Monday, September 15, 2014

IN THE IMAGE OF MAN - Robert Roush - One Free Book

Welcome, Robert. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I don’t think it’s possible to not write myself into the characters. Though, I don’t think any one of my characters is considerably more me than another. On the other hand, given that many of the characters are angels or demons, I’d like to think that there’s not too much of me in the demons. And, I’m pretty sure my family would attest that I’m no angel either.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
Oh boy, where to start. There are so many, so I’ll choose one that’s writing related. One spring break, I took my family on a 1,200 mile road trip to Arrow Springs in central Missouri for research. Of course, Arrow Springs doesn’t really exist, but that didn’t stop us. We spent a great afternoon driving around the area and walking through the fields where the town would be, if it did exist. I remember walking across a field and telling one of my sons, “Right there is Sarah’s house and way over there is River of Life Church.” Of course, we spent most of our time at the River’s Edge Bar. Except, there wasn’t a bar there, just, well, the edge of the river.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
In fifth grade, we were writing poetry and my teacher told me I had a gift. Then I spent the next thirty years writing everything from technical documents to church discipleship curriculum to theology papers. About the only creative writing I had done since fifth grade was a few church dramas and outreach events. Then one day, I sat down and wondered what it would be like to write fiction. I expected to get ten pages in and say, “Well, that was fun. Next.” About a year later, I completed my first manuscript. Then I attended an American Christian Fiction Writers conference and found out everything I didn’t know about writing fiction. Okay, probably not everything. I’m sure there’s still much I don’t know.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I enjoy reading a fairly broad range of books. It should come as no surprise that speculative fiction is my favorite. However, I also enjoy fantasy, sci-fi, thrillers, suspense, and even the occasional romance, as long there is a good balance with a strong plotline in one of these other categories. I also read quite a bit of leadership and church development nonfiction.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I believe the easiest way to avoid losing your sanity is not to have any to start with. Seriously though, I always tell the people I oversee at work, “I’m always going to be busy. So I can either be busy doing something for someone else, or I can be busy helping you.” I feel the same way in regards to writing. We will always find something to occupy our time, it may as well be something that we enjoy doing and that can bring benefit to others. I just have to remind myself at times that I write because I enjoy it, and if I’m too drained to be creative, there isn’t much sense in writing. So I find something else to do—like promotion.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
I often spend considerable time coming up with the right name. This was especially true for this book. Because it looks at both the physical and spiritual realms, I needed to come up with at least twice as many names. Not to mention descriptions and back stories. When choosing character names, I am usually looking for a name with a specific meaning based on the role the character will play. So I often search baby-name websites to find a name that jumps out at me. Sometimes, I will use a name as is, and other times I will modify the name to something that isn’t an actual name.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Because God uses marriage as the picture of our relationship, as the Church, with Jesus, I believe there is nothing the enemy wants more than to destroy marriages. As a result, my wife and I are passionate about investing in marriages before they run into trouble. We’ve done this through pre-marriage mentoring and teaching marriage classes. But the thing I am most proud of is the great example we have been able to set with our own marriage for the past 25 years.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I would have to say a bald eagle. No, I’m not bald. But, then again, neither are they. I can only imagine the joy of being able to soar high above the mountains. To effortlessly rise up on the wind and see the beauty of God’s creation for miles. And then there’s the thrill of diving at speeds reaching 100 miles per hour and then swooping in to nab a fish or rodent. Finally, while all of this is true of many birds, the bald eagle is protected, so I wouldn’t have to worry about nature’s most ruthless predator—people.

What is your favorite food?
I have to say nachos. Though in reality, it could be just about any Mexican food. I love cheese, salsa (the hotter the better), tortillas, refried beans, onions, cilantro, and just about anything else that can be put on tortilla chips or in a burrito shell. For that matter, I also find a lot of things to fit that description that most people probably wouldn’t consider. We even have a garden solely dedicated to salsa. We usually grow a dozen or more varieties of peppers from sweet to scorpions.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Getting published. In a sense, many would say that I haven’t overcome it. After a few years of seeking publishing, hearing that the plot is intriguing, not finding anyone willing to take the risk on an unknown with a novel on spiritual warfare, and letting it sit in the drawer while I worked on something else, I finally felt called to self-publish. Well, that’s not totally accurate, I felt called to create my LLC, Hearts of Compassion Publishing, where the long-term plan is to build a reputation for quality stories, mine or otherwise, which are published with the sole purpose of donating all proceeds to compassion-based ministries.

Tell us about the featured book.
At a pivotal time in my life, as a young husband and father, I read Frank Peretti’s Darkness books. The impact on my life at that time was profound. I have always wished he would write more books of the dual-realm style. So when I sat down to try my hand at writing a novel, the only logical choice was to write a dual-realm style story of my own. From this endeavor, In The Image of Man was born.

The eyes are the window to the soul…

…but what if the eyes are empty?

When Officer Chris Davis, of Arrow Springs, Missouri, rescues a young woman from a mysterious attacker, he steps into the center of a spiritual showdown. Following his heart, and a trace of circumstantial evidence, he embarks on a collision course with a government research facility and an unseen foe.

Whether intentional or not, humanity often walks that line first crossed by Lucifer himself—the desire to become equal with God. In The Image of Man is a supernatural thriller that gets the reader to ponder the ethical question, “If mankind succeeds in cloning humans, an attempt at creation, will God endow the clones with souls?” More important, the reader is encouraged to ponder his or her own soul as the book reflects on God’s restoration of relationships. Ultimately, God is the God of creation, and of re-creation.

In The Image of Man is the first book in the Unseen Dominion series.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Just get out alive. Sergeant Chris Davis pressed his back against the wall.

Beads of sweat oozed between his palm and the cool grip of his Glock 22. He slid his left shoulder to the door frame. One final breath to dull the thumping in his ears.

Like most of the quiet middle-class neighborhood, the Hendersons had left for work hours ago.
The house stood empty, or so he hoped. He aimed the gun at the gap separating the door from its frame. His free hand pushed the oak door. Black knuckles turned to tarnished bronze as his grip tightened around the Glock.

The door stopped.

A drip of salty sweat stung his eye. Was there someone in the room? He squinted into the darkness, letting his eyes adjust from the bright sunlight. “Arrow Springs Police! If you’re in there, step into the open with your hands in the air. I will not ask again!”

No response.

Should he call for backup? With the mayor’s cuts to the force, he’d have to wait for County to arrive. Dispatch reported a simple break-in. No reason to expect danger—except experience.
Through the crack between the door and its casing, he saw them.

A pair of tennis shoes rested against the door—devoid of an occupant.

He exhaled an overdue breath.

Gun barrel leveled, he willed himself through the doorway.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Twitter: @AuthorRob


Thank you, Robert, for sharing your book with us today.

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In The Image of Man (Unseen Dominion Book 1)

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

WINNER - SUMMER READING CHALLENGE

Congratulations, Sharon Miller - you are the winner of the $25 Gift card. Email or message me so we can decide what kind you want.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

A GRAND DESIGN - Amber Stockton - One Free Book

Dear Readers, I’ve known Amber for over a decade and watched her bud and blossom as an author. I found A Grand Design to be a delightful romance, woven around a hand-made quilt and Mackinac Island. This book is an easy read that will take you out of your stressful day to a place to relax and enjoy a good story.

Welcome back, Amber. Tell us about your salvation experience.
I was raised in a household where both parents believed in Christ, so for me, the transition from following the faith of my parents to making it my own personal faith was a natural progression. I accepted Christ at the age of 7 after a Sunday school class where the teacher read a story about Jesus never leaving you and being a friend who sticks closer than a brother. I had 2 brothers at the time, one older and one almost born, and my older brother teased me or tormented me more than befriended me, so a friend better than that appealed to me. J Three years later, I was baptized in a friend’s swimming pool, and I’ve never looked back.

Wow, Amber. I asked Jesus into my heard when I was 7. I didn’t know we had that in common. You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
Wow. Only 4? That’s not going to be easy, but I’ll give it a shot. Let’s see. First, I’d invite Tamera Alexander because she’s so full of grace and wisdom, and she knows how to tell a fantastic story. Next would be Jeff Olson (author of The Slight Edge) because he has a phenomenal knack for taking concepts that might be difficult to process or understand and breaking them down into manageable bites that are easy to apply to your life. After him would be Linda Windsor because she took the time to mentor and encourage me in the early stages of my writing career, and she isn’t afraid to give a harsh critique if a piece of writing needs it. Leaving the best for last would be Tracie Peterson because she and her husband were the reason I got published in the first place. We’ve been friends for nearly 20 years. I began as a reader of her books who contacted her and that led to another amazing mentoring relationship with a lady so full of God’s grace and love, it’s a challenge to not love her.

Do you have a speaking ministry? If so, tell us about that.
Yes. I began presenting workshops on writing once I’d sold several books, but that has blossomed into speaking at women’s retreats, seminars, at conferences, and even doing a few podcasts here and there. My list of topics is always changing, but my core ones are available on the Speaking page of my web site (www.amberstockton.com/speaking.html). I grew up embellishing stories and being able to hold a captive audience. Guess I never expected that to turn into a flourishing writing and speaking career. Amazing how God works … even when you don’t realize it.

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you and how did you handle it?
This isn’t easy, because I don’t embarrass easily. Not to say my face doesn’t turn several shades of red in moments of embarrassment, but I can usually laugh it off or turn the focus elsewhere. I do suffer from an incurable case of foot-in-mouth disease, but owning that makes it easier to handle when embarrassing moments happen. There aren’t any stories of falling down the stairs, tripping up the stairs, spilling food or drink all down the front of me, bad hair days, etc. But one memorable moment came at an annual ACFW conference when Brandilyn Collins (our MC) decided to announce the coming arrival of my first baby to everyone attending the general session. My husband and I met because of ACFW, so our story at the time was frequently shared and told on the email loop or at the national conference. This particular year, I was serving in a volunteer capacity as I usually do and walked into the meeting room just as Brandilyn was making the announcement. She explained how we met and fell in love because of ACFW then proceeded to announce our joyous news. Of course, I wasn’t sitting with my husband at the time. He was clear across the room, so when Brandilyn talked about the joy of adding a baby to the love we shared only to see we weren’t even sitting together, it made for some fun remarks from the witty MC, and many at the conference teased us for days afterward. It’s one of those “you had to be there” stories.

People are always telling me that they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too. What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that?
Oh, definitely. And I’d tell them to write the book. Don’t delay, don’t dawdle. Get it done. There’s an immense feeling of accomplishment when you get to that last page. Everything you wrote might never see a printed page, but at least you can say you did it! Someday will always be out there, but goals are never accomplished by waiting for someday.

Tell us about the featured book.
A Grand Design is a light-hearted contemporary romance which serves as a nice escape for a few hours. Here’s the blurb:
A fun getaway on a charming island may be just what Alyssa needs … if only she can let go of her past.

Fifteen years ago, Alyssa Denham stopped taking her annual summer trip to Mackinac Island, refusing to tell anyone the reason she avoided the island she loved as a child. Now here she is, unexpectedly on the island for two weeks with her best friend, Libby, trying to keep her secret buried.

Alyssa’s grandmother, who lives on the island, has asked Alyssa and Libby to help piece together a friendship quilt she had started years earlier. Their quest takes them to the homes of some of her grandmother’s long-lost friends, giving Alyssa amazing insight into her grandmother’s life … and attracting the attention of the handsome Scott Whitman.

Will memories of her past keep Alyssa from letting go? Or will she finally learn to trust and let God heal her fractured heart?

Since I’ve read the book, please give us the first page for my readers.
“I hate the month of June!”

Alyssa Denham shouldered her way through the revolving door to her office building and onto the concrete sidewalk, her arms laden with bridal shower grab-bag gifts. She should have tossed most of the stuff, or found an unsuspecting coworker and bestowed the gifts on her as a random act of kindness. Three office bridal showers in the first three weeks of April. It had to be a record.

The predictable wedding invitations arrive in her inbox, and she still didn’t have a date for the events. Some of it was her fault. It shouldn’t bother her, but it did.

I don’t have a date, period.

Every year for the past five years, whenever a wedding occurred for someone she knew, it happened in June. And this year was no different. If June was her least favorite month, then April followed as a close second. As Alyssa stepped out from under the overhang, the light drizzle falling most of the day changed to a steady rain
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“Perfect,” she muttered, looking up and down the street for a taxi to the train station. She usually walked, but the gift bags and little wrapped items she carried made the idea impossible. The six blocks would feel more like sixty.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
I have a web site at www.amberstockton.com, but I’m also on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AuthorAmberStockton), Twitter (www.twitter.com/AmberStockton), and Pinterest (www.pinterest.com/amberstockton76/ )

Thank you, Amber, for sharing this new book with us.

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A Grand Design - Christianbook.com
A Grand Design: Quilts of Love Series - Amazon
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

HALLOWED HALLS - Hannah Alexander - One Free Book

Dear Readers, when my copy of Hallowed Halls arrived, it went straight to the top of my to-be-read pile. I’ve read Hannah Alexander suspense novels for years. I love the way this couple works together to give us a dynamite story. The settings always intrigue me, since most of them are in the Ozark Mountains, where I spent most of my growing up years. They create characters, who really grab me by the heart and don’t let go. Hallowed Halls is a great read that I would recommend to anyone who loves romantic suspense … and to those who maybe don’t. This is a very good read for anyone.

Bio: Hannah Alexander is the pen name for a husband-and-wife writing team presently working on their 29th novel. Their books can be found online and in new and used bookstores across the country. Hannah's work is typically set in a small town, typically with a medical drama, some suspense, some humor, with characters who often raise questions about the spiritual aspects of their lives.

Welcome back, Cheryl. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
Thank you, Lena. I wish I could see what He’s doing, because I’m beneath that tapestry, and all I see are knots and scribbles so much of the time. The one thing I do see for sure is that as long as I have stories to tell, I’ll continue writing. It’s been my lifelong passion, and I only hope I can still do it when I get to heaven.

Tell us a little about your family.
I’m glad you asked. I’m preparing to attend a family reunion in which over 100 individuals are scheduled to be there. My mother was one of thirteen children, and from those children came more than 55 cousins for me to love as siblings, and I do love them. Mom made sure of that, because I’m an only child.

My husband, Mel, whom I include in the pen name Hannah Alexander because of his great help with editing and medical scenes, has been my immediate family for nearly 20 years; the reason I chose the name “Hannah” for my half of our pen name was because I could so easily identify with pre-Samuel Hannah in the Bible. I was never given children of my own. That has allowed Mel and me to do many things we couldn’t have done otherwise, and we’ve accepted God’s will for our lives.

I have two stepsons from a former marriage whom I love dearly, and they’re great buddies with Mel. One of those stepsons recently received a master’s degree in Homeland Security, and he and his beautiful wife have two precious children. My other stepson works with pharmaceuticals and he and his vivacious, business-savvy wife presently have eight cats. We can identify, since Mel and I have rescued multiple abandoned kitties over the past nine years, and they’ve kept us busy. I have the utmost love and appreciation for the mother of my stepsons; because of her generous spirit, I’m allowed to be involved in their lives, and am greatly blessed.

Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
I’ve never thought about this before, but yes, my writing has changed my reading habits, because I’ve met so many excellent novelists over the years. There are some fabulous wordsmiths amongst my growing bevy of friends, and I enjoy their work a great deal. Typically I love to immerse myself in poetic writing style. I indulge myself in the best voices in writing, whether it’s thrillers, women’s fiction, even horror—and I don’t even like horror, but if an excellent writer just happens to write in that genre, that’s what I read. If I want to have a good writing voice, myself, I can’t afford to read novels that aren’t well written and edited, but there are so many excellent novels to be read, I’ll never run out of great material.

What are you working on right now?
I’ve just completed a novella entitled Alive After New Year to be released in December with Love Inspired Suspense. Now I’m beginning the sequel to the indie novel I recently finished for the Jerry Jenkins Suspense line, entitled Hallowed Halls, which we’re featuring today.

The novel I’m working on right now begins with my heroine discovering she has driven hundreds of miles in a fugue state to find herself sitting in front of a tombstone, with Fourth of July fireworks filling the sky. She doesn’t know who she is or what she’s doing here. My hero is one of the first anti-heroes I’ve ever done, so this will be new to me. He was one of the antagonists in Hallowed Halls, and now he’s coming to grips with the damage he’s inflicted on so many people. I’m more excited about this story than I have been about anything for a long time. Soon, I might even have a title for it. As soon as I know, it’ll be on my website.

I’ll want to feature it on this blog when it releases. What outside interests do you have?
I expect to one day enjoy hiking again, and traveling, and exploring new places. Right now, I read a lot, and help my husband with the clinic we recently established in our tiny hometown. We never dreamt how much work and emotional effort this clinic would entail. Our hometown, where I graduated from high school decades ago, has barely over 1,000 residents, so growing a patient load and reaching out to surrounding rural towns is something of a challenge. Getting the word out about our existence reminds me a lot of being a newly published novelist attempting to promote my first book. Until they’ve been to our facility and seen how good our staff is, and how caring my husband is, they don’t take us seriously. But word of mouth is as vital for the success of a medical clinic as it is for a novelist. I know my husband, and I know word of mouth will continue to spread.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
That’s where my love for travel and exploration come in. Once I find a place I love—usually here in Southwestern Missouri—I set a series in a make believe town, people it with characters who reflect people I’ve met and admired—or not. Then I settle in and stay a while.

If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
We’re presently studying the book of Esther, and I find I would love to ask her about her experiences that took place in that book—from her personal perspective. How did she manage to obey the terrifying demands made of her? I can’t imagine. I could use a good lesson about how to be more obedient.

I’ve long been interested in the life of Esther. When I was writing dramatic monologues, I did one of Esthere. What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
That it would take me fourteen years of writing, editing, rewriting, marketing and receiving rejections before I reached my first novel publication, but when it happened, the time would be right. Would I still have done it if I’d known how long it would take? Most definitely. But perhaps I would have experienced less discouragement.

My first published book took 8 years, so I totally understand. What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
Again, studying Esther, I’m finding through the only book in the Bible that does not mention God that God still reigns. Even in the empty times in my life, when I can’t feel His touch or presence, I’m learning that He’s still with me. It’s something I want to convey in the book I’m writing now through the character of the man who was a scoundrel in Hallowed Halls, and comes face to face with his horrible behavior in Book Two.

What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
First of all, learn grammar and punctuation and the craft of writing to the point that it becomes easy and doesn’t trip you up.

Second, write the story you want to write. Get it all down on paper without editing it. Feel free to write anything you want on the page, then put it away for at least a month.

Third, edit your novel with the help of several good books on writing and editing novels. Rewrite it over and over and over again, then put it away again. After more time has passed, pull it back out and rewrite it once more. I’ve found one can never rewrite enough, but you have to stop somewhere.

An editor once told me that it takes as much time to become a talented author of novels as it takes to become a brain surgeon. One has to build on the craft until it becomes an art.

Tell us about the featured book.
Hallowed Halls is a story set in a small town along the Missouri River, a fictitious town named Juliet set between two real places named Frankenstein and Hermann. Don’t you love it? I couldn’t resist using those names.

My heroine, Dr. Joy Gilbert, has lost her job in Kansas City after resisting her employer’s advances once too often (remember the scoundrel I’d mentioned earlier? That’s him) When Joy arrives in Juliet late at night, out jumps her employer’s fifteen-year-old teenaged daughter from the backseat. Tressa, who is escaping a difficult home situation, is tired of her battling, divorced parents. Unfortunately, Joy has crossed a state line with a minor. Soon after, she must face her former fiancé and admit her mistakes. Next, her mother, Molly, greets her at the front door with a house filled with rescued animals and a grumpy disposition. Life seems to be going downhill for Joy.

Forced to take a job working for Zack Tyler, her former fiancé, in the emergency department, Joy continues to clash with her mother about her life choices—they’d planned to open a clinic right here in Juliet, but instead, Joy took the job in Kansas City. Mom can’t quite forgive her for that.

Joy also has to work out some guidelines with Zack as they attempt to figure out how to re-establish their long-time friendship and work better together in the ER.

When young Tressa starts having blackouts, personal matters have to be handled on the fly as Zack, Joy, and Molly attempt to discover what’s happening before the blackouts become something worse.

Since I’ve read the book, please give us the first page for my readers.
Fury surged through Dr. Joy Gilbert like a rifle shot as she shut her office door and yanked the stethoscope from around her neck, suppressing a rebel yell. She stormed to the wide windows and sucked in her breath, ready to throw open the panes and shock the world. But an inquisitive squirrel leapt from one branch to another on a tree behind the clinic.

With a comical tilt of his head the furry critter broke the force of Joy’s outrage. She released her breath and deflated. As a child, she’d helped Mom bottle-feed an orphaned gray squirrel, and the little thick-tailed acrobat had often made her laugh.

Why scare the squirrels because she was stinging from the ridiculous accusations of a hostile patient? The man was unbelievable.

Her intercom buzzed, jerking her back to complete maturity.

“Dr. Gilbert, honey, you okay in there?” It was Betty, her favorite nurse.

“Give me a sec—”

“The boss is on his way to the clinic, sweetie. I want to rush Mr. Bezier out the door before he can waylay Mr. Cline.”

Joy winced. Along with half the clinic staff and several patients in the waiting room, Betty had undoubtedly heard Frank Bezier berating Joy for her refusal to write him a script for a half-year’s supply of Percocet. Some people thought they were above the law.

He had, in fact, loudly accused her of using her physical attributes and other “abilities” to land her job with Weston Cline “since I’m obviously an incompetent physician,” she muttered, too softly for Betty to hear. The patient was a bully.

“He’ll just call Weston later,” she told Betty. “He has clout.” And Weston’s personal cell phone number.

“Oh horse dumplings; the man’s a legal drug junkie and everyone knows it, including the boss. And might I remind you that Mr. Cline hired you for your ability with patients? Everybody here knows that.”

Joy closed her eyes in relief at her nurse’s soothing words. No one knew about the pains she’d taken to keep Weston Cline’s attentions away from her. All the struggles growing up without a daddy could teach a girl a few hard lessons, so she’d expected to be prepared. Being accused of doing the very thing she’d always resisted had felt like a stab in the gut.

“You could fire him from your service,” Betty said. “Send a letter and he’s out the door in thirty days.”

“We’re basically a pain clinic, Betty.” So why had Joy agreed to work here? “If I release a patient in pain from my services, I’ll be out the door.” Joy suspected Weston chose to advertise the clinic’s willingness to take chronic pain patients in the first place because it would ensure a fast growth rate. And it certainly had. A healthy bottom line was Weston’s main goal in everything he did.

“If you go out the door, so will I,” Betty said. “As will half the staff. Weston Cline knows better. You don’t want the state medical board breathing down your neck for being overly generous with controlled substances.”

Joy turned her back to the desk. “I think they already are.”

Too bad she hadn’t been thinking with her brain last year when Weston offered her this job. He not only offered it, he pressured her for weeks. The man had the charisma of a world dictator and for a short time she’d allowed herself to be dazed by his sweet words and the promise of a successful career—particularly after Zack broke their engagement.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
As always, look us up at www.HannahAlexander.com Drop us a line. We love to hear from readers.

Thank you, Cheryl for sharing this new book, and glimpses into your life, with us today.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Hallowed Halls - Christianbook.com
Hallowed Halls (Jerry B. Jenkins Select Books) - Amazon
Hallowed Halls (Hallowed Halls Series Book 1) - Kindle



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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

FOR LOVE OR COUNTRY - Jennifer Hudson Taylor - One Free Book

Bio: Jennifer Hudson Taylor is an award winning author of inspirational fiction set in historical Europe and the Carolinas. She provides keynotes and presentations on the publishing industry, the craft of writing, building an author platform, and digital marketing.

Both her debut novel, Highland Blessings and Highland Sanctuary, received a 4 1/2 star review from RT Book Reviews. Highland Blessings won the Holt Medallion Award for Best First Book and she has had reviews appear in USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, and the Library Journal. Jennifer's work has appeared in national publications, such as Guideposts, Heritage Quest Magazine, RT Book Reviews, and The Military Trader. Jennifer graduated from Elon University with a B.A. in Communications/Journalism. When she isn't writing, Jennifer enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, visiting historical sites, parasailing, horseback riding, cycling, long walks, genealogy and reading.

Welcome back, Jennifer. Tell us about your salvation experience.
I was 9 and I had watched a movie about Jesus’ life. I was crying because I couldn’t understand how people could be so cruel to him. I was a very inquisitive child and had lots of questions. My mother did her best to answer my questions and led me to the Lord through prayer.

You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
I am not sure. I have been on many writer retreats and I have enjoyed all of them. None of those retreats were ever with the same people. God has always surprised me in meeting new people. I think I would leave it up to suspense and see what God had in store for me.

Do you have a speaking ministry? If so, tell us about that.
I’m not sure I would call it a speaking ministry, but I do speak at various writing workshops and conferences. While some of my topics are about the craft of writing, most people ask me to speak on Digital Marketing and building an online platform. My full-time job is Digital Marketing and Communications. I am fascinated by technology and you’ll find me reading about the latest marketing techniques as much as you’ll find me reading fiction.

I build responsive web designs for desktops, tablets and phones. I am a graphic designer and provide social media marketing and promotion campaigns with content management. These are the things I talk about to other authors. These days the publishing market is constantly changing and authors are having to do more and more of their own marketing, and in spite of this need, most authors are not equipped in this field and struggle to keep up with changing techniques and best practices. I provide these services through www.upontherockpublicist.com and have expanded beyond the publishing industry to help small and medium sized businesses through www.digital-altitude.com.

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you and how did you handle it?
I was at a LifeWay bookstore for a book signing. I had set up a 3-ft banner and put it in a frame on an art easel. It never occurred to me that the store would stick me in the back in front of the children’s section since I don’t write children’s books. Of course, there were kids playing around and their parents were browsing in other parts of the store. The kids got carried away knocked over my banner. Actually, it fell on me, specifically my head. The glass in the frame shattered everywhere and it was so loud. Everyone came running to see what had happened. I was trying to get my bearings and make sure the kids didn’t step on any glass. Thank God, no one was hurt. Needless to say, I don’t carry around pretty glass frames for my banners anymore. I learned my lesson. As for how I handled it, as gracefully as I could.

People are always telling me that they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too. What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that?
My advice is to be sure you want to write a book and know your reasons for wanting to do it. If you have images of being famous, having your work read by millions, traveling around the world to do speaking engagements, and write full-time as a means of making a living—my advice is—change your mind. The truth is most writers are not famous. Many either work another full-time job or depend on their spouses to be the breadwinner.

Statistics show that the average reader only reads five books a year. In fact, I believe that everyone believes they can write a book and with today’s technology many are attempting to do it and the market is overflowing with as many writers as there are readers, possibly more. It used to be that many would attempt to write a book and never finish or pursue publishing it. That is changing with digital publishing. The cost is no longer the barrier it used to be and agents and publishing houses are no longer the gatekeepers like they once were.

Tell us about the featured book.
Christian Fiction: A colonial Romance: At the height of the Revolutionary War, Tyra MacGregor is successful at thwarting the British Army with her colonial spy efforts. But her sleuthing ways come to a screeching halt when Captain Donahue "Hugh" Morgan puts her under house arrest.

Hugh is intrigued by this courageous spy the natives call "War Woman." She's more daring than most men and is intelligent in defending her convictions. Even more impressive to Hugh is the strength of Tyra's unshakeable faith in God.

When Tyra saves his life during an attack, Hugh vows to return the favor. Before he can intervene, however, she is caught by his superior officer and imprisoned. Soon Hugh's honor, faith, country, and love are all on the line. Can he risk it all to gain everything?

Please give us the first page of the book.
Tyra MacGregor did not want the Christmas feast to end. She leaned back in her wooden chair and peered at her family gathered around the long dining table, laughing and talking in jovial spirits. It had been a miracle her father, Lieutenant Malcolm MacGregor, and her elder brothers, Callum and Scott, were given a few days off from the Continental Army to spend Christmas with them. This time when they left, they would be taking her younger brother, Alec, now that he had turned ten and five. Tyra blinked back sudden tears as a searing ache twisted her insides.

“Lauren, this was a delicious meal.” Da leaned over and gave their mother a kiss on her rosy cheek. They shared an intimate glance of love and devotion. Tears sprang to her mother’s blue eyes. Tyra looked away, unable to witness the emotional exchange as the back of her own throat constricted.

“I did not prepare it alone, Malcolm.” Mama’s voice carried down the long table. “Tyra’s cooking skills have greatly improved since ye’ve been away at war.”

“Indeed?” Her father lifted a russet eyebrow, as the corners of his mouth curled in an approving grin. A full beard and thick mustache layered with gray specks in his reddish-golden whiskers branded its mark into her memory. “Then I daresay, well done, lass.”

“Thank ye, Da.” Tyra forced a tender smile to hide her fearful worry. Thinking of her gift to them, genuine joy crept into the muscles of her tense face. “And now I have a surprise for you all.”

“Dessert?” Kirk's voice cracked as he shoved his empty plate aside. At ten and three, her youngest brother often suffered the embarrassment of his tones vibrating from his throat. He rubbed his hands. “I thought I smelled a sweet treat earlier.”

Tyra took his empty plate and placed it on top of hers, biting her bottom lip to keep from blurting out the answer. She whirled and stepped toward Alec.

“No, leave mine.” Alec threw a hand out to protect his unfinished plate. “I intend to eat every bite.” He glanced at their father and older brother, Scott. “I do not know when I might have the blessing of another home-cooked meal after this day.”

How can readers find you on the Internet?
www.jenniferhudsontaylor.com and I am on all the major social media sites, just click the social media icons at the top of my site. You can also find me by searching for Jennifer Hudson Taylor. On Twitter and Pinterest my user name is @jt4novels.

Lena, thanks for having me!

Jennifer, it's always a pleasure to host you and your books.

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For Love or Country - Christianbook.com
For Love or Country: The MacGregor Legacy | Book 2 - Kindle


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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

A GRAND TETON SLEIGH RIDE - Elizabeth Goddard and Lynette Sowell - One Free Book

Dear Readers, both of these ladies are long-time friends of mine. We’ve grown in our writing together, and I’m so glad I’ve known them so long and so well.

Bio: Elizabeth Goddard is an award-winning author of over twenty novels, including the romantic mystery, The Camera Never Lies—winner of the prestigious Carol Award in 2011. After acquiring her computer science degree, she worked at a software firm before eventually retiring to raise her four children and become a professional writer. In addition to writing, she home schools her children and serves with her husband in ministry.

Welcome back, Elizabeth. How did your stories for the collection come about?
Lynette and I have been talking about writing a story set in Jackson Hole for a few years, actually. I’ve visited the region often, first as a child on many family vacations, and then again for many wedding anniversaries. For several years, my husband and I would go skiing at Teton Village for our anniversary. We’d stay with his aunt and uncle who lived in a cabin. Settings are usually the inspiration for my stories, so I knew I needed to write something set in Jackson Hole. Writing a novella collection with Lynette seemed like a fun idea to me. At first we submitted a contemporary collection, but then our editor suggested a generational. It didn’t take much for us to come up with stories filled with the rich history of the region.

What are you reading right now?
I’m reading A WOMAN OF FORTUNE by Kellie Coates Gilbert, TRAPPED by Irene Hannon, The Bible (which should go without saying! LOL) THRILL RIDE: 8 Pulse-Pounding Novels by several Christian fiction authors.

What other books have you had published?
I have over twenty novels and novellas published with Barbour, Heartsong Presents, and Love Inspired Suspense.

What is the hardest thing about writing a part of a novella collection?
Obviously, getting all the facts straight. Making sure that the few things connect within the stories remain the same. But Lynette and I are close writing buddies, so we were able to easily work together.

How did collaborating with this team impact you?
More than anything it was satisfaction in knowing that something we’d talked about doing together for years finally got published—an achievement for us, if you will.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
Admittedly, I used to go to great lengths to research what names mean, and though sometimes I still do, it’s mostly a random selection for me. I’ll read through a list of names anywhere I can find it—phone books or the list of the cast and crew at the end of a movie, until I find a name that goes with the character I have in my head. When I meet someone with an interesting name I’ll mentally file that away.

Please give a peek into the collection.
This region of the country is rich with history and I enjoyed researching to write my first historical.

Sam sat astride his spunky palomino, Ace, and watched Ann atop Gracie, a gentle brown mare, as she stared across the Snake River, the Tetons looming majestic, distinct peaks pointing to the sky.

“I see snow up there?”
           
“Could have snowed in the summer, but likely it’s just old snow from previous winters that never melted, or a glacier. You can get a good close look at the middle peak glacier from one of the mountain trails.”
           
He wasn’t sure he’d be able to take her there, but he’d take things slowly. Gauge her abilities before he took her out into the Wyoming wilderness. Today he’d brought her to the Snake River that flowed from Jackson Lake through the valley on its journey west, where it would empty into the Columbia River.

“I might not be here to greet the winter snow, but I certainly came at the right time. The colors are beautiful.”
           
Cottonwoods grew up and down the riverbank, and Aspen peppered the hillsides. Leaves were already turning brilliant gold and orange. Add to that the evergreens, making the forest and mountain range look like a canvas that God Himself had painted.

The autumn colors never failed to fill Sam with awe, the same awe he now saw on Ann’s face. He smiled to himself. The sun had brought just enough color to her cheeks that his gaze lingered on Ann longer than he had a right. Dressed in the clothes more fitting for their endeavor, thanks to their shopping excursion, Ann’s appearance had transformed.
           
What surprised him was that he couldn’t decide which Ann he liked better—he actually missed seeing her in her pretty dress. But maybe he’d get that chance again. Besides, she’d hired him to do a job. He had no business thinking about how he liked the way she looked in her dresses or in her shirt and breeches. No business whatsoever.

Her long sigh drifted to him on the cool breeze. “What’s wrong?” he asked.
           
“I have a collection of photographs of the Tetons back home taken by a local resident, Hank Crandall. Ever hear of him?” she asked.

“A course. Everyone knows him. Takes photographs of the dudes in their drugstore cowboy clown suits, too,” he said. “Makes a good living that way.”

There’d been plenty of photographers come to capture the beauty, Ann wouldn’t be the first. But he’d keep that to himself. Likely she knew already.
           
“But those photographs could never do these peaks justice,” she said. “I could sit here all day and look at the mountains.”

Sam thought he could sit here all day, too, but Ann had drawn his attention from the lofty peaks before them. He forced his thoughts to the business at hand.

“Best get over that because if I guide you to unseen territory, it’s going to take time to get there and back.” He figured they’d need to prepare for a longer packing trip at some point, as well. Places that would tickle her photographer fancy. Places that even other photographers hadn’t seen. But there was no getting in and out in one day.

In fact, the possibilities were endless. She could stay a year and never see everything worth seeing. But she had a month, and that was it. Planned to leave before it started snowing, she’d said.

That was a shame. Nothing more beautiful than Jackson’s Hole in the winter. Sam found himself thinking once again about driving her around in the old Covington horse-drawn sleigh. Unbidden thoughts, those.

“Might as well get to work.” She climbed down from Gracie, speaking a few soft words to the mare.

True to her word, she was relatively experienced with horses. Sam liked her soft-spoken ways with Gracie, too.

“I know I’m not the first to photograph the mountains from this angle, but this is a good place to start.” She began unpacking her camera from the saddle bags. “But I want my own pictures. Maybe I can bring out something not already captured by others.”

All photographer-talk to Sam. “Might as well,” he said. He slid from the saddle to join her.

She looked at the top of the box camera. “Can you help me with the tripod?”

Sam set to work. “That’s some sort of camera you got there.”

“Isn’t it spiffy? It’s a Rolleiflex Twin Lens Reflex. It just came out this year. Daddy got me one as soon as it was available. I can work much faster and it’s not as heavy.” Ann talked on about her camera, explaining the new improvements.

She was passionate about her photography. It warmed Sam that she was able to do what she loved. Her camera positioned to photograph the Tetons, Ann stood back.

“Want to see?” Her eyes shimmered with contagious excitement.

“Sure.”

“Look down through the viewfinder, like this, see?” She showed him where to look then stood back, but not nearly far enough. He looked through the window of her camera and into her world, and saw the mountains he’d seen every day of his life made more special because of Ann.

Far too aware of her proximity, he cleared his throat and pulled away from the camera.

“Well?” Her face was expectant.

“It looks like the mountains.”

“Is that all?” Disappointment laced her voice.

“No. . .well. . .” Unsure what to say, Sam peered through her camera again.

His mother had charged him with preparing a dark room for her. He’d set the trunk filled with the equipment and chemicals she’d brought with her in the small closet across the hall from his room. At that moment, he’d known that she was serious about her work.

“I’m sure you’re a talented photographer,” he said, “and I can’t wait to see your photographs.”

She beamed. “Sam Covington, you have no idea what you’re in for.”

He chuckled. Sam had the strong feeling that Ann was entirely correct—he didn’t know what he was in for, where she was concerned.

What did you want the reader to take away from your story?
My stories are meant to let the reader experience a place, and to leave with that happy and satisfied feeling.

Are you a member of American Christian Fiction Writers? If so, why?
Yes. I credit ACFW for getting me going in writing, and for keeping me going.

What is the best piece of advice you received as an author?
To never give up.

Where can my readers find you on the Internet?
My website, of course, and please don’t forget to sign up for my newsletter to receive the latest book news!

http://suspensesisters.blogspot.com

Now we're welcoming Lynette Sowell.


How did your stories for the collection come about?
Beth and I have bounced ideas off each other and brainstormed together for years, and we'd always said it would be fun to work a project together. We talked about writing something set in Jackson Hole, but our schedules and timing never meshed. Finally, last summer we put together a contemporary set, with the common thread being a special sleigh built by a Wyoming pioneer, Zebulon Covington. Our editor suggested we make it a generational collection, and my character, Zeb Covington, stepped right up and said, “Let me tell you about how I won the heart of Belle Murray.”

What are you reading right now?
The Healing Quilt, by Wanda Brunstetter—I'm enjoying her view of the Amish-Mennonite village of Pinecraft, in Sarasota, Florida, where my current series is also set.

What other books have you had published?
This is my 21st title, my second title this year. In May, the first book in my Seasons of Pinecraft series released, an Amish romance set in Florida called A Season of Change. Book two, A Path Made Plain, releases in November.

What is the hardest thing about writing a part of a novella collection?
Beth and I had a lot of back and forth with the stories—the family tree, the local setting, and where we had put the Covington ranch, keeping the area's historical facts accurate as the stories progressed. It was hard, but fun when it all came together.

How did collaborating with this team impact you?
Beth and I have also discussed writing a standalone novel together. This confirmed for me that we'll be able to do it by bringing out each other's strengths as writers and yet not stepping on each other's toes. I'm looking forward to it, but again, we'll have to get our schedules coordinated.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
Sometimes I hear an interesting name, either on a television show or an article, and I'll tuck it away. I also make sure I don't repeat a name I've used in another recent book. I can only have so many Jacks, Johns, and Joes, for example!

Please give a peek into the collection.
In the first story, A Wedding for Belle, Zebulon Covington promised his friend, Hamilton Quinn, that he'd keep an eye on Ham's wife and sister-in-law if anything ever happened to him. Well, something did happen to Ham—and his wife.  Zeb encourages Belle Murray to get herself back East before winter descends on Jackson's Hole, but she won't listen to reason. She has some idea that she's going to open a young lady's finishing school and hold onto her sister's claim.

Story two, A Mirage on Show, features their only daughter, Emily, who's a musher and plans on running for Jackson's Hole city council. This was a fun snip of history to touch on, because Wyoming women had the right to vote before women in other states. She encounters an old friend from childhood, now a lawyer when he returns to Wyoming from back East.

Beth picks up the story line years later in Winter Wonderland, with Emily's much-younger brother, Sam, and his budding relationship with a young photojournalist from New York who's out to prove something to her father.

Then, Beth rounds out the collection with her contemporary story, Ribbon of Light, featuring Sam's granddaughter, an artist who falls in love with a ski bum who's not so sure he measures up to the rich Covington legacy.

What did you want the reader to take away from your story?
Wyoming gets lots and lots of snow in the winter! I realized when writing my two historical novellas in this set, that snow caused problems sometimes. On a serious note, we all face obstacles in life and I want my readers to enjoy a few hours away and feel encouraged when they come to the end of each story.

Are you a member of American Christian Fiction Writers? If so, why?
Yes, I am. It is one way I keep in touch with other writers; their conference is an excellent resource for writers in all stages of their careers. For newer writers especially, the group has many, many other resources that weren't around when I first started getting serious about writing.

What is the best piece of advice you received as an author?
Never stop writing. Be open to change and keep working on those finer points.

Where can my readers find you on the Internet?
Pinterest: LynetteSowell  (come find my recipe board!)
Facebook: www.facebook.com/lynettesowellauthor

Thank you, Beth and Lynette, for sharing this novella collection with us. I can hardly wait to read it.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
A Grand Teton Sleigh Ride - Christianbook.com
A Grand Teton Sleigh Ride: Four Generations of Wyoming Ranchers Celebrate Love at Christmas - Amazon
A Grand Teton Sleigh Ride: Four Generations of Wyoming Ranchers Celebrate Love at Christmas (Romancing America) - Kindle


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Monday, September 08, 2014

DRIFTWOOD TIDES - Gina Holmes - One Free Book

Welcome, Gina. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I grew up reading Stephen King and so I thought that was the kind of stuff I should be writing. My first few (unpublished) novels were in that genre. Then, I began to discover more literary writing (like Charles Martin, Lisa Samson, etc) and I absolutely fell in love with books all over again. I tried my hand there, and at last I was offered a publishing contract. I’m so glad that God held me back with those early books because I believe I’m writing what I was meant to write. If I’d have gotten published back when I was writing suspense, that would be the genre I’d have to continue with and it’s no longer my passion. It’s taken me awhile to come to terms with the fact that I had a unique childhood and that the rough stuff I’ve been through can speak healing and hope over others.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
It would definitely be the day I gave birth for the first time. Holding my firstborn son overwhelmed me when I realized that God loved me even more than I loved this child.

How has being published changed your life?
Before I was published I kept hearing from other authors that being published wouldn’t validate me. It certainly didn’t validate my life, but it changed how others viewed me. Life as a “bestselling” author seems like it would bring riches, fame and glamour and it’s really just the opposite. I make far more money working a regular job with a steady paycheck. With writing, the job can be twenty-four seven. If I’m not writing, then I’m working on publicity, doing interviews, mailing out books and postcards. It’s a lot harder work than I thought it would be. People do take me a little more serious and I get a little more respect when others read my work. When I was still in the process of trying to get published, I think a lot of people thought it was just a pipedream and I was deluding myself.

What are you reading right now?
I forever have a self-help book going at the same time as a craft book (Currently Writing for Story), the Bible and at least one novel. I’m reading Jessica Dotta’s Mark of Distinction at the moment. She’s an incredible writer.

What is your current work in progress?
I currently am under contract for 3 more novels with Tyndale. I’m in the early stages of a coming home story. Because I’m still in the discovery stage of the story, I have to hold that close and be a little secretive. Chances are if I told you what it was about now, the final book would look nothing like what I imagine it will at this stage.

What would be your dream vacation?
I would be in a RV with my husband and children, maybe traveling across the country to see Montana or the Grand Canyon.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
I’m originally from New Jersey and moved to the South close to 20 years ago. I love the south. Everything about it. I tend to set my stories there because I have to spend a lot of time in my head there so it may as well be somewhere I like. I love the beach, specifically the Outer Banks so I’ve set a few stories there. I love nature and the mountains, so my writing descriptions tend to come more alive to me when I can smell the forest so to speak.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
I’m not much for idealizing celebrities. They’re just people. While one name doesn’t come to mind, picking the brain of someone fresh off a mission trip or someone who is accomplishing great things for the Kingdom of God is what turns on my heart and mind.

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I love walking along the river, hiking, and camping. My very favorite things to do are hang out watching something like Deadliest Catch with my husband, or laying in bed on a Saturday morning with my boys, laughing and talking, or talking to my best friend or Mom and sisters on the phone.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
On more than one occasion I’ve had to write through a bout of depression. During those times, each word was pure drudgery to get down. It’s like trying to redecorate a house when you’re suffering with some debilitating disease that makes you bone-tired, with a hundred pound backpack on, wading through Vaseline, when you couldn’t care less about the stupid house.

What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Talent is a great start, but it’s only a start. Teachability and perseverance are what matter the most though. It’s most likely going to be a long road with lots of rejection along the way. Get yourself to a writers conference, get in a critique group, read great books and lots of them, read every craft book you can get your hands on and don’t give up.

Tell us about the featured book.
He made himself an island until something unexpected washed ashore.

When Holton lost his wife, Adele, in a freak accident, he shut himself off from the world, living a life of seclusion, making drifwood sculptures and drowning his pain in gin. Until twenty-three-year-old Libby knocks on his door, asking for a job and claiming to be a friend of his late wife. When he discovers Libby is actually his late wife’s illegitimate daughter, given up for adoption without his knowledge, his life is turned upside down as he struggles to accept that the wife he’d given saint status to was not the woman he thought he knew.

Together Holton and Libby form an unlikely bond as the two struggle to learn the identity of Libby’s father and the truth about Adele, themselves, and each other.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Prologue
The pillow pushed against Holton Creary’s nose forcing him to turn for air. His eyes fluttered, opening just enough to take in the first blush of morning light. Realizing he had at least another hour of solid sleep, he smiled in contentment.

Flipping toward her side of the bed, he reached out to pull her hip against him. The warmth of his wife’s familiar body molded against his was a ritual as old as their marriage. Instead of landing on her hip, his hand thudded against the mattress jolting him awake. Lifting his head, he listened for her pattering about their small house, but heard only Rufus snoring from his spot on the floor.

Their small house was full of the smell of freshly brewed coffee ... but not her. He peered out the front window not surprised to see her standing with her back to him watching the sunrise from the beach they called a front yard. She still wore her nightgown with his old cardigan serving as her bathrobe. The breeze made the nightgown cling to her legs, which filled him with a momentary possessiveness. If any man should happen to walk by at the moment, the sight of her would stop him in his tracks.

That was the downside of marrying a beautiful woman—he wasn’t the only man with appreciative eyes. He climbed down the stairs leading to the beach and quietly sidled behind her. He wrapped his arms around her waist, causing her to jump and turn her head in surprise. A warm smile replaced her startled expression. “You’re up early,” she said.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
https://www.facebook.com/authorginaholmes

Thank you, Gina, for sharing this new book with us. I can't wait to read it.

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Driftwood Tides - Christianbook.com
Driftwood Tides - Amazon
Driftwood Tides - Kindle



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