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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Davis Historical Novel


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 James Samuel Davis and Susan Page Davis

James Samuel Davis is a writer who has traveled in Australia, China, Micronesia, and Alaska. He resides in rural Travelers Rest, S.C., with his wife and seven children.


Susan Page Davis, James’s mom, is the author of more than sixty Christian novels and novellas. Her historical novels have won numerous awards, including the Carol Award, the Will Rogers Medallion for Western Fiction, and the Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest.

Welcome, Jim and Susan. What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
Susan: I was born on Memorial Day (the REAL one, not the moveable Monday holiday); and I once gave a less-than-memorable performance in The Mouse that Roared. I’ll tell one on Jim, my son and co-author: while he was in Australia on an agricultural exchange, he was herding cows on a motorcycle and wound up with a broken leg.

What is your favorite Bible verse?
"For this God is our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even unto death." Ps. 48:14, KJV.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
I love the planning stage and the research. It’s always exciting to dream up a new project, and I love brainstorming the plot.

The hardest part for me, when writing a historical, is trying to get everything right, or at least “not wrong.” This book was a research challenge, since it covers a wide range of settings and lots of activity I’m not expert at—sailing, antique firearms, the politics of the seas in the Nineteenth Century, and so much more.

What can your readers expect from you next?
Jim and I are planning book 2 in this series. Meanwhile, I am writing a western called My Heart Belongs in the Superstition Mountains, to release next spring. My most recent releases are Heart of a Cowboy and The Cowboy’s Bride.

Please tell us a little about your novel.
Our book is The Seafaring Women of the Vera B., set in 1854.

Alice Packard thinks the worst has happened when her husband, the ship’s captain, dies in Melbourne, Australia. Then she learns the crew has deserted her husband’s ship in favor of the goldfields. Only one old man, Gypsy Deak, sticks by her, but Gypsy alone can’t raise a crew from the depleted population. In desperation, Alice turns to the only source of plentiful workers: the women of Melbourne. In a bold move, she and Gypsy empty a brothel, promising the escaped women a new life. Her all-woman (save one) crew put their backs and hearts into the voyage, but Alice finds training her sailors much harder than she expected. Her faith is tested to the limit. With a cargo to sell, angry brothel and tavern owners in pursuit, pirates to evade, and a mysterious stowaway, will the seafaring women of the Vera B. survive to tell the tale of this daring adventure?

Where can readers find you online?
Find us at:
Twitter: @SusanPageDavis
Susan’s Facebook
Jim’s page

Where can readers purchase The Seafaring Women of the Vera B.?
Buy the paperback from Amazon
Createspace store
Kindle e-book
Nook e-book
Kobo e-book

Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
I love May—in my native state of Maine, it’s about as far from winter as you can get. What is your favorite month and why?

Thank you, Jim and Susan for visiting with us. I'll choose a winner from commenters to this post who will receive their choice of a paperback or eBook copy of
The Seafaring Women of the Vera B. that Jim and Susan have offered. Print copy restricted to U.S. mailing address. Don't forget to leave your email address with your comment!

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The Amish Firefighter by Laura Hilton is Tammie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.

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  1. Enjoyed the interview and the book sounds like a good one. I enjoy the month of April - Spring is all around and everything is green and flowers are blooming.

    1. Ann, glad you enjoyed the interview. Thanks for leaving your comment.

  2. My favorite month is September because it is the beginning of fall, and the start of the leaves turning for the season... also, my bday falls in September so win-win :D

  3. I love October because I am tired of the heat of summer and I love the coolness and fall colors. Would love to win this book. I always enjoy books about women and the things they can accomplish. spotts06ATcomcastDOTnet

    1. Stella, thanks for coming by and leaving your comment.

  4. I like the warm summer months when we can be outside!

  5. Ladies, our guest author today, Susan, asked me to post this comment from her:
    I’m sorry I’m having computer trouble today. I think there may be something to what Elizabeth said, and we all like the month or season we are born in best. However, I’m not sure I’ll believe that until I hear from some January and February babies!

    1. My birthday is in December and I DO NOT like cold weather!

    2. I am a February baby. The only thing I like about my birthday is that not many people have February birthdays. In my family October, March, and January are the hardest hit months. And my dad is a real lucky duck because his birthday, my parents anniversary, AND Father's Day are all in June. As for me, I love spring best for the lengthening days and greening up (I live where the snow lasts up to 6 months) and the warming. But I also love fall for the warm but not hot days and the beautiful misty mornings.

  6. Spring is my favorite time of the year , so I would say April and May are my favorite month . Plus my birthday and anniversary are in April!

    I live just up the road from Jim in the Easley, SC area😃

  7. I so want to read this book! Since I was a little girl I have loved old sailing ships. I've never seen one in person but have collected books with lots of pictures, especially of clippers.

    I don't actually have a single favorite month, just seasons like I mentioned in the comment above.


  8. I loved the interview with Susan! My favorite month is April for it is when Passover is celebrated. I also love September when Shavout is celebrated.

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  9. My favorite month is December because that is when Jesus was born. I don't like the weather in December always but otherwise I think that December is a magical month! I am a follower.