Thursday, August 18, 2016

Heather Blanton, Western Romance novel


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A PROMISE IN DEFIANCE
by Heather Blanton




A former journalist, Heather is an avid researcher
and skillfully weaves truth in among fictional story
Heather Blanton
lines. She loves exploring the American West, especially ghost towns and museums. She has walked parts of the Oregon Trail, ridden horses through the Rockies, and even held an outlaw's note in her hand.

                                        
She is the independent bestselling author of several Christian Westerns, including the Romance in the Rockies series, which has sold over 40,000 copies.

She writes Westerns because she grew up on a steady diet of Bonanza, Gunsmoke, and John Wayne movies. Her most fond childhood memory is of sitting next to her father, munching on popcorn, and watching Lucas McCain unload that Winchester!



Welcome, Heather. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
I gave this a lot of thought. Really, I did. I came up with The Marx Brothers. Three of the smartest, wittiest, and most well-adjusted individuals Hollywood never destroyed. Just thinking about the dinner conversation has me in stitches. Groucho waving his cigar and talking smack, Chico slinging that fake Italian accent, and Harpo throwing his leg into my hand (if you don’t know about the shtick, check out this clip on Youtube
And maybe after dessert, we could enjoy some harp and piano duets.

What do you enjoy doing for relaxation?
Relaxation. Relaxation? People keep using that word. I do not think it means what they think it means. LOL. About 9 pm every night I shut down the kitchen, flip the mom sign to closed, and take over the TV to watch a little Castle (huge fan). Other than that, I love a good hike, and I go kayaking about once a week. We have a lot of eagles on our lake and I love watching them.


What do you enjoy most about writing?
Writing. I mean, there are days when what I write wouldn’t be called writing. I can’t think of a polite word for it. Then there are those glorious, blessed days when the heavens open up, light shines down, and I pour out sheer brilliance on the laptop screen. At least, that’s what it feels like to me. Readers may not agree. But those moments make it worth the days I wade through knee-high piles of mental junk.


What can your readers expect from you next?
A little change of sub-genre. Not a big change. I am currently working on a Christmas novella entitled Love, Lies, & Typewriters. Still a romance set in the West, but what makes this one different is it’s lighter than anything I’ve written before; you could label it a romcom. I’ve also come into the Twentieth Century. LL&T is set in 1943 Cheyenne, WY and World War 2 is, obviously, the back drop. I have really enjoyed the research for this story, and my mom was a rich source of first-hand accounts. 


Please tell us a little about your novel, A Promise in Defiance.
CHOICES HAVE CONSEQUENCES...EVEN FOR THE REDEEMED.


When Charles McIntyre founded Defiance, he was more than happy to rule in hell rather than serve in heaven. But things have changed. Now, he has faith, a new wife...and a ten-year-old half-breed son. Infamous madam Delilah Goodnight wants to take it all away from him. How can he protect his kingdom and his loved ones from her schemes without falling back on his past? How does he fight evil if not with evil?

Logan Tillane carries a Bible in his hand, wears a gun on his hip, and fights for lost souls any way he can. Newly arrived in Defiance, he has trouble, though, telling saints from sinners. The challenge only worsens when Delilah flings open the doors to the scandalous Crystal Chandelier. She and the new preacher have opposite plans for the town. One wants to save it, one wants to lead it straight to hell.

For Tillane and McIntyre, finding redemption was a long, hard road. God's grace has washed away their sins, but the consequences remain and God will not be mocked. For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap...and the harvest is finally at hand. 


Where can readers find you online?
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest


Where can readers purchase
A Promise in Defiance? 
My Defiance series is available in bookstores and on Amazon.

Any parting comment?
Thanks for having me, Jo, I enjoyed the visit as always, and I hope to hear from readers. I love their feedback and interact daily with them on Facebook. I’m a little slower to tweet. 


Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer to be entered in the book giveaway drawing.)
When it comes to setting stories out west, what area do you prefer to read about?


Heather, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. One commenter to this blog post will be selected to receive their choice of a print or eBook copy of A Promise in Defiance that Heather has offered. Commenters please leave a comment before 6 pm August 23, 2016 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Deep Shadows by Vannetta Chapman is Caryl. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


 

Thanks for reading my blog! My recently released novella, Donna’s Detour, is included in a boxed set of 10 romantic novellas, set on the historic U.S. Route 66, a two-lane highway that ran from Chicago to California's west coast. Available in eBook at Amazon.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Vannetta Chapman, dystopian novel


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DEEP SHADOWS
by Vannetta Chapman


Vannetta Chapman writes inspirational fiction full of
Vannetta Chapman
grace, including romantic suspense and Amish romance novels. She is the author of seventeen novels, including the Pebble Creek Amish series, The Shipshewana Amish Mystery series and Anna’s Healing, a 2016 Christy Award finalist. Vannetta is a Carol award winner and also received more than two dozen awards from Romance Writers of America chapter groups.  She was a teacher for 15 years and currently resides in the Texas hill country. For more information, visit her at www.VannettaChapman.com



Welcome, Vannetta. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
My grandparents because I would love to have their perspective on the life and times they lived through.


What do you enjoy doing for relaxation?
I like to quilt, though I’m fairly new at it. I also exercise a lot. I garden, and of course I read several books a week. I also play the piano and that is very relaxing.


What can your readers expect from you next?
Sarah’s Orphans, the 3rd book in my Plain and Simple Miracles series releases on August 30th. Overshadowed, the prequel to Deep Shadows, will be a free ebook novella, and it will release on October 1st.


What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
With all the marketing strategies and social media opportunities, there are still 2 very simple things that readers can do to help to make a book a success. First, tell a friend. Just tell someone you know loves to read about the book. Second, leave a review on Amazon. It can be short and simply include how the book made you feel. Both of these things are super helpful!


Please tell us a little about your novel, Deep Shadows

 
All It Takes Is One Night to Plunge the World into Darkness

 
Life in Abney, Texas, is predictable and safe--until the night a massive solar flare wipes out all modern technology.


Shelby Sparks, novelist and single mom, had one goal: to provide for her diabetic son. In the wake of this global disaster, her mission hasn't changed. Only now, medication is a priceless commodity and the future resembles an apocalyptic nightmare.


Max Berkman and Shelby were once sweethearts, but he lost his chance at claiming her love years ago. When the abrupt loss of power ushers him into a leadership role, he rises to the occasion. But his highest priority--to keep Shelby and her son safe--could prove to be the biggest challenge of all.


As the brilliant northern lights give way to deep shadows, Max and Shelby's faith will be tested like never before. Only one rule remains: Find a way to survive.


* * *
In this first book in an eerily plausible dystopian series, a memorable cast of characters must navigate a familiar world thrown into chaos.


Where can readers find you online?
Website
Twitter
Facebook
Instagram

Where can readers purchase Deep Shadows?
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
CBD


Any parting comment?
Deep Shadows is a story about our ability to survive during terrible times, but it’s also a story of God’s grace--how He will continue to provide for us. How we can be confident of His provision even when the world around us is falling apart. Though it’s in the dystopian genre (which literally means an imperfect world), it’s essentially a story of hope.


Leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
If you were allowed to keep only one electronic device (this includes phone or a/c or refrigerator, etc.), what would you choose to keep?


Vannetta, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. One commenter to this blog post will be selected to receive their choice of a print or eBook copy of Deep Shadows that Vannetta has offered. Commenters, please remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for an eBook copy of Starlight Serenade by Debra E. Marvin is Melanie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.


Till next time … keep on smiling.




Thanks for reading my blog! My recently released novella is titled Donna’s Detour. The story is set in 1956 on the historic U.S. Route 66, a two-lane highway that ran from Chicago to California's west coast. Available in eBook at Amazon.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Debra E. Marvin, mystery/romance novella


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 STARLIGHT SERENADE
by Debra E. Marvin
 

DEBRA E MARVIN released her first two novellas, Alarmingly Charming from WhiteFire Publishing, and Desert Duet from Forget Me Not Romances, a division of Winged Publications, last year. Now there’s Starlight Serenade, with more novellas contracted.

Her unpublished contest successes included The Fab Five, The Maggies, the TARA, Great Expectations, Heart of the Rockies, twice in the Daphne DuMaurier, and the overall winner of the Phoenix Rattler. Debra works at Cornell University in upstate NY, and is on the board of Bridges Ministry. She enjoys her family, clever grandchildren, obsessively buying fabric, watching British programming and traveling with her childhood friends.



Welcome, Debra. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why? 
I’d love to have dinner with a great-grandmother or great-great, and hear about their life!  I’d want to enjoy it and feel relaxed, so I won’t be choosing anyone famous. Wouldn’t it be amazing to meet an ancestor? And have pie for dessert!


What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
1- I’m a hands-on DIYer who’s done plumbing, electrical and many other aspects of “homework.” 2- I basically don’t watch TV, so I hope I never get that category on Jeopardy (as if). (Unless it’s the occasional British mystery online, or Masterpiece Theater) I haven’t even watched DWTS in years. 3- My grandchildren call me Granny–at my request. Most people think it sounds like an old lady, but I like it and I suppose it’s a nod to my British heritage.


What do you enjoy doing for relaxation?
It’s not always relaxing, but my favorite hobby is working with fabric. I love to make costumes, quilts, doll clothes, etc. It’s something I’ve done since I was little. My grandmother taught me how to knit and crochet and my mother taught me how to embroider and sew. I’ve been making things ever since. I think it’s relaxing to make things with your hands (when you aren’t under pressure to put out quantity!), and it soothes me to create and see the finished product.


What can your readers expect from you next?
I seem to have a string of novellas on the horizon. At least three more will be set in Arizona to add to Desert Duet (Humbug, AZ) and Starlight Serenade (Flagstaff, AZ) from Forget Me Not Romances, a division of Winged Publications.


Please tell us a little about your novel, Starlight Serenade.
The Englishman would look back one day and blame it all on Jazz… 


Flagstaff, Arizona 1930. Full-time Astronomer, and part-time sharp dresser Julian Dyson didn’t discover Pluto but he does discover a nasty case of self-righteousness when a former Ziegfeld Girl’s folly threatens his good name. 


Broadway understudy Clara Longworth and her peculiar younger brother are on their way to a new life in Hollywood when they are stranded along Route 66. Clara is asked to fill in as nightclub entertainment, but her good intentions set her up as accomplice in the blackmailing of a government man who makes the real thugs look classy.


Until Julian and Clara put their heads together for more than dancing the Black Bottom, their big-as-the-night-sky dreams are on target to fail. Maybe they need a telescope to see what’s right in front of their starry eyes. 



Jo, I hope you had as much fun researching and writing your Route 66 story as I did. It’s really a mystery and a sweet romance tied in together. I was delighted to learn that Flagstaff had an underground tunnel system. 1930 was also the year that Pluto was discovered at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, so I chose that location for my Route 66 story. If readers like to guess the ‘whodunit’ as well as read light, sweet romance, I hope they’ll consider Starlight Serenade.


Where can readers find you online?
Amazon Author Page
Facebook Author Page
Twitter
Website
Pinterest
On Inkwell Inspirations
At Colonial Quills


Where can readers purchase Starlight Serenade?
Amazon


Any parting comment?
Thank you so much for inviting me to visit. I’d love to do a giveaway to one of your readers, so please, dear reader, let me know and safely include your email address if you’re interested!


Leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
And, I have one question for readers! Do you read and review? Do you know how important that is to a writer’s success? We are always looking for reviewers and you don’t have to be journalist school graduate to qualify. Most readers appreciate a short and simple review of what you liked about a story.  Please contact me or Jo and we’ll be happy to help you get started!


Debra, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Yes, I enjoyed researching and writing my Route 66 novella, Donna’s Detour. I write sweet Southern romances. In Donna’s Detour, Donna lives in Alabama and takes a road trip with two girlfriends on Route 66, their goal to reach Los Angeles.


One commenter will be chosen to receive an eBook copy of Debra’s novella, Starlight Serenade. Commenters, please include your email so that if you win the book drawing I can contact you.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The Things We Knew by Catherine West is Maryann. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 



Thanks for reading my blog! My recently released novella is titled Donna’s Detour. The story is set in 1956 on the historic U.S. Route 66, a two-lane highway that ran from Chicago to California's west coast. Available in eBook at Amazon.



Thursday, July 28, 2016

Catherine West novel


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THE THINGS WE KNEW
by Catherine West 

INSPY Award-winning author Catherine West writes
stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she's not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband have two grown children. Catherine's novel Bridge of Faith, won the 2015 Grace Award. Her new novel, The Things We Knew, released July 12th, 2016, through Harper Collins Christian Publishing. Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at her email address.


Welcome, Catherine. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
I’d pick JoJo Moyes. I’m a huge fan of her writing. I’d love to have a conversation with her about her books and how she manages all the things she does. She’s also achieved phenomenal success very quickly, so I’d be interested to learn how she copes with that. 

What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love the possibility of a new story. I never really know where my characters will take me, even though I try to start out with a rough outline, I am definitely a pantster. It’s always exciting to see what comes next. And then of course, once the story is finished, comes the challenge of editing and making sure the pieces all fit together. But once it’s done, and I’m satisfied with the end result, that’s a great feeling.

What can your readers expect from you next?
My next book with Harper Collins will release in March 2017. I’ll be sharing the title and the cover over the coming months. The story takes place on a vineyard in Sonoma, California, and is about letting go of secrets from the past and finding healing, forgiveness and redemption. All prevalent themes in each of my books, actually! 

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
If you’d like to help share this story, there are several ways to do that –
* Post honest reviews on sites such as Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, CBD and your blog. If you’d like to schedule a blog interview with me, that would be great!
* Help spread the word on social media, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc. using the hashtags #thingsweknew #summer #beachreads and #amreading.
* Request The Things We Knew at your local library! This is a great way for new authors to reach readers who may not know about them.
* Word of Mouth – tell your friends and family about The Things We Knew, and encourage them to read it! 

Please tell us a little about your novel, The Things We Knew.
When their tragic past begins to resurface, can he help her remember the things she can’t?

After her mother’s death twelve years ago, Lynette Carlisle watched her close-knit family unravel. One by one, her four older siblings left their Nantucket home and never returned. All seem to blame their father for their mother’s death, but nobody will talk about that tragic day. And Lynette’s memory only speaks through nightmares. 

Then Nicholas Cooper returns to Nantucket, bringing the past with him. Once Lynette’s adolescent crush, Nick knows more about her mother’s death than he lets on. The truth could tear apart his own familyand destroy his fragile friendship with Lynette, the woman he no longer thinks of as a kid sister. 

As their father’s failing health and financial concerns bring the Carlisle siblings home, secrets surface that will either restore their shattered relationships or separate the siblings forever. But pulling up anchor on the past propels them into the perfect storm, powerful enough to make them question their faith, their willingness to forgive, and the very truth of all the things they thought they knew. 

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads
Pinterest
Google +
Amazon

Where can readers purchase The Things We Knew?
Thomas Nelson
Barnes & Noble
Christian Book Distributors
Amazon
And other major retailers. 

Any parting comment?
I’m always asked about my journey to publication, and I can tell you, it was a long one! I’ve been published through a small publisher, Indie Published, and now I’m writing for Harper Collins Christian Publishing/Thomas Nelson, which is a total dream come true for me. My best advice is, don’t ever give up. Keep writing, keep learning, and keep your goal in mind. If you’re willing to work for what you want, anything can happen! 

I love writing redemption stories. I think we all have one in us someplace. At least I hope we do! If you’d like to share yours with me, I’d love to hear it!


Catherine, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. One commenter to this blog post will be selected to receive a print copy of The Things We Knew that Catherine has offered. Commenters please remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Through Raging Waters by Renee Blare is Nancy. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.



Thanks for reading my blog! My recently released novella is titled Donna’s Detour. The story is set in 1956 on the historic U.S. Route 66, a two-lane highway that ran from Chicago to California's west coast. Available in eBook at Amazon.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Renee Blare novel


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THROUGH RAGING WATERS
by Renee Blare


Raised in Louisiana and Wyoming, Renee started
writing poetry in junior high school. After having her son, a desire to attend pharmacy school sent her small family to the University of Wyoming in Laramie, and she's been counting pills ever since. While writing's her first love, after the Lord and husband, she also likes to fish, hunt, and pick away on her classical guitar.

Nestled in the foothills of the Wind River Mountains with her husband, crazy dogs and ornery cat, she continues to serve her community as a pharmacist while penning her Christian stories any chance she can get.



Welcome, Renee. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
I’ve answered this question before and my answer hasn’t changed. I would like to sit down and have dinner with Chief Sitting Bull. This man was a powerful figure in Lakota history. He was not only a leader of his people, he was a holy man…their spiritual leader. His people united under his leadership and guidance to withstand the tyranny of a strong and formidable foe. One that wished to annihilate their very existence. I have many questions to ask such a man for as Christians we are to soon face such a challenge.


What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
I love to hunt…yes, with a rifle. My favorite thing to do is to take two to three hour baths (I read!). I HATE to shop. Period.


Where is your favorite vacation spot?
The Bahamas. I’ve been there twice now and would love to go back again. :)


What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Write a review and tell everybody they know! Word of mouth is the most valuable tool in an author’s arsenal. Readers can reach more people than I can ever dream of by simply telling their church, friends, family, and neighbors. :)


Please tell us a little about your novel, Through Raging Waters.
Through Raging Waters is the second book in the Snowy Range Chronicles. It’s a hang-on-to-your-hat, roller coaster of a ride!


If Mother Nature has her way, Timber Springs will never be the same...

A warm spring and early rainstorms melt the snowpack. Spring runoff compounded by the storm of the century sends Timber Springs into a tailspin. 


Tossed into the role of rescuer, local pharmacist Paul Fitzgerald must face his past before the whole world falls apart. While he fights to contain the beast around him, he finds his steadfast control slipping through his fingers. And life…everyone’s life…hangs by a thread once again.

She isn’t a hero. Melissa Hampton has her own demons to battle. After she learns of her mysterious beginnings amidst her mother’s keepsakes, she faces more than just the river rushing outside her door. Now, she must discern friend from foe…but as waters rise and tension climbs within Timber Springs, she needs to rise to the challenge or lose the only man she's ever loved.

Can two people find each other through raging waters?

Where can readers find you online? contact@reneeblare.com

Website
Blog - Renee’s Inspirational Moments
Group Blog - The Diamond Mine of Christian Fiction
Amazon Author Page
Facebook
Google+
LinkedIn
Instagram
Twitter
Pinterest
YouTube
Tumblr - The  Journey

BookBub

Where can readers purchase Through Raging Waters?
Currently (6/24/16), it is available for pre-order on Amazon, but it will be available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, and various other sites as well:
Amazon
Smashwords


Any parting comment?
Thank you so much for the interview. It’s been a lot of fun!


Renee, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. One commenter to this blog post will be selected to receive an eBook copy of Through Raging Waters that Renee has offered. Commenters please remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Montana Skies by Mary Alford is Connie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.



Thanks for reading my blog! My recently released novella is titled Donna’s Detour. The story is set in 1956 on the historic U.S. Route 66, a two-lane highway that ran from Chicago to California's west coast. From a reader's review: "I love the author's smooth writing style. She has a way to take readers back in time with her exquisite words that flow throughout the story....It is time to relax, grab an ice cold bottle of Coke and enjoy a great book that will bring a smile to your face. Join Donna and Tommy as they take a journey on Route 66." Available in eBook at Amazon.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Mary Alford - Contemporary Romance


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MONTANA SKIES by Mary Alford


Mary grew up in a small Texas town famous for not
much of anything really. As a teen, Mary discovered Phyllis Whitney and Victoria Holt and knew instinctively that was what she wanted to do.

She wrote her first novel as a teen, but never really pursued her writing career seriously until a few years later, when she wrote her first inspirational romantic suspense and was hooked.


Today, Mary still lives in Texas, and still creates people facing dangerous situations. In fact, she can’t think of anything else she’d rather do.

Welcome, Mary. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
Hum, that’s a tough one. I think if I could have dinner with one person I’d like to sit down with Laura Ingles Wilder. I loved Little House On The Prairie growing up. She lived such an amazing life. I’d love to just soak up the stories and maybe pick her brain a little on writing.


Where is your favorite vacation spot?

The Rocky Mountains. There’s just something about looking at those majestic peaks that ground me. I can see God’s hand everywhere I look. It kind of puts things in perspective for me. If God could create those magnificent mountains, my little problems are nothing For Him to guide me through.

Please describe yourself with three words.

Christian. Grandma. Author.

What is your favorite Bible verse? 

John 14: 1-3, King James Version (This verse finds its way into many of my books.)
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."


What do you enjoy most about writing? 

Being able to create heroes and heroines I love, set them in any location or circumstance I want and then have them fall in love in the most romantic way. And when I write “The End” on their romance, I get to do it all over again.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Montana Skies.
Montana Skies is all about second chances. Cara

Stevens thought her life as well as her marriage was over but soon finds everything she has ever hoped for is right there waiting for her return.

Cara Stevens is finally coming back home to Cartwright, Montana. But will she find the place she longs for from her childhood or a past without hope?

Since Cara left Cartwright a little more than a year earlier, not much has changed. Except her life is in shambles, her heart broken and the man she thought she had left behind is standing before her claiming to be a changed man.

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads

Where can readers purchase Montana Skies?
Amazon

Any parting comment?
Only that I have a Facebook street team that is open to readers who would like to join here. I
f you would like to join the group, email me here

Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters are not required to answer to be included in the book drawing.)
What’s your favorite Christian romance genre--Contemporary, Suspense or Historical?

Mary, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. One commenter to this blog post will be selected to receive an eBook copy of Montana Skies that Mary has offered. Commenters please remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.



The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Dawn of Liberty by Amber Schamel is Deana. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.


Till next time … keep on smiling. 



Thanks for reading my blog! My recently released novella is titled Donna’s Detour. The story is set in 1956 on the historic U.S. Route 66, a two-lane highway that ran from Chicago to California's west coast. Available in eBook at Amazon.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Amber Schamel book


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Leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, July 12, 2016 to be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book below. If you mention in your comment that you’re a follower (see in the left sidebar “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I'll add your name a second time in the drawing. U.S. mailing address required to receive a paper book. I may or may not have read books offered for giveaways. The mention and giveaway of books on my blog does not in any way indicate any manner of my endorsement of said books. Read book giveaway details at Disclaimers. To provide you security, please leave your email address like this: johnATyahooDOTcom. Winner announced in next Thursday's blog post.


Dawn of Liberty by Amber Schamel


Multi-published author Amber Schamel writes riveting
stories that bring HIStory to life. She has a passion for travel, history, books and her Savior. This combination results in what her readers call "historical fiction at its finest."  A homeschool graduate from a family of 12 children, Amber found her calling early in life. First published at age 21, she has continued to hone her craft and is now the author of over half a dozen books. She lives in Colorado and spends half her time volunteering in the Ozarks. Visit her online at www.AmberSchamel.com


Welcome, Amber. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
That’s a really hard question. There are SO many people I would love to meet and spend time with. One I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is Joshua’s wife. There is a lot said in the Scripture about Joshua and all of his mighty valor in leading the Israelites into the Promised Land. His quote “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” is one of my all time favorites. But it got me to thinking. Who was the “we”? Joshua was an amazing man of God, and I suspect his wife was a worthy counterpart.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
I LOVE to travel, and there are so many wonderful places. But for the time being, Florida is my favorite place to vacation. I have lots of friends there, and it’s got ocean, which is different than what I’m accustomed to, since I live in the center of the country. I’m travelling to Canada for the first time in August though, so it might change. ;)

Please describe yourself with three words.
Work in Progress.

What do you enjoy doing for relaxation?
I have lots of things that I enjoy doing for relaxation. I like to play piano and sing, even if it is no more than joyful noise. LOL. I also enjoy chalkboard art while listening to soundtracks or instrumental music. Sometimes a good movie, or just chatting with my siblings or friends.

But above all, I love to get some time with just me and Jesus. All alone. No one else close by. Living with a large family doesn’t afford a lot of that, but it’s indescribable when it happens. :)

Please tell us a little about your novel, Dawn of Liberty.
Liberty comes with a price. Can a fledgling nation bear the cost?

British forces advance upon a struggling colonial army. The time of decision has come. Declare independence, or give up the fight. The weight of a nation rests on Samuel Adams' shoulders as he joins the delegates of the Second Continental Congress. Can he raise the cause of Liberty above the fear of the King's wrath in the hearts of his countrymen?

Three riveting short stories follow Samuel Adams as he struggles through the events surrounding the Declaration of Independence and evokes the Dawn of Liberty.

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Newsletter & updates
Blog - Stitches Thru Time
Blog - Heroes, Heroines & History        
Blog - Amber Schamel's HIStory blog

Facebook
Twitter
Pintrest
Goodreads

Where can readers purchase Dawn of Liberty?
Amazon
Deeper Shopping

Any parting comment?
Thank you so much for hosting me, Jo!
 
Leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
I loved your question, so now I’m going to turn it around! Readers, please tell me who would YOU love to have dinner with...besides Jesus?




Amber, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. One commenter to this blog post will be selected to receive an eBook copy of Dawn of Liberty that Amber has offered. Commenters please remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post to receive a copy of A Silver Medallion by James R. Callan is Angela. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

 
Thanks for reading my blog! My recently released novella is titled Donna’s Detour. The story is set in 1956 on the historic U.S. Route 66, a two-lane highway that ran from Chicago to California's west coast. From a reader's review: "I love the author's smooth writing style. She has a way to take readers back in time with her exquisite words that flow throughout the story....It is time to relax, grab an ice cold bottle of Coke and enjoy a great book that will bring a smile to your face. Join Donna and Tommy as they take a journey on Route 66." Available in eBook at Amazon.