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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Bettilu Davies, Christian Fiction (Historical)


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Shepherd’s Song
by Bettilu Davies

Bettilu Davies was born in Pontiac, Michigan. From an
Bettilu Davies
early age she made up stories, first telling them to a favorite teacher who wrote them down, and then writing them down herself. She loved music and studied piano for years with three concert pianists, and later taught piano. Bettilu attended Pontiac Business Institute and Moody Bible Institute where she met her husband, married, and worked at Moody Press. An editor there encouraged her to write. Bettilu later published with Marty Series with Moody Press and The Secret of the Hidden Cave with Zondervan. Shepherd’s Song is her sixth published book.

Welcome, Bettilu. What do you enjoy doing for relaxation?
I love to spend time with my children and grandchildren. I find them fascinating, whether I’m watching the children play or I’m talking with the adults about their interests. Other than that, I enjoy reading more than anything else. I tend to carry a book with me everywhere I go, even if I can only snatch a few minutes or so to read. I also paint landscapes, knit, crochet, and work in paper crafts. I tend to turn my relaxation projects into work, so have to vary my projects so what is meant to relax me doesn’t become another tension-filled job.

Where is your favorite vacation spot?
Three years ago my children gave my husband and me an all expense vacation in Gatlinburg, Tennessee for our golden anniversary. They gave us a choice: they would pay for some expensive project to fix up our home, send us on a vacation alone as a couple, or rent a house big enough to accommodate all of our children and grandchildren at a scenic spot for a week. It was a no-brainer. I’ll choose my children any time. We had a wonderful vacation, visiting Clingman’s Dome, traveling through the scenic mountains, visiting the artist colony, and playing with the children at the arcades and children’s museums.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
I like creating the characters, imagining what they would do in a given situation, and developing their personalities as they face one obstacle after another. I also like finishing a book. There’s a lot of satisfaction in that.

Please tell us a little about your novel, Shepherd’s Song.
Cautious and conservative piano teacher Gail Winslow reads murder mysteries to liven up her life. When her
hero, concert pianist Brad Shepherd, shows up on her doorstep, she is still under the influence of her latest midnight reading and thinks he is a stalker. She not only breaks his arm, but—after much apology—enters into the musical adventure of a lifetime, helping him construct a series he has long dreamed of presenting on television.

Meanwhile, Brad struggles to defeat the nagging reminders of childhood taunts here in his hometown, as well as to quell the impossible idea of making Gail a part of his life permanently. She’s a quiet homebody; how can he thrust her into the glamorous but demanding life he lives? Not until they are both forced to put their lives on the line to find a lost child does a solution present itself.

Where can readers find you online?

Where can readers purchase Shepherd’s Song?
The Wild Rose Press   

Any parting comment?
I’ve taught piano lessons for nearly fifty years. My numerous experiences with students triggered my imagination, but studying with three concert pianists and hearing their experiences set my imagination on fire. My own love of music and my struggles with performance anxiety added to the mix. While the story is fiction, it is based on a multitude of life experiences.

Bettilu, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Bettilu is offering a print copy of Shepherd’s Song to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through May 2, 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 The Pony Express Collection by Darlene Franklin is Britney. 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.


  1. This sounds really good. I have not read anything by Bettilu yet. Great blog. I am a follower.

    1. Diana, thanks for commenting and for following my blog!

  2. Bettilu sounds like such a lovely lady. Thank you for introducing her to us. I would love to read her book. It sounds like one I would enjoy.

    1. Melanie, you're welcome. Thanks for leaving your comment.

  3. I forgot to leave my email address...mauback55 at gmail dot com

  4. Nice interview. My husband doesn't like going on trips. So that sounds wonderful!
    Sounds like a great read. I subscribe to Jo's blog thanks for the chance to win. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

    1. Paula, you're welcome. Thanks for commenting and for following my blog!

  5. Thanks for introducing a new author. Sounds like a great book.
    I am a follower.

    1. Nancy, you're welcome. Glad you found a new-to-you author here. I appreciate you commenting and following my blog!

  6. I love a good musical romance! There's very few things that move the soul quite like music does. It often brings me to tears. I can't wait to read Shepherd's Song!

    I follow you by email as well!

    mylittlebirdie (at) yahoo (dot) com

    1. Karen, thanks for commenting and for following my blog!

  7. A new to me author. I am a piano player and love music. This sounds like a good one.

    1. Ann, glad you found a new-to-you author here. Thanks for commenting.

  8. Thank you for the opportunity to read a new author's work. I am a follower - would like to read this book.

    1. Debra, you're welcome. Thanks for leaving your comment and for following my blog!

  9. Thanks for introducing me to a new author. Our church library readers will love this book.
    Janet E.