Thursday, January 22, 2015

Michelle Griep novel

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   BRENTWOOD'S WARD by Michelle Griep



Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. Her recent books are Brentwood's Ward, A Heart Deceived, and Undercurrent. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at www.michellegriep.com or www.writerofftheleash.blogspot.com or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.


Welcome, Michelle. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
Barabbas. No, that’s not a typo. I know he was a villain, hence his stint on death row in a Roman prison, but what was he like after he was released? It had to be a life-changing event to gain pardon for the sake of an innocent man. What were his thoughts and feelings about the crucifixion? Did he hang around and watch it or run away? There are so many unanswered questions that I’d love to ask him.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Brentwood's Ward.
Think Sherlock Holmes meets Dickens and you’ll have a feel for the

style. I got the idea from an old newspaper advertisement put out by Henry Fielding, the founder of the Bow Street Runners. It encouraged the public to send a note to Bow Street as soon as any serious crime occurred so that “a set of brave fellows could immediately be dispatched in pursuit of the villains.” I wondered about those “brave fellows” and what kind of villains they might come up against, and thus was born Nicholas Brentwood . . .  

There’s none better than NICHOLAS BRENTWOOD at catching the felons who ravage London’s streets, and there’s nothing he loves more than seeing justice carried out—but this time he’s met his match. Beautiful and beguiling EMILY PAYNE is more treacherous than a city full of miscreants and thugs, for she’s a thief of the highest order . . . she’s stolen his heart.

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?That no matter what life throws at you, God is—and always has been—in charge.

Where can readers find you online?
Michelle Griep
Writer Off the Leash
Facebook
Pinterest And all the other usual haunts: Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn

Where can readers purchase Brentwood's Ward?
Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christian Book Distributors, and other e-retailers.

Any parting comment?
Go for the dark chocolate. It’s healthier.



The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of xxx by Carol Erhardt is Melanie B. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Carol Ann Erhardt novel

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   THE FATHER’S GIFT by Carol Ann Erhardt

 

Carol Ann Erhardt writes stories her fans categorize as emotional, suspenseful and inspirational. She lives in central Ohio and enjoys spare time hobbies of reading and crocheting. She loves to laugh and her three cats, Charlotte, Wilbur, and Templeton provide much amusement. So does her family and she hosts monthly family dinners where cousins and siblings find time to bond.

She loves God and spends time every morning reading the Bible, devotions, and doing Bible Studies. She loves to sing praises, though she laughingly admits, off-key.

She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).

If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
My father. He was only 19 when he was killed during World War II. He was on a ship at his battle station when a kamikaze pilot struck. Many lives were lost that day. I have letters he wrote to my mother while he was at sea and he shared his love for me in them. I would love to share stories of my life and how he has always been in my heart. I’d like to hear stories from his youth and spend time laughing with him. I know we’ll meet one day in heaven, but spending an evening sharing stories and love over dinner would be awesome.

Please tell us a little about your novel, The Father’s Gift.
The Father’s Gift is the third book in my Havens Creek series. The series started as a stand-alone book, but readers kept writing to me

asking if I was going to write more stories about this quaint little mountain town. They wanted a secondary character from the first book to have a happily ever after. And so the series was born. The Father’s Gift is a story I’d been struggling with for several years because it just didn’t feel right. But when I moved it into Havens Creek, the characters began to speak to me. Many secrets were revealed and the story blossomed and became one of my favorite books to date. The title of the book eluded me during the writing process, and it was only after writing the end that God gave me the perfect title. He is the One who gives me the stories and words and to Him goes all the glory!

Braden and Mark are twins and though they look alike they have different aspirations and dreams. Braden needs a structured life, one he can control, and unfortunately tries to control his brother’s life as well, trying to turn him into someone he can’t be. Mark is a free spirit, happy and content with his job working on motorcycles and riding his Harley without a helmet. The twins were adopted at an early age and Braden has hidden his angry feelings about parents who would abandon their own children. Mark wants to know more about his father and searches to find him.

Braden is in love with Allison, though he doesn’t act on these feelings because he believes his brother and Allison are an item, something the entire town also believes.

Allison’s brother and his wife, Dana, are expecting a baby. The birth is due a year after the stillbirth of their son, Luke. Dana is afraid to open her heart to love a child again for fear of losing another baby.

The book is set during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, but can be read at any time because the story is about the characters and the struggles they face.

A reviewer said: “Once again I was pulled into the story from the very beginning and didn't want to stop reading until the final pages. The story conveys the beautiful message of God's love and care as the characters deal with, among other things, broken and strife-filled relationships, a kidnapping, and a frustrated couple seeking to find their way to romance.” Another reviewer said: “She brings her characters to life in each book, you fall in love with them from the first page. I agree with other reviews...each book can stand alone!! Though characters from past books make an appearance in this quaint town, meeting new ones and going along with them on their journey in seeking God, forgiveness and finding love and peace is rewarding.”

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
I’d like my readers to close the book with a happy sigh, because they were entertained and they understand how God can work miracles and turn even the worst of circumstances into something beautiful.

Where can readers find you online?


Visiting my website at: www.carolannerhardt.com where readers can find a page and links to purchase all my books, a blog about my prayer shawl ministry, and a blog called “Love is An Action Word.” 


Connect with me on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/CarolAnnErhardt.Author and my personal page at www.Facebook.com/CarolAnnErhardt

Join me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CarolAnnErhardt

Where can readers purchase The Father’s Gift?
Both ebook and print books can be purchased through Amazon.

Any parting comment?
Thank you, Jo, for hosting me on your blog today! It has been fun. Readers can expect two more new books to be released in 2015. May God bless you all with a happy, healthy, and love-filled new year.

Carol Ann, thanks for visiting with my readers. One of the commenters will win a copy of The Father's Gift, which you have offered.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The Devil and Pastor Gus by Roger Bruner is Sonja. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

Friday, January 9, 2015

The Devil and Pastor Gus Novel

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           THE DEVIL AND PASTOR GUS by Roger Bruner


 

Roger Bruner worked as a teacher, job counselor, and programmer analyst before retiring to pursue his dream of writing Christian fiction full-time. Roger enjoys reading, writing songs and playing his guitar, web design, mission trips, photography, and spending time with his wonderful wife, Kathleen. Roger’s new novel, The Devil and Pastor Gus, has just released. Two Young Adult novels, Found in Translation and Lost in Dreams, came out in 2011. He’s also published Yesterday’s Blossoms, a small book of his older short writings—poetry, plays, short stories.

Welcome, Roger. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
That’s a toughie, but the first person who comes to mind is C.S. Lewis. Not only was he a wonderfully imaginative person, but a theologically insightful one. Of course, it’s possible his end of the conversation might be over my head. At the same time—if I understand correctly—he wrote some of his best fiction for children. So maybe he would be able to get down to my level after all.

Please tell us a little about your novel, The Devil and Pastor Gus. 

Thirty or forty years ago, I wrote a short play called B.L.Z.—about a  
Christian minister who outsmarted the Devil.

Five or six years ago, I realized that the basic plot of that play was novel-worthy if I just doctored it up some. And that’s what I did.

Pastor Gus Gospello is suffering a mid-life crisis. He’s determined to leave a legacy to future Christians, and he decides to write a satire making fun of the Devil for his excessive pride.

B.L.ZeBubb, on the other hand, has been suffering years of humiliation because he failed to win Gus’s soul years earlier. He obtains God’s permission to try again.

Gus and B.L.ZeBubb become obsessed with their projects, and Gus feigns friendship with the Devil to learn back story to use in his novel. But once B.L.ZeBubb discovers that Gus has been playing him for a fool, he makes Gus’s life miserable in every imaginable way.

When B.L.ZeBubb finally backs Gus into a corner he feels selling his soul is the only way out of. But he bargains for power he hopes will allow him to beat the Devil at his game.

But can he be sure? After all, the Devil is still the Devil.

This novel is quirky. It will make readers laugh and cry. And—unless I’m terribly mistaken—ultimately cheer.

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
I want my readers to have a very sound understanding of the fact that—once they’ve become part of God’s family through faith in Jesus Christ—nothing can tear them away from Him. I also want to convey the realization that God’s mercy is so much vaster than we can possibly imagine. Just as God Himself is so much bigger than we can conceive of.

Where can readers find you online?
My website is RogerBruner.com, and I have two blogs. On AsIComeSinging, I post the lyrics of my original songs. At OnAgingGracelessly, I simply talk about whatever’s on my mind. 


Although I’m not real active on Facebook and Twitter, I will friend almost anyone and definitely respond to anyone who gets in touch with me. My Facebook is “/roger.bruner” and my Twitter is “/rogerbruner”…

Where can readers purchase The Devil and Pastor Gus?
I’d love to say, “Wherever good books are sold,” but Pastor Gus hasn’t made it everywhere yet. But you can buy print and Kindle books at Amazon, Nook books at Barnes and Noble, and print books from FamilyChristian.com.

Any parting comment?
Absolutely. Pastor Gus wanted to leave a legacy for future Christians in the form of his novel. Even though I hope to write many additional novels and continue to improve my writing until I’m unable to write at all, I’ll always think of The Devil and Pastor Gus as my legacy.

It says what I’ll never be able to say to a live audience, and that’s probably just as well. I get a bit long-winded and tongue-twisted before an audience that’s not reading my words.

Roger, thank you for an interesting interview. One of the commenters to this post will win a copy of The Devil and Pastor Gus, which you have offered.



The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The Lady Fugitive by Ada Brownell is rubynreba. I’ll email you for your mailing address and you will receive your book from Ada.

Four additional winners of a copy of  The Lady Fugitive by Ada Brownell are Britney A, Melanie B, Wendy N, and  Maxie. I'll email you for your mailing address and you'll receive your book from Fred St Lauent of the Book Club Network.

Five winners of an annual online subscription to Book Fun Magazine are Melanie B, Wendy N,  Janet E,  rubynreba, and Maxie. I'll send your email addresses to Fred and he will contact you about your subscription.

Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.


Till next time … keep on smiling.


Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Lady Fugitive novel




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Leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, January 6, 2015 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. Read book giveaway details at Disclaimers. Please leave your email address. Winner announced in next Thursday's blog post.

This just in: Fred St Laurent of Book Fun Magazine has added 4 more copies of Ada's book to this drawing! He will also include 5 annual subscriptions to Book Fun Magazine (http://www.bookfunmagazine.com), which normally go for $9.95.




THE LADY FUGITIVE by Ada Brownell
 

Ada Brownell, a devoted Bible student, has written for Christian publications since age 15, and spent much of her life as a reporter for The Pueblo Chieftain in Colorado. She also is a veteran youth Christian education teacher. After moving to Missouri in her retirement, she continues to write books, freelance for Sunday school papers, Christian magazines, write op-ed pieces for newspapers, and blogs with stick-to-your-soul encouragement. She is a member of Ozarks Chapter of American Christian Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers. She and her husband have five children, one in heaven, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Welcome, Ada. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
I’m a glutton for food, love people and conversation so I choose Catherine Booth, Fanny Crosby, Corrie Ten Boom and Lucille Ball.

Please tell us a little about your novel, The Lady Fugitive.
The idea for the book, a historical romance, came from my maternal grandparents. My grandfather traveled about the country showing one of the first Passion of the Christ moving pictures and his father was murdered. My grandmother, a spunky talented orphan, ran from an abusive uncle. Yet the book is 100 percent fiction. You can read the first chapter on Amazon.  Here’s the book summary:

THE LADY FUGITIVE
How does a respected elocutionist become a face on a wanted poster?
Jenny Louise Parks escapes from the coal bin, and her abusive uncle offers a handsome reward for her return. Because he is a judge, he will find her or he won’t inherit her parents’ ranch. 
Determination to remain free grips Jenny, especially after she meets William and there’s a hint of romance. But while peddling household goods and showing a Passion of the Christ moving picture, he discovers his father’s brutal murder. 
Will Jenny avoid the bounty hunters? Can she forgive the person who turns her in? Will she find peace, joy and love?

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
The theme of the book centers around God’s love and how much He values even one sheep when He has 99 others. I like these comments from reviewers: “You’ll laugh, bite your nails, and wish you had a gun to help.”The Lady Fugitive by Ada Brownell is an excellent Christian historical romance. There is quite a cast of characters; and some of them are really ‘characters,’ even four-legged ones.” This book is a keeper – taking you back into what once was commonplace, especially in regards to young people who were alone in the world. Trains, stagecoaches, bounty hunters, horses, murder and a little romance make for a story you won’t put down until you reach the end.”

Where can readers find you online?
Twitter: @AdaBrownell
Blog Stick-to-Your-Soul Encouragement

Where can readers purchase The Lady Fugitive?
The book, published by Elk Lake Publishers, a division of Book Club Network, is available for Kindle and in paperback, and will available soon in more locales.
Any parting comment?
I’m working on a sequel to The Lady Fugitive and have four other books on my Amazon author page, plus chapters in a half dozen others. Thanks, Jo, for inviting me to be your guest.


Ada, thanks for visiting with my readers. Five commenters will win a copy of The Lady Fugitive, which you and your publisher have offered. Also, five commenters will win annual subscriptions to Book Fun Magazine, offered by Fred St Laurent.


The winner of Thursday’s blog post of December 18, 2014 for a copy of At Bluebonnet Lake  by Amanda Cabot is Patti S. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.