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)

 

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

Return daily during the giveaway period to tweet for bonus entries using the Rafflecopter entry form.

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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

 

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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.

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Winner: Cherie G.

Author Interview & Giveaway with Tara Johnson

We have a special treat today! Author Tara Johnson has stopped by to chat with us about her new book Engraved on the Heart.  I absolutely loved reading this story! There is such depth of feeling in this story, that I’m sure you will love it too! You’ll want to make sure you get a copy of this book to enjoy for yourself! CLICK HERE for my review.

Tara-Johnson

Tara Johnson is a passionate lover of stories, Tara uses fiction, nonfiction, song, and laughter to share her testimony of how God led her into freedom after spending years living shackled as a people pleaser. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and makes her home in Arkansas with her husband and three children. Visit her website and subscribe to her newsletter

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EngravedOnTheHeartReluctant debutante Keziah Montgomery lives beneath the weighty expectations of her staunch Confederate family, forced to keep her epilepsy secret for fear of a scandal. As the tensions of the Civil War arrive on their doorstep in Savannah, Keziah sees little cause for balls and courting. Despite her discomfort, she cannot imagine an escape from her familial confines―until her old schoolmate Micah shows her a life-changing truth that sets her feet on a new path . . . as a conductor in the Underground Railroad.

Dr. Micah Greyson never hesitates to answer the call of duty, no matter how dangerous, until the enchanting Keziah walks back into his life and turns his well-ordered plans upside down. Torn between the life he has always known in Savannah and the fight for abolition, Micah struggles to discern God’s plan amid such turbulent times.

Battling an angry fiancé, a war-tattered brother, bounty hunters, and their own personal demons, Keziah and Micah must decide if true love is worth the price . . . and if they are strong enough to survive the unyielding pain of war.

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   Engraved on the Heart

 

Join me in giving a warm welcome to Tara Johnson!

 

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

Tara:  Autumn. I love the cooler weather, the brilliant colors of the trees, the excitement of the approaching holidays, the loamy scent in the air, pumpkins, hay rides, hot cocoa…it’s an exquisite time of year in my home state of Arkansas.

Trisha:  Autumn is beautiful, for all the reasons you listed above. Where I live we have lots of grape vineyards, and you can smell the grapes! It’s delicious!

 

book-1209805_640Q:  What is the best part of your day?

Tara:  Waking up early and reading my Bible on the front porch while the rest of the house is asleep. It’s blessedly quiet and a beautiful way to start the day.

Trisha:  That sounds like the perfect start to a day!

 

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

Tara:  I grew up reading anything by Lori Wick. The Hawk and the Jewel, Pretense, Sophie’s Heart and Wings of the Morning were my favorite. I also loved Lori Copeland’s Brides of the West series and Francine Rivers Mark of the Lion series.

Trisha:  Did you take a peek at my bookshelf?! We could be reading twins! Those are some of my favorites also!

 

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

Tara:  I have the most strange, eclectic collection of music ever. Being a music major will do that to you. Ha! Scrolling through my playlist looks like this: Matt Maher’s “Lord, I Need You”, Ed Sheeran, Beethoven’s 5th Symphony, David Garrett, the soundtrack from Wicked, Carrie Underwood, Queen and Bethel Music. I love it all.

Trisha:  That sounds like a wonderful collection to music!! I too have a wide collection that I listen to.

 

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

Tara:  For me, it always begins with the characters. Once I know the characters’ fears, childhood memories, passions and goals, the plot falls into place. The reason people are so taken with story in any form, whether it’s a novel, movie, story song, or anything else, is because we’re rooting for the character. What would Star Wars be without Luke Skywalker, or The Wizard of Oz without Dorothy, or Gone with the Wind without Scarlett O’Hara?

Trisha:  I agree! Characters always take center stage for me.

 

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

Tara:  Micah. I’ll try not to reveal anything here for those who haven’t yet read the story, but Micah’s secret took me by surprise. I was typing along and out it came. The creative process is fascinating that way.

Trisha:  Yes, me too! I didn’t see that coming!

 

baby-1266117_640Q:  What was the latest you stayed up working on this story?

Tara:  Probably midnight at the latest. I’m typically an early bird and do my best work in the morning and early afternoon. Most nights I’m asleep by 10:30 or 11:00.

Trisha:  Sounds like me! I can push myself to stay up until midnight, but more often than not I’m in bed by 11:00 if not before.

 

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

Tara:  I originally wrote a scene that reunited Hiriam with his long-lost daughter. Again, I don’t want to spoil anything but while chatting with my editor, we decided the ending would be more poignant if we left it out. Tough decision!

Trisha:  Hmmm…. that does sound interesting. I have to admit, I like the ending that you settled with.

 

love-2614754_640Q:  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?)

Tara:  My second novel Where Dandelions Bloom will release in the summer of 2019, and I’m hard at work on story number three, tentatively titled A Song for Cadence, set to release in the summer of 2020.

Trisha:  I just know they will both be fantastic! I am eager to read more of your wonderful stories! Thank you so very much for taking time to visit with us today and share about your wonderful stories!

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Tara Johnson is giving away 1 (one) copy of her book “Engraved on the Heart”. 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.

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“What are your favorite things about summer?”

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Winner: Raechel L.

EngravedOnTheHeart

Author Interview & Giveaway with Karen Witemeyer

Friends, I am super excited to have Karen Witemeyer visiting with us today!  I have been reading her books since 2011 when her very first book “A Taylor-Made Bride” hit the shelves. I’ve not missed one of her stories, I’ve gobbled them all up like a hungry book dragon. Today, you get a front row seat to our conversation about Karen’s news book More Than Meets the Eye! Grab yourself a drink, a cozy chair and don’t forget to enter the giveaway before you go.

karen-witemeyer

Christy Award finalist and winner of the ACFW Carol Award, National Reader’s Choice Award, HOLT Medallion, and Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award, CBA bestselling author Karen Witemeyer writes Christian historical romance for Bethany House, believing the world needs more happily-ever-afters. She is an avid cross-stitcher and makes her home in Abilene, TX with her husband and three children.

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MoreThanMeetsTheEyeMany consider Evangeline Hamilton cursed. Orphaned at a young age and possessing a pair of mismatched eyes–one bright blue, the other dark brown–Eva has fought to find her way in a world that constantly rejects her. Yet the support of even one person can help overcome the world’s judgments, and Eva has two–Seth and Zach, two former orphans she now counts as brothers.

Seeking justice against the man who stole his birthright and destroyed his family, Logan Fowler arrives in 1880s Pecan Gap, Texas, to confront Zach Hamilton, the hardened criminal responsible for his father’s death. Only instead of finding a solitary ruthless gambler, he discovers a man not much older than himself with an unusual family. When Zach’s sister, Evangeline, insists on dousing Logan with sunshine every time their paths cross, Logan finds his quest completely derailed. Who is truly responsible for his lost legacy, and will restoring the past satisfy if it means forfeiting a future with Evangeline?

 

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  More Than Meets the Eye

Welcome, Karen!  I’m thrilled to have you visiting with us today and chatting about your latest book release. Let’s get started with a few fun questions and then chat about the book.

Heather'sGardenQ:  What is your favorite season, and why?

Karen:  Spring – I love seeing new life emerge. Wildflowers (especially Texas bluebonnets), budding trees, grass changing from brown to green, baby animals coming into the world – it’s a season of hope.

Trisha:  Yes! Spring is my absolute favorite season as well!

 

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Q:  What is the best part of your day?

Karen:  The evening. Work is done for the day, dinner dishes are finished, relaxation can begin. Usually this entails sitting in my chair next to my hubby and watching a TV show or two. I usually cross-stitch while he plays on the computer. However, now that it’s summer and the kids don’t have homework to rush off to complete, one or two evenings a week we play board games. Love having the whole family together for a little fun-spirited competition.

Trisha:  Evenings are the ideal time to relax and unwind from a busy day.

 

coffee-2151200_640Q:  What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?

Karen:  Christy by Catherine Marshall is my favorite of all time. I also really enjoyed Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers.

Trisha:  Oh, yes! Two wonderful selections!

 

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

Karen:  My favorite genres include 80’s love songs, oldies, Christian, and Big Band. So names you might see would include Celtic Woman, Josh Groban, Lauren Daigle, Toby Mac, and Bing Crosby. How’s that for variety?

Trisha:  I love the variety!

 

guy-2609361_640Q:  Did the plotline or the characters come first?

Karen:  In More Than Meets the Eye, I would say that the characters came first. Years ago, I read a book by Julie Garwood called For the Roses where a group of street-toughened New York City urchins find a baby girl that someone had tried to dispose of and they decide to take her in and make a new life for themselves out west. This idea of family bonds being formed through shared hardship really spoke to my heart and came back to me as inspiration when I was brainstorming a new idea for a series. I wanted to bring together a group of orphans and have them create a family for themselves. Then came the idea of the orphan trains, but I needed my orphans not to be chosen by families so I had to give them reasons to be discarded and overlooked. Zach, the oldest, became a loner with a huge chip on his shoulder. Seth came into play as a sickly kid with weak lungs and a poor constitution. But how would I make the cheerful, tenderhearted heroine I envisioned for this story undesirable to adoptive families? That’s when I hit on the idea of heterochromia – or two different colored eyes, something people would see as unnatural and cause their superstitious minds to leap to unsavory conclusions. Once I had these characters in mind, the plot began to grow.

 

alphabets-2365812_640Q:  Which character took you by surprise

Karen:  Well, I don’t want to tell too much, because I want this character to take readers by surprise too, but  I will say that I had no idea this little fellow was going to show up until one of my secondary characters spoke him into existence near the end of Chapter 22. I usually keep a tight rein on my story as I write, so when something surprises me, it’s a rare treat and a keen reminder that, ultimately, I’m not the one in control.

 

coffee-2593577_640Q:  What was the latest you stayed up working on this story?

Karen:  I don’t write at night. That’s my down time. My brain pretty much turns to mush around 8:00 pm and is only good for watching television and handling the occasion family board game. I’m best in the morning or early afternoon. Which means I write a lot over the weekends.

 

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

Karen:  I don’t write multiple drafts. I write one, very slow, very careful draft so there’s not much chopping that goes on in my manuscripts. (I know. I’m strange.) I have had a time or two when my editor comes back and says a particular scene isn’t working, leaving me to cut or completely rework a section, but that doesn’t happen too often. I have two such scenes posted in the Bonus Material on my website. One is a deleted epilogue cut from my debut novel, A Tailor-Made Bride. The other is a scene removed from A Worthy Pursuit. You can find those here. I didn’t have any large cuts with More Than Meets the Eye. Thank goodness. Those are hard on a writer’s heart.

 

TheChristmasHerloomQ:  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?)

Karen:  I have two upcoming projects. The first is a fun Christmas anthology where I got to team up with authors like Kristi Ann Hunter, Sarah Loudin Thomas, and Becky Wade. The concept is a family heirloom that is handed down from mother to daughter across the generations – an heirloom that brings true love to its owner, often when least expected. This was my first stand-alone novella, and I had so much fun writing it. In fact, my Facebook group, The Posse, helped me plot the story and brought in a four-legged critter that ended up playing a key matchmaking role in the story. The Christmas Heirloom releases on October 2.

The second project is a sequel to More Than Meets the Eye. Older brother Zach Hamilton meets his match in an independent baker who ignores his death grip on bachelorhood and bargains him into a marriage of convenience. Secrets with the power to destroy their happiness loom and a vengeful villain with the power to destroy their lives sabotage them at every turn. The working title is More Than Words Can Say, and it is slated for release next June.

Thanks so much for having me!

Trisha:  Thank you, for visiting. It has been a pleasure to chat with you! Friends, Karen is generously giving away an autographed print copy of More Than Meets the Eye. Read below for the details!

 

***** GIVEAWAY *****

Karen is giving away 1 (one) autographed print copy of “More Than Meets the Eye”. Please note: Due to shipping cost this giveaway is only open to those with U.S mailing addresses.

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.

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Author Interview: Rachel Fordham

Greetings reader friends! I’m super excited to have Rachel Fordham visiting with us today! I’m thrilled to be able to introduce you to Rachel. Over the past few months, we’ve chatted several times. Rachel has a big heart for children, and families and she has a exceptional talent for weaving together words into a beautiful story that dances across your imagination and pulls you in.

RachelFordham Rachel Fordham has long been fascinated by all things historical or in the words of her children “old stuff”. Often the historical trivia she discovers is woven into her children’s bedtime tales. Despite her love for good stories she didn’t attempt writing a novel until her husband challenged her to do so (and now she’s so glad he did). Since that time she’s often been found typing or researching while her youngest child naps or frantically writing plot twists while she waits in the school pick-up line. In addition to her passion for storytelling she enjoys reading, being outdoors and seeing new places. Rachel lives with her husband and children on an island in Washington state.

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For those who haven’t yet heard of Rachel’s book, The Hope of Azure Springs, let’s take a look at what this story is about.

The Hope of Azure Springs 

TheHopeOfAzureSpringsSeven years ago, orphaned and alone, Em finally arrived at a new home in Iowa after riding the orphan train. But secrets from her past haunt her, and her new life in the Western wilderness is a rough one. When her guardian is shot and killed, Em, now nineteen, finally has the chance to search for her long-lost sister, but she won’t be able to do it alone.

For Azure Springs Sheriff Caleb Reynolds, securing justice for the waifish and injured Em is just part of his job. He’s determined to solve every case put before him in order to impress his parents and make a name for himself. Caleb expects to succeed. What he doesn’t expect is the hold this strange young woman will have on his heart.

Debut author Rachel Fordham invites historical romance readers to the charming town of Azure Springs, Iowa, where the people care deeply for one another and, sometimes, even fall in love.

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Q:  Are you a coffee or tea drinker?

Rachel:  Neither. I am about as boring as they come. I prefer water and I don’t even like it too cold. I want to be able to take a huge drink and not burn or freeze my throat.

 

Q:  What is your favorite dessert?

 Rachel:  I’m currently trying to break my sugar addiction but with little success. I LOVE all treats. My favorite is anything homemade. Maybe because I like baking. I love the smells and the process. I love baking with my kids. A really well-made chocolate chip cookies are a favorite (hmmm…I might actually like the dough better).

 

Q:  What would be your dream vacation?

Rachel:  In the past, I would have said Jerusalem or Italy. Some exotic destination. The older I’ve gotten my dreams have changed a little. I’d love to go live somewhere else long enough to really know the people and help out if I could.

We do have a family goal to see all fifty states and are getting pretty close.

 

Q:  If they were to make a movie of The Hope of Azure Springs, who would you choose to play the hero & heroine?

Rachel:   That is so hard. I doubt anyone would fit with the characters I’ve created in my head. Maybe readers of this post can help.

Em is often described as plain (some townspeople call her much worse). She has stringy yellow hair. She is thin and freckled with a scar up one of her arms. That’s her physical description but we’d need to find an actor that when we first see her we don’t think much of her but then as we get to know her we realize that they are possessing true beauty. The kind that is often overlooked initially but that is pure and shines past any outer shell.

Caleb is the type of man you’d stop and stare at. He’s a sheriff and rugged with dark hair and usually a little scruff on his face. Pretty much he’s your classic heart-throb with a bit of country flair. His personality though is a man that comes across as all seriousness but underneath is a man with feelings and worries of his own.

 

 

Q:  Where did your inspiration for The Hope of Azure Springs come from?

 Rachel:   I have always had a soft spot in my heart for orphans and foster children. When I heard about the orphan trains I wanted to build a story around that. It grew from there!

 

Q:  Did you have a favorite character while writing The Hope of Azure Springs?

Rachel:   Margaret is a character that started out just being a plot device and ended up being a woman I’d love to live next door to and pick her brain for wisdom and laugh with. I adored her!

 

 

Q:  Did anything surprise you during your research for The Hope of Azure Springs?

Rachel:   When researching orphan trains I realized there were a lot of experiences. Some were beautiful stories of lost children finding homes and families. Others found homes where there was no comfort. They were neglected and abused. I tried to write a book that showed both sides of this piece of history. More than anything I realized these train riders were real people and I wanted to tell that story.

 

 

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

Rachel:   My next book with Revell is due out in 2019. It’s not a sequel but does pass through Azure Springs so we get to revisit some of the same people (yay!). It begins at the Dead Letter Office in Washington DC. I have always loved letters and so this was not only fun to research but fun to write. What would you do with a letter that comes into your hands, speaks to your soul but isn’t meant for you?

 

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The Hope of Azure Springs

Author Interview & Giveaway: Meghan M. Gorecki

Welcome, reader friends! I’m thrilled to have Meghan M. Gorecki joining us today to talk about her debut book Amongst The Roses.

Meghan GoreckiMeghan M. Gorecki is an author of inspirational fiction about what God can make beautiful from the ashes of history, and hearts. A lover and avid studier of people, times gone by, and fiction, she has been writing since childhood and now houses her books under Northern Belle Publishing. Coffee and red lipstick color her days as a redhead from a box, alongside her treasured tribe of family and friends in her beloved hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Connect with her on social media and at her blog/website at: northernbellemeg.com
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About the Book

AmongstTheRosesThe War Between the States shakes Margaret Bryant out of her comfortable upper-class life when her father enlists in the Army of the Potomac. Despite being safely ensconced above the Mason-Dixon Line in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania, Margaret finds her strength tested by opposition from familiar faces and Confederate threats. Will she let a young man from a lesser station into her heart even as war rages ever nearer to the home front?

 Restless Connor Doyle sees the war as a way to escape from his family’s farm and his identity as a poor Irishman’s son. His brother, Adam, torn between duty to country and his family, enlists alongside Connor. Adam dares to hope in a future with Margaret when he begins a courtship correspondence from the war front. The two brothers make a vow to protect one another at all costs, but when faced with death and destruction from all sides—will they be able to uphold it?

 The three bloodiest days in America’s history bring these three together at Gettysburg and tragedy’s cruelty threatens to tear two hearts apart—and bring two unlikely allies together.

  Amongst the Roses

 

Welcome, Meghan! I’m so happy you could join us today to chat about your new book! Let’s start out with a few fun getting to know you questions, and then talk about the book.

Q:  What is your favorite season, and why?
Meghan:
  Autumn. It’s such a sigh of relief after a sweltering summer. Everything is more gold and bright and crisp. I just love it.

 

Q:  What is the best part of your day?
Meghan:
  My mornings and time with Jesus. Once my feet are out of bed, I’m a morning person. It’s just getting there that’s sometimes tricky. LOL

 

Q:  What are some of your favorite CF reads from 10 years ago, or further?
Meghan:
  Anything by Lynn Austin—the Refiner’s Fire trilogy was incredible and I read it through multiple times. SO rich in historical detail and with powerful spiritual themes through out.

 

Q:  If we took a peek at your “recently played” music, who would we find?
Meghan:
  A lot of Bethel Music worship songs. J

 

Q:  Did the plotline or the characters come first?
Meghan:
  Oh the plot for sure. I let the history dictate it. And despite how long the characters had been in my head (since grade school!) they took their good old sweet time revealing themselves to me as I tried to write.

 

Q:  Which character took you by surprise?
Meghan:
  Adam. He really developed into a solid, interesting character that I was happy with how he turned out even though he didn’t turn out as I’d expected in a lot of ways.

 

Q:  What was the latest you stayed up working on this story?
Meghan:
  Only once or twice—one in the morning. I probably ended up deleting what I’d attempted writing. LOL I write well early in the morning. Not late at night.

 

Q:  What is something that didn’t make it into the final copy?
Meghan:
  Most of the first third of the original draft LOL. I couldn’t remove a whole lot because of the history I wanted to ensure stayed in the book—but you can bet during the last two rounds of edits I cut and combined scenes a lot. It needed it, LOL.

 

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?)
Meghan:
  Right now my only writing goal is to finish A Rose Long Awaited and release it in the fall, hopefully. Then, only God knows. The life season I’m in now still has room for writing—but there’s also a lot more tugging at my heart and my time, so I’m just along for wherever God takes me.

Thank you, Meghan for visiting with us today and letting us take a glimpse into your life and this delightful book Amongst the Roses.

 

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Meghan Gorecki is giving away  1 (one) digital copy of her book “Amongst the Roses”. 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.

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Author Interview & Giveaway: Michelle Griep

I have a special guest vising with us today! Grab a hot drink and a chair and settle in for a fun interview. Allow me to introduce our Author guest, Michelle Griep.

2754194  I hear voices. Loud. Incessant. And very real. Which basically gives me two options: choke back massive amounts of Prozac or write fiction. I chose the latter. Way cheaper. I’ve been writing since I discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. I seek to glorify God in all that I write…except for that graffiti phase I went through as a teenager. Oops. Did I say that out loud?

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Join us as we chat about Michelle’s latest released book, The Innkeeper’s Daughter. For those not familiar with this wonderful story, be sure to click here to read my review.

The Innkeepers DaughterDover, England, 1808: Officer Alexander Moore goes undercover as a gambling gentleman to expose a high-stakes plot against the king—and he’s a master of disguise, for Johanna Langley believes him to be quite the rogue. . .until she can no longer fight against his unrelenting charm.

All Johanna wants is to keep the family inn afloat, but when the rent and the hearth payment are due at the same time, where will she find the extra funds? If she doesn’t come up with the money, there will be nowhere to go other than the workhouse—where she’ll be separated from her ailing mother and ten-year-old brother.

Alex desperately wants to help Johanna, especially when she confides in him, but his mission—finding and bringing to justice a traitor to the crown—must come first, or they could all end up dead.

The Innkeepers Daughter

Welcome, Michelle!  I’m so happy to have you here chatting with us today about The Innkeeper’s Daughter. Let’s start out with a few getting to know you questions, and then we’ll dive right into the book.

Q:  Are you a coffee or tea drinker? 

Michelle:  Yes. Both. But I had to switch to decaf recently.

Trisha:  I too enjoy both coffee and tea.

 

Q:  What is your favorite dessert?

Michelle:  Anything chocolate. Dark’s my favorite but I won’t snub milk.

Trisha:  Yes! Love chocolate!

 

Q:  What would be your dream vacation? 

Michelle:  England . . . which I happen to be going to in May! Woohoo! And my favorite place in all of England is Ironbridge. It’s like visiting the Shire.

Trisha:  That’s wonderful! Do you have enough room for a stowaway?! I’m sure that you will have a marvelous time!

 

Q:  If they were to make a movie of The Innkeepers Daughter, who would you choose to play the hero & heroine? 

Michelle:  Alexander Moore is Chris Hemsworth, and Johanna Langley is Rachel Weisz.

You can see their pictures plus the other characters at my Pinterest board: https://www.pinterest.com/michellegriep/the-innkeepers-daughter/

Trisha:  I enjoy seeing all the wonderful pictures you collected for your inspiration board on Pinterest!

 

Q:  Where did your inspiration for The Innkeepers Daughter come from?

Michelle:  I visited Dover a few years back. Roaming the white cliffs and following old smuggler trails made me wonder what those smugglers might be like.

Trisha:  I can almost picture you there!

 

Q:  Did you have a favorite character while writing The Innkeepers Daughter?

Michelle:  Lucius Nutbrown, hands down. Who wouldn’t want to talk only through a puppet?

Trisha:  He was quite the unique character!

 

Q:  Did anything surprise you during your research for The Innkeepers Daughter?

Michelle:  Learning about Congreve rockets was super interesting. I love the tie-in with America as they were used during the war of 1812, and that’s where we get the line in the Star Spangled Banner “and the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air.”

Trisha:  Learning about those rockets is interesting!

 

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

Michelle:  Thatcher is the spy-sidekick of Alex in The Innkeeper’s Daughter and now I’m working on his story (which will be the 3rd and final Bow Street Runner book). Here’s a blurb:

Life couldn’t be better for Abigail Gilbert—but it’s been a long time in coming. Having lived with a family who hated her, it’s finally her time for love. Abby sets off on a journey across England to marry one of the most prestigious gentlemen in the land—until highwaymen upset her plans and threaten her life.

Horse patrol captain Daniel Thatcher arrives just in time to save Abby. But she’s simply another victim in a job he’s come to despise. Tired of the dark side of humanity, he intends to buy land and retire.

Abby pleads with him to escort her for the rest of her journey. He refuses—until she offers him something he desperately needs to achieve his goal . . . money. Delivering her safely will give him more than enough to buy property.

So begins an impossible trek for the cynical lawman and the proper lady. Each will be indelibly changed by the time they reach her betrothed, if they don’t kill one another first—or fall in love.

Trisha:  I’m so happy that Daniel Thatcher is getting his own story! I can’t wait to read all about his adventure!  Thank you again, Michelle for taking time out of your busy writing schedule to visit with us today.

*** GIVEAWAY ***

Michelle Griep is giving away 1 (one) copy of her book “The Innkeeper’s Daughter” 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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 To Enter the Giveaway: 

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“Who is your favorite fictional Spy?”

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Congratulations: Nicole Cook