Thursday, July 28, 2016

Catherine West novel


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THE THINGS WE KNEW
by Catherine West 

INSPY Award-winning author Catherine West writes
stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she's not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband have two grown children. Catherine's novel Bridge of Faith, won the 2015 Grace Award. Her new novel, The Things We Knew, released July 12th, 2016, through Harper Collins Christian Publishing. Catherine loves to connect with her readers and can be reached at her email address.


Welcome, Catherine. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
I’d pick JoJo Moyes. I’m a huge fan of her writing. I’d love to have a conversation with her about her books and how she manages all the things she does. She’s also achieved phenomenal success very quickly, so I’d be interested to learn how she copes with that. 

What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love the possibility of a new story. I never really know where my characters will take me, even though I try to start out with a rough outline, I am definitely a pantster. It’s always exciting to see what comes next. And then of course, once the story is finished, comes the challenge of editing and making sure the pieces all fit together. But once it’s done, and I’m satisfied with the end result, that’s a great feeling.

What can your readers expect from you next?
My next book with Harper Collins will release in March 2017. I’ll be sharing the title and the cover over the coming months. The story takes place on a vineyard in Sonoma, California, and is about letting go of secrets from the past and finding healing, forgiveness and redemption. All prevalent themes in each of my books, actually! 

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
If you’d like to help share this story, there are several ways to do that –
* Post honest reviews on sites such as Amazon, Goodreads, Barnes & Noble, CBD and your blog. If you’d like to schedule a blog interview with me, that would be great!
* Help spread the word on social media, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc. using the hashtags #thingsweknew #summer #beachreads and #amreading.
* Request The Things We Knew at your local library! This is a great way for new authors to reach readers who may not know about them.
* Word of Mouth – tell your friends and family about The Things We Knew, and encourage them to read it! 

Please tell us a little about your novel, The Things We Knew.
When their tragic past begins to resurface, can he help her remember the things she can’t?

After her mother’s death twelve years ago, Lynette Carlisle watched her close-knit family unravel. One by one, her four older siblings left their Nantucket home and never returned. All seem to blame their father for their mother’s death, but nobody will talk about that tragic day. And Lynette’s memory only speaks through nightmares. 

Then Nicholas Cooper returns to Nantucket, bringing the past with him. Once Lynette’s adolescent crush, Nick knows more about her mother’s death than he lets on. The truth could tear apart his own familyand destroy his fragile friendship with Lynette, the woman he no longer thinks of as a kid sister. 

As their father’s failing health and financial concerns bring the Carlisle siblings home, secrets surface that will either restore their shattered relationships or separate the siblings forever. But pulling up anchor on the past propels them into the perfect storm, powerful enough to make them question their faith, their willingness to forgive, and the very truth of all the things they thought they knew. 

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

Where can readers purchase The Things We Knew?
Thomas Nelson
Barnes & Noble
Christian Book Distributors
Amazon
And other major retailers. 

Any parting comment?
I’m always asked about my journey to publication, and I can tell you, it was a long one! I’ve been published through a small publisher, Indie Published, and now I’m writing for Harper Collins Christian Publishing/Thomas Nelson, which is a total dream come true for me. My best advice is, don’t ever give up. Keep writing, keep learning, and keep your goal in mind. If you’re willing to work for what you want, anything can happen! 

I love writing redemption stories. I think we all have one in us someplace. At least I hope we do! If you’d like to share yours with me, I’d love to hear it!


Catherine, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. One commenter to this blog post will be selected to receive a print copy of The Things We Knew that Catherine has offered. Commenters please 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 Through Raging Waters by Renee Blare is Nancy. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.



Thanks for reading my blog! My recently released novella is titled Donna’s Detour. The story is set in 1956 on the historic U.S. Route 66, a two-lane highway that ran from Chicago to California's west coast. Available in eBook at Amazon.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Renee Blare novel


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THROUGH RAGING WATERS
by Renee Blare


Raised in Louisiana and Wyoming, Renee started
writing poetry in junior high school. After having her son, a desire to attend pharmacy school sent her small family to the University of Wyoming in Laramie, and she's been counting pills ever since. While writing's her first love, after the Lord and husband, she also likes to fish, hunt, and pick away on her classical guitar.

Nestled in the foothills of the Wind River Mountains with her husband, crazy dogs and ornery cat, she continues to serve her community as a pharmacist while penning her Christian stories any chance she can get.



Welcome, Renee. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
I’ve answered this question before and my answer hasn’t changed. I would like to sit down and have dinner with Chief Sitting Bull. This man was a powerful figure in Lakota history. He was not only a leader of his people, he was a holy man…their spiritual leader. His people united under his leadership and guidance to withstand the tyranny of a strong and formidable foe. One that wished to annihilate their very existence. I have many questions to ask such a man for as Christians we are to soon face such a challenge.


What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
I love to hunt…yes, with a rifle. My favorite thing to do is to take two to three hour baths (I read!). I HATE to shop. Period.


Where is your favorite vacation spot?
The Bahamas. I’ve been there twice now and would love to go back again. :)


What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Write a review and tell everybody they know! Word of mouth is the most valuable tool in an author’s arsenal. Readers can reach more people than I can ever dream of by simply telling their church, friends, family, and neighbors. :)


Please tell us a little about your novel, Through Raging Waters.
Through Raging Waters is the second book in the Snowy Range Chronicles. It’s a hang-on-to-your-hat, roller coaster of a ride!


If Mother Nature has her way, Timber Springs will never be the same...

A warm spring and early rainstorms melt the snowpack. Spring runoff compounded by the storm of the century sends Timber Springs into a tailspin. 


Tossed into the role of rescuer, local pharmacist Paul Fitzgerald must face his past before the whole world falls apart. While he fights to contain the beast around him, he finds his steadfast control slipping through his fingers. And life…everyone’s life…hangs by a thread once again.

She isn’t a hero. Melissa Hampton has her own demons to battle. After she learns of her mysterious beginnings amidst her mother’s keepsakes, she faces more than just the river rushing outside her door. Now, she must discern friend from foe…but as waters rise and tension climbs within Timber Springs, she needs to rise to the challenge or lose the only man she's ever loved.

Can two people find each other through raging waters?

Where can readers find you online? contact@reneeblare.com

Website
Blog - Renee’s Inspirational Moments
Group Blog - The Diamond Mine of Christian Fiction
Amazon Author Page
Facebook
Google+
LinkedIn
Instagram
Twitter
Pinterest
YouTube
Tumblr - The  Journey

BookBub

Where can readers purchase Through Raging Waters?
Currently (6/24/16), it is available for pre-order on Amazon, but it will be available on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo, Smashwords, and various other sites as well:
Amazon
Smashwords


Any parting comment?
Thank you so much for the interview. It’s been a lot of fun!


Renee, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. One commenter to this blog post will be selected to receive an eBook copy of Through Raging Waters that Renee has offered. Commenters please 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 Montana Skies by Mary Alford is Connie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.



Thanks for reading my blog! My recently released novella is titled Donna’s Detour. The story is set in 1956 on the historic U.S. Route 66, a two-lane highway that ran from Chicago to California's west coast. From a reader's review: "I love the author's smooth writing style. She has a way to take readers back in time with her exquisite words that flow throughout the story....It is time to relax, grab an ice cold bottle of Coke and enjoy a great book that will bring a smile to your face. Join Donna and Tommy as they take a journey on Route 66." Available in eBook at Amazon.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Mary Alford - Contemporary Romance


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MONTANA SKIES by Mary Alford


Mary grew up in a small Texas town famous for not
much of anything really. As a teen, Mary discovered Phyllis Whitney and Victoria Holt and knew instinctively that was what she wanted to do.

She wrote her first novel as a teen, but never really pursued her writing career seriously until a few years later, when she wrote her first inspirational romantic suspense and was hooked.


Today, Mary still lives in Texas, and still creates people facing dangerous situations. In fact, she can’t think of anything else she’d rather do.

Welcome, Mary. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
Hum, that’s a tough one. I think if I could have dinner with one person I’d like to sit down with Laura Ingles Wilder. I loved Little House On The Prairie growing up. She lived such an amazing life. I’d love to just soak up the stories and maybe pick her brain a little on writing.


Where is your favorite vacation spot?

The Rocky Mountains. There’s just something about looking at those majestic peaks that ground me. I can see God’s hand everywhere I look. It kind of puts things in perspective for me. If God could create those magnificent mountains, my little problems are nothing For Him to guide me through.

Please describe yourself with three words.

Christian. Grandma. Author.

What is your favorite Bible verse? 

John 14: 1-3, King James Version (This verse finds its way into many of my books.)
"Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."


What do you enjoy most about writing? 

Being able to create heroes and heroines I love, set them in any location or circumstance I want and then have them fall in love in the most romantic way. And when I write “The End” on their romance, I get to do it all over again.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Montana Skies.
Montana Skies is all about second chances. Cara

Stevens thought her life as well as her marriage was over but soon finds everything she has ever hoped for is right there waiting for her return.

Cara Stevens is finally coming back home to Cartwright, Montana. But will she find the place she longs for from her childhood or a past without hope?

Since Cara left Cartwright a little more than a year earlier, not much has changed. Except her life is in shambles, her heart broken and the man she thought she had left behind is standing before her claiming to be a changed man.

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Facebook
Twitter
Goodreads

Where can readers purchase Montana Skies?
Amazon

Any parting comment?
Only that I have a Facebook street team that is open to readers who would like to join here. I
f you would like to join the group, email me here

Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters are not required to answer to be included in the book drawing.)
What’s your favorite Christian romance genre--Contemporary, Suspense or Historical?

Mary, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. One commenter to this blog post will be selected to receive an eBook copy of Montana Skies that Mary has offered. Commenters please remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.



The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Dawn of Liberty by Amber Schamel is Deana. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.


Till next time … keep on smiling. 



Thanks for reading my blog! My recently released novella is titled Donna’s Detour. The story is set in 1956 on the historic U.S. Route 66, a two-lane highway that ran from Chicago to California's west coast. Available in eBook at Amazon.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Amber Schamel book


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Dawn of Liberty by Amber Schamel


Multi-published author Amber Schamel writes riveting
stories that bring HIStory to life. She has a passion for travel, history, books and her Savior. This combination results in what her readers call "historical fiction at its finest."  A homeschool graduate from a family of 12 children, Amber found her calling early in life. First published at age 21, she has continued to hone her craft and is now the author of over half a dozen books. She lives in Colorado and spends half her time volunteering in the Ozarks. Visit her online at www.AmberSchamel.com


Welcome, Amber. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
That’s a really hard question. There are SO many people I would love to meet and spend time with. One I’ve been thinking about a lot lately is Joshua’s wife. There is a lot said in the Scripture about Joshua and all of his mighty valor in leading the Israelites into the Promised Land. His quote “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” is one of my all time favorites. But it got me to thinking. Who was the “we”? Joshua was an amazing man of God, and I suspect his wife was a worthy counterpart.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
I LOVE to travel, and there are so many wonderful places. But for the time being, Florida is my favorite place to vacation. I have lots of friends there, and it’s got ocean, which is different than what I’m accustomed to, since I live in the center of the country. I’m travelling to Canada for the first time in August though, so it might change. ;)

Please describe yourself with three words.
Work in Progress.

What do you enjoy doing for relaxation?
I have lots of things that I enjoy doing for relaxation. I like to play piano and sing, even if it is no more than joyful noise. LOL. I also enjoy chalkboard art while listening to soundtracks or instrumental music. Sometimes a good movie, or just chatting with my siblings or friends.

But above all, I love to get some time with just me and Jesus. All alone. No one else close by. Living with a large family doesn’t afford a lot of that, but it’s indescribable when it happens. :)

Please tell us a little about your novel, Dawn of Liberty.
Liberty comes with a price. Can a fledgling nation bear the cost?

British forces advance upon a struggling colonial army. The time of decision has come. Declare independence, or give up the fight. The weight of a nation rests on Samuel Adams' shoulders as he joins the delegates of the Second Continental Congress. Can he raise the cause of Liberty above the fear of the King's wrath in the hearts of his countrymen?

Three riveting short stories follow Samuel Adams as he struggles through the events surrounding the Declaration of Independence and evokes the Dawn of Liberty.

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Newsletter & updates
Blog - Stitches Thru Time
Blog - Heroes, Heroines & History        
Blog - Amber Schamel's HIStory blog

Facebook
Twitter
Pintrest
Goodreads

Where can readers purchase Dawn of Liberty?
Amazon
Deeper Shopping

Any parting comment?
Thank you so much for hosting me, Jo!
 
Leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
I loved your question, so now I’m going to turn it around! Readers, please tell me who would YOU love to have dinner with...besides Jesus?




Amber, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. One commenter to this blog post will be selected to receive an eBook copy of Dawn of Liberty that Amber has offered. Commenters please remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post to receive a copy of A Silver Medallion by James R. Callan is Angela. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

 
Thanks for reading my blog! My recently released novella is titled Donna’s Detour. The story is set in 1956 on the historic U.S. Route 66, a two-lane highway that ran from Chicago to California's west coast. From a reader's review: "I love the author's smooth writing style. She has a way to take readers back in time with her exquisite words that flow throughout the story....It is time to relax, grab an ice cold bottle of Coke and enjoy a great book that will bring a smile to your face. Join Donna and Tommy as they take a journey on Route 66." Available in eBook at Amazon.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

James R. Callan novel


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Leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, July 5, 2016 to be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book below. If you mention in your comment that you’re a follower (see in the left sidebar “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I'll add your name a second time in the drawing. U.S. mailing address required to receive a paper book. I may or may not have read books offered for giveaways. The mention and giveaway of books on my blog does not in any way indicate any manner of my endorsement of said books. Read book giveaway details at Disclaimers. To provide you security, please leave your email address like this: johnATyahooDOTcom. Winner announced in next Thursday's blog post.



A SILVER MEDALLION
by James R. Callan


After a successful career in mathematics and computer science, receiving grants from the National Science Foundation and NASA, and being listed in Who's Who in Computer Science and Two Thousand Notable Americans, James R. Callan turned to his first love--writing. He has had four non-fiction books published. He now concentrates on his favorite genre, mystery/suspense. His eleventh book is scheduled to release in June, 2016.

Enjoy Jim's interview with his main character, Crystal, below:

An Interview with Crystal Moore,
Protagonist in A Silver Medallion
 
JIM: Let's jump right into it. Why on earth did you decide to go to Mexico when you knew how ruthless Jose Rodriquez de Allende was? Are you an adventurer, a thrill seeker?

CRYSTAL: You didn't waste any time getting to that. No, I am not a thrill seeker, or an adventurer. The most dangerous thing I've ever done was say "No" to a man who had never heard that word. As to why I went, that's a question I've asked myself. Do you want the long answer or the short answer?


JIM: Let's start with the short.


CRYSTAL: Because of the threat to kill her two little girls if she tried to escape, or even told anybody of her situation, Lucita would never escape. She would spend her entire life a slave. But, if I could rescue her two children, she would be happy to escape.


JIM: But Allende was a powerful and vengeful man.


CRYSTAL:  Now we're into the long answer. First, I was naive. I wasn't prepared for just how evil the man was. And living in a society where one can depend on the police to help, I naturally thought I'd have some good local or state police help. That turned out to be foolish on my part.


JIM: Okay. I understand part of it. But this was such a risky business, I know you had other reasons.  Come on, tell us.


CRYSTAL: I guess the biggest one came from my own life. My parents were killed in a car accident when I was seven. It was such a difficult time for me. But, nothing could be done. They were gone, dead. No one could help me. I had loving grandparents who gave me a secure, loving home. Still, it was very difficult.


These two little girls didn't have grandparents. They were virtual slaves themselves, living under a brutal man. But their mother was alive. Something could be done.


Of course, there was another powerful reason. Once I talked with the mother, had pictures of the girls, I couldn't sleep. I would have nightmares about their treatment. I became a prisoner of their large brown eyes. I swear, I would wake up thinking I heard them crying. If I wanted to have a normal life again, I had to, at least, try to rescue them. 


JIM: I'm beginning to understand why you went. But did you really think you would succeed? I mean, this was a powerful man and in a foreign country.


CRYSTAL: You understand the dangers. Well, actually, I didn't until I met Juan Grande. He made the dangers quite clear to me. But, you fix your mind on what you want to achieve. You don't think about failure.


JIM:  Okay. You've convinced me. You should have gone. One last question. Did anyone else think you should go?


CRYSTAL: No one. Nana, who can face down the devil, said I shouldn't go. Brandi, as brash as they come, said it was a dumb idea. And Mark, a former bull rider, didn't want me to go. Even Lucita. She feared if I tried and failed, her children might suffer the consequences. Her fears almost stopped me.


JIM: That's all we have time for today. Thanks for being so open and honest in your answers. I look forward to reading the full account in A Silver Medallion.


And you, too, can get all the details in A Silver Medallion, on Amazon.

 


Welcome, Jim. Please tell us a little about your novel, A Silver Medallion.
In 2015, young, naive Crystal Moore encounters a slave in Dallas, Texas--a slave held not by chains, but by threats her two girls held hostage in the jungles of Mexico will be killed if she escapes.


To Crystal, it's clear. The children must be rescued first, or the mother will never escape.


Crystal will need the help of mysterious Juan Grande. If she succeeds, mother and children will be free. But Crystal will have two powerful and ruthless men, one in Texas, one in Mexico, who will want her dead.


"... a gripping, action-packed adventure from talented author James Callan. Crystal Moore is a tough and savvy heroine ..." --New York Times Bestselling Author Bobbi Smith

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Blog
Author's page on Amazon 

Where can readers purchase A Silver Medallion?
Amazon


Jim, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. One commenter to this blog post will be selected to receive an eBook copy of A Silver Medallion that Jim has offered. Commenters please 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 This Side of Heaven by Diane Dean White is Mary B. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 



Thanks for reading my blog! My recently released novella is titled Donna’s Detour. The story is set in 1956 on the historic U.S. Route 66, a two-lane highway that ran from Chicago to California's west coast. From a reader's review: "I love the author's smooth writing style. She has a way to take readers back in time with her exquisite words that flow throughout the story....It is time to relax, grab an ice cold bottle of Coke and enjoy a great book that will bring a smile to your face. Join Donna and Tommy as they take a journey on Route 66." Available in eBook at Amazon.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Diane Dean White novel


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Leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, June 28, 2016 to be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book below. If you mention in your comment that you’re a follower (see in the left sidebar “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I'll add your name a second time in the drawing. U.S. mailing address required to receive a paper book. I may or may not have read books offered for giveaways. The mention and giveaway of books on my blog does not in any way indicate any manner of my endorsement of said books. Read book giveaway details at Disclaimers. To provide you security, please leave your email address like this: johnATyahooDOTcom. Winner announced in next Thursday's blog post.


THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN
by Diane Dean White


Diane started her writing career in a southern town
where she did reporting, and wrote her first column "Yankee Viewpoint's." They returned to Michigan, where she did stringer work, ancestral history, and donor appeal letters for non-profit organizations, while doing her favorite job...a stay-at-home Mom. Diane became a columnist for a weekly magazine for four years. She is the author of over three-hundred short stories, and seven books. She and hubby, Stephen, have been married for forty-four years, and they are the parents of three grown children and three grand-gals. They live in the Sunshine state.


Welcome, Diane. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
Aw…King Solomon…I’d like to eat the food from this time, and see the man and hear more wisdom flow from his mouth.


What do you enjoy most about writing?
It’s the fun of creating a plot and using imaginary people to weave a story. I take myself out of the reality of my day, and although research is time consuming and necessary, I love seeing everything as it comes together within a full circle. I trust the Lord and seek His direction in all of my writing. After numerous rewrites, I can’t wait to write THE END.


Do you have a dedicated place to write, or a nook or corner of a room, or the kitchen table?
Yes, a spare bedroom works nicely as my office. I have a back injury so I use a chaise lounge with a portable keyboard on my lap. My computer is next to me on a table with my printer, and photos of my book-signings are above on the wall.  A painting my grandmother did is over an old desk, bookshelves, and other special wall-hangings are on the opposite side. I have a wicker table next to me under my window which holds an aloe plant, a dish of seashells and a few other fun things.


What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
I’m always happy to hear when someone likes my book, and then does a review. I don’t think readers realize how important these are for authors, and I encourage those who share how much they enjoy one of my books, to please follow it up with a review. Word of mouth is an excellent way to share how much readers enjoy books, and I’m grateful for that and Facebook postings.


Please tell us a little about your novel, This Side of Heaven.
“Only one hurdle and they were free to fall in love.”


Darlene arrives in rural Georgia with her two preschoolers to escape an abusive marriage. In hiding, she struggles to adjust to a secretive life among the pecan trees and gardenias. Then comes an unexpected visit from a neighbor.


Detective Brett Gafee is married to his job and his community, and heir to large pecan orchards. Expectations of a loving relationship dwindle over the years, and he sets aside all thoughts of marriage. Then he introduces himself to Darlene.


Darlene’s secret past keeps her at bay from both Brett and her feelings. Can she be true to her heart and to Brett? When the truth comes out, will Brett pick up the pieces, or will he walk away?

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Facebook Author Page

Facebook Personal Page
Amazon Author Page
Pinterest
Goodreads


Where can readers purchase This Side of Heaven?
Amazon

Any parting comment?
In all my books I seek God’s direction, and share the salvation plan. I may be writing a romance, and most have suspense added, but its important my characters look to Him, although some do go through trials and redemption takes place. I want my books to be something my granddaughters can read, and I stay true to that.


Thank you, Jo, for having me visit today. I appreciate your sweet hospitality and time to share.


Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters are not required to answer.)
Are you interested in all genres, or what do you enjoy most; historical, contemporary, suspense, mysteries? And do you enjoy writing a review?



One commenter will be chosen to win an eBook copy of This Side of Heaven, which Diane has graciously offered.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Knight in Shining Apron by Carole Brown is Patricia. 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, June 16, 2016

Carole Brown novel


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KNIGHT IN SHINING APRON
by Carole Brown

Besides being an active participant of many writing
Carole Brown
groups, Carole enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense, tough topics, romance and whimsy into her books, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?



Welcome, Carole. What do you enjoy doing for relaxation?
I love my family and any time my hubby and I can spend with them, is precious indeed. Since God blessed us with grand boys, we continually plan activities and/or fun things to do that center around their interests. We take vacations with our sons (and families), eat out, share holidays, etc.


My husband and I love to travel and have friends across the country. We live simply in the country enjoying our quiet hobby farm--gardens, animals, walking, reading, working together, sharing times out, eating from the grill, etc.


I also love scrap booking, a fairly new hobby, when I can find the time to do it. I’m also considering making beads, paper weights, etc. with dried flowers. Music is a biggie with us, singing and listening to the music we love.



What can your readers expect from you next?
In the fall of 2016, book two of the WWII Spies romantic suspense series will release: A Flute in the Willows. It features the second, red-headed Rayner daughter, Josephine, the rebellious one who eloped during the first book (With Music in Their Hearts). But betrayal of trust, injuries and a revengeful foreign spy all collide to bring Josie and her husband, Jerry, together again . . . and to their knees. 

A mid-spring date will see the third book in my Denton and Alex Davies cozy mystery series release. It’s titled Daffy’s Duck, and along with Denton and Alex, readers will get to meet Daffodil and Jeremy Meadows, owners of a Colorado ski resort. Sister Daffy happens to have a little fame with her duck paintings, and much older brother Jeremy oversees their business and tries to keep Daffodil under control. They have a problem with some long-lost, estranged relatives who are determined to gain Daffy’s trust, er, money. 

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Three things bring delight to an author’s heart, besides reading and enjoying her books:

Post reviews wherever you can.
Share with others. Word of mouth is the best advertisement!
Follow the author: Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, blog, wherever! Sign up for their newsletter.
And thank you!


Please tell us a little about your novel, Knight in Shining Apron.
Starli Cameron gave up her career plans to be a

concert pianist to marry the man of her dreams. He turned out to be a nightmare. When he dies in a car accident, Starli takes the insurance money and builds a successful and upscale restaurant: Apply Blossoms in rural West Virginia. Threats from someone determined to ruin her life--or is it win her love?--and the suspicious romantic advances from her new chef force Starli to search her heart and finally turn to God for real healing.

Sir Joel Peterman-Blair, top notch chef from England, is roped by his uncle, into filling in as head Chef at Apple Blossoms. Joel, with his sanguine-personality, has always laughed and flirted his way through life. But now, confronted with and attracted to the most beautiful woman he’s ever met, Joel has to prove his sincerity and depth of character to his icy-cold employer. Can his love for God and for this woman reach out far enough to rescue her from her own mistrust and bitterness? Will he learn that life is not all play?

And can they both work together to find the source of threats that seem to be coming from Starli’s past?


Where can readers find you online?
Personal blog
Facebook
Amazon Author Page
Twitter
Pinterest
Goodreads
Linkedin
Google+
Word Sharpeners
Stitches in Time


Where can readers purchase Knight in Shining Apron?
Amazon Author Page

Do keep your eye on my Amazon Author Page to find Knight in Shining Apron as soon as it releases--THIS MONTH! Don't miss it!

Any parting comment?
My mother and dad began attending church when I was a preteen. From that moment on, God captured my love--not saying I never strayed, but he was always there wooing me back to himself. From there, I can look back and see how God guided my steps and life. I was engaged, but we separated. I planned on attending a certain school, but felt led not to do so. I finished college with two degrees. I dug deeper into church functions, leading children’s activities, helping with the musical aspects and eventually with private school teaching. When I met my husband, I was captured by his strength, his firm belief, his strong personality, and his love. Every step in my life led me to the moment of our marriage, and then a lifelong love, adventures and travel, and service to the God we love, which, of course, gave me the opportunity to pursue  writing as a career!


Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
For fun:  If I (Carole Brown) wasn’t writing what would I love to do? (Commenters are not required to answer.)



Carole, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. I'll draw f
rom among commenters for a winner to receive their choice of an eBook or print (to U.S. mailing addresses only) copy of Knight in Shining Apron, that Carole has offered. Commenters, please 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 Choice by Ginger Solomon is Kyla. 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!