Thursday, October 29, 2015

Darlene Franklin, Christmas novella

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JACOB'S CHRISTMAS DREAM
by Darlene Franklin


Best-selling author Darlene Franklin’s greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. She lives in Oklahoma, near her son and his family, and continues her interests in playing the piano and singing, books, good fellowship, and reality TV in addition to writing. She is an active member of Oklahoma City Christian Fiction Writers, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Christian Authors Network. She has written over fifty books and more than 250 devotionals. Her historical fiction ranges from the Revolutionary War to World War II, from Texas to Vermont.

Welcome, Darlene. Please describe yourself with three words.
Creative, tenacious, encouraging


What is your favorite Bible verse?
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)


Please tell us a little about your novella, Jacob’s Christmas Dream.
Becky Patterson escapes the stifling life at her

father’s parsonage for an exciting life as a mail-order bride. . .only to learn her potential groom is a part-time preacher, Jake Underwood. Her dreams of working alongside Jake in his store stall when an itinerant preacher wants to ordain Jake as pastor of the growing church. Will Becky accept God’s calling on her life—or will she reject Jake’s love and the future God has planned for them?

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Amazon Author Page
Facebook Author Page
@darlenefranklin


Where can readers purchase Jacob’s Christmas Dream?
Amazon


Jacob’s Christmas Dream is one of six novellas in Christmas Mail Order Angels 

Purchase Link on Amazon

Any parting comment?
Thanks for inviting me to visit your blog today, Jo!


Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
Since Halloween is around the corner—if you were going to dress as a character from a book for Halloween, who would it be?


Darlene, thank you for visiting with my readers and me. One of the commenters to this post will be randomly chosen to receive an eBook copy of Jacob's Christmas Dream, which you've graciously offered.


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

Till next time … keep on smiling.


Thursday, October 22, 2015

Kelly Irvin, Amish novel

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THE BISHOP'S SON by Kelly Irvin
 

Kelly Irvin is the author of The Bishop’s Son, the
second novel in the Amish of Bee County series from Zondervan/HarperCollins. It follows The Beekeeper’s Son, which received a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly, calling it “a beautifully woven masterpiece.” She is also the author of the Bliss Creek Amish series and the New Hope Amish series, both from Harvest House Publishing. Her first novella, A Christmas Visitor, debuted in the anthology, The Amish Christmas Gift, this month.

Welcome, Kelly. Where is your favorite vacation spot?
I like places with ocean. We spent our 25th anniversary in Maui. Our anniversary is in February so we spent more time hiking and zip lining, than playing in the water since it was cool and windy. But it was gorgeous. I could stare at the water for hours and let the sounds of the waves and the birds relax me completely. The ocean is one of those creations that I believe tells us unequivocally there is a God and He is grand. We try to get to the Texas coast whenever we can to Port Aransas and South Padre Island. They’re much less picturesque but have their own personalities. I could easily be a beach bum.


What is your favorite Bible verse?
Sometimes I think we should spend time with Bible verses we don’t like as much because they tell us something we don’t want to hear or we struggle accepting. Right now, mine is found in Paul’s story about the thorn that afflicted him:


“To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12: 7-9 (NIV)


I’d rather have the thorn taken from me because I prefer to be self-reliant, but God knows what is best for me and wants me to rely on him so I’m trying to be patient with the new “weaker” me.


What do you enjoy most about writing?
Creating these people (characters) out of thin air who become like friends or family members by the time the book is done. Some I will see through all three books in the series. People like Mordecai King who delights me every time he opens his mouth. My editor wants an I love Mordecai bumper sticker for her car. I wouldn’t mind one myself. In fiction, you can create the people you hope to meet in life.


Please tell us a little about your novel, The Bishop’s Son.
Leila Lantz is in danger of losing her heart to a Plain

man until she discovers he’s not so Plain after all.

Leila has been drawn to Jesse Glick, the bishop’s son, since the first day she met him at his father’s store, and she knows he feels the same way about her. But she can’t understand why he seems to make overtures one day, then withdraw the next.

Jesse has a secret. He has been attending an Englisch church youth group, and he’s starting to believe he’s being called to be a minister, something Amish men cannot be unless they draw the lot. He’s considering leaving his Amish community to follow his calling. The only reason he has stayed is Leila. Will, Jesse’s cousin, has his own feelings for Leila, but he has stood back in deference to his cousin for many months. Until he can’t stand the thought of Leila being hurt.

Leila can choose Will and know that she will never have to leave her home or family. Or she can choose Jesse and the love her heart desires, knowing she’ll have to say goodbye to her entire community. The day comes when Jesse, Will, and Leila all have to make their choices, choices that will deeply affect their small, close-knit community of Plain families.

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Facebook
Pinterest
Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin


Where can readers purchase The Bishop's Son?
Christianbook.com
Barnes and Noble

Amazon
Books-A-Million
Zondervon


Thank you, Kelly, for visiting with my readers and me. One of the commenters to this post will be drawn to receive a copy of your novel, The Bishop’s Son.




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

Till next time … keep on smiling.


Thursday, October 15, 2015

Jennifer Slattery novel

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INTERTWINED by Jennifer Slattery
Jennifer Slattery writes soul-stirring fiction for New Hope Publishers, a publishing house passionate about bringing God’s healing grace and truth to the hopeless. She also writes for Crosswalk.com, Internet CafĂ© Devotions, and the group blog, Faith-filled Friends. When not writing, Jennifer loves going on mall dates with her adult daughter and coffee dates with her hilariously fun husband.

Visit with Jennifer online at her website and connect with her on Facebook.


Enjoy Jennifer Slattery’s article below about how we make our plans. Following Jennifer’s article, you’ll learn about her novel, Intertwined.



I had our daughter’s life planned out by the time she was four, and one thing I knew for certain? We were going to homeschool. I knew that was what God wanted us to do. It was a strange, very deep, almost instant knowing. No questions, no fears, no need to research all the pros and cons. I just knew.


That’s kind of how my parenting has been. When God is leading me toward something important, I just know. This was one of those times.


But… I hit a major roadblock. A stop-all-planning roadblock… called my husband. He was not at all for homeschooling our daughter, and he made that clear with a simple yet firm, “No.”


There was no discussion, no changing his mind. He was as against the idea as a man could be.


Remember what I said about knowing with absolute certainly when God calls me to something? Uh… yeah… I was confused. Two major truths in my life were smacking each other in the head. God wanted us to homeschool. I knew it with every fiber of my being!


But He also wanted me to submit to my husband.


Sitting in my prayer corner, I shook my head. “I don’t get it, God. Either I heard you wrong or you’ve got to change my husband’s heart.”


Considering how adamant my husband was, I felt certain the latter wouldn’t happen, so I went about planning my life. Deciding what I’d do with all that free time I’d have once our daughter started school. I could return to work, take college classes, serve at the church more. And as the time to register her for school came around, my excitement increased. Everything was falling into place. The principal of the school she’d attend even went to our church! Surely God was in this school thing, right?


And my ability to hear Him? Clearly I’d failed in that area. Not exactly comforting.


But less than a month from the start of school, God flipped things. One night, as I cooked dinner, chatting with my husband, he said, “Have you considered homeschooling?”


It was like a punch to the gut. Remember that plan I made? All the things I’d do with my free time? Gone. Because the moment those words came out of his mouth I knew, God had answered my prayer. He’d changed my husband’s heart.


I learned something that day. When God wants something to happen, it will. He doesn’t need to nag, beg, threaten or pout. He doesn’t need my help at all. In fact, had I done that, I may have gotten my way, but I’m pretty sure my husband would’ve been resentful. Not bought in. But the way God worked things out, my husband became our biggest supporter.


Though we don’t homeschool now, those hours spent reading books on the couch or exploring caves bound our hearts together and developed maturity, integrity, and a strong spiritual foundation in our daughter. A foundation He’s still building upon.


God always knows best, doesn’t He? And He’s working things out, He’s fighting for us, our kids, and our family, right this moment. Sometimes we just need to get out of His way.

Jennifer's novel, Intertwined:
Abandoned by her husband for another woman,

Tammy Kuhn, an organ procurement coordinator often finds herself in tense and bitter moments. After an altercation with a doctor, she is fighting to keep her job and her sanity when one late night she encounters her old flame Nick. She walks right into his moment of facing an unthinkable tragedy. Because they both have learned to find eternal purposes in every event and encounter, it doesn’t take long to discover that their lives are intertwined but the ICU is no place for romance…or is it? Could this be where life begins again?

Intertwined, part of New Hope Publisher’s contemporary fiction line, is a great reminder of how God can turn our greatest tragedies and failures into beautiful acts of love and grace. Readers will fall in love with the realistic characters and enjoy the combination of depth, heart-felt emotion and humor that make Jennifer’s novels so appealing. Readers will be inspired to find God in every moment and encounter in their own lives!

Where you can purchase Intertwined:
CBD
Amazon
B&N


A winner will be drawn from among commenters to this blog post to receive a paperback copy of Jennifer's novel, Intertwined -- paperback giveaway limited to those with mailing addresses in the continental U.S.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Cooking Up Christmas by Teresa Ives Lilly is Patty. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.
 
Till next time … keep on smiling.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Teresa Ives Lilly - Christmas novella

Leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, October 13, 2015 to be entered in the DRAWING for an eBook 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. To provide you security, please leave your email address like this: johnATyahooDOTcom. Winner announced in next Thursday's blog post. 


Cooking Up Christmas
by Teresa Ives Lilly

Teresa Ives Lilly lives in Texas with her husband, near her grown children. She loves to write Christian Historical Novellas, although she dabbles in contemporary as well. You can see all her books at her blog. She loves to hear from her readers at her email address
 
Welcome, Teresa, what do you enjoy doing for relaxation?
Having cook outs with my family.


What is your favorite Bible verse?
“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” John 20:29, NIV


Do you have a dedicated place to write, or a nook or corner of a room, or the kitchen table?
I have an upstairs guest room where I have my desk for writing at night.


Please tell us a little about your novel, Cooking Up Christmas.
When Henrietta agrees to become a mail order angel

for Benjamin Capel, she moves to Angel Vale, Wyoming, eager to begin working in the town’s eatery. Although happy with her job and attracted to her husband-to-be, she discovers that Benjamin has several secrets. What does he do for a living, why does talking about money upset him so much, and who actually owns the Angel Vale Eatery? Will these questions be answered so she can freely say I Do or does God have a different plan for her life in Angel Vale?

Where can readers find you online?
My Blog


Where can readers purchase Cooking Up Christmas?
Amazon


Any parting comments?
This book is part of a series. The plot line was created by Darlene Franklin and begins in the book called Jacob's Christmas Dream. It is well worth reading that one as well.


Thank you, Teresa, for visiting with my readers and me. One of the commenters will win an eBook copy of Cooking Up Christmas, which you've offered.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Mercy's Rain by Cindy Sproles is Nancy. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Cindy Sproles novel

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MERCY’S RAIN by Cindy K. Sproles


Cindy K. Sproles is an author and speaker. Her devotions are published in newspapers across the country. Cindy is a teacher at Christian writers conferences and women’s conferences nationwide. She spent her formative years showing off her beloved Appalachian Mountain to others, and she and her family still live in the mountains of East Tennessee. Visit Cindy at her website.


From the book’s back cover:


Mercy Roller knows her name is a lie.

Married and widowed at thirteen, a mother and childless at fifteen, Mercy has spent her life under the authority of her abusive father, the Pastor. The Pastor rules both her family and the community around Wadalow Mountain, Tennessee. Not a single person seems capable of standing up to the man who calls his sinful actions “righteous,” that is, until Mercy takes matters into her own hands.

Kicked out of her home by her grieving mother, Mercy finds her way to the other side of the mountain where she slowly learns that true righteousness has nothing evil about it—and that there might be room for her own stained and shattered soul to find shelter, and even love.

An unforgettable story, Mercy’s Rain transports readers to nineteenth-century Appalachia, revealing the thorny path from bitterness to forgiveness.

Where you can purchase Mercy's Rain:
Amazon
Barnes and Noble
Christianbook.com

One commenter will win a paperback copy of Mercy's Rain.
 

The two winners of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of A Husband for Christmas by Gail Gaymer Martin are Deanne and Shelia. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.


Till next time … keep on smiling. 
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