Thursday, October 2, 2014

Amish Novel


Blog posts of book giveaways and interviews with and articles by Christian authors.

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JENNY'S CHOICE
by Patrick Craig 

Leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, October 7, 2014 to be entered in the DRAWING for a signed 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. (If you don't I'd have no way to let you know if you win the book drawing.) Winner announced in next Thursday's blog post.

JENNY’S CHOICE by Patrick Craig



Patrick E. Craig is a lifelong writer and musician who left a successful songwriting and performance career in the music industry to follow Christ in 1984. He spent the next 26 years as a worship leader, seminar speaker, and pastor in churches, and at retreats, seminars and conferences all across the western United States. After ministering for a number of years in music and worship to a circuit of small churches, he is now concentrating on writing and publishing both fiction and non-fiction books. Patrick and his wife Judy make their home in northern California and are the parents of two adult children and have five grandchildren.


In 2011 he signed a three-book deal with Harvest House Publishers to publish his Apple Creek Dreams series. The books are historical Amish fiction and the first book, A Quilt for Jenna, was released February 1, 2013.  The second book in the series, The Road Home, was released September 1, 2013.  Book number three, Jenny’s Choice, came out February 1, 2014.  Patrick is represented by the Steve Laube Agency.

 



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

Well, I’ve always wanted to have lunch with Zane Grey.  I’m an avid reader of his books and I’ve learned a lot about noble men and faithful women in his stories.  I try to apply those qualities to my own characters.  But it would be helpful to get a few tips.


Please tell us a little about your novel, Jenny’s Choice.

In the concluding novel to the Apple Creek Dreams series, Jonathan and Jenny Hershberger are happily settled in Paradise, Pennsylvania on the farm Jenny inherited from her grandfather. But when Jonathan disappears after a terrible accident at sea, Jenny and her young daughter, Rachel, return home to Apple Creek, Ohio to live with her adoptive parents, Reuben and Jerusha Springer.  As Jenny works through her grief and despair, she discovers she has a gift for writing. A handsome young publisher discovers her work and, after the publication of her first book, Jenny is on the verge of worldly success and possible romance.  But when a conflict arises with the elders of her church, Jenny must ask herself how far she's willing to go to pursue her dreams.

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?

The Amish are probably the most recognizable Christian group in America, so references to God, Jesus, the Bible, prayer and right living are acceptable even to non-believers because of the culture that the writing is embedded into.  So I can write from a Christian world-view and still appeal to non-believers and skeptics because they accept the terms upon which the book is written.  In Jenny’s Choice I want all people, believers and non-believers, to see that faith grows in the midst of trials and desperate situations and I want them to remember (or discover) that when there is nowhere else to turn, God is always there.


Where can readers find you online?



Where can readers purchase Jenny’s Choice?



Any parting comment?

If you are an author and you know that God has a book for you to write, listen up and get it done.  If it’s from Him, He will open the doors.  If you are writing Amish fiction remember that the Amish are real people and that everything doesn’t turn out wonderful just because they are Amish.  They have desperate situations in their lives and often have to deal with them in desperate ways.  My readers appreciate that I keep these elements real in my stories.


Patrick, thank you for your interesting visit with my readers and me. One of the commenters on your guest blog post will win a copy of Jenny’s Choice, which you have offered.



The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Beyond I Do by Jennifer Slattery is karenk. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.



Till next time … keep on smiling.

32 comments:

  1. I am a follower and I'd so love to win this book, as reading about the Amish is my favorite pastime! Thanks for the contest. Mary Lou K
    flowersmarylou85@gmail.com

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  2. I would love to win. love the amish stories. thanks

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    1. Pat, thanks for coming by and leaving your comment. To enter you in the book drawing I NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. If you should win I will be unable to contact you.

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  3. Oh Jo, This one sounds like a must read for me. Thank you for a great interview.

    You know I am a follower.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  4. Beautiful cover. Looks and sounds like a good read. I put it on my Amazon.com wish list just in case I don't win. Thank you for the chance. God Bless. Linda

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    1. Linda, thanks for your comment. To enter you in the book drawing I NEED YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS. Should you win the drawing I'd need a contact to tell you so.

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    2. Ok, my email is lindafaullkner860@comcast.net. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. Sometimes I have brain fog lol. Thank you for the time you spend on your post. I love following. God Bless

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    3. Linda, got it! Now I can enter you in the book drawing. Glad you enjoy reading my blog and thanks for adding your email.

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  6. Thank you so much. Look forward to reading this book. Love the setting of paradise, PA. I signed up to follow by email. thank you!
    Kathy Conner kacki61@gmail.com

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  7. I am a follower and I really enjoyed this interview thank you.

    Lourdes11743[at]gmail[dot]com

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  8. Patrick's books are just wonderful. Love the Amish fiction genre! This is a good interview and I enjoyed reading it very much!
    Sonja dot Nishimoto @ gmail dot com

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  9. I follow your blog and this post was so interesting. pat at ptbradley dot com

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  10. thanks for the chance to read this novel, jo
    I'm a follower, too :)

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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  11. I love reading Amish fiction. Patrick is a new author to me and I would love to read this book. It sounds like a really interesting story. I have actually ridden the train in Paradise long ago!
    I follow by e mail
    marypopmom (at) yahoo (dot) com
    Merry

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  12. Hi Jo. I have the first book in this series and would be really happy to win this one. Good interview. I am a follower and subscriber. Please put me in for a win.
    GOD Bless you. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. Maxie, glad you enjoyed the interview with Patrick. Thanks so much for leaving your comment and also for following my blog!

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  13. Amish books are my favorite. I have not read any books by Patrick but I know I would enjoy this series and plan to get the first two books. Thanks for the chance to win the third!! On a recent vacation to Colorado we met some wonderful Amish people from PA and so enjoyed visiting with them.
    I am a follower.
    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. rubynreba, what a vacation treat to have met some wonderful Amish people. Thanks for leaving your comment. I appreciate you following my blog!

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  14. I enjoy Amish fiction, but have not read Patrick's books yet. I will certainly add them to my TBR list. Thank you for sharing a great interview and the chance to win a copy of Jenny's Choice!

    I am a blog follower.
    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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    1. Britney, glad you enjoyed the interview with Patrick. I appreciate you following my blog! Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment.

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  15. Thank you for featuring Patrick in this interview. Jo, I am a follower by email and i would love to win this excellent book. Thank you
    Connie
    cps1950@gmail.com

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