Author Interview & Giveaway: Heidi Chiavaroli

Welcome, dear friends! I am so very excited to have Heidi Chiavaroli visiting with us today on the blog! Pour yourself a nice hot drink and join us for a fun chat about her newest book, The Tea Chest! If you’d like to see my review, click here.

HeidiChiavaroli Heidi Chiavaroli is a writer, runner, and grace-clinger who could spend hours exploring places that whisper of historical secrets. She is an ACFW Carol Award winner and a Christy finalist. Both her debut novel, “Freedom’s Ring” and her sophomore novel, “The Hidden Side” are Romantic Times Top Picks. “Freedom’s Ring” was also a BOOKLIST Top Ten Romance Debut. She makes her home in Massachusetts with her husband and two sons. Visit her online at heidichiavaroli.com

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Boston, 1773
TheTeaChestEmma Malcolm’s father is staunchly loyal to the crown, but Emma’s heart belongs to Noah Winslow, a lowly printer’s assistant and Patriot. But her father has promised her hand to Samuel Clarke, a rapacious and sadistic man. As his fiance, she would have to give up Noah and the friends who have become like family to her–as well as the beliefs she has come to embrace.

After Emma is drawn into the treasonous Boston Tea Party, Samuel blackmails her with evidence that condemns each participant, including Noah. Emma realizes she must do whatever it takes to protect those she loves, even if it means giving up the life she desires and becoming Samuel’s wife.

Present Day
Lieutenant Hayley Ashworth is determined to be the first woman inducted into the elite Navy SEALs. But before her dream can be realized, she must return to Boston in order to put the abuse and neglect of her childhood behind her. When an unexpected encounter with the man she once loved leads to the discovery of a tea chest and the document hidden within, she wonders if perhaps true strength and freedom are buried deeper than she first realized.

Two women, separated by centuries, must find the strength to fight for love and freedom. . . and discover a heritage of courage and faith.

  The Tea Chest

Now let us jump right into our fun interview! Be sure to stick around till the very end to enter the GIVAWAY! Join me in giving a warm welcome to Author, Heidi Chiavaroli!

beach-1979238_640Q:  What is your favorite season, and why?

Heidi:  Summer definitely! Long days, beach, beautiful walks on the water…everything about it energizes me!

Trisha:  I too love summer! Longer days, lots of sunshine, warm temperatures.

the-drink-3058230_1920Q:  What is the best part of your day?

Heidi:  I love mornings, particularly sunny ones. Though I certainly enjoy pulling on a pair of warm jammies and settling in for the night with my family as well.

Trisha:  Yes, the bookends of the day!

books-315677_640Q:  What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?

Heidi:  My favorites are Francine Rivers’ Mark of the Lion series and Redeeming Love. I also really enjoyed The Four Seasons Collection by Catherine Palmer and Gary Chapman.

Trisha:  Those are all fantastic books!

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

Heidi:  Oh dear! Okay, so just yesterday I had a small solo dance session in my kitchen (great for de-stressing) so you’d find some party dance songs like Shut Up and Dance, Cupid Shuffle, and Sweet Caroline.

Add to that my favorite worship song No Longer Slaves, some Mercy Me songs (because we’re going to a concert in a couple weeks!) and The Greatest Showman soundtrack.

Trisha:  Sometimes you just need to have a solo dance session in the kitchen!! Enjoy the Mercy Me concert!

desk-2158142_640Q:  What do you love about this story?

Heidi:  I love that this story explores two strong women who long to fight for freedom. They both do some gutsy things for their country (Hayley in trying to become the first woman Navy SEAL and Emma in going against her family to support the Patriots and aid in the dumping of the tea), and yet they both struggle internally with what it means to be truly strong.

Trisha:  Yes, I too loved the strong ladies in this story!

runner-1863202_640Q:  Which character took you by surprise?

Heidi:  Both Emma and Hayley surprised me in different ways (that’s what happens when you don’t plot well, I guess!) but I think in the end it was Hayley that surprised me the most.

Trisha:  I too was surprised by Hayley the most, in a good way!

love-2614754_640Q:  What is something you hope readers will tell others about this story?

Heidi:  That it showed them hope in the midst of failure. That they glimpsed a God who is the master at redefining failure. (And I always hope that readers will really feel like they were a part of history in the process.)

Trisha:  Yes, all of those things shine through in this story!

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

Heidi:  While I can’t think of anything that didn’t make it into the final copy, I can think of a ton of things that were added!

For instance, there’s a teacup that Sarah Fulton gives Emma in the beginning. That cup became important, particularly symbolically, throughout the story.

Trisha:  I really liked the importance of the teacup that Sarah gave Emma!

desk-1148994_640Q:  What are you currently working on and how long till we can read more?! 

Heidi:  Awww, thanks for your enthusiasm! I just finished edits on my next book titled The Orchard House. It’s another time-slip novel that explores some of the little-explored history behind Louisa May Alcott’s time as a nurse in the Civil War. I’m excited to introduce it to readers early next year!

Trisha:  Ohhh, it sounds like a really great story! I look forward to hearing more and of course reading it! Thank you for spending a little time with us today!

* * * * * GIVEAWAY  * * * * *

GiveawayGraphicHeidi Chiavaroli is giving away 1 (one) signed, print copy of her book “The Tea Chest”, a spiced mat with matching dishtowel. Due to shipping, this giveaway is open only to those who live in the continental USA. Review the policies here.  The giveaway will be open for one week. At the close of the giveaway period, the winner will be contacted via email and announced on this page. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email, before another winner will be chosen.

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Thank you to all who stopped by and entered the giveway! Stick around, as there are more giveaways in the future!

 

Don’t miss out on these other books by Heidi Chiavaroli:

The Edge of Mercy

  The Hidden Side

  Freedom’s Ring

 

The Tea Chest by Heidi Chiavaroli

Synopsis:

Boston, 1773
Emma Malcolm’s father is staunchly loyal to the crown, but Emma’s heart belongs to Noah Winslow, a lowly printer’s assistant and Patriot. But her father has promised her hand to Samuel Clarke, a rapacious and sadistic man. As his fiance, she would have to give up Noah and the friends who have become like family to her–as well as the beliefs she has come to embrace.

After Emma is drawn into the treasonous Boston Tea Party, Samuel blackmails her with evidence that condemns each participant, including Noah. Emma realizes she must do whatever it takes to protect those she loves, even if it means giving up the life she desires and becoming Samuel’s wife.

Present Day
Lieutenant Hayley Ashworth is determined to be the first woman inducted into the elite Navy SEALs. But before her dream can be realized, she must return to Boston in order to put the abuse and neglect of her childhood behind her. When an unexpected encounter with the man she once loved leads to the discovery of a tea chest and the document hidden within, she wonders if perhaps true strength and freedom are buried deeper than she first realized.

Two women, separated by centuries, must find the strength to fight for love and freedom. . . and discover a heritage of courage and faith.

  The Tea Chest

My Thoughts:

This story is an impressive work of art. Filled with emotion and bold characters who are unapologetic in their beliefs and relentless in their pursuit of liberty. The abundant life breathed into these characters and the authentic attention to historical details all came together to create a vibrant story that is sure to stick with you long after you’ve read the last words on the page.

I fully enjoyed my time spent with this dual-timeline story. If you had asked me early on I would have said that the historical timeline was my favorite. But after reaching the end of the book and getting to know and understand Hayley better, I’m not hard-pressed to give an answer because I find that I love both timelines equally.

A few times I had to put the book down and look up a historical detail just to assuage my curiosity. Now more than ever I want to take a trip to Boston and see the sites for myself. I highly recommend this fantastic story!

(I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. My thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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About the Author:

HeidiChiavaroliHeidi Chiavaroli is a women’s fiction author who seeks to portray authentic women finding boundless grace in Jesus. Her stories are largely split-time novels, weaving the past and the present together with hope. Heidi is the winner of ACFW’s 2014 Genesis Contest, Historical Category. Her debut novel will release this August from Tyndale Publishers. Heidi lives in Massachusetts with her high school sweetheart (AKA husband), two sons, and Howie, her standard poodle.

She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Heidi is represented by Natasha Kern of the Natasha Kern Literary Agency.

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 The Tea Chest

Other books by Heidi Chiavaroli:

The Edge of Mercy

  The Hidden Side

  Freedom’s Ring

 

The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes a story of long-lost love and its redemption in future generations.

Synopsis:

Romance has never been actress Chloe Daschle’s forte—in life or on screen. But everyone knows who to call for a convincing death scene . . . and it might be killing her career.

When Chloe is given a peek at the script for an epic love story, she decides to take her destiny into her own hands and request an audition for the lead female role, Esther Kingsley. The compelling tale, inspired by family lore and a one-page letter from the colonial ancestor of scriptwriter Jesse Gates, just might break her out of this career-crippling rut. Jesse would rather write about romance than live through it after his past relationship ended in disaster. But once on-set together, the chemistry between Jesse and his leading lady is hard to deny.

Centuries earlier, in the heart of the Revolutionary War, Hamilton Lightfoot and Esther Longfellow wrote their saga off the silver screen. Esther’s Loyalist father opposes any relationship with Hamilton, but Esther must face her beloved father’s disapproval and the dangers of war in order to convince Hamilton of their future together. Hamilton has loved Esther for years, and on the eve of battle pens the love letter she’s always wanted—something straight from the heart.

Set in stunning upcountry South Carolina, The Love Letter is a beautifully-crafted story of the courage it takes to face down fear and chase after love, even in the darkest of times. And just maybe, all these generations later, love can come home in a way not even Hollywood could imagine.

My Thoughts:

The first thing that drew me to this book was the setting and the history side of the story. I’ve visited the historic Cowpens battlefield, walked the dirt paths and imagined what it may have been like. When we visited the honeysuckle’s were thick and fragrant.

The characters are realistic and face real struggles.  With an over-arching question of what is real love and what does it look like, readers are invited into the dialogue and challenged to possibly rethink their own ideas.

For me, the Historical time period in the story was my favorite. However, I did enjoy all the characters and I thought how Rachel wove the two time periods together was fabulous. There were a couple of spots in the story that I found a bit slow, but all in all, it was an enjoyable read!

This is the first book I’ve read by Rachel Hauck and I look forward to reading more of her books in the future. I give this story 3.5 stars and would encourage anyone who enjoyed reading time-slip stories to pick this one up!

(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.)

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BONUS:

One of the locations mentioned in the book is Cowpens, South Carolina. One of the pivotal battles in the Revolutionary war was fought here. Today, you can visit this historical landmark.  CLICK HERE to visit the web page. I’ve visited this battlefield myself!

Thomas Nelson has made available the first several pages of The Love Letter! Click Here for your reading pleasure.

Pick-up your copy today!

  The Love Letter

 

About the Author:

RachelHauckRachel Hauck is an award winning, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author.

Her book The Wedding Dress was named Inspirational Novel of the Year by Romantic Times Book Reviews. She is a double RITA finalist, and a Christy and Carol Award Winner.

Her book, Once Upon A Prince, first in the Royal Wedding Series, was filmed for an Original Hallmark movie and aired in April 2018. It was the #1 show for it’s time slot and #3 for the week in cable programming.

At home, she’s a wife, writer, worship leader and works out at a local gym semi-enthusiastically.

A graduate of Ohio State University (Go Bucks!) with a degree in Journalism, she’s a former sorority girl and a devoted Ohio State football fan. Her bucket list is to stand on the sidelines with Urban Meyer.

She lives in sunny central Florida with her husband and ornery cat.

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Author Interview & Giveaway with Jocelyn Green – A Refuge Assured

Welcome, Friends! I’m so very excited to introduce you to today’s special guest. It is a pleasure to have Jocelyn Green visiting with us today.

JocelynGreenJocelyn Green inspires faith and courage as the award-winning and bestselling author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books, including The Mark of the King; Wedded to War; and The 5 Love Languages Military Edition, which she coauthored with bestselling author Dr. Gary Chapman. She graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She is an active member of the Christian Authors Network, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America. She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two children in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

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You can pick up a copy of Jocelyn’s latest book  “A Refuge Assured” at your local bookstore. CLICK HERE to read my review.

 

A Refuge AssuredLacemaker Vivienne Rivard never imagined her craft could threaten her life. Yet in revolutionary France, it is a death sentence when the nobility, and those associated with them, are forced to the guillotine. Vivienne flees to Philadelphia, but danger lurks in the French Quarter, as revolutionary sympathizers begin to suspect a young boy left in her care might be the Dauphin. Can the French settlement Asylum offer permanent refuge?

Militiaman Liam Delaney proudly served in the American Revolution, but now that the new government has imposed an oppressive tax that impacts his family, he barely recognizes the democracy he fought for. He wants only to cultivate his hard-won farm near Asylum, but he soon finds himself drawn into the escalating tension of the Whiskey Rebellion. When he meets a beautiful young Frenchwoman recently arrived from Paris, they are drawn together in surprising ways to fight for the peace and safety for which they long.

 

Please join me in giving Jocelyn a warm welcome! Jocelyn, it is a pleasure to have you here today! Let’s get started with our interview. 

Q:  What is your favorite season, and why?

Jocelyn:  Spring. The increase of daylight after a long Iowa winter always takes me by surprise and fills me with joy. The warmer temperatures and reappearance of grass and leaves and all flowering things really do feel like an annual rebirth.

Trisha: Oh, Spring is my favorite also! The flowers returning, things turning green, warmth, sunshine, birds singing, I love it all!

 
Q:  What is the best part of your day?

Jocelyn:  The part where I’m drinking coffee. 😊 Usually that’s in the morning before the kids are up, but it can be early afternoon on occasion, too. But that’s a tie with family dinner time. I love having everyone together to talk about our day. When we don’t do it, I really miss it and notice a disconnect.

Trisha:  Mmmm….Coffee! Yes! Family time is so important!

 

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

Jocelyn:  Brock and Bodie Thoene’s Zion Covenant series, for sure!

Trisha: Yes! I too enjoyed reading that series!

 

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

Jocelyn:  Mozart, Christmas music sung by monks, and on Pandora, “The Civil Wars” artists.

Trisha:  I enjoy listening to instrumental music when I read & write. I find it helps erase background noise. I enjoy finding out what others listen to.

 

Q:  Did the plotline or the characters come first?

Jocelyn:  My first response would be characters, but both the hero and heroine would not be who they are without the plot. So here’s what I had to work with first: a lacemaker (character) fleeing from the French Revolution and seeking asylum in America (plot). Plus a veteran of the Revolutionary War (character) struggling to work out what independence means in America’s young democracy (plot). They are so intertwined, it’s hard for me to separate them.

Trisha:  Thus far, for me it’s been all about the characters when I’m starting a story. I enjoy hearing how authors approach a new story.

 

Q:  Which character took you by surprise

Jocelyn:  Both Armand and Paulette took me by surprise. Paulette played a role I didn’t know she would until late in the process, and Armand—well, that man popped into the pension at Le Havre at the  beginning of the novel when I didn’t even know he would be in the book at all. But I’m SO GLAD he showed up, because his relationship with Vivienne, the heroine, was a rich subplot that added dimension to both characters and plot.

Trisha:  Yes, both of those two took me by surprise as well. Paulette more so than Armand.

 

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

Jocelyn:  I don’t remember! It probably wouldn’t impress you. It’s far more likely for me to go to bed at a normal hour and get up early (5 am is typical, 3 am or 4 am is not unheard of).

Trisha:  My goal is to go to bed around 11 pm.  Often a good story will keep me up past that. But rarely do I ever wake up before 6 am. I’d rather sleep in. 🙂

 

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

Jocelyn:  I have gobs to choose from, since I cut out so much. Here’s one: in early drafts, I had a couple of extra characters who served as tutors for Henri in Philadelphia, but they didn’t have enough to do to make it worth their existence on the page, so I cut them out. I figured readers have enough characters to keep straight as it is. I also cut out lots of sighing, inhaling deeply, gazing, and clearing throats. 😊

Trisha:  Now I’m curious, if you have ever saved one of those characters you chopped out and used them in another book later?

 

Q:  What books/stories are you currently working on and how long till we can read more?! (I’m eager to read more amazing stories can you tell?)

Jocelyn:  I’m currently working on the next novel to release from Bethany House in 2019. It’s set in the French and Indian War and is set in Montreal and Quebec. Thank you for being an eager reader!

Trisha: Yay! A new historical to watch for! I look forward to hearing more!

 

*** GIVEAWAY ***

 Jocelyn Green is giving away 1 (one) print copy of her book “A Refuge Assured” Please review the policies here. Please note that due to shipping cost this print copy is only available to those in the continental USA. 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.

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