Thursday, February 23, 2017

Gail Kittleson, Women’s Historical Fiction


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WITH EACH NEW DAWN
by Gail Kittleson


Having taught college expository writing and English
Gail Kittleson
as a Second Language, Gail now writes women’s historical fiction, and enjoys facilitating writing workshops and retreats. She and her husband live in northern Iowa, where they enjoy grandchildren, gardening, walking and photography. In winter, the Arizona Ponderosa pine forest provides fresh novel fodder. 



Welcome, Gail. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?
I’d dine with a World War II S.O.E. agent (British Secret Operations Executive). These ordinary British, French, Polish and American citizens risked everything for the cause. Leaving behind loved ones and everything they held dear, they accepted hardships that seem at times beyond belief. 

Try to imagine the Gestapo pulling out all your toenails, for example. But that particular agent still didn’t give away any secrets to the enemy.

We all take certain risks, but usually they don’t endanger our very existence. So many soldiers in the Second World War hazarded their lives. So did secret agents, and the harrowing deprivations they endured incite respect and awe. Their utter commitment to secrecy even decades after the fact, astounds me—many carried their unrewarded service with them to the grave.  

Please describe yourself with three words.
Spontaneous: some organized folks would choose other descriptors for this quality, but I’ve learned to appreciate my tendency toward being impetuous. Sure makes life interesting.

Word-focused: I’m far from focused in some areas, but with my writing or editing for others, I concentrate so totally that sometimes I forget to eat. I dream in color about my characters. As far as editing goes, I enjoy that part of being an author almost as much as creating stories. 

Aging: Not very exciting, right? But this dimension of my life becomes a little more acceptable with time’s passage. I am aging—who isn’t? And with aging come some perks—self-acceptance, not allowing others’ opinions to tamper with my creativity, and a penchant for enjoying the moment.

What do you enjoy most about writing?
This is difficult for someone who even likes editing. I’d say, though, that the magical quality of having a character become real ranks right up there. Suddenly, this woman from the 1940’s appears, and I take a step back to consider her. Then she starts whispering her story, and I’m impossibly hooked. Who is she? Where did she come from? It’s an amazing process.

What can your readers expect from you next?
I’m hard at work on the sequel to With Each New Dawn. One thing I’ve noticed is how my skills have increased. I probably wouldn’t have tackled what I’m attempting with this book even a year or two ago. It’s exciting and encouraging to know you can really grow as a writer, that you’re not staying the same. 

Please tell us a little about your novel, With Each New Dawn. 
American Kate Isaac grieves her husband, awaits their child’s birth, and welcomes her best friend Addie
to war-torn London. But after her miscarriage, a meeting with mysterious Monsieur le Blanc launches her into Britain’s Secret Operations Executive (SOE). In late 1943, Kate parachutes into Southern France to aid the Resistance.

Domingo, a grieving Basque mountain guide-turned-saboteur, meets her parachute drop, tends her injured ankle, and carries her to safety. Reunited a few months later, they discover the dying Monsieur le Blanc who reveals his familial connection to Kate.

In the shadow of the Waffen SS, Domingo and Kate find his younger brother Gabirel missing. While Domingo seeks Gabirel, Domingo’s parish priest, Père Gaspard, creates a new identity for Kate.

United once again, Kate and Domingo subject their mutual attraction to the cause. But can mere human will and moral courage change the war’s tide and forge a future for them?

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

Where can readers purchase With Each New Dawn? 
Amazon

Any parting comment?
Thanks for having me visit, Jo. It’s always fun to think about our work and what led us to where we are. 

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters are not required to answer to be entered in the book drawing.)
Readers, on your own journeys, what stands out as the key factor to following your present path?

Gail, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Gail is offering a print copy of With Each New Dawn to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through February 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 Chance in Maine by Joi Copeland is Ann. 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.







Thursday, February 16, 2017

Joi Copeland, Christian Fiction Romance


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CHANCE IN MAINE
by Joi Copeland


Joi Copeland is married to a wonderful man, Chris,
and has three amazing boys, Garrison, Gage, and Gavin. She lives in Denver, Colorado, but within the year, hopes to be living in Galway, Ireland.

Joi’s love of writing began at a young age. She wrote short stories for several years, and in 2009, she began writing her first novel, Hope for Tomorrow. Joi’s latest novel is Chance in Maine, and in a month’s time, it should be available on Amazon.com


Welcome, Joi. What takeaway value do you hope your readers receive after reading your book? Redemption, forgiveness, and hope. These three are very important in most, if not all, of my books.

What’s your favorite place you have visited? 
Ireland! 

What’s one genre you have never written, and probably never will? 
Thriller. 

Lighting Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains? Mountains
Y’all or You Guys? Both!
Biscuits or Dinner Roll? Biscuits
Spring, summer, winter, or fall? Winter! :)
Laptop or Desktop? Laptop
Mug or teacup? Both

Please tell us a little about your novel, Chance in Maine.
When he met her, everything in his world of silence began to change.


Chance Carmichael’s accident two years ago not only shattered in his life, it shattered his faith. Tired of living with the pitying looks, he leaves his hometown in Virginia and ventures north. Anger and bitterness remain his constant companions until he stumbles across Shamrock Inn. Will he find the peace his soul desperately longs for?

Amanda Lin loves her life in Camden, Maine, and working at the Shamrock Inn. Her parents move to Denver, Colorado, leaving an empty space in her heart, and loneliness threatens to engulf her. Will she find the love her heart deeply desires or will she remain in a state of constant loneliness?

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

Where can readers purchase Chance in Maine? 
In a month’s time, it should be available on Amazon.com

Any parting comment? 
Thank you so much for having me!

Leave a question you’d like readers to answer. (Commenters not required to answer question to be entered in the book drawing.)
 Is there a place you’ve been to that has been a healing balm to your soul?

Joi, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Joi is offering an eBook copy of Chance in Maine to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through February 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 Colorado Columbine by Darlene Franklin is Nancy. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


You can keep up to date with my writing by signing up for my mailing list. You'll receive a free quarterly e-newsletter and timely announcements about happenings of interest. I have a monthly drawing among those who sign up for my mailing list for the first time, and the winner receives a free eBook copy of their choice of one of my books.

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


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Darlene Franklin, Historical Romance Novella


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COLORADO COLUMBINE
by Darlene Franklin

Best-selling hybrid author Darlene Franklin's greatest
Darlene Franklin
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 Colorado Columbine and Love's Turning Point.



Welcome, Darlene. What is your favorite dessert? 
Let’s see. A tossup between pie—blueberry or pecan, please—or an ice cream sundae. Favorite: turtle sundae on peanut butter cup ice cream.

Do you believe in writer’s block? If so how often do you get it? How do you fix it?
“Professional” writers can’t afford writer’s block. We sit down and write. If we don’t like what we write, we fix it.

Having said that, I do have times when I sit and stare into thin air. What do you do when you discover you’ve written two almost identical chapters? How do you describe a stiff back posture that indicates someone is proud or scared or determined? 

But that thinking time counts as writing. When I’m writing my rough draft, I don’t worry about getting it right. I just spill the words on paper. Most of the time, it’s pretty good.

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?
The Colorado Columbine story is one of my favorites. I’ve become a fan of word search puzzles. When I worked on a page about state flowers, I thought, “that would make a fun book series.” My publisher, Forget Me Not Romances, has since published nearly 30 books in the American State Flower series.

I chose Colorado for two reasons. First of all, Colorado is the home of my heart. Second of all, I lived in Denver at the time of the Columbine shootings. I considered writing a novella centered around that, but decided to go with a historical story. Colorado school children chose the blue columbine as the state flower in 1899. I decided to make my heroine one of those school children. Then I looked at events in Colorado’s history from 1900-1910 and discovered a children’s home, which once helped my family was founded at that time. Voila!  In some ways, it’s a very personal story.

Lighting Round:
Vacation: Beach or Mountains?
Mountains! I moved from the ocean (Maine) to the mountains (Colorado) with stops along the way. They both do similar things for my spirit, reminding me of how great God is. For geography, give me the rocky coast or the majestic Rockies, and not Oklahoma’s flat plane where I now live. (However, Oklahoma has something even more important: GRANDCHILDREN.)

Please tell us a little about your novel, Colorado Columbine.
THE RICH MAN AND THE ORPHAN 

Garnet Harvey graduates from an orphanage and lands a job as a nanny for three motherless girls. Chester Paul, a wealthy businessman, lost his wife in childbirth. After a long period of mourning, he hires a nanny to take care of his children while he works in the city. He remains
involved in the girls’ daily lives, and comes to care for their new caregiver. When Garnet’s guardian discovers the situation, she insists on a trial separation. If their feelings remain strong, how can
Garnet be introduced to Chester’s social circle? How will secrets from Garnet’s past affect their growing love for each other? Is it strong enough to grow as beautiful as the Colorado Columbine?

To the right is a picture Darlene colored of her story's heroine in a fancy dress inspired by the colors of the Columbine.

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

Where can readers purchase Colorado Columbine
Amazon

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 are not required to answer to be entered in the book drawing.)
What’s your state flower?

Darlene, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Darlene is offering an eBook copy of Colorado Columbine to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through February 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 Second Chance Love by Pam Meyers is Melanie. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


You can keep up to date with my writing by signing up for my mailing list. You'll receive a free quarterly e-newsletter and timely announcements about happenings of interest. I have a monthly drawing among those who sign up for my mailing list for the first time, and the winner receives a free eBook copy of their choice of one of my books.

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

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Pam Meyers, Contemporary Romance


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SECOND CHANCE LOVE
by Pam Meyers


A native of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, author Pamela S. Meyers lives in suburban Chicago with her two
Pamela S. Meyers
rescue cats. Her novels include Thyme for Love and her historical romance, Love Finds You in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Her novella. What Lies Ahead, is part of a novella collection, The Bucket List Dare, which is now available at Amazon in both print and Kindle formats. Second Chance Love from Bling!, an imprint of Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, has released this month. When she isn’t at her laptop writing her latest novel, she can often be found nosing around Wisconsin and other Midwestern spots for new story ideas.



Welcome, Pam. If you could have dinner with one person from today or history (except Jesus) who would it be? Why?  
That is a difficult question to answer. There are so many intriguing people in history and current times. But I think I’ll say my great-grandfather on my father’s side. Oscar Bancroft strikes me as being a bit eccentric in many ways from what I’ve read, but he was also very creative. He was a photographer by trade and owned a portrait studio around the turn of the Century (1899-1900). He was also an inventor and applied for several patents, and he was adventurous. After my great-grandmother died, he packed up and moved from Ohio to California to stay with his eldest daughter from his first marriage (he was a widower when he married my g-grandmother). I’d want to pick his brain and discuss creative things and share with him how the creative gene that began even before him in our family line had passed down from him, to my dad, and then to me. It would be a very interesting meal.

Please describe yourself with three words.  
Loyal, Determined, Teachable

What is your favorite Bible verse?
I have many Bible verses I call my favorites, but the one that I have claimed for 2017 is Titus 2: 11-13 (NIV):  "For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ."

What can your readers expect from you next?  
I’m currently plotting a sequel to Second Chance Love and am also involved in a novella collection with several other authors from my online writers group. It’s theme is Tiny Houses. We are going to indie (independently) publish these stories.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?  
Word of mouth is the best way to increase a book’s awareness and sales. If you read it and like it, please leave a review at the book’s Amazon page and tell your friends about it. Mention it on your Facebook Page or on Twitter and any social media you are involved in. Thanks in advance for helping me!

Please tell us a little about your novel, Second Chance Love.
Chicago lawyer Sydney Knight and Texas bull rider Jace McGowan have nothing in common but everything to lose when they are thrust together
during a weekend rodeo in rural Illinois. Neither one of them would have imagined two years ago that the deep attraction they sensed during a day-long outing would resurface when Sydney's boss assigns her to Jace's legal case. 

Sydney has been through a world of hurt since losing her dad when she was sixteen, then being dumped the morning of her wedding. She's sworn off romance and instead devotes her time toward a partnership in her father's law office. 

Jace has found faith in God and wants out of his sponsor contract with a risqué restaurant chain that requires him to pose with scantily-clad women. He's about to bail on the contract and pay steep penalties, something he can ill afford, given that his deceased father left the family with unpaid taxes. 

Sydney is determined she'll get Jace out of his contract and return to Chicago with her heart intact, but Jace is just as determined to help her see they're meant to be together. Can a city girl with roots deep in Chicago and a bull-riding rancher with roots deep in Texas give themselves a second chance at love?

Where can readers find you online? 
Website
Blog
Facebook author page
Facebook personal page        
Twitter

Where can readers purchase Second Chance Love?
The book is available online at Amazon in both Kindle and Print formats. It’s also free on Kindle Unlimited.
  
What question would like to ask the readers?
My childhood dream was to have my own horse. What was your childhood dream and did it come true?

Pam, thanks for visiting with my readers and me. Pam is offering the winner’s choice of a print or eBook copy of Second Chance Love to one commenter to this blog post.

Commenters, to enter the book drawing please leave your comment on this post through February 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 The Rebels of Cordovia by Linda Weaver Clarke is Darcy--Darcy, I can't reach you on the email address you left with your comment last week. Please leave a good email address for you in the comments to this blog post. I’ll email you. Thanks all for commenting. Watch for more book giveaways.

Till next time … keep on smiling. 


You can keep up to date with my writing by signing up for my mailing list. You'll receive a free quarterly e-newsletter and timely announcements about happenings of interest. I have a monthly drawing among those who sign up for my mailing list for the first time, and the winner receives a free eBook copy of their choice of one of my books.

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