Thursday, June 30, 2016

James R. Callan novel


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A SILVER MEDALLION
by James R. Callan


After a successful career in mathematics and computer science, receiving grants from the National Science Foundation and NASA, and being listed in Who's Who in Computer Science and Two Thousand Notable Americans, James R. Callan turned to his first love--writing. He has had four non-fiction books published. He now concentrates on his favorite genre, mystery/suspense. His eleventh book is scheduled to release in June, 2016.

Enjoy Jim's interview with his main character, Crystal, below:

An Interview with Crystal Moore,
Protagonist in A Silver Medallion
 
JIM: Let's jump right into it. Why on earth did you decide to go to Mexico when you knew how ruthless Jose Rodriquez de Allende was? Are you an adventurer, a thrill seeker?

CRYSTAL: You didn't waste any time getting to that. No, I am not a thrill seeker, or an adventurer. The most dangerous thing I've ever done was say "No" to a man who had never heard that word. As to why I went, that's a question I've asked myself. Do you want the long answer or the short answer?


JIM: Let's start with the short.


CRYSTAL: Because of the threat to kill her two little girls if she tried to escape, or even told anybody of her situation, Lucita would never escape. She would spend her entire life a slave. But, if I could rescue her two children, she would be happy to escape.


JIM: But Allende was a powerful and vengeful man.


CRYSTAL:  Now we're into the long answer. First, I was naive. I wasn't prepared for just how evil the man was. And living in a society where one can depend on the police to help, I naturally thought I'd have some good local or state police help. That turned out to be foolish on my part.


JIM: Okay. I understand part of it. But this was such a risky business, I know you had other reasons.  Come on, tell us.


CRYSTAL: I guess the biggest one came from my own life. My parents were killed in a car accident when I was seven. It was such a difficult time for me. But, nothing could be done. They were gone, dead. No one could help me. I had loving grandparents who gave me a secure, loving home. Still, it was very difficult.


These two little girls didn't have grandparents. They were virtual slaves themselves, living under a brutal man. But their mother was alive. Something could be done.


Of course, there was another powerful reason. Once I talked with the mother, had pictures of the girls, I couldn't sleep. I would have nightmares about their treatment. I became a prisoner of their large brown eyes. I swear, I would wake up thinking I heard them crying. If I wanted to have a normal life again, I had to, at least, try to rescue them. 


JIM: I'm beginning to understand why you went. But did you really think you would succeed? I mean, this was a powerful man and in a foreign country.


CRYSTAL: You understand the dangers. Well, actually, I didn't until I met Juan Grande. He made the dangers quite clear to me. But, you fix your mind on what you want to achieve. You don't think about failure.


JIM:  Okay. You've convinced me. You should have gone. One last question. Did anyone else think you should go?


CRYSTAL: No one. Nana, who can face down the devil, said I shouldn't go. Brandi, as brash as they come, said it was a dumb idea. And Mark, a former bull rider, didn't want me to go. Even Lucita. She feared if I tried and failed, her children might suffer the consequences. Her fears almost stopped me.


JIM: That's all we have time for today. Thanks for being so open and honest in your answers. I look forward to reading the full account in A Silver Medallion.


And you, too, can get all the details in A Silver Medallion, on Amazon.

 


Welcome, Jim. Please tell us a little about your novel, A Silver Medallion.
In 2015, young, naive Crystal Moore encounters a slave in Dallas, Texas--a slave held not by chains, but by threats her two girls held hostage in the jungles of Mexico will be killed if she escapes.


To Crystal, it's clear. The children must be rescued first, or the mother will never escape.


Crystal will need the help of mysterious Juan Grande. If she succeeds, mother and children will be free. But Crystal will have two powerful and ruthless men, one in Texas, one in Mexico, who will want her dead.


"... a gripping, action-packed adventure from talented author James Callan. Crystal Moore is a tough and savvy heroine ..." --New York Times Bestselling Author Bobbi Smith

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Blog
Author's page on Amazon 

Where can readers purchase A Silver Medallion?
Amazon


Jim, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. One commenter to this blog post will be selected to receive an eBook copy of A Silver Medallion that Jim has offered. Commenters please remember to leave your email address so I can contact you if you’re the winner.

 

The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of This Side of Heaven by Diane Dean White is Mary B. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 



Thanks for reading my blog! My recently released novella is titled Donna’s Detour. The story is set in 1956 on the historic U.S. Route 66, a two-lane highway that ran from Chicago to California's west coast. From a reader's review: "I love the author's smooth writing style. She has a way to take readers back in time with her exquisite words that flow throughout the story....It is time to relax, grab an ice cold bottle of Coke and enjoy a great book that will bring a smile to your face. Join Donna and Tommy as they take a journey on Route 66." Available in eBook at Amazon.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Diane Dean White novel


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THIS SIDE OF HEAVEN
by Diane Dean White


Diane started her writing career in a southern town
where she did reporting, and wrote her first column "Yankee Viewpoint's." They returned to Michigan, where she did stringer work, ancestral history, and donor appeal letters for non-profit organizations, while doing her favorite job...a stay-at-home Mom. Diane became a columnist for a weekly magazine for four years. She is the author of over three-hundred short stories, and seven books. She and hubby, Stephen, have been married for forty-four years, and they are the parents of three grown children and three grand-gals. They live in the Sunshine state.


Welcome, Diane. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
Aw…King Solomon…I’d like to eat the food from this time, and see the man and hear more wisdom flow from his mouth.


What do you enjoy most about writing?
It’s the fun of creating a plot and using imaginary people to weave a story. I take myself out of the reality of my day, and although research is time consuming and necessary, I love seeing everything as it comes together within a full circle. I trust the Lord and seek His direction in all of my writing. After numerous rewrites, I can’t wait to write THE END.


Do you have a dedicated place to write, or a nook or corner of a room, or the kitchen table?
Yes, a spare bedroom works nicely as my office. I have a back injury so I use a chaise lounge with a portable keyboard on my lap. My computer is next to me on a table with my printer, and photos of my book-signings are above on the wall.  A painting my grandmother did is over an old desk, bookshelves, and other special wall-hangings are on the opposite side. I have a wicker table next to me under my window which holds an aloe plant, a dish of seashells and a few other fun things.


What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
I’m always happy to hear when someone likes my book, and then does a review. I don’t think readers realize how important these are for authors, and I encourage those who share how much they enjoy one of my books, to please follow it up with a review. Word of mouth is an excellent way to share how much readers enjoy books, and I’m grateful for that and Facebook postings.


Please tell us a little about your novel, This Side of Heaven.
“Only one hurdle and they were free to fall in love.”


Darlene arrives in rural Georgia with her two preschoolers to escape an abusive marriage. In hiding, she struggles to adjust to a secretive life among the pecan trees and gardenias. Then comes an unexpected visit from a neighbor.


Detective Brett Gafee is married to his job and his community, and heir to large pecan orchards. Expectations of a loving relationship dwindle over the years, and he sets aside all thoughts of marriage. Then he introduces himself to Darlene.


Darlene’s secret past keeps her at bay from both Brett and her feelings. Can she be true to her heart and to Brett? When the truth comes out, will Brett pick up the pieces, or will he walk away?

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Facebook Author Page

Facebook Personal Page
Amazon Author Page
Pinterest
Goodreads


Where can readers purchase This Side of Heaven?
Amazon

Any parting comment?
In all my books I seek God’s direction, and share the salvation plan. I may be writing a romance, and most have suspense added, but its important my characters look to Him, although some do go through trials and redemption takes place. I want my books to be something my granddaughters can read, and I stay true to that.


Thank you, Jo, for having me visit today. I appreciate your sweet hospitality and time to share.


Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters are not required to answer.)
Are you interested in all genres, or what do you enjoy most; historical, contemporary, suspense, mysteries? And do you enjoy writing a review?



One commenter will be chosen to win an eBook copy of This Side of Heaven, which Diane has graciously offered.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Knight in Shining Apron by Carole Brown is Patricia. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.




Thanks for reading my blog! Recently released book 3 in the West Virginia Mountains series is titled Promise Me. Available in print and eBook at Amazon!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Carole Brown novel


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Leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, June 21, 2016 to be entered in the DRAWING for a 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. I may or may not have read books offered for giveaways. The mention and giveaway of books on my blog does not in any way indicate any manner of my endorsement of said books. 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.


KNIGHT IN SHINING APRON
by Carole Brown

Besides being an active participant of many writing
Carole Brown
groups, Carole enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense, tough topics, romance and whimsy into her books, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?



Welcome, Carole. What do you enjoy doing for relaxation?
I love my family and any time my hubby and I can spend with them, is precious indeed. Since God blessed us with grand boys, we continually plan activities and/or fun things to do that center around their interests. We take vacations with our sons (and families), eat out, share holidays, etc.


My husband and I love to travel and have friends across the country. We live simply in the country enjoying our quiet hobby farm--gardens, animals, walking, reading, working together, sharing times out, eating from the grill, etc.


I also love scrap booking, a fairly new hobby, when I can find the time to do it. I’m also considering making beads, paper weights, etc. with dried flowers. Music is a biggie with us, singing and listening to the music we love.



What can your readers expect from you next?
In the fall of 2016, book two of the WWII Spies romantic suspense series will release: A Flute in the Willows. It features the second, red-headed Rayner daughter, Josephine, the rebellious one who eloped during the first book (With Music in Their Hearts). But betrayal of trust, injuries and a revengeful foreign spy all collide to bring Josie and her husband, Jerry, together again . . . and to their knees. 

A mid-spring date will see the third book in my Denton and Alex Davies cozy mystery series release. It’s titled Daffy’s Duck, and along with Denton and Alex, readers will get to meet Daffodil and Jeremy Meadows, owners of a Colorado ski resort. Sister Daffy happens to have a little fame with her duck paintings, and much older brother Jeremy oversees their business and tries to keep Daffodil under control. They have a problem with some long-lost, estranged relatives who are determined to gain Daffy’s trust, er, money. 

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Three things bring delight to an author’s heart, besides reading and enjoying her books:

Post reviews wherever you can.
Share with others. Word of mouth is the best advertisement!
Follow the author: Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, blog, wherever! Sign up for their newsletter.
And thank you!


Please tell us a little about your novel, Knight in Shining Apron.
Starli Cameron gave up her career plans to be a

concert pianist to marry the man of her dreams. He turned out to be a nightmare. When he dies in a car accident, Starli takes the insurance money and builds a successful and upscale restaurant: Apply Blossoms in rural West Virginia. Threats from someone determined to ruin her life--or is it win her love?--and the suspicious romantic advances from her new chef force Starli to search her heart and finally turn to God for real healing.

Sir Joel Peterman-Blair, top notch chef from England, is roped by his uncle, into filling in as head Chef at Apple Blossoms. Joel, with his sanguine-personality, has always laughed and flirted his way through life. But now, confronted with and attracted to the most beautiful woman he’s ever met, Joel has to prove his sincerity and depth of character to his icy-cold employer. Can his love for God and for this woman reach out far enough to rescue her from her own mistrust and bitterness? Will he learn that life is not all play?

And can they both work together to find the source of threats that seem to be coming from Starli’s past?


Where can readers find you online?
Personal blog
Facebook
Amazon Author Page
Twitter
Pinterest
Goodreads
Linkedin
Google+
Word Sharpeners
Stitches in Time


Where can readers purchase Knight in Shining Apron?
Amazon Author Page

Do keep your eye on my Amazon Author Page to find Knight in Shining Apron as soon as it releases--THIS MONTH! Don't miss it!

Any parting comment?
My mother and dad began attending church when I was a preteen. From that moment on, God captured my love--not saying I never strayed, but he was always there wooing me back to himself. From there, I can look back and see how God guided my steps and life. I was engaged, but we separated. I planned on attending a certain school, but felt led not to do so. I finished college with two degrees. I dug deeper into church functions, leading children’s activities, helping with the musical aspects and eventually with private school teaching. When I met my husband, I was captured by his strength, his firm belief, his strong personality, and his love. Every step in my life led me to the moment of our marriage, and then a lifelong love, adventures and travel, and service to the God we love, which, of course, gave me the opportunity to pursue  writing as a career!


Please leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
For fun:  If I (Carole Brown) wasn’t writing what would I love to do? (Commenters are not required to answer.)



Carole, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. I'll draw f
rom among commenters for a winner to receive their choice of an eBook or print (to U.S. mailing addresses only) copy of Knight in Shining Apron, that Carole has offered. Commenters, please leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the winner.



The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Second Choice by Ginger Solomon is Kyla. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.



Thanks for reading my blog! Recently released book 3 in the West Virginia Mountains series is titled Promise Me. Available in print and eBook at Amazon!

                                                                                                                                          

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Ginger Solomon novel


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Leave a comment on THIS post by 6 p.m. CT Tuesday, June 14, 2016 to be entered in the DRAWING for a 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. I may or may not have read books offered for giveaways. The mention and giveaway of books on my blog does not in any way indicate any manner of my endorsement of said books. 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.


SECOND CHOICE by Ginger Solomon


Ginger Solomon is a Christian, a wife, a mother to
seven, and a writer--in that order (mostly). She writes or reads inspirational romance of any genre, and if she's busy homeschooling, doing laundry, or fixing dinner, it's on her mind. She's a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, president of her local writing group, and blogs regularly for InspyRomance.com and at gingersolomon.com.

If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
This changes for me, but I’d love to eat with Robert Frost. I’m not a poet, but I can appreciate a good poem. The Road Not Taken has long been one of my favorite.


Where is your favorite vacation spot?
As I’m writing this (a few weeks early), my family and I are preparing for a vacation to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. We’ve been there a number of times, and I LOVE it. The mountains are so peaceful. I also just returned from Black Mountain, NC where I was surrounded by mountains. Two glorious weeks.


Please describe yourself with three words.
I asked a few of my kids. They said creative, reserved, and organized.


What can your readers expect from you next?
I have the final novella in my Broken Holidays Series, Broken Freedom, releasing this month. I’m privileged to be part of a boxed set with a group of talented authors, and that will release in September. And just two weeks ago, I signed a contract with my publisher for Love’s Choice. I don’t have a specific release date, but I hope by the end of this year or very early next year.


Please tell us a little about your novel, Second Choice.
Set to be married in less than a month, Princess

Anaya Vallis's intended runs away, leaving only a cryptic note behind. Her father insists the wedding go forth as planned with a new groom. She has days to make a second choice.

Titus Vasco is like a ship without a rudder, floating through life without purpose. Until she calls. He accepts her proposal without hesitation.

But wedded bliss does not come easily. Two virtual strangers brought together by unforeseen circumstances must learn to trust each other and God's plan for their lives in order to achieve the happily-ever-after they both long for. 

Where can readers find you online
Website 
Inspy Romance Blog  
Facebook Author Page
Twitter
Pinterest
Amazon Author Page


Where can readers purchase Second Choice?
Amazon
Kobo Books
iBooks
Barnes and Noble

Any parting comment?
Thank you, Jo, for the opportunity to post with you again.


Leave a question you’d like readers to answer.
What is your fondest memory?


Ginger, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. I'll draw from among commenters for a winner to receive an eBook copy of Second Choice, that Ginger has offered. Commenters, please leave your email address so I can contact you if you're the winner.



The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of The City by Lorilyn Roberts is Patricia. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.



Thanks for reading my blog! Recently released book 3 in the West Virginia Mountains series is titled Promise Me. Available in print and eBook at Amazon!





Thursday, June 2, 2016

Lorilyn Roberts, apocalyptic Christian fantasy


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SEVENTH DIMENSION – THE CITY
by Lorilyn Roberts


Lorilyn Roberts is an award-winning Christian author
who writes for the young and the young at heart. When not writing books, Lorilyn provides closed captioning for television. She is a single mother by choice and adopted her two daughters from Nepal and Vietnam. Lorilyn has been a speaker at various events and functions, including women's groups, adoption support groups, and writer workshops. She has also appeared on many radio and television shows, including WATC 57 Friends & Neighbors out of Atlanta, Georgia, and Discovery Channel's Monsters Inside Me related to increasing awareness of parasitic infections in international adoption.


Welcome, Lorilyn! What is your favorite Bible verse?
Proverbs 13:12. “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when dreams come true, there is life and joy” (New Living Translation).


In the early 1990s, I received a letter from World Vision. Proverbs 13:12 appeared at the top of the letter. I put the letter on my refrigerator and promised, no matter what anyone said someday I was going to adopt a child. I truly felt God’s calling to do it as a single woman. Two years later, I did.
My first daughter is Manisha Hope and my second daughter is Joylin. If you read my adoption memoir Children of Dreams, you will see the only reason I am a mother is because God brought my daughters to me from the ends of the earth against all odds.

What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
First fun fact:  I have scuba dived all over the world, including the Great Barrier Reef, the Caribbean, and the Red Sea. My favorite dive of all was the one I did in the Red Sea.


A second unique thing was also an adventure:  I was in Israel at the start of the 1991 Gulf War taking a class at the Institute of Holy Land Studies. I had the scary experience of learning how to use a gas mask and inject myself with the nerve antidote atropine to prevent nerve poisoning. After that, I decided to leave—I didn’t understand all the instructions and was too nervous to ask. I made an all-night trip from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv and took the last plane out of Israel to Engelberg, Switzerland. There I spent a couple of days snow skiing, much to the chagrin of friends and family. When you don’t have children, you can live dangerously. That experience gave me much fodder for my Seventh Dimension Series.


The third interesting fact I’ll share with readers is something I have in common with Charles Dickens. I would be surprised to find anyone else in the U.S. who can claim this little nugget of similarity with one of the greatest authors of all time (I’m referring here to fiction authors since he wrote novels). We both began our careers as court reporters. I’ll always wonder if he hated court reporting as much as I did. Writing books and captioning baseball is more fun than reporting malpractice and product liability cases.

Please describe yourself with three words.
Passionate, hard-working, inquisitive

Please tell us a little about your novel Seventh Dimension – The City, a YA Fantasy.
The Illuminati want Shale’s ancient scrolls and they’ll

stop at nothing to find them. Shale and Daniel will stop at nothing to protect them. The battle rages from Jerusalem to Shambhala in search of Daniel’s father. With the apocalypse looming, Shale must choose between mortal love and immortality.

Where can readers find you online?
Here are the ones where I’m most active in order of decreasing activity: 
Blog
Website
Twitter
Facebook
Pinterest
Youtube
Linked In


Where can readers purchase Seventh Dimension – The City?
Seventh Dimension—The City is available at bit.ly/lp_city - eleven different websites are listed. Readers don’t need to have read the previous books in the series to read The City (book 4), but I hope they will read the other books because the story builds on itself.

Do you have a question you want readers to answer?
A great deal of research goes into my books, so here’s a question for readers. I would be surprised if anyone knows the answer to this question without Googling it. Where is Shambhala? Leave a comment and share.


I hope finding out will pique readers’ interest. I think many readers will delightfully discover Seventh Dimension – The City is unlike any book they have read.

Any parting comment?
One of the themes in the Seventh Dimension Series is:  “Time is an illusion until God’s appointed times.” What does that mean to you as a Christian?

Lorilyn, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. I will draw from commenters to this post, who leave their email address, for a winner to receive a signed copy of Lorilyn’s new apocalyptic Christian fantasy book Seventh Dimension – The City, a YA Fantasy, Book 4.


The winner of last Thursday’s blog post for a copy of Hearts that Survive—A Novel of the Titanic by Yvonne Lehman is Caryl K. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.


Till next time … keep on smiling.


Thanks for reading my blog! Recently released book 3 in the West Virginia Mountains series is titled Promise Me. Available in print and eBook at Amazon!