Author Jo Huddleston

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

Book Drawing

When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, March 23, 2014 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book I mention 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 have a U.S. mailing address. You can read details about my book giveaways at Disclaimers.

The Road to Mercy by Melissa McGovern Taylor

Melissa McGovern Taylor is our guest blogger. Melissa has been writing fiction for over a decade. She has a BA in writing from Methodist University, and her writing credits include fiction and nonfiction in local, national, and international publications. In 2011, she received a regional artist grant for her YA novel, Enemy of Gideon (coming May 2014). Her short story, "Gabe," won first place in the 2013 Salvation Army Writers Contest. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband and two children.

What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?

I’m a Coca-Cola and chocolate chip cookie addict. My husband makes the best chocolate chip cookies ever, so he constantly fuels that addiction. Also, I used to be a middle school teacher, so I’m slightly mentally unstable now.

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

I love to go on bike rides on the local trails with my family. We enjoy watching movies and cartoons together. I also love being with my kids, so I homeschool them (something else that impacts my mental stability). I’m an avid reader of middle grades fiction, particularly Newberry winners because I aspire to write a middle grades novel of the same caliber.

If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus), who would it be? Why?

I would love to meet my favorite poet and literary great, Christina Rossetti. Her poetry is amazing, and she was a woman of God who used her talent to glorify Him. I would love the opportunity to tell her how beautiful and inspiring her poetry is to me.

Please tell us about The Road to Mercy.

The Road to Mercy is the story of Karen Denwood and Joe Aldridge in the town of Mercy, North Carolina. Karen’s terrible mistake as a teen ends the life of long-time Mercy resident Frank Aldridge and lands her in prison for nine years. Near the end of her sentence, she meets Joe, a handsome visitor in the prison Bible study. When Joe discovers that Karen is responsible for his grandfather’s death, God plants a seed of forgiveness in his heart. But Mercy residents aren’t ready for Karen’s return, and the two must face the town’s scorn together as they resist feelings for each other they never expected.  

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

Forgiveness is a huge calling on the lives of Christians, and I wanted to tell a powerful, inspiring story about the hardships that come with answering that charge. I hope The Road to Mercy will inspire readers to forgive, even when forgiveness is tough and bitterness sinks its claws into your heart. I hope the reader will remember that you can’t forgive or endure animosity without God’s help. 

Please tell our readers where they can get your book.

The Road to Mercy eBook is available absolutely free through Smashwords. Periodically, I’ll be offering the Kindle free on Amazon as well. The printed book is also available on Amazon.The print version as well as a free Nook are available at Barnes and Noble. 

Please tell our readers where they can find you online.

Visit me on my website, you can also like me on Facebook, and follow me on Twitter at MelissaMTaylor1. Fellow writers might like to follow my blog.

Any parting comment?

Watch for my first YA novel, Enemy of Gideon, coming May 2014!

Thank you, Melissa, for spending time with my readers and me. One of the commenters on your blog post will receive a copy of The Road to Mercy, which you have offered.

Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, March 23, 2014 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of The Road to Mercy by Melissa McGovern Taylor. Please, please remember to leave your email address. I'll need your email address so that should you be the winner I can get in touch with you. I'll announce the winner in Monday's blog.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post appeared in this past Monday’s blog. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


  1. Thanks for the interview. Sounds like a good read.

    1. Marjorie, you're welcome.Thanks for reading and leaving your comment.

  2. Wow, sounds like an interesting read. My email is teshaw(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

    1. Tammie, glad you came by and left your comment. Thanks for reading my blog.

  3. Jo, I am really intrigued by this one. It sounds great and I would love to find out more.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

    1. Melanie, thanks for finding this post interesting. Glad you came by and left your comment.

  4. thanks for the chance to read this inspirational book, jo.

    I'm a follower, too

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

    1. Karen, you're welcome. Thanks for reading and leaving your comment. I appreciate you being a follower of my blog!

  5. Melissa, I do believe that forgiveness - of others AND ourselves is a very important part of God's Word to embrace in order to live a joyful, peaceful life bringing Him glory, and yet something so many find difficult to do. They know they're SUPPOSED to, but saying it and doing it, living it is two different things! I look forward to reading your story. Sounds interesting! :)