Thursday, May 30, 2013

Win a Book!

Thursday Thoughts on Reading and Writing

When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, June 2, 2013 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a PDF copy of the book below. If you mention in your comment that you’re a follower (see in the left column “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I’ll add your name a second time in the drawing. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. You can read details about my book giveaways at Disclaimers.   


Stopped Cold
By Gail Pallotta

Our guest today is Gail Pallotta. We’ll be talking with her and about her new book, Stopped Cold.

Award-winning author Gail Pallotta has published articles, poems, short stories and books. Some of her articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. Her new book, Stopped Cold, is a best seller on All Romance eBooks.



JO: Welcome, Gail. Please tell us a little about yourself.

GAIL: I’m wife, Mom, writer, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. As a volunteer over the years I’ve been a Sunday school teacher, a swim-team coordinator and a literary instructor through the PTA. My husband says I’m the only person he knows who can go in the grocery store for a loaf of bread and come out with someone’s life story. I enjoy talking to people and learning their interests and accomplishments.

As a writer, I’ve published articles, poems, short stories and books. Some of my articles are in anthologies, but two historical pieces ended up in museums. I’m a former regional writer of the year for American Christian Writers Association and am a Clash of the Titles winner.

JO: What three fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself that we don’t know?

GAIL: I get a love of the shore from my mother and father. In my house I display conch shells and smaller seashells my mother picked up off beaches they visited over the years. The conch shells are on a shelf in my guest bathroom, and the seashells are in a clear, glass bowl in my foyer.

I don’t recognize one model car from another. To me, they’re red, black, gray or whatever color, so I don’t care what kind of car I drive as long as it gets me where I’m going and back. But I grew up in the mountains where people don’t slow down for curves, so I like to drive a small car that hugs them.

I enjoy different kinds of teas and coffee. I especially like Teeccino, a natural herbal coffee, made from carob, chicory root and other flavors. It’s caffeine free and improves digestion. 

JO: Where do you write?

GAIL: In a small space separated from the utility room by a door. I especially like that it has a window overlooking trees, grass and flowers and a bookcase and filing cabinet for storage. There’s a rack for drying clothes and an ironing board behind me that don’t fit in the utility room. It’s not a problem, because I don’t see them unless the washer or dryer dings. Then I have to get up to do something with the clothes and notice the utility area spilling into my office.

JO: Do you always know the title of your books before you write them?

GAIL: Actually, I rarely know them. With my current book, Stopped Cold, I associated the sports in the story with games and used a play on the word because I thought drug use might seem like a game to some people. I came up with A Deadly Game. Then I changed that to A Dangerous Game, but one day as I was re-writing parts of the book, it dawned on me that the young boy who took a steroid was stopped cold. I changed the title.

JO: Please tell us about Stopped Cold.

GAIL: It’s set in a small town in the North Carolina mountains, but things aren’t what they seem in peaceful Mistville, N.C.

Margaret McWhorter enjoys a laid-back Freshman year in high school flirting with Jimmy Willmore, swimming and hanging out with friends—until that day. Her brother, Sean, suffers a stroke from taking a steroid. Now he’s lying unconscious in a hospital. Margaret’s angry at her dad for pushing Sean to be a great quarterback, but a fire of hatred burns inside her to make the criminals pay.

Looking for justice, she takes Jimmy and her best friend, Emily, through a twisted, drug-filled sub-culture. A clue sends them deep into the woods behind the school where they overhear drug dealers discuss Sean.

Time and time again they walk a treacherous path and come face to face with danger. Even the cop on the case can’t stop them from investigating. All the while Margaret really wants to cure Sean, heal the hate inside, and open her heart to love.

JO: What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading this book?

GAIL:  The book drives home the risks of taking steroids and illustrates the danger in living to be number one instead of using our God-given gifts to the best of our abilities. I hope those reading Stopped Cold will come away knowing that God has given each of them a gift or gifts to use for Him and that, not being number one, makes them worthwhile.

JO: What are you working on now?

GAIL: I just finished a romantic comedy with mystery and suspense and have started on a book about a woman with a mysterious illness.

JO: Please tell our readers where they can get your book.

GAIL: It’s available on Smashwords, Front Porch Romance, Amazon and All Romance eBooks.
Here are the links:

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/305506

http://www.frontporchromance.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=33&products_id=194

http://www.amazon.com/Stopped-Cold-ebook/dp/B00CBAT37I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365693797&sr=8-1&keywords=gail+pallotta

https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-stoppedcold-1157330-176.html

JO: Please tell our readers where they can find you online.

GAIL: My twitter handle is Hopefulwords @Gail Pallotta
My Authors and More Facebook page is  https://www.facebook.com/#!/AuthorsandMore

JO: Any Parting Comments?

GAIL: I was so excited a couple weeks ago to learn that Stopped Cold is a best seller on All Romance eBooks.

Also, I’d like to share information about my New Release Celebration in the “teen” room on The Book Club Network. It starts on June 10.  Each week for a month, I’ll ask a discussion question. At the end of the week, I’ll give away a PDF download of Stopped Cold and one prize. The prizes are a jacket from the 1996 Olympics, a stuffed cow from a Chic-fil-A football bowl game, a leather purse and a bottle of Fancy Nights perfume. To attend, on June 10, go to www.bookfun.org and join the “teen” group.
Thank you for having me on your lovely blog!

JO: Thank you for visiting with my readers. Thank you for graciously offering one of our commenters a PDF copy of Stopped Cold.


Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, June 2, 2013 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a PDF copy of Stopped Cold by Gail Pallotta. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. Please, please remember to leave your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you for your mailing address. I’ll announce the winner in Monday’s blog.


Till next time … keep on smiling.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Meet the Characters


Monday Meanderings

I want you to get to know some of the characters of my novel Beyond the Past, Book 2 in the Caney Creek Series. For the next few Mondays I’ll interview one of the characters and you can leave comments if you want. I think this might help you when you read my novel to know how these characters feel as they move through the story. If you leave a comment on this blog that is totally related to the interview I'll give you an extra entry in the next Thursday book drawing when you comment there.

Today I’m talking with Art Gray, teenage son of Callie and Arthur. He lives in Newton, Tennessee with his family.


JO: Art, can you stop and talk with me for a minute?

ART: I’m supposed to be working, but maybe I can talk to you for a minute.

JO: Thanks. What are you working at?

ART: Oh, just doing community service and today I’m picking up trash around the school.

JO: Why are you doing community service?

ART: I got into some trouble and the judge ordered me to do this.

JO: You must have been in some big trouble to get ordered to do this.

ART: Yeah, I guess. I don’t like school and only go if I have to. I wrecked my car one day when I skipped school.

JO: Were you hurt when you wrecked your car?

ART: Not much. A broken arm and they took out my spleen. But the worse thing was when I wrecked my car I’d been drinking some beer. That’s what got me in trouble with the judge. I’m supposed to go to an Alcohol Anonymous meeting every week. I went once and found out the people there were just a bunch of losers. I’m not going back.

JO: Art, if you don’t go to those meetings won’t you be in trouble with the judge again? Have you thought about that?

ART: Not much. What else can he do to me? He’s already taken away my driver’s license for two months. The way I see it, the judge can’t make it any worse than it already is.


The winners of the last two Thursday's blog posts: of a copy of Threads of Love by Andrea Boeshaar is KayM and of a copy of A Familiar Shore by Jennifer Fromke is Emily. I'll email you to get your mailing address and get the books out to you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.



Thursday, May 23, 2013

Win a Book!


Thursday Thoughts on Reading and Writing

When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, May 26, 2013 you'll 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 column “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I’ll add your name a second time in the drawing. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. You can read details about my book giveaways at Disclaimers.   


A Familiar Shore
by Jennifer Fromke 


Though raised in the Midwest, Jennifer Fromke writes from North Carolina where she lives with her three teenagers and husband of over 20 years. In addition to her debut novel, A Familiar Shore, Jennifer co-authored a Christmas novella (The Christmas Tree Treasure Hunt) and published two short stories (“Black Tie Optional” can be purchased as part of Heart Bouquets, a short story collection). Her favorite sport is laughing with her family and her favorite daily chore is to ensure the candy dish never runs dry. Jennifer has graciously given a copy of A Familiar Shore for the winner of the book drawing from among those who comment on this blog post. 

JO: Our guest today is Jennifer Fromke. Welcome, Jennifer. Please tell us a little about yourself.

JENNIFER: I’m a stay-at-home mom turned stay-at-home mom who writes in between all the other stuff I used to do. Adding a full-time job to a full-time job has been a challenge and great fun!

JO: What three fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself that we don’t know?

JENNIFER: My favorite food is strawberry shortcake. I am obsessed with trying new things: recipes, restaurants, stores, roads, etc . . . I appear in the Hunger Games movie as an extra (it was filmed in my hometown).

JO: Hunger Games—interesting. Please describe yourself with three words.

JENNIFER: Reader. Sanguine. Dreamer.

JO: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not writing?

JENNIFER: Reading. Walking on the beach. Boating.

JO: How did you become involved in writing?

JENNIFER: I graduated college with a Literature major, and ended up working in the software business up until the birth of my first child. I stayed home for years and when everybody went to school all day, I decided to pursue my dream. I attended writer’s conferences and workshops and my first plot fell into place in one of those classes. My first manuscript won the ACFW Genesis contest and two years later it was published.

JO: Where do you write? Do you have a dedicated office or a corner or nook in a room?

JENNIFER: I write everywhere. The back porch, my favorite chair in the living room, favorite chair in the front room, favorite chair in the bedroom, the car, the tennis courts, the barn, etc . . . where the kids go, my laptop goes.

JO: Do you always know the title of your books before you write them?

JENNIFER: No. I think the title is the hardest part. I also think it needs to come last. For me, anyway. 

JO: Please tell us about A Familiar Shore.

JENNIFER: Meg Marks is a young lawyer raised off the coast of the Carolinas. An anonymous client hires her to arrange his will, and sends her to meet his estranged family at their lake home in northern Michigan. After a shocking discovery, she finds herself caught between his suspicious family and a deathbed promise her conscience demands that she keep. Will she sacrifice her own dreams for revenge, or will she choose something more?

JO: What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading this book?

JENNIFER: I hope they take a long hard look at what favoritism can do to a family. Also, I hope they develop a new appreciation for one of my favorite places on earth: Northern Michigan.

JO: Where did you get the idea for your book?

JENNIFER: A photograph taken by a friend of mine inspired Popsie. So I had this character first. I was also studying the life of Joseph at the time and I wanted to see what it might look like to place a modern character in the same position as Joseph at that moment he stands before his brothers who betrayed him, unknown to them. He must decide whether to exact revenge upon them or forgive. So I created another character, Meg, and I tried to craft a situation where she would face a similar decision.

JO: Did you have to do any research for this book?

JENNIFER: The biggest point of research I had to conduct concerned the boats in the story. My dad is a sea captain and provided a wealth of information. I grew up boating on most weekends, but needed him for the details, the vocabulary and also for making things realistic. It was great fun chatting with him over and over about the book. I owe him so much for that!

JO: How long have you been writing? When did you sell your first book?

JENNIFER: I’ve been writing since 2008. A Familiar Shore is my first book and that sold in 2011.

JO: What advice would you give to writers who have been writing a few years but still haven’t interested an agent or publisher in their novel?

JENNIFER: Attend a conference or writing workshop if at all possible. Save up, it will be worth it. Keep writing. Write every day.

JO: What are you working on now?

JENNIFER: I’m just finishing a novel about a lifelong friendship between two women that is interrupted when one of them contracts Alzheimer’s Disease. They must uncover secrets from the past before one of them forgets everything.

JO: What advice would you give to writers just starting out?

JENNIFER: Develop a tough skin and a teachable heart. People will criticize your work and that’s okay. You need to sift out the helpful comments and use them to become a better writer. If you think you are amazing on the first day, you will be disappointed. Everybody starts somewhere and everybody can get better. Pursue excellence and along the way, you might just get published.

JO: Please tell our readers where they can get your book.

JENNIFER: Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Both print and digital copies available.

JO: Please tell our readers where they can find you online.

JENNIFER:

JO: Any parting comment?

JENNIFER: A Familiar Shore takes place over the Memorial Day weekend, so May is a great time to read it. I’m grateful to be featured today. Many thanks! If you have a chance to read the novel, I’d love to hear what you think.

JO: Thank you, Jennifer, for this interesting interview. Thanks for giving a copy of A Familiar Shore to one of our readers. Good luck with the success of A Familiar Shore.


Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, May 26, 2013 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of A Familiar Shore by Jennifer Fromke. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. Please, please remember to leave your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you for your mailing address. I’ll announce the winner in Monday’s blog.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Win a Book!


When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, May 19, 2013 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book listed below. If you mention in your comment that you’re a follower (see in the left column “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I’ll add your name a second time in the drawing. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. MAILING ADDRESS, void where prohibited. You can read details about my book giveaways at Disclaimers.


Threads of Love
By Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar

Guest blogger today is Andrea Kuhn Boeshaar. She is a certified Christian life coach and speaks at writers’ conferences and for women’s groups. Andrea is cofounder of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) organization. For many years she served on both its advisory board and as its CEO. Enjoy Andrea’s article, “Catching Your Dream.” Andrea has graciously offered a copy of her latest novel, Threads of Love to one of the commenters to this blog post who has a U.S. mailing address. Thank you and welcome, Andrea.


Catching Your Dream
by Andrea Boeshaar

Do you have a dream, a goal, a vision for your life? Does it seem to be just short of your grasp? I know the feeling.

For those who don’t know me, I’m an author of Christian fiction and nonfiction. My latest novel, a historical romance, is called Threads of Love and it’s book 3 in my Fabric of Time series. Here are 3 ideas that have encouraged me and they might help you catch your dream – and, perhaps, even change your life.

1)           Pray about your dream-goal. If you’re like me, then you have lots of ideas. Not everyone is worthy of your time – or is God’s will for your life.

We can get busied up in all kinds of meaningless things. So begin a journal and write down all the things you’re involved in. Pray over each one and ask God which to eliminate so you’ll have the time to journey down the God-given path for your life.

2)                Practice “planned abandonment.”

In her book Jesus Life Coach, Laurie Beth Jones writes: “Planned abandonment doesn’t mean walking away from something that is difficult or isn’t working anymore. Planed abandonment means choosing between good and great, between better and best. Planned abandonment means that you are able to say no to all that glitters and discern what truly shines.”

Search out all the EWs in your life. EWs are “energy wasters” and we’ve all got them. They’re those things that crowd in on us when we least expect. They can be the meaningless ideas I previously mentioned and they can be people who suck your time, perhaps wanting advice but unwilling to change their behavior or step out in faith. An EW, for example, might be that neighbor who comes over every night to sit on the couch and…bloviate. As you begin to eliminate EWs in your life, that neighbor may have to find himself another roosting place.

3)           Participate in your own life. Don’t just talk about all things you want to do someday – do them!

I recently watched the movie The Music Man and near the end of the motion picture, Professor Harold Hill tells Marian the librarian something quite profound, I think. He says something like, “If you keep putting everything off until tomorrow, all you’ll have is a collection of empty yesterdays.” How true that is!

And just remember, Tomorrow and Someday are days of the week on a planet that doesn’t exist! So quit procrastinating (and I’m pointing one finger at myself too!), turn off the “boob tube,” as my father called TV, and take steps toward accomplishing your personal goals. It doesn’t have to be a leap of faith. Only small footsteps.

Dare to dream – and imagine yourself a part of that vision. It’s attainable! If you’re a believer in Christ Jesus, He has put that power within you. And remember: With God all things are possible!



Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, May 19, 2013 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of Threads of Love by Andrea Boeshaar. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. Please, please remember to leave your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you for your mailing address. I’ll announce the winner in Monday’s blog.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Meet the Characters


Monday Meanderings

Now that you’ve met several characters from my novel That Summer (see older posts), book 1 in the Caney Creek Series, I’d like you to meet the characters in Beyond the Past, book 2 in the series.  Many of them you will remember from book 1. For the next few Mondays I’ll interview one of the characters and you can leave comments if you want. I think this might help you when you read Beyond the Past to know how these characters feel as they move through the story. If you leave a comment on this blog that is totally related to this interview I'll give you an extra entry in the next Thursday book drawing when you leave a comment there.

Today’s character interview is the first from Beyond the Past, book 2 in the Caney Creek Series, which recently released.



Today I’m talking with Jim Callaway, the oldest of the Callaway family of five grown children. Jim owns and runs the hosiery mill in Newton, Tennessee.


JO: Hello, Mr. Callaway, thank you for meeting with me during your office hours.

JIM: You’re welcome. Please call me Jim.

JO: Happy New Year. Jim, a lot has happened to you since your left the Callaway farm when you were 17.

JIM: Yes, ma’am, it sure has. Some good, some bad.

JO: Please tell me about them.

JIM: I did leave the farm. Poppa treated all us kids unfair and being the oldest, I decided I wouldn’t take it any longer. I hated to leave my brothers and sisters there with my poppa being so mean. And I really hated to leave Momma, but she wouldn’t leave with me. I told myself that the other kids would leave when they got old enough, like I was doing.

JO: Then what happened?

JIM: I did what I set out to do. I got myself to a nearby town, Newton. I got a job at the hosiery mill, had a room all to myself in a widow lady’s house, money in my pocket, and girlfriends. One girlfriend was even the mill owner’s daughter.

JO: Sounds like things really were good for you.

JIM: Yes, ma’am, I thought so but I let everything go to my head. I got arrogant, hard to get along with, didn’t manage my money right. And, mainly, I thought I could do everything on my own, without help from anybody. That’s when I started straying away from God. I was really messed up.

JO: You seem to be a good guy now. How did you get out of your mess?

JIM: My family, my friends, and especially my landlady tried to tell me what all I was doing wrong and how to turn it around. But I wouldn’t listen to them. Till the day one of my girlfriends, Louisa, said I had to pick one of them, that she wasn’t going to share me with Caroline, the mill owner’s daughter. Along about then the Lord started working on me. My conscience wouldn’t let me rest. So I prayed my way back to God and He accepted me. He’d never stopped loving me. It was me that had walked away from Him.

JO: I’m sure glad you got all the bad stuff straightened out.

JIM: That’s not all the bad stuff. At Christmas, Caroline just vanished out of town. She was in college near Atlanta. All my letters to her came back. I didn’t know where she was or why she left. That was about the time Louisa said I had to choose between Caroline and her. Caroline being gone without an explanation and not letting me know where she was, helped me to make up my mind. Louisa and I married.

JO: Were you and Louisa happy together?

JIM: Oh, yes. Yes, we were happy! We had a baby girl. We named her Lynn. That was Louisa’s middle name. Then when Momma and Poppa died with pneumonia that came down from the Carolinas, my baby sister, Emmajean, wouldn’t let anybody else hold her except me. Louisa and I brought her home with us. My other sister, Shirley Ann, married Henry Frank Stevens and they took my two brothers to live with them on Henry Frank’s folks’ farm.

JO: Jim, I’m sorry you lost your parents. After that though it seems things were looking up.

JIM: Maybe it looks that way. But when Lynn was two years old Louisa died of pneumonia . . . . I’m telling you, that was the worst time of my whole life. I wanted God to take me on with Louisa but I knew I had to raise Lynn. I couldn’t have done that without the help of Louisa’s sister, Callie, my sister, and my landlady, Mrs. Hall. My little sister, my baby, and I lived on at Mrs. Hall’s. She put us up in two rooms, side by side.

JO: As you said, that was the worst of your times. Can you please tell me about the good times you’ve had?

JIM: Okay. When the mill owner and his wife were killed in a car accident, their wills left me the mill and their home. You see, for some reason, when Caroline left, her parents disowned her. She never returned. They left everything to me. I own the mill now.

JO: Is that about it for the good things that have happened to you?

JIM: One more thing—I found Caroline and my son.

JO: Are you looking forward to 1951?

JIM: I really was because I wanted to work things out with Caroline and our children, James and Lynn. But on January 1, Emmajean, my baby sister, telephoned me from Atlanta, in some legal trouble.

JO: Why did she telephone you? Did she think you could help her way down in Atlanta?

JIM:  Well, to answer your first question, she and I were very close growing up. She came to live with my wife and me when she was just a young teenager. As for your second question, she left Newton as soon as she graduated from high school. We haven’t seen much of her for the last 12 years. I’m thinking she must not have any friends down there and when she got into trouble, she naturally telephoned me to help her.

JO:  What kind of trouble is she in?

JIM: Well, it’s some kind of trouble with drugs and a friend of hers. I had a lawyer in Atlanta get to her as soon as he could and then I left for Atlanta myself. I’m going back down there tomorrow for her arraignment and I’ll probably know more.

JO: So, as soon as you get Emmajean’s problem taken care of, you can devote your time to Caroline and your children?

JIM: Well, no, not really. My best friend, Arthur, has a son who’s a senior in high school who’s giving him a lot of trouble. Arthur needs my help too even if it is just moral support. So I’m staying close for him and going back and forth to Atlanta to see Emmajean.

JO: That doesn’t leave you much time for your personal plans, does it?

JIM: No, it certainly doesn’t. I’m torn among here and Atlanta and Knoxville, where Caroline lives and the children go to school.

JO: How long do you think it will be before Emmajean and Arthur won’t need your help?

JIM: I really don’t know.

JO: Can’t you put your own personal wishes first for a while?

JIM: I won’t turn my back on my baby sister and my best friend!

JO: Please excuse me, I didn’t mean to offend you.

JIM: I apologize for speaking harsh to you. It’s just that I’m going in so many directions. When I’m in Atlanta, I need to be here for Arthur. Then when I’m here for Arthur and running my mill, I need to be in Knoxville for my children and Caroline. I want to be with Caroline and my children.

JO: I hope Caroline understands the quandary you’re in.

JIM: I think sometimes she does but the situation I’m in also tries her patience.

JO: Is Caroline a patient person?

JIM: I’ll probably be finding out how patient she is before too long.


The winner of last Thursday's blog post for a copy of Florian’s Gate by Davis Bunn is KayM. I'll email you to get your mailing address and get the book out to you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.





Thursday, May 9, 2013

Win a Book!


Thursday Thoughts on Reading and Writing

When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, May 12, 2013 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book I review below. If you mention in your comment that you’re a follower (see in the left column “Join This Site” and “Follow by Email”), I’ll add your name a second time in the drawing. You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. You can read details about my book giveaways at Disclaimers.


Florian's Gate by Davis Bunn


Davis Bunn has been a professional novelist for over twenty years. The author of numerous national bestsellers, his work has been published in sixteen languages. He and his wife, Isabella, divide their time between the English countryside and the coast of Florida.


From the book's back cover:
The Iron Curtain has come down, setting Poland on the road to democracy. But will true freedom come to those still bound by tragic memories of Florian's Gate?

When American Jeffrey Sinclair starts a new life in London assisting in a high-end antique shop, he discovers that more than good salesmanship to wealthy customers is required. Alexander Kantor, his enigmatic relative and now employer, has a reputation for acquiring priceless antiques under mysterious circumstances. As Jeffrey learns the business and becomes more involved in searching out valuable pieces across Europe, he discovers that their source is not the only secret Alexander is hiding.

Jeffrey learns too that Katya Nichols, the woman he is coming to love also has something to hide. She carefully keeps her own personal “Iron Curtain” in place, separating herself from his love. Will he be able to break down the barriers and win her trust and her heart?

From Jo:
Davis Bunn writes an intriguing story with a blend of contemporary and history. The intrigue comes when Alexander Kantor searches, under the cover of secrecy, for valuable antiques in Europe. His nephew Jeffrey works for him and learns the trade well enough for Alexander to send Jeffrey on searches for antique pieces. That's when Jeffrey learns the truth behind Alexander's trips to Europe. Jeffrey is attracted to his assistant, Katya. This story is strongly steeped in history, geography, and antiques with only a bit of romance. Contains much more narrative than dialogue and, for that reason, moves slowly for me. If you like history and antiques this is the book for you.


Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, May 12, 2013 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of Florian's Gate by Davis Bunn.  You must be eighteen, have a U.S. mailing address, void where prohibited. Please, please remember to leave your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you for your mailing address. I’ll announce the winner in Monday’s blog.

Till next time … keep on smiling.