Thursday, May 24, 2018

Jodie Wolfe, Historical Romance


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TO CLAIM HER HEART
by Jodie Wolfe


Jodie Wolfe
Jodie Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky meet. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA) and has been a semi-finalist and finalist in various writing contests. A former columnist for Home School Enrichment magazine, her articles can be found online at Crosswalk, Christian Devotions, and Heirloom Audio. She's a contributor for "Putting on the New" and "Stitches Thru Time" blogs. When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading, walking, and being a Grammie.


Welcome, Jodie. What made you decide to write about the Cherokee Strip Land Run of 1893? 
Almost 20 years ago my mother-in-law showed me the place where one of her relatives had claimed a piece of property during this last great race in our country. The original homestead was partially built into a hillside and lay in ruins crumbling, but I could already imagine characters who sought out that piece of land. 

What is the theme of this book? 
The importance of letting go of bitterness. My hero, Benjamin David says this to my heroine, Elsie Smith, “You can’t keep holding on to the bitterness, or it’ll eat you alive. Don’t allow Satan to win. He desires for you to be discouraged, defeated, and unforgiving, but God has better things in store for you, if you’ll allow Him to work in your life again.”  

Are there any historical items from your husband’s family in the story? 
Rose of Sharon quilt
One of my favorites is a Rose of Sharon quilt. It was passed down from generation to generation to the oldest daughter in the family. My mother-in-law passed it on to me since she only had sons. We believe the appliquéd quilt was first stitched in 1834. From the research I’ve done, this type of quilt was called a signature piece—a special bed covering that was only brought out on special occasions such as a wedding anniversary or something like that. I also discovered that this type of quilt was originally from my area of the country. My husband’s family carried the quilt along with them when they made the run into Oklahoma Territory. The slight change I made to the story was having the youngest daughter inherit the quilt. 

What was one of the interesting things you learned when researching for this book? 
The run itself has many intriguing facts. There were nine different starting places along the Kansas border and part of Oklahoma Territory south of the Cherokee Strip. It was mind-boggling to hear about the numbers of folks who competed trying to win a piece of property—over a hundred thousand. If you’ve ever seen the movie Far and Away, it accurately pictures what the race must have been like. 

Name a fun tidbit about your new release. 
At the beginning of each chapter, I have quotes from Mrs. Wigglesworth's Essential Guide to Proper Etiquette and Manners of Refined Society. My characters usually do the complete opposite of whatever advice is given. I’ve had such positive feedback from advanced readers in regard to Mrs. Wigglesworth that I have an ebook of her sayings that released on May 21. 

Wow! Two books released in a week. Is Mrs. Wigglesworth an actual person? 
Chuckle. No. It’s all been made up in my mind. :) Hopefully, readers will have as much fun reading the quotes as I had in writing them. I'll be giving away a free copy of Mrs. Wigglesworth's sayings to one of your commenters. 

Please tell us a little about your novel, To Claim Her Heart.
In 1893, on the eve of the great race for land, Benjamin David prays for God to guide him to his Promised Land. Finding property and preaching to the lost are his only ways of honoring his deceased fiancée. He hasn't counted on Elmer (Elsie) Smith claiming the same plot and refusing to leave. Not only is she a burr in his side, but she is full of the homesteading know-how he is sadly lacking. 

Obtaining a claim in the Cherokee Strip Land Run is Elsie Smith's only hope for survival, and not just any plot, she has a specific one in mind. The land's not only a way to honor her pa and his life, but also to provide a livelihood for herself. She's willing to put in whatever it takes to get that piece of property, and Elsie's determined to keep it. 

Her bitterness is what protects her, and she has no intentions of allowing that preacher to lay claim to her land . . . or her heart.

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Goodreads

Mrs. Wigglesworth's Essential Guide to Proper Etiquette and Manners of Refined Society

Where can readers purchase To Claim Her Heart?
Amazon

Thank you for the interview, Jodie. Do you have any closing thoughts?
 I believe we all have had times in our lives where it’s easy to wallow in bitterness because of the trials we’ve gone through. Believe me, I get it. I’ve been there, but I find that I do best when I make an active choice NOT to linger in the bitter feelings. When I give them to God (sometimes over and over again), it’s then that I can move forward in the hope and joy He desires for us to walk in. 

Jodie, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Jodie is offering an eBook copy of Mrs. Wigglesworth's sayings to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through May 29, 2018, 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 Bidding on the Bouquet by Catherine Castle is Perrianne. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book is out – Her Reason to Smile, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here.


Thursday, May 17, 2018

Catherine Castle, Inspirational Contemporary Romance


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BIDDING ON THE BOUQUET
by Catherine Castle


Catherine Castle
Multi-award-winning author Catherine Castle loves writing, reading, traveling, singing, theatre, and quilting. She’s a passionate gardener whose garden won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club. She writes sweet and inspirational romances. You can find her books The Nun and the Narc, A Groom for Mama, Bidding on the Bouquet and Trying Out for Love boxed set on Amazon.

Please enjoy the following article by Catherine related to her new novel:


In Love with Bling

I love jewelry. 

If you look at my author picture you will see a huge hunk of turquoise around my neck and two more pieces on my ears. On any given day, I wear four rings on my fingers, and I have enough rings to wear a different one almost every day of the month. I have several bracelet watches, one from the Cracker Barrel country restaurant store, which can be switched out to match my outfits. I hunt in antique stores for vintage pieces and old turquoise items. If it sparkles and looks pretty, I’ll wear it. If it’s expensive, I’ll wear it. If it’s just cheap costume jewelry, and it’s pretty, I’ll wear it. If it’s unusual and pretty, I’ll wear it. Big, small, or in-between. I’m not picky—I’m just in love with bling.

When I was writing Bidding on the Bouquet, my heroine decided she, too, liked jewelry and bling. In fact, the chance of acquiring a solid rose-gold flower tempted her enough to participate in a risky venture.

While I’m mostly a plotter and plan out the big details of a story, I do allow my characters to take me on side trips. When Marietta was given a jewelry account to market, she couldn’t help but gush over the one-of-a-kind designs the client showed her. I hadn’t planned the stories Marietta came up with as ads for the pieces. They just flowed from me, or rather from her, like water from a broken main.

The pieces in the story are made by Marietta’s nemesis, Willow, and when Marietta creates fabulous stories to use as an ad campaign, Willow isn’t happy because she thinks Marietta is trying to one-up her in the eyes of her mother, who runs the jewelry company. 

I wish I had a picture of the three pieces of jewelry, but the designs are from the depths of my brain, so a description will have to do. 


From the Mystic Gems collection featured
in Bidding on the Bouquet

On the right side of a black cloth lay a bracelet. From a silver, multi-looped chain irregular chunks of sea glass, freshwater pearls, and silver-backed periwinkle shells with pastel abalone insides dangled like treasures caught in a net. In the center of the cloth, a diamond-encrusted swirl pendant sparkled in the sun streaming through the windows. The sunlit diamonds cast prism rainbows onto the ceiling. The third piece was a ring with a large teardrop of golden amber surrounded by fine-veined, golden leaves curled against the stone as if the wind had tossed them upon the sides.

Sounds breath-taking, doesn’t it? I’m certain you’ll love the mythical tales that go along with these Mystic gems. I know I did when Marietta spun them.


Maybe someday I’ll talk my hubby into letting me loose in a jewelry store and get the jeweler to make these pieces for me. It’s happened before. My hubby let me design a snowflake ring that came from a story we wrote together. (pictured on the right)

And he shocked me when he agreed to the price. Jewelry loving gal that I am, I can dream it will happen again.

What about you? Do you love bling as much as Marietta and I do?

Welcome, Catherine. Please tell us a little about your novel, Bidding on the Bouquet. 
The chance to catch a bridal bouquet containing a solid gold rose makes underprivileged, down-on-her-luck grad student Marietta Wilson pawn everything she owns to come up with a bid to win a bridesmaid spot in the most prestigious wedding of the season.

When he discovers his sister is auctioning off bridesmaid spots in her wedding party, wealthy, elitist Chip Vandermere is appalled. Not only is it in poor taste, but no self-respecting lady would stoop so low as to bid. Convinced Marietta is a gold digger, Chip sets out to thwart her plans.

A social climber and a social misfit. Can a bridal bouquet unite them? 

Where can readers find you online?
Catherine's Website
Catherine’s blog
Catherine’s Amazon author page
Catherine’s Goodreads page
Twitter
Facebook
Google+
Stitches Thru Time blog
SMP authors blog site

Where can readers purchase Bidding on the Bouquet
Amazon

Catherine, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Catherine is offering an eBook copy of Bidding on the Bouquet to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through May 22, 2018, 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 Chase by Glenn Haggerty is Edward. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book is out – Her Reason to Smile, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here.


Thursday, May 10, 2018

Glenn Haggerty, YA Mystery/Suspense


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CHASE
by Glenn Haggerty

Glenn Haggerty
Glenn Haggerty writes inspiring adventures with an edge. No matter how dark the day, finding hope to pursue the prize is the core of all his novels and studies. He is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers), a graduate of Vision Loss Resources and Bethel Seminary, the father of six and grandfather of seven. Glenn likes tandem biking, kayaking, and daydreaming and lives in Minneapolis with his wife. He is also an award-winning author with short stories published in Splickety, Havok, Cadet Quest, and Partners. Chase, the third book in his Intense series was released on April 1, 2018. 

Welcome, Glenn. 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?
Like most of my books and short stories, Chase was initially just a picture in my mind. One day, I imagined a lowlife drug-dealer meeting with one of his runners. However, my concern for the problem of drugs in middle and high school had haunted my mind for a long time. So, the incident turned into a scene which expanded into a full-length novel. I tried to put myself into the mindset of these characters and the story took off from there. Interestingly, I ended up cutting that original scene and reworking it into a different setting and another short story. But by then the bull was out of the pen as it were and the story had to be written!

Why do you feel compelled to write—in your genre or at all?
I want to provide serious entertainment from the Christian worldview. It’s tough being a tween or teen today, there’s so much bad stuff in our culture, and secular entertainment often offers only despair. I write to give people in general and kids in particular hope that they too can make it through life’s difficulties.

What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
In Chase, bad company corrupts good morals. Sometimes we have to make tough choices about friendships. If someone has broken our trust, we must forgive them, but trust has to be earned again. On the other hand, using good judgment and if warranted, we should also be willing to give others a chance to earn that trust again.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Chase.
“There they are.” Chase’s voice rolled up the slope. Even hollering his voice sounded flat and lifeless like someone had drilled a hole in his body, and his soul had leaked out.

Drugs infiltrate Tyler Higgins’ middle school turning ordinary kids into brain dead druggies. When his friend is infected, Tyler decides to cut the small town drug flow by ratting out the dealer before it’s too late.

Shadowing drug runners is risky business. A bowhunter has already disappeared, and Tyler’s true adversary remains veiled. After his first spying mission misfires, Audrey, his classmate, volunteers to help, but Tyler can’t imagine where this mission will lead. Everything goes sideways, but he doggedly follows the twisting trails, risking his friendships and his own neck. In the end, he isn’t sure who he can trust or if he can rescue anyone—including himself.

Book 3 in the Intense Series, Chase continues the adventures of Tyler Higgins.

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

Where can readers purchase Chase?
Amazon
Barnes and Noble, Kobo, and others  

Any parting comment?
You can pick up a FREE copy of book 1 of this series. 

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
Do you think that middle school readers prefer ebooks or print? Why?

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

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through May 15, 2018, 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 Ransom in Rio by Theresa Lynn Hall is Shelia. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 



My latest book is out – Her Reason to Smile, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Theresa Lynn Hall, Romantic Suspense


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RANSOM IN RIO
by Theresa Lynn Hall


Theresa Lynn Hall
As a native Texan, Theresa loves to write suspenseful stories that happen in small Texas towns with old fashioned Southern values. She’s an elementary teacher and mom to two boys—the oldest being in law enforcement, which comes in handy when she’s researching. When she’s not teaching kids or writing, she loves to cook, read a good suspense, and binge-watch episodes of Dateline. She is a member of RWA (Romance Writers of America) and ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers). She actively promotes fellow Christian Fiction authors on her blog. She also loves to hear from readers who enjoy Christian fiction.  

Welcome, Theresa, how do people react when they find out you write? 
People are usually intrigued to find out I’m a writer. They often assume I write children’s fiction since I’m a first grade teacher.

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad? 
I’m a big tech geek so I always work by computer. Sometimes I use my desktop, sometimes laptop or tablet. I often take notes on my phone when I get an idea that hits me and I’m away from my computer. I grew up hammering out research papers on a typewriter—ugh! I’m so thankful for technological advances! 

What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will? 
I have never written historical fiction and probably never will. I have read a few and enjoy them but there is a tremendous amount of research that goes into writing them and accuracy is so important. I truly admire those who are able to write historicals. 

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains
Y’all or You Guys? I’m from Texas so it’s Y’all!
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? That’s got to be the hardest question I’ve ever had to answer! Lol!  If there’s gravy, biscuits. If not, dinner roll. 
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Summer
Laptop or Desktop? Laptop
Mug or teacup? Mug

Please tell us a little about your novel, Ransom in Rio.  
Private Investigator, Braden McCoy wants nothing more than to finish out the week doing a little fishing from his boat.  The ex-special ops vet enjoys his peaceful life and loves his new career.  He’s learned to put his past behind him and enjoy his blessings.  Until a mourning redhead walks into his office and changes his plans.  

Lexi Ramos always knew her family was dysfunctional.  Until the sudden death of her brother, she never knew exactly how much.  Consumed with questions surrounding his accident, she seeks the help of a private investigator.  What starts out as a murder investigation in Cozumel, quickly crosses borders and escalates into a race against time to save them both from Brazilian kidnappers, who somehow know more about her family secrets than she does.  Lexi soon realizes that life comes with a price.

Where can readers find you online? 
Facebook
Twitter
Pinterest
Website
Instagram

Where can readers purchase Ransom in Rio? 
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Kobo
Pelican Book Group

Any parting comment?
Thank you so much for having me here today. 

Theresa, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Theresa is offering an eBook copy of Ransom in Rio to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through May 8, 2018, 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 Under Prairie Skies by Cynthia Roemer is Betti. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 



My latest book is out – Her Reason to Smile, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here.


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Cynthia Roemer, Historical Romance Novel


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UNDER PRAIRIE SKIES
by Cynthia Roemer



Cynthia Roemer
Cynthia Roemer is an award-winning inspirational writer with a heart for scattering seeds of hope into the lives of readers. Raised in the cornfields of rural Illinois, Cynthia enjoys spinning tales set in the backdrop of the 1800s prairie. She writes from her family farm in central Illinois where she resides with her husband and their two college-aged sons. Under Prairie Skies is Book Two in her Prairie Sky series.

Welcome, Cynthia. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
The theme verse for Under Prairie Skies is Proverbs 27:17: “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.” I want readers to come away with a sense that the Lord is able to use them and others to speak His truths into people’s hearts and draw them closer to Him. Both my hero and heroine have shortcomings they need to overcome. Throughout the story, God uses them to challenge each other to rise above those inadequacies and become the individuals God desires them to be.

How do people react when they find out you write?
Most are stunned. Though close friends and church family have known for years that I write short stories and articles for Christian publications, I’ve sort of kept my dream of novel writing under wrap. I live in a small community where everyone knows everyone, so once word got out, I became a sort of novelty. LOL! A very strange feeling for this quiet country gal!

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad?
I write almost exclusively at my computer, but if a scene or inspiration hits while the computer is off for the night or I’m at my part-time day job (which happens quite often), then I pull out the pen and paper and jot down the dialog or scene that strikes me and type it up later.

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains?   Mountains
Y’all or You Guys?   You Guys
Biscuits or Dinner Roll?   Dinner roll, if homemade
Spring, summer, winter, or fall?  Fall, with spring a close second
Laptop or Desktop?  Desktop, though I would love a laptop to take outside
Mug or teacup?  Neither, I’m a water drinker 

Please tell us a little about your novel, Under Prairie Skies.
Beyond shattered dreams lies a realm of possibilities
Illinois prairie--1855
Unsettled by the news that her estranged cousin and uncle are returning home after a year away, Charlotte Stanton goes to ready their cabin and finds a handsome stranger has taken up residence. Convinced he’s a squatter, she throws him off the property before learning his full identity. Little does she know, their paths are destined to cross again.

Quiet and ruggedly handsome, Chad Avery’s uncanny ability to see through Charlotte’s feisty exterior and expose her inner weaknesses both infuriates and intrigues her. When a tragic accident incites her family to move east, Charlotte stays behind in hopes of becoming better acquainted with the elusive cattleman. Yet Chad’s unwillingness to divulge his hidden past, along with his vow not to love again, threatens to keep them apart forever.

Where can readers find you online? 
Website
Twitter
Facebook 
Goodreads
Author Newsletter Sign-up

Where can readers purchase Under Prairie Skies
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Any parting comment? 
Thanks so much for hosting me, Jo. It has truly been a pleasure. I’m looking forward to sharing an e-book copy of Under Prairie Skies with one of our readers. If you’ve not yet had the chance to read Book 1: Under This Same Sky, I encourage you to read it ahead of this second book. You’ll have a better understanding of the characters and plot-line if you do. It’s my prayer that readers will be blessed by both Becky and Charlotte’s stories.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer the question to be entered in book drawing.)
If you’ve read Under This Same Sky, who was your favorite character and why?

Cynthia, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Cynthia is offering an eBook copy of Under Prairie Skies to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through May 1, 2018, 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 Red Sky over America by Tamara Lynn Kraft is Shelia64. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book is out – Her Reason to Smile, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Tamera Lynn Kraft, Historical Romance


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RED SKY OVER AMERICA
by Tamera Lynn Kraft


Tamera Lynn Kraft
Tamera Lynn Kraft has always loved adventures. She loves to write historical fiction set in the United States because there are so many stories in American history. There are strong elements of faith, romance, suspense and adventure in her stories. She has received 2nd place in the NOCW contest, 3rd place TARA writer’s contest, and is a finalist in the Frasier Writing Contest and has other novels and novellas in print. She’s been married for 39 years to the love of her life, Rick, and has two married adult children and three grandchildren. 

Welcome, Tamera. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
I hope readers will come away with the understanding God is in control. If we obey Him, we can trust Him with the consequences.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so how often do you get it? How do you fix it?
Writer's block is definitely a thing all writers go through. I usually get it at least once while writing a book. One thing I do to keep it at bay is to write every day. When I train my brain to write every day, my writer's block isn't nearly as bad. When I do get writer's block, I'll take a break and do something fun like watch old movies or play board games with my grandchildren. Then I'll review what I've already written. Sometimes I'll see something that gets the creative juices flowing. If it's really bad (doesn't happen too often), I'll brainstorm with some writer friends and pray.

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 was thinking about writing a novel about women preachers in the 1800s. As I studied about them, Oberlin College kept coming up. Most of them had connections to Oberlin. I started reading more about the college and found out it was the first college to allow women and blacks to get college degrees. Charles Finney, fiery Second Great Awakening evangelist, was president of the college before the Civil War, and students there were on fire for God. They were involved in every movement in the late 1800s including abolition, prohibition, women's suffrage, and the missionary movement. I was intrigued and had the idea of writing about three female roommates at Oberlin. Each roommate is involved in a different cause. That's where I got the idea for the Ladies of Oberlin series.

America, from Red Sky over America, is an abolitionist before the war and wants to become a missionary. Lavena, from Book 2 - Lost in the Storm, is a woman's suffragette and journalist who wants to be a war correspondent during the war. In Book 3 - The Aftermath, Betsy has always wanted to be a traditional wife and mother, but when her husband comes home from the war as an alcoholic, she gets involved with prohibition.

Lightning Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains. 
Y’all or You Guys? I'm from Ohio. You Guys.
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Dinner Roll.
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Summer.
Laptop or Desktop? Laptop.
Mug or teacup? Mug with tea in it.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Red Sky over America, Ladies of Oberlin Book 1.
William and America confront evil, but will it cost them everything?

In 1857, America, the daughter of a slave owner, is an abolitionist and a student at Oberlin College, a school known for its radical ideas. America goes home to Kentucky during school break to confront her father about freeing his slaves.

America's classmate, William, goes to Kentucky to preach abolition to churches that condone slavery. America and William find themselves in the center of the approaching storm sweeping the nation and may not make it home to Ohio or live through the struggle.

"Red Sky over America tackles the most turbulent time in history with thorough research and fascinating characters. Tamera Lynn Kraft has woven a tale about the evils of slavery that should never be forgotten." -- Mary Ellis, author of The Quaker and the Rebel, The Lady and the Officer, and The Last Heiress.

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Newsletter
Goodreads
Word Sharpeners Blog
Facebook
Twitter

Where can readers purchase Red Sky over America, Ladies of Oberlin Book 1? 
Amazon
Barnes and Noble

Any parting comment?
Thanks for having me on your blog. It was fun.

Tamera, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Tamera is offering an eBook copy of Red Sky over America to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through April 24, 2018, 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 Shh--Don't Tell by Florence Witkop is Diana M. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


My latest book is out – Her Reason to Smile, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Florence Witkop, Chick Lit Romance


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Shh – Don’t Tell
by Florence Witkop


Florence Witkop
Florence Witkop has written confession stories, non-fiction, literary fiction, science fiction, novels, novellas, done ghostwriting, editing, copywriting, and won the only literary contest she ever entered, becoming Minnesota’s Region 2 Literary Person of the Year.

When traditional publishing died, she transitioned to Winged Publications, where she writes Forget Me Not Romances and Take Me Away Books. In this clean, Christian-oriented market, she writes the kind of romances she likes to read! 

Her wide-ranging imagination takes readers from small towns to the depths of space and the realms of fantasy, with stories that celebrate the wonder of life and love.

Please enjoy the following article by Florence.

Shh – Don’t Tell that takes place in the fictional town of John’s Falls, Minnesota, as do several other of my novels, including the two in the Johns Falls Trilogy that will follow Shh – Don’t Tell and I also mention the others in the following:

Hi, and welcome to Johns Falls, the fictional small town in the northern Minnesota wilderness where everyone knows--or thinks they know--everything about everybody else, often before they know it themselves.

Where it’s not surprising that the people falling in love may be the last to know, even when they are the very lovers everyone’s talking about and asking for the lurid, juicy details. (Of which there aren’t any because these are wonderfully clean, fun romances that readers can enjoy wholeheartedly with their teen-aged daughters or read alone without blushing but with feeling--or feeling again--the gamut of emotions involved in the amazing act of falling in love.)

Johns Falls is the setting for several of my books. Spirit Legend was set there, though the first novel to make Johns Falls its home was Wanted: Sharpshooter. In both of those books the town was only a necessary backdrop, but later, Spirit Legend started there and came back to the town more than once and Wolf Legend also took place there, though again, the town itself wasn’t a major character in those stories.

But, as often happens in the writing business, magic took over and the town of Johns Falls just grew--and grew--and grew--in my imagination, the stores and parks and all kinds of interesting places popping full-blown into my mind on a daily basis with the whole town becoming crystal clear until, in the book I’m talking about today, Shh – Don’t Tell, and the remaining books in that trilogy, Johns Falls comes into its own as an integral part of the story.

So I invite you to join the residents of Johns Falls, Minnesota, as they watch three of their favorite couples fall in love in Shh – Don’t Tell and the soon-to-be-published rest of the trilogy, A Very Black Cat and The House In The Forest.

In Shh – Don’t Tell, Chloe has returned to her hometown of Johns Falls to recover from being jilted, goes to work for her aunt in the Garden Store and finds a mother Mallard duck sitting on a clutch of eggs in one of the vases for sale in the outdoor portion of the store.

Sound familiar? When you were a kid, did you love Make Way for Ducklings as much as I did? Did you cheer for the Mallard family? Did you love the pictures in the award-winning children’s book? If so then you know the inspiration for Shh – Don’t Tell, and I promise that the ducks in this book are authentic Mallards in every way. And lovable. And a fun family to know even if they aren’t the main characters in this book. 

The story centers around Chloe Brown, who is recently jilted, depressed, and dedicated to protecting the Mallard family, and Ryan, interim manager of the local newspaper who wishes he was in Europe instead of small-town Minnesota and who is as determined to document the lives of the Mallard family as Chloe is to keep them secret, and, eventually he plans to use their story as publicity to further his own ambitions.

They are both much too busy sparring with each other to realize that they are falling in love. But after the ducks fly south for the winter, they must face the fact that, somehow, sometime, during a busy summer of keeping the duckling’s existence a secret while protecting them from predators and fighting with each other, they have fallen in love and must decide whether to let their hearts determine their future or to follow their predetermined plans that will soon take them away from Johns Falls and each other.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Shh – Don’t Tell.
Recently jilted, Chloe Brown is back home in Johns Falls, Minnesota, working for her aunt selling furniture and other garden paraphernalia until she can recover emotionally, after which she’ll leave. When she discovers a family of Mallard ducks in one of the huge vases in the outdoor portion of the store, her aunt agrees to let them stay because protecting the ducks is taking her niece out of her severe depression. Soon Chloe meets Ryan, short-term, interim manager of the Johns Falls newspaper. The two agree to support each other during this temporary, small-town stage of their lives, after which they will happily leave Johns Falls and each other. They find themselves sharing confidences, but Chloe has sworn to protect the duck family and keep them safe, so she keeps their existence a secret lest Ryan write about them in the paper, because a story could bring unwanted publicity, too many visitors, and possibly danger. But secrets have a way of being uncovered, especially by experienced reporters. And love isn’t temporary.

Where can readers find you online? 
I’m almost ashamed to say that I have a presence on almost every social media site that exists. (Almost.) But I’m determined to simplify my life and my marketing by using each and every site to simply funnel traffic to my website. So that’s the only place I’m listing here: My Website

Where can readers purchase Shh – Don’t Tell?
Amazon

Any parting comment?
I love putting a story together but at the moment I am not writing books with stories that are based around "big problems." I know such books help people who suffer from problems and I am glad for the help they get from such stories.

But for me, at least at this time in my life, I find that I most enjoy writing stories of normal, well-adjusted, reasonably happy people with interesting personalities and even more interesting personality quirks as they search intentionally for--or accidentally stumble upon--love and a happily-ever-after life. 

And I’m oh-so-glad that there are readers out there that like to read such stories.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
I live in northern Minnesota and I love the forests and lakes and wildlife. But I’ve lived in other milieus--city, suburbs, small towns, lakeshores, rural and farm areas. Each has its own charm, complete with good points and wonderful residents. 

Where would you live if you could live anywhere? (As an occasional science fiction author, that includes places beyond Earth if you are so inclined.)

Florence, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Florence is offering an eBook copy of Shh – Don’t Tell to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through April 17, 2018, 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 Wedding Barter by Alice K. Arenz is Jan. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 



My latest book is out – Her Reason to Smile, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book and the first chapter here.