Thursday, April 16, 2015

Novel, Natalie's Choices

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                 NATALIE’S CHOICES
                    by Linda Robinson
 


Linda Robinson is the author of four published novels. She writes Christian fictional stories of faith, friendship, and family relationships, with romance included. She’s an active member of her local Writers' Forum, ACFW, Scribes, and others. In addition to guest-blogging and writing fiction and non-fiction humorous short stories for magazines and contests, she is working on the third manuscript of her Faith and Family series of novellas depicting young adult Natalie Hudson, and her best friend Tori Rhodes, through high school, college, and careers with families of their own.

 

Welcome, Linda. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
Mike Huckabee. He’s intelligent, witty, a writer, and a warm and friendly Christian man. I loved his television show, and I met him once at his book signing in Dothan, Alabama.


Please tell us a little about your novel, Natalie’s Choices.
Natalie’s Choices is Book One in my Faith and Family series

of novellas set in Vicksburg, Mississippi beginning in 1987. Natalie Hudson comes from a happy home with loving parents who take a special interest in their daughter. Natalie has goals and becoming a veterinarian is top of the list. She makes friends with Tori Rhodes, whose reputation is less than stellar. Tori comes from a single parent environment and is left on her own most of the time while her mother works overtime and tries to make a decent living for the two of them. Teen angst, endless trials, and life altering events abound and threaten the girls’ friendship as consequences unfold from both right and wrong choices. Natalie’s Choices cover won the 2014 cover of the year on the AUTHORSdb website.

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
That love and trust is most important in any relationship, but it’s especially important for parents to teach children about God’s love and forgiveness and show by example how to trust Him with both the little problems as well as the seemingly insurmountable ones. 


Where can readers find you online?
Visit my web site and read my blogs
Facebook
Twitter
Email

Where can readers purchase Natalie’s Choices?
Amazon (both print and Kindle)

Barnes and Noble
My website (to use credit cards)
Email me.
Also my first two published novels are available through Tate Publishing.

Any parting comment?
I love flower gardening. It’s a toss-up as to which I cherish more—writing true-to-life stories about love, or growing beautiful buds and blooms. So these days I juggle my time between taking care of my house, husband, and spoiled little dog, gardening, and writing. I got a late start in my writing career, so I plan to just “write out” the rest of my life in my “write place” (landscaped patio). 


Linda, thanks for visiting with my reader and me. One of the commenters on this post will win a copy of Natalie’s Choices, which you’ve offered.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The Beekeeper's Son by Kelly Irvin is Allie28. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

 
Till next time … keep on smiling. 


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Thursday, April 9, 2015

Kelly Irvin novel

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 THE BEEKEEPER’S SON by Kelly Irvin


Kelly Irvin is the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Hope Amish series. She has also penned two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine. Kelly has been married to photographer Tim Irvin for twenty-six years. They have two young adult children, two cats, and a tank full of fish. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories and read books by her favorite authors.


From the book’s back cover:

Sometimes it takes a barren landscape to see the beauty of God’s creation.

Phineas King knows better than to expect anything but shock and pity wherever he shows his face. Horribly scarred from

the tragic accident that claimed his mother’s life, he chooses to keep his distance from everyone, focusing his time and energy on the bees his family raises. If no one sees him, no one can judge him. So why does he start finding excuses to seek out Deborah Lantz, the beautiful new arrival in town?

Deborah can’t get out of Bee County, Texas, soon enough. Once her mother and younger siblings are settled, she is on the first bus out of this dusty town. She is only waiting on the letter from Aaron, asking her to return to lush Tennessee to be his frau. But that letter never comes. As she spends time getting to know Phineas—hoping to uncover the man beneath the scars—she begins to realize that she no longer minds that Aaron hasn’t sent for her.

As both Deborah and Phineas try to come to terms with lives that haven’t turned out the way they imagined, they discover that perhaps Gott’s plans for them are more extraordinary than they could have dreamed. But they need to let go of their own past sorrows and disappointments to find the joy and beauty that lies just ahead for them both.



From Jo:

A beautiful Amish story of Deborah and Phineas. Both young people have experienced loss and disappointments. Phineas has scarred hands and face and chooses the solitary life of tending his father’s bees rather than see the look of pity Deborah would have when she sees him. He’s certain she can’t be interested in him even as he secretly wants to see her. Deborah has a daunting task to convince Phineas that she loves him despite his disfigurement while at the same time he continues to be convinced he is unlovable. Vivid settings descriptions of a barren south Texas and well developed characterizations of the hero and heroine as well as secondary characters. Kelly Irvin is a superb storyteller.

 

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Persephone’s Fugitive by Dianna T. Benson is Connie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.
 
Till next time … keep on smiling.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Novel, PERSEPHONE'S FUGITIVE


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    PERSEPHONE’S FUGITIVE
 by Dianna T. Benson


Our guest blogger is Dianna T. Benson. Dianna is the award-winning and International bestselling author of The Hidden Son and Final Trimester. Persephone’s Fugitive is her third release. An EMT and a Haz-Mat and FEMA Operative since 2005, Dianna authentically implements her medical and rescue experience and knowledge into all her suspense novels. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and their three children.  

Welcome, Dianna. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
Mother Teresa


Please tell us a little about your novel, Persephone’s Fugitive.

Persephone’s Fugitive is Book Two in the Cayman Islands Trilogy. **Spoiler Alert: Reading this book (including the book blurb) before The Hidden Son (Book One in the trilogy) will ruin the ending of The Hidden Son. However, both books are standalones.

When a routine 911 call turns deadly, Paramedic Sara Dyer finds herself held at gunpoint by Jason Keegan, an injured psych-ward patient charged with murder. The situation spirals out of Sara’s control when the confrontation becomes a tense standoff between Keegan and the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

As Keegan’s hostage, Sara fights to save them both before he blows them up. She realizes his warning to the Cayman police is no empty threat since he’d rather die than spend the rest of his life in a prison cell. Sara soon discovers Keegan is just as determined to survive as she is—provided he can escape Grand Cayman and disappear forever. As she struggles to trust in God’s protection, help from an atheist turns her struggle into a lure away from her faith.

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
In Persephone’s Fugitive (and in all my books), I want readers to see how my characters don’t just “get through” or try to “get over” the difficult stuff in life; instead, my characters accept the pain difficult events in their lives cause them and they move forward with a renewed sense of understanding in themselves, in life, and in God. 


What did you enjoy most about writing this book? Least?
Most: As in with Final Trimester, I loved showing how EMS actually works emergency scenes.


Least: Writing the sad reality—our loved ones should be the people we can trust and count on the most, but too often that isn’t the case. 99% of the time when someone is injured or killed, a loved-one is the violator (not some ominous stranger). When I’m working a homicide scene or an attempted homicide scene, law enforcement is looking first at the family members to question and arrest.  


Where can readers find you online?
My Website


Where can readers purchase Persephone’s Fugitive?
Local bookstores and these online locations:
www.diannatbenson.com
Books-A-Million
Barnes and Noble
Amazon


Any parting comment?
Thank you, Jo, for featuring me and my newest release. I enjoyed our time together on your blog.


Thank you, Dianna, for visiting with my readers. One of the commenters will win a copy of Persephone’s Fugitive, which you have offered.


 

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for an eBook copy of Dandelions for Dinner by Valerie Comer is Diana M. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Novel - Dandelions for Dinner

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DANDELIONS FOR DINNER
by Valerie Comer


Valerie Comer is our guest blogger. Valerie’s life on a small farm in western Canada provides the seed for stories of contemporary inspirational romance. Like many of her characters, Valerie and her family grow much of their own food and are active in the local foods movement as well as their creation-care-centric church. She only hopes her creations enjoy their happily-ever-afters as much as she does hers, shared with her husband, adult kids, and adorable granddaughters.

Valerie writes Farm Lit where food meets faith, injecting experience laced with humor into her award-winning Farm Fresh Romance stories.

 

Valerie, welcome! If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
I'd love to have dinner with Matthew and Nancy Sleeth, who are Christian advocates for creation care. I'm sure conversation would be very interesting and challenging.



Please tell us a little about your novel, Dandelions for Dinner.
Dandelions for Dinner finds man-hater Allison Hart building a house and farm school at Green Acres when she gains custody of her nephew. Too bad contractor Brent Callahan builds a rapport with the boy. Can Brent tear down the walls around her heart or will their secrets push them apart forever?


Dandelions for Dinner is the fourth (of six) novels in the Farm Fresh Romance series, which follows the adventures, romantic and otherwise, of a group of young women who band together to buy a farm where they plan to grow their own food and live as sustainably as possible.


What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
I want readers to laugh, cry, and wish that Allison, Brent, and young Finnley were real people they could love on. I want readers to be reminded that, no matter what is in our past, Jesus loves us, forgives us, and gives us hope for a glorious future.


Where can readers find you online?
My online home is at http://valeriecomer.com. Visitors can join my newsletter list and receive a free Farm Fresh Romance short story, they can read my blog, or they can follow the links to either my books or my social media connections. I love having visitors!


Where can readers purchase Dandelions for Dinner?
Amazon
Nook
iBooks
Kobo


Any parting comment?

If you're intrigued by the idea of a sustainable farming community, I invite you to check out the first book in the series, Raspberries and Vinegar. It is free on all e-book platforms.


Valerie, thank you for spending time with my readers. One of the commenters will an eBook copy of Dandelions for Dinner that you've offered.



The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Love Comes Calling by Deborah Piccurelli 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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Thursday, March 19, 2015

Love Comes Calling novel


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LOVE COMES CALLING
by Deborah M. Piccurelli


After years of reading books and watching movies with an element of romance, Deborah M. Piccurelli’s desire to write romance novels came naturally. She belongs to several writers groups, and is a Christian who is active in her church. Deborah lives in New Jersey with her husband and their two sons.


Welcome, Deborah. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
I would like very much to have dinner with Kenneth Copeland. To me, he is one man of God that can find hidden treasures in Scripture. I learn so much from listening to him.


Please tell us a little about your novella, Love Comes Calling.

 
Here’s a short blurb:


The day new Christian, Derek Spencer, shows up on Charlie Parkes’s doorstep to make up for what he’d done, is the very day he falls in love with her. But Charlie’s sister mistakes him for a home improvement contractor, and he decides to play along until he finds a way to reveal who he really is: The man responsible for the scars she bears from an auto accident two years before.


Charlie is attracted to Derek, but knows the attention he pays her is only flattery. How could such a great-looking guy fall for someone with a face like hers? Nevertheless, the two form a relationship that brings a joy to Charlie that’s way beyond her wildest dreams.


But what will happen when Derek’s true identity is revealed?


I actually wrote this book many years ago. There was a publisher who did anthologies in addition to their regular books. They called for submissions with a theme for each anthology. I chose one called, “A Well-kept Secret,” wrote the book, and sent it on the first day they began accepting manuscripts. The next day, they emailed me back, saying they were no longer publishing that particular collection. 


Shortly afterward, they stopped publishing any anthologies, at all. Then, last year, I heard Prism was running a contest, so I decided on a whim to enter Love Comes Calling. I was so glad to be able to revive it after it sat around all those years, because I truly enjoyed writing it. I was one of three winners in the contest who received the opportunity to submit the full manuscript to Prism, and here I am, now, with a new book release!

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
There are a lot of elements about forgiveness and redemption in this story. The book also touches on salvation and becoming a new believer.


Where can readers find you online?
Website

Twitter or @DebPiccurelli
Facebook
Pinterest


Where can readers purchase Love Comes Calling? 

Amazon

Any parting comment?
I just want to say how grateful I am to our Lord for the opportunity of having this novella published. I never imagined a book I wrote when I knew very little about writing could make the cut. Until I entered the contest. I prayed about it, and then I knew. I just knew.


I also want to thank my editor, Paula Mowery, and Joan Alley, Business Manager and Head Editor of Prism Book Group for believing in me and my work.


Thank you, Deborah, for visiting with my readers. One of the commenters will win an eBook copy of Love Comes Calling, which you have offered.


 
The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Weep in the Night by Valerie Massey Goree is Pamela L. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Weep in the Night


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                 WEEP IN THE NIGHT
                by Valerie Massey Goree


American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award winner

Valerie Massey Goree was born in South Africa and grew up in Rhodesia—now Zimbabwe. She attended a Christian university in the USA and then returned to Zimbabwe with her husband, Glenn, where they served as missionaries.

After they settled back in Texas, Valerie served 25 years in the public school system, focusing on students with special needs. Now retired, she resides in the Texas Hill Country with Glenn, two dogs, two cats, and spends her time writing and spoiling her grandchildren.

Valerie loves to hear from her readers.

If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
I’m going to cheat a little on this question and include more than one person. I’d like to share a meal with my grandparents. All of them died either before I was born, or when I was a baby. I’d love to ask them about their lives and experiences in England, Ireland, Holland, and Australia, and discover why they decided to live in South Africa.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Weep in the Night.
After three years in the witness protection program, Sadie Malone’s

life in Texas is bland and humdrum—until she meets a new co-worker. Bowen Boudine ignites a flame in Sadie’s long-dormant heart, but when she discovers he knows her true identity, she attempts to flee. He thwarts her escape and reveals the reason he’s been sent to locate her.

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

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
A thread through all my novels is forgiveness. Sadie has to overcome her grievances toward God, in a sense forgive him for perceived injustices, and she helps Bowen recognize that God offers forgiveness to all who seek Him. Whatever trials we face, we must remember that God does not promise us no storms in this life. But he does promise to meet us in the storm and help us overcome.

Another takeaway is the value of family. Treasure each person because we never know how long they will be part of our lives.

Where can readers find you online?
My website

Facebook author page

I also contribute to Catherine Leggitt’s blog which addresses topics that affect ‘A Woman My Age’. I write under the section, My Mother, My child.

Where can readers purchase Weep in the Night?
Publisher

Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Books A Million
ChristianBook

Any parting comment?
I’m working on the sequel to Weep in the Night. It’s a standalone story, featuring some of the same characters, the same organization, but a brand new hero and heroine.

Thank you, Valerie, for visiting with my readers. One of the commenters will win a copy of Weep in the Night, which you have offered.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Star Song by Katheryn Haddad is Maxie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.




Thursday, March 5, 2015

The novel, STAR SONG

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STAR SONG
      by Katheryn Maddox Haddad

Our guest blogger is Katheryn Maddox Haddad. Katheryn

grew up in the northern United States and now lives in Arizona where there is no snow. She lives with her palm trees, cacti, music, and a computer with most of the letters worn off.

With a bachelor’s degree in English, Bible and social science from Harding University and part of a master’s degree in Bible, including Greek, from the Harding Graduate School of Theology, she also has a master’s degree in management and human relations from Abilene University.


She is a member of Christian Writers of the West and American Christian Fiction Writers, and is also an energetic public speaker who can touch the heart of audiences.

Welcome, Katheryn. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be and why?
I would like to have dinner with a Christian martyr a few days or even hours before s/he is executed, especially if it is by torture (burning at stake, etc.). Actually, I doubt there would be any eating. Perhaps there wouldn’t be any conversing either. Perhaps I could listen in on their prayers. I think I would weep for them, but they would tell me not to weep, for their pain will be for a moment compared to living with God forever. To be in the company of such a one would be life changing.



Please tell us a little about your novel, STAR SONG.
Come meet the people who met Jesus. You are one of them. Probably

you are several of them. Go ahead and struggle with him as they did. Laugh. Cry. Do mental battle with him. Emotional battle too. Fight for your faith as they fought.  Pause to listen for what you've never heard before. Then touch Jesus.

This is the story of faith in the impossible. Hope in the inconceivable. Love for the invincible. It is the dreams of youth, the desperations of infirmity, the hopes of age, and the song of eternity.

Follow the suspense as each person in Jesus’ life comes to terms with who they are, and who Jesus is. It is the story of doubts explained away, animosities melted away, misunderstandings cleared away. It is your story and mine. For deep within each of us is everyone who ever met and struggled with Jesus.         

Mary was too young, Elizabeth too old, Joseph too gullible, the shepherds too smelly, Anna too senile, Simeon too idealistic, Salome too flippant. The wise men should have minded their own business, Zechariah should have accepted he'd never have children. King Herod dared control God, the Bible scholars dared interpret God.


What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
STAR SONG is dedicated to “everyone who has ever doubted.” It is book one in a series of eight lyrical novels on the life of Christ—Soul Journey With the Real Jesus— and 100 people who met and struggled with them.


Life is hard. Jesus was not born in order to create romances in the snow, bright lights, and parties. Jesus was born into a world where Herod’s spies were everywhere, and he killed three sons, a wife and numerous others to protect his crown. The people involved in Jesus’ birth were not always strong, but they did what they could. They did not always understand, but as their part in Jesus’ infancy unfolded, they were courageous. Anyone of them could have been you.


Where can readers find you online?
My website
Webpage about STAR SONG

Pinterest about STAR SONG
Video #1 about STAR SONG
Video #2 about STAR SONG  
Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes and Noble:  “Katheryn Maddox Haddad”
Email:  Haddad1940@yahoo.com
Facebook


Where can readers purchase STAR SONG?

Amazon

Katheryn, thank you for visiting with my readers. One of the commenters on this blog post will win an eBook copy of STAR SONG, which you have offered.

 
The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The Vigil by Marian Pellegrin Merritt is Britney. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


Have you visited my inspirational blog, Lifelines? I welcome all comments whether you agree or disagree with me. In the right sidebar on that blog you can sign up to follow the blog and never miss when a new post goes up. While there, you can also sign up to receive my newsletter and be eligible for book giveaways. I post on Lifelines on Mondays and hope you’ll visit me there.