First Line Friday: Four Dreams of You

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

Today I am excited to be featuring Four Dreams of You (Love That Counts #4) by Sondra Kraak. Right from the beginning, this story captured my imagination and heart and I was blissfully along for this journey! Like a warm embrace, I felt welcomed into the telling of this captivating story. CLICK HERE to read my full review.

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Washington State
April 1893

          Yesterday, Grace Thomas has made the worst mistake of her life. This morning she had one hour to reverse it.

That just begs the questions, what did Grace do? and will she be able to fix it or will she be too late? Hmmm…

Sorry, no hints here!  You’ll have to pick up a copy of the book and find out!

  Four Dreams of You (Love that Counts #4)

Now it’s your turn!

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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Four Dreams of You (Love that Counts) by Sondra Kraak

Synopsis:

Unfulfilled dreams have left Grace Thomas vowing not to let her imagination roam wild again. Resigning herself to the goal of owning a dress shop, she accepts a position as a housekeeper at Monaghan Lumber Camp in order to earn funds. The plan is simple, easy, and safe. But Torin Monaghan is not. The reclusive brother who seems indifferent to her presence is ironically the one stirring up her imagination.

Torin Monaghan will not be deterred from his passion to preserve the beauty of nature. Even if it appears as if he’s going against his family. Even if the quirky and wistful seamstress invading his space is proving a distraction. To his frustration, Grace Thomas is not easily dismissed, and neither are the ways she’s opening his eyes to a different sort of beauty.

When past threats bring new trouble to Pine Creek, Torin and Grace must become vulnerable—to each other and their community—and through risk, discover that reality is more fulfilling than their dreams.

  Four Dreams of You (Love that Counts #4)

My Thoughts:

Right from the beginning, this story captured my imagination and heart and I was blissfully along for this journey! These quirky characters, heavenly burdened with past baggage somehow tugged on my heart-strings. Sitting down with this story was like welcoming old friends over for a hearty meal and delightful conversation. Sondra Kraak brings not only the characters but the landscape to vivid reality! Like a warm embrace, I felt welcomed into the telling of this captivating story.

I loved these characters, and I smile just thinking about them! A handsome, log-rolling, lumber owner with a shadowy past. A quirky heroine with big dreams, a big heart, and insecurities. Both have important lessons to learn, and growth to make. But will they let down the thick walls they have built around their hearts? Or will the walls and dreams keep them apart?

While the story focuses on two primary characters, secondary characters from previous books do have appearances. I would recommend reading the books of this collection in order, for both continuity, and because they are just sooo good!

I have loved every book from Sondra Kraak’s, and this one is no different. Fans of Karen Witemeyer, Jody Hedlund and Melissa Jagears will find this collection of stories a happy addition to their favorite keeper shelf!

(I receive complimentary books 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:

About the Author:

S.Kraak  A native of Washington State, Sondra Kraak grew up playing in the rain, hammering out Chopin at the piano, and running up and down the basketball court. Now settled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, blogging about spiritual truths, and writing historical romance set in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She delights in sharing stories that not only entertain but nourish the soul. Her debut novel, One Plus One Equals Trouble, was a Genesis semi-finalist (2015) and the winner of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Unpublished Women’s Fiction Award (2015). Sondra has since published three novels. You can connect with Sondra at:

Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Amazon // Goodreads

  Four Dreams of You (Love that Counts #4)

Don’t miss the other books in this series:

 One Plus One Equals Trouble (Love that Counts #1)

  Two ways Home (Love that Counts #2)

  Three Words and a Kiss (Love that Counts #3)

 

 

First Line Fridays: One Plus One Equals Trouble

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

Today I’m happy to be featuring One Plus One Equals Trouble by Sondra Kraak. Claire and Barrett both need the teaching job they were hired for. The plan wasn’t to share the same job. However, tossed into an impossible solution that’s Exactly where they find themselves.

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Pine Creek, Washington, 1891

          Killing Edward Stevens was beyond her proper ways.

 

 

You are sure to fall head-over-heels for this swoon-worthy story! Pick up your copy today for FREE!!  (e-copy FREE for a limited time. See link below)

 One Plus One Equals Trouble (Love that Counts #1)

Don’t miss out on the other books in this series:

  Two ways Home (Love that Counts #2)

  Three Words and a Kiss (Love that Counts #3)

Now it’s your turn!

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.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

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March 2018 – Month in Review

Here we are at the first day of April! There have been some wonderful stories that I’ve enjoyed reading this past month! Join me as we take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed in March.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

The Innkeepers Daughter The Innkeeper’s Daughter

GraceRestored Grace Restored

AChanceAtForever  A Chance at Forever

ThreeWordsAndAKiss  Three Words and a Kiss

A Heart's Revolution  A Heart’s Revolution

A Most Noble Heir  A Most Noble Heir

FindingEvergreen  Finding Evergreen

Author Interview:

SarahSundin  Sarah Sundin

Cover Reveal:

TimelessCollection Timeless Love: Romantic stories that span the ages

 

I’d love to hear from you:

Have you read any of the books I reviewed this month? If so, did you have a favorite?
What book(s) are you looking forward to reading in April?

I have a full schedule of books I’m looking forward to sharing with you in April! I’ll leave you with one of my favorite quotes:

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First Line Friday’s & Givaway: Three Words and a Kiss by Sondra Kraak

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

This week I’m featuring Three Words and a Kiss by Sondra Kraak. This story is filled with delightful characters, a swoony hero, and a fiery heroine. A story sure to capture your attention and keeping you turning pages! CLICK HERE to read my review.

Since today is my birthday, I’m giving away ONE e-book kindle copy of Three Words and a Kiss! CLICK HERE to Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway. Be sure to leave a comment on this blog post answering the following question “What is your favorite birthday dessert?”

Earn extra entries by tweeting daily during the giveaway period using the rafflecopter entry form. The giveaway will be open until midnight 3/29/18. The winner will be contacted via email and announced on this page at the conclusion of the giveaway period. Giveaway open to USA residents only; see Disclosures & Policies for a full list of rules.

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Seattle, Washington
July 1892

          The first stars pricked through the sky’s fading canvas as Samantha Klein approached the intersection of Washington and First Avenue, looked both ways, and crossed a line.

 

Hmmm….. What line did Samantha cross? Sounds like she’s about to find some adventure, and maybe some trouble.

 

Now it’s your turn!

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.

First Line Fridays hosted by Hoarding Books

*** Giveaway Ended ***
Winner: Nicole S.

Three Words and a Kiss (Love that Counts #3) by Sondra Kraak

When a big-hearted debutante collides with a small-town blacksmith set in his ways, it can mean only one thing—a war of hearts has come to Pine Creek.

Synopsis:

Washington, 1892

Cameron Wallace thrives as both the blacksmith and the minister in his community of Pine Creek. Out of the fires of a chaotic childhood, he’s forged a peaceful life filled with safe relationships and predictable routines. But when the smithy he’s been renting is sold out from under him, the impulsive woman who buys it stokes the embers of emotions he’d rather keep unlit—and even has the audacity to lend a helping hand to his smithy work.

Samantha Klein has never been afraid to push boundaries when it comes to helping those whom society—and God—have overlooked, be they orphans, immigrants, or injured animals. When her latest attempt to aid a group of Chinese women lands her in a newspaper scandal, her high-society family sends her packing from Seattle. Setting out on her own, she purchases the Pine Creek smithy and hatches another plan for helping her immigrant friends. But only weeks after arriving in Pine Creek, her plan turns to ashes, and she’s overwhelmed by needs she can never hope to meet, including her own need to be seen and cared for. And the one who seems to understand her is the man who won’t let her anywhere near his heart, no matter the attraction that burns between them.

As Cameron struggles to find a new normal, and Samantha yearns for someone to share her burdens, old hurts and dangerous secrets make them both terrified to admit that what they need—and what God has planned for them—just might be each other.

My Thoughts:

Sparks fly and hearts ignite in this emotionally charged, arresting story of two unlikely characters that will take captive of your attention and have you eagerly turning pages to find out what happens next.

Samantha is the youngest daughter of a highly successful businessman and has often felt overlooked and underappreciated. Samantha has a large compassionate heart for those hurting and for the underprivileged, she often makes snap decisions based on her emotions and sometimes that leads her into trouble.

Cameron has learned to stuff his emotions and lock them away deep inside. He’s satisfied with the way his life is going, and he doesn’t appreciate change. Cameron sees’s emotions as a weakness, and he doesn’t have time for drama.

Both Samantha and Cameron can learn from each other if they will only set aside preconceived ideas and open their hearts to the possibility of change and of putting one’s trust in another person.

I give this fantastic story 5 stars, and would encourage you to pick up a copy to enjoy for yourself!

(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:

About the Author:

S.Kraak  A native of Washington State, Sondra Kraak grew up playing in the rain, hammering out Chopin at the piano, and running up and down the basketball court. Now settled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, blogging about spiritual truths, and writing historical romance set in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She delights in sharing stories that not only entertain but nourish the soul. Her debut novel, One Plus One Equals Trouble, was a Genesis semi-finalist (2015) and the winner of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Unpublished Women’s Fiction Award (2015). Sondra has since published three novels. You can connect with Sondra at:

Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Amazon // Goodreads

  Three Words and a Kiss

Don’t miss the first two books in this series:

 One Plus One Equals Trouble (Love that Counts #1)

  Two ways Home (Love that Counts #2)

January 2018 – Review

Can you believe it? Here we are at the end of January! Wow, that went fast! Let us take a brief pause and take a look back at the bookish fun we enjoyed this month.

Clicking on the link will take you to the blog post for that book, interview or reveal.

Books Reviewed:

Across the Blue Across The Blue

TheLacemaker.cover The Lacemaker

TheMayflowerBride The Mayflower Bride

GuiltByAssociation  Guilt by Association

ASongUnheard  A Song Unheard

HeartsEntwined  Hearts Entwined

 

Author Interview:

AmandaBarratt Amanda Barratt

 

Character Spotlight:

Three Words and a Kiss spotlight Cam Cameron Wallace from Three Words and A Kiss

 

New Logo Reveal:

JOR-Color Logo Reveal

 

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Meet Cameron Wallace from Three Words and a Kiss by Sondra Kraak + A Freebie

Welcome, reader friends. I have a special treat for you today! A special Character interview with Cameron Wallace the hero in Sondra Kraak’s new book Three Words and a Kiss scheduled to release next month.

Meet Cameron Wallace

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Guest Interview

Please give a warm welcome to our Guest Interviewer Lark who has volunteered to interview Cameron today.

Lark: My name is Lark, I’m thirteen, and this is my interview with Cameron Wallace. You don’t know my story, and that’s okay—it’s private—but one thing you should know is that I don’t think well of men, save a few. Cameron is one of those few. He’s wise and makes others feel safe and important, he also—

You’d rather hear Samantha describe him, wouldn’t you? Let me warn you. I tried to control her responses, but I’m not responsible for how people in love talk.

Samantha, tell me three things you love about Cameron. Only three.

Samantha:  He possesses an inner strength that draws people, and it comes naturally. He doesn’t even realize how he brings the community together. He possesses an outer strength, too. Have you noticed his forearm muscles?

Lark:  Umm, no. But you’re right. He is tall and strong, which befits a blacksmith.

Samantha:  And those shoulders. It’s not like he’s a giant, though. I don’t feel overpowered by him.

Lark:  I don’t think you feel overpowered by anyone. But back to the question. You can list one more thing you love.

Samantha: He’s responsible and thinks through things before acting, which makes me feel secure. I tend to—

Lark: Not think things through. I know. Okay. Next question.

Samantha: I’m just getting started. Please let me list more things I love.

Lark: (rolls eyes) We’ll be here all afternoon.

Samantha: What I adore is how he talks in sermons without realizing it. I know that might lead others to insanity, but I think it shows how metaphorical and deeply he thinks. He brings up profound things as if he’s talking about the weather. I mean, who really thinks like that?

And then there’s the way he kisses—

Lark: We’re done. Thank you.

Samantha: You wouldn’t expect a controlled man who sticks to a plan to kiss unencumbered like that, but that’s what’s fascinating. It’s like all that submerged emotion must come out some way.

Lark: I really don’t need to know, but thank you for taking time to explain Cameron to me. I’m going to ask him some questions now and hope he answers with more modesty. Cameron, let’s get the basics out of the way. Your mother left when you were ten, your father drank himself to death when you were fourteen, and the town collectively raised you. Is that right?

Cameron: I love the people of Pine Creek. They took me in when I was my angriest. I didn’t realize until Samantha came and upset my world how angry I still was about my parents.

Lark: You’ve been at the smithy since you were fourteen. What do you love about the work?

Cameron: It’s creative. It’s physical. It requires precision. It’s not mindless work that anyone can do with brute strength. And yet, at it’s foundation, it’s simple. Heat. Metal. Force.

Lark: Will you teach me?

Cameron: (frowns) Did Samantha tell you to ask that or do you just want to learn because David is learning? (shakes head) Listen, smithy work is dangerous. I’m not comfortable with women learning the trade. Samantha tried and did a great job. For one day. But my gut was burning the entire time. The responsibility for safety weighs on me too much.

Lark: I think a woman can do anything a man can do.

Cameron: If you’re that woman, I’m inclined to agree. (smiles) Don’t you want to know some things about me? My favorite color? My favorite food?

Lark: Boring. What’s your biggest failure? You give off this image of perfection.

Cameron: Are you teasing? I don’t know why anyone would look at me as perfect, though I must admit I thought my life was perfect until Samantha brought her a chaos to town. But in the end, I saw my pride and my need to let go of control.

Lark: Is that why you took down that verse from above the smithy door?

Cameron: That verse about living a simple life and working with my hands—that was just an excuse to keep me from wanting too much. It was my permission to keep life contained and safe. Samantha’s emotional, large way of living helped me see that lie.

Lark: She’s good at being emotional. You never told me your biggest failure.

Cameron: Some things are private. But I’ll say this, I lived years up here (points to head) and never let what’s in here (points to heart) matter. It ate me up. No more. I’m letting the thoughts and emotions mingle. You should try it sometime.

Lark: Are you implying I stuff my feelings? (shrugs) I have no problem stating my thoughts. I can’t be good at everything.

Cameron: It’s nice to hear you admit that. You’re extremely self-sufficient for thirteen.

Lark: If you’d had my past . . .

Cameron: One more question. Make it a good one.

Lark: If you could change one thing about last year, what would it be?

Cameron: I wouldn’t have been so defensive when others confronted me, whether it was Samantha, Barrett, the mayor, or congregants. I didn’t realize how much the need to be in control made me distrustful and withdrawn. Lesson learned, I hope.

Lark: You’re the king at learning lessons and teaching them to others. And now, I’m off to do my lessons for school tomorrow.

Bonus Character Interview:

Would you like to meet the Heroine Samantha Klein? Visit my blogging buddy Beth Erin at Faithfully Bookish (CLICK HERE)

About the Book:

Cameron Wallace enjoys his friends, his adopted community of Pine Creek, and the stability of his work as both the local blacksmith and the minister. Each day is predictable and safe, exactly the way he likes it . . . until the day the smithy he’s been renting is sold out from under him—and bought by a woman.

Seattle debutante Samantha Klein refuses to let her high-society status keep her from reaching out to those in need, be they stray animals, orphans, or immigrants. After her latest attempt to help a Chinese family lands her in a newspaper scandal, her family exiles her east of the mountains to visit her uncle. She’s resigned to go until she discovers Pine Creek’s smithy is for sale. Hatching a plan to bring her Chinese friends to safety, she buys it and settles into the friendly community. But her compassion soon lands her in more trouble, much to the frustration—or is it admiration?—of her blacksmith, who finds himself swept into her plans and feeling things he’d rather not be feeling.

A new war has commenced in Pine Creek, a battle between impulse and constraint, the heart and the mind, and a woman determined to love others and a man determined not to be loved.

Catch up on the first two books in the Love that Counts series:

 One Plus One Equals Trouble (Love that Counts #1)

  Two ways Home (Love that Counts #2)

About the Author:

S.Kraak  A native of Washington State, Sondra Kraak grew up playing in the rain, hammering out Chopin at the piano, and running up and down the basketball court. Now settled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, blogging about spiritual truths, and writing historical romance set in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She delights in sharing stories that not only entertain but nourish the soul. Her debut novel, One Plus One Equals Trouble, was a Genesis semi-finalist (2015) and the winner of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Unpublished Women’s Fiction Award (2015). Sondra has since published three novels. You can connect with Sondra at:

Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Amazon // Goodreads

 

Bonus:

Receive a free short story, along with writing updates,
by subscribing to Sondra Kraak’s newsletter!

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Also from Sondra Kraak:

  Such A Hope (Paths of Grace #1)

Trails of Love and Grace (1)

Author Interview Sondra Kraak – Blog Tour – Two Ways Home (Love that Counts #2)

I’m so happy to have Sondra Kraak here today to talk about her book Two Ways Home, #2 in the Love that Counts series. I really enjoyed this fantastic story, full of whit  and delightful characters that stick with you long after you finish the book. 

S.KraakA native of Washington State, Sondra Kraak grew up playing in the rain, hammering out Chopin at the piano, and running up and down the basketball court. Now settled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, she enjoys spending time with her husband and children, blogging about spiritual truths, and writing historical romance set in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She delights in sharing stories that not only entertain but nourish the soul. Her debut novel, One Plus One Equals Trouble, was a Genesis semi-finalist (2015) and the winner of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference Unpublished Women’s Fiction Award (2015). Sondra has since published three novels. You can connect with Sondra at:

Web Page // Facebook // Twitter // Pinterest // Amazon // Goodreads

A little bit about Sondra’s book Two Ways Home (Love that Counts #2)

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Mary Smith was never one to back down from a challenge. Her father’s health may be failing, but their dairy farm was her mother’s dream, and Mary will do whatever it takes to keep her father from selling it—even if it means sneaking off to the next town to earn money by playing the piano in a questionable establishment. No one seems to understand why home is so important to her, least of all her childhood nemesis who’s just wandered back into town.

When injured Texas Ranger Luke Thomas is forced to return to Pine Creek, Washington, he’s hailed as a hero and thrust into the town’s first race for sheriff. But no one knows the secret he carried to Texas, nor the secret he’s brought home. Setting his perfect aim on returning south, he refuses to get tied down by the town’s admiration, his brother’s disapproval, or the spirited, hardworking dairy girl who’s less annoying than he remembers.

But strange things are happening at the Smith dairy and in Pine Creek, and Luke’s instincts tell him Mary is in far more trouble than she realizes. One thing is certain: “home” is about to get more complicated for them both.

Full of wit and romantic tension, this Christian historical love story sets forth the true meaning of coming home.

 

Welcome Sondra, I’m thrilled to have you here today and to get to know you and your fabulous books better.  Let’s begin with a few fun getting-to-know you questions and then we will dive into the book.

coffee-1629158_640Trisha:  What is your favorite beverage?

Sondra: Sadly, coffee. That’s extremely indistinctive and ordinary. I drink it black, which is even more boring

Trisha: I also enjoy a good cup of coffee, however, I prefer mine with cream.

 

Trisha: What would you say is your guilty pleasure?

Sondra: Baths (void of bubbles). I would take one every night if I could. And Calvin and Hobbes comics. And if the use of parentheses could be considered a guilty pleasure . . . I’m guilty.

Trisha:  My husband and Son love Calvin and Hobbes and through them I’ve gained an appreciation (we have a few Calvin & Hobbes comic books.) By the way, you are in good company with the parentheses my friend!

 

Trisha: Is there a place you have wanted to visit but haven’t yet?sphinx-1175828_640

Sondra:  Jerusalem, Cairo, Aleppo. Unfortunately, not the safest area of the world to visit, so other than Jerusalem, this will remain an unrealized dream. Unless I go into black ops but considering my love for routine and safety, I don’t see that happening. Realistically, I hope to visit Hawaii, the only state I haven’t visited. Even more realistically, I’d love to visit the Belmont Mansion where some of Tamera Alexander’s novels are set (just five hours away from where I live! (see, more parentheses)).

Trisha: Only Hawaii left? Wow, I have some catching up to do!

 

Trisha:  What is your favorite Bible verse?

book-1209805_640Sondra:  I truly don’t have one favorite verse because I love, love scripture so deeply and have been reading it since I could string letters into words. I do love the Psalms, though. They give voice to every emotion and experience. Favorite Psalms are 16, 27, and 119. Especially 119. My heart swells just thinking about delighting in the law of the Lord.

Trisha: Psalm 91 is my personal favorite, I also really like Psalm 119.  Likewise, I cannot pick only one favorite.

 

Trisha:  In your research for Two Ways Home, was there anything that surprised you?

LeanderSondra:  The history of the Texas Rangers is fascinating. Leander McNelly was Luke’s inspiration as a boy for joining the Rangers, and reading about McNelly’s escapades was fun. So much lawlessness back then and even the lawmen didn’t follow protocol all the time.

Trisha: That is an interesting piece of history.  I went searching and found this photo of Leander McNelly at The Official Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum  (click on the link to discover more about the Texas Rangers).

 

Trisha:  What was your inspiration for Mary and Luke’s backstory? (Their childhood friendship that grew as they did, into a deeper relationship)OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Sondra:  I love friendship romances where the hero and heroine start out with a deep level of knowing each other. Despite their teasing and surface annoyance with each other, Luke and Mary have that solid foundation. My own childhood played into the inspiration. I grew up running around with friends and getting into mischief while our parents were at Sunday evening prayer meetings. I imagined that same interplay between the children of Pine Creek. What I love about Luke and Mary is that they had a four-year separation, which is a lengthy time not to see each other, making their reunion at the start of Two Ways Home like a fresh beginning to their friendship.

Trisha: I agree, friendship romances are a favorite of mine also. Maybe because that is how my husband and I began. (photo credit: theparisapartment.tumblr.com)

 

Trisha:  What was most difficult to write about when writing Two Ways Home?

desk-2158142_640Sondra:  The ending. The original ending was different, and my critique partner said it wasn’t working. (My idea was to avoid melodrama, but in doing so, the ending came out flat and disappointing). So how things resolved with Mary’s stalker had to change. I raised the stakes, making things more serious.

My biggest issue in writing, in general, is transferring abstract ideas into a plot. I can think metaphorically about what home is and how Mary and Luke both miss the point of it, but to craft a story that shows this was difficult. I’m still new to fiction writing with lots to learn. Two Ways Home is only my third manuscript (second published). I feel like I’m still discovering how the story flows from me and how to balance what elements I think a story needs to have with what it organically needs.

Trisha: I really enjoyed the drama in the ending. It kept me on my toes! But I do understand the challenge of transferring the outline and abstract ideas into a plot. I began writing a book awhile back (shhh, my little secret), and while I have a great beginning and a full timeline, fleshing out the middle and filling in the plot has slowed me down.

 

Trisha:  What book are you working on next?

forge-2148866_640Sondra:  Three Words and a Kiss. This is Cam’s story. He’s the blacksmith in Pine Creek, and sort of the minister, too, since he preaches on the weeks the traveling minister isn’t in town. Readers have already matched him up with Grace, Luke’s sister because she’s loved him for years. Sorry. Not happening. Cam’s just not into her (which is author speak for I’m not into her as heroine material). He’s into smithy work and preaching.

Until Samantha Klein comes to town, heiress, investor, and new owner of his smithy. Her presence flips his world upside down, stripping him of all things familiar. Samantha—bless her spontaneous, compassionate heart—is instantly attracted to her employee, despite his refusal to teach her the trade. Coming out of a wealthy family in which she was ignored, she has a heart for anything wounded, disregarded, or victimized—including a duck. When the trouble she fled in Seattle follows her to Pine Creek, her penchant for helping the downtrodden threatens to overthrow the peace and simplicity of the town.

Trisha: I can’t wait to read Three Words and a Kiss!  I completely understand about Grace. While I see where the others are coming from, she really just isn’t the right one for Cam. I look forward to getting to know Samantha.

Thank you Sondra for visiting, it was fantastic to talk with you about Two Ways Home and about your upcoming book Three Words and a Kiss.

Friends, now it’s your turn:

I’d love to hear from you, Did your love story start out as a friendship story?
Do you have any questions for Sondra?

The fun isn’t over yet!  You will want to hop on over today, and visit my blogging friend Kathleen Denly’s  blog page for some fun and games!

Blog Tour Stops

Saturday, May 20th — Fiction Aficionado — Interview & Excerpt
Monday, May 21st — Kathleen Denly — Game
Monday, May 21st — Joy of Reading — Author Interview
Tuesday, May 23rd — Faithfully Bookish — Setting Spotling
Wednesday, May 24th —  A Baker’s Perspective — Character Spotlight Heroine, Mary
Thursday, May 25th — Singing Librarian Books — Character Spotlight Hero, Luke

 

To find Sondra’s books on Amazon, click the links below:

 One Plus One Equals Trouble (Love that Counts #1)

  Two ways Home (Love that Counts #2)

  Such A Hope (Paths of Grace #1)

 

Trails of Love and Grace (1)

 

 

First Line Friday’s (5/5/17): Such A Hope

It’s FRIDAY  and I’m excited that I get to share a great line with you from a book I have recently read (see review). I have found this to be an fun and entertaining way to find new authors, books and bloggers.

Today I’m featuring: Such A Hope (Paths of Grace #1)  by Sondra Kraak

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Seattle, Washington Territory
September 1871

Anna Warren breathed the crisp air that hinted of salt.

Now it’s your turn!

Grab the book nearest to you and leave a comment with the first line & then head over to see what First Lines these friends are sharing today:

 Fiction Aficionado // Reading is my SuperPower // Bibliophile Reviews //
Bookworm Mamma // Robin’s Nest // All the Book Blog Names are Taken //
Faithfully Bookish // Radiant Light // Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen //
With A Joyful Noise // Kathleen Denly // Singing Librarian //
A Baker’s Perspective // Lauraine’s Notes //

If you would like to host First Line Fridays on your blog, contact
Carrie at Reading is my SuperPower.