Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Book Drawing

When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, March 30, 2014 you'll be entered in the DRAWING for a copy of the book. 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

Rock and a Hard Place by Deanna Klingel

Deanna K. Klingel is our blog guest. Deanna enjoys living in the mountains of western North Carolina with her husband and their golden retriever, Buddy. Their seven children are all in the southeast with eleven grandchildren. They are active in their church and community and enjoy traveling to visit family and friends from their previous homes. Deanna travels to sell her books. 

Welcome, Deanna. What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?

I married my childhood sweetheart. We met in 8th grade and have been best friends ever since. For several years I competed in canine freestyle events which means I danced with my dogs.

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

I enjoy sewing, knitting, quilting, gardening, and golfing. I’ve given them all up since I’ve been writing full time.

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

I’d like to meet Varina Davis, wife of Confederate President Jefferson Davis. I’ve written a book, not yet published, called The Mysterious Life of Jim Limber. Because my research came directly from Varina Davis’s diaries, journals, letters to her family in the north and to her husband, I discovered a lot about her. I think I’d like her. She was a strong, moral woman, and a devoted mother. I’d like to talk to her.

Please tell us about Rock and a Hard Place

Rock and a Hard Place is a Lithuanian Love Story, released this month. This is a true story about a boy and girl born in 1930 in Lithuania. They were nine when Russia invaded and their families began their incredible journeys across Europe as displaced persons. I enjoyed interviewing this couple for two years to put their stories on the pages of my book. I didn’t do it to invade their privacy, I did it because it is world history that young readers need to know about. We all need to hear it.

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

I hope my readers will embrace their liberties and understand how they can be lost one at a time through tyranny.

Please tell our readers where they can get your book.

My books are always available on my website, They are available on and as kindles. Your indie booksellers can order them for you if they don’t carry them.

Please tell our readers where they can find you online.

Website: My blog, Selling Books, is also on the website. Facebook: Deanna K. Klingel and Books by Deanna. 

Any parting comment?

On my website you can find the book trailer and also a video on the meaning of the unusual cover. I hope you’ll take a look, and then enjoy the book.

Thank you, Deanna, for the interesting interview. One of the commenters on your post will win a copy of Rock and a Hard Place, which you have offered.

Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, March 30, 2014 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of Rock and a Hard Place by Deanna Klingel. 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.

Till next time …keep on smiling.


  1. Hi Jo. This was interesting, but when I checked the page given I couldn't read what was said in the video was too small. Then when I put to full page it only showed a picture(not like the cover) and music and never changed pages. Sorry. I believe the meaning of the title was because they were caught between the Russian Invasion and German betrayal, thus "Between a Rock and a Hard Place. Would love to read this true story about this couple. Bet the book is really good. I am a follower. Please put my name in. Thanks and GOD Bless you. Maxie mac262(at)me(dot)com

    1. Maxie, always glad to see that you came by and left your comment. Thanks so much for being a follower of my blog!

  2. Thank you, Jo, for this wonderful very interesting! I would love to read this book.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

    1. Melanie, glad you enjoyed the post with Deanna. Thanks for leaving your comment.

  3. Hello Maxie and Melanie, thank you for stopping by and commenting. It's nice to make your acquaintance. I think you will enjoy the book. Considering what's going on in Ukraine right now, it's very timely as history is indeed repeating. The couple I write about are delightful; I'm sure you'll enjoy them. Thank you for commenting. Deanna