Interview, Excerpt & Giveaway with Sarah Monzon – Author of “All of You”

I’m am beyond excited to have Sarah Monzon here with us today to chat about her latest book “All Of You” and to share a excerpt from her book (Warning: you may need a fan or your fainting couch!).  Oh, and did I mention Sarah is also giving away a digital copy of her book? You are in for a special treat!

SarahSarah Monzon is a Navy chaplain’s wife and a stay at home mom to the two cutest littles in the world. Playing pretend all day with them isn’t enough, she spends the evenings after their heads hit the pillow to create her own imaginary characters. When she isn’t in the world of make believe, she can be found in the pine forests of western Washington taking care of her family, fostering friendships, and enjoying all the adventures each day brings.

Her debut novel, The Isaac Project, skyrocketed to Amazon bestseller status while her Sophomore book, Finders Keepers, has finaled in contests such as the Inspy Awards and received a 4 star review from Romantic Times.

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About “All Of You

AOYMaryland, Present Day
Jacqueline Rogers can rebuild anything…except the shambles of her past. A restorer of vintage planes, she’s worked hard to earn the reputation of being one of the guys. The last thing she needs is a former Navy pilot fighting his own inner demons stepping in to defend her from dangers she thought she’d outrun long ago. Some battles must be fought alone.

After a freak accident severs Lieutenant Michael “Finch” Carrington’s dreams, as well as two limbs, he’s left with nothing but a fragile faith and a duty-bound promise to watch out for his friend’s baby sister. A promise she insists is as unnecessary as it is unappreciated. But when she turns the tables and begins to weld together the broken parts of his life, it may be his heart that is in need of protection.

England, 1942
With the world at war yet again, Alice Galloway rejects her father’s traditional expectations and offers her piloting expertise to the Air Transport Auxiliary. She may be a woman in a man’s world, but when she overhears key intelligence, she must find the strength to transcend boundaries and her own fears. Or countless people may die.

Sometimes the past reaches forward to bring hope to the future. (My Review) 

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(note:  Heroine: Jacqueline Rogers, nickname “Jack”)

Knuckles rasped against the hangar’s sheet-metal walls, and she looked up from her project. Michael Carrington hobbled in, an Under Armour shirt pulling against his chest and running pants hanging loose from his hips. The top of a white paper bag bunched between his palm and the crutch’s handle, and the stump of his arm pressed two Jamba Juice paper cups against his chest.
Jack dropped the staple gun on top of the pilot’s chair and rushed over, grabbing first the drinks, then the to-go bag. “What are you doing here?”
He grimaced. “Good morning to you too.”
She deposited the food on the workbench and turned toward him, hands on hips. “Good morning, but I thought we agreed I didn’t need a babysitter.”
Michael sat and lifted a bagel from the bag. He reached back in for a plastic knife and a small travel-size container of cream cheese. Using the table as leverage, he peeled back the wrapping and then picked up the knife. Every swipe through the cream cheese sent the small container scurrying across the wooden table.
Jack huffed and grabbed the bagel and cream cheese, yanking the knife from Michael’s grip. She smeared the spread over his plain bagel and then placed it in front of him.
Michael stared at the bagel, then lifted his head slowly, his eyes piercing through her. “Neither do I.”
She looked away, shame washing over her. How thoughtless can you get? Growing up with brothers, she knew one thing at least—men needed to be treated as men. Not as helpless children who couldn’t do for themselves or others. That was the truth of any regular Joe out there. Military men? Especially those highly trained in a competitive field such as aviation? Yeah. She would have insulted him less if she’d spit in his face.
And for what? Her pride? The justification behind the flash of frustration of his continued hovering presence died an agonizing death.
“I’m sorry,” she whispered, looking down at her hands.
“Forgiven.”
A to-go cup with a green straw entered her line of vision.”
“Banana Berry smoothie?”
The chilled drink cooled her palm as she wrapped her hand around the beverage. “Thanks.” She offered him a half smile.
Michael took a bite of bagel, cream cheese sticking to his upper lip. Jack’s smile lifted a little higher. Far be it from her to emasculate him again by handing him a napkin.
“What’s so funny?”
Jack pointed to her own lips, signaling he had something on his.
Michael’s gaze lowered to her mouth, held there.
Her heart skipped a beat as if it had decided to play hopscotch right then and there. She should say something, do something. Divert his attention. Because whatever had flashed through his eyes shook her foundation.
Interest? In her? Maybe she had only imagined the look. It had blinked on and turned off faster than a lightning bug’s glow in the dusk of summer.
His gaze met hers. “Kissing friends?” He winked. “I’m not sure that’s what Geyser had in mind, but who am I to argue?”

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Welcome, Sarah;  It is wonderful to get to chat with you today! That excerpt….SIGH!  We may need to pause for a moment and let the warm fuzzy feelings simmer a bit before moving on to our interview!

Q:   What is your favorite season, and why?
road-1072823_640Sarah:   There are things about each season that I love and I’ve lived in a lot of different regions of the US (South, Midwest, PNW) so my love of the seasons changes as much as they do. When I lived in Florida, I loved winter. It was the only time the heat wasn’t quite so unbearable, although it never truly felt like winter (winter must have snow). When I lived in Michigan, I loved spring. The flowers. The trees budding. The days growing in warmth. Right now, I live in WA and I am loving summer. Clear blue skies with breathtaking views of mountain vistas. If I *had* to choose just one, though, it would probably be fall. When the temperatures drop to a chill, boots and sweaters coming out as leaves change colors on the trees and fall. Toasty, comfortable, beautiful.

Trisha:  Fall is beautiful; we live not far from several large vineyards, I love the smell of the grapes in the air!

 

Q:   What is the best part of your day?
baby-1266117_640Sarah:
   Do you want a “nice” answer or an honest one? LOL. Will you think I’m awful if I say my favorite time is when the kids go to bed? I love my kids, I do! And I love doing things with them all day, but they are five and three and have 20x the amount of energy that I do, they never stop talking, and they bicker like siblings do. Some days I count down the hours to bedtime. That said, I couldn’t imagine my days looking any better, either.

Trisha:  LOL! I completely understand. You are not awful at all! After my son’s bedtime is my favorite also, because it’s quiet and I can just unwind and hear myself think.

 

Q:   What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?
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   It’s almost easier to say who were some of my favorite authors from 10 years ago. LOL. I love Lori Wick. I refuse to pick just one of her books.

I’m also going to say Siri Mitchell, although she is a current author, I simply adore her early works like “Chateau of Echoes”, “Kissing Adrien”, and “Cubicle Next Door.”

But then there are the Corrie Belle Hollister series and the Stonewyke books by Micheal Phillips and Judith Pella.

The memories! There are some seriously good books out there from decades past!

Trisha: Those are some great books. Brings back good memories!

 

Q:    If we took a peek at your “recently played” music, who would we find?
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   You’d definitely find Rend Collective, Lauren Daigle, Mercy Me, and other worship leaders.

Trisha:  Those are some excellent selections!

 

Q:    Did the plot-line or the characters come first?
Sarah:    Well, since this is the second book in the Carrington series, I knew the story was going to be about Michael Carrington and because such all of the Carrington family was already established. I also knew I wanted the historical thread to be WWII. Everything developed from there.

Trisha:  I loved Michael’s story! I’m excited to see what you have in store for Adam.

Q:    Which character took you by surprise?
Sarah:    Henry. I originally thought he was going to be a Royal Air Force pilot, but he refused to talk to me a few days, the stubborn man, because he was *not* a pilot, he was a journalist. He surprised me two more times after that too, when he showed me more of his identity, but I don’t want to give any spoilers. Shhh…

Trisha:  Yes! Henry surprised me also. I didn’t see it coming!

 

Q:    What was the latest you stayed up working on this story?
Sarah:    Actually, not that late. I don’t function well at night. Never have. But that’s only exponentiated after motherhood. I’m pretty much brain dead at 8pm.

Trisha:  I usually stay up later than I should… reading!

 

Q:    What is something that didn’t make it into the final copy?
Sarah:    This would be a great time to add a juicy deleted scene, except…I don’t have one. I didn’t take anything out of the manuscript after the rough draft, but I did add a few things. The emails between Jack and Alice were not in the rough draft copy, but early readers offered good insights that helped me craft those to more seamlessly weave the two stories together.

Trisha:  I liked the emails between Jack & Alice, it shared detail quite effectively, and brought together the story nicely.

Thank you Sarah for visiting today. It has been fun hanging out with you and learning the behind-the-scenes details of “All Of You“. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you better and I’m looking forward to our lunch at Baguette de France!

 

GIVEAWAY

Sarah is giving away one (1) digital copy of her latest book “All Of You” (open to US residents only).  The giveaway will be open for 1 week. The winner will be contacted via email and announced on this page at the conclusion of the giveaway.

 

To Enter:

1.)  Leave a comment on this post answering the following question:

Jacquelyn doesn’t like her full name and insists that people call her “Jack”.
Do you have a nickname that you prefer people to call you?

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Author Interview & Giveaway – Melissa Jagears

I’m excited to have with us today Melissa Jagears, Welcome Melissa!jagearsheadshotcompressed-199x300

Carol Award winning writer, Melissa Jagears, is a homeschooling mom who writes Christian Historical Romance into the wee hours of the night. She’s the author of the Unexpected Brides Series with Bethany House. The prequel ebook novella, Love by the Letter, is her ACFW Carol Award winning novella and free to try. You can learn more about her, her books, and where she hangs out online at

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Melissa is here today to talk with us about her most recent book release A Love So True the 2nd book in the Teaville Moral Society. (see my review) 

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Evelyn Wisely has a heart for the orphans of Teaville and works at a local mansion that rescues children out of the town’s red-light district and gives them a place to live. But her desire to help isn’t limited to orphans. The owner of the mansion, Nicholas Lowe, is willing to help her try to get the women working in prostitution out of the district as well–if she can gain the cooperation and support of local businessmen to go against the rest of the community.

David Kingsman has recently arrived in Teaville from Kansas City to help with one of his father’s companies in town. While he plans on staying only long enough to prove his business merit to his father, he’s shown interest in Evelyn’s work and is intrigued enough by her to lend his support to her cause.

They begin with the best of intentions, but soon the complications pile up and Evelyn and David’s dreams look more unattainable every day. When the revelation of a long-held secret creates a seemingly insurmountable rift between them, can they trust God still has a good plan for them despite all that is stacked against them?

Now that everyone has had a moment to re-familiarize themselves with this fantastic story, let’s start our chat with Melissa.

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Q: What is your favorite beverage? 

Melissa: Milk. We buy four gallons at a time. I’m pretty sure I’m responsible for drinking three of them. The rest of my family drinks the leftover one.
Trisha: 4 Gallons, Wow! That is an impressive amount of Milk!

 

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Q: What Literary character is most like you and why?

Melissa: Mr. Darcy. Most all literary characters who are like me are males and almost always the villain role. Probably because broody, socially awkward, quiet, jerk types who aren’t really jerks but are usually working covertly behind the scenes in a hands-off, logical way to make the lives of the people they love better are harder to imagine in the female form. Considering my personality is the rarest female personality, I’m just guessing many people don’t know one and think female Mr. Darcys (INTJs) aren’t realistic….or even likeable, though I won’t argue that….. But thankfully Jane Austen, who was likely an INTJ as well, provided the world with an INTJ character who isn’t a villain. 🙂

Trisha: I wouldn’t have guessed Mr. Darcy!

 

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Q: Is there a place you have wanted to visit, but haven’t yet?

Melissa: The Caribbean or any tropical island. Preferably a deserted island, no tourists, warm weather, sand, ocean, no schedule, and books.

Trisha: Sounds like the ideal get-a-way spot!
book-1209805_640Q: What is your favorite Bible verse?

Melissa: I don’t have one. “Never Read a Bible Verse” (see link) — it’s all about context. I have favorite sections. The book of Romans is great. I Tim 4:6-16 maybe….

Trisha: I agree. You want to read the entire passage to gain the full meaning. My favorite passage is Psalm 91

 

133233232.xp05SzWaQ: How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?

Melissa: In A Heart Most Certain, the prior book, I had to come up with a reason for my bachelor hero to build a mansion he didn’t need in the middle of nowhere. (Because I wanted to write a story with the Coffeyville Brown Mansion as a set piece.) And I needed to know what his motivations were for the Scrooge/Aladdin spinoff I wanted to combine with it. So creating Nicholas is responsible for the subject/themes of the series.

Trisha: That is a beautiful house and a great starting point for inspiration. (photo credit: pbase.com)

 

heart-1908901_640Q: What do you most want readers to take away from your book?

Melissa: Don’t be quick to judge people by how they act or what you see. Take your time forming opinions about those you meet, only do so if you have enough first hand insight.

Trisha: I feel it is important to be kind to everyone you meet.
Q: What 5 books have had the greatest impact on your life?

Melissa: The Bible, Decision Making and the Will of God by Gary Friesen, The Well-Behaved Child by John Rosemond, Love and Respect by Eggerichs, Whatever Tomorrow Brings by Lori Wick (It’s the first book I read in my now favorite genre).

Trisha: Those are all excellent books. You are in good company, I have a collection of Lori Wick books on my shelf also!

 

Q: Do you have any unusual writing habits?

Melissa: If I can’t figure out what to write next, I take a shower. Best place to get unstuck. My brain is on auto-pilot just enough to keep all the millions of directions of my brain subdued so I can focus on the problem.

Trisha: That is an unusual place, but I can see the benefits. As a mother, often times the only time you have to yourself is when your in the shower.

Thank you Melissa for stopping in today to share with us about yourself and about your wonderful books!

 Melissa is generously giving away a soft-cover printed copy of A Love So True, along with a note pad to one (1) lucky winner.  (open to continental USA residents only). The giveaway will be open for one week. The winner will be announced here on this page at the close of the contest.

To Enter the giveaway:

1.) Comment below sharing your favorite place to vacation and who you’d take with you.

2.) CLICK HERE to enter the Rafflecopter form (this helps with tracking entrants).

Note: You may receive one entry per day by tweeting about the giveaway via the rafflecopter.

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Author Interview & Giveaway with Susanne Dietze – My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho

I have a special treat for you today! Susanne Dietze has stopped by for a visit and sharing some inside information on her latest book My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho.

7834895Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she’s the award-winning author of over a dozen historical romances who’s seen her work on the ECPA and Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and enjoys fancy-schmancy tea parties, genealogy, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos.

You can find Susanne hanging out at the following

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For those of you who may not have yet read My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho (go and buy this book!), you can read the synopsis below and click here for my review.

MHBRIIs it possible to marry the wrong man? Rebecca Rice was looking forward to a quiet life and a full stomach by becoming mail-order bride to her shopkeeper intended, Mr. Fordham—until the justice of the peace calls him Thaddeus, not Theodore, proceeded by the title Deputy.

Rebecca would never marry a lawman like her father, so an annulment seems in order—and fast, since Rebecca’s true intended is impatient to claim her as his own. But when the legalities take longer than expected, Rebecca wonders if Tad Fordham wasn’t the right husband for her all along….

 

Now without further adieu; Please join me in giving a warm welcome to Susanne Dietze.

Hi Susanne, I’m so happy to be visiting with you today and talking about your latest book My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho.  Let’s get started with a few fun, getting-to-know-you questions and then we’ll dive right in about the book.

beverages-735008_640Q: What is your favorite beverage?

Susanne: Oh, this is a tough question! I can’t decide between fresh-squeezed orange juice, a mocha latte, or a Mighty Mango smoothie—things I do not get every day, for sure. I drink a cup of tea or coffee in the morning, but the rest of the day I stick with plain old water, herbal tea, and sometimes hot apple or cranberry juice.

Trisha: I love fruit smoothies! Like you I typically drink a cup of coffee in the morning and then water the rest of the day. But given the chance on a fruit smoothie, and I’m there!

 

Q: What would you say is your guilty pleasure?candy-crush-1869655_640

Susanne: I spend a lot of free time reading, but it’s not a guilty pleasure, lol! So I’d say two things: Candy Crush and TV. Candy Crush is nice to kill a few minutes, for sure. As for TV, I unwind watching Hallmark movies, costume dramas, romantic comedies, and some shows on network TV. Timeless is one of my favorites, and I was on an emotional roller coaster a few weeks ago when NBC cancelled it and then brought it back after two days because of fan outcry!

Trisha: I’ve not played Candy Crush, but I have spent time playing Bejeweled. I’m not sure how I missed Timeless. Guess I was too busy reading, or watching Dancing With The Stars.

Q: Is there a place you have wanted to visit but haven’t yet?

devon-1236090_640Susanne: I’d love to visit the UK someday, not just the major cities, but an extended period in traipsing through the countryside and staying at B&Bs, visiting churches and tea rooms, and enjoying the scenery. I’d also love to visit the Holy Land.

Trisha: Sounds lovely! I’m with you, I’d much prefer to visit the little towns and out-of-the-way places.

 

Q: What is your favorite Bible verse?book-1209805_640

Susanne: So hard to pick! I struggle with anxiety, and this is one of the verses I cling to when I am in a tough spot:

Joshua 1:9: Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.

Trisha: That is a wonderful, encouraging verse and a fantastic reminder that we are never alone!
Q: In your research of My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho was there anything that surprised you?

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Susanne: Ruby City was a real place, and for a time it was the seat of Owyhee County. When the county seat moved to Silver City, residents of Ruby City dismantled their homes and businesses and moved them to Silver City on sleds, sledges, and wagons, putting them back together on new sites. The Idaho Hotel is one such business: it still stands in Silver City, and adventurous folks can sleep there in warmer months! There’s no electricity or indoor plumbing, by the way.

Trisha: I find it interesting that they would dismantle and move the entire town. (photo credit: Idahostatesman.com)

 

Q: What was your inspiration for Rebecca marrying the wrong groom?

a6d79bf596339263f0f12bc0d5684f39Susanne: A few years ago, I sat at my dining room table and compiled ideas for half a dozen mail-order bride stories, because I’d always wanted to write one. I finished jotting down my thoughts and got up, but then a picture appeared in my head of mail-order bride marrying her never-laid-eyes-on groom in a spartan-looking office. They were googly-eyed and happy, but they didn’t know they were marrying the wrong people until after they were pronounced husband and wife.

How could such a thing happen? I mean, don’t people actually have to say the name of the person they’re marrying when they exchange vows? (Of course!) It was a crazy idea, but I had fun figuring out a way for it to occur.

Trisha: I really enjoyed your spin on the Mail-Order Bride story. It can’t be easy to take a common theme and make is fresh and new, but you did it so well! (photo from pinterest)
Q: What did you find most difficult to write when writing this story?

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Susanne: The book is not a love triangle, but there are two men in this book: Rebecca’s fiancé, Theodore, and her “husband” Tad, the man she accidentally marries. I think it’s clear who she’ll end up with, but I won’t spoil it here. Anyway, the biggest challenge was writing Mr. Wrong. I wanted him to be clearly not right for Rebecca, without making him completely unlikable or hopeless, and at the same time, I didn’t want to make him so wonderful the reader was torn about who she should choose. Mr. Wrong is someone Rebecca cares about, so I wanted to care about him and hopefully allow the reader to care for him a little bit, too, even if he isn’t Mr. Right.

Trisha: Rebecca chose the “Mr. Right” I was cheering for! I was glad that “Mr. Wrong” wasn’t painted as the bad guy. He seemed like a nice fellow, just not right for Rebecca. (photo credit RebelsMarket) BONUS BRAGGING POINTS for anyone who can share the significance of the ring pictured. 

 

Q: The characters celebrate Independence Day in the book. What do you do on the 4th of July?

fourth-of-july-820529_640Susanne: Independence Day is usually fairly simple: we gather with friends and family to BBQ or have pulled pork sandwiches, potato salad, fruit and ice cream sandwiches! It’s hot where I live, so a swimming pool is usually involved. Then, we watch fireworks and take a moment to be grateful for our country and all who serve.

I was happy to write Independence Day into Ruby City, but I have another 4th of July inspired read, too: my novella The Right Pitch in July’s Of Rags and Riches Romance Collection. It’s about a ladies’ baseball team in 1876 Philadelphia, playing an exhibition game during the Centennial Celebration!

 

Q: What are you working on next?

57eac648110d0e1b8edda7d83119dd72Susanne: Right now I’m writing a novella called First Things First, from next year’s First Loves Forever Collection from Barbour. The heroine, Georgia Bridge, is someone I’ve written about before: she was four years old in For a Song from The Cowboy’s Bride Collection. I love Georgia and am so excited to write her story! After that, I’ll be working on edits for my January LIH, A Mother for His Children, a Regency-set marriage of convenience story.

Trisha: Both sound fantastic, I look forward to reading both of those! (photo credit: pinterest bluehourstudio)

 

Thank you for visiting with us today and sharing about your fabulous book! I hope that everyone gets to read it. I hear that Walmart is also carrying the book (check your local Walmart!).

Susanne: Thank you for hosting me today!

GIVEAWAY Time:

Susanne is giving away one copy of My Heart Belongs in Ruby City, Idaho. The winner may choose either a paper copy or a digital copy of the book. (If the winner is international, only a digital copy is available).

To be entered in the drawing:
1.) Comment below by either sharing a favorite memory you have of celebrating Independence day or tell us how you celebrate Independence day.

2.) Enter the Raffelcopter form for easy tracking of your entries.

*Note: you can earn 2 entry points per day during the giveaway period by tweeting about the giveaway using the raffelcopter link.

Giveaway ends June 5, 2017.  The winner will be announced on this page on June 5, 2017.

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The Winner is: Melissa C

Author Interview Sondra Kraak – Blog Tour – Two Ways Home (Love that Counts #2)

I’m so happy to have Sondra Kraak here today to talk about her book Two Ways Home, #2 in the Love that Counts series. I really enjoyed this fantastic story, full of whit  and delightful characters that stick with you long after you finish the book. 

S.KraakA native of Washington State, Sondra Kraak grew up playing in the rain, hammering out Chopin at the piano, and running up and down the basketball court. Now settled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, blogging about spiritual truths, and writing historical romance set in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She delights in sharing stories that not only entertain but nourish the soul. Her debut novel, One Plus One Equals Trouble, was a Genesis semi-finalist (2015) and the winner of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Unpublished Women’s Fiction Award (2015). Sondra has since published three novels. You can connect with Sondra at:

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A little bit about Sondra’s book Two Ways Home (Love that Counts #2)

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Mary Smith was never one to back down from a challenge. Her father’s health may be failing, but their dairy farm was her mother’s dream, and Mary will do whatever it takes to keep her father from selling it—even if it means sneaking off to the next town to earn money by playing the piano in a questionable establishment. No one seems to understand why home is so important to her, least of all her childhood nemesis who’s just wandered back into town.

When injured Texas Ranger Luke Thomas is forced to return to Pine Creek, Washington, he’s hailed as a hero and thrust into the town’s first race for sheriff. But no one knows the secret he carried to Texas, nor the secret he’s brought home. Setting his perfect aim on returning south, he refuses to get tied down by the town’s admiration, his brother’s disapproval, or the spirited, hardworking dairy girl who’s less annoying than he remembers.

But strange things are happening at the Smith dairy and in Pine Creek, and Luke’s instincts tell him Mary is in far more trouble than she realizes. One thing is certain: “home” is about to get more complicated for them both.

Full of wit and romantic tension, this Christian historical love story sets forth the true meaning of coming home.

 

Welcome Sondra, I’m thrilled to have you here today and to get to know you and your fabulous books better.  Let’s begin with a few fun getting-to-know you questions and then we will dive into the book.

coffee-1629158_640Trisha:  What is your favorite beverage?

Sondra: Sadly, coffee. That’s extremely indistinctive and ordinary. I drink it black, which is even more boring

Trisha: I also enjoy a good cup of coffee, however, I prefer mine with cream.

 

Trisha: What would you say is your guilty pleasure?

Sondra: Baths (void of bubbles). I would take one every night if I could. And Calvin and Hobbes comics. And if the use of parentheses could be considered a guilty pleasure . . . I’m guilty.

Trisha:  My husband and Son love Calvin and Hobbes and through them I’ve gained an appreciation (we have a few Calvin & Hobbes comic books.) By the way, you are in good company with the parentheses my friend!

 

Trisha: Is there a place you have wanted to visit but haven’t yet?sphinx-1175828_640

Sondra:  Jerusalem, Cairo, Aleppo. Unfortunately, not the safest area of the world to visit, so other than Jerusalem, this will remain an unrealized dream. Unless I go into black ops but considering my love for routine and safety, I don’t see that happening. Realistically, I hope to visit Hawaii, the only state I haven’t visited. Even more realistically, I’d love to visit the Belmont Mansion where some of Tamera Alexander’s novels are set (just five hours away from where I live! (see, more parentheses)).

Trisha: Only Hawaii left? Wow, I have some catching up to do!

 

Trisha:  What is your favorite Bible verse?

book-1209805_640Sondra:  I truly don’t have one favorite verse because I love, love scripture so deeply and have been reading it since I could string letters into words. I do love the Psalms, though. They give voice to every emotion and experience. Favorite Psalms are 16, 27, and 119. Especially 119. My heart swells just thinking about delighting in the law of the Lord.

Trisha: Psalm 91 is my personal favorite, I also really like Psalm 119.  Likewise, I cannot pick only one favorite.

 

Trisha:  In your research for Two Ways Home, was there anything that surprised you?

LeanderSondra:  The history of the Texas Rangers is fascinating. Leander McNelly was Luke’s inspiration as a boy for joining the Rangers, and reading about McNelly’s escapades was fun. So much lawlessness back then and even the lawmen didn’t follow protocol all the time.

Trisha: That is an interesting piece of history.  I went searching and found this photo of Leander McNelly at The Official Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum  (click on the link to discover more about the Texas Rangers).

 

Trisha:  What was your inspiration for Mary and Luke’s backstory? (Their childhood friendship that grew as they did, into a deeper relationship)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sondra:  I love friendship romances where the hero and heroine start out with a deep level of knowing each other. Despite their teasing and surface annoyance with each other, Luke and Mary have that solid foundation. My own childhood played into the inspiration. I grew up running around with friends and getting into mischief while our parents were at Sunday evening prayer meetings. I imagined that same interplay between the children of Pine Creek. What I love about Luke and Mary is that they had a four-year separation, which is a lengthy time not to see each other, making their reunion at the start of Two Ways Home like a fresh beginning to their friendship.

Trisha: I agree, friendship romances are a favorite of mine also. Maybe because that is how my husband and I began. (photo credit: theparisapartment.tumblr.com)

 

Trisha:  What was most difficult to write about when writing Two Ways Home?

desk-2158142_640Sondra:  The ending. The original ending was different, and my critique partner said it wasn’t working. (My idea was to avoid melodrama, but in doing so, the ending came out flat and disappointing). So how things resolved with Mary’s stalker had to change. I raised the stakes, making things more serious.

My biggest issue in writing, in general, is transferring abstract ideas into a plot. I can think metaphorically about what home is and how Mary and Luke both miss the point of it, but to craft a story that shows this was difficult. I’m still new to fiction writing with lots to learn. Two Ways Home is only my third manuscript (second published). I feel like I’m still discovering how the story flows from me and how to balance what elements I think a story needs to have with what it organically needs.

Trisha: I really enjoyed the drama in the ending. It kept me on my toes! But I do understand the challenge of transferring the outline and abstract ideas into a plot. I began writing a book awhile back (shhh, my little secret), and while I have a great beginning and a full timeline, fleshing out the middle and filling in the plot has slowed me down.

 

Trisha:  What book are you working on next?

forge-2148866_640Sondra:  Three Words and a Kiss. This is Cam’s story. He’s the blacksmith in Pine Creek, and sort of the minister, too, since he preaches on the weeks the traveling minister isn’t in town. Readers have already matched him up with Grace, Luke’s sister because she’s loved him for years. Sorry. Not happening. Cam’s just not into her (which is author speak for I’m not into her as heroine material). He’s into smithy work and preaching.

Until Samantha Klein comes to town, heiress, investor, and new owner of his smithy. Her presence flips his world upside down, stripping him of all things familiar. Samantha—bless her spontaneous, compassionate heart—is instantly attracted to her employee, despite his refusal to teach her the trade. Coming out of a wealthy family in which she was ignored, she has a heart for anything wounded, disregarded, or victimized—including a duck. When the trouble she fled in Seattle follows her to Pine Creek, her penchant for helping the downtrodden threatens to overthrow the peace and simplicity of the town.

Trisha: I can’t wait to read Three Words and a Kiss!  I completely understand about Grace. While I see where the others are coming from, she really just isn’t the right one for Cam. I look forward to getting to know Samantha.

Thank you Sondra for visiting, it was fantastic to talk with you about Two Ways Home and about your upcoming book Three Words and a Kiss.

Friends, now it’s your turn:

I’d love to hear from you, Did your love story start out as a friendship story?
Do you have any questions for Sondra?

The fun isn’t over yet!  You will want to hop on over today, and visit my blogging friend Kathleen Denly’s  blog page for some fun and games!

Blog Tour Stops

Saturday, May 20th — Fiction Aficionado — Interview & Excerpt
Monday, May 21st — Kathleen Denly — Game
Monday, May 21st — Joy of Reading — Author Interview
Tuesday, May 23rd — Faithfully Bookish — Setting Spotling
Wednesday, May 24th —  A Baker’s Perspective — Character Spotlight Heroine, Mary
Thursday, May 25th — Singing Librarian Books — Character Spotlight Hero, Luke

 

To find Sondra’s books on Amazon, click the links below:

 One Plus One Equals Trouble (Love that Counts #1)

  Two ways Home (Love that Counts #2)

  Such A Hope (Paths of Grace #1)

 

Trails of Love and Grace (1)

 

 

Author Interview & Giveaway with Stephenia H. McGee – In His Eyes

I am thrilled to have Stephenia H. McGee visiting today to chat with us about her newest book In His Eyes (my review).  In His Eyes was released on May 5, 2017

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Stephenia H. McGee is a wife, mother of two very active little boys, author, and lover of all things historical. Stephenia currently lives in Mississippi with her husband and sons where she writes stories of faith, redemption and life steeped in the South

 

For those not familiar with Steph’s lasted book that just came out this past Friday…

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Mississippi, 1865. A time when war has stolen men’s souls and left their women and children aching for sanctuary.

Ella Whitaker rescues a newborn from the dying arms of a woman of ill repute and at long last she has someone to love. In need of a wet nurse, she arrives at Belmont Plantation just as Federal soldiers demand to speak to the owner. Thinking quickly, Ella masquerades as a Yankee officer’s widow in order to have a roof over her head and a home for the child.

Major Westley Remington has dedicated his life to serving his country. The Civil War has divided his family, torn his thoughts of glory, and left him with a wound that may never heal. Westley returns home on medical furlough to settle his father’s estate at Belmont Plantation, only to find his home is being run by a fiery and independent woman—one many believe to be his wife. Now he is faced with a conflict he’s never been trained to fight, and one she has yet to conquer.

Welcome Steph, I’m so happy to visit with you today! Let’s get started with a few fun questions and then we will discuss In His Eyes.

Trisha: What is your favorite beverage?
Steph: Sweet tea. After all, I am a Mississippi gal. 😉
Trisha: Yes, the perfect summer drink!

Trisha: What would you say is your guilty pleasure?
Steph: Hmm…ultimate guilty pleasure would have to be a hot bath, a good book, and a huge slice of red velvet cake.
Trisha: Can’t go wrong with a hot bath, a good book and a slice of red velvet cake!

Trisha: Is there a place you have wanted to visit, but haven’t yet?
Steph: I would like to see a lot of places. I love to travel. I’d love the chance to get to go back to Italy and get to see Florence this time, and I have always wanted  to see Scotland, Ireland, and Greece.
Trisha: Sounds like you have some fun places to visit. Scotland is on the top of my list.

book-1209805_640Trisha: What is your favorite Bible verse?
Steph: John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches.     If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” (NIV) This verse reminds me that I have to stay connected to Him daily. When I do, life is fruitful, and when I don’t I feel empty.

Trisha: In your research for In His Eyes, was there anything that surprised you?
Steph: Well, during my research for the locations and battles I wanted to use, I got sidetracked by this fascinating article on “The Angel’s Glow”. After the battle at Shiloh, there were soldiers that reported glowing wounds. As you can imagine, this unnerved them quite a bit. Then, strangely enough, the soldiers who had glowing wounds healed far better than those who didn’t, so they dubbed the glowing wounds as being touched by angels. 150+ years later it was discovered that a bioluminescent bacteria happened to have just the right conditions in the soldier’s hypothermic bodies to feed on the infection. It didn’t directly have anything to do with this particular novel, but it really took me by surprise. That is one of my favorite things about writing historical fiction—all the interesting things I find during my research.
Trisha: That is interesting! Yes, I love uncovering interesting historical details also.

Trisha: What was most difficult to write about when writing In His Eyes?
Steph: This book was a journey for me. I felt God asking me to dig deep and walk through some of Ella’s discoveries with her. I share some of her insecurities, and He kept nudging me to lean on Him as I wrote. The dream chapters in particular took a lot out of me. It was emotionally draining, and I spent most of the time writing them with tears on my cheeks, but I know that He taught me something through it. It’s my hope that there is a reader out there somewhere that He has the same message for and that this story can help point them toward Him.
Trisha: I love that! The dream chapters were quite powerful, I really enjoyed those.

Trisha: Reading the second half of the book a song kept playing in my mind; Did you have a song or songs that you thought of while writing?
Steph: I think that Jordan Feliz’s song Beloved could really be a theme song for Ella! This song came on the radio a lot while I was writing this book, and it felt like He used it to keep inspiring me. I’d love to know what song you had in mind during the second half.
Trisha: Oh, that’s is a good song! The song that kept coming to my mind was Jason Gray’s song “Remind Me Who I Am” from his album A Way To See In The Dark

Trisha: I enjoyed reading Ella’s dreams; what was your inspiration for her dreams?
Steph: At one of the classes I attended during the ACFW conference last year the teacher handed out notebooks. And I think this is super cool—he prayed diligently over them and God led him to write a from God note in each one. He prayed over them again and then handed them out to the attendees—each with their own note from God. The way people reacted and how each note really meant something to the one who received it was amazing to watch. Mine said, “Use your stories to give others a glimpse of the not yet. This is a season where we will go into new lands and dream new dreams.” Not too long before that, I had a dream where the colors were unreal and the place was stunning. I must have reread that note a hundred times, it so stirred me. A couple of months later as I began to pray over the next book I wanted to write, those words came back to me, as did my dream of that place of color and light. I didn’t do the things Ella does during her dreams in the book, but the place I saw in my own dream really stuck with me and           inspired the story.
Trisha: It is quite humbling how God whispers to our hearts and leads us to help and bless others.

Trisha: Will there be future stories at Belmont Plantation? And, what book are you working on next?
Steph: As of right now, this is a stand-alone book and I do not have any others planned for Belmont. My readers have been asking me for a couple of years for a new book in my Ironwood Plantation Family Saga, so my fall book will be set in the 1890s with Lydia and Ruth’s (from The Whistle Walk) daughters.
Trisha: Oh, that’s great! I look forward to reading it. Thank you Steph for visiting today, it sure was fun to sit down and talk about In His Eyes!

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GIVEAWAY Time:
Friends, Steph is graciously offering one digital copy of In His Eyes to one lucky person. Entries are open to USA residents. Contest will run for one week. The winner will be notified via email and announced on this page at the close of the contest.

To Enter Giveaway:

1.) Comment below, sharing with us a historical place you have visited or wish to visit
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Kay G.

Author Interview with Heather Day Gilbert & Giveaway

Today I’m thrilled to have visiting with us Heather Day Gilbert.  I enjoyed reading her Viking saga books “God’s Daughter” & “Forest Child”.  I’ve invited Heather here today to talk with us about both of these books. (read my review)

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HEATHER DAY GILBERT, a Grace Award winner and bestselling author, writes novels that capture life in all its messy, bittersweet, hope-filled glory. Born and raised in the West Virginia mountains, generational story-telling runs in her blood. Heather writes Viking historicals and Appalachian mystery/suspense. Publisher’s Weekly gave Heather’s Viking historical Forest Child a starred review, saying it is “an engaging story depicting timeless human struggles with faith, love, loyalty, and leadership.” Find out more on heatherdaygilbert.com.

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For those who may not be familiar with the Viking Saga, A quick review of the books “God’s Daughter” and “Forest Child”

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One Viking woman. One God. One legendary journey to North America. In the tenth century, when pagan holy women rule the Viking lands, Gudrid turns her back on her training as a seeress to embrace Christianity. Clinging to her faith, she joins her husband, Finn, on a voyage to North America. Almost five centuries before Columbus, Viking women sailed to North America with their husbands. God’s Daughter, Book One in the Vikings of the New World Saga, offers an expansive yet intimate look into the world of Gudrid Thorbjarnardottir—daughter-in-law of Eirik the Red, and the first documented European woman to have a child in North America. This novel is heavily based on the Icelandic Sagas and is written from a Christian worldview.

 

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Viking warrior. Dauntless leader. Protective mother. Determined to rise above her rank as the illegitimate “forest child” of Eirik the Red, Freydis launches a second voyage to Vinland to solidify her power and to demand the respect she deserves. She will return home with enough plunder to force her brother, Leif, to sell her the family farm in Greenland. Historically based on the Icelandic Sagas, Forest Child brings the memorable, conflicted persona of Freydis Eiriksdottir to life. This immersive tale is Book Two in the bestselling Vikings of the New World Saga.

 

Thank you Heather for stopping by today.  It is a pleasure to have you here to visit and talk about the Viking’s Saga.   Before we talk Vikings, let’s ask a few getting-to-know-you questions.

coffee-1629158_640Q:   What is your favorite beverage?

Heather:   Hands down, it’s coffee!

Ahhh, yes!  Must start the day with a cup of coffee.

 

 

Q:   What would you say is your guilty pleasure?
Heather'sGardenHeather:   I love to stroll around in garden stores looking at plants/flowers, which bores my kids to death. I also love playing video games, which doesn’t bore my kids, but gives them lots to laugh about due to my inferior skills. LOL

LOL! I’m pretty sure that is why my son asks me to play video games with him also! 

 

Q:   How often do you people watch?

Heather:   You know, I don’t do this as much as I like. Since we live in a rural area, I don’t get out a lot, and when I do, sometimes it takes something really strange/unique to catch my attention since I’m usually distracted by watching my kids. On the other hand, I tend to brainstorm every chance I get.

We also live in somewhat of a rural area, but the occasional trip to the mall can be entertaining when people watching. 

 

Iceland.birdQ:   Is there a place you have wanted to visit, but haven’t yet?
Heather:   Oh, YES! Newfoundland, Iceland, and Greenland—where my Viking characters really lived. Also Norway and Sweden, where my great grandpa/grandma lived before they came to the USA. Wales and England also look beautiful—my hubby is part Welsh. And given how much I loved that show Yukon Men, Alaska would also be fun.

Those all sound like fantastic place to visit. I too have wanted to visit Norway & Sweden. 

 

book-1209805_640Q:   What is your favorite Bible verse?
Heather:   Psalm 73:25-26: “Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

I love this verse because our lives are constantly shifting, people let us down, and we lose those we love. But in the end, God is the Great I AM and we will be with Him someday.

Oh, that’s a fantastic verse and a beautiful reminder that no matter what changes in our lives God never changes!

 

VikingFoodQ:  In your research for the Vikings Saga, was there anything that surprised you?
Heather:   Sometimes I was surprised by foods they didn’t have (like potatoes). I was also surprised a couple of times when I brainstormed what my characters would do, then I checked the sagas, and I realized they HAD done that. Maybe I’d remembered it from reading it, but it was always a nice little surprise. 🙂

That has got to be a great feeling, knowing that your initial idea was spot on!

 

GuildridFreydisQ:   What was most difficult to write about when writing about Gudrid?  Freydis?
Heather:   Great question. For Gudrid, she doesn’t really share my personality. She’s always looking back to the past, she’s pretty easily depressed, and given the choice to run or fight, she’ll run or retreat into herself. I’m so much more like Freydis—I just charge ahead, trusting I’ll make things work. Fight trumps flight. 😉 So Gudrid was a bit harder to write, but she resembles people I know, so it was easier to guess how she would react to certain situations. And the toughest thing about writing Freydis is that I was in her head (I write in first person, present tense, so it’s VERY alive in my mind), and that means I was “there” when she did a super violent thing. My readers prayed me through as I wrote that scene.

 

ForestChildMimeQ:   Which of these strong leading women (Gudrid & Freydis) is your favorite?
Heather:   I loved Gudrid best when I wrote God’s Daughter, but then I wrote Forest Child and I was pretty surprised by how Freydis grew on me. So I think Freydis is my fave, but I would be FRIENDS with Gudrid. LOL

That really is a tough question.  I couldn’t pick a favorite myself.  I liked each for different reasons.

 

GuildridQ:   When writing Gudrid & Freydis, who did you use as a character inspiration for their appearance?
Heather:   For Gudrid, I loved Amanda Seyfried. Naturally blonde hair, wider-set green eyes—just a knockout.

FreydisFor Freydis, I initially liked Tilda Swinton just because of her quirky, gangly redheadedness, but toward the end, I thought Queen Aslaug in the Vikings miniseries really resembled her. So the cover art for her was spot-on how I’d pictured her, since the woman looks like Aslaug to me.

 

I enjoyed looking thru the photo’s on your Pinterest board for both of these books.  It really gives a visual insight to what you had in mind when writing the stories. (click here to visit Heather’s Pinterest board)

 

Q:   Can we look forward to reading more Viking stories? VikingLongBoat

Heather:   I do hope so, but right now, I do feel my saga is finished (at least the one that was based on real people/events from the sagas).

LeifHowever, I do keep thinking about Leif Eiriksson. 😉

We’ll see!

 

Ohhh, a story about Leif Eiriksson would be a good one!  Thank you Heather for stopping in for a visit.  It sure was fun chatting and learning more about these fantastic characters in your books!

Heather:   Thanks so much for letting me visit!

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You can purchase both God’s Daughter

 

 

 

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and Forest Child at Amazon or where ever books are sold

 

 

 

Heather is giving away ONE digital copy of either “God’s Daughter” or “Forest Child” for two blessed individuals.

 (the winners may each choose which digital book they would like).

The giveaway will run for one week, the winner of the digital book will be announced on this page at the conclusion of the contest. For additional information please review the Disclosure & Policies page.

To enter the giveaway

FIRST: comment below which book you would like to win and please include any question you may have for Heather.

SECOND: CLICK HERE to enter the Raffelcopter and follow the directions within.

 

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Winners of the digital copies are:

Arletta B. – God’s Daughter
Connie S. – Forest Child

Author Interview: Carrie Turansky

I’m beyond thrilled that Carrie Turansky has agreed to stop by for an fun interview, (and a surprise tea party).  Please join me in extending a warm welcome to Carrie today!

cturansky-2lowCarrie Turanksy has loved reading since she first visited the library as a young child and checked out a tall stack of picture books. Her love for writing began when she penned her first novel at age twelve. She is now the award-winning author of seventeen inspirational romance novels and novellas. Carrie and her husband, Scott, who is a pastor, author, and speaker, have been married for more than thirty-five years and make their home in New Jersey. They often travel together on ministry trips and to visit their five adult children and three grandchildren. Carrie leads women’s ministry at her church, and when she is not writing she enjoys spending time working in her flower gardens and cooking healthy meals for friends and family. She loves to connect with reading friends.

 

You can connect Carrie at these locations:   Web Page / Facebook / Twitter / Pinterest

 

Welcome Carrie, it is so very nice to have you join us today.  With the release of your 17th novel shine-like-the-dawn Shine Like the Dawn beginning to slow down and your schedule a little less hectic, I thought it would be a good time to have you stop in for a brief interview.  I’m so happy to have you here today!

A brief excerpt of my review:

“A gentle reminder that even through the messy bits of life, the heartbreak, the disappointments, and unmet dreams, that God is always with us. His plan is perfect, even when we can’t see it.”

 

Trisha: Let’s get started with our fun interview questions, shall we?

Q:   What 7e3ee79caa15de6e986e5b63ce69311ais your Favorite Beverage?
Carrie: On cold days I enjoy hot tea. Earl Grey and mint are my favorites. On warm days I enjoy iced Passion Tazo tea. I’m also trying to drink my water every day.

Trisha: Yummy! Iced Passion Tazo tea is also a favorite of mine.  

 

Q:   What would you say is your Guilty Pleasure?                                                Carrie:  I make some really delicious homemade chocolates with cocoa, carob, a dash of salt, melted coconut oil, and stevia. I add some roasted almonds too. Yum!

Trisha: Those sound delicious! I’m ready for a tea party now. 

 

Q:   Is there a place you have wanted to visit, but haven’t yet?                                           Carrie: There are several places in England I’d like to visit, including Northumberland where Shine Like the Dawn is set, and Kent, where my next book, Across the Blue, is set. There are so many beautiful historic estates, gardens, and lovely sights to see!

Trisha:  You have some fun vacation spots in your future!

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Q:   What is your Favorite Bible Verse?          Carrie: I have so many that give me strength and encouragement! One of my favorites is:    “Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14.

Trisha: such a wonderful reminder that God desires that we do everything in Love.

 

 

Q:  What was your inspiration for Maggie’s character in Shine Like the Dawn?
Carrie: I’ve always wanted to write a story where the hero and heroine were childhood friends who grew up and fell in love. So that was the first idea I had in mind when I started developing Maggie’s personality. I had a much clearer image of Nate, the hero, when I first plotted out the book. But I knew Maggie was going to face a tragedy at the beginning of the story, so I thought about how that would impact her and what kind of character she would need to be to live through that and move forward in life. As I started writing those early scenes in the story, Maggie took shape and became a living breathing person for me.

Trisha: Maggie’s tragedy stuck a cord with many as well as her struggle with trust and forgiveness, it also helps make her more down to earth. 

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Q:   Did you find anything challenging when writing Shine Like the Dawn?

Carrie: Writing a novel that included a mystery was a real challenge for me. I don’t watch mystery or crime TV series, and I don’t often read mysteries . . . so I don’t know why I thought I could write a novel with strong mystery elements! Thank goodness I have good author friends who helped me brainstorm the story when I reached the midpoint and wasn’t feeling very confident about the direction I was going. They really helped save the day! My editor also enjoys reading mysteries and watching crime series, so she was a great help too.

Trisha:  I would have never guessed!  The mystery in the book was well done, I enjoyed trying to figure out what would happen next.  

 

Q:   Will there be a book in the future about Maggie’s little sister, Violet?
Carrie: That’s a fun idea! Right now my publisher has asked me to write stand-alone novels rather than series. I usually write one book a year, and readers don’t like to wait for a whole year to continue a series. Bookstores also don’t want to stock books 1 and 2 a year or two later. So for now, I have no plans to write Violet’s story. But I do have an idea for a WW1 novel featuring a heroine who loves horses and helped care for military horses during the war. The drama of that time period would make it a great book to write.

Trisha: Violet was such a fun character.  I do understand that it is more difficult to sell a series when too much time has elapsed between.

 

Q:   What book can we look forward to reading from you next? 
Carrie:  I’m working on my next English historical novel, Across the Blue, that will come out early in 2018. It’s set in 1909 in Kent England. The hero is a young pilot and airplane designer who wants to be the first to fly across the English Channel and win the prize offered by the Daily Mail newspaper of London. The heroine is the daughter of the wealthy owner of the Daily Mail. She is an aspiring journalist who believes covering the hero’s story will help establish her career, but her parents want her to focus on marrying well and helping them move forward in society. Romance, adventure, inspiration, and secrets from the past make this a fun story to write and hopefully for you to read.

Trisha:  Across The Blue sounds like a fascinating story.  I’ll be adding it to my watch list!  Thank you Carrie for taking time from your writing to stop by and visit with us.  It was fun getting to know a little bit more about you and about Shine Like The Dawn.

You can find a short list of Carrie’s most recent released books below.  These can be found at many locations where books are sold.

Recent Books by Carrie Turansky:

The Governess of Highland Hall, WaterBrook Multnomah, Carol Award Finalist

The Daughter of Highland Hall, WaterBrook Multnomah

A Refuge at Highland Hall, WaterBrook Multnomah, Maggie Award Finalist

Shine Like the Dawn, WaterBrook Multnomah, 2/27/17

Friends: What is your favorite book by Carrie Turanksy?  Please add any questions you may have for Carrie in the comments below.