Welcome, dear friends! I am so very excited to have Heidi Chiavaroli visiting with us today on the blog! Pour yourself a nice hot drink and join us for a fun chat about her newest book, The Tea Chest! If you’d like to see my review, click here.
Heidi Chiavaroli is a writer, runner, and grace-clinger who could spend hours exploring places that whisper of historical secrets. She is an ACFW Carol Award winner and a Christy finalist. Both her debut novel, “Freedom’s Ring” and her sophomore novel, “The Hidden Side” are Romantic Times Top Picks. “Freedom’s Ring” was also a BOOKLIST Top Ten Romance Debut. She makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons. Visit her online at heidichiavaroli.com
Emma Malcolm’s father is staunchly loyal to the crown, but Emma’s heart belongs to Noah Winslow, a lowly printer’s assistant and Patriot. But her father has promised her hand to Samuel Clarke, a rapacious and sadistic man. As his fiance, she would have to give up Noah and the friends who have become like family to her–as well as the beliefs she has come to embrace.
After Emma is drawn into the treasonous Boston Tea Party, Samuel blackmails her with evidence that condemns each participant, including Noah. Emma realizes she must do whatever it takes to protect those she loves, even if it means giving up the life she desires and becoming Samuel’s wife.
Lieutenant Hayley Ashworth is determined to be the first woman inducted into the elite Navy SEALs. But before her dream can be realized, she must return to Boston in order to put the abuse and neglect of her childhood behind her. When an unexpected encounter with the man she once loved leads to the discovery of a tea chest and the document hidden within, she wonders if perhaps true strength and freedom are buried deeper than she first realized.
Two women, separated by centuries, must find the strength to fight for love and freedom. . . and discover a heritage of courage and faith.
Now let us jump right into our fun interview! Be sure to stick around till the very end to enter the GIVAWAY! Join me in giving a warm welcome to Author, Heidi Chiavaroli!
Q: What is your favorite season, and why?
Heidi: Summer definitely! Long days, beach, beautiful walks on the water…everything about it energizes me!
Trisha: I too love summer! Longer days, lots of sunshine, warm temperatures.
Q: What is the best part of your day?
Heidi: I love mornings, particularly sunny ones. Though I certainly enjoy pulling on a pair of warm jammies and settling in for the night with my family as well.
Trisha: Yes, the bookends of the day!
Q: What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?
Heidi: My favorites are Francine Rivers’ Mark of the Lion series and Redeeming Love. I also really enjoyed The Four Seasons Collection by Catherine Palmer and Gary Chapman.
Trisha: Those are all fantastic books!
Q: If we took a peek at your “recently played” music, who would we find?
Heidi: Oh dear! Okay, so just yesterday I had a small solo dance session in my kitchen (great for de-stressing) so you’d find some party dance songs like Shut Up and Dance, Cupid Shuffle, and Sweet Caroline.
Add to that my favorite worship song No Longer Slaves, some Mercy Me songs (because we’re going to a concert in a couple weeks!) and The Greatest Showman soundtrack.
Trisha: Sometimes you just need to have a solo dance session in the kitchen!! Enjoy the Mercy Me concert!
Q: What do you love about this story?
Heidi: I love that this story explores two strong women who long to fight for freedom. They both do some gutsy things for their country (Hayley in trying to become the first woman Navy SEAL and Emma in going against her family to support the Patriots and aid in the dumping of the tea), and yet they both struggle internally with what it means to be truly strong.
Trisha: Yes, I too loved the strong ladies in this story!
Q: Which character took you by surprise?
Heidi: Both Emma and Hayley surprised me in different ways (that’s what happens when you don’t plot well, I guess!) but I think in the end it was Hayley that surprised me the most.
Trisha: I too was surprised by Hayley the most, in a good way!
Q: What is something you hope readers will tell others about this story?
Heidi: That it showed them hope in the midst of failure. That they glimpsed a God who is the master at redefining failure. (And I always hope that readers will really feel like they were a part of history in the process.)
Trisha: Yes, all of those things shine through in this story!
Q: What is something that didn’t make it into the final copy?
Heidi: While I can’t think of anything that didn’t make it into the final copy, I can think of a ton of things that were added!
For instance, there’s a teacup that Sarah Fulton gives Emma in the beginning. That cup became important, particularly symbolically, throughout the story.
Trisha: I really liked the importance of the teacup that Sarah gave Emma!
Q: What are you currently working on and how long till we can read more?!
Heidi: Awww, thanks for your enthusiasm! I just finished edits on my next book titled The Orchard House. It’s another time-slip novel that explores some of the little-explored history behind Louisa May Alcott’s time as a nurse in the Civil War. I’m excited to introduce it to readers early next year!
Trisha: Ohhh, it sounds like a really great story! I look forward to hearing more and of course reading it! Thank you for spending a little time with us today!
* * * * * GIVEAWAY * * * * *
Heidi Chiavaroli is giving away 1 (one) signed, print copy of her book “The Tea Chest”, a spiced mat with matching dishtowel. Due to shipping, this giveaway is open only to those who live in the continental USA. Review the policies here. The giveaway will be open for one week. At the close of the giveaway period, the winner will be contacted via email and announced on this page. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email, before another winner will be chosen.
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To Enter the Giveaway:
1.) Leave a blog post comment on this post answering the following question:
“What kind of tea is your favorite?”
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