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.

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

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“What kind of tea is your favorite?”

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And the winner is:

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

 

First Line Fridays: The Tea Chest

Welcome to First Line Friday’s hosted by Hoarding Books.

Today I am excited to be featuring The Tea Chest by Heidi Chiavaroli. This captivating, dual time-line story is one that you won’t want to miss! Be sure to stop back next week to see my review!

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Naval Special Warfare Center
Coronado, California

          The bell was beautiful.

 

Click on the title below to snag your copy!

  The Tea Chest

 

Before you go….Don’t miss out on entering the Giveaway for Waltz in the Wilderness (the book I shared last Friday) CLICK HERE!

 

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Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line. To see what First Lines others are sharing this week head over to Hoarding Books.

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Finding Ever After: four fairytale-ish novellas

 

About the Collection:

Experience a touch of magic with these four fairytale-ish novellas that span over one hundred years. Linked by an illustrated book of fairytales, each novella is an enchanting combination of a beloved classic sprinkled with the author’s own brand of fairy dust.

Stairs and Stardust is set in 1913 Asheville, NC at the beautiful Biltmore Estate and includes a budding children’s book illustrator, an out-of-the box heir, and a teensy bit of Cinderella romance.

Entanglements has a Rapunzel twist and is set in 1920’s Boston between a reluctant heiress, a charming piano tuner, and a game of chess.

Twice Upon A Time is a Beauty-And-The-Beast inspired tale that brings a romance novelist back home to her family’s pecan farm… and the ex-fiance she left behind.

Once Bitten is a nod to Snow White that includes a fake date with a handsome woodsman, seven geeks, and the world’s best apple tarts.

Finding Ever After

My Thoughts:

BetweenStairsAndStardustPepper Basham brings this Cinderella-like fairytale to life in Between Stairs and Stardust. A sweet story of a young lady who has lost her self-worth in a tangle of lies told by devious outsiders, and a young heir-apparent, who is quite unconventional. Will the secrets they each hold, keep them apart? With a look at how fairytales shape our lives and give us the freedom to imagine the seemingly impossible, this delightful story is sure to capture both your heart and your imagination and have you reaching for the stars.

With The Biltmore house as the backdrop, Pepper Basham brings this beautiful fairy tale to life!

 

EntanglementsWith the wedding date set, Esther knows that this match with Thomas Wheatherton would help solidify her father’s business with the connection that joining the two families. Given a last chance to sing a concert of her own, Esther sets out to make the best of the crumbling practice hall and the pianist that her fiance arranged.

Nic Ricci has a gift for music. He spends his days teaching math and tunes piano’s on the side. After the death of his mother in a horrible molasses accident, he has made taking care of his father is his primary goal.

Will two people from different walks of life find a connection with the music that speaks to their hearts? Can their vision of the future be altered to make room for the unexpected? Find out in Rachel McMillan’s Entanglements.

 

TwiceUponATimeFilled with Southern flair, a dash of humor and plenty of tea this sweet novella is one that is sure to charm your socks off! I enjoyed my time immersed in the lives of Emma and Sawyer. Two dynamic characters that I won’t soon forget!

Emma has known her share of disappointments and heartbreak, she has avoided going back home for the past several years, but the time has come to make a decision about the family home, and the pecan farm that her grandparents started many years ago. With a heart of shattered dreams weighing her down, can Emma look beyond the past to envision a new future? Find out in Ashley Clark’s Twice Upon A Time.

 

OnceBittenBook store owner Maggie Craft is facing another holiday get-away with her Step-mother and Step-sister. In an effort to thwart their constant nagging about her singleness she invites the local repairman, Griff to join her as her fake boyfriend. When sparks start to fly and the tall tales catch up with them, will it be too late to repair the damage?

This fun twist on the beloved fairy tale, Snow White is sure to have you laughing out loud and turning pages to see how things will all turn out.

 

(All thoughts an opinions are my own. I purchased a copy of this novella collection for my own personal enjoyment. I am not required to write a review.)

About the Authors:

To learn more about each author, click on the name below and you will be taken to that author’s web page.

Pepper Basham

Rachel McMillan

Ashley Clark

Betsy St. Amant

Snag your copy today:

Finding Ever After

 

First Line Fridays (8/11/2017): Freedom’s Ring

Welcome to this week’s edition of First Line Friday! It is always fun to hear from you and find out what you are currently reading. While you are here don’t forget to enter the current Giveaway that is running this week (click here).

This week I’m featuring Freedom’s Ring by Heidi Chiavaroli
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A fast-paced story with a dual-timeline. This book has something for everyone.

Perhaps Brad says it best when he told Anaya “…its some sort of exhilarating ride that I never want to get off of.”

See my full review (click here)

 

 

Freedom's Ring

Boston
Patriots’ Day, 2013

Death’s threshold overwhelmed me in a swell of instant silence and intense heat.

 

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Freedom’s Ring by: Heidi Chiavaroli

From the Boston Marathon bombing to the American Revolution and the Boston Massacre, past and present intertwine to create an unexpected destiny.

Synopsis:

Boston, 2015
Two years after nearly losing her life in the Boston Marathon bombing, Annie David is still far from “Boston strong.” Instead she remains isolated and defeated―plagued by guilt over her niece, crippled in the blast, and by an antique ring alongside a hazy hero’s face. But when she learns the identity of her rescuer, will he be the hero she’s imagined? And can the long-past history of the woman behind the ring set her free from the guilt and fears of the present?

Boston, 1770
As a woman alone in a rebellious town, Liberty Caldwell finds herself in a dangerous predicament. When a British lieutenant, Alexander Smythe, comes to her rescue and offers her employment, Liberty accepts. As months go by, Alexander not only begins to share his love of poetry with her, but protects Liberty from the advances of a lecherous captain living in the officers’ house where she works.

Mounting tensions explode in the Boston Massacre, and Liberty’s world is shattered as her brother, with whom she has just reunited, is killed in the fray. Desperate and alone, she returns home, only to be assaulted by the captain. Afraid and furious toward redcoats, Liberty leaves the officers’ home, taking with her a ring that belonged to Alexander.

Two women, separated by centuries, must learn to face their fears. And when they feel they must be strong, they learn that sometimes true strength is found in surrender.

My Review:

Filled with deep emotion and dynamic characters, this book has something for everyone!  A contemporary story line that keeps you on the edge of your seat turning the pages. A historical story line with such heartfelt characters they pull you into their story paired with rich  historical details that will make you feel you’ve slipped thru the pages back in time.  Some call this type of story a time-slip, others call it dual-timeline, which ever you prefer, I call this an engaging story that is sure to please those on both sides.

They may be separated by a few hundred years, but both of the heroines in this story struggle to face their fears and to put their trust in God.  I appreciated the real struggle and the character growth.

I should note that there is a short scene where Liberty is physically assaulted; those sensitive to rape may find this scene difficult to read.

I enjoyed reading Freedom’s Ring and I look forward to reading more stories from Heidi Chiavaroli.

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

Favorite Quote:

“Well, maybe being broken can bring us together, you know? Like it has a higher purpose. Maybe it’s how we help one another, look for meaning in this botched-up life.”

Bonus:

To check out some fun behind-the-scenes research photo’s visit Heidi’s page.
As an extra bonus stop by my friend Carrie’s (ReadingIsMySuperpower) blog; to check out a fun author interview.

About the Author:

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

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

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   Freedom’s Ring

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