Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Book Drawing

When you leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, May 18, 2014 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 have a U.S. mailing address for print copies. You can read details about my book giveaways at Disclaimers.

Faith Departed by Elizabeth Maddrey 

Our guest blogger is Elizabeth Maddrey. Elizabeth began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. She loves to write about Christians who struggle through their lives, dealing with sin and receiving God’s grace.

Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys. She invites you to interact with her at her website or on Facebook. 

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

I have freckles and I love them. (Don’t most people dislike their freckles? I’ve never really minded them – but now I think they’re great.)

I love watching The Amazing Race. Someday I really would love to travel the world with my family.

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

Reading, for sure. But I also enjoy crochet and cooking.

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

I’d love to have dinner with Dietrich Bonhoeffer. I recently read his biography (by Eric Metaxas) and was just fascinated and inspired by his amazing strength of faith and sense of God’s purpose.

Please tell us about your novel, Faith Departed.

Starting a family was supposed to be easy. 

Twin sisters June and July have never encountered an obstacle they couldn’t overcome. Married just after graduating college, the girls and their husbands remained a close-knit group. Now settled and successful, the next logical step is children.

But as the couples struggle to conceive, each must reconcile the goodness of God with their present suffering. Will their faith be strong enough to triumph in the midst of trial?

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

That it’s okay to struggle with your faith when life gets hard. I believe God wants us to ask the hard questions and cry out when we’re frustrated and hurting. I also hope that there’s some encouragement in there for couples who are experiencing infertility and some insight into the struggle for those who never have.

Please tell our readers where they can get your book.

My publisher is, primarily, direct-to-consumer, though any bookstore can order my titles. So the best place to find my books are online.
Amazon for paperback
Amazon for Kindle

Please tell our readers where they can find you online.

Any parting comment?

Thanks for having me!

Elizabeth, thank you for visiting with my readers and me. One of the commenters to this post will win a copy of your book, Faith Departed, which you graciously offered.

Remember: leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Sunday, May 18, 2014 and you'll be entered in the drawing for a copy of Faith Departed by Elizabeth Maddrey. 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. Would love to win this book My email address is

    1. Thanks for coming by and leaving your comment.

  2. Sounds like a difficult subject God bless you for taking it on
    Chris Granville

    1. Chris, thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.. Always good to see your name here.

  3. I am intrigued by this book. So many couples face this problem but I have never read a book of fiction about it. I think this book will pull some heart strings and I would love to read it. Thank you, Jo, for a great interview.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

    1. Melanie, glad you enjoyed the interview on this unique topic. Thanks for leaving your comment.

  4. The interview was great. I was so glad I read it because it made want to read the book even more. But, also knowing the author and the reason she wrote it was an inspiration to me. I tried to follow using my email but I don't know if it went through. This was my first time on here and can't wait to read another interview.

  5. Pam, welcome to my blog and I hope you'll visit often! Glad you liked the interview. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.