Thursday, August 17, 2017

Janell Butler Wojtowicz, Contemporary Christian Romance


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EMBRACING HOPE
by Janell Butler Wojtowicz


  2 blog posts today! Be sure to check both.

Janell Butler Wojtowicz, born and raised on an Iowa
Janell Butler Wojtowicz
farm, was one of those kids who loved to write the dreaded “What I did on summer vacation” essay. It’s no surprise that she has spent her entire 30-year career in writing, including journalism, Christian higher education public relations, and local government public information. She is a freelance writer/editor, and a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Janell and her husband, Frank, live in New Brighton, Minnesota. 



Welcome, Janell. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why? 
Catherine Marshall (author of Christy). While I had read Christian fiction as a child, Christy was the first novel that hit me emotionally. I read it in high school, at first intrigued by the title. (Before I was born,  my parents had a daughter, Kristy, who was killed in an accident when she was 16 months old.) The plot hooked me right away, and it continues to hook me 40 years later. I probably read Christy once a year. In addition to discussing Catherine’s extraordinary writing journey, I’d love to talk about her entire life, which is a novel in itself. In fact, I’d love to write that novel!

What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
1) I’m asked all the time how my last name is pronounced: Why-tow-vitch. It’s Polish and means “son of the mayor (of a village).” I still have problems writing it after 24 years of marriage.
2) I was a part of a team in my small town Iowa community that set off Fourth of July fireworks shows during my young and crazy days. Imagine wearing jeans, a long-sleeved and high-collar shirt, socks, closed-toe shoes, and a hat to be shielded from sparks in 90+ degree weather. But what a rush!!!
3) My family genealogy includes Pres. William McKinley (who was assassinated by a crazed anarchist). Note the last name of the main character in Embracing Hope. No, the character does not suffer the same fate. In addition, my kindergarten teacher was Mrs. McKinley.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
I’ve spent 35 years in journalism and public relations, which is predominately non-fiction. I had to work with the facts of reality, sometimes limited, that I was given or researched. Sure, I could be creative, but there were times when what I dealt with was dull (the effects of emerald ash borer), the ending was not happy (murder), and I wished I could tweak reality. With fiction, I make up the people, the plot, and the personalities. If I realize a character doesn’t fit, he’s red-penned (or killed off). I get inside the characters’ worlds and their heads. I insert my personality into characters and tidbits of my life into the plot. Writing fiction has never been dull, I can tweak to my heart’s content, and I create my own happy endings.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
I was published by a small start-up publisher, so the marketing budget is nil. The burden of marketing falls on the shoulders of most small-press and indie authors. Here are some suggestions to help us out.
1) Word of mouth goes a long way. Tell others: family, friends, women who attend your church and Bible study, neighbors, co-workers (when on break, not company time!). Even mention the Christian women’s and romance genres to male acquaintances. Several men have read my book and passed it on to the ladies in their lives.
2) Obviously, use the many forms of social media, including LinkedIn. 
3) Recommend it to local libraries, buy it for your church library, and if you have a Little Free Library in your neighborhood. 
4) Recommend it to independent book stores and gift shops.
5) I’ve noticed women over 60 enjoy the genres, so consider donating to senior centers or care centers.
6) Buy them for gifts: Christmas, birthday, graduation, hostess gifts, get-well.
7) If so led, give a financial gift for advertising; even a few dollars can help authors promote their book.
8) Reviews, reviews, reviews. Whether it’s Amazon, GoodReads, Barnes and Noble, social media, your local newspaper, church newsletter, or library newsletter/web site, reviews are an author’s bread and butter. It doesn’t take much: just a few sentences about what you liked about it, how it touched you, why you recommend it to others, etc.

Please tell us about your novel, Embracing Hope.
Christian college dean Drew McKinley mourns his dead wife and still wears his wedding ring. He
stumbles on a desperate journey to understand God’s motives for her tragic death. Crossing his perilous path is Allison, a graduate student and new employee in the dean’s office. Even as she deals with financial hardships, she recognizes Drew’s unresolved grief from her own loss. Putting up a roadblock is Chris Whitney, the handsome but egotistical student senate president. He carries the secret burden of a dysfunctional family and a below-the-surface temper. The road Drew must navigate is fraught with career upheaval, a reawakening heart, substance and domestic abuse, a violent assault, and the struggle for forgiveness and restoration. Will Drew finish his journey to embrace the hope God offers, the love Allison shares, and the guidance Chris needs, or will he turn his back on all three with catastrophic consequences?

Where can readers find you online?
Twitter
Blog
Author Facebook
Goodreads

Where readers can purchase Embracing Hope?
Amazon
Smashwords
Barnes and Noble Nook
kobo
Contact me (I have author copies.)

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
Did the loss of someone or something ever leave you feeling hopeless and you lost faith in God? How did you overcome it to find hope for your future and rebuild your faith?


Janell, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Janell is offering an eBook copy of Embracing Hope to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through August 22, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.



Last week, everyone was a winner! Lillian Duncan was last week's guest blogger. Lillian offered all readers of her post a free eBook copy of her Devotions from Puzzle House. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book has released – Unraveled, 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.


Laura V. Hilton, Historical Romance


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Married by Mistake
by Laura V. Hilton
Included in
The Second Chance Brides Collection


2 blog posts today! Be sure to check both.


Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after
Laura V. Hilton
author with almost twenty published Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for "Seriously Write" and "Putting on the New."


Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children. 

When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.


Welcome, Laura. What is your favorite dessert?
Cheesecake. Love cheesecake. 

How do people react when they find out you write?    
1. They tell me they always wanted to write and talk about what they would write if they write. 2. They ask me if it’s children’s books. Or 3. They give me a pitying look like I’m really lying and there is no way I’m a published author unless I self-published.

What’s your favorite place you have visited?  
The Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I loved the waterfalls, the great lakes, the lighthouses, the history (forts), the pines, the Coast Guard and so much more. 

Lighting Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Beach. I live in the mountains. 
Y’all or You Guys? Y’all
Biscuits or Dinner Roll?  biscuits
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Winter
Laptop or Desktop?  laptop
Mug or teacup? Both.  I LOVE teacups, but I collect them. I drink from mugs. 


Please tell us a little about your novella, Married by Mistake (included in The Second Chance Brides Collection). 
The Second Chance Brides Collection:

Hope for Happy Endings Is Renewed in Nine Historical Romances

Meet nine women from history spanning from 1776 to 1944 who feel the sting of having lost out on love. Can their hope for experiencing romance again be renewed?

Married by Mistake by Laura V. Hilton - Mackinac Island, 1902:

When a plan to pose for advertising goes awry, Thomas Hale and Bessie O’Hara find themselves legally married. Now Bessie and Thomas must decide whether to continue the charade or walk away. Either choice could ruin them if the truth gets out. 

Where can readers find you online?
Amazon Author Page
My Blogs: Lighthouse Academy and Laura V. Hilton
Twitter
Facebook
Pinterest

Where can readers purchase The Second Chance Brides Collection?  
Amazon
CBD
Barnes and Noble
Deeper Shopping

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Readers not required to answer to be entered in book drawing.)
What is something you collect? 

Laura, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Laura is offering a print copy of The Second Chance Brides Collection to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through August 22, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


Last week, everyone was a winner! Lillian Duncan was last week's guest blogger. Lillian offered all readers of her post a free eBook copy of her Devotions from Puzzle House. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book has released – Unraveled, 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, August 10, 2017

Lillian Duncan, Free Book!


Leave a comment on THIS post through Tuesday, August 15, 2017 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. 



DEVOTIONS FROM PUZZLE HOUSE
by Lillian Duncan



Lillian Duncan…Stories of faith mingled… with murder & mayhem.


Lillian Duncan
Lillian is a multi-published author who lives in the middle of Ohio Amish country with her husband and a menagerie of pets. After more than 30 years working as a speech pathologist for children, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.

Lillian writes the types of books she loves to read—fast-paced suspense with a touch of romance that demonstrates God’s love for all of us. To learn more about Lillian, you may visit her website, her Tiaras and Tennis Shoes blog, and her devotional blog.


Please enjoy the following article by Lillian Duncan.


Nothing Stays The Same
by Lillian Duncan

“I write Christian suspense and mystery.”

That was my answer when people asked me what I wrote, but in life nothing stays the same. And that’s true with my soon-to-be-released book—Puzzle House (Harbourlight Books, October 2017).

Puzzle House is a different sort of book than I usually write, but that makes sense. I’ve been living a different sort of life for more than five years. My life was turned upside down when I was diagnosed with brain tumors and a genetic condition known as Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2) in 2012.

During these past several years, I’ve come to understand that nothing can be taken for granted. Except for God and his faithfulness. God has been there with me—every step of the way on this journey I didn’t want to take.

In many ways Puzzle House is the book I didn’t want to write because had I never been diagnosed with the brain tumors, I would never have written this particular story. Since Puzzle House has a much deeper spiritual theme than most of my books, I decided for the first time to write a companion devotional book to go along with my novel—Devotions from Puzzle House.

Nothing stays the same.


Welcome, Lillian. Please tell us a little about your book, Devotions from Puzzle House
Life isn’t a box of candy, it’s a puzzle—lots of pieces
and lots of confusion, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If we do life with God, we can create a beautiful picture with our life, the one God planned for us. So how do we put that puzzle together out of the chaos?

With God, of course.

This book is called Devotions from Puzzle House, but what exactly is Puzzle House? No, it’s not a place but a novel I’ve written. I call Puzzle House the book I never wanted to write! I would never have written it if I hadn’t developed bilateral brain tumors because of a genetic condition called Neurofibromatosis Type 2 (NF2).

It’s been a difficult journey, but God has been and continues to be my strength and my comfort and so I’ve written these devotions to share some of the pieces that have helped me create my life’s puzzle.
Even though Puzzle House is most definitely fiction, these devotions are biblically based and therefore as real as it gets!

And for the next few days, Devotions from Puzzle House is FREE on Amazon. Yes, you read it right—FREE! But you better hurry because nothing stays the same—and that’s true with the FREE price as well!

God bless!


Lillian, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Lillian is offering my readers a free eBook copy of her Devotions from Puzzle House available at Amazon for the next few days.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of A Second Chance by Alexis Goring is Linda. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book has released – Unraveled, 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, August 3, 2017

Alexis Goring, Contemporary Romance Novel


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A SECOND CHANCE
by Alexis Goring


Alexis Goring
Alexis A. Goring is a passionate writer with a degree in Print Journalism and an MFA in Creative Writing. She loves the art of storytelling and hopes that her stories will connect readers with the enduring, forever love of Jesus Christ.


Welcome, Alexis. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
I’d love to eat dinner with President Barack Obama’s family (Barack, Michelle and their daughters) because they are wonderful and I believe God used them to make a wonderful difference in the world during Barack’s eight years as our President. I’d love to hear what they’re doing now and how they are adjusting to “normal” life.

What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
#1: When lost on the cobblestone streets of Italy with my friend and her fiancé, we stumbled upon a beautiful bridal shop and there in the window display was my DREAM wedding dress!
#2: If I weren’t so scared of hurting myself, I’d take ice skating lessons.
#3: I’m a natural in step class at the gym. I love it and can keep up!

What can your readers expect from you next?
Readers can expect two stories published as standalones. One is about a family-owned bakery in the heart of NW Washington, D.C. and focuses on the characters that love it. The other story is about a wedding photographer who’s never been in love until she meets the man who loves her with all of his heart.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Readers who enjoyed reading A Second Chance can help me make it successful by promoting it on social media. “Like” my Author Page on Facebook. Follow me on Twitter. Write good reviews of my book and publish it online (Amazon.com, B&N, Christianbook.com, Books-A-Million etc.). Tell your family, friends, colleagues, pastors…tell everyone you know and encourage them to buy a copy. Request my book whenever you go to a bookstore and ask your local libraries to order it.

Please tell us a little about your novel, A Second Chance.
Newly single food critic and newspaper reporter Traci Hightower is done with dating. After the man of her dreams left her at the altar on their wedding day and ran off with the woman she thought was her best friend, Traci resolves to focus on work and resigns herself to being a bachelorette for life.

Marc Roberts is a political reporter who is known as Mr. Nice Guy, the one who always finishes last. However, Marc’s compassion and kindness are of invaluable help to his newly widowed sister Gina Braxton who is trying to raise her two kids in the wake of her firefighter husband’s death.

Traci and Marc may be the perfect match, but they don’t know it yet. With God’s guidance and the help of Gina’s matchmaking skills honed by her career as a bestselling romance novelist, there is hope for a happily ever after for these two broken hearts.

Where can readers find you online?
Facebook
Twitter
Website
Pinterest
Goodreads
“God is Love” blog

Where can readers purchase, A Second Chance?
Amazon

Any parting comment?
Thanks for the interview, Jo!

Alexis, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Alexis is offering an eBook copy of A Second Chance to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through August 8, 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 Justice Buried by Patricia Bradley is Gloria. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


My latest book has released – Unraveled, 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, July 27, 2017

Patricia Bradley, Romantic Suspense Novel


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JUSTICE BURIED
 by Patricia Bradley 



Winner of an Inspirational Readers’ Choice Award in
Patricia Bradley
Suspense, Patricia Bradley lives in North Mississippi with her rescue kitty, Suzy, and loves to write suspense with a twist of romance. Her Logan Point series is available at all on-line retailers and major bookstores. In September 2017, Justice Buried, the second book in the Memphis Cold Case Novels will release.


Welcome, Patricia. How do people react when they find out you write?
I don’t get a lot of reaction until people discover what I write. Then they look sideways at me and say, “You don’t look like someone who writes about murder.” And I tell them, “But I kill them nicely.”

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad?
I write almost exclusively on the computer. Started out on a portable Royal typewriter, and if I hadn't gotten a computer, I doubt I would have ever written a novel. :) No way could I ever get a clean copy! 

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?
I’m writing a series of novels on cold cases set in Memphis, and the Pink Palace, which is a museum, was such an intriguing place when I grew up that I knew I wanted to set a story there. I contacted them and they gave me an amazing tour of the museum from the attic to the basement, looking for places to hide a body. 

Lighting Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? - I like them both! But if push comes to shove, the beach

Y’all or You Guys? - Definitely Y’all

Biscuits or Dinner Roll? - Dinner roll—homemade 

Spring, summer, winter, or fall? - It used to be fall, but after some of our winters, Spring has sprung ahead.

Laptop or Desktop? - A Macbook Pro Laptop 

Mug or teacup? - MUG. I break teacups.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Justice Buried.
In an effort to get her security consulting business off
the ground, Kelsey Allen has been spending a lot of time up in the air, rappelling down buildings and climbing through windows to show business owners their vulnerabilities to thieves. When she is hired to pose as a conservator at the Pink Palace Museum in order to test their security weaknesses after some artifacts go missing, she's ecstatic. But when her investigative focus turns from theft to murder, Kelsey knows she's out of her league--and possibly in the cross hairs. When blast-from-the-past Detective Brad Hollister is called in to investigate, Kelsey may find that he's the biggest security threat yet . . . to her heart.

Where can readers find you online?
I love connecting with readers on my blog every Tuesday where I have a Mystery Question for them to solve.
Website
Twitter
FaceBook
Pinterest

Where can readers purchase Justice Buried?
Amazon
CBD
B&N
Kobo

Any parting comment? 
Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog! I always love connecting with your readers. And I love your website!

Thanks, Patricia. My pleasure to have you visit. Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters are not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)

From Patricia: Do you  prefer print or e-books?

Patricia, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Patricia is offering one commenter to this blog post a print copy (US mailing address only) of Justice Buried when it comes out in September OR a print copy now of Justice Delayed, the first book in the series.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through August 1, 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 Dawn of Liberty by Amber Schamel is Sally D. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book has released – Unraveled, 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, July 20, 2017

Amber Schamel, Christian Historical Fiction


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DAWN OF LIBERTY
by Amber Schamel


Amber Schamel writes riveting stories that bring
Amber Schamel
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." Her title, Dawn of Liberty, was awarded the 2017 CSPA Book of the Year award in Historical Fiction. She lives in Colorado and spends half her time volunteering in the Ozarks. Visit her online and download a FREE story by subscribing to her Newsletter!



Welcome, Amber. What is your favorite dessert? If you don’t like sweets. What is your favorite meal?
I love ice cream. It’s a family weakness. Chocolate comes next. Have you ever had chocolate covered coffee beans? I declare! Love those things.

How do people react when they find out you write?
Hahaha. I wish I could capture the look on their face. They’re usually surprised. Sometimes doubtful. I’m still pretty young, and I look even younger, so when you’re looking at me going, ‘she’s gotta be...what? Sixteen?’ and then hear I write books. Priceless. 

Very similar to the reaction I get when I tell them I’m 26. They almost don’t believe me. But, hey, I found eternal life when I was 16 and I haven’t aged since. ;)

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad?
I have a beautiful typewriter that a friend gave me, but I rarely use it for writing stories. I use it for letters. 

When it comes to my stories, it’s usually on my faithful laptop who I affectionately call “Qwerty.” If I get stuck, sometimes I’ll pull out the old fashioned notebook to get the creative juices flowing again.

Lighting Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains. Unless you can get both. Ever seen Seattle?

Y’all or You Guys? Both. Because I spend a lot of time in AR and CO, so I end up with both. LOL. 

Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Yes, please. ;) 

Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Fall. 

Laptop or Desktop? Laptop!

Mug or teacup? Mug. Teacups are too tiny for this gal.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Dawn of Liberty
I’m super excited because this title won the 2017 CSPA Book of the year award in April. 

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?
My newsletter first off. That’s where you’ll get the best stuff including a FREE story for signing up. But you’ll find me almost everywhere. I love to chat with readers and make new friends.
Website
Blog - Stitches Thru Time 
Blog - Heroes, Heroines & History
Blog - Amber's HIStory blog    
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Goodreads
Amazon

Where can readers purchase Dawn of Liberty?
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Smashwords
Abe Books

You should also be able to order it from your favorite library or bookstore.

Any parting comment? 
Thank you so much for hosting me, Jo! It’s so fun to stop by your place and chat with you guys.  :) Now I’d love to hear from ya’ll!

What is one thing that surprises most people about you? Or something not everyone would know?

Amber, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Amber is offering an eBook copy of Dawn of Liberty to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through July 25, 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 Mermaid's Song by Darlene Franklin is Anne. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 



My latest book has released – Unraveled, 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, July 13, 2017

Darlene Franklin, Historical Romance (retold fairy tale)


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Leave a comment on THIS post through Tuesday, July 18, 2017 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. 



MERMAID'S SONG
by Darlene Frankliin


Best-selling hybrid author Darlene Franklin's greatest
Darlene Franklin
claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. Mermaid's Song is her fiftieth unique title! She’s also contributed to more than twenty nonfiction titles. Her column, “The View Through my Door,” appears in five monthly venues. Her most recent titles are Seven Brides for Seven Mail-Order Husbands and Acadian Hearts.



Welcome, Darlene. What has no one asked that you would like to share?

I just want to share that Mermaid’s Song is my fiftieth unique title! I am so excited and thrilled that God has brought me this far.

What’s your favorite place you have visited?
I’ve been fortunate to visit a lot of beautiful places. Our family trip to San Antonio is one of my favorite memories. I’ll never forget the awe my daughter felt in touching the dolphin, or the sense of sacredness I felt when I visited the Alamo. We had a lot of fun on the Riverwalk. It was a great trip.

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?
Cynthia Hickey, my editor at Forget Me Not Romances, asked for historical retold fairy tales. My Cinderella's Boot is a contemporary retelling of Cinderella, but it’s part of the Runaway Brides collection. Besides, someone else had already chosen Cinderella.

So I chose the little mermaid, since I could write about my beloved Maine coast to my heart’s content. I decided my heroine was silent because she didn’t speak English. From there, it was a hop skip and a jump to the removal of the Acadians from Canada’s Maritime Provinces as the historical time period.  For those of you not familiar with Longfellow’s Evangeline, the British forcibly removed the French Acadians from the region now known as Canada’s Maritime Provinces during the French and Indian War (before the Revolutionary War).  Many Acadians ended up in Louisiana, where they became known as “Cajuns.” But my heroine is shipwrecked off the coast of Maine.

Lighting Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? mountains
Y’all or You Guys? Y’all
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? biscuits
Spring, summer, winter, or fall?  spring
Laptop or Desktop? Desktop
Mug or teacup? Mug

Please tell us a little about your novel, Mermaid's Song.
Noble Prescott is drawn to the scene of a shipwreck
by a sweet song sung in a language he didn’t understand. The songstress is barely alive, holding onto a piece of the ship’s railing. Her dress wraps around her legs like a mermaid’s tail.

Thus begins this imaginative retelling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale.

Justine Battineaux, an Acadian forced from her homeland on Cape Breton Island by British decree, finds herself adrift in the Maine colony. She doesn’t know the language and is distrusted as a foreigner.

Noble lives up to his name, providing shelter for Justine—and protection, as distrust turns into danger. For himself, his family—and the woman he comes to love.

How will Justine and Noble overcome the evil woman’s schemes to find their own love everlasting?

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

Where can readers purchase Mermaid’s Song?
Amazon

Any parting comment?
Thanks for having me as your guest today!

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
What is your favorite fairy tale?

Darlene, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Darlene is offering an eBook copy of Mermaid's Song to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through July 18, 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 Healing Love by Jennifer Slattery is rubynreba. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book has released – Unraveled, 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.