Tuesday, January 27, 2015

HOPE REBORN - Caryl McAdoo - One Free Book

Bio: With fourteen titles released by six publishers, Simon & Schuster author Caryl McAdoo is excited about her newest historical Christian Texas Romance series HOPE REBORN (1850/Jan. 9, 2015), book three after VOW UNBROKEN (1832/March 2014) and book two HEARTS STOLEN (1844/September, 2014). The novelist also edits, paints, and writes new songs. In 2008, she and her high-school-sweetheart husband Ron moved from the DFW area—home for fifty-five years—to the woods of Red River County. Caryl counts four children and fourteen grandsugars life’s biggest blessings believing all good things come from God. Praying her story gives God glory, she hopes they books will also minister His love, mercy, and grace to all their readers. Caryl and Ron live in Clarksville, the county seat, in the far northeast corner of the Lone Star State.

Welcome back, Caryl. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
Indeed He has. After writing for almost thirty years … Suddenly … I find myself a hybrid author standing on a precipice shared by so many Christian authors. I believe what’s in store is an amazing surge—a tsunami—of God’s best blessings given His children. I remarkably have nine new titles planned for release, and I’m going to say God willing, because everything can change in a moment when you walk with Him. And there are even more than just those nine already written or half completed, if He makes more time for me. I expect His awesome favor this year on those who seek His Kingdom first! I pray that He’ll let me know if busyness ever places me in jeopardy of getting kicked off that list!

Tell us a little about your family.
I share my life with the wisest, most Christ-like man I’ve ever known. With him, I brought four little McAdoos babies into the world, three sons and a daughter. All live in north Texas relatively within three hours drive. All but the youngest have married, doubling their numbers, and given me fourteen grandsugars. Four of those little boys have lived with O’Pa and me (Grami) almost twelve years, but this year, two of them left—one to college, and one to his other grandparents’ because that granddaddy fell and broke his hip and our boy asked to go so he could be a help to them. So we’re down to two now and enjoy our little family of four. We’ve found a wonderful Church of God with a great youth group only about twenty-five minutes away, and toward Paris which is where my Walmart is. That would be in Northast Texas.

Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
Oh, yes, so much in that I need to spend that time writing and all that goes with that including editing, proofing, cover design, formatting, marketing, and even building a platform by visiting and being seen all over every form of social media. With rearing grandsons, and all that entails, I have very little free time to read. I still carry books with me to read every time I get a few minutes, but it takes me a long time to finish a book.

What are you working on right now?
I love sharing works in progress! Presently, I’m writing three novels. Book five, DAUGHTERS OF THE HEART, in the historical Christian Texas Romance series. Debuting September 1, 2015, God willing, it’s the story of Henry Buckmeyer’s three youngest daughters who are all reaching courting age.

 Also TOKEN OF THE COVENANT, volume three of my new Biblical fiction series The Generations. It’s planned for release in July, 2015 and tells the story of Noah’s family on the ark and those early years after the waters subsided. It follows volume one A LITTLE LOWER THAN THE ANGELS, with Adam and Eve and their children to Seth, and volume two THEN THE DELUGE COMES (March 2015) featuring Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah and his three sons Japheth, Ham, and Shem.

 And lastly, AQUIRING A WIFE, a contemporary Christian Texas Romance that I’m writing as my Thank You gift to all those who subscribe to my newsletter The Caryler! I give away a free novel every quarter to let them know how much I appreciate them. This story is fun because Ron, my high school sweetheart husband of forty-six years, and I love playing this game called Acquire, and I’m using that game in the story! It’s for the third quarter gift. I already have the stories written THE PREACHER’s FAITH to give away first quarter, and SING A NEW SONG the second—both contemporary Christian Texas Romances.

What outside interests do you have?
Music, I love to sing – mostly praise and worship, but God gives me new songs that go along with my children’s books I take into schools, and He gave me Susannah’s Ballad for VOW UNBROKEN. He gives me scripture songs to help me with whatever I’m going through and to praise Him.

Like: ♥ ♪♫•*It isn't only Your grace♪♫•*♥¨♪*•.♪✞ that's amazing. ♪♫*♥ ♫✞The sound is as sweet♥♪*•♪♫✞of Your faithfulness, too. ♥¨♪*•.♪♫✞You never slumber or sleep; ♪♪*•.♪♫✞You've promised my soul to keep!♥ ♪♫•✞*♥, and when I get in too deep, !♥ ♪♫•✞*Your love always lifts me!♪♫•✞ ✫*Amazing!♥ ♥ •♥✞ ♪♫.♥✞You're so amazing! ♪♫♥♫✞Everything about You! !♥ ♪♫•✞* Everything that you do!♥♥ ♪♫•*♥✞✫The stars✫in the sky! ✫♥ ♪♫•✞*¨*•.♥✞ ♪♫.♥✞ a baby's first cry, ♪✫*♪•♪✞the newness of Spring!♥ ♪♫•✞*¨and the joy that it brings!♥♪♫• ✞✫*You're so amazing, Lord, ♪♫•*♥¨♪*•.♪♫✞You're amazing to me! !♥♥ ♪♫✞♥✞

I also like to paint and garden – not so much the getting down and in the dirt anymore (pretty hard to get up) but decorating the garden, adding touches. I love Pinterest for remembering great ideas.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
In my historical Texas Romances, the Buckmeyers and Baylors who revisit throughout the series live on the very land my husband and I do. The McAdoo Ranch is 916 acres and sits five miles South of Clarksville proper in far Northeast Texas. This way I know all the hills and creeks and fields and timberland so I never get confused where they are. On the cover of Hope Reborn, the house in the background is a recognized historical home in Clarksville proper that belonged to the Lennox family. They also used to own the McAdoo ranch many years ago! So that’s a fun connection! J

If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
If I could choose a historical person who’s a bit not real, it would be Henry Buckmeyer. I’d really love spending an evening with him. But if I have to choose an actual person, I think I would choose the statesman and movie actor Ronald Reagan who I see as such a down to earth, Christian man who loved America and his family. By far the best president in my lifetime, he would be fun to sit down with and visit.

What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
Well, the marketing involved to get going, but it wouldn’t have stopped me. I love people and getting to interact with my readers, but it is never ending at this point in my career. It seems that my life is about the next release and all it entails, which is understandable considering I plan on ten new releases in 2015, God willing. All the books through May are already written, and I’m working on July, August, and September now. I’ll add three novels to the historical Texas Romances, four to the contemporary Red River Romance, and three to the Biblical fiction. I am so excited about what God is doing. I didn’t ask for a word at the beginning of this year, but He gave me one anyway. He spoke PROMISE to me. What a year 2015 will be!

What new lesson is the Lord teaching you right now?
This question ties right into the last one in so much as one of my favorite verses, Habakkuk 2:3, “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” I have it marked in my Bible that He spoke this to me back in the ’80s and I have been holding fast to it all these years while going through many trials and tribulations, losses, and broken relationships, but I held fast to the vision. I couldn’t let go. In recent years, since 2012, I have seen His great blessings – a Simon and Schuster contract, a new home, a brand new car (didn’t pay for either) and now what He is accomplishing in 2015 with the books that I’ve written that I pray give Him glory. I know I am right where He wants me to be. What a great place!

What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
#1 Find a good critique group where peers offer hard critique you may hate hearing, but that will improve your work
#2 Go to conferences! Even small ones if that’s all you can afford, they will help! Learn there from the instructors giving their time, and network with other authors, agents, and editors.
#3 Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness THEN all these things will be added unto you!

Tell us about the featured book.
Hope Reborn was so much fun to write! I loved my heroine being a successful dime novelist, and fell in love with May Meriwether. She carries deep, dark secrets that could change her life so drastically. She longs for true love like she writes about in her books, but at forty-one is convinced time and her dream has passed her by. An article in the New York newspaper catches her eye as she reads about two Texas Ranger heroes. She decides they could spark new life to her writing and immediately plans to leave for the Lone Star State and interview these men as inspiration for the love interest for her next heroine! She finds way more than she ever bargained for.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Texas.

May smiled at the Tribune’s headline, “Fillmore Says Pay Texas Off.” Even the President was thinking about the new state. She returned her gaze to the line close to the bottom of the front page.

Could it be that more than one Henry Buckmeyer lived in Texas? She seriously doubted it, and that settled the matter. She was going west.

Chester, would you come in here, please?”

While she waited, she reread the article that lacked the prominence due—in her estimation. It hadn’t changed. The man’s name stared back at her in bold type.

Chester.” She hated raising her voice. “Where are you?”

For a minute more, she tapped her nails in a rapid syncopation—little finger to index—on her desk. Finally, she stood. Where had he gotten off to? And what could he be doing?

Before she reached it, her parlor’s left side door opened. “Did you need me, ma’am?”

“Yes, I wanted to know if you read that article I gave you about the exploits of those two Texas Rangers.”

“Yes, ma’am.”

“Well? What did you think?”

“Interesting. Might be a novel there, but really, ma’am, not your sort of story. Is it?”

“Well, I don’t see why not.” She headed back to her chair with the man following then flopped into it. “Oh, Chester.” She massaged her face, thumbs on her jaws.

“Yes, ma’am?”

“I’m so sick of snooty-prude ladies doing whatever they can think of to trick stuffy-shirted men into marriage.” Her hands went high into the air in defiance then relaxed into a stretch. “Really. I can’t write another.”

He looked around the rather large room; it tickled her that the New York mansion’s grandeur still impressed him, always had. “But those stories do pay the bills.”

She hated that everything always boiled down to gold coins. “Ah, but certainly, there’s got to be more to life than money.”

“Well said, if you have plenty.”

The last thing she wanted this evening was to get into a debate over dollars. Besides, she didn’t like to think of herself as having plenty, as he put it.

“Fine. I’ll capitulate. Life requires filthy lucre. There. Now if you’re happy, how about you remove a handsome amount out of the safe for me? I’m going to Texas.”

“What?” He grinned, and his snowy teeth glistened as white as any of her heroes’. “No. Millicent May. Texas is unruly, primitive. And there are wild Indians. You cannot.”

She glared. “Do not call me that, you know better.” Clearing her throat, she smoothed her hair, pushing up a curl, and willed herself calm and reserved. “And do not presume to tell me what I can—or cannot—do. Please.”

He lifted his brows and tucked his chin a bit, but only looked at her, didn’t speak.

“So why not?”

Texas came into the Union as a slave state, ma’am.”

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

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Hope Reborn - Paperback
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Monday, January 26, 2015

WEEP IN THE NIGHT - Valerie Goree - One Free Book

Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
I try to make my characters as unlike me as possible. I have OCD tendencies, so I purposely allow my characters to be impulsive, untidy, or make spur-of-the-moment decisions without planning. Naturally, the traits I give each character must match the story-line.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
During the American Christian Fiction Writer’s annual conference, attendees are allowed to dress as their genre for the first evening meal. Since I write romantic suspense, I was looking for a costume to reflect each aspect. I found a cute little hat with a veil that portrayed the romantic side. But how could I add the suspense part? It was close to Halloween and I found a rubber ax surrounded by blood to insert into a slit in a T-shirt. I wore the hat and the ax and received many accolades and several odd looks. I didn’t realize that I’d have to wear the getup for the rest of the evening. I felt very quirky attending the late evening workshops with an ax sticking out of my chest. Won’t do that again!

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
Although I’ve always had a creative side, it took me a long time to conquer my fear of writing. I had a teacher in high school who made us read our essays in front of the class, then she would critique them. That killed any passion I had for writing. Thirty years later, I purchased a word processor 
and poured out my first romantic suspense. (It has not been published, but one day I will revise the novel and submit it.) I’ve been writing ever since.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
My reading choices have changed over the years. I used to only read romances, but now I find straight romance too tame. I usually choose suspense, romantic suspense, or police procedurals.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
We live in the country, 30 miles from the big city. When I need to take a break, I sit on our back porch, and gaze over the field to the hills beyond our fence. Listen to the birds, the doves, the murmuring water splashing over the waterfall. Breathe deep and thank the Lord we have this place of solitude.

Sounds wonderful. How do you choose your characters’ names?
I keep a list of names I like, then when I’m planning a new book, I search through the list and choose names that fit the characters. I like unusual names, but stay away from ‘soap opera’ types, or names that are hard to pronounce. I also make sure that I don’t have too many names that begin with the same letter.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I’ve been thinking a lot about this question. At first I was going to say my children, but in reality I had very little to do with their personalities. I only provided an environment where they could flourish. So, I’ll go back to my career. I worked with students with special needs for 25 years, from three-year-olds, to high school students. I’d like to think that I had a positive influence over all their lives, but what I’m most proud of is teaching slow leaning students to read! I remember one particular young boy who had been retained and told me he was dumb and would never learn to read. After weeks and weeks of working on phonics and figuring out what the words said – I purposely did not say we were ‘reading,’ he stopped and looked at me and said, “Hey, Mrs. Goree, I’m reading!” I often wonder what those kids are doing now.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I’d like to be an eagle. Soar over the landscape, take in the sights and sounds of God’s glorious creation.

What is your favorite food?
I was born in South Africa where there is a large population of people from India. So along with British foods, I grew up eating Indian curry dishes. Love mutton curry.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
My problem is time management. I am a great procrastinator, and if I don’t have a deadline, I can find a dozen things to keep me occupied instead of writing. I have not overcome my problem. Anyone have any ideas?

Tell us about the featured book? 
Weep in the night.
After three years in the witness protection program, Sadie Malone’s life in Texas is bland and humdrum—until she meets a new co-worker. Bowen Boudine ignites a flame in Sadie’s long-dormant heart, but when she discovers he knows her true identity, she attempts to flee. He thwarts her escape and reveals the reason he’s been sent to locate her.

Bowen, a seasoned operative with International Retrieval Organization takes his job escorting Sadie back to California seriously, but quickly finds he’s falling for her. Can he maintain a professional relationship while he protects her from the crime boss her testimony helped to convict?

Please give us the first page of the book.
She ran her finger across the white plastic name tag. Blue letters spelled out Debra Johnson, but that wasn’t her name.

The bulb above the sink crackled and died. She hated the dark. Backing out of the bathroom, she leaned against the wall and flipped on the hall light. Shadows scuttled away, but left a trace of unease in her gut.

Tears blurred her vision as she pinned the name tag on her shirt. It took two attempts to snag the pin in place. Get a grip, Sadie. You’re safe.

Although she’d been in the Federal Witness Protection Program for almost three years, she still thought of herself as Sadie Malone. Sometimes the past latched onto her soul and yanked her down to the depths of grief like a meteor plummeting to earth. Today would have been her husband’s thirty-seventh birthday. She closed her eyes. The faces of Aaron, and Hannah, her four-year-old daughter, floated in and out of a gray mist. Gone. They were both gone.

A shiver took control of Sadie’s body as ice crystals formed in her heart.

She would not succumb to despair.                 

I can't wait for my copy to come. How can readers find you on the Internet?


I contribute to Catherine Leggitt’s blog which addresses topics that affect A Woman My Age. I write under the heading, My Mother, My child. www.catherineleggitt.com

Thank you, for sharing this mew book with us. I love romantic suspense.

Readers, here are links to the book. 
http://www.christianbook.com/weep-in-the-night/valerie-goree/9781611163872/pd/163872?event=ESRCG

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_1?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Valerie%20Massey%20Goree&search-alias=digital-text&sort=relevancerank

http://www.deepershopping.com/item/valerie-massey-goree/weep-in-the-night/6372932.html

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/weep-in-the-night-valerie-massey-goree/1120501138?ean=9781611163872

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

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Friday, January 23, 2015

A STITCH IN CRIME - Cathy Elliott - One Free Book

Dear Readers, I’m reading A Stitch in Crime right now. If you love a mystery filled with quirky characters, you’ll love this book. All the quilts and antiques add a special spark to the setting, too.

Bio: Cathy Elliott is a full-time writer in northern California whose cozy mysteries reflect her personal interests from quilting and antique collecting to playing her fiddle with friends. She also leads music at church and enjoys time with her grandchildren. Cathy’s previous plot-twisting works include A Vase of Mistaken Identity and Medals in the Attic.

Welcome, Cathy. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
Though my characters are a mix of many people, real and imaginary, there could be a bit of me in each one - but often enhanced. For instance, I sometimes procrastinate. But my protagonist, Thea James, is a chronic procrastinator in every way. She’s like Scarlet O’Hara. She’ll do it tomorrow.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I once answered the phone at work with my bad Swedish accent, attempting a joke on a colleague. “Yah, shure … und kin I help yer?” But it wasn’t my friend on the line; it was a patron calling for assistance. What could I do? I couldn’t tell her I was goofing off.

I made a madcap decision and stayed in character, continuing my “Hans and Franz” show. “Yah, yah. I tink yer neetin’ duh reference desk. Yust holt on dere, und I’ll transfer yer call.” Acting as normal as possible, I transferred the call amid incredulous stares from nearby staff. Then upon hang up, I fell apart laughing with embarrassment and relief. The incident would become break-room fodder by the end of the day.

When I was in college, I worked the college switchboard. I was on duty when the tail end of a hurricane was fast approaching our campus. After hours of answering one frantic call from a parent after another, I went to the cafeteria for supper. I bowed my head to bless the food, and without thinking said, “Hello, Ouachita Baptist College.” I’m sure even God laughed right along with my roommates. When did you first discover that you were a writer?
The day author Cindy Martinusen Coloma read a chapter I had written and told me I’d better get myself to the Mt. Hermon conference and submit a proposal. ‘Til then, only my mother admired my written words.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I love mysteries - both cozy and suspenseful; true crime and police procedurals; thrillers – espionage and political; romance - especially historical, gothic, or Edwardian; and classics best. If it’s written well, I’m in.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
In truth, I do seem to work very well under pressure. But when life overwhelms, the old song line, “One day at a time, sweet Jesus” works for me. I can take it slower and trust it will all get done because He is my Rest.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
Choosing names is all joy for me. Thea’s name came years after watching Middlemarch, adapted for TV by the BBC. I remembered the character of Dorothea Brooke, her sense of justice, her kindness, and her quest for meaningful work. Rosamund, her sister, called her “Doro” but I preferred Thea for my beloved protagonist. In A Stitch in Crime, her proper name is Dorothea. My story reveals she was named after the Middlemarch character, much admired by Thea’s mum.

In addition, I used the name Rosie (from sister, Rosamund) as Thea’s sister, too. It seemed only right that Mum would name both her girls after these characters. In Middlemarch, Rosamund is the sister with the heightened sense of fun. Rather like Thea’s nutty sister, Rosie.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Birthing a baby or birthing a book? Hmm. It’s no contest. Raising my children takes the prize. Though I’m mighty proud of my books, too.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
Like many girls, I grew up a horse lover, reading Walter Farley, copying the Wesley Dennis illustrations in Marguerite Henry’s Misty books, and riding whenever I could. So … perhaps I’d be a horse. A gentle mare that carries children and adults alike with a smooth gait; one that loves to run and work and graze in green fields. I’d be a high-stepper and prance with pride and carry myself with elegance. Maybe a Palomino … so I could see if blondes really do have more fun!

What is your favorite food?
Oh, dear. I’m afraid it’s ice cream. But I don’t keep it in the house; it’s too much of a favorite.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Lack of confidence. I’ve pushed a couple of great projects to the side because I’ve let fear of failure overtake me. But when I look back and see the hard things I’ve accomplished on this writing journey, the successes that have come with perseverance, confidence rushes back. Then, I’m anxious to meet the challenge and prove to myself that I can do it!

Tell us about the featured book.
Thea James thought working as co-chair for Larkindale’s first quilt show extravaganza would be a natural extension of her antique business. But while organizing the busy week’s premiere events would make anyone frayed, she doesn’t expect a complete unraveling!

At the opening soirée, local matriarch Mary-Alice Wentworth is knocked unconscious and robbed of her diamond brooch. Soon a rare quilt—the main attraction and a rumored key to great riches—goes missing. Those who signed up to help Thea are strangely no help at all. What more could possibly happen?

Amid a cast of colorful characters and a tight schedule of garden galas, tea parties, and televised socials, everything is falling apart at the seams – and nothing is quite what it seems. Can Thea sew everything back together?

"...Fans of inspirational fiction will enjoy the funny, feel-good whodunit."
Publishers Weekly Review - November 7, 2014

“...Fans will want to add this gem to their keeper shelf.”
RT 4-Star Review - November 12, 2014

Please give us the first page of the book.
Perhaps if she simply avoided eye contact.

Thea James turned her back on the partygoers, paying attention to the dessert buffet instead. The Quilt-Without-Guilt Guild had surpassed their Christmas potluck standard. Among a bounty of petite cakes, cookies, puffs, and bars, Thea found her own offering, a plate of blueberry tartlets. They appeared untouched. Strange. She pulled them to the front of the culinary display.

“Thea! Why are you hiding out in the desserts when I need your help?” The familiar voice of fellow guild member, Heather Ann Brewster, hinted at desperation.

Turning with reluctance, Thea morphed into hospitality mode. “Blueberry tartlet?”

“What?” Heather Ann viewed the diminutive dessert, gave a small shudder, and then had the grace to look apologetic. “Ah ... no, thanks. I haven’t browsed the appetizers yet. Anyway, I can’t think about food now. I’m too upset.”

Thea shoved her reluctance aside. “What seems to be the problem, Heather Ann?” This time.

“You know the publicity banner we had made? The one advertising the quilt show next weekend? The one supposed to be hanging over the entrance to Old Town?”

Excerpt from A Stitch in Crime. © Cathy Elliott. Publishing by Abingdon Press. UBP.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
I’d love to connect with your readers, Lena! I have a website (and Occasional Blog) and am a true devotee of Pinterest. Or you can see what I’m up to on Facebook. Links below.

Website & Occasional Blog - www.cathyelliottbooks.com

Thanks so much for having me, Lena. A lovely experience!

And we're so glad to have you here, Cathy.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
A Stitch in Crime - Christianbook.com
A Stitch in Crime: Quilts of Love Series - Amazon
A Stitch in Crime: Quilts of Love Series - Kindle


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Thursday, January 22, 2015

THE LOVE BOAT BACHELOR - Marji Laine, and 7 other authors - One Free Ebook For Everyone

Dear Readers, today I’m hosting a dear friend of mine and a member of the critique group that meets in my home.

Welcome, Marji. Tell us about your new project.
LOVE BOAT BACHELOR is a romance novella written by eight different authors.

You were involved in something like that last time you were here, weren’t you.
Yes, through Write Integrity Press. This is actually our fourth collaborative novella, and they all have about the same concept. Given a detailed character and a setting, each author writes an original chapter in the story. It’s amazing how the character journey weaves together. And even more confounding how our voices tend to blend. Readers have had trouble believing that the stories have more than one writer.

What’s special about this book?
The Love Boat Bachelor is our first sequel. I’m really excited to tell the further story with this. With last year’s book, A Dozen Apologies, we introduced a lady with a changed life who needed to make amends to 12 men she’d humiliated. Each fellow met with Mara in his own chapter. At the end we asked the readers to help us figure out who should win her heart. It was a tough decision and many of the men walked away disappointed. So we took the guy who collected the second-most votes and built a new story around him. Sort of like the Bachelorette and the Bachelor TV shows. Lol!

Here’s the back cover information:
Romance is a joke.

After the love of Brent Teague’s life came back into his world only to marry someone else, Brent is through with women. He might be through with being a pastor, too. 

Brent was so sure that God brought Mara Adkins home to him so they could marry and live happily ever after. Six months after her wedding to another man, that theory is obviously a dud. If Brent could be so wrong about that, who’s to say he’s not mistaken about God calling him to pastoral ministry?

Tired of watching Brent flounder for direction, Brent’s feisty older sister boots him out of Spartanburg and onto a cruise ship. Brent’s old college buddy manages the ship’s staff, and he’s thrilled to finagle Brent into the role of chaplain for the two-week cruise.

As the ship sets sail, Brent starts to relax. Maybe a cruise wasn’t such a bad idea after all. But there’s just one little thing no one told him. He’s not on any ordinary cruise. He’s on The Love Boat.

What’s a sworn bachelor to do on a Caribbean cruise full of romance and love? He’ll either have to jump ship or embrace the unforgettable romantic comedy headed his way.

Will there be a contest with this book?
Yes! Just like last year’s novella, our hero meets a number of eligible bachelorettes and falls head over heels in love with one of them. The problem is, the authors have no idea which gal he’s chosen. We’ll be posting a new chapter each weekday, starting Monday, January 26 – February 4, on the Write Integrity Press blog. (http://www.writeintegrity.com) Readers are encouraged to vote on their favorite heroine from the 4th through the 7th. The winning gal will be in the final chapter that will release with the book on Valentine’s Day.

So you have to download the book to find out the ending?
Yes. In order to learn just who the readers voted for, and who won Brent’s heart, you have to download the actual e-book. But there is good news with that! The book is FREE on www.Amazon.com for 4 days. February 14th – February 17th. So while I don’t have a free book to give away today, or even a chapter to share online, the chapters – all but one of them – will come up starting Monday at www.WriteIntegrity.com and the book is free for EVERYONE on Valentine’s day. With Love J!

How can readers keep in contact with you?
I’m always responding to comments on my website – MarjiLaine.com
And I’m on Facebook all the time. Facebook.com/MarjiLaine
I’m also on:
Twitter - @MarjiLaine
Pinterest - /MarjiLaine
Goodreads – Marji Laine
And I have an author page on Amazon.

Thanks so much for letting me join you here!

Thank you, Marji, for sharing this with us. It sounds like a lot of fun for all my readers. Be sure to tell your fellow authors to feel free to come by and interact with my readers.

Readers, don't forget to go to www.amazon.com February 14-17 claim your free copy.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

A QUESTION OF DESTINY - Anita Higman - 10 Free Copies of the Ebook

Welcome back, Anita. As an author, I know it takes a lot of people to birth each book. Who were the people involved in the birthing of this book, and what were their contributions?
Most of the time when I write a novel I do interview people who can help with my research, but I didn’t find that to be true with my novel, A Question of Destiny. It was a different kind of story, in that a great deal of the book came from my imagination. I think my facts are right, but I guess you could say that this book is more dream-born than the others.

If you teach or speak, what’s coming up on your calendar?
I gave a speech this year at the ACFW conference, along with two author friends of mine, but I don’t have anything scheduled now. And that’s okay, since writing and promoting take up a lot of my time. It’s hard to do everything and do it well.

If you had to completely start over in another place, where would you move?
Actually, my husband and are doing that very thing right now. We’re building our retirement home on some acreage in the country, and we’ll be starting over out there. The trees and ravine and creek are beautiful. Our new home is going to be a small fairytale house hidden in the woods. I have been told that my novels read like modern fairytales, so maybe this house will help to inspire me.

If you could only tell aspiring novelists one thing what would it be?
Sorry, this is more than one thing, but my advice would be, “Don’t rush the process. Take your time. Read and learn about the craft, network, and attend conferences. Start a blog, and find your own unique voice. Be faithful to your stories and write every day. If you really have a passion for writing, you won’t find my suggestions to be a chore—but a pleasure!”

You’ve been asked to be in charge of a celebrity cruise. Who would you ask to take part, and why?
I would hire Josh Groban to sing. He has a memorable, moving, and glorious voice. His singing would make a great backdrop for a Mediterranean cruise, don’t you think?

Yes. Sign me up. Tell us about your featured book.
I’d be happy to. It’s basically a rags-to-riches story with a few surprises along the way.

Here’s a short blurb to give you a few more details.
Lucy O’Brien is about to be given ten millions dollars and a chance to live a life she never imagined. Will this new found wealth be Lucy’s undoing, or can she rise above the temptations within high society and choose to become a nobler version of herself? And will the solitary Andrew Whitfield—a man who watches over Lucy as she adapts to her new lifestyle—cause her to close the door on her dreams or be the key that opens the rest of Lucy’s destiny?

Sounds intriguing. Please give us the first page of your book.
Prologue
Multi-millionaire Ian Chalmers leaned closer to the TV screen. What was this? A Houston reporter gripped his mike—his jaw quaking with emotion—as he narrated the blow-by-blow heroics of a young woman who’d come to the aid of an elderly widow by chasing down a thief. And then she’d boldly made a citizen’s arrest, even though the thief pointed a loaded pistol in her face. How extraordinary!

When the news switched over to a commercial, Ian clicked off the TV, but the woman’s face lingered in his mind. Her passion for goodwill was so remarkable, her impromptu speech so compelling, the scene branded itself onto his heart. The young woman beguiled him.

The grandfather clock chimed the late hour as Ian toyed with a diamond-encrusted oil derrick in his hand.

Then a smile teased the corners of his mouth as an epiphany found him. In that twinkling of a moment, he resolved that, because this young woman exhibited such a rare and noble spirit, he would reward her with a share of his wealth. In addition, the woman might make an excellent match for his workaholic assistant, Andrew Whitfield. The plan had to be inspired. He could already see it playing out.

Yes, the beneficiary of a portion of his great wealth would be the brave young woman on the news—Miss Lucy O’Brien.

Where can we find you on the Internet?
I would love for you to visit my website at www.anitahigman.com and connect with me through the “Contact Me” button, or you can go to my Facebook Reader Page at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAnitaHigman.

Thank you, Anita, for sharing this new book with me and my readers.

Readers, here’s a link to the book. By using it when you order, you help support this blog.
A Question of Destiny

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

THE BROTHERS' KEEPERS - NLB Horton - One Free Book

Bio: NLB Horton returned to writing fiction after an award-winning career in journalism and marketing as well as earning her Master of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. She has surveyed Israeli and Jordanian archaeological digs, tossed a tarantula from her skiff into the Amazon after training with an Incan shaman, driven uneventfully through Rome and consumed gallons of afternoon tea while traveling across five continents.

Welcome, NLB. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
The first time someone asked me how much of me was in Grace Madison, I was surprised. The second time, I was puzzled. I have now heard the question so often that I detect a trend that makes me feel too transparent.

So I admit it. When I wrote the first book, I wrote a character I liked and to whom I could relate. I wrote a person I could not find in fiction, and one I wanted to read about. Her warped wit, love of family, fearless streak balanced with good sense, and clumsiness appealed to me. Her adventures occur in places where I have adventures. She is middle-aged and just trying to do the right thing as her family and friends force her into life-threatening situations. (That’s my story and I’m sticking with it.)

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I have, surprisingly, done quite a few quirky things, although I consider myself very conservative and shy. Probably the bravest was to float the Amazon and the weirdest was to qualify for one of twelve spaces in the World Championship Tournament of IGFA — International Game Fish Association. (I fly fish. Passionately.) I was the only woman, by the way, to make the finals.

Congratulations! When did you first discover that you were a writer?
Given that my eighty-four-year-old mother is threatening to sell my Kindergarten writing, I guess I discovered I was a writer at about five? I wrote for every newspaper at every school I attended, and my undergraduate degree is in journalism. I founded an advertising agency for which I did all copy, so have written all my life.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I prefer contemporary suspense, international suspense, classic Christian devotional (think Henri Nouwen, Oswald Chambers, or Thomas Merton), and some historical mystery. My favorite author is Daniel Silva.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
(People near and dear to me would argue that I lost my sanity somewhere.) I credit whatever balance I have to faith, family, and home. I live in the midst of God’s general revelation of Himself, atop a Rocky Mountain. I also can meditate in a fly-fishing stream, wearing fatigue-green waders and a massive sun hat, coaxing beautiful trout to take a fly. I promise that peace and sanity can be found there, too.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
Because I write international suspense, some of my characters are foreign. For those names, I do broad Internet searches. I look for common names from each culture, targeting names from specific generations. For instance, popular names of twenty-somethings were not used when our parents named those of us who are slightly more — uh — vintage. For American names, the characters more or less let me know what they want to be called. (Wow. I hate to admit that. Please see “sanity” answer to Question Five.)

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Without a doubt, I am most proud of my son and daughter. They are my legacy.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I have no idea. So I asked my family.

My son said I was a cat: well groomed with lightning-fast reflexes. (He’s referring to my fly-fishing hook set.) My daughter said I was a hawk: powerful, dangerous, and relentless. My husband said he was afraid to answer the question.

What is your favorite food?
Champagne. (I may regret that answer.)

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
My biggest roadblock was hearing acquisitions editors at major publishing houses (and a few smaller ones) say, “there is something here” about When Camels Fly, book 1 in the Parched series. They did not know what to do with my heroine, a middle-aged, female archaeologist with a Christian worldview who shoots her daughter’s abductor in the second chapter.

So my marvelous literary agent danced with publishers for a year while I wrote The Brothers’ Keepers and researched self-publishing. We set a deadline for a traditional publishing contract. When that passed, we did exactly what my heroine would have done: began cover design, built a team, and released the book! (Please see comparison between my protagonist and me in answer to Question One.)

Tell us about the featured book.
The second book in the Parched series is The Brothers’ Keepers.

Espionage is an uncomfortable fit for archaeologist Grace Madison, a middle-aged heroine who describes herself as “the plodding type.” But when her daughter disappears in France and her son’s bride is attacked in Switzerland, Grace knows history is repeating itself and mayhem is afoot. She murdered once to save those she loves. How far will she have to go this time when an old friend’s deception puts her family members at risk? Especially when saving them depends on rescuing the person threatening everyone she holds dear.

If he’ll let her.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Day one
Brussels

Grace Madison, PhD.
Four A.M.
The ringing phone interrupted my first good night’s sleep in two weeks. My heart raced, and the Sixth Commandment echoed through my groggy brain.

I am archaeologist Grace Madison, and I do not typically kill people.

“The shot shattered the window inches from her head.” My son was on the other end of the line, referring to Becca, his bride. “I’m checking in with everybody. Dad was plowing snow off the road to the ranch house. You’re obviously fine in Belgium. Where’s Maggie? I can’t find her.”

“Your sister’s in Paris, Jeff. Preparing for a conference in the south.”

“You sure about that, Mom? She’s proven to be a missing target before.”

“I’ll confirm and get back to you. Give me an hour.”

The line went dead. Swatting at the light switch above the nightstand, I knocked over the water carafe, then left a caring tirade in Maggie’s voice mail. After speed-dialing my husband, Mark, in Colorado, I yanked open heavy brocade draperies and nearly pulled a gilt bracket out of the wall.

I released the wadded fabric as I gazed eastward, at a clementine slice gripping the horizon.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
I would love to connect with your readers online!
Author Website: nlbhorton.com

Thank you, NLB for sharing this new book with me and my readers. The storyline intrigues me. I know it does my readers as well.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
The Brothers' Keepers (Parched Book) (Volume 2) - Paperback
The Brothers' Keepers (Parched Book 2) - Kindle

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Monday, January 19, 2015

MASTERPIECE MARRIAGE - Gina Welborn - One Free Book

Welcome, Gina. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
It depends on the character and the story. In Masterpiece Marriage, there’s not much of me in Zenus, but that part of Mary and Arel which resists conforming to expectations is me. Often a character’s struggles and fears are mine. Write what you know.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I don’t think really anything I do is quirky. My mother thinks I’m strange because, since I was in junior high, I don’t eat chicken on the bone. Blame my 8th grade biology teacher who made us dissect a chicken breast. In fact, when I buy a turkey, I make College Boy clean and prepare it. Hubby carves. The closest I get to the carcass is putting pan in oven and taking it out. But that’s not quirky. That’s just psychological.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
I don’t think a person can “discover” she’s a writer any more than a person can “discover” she’s a doctor or a public speaker or a painter. Most writers aren’t gifted writers. We’re learned writers. Writing is a learned craft, just as doctoring and speaking well in public are learned skills. What’s beautiful is when our natural bent (personality, interests, talents, passions) meshes with what we want to do, such as write or doctor or paint cathedrals. Good news is that even if you don’t have much talent to write, if you have passion and determination to learn to write, then you can. I first discovered my desire to write when I was twelve. I finally began the journey of learning to how to write fiction about fifteen years ago.

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
Non-fiction is my go-to read. I just finished Let’s Be Brave by Annie Downs and Girl Meets God by Lauren Winner. Annie doesn’t know it but she wrote that book because I am one of those people who needed encouragement to be brave. In the last few weeks, I’ve repeatedly heard God say, “Gina, let’s be brave.” Not always pleasant words to hear (see first question answer about struggle and fears). Lauren’s memoir made me think about how I’ve let religion and religious traditions, not Jesus, define my perspective on too many issues. I really do read a disproportionate amount of non-fiction to fiction, which I recently decided isn’t a bad thing for a romance author who loves romances. The last romances I read and loved were Five Days in Skye, Undeniably Yours, and Once Upon a Prince

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
I had to learn that just because everyone is doing something, doesn’t mean I have to. I don’t have to decorate my house with every new trend. I don’t have to be a size 4. I don’t have to put my kids in karate/dance/music/swim lessons. I don’t have to join PTA or be in church every time the doors are open or get a flu shot or read romances because authors read what they write. Life will continue on if I don’t do those things.

How do you choose your characters’ names?
Usually from a census from the state, county, and decade of my story. I scroll through the census and list first and last names that sound cool, then through a process of elimination settle on ones that fit the characters in my head. With Masterpiece Marriage, my hero’s name came from an 1880s Good Housekeeping magazine. A man named Zenus Dane had written a story about growing up with his quilt-loving aunt. Mary just sounds so English. I also found Varrs in an English census, maybe of London. Too often I see modern names in historical romances, so I don’t choose any name that I can’t find historical evidence of use.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
My five children.

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
A sloth. They don’t really do anything, and I rather like not doing anything. What predators do sloths need to avoid? None. Because any predator stalking a sloth would be so lulled by the sloth’s movements that it’ll fall asleep. Plus my oldest daughter thinks sloths are cool.

What is your favorite food?
Medium-rare steak with a side of steamed and buttered broccoli. Really, the steak is my favorite, but when I’m going to be eating it, I need a side of something delicious.

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Typing words onto the laptop screen. New story ideas I can easily come up with, but actually writing, or at least getting started, is super hard. What has helped me is brainstorming with Becca Whitham. Once I have a general idea of where I’m going, it’s easier to write.

Tell us about the featured book.
Masterpiece Marriage is the second-to-last novel in Abingdon’s Quilts of Love Series. It’s a romance set in 1891 Eastern Shore Virginia.

After a flood damages the looms at Zenus Dane’s Philadelphia textile mill and the bank demands loan payment, Zenus turns to his aunt for help repurposing his textiles. Trouble is ... his aunt has already been hired by the lovely yet secretive Englishwoman Mary Varrs. Eager to acquire his aunt’s quilt patterns, Zenus attends the summer Quilting Bee, a social event his aunt has uniquely designed with the secret purpose of finding Zenus a wife. However Zenus only has eyes for Mary, but Mary has no such desire for him. Though his aunt is determined to design a masterpiece marriage, both Zenus and Mary will have to overcome their stubborn ways. Can he realize that love requires stepping out of his routine? And will she recognize that following her heart doesn’t mean sacrificing her ambition?

Please give us the first page of the book.
May 9, 1891
In all his thirty-one years, Zenus Dane had never expected to see seven inches of rainfall during a six-hour period.

He trudged through the flooded floor of the textile mill he was able to inspect since the fire marshal had declared it safe. Still, the water reached the third metal clasp of his vulcanized rubber boots, a product he wished he had invented, but was thankful Charles Goodyear did. Although, at the moment, he felt more nauseated than thankful. Through the hole in the roof, the morning sun revealed the full extent of the destruction caused by Friday afternoon’s deluge setting a record for one-day rainfall in Philadelphia.

April was the month for deluges. Not May.

His mouth sour over the damage, Zenus looked to his foreman at the other end of the mill. The man didn’t have to speak for Zenus to know he shared his grim thoughts.

Zenus stopped at the loom farthest from the collapsed roof. A floral cotton print lay half-woven in the machine. Unlike the bolts of textiles in the storage room, the print was as dry as his gabardine suit. It was also water-stained on the bottom portion of the roll. As he had with the other machines, he examined the loom’s frame, the crankshaft, tight-and-loose pulleys, picker stick, shuttle, and race plate. All damp. Oxidation here, too, on the bolts where the floodwater reached its highest level. The looms hadn’t even had a month of usage, and now rust?

Here’s a link to read the first three chapters:

How can readers find you on the Internet?
I can be found all over the internet in non-inappropriate places. The quickest way to connect is through Facebook.

WEBSITE     www.ginawelborn.com
TEAM BLOG     www.inkwellinspirations.com
TWITTER    www.twitter.com/gina_welborn (@gina_welborn)
AMAZON AUTHOR PAGE     www.amazon.com/author/ginawelborn
GOOGLE+    www.google.com/+GinaWelborn

Thank you, Gina, for sharing this book with us. I've really enjoyed reading the Quilts of Love books. I can't wait until my copy of this one gets here.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Masterpiece Marriage - Christianbook.com
Masterpiece Marriage: Quilts of Love Series - Amazon
Masterpiece Marriage: Quilts of Love Series - Kindle


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