Character Spotlight & Giveaway with Pepper Basham

Anyone who has read the two books in The Mitchell’s Crossroads series by Pepper Basham – Twist of Faith & Charming the Troublemaker is familiar with Ma Mitchell. For those who may not be familiar yet with this delightful series, you can read my reviews for both books by clicking on the titles above.

I’ve invited Pepper Basham to visit today and share with us about Ma Mitchell and the inspiration behind her character. If we are lucky, we may even get a homespun family recipe!

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As a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Pepper Basham enjoys sprinkling her Appalachian into her fiction writing. She is an award-winning author of contemporary and historical romance, mom of five, speech-language pathologist, and a lover of Jesus and chocolate. She resides in Asheville, North Carolina with her family. You can learn more about her on her website, www.PepperDBasham.com or connect on Facebook or Twitter.

 

  Charming the Troublemaker (Mitchell’s Crossroads #2)

A Twist of Faith (Mitchell’s Crossroads #1)

 

Without further delay, I’m going to turn things over to Pepper and let her share with you in her own words with us about Ma Mitchell. Please give Pepper a warm welcome!

Some characters come purely from imagination and some are born from real life.

Ma Mitchell in the Mitchell’s Crossroads series has a whole lot of real-life inspiration with some imagination sprinkled in.

The matriarch of the Mitchell clan, she’s an ever-present sounding board, wisdom giver, gentle voice, or firm director. She kind of reminds me of a mother hen gathering up her chicks, whether they were biologically hers or not.

Ma Mitchell creates an environment of welcome.

Of belonging.

And, boy oh boy, can she cook!

SpencerfamilyWhen I started daydreaming about the Mitchell’s Crossroads series, I drew from my background of being in a large and wonderful Appalachian family, headed by a beautiful matriarch. My Granny Spencer.

A young widow with six kids to raise, her strength, wisdom, and welcome became the root for her own family as well as many other people who were looking for a good meal, friendly company, a compassionate heart, and a listening ear.

meandgranny1forweb (1)My memories are too many to mention, but some of my favorites are having Sunday lunch at Granny’s house where above 25 people at a time would gather and fellowship. I was also one of Granny’s “yard hoppin’” buddies (went to yard sales with her). Another thing that was particularly special to me was listening to family history stories. She could recount back 5 generations or more. Amazing stuff – and more inspiration 😊

So as Ma Mitchell swelled from my imagination into reality, she began to look a whole lot like my Granny in personality, not so much in physical appearance. (I had to leave some imagination in there)

A couple of things readers have enjoyed about Ma Mitchell are:

  1. Her wisdom- she’s always giving advice in unique ways. Sometimes directly and sometimes through story/example. That’s definitely an Appalachian thing 😉 We love storytelling (true ones and not so true)
  2. Her kindness – she has a sweet way of drawing the lonesome ones into the family. From Dee to Alex (and more to come), Ma Mitchell opens her home and heart to help people find a place to belong. Her faith definitely shines out in both her wisdom and kindness.
  3. Her cooking – Yep, she’s feeding a ‘gang’, as she calls them. Any time you enter Ma Mitchell’s house, you’re going to smell something cooking, whether it’s Breakfast Bake, Pot Roast, or Apple cobbler.

In celebration of the release of Charming the Troublemaker and in memory of my Granny, I’m gonna share a few homespun recipes straight from Ma Mitchell’s table.

This recipe is from a 1920 family journal.

Jam Cake

½ cup sugar
2/3 cup butter
½ cup jam (of your choice)
½ cup sour cream
3 eggs
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ tsp cloves
½ tsp nutmeg

Mix all ingredients well and bake in layers put together with caramel icing/filling

Caramel Filling
     3 cups brown sugar
½ cup sweet milk or cream
Butter the size of a small egg
Boil and stir until thick and flavor with vanilla

Homemade Doughnuts

1 c sour cream
1 c sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 eggs
A little salt, ginger and cinnamon and flour enough to make dough to roll.

Fry in hot fat (or oil in our case 😊)

Thank you, Pepper for stopping by and sharing with us about Ma Mitchell and about your own Granny Spencer. It is always a special treat to have you drop by for a visit!
I loved the photo’s you shared. They brought back happy memories I have of my own Grandma.

*** GIVEAWAY ***

Pepper Basham is giving away 1 (one) digital copy of her book “Charming the Troublemaker.” Please 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. Return daily during the giveaway period to tweet for bonus entries using the Rafflecopter entry form.

 To Enter the Giveaway: 

1.)  Leave a blog post comment answering the following question:
“Do you have a favorite family recipe and when did you last make it?”

2.) CLICK HERE to enter the Rafflecopter entry form.

*** Giveaway Ended ***

Congratulations to Chanel M.

 

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Returning Home (Freedom Lake #1) by: Toni Shilo (Giveaway tour with Singing Librarian)

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Synopsis:

Jo Ellen Baker is shocked to find out that the boy who teased her mercilessly throughout high school, has returned to their hometown of Freedom Lake, and he’s missing a leg. When his mother asks her to renovate their carriage house to give him a place to gain his independence back, she wants to say no. But one look at him brings a rush of forgotten feelings.

Evan Carter can’t believe he has to return home and live with his parents. Every hope and dream he ever had dissipated in a car crash that cost him his leg. Stuck in a wheelchair, he’s forced to reexamine his relationship with God and the local carpenter, Jo Ellen Baker.

Will renovating his home open the door for a mended relationship, or are some wounds too deep to heal from?

Snippet:

Evan Carter stared at his girlfriend, admiring her beauty. Brenda’s pixie haircut framed her pretty face and a soft smile graced her lips. She wore charm and gentleness like a cloak as she gracefully changed lanes. She drove his new Altima like it was made for her.
He loved that Brenda suited every aspect of his life. She was a slam dunk in the girlfriend department. He ran his fingers over the velvet box in his pocket. Tonight was the night. The restaurant staff had been informed of his plans. With their help, his proposal would be flawless.
“Should I adjust the temp?” he asked.
“I’m good, sweetie,” she smiled at him, then quickly faced forward again.
Brenda would make the best high-school coach’s wife. His students loved her and she loved basketball as much as he did. It was so easy to be with her.
“Evan, you made the perfect choice. This car is so quiet. I can’t believe we can’t hear the outside noise.”
“I know. That’s what sold me.” He pointed up ahead. “Make a right at the light.” He hadn’t revealed their dinner location. If he didn’t pay close attention, they’d miss a turn.
“Are you sure you don’t want to tell me where we’re going?”
“I’m sure. I still think you should have let me drive. Then it would really be a surprise.”
She laughed. “Of course, it would have been better, but I’ve been itching to get behind the wheel ever since you bought it.”
“Well now—”
A black truck swerved in and out of their lane.
“Baby, slow down. Watch out for that truck!”
There was nowhere to pull over, no way to avoid the impending collision. The two-lane road had no shoulder and the truck was picking up speed.
The black truck righted itself. But before Evan could even sigh in relief, the truck corrected, ending up in their lane, headed straight for them.
They were going to collide.
Evan held his breath, clenched his eyes, and braced for impact. Brenda’s scream pierced the air, but it seemed far away. His seat belt locked tight as the car came to an abrupt stop.
A weight dropped onto his leg. Pain exploded, smoke filled his nose. His body struggled to make sense of what happened. Finally, he closed his eyes and gave in to the darkness.

My Thoughts:

Right from the first few lines, there is action, and I was hooked. I couldn’t put this book down, I had to know what was going to happen next. The action and the characters are so realistic and believable. I stayed up past midnight reading this book. I found myself caring deeply about what would happen to these characters.

The tragic event resulting in Evan’s return to his parent’s home brings about a huge change in his life, one that he didn’t plan for, nor want. He is understandably angry and puts up walls to keep others away. Written with such feeling and emotion, you can’t help but wish you could reach out somehow and offer encouragement.

I appreciated how Toni seamless wove a strong faith into this story and how each character found their own path to a relationship with God. Not that it was easy. This story is real, raw and full of vivacity. It doesn’t shy away from the tough subjects but faces them head-on with a measure of grace and a sprinkling of love.

I sincerely enjoyed my time in Freedom Lake with Evan, Jo, and the other cast of dynamic characters. I look forward to reading more from Toni Shiloh and reading more stories from Freedom Lake! Fans of Becky Wade & Brandy Bruce will find they enjoy Toni Shiloh’s writing as well.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)

Favorite Quote:

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About the Author:

SONY DSCToni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace of the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior.

She writes soulfully romantic novels to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.

Before pursuing her dream as a writer, Toni served in the United States Air Force. It was there she met her husband. After countless moves, they ended up in Virginia, where
they are raising their two boys.

When she’s not typing in imagination land, Toni enjoys reading, playing video games, ​making jewelry, and spending time with ​her family.

Toni is a member of the American Christian ​Fiction Writers (ACFW) as well as the president of the ACFW Virginia ​Chapter.

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Returning Home (Freedom Lake #1)

 

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Enter the giveaway HERE.

Tour Schedule:

October 16-Christian Bookaholic
October 17-Blossoms and Blessings | The Power of Words
October 18-The Green Mockingbird 
October 19-Joy of Reading | Red Headed Book Lady 
October 20-Singing Librarian Books Ponderings of a Poet & Procrastinator
October 21-Faithfully Bookish

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Author Interview & Giveaway with Pam Hillman

I’m super thrilled to have Pam Hillman visiting with us today! Please join me in giving her a warm welcome.

PamHillmanCBA Bestselling author PAM HILLMAN was born and raised on a dairy farm in Mississippi and spent her teenage years perched on the seat of a tractor raking hay. In those days, her daddy couldn’t afford two cab tractors with air conditioning and a radio, so Pam drove an Allis Chalmers 110. Even when her daddy asked her if she wanted to bale hay, she told him she didn’t mind raking. Raking hay doesn’t take much thought so Pam spent her time working on her tan and making up stories in her head. Now, that’s the kind of life every girl should dream of.

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ThePromiseOfBreezeHillNatchez, MS; 1791
Anxious for his brothers to join him on the rugged frontier along the Mississippi River, Connor O’Shea has no choice but to indenture himself as a carpenter in exchange for their passage from Ireland. But when he’s sold to Isabella Bartholomew of Breeze Hill Plantation, Connor fears he’ll repeat past mistakes and vows not to be tempted by the lovely lady.

The responsibilities of running Breeze Hill have fallen on Isabella’s shoulders after her brother was found dead in the swamps along the Natchez Trace and a suspicious fire devastated their crops, almost destroyed their home, and left her father seriously injured. Even with Connor’s help, Isabella fears she’ll lose her family’s plantation. Despite her growing feelings for the handsome Irish carpenter, she seriously considers accepting her wealthy and influential neighbor’s proposal of marriage.

Soon, though, Connor realizes someone is out to eliminate the Bartholomew family. Can he set aside his own feelings to keep Isabella safe?

 

 

The Promise of Breeze Hill (A Natchez Trace Novel)

Welcome, Pam! It is so very nice to have you here today! I loved reading your latest book The Promise of Breeze Hill & learning some history about the Natchez Trace. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to stop by. Let’s start out with a few getting to know you questions and then we’ll chat about the book.

Q:  What is your favorite season, and why?

road-1072823_640Pam:  As I get older, I’m becoming more and more enamored with fall. Years ago, I wasn’t that fond of fall. The cawing of crows, the business of my seasonal day job at the time seemed to overshadow the beauty and the coolness after a hot and humid Mississippi summer. But now, I look forward to the cool days and even cooler evenings and the beautiful red and gold leaves.

Trisha:  Fall is a beautiful time of year, no doubt, and such a nice break from the intense heat of summer.

 

Q:  What is the best part of your day?

Pam:  Waking up. Seeing the entire day stretching before me and knowing that I can accomplish anything that I set my hand to on that day.

Trisha:  Yes, there is something special about the morning. Watching the sun come up and knowing the day is full of possibilities.

 

Q:  What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?

books-315677_640Pam:  Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Love will always be a favorite. It’s the retelling of Gomer and Hosea in a California gold rush setting. Ms. Rivers took a hard situation and made us care deeply about Sarah/Angel.

 

Q:  If we took a peek at your “recently played” music, who would we find?

Pam:  Well, I’m not as much a fan of music as my husband is. When I’m home alone, I mostly work in silence. But most recently, you’d find me listening to The Boler Family, which just so happens to be my husband’s sister and her family. We had a singing at our church, and I recorded it live for Facebook. Amateur recording of course. But when I do listen, it’s mostly Southern Gospel. Karen Peck and New River. And I’m partial to local talent. Jason Davidson, and The Renfroes are awesome and can be found on Youtube.

Trisha:  I too enjoy Southern Gospel. I’ll have to check out Karen Peck & New River.

 

Q:  Did the plotline or the characters come first?

blur-1869579_640Pam:  Would the fact that I knew I was going to write about an indentured servant in The Promise of Breeze Hill be plot or character? I guess it’s a little of both, huh? Then a bit of the character comes to me during research. As the character takes shape, then more of the plot is revealed. So, it’s very much a back and forth scenario. But, generally, one small part of the plot is first. Or maybe one small part of the character is first. Goodness, that’s convoluted, and I’ll have to think about that some more. 🙂

Trisha:  I understand, sometimes both come at the same time.

 

Q:  Which character took you by surprise?

Pam:  My characters always surprise me, but for Promise, I’d say the biggest surprise was Mr. Bartholomew, Isabella’s father. He has a whole fascinating backstory that comes out during the course of the story.

Trisha:  I did enjoy Mr. Bartholomew’s history. He is a fascinating character for sure.

 

Q:  What was the latest you stayed up working on this story?

desk-1148994_640Pam:  Hmmm, three or four o’clock in the morning, maybe. Then get up three hours later and start again. All of that is a hazy fog…

Trisha:  Wow! I think I would have fallen asleep at my computer before I made it to 4 o’clock.

 

Q:  What is something that didn’t make it into the final copy?

Pam:  Nothing of import. But I suppose if it had been important, it would have been in the final copy, huh? 🙂 Seriously, there were some minor half-baked scene ideas that ended up on the cutting-room floor before I turned in the manuscript. There wasn’t anything deleted after that, but more some threads that were pulled out and made stronger during the editing stages.

Trisha:  Thank you Pam for coming by for a visit today! It was fun chatting with you and learning more about Breeze Hill.

Pam:  Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Trisha. What a blessing to get a chance to connect with your and your readers.

 

*** GIVEAWAY ***

Pam Hillman is giving away 1 (one) copy of her book “The Promise of Breeze Hill” The winner may choose a paper copy or e-copy (paper copy USA only). Please 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. Return daily during the giveaway period to tweet for bonus entries.

 To Enter the Giveaway: 

1.)  Leave a blog post comment answering the following question:
“Are you a morning person or a night owl? ”

2.) CLICK HERE to enter the Rafflecopter entry form.

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Winner:  Tami L.

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Author Interview & Giveaway with Michelle Griep

Welcome! I am thrilled to be visiting with Michelle Griep today and chatting about her latest book 12 Days at Bleakley Manor. Join us for a fun chat, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway. Be sure to share the post with your friends also. You can read my review by clicking here.

2754194Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the author of both Regency and Colonial historical romances but also leaped the writerly fence into the realm of contemporary with the zany romantic mystery Out of the Frying Pan. Keep up with her escapades at www.michellegriep.com or stalk her on

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12DaysAtBleaklyManorEngland, 1851: When CLARA CHAPMAN receives an intriguing invitation to spend Christmas at an English manor home, she is hesitant yet compelled to attend—for if she remains the duration of the twelve-day celebration, she is promised a sum of one thousand pounds. That’s enough money to bring her brother back from America and reinstate their stolen family fortune. But is she walking into danger? It appears so, especially when she comes face to face with one of the other guests—her former fiancé, BENJAMIN LANE.

Imprisoned unjustly, Ben wants revenge on whoever stole his honor. When he’s given the chance to gain his freedom, he jumps at it—and is faced with the anger of the woman he stood up at the altar.

Brought together under mysterious circumstances for the Twelve Days of Christmas, Clara and Ben discover that what they’ve been striving for isn’t what ultimately matters. What matters most is what Christmas is all about . . . love.

 12 Days at Bleakly Manor (Once Upon A Dickens Christmas #1)

Trisha:  Thank you Michelle for visiting today. It’s always fun to get to know the authors behind the stories that we enjoy and love. Let’s get started with a few getting to know you questions and then we’ll chat about the book.

Q:  What is your favorite season, and why?

cornucopia-1789664_640Michelle:  I adore autumn. The colors. The scents. The double dark hot chocolate with marshmallows. Plus my favorite holiday is in the fall: Thanksgiving.

Trisha: Fall is a beautiful time of year, and I do so enjoy the yummy foods of fall. Fresh crisp apples, and juicy grapes!

coffee-2593577_640Q:  What is the best part of your day?

Michelle:  Slapping on my jammies and crawling into bed with a good book.

Trisha: That does sound like a cozy way to end the day!

 

Q:  What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?

love-2614754_640Michelle:  My all time fave is Robin Hardy’s Streiker’s Bride trilogy. Absolutely awesome. I came to know God’s love for me in a whole new way after reading that series.

 Another series I loved was Tahn by L.A. Kelly It’s kind of a medieval but kind of not. The plot is thrilling and I love the character arcs.

 

podcasts-2633018_640Q:  If we took a peek at your “recently played” music, who would we find?

Michelle:  A quirky mix of James Brown and the Last of the Mohicans sound track.

Trisha:  Oh, I too love listening to movie soundtracks. The Last of the Mohicans is a favorite of mine.

 

vintage-1706208_640Q:  Did the plotline or the characters come first?

 Michelle:  The characters for Bleakly Manor came first. As much as I admire Dickens writing, it’s his characters that first and foremost grab a reader by the throat. I thought it only fitting to steal a few of his and tweak them to my liking.

Trisha:  The characters in this story are so vivid and rich in detail! I was hard pressed to pick a favorite.

 

 

Q:  Which character took you by surprise?

Michelle:  Miss Scurry turned out to be quite a sweet old lady. At first, I thought she might be a bit more mysterious, but she ended up being an all-around nice senior.

Trisha:  Yes, I wasn’t sure what to think of her at first, but you are right, she turned out to be quite charming.

 

desk-1148994_640Q:  What was the latest you stayed up working on this story?

Michelle:  Only midnight. After that, I turn into a pumpkin and things get real messy.

Trisha: Haha! I often don’t make it much past 11 pm myself.

 

correcting-1870721_640Q:  What is something that didn’t make it into the final copy?

Michelle:  Nothing, actually. It takes me forever to write a manuscript compared to other authors, but that slow pace allows me to think carefully about what I’m putting in and why. It’s a rare manuscript of mine that I’d have to cut any scenes.

Trisha:  Thank you Michelle for visiting today. It was truly a pleasure to have you here. Please do come visit again!

*** GIVEAWAY ***

Michelle is giving away 1 (one) copy of her book “12 Days at Bleakley Manor”  The winner may choose a paper copy or e-copy (paper copy USA only). Please 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. Return daily during the giveaway period to tweet for bonus entries.

 To Enter the Giveaway: 

1.)  Leave a blog post comment answering the following question:
“If you could step back in time to the Victorian era, would you?”

2.) CLICK HERE to enter the Rafflecopter entry form.

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Congratulations: Janice M.

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Author Interview & Giveaway with Brandy Bruce

I’m excited to have joining us today Brandy Bruce. Last month I read and reviewed her latest book ‘The Last Summer(see review). This is a book you won’t want to miss!

BrandyBruceBrandy Bruce is a mom, a wife, a book editor, an author, and someone who really loves dessert. She’s the author of the novels Looks Like Love, The Romano Family Collection, and award-winning The Last Summer. Having worked in the publishing industry for more than a decade, Brandy currently works as a freelance book editor, when she’s not writing novels! Brandy, her husband, and their children make their home in the beautiful state of Colorado. She’s very active online and she loves to hear from readers. Sign up for Brandy’s newsletter via her blog!

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For those who may have not yet had the pleasure of reading this fantastic story, let me share with you the synopsis.

For twenty-something Sara Witherspoon and her group of friends, a perfect Southern summer includes lake-house getaways, wedding planning, outdoor concerts, and a dash of romance. But for these seven friends who love each other like family, this year, summer rolls in with changes for everyone.

Sara’s longtime crush, Luke, has been her best friend for as long as she has been a part of the group. When Luke begins seriously dating another of their friends, Sara’s forced to deal with her hurt and jealousy, while outwardly try to support them both.

While Sara comes to terms with her own heart and her friends’ relationships, an unexpected handsome pilot from North Carolina and an old flame are thrown into the mix. Knowing her heart suddenly becomes much more complicated.

But as time unfolds and friendships begin to unravel, Sara and the others are presented with the reality of what a season of change does to old friendships and new love interests.

Does growing older mean growing apart?

Thank you Brandy for visiting with us today, I’m always happy to spend time with authors and chat about books!

road-1072823_640Q:  What is your favorite season, and why?

Brandy:  I love fall so much! Specialty coffee drinks, sweaters and tall boots, pumpkins on doorsteps. One of the main reasons I love it is because of how much fun it is for my kids. They love dressing up for Halloween, carving pumpkins, and all the special Halloween/Thanksgiving cartoon specials on TV. We look forward to the first snowfall of the season every year. Fall is a season that ushers in all the best holidays and I love it. It just feels like magic for my family

Trisha:  Fall is a beautiful season, filled with lots of color and cooler temperatures, the harvest of good food. What’s not to love?!


Q:  What is the best part of your day?

Brandy:  When I go get Lily—my two-year-old—out of her crib. Truthfully, Lily can be a bit grouchy in the mornings, but not usually with me. When I open the door, her face lights up and it brings an automatic smile and warms my heart every single time. She says, “Good morning, Mama!” and I melt!

Trisha:  Awww… that is sweet!


book-863418_640Q:  What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?

Brandy:  I love this question! The truth is that my oldest child (I have three) just turned nine. So ten years ago I had a little more time to read than I do now. I definitely squeeze in time, and I always have a TBR list happening. But as for what I was reading back then . . . Robin Gunn is one of my favorite authors and I loved her Glenbrooke series. I loved the O’Malley series by Dee Henderson so much. The Newpointe 911 series by Terri Blackstock. The Shunning trilogy by Beverly Lewis. Oh! The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers killed me. When the Heart Cries by Cindy Woodsmall was beautiful. I liked a lot of the chick lit that was happening back then, such as Dreaming in Black and White by Laura Jensen Walker.

Trisha:  Those are some really great books, and a couple I need to add to my TBR!


mobile-616012_640Q:  If we took a peek at your “recently played” music, who would we find?

Brandy:  I like all kinds of music. So you’d hear everything from the soundtrack to the TV series Outlander (gorgeous music) to Justin Bieber singing Despacito, to Eric Church singing country—and you’d even hear Pentatonix Christmas music! I love to listen to Christmas music while I edit, and I’ve had back to back freelance edits this summer.

Trisha:  I too enjoy listening to soundtracks. It’s so relaxing!


Q:  Did the plotline or the characters come first?

Brandy:  For my novel, The Last Summer, a couple of the main characters came first, with an overall plot idea connected.


heart-1908901_640Q:  Which character took you by surprise?

Brandy:  Lily. She’s my main character’s best girlfriend and her character changed through rewrites and revisions. She came into her own, I think you could say. And she ended up being one of my very favorites.

 

Q:  What was the latest you stayed up working on this story?

Brandy:  Oh, goodness, there were a few really late nights—and I don’t do well with late nights! I’m someone who’s usually out by eleven at the latest. But I remember working till the wee hours of the morning a couple of times.

Trisha:  I’m with you, by eleven, I’m nodding off.

pencil-918449_640Q:  What is something that didn’t make it into the final copy?

Brandy:  In my original draft (keep in mind that the original was written about 20 years ago, so there were many changes over the years!) the gang of friends went on a holiday trip out-of-state together. That was fun to write. But in later versions, it just didn’t work with timing and pacing and plot, so I had to cut it.

Trisha:  Brandy, thank you for visiting today. It was lot’s of fun chatting with you. Feel free to come back and visit again any time!

 

*** GIVEAWAY ***

Brandy is giving away 1 (one) e-copy of her book “The Last Summer”.  Please 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. You may return daily during the giveaway period to Tweet for bonus entries.

 To Enter the Giveaway: 

1.)  Leave a blog post comment answering the following question:
“What was your most memorable Summer?”

2.) CLICK HERE to enter the Rafflecopter entry form.

 

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Congratulations:  Sylvia M.

Author Interview & Giveaway with Angie Dicken

I am excited to have my newest Author friend Angie Dicken visiting with us today!

AngieDickenAngie Dicken is a third generation Greek American, the granddaughter of strong men and women who endured hardship to grow American roots. My Heart Belongs In Castle Gate, Utah is set near the birthplace of her grandfather, a Greek coal miner’s son, and published 100 years after his birth. Angie is a contributor to The Writer’s Alley blog and an ACFW member since 2010. She lives with her husband and four children in the Midwest where she enjoys exploring eclectic new restaurants and chatting with friends over coffee.

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Angie recently released her debut book “The Outlaw’s Second Chance(see my review)

TheOutlawsSecondChanceWhen Cort Stanton and Aubrey Huxley try to claim the same land in the Oklahoma Land Run, Cort offers a deal–one that could help him keep his freedom. After taking the blame for his brother’s crime, Cort needs to lie low, so he gives Aubrey the land for her horse ranch…if she’ll hire him. Now he just has to avoid growing too close to the gorgeous seamstress, who can never know his secret.

Aubrey refuses to depend on any man, even one as handsome and kind as Cort. Yet, as they work together to make her dream a reality, it’s impossible to imagine life on the prairie without him. And though Aubrey knows Cort has secrets that stand between them, she can’t help but wish she could stake a claim on his heart.

Make sure to watch for Angie’s 2nd book “My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah” Coming out in November!

  My Heart Belongs in Castle Gate, Utah

Let’s start out with a few fun, getting-to-know-you questions and then chat about the latest book.

Trisha:  What is your favorite season, and why?

road-1072823_640Angie: I love fall in the Midwest. There’s just so much to do—like apple orchards, pumpkin patches, and bonfires—and the changing colors and weather are AMAZING!

Trisha:  Yes, Fall is pretty awesome! We have several grape vineyards near us and we can smell the grapes when we walk outside.

 

Trisha:  What is the best part of your day?

tree-1409101_640Angie: When I can drag myself out of bed before the kids, I love the quiet of early morning. But, I am also a night owl, so that makes it more difficult to enjoy waking up so early. 😉

Trisha:  Oh, I hear you! Waking up early isn’t always easy. But the quiet time and the beautiful sunrise make it worth the effort.

 

Trisha:  What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?

books-315677_640Angie:  My all time favorite—the one that kept me up, and had me weeping for the characters after it was over—is Liz Curtis Higgs Thorn In My Heart. Just so good. Of course, if you’d like to go back even further…my first exposure to Christian Fiction and favorites from childhood on–The Chronicles of Narnia.

Trisha:  Yes, I love Liz Curtis Higgs books!

 

Trisha:  If we took a peek at your “recently played” music, who would we find?

mobile-616012_640Angie:  Nora Jones. I LOVE her. Her music never disappoints.

Trisha:  I enjoy listening to Nora Jones on rainy days. Her music is relaxing and soothing, like a gentle rain.

 

 

Trisha:  Did the plotline or the characters come first?

desk-2158142_640Angie:  For The Outlaw’s Second Chance, I would say the plotline came first. I wanted to write a Land run story.

Trisha:  The beginning of your book with the Land Run, reminded me a bit of the Land Run at the end of the movie Far and Away.

 

Trisha:  Which character took you by surprise?

guy-2609361_640Angie:  This is a great question. The character that kind of “evolved” was the heroine’s brother, Ben. He was her past and present clashing to threaten her future. But, I love how he seemed so one-sided in my initial writings, and then grew to be more complex.

Trisha:  Ben surprised me in the story also!

 

Trisha:  What was the latest you stayed up working on this story?

coffee-2440074_640Angie:  Ooooh….me? Night owl extraordinaire? I’d have to say…3 or 4? But that might also include brainstorming sessions with my fabulous crit partner, Ashley Clark.

Trisha:  Wow! You are a night owl extraordinaire! My limit is usually 1 am.

 

Trisha:  What is something that didn’t make it into the final copy?

pencil-918449_640Angie:  In the original, I had Aubrey planning on running at night. She was going to be a “sooner” to the fullest definition of the word. But, I like the way it is soooo much better thanks to the suggestions of my editor at Love Inspired Historical!

Trisha:  That was a good change, I like the way it’s written! Thank you, Angie for spending time chatting with us today! It was fun getting to know more about you and your debut book.  I look forward to joining you at the Facebook Launch party tomorrow!

Thanks for having me on your blog, Trisha! I am so excited to see you at my FB launch party on the 12th. For all who want to join in the fun and a chance for winning a giveaway, visit www.facebook.com/dicken.angie and rsvp to the pinned event.

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Angie is giving away 1 (one) copy of her debut book “The Outlaw’s Second Chance” The winner may choose a paper copy or e-copy (paper copy USA only). Please 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. Return daily during the giveaway period to tweet for bonus entries.

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Author Interview & Giveaway with Lori Benton

I am on cloud 9 today! I have been looking forward to our visit with Lori Benton for weeks! I am totally over here fangirling right now! I’ve been a huge fan of Lori’s since her first book “Burning Sky” was released in 2013.

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Lori Benton was raised east of the Appalachian Mountains, surrounded by early American history going back three hundred years. Her novels transport readers to the eighteenth century, where she brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history. When she isn’t writing, reading, or researching, Lori enjoys exploring the Oregon wilderness with her husband. She is the author of Burning Sky, recipient of three Christy Awards, The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn, and The Wood’s Edge.

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Today Lori has joined us to talk about her latest book release Many Sparrows. I had the honor to receive an ARC of this captivating story (you can read my full review here). Trust me when I say that you will not want to miss this story!

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WaterBrook Press (Penguin Random House)
August 29 2017  
ISBN-10: 1601429940 
ISBN-13: 978-1601429940

Either she and her children would emerge from that wilderness together, or none of them would…In 1774, the Ohio-Kentucky frontier pulses with rising tension and brutal conflicts as Colonists push westward and encroach upon Native American territories. The young Inglesby family is making the perilous journey west when an accident sends Philip back to Redstone Fort for help, forcing him to leave his pregnant wife Clare and their four-year old son Jacob on a remote mountain trail.

When Philip does not return and Jacob disappears from the wagon under the cover of darkness, Clare awakens the next morning to find herself utterly alone, in labor and wondering how she can recover her son…especially when her second child is moments away from being born.

Clare will face the greatest fight of her life, as she struggles to reclaim her son from the Shawnee Indians now holding him captive. But with the battle lines sharply drawn, Jacob’s life might not be the only one at stake. When frontiersman Jeremiah Ring comes to her aid, can the stranger convince Clare that recovering her son will require the very thing her anguished heart is unwilling to do—be still, wait and let God fight this battle for them?

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Welcome Lori, I’m beyond thrilled to have you here today chatting with us about your new book ‘Many Sparrows’.  Before we delve into questions about the book, lets start off with a few getting to know you questions.

road-1072823_640Q: What is your favorite season, and why?

Lori: Oh, hands down, it’s autumn. I love the woodland colors (brown is my favorite color), though of course, they aren’t as spectacular where I live, in Oregon, as they are in the eastern states. I love the invigoration of cooler air after our long hot summer. I love the fog! It never depresses me. I find it cozy and good writing weather. I also love the mood it gives my landscape photos. I love fall clothes, chunky sweaters and hooded jackets and boots and flannel. I love the smell of wood fires on the air. Oh my, is it fall yet?

Trisha:  Fall is a beautiful time of year and such a welcome after a hot summer.

 

cobweb-1025021_640Q: What is the best part of your day?

Lori: I like the morning—early, mid, late, all of it. It’s my quiet time, then my writing time. My best “brain” hours are morning hours.

 

Trisha: I love watching the sun come up, every day it’s different. No two are alike.

 

 

book-863418_640Q: What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?

Lori:  Looking back I’d say Francine Rivers’ early works, especially The Mark of the Lion—they had a huge influence on me when I began writing CF, they broadened the scope. And of course Christy by Catherine Marshall, and Julie, which never seems to get as much attention but which I enjoyed nearly as much. Liz Curtis Higgs’ Scottish series which starts with A Thorn in My Heart were favorites. The early fantasy works of Stephen Lawhead, his Pendragon Cycle, awakened my love of all things Celtic and my interest in Welsh history. The first novel I wrote, back in my early twenties, was in that genre.

Trisha:  Those are some fantastic books. I’m a huge fan of Liz Curtis Higgs also!

 

mobile-616012_640Q: If we took a peek at your “recently played” music, who would we find?

Lori: You’d find a fairly eclectic mix of traditional Celtic (Scottish mostly) music including songs in Gaelic, to songs by Apologetix (a Christian parody band) to Mark Knopfler (formerly of Dire Straits) to bands like Of Monsters and Men, Lumineers, Lord Huron, The Frozen Ocean, Oh Hellos, Wailing Jennys, and some worship music.  There’d be some Josh Groban and Mary Fahl and Peter Hollens in there too. And sound tracks to movies like Last of the Mohicans.

Trisha:  I enjoy listening to Celtic music also, and love Last of the Mohicans!

 

blur-1869579_640Q: Did the plotline or the characters come first?

Lori: Neither. Both. It’s an organic process and a little different with each book. For Many Sparrows, I’m pretty sure it was the historical backdrop, Dunmore’s War, that started it all. Then came characters, Jeremiah Ring first. My earliest working title for this book was The Frontiersman since I had to call the file something! But story development is a long process (years sometimes) with plenty of time for plot ideas to start slipping in while I’m daydreaming character.  And vice versa.

 

na-woman-2Q: Which character took you by surprise?

Lori:  A secondary character, Rain Crow. For the longest time, I didn’t see her as a real person, I will confess. She was my villain. My bad guy. But at some point, I realized that wasn’t fair—to her or to the story. So I took some time to really delve into her past, her heart—why it was so important for her to hold onto Clare’s son—and came out the other side absolutely in sympathy with her, even though her heart’s desire stands in opposition to my main character, Clare’s. Which made it tougher for me as a writer to resolve their issues satisfactorily.  I got stretched and readers got a far more compelling story than if I’d taken the easy way.

Trisha: I really liked the direction you took with Rain Crow.  I admit, I didn’t like her at first, but then I began to see that she carried a history of deep hurt. Seeing Clare with Rain Crow made me appreciate the strength of Clare’s character even more.

 

coffee-2440074_640Q: What was the latest you stayed up working on this story?

Lori:  I don’t work at night (my writing brain is pretty much fried by 3 pm), so I’ve never stayed up late. I’m an early riser, so by 8 pm most nights I’m starting to think about sleep. Better to ask what’s the earliest I ever got up to work on this story? That answer would be 3-4am.

Trisha:  I don’t believe that I’ve ever willingly gotten up that early. I’m impressed!

 

pencil-918449_640Q: What is something that didn’t make it into the final copy?

Lori:  Nearly 40,000 words all told! While most of that was trimmed in bits and pieces from all over the place, there was one large chunk that hit the cutting room floor, a much longer version of Clare and Jeremiah’s stay in Wheeling Settlement, in which I introduced a group of female settlers that Clare falls in with during her attempt to locate Jacob, and an older woman who offered her counsel. But since we never saw these characters again after Clare leaves Wheeling, it was decided they slowed the story down at that point so they remain nameless women doing their washing at the creek.

 

Thank you Lori for visiting with us today, it was a pleasure to get to know you better and to chat about ‘Many Sparrows’.  Please feel free to come back any time and visit with us again!

Friends, Lori is giving away 1 autographed, printed copy of her latest book ‘Many Sparrows’.  The giveaway is only open to those in the continental USA. Please 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.

 To Enter the Giveaway: 

1.)  Leave a blog post comment answering the following question:
“What is the best part of your day?”

2.) CLICK HERE to enter the Rafflecopter entry form.

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Winner is: Trixi

Author Interview & Giveaway with Caryl McAdoo

I’m overjoyed to be visiting today with my new author friend Caryl McAdoo. Caryl is such a sweet lady, with a big giving heart, and a deep love for our Creator & Savior!

CarylMcAdoo  Born in California, Caryl McAdoo got to Texas in time to celebrate her first birthday. As a Dallas seventh grader, she remembers a homework essay on ‘What will you be doing in 2000?’ Looking into the future, Caryl saw herself as an inter-galactically famous author, streaking from planet to planet signing books. She laughs, “But I didn’t start writing again until the late ’80s, then was so blessed to find the DFW Writers’ Workshop in ’93.”

Her first book debuted ’99, then for the next nine years, she averaged a title a year from four presses: two non-fiction, four novels, and three mid-grade chapter books. In March 2014, her first historical Christian romance VOW UNBROKEN (see my review) debuted from Howard Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

In April, she re-released LADY LUCK’S A LOSER (formerly The Apple Orchard Bed and Breakfast) with a new chapter. In September HEARTS STOLEN, book two in the historical romance series, and in November A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS, her first Biblical fiction series The Generations. So four titles in 2014

Book three of the historicals HOPE REBORN debuted in January to start off a whale of a new year with eleven new titles planned–God willing. THE PREACHER’S FAITH comes in February, Caryl’s first contemporary in Red River Romance series. THEN THE DELUGE COMES, volume two of The Generations, follows in March.

Also known as Grami, she loves fourteen grandsugars, and she and O’Pa—her high school sweetheart and husband of forty-five years—have been rearing four of the grandsons for the past twelve years sending two off to college in 2014. She’s dedicated to advancing God’s Kingdom through her novels, praise and worship—He frequently gives her new songs—prayers, and her testimony.

She believes all good things are from Him and that her books will minister His love, mercy, and grace to her readers. Irving, Texas remained her life long home until 2008 when she and Ron followed God’s leading to Red River County in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State.

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Friends, Please join me in giving a warm joyful welcome to my friend Caryl McAdoo!

Trisha, I want to thank you so much for inviting me to visit today. If there’s anything I love, it’s visiting, especially with a new friend.

Caryl, I’ve been looking forward to our fun interview! Let’s get started with a few fun questions and then talk about your wonderful books. 

Q: What is your favorite season, and why?

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERACaryl:  Spring, spring, and some more spring. I love it for all the new life. Since a child, I’ve loved green. I used to say because it was the color of my eyes, my birthstone—emerald for May, and money, but as an adult, I had to replace that last reason. Didn’t want to sound like a moneygrubber, so I changed it to it’s the color of Spring which represents new life.

Winter is cold and gray, and Spring comes along and makes the world beautiful again. Plus, new babies start popping up everywhere, and what woman doesn’t adore new baby anythings?

GramimilkingVivianI live in a farm and ranching community—Red River County, in far Northeast Texas—and I love how white the new Charolais calves are, and all the new foals, (horses are my favorite animals), and oh, the kids! I raised a herd of about eighty Nigerian dwarf goats, and kidding season was the best! I milked about thirteen at a time and thought my thumbs would surely fall off!

It’s the season of my birth and I suppose the temperature warming up makes Spring just perfect for me. While I’m glad for all the seasons—just about the time you get tired of whichever one it is—the next one comes along . . . and they all have their positives, but IMHO, Spring is the only one with no negatives!

Trisha:  Spring is my favorite also. The beautiful flowers, and sunshine, birds singing, everything seems fresh and new.

 

Q:  What is the best part of your day?

baby-1266117_640Caryl:  My favorite part of the day is when I lay down to rest. Waking up is okay, but I go go go all day, and at night, I just love getting prone in my soft bed and cuddling to my sweet husband. He checks every morning to see if my books have any new reviews and reads them to me, too. That’s a close second, finding out how much a reader loved one of my stories. 

Trisha:  Ahhh, yes! Sleep is a wonderful thing. Is it nap time yet? 😉

 

Q:  What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?

book-863418_640Caryl:  I don’t have to think twice on this! It’s is such an easy question because I love Bodie Thoene’s series—all of them! The Zion Covenant and the Zion Chronicles were my favorites since they took me to Jerusalem, the only place in the world I long to go.

I remember being on the bus in New York City taking a break from a tradeshow at the Javits Center. I had all the people around me giggling as I could not stop myself from laughing at the scene I was reading. Bodie’s books all make me laugh aloud and cry so much that I couldn’t read the blurry words. I had to quit reading until I could stop crying. To my way of thinking, a story can’t get any better than that.  

 Trisha: I have read a few of Bodie Thoene’s books. It’s been quite a while!

 

Q:  If we took a peek at your “recently played” music, who would we find?

mobile-616012_640Caryl:  Most likely that would be Kari Jobe. She sings in my key and her music takes me straight to the Throne Room of the Most High King. My heart is to praise and worship God, to extol His majesty, and heap the glory due Him through the way I live my life. There’s no one like Him, not one to even compare. I’ve never met Kari—she also went to school at Christ For The Nations with my precious niece—but I’m certain we are of like heart. 

Trisha:  Kari Jobe is a wonderful singer. I hope you get to attend a concert and meet her soon!

 

Q:  Did the plotline or the characters come first?

51kh5E9Sg-L._SL250_Caryl:  Good question . . . don’t guess I’ve thought about this, but as I do . . . It has to be the characters. I usually use a crisis that leads to a bad decision or a bad decision that leads to a crisis to open a story, throwing my point-of-view character into the thick of it.

At that point in a new work, I have no idea about the plot or where the story is going. But I’ve created that character and from then on, she—or he—is a close friend I come to love. The more I write, the closer we become.

I tell you, Trisha. I can’t imagine leaving the Buckmeyers, Baylors, and Nightingales behind when Book Ten in my family saga, CHIEF OF SINNERS, launches in September  I’ve announced it as the last Texas Romance, but then there’s that precious little boy named David . . .

Trisha:  I’m looking forward to reading Chief of Sinners.  I’d love to read David’s story also!

 

Q:  Which character took you by surprise?

HopeRebornCaryl:  One of my favorite characters definitely took me by surprise, and that would be Millicent May Meriwether, the heroine of Hope Reborn. She’s a very successful New York dime novelist, bored with the same-o same-o heroes and heroines. Reading the newspaper one morning, she sees an article about a Texas Ranger who’s brought an Indian Chief in to stand trial for his atrocities and decides on the spot, she’s got to interview him to fashion her next novel’s male lead.

I loved writing about a writer! And even MORE fun, she writes the same stories I write! She titles her novel where Henry Buckmeyer and Sue Baylor fall in love THE GRANGER. Simon and Schuster’s Christian division, Howard Books published that same story I titled VOW UNBROKEN (book one in my Texas Romance series. My book two HEARTS STOLEN became her THE RANGER). Doesn’t that sound like so much fun?

My husband thinks of all my heroines, I’m most like May. 

 Trisha:  That does sound like a super fun character, and she’s wearing your favorite color!

 

Q:  What was the latest you stayed up working on this story?

2015 ThanksgivingCaryl:  Four o’clock in the morning? I’ve always been quite the night owl. The house is quiet and I’m never interrupted. Until this past January, O’Pa and I had been rearing four grandsons. We got them back in 2002 when the baby was born; he came home to us from the hospital. His brothers were three, four, and six.

This is the first time since we were nineteen years old that we haven’t had children in our home. I spread my own four out, and then we took in the little boys the same year our youngest left for college. I’m sixty-seven, that’s a lot of years with noisy, needy, beloved children! See why I’ve got that night-working habit? 

 Trisha:  4 am?! Wow! My eyes start going blurry around midnight and I know it’s time to give them a rest. 4 boys will keep you busy!

 

Q:  What is something that didn’t make it into the final copy?

01 frontSMCaryl:  Sad, sad, sad. In VOW UNBROKEN, book one, a major character is Blue Dog. Ron and I had written a series for children The River Bottom Ranch Stories wherein we ‘talk’ for the animals—write from their points of view. So, ‘speaking’ for Blue Dog seemed only natural. Not that the dog talked, but I got into his head and wrote from his point of view.

My agent, Mary Sue Seymore remarked that she’d never been in a dog’s head before and really enjoyed it, but when she sold the manuscript to Simon and Schuster, my new editor didn’t so much agree and asked that the scene be written only from Sue or Henry’s POV. And so it was cut, and that made me sad. Blue Dog was an amazing animal. His progenies are mentioned throughout the series.

Trisha:  This sounds like a great adventure story for kids!  I can imagine that your Grandsugars love hearing you read it it to them.

VowUnbrokenTrisha, this was so much fun and your questions, so out of the ordinary, were great! I thank you again for having me over. I thoroughly enjoyed myself!

Thank you Caryl! It has sure been fun spending time chatting with you and getting to know you better.  Please do come visit again!

Friends, Caryl is giving away 1 autographed, printed copy of her book ‘Vow Unbroken’.  The giveaway is only open to those in the continental USA. Please 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.

 

 To Enter the Giveaway:

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

“What is your favorite children’s book?”

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Author Interview & Giveaway with Roseanna M. White

I’m excited to have visiting with us today Roseanna M. White.  The first book I read of Roseanna’s was ‘Ring Of Secrets (the culper ring), and I’ve been hooked ever since! Roseanna is generously giving away an autographed copy of her latest book “A Name Unknown (Shadows over England #1)”.

RoseannaJuly2016-185x300Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of a slew of historical novels and novellas, ranging from biblical fiction to American-set romances to her new British series. Spies and war and mayhem always seem to make their way into her novels…to offset her real life, which is blessedly boring.

Being educated at St. John’s Collete (the Great Books School) taught Roseanna to ask questions, to value conversation, and to never accept the simple answer without exploring it for herself. She and her family make their home in the mountains of West Virginia where she and her husband both grew up. Roseanna is a member of ACFW, a frequent speaker at writers events and also small groups of readers, and an unabashed email addict.

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I recently finished reading A Name Unknown (Shadows over England #1). If you haven’t yet picked up this book, you should!  (click here to read my review)

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Edwardian Romance and History Gains a Twist of Suspense

Rosemary Gresham has no family beyond the band of former urchins that helped her survive as a girl in the mean streets of London. Grown now, they concentrate on stealing high-value items and have learned how to blend into upper-class society. But when Rosemary must determine whether a certain wealthy gentleman is loyal to Britain or to Germany, she is in for the challenge of a lifetime. How does one steal a family’s history, their very name?

Peter Holstein, given his family’s German blood, writes his popular series of adventure novels under a pen name. With European politics boiling and his own neighbors suspicious of him, Peter debates whether it might be best to change his name for good. When Rosemary shows up at his door pretending to be a historian and offering to help him trace his family history, his question might be answered.

But as the two work together and Rosemary sees his gracious reaction to his neighbors’ scornful attacks, she wonders if her assignment is going down the wrong path. Is it too late to help him prove that he’s more than his name?

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Welcome, Roseanna, I’m so happy to have you visiting with us today!  Let’s start out with a few getting to know you questions, and then we can talk about your latest book!

 

spring-bird-2295431_640Q: What is your favorite season, and why?

Roseanna:  Spring. I love seeing new life sprouting up and those first warm days—before the humidity and big heat of summer set in.

Trisha:  Spring is also my favorite. After a long cold northern winter, to watch the snow melt into green grass and see the first flowers; it can’t be beat!

 

early-spring-2122419_640Q: What is the best part of your day?

Roseanna:  Early, early morning. I rise at 5:30, and I just love that first hour when it’s just me, my coffee, my Bible, and my writing. =)

Trisha:  Wow, you are an early riser! Of course I can’t really say much, I get up at 6:00.
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Q:  What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?

Roseanna:  Some that really stick out to me from that range (a bit newer than 10, but you know) are Trish Perry’s The Guy I’m Not Dating, Julie Lessman’s A Passion Most Pure, and Lisa Samson’s The Passion of Mary Margaret. These are books that have stuck with me for humor, romance, and spirituality all these years. In the older-than-10 realm, gotta go with Francine Rivers—The Mark of the Lion trilogy and Atonement Child, especially.

Trisha:  Those are some really good ones! I knew you had good taste in books!
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Q:  If we took a peek at your “recently played” music, who would we find?

Roseanna:   Classical and Big Band selections. =)

Trisha:  Great taste in music too!

 

desk-2158142_640Q: Did the plotline or the characters come first?

Roseanna:  I had a few general background sorts of plot points—that I wanted my hero to be of German heritage, not a good speaker, a fabulous writer. That my heroine needed to be a thief. But I’m very much a character-driven writer, so the real story came together as I fleshed out my characters, for sure!
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Q:   Which character took you by surprise?

Roseanna:  One of Rosemary’s little sisters, Olivia. I’d already mentioned her briefly in the beginning, and then I decided that she needed to have a bit of a tragedy befall in order to keep Rosemary on the track she needed to be on. I had no idea at first how important she would end up being to Rosie and the story!

Trisha:  I liked Olivia, she was a fun addition.  I can’t wait to read Rosie’s story!
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Q:   What was the latest you stayed up working on this story?

Roseanna:  Oh, goodness. I am not a night owl, LOL. So no later than 10 p.m., I’m sure. My brain is mush after that!

Trisha:  I’m with you, I start to shut down after 10 p.m. But occasionally I have been known to stay up late.
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Q:  What is something that didn’t make it into the final copy?

Roseanna:  I actually had to add more than I cut—strange for a first draft that was rather long to begin with! So something that wasn’t in the first draft that ended up being . . . two things, actually. The secret society, and the plum at the end (I was just telling my kids this morning about the plum saving the day, LOL.)

Trisha:  I really enjoyed the plum scene.  I’m glad you added it!

 

Thank you so much Roseanna for joining us today. It was fun to chatting with you and getting to know you a little better. Please feel free to come visit again any time!

Friends, Roseanna is offering to giveaway 1 autographed, printed copy of her latest book ‘A Name Unknown’.  The giveaway is only open to those in the continental USA. Please review the policies here. The giveaway will be open for one week. At the close of the givaway period the winner will be contacted via email and announced on this page.

To Enter the Giveaway:

1.)  Leave a blog post comment answering the following question:
“What is your favorite season and why?”

2.) CLICK HERE to enter the Rafflecopter entry form.

*Note:  Receive daily entry points for tweeting about the giveaway, buy using the rafflecopter entry form. 

 

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‘Grounded Hearts’ Giveaway and Blog Tour

What do you get when you mix World War II, a brave midwife, a wounded pilot, and a risky secret? Jeanne M. Dickson’s new historical fiction novel, Grounded Hearts. When midwife Nan O’Neil finds a wounded young Canadian pilot at her door, she knows she’s taking a huge risk by letting him in. Still, something compels Nan to take in “flyboy” Dutch Whitney, an RAF pilot whose bomber has just crashed over County Clare. While she tends to his wounds and gives him a secret place of refuge, the two begin to form a mutual affection-and an unbreakable bond.

About the book:

In the midst of World War II, Ireland has declared herself neutral. Troops found on Irish soil must be reported and interned, no matter which side they are fighting for. When midwife Nan O’Neil finds a wounded young Canadian pilot at her door, she knows she’s taking a huge risk by letting him in. Not only is she a widow living alone, but if caught harboring a combatant, she’ll face imprisonment.

Still, something compels Nan to take in “flyboy” Dutch Whitney, an RAF pilot whose bomber has just crashed over County Clare. While she tends to his wounds and gives him a secret place of refuge, the two begin to form a mutual affection—and an unbreakable bond.

But Nan has another secret, one that has racked her with guilt since her husband’s death and made her question ever loving again. As Nan and Dutch plan his escape, can he help restore her faith?

My Review:

This book starts off strong. With realistic characters and action packed adventure, you will find yourself smack dab in the center of the action.

I appreciated the history and research that went into make this story come to life, and I enjoyed learning more about how Ireland and it’s people experienced World War II.

Nan is a strong heroine. You quickly come to understand why she makes some of the choices she makes. Although, there were several times that I wished I could go inside the book and give her a good strong talking to. Nan feels like she has to earn forgiveness, and with that feeling she never feels like she has done enough to earn it.

Dutch is as handsome as he is patient and kind. He’s the perfect yin to Nan’s yang. Dutch is fighting his own history and struggles, yet he is willing to reach out and help others.

For me the tempo of the story is a little slower toward the end, and there was not as much character growth as I would have preferred.

(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write a positive review. The thoughts an opinions expressed are my own.)

About the Author:

jeannebiophoto_origJeanne was born into an Irish-American family, the only girl in a family with four brothers. Her Irish grandmother lived with them, and was a constant source of stories about life in Ireland and the saints and ancestors long gone from this earth. She credits her mother, her aunts, and grandmother for her love of storytelling. Today she lives in Coastal San Diego with her fabulous husband, her two wonderful girls, and a dozen disobedient rose bushes.

Jeanne writes romances set in WWII Ireland and also contemporary romances either set in Ireland or there’ll be Irish/Irish American characters.

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Join Jeanne in celebrating the release of her new book by entering to win the Celtic Knots Giveaway!

One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on July 31. The winner will be announced August 1 on the Litfuse blog.

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