Thursday, May 26, 2016

Yvonne Lehman, a novel of the Titanic


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Hearts that Survive—
A Novel of the Titanic
by Yvonne Lehman


Yvonne Lehman, author of 57 novels, founded and
directed for 25 years, the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference and now directs the Blue Ridge Novelist Retreat held annually in October at Ridgecrest, NC conference center. Latest releases, in addition to the "Moments" non-fiction series, are a novella, Have Dress Will Marry (in Heart of a Cowboy, Mountainbrook Ink), Writing Right to Success (25 authors' journeys - LPC), and a cozy mystery, Better Latte Than Never (Winged Publications). She periodically signs her 50th book, Hearts that Survive—A Novel of the Titanic (Abingdon) at the Titanic Museum in Pigeon Forge, TN.

Welcome, Yvonne. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
Friends, with whom you can share everything, are rare. Peggy Darty was that kind of friend. We clicked from the time we met at a writers conference, could be apart for a couple years, then pick right up again. A few years ago she began to struggle with cancer, couldn’t write, then passed away. My tribute to her is in the acknowledgements of my novel, Hearts that Survive—A Novel of the Titanic. Because of her, that book which I consider my best, and the miracle of it, happened. But better than that, she was a friend, and I’d love to see and talk with her again. I will!

What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
I never intended to write non-fiction, but several of us were talking in the lobby after Blue Ridge classes. Cindy Sproles told about God showing up in her life in a miraculous way. Then I told mine about God showing up in the Ladies Room at the Presbyterian Church. Others chimed in. I mentioned the stories to Terri Kalfas, editor at Grace Publishing when there was a break in appointments. Two months later she contacted me, saying she was interested. I was shocked, but that led to my compilation of the Moments series, articles by 45-50 authors. Published are: Divine Moments, Christmas Moments, Spoken Moments, Precious Precocious Moments, More Christmas Moments and due out in 2016 are Stupid Moments and Additional Christmas Moments. I’m now receiving articles for Loving Moments and Coola-Nary Moments (cooking mishaps or interesting stories and recipes).

What is your favorite Bible verse?
That’s like asking who’s my favorite author. It’s whose story I’m enjoying at the time. Certain Bible verses mean most at a time when I need them most. The first one I remember relying on was the first time I taught a Sunday school class. I had my notes on the right side of the stand, and “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” on the left side. Numerous ones I’ve applied to my situations. That can happen at any time from memory or when having Bible study and devotion time. But the most recent outstanding one was several years ago. Publishing was changing. Two houses dropped their lines for which I was writing. For the first time in my over-thirty-year writing career, I had no contract and no hope of getting one. I was becoming depressed, frustrated with God, asking why he brought me that far then dropped me. Then Clash Entertainment flashed the verse, “Show me the wonders of your great love.” I decided to quit moaning and prayed that verse. Everything was against the possibility of what happened next. Seemingly-impossible, when there was no hope, the miracle of my Titanic book materialized.

What can your readers expect from you next?
Maybe…the unexpected. I have a three-book contract for a Romance series, and a three-book contract for a Cozy Mystery series (first one recently published) with Winged Publications and am writing other novels. But what I really love is when the unexpected happens in my life, like the miracle book, the non-fiction books, when someone offers an opportunity to be part of a collection, and when I’m struggling then the right idea or a different, better idea comes for a story that I didn’t expect. Those times are rare. Generally, I’m working, writing, deleting, thinking, worrying, wondering, re-writing…re-writing…re-writing.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Hearts That Survive—A Novel of the Titanic.
Is Love more powerful than the pain of loss?
Lydia Beaumont and her new friend Caroline Chadwick plan Lydia’s wedding aboard the “grandest ship ever built.” Yet their lives take a tragic turn when the "unsinkable" Titanic goes down.

This epic tale of faith and perseverance follows their lives and the lives of their descendants as they struggle with all that was lost on that fateful night and what the future holds for those brave enough to face it.

Where can readers find you online?
I blog once a month on ChristiansRead Blog and on Novel Rocket. I am in the process of getting my website set up right. I get so busy with writing I don’t take time to do the technical things I should. Information on my Novelist Retreat and my email address.

Where can readers purchase your books?
They can be purchased from the published companies listed above in my bio, or from Amazon.        

Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
Where do you go to discover what books are available? Publishers’ websites? Amazon? Others’ recommendations? Writers’ blogs?

Yvonne, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Yvonne is graciously offering a 5-book giveaway: one each of the Titanic book, Crashing into Love, Writing Right to Success, Better Latte than Never (print or ebook), and Heart of a Cowboy (ebook)--print books limited to U.S. mailing address. Using Random.org, I'll draw a winner on Tuesday evening from among commenters. Please remember to leave your email address.

 
The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of any one of Jennifer's novels, winner's choice, restricted to mailing address in the continental U.S. is Melanie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


Thanks for reading my blog! Recently released book 3 in the West Virginia Mountains series is titled Promise Me. Available in print and eBook at Amazon!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Jennifer Slattery novel


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BREAKING FREE
by Jennifer Slattery


Jennifer Slattery writes soul-stirring fiction for
NewHope Publishers, Christian living articles for Crosswalk.com, and devotions for Internet Cafe Devotions, the group blog, Faith-filled Friends, and her personal blog. She also does content editing for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas' Firefly imprint, and loves working with authors who are serious about pursuing their calling. When not writing, reading, or editing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.

Visit with Jennifer online at her website and connect with her on Facebook.



Below Jennifer shares her article, “The Best Way to Find Our Strength,” after which she tells about her novel, Breaking Free.





             The Best Way to Find Our Strength
by Jennifer Slattery

They didn’t know it, but a small group of ordinary men—most of them fishermen—in ancient Palestine were about to experience the greatest challenge to their faith imaginable. This incomprehensible tragedy was so unexpected, they never thought to prepare. How does one prepare for an unforeseen, faith-rocking encounter, anyway?

Grit their teeth and determine to stand firm?


No, that would only work against them for we are at our weakest point possible whenever we take on the position of self-reliance.


It was the night Jesus was about to be executed, and His Spirit was filled with deep anguish, not only for Himself, but for the twelve who’d given up everything to follow Him, the Man whom they believed would soon change the world and set all the wrong things right. Not only would their hearts be broken; their very faith would take a devastating hit. And they had absolutely no idea the incredible trial that lay ahead.


They couldn’t have imagined such anguish, such fear and confusion, had they tried. But Jesus knew, and, visualizing the depth of their struggle, He gave them an action plan, one that would provide more strength and peace than any other act they could dream up—they were to pray.


But first, a warning:


“When it was evening, Jesus sat down at the table with the twelve disciples. While they were eating, He said, ‘I tell you the truth, one of you will betray Me’” (Matthew 26:20-21 NLT).


And then, perhaps knowing this revelation didn’t sink in, He repeats this warning a second time, on the way to the Mount of Olives, where He would show them, through His heart-felt actions, just how serious their impeding threat was:


“Tonight all of you will desert Me. For the Scriptures say, ‘God will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered’” (Matthew 26:31 NLT).


But they weren’t listening, perhaps because, as Jesus talked of challenges, all they could think of were their victories: the time when they cast out demons and healed the sick, or perhaps when they watched their Master multiply a small basket of fish and loaves which He used to feed a crowd. Or perhaps Peter remembered when, upon Jesus’ beckoning, he walked on water. True, he sank a moment later, but the next time he’d do better. He’d remain focused, strong, confident. He’d keep his eyes on his master and could overcome anything that came his way.


For truly, what could be more challenging than a ruthless storm or men and women oppressed by demons?


No, they had this, and this, whatever this was.


And it was precisely that type of thinking that led to their failure.


If only they’d listened to Jesus instructions, repeated twice, on that dark, quiet night:


“There [at the Mount of Olives] He told them, ‘Pray that you will not give in to temptation’” (Luke 22:40 NLT).


And then, in deep anguish, He left them, to model the very thing He taught.


But when He returned to them a short time later, He found them asleep, so He warned them a second time:


“Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give into temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak” (Matthew 26:41 NLT).


Did they listen? Or were they still too confused, too unsuspecting, too focused on their strength and ability to “stand strong”?


Who in this account do you more often resemble? Do you regularly pray for the strength to stand strong when temptation comes, or are you relying on your own strength or perhaps even living on autopilot, as if a faith-rocking trial isn’t waiting just around the bend? Let’s be proactive, friends! Because a trial is coming, and we’ve been given everything we—in Christ—to stand strong. So take the time, regularly, to tap into that power source. That’s the only way we can whether the tragedies and trials coming our way.    


About Breaking Free
Sometimes it takes losing everything to grab hold of

what really matters.

Women’s ministry leader and Seattle housewife, Alice Goddard, and her successful graphic-designer husband appear to have it all together. Until their credit and debit cards are denied, launching Alice into an investigation that only leads to the discovery of secrets. Meanwhile, her husband is trapped in a downward spiral of lies, shame, and self-destruction. Can they break free from their deception and turn to the only One who can save them? And will it be in time to save their marriage?

Read a free, 33-page excerpt of Breaking Free

Where you can purchase Breaking Free
Christian Book Distributors
Barnes and Noble
Amazon

Connect with Jennifer
Facebook
Twitter: @Jenslattery
See scene location pictures for Breaking Free on Pinterest

Thanks, Jennifer, for visiting with my readers and me. Jennifer offers a
give-away of any one of her novels, reader's choice, restricted to mailing address in the continental US. I will draw from commenters to this post for the winner. Commenters, please remember to leave your email address.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Sofi’s Bridge by Christine Lindsay is Robin in NC. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.




Thanks for reading my blog! Recently released book 3 in the West Virginia Mountains series is titled Promise Me. Available in print and eBook at Amazon!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Christine Lindsay novel


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SOFI'S BRIDGE
by Christine Lindsay


Christine Lindsay is the author of multi-award-
winning Christian fiction. Tales of her Irish ancestors who served in the British Cavalry in Colonial India inspired her multi-award-winning series Twilight of the British Raj,  Book 1 Shadowed in Silk, Book 2 Captured by Moonlight, and the explosive finale Veiled at Midnight.

Christine’s Irish wit and her use of setting as a character is evident in her contemporary romance Londonderry Dreaming. Her newest release Sofi’s Bridge also features a dashing Irish hero.


Aside from being a busy writer and speaker, Christine and her husband live on the west coast of Canada. Coming August 2016 is the release of Christine’s non-fiction book Finding Sarah—Finding Me: A Birthmother’s Story.
 

Welcome, Christine! What fun things can you tell us about yourself?
I’m crazy about cats. My cat Scottie is my chief

editor, and I’m also a tea granny. Being born in Ireland I’m probably addicted to tea. Not that tuity-fruity stuff, but real black tea like a nice Irish Breakfast with a splash of milk in it (English style)

What do you enjoy most about writing?
The people I meet. Since I started writing in 2000 I have made friends all over the world—other authors, readers, bloggers. That’s the best part about writing, making friends. I especially love all the hugs I get at writers’ conferences.


Do you have a dedicated place to write, or a nook or corner of a room, or the kitchen table?
I have an office, but my husband doesn’t like me tucked away in there for hours on my own. So while I keep my stuff in my office, I work on my laptop on the living room sofa. He’ll often sit on the couch, and while I do my thing, he does his, and we have some nice music playing in the background. I like to be cozy when I’m writing, so I pull up the coffee table where I can keep a cup of tea. My cat Scottie is often found at my side as I write. His purring is very relaxing.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Follow me on my Amazon Author Page, or my blog, but most of all write a review of my book(s) and share on social media how much you liked my book(s).


Please tell us a little about your novel, Sofi’s Bridge.
Seattle Debutant Sofi Andersson will do everything in

her power to protect her sister who is suffering from shock over their father’s death. Charles, the family busy-body, threatens to lock Trina in a sanatorium—a whitewashed term for an insane asylum—so Sofi will rescue her little sister, even if it means running away to the Cascade Mountains with only the new gardener Neil Macpherson to protect them.

But in a cabin high in the Cascades, Sofi begins to recognize that the handsome immigrant from Ireland harbors secrets of his own. Can she trust this man whose gentle manner brings such peace to her traumatized sister and such tumult to her own emotions? And can Neil, the gardener continue to hide from Sofi that he is really Dr. Neil Galloway, a man wanted for murder by the British police? Only an act of faith and love will bridge the distance that separates lies from truth and safety.


Where can readers find you online?  

Website
Amazon author page
Twitter
Subscribe to her quarterly newsletter
Pinterest
Facebook
Goodreads

Where can readers purchase Sofi’s Bridge?
Amazon

Pelican Book Group
Will be available very soon on ChristianBooks.com and Barnes and Noble.

Any parting comments?
Thank you for having me as a guest today, Jo. It is a joy and an honor to share with your followers.


Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
My latest release Sofi’s Bridge has the theme of letting your light shine. What gift has God given you? I’d love to hear back.

Christine, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. One commenter will win an eBook copy of Sofi's Bridge that Christine has offered for a giveaway. Commenters, please remember to leave your email address!


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Lunacy by Kay Chandler is Tammie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.




Thanks for reading my blog! Recently released book 3 in the West Virginia Mountains series is titled Promise Me. Available in print and eBook at Amazon!

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Chandler, Historical Fiction


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LUNACY by Kay Chandler

The South has a history of injustices. I know them
Kay Chandler, seated
well. I was born and reared in lower Alabama. Our history is tainted with ugliness. But there's an old saying that "nothing has ever been sliced so thin that it doesn't have two sides." I come from a long line of good, Christian church goers--and also from a line of backwoodsy, redneck moonshiners. The haves. And the have-nots. My two grandmothers had very different views of life during the Depression years. Both have shaped my life, and the seeds passed down have helped shape my novels.

Welcome, Kay! If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
Eliza Pinckney, who discovered Indigo. Why? She was an ancestor and I find her life story to be fascinating. It would be fun to sit at her feet and listen to her tell it in her own words.

What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
I’m a seat-of-the-pants author, which means I never outline. I’d hate outlining, because I’d know the ending and I’d no longer be interested in writing the book. I like to be surprised so I listen to my characters and let them take me on a fun ride. One night I went to bed very distraught. I whimpered to my husband, “I think Jim is going to die.” He looked at me funny and said, “You don’t know?” Holding back the tears, I said, “No. He just had a heart attack and I didn’t see it coming.” I could hardly wait to get back to writing the next day. Whew! He pulled through!

Did you know all writers are directionally challenged?

I thought it was just me. But I was glad to hear Yvonne Lehman at a writers conference say it comes with being a writer. I was glad to hear this because I had just made a quick trip to my motel room in between classes. Frustrated when my key wouldn’t work, I spotted a maid who agreed to open the door for me. I ran in and was shocked to see a c-pap machine beside my bed. Hmm . . . someone had apparently gone into the wrong room. I ran to the bathroom, and quickly headed back to the next class. A friend was laughing hysterically! She’d seen me get off the elevator on the second floor, instead of the third floor. Yep! Someone had definitely gone into the wrong room and she was me. *sigh*

What is your favorite Bible verse?
“He must increase, I must decrease.” John 3:30 KJV.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Word of mouth has been very successful for me. Also Amazon reviews are always appreciated.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Lunacy.
Lunacy is Historical Fiction set in South Alabama, 1930s.  


Advised by a quack doctor in 1915 that her unborn child is at risk for lunacy, a wealthy woman pays a midwife to secretly switch her baby with the newborn daughter of a penniless couple. Twenty-one years later, the truth’s revealed in a Last Will and Testament and Harper Harrington is forced to swap places with Veezie, the rightful heir. Harper leaves the palatial home and moves to a rundown shanty in Goose Hollow, Alabama. But she soon discovers the unattached, young country doctor there has something far more valuable to her than the affluent lifestyle she left behind. However, to take it from him will break his heart. If he wasn’t so stubborn, Harper could fall for a man like Flint.
  
When Dr. Flint McCall learns Harper is secretly attempting to sabotage his plans, he’s furious and begins a quest of his own. How could he have fallen in love with such a pig-headed woman?
 
Where can readers find you online?

Facebook
Email
Amazon Author Page

Webpage

Where can readers purchase Lunacy?
Amazon


Any parting comment?
It always thrills me to hear from my readers. My email is kayATkaychandlerDOTinfo but please put the name of the book in the subject line, so I don’t mistake it for Spam.

Kay, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. I’ll draw a winner from among commenters to this post to receive their choice of either a Kindle version or print copy of Lunacy that Kay offers.
Commenters, please remember to leave your email address!

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for an eBook copy of Just Claire by Jean Ann Williams is Library Lady. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

 
Till next time … keep on smiling.





Thanks for reading my blog! Recently released book 3 in the West Virginia Mountains series is titled Promise Me. Available in print and eBook at Amazon!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Williams, Middle Grade Novel


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JUST CLAIRE by Jean Ann Williams


Jean Ann Williams enjoys recalling her interesting
childhood to gather nuggets for children's stories. She has published one hundred articles and stories for children and adult magazines, with true accounts in eight book anthologies. Just Claire is Jean Ann's debut novel. In Jean Ann's free time she enjoys hiking in the mountains, archery hunting, and caring for her chickens and goats on the farm.

If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
I would have dinner with my son, Joshua. Joshua passed away eleven years ago at the age of twenty-five, and I still miss him with my whole heart.


What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
I had such an imagination by the age of five that I truly believed I had a little man in my pocket and I would feed him crusts of bread at the dinner table.


I’m dyslectic, so it hindered me in my ability to read until I was in fourth grade.


It took me twenty years from idea to publication of this first novel Just Claire.


What is your favorite Bible verse?
"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Phil 4:13, KJV


What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Tell others about my book and give a book review.


Please tell us a little about your novel, Just Claire.
ClaireLee’s life changes when she must take charge
of her siblings after her mother becomes depressed from a difficult childbirth. Frightened by the way Mama sleeps too much and her crying spells during waking hours, ClaireLee just knows she'll catch her illness like a cold or flu that hangs on through winter. ClaireLee finds comfort in the lies she tells herself and others in order to hide the truth about her erratic mother. Deciding she needs to reinvent herself, she sets out to impress a group of popular girls.

With her deception, ClaireLee weaves her way into the Lavender Girls Club, the most sophisticated girls in school. Though her best friend Belinda will not be caught with the likes of such shallow puddles, ClaireLee ignores Belinda’s warnings the Lavenders cannot be trusted. ClaireLee drifts further from honesty, her friend, and a broken mother’s love, until one very public night at the yearly school awards ceremony. The spotlight is on her, and she finds her courage and faces the truth and then ClaireLee saves her mother’s life.


Where can readers find you online? 

Blog
Twitter 
Facebook
Email: Jeanann_wATyahooDOTcom

Where can readers purchase Just Claire?
Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Kobo


Any parting comment?
Click Amazon to read sample chapters of Just Claire.


Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
What is your favorite genre?


Jean, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. One commenter will win an eBook copy of Just Claire that Jean Ann has offered for a giveaway. Commenters, please remember to leave your email address!

 

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Unbalanced by Leeann Betts is Ann. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.



Thanks for reading my blog! Recently released book 3 in the West Virginia Mountains series is titled Promise Me. Available in print and eBook at Amazon!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Leeann Betts, Contemporary Suspense


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UNBALANCED by Leeann Betts

Leeann Betts writes contemporary suspense, while her real-life persona, Donna Schlachter, pens historical suspense. No Accounting for Murder and There Was a Crooked Man, books 1 and 2 in her By the Numbers series, released in the fall of 2015.  Book 3, Unbalanced, released in January. Book 4, Five and Twenty Blackbirds, released this month, with more planned for later dates. Leeann and Donna have penned a book on writing, Nuggets of Writing Gold. You can follow Leeann at www.AllBettsAreOff.wordpress.com and Donna at www.HiStoryThruTheAges.wordpress.com. All books are available at Amazon.com in digital and print.

Welcome, Leeann. What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
As a pen name, I love nail polish, and often paint my nails in different colors. If I could reach my toes and keep my hand steady, I’d do the same with my toenails. As it is, I pine for a pedicure.

Also as a pen name, I am quick with the comebacks, always on point, and sharp as a razor blade.

Describe yourself with three words.
I’m going to let my real life persona, Donna Schlachter, do that, because she does it so well: Leeann is cute, perky, and all the things I’m not.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love almost everything about writing except editing. However, I think the thing I enjoy the most is coming up with the idea and asking the What If? Questions.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Unbalanced.
Carly Turnquist, forensic accountant, is happily planning her son’s wedding, when she sees a bank robbery that nobody else saw. Soon the story ends up on the local and then the national news, mocking her report and calling her credibility into question. When her husband’s long-lost brother shows up and then quickly disappears, leaving his young son behind, Carly has her hands full. And when somebody seems intent on making certain the wedding doesn’t happen, she jumps in to all three mysteries. Can she figure out what’s going on before she loses all ability to testify at a big upcoming court case?

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

Starting in May 2016, I’ll be sending out a quarterly newsletter with a devotional, writing tips, book review, and news on upcoming releases. If you’d like to be added to that newsletter list, please visit my website and subscribe.

Where can readers purchase Unbalanced?
Amazon

Leeann, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. One commenter to this post will win a print or eBook copy of Unbalanced--the winner can choose. IF YOU COMMENT, PLEASE REMEMBER TO LEAVE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS!


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The Seafaring Women of the Vera B. by James Samuel Davis and Susan Page Davis is rubynreba, I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


Thanks for reading my blog! Book 3 in the West Virginia Mountains Series is titled Promise Me and is available at Amazon. Also, a boxed set of the complete series in eBook is available at Amazon.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Davis Historical Novel


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THE SEAFARING WOMEN OF THE VERA B.
by
 James Samuel Davis and Susan Page Davis



James Samuel Davis is a writer who has traveled in Australia, China, Micronesia, and Alaska. He resides in rural Travelers Rest, S.C., with his wife and seven children.

 

Susan Page Davis, James’s mom, is the author of more than sixty Christian novels and novellas. Her historical novels have won numerous awards, including the Carol Award, the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction, and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest.


Welcome, Jim and Susan. What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
Susan: I was born on Memorial Day (the REAL one, not the moveable Monday holiday); and I once gave a less-than-memorable performance in The Mouse that Roared. I’ll tell one on Jim, my son and co-author: while he was in Australia on an agricultural exchange, he was herding cows on a motorcycle and wound up with a broken leg.


What is your favorite Bible verse?
"For this God is our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even unto death." Ps. 48:14, KJV.


What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love the planning stage and the research. It’s always exciting to dream up a new project, and I love brainstorming the plot.


The hardest part for me, when writing a historical, is trying to get everything right, or at least “not wrong.” This book was a research challenge, since it covers a wide range of settings and lots of activity I’m not expert at—sailing, antique firearms, the politics of the seas in the Nineteenth Century, and so much more.


What can your readers expect from you next?
Jim and I are planning book 2 in this series. Meanwhile, I am writing a western called My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains, to release next spring. My most recent releases are Heart of a Cowboy and The Cowboy’s Bride.


Please tell us a little about your novel.
Our book is The Seafaring Women of the Vera B., set in 1854.


Alice Packard thinks the worst has happened when her husband, the ship’s captain, dies in Melbourne, Australia. Then she learns the crew has deserted her husband’s ship in favor of the goldfields. Only one old man, Gypsy Deak, sticks by her, but Gypsy alone can’t raise a crew from the depleted population. In desperation, Alice turns to the only source of plentiful workers: the women of Melbourne. In a bold move, she and Gypsy empty a brothel, promising the escaped women a new life. Her all-woman (save one) crew put their backs and hearts into the voyage, but Alice finds training her sailors much harder than she expected. Her faith is tested to the limit. With a cargo to sell, angry brothel and tavern owners in pursuit, pirates to evade, and a mysterious stowaway, will the seafaring women of the Vera B. survive to tell the tale of this daring adventure?


Where can readers find you online?
Find us at:
Website
Twitter: @SusanPageDavis
Susan’s Facebook
Jim’s page


Where can readers purchase The Seafaring Women of the Vera B.?
Buy the paperback from Amazon
Createspace store
Kindle e-book
Nook e-book
Kobo e-book


Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
I love May—in my native state of Maine, it’s about as far from winter as you can get. What is your favorite month and why?

Thank you, Jim and Susan for visiting with us. I'll choose a winner from commenters to this post who will receive their choice of a paperback or eBook copy of
The Seafaring Women of the Vera B. that Jim and Susan have offered. Print copy restricted to U.S. mailing address. Don't forget to leave your email address with your comment!



The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The Amish Firefighter by Laura Hilton is Tammie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.



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