Thursday, January 29, 2015

Worth the Time novel



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WORTH THE TIME by Laura Jackson


Our guest blogger today is Laura Jackson. Laura loves books—reading and writing them. A lifelong reader, Laura studied English in college and taught 7th grade language arts before earning her Master's degree and becoming a school librarian. Now, she spends her days sharing great books with kids and her evenings writing books about teenage girls discovering God and His plan for their lives.


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

That’s hard. Lincoln fascinates me. When he was killed, he was carrying (maybe in his pocket) 8 newspaper clippings. It seems the weight of what the country was going through was heavy on his heart, and I’d love to talk to him, to know what he was thinking, feeling at one of the darkest moments in American history.


Please tell us a little about your novel, Worth the Time.

Routinely ignored by her single mother, high school senior Lindsey Hamilton hides her loneliness behind a mask of flirtatious self-confidence that has many boys wrapped around her finger. However, during community service required for graduation, she meets a shy guy with a haunted past who barely gives her the time of day. Why doesn't he like her? Then the father she thought had abandoned her before birth wants to meet, and she discovers everything she believed about him is a lie. How will Lindsey learn to trust so she can realize that she has been loved all along?


What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?

I want them to know how much the One who created them loves them and pursues them.  We’ll have hundreds of relationships in life—family, friends, romantic loves—but none compare to the one we have with Jesus.


Where can readers find you online?






Where can readers purchase Worth the Time?



Any parting comment?

Thanks for having me!


Laura, thank you for visiting with my readers. One of the commenters will win a copy of Worth the Time that you have offered.





The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Brentwood’s Ward by Michelle Griep is Deanna S. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.


Till next time … keep on smiling.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Michelle Griep novel

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   BRENTWOOD'S WARD by Michelle Griep



Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. Her recent books are Brentwood's Ward, A Heart Deceived, and Undercurrent. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at www.michellegriep.com or www.writerofftheleash.blogspot.com or stalk her on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.


Welcome, Michelle. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
Barabbas. No, that’s not a typo. I know he was a villain, hence his stint on death row in a Roman prison, but what was he like after he was released? It had to be a life-changing event to gain pardon for the sake of an innocent man. What were his thoughts and feelings about the crucifixion? Did he hang around and watch it or run away? There are so many unanswered questions that I’d love to ask him.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Brentwood's Ward.
Think Sherlock Holmes meets Dickens and you’ll have a feel for the

style. I got the idea from an old newspaper advertisement put out by Henry Fielding, the founder of the Bow Street Runners. It encouraged the public to send a note to Bow Street as soon as any serious crime occurred so that “a set of brave fellows could immediately be dispatched in pursuit of the villains.” I wondered about those “brave fellows” and what kind of villains they might come up against, and thus was born Nicholas Brentwood . . .  

There’s none better than NICHOLAS BRENTWOOD at catching the felons who ravage London’s streets, and there’s nothing he loves more than seeing justice carried out—but this time he’s met his match. Beautiful and beguiling EMILY PAYNE is more treacherous than a city full of miscreants and thugs, for she’s a thief of the highest order . . . she’s stolen his heart.

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?That no matter what life throws at you, God is—and always has been—in charge.

Where can readers find you online?
Michelle Griep
Writer Off the Leash
Facebook
Pinterest And all the other usual haunts: Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn

Where can readers purchase Brentwood's Ward?
Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Christian Book Distributors, and other e-retailers.

Any parting comment?
Go for the dark chocolate. It’s healthier.



The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The Father's Gift by Carol Erhardt is Melanie B. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Carol Ann Erhardt novel

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   THE FATHER’S GIFT by Carol Ann Erhardt

 

Carol Ann Erhardt writes stories her fans categorize as emotional, suspenseful and inspirational. She lives in central Ohio and enjoys spare time hobbies of reading and crocheting. She loves to laugh and her three cats, Charlotte, Wilbur, and Templeton provide much amusement. So does her family and she hosts monthly family dinners where cousins and siblings find time to bond.

She loves God and spends time every morning reading the Bible, devotions, and doing Bible Studies. She loves to sing praises, though she laughingly admits, off-key.

She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW).

If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
My father. He was only 19 when he was killed during World War II. He was on a ship at his battle station when a kamikaze pilot struck. Many lives were lost that day. I have letters he wrote to my mother while he was at sea and he shared his love for me in them. I would love to share stories of my life and how he has always been in my heart. I’d like to hear stories from his youth and spend time laughing with him. I know we’ll meet one day in heaven, but spending an evening sharing stories and love over dinner would be awesome.

Please tell us a little about your novel, The Father’s Gift.
The Father’s Gift is the third book in my Havens Creek series. The series started as a stand-alone book, but readers kept writing to me

asking if I was going to write more stories about this quaint little mountain town. They wanted a secondary character from the first book to have a happily ever after. And so the series was born. The Father’s Gift is a story I’d been struggling with for several years because it just didn’t feel right. But when I moved it into Havens Creek, the characters began to speak to me. Many secrets were revealed and the story blossomed and became one of my favorite books to date. The title of the book eluded me during the writing process, and it was only after writing the end that God gave me the perfect title. He is the One who gives me the stories and words and to Him goes all the glory!

Braden and Mark are twins and though they look alike they have different aspirations and dreams. Braden needs a structured life, one he can control, and unfortunately tries to control his brother’s life as well, trying to turn him into someone he can’t be. Mark is a free spirit, happy and content with his job working on motorcycles and riding his Harley without a helmet. The twins were adopted at an early age and Braden has hidden his angry feelings about parents who would abandon their own children. Mark wants to know more about his father and searches to find him.

Braden is in love with Allison, though he doesn’t act on these feelings because he believes his brother and Allison are an item, something the entire town also believes.

Allison’s brother and his wife, Dana, are expecting a baby. The birth is due a year after the stillbirth of their son, Luke. Dana is afraid to open her heart to love a child again for fear of losing another baby.

The book is set during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons, but can be read at any time because the story is about the characters and the struggles they face.

A reviewer said: “Once again I was pulled into the story from the very beginning and didn't want to stop reading until the final pages. The story conveys the beautiful message of God's love and care as the characters deal with, among other things, broken and strife-filled relationships, a kidnapping, and a frustrated couple seeking to find their way to romance.” Another reviewer said: “She brings her characters to life in each book, you fall in love with them from the first page. I agree with other reviews...each book can stand alone!! Though characters from past books make an appearance in this quaint town, meeting new ones and going along with them on their journey in seeking God, forgiveness and finding love and peace is rewarding.”

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
I’d like my readers to close the book with a happy sigh, because they were entertained and they understand how God can work miracles and turn even the worst of circumstances into something beautiful.

Where can readers find you online?


Visiting my website at: www.carolannerhardt.com where readers can find a page and links to purchase all my books, a blog about my prayer shawl ministry, and a blog called “Love is An Action Word.” 


Connect with me on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/CarolAnnErhardt.Author and my personal page at www.Facebook.com/CarolAnnErhardt

Join me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/CarolAnnErhardt

Where can readers purchase The Father’s Gift?
Both ebook and print books can be purchased through Amazon.

Any parting comment?
Thank you, Jo, for hosting me on your blog today! It has been fun. Readers can expect two more new books to be released in 2015. May God bless you all with a happy, healthy, and love-filled new year.

Carol Ann, thanks for visiting with my readers. One of the commenters will win a copy of The Father's Gift, which you have offered.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The Devil and Pastor Gus by Roger Bruner is Sonja. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.