Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Salt Covenants, a novel

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THE SALT COVENANTS
by Sylvia Bambola



Sylvia Bambola, born in Romania, lived her early years in Germany. At age seven she relocated with her adopted military family and saw the Statue of Liberty and America for the first time. The memory of living in Germany was the inspiration behind her novel, Refiner’s Fire, which won a Silver Angel Award, and was a Christy Finalist.

Bambola has written seven published novels, lives in sunny Florida and has two grown children. She’s been a guest speaker at Women’s Aglow and various church functions, is a Bible study teacher at her church, and is learning to play the guitar.


Welcome, Sylvia. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
I’d love to have dinner with Eve. But goodness, where would I start? Maybe by asking her why in the world she ever listened to the serpent? But I’d also love to ask her what it was like walking in the garden every night and conversing with God? How sweet that must have been! And her relationship with Adam must have been sweet, too, that is before the fall. Before the sin nature got in the way and fouled up all human relationships. And what about her children? It must have been amazing to be the first woman in the world to give birth, to be the first to participate in such a creative act. Then there’s the heartbreak of having one son kill another. I can’t even imagine it. And the earth, unsullied, must have been breathtaking. What did the air smell like? What did the fruits of the permissible trees taste like? Oh, there are so many things I’d love to talk to her about that I’m sure our dinner could easily spill over into breakfast!

Please tell us a little about your novel, The Salt Covenants.
The Salt Covenants takes place in Spain, 1493. Isabel, a young Jewess, has broken her mother’s heart by becoming a sincere convert to Christianity. But when she is noticed by Friar Alonso at La Casa Santa, the Holy House, she is forced to flee the Inquisition by entering into a loveless marriage and sailing with Christopher Columbus on his second voyage to the New World. But all too soon Isabel is forced to struggle alone in her new life. And with all the risks and hardships, her very survival comes into question. And what of love? Will she ever find it in this strange land? And what of the dangerous Enrique Vivar? Will his hidden agenda cost her her life?

The Salt Covenants garnered a starred review in Publishers Weekly that called it “transcendent” and “beautifully written.” 

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
I’m hoping the story illustrates that God is in control and is greater than all our problems or difficulties. And that He will never leave us or forsake us.

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Goodreads
Facebook
Twitter

Where can readers purchase The Salt Covenants?
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Book A Million

Sylvia, thanks for visiting with my readers. One of the commenters will win a copy of The Salt Covenants, which you have offered.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Beyond All Dreams by Elizabeth Camden is Patty. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 

Throughout May I'm going on a blog tour to talk about my new novel, Wait for MeI'll be giving away 25 Kindle eBook copies on the tour to commenters on blog posts. On the tour stops, I'll either be interviewed, share an article related to the story in Wait for Me, share a devotional, interview one of my characters in the novel, or share a personal experience or promise of God. On my website you can check the "Blog Tour Stops" tab and see where I'll be each day. Hope you'll join me on the blog tour.




Thursday, April 23, 2015

Elizabeth Camden novel


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                  BEYOND ALL DREAMS
                    by Elizabeth Camden


Elizabeth Camden is the award-winning author of six books,
including Against the Tide, the winner of a RITA Award, Christy Award, and Daphne du Maurier Award. She lives with her husband in Florida and is a research librarian by day while scribbling away on her next novel by night. Visit her website at www.elizabethcamden.com.

From the book’s back cover:

Anna O’Brien leads a predictable and quiet life as a map

librarian at the illustrious Library of Congress until she stumbles across the baffling mystery of a ship disappeared at sea. Thwarted in her attempts to uncover information, her determination outweighs her shyness and she turns to a dashing congressman for help.

Luke Callahan was one of the nation’s most powerful congressmen before his promising career was shadowed in scandal. Eager to share in a new cause and intrigued by the winsome librarian, he joins forces with Anna to solve the mystery of the lost ship.

From the gilded halls of the Capitol to the scholarly archives of the nation’s finest library, Anna and Luke are soon embroiled in secrets much bigger and more perilous than they ever imagined. Is bringing the truth to light worth risking all they’ve ever dreamed for their futures?

From Jo:

This historical romance is set in Washington, D.C. in the late 1800s. The story is about Anna O’Brien and Luke Callahan, opposites in all aspects. Anna is content to hide away in the Library of Congress and fulfill her duties in the map room while Luke is the arrogant politician. But quiet Anna and flamboyant Luke find an attraction to one another long before admitting it to each other. Families, secrets, and the general political atmosphere of their city make for a bumpy ride for them as a couple—hurdles they must meet head on and overcome if they are to have a life together. Great characterizations and setting descriptions. Elizabeth Camden spins a yarn that holds the reader through the last page.

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Natalie’s Choices by Linda Robinson is Connie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


Thursday, April 16, 2015

Novel, Natalie's Choices

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                 NATALIE’S CHOICES
                    by Linda Robinson
 


Linda Robinson is the author of four published novels. She writes Christian fictional stories of faith, friendship, and family relationships, with romance included. She’s an active member of her local Writers' Forum, ACFW, Scribes, and others. In addition to guest-blogging and writing fiction and non-fiction humorous short stories for magazines and contests, she is working on the third manuscript of her Faith and Family series of novellas depicting young adult Natalie Hudson, and her best friend Tori Rhodes, through high school, college, and careers with families of their own.

 

Welcome, Linda. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be?
Mike Huckabee. He’s intelligent, witty, a writer, and a warm and friendly Christian man. I loved his television show, and I met him once at his book signing in Dothan, Alabama.


Please tell us a little about your novel, Natalie’s Choices.
Natalie’s Choices is Book One in my Faith and Family series

of novellas set in Vicksburg, Mississippi beginning in 1987. Natalie Hudson comes from a happy home with loving parents who take a special interest in their daughter. Natalie has goals and becoming a veterinarian is top of the list. She makes friends with Tori Rhodes, whose reputation is less than stellar. Tori comes from a single parent environment and is left on her own most of the time while her mother works overtime and tries to make a decent living for the two of them. Teen angst, endless trials, and life altering events abound and threaten the girls’ friendship as consequences unfold from both right and wrong choices. Natalie’s Choices cover won the 2014 cover of the year on the AUTHORSdb website.

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
That love and trust is most important in any relationship, but it’s especially important for parents to teach children about God’s love and forgiveness and show by example how to trust Him with both the little problems as well as the seemingly insurmountable ones. 


Where can readers find you online?
Visit my web site and read my blogs
Facebook
Twitter
Email

Where can readers purchase Natalie’s Choices?
Amazon (both print and Kindle)

Barnes and Noble
My website (to use credit cards)
Email me.
Also my first two published novels are available through Tate Publishing.

Any parting comment?
I love flower gardening. It’s a toss-up as to which I cherish more—writing true-to-life stories about love, or growing beautiful buds and blooms. So these days I juggle my time between taking care of my house, husband, and spoiled little dog, gardening, and writing. I got a late start in my writing career, so I plan to just “write out” the rest of my life in my “write place” (landscaped patio). 


Linda, thanks for visiting with my reader and me. One of the commenters on this post will win a copy of Natalie’s Choices, which you’ve offered.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The Beekeeper's Son by Kelly Irvin is Allie28. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

 
Till next time … keep on smiling. 


Have you visited my inspirational blog, Lifelines? I welcome all comments whether you agree or disagree with me. In the right sidebar on that blog you can sign up to follow the blog and never miss when a new post goes up. While there, you can also sign up to receive my newsletter and be eligible for book giveaways. I post on Lifelines on Mondays and hope you’ll visit me there.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Kelly Irvin novel

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 THE BEEKEEPER’S SON by Kelly Irvin


Kelly Irvin is the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Hope Amish series. She has also penned two romantic suspense novels, A Deadly Wilderness and No Child of Mine. Kelly has been married to photographer Tim Irvin for twenty-six years. They have two young adult children, two cats, and a tank full of fish. In her spare time, she likes to write short stories and read books by her favorite authors.


From the book’s back cover:

Sometimes it takes a barren landscape to see the beauty of God’s creation.

Phineas King knows better than to expect anything but shock and pity wherever he shows his face. Horribly scarred from

the tragic accident that claimed his mother’s life, he chooses to keep his distance from everyone, focusing his time and energy on the bees his family raises. If no one sees him, no one can judge him. So why does he start finding excuses to seek out Deborah Lantz, the beautiful new arrival in town?

Deborah can’t get out of Bee County, Texas, soon enough. Once her mother and younger siblings are settled, she is on the first bus out of this dusty town. She is only waiting on the letter from Aaron, asking her to return to lush Tennessee to be his frau. But that letter never comes. As she spends time getting to know Phineas—hoping to uncover the man beneath the scars—she begins to realize that she no longer minds that Aaron hasn’t sent for her.

As both Deborah and Phineas try to come to terms with lives that haven’t turned out the way they imagined, they discover that perhaps Gott’s plans for them are more extraordinary than they could have dreamed. But they need to let go of their own past sorrows and disappointments to find the joy and beauty that lies just ahead for them both.



From Jo:

A beautiful Amish story of Deborah and Phineas. Both young people have experienced loss and disappointments. Phineas has scarred hands and face and chooses the solitary life of tending his father’s bees rather than see the look of pity Deborah would have when she sees him. He’s certain she can’t be interested in him even as he secretly wants to see her. Deborah has a daunting task to convince Phineas that she loves him despite his disfigurement while at the same time he continues to be convinced he is unlovable. Vivid settings descriptions of a barren south Texas and well developed characterizations of the hero and heroine as well as secondary characters. Kelly Irvin is a superb storyteller.

 

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Persephone’s Fugitive by Dianna T. Benson is Connie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.
 
Till next time … keep on smiling.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Novel, PERSEPHONE'S FUGITIVE


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    PERSEPHONE’S FUGITIVE
 by Dianna T. Benson


Our guest blogger is Dianna T. Benson. Dianna is the award-winning and International bestselling author of The Hidden Son and Final Trimester. Persephone’s Fugitive is her third release. An EMT and a Haz-Mat and FEMA Operative since 2005, Dianna authentically implements her medical and rescue experience and knowledge into all her suspense novels. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and their three children.  

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


Please tell us a little about your novel, Persephone’s Fugitive.

Persephone’s Fugitive is Book Two in the Cayman Islands Trilogy. **Spoiler Alert: Reading this book (including the book blurb) before The Hidden Son (Book One in the trilogy) will ruin the ending of The Hidden Son. However, both books are standalones.

When a routine 911 call turns deadly, Paramedic Sara Dyer finds herself held at gunpoint by Jason Keegan, an injured psych-ward patient charged with murder. The situation spirals out of Sara’s control when the confrontation becomes a tense standoff between Keegan and the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service.

As Keegan’s hostage, Sara fights to save them both before he blows them up. She realizes his warning to the Cayman police is no empty threat since he’d rather die than spend the rest of his life in a prison cell. Sara soon discovers Keegan is just as determined to survive as she is—provided he can escape Grand Cayman and disappear forever. As she struggles to trust in God’s protection, help from an atheist turns her struggle into a lure away from her faith.

What takeaway value do you want your readers to have?
In Persephone’s Fugitive (and in all my books), I want readers to see how my characters don’t just “get through” or try to “get over” the difficult stuff in life; instead, my characters accept the pain difficult events in their lives cause them and they move forward with a renewed sense of understanding in themselves, in life, and in God. 


What did you enjoy most about writing this book? Least?
Most: As in with Final Trimester, I loved showing how EMS actually works emergency scenes.


Least: Writing the sad reality—our loved ones should be the people we can trust and count on the most, but too often that isn’t the case. 99% of the time when someone is injured or killed, a loved-one is the violator (not some ominous stranger). When I’m working a homicide scene or an attempted homicide scene, law enforcement is looking first at the family members to question and arrest.  


Where can readers find you online?
My Website


Where can readers purchase Persephone’s Fugitive?
Local bookstores and these online locations:
www.diannatbenson.com
Books-A-Million
Barnes and Noble
Amazon


Any parting comment?
Thank you, Jo, for featuring me and my newest release. I enjoyed our time together on your blog.


Thank you, Dianna, for visiting with my readers. One of the commenters will win a copy of Persephone’s Fugitive, which you have offered.


 

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for an eBook copy of Dandelions for Dinner by Valerie Comer is Diana M. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


Have you visited my inspirational blog, Lifelines? In the right sidebar on that blog you can sign up to follow the blog and never miss when a new post goes up. While there, you can also sign up to receive my newsletter and be eligible for book giveaways. I post on Lifelines on Mondays and hope you’ll visit me there.