Thursday, April 20, 2017

Darlene Franklin, Christian Historical Romance


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THE GAMBLER'S DAUGHTER
in The Pony Express Romance Collection
by Darlene Franklin



Darlene Franklin
Best-selling hybrid author Darlene Franklin's greatest
claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. This year she expects to reach fifty unique titles in print and she’s also contributed to more than twenty nonfiction titles. Her column, “The View Through my Door,” appears monthly in Bookfun Magazine. Her most recent titles are The Pony Express Romance Collection, Love's Compass, and To Riches Again.



Welcome, Darlene. What has no one asked that you would like to share?
Andrea Stephens suggests this question: You always seem to have a book in the works. What keeps you motivated?

I’m self-motivated. But deadlines and accountability help. I used to be accountable to a writing group. Now I have deadlines.

There is always another story to tell! Often I have the basic story concept in mind long before I actually begin writing. I also am working on deadlines—that's a great motivator. I would still write every day, but not be as focused, without those looming deadlines. This year I overcommitted myself—a novella every month from April through October.

How do people react when they find out you write?
They’re usually surprised—they don’t expect someone who is still writing to live in a nursing home!
They often say, “so you must be rich.”  (If my name was Steven King or James Patterson, perhaps.)
What do you write? Mostly historical romance
An apology – “I used to read.”
And every now and then—“I’ve read one of your books.”

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad?
At this point in time, I write almost exclusively on the computer. When I started writing, I didn’t even have a computer. I wrote by hand in spiral bound notebooks, riding to and from work on the bus. At night I typed what I had written on my typewriter.

Lighting Round:
Y’all or You Guys? Probably Y’all
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Biscuits

Please tell us a little about your novella, The Gambler’s Daughter, one of nine novellas in The Pony Express Romance Collection.

Join the race from Missouri, across the plains and mountains to California and back again as brave Pony Express riders and their supporters along the route work to get mail across country in just ten days. It is an outstanding task in the years 1860 to 1861, and
only a few are up to the job. Faced with challenges of terrain, weather, hostile natives, sickness, and more, can these adventurous pioneers hold fast, and can they also find lasting love in the midst of daily trials?

The Gambler’s Daughter by Darlene Franklin.
Gambling debts drive Caroline Adams’s estranged father away from the Chelan Swing Station before her arrival. Can his replacement conquer the temptations goading them both to prove himself worthy of Caroline’s love?

Where can readers find you online?
Website and blog
Facebook   
Amazon author page   
Twitter

Where can readers purchase The Pony Express Romance Collection?
Amazon
Christian Book Distributors    
Barnes and Noble


Any parting comment?
Thanks for having me as a guest on your blog today, Jo!

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
If you wanted to send a letter to someone who doesn’t live in your city, who would it be and why? Think like the Pony Express. If you didn’t have the mail service, how might it arrive?

Darlene, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Darlene is offering a paperback copy of The Pony Express Romance Collection to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through April 25, 2017 and 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 A Spring of Weddings that includes A Proxy Wedding by Toni Shiloh is Patty. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


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On my website, you can read the first chapters of all my novels and novellas.


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Toni Shiloh, Contemporary Romance Novella


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A Proxy Wedding
by Toni Shiloh


Toni Shiloh is a wife, mom, and Christian fiction
Toni Shiloh
writer. Once she understood the powerful saving grace thanks to the love of Christ, she was moved to honor her Savior. She writes to bring Him glory and to learn more about His goodness.


She spends her days hanging out with her husband and their two boys. She is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and the president of the ACFW Virginia Chapter.

You can find Toni on her website


Welcome, Toni! If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why? 
Jane Austen! I love her writing, but besides that, she was an extraordinary woman for her time. To be published in a world that felt that women writers were odd, raises my esteem of her. I would love to hear what writer tips she’d have to give.

Please describe yourself with three words. 
Quiet. Prayerful. Hopeful.

What do you enjoy doing for relaxation? 
Reading! :) I’m so busy with other things, that when I have a moment to truly relax, I pick up a book. Otherwise, I play video games with my family or dabble in jewelry making.

What can your readers expect from you next? 
Finding Love, book two in my Maple Run series is slated to release the end of June! I’m so excited about this book. Delaney and Luke really captured my heart.

Please tell us a little about your novella, A Proxy Wedding. 
Carly James values loyalty and friendship above all. So when her best friend calls asking her to be a
proxy bride, she says, ‘yes.’ How hard can it be to say ‘I do’ so that her best friend can be with the one she loves? Only, Carly never counted on the feelings that began to swirl around with the proxy groom. 

Damien Nichols likes life lined up from A to Z, but when his best friend calls in a favor, disorder begins to reign. Instead of taking a quick flight to the proxy wedding, he has to take a road trip with the proxy bride. Carly’s free-spirit attitude bumps heads with his meticulous approach to life. As Damien discovers the woman underneath the carefree façade, his emotions become involved. 

Will love become real at A Proxy Wedding?

A Proxy Wedding is one of the stories included in A Spring of Weddings that is scheduled to release on April 29th.

Where can readers find you online? 
Website
Facebook
Google+
Pinterest
Goodreads
Bookbub 

Blogs I’m part of:
Putting on the New
Heart"Wings"
Diversity Between the Pages


Where can readers purchase A Proxy Wedding?
A Spring of Weddings, in which A Proxy Wedding appears is scheduled to release April 29th. Please check on my website for updates about purchasing. 

Any parting comment?
Thank you so much for having me on your blog today, Jo. I appreciate being a guest and I hope your readers enjoyed learning more about A Proxy Wedding.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters are not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
Why do you think opposites attract?

Toni, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Toni is offering an eBook copy of A Spring of Weddings, which includes her story, A Proxy Wedding and is scheduled to release on April 29th, to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through April 18, 2017 and 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 Building Benjamin: Naomi’s Journey by Barbara M. Britton is Ann. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling.


My latest book has released - With Good Intentions, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.









Thursday, April 6, 2017

Barbara M. Britton, biblical fiction


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BUILDING BENJAMIN
by Barbara M. Britton


Barbara M. Britton was born and raised in the San
Barbara M. Britton
Francisco Bay Area, but currently lives in Wisconsin and loves the snow—when it accumulates under three inches. She writes Christian Fiction for teens and adults. Barb has a nutrition degree from Baylor University but loves to dip healthy strawberries in chocolate. Barb kicked off her Tribes of Israel series in October with the release of Providence: Hannah’s Journey. Naomi’s journey, Building Benjamin is out now. Barb is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Romance Writers of America and Wisconsin Romance Writers. 


Welcome, Barb. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
I had no idea this Sodom and Gomorrah-ish account was in the Book of Judges. I knew that Saul, the first king of Israel, was from the smallest tribe, the tribe of Benjamin, but I had no idea the tribe of Benjamin was almost wiped out by the other tribes of Israel (at the end of Judges). I follow three girls abducted by the Benjamites so their tribe could survive. Naomi, my main character, remains true to God and her beliefs during difficult circumstances. I hope she inspires others to do what is right in God’s sight.

How do people react when they find out you write?
People are usually amazed that I’m an author. Then, after I talk about my books, they go fan-girl or fan-guy on me (Yes, there are a few men who read my books). I’m the same old person I always was, so I try to be humble and explain that it’s my job. But, I absolutely love my job! I am thankful God places stories in my head and that they are inspired from His Word.

What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will?
Erotica. She laughs! All my stories have a romantic thread, but I don’t write what goes on behind closed doors. Mainstream romance includes the steamy stuff, but I write Biblical romance which is passionate, but doesn’t give my characters’ secrets away. I write about characters who fall in love with a person because of who they are inside and what they believe about God. All my characters love God and follow his laws—or at least try to.

Why do you feel compelled to write—in your genre or at all? 
I enjoy writing biblical fiction that brings little known Bible characters, or events, to light. I hope readers will go to the Bible and read the original account in God’s Word from where my stories are born. If my readers learn something new about God then I’m happy.

Lighting Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Beach
Y’all or You Guys? In Wisconsin, You Guys
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Dinner Roll
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Summer
Laptop or Desktop? Desktop
Mug or teacup? Mug

Please tell us a little about your novel, Building Benjamin: Naomi’s Journey.
Love Grows Where God Grafts the Tender Shoot.

Naomi desires to dance well enough to catch the eye of a wealthy landowner. Her father needs a
substantial bride price due to the deaths of her brothers at the hands of the tribe of Benjamin. But when Benjamites raid the Ephraimite feast and capture young girls, Naomi is bound and carried from her home by Eliab, a troubled shepherd who needs a wife.

As Naomi awaits rescue, she finds Eliab has a strong faith in God and a just reason for abducting her. A reason that affects all the tribes of Israel. The future of the tribe of Benjamin hangs in the balance, but if Naomi follows her heart and stays with Eliab to rebuild his lineage, she must forfeit her family and become a traitor to her tribe.

Where can readers find you online?
Websit
Twitter
Facebook
Goodreads  
Book Trailer

Where can readers purchase Building Benjamin?
Amazon
Barnes and Noble 
Target

Any parting comment? 
Thank you to everyone who is stopping by today. And a big thank you to you, Jo, for hosting me again on your blog.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters are not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
What’s your favorite Bible story? Or favorite novel?

Barb, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Barb is offering winner’s choice of a paperback or eBook copy of Building Benjamin to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through April 11, 2017 and 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 Harmful Intent by Nike Chillemi is Debra. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 



My latest book has released - With Good Intentions, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.


Thursday, March 30, 2017

Nike N. Chillemi, Detective Novel/Mystery


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HARMFUL INTENT
by Nike N. Chillemi


Nike N. Chillemi started writing at a young age. Her
Nike N. Chillemi
first major work was a Crayola, fully illustrated book about her then off-the-chart love of horses. Today, you might call her a crime fictionista. She likes her bad guys really bad and her good guys smarter and better. 
She is an award-winning author with several mysteries published, including her Sanctuary Point series (out of print, soon to be re-released), set in the mid-1940s finaled in the 2011 Grace Awards Romance/Historical Romance category.

Nike is the Chair and a founding board member of the Grace Awards. She judged in the 2011-2014 Carol Awards in the suspense, mystery, and romantic suspense categories; and was an Inspy Awards 2010 judge in the Suspense/Thriller/Mystery category. She is an award-winning author with several mysteries published, including her Sanctuary Point series (out of print, soon to be re-released), set in the mid-1940s finaled in the 2011 Grace Awards Romance/Historical Romance category.

Welcome Nike. What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
I collect objects that have memories attached to them. I've carted them around from home-to-home, always adding to my collection of remembrances. My china cabinet displays a place setting of my mother's 1940s wedding china, my aunt's 1950s china dessert set, gifts from friends, and objects d'art picked up here and there. My Christmas decorations (packed in my shed 10+ months of the year) include ornaments from my grandmother's tree dating back to the 1940s as well as ones from my mother's tree going back to the 1950s. 

On display in the china cabinet is also a place setting of my contemporary china (white with gold rimming) which is a story unto itself. My dinner plates and luncheon plates are from the same set. The cake plates came from the Salvation Army in Brooklyn, NY and the salt and pepper shakers from the Hospice Community Thrift Shop in Orange Park, Florida. The other pieces come from other contemporary sets. My platter, white rimmed in gold, came from Marshalls. I went for an eclectic look.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
I can't say that I have one favorite spot, but my vacations are usually near water…the ocean, a lake, or a river. That is so relaxing to me. Plus, I love to eat seafood, usually available near a vacay spot on water.  I think the many trips to Florida's east coast, over the years, influenced me to move permanently to the Sunshine State in retirement.

What can your readers expect from you next?
My next is a slight departure. I've always written detective/mystery novels with one or more murders, historical or contemporary...with an inspirational spin. My giveaway, Harmful Intent, is part of the Veronica "Ronnie" Ingels/Dawson Hughes trilogy and that is part of a larger Authorized Operations series with a clandestine spin to it. Main characters in any of these books might show up as a secondary or subordinate character in another novel. My next and my departure is That Special One, a New Adult Romantic Suspense, which is also part of the overarching series. Adult characters from the first three books will pop up as minor characters in this story of college romance mishaps where the heroine wonders if she'll ever get it right, deep friendships, and arson. 

Please tell us a little about your novel, Harmful Intent.
Betrayal runs in private investigator Veronica "Ronnie" Ingels' family. So, why is she surprised when her husband of one year cheats on her? The real shock is his murder, with the local lawman pegging her as the prime suspect.

Ronnie Ingels is a Brooklyn bred private investigator who travels to west Texas, where her cheating husband is murdered. As she hunts the killer to clear her name, she becomes the hunted.

Deputy Sergeant Dawson Hughes, a former Army Ranger, is a man folks want on their side. Only he's not so sure at first, he's on the meddling New York PI's side. As the evidence points away from her, he realizes the more she butts in, the more danger she attracts to herself.

Where can readers find you online?
Website: Nike N. Chillemi ~ Crime Fictionista   
Amazon Author Page
Facebook
Twitter

Where can readers purchase Harmful Intent? 
Amazon (Kindle)

Any parting comment? 
It was a pleasure being a guest here. I wonder if readers have a pet peeve. Something that bugs them when they see it in a mystery novel or thriller. If anyone cares to comment on that, I'd be very interested.

Nike, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Nike is offering an eBook copy of Harmful Intent to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through April 4, 2017 and 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 Finding Boaz by Izzy James is Debra. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 



My latest book has released - With Good Intentions, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.









Thursday, March 23, 2017

Izzy James, Contemporary Romance Novel


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Izzy James

Izzy James is the pen-name of Elizabeth Chevalier Hull.  Elizabeth grew up in coastal Virginia where she still lives with her fabulous husband in a house brimming with books. 



Welcome, Izzy. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
Smith Wigglesworth. Smith walked with God in a very practical way. He was in constant conversation with Him. One time he was visiting with friends and God told him to go a certain place and sit on a park bench. He did that and after he'd been sitting for about five minutes a hiker came by and Smith got to tell the person about Christ. I would like to be able to be that certain that I have heard the Master's voice. He prayed for people and they were healed instantly. I would love to sit with Smith and hear what he had to say and ask him how I could better parse the noise with the sound of God's voice.

Please describe yourself with three words.
Short, Introvert, Christian

What do you enjoy doing for relaxation? 
I read. Sometimes I go for long walks and bring a book. 

What is your favorite Bible verse? 
Only one?!  Ok, my favoritest verse, the one I go to all the time, is this one:
"Thou knowest my down-sitting and my up rising, thou understandest my thought afar off." Psalm 139:2 KJV

This verse was given to me at a crisis time in my life. The comfort I received is with me still. The Lord of Heaven not only knows when I stand and when I sit, He understands my thoughts. Not just knows them. He understands them. He understands where they came from and why I think whatever it is that I am thinking. It confirms for me the verses in Romans that tell me that nothing can separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus. Because he understands me better than I do. 

Please tell us a little about your novel, Finding Boaz.
Finding Boaz was recently chosen by the Library Journal to be a Self-e Select title. The Self-e program was started by the Library Journal to make available to library patrons across the nation books by indie authors.  Select titles are the best of those submitted from each state, which are then included in the national collection.


Finding Boaz is a novel about a woman who has been hurt by betrayal and is learning to love again.

Part-time musician and single mom, Abby Ericksen, just quit her job to escape a boss who made unwelcome advances. The same day, her deceitful ex-husband arrives demanding custody of their daughter. Another man is the LAST thing on Abby's mind when she meets the man she can't resist.

Duncan MacLeod needs a wife. The old family covenant requires that his wife-to-be ask him to marry. Covenant or not, Duncan is convinced that Abby is that woman. Can he overcome her distrust and prove his love is real? Real enough that she can trust him? Real enough that she will propose to him? 

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Facebook
Twitter 

Where can readers purchase Finding Boaz? 
Amazon
Barnes and Noble 

Any parting comment? 
Just one parting thought. If you like a book, please consider leaving a review. Authors need reviews in order to qualify for certain advertising venues. I know it seems odd, but reviews are used by both traditionally published and self-published authors in order to get noticed.  If you have a negative review, that's fine too, but try to make it constructive. I don't know of any authors yet who don't appreciate candid feedback.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters are not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
I was recently told by a reader that she really appreciated that one of my books had a heroine that was older. What do you think? Would you like to see more heroines that are older? If so, what age range would you find interesting?

Izzy, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Izzy is offering a winner's choice of an eBook copy or a paperback copy of Finding Boaz to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through March 28, 2017 and 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 Sweet Dreams by Cecelia Dowdy is Rita. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 



My latest book has released - With Good Intentions, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.


Thursday, March 16, 2017

Cecelia Dowdy, Christian Romance Novel


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SWEET DREAMS
by Cecelia Dowdy

Cecelia Dowdy has been an avid reader since she
Cecelia Dowdy
learned to string letters together to form words. While pursuing a business degree in college, one of her professors tried to convince her to get an English degree since he felt she was a great writer. Years later, after receiving her BS in Finance, she took her former teacher's advice, and started pursuing her literary career. 


She loves to read, write, and bake delicious desserts during her spare time. Traveling is another favorite hobby, and she's been to various countries around the world. Currently she resides with her spouse and young son in Maryland.


Welcome, Cecelia. What fun or unique things can you tell us about yourself?
I love to bake, read, and watch movies!

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Too many to name; I love nice, clean beaches with clear blue/green water. Places like Tahiti, Hawaii, and Grand Cayman are fabulous!

What do you enjoy doing for relaxation?
I like to watch movies and I also like watching old TV shows like Twilight Zone and I Love Lucy.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Sweet Dreams.
Misty Stewart found Christ shortly after the birth of her baby, causing her to make drastic changes in her life. Short-tempered and street-smart, she realizes being around her un-saved, dysfunctional family is
draining her, so she feels the Lord wants her to distance herself from her relatives. She hopes this distance from her family will allow her to deepen her faith, making it possible for her to raise her two-year-old daughter, Jennifer, in a better environment. Struggling to raise her daughter alone, she bonds with her new neighbor, Sterling Richards. She’s drawn to kind-hearted Sterling, but wonders about the deep sadness that he harbors. Sterling has familial problems that run deep, and romance is the last thing on his mind. 

Sterling Richards, a professional baker, is grieving over the recent death of his father/business partner. Since his father left him as the sole beneficiary of his life insurance policy, his relationship with his identical twin brothers is strained. Why would his father fail to include his twin sons as part of the inheritance? He now struggles to mend the relationship with his brothers, struggling to run his father’s bakery alone. 

Can Sterling and Misty find the courage to love one another?

Where can readers find you online? 
Website
Blog
Facebook 
Twitter

Where can readers purchase Sweet Dreams?
myBook.to/SweetDreams2

Cecelia, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Cecelia is offering an eBook copy of Sweet Dreams to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through March 21, 2017 and 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 A Heart’s Gift by Lena Nelson Dooley is Ann E. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 



My latest book has released - With Good Intentions, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Lena Nelson Dooley, Historical Romantic Suspense Novel


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A Heart's Gift
by Lena Nelson Dooley


Award-winning author Lena Nelson Dooley has had
Lena Nelson Dooley
more than 875,000 copies of her books sold. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers and the local chapter, ACFW - DFW. She’s a member of Christian Authors’ Network and Gateway Church in Southlake, Texas.


She has been on the ECPA and CBA Bestseller lists, Publisher’s Weekly bestseller list, and several Amazon Bestseller lists.

Her awards include: Will Rogers Medallion Awards (2), the Selah Award (2), and Reader’s Choice book award (2). She has finaled in the Can Golden Scroll Award, and finaled three times in the Carol Award. 


Welcome, Lena. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
President George W Bush (and his wife Laura). James and I have a lot of things in common with them. I believe God sent him to our country when he was needed most. The way he handled 9-11 was true leadership.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Anywhere with my husband. Can I say that? We do love going on cruises, but we don’t do it very often.

Do you have a dedicated place to write, or a nook or corner of a room, or the kitchen table?
When my daughters married and left home, I turned one of the bedrooms into my office. I love it.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
That’s easy. Tell all their friends. Request their local library to add it to their collection. Leave reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and other sites on the Internet (This one is very important.)

Please tell us a little about your novel, A Heart’s Gift.
Because of an earlier betrayal, Franklin vows never to open his heart to another woman. But he desires an heir. When Lorinda is finally out from under the control of men who made all the decisions in her life, she promises herself she will never allow a man to control her again. But how can she provide for her infant son? Marriage seems like the perfect arrangement until two people from Franklin's past endanger Lorinda. How can he save her? And how will this affect the way they feel about each other?

Where can readers find you online? 
Website 
Blog
Pinterest
Facebook
Twitter
Official Fan Page
Goodreads
Blogtalk Radio, The Lena Nelson Dooley Show
LinkedIn 
Instagram
Amazon Author Page

Where can readers purchase A Heart’s Gift
Amazon - Paperback 
Amazon - Kindle 

Any parting comment? 
Thank you for stopping by.

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters are not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
Why would you like to win a copy of my book?

Lena, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Lena is offering an eBook copy of A Heart’s Gift to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through March 14, 2017 and 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 Restoration of the Heart by June Foster is Melissa. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 



My latest book has released - With Good Intentions, a novella. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.


Thursday, March 2, 2017

June Foster, Romantic Suspense Novella


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RESTORATION OF THE HEART
by June Foster

An award-winning author, June Foster is a retired
June Foster
teacher with a BA in education and MA in counseling. Her characters find themselves in tough situations but overcome through God's power and the Word. She writes edgy topics wrapped in a good story. To date, she's seen fourteen contemporary romances published. Find June online at her website.
 


Welcome, June. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
In my story, the heroine always felt she was dumpy and unattractive, yet the handsome contractor-hero found her refreshingly attractive. I'd like the reader to ponder how God doesn't look at our outer appearance but at the person we are inside. And when one has the Lord in his life, he/she is beautiful within.

What’s your favorite place you have visited?
One of my favorite places is St. Elmo, a silver mining ghost town northwest of Salida, Colorado. St. Elmo is the real life location which sparked my story Restoration of the Heart, a fictional ghost town named Silver Cliff in which my hero and heroine work together and fall in love.

Do you type or write by hand? Computer? Typewriter? Legal pad?
I definitely type on my computer and if there were no such things as computers, I'd use a typewriter. I'm not sure how authors of old managed to write such wonderful works by hand. 

Lighting Round
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains
Y’all or You Guys? You guys
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? dinner rolls
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? summer
Laptop or Desktop? laptop
Mug or teacup? Mug

Please tell us a little about your novel, Restoration of the Heart
Though a Christian, Luke Chamberlain ignored his values and indulged in his beautiful fiancé's world of alcohol, parties, and nights at her apartment. After
rededicating his life to the Lord, he vows never to fall into the lifestyle again. When the state of Idaho's Tourism Department offers his construction company the contract to renovate Silver Cliff, an 1890's silver mining ghost town, he accepts.

Janie Littleton studied history in college because life in the past is simpler than the uncomfortable reality of the present. With her extra pounds, eye glasses, and mousy brown hair, no man would find her attractive. When she's offered the job of project historian at the restoration of Silver Cliff, she accepts. But as Luke Chamberlain shows an interest in her, she doubts his sincerity. To make matters worse, someone claiming to be the miner who founded Silver Cliff in 1890 intimidates her with frightening midnight visits.

Can Luke convince Janie he's in love with the godly woman she is? Can Janie hold onto her faith as she's harassed by frightening appearances of old Ezra Barclay who died a hundred years ago?

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

Where can readers purchase Restoration of the Heart
Amazon

Any parting comment? 
On the cover, my editor used one of my pictures I took at St. Elmo and inserted a picture of the heroine. So exciting to see my photography on the cover! 

Congratulations on having your photography on your book cover! Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters are not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
In my story, Janie Littleton had always thought herself ugly, but the hero saw beauty. Have you ever known someone who may have been unattractive by worldly standards, but the more you knew this person, the more he or she became beautiful to you?

June, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. June is offering an eBook copy of Restoration of the Heart to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through March 7, 2017 and 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 With Each New Dawn by Gail Kittleson is Ann K. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 




My latest novella has released - With Good Intentions. Here is the cover, and you can read more about the book here. You can read the first chapter of the book on my website.