Tuesday, July 07, 2015

RED IS FOR ROOKIE - Anne Greene - One Free Book

Dear Readers, my special friend, Anne Greene, is back with a contemporary suspense novel I think you’ll love.

Welcome back, Anne. Tell us about your salvation experience.
My father was an agnostic, so we children were never taken or sent to Sunday School. I missed that wonderful experience. When I was in High School, I attended a church I could walk to. Unfortunately, they did not explain the way of salvation. However I sang in the choir, and some of those old songs helped me work through tough periods in my life. When I was twenty-one, my husband and I visited a small church in San Diego. The handsome pastor preached on the second coming of Christ. I barely knew of His first coming, but that day both my husband and I received the Lord as our savior. Both my husband and I had a dramatic change in our lives. We have never looked back to the old life without Christ. Living with Him has been such a joy and time of growing and learning. I am so thankful to Pastor Tim LaHaye who so faithfully through the years has obeyed God’s call to teach and preach.

You’re planning a writing retreat where you can only have four other authors. Who would they be and why?
I’ve never attended a writing retreat so I’m not sure how they work, but I would have a difficult time narrowing the invites down to four. I would invite Lena Dooley because she is my friend and mentor. I would invite a publicist so I could learn more about the art and science of selling books. I would invite Ace Collins because he writes great suspense, and finally I would invite Julie Lessman because she’s a friend and writes great historical novels.

Now that would be a fun group. I know some really good publicists you could invite and I love Julie and Ace. Do you have a speaking ministry? If so, tell us about that.
I do speak at libraries, book clubs, retirement homes, and anywhere someone asks me. I speak about whatever topic they are interested in. Most of the time, they ask me to speak about writing and how it works and how I got into it. Also they ask me to speak about my books. I enjoy talking with both large groups and small groups. I also am available to teach writing courses about novel writing.

What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you and how did you handle it?
I try really hard to avoid embarrassment, and usually succeed. But one time I didn’t. I attended a small school because I grew up in a small town. Our high school and junior high school buildings were located on the same grounds. One day when I was in eighth grade, I left school late. Almost everyone had gone for the day. Being somewhat a rebel at heart, I broke a school rule, thinking the rule didn’t matter because no one was in school. We junior highers were not permitted to go inside the senior high school building. But I had to go to the restroom. So I went inside the high school building, since the junior high school building was further away. After I left the restroom and was in the corridor on my way out, the entire varsity football team trooped past…either going to or from the showers. I’m not sure if my face turned more scarlet or theirs. A few of the boys had towels, but most of them didn’t. Nor did they have clothes. Some of the boys brazenly stalked by my wide eyes. Others covered what they could however they could. And, of course, being from a small town, I knew each boy, and they knew me. So, I stood and gazed. And they either hurried by or strolled by, a confident smile on their faces. None of us ever mentioned what happened. And that lesson taught me to be even more of a rebel. Who knew what unforeseen adventures lay in that direction?

People are always telling me that they’d like to write a book someday. I’m sure they do to you, too. What would you tell someone who came up to you and said that?
I tell them if they are really interested, I can help them with our American Christian Fiction Writers organization and with critique groups. I have read over manuscripts and given input to would-be writers. And I do mentor several writers. I tell them about the pitfalls and the rewards of full-time writing. And I encourage them that today there are more open doors to writers than ever before.

Tell us about the featured book, HOLLY GARDENS, PI, RED IS FOR ROOKIE.
RED IS FOR RACE
Tracking a kidnapper is an unusual assignment for a private investigator. But Matt is Holly’s lifelong friend. During the race to save him, Holly discovers a lot more than she bargained for. Matt’s in love with her.

RED IS FOR RISK
Holly’s world has never been more dangerous. Her mother’s convinced Holly will end up dead, so she hires a PI to protect Holly. She needs Stryker’s savvy and expertise and is eager for his help, though she risks her heart working with the danger-loving man.

RED IS FOR REVENGE
Stryker’s past returns to haunt him. The kidnapper wants revenge. Stryker risks his life Holly. The dangerous race transforms Holly from a Rookie into a seasoned PI. But with the two men turning her life upside down, can Holly take the heat?

Sounds good! Please give us the first page of the book.
As I turned away to retrace my surveillance route, my gaze swept across a man I hadn’t noticed before. He stood near the ballroom door with his back to me. I did a double-take. An off-duty cop. I could spot one a mile away. The way he walked, stood, and observed his surroundings. A cop couldn’t disguise his identity. Calm, professional, strong, he looked as though he controlled the world. With legs braced wide, right foot behind, he kept his piece away from the crowd. Even from the rear the guy looked cocky.

Someone touched my shoulder. I jumped. While I’d been eyeing the cop, Matt, my detective friend, had crossed to my side of the room.

“Who invited the police?” Matt jabbed a thumb toward the ballroom door.

“My question exactly. Maybe one of the rich types demanding extra protection. Or maybe the cop’s moonlighting as a bodyguard.”

Matt rubbed his clean-shaven chin. “Maybe. Don’t know.”
           
“Whatever. I’ll find out.”

“You do that.” Matt sauntered back to patrol his side of the ballroom.

I planned to check the cop out, but didn’t want to meet him this way. I had an image to project. I was an investigator. A professional. Strong. Independent. Cool. Granted, I had a lot to learn, but I sure didn’t want to be seen on Valentine’s night appearing to shop for a man at a meet-a-thon. In a town as closely-connected as Dallas, if we met in the line of fire–and I had no doubt we would—he’d never take me seriously. Some time tonight I’d inform him I was actually working.

I policed my half of the room then headed back toward the Champion Wrestler table.

Big, warm fingers grasped my arm with just enough pressure to make me brake and take notice. The dark-haired, fine-looking man extended his other hand. A sense of recognition nagged me. But I didn’t know him.
           
He sat with his back to the wall at the Attorney table catty-cornered to the wrestlers’ enclave. I shook his waiting hand, feeling warmth and solid strength I hadn’t expected to find in a lawyer’s grip. He wore his dark suit like other men wore uniforms. Daring. Proud. Indomitable. Candlelight reflected mystery in his brown eyes. With the kind of smile you see on a man given an unexpected dish of ice cream, he stood and offered me the empty chair his polished wingtips had guarded. With the chair now free, a bevy of females flew over from different tables and circled him.

“Sit a while.” 

His compelling expression excluded everyone in the room but me. It was an invitation I didn’t want, but my feet, aching from the unaccustomed spike heels, did. So I slid into the seat. I turned to the attorney, a real James Bond type. Unwanted sparks ignited my insides. Too intense to be handsome and too electric to be ignored, he was big, tense, and concentrated. I’d never met a man who looked so ready for adventure.

Here was trouble masquerading as charm.

I love the different voice in this book, Anne. How can readers find you on the Internet?
My books can be purchased on any on-line bookstore and at http://www.Amazon.com. type in Anne Greene. My links are http://www.AnneGreeneAuthor.com. http://www.anneswritingupdates.blogspot.com., http://www.facebook.com/AnneWGreeneAuthor.Twitter @TheAnneGreene, Pinterest The Anne Greene, http://www.bookfun.org./profileAnneGreene.  
I love to hear from my readers.

Thank you for sharing this new book with us, Anne. I can hardly wait to read it.

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Monday, July 06, 2015

LOVE ARRIVES IN PIECES - Betsy St Amant - One Free Book

Bio: Betsy St. Amant lives in Louisiana with her young daughter and has a heart for sharing the amazing news of God's grace through her novels. A freelance journalist, Betsy is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. When she’s not reading, writing, or singing along to a Disney soundtrack with her daughter, Betsy enjoys inspirational speaking and teaching on the craft of writing.

Welcome, Betsy. Tell us how much of yourself you write into your characters.
It varies, but there is always a piece of me that ends up in my main heroine, whether I mean to do it or not! Be it a favorite color, a hairstyle, a hobby, or an emotional scar, something is always incorporated. I think that helps me write more openly and honestly.

What is the quirkiest thing you have ever done?
I’m really OCD about pictures being straight. I’ve walked into professional businesses or people’s houses I don’t know well and straightened their art on the walls. I also have a quirky habit of ripping straw wrappers at fast food restaurants or Starbucks up into teeny tiny pieces and making confetti while sitting and visiting. I usually don’t even realize I’m doing it until later in the conversation when I realize I’m being looked at funny! haha.

When did you first discover that you were a writer?
When I was in elementary school, my short stories were always finagling in different school-wide projects. I just loved to read, more than anything else, but later, when I became a teenager, I decided to get serious about pursing writing as more than a play-around-thing on our home computer. I began attending courses and conferences on writing and speaking and learning all I could!

Tell us the range of the kinds of books you enjoy reading.
I read contemporary romance, of course, since that’s what I write. But I also love YA novels and historical of all time periods.

How do you keep your sanity in our run, run, run world?
Oh, I do????? Thanks Lena! ::wink:: Honestly, some days I don’t feel sane at all. I feel overwhelmed and pressured and struggling to chase myself in a circle. I’m a single mom who works full time outside of writing, and has a side job freelancing for a local newspaper. I’ve never understood the word “bored” but somehow, in the midst of the chaos, God sews it all together. Some days those stitches are dripping with my tears, other days are covered in my laughter, but every day somehow manages to accomplish what it needs to. He is so sufficient!

How do you choose your characters’ names?
I usually have an idea of the “vibe” I want the name to carry, and comb through baby-name-meaning website until I see it and it shouts at me. Or, I might think of a definition I want the name to mean, and search that way.

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
I’m really proud of where I’ve come since my divorce. I’ve gone from a weak, distraught, hopeless, defeated woman sobbing on her kitchen floor, to a strong woman who knows her value and worth in Christ, a woman of hope and courage, a woman who encourages others who knows how it feels to bleed out from the heart. I’m proud of where I’ve come, all while knowing it’s all because of the Lord and His strength in me. His grace, His mercy, His love, and His rescuing me. He is so good!

If you were an animal, which one would you be, and why?
I think I’d be a horse. I love open space and beautiful scenery and roaming around outside. I love the feeling of wind and freedom. Horses remind me of all those things. They were always my favorite animal growing up.

What is your favorite food?
Chips and salsa! I could eat it (and sometimes do) by the gallon. Sometimes every day. (We might need an intervention!)

What is the problem with writing that was your greatest roadblock, and how did you overcome it?
Time. It still is my greatest roadblock at times, but like I said earlier, the overcoming is nothing but the grace of God! I have to take writing one day at a time.

Tell us about the featured book.
LOVE ARRIVES IN PIECES is the book of my heart. It features a divorced heroine who is hiding from her past and afraid to shine, afraid of all the things she was once proud of because she believes they contributed to the destruction of her marriage. So she hides her desires, her beauty, and talents in an effort to keep her heart safe. But when she’s forced to work beside a former flame on the renovation of the town’s beloved old theater, she realizes he still has the uncanny knack for drawing her out of herself—piece by piece. And she begins to see that sometimes, God can take even the tiniest of fragments and form beautiful masterpieces.

How can readers find you on the Internet?


Thank you, Betsy, for sharing this new book with us. I'm anxious to read it, and I know my blog readers will be, too.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
Love Arrives in Pieces - Christianbook.com
Love Arrives in Pieces - Amazon
Love Arrives in Pieces - Kindle

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Sunday, July 05, 2015

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Friday, July 03, 2015

STAR OF WONDER - Tracy Higley - One Free Ebook

Welcome back, Tracy. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
I have a couple of different projects in the works right now, and not all fiction! I’m working on something that would be geared toward Christian business women, helping them to find passion and balance within their productivity. I’m also working with a cowriter on an exciting new curriculum designed to help small groups in churches go deeper. And in between, I’m starting a new series of novels, which will take my main character to ancient Egypt.

Tell us a little about your family.
We are spread out through lots of phases of life right now! I have an older daughter who is 22 and out on her own who lives a thousand miles from me, a 20-year-old daughter who just got engaged, a fifteen-year-old son, and a twelve-year-old son. So we span from middle school to high school to college and beyond! Besides my writing, my husband and I run an internet retail business.

Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
It’s probably the other way around, at least at first. My voracious reading from a very young age created my writing habit (my kids still make fun of the fact that I would sit on the playground and read during recess). But these days, my reading is always to learn how to live and write better, or to inspire me with great stories that take me to another place.

What are you working on right now?
Of the three projects I mentioned above, my fiction project is the most fuzzy right now, just at the beginning stages. But I’m thinking… time travel!    

What outside interests do you have?
My biggest interest is probably world travel. I’ve been privileged to travel to many amazing places in researching my books, seeing places like Athens, Rome, Ephesus, Cairo, and Jerusalem. Besides travel, I love reading, especially in my hammock, getting outdoors, and watching movies.

How do you choose your settings for each book?
That’s hard to answer. There’s an intrinsic fascination I have for all of these ancient places, and I feel like they just call out to me, to have stories placed into them!   

If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
Yikes, so many people to choose from! I can’t really pick a favorite, but I’ll say that one person I’d like to talk with is Caesar Augustus. He was an amazing ruler, and I’m fascinated by first century Rome.                      

What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
I wish I’d known that it’s better to follow your creativity and passion with your stories than to write what you think other people want to read.

What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
An ongoing but not-yet-learned lesson is to keep grounding my identity in Christ, not in who I am or what I achieve. When I do that, it gives me the freedom to love and serve others without concern for pleasing or impressing them to get what I need.          

What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Write consistently, every day if at all possible
Read excessively, expanding your thought horizon
Laugh frequently, enjoying the process and not taking yourself too seriously

Tell us about the featured book.
Star of Wonder is the first of a trilogy of novellas, and part of The Incense Road. It’s an epic quest across the sands of Arabia, with a group of magi searching for a lost artifact of great power, at the same time they’re following a mysterious star that heralds the birth of a new world ruler.

Please give us the first page of the book.
From that first night nine months ago, a sickness had been growing in me, like some hideous creature wanting to be birthed. I knew its cause. That damnable, beautiful star.

Tonight on the palace roof I tried to look away, to stop my ears to the endless musings and sharp-tongued arguments of my fellow scholars. They bickered over the portent of that silver-white specter wandering the charred field of Sin, god of the night. But it was the night before my final examinations, and I could not afford distraction.

Only a few hours remained until dawn, and I must retrieve the one thing that would assure my place among them, that would give me an edge over Navid and all his advantages.

One chance. I had one chance to redeem last month’s disaster.

I glanced at Navid, his dark head bent to the shorter Zahir, who served as mentor to us both. Zahir’s finger traced a star chart, weighted with amulets and spread upon the roof’s ledge, as he explained some hidden knowledge to Navid. A stab of jealousy delayed me. Navid was born into the Kasdim, as I was, and would also face examinations tomorrow. But that was where the likeness ended.

Navid flicked a condescending glance at me, and in that glance was all the superiority he wielded like a club in his privileged hand.

“Shouldn’t you be practicing your presentation, Misha?” His nasal voice arched over the rooftop, loud enough to draw the attention of every studious mage. “Perhaps a good meal to strengthen you, eh?” He glanced left and right, ensuring he had an audience. “Ah, but I forgot, you are likely to present your last meal to the Kasdim along with your lessons.” He snorted. “Perhaps you should arrive hungry.”

The snickering response proved that no one had forgotten last month. My lifelong fear of speaking before a crowd had gotten the best of me, in front of every first- through fourth-level palace mage.

I shrugged one shoulder and smiled. “I have no worries, Navid. Even the contents of my stomach are more impressive than the contents of your mind.”

Interesting. How can readers find you on the Internet?
I’d love to have your readers visit me at www.tracyhigley.com, to see some of my travel journals and photographs, get a behind-the-scenes look at locations, and read excerpts. I can also be found on Facebook at /tracyhigley and Twitter @TLHigley. Come visit!

Thank you, Tracy, for sharing this book with us.

Readers, here’s a link to the book. By using it when you order, you help support this blog.
Star of Wonder: A Novella (The Incense Road Book 1)

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ANGEL WITH STEEL WINGS - Anne Greene - One Free Book

Dear Readers, Anne has been a good friends
for a number of years. She lives not too far from me, and for a while, she was in the critique group that meets in my home. We’ve gone to writing conferences together and been roommates more than once. I know you’ll like her new book.

Welcome back, Anne. What are some of the spiritual themes you like to write about?
My spiritual themes arrive from the conflicts within the book. As a seat of the pants writer, I don’t know what spiritual theme will be foremost in my book.

What other books of yours are coming out soon?
I have had two books release simultaneously in May 2015:
And HOLLY GARDEN, PI, RED IS FOR ROOKIE is the first book in my new Holly Garden Private Investigator series. A rookie private investigator tracks a kidnapper poised to kill her best male friend. Will she find her friend in time to save his life? A seasoned PI from a competing firm dogs her footsteps. So why is she falling for the guy? Will she trust her heart to the life-long friend or the danger-addicted PI?

In October of this year I also have two novellas releasing:
A MISTLETOE KISS is a historical set on the Oregon Trail. In California the trail splits one way to the paradise of free land in Oregon or to the California Gold Rush. Felicity Daniels dreams of the free land and her first permanent home, but Ben Bonneville has his sights set on the gold rush to pay off his mother’s medical debts. When Felicity’s father dies and Ben’s money and equipment are stolen, Felicity takes Ben as her groom and pays his way to California. Both need each other to make their dreams come true. But which one will surrender their dream?

A CHRISTMAS BELLE is a historical set in Angel Vale, Wyoming. Amanda Geoffrey is a southern belle transplanted to Maine. Desiring a new life after being rejected by a Southern Gentlemen at the altar, she agrees to become a mail-order bride in Wyoming. She hates Southern men with their charm, their sense of duty, and their spineless backbones. She wants a fresh start with a Wyoming cowboy/miner in a new town. Frank Calloway is a miner with a paying gold mine and is a newly elected sheriff. He’s a recent believer who needs a bride. His past caught up with Frank when one of the women he’s known leaves a baby on his doorstep and names him the father. Frank’s sure he’s not the father, but his sense of duty and immediate bonding to the child makes him accept the responsibility. So he orders a bride. Felicity’s immediate attraction to Frank ends abruptly when Frank opens his mouth. Big problem. Frank’s also from the Deep South. Frank also has an over-developed sense of duty. Can this unlikely couple find happiness?

If you could spend an evening with one contemporary person (not a family member of yours), who would it be and why?
I would like to talk with Tim LaHaye. He doesn’t know it, but he led me to the Lord. When I was twenty-one I went to his Scott Memorial church in San Diego. The first sermon I heard him preach was about the second coming of Christ. I barely knew of Christ’s first coming. He gave an invitation, and I received the Lord into my life. That day changed me forever. Not only did I receive eternal life, I also received a new love, a new mission in my life. Nothing remained the same. I truly was a new creation in Christ. My life took an entirely new direction. Tim knew me then as Anne Swonger. I was married to my late husband, Don Swonger.

What historical person would you like to meet (besides Jesus) and why?
I’d love to meet my great-great-great-grandmother who lived in a thatch-roof home in Ulster County, Ireland. I’d love to have her tell me of her life and of her children and of her dreams. I’d also love to the see the country there when she was living, and experience how she felt when some of her children immigrated to the new world, the golden land, America. I’d love to see if I resemble any of my ancestors, and how many of them were Christians. I’d love to find some other relatives that did not immigrate. Lovely dream. Perhaps in heaven, I’ll see these people and talk with them.

I have Irish ancestry, too. And just yesterday, my youngest granddaughter left the US to go to Ireland on a 10-day mission trip to work in a children’s camp. How can you encourage authors who have been receiving only rejections from publishers?
I strongly believe in joining a critique group and larger writing groups like ACFW. I also believe that if you keep growing your craft and writing, that one day you will be published. Contests are good feedback as well.

Tell us about the featured book.
ANGEL WITH STEEL WINGS is a World War II romance. While doing her part test flying planes, Mandy McCabe escapes her dead-end life in Hangman’s Hollow, Tennessee, as a Woman Air Service Pilot, WASP. Major Harvey Applegate lost his wife to the WASP program, and he’s convinced Yankee Doodle Gals have no place flying in the war effort. Both Mandy and Harvey experience immediate attraction. But can a man burdened with memories of death undertake added danger? Will their new love survive the test? This is the first book in my Women of Courage series.

Please give us the first page of the book.
“She’s late! Where is she?” Insides churning like pistons, Major Harvey Applegate stared hard at the tiny blonde standing in front of him, her hands clenched behind her back. Her chin trembled. She looked so young he wanted to pat her on the back and send her to the hangar for a hot chocolate, but majors didn’t do that. So he gritted his teeth.

He was supposed to show respect for the WASPs invading his air base. That was asking a lot. They were young and unpredictable. Men fought wars to protect American women. Men  died in wars. Not women. He restrained his impulse to pound the metal side of the wet hangar and slapped his thigh with his cap instead.
  
“I can’t lose another WASP on my watch. Not two in as many days.” He plowed his hand through his short, dripping hair, frowned, and reminded himself not to get his underwear wrapped around an axle.

“She’s only half an hour late, sir.” Doreen’s lower lip quivered.
 
“Didn’t that pilot get the word this morning?” Harvey wrung his cap. He wouldn’t take his temper out on this innocent blonde.
  
“No, sir. Corporal Jones ran up to tell me we were grounded twenty minutes after she was in the air.”

Above the wail of the wind, Harvey picked up the faint lilting song of a Merlin engine running slightly rough. He gazed toward the windsock blowing straight out and pivoted toward the landing strip. A P-51 came in fast and low, circled the field, made a perfect three-point landing, and taxied to a halt.

He snapped his cap onto his head. He didn’t have many men who could land in a crosswind that well. Even he would have had trouble. Boots splashing water, he dashed across the tarmac and reached the craft before the propeller stopped spinning. The canopy of the single-seater flew open. A slight figure, clad in a man’s too-large flight suit, climbed out onto the rain-slick wing. He stretched up his arms and grabbed her waist to lower her to the ground. Even with the weight of her boots, flight jacket, and gear, this one felt light in his arms.

The pilot glanced at his insignia. If she’d actually been military, she’d have had to salute. But she wasn’t, and she didn’t. The minute her feet touched ground, the slender woman pulled off her goggles and gazed up at him. Wide blue eyes circled with goggle marks.

Another starry-eyed angel. Harvey swallowed hard. His chest hurt. She looked so vulnerable.  He scowled, picturing that slender nose smashed and those winsome lips closed forever. He couldn’t face seeing another woman killed. He wanted these women off his air base. Wanted no more sleep lost over these young ladies. Wanted no more sending them into danger. Wanted no more funerals that tore him apart. He slapped the cowl of the plane so hard she jumped. No more charred women in downed planes. Trista took on a man’s job, and look how that turned out. Agony pierced his chest. He shook his head, trying to dislodge the memory.

“I’ll see you grounded!” Harvey thundered. “You were due back half an hour ago. Can’t you women obey rules?”
    
Ruby lips rounded into an O of surprise. Her sapphire eyes widened. Her dark brows arched. “What?”

“Women pilots!” He slammed his fist into his palm. “I’ll shut down this program.”

Her brows furrowed. Her chin poked out. Her hands flew to her hips. She looked ready to jump all over him. As long as she was alive and safe, he didn’t care. He could handle her. “You head-in-the-clouds dreamers think you’re on your own private missions. This base is no place for a woman!”

“You men have such a high opinion of yourselves. Women could fly in combat, but you keep us home.” Flames tinted her wet cheeks. “You won’t admit our country desperately needs us to fly these planes.” She stressed each word passionately.

Harvey could tell she wanted to say more, but she clamped her lips. He glared.
She glowered back.

Though if she thought he had an inflated opinion of himself. Better that than for her to guess he had a soft spot for these female pilots. “I don’t want any more dead women.”

She cringed. Her face crumpled.

Why hadn’t he kept his trap shut? Even on a base this big, she probably knew the missing  WASP pilot. But he’d wanted to scare her into obeying the rules. Obedience gave the women pilots some semblance of safety.

She recovered from her first reaction and blazed. “Connie’s alive. I know it. And rumor patrol says it’s just a couple of you big shots who want to shut us down. Most fellas like us  testing repaired planes and towing targets. They want to be free to fly combat.”

He shrugged. She was right. And he couldn’t dredge up a comeback.

She stomped stiff-legged toward the open hangar door, parachute bumping her backside, rain blurring his view.

“Feisty pilot, you’re the kind gets yourself killed,” he yelled just as she reached the hangar door.

I can’t wait to read this one. How can readers find you on the Internet?
I love to talk with my readers. Visit me at http://www.AnneGreeneAuthor.com. I also write a novel teaching class on my blog www.anneswritingupdates.blogspot.com. You can tweet with me @TheAnneGreene. You can buy my books at http://www.Amazon.com. Just type in Anne Greene Books.

Thank you, Anne, for sharing this new book with us. I know my readers will love it.

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Angel With Steel Wings: Women of Courage Series - Paperback
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Thursday, July 02, 2015

TEARS OF THE SEA - MaryLu Tyndall - One Free Book

Tears of the Sea
Welcome back, MaryLu. If you weren’t an author, what would be your dream job?
Either an oil painter or I’d love to work in an aquarium taking care of the fish and marine life

If you could have lived at another time in history, what would it be and why?
Definitely colonial America.  What an exciting time! The birth of a new nation, the struggle for freedom from tyranny. How incredible it would have been to have seen that and been a part of it.

What place in the United States have you not visited that you would like to?
There’s so many places I’ve yet to visit, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, New England. I’d also love to see Boston. There’s so much history there. We don’t have much history out here in California, so I’d love to visit places with historic landmarks and museums. One of my favorite things to do is walk through old graveyards and read the gravestones!

How about a foreign country you hope to visit?
Definitely Israel. But aside from that, I’d love to visit England. I’ve never been overseas.

I’ve been to other countries, but they are in Central America, so I have’t been overseas either, except on a cruise in the Caribbean. What lesson has the Lord taught you recently?
To be more accepting of the differences in others, to be more tolerate of people’s weaknesses and failings and their level of faith. We are all so different and have come from different pasts with different struggles and trials, that in my limited understanding, I have no right to judge anyone else. 

I’m with you on that.  Please tell us about the featured book.
Tears of the Sea is a Mermaid Romance, but it is much more than that. It is an allegory of the Gospel story of the sacrificial love of Jesus in order to rescue mankind from the curse of eternal doom. 
Here’s the back cover:
Doomed by the evil warlock Forwin to wander the ancient seas as a mermaid for all eternity, Perdita longs for the release death would bring. Every ten years she has a chance to break the curse when she emerges from the sea fully human for one month. The catch? She must find a man willing to die for her.

Captain Savion Ryne wants nothing to do with beautiful women. It was one such woman whose betrayal ruined his life and his reputation. After nearly drowning in a storm at sea, he wakes on an island with visions of a dark haired mermaid pulling him from the water. When a woman similar in appearance begs for his protection, he is suspicious.

Perdita has never met anyone as honorable as Savion. Even though he shuns her every advance, she falls for him. But as the end of her time on land approaches, she faces the hardest decision of all, save Savion and remain cursed for all eternity or break the curse and watch the man she loves die. 

I’m reading the book now. Please give us the first page of the book for my blog readers.
Immortality ends tonight.

Standing on the ledge of a mountainous cliff, Perdita gazed over the majestic storm raging beneath her. Mountainous swells thrust foamy claws into the sky. Black, slick as ink, spewed from angry heavens. Lightning hurled white-hot forks toward Erden, while thunder announced the doom of all in the tempest’s path.

Perdita had been waiting endlessly for such a violent squall. Mayhap this would be the night. Mayhap this would be the moment the unbearable pain in her heart would end. Oh, let it be so! What would it be like to die, to finally close her eyes forever? To know naught but darkness and emptiness. Nothingness. Part of her feared it. Most of her yearned for it. At least her agony would be no more. The pain, the loneliness gripping her heart would finally cease.

Tears spilled from her eyes but the wind stole them away. Even her tears were not her own. After tonight, she would cry no more. Finally, her three hundred-year nightmare would come to an end.

Wind whipped her naked body, forcing her against the cliff wall. Jagged rock slashed her skin as the tempest roared madly all around her—berating voices from a thousand rejections. She jammed her hands over her ears, but the voices taunted her mercilessly…reminding her that no matter how hard she tried, she failed to obtain the one thing she desperately craved, the one thing that continually eluded her, the one thing—the only thing—that could liberate her from infinite torment.

She trembled. Rain pelted her like rocks from a cruel god. Welts rose on her skin. Ignoring the pain, she drew a deep breath and fought through the wind to the edge of the cliff. It wrenched around her, punching her, pulling her hair, beating her for being so worthless, so useless. Then lifting her arms, she closed her eyes, and leaned over the precipice. At first, like a benevolent friend unwilling to let her go, the wind held her back, buffeting her in place. But soon even the gale couldn’t hold her up, and she felt herself tumbling down … down … down …

She shattered the surface. Seawater engulfed her, ramming into her from all sides. Deeper and deeper she descended. The jolts mutated to gentle caresses and the sounds of the storm muffled to mere whispers. Her legs melded together. Awkward kicks transformed into one efficient, powerful stroke. Tingling skittered over her body, molding skin into scale.

Perdita released her breath. Bubbles rose. She gulped. Water flooded her lungs—always uncomfortable at first, but then as her skin breathed in the sea, more natural than she cared to admit. More normal to her than breathing air. As normal as the grief that ripped through her every time she dove in the water and became a creature she loathed.

Slipping with ease through the dark sea toward her destination, she soared upward and punched through the surface into the storm once again. Wind spit salty foam in her face. A massive wave carried her high into the night sky like a princess on her chariot. Scanning the turbulent scene, she spotted the monstrous rock—the one they called Hades’ Gate—just half a mile away, aptly named for the number of sailors who had died upon its barbed spikes. Sharp, craggy spears stuck out in every direction as if Natas himself crouched in the sea with a thousand claws extended.
Natas or not, Perdita hoped she would be the next victim.

How can readers find you on the Internet?
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Thank you, MaryLu, for sharing the book with us. I knew I had to feature it on my blog when I found out about it.

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Tears of the Sea - Christianbook.com
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Wednesday, July 01, 2015

SUMMER'S LIST - Anita Higman - One Free Book

Dear Readers, here's another Texas Author.

Welcome back, Anita. How did this book come about?
My mother read me fairytales when I was a little girl—my favorite being Cinderella. These whimsical stories had quite an influence on me. People have told me my novels read a little bit like modern fairytales. That might be how Summer’s List came into being—from my delight in adding a few fairytale elements to my stories—such as exploring human weaknesses, innocent characters facing malevolent people, an honorable quest in the form of an adventure list, and of course, a happily-ever-after.  

Tell us about the book’s cover and what makes it unique.
My daughter seems to think this is the best cover I’ve ever had on one of my books. Maybe she’s right. I think it’s different because it’s a bright and breezy cover that looks like a summer beach read. I hope you’ll consider taking my characters on vacation with you!

Please explain and differentiate between what’s fact and fiction in the book.
Most of Summer’s List is fiction. However, Laney, the little Chihuahua in the story, was based on a real dog that belonged to my daughter-in-law. Laney was such a blessing to my daughter-in-law, helping her get through a particularly hard crisis in her life. Laney passed away, and Summer’s List is dedicated to the memory of this beloved dog.

How much research did you have to do for this book?
I didn’t have to do a lot of research for this book. At least not as much research as I had to do with my other Moody novel—Winter in Full Bloom—which dealt with identical twins and was partially set in Australia.

What are some of the most interesting things you found about this subject that you weren’t able to use in the story?
I am learning about Cystic Fibrosis because I have a relative who suffers with this terrible disease. I was going to have my hero have a mild form of CF, but in the end, I decided to reserve that character-struggle for a future novel.

What inspired and surprised you while you were writing the book?
I was inspired by Summer’s grandmother because of her growth as a character and her acceptance of God’s will. On the surprise side, I discovered that I can have just as much fun writing male characters as female characters.

What do you hope the reader takes away from the story?
I am hoping readers will be entertained, challenged, and inspired by Summer’s List.

What is the next project you’re working on?
I’m heading out on a new adventure in my writing career. I’m writing young adult books with my daughter, Hillary. I’m very excited about the future, and I hope you will follow along with me on this new journey!

What do you do when you have to get away from the story for a while?
I run errands or read or watch a movie. That all helps me to get recharged so I won’t get burned out or feel like I’ve degenerated into a word-machine. So, refreshment is essential in this creative business.

Please give us the first page of the book.
The engagement ring was stuck—just like her life. Summer glanced toward the heavens and sighed the sigh of love gone awry. Again.

Martin, where are you now, and what would you think of me? Here she was, thirty-three years old, and still floundering in every part of life that mattered. In Martin’s fanciful vernacular, he’d probably say that her life had gone the way of monsters. How true. And so went the mental ramblings of Summer Snow as she continued to twist Elliot’s engagement ring on her finger, trying to pull it off. She looked across the table at her fiancĂ© and said, “Honestly, Elliot, you don’t need a wife. What you need is a good PR person.”

Elliot smoothed a crimp in the linen tablecloth. “You’d think a five-star restaurant could have wrinkle free linens.” He emitted a slow breath that strangled itself into a groan. “Now, no more talk of leaving me, my pearl. You’re going to make the perfect senator’s wife. You’re articulate. You’re beautiful. You can hold a smile for hours.” He grinned. “With a few tweaks, you could be my Summer Eleanor Roosevelt. And with you by my side I now have an eight point lead over my opponent,” he added in his pretend British accent, the one he used when he was kidding around. “Come on. You know I’m joking.”

I can’t wait to see if she gets that ring off. How can readers find you on the Internet?
Feel free to drop by my website at www.anitahigman.com or connect with me on my Facebook Reader Page at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorAnitaHigman. I would love to hear from you!

Thank you, Anita, for sharing this new book with us. I know my readers will be interest in it.

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Summer's List - Christianbook.com
Summer's List - Amaon
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MY CANDY VALENTINE - Darlene Franklin - One Free Ebook

AUTHOR BIO: Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family, and continues her interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV in addition to writing. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written over thirty books and has written more than 250 devotionals. Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from Texas to Vermont.

Dear Readers, Darlene and I met online years ago, because we were writing for the same publisher at that time. We’ve remained friends, and I love reading her stories.

Welcome back, Darlene. Why did you become an author?
I began writing in the aftermath of my divorce. After that book, I was hooked. Stories drive me. Just a few days ago I asked my editor about four possible series ideas. I suspect I’ll be writing until God takes the pen out of my hand—or the stories out of my mind.

If you weren’t an author, what would be your dream job?
I would love to be an effective teacher. I am a good teacher, but a terrible disciplinarian. I would love to teach groups of woman, but God has never opened that door.`1

If you could have lived at another time in history, what would it be and why?
Maybe in the 1950s. Everything seemed possible, science exploded, and I suspect I would have done the ostrich thing with the threat of the Cold War and wondered why kids liked Elvis. That is, if I was 60 in the 1950s.

What place in the United States have you not visited that you would like to?
I have wanted to visit California all my life. I grew up in Maine; I’d like to make it coast to coast. The farthest west I’ve traveled is Utah, but I’ve traveled through all the steps east of the Mississippi.

How about a foreign country you hope to visit?
I’d like to visit either Great Britain (each of the countries) or New Zealand. Perhaps return to Mexico or Spain and see how far my Spanish takes me. J

What lesson has the Lord taught you recently?
I probably have less than 15 years to live, and I live in a nursing home where I can see just how lost some of those years may be. I’m not trying to be morbid, but focused. I want to know the Lord more clearly, so that if I lose my mind, He still shines through. There are several precious senior saints here, and some of them are shining with His light in spite of their dementia.

It also means today to strive for that balance—spending time with the Lord, spending time with people, especially my family, exercising, and writing. My temptation is to squeeze as much writing in as possible; but isn’t healthy, and that’s not all God intends to do with my life.

Tell us about the featured book.
My Candy Valentine is a celebration of Valentine’s Day, but who doesn’t love chocolate all year long? The story takes place in the real town of Loveland, Oklahoma, in 1916. My heroine, Catrina Jensen, is a talented chocolatier. The hero, Gilbert Williams, comes to Loveland specifically to meet the Jensens, and make them an offer they can’t refuse. The more he gets to know Catrina, the more he wonders if the price is too high.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Catrina Jensen stepped back from her New Year’s display at the Jensen Mercantile. Now that Christmas had ended, she greeted 1916 in bold letters. Two cherubs held up a banner that read, “May All Your Dreams Come True.” A variety of merchandise designed to aid shoppers in realizing their dreams was spread across the table: a date book, to make plans to make the dreams come true: pens, a desk blotter, a sewing basket, and the like.

“Perfect,” she whispered under her breath.

A single clap alerted her to the presence of another person. Pasting a smile on her face, she turned around to greet the customer with the attention he or she deserved.

A man handsome enough to be Gilbert Blythe waited behind her. Anne Shirley would find the tall stranger swoon-worthy—hair smoothed back with the latest product and dressed in a slate gray sack coat with matching waistcoat that brought out highlights in his blue eyes. She found herself reaching her hand to her hair, to tuck away stray curls.

His eyes swept up and down and side to side. “It’s a tempting display.”

Warmth swept into her cheeks at the compliment.

“Male customers might respond more to Old Man Time and a New Year’s baby than cherubs.”

Cocking her head, she grudgingly admitted the truth of his comment. “I will change it. Thank you for speaking for the male half of the population.” What was she thinking? She extended her hand. “How may I assist you?”

“You may start by telling me your name.”

The man’s smile weakened Catrina’s knees, but she spoke with a clear voice. “Catrina Jensen.”

“Miss Jensen?” He placed the slightest emphasis on her surname.

“Yes, sir. I am the daughter of the owner.” Catrina lifted her head. “As the daughter of the owner, I am well acquainted with all the store’s merchandise. Whatever your needs, I can assist you.”


Again he parted his mouth in that dazzling smile. “I’m certain you can. In fact, your display here has reminded me of my need for office supplies for the New Year. I will take the desk pad, calendar, journal. . .” He continued until he had listed half the items on her table.

Catrina’s sales acumen perked up at his enthusiasm. “Let me show you the options we have available.”

Sell the customer quality, which might cost more than what they intended to buy. Someone prepared to buy half of her display surely had money to spare. They spent an hour discussing the benefits of different brands of pens, blotters, date books, and the like.

When he inquired about business cards, she mentioned a local printer. “Sir, you have the advantage of me. You know my name, but I don’t know yours.”

He laughed. “I’m Gilbert Williams.”

How can readers find you on the Internet?
http://www.amazon.com/Darlene-Franklin/e/B001K8993A/

Thank you, Darlene, for sharing this book with us. I know that I and my readers will really enjoy finding out what comes next.

Readers, here’s a link to the book. By using it when you order, you help support this blog.
My Candy Valentine (Holidays of the Heart Book 2)

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

A WORTHY PURSUIT - Karen Witemeyer - One Free Book

Welcome back. Karen. How did you come up with the idea for this story?
There is usually a single spark that gets a book idea started. For A Worthy Pursuit, that spark was the idea of incorporating gifted children—child prodigies, each having a gift in a different field. And the one who doesn't consider himself gifted ends up being the one who saves the day, proving he is, in fact, remarkable.

I also wanted to play with the idea of opposites attracting. So I chose a refined, educated headmistress who doesn't trust men and paired her with a man of action and intrigue who practically walks off the pages of a dime novel. Charlotte has to learn to trust the man who was sent to destroy her in order to protect the children in her care, and Stone must dig deep to unearth the patience it will take to win the heart of the plucky woman he comes to admire.

If you were planning a party with Christian authors of contemporary fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
Well, parties are always so much more fun when you are with people you know, so for my contemporary fiction party I'm going to invite some of my closest author friends – Becky Wade, Dani Pettrey, Lisa Wingate, and Kellie Coates Gilbert. Then I would also include a couple ladies who I know would keep things lively – Rachel Hauck and Susan May Warren.

I’d love to peek into that party. That’s a group of some of my favorite people. Now let’s do that for a party for Christian authors of historical fiction, what six people would you invite and why?
Again I would go with my closest friends. Regina Jennings and I recently roomed together at the RT Booklovers Convention and had a fabulous time. She even got me line dancing at one of the sessions. Ha! In addition to Regina I would invite Mary Connealy – always a hoot to have around. Jody Hedlund – Jody and I started out at Bethany House together and have shared many facets of our publishing journey. Kristi Hunter – she's about to debut her first book with Bethany House. She and I met at the last ACFW conference and really hit it off. Next, I would invite Lorna Seilstad, another great buddy. And finally the irrepressible Jen Turano. There's going to be a lot of laughing at this gathering.

That sounds like fun. More of my favorite people. Many times, people (and other authors) think you have it made with so many books published. What is your most difficult problem with writing at this time in your career?
The most difficult part is finding the time to get everything done. I still work a full-time job in addition to writing full-time. I also have 3 teenagers at home. With all the marketing we are asked to do, blog writing, and social media interactions on top of family, church, and work responsibilities, it's hard to find the time needed to write the next project. Yet that is the most important commodity an author has. If you throw together a shoddy book, you're going to lose readers. Besides that, as Christians, we are called to always work as if working for the Lord and not for man. That means creating excellent work, which is something I continually strive to achieve. I write slowly and really have to guard my time. Not an easy task. 

Tell us about the featured book.
Stone Hammond is the best tracker in Texas. He never comes home empty-handed. So when a wealthy railroad investor hires him to find his abducted granddaughter, Stone eagerly accepts.

Charlotte Atherton, former headmistress of Sullivan's Academy for Exceptional Youths, will do anything to keep her charges safe, especially the little girl entrusted to her care after her mother's death. Charlotte promised Lily's mother she'd keep the girl away from her unscrupulous grandfather, and nothing will stop Charlotte from fulfilling that pledge. Not even the handsome bounty hunter with surprisingly honest eyes who comes looking for them.

When the teacher he's after produces documentation that shows she's the little girl's legal guardian, Stone must reevaluate everything he's been led to believe. Is Miss Atherton villain or victim? She acts more like a loving mother than an abductress, and the children in her care clearly adore her.

Then a new danger threatens, and Charlotte is forced to trust the man sent to destroy her. Stone becomes determined to protect what he once sought to tear apart. Besides, he's ready to start a new pursuit: winning Charlotte's heart.

Please give us the first page of the book.
Prologue
February 1891 - Austin, TX
Sullivan's Academy for Exceptional Youths
"I'm closing the school, Miss Atherton, and that's my final word on the subject." Dr. Keith Sullivan closed the attendance ledger on his desk with an ominous snap and pushed to his feet, forcing Charlotte to stand as well. "I've sent wires to all the students' parents, informing them of the closure and offering to reimburse a percentage of the tuition to compensate them for the inconvenience of ending the school term earlier than expected."

A reimbursement of funds? From the man who'd refused to purchase a single new text in the last five years? It was all Charlotte could do to keep her jaw from coming unhinged. There must be another source of income—one large enough to overshadow the loss of tuition. Dr. Sullivan charged exorbitant fees for his exclusive school. Only the most noteworthy students were accepted into the small academy. Unless, of course, a particularly wealthy family sought entree for one of their children. In that case, a well-placed donation seemed to make up for any lack in giftedness. She could only imagine how large a donation would have to be to convince him to close the school entirely.

Backing out of the way as her employer strode around his desk, Charlotte fiddled with the cameo at her neck then marched after him. "What of Stephen Farley? His parents are in Europe. They couldn't possibly collect him before we close the doors. And John Chang is an orphan here on scholarship. He has no place to go."

I am looking forward to reading this one. How can readers find you on the Internet?
The best way to find me is on my website. I have an occasional newsletter that will keep you up-to-date on my newest releases, and everyone who subscribes will be automatically entering in my monthly drawings for 2 Christian Historical Romance Novels. I also love to connect on Facebook and Goodreads. Please find me on the links listed below.



Thank you, Karen, for sharing this new book with us. You know how much I love reading your stories. I'm sure my readers do, too.

Readers, here are links to the book. By using one when you order, you help support this blog.
A Worthy Pursuit - Christiabook.com
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A Worthy Pursuit - Kindle

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