Tuesday, October 22, 2019

MEANT FOR HER - Joy Avery Melville - One Free Ebook

BIO: Joy Avery Melville’s heart’s desire is to be the author God has called her to be by sharing Him with readers in such a way they long to have a deeply committed personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord. Fully intending to write Historical Romance—had in fact—she didn’t want to deviate from that. God had different plans for that ‘call’ He’d made on her life back in 1967. A mere eighth grader at the time, she had no clue about the topics she’d be drawn to write about.
Surrendering to the genre God placed on her heart has given Joy new insight into the hearts and lives of those who too often hurt in silence. The settings of Joy’s books are near where she lives in Schoolcraft, Michigan, with her husband of nearly 46 years and their one-year-old Yorkie pup, Is-A-Bella Bindi, (Is-a-beautiful little girl) who thinks she’s a much larger breed with tomboy tendencies.

Welcome, Joy. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
The majority of my characters are made up from my imagination, but the Spiritual portions come from my heart as do the views on marriage.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
That’s hard to say, since I’m a woman of an advanced age and pretty much know better than to do something I might pay for medically. I did take off in our van in May of 2015 to stay for 9 days with a writer, whom I’d only met online and had talked to for about one month before she’d invited me to go stay a couple weeks with them. I had no idea what I’d be facing when I got to their house, It was a 16 hour drive. It turned out to be FUN, INTERESTING, DIFFERENT, and, yes, QUIRKY, and boy, was it ever HOT there.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
My first inkling was in the last marking period of 8th grade. My parents had moved us to a small village in Michigan, and my poor English teacher had no idea what to do with me for a final exam. She finally asked me to write a short story and hand it in within the week. I had never written a story of any kind. I went home, wrote a 20 page story on both sides of notebook paper (40 page short story) and handed it in the next day. After she’d graded it over the weekend, she asked me to see her after school that Monday afternoon. She told me, I had the gift of story telling on paper, and she advised me to take every conceivable writing class offered from my Freshman year through college. The following Sunday we had a visiting missionary at church, and his words were, “If God has given you a specific gift. Use it to His honor and glory, as He leads you.” I pretty much took that as affirmation of what my teacher had said the Monday before. I allowed a LOT of life to happen between 8th grade and this story, but I wrote several stories in the meantime.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I love to read. One of my fave genres is Historical Romance. I also read Romance, Amish, Women’s Fiction, and Romantic Suspense. I read non-fiction by Charles Swindoll and David Jeremiah.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
PRAYER – LOTS and LOTS OF PRAYER! I do take my Yorkie, Bella for walks, do a lot of stretching as per doctors’ orders, and I READ LOTS before I go to bed at night.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
Most of my character’s names are chosen by how they fit the personality of the individual character. I double check the meanings of names, to be sure it’s not going to be counter the characters’ temperaments. I try to be careful not to have too many characters with the same first letter in their names, but just could not hold back naming my brother and sister in the story with ‘C’ names.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
The accomplishment I’m most proud of is having been married to the same man for 46 years this next month. We are very different personalities with very different likes and dislikes, but God has kept us in love for going on five decades. We met in the first week of September and married the last day of November 1973. Both of us have been committed to making it work. I praise God for it lasting.

James and I have been married for 55 years on November 7. We got married 3 months and 3 days after meeting on a blind date. If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
Easy answer. My Yorkie, Is-A-Bella Bindi (Is-A-Beautiful Little girl) she is so, so lovable and so, so entertaining. I’d like to be loved as we love her.

What is your favorite food?
Oh, my. Favorite food? That’s tough. I LOVE FOOD. Probably would say yeast breads. COMFORT FOOD for me. The stress of getting my book revisions done, the marketing plans underway… yup… comfort foods are showing.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
The actual writing of the book was amazing. I wrote a full length novel within a six week period, and did not get to write every single day. My biggest roadblock was trying to tighten it without losing the meat of the story. A lot of prayer went into the revisions and a whole lot of time. More than I’d anticipated, but God brought a terrific editor friend alongside and she helped me deepen, strengthen, and tighten the story to what it has become.

Tell us about the featured book.
The easiest way to do that is to share the Back Cover Blurb, but I do want to share that this book came about after I’d heard a very moving TV news report one evening while doing dishes. I did NOT set out to write Meant for Her without a lot of wrestling with God. By the way, I do NOT recommend that. He ALWAYS wins. My dream was to write Historical Romance and I had written that, but no one wanted to publish it. After I surrendered my will to His, the story flowed, and He’s given me more to this series as well as other series, I’m working on. He did allow me a strong thread of Romance with a sigh-worthy ending, and according to my first two Advanced Reader reviews thus far, the ending is just that.

BCB –
Had it all truly been ~ MEANT FOR HER?
Kidnapped, raped, brutally beaten, and left for dead, Candi Reynolds becomes a prisoner of fear. Faced also with the impact of the unexpected break-up with her fiancé, and an unwanted pregnancy resulting from the attacks, she believes God has forsaken her. Choosing to move back to the Michigan horse farm, owned by her older brother, Dr. Cam Reynolds, Candi essentially goes into seclusion.

Dr. Patrick (Mack) MacKevon, long-time friend of Cam’s, watches from the sidelines at the farm, w here his horses are stabled, while Candi struggles to regain a sense of normalcy. His own big-brother tendencies develop into a much deeper emotion over the months he prays for her.

Is it possible for Candi to put all of the pain and trauma behind her and renew her former relationship with the Lord? Will she allow her heart to open enough to discover authentic love, while making decisions of victory on her personal journey to joy?

Please give us the first page of the book.
Friday ~ November 15, 2013 ~ Vicksburg, Michigan
Stinging and prickling throughout her body, accompanied by a beep…beep… beep and muffled voices from a distance, invaded Candi’s senses. Convulsive shivers swept her extremities.
    
She attempted to open her eyes. Too much effort. Where were those voices? They’d been different. Maybe she’d become delusional from prolonged pain.
    
Wait. Hands and ankles free. On a real bed and covered with something heavy. No gag. Mouth dry… as dust. Throat scratchy. Odors different…Clean. Fresh. Antiseptic? No stale smoke. No musty or moldy smells.
   
Candi relaxed when fear met seeming safety and comfort. The shaking eased as she drifted on the edge of sleep.

“Good evening, Pastor Sam, Jaime. You’re the ones who found our Jane Doe?”
    
A man’s words penetrated Candi’s haze. They weren’t harsh or demanding. Friendly, yet authoritative.

“Yes. Jaime did.” Another man’s voice, softer than the first.
    
“She wasn’t awake, Dr. Crandall, and she was icy.”
    
“It’s a good thing you found her when you did, young lady. Pastor, you know anything about her?”
    
“No, and as swollen and bloody as her face was, I couldn’t be sure if I’d ever seen her before. I’d taken Jaime hunting, hoping to get a deer today, and she went off the trail, following some fresh tracks in the snow. Within minutes, she was screaming she’d found a woman. Imagine my shock when I saw how right she was.”

Wow, powerful. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Facebook Author Page: http://facebook.com/jamauthor

I love to hear from readers.
Reviews by Advanced Readers are posted on Goodreads.

Thank you, Joy, for allowing me to promote the release of your debut novel. I am eager to read this story, and I know my blog readers will be, too.

Readers, the book is up for preorder on Amazon.
Meant For Her (Intended For Her Book 1)

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Sunday, October 20, 2019

WINNER

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Friday, October 18, 2019

BEING BLACK AND REPUBLICAN IN THE AGE OF OBAMA - Karen Watson - One Free Book


Welcome, Karen. What would you like for our readers to know about you personally?
I would like your audience to know that for me personally my Faith is the most important aspect of my life.

Tell us about your family.
I am not married but I have wonderful siblings and my mother is the smartest woman I have ever met.

Have you written other nonfiction books?
I have written three books: Being Black and Republican in the Age of Obama, How Democrats Stole the Black Vote  and Jackass, the True Story of the Democratic Party and Their Abuse of Black America.

Do you have any other books in the works right now?
I am working on my 4th book Being Black and Republican in the Age of Trump.

What kinds of hobbies and leisure activities do you enjoy?
I enjoy reading and travel.

Why did you write the featured book?
I was encouraged to write my first book because so many people were shocked that I am black and Republican.

What do you want the reader to take away from the book?
That we are one nation under God and are Indivisible

Is there anything else you’d like to tell my readers about you or your book?
We have within us the means to heal the divide in our country

I so agree. Where on the Internet can the readers find you?
My books can be reached on GOPBuzz.com and Facebook or just reach out to me directly @ karen.watson@gopbuzz.com

Thank you, Karen for sharing your first book with us.
I will be featuring each of the other ones, too.

Readers, 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, October 13, 2019

WINNER

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Tuesday, October 08, 2019

LONGING FOR EVER AFTER - Debra Clopton - One Free Book

Welcome back, Debra. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
I love the themes of trusting the Lord, of hope and forgiveness. This book is a clean and wholesome book, which is mainly what I write now, but while it doesn’t have an openly Christian message it does have the message of hope after facing extreme pain.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
This Sunset Bay series has 2 more books, LONGING FOR YOU and LONGING FOR US that will be coming in the next couple of months, Longing For Us is on preorder now for December 31 but will most likely release before Christmas…we shall see.

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
Don’t give up unless you feel led to. I pushed on for ten years. It took a lot of rejections and perseverance. Keep writing and finishing books, you get better with each book. And don’t be afraid to experiment with new genres. It’s a great time to be an author, I broke out on my own in 2016 and it’s been the best decision I ever made.

Tell us about the featured book.
LONGING FOR EVER-AFTER is about Jonah who has given up on love but one look at Summer and something about her draws him to her and he’s ready to find out everything about her. But Summer has secrets and needs special care. This story was a surprise to me as I wrote it. I love being a pantser, or organic writer and finding out about the stories as I go. Hope you enjoy it.  

That’s pretty much how I write, too. Please give us the first page of the book.
Jonah Sinclair walked down the streets of Sunset Bay, heading toward the long pier and the ice cream cone that was calling his name.

“Hey, Jonah, I hear you and your brothers are competing in the Sunset Bay Regatta.” Hal, the owner of the Pier Ice Cream Shop, handed him his waffle cone of chocolate turtle ice cream.

Jonah took the cone and passed Hal his money. “Yeah, can you believe it? We haven’t competed together in years. Not since Adam headed off to medical school and Tate took off to who knows where.” He grinned. Tate’s whereabouts had been a running joke ever since he managed to make a living out of his adventurous escapades and everyone always asked where he was. Half the time, the family couldn’t keep his schedule straight.

Hal chuckled. “That’s the truth. It will be good to see you all together out there again.”

“Thanks, and thanks for this.” Jonah lifted his cone in salute then headed toward the railing to watch the boats in the bay and the people fishing from the pier.

He enjoyed people-watching at the huge, long public pier. It was a fun place. Tourists who didn’t have a boat came here and enjoyed the day. And families especially enjoyed time together here. Watching them, he realized that, probably soon, at least one of his siblings who had just married the loves of their lives would probably announce they were having a baby. He figured it would be Adam and Rosie, but Brad and Lulu might beat them. Erin had just gotten engaged to Nash, so he figured they had awhile yet. It was between Adam and Brad to be the first of the six Sinclair siblings to make their mother ecstatic. Not that either of them were planning a family just to make Maryetta and Leo—their parents—happy; they were both ready to go all-in on their futures.

He licked his cone and tried not to dwell on the fact that the right woman didn’t seem to be in his future. He’d wanted a wife and kids far longer than any of his brothers or sisters, and yet it hadn’t happened for him. And after too many disappointments, he’d grown weary of looking for her. Endless dates had ended with him feeling down, and constantly having to push himself to go on another date, only to realize pretty quickly that this one wasn’t her either. It had just soured him on the whole dating scene and made him think maybe marriage wasn’t in his future.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Type my name in and I’ll come up J my website is http://debraclopton.com Please join my newsletter and you’ll get all the updates. I’m at all the other places too but start at the website and click the social media you want. Until then, happy reading!

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

Readers, here are links to the book.
Longing for Ever After (Sunset Bay Romance) - Paperback
Longing for Ever After (Sunset Bay Romance Book 4) - Kindle

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Sunday, October 06, 2019

WINNERS!!

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Monday, September 30, 2019

PRAIRIE GRACE - Marilyn Bay Wentz - One Free Book

Welcome, Marilyn. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I learned at a young age the amazing impact storytelling can have on readers/listeners. I wanted to be able to have that positive impact on people, and so I started writing short stories in elementary school. When I was sorting through files a decade ago, I found the original hand-written short story that was the inspiration for Prairie Grace. When I was a kid and we drove across the prairie, I would see an abandoned farmstead and wonder what life must have been like for those early residents. This led me to create stories. For both Prairie Grace and sequel Prairie Truth, I had the privilege of researching less known areas and events of history and writing the history into my storylines. In All We Like Sheep: Lessons from the Sheepfold, my mom and I tell stories from our collective six decades of raising sheep.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
I don’t have to think about this response. It was definitely the two days, nine years apart, that my two daughters came into my life. I say came into my life, because both are adopted. Kelly was born in Taiwan and became my daughter at eight months of age. We took Shannon home from the hospital at two days.

How has being published changed your life?
Publication confirms my ability to tell stories and enables me to affect more people’s lives, even if only in small ways. From a purely practical point-of-view, writing books makes no sense. Royalties don’t come even close to paying for the time to research, write, edit and promote a book. It may sound cliché, but I write because I believe God has gifted me to tell stories that affect people for His Kingdom.

I feel that way, too. What are you reading right now?
I just finished Her Daughter’s Dream by Francine Rivers. Other favorite writers are Lynn Austin, CJ Box and Sandra Dallas. And, I will be digging into some of Lena Nelson Dooley’s historical fiction soon. I also just ordered Susan Jenkins Scandalon. I am usually not a big memoir reader, but I am interested in her experience in China, since I lived in Taiwan, Republic of China, for five years.

What is your current work in progress?
I just starting some research for the third book in the Prairie series. It will be set in northern Colorado, where I grew up and presently live. Among other things, I want to tie in the story of the Russian Germans, who were lured from Germany to Russia by Catherine the Great with the promise they could maintain their language, culture, and faith and that they would never have to serve in the Russian army. When this promise wasn’t kept, many of them emigrated to the United States and worked on farms, harvesting sugar beets and other crops. My Swedish ancestors on my maternal grandfather’s side also did back-breaking field work and lived in structures made for livestock when they were new immigrants.

I’m one fourth Swedish. He was half Norwegian and half Swedish. They settled in Minnesota. What would be your dream vacation?
I am looking forward to visiting England and Ireland in 2020 with my family. While in Ireland we will visit a young man who lived with us for a short time as an international 4-H exchangee. We really liked him and have gotten to know (remotely) his family. I also hope to return to Costa Rica for a fourth time to visit people there who have become like family. There are many beautiful sites in this country and abroad, but for me, it is the people you meet and the relationships you build that are most memorable.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
Since I write heavily-research historical fiction, my research dictates the setting. I often find interesting places, events, and people and figure out how to naturally tie them into the story. For example, in Prairie Grace, I wanted to talk about the abolishment of slavery and had read about Frederick Douglass. With Prairie Grace set in territorial Colorado, it was difficult, so I ended up allowing the characters to discuss him, because Douglass is just too interesting not to have been included.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
I wish I had some profound ideas here, but I am a simple girl. I would love to go on a trail ride (with my horse) with Julie Goodnight, a well-known Colorado horse trainer and instructor. She is pictured on the cover of Prairie Truth.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I like gardening and preserving (canning, freezing, drying) the food I raise. I love horses and enjoy training them and trail riding with friends. I also sew for myself and others.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Time. I work nearly full time to pay the bills and raise sheep on the side, so it is difficult to carve out time to research and write. I find it is especially difficult to simultaneous write and promote. With the recent release of Prairie Grace sequel Prairie Truth, I find I am spending any spare time I carve out doing presentations, signings and writing newsletters and blogs.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Make sure you are writing for the right reason. The vast majority of authors do not support themselves on their royalties. Editing can be a brutal process. Quality books typically take years from idea to finished product. Writing isn’t glamorous; it’s lots of hard work. If you feel you have a story that must be told, make sure you can spend the time it will take to research, write and have your manuscript edited and that you are willing to promote your book. It is very satisfying to complete a quality book that people want to buy and read.

Tell us about the featured book.
In Prairie Grace, historic irony plays out as the eastern half of the United States is embroiled in the Civil War to end slavery, while military and political leaders in 1864 Colorado Territory strive to enslave the Native American population they see as impeding settlement and stalling gold exploration. Caught in the clash of cultures are real people, white and Native. Georgia MacBaye, a throw-caution-to-the-wind, adventure-seeking, young frontierswoman is the daughter of former plantation owners turned homesteaders. Gray Wolf, a Cheyenne Indian brave who is gravely injured as the story opens, is thrown into the white world when his uncle, Chief Lean Bear, seeks help for him from Georgia’s mother, Loraine, a well-known healer. The MacBayes not only nurse Gray Wolf back to health, they also teach him their tongue, their ways, and their faith. Gray Wolf’s time in their home teaches the MacBayes to stop viewing Indians as sub-human menaces to be disposed of–an attitude common among settlers and politicians during this era–and to value them as fellow human beings.

Nearly a year later, Lean Bear has not returned to retrieve Gray Wolf, now a member of the MacBaye family. Gray Wolf and the MacBayes’ tranquil prairie lifestyle changes abruptly during a trip to Denver to sell cattle and grain and buy supplies for the coming year. Both Georgia and Gray Wolf are caught off guard by the Denverites’ venomous reaction to Gray Wolf. On the return trip, Georgia and Gray Wolf independently ponder their futures together.

An unexpected event sends Georgia into a tailspin, until she decides to deal with her disappointment by pursuing her dream of attending medical school. Georgia, the only female medical student at her school, finds success under the tutelage of her physician teacher, who encourages her to combine “modern” medical know-how with traditional herbal remedies. She and her male colleagues treat patients injured or diseased by the ravages of Denver’s devastating, historic flood, which took place in May 1864.

When Gray Wolf returns to his Native ways, including observing Cheyenne religious practices, he ponders conversations with Georgia’s father Thomas. Gray Wolf believes the white man’s religion is flawed. He cannot accept a god whose son was not brave enough to fight but gave himself willing to be killed by and for people who hated him.

Known as the Indian Wars, hostilities during this time between warring Indians and soldiers bring terrible consequences to settlers, especially ranchers and farmers who have little protection from Indian attacks. Prairie Grace incorporates dozens of historic events, places, and people into its storyline. Extensive research enables the author to accurately depict daily life and attitudes of people during this time, without being simplistic or stereotypical. The author’s expertise in agriculture, use of herbal and nutritional remedies, and horse training provide believable descriptions of settler life.

The book culminates with news of the Sand Creek Massacre, which occurred November 29, 1864, in present day southeastern Colorado. Though less known than other massacres, the Sand Creek Massacre ended with the killing and mutilation of over 130 Indians, more than 100 of them women and children. Through divine grace, neither Gray Wolf nor Georgia is at the massacre site, but the cruelty, initially celebrated as a military victory, eventually provides them the resolve to stand together against the ungodly social mores of the time.

Prairie Grace dramatizes the worst and the best of humanity, as it accurately depicts both the Indian depredations and the ruthless U.S. government/military campaigns to eliminate the Native Americans and their threat or perceived threat to the whites. Broad research has enabled the author to write realistic dialog between fictional and actual historical figures. Historic events, including the Colorado gold rush, the Denver flood of 1864, the Hungate murders, the slaughter of innocent Indians in small villages, settlement on the Purgatory River in southeastern Colorado, Lean Bear’s visit with President Lincoln, and the treaties of Fort Laramie and Fort Wise are woven into the storyline. Historical figures Lean Bear, Bull Bear, Roman Nose, One-Eye, Beaver aka George Bent, Black Kettle, Tall Bull, Cheyenne captive Laura Roper, Issac Van Wormer, Indian Agent Samuel Colley, Edward Wynkoop, Silas Soule, Governor Evans, and Col. John Chivington all make appearances in Prairie Grace. The extent to which history is portrayed and daily routines-both Native and settler-described make Prairie Grace not just a good read but a history primer.

Please give us the first page of the book.
MacBaye Ranch, Bijou Basin,
Colorado Territory, Spring 1862
Georgia MacBaye didn’t dislike gathering eggs or milking the family’s Jersey cow, Blue Bell. It’s just … well … there were so many more exciting things to do. She opened the milking stanchion and released the gentle cow. A basket of eggs in one hand and the bucket of milk in the other, Georgia left the barn for the house, its reddish-brown adobe blending in with the prairie. The second story appeared an extension of the imposing bluffs. Her father chose the site in the Bijou Basin because the big oak trees reminded him of South Carolina. He told Georgia he hoped it would make her mother feel less homesick. He also had practical reasons for building where he did. The bluffs to the west blocked the fierce winter blizzards, and the Bijou Creek, just out their backdoor, provided the MacBayes and their stock with water.

This morning, the rugged beauty was not what caught her eye. Snaking single file down the bluffs was a procession of Indian ponies. The pace of the horses and the absence of war paint told her the Indians meant no harm, but she couldn’t be certain.

Georgia ran toward the house like a startled hare, milk splashing over the sides of the pail, eggs cracking. “Indians … on the bluffs … come look!”

“Ring the dinner bell, Georgia,” her mother, Loraine, screamed, panic rising in her voice.

With the alarm sounded, Georgia’s father and brothers, James and Henry, were in the house within minutes.

Georgia’s father pulled down the new Henry repeating rifle from the rack above the parlor fireplace, his work-worn hands slamming the lever down to load a bullet into the chamber. The comfortable parlor with its embroidered doilies and fine furniture was at their backs, as Pa, James, and Henry stood facing the front door. Georgia read anxiety, not panic, in her father’s weathered face.

“Close the curtains, Loraine,” Pa barked. Then he softened his tone. “I don’t expect any trouble, but I prefer to be able to see them without them seeing us.”

A few tense minutes later, the Indians pulled their ponies to a stop in front of the MacBaye house. Georgia, who had ignored her mother’s edict to hide in the root cellar, parted the lace-trimmed gingham curtains that framed the kitchen window. She tossed back wavy auburn hair that had escaped her ponytail. For all she knew, the hair had never made it into the ponytail. She was unconcerned with such details. She wondered if the Indians, who had now made their way into the unfenced pathway at the south end of the main pasture, could see her freckled nose and hazel eyes pressed against the glass. Nevertheless, she just had to get a glimpse of them astride their powerful mounts. Most were adorned with feathers, beads, porcupine quills and snake rattles. Naked chests, a shade or two darker than the buckskin they wore, glistened with sweat. Was it nerves, exertion, the warm spring day, or a combination of all three that caused them to sweat? Their presence, their power, their passion—all of it was frightening, yet exhilarating. They were so close that Georgia could not only hear them talking in their strange tongue, but she could also smell the familiar melding of human and horse sweat combined with sagebrush … and What is that smell? Bear fat? The settlers used crushed sagebrush to keep mosquitoes at bay, a trick they’d learned from the Indians. An application of rendered bear fat, she knew, was another Indian way to keep away insects.

How can readers find you on the Internet?

Thank you, Marilyn, for sharing your book with us. I’m like you. I do a lot of research to make my historical novels as historically authentic as possible.

Readers, here is a link to the book.
Prairie Grace

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, September 29, 2019

WINNERS!!!

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

THE 12 GIFTS OF CHRISTMAS - A Clean Billionaire Romance - Lena Nelson Dooley - A chance to win one of two free copies

My novel The 12 Gifts of Christmas is being featured on this blog today:
https://www.journeystojoy.net/2019/09/our-story-before-story-malcolm.html 

You'll find some of the back story of the hero and the heroine.

Click on the link to read about it, and enter to win.

In honor of  that post, I'm also offering one free copy on this blog.



As usual, readers, 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.)

Void where prohibited; the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.

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Monday, September 23, 2019

THE WITNESS TREE - Denise Weimer - One Free Book




Welcome, Denise. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I’ve heard it said it’s almost impossible to write a character that doesn’t reflect at least a little bit of the author’s personality, so I guess all my characters have bits and pieces of me. And maybe some of them reflect qualities that I might have had … had I been raised differently, or lived in a different time, or … been a man. Haha.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I need to get better at quirky. Unique? Now that I can answer. For a number of years, I led a mid-1800s vintage dance group. It was beautiful and fun, and showing up in a hoop skirt always took people by surprise. However, I was always puzzled by the people who asked if I was Amish.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
At age eleven. My parents took me all over the Southeast to historic sites when I was growing up. My active imagination wondered what kind of people lived in those beautiful old homes and quaint towns. I started bringing spiral-bound notebooks with me and scribbling stories in the back seat. I would read them to my mom, who encouraged me to continue writing.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I enjoy classics, contemporary romantic suspense, historical romance, and Christian non-fiction titles that help me grow closer to God.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I start each morning with a cup of coffee, my Bible, and prayer time. Beyond that, I try to keep things organized and as balanced as possible. With all the big life changes happening in the next year for me, I’m holding tight to my calendar with one hand and God’s hand with the other. I get the feeling that calendar might fly out the window at certain points! LOL

How do you choose your characters’ names?
Choosing a character’s name is always easier for my contemporary stories. I just go by whatever I feel reflects the character. For a historical, I research names popular to the time period, the location, and the ethnicity, as well as considering whether the moniker reflects the individual’s personality.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Definitely raising my two daughters, Emily and Abigail. Emily is twenty, a student at the University of Georgia soon to apply to the PharmD program, and engaged to be married in December to a fine young man serving our country in the Army. Abigail is a high school senior who plans to attend Lee University to study child psychology. Most importantly, both girls are seeking God’s will for their lives.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
Probably a dog, since they seem to get the most love in the world. I sure love my cockapoo, Lucy.

What is your favorite food?
Cheesecake, coffee, or chocolate, or something that combines all three.

That sounds yummy right now. What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
When I was just starting out, a brand-new publisher committed to put out my Georgia Gold Series (which ended up being four books). Book one had barely come out when the publisher folded. The situation put everyone in a financial, social, and emotional disaster. I had to work directly with the printer for a while. I learned a lot during that time, but mostly, I had to come to a point where I surrendered my writing to God. To let Him know I was willing to do something else if He wanted. Eventually, I found another publisher, and I knew that was the path forward. So I’d say, even when everything crumbles, surrender, but don’t despair.

Very good advice. Tell us about the featured book.
The Witness Tree is about a Moravian marriage of convenience that leads to an adventure in 1805 Cherokee Territory.

Past betrayal has turned John Kliest’s passion to his work as a builder and surveyor in the Moravian town of Salem, North Carolina. Now, to satisfy the elders’ edict and fulfill his mission in Cherokee Territory, he needs a bride. But the one woman qualified to record the Cherokee language longs for a future with his younger brother.

Clarissa Vogler’s dream of a life with Daniel Kliest is shattered when she is chosen by lot to marry his older brother and venture into the uncharted frontier. Can she learn to love this stoic man who is now her husband? Her survival hinges on being able to trust him—but they both harbor secrets.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Salem, North Carolina
Late August, 1805
“You have received a marriage proposal.”

At Susanna Stotz’s whispered words, Clarissa Vogler almost dropped her paintbrush into the carpet of lush grass. Her heart thundered with so much excitement it was easy to act surprised. “I have?”

Susanna nodded.

She couldn’t see the middle-aged woman’s face because of the way she stood, blocking Clarissa’s light as she painted the women at work in the garden of the Single Sisters’ House. But Susanna could read Clarissa’s expressions with ease, so she widened her eyes. “Who asked for my hand?”

She wasn’t supposed to already know the answer to her question. In their faith, a man ready to wed told his choir helper—his spiritual advisor—followed by the elders. They counseled and prayed, then, based on biblical principles, consulted the lot—slips of paper in a jar that read yes, no, or were left blank, indicating the encouragement to wait. Only if the lot offered a yes from God did the intended bride receive a proposal.

“Brother Kliest.”

Clarissa pressed her fist to her chest, barely noticing the dampness of the paint smudges on her apron. She closed her eyes. Yes. The name of the man who promised her freedom.

**I’ll say this … Clarissa is in for a BIG surprise.

I’m sure she is. How can readers find you on the Internet?

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

Readers, 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.)

Void where prohibited; the odds of winning depend on the number of entrants. Entering the giveaway is considered a confirmation of eligibility on behalf of the enterer in accord with these rules and any pertaining local/federal/international laws.

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

WINNERS!!!

IMPORTANT: Instructions for winners  - When you send me the email, make sure your subject line says this: Winner - (book title) - (author's name) If you don't do this, your email could get lost in my hundreds of emails per day. I WILL SEARCH FOR POST TITLES STARTING THAT WAY.

Jodi (FL) is the winner of the book Sister of the Brotherhood by Ginny Patrick.

Robin (CO) is the winner of Prairie Truth by Marilyn Bay.

Vera (NC) is the winner of The Scarlet Coat by Angela K Couch.

If you won a book and you like it, please consider giving the author the courtesy of writing a review on Goodreads, Amazon.com, Christianbooks.com, Barnes and Noble, or other Internet sites. Reviews are such a blessing to an author.

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Congratulations
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