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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Lori S.

 

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

 

Author Interview & Giveaway: Kathleen Denly

Today I am super excited to have Author, Kathleen Denly here to chat with us today about her debut book, A Waltz in the Wilderness. Be sure to read all the way to the end and enter to win a copy of Kathleen’s new book!

Author Photo.KathleenDenly  Kathleen Denly lives in sunny Southern California with her loving husband, four young children, and two cats. As a member of the adoption and foster community, children in need are a cause dear to her heart and she finds they make frequent appearances in her stories. When she isn’t writing, researching, or caring for children, Kathleen spends her time reading, visiting historical sites, hiking, and crafting.

Waltz in the Wilderness is Kathleen’s debut novel and the first in a series of three stand-alone historical Christian romance novels connected by secondary characters and their beautiful Southern California setting.

Kathleen would love it if you visited her website at KathleenDenly.com. You can also connect with her on social media:

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48584636. sy475 Eliza Brooks is haunted by her role in her mother’s death, so she’ll do anything to find her missing pa—even if it means sneaking aboard a southbound ship. When those meant to protect her abandon and betray her instead, a family friend’s unexpected assistance is a blessing she can’t refuse.

Daniel Clarke came to California to make his fortune, and a stable job as a San Francisco carpenter has earned him more than most have scraped from the local goldfields. But it’s been four years since he left Massachusetts and his fiancé is impatient for his return. Bound for home at last, Daniel Clarke finds his heart and plans challenged by a tenacious young woman with haunted eyes. Though every word he utters seems to offend her, he is determined to see her safely returned to her father. Even if that means risking his fragile engagement.

When disaster befalls them in the remote wilderness of the Southern California mountains, true feelings are revealed, and both must face heart-rending decisions. But how to decide when every choice before them leads to someone getting hurt?

  Waltz in the Wilderness

Thank you, Kathleen, for stopping by today to chat with us about your new book. Let’s get started with a few fun, get-to-know-you questions and then talk about the book.

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

Kathleen:  This one has actually changed. I used to be a huge fan of summer. Although I would still much rather be hot than cold, as I get older, I find Spring has become my favorite season. I like the more moderate weather and the beautiful greenery we enjoy here in Southern California during that time.

Trisha:  Spring is my favorite season. After a long cold Michigan winter, I love watching the plants come back to life and listen to the birds singing in the trees!

Bible Journaling - Love one Another (002)Q:  What is the best part of your day?

Kathleen:  Any time I can spend focused on God and His Word. I especially love Bible Journaling while listening to worship music. I don’t get to do it every morning (sometimes my Bible study is shorter), but when I do, it always starts my day off right.

Trisha:  I too enjoy Bible Journaling! I’m blessed to have a small group of ladies at church who also enjoy Bible Journaling.

love-2614754_640Q:  What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?

Kathleen:  Wow. Tough question! The first one that comes to mind is Francine Rivers’ Redeeming Love. I really need to reread that one. I also really loved Deanne Gist’s early novels, A Bride Most Begrudging, Courting Trouble, Deep in the Heart of Trouble, etc.. And I was a fan of Lauraine Snelling’s Dakotah Treasure’s Series.

Trisha:  Oh, you picked some of my favorites too!!

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

Kathleen:  “10,000 Reasons” by Matt Redman

“Good Good Father” by Chris Tomlin

“Happy Dance” by Mercy Me

Trisha:  I love it! Those are some great songs!

book-863418_640Q:  What do you love about this story?

Kathleen:  The journey the characters go through in their walk with the Lord. I don’t want to give too much away, but writing these stories is always a journey for both me and the character as God reminds me of things and teaches me new things through my characters.  Plus the banter. That’s always fun to write. 😉

Trisha:  Great answer and I completely agree with the fun banter too!

guy-2609361_640Q:  Which character took you by surprise?

Kathleen:  Hmmm. That’s a toss-up between Alice and Richard. Neither one of them was originally meant to have as big a role in the story as they wound up getting. Then I fell in love with Richard so much that I made him the hero of my next book, Sing in the Sunlight.

Trisha:  I am looking forward to reading more about Richard in your next book!!

coffee-2440074_640Q:  What is something you hope readers will tell others about this story?

Kathleen:  How much they loved it, of course! More specifically, though, I hope they can share something about the story that they were able to relate to. I write my stories with the hope that God will use my words to speak to people’s hearts. If God can use a donkey to speak, why not my story? Since we are all different, we all need to hear different things, so I don’t expect each person’s take away to be the same. Though, in a broad sense, I hope people are reminded that their identity is in Christ and not in their accomplishments or failures. That’s a theme I try to include in all of my stories, but in different ways.

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

Kathleen:  Ooooh. I’m actually dying to share a particular scene that I wrote for Alice and Richard but later deleted. It was so fun, but wasn’t essential to the plot so I had to remove it. The problem is, if I share it here, it would reveal a spoiler. I will probably wind up adding it to my Kathleen’s Readers’ Club Freebie Library in the near future. I’ll just add an upfront warning that people should only read it if they’ve already read Waltz in the Wilderness.

Trisha: It sure would be fun to read it from your Reader’s Club Library!

books-315677_640Q:  What are you currently working on and how long till we can read more?! 

Kathleen:  I am currently finishing up Sing in the Sunlight and preparing to send it out to beta readers. My publisher has it scheduled to release in early 2021, but the exact release date isn’t set yet.

Trisha:  I’m excited to be able to read more wonderful stories of yours! Thank you for visiting with us today!

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Kathleen Denly is giving away 1 (one) digital copy of her book “Waltz in the Wilderness”. 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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Author Interview & Giveaway: Susie Finkbeiner

I’m so very excited to have Susie Finkbeiner here visiting with us today and chatting about her latest book All Manner of Things. I recently read this wonderful story, and couldn’t wait to get the chance to talk with Susie about her book!

SusieFinkbeiner  Susie Finkbeiner is the CBA bestselling author of A Cup of Dust, A Trail of Crumbs, and A Song of Home

Her most recent novel, All Manner of Things, released in June 2019 with Revell.

She serves on the Breathe Christian Writers Conference planning committee, volunteers her time at Ada Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and speaks at retreats and women’s events across the state. Susie and her husband have three children and live in West Michigan.

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About the book:

AllMannerOfThingsWhen Annie Jacobson’s brother Mike enlists as a medic in the Army in 1967, he hands her a piece of paper with the address of their long-estranged father. If anything should happen to him in Vietnam, Mike says, Annie must let their father know.

In Mike’s absence, their father returns to face tragedy at home, adding an extra measure of complication to an already tense time. As they work toward healing and pray fervently for Mike’s safety overseas, letter by letter the Jacobsons must find a way to pull together as a family, regardless of past hurts. In the tumult of this time, Annie and her family grapple with the tension of holding both hope and grief in the same hand, even as they learn to turn to the One who binds the wounds of the brokenhearted.

Author Susie Finkbeiner invites you into the Jacobson family’s home and hearts during a time in which the chaos of the outside world touched their small community in ways they never imagined.

Click on the title below to snag your copy:

  All Manner of Things

Author Interview:

beach-beauty-close-up-733828Q:  What is your favorite season, and why?

Susie:  Oh goodness. This is a hard one. But I have to say that I really love summer. The kids are home from school, we read a whole bunch together, and we make trips out to Lake Michigan to watch the sunset. It never lasts long enough.

Trisha:  A Michigan summer can’t be beat!

girls-739071_1920Q:  What is the best part of your day?

Susie: When my husband comes home from work. I know. It sounds cliche, but it’s true! He’s my favorite person and I love seeing him.

Trisha:  That is so very sweet!

love-2614754_640Q:  What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?

Susie:  I can’t believe that it’s been 10 years since it released, but I absolutely adore Lisa Samson’s The Passion of Mary-Margaret. I really love all of the books she shared with us!

Trisha:  I’ve not read The Passion of Mary-Margaret. I’m going to have to correct that soon!

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

Susie:  The Beatles!!!!! Of course!

Trisha: Of course!!

heart-1908901_640Q:  What do you love about this story? 

Susie:  I think my favorite thing about All Manner of Things is how the family really came together. They were such a joy to write and I miss them a whole lot.

Trisha:  Yes!! I wanted to hug them!

book-863418_640Q:  Which character took you by surprise? 

Susie:  Honestly? Walt Vanderlaan. I didn’t anticipate myself feeling pity for him. But I’m glad I got to that point while writing him.

Trisha:  He surprised me also, in a good way!

coffee-2440074_640Q:  What is something you hope readers will tell others about this story? 

Susie:  That even though this is a story that will make readers cry, it’s also chock full of hope.

Trisha:  Absolutely!!

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

Susie:  In an early draft, Bernie’s Diner was a gift shop that sold toy tomahawks and collectible wooden shoes. I’m glad I switched it to a diner, though.

Trisha:  I like the dinner, it fits so well that I can’t imagine it being anything else.

alphabets-2365812_640Q:  What are you currently working on and when will it be available?! 

Susie:  I recently turned in a manuscript that will release next July. More information about that to come!

Trisha:  Oh, you are such a tease! I look forward to hearing more soon!

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Susie Finkbeiner is giving away 1 (one) print copy of her book “All Manner of Things”. 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. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email, before another winner will be chosen.

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Author Interview & Giveaway with Angie Dicken – The Yellow Lantern

I’m super excited to have Angie Dicken here visiting with us today chatting about her new book, “The Yellow Lantern” set to release in August. Be sure to stay with us till the end and enter the #Giveaway!

For those of you who have not yet had the pleasure of reading any of Angie’s books, allow me to introduce you…

AngieDicken  Angie 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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About the Book:

TheYellowLanternIn Massachusetts in 1824, Josephine Clayton awakes on the table of the doctor she’s assisted all these months. She was presumed dead by all and has become the doctor’s next corpse for his medical research. Frightened, the doctor tries to kill her, but Josephine begs to be spared. A deal is struck–Josie will leave her village and work at a distant cotton mill. All the while, she’ll await her true mission–posing as a mourner to help his body snatcher procure her replacement. At the mill though, Josie is praised for her medical remedies among the mill girls, gaining attention from the handsome factory manager Braham Terrance. Yet, when Braham’s own loved one becomes the prey for the next grave robbing, Josie must make a choice that could put her dark past behind her or steal away the promise of any future at all.

What price will Josie pay for love when her secrets begin to unravel?

The Yellow Lantern (August 1, 2019)

 

Trisha:  Welcome Angie, I’m so glad you can visit with us today to talk about your upcoming book The Yellow Lantern. Let’s jump right into the questions!

mushroom-3014641_1920Q:  What is your favorite season, and why?

Angie:  I’d have to say Fall since I moved to the Midwest (ten years ago). Changing color, apple orchards, sweater weather…love!

Trisha:  Fall is a beautiful season!

 

tree-1409101_640Q:  What is the best part of your day?

Angie:  I really enjoy getting up early before everyone else. I love my coffee on the deck with the birds chirping, reading and writing in peace. J

Trisha:  I too enjoy the quiet peace of mornings.

 

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

Angie:  One of my first Christian Fiction reads ever was Liz Curtis Higgs Thorn in My Heart. And…Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers!

Trisha:  You’ve listed two of my long-time favorites!!

 

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

Angie:  Actually, you would find the Pandora station, Native American World Drums. I am writing a novella set on the frontier, and I love this music! The instruments are soulful.

Trisha:  Ohhh, I love a good Native American story! I can’t wait!!

 

book-863418_640Q:  What do you love about this story?

Angie:  I loved weaving suspense throughout it. I’ve never written suspense before, and it tapped into some new creative juices for me.

Trisha:  It sure is suspenseful, with a handful of surprises tossed in for good measure! I’m sure it will be well received!

 

guy-2609361_640Q:  Which character took you by surprise?

Angie:  The main grave robber, Alvin! I can’t say much, but all I can say is, secondary characters can do some crazy things. 😉

Trisha:  Alvin took me by surprise too. I thought I had him pegged down. I won’t spoil it for our friends and say more.

 

coffee-1629158_640Q:  What is something you hope readers will tell others about this story?

Angie:  That they didn’t know how it would turn out until the last page. I love that comment!

Trisha:  It’s sooo true! The ending could have gone several directions, and will keep the reader guessing!

 

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

Angie:  One of the first scenes ever written showed Josie discovering her younger sister on the doctor’s table after being buried alive. I like how it turned out—the heroine having the experience instead.

Trisha:  Oh, wow! That would be awful to see your younger sister on the doctor’s table. Thank you, Angie, for chatting with us today about The Yellow Lantern!

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Author Interview & Giveaway with Amber Lynn Perry

I am super excited to have Amber Lynn Perry visiting with us today and chatting about her latest book So Bright A Hope (Daughters of His Kingdom #5). Be sure to stick around to the end to enter the giveaway!

amber-perry-photoA Pacific Northwest native, Amber Lynn Perry lives in Washington state with her husband and two daughters. She studied humanities at Portland State University and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree focused on art history. As a homeschooling mom, Amber spends much of her time teaching everything from Shakespeare to science.

When she isn’t crafting with her kids, making dinner or driving to dance classes, Amber is either reading or writing about her favorite time in American history. The Revolutionary era has captured her imagination from the time she was in middle school. Through her books, Amber hopes to not only give readers a glimpse into the past, but to instill in them a lasting love of liberty.

 

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About the book:

SoBrightAHopeWhen Caroline Whitney receives word that the brother she thought was dead is in fact a prisoner of war, she is frantic to rescue him. On the way to find help, she hides from the Redcoats, but is quickly discovered by a rugged British soldier who claims she must go with him, or be tried for espionage. The world would tell her this man is the enemy, but the veiled secrets in her captor’s eyes reveal he is more than he seems. If she fails to trust, more could be endangered than her life—her heart is bound to be broken a second time.

As a double agent in the service of Washington, British Captain James Higley must keep his true convictions a secret or face being killed as a traitor. On his newest mission, he discovers a courageous woman hiding in a barn, and is forced to capture her, or both their lives will be in jeopardy. When she offers her compliance in exchange for help in finding her brother, he accepts, despite his inner warnings. He must keep his distance from this alluring Patriot, or risk revealing not only his identity, but the true feelings of his heart.

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  So Bright A Hope (Daughters of His Kingdom #5)

 

Join me in giving a warm welcome to Amber Lynn Perry! Let’s start out with a few fun getting to know you questions and then we’ll chat about So Bright A Hope.

Q:  What is your favorite season, and why?

road-1072823_640Amber: Fall. Always! I love the colors, the feel of the weather. The rain at night on my window when I’m reading…pure heaven.

Trisha:  I too enjoy the fall colors and the harvest of many of my favorite fruits and veggies!

 

Q:  What is the best part of your day?

tree-1409101_640Amber: Wow! That’s a great question. I love the morning. Because I love a fresh start–knowing I have the full day ahead of me to use as best I can. You know?

Trisha: Yes, a fresh start and everything is new!

 

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

love-2614754_640Amber: Oh man! K, I loooove Deanne Gist’s older stuff…anything from about 2004-2009. The Measure of a Lady, A Bride in the Bargain, etc. ❤

Trisha:  I love those too!! I have the print copies on my keeper shelf!

 

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

mobile-616012_640Amber: I am not like a music buff or whatever, but I love me some 1940’s big band and jazz–I listen all the time! It’s my soul music. Always lifts me up and puts me in a good mood. However, when I am writing I almost always listen to movie scores–all different kinds. Sometimes Guardians of the Galaxy, sometimes Last of the Mohicans–as long as it fits the mood of what I’m writing.

Trisha:  I would enjoy listening to music with you any time!

 

Q:  What do you love about this story?

coffee-2440074_640Amber: Oh goodness. I love a lot of things about this story. I looooove how Caroline and James come together and how their relationship develops. The drama and excitement in this story is really fun for me. It’s so thrilling to write something and feel nervous for your own characters as you’re writing! haha!! All the while knowing that the happily ever after they end up with is going to be amazing.

Trisha:  I loved reading this story and watching these two fantastic characters figure out the path their lives would take! It is such an exciting journey!

 

Q:  Which character took you by surprise?

lantern-2369904_640Amber: Edmond! I had no clue how he would end up as the story went along and in the end I was so smitten with him. He was such a loyal friend and just such a determined and dedicated guy. Really had fun with him.

Trisha:  Edmond was quite a surprise!

 

Q:  What is something you hope readers will tell others about this story?

book-863418_640Amber: As with all my stories I hope they will come away with a greater appreciation and understanding of what regular people were willing to do to fight for liberty. Also, there is a theme of hope throughout this story and I would love readers to finish the book with a joy and brightness in their hearts, knowing that there *is* hope in this world and that God is always there for us.

 

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

correcting-1870721_640Amber: There is SO much that got cut. Basically two completely different manuscripts are in my trash folder on my computer. I worked very hard on this story for a very long time before I finally found exactly what it was the characters wanted to tell me.

 

Q:  What are you currently working on and how long till we can read more?!

books-315677_640Amber:  I have several things in the works currently, but the soonest thing to release (I think!) is a novella I am publishing with Mirror Press in April called, Upon My Heart Forever. I’m finishing it up right now *AND* the exciting thing about this story is that the hero is Ethan Barrik from So Bright a Hope!! I just knew he had a back story, and readers will get to enjoy that soon! I also have two other novellas that I’m working on, but I don’t yet have a publishing date for those yet. I hope it will be soon!

Trisha:  It sounds wonderful! I’m eager to read your new stories! Thank you, Amber for stopping by today and visiting with us. It is always a pleasure!

 

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Amber Lynn Perry is giving away 1 (one) e-copy of her latest book “So Bright A Hope”. 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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Author Interview & Giveaway – Shannon McNear

I am super excited to have Shannon McNear visiting with us today and chatting about her latest book The Cumberland Bride!  Be sure to stick around until the end and enter the giveaway!

ShannonMcNear  Shannon has been writing one thing or another since third grade and finished her first novel at age fifteen—but waited more than thirty years for her first book contract. In the meantime, she graduated from high school, attended college, met and married her husband, birthed nine children, lost one, taught five to drive, revised that first story innumerable times, and completed six others.

Her first published novella, Defending Truth, in A Pioneer Christmas Collection (Barbour, 2013 & 2015), was a 2014 RITA nominee. She writes regularly for Colonial Quills, is a member of ACFW and RWA, and is represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of the Steve Laube Agency.

Transplanted to North Dakota after more than two decades in Charleston, South Carolina, she loves losing herself in local history. When this homeschooling mom isn’t sewing, researching, or leaking story from her fingertips, she enjoys being outdoors, basking in the beauty of the northern prairies.

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TheCumberlandBrideThomas Bledsoe and Kate Gruener are traveling the Wilderness Road when conflicts between natives and settlers reach a peak that will require each of them to tap into a well of courage.

In 1794, when Kate Gruener’s father is ready to move the family farther west into the wilderness to farm untouched land, Kate is eager to live out her own story of adventure like he did during the War for Independence and to see untamed lands. And she sets her sights on learning more about their scout, Thomas Bledsoe. Thomas’s job is to get settlers safely across the Kentucky Wilderness Road to their destination while keeping an ear open for news of Shawnee unrest. But naïve Kate’s inquisitive nature could put them both in the middle of a rising tide of conflict. Is there more to Thomas’s story than he is willing to tell? Is there an untapped courage in Kate that can thwart a coming disaster?

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  The Cumberland Bride

Join me in giving a warm welcome to Shannon McNear! Let’s start out with a few fun getting to know you questions and then we’ll chat about The Cumberland Bride.

mushroom-3014641_1920Q:  What is your favorite season, and why?

Shannon:  That’s a hard one! Once upon a time, I’d have said fall or spring … one for the cooler temps and changing colors (and we lived in the Deep South for 25 years so didn’t have the dramatic changes of season), the other for the way the earth reawakens after winter … but summers in North Dakota are so exquisitely beautiful! (Especially after all those years in the South …) I really just enjoy the changes of season, overall.

Trisha:  I do enjoy watching the seasons change.

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

Shannon:  I love getting that first cup of fresh coffee … but otherwise, it would have to be when the busy work of the day is finished and I can sit down to focus on my story. Or run a hot bath and spend an uninterrupted half hour (or longer, LOL) reading. I do also love when my kids and I get into deep conversations about life and things of the Lord!

Trisha:  I enjoy my morning cup of coffee also!

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

Shannon:  The Zion Chronicles by Bodie Thoene. The Mark of the Lion series by Francine Rivers. Almost anything by Stephen Bly. The Firebird series by Kathy Tyers. Legends of the Guardian King by Karen Hancock. (I actually started out writing fantasy, years ago!)

Trisha:  Some of my early CF books were Bodie Thoene and Francine Rivers also! I had no idea you started out writing fantasy. I haven’t read much fantasy, but it seems like its growing in popularity.

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

Shannon:  Switchfoot, Jon Foreman, NeedtoBreathe, Andrew Peterson, Disciple, Petra, WhiteHeart, Demon Hunter, Seventh Day Slumber, Spoken, Lauren Daigle, Avalon, Red, Flyleaf,  Chris Renzema, Pat Barrett, The Afters, Dougie MacLean, Ryan Lee Jones, The Gray Havens, Shane & Shane, Hillsong Worship, Elevation Worship, Bethel, Passion, Beckah Shae, TobyMac, Sixpence None The Richer, Katy Dahl, Michael Card, Britt Nicole, NF, Manic Drive, Crowder, for King & Country, Lindsay Stirling, Darius Rucker … um, yes, I have really diverse tastes in music …

Trisha:  Yes, you sure do have a diverse selection of music here! Fun!

monument-54851_1920Q:  What do you love about this story?

Shannon:  I loved writing the romance. Kate’s purity of faith, and her inner conflict when her craving for a story gets in the way of what she (and others) see as more important things. Thomas’s spiritual journey. And I loved delving into the history, which was previously unfamiliar to me, and especially the bits of Shawnee (and other) native culture. Oh, and I loved getting to revisit Truth and Micah, whose story is told in my first published novella, Defending Truth (in A Pioneer Christmas Collection).

Trisha:  The first story I ever wrote was a native american story! I enjoy learning about their history and culture!

guy-2609361_640Q:  Which character took you by surprise?

Shannon:  Honestly? Thomas. He didn’t like sharing his thoughts with me, but as bits of his backstory and emotions surfaced, it was so cool seeing how it all fit together and where his overall character arc took him.

desk-2158142_640Q:  What is something you hope readers will tell others about this story?

Shannon:  That my research was good. That the faith element is strong but not “in your face.” That I gave them a truly immersive experience, between setting and emotions. That … I “did history right.” I hope it’s okay to admit I’m seeing some of this in reviews already, and am kind of overwhelmed by it all! People have been so kind in their feedback.

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

Shannon:  I can’t think of anything at the moment. There were bits and pieces I wanted to write into the story, overall, but I ran out of time and room. And I realized later that I forgot to address a couple of things in my historical note at the end (I could probably make the historical notes as long as the story itself … LOL).

alphabets-2365812_640Q:  What are you currently working on and how long till we can read more?! 

Shannon:  Well! I can’t really say too much yet, but I’m hard at work on another Daughters of the Mayflower story, this one set at the midpoint of the Civil War, to possibly release late next year. Follow my Facebook page or subscribe to my newsletter for details, as I’m able to share!

Trisha:  I’m looking forward to reading more of your wonderful stories! Thank you for taking time to visit today!

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Shannon McNear is giving away 1 (one) print copy of her book “The Cumberland Bride”. 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. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email, before another winner will be chosen.

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Winner:  Tami L.

 

More in the Daughters of the Mayflower series – Barbour:

The Mayflower Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1620 Atlantic Ocean (February 2018)
The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1725 New Orleans (April 2018)
The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep – set 1760 during the French and Indian War (June 2018)
The Patriot Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse – set 1774 Philadelphia (August 2018)
The Cumberland Bride by Shannon McNear – set 1794 on the Wilderness Road (October 2018)
The Liberty Bride by MaryLu Tyndall – set 1814 Baltimore (December 2018)
The Alamo Bride by Kathleen Y’Barbo – set 1863 The Alamo (February 2019)
The Golden Bride by Kimerley Woodhouse – set 1849 The Gold Rush (April 2019)

Find out more at: www.daughtersofthemayflower.com

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Author Interview: Lynn Austin

I’m super excited to have Lynn Austin visiting with us today about her new book, Legacy of Mercy (Waves of Mercy #2) due to hit the shelves on October 2nd!

Austin_Lynn1 Lynn Austin has sold more than one and a half million copies of her books worldwide. A former teacher who now writes and speaks full-time, she has won eight Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, has also been made into an Original Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home in western Michigan.

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LegacyOfMercyHaving returned to Chicago, young socialite Anna Nicholson can’t seem to focus on her upcoming marriage. The new information she’s learned about her birth mother continues to pull at her, and she hires Pinkerton detectives to help her find the truth. But as she meets people who once knew her mother and hears stories about the past, Anna soon discovers that some secrets are better left hidden.

At the same time, unflattering stories about Anna are leaked by someone who would love to see her disgraced and her engagement broken. And as Anna tries to share her faith with her society friends, she understands that her choice to seek God’s purpose for her life isn’t as simple as she had hoped.

When things are at their darkest, Anna knows she can turn to her grandmother, Geesje de Jonge, back in Holland, Michigan. Geesje’s been helping new Dutch immigrants, including a teen with a haunted past, adjust to America. She only hopes that her wisdom can help all these young people through the turmoil they face.

Legacy of Mercy (Waves of Mercy #2)

 

Friends, please join me in giving a warm welcome to Lynn Austin!

beach-beauty-close-up-733828Q:  Legacy of Mercy will be released on October 2 and will be the first sequel you’ve ever written. What made you decide to write a sequel?

Lynn:  My readers decided for me! I received many, many letters from them asking if there would be a sequel to “Waves of Mercy.” The main character, Anna, is only in her twenties and is a new Christian, so when she decides to return to Chicago and marry her fiancé at the end of the book, readers wanted to know what happens next in her life. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to explore what happens next for Anna, too. She has just discovered who her birth mother is, so naturally, she’ll want to learn more about her. She’ll also want to solve the mystery of who her real father is and what became of him. What if he is still alive? Lots of material for a story here, especially when the other people in Anna’s life try to discourage her investigations.

 

blur-close-up-culture-615328Q:  This story is set in your hometown of Holland, MI. Did you discover anything surprising while you were researching these books?

Lynn:  I knew very little about the early history of Holland, Michigan when I began this series—only that it was settled by Dutch immigrants. What surprised me was how much they suffered to establish a settlement here, including religious persecution, a malaria plague, and a devastating fire. Their enduring faith in spite of all their many trials was a huge inspiration to me.

 

tulips-1152802_1920Q:  The city of Holland must have seen an increase in tourism since you started writing about it. You even did a bus tour, tell us about it.

Lynn:  The book seems to have sparked a renewed interest in local history. The Holland tourist bureau told me they’ve guided several happy tourists to the places described in my book.  And I was very pleasantly surprised by the interest in my “Waves of Mercy” bus tour! When I offered to guide interested readers to some of the settings from my book, I never imagined there would be enough interest to fill two chartered busses! There may even be another tour after “Legacy of Mercy” releases.

 

agriculture-barn-clouds-462136Q:  You are known for writing multi-generational books and Legacy of Mercy is no exception. What intrigues you about writing in this style?

Lynn:  I enjoy creating women’s personalities from various eras and exploring how the roles and opportunities changed for women from generation to generation. I find it very interesting to see how the choices one generation makes has an influence on each generation after them. It causes me to be more thoughtful in the way I live, knowing that my children, grandchildren, and even great-grandchildren may be impacted by my life.

 

girls-739071_1920Q:  Which character in Legacy of Mercy do you identify with the most and why?

Lynn:  I would have to say I identify the most with Geesje DeJonge. For one thing, she is about the same age as I am, and has lived long enough to be able to look back through the years and analyze them. She is in a position to see all of the ways and times when God carried her through—something we usually only see in hindsight, not when we’re going through the difficulties. I’m at the same stage in my life, and I can see God’s faithfulness to me in spite of the many times I questioned His wisdom.

 

desk-1148994_640Q:  When you sit down to write a story, do you know how it is going to end? Describe your writing process. How do you stay disciplined and not get distracted?

Lynn:  I never know how a story will end when I start writing. I rarely even know what comes next when I’m writing a chapter! I begin with the historical setting, and as I’m doing my research, my characters usually begin to take shape in my mind. I flesh them out by developing resumes for them so that they become real people in my mind, with backgrounds and personalities. Then I figure out where to begin the novel and simply make up the plot as I go along. If I’m surprised then the reader will be surprised.

My deadline keeps me disciplined. I know that if I write a certain number of pages a day, I’ll finish the book on time. I also know how very hard it is to write well when I’m behind schedule and a deadline is looming. Wanting to avoid that last minute panic keeps me disciplined on a daily basis.

As for distractions—there are so many! Over the years, I’ve had to learn when to put the book aside and enjoy a pleasant distraction (an old friend who has come to town, an afternoon with my husband), and when there’s no value in the distraction and it will only make the writing process harder.

 

books-315677_640Q:  Did anything surprise you about the Legacy of Mercy story?

Lynn:  Yes. One of the main characters ends up in an impossible situation, which put me in an impossible situation as I tried to figure out what to do! But I just kept writing and the dilemma untangled in a very natural but surprising way. (You’ll see when you read it!)

Also, the ending surprised me—a lot! I hope that all of my readers who asked for a sequel are pleased with it.

 

Thank you, Lynn Austin for chatting with us today and sharing about your books as well as your writing process!

 

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Waves of Mercy

Legacy of Mercy (Waves of Mercy #2)

 

Let’s Connect:

I’d love to hear from you!  Have you read Waves of Mercy?
Have you visited Holland?

Author Interview & Giveaway with Jen Turano

I have a special treat for you today! Author Jen Turano is visiting with us to share an excerpt and to chat about her book “Caught by Surprise”. Be sure to stick around until the end to enter the giveaway!

Jen  Jen Turano is a graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in Clothing and Textiles. She pursued a career in management for nine years before switching to full-time motherhood after the birth of her son. When she’s not writing, Jen can be found watching her teenage son participate in various activities, taking long walks with her husband and dog, socializing with friends, or delving into a good book. She lives in suburban Denver, Colorado.  Connect with Jen at:

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CaughtBySurpriseMiss Temperance Flowerdew is on her way to work when a stranger suddenly grabs her off the street and sends her on a Chicago-bound train before she can figure out what happened.

When Mr. Gilbert Cavendish is called upon to rescue a missing woman, he follows the trail to Chicago only to discover that the woman is his good friend Temperance. Before they can discover who was behind the abduction, they’re seen alone together by a New York society matron, putting their reputations at risk.

Gilbert is willing to propose marriage–except Temperance will have none of it. She’s finally stepped out of the shadow of her relations and won’t give up her independence. But when it becomes clear the misunderstanding in Chicago has escalated into a threat on her life and followed her to New York, accepting Gilbert’s help in solving the mystery may lead to more than she ever could have dreamed.

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 Caught by Surprise (Apart from the Crowd #3)

 

Join me in giving a warm welcome to Jen Turano!

It is great to have you visiting with us today, Jen! Let’s start with a few getting to know you questions and then chat about your latest book.

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

Jen:  My very favorite season is Fall – there’s just something about the crisp air, changing leaves, and, well, fall fashions. After being in shorts and t-shirts all summer, I love being able to layer clothes, bring out the super cute jeans, and don’t even get me started on sweaters – my favorite article of clothing – and then…boots. Ah, I do so love a great pair of boots!

 

tree-1409101_640Q:  What is the best part of your day?

Jen:  I’m a morning person. Love getting up around 5:00 – take a bit of a hike, then settle into my office. I can work late if I’m on deadline, but I’m normally beat after 7:00 p.m.

 

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

Jen:  So this was the coolest thing ever. I was at an obscure record store last weekend – what did I find? An album from…wait for it…The Psychedelic Furs. I loved that band when I was in college. ‘Pretty in Pink’ – favorite song on the album. Al (husband person) thinks I’ve lost my mind, but really, it’s a great band.

 

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

Jen:  When I decide to write a new series, I always submit a proposal for all the books I’m intending to write in that series, complete with plotlines and character descriptions. With that said, I thought I knew the plotline of “Caught by Surprise” but, nope. It changed starting from Chapter One. The characters were pretty well set since this is the last book in the series.

 

book-863418_640Q:  Which character took you by surprise?

Jen:  Miss Temperance Flowerdew completely changed from who I thought she was going to be as the series progressed. She had a mind of her own, and after trying to force her to be the character I’d wanted her to be, I finally just let her have her way in the end.

 

lantern-2369904_640Q:  What was the latest you stayed up working on this story?

Jen:  2:00 a.m. is the latest – but I only pull those late hours when Al is out of town. It’s amazing how much writing I get done when he’s not around.

 

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

Jen:  This will probably seem weird, but since it’s been so long since I’ve worked on this book, I can’t think of a single thing I might have taken out.

 

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

Jen:  I’m currently working on a new series “The American Heiresses.” “Flights of Fancy,” book one, will release January 2019, and I’ve just turned in the second book, currently untitled. It’ll release later in 2019. Then I’ll have a novella releasing in a new collection. It’s about the Harvey Girls. I still need to write that, which is what I’ll be doing next week.

Trisha:  Thank you, so very much for visiting with us today Jen! It has been fun getting to know you and the characters in this story better.

Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Trisha! And thank you to all the readers for checking out this interview! All the best,  ~ Jen ~

 

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Jen Turano is giving away 1 (one) print copy of her book “Caught by Surprise”. 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. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to the email, before another winner will be chosen.

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Author Interview & Giveaway – Kelly Goshorn

I have a special treat for you today! Author Kelly Goshorn is visiting with us to share an excerpt and to chat about her book “A Love Restored”. Be sure to stick around until the end to enter the giveaway!

KellyJGoshorn  Kelly Goshorn weaves her affinity for history and her passion for God into uplifting stories of love, faith, and family set in nineteenth-century America. Kelly earned a B.A. in Social Studies Education from Messiah College and a M.Ed. in History Education from The Pennsylvania State University. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.

Kelly has been enjoying her own happily-ever-after with her husband and best friend, Mike, for 28 years. Together they have raised three children, four cats, two dogs, a turtle, a guinea pig, a gecko, and countless hamsters. Thankfully, not all at the same time. When she is not writing, Kelly enjoys spending time with her young adult children, scrapbooking with friends, board gaming with her husband, and spoiling her Welsh corgi, Levi.

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ALoveRestoredWith pert opinions and a less-than-perfect figure, Ruth Ann Sutton doesn’t measure up to Society’s vision of a perfect lady. When she accepts a position teaching in a Freedman’s School, it threatens the only marriage offer Ruth Ann is likely to receive. She’s forced to choose between life as a lonely spinster or reinventing herself to secure a respectable proposal.

Determined to rise above his meager beginnings, Benjamin Coulter’s reputation as a fast learner and hard worker earns him the opportunity to apprentice with a surveyor for the railroad—a position that will garner the respect he craves. After a chance encounter with Ruth Ann Sutton, Benjamin is smitten with her pretty face, quick wit, and feisty personality. When others ridicule his choice, will Benjamin listen to his heart or put ambition first?

 A Love Restored

Excerpt:

Loudoun County, Virginia
August 1873

Benjamin Coulter cringed as the shrill tune hung in the air. That woman sure knew how to ruin a Sunday afternoon. Sounded like something was dying and needed to be put out of its misery.

He shook his head. All he wanted to do was rest a while longer. His decision to go around his headstrong superior and talk to Mr. Farrell directly about his boss’s inaccurate measurements had made for a nerve wracking week. That decision could have cost him his job. Thankfully, his discovery had been received well, saving the struggling railroad both time and money.

Benjamin leaned against the sycamore tree and tossed his line into the creek. A slight hint of remorse nicked his conscience. He now sat poised to guide the construction of the Washington & Ohio Railroad through the town of Catoctin Creek and over the Blue Ridge Mountains to Winchester, but he hadn’t intended to get his boss fired. If only the man hadn’t refused to admit he’d made a mistake.

Yep, it was all coming together. Just the way he’d hoped it would when he agreed to leave Texas and take this apprenticeship in Virginia. All he had to do was pass that examination next spring and…

He shuddered. The woman’s screeching escalated to a bone-grating pitch. She’d frighten the fish away for sure. Like most folks, Sunday was his day off, and he didn’t intend to spend it listening to her sing off-key.

Wedging his pole in the mud of the creek bank, he set off to investigate. Her ear-piercing slaughter of The Merry, Merry Month of May led the way. He spied his first glimpse of the lyrical assassin through the thin limbs of a dogwood tree. Perched on a large, flat rock at the edge of the creek, she swirled her bare feet in the water. Behind the rock sat a pair of woman’s boots—fancy ones. Too bad she hadn’t spent some of her shoe allowance on singing lessons. Her voice cracked. “The skies were bright, our hearts were light, in the merry, merry month of May…”

Benjamin winced. That was the fourth time in a row she’d sung that part. For the love of Pete, didn’t Miss Fancy Boots even know the words? He needed to put a stop to this so he could continue fishing—and napping. He stepped forward then stopped. The woman reached up and removed a pin from her hair, then another. Mounds of long chestnut brown ringlets spilled over her shoulders into the middle of her back.

Curls. He groaned. Why’d she have to have curls?

“The skies were bright. Our eyes were light…”

Never mind. Curls or not, the woman’s voice could haunt the dead.

Author Interview:

Welcome, Kelly! I’m so glad you could visit with us today and share about your new book!

Hi Trisha, thank you for having me on Joy of Reading. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know you lately through all our mutual friends on Facebook and look forward to spending time with you and your readers today.

 

BlueRidgeFallQ:  What is your favorite season, and why?

Kelly:  Definitely, fall. I love the cooler temperatures, the crisp air, harvest festivals, pumpkin flavored everything magically appears on grocery store shelves and let’s not forget those leaves. The Blue Ridge mountains are covered in a vast array or orange, yellow and red that never gets old. I’m always in awe of God’s artistry.

Trisha:  Fall is a lovely time of year. I grew up in the Blue Ridge mountains and the colors just can’t be beat!

 


7e3ee79caa15de6e986e5b63ce69311aQ:  What is the best part of your day?

Kelly:  I really enjoy the early morning. I get up around 4:45 or 5 am and the house is so quiet. I make a cup of Earl Grey tea and have some prayer time then start writing.

Trisha:  I enjoy mornings, but you have me beat by about an hour!

 

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

Kelly:  Great question—the books that made me fall in love with Christian historical romance were the Love Comes Softly series by Janette Oke (well just about anything she wrote) and Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. I also loved all of DeAnne Gist’s books.

Trisha:  Those are some wonderful author’s, I’ve enjoyed their books also!

 

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

Kelly:  Cory Asbury (Reckless Love), Toby Mac (I Just Need You), Mandisa (Unfinished), Matthew West (Mended), Jordan Feliz (Witness) and Elevation Worship (Come to the Altar ).

Trisha:  I’ve not yet listened to Cory Asbury’s music. I’ll have to go listen to a sample on iTunes!

 

love-2614754_640Q:  Did the plotline or the characters come first?

Kelly:  Since A Love Restored is based on my real-life romance with my husband, Mike, the plotline definitely came first.

Trisha:  I do enjoy stories based on real-life experiences!

 

book-863418_640Q:  Which character took you by surprise?

Kelly:  Tough question but I think I’d have to say Ruth Ann’s brother-in-law, Joseph Palmer. Although I always envisioned him as tender, kind and protective, I was surprised when his back story emerged and placed him in the mentor role, persuading Ruth Ann to trust again.

 

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

Kelly:  While writing ALR I worked nights at Target and often returned home after midnight. I’d be wide awake and sometimes write or edit until 2 or 3 am. That’s funny because I’ve completely become an early morning person now and am usually in bed by 9:30.

 

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

Kelly:  Considering the second draft was 116,000 words, lots of things didn’t make it into the final copy? LOL! I had several chapters where Ben & Ruth Ann traveled to Pennsylvania to meet his family. There were several comical scenes where she learns to gather eggs and milk a cow.

 

alphabets-2365812_640Q:  What are you currently working on and how long till we can read more?! (I’m eager to read more amazing stories can you tell?)

Kelly:  I do not currently have anything under contract, so I do not know how long it will be until I have another story published but I am currently working on a series set in Civil War Virginia.  Surrendered Hearts examines what happens when God calls us to surrender those things we hold most dear. Characters are called to sacrifice their dreams and ambitions, their pride, and ultimately their hearts as God recklessly pursues each of them. Hearts and wills are challenged, and lives transformed as characters experience restoration with one another and with God.

Trisha:  Thank you, Kelly, for visiting today! It was great getting to know you and your story a little better! I’ll be sure to watch for your next book!

 

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Kelly Goshorn is giving away 1 (one) print copy of her book “A Love Restored”. 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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“Do you have a favorite time period that you enjoy reading?”

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Winner: Becca

 

 

 

 

 

Author Interview & Giveaway with Jaime Jo Wright

What is the last book you read that kept you on the edge of your seat? For me, the answer is The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond. I am super excited to have author Jaime Jo Wright visiting with us today and chatting about her latest book The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond. Pull up a chair, a drink and settle in for a fun interview! Be sure to stick around till the end, as you won’t want to miss the giveaway!

JamieJoWright  Professional coffee drinker & ECPA/Publisher’s Weekly best-selling author, Jaime Jo Wright resides in the hills of Wisconsin writing spirited turn-of-the-century romance stained with suspense. Coffee fuels her snarky personality. She lives in Neverland with her Cap’n Hook who stole her heart and will not give it back, their little fairy TinkerBell, and a very mischievous Peter Pan. The foursome embark on scores of adventure that only make her fall more wildly in love with romance and intrigue. Jaime lives in dreamland, exists in reality, and invites you to join her adventures at: jaimejowright.com!

For those of you who haven’t yet had the pleasure of reading this engaging story be sure to check out my review (click here)!

TheReckoningAtGossamerPondFor over a century, the town of Gossamer Grove has thrived on its charm and Midwestern values, but Annalise Forsythe knows painful secrets, including her own, hover just beneath the pleasant facade. When a man is found dead in his run-down trailer home, Annalise inherits the trailer, along with the pictures, vintage obituaries, and old revival posters covering its walls. As she sorts through the collection, she’s wholly unprepared for the ramifications of the dark and deadly secrets she’ll uncover.

A century earlier, Gossamer Grove has been stirred into chaos by the arrival of controversial and charismatic twin revivalists. The chaos takes a murderous turn when Libby Sheffield, working at her father’s newspaper, receives an obituary for a reputable church deacon hours before his death. As she works with the deacon’s son to unravel the mystery behind the crime, it becomes undeniably clear that a reckoning has come to town–but it isn’t until another obituary arrives that they realize the true depths of the danger they’ve waded into.

Two women, separated by a hundred years, must uncover the secrets within the borders of their own town before it’s too late and they lose their future–or their very souls.

The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond

 

Welcome Jaime! I’m super excited to have you visiting with us today! Let’s get started with a few fun questions and then chat about the book.

cornucopia-1789664_640Q:  What is your favorite season, and why?

Jaime:  I love Autumn! Everything about it. The cold, the dewy leaves, the crisp air, sweaters, fluffy blankets, coffee, oh man … now I’m getting excited all over again!

Trisha:  Autumn is a wonderful season. I especially love all the beautiful colors!

 

lantern-2369904_640Q:  What is the best part of your day?

Jaime:  It sounds weird, but that part of the evening when kids are in bed and it’s just me and my husband and we can catch up. This is not to say that I don’t thoroughly anticipate being with my kids! ❤ lol

Trisha:  I totally understand! It is nice when you can just relax and not have to worry about children for a moment.

 

love-2614754_640Q:  What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?

Jaime: Oh I love this question!!! I’m a huge fan of Tracie Peterson’s “Heir of Montana” series. Both because I love Montana, but I also fell in love with the stories. So good!!

Trisha:  That is a great series! I’ve enjoyed many of Tracie Peterson’s books!

 

mobile-616012_640QIf we took a peek at your “recently played” music, who would we find?

Jaime:  Hmmmm…a lot of Rend Collective, Ed Sheeran, and We Are Messengers.

Trisha:  Sounds like a nice selection!

 

book-863418_640Q:  Did the plotline or the characters come first?

Jaime:  Usually the characters. Sometimes a plot concept will come first. In my current work-in-progress it was definitely the characters.

 

blur-1869579_640QWhich character took you by surprise?

Jaime: In The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond, the character named Jacobus took me by complete surprise. He was 100% unplanned and came out of left field. But that also sort of fits his personality too. 😉

Trisha:  Yes, Jacobus took me by surprise also!

 

baby-1266117_640QWhat was the latest you stayed up working on this story?

Jaime:  On this one? LOL Don’t judge. I think it was 9:30 pm. LOLOL I can’t sacrifice for anything. I’m miserable without at least 8-9 hours due to my health, so if I don’t get that then writing becomes virtually impossible.

Trisha:  Getting enough sleep sure makes the next day better! I try to go to bed before 11 p.m., but I’m not always successful.

 

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

Jaime:  Oddly? Everything made it in. I mean, sentences here and there, but there were no deleted scenes in this novel.  I’m still sort of shocked by that. That’s rare.

 

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

Jaime:  “The Curse of Misty Wayfair” is due out in January 2019! I’m super excited about it. It was probably one of my favorites to write but also the most difficult. It delves into some areas that are personally sensitive to me and so it was an emotional write too.

Trisha:  Thank you, Jaime for taking time out of your busy schedule to visit with us today! It is always a pleasure to chat with you!

Don’t miss out on any of Jaime Jo Wright’s books!

  The House on Foster Hill

The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond

  The Curse of Misty Wayfair

 

* * * * * GIVEAWAY  * * * * *

Jaime Jo Wright is giving away 1 (one) copy of her book “The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond”. Winner may choose one print copy or one e-copy. 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.

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:
“What is the last book you read that kept you on the edge of your seat?”

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

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Winner: Cherie G.