Thursday, March 23, 2017

Izzy James, Contemporary Romance Novel


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Izzy James

Izzy James is the pen-name of Elizabeth Chevalier Hull.  Elizabeth grew up in coastal Virginia where she still lives with her fabulous husband in a house brimming with books. 



Welcome, Izzy. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
Smith Wigglesworth. Smith walked with God in a very practical way. He was in constant conversation with Him. One time he was visiting with friends and God told him to go a certain place and sit on a park bench. He did that and after he'd been sitting for about five minutes a hiker came by and Smith got to tell the person about Christ. I would like to be able to be that certain that I have heard the Master's voice. He prayed for people and they were healed instantly. I would love to sit with Smith and hear what he had to say and ask him how I could better parse the noise with the sound of God's voice.

Please describe yourself with three words.
Short, Introvert, Christian

What do you enjoy doing for relaxation? 
I read. Sometimes I go for long walks and bring a book. 

What is your favorite Bible verse? 
Only one?!  Ok, my favoritest verse, the one I go to all the time, is this one:
"Thou knowest my down-sitting and my up rising, thou understandest my thought afar off." Psalm 139:2 KJV

This verse was given to me at a crisis time in my life. The comfort I received is with me still. The Lord of Heaven not only knows when I stand and when I sit, He understands my thoughts. Not just knows them. He understands them. He understands where they came from and why I think whatever it is that I am thinking. It confirms for me the verses in Romans that tell me that nothing can separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus. Because he understands me better than I do. 

Please tell us a little about your novel, Finding Boaz.
Finding Boaz was recently chosen by the Library Journal to be a Self-e Select title. The Self-e program was started by the Library Journal to make available to library patrons across the nation books by indie authors.  Select titles are the best of those submitted from each state, which are then included in the national collection.


Finding Boaz is a novel about a woman who has been hurt by betrayal and is learning to love again.

Part-time musician and single mom, Abby Ericksen, just quit her job to escape a boss who made unwelcome advances. The same day, her deceitful ex-husband arrives demanding custody of their daughter. Another man is the LAST thing on Abby's mind when she meets the man she can't resist.

Duncan MacLeod needs a wife. The old family covenant requires that his wife-to-be ask him to marry. Covenant or not, Duncan is convinced that Abby is that woman. Can he overcome her distrust and prove his love is real? Real enough that she can trust him? Real enough that she will propose to him? 

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Facebook
Twitter 

Where can readers purchase Finding Boaz? 
Amazon
Barnes and Noble 

Any parting comment? 
Just one parting thought. If you like a book, please consider leaving a review. Authors need reviews in order to qualify for certain advertising venues. I know it seems odd, but reviews are used by both traditionally published and self-published authors in order to get noticed.  If you have a negative review, that's fine too, but try to make it constructive. I don't know of any authors yet who don't appreciate candid feedback.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters are not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
I was recently told by a reader that she really appreciated that one of my books had a heroine that was older. What do you think? Would you like to see more heroines that are older? If so, what age range would you find interesting?

Izzy, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Izzy is offering a winner's choice of an eBook copy or a paperback copy of Finding Boaz to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through March 28, 2017 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 Sweet Dreams by Cecelia Dowdy is Rita. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 



My latest book has released - With Good Intentions, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Cecelia Dowdy, Christian Romance Novel


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SWEET DREAMS
by Cecelia Dowdy

Cecelia Dowdy has been an avid reader since she
Cecelia Dowdy
learned to string letters together to form words. While pursuing a business degree in college, one of her professors tried to convince her to get an English degree since he felt she was a great writer. Years later, after receiving her BS in Finance, she took her former teacher's advice, and started pursuing her literary career. 


She loves to read, write, and bake delicious desserts during her spare time. Traveling is another favorite hobby, and she's been to various countries around the world. Currently she resides with her spouse and young son in Maryland.


Welcome, Cecelia. What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
I love to bake, read, and watch movies!

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Too many to name; I love nice, clean beaches with clear blue/green water. Places like Tahiti, Hawaii, and Grand Cayman are fabulous!

What do you enjoy doing for relaxation?
I like to watch movies and I also like watching old TV shows like Twilight Zone and I Love Lucy.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Sweet Dreams.
Misty Stewart found Christ shortly after the birth of her baby, causing her to make drastic changes in her life. Short-tempered and street-smart, she realizes being around her un-saved, dysfunctional family is
draining her, so she feels the Lord wants her to distance herself from her relatives. She hopes this distance from her family will allow her to deepen her faith, making it possible for her to raise her two-year-old daughter, Jennifer, in a better environment. Struggling to raise her daughter alone, she bonds with her new neighbor, Sterling Richards. She’s drawn to kind-hearted Sterling, but wonders about the deep sadness that he harbors. Sterling has familial problems that run deep, and romance is the last thing on his mind. 

Sterling Richards, a professional baker, is grieving over the recent death of his father/business partner. Since his father left him as the sole beneficiary of his life insurance policy, his relationship with his identical twin brothers is strained. Why would his father fail to include his twin sons as part of the inheritance? He now struggles to mend the relationship with his brothers, struggling to run his father’s bakery alone. 

Can Sterling and Misty find the courage to love one another?

Where can readers find you online? 
Website
Blog
Facebook 
Twitter

Where can readers purchase Sweet Dreams?
myBook.to/SweetDreams2

Cecelia, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Cecelia is offering an eBook copy of Sweet Dreams to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through March 21, 2017 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 A Heart’s Gift by Lena Nelson Dooley is Ann E. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 



My latest book has released - With Good Intentions, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Lena Nelson Dooley, Historical Romantic Suspense Novel


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A Heart's Gift
by Lena Nelson Dooley


Award-winning author Lena Nelson Dooley has had
Lena Nelson Dooley
more than 875,000 copies of her books sold. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the local chapter, ACFW - DFW. She’s a member of Christian Authors’ Network and Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas.


She has been on the ECPA and CBA Bestseller lists, Publisher’s Weekly bestseller list, and several Amazon Bestseller lists.

Her awards include: Will Rogers Medallion Awards (2), the Selah Award (2), and Reader’s Choice book award (2). She has finaled in the Can Golden Scroll Award, and finaled three times in the Carol Award. 


Welcome, Lena. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
President George W Bush (and his wife Laura). James and I have a lot of things in common with them. I believe God sent him to our country when he was needed most. The way he handled 9-11 was true leadership.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Anywhere with my husband. Can I say that? We do love going on cruises, but we don’t do it very often.

Do you have a dedicated place to write, or a nook or corner of a room, or the kitchen table?
When my daughters married and left home, I turned one of the bedrooms into my office. I love it.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
That’s easy. Tell all their friends. Request their local library to add it to their collection. Leave reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and other sites on the Internet (This one is very important.)

Please tell us a little about your novel, A Heart’s Gift.
Because of an earlier betrayal, Franklin vows never to open his heart to another woman. But he desires an heir. When Lorinda is finally out from under the control of men who made all the decisions in her life, she promises herself she will never allow a man to control her again. But how can she provide for her infant son? Marriage seems like the perfect arrangement until two people from Franklin's past endanger Lorinda. How can he save her? And how will this affect the way they feel about each other?

Where can readers find you online? 
Website 
Blog
Pinterest
Facebook
Twitter
Official Fan Page
Goodreads
Blogtalk Radio, The Lena Nelson Dooley Show
LinkedIn 
Instagram
Amazon Author Page

Where can readers purchase A Heart’s Gift
Amazon - Paperback 
Amazon - Kindle 

Any parting comment? 
Thank you for stopping by.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters are not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
Why would you like to win a copy of my book?

Lena, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Lena is offering an eBook copy of A Heart’s Gift to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through March 14, 2017 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 Restoration of the Heart by June Foster is Melissa. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 



My latest book has released - With Good Intentions, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

June Foster, Romantic Suspense Novella


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RESTORATION OF THE HEART
by June Foster

An award-winning author, June Foster is a retired
June Foster
teacher with a BA in education and MA in counseling. Her characters find themselves in tough situations but overcome through God's power and the Word. She writes edgy topics wrapped in a good story. To date, she's seen fourteen contemporary romances published. Find June online at her website.
 


Welcome, June. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
In my story, the heroine always felt she was dumpy and unattractive, yet the handsome contractor-hero found her refreshingly attractive. I'd like the reader to ponder how God doesn't look at our outer appearance but at the person we are inside. And when one has the Lord in his life, he/she is beautiful within.

What’s your favorite place you have visited?
One of my favorite places is St. Elmo, a silver mining ghost town northwest of Salida, Colorado. St. Elmo is the real life location which sparked my story Restoration of the Heart, a fictional ghost town named Silver Cliff in which my hero and heroine work together and fall in love.

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad?
I definitely type on my computer and if there were no such things as computers, I'd use a typewriter. I'm not sure how authors of old managed to write such wonderful works by hand. 

Lighting Round
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains
Y’all or You Guys? You guys
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? dinner rolls
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? summer
Laptop or Desktop? laptop
Mug or teacup? Mug

Please tell us a little about your novel, Restoration of the Heart
Though a Christian, Luke Chamberlain ignored his values and indulged in his beautiful fiancé's world of alcohol, parties, and nights at her apartment. After
rededicating his life to the Lord, he vows never to fall into the lifestyle again. When the state of Idaho's Tourism Department offers his construction company the contract to renovate Silver Cliff, an 1890's silver mining ghost town, he accepts.

Janie Littleton studied history in college because life in the past is simpler than the uncomfortable reality of the present. With her extra pounds, eye glasses, and mousy brown hair, no man would find her attractive. When she's offered the job of project historian at the restoration of Silver Cliff, she accepts. But as Luke Chamberlain shows an interest in her, she doubts his sincerity. To make matters worse, someone claiming to be the miner who founded Silver Cliff in 1890 intimidates her with frightening midnight visits.

Can Luke convince Janie he's in love with the godly woman she is? Can Janie hold onto her faith as she's harassed by frightening appearances of old Ezra Barclay who died a hundred years ago?

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Amazon Author Page  
Twitter
Facebook  

Where can readers purchase Restoration of the Heart
Amazon

Any parting comment? 
On the cover, my editor used one of my pictures I took at St. Elmo and inserted a picture of the heroine. So exciting to see my photography on the cover! 

Congratulations on having your photography on your book cover! Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters are not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
In my story, Janie Littleton had always thought herself ugly, but the hero saw beauty. Have you ever known someone who may have been unattractive by worldly standards, but the more you knew this person, the more he or she became beautiful to you?

June, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. June is offering an eBook copy of Restoration of the Heart to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through March 7, 2017 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 With Each New Dawn by Gail Kittleson is Ann K. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 




My latest novella has released - With Good Intentions. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.







Thursday, February 23, 2017

Gail Kittleson, Women’s Historical Fiction


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WITH EACH NEW DAWN
by Gail Kittleson


Having taught college expository writing and English
Gail Kittleson
as a Second Language, Gail now writes women’s historical fiction, and enjoys facilitating writing workshops and retreats. She and her husband live in northern Iowa, where they enjoy grandchildren, gardening, walking and photography. In winter, the Arizona Ponderosa pine forest provides fresh novel fodder. 



Welcome, Gail. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
I’d dine with a World War II S.O.E. agent (British Secret Operations Executive). These ordinary British, French, Polish and American citizens risked everything for the cause. Leaving behind loved ones and everything they held dear, they accepted hardships that seem at times beyond belief. 

Try to imagine the Gestapo pulling out all your toenails, for example. But that particular agent still didn’t give away any secrets to the enemy.

We all take certain risks, but usually they don’t endanger our very existence. So many soldiers in the Second World War hazarded their lives. So did secret agents, and the harrowing deprivations they endured incite respect and awe. Their utter commitment to secrecy even decades after the fact, astounds me—many carried their unrewarded service with them to the grave.  

Please describe yourself with three words.
Spontaneous: some organized folks would choose other descriptors for this quality, but I’ve learned to appreciate my tendency toward being impetuous. Sure makes life interesting.

Word-focused: I’m far from focused in some areas, but with my writing or editing for others, I concentrate so totally that sometimes I forget to eat. I dream in color about my characters. As far as editing goes, I enjoy that part of being an author almost as much as creating stories. 

Aging: Not very exciting, right? But this dimension of my life becomes a little more acceptable with time’s passage. I am aging—who isn’t? And with aging come some perks—self-acceptance, not allowing others’ opinions to tamper with my creativity, and a penchant for enjoying the moment.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
This is difficult for someone who even likes editing. I’d say, though, that the magical quality of having a character become real ranks right up there. Suddenly, this woman from the 1940’s appears, and I take a step back to consider her. Then she starts whispering her story, and I’m impossibly hooked. Who is she? Where did she come from? It’s an amazing process.

What can your readers expect from you next?
I’m hard at work on the sequel to With Each New Dawn. One thing I’ve noticed is how my skills have increased. I probably wouldn’t have tackled what I’m attempting with this book even a year or two ago. It’s exciting and encouraging to know you can really grow as a writer, that you’re not staying the same. 

Please tell us a little about your novel, With Each New Dawn. 
American Kate Isaac grieves her husband, awaits their child’s birth, and welcomes her best friend Addie
to war-torn London. But after her miscarriage, a meeting with mysterious Monsieur le Blanc launches her into Britain’s Secret Operations Executive (SOE). In late 1943, Kate parachutes into Southern France to aid the Resistance.

Domingo, a grieving Basque mountain guide-turned-saboteur, meets her parachute drop, tends her injured ankle, and carries her to safety. Reunited a few months later, they discover the dying Monsieur le Blanc who reveals his familial connection to Kate.

In the shadow of the Waffen SS, Domingo and Kate find his younger brother Gabirel missing. While Domingo seeks Gabirel, Domingo’s parish priest, Père Gaspard, creates a new identity for Kate.

United once again, Kate and Domingo subject their mutual attraction to the cause. But can mere human will and moral courage change the war’s tide and forge a future for them?

Where can readers find you online? 
Website
Facebook
Amazon Author Page 

Where can readers purchase With Each New Dawn? 
Amazon

Any parting comment?
Thanks for having me visit, Jo. It’s always fun to think about our work and what led us to where we are. 

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters are not required to answer to be entered in the book drawing.)
Readers, on your own journeys, what stands out as the key factor to following your present path?

Gail, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Gail is offering a print copy of With Each New Dawn to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through February 28, 2017 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 Chance in Maine by Joi Copeland is Ann. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 



My latest novella has released - With Good Intentions! Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.







Thursday, February 16, 2017

Joi Copeland, Christian Fiction Romance


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CHANCE IN MAINE
by Joi Copeland


Joi Copeland is married to a wonderful man, Chris,
and has three amazing boys, Garrison, Gage, and Gavin. She lives in Denver, Colorado, but within the year, hopes to be living in Galway, Ireland.

Joi’s love of writing began at a young age. She wrote short stories for several years, and in 2009, she began writing her first novel, Hope for Tomorrow. Joi’s latest novel is Chance in Maine, and in a month’s time, it should be available on Amazon.com


Welcome, Joi. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book? Redemption, forgiveness, and hope. These three are very important in most, if not all, of my books.

What’s your favorite place you have visited? 
Ireland! 

What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will? 
Thriller. 

Lighting Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains
Y’all or You Guys? Both!
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Biscuits
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Winter! :)
Laptop or Desktop? Laptop
Mug or teacup? Both

Please tell us a little about your novel, Chance in Maine.
When he met her, everything in his world of silence began to change.


Chance Carmichael’s accident two years ago not only shattered in his life, it shattered his faith. Tired of living with the pitying looks, he leaves his hometown in Virginia and ventures north. Anger and bitterness remain his constant companions until he stumbles across Shamrock Inn. Will he find the peace his soul desperately longs for?

Amanda Lin loves her life in Camden, Maine, and working at the Shamrock Inn. Her parents move to Denver, Colorado, leaving an empty space in her heart, and loneliness threatens to engulf her. Will she find the love her heart deeply desires or will she remain in a state of constant loneliness?

Where can readers find you online? 
Website
Amazon Author Page
Facebook

Where can readers purchase Chance in Maine? 
In a month’s time, it should be available on Amazon.com

Any parting comment? 
Thank you so much for having me!

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
 Is there a place you’ve been to that has been a healing balm to your soul?

Joi, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Joi is offering an eBook copy of Chance in Maine to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through February 21, 2017 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 Colorado Columbine by Darlene Franklin is Nancy. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


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On my website, you can read the first chapters of all my novels and novellas.


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Darlene Franklin, Historical Romance Novella


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COLORADO COLUMBINE
by Darlene Franklin

Best-selling hybrid author Darlene Franklin's greatest
Darlene Franklin
claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. This year she expects to reach fifty unique titles in print and she’s also contributed to more than twenty nonfiction titles. Her column, “The View Through my Door,” appears monthly in Bookfun Magazine. Her most recent titles are Colorado Columbine and Love's Turning Point.



Welcome, Darlene. What is your favorite dessert? 
Let’s see. A tossup between pie—blueberry or pecan, please—or an ice cream sundae. Favorite: turtle sundae on peanut butter cup ice cream.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so how often do you get it? How do you fix it?
“Professional” writers can’t afford writer’s block. We sit down and write. If we don’t like what we write, we fix it.

Having said that, I do have times when I sit and stare into thin air. What do you do when you discover you’ve written two almost identical chapters? How do you describe a stiff back posture that indicates someone is proud or scared or determined? 

But that thinking time counts as writing. When I’m writing my rough draft, I don’t worry about getting it right. I just spill the words on paper. Most of the time, it’s pretty good.

What was the main inspiration for the new book? Had the idea been on your mind for a while or just popped into it one day?
The Colorado Columbine story is one of my favorites. I’ve become a fan of word search puzzles. When I worked on a page about state flowers, I thought, “that would make a fun book series.” My publisher, Forget Me Not Romances, has since published nearly 30 books in the American State Flower series.

I chose Colorado for two reasons. First of all, Colorado is the home of my heart. Second of all, I lived in Denver at the time of the Columbine shootings. I considered writing a novella centered around that, but decided to go with a historical story. Colorado school children chose the blue columbine as the state flower in 1899. I decided to make my heroine one of those school children. Then I looked at events in Colorado’s history from 1900-1910 and discovered a children’s home, which once helped my family was founded at that time. Voila!  In some ways, it’s a very personal story.

Lighting Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains?
Mountains! I moved from the ocean (Maine) to the mountains (Colorado) with stops along the way. They both do similar things for my spirit, reminding me of how great God is. For geography, give me the rocky coast or the majestic Rockies, and not Oklahoma’s flat plane where I now live. (However, Oklahoma has something even more important: GRANDCHILDREN.)

Please tell us a little about your novel, Colorado Columbine.
THE RICH MAN AND THE ORPHAN 

Garnet Harvey graduates from an orphanage and lands a job as a nanny for three motherless girls. Chester Paul, a wealthy businessman, lost his wife in childbirth. After a long period of mourning, he hires a nanny to take care of his children while he works in the city. He remains
involved in the girls’ daily lives, and comes to care for their new caregiver. When Garnet’s guardian discovers the situation, she insists on a trial separation. If their feelings remain strong, how can
Garnet be introduced to Chester’s social circle? How will secrets from Garnet’s past affect their growing love for each other? Is it strong enough to grow as beautiful as the Colorado Columbine?

To the right is a picture Darlene colored of her story's heroine in a fancy dress inspired by the colors of the Columbine.

Where can readers find you online?
Website and blog
Facebook
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Twitter: @darlenefranklin

Where can readers purchase Colorado Columbine
Amazon

Any parting comment? 
Thanks for having me as a guest on your blog today, Jo! 

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters are not required to answer to be entered in the book drawing.)
What’s your state flower?

Darlene, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Darlene is offering an eBook copy of Colorado Columbine to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through February 14, 2017 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 Second Chance Love by Pam Meyers is Melanie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


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