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“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.” Isaiah 40:31 (NIV)

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Stranded


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Leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, November 25, 2014 to be entered in the DRAWING for an eBook 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. Read book giveaway details at Disclaimers. Please leave your email address. Winner announced in next Thursday's blog post. 





STRANDED by Don and Stephanie Prichard



Stephanie is an army brat who lived in many countries around the world and loved it. She met her husband at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she majored in English/Literature. She and Don have lived in Indianapolis, IN, for forty years, and in retirement have turned to co-authoring novels now that their three children are busy raising a beautiful crop of grandchildren for them.



Welcome, Stephanie. Your husband wrote Stranded and then invited you to join him. Why did you say yes?

I have to admit at first I was skeptical. Don loves movies but seldom reads books, so how could he write one? I figured I’d just correct the spelling and grammar errors and let it go at that. However, once I read his manuscript I discovered all that movie-watching had made him into a fantastic storyteller. We started discussing changes to strengthen the book and found working together so much fun that, well, I became his co-author!


What attracted you to the story?

I love stories about survival, especially in a wilderness where you have to get down to the basics of simply staying alive. Being stranded on a jungle island not only created that edge-of-the-seat suspense, but the relationships between the four castaways and their spiritual struggles added depth to the story.


What benefits did the story gain from the two of you writing it?

The male and female perspectives. I’d compose a chapter and read it to Don and sometimes he’d say, “Men don’t think that way.” Similarly, I’d read what he wrote and say, “That’s insulting to women.” We think that between the adventure and the relationships, the story is one both men and women will enjoy.


Please tell us a little about your novel.

Sure! Here’s a brief description of Stranded: A Novel:



All Marine Corps reservist Jake Chalmers wants is to give his dying wife a last, romantic cruise to the Philippines. Unable to save her in a mass murder aboard ship, he washes ashore a jungle island, where he discovers three other survivors. Heartbroken that he failed to save his wife, he is determined not to fail these helpless castaways.


Federal prosecutor Eve Eriksson rescues a young girl and her elderly great-aunt from the same ship. They badly need Jake's survival skills, but why is he so maddeningly careful? She needs to hurry home to nail a significant career trial. And, please, before Jake learns her secret that she's responsible for his wife's death. 



Where can readers purchase Stranded?

It’s available as an e-book for only $2.99 at http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00OQGJBUY




Where can readers find you online?



 

Any parting comment?

Just a big hug and thank-you for featuring us on your blog, Jo!


Stephanie, you’re so welcome. Glad to have you visit with my readers and me with information about your novel. One of the commenters on this post will receive an eBook copy of Stranded, which you have offered. 




The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Under the Silk Hibiscus by Alice Wisler is Melanie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.



Till next time … keep on smiling.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Alice Wisler Novel


POSTS ABOUT BOOKS BY CHRISTIAN AUTHORS. BOOK GIVEAWAYS EACH WEEK.


Leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, November 18, 2014 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. Read book giveaway details at Disclaimers. Please leave your email address. Winner announced in next Thursday's blog post.



UNDER THE SILK HIBISCUS by Alice Wisler




We welcome Alice Wisler as guest blogger today. Alice has authored four contemporary novels published by Bethany House:  Rain Song (Christy Finalist), How Sweet It Is (Christy Finalist), Hatteras Girl and A Wedding Invitation, and Still Life in Shadows by River North/Moody. Her newest novel, Under the Silk Hibiscus (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas) is her first historical romance. 
 

Since the death of her four-year-old son, Alice teaches grief-writing workshops and her devotional, Getting out of Bed in the Morning:  Reflections of Comfort in Heartache (Leafwood), covers the many losses we face and how God sustains us through each one. In 2012, Alice and her husband started a business, Carved By Heart, where they carve memorial plaques/remembrances, house number signs, bird feeders, rustic clocks, and other home d├ęcor. Her website is:  http://www.alicewisler.com





Alice J. Wisler’s novel, Under the Silk Hibiscus

Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas

Release date: November 11, 2014

Available at Amazon 


During World War Two Nathan and his family are sent to Heart Mountain, an internment camp in Wyoming for Japanese-Americans. Nathan's one desire is to protect the family's gold pocket watch, a family heirloom brought over from Japan. He fails; the watch is stolen. Struggling to make sense of his life in a bleak camp as the only responsible man of the household, Nathan discovers truths about his family, God, and the girl he loves.



From Alice:



This novel takes place in an internment camp in Wyoming where many Japanese-Americans were sent after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. There's upheaval, frustration, pain, and sorrow.  Families are separated.  Some members are accused of being spies, like Nathan Mori's father.



To balance the discrimination that evolved during this time period, I had to rely on humor and romance.



One of the most fun relationships I enjoyed crafting was between the main character, Nathan, and his aunt Kazuo. Even though she's single and has no children of her own, Aunt Kazuo knows how to keep Nathan and his brothers in line.  But even she knows a body can't live on hard work alone. She loves cookies and keeps morsels in her sweater sleeves, taking them out when she needs “a pep".



And of course, there's young romance. Nathan dreams of the lovely singer, Lucy, and wants her to notice him, but she seems more interested in his older brother, Ken.



There are two characters which are not people---one is Heart Mountain, the mountain viewed every day from those in the barracks at the camp.  Then there is the Mori family's coveted gold watch, a family heirloom from Japan.



So the questions form:  Will Nathan get the girl?  What happens to the family heirloom during the war and after the war ends? Does Nathan's father return?  How does war and discrimination change hearts?  How does God's love prevail?



Recipe from Under the Silk Hibiscus:


My character, Aunt Kazuo, is all about eating a cookie . . . or two.  She often says she needs “a pep” to pep her up.  Here is her cookie recipe for raisin cookies, sure to add fun to anyone’s day.


Recipe for Aunt Kazuo’s Oatmeal Raisin Cookies (1946)


1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

¼ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ cup shortening

1 cup sugar

1 egg

 1 ½ cups rolled oats

2/3 cup buttermilk

½ cup chopped nuts

1 cup seedless raisins


Cream shortening, blend in sugar and add egg. Beat until smooth and light.  Sift flour with salt, soda and cinnamon.  Stir half the flour in with egg mixture; add milk, the rest of flour, and then oats, nuts and raisins.  Stir till well mixed.  Drop from a teaspoon onto a buttered baking sheet and bake at 400 degrees F. for 10 minutes or until nicely browned.  Yields about 36 cookies.



Links to find Alice online:





Alice’s Patchwork Quilt Blog:  http://www.alicewisler.blogspot.com/




The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of A Side of Faith by Krista Phillips is Merry. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.



Till next time … keep on smiling.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Contemporary Romance


My Sweet Southern Romance novels and inspirational nonfiction books are shown in the left sidebar. Details about my books can be found on my Books page. Please visit my inspirational blog, Lifelines.

Here are a few comments about my novels:
"I highly recommend [Jo's books] to readers of all different genres." --Deanna 
"...your books are great stories.  And very uplifting." --Jeanie
"I was able to lose myself in the characters, to become one of them." --Ann K
And about my nonfiction books, readers commented:
"All in all, I think this book has helped make me a better person." --Ann H
"...provides a daily spiritual tonic and hope." --Carolyn
"…these words provide inspiration at its highest level…." --Walter

Continue reading and discover interviews with and articles by Christian writers. Learn about their latest books.

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POSTS ABOUT BOOKS BY CHRISTIAN AUTHORS. BOOK GIVEAWAYS EACH WEEK 


Leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, November 11, 2014 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. Read book giveaway details at Disclaimers. Please leave your email address. Winner announced in next Thursday's blog post.


A SIDE OF FAITH by Krista Phillips

Krista Phillips is the author of Sandwich, with a Side of Romance and A Side of Faith. She enjoys life with her husband and their four beautiful daughters in Tennessee. She is an advocate for congenital heart defect and organ donation awareness and blogs at www.kristaphillips.com. 


Welcome, Krista. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
Mary, Jesus' mother. Seriously, being a mom to God's son? I have so many how-to-be-a-good-mom questions I'd love to ask her!!

Please tell us a little about your novel, A Side of Faith.
I'd love to! A Side of Faith is a novella sequel to my first novel, Sandwich, with a Side of Romance.

He is everything she never wanted...
Rachel Carter is on top of the world. A new job in a new town, friends, and a house to call her own. Men? Eh, someday. And when the time comes, she’ll go for a nice safe geek or something. She will NOT be repeating the mistakes of her youth.

But then Cameron Foster comes knocking on her door, reminding her of the man she vows never to think of again.

God wouldn’t send her a man who reminds her of everything she is trying to put behind her...would He?

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
You know, my daughter and I had a great discussion about this. She read my book and did a book report on it for school (she thinks it's cool that her mom writes!) Anyway, we were talking about the takeaway message of the book, and she told me that it was not to judge someone by how they look on the outside.

I thought about that for a bit. There is definitely that element in there, but it goes much deeper too. Rachel didn't just judge Cameron because of his hair color or height. She let what she'd gone through in the past dictate how she was going to live her present. She put limits on God, instead of allowing him full reign in her life.

That's what I hope readers get out of the book. That your past should stay in the past, and to keep your heart open to what God has for you today.  

Where can readers find you online?
I LOVE to connect with readers!
You can find me on...

Where can readers purchase A Side of Faith?
A Side of Faith is available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Kobo.

Any parting comment?
Thank you so much, Jo, for being such a gracious hostess today! I enjoyed sharing a little about my book with you all!

You’re welcome. Glad to have you visit with my readers and me! One of the commenters to this post will be randomly drawn to win a copy of A Side of Faith, which you’ve offered.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of A White Christmas in Webster County by Laura Hilton is Marilyn W. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Amish Novel

My Sweet Southern Romance novels and inspirational nonfiction books are shown in the left sidebar. Details about my books can be found on my Books page.

Here are a few comments about my novels: "I highly recommend [Jo's books] to readers of all different genres." --Deanna"...your books are great stories.  And very uplifting." --Jeanie; "I was able to lose myself in the characters, to become one of them." --Ann;. And about my nonfiction books, readers commented: "All in all, I think this book has helped make me a better person." --Ann; "…provides a daily spiritual tonic and hope." --Carolyn; "…these words provide inspiration at its highest level…." --Walter.

Continue reading and discover interviews with and articles by Christian writers. Learn about their latest books.

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Postings about books by Christian authors. Book giveaways each week. 


Leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, November 4, 2014 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. Read book giveaway details at Disclaimers. Please leave your email address. Winner announced in next Thursday's blog post.


A WHITE CHRISTMAS IN WEBSTER COUNTY by Laura Hilton


Award winning author, Laura Hilton, her husband, Steve, and their five children make their home in Horseshoe Bend, Arkansas. She is a pastor’s wife, a stay-at-home mom and home-schools three of her children. Her two oldest children are homeschool graduates and are in college. Laura is also a breast cancer survivor.



Her publishing credits include three books in the Amish of Seymour series from Whitaker House: Patchwork Dreams, A Harvest of Hearts (winner of the 2012 Clash of the Titles Award in two categories), and Promised to Another. The Amish of Webster County series, Healing Love (finalist for the 2013 Christian Retail Awards), Surrendered Love and Awakened Love. A nonAmish book Swept Away will release November 2014 from Abingdon Press. She is contracted for another three book Amish series with Whitaker House, The Amish of Jamesport series, begins in November 2014 with The Snow Globe, The Postcard in June 2015, and The Bird House in September 2015, and A White Christmas in Webster County (Amish) released in September 2014. Laura is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and a professional book reviewer for the Christian market, with over a thousand book reviews published at various online review sites.



If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?

That is a hard question. Right now my Bible study is focused on “the beginning.” We’re up to Cain and Abel, where Cain’s sacrifice was rejected. The Bible doesn’t say why. I know fruits and vegetables were acceptable sacrifices later in time… were they not then? Being a writer, and in character’s heads, I am curious what he was thinking. What did he choose to sacrifice? Why did he choose that? If it was a bad quality, why did he offer that to God? How did he feel (other than angry) about the rejection?  Did he later repent (for everything)? So many questions….  If it isn’t a bad guy, then maybe one or both of the sisters, Mary and Martha.



Please tell us a little about your novel, A White Christmas in Webster County.

Wanting to relocate from Shipshewana to somewhere new, Mercy Lapp answered an ad in The Budget to work as a mother’s helper for Matthew and Shanna Yoder in Seymour, Missouri. Mercy relocated from Shipshewana to give herself space and time to heal after the death of her beau in a fishing trip on Lake Michigan. Abner Hilty fled Shipshewana to Montana to work on a ranch after he and his twin brother witnessed a murder. Now that the killer is safely behind bars, Abner decides to visit his brother Abram in Missouri where he’d settled with his bride of one month. Mercy is surprised to see Abner there, and equally surprised by how much he’d changed physically since she’d last seen him. Even though the two live in different districts they occasionally see each other in town and form a fledging friendship. As Christmas approaches, an unexpected heavy snow lets Abner and Mercy spend a lot of time together in wintertime fun. Abner hopes to interest Mercy in a more permanent relationship. But then Mercy has a potentially life changing discovery. Will she return to Shipshewana to answer the summons of the past? Or settle in a new place?



What takeaway value do you want your readers to have? 

I am not going to venture a guess what takeaway God has for the reader. But what I took away is “Be still and know that I am God.”



Where can readers find you online?



twitter: @Laura_V_Hilton




Where can readers purchase A White Christmas in Webster County?







Any parting comment? 

Do you like Christmas stories?  Do you buy a new one every year?  Or do you have favorites you read over again each December?  

Thank you, Laura, for offering a copy of your book to one of the commenters of this post.



The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of A Promise to Protect by Patricia Bradley is Chris G. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.



Till next time…keep on smiling.