Sunday, April 26, 2015

WINNERS!!!!!

Stephanie (OH) is the winner of The Captive Imposter by Dawn Crandall.

Kristen (OK) is the winner of the ebook Love on the Run by Angela Ruth Strong. (I just finished reading this on my Kindle. The suspense ebooks were very good reads.)

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

VEILED AT MIDNIGHT - Christine Lindsay - One Free Book

Welcome back, Christine. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
Because my father, brother, and sister are all alcoholics, and because I also relinquished my first child to adoption, I’ve had my share of suffering. We all suffer, and God uses pain to draw us closer to Him. I write stories about people in really tough situations, and through the plot and characters show my readers that they can trust God implicitly to save them and help them through their lives
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Healing from childhood sadness is a biggy for me. Often how we’ve been treated in our youth affects the choices we make as adults.

But I love to write about the new person those characters become after they have yielded to Christ. All my characters are flawed and often at the beginning of a book you want to clobber that character over the head. Such as the case with my Captain Cam Fraser in Veiled at Midnight.

The Lord is in the business of changing people, though, to make them like His son, Jesus Christ. I’ve seen this in my brother’s life two years ago when he gave his life to Christ and chose sobriety.

I love showing those changes in my characters in the hope of inspiring a reader to hear the gospel of Christ and surrender to that loving call.

Showing that there is great light and hope for those who put their hand in Christ’s.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
I have two books coming out this 2015. One is from Pelican Book Group called Sofi’s Bridge, a light historical romance set in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State in 1913. The spiritual theme of this book is that we cannot save the ones we love—only Christ can do that.

The other book I am currently finishing is a non-fiction book about the relinquishment of my child to adoption, and about our painful reunion twenty years later. This story will be entwined with other adoption reunion stories, good and bad, to show a balanced view, but most importantly to illustrate the El Shaddai love of our Heavenly Father.

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
I would love to spend an evening with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. As a British immigrant to Canada, I consider her as the royal sovereign of Canada even though we rule ourselves. But the present Queen has always struck me as a very decent woman. Did you know that she claims to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ and often refers to Him during her Christmas messages?

But she’s also so down to earth, when she gets a chance to put aside her royal duties. She loves animals and takes an avid interest in gardening.

Her Majesty has served Britain well these past 60 years, and was set a wonderful example by her parents during WW2 during the Blitz. She is one of my true-life heroes.

I loved her entrance into the last Olympics in London. It  revealed her whimsical nature. What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
Dr. Ida Scudder, that great American missionary to India. She built the largest private hospital that is still in existence today in the south of India. When I was in India in 2010 for a short missions’ trip, I was in her area. While on trains traveling past emerald green rice paddies and banana plantations, I kept feeling as though I was walking in her shoes. I feature the true-life figure of Dr. Ida Scudder briefly in Captured by Moonlight Book 2 in my trilogy.

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
You must realize from the start that becoming a published writer takes a long, long, long, long, time—for most of us anyway. I started writing in 1999, my first book wasn’t published until 2011 even though it won the ACFW Genesis. And even though my books receive critical acclaim in awards they don’t sell as much as others because I’m with a small press. Here I am on book 6 and I’m still not selling a lot.

But I wouldn’t change a thing. God has been so good to me in this journey. Each time I want to give up, He does something to encourage me to keep going. Like I said, here I am looking forward to the publishing of my sixth novel this year. That’s progress—slow progress, but still wonderful progress. Hang in there. Keep working, but always, always, always, put the Lord and your family before your writing.

Tell us about the featured book.
To me, Veiled at Midnight is a historical about a terrible time in British/Indian history, but what I also call a Big Love Story. My historicals are not in the romance genre, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some delicious romance in them.

VEILED AT MIDNIGHT—Explosive and Passionate Finale to the series Twilight of the British Raj

As the British Empire comes to an end, millions flee to the roads. Caught up in the turbulent wake is Captain Cam Fraser, his sister Miriam, and the beautiful Indian Dassah.

Cam has never been able to put Dassah from his mind, ever since the days when he played with the orphans at the mission as a boy. But a British officer and the aide to the last viceroy cannot marry a poor Indian woman, can he?

As this becomes clear to Dassah, she has no option but to run. Cam may hold her heart—but she cannot let him break it again.
  
Miriam rails against the separation of the land of her birth, but is Lieutenant Colonel Jack Sunderland her soulmate or a distraction from what God has called her to do?

The 1947 Partition has separated the country these three love … but can they find their true homes before it separates them forever?

Please give us the first page of the book.
Calcutta, August 15, 1946
The last arrow of sunlight shot back from the train’s brass trim, blinding Cam Fraser. As he narrowed his eyes, he recognized a face at the edge of his vision. A train whistle shrieked, steam hissed. A young woman in a green sari mingled within a crowd of Indian passengers. In an instant, his legs felt encased in steel. Out of that teeming mass on the platform, she stared back. Her skin the color of milky tea, her hair a thick braid of silk over one shoulder. The fast sinking sun set her awash in a glow of apricot. Then crimson. She’d been looking straight at him. Then in the descending dark she was gone.

“Hadassah.”

His sister, Miriam, gripped him by the elbow. “Hadassah? Cam, you said Dassah.”

“I thought I saw her.” He shook his head, the pain nearly splitting it in two. He squinted to see into the crowd as the rapid Indian dusk fell. Ten long years….

With her hand on his shoulder to steady herself, Miriam strained on her tiptoes to see over the throng. “It’s been simply ages! Cam, are you sure? Where’d you see her?”

At that moment, whistles blew, and conductors ushered passengers aboard the night train bound for New Delhi. Miriam sent a pleading look over her shoulder. “Find her, Cam, before the train leaves.”

He didn’t need any goading from his sister, and while the steward urged Miriam up the steps of their carriage, he dodged passengers along the side of the train. Hundreds scrambled to their seats, more well-to-do Indians to first and second class. At least that injustice had been corrected somewhat since his childhood. The plush elegance of first class was no longer assigned to the British alone. Still, hoards of poor mashed into the cattle-like carriages called fourth. But it wasn’t fourth he’d seen Dassah standing outside of.

For as long as he could remember, Dassah as a scrawny little girl tagged after him when he visited the mission. He and Miriam had played with the muddle of orphans—Hari, Ameera, Zakir—to name a few—enjoying the usual sort of games, soccer, rugby, marbles. But the last time he’d seen Dassah she’d been anything but scrawny. Nor had she been a little girl.

Intriguing. How can readers find you on the Internet?
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A SPARROW IN TEREZIN - Kristy Cambron - One Free Book, Plus More

Dear Readers, I first met Kristy through my agent’s private email loop. We became friends, and when her first book came out, I was blown away by the artistry and depth of her first novel. The story haunted me for a long time. Since one of my aunts lived through that time period in Europe and had told me many of stories of things she’d seen, heard, and experienced, I knew that Kristy’s depictions were historically accurate. I will read every book that she writes.

BIO: Kristy Cambron fancies life as a vintage-inspired storyteller. Her debut historical novel, The Butterfly and the Violin (Thomas Nelson, 2014), was named to Library Journal Reviews' Best Books of 2014, Family Fiction's Top Ten Novels of 2014, and received a nomination for the RT Reviewers' Choice Awards Best Inspirational Novel of 2014 and a nomination for the 2015 INSPY Awards for Best Debut Novel. Her second novel, A Sparrow in Terezin (Thomas Nelson, April 2015), was named Library Journal Reviews' Pick of the Month (Christian Fiction) for February 2015 and a Top Pick from RT Book Reviews for April 2015.

Kristy is an Art/Design Manager at TheGROVEstory.com and holds a degree in Art History from Indiana University. She lives in Indiana with her husband and three football-loving sons, where she can probably be bribed with a coconut mocha latte and a good Christian fiction read.

Welcome back, Kristy. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I have an Art History/Research Writing degree, so I always knew I wanted to write historical fiction. I thought about becoming an art professor once upon a time. I’m still drawn to the idea of it, but I wanted to write for Christ and found that Christian fiction was the place to combine the things I love into a career.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
I try to remember that my happiest day is today. If I get to spend time with the Lord, growing in and leaning on Him, and I have my family’s laughter around me … then every day is the best day of my life. (That doesn’t mean we don’t have struggles – let’s get real about that. But I want to be grateful and lock my eyes on Him with every new day.)

The longer I live, the more true that becomes in my life. How has being published changed your life?
This is not an understatement – everything has changed for our family. I’ve gone from a fifteen-year career in Corporate America to writing from home full time, and now have the opportunity to do what I really love most (which is to speak and write in the Christian publishing industry). Any change sparks adaptability in our lives and we’re still going through it, but it’s been an amazing journey so far.   

What are you reading right now?
Right now, all of my reading time is focused on research for my next novel. I’m reading about life in the 1920s, biographies of the Ringling Brothers, and all about the early circus in America. Research is something that I always enjoy but this is particularly exciting – the subject of the circus and the Jazz Age is just so vibrant and colorful!

What is your current work in progress?
I’ve always written historical fiction – World War II, Regency, and Victorian being eras I’ve focus on. But right now, I’m excited to dive into a new era in American history – the Jazz Age. The first book in my new series (releasing in 2016) will be on John and Mable Ringling and the early circus. It’s such an incredible vibrant time in our country’s history and the backdrop of the circus brings such a diverse array of characters and scenery that I’m completely drawn in. I can’t wait to share this new story with readers.  

And I can’t wait to read it. What would be your dream vacation?
Europe. No questions asked. I’ve not yet set foot on European ground (like my characters have), but I know I’ll get there one day. The stops on my travel itinerary? The Louvre in Paris, the Palace of Versailles, and sites all about Olde London Towne. Cheers!

How do you choose your settings for each book?
I try to get a feel for the characters’ worlds by researching everything I can about them – weather patterns, social and cultural norms of the time, and especially real-life stories of people from history. I see what sparks interest from there. Usually, I can see something like a movie reel in my mind, with the characters reacting to their surroundings. I try to get a feel of what it would be like to see, hear, smell, taste, and touch the world through their senses. The story just comes to life from there. I see that movie playing in my mind, and I document what I see.

With a drama and film background, I see all of my stories as movies in my mind, too. If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
My husband. He’s famous to me. And as we have three young boys, the quiet talk time between best friends doesn’t come often. I’d love to have an evening with him, maybe dining and talking by the river in our city. We stole away an afternoon like that once a few years ago. I still remember the bliss of that day.

Spending quality time with my husband is my favorite part of our empty nest home. Our children, grandchildren, and greats all live close so we can see them often, but being with James is so precious. What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I used to love running! I ran 5k races and regularly kept up with my 40 mile per week running habit. It’s not easy to get to the gym though, with three little ones in the house. I try to get in some activity for my well-being by chasing after them. (Mommas usually do that!) I also LOVE watching classic films, going on research trips, and believe it or not – the perfect date with my husband would be to go to the batting cages. Fun!

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Time. That’s usually the elusive target we writers are trying to catch – time to express words on paper. I have more of it now that I’m not longer traveling for my job in Corporate America, but life still happens. You have to make writing a priority just like you do with the other relationships in your life. Investing and being really intentional about your writing time isn’t always easy to do, but it’s essential. I learned to write chapters on my iPhone as a result and found it to be a really effective tool to get my first drafts written.

I’m too old-school. I’m amazed at those of you who can write a book on your smart phones. I have one, too, but it’s just used as a phone and camera, with a few added features. What advice would you give to a beginning author?
Two things: Keep going and stick close to Christ throughout your entire publication journey. You may find that rejections come. If they do, you’ve got to keep going. Pray your way through every up and down. Keep learning and always growing in your understanding of the craft. And study up. Learn about the industry from authors and other professionals who are where you’d like to be one day. Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery (thanks, Anne Shirley), but it’s also a fantastic teacher.

Tell us about the featured book.
Bound together across time, two women will discover a powerful connection through one survivor's story of hope in the darkest days of a war-torn world.

Present Day—With the grand opening of her new art gallery and a fairytale wedding just around the corner, Sera James feels she's stumbled into a charmed life—until a brutal legal battle against fiancé William Hanover threatens to destroy the perfectly planned future she’s planned before it even begins. Now, after an eleventh-hour wedding ceremony and a callous arrest, William faces a decade in prison for a crime he never committed, and Sera must battle the scathing accusations that threaten her family and any hope for a future.

1942—Kája Makovsky narrowly escaped occupied Prague in 1939, and was forced to leave her half-Jewish family behind. Now a reporter for the Daily Telegraph in England, Kája discovers the terror has followed her across the Channel in the shadowy form of the London Blitz. When she learns Jews are being exterminated by the thousands on the continent, Kája has no choice but to return to her mother city, risking her life to smuggle her family to freedom and peace.

Connecting across a century through one little girl, a Holocaust survivor with a foot in each world, these two women will discover a kinship that springs even in the darkest of times. In this tale of hope and survival, Sera and Kája must cling to the faith that sustains and fight to protect all they hold dear—even if it means placing their own futures on the line.

Please give us the first page of the book.
July, Present Day
Sausalito, California
The last thing a bride needs to fret over on her wedding day is whether the ceremony will take place.

It was an unproductive thought in the midst of trying to manage pre-wedding jitters. Nevertheless, the familiar doubt continued to plague her heart, and Sera James, still caught up in the shadow of an uncertain future, all but gave in to it.

She ran her fingertips over the string of pearls at her nape and stared out the first-floor bedroom window of the HanoversCalifornia seaside estate. She scanned the horizon, taking in the beauty of the setting sun as it created flashes of diamonds across the bay, wondering if William had the same doubts. Would he be out there waiting on their beach?

A gentle knock drew her attention to the bedroom door.

She turned and found the familiar face of her friend, Penny, who offered a hushed greeting from the hall. She presented a serene, pink-glossed smile.

“Sera? It’s time,” Penny said, her voice whisper soft, and stepped into the oversized bedroom. Her strawberry blonde hair hung in soft waves and danced about her shoulders as if tossed by the playfulness of the sea breeze outside. “Everyone’s waiting.”

How can readers find you on the Internet?
Facebook: Kristy Cambron | Twitter: @KCambronAuthor  | Instagram: kristycambron 


Bound together across time, two women will discover a powerful connection in Kristy Cambron's new book, A Sparrow in Terezin. Connecting across a century through one little girl, a Holocaust survivor with a foot in each world, two women will discover a kinship that springs even in the darkest of times. In this tale of hope and survival, Sera and Kája must cling to the faith that sustains and fight to protect all they hold dear—even if it means placing their own futures on the line.

Kristy is celebrating by giving away a basket filled with goodies inspired by her new book!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A set of poppy notecards
  • A poppy pin
  • A copy of I Never Saw Another Butterfly
  • A copy of the Mrs. Miniver DVD
  • Literary tea bags
  • Tumbler
  • A copy of A Sparrow in Terezin
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Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 28th. Winner will be announced April 29th on Kristy's blog.

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Thank you, Kristy, for sharing this new books with us and giving us the chance to win this wonderful prize.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
A Sparrow in Terezin - Christianbook.com
A Sparrow in Terezin (A Hidden Masterpiece Novel) - Amazon
A Sparrow in Terezin (A Hidden Masterpiece Novel Book 2) - Kindle

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

BRIDGE OF FAITH - Catherine West - One Free Book

Bio: Catherine West is an award-winning author who writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. Her first novel, Yesterday’s Tomorrow, released in 2011 and won the INSPY for Romance, a Silver Medal in the Reader’s Favorite Awards, and was a finalist in the Grace Awards. Catherine’s second novel, Hidden in the Heart, released in September 2012, was long listed in the 2012 INSPY’s and was a finalist in the 2013 Grace Awards. Catherine’s latest novel, Bridge of Faith, is now available on Amazon.

When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two grown children. Catherine is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at Catherine@catherinejwest.com

Welcome back, Catherine. Why do you write the kind of books you do?
I love dealing with real-life situations. Things all of us struggle with, exploring the need for God’s grace and mercy in our lives. Wrestling the problem with sin. And revealing the exquisite beauty of the cross when we realize just how much we need God to change us.

Besides when you came to know the Lord, what is the happiest day in your life?
Ooo, tough question! I’d have to say the birth of my two children. Those were definitely two of the happiest days of my life, and my husband’s. And then more recently, the day our daughter walked down the aisle to marry the love of her life, almost 2 years ago!

How has being published changed your life?
I wouldn’t say my life has really changed much, but I love knowing I’m able to share the books I write with readers. I love connecting with them and hearing how those stories have impacted their lives in some way. It’s wonderful for an author to know that goal was met. While I do hope to entertain, I really do pray my words reach beyond the surface and leave my reader with a little more than what they bargained for.

What are you reading right now?
I have a few books on the go, but since I’m in the middle of promoting my book right now, I’m not finding much time to read. The last book I finished was Beth Vogt’s Crazy Little Thing Called Love, which I got to read for endorsement, always a pleasure! I have a list a mile long of books I want to read, and hopefully I’ll be able to make a good start on them soon!

What is your current work in progress?
I currently have several completed projects ready to go, and there’ll be more to come on those in the near future. So right now I’m waiting to see which direction to go next. I have some ideas, but I suppose I’m having a bit of a rest at the moment, because life is going to get busy again very soon! J

What would be your dream vacation?
My husband and I are talking about a trip to Italy. That’s truly my dream vacation. Not sure when it’ll happen, but we’re definitely looking into it. But outside of that, my dream vacation is anywhere with my husband, our daughter, my son-in-law, our son, and his girlfriend. We have the best times together, and I love it when we’re all in the same place at the same time.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
I think they kind of choose me. J Honestly, I’m always stumped by these kinds of questions, because I don’t really know where my ideas come from. They just show up, and I play around until I find the one that works. Not a very helpful answer is it? Sometimes it can be from a memory of a place I’ve been, read about, or would like to go to.

If you could spend an evening with one person who is currently alive, who would it be and why?
Ah. I have to say my sister! I was adopted at birth, and we only met for the first time in 2003. Since she lives in the US and I live in Bermuda, I don’t get to spend nearly as much time with her as I would like! But when we’re together we have a blast. She’s the biggest blessing to me, and I still can’t believe God gave me a big sister. She’s just the best. J

What are your hobbies, besides writing and reading?
I love to garden. I spend lots of time with my border collie, Noah, and I like watching movies. Walking, swimming. I do like painting but haven’t made much time for it.

What is your most difficult writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
Having faith in myself. This has always been a hard thing for me. Every time a book releases, I keep waiting for people to say, “Wow, you really can’t write!” It hasn’t happened yet. J But, yes, I have to work hard at not listening to the enemy and really knowing and trusting that this is the journey God has placed me on, and any talent I have comes from him.

I think that the enemy tries to discourage all us Christian writers. Listening for the Lord’s voice instead is part of our lives. What advice would you give to a beginning author?
I’d say learn the craft. Read, as much as you can. Go to seminars and conferences as much as possible. Find a published author or two who might be willing to mentor you. Don’t be afraid of critiques and learn from them. Enter contests but don’t put stock in them. Make as many connections as you can, make friends, be sincere, and don’t try to impress anyone. And never, ever give up. If this is what God has for you, take it from me, He will make a way.

Tell us about the featured book.

Two lives taken down different roads - one enduring love - one shot at starting over.
If only they believed in second chances.

Julia Connelly is finally free from twelve long years in an abusive relationship. Now able to live the life she’s longed for, Julia takes her two children back home to Vermont, hoping for peace and healing. The last person she expects to see is the man she eloped with at eighteen—who then abandoned her two months into their marriage, with little explanation.
When an assignment in the Middle East ends in tragedy, popular news correspondent, Reid Wallace, returns to his hometown seeking answers and peace of mind.

Confronting his past was not in the plan.

Now he’s asking different questions. Like why the only woman he’s ever really loved still mesmerizes him. Why the haunted expression she wears reaches right into his soul.

And why her twelve year-old son looks just like him.

They say you can’t go home again. Sometimes you don’t have a choice.

Please give us the first page of the book.
He only needed to survive one more day. Then he’d be home … back on US soil.

A lot can happen in twenty-four hours.

He’d learned that the hard way.

“What did he say?” Reid Wallace shouted at their guide over the yells and screams as townspeople rushed by, eager to get the latest news. Sweat slipped down his back and he swatted at the flies hovering over the food he hadn’t touched. He cracked a wad of gum and leaned closer as chanting—the call to morning prayers—began from a mosque somewhere up in the hills.

More people filled the streets, even though the air was thick with smoke. Debris littered the roads from the explosion that rocked the small town several hours ago. Children kicked at cans and tossed a dirty soccer ball to one another on their way to school. Women gathered in groups, conversing with rapid-fire words and hand gestures. Trucks rolled by. Vendors peddled their wares. The stench of rotting vegetation, stagnant water and who knew what else, sickened his already weak stomach.

Life in a war zone.

Life went on. Even here.

I can hardly wait for my copy of the book to arrive. I’ll read it right away. How can readers find you on the Internet?

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

Readers, here is a link to the book. By using it when you order, you help support this blog.
Bridge Of Faith

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Monday, April 20, 2015

LIGHTNING ON A QUIET NIGHT - Donn Taylor - One Free Book

Bio: Donn Taylor led an Infantry rifle platoon in the Korean War, served with Army aviation in Vietnam, and worked with air reconnaissance in Europe and Asia. Afterwards, he earned a PhD in English literature (Renaissance) and for eighteen years taught literature at two liberal arts colleges. He was chosen by faculty as "Scholar of the Year" at one and by students as "Professor of the Year" at the other. His poetry is collected in his book Dust and Diamond: Poems of Earth and Beyond. In addition to his historical novel Lightning on a Quiet Night, he has published two suspense novels and a light-hearted mystery. He is a frequent speaker at writers’ conferences and groups. He lives near Houston, TX, where he writes fiction and poetry, as well as essays on writing, ethical issues, and U.S. foreign policy.

Welcome back, Donn. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
In one form or another, I write about the incompleteness of a life without Christ. Noble deeds themselves are never enough to satisfy: They have to be done in the context of Christian faith. Further, focusing too much on virtuous actions (instead of God as the source of virtue) can become a kind of idolatry. I write about characters whose demand for truth and integrity leads them inevitably to the Christian faith. Stated bluntly like this, these ideas don't seem like much. They only become meaningful when dramatized in the experience of a life-like character. I also celebrate the effect of God’s continuing work in the world (John 5:17). Why else does Christendom not practice the savagery that characterizes the rest of the world?

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
I'm trying to place a sequel to my mystery Rhapsody in Red, and I'm working on a sequel to the sequel.

I loved that book. If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
I would choose the Hoover Institute scholar and syndicated columnist Thomas Sowell. We are about the same age, and we both served in the Korean War. But more important than that, Sowell practices an absolute intellectual integrity. To faddish topics like race, slavery, and political correctness, he brings wide-ranging, solid research, and he does not commit on any issue until the facts lead him to a conclusion. He is a constant breath of fresh air in the nation's poisonous fog of fashionable opinion.

What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
It's a tossup between these two: First, the British naval hero Horatio Hornblower. I'd like to ask him how he recovered a large group of European slaves from their African masters without paying a cent or firing a shot. (His biography is silent on that.) The second person would be the biblical character Zaccheus, the tax collector Jesus called down from the tree. Zaccheus is usually interpreted as having gotten his wealth dishonestly, but I think that's a bum rap. As I do the math on what he promised Jesus, he had to have come by his wealth mostly by honest means, or Jesus would have called him out for lying. I'd like to talk to him about it.

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
If we haven't read their writing, we're limited to repeating stories about how many times some famous author got rejected. If we have read their writing, we can give honest critiques of it, crediting its strengths and identifying not more than three areas that need further study and work. I always begin and end by reminding them that Shakespeare began as a beginner.

Tell us about the featured book.
Lightning on a Quiet Night is a historical novel set in Northeast Mississippi in 1948, shortly after WW II and in the days when the Cold War was taking shape. It focuses on a small town, too proud of its virtues, that has to reconcile its vain self-image with the reality of its first murder. The young veteran Jack Davis holds that idyllic vision of the town and tries to share it with Lisa Kemper, newly arrived from Indiana. But she is repelled by everything in town. While the sheriff tries to find the murderer, Jack and Lisa's contentious courtship reveals the town's strange combination of acute perceptions and surprising blind spots. Then they stumble onto shocking discoveries about some of the town's foremost citizens. Beyond placing Jack and Lisa in danger for their lives, these discoveries pose a question: Will they lead the town to repentance? Or to denial and continuation in vanity?

Please give us the first page of the book.
The northeast Mississippi town of Beneficent, "A Town As Good As Its Name," had never known a murder until Friday, January 9, 1948. Nor, in the oldest memory of its 479 citizens, had the town known a single felony.

Until the fatal moment, that January day progressed as hundreds had before. The winter dawn came late, struggling through clouds and fog to shed a dull gray light more kin to night than day. Cold rain fell to drench the thrush-brown land, and stolid hardwoods thrust black skeletal limbs upward against an iron-gray sky. Farmers revised work plans in deference to the rain, and storekeepers pondered its effect on weekend sales. But more than rain would be required that night to keep them from the Coosa County basketball tournament, an event as fundamental to their lives as seedtime and harvest. From all corners of the county they came in mud-spattered pickups, the less affluent in mule-drawn wagons, to converge on Beneficent. All brought good spirits to share an experience that came but once a year.

Yet among that cheerful crowd one stranger would come unwilling …

In her bedroom in the darkening evening, Lisa Kemper stared at the rain that drummed against her window. She did not want to be there at all.

How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land? The psalmist's words leaped unbidden into her mind, but she shut them out. She was not here in captivity, the puddles in her yard were not the waters of Babylon, and she would not sit down by them and weep.

Still, she hadn't bargained for this. After her mother's death last August, she'd postponed graduate school for a year to help her father adjust to life as a widower. Then she would get on with her studies—that is, if she could ever decide what to study. But when she made that decision in August, she never dreamed Stephen Kemper would leave his position with an Indiana corporation to manage the small chemical plant the company was building here.

From first sight, she detested this backward town. She abhorred the unkempt fields and unpainted barns nearby, so different from the well-tended farms of Indiana.  Most of all, she abhorred the boastful motto "A Town As Good As Its Name" and the complacency of the townspeople who thought they made it that way.

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Thank you, Donn, for sharing this new book with us today.

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Lightning on a Quiet Night Paperback
Lightning on a Quiet Night: In the years following World War II, a town too proud of its own virtues deals with its first murder. ($1.99 Book Series) - Kindle

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Sunday, April 19, 2015

WINNERS!!!!!

Julie (WI) is the winner of Wind in the Wires by Janet Chester Bly.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

MEET 22 NORTH TEXAS AUTHORS - Numerous Genres


If you already own some of my books, bring them along, and I'll sign them for you. I love meeting my fans face-to-face and meeting news ones as well. 

Friday, April 17, 2015

THE INN AT OCEAN'S EDGE - Colleen Coble - One Free Book

Dear Readers, I’ve often told you how much I love Colleen Coble’s romantic suspense novels. Her plots are very complicated and her characters leap off the pages. The Inn at Ocean’s Edge is such a good example of her writing. With a mystery that spans two generations and characters with a lot to hide, the story kept me turning pages as quickly as I could read them. I know you’ll love this story.

Welcome back, Colleen. Since you’re being published regularly, what new avenues will your future books take?      
I’m totally in my sweet spot of romantic mysteries and plan to stay there. I write what I love to read. With The Inn at Ocean’s Edge, I veer more deeply into layers and complexity though. It was super fun to write!

What conferences will you be attending this year? Will you be a speaker at any of them?
I’ll be at my beloved American Christian Fiction Writers Conference in Dallas September 17-20th, but I’m not speaking this year. I’m also attending the Romantic Times Convention May 13-15th in Dallas and will be chatting with readers at our annual “How Sweet It Is” breakfast. I’ll also be at the International Christian Retail Show in Orlando June 29-30th. I’ll be on a fiction panel on the 30th.            

If you were in charge of planning the panel discussion at a writing conference, what topic would the panel cover, and who would you ask to be on the panel, and why?    
I would have a topic on the importance of attending a conference every year if you’re a writer. It’s so important to network with other writers, with agents and editors, with publicists, and with publishers. You’d be a good one on that panel, Lena! You’re very good at that.

Thank you, Colleen. I do agree with you on the importance of conferences and the connections we make there. How important is it to you to be active in writing organizations?
You never arrive as a writer. There is always something new to learn, something you can do better. That’s one of the many things I love about my career! It’s very important to me to give back too, to reach out and help others up. When I was first dipping my toe in the writing life, I didn’t even know another writer, and it was a very lonely time. You think others can’t possibly understand the way your mind works, but there are people out there you will click with, writers you will learn from, and people who will help you. It’s an exciting way to live! 

Both of us started writing in that time before all the organizations and conferences to help writers. I’m sure that’s why we appreciate all the things available for writers now. And I told my husband that I don’t want to stop learning until I die. Where in the community or your church do you volunteer?
I am always helping out at church. I take turns with our pastor hosting our monthly small groups at church, and I take my turn in the nursery when I’m needed. I sing in the choir and have been an integral part of my church for nearly thirty years. I love my church dearly!

Who are the five people who have made the most impact on your life, and how?       
Diann Hunt was a sister-of-the heart. She lost her battle with ovarian cancer in Nov of 2013, and I miss her so much. Her zest for life and love for Jesus permeated everything she did, and the joy in her life spilled over to others and taught us how to live. She will always be a part of me.

My grandmother Eileen was my soul mate. She was always there for me no matter what. She believed in me and encouraged me. I’ve always been so sad that the call from Barbour came after her death.

My brother Randy’s death in a freak lightning accident propelled me into writing. I’d had the dream a long time, but I hadn’t had the courage to try. Randy had a lot of dreams that went unfulfilled too, and his death was a wake-up call that I should follow my dream or it might never happen.

My family would have to take up the final two mentions even though there are more than two of them! My parents, brothers, husband, and kids have always encouraged me. Many times I wanted to give up my writing dream, but my husband Dave wouldn’t let me. I’d get a rejection, and he’d insist I send it out again. And he’s the bravest person I know with so much love in his heart. I’m very blessed to be married to him for 43 years now.

If you could write the inscription on your tombstone, what would it be?
Dream big. God has dreamed a bigger dream for me than I ever thought could come true. I just wanted to have ONE book in the library. I couldn’t see anything bigger than that.     

Tell us about the featured book.    
I wanted to explore how God supplies our needs with the people he puts in our lives. I was thinking so much of Diann when I wrote the book. She was in the final stages of her battle with ovarian cancer, and writing The Inn at Ocean’s Edge was my solace during that time.

Claire goes to a magnificent inn on a remote island in Maine to help seal a deal her father is hammering out with another aviation company. The minute she steps onto the marble tile of the hotel, she has a panic attack and rushes out where she meets Luke who realizes she’s the little girl who went missing here on the island when she was four. She wasn’t found for a year and no one knows where she was or who had her during that year. Luke’s mother disappeared that same night, and he’s convinced that if Claire can remember that night, it might lead to the truth about what happened to his mother.

It’s a very complex story with lots of layers, and I’m excited to get feedback from readers!

I loved Diann, too. I was thrilled that a novella written by her was included in the novella collection I’m in that released last month, 8 Weddings and a Miracle. Please share the first page The Inn at Ocean’s Edge for my readers.       
July 4, 1989
The sea was near. Though she couldn’t see it, she smelled the salt air and heard its roar as it hit the rocks close by. The branches around her held scary shadows. The forest was thick here, and she put her hand on the rough bark of a tree that smelled like Christmas. Mommy had told her to stay far away from the rocks. But which way are they? It was too dark to tell. She was afraid to move for fear she’d tumble off a cliff. All she’d wanted to do was go fishing.

She strained to hear her mother’s voice, but only noises like screeches and rustling little things in the grass came to her ears. Tears hovered in her eyes and closed her throat. She swiped the back of her hand across her face. Daddy always said crying wouldn’t fix anything. It would just make her head hurt.

Mommy would be so upset when she saw her torn dress. Daddy had brought it for her, and he would be angry when he saw her mud-splattered tights and patent leather shoes. Somewhere she’d lost the bow in her hair, and stringy locks hung in her eyes. There was something on the ground, and she stopped and picked it up. A lady’s scarf that smelled of flowers. She bunched it in her hand and stepped over an umbrella in her path.

Where can my readers find you on the Internet?
My website is colleencoble.com and I’m very active on Facebook at colleencoblebooks. I love to hear from readers!

I love the way our readers can connect with us on Facebook. Thank you for sharing this new book with us today, Colleen.

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The Inn at Ocean's Edge - Christianbook.com
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The Inn at Ocean's Edge (A Sunset Cove Novel Book 1) - Kindle


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Thursday, April 16, 2015

SHE SHALL BE PRAISED - Ruth Axtell - One Free Book

Welcome back, Ruth. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
Salvation! That always makes for a great theme. I also like to write about a character deepening his or her walk with God. This usually involves facing some internal battle, whether it is forgiveness, bitterness, or some other stronghold or weakness in one’s makeup.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
I have another historical romance coming out later this spring, tentatively titled Freedom’s Enduring Flame.

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
K.P. Yohannan, the founder of Gospel for Asia. I’ve read a couple of his books and admire his steadfast mission to reach the “unreached” people of Asia, primarily in India.

What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
Some of the great evangelists of the 19th/early 20th century like Charles Spurgeon, D.L. Moody, and Smith Wigglesworth. I’d love to hear about their conversion experiences and about their walk with God.

How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers? 
Get some tough critiquers—people who read in the genre you write in and are willing to read your manuscript and give you their honest feedback. You may not like it, but if you get enough people with a similar reaction, you’ll have an idea of what might be lacking in your writing.

Tell us about the featured book.
I first had the idea for She Shall Be Praised from a dream some years ago (so I can’t recall the dream). As I mulled over the initial idea, somehow it evolved into a sequel to The Rogue’s Redemption. She Shall Be Praised is the story of one of the heroine’s younger sisters from that book.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Paris, France
May 1817
Ordinary Katie Leighton stood on the Quai d’Orsay looking out toward the River Seine. Halfway across the world from her rugged home in Bangor, Maine, she could scarcely believe she was in Paris, the most romantic city on earth.

Arched stone bridges bisected the wide river at even intervals all along its curved length. If she looked eastward to her right, she saw the Pont Royal and just made out the delicate spire of the Sainte Chapelle and, looming behind it, the square towers of the massive Notre Dame cathedral.

These churches—so different from her customary places of worship back home—had withstood the vicissitudes of man and the ravages of nature since the Middle Ages. Most recently, they had barely escaped the fury of the revolutionaries.

If she turned to look across the bridge in front of her, she saw the wide Place Louis XV. It was hard to believe just over twenty years ago, it had run with the blood of the hundreds beheaded upon the guillotine.

A tug on the leash broke Katie’s somber contemplation. Her newly acquired dog broke free of her loose hold and dashed off down the quay, fleeing toward the Esplanade of Les Invalides, his brand new leash trailing after him.

“Come back here, Brioche, you naughty dog!” With an exasperated sigh, Katie lifted her skirts and broke into a run after the scruffy-haired mutt, whose white fur still looked dingy, no matter how many times she bathed him.

Panting more heavily than her dog, she ran under the leafy chestnut trees on either side of one of the avenues of the spacious, grassy esplanade which sloped towards the river, her feet feeling every tiny stone through her thin leather soles. Brioche showed no signs of slowing down, when abruptly, he veered to the left under some trees.

Oh, dear, no! He was heading straight for one of the poor veterans from the old soldiers’ home out to take the sun! Katie’s hand flew to her mouth in horror, and she stepped up her pace despite the stitch in her side. Surely Brioche wouldn’t knock the old man’s wheeled chair over!

But Brioche seemed intent on something else. He stopped right before the soldier and began sniffing the grass at his feet.

Katie arrived at the spot thoroughly winded. She could hardly get the words out, “Oh, par—don—nez-moi, m—mon—sieur. Je suis desolée—” The apology in French was hardly intelligible even to her own ears.

The man was not listening and continued leaning forward in his chair, groping the grass before him.

Katie gasped. The man was blind! Her heart contracted in immediate pity, for he was no old veteran. Under a shock of untidy black hair, a young, unlined face swung toward her—deep-set dark eyes fixed unseeing in her direction, black eyebrows drawn together in a scowl.

He must have been wounded in the recent war. Poor, poor dear!

Qui est là?” came the sharp, peremptory words.

Pardonnez, monsieur,” she repeated, fumbling for the proper words in French. “It was only my dog. He got away from me—”

Reminded of Brioche’s presence, the soldier thrust out his hand. “Va-t’en, mauvais chien!

“He’s not a bad dog,” she hastened to reassure him as she grasped Brioche’s collar and pulled her pet out of the way. The dog, his attention still on the grass, whined.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
At my website: http://ruthaxtell.com or through Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ruth.axtell1

Thank you, Ruth, for sharing this new book with us. I can hardly wait for my copy to arrive.

Readers, here is a link to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
She Shall Be Praised: A Leighton Sisters Novel (The Leighton Sisters Book 2)

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