Thursday, May 4, 2017

Kelly Irvin, Amish Romance


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UPON A SPRING BREEZE
by Kelly Irvin


Two-time ACFW Carol Award finalist Kelly Irvin is the
Kelly Irvin
author of the critically acclaimed Amish of Bee County, Bliss Creek Amish, and New Hope Amish series. Her latest work is Upon a Spring Breeze, the first novel in the four-book series Every Amish Season. Her work has also appeared in two Amish anthologies, An Amish Market and An Amish Christmas. Kelly is a retired newspaper reporter and public relations professional who lives with her husband in Texas. They have two children, two grandchildren, and two cats.



Welcome, Kelly. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book?
People often believe that when they become Christians, life will get easier. That is not the case. Scripture tells us we will have trouble in the world, but not to worry, because Jesus has overcome the world. That is the crux of my story. We suffer and we don’t know why and we pray for relief. Sometimes we don’t get it. Bess suffers a terrible loss that makes it difficult for her to maintain her faith. Upon a Spring Breeze is a story about how we become strong through difficult moments. We’re broken down by events in our lives, but God leads us through and we’re refined like silver by the fire.

What was the main inspiration for the new book? Had the idea been on your mind for a while or just popped into it one day?
I wanted to write some older women characters. The Amish typically marry young so the romances center around women in their early twenties. I proposed to my editor that I write a series focused on widows and how they fit into the family-focused communities of the Amish. Each book represents a physical season, but also a season in a woman’s life: young newlywed, widowed mother of seven, grandmother, and great-grandmother. When the Amish scribes do their census for The Budget Newspaper each year, they count number of families, number of newborns, number of weddings, funerals, and also how many widows/widowers. They single them out. I wanted to examine that from a female perspective. 

Upon a Spring Breeze also looks at the role of suffering in our lives and why we suffer even when we pray for relief. It’s an on-going discussion in my head and my heart.

Why do you feel compelled to write—in your genre or at all?
I’m compelled to write because it gives me joy and gives my life a meaning that it wouldn’t have otherwise. I feel as if it’s something I do reasonably well and it’s a gift from God so it’s incumbent upon to use that gift. I would write in other genres as well if the path opened up. It’s not so much about genre as it is story.

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

Please tell us a little about your novel, Upon a Spring Breeze.
After a devastating year, a spring breeze promises more than new flowers.… It promises a
new chance at love.

Bess Weaver, twenty and expecting her first child, is in the kitchen making stew for her beloved mann,
Caleb, one minute, and the next she’s burying him after a tragic accident. Facing life as a young widow, Bess finds comfort only in tending the garden at an Englisch-owned bed and breakfast—even as she doubts that new growth could ever come after such a long winter.

Aidan tries to repress his guilt over his best friend Caleb’s death and his long-standing feelings for Bess by working harder than ever. But as he spends time with the young son his friend left behind, he seems to be growing closer to the boy’s beautiful mother as well.

When a close-knit group of widows in her Amish community step in to help Bess find her way back to hope, she begins to wonder if Gott has a future for her after all. Will she ever believe that life can still hold joy—and the possibility of love?

Where can readers find you online?
Website
Facebook 
Twitter
Pinterest

Where can readers purchase Upon a Spring Breeze?
Amazon
Barnes and Noble  
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Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer to be entered in the book drawing.)
Do you like reading books in which the characters are close to your own age or does it matter to you?

Kelly, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Kelly is offering a print copy of Upon a Spring Breeze to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through May 9, 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 Shepherd’s Song by Bettilu Davies is Paula. 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.








72 comments:

  1. I would love to read her.new book sounds so good. I am a
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  2. What a beautiful cover! I love my little perennial garden, so the cover is very eye catching to me, in particular. I really don't have a preference as to the age of the main character in stories. Also, with Amish fiction there always seems to be a wide range of ages as when most stories develop and evolve the whole family is discussed, as many live together or close by. Thanks! dixiedobie at yahoo dot com

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  3. PS I forgot to mention I am a previous follower of your blog, but under my secondary email address starting with dobeworld.

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  4. I rnjoy reading about dufferent ages so Ibreally don't have a preference but it is refreshing when an older person finds love for the first time or again, if they've lost a mate. Kelly's statement that "people often believe that when they become Christians, life will get easier" is so true and I fear that this can be very frustrating to new Christians. I have often told "new babes in Christ" that their conversion doesn't mean an absence of problems but having Jesus makes them easier to deal with!
    Thanks for this interview and giveaway.
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  5. What a beautiful cover,for yet, another wonderful book. Thank you so much for sharing! I would live to read Kellie's book. I love visiting your blog, Miss Jo. mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  6. I would love a chance to win Kelly Irvin's new book. The cover is beautiful. I am a follower.
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  7. I want to read Kelly's new book so bad....
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  8. Would love the chance to win this book. pwtish171@gmail.com

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  9. I like to read about people my age, but since I am 76 years old you don't find many. I have been a widow since 1981.
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  10. Would love to win this beautiful book! Can't wait to read it. Jyoung080506 (a) gmail (.) com

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  11. Michelle ProperMay 4, 2017 at 1:48 PM

    Love the title and need to read this one! Love it already :) meshell_2006@yahoo.com

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  12. I like to read books of characters of all ages but it is especially nice if at least one of the characters is in my age range. :)

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  13. I like characters of any age, but it is very nice to have protagonists that are in my generation.

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  14. The age of the characters is not something I thought much about when I was young, but as I have gotten older I do find that I was all the main characters were not 20 somethings .

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  15. This looks like a really interesting story, can't wait to read it. I have got my Mother hooked on Amish fiction as well.

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  16. I like different ages, as we can find love at any age.
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  17. I haven't given this question much thought before today. I suppose I haven't read many (maybe any) books where the main characters are older than my 39 years.
    That being said, I rather read middle grade fiction than a high school romance. Many historical fiction novels have protagonists who are in their late teens or early twenties as befits the marrying age of the era.

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  18. Reading books with characters of different ages broadens my literary world. For 33 years I concentrated on books for young teens and since retirement I have been enjoying books with older characters. nenovalentine@gmail.com

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  19. Beautiful front book Cover. I like to read different ages. it makes life interesting. kris-win@mynamehasbeenstolen.com

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  20. This book sounds so good. This is my favorite genre. I love to read them! sonja dot nishimoto @ gmail dot com

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  21. I am a follower of this blog. I'd love to read this book. Thanks for the opportunity.
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  22. Don't really worry about age of characters. I really enjoy Amish fiction and this one sounds good.

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  23. I would love to win this book.Thanks for the chance.jackie_tessnairATyahooDOTcom

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  24. I do like reading books with characters who are near my age. I like reading about how widows survive after the loss of their spouse. My husband passed away 9 months ago. fishingjan(at)aol(dot)com

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  25. I am a follower and I like reading books with characters that are more mature. grace_soo_amazing(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  27. I do like to read books with characters that are close to my age, but also do read books at times where they aren't. This book sounds great! Would love to win a copy! Thank you for the opportunity!
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  28. As I get older, it really doesn't matter what age the characters are. I just love to read.
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  29. It doesn't matter what age the characters are. I read books (especially Amish fiction) with all different ages. Really looking forward to reading Kelly's newest book.
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  30. I haven't yet had the pleasure of reading Kelly's books, but I've heard some terrific things about her writing! I hope to get a chance to read something by her :-) Fun interview, thanks for the giveaway chance.

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    I'm also a follower Jo!

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    2. I just noticed I was supposed to answer a question, oops! As for characters ages, I really enjoy ones where they are older. Perhaps finding love again after the death of a spouse. Those are super sweet to me! :-)

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  31. It doesn't matter to me the age of the characters in a story. I am a follower of your blog. This cover is so beautiful and invites you to open it. I can hardly wait to read this book. It sounds very interesting! Thanks for the interview and giveaway. d[dot]brookmyer[at]yahoo[dot]com

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  32. Would love to win this. jrs372 @ yahoo dot com

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  33. This book looks interesting. I would like to try out a new author/series. :-)

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  34. Thank you for the interview with Kelly Irvin. Her book sounds wonderful. I usually like to read books with characters that are not too young, like late 20's and older. Thank you for the chance to win a copy of this book.
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  35. I would love to win Kelly's new book - the cover is beautiful!
    I am a follower!
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  36. Thank you for the interview with Kelly Irvin. I'm always glad to see older women in books instead all young ones. Life is full of struggles as Christians, but thankfully we know where our strength, peace and joy lies with our relationship with Jesus Christ.

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  37. Jo, I am a follower and receive your e-mails. Sorry I forgot to include that in my earlier comment.

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