Author Interview & Giveaway: Heidi Chiavaroli

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

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

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

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

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

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

  The Tea Chest

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

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

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

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

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

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

Trisha:  Yes, the bookends of the day!

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

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

Trisha:  Those are all fantastic books!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

* * * * * GIVEAWAY  * * * * *

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

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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

 

The Tea Chest by Heidi Chiavaroli

Synopsis:

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

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

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

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

  The Tea Chest

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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About the Author:

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

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

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Click on the title below to snag your copy!

 The Tea Chest

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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          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!

 

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

Happy Release Day!!

Many new books hit the shelves today! I’d like to share with you 6 brand-new books that you will not want to miss out on!

Clicking on the title will take you to that book.

Two Debut Author’s Book Releases

  Waltz in the Wilderness by Kathleen Denly

 Three Little Things by Patti Stockdale

One New Stand-alone Release:

  The Tea Chest by Heidi Chiavaroli

Book 1 in a New Series:

 Veiled in Smoke (The Windy City Saga #1) by Jocelyn Green

Two books that are #3 in their series:

The Land Beneath Us (Sunrise at Normandy #3) by Sarah Sundin

The Brightest of Dreams (Canadian Crossing #3) by Susan Ann Mason

 

Be sure to be watching for my book reviews on these fantastic books this month!