron and Lauraine Snelling. And to give the gathering a southwest flavor, how about Mary Connealy and my current host, Lena Dooley? That should give us quite a conversational mix.

I would love to be a part of that group. Many times, people (even 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 populace, especially those not in the field, assume that once an author is published by a given house, they stick with that one for life. Unfortunately, that’s not true. Although I’m sure that some of my colleagues have what amounts to lifetime contracts (and good for them), many of us have to come up with ideas and synopses to sell publishers so they’ll publish our next book or two or three. That remains a problem for most of us. I’ve been fortunate enough to be under contract with two excellent publishers, and then—because of financing problems by a new house—I found myself out in the cold, so to speak. I had done some independent publishing of several novellas, so I tried it with my next two novels. And I haven’t looked back.

I so understand what you’re talking about. I’ve been with 4 different excellent houses, and now I’m also publishing some independent novels. Tell us about the featured book.
Let me give you the back-page information to provide an idea about this book.
“Brother” Bob Bannister is content with his life and his itinerant healing ministry, until one night he finds that the woman who walks off the stage under her own power isn’t one of his shills. At that point, doubts begin to intrude on his previously untroubled existence.

Dr. Abby Davis is tired of her family practice and at odds with God. Dealing with critically ill and dying patients has crushed her spirit to the point she’s ready to quit. But she soon realizes that there’s more to healing than ministering to the physical body.

Scott Anderson was the oldest graduate of his seminary class. Then again, most of them hadn’t turned away from a medical practice, hoping to atone for past mistakes (including his wife’s death) by ministering to men’s souls. Now he hopes he hasn’t made a colossal mistake in switching careers.

Each of these individuals becomes linked to the other, and each find that God has a purpose for them—but, as it often does, the lesson comes with discomfort.

I am so eager to read this book. Please give us the first page.
Bob Bannister, still wearing his suit pants and an unbuttoned, sweat-soaked dress shirt, sat in the small room he was using as an office. His jet-black hair was tousled. Through the closed door, he could hear the sounds of the last stragglers filing out of the old Albertson’s that was now the Gospel Tabernacle of Goldman, Texas. Bannister had a glass of amber liquid at his elbow, but he ignored it to focus his attention on the sheet of figures in front of him.

 A noise from the back of the room made him look up.

“Got a second, Brother Bob?” Randy Futterman was standing in the partially open doorway. Where the man had spent most of his adult life, there was neither privacy nor manners, so talking about knocking or the meaning of a closed door was an exercise in futility.

“Sure. Come in and close the door.” Good old Randy, sometimes a bit slow on the uptake, but devoted as an old hound dog. Of course, some of that loyalty came from Randy’s status as a wanted man. One phone call from Bannister could probably put him back in prison. However, so long as he did what he was told, the man performed adequately as an assistant.

Randy removed his baseball cap and held it in front of him like a shield. He took three hesitant steps into the room, halting several feet from where Bannister sat.

“Uh, about tonight’s service,” Randy said.

Bannister picked up his glass and took a sip. “Yeah, it went well. Give that woman something extra before you put her on the bus.”

“Uh, uh…that’s just it. We can’t do that.”

Bannister put down the glass—actually, he slammed it onto the table he used as a desk, some of its contents spilling onto the sheets before him. His voice rose. “What do you mean? After every service, it’s the same routine—old one out, new one in. You know how it works.”

“I know,” Randy said. “But there’s a problem.”

“Why? We’ve always put that person on a bus out of town as quickly as possible. We don’t want to risk people recognizing them and asking questions.”

Randy twisted his cap with both hands. “Yeah, I know. But…you see…the thing is, somehow this lady slipped by the ushers to get into that front row seat.”

“I don’t understand.”

“She wasn’t the person we planted.” Randy’s Adam’s apple did a dance as he swallowed twice. “I think you really healed her.”

Now I’m even more eager to read this story. How can readers find you on the Internet?
I have a web page, as well as blogging on my personal page twice weekly—Tuesdays about “stuff” and Friday about “writing.” I post information that’s of interest to writers and readers daily on my Facebook professional page. I also have a presence on Twitter.

Thank you, Richard, for including my blog in your promotion. I know my readers love your books. That is an interesting cover, too.

Readers, here are links to the book.
Bitter Pill - Paperback
Bitter Pill - Kindle

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

JOHN DAVID'S CALLING - Caryl McAdoo - One Free Book

Dear Readers, today we’re welcoming back one of my favorite Texan Christian authors with book one of a new series. Be sure and express your welcome.

Carol, do you have a favorite genre to write? If so, what is it?
I do, and I’d say it is historical romance because of the gentility of the romance back then. Young girls dressed very modestly and were chaperoned when beaus came to call. And the young men always went through the father to date the daughter. Folks were more neighborly then, and parents didn’t have to worry about the safety of their children in the community.

Although, Biblical fiction runs a close second!

If you didn’t live in the part of the country where you do, where would you live?
Oh, what a good question as I’ve ever only lived in Texas and never even thought about living outside her borders. I guess I can say if I didn’t live in Northeast Texas, I’d live in the Texas Hill Country. Hope that’ll work because I just don’t want to live much farther away!

The Lord moved us from the DFW Metroplex where we’d lived fifty-plus years in Irving to Clarksville, seat of Red River County (about 3 hours north and east) We live on thirty-four acres in a house we built in 2013. I call it The Peaceable. My husband’s brother has six hundred acres on three sides of our place, so we have lots of room to play!

What foreign country would you like to visit and why?
This is the easiest question ever. I have always longed to go to Israel and would go in a minute, at the drop of a hat! Why, because it is my heart’s desire to walk where my Savior walked, pray at Gethsemane, and lose myself in Jerusalem! When I imagine myself there, the minute I get off the plane I go to the ground, prone, and worship. But since I’m 69 now, and cannot get off the ground by myself . . . I probably shouldn’t try that. First chance I got though . . . I kiss the ground!

At 76, I totally understand that not getting off the ground, or floor, by myself. Describe what you think would be the most romantic vacation you could take.
Ron and I went to San Antonio for our belated honeymoon. I’d love going back there again with him. Otherwise, the only other place I even want to go is Israel.

For decades, I’ve had a yearning to go to Australia. I know. I will only see it from afar. Where would you like to set a story that you haven’t done yet?
Hmm, I don’t know. Most of my characters live in Texas. They come from New York, and one daughter moved there. Another daughter ran away to San Francisco, so some of the family is there now, and in JEWEL’S GOLD—my new release next month—my heroine goes to Alaska! My Biblical fiction have all been set in Israel . . . and of course in UNIQUELY COMMON and REMI (my April and May releases this year) they travel from New York to Saint Joseph, Missouri, and then on the Oregon/California Trail! I haven’t thought about any other place . . .   

What is the main theme of this novel?
The theme of JOHN DAVID’S CALLING is following the Lord wherever He may lead you. It’s about praying and researching and finding your own way along His chosen path for you. David had two grandfathers who loved the Lord, hearts, souls, and minds, yet were so different.

The one who reared him, John Harris, went to Church of Christ every time the doors opened and followed its strict doctrines, believing whoever wasn’t a member in his church would be going to hell. These days most aren’t so staunch. The other grandfather, Nathaniel Nightingale, preached in tents most his ministry before settling in a Holiness Church.

But God doesn’t have grandchildren, and David needed to decide for himself how he would worship God. Each of us must do the same.

He elects to attend Oral Roberts University and is soon called to the mission field.

Tell us about the story.
JOHN DAVID’S CALLING is Book One in the Revivalist Trilogy. Being a romance, David’s one desire beyond pleasing God is to make Hannah Claire his own. But like me, she never wanted to move far away from her parents and hometown. Back when we were still in our teens, I made Ron promise not to carry me way off!

It looks like, though the two have loved each other since they were children, the mission field call will keep them apart.

Book Two HANNAH CLAIRE’S WILDERNESS released in March and Book Three in the trilogy, KING DAVID’S TABERNACLE will launch in 2020.

Please give us the first page of the book.
The book opens with a scene between David and his favorite cousin.

He'd about made up his mind; been thinking on it a while though he hadn't asked anyone's counsel. David eased the truck to a stop right at the edge of Aunt Iva's property then faced his cousin. Good as any to try it out on.

“Sonny, my man, I've made up my mind. Want you to be the first to know.”

“Hey! What are we talking? You finally given up grape for Coca-Cola? Because I know you ain't decided to enlist.”

His favorite cousin could always put things in perspective. He grinned. “Nah, nothing as dramatic as that. I've decided to change my name. I'm going to court and make it official. But from now on, I'm John David Nightingale.”
“Oh man! You can't do that. Everyone will think you’re copying John David Crow! Plus, why whip up all the tongue waggers? Reminding everyone about your mama and daddy can't be any good for her.”

“I know, but—”

“Hey, she ain't going to like it any more than Uncle John. What? You wanting to give them all a good reason to call you a bast—”

“Don't you dare, Sonny Harris.” David held up a warning finger then waved him off. Of all people!

“Just like you said. I know who my father is, and it's for sure I don't want to carry Harry Prescott's name. I like John David way more than David John. Sounds better; don't you think?”

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Links : 
Author Pages:
     Simon & Schuster - http://tinyurl.com/S-SCarylsPage
     Sweet Americana Sweethearts - bit.ly/2q0tcfFbit.ly 

Website: http://www.CarylMcAdoo.com    
                         (All First Chapters offered here)
                            (Hear Caryl sing her New Songs!)

Blogs:
    The Word & the Music http://carylmcadoo.com/blog/
    HeartWings (Devotional) - http://www.HeartWingsBlog.com
    Sweet Americana Sweethearts (Historical) -
                 http://www.SweetAmericanaSweethearts.blogspot.com


Thank you, Caryl, for sharing this new series with us. I’m eager to read it.

Readers, here is a link to the book.
John David's Calling (The Revivalist Book 1)

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Tuesday, June 11, 2019

WHEN VALLEYS BLOOM AGAIN - Pat Jeanne Davis - One Free Ebook


Welcome, Pat. I'm glad to share your debut novel with my blog readers.
Thank you, Lena, for this opportunity to be a guest on your blog.

Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
My protagonist is usually someone like myself passionate about a cause or sympathetic to those in need. She must be out of the ordinary so not very much of myself can I write into her story except my Christian beliefs and outlook on life.

When did you first discover that you were a writer.
I loved stories about writers. Their lives seemed exciting and fulfilled. I could always express myself better in writing and enjoyed writing letters. Sometimes I imagined myself writing a book. It would be many years before I seriously attempted to write for publication.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
 I especially enjoy historical fiction and non-fiction from early to mid-20th Century, then mysteries, suspense, and courtroom drama. At the moment, I’m reading for research a book titled The Roosevelts and The Royals.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
With the release of my debut novel, When Valleys Bloom Again, my routines have changed now that I’m busy with marketing and promoting my novel. It’s exhilarating but exhausting as well. So much to learn. I try to relax in my flower garden on nice days and by spending quiet moments with my husband. I also recharge by listening to the words from some of my favorite Christian music.

I love Christian music. How do you choose your characters’ names?
Sometimes from books I’m reading or from films set in the same time period in which my character lived. Other times, I use the name of someone I’ve known.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
That with my husband, we raised two sons who bless our lives.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I love cats for the serenity they bring. My cat Cinnamon is now 14 and still strong and independent. She requires little care and gives so much affection in return. I’d like to age as she has with much dignity.

What is your favorite food?
 Freshly picked veggies that have been roasted and lightly seasoned.

Sounds yummy. What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Moving on after receiving many rejections on a project. Eventually, I regained my confidence by working on smaller obtainable writing goals and built on those successes.

Tell us about the featured book.
When Valleys Bloom Again is a WWII romance set on the Philadelphia Main Line, in England, and on the battlefield.

As war approaches in 1939 Abby Stapleton’s safety is under threat. Her father, a British diplomat, insists she go back to America until the danger passes. Abby vows to return to her home in London—but where is home? With her family facing mortal danger so far away and feeling herself isolated, she finds it hard to pray or read the Bible. Did she leave God behind in war-torn London too? Abby becomes friendly with Jim, a gardener on her uncle’s estate.

Jim can’t get Abby out of his mind. Did she have a sweetheart in England? Was it foolish to think she’d consider him? He curses his poverty and the disgrace of his father’s desertion and drunkenness haunts him. Can he learn to believe in love for a lifetime and to hope for a happy marriage?

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 and find happiness with Jim?

Please give us the first page of the book.
London, August 1939
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.

“A father can’t ignore his responsibilities,” he said, clasping her hand. “You know Hitler’s taken Austria and Czechoslovakia. Probably he’ll take Poland next.” He furrowed his brow. “And when that happens war with Germany will be unavoidable.” His hand shook, and he sounded as though he’d aged ten years in the space of a few minutes.

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.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Buy link: https://www.amazon.com/Valleys-Bloom-Again-Jeanne-Davis/dp/1948888920/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=154 
LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/pat-jeanne-davis-34290422/                   

Thank you, Pat, for sharing this book with us today. I’m eager to read it, and I know my readers will be, too.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

FANATIC SURVIVING - Erin Lorence - One Free Book


Welcome, Erin.
Thanks for hosting me, Lena! I super appreciate it.

Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I read a ton of young adult fiction, so writing young adult fiction comes naturally. My heroes and heroines can’t be boring, so besides humor, I often give them an extraordinary power...or maybe it’s the villain they must defeat who has an unbeatable gift. And of course, readers must come away having witnessed a character’s evolving relationship with Christ. My number one goal is to be a light for Him.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
My whole childhood is my happiest day! My ten years growing up as an ’80s kid have blurred together in my mind into one long stretch of joy. Boy, was it nice not having major responsibilities—just to roll out of bed and watch TV, ride bikes with the neighborhood kids, and eat dinner when Mom called.

Nowadays when I’m with my kids and husband, and we’re doing something low key on a day off like playing in the backyard and everyone is laughing, sometimes I pause and think—wow. This is awesome. Remember this, Erin. Happiest day...

How has being published changed your life?
I’ve been forced to enter the realm of social media. I now have a Twitter account, which to be honest, I only use to retweet other authors’ tweets since I’m still too chicken to post my own. And—tadaa!—I have an author website and author Facebook page. Someday I hope I enjoy posting on social media...but I’m not quite there yet.

What are you reading right now?
I’m between books because of being so busy, finishing online prerequisite classes to begin my Masters in Teaching. I can’t allow myself to start a book now because once I start reading, I can’t quit! Once I have time, I plan to read two books by fellow Pelican authors. The Host by Stephenie Meyers sits on the floor next to my bed, which means I might have to pick up this favorite and reread it too!

What is your current work in progress?
I don’t want to give away too much, but I’m three-quarters of the way through with my next manuscript. Think Pacific Ocean, a teenage girl on a road trip, and a guy with some freaky glass powers.

I dream of a summer-long road trip across the country that would include stops at Universal Studios and the Grand Canyon. During this “perfect vacation” my daughters would be content in the backseat, never carsick or complaining. We’d sing together like the Brady Bunch family does during their long car drives, which would never annoy my husband. Hmm...I think I need to lower my expectations.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
I’m slightly obsessed with nature, so outdoor elements such as forests or oceans play a big role in each book. I also cringe at boring settings. For each scene, I pause and ponder...how can I kick the characters’ setting up a notch? For example, in Fanatic Surviving, rather than have Dove camp in the usual, safe tent, she hunkers down in a sketchy shelter thrown over a cactus—ouch, watch out for those needles!

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
My first, kneejerk answer is Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman. I feel like we’re good friends due to the hours I spend following her recipes during my nightly, dinner-making routine.

But no, my final answer would be Bear Grylls because I’d want to go on one of those push-you-to-the limits survival trips with him. It’d have to be more than one evening, though—at least a full day adventure. Oh, and my husband is also asking to go along. I’d request no camera crew. I don’t need America laughing at my wimpy upper body strength when I’m dangling helpless from the rope Bear’s instructed me to climb.

My grandson-in-law took his wife, her sister, and my daughter to see Ree Drummond. What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I can’t answer reading and writing, huh? Well then, judging by how I spend the majority of my free time, it seems my main hobby is cheering on my daughters in ballet and soccer. High on my list are also walking/hiking with my husband, playing with Charlie my beagle, baking, and dabbling in DIY farmhouse décor.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
As I mentioned above, social media is my biggest bugaboo. My second major obstacle is finding the time to write because sometimes I’m too pooped to stay up late—FYI, I tend to write at night when family members are asleep.

To overcome the posting-on-social-media obstacle, I scribble my posting to-do list on a post-it. For some reason, this forces me to get the social media tasks done. In order to find time to write, I purposefully put a pin in other time-consuming activities, like school, to create chunks of writing time during the day.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
As a novice, I don’t have much wisdom to dish out. But for someone who hasn’t started writing his/her masterpiece, I do have advice:  If your goal is to be published, find out the general rules for writing your genre. Otherwise, you might waste a bunch a time like I did. I finally purchased a Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies book a year after I began writing. It was a year too late. I discovered I’d painstakingly written my story wrong in so many ways—too many ways. I had to scrap my first project. The helpful information I found in Dummies is most likely available from other sources too, such as local writers conferences.

Tell us about the featured book.
Here’s my Fanatic Surviving blurb:
The Reclaim begins May 15th, and sixteen-year-old Dove Strong can’t do a thing to stop it... or can she? With only weeks until her people attack the unsuspecting nonbelievers, Dove accepts her recommission for peace.  Her journey is a success... until she runs into an old nemesis. Then a family member dies, and she is arrested as a terrorist as well as the prime murder suspect. Dove’s punishment? She must survive the unforgiving Chihuahuan Desert under the judging eye of every television-owning nonbeliever in the country. Saddled with a hostile camera crew, Dove fights to reach civilization while enduring Satan’s elements as well as a mysterious Amhebran coder who haunts her steps. Dove is strong. But is her faith strong enough to survive an ultimate friend betrayal as well as a decision of whether to sacrifice another family member to stop the May 15th attack?

Please give us the first page of the book.
Thunk. Gilead’s blade sank into the X scratched on the pine. Dead center. A breath later, Micah Brae’s steel nicked the trunk’s bark and scuttled, disappearing in the frozen groundcover.

My brother’s grunt of disgust reached me up in the crow’s nest where I huddled out of sight. “Pathetic, Brae. Keep your knife horizontal to your target until you release it. Like this.”

Thunk.

I focused on the sunlit branches overhead instead of my brother’s and neighbor’s knife-throwing session—their way of preparing for the Reclaim. The war’s first attack on the godless Heathen was broadcasted for May 15, a month and a half away. And they thought this would make them ready?

Next to me on the snug lookout platform high in the maple, my grandpa surveyed the tree-filled horizons in his systematic way. I leaned my elbows back on the woven blanket, evidence he’d slept up here, despite the biting Central Oregon nights. My mom said he slept in the tree to be extra cautious— with the war between us Christians and Satan’s people approaching. But that wasn’t the real reason. Grandpa was obsessed with sighting his missing son, my Uncle Saul, who I’d discovered back in September, alive, crazy, and nearby, roaming the Oregon Cascades.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
My website is www.erinlorence.com . They can also find me on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you, Erin, for sharing this book with us. We’re all eager to read it.

Readers, here’s a link to the book.

Leave a comment for a chance to win a free copy of the book. You must follow these instructions to be in the drawing. Please tell us where you live, at least the state or territory or country if outside North America. (Comments containing links may be subject to removal by blog owner.)

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Sunday, June 09, 2019

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Friday, June 07, 2019

THE GREAT LAKES LIGHTHOUSE BRIDES - Lena Nelson Dooley and others - One Free Book



I’m Lena Nelson Dooley, author of The Disappearing Ship, in The Great Lakes Lighthouse Brides novella collection.

Here’s the blurb for my book:

The Disappearing Ship by Lena Nelson Dooley
1902—Whitefish Point Lighthouse
Romance and mystery collide at Whitefish Point Lighthouse when unemployed doctor Norma Kimbell and Drake Logan, owner of a steamship line, search for evidence of a supposed shipwreck.


Here’s a peek at the first page:
1902, Upper Michigan
Early Summer
Defeated.

The word drummed through Norma Kimbell’s head as she gazed out at the pine forest rushing by the window in a blur. Riding the train always felt as if life were passing her by without noticing her. Despondency clung to her weighing her down like the heavy woolen robe, packed in her trunk in the baggage car, did in the long winter months. Sometimes they went for days without seeing even a peek of the sun.

That’s what she needed right now, to know the sun was shining on her. But how could she believe it? She had failed at the only thing she ever wanted to do with her life. Papa had encouraged her to follow her heart.

After Papa died, she’d spent several years living at the Whitefish Point lighthouse station with her uncle and aunt. Because of her inheritance, she’d been able to pursue her dreams. Dreams of being a doctor. She knew it would be hard, but some medical schools accepted a woman or two, and she’d enrolled.

When she graduated at the top of her class, Uncle Charles contacted a friend, who was a doctor in a needy area of Chicago. He’d agreed she could be a part of his practice. After all, he’d needed all the help he could get. But now she was returning to Whitefish Point a complete failure.




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Here’s the scene where the heroine first became aware of the hero:

Norma was up bright and early to board the packet boat that would take her to Shelldrake. With any luck, she’d arrive in enough time to get a freight wagon or farmer to take her the rest of the way home. She didn’t want to leave her luggage unguarded at the coastal town. She didn’t know anyone there, and the area had plenty of poor people. She’d seen enough in Chicago to know that desperate people would sometimes resort to stealing to get enough food to feed their families.

As she sat on the edge of one of her two trunks, she noticed a man pacing on deck. With his hands clasped tight behind him, worry wrinkled his brow, and his eyes scanned across the water as if trying to see what was on shore. Then he turned his attention to the open water side of the packet.

She liked watching people and trying to figure out what was going on with them. This man was an easy read. He had to be really concerned about something important. She hoped he wasn’t carrying as heavy a burden as she was. Her life was a mess, and her bright future had dimmed. She tried in vain to put together an explanation for Uncle Charles that would keep him from knowing how hurt she was.

Even though she wouldn’t please her uncle, she looked forward to feeling her aunt’s warm hug. Auntie never seemed disappointed with Norma, no matter what happened. Her aunt was the closest thing to a mother Norma had these last few years. Her hugs felt almost as strong as those her mother had given her when she was younger. The memories filled her eyes with tears.

Norma glanced up when the pacing man stopped beside the ship’s railing in front of her. She could tell from the way he stood with his feet wide apart and his arms folded across his chest that he wasn’t aware of her nestled in the shadow of the captain’s cabin, where the cold breeze off the lake didn’t reach.

From her vantage point, she watched him without him seeing her. By the clothes he wore, he must be a man of business. He turned his face straight into the strong breeze that gave his cheeks a ruddy hue. With his hands clenched tight, his muscles rippled, straining against the confines of premium wool.

His eyes seemed to take in everything outside the boat, but not what was on deck behind him. A fine specimen of a man, with muscles bulging against the stretched fabric of his clothing.

Norma tore her gaze away from him before someone else on the boat noticed how closely she studied him. For a moment, she whispered a prayer for the man and his problems. Those words pushed her wayward thoughts from her mind.

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Wednesday, June 05, 2019

BEAUTY FOR ASHES - Kathleen Neely - One Free Book


Welcome, Kathleen. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I don’t write myself into my characters, at least not intentionally. I like to include some diversity and try to make that authentic. In The Street Singer, Adda had a distinct voice that matched her life circumstances. In Beauty for Ashes, Angelina is of Puerta Rican descent. I wanted to write her authentically.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I arranged a flash mob for students. The movie, Frozen, was on every kid’s mind. Teachers were circulating the lunchroom. We started the music and one teacher stood on a bench and began to sing. One by one, we joined in, dancing with scarves and singing to wide-eyed, delighted students. I can’t say it went viral, but it received a lot of hits.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
That’s a hard question. I was a closet writer for many years. I began a novel that I would pull out from time to time. I worked as an elementary principal and had three sons at home. That didn’t allow writing time. When I made the decision to retire from a job that I loved a few years earlier than planned, I knew I needed something positive in my life. That’s when I became serious about writing. I think I discovered that I’m a writer when I realized that people actually liked what I wrote.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I love Christian fiction as well as clean reads from the general market. I write contemporary, but also love historic. I’m partial to books with multi-generational friendships, ethnic differences, and time slip novels. I read mystery, suspense, and love to find legal scenarios. I’m not a huge fan of speculative fiction, but will occasionally read it. I do admire the creative imagination of those who write spec fiction.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
My run, run, run world has slowed down considerably. I retired early with Parkinson’s Disease. It’s a slower downer. My life is busy, but not hectic. I write, exercise, and keep up with friends. My body tells me when it needs to rest. Seven years since my diagnosis, I’m doing well. I’m certain that’s because I’m committed to stay as stress-free as I can.

Good for you. How do you choose your characters’ names?
I think a long time when choosing main character names. For example, in Beauty for Ashes, I wanted a sophisticated male name, someone born in an upper socio culture. I chose the name Grant. It felt like a fit. For his rival, I wanted someone unpretentious and down to earth. That gave birth to Rusty. I look up character names to make sure I’m not creating a name with a known association. That served me well once when I discovered that the name I had considered was actually a high-profile murder victim. I switched that name quickly. I do have a character with a somewhat famous name. Scott Harrington was deep-rooted in the novel that stayed hidden for many years. Once it was contracted, I learned that it’s the name of an NHL hockey player. Well, at least my Scott Harrington is a good guy.

Secondary characters are easier. I can have a little fun with those. Beauty for Ashes contains the names of my three sons—Brian, Stephen, and Darren. The characters are so minor, you could miss them. A main character in my novel, The Least of These, has neighbors named Molly, Jan, and Rebecca. Three of my friends became Claire’s friends. They were delighted to learn that they were part of my novel.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I taught elementary school, and at my principal’s suggestion and encouragement, I took classes to get my principal certification. Then I moved into administration. While I loved my job, I think I’m most proud of my teaching years. I believe that we know when we do something well, and for me, that was teaching. I still have students who keep in touch with me. It humbles me knowing that God allowed me to be a small part of shaping their future.

I know what you mean. I was a church children’s choir director for decades. Seeing my children grow up and become worship leaders and some even professional musicians and yet staying in contact with me has been such a blessing. If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I think I’d be a cat. They do things their way. They can be aloof one minute, then loving the next. My sweet, bobtail cat named Murphy stretches out on the footrest of my recliner, and purrs contentedly. That’s how I feel when evening comes and I relax. Cats are mischievous and playful. They can be curled up lazily, then dart to chase after something that catches their eye. They take you by surprise—sort of like a flash mob!

James and I were part of a Christmas flash mob in a mall one year. It was fun to see the reactions of the people. What is your favorite food?
My favorite pick from a nearby restaurant is cod imperial—a delicious hunk of cod stuffed with yummy crabs and seafood. Ice cream is my sweet tooth weakness.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Remember that novel that I worked on for eighteen years? I was still on chapter five. I continued to rewrite it. Even when I committed my retirement to writing it, I couldn’t get past the first ten chapters. A wise author from my writing group encouraged to me to finish it. Don’t worry about every detail. Don’t continue editing. Just get the story on paper. That’s what I did and was met with a huge sense of accomplishment. Obviously, it needed lots of editing and sensory embellishment, but I had a completed story.
 
Tell us about the featured book.
Beauty for Ashes started thematically. I finished reading Water from My Heart, an amazing novel by Charles Martin. It stayed on my mind for a long time. I knew I wanted to write something with a similar theme—seeing the far-reaching consequences of actions, living with devastating guilt, holding a secret deep inside, and falling in love too close to the hidden truth. I played with scenarios in my mind and chose the one that became Beauty for Ashes. It’s not Charles Martin’s story. The plot differs, the characters are different, the setting’s different. But it carries similarities in theme.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Prologue
January 1, 2006
Heaviness pressed down upon him. Nathan tried to open his eyes, but as a sliver of light penetrated his eyelids, pain exploded in his head. He hooked his arm around the pillow and pulled it to block the light. He ran a hand over the wrinkled sheets and risked opening his eyes.

He was in his own bed, fully clothed, still wearing shoes. A leaden feeling held him there, his own weight too heavy to lift. A glimpse at his alarm clock showed eleven fifteen in red lights. Sunshine forced its way through the window, and dust particles danced in the sunbeam, telling him it was morning. 

Fragments of memory surfaced. Music. Pulsations rocked the truck at deafening decibels. Sam’s singing. Blinding lights moving in concentric circles and changing directions. Nathan wedged his foot free of the covers and then forced his legs off the side of the bed. Once he managed a sitting position, his stomach rebelled. He remembered something else—something red in his foggy brain. A swift image ripped through his head. A spinning top. No, that wasn’t right. It wasn’t a toy. A car! A red car—brakes screeching as it spun and twirled before crashing into a pole. 

His mouth watered and his throat filled with bitter acid. He wouldn’t make it to the bathroom. He grabbed the trashcan as his stomach lost the battle. 

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Website – www.KathleenNeely.com
Facebook – www.facebook.com/kathy.neely.98
Twitter - https://twitter.com/NeelyKneely3628
The best way to reach me is through my website: www.KathleenNeely.com .You’ll find links to my social media and a contact link.

Thank you, Kathleen, for sharing this book with us. I’m eager to read it.





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Sunday, June 02, 2019

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