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

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Pam Meyers, Contemporary Romance


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SECOND CHANCE LOVE
by Pam Meyers


A native of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, author Pamela S. Meyers lives in suburban Chicago with her two
Pamela S. Meyers
rescue cats. Her novels include Thyme for Love and her historical romance, Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Her novella. What Lies Ahead, is part of a novella collection, The Bucket List Dare, which is now available at Amazon in both print and Kindle formats. Second Chance Love from Bling!, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, has released this month. When she isn’t at her laptop writing her latest novel, she can often be found nosing around Wisconsin and other Midwestern spots for new story ideas.



Welcome, Pam. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?  
That is a difficult question to answer. There are so many intriguing people in history and current times. But I think I’ll say my great-grandfather on my father’s side. Oscar Bancroft strikes me as being a bit eccentric in many ways from what I’ve read, but he was also very creative. He was a photographer by trade and owned a portrait studio around the turn of the Century (1899-1900). He was also an inventor and applied for several patents, and he was adventurous. After my great-grandmother died, he packed up and moved from Ohio to California to stay with his eldest daughter from his first marriage (he was a widower when he married my g-grandmother). I’d want to pick his brain and discuss creative things and share with him how the creative gene that began even before him in our family line had passed down from him, to my dad, and then to me. It would be a very interesting meal.

Please describe yourself with three words.  
Loyal, Determined, Teachable

What is your favorite Bible verse?
I have many Bible verses I call my favorites, but the one that I have claimed for 2017 is Titus 2: 11-13 (NIV):  "For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ."

What can your readers expect from you next?  
I’m currently plotting a sequel to Second Chance Love and am also involved in a novella collection with several other authors from my online writers group. It’s theme is Tiny Houses. We are going to indie (independently) publish these stories.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?  
Word of mouth is the best way to increase a book’s awareness and sales. If you read it and like it, please leave a review at the book’s Amazon page and tell your friends about it. Mention it on your Facebook Page or on Twitter and any social media you are involved in. Thanks in advance for helping me!

Please tell us a little about your novel, Second Chance Love.
Chicago lawyer Sydney Knight and Texas bull rider Jace McGowan have nothing in common but everything to lose when they are thrust together
during a weekend rodeo in rural Illinois. Neither one of them would have imagined two years ago that the deep attraction they sensed during a day-long outing would resurface when Sydney's boss assigns her to Jace's legal case. 

Sydney has been through a world of hurt since losing her dad when she was sixteen, then being dumped the morning of her wedding. She's sworn off romance and instead devotes her time toward a partnership in her father's law office. 

Jace has found faith in God and wants out of his sponsor contract with a risqué restaurant chain that requires him to pose with scantily-clad women. He's about to bail on the contract and pay steep penalties, something he can ill afford, given that his deceased father left the family with unpaid taxes. 

Sydney is determined she'll get Jace out of his contract and return to Chicago with her heart intact, but Jace is just as determined to help her see they're meant to be together. Can a city girl with roots deep in Chicago and a bull-riding rancher with roots deep in Texas give themselves a second chance at love?

Where can readers find you online? 
Website
Blog
Facebook author page
Facebook personal page        
Twitter

Where can readers purchase Second Chance Love?
The book is available online at Amazon in both Kindle and Print formats. It’s also free on Kindle Unlimited.
  
What question would like to ask the readers?
My childhood dream was to have my own horse. What was your childhood dream and did it come true?

Pam, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Pam is offering the winner’s choice of a print or eBook copy of Second Chance Love to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through February 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 The Rebels of Cordovia by Linda Weaver Clarke is Darcy--Darcy, I can't reach you on the email address you left with your comment last week. Please leave a good email address for you in the comments to this blog post. 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, January 26, 2017

Linda Weaver Clarke, Historical Novel


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The Highwayman of Cordovia
by Linda Weaver Clarke


Linda Weaver Clarke has traveled throughout the
Linda Weaver Clarke
United States, teaching people to write their family history. She is the author of historical romances, mystery/adventure series, a children’s book, and a cozy mystery series. All her books are family friendly. Visit with Linda at her website


Please enjoy Linda's article below about The Rebel Series.



The Rebel Series–Stories of Love and Liberty

There was a time when swashbuckling men and brave women engaged in daring and romantic adventures, those who fought with bravery and valor. These courageous men and women were looked up to because they defended the people.

“This creative take on a Robin Hood-like story is charming and touching, and teaches some great morals about agency and choice. It reminded me of childhood fairytales of good versus evil, with a nice romance weaved into it.” –Author Charissa Stastny

In The Rebels of Cordovia, a group of men and
women who called themselves Robin’s Rebels realize they must help the people survive this oppression. In this battle for freedom, a love story begins to blossom. Daniel, a rogue and a leader of the Freemen, doesn’t realize that the sweet feminine woman he has met and is falling for happens to be the leader of Robin’s Rebels. Realizing the importance of uniting all the rebel groups, Daniel tries to recruit Robin’s Rebels but they refuse. Now he has to find a way to convince them. When he finds out the leader is actually a woman, what will his reaction be?

After reading this story, Susan Ortlieb from Suko’s Notebook Reviews wrote: “Linda Weaver Clarke writes with passion and grace, and the love story in this book is simply wonderful. In fact, this aspect of the story was the strongest draw for me. (Are love stories set in the past more romantic than those set in the present day?) I thought that Robin and Daniel sounded perfect for each other, and I enjoyed the steady development of their relationship. This charming book was a pleasure to read, and I relished it.”

The tales from The Rebel Series have adventure, sweet romance, and delectable kisses. These are stories of love and liberty that take place between the 18th and 19th Century. In the sequel, The
Highwayman of Cordovia, the people enjoy their new-found liberty but all is not well. One year after Cordovia gains its freedom, a group of powerful men plan to take over the small country and replace the leader with a king.

With the help of a bold highwayman and a pastor’s daughter, they try to save their country from being taken over by a power-hungry leader. As they strive to stop the Kingmen and thwart their plans, Christine finds herself falling in love with Austin Knight. The only problem with their relationship is that she thinks he is her knight in shining armor instead of a highwayman. If she finds out his trade, what will her reaction be? As a pastor’s daughter, will love override her values?

“Linda Weaver Clarke has a storyteller's talent for enchanting and mesmerizing the audience. There are also some exciting surprises and twists that will delight the heart. Definitely a must read!” --Cindi Clubbs, Mommasez Reviews


Read sample chapters of both books at Linda's website.

Watch a book trailer here!

Where readers can purchase The Rebel Series books:
Website
Amazon - Rebels of Cordovia
Amazon - Highwayman of Cordovia

Where readers can find Linda online:
Website
Family Friendly Blog 
Cozy Mystery Website


Linda, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Linda is offering an eBook copy of The Rebels of Cordovia to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through January 31, 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 God's Mercies After Suicide: Woven Through a Mother's Heart by Jean Ann Williams is Janet E. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Jean Ann Williams, Memoir/Devotional about Suicide


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God's Mercies after Suicide: Blessings Woven through a Mother's Heart
by Jean Ann Williams


Jean Ann Williams is a member of American Christian
Jean Ann Williams
American Christian Fiction Writers, and Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She writes regularly on Putting on the New blog and her own Love Truth blog. Jean Ann and her husband of forty-six years have thirteen grandchildren from their other two children. They live on one acre in Southern Oregon where they raise a garden, fruit orchard, goats, and chickens. Her favorite hobbies are practicing archery, hiking through the woods, and big game hunting with her bow.


Please read Jean’s article below about her book.


God's Mercies after Suicide:
Blessings Woven through a Mother's Heart
Jean Ann Williams

My son, Joshua, died by suicide March 16, 2004 at the age of twenty-five.
Joshua

So much led up to this horrific day of loss. Joshua was a sensitive child and born with an autoimmune disorder called Ankylosing Spondylitis, a rare form of rheumatoid arthritis. He was sick often from two weeks of age until he turned ten, but for two years he appeared healthy and happy.

At age thirteen, Joshua’s wrists began to hurt and he had to drop out of baseball as lead pitcher. This began his decent into extreme pain and finally at age fifteen, Joshua was given the diagnosis of Anky losing. Our family was broken-hearted for Joshua, and he became depressed over the final verdict.

Joshua could not go into the Army as he wanted.

At age nineteen, Joshua had a nervous breakdown and dropped out of college. He then began seeing a doctor who prescribed several antidepressants, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) medications. We found out way too late SSRIs can cause suicidal thoughts in some individuals and Joshua was one of them.

We had no idea, until the morning he shot himself in his room.

Twice before his death on this morning, he almost died by his own hand and came to himself. And twice he told his dad, “I don’t want to die.”

But, on the third attempt just hours after the first two, Joshua completed suicide.

My life was surely over, but God had other plans.

God held me, a crumbling mess, and never let me go. Over the next four years, I was wrenched with the pain of losing a child which feels physical. I also stayed in the house where Joshua died, which was the second blow. Finally, our house sold, and I relaxed and moved forward in my grieving process.

Four and a half years after Joshua’s death, we moved to another state. This is when I prayed about how I could share my story about God and His blessings during the early grieving years. I waited for His answers and slowly they came through other people whom I trusted. Here are the suggestions folks gave for the future book:

“Write a book of devotions about your loss, Jean.”
“Be sure to add a journal page in the book, Jean.”
“I think the title should have the words 'God’s Mercies after Suicide' in there somewhere.”
“You should independently publish this book, Jean.”

Now we have a book of devotions with journal pages for which I indie published under my press, Love Truth, “God’s Mercies after Suicide: Blessings Woven through a Mother’s Heart.”

See how God can reach out and give us the answers we pray for? I don’t know what I would have done if God hadn’t sent dozens upon dozens of people to me from the moment after Joshua shot himself and still to this day. God uses people to help us achieve His goals and all for His Glory.

I’m still sad Joshua is no longer with us. I miss my son, and I feel I need him. But, I’m grateful God has blessed me through the sorrows.


Welcome, Jean. Where can readers find you online?
Jean’s Blog
Twitter
Author Facebook Page
Pinterest
Instagram

Where can readers purchase God's Mercies after Suicide: Blessings Woven through a Mother's Heart?
Amazon
CreateSpace
Barnes and Noble
Goodreads
See the Trailer

Jean, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Jean is offering a print copy of God's Mercies after Suicide: Blessings Woven through a Mother's Heart to one commenter to this blog.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through January 24, 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 print copy of Mefiboset: Crippled Prince by Katheryn Maddox Haddad is Esther. The winner of an eBook copy of the same book is Jackie. I’ll email you both. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.



You can keep up to date with my writing by signing up for my mailing list. You'll receive a free quarterly e-newsletter and timely announcements about happenings of interest. I have a monthly drawing among those who sign up for my mailing list for the first time, and the winner receives a free eBook copy of their choice of one of my books.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Katheryn Maddox Haddad, Biblical Historical Novel


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MEFIBOSET: CRIPPLED PRINCE:
by Katheryn Maddox Haddad


Katheryn Maddox Haddad was born in the north, but
Katheryn Maddox Haddad
moved to Arizona where she doesn’t have to shovel sunshine.  She basks in 100-degree weather and enjoys palm trees, cacti, and her computer with the letters worn off.  With a BA degree in English and Bible, she earned part of an MA in Bible, including Greek studies.  She spends half her day writing and the other half teaching English using the Bible as a text book to Muslims around the world.  She has converts to Christianity in hiding in Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Uzbekistan, and Somalia, Jordan, Palestine. “They are my heroes,” she says.



Please enjoy the article below about Katheryn writing Mefiboset: Crippled Prince


Writing Mefiboset, Crippled Prince
by Katheryn Maddox Haddad

I hope people will spread the word about my book, Mefiboset, the Crippled Prince, to handicapped people everywhere. In this book, despite his severe handicap of paralyzed feet, he maintains a positive attitude and wit that is rare with most people, handicapped or not. He was an overcomer.

I had a lot of fun writing this book.  It was an absolute delight to write about Mefiboset, son of Crown Prince Jonathan and grandson of King Saul. It covers sixty years of his life.

You may have heard stories about the poor little boy who was crippled for life at age five, then forced to live in Lodebar, a desolate place in the middle of the wilderness.

I disagreed with nearly everything I had heard about him.

LITTLE:  I doubt he stayed little for very long. His grandfather was a giant, probably seven feet tall. When you look at pictures of six-foot men standing next to basketball players, they only come up to their arm pit. Saul was head and shoulders taller than everyone else in the kingdom. Surely his grandson inherited at least part of that bigness.

BEGGARISH:  Not only was his grandfather big, but Saul was the most handsome man in the land. Once again, surely Sett inherited some of that handsomeness.

SAD:  His father, Jonathan, had a positive attitude and even got along with his father’s rival, David. In my book, Sett had his share of enemies, but he was always doing things to turn his enemies into his friends.

LIVING IN DESOLATE PLACE:  First, we do not know how old Sett was when he went to live there. Second, Lodebar was ten miles southeast of the Sea of Galilee near an international trade route.

LONELY: Sett got himself a wife, and later a son, Micah. This son in turn had four sons. Mefiboset had a large family.

In my book, Sett was denied the throne as king of Israel and crippled for life at age five. He spends his early years fleeing his grandfather King Saul’s enemies. Sett uses his wits to get out of life-threatening situations in Israel, Babylon, and Assyria. Despite his handicap, the beautiful Kissara becomes his wife, King David becomes his friend, and the forests become his mission. Though he must constantly deal with three enemies who do everything they can to make his life miserable, Mefiboset, grandson of a king, is an overcomer, a climber, a conqueror who triumphs in the end.


Welcome, Katheryn. Please tell us a little about your novel, Mefiboset: Crippled Prince.
Denied the throne as king of Israel and crippled for life at age five, Sett spends his early years fleeing his grandfather King Saul’s enemies. Inheriting his gigantic grandfather’s height and good looks along with his father Jonathan’s positive attitude, Sett uses his wits to get out of life-threatening situations in Israel, Babylon, and Assyria. Despite his handicap, the beautiful Kissara becomes his wife, King David becomes his friend, and the forests become his mission. Though he must constantly deal with three enemies who do everything they can to make his life miserable, Mefiboset, grandson of a king, is an overcomer, a climber, a conqueror who triumphs in the end.  

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Any parting comment?
This book was written to inspire the physically handicapped as well as people who feel life has cheated them out of something important.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters aren’t required to answer to be entered in the book drawing.)
Do you know anyone who is handicapped or feels cheated out of something important in their life? Would you like to share some things about this person with us? Let's talk about ways this book can be made available to the handicapped.

Katheryn, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Katheryn is offering one print copy and one eBook copy of Mefiboset: Crippled Prince. First winner selected will receive the print copy and the second winner selected will receive the eBook copy.  

Sunday, January 15, 2017: Katheryn has offered a consolation prize to all commenters. Here's Katheryn's note: Jo, I am offering a consolation prize to everyone who enters - a free 2017 scripture calendar with a different scripture each day. I will send them one by email that they can photocopy and make as many copies for their family and congregations as they want. Or I'll send them a single print copy to their home. 

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through January 17, 2017 and remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner. (And if you want a single print of Katheryn's calendar, please include your mailing address in your comment.)


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Southbound Birds by Janetta Fudge-Messmer is Nancy. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.


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